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Found in every colour imaginable, Gemstones have been a part of our culture for centuries. Find out more about the rainbow of luxurious gemstones and their unique  properties and characteristics in our Gemstone Catalogue below.

Gemstones are not graded with the same intensity and technical focus as diamonds, the quality is largely based around colour saturation, hue and tone. To explore these terms and gemstone qualities further, read more here.

Birthstones are rich in sentimental meaning and are well suited for bespoke designed jewellery. To find out what stone represents your birth month and discover their origins, and deeper meanings, read our Birthstone guide here.

Find out which stone represents your anniversary to help design your perfect ring.

Belonging to the corundum family, sapphires are a durable and versatile choice for an engagement ring. It is most well known for its velvety blue hues, but it also comes in a vast array of the other colours of the rainbow. A full list of sapphire characteristics and properties can be found here.

Rating at 9 on the Mohs scale, rubies are excellent hard wearing choices for engagement rings. This precious gemstone has remained a people’s favourite throughout history and still holds a place in the Top 3 of precious stones; Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. Uncover the reasons why in our Ruby guide here.

The rich and colourful history of emeralds is almost like no other stone. It is believed that they were mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC for the infamous Queen Cleopatra who had a infinite passion for emeralds. The emerald possesses fascinating properties which you can read more about here.

The gentle pink colouring of the morganite adds to the charm of this Beryl family member. The history of how the first gem quality morganite came to be discovered and named, it is an interesting story. Learn its origins and properties  in our morganite guide here.

The origin of the Moissanite is a tale of fallen stars, exploration and discovery and a century long scientific endeavour. It was first found by Henri Moissan in 1893 when he was exploring a Meteor crater called the ‘Diablo Canyon’ in Arizona. Explore why Moissanite is an increasing alternative to diamonds here.

Essentially the same as natural gemstones physically, chemically and optically, lab grown gemstones are excellent ethical alternatives to the real thing. The conditions in which gems grow in the earth are re-created in a controlled environment, producing gem crystals which are of the highest quality. Uncover the origins and unique characteristics of lab grown gemstones here.

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