Deriving from the Greek word 'sappheiros' meaning blue stone, sapphire actually comes in a myriad of colours despite the origins of its name. All gems of the corundum variety, with the exception of only red which are rubies, are known as sapphires.
All other colours however are no competition when it comes to the popularity of the blue variety, which has been steeped in mysticism...
The beautiful green stone of Peridot is known as the birthstone for August.
It's colour can range from yellow-ish green to olive-green. This olive-green tone is the most desirable of the Peridot stone.
View some our vintage Peridot pieces here.
Pearls are generally used as the birthstone of June, and can also be used as the stone for a 30th anniversary. This blog post will give a brief introduction into the different types of pearls.
Natural pearls can be found in lakes and rivers, in molluscs and oysters in places such as the Persian Gulf, Japan, and the Australian Coast.
Cultured pearls are grown in fisheries...