The World’s Weirdest Jewellery

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Jewellery should be beautiful, elegant and enhance the appearance of the wearer in our opinion.  We certainly try to sell jewellery that people describe as ‘stunning’, ‘cute’, ‘lovely’, ‘sparkly’ and other such nice phrases.  However, some people see things differently and produce jewellery which is none of these things.  In fact, there is jewellery out there that people would be …

The Most Iconic Watches of the Last 100 Years

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Classic watches are what we’re all about here at James Ross Jewellers.  We’ve sold and sourced all kinds of vintage watches from famous makes like Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, Tag Heuer and Longines as well as many others.  But which ones are the most iconic?  Which brands and which models are the ones which have made the biggest impact over …

Engagement Ring Traditions from Around the World

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Here in the UK, it’s easy to imagine that the whole diamond engagement ring worn on the left hand by the woman in mixed sex couples is a universal tradition for people getting engaged.  It isn’t though.  Engagement jewellery traditions in other cultures are vastly different.  Even in Europe we see things being done slightly differently from wearing the ring …

The First Watch on the Moon

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A type of Omega watch, the Speedmaster Professional, has the words “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” engraved into the back of it.  If that isn’t cool enough, it has this because it was the first watch on the moon worn by Buzz Aldrin on the most famous space mission ever.  Neil Armstrong did have one too but …

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 …