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Birthstone for September… Sapphire

Birthstone for September….. SAPPHIRE 


Intensely blue, velvety smooth, and pairs perfectly with diamonds.

Sapphire (and its sibling Ruby) is a variety of corundum, a very hard and tough mineral—second in hardness to diamonds. Sapphire is mined throughout the world, but Madagascar is the world leader. The largest, flawless and most famous sapphire, the Logan sapphire, weighing in at 422.9 carats, was mined in Sri Lanka and is on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
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One of the big three gemstones (along with rubies and Emeralds), Sapphires are wildly popular as a birthstone and as an accent to diamonds in engagement and wedding rings. One of the most famous sapphire wedding rings is a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon set in 18ct white gold engagement ring and surrounded by 14 round diamonds, once Princess Diana’s wedding ring and now on the finger of her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

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Sapphires have been prized since the Middle Ages, when the clergy wore them to enhance their virtue. The September born will appreciate the stone’s reputation for banishing negative thoughts and increasing intuition and insight. In the modern era, brides wear sapphires as their “something blue” to bring good luck as they walk down the aisle.

This gemstone is associated with Faith, Honesty, Wisdom and Serenity.


Just To Say Thanks

Look what’s just landed in our office today a “Thank You” card from one of our valued customers.
We thank you for your kind words and message… it means a lot to us knowing that the service we provide you (the customer) your happy with ???
Enjoy your special day Paul & Mel when it comes and we are so pleased to be part of it



Here at GemPort Jewellery we had a fabulous caption competition to celebrate the launch of our new website. The winner was announced earlier this week on Facebook… Congratulations Ivor Bridgeman you have £100 gift voucher to spend with us!

We look forward to seeing you and your wife soon 🙂

Win £100 Voucher to spend with GemPort Jewellery

*** Competition Time***

To celebrate the launch of our brand new fully responsive website, we’re giving you the chance to WIN a £100 GemPort Jewellery Voucher to spend online or in store.

To find out how to enter, head over to our Facebook page or our Twitter page


Add your caption to the picture below which features Claire McTernan (Director of Claire McTernan), Ben Harold (Viking Vehicle Finance) Adam Redshaw (The Geocaching Guy) & Dave Turner (GemPort Jewellery).

Picture taken with kind permission by Sian Mercer Photography at 4Networking Leamington Spa Evening featuring Graham Todd (Spaghetti Agency)


The Rules
You must LikeShare & Comment on our Facebook Page  with all your family & friends (the more the merrier) to be eligible for entry; one entry per person; no cash alternative or refund. Entries close at Midnight on Saturday 16th July. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday 17th July, and will be notified accordingly, the winning entry will be announced on our website.

The proprietor decision is final.


How to Protect Your Diamond From Chipping


Gems are valued for their beauty, rarity, and durability. Durability is a gemstone’s ability to withstand wear, heat, and chemicals. The concept of durability consists of three properties:

1. Hardness: How well a gemstone resists scratches and abrasion
2. Toughness: How well a gemstone resists breaking and chipping
3. Stability: How well a gemstone resists chemicals and thermal shock

Diamond is very stable and extremely hard, but only somewhat tough. The hardness is uneven along different directions of the crystal, and this has important implications both for the cutting process and the durability of diamonds cut in various shapes. FIG-1-P-50-chart-198378-468x395_1356025246407gemportjewellerybirmingham

The hardness of a diamond is a result of its very compact crystal structure. “Diamond has an indentation or scratch hardness five times that of carbides. [Figure 1] illustrates the hardness of diamond compared to other materials according to both Moh’s [sic] and Knoop’s hardness scales. However, diamond is relatively brittle and will chip or fracture if it is not handled and protected against shock” (V.C. Venkatesh and S. Izman, Precision Engineering, 2007, p. 50). Diamond is the hardest known natural mineral on both the Mohs and Knoop scales, which characterize a mineral’s scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

Diamonds are very stable and invulnerable to virtually all acids. They can also withstand higher temperatures than most gemstones. Sudden extreme temperature changes can cause damage, however.

Diamonds can chip or fracture from hard impact, especially in areas where the carbon atoms are not tightly bonded. These areas, called cleavage planes, are the major source of damage to diamonds (figure 2). The toughness scale used in scientific literature is called a fracture toughness scale, but it is rarely mentioned in gemology. The toughness scale measures (in erg/cm2) the work required to separate two surfaces of a crystal along a certain crystallographic plane. Values for diamond generally range from 5,000 (along the cleavage planes) to over 8,000 (in the “hardest” direction). Compare those values to 225,000 for nephrite and 120,000 for jadeite, which are tougher, and 600 for corundum, which is not as tough.

There is no such thing as perfect toughness. Any gem will break, not just chip, if it is hit hard enough. Diamonds are very tough, but remember that if a cutter can purposely cleave (split) a diamond by giving it a sharp blow in the right direction, you can achieve the same thing if you hit it hard enough accidentally. You are more likely to damage a diamond at the girdle or at a point. Diamonds with exceptionally thin places on their girdles are very vulnerable. To avoid damage, you should only wear your diamond jewelry during activities where you are unlikely to hit them hard against solid objects.

New Website Goes LIVE – 6th July 2016

The new GemPort Jewellery website is now live and we are delighted to share with you not only several new pieces that we’ve designed, but some brand new collections as well. What’s more, you can now buy the pieces you love direct from my site.

You’ll also find exciting additions to two of our most popular existing collections ‘LucyQ’ and ‘Real Effect’.

Improvements to functionality should mean it’s a lot easier to navigate your way around our website, but – and this is arguably the most important new feature – the site is now fully e-commerce enabled. This is great news because it means you can buy jewellery online without having to leave our site!

We’ve integrated our social media activities with the new website and introduced a blog, which we’ll be using to pass on useful hints and tips – for example how to keep your silver jewellery in tip top condition. Do take a look and check back regularly for updates.

Thanks to all the team at InLife especially Chris Smith & David Whitehouse – You guys are fab at what you do!