May Birthstone: Emerald

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The May Birthstone

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May.  Happy birthday to all the emerald May babies!

Emerald is found in the Southern hemisphere, primarily in two locations. The African stones are a bluer hue and typically contain black chromite inclusions. The Colombian / Brazilian stones span the borders of the two countries and more often contain White Calcite inclusions. Both typically have a “Jardin” or “garden” of flaws. Emerald is a gem from Biblical times and continues to remain popular today.

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Celebrating the Claddagh for St. Paddy’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Friday!

Today we will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with Celtic Design & Claddagh Rings!

History of the Claddagh…

The Claddagh ring is the most recognized piece of traditional Irish jewellery.

The name is derived from the Irish fishing village, Claddagh, where the customs with respect to the ring are said to come from.

The Claddagh Ring

It is composed of three symbols; the hands, the heart, & the crown. The hands represent friendship, the heart for love, & the loyalty is symbolized as the crown. Additionally the phrase “love & friendship reign” is associated with the symbolic trio.

Wearing the Claddagh Ring…

Besides the meaning behind the ring itself, the finger it is worn on & the direction in which it faces symbolic too…

If worn on the left hand with the heart facing outward, it means that the person wearing the ring is engaged.

If worn on the left hand with the heart facing inward, it means that the person wearing the ring is married.

If worn on the right hand with the heart facing outward, it means that the person wearing the ring is single.

If worn on the right hand with the heart facing inward, it means that the person wearing the ring is taken/in a relationship.

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Showcase: New Mid-Summer Jewellery

Hello again! As promised, we are here to give you a sneak peak at the latest gems & jewels recently added to our shop!

assorted-amethyst-pendantsquartz-pendantsamethyst-pendantRough Quartz Ring & Pendant

Feeling slightly boho chic?  Festival season is not over yet!  We were so impressed with both the rough & polished amethyst/quartz sterling silver jewellery that we just haaaad to stock up!  The fact that each piece is so unique, and have a sort of magical aura about them, make these gems the perfect gift for your Festival Bestie, your hippie mom, or for your own mystical, magical self! 😉 Continue reading “Showcase: New Mid-Summer Jewellery”