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Seals, Crests and Signets

April 26, 2018

The tradition of wearing a signet ring is seeing a revival. Rich in history, the practice goes back thousands of years. Before we had PIN numbers, utility bills and other forms of ID an official document would have been endorsed with a seal. At one time these were the privilege of nobility and would have […]

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Easter Greetings

March 26, 2018

We sincerely hope that winter is now behind us with its snow and ice. We now look forward to warmer weather and the new life which is evident all around us as Spring arrives. It is highly probable that you will be enjoying the odd Easter egg over the next few days so it seemed […]

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Whatever happened to Hatton Garden?

January 25, 2018

This year marks the thirteenth anniversary of our move to Berkhamsted from Hatton Garden. For many people the name ‘Hatton Garden’ immediately creates an image of diamonds, jewellery, precious metals and gem stones. For over a hundred and fifty years valuableitems have been traded by its many dealers and merchants. The JAK cartoon from the […]

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A very special day in 2017

January 8, 2018

One of the most memorable events of last year was undoubtedly a surprise party to mark Vivian Watson’s retirement from our sister company, PJ Watson Ltd. Cleverly organised by John and Tracey, an invitation was sent out to past and present staff, family and friends to be at The King’s Head in Ivinghoe for a […]

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We brought the sparkle to our Christmas Party!

December 5, 2017

All the right ingredients for a successful celebration were evident at our Christmas Party last weekend. A warm welcome in front of a glowing log fire, gentle background seasonal music from Jeanette Cordery, our harpist, Christmas decorations and a huge tree enhancing the atmosphere and a constant supply of sparkling wine were just the beginning. […]

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Peace Hospice Care Hidden Gem Charity Dinner

October 25, 2017

On Friday 6th October, over 100 guests from national and international businesses, including Warner Bros. Studios, Veale Wasbrough Vizards and Myers Clark helped raise £20,000 by attending Peace Hospice Care’s annual charity dinner, at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted and we were very proud sponsors of the event. Ashridge House opened its doors for the Hidden Gem […]

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The Secret Garden Ball

September 28, 2017

       The Hospice of St Francis is a charity that provides free, expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in West Herts and South Bucks, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background.  The Hospice relies on voluntary donations from the local community to raise 80% of over £5 million needed annually to fund their free care. The Diamond Trust is one of the founding […]

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Vivian Celebrates Golden Anniversary

August 30, 2017

In September 1967, you could buy an ounce of gold for $35. Today the same ounce would cost you $1290. Fifty years have made a huge difference. It was in September 1967 that Vivian Watson joined his father in the family business, then located in London’s Hatton Garden. Now 50 years on it is an […]

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The 4 C’s of Diamonds

July 26, 2017

Thanks to a masterpiece of marketing and advertising by DeBeers in 1947 where it was declared worldwide that “A diamond is forever”, diamonds are now the most popular choice for engagement rings and other jewellery. However, until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. The […]

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The 4 C’s of Diamonds

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