APRIL BIRTHSTONE: DIAMOND

Choosing the right cut of diamond can be tricky for many people. It is our hope that the information below will provide you with a basic understanding so that you can confidently move through the process. All items available to purchase.

The rose cut features a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown, rising to a single apex. With anywhere from 3 to 24 facets, a rose cut diamond resembles the shape of a rose bud. The rose cut dates to the 1500s and remained common during the Georgian and Victorian eras.

 

 

 

Diamonds with this cut possess a squarish girdle with gently rounded corners. Old mine cut diamonds have a high crown, a small table, and a large, flat culet. They are similar to today’s cushion cut. The old mine cut dates to the 1700s and was most prevalent during the Georgian and Victorian eras.

The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular shape of diamond. For hundreds of years, diamond cutters have been working with this cut to maximize its brilliance and fire. While this cut offers great flexibility within the four C’s, you will want to select higher quality grades to bring out the most brilliance within a round diamond.

Princess cut diamonds are exceptionally brilliant because of the way they are cut and are available in both square and rectangular shapes. The colour that is emitted from princess cut diamonds is very unique. While the color of other diamond is displayed mainly in the center, the princess cut diamonds show distinct colour in each of the corners as well.

A marquise cut diamond is a perfect shape for maximizing carat weight by emphasizing the size of the diamond. Its unique shape creates the effect of longer, more slender hands and fingers. The outline of a diamond is determined by its length to width ratio, which also provides an image of the shape and look of the diamond.

Sometimes called a pillow-cut diamond, the cushion cut is a timeless cut that has earned its name for its pillow shape. Cushion cut diamonds tend to have impeccable brilliance and clarity in their appearance which can be attributed to their rounded corners and larger facets. These diamonds are available in square and rectangular shapes.

 

Emerald cut diamonds have a unique optical appearance because of the rectangular facets step-cut into the diamond’s pavilion. This cut showcases the diamond’s original clarity beautifully because of its large rectangular table which will also make inclusions and color more apparent.

 

Perfect for those looking for a unique style, radiant cut diamonds feature uniquely trimmed corners which combines the lines of an emerald cut with the brilliance of a round diamond. The sparkle of this diamond cut looks beautiful when combined with a variety of other diamond cuts.

 

Combining round and marquise cuts, the teardrop style of pear shaped diamonds is exceptional. The slender pear shape will give fingers and hands a slimmer appearance while creating a soft and delicate look. Pear shaped diamonds are cut to produce maximum brilliance, so it’s important to look for excellent symmetry.

Oval cut diamonds have a classic appearance with a modern twist! It is a popular cut in all types of jewelry, especially in engagement rings, making it easy to match with other jewelry. It has an incredible brilliance, similar to the round brilliant cut, but also has the advantage of accentuating long, slender fingers

 

Asscher cut diamonds are often mistaken for an emerald cut because of its similar cut style; however an asscher is square rather than rectangular. Created in the early 1920s, the asscher cut has recently resurged in popularity, especially amongst celebrities.

 

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MARCH BIRTHSTONE: AQUAMARINE

 

An aquamarine and diamond ring, set with a 2.59ct cushion shaped aquamarine, surrounded by grain set, round brilliant-cut diamonds, with four, round brilliant-cut diamonds set in each shoulder, with a total diamond weight of approximately 0.25ct, with millegrain edges, mounted in platinum £8,950

 

Aquamarine and diamond pendant, the oval cushion cut aquamarine weighing approximately 10.50ct, suspended from a collet set round brilliant cut diamond, and a diamond set bail, eight claw setting, mounted in 18ct white gold £8,800

The name aquamarine speaks for itself, meaning seawater. Aquamarine immediately brings to mind its stunning pastel sky blue or the bright colour of the sea.

A pair of aquamarine, sapphire and diamond earrings, mounted in platinum, set with long cushion-cut aquamarines, old-cut diamonds and calibré sapphires £19,500

 

An aquamarine and diamond pendant with a drop shape briollette-cut aquamarine, with a white gold cap, set with a rose-cut diamond, with millegrain decoration, suspended from a polygonal shaped diamond and a marquise-cut diamond, on a white gold trace chain with three marquise-cut diamonds either side of the pendant £14,000

For centuries, the aquamarine has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Since this gemstone is the colour of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. It was long thought that aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.

An aquamarine and diamond ring, set with an emerald-cut aquamarine, in an Art Deco mount, with a central rub over setting, and an eight-cut diamond set pavé surround, with millegrain edges, mounted in platinum. The approximate total diamond weight is 0.48ct £17,500

Aquamarines are found in a range of blues; from a pale pastel to a greenish-blue to a deep colour. Darker shades of blue are increasingly rare and in turn, make the value increase. Aquamarine is frequently a pastel gemstone but the colour can be more intense in larger gemstones, smaller aquamarines tend to be less vivid. 

 

PERIDOT

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: PERIDOT

Sometimes referred to as the as the “evening emerald” the peridot is truly an under-appreciated gem of great beauty. It also has a rich history, making it quite a conversational piece.

The symbolism of the clear olive green color of the semi-precious peridot is clear: it means regeneration, recuperation, healing and serenity. It also has the alternative name of Olivine.

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Cameos and Intaglios

Cameos and Intaglios

Cameos
Beautiful, carved images used for personal adornment have cast their romantic spell over people’s imaginations for thousands of years.
As both a sentimental keepsake and a work of art, concentrating major drama into a minute space, the cameo is one of the most treasured sculpted images. A cameo is a small scene or figure carved in relief.

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July Birthstone Ruby

JULY BIRTHSTONE: RUBY
The Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion. For centuries this gem has been considered the king of all gems. It was believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. To this day the Ruby is the most valued gemstone.

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Art Deco watches

Art Deco Watches

The Art Deco movement came to fruition during the early 1920s. This period witnessed a rapid change in culture than any other period in history. This period saw a shift from the pocket watch to the wrist watch, and an overwhelming demand  for the wrist watch style as it  became a fashion icon for the world.

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