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Larimar - the stone of peace and clarity

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Larimar - the stone of peace and clarity

Larimar is a beautiful stone of the palest blue, to me it often looks like lace or a water colour painting. I always want to work with larimar more, but it’s not the easiest stone to source. This is largely because it is only found in the Dominican Republic. Pectolite, the mineral that actually forms the stone is found worldwide but the copper traces that create the beautiful blue colours alongside this mineral only in the Dominican Republic. Just as the blue of the ocean is often used to symbolize tranquility, many believe that Larimar brings peace and serenity to those who...

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Rubies! July’s birthstone as well as 15th & 40th Anniversary gift

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Rubies! July’s birthstone as well as 15th & 40th Anniversary gift

The word Ruby comes to us from the Latin 'ruber' and 'rubeus' meaning red. However the word in Sanskrit translates to be “The King of gemstones”. Rubies are typically mined from Madagascar, Nepal, Thailand and Australia. They require special subterranean conditions, unlike diamonds which can be found almost anywhere. The formation of rubies requires a lot of Earth’s natural elements and many years of pressure and natural growth. This growth process incorporates many of the earth's elements, which can affect the clarity of the stone. During their growth process, rubies will develop fractures and inclusions that affect the colour and...

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Emeralds; the May birthstone and 55th wedding anniversary gift

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Emeralds; the May birthstone and 55th wedding anniversary gift

Emeralds were the favourite gemstone of Cleopatra and who can blame her? The Egyptians used emeralds both in jewellery and in their elaborate burials, often burying emerald stones with monarchs as symbols of protection. On the other side of the world, the Muzo Indians of Colombia had well-hidden and prized emerald mines. These mines were so hidden, it took the Spanish conquistadors nearly twenty years to find them. It is the birthstone of the month of May and what a logical one it is with it’s lush greenness hinting at spring so perfectly. Emerald was long thought to help the...

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May at home

May at home

May is a busy old time in our family with three birthdays, it’s lots of parties, cake and gifts all round. I really love May, I’m not a fan of scorching sun but May is usually warm not hot and blissful. The flowers all start to pop open in the garden and the beaches are usually quiet too. This year May will look so different for everyone. For us, there won’t be parties but I’m sure we will all make cake (if we can find the flour!). Celebrations will feel different of course but celebrating quietly and from afar is...

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Happy New Year. Whatever that means for you.

Happy New Year. Whatever that means for you.

I am not making any resolutions this year; it’s never really been my thing anyway but this year has been a big one for us. I’ve been constantly learning, re-evaluating and adapting to be a full-time mum/ part time jeweller. As a family we have grown together, learnt to be parents and how to give our little girl the best life we can. I am so proud of us and feel so blessed that resolutions feel obsolete, which is a wonderful feeling. To all of you starting afresh, making big changes or little ones, I hope your resolutions make you...

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