Guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff shares a complete guide to birthstones and jewelry.
As we begin these first weeks of our new year, I thought it would be fun to dream a bit!
Creating joy is the point of my posts! What fun it is to consider a personal gemstone and its meaning when you choose a gift, special purchase for yourself or your home! The “meaning behind things” has always piqued my curiosity…a little bit of mystery and magic. I think we all deserve a little or a lot of magic! Each of us has a special day when we arrived in this world…a day, a month, a year! It identifies us…even with a special time!! A Birth Date and Birthstone too!
With each new year, it’s enjoyable to think about new ways to create a life with meaning! I find it fascinating fun to remember loved ones with gifts, to make them realize how truly special they are! How can we personalize each day with meaning to make life more joyful? Wearing our Birthstone could be one way!
Recently, I met a newly engaged couple, who chose March 19, 2022, for their wedding date to begin their “new life together.” This specific March Month, Day for their wedding and each of their Birthdays can hold significance and meaningful fun as they plan – Emerald Green! Their Birthstone gem and colors might also be a creative inspiration for their wedding color scheme, attendant’s gowns, flowers, and even translate to their home decor!
Gemologist, astrologers, and historians all weigh in on the origins and meaning of Birthstones and the significance of their color and attributes. As with much in life, it is not an exact science. Have fun with the findings!! Everyone you know has a birthday in 2022…I promise!
As a classicist and romantic, I am sharing a very traditional Birthstone list. What is your Birthstone?? Do you identify with its color and meaning? Here’s a birthstone chart to help you get started.
Many talented artists and designers have also been inspired by Birthstones! David Yurman, Jemma Wynne, Margot McKinney, Marco Bicego, Monica Rich Kosann, and Temple St. Clair among them. Certainly, the quality of each gem and metal used determines how “dear”(as the Brits say), their creations will be.
American Artist Temple St. Clair has been honored by the Louvre Museum in Paris to be included in their permanent collection, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Her remarkably beautiful work, 18K THE TOLOMEO PENDANT was their selection! Gemstones abound in this beautiful piece which is fabulous from every angle. Significantly, she is the only woman and living artist among the three who have been so honored: Temple St. Clair joins Louis Comfort Tiffany and Alexander Calder!!
Her work is beyond words! I am pleased to say, was included in my jewelry selections for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, when Director of Retail. Let’s enjoy special Birthstone possibilities for each of our fabulous 12 new months!!
Meaning dark red, similar to pomegranate seeds.
Latin: aqua marina = seawater
A Girl’s Best Friend, hardest of Gemstones.
Gem of the Sun
Opal is considered to be one of the luckiest gems, as it contains the full rainbow.
Turquoise is the oldest Gemstone.
Until next week, enjoy exploring the mystery and magic of your own Birthstone…and those you love!! Have fun!
Style at a Certain Age Saturday guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff shares luxury retail, home, and design ideas.