PEARL & MOONSTONE: BIRTHSTONES FOR JUNE

The birthstones for June are pearl and moonstone.

The most expensive and most unique pearls are natural pearls that were created in the wild. The finest and most beautiful pearls have a reflective lustre, making them appear creamy white with a rainbow-like sheen that casts many colourful hues. In many cultures, pearls are a symbol of innocence and purity, which explains why it is traditional for brides to wear white pearls on her wedding day. Pearls have been used as adornments for many centuries, as far back as ancient Greece where people believed pearls were the tears of the gods.

Moonstone has been used as a beautiful adornment and a powerful talisman since ancient civilisations. The Romans admired it, believing it was formed from moonbeams. Legend portrayed it as a sacred and magical “dream stone” that could bring beautiful dreams at night. Both the Romans and the Greeks associated moonstone with their lunar deities.The Roman Pliny wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon—a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. Hindu mythology also told that moonstone was made from the moon’s ethereal light.

 

An antique moonstone and pearl four leaf clover brooch-cum-pendant, with four heart shape moonstones, surrounded by natural half seed pearls, with a natural pearl in the centre, mounted in 14ct gold. engraved Mary Ellison June. 15 ’90. S1318B £2,500

A French Art Deco mother-of-pearl dress-set, mounted in gold, with natural central seed pearls, on mother-of-pearl, with surrounding white enamel, in a Lamarche Guy Fils box, with bar fittings. 1211CL2 £3,800

A moonstone and diamond cluster ring, set with 9.51ct of moonstones and 2.06ct of pavé set round brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in 18ct white gold. S231115R £10,200

A Belle Epoque, natural pearl and diamond pendant, with a latticework and bow design, set with natural pearls and diamonds, set in the three bows, the connecting chain and in the junctions of the knife edge lattice, on a fine platinum trace chain, circa 1910. S7618P £8,950

A pair of South Sea pearl and diamond earrings, with central 18mm South Sea pearls, surrounded by rubies and diamonds, in a repeating pattern of three calibre cut rubies and a round brilliant-cut diamond, mounted in platinum, with a folding post and clip fitting. 21901E2 £14,000

A pearl and diamond plaque choker necklace, set with netted rows of seed pearls on wires to give a soft feel like fabric. The plaque is mounted in platinum, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, with an estimated total diamond weight of 5.50ct. 16702N1 £12,000

A pair of antique, Faberge moonstone cufflinks, set with cushion shaped, silver moonstones, surrounded by rose-cut diamonds, in silver cut down settings, mounted in rose gold. By Workmaster Erik Kollin, signed and numbered, circa 1900. S29116CL £45,000

All examples shown are available on our website

www.moirafinejewellery.com

or at our outlet in Burlington Arcade, London

 

 

EMERALD: BIRTHSTONE FOR MAY

Emerald, the symbol of rebirth and the perfect colour for the month of May, carrying the rich green colour of Spring and radiating a beautiful vivid tone. They are considered to be a symbol of love and devotion. Emeralds are the rarest gemstones and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.

Like many gemstones, emeralds have a multitude of meanings stemming from different cultures and beliefs. In mythology, emerald is the stone of the goddess Venus, resulting in the association of emeralds with romance.

Emeralds are said to bring passion, bliss, and unconditional love! Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

 

Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewellery, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatrain Rome (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari).

 

 

Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. An emerald engagement ring was also at the centre of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now”.The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the throne, making the couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green stones on the red carpet.

Other very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.

 

Our emerald collection is available to view at our address in Burlington Arcade where we look forward to welcoming you.

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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