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 …

World’s Oldest Jewellery

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Antique jewellery is something we like to think we know a thing or two about but the pieces we see are generally a few hundred years old, tops.  When most people think about very old jewellery, or perhaps the oldest jewellery, they tend to think in terms of thousands of years and maybe imagine items from Ancient Egypt.  The truth …

World’s Weirdest Watches

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Interesting and unusual watches are great, don’t get us wrong.  We love radical designs, innovative mechanisms and exciting new functions but some watches are just straight up weird.  Some watches make you look at them and just go ‘why?’.  Admittedly, some of these designs are actually pretty cool to look at but it’s hard to imagine actually wearing them especially …

Jewellery Trends for 2020

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Customers come to our shop for all kinds of reasons and one of those, believe it or not, is because they want to be fashionable, so we thought we’d be helpful to all those who like to stay ahead of the trend with some tips on what jewellery is fashionable in 2020.  Making a statement seems to be the name …

A Rough Guide to Investing in Watches

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With the stock exchange being so volatile at the moment, people are looking to invest in something more reliable and solid.  Luxury watches are a good and fairly straightforward investment as they’re small, easy to look after and the classic makes rarely lose their value.  However, that doesn’t always make them a safe investment as they are very much at …