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aurora borealis jewellery

Aurora Borealis Jewellery with a Rainbow

Have you seen Aurora Borealis jewellery? It shines with all the colours of the rainbow or the Northern Lights it is named after. Aurora Borealis stones are really beautiful. They make up some of the loveliest pieces of vintage costume jewellery available. The Aurora Borealis ( or AB for short)...

Spinels The Forgotten Gemstone

I’ve added the latest jewellery to the shop today and amongst the pieces was a particularly fine spinel eternity ring. This prompted me to write about spinels. These are gems which are quite underrated these days especially when it comes to the sparkling crystal clear version of the stone. It...

Know Your British Silver Standards

Know Your British Silver Standards

Silver is one of the precious metals used for making jewellery. Did you know that there are several British silver standards? When you are looking at vintage jewellery its really useful to be able to tell the different types. These standards are controlled by the British Hallmarking Council . Silver is...

Pearl Jewellery

What sort of Pearl Jewellery do I have ?

Today Ive been looking at my pearls. I love the soft colour of these and the way they flatter our skin so nicely. Is there any pearl jewellery  in your jewellery box? Do you wonder what kind  they are? There are quite a few different types of pearls used in jewellery and...

About Gold Antique Jewellery

I look at the pieces of gold antique jewellery I have for sale and use the word “gold” in different ways.  Its quite a complex area as there is a wide range of the way we use it.  From something that is simply gold in colour through to 24 carat . This article explains the ways...

Collecting Cameo Jewellery

Not long ago the antique cameo jewellery was seen as out of date, old fashioned and something only worn by old Grannies. That was such a shame as it meant that many wonderful examples were hidden in jewellery boxes, out of sight just waiting for their time to come again. Nowadays they  are quite fashionable...

Marcasite Jewellery Care and Storage

Every wondered about Marcasite Jewellery Care?   Marcasite jewellery lasts a long time if handled with care and cleaned and stored correctly. The stones can be fragile and they can easily become loose and fall out if not treated correctly. Keep them dry  so never put them into an ultrasonic machine or...

Diamante Sparkle Like Diamonds

Diamante Jewellery sparkles and shines like diamonds and other coloured gemstones. You will find that very much more affordable than the real thing.  It is made of high-quality lead glass the designers varied the stones in shape and size to suit. In the USA these stones are known as Rhinestones. During the...

Saphiret Glass

Saphirets are one of the most collectable of all glass costume jewellery stones.  It is thought that Saphiret  was first made in Czechoslovakia in the Victorian era when real gold was added to a sapphire blue coloured glass. Later on the price of gold rose and it became to expensive to produce....

Victorian Mourning Black

Black was very popular in Victorian times especially as part of the cult of mourning which followed the death of Prince Albert. Heres a quick tour of Victorian Mourning Black In those days the Queen set the fashions of the day and when her husband died in 1861 she went into...