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  • The Birthstone, Where Did It Come From?

    Birthstones are simply known as gemstones which represent the month someone was born. Each gemstone full of history and legend behind it, holding a meaning thought to hold true to its wearer. They are usually found adorning all forms of jewellery, with rings and necklaces being popular ways to display the gem. Traditional History The first recorded history of birthstones can be traced back to biblical times. A breastplate worn by the High Priests of the Israelites was made adorning 12 different stones, each representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The stones were included to provide power and possessed the ability to tell people their fate. At this time, gemstones were named purely on their colour rather than by chemical composition, making it difficult to determine which gems were used. However, from early translations we know that Agate, Amethyst, Topaz and Peridot were definitely used. Image source; Gem Society. A sculpture showing what the breastplate may have looked like. You can see the twelve places where the gemstones would have sat. Around 500 years later, a connection was made between the gemstones, the 12 months of the year and the 12 zodiacs. This began a tradition to encourage Christians to start using them, and by the 8th and 9th centuries, people would collect all 12 gemstones but only wear them during the given month, as they were thought to provide different forms of power and protection. The modern tradition of wearing one stone for the month of birth didn’t begin until the 18th century, and is thought to have originated in Poland, due to the arrival of Jewish gem traders. Modern History In 1912, the National Association of Jewellers in the US created a standardised list of birthstones, providing a clear list of which gemstones went with which month, but also a list of practical stones for American jewellers to sell in larger quantities. In 1952 the list was updated by the Jewelry Industry Council of American to include some additional modifications, some months having additional gemstones added to it. Since then, the list remains largely untouched, except for the addition of Tanzanite in 2002, and Spinel in 2016. Image source; Eluna Jewelry Designs. People today love to own a jewel containing their birthstone, as we now have a greater understanding of the history and symbols these gemstones offer. The Charlie Luxe Birthstone Guide JANUARY – GARNET The red colour of garnets are often known to symbolise faith, trust and courage offering protection especially from nightmares. Garnets are also gifted to celebrate a 2nd wedding anniversary. FEBRUARY – AMETHYST Amethysts are a gorgeous and popular gemstone, which can be found in an array of purple tones. Amethysts are calming and bring focus, thought to be extremely beneficial to the mind and body. It is said that it is best to wear an Amethyst as a necklace near the throat or heart, to channel its powers through your airways and bloodstream. MARCH – BLOODSTONE & AQUAMARINE Aquamarines and Bloodstones are opposite colours and also have very different meanings. Bloodstones are extremely unusual due to the varying colours seen in them, their symbolism linked heavily with religion, particularly with Christianity and the blood of Christ. A beautiful shade of blue reminiscent to fresh seawater, wearing an Aquamarine is said to bring creativity, self-expression and courage, boosting love, youth and overall happiness. APRIL – DIAMOND Diamonds are the traditional stone for love, the Ancient Greeks wearing it as a symbol for eternal love. MAY- EMERALD Health, faithfulness and wealth are known symbols of Emeralds. Some even believe that the provide healing powers to provide good health and fertility. JUNE – PEARL, MOONSTONE & ALEXANDRITE Pearls bring calm to the wearer, protecting against nervous and anxious thoughts. It is one of the most desirable gemstones. Moonstones are thought to bring good luck as well as love, passion and fertility. Their beautiful structure makes them amongst some of the most ethereal gemstones. Like the moonstone, Alexandrite’s also bring luck and love. It is a relatively new gemstone, not being discovered until the 1830’s. JULY – RUBY Rubies encourage the removal of negative energy and protect against misfortune whilst providing strength and courage. AUGUST – PERIDOT & SARDONYX Courage, wealth, wisdom and purity are what Peridots are known for. This light green gemstone relieves stress and protects against evil and negativity. Roman soldiers would wore rings featuring Sardonyx gemstones, so it is no surprise that this stone is heavily associated with courage. It is also deemed to bring happiness and stability to relationships with happiness. SEPTEMBER – SAPPHIRE Sapphires are known for their beautiful shade of blue, but did you know that they are a symbol of truth and protection. Success is said to be brought to anyone wearing this stone. OCTOBER – OPAL & TOURMALINE Both opals and tourmaline gems provide healing and are symbols for creativity, hope and innocence. NOVEMBER – CITRINE & TOPAZ The two birthstones for November complement each other with their shades of yellow, providing good health and wellness. Citrines are thought to improve intellect and a remove negativity from the wearer. Topaz brings slightly different meanings through love and affection. Strength and intelligence can be brought to those who wear Topaz’s, no matter which colour of topaz you choose. DECEMBER – TURQUOISE, TANZANITE & ZIRCON All of the December birthstones symbolise a wealth of positivity, Turquoise brings happiness and good fortune. Tanzanite is believed to breakdown any negativity, and turn it into a positive. A great stone to wear for those who may need some more optimism. Zircon wards off evil spirits, providing wisdom, prosperity, and confidence. It is also thought to aid in sleep quality. ................................ Here at CLV we adore birthstones. We all love the idea of having a gemstone to wear that is perfectly personal, even more so when what it represents is so significant. We always have a wonderful selection of jewels for you to drool over, let us know what your birthstone is and how you would wear it!

  • Your Halloween Jewellery Edit Inspo

    The perfect time of year to start adorning yourself in jewels fit for a vampire queen, here are our top picks and how best to wear them. ................................................ The Familiars Image Source; Charlie Luxe Vintage. Current figural pieces in stock Where would a witch be without her familiar? Ever a fan of the witch theme for Halloween and pop culture in general, a figural charm added into a neck mess is a must for a Halloween vibe. Take your pick from an enchanting spider, all the way through to a charming lucky carved coral elephant. Garnets Image Source ; Charlie Luxe Vintage. Current pieces in stock set with garnet gemstones This gemstone is truly the epitome of Halloween season for us, the dark blood red cabochons seeming to glow from within, sat next to delicious twinkling foiled reverse flat cut garnets and all harmoniously paired with rich yellow gold. Silver Hued Jewels Image Source ; Charlie Luxe Vintage. Current pieces in stock set with paste, pearls, moonstone and quartz gemstones. From icy paste gemstone to pale pearl cabochons, these glistening gems feel reminiscent of a spider's web, or delicate beams of moonlight streaming down through gaps in a forest's canopy. An eery luminous glow that mixes well with deeper tone gemstones. Carved Cameos and Gemstones Image Source; Charlie Luxe Vintage. Current carved pieces in stock With an ancient dark academia feel, carved gemstones feel like talismans, and add interest and intrigue into a jewellery look. There is something foreboding about a cherubic face carved in relief on deep coral, or a bewitching green chrysoprase with a spell like carving tracing the cabochon front. ........................................................... Will you be opting to sprinkle in some spellbinding jewels for all Hallow's Eve ? Tell us in the comments what charms are currently residing as your familiar, or if there is a perfect juicy gem perched on your finger for the spooky autumnal season.

  • 9 Rings For The Season of the Witch

    With Halloween just around the corner, we've taken a look at some of our favourite witchy queens and created a ring guide that we think they would love. Sally and Gilly Owens We're obsessed with witchy sisters from Practical Magic, both blessed with supernatural powers. Possibly the most fashionable witches from the 90's, we could totally imagine wearing their style today. Their styles slightly differ from one another, for Sally we're imagining her wearing something with a boho edge to it, such as this Victorian flower ring. Gilly is definitely the sister with a cooler style, we can totally picture her wearing something more gothic like this Garnet Cluster Ring. Sabrina Spellman Sabrina Spellman is the young witch from 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'. She has the power of necromancy, allowing her to control, manipulate and resurrect the dead. Her powers are strong, yet her style is classic and preppy, usually featuring the colour red. This sublime mourning ring would be the perfect jewel for Sabrina to wear, featuring a blood red garnet and the engraving of the death date of someone she may later bring back to life. Prue Halliwell Prue Halliwell from the series 'Charmed' is definitely another iconic 90's witch. With the power of telekinesis, she was also a Charmed One - one of the most powerful witches of all time. Her style was very minimal-nineties, and a rare witch deserves a rare jewel in the form of this Diamond & Cats-Eye Chrysoberyl ring. This moody, simple piece possesses all the powers to add some magic to a minimal outfit. Stevie Nicks During the 70's, there were serious questions whether Stevie Nicks was in fact a witch. Her halloween-style fashion and songwriting inspired by witchcraft novels and the dark arts sparked a rumour which she famously later had to deny. Despite this, her witchy energy is unmatched and her style is simply iconic. A whimsical ring is needed for a whimsical lady, and this symbolic and historic jewel is the perfect match. Lana Del Rey Another witchy musician is Lana Del Rey, who is in fact a self-confessed witch. She once revealed that she attempted witchcraft on Donald Trump, and has been known to speak about her fascination with the moon's phases. She's a total romantic with a moody and gothic edge, this sweet pearl cluster ring would look perfect perched on Lana's finger, and is faintly reminiscent of a circular representation of the phases of the moon. The Sanderson Sisters The Sanderson Sisters are a trio of witches from Hocus Pocus. They are part of the most powerful coven to have ever lived, the three sisters were actually based on real people from the 1600's who were put on trial for practicing witchcraft. Here we have selected a ring that we think would be perfect for Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson. Spooky season is our absolute favourite here at CLV HQ. These are our top picks for all our ultimate witches. Let us know in the comments who you favourite witch is and which jewels you would love to see her wearing.

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