Brooches for a New Generation

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘brooches’?  Older ladies in their Sunday best? The Queen’s speech on Christmas Day?  It’s rare that anyone associates brooches with young fashionable people but fashion commentators have recently been saying that they’re making a comeback for people of all ages.  Liberty recently reported a 26% increase in brooch sales and they’re …

Engagement Rings Made from Smart Phones and Other Alternative Materials

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A recent story about a couple who created an engagement ring out of the smart phone parts inspired us to look into the various types of materials people are choosing for their engagement rings nowadays and we weren’t disappointed in the variety available.  Although we are well known locally as a traditional jewellers who sell engagement rings made of gold …

Why is Platinum so Special?

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When people use gold, silver and bronze rankings for anything, they often use platinum as an extra special class above all the others.  Platinum has overtaken gold as the most popular metal for wedding rings and it’s widely accepted as the most precious of the commonly used precious metals.  But why?  Why is platinum considered to be a cut above …

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A Guide to Buying Watches for Christmas

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Watches make great gifts not just because they’re a nice thing to have and they come in so many different styles, but also because of what they can symbolise.  Metaphorically giving someone time is a nice idea that lots of people like to embrace especially at Christmas.  The variety watches come in make them an appealing gift but they also …

Eric Clapton’s Watch Collection

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Eric Clapton is legendary for his guitar playing but, in some circles, he’s nearly as famous for his watch collection.  Not only has he had a fine varied collection of Rolex and Patek Philippe watches, he had some very rare pieces which have broken records at auction for their selling prices.  One of his watches was so rare and valuable …

Ahead of its Time

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Wristwatches have a storied history as James Ross explains Wristlets, as they were called, were reserved for women and considered more of a passing fad than a serious timepiece. In fact, they were held in such disdain that many a gentlemen were actually quoted to say they “would sooner wear a skirt as wear a wristwatch”. This all started to …

A Guide to Buying Jewellery as Christmas Presents

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Is buying your loved one jewellery for Christmas really such a good idea?  It’s something that strikes fear into the heart of many a romantic, especially men, but it’s actually easier than you might think.  Where people get it wrong is they go into jewellers’ shops unprepared and panic buy something that their partner just wouldn’t wear.  Either they get …

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 …