Tue, Jul 7, 2020
Blue is the colour of the ocean, a summer sky and a winter night so no surprises then that sapphire rings outstrip emerald rings and ruby rings in popularity.
So what makes a sapphire, a good sapphire? A rich blue bright with a lively appearance and good clarity; that means not heavily included.
Sapphires and rubies belong to the family of corundum. Corundum is the second hardest gemstone to diamond and it’s found in Australia, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Tanzania, Thailand and Sri Lanka. I am going to focus on blue sapphires for this blog but sapphires can be in all colours except for red, which as most of us know is Ruby!
Thu, Jun 25, 2020
Jewellery from the Georgian period is very distinctive. I think it is quite recognisable as it really has the feel of jewellery from a different era, much more so than Victorian or Edwardian jewellery. Metal work and gem stone cutting evolved a great deal in the Victorian and Edwardian times. Georgian diamonds look less polished and refined. There is a lot of black enamel mourning Jewellery with or without hair! Hair was woven into brooches, bracelets and rings. Enamel was coupled with pearls and inscribed with names. Ribbons, bows and pendant earrings were popular. Earrings made with two bows and pendulum drops were fashionable, as were “Riviere” Necklaces; these were necklaces made with connected mounted gemstones. Jewellery that trembled “en tremblant” and “Fer de berlin” Jewellery which was blackened iron openwork all originated from the Georgian period. Flowers, foliage, birds and butterflies were popular motifs.
Jewellery of any period is influenced by what is going on at the time. In this period the remains of Pompeii had been unearthed so laurel leaves and grapes featured in Jewellery.
For the most part of the Georgian period, gemstones were in a closed setting as opposed to the later designs that allowed the light pass through. They were foil backed so that they would sparkle in candlelight. In 1820 open backed settings were designed which modernised diamond and gemstone jewellery. Diamond cuts in the Georgian period were called old mine cuts, they had a square shape as the technique for rounding diamonds had not yet been developed. They are bulky and their facets are irregular looking in shape. There are beautiful in their own right but they lack the brilliance and sparkle of a later diamond and are identifiable for this reason.
There was very detailed metal work in this period, such as repousse and cannetille. Repousse was a technique of hammering metal on one side to feature designs on the reverse. This can
Thu, Jun 4, 2020
Understanding gold and hallmarks when buying vintage and antique Jewellery:
Whether you are buying a ring for yourself or a gift for someone else, the different types of gold and what the hallmarks mean can be confusing. It’s a good idea to have a handle on the basics so you feel confident and comfortable in your purchase. This knowledge, combined with a trust in the source you are buying from, and the comfort in knowing that you can return and be refunded on an item should allow you the freedom to choose and buy what you love. Most online shops will furnish you with extra information and photographs if requested and it is important that you do so.
Hallmarking is the oldest form of consumer protection and has been in existence since the middle ages.
Mon, Apr 13, 2020
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Stylistic influences came from Egypt, Persia and India given different interpretations by the main design houses. Flowers, pagodas, temples, fruit baskets, featured in many designs. Cartier’s famous “Tutti Frutti” designs were indian inspired and employed carving techniques of gemstones combined in bold colours. Gemstones that had not been paired together previously gave a fresh new modern style. Onyx with emeralds, Jade or Coral. These were often bordered by smaller diamonds.