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How to keep your jewellery safe.

How to keep your jewellery safe. Burglary is one of the most common types of crime. The impact of burglary isn’t just financial, it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security. The sentiment value of your treasured jewellery is irreplaceable and so to avoid being the victim of crime, taking steps to protect yourself is essential. Your home   According to the police, homes with no security measures are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures in place. Deterring the burglars from entering your home is the first step to security.   Check all doors are locked and all windows, including those upstairs, are secure before you...

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Garnet Gemstones

Now the festive season is over and we are already into the start of 2019, it is time to prepare for the year ahead. If we are not careful, we can unintentionally forget our friends and loved ones who were born in January. The birthstone for this month is a garnet which has been known to symbolise long lasting friendship and trust, making it the perfect gift for the people closest to you. Garnet is also said to symbolise a light heart and loyalty, and bringing peace, prosperity and good will to the home. Buying a birthstone for someone close to us is a thoughtful present as it adds such a personal touch. Garnets were originally worn as it was...

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Tips for getting your boyfriend to propose.

Tips for getting your boyfriend to propose.   Tell him how important marriage is to you. For some men marriage just isn’t at the top of their ‘to do’ list. Be honest and let him know how important it is to you. If he knows just how much it means to you it may be enough to get him to take that next step. Let him know what kind of a ring you want. Most men haven’t got a clue when it comes to choosing a ring, so make the job easier for him. Send him a URL of your favourite ring, he can keep it on his phone and use it to help him find the right ring for...

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What is a topaz gem stone?

What is a topaz gem stone? The topaz gemstone is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals (Mohs hardness of 8) and is the hardest of any silicate mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency and variety of colours means that it is widely used in jewellery as a cut gemstone. These days topaz comes in various colours ranging from yellows and browns to blues, greens, reds and pinks, but before the 1950’s yellow-orange topaz was the only colour known. This colour is now referred to as ‘Precious or Imperial Topaz’ and is the most highly valued of all colours. However, the most popular colour of topaz is blue and it can be found in light, mid and...

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The History of Suffragette Jewellery

The move for women to have the vote started around 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage. “Suffrage” means the right to vote and that is what women wanted. From 1908, the WSPU adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green: purple symbolised dignity, white purity, and green hope. These three colours were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges, They would also carry heart shaped vesta cases, and appeared in newspaper cartoons and postcards. Mappin and Webb, the London jewellers, issued a catalogue of suffragette jewellery for Christmas 1908. In the same year there was a new law introduced to limit the size of hat pins. Fearing that the suffragette women would use their hat pins...

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