The world’s most famous diamonds, here’s our guide

Famous-Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the most prized precious stones in the world and have been ever since their discovery more than 3,000 years ago. However, not all diamonds are created equal, and only a select few reach the dizzying heights of fame. Here’s our guide to some of the world’s most famous diamonds… The Great … Read more

What your choice of diamond ring says about you

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There are so many different cuts or shapes when it comes to diamond rings – some very distinctive and unusual – that the type you choose is sure to say something about your personality. So, what does your choice of diamond cut say about you? Round Diamond Cut A classic choice and also the most … Read more

Be bespoke – choose a rose cut diamond this winter

Rose Cut Diamonds

If you’re planning an engagement and looking for the perfect ring, it makes sense to go bespoke. You’ll be able to choose how every aspect of your ring is designed; seeing as it’s going to be on your finger forever, it’s essential that it is perfect in every way! Rose-cut Diamonds This season, nothing is … Read more

Best place to buy jewellery

Best place to buy jewellery in Hatton Garden’s jewellery Quarter. An area of London with hundreds of skilled jewellery craftsmen working in one road.

Choosing your diamond cut

Buying your own diamonds

For most people, choosing your diamond cut and buying a diamond ring is a new experience. Our knowledge section is designed to answer all your questions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, Farringdons can help.

Engagement ring – deciding the carat

choosing the right carat for your diamond engagement ring

If you are planning on getting engaged but not sure what the right carat for your diamond engagement ring should be, then this is the guide for you!

A Guide to Engagement Ring Styles

A Guide to Engagement Ring Styles

Engagement Ring Styles Get to know the ins and outs of engagement ring design, to help you make the most informed decision. This rich and detailed guide to engagement ring styles takes you through the most sought after contemporary diamond rings.   Halo Engagement Rings Halos are a popular design element that dates back to … Read more

A Jewellers Guide to Wedding Rings

In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the most common wedding ring designs, as well as a few of the more contemporary wedding ring trends. Read below for the Jewellers Guide to Wedding Rings. WEDDING RINGS MEN’S WEDDING BANDS WOMEN’S WEDDING RINGS Diamond Eternity Rings As well as being a beautiful addition of … Read more

Mother’s Day – jewellery gifts

Mother's Day - jewellery gifts

Give a gift of Jewellery this Mother’s Day from Hatton Jewels. This Mother’s Day, what could be better than giving the gift of jewellery! To show your Mum just how much you appreciate her; for being there when you need her, for being sure to give the best advice and generally being amazing! With that … Read more

Buy Diamonds – Engagement rings and ‘doing a deal.’

choosing your own diamonds

  There are many ways today to buy diamonds and doing a deal. You could go along the traditional route of your high street jeweller, be recommended by a friend to a manufacturer or diamond dealer in Hatton Garden or the jewellery district in Birmingham or what is becoming increasingly popular buy from an online … Read more

How To Choose A Diamond

How to choose a diamond ring

Learn how to choose the perfect diamond, our rich and detailed guide will provide you with key fundamentals to picking the right stone for you. At Queensmith, our sales team is made up of certified gemologists, who dedicate their time to making sure you’re confident with your purchase, including the specificities of your diamond. During … Read more

Jewellery Christmas gifts

wrapped jewellery Christmas gifts from Hatton Garden

There are gifts galore in every Hatton Garden store and it’s not too late to find a perfect everlasting personal gift for the one you most love. Hatton Garden is a great place to visit to find an elegant piece of jewellery at an affordable price, there are more than 70 retail shops, all displaying … Read more

The Heart of Hatton Garden Emporium

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Jewellery shopping experience Hatton Garden Jewellery Emporium is a revolutionary jewellery shopping experience, based on the bustling jewellery exchanges of Manhattan and is the first store of its kind in London. If you’re buying a special piece, selling, browsing, or looking to repair your jewellery, you are in the right place. We have more than … Read more

Valuations advised as period jewellery soars 80% over past decade

Valuations advised as period jewellery

Period and designer jewellery have grown more in value than the housing market, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), making jewellery re-valuations highly advisable. The research revealed the rarest and sought-after pieces of vintage jewellery have soared in value by more than 80% during the past 10 years. It compared … Read more

Diamond stud earrings

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Diamond Earring Buying Guide Are you looking for a gift for someone special? If so, one option to consider is a pair of earrings. No matter whether you are looking for something for your partner, friend, mother or sibling. A pair of diamond earrings will never fail. Not only do diamonds have the wow factor. … Read more

India says it renounces British Queen’s crown jewel

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

India’s government told the Supreme Court on April 18 that it will not request the return of the 106-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels. India’s solicitor general told the court, during a petition filed by a rights group asking for the return of the diamond, that Britain shouldn’t have … Read more

Jewellery Curiosities – 10 little known facts about diamonds

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Everybody has heard that “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Marilyn Monroe Movie, but there are quite a number of things about them of which you may not be aware. Check out the following obscure data we have researched. $60 Billion – that’s the annual turnover size of the diamond industry. We are all … Read more

4 steps to the perfect diamond engagement ring

perfect engagement diamond rings

If you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring, it’s easy to find the whole process confusing. You’ll need to consider cut, clarity and colour, not to mention the material and width of the band – it can be a minefield! Here are 4 steps to help you choose the perfect diamond engagement ring. 1. Look … Read more

Spotlight on Cannes jewellery trends

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival has been and gone – and with it some displays of stunning red-carpet gowns and gorgeous designer jewellery. Bejewelled Blake Blake Lively took to the red carpet wearing more than 180 carats of diamonds from Lorraine Schwartz, who also designed her stunning pink diamond engagement ring. Her two diamond necklaces, … Read more

Graff Yellow Diamond sold for £9m

Yellow-Diamond

On 13th May 2014, Sotheby’s in London auctioned off the Graff Vivid Yellow, a diamond weighing 100.09cts cut by London jeweller Laurence Graff. The rare yellow diamond secured a winning bid of £9m from a private buyer thanks to its stunning, vibrant canary yellow colour and the diamond’s weight. Burgeoning trend The current trend for … Read more

Dancing Diamonds – The latest craze

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The purpose of diamond jewellery is to create a stunning, noticeable sparkle that helps you to stand out in a crowd, so it’s no surprise that Japanese jewellery designer Hidetaka Dobashi’s latest innovation, known as the Twinkle Setting, is proving such a hit across the globe. Super-sparkle Launched in Hong Kong last week, the setting … Read more

Diamond jewellery to give you some sparkle this January

Diamond-jewellery

We all need a little extra sparkle in our lives in January – Christmas and New Year have been and gone and the weather is drab and grey. Why not incorporate diamond jewellery into your everyday look? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and they’re not just for special occasions! Here are a few stunning … Read more

3 Questions To Ask When Buying a Quality Diamond

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Buying a diamond can be a confusing process, and with so many different cuts, colours, styles and designs on offer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are three key questions to ask before taking the plunge and committing to a purchase: 1. What type of stone would you recommend for my budget? Whether you’re buying … Read more

Former Hatton Garden Apprentice Honoured by the Queen

Royal Award

Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. On the list, which was released on the 15th of June, Graff was the recipient of a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Jewellery – one of the highest awards that can be achieved by … Read more

Jewellery Superstitions

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There are superstitions in the world related to almost everything – ladders, black cats, rainbows, mirrors – so of course there are also plenty of superstitions about the wearing and owning of jewellery. Whether you’re a superstitious soul or something of a cynic, these old wives tales are still worth a read… Don’t wear pearls … Read more

Guide to Spring and Summer Birthstones

Spring-and-Summer-Birthstones

Birthstones are particular gemstones that are commonly associated with the month that you were born. Wearing your birthstone will supposedly bring you love, luck and good fortune – and it will look beautiful as well! Don’t know what your birthstone is or what it means? Our two-part guide will reveal all… In this guide, we … Read more

Sparkle in the Snow

Sparkle-in-the-Snow

The big freeze has truly arrived in the UK, and experts predict that we’ve still got a week or two of frosty weather ahead of us. It’s easy to forget fashion when you’re buried under chunky knitwear, but no matter how cold it is outside, no one should be without a touch of glitz! Here … Read more

Unique Black Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Ideas

Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D hit the headlines at the end of last year by showing off her engagement ring from her musician fiancé Deadmau5. The ring, which was crafted by The Great Frog London jewellery store, featured a dramatic black diamond set between four platinum skulls, fixed to a gemstone studded double band … Read more

Celebrity engagement rings of famous couples 2012

2012 was a big year in the world of celebrity, with famous couples getting engaged on what seemed like a daily basis! Some beautiful rings were exchanged over the last twelve months, so in celebration of the upcoming New Year, we look back at some of the biggest and brightest celebrity engagement rings of 2012. … Read more

Christmas jewellery on a budget and shopping on a shoestring

New research from MoneySupermarket.com has found that UK consumers spend an average of £445 on their Christmas gifts every year. Almost half of people felt pressured to spend more than they could afford, and one in five expect Christmas to take them further into debt. It seems that Christmas is a time for big spending … Read more

Iconic film star jewellery

Jewellery has been a popular fashion statement for hundreds, if not thousands of years. However, some of Hollywood’s classic stars helped to popularise certain styles and stones. Here is our guide to some of history’s most fabulous jewellery and the women who made it famous. Marilyn Monroe – diamonds After singing the song “Diamonds are … Read more

Anniversary jewellery

This guide to traditional anniversary metals and stones will help you to ensure that your loved one is thrilled with their gift, year after year. 25th anniversary – Silver Silver anniversaries mark a quarter century of marriage, a proud moment for any couple. Silver jewellery, such as a necklace or ring, or elegant silverware, such … Read more

The meaning behind eternity rings

Eternity rings are a relatively new creation when compared to engagement rings, dating back to the 18th Century. They are usually comprised of a band of precious metal, such as gold, white gold or platinum, and are set with a continuous circle of gems, said to symbolise everlasting love. In their early forms, eternity rings … Read more

The 4 C’s

Buying a diamond ring can be an overwhelming choice, as you want to make sure you’re choosing the best possible stones for your budget and taste. The 4 ‘C’s’ – carat, colour, clarity and cut – are the main things to take into account when selecting a diamond. Carat This refers to the weight, rather … Read more

The meaning behind the jewel

Jewellery is an ideal gift for most occasions, but it is important to consider the sentiment behind the piece before you decide. Precious stones and jewels often have different meanings associated with them, so here is our guide to help you choose the right one: EmeraldsThe emerald was said to be the sacred stone of … Read more

Jubilee Jewellery

The Queen’s famous diamond diadem is to go on display at Buckingham Palace, as part of an exhibition to celebrate her upcoming Jubilee. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will showcase a number of personal pieces of the monarch’s jewellery, but with its 1,333 brilliant cut diamonds and row upon row of pearls, the iconic diadem is … Read more

Brad and Angelina officially engaged

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Hollywood’s longest standing couplesOne of Hollywood’s longest standing couples, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are officially engaged. The deal has been sealed with a stunning engagement ring, estimated by experts to be worth around $250,000, which Angelina was spotted wearing at the LA County Museum earlier this month.

 

 

 

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Holts jewellers Hatton Garden

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Beautiful jewellery that delights the soulBeautiful jewellery that delights the soul and adorns the body. What, then, could be better than a visit to Holts. Holts jewellers in Hatton Garden holds one of the largest collections of precious and semi-precious gems. Located in the Hatton Garde and offers a professional service in bespoke Jewellery

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Arlington & Co diamond rings

making diamond rings and jewelleryArlington & Co. have been making diamond rings and jewellery for nearly 50 years and value their reputation as one of the country’s leading jewellery manufacturers. They have their own team of designers, goldsmiths and setters in house. This gives them complete creative control over all the work they carry out for their clients worldwide.

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Conflict Diamonds

conflict diamonds

a special piece of jewelleryAre you looking to purchase a special piece of jewellery but afraid of ending up with a piece made from conflict diamonds. Conflict diamonds, which can also be called blood diamonds. These are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognised governments. These particular diamonds are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments. Or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council of the United Nations.

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The origin of diamonds

choosing your diamond cut

Searching for your perfect piece of jewellery. You can find the most extensive range of dazzling diamonds from diamond retailers in the diamond quarter of London at Hatton Garden.

Diamond mine
Diamond mine

But have you ever wondered where the dazzling diamonds that appear on the display windows in diamond shops come from.

Diamonds originate from deep within the Earth’s crust, and emerge from the pulsating pressure and high temperatures found there. Diamonds form beneath the continental crust, from pure carbon. There is dispute about exactly how diamonds are formed. The one thing that geologists and diamond users agree on is that diamonds are the hardest. One of the most valuable substances man has ever known.

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Processing diamonds

choosing the right carat for your diamond engagement ring

diamond retailers hatton gardenYou can find the most extensive range of dazzling diamonds from diamond retailers in the diamond quarter of London at Hatton Garden. But have you ever wondered what diamonds look like when they are first extracted from the mine. Those that see the diamonds say that they can look like dirty, ugly, worthless pieces of glass. Indeed, people with an untrained eye would be tempted to throw them away. Only if they were judging them on physical appearance alone.

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Different cuts of natural uncut diamonds

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Natural diamonds may look greasy and are not brilliant. Through a process of cutting that can include cleaving, sawing and laser cutting, a diamond will be cut into facets in order that its brilliance can show by the refraction of light. The stone will then take on the traditional characteristics of a sparkling diamond.

You can find all kinds of dazzling diamond cuts from diamond retailers in the diamond quarter of London at Hatton Garden.

The shape of a diamond can also be referred to as its “cut”. This should not be confused with the more commonly used term of diamond cut, which describes how well the diamond has been polished from the raw material.

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Diamond ring Jewellers in Hatton Garden

choosing quality jewelleryMadison Jewellers in Hatton Garden should be your top destination when choosing quality jewellery and precious stones. Located in the heart of London’s prestigious diamond district, Madison offers the broadest range of diamond rings.

The dazzling diamond rings are crafted in Madison’s own jewellery workshop. Choose from a round brilliant-cut, princess, emerald, marquise, oval, pear, asscher, radiant, cushion or heart-shaped.

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London’s Jewellery Quarter and UK Diamond Centre

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Hatton Garden is the centre of the world when it comes to buying quality jewellery and precious stones. Made with a long tradition of craftsmen’s skills. Internationally renowned, people come from all over the world to purchase sparkling diamonds. For special occasions from over 90 retail jewellers and jewellery services in the area. The diamond … Read more