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A Look at Modern Engagement Rings

How the ring evolved from the 1800s. Engagement rings are, if you believe the theories that archaeologists put forward about cave-people getting engaged with twine, almost as old as mankind itself.  It was the ancient Egyptians, though, that wore gold bands on the third finger of their left hands – a practice which many believe set the standard for modern engagement rings. The first...

Ultimate Romance – Ruby: July’s Birthstone

All jewellers and jewellery buying companies will tell you that apart from diamonds, rubies are possibly the most popular stone found in the majority of heirloom pieces today. As one recent client at Liquid Finance put it while showing us her collection of heirloom jewellery, “I’m interested in selling my jewellery but I’ve changed my mind about the rubies. They were from my late...

June Birthstone: The Often Overlooked Beauty of Pearls

Admittedly, when a young and in-love couple enters a jewellery shop (especially a jewellery shop selling antique diamonds, glittering sapphires, and other sparkly pebbles), they don’t usually rush over to the pearl selection, but the women of today are finding new ways to fall in love with the lustrous beauty of pearls, a less common, more “vintage” gem that is seeing a resurgence in...

How to sell gold and diamonds

Life has a way of throwing curve-balls our way. Whether we’re in a bit of a financial bind, freeing ourselves of painful reminders after a bad break up or ending a marriage, or simply looking for a change; there comes a time when we may want or need to sell our gold and diamond jewellery. But, how to sell gold and diamonds? Where do...

How to store your jewellery

If you are looking to sell your gold jewellery, there are a few things that you need to consider. Primarily, you need to think how much you would want for your jewellery. The problem sometimes is that your sentimental value is not a realistic valuation of your jewellery. When selling gold jewellery, or any jewellery for that matter, it is essential that you deal...

How Jewellery is Made

The craftsmanship that goes into the creation of fine jewellery. If you are looking to sell your jewellery then you are probably already aware that jewellery can sell for high prices.  This is in part due to the fact that jewellery is comprised of precious metals and stones, but the craftsmanship involved in the creation of jewellery is also a factor in its worth. ...

Chocolate Diamonds

What are they and what are they worth? Fortunately for diamond owners, the value of these precious stones is usually quite high, unlike some of the knock-off ornaments that appear on antiques shows on TV.  But some people aren’t sure how to find out the value of diamonds. If you have any diamonds whose value you are unsure of, there are plenty of ways...

Skin Discolouration from Gold Jewellery

Why does it happen? Many of us have seen what our skin looks like after we’ve worn a copper bracelet for an extended period of time – it goes green and, honestly, looks like an infectious disease. But have you ever seen it happen with gold jewellery? It’s not as common, but it can occur. There are a couple reasons why your skin may...

May’s Birthstone – the Captivating Emerald

Whether you’re thinking about selling your diamonds or selling birthstones, it’s always great to know a little bit more about your gems and jewels first to gain a deeper understanding of their value. Particularly when selling birthstones, these gems offer us great insights into the past and, no matter the month, they always present a fascinating history. This month’s birthstone is the coveted and magnificent...

All that glitters isn’t gold – 3 simple tricks to tell if your gold is real

We’ve all heard that old tale of how the term “Eureka!” was coined by Archimedes. You know the one where he was getting into the bathtub, noticed the displaced water level and jumped up exclaiming the now famous phrase, “Eureka – I have found it!” What many forget to mention in this story is the problem Archimedes was pondering in the suds to begin...