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May 13th, 2014 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share
May Birthstone Emerald

May Birthstone Emerald

Birthstones are always a great gift! In ancient times, they were thought to protect the wearer of the stone and were linked to the zodiac. In modern times, birthstones are linked to calendar months and each has its own fabled properties.  May’s birthstone is the stunning Emerald stone, deep green in color and is linked to health and curing of whatever ails you!  Some say its is associated with seeing into the future.  It is very witchy!  If you are lucky enough to be be born in the month of May, there are many gorgeous choices to decorate your charm bracelet or necklace with May’s Stone!  If you prefer a pandora style bead bracelet, choose from Ohm, Novobeads, Biagi or Chamilia and many others to decorate your wrist or even wear them on your Chamilia Earrings!

June Birthstone – Pearl or Rhodalite?

June 5th, 2009 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

Pearl is the genuine birthstone for the month of June, although many items use the alternate stone, which is Rhodalite (light redish-purplish color stone).  Before fertility drugs, there were pearls.  Placed under a bride’s pillow they were believed to boost her chance of becoming pregnant, which helps explain the tradition of giving this gem of the shallow seas as a wedding gift.  Pearl is a symbol of purity, perfection and good taste since ancient times, pears – in a range of non-traditional colors and huge sizes have been making a resurgence in recent years.  Freshwater pearls are suggested for the 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th anniversaries. Today many bride’s wear pearl earrings, pearl charm bracelets and even pearl pendants.  Most birthstone charms do not use pearl because of the softness of the gem.  You will find most birthstone charms use the alternate stone.

Diamond is a girls best friend!

April 17th, 2009 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

A diamond is a girl’s best friend…..especially if she is born in the month of April.  Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April and the alternate stones that are used are White Zircon, Opal or White Sapphire.  The Diamond is remarkably simple in composition, yet stunning in its unique ability to reflect and refract light into vivid flashes or brilliant color. The ancient Hindus called the Diamond “Vajra” meaning lightening, both because of the sparks of light thrown off by this gem as well as its invcincible strength.  The Diamond is harder than any other substance on earth.  A gift of Diamond is symnolic of everlasting love.  There is no more convincing a promise of enduring relationship than the brilliant gemstone that has endured in people’s hearts throughout the ages.  If you are lucky enough to be born in April, this is your birthstone – if you are like me – (not born in April) nothing sparkles quite like a diamond on your charm bracelet , a diamond in your ears  and of course who wouldn’t love the sparkle of a diamond on your finger?

Aquamarine – Birthstone for March

March 3rd, 2009 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

With its shades of Mediterranean blue, aquamarine was destined to be forever associated with the sea.  The ancient Romans believed Neptune, the king of the sea, gave aquamarine to the mermaids, and sailors in the Middle Ages purportedly slept with it to ensure a safe passage.  Today, this almost hard-as-diamond beryl is still associated with long passages.  It is also given as the 19th anniversary stone, as well as the birthstone for the month of March.  Celebrate her birthday this month with a lovely aquamarine charm from Classic Charms.

September birthstone – Sapphire

September 2nd, 2008 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

Sapphire is the modern birthstone for the month of September. Sapphire is a variety of corundum, and comes in all colors of the rainbow except red (the red variety is known to most as Ruby). Typically sapphires are blue, and range in all shades of blue from pale blue to deep indigo blue, and is due to the presence of small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure.

Sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity, and the ability to make dreams come true.  They are also thought to bring their wearers comfort, and consistency in marriage. Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes.  Its was said that if a poisonous snake or spider were put in a jar with a sapphire, the insects and reptile would immediately die.  The french of the 13th century believed that sapphires transformed stupidity to wisdom and irritability to good temper. The powers of sapphires are thought to include inner peace, healing properties for rheumatism, colic and mental illness.

The biggest source of sapphires world wide is Australia, especially New South Wales and Queensland.  Australian Sapphires typically are blue stones with a dark and inky appearance.  Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions.

Many women collect Birthstone Baby shoe charms to represent their child or grandchild on their charm bracelet.  Charm jewelry is a very personal way to represent the loved one born in Septemeber.

Who let the charms out?

August 7th, 2008 by Classic Charms in Birthstones, Just for Fun; No Comments »; Share

Hearts Charm BraceletWas it the designers for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Dior, who for the last couple of years, have been pinning, hanging or sewing charms onto anything and everything?  Was it celebrities that brought the fashion of charms back? Actor Matthew Broderick gave his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker a charm bracelet to commemorate the birth of their son.  Was it today’s political, social and economic uncertainties that aroused in us a desire to return to a simpler, more secure time? The fact is most charm jewelry is personal, autobiographical, and often sentimental – a sort of scrapbook of our lives that links us to family members, old friends, and happy memories.  Or was it because charms really do possess magical powers as it was once thought to.

You probably remember your Grandmother or Mother wearing a charm bracelet, whenever she walked, her charms jingled, then as time passed you didn’t find any charms or charm bracelets on women.  What happened to them? Before you know it, everywhere you look, you see a someone wearing a charm bracelet and what happens? You have to look, you have to ask and you realize I must have one of those.  Think about all the important people and places in your life.  Charm bracelets are like wearing your life story – a photo album on your wrist.

Its become tradition in many families to start the charm bracelet tradition when a child is born.  We have many customers, who tell us they are starting a bracelet for their grand daughter who was just born and they buy a charm (something significant that happened that year) and add to it each year, so by the time the child is a young teen, they have a lovely piece of jewelry, bringing back all the child hood memories of people, places and things that left an impression on them. What a perfect gift to give – a lifetime of memories.

August Birthstone

August 3rd, 2008 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

August BirthstonePeridot (correctly pronounced Per-i-dot, although some still pronounce it per-i-doe) is the birthstone for the month of August. Peridot is also the gemstone for the 16th year of marriage anniversary. Peridot has been regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun.  During the middle ages, Periodt was worn to ward off evil spirits.

Peridot is a gem variety of olivine and ranges between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness August Baby Shoe Charm(Diamond is a 10).  Peridot naturally comes from Norway, Islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.

Peridot color ranges from olive to lime green, sometimes with a brownish tinge.  The green color is due to the presence of iron, while the brownish tinge indicates higher iron content.

August Mom CharmIts been mined for years as a gemstone and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of Chrysolite.  Legend says that peridot was one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the “emeralds” worn by her, were actually Peridots!

It is thought to bring the wearer Good Luck, Peace and Success.  Its powers include health, protection, and sleep.  The advantages of peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.

Today many women wear Peridot’s on their charm bracelets, such as birthstone baby shoe charms, pacifier charms, birthstone charmbirthstone kid charms and even birthstone charms! Many women wear charms to signify the birth of a child or birthday of their children. We carry many Peridot charms, featuring Charming Kids, Rona K Kids, Birthstone Baby Shoe charm and much more – visit us online today to see the entire collection of birthstone charms for the month of August!

Birthstones

November 13th, 2007 by Classic Charms in Birthstones; No Comments »; Share

Have you ever wondered what color a birthstone is or what the meaning is?  Just like astrology matching your birthdate to personality traits, birth stones are associated with certain traits as well.

January — Birthstone is Garnet, a deep redish brown color – Symbolizes faith, loyalty, and truth and is thought to help deflect evil thoughts and improve intelligence.

February – Birthstone is Amethyst, a purple stone – Is known to encourage sincerity, piety, and even celibacy.  The ancients believed amethyst to be a strong antidote to drunkenness.

March – Birthstone is Aquamarine – a light blue stone – Is said to attract love and encourage new friendships.  For married couples, the aquamarine is said to help promote a long, happy union.

April – Birthstone is Diamond (alternate is White Zircon) – The diamond is the hardest of all gemstones.  Diamonds symbolize invulnerability and incorruptibility, and are associates with love, marriage, joy, excellence and purity.

May – Birthstone is Emerald – a deep green stone – Symbolizes spring, fertility, and eternal youth, as well as honesty and tranquility.

June – Birthstone is Pearl (alternate is Rhodalite) – Symbolizes innocence and purity.  Pearls also are associated with romance, love, and marriage, and are traditionally given on the 12th or 20th wedding anniversaries.  They are said to bring health and good luck.

July – Birthstone is Ruby – a deep red stone – is synonymous with power and passion.  Rubies are thought to thwart evil, dispel sadness and discord, and protect their wearers from deceitful friendships.

August – Peridot – a light green stone -  is a symbol of good luck, success, and happiness and is believed to promote friendships and marriage.  Because peridots seem to glow in the evening light, the ancients believed they protected their owners from danger at night.

September – Sapphire – a deep blue stone – Symbolizes truth, sincerity, and the ability to make dreams come true.  They are also thought to bring their wearers comfort, and consistency in marriage.

October – Opal (alternate Pink Tourlemine) – Represents innocence and purity.  For children, opals are believed to bring good fortune.

November – Topaz (or Citrine – a light yellow color) Topaz is associated with the sun.  Thought to change color if the food offered the wearer is poisoned, topazes were also used to cure asthma, reverse insomnia, and improve eyesight.

December – Blue Topaz, Turquoise (alternate is Tanzanite) Turquoise symbolizes prosperity, courage, and success.   When given as a gift, turquoise is considered to be a  promise of friendship.

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