Emerald by day, Ruby by night

Alexandrite, named after Czar Alexander II, was discovered in Russia's Ural Mountains in the 1830s. It is now found in various locations around the world such as Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil, fine quality stones are extremely rare and thus valuable.

It has colour changing properties, green in daylight and red to mauve under incandescent light and are described as Emerald by day, and Ruby by night.

With a hardness of 8½ (on Moh's scale) Alexandrites are hard enough for daily wear and sit beautifully beside the sparkle of a fiery diamond.


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Our history

Payne & Son was founded in 1790 and after eight generations is still run by members of the same family.

John Payne opened a silversmiths and jewellers in Wallingford in 1790, with other shops opening in Abingdon 1825, Banbury 1842 and Tunbridge Wells 1870, all run by various members of the Payne family. George Septimus Payne inherited the Abingdon shop in 1874, but 14 years later, he decided to move to Oxford.

Payne & Son (Goldsmiths) started trading in Oxford in January 1889 and have been at 131 High Street ever since.

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Featured Designer: Deakin & Francis

Jewellers since 1786, Deakin & Francis designs & makes the world’s finest cufflinks, signet rings, gentlemen’s accessories, and ladies jewellery.

As a well-respected British brand, Deakin & Francis produce fine quality, hand-made jewellery in precious metal, vitreous enamel and gemstones. Well known for their wide range of cufflinks that covers any event and personal style.

Founded in 1786 by Benjamin Woolfield, Deakin & Francis have over 230 years of heritage. Seven generations later, the business is today managed by brothers Henry and James Deakin.

As England’s oldest manufacturing jewellers, the Deakin & Francis factory remains in the same building today as it began in, dating back to the Industrial Revolution.

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