Fill your summer menu with
Blues, greens and everything in between
The best way to keep cool this summer is with something fresh and invigorating - thirst quenching water, mouth watering ice creams and sumptuously refreshing gemstones. The Jessica Flinn menu has an appetising selection of blues, greens and everything in between - gemstones you can sink your teeth into.
A DIAMOND ENTREE
First up - a classic stone with a colourful twist. We get very excited when a coloured diamond arrives at our table boasting its juicy, vibrant hues that dance across multiple facets.
Diamonds grow organically, with one-of-a-kind inclusions and unique growth patterns. Sitting top of the MOHS hardness scale, with a score of 10, April's birthstone is the hardest naturally occurring material. Colour change occurs from minute traces of other materials, and the diamond can then be irradiated to enhance this natural colour. With such an array of colours there is a forever ring diamond dish for everyone’s taste!
Not only are they gourmet and delicious, they break conventions of the 'norm', and we are here for that!
Some of our favourite blues and greens include Henrietta, Celeste, Sophia and Rebecca - distinctive diamonds full of flavour!
CORUNDUM FAMILY RECIPE
Your next course comes from the Corundum family. Sapphire is perhaps the most famous blue gemstone of all, known for its delicious vivid colouring.
Parti Sapphires include two or more colours, adding an extra element to an already delicious main ingredient!
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Sapphires are featured in over 20 of our ready to ship rings alone - we love them that much! Sourced from Sri Lanka, Australia and the USA, we work with a network of trusted and ethical suppliers to bring you the most scrumptious colours and more-ish cuts on the market.
September’s birthstone is a pretty tough cookie, with a hardness of 9 on the MOHS scale. They’re not completely immune to damage but are less likely to be scratched, scuffed or broken, keeping their beautiful brightness for a long time - a very tasty gemstone indeed.
Sri Lanka has some of the world’s oldest sapphire mines; mined from as far back as second century A.D. - these are known as Ceylon Sapphires. The deeper the blue, the finer and more valuable the stone, these deep shades are formed from iron and titanium elements. A good Ceylon sapphire will be transparent and sparkling - a mix of calming deep blues with renewing greens you’ll be sure to crave a taste! Callie and Natalia are our faves in this cuisine.
Also on the menu are our Montana and Australian sapphires. Celebrated for their delicious deep blues and tasty teals, Amelia, Rebecca, Florence and Henrietta are some delectable options worth a try. Discovered 150 years ago in North America, Montana sapphires are tough and relatively scratch-resistant. With natural colours ranging from blue, blue-green, teal and green each and every one is totally unique! Some Montana sapphires can be heated to produce more succulent shades of blue, preventing oxygen can result in an increased rich, velvety blue colouring.
Want something a little less traditional? A delicious substitute for conventional gems are teal sapphires. Said to symbolise love and commitment, these flavoursome beauties create the perfect engagement dish. Why not try Billie, Marina, Luna or Portia to quench your teal thirst.
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Tourmalines provide the widest menu of colours available in any gem species and all coloured tourmalines have ‘pleochroism’ - meaning their colour changes when viewed from different angles.
October’s birthstone is found in veins that run through rocks created by molten magma. Once cooled, cracks form in the rocks which fill with water and minerals that, over time, turn into tourmalines. The concentration of certain minerals determine the colour of the gemstones.
Traces of iron and titanium are the elements that induce an aromatic array of blues from light and bright to flavoursome teals, as well as blue-green bi-colours. These shades are referred to as indicolite tourmaline.
Green tourmalines are said to empower our emotions similar to our favourite comfort food. Our ultimate gourmet greens include, April, Robyn, Harper and Rebecca. Feeling more like teal is your flavour? Marina will be the one for you!
beryl family favourites
Next up are two delightful delicacies that come from the Beryl family. This flavourful selection has a unique ‘vitreous lustre’ meaning they have a shine similar to glass.
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What could be more revitalising than a stone named after seawater itself?! Aquamarine’s watery hue is the cooling plunge you need right now. Thought to enhance happiness in marriage, March’s birthstone comes in a range of blue to slightly green-ish shades with a MOHS scale hardness rating of 7.5 or 8. This delicious beauty can be savoured and worn every day but care does need to be taken to protect the stone from cracks and nicks. Setting aquamarine in gold or platinum, or surrounding it with a diamond halo - just like Winter - will provide maximum protection.
Winter not your dish of choice? We also have Arden, Callie, Ophelia and Natalia on the menu.
Unlike diamonds, sapphires and emeralds, it is common to find aquamarines that are clear with no visible inclusions as they are often found in big original stones that can be cut down. The size also means its cost effective to purchase larger stones, so if it’s a larger stone you’re looking for, a delicate aquamarine will have you sending compliments to the chef!
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You know greens are good for you and this gemstone is the tastiest green of all! Emeralds may be softer than other gemstones (7.5 on the MOHS scale) but if worn with care this stone can be one of your favourite five a day.
The height of Art Deco luxury, this full bodied beauty was first known to be mined in Egypt as early as 3500 BC and was Cleopatra’s favourite gemstone. May’s birthstone also celebrates the greenery of Spring with inclusions often referred to as an internal ‘jardin’ or garden. 90% of emeralds have inclusions, these can range from veins to small bubbles under the stones surface.
Due to the brittle nature of this stone, we suggest certain design elements to protect the emerald as much as possible. This includes nestling between diamond side stones like Ophelia, opting for a bezel setting, or surrounding with a white diamond halo like Winter.
Not your favourite cuisine? We also have options like Arden, Callie and Natalia.
Spinel belongs to the cubic crystal system with its characteristic crystal shape - an octahedron. Well-formed spinel crystals are common in nature and offer a range of mouth-watering hues. Violet to blue spinel can be coloured by trace amounts of iron, and aromatic blues owe their saturated colour to trace amounts of cobalt.
August’s birthstone scores an 8 on the MOHS hardness scale and is said to be a good candidate for ‘History’s Most Under Appreciated Gem’. It was often confused with better-known stones like ruby and sapphire. As a result, some of the world’s most illustrious 'rubies' are in fact spinel.
Our selection of succulent spinel’s include Winter, Arden, Callie, Ophelia and Natalia.
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AFTER DINNER ALEXANDRITE
Adding a touch of surprise to the menu is the Alexandrite. June’s birthstone is known for its chameleon-like qualities. Like a strawberry ripening from Spring to Summer, this juicy gemstone is often described as ‘emerald by day, ruby by night’ due to its ability to dramatically change colour. Other gems can change colour in response to changing light, but this gem’s transformation is so striking the phenomenon itself is often called “the alexandrite effect”.
With a hardness of 8.5 on the MOHS scale this tantalisingly tasty gemstone is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl which has unusual light-absorbing properties.
Feeling fruity for an alexandrite? We’ve got them dished up in a variety of cuisines, from classics like Natalia and Callie, to the art deco Arden and Ophelia or even the opulent Winter. Which would you like to taste?