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Articles on precious coloured gemstones exploring the characteristics, properties, histories and meanings of different gemstone varieties.

  • loose sapphires
    06 February 2023
    12 min read

    A guide to ethical gemstones

    Beautiful, colourful, precious gemstones. But what exactly are they, where do they come from, what do you need to consider when buying one, and how should you look after them? Read on to learn all about these wonderful prized jewels.
    David Rhode
  • The Modern Western Birthstones
    09 January 2023
    14 min read

    A guide to birthstones

    Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with a particular month of the year and which some people believe have special properties that benefit the wearer.  The tradition of birthstones dates back to ancient times, and different cultures have associated different gemstones with different months.
    Tim Ingle
  • Loose rubies
    31 December 2022
    10 min read

    Ruby: the July birthstone

    The gorgeous red ruby is the birthstone of July, and a form of corundum, making it a hard wearing gemstone and an ideal choice for an engagement ring. Indeed, until the 1940s, ruby engagement rings were favoured over diamonds.
    David Rhode
  • Three loose blue sapphires
    30 December 2022
    12 min read

    Sapphire: the September birthstone

    In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of customers choosing sapphire engagement rings, a trend which accelerated after Prince William proposed to the Princess of Wales in 2011 with the sapphire ring he inherited from his mother, Princess Diana.
    David Rhode
  • Loose emeralds
    21 December 2022
    9 min read

    Emerald: the May birthstone

    Every month of the year has its own birthstone, and for those lucky enough to have been born in May, their birthstone is the gorgeous green emerald.
    Tim Ingle
  • Cubic zirconia
    24 July 2022
    4 min read

    Cubic zirconia vs diamond

    Learn about the differences between cubic zirconia vs diamond, and discover the allure and characteristics of these stunning gemstones as we explore their unique properties. What is cubic zirconia? Cubic zirconia is classified as a diamond simulant, which is a stone that looks similar to a diamond but is made of a different material. Composed […]
    David Rhode
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