If you don’t know your Tourmaline from your Topaz or your Amethyst from your Aquamarine, Kiki is here to help. This is the first part of her Gemstone Guide to explain the names, associations and interesting properties of your jewellery past, present and future. If you’re buying jewellery as a gift for someone else, thinking about the significance of a particular gemstone is very useful when narrowing down your options. If you prefer to choose jewellery based on the colour alone, you can easily filter by gemstone on Kiki’s website.
Kiki on Morganite: “It comes in a slightly peachy colour and in baby pink. The latter is becoming very difficult to find – if you have any baby pink Morganite, hang on to it! It’s a feminine stone, very pretty and good on English skin. I’ve been using it for three years.” This gemstone, also called Pink Beryl, was discovered on an island off the coast of Madagascar in 1910. The New York Academy of Sciences then named the pink variety of Beryl ‘Morganite’ after financier and gem enthusiast J. P. Morgan. The Morganite stone is found in shades ranging from soft pink to violet.
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Kiki on Amethyst: “It’s never in or out. Amethyst is probably the one stone throughout my 30 years of running the business that always sells. Not to everybody, but if you suit Amethyst jewellery, it’s just spectacular.”
This, the most highly valued stone in the quartz group and the birthstone of February, has a meaning behind its name that you probably wouldn’t associate with the very pretty violet or lavender coloured gemstone. In Greek it translates as ‘most drunken’ because it was worn as an amulet against drunkenness! Rather more soberly, it was used for stone engravings in Ancient Greece. It’s just as lovely with white gold as with yellow gold.
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Kiki on Peridot: “This is one of my favourite stones – it’s such a beautiful colour. It has become more difficult to source, though; the Chinese ran out of jade and they love green so they’ve turned to Peridot! If it’s pretty on you, it goes with everything.”
A distinctive green, August babies can claim Peridot as their birthstone; believed to instill power and influence in the wearer, it’s one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour. The name could derive from the Arabic for gem or it’s an alteration of pedoretés, a kind of Opal. Either way, when teamed with yellow gold, it’s an eye-catching combination that’s perfect for spring/summer.
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Kiki on Blue Topaz: “It’s a very versatile gemstone. Set in yellow gold, it’s quite sporty and fun. In white gold, you can dress it up. It’s particularly good for people with blonde hair. I always use the sky blue shade as it’s so flattering and feminine.”
The most common colour of Topaz, the December birthstone, is actually yellow with a red tint. It is also found in orange, pink-red, pale green and, the most recognisable, blue – in three shades called London Blue, Sky and Swiss Blue. Its name might be derived from an island in the Red Sea, now Zabargad but formerly Topazos or come from the Sanskrit word ‘tapas’, meaning fire. It’s symbolic of fidelity and love.
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Kiki on Citrine: “It’s a bit like Amethyst in that it’s never in or out. Because of its liquid gold colour, it’s like wearing gold. If you love the look of gold jewellery, wear Citrine.”
Citrine, the November birthstone, is a form of quartz and the sister of Amethyst. Ranging from the palest of yellows to a dark amber colour, its name originates from the French word, ‘citrin’, meaning lemon. It is a symbol of strength and hope and its vibrant, warm colour has always been symbolic of healing in general.
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