Famous Engraved Watches

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Having the back of a watch engraved used to be something people did fairly often to commemorate special occasions or to make a gift extra special.  It seems to have gone out of fashion somewhat but there are some watch engravings that are bound to be remembered.  Yes, we know that everything celebrities do gets remarked upon but these engravings …

Lost Inca Gold

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Stories of vast wealth accumulated by ancient civilisations and being hidden away from various invaders over the years saturate our modern culture from cartoons like Mysterious Cities of Gold to films like The Mummy and the Indiana Jones films.  Cultures like the Incas have become almost legendary and we envisage them building huge cities of gold or presiding over massive …

Sylvester Stallone’s Action Packed Watches

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What do you think of when you see Sylvester Stallone?  Rocky films?  Him all dirty in Rambo?  A general all round rough and ready action hero?  He’s not the sort of person who immediately comes to mind when you’re thinking about which celebrities have stylish watch collections, that’s for sure.  However, not only has he got an incredibly impressive watch …

Superstitions and Myths about Silver

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Silver isn’t just a metal that people like to wear because it’s shiny and pretty.  Like gold, it is steeped in mysticism and tradition but mostly revolving around the moon.  We’ve all heard about silver bullets and werewolves.  Some people have also heard about Dracula’s not having a reflection being linked to the fact that mirrors used to have silver …

Gold Mining Past and Present

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What do you imagine when you think about gold mining?  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?  A big mountain in The Hobbit?  People using pickaxes and shovels or sieves to go prospecting for gold?  Whilst some of these images – mostly the pickaxes and sieves – would have been accurate once, gold mining has come a long way.  You’d expect …

Watches and the Olympics

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Watches and sport have always been a classic pairing.  It’s not remotely surprising, therefore, that watchmakers have been getting in on the action of the greatest sports tournament of them all, the Olympic Games.  Such impressive sporting feats as we have seen in this year’s Tokyo Olympics were always going to present a temptation for watch makers to get their …

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 …