December: Turquoise & Tanzanite

Tanzanite Zircon Turquoise December Birthstones studio colfax

December birthstones are the versatile and ancient stones of Turquoise and the sacred and mysterious stone of Tanzanite.

Turquoise has been found around the world and without exception cherished by the ancients, as well as modern people for the range of blues and greens found in this stone. Used as a charm and amulet on war shields; a significant stone in ritual headdress; and as a talisman for shamans, early peoples believed turquoise imbued the wearer with wisdom and acted as protection against negative energies. Turquoise also symbolizes friendship, peace and good fortune.

Tanzanite is a rare and spectacular gem of deep blue and purples. It has gained in popularity since it was used in the 1997 movie, The Titanic, and referred to as “The Heart of the Ocean.” According to legend, Masai warriors saw the sparkle of this gorgeous gem in in the ash after a hot forest fire in Tanzania leading to the belief the stone was transported from heaven by lighting. The stone is associated with creativity and believed to strengthen the immune system and stimulate fertility.

November: Citrine

Lovely​ citrine, the birthstone of ​N​ovember comes from the ​F​rench word citron, meaning lemon. I​t’s​ golden color carries the energy of the sun and makes it a powerful ally for transforming dreams and wishes into reality. ​Originally thought to be found only in ​Brazil, ​citrine has been widely located in ​A​frica​,​ ​M​adagascar, ​R​ussia, ​S​cotland and the ​U​nited ​S​tates. ​

Records of th​is​ gem disappeared from the history books until early 1900’s when it reappeared in jewelry​, ​mainly in the ​United States and ​G​ermany. ​I​t was worn as protection from plagues and epidemics.

Currently​, citrine is a favored gem carried by energy healers due to it​s​ inability to hold negative energy. ​T​he high vibration​al quality​ of this stone helps to build one’s physical, mental, emotional​,​ and spiritual stamina. ​Its many healing properties include purification, cleansing​,​ and unblocking stuck creativity. ​Citrine has been called the great manifestor​ and​ is helpful in returning ​personal ​power to ​its wearer​; ​overcoming feelings of helplessness.

​A​ssociated with prosperity on all levels, many business people know this stone as the “merchant stone.” ​I​t is said if you place a citrine in the cash box, success and abundance will flow​ to the shopkeeper.

Citrine ​has been used as a detoxifier​ and is useful for ulcer flare-ups and digestive issues​,​ as well as gallbladder, kidney, heart and liver conditions. ​I​t ​is believed to enhance and support the endocrine system.

​B​e courageous. ​M​anifest your creative you with ​beautiful citrine. ​L​et the energy of citrine stimulate the wellspring from which new ideas are born into form.

September: Sapphires

Ah, Sapphire.

Beloved by royalty for centuries, prized by the Etruscans, believed to keep kings safe from harm, lovely sapphire was worn to protect the wearer from dishonesty, poverty and stupidity.

It is a variety of corundum, an aluminum oxide with a hardness of 9. Found in a diversity of colors, it is the content of iron and titanium that determines its color.

Blue Sapphire is a stone of mental and psychic activation.  Helps one to see below the surface and to speak clearly with the voice of inner wisdom. Associated with the planet Saturn, the archetype of order, structure and discipline.  Ideal for organizing one’s ideas and bringing them to form. The intense blue ray is ideal for opening up the throat and third eye chakra. Your very own personal laser beam.

Yellow Sapphire has long been known as a stone of prosperity.  In India, merchants wear them to enhance their success, and people are often buried with the stone to ensure wealth in the next life. It is an excellent stone for business success. Allows one to put creative forces to use and follow through to completion.

Yellow Sapphire allows one to feel more joy and excitement in life. Helps to overcome procrastination as well. And balance the spleen.

Use Sapphire when the need arises to evoke clear thought in a negative situation. It will bring order and healing to the confused mind.

Great for stimulating the dream state.  If you need help deepening your meditation practice, put a sapphire next to you. It will even help you stick
to your back-to-school September cleanse.

When you need assistance with learning and retaining new information, Sapphire is the stone for you. It also works well with past-life therapy. Brings relief with headaches, eye problems and vertigo.

Are you easily swayed by the opinions of others? Fear not. Keep a sapphire or two on hand and feel secure in your convictions. Wisdom is yours for the asking.

Sapphires are mined in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Kashmir. In April 2007, a record was set at Christie’s in New York, when a 22 karat blue Kashmir sapphire was sold for 3.6 million dollars. Their value is determined by limited supply as well as hardness of the mineral, second only to a diamond. A finely cut Sapphire, with clarity and color to match, can be very costly.

Happy September.

August: Peridot

Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Peridot, in shades of olive, is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one color. This beautiful lime green stone was historically called Olivine and was used to alleviate the negative aspects of aging and help clear the skin. Beautifully faceted, it evokes the lateness of summer and the onset of fall, as leaves morph from green to gold and hang like jewels in the sunlight. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating. Peridot has a reputation for clearing depression and melancholy. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating. It carries the gift of inner radiance, sharpening the mind and opening it to new levels of awareness and growth, helping one to recognize and realize one’s destiny and spiritual purpose.

Peridot may increase self-confidence but tempers arrogance with patience and clarity of thought. Peridot worn as a pendant helps to clear and keep open the heart and mind. Peridot is mined in far flung places such as Hawaii, Arizona, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan and South Africa. An international and ancient gem.

July: Rubies

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Ruby, the birthstone of July  – it’s red, it’s passionate, it’s courageous!!

Rubies emanate the pure red ray with a vibrancy unsurpassed in the mineral kingdom.
They are a variety of corundum, with a hardness of 9. The intense color comes from
chromium.

Long revered as a stone of royalty, the Chinese emperor Kublai Khan was said to
have offered an entire city in exchange for a huge ruby. In modern times,
they are known as powerful tools for bringing life force into your being.

The ruby is excellent for those who need to take a more loving attitude toward
their body. They assist in feeling protected, eliminating anxiety and generating
a sense of enthusiasm.

Ruby is a magnet for novelty and adventure. When one wears a ruby, fears are
more easily faced and inspires the wearer to move forward in life.

Ruby helps with infertility. As well as stimulating the root chakra.

A great support for those in recovery from addiction.

Known as the traditional prosperity stone, carry a ruby with you to feel
courageous, self- confidant and grounded to the earth.

Enhance your independent,  passionate self and wear a necklace of rubies this
July.

June: Pearls

Pearls, the luminescent June birthstone, treasure of the sea, has it’s earliest

mention in Chinese records dating back to 2206 BC. Members of royal
families have treasured these naturally formed gems since they were discovered
in the waters of Persia, Sri Lanka, the lakes and rivers of China as well as parts
of Europe. The spherical shape has led many cultures to associate them with
the moon.

Long attributed to having great powers, they have been incorporated into the
mythology of virtually every culture that has encountered them. Hindu texts say
that Krishna discovered the first pearl which he presented to his daughter on her
wedding day. Christianity adopted the pearl as a symbol of innocence and purity
and often given to adorn brides. Pearls are also said to symbolize tears of the
gods – and to aid fertility as well as ward off evil.

One surprising use of pearls is their use in the medicinal supplement world.
Those of inferior quality that don’t pass jewelry standards are ground into
a fine powder and sometimes used to prepare pharmaceutical calcium.

Chronic headaches and migraines may be alleviated by wearing a pearl necklace,
pearls can also help to reduce allergies and soothe stomach-aches.

With all the attributes as well as pretty varieties of this stone, there’s plenty to gain from the pearl. Happy June.

May: Emeralds

May is here, the season of growing, of green things coming to light.
This is the color of nourishing Emerald, the birthstone of May. Associated
with the legend of the stone of the Holy Grail, it has been revered for thousands
of years, since ancient Egypt as a stone of love, prosperity and abundance.

The color of the heart chakra, Emerald is the purest crystalline form of
the green ray. As the heart chakra is associated with vibrant health, love
and compassion, so it goes with Emerald.

When worn on the body, it is believed to stimulate the high heart and clear
physical and emotional blockages. Thus opening the lucky wearer to be a
vessel of divine grace.

In ancient Rome, Emerald was viewed as a symbol of fertility and associated
with the goddess Venus. Christian legends speak of Emerald as the stone of
resurrection.

Heal your heart, bring freshness and vitality to your life, and embrace your inner
goddess. Wear your Emerald proudly in May, or any other time of the year,
and know this loving stone is shifting scarcity thinking into prosperity thinking!!

April: Diamonds

Long held in the treasuries of kings and queens, diamonds are the hardest and most brilliant of the crystals. Set in crowns at the forehead of the regal wearer, they were believed to aid in connecting to spirit.

At one time, they were used to determine the guilt or innocence of someone accused of a crime. The belief being that if the stone was held before a guilty person it would dull and darken, while a diamond held before an innocent person would glow with increased brilliance. The more truthful someone was, the more the diamond placed before them would sparkle.

Ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of the gods. Roman literature first made mention of them in 1st century AD, stating that cupid’s irresistible arrows were tipped with diamonds. Hindus used them as eyes in statues, with the belief that they were created when bolts of lightning struck rocks.

Diamonds are infused with the full spectrum of light energy, activating the third eye and one’s own inner King or Queen, lending strength in high pressure situations, enabling one to respond to stressful situations with ease and grace.

It is helpful to place a diamond on the forehead when there is a congestion of energy causing a physical imbalance. A feeling of joy and radiance will occur. This is due to the connection with angelic beings encouraging one to express their most sacred self.

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March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine Necklace Marguerite Specht

AQUAMARINE – the treasure of the mermaids…

This ancient miraculous stone, first discovered in Greece, 300 BCE, is regarded as the most powerful stone for clearing and activating the throat chakra. A member of the beryl family, its name is derived from the latin, “water of the sea.” In ancient lore, aquamarine was used as a talisman to bring good luck, fearlessness and protection to sailors.

Aquamarine is the stone of release, helping to free oneself of old patterns and attachments. Excellent for “pack rats” – helping release clutter from their lives.

The deeply cleansing energy of aquamarine can assist in rapidly moving through transition and change in one’s situation. Excellent for grief, skin disorders and inflammation. aids in connection to the divine feminine.

Calms frustration and anger in a gentle, deeply cleansing manner

Lends courage and conviction when articulating one’s feelings

Soothing like a cool waterfall.

February: Amethyst

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AMETHYST FOR FEBRUARY

The February birthstone is Amethyst, a regal quartz that ranges from pink to lavender and violet.  Amethyst’s history, properties, and uses—especially for the February-born Pisces or Aquarius—tell you why Amethyst is one of the best stones to wear and give this month.

ORIGINS OF AMETHYST

In Greek, amethystos means “sober,” and Amethyst was a mythical woman who crossed paths with Bacchus,  “God of Wine.” By turning her into a pillar of quartz, goddess Diana protected Amethyst from his thoughtlessness. Bacchus poured wine over the pillar in apology.

Geologically-speaking, traces of iron color Amethyst. Its pyramid pillars grow from silica-rich liquid hidden in rock caverns. To protect drinkers from poisoning, Greeks supposedly drank from cups of pure Amethyst—a quartz of protection with a purple symbol of great care.

USES, PROTECTION & POWER OF AMETHYST

Set in earrings and necklaces, our Amethyst carries this history of physical and psychic protection. It lifts away unhealthy thoughts and impulses, promoting a balanced heart and body.

For those born in February, Amethyst helps Aquarius enhance natural gifts and inspires Pisces to make happy relationships.

AMETHYST AT STUDIO COLFAX

Visit the store or follow us to see what some of Denver’s best artisans and jewelry-makers can create with real Amethyst.  Pairing well with Valentine’s day, Marguerite Specht has made a necklace of soft-pink Amethyst.  Call to ask about our one-of-a-kind February collection.

 

January: Garnet

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Garnet is derived from the Latin name Granatum, a pomegranate, because it resembles the seeds of that fruit.

JANUARY BIRTHSTONE

Garnet is the January birthstone. Found across the US, in every color (except blue), and locally on Colorado’s Ruby Mountain—garnet is appreciated for its versatility and beauty.

HISTORY OF GARNET

Whether inlaid in gold earrings, pendants, rings, or itself carved through intaglio—the gemstone has found admiration in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  Garnet depicted Egyptian pharaohs through African cloisonné. Later, it became a symbol for spiritual Europe (as well as a favorite medium of Roman dignity through intaglio).

USES OF GARNET

Today, garnet is used in industry, metalworking, art, and of course jewelry because the abundant minerals that form it create diverse colors, various strengths, and changing clarity.

Garnet is known for its utilization of creative energy.  It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.

GARNET AT STUDIO COLFAX

At our store, you see only strong, pure, and bright Garnet for the Capricorn or Aquarius who desires a unique, proud piece to harmonize with their life experience.

December: Turquoise & Tanzanite

With a birthday in December, you’re born for festivity. The December birthstones (like those who where them) bring lightness and warmth to any scene.

TURQUOISE

 

In the 13th century, when the florescent stone arrived in France, they named it the “Turkish stone” (‘Pierre tourques’) after its trade route.

The white rings and golden freckles of Turquoise is associated with friendship, fashion, and luck. Just as well, this December birthstone is a distinctly bright, cool blue.

Each stone’s unique marks of character are formed by abundant minerals, like copper, aluminum, and iron.

TANZANITE

More reflective and subdued to its time, the deep blue and floral purple of Tanzanite draws the eye inward. Exclusive to Tanzania, Tiffany & Co. named this gemstone after its birthplace.

Growing in pearly, pyramid-shaped crystals, Tanzanite can resemble sapphire and violet.  Of the two December birthstones, Tanzanite is a gift that shows investment.

You can learn more about our Denver store, local artists, and handmade jewelry at (720) 328-4896.

November: Topaz & Citrine

Topaz and Citrine November Birthstone Jewelry
Golden Topaz and Citrine bring a robust history to the unique collection at Studio Colfax.

INTENSE TOPAZ AND WARM CITRINE

200 years ago, when the “birthstone” poem was first published by Tiffany & Co., November was entrusted with Topaz’s golden hue and Citrine’s summer glow. Through this month’s fog and snow, Topaz and citrine are an “emblem of friends and lovers.”

From royal gold to fiery orange, Topaz is a strong, tenacious, and resilient mineral. Crystallizing in the caverns of rocky mountains worldwide, the “fire” stone (from Gr. “topazios”) often forms massive, silicate columns.

Resembling its architectural structure, Topaz has been historically worn by revered men. Set in the rings and crowns of Russian kings and Greek dignitaries, Topaz was believed to cool masculine tempers, such as anger and confusion, while heightening stability and clarity.

Its inseparable partner, Citrine, is an abundant and ornamental quartz in tones of cream and lemon. Changed by sunlight and heat, the “citrus” stone (from Fr. “citron”) has the same prism-shape and structure as other quartz crystals (such as Smoky or Milk quartz).

Since Greek and Roman high-society thousands of years ago, friends have given the stone to wish each other good health; lovers, to promise complete confidence. While also decorating the home through carvings and engravings, Citrine is still associated with wealth, creativity, protection, and healing.

Throughout November, our store features Colorado jewelers who value care and craftsmanship in working with precious Topaz and Citrine. Each piece in our November birthstone collection makes a thoughtful gift for the one you love and revere.