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A Gemstone For Every Occasion

multi gemstone pendant

Every gemstone is unique, millions of years old, and has occurred naturally. The different varieties have been loved throughout history because of their beauty, and the story they had to tell. The Ancient Egyptians wore them, as did many of the Kings and Queens of old. The Knights and their Ladies, celebrities, or the famous people of an era. Aquamarine, Emerald and Morganite are varieties of the mineral Beryl. They bring their own beauty and charm to our rings, and other items of jewellery stocked by International Diamond Brokers.

aquamarine diamond ring on pink and green


The beautiful Aquamarine is a pale blue gemstone, with shades of green from traces of iron that have been absorbed into its structure. Aqua is Latin for water, whilst marine means the ocean. True aquamarine is a pale turquoise colour. Similar to the tropical seas whose waters ebb and flow onto pure white sand. Naturally making us think of Paradise. The Aquamarine is the perfect ring to be worn on holiday… and every other day too!

emerald diamond ring


The Emerald is one of our most precious gemstones. Its distinctive green colour comes from chromium, and again, traces of iron. It’s probable that Emeralds were mined in Ancient Egypt, more than three thousand years ago. Whilst people in the Medieval era wore them because they believed that the Emerald had protective powers. During the sixteenth century when the Spanish invaders reached Central and South America, they discovered that the Aztec and Inca Empires were rich in gold and Emeralds. The stones were thought to be sacred, and often carved into jewellery or small goblets. Some of the finest Emeralds we have today come from Columbia. Like the Gachala Emerald, weighing 858 carats. Whilst there is also the traditional belief, that wearing an Emerald will bring love into our lives. So why not treat yourself to an Emerald ring, like the one in the photograph below? An elegant, and sophisticated, item of jewellery.

morganite diamond ring yellow flower


Morganite is a pink or purplish pink gemstone. It was first identified in 1910 and named the following year, in honour of the financier and banker, J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan. The main sources of Morganite are Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States of America. It is traditionally believed to attract love, and keep it safe. The perfect reason to wear the faerytale, Morganite ring in the photograph below!

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Gemstone jewellery makes a beautiful gift for the one you love, or to treat yourself to something special. It doesn’t have to be an Engagement, Wedding or Eternity ring. Perhaps a pendant, bracelet, or earrings? All of which look stunning when they are unwrapped, and the box is opened. Even better when they are worn by you, or the one you love. Jewellery has been given, and received throughout history. Not only by members of the Royal Family or famous people of the day, but those who appreciate beautiful gemstones and the thought behind this special gift.

International Diamond Brokers have a large stock of gemstones, and plenty of choice to suit every occasion. Or if you have an idea for a particular item you would like made, please contact us so that we can discuss this with you. Our Goldsmith will be pleased to create a special piece of jewellery for you, and we can help you source the best gemstones for it. We also stock Rubies, and Sapphires. Like the beautiful pink Sapphire earrings, in the photograph below.

pink sapphire diamond earrings

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A gift of Gemstone Jewellery can be for that special occasion… Or just because!

The Best Sapphire Engagement Ring

sapphire diamond cluster ring

The Sapphire Engagement Ring in the photograph above is surrounded by a cluster of Diamonds, set in 18 carat white gold. Like the Diamond and Ruby, the Sapphire is formed of aluminium oxide which occurs naturally in a mineral known as corundum. Whilst its stunning blue colour comes from titanium, and iron. Some of the best of these gemstones are found in Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar. The rarest Sapphires have a star pattern within their depths called asterism, made from Rutile wands. The star may be visible if the gemstone is shaped and polished in a cabochon, or rounded dome. Cornflower blue is often used to describe its rich, velvet intensity and depth. Although blue is the most popular, you will find Sapphires in other colours, including yellow and pink.

How to Choose the Best Sapphire

If you have chosen a Sapphire Engagement Ring, or simply because you love this gemstone as much as we do at International Diamond Brokers, how do you find the best one for you? Here are a five things you can look out for which may affect the appearance, and value of your Sapphire:

  • Colour

A classic blue Sapphire should have a pure to violet hue. Any trace of green can diminish the value of the gemstone. The best Sapphires are medium to medium dark in tone, with a vivid intensity and vibrancy.

  • Pleochroism

All Sapphires have this. Showing two colours, when viewed from different angles. Gem cutters usually aim to have the cornflower blue at the top of the stone, and any greenish blue or other shading on the sides. The greater the pleochroism the lower the price.

  •  Colour Zoning

This often occurs in Sapphires, as bands of dark and light blue which are actually growth marks. If the zoning is too obvious the value of the gemstone may be considerably less.

  • Clarity

Sapphires often have inclusions or fractures. Tiny crystals, liquids, or gases trapped inside of them. These don’t affect the value unless they detract from the gemstone’s beauty. The asterism star effect is a valuable inclusion

  • Cut

Low clarity Sapphires with a good colour often have a cabochon cut. Whilst a Sapphire Engagement Ring usually has faceted cuts, to enhance its beauty.

The ring in the photograph below is a stunning example of an amazing Sapphire. It weighs 1.89 carats and is set with an oval faceted, vibrant gemstone. A contrast is achieved by the round brilliant cut diamonds on either side of it. All crafted in 18 carat white gold.

blue sapphire diamonds ring

And thine eye is like a star, But blue as the sapphires are…

The Poetical Works of Miss Landon (1839)

A Famous Sapphire Engagement Ring

Sapphires have been popular for many years, with Royalty and celebrities. The Duchess of Cambridge’s ring is an oval 12 carat Ceylon Sapphire, surrounded by diamonds. Prince Charles chose this particular gemstone in the 1980s, to be made into a ring for Lady Diana Spencer, and which was later inherited by their son. Prince William gave it to his future wife, Catherine, in 2010. It is now one of the most famous Engagement rings in the world. Our classic 18 carat yellow and white gold Sapphire Engagement ring is in the photograph below.

oval sapphire claw set ring

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The deep blue colour of the Sapphire is often seen in Medieval paintings, and stained glass windows. Traditionally regarded as a symbol of Heaven, this blue is said to connect us to our deepest dreams. Whilst wearing a ring set with a Sapphire helps them come true. So the perfect gift, for the one you love. 

Our Sapphires are also set in earrings, pendants, and bracelets. Or our Eternity rings, like the one in the photograph below.

sapphire diamond eternity ring

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Gemstones and beautiful jewellery are made for love! We look forward to hearing from you.

The Formation Of Gemstones & Organic Gems

True and beautiful natural gemstones owe their development to wonderful natural causes of the world, of which there are many varieties; mineral origin found in rocks, in gem gravels from these rocks, or organic gems from plants and animals – all with no intervention or production from man. For natural mineral gemstones to occur, a combination of temperature, pressure, oxygen, chemical elements and time are all needed for their formation. Different environments and processes produce a variety of gemstones with varying chemical structures and crystal structures which produce such diverse attributes of hardness, colours and optical qualities.

Organic gems have been adored for hundreds of years and are from living things such as plants and animals. Amber is an organic gem of hardened and fossilised tree resin from pine trees, typically from hundreds of years ago. Amber can have inclusions such as insects that were trapped inside the resin as it was forming – such inclusions of insects can increase the amber’s worth. Pearls are another divine and organic gem from the produce of molluscs, either fresh water or salt-water. Starting with a foreign body entering and becoming an irritatant to the mollusc, this causes it to protect itself by producing a layer of nacre to coat the foreign body – this ultimately produces the pearl. Other organic gems include coral, shells, ivory, jet and even tortoise shell.

Mineral gemstones are formed from rocks, of which there are three main types: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks. These processes form the rock cycle as they are all in a constant state of change, as well as interlinking with sub cycles and cross interactions. The varying types of rocks have their own processes which can change a rock or gemstone’s chemical and physical properties. The earth has several layers that were formed 4.5 billion years ago; the crust, which makes up 1% of the Earth’s volume, is from 3 miles to 25 miles deep, the mantle is said to make up 80% of the earth’s volume, and finally the core which has a solid inner and liquid outer layer – all of these layers and processes produce the stunning gemstones that are found.

  • Igneous rocks – the solidification of magma, the magma rises through the cracks of the earth’s crust and dependent on whether or not the magma reaches the surface, ultimately leads to intrusive or extrusive igneous rocks. Intrusive igneous rocks are formed through the cracks of the earth’s crust or volcanic pipes which are able to cool slowly under the earth’s surface giving, with time and perfect environmental factors allow the magma to form large crystals. If the magma erupts onto the earth’s surface it is then deemed as lava and depending on the rate of cooling, the extrusive rocks can produce medium to very small crystals. Igneous rock gemstones include amethyst, citrine, emeralds, aquamarine, garnets, moonstone, diamond, topaz and zircon.
  • Sedimentary rocks – the consolidation of layered sediments, with igneous rocks on the earths surface and due to factors of erosion and weathering can mean that they are broken down into smaller pieces which are then transported by the wind or water and deposited into pockets. Eventually these pockets are built up into layers through continuous cycles of erosion and deposited on top. Eventually with the layers building over time, pressure begins to build up on the bottom layers causing them to become compact, producing chemical and physical changes, altering its state, and producing new rock formations. An example of a sedimentary rock gemstone would be opal or zircon.
  • Metamorphic rocks – these can be either igneous or sedimentary rocks under tremendous heat and pressure. This happens within the earth’s crust, over time or from direct contact with magma, and can result in the change of the crystal structure. This forms new rocks and minerals, producing new gemstones such as Jade, Turquoise, Ruby, and Sapphire.

The time and effort Mother Nature puts in to create these magnificent gems, what better way to show these gemstones off, than by using them in elegant pieces of fine jewellery…


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