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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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Zircon Gem Stones

Zircon is a mineral belonging to the group of nesosilicates and is the oldest mineral found in the crust of the earth. Researchers tested the lead in a tiny zircon crystal from Australia and confirmed that it is the oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth, 4.375 billion years old, that is older than the moon.   The name zircon likely comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning “gold-coloured.” Others trace it to the Arabic zarkun, meaning “vermillion.” Given its wide range of colours – spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown – both origins make sense. Zircon is an underrated but impressive gemstone that has been worn and treasured since ancient times. Not to be confused with the synthetic material known as...

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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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Art Deco Jewellery

We have recently noticed the increasing popularity of art deco jewellery, with many customers coming in to the store to enquire about it. We see it in clothing, buildings and even art and cinema, and it seems that the trend follows when it comes to jewellery. Art deco is a style that was prominent from the early 1920’s to the 1930’s. It was first seen around 1915, just after World War 1, when there was huge optimism in the air. It has been said to be a result of exhibits at the World’s Fair, held in Paris, France. The term Art Deco is a shortened form of the events name Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs.The style of the jewellery of...

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