Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Beyond Blue: Fabulous Colour Choices for Sapphire Engagement Rings

For more than a thousand years, many jewellers have celebrated the exquisite beauty of sapphire. In earlier times, people believed that the firmament was actually an enormous blue sapphire, with the Earth embedded within it. Sapphires, as we know them today, come in different colours that reflect the varying shades of the sky—from the bright, translucent blue of a summer’s day to the deep blue vault of a moonlit midnight. Where Sapphires are Found Sapphires, like most gemstones, are mined from the ground. Sapphire is formed by natural volcanic and metamorphic processes that occur deep in the earth due to high pressure and temperature. Liquid magma slowly cools minerals such as corundum, from which sapphire gemstones are refined.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Jewellery Selection—How to Find the Perfect Wedding Rings for You Both

Before you and your partner officially tie the knot, your journey can no doubt be fraught with a lot of decision-making. Whilst you can rely on friends and family to help you out with all the planning and preparation, one key decision will rest solely on the two of you: your choice of wedding ring. Slipping the perfect wedding ring onto your finger can be as momentous as the time you and your partner first met. If you prefer bespoke wedding rings studded with precious stones such as sapphires and/or diamonds, the first thing to consider is the shape or the stone’s actual geometry. Here are a few tips worth noting.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Fancy Engagement Rings Crowned with Opulent Birthstones? Why Not?

Since ancient times, people have held a special fascination for birthstones and what these gems represent. Ranging from the semi-precious (e.g. lapis lazuli and peridot) to the ultra-precious (think diamonds and emerald), there’s a birthstone associated with every month of the year. Each birthstone is believed to bring good fortune and protect the wearer from various ills. The four types of birthstone lists There is more than one birthstone list for each month. In fact, there are four: Traditional, Alternative, Mystical and Ayurvedic. Both the Traditional and Alternative birthstone lists were compiled by U.K.’s very own National Association of Goldsmiths. The Mystical list is loosely based on a 1,000 year old Tibetan manuscript, whilst the Ayurvedic list draws from Indian philosophy and medicine dating back to ancient India, around 1,500 B.C.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Top Jeweller in Reading Pays Homage to Iconic Watch Brand TAG Heuer

As a well-known jeweller in Reading, we at Jacobs pride ourselves in providing only products of the highest quality from top brands as well as our own in-house collection. Our shop continues to delight customers in search of the finest bespoke and fashion jewellery as well as luxury timepieces from beloved brands such as TAG Heuer. The iconic watch manufacturing company was established in 1860 as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG by Edouard Heuer, who was just 20 years old at the time. Throughout the years, the company has weathered many changes and has continuously shaped the watchmaking industry through its revolutionary contributions like the oscillating pinion, patented in 1887.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Jewellers in Reading: Choosing a Peridot for Fine Custom Jewellery

No matter what the occasion is, you can find the perfect jewellery gift. Indeed, nothing beats a seasonable custom piece crafted by some of the finest jewellers in Reading. Summer, for instance, is the perfect season for peridot jewellery, which has an unmistakeable allure and luminescence that any wearer would be proud to show off. If diamonds have the 4Cs (cut, clarity, colour, and carat) to guide buyers, peridot has its own criteria for quality. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best peridot for your bespoke jewellery gift. Going for Green Peridot is one of the most stunning green gems you can find. No other gem has that beautiful grass-green colour with a slight hint of gold. The green colouration of this gemstone comes from its iron content. Peridot, however, also comes in a variety of shades like vivid lime green, olive green, yellowish green, and even brownish green.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Coloured Gemstones for Wedding Rings in Reading Instead of Diamonds

A diamond is forever, or so they say. Since the 1940s, diamonds have become the customary wedding ring gemstones for couples who want to seal their vows with something extra special on their big day. Whilst it is true that nothing quite surpasses a quality diamond’s regal brilliance, there are other alternatives that are just as beautiful. If your bride is not much of a stickler for tradition, profess your eternal love and devotion instead with a non-diamond wedding ring from jewellery shops in Reading. Here is a look at non-traditional wedding ring gemstones worth considering. Peridot Peridot is a yellowish-green precious stone that was once favoured by ancient civilisations for its exquisite beauty. The Egyptians have been wearing peridot jewellery as early as the 2nd millennium B.C., and the ancient Romans even called it “the emerald of the evening” for its radiant green glow that remains unaltered in any light.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Jewellers in Reading Delve Into the Rich History and Lore of Peridot

Considered one of the oldest known gemstones, with records about its existence dating to as far back as 1500 B.C., peridot continues to captivate buyers all over the world. This rare, gem-quality olivine is typically mined at volcanic sites, particularly in places throughout Egypt, Arizona, Arkansas, and San Carlos. The rarest samples, meanwhile, are extracted from Pallasite meteorites. Believed to have been first mined at an island in the Egyptian Red Sea, now known as St. John’s Island, peridot held a special place in the culture of the ancient Egyptians who believed that the gem had the power to bring good fortune and protection against evil and disease. Today, the birthstone for August is still associated with luck, peace, and happiness. Learn more about peridot’s storied past and the qualities that make it such an in-demand gemstone when it comes to fine jewellery here in Reading.