Anna Ja designs, manufactures and markets unique and modern jewelery at affordable prices.
Its teams of craftsmen jewelers work exclusively, Gold 750 and Silver 800.
These noble materials are: precious stones and fine.
Anna JA jewelry is sold exclusively on the AnnaJa.com website
AnnJa jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night.
Avoid contact with make-up, creams and perfume and never expose your jewelry to chlorine and salt water. Remove your jewelry before taking a shower, bathing or doing housework or gardening.
When jewelry is not worn, it must be stored separately in a protective box or anti-tarnish pouch.
Depending on how often you wear your jewelry, we recommend that you check with a goldsmith at least once a year, especially the clasps, frames and welds.
We recommend that our clients remove their jewelery before going to bed or participating in physical activities. Exposure to harmful chemicals and environments will compromise the integrity of your jewelry. These products and environments include, but are not limited to, perspiration, perfumes, cleansers, chlorine, salt water, and silver polish.
Jewelery should be kept away from light, sunlight and heat, in a protective jewelery box (with lining) or a tarnish-resistant pouch. Never use polyvinyl plastic bags, such as garbage bags, because they contain sulfur compounds, or rubber containers that will cause the silver to tarnish more quickly and may also cause it to blacken. Do not store jewelry in the bathroom.
Please note that our AnnaJa sleeves are not made to store your jewelry in the long term, since they are not hermetic and jewelry will tarnish over time.
How to properly maintain your jewelry
Gold and Silver are malleable metals and tend to deteriorate over time. Be sure to polish these metals frequently with a soft polishing cloth to maintain gloss and avoid tarnishing.
To clean your metal jewelry, pour a small amount of neutral pH soap into warm water and use a soft bristle brush. Toothbrushes work wonders to clean patterned jewelery, which are sometimes difficult to clean. If the dirt is tough, soak the jewelry in clean water. However, polishing will not eliminate scratches.
If your jewelry is silver plated the risk is to make the layer of plating that has been added. In this case it is recommended to use only a soft non-abrasive cloth.
In the case of rhodium-plated silver jewelery, do not use silverware as this may damage the protective coating.
If your jewelry has scratches or the plating layer is damaged, it is advisable to bring your jewelry to a jeweler.
Care of Precious Stones
All fine jewelry must be handled and worn with care. Taking a few more moments to clean and maintain your jewelry can make a huge difference in their appearance and longevity.
The first way to take care of your gemstones and jewelry in gemstones is to wear them carefully. Your jewelry should always be the last thing you put on: put them on after putting hair spray, perfume and makeup. Check the crimp and clasps before putting your jewelry to make sure they are secure. AnnaJa suggests that you avoid jewelry in situations where they may be exposed to rough surfaces, extreme temperatures, corrosive chemicals or severe impacts.
After wearing your jewelry, AnnaJa recommends that you clean each item with a clean, soft, wet cloth to remove any dirt, dust or oil. To protect your gem jewelry from possible scratches in contact with your other jewelry, always put them in individual cases, or wrap each item in a piece of soft cloth before storing it. Never put diamond jewelry in the same box as gemstones jewelery because diamonds can scrape or damage their surface easily.
Cleaning your jewelry regularly is the most effective way to preserve their original brilliance. However, not all gemstones should be cleaned in the same way. Even simple soapy water can be harmful to some gemstones. Because there is such a variety of gemstones, it is important to be aware of the maintenance and cleaning methods most effective and best suited for each stone or mineral. Certain stones are sensitive to certain chemicals and to certain conditions (pressure, climate, etc.);
The turquoise is a stone of friendship, sweetness and well-being. It is a positive stone that diffuses a warm radiance, it is the stone of the spiritual energy of heaven and earth.
It is a protective stone and symbol of wisdom, indulgence, courage and generosity.
The modern name "turquoise" is somewhat of an abuse of language: when the Venetian merchants brought this stone to France, it was called "turquoise stone", that is to say from Turkey - yet it did not come from this country, but from Persia. Turquoise was not always called that. In Persia, it is called ferozah, which means "victorious". Until the 13th century, in Europe, it was commonly called calläis, or "beautiful stone" - probably derived from the ancient names of gemstones kalláïnos (in Greek) or callaina (in Latin).
It is a phosphate hydrate of copper and aluminum.
Nishapur, Iran, has the reputation, historically and still today, of being one of the sites where the most beautiful turquoises are found. However, deposits are also currently exploited in the states of Arizona and Nevada, in the United States, as well as in China and Turkey.
It was one of the first gemstones to be extracted from the soil, and this is what probably explains why so many myths and legends surround it.
The extraction of turquoises goes back to antiquity - in 6000 BC in Egypt and 5000 BC in Persia! The indigenous peoples of the two Americas - the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Anasazis, the Zuñi, the Navajos and the Apaches - were so fascinated by the beauty of the turquoise that they used this stone as currency from the 16th century.
The Aztecs made sophisticated masks in turquoise. A serpent carved and decorated with a mosaic of turquoises was part of the treasure of Moctezuma II (1466-1520), the ninth Aztec ruler who was in power at the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. For both the Persians and the Aztecs, turquoise was a symbol of wealth.
It is said that its color changes, becoming lighter or darker depending on the mood or health of its wearer.
Its blue to blue-green color is variable in intensity, with sky blue with average clarity and saturation being historically considered "best", while a lower value is attributed to shades of green. . However, in the case of turquoise as well, color preferences are subjective.
Turquoise is frequently mottled with veins of the matrix (or parent-rock); In general, it is brown limonite or black manganous oxide. Favoring or not, on a stone, the presence of these marbling, sometimes called "spider webs" because of their shape, is essentially a matter of taste.
Jade is a stone that embodies wisdom and serenity. It is associated with the heart chakra and? intensifies the feelings of love.
It is a protective stone, which removes its owner from harm and brings harmony. It is supposed to attract luck and friendship
The word "jade" was born at the time of the conquest of South America by the Spaniards and is derived from the term piedra de ijada forged around 1565 and meaning "stone of the colic". Another Spanish name for jade is the piedra de los riñones or "kidney stone", translated into Latin by lapis nephriticus or "nephrite".
There are actually two jade varieties: jadeite jade (group of pyroxenes) and jade nephrite (group of amphiboles).
China and Burma (Myanmar) are important sources of this mineral, but it is also found in Guatemala, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Considered the royal stone par excellence, jade was probably already exploited in China around 6000 BC The ancient Chinese called it the "stone of Heaven" and associated it with eternal life; They also believed it had the power to create a link between heaven and earth. The most beautiful specimens, with a very high degree of purity and an intense emerald color, were held in such high esteem by the Chinese emperors that they were nicknamed "Imperial Jade."
This gemstone also played an important role among the Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, North American Indian and Maori. Like other elements of Chinese culture we have adopted - chopsticks, fireworks, Feng Shui ... - jade is a stone that is more and more appreciated in the West.
Jade is semi-transparent to opaque; A high degree of transparency, intense colors and a good overall appearance (polishing) are the main criteria for assessing its quality. Even if the color preferences are subjective, it is the emerald green, uniform and without speckles that sells the most expensive.
The jadeite can have blue, brown, cream, green, gray, lavender, orange, red, violet, white and yellow hues, combinations of these colors, or even marbling. Its reddish hue is due to the presence of iron in the trace state, while the green tones indicate the presence of chromium.
The palette of colors exhibited by nephritis is not so extensive. This stone can have brown, green, gray, yellow and white hues. It is also sometimes mottled and may have red, yellow and brown strips produced by oxidation.
Rutile quartz is a rock crystal that brings calm, harmony and stability, it is the stone of life force and independence.
It is a positive stone that opens the mind, it promotes personal development and the creation of new attitudes.
It bears the names of the two stones which compose it: quartz and rutile. It is because of the rutile filaments that this stone is also called "angel hair" or "hair of Venus". It is also sometimes referred to as "thetis hair quartz" (this being the name given to the acicular inclusions contained in the quartz), quartz sagénite (a variety of macrocrystalline quartz containing inclusions of rutile in the form of fine needles arranged in sheaves or scattered).
Rutile (or rutile) quartz is a rock crystal including rutile needles. These are trapped in the quartz during crystallization.
Rutile quartz mines are found mainly in Madagascar, Brazil, India, Australia, Argentina.
In antiquity, it was thought that hair had been imprisoned for eternity in quartz. This stone was named in 1803 by the mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner
Peridot is a stone of purification. It is symbolic of a healthy and liberated spirit.
It is a stone of luck of gaiety and love.
The name "Peridot" probably comes from the Arabic name "Faridat", which means "precious stone"; It could also come from the old English word "Peridote", meaning "luminous point". It is also known by the name of Olivine, and was also long designated by the name of Chrysolite.
Peridot is a mineral that exists only in green tones: it is said to be idiochromatic. It belongs to the group of silicates. Its green tones come from iron; Other chromogenic elements such as nickel or chromium may enhance this color. It can sometimes (but extremely rarely) present a cat's eye effect: a beam-like shimmering effect, caused by fine inclusions in the form of needles (acicular inclusions), appears on the surface, on which the light is reflected.
In the Antiquity, the Péridot was exploited only on an island of the Red Sea, located 80 km from the Egyptian coast: the island of Saint Jean, or Zabargad (or Zeberget). Later, other deposits were discovered in Arizona (in the apache reserve of San Carlos), in China and Pakistan, which today gives some of the most beautiful stones (the Peridots of Kashmir).
The Peridot was one of Queen Cleopatra’s favorite stones, and celebrated by the Egyptians of Ancient Egypt as the "Gem of the Sun". Under its ancient name Chrysolite, the Peridot is mentioned several times in the Bible, as one of the jewels embedded in Aaron's armor (Ezekiel 28: 13-16) as well as one of the 12 jewels that have been served to the foundation of the city of Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19).
The fascination it has exercised since the earliest times has also fueled a number of myths: it is supposed to foster friendship, free the spirit from the sin of envy, make its bearer more eloquent, heal liver diseases, and even increase the effectiveness of medicinal potions.
The Pirates appreciated it for its ability to ward off the evil eye and the terrors of the night. Marbodius of Rennes, in his mythological compilation "Liber de Lapidibus", advises the following: "If one wishes to benefit from his protection against vile and evil spirits, one should pierce the stone, put it on the horsehair of the tail of an ass, and to carry it attached to the left arm. "
The prized hues of Péridot range from linden green to a deeper green recalling the color of the grass. Stones of delicate size may be peculiar to the eye, while, as Type II stone, stones of larger dimensions will most often include small inclusions.
Ruby is the symbol of charity, divine love, loyalty and the emblem of happiness.
Evoking blood and fire, ruby is naturally associated with courage and passion.
The name "Rubis" comes from the Latin "Ruber", which is the etymological root of "Red". Before the development of scientific gemology in the 18th century, many red stones were wrongly called "Rubis". During the antiquity, red gems such as Ruby, Garnet or Spinel were collectively called "Carbunculus" ("Small Coal"). Also known as "Anthrax" among the ancient Greeks, these gems were intense red and deep, reminiscent of the bright red of a burning coal when observed in front of an intense light source .
With Sapphire, Ruby forms the mineralogical family of corundum (from Sanskrit "Kuruvinda"), a crystallized aluminum oxide. They are allochromatic minerals, that is to say they are colorless in the pure state, but are colored by traces of chromogenic elements: for Sapphire, iron and titanium color the stone ; For Ruby, the coloring comes mainly from traces of chromium and iron, a high concentration of iron generally giving a brown tint.
The Sapphires can also present beautiful tones of pink and orange (like the Sapphire Padparadscha or the Red Sapphire Evening); However, these tints are distinct from those of Ruby, and, although of similar chemical composition, fall under the name "Color Sapphires." The tones of the Ruby are therefore very specific and defined. Although essentially red, they also contain 20% secondary color, such as orange, pink, or purple.
The Rubies of Sri Lanka were already known to the Greeks and Romans in 480 years BC: it is one of the oldest known origins. However, the most "classic" origin for the Rubies is found in Myanmar, in the Mogok Valley. Now exhausted, this source is the origin of some of the most beautiful "Sang de Pigeon" rubies of the world, presenting an exceptional color and transparency. Today, the Myanmar Rubies (Burmese Rubies) are mined in the northeast, in Mong Hsu. This country is so closely linked to the extraction of rubies that the kings of Burma were known as the "Lord of Jewels."
Other Rubies deposits are also found in Afghanistan, China, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.
Known to be the "Ratnajar", the King of Precious Stones, the Ruby, Birthstone of the month of July, embodies passion, love and romance. Since time immemorial, it is also associated with many myths: the ancient Indians saw in the Ruby an eternal inner fire, able to grant longevity.
Besides the fact that they were supposed to bring gambling, it was believed in the Middle Ages that the Ruby - as well as many other precious stones - possessed prophetic powers and that their color darkened to announce an imminent disaster.
They were worn by the Burmese as a talisman to protect against diseases, accidents and injuries, and were once considered a "blood drop from the heart of Mother Earth". Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in the 19th century a poem in which ruby is described as a "frozen drop of wine from the barrels of Eden."
The Ruby is one of the rarest and most expensive gems, much rarer than the diamond. Pure reds in particular are extremely difficult to find. When they are in addition to a beautiful clarity, these rubies are sometimes graded as "AAA". Being a dichroic stone (it contains two colors, for example red-purple and orange) even the most "noble" varieties of Ruby contain only about 80% pure red and display as a secondary color the orange, pink or purple. Rubies without visible inclusions are extremely rare: just as in Alexandrite and Emerald, chromium is responsible for a variety of inclusions. Although Ruby and Sapphires are classified as type II stones (gems that normally appear in nature with a few small inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye), Rubies usually have more inclusions than Sapphires and are sized lower. Paradoxically, microscopic titanium inclusions (also called "silks") in a ruby can sometimes improve the light play inside the gem and enhance its beauty and value.
Rubies are ideally highlighted in daylight, or under a white light source. In addition, most Rubies reveals a distinct red fluorescence in daylight.
The orange citrine is a stone of joy and good humor.
It is symbolic of wealth, self-confidence, audacity and loyalty.
Citrine takes its name from the Latin "citrus", lemon, in reference to its color.
Citrine is a variety of macrocrystalline quartz, which is found frequently in nature in the same deposits as the Amethyst. Its color is due to the presence of iron.
Citrine is mainly found in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uruguay; The multicolored Citrine and the Ametrine are found in Bolivia. Lemon-yellow Citrine is also found in Zambia and Tanzania. There are also deposits in Germany, Austria, Spain, United States, and the Czech Republic.
Citrine has been known since about 480 BC; It was already popular in ancient Greece. In the first centuries AD, the Romans frequently used it to make intaglio (stones engraved with a negative relief) and cabochons.
In antiquity, Citrine was known as a lucky stone. It was used as a talisman against the evil eye, and as protection against the bites of snakes and other poisonous reptiles.
It was also said to be beneficial for digestion, elimination of toxins, protection against plague and skin diseases, and for the treatment of depression and diabetes.
Lithotherapy believers, on the other hand, maintain that Ametrine promotes the stimulation of mental skills, intuition and creativity. It is also believed to improve self-esteem and allow to better control emotions while increasing vigilance.
The color of Citrine covers a whole palette of tones, from lemon yellow and golden yellow, to the more sustained tones of mandarin orange and red Madeira (a Portuguese wine). Historically, the orange-red tones of Madeira Citrine have been highly sought after; However, there is now a real resurgence of interest in the more lively tones of lemon citrus. Multicolor Citrine presents a smooth transition from yellow to colorless.
AnnaJa has built its strength on strong values and solid fundamentals. Over the years, the company has cultivated a passion for quality products, a sense of service and a constant commitment to our customers.
Responding to our customers' demands, developing ethically and within deadlines: these values cement day after day the cohesion of the company and are decisive weapons for today and tomorrow.
Fair Trade Bags
Township® is our supplier of fair trade cotton bags.
Handmade by women in self-tailoring co-ops in South Africa, our AnnaJa bags are environmentally friendly and are made from high quality natural cotton fabrics.
Handmade by women in self-tailoring co-ops in South Africa, our AnnaJa bags are environmentally friendly and are made from high quality natural cotton fabrics.
Since 2005, Township® has provided more than 250,000 fair trade bags to conference and event organizers, sponsors, NGOs, businesses, public sector institutions and retailers worldwide.
An integrative social enterprise
Job creation and women's economic empowerment form the basis of the Township® ethical fashion brand. Today, Township Patterns CC has an established reputation as a unique and innovative social enterprise, providing a job for a constantly expanding network of independent seamstress cooperatives that helps set up through its purpose-built organization Lucrative in South Africa, and in the Slums (SBBs).
Fair Trade first
Township Patterns CC focuses on the design, marketing and distribution of Township® ranges and accessories, from high-end fashion collections to Pick n Pay and environmentally friendly purchasers. All items are handcrafted, largely by women-led co-operatives, which means that each purchase of a Township® product directly translates into work for women in the area. The materials are ethical and Township® was the first South African fashion brand to become a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
ASB offers women the skills to create and manage independent sewing cooperatives in their communities. Each cooperative receives intensive training in sewing, accounting and business and, after six months, becomes an autonomous entity registered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. There are currently 6 cooperatives - Khayelitsha and Manenberg on the Cape Flats - providing employment to about 60 women and positively affecting 7 to 10 people for each job created. It is important to note that women are able to work in a professional and secure environment close to their families, saving time and money they would usually spend.
All Township® bags can be customized and tailored to your needs - a wide range of embroideries and beads is available to customize customized bags.
Township® is proudly South African and official members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
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