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Rarer than Gold! Why fine pearls have such a high value?

Rarer than Gold! Why fine pearls have such a high value?

Since the late 1800s it has been possible to grow pearls in oyster farms after Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto Kokichi created the world’s first cultured pearl in 1893. Over a relatively short time this revolutionised the jewellery industry and made pearls much more...

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Your Jewellery – What do you value?

Your Jewellery – What do you value?

We all know, deep down, that we should see valuations and insurance as a positive thing, but merely uttering the words after the purchase of a piece of fine jewellery can detract from the emotions associated with your experience.The thought that we may ever need to...

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What is a tennis bracelet?

What is a tennis bracelet?

In 1987 the Ladies’ Tennis Champion Chris Evert lost her Diamond bracelet which she was sporting during the US Open. The match was postponed until she found her valuable bracelet, a flexible band of Diamonds and Gold. The ordeal sparked an almost immediate craze for...

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What determines the value of a pearl?

What determines the value of a pearl?

All pearls are valued according to a standard set out by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) which it developed over a 60-year period of pearl research. The GIA, established in 1931, is considered worldwide as the leading authority in gemmology. The GIA 7 Pearl...

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Historical commission for remarkable new Bishop

Historical commission for remarkable new Bishop

  During my jewellery career I have been involved in designing and creating many special commissions, all of which have been very memorable. Some of these bespoke commission pieces have been quite historical, such as the two rings I have produced for the Bishop...

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Things to consider when choosing a wedding ring

Things to consider when choosing a wedding ring

There is a temptation to try and make everything match perfectly when it comes to wedding jewellery but really there are no rules. The first piece of wedding jewellery you are likely to receive, your engagement ring, you may have little or no prior knowledge of or...

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Wedding jewellery is about so much more than the ring

Wedding jewellery is about so much more than the ring

The perfect wedding ring is understandably high on the bride or groom's list when planning a wedding but with other wedding jewellery there are so many little details which all help to make things perfect on the big day. For instance no groom's outfit is complete...

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Repairing a well loved diamond ring

Repairing a well loved diamond ring

At Heidi Kjeldsen we are often asked to repair treasured pieces of jewellery and make them look as new. This month among others we have been asked to repair a beautiful diamond ring which had become worn over time and suffered a break at a weak point in the shank of...

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Learning new ways with glass jewellery

Learning new ways with glass jewellery

  Heidi has recently had the good fortune to attend a very interesting and inspiring Master Class in a specific technique of glassmaking in Bavaria.   The course, led by the very talented Martina Römer at Karina Stieler’s...

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Jewellery cleaning tips to ensure maximum sparkle…

Jewellery cleaning tips to ensure maximum sparkle…

Razzle Dazzle® A little care and attention can go a long way when looking after your jewellery, as jewellery may lose its shine and lustre over time; this month we have put together some top tips on cleaning and care advice for your jewellery which will help to keep...

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Delicate and feminine pearls full of exotic appeal

Delicate and feminine pearls full of exotic appeal

Since the dawn of mankind Pearls have been held in awe as one of the world's most captivating natural gems. The birthstone for June, Pearls exude a delicate feminine beauty which has universal appeal; a good quality Pearl necklace can be a treasured and is a...

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Flatteringly Feminine Murano glass jewellery

Flatteringly Feminine Murano glass jewellery

Murano glass has been around for centuries in different forms and many of the methods and styles of creative glass originate from the small cluster of islands set in the Venetian Lagoon. From the 13th century, Murano was internationally renowned as the centre...

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Breathtaking Beauty fit for a Bishop

Breathtaking Beauty fit for a Bishop

Every piece of jewellery I have the pleasure of making offers me the chance to create something beautiful and more often than not unique but every now and again I get the chance to work on a project which is truly inspiring. A few years ago I was invited to design and...

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The rough and the smooth of valuing Diamonds

The rough and the smooth of valuing Diamonds

We immediately think of rarity and quality when valuing diamonds, however, sometimes this is not always the case... Diamonds, like other precious gemstones, have a number of determining factors which are taken into account for the purpose of valuation; there are good...

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