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New Grandma? Modern Grandma Names That You Will Love!

Name Ideas for the Modern Grandmother 

Congratulations!  You are a proud new grandma and can't get enough of that sweet bundle of joy. But...you don't feel like you quite fit the mold of "Granny" and are looking for a more modern name for grandma.  Whether you are a younger than average grandma or just a cool, hip grandmother, the best name that your grandchild should bestow upon you is the one that captures just that, YOU and your personality.  Here are some fun nicknames that have been given to modern-day grandmas around the world.  They are the perfect touch to a personalized Mother's Day gift for your trendy grandma!

Abba

Amma

Babe

Bamma

BeBe

Bella

Birdy

Bunny

CeeCee

Coco

Gabby

Gadgy

GiGi

GoGo

G-Ma

Glammy

GooGoo

Grancy

Granzie

Honey

Kitty

LaLa

LoLa

MayMay

Mia

Mimi

NeeNee

Nina

Pippy

Teeny

 

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2019

Citrine & Topaz Birthstone Jewelry for November

Citrine - November Birthstone

 

Time to celebrate all the November babies out there - me included!  Citrine and Topaz with their warm color spectrum of yellow and brown perfectly mimic colorful leaves on the ground - it really captures this time of year.  As usual, here are some fun facts I found for Citrine and Topaz:

1.  It is believed this gemstone promotes creativity, helps with clarity, induces positive feelings in the wearer’s mind and eliminates self-destructive tendencies.

2.  The Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight.

3.  According to legend, the Topaz was believed to control heat, having the power to cool boiling water.  It was believed that a person could put his or her hand in boiling water if a topaz was placed in it as well.  I don't recommend trying this though!! Wink

4.   For the body, Citrine helps to facilitate the smooth flow of blood and improves the digestion of food.

5.   If you’re looking for an anniversary gift after thirteen years of marriage, Citrine is the official gemstone for this celebration!

 

 

Happy Birthday to all those in November! 

 

Tag @metalpressions wearing your favorite MP citrine jewelry - or contact our design consultants to have a custom piece made for you today (800.554.8196).

 

October Birthstone - Opal & Tourmaline

Opal and Tourmaline - Jewelry for October Babies!

 

October is one of my favorite months - the weather here in Savannah is absolutely gorgeous and Fall is in the air.  Babies born in October (like my hubby!) are lucky enough to have two birthstones - opal and tourmaline.  Don't you just love the display of colors in an Opal when the light hits it just right? It's hard to capture that fire in a photo, but here are some good examples of some of the jewelry we have made featuring Opals...

 

Fun facts about these two birthstones:

 

1.  An opal is a unique mineral with a high percentage of water - it accounts for over 20% of the gem's weight.

2.  The opal is mined almost entirely in Australia and comes in varieties that range from milky white or pink to almost black.

3.  Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymph nodes. It is also thought to inspire creativity.

4. During the Black Plague, it was thought that the opal was able to tell how long it would take for the disease to kill a person. The colors would be brilliant when someone was close to their end, and the color would disappear upon death.  In actuality, the brilliant colors of the opal were due to the high fever caused by the Plague, and then subsiding upon death.

5.  Not an October baby but still love tourmaline and opal?  Celebrate your anniversary with these stones - they are the accepted gemstones for the 8th and 14th years, respectively.

 

 

Check back in November when I highlight my birthstone topaz!!

 

Handcrafted September Birthstone - Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphires in September

 

 Yet another month is in the books for 2015 and now it's time to highlight the September birthstone - sapphire!

 

Personally, it's one of my favorites; I love the deep hues of rich blue.  And I'm not alone, because sapphires are the most popular gemstone after diamonds.  The popularity originated before the twentieth century when sapphires were the preferred stones for engagement rings.

 

Here are some more fun facts about sapphires:

1.  The best known sapphires are blue, but they actually come in every hue of the rainbow. Red sapphires are better know as rubies. Metal Pressions uses colored sapphires for all of our birthstones because they are better quality stones than most natural stones.

2.  Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world - the only item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond

3.  A gift of sapphire conveys loyalty, enduring friendship, and a lasting relationship of love. It is believed to bring peace and wisdom to the wearer.

4.  The largest cut and polished sapphire, with a weight of 61,500 carats, is the Millennium Sapphire.  Designed and carved by Italian artist Alessio Boschi, the Millennium Sapphire was conceived as a tribute to human genius and includes 134 subjects, including the faces of Beethoven, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King. It also features representations of the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and Gutenberg’s printing press.
5.  Not a September baby but adore sapphires?!  They are also the traditional gift for those celebrating 5th or 45th anniversaries.
 

Keep checking out our weekly Trendy Tuesday blog!! 

We are prepping to release our Fall 2015 line in the next month, so please return often!

 

Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. - See more at: http://www.brilliantearth.com/news/15-amazing-facts-about-sapphires-the-september-birthstone/#sthash.VePhpkaQ.dpuf
The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower. - See more at: http://www.brilliantearth.com/news/15-amazing-facts-about-sapphires-the-september-birthstone/#sthash.VePhpkaQ.dpuf

 

August Birthstone - Peridot

nd healing properties to protect against nightmares a - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf
This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens - See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/august-birthstones#sthash.gHm4K2QF.dpuf

August Birthstone - Peridot

14k gold peridot cabochon

I cannot believe that it is already August - the summer is winding down and the kids go back to school next week!  Where does the time go?! 

The birthstone for this month is Peridot.  Here are some fun facts about the August birthstone:

1.  It is one of the oldest known gemstones dating back as early as 1500 B.C.

2.  Peridot has also been discovered in fallen meteors and it has also been discovered on Mars and the moon in olivine form.

3.  Most gemstones are formed in earth's crust, but peridot is formed much deeper in the mantle region and brought to the surface by volcanoes.

4.  Peridot is believed to have healing powers and protect from evil, depression and fear.  It is said to bring the wearer inspiration, strengthen the effect of medicine and improve one's speech.

5.  Peridot is also the official gem of the 16th wedding anniversary.

 

On a side note, August is one of my favorite months because it is a return back to routine from summer days.  We are hitting the ground running in the studio and have some very exciting things in the works.  Stay tuned...

November Birthstone: Citrine

 

November is a big birthday month in my family including me, my oldest son, my mother in law and two of my cousins so of course we love citrine! Last month we gave you a list of interesting facts about the Opal(October's birthstone),let's see what Citrine, the November stone can tell us...

  1. Citrine is also known as "healing quartz" because it supports vitality and health while bringing energy and warmth to the wearer.
  2. The citrine has also been called a "success stone" or "merchant stone" as it is said to promote prosperity. The stones are often kept in the cash drawer of businesses.
  3. The stone comes in a variety of hues from pastel yellow to a dark orange similar to amber.
  4. Citrine is primarily found in Brazil, Russia, Africa, and the USA.
  5. The name "citrine" comes from its citrus, lemon-like color.
  6. Be careful! This stone is often created by a lab heat process from the amethyst stone. Make sure you know what you're really getting.
  7. Topaz, which comes in a variety of colors, is also considered a November birthstone

Stone of the Month: Opal

 

 


Happy birthday to all you October babies! Here are some fun facts about your birthstone; the opal...

  1. The opal is associated with hope, innocence, happiness, purity, faithfulness, loyalty, and confidence.
  2. The opal is often used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams, and healing.
  3. 95% of opals are mined in Australia. The remaining 5% come from Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
  4. The name "opal" means "to see a change in color". The stone comes in a variety of colors; black, crystal. yellow (fire), and white. All of these variations have their own set of characteristic colored flecks. The milky white opal is most common.
  5. Opals should be worn often, because they only contain 2-6% water. They can become brittle when stored in a dry place, but if worn frequently they absorb humidity off the wearers skin.
And just in case opal doesn't strike your fancy, pink tourmaline (pictured above) is an alternate stone for October birthdays. Do you have any interesting facts to share about these majestic birthstone? Let us know!