Katherine Lawrie Jewellery

Designer & Maker

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Gemstones in rainbow of colours

Birthstones, meaning a particular gemstone for each month of the year, have been in existence for many years. Many think that its marketing hype. Many believe deeply that one should adhere to the allotted stone for your birth month. When you start to look, many different stones are assigned to one month or one sign of the zodiac.

I love the notion that a specific gem stone signifies different spiritual powers and could enhances the wearers life in some way.

In this blog I have studied twelve gemstones in particular. Depending on what you read, you may come across other gem stones to represent the month in which you were born.

Raven Pendant with Garnet

Raven with Garnet moon pendant. Prices from £150

January

Garnet: The name is derives from granatum, which means seed, in this instance the red juicy seed of a pomegranate. Garnets are thought to keep travellers safe when travelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amethyst Ring prices from £160

Amethyst Ring prices from £160

February

Amethyst: The name derives from the word methustos which roughly translates to the word intoxicated. Amethysts are thought to aid sobriety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquamarine ring. Prices from £160

Aquamarine ring. Prices from £160

March

Aquamarine: The name derives from aqua meaning water and marina meaning sea. Aquamarines are thought to protect those at sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Ring prices from £220

Diamond Ring prices from £220

April

Diamond: The name derives from adamas meaning unbreakable, proper or unalterable. Diamonds are thought to be a symbol for ever lasting love and courage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerald cluster pendants with heart and flower. Prices from £180

Emerald cluster pendants with heart and flower. Prices from £180

May

Emerald: The name derives from the word smaragdos which translates to the word green. Emeralds are thought to symbolise wisdom, growth and patience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl bracelets with handmade silver beads. Prices from £80

Pearl bracelets with handmade silver beads. Prices from £80

June

Pearl: The name derives from perle which means leg, it is thought this because of the ham or mutton leg looking shape of the bivalve the pearls can be found in. Pearls are thought to symbolise purity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folksy ruby ring with tulip design, Prices from £180

Folksy ruby ring with tulip design, Prices from £180

July

Ruby: The name derives from the latin word for red, rubeus. Rubies are thought to protect the wearer from evil and symbolised love and passion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny wren closed bangle

Jenny wren closed bangle, prices from £180

August

Peridot: The names derives from the either the Greek word peridona which means giving plenty or the Arabic word faridat meaning gem. Peridots are thought to protect the wearer from nightmares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sapphire set in 18ct Gold. Prices from £250.

Sapphire set in 18ct Gold. Prices from £250.

September

Sapphire: The name derives from the Latin word sapphirus meaning blue stone. Sapphires are thought to impart purity and wisdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star gazing golden hare with opal pendant

Star gazing golden hare with opal pendant. Prices from £220

October

Opal: The name derives from the Greek word opallis which means to see a change in colour. Opals are thought to repel evil and protect the wearers eyesight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bramber & Knepp Castle pendants

Bramber & Knepp Castle pendants. Prices from £150

November

Citrine: The name derives from the French word for lemon, citron. Citrines are thought to stimulate mental power and helps focus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turquoise ring. Prices from £180

Turquoise ring. Prices from £180

December

Turquoise: The name derives from the French for Turkish, Turquois. Turquoise is said to instil good future, success, to relax the mind.

How us it ‘that time if year’ again already?

Wow, it’s December 2017 on Friday. I simply don’t know where this year has vanished. My life seems to be steered by work and life, and trying to keep both on an even keel. 

  
Thankfully, the boys are very good at looking after themselves, and Big G, aka Granny keeps an eye out and helps with lifts when I simply can’t be in two places at once. 

Chaos reins at this time of year in my studio, it’s never orderly, but it really does get in to one big mess as I try to keep on top of all the orders and commissions.

  
This time of year the exhibitions and sales seem to be all or nothing, next week I’m taking part in three different events, all helping to celebrate buying local, supporting small businesses, and opting to buy hand made unique gifts for Christmas. 

   
    
   
We don’t need to buy oodles of plastic, electronic or designer gear. Why not give your loved one a gift that no one else in the whole wide world has. All the while know that you are supporting a local business. That business is probably run buy someone who loves what they do, they love to create, it’s what they do best. However, the only way they can make that lifestyle choice work is if they actually sell their work. Artists and makers are very privileged to be able to earn a crust creating, but it’s tough. You have to be a Jack of all trades, and on a steep learning curve. Being a sales person, a business manager, a procurement officer and a creator all at once.

Just think though you are purchasing a one off gift, quite often for a very small price. You are saving resources, buying original designs and getting something really special.

  
  
  
I do hope to see you at one of my last events of this year. 

On reflection it’s been great for me, with so many new designs and potential new clients. I’m really looking forward to next year, and seeing where it takes me!

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