Useful information.

We hope you find the following information useful. We will look to build this information over time and help you say informed. If you have any questions, queries or feedback, we'd love to hear from you.

Birthstones.

The tradition of wearing your birthstone dates to ancient times. It is believed that the astrological birthstone was Tibetan in origin. As of 1912, a modern birthstone list was formalised, and these are the customary stones we recognise today.

Birthstones

Diamond shapes.

Diamonds are cut into a variety of shapes. The most popular are round, marquise, pear, emerald, oval, heart, square and princess. All but round are considered fancy shapes. Fancy shapes can be more expensive because they are more difficult to cut. A few examples are below.

Shapes of a Diamond


Wedding Anniversaries.

Here is a helpful reminder of the traditional gifts bought for couple on thier wedding anniversaries.

1. Paper
2. Cotton
3. Leather
4. Fruit / Flowers
5. Wood
6. Sugar / Iron
7. Wool / Copper
8. Bronze / Pottery
9. Willow
10. Tin / Aluminium
20. China
25. Silver
30. Pearl
35. Coral
40. Ruby
45. Sapphire
50. Gold
55. Emerald
60. Diamond
65. Blue Saphire
70. Platinum

 

Understanding Hallmarks.

A hallmark is your guarantee. Whenever you buy precious metals in any form be sure to check it is hallmarked correctly. In the UK it is illeagal to sell or describe any item as Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium unless it has a hallmark.

If you'd like to know more and see the hallmarks please Download a Hallmark Guide.

 

Gold - A brief history.

Gold was known about in the prehistoric times, and was quite possibly the first metal used by humans. It was valued for ornamentation and magically efficacy was attributed to it. In the middle ages, alchemists dreamed of being able to transmute base metals to gold.

The earliest gold jewellery dates from the Sumer Civilisation from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in south Iraq around 3000 BC.

Around 643-630 BC the Lydians started to produce the first coins from electrum, a naturally occuring pale yellow mixture of gold and silver.

 

Silver - A brief history.

Silver in European folklore has been long tradtionally believed to be an antidote to various maladies and mythical monsters, largely due to its perceived purity and connections to the church.

Just as gold, silver was considered by the Ancients an almost sacred metal and consequently, of extremely restricted use. It was used for ornamental purposes, in personal and religous places for decoration, in utensils of the wealthiest houses and for paying of debts.

 

Platinum - A brief history.

Platinum certainly has no problems with durability. A 2,500 year old coffin of Eqyptian high priestess Shepenupt, daughter of King of Thebes, was found with the coffins platinum-engraved hieroglyphics and small document casket still polished and lustrous after so many centuries.

Platinum occurs naturally in rivers, so when Spanish conquistadors discovered a white metal in Quinto (near Equador) within the alluvial sands of the Pinto River, they derisively named it Platina del Pinto, literally 'little silver of the Pinto river'.

 

Palladium - A brief history.

Palladium was discovered in 1803, by Norfolk chemist and physician William Hyde Wollaston. He found the bright and new metal during his experiments to make Platinum more malleable and due to his facination with astronomy, he named it Palladium (after the asteroid Pallas, discoverd just two years earlier). Wollaston developed the first physic - chemical method for processing Platinum ore in practical quantities and, in the process of testing the device, he not only discovered Palladium, but also Rhodium the following year.

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