berkhamsted jewellery

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 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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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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