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To Tattoo or not to Tattoo…

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Tattoo art and body modification are nothing new. There is archaeological evidence that suggests people may have been tattooing their bodies as far back as 50,000 years ago. These early finds consist of possible tattoo tools and human figurines adorned with body art. 

In 2014 a mummy of a Sudanese woman ,excavated in 2005, the tattoo on her had a CT scan and a tattoo was discovered on her inner thigh symbolizing the Archangel MichaelIt is believed it may have been to protect her from sexual violation or to help her have a child.

Painting and tattooing the body is often a primal need to convey individualism or personality. A way of showing the world a body you feel portrays you as much as the way you speak or write.

Society seems to love or hate and fear tattoos and see them as a mark of anger or thuggery. We often jump to conclusions about the person wearing this body art and have strong views…

‘Grandmother used to take my mother to the circus to see the fat lady and the tattooed man — now they’re everywhere.’

 is a quote from Joan Collins and perhaps sums up how we don’t look to see the story behind the tattoos themselves and see instead an image of our prejudices and beliefs. 

The tattoo represents not only a willingness to accept pain — to endure it — but a need to actively embrace it. Because life is painful — beautiful but painful.

Look on interview guidelines and many will have a paragraph advising the interviewee to “please cover all visible tattoos and piercings,” Unfortunately, the repercussions of body art can affect your ability to gain favour with potential employers, even if you hold all the necessary qualifications, which ,whilst wrongful discrimination, is very evident. Today we are much more open to the idea and even Barbie can be bought with a sheet of tattoos !


Some people feel that tattoos need to have the secrets of the universe hidden in their art, to be meaningful enough to etch into your body for eternity however others feel you should get anything you like, even if you just appealed to you in that instant.

I believe you always remember your first tattoo — whether it’s something you planned for months, years, or decided on a whim, Making that initial decision to get inked can be emotional, thrilling, and might even signify an important event, relationship, or life stage.


I have heard it said ‘ Why would you get tattoos? They’re expensive and painful to get and they are PERMANENT! And the classic reply…why would you have a child?

Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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The October birthstone is the Opal

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The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday  loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places. 

The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

Opalscan  exhibit a wide variety of colors.it diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after  the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.

October birthstone opal

Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life,  It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.

 Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason,  helping   any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.

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The September birthstone : Sapphire and lapis lazuli

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Very choosy, especially in relationships the September birthday tends to bottle up feelings.rarely showing deep emotions and bottling up feelings. However they are calm, cool, systematic and in control. Always systematic, able to be very kind and sympathetic, they are loyal but not always honest. They love to seek out information and are careful, cautious and organised, priding themselves on their abilities and quick to point out  other people’s mistakes.Clever and knowledgeable about many subjects they communicate well.

The sapphire was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning and there are stories that say people  believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom. 

There is evidence that lapis lazuli has been mined since 4,000 BC in Afghanistan and was a very important commodity with other developing civilizations like the Egyptians. Lapis is a soft gemstone which made it easier to work with by hand. Unlike many gems, the color blue that is characteristic of lapis lazuli is pretty uniform across most specimens. The chief difference in appearance is the concentration and arrangement of pyrite crystals that dot the exterior of lapis specimens.

In Europe, lapis was ground up and used as a paint pigment called ultramarine. Ultramarine was unique among the other blue pigments available because it did not lose its color when exposed to direct sunlight. This made it very expensive. This true blue stone has since become associated with encouraging honesty in your relationships and making better decisions.

The Sapphire is considered a very powerful amulet – it protects against envy ,strengthens memory, awakens a thirst for knowledge and arouses inspiration.It is known as the “talisman of wisdom”. Ancient Teutons believed that it helps to achieve victory, but only to those whose thoughts are pure. Sapphire protects against evil eye and curses. 

At one time It was given to young nuns. It cools passion and clears  the soul for prayer. If you wear a sapphire  it will help you become determined and courageous. Sapphire attracts friends and repels enemies.

It was once believed that  to make a man fall in love with her a woman should put a Sapphire in his wine.

 A Sapphire on the left hand strengthens health and brings relief from asthma, heart conditions and neuralgia. 

September Birthstone Jewellery

Bestseller No. 1
Philip Jones September (Sapphire) Birthstone Necklace & Earrings Set Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. September (Sapphire) Birthstone Necklace & Earrings Set Created with Swarovski Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your jewellery set. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your set will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable jewellery set from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Sets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward sets available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 2
Philip Jones September (Sapphire) Birthstone Bracelet Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. September (Sapphire) Birthstone Bracelet Created with Austrian Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your bracelet. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your bracelet will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable bracelet from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Bracelets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward bracelets available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 3
September (Sapphire) Birthstone Earrings on Quote Card Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. September (Sapphire) Birthstone Earrings with Crystals from Swarovski by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your earrings. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your earrings will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable earrings from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Earrings are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward earrings available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 4
Philip Jones September (Sapphire) Birthstone Necklace Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. September (Sapphire) Birthstone Necklace Created with Swarovski Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your necklace. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your necklace will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable necklace from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Necklaces are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward necklaces available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 5
September Birthstone Drop Earrings Created with Sapphire Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. September Birthstone Drop Earrings Created with Sapphire Swarovski Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your earrings. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your earrings will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable earrings from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Earrings are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward earrings available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.

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The August Birthstone is the Peridot, find facts and jewellery

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The August birthstone is the peridot. Attractive, brave and fearless their independent qualities and spirit means they are born leaders.Thirsty for praise and and easily angered they can be jealous and jump to conclusions. In work they love to take responsibility and are often talented in the arts and music.  This romantic dreamer loves nothing more than hanging out with family and friends , falling in love easily and often having their hearts broken due to being too trusting and hasty.

The Peridot symbolises strength. It is sometimes called the “evening emerald” for its pale green color. In ancient times it was  believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem is said to protect the wearer from nightmares.  Peridot is always a yellow green and the darker a the more valuable it is. This darkness is dictated by the amount of iron present. Ancient records indicate that the Egyptians mined peridot on an island in the Red Sea, but the location was lost until it was relocated in 1900.

One of the distinctive characteristics of peridot is that their color is the same in both natural and artificial light. This ability to give off the same green glow at night led to their association with great beauty, especially in Egyptian culture. The gift of a peridot can tell the recipient that they light up a room !

Associated with the sun, Peridot has been prized since the earliest civilizations for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness. Set in gold and worn around the neck or bound to the left arm, it was used as a charm against sorcery and magic, evil spirits, night terrors, and madness. It cured cowardice, calmed anger, and sharpened intelligence.It eases  emotional burdens, guilt and obsessions helps the wearer to overcoming fear, depression as well as releasing jealousies, resentment and spite in order to move forward. Peridot promotes responsibility and forgiveness, instilling confidence in one’s own abilities and reestablishing a sense of self-worth.It adds intelligence to our romantic situations, giving us a bit of common sense in affairs of the heart, and protecting us from unnecessary heartache. The peridot is a wonderful stone to heal ‘ healers’ helping all those who care for others by clearing their auras and releasing toxins.

Find August Birthstone Jewellery

Bestseller No. 1
Philip Jones August (Peridot) Birthstone Necklace Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. August (Peridot) Birthstone Necklace Created with Swarovski Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your necklace. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your necklace will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable necklace from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Necklaces are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward necklaces available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 2
Philip Jones August (Peridot) Birthstone Necklace & Earrings Set Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. August (Peridot) Birthstone Necklace & Earrings Set Created with Swarovski Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your jewellery set. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your set will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable jewellery set from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Sets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward sets available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 3
Philip Jones August (Peridot) Birthstone Bracelet Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. August (Peridot) Birthstone Bracelet Created with Austrian Crystals by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your bracelet. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your bracelet will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable bracelet from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Bracelets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward bracelets available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.
Bestseller No. 4
Aurora Tears August Birthstone Necklace Stud Earrings 925 Sterling Silver Green Peridot Square Birth Stone Jewellery Set Gifts for Women and Girls DS0028A
  • ❤Material : With 925 Sterling Silver Pendant , 100% safe for sensitive skin . silver-plated chains.
  • ❤Size : Pendant , 0.6*0.9cm, Chain , 45cm length , 1mm width . Please double check it before you make orders.
  • ❤Gift Choice : Perfect birthday gifts for her , for your Wife , Mom , Daughter , Grandma , Girlfriend , Friends , your special someone or just a gift for yourself .The unique design of this birthstone jewelry matches Valentines Day , Mothers Day , Anniversary Day , Thanksgiving day, New Year and Birthday or just daily life.
  • ❤Package : 1 pair of earrings+1 Pendant+1 Chain . With 1 elegant gift box , Ready to treat yourself or gift for your loves.
  • ❤Guarantee : 100% satisfaction and money back guarantee , any question just feel free to contact us . Aurora Tears Launches products every month , the aim of us to bring everything that makes her special with unique and beautiful gifts !
Bestseller No. 5
Philip Jones August (Peridot) Adjustable Birthstone Ring on Quote Card Created with Austrian Crystals
  • Made with Trust. August (Peridot) Birthstone Ring with Crystals from Swarovski by Philip Jones. Buy with confidence with our 1-year guarantee and receive your money back if you are not 100% happy with your ring. Our free delivery and fast dispatch ensure your ring will be with you promptly.
  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable ring from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Rings are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward rings available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.

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