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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

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…

Read the full post

© Nineteen48 Limited 2022. All Rights Reserved.