Purple Gemstones

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I love working with coloured gemstones, and a colour that never seems to go out of fashion is purple. Less obviously girly than pink, purple is a beautifully wearable colour in any season. There is a vast choice when looking for a purple stone. Here follows some information about some of them to help you decide which is right for … Read More

What does Carat or Karat mean?

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Carat in jewellery can either refer to the weight of a gemstone, or the fineness of gold. Confusingly, in the UK, we use the same spelling for both. In the US, K (or K, Karat) is more commonly used when describing gold fineness and ct (carat) is used when discussing the weight of a gemstone. Why carat? Both in gemstone … Read More

The History of Gemstone Jewellery

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Gemstones have had a mysterious hold on mankind for as long as humans have been on the planet. Before written language or even the spoken word, there was jewellery. British archaeologist Archibald Campbell Carlyle said of primitive man, “the first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration.” But jewellery is more than a mere ornament, a flash of cash … Read More

Diamond Education: The 4 C’s

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When choosing a diamond, the first things you will need to decide upon are the shape and your budget. If you’re opting for a white diamond, there are four things a good jeweller will discuss with you when giving you your stone options, collectively known as the Four C’s. But before we go into these four characteristics, you’ll need to … Read More

Diamond Shapes

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When it comes to choosing a diamond for a piece of jewellery, the first decision you’ll need to make is its shape. The shape of a diamond means more than simply the outline shape of the stone. Each cut has a totally different number, shape and positioning of facets. These variations can have a real impact on sparkle and how … Read More