Jewellery superstitions

sposa-allo-specchioThere are superstitions in the world related to almost everything – ladders, black cats, rainbows, mirrors – so of course there are also plenty of superstitions about the wearing and owning of jewellery. Whether you’re a superstitious soul or something of a cynic, these old wives tales are still worth a read…

Don’t wear pearls on your wedding day

Pearls are often said to be symbolic of tears, and so if they are incorporated into bridal jewellery, they are said to represent all of the future tears that the bride will cry in her unhappy marriage. Diamonds are said to be a safer option, but not if you believe this next superstition…

Don’t wear a birthstone that isn’t yours

Wearing a birthstone that doesn’t belong to your birth month has long been thought to bring on bad luck. Seeing as diamond (April’s birthstone) is one of the most popular gems and worn by almost everyone at some point, it seems that modern society doesn’t believe in this myth. However, if you’re a big believer and want to know what your birthstone is, check out Parts 1 and 2 of the Hatton Garden guide to birthstones and ensure that you don’t bring on bad luck accidentally!

Don’t wear any other ring on your wedding ring finger

According to legend, if you wear a band that isn’t an engagement or wedding ring on your fourth finger on your left hand, you won’t ever be asked to marry. This is another superstition that most people choose to ignore nowadays, but if you’re a cautious bride you may want to adhere to the rule!

Wearing silver earrings protects you from evil

Silver is known to have protective and healing powers, and many people believe that wearing silver earrings keeps bad spirits out of your body by preventing them from entering the orifice. Whilst no superstition can truly be proven, it can’t hurt to invest in a pair of silver studs…

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The London School of Attraction

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Image courtesy of The London School of Attraction

Are you working on your charm offensive in time for Valentine’s Day? If so, Hatton Garden may be the place to head! The London School of Attraction opened at 88-90 Hatton Garden in 2010, and is still going strong three years later.

The school was set up by co-directors Doug and Alex, and is designed to help both men and women improve their confidence with the opposite sex. The tutors are able offer advice on everything from online dating to making the first move, and their success rate, a figure calculated on customer feedback, is an impressive 70%.

The London School of Attraction also offers more specialised programmes, like their Course for Companies, which translates the skills of attraction into the business world to help improve rapport, lead generation and sales. Whilst the tools learned at the school are primarily targeted at romance, the confidence and conversation skills that they foster can be transferred to build positive relationships in all other aspects of everyday life.

So if you’re ready for love but need a helping hand to find it, why not hop on a tube to Hatton Garden and pay the London School of Attraction a visit?

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The Hatton Garden guide to birthstones – Part 2

birthstone_chartIn Part 1 of the Hatton Garden guide to birthstones, we filled you in on all of the gemstones from January until June. Here in Part 2, we look at the stones that represent July until December.

July – Ruby
The rosy red ruby is the perfect stone for passionate people who were born in July. It’s one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in the world.

August – Peridot
Peridot is another green birthstone – but this one is formed in volcanic fire! In days gone by it was believed to symbolise fertility and healing.

September – Sapphire
September’s sapphire has a deep, rich blue colour. The stone has recently come back into fashion after Prince William gave Kate Middleton a sapphire engagement ring.

October – Opal
Opal can be said to be the most unique of all of the birthstones, as its milky colour radiates a combination of all of the colours! Rumour once had it that wearing opal when it wasn’t your birthstone could bring you bad luck, but most people now think that this is just folklore!

November – Citrine
Citrine is the only yellow stone in the birthstone family – its name is derived from citron which means lemon in French. It is a variety of quartz said to protect against evil.

December – Blue topaz
December’s birthstone is blue topaz, a popular stone which comes in a variety of shades of blue. It’s one of the most commonly available stones and is known for restoring order and calm to stressful situations.

Remember, wearing your birthstone is meant to bring you luck, happiness and prosperity – so it’s a great excuse to invest in some new jewellery!

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The Hatton Garden guide to birthstones – Part 1

birthstone_chartBirthstones are particular gemstones that are commonly associated with the month that you were born. Wearing your birthstone will supposedly bring you love, luck and good fortune – and it will look beautiful as well! Don’t know what your birthstone is or what it means? Our two-part guide will reveal all…

January – Garnet
Garnet is an intensely coloured stone that comes in varying shades of red. It is said to represent chastity, truth and fidelity.

February – Amethyst
Amethyst is a purple gemstone that gets its bright colour from its high iron content. According to legend, it gives the wearer health, luck and wit.

March – Aquamarine
March’s stone aquamarine was once rumoured to be mermaid treasure, thanks to its unusual light blue colour! Nowadays it is known for signifying courage and confidence.

April – Diamond
April’s gemstone is the classic diamond, a stone which has been treasured since ancient times. Although diamonds are most commonly found in a brilliant white, you can get them in a variety of other colours including pink, yellow and brown.

May – Emerald
Emerald was chosen as May’s birthstone as its pretty green colour reflects the fresh shades of spring. Like the season, emeralds represent hope and rebirth.

June – Pearl
Pearls are a truly romantic gem, commonly associated with love. Like diamonds, they are most often found in shades of white and cream, but can occur in other hues too.

If your birth stone isn’t here, check back later this week for Part 2 of The Hatton Garden guide to birthstones – all will be revealed!

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Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

Antique_ValentineThe most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, but don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a present for your beloved just yet. The stores of Hatton Garden are full of great gift ideas for both men and women – here is our pick of some of the best.

For ladies

If you’re looking for a heartfelt gift for the lady in your life, forget flowers and chocolate – after all, in the words of the iconic Marilyn Monroe, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Treating your girl to a new necklace or a sparkling pair of earrings will win you serious boyfriend points this February 14th. Valentine’s Day is also one of the most popular dates for a proposal, so if things are getting serious and you really want to prove your commitment, it might be time to pick out that all important diamond ring

For men

Regardless of the occasion, jewellery isn’t just for the ladies! Most men will appreciate a jewellery based gift as well. Designer watches are a great gift option for the modern gentlemen, and with the incredible range of options in the shops of Hatton Garden, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Alternative gifts could include a pair of cufflinks or a high quality hipflask – both of which come in a range of metals to suit every budget, from smart sterling silver to precious platinum. If you want to add a personal touch to your present, why not add an engraving?

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