Almost October – Dare I mention the ‘C’ word….

Christmas that is!!! it’s not that far away, but a lot can happen in the next few weeks, hopefully we won’t be facing a nationwide lockdown between now and then, but none of us can reply on this. At the moment we have one pop-up boutique planned outside of the Village Store in Yattendon, Berkshire, on the 1st October – a great opportunity to start some of that Christmas shopping (Sorry!!). This is my only pop-up boutique (so far anyway) or 2020, who knows if there will be opportunity for more…

As we move across the next few months – we have some wonderful monthly birthstones coming up.. and those of us born in the last quarter of the year are doubly lucky as we have a choice of two birthstones in each month…

October – Tourmaline, or Opal

Beautiful Tourmaline Gems


Tourmaline, (in my opinion anyway), is a hugely underated gem, coming in a full array of colours, there is something to suit anyones personality and favourite colour! Tourmalines have a good level of hardness and durability, and so are suitable for regular wear, often have great clarity and are redily availble with superior quality.

Opals are a beautiful stone with unique play of colour, and have through the ages been included in much folk lore. Its hard to beat a stunning high quality black bodied opal in the beauty stakes, usually cut in the Cabachon style. I was hower lucky enough last year to have some amazing quality faceted opals to work with.. I have the best job in the world!

Opal in Gold Opal cufflinks set in Gold


November – Citrine or Topaz

Citrine comes in a range of yellow / orange hues, from deep and smoky to suble and fresh; Citirne is a member of the Quartz family alongside Amethyst (February), Ametrine and a host of other gemstones. Topaz comes in a range of colours, yellows, peaches, white, and some beautiful shades of blue. Topaz is a hard gemstone, softer only than Sapphire/Ruby, and Diamond. I am a super fan of the inky blue of a London Blue Topaz!

Beautiful Sky Blue Topaz Cuff

December – Turquoise or Tanzanite

For those of us born in December (yes that includes me), its all about the blues, the softer aqua shades of turquoise, or the deep purply blue of Tanzanite. I LOVE both of these stones, but have a paticular softspot for a deep blue Tanzanite. Tanzanite is a relatively rare stone, coming from only one place in the world – Tanzania. In fact Tanzanite is actually Zoisite, named for it’s home in our world. Receiving jewellery with either of these blue December stones… such a treat!!

Stunning Blue Tanzanite