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Ruby love

    The luscious ruby has for centuries been one of the most sought after and admired gems. Along with diamond, emerald and sapphire it forms the 4 “precious” gems. As some of you may know, ruby and sapphire are actually the same mineral (corundum – from the Tamil word Kuruvindam). Red corundum is ruby and the rest are ...

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Our Australian Diamonds

    Ethical and traceable diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia, supplied by Origin Australia. We use diamonds from our very own beautiful continent, ethically mined, sourced with careful consideration for the environment and the local indigenous communities.. We buy both rough diamonds and cut diamonds from ...

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Fairtrade Gold: East African Mines set to become certified

We’re excited! – following the success of Fairtrade Gold in Latin America, a new Fairtrade Gold project was recently launched in East Africa. One of the mines, which has entered into a Fairtrade deal with the UK, is in Geita, Tanzania. Tanzania is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa, with hundreds of thousands of the country’s ...

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The Ruby – ethical, beautiful and durable

The luscious ruby has for centuries been one of the most sought after and admired gems. Along with diamond, emerald and sapphire it forms the 4 “precious” gems. As some of you may know, ruby and sapphire are actually the same mineral (corundum – from the Tamil word Kuruvindam). Red corundum is ruby and the rest are sapphire. It’s found ...

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Commissioning an ethical bespoke engagement ring.

Having a bespoke engagement ring commissioned can be a daunting process. I imagine it’s much like if I had to fix a car in order to ask my boyfriend to marry me. I would be a little intimidated. Hopefully I can answer some questions here and allay some concerns. Firstly, I am a nice person. I am not a high and mighty, snooty jeweller who ...

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Sapphires – a great ethical choice

I love it when a client asks me to design an engagement ring using sapphires. Not only are they beautiful, durable and available in a fantastic array of colours, they are also a good little ethical gem.  Most sapphires come from either Sri Lanka (commonly known as Ceylon Sapphires) and Australia. (Malawi and the USA should also get a ...

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Remodelling your existing rings – a guide.

As an ethical jeweller I have many clients who come to me with sentimental rings and heirlooms that aren’t quite their style, or simply a stock of old jewellery that they never wear. Remodelling existing rings is a great way to bring another level of meaning into your jewellery or a great way to recycle something precious. If you want to do ...

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Greg Valerio explains why Fairtrade Gold is so important.

Are you one of Fairtrade gold’s 50,000? April 15, 2014 / Greg Valerio Published on Rhythm’s. Tear Funds on-line platform for youth and community leaders. Visit http://rhythms.org/ As I stood on the edge of the half hill and looked down I was astounded by what was happening here. Indentured slavery, extreme exploitation, and child labour ...

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How to bring the sparkle back to your jewellery

As some of you may know, we offer a free clean and polish service every two years for your wedding and engagement rings.  However, many clients ask me how best to look after their rings on a daily basis – so I thought I would share with everyone my trade secrets for cleaning and caring for your precious jewellery.   Firstly, it’s ...

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How a wedding ring is made…

I thought this week I’d let you all in on how a wedding ring (band) is made.  I have simplified it a bit (so it fits on the page!) and taken out all the bashed fingers and burnt worktops (no-one is perfect…).     Here the gold is in granule form in the crucible ready to be melted down. Once melted I will pour it whilst still ...

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