Happy Birthday June Babies A very “ Happy Birthday “ to all of those born this month. As a “ June Baby” you have the lustrous Pearl as your birthstone. Early Cultures believed that a Pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the “ heart of the…

  Are you planning on saying “I do” soon and you have picked the dress the shoes and  the bridesmaids dresses. You have decided on the way you will wear your hair and how your makeup will look. The only thing you have left to choose is the jewellery you will wear on your special…

  EMERALD BIRTHSTONE FOR MAY This month sees the beautiful Emerald as it’s birthstone. Emerald is a precious gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. It has a hardness of 7.5-8 on  Moh’s scale although emeralds are often considered to be brittle and need care. Again…

Fionagh pictured above with her Mum Rita and her Dad Stephen at her inauguration recently We are delighted to welcome Fionagh Ryan as the new President of the Association of fine Jewellers. Fionagh has a wealth of jewellery knowledge and will be a huge asset to the Association. We sat down with Fionagh recently and  thought…

Diamond If you have a birthday this month you are probably well aware that your birthstone is one of the most valued gems Diamond. A Diamond is a solid form of carbon with a diamond cubic crystal structure. At room temperature and pressure it is metastable and graphite is the stable form, but diamond almost never…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCH … AQUAMARINE BIRTHSTONE This beautiful stone gets it name from “Sea Water ” which is of course what Aqua Marine means when translated. The beautiful hues of this stone reflect the beautiful sea colours. It varies in colour from blue to green. The most valuable Aquamarines are clear with blueish green hues just…

Mother’s Day March 11th   Now that you have all recovered from  the snow it’s time to get organised and show your Mum how much you love her this Sunday. Jewellery is a perfect gift for your Mum and your local member from the Association of fine jewellers has lots for your to choose from.…

February Birthstone February is the month with Amethyst as its Birthstone  a violet variety quartz gemstone.It is a also a 6th anniversary gemstone. As amethyst is readily available in large structures the value of the gem is not primarily defined by carat weight; this is different to most gemstones where the carat weight exponentially increases…

Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions With Valentine’s Day only days away make sure you don’t forget  to get your loved one a gift to show them how you much you love them this year. Whether it is a lady or a gent you will be spoiling on February 14th  your local association of fine jewellers member…

GARNET   For those of you with a birthday in January you have Garnet as your birthstone a rich red stone thought to look like the seeds of a pomegranate.As it is also the stone associated with the second year of marriage it would make a perfect second anniversary present.     A spiritual stone…