Gemstones and Birthstones have long been used in jewelry and are great for gift giving. While the list of monthly birthstones and yearly anniversary stones is a traditional list, the actual gemstone you choose can be unique. Gemstones come in a wide range of colors, depth of saturation, and tones and are as versatile as the buyer.
Here at Pugh’s Designer Jewelers we pride ourselves on the variety of stones we carry. We have loose stones to choose from as you design exactly the piece you want. In addition we have stones already set into pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Click on the list below to see gemstone examples.
Typically thought of as red, however, garnets come in deep orange and golden hues, vibrant greens, soft violet and lavender.
Amethyst is from the quartz family and is the royal color of purple. Shades can vary from an almost violet to a deep purple.
March is the first month that offers a choice in birthstone gems; Aquamarine or Bloodstone. Aquamarines are found in a range of blue shades, from the pale pastel to greenish-blue to a deep vibrant blue. Which color you choose is a matter of personal choice and taste. The deeper shades of blue are more rare. If however, you choose a bloodstone as your gem of choice, the color can be green with red tones or predominately red with green splashes. The name comes from the red hue reminiscent of blood.
Fondly referred to as a girl’s best friend, the diamond is traditionally used in engagement rings, but is also prized as the birthstone for April. While the clear diamond is generally thought of as the diamond color of choice, like other gemstones, diamonds come in a variety of colors.
Cleopatra had a fondness for the deep green of an Emerald. Symbolizing spring and rebirth, the green tones of an emerald can range from light to a deep, verdant green.
Folks born in the month of June get a choice of three great gemstones. Alexandrite is the most rare of the three gemstones for June. The pearl has luster, moonstone a shimmer but alexandrite actually changes colors. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem, with a warm raspberry tone.
The Pearl can be found as either cultured or natural. Cultured pearls come in a wide range of colors including: gold, yellow, champagne, pink, peach, lavender, gray and black.
Moonstone is a gem that resembles a pearl, but differentiated by it’s shimmer. Moonstones come in a variety of colors and can range from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color.
Rubies are the stuff of legends and many a country song. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings and no other red gemstone can compare to its rich hues. It was believed wearing a fine red ruby brought the wearer good luck.
While emeralds are a deep green, peridot gets the claim of being a fresh lime green color. August birthdays have the essence of spring and summer in the gemstone of their month.
Known as the versatile blue stone, sapphires are also found in many other shades. One of the most durable and versatile gems, a sapphire can be pale blue, gold, reddish-orange or light violet.
Opal and Tourmaline share the quality of color! The opal is prized for its unique ability to diffract light into flashes of rainbow color. Tourmaline on the other hand can be a combination of colors!
Vivid reds, hot pinks, greens and blues characterize this particular gem variety. Not only does tourmaline occur in a spectacular range of colors, but it also combines those colors in a single gemstone called "bi-color" or "parti-color" tourmaline. One color combination with a pink center and a green outer rim is called "watermelon" tourmaline, and is cut in thin slices similar to its namesake.
Like the month, topaz and citrine reflect the colors of fall. Blue topaz is especially prized while there are also some pale pink to a sherry reds available.
Citrine boasts the yellows while topaz has the amber gold of cognac or the blush of a peach, and all the beautiful warm browns and oranges in between.
Turquoise is best known as a sky blue or robin egg blue. Zircon is also blue, but with a fiery brilliance.
Tanzanite is a vivid blue with almost purple overtones.