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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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A very special day in 2017

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!

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

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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