It was not until a 1912 meeting of the National Association of
Jewelers in Kansas City, Missouri that the assignment of specific gemstones to
specific months was standardized. Purists, of course, complained that this was
done for purely commercial reasons. Be that as it may, it sure simplified
things. Even today, in certain quarters, alternate gemstone selections are
and myth have it that certain characteristics are associated with each gemstone.
Prosperity, various healing qualities, states of being, and personality traits
are said to reside in each gemstone. These are particularly effective to the
wearer, were he or she born during the month that the specific gemstone
gemstone pendants, amulets, earrings and bracelets are not unheard-of, it is the
gemstone ring that is far and away the most popular. In commemoration of a
birth, or a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, or graduation, a
gemstone ring is both distinctive and appropriate. It should be noted that a
gemstone will look different if the ring is silver or gold. Some gemstones just
look better in certain settings, although the whole selection is really a matter
of personal preference. Offset or surrounded by diamonds or even small samples
of the stone, a gemstone, be it faceted or a polished cabochon, is a unique and
very special gift for the ages.
nod should be given to the Thai and Indian tradition of a nine gemstone ring
known as a 'nok-phakow' or 'navratan' respectively. This was said to bestow good
health, good fortune and security on the wearer. A modern version of this
multi-gemstone piece is seen in the family birthstone ring: a ring in which each
family member is represented by his or her birthstone.
1812, the German mineralogist, Frederich Mohs, devised a somewhat arbitrary
scale of hardness to classify the scratch resistance of various minerals. It
ranges from 1 thru 10. Talc being the softest with 1 and diamond the hardest
with 10. Although most gemstones are classified in the range of 6.5 on up, like
any other prized possession they call for some care.
and dirt can accumulate on and under a gemstone, so there is maintenance that
can be performed. In some cases, ultra sound is used by professionals. It should
be noted that this is a variation on the same technique that doctors use to
pulverize kidney stones. Lest your gemstone meet a similar fate, this should not
be practiced by amateurs. For safety's sake and peace of mind, it's a better
idea to use a mild soap and a soft toothbrush. You'll be glad you did and your
gemstone will thank you.
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