Emerald – the majestic May birthstone

Emeralds are fast becoming one of the most popular gemstones and they are focus in the month of May as its recognised birthstone. Emeralds are a notoriously hazardous stone to cut and polish because they can crack, or cleave, easily. All examples…

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…