Everyone gets excited when November comes around. In the beginning it was one day. One day of sales. Over time it became the whole weekend, and some stores even discount the whole week. Traditionally it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, and a tradition which has migrated across the Atlantic to British shores, and beyond.
It seemed, to me at least, to be all about branded goods. Items like TVs game consoles. A lot of electronic products. Products which are the same price nati...Read More »
My engagement ring is stuck on my finger!
It happens. Sometimes it’s an easy fix. Other times it’s a bit more involved. It can happen to men and women alike. It doesn’t discriminate and it’s not always obvious. But it does happen.
I am of course talking about rings. To be more specific, rings that are stuck on the finger, and which have no chance whatsoever of coming of. At least not in the conventional way. You’ve tried it all. Soap and water. Dunking your hand in vegetable oil. Using the str...Read More »
There are many things that change with each generation. Tastes, fashions, technology and culture are all transient things. But while jewellery styles may change, jewellery itself never goes out of fashion.
So, it’s almost certain that in every house across the country there’s a box or two of old jewellery that’s been collected over the period of someone’s life. Some of it will be worn regularly, some of it might not have seen the light of day for decades.
Most of that jewellery will be high in s...Read More »
So, here’s a question for you. When it comes to jewellery, what do Lady Gaga and Audrey Hepburn have in common?
On the surface of it, it’s hard to imagine there might be any connection between the darling of 1960s Hollywood and the darling of iconic Noughties pop music.
But it was there for all to see on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars ceremony in the shape of a 128 carat yellow diamond worn at the neck of the always-unpredictable singer.
While the media went into a feeding frenzy over Lady...Read More »
It doesn’t matter how you feel about your marriage or relationship with a long-term partner, divorce is rough on everyone involved in the process of separating.
You may have simply drifted apart, you may be fighting like cat and dog, but the fact is, you once loved each other fiercely enough to want to commit to each other regardless of what life threw at you.
Emotionally, giving up your wedding ring or engagement ring – or both – can often, simultaneously, be the hardest and easiest thing to do...Read More »
The internet is a wonderful thing. It has massive advantages and it's becoming the only way for people to do their shopping. Loaded with information, it has revolutionised the way we're able to research big ticket items before we commit to purchasing.
In this instance, of course, I'm talking about diamonds. It's increasingly easier to purchase diamonds online, but why you would ever do that is beyond me. In fact, I recently wrote about why hunting for the perfect engagement ring online is a lost...Read More »
After months and months of hard work and determination, I can finally reveal my latest project. Here is a snippet of today's (Feb 2nd 2017) press release.
Two jewellery professionals have launched a new app for the industry today which enables members of the trade to showcase and source jewellery, watches and antiques and if they so wish, advertise items for sale to consumers.
The app, called Jewellery Trader, has been created by members of the industry, for the industry, and has been designed t...Read More »
We're all guilty of the same thing. Every now and then we all buy something new to replace an old favourite. That old piece gets left aside and hardly ever worn again. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe that if you have a piece of jewellery, then you should wear what you have and enjoy it. By now you've realised that I'm referring to your old pieces of jewellery. Items that have been placed in your trinket box and sadly haven't seen the light of day for a considerable amount ...Read More »
It's happened to everyone at some point. I get the phone call. PLEASE HELP - my engagement ring is stuck on my finger. You've put on a ring or you've been wearing yours for years, and it's stuck on your finger. It doesn't matter how hard or how much you try, there is just no getting it off. Well the good news is that there is a way to remove it and still keep your finger in tact. Here are a few of the more common scenarios:
I've tried on a friends ring and just can't get it off.
I'm towards the...Read More »
Hatton Garden is the epicentre of the diamond and jewellery industry here in the UK. With over 80 retail shops showcasing diamond engagement rings, and the history and stories this street has to offer, where do you start? Well it’s where I have been working for more than 25 years and in this short video I am going to give you some advice on how you can get the best out of your Hatton Garden experience.
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If you ...Read More »