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Happy New Year 2018

Sue and Dave hope you had a most enjoyable Christmas and we wish you a very happy new year 2018. We haven’t been as busy in 2017 with craft fairs and events as we have in previous years and we are going to be quite selective about where we take Sue’s collections of hand-made and carefully selected jewellery in 2018. We will,of course, put all our events on our calendar page.

Happy New Year 2018 from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

However, we are going to renew our commitment to this website by ensuring that we add new products and refresh some of the existing ones in our online shop.

You will find a lot of sales online and in the shops, however, we don’t just offer good prices for a limited time. Our prices stay low all year. Also, you get your  usual bonus of free second class postage to all UK addresses.

Here are a few ideas of ways to treat yourself to a Happy New Year 2018, or to treat someone else.

Ruby – July Birthstone

The July birthstone is Ruby. So if you have the good fortune to have been born in July, your birthstone is one of the most beautiful gems – with prices to match. For centuries, many people consider that this stone is the king of all gems.

The July Birthstone by the handful. Rubies before cutting and polishing.

According to gemstone lore, the Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion.  People have long believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. To this day the Ruby is one of the most valued gemstones.

A Ruby’s most important feature is its colour. Rubies are available in a range of red hues from purplish and bluish red to orange-red. The brightest and most valuable colour of Ruby is “a Burmese Ruby” – one that has a rich, passionate, hot, full red colour with a slight blue hue. This colour is only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar.

July Birthstone De-mystified

All gemstones are minerals and Ruby is the red variety of corundum, with chromium impurities that give it the vivid red colour.

Other colours of corundum gemstones are called sapphires.

The name “Ruby” comes from rubeus,  Latin for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, which means “king of precious stones.” So these gems have been highly valued throughout history.

The chromium that gives ruby its red colour also causes fluorescence. This makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Chromium is also what makes rubies scarce because it often causes cracks. This means that very few rubies can ever grow large enough to crystallize into fine quality gems. The very best rubies can bring even higher prices than diamonds.

Myanmar for Top Quality Rubies

The Mong Hsu region of Myanmar (Burma) began producing rubies in the 1990s when producers discovered that heat treatment improved their colour. Other ruby deposits exist in Vietnam, Thailand, India, parts of the Middle East, East Africa and even the United States.

A million pounds worth of July Birthstone in this top quality ruby. This one is 18 carat in weight.

Ruby is a very hard stone, second only in hardness to diamond.

Ruby’s strength and red fluorescence are important beyond jewellery making. Industrial uses for natural and synthetic rubies include watch-making, medical instruments and in lasers.

Healing Properties of Ruby

It has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. Ruby is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.

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There are several other July birthstones, including Sapphire, Carnelian, Onyx, Sardonyx, and Turquoise.

LoveTaliesin Offers The Alternative to the High Cost of The July Birthstone

We suggest that our beautiful range of jewellery that Sue has hand-made using Swarovski Crystal elements make a beautiful, inexpensive alternative to the ruby as July Birthstone.

For other birthstones, https://lovetaliesinjewellery.co.uk/?s=birthstone

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Colour Trends for Spring 2017

The colour experts at Pantone have done their annual research and have concluded that the hottest of the colour trends for Spring 2017 is a lovely deep sky-blue colour called Niagara.

Niagra – The Top Colour Trent for Spring 2017

Pantone’s Colour Intelligence says that Niagara is:

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.”

The Top Ten Colour Trends for Spring 2017

Niagara fits into a top ten that includes three shades of blue, two greens, two pinks (possibly three, if we included Hazelnut as a shade of pink) an orange and a yellow.

The Top Ten Colour Trends for Spring 2017

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

By contrast to the muted tone of Niagara, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue

At the blue end of the spectrum and conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise

Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow

Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, un-ignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating colour that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut

Rounding off the spring 2017 colours is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional colour that effortlessly connects the seasons.

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Citrine or Topaz – November Birthstone

Once again, we find that there are two gemstones identified as being associated with November birthdays. The November birthstone twins include the warm colour of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange Imperial Topaz colour but it is found in a variety of rich colours like blue, pink and yellow.

November Birthstones

November’s birthstones, Topaz and Citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Topaz and Citrine look so similar, in fact, that they’ve often been mistaken for one another throughout history. They are actually unrelated minerals, and topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colours far beyond yellow.

Both of November’s birthstones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit Topaz and Citrine into their budget.

Learn more about each November birthstone by reading on.

Citrine – November Birthstone 1

November’s first birthstone, Citrine, is a variety of quartz that ranges in colour from a pale yellow to a brownish orange. It takes its name from the French word for lemon, citron, because of these fruit-inspired shades.

Crystals of November Birthstone, Citrine

The pale yellow colour of Citrine closely resembles some colours of Topaz, (see below), which explains why November’s two birthstones have been so easily confused throughout history.

Citrine’s yellow shades are caused by traces of iron in quartz crystals. This occurs rarely in nature, so most Citrine on the market is made by heat treating other varieties of quartz—usually the more common, less expensive purple amethyst and smoky quartz—to produce golden gems.

Brazil is the largest supplier of Citrine. Other sources include Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the U.S. (Colorado, North Carolina and California). Different geographical areas produce different shades of Citrine.

With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, Citrine is durable against scratches and everyday wear-and-tear—making it a lovely option for large, wearable jewellery.

Citrine is sometimes known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. It’s even called the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity.

Topaz – November Birthstone 2

Through much of history, all yellow gemstones were known as Topaz and all Topaz was thought to be yellow. But real Topaz is actually available in many colours, and it is not related in any way to the gems that originally carried the name.

The name topaz comes from the Island of Topazios, the ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea.  It is very likely that the yellow stones that were mined there probably were not Topaz, it gave it’s name to most yellowish stones.

Pure topaz is colourless, but it can become tinted by impurities to take on almost any colour of the rainbow. Precious topaz, ranging in colour from brownish orange to yellow, is often mistaken for “smokey quartz” or “citrine quartz,” respectively—although quartz and topaz are completely unrelated minerals.

November Birthstone – Colours of Topaz

The most prized colour is Imperial topaz, which features a vibrant orange hue with pink undertones. Blue topaz, although increasingly abundant in the market, very rarely occurs naturally and is more usually created by irradiation treatment.

The largest producer of quality topaz is Brazil. Other sources include Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, Nigeria, Germany, Mexico and the U.S., mainly California, Utah and New Hampshire.

Topaz is a rather hard and durable gem measuring 8 on the Mohs scale. Its perfect cleavage can make it prone to chipping or cracking, but when cut correctly, topaz makes very wearable jewellery.

Topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares.

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Tourmaline or Opal – October Birthstone

The October Birthstone is actually two birthstones, Tourmaline and Opal. These both offer an amazing range of colours to suit the personality of every October baby of any age.

October Birthstones

Tourmaline – October Birthstone 1

Tourmaline is a favourite gemstone for many because it’s available in a rainbow of beautiful colours.

October Birthstone, Tourmalines come in an amazing variety of colours

Tourmaline lives up to its name, which means “mixed stone”. With a rainbow of colours, Tourmaline can easily enhance any jewellery collection. Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet: Tourmaline is all of these and more.

Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in one gemstone. These bi-colour or tri-colour gems are formed in many combinations and are highly prized. One multi-colour variety is known as Watermelon Tourmaline and features green, pink, and white colour bands. To resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink centre, white ring, and green edge.

Opal – October Birthstone 2

Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind colour combination.

October Birthstone, Opals also show an amazing range of colours

In ancient times, the Opal was known as the Queen of Gems because it encompassed the colours of all other gems. Each Opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints. Some prefer the calming flashes of blues and greens; others love the bright reds and yellows. With its rainbow of colours, as you turn and move the Opal the colour plays and shifts, giving you a gem that can be worn with a plethora of ensembles.

Brightly colored Sri Lankan gem tourmalines were brought to Europe in great quantities by the Dutch East India Company to satisfy a demand for curiosities and gems. Tourmalines were used by chemists in the 19th century to polarize light by shining rays onto a cut and polished surface of the gem.

Opal – Australia’s National Gemstone

As well as an October Birthstone, Opal is also the National Gemstone of Australia which holds a national collection. The image above shows a part of that collection.

Australia’s Lightning Ridge is known for its rare and stunning black Opals. The ideal Opal is one that displays broad patterns covering the surface, with all the colours of the rainbow, including red. Since Opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colours be sure to choose one that showcases your colour preference and pattern.

Bad Luck?

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose colour was represented in the colour spectrum of the opal. It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein in 1829, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation. In Scott’s novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colourless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott’s novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death.

Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw an opal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more, as the opal was believed to embody the evil eye.

Nowadays, we recognise the beauty of opal and such superstitions are relegated to history.

Opalite

While opalite is NOT the same as opal, it can be a more affordable alternative for the October birthstone.

Opalite is a trade name for synthetic opalised glass. Opalite is a clear or milky coloured iridescent glass, or sometimes even plastic, that is available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The glass appears to be yellowish red when held up to the light and has a blue glow against dark backgrounds. This is a phenomenon known as Opalescence, named after the appearance of Opals.

Opalite is a man-made material that is readily available but it can often be mistaken for other more valuable gemstones.

 Healing properties of Opal and Opalite

Both Opal and Opalite are wonderfully serene crystals, good for depression and relationships.

they are stones of love, but only reward faithful lovers. They are said to help form lasting romantic bonds.

Opal and Opalite are believed to alleviate depression, soothe frayed nerves and help us to step away from anxiety. They bring inner peace and a sense of calm in any situation.

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Sapphire – September Birthstone

Sapphire is the Birthstone for you if you were born in September.

The Imperial State Crown showing the St.Edward’s Sapphire.

It has been a popular gemstone since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Polished sapphires have been found that date back more than 2000 years. In the Middle Ages, according to folklore, they will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Medieval clergy wore them to symbolize heaven, while their parishioners thought the gemstone attracted heavenly blessings.

The sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul.  Medieval kings of Europe valued these stones for rings and brooches, believing that it protected them from harm and envy. Warriors presented their young wives with sapphire necklaces so they would remain faithful. It was believed that the stone’s colour would darken if worn by an adulterer or adulteress, or by an unworthy person.

Ancient Persians called sapphire the “Celestial Stone.” It was the gem of Apollo, Greek God of prophesy and was worn by worshippers visiting his shrine in Delphi to seek his help. It was used by ancient Etruscans as far back as the 7th century B.C.

The most sought-after sapphires are a medium to medium dark blue or slightly violet-blue. However, these stones, or their very close relations, are found in every colour of the rainbow. Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colours of the rainbow. Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known by their colour. Ruby is the red variety of corundum.

Where do the colours come from? Find out here.

Where is Sapphire Found?

The biggest source of sapphires world-wide is Australia, especially New South Wales and Queensland. Found in alluvial deposits of weathered basalt, Australian sapphires typically are blue stones with a dark and inky appearance. Kashmir, in India, used to be a well-known source of the cornflower-blue stones. In the United States, a major source is the Yogo Gulch Mine in Montana that mostly yields small stones for industrial use.

Yogo Gulch Sapphire Mine. Image by bal_agates

Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.

One of the most famous sapphires rests on the Imperial State Crown, worn by Queen Victoria in 1838. It is normally kept with the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. This gem is called the St. Edward’s Sapphire because it once belonged to Edward the Confessor, who wore the stone on a ring during his coronation in 1042.

 

Peridot – August Birthstone

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour, an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. Therefore, the colour of individual gems can vary from yellow to olive to brownish-green. The most valued colour is a dark olive-green.

Peridot can be found in a variety of colours

The word peridot comes from the Arabic “faridat,” which means “gem.”

Most peridot were formed deep inside the earth. They were delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Some also came to earth in meteorites, but this extraterrestrial gemstone is extremely rare. You’re not likely to find this in a retail jewellery store.

It also appears in Hawaiian folklore as originating from the tears of the goddess Pele who is associated with fire and volcanoes.

Peridot and Cleopatra

Cleopatra’s favourite jewel was reputedly Peridot, perhaps linked to the fact that the ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad. This is the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums.

The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun”. Today this gem is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Large strongly-coloured, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewellery at all price points.

This stone has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.

Early records indicate that the ancient Egyptians mined a beautiful green gem on an island in the Red Sea called Topazios, now known as St. John’s Island or Zabargad. Legend has it that the island was infested with snakes, making mining unpleasant until an enterprising Pharaoh drove them into the sea. From the earliest times, people confused this stone with other gems. It was one of many gems labelled as “topaz”.

Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. People in medieval times continued to confuse peridot with emerald. For centuries, people believed the fabulous 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. They are, in fact, peridots.

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Herbs To Make You Feel Good

We wear jewellery to make us look great, but we also use our jewellery to help us to feel good as well.

I Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant

There is evidence that being happier is linked to being healthier. A study at Harvard University showed this very clearly back in 2007. But they also say that short-term emotional lifts aren’t enough.  We also need to lower our stress levels and find healthy ways to avoid depression, anxiety, and worry and to feel good.

We can do this through jewellery and beauty products and by activities such as doing good for others and counting our blessings daily. Volunteering also fits in here.

But there are also some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system – helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness.

Here are 7 herbs to make you feel good:

1. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon Balm

This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) that have mild sedative effects and can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so it’s a great herb to keep in stock to boost the immune system.

2. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu Kola

An antiseptic, antispasmodic, peripheral vasodilator, and nerving and relaxant, this herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress and making you feel good.

3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)

Brahmi

An Ayurvedic herb used for centuries, brahmi is known as a natural brain tonic and booster of well-being. It can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory, and in doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.

4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St Johns Wort

This herb is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. It is especially helpful to patients who do not respond well to SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity.

5. Oat Straw (Avena sativa)

Oat Straw

Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also used to treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

6. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Siberian Ginseng

This herb is a great replacement for those who have a coffee or caffeine addiction. It offers energy without the let down that accompanies a caffeine cycle. Further, it’s an adaptogenic herb, so it ‘adapts’ to give your body what it needs the most. It can boost concentration and help manage environmental stress as well.

7. Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)

Golden Root (Rhodiola Rosea)

This section has been updated with new information on 20th June 2017

Also called Arctic Root or Roseroot, Golden Root is considered a queen of adaptogenic herbs.  What this means is that it is a plant that gives humans an herbal medicinal effect when taken and helps a person keep their “cool” under stress. The results ending that Rhodiola Rosea will be able to stabilize the biological function of the body and to help you to stay in a “happy place” despite the stress around it despite psychological or physical pressures. This is known as Homoestasis.

Many people report that Rhodiola Rosea has impressive usefulness in sickly problems such as not being able to sleep well, lack of concentration and lower performance on the job, headaches, poor appetite, hypertension, and being tired all the time.

There is a lot more information and further links at https://www.healthambition.com/rhodiola-rosea-benefits/

Important Note

Nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. Before taking any herbal medicine, you should always consult a qualified practitioner.

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Food and Drink Fairs

It may seem a little odd to be taking our jewellery to Food and Drink Fairs, but one of our innovations for 2016 is to do exactly that.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Food and Drink Fair

Many Food and Drink Fairs are set in the amazing grounds of some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. They are events that cater for the whole family and offer something for all ages. This goes way beyond rows of stalls selling food and drink, although this is still at the heart of each event.

At a well-run fair, you will find up to hundreds of stalls selling everything from hot and cold foods, wine and spirit producers and home and gift wear to name a few.

You’ll also find a host of entertainment from Cooking demo’s by celebrity chefs and contestants and winners of TV cooking and baking programmes, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers as well as local producers, live music and children’s entertainment.

There will also be a good selection of craft stalls at the best events, where you’ll find our white gazebo filled with our constantly evolving ranges of jewellery and accessories. We may even come up with some food-related jewellery offerings.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery at Prestwold Hall Food and Drink Fair

The LoveTaliesin Gazebo and Jewellery Collection

Prestwold Hall Estate is a magnificent location that will play host, for the first time, to The Great Food and Drink Festival over 3 days.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Prestwold Hall – Venue for the Prestwold Hall Food & Drink Festival

The event is held in the estate adjacent  to the hall  in the heart of Charnwood Leicestershire, home of the World famous Stilton, Red Leicester cheese and the one and only Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. The county is renowned for its food lovers and fine produce.

What’s on…

  • We have over a 100 exhibitors selling local produce from across the county and East Midlands
  • Plenty of hot food stands selling food for every ones taste from Hog Roast to Asian Fusion
  • Stalls selling hand made goods and crafts (That’s us!)
    More details on our Calendar Page.
  • Cake Decorating workshops
  • Wine tasting and Cocktail master classes
  • Real ale marques and bars
  • Children’s entertainment – Punch and Judy and the amazing Bongo Bongo
  • There will be fun and educational cooking classes put on by KidzKitchen, so if you want your child to be the next winner of The Great British Bake-Off, make sure you attend this workshop!
  • Live music every day from 11am – 4pm
  • We have three wonderful celebrity chef demo’s over the three days
    • Jean-Christophe Novelli
    • Aldo Zilli
    • Marcus Bean

Diamond – April Birthstone

If you have a close friend or family member with an April birthday, you have a real quandary when it comes to choosing suitable jewellery as the logical choice is that most precious of gemstones – diamond – April Birthstone.

Diamond – April Birthstone

You probably know that a diamond is simply carbon. This is the same stuff as a pencil “lead” or soot, but few women would thank you for jewellery made from pencils or the smoke residue from a bonfire!

Research has shown that South African diamonds were produced during three main time periods in the history of the Earth. The oldest diamonds in existence are about 3.3 billion years old. These were formed during earth’s beginnings.

The second major phase came about 2.9 billion years ago. Impurities inside these diamonds suggest that these diamonds formed in rocks in a shallow sea. This could show that the carbon that made these of diamonds came from the remains of ancient sea creatures.

The youngest large batches of diamonds in existence are thought to be 1.2 billion years old.

It also seems that the planet no longer produces diamonds in the same way that it used to. This must mean that there are fewer diamonds to be discovered today.

Read more: http://www.abazias.com/diamondblog/diamond-industry/how-old-is-your-diamond

Affordable Alternatives to Diamond – April Birthstone

Cubic Zirconia

Raw Cubic Zirconia

Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.

Moissanite

Moissanite

Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.

Moissanite is now engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds.

Swarovski Crystal

Swarovski Elements Crystal Jewellery

Swarovski Crystals are a man-made product of raw materials using natural minerals and pure quartz sand. The minerals and sand are combined and fired for an undisclosed period of time. Once removed from firing, they go through a very slow cooling process. The slow cooling process reduces flaws and imperfections in the final product.

Read more in our post about Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski Elements Jewellery, an alternative to Diamond – April Birthstone from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

De-clutter Your Jewellery Box

In these days of minimalism, when we are encouraged to pare our lives down to a minimum, very little attention seems to be given to how to de-clutter your jewellery box.

Overflowing Jewellery Box – ready for de-cluttering

For most of us, our jewellery collection represents far more than sparkly things to wear. Each piece holds memories, emotions or friendships. The stories are often more valuable than the actual earrings, bracelets or necklaces.

Get Started To De-clutter Your Jewellery Box

But when did you last take time to really look at your jewellery collection and ask yourself whether you are holding onto the jewellery to wear, or for its story?

Why not put some time aside and ask yourself to look beyond the emotional story and be honest about each piece of jewellery? The conversation with yourself could go something like:

  • A dear friend gave this to me, but it’s just not my style.
  • A relative gave it to me, but I think it’s hideous.
  • I co-worker gave it to me, but I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it!
  • I bought it because it was in style, but I never wore it.
  • Styles have changed.  I don’t wear this any more.
  • I bought it to match an outfit I never wore.  (The outfit was for my fantasy body,
  • not my real body.)
  • I love it, but it just doesn’t look right on me.
  • It shifts around when I wear it causing the clasp to hang in front, so I don’t like
  • wearing it.
  • I used to wear it to work, but my daily wardrobe and schedule has changed.
  • It’s not a colour that looks good on me.
  • I lost the matching piece to this set.
  • I like it but it’s showing signs of wear and I have nicer pieces I could be wearing.
  • It reminds me of a sad time in my life.
  • It tarnishes easily and I haven’t chosen to take the time to polish it.
  • A person who is no longer in my life gave it to me and I want to release myself
  • from the bonds of that relationship.
  • I wore it a lot 20 years ago!
  • It needs repair and I don’t love it enough to invest the time to research who
  • could repair it and how much that would cost.
  • It reminds me of a time when I couldn’t afford to buy anything better.
  • A friend talked me into buying it and I’ve never liked it.
  • I’m sick of wearing this!  I need a change.
  • It’s pretty, but it’s just not “me.”
  • I don’t really love it.
  • I attended a jewellery party and felt I had to buy something.
  • I thought I would wear it, but I haven’t.
  • It’s from a previous chapter in my life.
  • Wow!  I forgot I had this!  I can’t wait to start wearing it!

It doesn’t matter where it came from or what it cost, if you don’t love it, move it on and make space for the pieces that you DO love. As you de-clutter your jewellery box, you’ll be freeing up space for new pieces that reflect who you are now.

More information and ideas at http://www.theclutterfreelife.com