Gemstones Personified! Who Is YOUR Gemsona?

While enjoying one of our favorite pastimes (looking up fun gemstone facts, of course!) we randomly stumbled across a term we had never encountered before: “gemsona.” In classic internet fashion, we soon ended up clicking on links that led to other links, until we finally found out what the term was referring to: gemstone-inspired characters, more specifically from a cartoon called Steven Universe (Cartoon Network). We soon learned all about this adorable animated show, and the cast of awesome gemstone super heroes!

Illustration courtesy of zimbio.com

Illustration courtesy of zimbio.com

Wikipedia’s brief setting & synopsis of Steven Universe:

“The series is set in the fictional Beach City…on the American East Coast, where the Crystal Gems live in an ancient beachside temple, protecting the world from evil. Ageless alien warriors, they project feminine humanoid forms from magical gemstones that are the core of their being. …[Steven is] a young half-human, half-Gem boy who inherited his gemstone from his mother, the Crystal Gems’ past leader Rose Quartz. As Steven tries to figure out his gradually-expanding range of powers, he spends his days with his human father Greg, his friend Connie, the other people in Beach City, or the Gems.”

We decided to find out which “gemsonas” corresponded to each of the birthstones of each BDB staff member. Some are original characters from the Steven Universe TV show, while the others are creations by Dou Hong, a character designer at Nickelodeon, who has created an entire cast of characters and features them on his fan art blog. Click on any of the photos credited to him below to see his entire gemsona family!

Diamond
(Rachel & Jane’s birthstone)

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration by Dou Hong

Emerald
(pictured on left — Briana & Sara’s birthstone)

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration by Dou Hong

Alexandrite
(Patricia’s birthstone)

Illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki

Original Cartoon Network Alexandrite character; illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki

Peridot
(Lydia’s birthstone)

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki.

Original Cartoon Network Peridot character; illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki

Opal
(Sydney’s birthstone)

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki

Original Cartoon Network Opal character; illustration courtesy of Steven Universe Wiki

Citrine
(Dara’s birthstone)

Illustration by Dou Hong

Illustration by Dou Hong

 

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Going Green for March

If someone asked us which color we associate with March, we would have to say green. Besides the obvious reason (Saint Patrick’s Day — just in case it wasn’t that obvious), green also comes to our minds because of all the little green buds that have started to sprout around the Blue Door Beads neighborhood. Granted, we are lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where spring pretty much started last week, but, for those of you in other parts of the country and the northern hemisphere, spring is coming! March 20th officially marks the spring equinox for everyone, and we are counting down the days!

What else has put us in a green mood? It just so happens that the Pantone Fashion Color Report declared Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013.

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We here at Blue Door Beads not only enjoy green beads, but we also wholeheartedly support the idea of “going green,” and we feature several different types of upcycled beads and components. Check ’em out!

Vintage bottle cap beads are funky & playful! They also come in tons of other colors.

Vintage bottle cap beads are funky & playful! They also come in tons of other colors.

We LOVE these glass pendants and components made from upcycled glass bottles!

We LOVE these glass pendants and components made from upcycled glass bottles!

Our selection of green beads includes serpentine, jade, and peridot gemstones, lucite, acrylic, tagua nuts, and lampwork glass beads by JC Herrell.

Our selection of green beads includes serpentine, jade, and peridot gemstones, lucite, acrylic, tagua nuts, and lampwork glass beads by JC Herrell.