June – the month of the Pearl birthstone

June – the month of the Pearl birthstone

When I was much younger I believed that pearls were the domain of grandmothers and great aunts, the go-to necklace for stately figures – think Jackie Kennedy and her signature pearls. Now that I am not as young, and a little more worldly, I have come to appreciate the true beauty of pearls. Nature has a way […]

May – the month of the Emerald birthstone

May – the month of the Emerald birthstone

May is here and perhaps the new leaves unfurling on the trees in gardens everywhere in the northern hemisphere are the reason for emerald being the birthstone for the month. Emerald is a beautiful gem and has been thought of as making its wearer quick-witted and more intelligent! The gem has seen a resurgence in popularity […]

Pantone colour of the year Radiant Orchid

Pantone colour of the year Radiant Orchid

I recently made an engagement ring for a wonderful young man who selected a purple sapphire – it had to be just the right colour and we managed to find ‘the one’. It truly is a pleasure working with people who have definite ideas and he really knew what he wanted. During the design process we were able […]

April – the month of the Diamond birthstone

April – the month of the Diamond birthstone

For those lucky enough to be born in April, you have the diamond as your birthstone. You may know how passionate I am about diamonds – like snowflakes, no two are alike. The diamond is the hardest of all gemstones and most enduring in so many ways, that’s the reason why the diamond is the […]

March – the month of the Aquamarine birthstone

March – the month of the Aquamarine birthstone

March is here, winter is almost gone, time to think about summer sun and holidays. Lose yourself in the beautiful sea blue of the Aquamarine and dream of azure sea and sky with miles of golden sandy beach to stroll along. The Aquamarine has always been a gemstone that reminds me of exotic summer destinations and […]

February – the month of the Amethyst birthstone

February – the month of the Amethyst birthstone

February is a short and sweet month with Valentine’s Day right in the middle to warm up the winter days. The wide variety of amethyst gemstones look beautiful and are relatively inexpensive in comparison with other gemstones. Amethysts come in the most well known purple shades and also in a wide variety of colours and […]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a love it or hate it type of feast with hearts bursting with joy or broken into pieces. Whichever side you’re on this year it’s worth remembering some of your good Valentine’s Day celebrations of years past. I remember living in the Middle East as a child and attending an American […]

January – the month of the Garnet birthstone

January – the month of the Garnet birthstone

What better way than to turn up the heat a bit with garnet, a beautiful red gemstone? January is generally a cold, crisp month with not a lot to warm the cockles of our hearts but for those with a birthday in January you have the luck of lighting your fire with red hot garnet […]

December – The month of Tanzanite and Zircon birthstones

December – The month of Tanzanite and Zircon birthstones

Beautiful blue tanzanite and zircon birthstones for those born in December. This can be a difficult month if you have a someone to give a gift to with a birthday in December, two rounds of gifts, sometimes it’s hard to pick just one “right” gift let alone two. Wrap up the birthday conundrum with a tanzanite […]

The humble doorknob – jewellery for the home

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The humble doorknob – jewellery for the home

It is with a tinge of sadness that I read about my town, the city of Vancouver, legislating the humble doorknob out of existence. This beautiful piece of decorative jewellery for the home has been ubiquitous since the time that doors were first made.  As a child, I was fascinated by the jewel-like cut glass […]