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Preview - Summer Gemstone Stock

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

New Gemstones are coming!......

I got word yesterday that our gemstone order had been shipped from the warehouse so now we're patiently awaiting for them to wing their way over the Alantic Ocean and sit in customs a little while. We're expecting to have the box of delights in the shop on Monday, 21 May 2012.

So in the meantime we have set up a preview folder in our online shop so you can see what we are excited about.

This year along with a few staples we have gone for the summery peachy pink...


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Gemstone of the week - Mookaite

Posted by Dawn McLean on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the Week

Mookaite

We have a massive new order of gemstones coming in over the next couple of days. Snow Quartz will be back in stock as well as this season's must have imitation turquiose.

But I'm extremely excited about our new range of Mookaite.



Mookaite is a multi coloured stone which is part of the jasper family and is actually a fossiliferous sedimentary rock. It is found in red, purple and tan mostly, but some varieties can be white and pink too. Every now and then you might fin...


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Gemstone of the week - Honey Onyx

Posted by Dawn McLean on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the Week

Honey Onyx



People normally think of Onyx as being black but you can also find it in brown, white, red, orange and if you're extremely lucky... Honey.

Onyx, in general, is a very popular semiprecious stone. It is a banded variety of Chalcedony Quartz which can be found in Germany, Canada, Urguay, India, South Africa and the United States. Yet onyx seems to have a name of Greek origin.

Brown onyx is normally referred to as Sardonyx and the red stones are called Carnelian Onyx....


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Gemstone of the week - Watermelon Tourmaline

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the WeekWatermelon Tourmaline


Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and can be given as a gift for an eighth wedding anniversary. It develops in one colour or sometimes a mix of colours and there are seven varieties:

Rubellite (red)
Indicolite (blue)
Chrome (intense green)
Bi-color (two or more colours )
Canary (yellow)
Paraiba (blue/green)
Cat's Eye (variety of colours)
Colour-change (changes from green in the daylight to red in false light)
Watermelon (posesses a green skin, white ...


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Gemstone to watch - Anhydrite

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Gemstone to watch 

Gemstone to watch

Anhydrite

Most people prefer to call Anhydrite by the name Angelite or Angel Stone but despite it's pretty sky colour, which is a base colour of opaque pale glacier blue with snow white flecks, this gemstone isn't really a popular choice of gemstone for jewellery designers at the moment.

Personally I prefer to call it angelite and I have made many pieces of memorial jewellery using this gemstone, often incorporating a simple locket.

The ladies I have had the honour of making t...


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Gemstone of the week - Demantoid Garnet

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the Week

Demantoid Garnet

It's no secret that garnet is the birthstone of people born in January but I wondered if I could find some unusual members of the garnet family because not everyone born in January likes the sumptious deep red colour of garnets.

Garnet is possibly a name derived from the middle English term 'gernet' which means dark red. They are perceived to be a stone stone of purity and truth. It is also supposed to be a symbol of love and compassion. If you place a piec...


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