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You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

Looking back, one of my proudest moments in life was starting in the jewellery trade as a sixteen-year-old apprentice. Learning the skills of a diamond mounter, as we are known, has helped give me the foundations for the work I do today. All the skills needed to understand the construction and framework, for what seems like a simple thing, were skilfully mastered in my first three years. Technology, like in most industries today, plays a huge part in business. The jewellery trade is no differen...

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On Mother’s Day I Want To Say “Thanks Mum” (and Dad)

On Mother’s Day I Want To Say “Thanks Mum” (and Dad)

You might be reading This as a client, friend or follower. Perhaps you're wearing one of my pieces or maybe one day you will! Mother's day is around the corner and I wanted to give a huge shout out to my mum. She's amazing (I take after her of course!). Many of us lucky to have our mums will want to tell them how grateful we are and how much we love them. I know I will. If it wasn't for my mum (and dad) I wouldn't be here. No, not in that sense. If it wasn't for my parents I doubt I'd have becom...

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Have a Happy COVID Valentine’s Day

Have a Happy COVID Valentine’s Day

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Another holiday which we won’t be able to celebrate this year in a normal way. Almost every festival has been celebrated during this global pandemic. This time it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s going to be different, but some traditions will remain the same. Instead of going out for a meal, we’ll be ordering a takeaway. Instead of going to the movies, we’ll be watching something on Netflix. Instead of going shopping to pick something for our sweetheart, we'll be eith...

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1991, the year it all began!

1991, the year it all began!

1991 was a significant year. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the biggest grossing film in the cinema. Bryan Adams was breaking records with his hit single (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. It stayed at number one for a staggering 16 weeks. And the Football Association announced plans for a new “Super League” of eighteen clubs to replace the First Division. This soon turned out to be the Premier League as we know it. "I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall i...

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This tiny wedding ring feature will have a huge impact post COVID-19

This tiny wedding ring feature will have a huge impact post COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic starts to ease and rules start to relax, some peoples attention returns to their wedding day. Yes, there are different degrees of heartbreak as some people were months away from their wedding. But there were those who were weeks, if not days, away from theirs. And all of them had one thing in common. The original date was cancelled. Yes, there was a knock on effect. And yes, clients cancelled their appointment with me as their wedding was put off. But this isn't about me...

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Proposing in February? The gloves are off.

Proposing in February? The gloves are off.

If anyone thinks the notion of a woman proposing to a guy on February 29th is a bit outdated, that’s because it is – chronologically, if not culturally and politically. The tradition of Leap Year proposals is said to date back to the 5th Century and a deal struck between Saint Brigid of Kildare and Saint Patrick, an Irish bishop and the man now recognised as the patron saint of Ireland. Interestingly, for those who are firmly in the camp that believes this tradition is a prime example of gender ...

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What can we learn from the Tamara Ecclestone theft?

What can we learn from the Tamara Ecclestone theft?

Given her family wealth, it’s unlikely there’ll be many people losing sleep over the fact Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone had a reported £50 million-worth of jewellery stolen from her home last night. Thieves broke into her 55-room Kensington home (yes, you read that right – 55 rooms) and got away with a sizeable haul of jewellery that included individual items worth six figures. I’ve heard more than one person utter the words Well, she can afford it since the news broke this morning and th...

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A golden way of making money before Christmas

A golden way of making money before Christmas

Who among us couldn’t do with a bit of extra cash at this time of year? The weeks leading up to Christmas are traditionally heavy on the old wallet or purse as Santa ticks off items on the Nice list, and there’s no let-up on the normal day to day expenses that go with getting through the week. Finding a bit of ready money can be hard, but the chances are you’re literally sitting on a little gold mine without even knowing it – and if you’re lucky it could be enough to make this a great Christmas...

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Can buying diamonds save the Earth?

Can buying diamonds save the Earth?

Saving the planet is a big business these days. Concern over the ozone layer and anxiety over CFCs found in aerosols and HFCs found in old fridges have been prevalent for the last 30 years at least – but the global move to save the planet has been breathtakingly fast in just the last few years. Last week I went out for lunch with my kids. It’s a regular family thing and one of the highlights of the week for me. But my youngest, Amelie, has this thing - every-time we go to a restaurant she has t...

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What is my inherited jewellery worth?

What is my inherited jewellery worth?

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...

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