Popular precious metals for jewellery


All quality jewellery is made with precious metal, but if you’re looking to invest in a new piece for your collection, it can be difficult to decide which of these precious metals to choose. This guide will help you to ensure that your new bracelet, ring or pendant is the right one for you!


Gold

Gold is probably the most traditionally famous precious metal. Known for its durability, gold resists corrosion and rusting, so that you can be sure your jewellery will stay strong and shiny. The colour is usually a bright, yellowy shade, but variations include pink hued rose gold and the very rare blue and purple golds, which are made by alloying gold with iron and aluminium respectively.

Silver

Pure, fine silver is usually too soft to mould in to objects, so the substance is usually alloyed with copper to make it strong enough to work with. It has previously been a particularly popular material for dining implements, but looks just as beautiful when used in jewellery. Although it is not very chemically reactive, silver still needs to be polished to stay looking its best.

Platinum

Silver coloured precious metal is the most ductile, meaning that it is easily moulded or shaped into items such as jewellery. Despite this, it still has a good resistance to wear and tarnish, making it a long lasting choice.

If you need further advice on the types of previous metal available, why not visit the jewelers of Hatton Garden? The jewellery experts of the district will be able to answer all your questions and help you to choose a stunning item of jewellery that will stand the test of time.

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Pearls of wisdom

Pearl jewellery is a classic style, often associated with glamorous Hollywood stars of yesteryear (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). However, pearls aren’t just a symbol of times gone by – they can and should be a modern addition to any jewellery collection.

Natural pearls are a rare find – they develop in oysters as a result of biological processes, in both saltwater and freshwater environments. Cultured pearls are still created in this way, but the natural process is giving a biological boost by the harvester, encouraging the pearl to grow more quickly.  Because of this interference, cultured pearls tend to be less expensive than natural pearls, but they are still as striking and opalescent as their organic counterparts.

Fully developed pearls vary in size and shade, but all have the same milky white finish that the gems are known for. According to experts, pearl jewellery should be matched to the owner’s skin, to set off the shades in the best light.

If you’re looking to purchase some pearls for yourself, pay a visit to the Imperial Pearl Company, located in the heart of Hatton Garden. The business dates back to 1840, so they’re experts in the field, and stock a wide range of pearl necklaces, earring, broaches and more. If you’re already the owner of a piece of pearl jewellery but need to restore its shine, they also offer repair, restringing and polishing services, to help you keep your pearls in perfect condition.

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London 2012 Souvenirs from Hatton Garden

The UK’s most famous jewellery district, Hatton Garden, is located right in the heart of London, and the city has been buzzing lately thanks to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If you’re visiting the area for the London 2012 celebrations, why not take a trip to Hatton Garden and pick up a souvenir to mark the occasion? Jewellery is a memento that will last a lifetime, and bring back memories of your time in the city every time you put it on!

Gold

The Olympic athletes of Team GB won countless gold medals for their country earlier this summer and we’re sure that there’s plenty more to come from the Paralympians! If you’d like to follow in their footsteps and add some gold to your collection, Hatton Garden is the place to visit. Whether you’re looking for radiant rings or polished pendants, there’s a great selection to choose from if you’re going for gold.

Silver

There are several silver manufacturers and stockists in Hatton Garden, selling everything from modern silver jewellery to fine antique silverware. Subtle silver is a great choice for a special piece of jewellery to mark your 2012 visit, and is particularly appropriate if your favourite athlete has just secured a silver medal!

Rings

The Olympic rings are the universal symbol of the Games, so why not invest in a ring to remind you of the experience? If you’re visiting London with someone special, you could even consider investing in an engagement or eternity ring during your stay.

Here at Hatton Garden, we would like to congratulate the Olympic athletes on their successes, and wish the Paralympic athletes the best of luck!

 

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Replacing a ring in Hatton Garden

Losing or damaging an engagement or wedding ring can be heart breaking – it is a piece of jewellery intended for you to wear and treasure forever, and there are many sentimental memories associated with the band. If your ring has been damaged, it may be possible to have it repaired. A good jeweller will be able to identify the imperfections, and give you a reasonable price for the work that needs doing.

In the event that a ring is completely lost or beyond repair, there is still a solution – you may choose to replace it with another band. If this is the case, you need to decide whether you would like a similar ring of the best possible match, or an entirely different style to mark this new stage in your relationship.

If you want a ring that is as close as possible to the original, photographic evidence will be your best ally. If you had engagement pictures taken, or if the wedding has already taken place, scour through the prints and try to find a shot that shows the ring in close-up. This will help the jeweller to find the best possible match. Also take any product descriptions or information that you have from when the ring was originally purchased – this will help you to realign both aesthetics and quality.

However, if you decide to choose a completely different style, the world of rings has a number of possibilities. For instance, you could consider a new engagement ring with a piece with multiple stones instead of a solitaire, or replacing your plain wedding band with a diamond studded eternity ring.

No matter what kind of ring you are looking for, the jewellers of Hatton Garden will be happy to help. Why not pay them a visit and see the stunning range of rings they have on offer?

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Gift wrapping tips for jewellery

When you’re buying jewellery as a gift, it’s important to make sure that the outer packaging reflects the beauty of the surprise inside. Whilst most jewellers will offer this service for you, and do a beautiful job, some people prefer to make their presentation a little more personal. If you want to package and present your gift yourself, our 3 top tips will help you to ensure that it looks perfect – both inside and out.

  • Don’t get it twisted
    Think about any potential damage that could be caused to the type of jewellery you’ve chosen, and then select your packaging accordingly. Soft, silk lined pouches, for example, are a great option for smaller pieces like rings, but not for necklaces with long chains, which can get tangled. Make sure whatever storage method you use will keep the piece in peak condition.
  • Go for complementary colours
    When choosing a colour scheme, think about the item you’re putting inside – for instance, if you’re giving a piece of jewellery which contains a ruby, red outer packaging will maximise the impact and make the stone look even more stunning.
  • Store it safely
    Any item of jewellery is delicate, so it’s important to keep it away from factors like excessive heat, water and overt sun – even when it has been packaged or wrapped. Keep the present in a safe place until the moment you want to give it away.

If you still want further gift wrapping advice, pay a visit to Lynco Europe Ltd in Hatton Garden. They offer a wide array of beautiful jewellery display and presentation options, and their staff have all the expertise necessary to help you make the right choice.

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