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.
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Cameos and Intaglios
Beautiful, carved images used for personal adornment have cast their romantic spell over people’s imaginations for thousands of years.
As both a sentimental keepsake and a work of art, concentrating major drama into a minute space, the cameo is one of the most treasured sculpted images. A cameo is a small scene or figure carved in relief.
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JULY BIRTHSTONE: RUBY
The Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion. For centuries this gem has been considered the king of all gems. It was believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. To this day the Ruby is the most valued gemstone.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MAY BIRTHSTONE: EMERALD
Emerald, the colour of fresh spring growth, perfect for the month of May.
Legend has it the emerald allows the wearer to foresee the future, reveals truth, protects against evil and gives the gift of a silver tongue. They are also claimed to improve the memory and to sharpen intelligence.
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Retro Gold Bracelets
The history of retro jewellery dates back to and is heavily influenced by the events of World War II. During this period precious metals, such as platinum and titanium, became extremely scarce and fewer gemstones were available. Gold jewellery saw a surge in popularity across the globe, particularly in the USA. A demand for wide gold bracelets flourished. These were worn individually or as a set of stacking bracelets. Continue reading “1940s retro bracelets”
April showers sparkle with this month’s birthstone
People born in April may claim the stone for themselves, but just about everyone wants this kind of sparkle in their lives!
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