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January 01, 2018

Garnet Jewellery - the Beautiful Birthstone of January

"By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity."
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June 14, 2017

Pearls - the Birthstone for June

"By her who in June was born,  
No gem save Pearls shall be worn, 
They will ensure her constancy, 
True friendship and fidelity."

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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

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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October 04, 2016

Do you know which day of the week you were born on?

Do you know the day you were born?

You probably know that there are assigned birthstones for the month you were born, but did you know there are also specific gemstones for the day of the week when you were born? If you are not happy with your monthly birthstone how about one for your birth day? Use the calculator below to find out your day of birth.

Sunday: Topaz or Diamond

Monday: Pearl or Crystal

Tuesday: Ruby or Emerald

Wednesday: Amethyst or Lodestone

Thursday: Sapphire or Carnelian

Friday: Emerald or Cat’s Eye

Saturday: Turquoise or Diamond

Check which day your birthday fall on here:

http://www.calculatorcat.com/date/day-of-week.html

September 14, 2016

What Colour Jewellery Suits Me?

What Colour Stones Will Match What I’m Wearing?

Firstly it’s important to say that not everyone wants to match their jewellery to their outfit. Some people have a favourite pieces that they wear all day, everyday, but if you have a special outfit and you are looking for jewellery to set it off I hope this helps.

Some people like to mix it up a bit and wear clashing colours like blue with red or orange with pink this can look great when you get it right.

Cameron Diaz Looks Stunning in Cerise & Turquoise

 

Cameron Diaz wears turquoise necklace

Turquoise gemstone necklace

If however you are looking to match jewellery to an outfit here are some points to think about. Gemstones change in different lights, a Carnelian may appear quite rusty red by day but brown red by night. Translucent stones like Labradorite and Moonstone may only come into their own at night, when their natural iridescence shines through.

 Our Translucent Moonstone Cuff Links and Iridescent Labradorite Earrings

  Labradorite Drop Earrings

If you are going to be photographed then the camera light can affect the gemstone colour too. A gemstone that matched perfectly in daylight may be different in artificial light. My advice would be to think carefully about trying to find a stone that matches exactly and go for one that is close match or a contrast to what you are wearing.

Our Smoky Quartz earrings that Ting is wearing with her red dress look great as they contrast beautifully.

 Ting wearing Franki Baker Smoky Quartz Earrings Smoky Quartz Earrings

http://www.thetingthing.com/2016/09/dazzling-drops-earrings-franki-baker/

Helen Mirren looking Beautiful Wearing Two Shades of Green

Helen Mirran wearings earrings Green Chalcedony Arts & Crafts Earrings

 

Aqua Chalcedony comes in a wonderful variety of baby blue to green and can look stunning when there is only just a slight match to the colour your outfit. Pastel coloured gems like pink Opal, Lace Agate or again Chalcedony make great versatile pieces to go with different coloured outfits.

Blue Lace Agate Drop Earrings

 

Pearls come in so many colours, many are dyed but natural pearls have a colour rating which can be matched very well if you want to match your earrings & pendant for example. Pearls look great with most outfits and are timeless because of it.

Angelina Jolie Chooses White Pearls To Contrast With Black Always A Winner

Angelina Jolie wearing pearl earrings
 
Pearl Jewellery

 

Another great eye catching trick is to wear a patterned outfit and pick out one colour and match your jewellery to that colour. Multi coloured jewellery is a versatile way of always having something that matches many outfits you pull out of your wardrobe.

Julie Walters Looks Vibrant With Multi Coloured Necklace

 Julie Walters wearing necklace Multi-coloured gemstone necklace Multi-coloured gemstone earrings
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What's your style? Send us a photo we'd love to see.

Franki

 

 

August 11, 2016

Exciting New Gemstone - Chrysoprase by Cartier

Exciting new gemstones come onto the market every now and then and they do create a buzz. Maybe you will remember Tanzanite, a stunning blue coloured gemstone? Tanzanite is only found in one part of the world near Mount Kilimanjaro so it is pretty rare and expensive. There is now a new look gemstone on the block, Chrysoprase - a beautiful luminous milky green. Although Chrysoprase has been around forever, the jewellers Cartier have launched their new collection using this gemstone in an exciting designs inspired by the prickly cactus and giving it a whole new lease of life. Who would have thought that a cactus could be the inspiration for this beauty……

 

 

 The new Cactus de Cartier Collection has a chrysoprase cuff

 

This minty green or vivid apple-green gemstone is a variety of chalcedony that gets its unique colouring from nickel. Chrysoprase can be found all over the world including in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

 

We have our own ethnic version of the bracelet costing just a fraction of the price of the Cartier one. Ours has been handmade in India by women using real gemstone, shells and glass beads and is quite stunning and very unusual.

 

Here is our green beauty inspired by the sea…..

 

February 03, 2016

It Valentine's Day on 14th February!

 
“The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you.”

It’s the time when you can express your love in person or anonymously.

Valentine's Day was first associated with love in the time of Chaucer. The importance of the day grew in the 18th century when lovers showed their love for each other by giving sweets, flowers or cards which became know as ‘Valentines’.

In Europe keys were given to symbolize the unlocking of the givers heart.

“The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine.”

Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries and the Heart has become the symbol most associated with this special day although doves and Cupid are also seen.