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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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Comfort Food

Anyone who has spent a longish amount of time living in a foreign country will tell you that one of the things you miss most is the food you ate in your native country. It seems that food is something which has a very special place in our hearts, and perhaps it’s one reason why people often open up a restaurant which serves their national cuisine when they move to another country. We are no…

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Market Trading

One of our favourite places to sell our jewelry in Riga is the Kalnciema iela Farmers’ and Craft Market. Alongside the local farmers are numerous stalls selling handmade goods and local products of all kinds – clothing, wooden utensils, knitted goods, linen and of course, jewelry, which is where we come in. We love the friendly atmosphere amongst both traders and shoppers, and it’s always a joy to meet our customers in person. Other friends simply…

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