Angelina Jolie launches jewellery line

brad-pitt-angelina-jolieWhen Brad Pitt proposed to Angelina Jolie a year ago, he spent months working with the couple’s private jeweller Robert Procop to design the engagement ring of her dreams. One year later, it’s now Angelina’s turn to team up with Robert as she launches her own jewellery line, known as Style of Jolie, which will be available online from April 4th.

The collection features a range of bold and beautiful jewellery, including a pear shaped citrine and gold necklace and rose gold and emerald earrings. Emeralds are said to be the most frequently used gemstone in the range, but there are hints of other stones, such as diamonds, throughout the collection.

By designing these pieces, Angelina isn’t just creating beautiful accessories – she’s also helping charitable causes, as the proceeds from the line will be donated to funding education for girls in deprived areas. “Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie told E! News.

If you’ve been inspired by Angelina’s creative kindness and want to invest in a new piece of jewellery for yourself, why not come and pay the stores of Hatton Garden a visit? All of our stores carry ethically sourced gems of the highest possible quality, and if you truly want to follow in Angelina’s footsteps, you could make a donation to your favourite charity for the equivalent price of your new item. You’ll be looking and feeling good before you know it!

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Jewellery box charity auction raises thousands

Coutts Beautiful BoxesJust a few weeks ago we blogged about the Coutts Beautiful Boxes auction, an eBay auction of donated designer jewellery boxes intended to raise money for Holts Academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden, and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The boxes were designed by big industry names including Alex Monroe, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen and Paul Smith, and sold on the online auction site in order to fund these creative initiatives.

The auction has now taken place, and we are pleased to announce that thousands of pounds were raised for these exceptionally worthy causes. Whilst the total figure is yet to be confirmed, all 21 of the boxes were sold during the week long auction. Several of the pieces sold for upwards of £700, and the most popular box, designed by famed local illustrator Jimboart, sold for an impressive £3,000 during the final minutes of the sales.

Lee Lucas, the director of Holts Academy, commented that “the jewellery boxes are a lasting legacy of this project and in themselves wonderful heirlooms. The funds raised will help to support our apprenticeship scheme, the only scheme in the UK that is government recognised and support a new generation of jewellers to start their careers.”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in this fantastic fundraising event, and look forward to seeing the new generation of jewellers emerge from Holts Academy into the stores of Hatton Garden.

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Planning the perfect proposal

getting-down-on-one-kneeA marriage proposal is probably the most nerve wracking rite of passage that any man (or woman!) will ever have to go through, and there’s a lot of preparation required if you really want to make the moment perfect. If you’re ready to pop the question, but don’t know where to start, check out our tips for planning the perfect proposal!

Choose a personal location

Think about all the places you’ve been together – parks, beaches, landmarks – and choose one that holds memories that both of you cherish. Be warned – The Knot.com says that more than half of women do not want their proposal in a restaurant, so unless your usual dinner location is one of her favourite places in the world, choose something a little more original and creative.

Maintain the ‘surprise’ factor

According to another survey from Men’s Health and The Knot.com, 47% of women say that the ‘surprise’ factor is very important in the proposal, so try not to drop any hints or allude to your intentions, even on the day! Taking her completely by surprise will ensure that it’s a moment that she’ll remember for all of the right reasons.

Their parents’ permission

The same Men’s Health survey also revealed that 60% of women think that their man should ask permission from mum and dad before getting down on one knee. Taking this considerate step shows your intentions to truly become a part of her family, and ensures good relations with the in-laws throughout the whole process.

A dazzling ring!

32% of women say that the biggest proposal mistake you can make is not having an engagement ring with you, so unless you’re 100% certain she wants to choose the ring herself, come prepared! Try to choose a ring that suits her style and personality – not every woman wants a diamond solitaire band, and selecting a band that suits her down to the ground will demonstrate just how well you know her, and make her proud to wear it and become your wife.

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Spring clean your jewellery

diamond-ringsThere may still be a chill in the air outside, but the warmer months are on their way and it’s almost time for a spot of spring cleaning! Whilst you’re clearing out cupboards and scrubbing the floors, don’t forget that your jewellery could also do with a bit of TLC too. Here are some great tips to help you get your favourite pieces shining in no time.

Get it repaired

If you’ve got a necklace with a broken clasp, a pearl bracelet that needs restringing or even a diamond ring that’s fallen prey to a chip, all is not lost! Many of the stores in Hatton Garden offer a jewellery repair service which allows them to put your once loved item back into perfect working order.

Polish it up

If your jewellery isn’t broken or damaged, but has lost its original lustre, purchase a specially formulated jewellery cleaning solution and a soft microfiber cloth and give it a polish to bring out its previous sparkle. If you want a deeper clean or are worried about applying the solution yourself, pop in and see one of Hatton Garden’s jewellers – they’ll be happy to advise on the best methods to get your gold, silver or other precious item back to its former glory.

Store it properly

Now that your jewellery is in tip top shape, it’s important to take steps to ensure that it stays that way! Jewellery storage options range from silk lined pouches to designated jewellery boxes, but no matter which option you choose, it’s time for those days of throwing your pieces on the bedside table to end. Look after your jewellery properly and you’ll be able to enjoy it for many more years to come.

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3 top tips for getting a jewellery valuation

valuersWith gold prices at a near all-time high, there’s never been a better time to sell your old or unwanted jewellery – but if you’re a first timer, it can be difficult to know whether you’re getting a fair price for your piece. Don’t worry – the stores of Hatton Garden are here to help! Here are our top tips for getting your jewellery valued…

Be prepared

Before taking your jewellery to be valued, make sure that it’s looking its best. Polish your piece with a specialised jewellery cleaning solution, and check it over to make sure that there are no loose settings or missing gems. It’s also useful to take any of the original documentation that you may have for the item – this could help the jeweller to assess it fairly and provide an accurate estimate.

Do some research

Look online at the new and second hand prices for the kind of item that you’re selling. Take into account qualities like carat and clarity, and the condition of the piece. This will give you a good idea of a rough figure to expect, so that you’re not too disappointed (or surprised!) with the figure your piece of jewellery receives.

Shop around

Some jewellers may prioritise certain metals, gems and stones more highly than others, so it’s worth visiting a few stores to compare the prices they offer you. Make sure that you choose reputable jewellers with a good track record and level of experience – they’ll be able to give you a realistic assessment of your jewellery and pay you a fair, considerate price for parting with it.

If you’re thinking of getting your jewellery valued, you can find a list of reputable Hatton Garden jewellers who will be happy to help in our jewellery valuations directory.

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