13Mar Discovering the Treasures of the Kristall Gallerie


In the town of Swakopmund on the Namibian coast, there is a fairly unassuming structure that could easily be overlooked as a modern apartment block or office building. However, housed within is a quite staggering…

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01Mar Official Recognition for Kandy Kids


The co-founder of Kandy Kids, Steve O’Driscoll, was in Sri Lanka in January, working on a range of projects for the charity. Whilst he was there, Steve was invited to talk to some of the…

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21Feb Spinel – the Affordable Alternative to the Big Three?


It’s not everyone that can afford to own a sapphire, ruby or emerald, but there are some very attractive alternatives when it comes to buying coloured gemstones.One of those alternatives is spinel, a much underrated…

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12Feb Kandy Kids Trip to Sri Lanka 2014


January was a busy month for Kandy Kids, with co-founder, Steve O’Driscoll, spending a few weeks in Sri Lanka overseeing all types of new projects at the orphanages supported by the charity.A lot of work…

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01Feb The Hidden Gems of Elmhurst – a Review of the Lizzadro Museum


There are many places around the world where one can see amazing collections of gemstones and jewellery. Major museums are often the proud owners of a wide range of minerals and fossils or beautiful items…

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17Jan Greg Valerio – the Right Kind of Troublemaker


There are times when an industry needs people to stand up and challenge the status quo, to point out what is wrong and to try to do something about it.For the jewellery sector, one of…

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05Jan Two Easy Questions to Ensure You Buy Ethical Jewellery


When it comes to changing the course of an industry, it is the spending power of the customer that has the biggest impact. Whilst legislation and campaigning from within can go so far, it is…

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29Dec The Colourful World of Garnets


Although often considered as a single type of common gemstone (typically red in colour), garnets are actually a family of related minerals that comes in an entire rainbow of colours.From the deep red of the…

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20Dec Merry Christmas From Nineteen48!


As we come towards the end of a very positive and successful year for our company, we wanted to say a huge “THANK YOU” to all of the people who have supported us over the…

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13Dec A Bumper Year for Nineteen48 and Kandy Kids


It has been a great year for Nineteen48’s fundraising efforts. Through various activities we have raised just under £2000 for our charity partner, Kandy Kids.We work very closely with Kandy Kids and their co-founder, Steve…

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