The Meaning and History of Sapphire

The Meaning and History of Sapphire.  The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some also believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. It …

When Is The Best Time To Purchase A Diamond Ring? – A Look Into Industry Insider Opinions

Finding the perfect engagement ring is no easy task. With the overwhelming amount of advice available on the internet today, it is very easy to follow misguided or even untrue advice. An in depth survey created by Beyond4cs.com looks into the timing of purchasing a diamond. Is there really a moment during the year when …

Gala Dinners and Lunches- A Lovely Way to Support Local Charities and Organisations

One of the many things we do at Haywards is proudly support some of the local organisations in and around Hong Kong.  From larger charities to smaller foundations and events, raising money for a cause is always high on our agenda. This past May Haywards had a chance to participate in some great events each …

How To Buy An Engagement Ring

Most men have limited exposure to fine jewellery before coming to the decision to get married. With the exception of perhaps of buying Christmas or birthday gifts, most men don’t browse jewellery stores. When a lady announces at a dinner party that ‘we are engaged!’, apart from noticing the rough size of the gem on …

Alternative Engagement Rings

The tradition of engagement rings is said to date all the way back to antiquity. Although the Egyptians and Greeks are often credited with having adopted the tradition, the history of engagement rings could only be reliably traced back to ancient Rome. Traditions regarding how an engagement ring should be worn differ across the globe. …

June Birthstones

June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. Alexandrite Often described as emerald by day and ruby by night, alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl which changes in colour in …

To Buy or Not To Buy Online?

Are you thinking about buying the world’s most coveted and precious stone, a diamond? Diamonds as well as being a girl’s best friend, symbolise eternity and are used for many pieces of jewellery including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and rings. All diamonds are unique and most are expensive, so browsing online for them as if …

Jewellery Reconstruction Step By Step

Reconstruction by Haywards Breathing new life into an outdated piece is something we love working on at Haywards. Below is a step by step info-graphic showing how we can turn some of your unworn treasures into something entirely new while keeping the sentimental value of your gems. Send us images of your jewellery pieces, let …

October: The Month of Opal and Tourmaline

Birthstones have captivated people for centuries due to their colours, characteristics and the legends surrounding them. The month of October has two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Both of these stones appeal to the tastes of many because of their striking and wide-ranging colour combinations. Why not choose a birthstone significant to you and create a …

Birthstones

Have you heard of chrysoberyl, enstatite or kornerupine? They’re only a few of over a hundred different types of gemstones. Gemstones range wide in their place of origin, their colour and when they were first used in jewellery. Some gemstones such as lapis lazuli have been used for thousands of years, others have only been …

July: The month of Rubies

It’s July, and this month’s birthstone is a particularly coveted gemstone, the ruby. For centuries the ruby has been considered the ‘king of gems’ and was desired by many kings and emperors of the past. The fiery red colour of rubies represent the sizzling heat of July, and reflect the past and present belief that …

The Allure of Pearls

Pearls are timeless, they can be worn with any outfit and can look both classic and modern, and consequently they have become a prized but an essential edition to every woman’s jewellery collection. It seems there is no evidence as to when pearls were actually discovered but many believe it was a fisherman in ancient …

September: The month of Sapphire

Sapphire, the birthstone of September has long been admired by cultures around the world. In recent years it has become increasingly popular as a center stone in engagement rings, perhaps a trend set in motion by Princess Diana’s 12 carat blue oval sapphire ring, presently sat on Kate Middleton’s finger. Let’s have a look at …

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