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

Tanzanite Pendant Case Study

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Have you ever considered buying a gemstone while traveling as a memento of your trip? That is exactly what Stuart did on his trip to Africa last year when he climbed Kilimanjaro. Stuart wanted to do something special for his wife’s birthday and decided to commission a bespoke piece of jewellery for her using a stunning tanzanite sourced during this … Read More

Why is my white gold tarnishing?

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You’ve got a new beautiful white gold ring you have worn for a few months, but then you notice the metal around the back of the ring and the setting have changed colour. Patches of your ring are a totally different shade of white, and next to the bright silvery areas that remain, these patches almost look yellow. Is your … 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

Marc’s Bespoke Mixed Metal Wedding Ring

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Here’s a ring I’m really excited to be able to share with you – my own husband’s mixed metal wedding ring. Like a lot of men, Marc had never worn a ring before so was quite daunted with the prospect of whittling through the infinite options available to design his perfect wedding ring. However, being engaged to a jewellery designer … Read More

What does bespoke actually mean?

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Bespoke is a word often bandied around by companies, but what does it actually mean? The word has an interesting history as discussed in this article. Initially, the word bespoke was “a past participle of the verb ‘to bespeak’ which meant ‘to exclaim or call out’, then it changed to describe ‘to discuss, decide upon’ and lastly became ‘discussed in … Read More

How to Propose Without a Ring

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So you’ve decided to pop the question – but then the fear seeps in… how on earth are you going to find a ring a) that fits perfectly, and even more scarily, b) that she likes?! Is the fear of picking out the perfect ring putting your proposal on hold? In this article I am going to discuss several alternative … Read More

Musical Commission: Giving new life to an existing ring

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I wanted to share with you a lovely little project I’ve been working on recently for a friend. She bought a delicate silver ring with a treble clef design while on holiday, but it promptly broke during its first wear. She passed the ring on to me for remodelling into a more practical and ergonomic design; retaining the same motif, which represents her … Read More