The Nassak Diamond

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The Nassak diamond is a 43 carat diamond, discovered in India in the 15th century. Originally it weighed over 90 carats, but was re-cut several times over the years, most recently in 1940. It is an elongated triangular shape, with rounded corners, and described at the 1933 World’s fair in Chicago as the finest diamond

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The Florentine Diamond

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Following on from our recent post about the Three Brethren Jewel, another interesting diamond that is lost to history is the Florentine Diamond, a 137 carat yellow stone. It was first definitely documented in the collection of the Duke of Tuscany, the future Ferdinand II (a member of the Medici family), 1610-1670, though it was

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The Three Brethren Jewel

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The Three Brethren Jewel was a cloak clasp, set with gemstones, known to have existed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Made during the first decade of the 15th century, the Three Brethren jewel is an extremely mysterious and intriguing piece, whose value today, if it was still intact, would be incalculable. It was comprised

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A Blog Posting from a Customer

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This is a lovely article from a customer of my grandfather’s in 1949, who came back to visit us! Memory Lane There once was a fine young couple who wanted to pledge their love to each other by joining in marriage. Post war ravaged Belfast in 1949 was rebuilding but had little in the way

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Yard Jewellery, New York

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The firm of Raymond C. Yard of New York was one of the leading names in the 1920s and 1930s, catering to the elite of American high society, including the Rockefellers, Fleischmanns, Flaglers, and Woolworths. Yard’s career began in 1898 when, at the age of 13, he began working for the well-known New York firm

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A Duty Dodger Teapot

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A really fascinating and beautiful piece we have recently acquired is this marvellous teapot, made circa 1780 in Dublin, an example of what is known as “Duty Dodging”. The 1729 Act entitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Tillage, and better Employment of the Poor” introduced a duty of sixpence per ounce on wrought silver,

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The Diamond Cutting Process

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The journey from a dull piece of rough to the sparkling stone we know is a long process, with several stages, each carried out by a master. This blog will take you through the main steps, and hopefully illustrate the skill and talent of the diamond cutter.   Planning The initial stage is simply to

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Collecting Irish Silver

Collecting Irish silver is captivating and intriguing, useful and practical, and is a fascinating and historic pastime. The development of a collection of antiques can be a life long passion, whether your budget is large or small. Before starting a collection, it is essential to learn about the hallmarks used in that country. Hopefully our

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The Jacob Diamond

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One summer afternoon in 1891, Alexander Jacob, a gem dealer from Baghdad, entered the palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Prince Ali Pasha. He carried with him a 182 carat cushion-cut diamond, at that time called the Victoria Diamond. How it got into Jacob’s possession is not too clear a story. The Nizam was one

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A Guide to Antique Limerick Silver

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Under the charter of Charles I that set up the assay office in Dublin in 1637, all Irish silver was to be sent to Dublin for testing and hallmarking. However, Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries was a dangerous place, with robbery by highwaymen a real danger. Many silversmiths in provincial towns and cities

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