The History of Sports Watches

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It’s summer 2019 and sports watches seem to be all the rage.  Classic Omegas, TAG Heuers, Breitlings, Rolexes and more modern makes are flying out of here as quickly as we can get them in.  The popularity of sports watches isn’t confined to this year though and part of the attraction of buying them is that they never seem to …

What’s Your Birthstone?

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Birthstones are something we get asked about a lot in our shop.  They make such a special gift for people’s birthdays, we’re often asked to order special items or make special items featuring people’s birthstones.  Would you believe the tradition of birthstones actually has a Biblical origin?  In the book of Exodus, Aaron is described as having a breastplate adorned …

Guide to Buying Vintage Watches

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Obviously, our biggest piece of advice on buying vintage watches is that you should buy them from us because we have a reputation for being very trustworthy in these matters and can source individual pieces for you.  However, we’re sure that’s not what your reading this blog to learn!  Instead, we’ll talk about factors that affect the value of vintage …

The Most Famous Jewels of All

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As purveyors of fine jewellery, we thought it only right to share some interesting facts about the most famous fine jewellery of all: the Crown Jewels.  Not only does this world famous collection of jewellery feature huge amounts of gold, some absolutely enormous diamonds and a punch bowl that can hold the contents of 144 bottles of wine, it also …

Most Unusual Marriage Proposals

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As purveyors of every type of engagement ring, we love to see couples proposing to each other in all kinds of ways.  We’ve heard all about the most romantic traditional proposals as well as the more unusual ones.  To be honest though, we’ve never had anyone come into our shop with proposals as strange as these ones from the Chillisauce …

The Most Expensive Watches Ever

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We do love our prestige watches here at James Ross Jewellers and we have sold some expensive pieces over the years but this list of watches is something different altogether.  These are the most expensive watches ever sold according to MoneyInc and they are really quite extraordinary. 10. Breguet & Fils Paris 2667 Precision 4 This beautiful pocket watch was …

Brighton Jewellery Buying Habits

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Over the last 20 years, James Ross Jewellers have seen some interesting changes in the jewellery and watch market and some equally interesting things which have stayed the same.  After our previous blog on the market in China, we wanted to explore the market closer to home so asked our very own Mr Ross to share his observations of the …

The Chinese Jewellery Market

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Due to the recent rapid expansion of China’s economy, the rest of world has become increasingly interested in what the country buys and its preferences.  Jewellery is a really interesting area because the market has grown with the economy and the ways the country has become more multinational shows through in the similarities and differences to the UK jewellery market. …

Synthetic Diamonds

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As long-standing purveyors of fine jewellery, we know our diamonds.  Although we currently only sell natural diamonds, we think the process of creating synthetic diamonds is absolutely fascinating and know that, with the popularity of synthetic diamonds growing all the time, it’s only a matter of time before we start encountering them on a regular basis.  The interest in synthetic …

Rolex – A History of Firsts

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Most people associate Rolex with quality, style and prestige but did you know that they actually have a fascinating history of innovation too?  We love Rolex watches at James Ross Jewellers and often buy and sell vintage models so we wanted to share some interesting facts from Rolex’s history as a brand and how it’s had so many firsts throughout …