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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Zircon

The name Turquoise is believed to originate from the French phrase “pierre turquoise” meaning “Turkish stone” because turquoise was brought to Europe by Venetian merchants who first acquired it in Turkish bazaars. Turquoise was considered among the most prized of all gemstones by early civilizations in Egypt, and was an important item in a list of [...]

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November Birthstones - Topaz or Citrine

November – Topaz or CitrineTopaz - The word Topaz comes from a sanskrit word meaning “fire”, and in ancient lore, the Topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger. When worn as an amulet, Topaz was said to [...]

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OCTOBER BIRTHSTONES - Opal & Tourmaline

OCTOBER BIRTHSTONES - Opal & TourmalineOPALOpal was named from the Latin Opalus, meaning precious stone. It was once called the Cupid stone, and was the symbol of hope and purity.Some people believed the Opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, and thus acquired their marvelous colors.  According to legend, Cleopatra is said [...]

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Where's The Party?

Okay, so maybe we are a little bit late... but we have a YELP page and we do tend to be the life of the party!Feel like sharing some love? Stop by our YELP page and leave us a review. We love YOU! Thanks! ~Your Friends At MJG

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1331 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA Back In The Day

1325-1337 Fourth Street in San Rafael was built in 1878 as Gordon’s Opera House. Our space became the Marin Music Company and the entrance still holds the mosaic signage seen here. By 1997 this historic building had been in decline for generations. Seeing its potential as a future art center, Art Works Downtown was founded. The [...]

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PERIDOT - the August Birthstone

PERIDOT - The August BirthstoneThe vivid green of Peridot, with just a slight hint of gold, is the ideal gemstone to go with that light summer wardrobe!Peridot comes from the mineral Peridotite, and is closely related to Olivine and Serpentine. It’s name comes from the Greek word “Peridona” which - loosely translated means “to [...]

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July Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum, of which Sapphire is also a variety. Corundum is the second hardest mineral next to Diamond (#9 on the Mohs scale, Diamond is #10 on the Mohs scale). The Latin word for Ruby is Ruber, meaning lord of the gems.In ancient times, the wearer of Ruby was blessed with [...]

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The Marin Jewelers Guild is getting into the spirit of San Rafael Rocks

The Marin Jewelers Guild is getting into the spirit of San Rafael Rocks with our unique 60's inspired rock and roll jewellery.

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June Birthstones - Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite

June - Pearl, Moonstone, AlexandritePEARLS are found in varieties of the Pinctada Oyster - a non-edible mollusk. A natural pearl is formed when an irritant such as sand, or a parasite enters the mollusk. The creature secretes conchioloin to protect itself from the irritant, thus forming the nacre which gives a pearl its [...]

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Emerald - the May Birthstone

Emerald is the green variety of the mineral Beryl, of which Aquamarine is also a variety. Emerald is the symbol of faith, kindness and goodness, and its color reflects new spring growth.In ancient times those who wore the green to bluish-green stone were believed to be endowed with the power to reveal the faithfulness [...]

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