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Birthstones – a year in gems (part 3 of 4 – July to September)

Certain gemstones are associated with particular months of the year and are known as birthstones. There are lists of birthstones from a number of different organisations, as well as certain regional variations. These are the more common month/gemstone combinations for July, August and September: July – Ruby The name “ruby” is given to gem material […]

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The cutting edge – transforming a stone into a gem

After gem material has been successfully mined, washed and sorted, the next stage is usually to cut, or facet, the rough stones. To understand this process, we follow the journey of a piece of quartz once it has been placed in the hands of a skilled gem cutter (also known as a lapidary). The job […]

Flux - Fair Luxury

Nineteen48 plays key role in Fair Luxury conference

The inaugural FLUX:Fair Luxury conference took place on Tuesday 19th April at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London and Nineteen48 was very pleased to be heavily involved in the planning and execution of this event, the first of its kind in the UK. Conceived by a group of independent jewellery professionals, the aim of the conference […]