Discover the traditional colors associated with Birthstones. Giving a piece of jewelry containing Birthstones is the traditional way of celebrating special family occasions. But how do you judge the quality of the stone? Just like diamonds, the gems in most Birthstones are graded by Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat weight - commonly known as the 4 C's.
- Color - relates to rarity, value and quality of a gemstone
- Cut - the shape and style of the cut of the gemstone e.g. Pear, Round, Marquise, Heart shaped
- Clarity - how clear a gemstone is and describes the presence, or absence, of Inclusions (flaws) within the stone and any blemishes on its surface.
- Carat Weight - the Carat is used to measure the weight of a gemstone
Birthstone colors are therefore extremely important to consider when purchasing a piece of jewelry containing precious or semi-precious gemstones.
Natural Birthstones Colors
Natural gemstone colors are ranked according to their rarity and value. The following information details what causes the different natural colors:
- Blue Colors are caused by the presence of the element Boron (B) which changes the conductivity of the gemstones
- Red, Pink & Brown Colors are caused by crystal lattice defects during the formation of the gemstone
- Purple coloration is caused by the presence of iron and/or manganese
- Yellow Colors are caused by the presence of the element Nitrogen (N) which changes the conductivity of gemstones
- White - Colors - Some gemstones, such as the diamond and topaz are transparent and colorless and are referred to as a white colors
- Green Colors are caused by exposure to the natural radiation in the earth such as uranium ore
Birthstone Colors are determined by the impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration and the gemstones selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:
- Hue - the first impression of the color
- Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
- Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid
Other Factors affecting the Colors of Birthstones - Synthetic Gemstones
Other factors affecting the colors of birthstones containing gemstones include fluorescence and color enhancements produced by high pressure, high temperature treatment and irradiation. The process called Irradiation is used to change the colors of gemstones, these are called the treated stones. Synthetic colored gems are not natural as they are created by man in a laboratory. Synthetic gemstones are much cheaper than those with natural colors making them easily affordable to everyone.
Symbolism and Significance of Birthstones
From Ancient times wise men and healers have believed that jewels and gemstones have mystical powers and conduct the energies of the ruling planets with which each gemstone is associated which affect our physical or emotional well being and healing powers. Gemstones and their attributes were related to signs of the Zodiac or month of birth and referred to as Birthstones.
Meaning of Birthstones Colors
Individual Birthstones colors also have special attributes. The meaning behind birthstones colors were symbolised by their association with events which occurred in history, many of which dated back, and related to, the biblical meanings of colors. The Christian meaning of colors were highly symbolic. The meaning of birthstones colors are detailed in the above links.
Birthstones Colors - Guide - Facts - Information - Info - Gems - Gemstones - Precious - Stones - Guide - Pearls - Diamonds - Aquamarine - Opals - Emeralds - Rubies - Sapphires - Turquoise - Peridots - Topaz
Garnets - Amethyst - Birthstones Colors - Month - Monthly - Traditional - Meaning
January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September
October - November - December
Birthstones & Jewelry Insurance
Your home insurance policy may not fully cover you for birthstone jewelry insurance, engagement ring insurance or wedding ring insurance. Your home insurance policy probably covers jewelry theft, but not loss that occurs for other reasons. A typical home insurance policy will only usually pay a maximum of $1,000 for jewelry theft. Obtain a Jewelry Insurance quote from the Chubb group of jewelry insurance.