Aquamarine

S. Silver with aqaumarine. 'Urchin' Collection

 

Aquamarine,  from Latin aqua marina, “water of the sea”, is the blue to blue-green variety Beryl.

Beryl also has other gem varieties, including Emerald, Morganite and Heliodor. Aquamarine ranges in colour from a faint light blue to blue and bluish-green, with lighter coloured stones being the more common type.

Most Aquamarines on the market are heat-treated. Natural Aquamarine is usually lighter and greener in colour, and heat treatment creates deeper bluer hues

Aquamarine is a relatively common gemstone, and is affordable in lighter colours. Deeper colours have a higher price.

Brazil is the largest producer of gem Aquamarine; other important producers are Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, China, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and the United States (Colorado and California).

Blue Topaz is easily confused with Aquamarine. Blue Zircon is also very similar to Aquamarine, although its colour is usually a deeper blue. Useful to know, certain gemstones are not aquamarines: “Brazilian aquamarine” is actually blue topaz, “Siam aquamarine” is actually heat-treated blue zircon and “mass aqua” is actually blue glass cut the way aquamarines are cut.

 

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Birthstone – March

Zodiac –  Aries, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces

Element – Water
Typical colours – green-blue

The commemorative stone for 19th wedding anniversaries,

Aquamarine is a stone of courage.  Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmental, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility.  Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion.    Promotes self-expression.  Soothes fears and increases sensitivity.  Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  Wonderful for meditation.  Shields the aura and aligns the chakras.  Highly protective during pregnancy, it helps to guard both mother and baby from harm. Discourages miscarriage.

Aquamarine is helpful to sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems.  It regulates hormones and growth.  Boosts the immune system and alleviates overreactions, such as hay fever or allergies.

 

They have strong metaphysical properties that help you to let go of old emotional issues you may be holding on to. By assisting you to release anger and reduce stress… it may help you to make positive changes in your life.

These lovely stones are powerful to aid self-healing.

The best use for Aquamarine stones is to meditate with them, and it is also excellent way to relax yourself. As you go deeper into the relaxed meditative state… keep in mind the qualities that you would like to integrate… that this stones energy may stress.

 

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Here’s how to take care of your aquamarine jewellery

  •  Put your jewellery on last and take it off first. Always complete your makeup before putting on your jewellery, so that the chemicals in hairspray and makeup will not damage it and you will have to clean it less often.
  •  Handle your aquamarines as little as possible because the natural oils in your skin will dull their luster over time.
  • Remove your jewellery before doing any housework or gardening to prevent the possibility of breaking the gemstone itself.
  •  Avoid exposing your aquamarines to harsh chemicals. This includes  chlorine in swimming pools and the chemicals used in shampoos.
  • Keep aquamarines out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures because the sun and heat will fade their colour.

Storing Aquamarine Jewellery

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Wrap each piece of aquamarine jewellery in its own cloth. Ideally, the cloth should be pure cotton, as coarser cloth may scratch the gemstones.
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Place each piece separate from other gemstones,  harder stones will scratch softer ones. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz are harder than aquamarine, while garnets are softer. Aquamarines and emeralds are of equal hardness and will scratch each other.

 How to clean the stone/jewel

  •  Pour warm water into a basin and test it for temperature by dipping your hand into it. The water should be a comfortable temperature.
  • Add mild dishwashing liquid to the water.
  • Place the aquamarine jewellery in the solution. Soak for no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Remove the jewellery from the cleaning solution and clean the stones with a soft cloth or toothbrush, don’t clean aquamarines with a wire brush because this will scratch the stones.
  • Rinse the jewellery with warm water and pat it dry.IMG_5714

Do you remember….. Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp ! post ?

Do you remember….. Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp !  post  ?

Here is what happened.

 I have textured a piece of copper then created a clasp for the necklace to be

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and the finished Necklace 18carat gold-plated claps.

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Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp !

Lovely coral pressed beads will become a new Necklace….here they are

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before I to do anything I gave them a clean with a product that also clean pearl and turquoise

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follow the progress, it will be a nice piece !

Maybe maybe we are getting there….. 

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is the most important and best known gem variety of quartz and has been used for lapidary works since ancient times. The word comes from Greek ‘ a – methy- stos”, “methy” the expression for being drunk, and “a-methy-stos” would translate to “one that does not get drunk”.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

Today most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Before most amethyst was mined in Sri Lanka, India, Germany and in Russia.

Amethyst owes its color to high energy radiation, e.g. gamma rays from radioactive source and the presence of iron built into its crystal lattice

Do not expose an amethyst to direct sunlight for a long time.

Very likely it will pale out by the ultraviolet radiation.

Even the intense sunlight behind the window in your living room might do some damage.

Ring with Amethyst set on 9ct yellow gold setting, and Sterling Silver. Part of my ' Urchin' Collection.

Ring with Amethyst set on 9ct yellow gold setting, and Sterling Silver. Part of my ‘ Urchin’ Collection.

Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and well known powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February and is the traditional birthstone of that month.

Amethyst is one of the best crystals for meditation. The amethyst color stimulates the highest vibration of the Third Eye. Amethyst is associated with the third eye and crown chakras primarily, but can also align the heart chakra.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

It is also very well-known (as from the ancients) as a sobriety stone. It has been used for millennia to prevent drunkenness, and is used to help in getting rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc., and destructive compulsive behaviors of all kinds.

Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviors, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease. It also helps one understand the reality of cause and effect in behavior, and assists in better decision-making

Because Amethyst initiates wisdom and greater understanding, it is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one. It is an ideal crystal to hold or meditate upon during the death experience, of another or oneself, allowing the release of the temporal physical body with more ease and peace. It is a perfect stone to gift to those with terminal illnesses or to use in preparation for a conscious death experience.

Amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

 

Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.

Amethyst is an excellent stone for diplomats, negotiators and business people. It calms angry temperaments and gives a distinct advantage in situations where debating is required.

It is also good to clear its energies from time to time by holding the stone under running water for a short period while affirming that the stone be cleared. or leave it under full moon light for a while.

Hardness (Mohs):  7

 

Silver

Silver: It’s Not All The Same

Silver is more popular than ever when it comes to jewellery, and with its beautiful shine and its classic, cool looks, it works wonderfully well whether it is made into a bracelet, necklace, earrings, or brooch. In fact, silver is so versatile that it can become anything you want it to, as long as you pick the right type.

 Not all silver is the same, and it depends on your budget, and what you want to use it for, as to which you decide to purchase.

Pure Silver / Fine Silver

Pure silver (or fine silver) is metal that is found to contain more than 99.5 per cent silver. Although gorgeous, if this type of silver is used for making jewellery if can lose its shape due to its specific softness, so both maker and wearer must be careful. Often is it used for making wire, which needs to be able to change shape without hardening. So although pure silver isn’t often used in the main body of the jewellery, it can create intricate inlays and trims. To spot fine or pure silver, you’ll need to look for a ‘999’ mark.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is the most popular type of silver for jewellery. It contains 92.5 per cent silver, combined with 7.5 per cent of another metal, usually copper. This mixing of metals ensures that the silver keeps looking its best, but is able to hold its shape and last much longer. Sterling silver will always have the number 925 (standing for the 92.5 per cent of silver) marked on it to prove its authenticity.

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Britannia Silver

Britannia silver is a combination of metals, just like sterling silver. Britannia silver is 95.84 per cent silver, so is of a slightly higher standard than sterling silver, although the additional metal keeps it usable. This type of silver was actually brought in through an Act of Parliament back in 1697 in order to stop sterling silver coins from being melted down for the silversmiths to use. Many silversmiths did not like the new, purer silver as it was more difficult to work with, but it did turn out to be useful for expert – the French would not work with sterling silver as it was below the minimum standard for their silverwork. However, they imported the Britannia silver happily, opening up another revenue stream for silversmiths and the government. Britannia silver is marked with the number 958.

Silver 800 / Coin Silver

Coin silver is of a lower purity than many other, having 80 per cent silver and 20 per cent other metals making up the total. Although not considered pure enough to make jewellery by most these days (back in the 19th and early 20th centuries it was used in jewellery making in continental Europe), it can be used in silver plating since its (relatively) low silver content means it can withstand high the high temperatures that this process requires.

Sterling Silver Overlay

Because silver is not the most durable of metals, even with mixed with another metal or metal alloy, for items that will see a lot of wear such as a platter or other silverware, you will often find that it is sterling silver overlay that is used to create it. This means making the item out of another, more durable metal, and placing a thick layer of sterling silver over the top.

Silver Plate

Silver plate is similar to sterling silver overlay, except that the layer of silver is very thin. It is most often used to keep costs down – pieces of jewellery can be made of a less expensive metal, and then covered with a thin coating of silver. Be aware: silver plate must not be used with standard silver cleaners as this will remove the silver layer

I have very long string of semi precious stones..can you make a necklace for me ?

One of my client called and we meet, she wanted to show me a very long string ( probably 2 long strings) of stones, which I suppose are part of the Jade group, she didn’t remember the name of the stone, but what matters that she bought them because she like them and that is what counts, regardless of the stone’s value.

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 we briefly discuss what to kind of necklace to make with the stones, we decide the length and I’ve made my suggestions

here the work in progress images.

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the stones with the Sterling Silver pieces that will be part of the necklace. Strung on silk thread.

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the Silver pieces of ‘Twig’ and the clasp…

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making progress, not to far from finishing the Necklace….see you soon !

Garnet

January Birth Stone: Garnet

There is a beautiful gem associated with every month of the year, and each one has its own qualities and myths to go along with it. It is a fascinating subject and one that, much like the stones themselves, has many facets to it.

The birth stone for January is the garnet. This stunning deep red (although on occasion it can be a lighter pink or orange colour, as well as various other shades including a rather striking lime green!) gem stone takes its name from the Latin ‘granatus’ which means grain. And that’s what you can see when you look deep into a garnet’s centre; tiny grains that sparkle in the light and give the garnet its lovely looks.

It was first found over 2,500 years ago in Sri Lanka, but has since been discovered in India, Australia, Russia, Africa, and the United States. After unearthing evidence of it at archaeological digs, scientists have realised that for many years this beautiful gemstone wasn’t used for jewellery at all, but was actually a cleaning tool! Its abrasive surface in its natural state makes it an excellent way to polish up other stones – it clearly wasn’t until later that it was realised garnets themselves were something special too. But today this aspect of a garnet is still utilised today, and garnet coated sandpaper can be purchased for your grinding needs.

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As for healing, the garnet can help align the spirit and the body, giving us a feeling of cleansing and rebirth. It revitalises and balances, and, depending on what is required of it, can either being about great peace or great passion (garnets are associated with creating a healthy sex drive too, especially since it is said to remove inhibitions). Garnets are also knows to re-energise the spleen, lungs, spinal fluid, bones, and thyroid, making our bodies work better and keeping us in better health.

This warming winter gem is ideal as a stone for January. Its colours – whether the deep, dark red that is most often thought of, or the bright greens and lilacs that can also be found – are a comfort in the coldness, but are also a beacon for a fresh beginning, which, for many, is what January stands for.

It is said that Noah himself hung a piece of garnet on the Ark to help him navigate through the stormy floods, and when he reached safety, it was the garnet he had to thank for giving him – and the animals on the Ark – a new start.

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