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    A Diamond Is Forever, April's Birthstone

    A Diamond Is Forever, April's Birthstone

    Diamond PenGems April Birthstone

    Take it from the very dazzling and sparkling Marilyn Monroe, "Square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl's best friend." She knew what she was talking about. In fact she would've probably used our White Gold Autograph Crystal Pen to sign President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday card. Those born this month, consider yourself lucky and extra sparkly with Marilyn as your best friend.

    The word "diamond" was adopted from the Greek word "adamas," meaning "untamable," or "unbreakable." I would be pretty resilient too if I was made up of highly organized carbon atoms (same substance as coal!) and it took ton of pressure (~725,000 pounds per square inch) and heat (~2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) to make me! In fact I'd probably be Emma Frost from X-men, a perfect combination of Marilyn Monroe and diamonds with a kick of super powers. How awesome would that be?

    But Professor Xavier would've discovered the secret behind my dazzle and made his own a impenetrable diamond fortress. He would've also figured out that my beauty came from 3 things:

    1. Reflection - when light hits the diamond and bounces back, giving it shine
    2. Refraction - the "sparkle" effect diamond gives off when light passes through it as it scatters and fractures
    3. Dispersion - a gemstone's "fire," when white light is separated into color according to wavelength
    This gives Rihanna's "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" a whole new meaning. Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe and Emma Frost appreciated the brilliance of a diamond and so did a few other people.

    Diamonds are a symbol of purity, unbreakable quality, a union, love and commitment one person has to another. But it wasn't always known as that. The earliest diamonds were found in India in the 4th century BC and were transported through the trade routes that connected India and China (the Silk Road). Diamonds, at the time, were valued for their strength and ability to engrave metal. They were also used as talisman to ward off evil, provide protection during war, and were thought to cure illness and heal wounds when ingested (Yikes! That's one expensive medicine).

    Long are the days of ingesting diamonds (I hope) and here comes the days of dazzle on an array of jewelry; ranging from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and of course, engagement rings. Although the diamond has been used to symbolize engagement as early as the 15th century, it was not until an advertising campaign "A Diamond is Forever," by the De Beers mine company in the 20th century did diamonds become a hot commodity as an engagement ring.

    So for those lucky few born in April, your birthstone signifies love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection. No wonder why you shine so bright no matter where you go!

    The White Diamond Signature Crystal Pen is perfect and flawless like you and your loved one.
    Author: Melissa Nguyen

    Water and Sea: Aquamarine, the Birthstone for March

    Water and Sea: Aquamarine, the Birthstone for March

    Aquamarine PenGems

    March is a month full of rebirth, good luck, and new adventures. Between the return of Spring (and all of the flowers, blooms, and longer days that come with it), St. Patrick’s Day (and all of the luck and green beer that comes with it), and Spring Break (with all of the...nevermind. It is probably best if we don’t imagine what happens on Spring Break), March is a wonderful month filled with opportunity. It is appropriate then that Aquamarine is the birthstone of such a transformative month.

    Shop It: Aquamarine Autograph Crystal Pen

    Aquamarine ranges from a pale blue green stone to a deep teal color. As one could probably ascertain from the name of the stone itself, its name is derived from the Latin words meaning “Water” and “Sea”. The stones were once worn by seafarers as a means to ward off seasickness and nausea (something that could potentially come in handy for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Spring Break alike), and the stone was also rumored to give adventurers added courage, inner strength, and foresight. The stone was also told to reduce anxiety and increase intelligence.

    Aquamarine is a resilient stone, rating at an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. In order to get the high gleam, the clarity, and the brilliant color that Aquamarine is best known for, the stone must be heated to incredibly high temperatures, resulting in permanent color and clarity transformations. This transformation usually removes some of the green from the stone, resulting in a pure blue finish.

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    Often associated with the 16th and 19th wedding anniversary, Aquamarine was considered the en vogue gift of choice in the early 1900s, when the stone was first adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.  The symbolic stone of Scorpio, one of the most independent and resourceful of all the star signs, Aquamarine is a stone for adventurers and freedom seekers everywhere.

    Shop It: Aquamarine Rainbow Crystal Pen

    Aquamarine is the perfect stone for a month as filled with opportunity, excitement, and renewal as March is. Those who wear the stone feel a sense of eagerness and adventure that other stones simply don’t carry with them. Look into the pale blue stone and imagine escapades on the high seas, blooming blossoms on the trees, and all the possibility that comes in the month of March.

    Royal Talisman and Hangover Cure: Amethyst, February’s Birthstone

    Royal Talisman and Hangover Cure: Amethyst, February’s Birthstone

    You don’t have to be born in February to be dazzled by amethysts, but you're lucky if this is your birthstone. The stunning gems come in a range of purple shades that delight the eyes, and are one of the most popular gemstones throughout history. Even Cleopatra was a fan!

    Shop It: Amethyst Autograph Crystal Pen

    The word “amethyst” was coined from the Greek word "amethystos," meaning “not intoxicated.”  The Greeks believed that an amethyst could ward off impending drunkenness, and decorated cups and drinking vessels with the stone. I’m not sure about the science behind that, but these may have been the very first pimp cups.

    While the Ancient Greeks were certain that the amethyst ensured sobriety, the Romans considered it to be a little more romantic. Cleopatra, the Egyptian Pharaoh that looked a whole lot like Elizabeth Taylor, wore an amethyst signet. A signet is a seal, set in a ring, used to sign documents. (I had to look it up.) Queen Cleo had two suitors fall madly in love with her, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony (the Roman, not J. Lo’s ex). Since she was successful at keeping them in love with her, Roman women began wearing amethysts as a way to keep a faithful husband. Seriously.

    Shop It: Amethyst Signature Crystal Pen

    Cleopatra wasn’t the only royal with a passion for purple, or amethysts. Since the time of Cyrus the Great, 2500 years ago, the color purple has been synonymous with royalty. The process of dying cloth in purple tones was extremely expensive, so only the wealthiest could afford it. The popularity of amethyst among royals could be simply because of how well it matched their exclusive purple robes. Princess Victoria of Sweden has an amethyst tiara, passed down through generations to her from Empress Josephine. The British Crown Jewels have amethysts in them. Royalty has basically owned a color for thousands of years (until synthetic dyes came around in the 1850s), and then made tiaras to match. If that’s not glam, I don’t know what it is.

    All this seems a little “Game of Thrones,” if you know what I mean. So I’ll just add that amethysts also bring certain strengths to the wearer. It has the power to overcome hard times, courage, peace and stability to emotionally overwhelming situations. It symbolizes calmness, serenity, and sincerity. In a nutshell, it brings grace under pressure. Consider yourself lucky if amethyst is your birthstone.

    The Amethyst Autograph PenGem, with gold hardware, is perfect to remind you of the queen you were born to be!

    7 Facts About Blue Sapphire, September's Brilliant Gemstone

    Blue Sapphire Crystal Pens

    The month of September delivers us back to school jitters, the anticipation of fall, and the warm waning days of summer. It is a month filled with beautiful imagery as the leaves start to change and is a time of deep reflection as we honor Labor Day. What better month to be represented by the breathtaking blue sapphire? And what better gift for a September birthday than our Blue Sapphire Signature Crystal Pen?

    Sapphire was adopted as the official National Association of Jewelers birthstone for the month of September in 1912. This stone, which is typically known for its rich blue hue, is deep with tradition and has a long history of brilliance. Here are some things you might not have known about Sapphires:

    • The Sapphire is one of the birthstones that represents the Pisces, Taurus, Virgo, and Sagittarius zodiac signs.
    • Sapphires are also given traditionally for the fifth, twenty-third, forty-fifth, and sixty-fifth wedding anniversaries. The sixty-fifth wedding anniversary sapphire is traditionally cut in the shape of a star.
    • While blue is the most common of the sapphire colors, the gem can be a wide variety of colors.
    • Sapphire is the second hardest natural mineral with a Mohs scale rating of 9.0.
    • Sapphires are often heated to extremely high temperatures to give the gem its brilliant and deep blue color.
    • Sapphires were first created synthetically in 1902, and those that created it did a remarkable job. Without the aid of a skilled gemologist, the differences between the two stones are negligible. 
    • It is said that the sapphire allows spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. The sapphire is believed to hold healing powers for a variety of ailments that include colic, rheumatism, and a variety of mental illnesses.

     Looking for a gift in another birthstone color? See all of our sparkling crystal pens here.

    Peridot, the Emerald of the Evening

    Peridot PenGems Birthstone Crystal Pen

    The gemstone of the summer month of August, peridot, is shown off in all its glory in the Peridot Green Signature Crystal Pen. Feel the awesome magical powers said to be found in this gemstone as you write with our signature pen or give as a gift to bring the owner power, influence and a wonderful year.

    Characterized by its vivid green with a hint of gold, the peridot is the inspiration behind the glimmering rhinestone that crowns the Peridot Green Signature Crystal Pen. The revered radiant green shine of the peridot does not change in artificial light and is called the ‘Emerald of the Evening’.

    The peridot is considered to be a historic gemstone, which has become very popular again. The peridot dates back to biblical times and can be found in Egyptian jewelry like those worn by Cleopatra. Early Christians considered this gem one from Mother Nature and was therefore considered sacred.

    Associated with love, loyalty, commitment and harmony, the Peridot Green Signature Crystal Pen would make for the perfect gift to that significant other in your life. Peridot is a favorite stone for personal relationships inclusive of strong friendship and martial bonds. Napoleon used peridot to assure Josephine of his undying love and admiration. The peridot stone is also known to be the ideal gift for a couple’s 16th anniversary. 

    The Peridot Green Signature Crystal Pen features peridot green crystals that float inside the clear acrylic barrel and has matching peridot green enamel. There is no hiding the statement to be made when this pen emerges to write. Indeed, it will emit the Greek meaning of peridot – bringing abundance. Purchase this statement today for yourself or as a gift with significant meaning. The Peridot Green Signature may very well usher in all the abundance you could ever want!