How to tell how much your vintage watch is worth

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If you suddenly inherit a family heirloom watch, or you bought one yourself many years ago, but forgot you had it, how can you tell if it is valuable, or simply a family heirloom with emotional attachment? If you are already a watch enthusiast, then you will probably know the values of both the well known as well as the …

A historic jewellery item with a practical use

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Do you ever spill food down yourself or get food on your hand or mouth?  Well luckily, since Roman times there has been a solution to that – a napkin. But like many things in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to use a napkin.  According to Debrett’s etiquette guide:- Napkins (never ‘serviettes’) should always be …

What do you know about Tudor watches?

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Tudor watches are the slightly younger, lesser known sibling of the superstar brand Rolex. How many of us have suffered from having an older successful sibling, and people not knowing you are related, or what your own strengths and beauty may be. Ironically, this is good for watch collectors, as it means you can own a great watch with the …

Why is precious metal precious ?

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Have you ever wondered why metals like gold and silver have been considered precious throughout human history? and how do you measure the value of precious metal? The reason a metal is considered precious is a combination of Geology, Chemistry and Economics. Firstly, precious metals are relatively rare – rare things are more valuable than things that are in abundance. …

Five essential jewellery items

Is it the time to build your personal jewellery collection ?

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Do you wear fashion jewellery ? Do you change your jewellery as fashions change ? Maybe now is the time for you to consider building a collection of fine jewellery that reflects your style and will remain timeless. “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel Fine jewellery gives you confidence – there is nothing like the glow …

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What makes a Rolex so good ?

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Rolex is one of the worlds top luxury brands according to the experts who calculate and publish statistics on brand values, but beyond the financial value, what makes them so special to so many people ? In my opinion, it is Quality, Heritage and Aesthetics. Aesthetics are subjective and down to personal taste, and the heritage of Rolex is impressive …

A small history of Omega

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The Omega watch company was officially founded in 1903, however it originated much earlier.  The forerunner of Omega was a swiss company called La Generale Watch co., which was founded in 1848. In the 1890’s they invented a revolutionary manufacturing system, and the watches created under this system were branded Omega.  They were so successful that the brand was spun …

How to decide between Gold and Silver

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You are looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery that will be the finishing touch to an outfit , and you have seen a piece worn by a friend that could be perfect, but when you try it on, it doesn’t seem quite right ? The same piece of jewellery can look completely different on two people. There are many …

Chronograph – 7 fascinating factlets

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Chronograph watches are sometimes purchased because they look good, sometimes as a functioning tool, and sometimes both, but what do you know about them? A Chronograph is a watch that can also be used as a stopwatch or timer. Modern chronographs also incorporate a moveable bezel tachometer which can be used for rapid calculation of distance or speed. • A …

Diamond Earrings described

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There is nothing like listening to a jewellery designer talking about one of their creations. Here is the founder of one our jewellery suppliers describing two pairs of diamond earrings designed by his company. In their own words :- At the heart of Luke Stockley is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful jewellery of supreme quality, which celebrates all …