Other companies use simulated and imitation birthstones. We only use natural birthstones and Diamonds. Other companies use lower grade gemstones and Diamonds, which are cheaper. Each of our gemstones are of the highest quality of color and clarity, handpicked by owner and master gemcutter, Steve Moriarty.
January is garnet and we use Arizona pure chrome pyrope garnets which have a dramatic red color. Our garnets will be flawless to the naked eye and finely cut. Source: Arizona Treatment: None
February is amethyst a purple form of quartz. Each amethyst will be flawless to the naked eye and finely cut.
Source: Uraquay Treatment: Heat
March is aquamarine which is valued by depth of color. Ours are not the usual very light blue color but a richer medium sky blue color making them more highly valued. Our aquas are flawless to the naked eye and finely cut. Source: Madagascar or Nigeria. Treatment: Heat
April is diamond and we use the high color grades which are near colorless. All of our diamonds are flawless to the naked eye and have fine cutting giving you outstanding brilliance. Our grading is G-H color and Si2 clarity.
Source: Unknown Treatment: None
May is emerald. Although we use very fine emeralds some may show minor inclusions as only man made emeralds are flawless. Our emeralds are bright and clear and like all of our gems are natural with the finest color available. Source: Varies Treatment: Filling
June is alexandrite the rarest of all birthstones named after Czar Alexander of Russia, the original source. We are one of the few mothers ring sites to offer fine natural alexandrite. The unique character of this gem is that it changes color from green in daylight to a violet shade of red in home incandescent lighting. Viewing of the incandescent color is best in the evening when no daylight or florescent lighting is present.. If it does not have a noticable color change it cannot be called alexandrite. Due to extreme rarity some inclusions are to be expected and don’t expect too strong of red color. The green is the dominant color. Because of the high cost of natural alexandrite, we have recently started offering synthetic Chatham alexandrite, the manmade gem chemically and optically identical to the natural gem. Synthetics are of higher clarity and have optimal color change. Synthetic alexandrite should not be confused with imitation alexandrite which are glass or synthetic sapphire and are of lesser value and do not represent the birthstone for June. Source: Brazil Treatment: None
July is ruby which is actually the red form of sapphire both being the mineral corundum. Natural stones will have some secondary violet to pink color although our current supply is very red in color. Minor eye visible inclusions are expected.
Source: Madagascar Treatment: Heat
August is peridot and our gems are a fine apple green color with fine cutting and flawless to the naked eye.
Source: Arizona and China Treatment: None
September is sapphire prized for its fine blue color although it is available in every color except red. The color is most valuable when not overly dark. It should appear blue in all lights. We use top color with fine cutting and all are flawless to the naked eye.
Source: Sri Lanka and Madagascar Treatment: Heat
October: Pink Tourmaline
October is pink tourmaline or opal. We use pink tourmaline as it is more durable and the cutting style matches the other gems that will be in the ring. Our tourmalines are a medium violet pink color with fine cutting and flawless to the naked eye.
Source: Mozambique Treatment: Heat
November: Precious Topaz
November is precious topaz. Genuine precious topaz is difficult to get and is usually a light peach to golden color. We have the natural birthstone available although we offer citrine as it generally is an accepted alternative as it is more readily available and has a more intense color which stands out better in the ring. While it is available we recommend natural precious topaz as it is the true birthstone.
Source: Brazil Treatment: Precious topaz-None Citrine-Heat
December: Blue Zircon
December is blue zircon which can be distinguished from aquamarine by its greenish blue color and a high brilliance more like a diamond. Fine cut and flawless to the naked eye. Blue topaz is often sold by some as the December birthstone as it is blue and cheap. Blue topaz is not an accepted birthstone for December. Source: Kampuchea (formerly Cambodia) Treatment: Heat