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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Golden brooch bee with diamonds on silk fabric

What Is Victorian Insect Jewellery?

The Victorian era was one of change, with the industrial revolution bringing drastic alterations in society and culture. Increasing numbers of people moved to towns and cities for work, so much so that the countryside became a place of nostalgia that was often romanticised.

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Why Antique Jewellery Makes The Perfect Gift

Antique jewellery can the perfect gift on any occasion for any of your loved ones. The high-quality craftsmanship found in jewellery of bygone times remains beautiful to this day, as well as acting as time capsules of the era in which they were created. There are many reasons to love antique jewellery.

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The Different Styles Of Antique Earrings

It’s true what they say – fashions come and go, but style endures.

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engagement ring prices

How Much Should I Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Asking how much you should spend on the engagement ring is a classic “how long is a piece of string” question. There is no correct answer. Much of the advice out that will give you a figure based on salary, country-wide average or something else – and it’s mostly a load of old nonsense, especially the Three Months Gross Salary Rule, first touted by de Beers. Because the rules of how much you ought to spend are so often repeated, they can be hard to ignore. So we’re here to help!

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