David Dudley is a recognised designer and award winning jeweller specialising in British and European fine jewellery of top quality and distinctly different design.

David Dudley Jeweller
113 The High Street, Marlborough
Wiltshire SN8 1LT

Tel (01672) 514008
Fax (01672) 511220
Email: sales@daviddudley.co.uk

David Dudley Gemstones

Amethyst is the birthstone of February and is supposed to prevent drunkenness and ensure devotion to high moral principles. An amethyst is usually purple, but can be found in a range of colours from pale lavender to a very deep reddish purple. Amethyst can also occur in green.

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and is believed to facilitate communication and accentuate intellectual abilities, as well as provide inner calm. The aquamarine is found in colours ranging from sea-green to light blue. Aquamarines contain very few inclusions which makes it a beautifully clear stone.

For thousands of years, gemstones have been admired and cherished but none have ever challenged the supremacy of the Diamond.

Diamonds have always had a special place in history. They were formed up to 3bn years ago and the youngest Diamonds are no less than 500,000 years old. The chemical composition of the extraordinary crystals formed in the molten rock was pure, crystalline carbon and when these crystals grew they produced the hardest natural substance known to man. Over the ages mankind has attributed magical powers to them, worshipped them and fought over them as the true symbol of love, but above all has valued them, because every Diamond is totally unique. So what makes one Diamond more desirable than another? To understand why one Diamond has a more visual appeal than another we need to look into the 4 C's originally developed by De Beers.

Carat  - The carat is the unit of weight for a Diamond. The name is derived from the seeds of the Carob bean, which are very uniform in weight and were used by early traders as the universal measure for the stone. In the early part of the 20th Century the carat became standardised to the metric weight of 0.20g.

Colour - The best colour for a Diamond is no colour at all. To grade the colour of a Diamond a number of various scales can be used. The most commonly used is the GIA scale grading the Diamonds from D (exceptionally white) to Z (tinted colour). Fancy coloured Diamonds have their own grading scale.

Clarity - The clarity describes the degree of flawlessness of a Diamond. Nature being what it is, the vast majority of Diamonds have internal characteristics that indicate their growth. These inclusions may be small particles of other minerals trapped within the Diamond, or irregularities in the crystal structure itself. A grading scale is used ranging from Flawless, VVS (very very small inclusions), VS (very small inclusions), SI (small inclusions) to P (piqué, noticeable inclusions).

Cut - Of all the four C's this is the only one controlled by the human hand. Transforming rough Diamonds into the bright, sparkly gems we cherish today did not begin until the fifteenth century. The cut of a Diamond, its proportions and how the facets are placed, are extraordinarily important as they have the greatest influence on the brilliance and liveliness of the stone.

Discover the dazzling world of Diamonds at David Dudley. You will find an unsurpassed selection of fine quality Diamond jewellery by international and in house designers. You will only find Diamonds of superior quality as we only stock stones that are graded within the top 2% of Diamonds. All Diamonds sold by David Dudley are conflict free.

The Diamond is the birthstone of April.

The Emerald is the birthstone of May and traditionally symbolises fidelity, goodness and love. Emeralds were mined in the Cleopatra Emerald mines in Egypt as early as 2000BC and are considered by many as the most beautiful of all the coloured gemstones. Today fine rich velvety green Emeralds are extremely rare, but David Dudley has sourced some very beautiful Emerald jewellery for his collection.

Garnet is the birthstone for January and, allegedly, can protect you from snake bites, food poisoning, nightmares and lightning. Garnet is actually a group of gemstones that range in colour from red to green and that include some stunningly beautiful stones. David Dudley has sourced some of these beautiful stones and has a beautiful collection of Garnet jewellery.

Opal, the birthstone of October, derives its name from the Latin word 'opalus', meaning precious jewel. Prized for its unique ability to reflect light, ancient monarchs treasured Opals, both for their beauty and their protective powers. Opals were set in crowns and necklaces to ward off evil and to protect eyesight. These gemstones were also ground and ingested for their healing properties and to ward off nightmares!  A gift of an Opal is symbolic of faithfulness and confidence.

David Dudley has always been passionate about Opals and has been dedicated to putting together a beautiful collection of Opal jewellery, including Black Opal and Fire Opal.

Pearl is the birth gem for June, representing peace, nobility and beauty. At David Dudley we stock exquisite pearl jewellery set with pearls of the finest quality from Japan, Tahiti and the South Seas. Our pearl pieces have been designed by top international designers to give each pearl the most stunning setting.

Peridot is the birthstone for August and has been admired for its yellow-green olive colour for 5000 years and is now one of the most desirable of coloured gemstones. Early Christians believed the stone to be sacred. David Dudley has put together a beautiful collection of Peridot jewellery.

Ruby, the birthstone for July, is one of the best gemstones for jewellery setting, second only to Diamond in hardness. Rubies come in many shades of red, from pinkish to purplish brown and symbolise love, enthusiasm and strength. David Dudley has an exciting collection of Ruby jewellery comprising rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is a stone said to inspire creativity and intuition. Since ancient times, Sapphires were said to represent the purity of the soul. It was believed that the stone's colour would darken if worn by an adulterer or adulteress or by an unworthy person.

Most Sapphires are blue, from light blue to a deep indigo, but Sapphires are also found in colours such as pink, violet, yellow, green, and white. Sapphires are also sometimes found with a six-sided asterism caused by inclusions of tiny, thin , needles of rutile. These Sapphires are called Star Sapphires and are very sought after.

The Sapphire is a very hard stone, second only to Diamond, so is suitable for everyday wear in, for example, an engagement ring. At David Dudley we stock an extensive selection of beautiful Sapphire jewellery.

The unparalleled rarity of Tanzanite has earned it its own place amongst the most desirable gemstones in the World. Tanzanite was only discovered in 1967 and there is only one known source of Tanzanite, a mere 5km long strip at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The stone has a beautiful blue-violet colour and looks magnificent set with Diamonds. Large Tanzanites of a good colour are extremely rare. David Dudley has some beautiful pieces set with this rare gemstone.

Topaz is the birthstone of November and according to folklore it protects eyesight and sanity and relieves insomnia. Topaz is found in a range of colours from intense blue, pink and the golden Imperial Topaz, which is the most sought after of the colours. David Dudley stocks some magnificent Topaz jewellery including some pieces set with large Topaz stones.

Turquoise is the birthstone for December and folklore says that the wearer of this gemstone will be free of depression and financial worries. Turquoise was believed to have been first found in Turkey, hence its name. The oldest mines are located in desert regions of Persia and Egypt.

These gemstones only represent a part of all the gemstones showcased by David Dudley. In addition, we stock pieces set with Tourmalines, Iolite, Citrine, Smokey Quartz and many more beautiful gemstones from all corners of the World. Please visit our Showroom to view the complete collection.