Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Do you realize that Mother’s Day is less than a month away? So what do you get for Mom? What are good gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Today, we’re going to look at some handmade gift ideas for her to help you find the perfect gift for mom!

First off, think of something unique and handmade. Moms love custom birthstone jewelry for example. And my Custom Birthstone Bird Nest Pendant makes a sweet way for a Momma Bird to carry around the birthstone colors of her baby birds! 😀

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Or, if you have a bigger family or are looking to celebrate an entire family, why not look to my Family Tree of Life pendant? Made from up to 12 personalized gemstone birthstones, arranged in the order of your choosing. This wearable artisan pendant is the perfect way to celebrate family.

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If you don’t want something with birthstones, there are a lot of beautiful, elegant and luxurious= options to really show Mom just how special she is! Treat Mom to something extra special. Diamond jewelry for Mother’s Day is perfectly appropriate for example! 😀

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So when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for Mom, want to give mom something OOAK and special, need to give her something truly meaningful, and want the uniqueness of a handmade piece of custom jewelry, come to PhoenixFire Designs and shop our gorgeous collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry. Don’t see what you want? No problem! We’re always happy to customize, personalize or work with you to make the perfect, one of a kind gift!

Give her something meaningful and thoughtful that she can cherish. PhoenixFire Designs has offered quality, beauty and luxury on etsy since 2006! Shop with confidence.

All About Birthstones

Every month of the year has birthstone associated with it. Each month has a primary gemstone and several also have an alternate or two as well. What’s nice about birthstones is that it’s a great way to celebrate family (such as children, grandchildren, siblings, etc.) in jewelry.

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Birthstone Gemstones Chart by Month featuring Tree of Life Pendants.

Let’s take a look at the different birthstones for each month of the year along with information about the symbolic meaning of birthstone gemstones and I’ll show some examples of what you can do with them!

January – Garnet

Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, it's also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry. It's also the stone associated with the first chakra (base of the spine.) It's rich, deep and intense color is unique and beautiful.

Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, it’s also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry. It’s also the stone associated with the first chakra (base of the spine.) It’s rich, deep and intense color is unique and beautiful.

February – Amethyst

Amethyst derives it's name from a Greek word meaning "without drunkenness" because it was believed to protect the wearer from poisons. Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone and is a very powerful stone being used for insomnia, protection, wisdom and healing. Amethyst is also traditionally associated with royalty and people of great wealth.

Amethyst derives it’s name from a Greek word meaning “without drunkenness” because it was believed to protect the wearer from poisons. Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone and is a very powerful stone being used for insomnia, protection, wisdom and healing. Amethyst is also traditionally associated with royalty and people of great wealth.

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in lovely tones of delicate blue. The birthstone of March, it is said to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. Known as "Water of the Sea" because of it's color, aquamarine been used by sailors for centuries to protect them on the water. It's also been long used as a strong meditation aide and when worn as a necklace, it is said to calm and sooth the nerves.

Aquamarine is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in lovely tones of delicate blue. The birthstone of March, it is said to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. Known as “Water of the Sea” because of it’s color, aquamarine been used by sailors for centuries to protect them on the water. It’s also been long used as a strong meditation aide and when worn as a necklace, it is said to calm and sooth the nerves.

April – Diamond (Alternates: White Sapphire, White Topaz)

Pure Topaz is colorless and transparent and is more rare than it's better-known colored versions. (Such as Blue Topaz or Yellow Topaz.) Known as "White Topaz" or "Silver Topaz" it's transparent and crystal clear and is a popular alternative for diamonds. The beautiful micro-faceted rondelles used in this piece are very high quality, luxe stones with precision cutting.

Pure Topaz is colorless and transparent and is more rare than it’s better-known colored versions. (Such as Blue Topaz or Yellow Topaz.) Known as “White Topaz” or “Silver Topaz” it’s transparent and crystal clear and is a popular alternative for diamonds. The beautiful micro-faceted rondelles used in this piece are very high quality, luxe stones with precision cutting.

May – Emerald (Alternate: Chrome Diopside)

Emerald is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.) A member of the beryl mineral family, emeralds have been prized since ancient times and a quality emerald commands more value than even a diamond! Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment.

Emerald is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.) A member of the beryl mineral family, emeralds have been prized since ancient times and a quality emerald commands more value than even a diamond! Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment.

June – Pearl (Alternates: Alexandrite and Moonstone)

Pearls have been used for jewelry and adornment for centuries. Unlike all other gemstones, pearls require living creatures to create them and they require no cutting or polishing. Freshwater pearls are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty and are commonly used in wedding and bridal jewelry.

Pearls have been used for jewelry and adornment for centuries. Unlike all other gemstones, pearls require living creatures to create them and they require no cutting or polishing. Freshwater pearls are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty and are commonly used in wedding and bridal jewelry.

July – Ruby

Ruby is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire.) Ruby is known as the most powerful gem in the universe. To own a ruby is to know contentment and peace. Given as a gift, ruby is the stone of friendship and love. It's also associated with vitality and royalty.

Ruby is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire.) Ruby is known as the most powerful gem in the universe. To own a ruby is to know contentment and peace. Given as a gift, ruby is the stone of friendship and love. It’s also associated with vitality and royalty.

August – Peridot

Peridot is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in the most amazing green color. The birthstone of August, it has been considered sacred and a symbol of purity for thousands of years. It was considered a stone of Springtime and a gift of Mother Nature by the Ancients. It is a stone of lightness and beauty and is said to enhance wellness in the spiritually aware. Peridot, while possessing a uniquely vivid tone of green has some natural variation in it.

Peridot is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in the most amazing green color. The birthstone of August, it has been considered sacred and a symbol of purity for thousands of years. It was considered a stone of Springtime and a gift of Mother Nature by the Ancients. It is a stone of lightness and beauty and is said to enhance wellness in the spiritually aware. Peridot, while possessing a uniquely vivid tone of green has some natural variation in it.

September – Sapphire

Sapphire means "blue" in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. Sapphires are one of only four precious gemstones in the world (along with ruby, emerald and diamond) making them rare, expensive and cherished. The sapphire was called the "Stone of Destiny". Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can promote financial rewards.

Sapphire means “blue” in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. Sapphires are one of only four precious gemstones in the world (along with ruby, emerald and diamond) making them rare, expensive and cherished. The sapphire was called the “Stone of Destiny”. Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They are said to promote financial rewards.

October – Opal (Alternate: Tourmaline)

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel. It is one of the birthstones for October.  Available in an assortment of colors including blue opal and moss opal and ranging in color from opaque whites, through pale beige, into soft green, browns and even blue.

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel. It is one of the birthstones for October. Available in an assortment of colors including blue opal and moss opal and ranging in color from opaque whites, through pale beige, into soft green, browns and even blue.

November – Topaz (Alternate: Citrine)

Citrine is a semi-precious stone in the quartz family. Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind" and is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". It's said to bring luck to those in sales by placing a piece in the cash drawer. Citrine is also used as an alternative to the November birthstone, Yellow Topaz, due to it's similar color.

Citrine is a semi-precious stone in the quartz family. Citrine has been called the “stone of the mind” and is known as the lucky “Merchants Stone”. It’s said to bring luck to those in sales by placing a piece in the cash drawer. Citrine is also used as an alternative to the November birthstone, Yellow Topaz, due to it’s similar color.

December – Tanzanite (Alternates: Turquoise, Blue Zircon

One of the most cherished and sought-after gemstones in the world today, Tanzanite is blue-purple to purple blue stone belonging to family of zoisite.Tanzanite is found in only one place in the world: Tanzania, Africa in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discovered in 1967, it's also a relatively "new" gemstone and was named by the famous jewelry store, Tiffany & Co.

One of the most cherished and sought-after gemstones in the world today, Tanzanite is blue-purple to purple blue stone belonging to family of zoisite.Tanzanite is found in only one place in the world: Tanzania, Africa in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discovered in 1967, it’s also a relatively “new” gemstone and was named by the famous jewelry store, Tiffany & Co.

There are many myths and legends about the healing, spiritual and mythological power of birthstones. It is said that wearing a gemstone during the month it represents enhances it’s power and influence for the wearer. Though the concept of birthstones date back thousands of years, the modern list has been around since 1912 and the only update in all that time has been the inclusion of “modern” gemstone, Tanzanite, to be added for December’s birthstone.

Regardless of whether or not you believe the gems hold mystical properties, they remain beautiful and attractive and a wonderful way of symbolizing and celebrating friends, loved ones and family!

Check out all the featured birthstone tree of life pendants and many birthstone alternatives on PhoenixFire Designs Birthstone Trees section of the Etsy shop.

This Week at PhoenixFire Designs

Some updates, some new additions and some restocks!




I have some new pieces that need to be photographed and listed such as a blue lapis tree, a dark green aventurine in brown wire tree and some new peacock feather pendants! Look for those in the next few days.

Also! I’m running a very special, very limited time discount. I don’t do that often! Save 10% off your entire order with code FBFANS10 – but hurry, this weekend only! All these and more available in the shop!

Don’t forget, you can also LIKE PhoenixFire Designs on Facebook too!

March Tree – Aquamarine in Silver Tree of Life Pendant

My March Tree is hot right now! Featuring beautiful blue aquamarine gemstone chips (the birthstone of March), it’s the perfect item for a lady with a March birthday. It’s also a lovely gift for a Mother of a March child as well!

Beautiful, genuine gemstone blue aquamarine - the birthstone of March - brings the color of the sea to the sterling silver wire of this stunning, custom Tree of Life pendant.

Each one is hand crafted from non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire and made to order. Like a real tree, each is unique and beautiful.

Just this week, this pendant has been featured in SEVEN beautiful treasuries!

The pendant is available for purchase HERE in the shop.

14k Custom Birthstone Tree of Life Pendant

I love making custom pieces based on customer specifications. In this case, a special Family Tree as a Christmas present. This was the birthstones of the family as a gift to the customer’s wife, all set in 14k gold fill wire.

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Birhtstones featured are:
May – Chrome Diopside (as alternative to emerald)
June – Lavender fresh water pearls
August – Peridot
November – Citrine

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Have something special in mind for someone you love? A Family Tree or a Mother’s Tree? Maybe you want to honor and celebrate those who have passed with a Memorial/Remembrance Tree. Let me make something beautiful and one-of-a-kind for you as well!

What’s New At PhoenixFire Designs

I’ve been hard at work trying to get items listed at the shop. Several items which were sold are now available again. And some new items are available as well!



And I have two more items that haven’t been photographed yet that will be up later today. There are a bunch of items available in the Gifts $25 and Under category too, so it’s not just expensive items in the shop. (Though there are quite a few truly premium, high-quality gemstone pieces available as well. True fine jewelry.)

Also, keep in mind you can Like us on facebook! Special discount codes and offers are posted there exclusively!

Any links or shares are also appreciated. With the day job officially “separating me from my employment” (seriously, that’s the terminology they used), the shop is it until I can find a new job. I appreciate your support!

Custom Birthstone Tree of Life Pendant

Because everything I make is made by hand, it allows me to fully customize and personalize pieces. One of my favorite things to make are custom pendants that incorporate birthstones for Mothers and Grandmothers.

This piece features the birthstones of March (semi-precious blue topaz in substitution for aquamarine), July (precious Ruby), and August (semi-precious peridot) all together in non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire.

From the happy customer:

As the recipient of this piece, I can attest to its amazing quality and beauty. One that left even my husband speechless. This is going to be one of the most meaningful and breathtaking presents I am giving this year.

This makes for a treasured, heirloom piece that has deep, personal meaning and brings joy to the wearer. I made a custom birthstone tree for my own Mother and she never fails to smile when someone compliments her on it and she can say it represents her daughters.

If you’d like a piece made especially for you, with birthstones of family members, or in memorial of those who have passed, just contact me. I’d love to make something that makes you smile and reminds you of your loved ones too.

What’s New At PhoenixFire Designs!

I desperately need to drum up some sales. Things have been so slow for over a week now and I’m honestly panicking looking at the dwindling balance in my account. With surgery 12 days away (and counting!) and $600 still to go, PLUS trying to build a little bit of a safety net while I’m in recovery for living expenses, I do not need to be this stressed over finances in addition to the stress and fear over surgery!

So here’s the latest items listed on the shop in case you missed them. Click any image for more information and how to buy.




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Recent Shop Updates

I’ve added a few things in the past week or so to the shop and thought I’d just do a small post showing off the newer pieces.

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Click any image to go to the listing for more information and how to purchase!

All items available in the shop along with many others. And, as always, custom orders gladly accepted!

Custom Birthstone Necklace

Your choice of glass pearls in birthstone colors lined in a row and strung on delicate sterling silver plated wire to form a simple, yet modern family necklace.

Perhaps you love my custom birthstone bird nest pendant but have too large of a family. Or, maybe you want to celebrate an extended friends and/or family. If you need more than 4 birthstones together in one piece, this is the perfect option for you!

You can choose between 5 and 12 pearl colors in any combination you would like. The first example shows five pearls (September, July, May, April and February.) The second example is actually the inspiration for this style. A customer needed nine pearls and asked if I could put them all in a line for her. (The months are November, September and October in that piece.) It was such a great idea, I decided to offer it to everyone!

Available custom made just for you in the shop HERE!