The Heart of Hatton Garden Emporium

Hatton Garden Jewellery EmporiumHatton Garden Jewellery Emporium is a revolutionary jewellery shopping experience, based on the bustling jewellery exchanges of Manhattan and is the first store of its kind in London. If you’re buying a special piece, selling, browsing, or looking to repair your jewellery, you are in the right place. We have more than 50 traders with 1500 years of combined jewellery trade experience waiting to serve you across our 2 trading floors. You will find an exciting variety of jewellery traders and public visitors already passing through our doors every day – come along and join them and give us a visit.

The Heart of Hatton Garden Jewellery Emporium is a jewellery shopping experience unlike any other. In our Central London premises, you can buy, sell or browse all kinds of jewellery and watches, or have your existing jewellery repaired or customised. First opened in 2006, our emporium now hosts over 50 jewellery units.  With everything from fine jewellery to replacement watch batteries, there are hundreds of options for you to choose from in store.

If you are a jeweler or watch trader, come and check out our lower ground floor, which is where you can meet and discuss any of  your jewellery needs with some of the best diamond merchants, wholesaler suppliers, dealers, watch repairs and jewellery services in the UK.

Sell Your Jewellery

Our traders constantly buy and sell all kinds of jewellery, from diamond engagement and wedding rings to everyday bracelets and necklaces. No piece is too big or too small, any item will be considered and because we have such a wide range of dealers, you can go around the store and compare offers, ensuring that you get the best possible price for your piece.

Our traders will offer instant cash for your item, so you’ll leave the Emporium with money in your pocket that same visit. With gold prices at a near all-time high, there’s seldom been a better time to sell your jewellery. Why not bring your item along and see how much money you could make?

In order to sell your jewellery, please bring with you the following: 1. A passport or photo card driving licence. 2. A home utility bill. Without these forms of identification, you will not be able to sell your items. It would also be helpful if you can provide any documentation related to the purchase of the items you are selling.

Buy Jewellery.

From the moment you step into The Heart of Hatton Garden Jewellery Emporium, you will see the largest stock of jewellery and gems in Hatton Garden. Our Emporium is a wonderful treasure trove of any jewellery you can imagine. Diamond engagement rings, Wedding rings, Diamond eternity rings, Bracelets, Diamonds, Gemstones, Necklaces and pendants, Watches, Pearl jewellery, Antique jewellery, silverware, Silver, Gold coins and much more. Everything is for sale at incredibly competitive prices. Why not come along and see what you can discover.

For all enquiries, please contact Zoe by Phone: 0207 430 2111, E-mail: info@heartjewelleryemporium.com and Website: http://heartjewelleryemporium.com/

 

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Simon Lewis Handmade Bespoke Jewellery

handmade bespoke jewellerySimon Lewis has 30 years experience as an established jeweller, Hatton Garden based Simon Lewis specialises in creating beautifully crafted contemporary jewellery. Working in platinum, 18ct gold, diamonds & coloured gemstones, Simon’s jewellery is truly exceptional. Impeccable attention to detail yields pieces of refined beauty and unsurpassable quality.

All pieces are created in Simon’s London based workshop by a team of highly skilled craftsmen. Educating staff has been an ongoing passion of Simon’s and he has brought through over 10 apprentices so far, one of which; Chris Randall is now a partner of Simon Lewis jewellers & two others (Elliott and Vincent) who are presently partners in a sister company. He has also mentored two Young Designers of the year.

Uniting superb manufacturing capabilities and innovative design. Simon’s jewellery embodies all that is celebrated about British design and manufacture. As part of our desire to educate we open up our workshop on Saturdays and teach couples how to make each others wedding bands.

Our Stones:

The name Diamond is derived from the Greek word “Adamas” which means unconquerable. The Diamond is composed of pure carbon that has been crystallised under enormous heat and pressure from deep within the earth. Diamond is the hardest known naturally occurring substance known to man. It has a hardness of 10 on the MOHS Table of Hardness. Diamond is mostly found transparent and colourless, however, it is found in various yellows, pinks, cognac, browns, blues, and black. Prior to the mid-nineteenth century, diamonds were worn only by men. Diamonds were once considered a talisman against phantoms and nightmares and were also supposed to give courage and virtue to soldiers in battle. We have the largest selection of GIA certified diamonds in the UK. We also stock Cushions, Marquise, Oval and Heart shapes with no Bow Ties. Come in and view a selection of colours and purities from all over the world.

Rubies:

Ruby, like Sapphire, is a variety of the mineral, corundum. Most Rubies are mined in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and Africa. All locations produce gemstones of varying sizes, qualities and colours of red. Ruby is one of the most durable of all gemstones. To ensure long-lasting enjoyment of your Ruby jewellery protect it from hard blows and scratches.

Coloured Stones:

Diamond has remarkable optical characteristics. Because of its extremely rigid lattice, it can be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as boron and nitrogen. Combined with wide transparency, this results in the clear, colourless appearance of most natural diamonds. Small amounts of defects or impurities (about one per million of lattice atoms) colour diamond blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (lattice defects), green (radiation exposure), purple, pink, orange or red. Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion (ability to disperse light of different colours), which results in its characteristic luster. Excellent optical and mechanical properties, combined with efficient marketing, make diamond the most popular gemstone.

Come in and view a selection of colours and purities from all over the world.

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Worry+Peace for Engagement ring insurance

Wedding ring insuranceInsurance. It’s not the most exciting word. But I beg to differ. Insurance unleashes life. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to take the risks we do to make our own lives worth living. Getting married is no different!

You might not have considered it yet, but that rock on the precious metal is not only one of the most valuable assets you and your partner will ever own, it’s also the one with the most sentimental value.

If you’re not insuring it somewhere, you’ll be thinking about it soon. Believe it or not, rings can be insured for any amount – from the most affordable ranges right up to £80,000 rings with 6.75-carat rocks!

You have two options. An affordable, flexible stand-alone engagement ring insurance stand-alone product, or your current home insurance.

Home insurance is great for the standard risks – we would encourage anyone with a decent chunk of contents to have it! It’s great for “perils” like fires or thefts from your home, but when it comes to high-value items you want to insure anywhere, anytime – it can fail to offer a suitable cover at a price that works for you!

Standard home insurance may apply limitations on the amount of cover you can have for ring insurance. We can offer up to £40,000 online, and you can check out in seconds… Anonymously, too!

Stand-alone covers are basically mini home insurances, offering refined coverage for specific, specialist items – backed by insurers who also specialise in the items. Let’s say you also wanted to make a claim? A stand-alone policy shouldn’t effect your home insurance price if you need to claim on it.

Our product also has some neat extras. We’ll guarantee every customer who hasn’t claimed a 15% No Claims Discount when they renew. We’ll also Price Match any other quote you find, if your ring is worth more than £10,000. Plus, there’s more! If you buy our product and find a cheaper option within 14-days, we’ll pay you the difference up to £100!

Oh, and every single product you need after your first purchase, you get 10% cashback. Boom.

In summary. Alongside your home insurance, you can get a specialist policy custom-made for your most precious asset. Whilst we’re confident our product is competitively priced, with a broad amount of cover – we’d always encourage you to shop around and check your home insurance to get the right deal for your budget and risk appetite.

Every customer that visits Worry+Peace for Engagement ring insurance, gets our FREE app, Pouch, as standard. You can manage any insurance on that, too.

In the World of insurance, it doesn’t get simpler or better than that, right?

James is the Founder of Worry+Peace, which also owns Insurance4everyone – a site set up to specialise in Engagement Ring Insurance.

Want 10% Cashback from Worry+Peace for their Engagement Ring Insurance?

Call: 0330 880 8326 .

Use Code: HATTON10

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Hatton Jewels, Jewellers of Excellence in Hatton Garden

Hatton jewels jewelleryHatton Jewels, an appointment-only jewellery boutique nestled in a beautiful mews street off the main strip of jewellers in Hatton Garden, has been providing customers with bespoke, vintage and antique engagement rings since 2007.

With over 100 years combined experience, the expert GIA certified team are incredibly passionate about jewellery, and deliver exceptional customer experience.

Not just limited to engagement rings, Hatton Jewels offer a wide range of jewellery from antique necklaces to sapphires, eternity rings and wedding bands, specialising in coloured stones and old cut diamonds. All of these fantastic pieces can be viewed on their online store.

They also offer a complete design your own engagement ring service, where you can choose every aspect of the ring, from the mount, carat and shape of the stone. This can be configured using their online store or by booking an appointment and speaking through your needs with one of the expert team.

If you just have an idea of the ring you would like to create, or a few images of different rings you like, the team can help create a design completely tailored to your needs, and help with the consultation through to design and hand finishing the ring in the workshop. Hatton Jewels use 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) so you can see exactly how the ring will look before it is made.

Hatton Jewels also offer a number of helpful services, from jewellery engraving, jewellery cleaning, repairs and offer one of the best jewellery valuation services around. If you are looking to sell your jewellery they can often beat any quote from an auction house through access to their international trade network, grown through being in the jewellery industry for over 40 years.

If you are looking for that special ring, or any other piece of beautiful jewellery, visit hattonjewels.com to view the range or book an appointment.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SIGNET RINGS

How to wear your signet ringKnown as the ‘gentleman’s ring’, the signet ring is traditionally seen as a symbol of family heritage. However, it has been around longer than heraldry. For many centuries, the signet ring bore the family crest or coat of arms – see our Alternative Guide to Engraving for other ideas – engraved in reverse so that it could be pressed into soft clay or wax and used as a seal on a document.

 

Sealing in this way was official, authentic and could not be forged. It was seen as a form of identification. Because of this, signet rings are often referred to as ‘seal rings’. The name comes from the Latin ‘Signum’ which means ‘sign’.

Now, signet rings are worn by men and women from all walks of life who wish to exhibit style, or a sentimental connection with something or someone.

 

The History of the Signet Ring

Seals were used in the earliest civilizations. In ancient Mesopotamia, engraved cylindrical seals made of ston

e were used to create impressions in clay. Worn by Pharaohs, primitive stone and faience (pottery), rings have been found dating back to Ancient Egypt, bearing the names of gods in hieroglyphics.

It was not until the Late Bronze Age (2300 BC) that signet rings started to take the form we recognize today. By the Hellenistic Period (from 323 BC), they started to be worn more for aesthetic purposes; King Mithridates VI of Turkey (born 120 BC), a man clearly after our own heart, was known to have an impressive collection of signets.

By the middle ages (from the 5th to 15th century), the introduction of sealing wax meant signet rings transitioned from being made with a raised carving, to intaglio, which meant their design was sunken. This would leave an impression in the wax more effectively.

Wax seals were often used to authenticate a document and were commonplace in most royal chanceries (medieval writing offices) by the end of the 10th Century. Almost every person of nobility wore a signet ring engraved with their family’s crest or coat of arms. Over time, sealing in wax gradually became less elitist and by the middle of the 13th century, freemen adopted the practice.

Signet rings became popular with the rise of the bourgeoisie. In the absence of a coat of arms, the middle classes used a signet ring to denote sophistication.

The 17th century saw signet rings fall out of favour and the higher echelons of society would wear their seal in an ornamental mount, on a chain as a fob instead. This was a common method until the 18th century when signet rings rose into fashion once more.

The very wealthy could afford a precious stone on the bezel of the ring – see What Makes a Signet Ring, below – (view Rebus’ full collection here). The most common stones used in the 18th century were ruby, amethyst, garnet, chrysoprase, bloodstone, cornelian, and chalcedony. Rings were most commonly made from gold, until later in the 19th century when platinum became popular.

Throughout history, the signet ring has been passed down as a family heirloom. Most titled aristocrats had their family crest or coat of arms on the bezel; William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire (born 1790) wore a light green chrysoprase signet, carved with the Devonshire crest over the initial D, with the garland of the Order of the Garter when he was granted dukedom.

By the end of the 19th century, men of all classes had started to wear signet rings, with merchants often choosing monograms on their rings.

Signet Rings Today

Today, the elitism associated with signet rings is falling away. Some people still choose to have their family crests engraved on their rings, but others decide to be more creative. See our Alternative Guide to Engraving for more information. Some people choose to wear them every day, whereas others only put them on for special occasions. They are often given as 21st birthday presents, or are worn as wedding rings.

Signet rings can also denote membership to a club. Even today, Freemasons sometimes use signet rings to identify themselves and military men wear signets to reflect rank or status. They are also worn by people who have the right to bear arms.

The popularity of signet rings continues to increase. The image of the signet ring has been boosted by positive portrayals in popular culture, such as in Tom Ford’s wildly successful film A Single Man, in which the stylish main character, played by Colin Firth, wears one with aplomb.

 

What Makes A Signet Ring?

Signet rings have a flat bezel (the surface which bares your engraving – see the ‘shop’ section on our website to pick your style. A design is usually engraved in intaglio (meaning it will leave a raised impression of the design if the ring is pressed into sealing wax). As you can see in our Alternative Guide, the design is often engraved as a mirror image to ensure it appears the correct way around when stamped, discover more in our Q&A with master Rebus craftsmen.

-How to choose the shape of your ring

Here are some popular signet ring shapes – see our shop by style section for more information:

Oxford Oval – perhaps the most popular and traditional shape for signet rings.

Round – thought to be more contemporary than the traditional oval.

Marquise – an elegant and unusual diamond shape.

Cushion – a soft, square-shaped ring, a favourite during the Victorian era.

Find out more about size and shape here: http://www.rebussignetrings.co.uk/media/wysiwyg/FaceSizesWeb.pdf

-Why choose a heavy set design?

The weight of your ring will not affect the design. The extra-heavyweight oxford oval, for example, simply has more gold evenly distributed throughout the ring, which gives a deep signet head and thicker shank – an approximate thickness of 2mm-3mm. The heavyweight option is slightly lighter, with an approximate head thickness of 1.5mm – 2mm.

If you would like a unique design engraved on your signet ring, we would recommend that you choose an extra heavy oxford oval. This will provide the best canvas possible for our craftsmen to work with.

-How do I choose a stone for my ring?

Rebus offers a variety of stones to have set in your ring. We can accommodate for any preference, but here are some finer details on more popular options:

Tigers Eye – a golden/red-brown chatoyant gemstone displaying an almost silky appearance due to the parallel growth of rutile quartz crystals.

Onyx – a type of quartz, commonly seen in black.

Sardonyx – a type of agate layered with sard. When engraved, the detail is particularly pronounced due to the different coloured layer beneath.

Lapis Lazuli – a striking deep blue semi-precious stone, peppered with gold flecks of Pyrite.

Cornelian aka Carnelian – a reddy/brown agate.

Bloodstone – a green variety of jasper with red flecks of hematite.

-What precious metal should I choose?

Rebus handcraft their signet rings from solid sterling silver, 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold (in yellow, white and rose gold) and in platinum.

Gold is a traditional choice for a signet ring and its appeal as a precious metal dates back to 600 BC, when it was first used in coin form. Gold artifacts have been found dating back to 4th millennium BC, representing wealth, wisdom, and longevity.

Pure gold is too soft to make into a ring, so it is always mixed with other metals (alloys).

The carat represents how many parts gold out of a thousand:

9ct = 375 parts gold out of 1000

14ct = 585 parts gold out of 1000

18ct = 750 parts out of 1000

It is entirely up to you which you choose; the lower the carat, the paler the gold will be. The higher the gold content, the softer it becomes. 18ct gold signet rings are rich in colour and will darken with age – whatever carat you choose, it will last a lifetime.

Yellow gold – the shade depends on the gold content, as mentioned above.

White gold – yellow gold combined with metals such as palladium and silver.

Rose gold – became popular in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century and is made by adding copper to yellow gold. The shade varies depending on the amount of copper and the carat (9ct is pinker than 18ct).

Platinum – naturally greyish-white in colour and is the rarest precious metal on the planet (also one of the strongest and heaviest). Only 160 tons of platinum are mined every year, in comparison to around 165,000 tons of gold. It is also hypoallergenic.

Silver – the metal we work with least. However, many prefer it as a subtler, less expensive option. Despite this, it has been valued for centuries as a precious metal and was once seen as more valuable than gold.

How to Wear Signet Rings

Traditionally, the signet ring was worn on the small ‘pinkie’ finger of the non dominant hand. This was so the ring could fulfil its primary purpose efficiently, which was to emboss or seal a document. This started in ancient Egypt and was carried on by the Romans. Men today often wear signet rings on their left little finger.

However, there are no hard and fast rules. Fashion and tradition has relaxed in all areas of style. Some wear their ring on their third ‘ring’ finger, like Prince Charles – see the ‘famous wearers’ section below and some on their middle finger.

Who Has Worn Them?

Prince Charles wears one adorned with the fleur-de-lis alongside his wedding ring.

Steve McQueen was rarely seen without a gold square signet on his ring finger.

Sir Winston Churchill wore a signet ring with his family crest on his third finger.

Henrietta Queen of France, who died in 1669, wore a diamond signet ring with the coat of arms of her husband King Charles I.

The Pope has worn a signet ring called the Ring of The Fisherman or the ‘Piscatory Ring’ since around 1265, with an engraving which represents Saint Peter.

Some Little Known Facts

-The study of seals (not the animal, mind) is known as sigillography or sphragistics.

-When a Pope dies, his signet ring is ceremonially destroyed by hammering in two lines in the shape of the cross.

-When depicting the story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den, The Old Testament makes reference to signet rings: ‘And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel’ – Daniel 6:17.

-There is a signet ring preserved in the British Museum in London which is inscribed with the name and position of an Egyptian priestly official.

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