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  • A random selection of rings in silver and gold
    silver and gold rings that were made as mock ups for a client or were one offs or that just don t fit into my main range All the pieces are in silver and gold please click the thumbnailrgs for full details and email me if you have any questions or want to make an offer on something Browse our modern Jewellery Rings Gold rings Earrings Bracelets Bangles Necklaces Cufflinks

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  • Hallmarking for precious metals
    main jewellery and silverware producing areas in the UK There also used to be offices in York Newcastle Chester Exeter Belfast and Glasgow so you may find other marks on old jewellery or silverware These days the London office still handles more work than any of the others but many manufacturers still like to use their local office so that the connection between where it was made and where it was marked is preserved Current Assay Offices London Edinburgh Sheffield Birmingham Other marks There are a variety of other marks that you might find on jewellery and silverware for instance the lion that was used to denote sterling silver and the Britannia symbol for funnily enough Britannia silver These have now been standardised out and replaced by the number system but we can still opt to use them if we want to There are various other convention marks and marks for special occasions such as the Millennium and these can be used to add another level of meaning to a gift by marking the fact that a wedding for instance took place during a significant year How s it done As manufactures we have to register with an Assay Office and get our own individual punches cut in order to strike our maker s mark Then we send the work away usually at an early stage in the manufacturing process and they test it mark it and return it to us We send it unfinished because the main method used is one called Cupellation which involves scraping off little bits of the metal and melting them in a special crucible or cupel Various methods are used to draw off and eliminate the metals other than the one that you are testing for and by weighing the sample before and after

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  • Garnets
    likely to be seen as an indication of contagion rather than of love This is unfortunate as the garnet has traditionally been seen as a gift of love and especially as a promise of love on parting Apparently Hades had given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return I think I d have just eaten it myself Bohemia which is now a part of Czechoslovakia was a great source of garnets in the past and the interiors of many castles and churches were decorated with them Traditionally they were set in tight clusters like the stones in the pomegranate a style which is still popular in the region today and is reflected in the garnet cluster rings that were common in the Victorian ere Colour variations in garnet Garnet is one of those amazing materials that takes on different colours depending on subtly different chemical makeup Whist most of the garnets used in the jewellery trade are the deep red colour a vibrant green is also popular and goes by the name Tsavorite It was first discovered in the 1960s in the Tsavo area of Kenya from which it takes its name It s a beautiful stone and rivals the colour and clarity of the very best emeralds Another green variety Demantoid is even more brilliant than tsavorite hence much more expensive The yellow variety is known as Hessonite and is sometimes used as a substitute for topaz Rhodalite garnets are a combination of the Almandine and the Pyrope forms of the mineral and have a purplish red hue These are also sometimes known as Cape rubies or Californian rubies as they have a hue that is more commonly associated with rubies than with garnets There are also blues oranges and raspberry reds and

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  • Amethysts
    Deep Siberian within the jewellery trade The name Amethyst comes from the Greek for not drunken and relates to various Greek myths involving horny gods chasing chaste virgins as you d expect Wikipedia has a neat summary if you re interested but the upshot is that it was believed that amethyst was an antidote to drunkenness and as such was used to make drinking vessels These days I think that this would be seen as missing the point Through the ages it has religious significance within Judaism and Christianity It was one of the twelve gems on the Breastplate of Aaron the first High Priest of Israel Exodus 39 and was the stone associated with the tribe of Dan Amethyst has been used within the Christian Church to symbolise Christ himself and also the attributes of piety and chastity This perhaps owes something to its earlier association with sobriety and control of the appetites There are those who believe that amethyst has the power to protect you from seduction and various other ills I am not numbered amongst them I gave my wife an amethyst ring some years back and I have not noticed any appreciable impediment To me it s a beautiful stone with a rich colour that is also subtle enough to blend well with many other shades making it a great choice for every day wear It also has the benefit of being a classic stone and has not all together lost its association with the Precious Stones in the minds of the many Personally I tend to use the rich deep purples but as with most other natural gem stones there is a range of hues available from the merest hint of pink to almost black If you would like to have a piece made with

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  • Topaz
    that all topazes were yellow and that any yellow stone was a topaz These days gem specialists respond to these naive beliefs with the technical expression Durr In 1740 the Braganza diamond 1 640 carats was found in Ouro Preto Brazil It was set in the Portuguese crown and was thought to be the largest diamond ever found The fact that it was a diamond was never confirmed and it is now believed to have been a colourless topaz After the colourless stones blues and greens are the next most common and blue topaz has in recent years become very popular as an alternative to Ceylon sapphires Most of the blue topaz on the market however wasn t dug out of the ground looking like that but has arrived at its colour through being irradiated People tend to get a bit twitchy when you re talking about radiation I should stress that treating a stone in this way does not leave it radioactive in any way and there is no threat to health The process allows the hue of the stone to be very carefully controlled and has led to three distinct colour bands that are used within the jewellery trade London Blue is a deep blue with a greenish tinge Swiss Blue is paler but has a bright vibrant hue Sky Blue is paler still and can be mistaken for aquamarine Please bear in mind that the colours that your monitor chooses to show you are not necessarily the colours of the actual stones These images are just to give you an idea of how the different shades vary from each other I tend to use the Swiss blue as it has a strong bold colour without the washiness of the the sky blue It does tend to be

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  • Citrine
    deep vibrant browns The mid range are known as golden citrines and these mimic the better topazes Because of this citrine has often been used as a cheaper substitute for topaz Large citrines were set in many prized pieces from the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II including the massive and elaborate Deco inspired jewelry made for Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford in the 1930s The relative cheapness of the material makes it a perfect choice for this sort of overstatement There are very few naturally occurring deposits of citrine and it seems likely that these to are amethysts that have been naturally heated by nearby geothermal activity All the material that you ll find on the markets will have started off as low grade amethyst mostly mined in Brazil that has been heated artificially An amethyst that has been heated in this way can be returned to it s original hue by exposing it to beta radiation and so a stone known as the ametrine has been been developed which is half citrine and half amethyst It s not everyone s cup of tea but if it s done subtly and with a heavily facetted stone the effect can be quite stunning Ametrines are generally cut either as ovals baguettes or emerald cuts This is because the long thin profile of these cuts allows the graduations between the different colours to be more obvious Here comes the scientific bit In my research I found out all kids of interesting things about citrine Here s an example Citrine carries the healing properties of the sun It expands the auric field filling it with light and clearing away any lingering etheric toxins Citrine is also a wonderful manifestation crystal by motivating you into taking action

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  • Tourmaline
    like are of the Elbaite species named after the island of Elba in Italy The Egyptians were keen on tourmalines and had a legend that said that in it s journey up from the centre of the earth the crystal passed over a rainbow and so took on all of its colours What a rainbow was doing miles underground is glossed over Nonetheless tourmalines are found in a variety of vibrant colours the most notable being these Achroite Named after the Greek word achroos meaning without colour Rubellite Rubellite comes from the Latin name rubellus meaning reddish Canary The best of these stones come from Malawi The vibrant yellow colour is due to fine traces of magnesium in the crystal lattice Blue These are rare and prized with the best specimens coming from Brazil Verdelite Perhaps the most commonly used in jewellery The most vibrant green s are called Chrome tourmalines due to the influence of that element over the colour All of these colours are used as gem stones in jewellery but as with many crystals as the material cools different bands or graduations of colour can form This effect is particularly marked in tourmaline giving rise to crystals that display a range of colors either graduating from one end to the other or radially as in the so called watermelon tourmalines 18ct gold diamond and pink tourmaline bangle I tend to use the vivid pink that looks like a rather tasty boiled sweet and the rich deep green stones that are the colour of Fairy Liquid The original Fairy Liquid before they introduced lots of nonsy colours and scents to try and get small children to drink the stuff As it s more expensive than most of the other semi precious stones that I use in the silver

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  • 18ct gold Apollo diamond rings
    like so if you want the ring to be predominantly white then choose white gold in the shopping cart Please contact me if you want platinum or palladium There s also a version of this ring called Jupiter that is set with a princess cut diamond For more information of the diamonds that I use please visit my Diamonds page As with everything on my site if you don t

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