crystals and minerals

when is a moonstone a blue moonstone & ‘O’ delivery news!

dark black shade, the darkest black seem to be from Madagascar with a lighter shade from India.

Moonstone appears in different guises;

moonstone tumblestones

with a gorgeous blue colour often called rainbow moonstone, again most commonly from India.

Then there is the Sri Lankan blue moonstone which we feel is in a different league the stone appears colourless but the blue just emanates from within.

As we are bombarded by the ‘O’ word (olympics) we just have to mention that deliveries to the London ‘olympic zone’ although dispatched promptly as normal may be slightly delayed including Royal Mail ‘Special Delivery’ services.
The rest of the UK and the world shall be unaffected.


crystal mineral gemstone jewellery crystals and minerals

Bespoke Designs

What do you look for in a piece of gemstone jewellery?
Presumably you’re focusing on the gemstone or crystal, it needs to be prominent and usually the centre piece of the design.
if you can’t find ‘the’ piece what are your options?
Perhaps consider purchasing the gemstone then having the piece of jewellery made could be the answer, with modern jewellery making techniques the cost could be less than you think, especially if you’re looking for an important piece such as an engagement ring.

platinium diamond ring

Recently we created this diamond platinum engagement for a customer from a design diagram they sent to us.

Browsing gemstones online is very easy and is a handy way to compare styles, cuts & colours of gems.

But remember being cost conscious there are alternatives, consider white sapphires instead of diamonds, spinel instead of ruby, green tourmalines or peridot instead of emeralds, citrine, fluorite, garnet, topaz all nice colour gems that are available at most budgets. Perhaps several smaller stones rather than one larger or perhaps a larger centre stone of tourmaline or a lower grade sapphire or aquamarine with high grade accent stones, the possibilities are many!

Remember that gemstones do increase in value, combined with precious metals, gold, platinum and even silver in the current economic climate they can become a reliable investment.