As a lover of jewellery I have always picked up a few gems wherever I have travelled and this often involved buying stones or metals that were found in that country. I bought them purely because I loved the design and the thought of investment never entered my head, despite the fact that they were always much cheaper than I could find at home.
Over the years I sought to buy gemstone engagement rings for sale from Thailand, a beautiful blue sapphire affair; I found white gold jewellery in the Russian far east; and of course lots of that gorgeous but garish 24 carat soft Indian gold in amazing and intricate designs from India and Dubai.
Recently, being the good householder that I am, I got a new valuation for insurance purposes and was amazed to see how much they had grown in value over the years – particularly since gold is at an all time high. (more...)