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Jane's finished ring

Mine to market – a customer’s view

In January 2016, one of our customers (Jane Barnett) came to Sri Lanka, determined that a key part of her trip would be starting the process of making some unique pieces of jewellery for herself and her step-daughter. We were very honoured to be chosen to help Jane with the selection of her rough gem material […]

Blue sapphire, 3.4 carat, oval cut, royal blue

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 […]

Large, faceted quartz

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 […]