About Michael

Michael has lived and worked in Suffolk for the past 20 years arriving in Bury St Edmunds in 1994 after 12 years in Londons West End Jewellery studios . As a craftsman working on commission pieces for Asprey & Garrards and the Sultan of Brunei, Michael is no stranger to high expectations of design and craftsmanship.
Michael is known for his attention to detail and would describe his jewellery as fine traditional craftsmanship with modern style, a perfect blend of the classic and contemporary.
Since having the store in 2004 an area of work Michael has developed, is to create new modern pieces from treasured vintage pieces nolonger wearable . Diamonds and gemstones from the original items can be recreated into modern heirlooms of the future.
See examples of this at Commissions from precious memories to modern heirlooms.

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Biography

Michael Birnie is a leading name in fine contemporary designer jewellery. Born in Scotland Michael attended the Glasgow school of Art and went on to specialise in the traditional skill of diamond mounting at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London.
Michael then gained invaluable experience with some of London’s finest designer makers including work on commissioned pieces for Asprey & Garrards .
Since 1998 Michael Birnie has designed and produced his own range of contemporary jewellery specialising in Bridal Collections of complimentary engagement rings wedding rings and eternity rings in both platinum and 18ct gold.

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What Are Diamonds

Natural diamonds are made of pure carbon which has formed into crystals beneath the earth’s crust over millions of years.

 

Cut– this refers to the angles and proportions of the diamonds, and this determines the sparkle or fire within the stone. Cut also refers to the shape a brilliant cut is a round diamond whereas a princess cut is a square shaped diamond.

Colour– this is denoted by a letter of the alphabet starting at D and defines the extent to which the stone is colourless.

Clarity– this is defined by the size and number of inclusions in the stone. The fewer and smaller the inclusions the higher the value and rarity.

Carat– this is the weight of the stone. A carat has 100 points so a stone that is half a carat weighs .50 points

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