Stones

Stone Description Birthstone
Amazonite Amazonite named after the river Amazon, is actually sourced from Russia, Australia, Africa and the USA. The classic natural colour for is pale to mid soft blue-green.
Amethyst Amethyst is the most valuable of the quartz group. The Romans believed induced a sober mind, the name is derived from the Greek amethystos, which means 'against drunkenness'. It is believed to bring stability, peace and strength and is also believed to aid sleeplessness. Amethyst is the birthstone for February, symbolising Sincerity.
Our stones are of good quality but may have natural inclusions.
February
Aquamarine The seawater colour of this stone gave the gemstone its name. It is said to enhance clarity of mind and aid creative self-expression. In medieval times the stone was thought to awaken the love of married couples and is known as the 'sailors gem' ensuring safe passage across stormy seas. It is one of the birthstones for March, symbolising Courage.
This is a costly gemstone so is available in the 'creator' tool at a premium.
March
Aventurine - Green Aventurine is available in a range of colours, but we use the most common green colour. It is thought to promote emotional tranquillity and a positive attitude towards life as well as helping the wearer to be decisive.
Carnelian Carnelian nourishes and vitalises your entire being, bestowing optimism and enthusiasm for life. The orange ray carried by Carnelian deeply relaxes your mind, emotions, and physical cells so they can release their disharmony and disease. Carnelian enhances positive emotions, promoting a brighter outlook and appreciation for life. Carnelian is used as a sleep aid for its ability to calm and ease anxiety. July
Chrysoprase May
Citrine The name derives from its colour, 'citron' being French for lemon. Citrine is thought to dispel fear and to stimulate mental focus and endurance.
This is a costly gemstone so is available in the 'creator' tool at a premium.
November
Flourite Green Fluorite is a beautiful and versatile stone which ranges from greens to lilacs, clear and purples, but we have elected only the green for our range. The stones often have inclusions of white to black within them, inner flaws which are part and parcel of the stone being a natural occurrence giving the stone its interest - all lovely in their own way
Garnet Garnets are often used to symbolise love and devotion and is traditionally known as the 'stone of commitment', the name Garnet comes from the Latin for pomegranate which has bright red, garnet-like seeds. In medieval times garnets were thought to cure depression and protect against bad dreams. It is the birthstone for January, symbolising Constancy. January
Goldstone Blue Goldstone is said to give the wearer energy, self-confidence, positive attitude and courage. Originally identified as a stone in the Victorian era, this stone is actually man-made, but is given the status of a real stone - it is sparkling coppery crystals in a glass which is formed into a 'stone'.
Hematite Hematite is a natural iron mineral, and is a sleek dark grey/black colour, the colour of polished coal; the stone is said to promote a calming influence.
Hematite Magnetic Natural Hematite is not magnetic, however  a man made version of, also known as Hematine can be magnetic. Magnets are often worn close to the skin by Arthritis sufferers.
Hematite Rainbow Hematite is a natural iron mineral, and is a sleek dark grey/black colour, the colour of polished coal; the stone is said to promote a calming influence.

Jade We use the dark green Nephrite Jade, it is believed to be a soft, gentle stone and to promote a long and prosperous life and is the stone of friendship.
Lapis Lazuli Prized for its intense blue colouring, it often comes from Afghanistan. For centuries powdered lapis was used as an ingredient in paint to create a very special blue. Its name derives from medieval Latin and means 'blue stone'. It is said to promote friendship and goodwill and to guard the wearer against evil. September
Lava Natural volcanic lava has an open/ porous texture. It is often used with essential oils which are absorbed into the stone.
Mookite Mookite Beads - a type of jasper, a very colourful stone with cream, yellow, butterscotch, pink, red, burgundy and chocolate (amongst others) - fabolous range of shades in between which gives this stone a great deal of versatility - often from Western Australia; this stone is also found in China.
We select at random from the range of colours, so the finished piece may differ from your choice from the creator' tool.

Moonstone Moonstone has a pearly or opaline lustre and is reminiscent of the silvery moon, the stone derives its name from its blue-white sheen. It is believed to protect the wearer from the dangers of travel and enhances creativity and self-expression and is said to alleviate insomnia. Moonstone also symbolises Health and Longevity.
This is a costly gemstone so is available in the 'creator' tool at a premium.
June
Mother of Pearl
Obsidian Snowflake Obsidian - Volcanic Glass - made from molten magma (lava) coming into contact with water - for instance, the sea or a lake, and then cooling rapidly. Obsidian cutting tools that were used by ancient people have been found in archeological excavations. Obsidian occurs in many colours - the end colour is influenced by the magma coming into contact with various minerals in the ground - for instance, iron and magnesium give Obsidian its colour - small white crystal inclusions in the black glass produce the black and white variety, Snowflake Obsidian.
Onyx Black Onyx is a translucent Chalcedony, part of the Quartz family
Opal Pink October
Rock Crystal This is the purest of all the quartz family, and others in the same family include amethyst, rose quartz and Citrine. It has been used for religious purposes since ancient times.
Our stones are of good quality but may have natural inclusions.
April
Rose Quartz A delicate soft pink in colour, though can range from off-white pink to warm rose-pink, it is mostly produced in Namibia and South Africa. The early Chinese used rose quartz for carvings of the goddess of Peace as the colour was thought to reflect her gentleness and wisdom. It is said to promote a restful, cooling energy that will restore calmness, balance and clarity to the emotions and is considered excellent for healing emotional 'wounds'.
Rutile Quartz
Sardonyx Onyx is a translucent Chalcedony, part of the Quartz family, and for hundreds of years was carved to produce cameos - we have a range from black to black and white banded. Sardonyx is known as the stone of marital happiness. August
Smoky Quartz Smoky Quartz is formed as a result of natural irradiation and often has a large constituent of Sodium; the stone can sometimes be enhanced by heat treatment - generally speaking when the stone is very dark it is usually safe to assume it has been heat enhanced to give a deeper colour - it is mainly a matter of preference as to whether the dark or lighter colours work well for you, as heat treatment is an accepted practice in gemology; where we are aware that this has occurred, we have noted this; generally speaking, the heat treated variety is usually less costly than the natural though there is often little difference. Sources include Brazil, Switzerland, the Himalayas, and Mexico. The stone sometimes has sufficient inclusions to give it a further name - milky quartz; quartz is one of the most frequently found minerals on the earth and comes in many varieties including Amethyst, Rutilated Quartz, Rose Quartz and Citrine to name a few - the Smoky variety has a lovely range of smoke colours which range from pale to dark - this is a nice stone which works well with Iolite, Citrine, Turquoise or Rose Quartz, amongst other stones.
Sodalite Sodalite is named in reference to its sodium content and is opaque dark blue laced with white striates of calcite. The color of blue is very typical and is one of the constituents of Lapis Lazuli; it is believed to be a soothing and calming stone and is thought to stimulate courage; this stone looks nice with other blues - perhaps Turquoise, or Blue Lace Agate, or with Mother of Pearl, amongst others.
Tigers Eye Tigers Eye is mined in South Africa, and is said to eliminate the 'blues' and to bring brightness and to bring brightness and optimism to the user. It has been used in the treatment of asthma, disorders of the eye, the throat and the reproductive system.
Turquoise A blue/greenish opaque stone which often has brown stains which are the result of the stains of iron compounds which sit in the seams where the stone is mined and adds to its charm. It was first mined over 6000 years ago, and Native American Indians have used it as a protective stone and used it to bring rain (no need of that here in the UK then). The stone is believed to enhance creative expression, peace of mind, communication, friendship and loyalty. Turquoise is one of the birthstones of December, along with lapis lazuli, and symbolises Prosperity.
Turquoise is normally stabilised or reconstituted with resin - this is a common practice since Turquoise in its natural state is very soft, and otherwise it would crumble to pieces. 
Because Turquoise is so soft, you should avoid exposing it to hot water and household chemicals as this will damage your stone. Ple
This is a costly gemstone so is available in the 'creator' tool at a premium.
December
Copper Copper is currently a fashionable, affordable alternative to silver - if you are looking for an interesting edge to your jewellery, copper may be it - its a lovely 'warm' toned metal to work with and gives a great, bohemian look - as well as being an attractive material to work with - the items below are all solid copper as opposed to plated. Reputed to have health benefits for humans and animals, this selection will hopefully provide inspiration and is an excellent affordable starting point for handmade jewellery, as an alternative to starting with plated metals.
Sterling Silver  Although all are .925 sterling silver (STS), most are not hallmarked.
Gold Filled Gold-filled is a high-quality tarnish resistant layer of gold over a base metal core (either brass or copper) that is in common use by jewellery designers in the US as a valuable, affordable option without the price of pure gold - this product is pressure bonded gold onto a base, a much thicker layer of gold than plated products - ours is industry standard 1/20th 14 karat gold over base (1/20th of the weight is a layer of 14K gold), making pleasing and durable jewellery.