December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Turquoise, and Zircon

It’s hard to believe that this is my final post in the Birthstone series. I hope each of you have enjoyed learning more about your birthstones and others as well. While my passion is creating one of a kind pieces, I also truly enjoy sharing my knowledge on the industry. With all that being said, its time to go out with a bang, and introduce all THREE of December’s blue birthstones: Tanzanite, Turquoise, and ZIrcon.

Meet Tanzanite

Tanzinite | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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This truly one-of-a-kind gemstone can only be found in one place on Earth: the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its vibrant blue and purple tones make it even more special. Tanzanite was named by Tiffany & Co after the country it is mined in, and the jeweler originally advertised with a campaign stating the gem could only be found in two places: Tanzania and Tiffany’s.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Tanzanite

Considered one of the most powerful crystals for spiritual explorations, Tanzanite has been said to bring together the powers of communication. Its high energy allows for deep meditation, protection, and uniting the mind and heart. For the body, it is a calming and soothing stone, best known for helping overcome communication issues and solving problems in a practical manner.

Tanzanite Ring | Hermosa Jewelry

Meet Turquoise 

Turquoise is among one of the oldest known gemstones, and a Hermosa favorite. Worn by Egyptian Pharaohs, Native Americans, and modern day women, this stone has stood the test of time around the globe for centuries.Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, the radiant stone was sacred for power, luck, and protection. The different hues of blue and intensity make each stone unique and versatile. It can be found in different regions around the world, but many go to the Southwest region of the United States to get one of a kind pieces.

turquoise | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Turquoise

Turquoise has been long been known as a stone of strength and power, as well as wisdom and nobility. It promotes leadership and equality between men and women, especially in the workplace, and has been said to help with writer’s block. For the body, Turquoise is a strengthener, aiding in depression, exhaustion, and anxiety. It enhances the immune system, helps with ear nose and throat problems, and aids the respiratory system.

Hermosa Turquoise

Hermosa Magnetic Fish Bracelet | Hetta 3-1 Necklace | Campo Frio Turquoise Necklace

Meet Zircon

Zircon | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Considered the alternative birthstone of December, this sky-blue stone has often been used as a fill-in when other stones are not available. During the middle-ages, the gem was used as a sleep aid, and thought to bring prosperity to its owner. Zircon is mainly mined in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, but can be found in other countries as well.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Zircon

Zircon is believed to bring joy and enthusiasm to the owner’s life and the surrounding people. It is also thought to bring peace and stability during traumatic times, with many people believing it can heal bad breakups and help one move forward. For the body, Zircon eases vertigo and insomnia, and is thought to be helpful in treating muscle and bone disorders.

Zircon

                         Diamond Blue Zircon Ring                         Wixon Blue Zircon Earrings

Happy Birthday to all the December babies!

xoxo,

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November Birthstone: Citrine and Topaz

Can you believe there are only two months left in 2015? I am already gearing up for Holiday Markets and Shows, and have been working away in my studio to make sure that I am fully stocked for the season. Though (and I have said it a million times) it has been a CRAZY fall, I still found time this week to do the birthstone blog post. November babies, like October, are lucky enough to have two birthstones to choose from: Citrine and Topaz.

Meet Citrine

Citrine | Hermosa Jewelry

Just like the fall leaves still hanging on by a thread or being brushed around on the sidewalks, Citrine is rich in color spanning from bright yellows to dark oranges. In ancient times, Citrine was used for protection against evil thoughts and snakes’ venom. Though its name is of French origin, meaning “Lemon,” it can be found all over the world in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes making it well known as the “merchant’s stone.” It is one of the most affordable and thus popular gemstones, not to mention many people believe it brings prosperity and success in business to its wearer.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Citrine

Citrine’s rich colors are believed to carry the power of the sun, and with that bring manifestation, personal will, and imagination to those who wear it. It is an energizing stone, grounding negative energy and transforming bad feelings or thoughts into positive ones. For the body, Citrine helps build a strong metabolism by stimulating the digestive system. It also activates the nervous system to help increase intelligence and brain power.

               Lafron Aria Drop Earrings                                       David Yurman Albion Pendant

Citrine | Hermosa Jewelry

                 Marco Bicego Citrine Bangle                                 Tiffany Sparklers Citrine Ring

Meet Topaz

Topaz | Hermosa Jewelry

Like its partner birthstone, Topaz can often be found in the beautiful shades of fall that I mentioned above, but is most known for the variety of beautiful blues it comes in. Similarly to the powers of Citrine, Ancient Egyptians and Romans associated the stone with the Sun God, and believed the stone to be a protector and healer. Legends even state that the powerful stone dispels enchantment. It is found in many places throughout the world, notably at Topaz Mountain in Utah.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Topaz

A calming and balancing stone, Topaz is thought to stable emotions, release tension, and bring joy to the owner’s life (this sounds strangely similar to yoga!) Similar to its partner above, it is also thought to bring success and good fortune. For the body, Topaz is said to be extremely good for the endocrine system as well as blood disorders, poor appetite, and aging!

                Lafon Aria Topaz Ring                                         Anzie Dew Drop Blue Topaz Earrings Topaz | Hermosa Jewelry

Larkspur & Hawk Lily Topaz and Gold Bracelet                   David Yurman Albion Pendant

Happy Birthday to all the November babies!

xoxo,

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October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline

As we transition into October, the feeling of fall is everywhere. October is my birthday month, and is by far my favorite month of the year.  I’ve been stocking up on new Fall clothes even though the weather has still felt much like it in the South.   I am in the Asheville for the weekend, trying to steer clear of the flooding in Charleston.  The leaves are starting to change up here to bold yellows and oranges, which is very inspiring for my designs.  Today, I continue on with my birthstone series with October’s two beautiful birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline.

Meet Opal

Opal Varieties | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
http://johnandlauraramsey.com/2012/10/01/birthstone-spotlight-october-opal/

We will start with Australia’s national gemstone, Opal. Opal is extremely interesting because it is neither a mineral or a rock, it is an amorphous form of silica.  It has no crystal structure, and its water content can range from 3%-21% .  From blue and greens, to red and oranges, no stone is exactly alike, making it versatile and loved by many. Opal was known to bring great luck during the ancient times, as people believed it possessed all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in that particular cut. On top of that, many believed that if you wrapped the stone in a bay leaf, you would have the power of invisibility (if only that worked these days). Today, 95-97% of opals come from Australia, and it is considered the national gemstone of the country.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Opal

Opal is a stone of inspiration, with its bright colors bringing imagination and spontaneity to its owners life. It also enhances memory and relieves confusion. People also believe the crystal healing powers of opal are good for headaches, eyesight, Parkinson’s disease, blood, insulin regulation, PMS, and the immune system.

My Top Opal Picks

Brightsmith | Natural Opal 14kt Gold Studs

opal earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Point No Point Studio | Brushed 14Kt Gold Ring

opal brushed gold ring | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Croghan’s Jewel Box | Opal and Diamond Ring

opal and diamond ring | Hermosa jewelry Blog
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Meet Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline gemstones| Hermosa Jewelry Blog
Photo: Angela Betteridge

Tourmaline is a mix of color combinations, and its name literally means mixed stone.  October’s birthstone is specifically the Pink Tourmaline, which can range from light pink to to deep red.  These semi precious stones can be found all over the world, but were originally introduced into the Western World when Sri-Lankan tourmaline was brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Trading Company. The stone has magnetic qualities, and was used by scientists in the early 19th century to polarize light.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Pink Tourmaline

Tourmaline is known to bring happiness and hope to its owner.  It helps relieve stress, anxiety, and even depression when worn daily.  Known as the poet’s stone, it is accepting and open to love, and helps the wearer channel thoughts. On top of this, the stone is known as being detoxifying and good for cleansing the nervous system. It has a stabilizing affect on the nerves, improves brain acuteness and circulation, and stimulates happiness and joy.

My Top Pink Tourmaline Picks

Ross Simons | Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring

pink tourmaline and diamond ring | Hermosa Jewelry

Acanthus Antiques | 18kt Gold and Pink Tourmaline 

Pink Tourmaline doorknocker earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Leif Shop | Raw Pink Tourmaline Studs

Pink Tourmaline Earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Seaman Schepps | Pink Tourmaline Beaded Necklace

pink tourmaline necklace | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Happy Birthday to all my fellow October babies!  Make sure to wear your opals and pink tourmalines this month!

xoxo,

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

Can you believe that its already September? The leaves are gearing up to turn, college football is in full force, and before we know, Halloween and the Holiday season will be knocking at our doors. As we enjoy these last few days of Summer, I’m continuing my birthstone series and introduce September’s deep blue friend, the Sapphire.

Meet Sapphire

Sapphires | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Sapphire, meaning blue in Ancient Greek, has long been known as the ultimate blue gemstone. In the ancient and medieval world, the sapphire signified celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection and good fortune. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment. Additionally, the stone represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity, and trust. These ancient beliefs have led sapphire to being one of the most popular engagement stones in the world, adorning the left ring finger of names such as Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.

Kate Middleton Sapphire Ring
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Sapphires can be found all over the world, however the most prized are from are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers 

This blue beauty is the “royal” stone of mental acuity and learning, thus bringing order to the mind to enable its owner to focus and see the truth beneath a surface. The stone embraces order and structure, while stimulating the Third Eye. The sapphire is also noted for soothing insomnia, improving eyesight, and relieving ear, nose, and throat issues.

Here are some of my favorite Sapphire Pieces

milka | Evil Eye Sapphire Stud Earrings 

Evil Eye Post Earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Diane Kordas | Diamond, Sapphire, and 18K Gold Necklace

Sapphire Bar Necklace | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Croghan’s Jewel Box | Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond RingSapphire and Diamond Ring  | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Renee Lewis | Antique Diamond and Blue Sapphire Crescent Necklace

Sapphire Moon Necklace | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Happy Birthday to all the September babies!  I hope you are showered in sapphires this month!

xoxo,

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August Birthstone: Peridot

It’s hard to believe August is here already. It seems like just yesterday I was dusting off my bathing suit and beach bag, and now before I know it I’ll be pulling out my football jersey and boots for the fall.  With the changing month, comes my next Birthstone Series post. Meet August’s earthy accent: Peridot

Peridot | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Meet Peridot

The Peridot, unlike the rest of the birthstone club, is one of the only gems that exists in only one color, its signature lime green. In ancient times, that magnificent green color led many to believe it was a gift from Mother Nature. The earliest records of the stone come from the Bible, Rome, and Egypt. Now it is mainly found in Arizona, with small amounts also found in China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.  Random fact: Peridot is a popular gift given to celebrate 16th wedding anniversaries.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers

Peridot is said to bring its wearer magical powers, and to protect against nightmares. In addition, many say it is an excellent stone to help with depression. The stone instills power and influence on its wearer. Because of its green color, it is thought to cure liver disease as well as digestion issues, and aids the body through detox.

Here are some of my Favorite Peridot Pieces

Elizabeth Locke | Cab Boy & Bird Intaglio Post Earrings

Elizabeth Locke
www.neimanmarcus.com

Brilliant Earth | The Rafi Ring

Rafi Ring | Hermosa Jewelry
www.brilliantearth.com

David Yurman | Cable Classics

Cable Classics
www.davidyurman.com

Steven Dweck | Peridot & Amethyst Ring

Steven Dweck Ring
www.neimanmarcus.com

Michael Aram | Twig Peridot & Diamond Bracelet

Michael Aram Peridot Twig Bracelet | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
www.neimanmarcus.com

Kiki McDonough | Grace Flower Green Peridot & Diamond Necklace

Grace Peridot | Hermosa Jewelry
www.neimanmarcus.com

Happy Birthday to all you August babies!

xoxo,

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July Birthstone: Ruby

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and celebrated America in style. With the Holiday festivities, its time to move forward and introduce this month’s birthstone. Fitting to its month, this gem’s deep red goes hand in hand with America’s birthday and fireworks: The Ruby.

Rubies | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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Meet the Ruby

Rubies have always been prized possessions to royalty, and for centuries have been considered the king of all gems. It has long been believed that rubies bring good fortune to its wearer, and to this day is the most valued gemstone.  They have also been considered the stone of love and passion for life. The value of a ruby is determined by its red hue. Ranging from purple and blue tints to reddish orange, the colors of the gem can span. The brightest color, however, is the Burmese Ruby, which has a rich full red color and slight blue tint.

Crystal and Healing Powers

The Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion, and is associated with the sun. It is said to preserve its owner’s mental and physical health, as well as restore youth and vitality. Many people also believe that the ruby has the ability to detoxify the body and blood, and treat fevers, diseases, and restricted blood flow.

MY FAVORITE RUBY JEWELRY

Croghan’s | Mazza Cabochon Ruby Earrings

Croghans Ruby Earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

David Yurman | Cable Spira Bracelet

Cable Spira | Hermosa Jewelry
www.davidyurman.com

Lagos | Covet Oval Stone Caviar Stack Ring

Lagos Ring | Hermosa Jewelry
www.nordstrom.com

Rina Lima | 18k Yellow Gold Vine Earrings with Rubies and Emeralds

Rina Limor | Hermosa Jewelry
www.neimanmarcus.com

Happy Birthday to all the July babes!

xoxo,

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June Birthstone: Pearl

It’s hard to believe June is here. The first day of summer is right around the corner, and everyone is celebrating the warm weather and beach season. With the start of June brings a new post for my birthstone series. The June birthstone is one of my favorite gems to work with as many of you can see through my collections. I happily introduce to you, the versatile, classy and timeless, Pearl.

Freshwater-pearls

Pearls, in my opinion, are underrated. Though they do have a mature and formal stigma to them, they are trendy and can be updated with a stylish outfit or color. Pearls have been adorned for centuries, and were a favorite of the Roman Empire. They are unique in that they are the only gem to come from living sea creatures (mollusks), and come in a variety of colors an sizes.

South Sea Pearls, found in the waters near Indonesia, Australia, and The Phillipines, are known as the largest and most valued with colors ranging from white and blue, to gold and yellow. Tahitian Pearls are those gorgeous silver/charcoal pearls you come across now and then, and are found in South Pacific lagoons. The “classic” and most popular pearl is known as the Akoya Pearl, found in south Japan and China, and has the familiar light pink to milky white color your Sweet 16 strand most likely resembles. Last but certainly not least, the Handama Pearl is the highest quality of Akoya Pearls, and comes with a certification of authenticity when you purchase.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Powers of Pearls

The Pearl is said have a calming effect on people, help focus one’s attention, and bring out a person’s integrity. The stone symbolizes purity and innocence, and is known to many as the “stone of sincerity.” For the body, it helps treat digestive disorders, increases fertility, and eases childbirth.

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Hermosa Jewelry Pearl Lockets

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Hermosa Jewelry Pearl Earrings

Hermosa Coin Pearl Earrings  Hermosa Elephant Earrings
Hermosa Pearl Sandollar Earrings  Hermosa Bartley Earrings

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Hermosa Jewelry Pearl Bracelets

Hermosa Cameo Pearl Bracelet  http://www.hermosajewelry.com/caroline-white-pearl-cuff/

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Convertible Pearl Necklace

This necklaces comes with one pearl front piece and multiple back pieces that connect via magnets.  Take your necklace from short to long in a matter of seconds!

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Remember, you can always contact me at haley@hermosajewelry.com for custom pearl jewelry.  Happy Birthday to all the June babies out there!

xoxo,

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May Birthstone: Emerald

May is here, which means it’s time to introduce the latest gem in my birthstone series. From the Emerald City to the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year,  this birthstone has made headlines on Broadway and in the fashion industry over the past few years. Introducing the energetic and elegant, Emerald.

emeralds | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
www.gemgallerie.com

Meet the Emerald

The color of spring, Emerald has long symbolized love, fertility, and rebirth; Fitting for the old saying, “April Showers bring May Flowers.” Egyptians famously buried mummies with an Emerald carved with the symbol of eternal youth, verdure, while royalty has consistently worn crowns and jewels adorned in the green gem. The stone was worshiped by the ancient Incas, and has been highly honored in many different religions for its beauty and spiritual powers. For years women have adorned themselves in emeralds, most famously Cleopatra, with the Emerald mines of Upper Egypt named after her and her love of the jewel.

These are among the rarest gems in the world, and are considered one of the four precious stones. The majority are found in Colombia and Zambia, but can be found in a number of different countries. Typically, the deeper the green, the more valuable the stone.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Properties

The Emerald is known to spark passion, whether for a person, interest or job, and is said to support a workplace environment as it increases mental sharpness, inspires eloquent speech, and strengthens one’s memories.  It has a calming effect on emotions, stimulating creativity, bringing clarity to one’s life, and provoking thought and reflection. The rejuvenating jewel, is thought to fight old age, revitalize organs, and restore eyesight.

Here are some of my favorite Emerald pieces

Tiffany | Color by the Yard Necklace

Tiffany | Hermosa Jewelry

Kate Spade | Emerald Crystal Post Earrings

Kate Spade Emerald Cut Crystal Earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Dada Arrigoni | Snake thy Apple Earrings

snake and apple emerald earrings | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Alex and Ani | May Birthstone Bangle

Alex and Ani | Hermosa Jewelry

Croghan’s Jewel BoxEmerald and Diamond Ring

Emerald Engagement Ring | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Fred Leighton | Emerald and Diamond Flower Cuff

Fred Leighton emerald Cuff | Hermosa Jewelry Blog

Happy Birthday to all the May babies!

xoxo,

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April Birthstone: Diamond

Happy April, and Happy Early Easter! They say April Showers bring May Flowers, but in the jewelry world, April Showers bring diamonds. Hey, we can all dream right? This month we will be highlighting April’s (and a girl’s) best friend: The Diamond.

Meet the Diamond

Probably the most well known of the birthstones, diamonds have been admired and adorned since ancient times. Forming one hundred miles beneath Earth’s surface, they are the hardest gem of all and are over a billion years old. Many folklore say that diamonds were created by a single lightening strike, and are considered the gem of winter and ice. Their hardness and invincibility have made them the symbol and gift of eternal love, with many wearing diamonds as a symbol of engagement and marriage.

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Crystal Meanings and Healing Properties 

Diamonds are the crystals of light and symbolize energy, illumination, and perfection. Many believe that the stone enhances your creativity, inner vision, and imagination, making a wearer keep an open mind to new possibilities. Others believe that its hardness gives strength, courage, and victory to its wearer. Additionally, it is said that they strengthen brain, sensory, and nervous system functions, as well as infuse the emotional state of the body.

Here are some of my favorite diamond pieces:

David Yurman // Crossover Ring with Diamonds

Crossover Ring with Diamonds | Hermosa Jewelry
www.davidyurman.com

Sydney Evan // Small Rose-Gold & Horseshoe Diamond Necklace

Sydney Evan | Hermosa Jewelry
www.sydneyevan.com

Dana Rebecca Designs // Sylvie Rose Diamond Bar Stud Earrings

Dana Rebecca // Hermosa Jewelry
www.nordstrom.com

Tiffany // T wire bracelet in 18k carat gold with diamond

Tiffany | Hermosa Jewelry
www.tiffany.com

I hope everyone has a wonderful first week of April, and Holiday weekend!

xoxo,

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Happy March! Spring is around the corner, though with most of the continental US covered in snow it sure doesn’t feel like it.  This weekend, we sprung forward with Daylight Savings Time, and with that, the promise of longer days and warmer weather. Until then, I’ll try to brighten up your gloomy winter with the next gem in my birthstone series, Aquamarine.

Meet Aquamarine

This stone, that looks like it came straight out of the Caribbean Sea, has long been a symbol of youth, hope, health, and fidelity. It is said to embody the eternal life due to its colorful ties to the sea and sky. According to it’s stories of origins, Aquamarine stones originated in the treasure chests of mermaids, and have since ancient times, been regarded to sailors as lucky stones. In addition to luck on the high seas, many couples give aquamarine pieces to one another, as its said to promise happy marriages full of love and joy.

Aquamarine Gemstone Varieties | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
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The stone can be found in a range of blues, mostly pastel but spanning down to deep blue-greens in larger shapes. It is commonly found in Africa, Brazil, Colorado, and Wyoming. Because it complements so many skin tones, hair colors, and eye colors. Always fascinatingly beautiful, it continues to be a favorite among jewelry designers because of its wide range of uses.

Crystal Meanings and Healing Properties

Aquamarine is known as powerful stone that promotes inner peace, hope, and self-love.  In the crystal healing world, It is known to help heal phobias, headaches, intestinal disorders, and chronic fatigue.

Here are some of my favorite aquamarine pieces:

Flower Ring // Tiffany & Co

Flower Ring | Hermosa Jewelry
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Alex and Ani // March Birthstone Charm Bangle

Alex and Ani |Hermosa Jewelry
www.alexandani.com

Blue Nile // Aquamarine and White Sapphire Earrings

Blue Nile | Hermosa Jewelry
www.bluenile.com

Happy Birthday to all the March babies!

xoxo,

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