The piece below was
designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills or simply employ a decorative font from the computer.
Alternatively, you can add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
Although mostly thought of as red, the the garnet
gemstone comes in
many colours. It is possible to make a piece of jewellery
in many colours and for a January, the garnet birthstone is the one to treasure.
Long ago garnets were thought to be connected to
blood and were assumed to have medicinal powers offering protection
against wounds, depression, nightmares and poisons. Today, you can buy
beautiful pieces of jewellery featuring garnets birthstone.
QVC always has a good selection of different types of garnet gemstone
jewellery in a range of colours. They especially feature Brazilian gems.
Derivation of garnet - Latin granatum the word for
Lapis Lazuli is the most beautiful royal blue stone.
It has been used not only for jewellery and inlay decoration, but also in the
past it was ground up to produce pigments for eye make up and paints.
Before the C19th when mixed with oil, it produced the original
form of ultramarine paint used by master artists. Ultramarine is one of the main fashion colours for spring 2006.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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