Whatever canvas your clothes provide – be it sports-luxe, geek chic or a tonal two-piece – there’s little doubt that jewellery is the element which takes any outfit to the next level. Nothing quite expresses personality like the embellishments we choose to don every day, or on special occasions. As the women in our videos can attest, every piece of twinkling rock and glittering metal added to an outfit has a story to tell and one piece of jewellery can create myriad different looks.
Yet nothing in our jewellery boxes is quite as varied in character as coloured gemstones. From rich rubies to the intriguing depth of an emerald, these vibrant gemstones are among the rarest minerals in the world, something which makes them all the more special. Our ancestors realised it – think Cleopatra’s trinkets and the treasures worn in classical portraiture – and now we are once again turning our attention to coloured gemstones as the embellishing addition to reach for.
Buying gems can be tricky, though. You need to be sure of the quality and that it is a certified gemstone, ask whether it has been treated to enhance the appearance and know the clarity – all of these dictate the price. Luckily for us magpies, Gemfields has ticked all the requisite boxes, and then some. With an emerald mine in Zambia and a treasure trove of rubies in Mozambique, the gem giant is not only providing jewellers with gemstones of quality to suit every price, they are also committed to supporting the surrounding local communities and protecting the natural landscape from which the gems are sourced. When you pick a Gemfields stone, you know the good work it has done; this is jewellery with a purpose.
Gemfields is not a jeweller, it is a mining company and its gemstones can be found in the pieces crafted by many of your favoured jewellers. The company produces the finest green emeralds and rare red rubies from its African mines. These are then graded into many categories – a process of sorting them by quality – and sent to auction where they are bought by the best cutters, all of whom are vetted by Gemfields to ensure every gem reaches the market in a responsible way. It is then the jewellers who set the cut and polished gems into the accessories we know and love. So whether you are looking for a stackable emerald ring or a statement ruby necklace, you can make sure it’s a Gemfields stone you’re sporting.
It may cost more than a costume piece, but the beauty of an investment of this kind lies in its enduring nature. Emeralds and rubies have been buried in the Earth for 500 million years and they still continue to delight and intrigue. Not only that, they are between 20 and 30 times rarer than diamonds. This is jewellery that will stand the test of time and can be passed from generation to generation. It’s time to celebrate that which makes us different and choose jewellery that highlights and reflects who we are.
Discover more at www.gemfields.co.uk