About 6 years ago I, like Alice, fell down a rabbit hole and into a completely new world of lily-pads, horsetails, zebra-stripes, rain and silk. This kaleidoscopic universe is what you find inside gemstones. You can peek through the keyhole with a loupe but what you really need is a microscope to see any detail.
Being half American is very dear to me especially when that ties me to Virginia, where my Mother was born in Lynchburg. I've always felt at home there especially as an escape from the frenetic pace of London so you couldn't have a better location for an artistic retreat. At the end of a long winding driveway, tucked amongst lush woodland with the Blue Ridge Mountains on the horizon you'll find the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Since I've been collaborating with them on an auction lot to raise funds during their Fête Champêtre on Saturday April 29th 2017, I was delighted to have the chance to look round their grounds, hear how things are run and even meet a couple of their residents last time I was in town.
Yes, we know, it seems premature to think about what's going to go under the tree this year but if you're thinking about buying bespoke for that someone special then now is around about the perfect time.
Nataly is the ethical blogger for Literally Nataly. We met a few months back at one of our events during Fashion Revolution Week. Read her post and interview with The Rock Hound Founder, Susi Smither here.
We are excited to announce that we have sponsored The Gemological Association of Great Britain for its upcoming Conference 2016. It will be held on Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th November at The Royal Institute of British Architects.
This is the first time we have ever been nominated for a National Association of Jewellers award and we have been shortlisted for Designer of the Year 2016. Thrilled and privileged are words that come to mind!
Ever since we became registered as Fairtrade licensees, I’ve been intrigued not only by the whole process of gold mining but the accreditation process too. So, when we heard that Fairtrade had invited Dan Omondi Odida, the General Secretary of MICODEPRO, to visit the UK we jumped at the chance to meet him.
The weight of a gemstone is very important and is one of the key factors in its value. That's why it is good to be able to estimate the finished weight you'll be able to achieve when buying rough material.