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Diamonds are not the only thing to sparkle here at The Diamond Trust

We have recently taken delivery of a substantial quantity of Champagne, just in time for Christmas celebrations. Our own label makes these bottles rather special and they could become collectors’ items one day. Champagne Fred Legras is produced from grapes from the same vineyard as those which are used in the prestigious Dom Perignon brand. […]

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A Rather Unusual Diamond Anniversary

60 years ago, this month, on 10th November, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington acquired the Hope Diamond. The 45.52 carat Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back nearly four centuries The jewel is believed to have originated in India, where the original (larger) stone was purchased in […]

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How do I find out my finger size?

In the UK finger size is measured on the ‘Wheatsheaf’ gauge, which uses the letters of the alphabet with half sizes in between. A is the smallest and Z the largest, although we occasionally are asked for a ring in a Z+1 or a Z+2. We once made a pair of wedding rings for a […]

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How Do I Judge A Good Sapphire?

The birthstone for September is sapphire. Most people think of a sapphire as a blue stone which of course is correct, but it is only part of the story. The words sapphire and blue are almost synonymous, but sapphire is available in just about every colour of the rainbow. They have been known since Biblical […]

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Why Are Diamond Engagement Rings Popular?

No one can say with any authority exactly when the custom of giving rings for engagement or betrothal began.  There is a reference in Genesis (Chapter 24 v 22) which describes the giving of a ring, weighing five and a half grams, when Isaac sets his sights on Rebekah. Many ancient civilisations such as the […]

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The Truth about Tanzanite

Over the summer holidays, some of our customers will be travelling to far away places such as the Caribbean, South Africa, The Far East or one of many other exotic destinations. In many of these places there will be shops selling Tanzanite jewellery. First discovered in 1967 in one specific location in Tanzania, this amazing […]

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Seals, Crests and Signets

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

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?

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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