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Diamond History April 13, 2022 – Posted in: blog

The Diamond Birtshone is rich for many reasons, find out why! We are dripping in diamonds this month and we cannot wait to share how the glitz and glam birthstone came about many moons ago. This blog aims to share the history and traditions of this marvellous birthstone.  Who named the Birthstone of April as Diamond?  Did you know that diamonds’ key component is Carbon and under extreme heat and pressure it evolves into shiny…

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Penchant Fine Jewellery is Going Green…the sequel. March 24, 2022 – Posted in: blog

As some of you may know or have read our previous ‘Going Green’ blogs we thought we would continue to highlight our efforts every month. It is extremely important that we as a small business operate ethnically and sustainability. The importance of Going Green! Therefore as part of our Going Green journey, our goal is to constantly introduce different  systems, packaging, consumables and lifestyle items that aligns with our vision and mission as a business.…

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Did you know Aquamarine is the ‘Sea water’ gemstone? March 9, 2022 – Posted in: blog

Just like that, we have reached the 3rd month of the year! I don’t know if it’s just me or is time passing really fast? One second ago we were celebrating New Year and in a blink of an eye, we are in March.  Anyhow, I absolutely love March’s birthstone for so many reasons. Aquamarine is known as the gemstone of the ocean. I love the ocean and spend many days in the sun. One…

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February Birthstone, Amethyst, holds symbols of love and balance! February 25, 2022 – Posted in: blog

How are we two months into the year already? February always feels like a ‘reality check’ in the year, where time has flown from Christmas and you’re in the full swing of things. Although, it is also the month of love and a gentle reminder to take things slowly, enjoying time with loved ones.  Consequently, the February birthstone, Amethyst, is said to be found in royal family collections across Asia and Africa and is given…

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It’s the month of celebrating LOVE… February 9, 2022 – Posted in: blog

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day came about? For many, the 14th of February represents a day of celebrating love and giving to those that you love. However, have you ever wondered why we celebrate this date? Ironically, the origin of the holiday, Valentine’s Day is not a sweet romantic tale.  Although many a story has been brought about of how Valentine’s Day really began, it is believed that the day of love was…

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Penchant Fine Jewellery ‘Green’ Story Continued January 28, 2022 – Posted in: blog

Hello Everyone, I hope you have all set your personal, career and green goals for the year! If you haven’t, don’t worry it is only January so there is plenty of time! I am hoping our move towards being a sustainable company inspires you to take action and make the changes necessary within your own organisation.  Firstly, if you missed our introduction to Going Green blog and want to get the full story then here…

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January’s Birthstone is a Garnet, which is also the gem for the 2nd Wedding Anniversary January 21, 2022 – Posted in: blog

I can’t believe it is January and the start of a new year! I am proud to say that Penchant Fine Jewellery had a great festive season. It is our busiest time of year as tourists and locals flood to the beautiful valley of Franschhoek. This results in high foot traffic, which leads to many happy faces popping into our store. We are so grateful to have heard more foreign voices and see more familiar…

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It is the season to be Sparkling! December 14, 2021 – Posted in: blog

Do you know why Tanzanite gemstones are so rare?  The only place in the world where Tanzanites are found, are in Tanzania. This makes them 1000 times rarer than their diamond counterpart. Diamonds are found in various places all over the world and a lot are still undiscovered in the earth’s crust. The Birthstone for December is Tanzanite that has many colours that need to be considered as the finest blue hues and has the…

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Penchant Design is Going Green! November 29, 2021 – Posted in: blog

In 2019 I was in Bali on vacation and while visiting the Gili Islands we went on a snorkelling tour. We dove down only to find a bleached coral graveyard. I was devastated, upset, and so shocked. I realised I had experienced my first ‘first-hand’ experience of global warming. Fast forward a couple of months later, I binge watched the second season of Blue Planet, narrated by David Attenborough. At the end he said that…

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The Birthstone for November is Blue Topaz or Citrine November 12, 2021 – Posted in: blog

Did you know that Blue Topaz is extremely rare? It is said to believe that topaz portray healing and peace properties. The gemstone was founded by Romans over two millennia ago on an island in the Red sea. The Romans believed it would protect them from evil and their enemies. During the gold rush of the 18th century, the Brazilian topaz became very popular amongst European aristocracy. The famous exquisite Braganza topaz is set in…

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