Monday, 2 January 2012

How to Make a Bracelet Chain with Jump Rings and Beaded Angel Charms and Hearts








This is a great project that uses jump rings to make a chain for a bracelet. I have added some lovely angel and heart charms and a heart shaped clasp with T-bar.



Tools needed:


Round Nosed Pliers


2 x Snipe / Chain Nosed Pliers




Items Needed:


42 x 6mm Silver Jump Rings


44 x 5mm Silver Jump Rings


4 x 10mm Silver Color Floating Hearts


1 x Pair of Heart Shaped Hoop and T-Bar Clasp


5 x 32mm Silver Head Pins


3 x 10mm Blue Crystal Glass Heart Beads


2 x 10mm Oval Crystal Glass Beads


2 x 6mm Round Crystal Glass Beads


2 x Silver Angel Wing Beads



Instructions:

First to make the chain of jump rings. Take a 5mm jump ring with two pairs of chain nosed pliers, holding each side of the jump ring and the gap facing you, open the jump ring by sliding one end away from each other, one end up and the other down. Please have a look at my video for using jump rings in my video section if you are new to it, don't open the jump rings by pulling each end and distorting the shape of the ring. Once you have opened the 5mm jump ring add two 6mm jump rings onto it and close the gap by sliding the ends back together again. Next open another 5mm jump ring and add the same two 6mm to it and close again, so you end up with a small chain of two 5mm jump rings and two 6mm jump rings, each side by side. Again repeat this process so you end up with a chain of two 5mm jump rings side by side and two 6mm jump rings side by side. Just leave four 5mm jump rings left at the end to add the hearts.






At each end of the chain add the heart shaped hoop and t-bar clasp by opening the end 6mm jump rings and adding the small hoop onto the rings and closing after.


Next add the four floating hearts to the bracelet chain with the four 5mm jump rings left over. Equally space them along the bracelet, I have added them to the 6mm jump rings.


Next to make the heart charms. Take a head pin and add a heart shaped bead to it, with the round nosed pliers bend the pin back approx 90 degrees, you may need to trim off the end of the pin, but leave at least 10mm of the pin to make the loop. Then bend the end back over again to make a loop on the end of the pin. If you need help please watch my video on making loops. Repeat this with the other two heart beads on head pins and add the loop to the 6mm jump rings, close the loop of the pin after adding to the jump rings. Tip: Using the chain nosed pliers might help you close the gap by pushing it together gently from the outside of the loop. I have placed one of the hearts in the centre of the bracelet and two close to the ends of the bracelet.




Finally to make the beaded angel charms. Take a head pin add an oval glass bead and then the angel wings and finally the round glass bead and make a loop at the end in the same way as with the heart shaped beads. Please have a look at my video on making beaded angel charms for more help. Repeat this again for the other angel charm and add them both to the 6mm jump rings, between two of the floating hearts.




Sunday, 1 January 2012

How To Make Red Heart Tigertail Wire Beaded Earrings













This is a different idea to make earrings with tigertail wire without a loop.




Tools Needed:



Snipe or chain nosed pliers




Items Needed:



Red Tigertail Wire (Less than 1 Metre)



2 x Earring Wires



2 x Red Heart Glass beads



4 x Red Bicone Shaped Glass (or crystal) beads



6 x Small Crimp Beads (approx 2mm)



A selection of seed and bugle glass beads,



I have used 2mm Red Seed Beads and 6mm Silver Bugle beads.




Instructions:



First cut a length of Tigertail Wire approx 20cm and fold it almost in half, but make sure that one end is approx 2cm longer than the other. Add your earring wire to the crease of the fold in the wire, then slide a crimp bead through both of the ends of the wire close to the earring wire. Take the snipe or chain nosed pliers and press firmly on the wire to hold it into place.





Next add the red heart shaped glass bead through both ends of the wire to the crimp bead and slide a crimp bead through both of the wires and secure into place.





Then add the seed and bugle beads to the ends of each tigertail wire and the red bicone glass of crystal beads and another seed bead at the end. Secure each end with a crimp bead pressed into place to hold the beads onto the wire.



Repeat again for the matching earring.



Happy New Year 2012



 


I hope that you all have a wonderful 2012.







Tuesday, 25 October 2011

How To Make Beaded Jewelry - Basic Techniques





Jewellery making is easy and fun to do and once to learn a few simple techniques, you can create a whole range of your own jewellery. It can be cost effective too, you can make your own jewelry for a lot less than it would cost in the shops.

Basic Jewellery Making Techniques

How to crimp with beads

For crimping you will need either crimping pliers or some basic flat or snipe nosed pliers would do. If you are using some flat / snipe nosed pliers you simply just place the crimp bead in position on the wire where you want it and then press the crimp bead firmly with the pliers. This will hold the crimp bead in the place that you want, it can not be moved again once you have done this, so please make sure that you position it correctly first. If you are using crimping pliers, the advantage of these are that once the crimp bead has been gripped onto the wire there is an extra hole at the top on the pliers to make the crimp bead neatly round again. Otherwise it would remain flat on the wire, just put the crimp bead in the top hole of the pliers and press again to finish off the bead.

What is jewelry crimping used for?

Crimping is used when you want to hold either beads (illusion necklace) for example onto wire or jewellery thread or to add a clasp to the end.

How to add a clasp to wire

A basic method of attaching a clasp to wire is by threading a crimp bead on to the end of a piece of wire. Then put the wire through the hole of the clasp and then fold the end of the wire back onto itself and back through the crimp bead.

Next position the crimp bead as close to the clasp as possible but leaving enough space so it can move slightly. And with a pair of flat or snipe/chain nosed pliers press the crimp bead firmly onto the wire so that the crimp bead stays still and cannot be moved again.

You may have a little excess wire at the end which easily be cut off with wire cutters or be hidden by threading the beads that you put on the wire over the excess piece of wire.

I usually find tiger tail wire works best and it needs to be thin enough to put double the thickness of the wire through one crimp bead, I mostly use wire approx 0.45/0.5mm gauge wire in thickness. Even tiny 1.5 or 2mm crimp beads can fit on it easily.








What are crimping pliers?

Crimping pliers are pliers that are specifically used to crimping and nothing else. Jewellery crimping pliers usually have 2 holes on the end. The hole that is closest to the pliers handle is the one that is used to crimp and pressed to hold the crimp bead in place. The hole that is closest to the tip on the pliers is used after the crimp bead has been pressed in place and is used to make the crimp bead a round shape again. If you put the crimp bead in the hole and turn the crimping pliers around the bead to mould it back to a nice round shape again.







What are calotte crimps?

Calotte crimps are metal findings that cup and cover a crimp bead to finish the end of a necklace of bracelet.

What are calotte crimps used for?

Calotte crimps placed at the end of a piece of wire or jewelry thread to make a nice neat end to a piece of jewellery. They can also be good to use when two or three ends of wire need to be secured together on a bracelet or necklace.


How to use calotte crimps

If you thread the end/s of wire through the hole of the calotte crimp next to the round cup part of the calotte. Then at the end of the wire/s a crimp bead should be secured into place by pressing with the pliers. Once the wire or wires are secured in place with the crimp beads, you should fold the two sides that look like little cups together to cup and cover the ends of the wire. At the top of the calotte crimp there it either a hole or a small hook, this part is used to connect to a (jump/split) ring, which can be connected to a clasp.



What are folding crimps?

Folding crimps are jewelry metal findings that have flat sides and have two 90 degree vertical flat sides and have a hole at the end. It should also have a sharp (barb) piece to hold the suede securely.

What are folding crimps for?

Folding crimps are used to secure and hold an end of a flat piece of cord such as suede in order to attach it to a jump ring or clasp.

How to attach a folding crimp

First of all you need to ensure that the end of the cord it the correct width to fit into the folding crimp snugly. If the cord is slightly too wide you can cut a little off the edge to fit into the folding crimp.

Next you may use glue adhesive to hold the cord into place on the folding crimp.

Next once the end of the cord is placed in the folding crimp just take a pair of flat edged pliers (flat/snipe/chain nosed pliers will do) and press one side of the folding crimp on top of the cord. Then do the same on the other side by pressing the sides of the folding crimp on top of each other. This should secure the folding crimp in place and the sharp barb holds the cord and stop it from pulling out.

What are coil spring cord / crimp ends?

Coil spring crimp ends are metal jewelry findings that have a coild spring like end with a raised loop on the end.

What are coil spring cord / crimp ends used for?

Coil spring crimp ends are used to hold and attach clasp or ring to the end of a thicker piece of leather/ suede/ rubber.

How to attach a coil spring cord / crimp end

Firstly you can add glue / adhesive to the end of the cord to add extra security to the cord.

Then you thread the end of the cord into the coil spring end and push it to the end of the coil without it poking through. Next with a pair of flat nosed pliers (flat/snipe/chain/long nosed pliers) place over the last couple of spring coils (furthest from the end of the cord) and press firmly with the pliers to secure into place and the cord can’t be pulled from the spring end.




What are jump rings?

Jump rings are metal rings used in jewellery making, they are usually round in shape although occasionally you can get other shapes such as triangle or square. They are made by wrapping a piece of wire around thin cylinder shape to make a coil and then each coil is cut to make a round jump ring.

What are jump rings used for?

Jump rings are used to attach ends together, such as the end of a necklace or bracelet strand. They can be used to attach a clasp to a strand. They can also be used to attach head or eye pins together. Jump rings can be used to link together to make a chain and there are a variety of ways of joining jump rings together to make an interesting link chain design for a bracelet or necklace.





How to open and use jump rings

When you first start to use jump rings, it is an easy mistake to make to pull the ends out to make a gap. But this will loosen the strength of the wire and it will be hard to get it back to its original shape. To open them to make a gap you should, with pliers, gently slide the two ends away from each other, one up the other down. Make sure that you make the gap big enough to attach it what you need but not stretching the shape of the ring too much to try and keeps its original round shape. Then close the gap again by sliding the ends back together again in the opposite direction.

The Basics of Head Pins

Basically your average head pin looks like a very long T-shape with a small top. There are variations of the design, some with balls or fancy metal designs at the end. But let’s start with the basic T-shape. They can come in a variety of lengths starting from as small as 20mm up to 50mm or maybe more. If you are just starting to learn the basics of jewelry design I would advice you to get a longer length pin as you may not be sure of how many beads you are going to put on your design and if there is any wire left over it can easily be cut off with wire cutters.
The end of the pin, where the top of the T is, is where the beads rest and the end stop the beads falling off. You may find that the end may be too small for the size of the hole. Some beads can have larger holes in them that others. In this case it would be advisable to add a small metal spacer bead first at the end. I usually do this anyway as it adds a nice finish to the overall jewelry item. Then you add the rest of beads following your design. Don’t add too many beads as you need space at the end to make your loop. I would leave approximately 8-12mm gap at the end of the pin to make the loop.

Making the loop

1. To make the loop, hold the pin with beads in one hand and take your round nosed pliers in the other hand and bend the pin at a 90 degree angle.
2. Then use your round nosed pliers to bend the end of the pin back over onto its self to make a loop shape at the end.
Don’t be afraid of bending the wire the pins can be quite flexible, but at the same time don’t over do it as too much bending and twisting of the wire can weaken the structure of the pin and could eventually snap. It is best to choose which way you want to bend it and stick to that angle.
The round nosed pliers work really well at creating a nice loop shape as the wire curves to the shape of the pliers.
3. At the end after you have made the loop you may have some excess wire which can be cut off with wire cutters to make a neat and tidy hook at the end. This is the similar to the hook at the end of an eye pin. Make sure the hook is closed up so that what ever it is linked to doesn’t fall off and your jewelry could fall apart.
4. Alternatively you may wish to twist the end of the wire around itself. You will need to leave quite a bit extra wire at the end to create this loop approx 12-15mm. After you have made the loop use the excess wire to wrap around the wire at the top of the beads to seal the loop for a more secure fitting. This isn’t always necessary, as the normal loop can be strong enough to hold the jewelry together. I would only really recommend doing this if you are joining your pin with something a lot thinner like tiger tail wire for example and you wouldn’t want the thin wire slipping through the small gap of your pin loop.

Where Head Pins Can Be Used

Head pins can be used on earrings in many different ways, not only to make a simple drop. You can add the head pin to an eye pin and then to the earring wire to create a different look to the earring. You could put a jump ring at the end of the eye pin and add lots of small head pins to jump ring to make a cluster effect at the bottom of the pin. Or you could add a number of head pins to a chandelier finding to create a gorgeous and glamorous look to your earrings. Or another popular design at the moment is the cluster earrings. Where you link a small piece of chain to the earring wire and the add the short head pins with different beads it, to make beautiful clusters of beads. This design can also be used when making charm key rings or cell / mobile phone charms.

Head pins can also be used on charm bracelets or charm necklaces by adding beads on to head pins and then onto the chain can make beautiful designs. You can add them to the rings of the chain or alternatively they can be linked onto jump rings and then onto the chain depending on your design.

They can also be used to make beautiful pendants. If you have a large focal bead or make a deigns with smaller beads, the head pin can be linked to a jump ring, and then added to your necklace.

They can also be used on finger ring findings that have loops on top. You just add the short head pins with beads to make a clustered bead effect on the ring.


How and Where to Use Eye Pins

Eye pins are very similar to head pins. They are easy to use, and can be used instead of head pins, if you don’t have head pins available or you just want to create a different look.

I find that when people don’t know a lot about jewelry making they tend it start off with just using head pins and they don’t quite understand what the eye pins are for or how they can be used. But once you get the hang of eye pins they are really very versatile and can be a lot more useful than head pins.

If you look at it this way, head pins are like a full stop. You can’t add anything to the end of the T-shape, you can only add to the loop at the other end. Where as with eye pins they can have two loops and can make a continuous flow of links to add to other eye pins or to jump rings or to chain or to clasps and so on and so on….

The Basics of Eye Pins

The basic eye pin is just a piece of wire with a loop at one end. You can easily make eye pins yourself using the correct type of jewelry making wire. There are many wires used in jewelry making these will be explained in the about jewelry findings section of this website.

Eye pins can come in a variety of lengths starting from as small as 20mm up to 50mm or maybe more. If you are just starting to learn the basics of jewelry design I would advice you to get a longer length pin as you may not be sure of how many beads you are going to put on your design and if there is any wire left over it can easily be cut off with wire cutters.

The other end of the wire is left straight to add your choice of beads to it. And the same as with the head pins leave a gap of approx 8-12mm at the end to make the loop.

Making the loop

1. To make the loop, hold the pin with beads in one hand and take your round nosed pliers in the other hand and bend the pin at a 90 degree angle.
2. Then use your round nosed pliers to bend the end of the pin back over onto its self to make a loop shape at the end.
Don’t be afraid of bending the wire the pins can be quite flexible, but at the same time don’t over do it as too much bending and twisting of the wire can weaken the structure of the pin and could eventually snap. It is best to choose which way you want to bend it and stick to that angle.
The round nosed pliers work really well at creating a nice loop shape as the wire curves to the shape of the pliers.
3. At the end after you have made the loop you may have some excess wire which can be cut off with wire cutters to make a neat and tidy hook at the end. This is the similar to the hook at the other end of the eye pin. Make sure the hook is closed up so that what ever it is linked to doesn’t fall off and your jewelry could fall apart.
4. Alternatively you may wish to twist the end of the wire around itself. You will need to leave quite a bit extra wire at the end to create this loop approx 12-15mm. After you have made the loop use the excess wire to wrap around the wire at the top of the beads to seal the loop for a more secure fitting. This isn’t always necessary, as the normal loop can be strong enough to hold the jewelry together. I would only really recommend doing this if you are joining your pin with something a lot thinner like tiger tail wire for example and you wouldn’t want the thin wire slipping through the small gap of your pin loop.
A tip for making loops on eye pins is, have a look at which angle the loop at the first end is and try to make the loop at the other end the same way. For example make the loops so that if they where put on a flat surface both loops would lay flat. Or another way of looking at it is if you hold the loops up you could see straight through each hole, like a pair of glasses. It is an important thing to remember as if the loop is twisted at a different angle your jewelry may end up looking twisted and not looking the way that you want.

Where Eye Pins Can Be Used

As I mentioned earlier eye pins can be very versatile. The can be used instead of head pins but instead of having the flat T-shape at the end you would have the loop. It may sound unusual but I have seen a lot of jewelry designed this way and the effect can be truly stunning.

Another fantastic thing about eye pins is that when you have added your bead or beads to you eye pin, depending on how long the pin is you can have a lot of the wire to play around with. And this is where you can have fun and create shapes, spirals, twists, with your round and flat nosed pliers. The original loop can be linked to your jewelry, jump rings or earring wires but the other end can be used however you want. It can be twisted to make a spiral, make a variety of loops with your round nosed pliers. Or bend at a 90 degree angle to hold your beads and make any shape you like. You can even bend it back up to wrap the wire around the bead that you have strung.

Eye pins can be used to make continuous links to make a bracelet or necklace. Or add the odd eye pin link onto a chain and connect back to the chain the add beads to an ordinary chain. You may wish to connect a jump ring between the eye pin and the chain first.

You can make a continuous link of eye pins of 2, 3 or 4 eye pins linked together for example to make beautiful dangling earrings. Or just add it between the head pin and earring wires.

Again they can be used instead of head pins to add beads to charm bracelets and necklaces. Or can be used to make beautiful pendants.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011

How to make Angel Earrings



Beautiful and very easy to make, these angel drop earrings are a great item to make if you are new to jewellery making, or very quick to do if you have made jewellery before.




The earrings have a lovely dangle and can sparkle as it catches the light.




Tools you will need: Round nosed pliers




Items in the kit:


6 x 6mm round crystal glass beads


2 x 10mm oval crystal glass beads


2 x Silver plated Angel wings


2 x Silver plated head pins


2 x Silver plated eye pins


2 x Silver plated earring wires


6 x Silver plated spacer beads




How to make the earrings:



First take the head pin (with the flat end), put on the oval bead, then the angel wings, then the round bead on top.


Once the beads are on the head pin you need to make a loop. Take the round nosed pliers and bend the head pin wire approx 90 degree backwards, make sure it is close to the beads but not too close that it might put pressure on the beads and they break. Then you need to get the end of the head pin back onto itself to make a loop.


Next get the eye pin (with the loop end), thread on a small silver spacer bead, then a round crystal glass bead, then another spacer bead, then another round glass bead, then the last spacer bead.


Once the beads are on the eye pin, you need to make a loop again. Do exactly the same as with the head pin, bend in backwards, then back over onto itself to make a loop.Next you need to link the head pin to the eye pin, by slightly opening the gap of the loop and attaching the two together, then close the gap again.


Next link the eye pin to the earring wire in exactly the same way.




If you repeat this process again, you will have a lovely pair of dangle angel earrings.




Earrings are available in 6 lovely colours




If you like these earrings, the kit is available for an affordable price. Or if you would like them ready made they are also available to buy at: http://www.love2charm.com/



Monday, 17 October 2011








Birthstones

It is believed that certain gemstones are associated with the months of the year and depending on which month you were born, these gemstones can hold more vibration and healing powers towards those born within that month.

Traditionally birthstones are represented by precious gemstones or semi-precious gemstones. It is believed that if a person born in a particular month wears or carries the gem stone, then it could bring them good luck, prosperity or keep them in good health.

In recent years birthstones have been represented by the variety of colours available in Swarovski crystal beads and pendants. Although these are stunningly beautiful and precious sparkle beads, they do not special earthy and natural qualities you can find in each piece of gemstone.

Gemstone properties are quite unique, from rare to the more common gemstone, they come in an array of colours from deep red gemstone, to blue and green gemstones, earthy brown, orange and yellow gemstones to pretty pink and purple gemstones. From all the types of gemstones that are available, everyone has a favourite.

Birthstone list

January Birthstone – Garnet
Colour – Deep Red to light red
Zodiac signs – Capricorn, Aquarius
Symbolizes – Constancy
Gemstone meaning – Garnet is believed to be the gemstone for a successful business, it can give a wearer more self esteem and avoid depression. It is also believed to the stone of love and compassion, purity and truth. Garnet is believed to protect travellers and is a great gift to give continuity to friendships. It is used will healing the thyroid or spleen.

Alternative January gemstones – Rose Quartz, Coral, Onyx.

February Birthstone – Amethyst
Colour – Purple (light violet to deep purple)
Zodiac signs – Aquarius, Pisces
Symbolizes – Sincerity
Gemstone meaning – Amethyst is believed to protect the wearer from poison or drunkenness, to give you a sound and sober mind. It known as a dream stone, and protect against insomnia and provides protection from evil spirits and witchcraft. Giving the wearer positive spiritual feelings as well as relieving headaches and cravings. Amethyst is used with healing the heart and lungs. It is a member of the quartz family and was once believed to be more precious than diamonds.

Alternative February Birthstones – Garnet, Jasper, Onyx.

March Birthstone – Aquamarine
Colour – Blue-Green
Zodiac signs – Pisces, Aries
Symbolizes – Courage
Gemstone meaning – Aquamarine is a stunning blue green gemstone, resembling the beautiful colours of the seas and ocean. It is believed to protect those at sea and travelling by water. It is a good meditation stone and is used to calm the nerves. It is used with healing throat and liver ailments.

Alternative March Birthstones – Bloodstone, Hematite.

April Birthstone – Diamond
Colour – Clear
Zodiac Signs – Aries, Taurus
Symbolizes – Innocence
Gemstone meaning – Diamonds are the most famous, popular and most sought after gemstone. These precious pieces are the hardest mineral on earth. The value of a diamond is dependent upon the four C’s, cut, colour, clarity and carat, the larger and clearer in colour and better cut the more valuable. This powerful stone is used to balance the body and its emotions.

Alternative April Birthstones – Crystal Quartz, Moonstone.

May Birthstone – Emerald
Colour – Green
Zodiac Signs – Taurus, Gemini
Symbolizes – Love and Hope
Gemstone meaning – Emeralds are another valuable stone, it is believed to preserve love and bring hope. Lucky for love, give your lover Emerald to stay faithful to you. It is believed to give the wearer wisdom and free them from a troubled mind.

Alternative May Birthstones – Agate, Carnelian.

June Birthstone – Pearl
Colour – White, Cream, Pink, Black
Zodiac Signs – Gemini, Cancer
Symbolizes – Health, longevity and Purity
Gemstone meaning – Pearl is believed to be the oldest known gemstone and the only one grown from living creatures, oysters and molluscs. Traditionally worn by brides at weddings and are seen as a stone of taste and refinement. They have an iridescent and lustrous quality.

Alternative June Birthstones – Moonstone, Tigers Eye.

July Birthstone – Ruby
Colour – Red
Zodiac Signs – Cancer, Leo
Symbolizes – Contentment
Gemstone meaning – Ruby is believed to be a powerful stone and is a love and passionate stone, symbolic of a romantic red rose. Rubies are used in the healing of blood throughout the body, removing infection and germs. If you wear it on your left hand it is said to bring good fortune and protection.

Alternative July Birthstones – Carnelian, Turquoise.

August Birthstone – Peridot
Colour – Green
Zodiac Signs – Leo, Virgo
Symbolizes - Happiness and Commitment
Gemstone meaning – Peridot is a beautiful vibrant green colour. It signifies strength and vitality and protects against negative emotions. It is used in healing with the gall bladder and liver.

Alternative August Birthstones – Aventurine, Carnelian.

September Birthstone – Sapphire
Colour – Blue
Zodiac Signs – Virgo, Libra
Symbolizes – Clear thinking
Gemstone meaning – Sapphire comes from Greek word for blue. They are a valuable precious stone when cut and polished and it popular in jewellery. They are believed in religion to be a devotion to God. Sapphires are used to heal the throat and believed to promote financial rewards. The sapphire ring has become popular recently as it was the engagement ring given to Kate (Catherine) Middleton by Prince William, which originally belonged to his mother Princess Diana, when she got engaged to Prince Charles.

Alternative September Birthstones – Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine

October Birthstone – Opal
Colour – White, iridescent multi colours
Zodiac Signs – Libra, Scorpio
Symbolizes – Hope
Gemstone meaning – Opal is a stunning vibrant stone, each piece is unique with a flashes in a variety of rainbow colours. Opal is a stone of the Gods and of faithful love and confidence. It can be a valuable stone and is quite a delicate stone which needs to be cared for to protect it.

Alternative October Birthstones – Tourmaline, Aquamarine and Agate.

November Birthstone – Topaz
Colour – Yellow, Blue, Pink
Zodiac Signs – Scorpio, Sagittarius
Symbolizes – Fidelity
Gemstone meaning – Topaz is a beautiful stone that comes in a variety of colours, commonly known as yellow or blue. It is believed to encourage confidence and love to the wearer. It protects against bad dreams and envy and disease. In healing it is believed to stimulate appetite and activate the metabolism.

Alternative November Birthstones – Citrine, Amber, Tigers Eye.

December Birthstone – Turquoise
Colour – Turquoise, Blue Green
Zodiac Signs – Sagittarius, Capricorn
Symbolizes – Prosperity and Friendship
Gemstone meaning – Turquoise is believed to bring good fortune and protection to the wearer and peace at home. It is a good stone to give to a friend as it is a deep and meaningful stone. It carries great wisdom and is one of the oldest stones known, being used in many ancient pieces of jewellery including Ancient Egypt. In healing it is believed to aid with relieving pain, stomach problems and viral infections.

Alternative December Birthstones – Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, Hematite.