If you’re struggling to buy and sell cryptocurrencies with Coinbase, why not try a few other platforms instead?

Man investing in cryptocurrency sat at computer
Man investing in cryptocurrency sat at computer
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Note from the author. This article cites three cryptocurrency platforms linked to using a unique referral link. Their system provides a small incentive for the author when new clients sign up using a referral link.

There is no professional relationship between any organisations mentioned and the author, who remains a novice investor and hobbyist in cryptocurrency.

I have been a client at Coinbase for the last few years — buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on an occasional basis.

I’m an average Joe — taking an interest in cryptocurrency and trading a little pocket money each month. …


What are the parts of an engagement ring?

The following article first appeared on the Serendipity Diamonds blog, available for non-members of medium to read for free.

As jewellers, we often use terms that buyers struggle to understand. For this reason, we decided to offer a little help on the parts of an engagement ring.

Despite all of the different ring styles available, most diamond rings have the same parts. Helpful jewellers assist buyers by explaining the differences. At the same time, most jewellers show examples from their showroom to explain in more detail.

Parts of an engagement ring — basic anatomy of a solitaire ring (Image credit…


Clarity treatments for diamonds and the pitfalls of buying a clarity enhanced diamond

Photograph credit Mark Johnson

What are clarity enhanced diamonds?

Clarity enhanced diamonds are natural diamonds which undergo a treatment process to artificially improve clarity in the diamond.

The treatment process typically falls into two main processes. Firstly laser drilling and secondly fracture filling. Both treatments aim to reduce the appearance of natural clarity characteristics within a diamond.

Laser drilled diamonds

Laser treatments involve drilling a fine laser hole through a diamond. This process burns away an internal inclusion. The laser hole allows access to bleach deep inclusions. As a result, the diamond benefits from enhanced clarity and an improved appearance. …


A simple strategy for investing in gold and precious metals

Gold bar shown on a graph showing the price of gold
Gold bar shown on a graph showing the price of gold

Photograph credit — Mark Johnson

Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling

George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon

Over the years, many of my clients have asked me for advice on buying gold. As an experienced jeweller, I make a distinction between purchasing jewellery for investment and investing in gold or precious metals for financial gain.

Through my work, I have access to gold bullion dealers who can supply me with any amount of gold, depending on my requirements. Gold comes in the form…


Simple strategies to build resilience, dissolve anxiety and develop good habits for a better life.

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Anxiety is your body’s physical reaction to worry. Most of us suffer from anxiety in one form or another. In essence, it’s natural and varies in intensity from person to person.

The extent of our anxiety also changes depending on our situation and state of mind.

Anxiety affects us in different ways. It can appear as a mild feeling of unease or cripple us with an intense sense of panic and despair.

You can often relate your anxiety to specific thoughts or circumstances.

The feeling of anxiety comes as a direct result of how we process our thoughts, and results…


Discover the meaning and beauty of Mystical Amethyst, the birthstone for February

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The history and origin of the February birthstone Amethyst.

Amethyst stands as the official birthstone for February. Prized for its deep purple colour, Amethyst makes a popular choice for jewellery.

Anyone with a February birthday benefits from an incredible and affordable gemstone associated with incredible meaning.

While Amethysts remain hugely popular for women’s fashion, few realise the importance of this beautiful gemstone.


A guide to earning commission from selling your photography

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Microstock photography is one of the names given to the low priced royalty-free stock photo industry.

Agencies began selling stock photographs in the 1920’s.

Today, microstock photography websites licence photography with a small royalty payment made to the photographer.

First of all, you will need to sign up as a contributor to a stock photography website.

There are many stock photography websites to choose from. Popular examples include Shutterstock, Depositphotos, Adobe Stock and Alamy. I experience greater consistency and regular earnings from Shutterstock.

Most stock photography websites have separate areas where people buy and sell photographs. …


The reasons why Sunday morning runs are one of the most precious activities of my week.

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On Sundays I love to run. I don’t think I’m alone. My Sunday run has become one of the most precious activities of my week.

Running on a Sunday feels very different to exercise during the week. I experience a form of meditation during parts of my run.

On Sundays I can take my time. I relax into exercise and I don’t feel the need to fit it in around work.

I’m not a daily runner. I exercise during the week but choose to…


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Learn how to tell if your ‘diamond’ is worth just a few cents or a few thousand dollars.

Have you ever wondered how to tell if a diamond is real or not?

Small differences in appearance offer a clue to the identity of any gemstone similar in appearance to a diamond.

A few simple tests can help you tell a yard sale trinket from a priceless diamond ring.

One week ago, a client visited me after their return from holiday to Thailand.

During their visit, they found an object embedded between the floorboards of their hotel room—a surprise discovery of a large faceted gemstone.

Without delay, they took the gemstone to a local jeweller in the town to…


For anyone buying a diamond, certification is very important. For smaller diamonds below 1 carat in size, there is a link between a GIA certified diamond and the accompanying report.

Diamonds accompanied by GIA Diamond Dossiers® typically feature a micro-laser inscription applied to the edge of the diamond. The GIA report number appears microscopically engraved on the outer edge (girdle) of the diamond. This gives buyers a unique way of linking their GIA report to the physical diamond. Enter this number into GIA’s website and hey-presto — you have an electronic copy of your diamond grading report.

Where to find the girdle of a diamond

The girdle of…

Mark Johnson

Founder of Serendipity Diamonds. Diamond specialist, jewellery photographer and content writer. Fitness enthusiast and father of two living on the Isle of Wight

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