Showing posts from January, 2011

St.Valentine's Day

Historians trace the origin of Valentine's Day to ancient Roman Empire. It is said that in the Rome of ancient times people observed a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno- the Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses. On the following day, February 15th began the fertility festival called'Feast of Lupercalia. On the eve of the festival names of young Roman girls were written on a slip of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew out a girl's name from the jar and was paired with the girl for the duration of Lupercalia. Sometime pairing lasted for a year until next year's celebration. Quite often, the couple would fall in love with each other and later marry. 

The pairing of young boys and girls did set the mood of the Valentine's Day Festival as we know today. But it was actually due to the efforts and daring of a priest St Valentine that the festival got its name and clearer meaning. There are a few versions of the story.

One version goes that during the reign ofE…

February's Birthstone- The Amethyst

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. 

Throughout history amethyst has been used to guard against drunkenness and in overcoming addiction. It has been used for hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain. It has been suggested that it is used to stabilize mental disorders. It is thought to make the wearer gentle and amiable. Amethyst "powers" include: dreams, healing, peace, love, spiritual fulfillment, courage,  psych ism, protection against thieves, and happiness.

January's Birthstone- The Garnet

Garnets as a group are relatively common in highly metamorphosed rocks and in some igneous formations. They form under the high temperatures and/or pressures that those types of rocks must endure. Garnets can be used by geologists as a gauge of how much temperature and pressure the rock has endured.
 As a gemstone, garnets possess high indices of refraction, are hard enough, have pretty colors, are wonderfully transparent, lack cleavage and are durable; thus making good candidates for gemstones. Garnets are greatly variable in colors and varieties,and many of these are both rare and beautiful, producing genuinely precious gemstones. Some garnets are truly unique in the mineral kingdom and have much to offer as both gemstones and mineral specimens.

The gemstone Garnet is the official birthstone for January as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the stone for the Zodiac sign Aquarius.
Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversa…