After all the posts about my birthday, you guys deserve a present.
When Blue Nile got in touch with me about another giveaway recently, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I confess, Part One involved something for me.
As you may know, I rely on chandelier earrings to elevate my Extreme Casual. As you may also know, most days I wear this necklace, two diamond solitaires dangling from one chain. The second stone, invisible in this photo, is round.
I love the necklace, it has sentimental value and occupies my favorite casual luxury space. But it doesn’t go with these chandeliers.
I knew a big necklace of any sort wouldn’t work for me. But a teeny disc, with a center stone, that could be nice. Behold Blue Nile’s Mini Birthstone charm. In amethyst. It comes in your birthstone of choice.
One detail. My birthday was September. Am I not required to sapphire? Impunity! Claim your talisman! In crystal lore amethysts promote patience and ward off intoxication.
Besides, purple compliments the chandeliers.
This is a very small pendant, but the circle stands out against a v-neck. (No, the earring’s large circle of rutilated quartz didn’t turn orange overnight, it’s an artifact of light and my insistence on monochromatic skin in these jewelry shots. Blame my waning vanity.)
And now we’re giving away a similar necklace, maybe to you. Choose your own teeny stone for the center. Either your birthstone, or one with meaning to you. Alternatively, pick a color, we all understand the power of aesthetics.
To help narrow your choices, here’s an index of mineral implication and birthdate assignments. Hey, I’m a Northern Californian, it comes with the territory. I don’t actually believe in this stuff, but as ideas enhance the world’s mystery I don’t close my ears all the way.
Stones (And Some Jewelry Bits And Bobs From Blue Nile And Elsewhere) For Birthdays, Or Meanings. Many, Many Meanings.
January || Garnet (rectangle pendant) || Passion, Intimacy
February || Amethyst (cocktail ring) || Patience, Temperance, Stilling The Mind
March || Aquamarine (raw gem earrings) || Releasing Fear, Mental Clarity
April || Diamond (mini-studs) || Faithfulness, the Richness of Self (I quite love this)
May || Emerald (diamond and emerald necklace in case you wonder what almost $1,000,000 in gemstones might look like, used) || Emeralds placed on the heart bring emotional balance. Well OK then.
June || Pearl (way too early to think about this but cute Christmas earrings, no?), Alexandrite || Pearls for Integrity and Loyalty
July || Ruby (dragon bracelet with ruby eyes) || Supports your emotions, Devotion, Happiness
August || Peridot (Elizabeth Locke pendant – have loved her stuff for ages), Spinel || Peridot for the Heart Chakra brings Unconditional Love, Happiness and Light
September || Sapphire (teeny stacking ring) || Personal Expression, Release Of Pain
October || Opal, Tourmaline (necklace by Pippa Small) || Opals are for protection and loyalty, but can be seen as bad luck. Tourmaline is here to help us on our path to new dimensions. OK then.
November || Topaz, Citrine (drop earrings) || Citrine for Success, Clear Thinking, Topaz for Protection from Greed
December || Tanzanite, Turquoise (necklace on sale) || Turquoise for Healing and Balancing
And now for your present. Leave a comment here letting me know you’re in, and what you’d like – your birthstone? Do you like your birthdate? Its stone? Or something else? If something else, tell us a story about why. I always love your stories.
I’ll draw for the winner on Monday next week. To Blue Nile, thank you so much. You are a pleasure to work with.