Coloured stones make for meaningful and gorgeous rings, whether for yourself, a gift or an engagement. But the durability of certain gems for everyday use is often overlooked, or not known at all, too unassuming buyers. Not all precious stones are equal when it comes to resilience. Some, such as diamond, can withstand pressure and knocks without getting so much as a scratch – it is the hardest substance on earth, after all. Others, while looking exquisitely beautiful and being extraordinarily expensive, are surprisingly fragile and could crack or chip with an unsuspecting bump or careless fall. This is why… View Post

Those born under the zodiac sun sign of Pisces celebrate their birthday within the period from February 18 to March 20. Pisces is a water sign so it is not surprising that their birthstone is the beautiful aquamarine, which literally translates from Latin to mean ‘water of the sea’. The sun sign symbol of the Pisces features two fish and according to ancient folklore, aquamarine is believed to be the treasure of the mermaids. Aquamarine is known for its impressive and soothing blue colour and astrologers believe that this gem is extremely useful to the Pisceans who wear it, influencing… View Post

Those born between September 23 to October 22 have the stunning opal as their zodiac birthstone. Opals display a wide range of colour that has been described to look like an entire galaxy inside a single stone. Each opal is unique and looks so as their structure results in unique plays of light and colours shining off their forms. These colours look stunning, like fireworks or lighting against a night sky. Librans are kind individuals, gentle in nature and artistic souls who appreciate simple pleasures and beauty such as a bird singing or a flower in bloom. At the same… View Post

Those born between November 22 to December 21 fall under the zodiac star sign of Sagittarius and have the beautiful zircon as their birthstone. Zircon is one of the oldest minerals on earth and has been cherished as a gemstone for over two millennia. Found in a handful of locations, amidst the igneous rocks of the earth, zircon has a heart of fire. Its luminescence comes from a high refractive index, a light dispersion rate nearly as high as diamonds. The zircon plays with light like no other. Zircon that is colourless is often compared to the diamond as it… View Post

Although there are eleven birthstones listed for those who belong to Scorpio, the main gemstone that is said to represent the sign is topaz. Scorpios are passionate and always approach life with determination. Astrologists say that the stone that balances a Scorpio’s personality is topaz. It is believed that the blue shaded topaz keeps Scorpios calm and mentally strong, attracting negative energies away from them and bringing them a sense of joy and peace. As Scorpios are emotional, this encouragement of calm is said to help them be more level-headed and prevent them from being overwhelmed by their feelings. Those… View Post

Those born between 20th April and 21st  May fall under the zodiac sign of Taurus. It is a lucky sun sign because it has probably one of the best gemstones as its birthstone. The emerald belongs to the family of four stones believed to be the most precious gemstones in the world (diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire), and is considered to be a royal gemstone. Taureans are said to be deeply influenced by Venus, therefore they have a fondness for beauty, jewellery and nature. It is no wonder then that astrology recommends the gorgeous emerald, with its lush green colour,… View Post

Lucky charms have been used through the ages to grant their wearers favourable fortunes and success in their endeavours. For millennia, tiny trinkets such as gemstones, amulets, carved wood and metals with deep symbolic representations have been held dear, especially during turbulent times – to help brace for storms of hardships or brave through long, treacherous journeys. These days, superstitions play less of a role in our daily lives. However, lucky charms are whimsical decorative adornments that can still add sentimental value and strong symbolism and meaning to the person wearing it. When bought or gifted with a special purpose,… View Post