Swarovski make sure that they have a selection of birthstone colors in their product lines. Though I never use real gemstones in my designs, I enjoy being able to personalize gifts and custom work with such close imitations.
The Swarovksi birthstone chart uses crystal colors to replace traditional gems throughout the year. When I started making limited edition birthstone pendants, I worked out my own chart, using close matches in color and shape, with some lesser used birthstone colors as well. Here’s my modified crystal birthstone chart:
June: Alexandrite or Pearl/White Pearl
August: Peridot or Carnelian/Red Coral
October: Green Tourmaline or Opal/Rosaline Pearl
November: Topaz or Citrine
December: Tanzanite or Blue Topaz/Blue Zircon
Today’s necklace features crystal bicones in citrine, blue zircon, garnet and amethyst. The color combination seems odd, but they still somehow fit together. I really like the way the fringe turned out on this piece, it’s much more playful and visible than my original design.
My birthstone is garnet, and I find it a bit dull compared to some of the more vibrant stones. How I wish peridots where January’s birthstone!
What’s your favorite birthstone color?
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