If you were born in June, you actually have not one but two birthstones to choose from – the classic Pearl and the very extraordinary gemstone, Alexandrite. We’ve written a post on the timeless beauty of pearls previously, so in today’s post, we’re exploring Alexandrite in detail. Alexandrite composition and origin Alexandrite...
Getting the sizing right when making handmade jewelry can be a little tricky, especially if you’re making jewelry as a gift for someone else rather than yourself. In our post today, we’ve outlined some standard adult sizes for necklaces, bracelets and rings that you may find useful. These are just...
The emerald is the birthstone for May and one of four well-known precious gemstones – the others are diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Emeralds, with their luscious green hues, are highly prized gems and in some cases can even be worth more than diamonds. In this post, we explore the history...
Labradorite is a beautiful and unusual gemstone that is similar to Moonstone. It features a beautiful iridescent optical effect on its surface. In this post, we explore some interesting facts about Labradorite, including how its shimmering appearance is formed, where it originated from, how it’s used and more. Labradorite composition and...

 

If you’re lucky enough to have been born in April, your birthstone is the magnificent and highly valuable diamond! In this post, we explore some interesting facts about diamonds, including where they first originated, how to value them and the mystical meanings surrounding them. Composition of diamonds Diamonds are the hardest known...
Howlite is perhaps best known for being an imitation gemstone, as it can be dyed different colors to look like semi-precious gemstones such as Turquoise and Coral. Even though Howlite is generally inexpensive, it still has plenty of qualities that make it a popular stone for use in jewelry-making. Howlite...
Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious opaque gemstone that is well-known for its intense deep royal blue color and shimmering golden flecks that are reminiscent of a starry night sky. This is a stunning gem with an interesting history. Historians believe that Lapis Lazuli has been around for the last 6,500...
Rose quartz, with its gentle and hazy pink hues, is a variety of the mineral quartz. It’s very popular for use in jewelry-making and you’ll often see it cut into cabochons and beads or just as loose tumbled stones. Rose quartz is found mainly in Brazil but also in...
The birthstone for January is the garnet, a beautiful semi-precious stone that has been around since Egyptian times. The garnet belongs to a group of rock-forming silicate minerals and is commonly known as a red gemstone. It can in fact, appear in many different colors. It’s found in many...
December has been blessed with not one or two, but three beautiful birthstones! Turquoise is probably the most widely available of the three gemstones, while Zircon and Tanzanite in particular are considered rarer and subsequently more expensive in comparison. Composition and mineral makeup of the December birthstones Turquoise is an opaque,...
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