Sunday, 7 January 2018

January Birthstone, Garnet

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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)

Source: @AKCampbellSons December 08, 2017 at 04:32PM
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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

Saturday, 2 December 2017

All about the December birthstones Tanzanite and Turquoise.

Source: @AKCampbellSons December 02, 2017 at 09:27PM
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All about the December birthstones Tanzanite and Turquoise.

This post is all about the December birthstones, for the UK, Tanzanite and Turquoise.


One of the December birthstones in the UK, Tanzanite.

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"Tanzanite is famed for its beautiful blue and purple tones. Because Tanzanite is a pleochroic gemstone, varying shades of pink, purple and even reds can appear from different angles.
Historically, this breath-taking stone is a relative newcomer to the precious gem world; the first recorded discovery was in 1967 in Tanzania, and the royal blue stone was officially named the ‘Tanzanite’ by Tiffany & Co., sparking a media frenzy. It is said that Tanzanian shepherds discovered the stone after a violent lightning storm, which shook the gems up to the surface of the earth. Today, Tanzanite is a one-location gemstone and can still only be mined in Tanzania.
In its country of origin, the Tanzanite is worn by new mothers to bestow positivity and health upon their new-born children, but in spiritual circles, its colour-changing properties are said to improve the flow of creativity and new ideas, as well as bringing energy and emotional wellbeing to the wearer. Some consider it to aid in fertility and detoxification.
In popular culture, perhaps the most famous of these December birthstones is that worn by Kate Winslet in the film Titanic, in which her gleaming blue necklace is called The Heart of the Ocean."

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Origin & Supply of Tanzanite
"A variety of the zoisite family, tanzanite originated from crystals which grew millions of years ago in deposits inside unusual elevations called inselbergs. This happened exclusively on a vast plain in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Optical Features
Because tanzanite is relatively soft and delicate (usually measures sits between 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs scale), it’s most often set in necklaces and earrings. Most raw tanzanite crystals are originally tarnished by a brownish-yellow component, but this disappears in a heating process. During this procedure, careful attention must be paid to the moment the colour turns blue, or it can destroy the gem’s brilliance."

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The other UK birthstone for December, Turquoise.

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"The symbol of prosperity, good fortune and happiness. An ancient gem, turquoise as been highly prized for its intense colour for centuries and is adored today in December birthstone jewellery.

Turquoise: the gem

Turquoise is a mineral substance commonly found in microcrystalline form which ranges from sky blue and china blue to blue green and yellowish green. The colour is affected by impurities within the stone; blue hues are created by copper, while green comes from iron and chrome. The black, brown and ochre veins you frequently see in turquoise jewellery come from the mother stone, termed the matrix, penetrating the turquoise.
This gorgeous gem has a Mohs hardness of 5-6 and is found in Mexico, the USA, Iran, Chile, Australia and closer to home in Cornwall.

Turquoise: history and legendry background

Turquoise is thought to be one of the earliest stones ever mined and was first found in the Sinai Peninsula. The ancients named it “turquies” because of its trading route from Persia to Europe via Turkey which is known in France as Turquie.
Turquoise has been treasured for thousands of years and, indeed, grave furnishings inlaid with turquoise dating back to 3000BC have been discovered in Egypt. Believed to be a talisman, particularly for horsemen, it was thought that the turquoise prevented injury by absorbing the fall. Ancient Persians claimed the blue of the turquoise would ward off the ill-effects of the “evil eye” and, even today in Iran horses and mules sometimes have turquoise beads attached to their tails.
Turquoise was once thought to warn its wearer of danger or illness by changing colour. Of course, we know now that turquoise can change colour as a result of chemicals on the skin or light!
The Aztecs believed the stone to be holy, decorating their ceremonial masks with the gem, and creating highly ornate turquoise jewellery, while the Native Americans thought that this blue stone opened up a connection between the sea and sky. With its bright, happy colour, turquoise has been said to cure depression and instil confidence.
Known as the lover’s stone, it was also considered to guarantee the fidelity of those in love.

Turquoise in jewellery

Perhaps the oldest pieces of jewellery in existence are gold serpent bracelets set with turquoise. Found in 1900 in one of the tombs of the Pharoahs, they are thought to date back to 3,500 BC. The opening of the Suez Canal and the success of the film Cleopatra in the 19th century started a fashion for Egyptian-style jewellery featuring turquoise set in silver.
Despite being used in jewellery for thousands of years, turquoise has a timeless quality and turquoise jewellery is as fashionable today as it was all those years ago. The stone is usually cut and polished into cabochons which optimise the opacity of the gem."

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There you have it, we hope you got some good information and if you're looking for a gift for a December born friend or relative (or even just to spoil yourself), pop down to our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street or give us a call and we'll be happy to help you out.
Hopefully see you soon!

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