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Birthstones

The Folklore of Peridot

For thousands of years, people wore peridot beads and talismans to promote love, happiness, and wealth. Learn about the lore behind this August birthstone.

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The Folklore of Rubies

In ancient times, the ruby was considered more valuable than diamonds. Many cultures considered it a token of wealth, safety, and passion. Learn more.

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The Folklore of Pearls

Pearl folklore spans centuries. This June birthstone’s iridescent beauty has inspired many stories. Learn more about this beautiful gemstone on our blog.

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The Folklore of Moonstone

Throughout time, moonstone has been connected to the Earth’s moon. This gemstone looks like a moonlit night and has been the object of lore. Learn more.

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The Folklore of Emerald

Not only is emerald the birthstone for May, but it’s also linked to a few astrological signs. Learn more about the folklore behind this beautiful gemstone.

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The Folklore of Diamond

Ancient civilizations believed diamonds were lightning made real on Earth and that they had incredible healing powers. Learn more about this gem’s folklore.

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The Folklore of Bloodstone

Bloodstone was believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders. Find out why it’s been called the “martyr’s stone” and learn other legends.

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