22Jul Not a Lot of People Know That – Some Sapphire Trivia


The name for sapphire is thought to have come from Greek (‘sappheiros’) or Latin (‘sapphirus’). Both of these words probably referred originally to lapis lazuli or were used as a generic term for blue gemstones. The word ‘saphir’ is found around the mid-13th century in Old French and the Latin…

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22Jul New Charity Partner for Nineteen48


We are very pleased to announce that we are now working with another charity partner in Sri Lanka, the Emerge Lanka Foundation.The foundation is the Sri Lanka-based sister entity of Emerge Global, a Boston-based, non-profit organisation that aims to empower young women in Sri Lanka who have survived abuse and…

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20Mar Sapphires Are Blue and Rubies Are Red… Right?


There is a common misconception that all sapphires are blue and all rubies are red. However, there’s a lot more to the colour of these stones than one might think.Both of these precious gemstones belong to the same family of stones, called corundum. Scientifically speaking, all corundum (both sapphire and…

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13Mar Discovering the Treasures of the Kristall Gallerie


In the town of Swakopmund on the Namibian coast, there is a fairly unassuming structure that could easily be overlooked as a modern apartment block or office building. However, housed within is a quite staggering array of minerals and gemstones. Gem lovers and rockhounds who find themselves in this part…

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01Mar Official Recognition for Kandy Kids


The co-founder of Kandy Kids, Steve O’Driscoll, was in Sri Lanka in January, working on a range of projects for the charity. Whilst he was there, Steve was invited to talk to some of the local authorities about his work.The outcome of the discussions was that Kandy Kids has received…

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21Feb Spinel – the Affordable Alternative to the Big Three?


It’s not everyone that can afford to own a sapphire, ruby or emerald, but there are some very attractive alternatives when it comes to buying coloured gemstones.One of those alternatives is spinel, a much underrated gemstone that is found in several parts of Asia and Africa, historically in Sri Lanka…

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12Feb Kandy Kids Trip to Sri Lanka 2014


January was a busy month for Kandy Kids, with co-founder, Steve O’Driscoll, spending a few weeks in Sri Lanka overseeing all types of new projects at the orphanages supported by the charity.A lot of work was required at the Tikiri Sevana orphanage which has added another 15 babies since last…

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01Feb The Hidden Gems of Elmhurst – a Review of the Lizzadro Museum


There are many places around the world where one can see amazing collections of gemstones and jewellery. Major museums are often the proud owners of a wide range of minerals and fossils or beautiful items that have been worn by some of the most famous historical figures.However, alongside these world-renowned…

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17Jan Greg Valerio – the Right Kind of Troublemaker


There are times when an industry needs people to stand up and challenge the status quo, to point out what is wrong and to try to do something about it.For the jewellery sector, one of those people has been Greg Valerio. For well over a decade, Greg has made a…

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05Jan Two Easy Questions to Ensure You Buy Ethical Jewellery


When it comes to changing the course of an industry, it is the spending power of the customer that has the biggest impact. Whilst legislation and campaigning from within can go so far, it is when consumers begin to vote with their hard-earned cash that retailers truly start to pay…

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