We sometimes get asked how to learn about diamonds and the jewellery business; where does one learn about diamonds, and pick up the formal training in the study of them? The diamond business is largely private, for understandable reasons. Most shops are family businesses, so on-the-job training is hard to come by. The gold standard qualification in […]

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I have just read about a wonderful characteristic of some gemstones, an effect called “tenebrescence”. This is an extremely rare optical characteristic, which is also called reversible photochromism. It is when a gemstone changes colour after exposure to sunlight (for example after either being stored in a dark area for an extended period or subjected to UV […]

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Despite its name, it would appear that this wonderful 127 carat octagonal cut diamond has no connection to Portugal, but instead is of South African origin. Its name comes from a rumour that it once formed part of the Portuguese crown jewels (in the 18th century) but there is no proof of this. It is […]

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One of the more interesting aspects of antique silver is how it tied into the social history of the times. For example, the growth of Rococo can be seen in silver pieces of the day, as well as in the architecture, fashion and fine art of the time; Adams style, which reflected the more modern, […]

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We have just uploaded a lovely selection of vintage and modern diamond three stone rings, perhaps the nicest collection we have ever had. A few of these are discussed below!   The first is this 2.45 carat ring, set on platinum. Beautifully matched stones from the very early 20th century, they are in classic claw settings, […]

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We have a wonderful collection of research books at Weldon’s, including some of the most beautiful publications in the world. Here is a quick look inside some of our favourites! They cover everything from the technical aspects and naunces of diamond grading, to the art and beauty of jewellery as fashion items. A few are […]

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One of the most audacious jewel thefts in history happened in 1671, when an Irishman called Thomas Blood attempted to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Blood was a Meathman, born there in 1618, the son of a prosperous blacksmith. He fought against Charles I, and was awarded a large estate in […]

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A new phase of carbon has been discovered, which is even tougher than our favourite gemstone! There was previously two phases of solid carbon, graphite and diamond, and we can now add Q-Carbon to the list, following a discovery by the North Carolina State University. Interestingly, it is ferromagnetic, which may facilitate uses in the […]

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Peridot is a gem variety of the mineral olivine, which is found in peridotite rock from the earth’s upper mantle. It was known since antiquity, and for many centuries it was only found on a small island in the Red Sea, today known as Zabargad Island. 2500 years ago, no boats were ever left there overnight […]

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    Our final brochure of the year has come in, featuring a beautiful selection of jewellery and gift ideas for the Christmas season! Please call in to view any of the items below, and bear in mind that we have a wider selection in the shop!  

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