With Valentine’s day this Friday, the panic may have set in as to what to buy your loved one this holiday? Throwing the traditional flowers and chocolates out of the window and moving away from the norm, this Valentine’s season Pandora have released their Birthstones Collection. Their 12 gem collection features a charm bracelet, individual charm and ring for each month of the calendar. The idea behind the collection is to express your identity through your birth month and wear your colours with pride.
Designed to complement the existing ranges with rings designed to be stackable, and charms designed to slip seamlessly into your collection worn proudly on your wrist there’s a gift idea in there for everybody.
With the dangle charm (£30.00) available for those looking to fill their existing bracelets, a gift set bracelet (£90 – currently on offer at £75) for those looking for a new bracelet or an introduction to the Pandora brand (available in 3 sizes). Item shown differs from the actual bracelet. The Birthstone Bracelet is open bangle in sterling silver. Timelessly chic with its embossed end caps and contemporary design. This versatile and gorgeous set is completed with a pretty beaded heart surrounding a claw-set, with your birth month stone inside.
Finally, the birthstone ring (£40) available in 7 sizes (from 48-60). All are presented in the iconic Pandora box for the love of your life to open.
The sterling silver pieces feature man-made crystal stones in the following colours;
- January – Opaque dark red crystal to signify Garnet
- February – Purple man-made stone to mirror Amythest
- March – Aqua blue stone which replicates an Aquamarine
- April – Opaque milky white in place of a real Diamond
- May – Opaque rainforest green the same colour as an Emerald
- June – Opaque misty rose to signify Pearl or Alexandrite
- July – Blazing red man-made crystal just like a Ruby
- August – Spring green crystal to resemble Peridot
- September – Opaque sea blue like a Sapphire
- October – Petal pink crystal replicates Tourmaline or Opal
- November – Opaque honey gem to resemble Topaz or Citrine
- December – Opaque sky blue to represent the Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise
Why these Birthstones?
Birthstones can be traced to a biblical source, specifically the breastplate of Aaron. The breastplate was inlaid with 12 gemstones that each represented the twelve tribes of Israel at the time. Fast forward to the 1st and 5th century AD and Flavius Josephus and St.Jerome are credited with associating the 12 breastplate gems of Aaron with the 12 signs of the zodiac.
It was initially thought that each individual would own all 12 birthstones and wear each gem on the corresponding month. The modern variation changed around the 18th century when Jewish gem traders in Poland marketing selling gemstones based on a person’s birth month. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers solidified this marketing notion in the United States and since then the twelve birthstones have largely remained the same. Some birth months may have different variations and types, these can be reflected in the zodiac symbols.
Pandora Birthstone Collection
As modern jewellery goes the significance of these birthstones can vary from person to person, however, the new Pandor Birthstone Collection is a great gift not only for Valentine’s Day but to also celebrate Birthdays. After all, it is a celebration of the birth month of the recipient in question.
Pandora concessions are located in most reputable department stores and Pandora have 330 of their own concept stores located in the UK alone (2,400 globally) and the collections are available to buy online directly from their website too.
Have you added any of the Birthstone items to your Pandora collection yet? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts about them in the comments section below.