Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Celebrate Your Loved One’s October Birthday with Her Birthstone: Tourmaline

October is known for many things: Halloween and Columbus Day are two that come to mind. Others include the weather changing to cooler temperatures, the leaves beginning to fall from the trees after changing colors, and, of course, tourmaline gemstone jewelry. Yes, tourmaline – the birthstone for those born in October. This gemstone is available in several colors, all of which fit this month of autumn perfectly.

About Tourmaline
Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone. This puts it in the same category as garnets, peridots, aquamarines and tanzanite, among others. These stones are more commonly found in nature, and thus are priced slightly lower than other, more precious gemstones like emeralds, rubies and diamonds. However, it is just as beautiful, if not more so, than these precious stones.
Tourmalines come in a number of different colors, but the most common is a deep purple-red. Other options include black (known as shorl), brown (davite) and deep blue, shades of green, yellow, and colorless. The color of the tourmaline depends on the levels of sodium iron within it. Interestingly, tourmaline also is known to have magnetic and pyroelectric properties, as the stone attracts and repels recently burned ashes.
The stone is found in several different places throughout the world, including the United States (most notably in Maine), Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania and Afghanistan.

Tourmaline Jewelry
Tourmaline jewelry comes in many different styles, including rings, earrings and necklaces. Often it is paired with other gemstones, such as diamonds. Since it is a semi-precious stone, tourmaline rings, even those surrounded by tiny, inset diamonds, are a more affordable option than other dual-stone rings. However, they are no less beautiful. One good example of this is a 5-carat tourmaline stone, set into an 18 karat yellow gold setting and surrounded by several carats worth of small diamonds.
Other jewelry made from tourmalines include necklaces featuring a semi-polished version of the stones. These are left “uncut” and closely resemble their natural form, as opposed to the highly polished sort found in rings and pendants. Since tourmalines are found in so many different colors, these types of multi-strung necklaces are striking when seen in person!

How to Wear Tourmaline
Unlike other birthstones, opal, for example, that are bad luck to wear if they aren’t your birthstone (for the record, opal is also October’s birthstone), tourmaline can be worn by anyone, no matter what month they were born. A beautiful tourmaline ring pendant goes perfectly with everything from work clothing to a pair of jeans and some boots, as well as evening wear, making it a very versatile and interesting piece. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Made in the USA Watch Winders by Orbita Corporation

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Monday, September 14, 2015

September’s Birthstone: Sapphire Jewelry

Every month has a birthstone, based on early astrological associations. For those of you born in September, your birthstone is the sapphire, a blue stone that is mineralogically related to the ruby. Sapphire jewelry is the most common usage of this gemstone, as it appears in everything from necklaces to earrings, based on the size and composition of the stone.

About Sapphires
The sapphire is a primarily blue-colored stone that is found in many different countries, including Australia, Myanmar, Columbia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The gemstone is categorized much like the ruby, and is therefore ranked according to its hue, tone and color saturation. Although sapphires are mostly blue in color, they can be also be green, purple, yellow, black and violet. There is also a type of sapphires called “star sapphires.” These stones are indeed sapphires, with one important difference – at their centers are a thin type of inclusion made up of a white-colored mineral that is related to titanium dioxide. This mineral forms a star-like shape that is visible through the sapphire’s exterior, hence its name.

Sapphire Necklaces and Bracelets
Sapphire necklaces can be designed in one of three ways: they can consist of a single sapphire suspended from a chain, or they can be set into a larger pendant alongside other stones, such as diamonds. (This pairing of clear diamonds and deep blue sapphires is a popular one.) The third idea, called a “tennis necklace” after the popular style of bracelet, consists of many smaller sapphires inset into a series of links that are connected into a chain. Bracelets are also designed in this manner, although some can feature the sapphires merely as large accent stones, meant to overpower the smaller diamonds inset into the links.
Sapphire Earrings and Rings
Sapphire earrings are designed as either simple studs (appropriate for smaller stones, as well as larger ones) or in elaborate chandelier styles. These earrings, like the pendants mentioned above, tend to have diamond accents. They dangle from your ears, go great with evening and formal wear, and tend to leave a large impact on anyone who sees you. Some sapphire rings also have diamonds inset alongside the larger, blue stone. They make excellent non-traditional engagement rings, in the style of the one given to Duchess Kate by her now-husband, Prince William. However, a sapphire ring can be worn on any finger, and used for any purpose: an anniversary or birthday gift, or a ‘just because I’m successful’ present.

You can wear the sapphire gemstone jewelry of your choice with just about anything. A necklace, bracelet, ring or smaller set of earrings (such as studs) can go with a dress, a work-related suit, or even a nice pair of jeans worn with boots while out on the town. It’s hard to go wrong with pieces that feature this classic gemstone.