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Buried Treasure

107 years ago, this month, on 18th June 1912, one of the most remarkable discoveries ever made was unearthed in London. 1912 was the wettest year on record. Workmen were clearing a site at 30/32 Cheapside, close to St. Paul’s Cathedral. As they worked away in the mud and rubble, their picks hit upon a […]

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Natural Beauty or Synthetic Gem?

Ninety-eight years ago this month, on 4th May 1921, the London evening papers carried stories of a new gem material, cultured pearl. At the time, this new-comer was seen as a threat to the whole pearl industry. Until now nearly all pearls were those which had been recovered from the warm waters of places like […]

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Hatton Garden

The history of Hatton Garden is one with which the Watson family have been associated for many years. Vivian is now writing a book drawing on his experience, his relationships and his extensive collection of memorabilia. The name Hatton Garden has been associated with diamonds, gems and jewellery for at least 150 years. The ‘Garden,’ […]

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March

It is only three weeks until Spring is officially here again and with the expectation of longer and warmer days, we are glad to say good-bye to the winter. As the natural world comes out of hibernation, we look forward to fresh opportunities, meeting new customers and continuing to look after our long-established client friendships. […]

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The Cullinan

One hundred and ten years ago, on 10th February 1908, history was made as Joseph Asscher began the cutting of the Cullinan Diamond. The rough diamond had been discovered in 1905, in the rock face of the Premier Mine in South Africa, by the mine-manager, Frederick Wells while on a routine inspection. The mine had […]

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In a cavern, in a canyon dwelt a miner 49er …

‘49ers – 170th anniversary 2019 marks the 170th Anniversary of the famous California gold rush of 1849. Prior to this historic event California had been a small settlement of about 200 people. California had belonged to Mexico and there was no constitution or little in the way of laws or property rights, particularly for miners. […]

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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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