Mother’s Day: Celebrating the strength and resilience of mothers

Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate our mothers, is just a couple of weeks away but this year, I’ve found myself a bit distracted. With the scenes of mother’s fleeing with their children from the war in Ukraine, it has made me think of my own mother and grandmother’s struggles when they were refugees during…

A History of Birthstones

Have you ever been curious about the origins of birthstones? The history, in truth, is a bit long and convoluted. In Western cultures, the concept of the birthstone evolved from a story in the Bible, from the book of Exodus. The prophet Moses decreed that a breastplate should be made for Aaron, his elder brother…

A Day in the life: Overcoming Imposterism.

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual blog posts. But recently in one of my jewellers groups, I’ve been hearing a lot of my colleagues talking about it. So I thought I’d share a bit of insight from my previous life. The first part gives a little background on imposterism followed…

Gemstone Focus: Rubies

This July birthstone is one of the rarest gemstones in the world commanding some of the highest prices. It’s striking red colour has prompted associations with love, passion and blood. It was once worn by warriors as a protective amulet, believed to protect against wounds. Medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and…

Introducing: Squiggles & Dot

This month I want to introduce you to Georgia from Squiggles & Dot. Georgia creates unique and personalised handcrafted products for your home, children and weddings. With a flair for vintage and shabby chic she can make almost anything our heart desires! You an visit Squiggles & Dot here Q: Hi Georgia, so tell me…

Are Diamonds really a girl’s best friend?

Diamond is perhaps the most desirable of all of the gemstones with a long and ancient history. And in 1977, perhaps one of the most influential and powerful advertising campaigns ever created, forever linked diamonds with love and endurance and thus the go to choice for engagement rings. However, over the last 25 years diamonds…

Gemstone Focus: Emeralds

Emeralds have been prized for their stunning green colour for literally millennia. Purported to be Cleopatras favourite gemstone, she had a huge collection though some now believe many of the gemstones may have been peridot. The Incas used emeralds in their jewellery and much of it was stolen and sent back to Spain by the…

Introducing: BeauBottletops

This month I want to introduce you to Jessie and her amazing creative business BeauBottleTops. “Incorporating freedom, self-discovery and a love of life and its intricacy”, Jess creates artwork that are “bursts of energy with the observer seeing what they wish”. Passionate about recycling and the environment, she accomplishes this using recycled bottle tops! But…

Gemstone Focus: Diamond

Diamonds have been treasured for thousands of years for their beauty and rarity. The earliest diamonds were from India found almost 3000 years ago where only the extremely wealthy had access to them. Ancient Greeks believed them to be the tears of the weeping gods. If you were born in the month of April, diamond…

Introducing: BLoC Handmade

Introducing: BLoC Handmade This month I want to introduce you to Karen and her amazing eco-sustainable business BL0C Handmade Karen’s journey began almost by accident when she made herself a denim jacket using old jeans. From there the seed for her business began to grow and today she makes beautifully crafted eco-sustainable handbags from charity…