Jewellery Made from Unusual Materials

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Most of the jewellery we sell is made of gold or silver featuring the classic jewellery type things like diamonds, sapphires and pearls which we think are just lovely.  However, there are people out there making jewellery out of far more unusual materials like actual living plants and unlikely everyday materials like concrete.  Here are some interesting examples of materials …

What Makes Rolex Watches So Special?

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Clearly, we love Rolex watches at James Ross Jewellers but we are most definitely not the only ones who do.  They must be the most talked about watch brand ever and certainly the most widely sought after despite being one of the most expensive.  So what makes them so special?  Why are people happy to pay such large sums of …

All About Pearls

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The popularity of pearls in jewellery may wax and wane but they never really go away.  Like diamonds, pearls never seem to really go out of fashion and even if they aren’t at the height of fashion at the moment, there are still plenty of people buying jewellery with pearls.  Being formed inside shellfish and, other than having holes drilled …

How Watches Glow in the Dark

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Does your watch dial glow in the dark?  Lots do and it’s easy to see why people would want that as a feature but in some very old models of watch, it could mean that your watch is radioactive.  Seriously, there was a time when watch hands and numbers were made of radioactive material that will still set of a …

The Gold that Made California

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With the gold price so high at the moment, it feels like there is something of a gold rush going on in the industry and that made us think about the real gold rushes of the past and, particularly, the legendary California Gold Rush of 1849 which put California on the map.  During that extraordinary scramble for gold, miners extracted …

What Affects the Price of Gold?

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Anyone, like us, who watches the price of gold closely will have noticed the price leap up during the COVID-19 crisis, from an already quite high price, to unprecedented levels.  Since the start of the outbreak, it has fluctuated quite a bit like it generally does but stayed very high.  It’s well known that the price of gold rises in …

What We’ve Learned During Lockdown

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Everyone has seen a huge amount of change with this COVID-19 outbreak and businesses have been adapting in some really interesting and inspiring ways.  As you can imagine, like every other industry, the jewellery business has seen some dramatic changes and everyone selling jewellery and watches have had to adapt to survive.  Although we wouldn’t say any of this has …

How 3D Printing is Changing how Jewellery is Made

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Jewellery making is an ancient art with the very first jewellery ever made dating back to around 130,000 years old and arts like goldsmithing dating back at least 7,000 years with many traditional methods of making jewellery still around today.  It’s interesting, therefore, when brand new technology comes on the scene that totally changes the way some people make jewellery.  …

The History of Watches

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Vintage watches are something we have specialised in for a long time so we find it absolutely fascinating to look at how they all began.  We’ve looked into the history of the wristwatch before and talked about the first men’s wristwatches ever made but this time we’re going back further to see how the change from clocks with weights and …