Details of Sugarpuss London’s new green gemstone obsession!
Something beginning with ‘G’….
We’re not sure why, but green is a big hit with us at the moment – it may be because Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May, or it may be a bit of a capricious whim but it is gemstones in shades of green that we seem to be currently lusting after and mainly designing with. But it’s not just us lusting after green this year, so are the stars:
From the ‘bottle glass green’ provided by chrome diopside to the somewhat translucent and ethereal green provided by gemstones such as prehnite, there is a shade to suit everyone…. So let us try to make you green with envy (like what we did there?)…
Details of Sugarpuss London’s unique opal jewellery for October (opal birthstone)
It’s October and the classic birthstone for the month is opal, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful gemstones. If you’re looking for beautiful opal jewellery gifts, you’ve come to the right place. Indeed, from solid Australian opal through to blue and pink Peruvian opal, Sugarpuss has something for all tastes. Two of our top sparklers are featured below:
Details of Sugarpuss London’s new black opal, pearl and gemstone pendants.
Beautiful black Australian Lambina opal and gemstone pendants with ‘AB’ Swarovski crystals have started listing today. The four necklaces pictured are all under £50.00, which make them an excellent and thoughtful choice for Christmas. Each necklace is guaranteed to be a one off design – available in pearl, aquamarine & labradorite:
Sugarpuss London only use genuine natural (and/or stabilised) turquoise in their jewellery designs – never reconstituted or colour treated turquoise, or turquoise substitutes often passed off as the real thing having been dyed a turquoise colour (common culprits include howlite and magnesite). Buyers should always note that ‘chalk turquoise’ is not real turquoise but a powdered and reformed substitute that has been coloured to imitate the real thing. A guide to whether your turquoise is real turquoise or not can often be determined by price (though, admittedly, not always).. as with most things in life, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Cheap turquoise jewellery pieces will almost always be made of reconstituted, colour enhanced turquoise or a turquoise substitute. More expensive turquoise jewellery pieces from reputable web sites or auction sites where sellers have good reviews can usually be deemed to be genuine. Chinese and Tibetan turquoise is at the cheaper end of the turquoise jewellery market, whilst American and Mexican turquoise is comparably rare and, therefore, more expensive. Turquoise from mines that are depleted or near-depleted – or just not commonly mined for turquoise – will usually be significantly more expensive – just as natural and completely untreated turquoise is more expensive than colour treated or otherwise enhanced turquoise. Turquoise treated by stabilisation (a quick resin bath) or the newer Zachary or Foutz process (a process that impregnates the natural stone with quartz, making it much harder) doesn’t usually affect the price too much, as natural turquoise can be too soft and vulnerable to fading and chipping when used in everyday wear jewellery pieces. It should be noted, however, that some turquoise mines can produce a very hard natural turquoise – a good example of this is the Carico Lake mine.
So that was the technical bit, now for the turquoise jewellery eye candy, by way of some of our current favourite pieces:
Top topaz jewellery picks for November birthstone jewellery shopping.
Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November and the zodiac sign Scorpio – it is a very hard gemstone, with a Mohs hardness of 8, which makes it suitable for most types of jewellery and for regular wear.
Sugarpuss London has an increasing range of topaz jewellery, including our new Swiss Blue Topaz Ring, which is hand set with a 4mm clear light Swiss blue topaz:
These earrings were especially hard to photograph, because the black garnet kept reflecting in the topaz, but this photo, taken with a macro lens, represents the quality of the earrings well (and at a show we did recently, these earrings were also one of the most admired items on our table).
Don’t forget, we can also make bespoke topaz jewellery items at request – and, depending on what you have in mind, we may be able to offer you a quick turnaround on your piece, as we actually have a huge stash of top quality topaz that we haven’t gotten round to using in our design just yet. Topaz currently in stock includes a lovely strand of chunky pink topaz rondelles; a strand of luscious London blue topaz freeform nuggets; a matching London blue topaz focal pear cut briollete; a few more pink topaz tear drop briolettes (as used in the earrings above); and, finally, two sets of royal swiss blue topaz large cut and water-clear pear briolettes, pictured below: