Happy Chinese New Year!

At this moment, the largest human migration in the history of the world is underway.

The-Chinese-Year-of-the-HorseFriday is the Chinese New Year, and over 2 billion people – that’s nearly one-third of the planet’s population – is making the trek across provinces, countries, and even continents to share the beloved family tradition with their loved ones.

The Chinese New Year, or Chunyun, is the ancient celebration of togetherness, thankfulness, and hopes of joy & prosperity for the year ahead. Students travel home on break, city workers reunite with their families in the country, and and extended families join together for reuinions that often embrace several generations.

The two-week “Spring Festival,” as it is commonly known in China, coincides with the beginning of the lunar calendar. Each year’s zodiac symbol is believed to foretell some of the nature of the coming year’s events. 2014 is the “Year of the Horse” – brilliant, outgoing, competitive, and always on the move. It’s a year to put into use everything you’ve learned about patience & steady diligence, to keep up with all that life will throw your way!

Chinese tradition says that topaz and beryl (aquamarine, emerald, & morganite) are lucky gemstones for the sign of the horse. This year, you can wear these popular birthstones with even more appreciation!

“Happiness, Prosperity, Longevity!”

GIA Beryl family | Photo by Robert Weldon
Above: Variations of color in the beryl family. Photo by Robert Weldon courtesy of GIA