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5 Steps to Understanding Fabergé

My interest in Fabergé and the amazing Easter eggs goes back 25 years or more. I admire the craftsmanship, attention to detail, the beauty and fantasy of the pieces created by a true master craftsman. I am not really sure why I developed an interest in something that I will probably never get to hold let alone actually own. [...]

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Saint Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland

The feast of St. Patrick has been celebrated since the seventh century on the 17th March, commemorating the life of St Patrick who died on that day in 461 AD. Initially he disappeared from public memory but by the seventh century his missionary work in Ireland was recognized by the Christian church and he was [...]

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Vulcanite and Gutta Percha Vintage Jewellery

It is hard to believe that rubber has been made into jewellery... But its true as there are two substances that were used, Vulcanite and Gutta Percha, both have often been confused with jet and bog oak. Read our blog to find out more about bog oak. These substances were used extensively although not exclusively in [...]

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Bog Oak, Quintessentially Irish

Bog oak is a fossilised wood that is found submerged up to ten meters deep in the Irish peat or bog marshes, that was used in the 19th century to make and carve symbolic Irish Jewellery. Other woods such as pine, yew and fir were also found in the marshes and not exclusively in Ireland, but it was the [...]

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The Treasure of Mermaids or Gems Worn by Warriors, March Birthstones

Aquamarine is a beautiful light blue gemstone that derives its name from the Latin for “water of the sea” and is one of the two birthstones for the month of March, the other being bloodstone, which we discuss further, below. The subtle colour of aquamarine ranges from a pale, but intense blue to a soft greenish blue due to [...]

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Wedding Anniversaries: Remembering Love

In modern times wedding anniversaries are celebrated with traditional gifts every year on the date of the wedding for the first ten years and every five years thereafter. As well as exchanging gifts it is a time for the couple to reflect on the past and to reaffirm their love and commitment to each other.History tells us that anniversaries [...]

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Jewellery As a Love Token

For centuries jewellery has been given as a token of love. Below is an exploration of some of the more popular vintage jewellery tokens of affection. The LuckenboothA unique, traditional, Scottish love token in the form of heart and double heart brooches given as a symbol of betrothal appeared in 17th century Scotland, although in Europe [...]

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​Canada Flag Day: Celebrating Patriotism

Canada Flag Day has been celebrated every year since 1995 on the 15th February, although it is not an official public holiday even though many Canadian citizens think that it should be. The Canadian flag, also known as “The Maple” and “l’uni folie” (one leaf), symbolises Freedom, Peace, Respect and Justice and celebrations on the day include public ceremonies, educational and [...]

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Rich, Royal Amethyst: The Birthstone for February

Birthstones are specific gemstones that are thought to convey special qualities to the wearer when worn during the month of their birth. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser that has strong healing and cleansing powers, and assists with insomnia caused by an overactive mind, bringing restful sleep.Unset Amethyst StonesThe rich deep purple of the finest specimens of Amethyst from Siberia have [...]

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Garnet: Deep Dark Regal Red, the Birthstone for January

Looking for some inspiration for a gift for a January birthday? What about using the January birthstone, Garnet for some guidance? Garnet and Paste Necklace with Vintage Art Deco Centre PieceGarnets have been worn and admired through out the ages and it is believed that the name is derived from a Latin word granum meaning 'grain, seed' which [...]

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