Category Archives: Swarovski Elements

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
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.

Heart Pendant 18mm Light Siam Swarovski Elements

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.
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.
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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Heart Pendant 18mm Crystal AB - Swarovski Elements

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
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
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

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 Crystals in Birthstone Colours
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

Semi-Precious Bracelets set in 925 silver

Why Do Women Wear Jewellery?

On International Women’s Day, we take a look at one of the biggest differences between the sexes; the wearing of jewellery.  We acknowledge that some women wear little or no jewellery and some men wear lots, but in general, women are far more likely to love, and wear, jewellery. So why do women wear jewellery?

Jewellery in History

Gold and gemstones have been part of human adornment for thousands of years. People buried in Egyptian and Mesopotamian tombs were wearing jewellery and it has been part of religion, cultures, class (and gender). The Aztecs and the Tibetans both valued turquoise as personal decoration.

Why Do Women Wear Jewellery?

There are a number of psychological studies that suggest that many girls and women are drawn to shiny, sparkly and colourful things. Perhaps this is why  jewellery is almost  always associated with women.

Is it because women love to look pretty?

Beyonce with Diamond Collar
Beyonce with Diamond Collar

There is a great deal of social pressure on women to look fashionable and presentable. From images of Cleopatra to Liz Taylor and Beyonce, an important element of a woman’s beauty is her jewellery.

Anthropologists and psychologists have long cited the role of jewellery in the dating-and-mating world. Humans lack the natural decoration of many animals and birds, so jewellery replaces this.

So it is possible that women have given in to that pressure and have simply accepted that clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery are the way that this is done. Could it be that some women wear bright, large and coloured pieces in order to really grab other people’s attention? Also, the more interest shown, the more the piece makes the wearer feel good.

Similarly, a child born December may develop a life-long attachment to turquoise for no reasons other than it is the December birthstone.

Is it the intrinsic value of jewellery?

Value is not just the monetary cost. Every piece of jewellery has the potential to evoke memories and carries a sentimental value. There is lots of evidence that women have a particular attraction to rings, necklaces and bracelets, especially if they were gifts or if they represent significant moments in their lives.

Women are also more likely to be interested in the symbolism and of their gemstones and understand the meaning behind them.

There is also the fact that many men enjoy giving jewellery to their wife, girlfriend, daughters, mother and other important women in their life.

It has long been the case that rare gemstones fetch astronomical prices. In November 2015, the Blue Moon Diamond sold for $48.4m, setting a world record for any jewel at more than $4m a carat.  (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/12/blue-moon-diamond-sells-for-world-record-48m-geneva)

What is the Human Need for Jewellery

Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs
Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs

Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow’s_hierarchy_of_needs

In answering the question, Why do women wear jewellery, let’s ask if they need to, or want to?

If jewellery is a need, it must fit somewhere into Abram Maslow’s classic analysis. The need for jewellery will in Belonging  or Esteem needs. Belonging is about the need to belong to a group and esteem is about recognition and status.

Jewellery can never be a basic need like food, water or sex. But the living standards of an average person in most Western societies are such that there is no real worry about food and shelter so people we find ourselves seeking  jewellery as a sign of status.

It is also reflection of our personality.  If ruby symbolizes passion and if amethyst symbolizes sobriety, we may feel these characteristics asserted in ourselves by wearing them. In this way our self-esteem is reinforced.

This symbolism runs throughout the wearing of jewellery. At a simple level, the wedding ring is a simple metaphor for the idea that two people are united and committed to this union “for better for worse, in sickness and in health”.

While we often think of women wearing jewellery, it is also common for men to wear rings and bracelets.

Spiritual Benefits from Jewellery

Crystals catching the light
Crystals catching the light

Every gemstone has esoteric properties. Gemstones in jewellery are said to protect, heal or help the wearer. Indeed, the writer Judy Hall has published many books about Crystals, which are simply gemstones, semi-precious stones and minerals.

Buying Jewellery

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Aquamarine Chips

Aquamarine – March Birthstone

Aquamarine is the March birthstone. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 19th Wedding Anniversary.

Aquamarine Chips and Nuggets - March Birthstone
Aquamarine Chips and Nuggets – March Birthstone

Sue has been making some bracelets with these Aquamarine Gemstone chips and nuggets. We also have some beautiful Swarovski Crystal jewellery in Aquamarine. Both are perfect gifts for a March birthday.

Aquamarine – The March Birthstone

The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua marinus”, meaning “water of the sea,” and refers to its sparkling ocean-like colour. It is member of the Beryl family of gemstones and its colour, like that of the sea, ranges from pale blue to blue green.

In ancient times, Aquamarine was considered to me mermaids’ treasure and has long been a good-luck stone for sailors and people making sea voyages, helping dispel fear of water. It also has a role in guarding anyone on any long-haul travel such as flying or driving long distances. It is also a good stone for learning to swim.

It is also an aid to meditation, allowing us to explore the depths of our souls and to come face to face with ourselves. 

It is a love crystal, given to encourage a lover to return, and to help two people to live together in harmony. It is even supposed to be able to reduce arguments! Aquamarine jewellery is often given as a love token and to increase commitment.

Aquamarine is found mainly in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and Ukraine.

Other Varieties of Beryl

Aquamarine is the blue variety of Beryl, though the Beryl family forms in other colours used as gems, such as green Emerald, yellow Heliodor and Golden Beryl, pink Morganite, Red Beryl or Bixbite, and the colourless variety, Goshenite.

Aqua Marina – From “Stingray”

For those of us who remember 1960s television, Aqua Marina will also be associated with “Stingray”.

March Birthstone Jewellery from LoveTaliesin

When you’re looking for a gift for someone with a March birthday, you’ll find some great ideas here in our jewellery collections. Sue’s gemstone jewellery range has some unique, one-off hand-made Aquamarine bracelets and our Swarovski Elements collection also offers the sparkle of these crystals in the sun-soaked seaside blue of Aquamarine.

Gemstone Jewellery with March Birthstone