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How to Clean Antique Jewellery

It’s important to maintain your antique jewellery and keep it in the best condition possible. This will help it to retain its value, as well as preserving a piece of history for generations to come. When jewellery is properly looked after, its lifetime is extended and its value is maximised.

The Significance of Birthstones: July and Ruby

July’s birthstone is ruby, a gem representing love, passion, courage, and emotion. It’s one of the most popular coloured gemstones and is used in all varieties of jewellery, from birthstone jewellery to engagement rings.

Unusual Engagement Rings: Gypsy Rings

Gypsy rings were incredibly popular during the late Victorian era, particularly between 1885 and 1900. This was an aesthetic period in jewellery design, and jewellers favoured diamonds and bright gemstones: sapphires, tourmaline and emerald were especially popular.

The Significance of Birthstones: June and Pearl

Those born in June are lucky enough to have three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. Of these three, pearl is the most popular – and so it is pearl that we will focus on.

Spotlight On Paul Flato

Famed for his ‘witty, flamboyant’ designs and celebrity clientele, Paul Edmund Flato is an institution
in the jewellery world. At his peak, Flato’s opulent and whimsical Art Deco jewellery pieces were adorned by some of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies, from Katharine Hepburn to Greta
Garbo.

What Is Victorian Mourning Jewellery?

The Victorian era spanned from 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne, to her death in 1901. Death was a part of life in Victorian times. Mortality rates were high, life expectancy was low. In 1841, the average newborn girl was not expected to reach her 43rd birthday. These factors, along
with other cultural quirks, led to the popularisation of mourning jewellery.

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.

We are once again offering face to face appointments at our showroom. Virtual appointments have been more successful than we initially imagined, giving customers a clearer idea of how a ring looks on a hand as well as providing an opportunity to compare several pieces side by side.
Contact us if you would like either an in-person or ‘virtual’ appointment. Please provide 24 hours notice so we can collect items 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 of social distancing measures in our workshops, 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.