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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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How to keep your jewellery safe.

How to keep your jewellery safe. Burglary is one of the most common types of crime. The impact of burglary isn’t just financial, it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security. The sentiment value of your treasured jewellery is irreplaceable and so to avoid being the victim of crime, taking steps to protect yourself is essential. Your home   According to the police, homes with no security measures are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures in place. Deterring the burglars from entering your home is the first step to security.   Check all doors are locked and all windows, including those upstairs, are secure before you...

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Tips for getting your boyfriend to propose.

Tips for getting your boyfriend to propose.   Tell him how important marriage is to you. For some men marriage just isn’t at the top of their ‘to do’ list. Be honest and let him know how important it is to you. If he knows just how much it means to you it may be enough to get him to take that next step. Let him know what kind of a ring you want. Most men haven’t got a clue when it comes to choosing a ring, so make the job easier for him. Send him a URL of your favourite ring, he can keep it on his phone and use it to help him find the right ring for...

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Zircon Gem Stones

Zircon is a mineral belonging to the group of nesosilicates and is the oldest mineral found in the crust of the earth. Researchers tested the lead in a tiny zircon crystal from Australia and confirmed that it is the oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth, 4.375 billion years old, that is older than the moon.   The name zircon likely comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning “gold-coloured.” Others trace it to the Arabic zarkun, meaning “vermillion.” Given its wide range of colours – spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown – both origins make sense. Zircon is an underrated but impressive gemstone that has been worn and treasured since ancient times. Not to be confused with the synthetic material known as...

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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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