birthstonesThe life expectancy for a typical toy is the time it takes for a child to break it, or until it becomes boring, which is usually about a month. Then it’s usually donated or tossed in the trash.

Now, there is nothing wrong with toys, they are one of the main ingredients in children’s dreams and Santa’s most important export from the North Pole. Making toys keeps the elves busy, and there is no one grouchier than an unemployed elf.

As a complement to the usual torrent of toys, you may want to consider a gift that not only has meaning, but will last a lifetime.

Birthstones

Everyone has a birthstone, and each one is unique and beautiful.

The historical origin of birthstones points to the story of Exodus as mentioned in the Bible. Aaron, a high priest during the time of Moses, wore a breast plate with twelve jewels, each of which was magically engraved with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list. The Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the list in 1952 by adding alexandrite to June and citrine to November; specifying pink tourmaline for October; replacing December's lapis with zircon; and switching the primary/alternative gems in March. The American Gem Trade Association added tanzanite as a December birthstone in 2002.

Giving your child a birthstone for Christmas offers the opportunity to share the special story of birthstones as well as to teach a bit about gemology, the study of gems. For example, did you know that most gemstones are minerals, which are inorganic? The pearl, birthstone for June, is considered an organic gemstone because it comes from a living organism.

Gemology is the science dealing with natural and artificial gemstone materials. It is considered a geoscience and a branch of mineralogy. Some jewelers are academically trained gemologists and are qualified to identify and evaluate gems.

JR Jewelers has a wide selection of birthstones set in rings, bracelets, and necklaces and all with very reasonable prices. We would be happy to show you something age-appropriate for your child and provide some interesting gemological information and history.

Gifts of jewelry at the holidays are usually treasured for years, and sometimes for generations, passed along to children’s children. JR Jewelers has been a family-owned business in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 35 years and we would like to make you not only our customer, but our friend.

We are located at 5975 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, we have ample parking, and we are ready to serve you with personal, one-on-one service. Merry Christmas!