The Meaning of Jewellery

This week we hear the sentimental piece of Natasha Caughey, Founder of the stunning hand-crafted range of Auricular Jewellery. “As I look at the jewellery I am wearing today, I can comment on my gold and carnelian intaglio ring that I inherited from my grandmother.  Whenever I wear it, I can picture it on her hands which by her nineties were certainly aged. As I look at it, I am aware of the passing of time, of how my hands will, in time, age like hers. The ring will remain fairly unchanged. I am reminded of my grandmother and her strong personality. I also think ‘where did my grandmother buy the ring?’ and ‘who is the lady in the intaglio?’. It is a symbol of family ties across the generations, a thought-provoking curiosity and it is wearable. Beyond aesthetics, I think that is the charm of jewellery.” Natasha Caughey, Auricular…

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The Meaning of Jewellery

This week we hear from Gemma, Founder of Avenue15.  Her beautiful website and passion for her work is inspiring but reading her story conveys what I always witnessed when working in jewellery.: memories and love. “Every time I look at my beautiful marquise diamond engagement ring I am reminded of the day that my Husband proposed to me with the exact ring I had admired in a jewellers window for weeks. I was so disappointed when I saw it had been sold, until that evening when he presented it to me after a romantic dinner by the coast.” Gemma,, Founder, Avenue15    

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The Meaning of Jewellery

This week we hear from the beautiful Kathryn Bishop, who has an established and noteworthy career as a writer in the jewellery industry.   This is her story in her own words: “My most treasured piece of jewellery is a 30” silver chain finished with two chunky silver ingot pendants. Both are identical, each stamped with matching feature hallmarks from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. These pendants belonged to my parents, then aged 20 and 23, and probably in their first year of ‘courting’.  I found them in my mother’s jewellery box more than a decade ago, and hearing their story, decided I had to have them both as a way of wearing and treasuring something of mum and dad’s. At the time, I worked at a lovely family-run jewellers in Bath. The owner, Mike, helped me source the chunky silver belcher chain, which probably cost about £5 at…

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The Meaning of Jewellery

Each week we tell a meaning behind a piece of jewellery and why it is so sentimental “I would love to tell you about this beautiful mourning pendant I wear. I found it years ago in a little car boot, and it hasn’t left me since. I love the braided and woven hair inside of it, but what I love most is the sentiment of sadness it once Held for someone. I wear it because of its beauty but also out of respect to the people who have passed, and for loved ones lost. Mourning jewellery made with hair is a craft we have long lost, and this pendant started a real passion for me. I now have a wonderful collection of intricately made pieces, but this one will forever be my favourite!” Willow, Willow Hilson Vintage.  Exeter

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Coming Soon! New Blog Series: ‘The Meaning of Jewellery’…

Every single piece of jewellery is sentimental and meaningful.  Whatever the cost of it the sentimental cost will always be it’s value.  We will be retelling stories and romantic tales about jewellery that was given, they bought for themselves and they bough for another.  Combined with passion, love and a moment in time.

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The Sancy Diamond

  The Sancy Diamond  In the third and final blog of our coloured diamonds, we relay the history of The Sancy Diamond, a pale-yellow shield cut stone weighing 55.23cts.  It is thought to have originated in India and is unusual due to its cut.  It is one of the first large diamonds to be cut with symmetrical facets, ie: no pavilion, just a pair of crowns on either side. In 1570 the diamond was purchased in Constantinople by the French Ambassador to Turkey, Nicholas Harlai, the Seigneur de Sancy.  When Sancy was made Superintendent of France, Henry IV borrowed the diamond as security against a substantial loan to hire soldiers.  A messenger was dispatched with the jewel but he never reached his destination, thieves had followed him.  Knowing the messenger was loyal, Sancy searched for him.  His body was discovered, and disinterred the diamond was found in the stomach of…

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Famous Coloured Diamonds

FJ are synonymous with beautiful, unique and colourful gemstones, but what about coloured diamonds? Diamonds come in a rainbow of colours and with the recent Pink Star Diamond, of 59.60cts, fetching $71.2 million at auction recently, here is the first of our three blogs on the mystery of these incredible and historic diamonds. DRESDEN GREEN This diamond’s early history is unknown, however, The Dresden Green Diamond does have a historical record in 1722 when it was featured in a London newspaper in its 25th to 27th October edition.  It is thought to originate from the Kollur Mine, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.  Friedrich Augustus II (1733-1763) was the first Royal owner, the diamond was purchased from a Dutch merchant,named Delles, for 400,000 thaler at the Leipzig Fair in 1741. The Dresden Green is a rare Type IIa beautiful natural green with a clarity of VS1 and a weight of…

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Bram Fischer / An Act of Defiance Film Premier

FJ are honoured and proud to feature at the Premier of the new foreign film Bram Fischer / Act of Defiance in Holland earlier this week.  The wife of the producer chose our beautiful blue topaz & diamond bangle with our grey tourmaline & diamond ring.  

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#CreatingLove Campaign

We are so honoured to be one of the winners of Retail Jeweller and Jewellery & Watch Show campaign #CreatingLove.  Please check out our editorial in Retail Jewellery in this months’ issue.

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Nom de Plume

Flamingo Jewellery derives their name from this symbolic bird used as an exclusive design for beautiful and exotic jewellery.  Flamingo motifs are said to symbolise the ‘fulfilment of your desires’ and their stunning pink colour is a reflection of beauty and elegance. The most famous piece made is the iconic flamingo brooch designed by Jeanne Toussaint for Cartier for the Duke of Windsor which he presented to Wallis Simpson just before the German occupation. However, in our research, the motif of Flamingos in   jewellery have other connotations and significance in a variety of other countries and eras.  For instance, the ancient Egyptians revered flamingos as a ‘devine and sacred bird’ and personified the Egyptian God of sun, Ra.  Depicted and frequently adorned upon old frescoes with a head of a flamingo bird and a human body. In Latin, flamingo sounds like the word Phoenicopterus, which translates as ‘purple wing’. …

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Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards 2017

    FJ is honored to be shortlisted as a finalist for the: Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards 2017 –  Ethical Jewellery Business Of The Year. https://awards.retail-jeweller.com/shortlist-2017    

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FJ and the NAJ

We are very proud to now be a part of this prestigious organisation. http://www.naj.co.uk/

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TOURMALINE – PLEOCHROISM

Perhaps fifty shades are being a little ethusiastic, however, there is a more valid reason why a variety of gemstones come in vastly different shades of their true body colour. Some gemstones appear to have different colours or depth of colour when viewed in different directions. This effect is caused by differing absorption of light rays in doubly-refractive crystals.  Where only two main colours are seen, this is termed ‘diochroism’, where three colours are viewed, the term is ‘trichroism’ or ‘peochroism’.  The latter term being a collective description used for both kinds of the multi-colourdness Pleochroism, derived from Pleo (Greek) meaning many and Chros (Greek) meaning colour, is an optical phenomenon in which some crystals appear to be different colour when observed at different angles, especially within polarized light. Appearance of pleochroism can be defined as weak, definite, or strong and this is taken into consideration during the cutting process…

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Flamingo Visits Sri Lanka

A Story of My Stones I boarded the airplane the day after the Paris attacks and the evening of Gatwick’s lockdown following the discovery of a suspicious package.  Traveling for the first time to Sri Lanka on my own was already providing extra drama to the adventure I was to embark upon.  On arrival fourteen hours later I was re-routed from my booked hotel to another situated in the heart of the Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.  Stuart and Janaka collected me after a restful night and a reviving coffee to battle through the heavy non-stop noisy traffic, carved up on all side by beeping tuk tuks. Two hours later we are in the beautiful countryside of Ellawalia, fresh and made vivid green by the prolonged rainy season.  It seemed ironic that the vegetation of this country is of striking emerald greens considering all the colourful gems that lie await underground….

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Elegance is the only beauty that never fades

Audrey Hepburn

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