Category Jewellery

From mine-to-market: How to buy coloured gems ethically

Coloured gemstones are the luxury must-have fashion trend, but customers shouldn’t have to choose between fair trade and fair prices, writes London DE’s Phil Spencer. Emerald, sapphire, ruby and other coloured gemstones are enjoying a fashion renaissance. Royalty, movie stars…

Our guide to the perfect emerald engagement ring

From Cleopatra to Angelina Jolie, through Maharajas and Catherine the Great, emerald engagement rings and jewellery have been a must have for celebrity ladies. For many years some of the major high-end jewellers, such as Van Cleef & Arpels, have…

Celebrity engagement ring trends for 2020

Coloured stones have long been a prominent feature of fine jewellery collections, especially since Diana, Princess of Wales’ beautiful oval Kashmir sapphire. Many royals, including Sarah, Duchess of York, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie of York have since…

Top engagement ring trends for 2020

Continuing the trend from 2019, in which almost 50% of engagement ring sales were of personalised creations, bespoke remains king in 2020! For buyers on a more modest budget finishing touches are becoming increasingly popular, whereby ready to wear pieces are…

China’s gemstones market

With efforts continuing to contain Coronavirus, now might not seem the right time to consider gemstone opportunities in China, but the country is a focus for London DE founder Phil Spencer. Red and green are traditional good luck colours in…

Royal engagement rings over time

Princess Diana
For centuries the great royal houses have adorned themselves with some of the finest and most vibrant jewellery ever created. From Cleopatra’s obsession with emeralds, which lead her to punish any theft from her three personal emerald mines with a…

The Crown Jewels

As the queen celebrates the sapphire jubilee of her coronation in 1953, the Crown Jewels are receiving more public interest than at any time in their history. Numbering 140 items in all, they are displayed in the aptly named ‘Jewel…

The vibrant Middle East jewellery market

The importance of the Middle East as a jewellery and gem market dates back to antiquity and it is clearly still in evidence today in places such as the Gold Souk in Deira, Dubai. Since the twentieth century oil boom…