13May 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…

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09Apr Birthstones – a Year in Gems (Part 2 of 4 – April to June)


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 April, May and June:April – DiamondDiamond is by far the…

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15Mar Fair Luxury – Responsible Jewellery Conference – Tuesday 19th April, 2016


Nineteen48 is proud to be supporting Fair Luxury, the UK’s first responsible jewellery conference organised by Flux, an independent group of changemakers in the jewellery industry (of which we are founder members).OverviewThe event brings together pioneering figures from both the jewellery and fashion worlds and you can hear from industry…

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23Feb Kandy Kids Continues Its Fantastic Charity Work in Sri Lanka


The annual trip to Sri Lanka for Kandy Kids’ founder, Steve O’Driscoll, took place again in January and we are pleased to report that it was a resounding success.Steve spent several weeks visiting the orphanages and children’s homes in Kandy and Negombo, carefully allocating the money that had been raised…

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22Jan Birthstones – a Year in Gems (Part 1 of 4 – January to March)


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 January, February and March:January – GarnetFrom the reds and oranges…

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08Nov Explore the World of Gemstones With a Gem Workshop From Nineteen48


Would you like to expand your gemstone knowledge? Understand more about how gems are formed and where they are found? Perhaps learn how to tell them apart and how much they are worth?At Nineteen48, we believe that we have a role to play in promoting the subjects of gems and…

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06Nov Life Is Like a Prism – How an Expert Views Artisanal Mining


[This article was originally written by Estelle Levin for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). ARM’s blog is a space that aims to promote dialogue on the political context of the ASM sector and its challenges. Photos by Alliance for Responsible Mining, Manuela Franco and Eduardo Martino.] “Life is like a…

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03Nov Experience a Gemstone Paradise With Nineteen48


Would you like to learn more about the origin of our gemstones? How about a tropical adventure to Sri Lanka which includes visiting the actual mines where the gems are found? That could be easier than you think!Having been frequently asked by our customers about the possibility of taking a…

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19May Nineteen48’s Gems Achieve Jeweltree Certification Standard


Nineteen48’s customers are now able to obtain a Jeweltree Certificate with their purchase of any gemstone from Nineteen48’s own mines in Sri Lanka.Together with the Jeweltree Foundation, Nineteen48 has set up a thorough “track & trace” due diligence procedure to ensure a guaranteed mine to finger protocol. This means customers buying a gemstone…

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09May A Lover’s Guide to Sapphire by Richard Hughes


As huge fans of sapphire, we were considering writing a blog post to wax lyrical about this wondrous gemstone, when we came across an article on the subject by the world-famous expert, Richard W. Hughes.Having read Richard’s piece, there was very little point in trying to better it, so we decided…

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