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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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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 ruby) is created equally […]

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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 and Burma, as well […]

Are diamonds losing their sparkle?

The prices of sapphires and rubies have increased faster than diamonds over the last 8 years, according to a recent BBC news article, and one of the main reasons for the increase is the fact that women are buying more jewellery for themselves and that their tastes are changing. This new trend has been partially […]