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Ayala Bar Jewellery - Timeless Treasures Waiting To Be Discovered

Born and raised in Israel, Ayala Bar graduated from art school and subsequently worked in many artistic areas, from theatre to interior design. Her breakthrough as a prominent Israeli jeweller came in the early 1990’s.

Ayala Bar’s collections of unique, limited edition jewellery have always stood out from the crowd and attracted a loyal following. Ayala Bar’s designs have always been innovative yet timeless, bold yet feminine, and international in appeal.


Jewellery Designer Ayala Bar In Her Israeli Studio


The designer’s jewellery blends natural elements like glass beads, crystals, and mineral stones with assorted metals to create a rich mosaic, resulting in intricate limited-edition pieces.

Here at The Family Jewels, we offer the largest online range of Ayala Bar Jewellery. Browse our wide range of Ayala Bar earrings, necklaces, and bracelets on our online store to find your own personal, timeless treasure.


WATCH NOW: A peek into Ayala Bar's studio

Credit: Images + Video (c) Ayala Bar

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The Treasures of the Earth - Discover The Healing Qualities Of Gemstones

A gemstone is a precious stone. It is formed from a piece of mineral crystal cut and polished to make jewellery and other adornments. Gemstones need not be minerals only. There are certain rocks such as lapis lazuli and opal which are considered gemstones. They are used in making jewellery as well. Generally, gemstones are hard but some soft minerals are used in jewellery because of their aesthetic value. Indeed, gemstones are treasures of the earth.

Today, the most precious stones are diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Precious stones are rare, have high quality, very hard and are translucent with fine colors in their purest form.

Gemstones are not only used in jewellery and antiques, they have far more significant value.

Gemstones and Their Magical Healing Properties

Gemstones have metaphysical symbolism, healing properties and spiritual meaning. A gemstone can exhibit more than one healing property. These properties include:

1. Physical Health

Some gemstones can help with specific physical ailments by boosting your physical vitality, energy and healthy physical habits. E.g. amber, jade, jasper, onyx etc. The pink-hued rose quartz has heartache healing properties. It is associated with love and a soothing feeling for those who wear it. Furthermore, their quiet energy can promote healing for sufferers of anxiety and mood disorders and addictions. Some gemstones such as pearls have been used to treat digestive problems, fertility issues and heart problems. Moreover, it is believed to treat skin disorders such as rosacea.

Amber is used to treat headaches and stress.

Generally, gemstones can be used to treat a variety of ailments from heart problems to sleep disorders. Their calming properties makes them even more effective in treating anxiety disorders.

2. Emotional Healing

Emotional wounds from neglect, abuse or trauma can be treated by gemstones. They help you release feelings of guilt and shame and help you remember your self-worth. E.g. aragonite, chrysoprase, garnet etc. When worn around the neck, gemstones allow your heart to close up emotional wounds. They can be used as a message for someone going through divorce or a break up. More than closing wounds, gemstones boost self-confidence and protection from bad karma.

However, this doesn’t mean that they are a replacement for psychotherapy.

3. Purification

Gemstones help clear your aura when it is cluttered with thought. These thoughts may be no longer useful or yours in the first place. E.g. amber, amethyst, opal, obsidian, quartz etc. amber is known to promote cleanliness and purification to help bring illnesses out of the body. As a result, it alleviates pain enabling the wearer to heal.

Gemstones have shown promise in treating both physical and mental ailments. However, they should not be used as a complete substitute for medical forms of treatment and therapy.

When you have your healing gemstone:

  • wear it as a necklace or carry it in your pocket
  • place it in your environment
  • meditate while holding it

Gemstones do much more than give you a refined look. They heal your emotional and physical life to some extent. When the opportunity presents itself, get yourself a gemstone of some kind. It will uplift your moods and bring more joy and love into your life.


Browse our entire Collection of Gemstones to find your perfect match.

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Sterling Silver Jewellery and Its Dirty Little Secrets - How To Keep Your Silver Jewellery Sparkling For Longer

Sterling silver jewellery is adorned for its luster, brilliance and versatility. It is popular for any jewellery collection. However, sometimes sterling silver can be frustrating especially when it begins to tarnish because of the contact between silver and oxygen. Your silver jewellery then becomes prone to fading and quickly looking old. It begins to appear dirty and discolored. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse the effects of tarnishing on your sterling silver jewellery and leave them looking brand new.

It is important to understand a few facts about your silver jewellery. .950 sterling silver is purer than .925 sterling silver. This means that the former will bend easily and tarnish quicker than the latter because of its increased purity. Therefore, take more care when handling .950 silver jewellery. Furthermore, silversmiths can allow partial oxidization to darken silver jewellery in order to give them more character. Excessive cleaning and polishing destroys the details of such silver pieces.

Here are 4 simple ways to make your sterling silver look brand new

1. Preventive Care

Wearing your jewellery more often keeps from them from tarnishing. The oils on your skin will help to clean the silver! Hence, constant wear will create a beautiful, shiny look on your silver.

Avoid contact of your jewellery with household chemicals,, perspiration or any items containing sulfur which may cause it to tarnish. Take off your jewellery when doing house chores, swimming or sunbathing. Store your silver jewellery in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips and do not store silver jewellery with other pieces in the same bag.

2. Polishing

It is important to polish your silver jewellery before the tarnishing becomes too severe. This polishing should be done using a special silver cloth, a lint-free flannel or non-abrasive clothing. Do not use paper towels or tissues to polish. These contain harsh fibers that scratch the silver.

Polish in long back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the silver. Rubbing in circles magnifies tiny scratches. As you polish, change the direction of your cloth. This keeps you from returning the tarnish on your jewellery.

3. Homemade Silver Cleaner

When polishing does not do the trick, you can purchase a silver cleaner. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, you can actually use self-made silver cleaners using kitchen items! After using the cleaner, thoroughly rinse the jewellery with water and dry the pieces with a microfiber.

Some simple silver cleaners include:

  • ammonia and phosphate free soap and water
  • baking soda or non-whitening toothpaste and water
  • olive oil and lemon juice
  • white vinegar and baking soda
  • baking soda, salt, aluminum foil and boiling water

Silver cleaners should not be used on pearls, opaque gemstones (turquoise, opal, carnelian, onyx) and clear gemstones (blue topaz, amethyst, and garnet).

4. Professional Care

Sometimes homemade silver cleaners may not produce the desired results. Furthermore, in cases of old and fragile silver jewelry pieces, it is better to use professional cleaning services. It will save you time and restore your jewellery to its original shine when you are unable to do so.

Silver jewellery can be enjoyed for a long time. Moreover, it is valuable. Don’t wait for the tarnish to become worse. Take measures and steps mentioned above to give your silver jewellery a fresh start.

At The Family Jewels, we provide professional jewellery cleaning and repairs. Contact us to discuss your needs. We are always happy to help you get your jewellery looking the way it should.


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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 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).


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 also represents the Pisces (22Feb-21Mar) zodiac sign.


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.


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 is associated with emerald and chrysoprase. Emerald embodies inspiration, infinite patience, unity, compassion and unconditional love. Chrysoprase embodies optimism, joy and happiness.


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 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. 


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. 


September is associated with lapis lazuli and sapphire. Lapis lazuli symbolizes spiritual enlightenment, prosperity and abundance. Sapphire symbolizes wisdom and royalty. 


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


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 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.

Browse our gemstone jewellery collection now and find out the benefits for yourself!

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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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7 Therapeutic Properties of Gemstones For Improved Quality of Life

When we hear about gemstones, the first thought that crosses our mind is of the jewels around our necks or beautiful diamond rings on our fingers. Our idea of gemstones is to show a kind of pedigree and class. However, have you ever imagined that gemstones could be more than just stones you wear on your neck or finger? Did you know that gemstones have a vast amount of therapeutic properties?

Here are seven therapeutic properties of gemstones that you probably never knew about. 

1. Calmness

Gemstones have a calming and relaxation effect, even cooling down emotions like anger. Examples: amazonite, apatite, aquamarine, aragonite etc. These gemstones are useful in treating mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Furthermore, gemstones like amethyst are effective in treating neurosis.

2. Clarity

Gemstones can aid your mental focus, discernment and wise decision making. They help you ground confusion and see the best of who you are and where best to use your energy. Examples:  azurite, charoite, diamond etc.

3. Empowerment

Gemstones help you find a place of power within yourself and to know where you are as a person. They give you awareness and wisdom. Examples: alexandrite, ruby, diamond etc. Gemstones help get rid of fears and phobias by initiating a believe-in-self attitude.

4. Inner Work

Inner work is about examining habits and patterns. It goes beyond your emotions or wounds. Gemstones help navigate dark waters in your life so that you uncover the deeper story of your life and find purpose. Moreover, they keep you connected to your heart and goodness. Navigating through these dark waters help you uncover the underlying issues that may cause your lack of well-being. Examples: amazonite, apache tears, lapis lazuli, tanzanite etc.

5. Abundance

Gemstones can help you become aware of the bounty of the universe (abundance) around you. They encourage you to open your heart to receive and shift your mind focus to the fact that the universe wants you to be happy and succeed. Examples: alexandrite, amber, aventurine, emerald, jade, pearl and peridot. Gemstones create an appetite for passionate pursuits and exhilarating energy to chase after your ambitions. Positive vibes are all you need for quick healing in therapy.

6. Positivity

Gemstones have a way of getting rid of all negativity contained in the mind. Life can be overwhelming and negative thoughts begin to creep in. Gemstones bring instant happiness especially when placed close to the heart. Sometimes, doing away with all negativity is enough healing in itself. Gemstones also create positive thoughts towards closure, major life changes and a higher consciousness. If you find yourself feeling anxious, uptight and harboring negativity, consider placing amethyst under your pillow and see the difference in the morning.

7. Tranquility

Even when used as an ornament, gemstones emanate a feeling of peace. Lack of peace is detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Gemstones wash away fear, anxiety and negativity, leaving peace and tranquility behind. If you struggle with fear and insecurity, gemstones are there to help you find some peace.

Gemstones have countless therapeutic properties that increase positivity and quality of life. Use them as a necklace or other jewel, or under your pillow. The method does not matter as much as their benefits do.

Here at The Family Jewels, we have an array of carefully selected, hand-crafted gemstones. Browse our gemstone collection online to find the perfect one for you or a loved one:

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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.


Browse our entire Sterling Silver range

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