Wrist Action

Wrist Action

“Professional men can’t wear much in the way of jewellery,” wrote author Nicholson Baker (yes, the one who wrote Vox, famously gifted to Bill Clinton by a young Monica Lewinsky) in his 1994 ode to nail clippers, Clip Art. “The gemless wedding band, the watch, the belt buckle, the key chain—possibly the quietly costly blue-enamelled pen in a shirt pocket—are…

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Lust For Gold

Lust For Gold

We still talk about a ”gold standard” and many countries’ governments hoard it by the tonne, but in recent decades yellow gold jewellery has been out of favour in the Western world. Platinum became popular during the Edwardian era and through the Art Deco years until WWII. Interestingly, there was a spike in its popularity after the sinking of the…

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Timeless Art Deco Jewellery

Timeless Art Deco Jewellery

"In olden days a glimpse of stocking was thought of something as shocking. Now heaven knows, anything goes!" Cole Porter's lyrics for the classic musical of the 1930s certainly summed up the spirit of the times as wealthy Americans were hosting Jay Gatsby-style parties during Prohibition, the British were adjusting to a society where nobility was slowly being eroded and…

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April’s Birthstone the Diamond

April’s Birthstone the Diamond

While diamonds are officially the birthstone of those lucky enough to be born in April, their symbolic meanings of love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection have contributed to their popularity in engagement rings and wedding bands. The first diamonds were thought to have been mined in India, around 6000 years ago and their name comes from the Greek word for…

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Inspiring Celebrity Engagement Rings

Inspiring Celebrity Engagement Rings

Google “celebrity engagement rings” and you’ll be dazzled by eye-popping rings like Kim Kardashian’s US$8 million sparkler or Beyonce’s $5 million engagement gift from Jay-Z. And while we’re all aware of plenty of celebrities who have opted for maximum wow factor, there are also those who spent time working with a jewellery designer to create a piece that perfectly symbolised…

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