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NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE - THE CITRINE

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE – THE CITRINE

There are two birthstones for November, namely Topaz and Citrine. We will be looking at Citrine for this November. Citrine is a bright and sunny gemstone of the Quartz family, named after the citrus fruit, using the name “Citrine”, borrowed from the French word for lemon or citrus fruit. Its sunny orange-yellow colour is well-known […]

History of jewellery making

THE HISTORY OF JEWELLERY MAKING

Ancient Jewellery Making: In ancient times Jewellery was very important. It would indicate a person’s rank, wealth and authority within a group and to a lesser degree beauty. Today, it is a different story; jewellery is recognized more for value and beauty than to separate people into rank or classes of people. In ancient tribes […]

OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE - THE OPAL

OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE – THE OPAL

As with some other months, October has two birthstones: Opal and Pink Tourmaline, but Opal continues to be the main birthstone jewel for October. The Opal is also the anniversary gift to be given as a 14th Wedding Anniversary. It seems to be the Sanskrit language that first used the word upala for this gemstone, […]

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WHY DOES FRANCOIS JEWELLERS ONLY SELL CHARLES & COLVARD® MOISSANITE? ALL THE FACTS HERE

FACTS ABOUT CHARLES & COLVARD® MOISSANITE The facts below refer to Charles & Colvard® Moissanite and might not be applicable to other low budget inferior Moissanite stones. What is Moissanite? Moissanite is also known as silicon carbide (SiC) which is created in a laboratory using a patented thermal process. Only recently, following years of scientists […]

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HOW DO I CLEAN MY MOISSANITE?

How do I clean my Moissanite? Moissanite can be cleaned the same way as you would clean your Diamond and other fine jewellery. Normal ultrasonic cleaning is perfectly safe and advisable. Do not place more than one piece of jewellery in the ultrasonic cleaner as this can damage or chip any jewellery due the high […]

Water-Resistant Watches

WATER-RESISTANT WATCHES

Water-resistance can be quite confusing when it comes to watches. What does it mean? Can we swim or dive with a water-resistant watch, or is a water-resistant watch only splash-proof? Many watches carry a “Water-Resistant” mark, but after swimming or even shallow diving many watches have a mist on the inside of the watch-glass or […]

September Birthstone - The Sapphire

SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE – SAPPHIRE

The Sapphire has long been the desire of Kings, Queens, Nobility and the common man. It was looked up to as a symbol of good fortune, wisdom and heaven. In this article, we will be looking at the Birthstone of September, the Sapphire. The name “Sapphire” comes from the Latin “Sapphirus”, from the Greek “Sappirus” […]

Diamonds

DIAMONDS

What a Gem For centuries the diamonds have been treasured in the hearts of both men and women. For centuries it has been bought or traded with, and even wars waged, and smugglers caught for possessing it. It’s a symbol of romance a symbol of love, a symbol of eternity, yet is also prized by […]

The Peridot

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE – THE PERIDOT

Peridot For August Originally the Sardonyx was the birthstone of August, but as time progressed Peridot and the Spinel were added. Peridot gradually took over the most popular gemstone for August and is, therefore, our main gemstone for this month. Peridot is easily recognized by its glowing lime-green colour. It seems to have got its […]

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