Keeping It Personal With One-Off Jewellery Pieces
Jewellery can swing one of two ways. It can take the form of decorative pieces that are easily replaceable should they be lost, stolen or damaged. But however, a single piece of jewelry can come to hold significant sentimental value. It can become irreplaceable. Just think of wedding rings: the ultimate show of dedication, love, and devotion. So, whether you’re investing in a piece of jewelry for yourself, or choosing something out for a loved one, make sure that it’s something special. There are so many different ways to do this. Here a just few pieces of jewelry that can be truly unique to the wearer. Choose wisely! A ring, necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings can say a whole lot without the need for words.
Traditionally, a birthstone represents just that: the month of your birth. So, it’s good to find out your designated gemstone and incorporate it into some sort of jewelry.
The gemstone for January is Garnet. This gemstone can come in a variety of colors and shades: they are not enhanced, and their colors are always natural. However, the most commonly recognized type is a dark red. This is a perfect tone to wear around your birth month, as the deep color adds a touch of warmth to the brisk, frosty atmosphere. Try incorporating it into earrings with a sterling silver or platinum mount. The pale color will offset the stones beautifully, and you can match the shade and shine with a stunning gloss lipstick.
If you are born in February, your designated stone is Amethyst. This is a violet variety of the quartz stone. It’s clear, light purple tone is a result of iron and other trace minerals in its structure. It can be simply grown in laboratories out of minerals or can be mined in its naturally composed state. This stone has a long history in terms of spirituality too, so if you’re into the spiritual, you can gain calm and tranquility from its presence in your life. Amethyst works particularly well in pendants on a silver or platinum chain. Larger stones are preferable, as it allows more attention to be drawn to the stone’s smooth surface and stunning clarity.
Aquamarine should be your gem of choice if you happen to be born in March. It is formed of the mineral beryl and should have a green-blue tone. This explains its name, which is borne from the Latin for “seawater”. When the light catches it, it’s refreshing like the spring birthdate that it’s assigned to. Because the color of this gem is so light, you want to be careful with the cut to ensure it shines and shows its brilliance.
For the lucky April children, diamond is the official birthstone. However, due to the expensive nature of this stone, many jewelers will recommend White Topaz as an alternative. If you’re going all out and sticking with diamond, keep it simple and subtle. A pair of diamond earrings will add an unrivaled shine to any ensemble for formal occasions. White topaz is equally flexible: being transparent and clear it can match pretty much any outfit and will suit almost anyone.
Beautiful Emerald is the birthstone for May. This is one that is hard to miss and is exceptionally complimentary should you have auburn hair. Like March’s Aquamarine, it is formed from beryl. However, it has a much deeper, darker and stronger quality. An emerald ring can be a real statement piece. Consider having the stone mounted on gold for warmth and stand-out appeal.
If you’re a summer child, born in June, you should turn to Alexandrite, a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. It is renowned for its color changing abilities. Its tones alter from shades of blue to green and red. Consider having it set into a bangle. Silver is perhaps the best metal to complement all tones that this special gem can take on.
The red ruby is one of the brightest and is renowned for its hardiness, durability, and luster. This is truly a stone that is formed to last. Gold is a similarly warm tone to pair it with, so consider a ruby ring. A smooth round stone can be reminiscent of a delicious, red cherry adorning your finger.
For August: Peridot. You may not have heard of this stone before, but you won’t forget it once you see it. It’s a vivid, olive-green. This can be a little overwhelming when concentrated and solo, so consider having small pieces of peridot placed into a brooch. This is more subtle and aesthetically pleasing.
Sapphire for September! This is one of the most desirable gemstones and is typically blue in color. A round cut or Emerald cut sapphire ring is truly a sight to behold. Paired with silver or platinum mounting, it is even more stunning.
Opal: a hydrated, amorphous form of silicone. This is a unique stone, with no two ever seeming quite the same. Each stone diffracts light, resulting in all sorts of patterns and colors in each stone. Vintage style jewelry or true vintage jewelry displays this stone in its best light.
Citrine is zesty, just as its name implies. Gems of this variety have a yellow-orange tone and, like opal, look great when cut to vintage fashions and paired with more elaborate, decadent mounting or frames.
December and tanzanite come hand in hand. This type of mineral zoisite tends to have blue-purple coloring. This matches the winter seasons cool tones. Tanzanite works well when small, individual stones are linked into a necklace.
For simple, metal-based jewelry, why not consider a name necklace like a soufeel name necklace? This will be a one-off piece that is specific to the intended recipient. Choose the right metal to compliment your hair, skin tone, and eye color. Shades of gold tend to be complementary to darker hair, skin, and eyes or auburn hair or green eyes. Silvers stand out with blue eyes and lighter hair.
Charm bracelets allow you to build up what is essentially a story of your character and your interests. They’re one of the most sentimentally malleable pieces of jewelry, as you can build and expand on it as you progress through your life. Look out for charms that mark achievements and life events (such as graduate caps, miniature wedding rings, or age milestones), specialist interests (gardening shears, ballet shoes, or hairdressing scissors) and signifiers of travel (such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, palm trees, or passports). The options and combinations are essentially limitless.
So, if it’s unique pieces of jewelry that you’re looking for, these are just a few ideas to get you started. You could even combine them. Birthstone charms for bracelets are a great idea!