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Design History

Design periodsInfluenced 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

Picture of birthstonesSince 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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French master craftsmen of the 20th century

French master craftsmen of the 20th century

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Jewellery after the French Revolution: ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’

Jewellery after the French Revolution: ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’

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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

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‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ – The personal items behind the icon.

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ – The personal items behind the icon.

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Natural pearls: the precious birthstone of June

Natural pearls: the precious birthstone of June

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Hugh Grant’s Surprise Wedding and Unique Wedding Ring

Hugh Grant’s Surprise Wedding and Unique Wedding Ring

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The Portland Miniatures Exhibition

The Portland Miniatures Exhibition

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The History of Royal Wedding Gifts

The History of Royal Wedding Gifts

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The Royal Bride: Jewels fit for a Queen

The Royal Bride: Jewels fit for a Queen

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"Fashioned from Nature" exhibition at the V&A

"Fashioned from Nature" exhibition at the V&A

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Saint George - the protector of the English

Saint George - the protector of the English

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Diamond: The Birthstone of April

Diamond: The Birthstone of April

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St Patrick's Day: The icon of the Irish

St Patrick's Day: The icon of the Irish

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To The Great Mother,

To The Great Mother,

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St David’s Day- the Patron Saint of Wales

St David’s Day- the Patron Saint of Wales

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Pablo Picasso and the Cubism movement in the Art Deco period

Pablo Picasso and the Cubism movement in the Art Deco period

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Charles I: King and Collector

Charles I: King and Collector

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The Legend of St Valentine

The Legend of St Valentine

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Love motifs in Art Nouveau jewellery

Love motifs in Art Nouveau jewellery

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Celebrating the Cullinan: Anniversary of the largest gem diamond find in history

Celebrating the Cullinan: Anniversary of the largest gem diamond find in history

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Charles II: Art And Power

Charles II: Art And Power

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Glamorous jewels of modern day film

Glamorous jewels of modern day film

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Celebrating a Georgian Christmas with Jane Austen

Celebrating a Georgian Christmas with Jane Austen

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Prepare for the party season with a pair of statement earrings

Prepare for the party season with a pair of statement earrings

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The Enduring Love: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Platinum Anniversary

The Enduring Love: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Platinum Anniversary

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REMEMBER THE 5TH- GUY FAWKES NIGHT

REMEMBER THE 5TH- GUY FAWKES NIGHT

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JEWELLERY IN ART - RENAISSANCE JEWELLERY FROM THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT.

JEWELLERY IN ART - RENAISSANCE JEWELLERY FROM THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT.

 



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The Magnificence of Hand Engraving

The Magnificence of Hand Engraving

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Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part Three)

Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part Three)

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Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part Two)

Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part Two)

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Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part One)

Tiffany & Co.: Celebrating 180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part One)

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Scythians warriors of ancient Siberia exhibition

Scythians warriors of ancient Siberia exhibition

 



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Accessories for the Sophisticated Gent

Accessories for the Sophisticated Gent

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BERGANZA: RECENT ACQUISITIONS

BERGANZA: RECENT ACQUISITIONS

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Wimbledon: the perfect opportunity to wear an aptly named Tennis Bracelet

Wimbledon: the perfect opportunity to wear an aptly named Tennis Bracelet

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Enlightened Princesses – Living like modern royalty

Enlightened Princesses – Living like modern royalty

 



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A day at the Races: Jewels of Royal Ascot

A day at the Races: Jewels of Royal Ascot

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Take a look inside Berganza’s cabinet of curiosities: Precious Point Cut Diamonds

Take a look inside Berganza’s cabinet of curiosities: Precious Point Cut Diamonds

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Cartier in Motion Exhibition: The evolution of time

Cartier in Motion Exhibition: The evolution of time

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Queen Victoria- Jewellery style icon of her time

Queen Victoria- Jewellery style icon of her time

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Oscar Heyman Brothers Bespoke Eternity Rings

Oscar Heyman Brothers Bespoke Eternity Rings

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SOCIETY WEDDING OF THE YEAR: PIPPA MIDDLETON MARRIES JAMES MATTHEWS

SOCIETY WEDDING OF THE YEAR: PIPPA MIDDLETON MARRIES JAMES MATTHEWS

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Investment choices of Asian collectors

Investment choices of  Asian collectors Watch Managing Director, Justin Daughters, discussing the long term investment choices of the Asian collectors market

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The illustrious history of signet rings

The illustrious history of signet rings

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Opening-up of the Past: the History of the Locket: Pendants, Rings and Brooches

Opening-up of the Past: the History of the Locket: Pendants, Rings and Brooches

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Fine Enamel Throughout the Ages

Fine Enamel Throughout the Ages

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House Style: an exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion and adornment at Chatsworth House.

House Style: an exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion and adornment at Chatsworth House.

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2017 Spring Fashion: a Throw Back to the 1980s!

2017 Spring Fashion: a Throw Back to the 1980s!

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Sergeant-at-Law Rings: A Post Medieval Tradition

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.

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

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FEBRUARY- THE MONTH OF LOVE AND ROMANCE: PART 4

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

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

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

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

74th Golden Globe Awards: Stars Sparkle in Period Jewels

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Rare Medieval Sapphire Ring Unearthed in Sherwood Forest

Rare Medieval Sapphire Ring Unearthed in Sherwood Forest

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Tutmania - An Extraordinary Discovery in the Valley of the Kings

Tutmania - An Extraordinary Discovery in the Valley of the Kings

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17th Century Treason: Guy Fawkes Day

17th Century Treason: Guy Fawkes Day

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

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

 



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A Feast of Memorial Jewellery This All Hallow’s Weekend

A Feast of Memorial Jewellery This All Hallow’s Weekend

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Women Who Rule: Jewels and Politics

Women Who Rule: Jewels and Politics

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Admiral Horatio Nelson: Battle of Cape Trafalgar

Admiral Horatio Nelson: Battle of Cape Trafalgar

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Alternative Engagement Rings to Compliment Her Unique Style

Alternative Engagement Rings to Compliment Her Unique Style

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

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

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Whimsical Revivalist Jewels by Wièse

Whimsical Revivalist Jewels by Wièse Discover the innovative Neo-Gothic creations of Jules and Louis Wièse. 

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Diamonds Discovered

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacqueline Kennedy: The Life and Jewels of a First Lady

Jacqueline Kennedy: The Life and Jewels of a First Lady

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Medieval Ring Tells of Historic Love Affair

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

Vive la France! - French Jewels for Bastille Day

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Dazzle this Proms Season in Understated Jewels

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

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

Statement Vintage Ensembles for the Summer Season

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A Concise History of the Diamond Solitaire

A Concise History of the Diamond Solitaire

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Show your appreciation this Father's Day

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

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

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Ancient Tablets Reveal Link to our Literary Past

Ancient Tablets Reveal Link to our Literary Past

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Ancient Greek Crown Found in a Somerset Cottage

Ancient Greek Crown Found in a Somerset Cottage

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OUR TOP FLORAL PICKS FOR THE ROYAL CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

OUR TOP FLORAL PICKS FOR THE ROYAL CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

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Sensuous Designs of the Art Nouveau movement

Sensuous Designs of the Art Nouveau movement

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Coronet Cluster Earrings a Timeless Accessory

Coronet Cluster Earrings a Timeless Accessory

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

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

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Brooches: A Versatile Accessory

Brooches: A Versatile Accessory

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Largest Diamond of the Century Comes up for Auction

Largest Diamond of the Century Comes up for Auction

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Tokens for your sweetheart

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

Jewels for Summer Weddings

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The Feast Day of Saint George

The Feast Day of Saint George

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Ancient Romans in Britain

Ancient Romans in Britain

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Rare Fancy Coloured Diamonds

Rare Fancy Coloured Diamonds

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A Brief History of Boucheron - Part II

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

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.

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

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Celestial Motifs in Victorian Jewellery

Celestial Motifs in Victorian Jewellery


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A History of Mother’s Day

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

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

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.

Amethyst. The essence of the colour purple. Discover facinating colour and history of February's birthstone. 

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Old Mine Cut Diamonds

Old Mine Cut Diamonds Part III in our history of diamond cuts

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Victorian Carved Half Hoop Rings

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

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

Old Cut Diamonds Part IV in our history of diamond cuts

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Star Sapphires

Star Sapphires

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Unusual Gemstone Rings

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

Rose Cut Diamonds Part II in our chronological history of diamond cuts

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Table Cut Diamonds

Table Cut Diamonds Learn about the first true diamond cut.

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Discovering Sapphires

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

Indian Jewellery Inspired by the V&A Exhibition

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November birthstones: citrine and topaz

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marvellous Marquise Diamonds

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Made In England Historic English antique and vintage engagement rings...

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Seventies Vintage Jewels

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

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 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

Emerald cut diamonds The cut of true Art Deco elegance.

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Wedding rings - a brief history

Wedding rings - a brief history "With this ring, I thee wed....."

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Gemstones - a rainbow of colour

Gemstones - a rainbow of colour Celebrate Spring with Nature’s Colours

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Pigeon Blood Rubies

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 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

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

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Vintage Jewellery from the Fabulous Forties

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

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

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Floriography

Floriography Be romanced by the language of flowers...

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Celtic Jewellery

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

Crossover engagement rings Discover the romance behind antique crossover engagement rings...

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Moonstone

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 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.

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

Lapis Lazuli

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

 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.

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

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Turquoise: December Birthstone and Striking Winter Jewel

Turquoise: December Birthstone and Striking Winter Jewel

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

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

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

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

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.

Stuart Rock Crystal Love Knot Ring, 17th century.

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

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

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.

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.

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 -  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

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

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

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

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'

'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

Posy Rings: Love is All Around

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Snake Jewellery

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: 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

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

 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

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

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

Cocktail Rings: America in The Cocktail Period An insight into fabulous American cocktail jewellery...

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Opal: The Fiery Gem

Opal: The Fiery Gem Learn more about October's colourful birthstone...

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