At Art & Vip Shop we sell a wide variety of jewellery adorned with beautiful gemstones. Gemstone jewellery makes a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, christenings or even milestone wedding anniversaries. Whether you believe in the spiritual aspects of gemstones or not, buying gemstone jewellery to reflect the recipient's individual qualities is a personal and thoughtful gift to give. Every month has its own gemstone which is said to be lucky for the people born in that month. There are many variations around the world.
WHAT IS A GEMSTONE?
A gemstone is the naturally occurring crystalline form of a mineral that has been fashioned for personal adornment. For centuries gemstones have been a representation of wealth and power which can still be seen today with fashion-led trends. They are considered valuable because of their rarity, strength, beauty and durability. In 1822, a German mineralogist called Friedrich Mohs created the scale to measure the relative hardness or scratch resistance of various minerals. Gemstones are rated in accordance to the Mohs' scale for their hardness. Diamonds are the hardest of gemstones at ten on the Mohs scale while pearls are one of the softest at just three on the Mohs scale.
300 years of heritage Since the early 13th century, Europe’s ruling houses had been importing porcelain at mind-boggling prices from China. Research aimed at cracking the secret of how porcelain was made commenced at Meißen early in the 18th century. Those involved were Johann Friedrich Böttger, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, the Freiberg Mining Counsellor Gottfried Pabst von Ohain and further mining and smelting specialists. The research was commissioned by Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland. The work proved successful. The first white porcelain was produced in 1708 under the direction of Johann Friedrich Böttger. Europe’s first porcelain had been born.
Former jewelers knew that gems have their own soul and energy, and the art of making jewelry is to match the appropriate stone to personal human energy. We are jewelry designers for over 40 years. Second generation, under the guidance of master turns raw ingot of gold into jewelry that inspires style and precision. Our artistic, unique jewelry we create in the studio from scratch, starting from design, through manual stone grinding, their binding to the laborious polishing the final product, with great care for quality. Only such a process allows us to achieve the best results in the form of unique designs, sophisticated stone grinding, retaining their beauty and variety of shapes. Hand polishing allows us to very carefully finish products. We never recreate the same product, only similar. The work of our hands, it is a work of art jewelry made with reverence goldsmithing techniques of the old masters, and our dream that the jewelry made by us would be passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms carrying the memories of the people, the times and the emotions associated with the receiving or giving of gifts. The secret of our creation lies in love for beautiful things, we treat our work as art and give it all our heart, talent and passion.
Since 250 years, the royal sceptre brand stands for finest porcelain that fascinates people all over the world – very often over several generations. In the words MADE TO STAY KPM expresses its ambition to maintain its tradition, to create persistent values, and set epoch-making design trends. Since it was founded by Frederick the Great, in 1763, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin stands for hand-crafted luxury, trend-setting design, and highest quality standards. In its Berlin-based workshops, the manufactory produces exclusive porcelain of timeless aesthetics in the best tradition of European craftsmanship. Works from KPM have been included in renowned museums and international design collections. They have always been coveted items among connoisseurs and collectors around the world. Before a piece of porcelain is stamped with the sceptre-shaped brand in cobalt blue it has to undergo numerous production steps and the most stringent quality controls. All decorations are hand-painted. The artistic freedom is what makes every masterpiece a unique piece of art. Individualisations and special orders have a long-standing tradition at KPM Berlin and are an expression of the highest level of craftsmanship. The range of possibilities is as great as the fantasy of our customers. Conscious of its 250-year old history and tradition, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin will continue to follow new paths in the future and play a leading role in the art of porcelain.