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Anja Potze shortlisted for Small Award

We're so excited for Anja this week, having discovered that she has been shortlisted for an award.  This article has been copied from Jewellery Focus, an online magazine for the jewellery trade and was written by Shekina Tuahene.  See it online by clicking the link http://www.jewelleryfocus.co.uk/18982-anja-potze-shortlisted-small-award   Fine diamond and pearl jeweller Anja Potze has been shortlisted in the inaugural Small Awards in association with Facebook. The awards have been established to recognise the achievements of small and micro businesses. Worcester-based Anja Potze Fine Jewellery, has been recognised in the ‘Heart of Gold’ category which focuses on businesses that contribute or work within their local community. Potze said: “We are extremely active in the community here in Worcester and beyond...

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There Are Worlds In An Opal

This week I’ve fallen in love with this beautiful pendant.  With its stunning black opal with flashes of ‘blue fire’, and surrounded by claw set diamonds, it is a perfect statement piece. Whilst it may not be my birthstone (which is actually Emerald!), I think it could easily be one of my favourite gemstones. I read a great piece this week in Vogue Online by Alexandra Malmed in which she talks about the hidden meanings and histories of some the more well-known gemstones. Did you know that opals are regarded as one of the luckiest and most magical gems of all time?  ‘According to Arabian legend, opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning. In Greek mythology, Gyges found...

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

This week in the shop we have been getting excited for the Easter weekend (and praying for sunshine of course!). It’s such a wonderful time of year; the weather is warmer, the days are longer, the flowers are coming into bloom. What’s not to love?! The last few weeks really have given us a ‘spring in our step’ and we’re clearing out our winter wardrobes to make room for some summer delights, there are some stunning pieces out there at the moment. Boutique Manager Laura is obsessing over her new maxi dress – right on trend with the embroidered flowers and an absolute bargain at £32! This change in weather has brought with it some beautiful flowers to brighten up...

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The Lustre and Beauty of Pearls

  Coco Chanel became famous for her mantra ‘A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.’ Here at Anja Potze Fine Jewellery, we simply could not agree more. But how do you choose the ‘right’ pearl for you? And with so much choice available, how do you distinguish between Freshwater and Akoya, Tahitian or South-Sea? Fortunately we know a thing or two about pearls, and we’ve put together some top tips to help you when choosing pearls. Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls occur in a wide variety of colours. The most familiar are white and cream, but the range of colours extends to every hue. The main colour, is often modified by additional colours called overtones, which...

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Aquamarine - The March Birthstone

Aquamarine is the true March birthstone but for the sheer love of the look of a blue gemstone, either aquamarine or blue topaz can fit the bill. Aquamarine is the more costly of the two stones per carat for much the same visual effect but has the benefit of authenticity when it comes to colour, which is important to many buyers. In short, aquamarines are more expensive than blue topaz simply because blue topaz is more accessible than aquamarine. A blue topaz is usually produced by colouring a white topaz through irradiation and intense heat. Aquamarines on the other hand are natural so are a lot rarer and more expensive as a result.   Aquamarine The name aquamarine derives from the Latin words,...

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