Some time ago, we introduced you to our new original collection called Seasons, which is inspired by the individual seasons (as the name suggests). The jewellery in it possesses an original design and combines gold with a variety of stones that match the relevant season in nature and colour. Precious and semi-precious stones are either set by themselves so their natural beauty is on full display or are accompanied by thematic natural motifs, like a tiny leaf.
When designing the Seasons collection, we weren’t afraid of showcasing the lesser known stones – some of which are in our offer for the very first time. Also, the shapes of stones represent a new element: they are not faceted (i.e. they don’t have facets) but are cut in simple, round shapes, like a drop or a ball. Are you curious as to what stones were picked for our autumn collection and want to learn more about them?
Sunstone and moonstone
Sunstones and moonstones are both types of feldspar. They have more things in common, too – their colour isn’t uniform, and we can see a whole range of visual effects in them. This property is characteristic to only these stones.
The MOONSTONE or hecatolite or adularia is usually milky white and has a bluish glow in the dark. However, you can also find different colours, like gray, peach and brown. The name adularia comes from the city of Mt. Adular in Switzerland, where the first quality deposit of this mineral was discovered. The moonstone is characterised by the so-called adularescence – a phenomenon where the light is diffracted by microscopically thin layers in the stone. It produces a magical effect, like light is being emitted from inside the stone itself.
According to Hindi mythology, these stones are tangible moonbeams. They are said to have the ability to support fertility, to protect a woman and an embryo during pregnancy and to positively influence various feminine issues.
The warmer opposite of adularia is the SUNSTONE or heliolite. This name denotes stones from the feldspar group that are similar in appearance and resemble the large star that’s so important to life on Earth. However, they might have different compositions. They occur in yellow and orange, as well as brown. You may see the so-called aventurescence – which means ‘sparkling’ – typical for sunstones, making some stones even look metallic. This phenomenon is caused by numerous inclusions: the smaller ones generate reddish or gold reflections, and the larger ones produce sparkling reflections.
The sunstone, as a symbol of the sun, brings warmth, light and brightness. It’s used to put fears and dreary thoughts aside. It teaches us to think positively and love ourselves and others.
A bewitching stone, indeed. It has such a specific look that you can hardly mistake it for anything else. It is named after the Labrador region in Canada where it was first discovered and named by a missionary from the Czech lands. Labradorite, similarly to the sunstone and moonstone, is a type of feldspar. The visual effect it takes pride in bears its own name: labradorescence. When we rotate the stone slowly, a colourful dance of blue, purple, green or gold reflections takes place on a darker, earthy background. In exceptional cases when the whole colour spectrum can be seen in reflections, the stone is called spectrolite.
Labradorite is considered to be a mystical stone which supports intuition and creativity, helps to restore the internal balance and relieves stress. It’s becoming more and more popular in jewellery making.
Another new stone in our offer is a semi-precious stone called carnelian. Chemically speaking, it’s a silicate, with iron as a secondary component. It’s a variant of the mineral chalcedony that’s characterised by its warm orange-red colour. Carnelian is usually semi-transparent, which gives it an irresistibly delicate and mystical look.
It’s always been a very popular stone for jewellery and artistic items. In many cultures, it was used for the production of sealing stamps and sealing rings, and Egyptians gave talismans with carnelian in various motifs to the deceased for their journey to the afterlife. Also, Byron, an English romantic poet, had a ring with carnelian. Thanks to its red colour, carnelian was associated with healing blood illnesses and diseases. Since it was believed to stop bleeding, it was recommended for women to keep it close by during childbirth.
The stone with the boldest colour in this collection is definitely coral. In the Seasons collection, we use the most common kind: coral with a vivid, warm, red colour. It’s unique because it’s an organic mineral – formed as a product of organic nature. It’s made of the skeletons of little marine organisms called polyps. Coral colonies are visually very diverse and can have different shapes depending on the kind of polyps. The most well-known kind is shaped like branches, which creates formations that resemble a forest.
In history, coral was considered to be a stone of fertility and motherhood as well as a strong protective stone. It’s a very soft mineral and needs to be handled and stored carefully. It shouldn’t be exposed to excessive temperature variations, and it shouldn’t come into contact with cleaning or cosmetic products, like hairspray or perfume.
With all these gorgeous options, it’s not easy to pick the perfect stone. Their association with zodiac signs may provide some guidance for you:
- Sunstone: Leo
- Moonstone: Cancer, Capricorn, Pisces
- Labradorite: Capricorn, Pisces
- Carnelian: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Cancer
- Coral: Scorpio, Aries