January’s birthstone: Garnet

January’s birthstone: Garnet

As January’s birthstone, garnet provides a colourful start to the new year. Garnets are actually a large group of closely related minerals with interrelated chemical compositions leading to a large variety of colours. Indeed, it is often said you can have...
Blue birthstones for December

Blue birthstones for December

Those lucky enough to be born in December have three birthstones to choose from, all of them blue: Turquoise, zircon and tanzanite. Turquoise The original birthstone for December, turquoise has been revered by many ancient cultures around the world, including the...
How to match makeup and fine jewellery

How to match makeup and fine jewellery

Wearing fine jewellery is an elegant way to accessorise and add a little pop of colour or sparkle to your outfit. Sometimes, however, it can be tricky to know how to pair your jewellery with just the right kind of makeup. Whether you’re after an everyday look with a...
November’s sunny birthstones: Topaz and citrine

November’s sunny birthstones: Topaz and citrine

If you were born in November, you have a choice of two birthstones, topaz and citrine, both of which will add sunny hues to your jewellery collection. Topaz and citrine are colourful gems that are totally unrelated but have often been mistaken for each other over the...
Opal: October’s birthstone

Opal: October’s birthstone

Opal is the October birthstone and is the focus of the next article in our series looking at birthstones for each month. Opals have a long history and at various times have been considered to bring both good and bad luck. From making a person invisible to having...
Jewellery and Asian Art Valuation Days

Jewellery and Asian Art Valuation Days

Our Jewellery and Asian Art Valuation Days offer a great opportunity to have your pieces appraised by an expert later this month. Fine jewellery specialist Susan Rumfitt and Asian art specialist Lee Young – both familiar faces from the BBC’s Antiques...