The Big and Beautiful: A Gemstone Legacy

Now you know we love watches; we love everything about them and pride ourselves on our excellent service. But we’d like you to know that we bring this level of passion and expertise to everything we do, including our jewellery.

We love our work and this is why we are so unique, offering complete remodelling of existing jewellery, or maybe you want something new, perhaps one of our designs, or maybe one of your own? We can make that happen. Now naturally, it’s not just us that love jewellery, and we are just fascinated with some particularly historic pieces; some notorious, others even thrilling!

 

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond, also known as the King’s Jewel, is a 45.52 carat blue diamond which is currently held in the Gem and Mineral collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.

Allegedly, the gemstone is cursed. The legend is that it was plucked from the eye of a sculpture of the goddess Sita, the wife of Rama the seventh Avatar of Vishnu. As such, each previous owner has supposedly met a grizzly fate; be it by their own hand, the hands’ of angry mobs or people they once called lovers.

 

Big Blue of the Orient

Something of a shady tale now, “the Big Blue” was discovered in Sri Lanka and weighed in at 466 carats, making it the largest blue sapphire in the world. It was supposedly sold at the suspicious price of £7,000 in 1907 to an anonymous American collector. Then it simply vanished.

Suddenly, in 2014, an enormous blue sapphire appeared at the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale; the size, cut and colour were shockingly similar to the Big Blue. Amazingly, it didn’t sell! Instead, it was bought once again by an anonymous buyer for a mere one million; a fraction of its estimated value. Due to these strange factors and its startling resemblance to the Big Blue, this whole affair is still regarded as highly suspicious!

 

DeLong Star Ruby

This 100.32 carat oval star ruby was found in Burma in 1930 and is considered a wonder of the time. It sat securely on display in the American Museum of Natural History until 1964, when the infamous act that immortalised this gem occurred.

Jack Roland Murphy, also known as “Murph the Surf”, robbed the museum alongside two others, taking the Star Ruby, Star of India and Might Star. The last two were found, but the Delong Ruby was not recovered for another year, with a mysterious ransom issued and duly paid. The Ruby was then returned in a shadowy fashion via dead drop in a common phone booth in Florida.

 

Your Own Legacy

We pride ourselves on our unique service, as we understand that a piece of jewellery can mean much more than simply money. It can have a legacy, be an heirloom or even have a proud family tradition. It can be anything from a family ring to your great grandpa’s watch; if it means something to you, then it means something to us. Want to commission a special piece? Or are you looking for something like our excellent TAG Heuer watch repairs to restore a prized possession to its former glory? Contact us on 0141 946 6333 and our friendly staff will be happy to help.