WIN a real amethyst!

By sarah madden, blog editor on 8 Apr 2014
An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we're not giving this one away...

An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we’re not giving this one away…

We can’t believe it – ‘The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels’ is almost over! To mark the closing few weeks of having these dazzling Tudor gems on display, we’ve teamed up with exhibition sponsor Gemfields for one last glittering giveaway. Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing the hoard: Mining for gemstones

By robert gessner on 17 Jan 2014

Coloured gemstone mining is mining like no other. This is so because all the mechanised mining and equipment that is used to strip the waste and expose the potential gem-bearing ore, is inferior to two of the greatest extraction tools in this world – a pair of hands. No piece of equipment can gently move this rock and forcefully chisel that rock to expose and extract some of the world’s rarest, most beautiful and sought-after natural objects. Read the full postRead the full post