What makes jewellery antique?

As a rule of thumb, 100 years is what it takes for a piece of jewellery to become antique. But identifying when exactly a piece of jewellery was made - and therefore how valuable it really is - can be difficult.   Objects of the past are growing in popularity, and terms such as ‘antique’ [...]

January birthstone: Garnet

Many people think of a red gem when they think of garnet, the birthstone of January, but it is actually available in a rainbow of colours. From the scorching oranges and lush greens of Tsavorite Garnet, to the most widely recognised deep red ‘pyrope’, garnet is considered a symbol of friendship and trust. Fiery-eyed pomegranates [...]

Why you should get a jewellery valuation

It’s important to get jewellery valued professionally for a range of reasons -  protecting the jewellery you own, selling your jewellery or valuing an estate of someone who has passed.   Whether it’s your new engagement ring, a family heirloom or just your collection of jewellery  that has grown over the years, your jewellery is [...]

December birthstone: Turquoise

Brilliant blue-green turquoise is one of three birthstones for December (the others are zircon and tanzanite) and has been cherished for millennia. It is said to represent happiness, honesty, serenity, and creativity. A unique beauty This gemstone’s name was derived from the French expression “pierre tourques,” which translates to “Turkish stone,” because it was first [...]

November birthstone: Topaz

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. In this post we’ll focus on the vibrant topaz. Yellow and more The name topaz has two possible origins. One suggestion is that it comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name [...]

November birthstone: Citrine

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. Here, we’re looking at citrine, which for hundreds of years, has been thought to remove negativity - the perfect gemstone for those seeking good vibes only! When life gives you lemons [...]

The origin of birthstones

The concept of birthstones, gemstones that correspond to a person’s birth month, is a modern creation, with biblical origins. Historians trace its origin back to the Breastplate of Aaron, as described in the Bible. According to the Book of Exodus, the breastplate was a religious garment which boasted 12 unique gemstones representing the 12 tribes [...]

October birthstone: Tourmaline

If you were born in the month of October, then one of your birthstones is the intriguing gemstone tourmaline (the other is opal). Tourmalines symbolise a raw and strong connection with nature, encouraging peace, compassion and friendship. Tourmaline’s many colours Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali meaning stone of mixed colours. It comes [...]

September birthstone: Sapphire

September babies, ‘tis your season! Few gems have held our attention over millennia as well as your birthstone, sapphire. Since ancient times, it has represented loyalty, purity, trust and heavenly blessings. After diamonds, sapphires are the second hardest gemstone in the world, making them durable and ideal for everyday wear. More than blue The word [...]

A quick-reference guide to caring for your gemstones

Enticing and dazzling, gemstones have fascinated people since ancient times, due to their varied colours, shape, and brilliance. Their rarity and natural toughness make them precious and prized possessions. But despite their tough nature, gemstones must be looked after if they are to have long and lustrous lives. For cleaning, most gemstones will respond well [...]


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