How to Look After Your Silver Jewellery

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Silver jewellery is great for everyday wear. It is fairly inexpensive when compared to other precious metals and the bright grey tones suit everybody. When it comes to looking after it, however, there are a few things to consider. The number one thing I get asked about with silver jewellery is tarnishing – this is when the surface of the … Read More

How to choose a fitted wedding ring

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Your big day is fast approaching and you need to tackle the wedding rings. It’s a job you’ve been putting off as you’ve realised you’ll need a fitted wedding ring to sit alongside your engagement ring. Here is a guide to help you choose which design you like best. How would I know if I needed a fitted wedding band? … Read More

5 Reasons to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

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So you have decided to propose! Congratulations! The first big decision is usually the ring. It is traditional to surprise your partner with a ring you have chosen and the most common way of getting this ring is through shopping either online or in a jewellery shop. These can be terrifying places for people with little knowledge about jewellery. After … Read More

How to choose an engagement ring – 5 key steps

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So you have decided to propose! Congratulations! But how do you go about choosing an engagement ring? It is one of life’s most meaningful and romantic purchases that no one wants to get wrong. The job of selecting a piece of jewellery you hope your significant other will wear for the rest of their life can understandably cause a fair … Read More

What does Carat or Karat mean?

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Carat in jewellery can either refer to the weight of a gemstone, or the fineness of gold. Confusingly, in the UK, we use the same spelling for both. In the US, K (or K, Karat) is more commonly used when describing gold fineness and ct (carat) is used when discussing the weight of a gemstone. Why carat? Both in gemstone … Read More

What is a hallmark?

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A hallmark is an official mark on a piece of jewellery or item made from a precious metal. Hallmarks exist to protect consumers as they prove the type of metal and its quality, and also provide evidence of who made the piece and when. A full traditional hallmark is made up of five marks and looks like this: Sponsors’ (or … Read More

How to get the perfect ring size

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Deciding on the perfect ring size sounds like an easy job, right? Well, sometimes it is, but quite often it can be a surprisingly tricky decision.¬†Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference but here are my tips and some tricks to get an accurate ring size you are happy with. What size is right? Your ring should feel comfortable … Read More

How to choose your wedding ring (for women)

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In my experience, designing wedding rings for women is often a simpler job than it is for men. This is because the design is usually somewhat dictated by the engagement ring. The other difference is that the majority of women have worn jewellery before and therefore have an idea of their taste and style. However, regardless of this, it can … Read More

How to choose your wedding ring (for men)

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Each time I have met a man who is in the planning stage of his wedding ring, there has been a sense of trepidation about him. This is completely understandable as the vast majority of men have not worn a ring before, making it alien territory. I try to encourage my clients to see the design process as a case … Read More

Handmade vs Cast Jewellery

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When buying jewellery, most people don’t think about how it has been made. They won’t, therefore, consider how the manner in which it was manufactured might affect the quality or value of the piece. The two most common methods of production in jewellery are casting and hand-making, both of which have their advantages. Read on to work out what is … Read More