Mellerio is a French jewellery house, based in Paris, which claims to be the oldest jewellers in the world. Originally from Lombardia in Italy, their lineage has been traced back as far as the 11th century. Originally just “Mellerio”, customers found it easier to shorten the name to Meller, so one often finds the name […]

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A most interesting, and unassuming, silver ring sold recently for a world record (for a medieval ring) of £297,000 sterling. What makes it worth this extraordinary figure is that the original owner is believed to be none other than Joan of Arc, martyr and patron saint of France. The new owner is Puy du Fou, a […]

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A little post about possibly my favourite ring in the shop, this is a wonderful 19th century opal and diamond cluster ring, on rose gold. The charm of it comes from the quality of goldsmithing, which is typical of the Victorian era, and the softness of the reflection from the diamonds. Rather than brilliant cut, […]

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One of the more mysterious diamonds in history, the story of the Brunswick Blue is an intriguing one, with unusual gaps in the story and tantalising links to one of the most famous diamonds in the world! The backstory begins with the French Blue, a 115 carat rough diamond of a most wonderful metallic-blue shade. It […]

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One of the most famous of the Royal tiaras, and the Queen’s personal favourite, The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara is a magnificent piece, purchased from Garrard’s as a wedding gift to Princess Mary of Teck (the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II) on her marriage to the Duke of York (later King George […]

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A very rare recent arrival is this extraordinary Irish Celtic style brooch, made in the 1860s by Thomas Brunker, a watchmaker, jeweller and manufacturer of masonic ornaments, who was based at 31 South William Street, and later at 111 Grafton Street. Made with incredible fineness, in classic Celtic styling, it bears a patent registration mark which allows us […]

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It is lovely to handle antique jewellery, and the older it is the more intriguing it can be; who owned it? Who gifted it, and for what occasion? How many Christmas presents was it? How much was it loved? The antique bracelet below is a fantastic mid-eighteenth century gold bracelet, with a pear shape chrysoberyl […]

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Our latest arrival is a quite fabulous ring, this stunning 28 carat step cut aquamarine with trapezoid cut diamonds. It is unusual to find a stone of such large size that still retains a deep colour evenly spread across the whole of the stone. What is also remarkable is that such a large stone is […]

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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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