Entries by grahamtom

Hallmarking – Everything you need to know and more

Hallmarking can be traced back to the 13th century where Edward 1 decreed a new law that “no piece of silver should depart from a worker’s hands until assayed and marked with a leopard’s head”. To clarify this law today 800 years hence, is to state, that any noble metal that is un-hallmarked can not […]

Pippa Middleton’s Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement ring

  Pippa Middleton is now officially engaged to hedge fund manager James Matthews who took the traditional route with permission sought from her parents. I wish them a happy engagement but to be frank, the most intriguing part of their announcement was more the art deco vintage style of engagement ring and choice of Asscher […]

Cut of Diamond

  Cut of diamond is the most critical of the 4C’s, the variables governing value of diamond and refers to the proportions, symmetry and polish of diamond. Diamonds are a transparent gemstone and dependent on the size of facets to diamond, interacts with transmitted light to create internally reflective, dispersive, refractive and scintillation brilliance. The […]

Ideas for Christmas

Still a few weeks away, so there is still plenty of time to organise yourselves, here are some great ideas for failsafe gifts for both Him and Her this Christmas. Gifting a Diamond or Gemstone for Her – The Stepping Stone We have a Stepping Stone service designed so that a diamond or gemstone of […]

Seal engraved rings – a unisex perfect Christmas gift

Seal engraving originated back to the Old Testament, when wax from a lit candle was dripped onto a flap closing a document which was then stamped with an inscribed stem called a seal. Seals were literally used to seal deals and communicate rank and status. A gold signet ring or fob signet for ladies became […]

Is your diamond on a GIA report a borderline stone?

Several clients have contacted me recently to raise a valuation for insurance purposes. They come into the Bourse waving their GIA reports with a satisfied smile. They explained that their bridal focal diamond was bought online at a great discount off Rapaport list or from a boutique in a mall in the Emirates at a […]

Valentine’s Day: Some Statistics

Valentine’s Day, the 14th February, is the day we celebrate our feelings of affection for our boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. It is traditional to do this with a special, romantic gift.   You will find a full selection of Valentine’s Day Gifts for him and her on my web site but before you browse the […]

Coloured Gemstones: Attributes and Popularity

Coloured Gemstone jewellery sales in ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and e-commerce sites have increased significantly world-wide over the last three years and are showing no signs of relenting. Current consumer growth has seen a growing appetite for fine and extra fine quality gems in both precious and semi precious varieties with emphasis on colour. […]