10 Gemstones That Bring You Good Luck

The idea of gemstones bringing good luck has existed for a very long time. People throughout history have believed that different stones release different types of energy via vibrations. These vibrations or ‘energy signatures’ energise the specific role of the gemstone (for example, to bring luck) and allow for it to manifest and become a reality in your daily life.

Wearing gemstones in the form of bespoke jewellery pieces can be a great way of carrying that luck with you wherever you go.

Let’s dive into the 10 gemstones that bring you good luck.

1. Green Jade

Green Jade has been synonymous with good luck for centuries. Considered a highly protective stone, Green Jade has been incorporated into weapons and jewellery and used by many to promote healing. Today, it is incorporated most commonly into jewellery items and is thought to bring the wearer good luck and fortune.

Helps shield you from bad investments
As well as bringing good luck, Green Jade is thought to attract money to your door and protect you from making bad investments. That’s why it can often be found in places of business. Many people also wear Green Jade to job interviews and performance reviews.

Promotes Abundance
Known as the ‘stone of abundance’, Green Jade can help attract wealth, success, and even love to your life. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, Green Jade helps turn your dreams into reality.

2. Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye is a popular metamorphic gemstone that ranges in deep shades of brown, orange and yellow. As the name suggests, it resembles a tigers eye. It is well-known for its ability to ignite a flame of bravery within people.

Gives Strength and Bravery
In Roman times, warriors were thought to have worn Tigers Eye during battle because it helped give them the strength to face difficult situations. It also gave them bravery to fight long and hard in battle.

Experience Positive Transformation
By wearing this gemstone, you may attract good luck and prosperity into your life. Many people believe this is through the gemstone empowering you to be bold and brave in your decisions, thereby opening the door to new and existing opportunities.

3. Citrine

Citrine is a sunny and bright gemstone that is well-known for its good luck properties. A yellow variety of quartz, Citrine famously received its name from the Old French word for lemon. Its warm yellow colour is said to be a gift from the sun itself, making this gemstone the perfect choice for brightening up your day.

Lean into Your Dreams
Citrine is said to encourage fresh beginnings, new dreams, and prosperity. It encourages you to chase your desires and make your dreams a reality. The stone is associated with fortune and wealth, so many wearers hold the hope that by wearing the stone while they pursue their goals they will attract good fortune.

Good Vibrations and Luck
Citrine emits powerful vibrations that help manifest good luck in your life. We all need a little help sometimes and Citrine is a beautiful gemstone that provides the support you need. Named ‘the Lucky Merchant Stone’, this pretty little gemstone helps you to feel optimistic and full of hope about the future.

4. Green Aventurine

Another member of the quartz family, green aventurine, was named after the Italian word ‘a Ventura’ which means ‘by chance’. It is often incorporated into jewellery and is popular among many gemstone wearers and collectors for both its beauty and good luck charms.

Adventure
Green Aventurine is here to take you on an adventure. Everyone wants that sense of adventure and the bravery to try new things. So, if that resonates with you this could be the gemstone you need.

Calm and Good Luck
Although trying new things can be uncomfortable at first, Green Aventurine ensures that all the new things you step out in bring you good luck and prosperity.

5. Clear Quartz

A well-known gemstone and a beautiful addition to jewellery pieces, clear quartz is a popular choice for many. The master healer and a brilliant amplifier of your dreams and desires, this gemstone is a must.

Healing
Often referred to as the ‘Master Healer’, clear quartz is known for its ability to clear the mind of negative thoughts and the body of negative energy. It is thought to enhance higher spiritual receptiveness, support the immune system, and balance the body.

Good Luck
As well as dispelling negativity, clear quartz is thought to attract good luck to the wearer. By clearing your mind and removing negative energies from your body, clear quartz can get to work bringing good luck into every aspect of your life.

6. Garnet

Garnet is a deep red gemstone known for its beauty and ability to bring good luck to its owner. The gemstone can be tracked back at least 5,000 years where it has been celebrated by cultures around the world.

Protection
Garnet is well-known for its ability to offer protection against negative energy. It has been used in crystal healing for generations and is associated with having a protective, calming energy that supports the wearer and encourages the transformation of negative energy to a positive state.

Luck
For those who feel pretty short-changed when it comes to good luck, the garnet gemstone could be the answer. Garnet is synonymous with luck in riches, love, and passion. It helps put you on the path to success and can send positive energy into the universe that entices good luck to return to you.

7. Malachite

Nearly every civilisation in history has been fascinated in some way by the Malachite gemstone. This beautiful gemstone with its green swirls signifies transformation and positive change. It’s a popular gemstone for many as it brings the wearer a promise of new growth.

Luck
Malachite is thought to have good luck properties. Whatever you want to achieve, wearing the malachite gemstone can help you achieve it.

Courage
We all need to be more courageous at times. But that can be difficult. This stone brings courage to the wearer, giving you the confidence you need to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

8. Peridot

Peridot is known as the money stone. It brings good fortune to all those who possess it and is highly popular among those searching for good luck. A lime green colour, Peridot makes for beautiful jewellery and is one of the few gemstones that is only one colour.

Helps You Think Differently
If you want to find success in your life, it’s important to think differently. Peridot helps to clear away obstacles in your thought life and fine-tune your mind to focus on achieving what you really want.

Brings Good Fortune and Money
We could all do with good fortune and money. Gemstones like Peridot attract these positive things and dispel negative energies so that you can stay on the right track.

9. Rose Quartz

This beautiful and famous gemstone is well-known all over the world for its stunning cotton candy colour and dates back as far as 7,000 B.C. It was often used by women to clear their complexions. Today, rose quartz is popular in jewellery or as decoration in homes and offices.

Opens Your Heart to New Possibilities
Often, we miss out on good things in our lives because we’re not open to receiving them. Rose Quartz helps open your heart to radiant energies, reminding you to be brave and open up your life to new and exciting possibilities.

Achieve Success
When your heart is open and you are willing and ready to accept good things into your life, you will achieve success. Rose Quartz makes you ready to receive abundance and in doing so prepares you for the waterfall of good luck and fortune to come.

10. Amazonite

Known as the harmonizer gemstone, Amazonite is considered one of the best crystals for good luck – particularly in the area of relationships.

Good Luck in Relationships
Amazonite serves as a good luck charm when it comes to relationships. It helps open your heart and mind to new possibilities and attract the right people into your life.

Good Luck
If you want to succeed in business, Amazonite can serve as your good luck charm. This precious gemstone attracts new business and financial ventures that can help further your success.

Final Words

There you have it; the top 10 gemstones that bring you good luck. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or you want to hone your gemstone skills, we hope our list helps you attract more luck into your life.

Birthstone December: Guide to Tanzanite

As the nights draw in, we’re starting to talk about the latest addition to the list of December birthstones; tanzanite. This beautiful dark blue gemstone has a fascinating history and a one-of-a-kind light-refracting structure that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out what makes it so unique, and how it became an instant hit with the public when it first appeared in shops in the mid-20th century.

What is tanzanite?

Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone to come to the market, having only been discovered for the first time in 1967. Its popularity quickly grew, and in 2002 it was added as a birthstone for December, joining the original birthstone of turquoise, and the existing alternate option of zircon. It was the first gemstone to be added to the official list of birthstones since the list was standardised in 1912.

Colour of tanzanite

It’s not difficult to see why tanzanite is so popular, with its rich deep blue and purple tones. It’s the only trichroic stone in existence, meaning that in its rough form, it gives off three different colours from each of its crystallographic axes: blue, violet, and even flashes of red.

The depth of colour of the tanzanite is one of the main factors in determining its value. The darker and richer the blue, the more valuable the piece is considered to be. Whilst the paler blues are still sought after, it’s the rich sapphire tones that are most highly prized.

With so many colour variations, tanzanite would be a fantastic addition to any outfit, highlighting and bringing out any cool blue and purple tones, whilst also complementing the contrasting warm oranges and yellows. Its rich hues and unusual structure will surely be a talking point at any special occasion, so its perfect for weddings, award ceremonies, garden parties, or anywhere it will be able to catch the light. Worn in different lighting, it may appear a completely different colour throughout the day and evening, making it a unique and intriguing addition to engagement rings, necklaces, earrings, or bracelets.

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History of tanzanite

Tanzanite is one of the rarest gemstones available today, due to the fact that it is only found in one specific area of Tanzania. As a result, reserves will deplete quickly, with geologists estimating that the supply will run out completely within a decade, so it’s become known as a “one-generation gemstone”.

It was first discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro by local Maasai tribesmen, who were said to be searching for grass for their cattles after a bush fire, when they noticed the shiny blue stones on the ground. They took some to a local trader who didn’t know what to make of it. At first they believed it to be a sapphire, so they were confused when they noticed the glints of pink and red. A sample was taken to Tiffany’s in New York, who quickly negotiated a deal to become the main distributor of this exciting new product, which they termed “the loveliest blue gemstone discovered in over 2000 years”.

Most gemstone deposits are mined by small artisanal companies, but tanzanite is one of the few that has attracted a multinational conglomerate in the form of Tanzanite One. In 2005, they were listed in the Guinness Book of Records for finding the largest piece of rough tanzanite stone which measured 16,839 carat (3.38 kg, or 7.46 lb).

Structure of tanzanite

Alongside the unusual crystalline axis which leads to the tri-colour effect, tanzanite is denser and weighs more than diamonds, so a 1 carat tanzanite would actually be a slightly smaller stone than a 1 carat diamond. Even though it’s rarer than diamonds, it’s also much less expensive, due to the ongoing popularity of diamonds for all kinds of jewellery and the subsequent tightly controlled structure of the supply.

Whilst tanzanite can be worn every day, it is a relatively soft stone, only ranking around 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale (compared to sapphire’s rating of 9) so it can be susceptible to damage in certain environments.

The cut of the stone is also an important factor for tanzanite, and a quality cut can cause a large disparity in the value of the stone. If the desired shape is cut slightly too large, there will be a significant weight discrepancy which could considerably push up the cost. If cut too shallow, the clarity of the stone will be adversely affected and lose some of its brilliance and sparkle in certain light refractions.

Who is tanzanite for?

Anyone can wear tanzanite, and it’s been spotted being worn by celebrities from Beyoncé to Cate Blanchett. The large blue heart necklace worn by Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie Titanic is also rumoured to be made from tanzanite, and represents ‘the heart of the ocean’. Astrologically, it’s been said to be particularly relevant to Pisces and Aries, and as a December birthstone, it would add a personalised touch to anyone whose birthdays fall within these windows.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to sapphire, whilst still getting something special and unique, tanzanite jewellery is the perfect option. The mesmerising shifts in colour offer an unusual alternative look, ideal for people with a varied wardrobe or who would enjoy owning a quirky, contemporary, and modern piece with a fascinating history.

If that sounds like you, or someone you’re looking to buy a gift or engagement ring for, contact the team at Cry for the Moon now to discuss how we might be able to help you find that perfect piece.

November Birthstone: Citrine & Topaz

As we enter November, we’re looking at the birthstones for this month; citrine and topaz. Yellow is the colour most associated with these gems as the November birthstones, but in fact topaz can be found in a whole myriad of other colours to complement any outfit or skin tone. Read on to find out more about the history and background of these beautiful stones, their meanings, their alleged healing properties, and why you should consider adding them to your existing jewellery collection.

What’s the difference between these two November birthstones?

The original birthstone for November was topaz, but in 1912 American jewellers decided to standardise the birthstones, by introducing alternative options which were easier to manufacture and sell in large quantities. Citrine was introduced as a lower-cost option as it was more widely available. Traditionally the topaz associated with November birthstones would have had a yellow hue, similar to citrine, and was referred to as “precious topaz”. However, it is now more commonly found with an artificial blue colour added through irradiation of the lower-value colourless gems.

The International Gem Society explains the differences between the two gems, “Because of topaz’s long association with the colour yellow, citrines are sometimes misidentified as topazes. However, citrine is a quartz, a distinct gem species. Topaz has different physical and optical properties than citrine, most notably greater hardness and brilliance.”

Popular jewellery options

One of the wonderful things about topaz is that it comes in such a wide variety of shades, so you can always find a piece of jewellery in a colour to suit your outfit or your skin tone. Whilst the yellow/orange hues are traditional for this November birthstone, evoking gorgeous warm autumnal vibes to match the season, other colours are still a great option for birthday or even Christmas gifts.

Another popular and meaningful choice is to factor your beloved’s birthstone into their engagement ring. These stones can be set alongside diamonds or other stones for an elegant and personalised extra touch. Due to the hardness and durability of topaz, as well as the range of colours available, it’s an excellent choice for daily wear. The natural structure of these stones also gives them a great sparkle!

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Golden Topaz & Diamond Cluster Ring
 £2,875


History and benefits of topaz

The original 12 birthstones have their roots in the Bible and other ancient texts. It’s believed they were worn on the breastplate of Aaron, the elder brother of Moses and High Priest of the Israelites, which was used to communicate with God. Each of the stones on the breastplate was later adopted for one of the 12 months of the year.

The word ‘topaz’ originally referred to any yellow/orange stone, so there is some confusion around its history, since actual topaz can be found in a range of different colours. The first ‘modern’ topaz was found in Germany in 1737, but the different colours can still often be mis-identified.

Topaz has generally most often been mined from areas of Brazil and Russia, however more recently deposits have been found in locations across the world. Since the early 1970s, a particular kind of pink/violet topaz has been mined only in north-western Pakistan.

Traditionally, topaz has been associated with true love, success, good health, and joy, so would be a perfect addition to any piece of jewellery being gifted to a loved one. In India, topaz worn above the heart is said to bring long life, beauty, and intelligence.

Topaz is one of the hardest gemstones available, ranking an eight on the Moh’s scale, just behind diamonds and corundum. This means it’s one of the most durable options out there, being highly resistant to scratches, so you can feel peace of mind when wearing it on a daily basis.

Oval Citrine & Diamond Victorian Style Trilogy Ring
Oval Citrine & Diamond Victorian Style Trilogy Ring
 £1,485


History and benefits of citrine

Citrine is a great low-cost alternative to topaz, as it is a form of quartz, probably the most widely available mineral on the planet. Naturally occurring citrine is rare, but amethyst and smoky quartz are often gently heat-treated to produce the warm golden hues, and this is what makes up most of the cheaper citrine you would find on the market.

As a member of the quartz family, citrine boasts a number of healing properties, so is recommended for anyone feeling either physically or emotionally tense. It’s said to promote better self esteem and increase energy, and in ancient times was used to improve circulation, purify the body of toxins, and strengthen the immune system.

Citrine has also been said to increase creativity, so it’s a popular option for artists and other creative professionals. If you’re feeling in a creative slump, perhaps adding some citrine jewellery to your outfit might give you just the boost you need.

Choosing the right colour

Whilst citrine only comes in yellow/orange hues, topaz affords a wealth of colourful options. Blue topaz is a popular low-cost choice, as they are artificially coloured through an irradiation process which closely mimics what would happen to create that colour in the earth.

The yellow/gold hues of traditional precious topaz and citrine are a beautiful addition to an autumnal wardrobe, and would generally complement warmer skin tones. Paired with a gold ring or chain, they offer a comforting and subtle antique air. Natural citrine is rare these days, so is more commonly found in vintage pieces, where the striking yellow colour makes a bold statement.

Final thoughts

At Cry For The Moon, we stock a variety of beautiful pieces, with new items being added all the time. If you’re interested in adding a piece of topaz or citrine jewellery to your collection, or buying an engagement ring or a gift for a loved one, please pop in to our store, browse our selection online, or contact us for more information about what we have available.

October Birthstone: Opal

With a rainbow effect and flashes of brilliance, opal is quite unlike any other gemstone. It has incredible fire, with a name that stems from the Greek ‘Opallios’ which means a change in colour and the Latin term ‘Opalus’, meaning precious stone. It’s been a popular choice for jewellery for many centuries, due to this chameleon-like ability to change colour in different light.

A history of opals

Opals have inspired folklore for centuries, dating back to the ancient Greeks who believed they were the tears of Zeus and the Aborigines who believed they were a sign of the rainbow serpent god. In the Middle Ages, opals were considered a source of luck and possessed all the virtues of each gemstone colour found in the spectrum of the opal. They’re also the birthstone for people born in October. It was even referenced in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, calling it the queen of gems. As with so many of the trends we enjoy today, Queen Victoria popularised the opal, wearing it regularly and increasing sales worldwide as a result. As such, it’s a common feature of vintage jewellery.

Where are opals found?

Opals are considered one of the more difficult gems to mine, because on the surface, it’s difficult for miners to tell if there are any opals below the ground. So it’s often a case of trial and error to find them. The best examples of this precious gemstone tend to be extracted with handpicks and screwdrivers, rather than machinery, making it a time-consuming and laborious job. Most of the world’s opals are mined in Australia, but they are also found in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Czech Republic and the USA.

Types of opal

There are two classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal has an iridescence that’s referred to as a ‘play of colour’, while common opal does not. Opalescence is the term applied to a milky sheen that occurs with common opal. Depending on the conditions in which an opal is formed, it can be transparent, translucent or opaque, while the background colour can be any shade.

Black opals

Black opals are considered to be the rarest kind, and the most valuable for this reason. Even thin slivers of black opal can fetch thousands. It’s been highly prized throughout history by kings, emperors and sultans for its beauty. It has a black background and little to no opalescence. Unlike other opals, black opals have trace elements of carbon and iron oxide which is what makes it unusually dark compared to other types of opal.

White opal

This is the most common type of opal, with a white background and a sub-transparent or translucent display of opalescence. It showcases a wide spectrum of colours.

Fire opal

This is a transparent to translucent opal with warmer body colours of yellow, orange and red. It doesn’t typically have a play of colour but sometimes rarer stones will have flashes of green. In indigenous cultures, fire opals were highly prized, and in ancient India and Persia, it was considered to be a symbol of ardent love.

Girasol opal

This opal has a bluish tint or sheen that follows the light source, which is not a play of colour seen on precious opals, but an effect caused by microscopic inclusions.

Peruvian opal

A semi-opaque opal that is often cut to include the matrix in more opaque stones. There’s no play of colour with this type of stone, but it has a blue-green tint to it.

Boulder or matrix opal

This is the term used for rough-cut opals that display a precious opal within them or attached to them. They often have just a thin vein of precious opal in the host rock.

Hyalite opal

A colourless opal which looks like glass but in very rare cases, will have a faint tint of colour, often blue, green or yellow.

There are also terms for the patterning found in opals. Experts and collectors tend to look for large, closely arranged patches of colour or pattern, and the brighter the colour, the more valuable the opal will be. A pinfire or pinpoint pattern is a small, closely-set patch of colour, while a harlequin or mosaic pattern is more broad and angular. Flame patterns are sweeping bands of reddish streaks which carry across the stone, and peacock patterning is an opal with mainly blue or green colouring.

Opals in jewellery

Doublet opals consist of a top slice of the gem glued onto a darker backing made from either plastic or another gemstone. Triplet opals are similar, but the slice of opal is thinner and crowned by a transparent dome of quartz to protect the opal underneath and to refract the colours more effectively.

Opals are softer than many other gemstones and can be more easily chipped as a result. For this reason, triplet opals are more commonly chosen for a long-lasting, wearable piece of jewellery.

Opals can be used in many types of jewellery, from bracelets and earrings to pendants. It’s also a fun alternative to the traditional engagement ring, adding those enticing flashes of rainbow colours that make for a unique and personal item of jewellery.

Final thoughts

Opals have been treasured for thousands of years, inspiring folklore and being desired by royalty. The iridescence of precious opals and the wide range of colours, patterns and types you can source them in make them a unique and beautiful gemstone, especially for jewellery. Whether you choose an opal ring, pendant or you’re buying a memorable item for an October birthday or anniversary, this inimitable gemstone is perfect and offers a wide range of colourful options to choose from.

Contact us

At Cry for the Moon, we offer a host of jewellery in a variety of beautiful styles, from bridal jewellery and wedding bands to vintage pieces. Browse our selection online or get in touch with us directly if you have any further questions.

Sapphire: A guide to Colours & Varieties

When you think of a sapphire, you think of a richly coloured blue gemstone. But, what many people don’t realise is that September’s birthstone gemstone (also used for the 45th wedding anniversary) are available in a wide selection of colours – from pink and yellow to white and that classic royal blue that we know and love. In this blog, we’ll explore the rainbow of colour options that sapphires come in, along with the types of jewellery that sapphires are well suited to and the rarity of each hue.

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What are sapphires?

Sapphires are one of the ‘Big Three’ gemstones, along with emeralds and rubies, and they’re naturally formed from a mineral known as corundum. Sapphires are popular for their rich colour and have been used for centuries by royalty and the wealthy, making them one of the most sought-after gemstones. These gems almost always have some form of inclusion or flaw, and if you have a completely unmarked, flawless sapphire, chances are it is synthetic. A key feature of sapphires is their colour saturation, as it’s banded it can leave colour striations – whereas in synthetic stones these are often evenly curved, from the grown crystal.

While sapphires can be found in blue, pink, green and other colours, the only colour you won’t find them in is red. This is because gemstones formed from red corundum are what we know as rubies. The trace elements in corundum crystals are what change the colour of a sapphire, changing how the light reflects and refracts. These trace minerals are naturally found in sapphires formed under the earth’s crust millions of years ago.

How are sapphires assessed for quality?

Each sapphire is evaluated in its own right, because there’s currently no global standard for assessing sapphires. In a similar way to diamonds, sapphires need to have good clarity, meaning a lack of flaws or cloudiness, and the colour must be rich, bright and vivid.
Sapphire colours

Besides the classic blue, you’ll find sapphires in a wide range of different colours. Some are commercially sold while others are rarer and as such tend to be collectable.

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Blue sapphires

Blue is the classic colour that most people think of when they picture a sapphire, and it’s naturally the most common. Blue sapphires can range from light blue to a more intense blue-black hue, and they’re a favourite for earrings, pendant necklaces and alternative engagement rings.

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Pink sapphires

Pink sapphires may be light pink all the way to deep fuchsia, and providing that the colour is clear and bright, all of these shades are accepted as genuine sapphire. But bear in mind that there’s a fine line when a pink sapphire crosses into red and becomes a ruby, a colour distinction that’s never been officially declared. With this in mind, if you’re buying a pink sapphire piece, it’s up to you to pick a shade you prefer. Pink sapphires are quite rare, so they can be more expensive.

Yellow sapphires

This gemstone can range from a pale lemon colour to intense tangerine. Experts tend to agree that the golden-orange-coloured sapphires are the best and more desirable, but customers often choose a lighter yellow because they can make for a more affordable alternative to yellow diamonds.

Green sapphires

From pale olive to deep bottle green, green sapphires can come in all shades, but most people who want green gemstone jewellery tend to prefer emeralds for the richer colour. Green sapphires do have an advantage over emeralds, however, as they’re harder and more durable, making them a great alternative if you want something more affordable and long-lasting.

White sapphires

Sapphires can also come in monochromatic tones too, and a colourless sapphire is referred to as a white sapphire. They’re one of the rarest colours of sapphire, and are often used as an accent stone in jewellery or as an alternative to diamonds.

Padparadscha sapphires

Padparadscha is one of the rarest hues of this particular gemstone, and as such it’s one of the most expensive – often seen on the hands of the rich and famous throughout history. They’re a peachy-orange colour and the name refers to a lotus flower. They’re often sold as collector’s items due to how rare and costly they are – in fact, one of the most famous uses of this stone was in Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring.

Star sapphires

If a sapphire isn’t blue, black or colourless, it’s referred to as a ‘fancy sapphire’ – and one of the most prominent fancy sapphires is the star sapphire. This is a unique gemstone that has a characteristic known as ‘asterism’ which is a star-light light reflection that can have a blue, black, grey, pink, white, purple or yellow body. These gems have an earthy, mysterious feel to them that suits all types of jewellery.

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What makes sapphires the perfect choice for jewellery?

Sapphires are incredibly hardy, durable gemstones that are second only to diamonds. For this reason, it’s a wonderful choice for jewellery you want to last, such as memorable pieces, engagement rings and wedding bands. The beauty of sapphires is that, because they come in such a beautiful spectrum of colours, you’re guaranteed to find one that you love. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so whether rich blues are your preference, a pale lemon sapphire or a rich olive green, you can find a sapphire that is flattering to your tastes. Green and yellow sapphires are a unique choice that stands out, or you might want something uniquely feminine and elegant such as padparadscha sapphire.

Final thoughts

Sapphires are elegant, luxurious and sure to stand out in any jewellery piece you choose. From sophisticated drop earrings and colourful pendants to rings, bracelets or unique cufflinks, sapphires make a wonderful addition to any piece of jewellery. This graceful gemstone adds colour and vibrancy to any outfit and looks great on all ages.

For beautiful, high quality gemstone jewellery, please do not hesitate to browse our selection online or visit our store. If you have any questions, you can contact us, and we’d be happy to help.

Birthstone Peridot: A Guide to Peridot

Peridot jewellery is striking and makes a statement, but it’s also more affordable than other gemstone jewellery. This particular gemstone has been used for centuries in jewellery, as it’s an eye-catching stone that boasts a bright lime-green colour. If you’re considering a peridot piece for your own jewellery collection, or to gift to someone else, read on for our guide on how to buy and what to look for.

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The history of peridot

This green gem has been used in jewellery for thousands of years, with evidence that it was used as far back as the Ancient Egyptian period where holy men would embed peridot into goblets due to the belief that the stone possessed the power of nature. It was also believed that the gemstone could protect against nightmares and evil. Peridot has a history as a healing stone and was believed to promote peace and calmness, warding off negative emotions.

Where is peridot found?

Peridot is mined in several countries, including most commonly in Arizona on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. It can also be found in China, Vietnam, Finland, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Zabargad group of islands in Egypt. It’s not an especially rare stone, but gem-quality stones that demand a higher price are relatively rare. Similarly, pure green peridot is very rare and is almost always mined in Pakistan and Myanmar. Just as with any other gemstone, it can vary in colour and clarity, and this affects the price you pay.

How to buy peridot jewellery

The first step to buying high quality peridot jewellery is to look at the cut quality. Peridot is a truly spectacular stone when it has been cut to a high standard, so look for a well-cut stone that is in a shape you like – there is no ‘best shape’ for this stone, so it’s all down to preference. It’s most commonly cut in an oval or cabochon cut, but you may also see it in round, cushion, baguette or princess cuts.

You’ll also want to look for an eye-clean stone, since this gem often has inclusions. An eye-clean stone will not have inclusions or blemishes that can be seen with the naked eye. Some common inclusions you might spot on the stones are disc-shaped impurities, often referred to as ‘lily pads’, so named because of the shape, or foreign mineral crystals which can appear black within the stone. Always make sure that you buy from a reputable business who will assess the clarity of the peridot before you buy to make sure there are no visible inclusions and that it appears to be of a high standard of stone.

Look for a gemstone with a pure yellow-green colour that’s bright and clear. Peridot works particularly well with yellow gold over white metals, as this brings out the colour of the stone and makes it shine. Depending on the type of jewellery, you may also want an item that is paired with another stone, such as pave or halo diamonds on a ring that can enhance the brilliance of the peridot and create a more eye-catching look.

How to know if a stone is real

Just as with any other gemstone, peridot can often be faked – imitation peridots are made with glass, but luckily, it’s easy enough to work out if you’re looking at a real gemstone or a fake one. To check for an authentic peridot, first check the colour – real peridot has a pure green colour with hints of either yellow or brown. If there are any other colours, it’s likely to be an imitation.

You should also check for a double refraction. Peridot has a very high double refraction, so you’ll see two of each pavilion facet when you look at it closely against the light. Look for inclusions, as a natural stone will almost always include some inclusions. If there are bubbles, it’s likely that the stone has been made from glass and is a fake. Ultimately, if it looks too perfect, it might be a fake.

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Types of peridot jewellery

As the birthstone for August, this gem is a wonderful birthday gift for people born in this month. It can be made into a wide range of jewellery, from earrings and pendants to rings. It’s often associated with purity and calmness, and it was once believed that peridot jewellery had the power to purify the heart of the wearer. Why not choose a pair of pear-shaped earrings encased in white gold that will look timeless and elegant, no matter the occasion. Or maybe you want something unique, like a colourful bracelet paired with pink tourmaline stones.

It’s also becoming an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings, as an affordable alternative to emeralds. The bright colour makes them a great choice for couple’s looking for a change to the classic diamond ring, especially for couples getting married or celebrating an anniversary in August.

How much does it cost?

Peridot is a fairly affordable gemstone, and tends to cost significantly less than rubies, sapphires or diamonds. Often, the price will reflect whether you’re buying jewellery with just peridot gems included or if it is paired with another gemstone such as diamonds, which will make the piece more expensive. You can often find beautiful peridot jewellery for below £500, or in the £1,500 range for items with diamonds included.

Generally speaking, it can be much more affordable, even for jewellery with larger stones, so purchasing statement pieces that look striking and beautiful is more accessible than it may be with other rarer gemstones. Peridot gems that are under 5 carats are usually more reasonably priced, since smaller stones are more easily mined compared to larger, rarer stones which are usually more expensive.

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At Cry for the Moon, we provide a wide range of jewellery, including peridot jewellery and stunning vintage pieces. Browse online, visit us in store or contact us if you have any further questions.

Birthstone Ruby: A Guide to Ruby

The deep, rich red of a beautiful ruby is a sight few can resist, so it’s no wonder that we’ve been creating jewellery from this particular gem for centuries. Rubies have a vibrant colour that demands attention and it’s also the birthstone for people with birthdays in July. As the “King of Precious Gems”, it’s a stone that has a keen following around the world for its breath-taking beauty and elegance.

Rubies have a specific crystal structure that means that oval and cushion cuts, in particular, show it off to its full potential. But they can also be cut beautifully in other shapes, such as round, antique square, emerald, marquise, heart and pear-shaped rubies. It’s a gem that works in a variety of ways for stunning ruby jewellery.

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Where are rubies found?

Rubies were originally found in Myanmar, and it’s one of the main sources for rubies to this day. But they are also mined elsewhere around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Mozambique. Rubies from Myanmar, previously known as Burma, are considered to be the highest standard of rubies, in part because this area is historically the main producer of rubies. Mozambique rubies have a different appearance and tend to be darker and clearer. Other sources can produce gems that have overlapping colour and quality, and more inclusions, though there are region-specific characteristics among them.

A symbol for love, courage and devotion

The striking ruby is the perfect gemstone for a gift for your partner, as it’s long been a symbol of love, courage and devotion, as well as power and passion. Wealthy people throughout the ages have used rubies for their rarity and prestige, and admired for their beauty. Ancient warriors would set rubies beneath their skin with the belief that it would impart invincibility and courage, while others believed it to bestow safety and integrity, and even cure illnesses. Today, we use rubies as a way of symbolising love and romance, and it’s commonly used as an alternative for engagement rings for this reason.

The perfect hue

The first rubies were mined around 3000BCE in an ancient region around Mogok, where the finest rubies had a deep, vibrant red colour with purple hues that were referred to as ‘pigeon’s blood’. These purple elements to the ruby are very important – set in gold because of its intense yellow colour, the surrounding metal cancelled out the purple hue in the ruby to produce a purely red gemstone.

Today, it’s this particular shade of red that is the most desirable and valuable. In fact, it’s so in demand that large transparent rubies command even higher prices per carat than the same weight of diamonds. Since large rubies are so rare, gem cutters aim to preserve as much of the weight as possible, which results in a broad array of innovative and artistic techniques to remove as little weight from the stone through strategic cutting that will still maximise the colour and sparkle.

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The rarest ruby

The Pigeon Blood Sunrise Ruby is named after a poem by Rumi – a 13th century Sufi poet – and is an incredibly rare 25.596-carat gem which is of the highest possible purity. It set a record in 2015 for a coloured gemstone when it was sold to an anonymous buyer for $30m USD. This figure was three times the previous record for a ruby and remains the most expensive one sold to date.

The value of colour

In a similar way to sapphires, rubies are found in a wide range of red shades, from light rose pink all the way to deep reds that are almost burgundy. This is because of trace elements of chromium which change how rich the red tone is – the more chromium, the deeper the shade. In Asia, the lighter reds are still considered rubies, whereas in North America and Europe, they’re referred to as Pink Sapphires.

The reason for this change in label is that medium-red rubies are still the preferred colour and the most valuable, which resulted in lighter coloured rubies being less valuable. However, they’re still a very beautiful stone and by changing the name, jewellers are able to sell them on their own merit without them being compared to rubies.

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When to buy ruby jewellery

As the birthstone for July, it’s a wonderful gemstone for a gift during this month but it can also be bought for other special occasions. For example, it’s the gemstone associated with 40th wedding anniversaries, serving as a symbol for strength and happiness.

It makes for a memorable present for someone’s birthday during the month of July, whether you buy a unique christening gift to commemorate the birth of a July baby or as a special gift for a milestone birthday, such as a loved one’s 18th or 30th.

Rubies make for an elegant choice for a less traditional engagement ring or wedding band too. The bright colour is a lovely reminder of love and romance, and the durability of this gem makes it a great representation of commitment and devotion. Rubies pair beautifully with diamonds, and can be set in gold for a traditional look, or white gold or platinum for something more contemporary.

A sophisticated choice

Of all the coloured gemstones, rubies are certainly one of the most desirable and the most expensive when it comes to price-per-carat. The elegance and vibrancy they bring to any outfit makes them a wonderful choice for jewellery, whether you choose a traditional ruby ring, a pendant or earrings. It’s no wonder that rubies have been used in jewellery for so many years, and why their symbolism is something that remains to this day.

At Cry for the Moon, we stock the highest quality ruby jewellery, including engagement rings, wedding jewellery and vintage pieces. Browse online or stop by our store, or get in touch with us for more information.

Birthstone Pearl: A Guide to Pearls

As the start of the summer season, June is a special month in itself. But for those celebrating a birthday, it’s even more highly anticipated. There are many ways you can celebrate your birthday, but a common option is to wear jewellery featuring your birthstone. For those with birthdays in June, this is the beautiful pearl.

What are pearls?

Pearls are smooth, hard layers of nacre which have an elegant, lustrous appearance and are commonly used for jewellery. They’re made by a mollusc when an irritant, such as sand or a piece of food comes into contact with it within the oyster shell. The mollusc secretes nacre to protect itself and as these layers build up, a pearl is formed.

While we think of pearls as being round, they can actually form in a variety of shapes, from oval and pear to semi-round or drops. Pearls are also most commonly white and black, but some can have other colours within them such as green, lilac or pink. Pearls are a symbol of elegance and sophistication, and they’ve long been used to create stunning jewellery such as bracelets, pendants and earrings.

Pearls as a birthstone

Pearls are a time-honoured and classic birthstone, with a feminine and romantic feel that adds elegance to any outfit. In its mythological past, pearls were believed to be made from the tears of mermaids or even parts of the moon that had fallen into the sea. Pearls have always been associated with luxury and tradition, and they’ve retained their classic feel even in today’s modern world. A string of iridescent white pearls or a delicate pair of pearl earrings instantly elevates an outfit to make it look more refined.

Types of pearls

Pearls come in two varieties – natural and cultured. Both are stunning options for fine jewellery and it’s the way that they are produced that separates them. A natural pearl can be formed in saltwater or freshwater, and the mollusc that forms it comes from an organism in the water. This type of pearl is incredibly rare, as most natural pearls have already been harvested which makes them very expensive and hard to find. For this reason, most people buying pearl jewellery will be buying cultured pearls, unless they’re buying vintage jewellery.

To create cultured pearls, the irritant (usually a tiny bead) is inserted into the oyster shell manually by a pearl farmer. These, too, can be created in saltwater or freshwater – most freshwater pearls are created in China while saltwater pearls are produced in Asia and Australia. Generally, saltwater pearls are considered more valuable than freshwater pearls.

Varieties of cultured pearls

There are three types of saltwater pearls – Tahitian pearls, Akoya pearls and South Sea pearls.

Tahitian pearls aren’t actually exclusively cultivated in Tahiti but can be farmed in several French Polynesian islands and come from the Pinctada margaritifera oyster. They’re usually black or deep grey in colour and often have a secondary hue as well, such as blue or purple. Tahitian pearls can range from 8 to 18mm in size and are usually round although they can also be found in baroque or circle styles.

Akoya pearls are cultured in the Pinctada Fucata oyster and are primarily harvested off the coast of Japan. These pearls have a beautiful lustre and are smaller than South Seas or Tahitian pearls. Akoya pearls tend to range from 3 to 9mm in size, but they’re prized for their perfectly round shape and incredible colour, making them ideally suited to jewellery.

Lastly, South Seas pearls come from the Pinctada maxima oyster and are produced in the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Myanmar. They have a round shape and are larger than the average pearl, measuring from 10 to even 20mm in size. They are a high quality pearl that has a white or golden hue, and a higher level of lustre. Because of their incredible quality and larger size, they are the more expensive option when it comes to cultured pearls.

Choosing pearl jewellery

When it comes to buying pearl jewellery, whether you’re buying a birthstone gift for a loved one to wear each year or it’s an item you’re buying for yourself, there are several options. A bracelet serves as a subtle nod to your birthstone and birth month, while earrings are ideal for everyday wear and will match to all types of outfits. If you want something more classic, why not choose a necklace that shows off the pearls in all their splendour and makes for a wonderful focal point to an outfit.

There are several factors to consider when buying pearl jewellery. Firstly, gauge the level of lustre or reflection the pearl has – the shinier the surface of the pearl, the more appealing it is but also this can mean it’s more expensive too. Secondly, look at the surface quality of the item.
Are there imperfections or blemishes to the surface? The clearer the complexion of the pearl, the more valuable and therefore more expensive it is. Shape and size also need to be taken into account. Pearls that are perfectly round are usually worth more than pearls with an oval or off-round shape. But a different shape may be something you’re looking for, such as in the case of baroque pearls.

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Final thoughts

The style of pearl you choose is up to you, based on the look you’re going for, the budget you have to work with and the type of jewellery you want to buy. You may want a smaller pearl in an oval shape, for example, for a subtler look, or you might want to splash out on a larger pearl pendant for something eye-catching and timeless. Whatever you choose, pearls are a beautiful way to celebrate your birth month and make for a wonderful, memorable birthday gift for someone special.

At Cry for the Moon, we offer a broad selection of beautiful pearl jewellery, from vintage pieces to bridal jewellery. Contact us today or browse our jewellery online.

Birthstone Emerald: A Guide to Emeralds

Emerald, the striking green gemstone that is not only the birthstone for May – but also the marker of a couple’s 55th wedding anniversary. A stunning addition to one’s jewellery collection, the intensely glamorous stone has a rich history dating back as far as the Egyptians, and remains a hugely popular choice to this day.

Emerald Origin

It’s believed that the oldest emeralds are circa 2.9 billion years old, with the earliest references to the stone originating from Egyptian times, where they were believed to be a symbol of eternal life. Cleopatra was a particular fan of emeralds and regularly wore jewellery including this stone.

During the Victorian era, emeralds received a royal endorsement when Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with an 18-carat gold serpent engagement ring, which had rubies for eyes, diamonds for the mouth and a large emerald at the centre of the head. Snakes were a common motif during this time in jewellery and symbolised eternal love, much like emeralds, which are believed to represent a bridge between two people when given in love. Before this, engagement rings were a rarity, but they became a fashionable display of wealth for women.

Emeralds were also very popular during the art deco era, with socialites and famous entertainers wearing a variety of extravagant pieces which included emeralds, from rings and necklaces to decorative brooches. Emeralds increased in popularity even more when in 1942, Queen Elizabeth was given the striking Greville Kokoshnik tiara which was made from rose-cut diamonds and featured a large centrepiece emerald, with 12 more emeralds around the sides.

Where are emeralds found?

Emeralds are primarily mined in Columbia, although they can be found elsewhere in the world. Columbia produces around 95% of the world’s supply of emeralds, followed by Brazil, the USA, Pakistan and Zambia. In fact, it’s only in Columbia that one of the rarest types of emeralds can be found – the trapiche. These stones have darker impurities which create a hexagonal core to the gem, with lines that emanate from the centre to the outer edges, creating a wheel-like illusion.

Healing properties of emeralds

For millennia, emeralds have possessed strong symbolic power for the wearer and are thought to represent the prospect of renewal and hope. Emerald jewellery is believed to alleviate feelings of overwhelm, opening up the mind and releasing negative energy. It’s a stone that is said to leave you feeling calm and collected, as well as bringing about good fortune. The elite have long worn emeralds to achieve greater wisdom, but also to protect themselves from disease.

Emerald Qualities

Emeralds usually contain inclusions which are visible to the unaided eye, and as a result, “eye clean” emeralds are incredibly precious because they’re far rarer. The Sandawana mine in Zimbabwe is known for its vividly green stones which, while small, are intensely bright and clear. The stones from this mine average between 0.05 to 0.25 carats, and rarely weigh over 1.50 carats. 1 to 5-carat stones are usually used as centre stones and highly expensive, prestigious pieces can include emeralds of over 20 carats. In fact, since large emeralds are so rare, the price of a 10-carat gem can be as much as 50 times that of a one-carat stone.

Emeralds are relatively hard stones but because they’re prone to inclusions, they can be vulnerable to damage, so they require a lot of care. The ‘Emerald Cut’ is a particular shape used for emeralds, with rectangular step cuts with the corners cut off, as it protects the stones. Jewellery including emeralds is often surrounded by diamonds to protect the edges from damage and chipping.

The colour of an emerald gem is the most important aspect when choosing your jewellery, and it impacts the value of the stone considerably. Unlike diamonds, which have a recognised colour grading system, there’s no such grade for emeralds but instead, many sellers will categorise an emerald’s colour intensity from Deep to Light. Vivid stones are the most sought-after as they provide the perfect balance of tone and saturation. Emeralds can be classed as pure, bluish or yellowish-green. A stone with an intense green colour will be more valuable than one with strong yellow or blue overtones.

Gift inspiration

Emeralds make for beautiful pieces of jewellery that you can truly treasure, and if you’re looking for a unique alternative to the classic diamond, emeralds are a wonderful choice.

Emerald gemstones come in a wide range of shapes, from the rectangular Emerald Cut to Oval or Round. As an engagement ring, emeralds are a stunning option proving the perfect alternative for the bride-to-be who wants something striking, elegant and different from diamond.

As the birthstone for May, emerald necklaces and bracelets also make great birthday gifts for someone special. Or, perhaps a pair of sophisticated earrings are the perfect way to mark a special occasion? With the rich green hue and a variety of shapes to choose from, earrings are a wonderful way to enable the emeralds to catch the light and shine.

Final thoughts

Emeralds have such a rich history and are one of the most striking gems you can buy, making them a wonderful addition to a fine jewellery collection. Symbolising hope and renewal whilst evoking wealth and status, the emerald has long held its place as a prized possession among royalty and the elite.

From rings and wedding jewellery to necklaces, bracelets and statement earrings, we keep a wide range of emerald jewellery in our Guildford shop. Whether you’re looking for a unique engagement ring, a special birthday or anniversary gift or simply a beautiful item to mark a special occasion, please feel free to get in touch with us or come into the shop. Our friendly team would be glad to help you choose the perfect emerald for your collection.

Diamond: Cut, Clarity, Carat & Colour

When choosing a diamond, which of the four C’s should you focus on? With so many diamonds to choose from, finding the right one can be a daunting task. Cut, Clarity, Carat & Colour are all incredibly important to choosing a diamond, so you should have an in-depth understanding of the role they play in this special stone before committing to your new best friend.

Cut

The Cut of a diamond is arguably the most important factor since it’s the most visible feature to the naked eye. Cut refers to the range of proportion sets the stone has, which provide the best return of light and sparkle.

Brilliant, step or antique?

A brilliant cut diamond has many facets which impart an exceptionally beautiful appearance, while step cut has square or rectangular features, so the facets are larger and parallel to one another. Brilliant cut diamonds include round, which are commonly used for solitaire diamond rings, as well as princess, cushion, oval and marquise-shaped diamonds, while step cuts include emerald and Asscher.

Antique cut diamonds refer to the techniques which precede modern-day processes, when diamond cutters would hand-cut diamonds into the desired shape and dimensions. Vintage diamonds are therefore less brilliant but emit a more romantic glow compared to a modern cut diamond, evoking the charm of the era in which they were created. This means that a vintage diamond will be held to a different standard to a modern cut.

The importance of Cut

The higher the quality of Cut, the more a diamond will sparkle and reflect light. Regardless of other factors, such as clarity and colour, if a diamond has been cut poorly it could appear dull. But a well-cut diamond, even one of slightly lower clarity, will still sparkle and scatter beautiful light patterns.

An ideal Cut diamond will interact with light in exceptional ways to create incredible visual effects, including fire, which is the scattering of white light into a rainbow of colours, and scintillation – the pattern of light and dark caused by reflections in the diamond. When choosing a diamond engagement ring, the right Cut can make all the difference to the jewellery’s appearance.

Cut grades

The Cut grades for diamonds range from Poor, Fair and Good to Very Good, Excellent and Ideal, and it’s recommended that when choosing diamond jewellery, you opt for either Very Good or higher for the best appearance and superior brilliance. Diamond Cut incorporates several factors, including symmetrical facets, angles, proportions and finishing details, which contribute to its overall aesthetic quality.

Clarity

The Clarity of a diamond is a metric which grades the visual appearance of the stone. A diamond with fewer inclusions and blemishes will have a higher clarity grade, and this naturally increases the price. However, it should be noted that not all of the imperfections which influence a diamond’s Clarity grade are visible to an unaided eye, and inclusions aren’t always significant enough to impact how a diamond looks to the casual observer.

Clarity grades

The larger the diamond is, the easier those imperfections will be to spot, which is where Clarity becomes more important. Grading for Clarity ranges from Flawless to I3, and the grade a stone is assigned will determine whether the inclusions can be seen easily or with some effort, or whether magnification is required to see them.

We recommend choosing a VS2 or SI1 grade for a brilliant cut diamond, or VVS2 to VS1 for a step cut diamond. Brilliant cut diamonds tend to hide inclusions more effectively, so if you’re opting for a step cut diamond, you may want to move up one clarity grade.

Carat

Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, rather than its size. When combined with the Cut, it can determine how large the diamond appears because of how much it will sparkle – a higher cut yet lower carat diamond will appear larger because the sparkle and light reflection will be so much more prominent.

While there may be imperceptible differences between some carat sizes, the price differences can be significant, so this should be factored in when choosing a diamond. Carat should be the last consideration when you’ve chosen the Cut and Clarity, as these two elements can alter how a particular carat appears.

Colour

Last, but by no means least, one of the most important and most visible to the naked eye is the colour of the diamond. Coloured diamonds are a separate category, but for white (or colourless) the jewellery industry adopted an alphabetical scale that ranges from D-Z – with D at the top. The further down the alphabet the grading, the further away from white or colourless the diamond becomes, as it develops a yellow or brown tint.

Colourless

  • D
  • E
  • F

Near Colourless

  • G
  • H
  • I

Slightly Tinted

  • J
  • K
  • L

Whilst comparisons between diamonds far apart in the scale could be more obvious the the naked eye, it is not quite so easy when they are more closely separated. For instance, to determine the difference between D & G is very difficult. With that in mind, and the fact that D are so rare, it’s worth bearing in mind that a G diamond could save you up to 40% compared to a D.

Unless compared side by side, the majority of the scale will appear white under most lights. H grade diamonds are considered to be in between colourless and near colourless, and can again be a good value option when weighed up with the other considerations, as any slight tint would only be visible side by side a higher grade.

The impact of the wearer and setting

Another consideration to make when looking at carat size is the finger size of the wearer. For someone with a smaller finger size, a smaller carat diamond can still appear relatively large. Setting also affects which carat to choose, since larger carat diamonds, such as 2 carat or above, may require a particular style. For diamonds graded J,K or L, it would be advisable to have them set in rose or yellow gold to better disguise any slight colouration.

Choosing the perfect diamond

Do your research when choosing a diamond, based on your available budget, the shape and colour you or the wearer prefer, and the setting of the jewellery. Lighting is also a valuable tool in helping you decide which diamond you would like. Since a diamond has a highly reflective surface, light can impact how it appears, so it’s recommended that you view the diamond in three types of light – diffused, spot lighting and a combination of the two.

Diffused lighting, common in commercial settings, shows the pattern of light and scintillation of the diamond more clearly as there are fewer flashes of colour. Under spot lighting, LED lights or even direct sunlight, you’ll see much more fire, so this is an effective way of seeing how the diamond performs under bright lights. Finally, a combination will deliver the most pleasing visual outcome as you’ll see the pattern of the diamond more clearly along with the sparkle and fire of the stone.

Cut should be the priority when choosing a diamond, followed by the clarity & colour – and finally the carat, since the latter is impacted by the former. Together, these three elements will produce a beautiful diamond that delivers incredible appeal.

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Aquamarine Jewellery and its Rise in Popularity

With its beautiful blue colour and dazzling shine, it’s little wonder that Aquamarine has long been a popular choice for gemstone jewellery. Surrounded by myth and legend, with a long and winding history encompassing healing powers and romance, aquamarine is a timeless addition to any collection. And, as the birthstone for March, it’s not only Aquarians and Pisceans who are attracted to this stone…

Aquamarine Origin

A naturally occurring gemstone, aquamarine’s main mining locations are South America, Africa and some parts of Asia. It is most common in Brazil, but can also be found in Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zambia.

Belonging to the Beryl family of gemstones, it is closely related to emeralds and morganite, though remains distinct for its clear blue colour.

History of Aquamarine

Taking its name from the latin ‘aqua’, meaning water, and ‘marina’, meaning of the sea, it’s easy to understand where its reputation as the gem of the sea originates.

Ancient Aquamarine

Dating back as far back as the Ancient Romans and Greeks, Aquamarine has held its place throughout the centuries as a much admired stone. Unofficially dating back even further still, it’s also been aligned with the ancient Gods – with stories claiming that the God of the sea himself, Poseidon, is made from it!

It is said that the Romans looked to aquamarine to help foretell the future, and turn enemies into friends. Later, in the Middle Ages, aquamarine was rumoured to protect from poisonings, which was a common concern of the time.

Gigantic gemstones

The largest aquamarine ever weighed in at a staggering 110kg, or 243lbs, and was found in Brazil in 1910. When this was cut down to smaller, faceted (or many sided) stones, they collectively weighed over 100,000 carats – that’s a lot of rings!

In the 1980s, the world’s biggest faceted aquamarine was found. Known as ‘Dom Pedro’, it is over 10,000 carats (10,363 to be precise) and is held at the Smithsonian National History Museum in Washington D.C..

Aquamarine in jewellery

Records date that aquamarine has been used in jewellery since around 500 BC. Its affiliation with the sea, aside from the aforementioned reputation and name, also comes from the fact it was worn by sailors, travellers and Naval officers as a talisman for safe seafaring, to protect against being shipwrecked and to ward off sea sickness.

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Aquamarine and Royals

Alongside its beauty, aquamarine’s protective qualities mean it’s a stone that’s been favoured by rulers and Royals for centuries. Many of those in positions of power have purchased aquamarine jewellery over the years.

It’s included in the Czech crown jewels, and even Queen Elizabeth II has an aquamarine parure, or set of matching jewellery. Given to her by the Brazilian government, as a stone so associated with the country, as a coronation present in 1953. So fond of the colour and clarity, HRH later had more aquamarine pieces added, including a tiara.

The Lover’s Stone

Aquamarine is often considered to be a lover’s stone. In Buddhism and Christianity, aquamarine is believed to promote a happy marriage. And, those of you who have been married for 20 years or more will recognise that it is the official listing of the 19th wedding anniversary.

Keeping tradition alive, Prince Harry gave his new bride Meghan Markle his mother’s emerald cut aquamarine gold ring on the day of their wedding.

Aquamarine is a perfect ‘something blue’ for your Big Day, and we are seeing more couples are opting for it as a unique engagement ring, and an alternative to clear diamonds.

Healing Qualities of Aquamarine

Throughout history, aquamarine has been favoured for its healing properties. In modern crystal healing practices, this stone is still widely used.

Due to its clarity, aquamarine has been used to clarify perceptions, sharpen the intellect and clear any confusion. Its relationship with the sea means it has long been associated with relaxation and soothing fears.

Aquamarine is linked to the throat Chakra, so it can help to encourage communication and is believed to help to soothe sore throats.

Aquamarine & Diamond Tennis Bracelet Aquamarine & Diamond Three Stone Ring Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Stud Earrings Briolette Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant
Aquamarine & Diamond Tennis Bracelet Aquamarine & Diamond Three Stone Ring Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Stud Earrings Briolette Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant
 £2,895  £3,300  £1,050  £9,850


Why choose Aquamarine for your jewellery?

Is aquamarine right for you? Well, as a stone steeped in history and healing properties, it’s also a pretty good investment too. Based on a 2019 study, it is estimated that some £15bn worth of aquamarines are sold commercially each year, with a 75% female share of the market female, though there has been a recent rise in male wearers.

Although not classed as precious officially (only Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires are technically classified as precious), it is a semi-precious stone. Unlike its precious cousin, the Emerald, this means that aquamarine can be a more affordable option that doesn’t compromise on style or size.

As with any gemstone, it is important to consider the four Cs – colour, clarity, cut and carat – when choosing your aquamarine jewellery. For cut and carat, look for the shiniest and the biggest you can afford. With colours ranging from deep blue to greenish-blue, the deeper the blue, the better the quality of the stone.

Cry for the Moon Aquamarine Jewellery

With such a vast history and striking colour, we’re big fans of aquamarine jewellery at Cry for the Moon. From engagement rings, and wedding jewellery to cocktail rings and statement earrings.

If you’re looking for a March birthday gift, ‘something blue’ for a bride-to-be or just a new piece for your own collection, please feel free to get in touch or visit us in our Guildford shop.

Diamond Shapes

We are often asked “what is the best or most popular shape of diamond?”

Through longevity, this has to be a modern round brilliant cut. Ever since Marcel Tolkowsky originally developed the modern round brilliant diamond, it has been modified and perfected over time. However, the diamond industry still uses Tolkowsky’s model as a guide of for the “ideal cut”.

Diamond Cuts

Round Brilliant Cut

By far and away the most popular cut, accounting for more than half of all diamonds sold.A timeless classic, with sparkling brilliance showcasing the life and beauty of the world’s favourite gemstone.

Other cuts include:

  • Princess
  • Asscher
  • Pear
  • Radiant
  • Marquise
  • Old Cut
  • Emerald
  • Heart
  • Oval
  • Baguette
  • Cushion
  • Trillion

Of these cuts, Ovals & Pears are currently the in vogue and on trend. However, Princess, Asscher, Radiant and Cushion are also up there amongst the most popular choices. The square cut diamonds use more of the rough diamond, whilst a round cut can waste around 50% of the original material. In contrast, a square uses around 80% and also will weigh more than a round cut that has the same dimensions.

Oval Cut

Oval cut diamonds have the same makeup as round brilliant cut diamond with the same number of facets, and from side view appear almost the same. One big difference, referred to as ‘the bow tie effect’, where the cutting of the oval shaped is too shallow. This can display a small dark area in the center, which looks like a bow tie. Better cut ovals will not show this feature.

Pear Cut

Pear cut diamonds have become extremely desirable, and with a fine halo surround they particularly lend themselves to drops on earrings and pendants. These have been one of the most popular and highest selling products for at Cry for the Moon over the past few years. Originally developed some 700 years ago by Diamond cutter Lodewyk van Berquem, this unique cut of stone often causes much debate on which way it should be worn on the finger.

Heart Cut

Heart cut diamonds. A timeless symbol of love, a heart shaped diamond is a unique, special alternative to the more common diamond cuts. Heart shaped diamonds make up only a tiny fraction of the total number of diamonds sold every year, making a heart shaped diamond a unique, rare and special choice.

Marquise Cut

Marquise cut diamond is an elegant, elongated cut, and has the appearance of a larger stone when compared to other cuts. The wearer’s finger can appear longer and more slender with this cut, which is based largely upon the cut and facets of a round brilliant cut diamond.

Emerald Cut

The emerald cut was typically used to cut emerald stones, but is now a very popular cut for diamonds too. Consisting of 57 facets and boasting an elongated rectangular shape, the cut-off corners is said to display a calm beauty, instead of the brilliance and sparkle of round and cushion diamonds. You’ll see flashes of light in the emerald cut due to its linear, straight facets. A ‘Hall of Mirrors’ due to the flat open window. Only very clear and white diamonds are used for emerald cuts.

Other cuts and diamond shapes not listed include: baguette, tapering baguette, kite, bullets, trillions lozenge, bullets, eight cut, trapezoid and half-moons. These cuts are often used as side stones to accent a central larger diamond and not often seen alone. Each of these are generally purchased as pairs of stones, and the cost of cutting them is higher than many larger stones.

Old European Cut

Old European cut diamonds and transitional cut diamonds can still be cut today, but most are found in jewellery dating back from 1940s or earlier. The old European cut was starting to be uniformed, with new technology and modern polishing developed from the early 1930s. These cuts can appear like modern rounds, but with perhaps less finesse than one cut with today’s methods. We personally love this cut as each diamond has a unique characteristic and an individual feel.

A selection of our diamond cut engagement rings

Round Brilliant Cut

Round Brilliant

From just £685

Princess Cut

Princess

From just £1,875

Cushion Cut

Cushion

From just £1,950

Cushion Cut

Oval

From just £1,150

Cushion Cut

Pear

From just £1,265

Cushion Cut

Heart

From just £1,265

Cushion Cut

Marquise

From just £2,250

Cushion Cut

Emerald

From just £1,265

View all of our diamond range

If you’d like to see more of our collection than we currently have on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us today or come and see us in the shop. Our friendly team would love to help, and show the other pieces in our stunning diamond jewellery collection.

Amethyst The Purple Gemstone

A gemstone steeped in history.

Amethyst: the birthstone for February and the 33rd wedding anniversary. An intoxicatingly rich, purple gemstone that has long been a favourite of Royals & the Church.

The name Amethyst comes from the Greek – méthystos (“intoxicated”), and have long been the subject of legend and myth, including perhaps the most famous – concerning mental health.

In Greek mythology, a titan named Rhea gave the god of wine, Dionysus, an amethyst to help preserve his sanity. In fact, this myth led the ancient Romans to believe that amethysts could keep them from getting drunk.

A variety of quartz

Amethyst was as expensive as Emerald or Ruby until the 19th Century when large deposits of it were discovered in Brazil and is now found in numerous countries, most notably Siberia, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Of all examples of amethyst the Deep Siberian is the most coveted and as such valuable. What sets the Deep Siberian variant apart is its rich purple hue, coupled with secondary blue and red hues.

The gemstone is a purple variety of quartz that is found in many locations around the world and forms as terminated crystals of all sizes inside geodes, clusters and as long single terminations.

Famous artefacts

The Delhi ‘Sapphire’ – is actually an Amethyst. It was incorrectly identified in the nineteenth century. It is said to be cursed since it was looted from a temple in Kanpur, India, during the bloody Indian Mutiny of 1857. It is now in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London.

amethyst crystal

The Tiffany Amethyst Necklace. A 56 carat square cushion cut Amethyst delicately surrounded by vines, leaves and grapes, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1915. Procured by George F. Kunz, chief gemologist at Tiffany’s at the time. It is a much larger and of higher gem quality than any others in the National Gem Collection from this Russian locality. It was then generously donated to the Smithsonian in 2007.

View our collection

The famous gemstone has been used in jewellery for centuries, and being a durable gemstone it can be used to form all types of jewellery. Ranging in colour from a subtle pale pastel to a gorgeous, rich velvety deep purple they can be easily set in all types of metal.

View more earrings, rings and pendants in our Amethyst collection. including:

Victorian Amethyst & Seed Pearl Necklace

Victorian 15ct gold amethyst and seed pearl necklace. Four Amethyst 2 smaller squares, 1 pear shape and larger rectangular measuring 12mm x 7mm with 24 seed pearls surround.

Price: £1,950

Amethust 18ct ring

3.18ct Amethyst & Diamond Ring

Or alternatively this modern rectangular cushion shape, with chequerboard facets, 4 claw set in 18ct white gold, with 10 small round brilliant cut diamonds set on stepped shoulders 0.19ct total weight.

Price: £1,325

Contact us today

If you’d like to see more of our collection than we currently have on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us today or come and see us in the shop. Our friendly team would love to help, and show the other pieces in our stunning gemstone jewellery collection.

Why aren’t all diamonds certified?

When choosing a diamond, should you ever buy without a certificate?

Well, we could argue both yes and no.

Are all certified diamonds better quality than those not certified? No. Many lower-quality diamonds can be independently sold with a certificate, whilst others (for many reasons) will not. These aren’t necessarily inferior to those that are certified, just that they don’t have a laboratory’s printed out statement of their opinion.

We at Cry for the Moon have both, and we happily buy new and pre-owned certified and non certified diamonds.

It’s a much discussed subject, and as such, there are many different opinions surrounding it. The majority consensus is that you should purchase diamonds with a certificate, and that it should be GIA or HRD. It’s also often stated that certain laboratories should be avoided as they aren’t terribly accurate at best, and misleading at worst. Many jewellers provide and/or produce their own in-house variations, including none other than Tiffany’s… so it must be correct, right?

What is the standard?

Well, there is in fact no internationally recognised standard – and more importantly – no one body that regulates the independent labs for verification of grading quality. We aren’t suggesting that the laboratories are wrong, but a study published in July 2013 (page 74-75), by the NAG (National Association of Goldsmiths) and Gem-A (Gemology Association of Great Britain) (page 74-75) found great variations in the grading. Seven previously graded GIA diamonds were sent to six independent UK labs for certification, and the results were quite alarming. In many cases, both the colour and clarity results varied by a number of grades – which would likely alter the price by 20-25% at retail.

Perhaps GIA had graded some of the diamonds to a better standard now than they had 20 years ago, suggesting a softening in the required standard, or perhaps it is that the grading is slightly subjective, with the human factor not allowing 100% accuracy. Let’s face it, diamonds tend to speak for themselves – you don’t walk around with a piece of paper around your neck or in your handbag to show off the colour… and as soon as it’s worn it becomes dirty, affecting the colour and clarity anyway.

Where do we buy our diamonds from?

We have, for many years, purchased diamonds direct from our supplier in Antwerp who have their own source of approved, traceable diamonds that have up-held the Kimberly process. Kathy, Stephen & Harry (who choose and buy all our loose diamonds) have over 100 years of experience between purchasing and grading stock. We are extremely confident in our process of assessing and grading both new and loose diamonds, and happily supply our own valuation stating an honest opinion of the diamond’s grading.

Another point to bear in mind is that diamonds are graded against other diamonds, so the cut and proportions will affect the stone as much as other factors, which is why it’s very important to physically see the diamond for yourself and make your own decision.Be it certified or not, we have a fabulous range in stock at all times – in many different styles and designs across rings, pendants and earrings.

If you would like to see for yourself, please pop into our shop and ask one of our sales team to show you our stunning collection. Any one of the team would be happy to share knowledge on anything you might like to know – to help you make up your own mind. Buying a diamond should always be an exciting, romantic and pleasurable experience. Contact us today to book your appointment, or simply come in to the shop.

Pearls: Nature’s Natural Gems

Almost all gemstones are crystal structures formed under huge pressure, but a select few are created by Mother Nature herself. These organic gemstones are coral, amber, jet, bone or mother of pearl – but the most popular and versatile would be pearls.

Throughout history pearls have been coveted by royalty and the rich and famous. Demonstrated by none other than ‘The Imperial State Crown’ (perhaps the most important item within the Crown Jewels) containing a stunning 269 pearls.

Dating further back, Cleopatra is said to have swallowed a pearl earring to win a bet with Marc Antony in order to host the most expensive dinner in history. According to historians she dropped one of her expensive pearl earrings (said to be worth ten million sesterces) into a cup of wine vinegar and crushed it until ‘melted’ – and then drank it. Not only winning the bet, but also Marc Antony’s heart in the process.

Fortunately, Marc Antony declined to swallow the second earring!

Pearls are formed in a mollusc of either oyster or freshwater mussels

The most popular cultured pearls, or Akoya as they are often referred to, are grown in farms. This process places a tiny bead of mother of pearl into a mollusc for between 10-15 months to protect the nacre from irritant, creating a fabulous gem of irradiance pearl.

These are then sorted for colour and shape, and polished to improve the lustre of the pearl. As a natural product, not all pearls grow perfectly round. The misshapen and irregular pearls are known as ‘baroque’ or ‘blister pearls’ but can have their own special beauty and character. The largest pearl ever found ‘The Pearl Of Allah’ weighs over 14lbs and was found in the Philippines in 1934.

The birthstone of June and the gem of 30th wedding anniversaries

Pearl Jewellery changes with fashion, but will always be a classic ‘must have’ to every jewellery collection. Necklace, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Rings, Brooches & Tiaras.

Pearl Jewellery

Pearls

From just £115

Necklaces

At Cry for the Moon we have a large range of classic modern pearls, alongside traditional two and three row previously owned items. Large Southsea pearls of 12-16mm, Tahitian (Grey), Akoya and freshwater, set with diamonds or plain. Long lariats, short chokers feature design pendants and so much more starting from £510.

Earrings

Pearl earrings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from a simple stud to a large southsea diamond set drops, ranging from £115-£7000+. With 70 different designs, we have a design for all tastes.

Pendants

Pendants are an ideal bridesmaid gift and set off any bridal dress, a simple sign of purity to bold strong contemporary features.

Bracelets

Bracelets that match necklace or Victorian seed pearl bangles are an ideal accompaniment for your special occasion.

Now, we’ve touched on several of the organic pearls, such as Southsea, Tahitian, freshwater and seed pearls. South Sea pearls are grown in the warm waters of South China and Japan, forming the great layers of nacre created by the oysters nucleated with a small bead. These are usually farmed for between 2-4 years allowing for longer growth – up to 20mm on some rare occasions.

Tahitian

Tahitian are natural grey or dark grey pearls grown in black lipped oyster’s. Many pearls that are dyed black or grey are called Tahitian, but mistakenly so.

Freshwater

Freshwater pearls have seen a huge boom over recent decades as they grow quicker, proving a more cost effective solution to their Akoya equivalent size. However, the lustre and irradiance may fade quicker with freshwater, and they do not appear as bright.

Seed

Seed pearls were extremely popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era, either small whole or half pearls of perhaps 1-3mm .

So, what is a natural pearl and how can you tell?

Honestly, looking at them with the naked eye it is impossible to tell. Perhaps the age and colouring could give you some indication, but unless you can spot a bead nucleus by looking down a drill hole, the only way to verify is by Xray.

  • If there is no bead, it is natural
  • If there is a visible bead, it is a Cultured Akoya

Are Mikimoto better than cultured pearls?

No, they are the same. Mikimoto is simply a brand that sells different qualities of pearls like many good jewellers… such as ourselves!

Please view our range here for your perfect pearl accessory.

Aquamarine March’s Birthstone

If you’re lucky enough to have been born in March, you’re lucky to have a birthstone as lovely as aquamarine. This beautifully clear, pale-blue to sky-blue stone has a magical appearance of a summer sky, or a clear blue sea. This, perhaps, is why it was a favourite with sailors, believing it would bring them calm seas and oceans.

Aquamarine is part of the beryl family, closely related to both the emerald (which is green), and morganite (a pink / rose gold coloured gem).The colour variations are from the small amounts of chromium in emeralds, manganese in morganite and small traces of iron in aquamarines.

The most sought after aquamarines are often referred to as Santa Maria, in reference to a specific mine in Brazil that produced rich green / blue coloured stone, which is now almost exhausted. Brazil remains the world’s leading source of gem-quality stones, and the stones are still referred to as Santa Maria, even if they are not from this mine.

Found in both pegmatites (within rock) and alluvial deposits, outside of Brazil the leading sources of aquamarines, are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Similar to Emerald

Unlike emeralds, this gemstone is very often extremely clear and free from inclusion. It is also the same hardness on the Mohs scale (7.5 – 8), so it is a durable gemstone for jewellery… as long as it is treated with care, to protect against scratching and hard knocks.

HM Queen Elizabeth II has perhaps one of the most fantastic collections of Aquamarine jewellery. During her coronation trip in 1953 the people of Brazil gifted her a beautiful set of glistening diamonds and aquamarines in the form of a necklace with matching pendant earrings. This set has since been reworked into a tiara and necklace, now with a matching bracelet and earrings. Clearly a favourite, as seen worn in the link above – though perhaps a little too much for everyday wear!

Large emerald cut aquamarines remain popular today, with many celebrities proudly wearing them, including Kirstie Alsop and of course Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex – who has been photographed on many occasions wearing items from Diana’s collection.

At Cry for the Moon we have many beautiful items, including:

Engagement Rings

18ct White Gold Trilogy Aquamarine & Diamond Ring Aquamarine & Diamond Three Stone Ring Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Ringe Oval Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Ring
18ct White Gold Trilogy Aquamarine & Diamond Ring Aquamarine & Diamond Three Stone Ring Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Ring Oval Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Ring
 £2,470  £3,300  £2,810  £3,680


Pendants

Aquamarine & Diamond 18ct White Gold Pendant Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Pendant Aquamarine & Diamond Cushion Shaped Pendant Briolette Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant
Aquamarine & Diamond 18ct White Gold Pendant Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Pendant Aquamarine & Diamond Cushion Shaped Pendant Briolette Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant
 £1,650  £1,285  £975  £9,850


Earrings

18ct White Gold Aquamarine Stud Earring Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Earrings Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Stud Earrings 18ct White Gold Pear Shaped Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings
18ct White Gold Aquamarine Stud Earring Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Earrings Emerald Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Stud Earrings 18ct White Gold Pear Shaped Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings
 £375  £825  £1,050  £645


Book an appointment to visit our shop, or order online today.

November’s Topaz & Citrine

November has nearly finished now, and as we see the golden brown leaves covering everywhere but the trees from which they fell – I always wonder if that is why the similarly coloured gemstones Topaz & Cirtine are the month’s birthstone. For those lucky enough to have these beautiful stones representing their birth, the bright yellow golden to orange shades perfectly represent the season.

Whilst Imperial Topaz is thought to bring about healing, Citrine is considered to be a gift from the sun.


Citrine

Citrine is so named after the french word Citrion meaning ‘lemon’ with its colours varying from a pale yellow to a rich wine colour. The most sought-after / prized are those described as Madeira Citrine, named after the colour of Madeira wine, and not the Atlantic island itself.

Citrine is found as many different gemstones in many different areas, but Brazil has perhaps the finest and most valuable. A member of the Quartz family and largely similar to Amethyst (they can sometimes be found in the same crystal structure, in the rare occurrence known as ‘Ametrine’ where half is yellow and half is purple), Citrine is also mined in France, Madagascar and the Ural mountains of Russia.

Citrine & Diamond Rubover Set Stud Earrings Multi Gemstone Drop Earrings Citrine & Diamond Three Stone Ring
Citrine & Diamond Rubover Set Stud Earrings Multi Gemstone Drop Earrings Citrine & Diamond Three Stone Ring
 £560  £350  £1485


Referred to as ‘The Merchants Stone’ or ‘Money Stone’, Citrine is thought to bring prosperity and wealth if placed on a table or till whilst making a deal. This, along with its bright orange colour representing the sun are some of the reasons that you see Citrine adorning many Scottish jewellery designs.

As well as representing November’s birthstone, Citrine is also the wedding anniversary gift for your 13th year of marriage.


Topaz

Topaz is a naturally hard gemstone measuring 8 on Mohs scales, in a family all of its own. Although most commonly found in jewellers in a sky-blue colour, this is very rarely its natural colour. Blue Topaz stones can be found naturally, but most are irradiated to add the colour to an otherwise colourless or slightly yellow stone.

The stone can also be found in many other colours, including:

  • Colourless
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Reddish/Pink
  • Golden Topaz
  • Imperial Topaz

It is found in deposits around the world, including Topaz mountain in Utah USA, Ural mountains of Russia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, Norway, Italy and Brazil… to name but a few.

Large crystals are not uncommon, and perhaps the largest is the American Gold Topaz weighting in at 4.5kg! It has a total carat weight of 22,892 – one of the largest ever cut gemstones in the world, Mined, in Brazil and took 2 years to cut from an 11.8kg crystal, by Leon Agee in the late 1980s.

Along with representing November’s birthstone, Topaz is also the 4th Wedding Anniversary gemstone.


Golden Topaz & Diamond Cluster Ring
Golden Topaz & Diamond Cluster Ring
 £2,875


We at Cry for the Moon are proud to have some fabulous Imperial Topaz rings in stock, so please Get in touch if you’d like to book an appointment to try them on for yourself.

October’s Opals

Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, along with pink tourmaline. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage.

History

The name ‘opal’ is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit ‘Upala’, meaning ‘precious stone’ and later the Greek derivative ‘Opallios’ meaning ‘to see a change of color’. The Greeks believed they possessed the power of foresight, invisibility and prophecy, and the Romans considered Greeks as talismans for protection from danger.

Today, the most valuable opals come from Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, which have been the main producer of opals since their discovery in the 1870s. Opals are mostly found in Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico, the USA, South America, Canada, Brazil, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Australian opal was known as the ‘fire of the dessert’, formed from the weathering of sandstone deposited over older host rock in the Australian basin. The structure of of the gemstone is unique and comprised of tiny spheres of silicon dioxide, forming a pyramid shaped grid, interspersed with water. It’s the refraction of light through the spaces between these spheres that produces the recognisable opal characteristic, and unique ‘play of colour’. Australian opals are also valued for their stability, a key consideration for a gem containing 6-10% water.

Here in our Guildford shop we have a fine collection of opal jewellery, which you can see a selection of on in our dedicated category.

Opal Diamond Cluster Earrings Opal Diamond Cluster Pendant Opal Diamond Cluster Ring Opal Diamond Cluster Pendant
Opal & Diamond Cluster Earrings Opal & Diamond Cluster Pendant Opal & Diamond Cluster Ring Opal & Diamond Drop Pendant
 £4,500  £6,850  £3,995  £2,560

 

There are several classifications:

The preface

Solid means that the stone is a natural cut and polished, which does not have any kind of backing adhered to the stone to enhance the colour (as is the case with the partially fabricated stones – doublets or triplets). Queensland Boulder Opals – even though they have a natural brown ironstone backing which makes the stone darker – are still known as ‘solid opals’ since this is the natural formation of the stone.

Black refers to opal which has a dark grey to black body tone, and is generally mined in the Lightning Ridge area of New South Wales. As a general rule, Black Opal is the most valuable form, since its dark body tone causes the colours to be more vibrant.

Boulder is opal mined in Western Queensland. which normally has a natural brown ironstone backing attached to the stone. Boulder Opal usually has a very dark body tone and is the second most valuable form.

Crystal means any kind of opal which has a translucent or transparent quality. Translucent or transparent stones often have an enhanced clarity of colour, and for this reason it usually increases the value of a stone. The term ‘Crystal Opal’ normally denotes stones with a very light body tone, however Black Crystal Opal refers to a crystal opal, which has a dark body tone.

Semi-Black refers to opal which has a light to medium grey body tone and is therefore not quite dark enough to be called Black Opal. ‘Semi Black’ is generally found in Lightning Ridge, but is also found in White Cliffs and occasionally South Australia and can be one of the lesser valuable forms.

White means opal with a white to light body tone, and is also known as ‘milky opal’. White Opal is found in large quantities in South Australia, and the bulk of it does not have the same vibrancy of colour as found in other forms of the gemstone. For this reason, it is generally one of the least valuable forms.

September’s Sapphires

It’s nearly the end of September already, and we can’t go through this month without addressing its birthstone’s biggest myth:

Sapphires are blue, right?

…Wrong!

Sapphires are perhaps the only natural gemstone that is available in almost every colour of the rainbow. Though blue is the most popular stone colour, and most often thought of when talking about sapphires, colours of yellow, green, orange, pink, purple and even clear (white) can also be found! In fact, September’s birthstone even come in every colour except red (red being rubies).

How can the same stone be so varied?

Both rubies and sapphires are part of the Corundum family of gems – a family in which is highly influenced by the presence of elements such as chromium; more chromium equals more red. Here’s how it works:

  • No chromium or iron and the stone appears colourless
  • Vanadium, and the stone appears violet or purple
  • Iron and chromium give the stones a yellow or orange colour
  • Padparadscha sapphires display a very specific pinky-orange hue
  • (though this is particularly rare and associated with Sri Lanka)

    About Sapphires

    Not only are sapphires the birthstone of September, but they also represent the 45th wedding anniversary gemstone. Since they have such an array of colours, they can be admired and worn by almost everyone!

    Many countries have sapphire deposits, with the most prized and valuable coming from Sri Lanka (formally Ceylon). Still today, the bright velvety cornflower blue stones are referred to as ‘Ceylon sapphires’.

    Here at Cry for the Moon we purchase many of our sapphires from our supplier of many years direct from Sri Lanka. We have built up a strong relationship allowing us to pick the brightest and most amazing sapphires to set in our beautiful bespoke jewellery.

    One of our favourite sapphires, the ‘Star Sapphires’, result from a rare naturally occurring phenomenon and exhibit a six-pointed star known as an asterism (and commonly a ‘Star Sapphire’). These stones will be cut into cabochon cut, finished with the look of a polished pebble, flat on one side.

    But don’t take our word for it! Even British Royalty show an admiration for the sapphire, with perhaps one of the most famous sapphires ever being available to view within the Crown Jewels. The Stuart Sapphire of 104ct is set within the Imperial State Crown and can be viewed with a visit to the Tower of London.

    Visit our sapphire page or pop in store to see our fabulous range of jewellery and rings.

    Emeralds: The Reasons Why I Love Them

    It’s finally May, and the trees are now almost full of leaves; bright and vibrant greens of many shades. Perhaps this is why Emerald is the birthstone for May; it radiates new life with its vivid, bright colour.

    On a personal note, Emerald is my favourite of all the coloured gems. Both my wife and mother own Emerald engagement rings since their birthdays both fall in May. I personally think Emerald engagement rings are both unique and wonderful, but it isn’t just my love for Emerald I wish to share today; I’m hoping to help you discover yours…

    What Are Emeralds

    Emeralds are part of the ‘Beryl family’, a family known for an array of different colours:

     Sky Blue  Aquamarine
     Pink  Morganite
     Yellow  Golden Beryl
     Red  Red Beryl
     Colourless  Goshenite

     

    Emeralds are the green variety, first thought to have been mined by the Egyptians in countries known now as Austria and Pakistan. Today, Emeralds have been discovered at gem-quality by many countries, including Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, India, Russia, USA, Afghanistan and Madagascar, to name just a few.

    However, the most prized and valuable emeralds are still thought to be mined in Colombia. Featuring a deeper, more intense colour, better fire, brilliance and clarity, Colombian Emeralds are the most sought after for these reasons and hence command a higher value.

    A Stunning Structure

    Perhaps it’s the internal structure of Emeralds and their unique characteristic features that I find so compelling. Whilst most gems are considered ‘better’ if they are clean and free from flaws, Emeralds celebrate a uniqueness known as ‘La Jardin’ which only adds to their natural beauty.

    ‘The Garden’ of gemstones is likened to its unique fingerprint, each one as different and as mesmerising as the next. Yes, some Emeralds are beautifully clear, but this individual character just adds further fascinating appeal.

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    Here at Cry for the Moon, we have conceivably the largest selection of Emerald jewellery in Surrey, and certainly Guildford. We have some magnificent unique Emeralds encompassed within an array of rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, bangles and brooches. We are certain we will offer an Emerald gemstone piece that you will love.

    If this article has inspired you to love Emeralds as much as I do, please visit our Emerald category and browse our fabulous range of options. Perhaps you’re looking to surprise somebody special, whether it be for a May birthday or a 55th wedding anniversary – whatever your reason may be, our team would love to help find the perfect emerald for you.