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Beaded Necklaces and Bracelets To Match Your Birthstone

At madmacdesigns we make fun pieces of beaded jewellery as beaded necklaces, beaded earrings and beaded bracelets. We also supply many other useful accessories such as scarves and handbags.

The beauty about beads is that they come in a variety of wonderful colours and shapes. With such a wide range of different beads and fittings in colours of  silver, gold, white etc we take great pride in creating beaded necklaces to match your particular outfit.  A beaded necklace, with or without matching earrings and bracelet can change the way you look with little or no effort .

Many of our beads are in fact precious stones/gemstones  so can add an addition relevance as they can reflect the wearers birthstone.

Gemstones are known for their beauty and their allure. Gemstones have been given a significant importance since the ancient times. These gemstones are also attributed to each and every person depending on their birth month. The origin of birthstones depending on the month you were born in go back thousands of years.

There is a certain mystery behind the birthstone jewellery that makes it all the more appealing. These birthstones are believed to have certain special characteristics and wearing these in any form brings the wearer luck and fortune as they are believed to attract positive forces in the lives of the wearer.

 
Here is a summary of what gemstones are for which month

January  

- Garnet is the birthstone for those born in January. and it signifies eternal friendship, trust, purity and truth and so is the ideal gift to give.  Garnet  properties are also said to be awareness, commitment, regeneration and insight. Garnet is said  to be effective for health problems relating to the blood, heart, lungs and infections …. As well as enhancing sensuality and sexuality.

Derived from the word granatum,  Garnet means seed coming from the fact it resembles the seed of the pomegranate.  Garnet is the name given to a group of minerals of differing colours from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

-  rose quartz is also considered a January birthstone and signifies emotional balance and forgiveness. It is a stone of love, tenderness and sensuality, Rose Quartz is a powerful aphrodisiac, stimulating sensual imagination

Rose Quartz, a silicon dioxide crystal, is one of the most common varieties of the Quartz family. Its name is derived from its soft rose color, which ranges from very pale pink to deep reddish-pink. It usually occurs in massive form, though it sometimes grows in clusters of small prismatic crystals. It varies in clarity from opaque to translucent to a foggy transparency.
 


February

- Amethyst, the gemstone believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Also it stands for  stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity and a calm disposition. The Amethyst’ healing properties are said to be effective for health problems relating to the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction,  headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing.

 Throughout history, the amethyst gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

Onyx is the alternative stone for February (Relaxation, comfort)

March  

The two birthstones for March are aquamarine and bloodstone.

- Aquamarine - The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Other attributes are  awareness, quick response and easing communication problems.  The healing properties of the March birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to throat problems and stress-related illness.

 Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes.  . Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green.

Aquamarine is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

- Bloodstone - The second birthstone for March is bloodstone, a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide.  This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders.  It is sometimes called the martyr's stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ's blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross.  Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

 April

- Diamond is  the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one.  The gemstone is said to enhance relationships and increase inner strength bringing  balance, clarity and abundance. The healing properties of this April birthstone are reputed to be effective  against troubled  brains and pituitary glands. The Diamond is also used to draw out toxins and therefore was used as a remedy for poison.
 
Diamonds are found Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA and Brazil.
Although our beaded necklaces and other beaded jewelry do not include diamonds we do offer a wide choice of lookalikes

 - April also has rock crystal/Quartz (Balance, clarity and energy)
 


May

- As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth and bestow loyalty, faithfulness and friendship. Emeralds are said to enhance are memory, clairvoyance and faith and provide healing for the  eyes, fertility, the spine and headaches. And it also enhances mental capabilities.
 
The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.
 
June

June birthstones get three gems as birthstones, pearl, Alexandrite, and moonstone.

- Pearl

Pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since then cultured pearls have become extremely popluar.


- Alexandrite

A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was discovered in Russia in 1831 and named after the then Russia ruler Czar Alexander II. Alexandrite is a rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities.  Its colour is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; changing to a purplish red in incandescent light.  Due to its rarity, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone.  (Synthetic gemstones are man-made alternatives to the natural material, possessing the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as the natural gemstone.)


- Moonstone

Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century.  A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light and sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat's eye pattern. Moonstones give loyalty, faithfulness and friendship and provide modesty, chastity and purity. It is said to be effective for health problems relating to the heart, spleen, stomach, intestine & ulcer problems. The Pearl is also used to enhance personal integrity.
Moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne. The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar.

 
July
- The July birthstone Ruby arouses the senses, stirs the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, success in love, devotion, integrity, courage, happiness, vitality, confidence and strength. It is said to heal the blood and infection and increasing positive thought patterns. The Ruby is also used to enhance energy, generosity and to bring prosperity and success.
August

Two birthstones are available for August birthdays: Peridot and Sardonyx.

 - Peridot

Peridot is said to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.  It comes in several colours ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens.  Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets. As peridot  forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Today most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.

- Sardonyx

Sardonyx  is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding.  It is said to bring courage and victory.
Because of its attractive banding, sardonyx has long been used to fashion cameos (carved raised figures) and intaglios (the reverse of cameos).  This gemstone is found throughout the world.  The most attractive specimens are found in India, but material also is mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.

- July also has Carnelian (Luck and safety)
 
September
- Sapphire will protect your loved ones from envy and harm (according to folklaw)  Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.  It was said to bring truth, sincerity and constancy, insight and interpretation. It was believed Sapphires would lower fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns. The Sapphire is also used to banish evil thoughts.
 Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish through violetish blue to pure blue.  The most prized colours are a medium to medium dark blue or slightly violetish blue.  Sapphire occurs in many colours such as  pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum.  Ruby is the red variety of corundum.
- September also has lapis (understanding and protection)
 
October

October is another month with two birthstone choices … Tourmaline and Opal.

- Tourmaline

Tourmaline has become a favorite gemstone among jewelry designers and gem collectors  worldwide. Since it is available in a wide variety of colours, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste.

Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.


- Opal

The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of colour)."  Opals range in colour from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal brings  hope, innocence, purity, happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. They are said to help with healing problems relating to the eyes as is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.

 Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature's heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

 
November

The two gemstones that are suitable for those born in this month are Topaz and Citrine. Topaz and Citrine are believed to possess certain healing qualities for the body and mind of the wearer.

 - Citrine is often known as the healing quartz since it is believed to have a solar quality of energy. The wearer of this stone is benefited with a positive flow of energy.

Citrine is a golden coloured gemstone which is found in different shades of gold from a  pastel yellow to a brownish orange.

- Topaz is believed to have the mystical qualities of being a healer and is linked with sanity and strength. It is good for those who have a bad temper and has a calming effect on such people. Topaz is well suited for those who need strength, who are always stressed and need to release their tensions and for the balancing of emotions in general. It is said to bring constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and friendship and helps by releasing tension and balancing emotions. The healing properties of the topaz are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to  sanity, asthma, gout, blood disorders, tuberculosis and insomnia. The Topaz is also used to enhance spiritual rejuvenation and feelings of happiness.

Topaz is available in a rainbow mix of colours ranging from yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones.

 Gifting your loved one with a beaded necklace that contains the gemstone associated with their birthday will be well appreciated and will also bring the wearer with good luck and a positive energy.

 
December

The four birthstones associated with December are Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise and Blue Topaz

- Tanzanite

Tanzanite was discovered, very recently, in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found only here. It exhibits a rich violet-blue colour for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this colour.  Colors range from blue to purple. Tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.


- Zircon

Zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color). For many years colourless zircon was used to imitate diamonds.  They say that zircon gives the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.

Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia and in South Vietnam.

- Turquoise

The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones.

It is said that turquoise brings prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune.  Also open communication, protection against all diseases, regeneration, and strengthening with healing properties relating to the throat, lungs, asthma, teeth, depression and infection. The Turquoise is also used to enhance creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding.

 Turquoise varies in colour from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque. It is most often used

- December also has blue topaz



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