All about stones

Birthstones

 

Birthstones have been around since ancient times and these were traditionally linked to the Zodiac. However, modern birthstones are linked to calender months and each month has its own recognised birthstone. Many people love to wear their birthstone and giving someone an item of jewellery incorporating their birthstone is a touching and wonderful gift, likely to be treasured forever because it has real meaning and significance. We have also made suggestions for you to be able to use the variety of colours within our collections which will compliment and mirror the birthstones of each month.

 

Gemstone Properties

Many people believe that gemstones can influence different aspects of the human body and mind by being storehouses of empowerment that are transmitted through contact with ones body. It is believed that the power of the stone can help to heal or sooth various mental, emotional, and physical conditions. 

Agate
The energy of agates in general is comforting and soothing. It stabilises the aura, eliminating negativity and assists in stress relief and relaxation. 

Amber
The `Mindful One’ is the fossilised resin of ancient trees. Thought to be able to help you find the kindness within you while absorbing negative energy and enabling the body to heal itself, making Amber very calming and comforting to wear. 

Amethyst
The `Elevator’ and the stone of the spirituality and contentment, Amethyst can give the owner inner peace and tranquillity. It bestows stability, strength and invigoration, and clears, purifies and helps with any addictions, stress or tension. Sooths and calms the mind, raises the spirit, re-balances and increases intuitive awareness and protects from negative vibrations. 

Aquamarine
The `Serene One’ gives clarity of mind, aiding personal creativity thus losing fears and phobias. It can act as a great physical, mental and emotional balancer, inspiring love, peace and serenity. 

Black Onyx
Reputed to improve concentration and devotion, explaining why it is frequently found in rosaries. It can be used to banish grief, enhance self-control, stimulate the power of wise decision-making and to encourage happiness and good fortune. 

Blue Goldstone
A stone of wisdom and science, teaching us to reach for the stars, and reminding us of the light within darkness. It is infused with copper sparkles and is a powerful energy generator. 

Botswana Agate
Is thought to enhance creativity, soothe depression, protect and help the wearer see the positive. 

Carnelian
The `Friendly One’ promotes peace and harmony, dispels depression, doubt and negative thoughts. It can be used to gain direction, balance emotions and restore ambition bringing joy, sociability and warmth. 

Chrysocolla
This is the `Woman’s Friend’, strengthening feminine qualities. It can help alleviate guilt, tensions and phobias while inspiring creativity, personal power, joy and serenity. 

Citrine 
The `Cuddle Quartz’ helps prevent self-destructive tendencies by assisting in raising your self-esteem. Some believe this gemstone can help promote prosperity. 

Fluorite
The `Gatherer’ is a variable coloured stone, which grounds, balances and focuses one’s energies. It absorbs and alters negative energies, whilst aiding physical and mental healing. Excellent for advancement of mind, greater concentration and meditation. 

Garnet
The `Day Dreamer Stone’ can increase determination, energy and courage, and is thought to attract love and promote bonding. 

Goldstone
This is a manmade stone and is created by adding copper salts into a glass furnace. Legend has it that it was first discovered by alchemists, as they attempted to make gold. Although subtle, its energy can be uplifting, reminding us of the need to reduce pent-up tension and celebrate the beauty of being alive. 

Jasper
The family of Jasper stones have an energy that is very grounding and stabilizing. They promote the need to reduce insecurity, guilt, worry and fear and remind us of our connection with mother earth. Picture Jasper – Is one of the `Earth Stones’ and has been known as `The stone of Global Awareness’ emitting an energy which promotes the spiritual affinity to achieve perfect accord between humanity and nature. It can be used to stimulate the proper functioning of the immune system. 

Labradorite
It is said to help regain energy and aid our bodies and spirits in healing themselves. This gemstone quiets us physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Lapis Lazuli
The `Night Stone’ can bring vitality and general relaxation to the mind and body. It has also been used as a protective stone and has been worn in the belief that it will ward off evil. 

Mother of Pearl
Known as a `Stone of Sincerity’ it signifies faith, charity and innocence, enhances personal integrity and helps to provide focus to ones attention. 

Peridot
Thought to help counteract negativity and open the mind by helping to cleanse and heal hurt feelings and mend damaged relationships. 

Rainbow Moonstone 
Has been described as the `Mother Earth’ stone, emitting an energy that is balancing, introspective and reflective. It is claimed to promote long life and happiness and is said to attract friendship and loyalty towards the wearer. 

Red Coral
This stone bestows the wearer with courageousness and can also help all sorts of blood related, and heart diseases. Thought to strengthen the memory, calm emotions and decrease anger, while increasing peace of mind and helping destroy your tensions. Also thought to provide vitality and wisdom. 

Rock Crystal
Recognized as a `Stone of Power’, this is good for the brain and good for the soul. It can aid clarity of mind, dispel negativity and is known as a very powerful healer. 

Rose Quartz
The `Love Stone’ bringing peace and calm to relationships is good to wear in chaotic or crisis situations. It can be a rejuvenation agent for both physical body and the emotions, and will help promote forgiveness, love and friendship. 

Smokey Quartz 
The `Dream Stone’ can be used to gently dissolve negative energies and emotional blockages by alleviating fear and anxiety. It can help you explore your inner self by promoting personal pride and a joy in living. 

Tigers Eye
Thought to promote clear-eyed vision and help us to see ourselves and the world around us more perceptively. It can be used to enhance self-empowerment when things get tense around you. By looking at your Tiger Eye jewellery it can remind you to stop, look and listen before you do any leaping! 

Tourmaline 
The `Aquarian’ is believed to be the stone for those who wish to be connected to `New Age’ consciousness. It is said to have a calming effect during emotional upheavals, and will help strengthen the will to be able to meet with changes and new challenges. 

Turquoise
The `Ecologically Friendly’ stone enhances creative expression, peace of mind, emotional balance, communication, friendship and loyalty. It is thought that it can strengthen the entire anatomy and helps improve all diseases. It reminds us of both our spiritual nature, our earthly inheritance and its beauty. 

Please note that the gemstone information provided on this website is not intended to replace any medical advice, treatment or medication you may be receiving. Please consult a qualified practitioner regarding any health related matters.

Bead Descriptions

Abalone and Paua Shells

These types of shells can range in colour from greens and pinks, to purple and blues, and change considerably when viewed from different angles. It is made of lustrous layers of hexagonal aragonite crystals of calcium carbonate, which is secreted to form the shell. They have incredible iridescence and are brilliantly coloured, the most colourful of all being the Paua shell. Many Paua fisheries are managed with a quota system to ensure the sustainability of this natural resource. 

Amber

Amber, known for its organic inclusions, is formed from the resin of now extinct coniferous trees. The resin has gone through numerous changes over millions of years, and although the fossil beaches of the Baltic Sea are often associated with the origin of Amber, they are in fact the final stop in the long journey which creates such extraordinary properties. Of all the Amber deposits in the world, the largest and most famous is the Baltic region, which holds 80% of the worlds known Amber resource. Baltic Amber deposits range between 35 – 40 million years old and are the oldest decorative substance known, varying in colour from brown, red and yellow to green.

 

Dichroic (Pronounced, Die-cro-ic)

Dichroic glass is used to produce high-end art beads and pendants. It has multi-layer coatings, which include metal oxides that are vacuum deposited on the glass, resulting in a surface which has a metallic sheen that changes between two colours when viewed at different angles. This material was originally made for the aerospace industry! 

Glass Clouds and Hearts

These pendants are made from the highest quality imported Venetian glass, and skilfully handmade in the UK by experienced glass artists. The pendants are formed by heating the glass to over 800 degrees, brushed with silver or gold foil and then stretched in their molten state to create a continuous glass loop. The Goldstone Cloud variety have been designed by us, and created exclusively for our collection by heating the goldstone chips within the molten glass during the creation of each pendant. 

Lampwork

Lampwork is an ancient technique of using a lamp or an open flame to melt glass. Each lampwork bead is individually handmade by the designer, by working the glass in its molten state around a steel or copper mandrel (thin metal tool) until the desired size and style are achieved. Once a bead is formed other colours of glass are added, to create elaborate surface decorations or designs within the bead, some designs taking 40 minutes. Artist made ‘lampwork’ glass beads are one-of-a-kind, and should be considered artwork that is wearable. 

Mother of Pearl Shells

Mother of Pearl is the smooth lustrous lining in the shells of certain molluscs – for example oysters, abalones and mussels. When this layer is especially thick it can be removed and used for jewellery. All Mother of Pearl shells vary in colour between white, cream, peach and pink tones, and the dramatic Black Lip Mother of Pearl shells range in colour from light grey to black. All will have a rainbow iridescent sheen and a wide variety of colours. 

Pearls

Pearls are shiny, hard and rounded abnormal growths composed of nacre (or mother of pearl), a chalky substance. Nacre is secreted by many molluscs, and deposited in thin layers on the inside of the shell around a parasite, a grain of sand, or some other irritant body. After several years of the tissue between the shell and the body mass secreting this nacre, a pearl is formed. Freshwater pearls are found growing in mussels living in lakes and streams all over the world including the USA and Europe. 

Semi Precious Gemstones

Many people believe that gemstones can influence different aspects of the human body and mind by being storehouses of empowerment that are transmitted through contact with ones body. It is believed that the power of the stone can help to heal or soothe various mental, emotional and physical conditions. For more information on your chosen gemstone please see our Gemstone Descriptions section. 

Sommerso Venetian Glass Beads

These Murano glass beads are individually handmade using a torch and Moretti glass rods, which are wrapped over a mandrel. Sommerso refers to the small particles of coloured glass, which are submerged beneath the top coating of transparent glass. Goldstone (or Aventurina) is small particles of suspended copper, which gives these beads their sparkle in light. 

Swarovski

For over a century, Swarovski has supplied the world with the most superior crystals available, dominating the full lead crystal market. Genuine Austrian Swarovski crystals are produced using unique cutting techniques that no competitor can duplicate even today. The name of Swarovski stands for exacting workmanship and quality all over the world. In co-operation with Christian Dior, Swarovski developed Aurora Borealis, a shimmering permanent finish that is bonded chemically to the outer surface of the beads for a brilliant rainbow-like effect. 

Venetian and Murano Glass Beads

Each Venetian or Murano glass bead is handmade one by one in Venice or Murano using the famous Murano glass canes from the Moretti family business (now known as Effetre Moretti). These beads are firstly made over an open flame and then carefully rolled in the 925 Sterling Silver, White Gold or 24carat Gold Foil, finally being encased in a rainbow of luscious translucent molten glass colours. Before 1000AD the furnaces which make the glass canes for bead making were located in Venice, however in 1291 all furnaces were moved to Murano and furnaces were banned in Venice. From that time on, all the canes used in producing beads have been made in Murano. The Venetian crafts people were still granted the right to make beads but now there are fewer than 300 people in Venice making beads on a daily basis, whereas Murano is home to about 5000 people, half of whom still work in the glass industry, within over 250 different glass furnaces. We source all of the beads and pendants on this website from genuine Venetian or Murano glass suppliers. 

January - Garnet

February - Amethyst

March - Aquamarine 

April - Diamond

May - Emerald

June - Pearl

July - Ruby

August - Peridot

Sept - Sapphire

October - Opal

November - Topaz

December - Turquoise