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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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