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Our recent charity raffle to win a Zandra Rhodes designed pendant was a great success and the event at Bath in Fashion raised a wonderful £2,000 for three different charities.

We had a celebrity visitor in the shop recently to pick up a cheque on behalf of the RUH Cancer Care unit through the Forever Friends Appeal - none other than Big Ted!

Big Ted said: "A huge thank you! This will help support a new cancer care centre at the RUH which will transform the care of thousands of patients."

Nicky Hancock also attended on behalf of ‪‎Bath in Fashion‬ and commented: "The collaboration between Nicholas and Zandra Rhodes was such an exciting event and raised funds for good causes in a very creative way".

www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/ruhcancercentre

550 px image Val Huxley receives cheque on behalf of People Against Poverty, the fabulous pendant and the two designers Nicholas Wylde and Dame Zandra Rhodes

It was also our pleasure to hand over a cheque to support People Against Poverty – a global charity organisation that works to alleviate poverty across the globe.

CEO Val Huxley said: "Nicholas has been a fabulous supporter of People Against Poverty for many years and also sponsoring children through his gold membership of Business Against Poverty. We are so grateful for these funds and our relationship of working together to help relieve poverty for some of the most deprived people in the world."

www.peopleagainstpoverty.com

We were informed that the funds given to People Against Poverty has been targeted to help re-house a family who recently lost a husband/father – renting a clean flat for them for the next two years. (See below from People Against Poverty’s website.)

550 px image The third cheque generated from the pendant raffle went to support Zandra’s chosen charity Breast Cancer Now. A big thank you to everyone who helped make all this possible.

Rebecca Round, from Breast Cancer Now, said: "We are so grateful to have been included in Bath in Fashion’s wonderful event. Thank you to everyone who took part in the raffle and to Nicholas Wylde Jewellery and Zandra Rhodes for creating such a beautiful design as the raffle prize. It’s a devastating fact that this month alone nearly 1,000 women in the UK will die from breast cancer. The money raised from this event will help Breast Cancer Now take a step closer to our goal - that no one will die from breast cancer by 2050."

breastcancernow.org

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title ico Creating memories for today and tomorrow
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Nicholas Wylde delights in becoming involved with a couple's jewellery needs in the early years – from engagement, through wedding and anniversary rings – and we ensure that every consultation we do relies on what we call the three 'Ls', 'Look, listen and learn'.

To ensure that what we create is completely right for the customer, it's so important to ask questions to establish taste and desires.

By using their family sapphire and diamonds, we created this very personal engagement ring, incorporating a two-leaf design, for Mr Jonny Wharton and his fiancé.

A sapphire and diamond three stone ring consisting of a principal sapphire with a diamond either side, all in platinum claw settings featuring leaf design shoulders and mounted on a plain platinum shank.

We wish the happy couple a Wylde and wonderful future together.

You can see many more examples of our unique bespoke commissions on our website:
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title ico Bringing old cuts to new life
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An exciting new ring using vintage old cut diamonds has just taken pride of place in our Bath store window.

Nicholas took three beautifully faceted diamonds which are all old-cut, (when all gems were cut by hand) and created a totally modern style three-stone ring in white gold.

As engagement season is upon us, this stunning item would make the perfect engagement ring to enchant one romantic couple.

What's the difference between a modern brilliant cut diamond and a vintage old-cut? The old cut is an antique type of diamond cut that was fashioned long before modern technology allowed minute precision and geometrically perfect shapes.

A descendant of the old mine cut and a refinement of cushion cuts, European old cut diamonds have a very small table and a heavy, bulky crown. The body of the gem is very deep, and the culet at the base or point of the gem is generally larger and more open than in contemporary cuts.

The overall shape of the stone is round, though some old cuts may be slight ovals due to the imprecise cutting methods used generations ago. This cut was most popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and today it can be found in many antique and vintage rings and diamond jewellery.

Old-cut diamonds are all highly individual and generally offer bigger visual appeal due to the size of the gemstones. The old-cut fell out of usage around the 1920s, when the brilliant cut replaced it as it was able to show the optimal brilliance and fire of a diamond.

Of course, for an even more intense sparkle, the Wylde Flower Diamond© is a cut above brilliant. Every Wylde Flower Diamond© has 81 precisely cut facets, 24 more than a brilliant-cut diamond, including the eight perfectly cut on the base to reveal a stunning flower – and you can see this by looking through the 'table' of the stone.

You can find out more about our unique diamond here:

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title ico Shirley Temple’s ‘Bluebird’ fails to fly...
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A 9.54ct fancy blue diamond ring worn by Shirley Temple failed to sell at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction held in New York City recently.

Bidding for the ring, known as the Shirley Temple Blue, started at $19 million (£13m) and reportedly reached $22 million (£15m), this was below the ring's reserve price.

A Sotheby's statement said: "The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond is an exceptional stone in quality, rarity, and provenance… Unfortunately, tonight wasn't its night in the sales room, but we remain fully confident that it will find a buyer." The Shirley Temple Blue is considered potentially internally flawless.

The ring was purchased by Temple’s father in 1970 for $7,210 (£5,000). Temple owned the stone until her death in 2014.

...But Oppenheimer Blue Diamond sets world record auction price
A new world record for the most expensive diamond ever to be sold at auction was set on May18 when the Oppenheimer Blue stone sold at a Christie’s sale in Geneva for $57,541,779 (£39.3m).

This news follows months of striking stones being sold at auction for exceptional prices, however the Oppenheimer Blue is the first diamond to surpass the Blue Moon of Josephine, which sold for £32m at Sotheby’s, Geneva in Nov 2015.

At 14.62 carats, the rectangular-cut Oppenheimer Blue is the largest and best quality blue diamond of its size to ever appear at auction, with a classification of vivid blue. Formerly owned by the world’s most powerful diamond magnate Sir Philip Oppenheimer, it had been estimated to sell for $38-$45m.

The diamond was acquired after just 25 minutes of bidding. The buyer has not been named. The Oppenheimer Blue diamond was sold at auction mounted in a platinum band and adorned on either side by a trapeze-shaped diamond.

Of course, if you don’t have the spare few million lying around, consider this gorgeous sapphire set in a platinum ring – just one of the many unique items of jewellery we can offer here at Nicholas Wylde.

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title ico June’s birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone
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"By her who in June was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
they will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."

— Gregorian birthstone poem

For those of you born in the month of June, there are three traditional birthstones for you to claim – pearl, alexandrite and moonstone – each with their own unique attributes.

Pearl

For centuries, pearls have been used as an adornment, and were one of the favourite gem materials of the Roman Empire. Later in Tudor England, pearls were so popular, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.

Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market.

Alexandrite

A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its colour is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes colour to a purplish red in incandescent light.

Due to its rarity, some jewellers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone. (Synthetic gemstones are man-made alternatives to the natural material, possessing the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as the natural gemstone.)

Just arrived at Nicholas Wylde is a wonderful example of this very rare gemstone, an oval shape alexandrite weighing 0.4grams and approx 9x5.5mm in size. This sumptuous stone would be just perfect in a bespoke ring. Bring your imagination to us and see what wonders we could create together.

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Moonstone

The third birthstone for June is moonstone. It was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century.

Obtaining its name due to its moon-like appearance this gem has long been associated throughout history with the Moon Goddess and said to enhance feminine strengths and qualities.

The stone is also called adularia and this name derives from an early mining site in the Adula Mountains in Switzerland. The name also gives rise to the term 'adularescence' which describes the gem's iridescent sheen, reminiscent of moon-glow.

Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred colour) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune. Part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colours such as green, blue, peach, and champagne.

The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Myanmar and Madagascar are also sources.

title ico Gem Folklore #2 - The Tears of Dionysus - Greece
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There are two popular myths behind amethyst both involving Dionysus, the god of wine, celebration, intoxication and mirth and both deriving from ancient Greece.

In the first, Dionysus was pursuing a maiden named Amerthystos who had refused his affections and constant approaches.

She beseeched the gods to remain chaste and her prayer was answered by the goddess Artemis who transformed Amerthystos into a statue of pure white stone. Humbled by the maiden’s desire to remain pure, Dionysus poured wine over the statue as an offering, turning the stone into purple crystals.

In the more often repeated myth, Dionysus was enraged by insults from mortals and decided to kill the next mortal that crossed his path.

The drunken god laid a trap, encouraging fierce tigers to devour the next human that came along. Dionysus saw a beautiful young maiden named Amethysta who was making her way to the temple of the goddess Diana to pay homage and unleashed the hungry tigers in her direction.

When Diana saw what was about to happen, the goddess intervened and with little time to act, transformed the maiden into a statue of gleaming quartz to protect her life from the beasts.

Witnessing this, and feeling remorse for the ruthlessness of his action, Dionysus began to weep tears of wine over the statue.

His tears stained the quartz statue purple, creating the stone amethyst.

All amethyst is said to have originated from this mythological statue. Because of the association with Dionysus, amethyst is said to protect the wearer from drunkenness and the word translates to 'not drunk'.

title ico And finally.... Where in Bath...? Play the game and win a £25 Wylde Voucher!
We had another great response from our ‘Where in Bath?’ feature in last month’s newsletter, where we invited readers to guess from details of a photograph where exactly in the city the photos were taken.

The winner from May's newsletter who correctly indentified all three photos was Joanna Wiesner. Congratulations to Joanna for sharp observation and a speedy response. A £25 off voucher will be winging its way out to you soon with our very best compliments.

The correct answers were: 1. The Green Man can be found carved into a pew in Bath Abbey. 2. The 'Rudge' plaque is in New Bond Street Place 3. The statue of Queen Victoria is on the side facade of the Victoria Art Gallery connecting to the Guildhall. And Victoria never returned to Bath after visiting at the age of eleven and opening Victoria Park, due to a local press report that labelled her clothes as 'dour' and her ankles as 'fat'.

For this month, we’re presenting three more images to test your knowledge and observational skills.

So, let's play again 'where in Bath?'

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1. The gentleman reading at the window is none other than Charles Dickens in this wonderful example of street art. It’s actually a painting drawn on one of Bath’s many blocked-in windows (due to the Georgian window tax) but in which street would you find it? For extra points, can you name the Dickens novel that described life in Victorian Bath?

2. This metal plaque seal used to be seen on many buildings in the city but today only a handful remains. This particular one can be found in a square in Bath that also boasts an obelisk in its centre. Where in Bath can you find it and what does the seal signify?

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3. This original post box from the Victorian era is one of two still in daily use in one particular Bath street. The 'Penfold Hexagonal' pattern for this box was eventually discontinued because letters got stuck in the corners! They’re also a reminder that world’s first stamped letter was posted in Bath in 1840 using the historic Penny Black stamp.
(Clue: This post box had to be disguised during extensive filming in this street by Hollywood in 2004 for a big-screen adaptation of 'Vanity Fair'.)

We've changed the rules slightly and it’s no longer the first email we receive with the correct answers that will win. Instead, we will enter all correct entries into a draw and select the winner that way. The draw will take place on Monday June 27 and the winner notified the same week. Good luck!

And don’t forget, you can see brand new 'Where in Bath?' posers every Friday on our Facebook page.

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