ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – MAY

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EMERALDS: A SYMBOL OF NEW BEGINNINGS

Coveted the world over for its distinctive bright green colour and brilliance, the emerald is the perfect astro-stone for those born in the spring/summer month of May. People born in this month are known to be expressive and witty.

They are also among the most sociable and are always ready for fun and making friends. On the flip side however, they also have a tendency to get restless, serious and moody without warning.

As the birthstone for May, the emerald whose name is derived from the Greek word – Smaragdus – which literally translates into – Green – the emerald is also said to symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.

About the Emerald:

First mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, Queen Cleopatra is said to have been obsessed with emeralds – even going to the extent of claiming ownership of all the mines in Egypt that produced them.

Like Aquamarine, an emerald belongs to the mineral family of beryl with a colour range from a light green to a much deeper, rich green. The darker the colour, the more valuable the emerald.

It’s also one of the reasons why most emeralds are heat treated – to enhance, darken their colour. However, very often the colour of emeralds used in jewellery depends on the quality and precision of the cut given to it by the gemologist. The most sought-after emeralds are an intense blue-green colour that is not easy to find.

Though the availability of high-quality emeralds is limited, this gemstone is mined in countries including Zambia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Colombia. Some estimates state that the oldest emeralds date back approximately 2.97 bn years.

Mystical Powers:

Like most gemstones there are several beliefs of mystic and healing associated with this green gem. Some believed they could cure stomach ailments, stop bleeding and control epileptic fits.

Emeralds are also supposed to ensure loyalty and domestic bliss among married couples. They are said to keep partnerships on an even keel and change colour if things go amiss. As per ancient Vedic beliefs, an emerald is associated with the heart chakra and is said to have a soothing effect on both the emotions and the heart itself.

They are said to ensure physical, emotional and mental equilibrium, bringing harmony to all areas of one’s life.  Raising consciousness, an emerald is believed to be able to bring in positive actions, eliminating negativity and enhancing the wearer’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Famous Personalities Born in MAY:

  • Priscilla Presley (Actor/Singer), 24 May, 1945.
  • Florence Nightingale (social reformer/ statistician), 12 May, 1820.
  • James Stewart (Actor), 20 May, 1908.
  • Michael Oher (American Football Player), May 02, 1729.
  • Sunny Leone (Actor/Model), May 13, 1981.
  • Madhuri Dixit (Actor), May 15, 1967.
  • Anushka Sharma (Actor), May 01, 1988.
  • Rabindranath Tagore (Poet/Nobel Laureate), May 07, 1861.
  • Ajith Kumar (Actor), May 01, 1971.
  • Trisha Krishnan (Actor), May 04, 1983.
  • Mohanlal (Actor), May 21, 1960.

(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)

ASTRO STONE OF THE MONTH – MAY

How To Choose & Pack Jewellery When Travelling

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Typically the summer months are synonymous with two things – rising temperatures and holidays. So whether you’ re heading for foreign shores, hitting the beach for a few days of surf and turf or just hitting the road with your SUV,  chances are you may have unanswered questions about what jewellery you need to carry and what you should leave behind.

So we at GemAtlas decided to share a few simple pointers that will help you finalise the kind of jewellery you need to carry (regardless of your destination) and how to pack it as well.

For starters what you need to remember is that it’s never a good idea to leave your accessory planning for the very last minute. The thumb rule when packing for leisure vacations is to never include items of high monetary or emotional value, unless you need them as part of your ensemble for a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday celebration.

What To Pack:

A simplified solution to this problem is to go with a handful of neutral accessories that could be used with any outfit. Prime examples here would include a small pendant, a simple necklace, a small hoop or stud earrings and an elegant bracelet.

If you do have any special occasions planned, you could add a couple of finer pieces – that make a statement. But do remember to get them insured as a precaution against unexpected mishaps along the way.

Try to stick to a preferred colour scheme instead of packing every piece into your jewellery box. Bold coloured gemstones like red spinel, aquamarine or amethyst usually make for excellent choice against a neutral outfit.

The decision whether or not to carry an expensive wedding or engagement ring presents a problem. Should you carry it or leave it behind? While a lot hinges on the destination and the type of activities you have planned, it’s always a safer bet to leave the flashier and expensive pieces of jewellery behind and this includes your wedding/engagement ring.

Alternately, you could opt to wear the less expensive of the two, or swapping your pricey diamond engagement ring with one made of the much cheaper white crystal or white topaz.

Last, but not the least, remember to account for the weather at the places you intend to visit. For example, colder places where you will be bundled up in jackets and gloves, mandate wearing lighter pieces like a brooch or smart earrings while shiny pieces that sparkle in the sunlight can be used best at beach venues.

How to pack jewellery for travel:

Now that you have made a list of the jewellery pieces that you intend to carry along on your vacation, the second challenge is how to pack them in an efficient, organized manner that ensures that they don’t get tangled or damaged enroute.

Here are a few things you might want to consider:

  • Do ensure that all the expensive pieces of jewellery you intend to carry with you are insured and have an updated appraisal value.
  • Any piece that includes high value gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds should preferably have a report from a certified laboratory – to help with potential insurance claims in case the piece goes missing.
  • Make it a point to take pictures of the high-end jewellery you will be carrying. This is to help prove your ownership in case you lose it and it turns up with the lost-and-found later.
  • Pearls need a bit of moisture to retain their shine, so remember to pack them last and unpack them first.
  • Earrings should be stored in a pill organizer to prevent damage, similarly you can use straws to string your necklaces and keep them tangle-free.
  • Use individual, sealable, transparent plastic bags to pack every piece. This will allow you to see and choose quickly when it’s time to get dressed.
  • The most important tip. Never make the mistake of packing all your high-end pieces in your checked baggage – which could get lost or worse still, stolen. It’s a lot safer to carry them with you in your carry-on bag.

Follow these pointers and your troubles with what jewellery to pack and how, will be a thing of the past. Just remember, the objective behind taking a vacation is to help you relax, unwind and forget your daily grind. Keeping your jewellery list simple and inexpensive will ensure you make the most of your time out.

Happy Holidays.

How To Choose & Pack Jewellery When Travelling

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT JEWELLERY

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Jewellery has always been an integral part of a woman’s attractiveness and a reflection of her personality. From crude handmade baubles of wood, stones and pieces of bone to jewellery made from precious metals and gemstones, jewellery has continued to be a major accessory in a woman’s lifestyle, down the ages!

So, how does one choose this essential and often expensive accessory? Impulse buys apart, it’s always advisable to buy jewellery that matches your face, skin tone and body type.

But, how does one choose this essential part of one’s wardrobe? Sure, it can simply be a love-at-first-sight buy, but should you wish to delve deeper into understanding and accentuating your look, a great place to start would be to select jewellery that matches your face shape, since that’s the first thing that people notice about you.

For some, the kind of jewellery they wear has become synonymous with who they are or the image that they want to project. For today’s urban Indian woman, the significance of jewellery has increased manifold since she has to strike a balance between traditional and office-wear.

This is where the shape and size of the jewellery you choose – from rings, necklaces to earrings and bracelets – can actually work to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence.

So here are some handy pointers on how to go about making the right choice when it comes to buying jewellery.

Necklaces:

Akin to the clothes you wear, necklaces also play a big role in altering your height perception. For example, a short woman should opt for longer necklaces to appear taller. Similarly, those who want to take the attention away from their tall frame need to choose shorter necklaces (16-18 inches) that don’t go below the collar bone. For example choker necklaces make for an excellent choice in this category.

Chunky necklaces like those with large stones are best suited for women with a wider frame as opposed to petite women who would naturally prefer to wear something a little more delicate and light-weight.

Earrings:

Earrings are important to accentuate or play down the natural contours of your face. Choosing the right earrings that suit the shape of your face can do wonders to hide your facial flaws and/or enhance its positive attributes. Women with an oval face can pretty much carry off earrings of any shape be it – round, rectangle, oval or even heart-shaped. Conversely, someone with a round face needs to stay away from large earrings or hoops and choose long or square shapes to make their face appear longer.

Triangular or chandelier earrings are best suited for those with a heart-shaped face since they tend to make the chin appear wider, while smaller stubs are best suited for women with more elongated faces.

Bracelets and Rings:

Bracelets and rings are worn on the hands and not the face, yet they have a lot to do with shaping the facial perception of their wearer. The reason for this is, a lot of times even when sitting at home or chatting with friends, women tend to bring their hands very close to their face – this is why you need to choose rings that complement not just your hands but face as well.

Again it’s important to review your body type before making a choice. Petite women tend to look their best flaunting thinner, delicate bracelets on their slender hands, while a large boned woman can just as easily carry of a chunky bracelet or even a stack of medium/thin ones.

It’s the shape of your finger that matters when selecting a ring. Smaller, delicate rings like those with an oval setting for example, tend to look best on shorter fingers. On the other hand, those with long, slender fingers have the option of choosing rings with a round setting or wide bands that accentuate their long hand.

So there you have it. Now all you have to do the next time you go jewellery/accessory shopping is to take an analytical look at yourself in the mirror and choose what works best for you. And yes, you can allow yourself the luxury of an occasional impulse buy for a love-at-first-sight piece. No problem there!

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT JEWELLERY

Jewellery Collection as a Hobby

Most of us have some or the other hobby depending on our individual nature, interests and habits. Some people have hobbies like singing, writing, cooking, exercising and others have hobbies that entail collecting items. It could be anything from coin collection to stamps, toys or Jewellery.

Jewellery Collection is a fascinating hobby. The pieces are generally very attractive and can be used. Jewellery collection as a hobby enhances one’s knowledge about different jewels, especially if one is collecting real diamonds or precious or semi-precious stones, etc. One can collect different coloured diamonds and unique shapes. To many, and especially to collectors – coloured diamonds are more attractive and appealing than colourless ones. In fact, a collection of different coloured stones and diamonds should also include rare stones, although this is a very costly hobby.

A Red diamond is considered to be the rarest of diamonds and that is why it is expensive too. Common shapes of colourless diamond are round whereas fancy coloured diamonds are mostly cut to get fancy shapes like oval, emerald, radiant, etc.

There are some unusual and rare shapes of diamond which can make it a unique piece for the collector and can be considered to be a treasure to be cherished. Also, colours like blue, purple and pink which are rarely found can be collected making the collection rare and beautiful. Other precious stones apart from diamond are sapphire, ruby and emerald. These can make good collection when combined with each other.

Semi-precious stones are considered to be less expensive than precious stones but this is not necessary as some semi-precious stones can even be more expensive. Semi-precious stones are also used along with precious stones for making beautiful and stunning jewellery. Some semi-precious stones are also believed to have mystical powers such as healing properties and are believed to be able to change luck and create positive and negative impacts to the wearer.

Some of the semi-precious stones that should be in a collection of jewellery lovers are garnet, jade, lapis lazuli, opal, quartz, topaz and pearl. Apart from adding tonnes of oomph to the collection, these semi-precious stones add dynamism and beauty to the jewellery collection rather than just collecting metal jewellery like gold, platinum and silver. Collecting vintage jewellery which contains these precious and semiprecious stones can make your collections even more valuable.

Collecting jewellery is an expensive but passionate hobby, especially if you are collecting real diamonds and semi-precious stones.

This hobby of collecting jewellery can also help you to enhance your knowledge about different jewellery and types of stones and materials that are used.

Jewellery Collection as a Hobby