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seeing blue

Kei accopanied me stroll around Greenhills to look for someone who could restring my (mother’s side) grandma’s pearls. After a short while we got someone willing to restring and add a few more pearls for a fee. Search is over.

To pass the time we found ourselves looking at all the loose multicolored gemstones displayed on the glass cases. No plans on buying. Just window shopping.

Then we got curious. Asked prices of their ready to wear jewelry, the price is actually reasonable. Then we turned to ask about the loose gemstones in the glass cases. They sell it by piece, then you get a “latero” (Filipino/Philippine term for jewelry maker) to set the stone for you.

I asked for a blue sapphire. They offered me a lot!

Pretty huge ones that reminds me of Kate Middleton’s ring. Best of all, you can haggle. Just wow.

Kate Middleton photo from www.marieclaire.co.uk

Kate Middleton photo from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk

*Just in case you are curious, there is an abundance of Kate Middleton’s ring look alike/s there!

I told them I wanted a small round one. To be made into an everyday ring I could wear without the fear of losing my engagement ring. I was given a lot of options. They were actually convincing me to go with a bigger stone! But no, that would look tacky on me. Think granny-ish. No offense to the grandmas out there, I just think it’s still not age appropriate for me to wear a huge rock.

 

Something like this. Stephen Einhorn "love" ring photo from the internet

Something like this.
Stephen Einhorn “love” ring photo from the internet

There are natural sapphires (pricier/differs in color/may have inclusions), and lab created (cheaper/looks perfect) ones, in all sorts of colors. All huge, by that I mean as big as a thumbnail, should that be too small for your liking they also have bigger stones as big as a thumb. I insisted that I wanted a small natural one. So they handed me a melee of natural blue sapphires (from India) to choose from. There were hearts, rounds, ovals, square, baguettes…etc. and in different shades of blue. It was overwhelming.

melee sapphires

melee sapphires (photo from the internet, we don’t have an actual photo of the melee we chose from)

Kei helped me choose what to get from the melee. While I really tried to remember how my Grandmother’s (from the father’s side this time) sapphires look. When she was still with us, she taught me to look for good color, vividness of the stone, she always says gemstones must always look “alive”. Unlike my mother’s side grandma, my father’s side grandma collects gemstones.

shades of sapphires

shades of sapphires

The best color is royal blue. The least valued is the black blue color.

And also look at the stone clarity. Must be eye clean at least and clear for light to pass through it and make the stone “alive”.

Sapphire Clarity

stone clarity

In the end, we picked out a natural royal blue sapphire, vivid and I believe very good clarity!

Not a huge one of course, it’s actually pretty small.  Its extremely hard to get the color right in the photo, it looks dark here, but it is a royal blue color. Sorry, this was my best shot.

My own sapphire with a one Philippine peso to scale. With the calling card of the stall.

My own sapphire with a one Philippine peso to scale, along with the calling card of the stall.

But it’s a pretty stone nonetheless; even the shopkeepers told us that we got the best one in the pile.

Even the shop owner validated that we did get a good one.

I am pretty sure we will go back here someday.

 

*They have sapphires in other colors too.

**they also have other gemstones like rubies, emeralds, spinels, tanzanite, jade…etc

***All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket. 

 

 

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born in january

While having breakfast, my office friends  and I shared a laugh over our different personalities and our office mates and linked them according to their birthdays. (ie. October born- likes to party)

I got curious about what my birth month says about me… my office friends say that January born are stubborn. I sort of agree, but not completely.

So, after breakfast, I googled it up. I am born January 23. Although here in the Philippines there is no winter, I am considered as winter born.

This is the first thing I got:

People born in January are ambitious and hardworking. They are smart, organized, and productive. Although they are serious, they are also funny and love to joke around. They love to teach people new things as much as they love learning new things. They are very cautious and careful when it comes to money. They are usually quiet and reserved unless they are excited. People born in January are not often sick but when they are it is most commonly with a cold. On the negative side, they are also stubborn and hard-headed. They are also jealous and like to criticize others. (After a few more googling, I found out that I share my birth month with Kate Middleton! I like her fashion style.)

interesting? look for yours: http://voices.yahoo.com/personality-birth-month-1771589.html

Then, I tried to be specific. Typed in my birth date (January 23) and these are the results:

You are a practical idealist. While you have a strong need for security, you need to mix up your routines frequently or else you easily feel antsy. You are excellent at organizing, but others may not understand your system! Managing money is a skill. You are very resourceful and versatile, and a strong individualist. Following through on all of your ideas is something you have trouble doing, and you eventually learn that focusing on a few brings you more success. Famous people born today: Jeanne Moreau, Princess Caroline of Monaco, John Hancock. (Wow! I share a birthday with a princess! Maybe I am a princess too! hahahaha!)

 look for yours: http://www.cafeastrology.com/birthday/borntoday.html

Aquarians born January 23 are hard-headed realists whose personas reflect a strong, silent type. They have a toughness about them that’s laudable and useful: They seem to handle anything. Inside, though, they’re tender souls. Often put in the position of role model, they do not generally regard their conduct as anything special. January 23 natives enjoy the social elements of friendship. They make gentle, caring lovers. They have an aversion to commitment, though it’s not uncommon for them to enter a long-term relationship or marriage when they find someone who shares their views. January 23 people have pride in their family background. Many of the ideals and traits they exhibit were absorbed from their family. When they become parents, they may feel pulled between providing discipline and endorsing a more liberated parenting style. People born on January 23 like to do things their way. They don’t take kindly to health or nutritional advice. An annual visit to a health-care professional should not invalidate their independence. Because of the sensitivity of their systems, they should shun smoking and drinking. Like many Aquarian people, January 23 natives are not the sort who can work at a job they find boring or uncreative. They have a potential to earn a good deal of money, though they usually spend it faster than they make it. Friends and relatives are often the beneficiaries of their generosity. Not having to pretend they are something they aren’t is a major goal sought by January 23 people. They are motivated to achieve career success and may not realize until late that they also want personal stability. They want to be the best at what they do. They take criticism well and are able to look at themselves objectively.

*this is sort of summarized from: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/january-23-birthday-astrology.htm (You can also find yours there, just click on your birth month.)

And a bit of clicking around lead me to this very detailed personality by birthday site: http://birthdaypersonality.tumblr.com/post/6239518428/23-january-the-birthday-of-the-dissenter and found myself nodding to everything that was written. (you can look for yours too, look at the bottom right part of the site)

For entertainment, I found it fun to read.

What about you what does your birth month/birth date say about you?