Birthstone Origins: Stranger than Fiction

Written by Sam Serio

Inrepparttar Old Testament,repparttar 147645 book of Exodus tellsrepparttar 147646 story ofrepparttar 147647 Breastplate of Aaron, used in religious ceremonies. (Aaron…just in case you were absent from Sunday school that day…wasrepparttar 147648 Biblical figure who performed, at Moses' direction,repparttar 147649 miracles that confounded Pharaoh and his magicians.) Aaron's breastplate was adorned with four rows of gemstones, three gemstones in each row, inrepparttar 147650 following pattern: Sardius, topaz, carbuncle; emerald, sapphire, diamond; ligure, agate, amethyst; beryl, onyx, jasper. These twelve gemstones representedrepparttar 147651 twelve tribes of Israel. The twelve positions were later co-opted by astologers who linked them torepparttar 147652 twelve months ofrepparttar 147653 calendar year andrepparttar 147654 twelve signs ofrepparttar 147655 zodiac. The Traditional Birthstone List contains these older birthstones and represents birthstone traditions heralding back torepparttar 147656 15th century. The Modern Birthstone List was created byrepparttar 147657 National Association of Jewelers in 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri. Gemstone purists complained thatrepparttar 147658 NAJ list was devised solely for commercial purposes (they probably didn't believe in Santa Claus either!). As a result, astrologers who prescribed gems often substituted alternate or secondary stones. The Mystical Birthstone list below originated in from Tibet over a thousand years ago. The Ayurvedic Birthstone list is derived from age-old Ayurvedic Indian Medicine, a practice of native people for more than a century. Month Modern Traditional Mystical Ayurverdic January Garnet Garnet Emerald Garnet February Amethyst Amethyst Amethyst Bloodstone March Aquamarine Bloodstone Jade Bloodstone

Buying Jewelry for Mother’s Day or How To Buy The Perfect Gift for Mom Without Getting Ripped Off

Written by Sam Serio

Jewelry can berepparttar perfect gift for mom on Mother’s Day, but there are pitfalls, especially if you rush atrepparttar 147644 last minute. Procrastination and a lack of knowledge can be rewarded with overpaying for a piece of jewelry or even worse, being ripped-off. A gift of jewelry can be expensive. Asking friends, family and co-workers if they can recommend a website, brick and mortar store or local crafts person can help. Checking withrepparttar 147645 better business bureau is also a commendable approach. When you are shopping, askrepparttar 147646 salesperson to write down any information you might rely on to make your purchase and before you buy, ask forrepparttar 147647 store’s refund and return policy. When ordering online, keep printouts ofrepparttar 147648 web pages with details aboutrepparttar 147649 transaction, including refund and return policies if you’re not satisfied. Six Smart Shopping Tips for Mother’s Day and Beyond 1. There’s a big difference between 14 karat gold and gold-plated jewelry. Fourteen karat (14K) jewelry contains 14 parts of gold, mixed in throughout with 10 parts of base metal. Gold-plated describes jewelry with a layer of at least 10K gold bonded to a base metal. Gold plating eventually wears away, depending on how oftenrepparttar 147650 item is worn and how thickrepparttar 147651 plating is. 2. If you’re buying a watch, determine whether you want one that runs on a battery or one that must be wound daily. Ask if a warranty or guarantee is included, how long it lasts, and what parts and repair problems it covers. Also ask how and where you can getrepparttar 147652 watch serviced and repaired. 3. Knowrepparttar 147653 difference between laboratory-created gemstones and naturally mined stones. Stones created inrepparttar 147654 lab are visually identical to stones mined fromrepparttar 147655 earth. The big difference is inrepparttar 147656 cost: laboratory-created stones are less expensive then naturally mined stones. But because they look must like stones mined fromrepparttar 147657 earth, they must be identified as lab-created. If you want a naturally mined stone, ask if it has been treated. Gemstone treatments– such as heating, dyeing or bleaching– can improve a stone’s appearance or durability. Some treatments are permanent; some may create special care requirements. Treatments also may affectrepparttar 147658 stone’s value.

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