Well the year is absolutely zooming by!
We hope you are all enjoying this divine spring weather. Please read on for some important dates to take note of and as always some fun jewel related information.
Spring, celebrations, Christmas, New Year – Love is in the air!
The party season is fast approaching and for us this means preparations are well underway for our busiest manufacturing period.
If you are planning to become engaged in the coming months, or thinking of having something made as a Christmas gift and considering Stelios Jewellers to help you through this exciting process, now is a great time to start a conversation with us. This will ensure we have your piece ready for a December or January gift or engagement.
Please see below for some important dates to take note of:
Monday 7th November: Cut-off date to confirm orders that you wish to collect prior to Christmas. We cannot guarantee pre Chrsitmas completion of your piece for orders confirmed after this date.
Saturday 24th December: We will be closing at 12 midday and taking a well deserved break.
Monday 9th January: We reopen!
Opal is the traditional October birthstone. The name is believed to have originated in India (the source of the first opals brought to the Western world), where in Sanskrit it was called upala, a “precious stone”. In ancient Rome, this became opalus. Most opals are valued for their shifting colours in rainbow hues – a phenomenon known as “play-of-colour.”
The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-colour has inspired writers to compare it to fireworks, galaxies and volcanoes. Bedouins once believed opal held lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophesy and protection from disease. Europeans long maintained opal to be a symbol of purity, hope and truth. Hundreds of years ago, opal was believed to embody the virtues and powers of all coloured stones.
Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.
Opal can be found in many places. The fields of Australia are the most productive in the world! White opal is found in the White Cliffs area of New South Wales, as well as in Mintabie, Andamooka and Coober Pedy in South Australia. Boulder opal, which comes from only one location in the world, is mined in Queensland. Lightning Ridge, a small town in New South Wales, is famed for producing prized black opal.
Ethiopia, Mexico and Brazil are also important sources. Additional deposits have been found in Central Europe, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Peru, Turkey and the United States.
Opal may be treated by impregnation with oil, wax or plastic. Opal doublets or triplets are fine slices of opal glued to a base material and covered with a thin dome of clear quartz. The most valuable Opals are solid.
Opal is a softer gemstone and as such has some special requirements when being designed into jewellery and cared for.
We absolutely love this special stone. If you’d like to know more please reach out!
Trending: Yellow Gold
While platinum and white gold have dominated jewellery choices for the last two decades, today’s brides and jewellery wearers are looking back to the previous generation and emulating the baby boomers with their perchance for this precious yellow metal.
Fashion is cyclical of course, and jewellery is no exception. The revival of 90’s style sees with it a reflection in 90’s style jewels: yellow gold, bold and fun.
Here at Stelios jewellers we are seeing this trend reflected in jewellery and engagement ring choices, with a huge resurgence of yellow gold. We are enjoying watching our clients fall back in love with this rich and glorious metal (ours never waivered!) so we are very happy to see it in the spotlight once more.
We look forward to seeing you in store soon.
The Stelios Team