I’m sure by now you’ve come across the term 'lab-grown' when referring to diamonds. There has been a lot of buzz in the press recently, with some high street brands shouting about them. They’ve been championing the fact that they’re environmentally friendly. How they can be made to order. How they are much cheaper than natural diamonds. And that’s true. But there is a reason for that.
Given that, and with all the marketing, you’re wondering if you should jump on the bandwagon too. You h...Read More »
It happens all the time with a substantial purchase. That nagging question in the back of your head asking, 'Is this a good investment?' It’s something I hear a lot with my engagement ring hat on. People tend to spend a lot of money on an engagement ring. Yes, it’s all relative, but generally it’s one of two or possibly three big ticket items that will be purchased (behind a home and a car).
Next in line is the luxury watch market, in particular Rolex. It’s fair to say that Rolex has seen a hug...Read More »
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...Read More »
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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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »