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Other Than Jewellery, What Are Diamonds Used For?

Diamond engagement rings are so ingrained in our culture of romance that it has become almost instinctual to associate diamonds only with their use in jewellery. So much so that it can be easy to forget that diamond is a natural mineral with a unique set of properties, and it’s always being used ...

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The Types of Pearl Used in Jewellery

They say diamonds are forever, but humans have recognised pearls as precious for much longer than any cut stone. Found in natural oyster beds, pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC. And in ancient Rome, pearls were considered so valuable that they were restricted ...

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Where Does Gold Come From?

Gold is heavenly, in every sense of the word. Most people don’t know this but, while we mine for gold here on earth, all of the gold that’s deposited in our planet was formed during the explosions of stars and collisions of asteroids, and eventually found its way to earth over time. On earth...

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Everything You Need To Know About Coloured Diamonds

Since 1998, the Aurora Pyramid of Hope has housed and displayed a collection of 296 natural diamonds in a wide variety of colours, and since 2005, it can be seen in the Natural History Museum of London. It’s easy to forget that diamonds are rare, natural occurrences that make a long journey ...

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History Of The Asscher Cut Diamond

There are many different shapes of diamond used in jewellery and each different shape, or cut as they’re referred to in the industry, has its own history. The Asscher cut is no different, with a story behind its invention, popularity, decline, and recent re-popularisation. Although it’s not ...

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Why Are Bespoke Engagement Rings So Desirable?

With so many mass-produced engagement rings on the market, there’s nothing more special than presenting someone with a ring that can’t be found or seen on anyone else’s finger. Bespoke engagement rings are more meaningful than ready-made rings because they offer you the opportunity for ...

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Why Diamonds Are Used For Making Jewellery

Diamonds are well known for their prominence in jewellery. They’ve become icons of romance since they became popular, and they’re now intrinsically linked to the idea that love, like diamonds, is forever. So, it is no wonder that they’re a much sought-after gem for engagement rings. Learn ...

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What is a solitaire ring?

Solitaire rings feature just one diamond and with no other gemstones to distract from the main piece, extra emphasis is placed upon the diamond as its sparkle decorates this classic ring. When it comes to choosing a style of ring, the solitaire is iconic. The minimal design is the most popular ...

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What is a palladium ring?

Palladium has been used in creating luxurious jewellery since 1939 and with their radiant white shine, they provide an alternative to engagement or wedding rings made from white gold or platinum. Many metals can fall victim to tarnishing due to alloys reacting with the moisture and sulphur in the...

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Is there a difference between man-made diamonds and real diamonds?

There’s often a stigma around man-made diamonds with some not believing them to be real diamonds. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, while they may not be naturally mined, the gemstones that are created in a lab have the same chemical and optical properties as those formed within ...

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