• The Meaning and History of Sapphire

    The Meaning and History of Sapphire.  The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some also believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. It …

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  • Sapphire- September’s Dazzling Birthstone

    Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is most desired in its pure, rich blue colour but is available in almost every colour including pink, yellow and green. In the Middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust. Sapphires are among the most durable naturally …

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  • June Birthstones

    June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. Alexandrite Often described as emerald by day and ruby by night, alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl which changes in colour in …

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  • October: The Month of Opal and Tourmaline

    Birthstones have captivated people for centuries due to their colours, characteristics and the legends surrounding them. The month of October has two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Both of these stones appeal to the tastes of many because of their striking and wide-ranging colour combinations. Why not choose a birthstone significant to you and create a …

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  • Birthstones

    Have you heard of chrysoberyl, enstatite or kornerupine? They’re only a few of over a hundred different types of gemstones. Gemstones range wide in their place of origin, their colour and when they were first used in jewellery. Some gemstones such as lapis lazuli have been used for thousands of years, others have only been …

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  • July: The month of Rubies

    It’s July, and this month’s birthstone is a particularly coveted gemstone, the ruby. For centuries the ruby has been considered the ‘king of gems’ and was desired by many kings and emperors of the past. The fiery red colour of rubies represent the sizzling heat of July, and reflect the past and present belief that …

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  • August: the month of Peridot and Sardonyx

    Belief in birthstones and the qualities and characteristics which they bring the wearer, such as wisdom, courage and good health, has been renowned across the world since ancient times and it is a concept which is still popular today. At Haywards we believe birthstones can add colour, character and meaning to a piece, but which …

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