Meghan Markle's engagement ring a three stone ring

Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

December 9, 2017

Of course the week could not go by without mention of the big news of another royal engagement. Although only announced this week, apparently Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle a few weeks ago whilst they were in Prince Harry’s home in London (Notthingham Cottage at Kensington Palace). And she accepted! So the big question
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Stunning sapphire and trapezoid diamond cut engagement ring

Celebrity Sapphire Engagement Rings

October 28, 2017

When we think of an engagement ring, many of us immediately think of a diamond ring. Why? We have probably all been influenced by the powerful DeBeers marketing campaign that tells us that “diamonds are forever”. A sapphire ring is a beautiful, unique alternative to a diamond ring. A well chosen sapphire is the foundation
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Hearts and Arrows Diamond. This photo shows the hearts effect

Hearts and Arrows Diamond

September 28, 2017

Choosing a great diamond can be tricky. If you have read some of the info on this site you will by now have learnt that assessing how good a diamond is (or isn’t) goes way beyond the 4C’s. Looking at the 4C’s is of course a good starting point. But we need to know a
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Like Meghan Markle's engagement ring, this ring features a cushion cut central diamond, but this one is flanked by two round rubies instead of round diamonds

Amazing Engagement Ring Find

August 12, 2017

The news is often full of stories of the latest celebrity to be swanning around Hollywood sporting an amazing engagement ring. It seems that each ring is bigger and better than the one before it. Where can it end I ask myself? But what has struck me in the news this week are some incredible
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Diamond certification provided by GIA supplied by Ellissi diamonds

Where Is My Diamond From?

June 22, 2017

“Where is my diamond from?” This is a question that clients often ask us. Knowing the mine that your diamond is from, has, until now, been virtually impossible. (Unless you dug it out of the ground yourself!). Unlike some sapphires, there is nothing in the way a diamond looks or its structure that helps us
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Colour sapphires in this blue green hue are rare

Sapphire colours: Unusual Particoloured Gemstones

May 20, 2017

Sapphires are one of the most beautiful gemstones nature has given us. Many people are surprised to learn that sapphires are found in a multitude of colours. Sapphire colours can be almost anything from blues to pinks to greens, purples, orange yellows, apricot, violet, orange and many shades in between. Sapphires can also even be
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Pink Star pink diamond

Pink Diamond Sale Sets A Record

April 5, 2017

The jewellery world is abuzz today with the news that a 59.60 carat Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid Pink diamond sold at auction yesterday. It is the largest diamond of this grade that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded. The auction, by Sotheby’s, attracted three telephone bidders. After five minutes of intense bidding,
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Great diamonds: This one is a whopping 706 carats!

Great Diamonds: A Whopping 706 Carat Find in Sierra Leone

March 25, 2017

Great diamonds are not commonly found by small, independent fossickers. Usually we expect the big diamond finds to be coming from large mining companies. After, all, they have all the tools and equipment. And they can pay for all the expert know how that is part of any big mining venture. But this week there
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Aquamarine ring, 6.90ct. and 40 x round brilliant cut diamondsd

Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March

March 7, 2017

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It is also the gemstone for your 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is a beautiful, transparent blue. It sometimes has a slight greenish blue tinge. The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin word for seawater. Like the sea, it can be light to dark blue and has a vitreous (glass
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