Our specialist carved stone pieces are bespoke hand cut in the UK using traditional diamond tipped tools. Each piece is specifically cut to fit the design and can take over a month to produce. This gives our designs a individual 'hand worked' quality. Our lapidary is cut by British master carvers - experts in their field - who have worked with the top names in luxury high jewellery. The exacting precision and accuracy with which our stone pieces are cut gives them their uniquely precious quality. Many of our carved stone designs are produced only in strictly limited editions.
Diamonds are valued using the Four C's: Carat, Clarity, Colour and Cut. We've given you a full outline of what these mean below. Where we use white diamonds above 5mm in size, we can supply a GIA certificate if requested. Please make us aware if you require a certificate.
The size of a diamond is measured by carat weight. A one carat (1ct) diamond equates to 100 points, so a 1/2 carat (.50ct) equals 50 points. We do our best to quote the carat content for all our designs. This is detailed in the product description.
The clarity of a diamond measures the degree to which a stone has inclusions. Most natural diamonds will have small inclusions. Where we specify white diamonds, we use VS1 clarity and above.
Diamonds are graded in colour from D (colourless) to Z (deeper colour). Where we specify white diamonds, we use colour G and above. We also often use brown diamonds for their beautiful natural colour. You will see these identified as champagne, sherry or cognac diamonds.
The precision and proportion of a diamond cut affect it's brilliance and sparkle. Below is a chart of the standard cuts for white diamonds. We also use more unusual and 'antique' cuts - particularly rose cut diamonds and Indian 'polka' sliced diamonds. The cut of the diamonds we use are identified in the product description.
We want you to be able to continue to wear your jewellery for a lifetime, so it's worth taking a little time to make sure that you look after it. All jewellery is delicate and perfumes, harsh chemicals such as chlorine or cleaning products should be avoided. Protect your jewellery by keeping it in a cool, dry place where it will not rub or scratch against other pieces.
The best way to clean most of our pieces is in luke-warm soapy water, rinsed and patted dry. A very soft baby toothbrush can be used to reach less accessible areas. Please be aware that brushed finishes are not permanent, and will naturally burnish over time. We are happy to re-finish them in our workshop. Be extra careful with vermeil jewellery not to scuff or rub, as this can remove the plated surface. Pearls should be cleaned using duster or a pearl cleaning set available from specialist stores. Strung pearls should not be immersed in water and should be checked regularly to guard against wear. We are happy to service our pieces in our workshop if required.
Our carved semi precious stones are cut by specialist lapidary experts and therefore require particular care. Take care not to knock pieces on hard surfaces, as even stone can crack or chip if it receives a severe blow. No stones are infallible and even diamonds or sapphire can chip, so try to remove jewellery where there is an increased chance of accident.
These easy steps could extend the life of your favourite jewellery. Proper jewellery care ensures you will enjoy your jewellery for years to come, so take a little extra time to look after it and keep it looking beautiful.