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Why You Should Buy Jewellery for Yourself!

Treating yourself to fine jewellery:

One of the orders I love receiving most from customers is an item that a woman is ordering for herself – because she simply deserves it. It is an empowering act, as women, to invest in ourselves and work hard for our education, careers, houses, apartments and more. The same should be said for treating yourself to a beautiful piece of jewellery, one that can be worn and cherished for the rest of your life. If there is a specific ring, necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings you have always dreamed of having, then you should go and get it… yourself!

Receiving jewellery from a loved one is a very special experience… but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to treat yourself to something too. Buying your first piece of fine jewellery is incredibly exciting and there is sure to be something that fits your style and budget perfectly. Engagement rings and tennis bracelets aren’t the only pieces that count as special occasion jewellery, though. Here are a few unique ideas of fine jewellery to treat yourself to!

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The Right Hand Ring

The right hand ring is exactly as it sounds – a ring worn on the right hand. But it’s actually more than that. The right hand ring represents independence. It is a ring that specifically is not meant to be confused with an engagement ring. And the best thing? There are no rules for what it needs to look like, which gives the wearer all the creative freedom. This beautiful Varnaya Vatina ring combines vivacious and colorful sapphires and makes for the ultimate treat yourself ring.

Varnaya Vatina

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The Showstopper

Go big or go home… because why wouldn’t you? Celebrate yourself with a show stopping ring… yes, one that you can see from a mile away. Wear it when you are feeling particularly extra… or everyday for that matter. This beautiful pink sapphire is surrounded by a halo of sparkling diamonds and would be an absolute dream to add to a fine jewellery collection.

Bespoke Peach Sapphire

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The Not-A-Diamond Ring

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, yes… but, have you ever seen a baby pink sapphire, bi-color tourmaline or grass green tsavorite? Diamond jewellery is the go to to express your love for someone, whether that be through engagement rings, tennis bracelets, earrings, etc. However, there’s nothing wrong with going against the current and getting yourself a beautiful colored sapphire design. Sapphire, or other precious gemstones, such as tourmalines and tsavorites, can be incredibly unique and special, and you are sure to get tons of questions about it!

Peya ring

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Diamond Necklace with a Twist

Diamond necklaces are definitely a treat to add to your fine jewellery collection. Why not add a little twist with a different shape or addition of color? The Anna Winck necklace is a stunning half moon pendant with a cluster of sparkling diamonds next to scattered sapphires and tsavorites. This design is dynamic enough to be worn on its own and layered amongst other lovely necklaces.

Anna Winck necklace

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The Minimalistic Ring

Going with a minimalistic piece is a great way to start off your fine jewellery collection. And in true Anpé style, adding a little color doesn’t hurt anybody. These beautiful Sarah Lil rings are half eternity designs and can be as simple or as colorful as you want. They add the perfect amount of sparkle to your finger and bring a certain amount of happiness when you catch a glimpse of it throughout the day.

Sarah Lil rings

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Sparkling Stud Earrings

Another fantastic way to treat yourself is to a pair of beautiful earrings. Studs are an affordable way to feel a little extra and add some sparkle to your style. These Malene studs come in diamond and different colored sapphire stones. They are perfect to wear on their own or paired with other earrings.

Malene Ruby Studs

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The Symbolic Ring

When customers are creating their own bespoke piece, symbolisation comes into play when deciding on what colors they are interested in. There are so many ways to create a ring that symbolises something personally important to you, for example, through a births month via birthstones and colors that represent family members or loved ones. A symbolic ring is sure to be something you wear for the rest of your life because of the sheer importance it holds within your heart.

Bespoke Varnaya ring

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Gemstones: From Rough to Polished

Nature’s Wonders

Working with loose gemstones plays a massive role of the jewellery design process at Anpé Atelier, especially when it comes to sourcing the perfect stone for a customized design. But what some people might not know is, gemstones don’t start out as the polished and sparkling things we see normally. In fact, they actually start out as a rock-like element that has to be meticulously assessed in order to be cut into the best shape and size in order to accentuate the stone’s fire and brilliance. Here are the main steps that a loose gemstone goes through:

Download and read the Gemstones: From Rough to Polished booklet here.

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Gemstones in the Rough

Gemstones start off as rock-like elements, which makes the term “Sapphire in the rough,” a perfect description. Gemstones are formed underneath the earth’s surface predominantly through heating, cooling and high amounts of pressure. Diamonds, sapphires, rubies and other stones are found miles below the ground, and are pushed towards the surface through natural causes such as weathering, erosion and volcanic eruptions. It is in this way that humans are able create mines to dig up and find these beautiful stones.

Once the rough stones are found, they are sorted by shape and color and are ready to move on to the next step: pre-forming.

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Gemstone Pre-Forming

After the gemstones are found, they go through a process called pre-forming.

For lapidaries, otherwise known as gem cutters, making each gemstone is a work of art. There is a precise way of thinking for gem cutters to figure out the best way to accentuate a stone’s prominent features. Preforming is
a part of the faceting process. It is the first step, where the rough stone is ground by hand on a series of wheels or flat laps to get an overall shape.

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Polish and Facet

After preforming, the gem goes through a process of faceting. This is where we start to get the finished product! Gem cutters begin to create the intricate edges and lines that you see on gemstones, which brings out an incredibly unique sparkle and glimmer. It is fantastic to see the stones go from the pre-forming process to polished and faceted, because they go from matte and 2 dimensional to a clear and colorful 3 dimensional beauty.

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The Finished Product!

After the entire process is finished, we are left with these stunning stones that are ready to be made into a ring, necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings! Customers are always shocked when they learn about the journey a gemstone goes through to get to the polished product, which is why we thought it was important to provide an in-depth booklet for you to learn about the process.

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Determining the Value of a Gemstone: Sapphires, Tsavorites, Tourmalines and More.

Precious and semi-precious gemstone’s are fantastic stones to use in fine jewellery. They offer a vibrant color palette and a unique aesthetic to the designs they are placed into. Much like diamonds, there is a specific way in which these stones are valued. Determining the value of a gemstone comes down to factors such as color, cut, clarity, carat, as well as the rarity, hardness and pureness of the stones.

For a deep dive into the topic, download Anpé’s full Determining a Value of a Gemstone guide here!

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Color

Color is one of the most important factors when determining the value of a colored gemstone. Gem cutters cut gemstones in a way that enhances and emphasises the best qualities of that individual stone, such as its luster, fire, and luminescence. Cutting them in a way that accentuates its natural color makes the stone more valuable.

There are four important elements that make up gemstone color:

Hue, saturation, tone and coverage.

Hue is the initial color of the stone. Sapphires, for example, come in virtually any color or tone you can think of. Some colors are more valuable than others, such as bi-color and color changing sapphires.

Coverage simply refers to the consistency and evenness of color throughout the stone.

Saturation is a stone’s brightness and intensity. This can range from dull to vivid. The more vibrant and saturated the stone, the higher the value.

A gem’s tone is the depth of color present within the stone, ranging from light to dark. Both light and dark tones of the same stone can have an equal value to each other.

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Clarity

A gemstone’s clarity grade refers to the relative absence of inclusions, fractures, and blemishes that affect its appearance and structural integrity. These inclusions and blemishes are materials that are trapped inside the gem as well as surface imperfections, both of which vary due to the many ways gemstones form underground.

Gems with greater clarity are considered more valuable than gems of the same species with lower clarity, all other properties being equal. 

That being said, some inclusions can have positive effects, by bringing a unique aura to the stone.

One of the major exceptions to the rule of clarity comes about with emerald stones. Emeralds are incredibly prized throughout different cultures, but they are one of the gemstones that always occur with hints of other mineral traces in them. This is why you will see highly prized emeralds with some inclusions and flaws.

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Cut

Gem cutters, also known as lapidaries, have a massive artistic ability, as they take rough gemstones (see image) and hand cut them into the sparkling beauties you see mounted in a finished design.

A quality cut takes the other Four C’s into account and enhances the stone’s best features, such as the hue, saturation and color tone. A professional lapidary will be able to look at an individual gemstone and be able to determine the best angles to cut to bring out the stone’s inherent beauty – and in doing so, bring it the most value.

All gemstones have a unique way in which they bend light (refraction) and bounce it to your eye (reflection), which is what makes them so eye catching.

Gem cutters have an incredible way of creating facets and surfaces that optimise the quality of light that passes through each gemstone into your eyes.

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Carat

The size of a gemstone is generally measured by weight in the metric known as carats (1 carat is equal to 1/5 of a gram). Traditionally, when purchasing a loose gem, the cost is given as a per-carat price and as the weight of a carat increases, so does the cost.

Unfortunately, prices are not “set in stone”. For example, the cost of a 1ct. sapphire will not equally double if you have a 2ct. sapphire. This is because larger stones are typically rarer in nature. The rarer the stone, the more desirable and expensive it becomes.

Milestone Carat Weights, otherwise known as “magic sizes,” are quarter sizes of diamonds, such as .25ct, .50ct, 1ct, etc. These popular sizes are generally easier to refer to, therefore making them higher in demand. But what is so “magical” about them? Well, the price magically jumps once a stone reaches the next quarter carat. 

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Rarity

Rarity is one of the most prized qualities of gemstones and is another major factor that determines the price for different minerals. Gemstones that are produced in fewer regions across the world in smaller quantities are generally worth more.

For example, finding a padparadscha sapphire over the weight of 2 carats is a real rarity, and can even surpass the price of a diamond in similar size.

Gemstones, just like other products and resources, have a supply and demand relationship. For example, the most common gem-grade corundum is the blue sapphire. Sapphires come in all the colors of the rainbow, with certain colors rarer than blues. This might make you wonder why blue sapphires are so valuable, and the answer is because traditionally, many people desire deep blue sapphires over yellow or green ones. It is that exact demand that drives up the price of blue sapphires.

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Hardness

Hardness refers to the durability of your gemstone. More importantly, it measures how difficult or easy it is to scratch the surface of the stone. The hardness of a gemstone is measured using the Mohs Scale of Hardness, rated on a scale from 1 to 10.

The reason this is important to determining a gemstone’s value is because specific minerals may not interact positively with the environment around you. 

For example, diamond and corundum (sapphires and rubies) rank highest on the scale, between 9 and 10. This means that these gemstones are resilient and great for everyday wear, so long as you take care of them properly. A calcite or fluorite gemstone, however, ranks 3 to 4 on the scale, meaning they scratch fairly easily, thus making the appearance seem dull and used after a time. Ultimately, the higher up on the Mohs Scale, the higher the value of the stone.

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Treatments

Gemstones are altered as soon as they come from the ground in their rough form and are cut and polished to become the wonderful stones we see in our jewellery today. But there are a number of treatments that are used to change the color and clarity of a gemstone.

Heating and oiling are common treatments to artificially change and improve the color and clarity of stones.

When a gemstone is noted as “unheated”, this means that the color and clarity are completely natural. Untreated stones are often of higher value because they are less common within the industry. In the image on the side is a natural, unheated bi color sapphire, which is incredibly rare in nature.

A vast majority of the stones from Anpé Atelier are unheated and a professional certificate is always provided which gives information on what exactly has or has not been done to the gemstone.

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The Varnaya Rings- Sapphires, tsavorites and tourmalines.

I am so excited to talk about the inspiration and meaning of the Varnaya rings- they are truly one of the most popular designs from Anpé Atelier and are incredibly fun for me to create for my lovely customers. Anpé Atelier is all about color and my designs are focused on using vivacious gemstones such as, sapphires, tsavorites, tourmalines, spinels and more. The Varnaya rings are the perfect mix of gemstones in differing colors, shapes and sizes and are a true manifestation of the colorful Anpé brand.

There are Varnaya rings from the Classic Complexity Collection that are inspired by my own favourite color combinations, however I also create customized version of them as well. Many customized Varnaya’s are inspired by customer’s favorite colors, their birthstones, as well as specific stones representing family members. I love to see the outcome of customized designs because each one is completely different from the other, and simply cannot be recreated due to the uniqueness of each stone’s shape and color. These sapphire cluster rings are sure to become a staple piece in your fine jewellery collection, and something to keep for the rest of your life!

From the Classic Complexity Collection:

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Varnaya Terima ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural baby green tourmaline, natural unheated sapphires natural tsavorite

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Varnaya Bahu ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural unheated pink, red and green sapphires with 1 VS diamond 

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Varnaya Taruva ring

18kt. yellow gold. Peach natural tourmaline, pink natural sapphire, orange natural sapphire, natural ruby, and a VS diamond 

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Varnaya Vatina ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural unheated purple, pink, blue and green sapphires, VS1 diamond, natural tsavorite and a natural amethyst.

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See more Varnaya rings from the Classic Complexity collection here

Customized Varnaya rings:

Customized Varnaya rings are a great way to create a meaningful ring that represents your favorite color combinations, represent your family members with birthstones or anything else that inspires you! I am very hands on with the process, as I want to create your ideal, dream ring. I start off by discussing what design scheme you are interested in and then source the stones from my own collection and from gemstone traders. I then start to piece together the stones until you fall in love with a stone combination. Finally, your ring will be handmade and sent off to you to enjoy!

Here are some examples

Want to create your own Varnaya ring?

If you are looking to create your own Varnaya ring, I am more than happy to help! Contact me via email or Instagram to send any questions or ideas you have. I will respond and start looking for stones that would be of interest to you and start the sketching process. Have a look at the Bespoke page on the website, for any extra inspiration, or on the Varnaya page.

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All About Anpé Atelier: How Do We Work?

Anpé Atelier Cph is a small, woman run business based in Copenhagen, Denmark. You can read more about my background and why I started Anpé here, but today I wanted to talk about how the business works. More specifically, how the bespoke process works, appointments and pop up meetings, as well as the delivery times, sustainablity and how our gems are sourced.

We are two women working in the Anpé Atelier showroom, which is located on Holbergsgade 26, just next to beautiful Nyhavn. It is me and my part-time marketing assistant, Poppy, who is from New York. Anpé is different from most brands, because we are quite small, but this is a blessing in disguise. Being a smaller business allows me to be more personal with my clients and allows for me to create the best fine jewellery experience possible.

Here is some more information and commonly asked questions that I can now answer for you:

The Bespoke Process:

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Bespoke jewellery design makes up for a majority of my work at Anpé Atelier and I absolutely love it. Sketching new designs is one of the first things that got me crazy about jewellery in the first place.

The bespoke designs have a very personalised approach which customers seem to enjoy. Each inquiry I get about a customized piece I take very seriously, and I start off by discussing what that person is looking for, whether it be an engagement ring, a push present, a treat yourself ring, and more.

These are the general steps: Together, we source the perfect gemstone that fits your exact want. Next, I sketch the design you had in mind and we go back and forth and fix and add whatever you have in mind. Once you have chosen your design, it is sent out to be processed into a computer graphic design. After you approve, the design is sent to be handmade by our 4 goldsmiths in Sri Lanka.

Lastly, I will receive your piece from Sri Lanka, and I will send over a quick sneak peek just to make sure you 100% approve of it. Once approved by you, it is ready to be shipped off for you to cherish and enjoy! Here is a more detailed blog post on the process.

Appointments & Pop Up Meetings:

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Appointments in the Showroom: Appointments can be booked in our showroom through Instagram DM, e-mail or phone. I am available throughout the week and on the weekends for meetings. You can expect to have all of the pieces from our collections, as well as the stock of gemstones we have, present for you to browse through. Together we can discuss your jewellery dreams and create the exact design you are thinking of.

Pop Up Meetings: I host pop up meetings in different cities abroad, where I travel with our Anpé stock to meet customers who can’t make it to Copenhagen. I always post time and place on our social media, and booking happens on a first come, first serve basis. If you know already now, that you want Anpé to come to your city, you can always e-mail me, and I’ll put you on a list to make sure you’ll know as the first, if we come to your city..

For pop up meetings, customers have to make an appointment, where again, we can have one on one time to talk about what you are looking for.

The reason I do it this way is so that I can give you my undivided attention and create an atmosphere where we can talk about the pieces, where you can try everything on with the amount of time you need. I always want to make sure I give my customers the best customer service and personalised experience, so that everyone can leave happy and satisfied.

Delivery Times:

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Delivery times from Anpé Atelier vary from other businesses, this is because the pieces are handmade and one of a kind and produced for the individual customer. We have three different ranges, all of which have differing delivery times.

The Classic Complexity range: This range is handmade and all of the designs are completely unique. The designs can be recreated, however they will never look exactly the same as the first because larger sapphires and other gemstones are incredibly individual to one another. Delivery for this collection ranges from 5-10 days, if everything is in stock and in your size. We can have the ring changed to your size, however it might add on a few days.

The Scandinavian Simplicity range: The pieces in the Scandinavian Simplicity Collection is made per order – that means that when you place the order, we will create the specific piece for you. That usually takes 4-5 weeks. However, if you or you’re loved ones are a size 52-53, we often have one in stock in that size. 

Bespoke Designs: Every single piece of Anpé jewellery is open for customization as well as can be customized from scratch. Creating a customized piece can take time, as it all depends on how fast we can find the perfect gemstone for you. Please send an e-mail, if you’re looking to create a customized piece, because the delivery time varies greatly.

How We Source Gemstones:

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I travelled to Sri Lanka before I started Anpé Atelier, and it was a truly life changing experience. It was the main inspiration for beginning a jewellery brand, and that is because I was introduced to the beautiful and colorful sapphires and other gemstones that are naturally sourced there.

I have formed a very close business relationship with gem traders and goldsmiths who I continue to work with and speak to every single day. It was important to me that I was working with people and companies that have a sustainable and fair mind set.

All of our gemstones are handpicked and comes directly from the mines. The gemstones are mainly from mines in Sri Lanka and Madagascar owned by our very close collaborator – in this way we secure that the gemstones are ethically mined and under good conditions for the people working there.

Sustainability:

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Sustainability is not just a hot word we use for marketing purposes. It is truly something that we believe in.

What makes Anpé Atelier sustainable is that we are partial to slow fashion, which means we want to design things that people can wear for long periods of time, as opposed to just something you wear for a season and throw away.

Each item is made per order, and therefor, that means that there isn’t a huge pile of stock laying around. This ensures that there is no sense of overproduction or wasted resources, in terms of the jewellery, labor and transportation.

We work solely with solid gold and gemstones – this secures that the jewellery is of high quality and will never perish and can be passed on through generations.

Conflict Free Diamonds:

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Some may not know this, but making sure your diamonds are conflict free is incredibly important. Conflict free diamonds are diamonds that is mined and shipped without connections to rebel or terror groups. These diamonds often originate in war torn areas, which horrendous working conditions for miners and are then illegally traded.

Conflict free diamonds are mined safely and follow a process that prevents any societal or environmental harm.

All diamonds used in Anpé Atelier designs are conflict free.

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The Best Push Presents: Fine Jewellery

Have you ever heard of a push present? A push present is a present that a partner, family member, or even the mother gives to herself to mark the occasion of her giving birth to her child. Of course, a new baby is a fantastic present on its own, but there’s no harm in giving extra thanks to your significant other with a little push present, because let’s face it… pregnancy and childbirth are no joke. At Anpé Atelier, there have been quite a few customers looking to buy push presents to represent their family and children. This piece will represent a life changing moment, and will be sure to be one of the most treasured and worn pieces of jewellery in your collection. Push presents can be jewelry that have the baby’s initials, a color to represent their gender, or anything that the mother absolutely loves! 

Here are some of our favorite pieces for push presents:

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Lene Pink Necklace

The Lene necklace is 18 kt gold, with pink natural sapphires. Perfect for those giving birth to a baby girl and wanting to represent that through their necklace. This piece looks lovely layered with other necklaces, as well.

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Sarah Lil Yellow Mix

A 14kt yellow gold band, adorned with diamonds and pink and yellow sapphires. This ring is great if you want to represent each individual in your new little family with different colors, for example, two yellow stones for the parents, and one pink for your baby.

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Malene Ring

Go with something small and elegant, like something from our Malene series, if you’re looking for a minimalistic piece. They come in 5 different colors, which can represent gender, birth month, or just your favorite color. Our Malene rings are 14 kt. gold come in three different sizes.

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Customized Pink ring

Alternatively, you can go with an absolute standout piece to represent this new chapter of your life. This ring is 18 kt. white gold with a stunning baby pink sapphire, adorned with VS diamonds.

Bespoke Designs here

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Customized Josephine Bracelet

This was a customized push present for a woman, who was having a baby boy. The bracelet is 18 kt. gold with blue sapphires.

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Customized Mint ring

This stunner was designed as a push present for a customer who was looking for something to treat herself with. She decided on this vibrant, mint green tsavorite stone as it was something she personally loved and would represent an incredible memory.

Bespoke design here

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Birthstone Rings

Birthstone rings are another sentimental way to represent the birth of your baby. Each month in the year has a specific stone to represent it. Read our blog post on the different birthstones from month to month here. These Marie rings are similar to the Malene styles, but have a little extra something with the three small diamonds on the band.

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Design Your Own Ring

Create your own personalized item to create the piece of your dreams, because you certainly deserve it! Pick your own unique gemstone to put into an existing design, or create your own. This ring is a bespoke version of the Varnaya rings. The customer wanted each stone and color to represent her family of four. How sweet!

Design your bespoke piece here

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Anpé Atelier x Anna Winck – The Collection

-The Inspiration-

Working with Anna was something that made complete sense; her effortlessly chic and colorful style matches everything that Anpé Atelier personifies within our brand and designs.

This collaboration embodies a unique and colorful aesthetic born of honest beauty and inspired design.

The Anna x Anpé collaboration empowers elegance, femininity with edginess. It illuminates, with color splashed throughout. The mini collection was co-designed by Anna with curvy, asymmetrical lines. A recurrent theme in Anna’s personal style, these designs affirm that true beauty need not be perfectly polished; rather, you can be playful, distinct and express yourself authentically. 

Anna’s style is a huge part of her personality, and there’s nothing she does better than mixing and matching vivacious pieces. Her inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. 

“I wanted to find something that felt like a good mix of me and Anpé Atelier by taking a part of Sweden’s minimalisme and Denmark’s colorful designs. Color is my daily way of expressing myself and therefore these 3 little loves are decorated in green, blue, pink, champagne and orange.”

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This collection is here to say; there is infinite beauty in being different, in being unique, in being creative, and in being asymmetrical.

We hope you enjoy it just as much as we do,

Line & Anna

Read more about Anna’s life, style and inspiration here!


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Anna Winck earrings

These asymmetrical waves are perfectly complemented by classic diamonds and colorful gemstones. This design is the ideal mixture of edgy and delicate.  14kt. yellow gold. 20 VS1 diamonds with 6 sapphires and 2 tsavorites.

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Anna Winck ring

Perfectly imperfect. A combination of sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds on a 14 kt asymmetrical wave band. The wave band creates an effortlessly chic aura. It perfectly compliments more traditional jewellery pieces, as well as it is stackable, but it also makes a statement when being worn alone.

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Anna Winck necklace

This crescent necklace is the perfect cluster of brilliant diamonds and vivid sapphires, and creates for a truly eye catching design. The sapphires are scattered throughout to create an asymmetrical, yet balanced, look. 14kt. yellow gold pendant. 13 VS1 diamonds with 4 sapphires and 1 tsavorite. Chain is in 18kt yellow gold and measures 45 cm.

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Anpé Color of the Month- Green

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Anpé Atelier is all about colors, which is why a majority of our designs have incredible gemstones with a unique color to them. We are always stunned when sourcing our stones that these wonderful colors could be created solely through nature. Colors are so important to us, that we wanted to highlight a specific color for each and every month. For the month of September we have chosen green as that color!

Green is the ultimate symbol for nature. It symbolizes harmony, growth and fertility. It is truly one of our favorite colors to work with, as the stone can come in an array of green hues, from a mint, baby green or teal, to fluorescent or dark forrest green.

Here are some of our favorite green designs:

Anpé Atelier Green Designs

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Peya ring

18kt. yellow gold. Unheated natural bicolor sapphire and VS1 diamonds.

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Jamie earrings

14 kt. yellow gold and 2 natural green tsavorites.

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Trine Ji Green ring

14kt yellow gold with 10 green tsavorites.

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Varnaya Bahu ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural unheated pink, red and green sapphires and a VS diamond.

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Tanakola ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural green sapphire and VS1 diamonds.

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Minti ring

18kt. yellow gold. Unheated natural green tsavorite and VS1 diamonds.

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Green Stack

A ring stack made from 14kt. gold with tsavorites and VS diamonds.

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Malene Emerald ring

14 kt. yellow gold and 1 natural emerald 3.5mm.

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Hima Kola ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural teal sapphire and VS1 diamonds.

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Harita ring

18kt. white gold. Unheated natural green tsavorite and diamonds.

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Boho Varna ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural bi-color sapphire and VS1 diamonds.

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The Many Different Cuts and Shapes of Gemstones

Some of the most important things when it comes to choosing a piece of fine jewellery is deciding on the specific cut and shape of the gemstone. This can be both exciting and overwhelming, as there are many different variations to chose from.

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Gemstones aren’t found as the polished, sparkly things you see when you buy jewellery. In fact, they start off as rough and unpolished, and only after the cutting and polishing process, do they turn into how we normally see them. Cutting gives the stones a specific shape and allows the real color and brilliance to emerge, while polishing adds all the sparkles, rays and dimensions to the gem.

A gem cutter, otherwise known as a lapidary, gives much thought to how they cut and shape the stones. By doing so, they are working to enhance the best qualities of the stone, such as the color and brilliance.

Here is our list of traditional gemstone cuts and shapes:

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Asscher Cut

The Asscher cut, otherwise known as the Square Emerald cut, is a combination of a princess and emerald cut. A recognizable “X” is formed in the gemstone’s table and features cropped corners along its sides as well as layered facets. This cut allows the true clarity of the stone to come out.

An example is the Tanakola Teal ring.

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Baguette Cut

This cut was created in the 1920’s, during the Art Deco period. The baguette cut is long and rectangular in shape, featuring clean lines o create a geometric and modern look. Stones in this cut are regularly used as accent stones in jewellery and are cut to maximize clarity.

Source your Baguette cut stone here

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Cushion Cut

This style is also referred to as Pillow cut, for the softness the cut invokes. The cushion cut has gently rounded corners and holds around 64 facets. Most gemstones have a standardized cut, whereas the cushion cut can have more variety. There are two main categories this cut can fall into: standard cushion cut and modified cushion cut. A standard cut has the classic, fiery look. The modified cut focuses on adding extra facets, which creates what’s known as the “crushed ice” look, which brings out the brilliance of the stone.

An example of cushion shape and cut is the Sarala ring.

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Emerald Cut

The Emerald cut was originally designed solely for emerald gem stones, however, now it is used for diamonds, sapphires and more. This cut flaunts an elongated, rectangular shape, trimmed corners and straight linear facets, although can be found in a square shape as well. The Emerald cut intends to emphasize clarity and color, and can actually make the stone appear bigger than it really is.

Shop Anduru ring.

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Oval Cut

The Oval cut was created in the 1950’s, and is similar to a round cut, as both emphasize the fire (color) and brilliance, however the Oval cut has a different, longer shape. The elongated shape creates an illusion of a larger stone and makes the wearer’s fingers look long and delicate.

See the oval cut sapphire in the Alokaya ring.

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Pear Cut

The Pear cut first dates back to 1458 and has a shape of a gleaming tear drop. This cut reflects light beautifully, and allows the stone’s color to showcase dramatically. This stone shape has a similar faceting structure to round brilliant cuts which brings the ultimate sparkle to the stone.

Shop Mutu Kola ring.

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Princess Cut

The Princess cut is the second most popular cut in the diamond and gemstone market, behind the Round Brilliant cut. The diamonds on the side of this yellow sapphire are a princess cut. They are square in shape and have between 58-76 facets, making it incredibly sparkly.

Source your Princess cut here.

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Radiant Cut

Radiant cuts are a mesh of the Princess and Cushion cut, and was created in the 1970s. A modern and square shape is created after cropping the edges, instead of rounding the edges, like a Cushion cut.

Shop Nalaya ring.

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Round Cut

The Round cut, otherwise known as the Round Brilliant cut, is the most popular cut in the diamond and gemstone industry. The stone is round in shape, and the facets are cut in a way to optimize the dispersion of light throughout the stone.

An example is the Hima Ayis ring.

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Trillion Cut

Trillion cuts come in a triangular shape, with rounded edges. It is a type of round brilliant cut, where brilliance and color are maximized. Symmetry and angles are very important for this cut, as light needs to be nicely dispersed with such a unique shape.

Source your Trillion stone here.

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Fancy Cuts

Whilst there is a long list of different cuts and shapes for gemstones, sometimes lapidaries like to think outside the box and create untraditional cuts to maximize color and sparkle.

Source a gemstone here.


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Birthstone Jewellery

Birthstones are incredibly popular when it comes to picking out jewellery for ourselves or a loved one. It gives instant meaning to the piece by signifying the month we were born. The story behind the origination of birthstones dates back to the breastplate of Aaron, which was adorned with twelve different gemstones, representing the signs of the zodiac and 12 Israeli tribes. Since then, the National Association of Jewelers has created a modern list for the different months and birthstones. Each stone has an incredibly rich history and symbolism to different civilizations and time periods.

At Anpé Atelier Cph we use semi-precious and precious gemstones with a high hardness on the Mohs Scale. Using these stones that are well suited for fine jewellery ensures that we are creating pieces, that will last a lifetime and more.

Read our blog post on “The Colorful World Of Gemstones,” to get more information and facts on the different stones.

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January: Tsavorite

The January birthstone is garnet, and thereunder tsavorite. Tsavorites were discovered in 1967 in Tanzania and range from varying deep to light green hues. With a hardness of 7.5, they are similar to emeralds, but are much more durable and brilliant and has no inclusions.

Shop the Harita ring.

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February: Amethyst

The February birthstone is Amethyst. These stones comes in a variety of purple tones. They have a hardness of 7 and below, meaning they aren’t as durable as other stones. At Anpé we work with precious gemstones that have a high hardness on the Mohs Scale, as they are much more resitant to scratches and thereby everyday wear. Amethysts can be found in a range of places such as Sri Lanka, Brazil and Siberia.

Design your own piece of jewellery here.

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March: Aquamarine

The March birthstone is the beautiful Aquamarine. This stone is sourced from various places – Sri Lanka and Madagascar amongst others. Aquamarine is the latin word for seawater, which fits its stunning light, crystal blue color perfectly. It has a hardness of 7.5-8, making it a perfect, durable ring that will last a lifetime.

Shop Malene Aquamarine 3.5 ring.

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April: Diamond

The April birthstone is the classic diamond. Diamonds are a true symbol of deep love, as they have been used in engagement and wedding bands for years. Most natural diamonds have ages between 1-3.5 billion years and is the hardest material on the Mohs Scale.

Shop Josephine Diamond ring.

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May: Emerald

The May birthstone is the prized Emerald. This stone certainly has been a cherished stone throughout history to many different civilizations. The price of emerald is high – in fact depending on size, it can be two to three times as valuable as a diamond. Holding a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, it is a hard stone, but emeralds also often comes with many inclusions, that can make them quite fragile.

Shop Malene Emerald 3.5 ring.

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June: Pearl

The June birthstone is the pearl. June actually has two other stones that represent its month, which are Alexandrite and Moonstone. Pearls have been treasured for thousands of years and have become a classic piece of jewellery for one’s collection. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Design your own piece of pearl jewellery.

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July: Ruby

The July birthstone is the royal ruby. Rubies have been the symbol of royalty for centuries and ranges from pink to blood-red hues. Rubies are made of corundum – same as sapphires. It reaches a 9.0 for hardness on the Mohs Scale making it very durable – exactly like sapphires.

Design your own ruby ring.

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August: Spinel

The August birthstone is Spinel. The name is said to come from the latin word for thorn, as spinel’s are normally found in sharp crystal forms. Spinel reaches 8 on the Mohs scale, making it a very hard and durable gemstone. They come in various colors ranging from red, pink, blue, lavender/violet, dark green, brown, black or colorless.

Shop Anduru ring.

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September: Sapphire

The September birthstone is the effervescent sapphire. Most people believe that sapphires only come in a rich blue color, however this is far from the truth. Sapphires come in all the colors of the rainbow, and can even come as color changing or bi-colored. A majority of Anpé’s designs use an array of different colored sapphires. It is certainly one of our favorite stones and holds a solid 9 on the Mohs scale – making it the second hardest and most durable gemstone in the world.

Shop Kaha Kirana ring.

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October: Tourmaline

The October birthstone is tourmaline, along with opal. Tourmalines were first discovered off the coast of West Italy, however they can be found in Madagascar, Brazil, the United States and the Middle East. The gemstone comes in a variety of colors, however pink and green is the most popular color for jewellery. Tourmalines have a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale.

Shop Pici Mala ring or create your own version.

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November: Citrine

The November birthstone is Citrine. Anpé Atelier has not currently designed any pieces with Citrine, however it does bode a yellow, brown and orange color. Citrine was very popular in the 19th century for many Art Deco jewellery designs, however it is used far less now as it is a very common and cheaper stone.

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December: Zircon

The December birthstone is zircon, along with tanzanite and turquoise. Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth and Madagascar, Sri Lanka and other places. It has a hardness of up to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Zircon is quite rare, making it a popular stone to use in fine jewellery and comes in a variety of colors.

Design your own piece of Zircon jewellery.

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