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Engagement Rings With A Twist

Atelier 10th May 2017 0 Comments

When choosing an engagement ring one should always be aware of the fact your beloved will most likely wear it forever. It used to be posited that nothing could compete with a big diamond. That was partly to do with the 1938 De Beers marketing campaign that encouraged consumers to see the diamond as the singular symbol of betrothal. They…

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How is a Gold Ring Made?

Atelier 3rd April 2017 0 Comments

For thousands of years, since the earliest records of human civilisation, gold has been one of our most highly valued natural materials. Egyptian royalty were known to dress themselves in gold and bolster their armour with this glowing metal. Gold jewellery, emblazoned with coloured gemstones, was popular amongst the Mayan and Aztec tribes, whose masterpieces are still widely regarded as…

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The Making of Mystery Clocks

Atelier 4th January 2017 0 Comments

It’s difficult to talk at length about high-end jewellery without mentioning Van Cleef & Arpels. Founded in 1896, this Parisian purveyor of luxury jewellery, watches and cologne has earned worldwide acclaim for its uncompromising delivery of superlative quality and cutting-edge design. It seems strange to think that it all began as a modest venture shared between Alfred Van Cleef and…

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Pearl Hunting In Bora, Bora

Atelier 27th February 2016 0 Comments

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a gemstone hunter? Recently more and more tourists have been finding out on the remote Polynesian island of Bora Bora in Tahiti. Pearl farming began in Tahiti around 1966, but it didn’t really take off until Erwin Christensen opened a locally cultivated black pearl boutique on the island – that was the…

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