Gifts for Bridesmaids

They were there for you when you had your first real ‘love’…

They were there for you when you had your heart broken for the first time..

They answered the phone in the middle of the night for a chat…

They were the first person you told about your new boyfriend…

They were the one who cried when you said you were engaged…

They were the one you shared your wedding Pinterest board with when you started planning your wedding…

They are the one who will walk before you down the aisle at your wedding….

Its not just an important day for you. It’s a special day for your darling friend and maid of honour.

So how to make this moment a shared moment for you both?

EsmeLoves jewellery is an expression of a connection. A way to celebrate a friendship and a shared moment with timeless and beautiful gemstone jewellery.

Below are a few ideas that might help celebrate your friendship and your momentous day.

Silver and rose quartz

You might want to wear something small on your wedding day , a delicate silver bracelet with rose quartz (for unconditional love) adds a subtle and soft feel to your wedding outfit. Your maid of honour could have a matching bracelet or necklace for her own. A subtle and significant way of celebrating your friendship that lasts beyond the day itself

 

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Vintage wedding

Perhaps your wedding is a vintage look, a gorgeous collaboration of embroidered lace and wild flowers adorn your rustic and beautiful setting. Rose gold is a beautiful compliment to this look and coupled with a rainbow moonstone (representing feminine energy) both you and your bridesmaids can bring a touch of timeless elegance to your wedding outfits with rose gold bracelets and necklaces.

 

 

The Royal affair

Bring a touch of richness to your day with the Blue Chalcedony gemstone and yellow gold. The bracelets and necklaces can be worn either side, with the blue stone touching the skin or the stone and colour facing out to the world. This could be your ‘something blue’ and what better way to include those that mean so much by gifting them their own ‘something blue’ for the day. Our EsmeLoves bracelets have adjustable lobster chain clasps which make this perfect for younger bridesmaids in your wedding party.

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All EsmeLoves jewellery is sterling silver with 18 carat yellow gold or Rose gold plating.

All jewellery items are individually wrapped in a cotton wooden block stamped print jewellery bag.

If you have a specific jewellery requirement for the women in your bridal party then please get in touch to discuss jewellery options and we can put together a gift selection that celebrates the moment with all those you love. EsmeLoves jewellery is designed for women of all ages so a number of pieces are suitable for younger girls.

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Wedding bonds a Mother and Daughter

The sun shone, the festivities were high, the celebs were in town and the world came to standstill to witness the entry of the Royal Bride Meghan Markle. It was hard for even the naysayers to be heard as she walked through the chapel, a simply stunning moment for a woman to marry her man (and be watched by the world of course)

One woman who has received a fair bit of media news this week is not just Meghan but her gorgeous mum Doria Ragland who brought a tear to our eyes as she sat solo watching her only child marry into the most famous family in the world. From her polite, demure arrival at the hotel with Meghan the night before, to the car ride up to Windsor it was clear that Meghan and her mum share a connection. Meghan has often described her mum as ‘a rock’ to her.

How did Meghan make that moment, standing there in front of a global audience of millions a little more inclusive for her Mum?

Well it may have escaped your notice but Meghan wore the most elegant earrings during the ceremony which matched the necklace her Mother was wearing. Perhaps it was a set gifted to her daughter which they chose to spilt for the occasion. A symbolic way to be together on such a momentous occasion.

 

Both Doria Ragland and the now Duchess of Sussex wore the same diamond set during the day. A perfect way of staying close to those who mean so much.

Looking for ways to make your day a bit more special and inclusive for those you love?

One value we hold at our core at EsmeLoves is the power of a bond, the meaning of a moment and we know how valuable it is when you connect with those you love. Jewellery is a timeless beautiful way to acknowledge your love and bond with those around you. Each design has been created with a cherished relationship in mind. The delicate filagree pattern that intertwines through our EsmeLoves collection allows a necklace to be worn that connects a person to the bracelet that they gifted, combination of gemstones bring an added meaning to the jewellery when worn. EsmeLoves jewellery is about reminding people of those they love and of the moments that shape their world. A wedding is such a special and momentous event in peoples lives and we want people to wear and gift affordable and classical timeless jewellery that celebrate the bond you share.

Head over to the site and take a peak at some of the pieces we have created. We would love to put together a collection for you if you are looking to gift people at your wedding. Bridesmaids, Mother in Law, sisters and friends.

We would love to hear from you.

Sophie@esmeloves.com

 

Which metal for different skin tones

Gold, Rose Gold, Silver?

Do you have a preference?

Choosing jewellery is a bit like choosing clothes. Does it suit me? Is it me? Does my finger look big in this ring?

But have you considered the colour of your jewellery?

Most people find that they have a particular ‘metal’ that works well with their skin tone, their hair colour and style and it draws them in each time. Jewellery is often an extension of your beauty and whether it is a gifted piece, handed down or bought yourself you want to wear your jewellery often and with love and meaning.

How it looks will impact how you feel when you see it on you.

Do you know what metal would work well for your skin tone?

If you are gifting jewellery to someone this might be very relevant. Something that looks good on you and your tone might not have the same appeal on someone else.

Yellow Gold – This metal works well for warmer skin tones

  • You tan easily and rarely burn
  • If you look at the veins on your arm they will appear a greenish colour
  • You have brown, green, hazel eye colour and black, brown or red hair

It might be that you are not a fan of yellow gold but you can’t help but smile when you see it on you, it flatters your skin tone and brings out a sense of warmth when it wear it.

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The filagree design of the EsmeLoves chalcedony makes this a necklace of two sides.

You can see our collection of gold coloured jewellery here

Silver Metal – This metal works well for cooler skin tones –

  • You often burn in the sun and don’t always tan afterwards
  • If you look at the veins on your arm they appear a ‘bluish’ colour
  • You have blue or green eyes and blond, brown or black hair

You might find you are a mix of both cooler and warmer tones and therefore you change your jewellery as you move through the seasons.  Summer may be warmer tones and gold, winter seasons will allow silver to work better.

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Sterling silver for summer?

You can see our Silver jewellery collection here 

For a metal that can do no wrong whatever your tone we have Rose Gold.

Rose Gold has become super popular over the last few years. It was first used by the Russians in the early 19th century when Carl Fabergé used it in the of the famous Fabergé eggs. Rose gold is a mix of gold, copper and silver – giving it a hue pink soft colour. Rose Gold is actually the one metal that can work well with many skin tones.

 

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Rose Gold works well with all skin tone

You can view our rose gold collection here

Mix and Match 

You might find you have a collection of all metals, or like me, you were once into silver but you are now more drawn to the golds and rose golds. Don’t be afraid to mix and match you metals.

Most importantly wear your jewellery with pride and love. Often our jewellery speaks of a story that holds great importance to us, it belonged to someone else before us and we are merely looking after it before we pass it on.

 

To see all the collection – please visit

https://www.esmeloves.com/

Gemstones for New Mothers

Gemstones are one of Mother Earth’s greatest gifts to us. They spend centuries nestled in the bed of our earth, storing energy and holding fascination to those that are drawn to them. Over the years Gemstones have been used for healing, supporting and encouraging a healthy life and can become a beautiful and positive addition to your own jewellery collection.

Gemstones are a lovely gift for all ages and perfect for when someone is celebrating a significant change in their life. Having a baby, whether it is your first, second, third, fourth is always a special moment and the joys and challenges can be different each time.

One question I get asked a lot is which gemstones are good for a new mother. Gifting a new mother a gemstone can be a lovely way to celebrate the wonderful welcome. They are also perfect for gifting to expecting mothers or those who are hoping to become mothers in due course.

Below is a quick run down of some gemstones that work well with a new mothers world.

Rose Quartz

This has to be the number one gemstone for all mothers. It is the stone of unconditional love.   Regardless of how many children a woman may have, the rush of love they feel for their new baby is an overwhelming surge of emotion. Rose Quartz is a gentle pink gemstone that supports the role that love has to play. It’s physical benefits are said to help with circulation, healing mothers after a birth and emotionally supporting new mothers through the waves of emotions that can leave one with feelings that are both joyful and sad.  Traditionally rose quartz was often placed near a new born to sooth them in the first few days after birth. The pink translucent stone is a wonderful gift for those expecting a new born.

Click here to see our Rose Quartz jewellery. 

Black Onyx

While the thought of gifting a black gemstone to a new mother does not seem very maternal, black onyx is a very good stone for expecting and new mothers due to its protecting properties. Black Onyx is a stone that provides strength and increases stamina, as well as supporting the healing process. Onyx is known for its benefits in cell regeneration and is a supportive stone during transitional times. Traditionally women were often given a bag of tumble black onyx stones to hold during birth to help aide the process and provide protective support.

Click here to see black onyx jewellery gifts. 

Rainbow Moonstone

A popular and beautiful gemstone, moonstone is a wonderful gift for expecting and new mothers. Its milky white translucent rainbow sheen is traditionally said to have captured the moon beams through the centuries in the earth. A good quality moonstone will have flashes of electric blue that catches the light when the stone moves. Moonstone is a gemstone that connects a woman with their inner Goddess and can help assist with balancing hormones and aide with the recovery after birth. It is a stone that brings a sense of optimism to the wearer and lift a persons mood when tired and low.

Click here to gift a moonstone necklace. 

EsmeLoves is a gemstone jewellery company created from a passionate desire to celebrate who we are and the connections that shape us through our life.
Timeless and beautiful gemstone jewellery to be worn by women of all ages.
Please note that the advise provided in this post is purely informative intentions and is not medical support or advice. 

Top 10 Valentines Gifts to Make this year Matter

10 Valentine Gift ideas from Small Businesses

It is that time of year again. No sooner have we packed away the Christmas tree and sifted through the piles of junk collected through the winter months, we are full on into the New Year and the shops quickly fill with Easter Eggs and Valentines Day paraphernalia.

I always find Valentines day a bit of a strange day. First of all I strongly believe that we should always tell our loved ones we love them, that we don’t require a day to remind us to do that and secondly we have just recovered from the chaos of Christmas gift buying and I find the stuff in the shops celebrating Valentines Day, you know the big red hearts, teddy bears, framed heart photo frames, a bit…. well naff. I am certainly not inspired to buy anything to gift anyone to say ‘I love you’ 

So to leave you feeling a bit more inspired about Valentines day. I have put together a top 10 list of gifts you might want to buy for someone you love this year and they are gifts that will last more than one day!

1 – A flower subscription.

I love flowers and I love the way they can brighten up a room and lift your mood. Rather than go for just the one bunch of red roses (which most people don’t actually like) why not go for a flower subscription. Freddies Flowers is a lovely small business that bring gorgeous flowers to your door once a week. A gift that reminds them weekly of how much you love them.

https://www.freddiesflowers.com

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A flower subscription is a gift that will last through the year.

2 – Perfume

Perfume is always a welcomed gift but it can be a tricky purchase, especially if you are daring to buy something new and different. I came across Connock perfume when I did a Christmas fair last year and I loved their smells! The Manuka Honey perfume is particularly subtle and gorgeous.

 

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Manuka Honey fragrance

3 Candles

You can go horribly wrong with candles. The wrong smell and a cheap wick can leave a burning impression on a person and so purchasing a candle that not only smells good but also lasts can take a bit of research. Connock London (who also sell perfume) do some wonderful candles also.

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4 – Rose Quartz Jewellery

Did you know that Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love? EsmeLoves silver Rose Quartz necklace is a perfect timeless gift for someone special. The necklace and pendent is available in 3 different sizes and rose quartz carries a beautiful feminine energy, adoring the wearer with peace and compassion as well as love.

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Silver filagree design encapsulates the Rose Quartz gemstone

 

5 – Journal or book subscription 

Bookishly is a lovely company. They love books and words and make lovely gifts for anyone but more importantly, it is a lovely gift for someone who love words. Perhaps a journal might be something you might want to gift or even a book subscription? Bookishly offer a range of items that suit lots of tastes and they can even personalise items for you like a personalised star chart print

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This would also be a lovely gift for a wedding or birthday…

 

6 – Earrings

Earrings are sweet and discreet and can be worn all year round. If someone you love has pierced ears then these might be perfect for them. EsmeLoves gemstone studs are wearable for everyday and yet timelessly beautiful to stand out for the right reasons. With free shipping and gift wrapping, they are perfect for sending to someone far away.

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7. Chocolate

Always a winner and if you go for the good stuff then it is also quite healthy for you. If you are looking for some chocolate inspirations then have a look at The Chocolatier  who supply Chocolate to The Royals. If it is good enough for Kate and Meghan then it is good enough for you and the one you love.

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Pomegranate and Vanilla Bean

 

8 A Fountain Pen

Fountain pens bring back memories, of old letters, poetry, love letters and long lost stories. Fountain pens are coming back into fashion and a good quality fountain pen is a pen to keep. One place to get a lovely engraved fountain pen (although not sure how ‘small business’ they are) is Pen Heaven who do a wide range of pens to suit all tastes. They also engrave which is a lovely touch to a gift.

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Rose Gold Parker fountain pen

 

9 Rose Gold and Moonstone

Rose gold is such a popular gold these days. It exudes a timeless feel and it looks classical. Combined with the gemstone Moonstone then you have a beautifully elegant piece of jewellery. EsmeLoves Moonstone necklace is a gift for all woman and can be worn with the stone facing out or the design, which ever takes your mood.

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Available in 3 sizes and lengths of chain

 

10 Writing Paper

Along with the pen, perhaps some personalised writing paper would make a gift complete. Bring back letter writing with a passion this Valentines and perhaps write a lovely note to start off the letter writing habit. Papier have some lovely options for letter writing sets, note cards and designs.

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Receiving hand written letters is so lovely these days

So there you have it. 10 ideas for gifting this Valentines. 

Perhaps see this Valentines as a day to say ‘I love you’ to more than just your partner. Perhaps a friend or a relative you have not seen very much of recently. Take some time to check in with people and reconnect with those you love.

 

Hope you enjoy!

Sophie x

Why should I wear my Birthstone?

Do you wear your birthstone? 

Do you even know your birthstone?

Well this post talks about why you should be wearing your birthstone and the impact it can have.

So firstly

Depending on which month you were born, will depend on the stone associated with your birth.  Let’s take a quick look at how gemstones became associated with the months of the year.

Experts believe that birth stones can be dated back to the days of the Bible in the year 1250, Exodus 28. Moses, who had spent 40 days in the mountains, had received instructions to make a breastplate  for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. The breastplate was to be adorned with 12 gemstones (representing the 12 tribes of Israel), later these 12 gemstones were assigned to the 12 zodiac signs and then later to the 12 months of the year.

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High Priest Breast plate adorned with 12 jewels

Birthstones and months of the year.

Below is a quick summary of the months of the year and each birthstone associated.

January – Garnet

Febuary – Amethyst

March – Aqua Marine, Bloodstone, Aqua Chalcedony 

April – Diamond or crystal 

May – Emerald

June – Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite

July – Ruby

August  – Peridot and Sardonyx

September – Sapphire

October – Opal and Tourmaline

November – Topaz

December  – Turquoise and Zircon and more recently Tanzanite. 

Why wear your birthstones?

Support

Of course it is obvious that we get most of our attributes from our genetics. If we have habits or likes, it is probable that we can trace it through our family. However it is believed that depending on when we were born in the year will make us prone to certain characteristics. Gemstones are believed to support the nature of your character and offer therapeutic benefit when wearing the stones. For example, as I write this in January, Garnet is the stone of the month and the red garnet is energising, which is a great stone for the beginning of the year, even if you are not born in January.

History

Gemstones have a significant role to play throughout history, however the gemstones themselves are often centuries old, making gemstone jewellery a tradition and a historical item of jewellery. Gemstones are perfect for handing down and just like the stones offer energy, they also absorb energy from the wearer so handing down a gemstone to someone you love is a really special gift.

Lucky gem

Gemstones are known to bring all kinds of luck to the wearer. Having spent 8 years living in India and marrying into an Indian family, I have come to learn that gemstones are more than just pretty stones. Many Indians wear gemstones with pride and passion, knowing that a certain stone worn on a particular finger will support them financially, mentally and socially through their life. Adele, Victoria Beckham, Aishwarya Rai and Katy Perry are just a handful of celebrities who carry gemstones on them, whether in the shape of jewellery or tumble stones.


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Ok, so a bit scientific but depending on the month you were born will depend on how far or near the planets were to the earth, which in turn reflects how strong the colours were that were omitted from the planets and then absorbed into earth. During the month of your birth, the earth experienced a deficiency of a certain colour and so your birthstone offers the colour you are most deficient in. I was born in December and the bright turquoise stone is December’s gem. It makes sense that the month with the least amount of sun is paired with a bright blue green stone. Wearing your gemstone is known to restore your cosmic colouring.

Beauty

There is no denying that gemstones are unique and beautiful and make the perfect gift to someone. Finding designs that suit your style can be hard as some gemstone jewellery designs can seem a bit basic or incredibly pricy and slightly out of reach. Combining both design and stone is a lovely way of wearing jewellery that is both meaningful and beautiful. EsmeLoves is about combining both the passion and love for gemstone jewellery and the timeless style of beauty.

Conversation starter

Jewellery is always a good conversation starter and what better conversation than talking about a gemstone and why you wear it. Even if the other person knows nothing about them, people are fascinated by gemstones and no doubt talking about yours can be a great conversation starter. You may quickly discover you were born in the same month, have similar interests and then who knows!

It is clear gemstones have stood the test of time and will always remain a fascinating topic. Wearing or gifting a gemstone to someone is a meaningful and thoughtful gift that will stand the test of time.

If you wish to have a closer look at some of the gemstone jewellery items EsmeLoves has to offer, please click here

What is the birthstone for March

If you were born in March then Aqua Chalcedony is a birthstone for you

Gemstones are so fascinating and have truly stood the test of time.

Gifting a gemstone is a really lovely way of celebrating relationships of all ages and making meaningful moments matter. If you know someone born in March then you might want to consider Aqua Chalcedony as a gift for them.

Facts about Aquamarine 

  • Aqua donates the sea – the colour and the translucent appearance of the stone.
  • Aqua chalcedony is from the same family of stone that includes ‘Bloodstone’ which is also a birthstone for March
  • Chalcedony can be dated back to the Neolithic period.
  • 4000 years before Christ, Assyrians and Babylonians used chalcedony to make their cylindric seals that were used to protect documents.
  • Ancient Greeks used Chalcedony stone as a representation of Mother Earth
  • Chalcedony is seen as the symbolic stone of a Mothers love

 

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The Aqua stone sits neatly against the skin if worn with the design facing out.

 

What does an Aqua stone symbolise?

  • It is a nurturing stone that promotes good will in the wearer
  • It absorbs negative energy
  • It brings the mind, body and emotions into harmony, creating a sense of calm and well being
  • It is a wonderful stone for children who might suffer with fretful dreams
  • It is a stone that eases self doubt, bringing confidence to those who wear it
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The Aqua colour of the stone brings calm and serenity to those who wear it. 

While Aqua is a stone for those born in March, it is a gentle stone that can be worn by many and its subtle colour of blue and green bring peace and calm to those who choose to wear it.

To gift an Aqua EsmeLoves necklace – please visit EsmeLoves

What is the birthstone for February?

If you were born in February then your birthstone is Amethyst

Gemstones are so fascinating and have truly stood the test of time.

Gifting a gemstone is a really lovely way of celebrating relationships of all ages and making meaningful moments matter. If you know someone born in February then you might want to consider an Amethyst gemstone as a gift for them.

Facts about Amethyst

  • The word ‘Amethyst’ is derived from the greek word ‘Amethystos’ which means ‘sober’
  • At one time, the only people who could wear an amethyst gemstone were those of a Royal descent.
  • It is believed that the Amethyst stone guards against intoxication.
  • The Amethyst stone can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago when it was used as a decorative stone by prehistoric humans.
  • It is said that Cleopatra wore a signet Amethyst ring engraved with the figure of Mithras, a Persian deity symbolising the Divine Idea, Source of Light and Life.
  • An Amethyst stone is the stone of Saint Valentines who wore an amethyst ring with the image of Cupid engraved into it.
  • An Amethyst stone is traditionally the stone of faithful lovers and it was once believed that wearing an Amethyst locket would call back lost loves. 
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EsmeLoves Amethyst Necklace – stone sits neatly against the skin

 

What does an Amethyst symbolise?

  • An Amethyst counteracts negative feelings and emotions
  • It is a symbol of protection for the wearer and the person gifting Amethyst.
  • An Amethyst encourages self control, reducing additions and obsessions.
  • An Amethyst can be an effective stone for young children who suffer with night terrors or fear of the dark.
  • An Amethyst stone can be a lovely gift for a child who suffers from homesickness when away.
  • The Amethyst stone can help steady a restless mind and bring strength and a strong sense of wellbeing to the wearer.

Whilst an Amethyst stone is traditionally associated with the month of February, it can be worn by all people and is a lovely stone to gift a child. Our necklaces all have adjustable chains, making it a lovely gift for a child as well as an adult.

To gift this amethyst necklace please visit EsmeLoves 

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EsmeLoves necklace with the Amethyst showing

 

 

 

What is the birthstone for January?

If you were born in January then your birthstone is Garnet. 

Gemstones are so fascinating and have truly stood the test of time.

Gifting gemstone is a really lovely way of celebrating relationships of all ages and making meaningful moments matter. If you know someone born in January then you might want to consider a Garnet gift for them.

Facts about Garnet

  • The word Garnet is derived from the latin word ‘Granatum’ which links to the pomegranate fruit. Mainly because the crystals of a Garnet look like the seeds from a pomegranate.
  • Ancient warriors believed Garnet gemstone brought them victory and the Crusaders took Garnets with them on their journeys as they believed the stone protected them from accidents and danger.
  • In Medieval times Garnets were believed to protect the wearer from poison and bad dreams and if you dreamt of losing a garnet necklace then good fortune would be bestowed on you in the future.
  • Garnet is normally seen as a red colour but it can range from an orange to a brown.
    • There are lots of varieties of Garnet – Garnet is the name for a group of silicate minerals crystallised in a cubic system. The one most commonly seen in jewellery is Pyrope Garnet which is red in colour. Other Garnets include – Almandine, Andradite, Demantoid, Grossular, Hessonite, Melanite, Pyrope, Spessartine, Tsavorite and Uvarovite
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Red Garnet EsmeLoves necklace with Rose Gold

What does a Garnet symbolise? 

  • Garnet represents trust
  • Loyalty is associated with the Garnet it and makes a wonderful gift for a friend who is born in January.
  • Garnet is known as an energising stone to bring energy and a light heart to the wearer.
  • Garnet is a courage inspiring stone and was worn by warriors during battle to protect and enhance courage in them.

Whilst Garnet is traditionally a stone for those born in January, anyone can wear the stone.

To gift a garnet necklace please visit EsmeLoves.

Our January Necklace is designed so the gemstone sits against the wearers skin so the full benefits of the stone can be appreciated.

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