Victorian Turquoise and Diamond Ring, c.1869
15 Carat Yellow Rose
First mined 5,000 years ago by Tibetans and Egyptians, turquoise’s colour can range from dull greys, to yellows, grass greens to bright sky blues. The most prized colour, a bright robins egg blue, comes from the Nishapur district of Iran. This is sometimes said to be ‘Persian Blue’. Turquoise has long been a symbol of wealth as well as being associated to meanings of purity and healing. Read more
The practice of incising a design or inscription on a hard surface of metal, created by cutting grooves into it, by hand or machine. Engraving was very popular during the Victorian era to create a scrolled pattern on the gallery or shoulders of a ring.
Pink coloured gold. The pink hue comes from the alloying metal which is copper or sometimes copper and silver.
A stone that has been polished into a dome shape with no facets. The cut is used primarily to create and enhance phenomenon in gems such as star sapphires.
A mark or a series of marks stamped on precious metal such as gold, platinum or palladium. The hallmark often denoted the place the item was made, the fineness of the metal and the year in which the item was hallmarked/made.
A diamond cut used since the 16th century. Rose cuts have flat bottoms and pointed tops created from triangular facets, usually faceted out of slivers of diamond that would serve no other purpose.
Derived from the Greek meaning ‘unbreakable’, diamond is a mineral, considered to be the most beautiful and rare of all gemstones. Diamond has been associated with love for centuries.
The section of the ring which fits round the finger. Also known as a shank.
A chemical element with the symbol Au. Gold is a yellow, malleable metal which makes it perfect for use in jewellery making.
One of the most defining characteristics of a diamond is its cut. While high grades of color, clarity, and carat weight affect a diamond, it's the cut that determines the symmetry of the stone's facets, its overall proportions, and its ability to reflect light. An expertly cut diamond will achieve high levels of brilliance, sparkle, and durability. For more information and cut types, see The Four C's.
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