Friday, March 27, 2009

Blog Readers get 15% Discount on Landstroms jewelry

From time to time we come across exceptional values in Black Hills Gold, and right now is offering one.

You can use coupon code: blogsale at checkout to get an instant 15% discount on every piece of Landstroms Black Hills Gold jewelry, only available only to our blog readers.

You can click the coupon or follow this link to Black Hills Gold to select your favorite Black Hills Gold items at your special price. Discount ends Monday, March 30th. Remember to use the coupon code: blogsale on Line 5 during checkout to get your special Blog-Readers 15% discount.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Aquamarine – March’s Birthstone


Aquamarine is actually a bluish-green variety of the mineral beryl. Pure beryl is a transparent mineral consisting of aluminum and beryllium. But when iron finds its way into beryl’s crystal structure, the resulting range of colors equals that of the sea. This is the gemstone we know as Aquamarine.

In fact, the name Aquamarine is derived from the word “seawater”: 'aqua' (Latin for water) and 'mare' (Latin for sea).

With colors ranging from a pale blue to a deep sea-blue, it is the clearest, most saturated blue color of Aquamarine that is the most desired and the most valuable.


In ancient times the Aquamarine was believed to have come from a mermaid’s treasure chest and was thus considered by both the Romans and the Greeks as a lucky stone for sailors. The Romans believed the stone brought about both cheerfulness and friendliness and was considered to ensure a happy marriage as well as to promise health, prosperity and clearness of mind.


Because of its range of potentially intense colors, its scarcity of inclusions and its hardness, many jewelry designers regard the Aquamarine as their favorite gemstone. Bearing a Mohs’ Hardness rating of 7.5 to 8, Aquamarine is quite hard, and thus resists scratches and maintains an exceptional, transparent shine. It is also the birthstone for the month of March and is used to celebrate both the sixteenth and nineteenth wedding anniversaries. The most popular cuts are the brilliant cut and the emerald cut, though many modern artistic cuts are showing up in Aquamarine jewelry in recent times.

All Landstroms Gold and Silver Black Hills Mothers Rings are available with Aquamarine gemstones.