29Sep Why Should You Consider a Sapphire Engagement Ring?


Does an engagement ring have to be a diamond? Certainly not! Whilst the jewellery industry’s marketing machine has spent millions trying to convince us that only diamonds are forever, there are signs that consumers are seeing the potential of other gemstones when it comes to popping the question.An increasingly popular…

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11Aug The Ascent of Mount Fuji


Our co-founder, Stuart Pool, recently scaled Mount Fuji to raise money for charity and this is his account of the climb…On the weekend of 13/14th July 2013, I was a member of a 6-person team attempting to climb Mount Fuji in Japan. For my part, I was raising money for…

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05Aug 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…

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29Jul Climbing High for Kandy Kids


Our co-founder, Stuart Pool, recently completed a charity climb of Mount Fuji in Japan, raising over £1500 for our charity partner, Kandy Kids (www.kandykids.org).Over the weekend of 13/14th July, Stuart made it safely to the top (and back), taking around 22 hours to complete the round trip (including plenty of…

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02Jul Jewellery Students Learn About Ethical Gemstones


As well as finding, mining and selling high-quality gemstones from Sri Lanka, we like to take every opportunity to tell people about the importance of ethical sourcing. So whenever we are invited to give a talk on gems or gemology, we impress upon the attendees that they should always learn…

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31May Ethically-sourced Sapphires and Rubies From Sri Lanka


Following our recent field trip to Sri Lanka, we have a stock of fully traceable blue sapphires that are guaranteed ethically sourced. The sapphires all come from a mine in the Elahera region.The stones range from 0.41 to 1.35 carats with a variety of shades of blue available. Prices start…

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31May Beautiful Blue Topaz From Sri Lanka


From the Balangoda region of Sri Lanka, we have been fortunate to source 5 blue topaz, which were cut locally by a very skillful gem cutter. They are truly impressive examples of this gemstone.We have four baguette cut stones, ranging from 2.75 carat to 5.71 carat, as well as a…

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31May Light Green Tourmaline and Yellow Chrysoberyl Now in Stock


Especially for jewellery makers, we have a parcel of 10 light green tourmaline (oval and baguette cuts), sourced in the Ratnapura region and on offer for a special parcel price of £195.Sizes range from 0.25 to 0.65 carats. Individually, the stones would retail for £20-25 each.Also from Ratnapura, we have…

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25May Nineteen48 Teams Up With Prominent Dorset Charity


High-profile, Poole-based charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice, recently held their annual Sunflower Ball and we were very proud to be invited to put on a display of gemstones and jewellery at the event.Lewis-Manning offers free, specialist palliative nursing care to around 650 local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and…

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06May How “HOT” Is That Sapphire?


Did you know that many of the sapphires and rubies on the market today have been heat treated to enhance their colour and clarity?The practice is now so common that you will often see sapphire or ruby specifically labelled as “unheated” since these stones attract a higher value. Certificates may…

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