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The birthstone for July is the ruby

The birthstone for July is the ruby, as stated in this poem, published by Tiffany & Co in 1870, although nobody knows who wrote it and when. The glowing ruby shall adorn, Those who in July are born; Then they’ll be exempt and free From love’s doubts and anxiety.   The ruby was the gemstone of […]

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Bought it myself: the right hand ring

There are a few myths and misunderstandings about the right hand ring, the greatest one being that these are rings bought for a woman by a man who does’t want to commit to the finality of marriage, but wants to put his symbol of ownership on you.  What utter rubbish!  It’s been our experience that […]

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The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor

The story of King Edward and Mrs Simpson is well told, not least in Madonna’s film W,/E, which tells the tale of their overpowering love;  a love so strong it caused Edward to abdicate his throne and go on to lead a peripatetic life in Europe with his wife, twice divorced American (oh, the Establishment […]

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The fabulous Cartier

Jewellery designs by Cartier still cast the same spell over us as they have since the house of Cartier was formed in 1847. Suppliers of fine jewellery to the rich, titled, royal, famous and infamous since they first opened their doors, Cartier has an illustrious history that includes inventing the wristwatch, supplying bespoke jewellery to […]

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The birthstone for April is the diamond

The birthstone for April is the diamond.  Diamonds are crystal – the ultimate example of symmetry in nature.  In their natural form, diamonds are actually pretty unimpressive, but when cut and polished by skilled craftsmen in a pattern that reflects and refracts the light among its facets to reveal the hidden beauty of the stone, […]

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The story of the Fabergé Easter Eggs

The collection of enamelled and bejewelled Fabergé Easter eggs, created by the House of Fabergé between 1885 and the Russian Revolution in 1917,  is without doubt the most celebrated and awe-inspiring of all Peter Carl Fabergé’s work. The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give a jewelled Easter egg to his wife, the […]

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Wedding ring rash or itchy skin?

Engagement ring…wedding ring….suffering?  Have you developed a rash around your wedding ring that’s itchy and uncomfortable?  Wedding ring rash (also known as wedding ring dermatitis) is most common in married women, but in fact anyone wearing any ring for prolonged periods of time can develop an allergic skin reaction. Quite often we see ladies here […]

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