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Famous Rubies

Rubies are one variety of the mineral corundum. Sapphires are another. Rubies vary in colour from pinks, purplish reds to blood red. Colour is the biggest factor in valuing rubies – the more red the better. Deep red ‘pigeon blood’ is… Continue reading →

The Largest Known Diamonds In The World

Diamonds are known for being the hardest material on Earth, the name comes from the ancient Greek work ἀδάμας – adámas “unbreakable”. Natural diamonds form in the Earth’s mantle, under extreme temperature and heat over billions of years. Impurities and pressure conditions form… Continue reading →

Famous Emeralds

The emerald is iconic, instantly recognisable for its beautiful green colour and the birthstone for May. Formed from the Beryl mineral, the stone historically is very popular – the ruler Cleopatra had her own emerald mines in Egypt. Harder than quartz… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Jewellery and Gemstones

Often, jewellery and gemstones are more fragile than other types of antiques. It’s still relatively easy to prevent damage once you know what not to do. Fragile gemstones or crystal beads shatter if hit against a hard surface. A soft, 18-carat… Continue reading →

Rare 15th Century brooch found beside moat to be auctioned

A rare 15th century gold heart-shaped brooch will be auctioned on 23rd August at Hansons Auctioneers. The exquisite high carat jewel is inlaid with white enamel and engraved with the French inscription honor et ioie (Honour and Joy). Discovered in 2016, just outside the moat of… Continue reading →

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