APRIL PIECE OF THE MONTH:
This stunning Canary yellow and white diamond cluster ring is our 'Piece of the Month’ this April. Spring is the season for rejuvenation and renewal and we think this ring perfectly symbolises Spring as its light, bright and cheerful!
This gorgeous ring is made of 18 carat white gold and features 1.76 carats of Natural Fancy Intense Canary Yellow diamonds. Natural fancy intense yellow diamonds are highly prized for their beautiful, vivid shade of yellow. The yellow diamonds are claw set and are a mixture of shapes and cuts, which makes the ring extra sparkly. There are 0.66 carats of white diamonds that complement the yellow diamond cluster; the white diamonds surround the yellow diamonds in a halo and carry on around the finger in a beautiful split shank design. £11,995
This piece is an impressive dress ring, and would bring sunshine to any day! Please contact the team on 0208 742 1178 if you would like to enquire about this piece, or to find out more about our yellow diamond pieces.
April Birthstone - Diamond
Most people know the diamond is by far the most popular gemstone, outselling all other gemstones combined. However, what they may not know, is that the diamond has also come to symbolize much more. While it represents many great characteristics, such as everlasting love and eternal commitment, for thousands of years it was surrounded by mysterious myths and legends.
• Tears of the Gods, Falling Stars and Cupid’s Arrows
The ancient Romans and Greeks had a lot of powerful beliefs about diamonds, including ideas that diamonds were the tears of the gods or possibly even splinters that had broken off of falling stars. The Romans also stated that Cupid’s irresistible arrows were tipped with diamonds. Classical Greek philosopher Plato went even further to write about diamonds as living beings that embodied celestial spirits.
• Lightning Bolt Fragments
The Hindus, who were known to use diamonds in the eyes of their statues, believed that diamonds were created when bolts of lightning struck rocks. Diamonds were also believed to attract lightning bolts.
• Warfare Protection
In ancient times, Kings were known to lead wars on the battlefield wearing heavy leather breastplates studded with diamonds. It was believed that diamonds possessed God-given magical qualities and superpowers far beyond the understanding of ordinary humans.
Something different for this April……..
A new exhibition due to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum this spring will question our cultural notions of luxury and examine the craftsmanship required for an item to be perceived as such.
The exhibition - What is Luxury? will feature more than 100 unique objects, including a diamond made from roadkill, ecclesiastical crowns and military tailoring, to address the huge variety of requirements an item must meet to be perceived as luxury. Whether it is an investment of time or application of technical skill, these are objects unlike anything seen in everyday life, these items question the way we create cultural value and how far the boundaries of luxury can be pushed.
What is Luxury? runs from 5 April - 27 September 2015 at the V&A - entry is free; visit vam.co.uk for more information.
Hope to see you soon
With warm regards
The Marmalade Team.