The Meaning of Aquamarine Jewellery – from March Birthstone Rings to Royal Tiaras

Aquamarine Birthstone RingJUST like its cool blue colour and name suggest, aquamarine evokes the beauty of the ocean.

Translucent and beautifully sparkling, it’s no wonder ancient Romans believed aquamarine was the sacred gem of Neptune, the god of the sea. In fact, the name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin for “water” and “sea”.

The most thrilling thing about the aquamarine? Its versatility and size. Available as huge, pure crystals, it is a jewellery lover’s dream come true – especially if you’re born in March…

Birthstone Lore
According to astrology, aquamarine is aligned with the star sign of Pisces. Therefore it is also considered the birthstone for March. Aquamarines appear in many historical books as a cure for ailments, including tired eyes, sore throats and of course, seasickness. Their colour is also said to magically inspire creativity and courage. In ancient times sailors would wear aquamarine amulets as protection from the stormy seas.

aquamarine-birthstone07The blue cousin of the emerald
Aquamarine belongs to the beryl mineral family, which also includes emerald. But while emeralds are green and fairly small, the aquamarine gets its blue hues from iron trace elements and occurs as big crystals. Brazilian aquamarines are particularly large, and have an almost glass-like purity.

Aquamarine colour
Aquamarines can range from a clear light greenish-blue to an opaque dark blue. Although crystals with intense blue colour are considered more valuable, most people seek the lighter green-blue stones because of their unique sparkle.

From Princess Diana to the 2015 Oscars
Aquamarine has been used widely and creatively through the ages, from seamen’s talismans to haute jewellery. In recent times it’s notably been seen in British, Dutch and Danish crown jewellery and on Cate Blanchett‘s huge bib necklace at the 2015 Oscars. Princess Diana famously wore an aquamarine ring after becoming newly single in 1996.

Where on Earth?
The best aquamarines in the world come from Brazil, although the gem is also mined on the African and Asian continents. The beautiful Brazilian provinces of Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Bahia have mines that produce the most vividly blue, pure beryl. The Brazilian gem trade is conflict-free and the government restricts mechanised mining to protect the environment.

aquamarine-birthstone04What to look for in aquamarine jewellery
Some gems are judged more by their colour, and some are more valued for their clarity. With aquamarines it’s important to strike a good balance between the two. Our gemmologist recommends you look for an aquamarine with:

  1. No visible impurities
  2. Vivid colour, whether lighter or darker
  3. A skillful cut that makes it sparkle

Why buy aquamarine?
Aquamarines give diamonds a run for their money, because of their showstopping sparkle and because they suit almost any complexion. In terms of price, high grade aquamarine is more expensive than blue topaz, but it’s not as dear as emeralds. This makes it an affordable as well as beautiful gem, perfect for adding value, excitement and meaning to your jewellery collection – especially if it’s your birthstone!

See beautiful aquamarine birthstone jewellery now. Visit our website, or tell us why you love aquamarines on Facebook and Twitter!

What is the Meaning Behind Garnet – January’s Birthstone?

Garnet_birthstone_meaning_thediamondstoreIF you were born in January, then garnet is your birthstone. Garnet birthstones are said to bring you luck, love and health.

But what’s the meaning behind garnet? What is it made of? Where does it come from? Find out all about this fascinating, fiery gemstone below. Continue reading

Simply Sapphire – Sapphire Jewellery & Who Looks Great

Its already September! Which means its Sapphire’s turn to be the gemstone of the month! We have chosen five celebs which wore the Sapphire the best and have rated them out of 10 on our fire chart of smoking hot celebs.

1) First we have Jennifer Hudson, who wore this blue Sapphire gown at the Oscars. We have given Jennifer a 6 on our fire chart!

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2) Our second celebrity is Jessica Lowndes, who wore this low-cut Sapphire gown to the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. We have rated Jessica a 7 on our hot fire chart.

 

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3) Our third celebrity or should we say royal, is the Duchess- Kate Middleton. Kate wore a knee length Sapphire dress to match her gorgeous Sapphire engagement ring. We have rated her an 8 on our fire chart of hot celebs.

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4) Our penultimate celebrity is Jessica Stam. She wore this blue Sapphire sheer gown which was teamed with a floral lace underneath to the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards. We have given Jessica a firey 9!

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5) Our final Celebrity is Blake Lively. She wore this stunning gown to the MET Gala in 2009. She definitely deserves a 10 from us! Way to go Blake!

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 We have also chosen our top ‘phiring’ hot blue Sapphire’s from The Diamond Store.

 

 price of the necklace is at the time this article was written.

 

What would you rate each celebrity according to our fire chart of smoking hot celebs? Tweet us @diamondstoreuk

Gorgeous gemstones

Gorgeous gemstones

Gemstones are just as beautiful as diamonds. The ever popular gemstones for jewellery such as sapphire, amethyst and ruby seem to overshadow other gemstones that are just as stunning. At The Diamond Store we hold a gorgeous selection of gemstone jewellery that covers the most popular to the lesser known.

Pink tourmaline is a gorgeous gemstone that is usually seen in a pastel pink hue, very similar to pink sapphire. It’s delicate and understated in it’s appearance and looks elegant as part of a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings. Definitely a gemstone that deserves more recognition!

Opal is much more well known than pink tourmaline but definitely not worn enough. Opal has such a classic look about it, it’s perfect for those who love a vintage buy and is certain to insure a stunning look. Opal looks beautiful when set by itself or set with diamonds and other gemstones.

Turquoise jewellery is wonderful for those who love to make a statement and be bold with their fashion and jewellery accessories! It has a very mediterranean feel about it due to its colour and the way it is cut is usually rounded, similar to the jewellery that you would find in the mediterranean, beautiful.

Which gemstone is your favourite?

Search the item references on The Diamond Store website to find out more! 

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week takes place during October and London’s night life comes into its own. The best in London’s mixing and bar skills showcase their skills at a number of bars. There are pop up bars, master classes, shops getting involved and more. If you fancy getting involved at home, why not! Invite a few friends round and make your own cocktails. Below we’ve picked out our favourite cocktails, given you the recipe and matched up one of our stunning cocktail rings just for good measure! Continue reading

Celebrate August with the Peridot birthstone

Celebrate August with the Peridot birthstone

The most common question we hear is, what is peridot? Peridot is actually the birthstone for August but is so unusual and actually very rare. Any lady with a passion for bold and unique jewellery will love our dazzling peridot collection with many pieces incorporating diamonds to really make the citrus lime colour pop.

Peridot 8mm and Diamond Earrings £389

Peridot  and Diamond Earrings £389

Peridot 8mm and Diamond Necklace £239

Peridot and Diamond Necklace £239

Peridot 1.54ct ring £245

Peridot and Diamond Ring £245

Peridot Fact File

  • The word Peridot is derived from the Greek word “faridat ” which means “gem”. The peridot (pronounced pear-a-doe) is a pale green variety of chrysolite and used as a gemstone
  • Peridot is the birthstone for August
  • It signifies a 16th wedding anniversary
  • Dating back 4000 years, the tiny St. John’s Island (now known as the Egyptian island of Zabargard) is documented as the very first source of Peridot.
  • According to folklore, Peridot is thought to bring good luck and peace to the wearer.
  • Peridot is considered one of the more affordable green stones available however generally, darker versions of the stone are more expensive

Our in-house Stylist has selected the perfect outfit to team with Peridot accessories. She tells us:

The luminous green that is a Peridot stone, is completely on trend. Teaming Peridot accessories with a black, white or grey, monochrome outfit is a must for this season however, if you want something a little more subtle, team with denim or neautrals. I love this smart-casual blazer look.

Is your birthstone Peridot? How would you wear it and what is your favourite piece?

Tanzanite Jewellery Edit

Jewellery Highlight: Tanzanite

Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide. Making it incredibly special. Tanzanite’s colour is what is so unique, its mixture of sea and pastel blue is surrounded by a captivating purple aura.

Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace £159

Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace £159

Tanzanite and Diamond Earrings £279

Tanzanite and Diamond Earrings £279

Tanzanite and Diamond Ring £349

Tanzanite and Diamond Ring £349

Tanzanite Fact File:

  • Did you know that the gemmological correct name for Tanzanite is ‘blue zoisite’ but it was felt to be too close to the English word ‘suicide’.
  • The name ‘Tanzanite’ comes from the place where they were first found.
  • Tanzanite is the birthstone for December
  • Tanzanite is deemed a ‘modern’ gemstone
  • The stone is particularly highly prized because it is found in only one place in the whole world.
  • It was discovered  in 1967, and was celebrated by the specialists as the ‘gemstone of the 20th century’.

Our in-house stylist recommends some great outfit combinations for your Tanzanite jewellery.

Tanzanite is such a stunning colour with its mixture of both blue and purple. Let your jewellery do the talking by teaming it with neutral colours and a lot of white. You could also team the jewellery with varying shades of blue for a monochromatic look. Take this pale blue embellished cami which would look great with denim jeans. My favourite combination however is the orange, cut out dress. Perfect with tan wedges for a summer look!

Do you like Tanzanite stones? What would you wear it with?