Sapphire are truly precious and beautiful. Sapphires are most often seen in their famous blue colour which can range in shade from sparkling pale blue to a deep azure or dark, deep midnight blue. Sapphires can also be found in a wide range of other colours including yellow, purple, orange or green. Another natural phenomenon which occurs in some rare Sapphires is the ability to change colour between natural and artificial light. As one .
The light olive green of the Peridot gemstone dazzles with a hint of a golden hue, Peridot is the perfect gemstone for the summer months of August. Peridot gemstone is very old and one which has become popular again in modern times. It’s been recognised as a highly precious gemstone since antiquity, it is so ancient that it can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early second Millennium BC! Peridot was originally available .
Rubies are a wonderful, desirable and lustrous red gemstone, often used in jewellery to convey both passion and love. Of all the red gemstones, Rubies are the most famous. Rubies can range in colour from reddish pink to vivid dark red and sometimes, can even have a bluish-purple hue. They are graded and valued based on their cut, colour, clarity and weight. Jody has a passion for unusual, rare gemstones and one of the .
A perfect Pearl is round and smooth with an unmistakable lustre and the finest quality natural Pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. A Pearl is a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Technically, a Pearl is not a gemstone – as it is not a stone by origin. Pearls take years to develop and are produced within the shell of a mollusc, perhaps a .
Emerald is the perfect gemstone for those with a May birthday as it’s brilliant and bright green reflects the Spring growth, seen at this time of the year! Emerald has long fascinated people, its history as a gemstone dates to 330 BC or possibly even earlier, with the first known mines in Egypt at that time. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for Emeralds and used these precious stones to adorn herself. .
Diamonds are one of the most desirable stones on our planet! Diamonds are most often seen in their colourless format, where their fire and blaze can be truly enjoyed and cherished! Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to mankind, they are highly durable as well as extremely beautiful – no wonder they say ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’! Diamonds are formed from a combination of great pressure and intense heat, deep below .
The word Aquamarine comes from two Latin words: aqua meaning ‘water’ and marine meaning ‘of the sea’. This is a perfect description for this stunning gemstone, as Aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of blue; from the lightest shade like the water at the edge of a beach through to the deep blue of the sea. Aquamarine is a fascinating and beautiful gemstone, it’s part of the Beryl family and its cousin is .
Amethyst is a stunning purple gemstone, it’s a variety of quartz and enjoys a long history of mythology and use in jewellery. Amethysts have been discovered in jewellery dating back as far back as 3100BC when Amethyst beads, seals and charms were discovered in Egypt. The ancient Greeks believed that Bacchus, the God of Wine, was cross with a mortal one day and swore to get revenge on the next one he met, so .
Garnets are beautiful stones, with a wide variety of colours ranging from deep dark red to a lighter, pinkish purple known as Rhodalite, orange or yellow and sometimes cognac, there is even a stunning bottle green option known as Tsavorite. Some of the rarest and most valuable Garnets have a desirable, colour changing quality. To truly appreciate a colour change Garnet, these gemstones can be viewed in a variety of different lighting conditions including .
Turquoise is perhaps the oldest gemstone in man’s history and over the years it has been the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and ancient China since at least the Shang Dynasty (circa 1600 B.C.). Antique Turquoise beads dating back to 5000 B.C. have also been found in Iraq. Man’s long history with this gemstone is understandable – this .