PERIDOT – AUGUST BIRTHSTONE

Peridot, in shades of olive, is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one color. Beautifully faceted, it evokes the lateness of summer and the onset of fall, as leaves morph from green to gold and hang like jewels in the sunlight. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating.

A Carlo Giuliano enamel, peridot, moonstone, garnet and gold pendant with a cabochon-cut peridot, in the centre of a cluster of eight, cabochon-cut moonstones, with a blue, white, black and red enamelled fleur-de-lys surround, bordered by a circle of white spotted black enamel, with a briolette-cut garnet pendant, with a black, blue and white enamelled cap and a black and white enamelled pendant bail, mounted in gold, circa 1885

It carries the gift of inner radiance, sharpening the mind and opening it to new levels of awareness and growth, helping one to recognize and realize one’s destiny and spiritual purpose. 

 

A gem-set pendant, with collet set pink tourmaline, peridot and aquamarines, suspended from a 14ct yellow gold frame, on a fine loop-in-loop link chain, measures 60 x 31mm, chain length 50cm

Associated with the sun, Peridot has been prized since the earliest civilizations for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness. Set in gold and worn around the neck or bound to the left arm, it was used as a charm against sorcery and magic, evil spirits, night terrors, and madness. It cured cowardice, calmed anger, as well as brightening the wit.

A gem set, diamond and pearl floral pendant/brooch, four clusters of three pearls, spaced with gem set flowers, each flower centrally set with a round brilliant cut diamond, surrounded by three gem set leaves, including sapphire, amethyst, ruby and peridot, set in 14ct yellow gold, signed Tiffany & Co, with fold-able pendant loop

Peridot is still celebrated for those virtues, protecting the aura, purifying the physical and subtle bodies, and alleviating emotional burdens, guilt and obsessions. It is particularly beneficial for overcoming fear, depression and other psychological disturbances, as well as releasing jealousies, resentment and spite in order to move forward.

A multi gem set long chain necklace, with garnet, citrine, amethyst, topaz and peridot, in eye-glass settings, with chain link detail between, in 14ct yellow gold, with a figure of eight clasp, length approximately 90cm.

Peridot promotes responsibility and forgiveness, instilling confidence in one’s own abilities and reestablishing a sense of self-worth. A powerful generator of the frequency of increase, this lovely talisman may be utilized to manifest abundance in all areas of one’s life: wealth, health, happiness and love. 

Our collection can be viewed online or in the shop in Burlington Arcade

RUBY – JULY BIRTHSTONE

The ruby, arguably the most famous of red coloured stones, is the birthstone gemstone for July. Representing health and wisdom the ruby comes from the corundum mineral species. It is the hardest of natural gems aside from the diamond. It is durable enough for daily wear and matches any fashionable outfit with its deep and vivid red colour. Rubies are believed to guarantee wealth, success, love and more. Whether used for the purposes of technology or jewellery, the ruby may be one of the most important precious gems and birthstones we know.

An Early 20th Century Burma ruby and diamond cluster ring, with a central, cushion cut ruby weighing an estimated 1.65ct, within a cluster of ten millegrain set old-cut diamonds, weighing an estimated total of 1.20ct, with and alternating ruby border, mounted in platinum. Together with a Gemmological Certification Report stating the ruby origin as Burma with no indications of heat treatment S18117R £25,000

A ruby and diamond three stone ring, set with a central round Burma ruby, weighing approximately 1.93ct, with no indication of heating, with round old-cut diamonds either side, with a total weight of 1.61ct, in shared and end claws, with diamond set shoulders, each set with six round brilliant-cut diamonds, with a total weight of 0.16ct, in grain settings, mounted in platinum. S12418R £29,000

A vintage Burma ruby and diamond feather brooch set with 15 faceted pear shape rubies, with a total weight of approximately 9.50ct, with 13, marquise and 21, round brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. Largest ruby 6.7 x 4.1 x 3.4mm smallest 5 x 3 x 2.1mm. Burma rubies. No indications of heat treatment. Circa 1950. S201117B £12,000

An Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet, with alternating square plaques set with groups of four square-cut rubies, in an openwork mount, with old-cut diamonds set in each corner and old-cut diamonds in an openwork mount, with millegrain edges, mounted in platinum, circa 1930. S28917T £19,000

A pair of ruby and diamond drop earrings, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, with two at the top, weighing a total of 0.68ct, the drop is set with a total of 0.90ct, with two, hexagonal, rubies, with a circle set with French-cut rubies, with a total ruby weight of 7.65ct, with millegrain edges, mounted in platinum. S241117E2 £30,000

Victorian red guilloché enamel snake bangle, the head is set with old-cut diamonds and rubies with red enamel set to the body and tail, with diamond detail to the three hinges BA-XM £30,000

A ruby and diamond pendant, set with a 3.18ct cushion-cut faceted mixed-cut ruby, with a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 0.40cts of F colour, VVS clarity, mounted in 18ct white gold, with a 16″ 18ct yellow gold trace chain. Accompanied by The Gem & Pearl Laboratory certificate number 09851, stating that the ruby is natural, with no evidence of heat treatment S211114P £36,000

All items featured can be found on our website or at the shop address in Burlington Arcade, London

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

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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.