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Education

Diamond fluorescence: Nature’s means of protecting its precious creations…

For far too long the remarkable phenomenon of fluorescence in natural diamonds has been villainised. A victim of the commercial world and its high-powered marketing campaigns this miraculous phenomenon has perhaps been unfairly penalised. Yet for scientific experts, gemstone connoisseurs and collectors alike this is...

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Tsavorite and diamond engagement ring

Engagement

Creating a modern Heirloom: The journey of a bespoke diamond ring

Creating modern heirlooms is as much about the journey as it is the finished piece. Beyond the rarity and meticulous...

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Armils office in China Fort Cut Gems

The gem markets of Beruwala - Expedition Diary

It's hard to pick out which day from our expedition to Sri Lanka was the favourite. We packed so much into such a short...

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Blackacre Heating sapphires in Sri Lanka

An introduction to heating and cutting gems in Sri Lanka

We wake up to a clear sky but the air is heavy and thick, as if a downpour is imminent. Considering the rain, we...

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Radiant cut diamond engagement ring

Diamond Clarity - What you need to know when buying an engagement ring

When looking at diamonds, knowing what to choose can be wholly overwhelming. This is where we come in. With our expert...

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Education

The rough gemstone markets - Ratnapura

5:00am - Another early startIt's still dark as we trundle down the road away from our accommodation. Our early start is...

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Blackacre founder Samuel Stirrat

Inspiration

Expedition diary: Ratnapura mines

Little is made of the remarkable journey a gemstone goes through and even less is discussed on the positive impact...

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Senna Toi et Moi

The story of a modern classic: a bespoke design inspired by the timeless Toi et Moi style

The concept for the Senna ring was inspired by the traditional Toi et Moi style. Each of our ring designs starts with...

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Sam Stirrat gemologist in Sri Lanka

Inspiration

Sri Lanka | January 2022: Background to our expedition

In January 2022 we traveled to Sri Lanka, the first of many expeditions, taking you on a journey of discovery in search...

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Sulphur porter

Education

Hugh Brown - The Story of a Mine Photographer

There is not much that Hugh Brown hasn't seen or done when it comes to artisanal mining. Providing a voice and sharing...

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Jackie So

Inspiration

Fine jewellery to cherish beyond your wedding day

Our bridal jewellery is made with more than your big day in mind. Whether it's a necklace, a pair of earrings or a...

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Ear climber Paraiba Diamond

Jewellery

The Blackacre Bridal Earring Collection

The earrings in our bridal collection vary widely, from simple studs to show-stopping ear climbers, suiting any and all...

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Yellow diamond and heart shaped trilogy ring

Inspiration

An immersive experience: The creation of a yellow diamond engagement ring

Each bespoke engagement ring we create can take between 4-8 weeks to create. Crafting exceptional pieces takes time and...

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