May 14, 2017
Proud to Be Canadian!
April 4, 2017
We're excited to announce the coming of several new lines to our store, all by Canadian Designers! Stay tuned for more information!!
Ladies Curling Bonspiel
March 21, 2017
Every year, Purdy's sponsors a bonspiel at the Bobcaygeon Curling Club for the afternoon ladies. This year our theme is "Sweeping for Canada's 150" in celebration of our great nation's 150th birthday!
Also in honour of Canada's 150 years, we're introducing several new Canadian Designer lines into the store this spring! Like & follow our Facebook and Instagram pages so you'll be the first to know when they arrive!
March Along In Aquamarine
March 4, 2017
This month's birthstone is Aquamarine!
Colour Me Purple
February 17, 2017
February's birthstone is AMETHYST!
Our spotlight ring this month is the stunning amethyst ring you see here. Set in 10K rose gold and complimented by a halo of diamonds, this oval-shaped amethyst is a definite show stopper!
BEad MY VALENTINE!
February 4, 2017
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and love is in the air! Share your love with the gift of a Persona bead, or treat yourself and add to your own collection.
To better serve you, we will be OPEN the monday (February 13th) before Valentine's Day (February 14th) from 9:30am-5:00pm.
Love Is In The Air!
January 25, 2017
Add some sparkle this Valentine's Day with the most brilliant gift of all.
[Diamond studs pictured are from Canadian Rocks]
Last minute shopper? We will be open Monday, February 13th from 9:30am-5:00pm!
January 10, 2017
This month's birthstone is GARNET.
Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem buyers can pick from a rich palette of garnet colours: greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, and deeply saturated purplish reds. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, is very rare and needs rarer rock chemistries and conditions to form.
HISTORY & LORE:
Thousands of years ago, red garnet necklaces adorned the necks of Egyptâ€™s pharaohs, and were entombed with their mummified corpses as prized possessions for the afterlife. In ancient Rome, signet rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.
The term carbuncle was often used in ancient times to refer to red garnets, although it was used for almost any red stone. Carbuncle was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God.
Centuries later, in Roman scholar Plinyâ€™s time (23 to 79 AD), red garnets were among the most widely traded gems. In the Middle Ages (about 475 to 1450 AD), red garnet was favored by clergy and nobility.
Red garnetâ€™s availability increased with the discovery of the famous Bohemian garnet deposits in central Europe around 1500. This source became the nucleus of a regional jewelry industry that reached its peak in the late 1800s.