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

 

Unusual Times

2020, has not been what anyone had expected…. we had an exciting schedule of shows and markets lined up to share our one off pieces with you all, and personally we had holidays and travel booked. Clearly in the current climate, none of this has or is happening.

I’m sure that i am not alone when I say the last few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, from enjoying the peace and quiet, to anxeity at the business and personal impact of lockdown, and of course the tragic loss of life as a result of Covid-19. Thank goodness the weather has been on our side, and the sunshine has truly made things seems easier!

This has been a good time to take a step back and evaluate how we live and work; as a result we now have a fully updated shiny new website, a few new products, and a focus on local and online business.

We have been very furtunate to have clients who love what we do, and who have contunued to engage our services through the last 3 months. As a small business every sale, repair, or order means so much to us – it is literally the differnce between us exisitng as business or not! So a heartfelt THANKYOU to all who continue to support us.

Please take the time to have a browse around our new site, and feel free to reach out with any questions via email, phone, or livechat!

Stay safe, and we hope to see you once we are able to get out and about once more!

Kim
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November’s Birthstone – Topaz

Topaz comes in an array of colours, most people think of Topaz as being blue, however it can be yellow, orange, red, pink, green, violet, and of course white.  Topaz is a great gem to work with and to wear as it’s both hard and tough, registering an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness (behind Diamond at 10, and Sapphire at 9).  It’s hardness refers to how easily the gemstone can be scratched, toughness relates to how easily (or otherwise) the stone may break or chip.

Topaz is the Birthstone for November.

The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength. In Europe during the Renaissance (the period from the 1300s to the 1600s) people thought that topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. For centuries, many people in India have believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence. (*Source GIA)

Historically Yellow Topaz was often confused with Citrine (a member of the quartz family).