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Category Archives: St Albans

Aquamarine – The Birthstone of March

The name “Aquamarine” derives from the Latin expression for seawater. Aquamarine is believed to keep the wearer healthy and free of diseases. It signifies wisdom, serenity and relaxation and promotes honesty, loyalty and good health. Aquamarine comes in blue and green-blue colour and in ancient times was known as the sailors’ lucky stone.  This beautiful dress ring is in the … Continue reading

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Opal – The Birthstone for October

Opal is a hardened silica gel, it usually contains water and unlike most gemstones it is non-crystalline. There are two varieties: precious opal, which shows flashes of colour depending on the angle of viewing and common or “potch” opal which is often opaque and does not display colour. The word opal has origins in the Latin word “opalus” meaning stone … Continue reading

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August Birthstone – Peridot

August Birthstone – Peridot For those of you who live in the beautiful town of St Albans,the earliest recorded use of the gemstone Peridot in England is in the register of the St Albans Abbey, written in Latin, and its translation in 1705 is possibly the first use of “peridot” in English. It records that on his death in 1245 Bishop … Continue reading

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