14May Penzance Gem Fair at Justin Duance


On Friday 20th May, we will be at Justin Duance Jewellery in Penzance, Cornwall, for a gem fair from 11am to 3pm.There will be a range of gemstones to buy, including sapphire, ruby, opal, aquamarine,…

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10Mar Global Gold Transparency Initiative


Although Nineteen48 does not supply gold (or diamonds), this initiative should be promoted throughout our industry and have our wholehearted support.Below is an open letter from the newly-formed Global Gold Transparency Initiative published on 10th…

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22Oct Moyo Gems Project Update 2021


Despite all of the challenges of the last 18 months, the Moyo Gems project with the artisanal gemstone miners in Tanga, Tanzania, has continued successfully.Our local team comprised of members of the Tanzanian Women Miners'…

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20Aug Jewellery Designs Using Nineteen48 Gemstones


We are constantly amazed at the stunning jewellery that our customers make with our gemstones.These are just a few of the recent examples.Australian sapphire in a recycled gold ring by Claire TroughtonSri Lankan blue sapphire…

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17Jun Nineteen48 hosts Fair Luxury Open House with Greenland Ruby and Fuli Gemstones


On Thursday 17th June, we hosted the Fair Luxury Open House, which was entitled "Coloured Gemstones: Pioneering Responsible Mining".It was a fascinating discussion with two coloured gemstone companies, looking at their different business models and…

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17Apr Nineteen48 and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals


Our ethical policy was devised to connect with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). We did this so that the ambitions of our business could be seen in the context of a wider-reaching framework…

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08Apr Nineteen48's 10th Anniversary - The Story of Our First Decade


Wednesday, 7th April, 2021, marked the 10-year anniversary of the formation of Nineteen48 and this post is a reflection of what we have achieved and how far we have come in the last decade.It's fair…

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29Mar Brilliant Earth and Moyo Gems Collaboration


The Moyo Gems project has achieved another significant milestone with the announcement that US-based jewellery e-tailer, Brilliant Earth, is now offering their customers the option to create beautiful pieces of jewellery using Moyo gemstones.The initial…

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27Mar All About Aquamarine


Aquamarine takes its name from the Latin for "water" (aqua) and "of the sea" (marine) and, according to the ancient Romans, this beautiful blue-green gemstone could be a talisman protecting sailors from the dangers of…

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04Mar Don Ariyaratna 02/11/47 - 21/01/21


On January 21st 2021, we lost our friend and gemmology mentor, Don Ariyaratna, to a combination of coronavirus and pneumonia. Below are some of Stuart's memories of Don..."Don had been my gemmology tutor for the…

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