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August birthstone: Peridot

Peridot (pronounced PEAR-A-DOE) is the birthstone of people who celebrate their birthday in August. It’s often associated with harmony, good health, restful sleep, and peacefulness. Peridot is also the gem given to celebrate a 15th wedding anniversary. What’s in a name? Peridot is widely recognised by its brilliant green glow but the origin of the [...]

How diamonds are valued

Ever wondered how a diamond’s worth is determined?  The 4Cs Well, it all comes down to four characteristics, known as the 4Cs: colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. These are the globally accepted standards for assessing the quality of a diamond. Much like a human fingerprint, every diamond has unique characteristics and the relationship between its [...]

July birthstone: Ruby

Known as the King of Precious Stones, ruby is the birthstone of people born in July. ‘Ruby’ is derived from the Latin word ‘rubeus’, meaning ‘red’ – the colour of love and passion. Ravishing in red Rubies vary from deep shades of red to dark pink, purplish red or orange-red. Their colour comes from trace [...]

How to care for your pearls

Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, so they are a comparatively soft gem and require special care. Wearing your pearls  Last thing to put on, first thing to take off Pearls should be the final touch to your outfit. Apply makeup, hairspray, lotion or perfume before you put your pearls [...]

June birthstone: Pearl

If you were born in June, the enchanting and glowing pearl is your birthstone. The pearl, like a lady of old — pure and fair to look upon, is the emblem of modesty and purity.  ~ Mineralogist George Kunz, 1913 Classic elegance Pearls rank among the most popular gems in the world. With a serene [...]


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