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The History Of Cufflinks

Cufflinks have been popular for centuries, first emerging in the late 17th century during King Louis XIV of France’s reign. Their history is inextricable from the shirt’s, which men have been wearing since the invention of woven fabric in 5,000 BC. Traditionally the shirt was considered an undergarment, therefore showing a shirtsleeve would be regarded as improper; however, attitudes changed over time, and a need to fasten shirt cuffs emerged.

The History Of Claddagh Rings

The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring that has been worn for centuries by men and women alike. Claddagh rings can be exchanged as wedding rings, engagement rings, or just as a symbol of love and loyalty amongst friends or family.

A Guide To Retro Jewellery

Retro jewellery, also known as cocktail jewellery, is a term encompassing the jewellery created in the period between the late 1930s and the 1940s.

The History of Cocktail Watches

For over a century, wristwatches for women have combined beauty and functionality in one exquisite piece, reaching their zenith in the decorative, often bejewelled cocktail watch. A delicate, glamourous version of the women’s wristwatch, cocktail watches rose to prominence during the roaring twenties and have since fluctuated in popularity.

A Brief History of Earrings

Worn by women and men for millennia, earrings effortlessly display the dispersion and brilliance of coloured gemstones. But how did we arrive at the point where people were compelled to pierce their ears?

Animal Motif Jewellery Through The Ages

Man has always rubbed shoulders with beasts, and history echoes humanity’s affinity with the animal kingdom through its works of art and design. In ancient times, before the invention of the written word, animal symbolism was crucial for survival, but as literacy and folklore developed, humans ascribed deeper meaning to the animal form. A bear, for example, was no longer merely deemed a threat but a being embodying human traits, such as valour and strength.

The History Of Antique Lover’s Eye Jewellery

Eye miniatures, more popularly known as lover’s eye jewellery, cropped up across Britain and Europe in the late 18th century. Lover’s eye pieces were popular amongst couples for around half a century, before disappearing almost entirely.

Jewellery Around The World: Egyptian Jewellery

In our piece exploring how ancient jewellery influenced modern pieces, we discussed how Ancient Egyptian jewellery shaped western creations. Jewellery has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, since the first simple pieces made from bones and seashells, through to the more ornate modern pieces we see today.

Spotlight On: Raymond Templier

Raymond Templier, the minimal, geometric jeweller with a penchant for Cubism, made a significant contribution to the Art Deco movement of the early twentieth century. This article chronicles his life, achievements, and iconic geometric jewellery style that inspired a generation.

Alternative Gemstone Engagement Rings

Whilst the diamond engagement ring remains a timeless classic, increasing numbers of brides-to-be are choosing alternative gemstone engagement rings to express themselves and accentuate their style.