Jewellery

Antique Jade

For over 7,000 years Jade has been precious to the Chinese, in a way that gold and diamonds have had an attraction to the Western culture but it goes way beyond that.
Not one of the hardest of stones, it is one of the toughest, and has a special beauty Read more

Quartz Enhancements and Treatments

TYPES OF ENHANCEMENTS/TREATMENTS USED
All Quartz types receive different types of treatment/enhancements, there are very few types of quartz that are not treated. A few types of quartz that are not colorless and natural are: Latte Quartz, Champagne Quartz.
Colorless quartz is always untreated. Colored stones can occasionally be enhanced in Read more

About Quartz

TYPES OF CRYSTAL QUARTZ AND THE ENHANCEMENTS/TREATMENTS USED
Quartz Crystal is one of the most common Minerals on Earth. With deposits around the world quartz is one of the most loved gems throughout history in the many forms we all love. Quartz has always been available in a large variety Read more

Pink Diamonds – The Very Highest Quality Diamonds

One of the Rarest and Most Valuable Colours of Diamond
Natural fancy coloured diamonds are very rare and expensive. Pink is one of the rarest and most desirable colours. The Darya-i-Nur diamond is the largest pink diamond in the world at about 185 carats.
Natural or Enhanced?
Natural pink diamonds are so Read more

About Pearls

Pearls differ from other gemstones in as much as they are not mined but harvested from molluscs, usually oysters. A pearl is produced when an irritant such as sand or fish scale gets caught inside the oyster. To protect itself, the oyster secretes a substance akin to mucus. This Read more

Jewellery: Glossary of Terms

AURORA BOREALIS
A coating on diamantes and crystal beads to create an iridescent effect. The name is coined from the Northern Lights.
BAGUETTE
A stone cut in a narrow rectangular shape.
BAKELITE
A phenolic resin, which is an early form of plastic. Dr Leo Baekeland patented it in 1909. A popular material in the Read more

Claddagh Ring

First crafted by Master Goldsmith Richard Joyce in 1689, it is named after Claddagh, the fishing village he lived in at the time, which overlooks Galway Bay.
The ring belongs to a class of rings called “Fede” or “Faith rings”, which date from Roman times and were popular in the Read more

Best Tips to Sell Vintage Jewellery

Researching each piece is the first and most important step when trying to sell vintage jewellery. It’s essential to learn more about the items to aid the determination of a good selling price. Cleaning the jewellery allows the best features of each piece to stand out together with taking Read more

Famous Blue Diamonds

Table of Famous or Large Diamonds

Weight
Name
Colour
Shape

140.50
Regent
Faint Blue
Cushion

135.92
Queen of Holland
D*
Cushion

45.52
Hope
Blue
Cushion

35.56
Wittelsbach
Blue
Old Mine

35.27
Sultan of Morocco
Greyish Blue
Cushion / Round?

30.82
Blue Heart (previously Eugenie Blue)
Blue
Heart

27.64
Heart of Eternity
Blue
Heart

25
Transvaal Blue
Blue
Pear

14
Blue Empress
Blue
Pear

8.28
Chard Blue
Blue (Enhanced)
Octagon

D* = The Queen of Holland is usually noted as being blue, but according to Ryan Thompson,
it is actually D colour, it is possible that Read more

Diamonds Buying Guide

This natural stone is a popular gemstone especially for engagement rings and earrings. Before you buy diamonds, you should understand the four standard measurements: cut, carat, colour and clarity. These measurements are used to compare and grade diamonds and will help you decide what type to buy based on Read more