The Pink Panthers – Real Life Diamond Thieves

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It feels like tempting fate to be writing about a criminal organisation who rob jewellery shops but the story of the network of thieves known as The Pink Panthers is just too good.  Ridiculously like something out of a film, these gangs of loosely connected criminals have carried out jewellery heists to almost Ocean’s 11 levels of precision planning and …

The Rise of the Novelty Watch

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Generally, we like to think we’re all about style, quality and sophistication here at James Ross Jewellers but sometimes we do like a bit of fun.  We’re not alone in this, apparently, as the demand for novelty watches for adults is on the rise and it isn’t just the cheaper brands or Disney, etc. selling these watches.  Serious prestige designer …

The Properties of Precious Metals

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Precious metals don’t just look good.  Metals used in jewellery making for centuries have properties that go far beyond being shiny and these range from their ability to conduct electricity to applications in medicine going back thousands of years but also right to this day.  Some properties make it easy to see why they were used in jewellery making in …

What Makes Antique/Vintage Jewellery Valuable

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We’ve all watched the Antiques Roadshow and seen beautiful extravagant looking pieces of vintage jewellery brought on that ends up being worth very little or quite ordinary looking pieces which get high valuations.  Obviously, having a huge diamond or lots of very high quality gold on a piece is going to make it valuable but what else is it about …

Iconic Military Watches

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It goes without saying that watches designed for military use are going to be tough and long lasting but they’re also really very desirable too.  As such, military style watches have become a big thing and they’re generally ones that can withstand a lot of punishment and have lots of handy navigational features (handy if you generally need to navigate …

De Beers – Dominating the Diamond Trade

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During nearly all of the 20th century, there was really only one name in diamonds: De Beers.  The monopoly they held over the world’s diamonds only lost its grip recently and, in what is probably the most successful marketing campaign ever, they established diamonds as a symbol of romance and that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.  What …

How Mechanical Watches Work

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Battery powered watches are generally more accurate at keeping the time and all round easier to deal with than mechanical watches yet all the most expensive prestigious watches are mechanical.  Ever wondered why that is?  It’s probably got something to do with the fact the engineering that goes into mechanical watch is nothing short of absolutely insane.  It’s a miracle …

The Silver Mines of Laurion

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Sounding rather like something from The Lord of the Rings, the Mine of Laurion has a history that stretches from the Bronze Age until 1978.  During the silver mine’s nearly 5,000 year history, it is most notable for helping Greece to repel the Persians which may have shaped the future of Western Civilisation. Early Mining Archaeologists can use the isotopic …

Watches Worn by Royalty

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The Royal Family have been in the news a fair bit recently with all sorts of potential controversies that we have absolutely no urge to voice an opinion on but it does strike us that no one is asking the really important question amongst all this – what watches do they wear?  We asked it though and found that, of …