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One of the jewellery trends for 2024 is flowers yet the origins of floral jewellery can be traced back to ancient civilisations such as Egypt, where flowers held deep symbolic significance. Ancient Egyptians adorned themselves with floral-inspired ornaments, often incorporating motifs of lotus, lilies, and papyrus. These floral adornments were not merely decorative but held […]

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I love sourcing the most gorgeous diamonds when I am looking for pieces to sell or when I am valuing a collection for a customer! I use the recognised 4 C’s criteria which helps me assess the quality and authenticity of the gemstone: Cut –the way a diamond is cut and polished by a skilled […]

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There is nothing quite like engraving a piece of jewellery to make it truly personal. Whether it is a wedding ring, signet or seal ring, or a locket, cutting in words or a pattern makes it unique to the wearer. Engraving was used thousands of years ago and there is evidence of its use on […]

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What differentiates a pendant from a necklace?  A pendant will hang freely on a chain whereas a necklace is complete. Even back in the Stone Age, pendants were worn which featured shells and stones, and were worn as a symbol of protection. As you can imagine, the Ancient Egyptians designed more elaborate pendants with symbols […]

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Silverware is a general term for cutlery (also known as flatware) or dining items such as platters, tureens and gravy boats made from sterling silver. It can also be used to describe trophies, candelabras and dressing table items. We don’t tend to see traditional silver cutlery in every day use nowadays but there is no […]

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Bracelets and bangles have been worn since primitive times, made of wood, shells and stones, worn by both men and women. They have religious connotations for some faiths and are used in marriage ceremonies as a symbol of commitment. During the 17th century bracelets became a must have piece of jewellery. Georgian designs featured gold […]

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There is no denying the Amethyst is instantly recognizable by its striking purple colour, whether it is a delicate, pale lilac or a deep, vibrant blackcurrant. It is actually a variety of quartz but did you know that when it is heated, it loses its purple colour and changes into a dark yellow or orange […]

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There’s no doubt that collecting antique jewellery is a wise investment. But it is actually great fun too! If you love jewellery, it can become a fascinating hobby as you research, source and get to wear some fabulous pieces from the past. But where to start? Which era? Is there a particular style that has […]

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I love checking out the jewellery trends for the coming year and seeing how antique jewellery can be brought into the modern day in a stylish and fashionable way! 2024 is going to be the year of Animals, Links, Cuffs and Flowers. Animals The Georgians and Victorians loved using animal symbols in their jewellery favouring […]

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There is something very special about a charm bracelet, particularly when the charms are antique! Charm bracelets are so incredibly personal as they can be a perfect record of your life. Buying a charm or being gifted one that has real meaning to you at a certain point in your life is a beautiful memory […]

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