Blackburn jeweller to exhibit crown jewels, rare diamonds

Blackburn-based Ainsworth Jewellers is to mark National Diamond Month with an exhibition of rare and expensive items.

The collection on display will include a 20ct diamond rivière necklace and a 12ct ‘triple excellent’ diamond bracelet worth more than £150,000 combined, as well as nine diamonds from the crown jewels and a replica of the Cullinan Diamond which, at over 3,000ct, is the largest diamond ever discovered.

The event will take place throughout April at the home of Ainsworth Jewellers on Darwen Street, Blackburn, and will also feature a trove of information about diamonds - from the science of how they’re formed to a behind-the-scenes look at how professionals grade them and assess their value.

Ainsworth Jewellers’ Helen Dimmick, one of the most well-respected figures in the jewellery field and as recently seen as the resident expert on TV’s Bling, will share her insight and give personal tours of the exhibition to attendees. Helen will draw on her experiences gained across more than two decades working with diamonds, including roles with Green+Benz and Tiffany & Co, and winning a series of awards such as the internationally-recognised Anderson Medal.

Philip Ainsworth, joint owner of Ainsworth Jewellers said: “We are excited to be celebrating National Diamond Month with a one-of-a-kind showcase - bringing together some of the most beautiful examples of diamond jewellery with the insight of one of the industry’s most highly-qualified experts.

"Perhaps most of all, as a Blackburn-based, family-owned company with a 150-year history, we’re proud to be hosting this fantastic celebration right here in our hometown. We look forward to meeting with diamond enthusiasts from across the borough and beyond.