The Duke of Devonshire Emerald

The Duke of Devonshire Emerald

TheĀ Duke of Devonshire EmeraldĀ is one of the largest and most famous uncut emeralds in the world, weighing an incredible 1383 carats. It is in the collection of the British Natural History Museum. It is a hexagonal crystal, approx 5cm by 5cm. It was discovered in the...

The Golden Jubilee Diamond

The largest faceted diamond in the world, at 545 carats, the Golden Jubilee outweighs even the historic Cullinan I diamond by 15 carats, but, surprisingly, is not terribly famous, despite its size and importance. It was discovered in 1985, in the Premier Mine in South...

Jewellery Eras

Oftentimes it can be hard to place the exact age of a piece of jewellery, as styles evolved slowly and organically over time. In a world without mass media, the diffusion and mixing of ideas and patterns was a slow and irregular process. Nonetheless, we can divide...

Jewellery History through Art

Perhaps the most fun and interesting ways we can age and date very old jewellery is through artwork. Almost always signed, we can normally tell exactly which year a piece of art was painted in, unlike jewellery which is rarely signed or dated! It’s also...

Antique Ring Restoration

An interesting recent project was a restoration of a sapphire and diamond three stone ring; over 100 years old, the claws had worn away, and the sapphire had become scratched. Although sapphires are exceptionally strong and tough, over a lifetime they can become...

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