Category: Colored stones

August birthstone: Peridot

First recorded peridot was found as early as 1300 B.C. on Saint John’s, an Egyptian Island in the Red Sea. It’s said that this green gem was impossible to spot by day but glowed in the dark, so was mined…

Gina Pankowski: pearls in orbit

Gina Pankowski’s Pearl Orbit series began when she was contemplating child-bearing – which may explain why she sees pearls as a beautiful, life-containing intrusion. Wearing one of her neckpieces will transform you into public art: “People stop to look.”

Copal, amber and…copal amber?

Strolling past the booths of an outdoor craft festival recently, I stopped to admire a chunky beaded necklace labeled “Copal Amber,” the word “amber” in bold. “I thought copal was different from amber,” I said to the man behind the display.…

November’s birthstone: Citrine

November birthstone citrine is not always easy to spot, ranging from pale buttery shades to deep honey. A few talented goldsmiths are doing amazing things with the whole spectrum.

October’s birthstone: Opal

Opal pendant by Carolyn Tyler

Will wearing opal bring you bad luck if it isn’t your birthstone? Of all the ancient myths about gemstones, none endure like the superstitions surrounding opal. The bad-luck opal myth isn’t really ancient. It comes from 19th-century fiction.