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Jewellery in Cambridge: Diamonds

Diamonds “are a girl’s best friend” or so Marilyn Monroe sang in “Gentlemen prefer blondes”. So what makes a good diamond? Well, a diamond’s quality is usually measured with the four “C’s”;  1) Carat. This is simply a measurement of the weight of a diamond with 1 carat equalling 200mg. Interestingly the term carat derives from the ancient Greek name for the Carob seed which was thought to sufficiently uniform to use as a measure for gemstones!  2) Clarity. Clarity relates to the purity of the diamond and whether there are inclusions or blemishes within the stone.  3) Colour. Diamonds are often valued by how colourless they are. The absence of colour enables white light to reflect and diffract better...

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Old Friends: New Exhibition from Gemma Corvalan

On a rainy Wednesday in Cambridge we have had a fortunate visit from Peter and Linda, the lovely owners of Montpellier Gallery in Stratford-upon-Avon http://www.montpelliergallery.com/ who commented on the new exhibition of Gemma Corvalan’s work in our upstairs gallery so we thought we would blog about it! In the space where we had reflective, thoughtful interior paintings by Cambridge artist Clio Lloyd-Jacob https://lloyd-jacob.com/ in July -which was featured in the Independent Cambridge Newsletter.- we have now changed it to the dramatic, colourful figurative paintings by another local Cambridge based artist Gemma Corvalan. Gemma’s pen and watercolour originals have intriguing depth as she is reflecting on the deeper emotions rather than depicting the outward projection representation of life. This way of...

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A Taste: Seen Feelingly

A brief analysis of 'The Limes' by Clio Lloyd-Jacob. ‘The limes’, is much like other work by Clio Lloyd-Jacob, in that an apparently domestic scene unravels and is transcended the more it is viewed and contemplated. At first glance, we see a workshop in confident disarray. Pieces of wood lean in the corner, several miscellaneous objects are hung or shelved, including a winter coat, which furthers the aesthetic of a comfortable setting. But as time goes on a viewer may come to notice the visible innards of the piano, and how this is echoed by the hung up tools that resemble a rib cage. What is made here? Is she the only creator? We are greeted into the space with...

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Jewellery at Primavera

This series of blogs will, over the coming months, explore some of the background to our collection by focusing as much on the materials and techniques as the makers themselves.We will consider questions as simple as “exactly what is a Carat?” and “why are Rubies usually red” as well as giving practical tips for the care of your jewellery to ensure that you can continue to get  a lifetime of enjoyment from it. So let us start with a basic gem stone question. What makes a Ruby red and a Peridot green? Gemstones are produced naturally, deep in the earth’s crust, where temperatures and pressures combine to provide an environment where they can form and absorb other available elements which...

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Architecture in Art

Every now and again we receive some new work which stands out as simply outstanding in its field and Vicki Ambery-Smith’s architectural silverwork is just that. Architecture is sometimes referred to as being the “mother of art” and our location in Cambridge gives a daily reminder of this direct connection. Vicki Ambery-Smith takes her inspiration from architecture on an international scale and creates wonderful interpretations of both classical and contemporary buildings which we are already familiar with.           And it is this interpretation which marks Vicki’s work as exceptional. The pieces are not always straight forward copies of architecture but are often “a more personal interpretation of the character of a building” and so have the power...

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