Citrine is part of the Quartz family, which also includes stones such as Amethyst and Rose Quartz. It's beautiful yellow/orange colour is what gives the stone its name, derived from the word 'citrus'.
The best quality stones can mainly be found in Brazil, Spain and Madagascar.
Citrine is believed to help reduce stress and assist with self-healing. It is also thought to...
There are different varieties of the Opal: the Precious Opal which displays flashes of colour (iridescence) and Common Opal which is opaque with no iridescence.
95% of the world's opals are sourced in Australia, and most of the precious black opals actually never leave the country. The stone is normally found in cavities in sedimentary rocks and in veins of igneous rocks.
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...