One of the things to consider when you purchase an engagement ring is insurance. It’s something I check with all my clients when they come to purchase an engagement ring or any other significant piece of jewellery.
It’s not always the first thing on the list of things to do but it’s very important. Not just because it’s a grown-up thing. Picture this scenario. You’ve been with your girlfriend for years. You’ve been thinking about proposing for months. You consider the date, the location and now...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 »
Buying or being given a handmade item of jewellery is a unique pleasure. Everyone can appreciate the opportunity to wear something that’s a total one-off and while not every item of specially commissioned jewellery comes with a significant price tag, many do.
I’ve written before about the importance of having your jewellery properly valued for insurance purposes and repeating that valuation process at regular intervals to ensure that if something does happen to a valuable item, you’ll get the ma...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 »
Now more than ever it’s crucial that your jewellery is up-to-date with your insurance company.
It seems that more and more people are sadly being robbed of their personal possessions. Insurance valuations that were written out perhaps a few years ago, need to be updated, so should something happen, you know that you will be able to get back an amount of money that will enable you to replace what was lost or stolen.
The most common of all questions posed by clients are the ones asking why they s...Read More »
On the eve of my book launch, The Engagement Ring, I was asked to appear on the ITN London Tonight show hosted by Nina Hossain. You can see the full interview here.
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Thank you Nina and the team for making me look amazing. Looking forward to coming back again soon.
If you want to buy a copy of the book then please do so by clicking here.
If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our central London Hatton Garden office and we would...Read More »
Yes! Finally someone has written a comprehensive guide to picking the perfect engagement ring and that person is me!
To be honest it was a long time coming. Having been in the industry for over 25 years now, the most common question I am being asked by clients is "What makes the perfect engagement ring" and "How do I get the best value for money when deciding on what engagement ring to buy?"
I've written plenty of blogs over the years and you can probably spend day looking through them and colla...Read More »
One of the most common questions I get asked, other than "Where did you get your good looks from?" is "Have you always wanted to be a jeweller?"
The short answer is no. However how I became a jeweller and how this happened was a bit by chance.
Traditionally most jewellers in Hatton Garden, the jewellery centre of the UK, are in the business because it has been in the family for a few generations. The tradition of bringing your children into your business is something which happened quiet a lot y...Read More »
Just recently, the President of the London Diamond Bourse, Mr Harry Levy, gave an interview to the World Diamond Magazine. In it he recalls how grading came about. Now being in the industry for coming on 25 years, I often get asked why the grading a diamond starts at the letter 'D' and not 'A'. I'm pleased to say that I give the same answer as Harry. Below is an extract from that article for you to enjoy.
"Gemological laboratories were first set up as places to identify gemstones of natural orig...Read More »