The British Crown Jewels and Coronation Regalia: the complete list, every detail described for you by Jessica Cadzow-Collins FGA DGA - jewellery expert and past director of historic Crown Jewellers, Garrard.
Ruby, the fiery gem of lovers and rulers, is the birthstone for July. Find out all you've ever wanted to know about rubies, including what ‘pigeon’s-blood’ means, how to buy rubies, how to spot fake rubies, where rubies come from, and which is the most valuable ruby ever sold, in my July blog.
How customers spend their money is always a personal choice, but the people I speak to really care about investing wisely when it comes to diamonds, no matter the size of their budget.
In my latest blog, I share how to choose diamonds that have come from ethically-mined, conflict-free sources, the certification you’ll want to have when purchasing, and how buying sustainably in turn supports local communities and causes the least ecological harm.
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Serene aquamarine is the tranquil birthstone for March. Emerald's cool brother, aqua's lucid prisms suit Art Deco style geometric gems and its large crystals impress as cocktail rings. Its name means 'Sea Water' and it's supposed to protect sea farers. Pack an aqua or two in with your cruise wear for future #lifeaftercovid.
Learn more about November’s beautiful and popular birthstone, topaz. Originally all brown, yellow and orange gems were called topaz, which means 'fire' in Sanskrit, so it's the perfect accessory for this month's fireworks parties lit with glowing pumpkins and walks through flaming autumn leaves. As topaz is believed to radiate good health and energy to all around, we all need a boost as winter’s nights lengthen.
Let's celebrate opal, the birthstone for October, in all its vari-coloured guises. Looking through an electron microscope, you'd see stacks of silica beads that diffract white light into all its colourful wavelengths. But we don't need hi-tech to appreciate nature's creative beauty with our own eyes.