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title ico Book Now for Amazing Opal Events – in store Bath October 13th / 14th & Bristol 15th / 16th
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Opals are one of the most beautiful precious gems and their brilliant colours can certainly make your mouth water with delight!

No wonder these gorgeous stones are one of Nicholas' favourites and this will be apparent when both the Bath and Bristol stores host special opal events this coming October.

Designed to be entertaining as well as educational, these special free events will see a veritable abundance of stunning opals on display, along with talks on their wonders and history. We will also be offering suggestions of cleaning and caring for your own precious stones, which we encourage you to bring along to the gatherings, together with free verbal valuations.

The dates are October 13th & 14th in Bath and October 15th & 16th in Bristol. There will be two events organised each day – an afternoon one that runs from 3pm to 5pm and an early evening one from 7pm to 9pm. These completely free events offer the chance to ask questions, see opal cleaning and watch polishing demonstrations. Attendees will be invited to enjoy tea and homemade cake in the day events and canapés and a glass of bubbly in the evening ones.

Despite the fact that October seems a fair way off, places for the events are filling up fast and if you’re interested in attending we would advise registering your interest sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment as we are limiting places to 12 people only at each event.

All October opal events are completely free and if you wish to reserve a place, please contact David.Currie@nicholaswylde.com and specify which store (Bath or Bristol) and time of day (afternoon or early evening) that would suit.

For lovers of Opals, these events are certainly not to be missed!
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title ico Far Eastern detective work engages harmoniously with customers’ request

To prove that Nicholas Wylde goes that extra mile to ensure a customer’s complete satisfaction, a recent request for a particular stone in a particular colour led to a far-flung buying trip to Hong Kong and a quest to find a gem needed for a perfect engagement ring.

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Hugh Cornwell asked Nicholas to create a ring with a Padparadscha sapphire of an orangey-pink hue – a rare colour for such a gem – to mark his engagement to partner Jackie.

After three days of searching, Nicholas found the perfect example but there was just one hitch – the stone he found wasn’t certified.

Nicholas said: “The stone was uncertified and its purchase was a calculated gamble, bringing to the fore all my expertise and knowledge.”

Upon returning to the UK, Nicholas had the stone examined and it received instant certification, allowing the saved costs of buying an uncertified gem to be passed on the happy customer.

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Hugh said to Nicholas: “The Padparadscha sapphire, that you personally found for us on your buying trip to the Far East, is lovely and your recommendation that the petal setting supporting the two Wylde Flower diamonds® should be in white gold rather than rose gold, was inspired – a subtle finishing touch, which is greatly admired and appreciated by Jackie and me.”
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title ico Up, up and away for Bristol’s Ballooning Extravaganza
August 6th & 7th!

Bristol plays host to its annual Balloon Festival on August 6th – 7th, offering free family fun over four days in Europe’s largest Ballooning event, now in its 37th year.

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Today, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 500,000 members of the public enjoying over 100 hot air balloons taking to the skies in colourful displays of aerial splendour.

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To help celebrate this annual event, Nicholas has designed a pendant that may not be able to float as well as the other balloons but would certainly sparkle a great deal more!

The gorgeous item is fashioned from 18ct white gold and encrusted with 24 brilliant cut diamonds around the balloon itself and on the basket, which may make it less air-worthy than its Festival counterparts but certainly more precious!

The ‘Wylde Balloon’ can currently be seen on display in the Bristol store and is looking for a prospective new owner to fly the friendly skies with! So if this beautiful object of art pushes your balloon, get in touch with the Bristol branch before someone else takes it for a test flight.
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title ico Under the Loupe – August’s Birthstones – Peridot & Sardonyx
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Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

Peridot is one of a few gemstones that exist in only one colour, a distinctive lime green that sometimes finds the gem mistaken for emeralds.

In ancient times, it was believed that Peridot was a gift from Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world and, when given as a gift, would bring the wearer magical powers and protection against nightmares.

Most Peridot comes from Arizona, USA but can also be found in China and Pakistan where the colours range from yellowish green to brown, but the bright lime greens and olive greens are the most desired.

Peridot gemstones smaller that three carats are very common but those over five carats are rare and command higher values.

Sardonyx is a relatively common and inexpensive gemstone. It was a favourite in ancient times, popular not only because it was attractive, but also because it was widely available. Unlike most rare gemstones that could only be bought with the wealth of royalty and nobility, Sardonyx could be obtained by many less-wealthy people. Roman soldiers wore Sardonyx talismans (objects bearing a sign of astrological influence to guard from evil and bring good fortune) engraved with heroes such as Hercules or Mars, god of war. They believed that the stone would make the wearer as brave and daring as the figured carved on it. During the Renaissance, Sardonyx was believed to bring eloquence upon the wearer and was regarded with great value by public speakers and orators.

Perhaps the most famous Sardonyx stone of all was set in a gold ring, carved with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England. It was given to the Earl of Essex by the Queen as a token of friendship, and she assured him that she would always come to his aid if he ever requested it. The Earl, imprisoned for treason, was condemned to be beheaded. He tried to send the ring to his Queen but it fell into the hands of Lady Nottingham, whose husband was an enemy of the Earl of Essex. Thinking that the Earl was too proud to ask for her mercy, the Queen allowed his execution. It wasn’t until the deathbed confession of Lady Nottingham that the Queen learned the truth, which left her heart-broken.
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