Day: October 22, 2013

London’s Lost Jewels

If you get the opportunity to go before April, The Museum of London has a major new exhibition investigating the secrets of The Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless collection of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time for a century – was discovered …

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Versatility: Diamond hooped earrings with detachable pink sapphire and diamond drops

Commissions occasionally arrive by phone call from exotic locations. This client in the Caribbean had viewed some synthetic Alexandrite earrings and asked if I could supply natural Alexandrites. These stones have extraordinary optical properties. They change colour in different light; green in daylight and pink to red or mauve with soft, warm light. Natural stones …

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Contemporary: An Asscher cut & step cut shoulder diamond ring

Taking a brief from ‘a platinum ring with an Asscher cut diamond centre stone with shoulder stones, that would be contemporary, unique and have flow’ to finished ring in 6 weeks was a challenge. My client could not decide on a choice of shoulder stones to enhance the centre diamond, suggesting either Tanzanite gemstones or …

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What you need to know when buying Fancy Coloured Diamonds

For every 10,000 carats of all diamonds that are cut, a mere one carat may possess a fancy colour. The rarity of fancy colour diamonds coupled with their resilience to adverse economic climates has seen demand increase for private collectors for asset accumulation and institutional investors for mid/long term appreciation. Since price tracking began 35 …

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