FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE: AMETHYST
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple color that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset.
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This bright shining gem has said to be a gift from the sun.
The name Citrine, which is French for “lemon”, fits well with its colour range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown.
Most people choose a Citrine based on their personal preference, but some of the most sought-after Citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red colour.
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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.
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SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE: SAPPHIRE
The sapphire, birthstone for September, is a relative of July’s birthstone, the ruby as it is also a form of the mineral corundum.
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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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