Thursday, 28 September 2017
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Once we establish the idea that any man can wear a bracelet if they so choose, the next question is ‘why should you wear a men’s bracelet?’.
The purpose of a good looking and carefully selected bracelet isn’t substantially different from any other piece of jewellery, for example a ring or necklace. The bracelet’s purpose is to compliment your look, a noticed accessory, it’s not intended to be the central focus of your outfit, but rather a part which adds to the overall feel of the ensemble.
What kind of bracelet you wear will largely depend on the types of outfits you wear. If you’re often suited and booted, then you’ll probably want to select an upmarket metallic bracelet. If you’re more often found wearing shorts and a worn t-shirt, you’ll likely going to want a bracelet which compliments that look, a leather, rope or beaded bracelet which looks rustic might be the perfect option.
It’s important to realise that in both of the examples provided, the role of the bracelet was identical, it’s emphasising your overall sense of style. Just like any other type of well-chosen accent, it’s function is to demonstrate that your look is intentional and that effort has been made to look the way that you do. You’re not just wearing a suite because you have to, you’re wearing the suit because you want to look good, and a carefully selected bracelet makes that intention clear.
It’s my opinion that bracelets, like necklaces, look their absolute best when they look like they’ve been broken in a little bit. When a piece of jewellery has too much shiny unblemished metal on show it can look a bit too blingy and gaudy. You’ll want to have your jewellery look like it’s been around the block a few times, that it’s travelled the world and been on an adventure. It’s part of your life’s story.
A word of warning that’s worth bearing in mind – get something that fits. A chunk of metal that slides around on your wrist becomes frustrating, distracting and occasionally painful after a very short amount of time. A bracelet with a little bit of weight to it needs to be fitted fairly snuggly, while pieces made from leather, rope or are beaded can have a little bit more give in them.
One of the major problems with men’s bracelets is that much of the classic menswear won’t easily accommodate a bracelet without detracting from the look.
To put it another way, unless you’re getting your sleeves tailored to specifically accommodate a bracelet, your suit and shirt cuffs are going to be competing for the same wrist space as a bracelet, not to mention competing with your watch as well.
This fact can mean that men’s bracelets are mostly a summer accessory when short sleeves are abound and there’s nothing restricting your ability to show off your bracelet. But, this does not necessarily mean you can’t wear a bracelet with a long sleeves outfit, you just need to be smart about it.
Here’s our fool proof guide on how to wear a men’s bracelet without it looking out of place or awkward:
• Treat your bracelet like a wristwatch – that is to say, fitted snuggly against the skin and under any sleeves that are long enough to cover them.
• Feel free to stack multiple thin cord bracelets, it’s part of the look, just don’t do the same for thick metal bracelets.
• You can wear a wristwatch on the same wrist as a thin cord bracelet, you can’t do the same thing with a metal bracelet.
• Don’t mix smart looking metal bracelets with rustic leather bracelets.
• One wrist without any bracelets looks better than having both wrists containing bracelets. Having matching bracelets on each wrist is a no go, unless you’re trying to pull off a bondage hand cuffs look.
• Lastly, don’t pay attention to the rules above if you know what you’re doing. There will always be individuals that can make any look work for them, but might look daft on anyone else. For the most part, stick to what we’ve laid out above and it’s unlikely you’ll go wrong.
It’s relatively easy to look out of place and uncomfortable if you have mismatches or excessive amounts of bracelets. It can look like you’re trying too hard, but haven’t quite got the hang of it or don’t know what look you’re going for. Keep things straightforward, simple and modest until you’ve got to grips with the style you want.
Types and Styles of Men’s Bracelets
Even an untrained eye can probably readily identify a bracelet that’s not meant for male wrists. A slender and delicate metal bracelet which has been set with any number of precious stones are traditionally marketed for women only. That’s not to say that men can’t wear such jewellery, but that’s out of scope for this article as we want to focus on bracelets specifically tailored for men.
This still leaves a very large number of varied styles of men’s bracelets to choose from, some of which may come as a surprise to you, and might include styles you might not have considered previously. Here are some of the popular styles that are in use today:
Men’s Metal Bracelets
The simple metal band is probably one of most elegant styles of bracelet that are available for men, it’s also the type you’re most likely to see worn in conjunction with a suit and tie.
The variety and types available here are fairly substantial, but the overall goal is going to be the same. A single solid, masculine and bold piece of metal on your wrist. It’s uncomplicated, manly, and can make quite the statement.
A simple uncomplicated metal bracelet is ideal when you want something that’s a little bit flash and showy. Paired with classy and smart clothes it will speak for itself, providing flashes of brilliance when it appears from underneath your cuff.
In order to accommodate the metal bracelet you might want to keep your shirt sleeves a little shorter than you would normally, however this largely depends on the thickness of the bracelet and where it lies on your wrist. Whatever you do, don’t wear it over your dress shirt, or you’ll end up with a strange looking fringe of shirt cuff poking out underneath the bracelet – not a good look.
Keep clear of anything too flashy. One or at the most two colours of metal is more than enough and you’ll probably want to keep well away from gemstones. Most men’s metal bracelets are too chunky to pair with a wristwatch, in which case it’s a tossup between wearing a watch or wearing a bracelet.
Anchor Bracelets for Men
The nautical themed bracelet has become a mainstay of men’s fashion, so it’s not at all surprising that anchor bracelets have come to dominate this niche. The anchor bracelet is a perennial trend, which sees a surge in popularity every spring and summer. Investing in a nautical themed or anchor bracelet will therefor offer longevity and is the perfect piece to finish off an outfit which is inspired by boating or cruising along the Riviera.
The anchor bracelet concept comes in a range of finishes, materials and clasp types. Many bracelets will utilise the same materials you might find on a boat such as cord, rope, wood and canvas.
These bracelets are perfect for casual settings and will surely put you into the mood for enjoying the summer.
Beaded Bracelets for Men
When gathering photos and researching the bracelets available for this article, it quickly became apparent that one bracelet style is currently dominating photo shoots in terms of popularity: the beaded bracelet.
The range of bracelets available is quite extensive, from ethnic inspired wooden beads to high value ebony or crystal variants, there are even very colourful plastic statement versions. The range of styles available is truly vast and can accommodate almost any style preference or personal taste.
A significant part of the appeal stems from the fact that you can stack several types of beaded bracelets together in order to create a look that is truly unique and personalised. You can easily alter the size of beads, materials used and colours in order to create your own individual style, so whether you prefer something timeless and sophisticated or something bold and bright, you can complement your look effortlessly.
For example, black and greyscale tones will supplement a smart and tailored look very well. While a wooden beaded bracelet will offer a more natural and earthy look that works well with a heritage sense of style.
Beaded bracelets can also be used to inject a splash of colour into your ensemble, tying together an outfit by highlighting and picking out a subtle colour choice within the look. This can be accomplished by matching the beaded bracelet colour to a shirt, or simply add another complimentary element to an outfit which has been carefully layered and put together.
Men’s Rope Cord Bracelet
At the opposite end of the spectrum from metal bracelets you’ll come across rope cords, which come in a variety of styles and thicknesses.
Some of these are will be decorated while others aren’t. Macrame hemp bands which have various beads woven into them are the ultimate surfer accessory, while popular celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher have been spotted wearing Kabbalah strings, which is a sort of new age bracelet made from knotted red cord.
The advantage of these sorts of bracelets is that they are relatively inexpensive and can be personalised with very little effort. If you want, you can create your own with a little bit of practise. The style is very much relaxed, laid back and counter-culture, but not so much so that they won’t be accepted in most settings.
You might not be able to wear a rope bracelet to a board meeting in a traditionally conservative business, but in most other settings it’ll be perfectly acceptable. You’ll find the bracelets are quite common in businesses that are less traditional or want to create a creative culture, for example design studios or software development companies.
LiveStrong Charity Bracelets
As far as fashion accessories go, the ‘cause’ bands tend be brightly coloured, gaudy and slightly cheap looking, which means they are generally worn to support a cause or for fun, rather than to compliment a particular style. Feel free to wear them when a splash of colour won’t look out of place, or when you’re going to a social event where the bands might be a good conversation starter.
Wearing a cause band every single day, regardless of the other clothes your wearing, is probably not a great idea. Someone will undoubtedly do this, but try to be smarter and find a better way to support your cause. The bands don’t actually do much in terms of aesthetics or support, and wearing one every single day might do more harm than good, coming across as a little preachy or obsessive, especially to those who aren’t concerned with your chosen cause.
It’s of course your prerogative as to whether or not you think wearing a cause band is the best form of activism available, but there are undoubtedly better ways to support something. Give it a bit of thought and mix your style up a bit.
Men’s Rock & Roll Bracelet
This is a very nonspecific category, but think of skulls, scorpions and various other ‘badass’ symbols and you’ve summarised rock and roll jewellery quite nicely.
As a general guide, it falls into and out of fashion fairly consistently. So the best thing to do is wear it if you like it, and don’t wear it if you don’t, ignore the trends.
You’ll probably want to avoid wearing some of the larger stuff with a suit and tie, but otherwise it’s fair game for most types of outfits. Some guys are even capable of wearing a chain of skulls with a suit, as long as it’s only glimpsed and fits in with their other accessory choices.
Men’s Leather Bracelets
Braided or solid, the men’s leather bracelet is a piece of classic style. It goes great with a range of looks, from doc martins and a combat gear, to jeans and a tshirt, it’s difficult to find a casual combination that couldn’t benefit from a simple leather bracelet.
A coloured leather bracelet is another option and has a different feel and style, it can be worn by any guy that wants the width of a metal band, but without the bling, flash and weight. Braided ‘Turks head’ style of bracelets finished in brown leather are a classic take and can be slightly preppy, sometimes worn with the blazers and boat shoes in crowd.
Most men have already experienced wearing leather on their wrists in the form of a leather watch strap, so making the leap to a leather bracelet is not such a big step and can be one of the more appealing first steps into the world of men’s bracelets.
Leather bracelets innately retain a sense of masculinity and it can also be versatile and refined. This means that depending on the size and style of the leather bracelet, it can still be used with formal dress, while still retaining a slightly rebellious edge.
For example, a darkly coloured leather bracelet can very easily be worn with a smart suite and tie without looking out of place. Similarly, a slightly wider leather cuff can complement a t-shirt and jeans look, giving it a edgier rock & roll appeal.
Additionally, leather can work well with wristwatches, giving you the flexibility to wear a bracelet and watch.
Woven Bracelets for Men
The woven bracelet, like the beaded bracelet, is another style that is experiencing a resurgence and is becoming increasingly popular.
One of immediately obvious benefits of a woven bracelet is that the fabric versions are very affordable and are available in a diverse range of colours, which is great should you wish your bracelet to really stand out and act as a point of reference for the rest of your ensemble.
Additionally, woven bracelets can be stacked and combined with any number of leather or beaded bracelets in order to create a stacked visually interesting effect, without necessarily becoming scruffy or unkempt.
These were originally issues to soldiers during WWII and they quickly became a style icon during the 1950s. Due to the classic heritage, they will on occasions resurface as a fashion must have, often with the same very basic styling. The basic design of the ID bracelet consists of a thin metal chain with a rectangular plate centred on the tops of the wrist, much like the face of a wristwatch.
If you’re looking to rock the retro look, then one of these is an obvious choice. There’s no harm in having an ID bracelet if you like the style, coupled with a plain white tshirt and fitted jeans, you’ll look like you stepped out of 1950s America.
If it’s good enough for classic film stars such as James Dean, then it’s probably good enough for the rest of us… occasionally. Don’t overdo it though as it might be a bit of a gimmicky cliché.
Men’s Magnetic Bracelets
Bracelets which claim to offer health benefits resurface every few years and prove to be continuously popular with many that like to dabble in alternative therapies. They’re usually made from a single band of metal, quite thin, made from a range of metals and are often capped with a round ball at the end.
The claimed health benefits of such bracelets is not the purpose of this article, but aesthetically speaking they are generally difficult to recommend. Unless you’re a big believer in these types of bracelets then don’t bother.
If you happen to find that magnetic bracelets do really help with your travel sickness, arthritis or whatever other ailment, then that’s great, just wear them when you need to and not as a perpetual part of your look. There’s not a whole lot we can say about these bracelets other than the style exists and that’s it’s functional rather than fashion related.
At the end of the day, a quality bracelet does what any other quality accessory should do, complements and adds to the effect of the outfit you’re already wearing.
Since you’ll probably change style and outfit often, even day to day, you’ll want to shop for and buy bracelets that can fit in with a range of choices. If you want to limit what you need to buy, look for something that compliments the clothes you wear most often, a natural fit is preferred over a forced match.
That might mean that one guy buys lots of big, bold and chunky solid metal bracelets, while another guy buys a range of coloured leather bracelets. Or maybe you’ll want both in your collection so you can pick and choose what to wear each day based on the setting.
Start small and get a few simple pieces, over time you can grow your collection if you find that you like wearing bracelets. There’s no rush and it’s better to get one piece that you really like rather than lot’s that you think are OK.
Friday, 22 September 2017
A £1000 Scholarship
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017
An eternity ring is quite possibly the most thoughtful and best anniversary gift you could ever give to your wife. The style of ring has existed for well over 4000 years, and for most of that time they have been a symbol of unity and undying love. If your anniversary is rapidly approaching and you’ve been stuck for ideas, then worry no more, because an eternity ring could be exactly what you’re looking for. Traditionally, men from different parts of the world and within different cultures would chose to give their wife an eternity ring on either their first or third wedding anniversary, but don’t let that stop you considering giving one for a birthday, Christmas or holiday present. Eternity rings embody the eternal and everlasting love you have your partner. It also signifies a significant and powerful bond you share and the commitment you’ve made to each other. Traditionally speaking, an eternity ring is used to mark critical milestones in a serious relationship.
The design of an eternity ring is unique, and will most often feature gemstones or diamonds all around the outside of the entire band. The appeal of this sort of ring is that no matter the angle the rings is viewed from, it’ll looking uniformly beautiful, with gems and diamonds glimmering round the edge. With its enduring appeal and stunning significance, it has always been a very popular option as a gift for the special women in our lives. Even though the popularity of the eternity ring is undisputed, it’s completely understandable if this is the first you’ve heard of them, which is why we’re here to guide you through the choices available and pick the perfect ring. So, if you don’t know the significance of the ring, when to give one, or which type would best fit for you lady, or if you're just looking for a gift, or you’re responding to subtle hints, we’re here to help.
A Brief History of Eternity Rings
Eternity rings, as we’ve already discussed, have throughout the ages been the symbol of a man’s everlasting love to the special women in his life. Traditionally, the ring is acquired by the man to give it to his wife on a special event, such as an anniversary or other wedding milestone. The husband may wish to gift the ring to his lady to mark a very special day, such as the birth of their first child together, or in remembrance of an anniversary.
Historically, an eternity ring would only be given as an expression of love. The ring is most commonly worn on third finger of the left hand. According the roman beliefs, this the finger which contains the Vena Amoris or ‘Vein of Love’. This vein is connected directly to the heart. Even though by today's standards, this belief is only recognised as a romantic sentimental myth, the influence the Romans had on today’s beliefs continue to be felt today, centuries after the fall of the Roman empire. If we had the ability to look back in time, we would need to look back as far as 2000BC in order to glimpse the first known eternity ring being forged in ancient Egypt. During this time, the eternity ring was already synonymous with love, but were not necessarily used to mark special anniversaries or occasions. The earliest examples of eternity rings featured quite simple designs, often featuring semi-precious stones. A common theme for eternity rings is a snake eating its own tail, which has long symbolised eternity and love.
During the 18th and 19th century, the design of eternity rings began to evolve. There are examples from the early 18th century, which demonstrate that eternity rings with selections of stunning gemstones were already being manufactured. Not only were the designs changing, but the rings were increasingly becoming available to the general public. In terms of timescales, gemstone eternity rings were the first to make an appearance, but diamond eternity rings soon followed and became increasing popular throughout the 19th century. Since then, diamonds have come to dominate the eternity rings market, become the mainstream option for most shoppers. Today, it’s not uncommon for an eternity ring to be worn together with the wedding and engagement on the ring finger of the left hand. The rings is most often sandwiched between the other two rings. However, this configurations is not absolutely set in stone, it could be worn on any finger on the left or right hand. Regardless, it still embodies the same significance, everlasting love.
When Should I Give an Eternity Ring?
Traditionally speaking, an eternity ring is most often given as a gift to a women when there’s a significant event taking place in the relationship. Any worthy milestone taking place for the couple can be celebrated with the gift of an eternity ring. An important event such as a the birth of the couple’s first child, a wedding anniversary, or even the birth of another child, can be commemorated with an eternity ring. These rings are beautiful and make for an impressively thoughtful gift, they are perfect for a multitude of occasions. Why not disregard tradition and opt to give an eternity ring as a first anniversary present? If you’re a traditionalist at heart, then you can always follow anniversary calendar and buy the ring to mark the special years of your marriage. For example, you might want to match the ring purchase with the corresponding gemstone for the year of marriage. A ruby eternity ring could be used to signify the 40th wedding anniversary, a sapphire eternity ring could be used to signify the 45th wedding anniversary, an emerald eternity ring would make for a perfect gift for the 55th wedding anniversary and finally the classic diamond eternity ring would make for a significant 60th wedding anniversary present.
Of course eternity rings do not have to be only given on your wedding anniversary. They are the embodiment of symbolising the cycle of life, and as such would make an ideal gift for a new mum. If you do decide to gift one of these rings to the new mum, then I would personally recommend choosing a diamond eternity ring. Perhaps go above and beyond, and write down some of your thoughts and emotions during this special time to accompany the ring. You can tell her how much she means to you and how grateful you are for the sacrifices she has made to bring this extra person into your family. It will not only make her feel special, but it will also emphasise the everlasting love and commitment you have for her. Of course, a simple ‘I love you’ can also work wonders, perhaps written on a tag attached to the ring.
Types of Ring
Full Eternity Ring
A full eternity ring can comes with a range of gemstones or diamonds on all sides of the ring, leaving no part bare. The whole band, ring, or shank is covered with spectacular gemstones. This type of ring is embodied by sparkling stones viewable from all angles. Most often the base will be made from a slim ring. This type of eternity ring works particularly well when worn with other rings, and as such is perfect if you want to wear it on the same finger as your engagement or wedding ring. As this ring features stones an all sides, they are extremely difficult to resize, and we would advise against even trying. For this reason, it’s extremely important to carefully select the correct size of eternity ring for your wife. You want to avoid picking the incorrect size and going through the hassle of returning the ring. If you can temporarily borrow an existing ring, or even the wedding or engagement ring, then you should be able to find the correct size. If you do happen to pick the wrong size, you can always ask the retailer if they can do an exchange, but be aware of restocking charges that may apply. If you want the best of the best, then a full diamond ring is the ideal choice.
Half Eternity Ring
As the name of the ring suggests, half eternity rings only feature diamonds or gemstones on one half of the ring. Of course the number of gemstones present largely depends on the size of the stones used and the size of the ring. On average, the stone content will likely be between five and nine stones. Most half eternity rings will feature uniformly sized gems or diamonds, however, some will feature a tapered gem design in order to create a more intriguing design. As you’d expect, a ring which contains fewer valuable gemstones will generally retail for less than full eternity rings, which makes them an affordable option which is well worth considering. Additionally, a half eternity ring can also be resized, unlike full rings, due to the fact it doesn’t have gemstones around the whole circumference.
Eternity rings can come with a variety of stone settings. Every setting brings a unique look and style to the ring, so it’s worth considering when choosing your ring. There are three primary types of ring settings which you might find, these include: bezel settings, channel setting and claw setting.
The universally most popular type of setting you’ll encounter is the claw setting, this may also be called a prong setting in any literature. This type of setting is tried and tested having been used for setting stones for centuries, it’s one of the oldest types of settings known. It could be considered the traditional way of attaching a stone to a ring. The defining feature of the claw setting is the is the metal prongs that run up the side of the gem to hold it in place, effectively holding it like a claw, hence the name. This type of setting is definitely snug, the gems don’t have much ability to move around. We would warn you that it’s important to take care of rings with claw settings, you’ll want to ensure the claws do not become bent or misshaped. The claw setting is particularly well suited for round gem stones, because the claw does not cover the whole of the gem, it allows for the greatest surface area to reflect light and shimmer. If you’re interesting in choosing shiny gemstones, such as diamonds, then picking a ring with a claw setting is an obvious choice, by maximising light penetration and therefor showing off the stones best optical characteristics. An eternity ring which utilises gems set in claw settings will almost certainly stand out, even when viewed at multiple angles. There a few different types of claw fittings, perhaps one of the most interesting choices for an eternity ring is the shared prong. In this configuration the gems share prongs, allowing the gems to be placed side to side, maximising the amount of beautiful gems that your ring is capable of holding.
The channel setting is a relatively new type of ring setting, it’s non-traditional and offers several advantages over the other setting types, which could mean it’s the perfect choice for you. This type of setting holds gems in place by setting the gems within a groove or channel which has lip that sits above the gems, meaning the gems can’t fall out. The groove often gives a floating appearance to the gemstones, which is an interesting feature all by itself. The setting is well suited for princess cut stones, round stones and baguette cut stones. If you’re buying the ring for someone that’s active, then this fitting might be an ideal choice. The stones are perfectly secured, and flush against the ring, which means there are less protrusions which could cause the ring to snag. The stones will continue to have good luster and shine as light is still able to easily penetrate the stones.
The bezel setting is another example of a very secure type of gem setting. Bezel settings can also be known as bar setting. The characteristics of the setting means not only are the gem and diamonds held firmly in place, but they are also framed by the metal of the ring. Unlike claw settings or paved setting, which generally puts each stone close to each other on the eternity ring, the bezel setting is good for presenting each stone as an individual. The bezel frames every stone separately, which allows the eye to distinguish each individual gem, each diamond or stone is treated as an individual piece. If you’re in the market for a unique eternity ring, then look no further than a bezel setting. This type of ring is both fashionable and contemporary. One the defining features of this type of setting, is that the diamonds and gemstones used can be a variety of different sizes and cuts. The metal used on the ring and how it’s formed around them gems can play an important part, allowing for both the gemstone and the metal design to be significant. The setting still allows for decent light penetration, so your gems will still shimmer at their best.
We now hope that you’re armed with he prerequisite knowledge to go out and find the perfect eternity ring, and you’ll have a good idea of what design or shape would work best for the love of your life. Whether you decide to choose a full eternity ring or a half eternity ring, our top picks will hopefully make your decision that much easier.
Monday, 18 September 2017
If you’re looking for a unique and memorable gift for the special girl in your life, then an amethyst ring is a beautiful option worthy of consideration. Large, wonderful amethysts are often found on antique cocktail rings, which gives them a delightful antiquated yet fashionable look, they truly are a splendorous gift that any discerning lady would appreciate.
Amethysts are classified as semi-precious stones. It is a form of quartz crystal, but one which has a unique purple hue, they are undoubtedly a significant type of mineral, with unparalleled natural appeal. In case you didn’t already know, Amethysts are the traditional birthstone of anyone born in February, making it the perfect choice for any February birthday girls. Additionally, it is the gemstone for anyone celebrating their sixth or seventeenth wedding anniversaries. It is said that Amethysts represent a profound sense of well being and satisfaction with life. The gem continues to offer an enduring appeal for many, and is well known semi-precious stone and is loved by many people in all walks of life. Amethysts are timeless in their appeal and have been sought after and well regarded for centuries. Some believe that amethysts have an inner energy, one which has the ability to empower the individual and to soothe a troubled mind.
Amethysts Through History
One of the first cultures recorded as having a love affair with flawless purple amethysts was the ancient Greeks. The Greeks related these gemstones with the wine god, Bacchus, which is perhaps unsurprising, given the gemstones colouring being similar to a grape. They Greeks allegedly wore the crystal in order to protect themselves from become inebriated, how successful this ploy was is somewhat debatable. This belief lead to the name for the gemstone we have now, in ancient Greece “amethystos” translates into “not intoxicated”, which might suggest their theory at least worked on the psychological level. As per the legendary properties, an amethyst gem is said to keep the wearer fully lucid and smart. Artist, inventor and all round smart guy Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethysts are able to improve knowledge retention and protect you from less than desirable thoughts.
Looking into Greek Mythology, Amethyst was a young, playful virgin who became a victim of the Greek God Dionysus’s red wine induced drunken antics. Amethyst is said to have appealed and shouted for help from the Goddess Diana. The goddess obviously thought the appropriate response to an appeal to help was to turn the young lady into a white, opalescent quartz stone (who knows how Greek gods minds work). Once Dionysus sobered up, he regretted his inebriated behaviour and cried. The gods tears streamed into his cup of red wine, which upended, pouring teary salty wine all over the white quartz crystal, turning it into a purple gemstone which we now know as Amethysts. I’m not sure what the life lesson for this tale is, I suspect it’s don’t bother Greek gods when they are drinking, or when they are sober.
Amethyst crystals have been incorporated into a host of royal collections throughout the world, from the ancient Egyptians, through to the British royal families gems. The Smithsonian institution is said to have acquired an Amethyst in excess of a whopping 200kg. There is evidence that suggests that ancient societies favoured this gemstone above all other precious jewels. Currently this stone is seeing a resurgence of popularity, equalling that of ruby’s and sapphires.
During the early days of the Christian church, amethysts evidently played an important role, for example, they would often be used as the main gemstone in bishops rings. The imperial purple shading has noteworthy significance and is said to represent Christ. Saint Valentine who’s name day is all above love, was described as wearing a ring set featuring cupid intricately carved into an amethyst. Additionally, the precious stone is the emblem of Saint Matthias. Likewise, they are numerous biblical references to amethysts. It was one of the twelve precious stones set into the chief priest Aaron’s breastplate.
Until fairly recently, genuine amethysts were prized and given the same status as diamonds. However, after massive deposits of the stones where discovered across South America and other locations, the stones abundance significantly increased. This overabundance lead to the diminishing intrinsic value of the stone, however, it doesn’t detract from the natural beauty of the gem.
Amethyst Ring Buying Guide
In centuries past, an amethyst would only be in financial reach of the nobility. Nowadays, the story is somewhat different, the gem is incredibly popular and accessible, owing in part to the cost of the stone, but also due to its enduring aesthetic appeal. What makes the amethyst stand out against its gemstone piers is the fact that the stones cost does not exponentially increase as the carat value of the stone goes up, for example a 2ct amethyst will most often cost twice as much as a 1ct amethyst, while the same cannot be said for a ruby or diamond. Instead, the value of an amethyst depends largely on its shading. It’s worth noting that there is no internationally recognised grading system, so it’s vital to understand what to look for when buying an amethyst ring.
An amethyst colours can vary greatly from gemstone to gemstone, ranging from a deep rich crimson purple through to pale lilac. Additionally, the clarity can range from crystal clear to a translucent quartz. Most jewellery makers prefer a rosy purple to subdued purple, as long as the gems brilliance is not adversely affected. In extreme cases, an extremely dark and dim gem may looks black, which of course has its own appeal.
A gem with brown or earthy tints within the purple hue, or a stone with any easily identifiable shading zoning, is intrinsically worth less than a stone without these defects. Any wholesaler purchasing these stones in bulk will most often inspect the stones for such flaws, which is facilitated by having the jewels against a solid white background.
The ‘ideal’ amethyst would be a deeply set purple shade, with negligible or non-existent shading edging. The stone will look positively brilliant in natural sunlight, possibly less so under synthetic lighting. The rich purple hue will be strikingly vibrant, taking on an opulent purple which might be accompanied by flashes of rose colouring. An amethyst with a light shading or which has areas of light or subdued purple hues are intrinsically less valuable. Perhaps the most sought after and valuable amethyst originate from Siberia, these gems are often deeply purpled with brilliant flashes of red and blue.
Luster and Lucidity
Amethysts are classified as a type 2 gemstone. A type 2 gemstone would generally expected to have a couple of incorporations and are most often no ‘eye clean’. This means that a jewellery quality gem could be expected to have some incorporations which are visible to the naked eye, having said that there’s a good chance an untrained eye would be unable to notice such flaws. A ‘eye clean’ gem is of course generally speaking worth more than a similarly shaded gem which includes incorporations.
The majority of the faceted amethyst market is ‘eye clean’. Stones originating from Africa, and in particular from Zambia, have a unique and beautiful raspberry shading. They also have a tendency to have more incorporations, at least compared to such stones from other regions, for example Brazil. However, it is widely accepted that the profound shading makes up for any perceived flaws, and the gems are often sought for faceted stones. Any ‘eye clean’ gems with the same raspberry shading would be highly sought after.
Amethysts with profound eye noticeable flaws, but with beautiful shading are not discarded, these will often find their way into jewellery as beads or cabochons. Such beads and cabochons with brilliant shading and lucidity can fetch a premium price tag at market. On occasions, an amethyst may undergo crack repairing treatment in order to increase the gems value and lucidity.
Just like other gemstones, amethysts can be cut into a range of shapes and designs. For example, ovals, circles, emerald cuts, cushions, pears, triangles and much more besides. Designs are dictated by fashions and changing tastes over time, however, triangular and kite shaped designs, which are also known as splendid cuts, are increasingly popular choices. The preferred cut or shape is of course a very personal choice, there is no right or wrong option.
Amethysts are also particularly well suited to custom or freestyle cuts and shapes, owing largely to their availability and the forgiving nature of the stone. The cutting can be accomplished by both traditional manual methods or with the assistance of modern day electronic tools. The appeal of a custom cut gemstone is undeniable, it offers the purchaser a way to have a unique piece of jewellery unlike any other piece in the world. It’s also possible to have a gem carved or engraved with something significant for the wearer, whether that’s carving the gem into the shape of an exotic animal or engraving the initials of a loved one, the options are endless.
Gem Carat Weight
Amethysts come in a range of sizes and weights, and are particularly well suited for large center stones, since the value of the stone does not increase dramatically increase as the size of the stone increased. Most amethyst jewellery purchased will be found in adjusted cuts, this basically means the gems are cut to industry sizes.
An amethyst ring can be cleaned with warmed water and a very mild cleaning agent, a soft bristled brush can then be used to clean any nooks and crannies. After cleaning, the ring should be gently patted dry and allowed to air dry thoroughly before being stored or worn. Alternatively, the ring may also be cleaned in a ultrasonic cleaner. Please bear in mind that amethyst rings should not be exposed to direct sunlight for any length of time, the sun will have a bleaching effect over time, causing the purple colouring to pale. You should never heat the ring excessively or use a steam cleaner.
Amethyst Ring Conclusion
If you don’t have the budget for a natural amethyst ring, you can opt for a manufactured gemstone instead. It’s worth keeping in mind that a manufactured amethyst will rarely have the same reflective qualities or deeply engrained hues that are possible in a natural stone. Any manufactured stone should be labelled as such, so it should be relatively straightforward to easily identify a natural stone from a lab made variant. The majority of natural stones originate from Brazil, Austria, Russia, Zambia and South Korea.
Some jewellers may work to enhance the shade of an amethyst with what’s called warmth treatment. This can in some circumstances turn the stone slightly yellow, brown, red, uncoloured or occasionally green. If the stone is no longer purple, then this process might be the cause.
If you want a wonderfully unique and fashionable ring, then choose an amethyst ring.
Jewellery can be quite a subjective thing. After all, even with huge marketing budgets and celebrity endorsements, you might find the latest trendy piece of jewellery to be quite boring and unattractive. The same could also be said for Resin Necklaces, but everyone at MyPearls loves them.
Wooden resin necklaces are one of the most visually appealing and unique pieces of jewellery available. Each and every piece is completely unique one of a kind work of art. Looking at one is like looking into another world, full of colour, motion and mystique.
In some of the resin necklaces there are special touches, such as swirls of colour, specks of gold foil, or tiny flowers, all of these impart a magical element to these small works of art.
Each necklace takes between one and three weeks to produce, using a range of different types of wood, resin and wax. Small pieces of wood are carefully selected and either broken or shaped to fit with the theme of the piece. These are then encased with coloured or clear resin, allowed to dry, and further shaped and polished to create these perfect pendants, which seem to radiate light.
No two necklaces are ever the same, and it’s a joy to look into tiny works of art and seem to perfectly capture the wonders of the world around them.
Pricing for these necklaces is very affordable and starts at as little as £12, which is exceptionally affordable and beats almost any other type of jewellery, at least in our books.
Saturday, 9 September 2017
If you’re looking for an elusive and rare gemstone ring, or if you’re simply shopping for someone born during the month of June, then you’ve almost certainly come to the right place, MyPearls has an exciting collection of Alexandrite Rings. An alexandrite ring could be exactly what you’re looking for, it’s the perfect gift for almost any occasion. Alexandrite is traditionally the birthstone for anyone born in June, but it’s also the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary. We think alexandrite is so special that it’s well worth considering as a promise ring, wedding ring or engagement ring.
What is Alexandrite?
Alexandrite Colour Options
This rare and exciting gem possesses the unique ability to change depending on the type of lighting available. During the day when exposed to natural sunlight, its colours can range from green, blue, yellow and brown. Under artificial light, its colours can range from a bright red, to purple and orange. Due to this colour changing feature, the stone has been affectionately referred to as the stone which is “emerald by day, ruby by night”.
Like most other gemstones, alexandrite can be cut and shaped into any style required. Even though the gems hardness is rated as 8.5, jewellers tools and methods allow the stone to be shaped to almost any shape, including cushion, square, round, oval, pear, trillion, heart and much more becides.
This beautiful gemstone has an unusual and contested history. There are basically two competing schools of thought regarding the stones discovery. The most likely theory is that French Mineralist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld discovered the gem in 1834 during an expedition to Russia’s Usal Mountains. Initially it was thought that alexandrite was an emerald, which was understandable as the Ural mountain region was a known source of emeralds, and contained several emerald mines. Once confirmed as a new type of gemstone, the name Alexandrite was chosen in order to please the Russian Czar Alexander. More fanciful and less likely theories suggest that the stone was discovered on the same day that the future tsar of Russia came of age. Alexandrite was even declared the national gemstone of the Imperial Russia’s Tsardom. It’s for this reason that Russia’s national colours continue to be green and red, even to this day.
For a number of years it was thought that Russia was the only source of Alexandrite on the planet, but in recent decades substantial deposits of the gems have been discovered in other regions around the world. Unfortunately, the mines of Russia have mostly been drained of their Alexandrite, we now need to look to countries such as Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar and the East African region. Sadly, most of the newer Alexandrite deposits are not as enchanting as the Russian equivalent, the colours are less vivid, they don’t change colour as much depending on the light source, the colour changes are less dramatic and the hues are less vivid.
Alexandrite Healing & Beliefs
In some spiritual circles, this stunning stone has long been linked with discipline, concentration and self-control. It is believed by some that alexandrite possesses the ability to increase an individual’s learning ability and is capable of promoting deeper and better concentration, so take note for any students out there. Someone which wears an alexandrite ring is said to have increased self-control, augmented natural talents and are believed to pursue excellence in all things academic. Aside from alexandrite’s amazing properties, beryl gemstones have long been associated with peaceful minds, clarity of thought, enhanced creativity and increased self-belief and confidence. The stones are capable of repelling bad energy while acting as a conduit and magnet for positive energy, funnelling good energy from the surrounding area into the wearer. Russian legends state that the gem has the ability to bring good fortune to the wearer and guaranteed luck when it comes to relationships and love. In addition, the stone can act as a link between the spiritual and physical world, allowing for increased awareness of the spirituality of all living things. Alexandrite is also the birthstone for June and anyone wearing it can benefit from the associated astrological energy.
Ever since its discovery, alexandrite has long been used in various crystal healing practises. So in addition to its miraculous ability to improve one’s learning ability and increase spiritual awareness, it’s also been used to treat issues with hearing and the inner ear, as well as problems with the lymph nodes and improve blood circulation.
Regardless of whether or not you believe this, the gem obviously holds sway in alternative healing circles and can make for an interesting talking point.
Alexandrite Ring Care
Alexandrite is well known as a resilient, strong and hard gem, which can easily be worn every day without any concerns. However, even though the stone is hard wearing, it still needs to be treated and cared for correctly. The easiest and best way to clean an alexandrite ring is to place it in a bowl with warm water and a very small amount of mild soap. When washing the ring with the soapy solution a soft cloth should be used, or alternatively, a very soft bristled child’s toothbrush can be used to get into the nooks and crannies. Once cleaned, rinse the ring with freshwater to wash away any residue or leftover soapy water and gently pat the ring dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. Leave the ring to air dry out of direct sunlight and away from an intense heat sources. It’s important to ensure harsh cleaning agents are not used, as these may cause irreparable damage to the alexandrite ring.
Using more advanced cleaning methods such as ultrasonic cleaners or steam should be safe to do with an alexandrite ring, the stone is hard enough to undergo such treatments, so it shouldn’t cause any issues. But as with any new cleaning method, it’s best to understand the process thoroughly and to consult with an expert if required.
Even if you care and clean your ring regularly, it’s still worthwhile having it professionally cleaned and polished once a year.
To maximise the lifespan of the ring and to avoid inadvertent damage, it’s advisable to remove the ring before doing anything physical with your hands. For example, if you’re an keen amateur car mechanic, enjoy the odd spot of DIY or even wash the dishes occasionally, then it’s probably best to remove the ring before these activities. It’s unlikely you’ll damage the gemstone, but you might damage the setting or knock it loose.
Avoid trying to adjust the gemstone within the setting unless you have experience doing so. If you feel the gem is lose it’s probably best having an expert take a look, a well-intentioned adjustment may inadvertently loosen the gem further, and could result in losing the Alexandrite from the ring.
Lastly, since alexandrite is an exceptionally hard gem, you’ll want to be extra careful when wearing it with additional rings. The stone can easily scratch or damage any stone with a lesser hardness rating, or alternatively damage the metal finish on other rings. We would recommend investing in a proper jewellery storage box in order to keep the alexandrite secure and unable to damage any other pieces of jewellery.