Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood

Complimented Beautifully by Gemstones, Beads and Classic Sterling Silver

Sandalwood!

Just the word conjures up images of tropical beeches with trees swaying in balmy warm breezes, natives in exotic Eastern costumes and jewellery, and finely carved traditional ornaments and caskets. It is the woody, sweet and distinctive smell of Sandalwood whose essential oils are used in incense, perfume, cosmetics and aftershave that produces this effect and transports us to romantic oriental places. This oil is also easily blended with other aromatic oils, which makes it such a versatile part of the perfumer’s array of scents.

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Sandalwood grows throughout southeast Asia and on the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The most common of the ten species, and the most commercially valuable, is Santalum album. The Sandalwood tree grows to a height of about ten to fifteen metres after thirty years and reaches full maturity in fifty or sixty years. It is actually partially parasitic on the roots of other plants, such as bamboo. When young the wood is white and becomes yellow and orange with maturity.

The sandalwood oil is contained in both the tree and its roots, and is obtained using a steam distillation process. The trees are never felled but are uprooted during the rainy season when they contain more of the precious aromatic oil.

As well as its cosmetic and perfumery uses, Sandalwood oil has been used since ancient times for a number of medicinal purposes, from treating dry skin conditions to helping relieve stomach troubles. It also has amazing calming, mind enhancing properties, hence its favoured use in incense to help in meditation. Powdered Sandalwood is used in the paste applied to make Brahman caste marks.

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Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet
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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Sandalwood has been carved by craftsmen for centuries, made into containers or ornaments, and into beads which are incorporated into religious jewellery such as the Mala, a chain of 108 beads used in eastern religions to keep count of mantras, or prayers, as they are offered up to deities. The smell of the wood aids the meditative process of the ceremony. Sandalwood bead jewellery is also very popular when it is incorporated into designs as bangles, bracelets or necklaces, the soothing aroma released from the beads providing a counterbalance to today’s pressures and pace of life.

Genuine Sandalwood comes only from Santalum album species, and it may be called East India Sandalwood or even white sandalwood. You may be offered other colours of Sandalwood, such as Red or Green, which may carry similar smells but are not genuine and truly from the Sandalwood tree.

The Bijoux Magpie has carefully sourced the beads used in our Friendship Bracelets and Necklaces to ensure their authenticity and that they originate from renewable sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

Our collection of Sandalwood jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Sandalwood Slider Bracelet, Riya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Happy Birthday November!

Citrine, Our Favourite November Birthstone

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The autumnal oranges and golds of leaves falling off trees in November reflect perfectly the most popular colours found in Citrine, colours that are said to be a gift from the sun. The name of this gemstone is derived from “citrin”; in French the word for lemon.

The birthstones for November are Citrine and Topaz, which may often be mistaken for each other but whose origins are distinct. If you are celebrating your birthday this month then you share it with David Schwimmer, Richard Burton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster.

Citrine is a form of quartz whose yellow hues are derived from the traces of iron that it contains. Most Citrine is sourced from Brazil, and other suppliers are in Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the United States (Colorado, North Carolina and California specifically). The source of the gem produces its own distinctive colour and hue.

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Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings

Citrine has been found in jewellery from ancient times; in Egyptian talismans, from the Greeks who carved rock crystal ornaments from larger pieces, and the Romans’ jewellery and intaglio work, where an image or profile is carved into one surface of gemstones often set in signet rings. Citrine was used in Art Deco pieces between the two world wars when stones were set into highly decorative and prized pieces worn by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford; the stone’s hardness makes it durable when carved into large cabochons.

Citrine has been called the “healing quartz” because of its supposed ability to comfort, sooth and calm the wearer, releasing any negative feelings, sparking the imagination, and bringing new beginnings. It is also known as “the merchant’s stone” because of its ability to attract wealth and prosperity.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

True, genuine, Citrine as a natural occurrence in nature is relatively rare and its abundance now comes as a result of the discovery that other quartz rocks such as purple amethyst and smoky quartz can be heat treated to artificially produce gems that resemble Citrine, but originate from far less expensive sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Like all the other materials used in the singular, original jewellery designs of The Bijoux Magpie, the gemstones used to produce the pieces newly available have been created from true Citrine, not heat treated artificial replicas.

Our collection of Citrine jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings, Aurelia.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

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With Love From Venice!

Murano Glass, Crafted by Artisans and Lovingly Incorporated into our Stunning Jewellery

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Murano Glass Hearts

Glass bead production dates back to Egyptian times and then to the Romans. The first references to Venetian glass production are found from the ninth century when the work of phial and bottle makers was recorded. The skills and raw materials were imported from Eastern Mediterranean countries, primarily Syria, and through the middle ages were important in Venetian trading with Mediterranean and African countries.

Initially found throughout Venice, the industry was relocated to Murano by order of the Venetian Great Council, partly for safety reasons as the furnaces in which the glass was worked were a threat to the city’s mainly wooden construction, but also to keep the developing techniques of the craftsmen away from the prying eyes of competitors. A decisive factor in the development of Murano as a key glass manufacturer was the invention in the fourteenth century of clear glass by Angelo Barovier; glass became for the first time transparent, pure and like rock crystal.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many new types of glass and glass production were invented. Iced glass with a rough external surface, translucent glass produced by immersing the hot, unfinished piece in cold water, and possibly the best known of all, filigree. Invented in 1527 by Filippo Catani della Sirena, filigree is made by incorporating glass rods with thin threads of white milk glass or coloured glass into the crystal in different ways in either parallel or interwoven bands. Highly complex in manufacture, this glass remains a popular form in the twenty first century.

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Darkest Ruby Red Murano Glass Heart

The production of Murano glass beads goes back to the fourteenth century when they were used to trade with countries in the African, American and Indian continents. Murano beads can be either conteria – seed beads, rosetta – chevron beads, or a lume – lamp-worked beads. Seed beads are monochrome, tiny and produced on a large scale from thin hollow glass rods and are used in embroidery and for decoration. Chevron beads are made of hollow rods with several multi-coloured layers and lamp-worked beads are made by heating a rod of solid glass over a flame or lume as the molten glass drips onto a metal wire that is continually rotated, creating an infinity of variations in effects and colours.

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Black Diamond Murano Glass Heart

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the importance and production of Murano glass declined as a result of French occupation and then transfer to the Hapsburg Empire in 1814 when Austria brought the Venetian Republic to an end. However, through the latter half of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century Murano glass production has seen an exciting renaissance. Replication and reproduction of old designs and techniques have given way to new techniques, artisan restrictions to new artistic freedoms so that Murano Glass is once more at the forefront of an imaginative and creative art form that is carefully selected by The Bijoux Magpie for incorporating in jewellery that displays all of its unique variation of form and colour.

Our collection of Venetian Murano Glass jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Deepest Ruby Red Heart, Rhiannon and stunning Black Diamond heart, Freya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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