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Everything Starts with a Stone

Everything Starts with a Stone

Where do you gain your inspiration from when you are starting to design a new piece of jewellery? The chunk of precious metal that is waiting to be fired, cut, hammered or polished in any fashion that you desire? Or the stone, which has already been cut by master cutters to show each stones personal magnificence and radiance? Why not take a pointer from some of the world’s best jewellery designers? And start the same way as they do – with the stone. At Harry Winston, they believe that no two stones are alike. And that each gemstone must be chosen for its nature and distinctive beauty. Only then do the designers and master craftsmen at Harry Winston fashion the setting. David Morris fine jewellery, whose clients range from royalty

Sapphires Back in Vogue

Beautiful blue Sapphires have been sought by man as a precious gem stone throughout history. So to imply that they are back in vogue in 2014 is a bit of an oxymoron. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that for the past 40 years or so fewer people have been purchasing blue sapphires, but now that lull has passed, once again putting sapphires into the forefront of the consumers’ minds. As you already know, white diamonds have had a strangle hold on jewellery since that famous De Beers campaign slogan “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Although the white diamond is certainly the most sought after of all gemstones, something which I can’t see changing any time soon, people are once again seeking out pops of colour to bring

Fancy Coloured Diamonds are Back in Vogue

Many jewellers are now recognising that using natural coloured diamonds and gemstones is a huge asset to their business. Apart from adding a coloured sparkle to a collection, they add profit. Designers in the industry are now looking to use stones that they have never used before to give their pieces distinction and character.

April Gem of the Month – Diamond – A Symbol of Enduring Love

April Gem of the Month - Diamond - A Symbol of Enduring Love

She who from April dates her years, Diamond shall wear, lest bitter tears For vain repentance flow, this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known. Unknown Author The diamond is arguably the most popular gemstone on earth. However, it’s the stone and not the colour that is important for this month’s birthstone. Which is great luck for those born in April, as diamonds come in such a wide variety to colours and hues that there is bound to be one to fit everybody’s taste, just not necessarily their budget! The first recorded history of the diamond dates back some 3,000 years ago to India, where it is likely that diamonds were first valued for their ability to refract light. Ancient Hindus, finding diamonds washed out of the ground after thunderstorms, believed

March Gem of the Month – Aquamarine – the sailors gem and Bloodstone the martyr’s stone

March Gem of the Month - Aquamarine - the sailors gem and Bloodstone the martyr's stone

Who in this world of ours their eyes, in March first open shall be wise, in days of peril firm and brave, Unknown Author. Aquamarines vary in colour from deep blue to blue-green of different intensities, caused by traces of iron in the beryl crystal. The shade of Aquamarine for the March birthstone is cool blue, the colour of the Aegean sea. The name aquamarine was derived by the Romans, “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water. Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as

February Gem of the Month – Amethyst – the gem given for luck and protection

February Gem of the Month – Amethyst – the gem given for luck and protection

The February born shall find, sincerity and peace of mind, freedom from passion and from care, If they, the amethyst will wear. Unknown Author February – the month of love – has the deep vibrant amethyst as its birthstone. The word “Amethyst” is derived from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “remedy against drunkenness.” The Amethyst is a semi-precious stone in varying shades of purple which belongs to the quartz family and owes its colour to oxide of manganese and iron which forms part of its composition. However for the February birthstone, deep violet is the only desirable colour variety. The best varieties of Amethysts come from Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and the Far East. It is one the more affordable gemstones, adding to its popularity. The amethyst holds a

January Gem of the Month – Garnet – the gem of loyalty and friendship

January Gem of the Month - Garnet - the gem of loyalty and friendship

By her who in this month January was born, no gem save garnets should be worn, they will ensure her constancy, true friendship, and fidelity. Unknown Author January is a cold and bitter month for us in the UK, which makes the stunning warm red garnet gemstone a perfect choice for the January birthstone. The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the red colour and seed-like form of this fruit. Not all garnets are red as many people believe, in fact they come in many colours including orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink and colourless. However for the January birthstone, the deep fiery red garnet is the only desirable colour variety. Garnet is a beautiful and very popular gemstone that

Here’s to a great 2014

Here's to a great 2014

I hope you have a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful 2014. I look forward to working with you in the new year. Best regards Richard, Gaetane, Francoise and Dan. International Gemstones | London Major Trading | Geneva

Auction highlights Special

Auction highlights Special

2013 especially November really was an incredible time for the sale of fantastic gems and jewellery. So much so, I have decided to do a round-up of the auction highlights for you. Since the 1970’s the two main auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s held regular sales devoted to important diamonds and coloured stones. These regular auctions have heightened interest exponentially of coloured gems and has consequently become a strong indicator of their market value. Since the 2007 crash of the world economy the price of gems, especially coloured ones, has risen year on year, with auction estimates regularly being smashed by the time the hammer falls. And yet there is still no sign that the ceiling price has been anywhere near reached. The time for coloured gems is now, and

December Gem of the Month – Blue Turquoise – The Protection Gem

December Gem of the Month - Blue Turquoise - The Protection Gem

If cold December gave you birth, the month of snow and ice and mirth, place on your hand a turquoise blue; success will bless whate’er you do. Unknown Author Blue turquoise has been found on artefacts dating back 5000 years, in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and Mesopotamia. The word Turquoise is derived from the Greek word “turkois” meaning “Turkish” because it was first brought from Turkey to medieval Europe. Perhaps the oldest stone in male history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Warriors in both ancient and medieval times wore Turquoise as a protection from death before their time. If the warrior looked down and saw a crack in the stone they would believe that the Turquoise took the blow instead of them, thus enabling them to fight another day.

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