Sara's upbringing in an internationally rooted family with generations-long ties to the gem trade propelled her into the fascinating world of gem and jewellery connoisseurship. Equally, her work in administrative law and Human Rights has provoked a keen interest in corporate social responsibility and the proper use of power for the betterment of society. Blending these two fields, she has advised international bodies and movements on developing policies and strategies applicable to fostering a fair and sustainable coloured gem industry and artisanal mining.

Thistles brooch designed by René Lalique

René Lalique’s Thistle Brooch

Call me old fashioned, but I like my aquamarines to combine subtle greenish hues with their blue rather than the modern trend of liking them just to be blue. After all their name means sea water. What do you think?
Elizabeth Taylor 88 Bday

Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Love Affair with Jewellery

It’s Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday today [this was first published on 28 Feb 2020], she would have been 88 years old. I consider her to be one of the greatest jewellery lovers of modern times. She owned an impressive collection of jewels that she wore frequently, but also…
Van Cleef & Arpels Cosmos™ in Mystery Setting

Van Cleef & Arpels’s Cosmos™ Brooch in Mystery Setting

Simplicity is Elegance A sapphire & diamond brooch An iconic Van Cleef & Arpels flower, Cosmos™, formed using the technique they refined - serti mystérieux. Mystery setting in English - with no visible support for the stones. Here employing finest Burmese sapphires and diamonds.
Cartier Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti by Cartier

Tutti Frutti by Cartier is a style of jewellery that I see as springing from the marriage of an exotic eastern aesthetic with meticulous western craftsmanship. At the end of the 19th century, Cartier brothers, Pierre, Jaques and Louis, embarked on a successful journey ...
Andrew Grima Lapis Brooch

Andrew Grima’s Sunburst Brooch

My choice of this striking brooch links to a darling of the 2019/2020 film awards – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It was the creation half a century ago of the innovative British jewellery designer Andrew Grima (1921 – 2007), who led modern jewellery design…
Sunrise Ruby

The Sunrise Ruby

In my memory the most exhilarating gem sale of the last decade was the 2015 Magnificent and Noble Jewels auction at Sotheby's Geneva on 12 May. The Sunrise Ruby broke all sales records, making it the most expensive coloured gemstone sold at public auction. Named after the Sufi…
Tiffany Iris Corsage Ornament

Iris Corsage Ornament

This superb piece shows what can be achieved with creative collaboration – here designer George Paulding Farnham, gemmologist George Frederick Kunz and Tiffany & Co’s craftsmen. Indeed, this brooch was specifically made to celebrate the skills and resources of the United States of America. It was presented to…

Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja’s Turban Ornament

One of my favourite sapphires: impressive size and lovely colour. It weighs 109.50 carats and is natural, untreated and from Sri Lanka. It takes pride of place in a platinum brooch surrounded by many diamonds, the whole measuring 7.5 cm x 6 cm. It was formerly in the…
Message in a Brooch

Message in a Brooch

Powerful, forward-thinking women such as the first female US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, first female Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher and the first female President of the Supreme Court of the UK, Lady Hale, are known to have worn brooches to express their views and…