The story behind the Latvian flag

In 1279 a battle took place, when the ancient tribes from Cēsis, in the north of region of Latvia, went to war under a red and white striped flag.   Legend tells us that the flag was created from the cloth wrapped around a Latvian Chief who had been mortally wounded in a previous conflict.  Where his body was laid the cloth remained white, where the blood spilled on to the cloth it became red. …

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Colour of 2018

… this year it’s Ultra Violet. This stunning shade has always brought together communities and inspired creativity and mindfulness.   In 1874 a group of unknown artists met in Paris, France,  to stage their first exhibition as other well known exhibition halls had rejected their art.  Determined to show to their work to the public Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and others faced much criticism at their early exhibitions. Their new style, now known as Impressionism, was…

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Pearl Appeal

As given in an English Dictionary ‘pearl’ is defined as ‘a hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-grey, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster and highly prized as a gem’. Which doesn’t exactly make you want to rush out and buy a string of pearls, so to encourage you, here’s a picture! Finding pearls seems to go back to the 6th Century before the Christian Era and originates in the India to Sri…

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What is sterling silver?

At Habibi Jewelry we use a lot of sterling silver.   But why not use pure silver or plated silver or filled silver? Pure silver is 99.9% silver and although it is ‘soft’ to work with and can produce intricate and highly illustrious finishes it is just that – too soft for everyday use. Pure silver will not stand up to the wear and tear an everyday ring, necklace or bracelet will undergo. Sterling silver is 92.5%…

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What are Swarovski crystals?

Most people will know Swarovski as a global brand of luxury jewellery featuring sparkling crystals.  But did you know it was started by a young man in 1891 called Daniel Swarovski?  Combining the new technologies of the time he invented an electrically driven cutting machine allowing him more precision than previously possible to cut the crystals.  By 1895 he had founded the company we know today high in the Austrian mountains As the 1920s dawned and the…

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