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Buying Jewellery in Melbourne – The Different Stones and Their Meanings

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Jewellery means more than a piece of accessory. For so long, Jewellery has been a statement of luxury and has often been associated with showing love. People give Jewellery to their loved ones to show affection and commitment. On special occasions, people give Jewellery as a gift, and the receiver would feel special. But before you go shopping for Jewellery in Melbourne, there’s a lot of things you need to consider first.

 

Jewellery comes in different types with each type having different functions and the body part where it is worn. These accessories have different implications when given to someone special. Popular kinds of Jewellery and their popular, underlying connotations are:

 

Necklace

  • worn around the neck and is often given as a sign of love, especially at the early stages for the person to be reminded of you.

Bracelet

  • worn at the wrists, bracelets are more of a women’s casual accessory.

Earrings

  • worn on the ears, earrings are worn to complement the face

Ring

  • worn at the fingers, rings are usually given as a sign of commitment

 

Different kinds of Jewellery are usually made of gold or silver. Gemstones are usually used to make them look more appealing, alluring, and special. These gemstones play various roles in myths and legends, which is why up to today, their inclusions in Jewellery design, aside from adding beauty, also have their own meaning.

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Each gemstone is unique–possessing its own special story and colour. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular gemstones used in Jewellery:

 

Diamond

  • highly admired all around the world, diamonds have been the symbol of eternal love and are regarded as the ultimate gift. When buying diamonds, you must be aware of the different colours, clarity, cut, and carat weight. The higher the carat, the more expensive diamonds are.

Topaz

  • has been associated with the ancient Egyptians and Romans with the sun god and the power to heal and protect its wearer. Topaz comes in shades of yellow, honey, and also shades of green, blue, and red.

Sapphire

  • has long been associated with the promise of honesty, purity, and loyalty. It is one of the most popular stones used in engagement rings. Sapphires are more popularly known to have the colour blue, but it is also available in almost every colour of the rainbow.

Jade

  • the royal gemstone of China ever since 2900 BC, Jade is known for its vivid green colour and smooth shapes. Jade is used not only for Jewellery but for plates and teacups as well. Up to today, people, especially Chinese, believe the jade will protect them from harm.

Garnet

  • this gemstone is available in a rainbow of colours. Garnet stones have been associated with protection against nightmares and accidents, that’s why travellers who believe in its legend, carry stones of garnet as they travel.

Emerald

  • with its green hue, emeralds are the symbol of love and rebirth. The deeper and more vivid colour of green and emerald has, the more valuable and expensive it becomes. Emeralds are the birthstone of people born in May.

Aquamarine

  • with its colour ranging in hues of blue, aquamarine has been a symbol of youth, hope, and health. It is the birthstone of people who are born in the month of March

Ruby

  • the July birthstone, rubies are more commonly available in a range of red hues. Rubies symbolize passion, love, and courage, and is known to give good fortune to its owner

Amethyst

  • has been associated with many myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Amethyst is the birthstone of people who are born in February and is said to keep the wearer a clear head. This gemstone is available in many different shapes and sizes and is also one of the more affordable kinds of stone

Opal

  • the October birthstone, opal encompasses the colours of all other gems. As you look at it from different perspectives, its colour plays and shifts.

Pearls

  • pearls have been called the “tears of the gods”. They are created within a living creature under the ocean’s depths. These gems are known to give a timeless, classic piece of Jewellery.

 

Considering the meaning and the beauty of each gemstone play a role in choosing Jewellery whether you want these gemstones to be on a necklace, ring, or bracelet. If you are planning to buy Jewellery in Melbourne as a present to your special someone, you can consider their underlying meaning to magnify your intentions.

What Exactly Is Tonic Water?

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Chances are, at one point or another you have run into a beverage known as tonic water. Typically found next to seltzer at the grocery store, this unique beverage got its start as a medicinal aid. Today, however, most people drink it for its unique bitter flavour. If you have ever had a gin and tonic, you have experienced this taste firsthand.

 

The ingredient that is found in tonic water that provides its distinctive taste is quinine.

This medication has been used for years to treat a variety of different conditions. It is most commonly used for treating malaria. Other common conditions that people have used it for include arthritis, lupus, and restless leg syndrome. It also can be used to combat muscle cramps since it helps to relax the muscles, relieving any cramping sensations in the process.

This carbonated beverage first became commercially available in 1858. Since then, it has undergone quite a few changes. The amount of quinine in the beverage has been significantly reduced. Most modern brands of tonic water also contain added sweeteners such as corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, or sugar. These sweeteners help to cut the bitter taste of the quinine, making the beverage much more palatable.

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You can also find versions of tonic water that have added flavours.

For instance, many brands will add lemon or lime flavouring to help make the drink more appealing. Some people, however, don’t need these extra additives in order to enjoy the beverage. They like the taste just fine on its own. Like any other type of food or beverage, it is really a matter of personal taste.

If you have never tried tonic water before, you may discover that you love it or that you hate it, depending on whether or not you can tolerate bitter tasting drinks.

 

One interesting fact about tonic water is that it glows under blacklight.

The quinine has a tendency to fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light. That can make it a fun addition to any party. Imagine serving gin and tonics to your guests and then dazzling them when you turn on a blacklight and make their drinks glow. The liquid takes on a beautiful turquoise-coloured glow that is really unique to see in person.

The FDA has regulated the amount of quinine that can be added to tonic water since quinine can have many unwanted side effects when taken in larger doses. Because of that, the amount in commercially available versions of this drink is quite small.

Still, tonic water is something that is probably best enjoyed in moderation. Not only does it make a great mixer for cocktails but it can also be used to treat minor conditions such as leg cramps or menstrual cramps.

You may want to try several different brands of tonic water to see which ones you like the best. Try some sweetened and some unsweetened versions to see whether or not the added sugar makes a difference.

Some people prefer plain tonic water whereas others prefer brands that have been sweetened or lightly flavoured.

What are the benefits of wine tours over self driving?

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Going Wine Tasting? 5 benefits of wine tours over self-driving

 

If the wine travel bug has a bit, and you find yourself looking to venture to your more distant local wineries, or even further afield to the Winelands of Cape Town, you will be faced with many choices. One of the most important questions is how you will get there and back in one piece. You will likely be tasting anywhere between four and 20 wines, depending on the number of wine farms you plan to squeeze in.

While renting a car (or using your own) gives you autonomy of schedule and may work out a little cheaper, there are many reasons for going on a wine tasting tour over self-driving.

Someone else can do the homework on local wineries for you

Using Franschhoek, South Africa as an example, there are many beautifully illustrated maps of the local wineries and their locations. Choosing a place to go should be a piece of cake, right? The problem is there are so many highly rated farms it can be hard to know which ones are the best to go to first, and how long a tasting might take, and if you can really get to a wine tasting at each of the farms you plan in the time you have available.

A major benefit of good wine tasting tours is that someone has done the homework for you and has a tried and tested plan for giving you the best wine experience. They know how long a tasting at each place will take and exactly when you’ll have to head off to your next stop if you want to get there and back before dark.

You get to swallow instead of spit

For those that are (very rightly) concerned about drinking and driving while wine tasting, an option would be to use the spittoons readily available in tasting rooms, and then pass your wine glass to your companions to finish, which they will likely be all to happy to do. However, to be perfectly frank…sucks to be you, doesn’t it? Unless you have the discipline of a kung fu monk, sipping on a sublime wine only to hawk it unceremoniously into a spittoon is not only a waste of brilliant wine but also not nearly as fun as drinking it.

Should you end up swallowing more than you planned, you then run the risk of unsafe driving or arrest at a road block, and that is most definitely not the best way to end a wine tasting tour. Guided tours allow you to swallow without fear of consequences beyond bad singing and perhaps a headache the next day.

Wine education and stories

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Do you know the difference between French and American oak? The exact way to pronounce muorvedre? Why a grape grown in a certain climate produces a better wine than the same grape grown in another? If so, then good for you, but even the most seasoned wine connoisseurs can often learn a thing or two from wine tour guides. The best wine tours are led by experienced, enthusiastic guides with extroverted personalities and a passion for wine.

Always read Trip Advisor reviews to get a sense of the bond between guides and tour goers to see if you’re booking the right tour, and you will likely get the benefit of a wealth of amusing wine anecdotes and inside knowledge, you wouldn’t easily get from Google.

Social spirit and energy

Picture this scenario that the author of this article recalls from experience. You’ve taken the time to drive out from Cape Town to Stellenbosch to a well-known exporter of South African wine on historic grounds. You go to the tasting room during off peak times and it’s just you and your partner…and a completely deadpan, unenthusiastic individual manning the tasting room counter.

The best wine farms hire to avoid this, but sometimes a cold fish flops through the cracks in spite of their best efforts. If you go with a good guide, you are guaranteed a sense of enthusiasm and camaraderie that you otherwise risk missing. Also, touring in a group means that you have the buzz of other wine travellers with you, meaning you are a lot less likely to end up in a situation of standing there being partially ignored by an unenthusiastic tasting room employee with no one else to talk to.

Enhanced wine tasting experiences

Want to know what to look for when sampling fine wines? Notes of cherry and cigars, or plum and stone fruit? Yes, they write it on the paper at the tasting rooms, but there is more to be experienced when wine tasting than reading the script. Guided wine tours often provide opportunities for behind the scenes access and cellar tours, as well as meeting the wine makers. Get to hear what the wine makers themselves have to say about their wines, rather than what the marketers said. If you should find yourself in South Africa, there are various other reasons you should go with experienced wine tasting tour operators rather than drive yourself. Luhambo Tours

If you should find yourself in South Africa, there are various other reasons you should go with experienced wine tasting tour operators rather than drive yourself. Luhambo Tours specialises in intimate wine tours of the Cape Town Winelands. Contact your local  swan valley tours for more details

 

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