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ALL ABOUT MOONSTONE JEWELLERY
Moonstone is the opalescent variety of orthoclase.
Traditionally thought to be a good luck stone and linked to romantic passion,
it was often offered as a gift between lovers. Moonstone can
be transparent with a stong blue hue on the surface, or it can be milky with
the appearance of inner light . It can have a striking cats eye or star
All about the Amethyst Gemstone
Amethyst is known to be a purple variety of the mineral quartz and is often used to make beautiful
amethyst jewellery including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. The name amethyst
comes from the Ancient Greek where it meant “not intoxicated”. This stemmed from the belief that
the stone would protect the ..
The Complete Guide to Vintage and Antique Bracelet Styles. Check out our illustrated
guide to help you identify the different type of bracelets.
What is a Festoon, Riviere, Sautoir, or Lavalier necklace? Check out our illustrated guide to help you identify the different types of necklaces.
1) LAVALIER NECKLACE
A lavalier is a chain type necklace that ends in one large size pendant or tassel. Sometimes there may be additional smaller pendants dangling from the main stone. In the 1600's the lavalier got its name..
The idea for the clip pin apparently
came to Louis Cartier, the french
jeweller while watching a peasant
women hanging up her washing with
wooden clothes pegs. This then evolved into
a variet of clip types inlcuding the double
clip - this was two fur clips that could be
worn seperately or worn together attached
to a frame.
Coro and the Duette clip
TYPES OF CHALCEDONY
BLUE CHALCEDONY -
This is a very attractive
stone with different hues
ranging from lilac to periwinkle
blue to lavender. The great
increase in the popularity
of blue chalcedony over
recent years has pushed
its price up and good quality
strong blue material can be
Carnelian has been a popular stone for man..
TYPES OF BERYL
The beryl species has a
great mix of gemstones
which are all viewed as
precious gems. They
include the following:
The colour of emerald varies
according to its source and
location in the world.The most
prized colour is a strong slightly
blueish - green.Colombian emeralds
are pure green with a slight hint of
blue.They are dichroic which mea..
About Beryl Gemstones
One of the most glamorous
gems in the beryl species is
emerald. In addition to emerald
the species also includes aquamarine,
morganite and helidor.They are all
precious gems and are very popular
with jewellery designers.The main
feature that determines value of these
gems is the intensity of the colour
Sources of Beryl
Emerald - Best sources are ..
What is Labradorite?
Labradorite is part of the feldspar mineral group. The feldspargroup has two different varieties,the orthoclase (alkali) feldspars,which include amazonite,orthoclase and moonstone, and
the plagioclase feldspars. The plagioclase feldspars include labradorite and aventurine feldspar.
Labradorite is a colourful and intere..
OPAL - QUALITIES OF OPALS AND SOURCES
The different colours that can
be seen on an opal stem from
the diffraction of light from very small
silica spheres within the gemstone.
This is the reason the colours change
when opal is looked at from different
directions.Larger and more ordered silica
spheres within the stone result in a
greater range and intensity of colour.
This colour p..