Friar House Antique Jewellery

Jewellery terminology Part 2

Jewellery terminology Part 2

Fold over clasp – A clasp used on a bracelet or necklace with a box on one end and a V shaped tongue on the other. The lid of the box opens to reve...

Jewellery terminology - Part 1

Jewellery terminology - Part 1

Baguette – A gemstone that is cut in a narrow, rectangular shape similar to a loaf of French bread, hence the name. Small diamonds cut in this way ...

Aquamarine Gemstone

Aquamarine Gemstone

The origin of the name aquamarine comes from Latin “aqua marina” which means “sea water” and it references the similarities of the gemstones colour...

The history of the Cameo.

The history of the Cameo.

  Cameo is a method of carving an object to create a three dimensional miniature sculpture. Typically, the darker colour will be in the background...

Edwardian Jewellery

Edwardian Jewellery

Edwardian jewellery was named after King Edward V11 who was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This period was the last to be nam...

The Star Sapphire

The Star Sapphire

  The star sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September and is one of the zodiac signs for Taurus.  Sapphire gets its name from the Latin...

Peridot

Peridot

  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour: an olive-green. The percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal struc...

COLOURFUL GEMSTONES TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SPRING WARDROBE

COLOURFUL GEMSTONES TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SPRING WARDROBE

Add some colour to your outfit with a piece of jewellery set with one of these stones: AMETHYST Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. Natural ame...

Trilogy and Solitaire Rings

Trilogy and Solitaire Rings

Trilogy Rings These are three stone rings known as the Trilogy or Trinity ring with the three stones set separately into one ring. The three stones...

Signet Rings

Signet Rings

Today many people wear or own signet rings as they are often family heirlooms. In historical times signet rings (also known as seal rings) were of...

Eternity Rings

Eternity Rings

  An eternity ring is a continuous row of gemstones (usually diamonds) of the same size and also usually the same cut. With no beginning and no en...

Saint George's Day - 23rd April

Saint George's Day - 23rd April

Saint George’s Day – 23rd April St. George is the patron saint of England. According to legend he was a soldier in the Roman Army who slayed a drag...