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Design History

Influenced by science, exploration and world affairs, the design and materials used in fine jewellery are a fascinating reflection of history, as much as a testament to the skill of the craftsmen who created it...

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Birthstones and Anniversaries

Since ancient times it has been customary to associate certain gemstones and precious metals with birth months and anniversary celebrations. Click on the links to view a selection of items featuring the stone of your choice...

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Sergeant-at-Law Rings: A Post Medieval Tradition



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‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ – An Exhibition of Garments Owned by Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace.



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Wednesday 1st March: St David’s Day- the Patron Saint of Wales



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FEBRUARY- THE MONTH OF LOVE AND ROMANCE: PART 4

Part 4: Early 1900s through to vintage 1950s: The amalgamation of jewellery design and techniques

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FEBRUARY- THE MONTH OF LOVE AND ROMANCE: PART 3

Part 3: Georgian and Victorian jewels: Status and symbolic romanticisms

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Part 2: Medieval through to the end of the 1700s: the development of betrothal ring giving



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February- The Month of Love and Romance, Part 1 : The earliest traditions of betrothal ring giving



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74th Golden Globe Awards: Stars Sparkle in Period Jewels



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Rare Medieval Sapphire Ring Unearthed in Sherwood Forest



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Tutmania - An Extraordinary Discovery in the Valley of the Kings



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17th Century Treason: Guy Fawkes Day



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Regal Jewels Inspired by Newly Released Drama Series ‘The Crown’

 



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A Feast of Memorial Jewellery This All Hallow’s Weekend



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Women Who Rule: Jewels and Politics



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Admiral Horatio Nelson: Battle of Cape Trafalgar



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Alternative Engagement Rings to Compliment Her Unique Style



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Nicole Kidman Shines in Berganza Jewels at 60th London Film Festival



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Whimsical Revivalist Jewels by Wièse

Discover the innovative Neo-Gothic creations of Jules and Louis Wièse. 

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Diamonds Discovered

Watch our latest video exploring the evolution of the diamond cut.



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Ground-Breaking Post-War Designs: A Celebration of Modernist Jewellery



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Jewels of a Princess: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour Canada



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London Fashion Week 2016: Statement earrings for the new season

With the end  of this year's London Fashion Week enjoy our top picks of the season.

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The Society of Londoners 'Hidden Treasures': A Night to Remember



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Jacqueline Kennedy: The Life and Jewels of a First Lady



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Medieval Ring Tells of Historic Love Affair

The intriguing story of the Duchess of Lancaster Posy Ring.



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Vive la France! - French Jewels for Bastille Day



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Dazzle this Proms Season in Understated Jewels



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4th of July: The Independence of a Nation Paves the Way for Exceptional Jewellery Design in America



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Statement Vintage Ensembles for the Summer Season



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A Concise History of the Diamond Solitaire



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June Birthstone: Pearl a treasure of the Seas



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Show your appreciation this Father's Day

Father's day is fast approaching, find a unique gift for that special man in your life at Berganza.

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Celebrating the 90th Birthday of our Queen: Gemstones of the British Empire



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Ancient Tablets Reveal Link to our Literary Past



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Ancient Greek Crown Found in a Somerset Cottage



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OUR TOP FLORAL PICKS FOR THE ROYAL CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW



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Sensuous Designs of the Art Nouveau movement



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Coronet Cluster Earrings a Timeless Accessory



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'Sunken Cities' – an exhibition of newly discovered Egyptian artefacts at the British Museum



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Brooches: A Versatile Accessory



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Largest Diamond of the Century Comes up for Auction



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Tokens for your sweetheart

Find the perfect piece of ancient, antique or vintage jewellery for the one you love.

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Jewels for Summer Weddings



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The Feast Day of Saint George



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Ancient Romans in Britain



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Rare Fancy Coloured Diamonds



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A Brief History of Boucheron - Part II

The second part of our Boucheron feature looks at the development of the firm from the Post-War period until the present day. 



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A Brief History of Boucheron - Part I

Discover more about the House of Boucheron in this two-part feature. 

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The Evolution of Style: Ruby Coronet Cluster Development over 200 Years.



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Celestial Motifs in Victorian Jewellery




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A History of Mother’s Day

Sunday 6th March is Mother's Day - explore the history of this holiday.


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Beautiful Baguette Cut Rings

The baguette cut, from the French for ‘long rod’, is typically a slender rectangular cut with parallel facets, first developed in the 1920s.

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A History of the Heart Shape Motif

Read about the development of the definitive symbol of love...

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Amethyst. The essence of the colour purple.

Discover facinating colour and history of February's birthstone. 

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Old Mine Cut Diamonds

Part III in our history of diamond cuts

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Victorian Carved Half Hoop Rings

Rich yellow gold and flashes of colour and sparkle, learn more about the delightful group of Victorian carved rings...

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Kashmir Sapphires - The Unparalleled Beauty

From mines now exhausted, Kashmir sapphires are known as being the very best in the world. Learn more about these incredible gems…

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Old Cut Diamonds

Part IV in our history of diamond cuts

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Star Sapphires



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Unusual Gemstone Rings

Discover our captivating range of antique and vintage unusual gemstone rings, from bright colourful gems to those displaying fascinating optical effects...

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Rose Cut Diamonds

Part II in our chronological history of diamond cuts

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Table Cut Diamonds

Learn about the first true diamond cut.

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Discovering Sapphires

Learn more about one of the world's most coveted gemstones.

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Indian Jewellery Inspired by the V&A Exhibition

This week we are exploring the facinating “Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection”. Learn more about these spectacular pieces, inspired by India's sophisticated jewellery traditions. 


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November birthstones: citrine and topaz

Discover our exclusive antique collection of topaz and citrine jewellery to treat your beloved ones with an unique present this month.

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A Focus on Suffragette Jewellery

Alongside the recently released film 'Suffragette', discover more about the phenomenon of suffragette jewellery...

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Unique Jewellery Ensembles

Your jewellery ensemble can be added to over the years, marking life’s important occasions with a special new piece of jewellery, discover more about the historical significance of jewellery 'parures'...

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Target Rings

Target rings were originally presented as love tokens, with each gemstone concealing a hidden meaning, read more about these striking rings here...

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Alluring Drop Shape Gemstones

Some of the most famous diamonds throughout history have been fashioned into drop shapes, find out more about this dramatic cut...

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Emeralds Unearthed

Watch our video about emeralds, one of the most precious gemstones used in antique jewellery.

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Celtic: Art and Identity - the eagerly awaited new exhibition at the British Museum

Read here about the beauty of this culture’s artistic creations...

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Naturally Platinum

The word platinum derives from the Spanish word ‘platina’ meaning ‘little silver’. Acknowleged since the 1900’s, platinum’s durability and natural brightness has been and still is today highly treasured, read more about this special metal...

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Rubies Revealed

Learn about one of the most precious gemstones used in antique jewellery...

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Marvellous Marquise Diamonds

Elegant marquise shape diamonds are an attractive and remarkable choice for a special piece of jewellery, read further about this fancy cut here.

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Eye-Catching Bombé Rings

‘Bombé’ rings have an appealing rounded curving shape, click here to read more about this interesting group of rings.

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Asscher Cut Diamonds

A history of one of the most sought-after antique diamond cuts

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The Charm of Cushion Cut Diamond Jewellery

Discover more about the beauty and individuality of cushion cut diamonds...

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The Expertise of Calibré Cuts and Invisible Settings

Learn about two of the most skillful techniques seen in antique jewellery...

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Our Customers' Top Picks for Jewellery Investments

When investing in jewellery, the most important consideration is rarity. Read more about our customers' favourite investment choices...

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Antique and Vintage Three Stone Rings

Antique and vintage three stone rings are rich in meaning and symbolism, find out more about this romantic style of ring...

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Ballerina Cluster Rings

Ballerina cluster rings are a distinctive style of cluster, learn more about these dazzling rings and their variations...

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Ornate 1920’s Diamond Cluster Rings

Be introduced to our delightful array of ornate diamond cluster rings from the 1920's...

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The Magnificent Rings of the Middle Ages

Each extraordinary Medieval ring offers a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era. Learn more about the surviving rings from the Middle Ages...

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Gent’s Gemstone Rings

Add a little sparkle or colour to his finger this Father’s Day, choose from our wide range of antique and vintage gemstone rings.

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Secret Symbols in Antique and Vintage Jewellery

When considering a piece of ancient, antique or vintage jewellery, often there is more to the piece than meets the eye. Learn more about the meaning behind popular motifs used in antique jewellery.

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Vintage Eternity Rings

Colourful gem-set and diamond set vintage eternity rings. Learn more about our range of beautiful vintage bands...

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Made In England

Historic English antique and vintage engagement rings...

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Seventies Vintage Jewels

Seventies fashion is in vogue this spring and summer; accessorise with some original 1970’s fine jewels.

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Ceylon Sapphires

Nicknamed the 'Jewel Box' of the Indian Ocean, the old Ceylon mines are known for their exceptional sapphires

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Antique Pendant Necklaces: Timeless Elegance and Versatility

Antique and vintage pendants can make extremely wearable and romantic love tokens, read more about pieces from our collection

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Emerald cut diamonds

The cut of true Art Deco elegance.

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Wedding rings - a brief history

"With this ring, I thee wed....."

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Gemstones - a rainbow of colour

Celebrate Spring with Nature’s Colours

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Pigeon Blood Rubies

Pigeon blood rubies are known for their striking beauty and their rarity, learn more about these beautiful gemstones...

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Onyx

Onyx provides elegance and striking contrast when paired with diamonds in Art Deco designs and has remained popular throughout history since ancient times. Rediscover the beauty of this versatile material.

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Enamel

Discover the art of enamelling and its presence in antique jewellery...

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Vintage Jewellery from the Fabulous Forties

The 1940’s was a time when jewellers experimented with different shapes, including motifs inspired by nature and large colourful gemstones. Learn more about this interesting period in jewellery history.

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The Cabochon Curve

Discover the unique style of cut that has entranced jewellery lovers for thousands of years...

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Natural Pearls

Pearls have always been considered one of the most precious of gems and make a wonderful gift of love, read more about what makes natural pearls so special...

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Floriography

Be romanced by the language of flowers...

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Celtic Jewellery

Survivals of Ancient Celtic jewellery are incredibly rare. Learn about jewellery worn by the Celts and discover the Ancient Celtic rings in our collection.

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Crossover engagement rings

Discover the romance behind antique crossover engagement rings...

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Moonstone

Moonstone has been known for its beautiful shimmering light effect since ancient times when it was believed to be made of the rays of the moon. Click here to see our unique selection of antique moonstone jewellery.

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Chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl is an unusual and often unknown gem in jewellery -purely due to its rarity. Click here to discover the three types of chrysoberyl.



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Vintage earrings of the 1960’s and 1970’s - A History of Earrings: Part 9.

Our final instalment is here! Featuring the fabulous vintage designs of the 1960s and 70s.

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Lapis Lazuli

From the earliest civilisations right up to the present day, lapis lazuli has been revered for its intense blue colour and included in the most important artworks throughout history. Find out more about its enduring appeal.



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Vintage earrings of the glamorous 1940’s and 1950’s - A History of Earrings: Part 8.

The 1940's signified a shift in jewellery design. Read our new earrings feature here to find out why.

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Art Deco earrings of the 1920’s to 1930’s - A History of Earrings: Part 7.

Come the 1920's, a new and exciting decorative style was taking hold - Art Deco. Click here to learn about earring design during this period.

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Turquoise: December Birthstone and Striking Winter Jewel

The icy sky blue of turquoise provides a welcome pop of colour to winter; it is also aptly one of the birthstones for December. In this article we introduce this vibrant gem, whose popularity has stood the test of time.


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Antique earrings - The Edwardian period including Belle Époque and Art Nouveau - A History of Earrings: Part 6.

Following on from the Victorian period, our next instalment on the history of earring design focuses on Art Nouveau and its influence on elegant Edwardian jewellery.

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Antique earrings: The Late Victorian Period 1885 - 1901 - A History of Earrings: Part 5

Queen Victoria reined from 1837 to 1901, a total of 64 years. Across this period, there were three prominent jewellery trends. In this article we outline the final part, the Late Victorian period, from 1885 to 1901.


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Mourning Jewellery and Memento Mori Jewellery

Learn how themes of death and remembrance appear in antique jewellery.

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Stuart Rock Crystal Love Knot Ring, 17th century.

Our newly acquired Stuart ring belongs to an exciting group of jewellery called ‘Stuart crystals'. These pieces are attractive, rare and highly collectable. Click here to learn more about their history.



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Antique earrings: The Middle Victorian Period 1860 - 1885 - A History of Earrings: Part 4.

Queen Victoria reigned for a total of 64 years. Across this period, there were three prominent jewellery trends. In this article we outline the second part, the Middle Victorian period, from 1860 to 1885.

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Viking Jewellery

Discover the intricate jewellery made by Viking craftsmen

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Antique Earrings: The Romantic Period 1837 - 1860 - A History of Earrings: Part 3.

Continuing with our popular earrings feature, this week we begin to look at the Victorian period.

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Antique earrings: Middle ages to Georgian - A History of Earrings: Part 2.

Here is part 2 of our research into the fascinating history of earrings!

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Downton Abbey - The jewellery

Downton Abbey is now airing its 5th series- set in the 1920s! Take a look at the fabulous Art Deco jewels worn by the characters.

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Ancient earrings - A History of Earrings: Part 1

Enjoy part one of our brief history into the world of earrings, beginning with The Ancient World courtesy of our knowledgeable staff at Berganza Jewellers.


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An Exquisite Cameo Suite by John Brogden

Learn all about our impressive parure by English jeweller John Brogden and an informative history of cameos in antique jewellery...

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Art Deco Jewellery: Bold and beautiful jewellery of the 1920’s and 1930’s

What is Art Deco? Discover one of the most prominent design eras in history.

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Eternity Rings: Eternally appealing

Learn all about the ring given to commemorate life's special occasions...

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'As Endless Is My Love As This: A History Of Marriage Rings'

Introducing our book 'As Endless Is My Love As This: A History Of Marriage Rings'.

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Posy Rings: Love is All Around



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Snake Jewellery

Learn more about one of the most enduring motifs used in jewellery- an enchanting choice for an antique engagement ring...

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Oscar Heyman: A Century of Jewellery Excellence

Oscar Heyman have been creating some of the finest jewellery for over 100 years, learn more about this important jewellery manufacturer.

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Amethyst: The Precious Purple Quartz

Discover the features of this attractive gemstone, the most precious member of the quartz family, and its role in antique jewellery.

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Fancy coloured sapphires - A spectrum of colour

Explore a rainbow of hues among our collection of natural fancy sapphires – a colourful choice for an antique engagement ring or that special piece of antique jewellery…

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Intaglio rings: A History of Gemstone Engraving

Engraved gemstones have been among the most highly prized objects in a wide variety of cultures from as far back as 5000BC right up to the 19th century. Discover the history behind this revered ancient art.

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Emeralds

Due to unique characteristics and rare qualities, emerald is one of the most prized coloured gemstones on Earth. Discover more about the attributes of this mysterious stone.

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Cocktail Rings: America in The Cocktail Period

An insight into fabulous American cocktail jewellery...

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Opal: The Fiery Gem

Learn more about October's colourful birthstone...

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