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OPAL AND TOURMALINE FOR OCTOBER
Birthstones for October are
Opal and Tourmaline
In the Middle Ages people believed the opal provided great luck. This was due to the variety of colours representing the different virtues of each gemstone.
It was also believed that by wrapping an opal in a fresh bay leaf and holding it in your hand the person holding the opal would achieve invisibility. 😊
Olympic Australia is the worlds largest and most valuable opal, measuring 11 inches long and weights 17,000 carats. It was valued at $2.5 million in 2005. It originated from Coober Pedy, Australia in 1956.
Opals generally are found in Australia however they are also mined in Brazil, Honduras,, Czech Republic, Navada, Idaho, and Mexico.
There are many varieties of Opal. These are just a few of the many different types of Opals - Black Opal, Crystal Opal, Boulder Opal, Koroit Opal, Mintabie, Tinenbar and Yowah Opal.
No two tourmaline gems are exactly alike, which makes this a one-of-a-kind gift for any individual—especially someone celebrating an October birthday or an eighth wedding anniversary.
Tourmaline is not one mineral, but a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties. Certain trace elements produce distinct colours, and many resulting varieties have their own names: Verdelite or green tourmaline, Paraiba tourmaline, Achroite or colourless tourmaline, Parti-coloured tourmaline.
With such a wide variety of colours, tourmaline can suit a range of budgets. Like diamonds, tourmaline is evaluated by colour, clarity, cut and carat weight.
Egyptian legend tells that tourmaline found its famed array of colours when, on its journey up from the earth’s center, it passed through a rainbow. Because of its colourful occurrences, tourmaline has been confused with other gems throughout history.
SAPPHIRE FOR SEPTEMBER
18ct White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Dress Ring #1724
total Sapphire weight 1.24 ct
total Diamond weight 0.50 ct
Colour FG VSSI
September’s birth stone is Sapphire. Sapphires are also used to celebrate a 45th Anniversary.
Some believe the healing properties of a sapphire are Wisdom, Love, Loyalty and Spiritual Development. Known as the Wisdom Stone the different colours of each stone bring’s its own type of wisdom and additional attributes.
Sapphire is commonly associated with the colour blue. When Jewellers use the word “sapphire” they are generally referring to the blue sapphire, however if they state a colour before the word sapphire they are referring to a particular colour of sapphire.
The name Sapphire is believed to come from the Greek word “sappheiros”. It is also believed the ancient Romans and Greeks elite thought the wearing of the sapphire would protect them from envy and harm.
As can be seen in the
image above we are fortunate enough to currently have these beautiful
stones/rings in stock.
PERIDOT FOR AUGUST
2.37 ct Peridot with Diamond Halo. In Stock NOW
Traditionally Peridot is the gemstone worn and represents August.
Within regard to Anniversary Traditions Peridots can be gifted for a 16th anniversary.
The Emeralds worn by Cleopatra were often Peridots as they were one of her favourite gem stones.
One of the beliefs is that the Peridot came from the Ancient Island of Peridot in the red sea and this is where its name came from. This Island is also know as Zabargud where some of the most beautiful Peridot crystals are found. Peridots are also found in Islands in the red sea, Norway, Arizona, Hawaii and Burma.
It is also thought or believed that Peridot brings the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of peridot are to attract love while also calming anger, soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.
At Ellerslie Jewellers we have obtained some of these beautiful stones in wonderful settings. Do you know someone who would love to receive one of these special gems, come and visit our store.
RUBIES FOR JULY
July’s birthstone is the gorgeous Ruby. Rubies over the course of history have been known to give the wearer passion, prosperity and protection. This makes a Ruby gift something extra special for the recipient.
We have a wonderful selection of Rubies in stock for that
special person who’s having a birthday this month or just needs to be shown how
special they are in your life.
Spoil her with this most magnificent gem. Come and visit us and find that special something to warm her heart.
Our Staff would be delighted to help you select your wonderful gift.
JULY 30 TO 50% WINTER SALE
RUBY AND DIAMOND RING0.6ct Oval Ruby
0.20ct Diamonds G SI
9ct Yellow Gold
Was $1,999 NOW $1,000
DIAMOND CROSS AND CHAIN1.20 tdw Diamond Princess Cut G VS/SI 30 stones
18ct Yellow Gold Fox Tail Box Chain