Amethyst - The February Birthstone

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Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery

As January recedes and February appears on the horizon, the world of semi-precious gemstones turns away from garnet and on to amethyst.
Amethyst is the February birthstone and as such is an ideal gift for someone with a birthday next month.

Purple Quartz

Amethyst is one of the most popular semi-precious stones and it's easy to see why.
Amethyst, which is quartz, is abundantly available in a wide variety of purple shades from the palest pinky lilac to the bold deep purple of royalty.
It's available in all shapes and sizes and cuts which makes it a brilliant gemstone for use in jewellery. 

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The Price of Amethysts

You'll find quite a wide range of prices.
Cabochons, which are smooth polished amethysts, are usually the least expensive.
Faceted stones tend to cost more and are available in many grades.
Amethysts which are included (these are natural foreign bodies or disruptions inside the quartz) will be less expensive than premium eye clean stones. Nevertheless, there is beauty in an included stone which, when you look deep into it, displays it's long history.
Premium grade amethysts are available in all sizes of gemstone including very large stones. These amethysts are clear, brilliant, even in colour and will glisten with other colours - often cerise pink.

You'll find all of these types of amethysts in our amethyst jewellery collection

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How To Shop For a Genuine Peridot

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What Is Peridot?

Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral Olivine. It is also known as chrysolite.

In its rough unworked form, olivine is a dark oily green. Peridot varies in colour from yellow through limey green to brownish green.

It's chemical structure is magnesium iron silicate. The level of iron in the gem dictates how brown it is. The most prized peridots are rich deep green colour.

Uncut peridots - cabochons - are opaque and cloudy whereas the faceted stones are clear and brilliant. More on this below.

What To Expect From a Genuine Peridot.

The first thing to notice is the peridot's size.
If what you are looking at is large i.e. more than 2cms on one side, then it is quite a rare gemstone. Most faceted peridots are small stones i.e. well under 2cms.

Check the clarity of the peridot.
If your peridot is completely eye clean, with no visible inclusions then the price tag should be eye watering.

Many peridots have visible inclusions. These are fascinating to the gemmologist and also revealing about the provenance of the particular gemstone. Alien minerals inside the host can pinpoint the area a particular gemstone was mined or the temperatures from which the rocks cooled. Synthetic gemstones are usually flawless and lack this personality. Many peridots contain inclusions that look like water lily leaves. Occasionally you will see tiny bubbles in a synthetic gem.

And now for the brilliance. 
Peridot has a wonderful oily lustre. When faceted it is strongly doubly refractive. This means that when you look into the peridot, the faceted edges will appear doubled.

Other Peridot Facts

Peridot is the birthstone for August
Peridot can be found in Egypt, Myanmar, Norway, Arizona, Canary Islands, Australia and South Africa.
Rare and priceless large peridots of more than 200 carats can be seen adorning the shrine of the three magi in Cologne Cathedral.

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Silver Chain Lengths

One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What length chain do I need?"

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We are all different shapes and sizes so it's not surprising when faced with a choice of 14" to 40" lengths, many people don't know where to start.

Fashions go up and down so some years a choker is the thing to wear and others, a belly skimmer is the must have.

Consult our guide to choosing the right length chain and get it right first time.

Once you know the length you need, it's time to shop for your silver chain!

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Why Does Sterling Silver Tarnish?

What Is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy.
A higher ratio of silver makes this precious metal too soft to wear or use although 99% silver is available for specialist products.

All sterling silver jewellery is 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.

Have you ever wanted to know what makes your sterling silver dull or even go black?

Care of silver jewellery

All sterling silver will tarnish over time.
This is a feature of the precious metal and happens when sterling silver is exposed to the air.
Moisture and acidic body oils, cosmetics, perfume and hair sprays will all accelerate the process.

To find out more see our Jewellery Care Guide.

Wearing Sterling Silver.

The attraction of sterling silver is its brightness and shine and its ability to be moulded and fashioned into just about any design. It's also affordable and much cheaper than other precious metal alternatives.
It will scratch easily as it is a relatively soft metal.
This precious metal gives a lot and in return we should respect its needs and be circumspect about when we shouldn't wear it.

For example, don't wear your lovely jewellery when cleaning, gardening, taking part in sports, swimming in chlorinated water, sunbathing, showering etc. All these activities introduce chemicals, cosmetics and rough wear conditions which will spoil your jewellery. 

Storing Silver Jewellery.

Prevent premature tarnishing by storing your silver jewellery in individual airtight bags. Each piece needs its own bag to prevent rubbing together and scratching.

Cleaning Silver Jewellery.

Mild soapy, warm water and a soft baby toothbrush is the first line of defence. Rinse and dry with a soft lint free cloth.
If tarnishing persists, use a jewellery polishing cloth. These are impregnated with a silver cleaning agent.
Other recommended products include jewellers' rouge and Silvo wadding - old fashioned but great!

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