The things I miss the most are seeing my parents and being by the seaside, somewhere in the med. I grew up in Cyprus, by the beach, and the experience of looking out onto the Mediterranean daily, observing the changes of colour and tone of blue, the waves that pounded the rocks during storms, the stunning sunsets, have left and imprint on my spirit which is drawn to the sea. It's like a pilgrimage. This special bond with the sea extends to sea treasure. I am a compulsive beachcomber and I cant help looking for pretty seashells and pebbles whenever I am on a beach.
As well as being the birthstone for February, it is the gemstone for 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. Moreover, St Valentine, the patron of romantic love, is said to have worn a ring carved with the image of cupid.