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 choice can be purchased and presented to Her this Christmas or any other occasion. The benefit here is the element of surprise and gifting, seeing the joy of a presentation of a beautifully boxed gem and the opportunity for Her to visit me at a convenient time where I will be delighted to help facilitate her ideal piece of jewellery to show the precious gems at their best to everyone’s satisfaction. For those of you that are really confident the entire bespoke process including diamond and gemstone sourcing and the design experience is open for your participation. I really look forward to hearing from you. More information here.
Gifting a Watch for Him
Most of my clients are aware that I provide a very discreet watch sourcing service and am able to supply all luxury brands within a two week period at significant discounts with the standard guarantees applying. Please contact me for further information and I will explain the process. More information here.
There are further ideas in the gallery on my website!
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 full collection, here are some statistics about The Big Day courtesy of Prezzybox.
75% of women explicitly tell their partner what gift they want to receive.
35% of men don’t buy chocolates for their partner as they think the partner is already over weight.
47% of women don’t want flowers.
25% of men forget to buy a card, 2% of women forget to buy a card.
66% of women over exaggerate the Valentine’s gift they received.
83% of men only book a table after being told to by their partner.
58% of women offer to pay for the Valentine’s night in full.
50% of men suggest having the Valentine’s meal on an alternative evening to the 14th so they can save money.
28% of women have got dressed up expecting to receive a marriage proposal, to not get one.
79% of men would rather have a night out with their mates.
I am sure the late St Valentine will feel a little snubbed to read this. St Valentine performed marriages for young soldiers in secret, which was outlawed by the Emperor Claudius. Emperor Claudius believed young solders made better soldiers than married ones and when Claudius discovered the secret nuptials performed by Valentine, his fate was sealed.
Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated around the seventeenth century in Great Britain and friends and lovers exchanged gifts as tokens of their love. Now is your chance!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Gemstone Collection at The Natural History Museum is one of the finest in the world. It is the National Collection, and heirloom of generations, to be inherited by future generations and enjoyed by all. If you have the time as the evenings draw in or before the Christmas shopping, take a look.
The Collection began with the purchase of the Sloane Collection by the British Government in 1753 at a cost of £ 20,000. Gems such as sapphire, ruby, worked pieces of jade and carnelian were among these first specimens. They are all still on display today, over 200 years later.
The Collection continues to grow with donations and bequests. In April 1985, nearly 3,000 gemstones were added as a result of the merge with the Geological Museum. There are now over 5,000 gemstones, many of which are on display in the Mineral Gallery, the only gallery to retain its original display cases. Some at the front of the gallery are in the recently refurbished thematic displays, others are in case tops among the Systematic Mineral Collection.
The Collection includes the important Pain Collection of Burmese gemstones, the Church Collection of finger rings and the Matthews Collection of coloured stones. New and innovative displays are now complete in the new-look Earth Galleries and include gemstones from the original Geological Museum displays. The display includes a stunning collection of diamonds on loan from De Beers.
There is easy access to the collections for amateurs and professionals alike. The collections are fully documented and seen as reference material for researchers worldwide. Information is updated by the curatorial team in registers and indexes and on computer databases.
Loans of gem material are made to approved researchers and for display purposes. In 1995, part of the Matthews Collection was exhibited at the opening of the Trade Building in Bangkok, Thailand. The Collection and especially its exhibited items are renowned worldwide and this attracts loan of complimentary material from collectors.
The Gemstone Collection is a major resource for production of academic books and popular science books, educational and multimedia packages. Gemstones – Eyewitness Handbook includes colour photographs of over 500 of the Museum’s specimens. Other books include Gemstones, Gems and Precious Stones, Rock and Mineral and Crystal and Gem.
The museum is open daily 10:00-17:30, late on Friday nights until 22:30 (not December).
Every February 14th in many places around the world, gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Mystery and confusion surrounds who actually is St Valentine. Three different saints named Valentine are recognised by the Catholic Church and all these saints are martyred on this particular day.
One of the legends inferred that Valentine was a priest. This priest served Rome during the third century and at this time, Emperor Claudius II decided that unmarried soldiers were preferable than married ones. He outlawed marriage for young soldiers and Valentine realised this injustice and performed marriages in secret for the young lovers. When Claudius discovered these secret marriages, Valentine was put to death.
You may have missed the Pearls exhibition but The V&A (Victoria & Albert) has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the World.
Over 3,000 jewels tell the story of jewellery in Europe from ancient times to the present day; from a great gold Celtic breastplate to medieval love rings and pendants; from jewels by Cartier to animals by Fabergé; and jewellery by an international selection of contemporary makers. It is where jewellers and goldsmiths today often go for inspiration.
Open 10am to 5.45pm (or 10pm. Fridays) www.vam.ac.uk it is well worth a visit.
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 in 1912, unclaimed and buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London. New research and state-of-the-art technology showcases Elizabethan and Jacobean London as a centre of craftsmanship – which continues.
Jewellery techniques are interesting to compare with modern day standards and the technology we know and apply now. Tudor and Stuart fashion is influencing still. The Autumn/Winter Alexander McQueen collection and the increasing use of gemstones as cuffs, brooches and adornments like hairbands make interesting and increasingly fashionable options to the usual rings, bracelets and necklaces this season.