How to look after your Jewellery

This week, we’re looking at the best ways to care for all your precious pieces of jewellery, from diamond rings to gold necklaces, we’ll show you tried and tested ways to make sure your jewellery always looks as fabulous as you, and stays protected against wear and tear. 

Jewellery is often the most special thing we own. Whether it was given to you to celebrate a special occasion or milestone, a gift from the loved one in your life or handed-down from generations above, there is every reason to look after your jewellery to ensure it still brings you a smile every time you wear it. So without further ado, here are our top tips for taking care of your jewellery.

Store jewellery separately

To start, pre-emptive care is very practical and easy to do, so start off by storing your jewellery properly to give it the best chance of continually looking great. Different gemstones have different hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together. Keep jewellery in soft-lined compartments and take care to close any fastenings so items don’t catch or tangle.

Jewellery should be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of heat or cold. Try to keep the boxes and packaging that it comes in, as it is the easiest and often the best way to protect it from dust and damage. This won’t prevent silver from oxidising, however; you could consider storing items in airtight bags to minimise this, while silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewellery to lose its shine.

Keep Jewellery dry and away from contaminants

Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease, and natural skin oils can dull any jewellery and should be avoided.

If your jewels do come into contact with water, or any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry. Household cleaners, or chemicals in makeup, hair products and perfumes can all tarnish or damage jewellery.

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Regular, gentle cleans

Gently clean your jewellery occasionally to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Follow your jewellers’ advice: if you are not sure how fragile a piece is, always err on the side of caution and use simple, non-abrasive materials like soap and water, with a soft toothbrush.

Be careful not to rub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gem set jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate.

Seek Professional Jewellery cleaners

If you’re really stuck, or have a piece of bespoke jewellery that requires special assistance, Hatton Jewels offer a professional clean which can remove any blemishes or scratches, and usually restore jewellery to brand new condition.

If you’d like your jewellery to be professionally cleaned, just contact Hatton Jewels or book an appointment to bring your jewellery to our boutique shop based in London’s famous jewellery quarter, Hatton Gardens.

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In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the most common wedding ring designs, as well as a few of the more contemporary wedding ring trends. Read below for the Jewellers Guide to Wedding Rings.

WEDDING RINGS
MEN’S WEDDING BANDS
WOMEN’S WEDDING RINGS

 

Diamond Eternity Rings

As well as being a beautiful addition of sparkle to your engagement ring, eternity bands carry a sweet sentiment of eternal, undying love, making them a thoughtful choice of wedding ring style (see also diamond wedding rings).

Also known as an infinity ring, an eternity band comprises a continuous line of diamonds set in a precious metal. At Queensmith, we’ll meticulously hand pick diamonds that are perfectly calibrated for size, cut and colour, to ensure the greatest consistency between stones. Whilst most people opt for diamonds in their eternity rings, the bands can look stunning with sapphires, rubies, emeralds or coloured diamonds too.

This can be a fantastic way to complement a coloured gemstone engagement ring. Eternity rings traditionally include a series of round stones, but we love the contemporary style of a Princess Cut diamond eternity band, or creating alternative shapes, such as with the Montez Round & Marquise. Whether you opt for a scalloppaverubover or channel setting, your Queensmith eternity ring will be made to last a lifetime.

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Plain Wedding Rings

For some women, a minimal look is vital, and with a simple solitaire engagement ring, a plain wedding band can be the perfect addition. At Queensmith, we see beauty in the simplicity of a plain platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold wedding ring. For men and women wanting a simple wedding band with a unique edge, we love to add a satin, brushed or matte finish. For a little more intricacy, more than one finish and grooves can be given to an otherwise plain band, such as this design. This subtle addition of texture can make all the difference. 

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Contoured Wedding Rings

At Queensmith, we usually advise engagement ring designs that are ‘wed-fit’, or that allow for a wedding ring to fit flush alongside the engagement ring. There are some engagement ring designs, however, that take an unusual shape, meaning a traditional wedding band wouldn’t be the best choice.

This is where contoured wedding bands come into play. When crafting a contoured wedding band, we will take the precise measurements of your engagement ring to make sure the pair will match perfectly. A Wishbone wedding band can be a beautiful way to accentuate elongated engagement ring stones, such as pear or marquise diamonds, or simply frame a round diamond solitaire. We also love the soft curves of the Turner Pave and matching Turner Pave wedding band.

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Bespoke and unique designs

Whilst we love the beauty of traditional wedding bands, who said they had to conform to the norm? We love working with our clients to create bespoke designs, whether that be an eternity ring using a mixture of pear and round diamonds, creating a multicoloured eternity band, or playing with unique shapes. For some, a wedding ring should be just as exciting as the engagement ring – so design away! We have an in-house design team and workshop at our Hatton Garden showroom that can bring your visions to life. 

 

Your Wedding Ring Consultation at Queensmith

During your Queensmith consultation, one of our Wedding Ring specialists will take you through our full catalogue of designs, advising which would work best with your engagement ring and how to optimise your budget. Or, let us know if you have your own design or would like to take inspiration from somewhere else. Either way, your ring will be expertly designed, handcrafted and made to fit, for you and only you. 

Helping make educated, informed and value-for-money jewellery purchases is at the heart of what we do. Located in historic Hatton Garden, the Queensmith team of diamond experts and master jewellers have the skills, experience and creativity to help you create fine jewellery of enduring beauty, to be treasured for a lifetime. Queensmith offer an fresh and contemporary environment to create the ring you’ve always dreamed of.

Book an appointment at our Hatton Garden showroom, or visit our website for more information. 

 

 

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Give a gift of Jewellery this Mother’s Day from Hatton Jewels, Hatton Garden. 

This Mother’s Day, what could be better than giving the gift of jewellery! To show your Mum just how much you appreciate her; for being there when you need her, for being sure to give the best advice and generally being amazing!

With that in mind, we’ve put together some of our favourite jewellery pieces that we think would work just perfect as a Mother’s Day gift this year.

 

 

Diamond Stud Earrings

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

Simple, elegant and classic. Diamond earrings to make Mum instantly sparkle, from just £305. Choose from 0.15 carat to 4.00 carat diamonds.

 

 

 

 

 

Oval Cut Blue Topaz Pendant

Oval Cut Blue Topaz Pendant

Oval Cut Blue Topaz Pendant

A necklace is surely the perfect present for a very special Mother’s Day. This stunning pendant necklace boasts two claw set brilliant cut diamonds positioned above a stunning oval cut blue topaz in 18 carat white gold. The primary stone is an oval cut 1.20ct blue topaz, above which sits 2 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.05cts as a pair.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut Diamond Cluster Earrings

Amethyst & Brilliant Cut Diamond Cluster Earrings 0.82ct

Amethyst & Brilliant Cut Diamond Cluster Earrings 0.82ct

For something incredibly special, and just the right amount of different, this vibrant pair of amethyst and diamond cluster stud earrings, feature a matching pair of deep purple oval amethysts with a shimmering border of micro set brilliant cut diamonds, handmade in 18 carat white gold. Simply sumptuous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Pendant Necklace

Brilliant Cut Tiffany Pendant Necklace

Brilliant Cut Tiffany Pendant Necklace

You can never really go wrong with Tiffany. Their design expertise has been the go to for stunning jewellery pieces for a long time, and this Tiffany pendant necklace is a classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amethyst & Diamond Set Snail Brooch

Amethyst & Diamond Set Snail Brooch

Amethyst & Diamond Set Snail Brooch

Now here is something a little more out-there. We love Amethyst here at Hatton Jewels, and this Amethyst and Diamond Brooch is something truly special. A beautiful multi-facetted pretty amethyst is used to form the snails shell, and it’s studded with sparkling brilliant cut diamonds and emerald cabochons. This playful piece has been crafted in 18 carat white gold.

 

 

 

 

 

Rubover Diamond Necklace

Rubover Diamond Necklace

Rubover Diamond Necklace

Another necklace, but a truly unique design. This Rubover Diamond Necklace with a graceful trace chain is meticulously crafted in 18 carat white gold, with rubover-set diamonds set at equal intervals throughout the length of the chain. The diamonds amount to a total weight of 0.30cts. You could even opt to add a pendant to this chain adding further diamonds for extravagance, and the chain is available in varying diamond carat weights and lengths.

 

 

 

 

 

1.09ct Fancy Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant

1.09ct Fancy Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant

1.09ct Fancy Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant

Ok so we’ve saved the most extravagant, (and expensive!) piece until last, but we simply couldn’t resist including this stunning diamond necklace in our list. Featuring a stunning 1.09 carat yellow diamond at the centre, surrounded by a border of micro set brilliant diamonds, this piece is sure to make go completely wow, and win brownie points for at least another year!

What do you think of our Mother’s Day gift guide? Is there something you think we’ve missed? Or perhaps you would like to tell us about your very own Mother’s Day gift ideas? Just let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

If you’re interested in any other types of jewellery, just get in touch with one of our friendly members of staff who will be sure to guide you along the way. Alternatively, our boutique Hatton Garden jewellers is open Monday to Friday and appointments to see all of our jewellery can be booked quickly and easily online.

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choosing your own diamonds

Buying your own Diamonds in Hatton Garden

There are many ways today to buy diamonds; you could go along the traditional route of your high street jeweller, be recommended by a friend to a manufacturer or diamond dealer in Hatton Garden or the jewellery district in Birmingham or what is becoming increasingly popular buy from an online shop.

High Street Jewellers

Hatton Garden is by far the most popular and famous jewellery buying street in the UK it is renowned for its array of

Some love the bartering that goes as you stroll through the 60 + shops while others feel uncomfortable with sales assistants trying to pull them off the street.

The most prominent complaint that I hear however is that everything looks the same which of course to a degree is true.

There are of course some shops that will sell you loose diamonds, but on the whole, you would be looking to purchase a finished piece.

Manufacturers and dealers

In the past, you could only visit a dealer or manufacturer if you had an introduction.  But that is not the case anymore as they too will advertise their services directly to the public.

There are some manufacturers, and dealers that carry finished jewellery pieces but for most, they will have loose diamonds and settings for you to choose from, and some will offer a truly bespoke service.

Online retailers

The growth in online diamond sales over the past few years has been enormous.

Their prices on the surface appear incredibly cheap some of that is down to the fact that they have been set up as turn over businesses pack it high sell it cheap on the other hand it’s down to smart marketing with headlines such as;

Cheapest loose diamonds, Lowest UK price guaranteed, Why pay retail and pay double, most extensive collection of GIA certificated diamonds in Hatton Garden to name just a few.

The truth is there is no guarantee that any of those statements are true or false, but they indeed work in drawing people to visit the site.

What is true however is that most are working from a worldwide list of diamonds available to the trade.

To prove this point if you were to choose three online sellers and pick a certification number from one you will find the same stone on another site.

Because the diamonds are not on the whole exclusive to one online retailer can be the reason why sometimes you have to wait up to ten days for delivery, or when you a buy a particular diamond you get an email shortly after saying it is no longer available and you have proposed an alternative.

How do choose where to buy from

Retailers

In the competitive world that we all now find ourselves living in outside of the branded shops I do not believe you will pay double what an online jeweller will charge you, and you have the safeguard of buying from bricks and mortar.

Manufacturers

The advantages of working with a manufacturer are that most will not be trying to sell finished pieces of jewellery but will be giving you the opportunity of picking your diamond and having a bespoke ring made just for you.

Online 

Buying online means that you will have first to take a crash course in becoming a diamond expert by learning about the 4C’s which although important are only part of what you need to know.

From there you will need start scrolling long lists of diamonds and in the end, just picking one whether on price alone or combining cost with the diamonds characteristics.

The online retailers also offer you the chance of picking a ring setting they call it bespoke, but I have never really been comfortable in calling a mass produced ring bespoke.

The alternative way to buy diamonds

There, of course, is a final alternative buying method and that is to go to a personal jeweller like myself.

All of my jewellery is designed with my clients and handcrafted in my Hatton Garden workshop.

Then as a diamond expert, I will guide you through finding your ideal diamond by taking you way beyond the diamond 4C’s.

I will allow you to choose from a selection of diamonds in front of you rather than a list, and for your complete peace of mind all my diamonds are GIA certificated and competitively priced, and I guarantee this by keeping abreast of the market prices.

I do not make promises of being the cheapest just the best

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Learn how to choose the perfect diamond. Our rich and detailed guide will provide you with key fundamentals to picking the right stone for you.

At Queensmith, our sales team is made up of certified gemologists, who dedicate their time to making sure you’re confident with your purchase, including the specificities of your diamond. During your consultation, we will show you a selection of GIA certified diamonds with various differences so you can reach the right decision.

 

The Four C’s
Diamonds are made up of a number of attributes known as the ‘Four Cs’ – cut, clarity, carat and colour. Learn more about the diamond 4C’s.

 

Diamond Cut
At Queensmith, we advise you to
prioritise cut as the most important aspect of the stone. An ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ cut has been cut and polished to the highly accurate and symmetrical degrees that contribute to total internal reflection. Rainbow colours are produced via the breaking up of white light leaving the crown facets, resulting in fantastic scintillation, i.e. sparkle. What’s the point in a diamond that doesn’t sparkle?

 

Diamond Colour
The colour of a diamond is graded by the natural presence of yellow, brown or grey hues. A colourless diamond makes for a more aesthetically-pleasing stone, but with subtle differences between each colour grade, most of us would prefer to compromise slightly on the colour of the stone for a better cut. As diamonds are formed in the Earth’s mantle, they pick up elemental traces such as nitrogen, which adds a yellow tint. Diamonds coloured D to F are considered ‘colourless’, whilst G to J are ‘near colourless’, the closest to D being the most valuable. Queensmith tends to stock diamonds from D to H, and during our
diamond consultations will take you through the processes of identifying the differences between diamonds colours.

 


Diamond Clarity

Clarity is determined by the miniscule inclusions, tiny cracks known as feathers or particles of material held within the diamond since its formation. A flawless diamond contains no such blemishes, and is of course incredibly rare. Clarity is classified via a sliding scale, which you can learn about
here. Inclusions tend to be invisible unless viewed under a microscope, so clarity is a great category to compromise on to optimise your budget. Many people actually like the idea of inclusions – like a fingerprint they make every diamond individual and are proof of the natural formation process that took place billions of years ago.

 

 

Carat Weight
Once you have defined the cut, colour and clarity suitable for your budget, you can start to consider carat. ‘Carat is a measurement of weight, so is related to the size of a stone. To put it simply, larger diamonds are rarer, and two smaller diamonds adding to the same total carat weight of one larger stone will always be less expensive. With this logic in mind, a halo or trilogy ring can be a great way to maximise sparkle without compromising on ring size.

 

Your Budget
Budget is an important factor when choosing a diamond, which is why our gemologists work to find you the very best options to suit you. The cost of a diamond is a complex equation, and depends largely on the unique specificities of the stone, its origins and the global market.

 

Now you’ve had a chance to consider the many aspects that create the perfect diamond, you better start thinking about what you want your engagement ring to actually look like. Follow our guide on How to Choose an Engagement Ring, or browse our designs for a little inspiration. At Queensmith, we hand make every ring in our onsite workshop (encased in glass so you can see the process), allowing for bespoke design and detailing. We operate in a no-pressure environment and and keep you in the driving seat. We’re happy to remake any ring that isn’t totally loved by its recipient – so worry less about the design and let’s try and nail the diamond.

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