28Mar Visit to the Emerge Reintegration Centre


As you walk into the new Emerge Reintegration Centre in Colombo, there is an instant feeling of calm, peacefulness and positivity. Before even going inside the building, there is a sense that this is much more than simply another house in a quiet sidestreet. However, when you begin to appreciate…

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17Mar Fair Luxury: Responsible Jewellery Conference


We are very happy to be supporting the FLUX:Fair Luxury conference once again in April, 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…

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16Mar Kandy Kid's Charity Work Continues in Sri Lanka


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.One of Steve's many trips to the shopsOnce again, Steve travelled around the country visiting the various orphanages, children’s…

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07Mar Jewellery Industry Summit 2017: Delegate’s View


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…

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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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10Feb 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,…

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01Sep 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…

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15Aug 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 – RubyThe name “ruby” is given…

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21Jun 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…

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