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A Guide to Birthstones - Birthstones by Month & Their Powerful Properties

Birthstones are associated with every month of the year often indicating the astrological sign of a person’s birth. There are a myriad of myths and legends concerning birthstones, some even suggesting that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its powers.

We may not know the full extent of the possibilities of Gemstones but here are the gemstones according to their designated months and astrological signs.

January

January is assigned the birthstone garnet. It is a symbol of physical love and relationships between loving partners, making it popular among aristocrats. Garnet also represents the zodiac sign Aquarius (21Jan- 21Feb).

February

The birthstone amethyst is assigned to February. Amethyst is associated with luxury. It was used as a highlight for crowns. It is a protective stone with the attributes of purifying the month and clearing negative thoughts. Amethyst represents the Pisces (22Feb-21Mar) zodiac sign.

March

March is assigned the birthstone aquamarine. Aquamarine stones are associated harnessing the naturally soothing power of the sea. It provides a cool and refreshing energy to reawaken a sluggish soul. Furthermore, it heightens a person’s senses and restores the beauty of youth with its anti-aging properties. Aquamarine represents the zodiac sign Scorpio (24Oct- 21Nov).

April

April is assigned the gemstones quartz and diamond. Diamond is a spiritual stone which symbolizes perfection and illumination. Quartz is known as the master healer and an amplifier of energy and thoughts. It symbolizes purity and patience.

May

May is associated with emerald and chrysoprase. Emerald embodies inspiration, infinite patience, unity, compassion and unconditional love. Chrysoprase embodies optimism, joy and happiness. Emerald represents the zodiac sign Cancer (21June-22July) while chrysoprase represents Libra (23Sep-23Oct).

June

June is assigned pearl and moonstone. Pearls symbolize truth, faith and love. They enhance personal integrity. Moonstone symbolizes new beginnings, inner growth and strength, success and good fortune in love and business.

July

July is associated with ruby and carnelian. Ruby is a symbol of good fortune, creativity, pure love and loyalty. Carnelian symbolizes motivation, endurance, leadership and courage. Carnelian represents Virgo (23Aug-22Sep) while Ruby represents Capricorn (22Dec-21Jan).

August

August is associated with peridot and onyx. Peridot symbolizes a feel-good feeling, abundance and prosperity. Onyx is a symbol of protection defense-wise and from negativity. Onyx represents Leo (23 Jul-22Aug).

September

September is associated with lapis lazuli and sapphire. Lapis lazuli symbolizes spiritual enlightenment, prosperity and abundance. Sapphire symbolizes wisdom and royalty. Sapphire represents Taurus (21April-21May).

October

October is associated with tourmaline and opal. Tourmaline symbolizes enlightenment and insight. Opal symbolizes hope, innocence and purity.

November

November is associated with citrine and topaz. Citrine symbolizes wealth and abundance. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection. Topaz represents Sagittarius (22Nov-21Dec).

December

December is associated with turquoise and tanzanite. Turquoise symbolises good luck and protection. Tanzanite symbolizes wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery.

Other astrological gemstones are:

  • Chalcedony represents Aries (22Mar-20April). It symbolises positivity and optimism.
  • Agate represents Gemini (22May-21June). It symbolises harmony of the body, mind and spirit.

Birthstones can either represent a month and an astrological sign simultaneously or one of the two. Reflect and discover whether you reflect any of the properties of your birthstone or zodiac stone. Perhaps you could benefit from some of the positive properties mentioned above. We have some of the most beautiful gemstones from all over the world in our collection.

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9 Perfect Occasions for Jewellery Gifts (and where to get them)

Life is full of occasions where we celebrate by giving gifts. Gifts are a symbol of love and value conferred to those who are gifted. However, choosing a gift can be overwhelming. You have to consider the occasion, the personality of the person you are giving the gift, the usefulness of the gift, its uniqueness and include a personal touch!

Fortunately, jewellery is always a go-to for gifts for any occasion. Here are a few occasion guidelines where jewellery makes a great gift.

1. Birthdays

Birthdays are one of the most important occasions for anyone. It is the beginning of another year for whomever you are gifting. Birthdays should not just be about cake!  A piece of silver jewellery such as a silver necklace, brooch or earrings would be perfect.

2. Anniversaries

Every anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate milestones in your relationships. Celebrating milestones is important in any relationship. A silver bracelet, necklace or earrings would be appropriate for such an occasion. Furthermore, if you are gifting your partner, a relationship anniversary could be your perfect chance to propose with a beautiful diamond ring!

3. Weddings

Weddings are wonderful ceremonies for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company and celebrate a new beginning for two people in love. For such occasions, a jewellery piece could be a gift. Furthermore, you could add a handmade or custom made jewellery box just to give a personal touch.

4. Congratulations

It is important to celebrate your loved ones when they make progress to the next stage in life. These could be after a special occasion such as getting a dream job, moving to a new city or getting a baby. Jewellery would be appropriate as a congratulatory gift.

5. Graduation

The culmination of hard work should be celebrated! A graduation marks a transition from one level of education to another. One life stage to another. Any jewellery item would fit as a gift in such an occasion to celebrate their efforts.

6. Holidays

There are special occasions and holidays every year that give us perfect gifting opportunities. Holidays like Christmas and New Years Day are perfect opportunities to gift others. Look for a gift to suit the holiday theme, colouring, or perhaps something special to showcase the personality of the recipient. A birth stone would make an ideal gift with that personal touch.

7. Appreciation

There are times when people do something special for you. Most likely you did not expect it but they went above and beyond to help you or to do something extraordinary in your life. A thoughtful gift with a sparkle would go a long way to show your appreciation and gratefulness for what the person did for you.

8. Employee Gifts

One of the best ways to appreciate employees and encourage a positive attitude is to gift them. A small, modest piece could be used as a gift in such occasions but perhaps consider a gift card to stay both professional and appreciative.

9. Thinking of You

Gifts don’t need to be given on specific occasions only. Sometimes, the spontaneous gifts mean more than gifts given out of necessity. When you find yourself thinking about someone, let them know! Life is too short to hold back.

Jewellery can be the perfect gift for many occasions. Never go empty handed to an event or special occasion. Jewellery gifts are there to help you out. Use them.

Browse our full range of hand-crafted jewellery to find the perfect gift for any occasion.



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5 Brilliant & Thoughtful Sterling Silver Gift Ideas

Everyone loves a thoughtful and meaningful gift. They are a beautiful way of showing appreciation and letting someone know how much you value their being in your life. Sterling silver gifts are perfect to show just how much you value your friends, siblings, partners or parents. They can be used as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, housewarming and most any other occasion! A sterling silver gift distinguishes your gift from any others. It showcases your personal touch and refined taste. Sterling silver gifts make you shine just as well as the recipient!  What’s not to love!?

Here are a few ideas to help you choose the best sterling silver gift:

1.) Sterling Silver Bracelets

Sterling silver bracelets can be given as a single classic piece or personalised with a stack of layered bangles. Whichever the case, they are exceptionally crafted for a lifetime of value. Whether an understated single bracelet or a stack, sterling silver bracelets offer gorgeous ways to share your fashion savvy and exquisite taste. Simple single classic pieces are more relevant for a baby shower while a stack of layered bangles is more appropriate for a larger celebratory or wedding gift. Or perhaps you are after a unique and stylish group gift. Get together a group and purchase complimenting bracelets that can, when gifted, be worn as a beautiful and meaningful collection. There are a variety of bracelets all which are unique and beautiful. Whether a single fine bracelet or a beautiful set of stacking bangles these make beautiful gifts for both everyday wear and special occasions.

2.) Sterling Silver Necklaces

Sterling silver necklaces are elegant and brilliant gifts.  Furthermore, necklaces with a pendant look even moreso! A stunning silver necklace stand outs on any woman’s neck. Necklaces come in various styles all of which demystify your sense of fashion and elegance. When looking for an anniversary gift, look no further. A sterling silver necklace will be magic. Consider favourite colours and/or birthstones details when making your selection.

3.) Sterling Silver Brooches

Many women ignore the importance of brooches and disregard them. However, a brooch brings a whole new element to your clothing! If this is done by just a simple brooch, how much more would a gorgeous silver brooch make your outfit shine! Sterling silver brooches are unique and exquisite giving a whole new aspect to your garment. Adding personality and flair to your clothing can transform even the most simple item into something uniquely styled. However, brooches are not just for garments but may be utilised as an ornamental jewellery as well! With a sterling silver brooch gift, you give your loved choices to use it as an ornament or to add beauty to their clothing. Do not just buy any brooch, buy a gorgeous sterling silver brooch. This will do the trick and is a genuinely unique option!

4.) Sterling Silver Rings

Rings are not just symbols of engagement or marriage but also of commitment and value. Rings leave a long lasting impression on your loved one. They are an indication of just how much value you confer on an individual. Sterling silver rings can all be described as ‘out of this world’. The most beautiful sterling rings are unique, elegant and exquisite. Even in their simplest form, sterling silver rings still have an indelible effect. They are perfect for wedding or anniversary gifts!

5.) Sterling Silver Earrings

Classic understated sterling silver studs or beautifully designed statement pieces can both brighten an outfit and showcase personality. A confident woman in love with her earrings is a sight to behold! Sterling silver earrings are gorgeous and make amazing gifts. They are unique jewellery pieces that give impression of exceptional fashion sense and a touch of excellence. Moreover, depending on the design, earrings can be used for gifting in almost any occasion.

Sterling silver gifts come in a range of designs and makes. Some cost a little more than others. However, you can never go wrong with a sterling silver gift.

 

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