Hallmarked ring

How To Read Hallmarks

Have you ever picked up a ring or pendant in an antique shop and wished you knew a bit more about it? With a little prior knowledge, anyone can date and locate their piece of jewellery using hallmarks.

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Putting on a necklace

The Modern History of Necklaces

Necklaces may be one of the earliest types of jewellery worn by humans. Over the years they have served ceremonial, religious, magical, and funerary purposes. Today in the west, they’re mostly used to accentuate a particular fashion style or worn to symbolise wealth and status.

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A Guide to the Different Types of Antique Diamond Cuts

Deciding your next diamond jewellery purchase can be a confusing process. To help, we’ve created a ‘Diamond Cut Guide’ to help you identify and differentiate between the diamond cuts most commonly found in vintage and antique jewellery.

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Beginner’s Guide to Emerald Jewellery

Emeralds are a stunning gem known for their mesmeric green colour. They evoke luxury and elegance in a way perhaps no other coloured gemstone does.

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Why Antique Jewellery is Better for the Environment

Precious metals, diamonds and gemstones are mined, shifted, refined and, eventually, the components come together as a piece of jewellery. This long process can be tough on the environment and, in an increasingly eco-conscious world, it has never been more important to reduce the impact that jewellery manufacturing has on the planet.  

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vintage diamond engagement ring

Popular Vintage Engagement Ring Settings

Engagement rings of different styles are always coming in and out of fashion, with different eras bringing different trends. Some of these trends stand the test of time and become staples, others get left behind.  Here are some of the most popular vintage engagement ring settings recorded throughout history, sorted by the era in which they were popularised.

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emerald and peridot

Emerald vs Peridot

When people think of red gemstones, they think of rubies. Blue brings sapphire to mind. And green equals emerald. Right? Well, kind of. Because of the sheer number of natural occurring gemstones, it’s common for there to be more than one type per colour.

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orange topaz

The Varieties of Topaz

Topaz is a relatively common and fairly inexpensive gemstone that has several qualities making it perfect for use in jewellery.

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georgian fashion

The Characteristics of Georgian Jewellery

The Georgian era (1714 – 1837) takes its name from four of the five kings that ruled during the period; George I, II, III and IV. It was a period of vast change, exemplified by the early stages of the industrial revolution and the formation of the United States of America.

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Australian Black Opal

How Opal Was Used In Art Deco Jewellery

Opals were used widely in jewellery from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, and well-preserved antique pieces of opal jewellery – brooches, rings, and necklaces – from those eras are now widely desired. The unique play of colour in each opal stone means that opal jewellery is incredibly versatile, and extremely popular amongst lovers of antique jewellery.

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