Skull Jewelry

Skull Jewelry

So what does that skull ring on your finger really mean?

Skulls are the most recognizable human body part, so it makes for a powerful symbol.  The most obvious meaning of a skull is death.  It carries an important message.  Life is short, so you should make the most of it.  Live life to the fullest.

Skulls can also symbolize the power of life.  They have been associated with the afterlife in many religions.  Ancient civilizations, like the Egyptians and Aztecs, used the skull as a symbol of the cycle of death and rebirth.  The skull is a symbol of equality too. All skulls look the same. No matter if they come from a king or a servant.

Before Keith Richards wore skull rings on every finger, Plato and Tibetan monks claimed it as a symbol of power.  Queen Victoria started a trend of memorial jewelry which commemorated the memory of a loved one who has died.  Skulls made it back in the 1960’s with many rock stars flashing their sparkling creations.  Not to mention Alexander McQueen, who influenced the entire fashion world with his skull designs.

The reason people enjoy wearing skull jewelry is because it looks cool. It represents freedom, individuality, and the fact that you don’t adhere to the rules set by society.  Skulls can be unusual, rebellious or plain edgy.  Skull rings in 2020 never cease to amaze, so be adventurous and slip one on for size!


October Birthstone: Tourmaline

October Birthstone: Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the modern October birthstone. The name comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colors”. Few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling colors. The ancients believed it could inspire artistic expression. The pink and red rubellites, the emerald green “chrome” tourmalines, and the neon green and blue-to-violet “paraíba” tourmalines are highly valued.

Tourmaline has been mistaken for other gemstones, including in the Russian crown jewels. The “Caesar’s Ruby” pendant is in reality a red tourmaline. A Conquistador in the 1500s mistook green tourmaline crystals in South America for emeralds. Tourmaline was not designated as a unique mineral species until the 1800s.


Pink tourmaline embodies love and is associated with compassion and gentleness. Green tourmaline promotes courage, strength, and stamina. Black tourmaline is believed to protect the wearer and give a sense of self-confidence.Tourmaline is given to celebrate the eighth wedding anniversary.


This October birthstone is most commonly found in Brazil, but it is also mined in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique (among other countries in Africa). California and Maine are historically important producers of fine tourmaline in the United States.

Most of the tourmaline mined in Brazil over the centuries comes from the state of Minas Gerais. In the late 1980s, electric green, blue, and violet tourmalines began to be exported from Brazil’s Paraíba State. The intense colors are caused by trace amounts of copper. In the early 2000s, Paraíba-type copper-bearing tourmalines were discovered in Mozambique and Nigeria. The Paraíba and Paraíba-type tourmalines are priciest due to their vivid hues, higher color saturation, and greater rarity.

In the US, Southern California and Maine have produced pegmatite in significant quantities. Tourmaline was discovered in 1820 at Mount Mica, in Paris, ME. 

In 1898, California’s first commercial tourmaline mine opened and is known for its fine rubellite. San Diego mines sent 120 tons of gem rubellite to Imperial China between 1902 and 1910. Only a few mines in San Diego County now occasionally produce gem-quality tourmaline.


The tourmaline birthstone is rated 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (diamonds are 10) and is generally suitable for everyday wear. These colorful gems are usually stable enough to withstand light and most chemicals, but heat can be damaging. This October birthstone is best cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. The use of ultrasonic and steam cleaners is not recommended.

We at Patronik Designs can provide safe, expert care and maintenance of all your jewelry. Pay us a visit! 

If You Were Lucky Enough to be Born in October, Your Birthstone is Opal (and Tourmaline)

If You Were Lucky Enough to be Born in October, Your Birthstone is Opal (and Tourmaline)

We at Patronik Designs present two precious gem profiles. Those born in October enjoy two spectacular birthstones to commemorate their birthdays – opal and tourmaline.

Both October birthstones have endless color combinations and beautiful coloring characteristics. 


Opal is the traditional October birthstone. It is believed to have originated from India where it was called upala, a “precious stone” in Sanskrit.  The Romans called it opalus. Opals are famous for their shifting colors called “play-of-color.”

Opal symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. Opal has been compared to fireworks, galaxies, and volcanoes. Bedouins believed opal held lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. The Greeks believed opals helped prophesize and protected wearers from diseases. In Europe, opals were a symbol of purity, hope, and truth. Opal was believed to embody the virtues and powers of all colored stones.


  • Australian aboriginal tribes believed that opals were the Creator’s footprints on Earth.
  • Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight. 
  • Opals help to control temper and calm nerves. A dream of an opal means that good luck will come.
  • Each opal is made of tiny spheres of amorphous hydrated silica; its water content makes it prone to cracking or crazing (many fine cracks). This can happen if the gem dries out, such as might occur when exposed to high temperatures or long periods of low humidity. 

Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.


Australia is the top producer of opal in the world. Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil are major sources as well. Deposits have been found in Central Europe, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Peru, Turkey, and the United States.

Lightning Ridge, a small town in New South Wales, Australia, is famed for producing prized black opal.

White opal is found in the White Cliffs of New South Wales, as well as in Mintabie, Andamooka, and Coober Pedy in South Australia. Boulder opal is mined exclusively in Queensland.

In Ethiopia, the October birthstone is found near the village of Wegel Tena, in Wollo Province. Gems there range in body color from white, yellow, orange, and brownish red to chocolate brown. Some of the opals show play-of-color. Ethiopia’s Shewa Province mines the coveted black opal, as well as orange, white, and crystal opal. 

Querétero, Mexico is known for producing fire opal in yellow, orange, and reddish-orange to red, some with good play-of-color. 

All of the mining locations are extremely remote and difficult to reach.


Opals may be treated by impregnation with oil, wax, or plastic. Opal doublets or triplets are fine slices of opal glued to a base material and covered with a thin dome of clear quartz. This gem is relatively soft, with a hardness rating of only 5.5. As such, they should never be placed in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner as the vibrations can crack the gem. 

The safest way to clean this October birthstone is with warm, soapy water. Other cleaning methods might damage the opal or filler material. Note that prolonged exposure to water may weaken the adhesive in opal doublets and triplets. Even natural opals can fracture if exposed to high heat or sudden temperature changes.

To prevent jewelry set with harder gems from scratching the opal, store it by itself. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are just a few of the gems that can scratch the October birthstone. 

We at Patronik Designs can provide safe care of all your jewelry. Opal is a delicate gem that requires appropriate maintenance to ensure its natural beauty. Feel free to bring your opals by our store for inspection and cleaning.

Wedding Anniversary Gemstones

Wedding Anniversary Gemstones

For centuries people have been gifting gemstones on anniversaries to loved ones. While most people are familiar with the big ones, such as the 25th and 50th, we present the gemstones for all of the anniversaries, even ones you may not be familiar with.

Here are the meanings of each stone to deepen the significance of these celebratory gifts:

1 Year Anniversary – The Mother of Pearl

The Mother of Pearl signifies faith and charity and is associated with protection and wealth.

Alternate: Peridot, Pearl

2 Year Anniversary – Garnet 

Garnet attracts love and soul mates.  

Alternate: Rose Quartz

3 Year Anniversary – Moonstone

Moonstone brings good fortune and passion.  

Alternate: Crystal, Jade

4 Year Anniversary – Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz is the stone of true love.  

Alternate: Blue Zircon

5 Year Anniversary – Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz provides the sparkle in your marriage.

Alternate: Pink Tourmaline

6 Year Anniversary – Amethyst

Amethyst is the stone of protection.  

Alternate: Turquoise

7 Year Anniversary – Onyx

Onyx is good for general happiness and prosperity.

Alternate: Yellow Sapphire, Golden Beryl

8 Year Anniversary – Tourmaline

Tourmaline enhances tolerance and understanding.

Alternate: Tanzanite

9 Year Anniversary – Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli promotes harmony in relationships.  

Alternate: Amethyst, Green Spine

10 Year Anniversary – Crystal

Crystal fosters patience and tranquility.

Alternate: Blue Sapphire

11 Year Anniversary Gemstone – Turquoise

Turquoise protects from negative energy and brings good fortune.  

Alternate: Citrine, Yellow Zircon

12 Year Anniversary – Jade

Jade is used to attract love, prosperity, protection, and healing.

Alternate: Opal

13 Year Anniversary – Citrine

Citrine will give joy and love to the owner.  

Alternate: Moonstone, Hawk’s Eye

14 Year Anniversary – Opal

Opal is the stone for faithful lovers.  

Alternate: Bloodstone, Agate

15 Year Anniversary – Rhodolite

Rhodolite builds up confidence and love.

Alternate: Rhodolite Garnet, Alexandrite

16 Year Anniversary – Peridot

Peridot is the symbol of undying love and admiration.

Alternate – Red Spinel

17 Year Anniversary – Watches  

Alternate: Carnelian gives your energy a boost and helps keep a sense of humor.

18 Year Anniversary – Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase encourages hope and joy.

Alternate: Aquamarine

19 Year Anniversary – Aquamarine

Aquamarine will protect against gossip.  

Alternate: Almandine Garnet

20 Year Anniversary – Emerald

Emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus and is said to preserve love.

Alternate: Yellow or Golden Diamond

21 Year Anniversary – Lolite

Lolite takes you on the journey of enlightenment and also helps with money and debt.

22 Year Anniversary – Spinel

Spinel stands for prosperity, perfection and good fortune. 

Alternate: Blue Zircon stands for love, luck, happiness, and prosperity.

23 Year Anniversary – Yellow Topaz

Yellow Topaz draws love to its wearer.

24 Year Anniversary – Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a stone of soul transformation.

25 Year Anniversary – Silver

Silver represents a milestone and stands for a quarter-century of love.

Alternate: Tsavorite encourages self-awareness.

30 Year Anniversary – Pearl

Pearl is the symbol of purity and elegance.  

Alternate: Diamond, Jade

35 Year Anniversary – Emerald

Emerald brings good fortune and youth.  

Alternate: Coral, Jade

40 Year Anniversary – Ruby

Ruby is filled with love and brings friendship and love.

45 Year Anniversary – Sapphire

Sapphire is the stone of loyalty and fidelity.

Alternate: Cat’s Eye

50 Year Anniversary – Gold

Gold promotes good health and success. A 50th wedding anniversary is referred to as “golden” because, according to ancient tradition, it was this milestone anniversary where a husband would give his wife a golden wreath, garland, or necklace.

Alternate: Imperial or Golden Topaz

55 Year Anniversary – Alexandrite

Alexandrite stimulates pleasure and love.

60 Year Anniversary – Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee symbolizes everlasting love and strength.

Every anniversary is special and should be celebrated. At Patronik Designs, we can work with you to design unique jewelry to symbolize your love so your piece can forever be a reminder of your relationship.

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