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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The fabulous Ruby, birthstone for July

The colours of rubies vary from deep pink to red and they look stunning in groups, as shown in this image from Gemporia
Researching this post I was surprised to find very few generic photos of rubies available. Rubies are one of the most expensive gemstones in the world, and perhaps that's why we don't see them so often. Their rarity, then, makes them all the more special.
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Adding some sparkle to National Selfie Day

June 21 is normally noted for being the Longest Day (Summer Solstice) but this year it has a new distinction: it's National Selfie Day. The wonderful online jewellery retailer Gemporia is using thisas an opportunity to highlight some of its gems, and I was thrilled to accept an opal ring to create a "Gemfie."
Opals are one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash every colour of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that can surpass the "fire" of diamond.

The best opals can command prices per carat that rival the most expensive diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

My opal comes from the Australian Coober Pedy mine and has 0.8cts of gorgeous milky white opal. It's a stone that goes with so many colours and outfits.

Check out what other bloggers are wearing: https://www.gemporia.com/en-gb/gemology-hub/article/557/national-selfie-day-take-a-gemfie/

* I was gifted with a ring from Gemporia but my opinions and editorial content are my own,

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Beautiful Emeralds

Is This Mutton's guide to the history of emeralds, how to choose a beautiful emerald and what to buy
Is there a more beautiful stone than an emerald? I don't think so. Emerald is the birthstone for May, and in Is This Mutton's? continuing look at birthstones, we're going to examine this beryl in a bit more detail.
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Diamonds are Forever

From the four C's to a unique Downton Abbey tiara, here is Is This Mutton's guide to the birthstone for April, the diamond
"She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow."

Lucky you, born in April - for your birthstone is the diamond!
Just yesterday, the "Pink Star" diamond sold for a record £75m in Hong Kong.
But only recently, we were told that millennials in particular are buying fewer diamonds and instead opting for coloured gemstones like rubies, sapphires and emeralds. They no longer attach the same importance to diamonds that previous generations did, and the idea of "blood diamonds" appalls many young women.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Aquamarine - birth stone for March

the birthstone for March is the aquamarine, linked to mermaids and the sea
It's March! And those of you with a birthday this month probably already know that your birthstone is the beautiful aquamarine.

This is a blue to green-blue variety of precious beryl, the group of minerals that includes emeralds.

But while aquamarine and emerald have essentially the same specific gravity and refractive index, emerald tends to be hazy and full of inclusions, whilst aquamarine has excellent transparency and clarity.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

In praise of pearls

Image from Pixabay showing woman in hat and pearls

It was Coco Chanel who decreed "a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls." Lady Sarah Churchill, meanwhile, revealed: "I feel undressed if I don't have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.”

Pearls are highly flattering against the skin, with the more expensive pearls casting a gorgeous light against the face. Pearl is one of the three birthstones for June.
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