Wednesday, December 7, 2011


("Nura" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These lovely earrings are Turkish Round chainmaille earrings made of copper with freshwater pearls.  The earrings measure at just under 3.5 inches long.

Toxic Aine

("Toxic Aine" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

These Celtic Flower chainmaille earrings are made from copper and enameled copper with Black Onyx drops.  The earrings measure at 2 1/4 inches long.

List of Birthstones

The assigning of a gemstone to represent each month of the year was established in 1912 by the American National Retail Jeweler's Association.  The list of gemstone to corresponding month has changed some over the years but this was the original list:

January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Pearl or Moonstone
July: Ruby
August: Peridot or Sardonyx
September:  Sapphire
October: Opal or (Pink) Tourmaline
November: Topaz
December:  Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli

Recently, Tanzanite and Zircon were added to the possible alternative birthstones for December. Some other changes that have been made over the years include Citirine as an alternative birthstone for November, and Lapis Lazuli as an alternate for September.