Fashion

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?

Dressing Classy And Stylish: Effortless Ways To Pull It Off

If you want to add some sophistication and class to your style, then maybe it’s time to mix things up. It’s great you came across this article as we are going to show you how simple it is to inject some class and elegance into your wardrobe and overall look.

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Spruce up your style! By just adding some simple staples to your closet, you’ll be ready for that new job, new you, new whatever!

If you want a classy prom dress on the other hand, then check out nearby stores or online shops for blue prom dresses for 2020. Why go blue for prom? Because shades such as royal blue can be super classy and elegant. There is something in the shade that just screams elegance.

How To Dress Classy – Basic Style Tips You Need To Know

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No matter what your reasons are for wanting to add another dimension to your look, you can make the transition to classy in no time. We will walk you through some of the best ways to style yourself for that timeless class. The great thing about classy outfits is that you get to wear them practically everywhere – to work, when travelling, shopping or going to brunch with the girls!

So, let’s get started so you have all the information you need to pull off your classy look with effortless ease.

  • Get to know your personal style and trends.

Whether you have defined it or not yet, you will have a style that’s unique to you. Now you are aware of it, you can tailor it to suit your preferences. When it comes to classy, you want to go minimalistic and chic. Avoid wearing cluttered, busy outfits that feature too many patterns and colours. This more creative look is still great but will keep you from looking classy. Solid, block shades and neutral colours with sleek lines will give you that elegant, sophisticated look.

Dressing Classy And Stylish
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  • Invest in classic fabrics.

Fabrics such as linen, silk, cotton and wool are timeless materials that scream chic and class. No matter what you wear in these materials, you will give off a classy vibe. As long as you remember how to care for them to protect their longevity, they can go well with a number of wardrobe staples such as jeans, fitted pants and skirts.

  • Fit is everything.

Once you get your fit down, you are onto a winner. Sophisticated clothing looks like it has been tailored and made to fit the wearer. So, for example, skirts and dresses should land just above the knee and any blazers, sweaters or blouses should end at your waistline to add to your feminine shape.

Above are just some of the essentials to wearing classy clothes. Keep these tips in mind, and you will have your most elegant look yet!

Heading into Autumn with Lighthouse Clothing

I love the Autumn, it’s my favourite time of the year. The slightly colder days, the changes in the trees, conker picking with the children, hot chocolate, the log burner, Sunday afternoon snuggling on the sofa watching a film not forgetting long walks in the woods with the dogs.

Heading out for family walks is something we all love, even though we don’t get out together as often as we should do. My Hubby is the main dog walkers he heads out for miles over the fields and I take them for a quick walk around the village between working and collecting the children from school.

Autumn at the moment is all about the rain! I mean it’s rained everyday for the last couple of weeks. It’s been awful, you look out of the window to find bright skies then 5 minutes later the heavens have opened and we have black skies and heavy rain.

Lighthouse Clothing Review

Luckily the lovely Lighthouse Clothing offered to send me out a coat, scarf and hat to help me through the rainy Autumn into the Winter. I looked that their large collection of lovely coats and quickly found the gorgeous Alanna coat in the Night Sky shade, which is a lovely rich navy colour.

My gorgeous coat

navy alanna coat from lighthouse clothing

I just loved the Alanna because of it’s length. I like a longer coat, I don’t like waste length because I’m quite curvy and heavy on the hips so I like longer coats to cover my bum. The other thing that really appealed to me is the hidden pull cord to help create a waist line within the coat. So it sits just how I like it.

Of course its fully waterproof Teflon, which is just perfect for the weather that we are currently having. It has a super soft lining, hidden pockets and pockets on the outside perfect for dog treats and poo bags. I took my coat on a weekend away in Hull, good job I had it with me as it rained just about the whole time we were there.

The hood on my Alanna coat is also detachable, which is a great addition, but I don’t think I will remove it. I quite like the added hood.

I have warn this coat lots over the last couple of weeks it’s honestly been perfect for all of the rain we have been having. It has kept me dry on the dog walks and also on the school run. I’ve also had to wash it as the muddy dogs jumped up, but it wasn’t a problem because it washed beautifully and dried quickly.

All of the pockets have proven very useful and it look fabulous on. I’ve had a few nice comments on the school run.

Hat and Scarfs

lighthouse clothing hat and scarf

Not only is the coat gorgeous but the hat and scarf I also got to go with it are just lovely. I chose the Hannah Bobble Hat in stone and the Merino Scarf in Lilac Dusk Blue Stripe. Choosing the scarf took me longer than choosing the coat. As yet I haven’t really needed to wear the hat and scarf as the weather hasn’t been quite cold enough yet. But I cannot wait for the temperature to drop a bit more so I can get lots of wear out of them.

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I’m so pleased with the coat from Lighthouse Clothing that I have been looking the different styles for the children. I will be using Lighthouse Clothing again, the quality of the coat is fabulous and I really feel that their items are good value for money. It really pays to spend a little more on coats so they last you.

Thank you Lighthouse clothing for sending me my lovely new coat, hat and scarf to help keep me warm and dry over through the Autumn and into the winter.