29Dec An Evening of Gemstones at Flux ‘n’ Flame


We recently gave another of our very popular, short talks on the basics of gemstones and gemology. This time, the event was hosted by Jesa and Al Marshall at the Flux ‘n’ Flame jewellery school in Dorset.As well as hearing about how gemstones are mined and cut, a group of…

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27Dec Stunning Ethically Sourced Blue Sapphires


Stunning ethically sourced blue sapphires from Sri-Lanka now available.Blue Sapphire, 2 to 3.5mm, Round CutAmazing ethically sourced and fully traceable blue sapphires from Sri Lanka, mined in the Kahawatthe region. We have many of these sapphires now available between 2 mm and 3.5 mm, round cut, royal blue.Please get in…

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15Nov The Power of Blue Sapphire


Blue sapphire from Sri Lanka is amongst the most precious of all gemstones and the Ceylon Sapphire has been prized by royalty for many centuries. However, along with its beauty and rarity, blue sapphire has historically been attributed with many other powers and characteristics.Traditionally, blue sapphire symbolizes truth, faithfulness and…

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07Apr In Response to Richard Wise’s Strategy to sell more Colour


The following is a guest blog by Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) written in response to Richard Wise’s Strategy To Sell More Color.The article in the last edition of The Centurion Sales Strategy Newsletter about Richard Wise’s seminar at the Centurion Show prompts a response from me.In my opinion, it is…

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17Feb Nineteen48 & Rubyfair Merge to Create a Better Customer Experience


Two of the UK’s leading suppliers of ethically sourced and traceable coloured gemstones, Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com) and Rubyfair (www.rubyfair.com), have announced a merger of their businesses. The merger will give customers a more efficient service and a greater range of coloured gemstones from one unified sales channel.Nineteen48 specialises in fully traceable…

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15Feb The Science of Sapphire – a Gemmological View of September’s Birthstone


Many people are impressed with the sheer beauty and sparkling magnificence of sapphire, but behind the dazzling outward appearance, there are plenty of fascinating facts and figures. Some of these attributes are essential for gemmologists for identification purposes.Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the oxide mineral corundum, comprising of the…

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09Apr Birthstones – a Year in Gems (Part 2 of 4 – April to June)


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 April, May and June:April – DiamondDiamond is by far the…

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22Jan Birthstones – a Year in Gems (Part 1 of 4 – January to March)


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 January, February and March:January – GarnetFrom the reds and oranges…

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08Nov Explore the World of Gemstones With a Gem Workshop From Nineteen48


Would you like to expand your gemstone knowledge? Understand more about how gems are formed and where they are found? Perhaps learn how to tell them apart and how much they are worth?At Nineteen48, we believe that we have a role to play in promoting the subjects of gems and…

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09May A Lover’s Guide to Sapphire by Richard Hughes


As huge fans of sapphire, we were considering writing a blog post to wax lyrical about this wondrous gemstone, when we came across an article on the subject by the world-famous expert, Richard W. Hughes.Having read Richard’s piece, there was very little point in trying to better it, so we decided…

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