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August 2017

August Birthstone: Spinel Gemstone

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Spinel is a good candidate for the title of “History’s Most Underappreciated Gem.” Some ancient mines that supplied gems for royal courts from Rome to China produced spinel, but it was usually confused with better-known stones like ruby and sapphire.

At Artisans Bespoke Jewellers, we love working with Spinels as they come in a variety of colors, in particular red and pink. Mauve- or lilac-colored spinels are also attractive, and some blue spinel colors can be intense.

Spinel Facts
  • Mineral:   spinel
  • Chemistry: MgAl2O4
  • Color: red, orange, pink, purple, blue, black
  • Refractive index: 1.718
  • Birefringence: none
  • Specific gravity: 3.60
  • Mohs Hardness: 8

Here are some beautiful Spinel combinations we have available to incorporate into your jewellery designs.

Source: GIA

4 Tips To Getting Handmade Jewellery You (& Everybody Else Will) Love

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UNIQUE, HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY tailored to your style is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your jewellery box. If you have been thinking about getting a special piece made, here are a few handy tips to get you started:

  • Do research (but not too much) and start pinpointing the styles you like. You don’t have to be specific as even loose ideas will be enough for your jeweller to work with.
  • Try things on. You might be surprised about the colours and shapes that suit you best.
  • Pick a jeweller who you feel understands your preferences, and who is not afraid to think outside the box.
  • Look for handmade products rather than cast jewellery, as the strength of a handmade piece is of a much higher quality.
  • We believe jewellery can be anything that you want, and are excited to help bring your jewellery dreams to life. If you are looking for a piece with personality, come chat to us about your custom design!

Words by: Tammy Keers