Sunday 17 May 2009

Kay Jewelry And Birthstones

Kay Jewelry has been around for some ninety years now. The
simple idea of two innovative brothers, Sol and Edmund Kaufmann
from Reading, Pennsylvania gave way for the inception of Kay.
They opened the first Kay Jewelry in the corner of the furniture
store owned by their father.

Originally, Kay was selling things aside from jewelries. Some
of their initial products comprised of eyeglasses, electric
razors, musical jewelry boxes, silverware sets, kitchen
appliances and even radios. But then later on, as time changed,
Kay concentrated in the jewelry business.

Owning a piece of jewelry of special meaning such as those of
your gemstones, would not just surely serve as an adornment to
your body but will also be an expression of your individuality.

Know Your Gemstone. A gemstone which is also often called
birthstones, are crystal fragments from the earth's heart. These
fragments are cut, shaped, polished and the colors enhanced to
create adornments or jewelries.

If you are born in January, Garnet is your gemstone. Garnet
comes in almost a rainbow of colors, varying from deep red to
opulent orange and golden tones, supple violets and lavenders,
and striking greens. This gem is believed to promote loyalty,
sincerity and devotion. Amethyst is the gemstone for February.
It is a purple strain of quartz ranging from soft slightly
pinkish violet up to rich grape purple. Aquamarine is for people
born in March. As its name denotes it, this gemstone has the
color of the sea and legend has it that it is the treasure of
mermaids. When mined and cut most Aquamarines are greenish in
hue. For a purer blue color, the stones are enhanced by heating.
Diamonds are valued for their brilliance, purity and elegance.
It is April's gemstone. Diamonds derived its name from the Greek
word 'adamas' which means unconquerable or indestructible. A
diamond's worth is determined by its cut, clarity, color and

May's gemstone is represented by Emerald. Emerald is commonly
associated with rebirth and abundance because of its rich green
color which often brings in mind the colors of spring,
symbolizing regeneration of life and hope of new possibilities.
For June, it is Pearl. Pearls can be natural or cultured. Pearls
unlike other gemstones are produced by living organisms like
oysters and mollusks. Contrary to beliefs that pearls are
produced white, pearls' color varies. It varies from champagne
pink, yellow, golden, lavender, gray and black. July's gem is
Ruby – the gem of smoldering desire and passion. Throughout most
of documented history, ruby has been portrayed as the most
valuable. It is believed to have the ability to rekindle desire
and promote good thoughts.

Peridot is a relatively soft gemstone. It is most desired in
hues of lime and is the birthstone for August. This gemstone has
been credited with magical and healing powers like the power to
deflect evil and protection against nightmares. September is
symbolized by Sapphire. Sapphire embodies an endless palette of
blue colors but like all other gems, it is also found in other
shades of red, violet, orange and even white. A perfect sapphire
is a rare work of art. For the month of October, the gemstone is
Opal. Admired as a symbol of purity, fidelity and hope and was
nicknamed by the Romans as the Queen of Gems because it
encompasses the shades and colors of all other gems. Opal has
the ability to play with color. Another variety of quartz,
Citrine is November's stone. Its color ranges from pale yellow
to brown. And for people born in December, it is Topaz. It is a
very durable gemstone but can be split with a single shrill
blow, a character similar to diamond.

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