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Garnets are commonly accepted as the Birthstone for January and also as the Gemstone gift for those celebrating their second wedding Anniversary.

Most commonly Garnets are a deep red stone, however they do come in other colours most famously green.  The deep red is the most common and also the most popular in Jewellery.

The name Garnet means something like ‘the grainy one’, coming from the Latin ‘granum’, for grain. This makes reference not only to the typical roundish shape of the crystals, but also to the colour of the red garnet, Greeks may however have named the stone  as it often puts one in mind of the seeds of a ripe pomegranate.

Garnets have been known to Man for thousands of years. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the dark night. Throughout the ancient world the Garnet was used in Jewellery and can be seen from examples thousands of years old.

Many an early explorer and traveller liked to carry a garnet with him, for the garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.

Clean garnet with a dry soft cloth. As with all Gemstone Jewellery, care should be taken to protect it from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.

Garnet is a reasonably priced stone. It is beautiful in rings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. There are some beautiful orange garnets. A green tsavorite garnet is a very rare and high-priced stone.

Garnet Jewellery Set

Blue Topaz and Turquoise are regarded as the Birthstone for December and Topaz is the Anniversary stone for the 4th year of marriage along with Imperial Topaz for the 23rd year.

Blue Topaz Bracelet

The name topaz is derived from the Indian Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. According to another theory topaz derives its name from the Island of Topazos, in the Red Sea, where the Romans obtained a stone which they called by this name. As topaz has a hardness of 8, keep your gems in separate boxes to protect other jewelry from scratches. Also avoid large temperature changes. Topaz often becomes paler if kept out in the sun. Do not clean topaz in a home ultrasonic cleaner. The best way to clean topaz is warm soapy water.

Citrine is regarded as the Birthstone for November however there are alternative such as the Yellow Topaz, Pearl and of course Diamond.

Citrine is also the Gemstone regarded as a present for the 13th or 17th Wedding Anniversary.

Citrine Bracelet

The name is derived from the colour – the yellow of the lemon – , although the most sought-after stones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red. Like all crystal quartzes, the citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches. It won’t immediately take offence at being knocked about either, since its cleavage properties are non-existent. Even if their refractive index is relatively low, the yellow stones have just that mellow, warm tone that seems to have captured the last glow of autumn. Like golden Rhine wine or sparkling Madeira, heavy and sweet, citrine jewellery shimmers and brings a hint of sunshine to those dull November days.

We do tend to get into a bit of a pickle when we talk about costume jewellery. Is it really just for wearing with costumes, or if you followed the X Factor, not for wearing, as in the case of Katie Waissel. She had a tantrum because she felt the costume jewellery was too big and making her look stupid. She was right and saved herself. However this type of jewellery, in my view, should not be seen as only for theatre costumes nor should it be associated with the image of cheap and nasty.

Sometimes we also call Costume Jewellery, Fashion Jewellery and, of course, we get all mixed up, thinking this is also the name for cheap jewellery.

This type of jewellery is normally made from beads and glass and silver for the most part. So why are we thinking cheap? I can think of a few designer names where the jewellery is made from these same items and we would never think of them as cheap nor could we buy them low cost.

This means that Costume Jewellery is now as expensive or inexpensive as you choose to make it. There are designer brands which charge an absolute fortune to have thier name on beaded jewellery, whilst if you shop around you can find exquisite items of jewellery in 925 silver with genuine gemstones for less.

Costume jewelry is the complete accessory for casual to elegant dress, and is a wonderful way to express your personality. Beaded costume jewelry is a fun and funky way to express yourself.

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Opal is regarded as the popular stone for those born in the month of October, however there are a few reconised alternatives. The most noticeable of these being Tourmaline and Jasper.

The most striking quality of opal is its ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light. The interplay of different wavelengths of light gives opal its unique visual appeal, and makes it one of the most sought-after gemstones in the world at all times.

Precious opal has been a gemstone since Roman times. Opal was included among the noble gems and was ranked second only to emerald by the Romans.

Opal is also regarded as associated as your “Birthstone” for those born between 6 and 7 pm.

October’s Horescope  is mostly Libra covering Sept 23 to Oct 23. This has the Gemstone Aquamarine as the most widely accepted gemstone. Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus, although Saturn and Jupiter also has an influence as the month goes on.

Freetobid Opal Ring

April’s birthstone is the Diamond.

Often the gemstone of choice for jewellery, especially engagement and wedding jewellery, it has come to symbolise love.

The Diamond is one of the most well-known and most sought after of all the gemstones. The word Diamond coming from the Greek “adamas” meaning “unbreakable” it has long been used in jewellery.

A diamond is certified by four characteristics – carat, cut, colour and clarity – all which can affect the value of a diamond.

The Carat measures the weight of the Diamond. The higher the weight, generally the higher the price,  as larger diamonds tend to be rarer than smaller pieces.  However the price can also be affected by the other characteristics.

There are many different cuts that diamonds can be found in jewellery, these shapes are not naturally found, being designed by jewellers. Many diamond gemstones in jewellery can be found in the following designs: round brilliant cut, Princess cut, Oval cut, Baguette cut. The preference is dependent on the wearer.

The clarity of a diamond refers to the flaws in the stone which is why a flawless diamond can reach such high prices. The grading system is defined by the the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and ranges from FL meaning flawless to I where the stone is imperfect.

The colour of a diamond varies from stone to stone. The most popular colour on the market is the white diamond, however the diamond can also be found in virtually ever colour of the rainbow. Recently Black Diamonds have become popular and even Pink Diamonds have been worn. The white diamond colours are graded ranging from colourless to having yellow hues.

When choosing your diamond jewellery, some people will look at the cut and carat but you should buy the one that captures you the most.

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With millions of sites where you can buy Gold and Silver jewellery online we should ensure that we make the right choices in relation to our need. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself prior to making a purchase:

1. Are you clear on the quality of the item, ie is it 925 silver or less? If gold likewise do you know the if it is 8k/9k/10k etc. This can be important as it will affect the price.

2. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but be sure not to be decieved, often pictures are magnified to ensure a good view is available for the item, however this may not reflect the actual size so you must check this prior to purchase.

3. Again a picture might make an item look very sturdy/heavy or just more than it really is, check the weight of the metal and the carrot weight of the gemstone.

4. Check delivery, many people sell items on the web which are potentially subject to import tax, if you are buying from an overseas seller just check this and make sure you are not liable to a surprise additional cost on delivery.

5. Auction sites these can provide very good deals and fantastic bargains, however all of the above points are valid so check it out before you bid. The real downside can be waiting for the auction to end, sometimes there is a Buy It Now option and I would suggest you check how competitive this is prior to purchase.

I hope this helps and will try to update with more posts and information as we go along, However it would be good to get your comments and perhaps we can use everyones experience going forward.

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Along with chocolates and flowers, there is nothing like Jewellery to tell that special person in your life that you love them.
You can chose silver or gold jewellery, plain or with gemstones, although it is today’s marketing will suggest heart designs with a red gemstone, garnets or rubies.

Whatever the peice of jewellery you chose, as long as it is chosen with the person in mind, then you can’t go wrong with jewellery as the perect gift for Valentin’e Day.

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