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PLATINUM

The word platinum derives from the Spanish word ‘platina' meaning ‘little silver'. Acknowledged since the 1900's, platinum's durability and natural brightness has been and still is today highly treasured. 

A metallic element prized for its rarity, whiteness, high tensile strength and insusceptibility to corrosion. It first became widely used in jewellery in the late nineteenth century, when methods were found to make it more easily workable.  It features heavily in the delicate Edwardian jewellery of the first decades of the twentieth century.

Due to its natural brightness, diamonds set in platinum create a striking appearance and overall it enhances their true beauty.

Platinum enabled decorative techniques to used more regularly such as millegrain, whereby tiny beads of metal are added to create endless sparkle with the gemstones; it also lent itself to many open work designs and scalloped detailed edges creating the illusion of fine hand-made lace.


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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Elizabeth Taylor: Jewels Just Because

Elizabeth Taylor: Jewels Just Because

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Fancy Coloured Diamonds Revealed

Fancy Coloured Diamonds Revealed

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Jade: Origins and Folklore

Jade: Origins and Folklore

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In celebration of Autumn – Berganza’s Autumn inspired selection.

In celebration of Autumn – Berganza’s Autumn inspired selection.

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Gold around the Globe

Gold around the Globe From the intricate filigree of the Ancient Greek goldsmiths to the complex Viking knot designs, goldsmiths across the ages found new ways of making this precious metal their own to symbolise important aspects of their unique cultures.

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Nicole Kidman Turns Heads In Jewels From Berganza

Nicole Kidman Turns Heads In Jewels From Berganza

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Berganza's Recent Acquisitions

Berganza's Recent Acquisitions

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Van Cleef & Arpels: A Collector's Dream

Van Cleef & Arpels: A Collector's Dream

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Eternal Love: The Eternity Ring

Eternal Love: The Eternity Ring

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Berganza's Recent Acquisitions In July

Berganza's Recent Acquisitions In July

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Turquoise jewellery – treasured for thousands of years.

Turquoise jewellery – treasured for thousands of years.

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Byzantine Jewellery: Symbols of Wealth and Faith

Byzantine Jewellery: Symbols of Wealth and Faith

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Sapphires Unearthed

Sapphires Unearthed

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Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

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The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

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The Statement 70’s: A Redefining Era

The Statement 70’s: A Redefining Era

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It's A Boy: The Royal Family Welcomes Its Newest Member

It's A Boy: The Royal Family Welcomes Its Newest Member

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Dynamic Jewellery

Dynamic Jewellery

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Cartier: A Saga of Three Cities

Cartier: A Saga of Three Cities

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The Twisted Tale of Viking Jewellery

The Twisted Tale of Viking Jewellery

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Spring is here - Berganza's spring inspired selection

Spring is here - Berganza's spring inspired selection

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Edwardian Elegance

Edwardian Elegance

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A Lost Craft: The Beauty Of Hand Cut Gemstones

A Lost Craft: The Beauty Of Hand Cut Gemstones

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Alabaster & Wilson: Masters of Craftsmanship

Alabaster & Wilson: Masters of Craftsmanship

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Take a look inside Berganza’s cabinet of curiosities

Take a look inside Berganza’s cabinet of curiosities

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The Bold & the Beautiful - In celebration of 1940s jewellery

The Bold & the Beautiful - In celebration of 1940s jewellery

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St Valentine’s Day

St Valentine’s Day

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Christian Dior - The Designer of Dreams at the V&A Museum

Christian Dior - The Designer of Dreams at the V&A Museum

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Holly Willoughby showcases Tiffany & Co from Berganza

Holly Willoughby showcases Tiffany & Co from Berganza

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Cutting Edge: The History Of The Asscher Cut.

Cutting Edge: The History Of The Asscher Cut.

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Jenna Coleman dazzles in jewels from Berganza

Jenna Coleman dazzles in jewels from Berganza

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Gentleman's Statement Accessories

Gentleman's Statement Accessories

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Exploring Memento Mori Jewellery on All Hallow's Eve

Exploring Memento Mori Jewellery on All Hallow's Eve

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Night and Day: 1930's Fashion and Photographs Exhibition

Night and Day: 1930's Fashion and Photographs Exhibition

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Opals and Aquamarines: The Alluring Birthstones of October

Opals and Aquamarines: The Alluring Birthstones of October

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Maison Boucheron Celebrates 160 Years of Design

Maison Boucheron Celebrates 160 Years of Design

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Tales of the past: The folklore behind emeralds

Tales of the past: The folklore behind emeralds

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Sapphire: The birthstone of September.

Sapphire: The birthstone of September.

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‘A Prince’s Tour of India’ Exhibition

‘A Prince’s Tour of India’ Exhibition

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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.

Jewellery after the French Revolution.

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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

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Early French Jewels: The Sun King

Early French Jewels: The Sun King

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‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ Her personal style is characterised by her traditional finely embroided clothing in vibrant colours, bold red painted lips and excessive decorative jewels. The Frida Kahlo exhibition promises to display a number of the iconic belongings of this female icon, including items from her personal jewellery collection.

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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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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

Celebrating the Cullinan Measuring in at approximately 10.1cm long, 6.35cm in width and weighing a staggering 3,106.75 carats, the rough diamond blazed its way into the record books as the largest gem quality diamond ever found. Like all impressive diamonds of superior size and colour the rough was named, and in this case, it was named the ‘Cullinan diamond’ after the owner of the Premier Mine.

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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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Prepare for the party season

Prepare for the party season Earring styles over the decades are a fascinating reflection of the mood of the time documenting  wide ranging influences from rulers in power, politics, emerging technologies, metals and world fortunes all contributing to revolutions in style. In the time period from the 1770s to the 1970s, earrings took centre stage for day and evening wear, complementing changing styles in hair and dress.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Platinum Anniversary

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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RENAISSANCE JEWELLERY FROM THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT.

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.180 years of Dazzling Designs (Part Three)

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

Tiffany & Co.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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Wimbledon: the perfect opportunity to wear a Tennis Bracelet

Wimbledon: the perfect opportunity to wear a 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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Precious Point Cut Diamonds

Precious Point Cut Diamonds Diamonds have been set into jewellery since ancient times with the oldest existing examples dating from Ancient Rome. These first diamond set rings were set with diamonds unaltered from their natural octahedral crystal form as the technology did not yet exist for cutting them.

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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 Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews

Society wedding 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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The History of the Locket: Pendants, Rings and Brooches

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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Exploring five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House.

Exploring five centuries of fashion 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’

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Some of the most iconic outfits worn by Diana, Princess of Wales are currently on display at Kensington Palace this month with large crowds queuing to view the exhibition entitled Diana: Her Fashion Story. As the people’s Princess, Diana’s ensembles made headlines internationally, introducing British designers to the world stage.

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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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The development of betrothal ring giving

The development of betrothal ring giving Today, if you were asked which date in the calendar is most associated with romance, surely the answer would be St Valentine's Day, celebrated each year on 14th February. This association of St Valentine being linked with the concept of romantic love, is traced to the literature of the Middle Ages.

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The earliest traditions of betrothal ring giving

The earliest traditions of betrothal ring giving To find the earliest examples of rings associated with romance, it is necessary to go back thousands of years to the Ancient Greek civilisation. Whilst there is no direct evidence that the Ancient Greeks wore rings specifically related to a betrothal or marriage ceremony, there do exist however a number of rings

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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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An Extraordinary Discovery in the Valley of the Kings

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 Released Drama Series ‘The Crown’

Regal Jewels Inspired by 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 in Berganza Jewels

Nicole Kidman in Berganza Jewels

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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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A Celebration of Modernist Jewellery

 A Celebration of Modernist Jewellery A previously overlooked area in the vaster field of twentieth-century jewellery, the Post-War period has in recent years benefited from a renewed appreciation amongst design enthusiasts and jewellery connoisseurs. Yet whilst we often associate Post-War jewellery with the flamboyant retro designs of the 1940s and 50s,

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour Canada All eyes are on Canada this week as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their two children, embark on an eight-day tour beginning in British Colombia. Although the visit is the couple’s second official tour to Canada, this visit includes the young prince George and princess Charlotte in their first official tour as a family.

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London Fashion Week 2016: Statement earrings for the season

London Fashion Week 2016: Statement earrings for the 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'

The Society of Londoners 'Hidden Treasures'

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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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The Independence of America & Jewellery Design

The Independence of America & Jewellery Design

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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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Gemstones of the British Empire

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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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 at the British Museum

'Sunken Cities' – An exhibition 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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Ruby Coronet Cluster Development over 200 Years.

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

Celtic: Art and Identity Read here about the beauty of this culture’s artistic creations...

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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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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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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 - a veratile material

Onyx - a veratile material 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 and its presence in antique jewellery

Enamel and its presence in antique jewellery 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 - known since ancient times

Moonstone - known since ancient times 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

Vintage earrings of the 1960’s and 1970’s 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

 Vintage earrings of the glamorous 1940’s and 1950’s 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

Art Deco earrings of the 1920’s to 1930’s

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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

Antique earrings - The Edwardian period including Belle Époque and Art Nouveau

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Antique earrings: The Late Victorian Period 1885 - 1901

Antique earrings: The Late Victorian Period 1885 - 1901 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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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

Antique earrings: The Middle Victorian Period 1860 - 1885 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

Antique Earrings: The Romantic Period 1837 - 1860 Continuing with our popular earrings feature, this week we begin to look at the Victorian period.

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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: jewellery of the 1920’s and 1930’s

Art Deco Jewellery: 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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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 - one of the most prized gemstones

Emeralds - one of the most prized gemstones 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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Why diamonds are a girl's best friend

Why diamonds are a girl's best friend

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