Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Amethyst, A Guide To The The February Gemstone… https://t.co/ioCZsGqpKq

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Amethyst, A Guide To The The February Gemstone…

This weeks article is about the February Birthstone, Amethyst.
See the history and some buying tips for getting a piece of jewellery with this beautifully coloured stone...
A beautiful example of an Amethyst gemstone.

February Birthstone, Amethyst




"The gemstone Amethyst is the Birthstone for February. It is also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces.
Amethyst is associated with spirituality, wisdom, sobriety, and security.
Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz and is a popular gemstone.
Although it must always be purple to be amethyst, it can and does have a wide range of purple shades.
Its colour is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its colour and beauty.
If it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive.
The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken."
This was perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol, but most likely the Greeks were referring to the almost wine-like colour of some stones that they may have encountered.
Amethyst can occur as long prismatic crystals that have a six-sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations.
Amethyst in natural form.
As a mineral specimen, amethyst is popular for its colour and nice crystal shapes that produce a handsome, purple, sparkling cluster.
However, amethyst is not the same everywhere. Different localities can produce a unique amethyst to that particular region or even to that particular mine. Experts can often identify the source mine that a particular amethyst came from.
The key to this is the specimen's colour, shape of crystal, inclusions, associations and character of formation.
Often, cut gems of amethyst are graded using the terms:
Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain to represent high medium and low grade respectively, regardless of the actual source.
Because of the patchiness of the colour distribution in the crystals, Amethyst is often cut as brilliant round cuts to maximize the colour. Other cuts can be used when the colour is better distributed.
The colour purple is traditionally the colour of royalty and Amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers.
Today, Amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that we can all possess and admire.
Prasiolite is the leek-green variety of quartz, rare in nature but used as a gemstone, sometimes (wrongly) called Green Amethyst.

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A little bit of history...


"Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.
Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed.
Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.
Anglican bishops wear an episcopal ring often set with an Amethyst, an allusion to the description of the Apostles as "not drunk" at Pentecost in Acts 2:15.
A large geode, or "amethyst-grotto", from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was presented at a 1902 exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In the 19th century, the colour of amethyst was attributed to the presence of manganese.
However, since it can be greatly altered and even discharged by heat, the colour was believed by some authorities to be from an organic source.
Ferric thiocyanate has been suggested, and sulfur was said to have been detected in the mineral."

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How to buy Amethyst...


"Whether you’re purchasing an Amethyst for yourself or a loved one, you’re making an investment in beauty that will stand the test of time.
Amethyst makes a great gift for individuals born in February, or as a celebratory milestone for a 6th or 17th wedding anniversary.
Of course, you’re also welcome to purchase Amethyst “just because.”
A beautiful Amethyst ring.

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It’s a beautiful gemstone that ranges in colour from a light pinkish violet to a deep red or blue-purple violet and complements a number of metals and settings.
It’s a durable gemstone that works well with warm or cool colours, so it’s safe to say it goes well beyond special occasion jewellery and can be worn every day, as well.
When looking to purchase Amethyst, first visit a professional jeweller, who is trained and certified to ensure that the consumer has the best information to make a great purchase.
Next, check the colour of the stone.
Amethyst often has “stripes” or layers of colour from how and when it was formed, so it takes a skilled gemologist to cut and polish the stone to show the overall colour of the stone evenly.
Avoid brownish or rust coloured tints to the stone and be careful the colour is not too deep or it can appear black in some lights.
Like diamonds, you can also look for clarity in an Amethyst.
Most gemologists will favour a richly coloured stone with some minor inclusions (not eye-visible) since the colour of this gem is so highly prized. In lighter coloured Amethysts, visible inclusions will greatly reduce the value of the gemstone.
Since Amethyst is relatively plentiful, the price differential in carat sizes isn’t usually terribly significant, so this can be a great gemstone for statement jewellery pieces (though you may not be able to cost-effectively recreate some of Elizabeth Taylor’s memorable amethyst jewellery or the “Kent Amethysts” owned by the British crown).
Larger rings, earrings or pendants can make a stunning addition to a jewellery collection, but even smaller Amethysts can be deeply and richly coloured, making subtler pieces beautiful, too.

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If you are looking for some Amethyst jewellery, give us a call on: 01592 264305 and see what we have in.
Or come visit us in the shop (https://www.akcampell.co.uk), and see you soon!

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

January Birthstone, Garnet https://t.co/zqp1VawAQ0

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January Birthstone, Garnet

January birthstone Garnet

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Garnet, The Birthstone Of January


"The name “Garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the red colour and seed-like form of this fruit. In fact, garnets come in all kinds of colours such as black, many shades of green and they can even be colourless. This variation in colour comes from metals such as manganese, iron, calcium, and aluminium. Green garnets are most highly prized as they are very rare, as are the colourless stones.
Garnets are commonly found as small pebbles in streams, where the igneous and metamorphic rocks that contain them have weathered away. They’re found in many places around the world, including North and South America, Australia, India, Asia and Spain.
Ancient warriors believed that garnets brought victory. The Crusaders used them as protection against wounds and accidents during their journeys.
In contrast, Asiatic warriors believed that glowing garnets, used as bullets, inflicted more severe wounds.
As with many precious stones, garnets were once believed to hold medicinal powers. In Medieval times, it protected its wearer against poisons, wounds and bad dreams, and cured depression. Red garnets relieved fever, haemorrhages and inflammatory diseases.
To modern users, the garnet symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections."

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Garnets are said to have healing properties

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"Why Would You Use Garnet?

One of the most notable characteristics of this stone is its ability to heal and purify. It has the power to purify the energies in your body by getting rid of the toxins and restoring your body to its revitalized and re-energized state.
Garnet can cleanse your body, mind, and spirit. It can make sure that you are functioning at your 100% all the time!
It’s a stone that you must have if you want to achieve or regain your balance, if you want to feel safe and protected, and if you want to harness your inner strength.
It can promote self-empowerment and higher thinking. It can harness your creativity which can help you in all your pursuits.
It can promote strong and lasting relationships, and it can help you fill your life with passion and inspiration. This is because it can bring your creative powers to fruition.
It can help get rid of the negative energies and transform them to positive ones.
It’s a good gemstone for purification and detoxification, especially when it comes to the blood, heart, and lungs.
It can assist in your body’s revitalization and regeneration, and it can improve your body’s metabolic functions.
Garnet is also known to alleviate pains associated with arthritis and rheumatism.

Garnet and Wealth
Garnet is very helpful when it comes to being in the right frame of mind. You need to be mentally ready and strong when making important decisions that can affect your career, business, or professional relationships.
It can inspire confidence. It can strengthen your motivation and inspiration. You will also notice an increased willpower to resist anything that’s bad for you.
The energies of Garnet can boost your chances of success when it comes to your business dealings and business opportunities.
The energies of this gemstone will also help you attract more abundance and prosperity in your life. More importantly, they will remind you to remain humble and to always be grateful!

Garnet, Love and Relationships
Green Grossular Garnet Beads ExampleGarnet is recognized as a spiritual mineral that can heal, strengthen, or improve your relationship. It’s helpful to have with you when you are undergoing transitions in your life, particularly transitions in your love life.
You don’t need to feel afraid or worried when you are experiencing something new or something unexpected. The presence of this gemstone will ease your worries and help you focus only on the good things.
The red colour of Garnet symbolizes a strong love or romantic connection. It carries the energies of passion and desire.
This stone symbolizes permanence, stability, and security. If you want to have something more serious and lasting when it comes to your love life, you should always have this stone with you!
It will help both you and your partner become more faithful and committed to your relationship. If you’re single, Garnet will help prepare you for the love that you desire.
Garnet is also known as the Stone of Love, and it can help you heal a broken heart. It can soothe emotional pains brought about by a bad break-up, a nasty divorce, or the unexpected death of a loved one."

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Garnet's is said to have magical powers for great friendships

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"There are many beliefs in the power garnet has over the not just physical health, but mental health as well.
Garnet’s virtues have been long believed to include passion, true friendship, fidelity, success, self-esteem, loyalty, devotion, energy, faith, consistency, and truth.
The stone also sharpens your perception of yourself and other people. Long ago, garnets were claimed to help the wearer resist melancholy and warn off evil spirits, especially spirits of the night, which were referred to as demons and night phantoms.
Today we might interpret this as a stone that can ward off nightmares.
The garnet is also an ancient symbol of friendship. In the past, garnets have been exchanged between parting friends to symbolize their affection and to ensure that they meet again.
In some circles of belief, it is said that a garnet’s magic cannot be accessed unless the stone has been cut and polished.

Caring for your Garnet Jewellery
You can clean your garnet with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Always make sure you rinse the stone well after washing it.
Ultrasonic treatments may also be used for any garnets except the demantoid variety.
Do not steam clean your garnet.
As with other stones, one should take care of their garnet and protect it from sharp blows, harsh temperatures and chemicals."

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We can't testify to the aforementioned mystical powers of these gems but they sure are beautiful!
Hope you enjoyed that and if you know anyone with a January Birthday, we're sure a piece of Garnet jewellery would be a welcome gift for any jewellery box.
Have a visit of our website, or give us a call on 01592 264305 to see if we have any Garnet in store!

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Friday, 8 December 2017

What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017) https://t.co/56YlK40Dvt

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What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017)

Hi and welcome to another guide to offer some ideas for how to spend your free time this weekend in and around Kirkcaldy.

Pub of the week


Harbour Bar, Kirkcaldy

473 High St, Kirkcaldy KY1 2SN

The front of the Harbour Bar in Kirkcaldy, near our jewellers shop.

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"Old fashioned, authentic, great atmosphere."


"Real Ales, real pies and real craic."


"Old school, cosy, slightly shabby like a favourite old shirt - the Harbour Bar retains original features including a 'jug dept.' (no longer in use!) Always at least three well-kept guest real ales & a real cider or two to choose from. Knowledgeable & enthusiastic staff will let you sample to help you make your choice."


"Bar with character. Good real ale on tap. Dogs welcome which sparks place up."

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Restaurant of the week


The Wee Restaurant

17 Main St, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing KY11 1JG
01383 616263

The Wee Restaurant Inverkeithing

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Established in 2006 by husband and wife Craig and Vikki Wood, our ethos is to serve simple good food and wine in a truly relaxed atmosphere.




Craig's career has seen him work in some of the country's most respected kitchens including Restaurant Martin Wishart, the Royal Scotsman train and the Crinan Hotel.


He is a hands-on chef proprietor who is passionate about the quality of both the food and the service offered in The Wee Restaurant.




Craig was crowned Chef of the Year 2015 at the CIS Excellence Awards."

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Live music


Sat 7pm - Bad Manners/Max Splodge/Gimme Gimme Gimmes/DJ Junior Lazarou

Windsor Hotel Kirkcaldy
38/40 Victoria Road, KY1 1DR Kirkcaldy, Fife

Live music with Bad Manners at the Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy.

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"Formed in 1976 while attending Woodberry Down comprehensive school in Stoke Newington in London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight Ska legends and a much loved 80's band. Just a few years after their formation, they signed to Magnet Records and the group became a household name.


Between 1980 & 1983, Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK charts and the band had 12 hit singles, which included Lip Up Fatty, My Girl Lollipop and Special Brew.


After a successful chart career, some of the band members left in 1986 and their line up has been interchangeable since, but Buster Bloodvessel has always remained and he continues to play the classic anthems to audiences all over the world.


Their numerous TV appearances include many performances on Top Of The Pops along with slots on Tiswas, Cheggers Plays Pop, The Time Of Your Life, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Time & The Place. Buster often dressed up for Top Of The Pops, much to the bemusement of the show's producer and who can forget him clowning around in a frilly dress and a pair of DM's for the Can Can, playing the part of Henry VIII while singing to a blow up doll during Lorraine and also pretending to be a human blackhead while performing Just A Feeling to the nation!


In 1981 the group performed in front of a television audience of millions at the Brit Awards and Buster himself also starred in the movies, Sammy & Rosie Get Laid and Out Of Order in the late 80's, before landing a part in an episode of Boon in 1990, while Special Brew has promoted a popular biscuit and also a large UK supermarket chain on TV adverts in recent times.


The group also starred in the hit 2 Tone movie, Dance Craze along with Madness and The Specials. In 1996 the volcanic vocalist opened up his own Fatty Towers hotel in Margate, catering and looking after those holiday makers and food lovers who have huge appetites and his residence's '18 - 30 stone club' went down in folklore, even to the approval of some of Britain's famous food critic's!


Bad Manners have always been a non stop party band and continue to hold that high accolade to this day, touring extensively both in Britain and abroad.


Lace up your boots, pull up your braces and get ready to party with Buster and the boys. You won't forget it!


Max Splodge of punk band Splodgenessabounds is a founder member and frontman of Splodgenessabounds, who are probably best know for their song "Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please", which reached number 7 in the UK charts in 1980.


The Gimme Gimme Gimmes are "a punk rock tribute to a parody band" that only covers songs tenuously based on Scottish musicians, writers and performers!


DJ Junior Lazarou will be keeping everyone entertained on the night by playing some top tunes when the bands aren't on stage."


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There you have it for this year, we’ll be back with the guide in the new year, after the festive party season!


If you’re looking for some new jewellery for a party or as a present, pop along to our jewellers on Kirkcaldy High Street and we’ll be sure to help you out with something unique and fits right in with your style.


As a disclaimer, we are not affiliated with any of these pubs, restaurants or gigs/shows that we have in our guides. You are responsible for yourself, have fun whatever you get up to!  Be careful on that ice!!

What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017) was originally published to A.K. Campbell Jewellers Kirkcaldy