Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Swarovski Birthstones and Necklace Sixteen

Swarovski Birthstone Chart

Jewelry and birthstones go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no wonder that crystal manufacturers like 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:

January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Aquamarine
April: Diamond/Crystal
May: Emerald
June: Alexandrite or Pearl/White Pearl
July: Ruby
August: Peridot or Carnelian/Red Coral
September: Sapphire
October: Green Tourmaline or Opal/Rosaline Pearl
November: Topaz or Citrine
December: Tanzanite or Blue Topaz/Blue Zircon

Winter Birthstone Pendant by The Sage's Cupboard

I had always intended to start a family birthstone selection for my Mother Nature pendants, but never got around to it. Now that I have a new shop to fill up and fill out, I got started with a four stone pendant using winter birthstones.

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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