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Topaz, the birthstone for November

Actually, it’s not entirely accurate to call topaz the birthstone for November, as there are in fact two birthstones for this chilly, damp month – topaz and citrine.  In which case we ought perhaps to say topaz is a birthstone for November.  Both are golden sunny stones of course, but both have different histories and […]

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emerald and diamond earrings

Beyoncé: bring on the bling

Beyoncé has created for herself quite an extraordinary collection of fabulous jewellery, and when it comes to style, well, she likes it big. This is not a woman who does subtle, and who can blame her – her talent is towering, her attitude to life is fierce and her success is global. The scene was […]

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art deco the most popular engagement ring style for 2018

Most popular engagement ring style for 2018

The award for the most popular engagement ring style for 2018 goes to….drum roll please…the ART DECO inspired ring! According to Pinterest (and let’s face it, they’d know) the modern bride-to-be is turning away from the traditional, single stone diamond ring and looking for something a little more unusual. Pinterest is, of course, the most […]

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Canelian

Carnelian – An alternative birthstone for July

July is well served by birthstones.  As well as the ruby, the most well-known birthstone for July, there is Carnelian.  This is a semi-precious gemstone that comes in an array of dazzling orange reds, sometimes striped with white.  Very pretty! Carnelian is not a stone that can be sharply faceted, like a diamond or a […]

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Custom designed very unusual engagement ring made with jacinth zircon and white diamonds

Jacinth Zircon | A very unusual engagement ring

Jacinth zircon is a stunning golden orange toned gemstone rarely seen, but with an ancient provenance and makes a fabulous, unique and very unusual engagement ring stone. Kate turned 50 last October, and her husband Mike wanted to mark the occasion with something rather special, something – if possible – unique.  He’d been considering ‘upgrading’ […]

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Men's engagement ring

Men’s Engagement rings – at last!

Men’s engagement rings are, at last, a thing. For some years now we’ve pondered on the reasons why more men don’t celebrate their engagement with a piece of jewellery – and here’s what we’ve come up with. Why are men’s engagement rings a rarity? Engagement rings date back to ancient times and traditionally have been […]

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White emerald cut diamond bespoke engagement ring

How to choose the right engagement ring

You have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with…so now it’s time to seal the deal (or put a ring on it, as the song says).  But just how do you choose the right engagement ring? We suggest that you start with the basics.  Ask your partner what she […]

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Cut bloodstone

The birthstone for March is also the bloodstone

Most months have two birthstones associated with them, and both are usually already well known.  For March, there is the delightful pale blue aquamarine, but the birthstone for March is also the bloodstone, which is really not well known at all. The bloodstone is a dark green stone flecked with spots and spatters of dark […]

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