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Art Nouveau brooch - enamel and pearl mistletoe by Henry Vever

Art Nouveau Jewellery

We’re all familiar with the term Art Nouveau, but what does it actually mean? The Art Nouveau style arrived by storm and left just as abruptly, with a clearly defined time period between 1890 and the start of World War I in 1914.  Art Nouveau as an art form influenced almost every creative media of […]

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Animal inspired jewellery

Birds, beasts and butterflies: going back to the earliest days, animal inspired jewellery has been adored by men and women across the globe. Since man started using his talents to create art, from the earliest rock and cave paintings to the most modern of art and design, he has been inspired by the animal form. […]

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oval diamond cluster ring

Five diamond myths we want to put right

Of all the gemstones there are, the diamond is probably the one we all bring to mind when thinking of precious gems, so it’s no surprise that over the years certain diamond myths have grown up around them, which we’re going to put right here.  Diamond myth 1. Bigger diamonds are always better No no […]

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Van Cleef Mystery Set necklace

Spotlight on…Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels are globally renowned designer makers of the most exquisite, imaginative timepieces and jewellery. The jewellery house was founded following the marriage of Alfred van Cleef and Estelle Arpels.  Alfred was the son of a gemstone cutter and Estelle the daughter of a dealer in precious gems. In 1906, Alfred joined forces […]

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Purple sapphire with white diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold

Choosing a gemstone

When choosing a gemstone, whether this is for an engagement ring, when you’re designing a special and unique piece, or even to replace a lost stone, it can be a daunting task. How to buy a gemstone isn’t something you can simply Google and expect to become an instant expert, but there are some things […]

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From Cascade by Fei Liu, a ring in sterling silver with rhodium vermail and pave set with cubic zirconia

Spotlight on…Fei Liu

We’re delighted to carry the silver collections by Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, a designer jewellery brand we fell for the moment we discovered it. Born in China and now a UK resident, Mr Fei Liu creates stunning fine and silver jewellery with an unmistakeably oriental delicacy, informed by contemporary western design DNA.  Every piece is […]

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What is a birthstone?

We have often been asked, “what is a birthstone?”  So we thought we’d have a little look into it! Each month has had a precious or semi-precious gem allocated to it, which is considered our birthstone, but this is a relatively modern practice. The notion of ‘birthstones’ actually ties back to the time when astronomy […]

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Your bespoke jewellery

Having bespoke jewellery designed and made just for you seems like something only the super-rich can do, yes?  Well, you mustn’t think like that, as a wholly unique piece of bespoke jewellery, made just for you to your design is also made just for you to your budget. Gemstones come in every shape, size and […]

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Gold Russian Doll pendant

Bespoke, unique Russian Doll pendant

As a celebration of all that family means, this bespoke, unique Russian doll pendant is rather special. Our client came to us with the idea of having a gold pendant made that contained a representation of each member of her family: herself, her husband and their three precious children. She knew what she wanted in […]

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