Semi Precious Stones: Alternative Trends in Rings

Stone trends in jewellery making

When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast … [Read more...]

Royal Engagement Rings Through the Ages

Royal engagement rings through the ages

Nothing captures the hearts of the general public like a Royal Wedding. Despite the wavering popularity of the monarchy in this country we always, as a nation seem to enjoy the pomp and ceremony that these state occasions demand. The Engagement Ring is always at the centre of the media focus throughout the proceedings so we thought it would be interesting to see how styles have … [Read more...]

What’s the Best Diamond Alternative

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Using diamonds in your jewellery making certainly adds brilliance to your designs, not to mention the prestige that comes with setting one of the most valuable natural materials available in your jewellery. But have you ever considered an alternative? With more and more consumers breaking away from the traditional diamond engagement ring and recognising the beauty in … [Read more...]

Moissanite vs. Diamond: What’s The Difference?

Moissanite v Diamond

Since its 1893 inception in a meteor crater, moissanite has been regarded as a rare and scarce mineral, bolstering its desirability among consumers and jewellery makers alike. Moissanite is often used as an alternative to the diamond in jewellery making, and many people are unable to tell the two gemstones apart. But there are ways to tell the difference between these two … [Read more...]

The Royal Wedding: Meghan’s Jewellery

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We couldn’t let the recent royal wedding go by without taking a closer look at some of the stunning jewellery the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear on her special day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day The Engagement Ring The all-important engagement ring has been making the headlines for months now, and comprises of a slightly elongated cushion cut … [Read more...]

A Jeweller’s Guide To The 12 Birthstones By Month

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Wondering how to make birthstone jewellery? Using Zodiac birthstones in your jewellery pieces is a great way for your customers to feel they’re displaying an extra facet of their personality – whether it’s with rings, necklaces or bracelets. You might even be thinking "what is a birthstone"? From their hardness, their specific properties, what other gems to pair them with and … [Read more...]

The Marquise Cut

The marquise cut (also known as the navette cut, the eye cut, the boat shaped cut or the football shaped cut) is one of the most distinctive and expensive of stone cuts available. If you were to draw an imaginary rectangle around the edge of a marquise cut stone, it becomes very plain to see just how much wastage is created during the cutting process of each stone – and that is … [Read more...]

The Emerald Cut

What is an Emerald Cut Stone? Do you know what to look for in an emerald cut diamond? Emerald cut stones are either rectangular or square cut stones. It has step-cut facets that are usually parallel to the girdle of the stone, reflecting less light than most brilliant cuts. The emerald cut is quite different from the popular brilliant cut, and was originally developed (as … [Read more...]

The Brilliant Cut

What is the Brilliant Cut? Ever wondered what a brilliant cut stone is? The brilliant cut is usually a circular cut most commonly associated with diamonds (although can be seen in varied shapes). It is formed with multiple facets so that when it catches the sunlight it is said to shine with remarkable brilliance. What is a Brilliant Cut Diamond Known for? The modern day … [Read more...]

The Female Self-Purchase – The Right Hand Ring

The prospect of marriage and all that goes with it is no longer the pinnacle of achievement for aspiring young women today, who are increasingly ambitious about pursuing their own careers long before thinking about settling down. And, as the roles and lives of women have evolved, so too has the way in which they want to purchase fine jewellery which this has given rise to the … [Read more...]