Diamonds are Forever, the 7th James Bond movie, was released in the UK in December 1971. Fifty years later I take a walk down memory lane. I can’t say I remember it, I wasn’t born until a few years later. I was told by my dad, that back then it was as big a deal. As big a deal as a new Bond movie is released today. Probably more, since it was the return of Sean Connery as 007. Sean's first 007 made the franchise famous in 1962 with Dr. No.
Not everyone enjoyed it. Some people thi...Read More »
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 »
Have you ever wondered what journey a diamond takes before it ends up on your finger?
When they are uncovered from the depths of the earth, they look very different to how we see them in jewellery. And the qualities vary so much. It turns out only 15% of all diamonds mined, are good enough to be used in jewellery! The rest of the diamonds are not thrown away. There is a use for them too. Don’t forget, diamonds are the hardest natural substance in the world. As a result of this, only a diamond ca...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 »
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 »
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 »