Ruby, a most royal July birthstone

Love, success, passion and energy – all are positive qualities associated with the colour red and the gemstone ruby, the most royal of all gems and July's birthstone. Ruby is the most prized gem of them all; after all, in ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to “Ratnaraj”, which meant “king of precious stones" and, in addition [...]

Ruby, a most royal July birthstone 2018-07-02T15:38:50+00:00

If you are a May baby, Emerald is your birthstone

Emerald is, without a doubt, the best known of the green gemstones, and the only green gemstone considered “precious”. Peridot, tourmaline and tsavorite are all green too, but are considered semi-precious gems and emerald is, of course, May’s birthstone. What makes emerald special? And what should you look out for if you’re buying emeralds? Emeralds are [...]

If you are a May baby, Emerald is your birthstone 2017-11-27T13:01:17+00:00

Ruby is July’s birthstone

As we move into the second half of 2017, we welcome Ruby as the birthstone of July. Not only is ruby a perfect birthday gift for July babies, it also features twice as an anniversary gem, for both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Although a popular and familiar gemstone, few people know that ruby [...]

Ruby is July’s birthstone 2017-11-27T12:58:07+00:00

August’s birthstone is Peridot

August’s birthstone, peridot, is the gem quality variety of the common mineral olivine. In geological terms, olivine is a mantle-mineral, brought to the surface of the earth by volcanic eruptions. In Hawaiian folklore, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava on the islands. Peridot has [...]

August’s birthstone is Peridot 2017-11-27T12:57:03+00:00

Sapphire, the birthstone for September

When most people think about sapphire, blue is the colour that automatically comes to mind. But did you know that sapphire can be found in virtually every colour of the rainbow? Yes, September’s birthstone truly is a rainbow gemstone. Mineralogically, sapphire is known as corundum (as is ruby) and as the second hardest gemstone on Moh’s Hardness [...]

Sapphire, the birthstone for September 2018-05-14T11:47:52+00:00

Opal is October’s first birthstone

If you’re lucky enough to be an October baby, you have two birthstones to choose from – opal and tourmaline. Both are equally gorgeous but they’re radically different to each other and require different levels of care. Let's start with opal.... Perhaps one of the most beautiful gemstones around, opal is a hydrous silicate mineral [...]

Opal is October’s first birthstone 2017-11-27T12:52:20+00:00

Tourmaline, October’s second birthstone

If opal doesn’t take your fancy, why not consider tourmaline? Available in a wide variety of colours, tourmaline is a semi-precious gem occurring in various shades of almost every hue. Tourmaline is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.A. Paraíba tourmaline is a vividly colored purplish or greenish blue variety found in [...]

Tourmaline, October’s second birthstone 2017-11-27T12:50:25+00:00