Jewellery

October Birthstone – Opal

Those lucky enough to have an October birthday have a wonderful birthstone – Opal. Perhaps best known to originate from Australia, there are many wonderful different types of this amazing gemstone, all magical and from all over the world. Technically, opals are hydrated amorphous forms of silica. They’re classed as Read more…

By Jodie & Vicki, ago
Jewellery

August Birthstone – Peridot

Peridot is a green semi-precious mineral & variety of Olivine, & Jodie’s favourite gemstone, so she rues the fact she is not August born!  It’s also one of the rare gemstones that occurs in one colour only – a striking olive green. The appearance of the stone does depend on the percentage Read more…

By Jodie & Vicki, ago
Gifts

April Birthstone – Quartz

Quartz – The second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust after Feldspar. There are many different varieties, several of which are semi-precious gemstones and have been used since antiquity to fashion jewellery, ornaments and adornments. The name is thought to originate from German ‘quarz’, which in turn came Read more…

By Jodie & Vicki, ago
Jewellery

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Aptly named after the Latin for ‘Sea Water’, Aquamarine’s wonderful clarity and limpid transparency really does evoke cool, clean waters and the sense of plunging into a refreshing pool. A colour variety of the mineral Beryl (like emerald) it is relatively durable and so therefore well suited for cutting and Read more…

By Jodie & Vicki, ago
Jewellery

February Birthstone – Amethyst

  Lovely, lovely Amethyst! One of the best selling gemstones and not without good reason… We thought we’d do a little blog each month on birthstones as the history & geology is fascinating and we’re intrigued by crystals and all the mythology around them…Oh and they’re beautiful! 🙂 Amethyst, also Read more…

By Jodie & Vicki, ago