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Including birthstones and traditional anniversary gifts

Jewellery History & Traditions

In Roman times, the wearing of jewellery was common, even by the lower orders of society. But by the 8th century AD, the wearing of jewellery had become confined to royalty and the church. In the 12th century, the first goldsmiths’ guilds were formed to serve noble families and the church. These guilds served as […]  Continue Reading »


January garnet February amethyst March aquamarine or bloodstone April diamond May emerald June pearl, alexandrite or moonstone July ruby August sardonyx or peridot September sapphire October opal or tourmaline November topaz December turquoise or lapis lazuli  Continue Reading »

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

1 Paper 2 Cotton 3 Leather 4 Linen 5 Wood 6 Iron 7 Copper 8 Bronze 9 Pottery 10 Tin 11 Steel 12 Silk 13 Lace 14 Ivory 15 Crystal or glass 20 China 25 Silver 30 Pearls 35 Coral or jade 40 Ruby or garnet 45 Sapphire 50 Gold 55 Emerald or Turquoise 60 […]  Continue Reading »

Jewellery Measures

Gemstones Gemstones are measured in carats, abbreviated “ct” (and not to be confused with karats, with a “k”, used for gold purity). A carat is one fifth of a gram – or 200 milligrams. A point is one hundredth of a carat – or 2 milligrams. As an indication, a one carat round diamond would […]  Continue Reading »