Wire Jewelry Resource: Gemstone Charts

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by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Idea for January 11, 2012

The tradition of birthstones is a wonderful way to make jewelry that is tailored to a person that you haven’t even met yet. Simply keeping the birthstones in mind when purchasing cabochons, CZs, beads, and other supplies will ensure people will find symbolic significance in your jewelry as well as treasure it for its handcrafted beauty.

Whether or not one believes there is any metaphysical significance to the birthstones, we can’t deny the strategic power it wields for jewelry-makers. When a customer sees a ring display of a dozen or so colors in the same style, she’s already accustomed to expect that one in the display is her birthstone, and thus will immediately look for “her” stone. Additionally, a very popular gift for women is a “Mother’s” or “Grandmother’s” ring or pendant, which uses the birthstones of her children and grandchildren in a personalized jewelry design. If you can create rings or pendants in an assortment of stones, such as a multiple-bead or multiple-CZ ring, you will be very popular leading up to May for Mother’s Day!

Tradition has it that the birthstones originated with the High Priest Aaron’s breastplate as described in the Bible, and was standardized into 12 recommended by Tiffany & Co in this Tiffany-sponsored poem dating to 1870. Other cultures, including the Babylonians and the Tibetans had separate birthstones, as well as ancient Indian or Ayurvedic birthstones.

In today’s downloadable chart, we have researched several birthstone cultural traditions, as well as included an anniversary chart and a zodiac birthstone chart. An online version of this chart is available here (Symbolic Gemstones of the World) or click below to download.

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11 Comments

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    Janice Jenkins

    January 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Just want to thank you for this wonderful chart. I have learned so much from all the tips of the day and the videos that you have made available. I appreciate your sharing with all who love to make jewelry.

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    Constance

    January 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Thank you so much! This is helpful and handy when crafting the perfect gift.

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    DeLane

    January 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Rose, this is a wonderful chart to have in your booth or at your home show so that ladies who are unsure what their “stone” is can look it up. And good to have in your pocket when purchasing stones, too. Many Thanks!

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    lindacay

    January 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    thank you this is a very nice chart,

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    Gina

    January 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this chart. I can see using it n many ways with my jewelry creations.

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    Out of Hand in Nevada

    January 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the Chart. Just what I need for a handout at my shows.

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    Nathalie

    January 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    This is great. So many different possibilities based on so many cultures. Good research!

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    Naz

    January 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This is very helpful. Thank you. I was just wondering if it’s okay if I share this in my website? I will make mention of your site as the source of course.

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      Rose

      January 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Please feel free to share the chart, Naz! We would surely appreciate a link back as the source. Hope it helps you with many, many projects in the future! :)

      Rose

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    MarciaLea

    January 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    What nice charts. Thank you! I have learned a lot from your site. You have no idea how much I appreciate you!

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