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7 Must Know Facts About Tanzanite

7 Must Know Facts About Tanzanite

With December just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to share some information about the official birthstone of December, the wonderful Tanzanite gemstone. 

Want to learn more about who discovered tanzanite, which region tanzanite is mined and what makes tanzanite so special? Keep on reading and learn the 7 must know facts about tanzanite…

1. What Is Tanzanite? 


Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral zoisite which is deep blue to violet in colour that is caused by its contents of the mineral vanadium. When found in Lower grades of the stone, the colour can become a much paler blue to violet, so the higher the colour saturation, the higher the grade/quality of the tanzanite. When most tanzanite is originally mined from the earth, it is actually a brown/red colour. It is then heat treated which turns the stone the vivid blue colour it has been so well known and loved for. 

Tanzanite has a hardness of 6.5 on mohs scale which means that it can easily be scratched by harder minerals.

2. Where Is Tanzanite Mined?

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Tanzanite can only be found and mined in the African country of Tanzania. More specifically it is only found in the Simanjiro District of the Manyara region of Tanzania where it is mined in a space of just 4km near the Mererani Hills just south of Mount Kilimanjaro. This mine is regulated by the Tanzanian Government and is split into 4 blocks named blocks A, B, C & D. Blocks A & C are used by commercial miners while blocks B & D are reserved for locals. 

This is the only place on earth where tanzanite can be found and the chances of finding tanzanite in any other location are said to be over one in a million! This is because tanzanite is what experts describe as a geological phenomenon which was said to have happened 585 million years ago due the shift in tectonic plates, coupled with significant heat that formed Mount Kilimanjaro, also formed rough tanzanite in the process.

3. Who First Discovered Tanzanite?

Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967, however there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the discovery of tanzanite. One person who is credited with discovering tanzanite gemstones was a man from a local masai tribe named Ali Juuyawatu who was said to have discovered vibrant blue gemstones on the floor after a lightning strike caused a large bush fire. 

However the most popular theory of the discovery of tanzanite is by a man named Manuel De Souza who was from Goa in India. It is said that Manuel De Souza, who was a keen prospector, was in the small town of Arusha near Mount Kilimanjaro where he discovered what he originally believed to be sapphires while gem hunting. After realising that the gemstone was too soft to be sapphire, the gem was later classified as a form of the mineral zoisite and given the name “blue zoisite”.

4. Where Did Tanzanite Get Its Name

As mentioned earlier, tanzanite was originally named as blue zoisite. Back in 1968, Tiffany & Co’ caught wind of this radiant blue new gemstone but thought that name sounded too much like “blue suicide”. So they named the gemstone Tanzanite in tribute to the county that it originated from. They then created a marketing campaign of Tanzanite can only be found in 2 places, in Tanzania and at Tiffany’s.

5. Is Tanzanite Rare?

Tanzanite eternity ring
Tanzanite eternity ring

Tanzanite is one of rarest natural minerals on earth. This is largely due to the fact that it is only found and mined in one small 4km strip of land in the entire world. It is actually said that tanzanite is in fact, 1000 times rarer than natural diamonds. 

To put into perspective how rare tanzanite actually is, some geologists have estimated that the supply of tanzanite could be depleted within the next decade or two which would render tanzanite as an heirloom.

6. Why Does Tanzanite Change Colour?

Tanzanite gemstones have been known to look different colours when you view them from different angles. This is just one other reason why tanzanite is so special. Tanzanite is a trichroic gemstone which basically means that when light enters the stone, it vibrates in different planes which causes the stone to be extremely reactive to light and show different colours from different perspectives.

7. Why Is Tanzanite The December Birthstone?

The month of December actually has 3 different associated Birthstones. These are zircon, turquoise and of course, tanzanite. It wasn’t until 2002 that tanzanite was officially recognised as the birthstone of December by the American Gem Trade Association. It was the first birthstone that was added to the official list of Birthstones since 90 years prior, all the way back in 1912!

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read our blog. Now you know why tanzanite is so special and very deserving of being such a treasured gemstone in jewellery! What do you think about tanzanite? Is it one of your favourite gemstones or not? I know it’s one of mine! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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6 Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring

Tips for choosing the perfect engagement ring

I’ve been there myself, choosing the right engagement ring for your partner can often be a daunting task. Of course you want everything to be perfect and help get the “yes” out of your partner that you so eagerly desire. 

It goes without saying that the ring can be a huge part of getting the answer you really want. Not only that, but you want to be sure that you can get a ring that your partner really loves and is happy to show off to their friends and family. 

If you need a little push in the right direction, then keep reading and we will share with you our top tips for choosing an engagement ring…

1. Choose a ring That Matches Their Style.

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This can seem like a simplistic answer, but choosing a ring that matches the type of jewellery they already wear is obviously a great idea as this will be a ring that they will wear forever. If your partner wears a lot of gold then it is probably best to go for a gold ring. However if they wear a lot of silver, then you might want to consider either white gold or platinum. With that being said, sterling silver can be just as good as these more expensive metals. Especially if you want it to be more about the moment than the price tag. 

It’s also worth thinking about whether or not your partner wants a diamond in their engagement ring. Recently, other precious and semi precious gemstones like rubies, amethyst and others have massively grown in popularity for engagement rings. Our best advice would be to go with the gemstone that they love the most to make sure you get a ring that they will truly cherish and fall head over heels for.

2. Ask friends or family

There is every chance that your partner has described their ideal engagement ring to a friend or family member. If this is the case, then you might benefit from asking for a little bit of advice on what it is your partner most desires in their engagement ring. 

They might have even already had a browse around online at engagement rings to imagine what their dream ring would like. This is all information that you can use to make sure you get a ring that they will really love!

3. Know Your Partner’s Ring Size

Again this might just seem like common sense, but knowing your partner’s ring size goes a long way to making the proposal a little less awkward as it would be if the ring didn’t fit. Plus on the upside if you manage to get the ring size right then it will show that you know your partner and may get you a few extra brownie points! 😉 

There are plenty of ways to find your partner’s ring size without them ever knowing. If you like, you can take a look at our ring size guide for our favourite tips and tricks for getting a ring size in secret. We say in secret because just asking will probably spoil the surprise and we don’t want that!

4. Choose Which Style Best Suits Your Partner

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This tip kind of follows on from our first tip. When it comes to engagement rings, there are many different styles of ring that you can choose from and each has its own benefits. For someone who enjoys the more traditional style your best bet might be a single solitaire whereas someone who prefers a more glamorous look might appreciate a halo, shoulder or cluster set engagement ring.

5. The Diamond Or Gemstone Cut Is Always Important

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One of the 4 C’s of diamond grading, the cut of the stone you want in your ring is key to making sure you get a style that fits. If you can, take note of the types of stones your partner wears in their jewellery on a day to day basis. If there is a common theme in the type of cut used in their jewellery then that is probably a favourite of theirs and may be a good bet for a ring that they will wear day in, day out! We actually have a previous blog post on different cuts of gemstones if you are unsure of what styles you can choose from or if you are just unsure of the names of certain cuts that you know by sight…

6. Pay Attention To The Setting

The setting used to attach the diamond or gemstone to your ring can make all the difference in the overall sparkle and luster of the stone. While having their own different advantages, certain types of setting like bezel or flush settings do not allow as much light to travel through the bottom of the stone which can affect its ability to reflect light and give off that radiant shine. 

On the other hand prong, Tiffany and other settings which leave the bottom half of the stone exposed allow for maximum light reflection which really brings out the brilliance of your diamonds or precious gemstones. We actually have a short blog post where we go through some of the different types of settings that you may find useful.

If you’re still a little unsure or just need a little bit of extra professional and friendly advice, then feel free to book yourself in for a free consultation with us with absolutely no obligation. 

We can offer you expert advice on choosing that perfect engagement ring either as a virtual appointment via zoom or an in person consultation for those local to the Preston, Lancashire area in a location where you feel most comfortable. 

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An Introduction To E-coated Jewellery

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You may have seen pieces of jewellery either in a jewellery store or elsewhere where the metal has been described as “e-coated”. If you’ve heard this for the first time then you are probably wondering what it is or whether it benefits precious metal jewellery at all. Well if that’s you, then keep on reading our introduction to e-coated jewellery…

What is e-coating on jewellery?

sterling silver cz eternity ring

E-coating, also known as electro coating, is a layer of lacquer that is evenly coated over a piece of jewellery using electric currents. This layer over the jewellery is mostly unnoticeable and is commonly used in jewellery making on precious metal pieces such as silver, gold or platinum.

What does e-coating do? And what’s the benefit?

As I’m sure you all know, precious metal jewellery is often alloyed with other metals like copper to give it the strength required to craft jewellery from. For example 925 sterling silver is made up of at least 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% alloy metals. Whereas 9ct gold is made up of at least 37.5% fine gold and 62.5% alloy metals. 

Because of the alloy metals, jewellery can end up tarnishing over time due to reactions with sulphur in the air and other factors. E-coating actually helps to prevent this from happening.

This is because e-coating is an anti-tarnish layer over precious metal jewellery which also is used to protect the metal from general wear and tear like scuffs or scratches. This coating can last for years when it’s properly taken care of which is great for helping your new pieces last longer.

sterling silver cz triangle necklace

How is e-coating done?

While some jewellers may have their own way of applying e-coating to a piece of jewellery, the basic method is practically the same universally.

  • Firstly the piece is polished to ensure that the surface area of the jewellery is smooth.
  • Then the piece is cleaned thoroughly to make sure that any dirt is removed from the piece before coating.
  • The piece of jewellery is then rinsed in distilled water to make sure that it is ready to be coated
  • The jewellery is then placed into a bath of e-coating and an electrical current is sent through the bath. This makes the coating stick to the piece of jewellery.
  • After that bath, the jewellery is then placed in an oven to bake. This makes the coating hard and resilient. This process is also called curing.

Once the baking process is done, your jewellery is ready! When done properly, the jewellery should have an even coating around the entire piece. Please note that it is not recommended to try this at home unless you are trained and have the knowledge to do so.

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5 Different Types Of Gemstone Settings

Different Types Of Gemstone Settings

The type of setting used to create your jewellery can be the real difference in the pieces character & appeal. A gemstone setting refers to the style of metal which holds the gemstone to the jewellery and there are lots of different ways in which this is done. Let us give you a quick run down of some of the most popular & commonly seen settings used in jewellery creation.

Prong Setting

sterling silver amethyst ring with a prong setting

A prong setting holds the gemstone in place with 3 or more metal prongs that attach around the top of the gemstone. The main benefit of a prong settings’ appearance is that they allow light to reflect through a lot more angles of the gemstone than other setting types which really brings out the sparkle & brilliance of the gemstone. 

Prong settings are commonly seen in engagement rings but are widely used in many different types of jewellery. Take a look at some of the jewellery we have in stock that uses prong set gemstones.

Bezel Setting

sterling silver blue topaz bezel set earrings

Another widely common set of gemstone is the bezel setting. Extremely common with pendants & earrings, a bezel setting is a layer of metal that encases the gemstone & only shows the front of it. Due to the gemstone being more encased, they do not reflect the light as well as other settings. 

Bezel settings are most frequently used with cabochon cut gemstones or with gemstones that have a lower quality as they are better at hiding any inclusions and imperfections. A bezel setting however is known to be a much more safe and secure setting type than other settings. 

There are in fact two different types of bezel setting, a full bezel & a half bezel or partial bezel. As the names suggest, a full bezel surrounds the entire gemstone while the partial bezel only surrounds some of the stone. Usually on two sides. 

Take a look at a few examples of bezel settings with some of the gorgeous bezel set gemstone jewellery that we have on offer in store. 

Channel Setting

sterling silver channel set cz tennis bracelet

Channel settings are when a row of gemstones are set in a straight line, next to one another and separated by a thin strip of metal. Channel settings can be seen in eternity rings, wedding rings, tennis bracelets & an extraordinary range of jewellery pieces. They are particularly effective when accompanying a main feature stone on either side to give off a luscious sparkle to a piece of jewellery. 

Find an example of channel set gemstones in the collections in our store…

Grain Setting

Yellow gold grain set diamond eternity ring

A grain setting is similar to a channel setting in the way that they are often set in straight lines, however that is not always the case. Grain set gemstones are held in place by tiny beads of metal that hold the stone in its four corners and secure it. 

Grain settings are also a very popular choice for eternity rings & other wedding rings & can be a better choice over channel settings as there is often more room for light to reflect on the angles of the gemstone to make it more dazzling. 

You can see examples of grain settings here on our website….

Pave Setting

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Similar to grain settings, a pave setting features gemstones that are closely set together over a larger area on a piece of jewellery. This style of setting is most commonly used on pendants & rings. 

You can see some examples of pave settings in our online store…

These are just a select few in a very large selection of different gemstone settings. I will leave it at that for now to try and keep this post short, but we will definitely do into more at some point in the future. 

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3 Tips For Buying Jewellery Online

3 Tips For Buying Jewellery Online

The online jewellery market has grown astronomically over the last few years, especially since Covid. There are thousands of different options available for buying jewellery online, but how do you know which ones will be legit and worth your hard earned money? 

When buying jewellery in a physical store, obviously you have a better opportunity to see and feel the piece of jewellery you want to buy. Plus you have the benefit of asking the jeweller any questions about the piece before you actually buy it.

So what about buying jewellery online? How can you tell which online jewellery store is going to be worth your time and hard earned money? The clear advantage for online shopping is that it is relatively easy and stress free. At the click of a button you can have the exact products you desire delivered straight to your door without the hassle of traipsing around shops. With that in mind, today we want to go through our 3 biggest tips and things to look for when shopping online.

Returns policy

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Probably the most important thing to look for, is whether the retailer has a returns policy or not. Under UK law it is required for a retailer to offer a 14 day returns policy for distance or online sales. 

Ideally it is recommended to choose a jeweller with at least a 30 day returns policy just in case something was to go wrong with the piece of jewellery or you decide a little bit further down the line that you are unhappy with it. 

We also recommend carefully reading returns policies to make sure that they are clearly stated, easy to follow and as hassle free as possible.

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Hallmarking information

Hallmarking Guide
“Dealers Notice B” courtesy of The British Hallmarking Council

Another one of the most important things to look for from an online jewellery retailer is information on hallmarks, what they mean and why they are important. In the UK, the Hallmarking Act of 1973 requires all precious metal jewellery to be hallmarked by one of four government approved Assay Offices. These offices are in Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham and London. 

Ensuring that the jewellery retailer openly gives you access to this information can offer you layer of protection that the piece of jewellery is exactly the precious metal which it is described as. An added bonus is if the website has been Assay Assured. Assay Assurance is trust mark for online retailers which verifies that all the information and product descriptions are accurate and reliable. 

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Customer Service

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Our final tip for online jewellery shopping is making sure there is a readily available customer service system in place. This is important in case you need to ask any questions about the products, policies or to quickly respond to any complaints or concerns that you may have. This can be best displayed with a “chat with us” option that is usually in the bottom corner of an e-commerce website which allows for quick and easy conversation. On top of that, it is important that the customer service available is efficient, knowledgeable and professional. 

Any good customer service representative will be willing to go above and beyond to make sure that you have all of the exact information that your require to make a purchase. They should also be willing to guide you through the process of making a purchase and offer any necessary support without seeming too pushy or eager to make a sale. After all the most important element are your (the customers) needs and desires!

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Why Crypto Payments? What’s The Benefit?

The Benefits Of Crypto Payments

Hello again! Today I wanted to do something a little bit different for our monthly blog. Today I want to talk about cryptocurrency payments and why we decided to use them as a payment method. 

I often get asked, why would anybody pay with Crypto? I often find myself giving the same answer. The main benefit of accepting certain cryptocurrencies is obviously for international cross border payments. Then I get asked why… 

When you send a payment internationally, I have often found that there can be hefty fees that are associated with that payment. This can be in part due to exchange rates which can sometimes include hidden processing fees. On top of that, international payments can usually take a few days to process which leads to delays in shipping times in some cases. 

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This is the main reason why we decided to accept a carefully selected range of cryptocurrencies as a payment method. Yes there are still transaction fees and so on, but they are extremely minimal compared to what you would pay if for example you were paying with USD which was then being exchanged into GBP.

We have chosen to accept cryptocurrencies which have transaction fees that literally cost a fraction of a penny. Not only that though, these cryptocurrencies that we have selected can offer almost instant transaction times which helps make the entire process of buying and selling internationally much more efficient. 

These are the main reasons why I believe that crypto payments are a brilliant way to do business internationally.

So which cryptocurrencies do we accept?

At present, we offer a selection of 13 different cryptocurrencies. These are ADA (Cardano), ALGO (Algorand), DGB (Digibyte), DOGE (Dogecoin), HBAR (Hedera Hashgraph), LTC (Litecoin), XMR (Monero), XNO (Nano), MATIC (Polygon), SOL (Solana), XDC (XinFin), XLM (Stellar) & XRP by Ripple.

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Why no ERC20 tokens? 

ERC20 tokens are distributed on the Ethereum Blockchain. Due to the current high has fees on Ethereum, we don’t believe it is fair to allow a customer to pay such a large fee to buy our products. 

What about Bitcoin? 

We do plan to accept Bitcoin payments in the very near future. Keep watch for an announcement!

How do we accept cryptocurrency payments? 

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We use NowPayments to accept cryptocurrency payments both online and as a point of sale system. NowPayments allows businesses and organisations to accept cryptocurrency as a payment method for selling and donations. They offer a huge selection of different cryptocurrencies to accept payments with and are one of the best payment providers I have come across for crypto payments.

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Diamond Grading: The 4 C’s

Diamond Grading: The 4 C's

Everybody loves diamonds. The sparkle and light reflection that you get with a diamond is truly something else. However, did you ever notice that some diamonds sparkle more than others? Or even look slightly off colour to the diamonds you are used to seeing on TV? In truth no two diamonds are the same. Today let’s take a quick look at the basics of diamond grading. 

Jewellers use a system of diamond grading known as the 4 C’s. The 4 C’s this phrase refers to are clarity, colour, cut and carat. These factors are used to give a valuation to diamonds. Let’s take a quick look at each of these factors and how they are used to evaluate diamonds.


The first C we will talk about is clarity. This refers to the amount of inclusions that feature in the diamond. Inclusions are imperfections in the diamond which can range from clouding, graining and even small crystals which can form in the diamond. It’s a diamonds inclusions which make each one unique and individual. It is actually extremely rare to find a diamond without any inclusions and these diamonds are the ones you will pay top money for. 

Clarity is graded on a GIA scale with 11 diamond clarity grades which are flawless, internally flawless, 2 very very slightly included categories, 2 very slightly included categories, 2 slightly included categories and 3 included categories with the flawless category being most expensive and the 3rd included category being the least.

GIA Clarity Scale


3 different coloured diamonds

Colour as the name suggests, means the color of the diamond. Diamonds are not always clear or colourless, they can also come in yellow or brown. In fact, truly colorless diamonds are very rare and will cost you the highest premiums and any hints of colour obviously devalue the diamond. 

The colour of a diamond is graded on the GIA colour scale which ranges from D – Z with five different sections which categorise the quality of the diamond. The lowest on the scale is light which ranges from S – Z which identifies the more coloured diamonds. Then we have “very light” which ranges from N – R on the scale and “faint” which ranges from K – M. The two clearest grades of diamond are “near colourless” which ranges from G – J and “colourless” which is the top of the chart, ranging from D – F. The chart below should give you a better understanding of the GIA colour chart.

GIA Colour Scale



The way a diamond or any gemstone reflects the light is crucial to its sparkling and radiant appearance. This is why the way the gemstone has been cut is so important to its value. If a diamond is cut in a way that dulls that sparkle, it will obviously have a negative effect on the value of the diamond. 

These light reflections are determined by the quality of the angles, facets, proportions and overall finish of the diamond. These factors are most commonly graded on a scale of ideal, excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. This is not to be mixed up with the term brilliant cut as this refers to a round cut diamond. The shape of a diamond, (for example heart cut) is also referred to as the cut but in this case it is more applicable to the facets and so on. Although certain cuts in this sense of the word can have a great impact on a diamonds light reflection.


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Carat refers to the weight of the diamond and is usually measured to a thousandth of a carat and 1 carat is the equivalent of 0.2 grams. Obviously the heavier the diamond the more expensive it will be but this is especially true when comparing two diamonds of similar clarity, colour and cut grades.

That is it for our basic introduction to the 4 C’s of diamond grading. Hopefully you will now have a bit of a better idea what to look for when you are out shopping for diamond jewellery to make sure you get the best bang for your buck. If you have enjoyed this short blog post, please give this post a like, share with a friend you think would like to see this and/or leave a comment to let us know if this post has helped you or not and if not how we can improve our future posts. 

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What Is A Tennis Bracelet? – 3 Tennis Bracelet Styles

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There is no denying the beauty of a tennis bracelet. They are one of the most popular styles of bracelets that you can find and with good reason. Tennis bracelets are characterised by a line of diamonds or gemstones that are closely knit together and connected by a precious metal chain. Due to the sheer number of gemstones in a tennis bracelet, they are an extremely effective option for a summer piece of jewellery as the sunlight can reflect the gemstones and really make them sparkle. This is especially true for diamond or cubic zirconia tennis bracelets. 

The name tennis bracelet actually comes from an American professional tennis player named Chris Evert, when her diamond bracelet was broken and came off during a match and she stopped playing until the bracelet was recovered. Before this these bracelets were often known as diamond line bracelets or eternity bracelets. Even today many prominent tennis players can still be seen wearing these bracelets while playing. 

Tennis bracelets can be found in a wide variety of different styles and shapes. From the type of gemstone setting used, the cut and size of gemstone used, to the type of clasp. Many jewellers add their own style and flare to the design of tennis bracelets. Today we are going to have a look at the different types of settings you will most commonly find in tennis bracelets…

Channel set:

Sterling silver & cz, channel set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop
Sterling silver & cz channel set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop

A channel set tennis bracelet holds the gemstones in place with two thin strips of precious metal on the top and bottom of the bracelet. This style of bracelet is often more sturdy but less flexible than other settings used in tennis bracelets.

Prong set:

Sterling silver & cz prong set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop
Sterling silver & cz prong set tennis bracelet on a marble backdrop

Prong set tennis bracelets keep each gemstone in place with 3 or four prongs that hold the stone and each setting is connected by a precious metal chain. This type of setting allows for excellent light reflection of the stone which can make them much more radiant.

Bezel set:

Sterling Silver & cz bezel set tennis bracelet
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Tennis bracelets that use a bezel setting keep the gemstone in place by surrounding the stone on the outside, only exposing the crown of the gemstone. This type of setting can also be found in half bezel settings which means that the metal only surrounds two sides of the gemstone to allow for slightly better light reflection.

Take a look through our own collection of tennis bracelets that we have on offer at Argemti and see if you can pick out the different settings used in our bracelets. 

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7 Different Cuts of Gemstone

gemstone cuts chart

When wearing gemstone jewellery as a statement piece, your jewellery is often characterised by the cut of gemstone used in the piece. There are many different cuts used in jewellery with some more popular and widely used than others. Today we look at 7 different cuts of gemstone that you may have seen or even wear yourself. But before we do it is important to know the basic ins and outs of gemstones that are used in jewellery…

When gemstones are mined, they are rough in both the surface and the shape. These rough gemstones are cut into shape by gem cutters, ready to be set into a piece of jewellery. There are two main types of gemstone cutting which are faceted and non-faceted. Faceted gemstones have flat sides and are geometrically shaped. These are the most commonly found type of gemstone found in jewellery nowadays as they are brilliant at reflecting light to give gemstones an added sparkle. Faceted gemstones usually have a table, crown, girdle, pavilion and culet as pictured below. 

Gemstone Facet Diagram

Non-faceted gemstones are gemstones that do not have the same flat sides as faceted gemstones and are usually just cut into shape or rounded like cabochons. 

Now that we know a little more about faceted and non-faceted gemstones, let’s have a quick look at 7 different gemstone cuts and their features…

Round Cut

sterling silver round blue cz stud earrings
Round cut blue cubic zirconia stud earrings.

A round cut gemstone, or also known as a round brilliant cut is pretty much self explanatory. It is a gemstone that has a round shape when you look at it from the top (through the table). Round cut gemstones are still the most popular cut of gemstone and are an extremely popular option for engagement rings as the way these cuts are faceted offers ultimate light reflection and sparkle.

Princess Cut

925 silver 5mm square cz studs
Sterling silver square white cubic zirconia stud earrings

A princess cut gemstone has a square shape when looking at it from a birds eye view and is the second most popular cut of gemstone seen in jewellery. Princess cuts have 57 or 76 facets which makes for excellent light reflection to this cut of gemstone truly radiant.

Oval Cut

oval cut gemstone example
An oval lac created opal ring alongside a diagram of an oval cut gemstone

The shape of an oval cut gemstone is exactly what it says on the tin. They are cut into an oval shape, most often in the style of an elongated brilliant cut and can act as a magnificent main feature for both rings and pendants. Most modern cut oval gemstones can have up to 69 facets.

Pear Cut

pear cut gemstone example alongside a diagram of a pear cut gemstone
Sterling silver pear shaped cubic zirconia pendant alongside a diagram of a pear cut gemstone.

The shape of an oval cut gemstone is exactly what it says on the tin. They are cut into an oval shape, most often in the style of an elongated brilliant cut and can act as a magnificent main feature for both rings and pendants. Most modern cut oval gemstones can have up to 69 facets.

Heart Cut

heart cut cubic zirconia stud earrings alongside a diagram of a heart cut gemstone
Heart cut cubic zirconia stud earrings alongside a diagram of a heart cut gemstone.

Heart cuts are a much more modern cut of gemstone that are almost like a Pear shaped cut with a cleft cut out at the top. A symbol of love, heart cut gemstones are fantastic for pendants, earrings and rings. A good heart cut gemstone will be symmetrical on both sides and have a well defined cleft to bring out the gemstones shape. These cuts of gemstone work best with larger gemstones as its shape is not as easily made out with a smaller gemstone.

Emerald Cut

Emerald alongside a diagram of an emerald cut gemstone
An emerald alongside a diagram of an emerald cut gemstone

Emerald cut gemstones are rectangular in shape and a brilliant way to show off the colour and clarity of a gemstone. Despite being named after the emerald gemstone, emerald cuts can come in a wide variety of gemstones. Emerald cut gemstones are characterised by step cuts, which creates a a contrast of light and dark lines which can also be known as a hall of mirrors effect. This cut of gemstone is particularly popular in rings and has been worn as an engagement ring by many prominent figures.

Marquise cut

Sterling silver marquise cut amethyst ribbon pendant alongside a diagram of a marquise cut gemstone
Sterling silver marquise cut amethyst ribbon pendant alongside a diagram of a marquise cut gemstone.

Marquise cuts, also known as navette cuts, are brilliant cut gemstones that are shaped like a long oval cut with points at each end. Just like heart cut gemstones, it is important that marquise cut stones are symmetrical as their shape can make any imperfections easily spotted. This cut of gemstone is an extremely stylish choice for rings but is also highly effective with pendants.

These are just a few of the different cuts of gemstone that you can find in jewellery. Why not take a browse at our collection of beautiful gemstone jewellery and see if you can pick out which cuts of gemstone we have to offer from this list… 

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6 Common Types Of Clasp Used In Jewellery

sterling silver lobster clasp

6 Common Types Of Clasp Used In Jewellery

Need a little bit of information to help you decide what necklace clasp will be best for your new piece? Or just want to know about the different types of clasp used in jewellery? Read on & learn more about jewellery clasps…

With bracelets, chains, necklaces and anklets, you want a piece of jewellery that is practical in the way that it is easy to put on and take off. Most of these items of jewellery are fitted with clasps which can come in a variety of different types, with each having its own specific benefits and characteristics. Let’s take a quick look at just six of the different types of clasp fittings that can be found in jewellery.

Lobster Clasp

Lobster Clasp

One of the most popular types of clasp which I’m sure many of you are familiar with is the lobster clasp. A lobster clasp gets its name from the fact that it is almost shaped like a lobster claw. This type of clasp uses a lever which can be pulled down with your fingernail and opened up to allow it to be hooked to a round end cap or round ring. Lobster clasps are among the easiest to use clasps though may not always be for smaller versions if you do not have long fingernails.

Bolt Ring Clasp

Bolt ring clasps, also known as spring Ring clasps, are a very popular and practical selection for thinner necklaces and bracelets and a great alternative to lobster clasps. A bolt ring clasp is made with a hollow ring which uses a springing lever and catch to allow you to hook and attach the other end of your bracelet or necklace easily.

Bolt Ring Clasp
Box Clasp

Box Clasp

Box clasps are often used as a fitting for a tennis bracelet or Cuban link chain and features a small box with an opening for a tab on the other side of the chain/bracelet to slot in and secure. They also usually have a latch on either side of the clasp which is squeezed to attach to the box and give the clasp that extra security.

Toggle Clasp

A toggle clasp is made up of an open ring which is secured by a bar on the other end of the bracelet/chain that threads through the open ring to secure the clasp. This type of clasp is more commonly found in bracelets and is often designed to add style to a piece of jewellery.

Toggle Clasp
Bayonet Clasp

Bayonet Clasp

A bayonet clasp consists of two tubes which attach together by twisting them together. This type of clasp is often very secure and can also feature a small button to release the clasp. Bayonet clasps are relatively easy to use and are most often found on necklaces and bracelets.

Magnetic clasp

Magnetic clasps are quite self explanatory in the way that they use a magnet on each part of the clasp, which attracts one another to lock together. This type of clasp is arguably the least fiddly and easiest clasp to use. The magnets used in this type of clasp are very strong to ensure that the piece of jewellery remains secure, yet can easily be taken apart when pulled making it easy to take the piece of jewellery off.

Magnetic clasp

These are just six of a wide variety of different clasp types. Which of these styles of clasp do you prefer on your jewellery? Or do you prefer a different type of clasp? Don’t be shy to leave a comment or ask a question if you want to find out more and get a discussion going or leave your own point of view!

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