When you hear the phrase “handmade jewellery” then chances are that you are going to have images of pasta necklaces and woven friendship bracelets exchanged by children. Whilst there is nothing wrong with these treasured pieces, they don’t exactly scream out fashion or quality.

Here at The Charming Jewellery Store; we want to change how people see handmade jewellery and ensure that our customers understand when handmade is in the hands of an expert, it can mean something truly special.

Want to know more? We have put together some of the reasons why handmade jewellery, just like the pieces that we create here, makes for the perfect present.

You are supporting a small business

There is no greater feeling then knowing that, as a consumer, you are helping a smaller business to achieve their dream. A small business needs every single bit of help that they can to be a success and you know that every single purchase you make is going towards the business owner and growing their dream.

You can make changes and personal touches

When you buy a handmade piece of jewellery, you are going to be able to ask them to add a few personal touches and make changes to the piece. Of course, you won't be able to transform it completely and you will need to keep some of the basics of the piece the same. But, what you can do is try your best to make it exactly what you want it to be.

Every piece is unique and every piece is special

Following on from this, when a piece of jewellery is handmade; it is unique. It doesn’t matter if the basic design is the same, you still know that the piece that you or the person that you are sending the item too is 100% unique. There is never going to be another necklace, bracelet or ring out there just like yours.

There is so much love in every piece

As we have already mentioned, when you buy from a smaller business, you are supporting a person and a dream. Not only is this great for the business owner, but you are also going to benefit too. You know that when you buy a handmade piece of jewellery, that you are buying something that has been designed, created and crafted with a true sense of love and care. Which is reflected in the quality and end product that you are going to receive.

As you can see, there are so many reasons that you should be making sure that you buy handmade jewellery every time that you are searching for a special gift. Whether it is to support a local or small business or because you love the idea of buying something unique; keep a look out for the amazing handmade items that we sell here at The Charming Jewellery Store. We can promise you that you will fall in love with our amazing creations.

When it comes to birthstones, much like with horoscopes, everyone tends to know what theirs is. Birthstones are associated with each birth month and have a particular meaning and significance. These have long been used to form the basis for jewellery and someone wearing their birthstone is said to embody wellness and good fortune for the wearing. Birthstones date back to 5th Century Christian times are were said to have been inlaid on the breastplate of Aaron. There were twelve different stones, which linked with the 12 signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year. Wearers would then receive therapeutic benefits for wearing the correct stone during that month.

Here is a little bit about each birthstone

January – Garnet

This dark red stone symbolises Protection. This comes from the fact that Garnets are highly reflective and look like they are emitting light. Travellers used to carry garnets with them to protect them from evil and light up the night.

February – Amethyst

This pale violet stone symbolises wisdom. It is said to come from the story of Dionysus who came across Amethystos who had been turned to pure white stone by Artemis to protect her from Dionysus's drunken rage. Dionysus cried out at this and poured his wine over Amethystos turning her pale violet and forswearing his drunkenness. Therefore, this stone is also associated with ‘not drunken'

March – Aquamarine

This cyan or pale blue stone symbolises serenity. The light blue colour which is caused by iron impurities in the Beryl crystal has been traditionally associated with the sea and was used by sailors for years to help grant a peaceful journey.

April – Quartz

This is a clear stone that is associated with Strength. This largely comes from the hardness of the crystals which rate one of the highest on the Mohs scale.

May – Emerald

This gemstone is commonly associated with Hope and this comes from the colour being reminiscent of spring greenery and the hope of new growth after the winter.

June – Alexandrite

This stone has long been associated with love. This clear stone appears to be all different colours depending on the way you look at it, and as such its hidden beauty reflects the feelings of love

July – Ruby

This bright red stone represents vitality this is because of the colour is similar to that of oxygenated blood that brings life.

August – Peridot

This deep green gem represents beauty, and this is because of the deep colour it gives off which is the same in natural and artificial light

September – Lapis Lazuli

This deep blue stone has an association with truth and encouraging better honesty within relationships.

October – Opal

This solid white gemstone reflects all of the colours of the rainbow and as such has been associated with healing and renewal.

November – Citrine

This is a deep yellow gemstone, that pairs well with gold. It has a long historical association with joy and giving joy to the wearer of the gemstone

December – Turquoise

This blue gemstone has an association with friendship and the wearer is said to be able to make friends easily.