Jewellery Advice

Caring for Your Jewellery

Caring for Your Jewellery

Your fine jewellery is something to be cherished, and caring for each item properly will ensure it lasts for generations to come. GemstonesMany gemstones can be cleaned easily and simply by soaking them in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water. After soaking for an hour or so, brush your gemstone gently with a very soft toothbrush to remove dirt and debris. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and polish with a soft cloth. Not all gemstones can be cleaned this way though, for example amber, carnelian, coral and turquoise, so please ask us if you need further advice. PearlsPearls...

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The 4 Cs

The 4 Cs

The 4 CsWhat are the 4 Cs and how do you assess the quality of a diamond? In the early 1940s, Robert M. Shipley, jewellery retailer and founder of The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), devised a set of standards by which any diamond, anywhere in the world, could be graded. These standards are known as the 4 Cs: Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight, and they are a universally accepted method for judging the quality of a diamond.   CutCut refers to the proportions and facets of a diamond, not the shape, such as cushion, pear or round. The...

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Should I Buy Pre-owned or New Jewellery?

Should I Buy Pre-owned or New Jewellery?

There are good reasons for buying both pre-owned and new jewellery and in the end it totally comes down to personal choice. The piece you choose will be the one that speaks to you and holds your gaze! We know that buying anything second-hand and choosing to reuse is essentially more sustainable for our planet. A pre-owned item of jewellery requires no further production resources and energy. You are also not contributing to the demand for gemstones that require mining. Pre-owned jewellery is often better value for money because there are no added designer or maker costs. Also, any depreciation on the...

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