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Nice collection of Handmade Silver Jewellery at Traidcraft

by JewelStruck on Jan.03, 2012, under Handmade Jewelry, Reviews

Found awesome collection of handmade silver jewellery at Traidcraft. Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, with a mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives.

Silver Filigree Cat Brooch in Gift Box

Silver Filigree Cat Brooch in Gift Box

Their collection of handmade silver jewellery is produced by their fair trade craftspeople. You can checkout complete collection here. I loved it, specially the cat brooch above. Hope you would like it too :-).

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GEMS January – Metaphysical and healing properties of Garnets

by JewelStruck on Jan.28, 2010, under GEMS

Here we go with another post on Garnets, with our Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for January. We would be discussing about metaphysical and healing properties of Garnets.  If you would like to share anything on Garnets, send it asap to – only two days left for this month of Garnet to end :-)

Metaphysical Properties

  • Color – Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily, Madagascar. It is also found in parts of the United States, Russia and Turkey. It changes color from blue-green in the daylight to purple in incandescent light, as a result of the relatively high amounts of vanadium. There are some beautiful orange garnets. A green tsavorite garnet is a very rare and high-priced stone. The dazzling beauty of garnets is responsible for their widespread use as gemstones.
  • Luster – Garnet species’s light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral’s luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like)
  • Structure – Garnets are most often found in the dodecahedral crystal habit, but are also commonly found in the trapezohedron habit. They crystallize in the cubic system, having three axes that are all of equal length and perpendicular to each other. Garnets do not show cleavage, so when they fracture under stress, sharp irregular pieces are formed.
  • Hardness – Because the chemical composition of garnet varies, the atomic bonds in some species are stronger than in others. As a result, this mineral group shows a range of hardness on the Mohs Scale of about 6.5 to 7.5. The harder species, like almandine, are often used for abrasive purposes. The hardness of garnets and their sharp fracture make them suitable as abrasives for wood, leather, glass, metals, and plastics.

Sterling Silver Garnet Brooch with a gold wash

Healing Properties

  • Garnet is supposed to be an excellent assistance for blood deficiency diseases. It stimulates bloodstream and pituitary gland, relieves rheumatism and arthritis pain.
  • It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow it will cure depression and impure thoughts
  • Garnet gives energy and courage. It is said to encourage robust good health and sexual desire.
  • The stone is also believed to enhance the wearer’s imagination.
  • The Garnet is known as the stone for a successful business.
  • Asiatic tribes carved garnets into bullets in the belief that their fiery color would inflict more deadly wounds.
  • They were ground into powder for the treatment of fever or jaundice. If the cure didn’t work, the apothecary was accused of using an imitation.

So that was all about metaphysical and healing properties of garnets, next we would be discussing on how to take care of garnet and garnet jewelry.

Credits: wiki, Image by: antiqueopals

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GEMS December – How to care for Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.30, 2009, under GEMS, Jewelry Care

Here comes our last post for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) December. We will be discussing on how to care for Ruby and Ruby Jewelry, so that it looks great always. But before that let me just summarize what all we posted about Ruby in GEMS December. We chose Ruby for GEMS to symbolize RED as December is HIV/AIDS awareness month.

Dazzling Large Ruby Red Butterfly Brooch by GlitzUK

Lets come back to our last post on how to care for Ruby. A little care and caution can go a long way in preserving the luster and beauty of ruby jewelry

  • Ruby is hard but it is not advised to wear Ruby Jewelry while doing any rough work. While taking off Jewelry be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.
  • If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Get your Jewelry inspected by the local Jewelry store or from where you buied, atleast once a year.
  • Ruby jewelry or any other would tend to collect dust and soap behind the gem; use warm soapy water to clean it.
  • Remember to always wipe dry your Ruby Jewelry with a soft cloth to remove sweat, oils or moisture before storing it.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is approved from time to time to keep the Ruby blushing red.

Thats all we had in store for Ruby, we will be announcing our next month’s stone soon. Keep sending us your suggestions and feedback to

Image credit – GlitzUK

Proper Care of Ruby Jewelry

Proper cleaning of Ruby Jewelry

Rubies can be cleaned by using a simple solution of hot soapy water, or even rinsed off using detergent soap. You may also use a lukewarm solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Be sure to rise the jewelry carefully if you use the ammonia solution. Those with a particular eye for care for their ruby jewelry may want to take a toothbrush and use it to remove small particles of dirt and grease from the stone or the setting. Though chemical agents are unlikely to have any effect on the ruby stone itself, they may be detrimental to the gold or silver setting of ruby jewelry and so should be avoided if possible.

  • Avoid wearing jewelry around chemicals: If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Take off your jewelry before becoming active: such as in sports or in manual labor using machinery. Though you are unlikely to damage a ruby in any amount of rough, physical play since they are so hard, the jewelry that the ruby is mounted in may be damaged and even bent, causing the stone to pop out and be lost.
  • Have your jewelry inspected: At least once a year with the jeweler you bought it from. If you bought your jewelry online, you should be able to get an insured mailer in order to send it back to them, or take it to a local jewelry store and they should be happy to inspect and professionally clean your jewelry for you for a small fee.
  • When you take your jewelry off: Be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.

Taking the time to properly clean your fine ruby jewelry and having it inspected at least once per year is the best way to ensure that you will have it for a lifetime and that it will possibly survive you to become a family heirloom for you to pass down someday to your loved ones.

Move it Around

Rubies, like diamonds are a very versatile gemstone and may be worn on any part of the body successfully in order to accentuate and highlight your features. If you have had a particular ruby stone set in a ring, for example, you may later decide that you want to have the stone taken out of the ring and set instead in a necklace. Don’t be afraid to move your ruby around over the course of your life time, or better yet, buy a new ruby and allow the two of them to accentuate each other as well as you!

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GEMS December – Basic information about Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.16, 2009, under GEMS

We got a bit late with out Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) 2nd post for December. But better late then never, we did some research as usual :-). And here is some basic information about our December Gemstone Ruby.

In the fascinating world of gemstones, the ruby is the undisputed ruler. Ruby is red corundum, all other color varieties of corundum being referred to as sapphire. Its colour varies from deep cochineal to pale rose red, in some cases with a tinge of purple; the most valued is a pigeon-blood red.

Delicious Large Ruby Red Pear Cut & Aurora Borealis Brooch

The red colour arises from the replacement of a small number of aluminum atoms by chromium atoms (1 in 5,000). High refractivity is characteristic; when cut and polished, ruby is a brilliant stone, but, because it has weak dispersion, it lacks fire.

Usually high temperature heating and controlled cooling is done to clarify the stones, especially by dissolving “silk” (rutile); but it can also improve tone and saturation of color. On exposure to high temperature, ruby becomes green but regains its original colour upon cooling. When subjected to radiant discharge, ruby phosphoresces with a vivid red glow.

Kiss of the Vampire - Ruby Danglers

Ruby is very hard, rubies are rated at 9 on the Mohs’ scale. Compare that to diamonds at 10 and turquoise, which is a relatively soft 5-6.

If you were born in July, ruby is your special birthstone, but ruby jewelry is a universal favorite. We associate the color red with the universal feelings of love and passion, so it’s no wonder that ruby jewelry has always been in demand.

If you love Ruby, or have made something using Ruby or just want to share info on Ruby. We would be very happy to publish it on our blog. Please email us at for the same.

Image credits : glitzuk, highheelsboutique

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