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Amethyst: The colour purple

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication—amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Saint Valentine – The patron of romantic love wore an […]

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A history of the engagement ring

  Engagement rings have existed for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians gave silver or gold rings to their loved ones and these were worn on the third finger of the left hand as was discovered in many ancient Egyptian tombs; the Romans also gave them, either made of silver, gold or iron with some […]

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The Sautoir Necklace

sau·toir [soh-twahr, saw-; French soh-twar]  noun, plural sau·toirs  [soh-twahrz, saw-; French soh-twar] 1.a ribbon, chain, scarf, or the like, tied around the neck in such a manner that the ends cross over each other. 2.a chain to which a pendant is attached, worn around the neck. A sautoir is a French term for a long necklace that suspends a tassle or other ornament. This type of necklace first became popular during the Edwardian era because Queen Alexandra often wore them. If the design is one long “jump rope” style, it can be worn loose with […]

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Engagement Ring Care and Cleaning Tips

It is important to have your rings checked every 6 months to insure that all the diamonds remain tight in their setting. Should you ever feel your ring catch on clothes or in your hair it means you should immediately take your ring in to be seen by a jeweller. In between professional cleanings, soak […]

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Grading a Diamond : The 4 C’s

Are you buying a diamond engagement ring? Learn the basics before you take the plunge. The quality and value of a diamond is based on the four C’s: Carat Colour Clarity Cut Carat is an ancient unit of mass, standardized at the beginning of the 20th century and used to measure the weight of a […]

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