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The two birthstones of March

The two birthstones of March March has two birthstones – aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine Aquamarines vary in colour from deep blue to blue-green of different strengths, caused by traces of iron. The aquamarine – also known as the “poor man’s diamond” – is a form of the mineral beryl that also includes other gemstones such as the emerald, morganite, and heliodor. Beryl consists of four elements: beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. Beryl occurs as free six-sided crystals in rock veins unaffected by shock and weathering that otherwise destroy gem deposits. It is a relatively hard gem, ranking 7 ½ on the MOH’s scale. The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to...

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Garnet Gemstones

Now the festive season is over and we are already into the start of 2019, it is time to prepare for the year ahead. If we are not careful, we can unintentionally forget our friends and loved ones who were born in January. The birthstone for this month is a garnet which has been known to symbolise long lasting friendship and trust, making it the perfect gift for the people closest to you. Garnet is also said to symbolise a light heart and loyalty, and bringing peace, prosperity and good will to the home. Buying a birthstone for someone close to us is a thoughtful present as it adds such a personal touch. Garnets were originally worn as it was...

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What is a topaz gem stone?

What is a topaz gem stone? The topaz gemstone is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals (Mohs hardness of 8) and is the hardest of any silicate mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency and variety of colours means that it is widely used in jewellery as a cut gemstone. These days topaz comes in various colours ranging from yellows and browns to blues, greens, reds and pinks, but before the 1950’s yellow-orange topaz was the only colour known. This colour is now referred to as ‘Precious or Imperial Topaz’ and is the most highly valued of all colours. However, the most popular colour of topaz is blue and it can be found in light, mid and...

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January garnets

It's the same every year.. we stress about Christmas, struggle to remember all the people to buy gifts for, run to the shops on Christmas Eve to get those last bits we forgot, then let out a sigh of relief on Boxing Day when it's all over. That is until we remember our friends and loved ones born in January. There has been no need to think about it just yet, their birthday isn't until next year, however all of a sudden next year is 4 days away! A birthstone can be the perfect gift, not only is it a thoughtful present but it also has an added personal touch. For our friends born in the beginning of the year the birthstone is...

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