Birthstones

Amethyst - The Birthstone Of February

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Jay from Jay's Jewellery again bringing you this months birthstone - Amethyst. Amethyst is a gemstone which is part of the Quartz family. It comes in stunning deep purple colours through to lighter lilac hues. The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word Methustos meaning intoxicated. Ancient wearers believed that it would protect them from drunkenness (here's where I've been going wrong all along ha!). Royal regalia has even been adorned with the gemstone many years ago as it signified royalty and wealth. It was the discovery of the vast abundance of Amethyst which made it available to the...

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Garnet - The Birthstone Of January

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Hi, its Jay from Jay's Jewellery bringing you our latest birthstone blog. So what is Garnet? A common red stone? Nope, its a family of gemstones of many different colours including red, orange, green, pink purple to yellow. Therefore it is often said it reflects the colourful and lively personalities of those people born in January. The word Garnet is derived from the 14th Century English word Gernet, meaning dark red. It is mined in many locations in the world, including The US, Tanzania, Russia, Sri Lanka and India to name a few. Garnet reaches its use in jewellery as...

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Citrine & Topaz - The Birthstone For November

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Jay’s Jewellery latest blog on birthstones.November is lucky enough to have two birthstones, Citrine and Topaz.Citrine Citrine colour ranges from a light or pale yellow right through to fiery orange. It is part of the Quartz family of gemstones and so is quite durable, sitting at 7 on the MOHs scales of hardness, making it suitable for daily wear.Citrine is often regarded as a healing gemstone for its ability to soothe and relax people or remove negative thoughts and feelings. The Chinese also believe it creates wealth and prosperity.TopazTopaz comes in a range of colours including yellow, which is perhaps...

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Opal - The Birthstone Of October

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Here's Jay’s Jewellery take on this months Birthstone, Opal.Opal, is believed to originate from the Greek word Opallios, meaning, ‘to see a change in colour.’Australia is the main source of all different colours and types of Opal, approximately 95% of the worlds supply. Aborigines believed that the earths creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving colourful ‘rainbow like’ opals where ever his feet touched. Sir Walter Scott’s book, ‘Ann Of Geierstein’ fro, 1829 soon changed how opals luck was perceived. The princess wore a opal which changed colour with her mood, until a drop of holy water touched it...

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Peridot - The Birthstone Of August

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Take a look at JAY'S JEWELLERY for our latest updates. The term peridot is believed to have originated from the Arabic Faridat, meaning Gem. It is the national gem of Egypt and was often used in Amlets to ward off evil. Egyptians also referred to it as the 'gem of the sun' believing it protected its wearers from dangers of the night. Some historians actually believe that Cleopatra's famed emeral collection may have actually been peridot. Peridot was first mined on St Johns island in the Red Sea as many as 3500 years ago. The biggest mine producing peridot currently...

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