This collection is special! Beautiful natural gemstones set in 14-karat gold are recessed into the surface of carefully selected Rhode Island beach stones, a poetic marriage of two earth-made minerals. The ones I find on my walks on the beach are shaped and polished by wave energy, which grinds stone against stone. Millions of years are required to produce these little wonders. The faceted gems selected for embedment into the surface of my beach stones are lovely cut and polished gems, which add a sparkling contrast to their naturally refined companion pieces.
The details of my Birthstone Pendants are carefully considered. The silver cap and bail, through which a 34” chain passes, are an elegant resolution signifying the importance of your talisman as a celebration of birth. I have linked a special Herkimer diamond into the chain two inches above the beach stone. These Quartz crystals are dug from the earth in Herkimer, New York, and are found as you see them on my necklaces! They are cut and polished by mother nature! My signature Leslie Block Prip name plate is pegged into the backs of the birthstone pendants. Two pendants are made available for each month of the year, one dark and one light in color. Please note that you will likely find minor naturally occurring imperfections in the beach rocks. Some of the white Quartz stones are more translucent than others and internal fracturing may be visible in these. Others are dense white.
Origins of the Birthstone Tradition
In the book of Exodus (28:17-20) there is this paragraph – “There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes”. These gemstones were apparently inlaid into the breastplate of Aaron. They were as follows: emerald, sapphire, diamond, topaz, carbuncle, sardius, agate, ligure, amethyst, onyx, jasper, and beryl. A fifth century scholar, named St. Jerome, made an association of these twelve stones to the twelve signs of the zodiac. The modern variation we know today came about in 18th century Poland. Jewish gem traders marketed the attachment of particular gemstones to a person’s birth month. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers solidified this practice in the United States. Please note: This information was taken from an article written by Trevor Nace in the July 2, 2017 issue of Science Magazine.
Please Note - Every beach stone sourced for our collection is unique and will be uniquely yours. They are carefully chosen for their size, shape, and color. As our birthstone pendants are sold, nearly identical and equally beautiful replacement pieces, which share the same aesthetic, are created. We know you will be thrilled with your purchase. For any reason you are not happy, please return it for a full refund.