Opals are amorphous as they do not have a crystal structure.
Opals symbolise purity and hope, it has been noted as a protective stone as it keeps the wearer from harm.
AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: PERIDOT
Sometimes referred to as the as the “evening emerald” the peridot is truly an under-appreciated gem of great beauty. It also has a rich history, making it quite a conversational piece.
The symbolism of the clear olive green color of the semi-precious peridot is clear: it means regeneration, recuperation, healing and serenity. It also has the alternative name of Olivine.
Cameos and Intaglios
Art Deco Watches
The Art Deco movement came to fruition during the early 1920s. This period witnessed a rapid change in culture than any other period in history. This period saw a shift from the pocket watch to the wrist watch, and an overwhelming demand for the wrist watch style as it became a fashion icon for the world.
Tiaras were first thought to be worn by Persian kings. The word tiara is Persian in origin. Throughout history they have been worn by men and women to represent status, hierarchy and wealth and were often worn by members of the aristocracy.
The Georgian era spanned five kings – George I-IV and William IV – from 1714 to 1837 and produced beautifully hand crafted and highly collectible jewellery.
Unidentifiable by marks or stamps, the jewellery is usually typified by closed back gold settings with foil backed stones set in silver tops to enhance their brilliance.
JUNE BIRTHSTONE: PEARL, MOONSTONE and ALEXANDRITE
Since time began, pearls have been revered for their natural beauty and range of colour and lustre.
Cleopatra dissolved a priceless pearl earring in wine and drank it, to prove to Mark Anthony she could consume the wealth of a nation in one meal. In Ancient Rome pearls were a prized symbol of wealth and social standing. The ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love, marriage and peace. Warriors wore pearls into battle to be shielded from harm.