Recycling Jewellery: Reimagining Unworn Gemstones & Precious Metals

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I have seen a real increase in customers enquiring about reusing metal and gemstones from existing jewellery. Very often, it is broken and unworn items or, even more commonly, inherited pieces that are not to the client’s taste but hold immense sentimental value.  Increasingly, people are considering upcycling these pieces into something new rather than having them go to waste … Read More

Five Reasons to go Bespoke

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Making a purchase of fine jewellery is rarely for pure adornment. It could mark a special birthday or anniversary, celebrate a landmark moment, represent a loved one, or be for a proposal! Jewellery really means something to its owners – it is not just about its material value. The most common route is to explore jewellery shops on the high street … Read More

How to Choose a Wedding Ring

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A lot of people find the thought of selecting a bespoke wedding ring they intend to wear for the rest of their life daunting. This is further compounded by the vast array of choice you see in a jeweller’s window – it can quickly turn into a case of ‘analysis paralysis.’ The thought of going bespoke can seem even scarier … Read More

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