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Semi-Precious Stones: Identification And Buying Tips

While the precious stone family of diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are very much in demand, and are graded using the 4Cs, the semi-precious stone family is indeed a large one, with jewellery items that contain both precious and semi-precious stones, and items made exclusively from semi-precious stones.

Semi-Precious Stones: Identification And Buying Tips

Here is a list of semi-precious stones:

The stones that are classified as semi-precious are as follows:

  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Citrine
  • Garnet
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Peridot
  • Tanzanite
  • Topaz
  • Zircon

Each has its own unique properties and range of colours, and you will find semi-precious stones in antique and vintage jewellery that were hand-crafted by experts of their time. If you are looking to create a very special piece of jewellery, you should contact a custom jeweller as he would have access to loose stones, and at trade prices too. You could create a unique piece of jewellery and keep it as an heirloom and start a new family tradition, and with your choice of stones and settings, the perfect piece awaits.

Free Online Resources

If you want to learn more about the colour and properties of semi-precious stones, there are lots of free resources online where all precious and semi-precious stones are classified. Some semi-precious stones come in different colours and hues, with a few very unique stones that are valuable, while most people have at least one favourite.

Semi-Precious Stones: Identification And Buying Tips

Birthstones

These are the recognised birthstones:

  • Garnet – January
  • Amethyst – February
  • Aquamarine – March
  • Diamond – April
  • Emerald – May
  • Alexandrite, Pearl – June
  • Ruby – July
  • Peridot – August
  • Sapphire – September
  • Opal – October
  • Topaz, Citrine – November
  • Zircon, Tanzanite – December

If you would like to have items of jewellery made to your specifications, there are custom jewellers who can craft your design, using the stones you selected. It might even surprise you to learn that custom made jewellery is no more expensive than off-the-shelf items.

Tips for Buying Semi-Precious Stones

Obviously, the more you know about the stones you are after, the better, so do read up on the make-up. If you’re looking for semi-precious stones jewellery in Australia, for example, there are established online jewellers that focus on semi-precious stone jewellery. If you buy from a reputable online jeweller, you can rest assured that the stones are authentic, and the online jeweller has more of a selection than the traditional bricks and mortar jeweller.

Comparing Prices

The Internet offers many benefits, one being the ability to instantly compare products or items, and when you are searching for online jewellers, you can view many fine examples of unique pieces, and when you find something you really like, a secure online payment is all it takes to have the piece packed and sent by courier to your home address.

Nature is amazing and semi-precious stones are a fine example of the natural beauty that took millions of years to produce, and if you have a favourite semi-precious stone, why not look for jewellery items that feature your chosen stone?

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus lockdown

Well 2020 has not been the year we had planned, I don’t think anyone expected weeks of the country and along with the rest of the world being on lockdown. Our year started well with a trip to Finland which was amazing, then 4 weeks later Covid-19 started its trip around the world putting plans on hold for everyone. For some people they are home along struggling to be alone or home schooling children and just generally not

Staying connected

There are so many ways to stay connected, video calls using zoom or house party. Facetime, which is my go too, I have used it a lot to stay in contact with family and friends more over the last few weeks than ever before. Sometimes it’s just sending that little text to to see how someone is doing or just so they know you are thinking about them. It’s those little things that let people you care even during the strangest of times.

Get ready for the day

I found that during the first couple of weeks of lockdown I was wearing comfy clothes and some days I didn’t even get myself or the children dressed. Before long I was feeling a bit meh, it was then I started to make an effort to straighten my hair pop on some make up and add a splash of lip colour and some jewellery. It made me feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong it’s 10am I’m writing this while still in my pj’s but thats ok. I will get dresses and enjoy the day.

Keep healthy

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus

Exercise is great not just for psychical but also for mental health, so heading out each day for a walk with the children and the dogs has been great for all of us. Now I’m not someone who regularly goes to the gym so it hasn’t been something that I have missed, but I can understand that those who use the gym daily will be getting adventurous with new home work outs. There are lots of online workouts you can can choose from.

Keeping our bodies healthy is something we all want, however you really don’t know what is happening unless you get health check-ups. It’s so important for our personal health that you get checks. It could be bloody pressure, allergy checks, STD checks, eye sights or even routine bloods, these are all ways you can make sure your keeping healthy. Also it helps to know what is going on so you can make any necessary changes.

Stay positive

Staying positive during these times isn’t easy for anyone. We all miss our family and friends. When I face-time my 2 year old niece she asks to come to my house to see us and not on the phone, it breaks my heart. Not seeing her for 3 months now means I have missed out so much on watching her grow. However, we all know that making these sacrifices in the short term will be beneficial in the long term. I cannot wait to see our family again, fingers crossed it wont be for too much longer.

gardening for mental health

We have like so many other people been working on our garden, which has been something the whole family has been involved with. We decided to cancel our holiday to France so we have used the money on the garden, we are so pleased to be able to time and money on the garden this year.

I hope that you have been able to stay positive throughout this whole Coronavirus and be able to enjoy having the children at home and spending time as a family unit. Fingers crossed it won’t be to long before some more of the restrictions are removed and we can start to see some family and friends.

Simple Steps to Help Your Relationship Grow

We all want our relationships to be picture perfect at all times. But at the end of the day, this isn’t something that many couples experience. We’re all human and this means there are inevitable bumps along the road that can lead to arguments, fall outs or relationships dwindling and fizzling out. Sometimes this is because people are simply incompatible. But sometimes, perceived problems can actually be figured out and you and your partner can grow from it. Here are just a few different things you can do to help your relationship grow and stay on the right path.

Steps to Help Your Relationship Grow

Set Boundaries

Boundaries can help relationships to grow at a steady rate, allowing room for you both to have your own space and to adjust being part of a couple. It’s important that you communicate your boundaries with your partner on an ongoing basis. This will help you to avoid rubbing each other up the wrong way and can prevent a whole lot of arguments as time passes.

Make Sure You’re On the Same Page

It’s important to make sure that you’re both on the same page in various ways. It’s important that you both want the same thing – whether that’s casual dating, a relationship, marriage, kids, or anything else. If you don’t agree on basic fundamentals, things can quickly go downhill. It’s best to be aware of one another’s wants and needs early on in order to ensure you can make a good match.

Consider Couples Therapy

If you find that you’re having troubles in any aspect of your relationship, couples therapy can help. Whether that’s marriage counselling, couples sex therapy, or anything else. These sessions place you and your partner in a neutral setting and can give you the opportunity to talk things out with professional guidance providing insight into your behaviours. Most people report that couples therapy helps them and their partner to iron out problems, grudges and other negative behaviour.

Continue to Make an Effort


A problem in many relationships is that people begin to take their partner for granted and stop making an effort. This shouldn’t be the case. You should always treat your partner at least in the same way you did when you were pursuing them at the start of the relationship. If anything, your efforts should increase as you grow to love them more! So, don’t let things dwindle. Give them nice surprises. Make sure they know you’re thinking about them. Offer them support. Listen to them. Encourage them in their interests and passions. Make dates. Go on dates. Keep things exciting!

These are just a few different things you can do that will help your relationship to grow. If you’re interested in making something serious of your current relationship, or you simply want to maintain a strong relationship and keep things going in the right direction, these simple steps can make all the difference!