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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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At Heirlooms, we not only specialise in antique jewellery, we also buy objet d’art and gold. We’ve recently acquired this incredible 9ct gold sovereign case which is sadly empty. However, the history of sovereigns is fascinating! Once an integral part of British currency, it is now forged as a commemorative coin and is often mounted […]

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We take telling the time for granted these days – there are reminders all around us: watches, clocks, phones, and digital displays on ovens, microwaves, tvs ec. But how did people know what time it was before the invention of these gadgets? Well, it was the good old sundial! 24-hour time was invented by the […]

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The sapphire is one of the most recognisable gemstones and is the birthstone for September, representing truth and faithfulness. This may also be why it is the stone associated with a 45th Anniversary! Sapphires were worn as far back as Greek times but the classic naturally grown sapphire became more common in late 19th & […]

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peridot

The elegant and timeless peridot is the birthstone for August and is said to represent prosperity and good fortune. However, it is also known as a Love gemstone and is the traditional gift for a 16th wedding anniversary! Similar in colour to a traditional emerald, the two were often confused in medieval times, but the […]

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Ruby is the birthstone for July and is one of my favourites! As you would imagine from a gemstone that displays a vibrant red colour, it is said to represent love, anger, passion and danger. It is also the stone that is associated with a 40th Anniversary. But did you know that rubies are created […]

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signet ring

The signet ring dates back to Ancient Egyptian times when the Pharaohs used to dip them, engraved with a specific hieroglyph, in hot wax to seal important documents, and were a sign of hierarchy. Traditionally, this type of ring was worn on the ‘pinky’ finger of the opposite hand to the one that is dominant […]

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Emerald is the birthstone for May and is sometimes known as the ‘Jewel of Kings’. It is said to represent truth, unconditional love, good luck and can bring abundance into your life. Spiritually, the emerald is considered to be a life-affirming stone by opening the heart chakra and calming the emotions.  heart chakra and calms the […]

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The pomp and splendour of the Coronation of King Charles will showcase the most magnificent jewellery held in the Royal Collection. The Coronation Regalia, as they are known, include familiar pieces such as the the Imperial State Crown, the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross and the Sovereign’s Orb, which we will see King Charles wearing and […]

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