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 use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
Julius was named in 44 BC after Julius Caesar. Before
that, the month was known as Quintilis meaning 5th month in the old Roman
Cancer June 22–July 22. Leo July 23–August 22
July Birthstone is Ruby
Rubies look magnificent in jewellery settings.
Rubies are important gemstones that are a rich intense
clear cherry red. Like sapphires and emeralds, they are further
enhanced when surrounded by diamonds. They look especially good in
baguette settings which gives them a very stylish appearance.
In the past rubies were
thought to control bleeding and wearing them brought good health and a
sound heart. They gave confidence, inspired creativity and wisdom
as well as improving self esteem.
Derivation Latin ruber meaning red.
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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