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All about necklaces lengths in video!

I have been looking and looking for ages to get the best way to show necklaces length when it finally dawned on me that a video was the answer! So I put on my video producer’s hat and started recording… While I won’t win an Oscar for it I do hope you will find it helpful. If you still have some questions you can always ask it in the comments bellow.

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Last order dates Christmas 2014!

The all important last order dates…

As we are getting to the pointy end of the year here are the details for last orders:

  • Any custom made jewellery (Manu Scriptum collection, rings…): Friday 5 December
  • Any ready made items: Friday 12 December

Orders placed after these dates may not reach you in time before Christmas!

International shipping is possible BUT delivery times vary considerably from country to country so please keep that in mind for time sensitive presents.

 

 

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How to get your perfect wedding band

His & hers finish

Lets start with a few simple points to think off before you go shopping for your wedding bands:

  • Do you both want a wedding band? I know it sounds silly but you would be surprised at how many couples I have seen with one revealing that they actually don’t want one but came along for their fiancee.
  • Do you want to have an engraving in it? If so you need to have room for it.
  • Which metal or colour are you after?
  • Big, bold, statement band or fine band, regular shape or organic / irregular shape?
  • Diamonds or gemstones feature or plain metal?

What you do everyday can play a big part in the design or style you should go for. For example if you work at a desk all day you can have an intricate pattern on your band that will last a lifetime but if you go rock climbing every weekend wearing your band the engraving isn’t going to last long…

If you are planing well ahead of time let your jeweller know if you are on a diet to loose some weight before your wedding as it will affect your finger size.

On the other hand if you leave it to the last minute that will limit what can be customised! On average I would take about 2 to 3 weeks to get wedding bands designed and handmade so keep that in mind if you are after something unique.

 

 

For the Bride citrine +wedder

The best way to get started is with your engagement ring. The jeweller who made it for you already as an idea of what you like or don’t like, your finger size, jewellery style and which metal was used to make your engagement ring. If it was specially handmade for you chances are  you would have already started to discuss wedding bands to go next to it so save yourself time and go back there to refine your design.

If that is not an option I still recommend you start with your engagement ring as the wedding band will fit next to it. I normally go for a similar profile and width of the ring to complement it and not overpower it. While I usually stay with the same metal and colour I have had a few clients who wanted their wedding band in a contrasting colour (white gold engagement ring and rose gold wedding band for example) so it could be something for you to consider as well.

men's rings

For the Groom

Most men haven’t worn a ring on a regular basis so choosing a style may take a little time. Try as many ring styles as possible! I know you might not like spending too long in a shop but it is important for you to find something you will be comfortable wearing and also a ring you can be proud of wearing everyday.

To make it more personal I like to explore design ideas with my clients to make their wedding band uniquely theirs. Sometimes we can stylise an element of the engagement ring to be transferred onto the wedding band or create a pattern inspired by their story, how or where they met, their hobby… anything can inspire an element to make it a one of a kind wedding band.

The keyword here is time. Take the time to try different things, you don’t have to buy one on the day or settle on a design at the first meeting.

 

If you have any questions about wedding bands or any jewellery and gemstones question I am only an email away!

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When a broken cushion turns into a new heart

Finished heart shape aquamarine

This poor aquamarine cushion got badly damaged as you can see on these 2 photos. I don’t know exactly what happened to it but this is how it arrived to my workshop for repair.

Broken aquamarine viewed from the top
Broken aquamarine viewed from the top

Broken aquamarine pavillion
Broken aquamarine pavillion

After studying it for a little while I decided to cut it into a heart shape to retain the maximum of the original size and weight of the stone.  The first step was to preform the shape and to cut the new facets .

Preformed heart shape
Preformed heart shape

Now that the rough shape is done and the new facets and all the damage has been taken out I can go on to refining the shape and facet angles. It is at this stage that my 25+ years experienced eyes and hands make all the difference as it is very easy to get the cleft of the heart off centre or having the heart look a bit bigger on one side compared to the other. While the angles of the facets have been adapted to accommodate the given angles of the original cut it is very close to what a “proper” heart shape facets should be. Coloured gemstones are rather forgiving and will still sparkle in all their coloured glory even if the angles aren’t strictly perfect unlike diamonds.

Finished heart shape aquamarine
Finished heart shape aquamarine

I know I am a bit biased after working on it but I think it’s a stunning little aquamarine! Now it is up to my client to make some pretty piece of jewellery with it.