Jewellery

Topaz Gemstone: Colour, Stories and Meanings

Topaz Gemstone: Colour, Stories and Meanings

Topaz is a very common and not so expensive gemstone. Most people have come across at least one of those beautiful gems, as they are frequently used in jewellery. Topaz has a wide colour range that varies from brown tones to blue, green, yellow, red, and purple. The most common topaz, however, is colourless, which is often irradiated or heat treated to give the stone a blue tint.   Sometimes the clear gem is used as a simulant for diamond, as it is just as shiny and smooth as the more precious stone. The most expensive and valuable topazes are...

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How to buy and wear a pendant necklace

How to buy and wear a pendant necklace

A pendant necklace is different from just a necklace or other jewellery. This small, or not so small, piece of jewellery called pendant quite often performs other than just adornment functions. For example, if you hear the word “talisman” or “amulet”, the first image that may come to your mind is a pendant hanging on a chain, rather than another piece of jewellery. This is quite logical, as since ancient times when one would rely on the magical protection of amulets it was easier to keep it safe on the neck, hidden under clothing from prying eyes. Another popular form...

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Interview with Jewellery Designer

Interview with Jewellery Designer

The sophisticated works of Igor Kontorsky, the designer of the Juvite jewellery collection can be found in every corner of the world - in the USA, Europe, China, Japan, Israel, Australia, Iran, and even Oceania or Namibia. Igor was kind enough to answer several questions, talk about his work, experience, and jewellery design.     Igor, you were born in Ukraine, but live and work in Thailand. Can you tell us how that came about? My life in Thailand was not an accidental occurrence. I was born and grew up in Kiev. I love going back there once in a...

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Enamel Glass Jewellery

Enamel Glass Jewellery

Bright, colourful, and unique, enamel jewellery is very popular. You have probably heard the term ‘enamel’ before, but what actually is it?   Enamel is a fine powder, almost like icing sugar, that is sifted onto metal surfaces and then fused at high temperatures. The result is a glassy smooth and usually brightly coloured surface that coats the metal.     Enamel is usually used for protection or decoration of jewellery, and is very durable. The enamel can be transparent, translucent, or opaque, depending on how many metal oxides there were in the powder and at what temperature they were...

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Wedding Jewellery

Wedding Jewellery

Weddings around the world are usually big affairs with family, friends and community gathering together to celebrate the special couple. Bridal jewellery plays an important role, whether to show-off the bride’s family wealth, cover a sentimental role for female ancestors who cannot be present on the day or simply to add a special occasion ‘sparkle and shine’. The most obvious bridal jewellery is, of course, the wedding ring gifted to the bride from the groom, and in the Western world, the bride also gives the groom a ring to show his new status as a husband. However, there are many...

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Citrine - Meaning, Legends, and Powers

Citrine - Meaning, Legends, and Powers

Which stone is the November birthstone, Topaz or Citrine? It is, in fact, both. The whole idea of gemstones being assigned to a particular month started when Tiffany & Co released an advertisement pamphlet in 1870 stating a stone for each month of the year. For November the yellow topaz was listed, and the craze with the gemstone had begun.    However, not all gemstones advertised as topaz were actually topaz. Some of them had to be citrine gemstones, as they have the same colour as topaz and are impossible to tell apart with the naked eye (and that was...

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All about statement rings

All about statement rings

What is a statement ring? Have you ever seen someone wear an unconventional, often big and chunky ring and wondered what it meant? Statement rings, or those trendy, gallantly coloured, and sometimes quite heavy pieces of jewellery simply cannot go unnoticed. Decorated with large gemstones, charms, or ornaments, statement jewellery is usually worn to attract attention to the wearer, and is often the very first thing you notice in their outfit. Being bold and unique, although not necessarily oversized or brightly coloured, statement rings are used to add a finishing touch to an outfit or create a certain style.  ...

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Sapphire - September birthstone

Sapphire - September birthstone

Sapphires, the fairy-tale blue gems, have held a fascination of humankind for thousands of years. The very moniker stems from Ancient Greek etymology, the word ‘sapheiros’, which refers to the colour blue. The colouration of the gemstone often harks to the heavens above in literature and in some religions - for example, the Ancient Persians thought the sky reflected the light from sapphires, which is why it was blue! Looking at the fascinating science behind the stone, one can discover that the gem is in the same structural family as rubies. The only difference between them is the colour, which is...

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Peridot - August Birthstone

Peridot - August Birthstone

Peridot is a beautiful gemstone, with a diverse history and intriguing science. It is only ever green, thanks to its unique chemistry, although the shades and intensity of the colour dramatically vary depending on the location where it formed. The gem makes a delightful gift for a loved one who prefers the warm, summery colour and is available at all price points. Another name for the jewel is ‘chrysolite’, derived from the Greek words for ‘gold’ and ‘stone’, in reference to the soft golden-green tones found with the crystalline structure. The gemstone is created during times of intense heat, where...

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Winter Escape. What To Wear?

Winter Escape. What To Wear?

Making ready to escape the cooler temperatures for a tropical holiday? With Winter well underway, it’s definitely time to escape the cold in favour of warmer climes. If you’re lucky enough to be headed off on holiday this Winter, you’re probably already thinking about what to take with you. With the planning of holiday outfits, comes the yearning for new items. However, one of the easiest ways to update older outfits is to mix up your styling; choose different accessories, wear alternate jewellery styles than you usually would and take the chance to experiment with your day-to-day look a little...

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