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Significance of Birthstones: May and Emerald

Emerald is May’s birthstone, a stunning gem prized by civilisations throughout history. Assigned to the month of May, it carries the green colour of spring and is a symbol of rebirth and love. At 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, it’s suitable for careful everyday wear.

Covid-19 Update

Appointments.

Face to face appointments at our showroom are currently stopped, but we are available for virtual appointments via FaceTime, WhatsApp, or Zoom. Although not the ideal way to view jewellery, a virtual meeting can give you a much better idea of how the ring looks on a hand as well as giving you a chance to compare several pieces side by side.
As with our showroom appointments, please provide 24 hours notice so we can collect any items you might want to see from our secure vault.

Delivery.

Delivery is unaffected and all items are being dispatched as normal. International delivery also remains unaffected.

Sizing and Repairs.

Our workshop is open; all sizings and repairs are still being dealt with as normal. Because we have to send the items back and forth to the workshop, jobs are taking a couple of extra days. Please bear with us. As ever, if you have a particular date in mind to present a piece of jewellery, please let us know and we will endeavour to meet your deadline.

Returns.

We are happy to extend our returns period beyond our usual 14 days. Please contact us for more information.

 

The Significance of Birthstones: April & Diamond

April’s birthstone is diamond, the most popular and precious of all gems. Enduring and iconically romantic, diamonds are steeped in tradition, from symbolising status and wealth to an eternal symbol of love. Cupid himself was said to wield a diamond-tipped arrow. Given their radiance, it’s little wonder why diamonds are among the most valuable gemstones.

Unusual Engagement Rings: Snake Rings

Snake rings or serpent rings have been popular throughout history, often representing eternal love. Some snake rings feature gemstones set along the snake’s body, creating the illusion of a snake in motion when the light catches them, while others are plain metal designs with accent gemstones in the snake’s head.

A Guide to Vintage and Antique Men’s Jewellery

Jewellery has been worn by men for centuries. Today’s men tend to favour simple, functional items like cufflinks, watches, and wedding bands. In the past, however, men’s jewellery was often more extravagant.

Unusual Engagement Rings: Gimmel Rings

Personalisation is a key trend in modern jewellery, with customisation becoming increasingly important to engaged couples. From simple engraved messages to fully customised pieces, the movement shows no sign of abating. But did you know that this practice has been alive and well since the dawn of Ancient Rome?

The Significance of Birthstones: January and Garnet

Birthstones are used in many different types of jewellery, and have been for decades, and they’re a great way to choose jewellery that you have a more personal connection to. Certain birthstones are gems that have been used consistently throughout history, such as the garnet, and they have historically been popular in engagement rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

The Significance of Birthstones: December & Turquoise

Turquoise is December’s birthstone – a semi-translucent or opaque stone that is blue-green in
colour. Often, the stone has rock forms running through it that are called turquoise matrix. Because of its beautiful colour, it has been cherished for thousands of years –  so much so that the word turquoise is often used to describe the colour itself.

Spotlight on Suzanne Belperron

A graduate of the Besancon Ecole des Beaux Arts in the early 20h century, Suzanne Vuillerme (later Belperron) found a job as a model maker and designer at the Maison Boivin. It was here that her talents and eye for detail were fine-tuned, and where, over the next thirteen years, she developed her distinctive aesthetic.

The Significance of Birthstones: November & Topaz or Citrine

People born in November are lucky enough to have two birthstones to choose from: topaz
or citrine. Topaz comes in numerous hues: colourless, blue, red, yellow or orange, whereas
citrine is only ever orange.