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Fair Luxury – Responsible Jewellery Conference – Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th April, 2017

We are very happy to be supporting the FLUX:Fair Luxury conference once again in 2017. This two-day event at the Assay Office Birmingham (U.K.) will build on FLUX’s inaugural conference in 2016. It will further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of […]

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Kandy Kids’ charity work continues in Sri Lanka in 2017

After another successful year of fundraising in 2016, Steve O’Driscoll, founder of Kandy Kids, made his customary annual trip to Sri Lanka in January to oversee the spending of the money raised. Once again, Steve travelled around the country visiting the various orphanages, children’s homes and other projects supported by his small, but effective, charity, […]

The Jewellery Industry Summit 2017 – a delegate’s view of the conference

The second Jewelry Industry Summit (JIS) took place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st January, 2017, at the Tucson Convention Centre in Arizona. The summit brought together over 100 professionals from all parts of the industry to discuss issues relating to the responsible and transparent sourcing of some of the main materials we need to […]

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Nineteen48 and 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 coloured gemstones from Sri […]

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 two elements aluminium and […]

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Rockhounding in Tucson – a first-timer’s view of the biggest gem show on Earth

We generally expect that, whatever the Americans do, it is going to be on a grand scale. From presidential elections to the Superbowl, everything has to be bigger, brighter and bolder than anything you have seen before. The same can certainly be said of their showpiece gem event in Tucson, Arizona. To be accurate, the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]