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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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Nicole Barr cufflinks

These gorgeous cufflinks are made by British designer Nicole Barr and, we think, make the perfect gift for the man who has style. Made from sterling silver and with an enamelled RAF logo, they are characterful without being too quirky. The Battle of Britain changed the course of the Second World War and was fought […]

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A list of birthstones in the UK

Every month has its own stone, precious or semi-precious, that by ancient wisdom give an indication of the wearer’s personality. Our goldsmiths, working from our stores in Cheshire, have created some fabulous bespoke pieces using birthstones and you don’t need to spend a fortune to create something truly unique that will be treasured forever. Many […]

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Wedding Anniversary Gemstone List

There’s a gemstone to celebrate every wedding anniversary and the Wedding Anniversary Gemstone List below details these.  However, the joy of both precious and semi-precious gems is that many come in a whole range of unexpected colours. So, if you want a pretty pair of earrings or a pendant for your 2nd wedding anniversary, but […]

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Collector’s Stones

What Are Collector’s Stones? Gemstones, whether precious or semi-precious, are a thing of beauty and as such have become collectable in their own right – and when beauty and rarity combine then they become a valuable investment for your future, or that of your loved ones. Which Gemstones should you collect? The ‘Big Four’ – […]

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