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January 16, 2018

Typically red, Garnets are thought to resemble the seeds of a pomegranate. In fact, the name Garnet was derived from the Latin Garanatus – meaning seed-like.

Prized for thousands of years, the oldest garnet jewellery was discovered in the form of beads found in the grave of a young man, dating from 3000BC. An ancient and meaningful stone to the Bohemians, Anglo-Saxons and Victorians alike, Garnets have long been seen as a token of everlasting love.

There are few gemstones that come in such a wide range of colours. Garnets also show a good lustre and wide variety in size of crystals found. All Garnet minerals show a cubic crystal structure and are mined in many diverse parts of the world.

My personal favourites are the green Demantoid and Tzavo...

January 16, 2018

Why is it said that most women would not have chosen their engagement ring? Well, usually because they weren’t involved in the decisions on budget or design.

At Bowerbird, even if the bride is to be kept in the dark about an engagement ring project, we are experts in designing the right ring for her essence and lifestyle.

Something old…

Traditionally, engagement rings have been made of gold or platinum and set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies (all Corundum). This was for good reason. If you hope to wear your ring constantly for decades, it’s wise to choose a ring up to the job!

Diamonds are the hardest wearing natural gemstone and rubies and sapphires come in second on the hardness scale.  Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds are the three best kn...

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February 15, 2018