Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Brilliant Blue Topaz from Astley Clarke, Lilia Nash and Net-a-Porter.com

The December birthstone is blue topaz.  It’s also turquoise – which seems very summery, and hard to find tanzanite which the US declared a birthstone for December in 2002. 

Beautifully designed pieces of blue topaz jewellery are difficult to come across, so if you want to give something special that says more than Christmas you may have a problem finding it unless you know where to look.

Blue Topaz Cushion Cut Ring by Kiki at Astley ClarkeBlue Topaz and Diamond Earrings at Astley ClarkeBlue Topaz Drop Pendant by Kiki at Astley Clarke 
There are of course thousands of earrings, pendants and rings in the bigger stores, but to my mind if you want to give something unique you’d be better looking at these websites, even if the choice isn’t huge.  After all who wants something that’s been made in the thousands? 
Lilia Nash Blue Topaz and 18ct Gold Petal EarringsDecember Birthstone Necklace from single up to five stones Blue Topaz Drop Earrings by Lilia Nash in Silver or 18ct Gold 
Natural blue topaz is extremely rare, typically it is heat treated to turn it the required shade of blue.  It sparkles and stands out beautifully and looks wonderful surrounded by diamonds or mixed with gold or silver, both in modern and traditional settings.  Prices run from the reasonable - for a simple piece of December birthstone jewellery - and up into the thousands.  So set your budget and think of Christmas…….
Larkspur and Hawk gold dipped blue topaz earringsIppolita Blue Topaz and 18ct Gold Drop EarringsLarkspur and Hawk Blue Topaz Stud Earrings
Designers Kiki McDonough at Astley Clarke, Larkspur and Hawk and Ippolita at Net-a-Porter.com and Lilia Nash all create very different pieces and at different price ranges.  Lilia Nash also will adapt any of her designs to suit your birthstone month, and the reasonably priced birthstone necklace above can be set with a single stone or up to five stones to represent other family members.