July 30, 2017

Peridot - the Birthstone for August

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 Peridot is an ancient gemstone which The Crusaders brought back to Europe from St John’s Island in the Red Sea in the Middle Ages, where it had been mined for over 3,500 years.

In the past peridot gemstones were often thought to be emeralds and some historians believe that Cleopatra’s fabulous emerald jewellery might actually have been peridot. People in medieval times continued to confuse peridot with emerald and 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.

 Peridot symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. People in ancient Greece believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.

 Some people also believe that peridot aids people who suffer from depression as it helps to balance emotions and it brings inner piece to its wearer.

 The Chinese believe that it protects the wearer from the evil eye and frees the mind from envious thoughts.

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June 14, 2017

May 13, 2017

Healing Gemstones & How They Can Help You

 

Agate - Brings stability.

Amazonite - Aids creativity.

Amethyst - Thought to aid in pain relief and the reduction of insomnia, arthritis and circulatory issues. The gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage and inner strength.

Aquamarine - Thought to aid the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes and ears. Releases fear, calms nerves and brings mental clarity.

Aventurine - Brings luck in money matters.

Carnelian - Thought to aid action & movement.

Chrysoprase - Aids self acceptance and lifts self doubt.

Crystal - Helps inner balance and meditation.

Fluorite – Brings protection to its wearer. Prevents mental confusion.

Garnet -  Thought to aid blood, heart and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality and intimacy.

Hematite - Aids grounding & boosts self-confidence.

Kyanite - Aids clear communication.

Lapis - Thought to aid in the alleviation of insomnia and depression. Also known for creating openness, truthfulness and creativity.

Moonstone - Increases intuition.

Obsidian - Brings clarity of thought.

Onyx - Associated with the root chakra, brings spiritual inspiration and control over emotions.

Pearl - Known for its calming properties. Aids purity, charity, integrity, truth and loyalty.

Peridot - Thought to heals stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy and slowing aging. Promotes abundance and prosperity.

Rose Quartz - Aides in love.

Ruby - Aids the emotions, increases integrity, devotion and happiness.

Sapphire - The gemstone of creative expression, inner peace and meditation. Aids in personal expression and thought to aid in the alleviation of pain.

Sunstone - Eliminates fears.

Tiger Eye - Balances Yin and Yang and protects against stress.

Topaz - One of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed.

Turquoise - A gemstone steeped in lore and tradition, Turquoise is a healing and balancing stone.

May 01, 2017

March 30, 2017

February 02, 2017

Amethyst- The birthstone of February

Beautiful Amethyst - The Birthstone for February

 

"The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear."

Meanings

Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones and was once considered more precious than diamonds. It has long been used in jewellery. The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek ‘amethustos’ which means "not drunken" and the gemstone was used to ward off intoxication and bring clear-headedness and quick-wittedness to the wearer, a symbol of peace, protection and tranquility

Colours

The traditional colours of Amethysts vary from pale lilac to violet to red-violet through to a deep rich purple. The colour has strong meaning going back many centuries. The purple colour was associated with loyalty and it became symbolic with wealth and power

 What is Amethyst

A variety of crystallized quartz. The Amethyst is found all over the world but the best examples come from Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia. Most of our Amethysts come from Africa.

 

January 01, 2017

Garnet - The birthstone for January

The word Garnet comes from the Latin word Garanatus, meaning seed like. The beautiful rich red colour of these gems was thought to resemble the seeds of the pomegranate.

Garrnet - the birthstone for January

December 06, 2016

Turquoise Birthstone for December

Beautiful Turquoise is the birthstone for December. It is one of the oldest gemstones used in jewellery since ancient times. It is believed that a Turquoise gemstone will protect the wearer from injury.

 

November 22, 2016

Black Friday - Jewellery Discount Code

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November 18, 2016

A Guide to Choosing the Best Earrings For Your Face Shape

Best earrings to suit your face shape

Decide on your face shape:

There are 6 main face shapes, oval, long, round, square, heart and diamond and the first step is to decide which one you are.

To do this, pull your hair back and look at the shape of the side of your face. Does your face widen at your ears? Oval, round, heart or diamond shapes do.

Does the side of your face continue in a more or less flat plane? Long faces do. Does your chin have a distinct point? Long, heart and oval faces do. Does your lower jaw have a smooth continuous line without an obvious chin point? Round and square faces do.

Sometimes it helps to take a photo of your face with your hair up and look at it to help you decide.

Wearing the correct earring shape can be very flattering and can help to accentuate and bring your best features to the fore and take attention away from your not so great ones. For example if you have a full face and would like to create a slimmer look the correct earrings can do just that. If you have a long thin face the correct earrings will help to give a fuller open look.

Follow these tips for a great look:

 Julia Roberts wearing earrlings Garnet Chandelier Earrings Arts and Crafts Style Amethyst and Sterling Silver Earrings

Oval face

Wear long, dangle, drop or chandelier earrings that are thinner at the top and widen as they get longer. This shape helps to fill out the lower area of your face and give an elegant look.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing earrings Large Silver and Blue Cubic Zirconia Flower Petal Stud Earrings White Pearl and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings with CZ Gemstones

Long shaped face

Wear studs or short drops. This will give the illusion of a wider face and highlight your eyes. Choose colours that match your eyes.

 

Cameron Diaz Earrings Lapis Lazuli & 925 Sterling Silver Long Drop Earring

Round face

Here you want to elongate your face by wearing long, dangle, drop or chandelier earrings. Earrings that begin with a thin line and elongate and have a larger interesting area at the bottom are ideal for this shape. Round faces shouldn’t wear disc earrings as this accentuates the roundness of the face too much. Rather, choose geometric designs and as long as you like.

 Adele - Earrings Silver and Aquamarine Blue Cubic Zirconia and Pearl Drop Earrings Blue-Green Aqua Chalcedony and Sterling Silver Earrings

Square face

Studs, mid-length drops & long slim elegant shapes are best for this face shape. Earrings that are not too solid are better - for example chose earrings with many small stones rather than those with one large shape or stone.

 Kate Middleton - Earrings Amethyst & Sterling Silver Stud/ Drop Earrings

Heart shaped face

Long, dangle drops and chandeliers that end at or above the chin would suit this face shape. This earring shape helps to focus on and widen the mouth area.

 Nicole Kidman - Earrings Statement Amethyst and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings Marquise Cut Multi Gemstone and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings

Diamond shaped face

Long and elegant drops that fall gently, an example would be a multi stone drop earring. This earring shape will help to fill the area around the lower jaw and draw attention to the mouth.

If you need any more help or can’t decide which style of earrings bests suits you just send us your photo (admin@frankibaker.co.uk) and I would be very pleased to make our suggestions.

Hope this helps!

Franki…

 

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