February Newsletter

Someone put the brakes on ,February is almost over..
Big apologies for my lack of Newsletters .
Hubby and I have just returned from a 2 week road trip.
We drove all the way up to Rotorua from Dunedin visiting lot’s of places I had never been to!
You see ,I am one of those terrible people who has seen more of the world than places right on her own doorstep.
It was a lot of fun -but now I have to play “catch up ” with all my orders.
Never mind better to be busy than not!
February’s gemstone is the rather regal Amethyst ,which I address belowxx Deb


Amethyst as a Gemstone

A purple translucent semi-precious stone. Like all quartz amethyst is a commonly used stone in metaphysical work. Amethyst is found in many parts of the world, but only a few countries provide the dark, high quality colour.

About the Stone

Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The only difference between regular clear quartz and amethyst is the colour, which is caused by iron and aluminum that were present while the stone was forming. Amethyst is always a shade of purple, sometimes very light, other times very dark, and occasionally you will find red dots or red or blue hues in the stone.

Amethyst and citrine are closely related: citrine is formed when amethyst is exposed to heat when forming. Some people even call citrine “burnt amethyst”. When citrine and amethyst are found together in one piece, it is called ametrine and is very sought after.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is mentioned under the astrological signs Pisces, Aries, Aquarius, and Sagittarius. Amethyst is found in Russia, India, Brazil, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea.

The use of amethyst dates back to Neolithic times. It has often been associated with royalty, and used in crowns and royal rings.


The word amethyst comes from Greek, and means “to not intoxicate”. It was traditionally used by Greeks and Romans as a way to keep themselves sober. Amethyst has also been used to deal with insomnia, grief, and addictions.

In other news I am starting a campaign across  social media to highlight our bespoke engagement and wedding ring collection.
As most of you already know “we ” is Hubby and I ,that’s pretty much it -apart from a little help from a couple of fabulous gem setters when a job is just a little bit beyond our skill set!
We truly do everything BY HAND ,from design right through to completion , and unlike the majority do not use CAD
(computer aided design ) in any way ,shape or form.
I cannot stress this enough.
The vast majority of jewellers and jewellery companies now produce their work via CAD .
This is totally ok if it is made clear to the customer, yet there  are quite a few companies in the marketplace who choose not to disclose this , yet still continue to use the terms handmade, bespoke , and handcrafted when describing their work -which I find somewhat dishonest.
How can designing something on a computer and knocking it out on a 3D printer be  justifiably called handmade?