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Peridot, the birthstone for August

Peridot is a gemstone that is known for its vibrant green colour. It belongs to the olivine mineral group and is formed deep within the Earth's mantle. The name "peridot" is derived from the French word "peritot," meaning "unclear," due to its occasionally cloudy appearance. In UK English, it is…

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Case Study - Suzy's show-stopping ring!

Suzy had inherited some jewellery items from her late mother and grandmother, including a pair of earrings and ring both with amethyst stones. She explained that she wanted to incorporate these stones in one piece of jewellery that would give the stones a brand new life. She was keen to…

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Lost Wax Casting

Lost wax casting, also known as investment casting, is a technique used to create complex and detailed metal objects. It is one of the oldest known metal casting methods, dating back thousands of years. The process involves creating a wax pattern, encasing it in a mould, and then melting the…

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Cleaning your Silver Jewellery

The oxidation process on silver jewellery refers to the chemical reaction between silver and oxygen in the air, leading to the formation of silver oxide (Ag2O) on the surface of the jewellery. This reaction is also known as tarnishing.The image on the left shows a sterling silver bracelet which is…

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Storing your Jewellery

Storing precious metal jewellery properly is important to maintain its lustre and prevent damage or tarnish. Here are some tips to help you store your precious metal jewellery effectively:Clean your jewellery: Before storing your jewellery, make sure it's clean and free from any dirt, oils, or residue. Use a mild…

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Why you should get your jewellery valued

Getting your jewellery valued can provide several benefits:Insurance: Knowing the accurate value of your jewellery is crucial for obtaining appropriate insurance coverage. Jewellery is often valuable, and in case of loss, theft, or damage, having a proper valuation will help ensure you receive the correct compensation from your insurance company.Resale value:…

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All About Pearls - the Birthstone for June

Pearls are exquisite gemstones formed within the soft tissue of certain mollusc’s, mainly oysters and mussels. They are renowned for their natural beauty and lustrous appearance, making them highly prized in the world of jewellery.Here are some key points about pearls:Formation: Pearls are formed when an irritant, such as a…

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