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March Blog

This month’s birthstone is aquamarine, a beautiful subtle pale blue gemstone, named after the colour of seawater.  The deeper blue stones, which I prefer, put them outside my price bracket, as generally speaking the deeper colours comes in the larger stones.  But if you love sky blue topaz then you’ll love the paler shades of aquamarine too, especially if you get a well cut stone with plenty of sparkle as this is a much cleaner stone with plenty of clarity.  We don’t generally hear much about the beautiful aquamarine, but since Meghan started wearing Diana’s famous aquamarine ring – a...
  February Blog Amethyst is the birthstone this month, famed for its rich purple tones, this semi precious gemstone has a long history.  It was named by the Greeks, from the word for ‘intoxication’, as they believed the colour to be like wine or grapes.  Personally, I’d have thought garnets were more red wine in colour.  Others believed that amethysts keep you clear headed in battle and in business, bestowing wisdom on the wearer too.  The Crown jewels are glittering with deep purple African amethysts, but thanks to various heat treatments, amethysts are also now available in a beautiful pale...

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January Blog

January blog January can be such a disappointing month. With Christmas and the fun of New Year behind us, it can seem like a long month of dark nights and chilly temperatures. The diet has started and the thought of the credit card bill fills you with dread. So, we definitely need some cheering up! Its time to cosy up by the fire with your laptop and fluffy slippers and browse the forthcoming seasons new designs and colours. Check out the sales – a little forward planning for an out of season holiday can save a fortune. And don’t forget...

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October Blog

October Blog The leaves are on the turn and it’s getting a bit nippy in the morning.  Evenings are drawing in and although it's still quite sunny, the temptation to put on the heating is getting ever stronger!  With the drop in temperature it’s time to take a look in the wardrobe and sort through all those clothes I thought I’d wear this summer and didn’t.  Then I need to take a serious look at what I have for Autumn.  I’ve no doubt that my Autumn wardrobe would benefit from a few new accessories and Autumn coloured jewels have never...

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September Blog

  This month’s birthstone is Sapphire, one of our original precious gemstones, traditionally thought of as blue but it’s also available an array of fancy colours such as pink, yellow and orange.    Pictured: Bright coloured orange and pink sapphires to midnight blue.   Our Forget me Not pendant in blue topaz features a yellow sapphire at its centre, and our pearl earrings have white sapphires, that could easily pass for diamonds…  and don’t forget to check out our green sapphire suite for an unusual gemstone that’s great with an Autumn palette.   Pictured: Forget me not pendant with a...

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August Blog

Wow, what a Summer! It takes me back to 1976 when I spent the school holidays stretched out in the garden!  Those days have long gone and I find myself in an office, but since our offices are in the garden and we are surrounded by nature – trees, flowers, birds and bees – there are no complaints!  The ground is now so dry and even the trees have lost that vivid green; everywhere has taken on a softer hue outside our window.  I’m watching 3 horses swishing tails under a tree.  There are worse views!       It’s...