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September Birthstone: Sapphire

September announces the end of Summer but it also brings us a wonderful gemstone: sapphire. Let’s take a look at this famous gem, its history and the meanings behind it. Sapphire Birthstone Sapphire is the birthstone for September but the famous deep blue gem is also the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary as well as the mark for a 65th jubilee such as Queen Elizabeth Sapphire Jubilee back in 2017. The Origin of Sapphire The word sapphire comes from Latin sapphirus, and from Greek sappheiros meaning “blue stone”,... Read More

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Meaningful gifts for children

At birthdays or at Christmas around the country, the scene is the same for so many children – an excited frenzy of tearing off colourful wrapping paper to reveal an oversized cardboard box covered in bright designs that is gouged open in order to reveal the plastic goodies inside. Plastic goodies that will soon break or become discarded, part of a box of ubiquitous toys that soon loose their shine. Giving toys to children definitely has its high points, but ultimately every toy dulls and breaks. The plastic shining dolls... Read More

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May birthstone: Emerald

Famous for its deep green colour, it’s no wonder Emerald is the birthstone of May. Its gorgeous hues remind us of nature new growths and springtime rich green tones. Emerald is not just the birthstone of May, it is the gem associated with the astrological star sign Taurus, and it commemorates the 50th wedding anniversary, also known as “Emerald Anniversary”. What is Emerald? The word “emerald” is derived from Ancient Greek “smaragdos” via Old French “esmeraude”, meaning “green gem”. Like aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl, an hexagonal mineral... Read More

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

March birthstone is the beautiful Aquamarine, a blue to blue-green gem named after the colour of seawater. A member of the beryl family, Aquamarine is not only the birthstone for March but it is also the gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary. What is Aquamarine? The name aquamarine comes from the Latin “aqua marina”, meaning “sea water”, a name given due to the beautiful maritime colours of Aquamarine. Like emerald, the March birthstone is a variety of beryl. Pure beryl is usually colourless, but the iron found in aquamarine gives... Read More

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February Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst is probably the most famous gem of the quartz family, easily recognizable by its wonderful lilac to deep purple hues. But amethyst is not just a beautiful gem, amethyst jewellery makes a fantastic gift for yourself or your loved ones. It is the birthstone for the month of February, or Aquarius and Pisces, and it is also the gemstone for the 6th wedding anniversary. History of Amethyst The word amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos”, meaning “not intoxicate” which refers to the belief that the stone protected against drunkenness.... Read More

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The guide to buying your man jewellery

Marilyn Monroe famously sang that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However, it can’t be denied that more and more men are turning to jewellery in the 21st century. Luckily, there’s a wide selection of items now available for guys. The question is: which piece should you buy for your man? If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t sweat it. Instead, just follow this nifty little guide and you should see your partner’s face light up when you give him his jewellery. Symbolic jewellery Jewellery can often symbolise a bond between... Read More

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Give the gift of jewellery this Christmas

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to show someone how much they mean to you. Unfortunately this is precisely why people begin to feel pressured as we edged closer and closer to the 25th December. But don’t fret! There’s a solution that is bound to have your loved one jumping for joy: jewellery. There are many reasons to turn to Sterling Silver jewellery for the big day and here are just a few to think about. It’s perfect for men, women and children Jewellery is one of the only gifts that... Read More

November Birthstone: Topaz

It’s November and as we continue our birthstone series, we present our star of the month: topaz. Topaz is the birthstone for November and for the Scorpio star sign. It is also the gem for the 4th wedding anniversary. History of Topaz Topaz has many possible origins. Its name may come from the Sanskrit word “tapas”, for “heat” or “fire”, referring to the most famous golden-orange topaz. It may also come from the Greek “topazios” meaning “to seek”. This can be traced back to St. John’s Island, a small island... Read More

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Five occasions to buy sterling silver jewellery as a gift

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a special occasion, have you considered sterling silver jewellery? Silver can be worn by men or women, children or adults, and could be the ideal gift for any of the following occasions: Christening gift A sterling silver children’s bracelet would be the perfect gift to mark the occasion of a christening. You could choose to have this traditional gift engraved with the date and name if you wish, providing a treasured keepsake for child and parents. Anniversary gift If you have... Read More

October Birthstone: Opal

We couldn’t start a new blog without writing about birthstones, given that they are so popular – and why wouldn’t they be since they’re beautiful, personal and make the perfect gift? Introducing this month’s gem: the Opal. Birthstones – What are they? A birthstone is a gemstone associated with a person’s birth month or zodiac sign. Its origin can be traced back to the Book of Exodus where the twelve gemstones on the breastplate of the High Priest of the Israelite were thought to be connected to the twelve months... Read More