December birthstone: Turquoise

Brilliant blue-green turquoise is one of three birthstones for December (the others are zircon and tanzanite) and has been cherished for millennia. It is said to represent happiness, honesty, serenity, and creativity. A unique beauty This gemstone’s name was derived from the French expression “pierre tourques,” which translates to “Turkish stone,” because it was first [...]

November birthstone: Topaz

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. In this post we’ll focus on the vibrant topaz. Yellow and more The name topaz has two possible origins. One suggestion is that it comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name [...]

November birthstone: Citrine

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. Here, we’re looking at citrine, which for hundreds of years, has been thought to remove negativity - the perfect gemstone for those seeking good vibes only! When life gives you lemons [...]

The origin of birthstones

The concept of birthstones, gemstones that correspond to a person’s birth month, is a modern creation, with biblical origins. Historians trace its origin back to the Breastplate of Aaron, as described in the Bible. According to the Book of Exodus, the breastplate was a religious garment which boasted 12 unique gemstones representing the 12 tribes [...]

October birthstone: Tourmaline

If you were born in October, then one of your birthstones is the intriguing gemstone tourmaline (the other is opal). Tourmaline symbolises a raw and strong connection with nature, encouraging peace, compassion and friendship. Tourmaline’s many colours Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali meaning stone of mixed colours. It comes in every colour [...]

September birthstone: Sapphire

September babies, ‘tis your season! Few gems have held our attention over millennia as well as your birthstone, sapphire. Since ancient times, it has represented loyalty, purity, trust and heavenly blessings. After diamonds, sapphires are the second hardest gemstone in the world, making them durable and ideal for everyday wear. More than blue The word [...]

A quick-reference guide to caring for your gemstones

Enticing and dazzling, gemstones have fascinated people since ancient times, due to their varied colours, shape, and brilliance. Their rarity and natural toughness make them precious and prized possessions. But despite their tough nature, gemstones must be looked after if they are to have long and lustrous lives. For cleaning, most gemstones will respond well [...]

August birthstone: Peridot

Peridot (pronounced PEAR-A-DOE) is the birthstone of people who celebrate their birthday in August. It’s often associated with harmony, good health, restful sleep, and peacefulness. Peridot is also the gem given to celebrate a 15th wedding anniversary. What’s in a name? Peridot is widely recognised by its brilliant green glow but the origin of the [...]

July birthstone: Ruby

Known as the King of Precious Stones, ruby is the birthstone of people born in July. ‘Ruby’ is derived from the Latin word ‘rubeus’, meaning ‘red’ – the colour of love and passion. Ravishing in red Rubies vary from deep shades of red to dark pink, purplish red or orange-red. Their colour comes from trace [...]

How to care for your pearls

Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, so they are a comparatively soft gem and require special care. Wearing your pearls  Last thing to put on, first thing to take off Pearls should be the final touch to your outfit. Apply makeup, hairspray, lotion or perfume before you put your pearls [...]


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