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3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JULY, THE RUBY

Jul 2, 2015

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3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JULY, THE RUBY

July- Ruby designer jewellery

The glowing ruby shall adorn, Those who in July are born; Then they’ll be exempt and free From love’s doubts and anxiety Unknown

THE RUBY IN DESIGNER JEWELLERY Ruby is a variety of the mineral, Corundum and gets its famous rosy glow from the presence of chromium. Its name comes from the Latin word for red and it is closely related to sapphire as they share the same properties (stay tuned for three interesting facts about sapphire a little later on)!

Of course, being a naturally occurring gemstone, natural rubies are mined and until very recently, the main source of the world’s best rubies came from The Mongok Valley in Upper Myanman, Burma. They have also been found in Thailand, Cambodia, India and even parts of North America and Europe.

Throughout history, rubies have always been held in high esteem in particularly Asian countries. The have been used to in all sorts of practises from embellishing armour to being laid beneath building foundations to ensure good fortune to the structure.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF RUBY FOR USE IN DESIGNER JEWELLERY There are many different varieties, including the Burma ruby, Pigeon’s Blood ruby and the Star ruby. Like diamonds, it has earned its reputation as a precious gemstone due to its hardness, durability, lustre and rarity but is of course still subject to chipping and fracture if roughly handled.

Revered in many cultures throughout history, ruby has always been seen as a token of passion, protection and prosperity. Many claim that it symbolises the sun and its glowing hue suggests an inextinguishable flame within, with the ability to melt wax and even boil seas.

Prepare to fall in love with this precious gem even more so with this issue’s three interesting facts, although maybe not as much as this next man did…

IMPORTANT FACT ONE Thirteenth century Chinese Emperor, Kublai Kahn was said to have offered an entire city in exchange for a single, yet sizeable, ruby… Now that’s one serious obsession IMPORTANT FACT TWO Buddhists consider ruby a sacred gemstone, referring to it as “tears of Buddha”. – This would tie in with a general belief then that it possesses the power to increase energy levels and stimulate love if worn close to the heart.

And finally… IMPORTANT FACT THREE The Burmese believe, even today, that if a soldier keeps a ruby under the skin, he will become invincible!

We hope our lovely readers feel more informed this month. Three interesting facts will next time move on to explore the history and facts about the peridot- the birthstone for the month of August. Although its not a very well known stone, it is certainly a hidden gem… get it?

How can we help you at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs as in bespoke Ruby Earrings. or an alternative to a diamond a ruby engagement ring. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life.

Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you designer jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586 Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY

Jun 8, 2015

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Designer Silver Cufflinks3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY FATHER’S DAY A new celebration

Unlike Mother’s day, Father’s Day is a relatively new celebration. It originated back in June 1910 in the USA, and we Briton’s soon cottoned on. It’s all thanks to Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington. During a Mother’s Day sermon at her church in 1909 , she asked herself why there was special day for all mothers but not fathers. Her own mother had died when she was young and she felt strongly for fathers due to her love and affection for her own. A civil war veteran, Mr Jackson Smart had single-handedly raised a newborn and 5 other children since his wife’s passing with the same love and care. Sorona admired him greatly and felt he deserved the same, if not more recognition. Inspired by Mother’s day, she then began a strenuous campaign to promote Father’s day and, despite initial hesitation, it soon caught on. Eventually, landing on British soil, we began celebrating it too and it was officially approved in 1916. To this day, and on this day, globally, children give cards and gifts to their dad’s, uncle’s, grandfather’s… etc. And, if you’re feeling a change from conventional gifts, take a look at our kilt pin and cufflink collection!

And now, keeping up with our own tradition at HSDJ, have a read at the facts, all three of them.

INTERESTING FACT NUMBER ONE Although usually associated with Valentine’s, roses are actually the traditional flower of father’s day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one signifies a father who’s deceased.

INTERESTING FACT NUMBER TWO A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin’s teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher’s favourite.

INTERESTING FACT NUMBER THREE Mark Twain famously said “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

Happy Father’s Day. How can we help you at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs of Kilt Pins and Cufflinks. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life.

Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586 Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE PEARL THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE

Jun 1, 2015

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Designer Pearl Necklace3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE PEARL THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE

JUNE- The pearl

The sea hath its pearls, The heaven hath its stars; But my heart, my heart, My heart hath its love.

The Sea Hath Its Pearls Heinrich Heine.

THE PEARL

Pearl differs from the usually naturally-occurring gemstone as it is produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk.

Composed of calcium carbonate, it is usually formed by pearl oysters or freshwater mussels but pearls of the rarest, finest quality occur spontaneously in the wild. As they are few and far-between, they’ve been highly valued as gemstones for centuries, and due to this, the very word ‘pearl’ is a term coined as something rare, admiral and valuable.

In English, the word ‘pearl’ comes from the French perle, originally from the Latin perna, oddly meaning leg. As strange as this may seem, the translation refers to the ham leg-shaped bivalve- a class of marine and freshwater mollusk that produce it. When Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the Western Hemisphere, one discovered and named pearl ‘La Peregrina’ in 1560. This was given to the Queen of Spain.

NATURAL PEARLS

Previously, natural pearls were found all over the world. These days, they are mostly found in the seas off Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Australia also has one of the last remaining fleets of pearl diving ships.

IMITATION PEARLS

As with other gemstones, imitation pearl offers a cheaper alternative to the real deal. These are usually made from mother-of-pearl, coral or conch shell, while they can also be made from glass and coated in a special solution to give them their signature sheen.

FARMED PEARLS

Farmed pearls are produced also, where the mollusk is impregnated with grit to irritate and begin the process. One pearl is produced at a time and can be cultivated for anywhere between one and seven years!

SEAWATER PEARLS

For thousands of years, most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers from the Indian Ocean. The practise first began in the Han Dynasty, when the Chinese hunted for them in the South China Sea.

We have previously explored pearl in recent articles but there is just so much to know! See if you can compare these three interesting facts to any we’ve ever brought to you before! You may have a difficult time! Interesting Fact 1

The oldest known pearl jewellery fragment was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who was thought to have died in 520 BC! -Pearl has been found in the Red Sea, possibly where this specimen originated from.

Interesting Fact 2

Akoya, or saltwater pearls come from oysters, but freshwater pearls usually come from mussels – an interesting piece of trivia there!

Finally, Interesting Fact number 3:

It may seems cruel but rest assured, no animals are harmed in the making of pearl! – Harvesting pearl from mollusks does not kill or harm the animal. They can even be re-implanted to produce more.

That’s all for this issue, we hope you enjoyed getting to know the properties of pearl in a little more ‘depth’… Now, who said that February was the sole month for love?! July (and next months topic) sees the ruby as its birthstone, boasting connotations of passion, desire and of course, love. Look us up next time to discover what three interesting facts has to offer…

How can we help?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life.

Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586 Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM JEWELLERY

May 12, 2015

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Three Interesting Facts About Palladium3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM JEWELLERY

PRECIOUS METALS

In our current “Birthstone Series” of blogs we are examining many precious stones like Diamonds and Emeralds but what can you do with them Precious metals like Gold and Platinum are traditionally used to make designer rings and necklaces for precious stones like Diamonds and Emeralds but a relatively new precious, less expensive metal has emerged, Palladium

PALLADIUM

Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewellery production since 1939 as an alternative to using platinum to make white gold. It is much less dense than platinum and may discolour if heated to extremely high temperatures but Palladium used alone or alloyed with silver or gold offers some of the same metal working properties as other jewellery metals, and as a big plus to jewellery lovers….it remains tarnish free

At the beginning of World War II, platinum was made a strategic government resource and palladium was used in substitution. At one point, it was more costly than platinum, although this has been altered in recent years. Palladium is more precious than silver and whiter than platinum and because it is also lighter than platinum, nearly half the weight, more intricate designer necklaces and designer bracelets can be made which are capable of bearing larger gemstones but without gaining extra weight,  for the same reason, Palladium can be an especially good choice in designer earrings.

Of course, three interesting facts would not be the same without them! Let’s take a look back a little further into the history of this popular precious metal:

A little on its history, production and occurrence, perhaps?

Interesting fact number one 1. Palladium was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in July of 1802 and he himself named it after the asteroid Pallas, which had been discovered two months previously.

Interesting fact number two 2. Ore deposits of palladium are rare and the most extensive of these have been fond in South Africa, the USA, Canada and Russia. It can be found as a free metal in placer deposits, the same as alluvial deposits (see our TIFs- Gold) As well as in jewellery, a lot of it is used in the making of catalytic converters and so, another way of obtaining it is through recycling it from these.

Interesting Fact number three 3. Palladium is around thirty times rarer than gold and it can absorb around 900 times its own volume of hydrogen- the most common element in the universe!

How can we help?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs.

We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life.

Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR MAY, THE EMERALD

May 5, 2015

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Emerald Desicner Jewellery3 Interesting Facts About The Birthstone For May, The Emerald

Who first beholds the light of day In Spring’s sweet flowery month of May And wears an emerald all her life Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Unknown

The Emerald

Like March’s aquamarine (who you should all be acquainted with), emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl and its deep sea-green colour comes from traces of chromium and sometimes vanadium within it. The traditional birthstone of Taurus, Gemini and sometimes Cancer, it was first discovered around 1500BCE in Egypt, near the Red Sea, was treasured by the Romans and was even reputed to be a favourite gemstone of Cleopatra herself! These days, emerald is still seen as a particularly luxurious gemstone to wear and is thought to bring luck and signify loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.

Its name is derived from the Greek ‘smaragos’, via the old French ‘esmeralde’ which simply means ‘green gemstone’. To cast even further back though, the Incas and Aztecs of South America regarded emerald as a holy gemstone, as did the Vedas- the holy scripture of Indians. They thought that emerald held healing properties and promised good luck.

Emeralds are natural gemstones and are mined. After discovery in Egypt, they were first unearthed in India and Austria since the 14th century. The largest producer of emerald, however, is in Columbia, who produce between 50 and a staggering 95% of the worlds emeralds. This, of course, depends on the year, source and grade… some years are more fruitful than others. Zambia is the world’s second biggest producer of the gemstone and accounts for around 20% of world production. They are also synthetically produced, but this process tends to be rarer than say synthetic diamonds.

Now for our three interesting fact’s starring May’s gemstone, which is also one of the four most precious stones known to man (we threw that one in as a bonus). Interesting fact number one Emeralds are actually quite brittle.

Emerald tends to have numerous inclusions and surface breaking fissures hence the reason that they have the reputation of being unlucky Almost all natural emeralds undergo treatment to improve their colour and eliminate any visible imperfections. This practise uses a green-tinted oil to fill in any cracks and reinforce the stone against unintentional chipping or splintering. These imperfections within the stone are unique to each emerald and can be used to identify a particular stone This relative crystal non-uniformity makes emeralds more likely than other gemstones to be cut into cabochons, rather than faceted shapes. Faceted Emeralds are most commonly given the Oval cut, or the signature Emerald cut, a rectangular cut with facets around the top edge.

Interesting fact number two Largest Emerald

One of the largest emeralds discovered is the Mogul Emerald, weighing in at 217.80 carats. This astonishingly high calibre emerald is about 10cm high, which doesn’t actually sound like much.

Interesting fact number three Ancient Folklore

According to ancient folklore, putting an emerald under your tongue would help one see into the future… I will have to try that one myself.

Now a little trivia..

What gemstone do you find in the sea? No googling aloud as we will reveal the answer in our sixth instalment! Isn’t our gemstone series just flying in?! The half-way mark is fast-approaching and next time we are in-keeping with this resounding sea theme while we celebrate Three Interesting Facts about June’s birthstone…

How can we help?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life.

Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT APRILS BIRTHSTONE THE DIAMOND

Apr 6, 2015

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Diamond Cufflinks3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT APRILS BIRTHSTONE THE DIAMOND APRIL- Birthstone the diamond

She who from April dates her years, Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears. For vain repentance flaw; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known.

Unknown.

This month, Interesting Facts brings you

THE DIAMOND

The Diamond, king of all gemstones and the birthstone of most Arians, is what’s known as a ‘metastable allotrope’ (literally an isolated other) of carbon. This means that its atoms are arranged in a variation of the crystal structures known as a diamond lattice.

Its the hardest known natural mineral in the world, making it ideal for an everyday-worn piece such as an engagement or wedding ring for which it is most commonly used.

-Other properties of diamond are that it’s an excellent insulator, it is insoluble and that it is very unreactive.

Approximately 130,000,000 carats of diamonds are mined annually, with a total value of nearly US$ 9 billion, and about 100,000 kg are synthetically manufactured. Roughly 49% of these originate from Central and South Africa, although lots of sources have been found in Canada, Brazil and Australia.

Using volcanic pipes, miners bring up diamond crystals that reside deep in the Earth and the high pressure and temperatures from the pipes disturb them, forcing them to the surface to be collected. Synthetic diamonds are less precious, although still valuable and are manufactured differently from this. They’re made in a lab and have been made this way for over a century.

DIAMOND JEWELLERY

In jewellery, diamonds not only look fabulous, they also help accentuate certain features (now there’s an excuse!).

DIAMOND RINGS

Diamond rings are not only symbols of love, they are also very easy to wear and never tarnish or fracture.

DIAMOND NECKLACES

Diamond necklaces are considered by many as signs of high class but also, with a necklace, your neck can appear more delicate and elongated.

With a couple of interesting facts thrown in above, don’t say we’re not good to our readers, prepare yourself for the main event!

Presenting Interesting Facts Number One Of Three:

Ancient cultures believed that the third finger on the left hand had a special vein known as the Vena Amoris, the vein of ‘love’ This vein runs directly to the heart, hence why we wear engagements rings on this finger.

Number Two:

Diamonds were first discovered in India as far back as 800 B.C. – But did you know that they were not actually used on wedding bands or engagement rings until the 15th Century?

Finally:

The youngest diamond in the world is a youthful 900… million years old. – But as we’ve learned, scientists can grow synthetic diamonds averaging 2.5 carats in around 4 days.

Well, that’s all, folks! From the glistening clarity of diamond to next month’s birthstone, and what a gem it is! Keep your green eyes peeled as we look to explore the secrets of the emerald for our month of May addition… jealous?

How can we help?

This month we are featuring an elegant pair of diamond cufflinks

Would you like more information about these or any other of my featured designs? We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SELLING YOUR OLD DIAMOND OR WEDDING RINGS

Mar 23, 2015

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Designer Gold and Diamond Ring3 Important facts about selling your old diamond or wedding ring.

Have you some old diamond or gold rings that you just don’t use anymore or have a spouse you got rid of and now you want to get rid of the ring? Keep in mind some diamond and gold rings have better value than others. Metal type, metal quality known as carat, type of stone, stone clarity and stone size are just a few of the many things that can change the final value of the ring. Here are some important facts to help you sell that ring!

Get The Rings Valued

Firstly be realistic in the asking price. The best way to accurately price your old diamond engagement ring is to have it appraised and valued. This will ensure that the price you are asking is reasonable and also provide you with concrete evidence as to the true worth of your diamond engagement ring or gold wedding ring when selling it. Selling your rings will be a much easier thing to do if you know how much they are worth and price it accordingly. Remember, it’s not what you think it is worth. It’s what other people think it’s worth.

Get The Rings Cleaned

It will be a good idea to have the rings cleaned prior to selling. Like any other piece of jewellery or any item for that matter, it will look best when presented in the most favourable light, i.e. nicely cleaned with the diamonds sparkling. Having your ring cleaned is easy to do and won’t cost a lot of money but take it to a reputable jeweller. It is well worth getting it looking as nice as possible prior to offering it up for sale. The nicer the ring looks, the more money you may make from the sale.

Examine Different Ways to Sell Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Examine different ways to sell your Diamond Engagement Ring, you may be wondering which is the best way to do this. The answer will depend on various factors such as the demand for diamond engagement rings in your area, the price of the ring and how you would like to sell the ring. No matter how you decide to sell your ring, you should thoroughly examine the sales possibilities and if selling through eBay, another individual or company, make sure that the seller is a legitimate and reputable one. If you decide to list your ring on eBay, look around other listings and see what people are doing. Look at completed listings to see which rings that are comparable to yours have sold and what their listing and title looked like. Ebay searches keywords on the listing title, so the right words will get you more views. If your listing title simply reads ‘diamond ring size M it might not get very many hits or interest. Pictures are a big key as well. A good camera with a Macro mode will be needed. Good lighting is also a must, as you want your ring to look its best!

Don’t Take It to Any “We Buy any Gold” Places

The last thing you want to do is take it to one of those ‘We buy Gold’ places. They will only give a very small fraction of the ring’s real value. Most will tell you that they are not interested in the stone and not pay you for it.

There is Another Option for your Diamond or Gold Rings

Bring your Past into the Present;

The Circle of Life

Your gold and diamond rings can be used to create a bespoke piece of jewellery

Add in other unwanted gold jewellery and a larger contemporary piece can be created. You retain the emotion behind the jewellery while giving it a new lease of life. Be it a new bespoke gold and diamond ring, a bespoke necklace or a pair of designer gold and diamond earrings. Reacquaint yourself with the joy of these adored pieces by giving them a contemporary twist. You will never part with these keepsakes but you can’t enjoy them either if they are too outdated to wear. What better way to show your appreciation for an heirloom or a once cherished gift than making a present of the past?

HOW CAN WE HELP?

If you would like to discuss any of the above, We can help you combine your old jewellery to create new, preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new lease of life. Allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs.

The Featured Designer, Bespoke Diamond and Gold Ring was in fact created from an old, unwanted gold and diamond ring

Helen specialises in of one-of-a-kind bespoke, designer jewellery using a variety of colours, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. Visit my website or come to my studio to view a creative collection of designer jewellery to suit all tastes

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Helen Swan for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY

Mar 9, 2015

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Designer Jewellery for Mother's Day3 Interesting Facts About Mother’s Day

from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

Mothers Day

A tradition going back over a hundred years and nowadays, is associated with outpourings of gifts, cards and spring’s first flowers. However, the history of Mother’s Day stems from a somewhat more ominous occasion.

How it all started

Mother’s Day a holiday celebrating mothers and motherhood and is celebrated on various days all over the world. Commonly in March or May

As previously mentioned, It’s a tradition going back over a hundred years and nowadays, is associated with outpourings of gifts, cards and spring’s first flowers. However, the history of Mother’s Day stems from a somewhat more ominous occasion.

Beginning in the 1850’s, West Virginia woman’s organiser, Ann Jarvis ran Mother’s Work Clubs aimed at improving sanitary conditions, help lower infant mortality and provided women with a sanctuary to mourn the loss of soldiers. She was also a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. It was thought of then as a progression towards peace and salvation, and the term ‘Mother’s Day’ was soon coined. It was first recognised as a holiday in 1908 when Ann’s daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. Anna’s mission was to honour her own mother and continue with the work she had started and to set a day aside to honour all mothers. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday. The story behind it may be unfamiliar to some, but what we celebrate today remains at the forefront of our minds this coming Sunday. The women that carried us, literally and figuratively, probably on and off over the years and the linchpin in any family- I personally don’t know where I’d be without mine!

So let us celebrate, and how better to begin than with this week’s Three Interesting Facts?

During times in the 17th Century, when children as young as ten left home to work. There was one day in most cases per year that families were reunited. It was then dubbed Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday.

‘Mothers’, not ‘Mothers”- Anna Jarvis wanted an occasion to honour everyone’s individual mother. That way every single mother gets her own recognition. Did you know that there are an estimated two billion mothers world wide- That works out as 4 babies born per minute! A lot of celebrating for this holiday

In the early 1920’s companies had started selling Mother’s day cards. This is not what Anna Jarvis had intended. The original intention was to appreciate mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude not by turning it into a commercial enterprise. She was angered by the commercialism of it all as it turned into and she died resenting the holiday. Even so Mother’s Day still remains a widely popular holiday

There you have it, a little insight into an occasion often overshadowed by other holidays, but arguably the most important.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

If you would like to treat your mother to something special this Mother’s Day Helen specialises in of one-of-a-kind bespoke, designer jewellery using a variety of colours, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. Visit my website or come to my studio to view a creative collection of designer jewellery to suit all tastes We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new, preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today, there are not many days left to Mother’s Day,and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AQUAMARINES FOR MARCH BIRTHDAYS

Mar 2, 2015

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Designer bespoke bangle3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AQUAMARINES FOR MARCH BIRTHDAYS MARCH- Birthstone Aquamarine A March born shall always be Soothes by aqua, gem of sea, This mermaid’s treasured stone you’ll wear, Will bring happiness, love, affection and care. Unknown THE AQUAMARINE

The aquamarine is the birthstone of the month of March and goes (very swimmingly…) hand in hand with the zodiac pieces, a water sign. It is a variety of what is known as ‘beryl’, a mineral composed of beryllium and aluminium cyclosilicate and its hexagonal crystals can be both very small or range to several meters in size. Fermented crystals of the gemstone are exceedingly rare.

The gem gravel placer deposits of Sri Lanka contain aquamarine, where it is mined and it can also be found in the United States, South America and Africa.

Its name is derived from the Latin term ‘aquamarina’, meaning ‘water of the sea’ as it is one of the only gemstones found with almost perfect clarity. For use in jewellery, aquamarine needs to be ‘eye flawless’, meaning it must have no impurities that can be seen from the naked eye.

It is hard-wearing and unlike its close relative, emerald, aquamarine is not brittle and so can be cut any way!

And now for this month’s three interesting facts!

Were you aware that…

The biggest aquamarine stone ever discovered was in Brazil in 1910 and weighed a staggering 243 pounds! It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 carats.

Keeping in theme with all things nautical. It is unsurprising that according to folklore, aquamarine is said to protect sailors at sea. Many sailors have believed for generations that the stone holds powers to return them home safely.

And for this month’s final interesting facts…

Aquamarine is believed to hold the power to increase youth, intelligence, courage, happiness and even reduce the effect of poison…

Those of you Arians are in for a treat next month as we discover more about the most desired precious stone of all as three interesting facts returns with some dazzling facts about the diamond.

HOW CAN WE HELP? The image this month features a Helen Swan Designer Jewellery bespoke bangle

The bangle can also be made using other relevant stones like an Amethyst so if you wish to see more options and designs ideas contact helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk Helen specialises in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery using a variety of colours, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new, preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FEBRUARY’S BIRTHSTONE THE AMETHYST

Feb 16, 2015

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Designer Silver Kilt Pin3 Interest Facts About February’s Birthstone- The Amethyst The February-born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they an amethyst will wear. The Amethyst

Worn to make the wearer gentle and amiable, the amethyst is also reputed to promote healing, peace, love and spiritual enlightenment.February Birthstone – Properties of the Amethyst For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birthstone. The February birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Amethyst is associated – stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity and a calm disposition. The healing properties of the February birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing. The Amethyst is also referred to as the the “sobriety stone” as it was once believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions.

The Amethyst. A bit of History

It is a violet variety of the quartz family and its name comes from the Ancient Greek for ‘not intoxicated’, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its wearer from drunkenness.

The Ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent further intoxication.

Originally, amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for Intaglio engraved gems

– An engraved gem that has been carved, in the Western tradition normally, with images or inscriptions on only one face.

Amethyst Colour

In the 19th Century, the colour of the amethyst was attributed to the presence of the alkaline element manganese. However, since it is capable of being greatly altered by heat, its colour was believed by some to be from an organic source.

Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewellery. Today, while Brazil is still the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

Now, 3 interesting facts would not be three interesting facts without… You guessed it! Did you know:

Long ago, farmers believed wearing amethyst would protect their crops from hailstones and locusts.

The Hebrew word for amethyst is “ahlamah” which means ‘dream’; thus, the stone was supposed to induce wonderful dreams and visions. And.. if you dreamed of amethyst you would be free from harm.

Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters.

So, that’s your lot for now! Make sure to check out next month’s post, where we will delve into the aqueous delights of March’s birthstone, the aquamarine.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

The feature image is one of Helen Swan’s Designer Kilt Pins hosting a beautiful Amethyst. See more in our Kilt Pin section

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery using a variety of colours, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new, preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery