NATIONAL JEWEL DAY
National Jewel Day on March 13th recognizes the makers and the jewelers who create the special pieces that take our breath away. The day also recognizes the precious and semi-precious stones that go into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Each year, the day reminds us to wear those pieces and to appreciate the artisans who make them shine!
Jewelers offer a wide variety of gemstones. They provide their customers with custom designs and often help craft one-of-a-kind pieces. Selecting from precious and semi-precious stones takes time. Most jewelers collaborate with artisans who work with clients to bring their vision to life. They also repair and clean heirloom pieces, too.
Birthstones by Month
- January – Garnet
- February – Amethyst
- March – Aquamarine
- April – Diamond
- May – Emerald
- June – Pearl
- July – Ruby
- August – Peridot
- September – Sapphire
- October – Opal
- November – Yellow Topaz, Citrine
- December – Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL JEWEL DAY
- Wear those special pieces for this celebration! It needs to see the light of day.
- Give a shout-out to a jeweler who created that unique piece for you. Let others know about their talent, too.
- Pick out a new piece with your birthstone or the stone of someone important to you.
- Jewelry isn’t just for special occasions. Take it out for a spin and let it sparkle!
- Buy some jewelry, make some yourself, or sign up for a class to learn the art of jewelry making.
- Freshen up your everyday attire with a little bling and use #NationalJewelDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL JEWEL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this sparkling day.
Q. What does a jewel mean in watchmaking?
A. A jewel in watchmaking is one of several pieces of gemstone or synthetic gemstone that are used in the watch movement. Watchmakers once used tiny rubies for this purpose but today the stones are synthetic. (See picture.)
Q. What are precious gemstones?
A. Most gemstone specialists and jewelers consider four gemstones to be precious. They are:
- Blue Sapphire
Even though these stones are deemed “precious” many semi-precious gemstones are rarer than these four.