Gems of the Month – Aquamarine – the sailors gem and Bloodstone the martyr’s stone

Gems of the Month - Aquamarine - the sailors gem and Bloodstone the martyr's stone

Who in this world of ours their eyes, in March first open shall be wise, in days of peril firm and brave, Unknown Author. Aquamarines vary in colour from deep blue to blue-green of different intensities, caused by traces of iron in the beryl crystal. The shade of Aquamarine for the March birthstone is cool blue, the colour of the Aegean sea. The name aquamarine was derived by the Romans, “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water. Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as

Gem of the Month – Amethyst – the gem given for luck and protection

Gem of the Month – Amethyst – the gem given for luck and protection

The February born shall find, sincerity and peace of mind, freedom from passion and from care, If they, the amethyst will wear. Unknown Author February – the month of love – has the deep vibrant amethyst as its birthstone. The word “Amethyst” is derived from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “remedy against drunkenness.” The Amethyst is a semi-precious stone in varying shades of purple which belongs to the quartz family and owes its colour to oxide of manganese and iron which forms part of its composition. However for the February birthstone, deep violet is the only desirable colour variety. The best varieties of Amethysts come from Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and the Far East. It is one the more affordable gemstones, adding to its popularity. The amethyst holds a

Gem of the Month – Garnet – the gem of loyalty and friendship

Gem of the Month - Garnet - the gem of loyalty and friendship

By her who in this month January was born, no gem save garnets should be worn, they will ensure her constancy, true friendship, and fidelity. Unknown Author January is a cold and bitter month for us in the UK, which makes the stunning warm red garnet gemstone a perfect choice for the January birthstone. The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the red colour and seed-like form of this fruit. Not all garnets are red as many people believe, in fact they come in many colours including orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink and colourless. However for the January birthstone, the deep fiery red garnet is the only desirable colour variety. Garnet is a beautiful and very popular gemstone that

Here’s to a great 2014

Here's to a great 2014

I hope you have a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful 2014. I look forward to working with you in the new year. Best regards Richard, Gaetane, Francoise and Dan. International Gemstones | London Major Trading | Geneva

Auction highlights Special

Auction highlights Special

2013 especially November really was an incredible time for the sale of fantastic gems and jewellery. So much so, I have decided to do a round-up of the auction highlights for you. Since the 1970’s the two main auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s held regular sales devoted to important diamonds and coloured stones. These regular auctions have heightened interest exponentially of coloured gems and has consequently become a strong indicator of their market value. Since the 2007 crash of the world economy the price of gems, especially coloured ones, has risen year on year, with auction estimates regularly being smashed by the time the hammer falls. And yet there is still no sign that the ceiling price has been anywhere near reached. The time for coloured gems is now, and

Gem of the Month – Blue Turquoise – The Protection Gem

Gem of the Month - Blue Turquoise - The Protection Gem

If cold December gave you birth, the month of snow and ice and mirth, place on your hand a turquoise blue; success will bless whate’er you do. Unknown Author Blue turquoise has been found on artefacts dating back 5000 years, in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and Mesopotamia. The word Turquoise is derived from the Greek word “turkois” meaning “Turkish” because it was first brought from Turkey to medieval Europe. Perhaps the oldest stone in male history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Warriors in both ancient and medieval times wore Turquoise as a protection from death before their time. If the warrior looked down and saw a crack in the stone they would believe that the Turquoise took the blow instead of them, thus enabling them to fight another day.

Gem of the Month – Topaz – the friendship Gem

Gem of the Month - Topaz - the friendship Gem

As the days turn decidedly cooler those with birthdays this month can find warmth in their beautiful birthstone Topaz. This beautiful and inviting gem comes in an array of colours, however the tone to represent this month is warm honey, it is no wonder that it represents lasting friendship and trust. Topaz is the one of the hardest minerals in nature with its large crystal formations exceeding most other crystals in size, making it perfect for setting in this seasons “must have” oversized cocktail ring. The word ‘topaz,’ birthstone for the month of November, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger. As

Gem of the Month – Opal – Rainbow gem of good fortune.

Gem of the Month - Opal - Rainbow gem of good fortune.

October is a dazzling month, as the leaves start to turn from green, we are treated to scenery that holds a kaleidoscope of colours, a true feast for the eyes. Perhaps this is why the beautiful opal, the rainbow gem, has been used as October’s birthstone for thousands of years. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of colour.” Opals have a very long and chequered history. I am sure you will have heard at some point that opals bring bad luck or that they are a sign of evil. This mistaken belief has stemmed from many different sources over the years. The wife of Napoleon III of France, refused to

Gem of the Month – Blue Sapphire – to represent the purity of the soul

Gem of the Month - Blue Sapphire – to represent the purity of the soul

Have you ever noticed that the sky is always at its bluest this time of year? Perhaps this is why September’s birthstone is the stunning blue Sapphire. Since antiquity, the colour blue and September have always been connected. Even the word “Sapphire” derives its name from the Greek “sapphirus” meaning blue, a word which itself comes from the Hebrew ” sappir” which means to shine. In western Europe, medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. The sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul. Before and during the Middle Ages, it was worn by priests as protection from impure thoughts and temptations of the flesh. Medieval kings of Europe valued these stones for rings and brooches, believing that it protected

Jewellery Heist Special!

Jewellery Heist Special!

It’s been a particularly active year so far for jewellery heists. Not since the words “stand and deliver” were originally uttered has jewellery theft been more prolific, or brazen! One may be forgiven for thinking that jewellery theft is the latest in criminal trends, and perhaps it is! There is something very alluring and fascinating about this type of crime though isn’t there? Many a literary best seller has been based around jewellery thieves, and Hollywood is already clamouring to make a movie about the latest robbery in Cannes. And reports in digital-spy last week said that there are T-Shirts are being worn around New York saying “I’m a Pink Panther” referring of course, to the international crime ring of said name – who are incidentally are meant to be


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