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GEMSTONE MEANINGS

Our gemstones are sourced from well-established and ethically conscious wholesalers. They are carefully chosen bearing in mind their quality, colours and how intricate their natural markings are. We want them to be the main stars of our designs. All gemstones, from raw to polished, are not only fabulous and colourful to look at, but they can also compose the most beautiful eye catching jewellery pieces.

Here you can learn about some natural stones, their healing properties and the month they are associated with. Birthstone's lists can vary by countries and cultures (to name a few), which can be confusing. We have followed the US and the UK 'Traditional' and 'Modern' birthstone lists, as they are the most popular ones.

 BIRTHSTONES BY THE MONTH

Month

Modern

Traditional

January

Garnet

Garnet

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

March

Bloodstone, Aquamarine

Bloodstone, Jasper

April

Diamond, Rock crystals

Diamond

May

Emerald, Chrysoprase

Emerald, Agate

June

Alexandrite, Pearl, Moonstone

Cat’s Eye, Agate

July

Ruby, Carnelian

Turquoise, Onyx

August

Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel

Sardonyx

September

Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli

Chrysolite

October

Opal, Tourmaline

Opal

November

Topaz, Citrine

Topaz

December

Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zirconia

Bloodstone, Ruby

 

Tiger's Eye Quartz natural stone

 

TIGER’S EYE

The Tiger’s Eye is mainly sourced from South Africa and Western Australia. It is an opaque, polycrystalline quartz, with its colours ranging from shades of yellow to a deep golden brown and blue. It has a silky lustre as it is often cut as a 'chatoyant cabochon' – ‘chatoyant’ comes from the French word meaning ‘Cat’s Eye’ and 'cabochon' meaning polished.

It is believed to promote harmony and balance in your life, as well as giving courage and strength of mind. It is also said to assist with releasing fears and anxieties.

Birthstone: June - according to the Traditional list.

 

Jasper Natural Stone

 

JASPER

There are many different varieties of Jasper, such as Impression, Brecciated, Picasso, Dalmatian, Apple, among others. Their colourings originate from the mineral content of where this type of Quartz is formed. The varieties are generally named according to colour (i.e. Dalmatian characterised by black spots). This stone is sourced from various places around the world such as Australia, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico. 

Jasper was favoured by the ancient Egyptians and each stone type contains its’ own unique properties. It is said to have a strong connection with earth, promoting stability and grounding, as well as relaxation and contentment.

Birthstone: March - according to the Traditional list

 

Lapis Lazulli Blue Stone

 

LAPIS LAZULI

Lapis Lazuli, translated as ‘blue stone’ from Latin, is prized for it’s beautiful and intense ultramarine blue colour. This stone has been treasured for over 6000 years as an ornamental material. It can be sourced from Chile, Pakistan, Russia and Afghanistan. This semi-precious stone is generally opaque, and usually contains a light dusting of Pyrite crystals – a shiny, yellow mineral which contrasts from its blue colour.

It is said to be a protection stone, which gives strength of mind, as well as possessing great healing properties. 

Birthstone: September - according to the Modern list

 

Amethyst Crystal Purple Natural Stone

 

AMETHYST

Amethyst is a purple type of Quartz which is commonly found with only the ends of the crystals being purple and the remaining material being colourless. This stone is one of the most valued of the quartz family for its rich purple colour. The most important commercial deposits are in Brazil, India, Bolivia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

The Ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst prevented intoxication. They would wear it in the belief that it protected the owner. A great amulet containing one of the most powerful and complete healing properties.

Birthstone: February - according the modern and traditional lists.

 

Garnet Red Stone not polished

 

GARNET

Garnets occur in various colours including red, orange, green and yellow. The name ‘Garnet’ is said to be derived from the Latin name ‘granatum’, which means pomegranate due to its resemblance of the red crystals to the seeds. It has a bright vitreous (glass-like) lustre and are generally very durable.

This stone is often associated with illumination and bringing light into the dark. Garnet jewellery was buried with Vikings to help light their way on the journey to Valhalla - where heroes slain in battle are received, according to Norse mythology.

Birthstone: January - according the modern and traditional lists.

 

Labradorite Stone not polished

 

LABRADORITE

Labradorite is a type of Feldspar mineral, which is also sometimes called ‘Spectrolite’. It is noted for it’s eye-catching play of colour or ‘iridescence’ – as the angle of view or light changes on the surface of the stone. This optical effect creates beautiful flashes of colours such as vibrant blue, yellow and green. Sources can be found in Canada and Finland. In fact, the name comes from the Labrador region of Canada, where it was originally found around 1770.

Labradorite is the perfect stone to assist through change. It is said to aid strength and perseverance, balancing and protecting the aura, raising consciousness and grounding spiritual energies.

Birthstone: not included. There are people however, who associate this gemstone to the months of February and March.

 

Citrines gemstones not polished

 

CITRINES

Citrines are one of the most popular of the Quartz gemstones. The name was originally derived from the ‘citron’ fruit, and they are found in countries such as Brazil and Zambia. Natural Citrine isn’t common and most stones are produced by heat treatment of Amethyst or Smokey Quartz.

This stone energises every level of life. It is considered a great cleanser of chakras, releasing any negative energies. It is said to impart joy and enthusiasm, raising self-esteem and self-confidence. Citrines promote motivation and encourages self-expression.

Birthstone: November - according the modern and traditional lists.

 

Sodalite Natural gemstone

 

SODALITE

Sodalite is a royal blue mineral, usually veined with white or pink. It is opaque and can sometimes be confused with Lapis Lazuli, although it rarely contains Pyrite - a shiny, yellow mineral. It has its own beauty and individuality and is a popular gemstone in it’s own right. It is found in localities such as Canada, Namibia, Norway and USA.

This gemstone is said to encourage rational thought and objectivity, along with verbalisation of feelings. It brings emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust, bringing peace of mind and harmony.

Birthstone: not included. There are people however, who associate this stone to the zodiac sign of Sagittarius - November/ December months.