Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Rhodolite is a rose-red form of garnet. It is usually an intermediary variety between the pyrope and almandine series, usually containing more magnesium than iron in its chemical structure. It is often regarded as a variety of pyrope.
Rhodolite is 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Rhodolite has quickly grown into a standard jewelry gemstone. It has an attractive color, and is often very clean without flaws and inclusions.

Rhodolite is not a scientific term, but it is used in the gemstone industry. In the trade it can be called either Rhodolite Garnet, or simply just Rhodolite. The origin of the name is from the Greek word, "rhodon", meaning rose.

Monday, 29 May 2017


Mauboussin was founded in 1827 by M. Rocher and J. Noury. They specialized in the manufacture of unique and exquisite jewellery. By the early 1930s they had successfully exhibited their pieces dedicated to gemstones. One exhibition centered around emeralds, another for rubies while the third was dedicated to diamonds. Those exhibitions cemented Mauboussin's reputation as one of the world's most exquisite jewelers.
Today Mauboussin is regarded as the French equivalent to Tiffany's and is a global jewellery brand.

Mauboussin, c 1925

Mauboussin, 1950s

Diamond locket given to George IV's true love expected to fetch £120,000

When George IV died, he was buried on his own instructions with a diamond-clad love token of his secret wife around his neck, cementing forever the illicit love which had scandalized society.

The token’s other half, a matching locket containing a miniature portrait of the king, was kept by Maria Fitzherbert, said to have been clutched in her own hand as she died in 1837.
200 years later that other half, which George IV as a handsome young knight, can be seen by the public for the first time, as the descendants of Mrs Fitzherbert offer it for sale. The locket, which is encrusted with 18 diamonds, is said to hold the key to the unconventional romantic life of George IV, who flouted convention and his duties to the crown for true love. The item, which has never been seen in public, is to be offered at Christie’s for an estimate of up to £120,000

According to records, this portrait and its twin each cost £26.5 around 1800, during a happy period in which the couple lived together in Brighton. While George IV was buried with the portrait of Maria, Mrs Fitzherbert kept the matching portrait of him as a keepsake.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Padparadscha Sapphires

One of the most prized of all the sapphires and highly regarded throughout the ages, padparadscha sapphires are as beautiful and exotic as their name.

The term padparadscha is derived from the Singhalese word for a salmon colored lotus blossom. Overall, padparadscha sapphires are pinkish orange in color, but vary in hue and tone.
The question of just what exactly qualifies for the princely kiss of “padparadscha” is a matter of debate, even among experts.

Today, padparadscha is narrowly defined by gemologists as a Sri Lankan sapphire of delicate pinkish orange color.
Most lotus blossoms are far more pink than orange, and in ancient times, padmaraga was described as a subvariety of ruby. Today, some define the gem's color as a blend of lotus and sunset.
The original source for padparadscha is Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and purists believe the term should be restricted only to stones from Ceylon. However, fine stones have also been found in Vietnam’s Quy Chau district, Tanzania’s Tunduru district, and Madagascar.