After a year of having the shutters down on the shop for lengthy periods of time and wondering when we will get back to some sort of normality, it is absolutely wonderful to be able to open our doors again. We have taken the time to refit the shop bringing the jewellers bench out front for all to see and we have made some fabulous improvements. What hasn’t changed however, is our commitment to quality and service. at The Goldmarket, everyone is treated like a VIP!

This has been re-affirmed by the wealth of reviews we have received over on our Facebook and Google pages during the last month or so. In fact, the reviews below have all been received in the last 4 weeks. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team to receive such glowing feedback from our valued customers.

A Legacy Commission with a Personal Story

Kelly came to us for a pair of bespoke diamond earrings in what we call a ‘legacy commission’. They were made from a gift from her mum who sadly passed away last year. She wanted something that would last a lifetime and remind her of her mum. She was absolutely delighted with the service and the earrings and kindly left this review on our Facebook page.

“10 out of 10 for customer service. Would highly recommend the jewellery shop to anyone – best in town and surrounding areas. Had these beautiful handmade diamond earrings made for me. And i even got to pick my own diamonds. The diamond earrings are extremely personal to me as I had them personally made for me from a gift from my Mum who sadly passed away in December so a beautiful gift to myself from my mum. I would highly recommended Matt who listened to everything I said in our consultation and customer service is 10-10.”

Kelly Kelster Scholtz

Necklace Repair

Laura wanted her necklace repaired. Thanks to our onsite jewellers’ bench, and extremely talented team, the necklace was repaired within a couple of hours. As you can see, not only was Laura delighted with the repair, she also thought the team were lovely. So nice to receive such lovely praise.

“Amazing service, I’m really happy they managed to fix my necklace, and they did so within a couple of hours of me visiting. Something that makes this place amazing is the people, they are absolutely lovely in there. Wouldn’t go anywhere else now. Thank you!”

Laura Martins

 

Solid Gold Bangle Repair

Edvard visited us when his solid gold torque bangle snapped in the middle due to wear and tear. Within a couple of days, the bangle was repaired and as good as new. While in the shop, Edvard also picked out a new heavy gold ring and treated himself.

“Thank you so much to Matt and Andy. Went in with my unique twist solid gold torque bangle which snapped in the middle from wear and tear. Was told a couple of days for the repair, they also sorted me out with a new gold heavy ring at a great price. Top lads, amazing service. Also, I’ve just picked up my bangle now. Absolutely outstanding job Matt, skilled professional of his craft. Can’t say how pleased I am.”

Edvard Lavard

 

Broken Clasp

The broken clasp on Brent’s solid gold chain was another recent repair. The chain holds great sentimental value to him so, even in our busier periods, we were able to complete the repair within a few hours.

“It’s good to know in these strange times, that you can still get such an excellent service. I had a clasp break on a chain which has great sentimental value; even though they were extremely busy, the guys got it repaired within a few hours. Great craftsmanship, great knowledge and a welcoming smile, what more could you ask for. Many thanks.”

Brent James

 

‘Invisible’ Earrings Repair

Another thing we pride ourselves on, in addition to our commitment to 5 star service, is the attention to detail and the fact that you don’t notice the repairs. We have a team of very skilled jewellers who are fastidious with their work and ensure that when your repaired item is returned to you, you are unable to see where it was every broken. This was most certainly the case with this customer’s earrings.

“Fantastic service doing a repair on some earrings that is totally invisible! Could not be happier with the service they provide and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.”

Alex Binding

 

At The Goldmarket, customer service is our priority and EVERY customer is treated like a VIP. No job is too big or too small and we are always happy to help. You will get a very warm welcome from the team and can be assured of quality workmanship. Call in to see us at 23 High Street, Weston super Mare or call us on 01934 628361.

 


There are many reasons for wanting a ring resized. Perhaps you have inherited a family heirloom that you wish to wear yourself or maybe you bought a piece that doesn’t fit. Other reasons for ring resizing include weight loss or gain or the desire to wear a ring on a different finger. At The Goldmarket, ring resizing is a popular service, and something we have extensive experience with.

We take a look at the process and what it entails as well as sharing some examples of our work.

What Metal is the Ring Made From?

Most of the rings bought to us for resizing are either gold, white gold or platinum however, we also get requests to resize silver rings and even palladium.

In the case of silver, if it is a plain ring, we can fulfil the request however, if it is stone set then unfortunately, we can’t. If the ring is platinum the process will involve laser welding and can take longer.

What Size Does Should the Ring Be?

The first step is to measure the finger that you wish to wear the ring on to make sure that we know the correct size. We will measure both your finger and the current ring size and then calculate how much needs to be added or removed for the ring to fit correctly.

Increasing the Ring Size

 Increasing the size of a ring requires a new piece of metal to be added to the shank. It must  be the same material as the ring to ensure a good match – 18ct white gold for an 18ct white gold ring etc.

The gallery below showcases a recent ring resize carried out by our talented jeweller in house.

 

As you can see, the first step is to heat the ring to find the original join line (anneal the ring). Then we carefully cut the shank down that same fire line if possible and then offer up the new metal which has to be accurately measured to ensure the ring is sized correctly.

The next step is to solder the new piece into place ensuring that the shank is strong. The shank will then be filed and polished to remove any evidence of the join and to blend the metal of the existing ring with the new piece. This requires a careful hand and a keen eye, something our jewellers most certainly have.

Reducing the Ring Size

Often, reducing the size of a ring is simpler than increasing the size of the ring as we don’t have to add any new metal to the shank. Instead, we are removing a piece to ensure that the ring fits accordingly.

Using the same process required to increase the size of a ring, the shank is cut, the correct sized piece of metal is removed and the ring is soldered back together. The join is then filed, buffed and polished using specialist machinery and the ring is good as new.

How Much Does it Cost?

A simple ring resizing up or down costs from £30 however, because every ring is different and the requirements will be unique, we would ask that you contact us first. You can find out more about the process, the cost and how to book an appointment here but the best thing to do is pop in and see us.

Our Talented Jewellers

We are very lucky to have 2 very talented jewellers working at our in-house bench in Weston super Mare. Often, they can carry out work while you wait, or certainly within a few hours. This will depend on how busy they are but we are proud to say that 90% of ring resizes are completed on the spot. If it is a complex job, we may require the ring for longer. For example, a platinum resize will require laser welding which takes more time. While most of the jobs can be carried out in house, there are occasions when the piece will need to be sent away for more specialist work.

If you have a ring that needs re-sizing, the best thing is to bring or post it in for us assess. We can then accurately tell you what is required, if it is something we can do in house and how long it will take. We can also give you a quote for the work as well. All of our work is covered by a 12 month guarantee however, it is very rare that there are ever any issues and your resized ring will be as good as the day you bought it.

 

 


At The Goldmarket, we pride ourselves on our bespoke jewellery re-modelling and creation service. Our creative and experienced team of jewellers are exceptionally talented when it comes to bringing the visions of our customers to life. When we produce beautiful pieces of jewellery, there is very often a wonderful story behind it which makes us proud to be a part of such a special experience for our customers.

Why choose jewellery remodelling?

If you have inherited a piece of jewellery such as an engagement ring or a dress ring for example, no doubt it has great sentimental value to you. While you may not wear it, you would certainly never part with it and undoubtedly you keep it stored away somewhere safe. There may be a particular reason that you don’t wear it. It may not be something that suits you or perhaps it’s not to your personal taste. If it’s a large diamond cluster ring and you have tiny fingers then it may not sit right. If it is mounted in yellow gold and you prefer white gold or platinum, this may deter you from wearing it. While the piece may have great sentimental value it’s possible that you don’t actually like it (much as it might pain you to admit).

Don’t let beautiful jewellery sit in a box

However much sentimental value this special item of jewellery has, it is a shame to keep it locked away in a box never to see the light of day. There are options that can turn this valuable piece into your favourite item of jewellery. It could be as simple as making a new mount for a ring or as complex as using elements of it to create a stunning new, bespoke design piece of jewellery.

Over the years we have helped many customers realise their vision of owning their dream piece of jewellery which has been re-modelled from an existing piece and transformed into a one off, limited edition work of art. Our creations range from the simple to the sublime. Here are a few examples of the exquisite and dedicated talents of the team:

Turning the dream into reality

When our customer bought this 7-stone diamond cluster to us with a picture of a ring that she had her heart set on, we immediately rose to the challenge. In the first instance, our jeweller created a drawing of how the ring would look so that we could specify exactly what the customer was looking for. Then we began the task of recreating the dream. The ‘Boodles’ inspired ring consists of a ‘Raindance’ mount and then each stone from the original ring was used to bring the piece to life.

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This diamond ring before our team worked their magic.

 

The transformation is incredible

Re-creating a masterpiece from an image

With this particular design, we weren’t given an actual piece to remodel but a photo from a magazine! We had to recreate something from an image but with diamonds that were bigger. The first picture below was the inspiration for the ring. Some of you may recognise it as Dior. At The Goldmarket, we always like a challenge so, after producing a silver mock-up of the mount, we then increased the central row of diamonds to 0.25ct each in size. The finished article is 18ct white gold and weighs in at 20g. The amount of detail is incredible. We are so pleased that we were able to turn our customer’s dream into reality.

 

We were asked to produce a ring based on this image

Silver mock-up mount is produced prior to casting the ring

ring design

This is the finished piece which the customer was delighted with

What to do with 3 antique diamonds in an old worn mount!

Take 3 antique diamonds, a client with a contemporary vision and a talented jeweller and this is what you get! This beautiful modern design has been crafted into what can only be described as a ‘beast’ of a ring and we have helped yet another happy customer to achieve the design that they really want.

ring re-modelling

3 antique diamonds and a customer with a vision

While you have been reading this, perhaps you have been considering which of your items of jewellery you could have re-modelled and turned into something simply stunning. Maybe you have an idea for your perfect piece of jewellery but can’t actually find what you are looking for. We are happy to discuss your requirements with you and turn that idea into reality with our jewellery re-modelling and design service. We are lucky to have a team of talented jewellers and setters that are able to visualise what our clients are trying to achieve. Visit The Goldmarket with your existing item, a picture or an idea of what you are looking for and a member of our team will be delighted to help. The process begins with drawings, then we prepare silver mock-ups of your piece before we create the finished design. For further information, you can contact us on 01934 628361, pop into see us or message us via our Facebook page.

 

 


Diamonds, and other precious gemstones such as rubies and emeralds, are usually gifted to mark a special occasion or as a declaration of love. Sometimes they are set in pendants or earrings but often they are mounted in a ring to give them an increased significance.

Many of us have quite specific tastes when it comes to the jewellery that we wear. Some prefer a subtle and simple design while others like something that stands out and is noticeable. Of course, the jewellery that we wear not only reflects our personality but it is also important to consider the shape and size of our hands and what will suit them. Too big and it can look ostentatious, too small and it may get lost.

Let’s take a look at the different types of rings that you might buy for yourself or a loved one to mark a special occasion and what they mean:

Solitaire Ring

The solitaire is a popular choice as an engagement ring. It can be a large or small single stone, usually a diamond, set in a mount of yellow gold, white gold or platinum. It is worn on the third finger of the left hand for a particular reason as this is the finger that contains the vena amoris – the vein that leads to the heart. While many solitaires are intended as engagement rings, if they are given as a symbol of love or celebration, they can be worn on the right hand.

the different types of rings include the popular solitaire ringEternity Ring

The eternity ring is a symbol of eternal love, usually given to a partner on the birth of a first child or to celebrate an anniversary or other significant event. The style of an eternity ring can vary although a popular choice is one that is half set in precious gems with the other half a plain gold or platinum band. When choosing an eternity ring, consider the style of the engagement ring and wedding band that are currently worn as the three pieces of jewellery should complement each other.

While diamonds are a popular choice for eternity rings, it is not uncommon to see those that are set with rubies, emeralds and other precious gems. It has even been known to have different stones that represent different elements of a relationship.

Wedding bands

The wedding band is the ultimate sign of commitment and love. The complete circle of the band symbolises no beginning and no end – everlasting love. For those that follow a specific religion the rings are usually blessed as part of the wedding ceremony to further consecrate the marriage.

A wedding band is often worn by both partners although some men traditionally choose not to wear one. Some couples like to have them engraved with initials or with the date of the wedding. They can also be set with precious gemstones either on the inside or the exterior of the ring. Many couples choose yellow gold, white gold or platinum and often they match each other with the gent’s version being a larger version of the lady’s.

Trilogy rings

The trilogy ring acquired its name from the fact that it is set with three stones. These stones represent the past, present and the future. They are often set with diamonds and are mounted in gold or platinum settings. Stones can be all the same size or different. As they have a significant meaning they are another popular choice to mark an engagement for those who prefer something different to the solitaire.

Anniversary rings

In addition to engagement, eternity rings and wedding bands, an anniversary ring is a popular gift to celebrate 5 or 10 years of marriage. When it comes to a particular style, there are no set rules. One single solitaire or a diamond cluster – it is all down to personal taste and preference. Of course, if you want to be really romantic, there is the option to have something custom made to sit alongside an existing wedding band and engagement ring.

Making the right choice

Of course, there is much to consider when making your choice. While there are many different types of rings, the common factor with them all is that are intended to be worn for a lifetime so it is critical to choose wisely. The ring must suit the recipient both in style and shape. Consider the size and length of the fingers and how it will look on the person it is intended for. While you may want to declare your undying love with a huge rock, it may not look right on someone with tiny hands.

Have your ring custom made with love

engagement ring valentine'sWhy not consider the option to have your jewellery custom made. The beautiful thing about bespoke jewellery is that it is unique. There are no two the same and you really will be presenting your partner with something that is one of a kind. At The Goldmarket, we offer an extensive selection of all types of rings from beautiful solitaires to the most wonderful diamond clusters. If you have something specific in mind we can help you to source it and if we can’t then we can custom make it for you. Our talented team of jewellers have extensive experience when it comes to producing bespoke jewellery and have an excellent eye for design.


While it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to show someone how much they mean to you, Valentine’s Day is the day that ladies and gents like to feel special.

For many a dozen red roses or a bottle of the finest pink champagne and chocolates are a firm favourite, for others it’s the chance to make a spectacular romantic gesture. We are of course talking about diamonds, specifically those that are mounted in engagement rings!

Planning a romantic proposal this Valentine’s Day?

If you are going to pop the question to your loved one, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. With an air of romance in the air and the stage set with hearts and flowers, many venues are geared to give you the ideal setting in which to propose.

You may be going all out and arranging a weekend away, or you may be planning to pop the question over a candlelit dinner for two. Whatever your plans, you are going to need a ring…

Choosing the perfect engagement ring

Choosing the right engagement ring is critical. You need to be confident that your partner is going to like it and that it will suit them and be appropriate to their lifestyle. When selecting a ring, some have a very clear vision of what they are looking for, from the cut of the diamond to the size and style of the mount. Others don’t have a clue where to start. That’s when you need a professional team to help.

What style of ring should you choose?

Round-cut, princess, oval, emerald, cushion, marquise…. where do you begin? What clarity of diamond will you choose and what style of mount will best suit? Will they prefer a solitaire or a cluster? Perhaps you want a trilogy or something less conventional. Don’t panic… using the information that you provide about your prospective fiancée/fiancé, we can build a picture of what they will like and what type of ring you should be considering. While you may want to make a gesture with a huge rock, they may have slender fingers and a slight build where something more petite may actually look better. Alternative they may not be the type to wear a simple single solitaire. 

choosing the perfect engagement ring

Trust in the experts

At The Goldmarket, our team of experts have a lot of experience when it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring that your loved one will wear for the rest of their life. We will help you to select or source the perfect engagement ring that your intended will be thrilled to receive and show off to friends and family. We can even design and create a bespoke ring to your exact requirements.

From the size and cut of the diamond to the exquisite detail of the mount, you can rest assured that at The Goldmarket, you are in safe hands. And don’t forget, when you have selected a stunning engagement ring, you are going to need wedding rings which we will only be too happy to help and advise you with also.

 

 


Choosing an engagement ring is a big decision. Often it is the choice of the male who, with the help of an experienced jeweller, can select the best diamond cut and style for his prospective fiancée. If you are choosing the ring yourself, however, you may be confused as to the various cuts, shapes and styles of diamonds available. Which will sparkle the most and which will suit your hand and, of course, your style? Which will you be happy to wear for many years to come? We take a look at the choice of diamonds and what they mean.

Round

This is the most popular diamond cut with many selecting the round-cut as their choice of diamond. In fact, approximately 75% of all diamonds sold are round-cut. The brilliance of this gemstone means that you can really show off the sparkle of your ring.

Princess

The name alone is enough to make the decision for you. How many of you want to feel like a princess? This diamond cut, introduced in 1980, has a face-up shape with rectangular or square sides. Its versatility means that it works well in many styles of ring.

Oval

Like the round-cut diamond, the oval diamond is brilliant and has all the same properties of a round diamond but with an elongated shape. This can give it the illusion of being bigger.

 Marquise

Another brilliant cut diamond, the marquise creates the illusion of size. Its football shape means that carat for carat it has the largest surface area of any diamond shape. If you want your ring to look larger than life then the marquise-cut is a good choice.

marquise cut engagement ring

Pear

The easiest way to describe this brilliant-cut diamond is a mixture of the round and marquise diamonds. This ring has great symmetry with a tapered point at one end. The ratio of length to width of a pear-shaped diamond should be between 1.40 to 1.70.

Cushion

This particular cut was also known as “old-mine” cut. A square diamond with round corners, it is easy to see how it got its name. The cushion isn’t quite as brilliant as other cuts but this diamond has a lot of fire! 

Emerald

An emerald diamond is harder to come by than a round-cut or princess-cut diamond however its rarity does not make it more expensive. This particular diamond is actually less in demand although it is worn by many A-list celebrities. While it may not have the sparkle of a round diamond, it is a very elegant choice.

emerald cut diamond

Asscher

This diamond cut was first produced in 1902 by the Dutch Asscher brothers who were famous for cutting the Cullinan stone. It has recently started to make a comeback after a period of only being found in antique shops. Similar to the square emerald-cut, it is often more brilliant.

In addition to the above, there are also the radiant and heart-cuts and those that are known as “fancy’ cuts. These include modified brilliants, step-cuts, mixed-cuts and rose-cuts. It’s safe to say that whatever you are looking for there is something to suit everyone. If you are unsure as to which is the right choice for you, our team of experts will be happy to advise.

 


New jewellery trends are fresh and exciting. Designer ideas from the catwalks have been interpreted and found their way to the fashion pages of magazines. This summer it’s all about wearing your jewellery in a slightly unexpected way. The designers want us to try looking at summer jewellery from a different angle. Wear your vintage family trinkets with modern pieces. Mix don’t match is the message!

Statement necklace

The sautoir or long necklace has made a comeback and will make your summer wardrobe look stylishly up to date. Wear chains in any metal, the more unusual pendant the better. Some designers used up-cycled items to create their necklaces: think bicycle chains and lighters.

Superfine choker

Wear a wisp of fabric with a small pendant or thread a single pearl on to a leather thong.

Art school earring

These earrings use materials in an innovative way. They have futuristic lines and sculptural qualities, qualities with graphic shapes.

Statement mono earring

Many celebrities have already been seen wearing these. An interesting large single earring, sometimes even skimming the shoulder. If you prefer, just wear one of an existing pair and a stud in your other ear.

Fantasy ear cuff

These are also statement pieces and blur the line between accessories and jewellery. Some are feather shaped like an angels wing or a take on crystal headphones.

Hybrid earring necklaces

If you are feeling brave, try wearing one of these to do the shopping. Some say creative madness, this is an open-ended necklace, linking up to an earring. Certainly on trend.

Arm cuff

This summer jewellery trends include bracelets which should be worn on the upper arm to show off a tan or to complement short sleeves. Choose to wear one statement piece or layer up several bands to create a different look. Graphic shapes are on trend here too.

The minerals

Raw stone and mineral slices are naturally beautiful and really fashionable now. A modern twist on eco trends: wear energizing stones and embrace crystal therapy.

Necklaces, pendants, earrings

Finally… the crucifix is back. Less the understated gold most recently in favour, but more chunky gothic-style crosses, plastered with pearls and stones. Reminiscent of Madonna in the ‘ 90s. Baroque reserved for summer evenings.

Choose the summer jewellery trend to suit your personality and style and enjoy wearing it this season.

 


Dust, pollution and wear and tear all conspire to cloud the brilliance of gemstones and dull the surface of precious metals. Jewellery care is critical especially if you wear it regularly, keeping it clean and looking good is important and requires some effort. This is rewarded by extending the life of your treasured pieces, keeping them in excellent shape for years.

Preventing damage to your jewellery

Inspect jewellery often and if any damaged has occurred, go to a professional for repairs. Agree on the work to be carried out and the fee. On collection, inspect the jewellery to make certain that this has been carried out as requested. The items should also have been cleaned and polished as part of the service.

Remove jewellery before bathing. Put on after applying lotions, make-up and perfume. All of these products can build up a film that will dull jewellery.

Before cleaning, gardening and working in the kitchen, remove rings, bracelets and watches. This will limit exposure to damaging chemicals, dirt and grease.

Don’t wear jewellery in spas or pools. Chlorinated water can react with the metals causing discoloration and even structural damage.

Cleaning your jewellery

Clean jewellery with care. Purchase a commercial cleaner from a jewellers. Do not use bleach as this is so destructive, instead use warm water to clean. Diamonds should be cleaned with a soft brush dipped in warm soapy water, rinsed under a running tap, allowed to dry and then polished using a soft cloth.

A specialist polishing cloth gives best results when buffing gold and silver. Using tissues or paper towels is not advised as these are made from coarser fibres that can easily cause scratches.

How to store your jewellery

Storing your jewellery in an organized and orderly way will help to look after it too.

Using a fabric-lined container will protect it and prevent it from moving around.

Silver and gold tarnish when they are not worn for a while. Maintain their lustre by placing silver anti-tarnish strips with them. These strips will absorb oxidants that discolour and tarnish precious metals.

Avoid storing next to costume jewellery and watches with leather straps.

Jewellery care when travelling

Travelling can be tough on jewellery so use a travel case to protect it. A good quality case is usually made from leather or fabric and able to store jewellery of all types. If you travel a lot and value your jewellery, a travel case is a good investment.

Keep an inventory

Unfortunately, jewellery can be lost or stolen. An inventory can be useful when making an insurance claim or completing a police report. Update as you acquire new pieces. Take photos and add a written descriptions and value of pieces. Store this information away from the jewellery.

Owning and wearing jewellery is one of life’s pleasures. It is really worth investing time and effort to keep them and you looking the best.


Those born in June are lucky enough to have 3 birthstones; pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. They are all unusual and have interesting stories.

Pearls

Pearls are unique because they are not found deep within the earth but are created by living sea creatures: oysters and clams. A pearl is formed when a small fragment of rock, a grain of sand or parasite enters an oyster or clam. This irritates the mollusc and causes it to coat the foreign body with layers of shell material. Naturally formed pearls are rare, expensive and so generally not available on the market.

Cultured pearls are created when humans introduce a foreign body to the oyster. Freshwater pearls with a pink, lavender and apricot hue are the most affordable.

In contrast, pearls grown in the south seas for up to 3 years, are the most luxurious due, to their silky shine.

The black-lipped oyster of Polynesia grows silvery grey and black pearls. Other pearls are produced in the salt-waters of China and Japan.

The pearl is officially the world’s oldest gem. A fragment of pearl was found in the 420 BC tomb of a Persian princess. In 4th century Egypt, pearls were used as decorations. Native American mythology tells that pearls were believed to be dewdrops of heaven that had fallen into the sea.

Indian warriors encrusted their swords with pearls to remind them of the tears and sorrow that war brings.

Until the 17th century, pearls were also used in European medicine. Modern Chinese medicine still uses ground pearls to empower and give longevity.

Moonstone

The Romans thought the moonstone was formed out of slivers of moonlight. They believed it gave harmony and peace and even contained Diana, goddess of the moon, within it. The moonstone is made up of 3 layers that give it an attractive sheen. It ranges from being colourless to white, grey, brown, orange, yellow or peach. Its colour is believed to change with the phases of the moon. Superstition states that during a full moon, a man can predict the future if he places a moonstone under his tongue.

The finest moonstones are mined in Burma.

In India it is regarded as a very sacred stone and displayed on a yellow cloth, also a powerful colour.

The moonstone was popular 100 years ago when Rene Lalique used it in his jewellery and ornaments.

Alexandrite

This stone was originally found in an Emerald mine near Russia’s Ural mountains. It was discovered on the day in 1839 when Tsar Alexander II came of age and so it was named after him. It soon became the national stone of Russia because it reflected the country’s colours of red and green. Alexandrite is found in traditional Russian and Victorian jewellery.

In 1987, Alexandrite was discovered in Brazil and most recently in Sri Lanka. This has sparked new interest in the stone. It is an extraordinary colour, changing according to the light. In daylight it is green, changing to red in darker light. It can be waxed or oiled to improve appearance, sometimes fissures are filled as well.

Alexandrite is said to bring creativity, intuition and imagination to the wearer.

If you have a June birthday, you have the choice of three quirky birthstones to wear.


The birthstone of May, the emerald, is striking to look at and has a rich, interesting history.
Its name derives from the Greek word for green;’smaragdus’. It could be because of this fact that many cultures associate the emerald with growth and spring. Emeralds were loved by the Egyptians, especially Cleopatra. The Romans connected this precious gemstone to Venus, the Goddess of Love. Nero the Roman emperor was said to view gladiator duels through an emerald, the green helped mask the shocking colour of blood. The Aztecs called it ‘the stone of the earth’.

Emerald 2

The emerald was known by the Aztecs as the ‘stone of the earth’

Emeralds have a strong association with telling the truth. Hermes the messenger of the gods believed that the truth was always found out if an you placed one under the tongue.

If you are lucky enough to have the emerald as a birthstone, it will bestow you with many wonderful powers. An opening of the heart chakras will allow you to live in a manner that is honest to yourself. You will have enhanced tranquillity, inner wisdom and well-being. In this strong state you will become more resilient too.

Emeralds are usually found with quartz and mined all over the world. Colombia accounts for more than half of production of this gemstone. They are appraised on these four important factors; clarity, cut, carat and colour.

An emerald is not as strong as a diamond and can have many inclusions including cracks and fissures. This is an expected trait of but makes it one of the most difficult stones to cut and recut. The cutter needs to cleverly maximise the size of the stone without compromising its overall stability. An emerald is usually rectangular in shape.

To clean this gemstone, use warm water, allow to dry naturally and then rub with a soft cloth.
Green is currently a fashionable colour and the emerald has benefitted from this. There are many interesting settings on the market. Whether or not this is your birthstone, it is a lovely gem to enjoy wearing.