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 …

The History of Patek Philippe

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Patek Philippe have created some of the most expensive, prestigious and technically impressive watches in the world.  In 2019, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold (that wasn’t encrusted with diamonds) at a staggering $31million.  Famous names including Queen Victoria, Johnny Cash, Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres and Drake have worn them and they …

Stories of Cursed Gemstones

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Beautiful gemstones with dark and mysterious stories are a prominent feature of many a horror or mystery novel.  It’s an idea we seem to love as these tales of cursed gemstones that bring terrible fates down on anyone who owns them seem to be very pervasive throughout history.  While it’s entirely likely most of these ‘curses’ are made up by …

Watches Made for the Deep Sea

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January can be a grim time of year and lots of people like to combat this by dreaming about their summer holidays.  That’s why we thought it was a very good time to talk about a specific type of watch designed for a popular summer holiday activity: diving.  Remarkable feats have been accomplished with diving watching reaching incredible depths but, …

Jewellery Trends for 2021

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2021 is here at last so, as super trendy on the pulse fashionistas here at James Ross Jewellers, we thought we would bring you news of the latest trends in jewellery set to be big this year.  To find this out for you, we have trawled through all the best fashion magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire to find, …