H.I.M Empress Eugenie of The French Corsage

H.I.M Empress Eugenie of The French Corsage Emerald Devant de Corsage designed by Mellerio dits Meller for Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. Mid 19th century. There is nothing more exciting in the jewellery world than a jewel with royal provenance, especially when said jewel has not been seen at…

Paraiba tourmalines: a stone whose story is every bit as fascinating as its color

    Discovered in the 1980s in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, neon-bright Paraiba tourmalines quickly became one the most sought-after gems in the world. In just a few decades, Paraiba tourmalines have taken on an almost mystical quality. First discovered in the 1980s by Heitor Dimas Barbosa, who spent years digging in the hills…

Rubies coming out of Africa fill the void left by Burmese rubies with their flashes of rich red

Rubies out of Africa fill the void left by Burmese rubies with their flashes of rich red With prized Burmese ruby mines virtually depleted, gem hunters have turned to Africa in their quest to find the perfect red gem. Gemfields, a mining company dedicated to conquering the colored gemstone market, has added a larger number and more…

Tanzanite jewellery: its rich blue hues ranging from ultramarine to light purple make tanzanite a highly desirable gemstone

What is Tanzanite? Tanzanite is a trade name that was first used by Tiffany and Company for gem-quality specimens of the mineral zoisite with a blue color. Tiffany could have sold the material under the mineralogical name of “blue zoisite,” but they thought the name “tanzanite” would stimulate customer interest and be easier to market.…