Katherine Lawrie Jewellery

Designer & Maker

Tag: Turquoise

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.

The calm before the storm

Generally between January and April is a quiet work time for me. I continue to teach my Jewellery making workshops but use the rest of the working week to source new outlets to sell my jewellery, apply to exhibitions like Made- Brighton 2013 and to generally promote my work. I have been a little hammpered by the weather this year which has meant that I have had to put off trips to galleries and cancel some classes, but all in all I’m happy with the progress I’ve made this year so far.
I have too new outlets, The Tollhouse in Lindfield and Whispers in Steyning and continued having my work in Created in Chesterfield, Heart Gallery in Hebdon Bridge and Julian Stephens in Brighton.
I have had my work accepted for the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition in Central Hall, I am a member of the Society, but still have to have the work selected to take part in this fantastic Flowery Exhibition in the heart of London!!

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Beautiful Moonstone Studs £48

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Green Pearl Bracelet with Ivy Charm

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Turquoise earrings

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Mixing it up a bit with this garnet set pendant which I have strung onto a two strand mixed bead necklace £130

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Lace imprinted Heart Studs £25

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Bangle with Ivy Charm £70

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A very snowy studio stopped play for a few days earlier in the year!!!

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Ivy leaf ear studs £48

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All laid out, the basic shapes for a few pairs of earrings

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Ivy necklace with triple pearl necklace in green £150

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Two pairs of heart studs £25 each

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Double bangle with Oak leaf charm and peacock pearl

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Small Heart necklaces ideal for wedding jewellery shown in white and black pearls but could be made in any colour pearl

Summer and Autumn


I always look forward to the summer as a time to take things easy and recharge my batteries. I’m very good at using the kids being around as an excuse to switch off a little. This year has been no exception. I have made sure that they have been first and for most, at the end of the day it’s only a few weeks.

I have used the time to catch up with myself though. This means that when I get back to the bench proper, I’m ready to go full steam ahead for Autumn and Christmas!!!

I have just received my latest lot of silver gilt pieces back from the platers and I’m full of grand plans and great designs for the new season.


Rich colours like turquoise, red and purple are on my list along with silver pearls!

I’m off to a trade show on Monday so watch this space for lots of lovely goodies, can’t wait!!!

This an exhibition which I’m taking part in in a wee while, if you like Botanical Art this is a must. I am always inspired by exhibitions like this and I don’t even paint!!