Month: December 2015

3 Times The Charm: Tanzanite, Zircon And Turquoise Are December’S 3 Birthstones!

As the year comes to a close, we embark on the final chapter of our 12-month series of monthly birthstones. We will be completing our birthstone journey in December, with not just one but three marvellous stones: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise.

Being born in December could by triply powerful if you believe in the mystical strength of birthstones. In the George Frederick Kunz book ‘The Curious Lore of Precious Stones’, first published by Harvard University in 1913, the mysterious properties of stones were said to be stronger in their respective month. Wearing any one of these three stones in December, or a combination of all three, is thought by some to heighten their power immensely and can bring ample good will and luck to your life.

With this titillating promise in mind, let’s delve into the lore of each of these spectacular stones, as well as reveal the best ways to wear these as jewellery.

Tanzanite

The American Gem Society (AGS) noted that tanzanite is named after the country where it was first unearthed, Tanzania. This vibrant violet-blue coloured stone was only discovered in the late 1960s, making it a fairly newly found precious stone in the broad history of gemstones. Some would even say it’s a young stone, but it is replete with a rich history linked to the Maasai people of Tanzania.

The Maasai had high respect for the colour blue, believing it was symbolic of sacredness, healing and especially that it was representative of new life. It’s because of this affinity to rebirth that some feel tanzanite is the ultimate ‘birthstone’. Due to this, tanzanite is frequently gifted at childbirth, baby showers or at the beginning of a new life journey of some sort to commemorate the auspicious moment.

Tanzanite’s crowning glory is certainly its rich statement colour, always somewhere in the spectrum between blue and purple. The stone is often heat-treated to amplify its natural hues, and the most expensive are ones with vivid saturation, medium-to-dark tones or on the other hand a delicate lilac hue to them.

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What’s lovely about this stone is the love with which it is now being looked after and sustainably mined, thanks to the efforts of The Tanzanite Foundation, a not-for-profit that strives to ensure the production of this stunning stone is ethical.

Wear tanzanite with cool-coloured clothing from the blue, green and purple palette to complement its tones best. Ladies, turn to some lilac eyeshadow or adorn your lips with plum or deep purple lipsticks to suit tanzanite earrings and necklaces.

Zircon

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This stone also has a fascinating history, as its name derives from Arabic words ‘zar’ and ‘gun’, which translate to ‘gold’ and ‘colour’ respectively, as noted by the AGS. It’s interesting that although zircon’s name has Arabic roots, the most bountiful parts of the world for finding this stone are based in Asia. Southern Vietnam, Thailand’s Chanthaburi area and the Palin region of Cambodia are all replete with zircon.

While it’s associated with the word gold, zircon is in fact found in a multitude of colours including yellow, blue, brown, orange, green and even colourless – these clear zircon were frequently used as replica diamonds. However, red zircon is the most prized.

In terms of its folk lore, the AGS reports that zircon is believed to relieve pain and keep travellers safe from disease and injury. This makes zircon jewellery an ideal ‘get well soon’ or ‘bon voyage’ gift for loved ones. Zircon is also thought to ensure a warm welcome and protect us from nightmares, granting us a blissful sleep.

Turquoise

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The third musketeer in December’s group of birthstones is perhaps the most well known of the three. Turquoise is a popular stone, and also one of the oldest due to its origins in the 13th century, as noted by the AGS.

Other historians and scholars will point to ancient Aztec and Inca gold jewellery from South America in the 3rd-7th century, which often inlayed necklaces and large earrings with turquoise stones. One look through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of these jewellery items will show you how lavishly turquoise stones were used in their creations. Even the historic Buddhist artworks from the Himalayas region show evidence of this stone being used in jewellery. The AGS though notes that the name comes from the French phrase ‘Pierre tourques’ or ‘Turkish stone’, showcasing the Oriental vibe of the pastel blue stone.

Don’t miss “Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas,” closing Sunday. In this exhibition, study a diverse range of artworks from the Himalayas and the ways in which they functioned as devotional objects, both personal and public, for their Buddhist audience. Amulet Box of a Noblewoman, late 19th–early 20th century. Tibet. #metmuseum #SacredTraditions #AsianArt100

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Turquoise colours run the gamut from sea-green blue to sky blue shades, with robin’s egg-blue hues making up the middle spectrum. Translucency and opaqueness also vary from stone to stone.

Due to its versatility, you can wear turquoise with almost anything. More opaque variants have a bohemian feel, used as large chunky bracelets or statement rings. Translucent turquoise is more delicate, ideal paired with diamonds for a sophisticated touch.

Your complete Christmas gift guide

‘Tis the season to be jolly with jewellery!

You know what they say – good things come in small packages, which is why gifting your loved ones spectacular jewellery this Christmas is sure to keep you on their nice list for months to come.

Unwrapping a special bracelet or pair of earrings that dazzle brighter than the Christmas lights strung across your tree will put a smile on any face, so look no further than this helpful guide on gifting a present to each person on your list. In true Santa workshop style, we are also dishing out a myriad of creative tips on how to wrap the present!

Gifts for her

It may not be a wintry Christmas here in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let it snow for your angel. Bring some delightful frosting to her life by gifting her the snowflake-shaped 9 carat gold diamond earrings. No two snowflakes are ever the same in the natural world, which is a lovely message to share with her in your Christmas card accompanying the present, showing her that she’s the only one for you and unique in every way.

For an added cute touch, cut out three circles of white paper and build a snowman as your gift tag around the earring box. If she’s a fan of Disney films, bust out your best “do you want to build a snowman?” singing voice from the hit animated film Frozen as she opens her present!

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If you’re after a touch of elegance, the classy 9ct double infinity necklace with matching two tone gold and diamond infinity bracelet is a wonderful set for interlinking your love for all eternity. Diamonds are forever, and so is infinity, making this bracelet and necklace a lovely symbolic gesture to immortalise your love.

Another timeless present for your lovely lady is a freshwater cultured pearl bracelet, a statement piece that will match any outfit and never go out of style. Shimmering and round, the pearls resemble shiny Christmas baubles and would look beautiful packed in a gift box full with colourful Xmas baubles for a silly seasonal flair.

Of course, there is also a range of Faith jewellery items that celebrate Christmas, such as our yellow gold channel set diamond cross pendant and two tone gold crucifix. We also have yellow gold Mary and child medallions, reminiscent of Renaissance artworks such as Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings of the Madonna and Child.

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Gifts for him

He’s usually your Santa Claus, the kind and generous man you adore, so treat him this Christmas to a masculine, sturdy watch. If he tends to wear the colour black very often, suiting up in a crisply tailored jacket for work or lounging in black polo shirts on the weekend, the Mizzano Gents 100m watch with black dial is just the one to fit the bill. The watch band is made of steel, an ideal material for your man of steel.

Bring this superhero touch to your gift-wrapping by printing out the Superman ‘S’ logo but writing the word ‘Claus’ next to it, using the ‘S’ to suggest you mean both Santa and Superman. Use this to make a gift tag, punching a hole in the top and threading it through some twine. Write your ‘to’ and ‘from’ message on the back. Voila! You have a personalised card that can’t be store-bought.

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If black isn’t quite your man’s colour, stick to the classic Mizzano chronograph silver watch. The Gentleman’s Gazette shared an interesting history of the chronograph, noting that this sophisticated watch style translates to ‘time writer’ based on Greek root words “chronos” meaning time and “graph” meaning writing.

First invented in 1815, the chronograph has become a stylish and revered style due to its intricate dials. You’ll be ticking in his thoughts for years to come every time he glances at his wrist to check the time! Not to mention, with New Year’s Eve countdown around the corner, he’ll be able to bring in the new year by looking at this phenomenal watch as the clock strikes twelve.

Gifts for your little elves 

Every parent will know all too well the feeling of gifting your precious gem a new toy or dress, only to find that within weeks it has broken or no longer interests her. Jewellery, on the other hand, will last for years and retain its value.

Adorn the ears of your little pixie princess with the adorable yellow gold enamel ladybird studs, brought to life with the matching ladybird ID bracelet. Engrave her name onto the ID for a personalised feel. Grandparents looking to give your granddaughter a special Christmas present, this is a lovely option!

Merry Christmas, and we ho ho hope you deck the halls with ample sparkle this year!

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Say Yule Marry Me? 5 Christmas Proposal Ideas To Win Her Over

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, but nothing will make her happier than a stunning diamond on her finger and the promise to spend a lifetime together. We all know that good things come in small packages, which is why a diamond ring is the perfect gift – just imagine the look on her face as the stone shimmers and reflects the Christmas tree lights!

So, how should you pop the question over the yuletide festivities? Unleash your most charming smile and tell her, “say yule marry me?” after you’ve set in motion one of these epic proposal plans with the help of Santa’s elves (aka your friends and family!). 

1. Oodles of ornaments 

Place the ring inside a sparkling bauble ornament, or sneakily hang it around a candy cane or reindeer antler ornament. Hang these proposal ornaments right at the bottom of the Christmas tree, hidden away in the thickest branches so they aren’t in plain sight. Next, create clues for her to look through the tree branches until she stumbles upon the most opulent, outstanding ornament of them all – one that will soon adorn her finger! 

2. Adorable advent calendar 

This proposal idea is so literally and figuratively sweet that you’ll stay on her nice list for years to come. No coal in your stockings, no sir!

Purchase any advent calendar that she will like, such as with pictures of pugs or flowers, but for the Christmas Eve pocket gently open up the compartment and replace the chocolate with your ring. Softly seal it shut so it looks unopened, using a piece of tape on the inside flap to secure it shut. When she opens the calendar on December 24, she’ll know Santa has already taken a trip down the chimney and gifted her an everlasting special present!

3. De-lightful Christmas lights 

String up the words ‘Say yule marry me’ in LED fairy lights or Christmas lights along a room, or, for a more dramatic reveal, across the exterior wall of your house. For an even more elaborate and extravagant proposal, go door to door at the homes of your local Christmas-lights street and ask if one of the home-owners would be willing to add the proposal lights to their existing set-up of snowmen, reindeer and so on. Then, take your soon to-be Mrs. Claus on an ‘innocent’ trip to see the neigbourhood’s Xmas lights. Stop in front of that house, get down on one knee as the lights go on, and blow her away! 

If you’re unsure which local street is getting dolled up for Xmas, check out ‘Christmas Light Search.com’ to find the one closest to you, or even road trip to the major ones in bigger capital cities!

4. A cracker of a Christmas

This idea has the benefit of being in front of your friends and family as you share a scrumptious Xmas meal. As you go around the table opening your crackers, she will be completely surprised when she pops hers open to find a glittering ring instead of a joke or party trick. Choose silver, white or gold crackers to add to the precious metal theme – you could even match your cracker to the ring, as here at Showcase Jewellers we have bands in all the metal tones. We also have a lovely new custom ring design service, so you can actually craft a design inspired by Christmas using snowflakes or other festive symbols. 

5. She said sea shells yes

Finally, since we have a summer Christmas, take her to the beach for a classic Aussie Xmas picnic and propose by opening a sea shell with the ring inside! Simple, sweet, seasonal and summery. 

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Can’t Decide What To Get Them For Christmas? Meet Showcase’s Infographic Gift Guide

Yes, we know that Christmas is just around the corner, and that you’re being reminded of it every time you go to the shops, but don’t worry.

Why? Because Showcase Jewellers is here to help with our ultimate gift giving guide, complete with handpicked pieces certain to bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces. From slick watches to glittering diamonds, there’s something in here for everyone.

So keep calm, and browse for gifts in our beautiful infographic.

For mum

Where would we be without our mothers? For many of us, our childhood is intrinsically entwined with the loving influence of our mothers, providing us with endless support and love. They are there through life’s ups and downs, and somehow always seem to have the answer to those tricky dilemmas.

This Christmas, spoil mum with our Green Amethyst & Diamond Pendant in a yellow gold setting. Its hue complements a range of skin tones, and adds a hint of sparkle to any outfit. Best of all, it comes with a matching set of beautiful earrings.

If your mum is always on the move, you’ll be interested to know that traditionally amethyst helps to deflect negative energies and have a calming effect.

For her

Looking for a special gift to give the wonderful woman in your life? How about this elegant, but unique gold Crossover ring? Forward thinking, yet sophisticated in its simplicity, it’s the perfect accompaniment to both formal and casual attire.

You can also match it with this chic solid gold bangle, a timeless piece she’s certain to cherish forever.

For him

Show him your love stands the test of time with one of our stylish men’s watches. A more elegant solution than checking a phone, a watch is the ultimate accessory that never goes out of fashion.

The perfect match to a sharp suit or a button down and jeans, this Mizzano Stainless Steel Chronograph has a glossy finish and is a stylish match to any wardrobe.

And for you. Yes, you!

In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, don’t forget to treat yourself. You deserve it, after all! The gorgeous Natural Pink and White Diamond Ring is the perfect way to brighten any day, with the central flower shaped cluster of rare pink diamonds surrounded by a halo of white ones.

The design is so charming, it’s replicated in a pair of matching pink diamond earrings, which make for a fitting addition to your Christmas day wardrobe.

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