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September Blog

  This month has 3 birthstones – sapphire, lapis lazuli and agate. Sapphire is one of our original precious gemstones, traditionally thought of as blue, but it’s also available in array of fancy colours such as pink, yellow and orange. Our beautiful bird brooches feature blue sapphires in the wings of our blue tit, kingfisher and hummingbird, but if birds aren’t your thing, then check out our black sapphire cat pendant or our green sapphire suite for an unusual gemstone that’s great with an Autumn palette. September’s other birthstones are semi-precious agate and lapis lazuli. Our collection features polished red...

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August Blog

August’s birthstones are both green – perfect to match the landscape during Summer. Jade is the most ancient of semi-precious stones, available in a variety of colours when dyed and of course its natural colour, which is the palest of greens.  Thought to bring the wearer luck, it is the Chinese stone for good fortune and makes a great birthday gift. Our 3 Blessings Jade Pendant and Jade Dragon Pendant are our most popular pendants across our whole range, and it’s not hard to see why.  The dragon is the Chinese symbol of good fortune and we could all do...

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July Blog

Ruby – July’s birthstone This much-loved precious gemstone is one of the few truly red stones. It does vary through pink and purple tones, but the finest rubies are vivid red and come from Myanmar. Rubies feature heavily in Indian wedding jewellery, as red is thought to bring good luck and the wedding saree is often a red one, emblazoned with gold threadwork – and very heavy to wear! We all know what a ruby looks like, but you may not have come across the much rarer Star Ruby. This is an amazing stone which due to light refraction and...

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June Blog

June’s birthstone is pearl, representing purity and devotion and a firm favourite of the Royals from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II. Our Queen can often be seen wearing her 3 row pearl necklace, so similar in look to our Imperial Pearl Necklace. The Queen Mum more usually wore 4 rows. Our version is called the Empress Pearl Necklace. Of course, Princess Diana loved pearls too – we created the Diana pendant in sapphire and pearls in her memory. In Elizabeth I’s day, the only pearls available were natural, found growing in oysters on the sea bed. Nowadays, most pearls are...

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May Blog

  May’s birthstone is Emerald, that fabulous beryl gemstone, named from the Greek for ‘green’. It is one of the original ‘precious gemstones’, famed for its rich green colour, first mined in Egypt from 330BC, but nowadays there are two main sources – Columbia and Zambia. The availability of fine quality emeralds is limited and treatments such as glass filling are widespread, in order to produce enough commercially viable stones. Legend has it that emeralds have the power to make the wearer more intelligent and quick-witted. It was once also believed to cure diseases such as malaria and cholera. Its...

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April Blog

Diamond is April’s birthstone, and to my mind they really deserve their place as the queen of gemstones.  Apart from the unparalleled beauty of a large, beautifully cut and polished diamond, I love the fact that they are the hardest of all the gemstones, so will never get scratched or roughed up when worn as a ring or bracelet, as is the case with so many other stones.  Diamonds are in fact 140 times harder than the next closest gemstone. So much has been written on diamonds, how to judge and buy, with issues of colour, cut and clarity, that...