Introducing: Holly (And Nathan) from Loving Small Business

This month I want to introduce you to Holly from Loving Small Business Holly started Loving Small Business as a way to support and promote small businesses. Initially begun on Instagram she wanted to go beyond just shouting out about how great small businesses are and to find a way to put their products out…

Gemstone Focus: Garnet

“The seeds of life” The word garnet is a derivative of the latin word granatus meaning pomegranate. And it is thought that the stone was named because of its resemblance to the seeds of a pomegranate. This traditional January birthstone has inspired many legends and has popular associations with love, friendship, light, and vitality. It…

Gemstone Focus: Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the new kid on the block. It was officially recognised as a birthstone of December in 2019, replacing Blue Topaz which has been moved to join its cousins as the November birthstone. Tanzanite was first identified in Tanzania in 1962, but was originally not highly valued In 1967 the primary deposit was identified.Its…

Gemstone Focus: Turquoise

This December birthstone has been used for millennia in jewellery. It was a favourite of Egyptian Pharoahs who often adorned themselves in it. And it has been carved it into beautful pieces of art in China for over 3000 years. As such turquoise has rich history with lots of lore attached to it. It was…

Gemstone Focus: Zircon

Zircon is probably one of the most under-rated gemstones. This December brthstone is often confused with the diamond imitation cubic zirconia. Hoever Zircon is a completely natural gemstone and its beauty rivals any gemstone. Zircon can be found in a number of colours including blue, yellow, orange, green, brown, red and white. White zircon has…

Gemstone Focus: Topaz

Yellow Topaz is the traditional birthstone of November. Most people will associate the November birthstone with the colour yellow . However, as a family group topaz can be found in many colours including blue and the highly sought after and rare Pink Topaz and the orange- red Imperial Topaz aka Precious Topaz. I’ll talk more…

Gemstone Focus: Citrine

With its bright sunny yellow, Citrine is one of the most cheerful gemstones in the birthstone calendar. But you can also find them in pale yellow and cognac as well as the rich orange-yellow Madeira Citrine. Throughout history it has often been confused with November’s other birthstone, Topaz. This was mainly because before gemology became…

Gemstone Focus: Tourmaline

Tourmalines are a beautiful group of gemstones found in a wonderful assortment of colours. The word means “stone with many colours” in the Sinhalese language. They are associated with creativity and artistic expression and they have often, historically, been mistaken for other gemstones. In fact, one of the Russian Crown jewels once thought to be…

Gemstones: How tough is your gemstone jewellery?

You sometimes hear jewellers mention something called the Mohs scale in reference to the hardness of a gemstone. Hardness is one of the measures that contributes to overall durability in a piece of jewellery and it helps to understand how well your jewellery will wear over time. The Mohs scale was created by German minerologist…