The Blue Moon Diamond

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A wonderful new addition to the great gemstones of the world is the Blue Moon diamond, a 12.03 carat Fancy Vivid Blue, Internally Flawless diamond. The rough diamond was discovered in January 2014, at the Cullinan mine in South Africa, the same mine where the Star of Africa was discovered one hundred years earlier. The

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Victorian Emerald Pendant

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A new arrival is this wonderful antique emerald and diamond pendant, from the late-19th century, which shows both the craft and ingenuity of Victorian era goldsmiths. The centre stone is a lovely Colombian emerald, cut into a pear shape. It is bezel set, to protect the emerald, and the bezel is millegrained all the way

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Antique Engagement Rings

Some new arrivals have been uploaded to the website in the last few days, including some really beautiful early 20th century engagement rings. The first is this wonderful vintage ring, set with a cushion cut diamond. The centre stone is one carat, and is a beautifully proportioned cushion, full of sparkle. The setting is typical of

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The Polar Star

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The Polar Star diamond is a 41 carat cushion cut diamond, from the famous Golconda region in India. It was named after Polaris, the Northern Star. It has an eight pointed star arrangement on its lower pavilion, from which it derives its name. The symmetry of the cut is so precise that it can be

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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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