Daily Gemstone Guide

Amber Sunday

The dominating celestial body for Sunday is the Sun which is the brightest star in the sky. The gemstone Amber is our choice for this day. Like the Sun the colour of Amber generates a sense of strength and energy. Try wearing an Amber necklace or bracelet or even an Amber pendant or pair of Amber earrings on this day.

Moonstone Monday

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The only natural satellite of Earth is the Moon. We can sometimes feel it´s effects on our moods as it moves through its four phases. Pearls and of course Moonstone are the recommended gemstones for Mondays. Happily, Pearls and Moonstone come in different colors so your choices of necklaces, bracelets and earrings are quite varied. Moonstone is said to be the mystical birthstone for the month of June, so if it´s Monday and your birthday is in June then we wish double luck to you.

Coral Tuesday

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The planet Mars is sometimes referred to as the Red Planet. Garnets and Coral are our choices for this day. Garnet is a naturally occurring gemstone and Coral is an organic gemstone. Garnets and Swarovski crystals go really well together in jewelery pieces. Try wearing a Coral necklace or Coral and Garnet double bracelet for an exotic look.

Turquoise Wednesday

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Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. This planet is often mentioned in Roman and Greek mythology. Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise are our choices for this day. Try adding a Turquoise necklace or dark blue Lapis Lazuli bracelet to your collection today.

Amethyst Thursday

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Beautiful Jupiter is the largest planet around the Sun. We recommend the quartz Amethyst for this day. Amethyst is sometimes given as gifts for the 6th anniversary. If it´s Thursday and it´s your anniversary maybe you will treat yourself to a lovely amethyst necklace, bracelet or ring.

Malachite Friday

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Venus often known as the goddess of Beauty and Love is the second planet from the Sun. Try this beautifully colored green gemstone on Fridays. Green Malachite pairs really well with white Swarovski pearls in a necklace or bracelet.

Rose Quartz Saturday

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Saturn is the second largest planet of the Sun. Rose Quartz and Opal are our recommendations for today. Opals are the mystical birthstone for the month of April so go ahead and treat yourself to that special Opal necklace or a dainty pair of Rose Quartz earrings. You deserve it!

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Caring For Beaded Jewelry

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Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

Exquisitely made handmade gemstone jewellery can express moods and emotions and reflect different periods of time. To be regarded as a jewel a gemstone must be rare and beautiful and durable enough to withstand handling and use. Not only diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds can be classified as gemstones, aquamarine...

About Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals are simply the best crystal beads, due to their clarity, color and variety. The best of the cutting and polishing processes set Swarovski crystals apart from imitations and those produced by other manufacturers. The distinctive excellence of the crystals comes from Daniel Swarovskis' esoteric recipe for the lead...

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Daily Gemstone Guide

Amber Sunday The dominating celestial body for Sunday is the Sun which is the brightest star in the sky. The gemstone Amber is our choice for this day. Like the Sun the colour of Amber generates a sense of strength and energy. Try wearing an Amber necklace or bracelet or even...

A Bit About Beads

Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Handmade beaded jewellery come in a large variety of fashionable designs featuring beads from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And...

Gemstone Zodiac

Below is a selection of birthstones, planetary and talismanic stones for each Zodiac sign, which you might like to have in your jewelry collection.  It could be fun … go ahead and take a look.   Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb.18) Birthstones: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal, Sugilite Planetary stone: Turquoise Talismanic Stone: Jasper Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Birthstones:...