Engagement ring superstitions

Engagement rings are a traditional piece of jewellery that have been around for hundreds of years, so it’s unsurprising that there are all sorts of spooky stories about them. Whether you believe in luck, fate and everything in between, or think it’s a load of nonsense, these engagement ring superstitions still make an interesting read!

Don’t let another woman try on your engagement ring

You should never let another woman try on your engagement ring – if you do, legend has it that she’ll try to steal your fiancé! Whilst this may be something of an old wives’ tale, many brides to be prefer to keep their ring to themselves, because they see something special in being the only one who’s ever worn it.

The engagement ring should never be fully removed from your hand

It is supposedly bad luck for a lady to remove her engagement ring completely, even to receive her wedding band during the ceremony. Instead, she should hold her ring fingers tip to tip and slide the engagement ring from the left to the right, and then repeat the process to replace the ring when the service is over.

Make sure you wear it on the correct finger!

Ever since the Egyptian times, engagement rings have been worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, because they believed it contained a vein that was directly connected to the heart. This is a sweet rather than scaremongering superstition, so it can’t hurt to follow it, but ultimately the choice is yours!

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Tresor Paris re-launches Hatton Garden showroom

Tresor Paris is known for its modern, Parisian inspired, crystal studded collections of contemporary jewellery. The brand is continually expanding – so much so that it has recently re-launched a bigger, brighter and better showroom for its pieces, right here in the heart of Hatton Garden.

The event attracted a variety of special guests, including former Eastenders actor Sid Owen, and Capital FM DJ Pandora, who came along to check out the brand’s new and improved showroom offering. The launch also provided an opportunity for Tresor Paris to showcase its ISL watch collection (the brand’s first ever collection of timepieces) to the media.

The ISL design comes in a choice of 13 different colours, with interchangeable bezels to allow users to customise their timepiece – and of course, they’re studded with crystals to keep it in line with Tresor Paris’s signature style! They also have a diamond set into the dial to give that extra touch of luxury.

If you’d like to invest in a Tresor Paris watch for yourself, you can head over to the brand’s previous Grenville Road premises, where it will also continue to operate, or take a trip to the new showroom on Brompton Road. The watches are also available through a variety of chain and independent retailers, so keep your eyes peeled during your next Hatton Garden visit!

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Taking care of your silverware

Smart and shiny silverware can be a lovely addition to any home, but all too often, people aren’t aware of the best way to take care of it – resulting in it become tarnished and dull. This guide to taking care of your silverware will tell you all you need to know to brighten up your bowls and keep your cutlery bright and beautiful – you’ll be amazed how easy it is!

Cleaning
To clean your silverware, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Rinse the item in hot water to remove dust
  2. Line a heat proof dish with aluminium foil
  3. Add 1tbsp baking soda, 1tbsp salt, and 4.5 litres of boiling water to the dish
  4. Submerge your jewellery into the solution, resting them directly on the foil
  5. Once the tarnish has been removed, gently dry the item with a soft cloth

Polishing
Now that your silverware is clean and tarnish free, it’s time to enhance its shine! Invest in a good quality silver polish or cream and buff the item with a soft cotton cloth or cellulose sponge (these materials are recommended because they will not scratch the metal). When you are done, rinse the item under a gentle flow of water and dry it completely with a soft, clean cloth.

Storage
To keep your silverware in the best possible condition when it’s not in use, store it in a clean space away from extreme temperatures. Above all else, ensure that it is dry, as moisture can affect the surface of silver. Keep each item separate to avoid any damage, and they should be ready to use whenever you need them next.

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Hatton Garden jewellery school founder nominated for Everywoman awards

Jessica Rose, founder of the acclaimed London Jewellery School in the heart of Hatton Garden, has been nominated for the prestigious Natwest Everywoman awards. Jessica is in the Artemis category, which recognises the achievements of women aged 25 and under who are running their own businesses.

The London Jewellery School, which Jessica established in 2009, initially offered just one class a month from a community school in Dulwich. However, since moving to Hatton Garden, the school now offers 80 different classes, all taught by professional tutors, and is achieving an annual turnover of almost £500,000.

Karen Gill, co-founder of Everywoman, said of the awards: “We have been fortunate over the past ten years to be introduced to a huge number of inspirational, successful women and this year’s finalists again have wowed us with their achievements. Many more women are turning to enterprise during the economic downturn, realising how satisfying and rewarding it can be and I hope that by highlighting our amazing finalists this year more will be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.”

Jessica’s achievements are certainly worthy of celebration, and everyone here at Hatton Garden will be rooting for her when the winners are announced on 5th December. Good luck Jessica!

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Iconic film star jewellery

Jewellery has been a popular fashion statement for hundreds, if not thousands of years. However, some of Hollywood’s classic stars helped to popularise certain styles and stones. Here is our guide to some of history’s most fabulous jewellery and the women who made it famous.

Marilyn Monroe – diamonds

After singing the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn sealed her fate as the spokesperson for these sparkling stones. She was often seen dripping in diamonds both on and off the big screen, and her wedding ring from husband Joe DiMaggio, which was adorned with 35 baguette cut diamonds, went to auction with a sale price of around $500,000.

Audrey Hepburn – pearls

Audrey Hepburn popularised pearls when she wore a multi stranded pearl necklace during her role as Holly Golightly in the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffanys. Contemporary designers will still reference Hepburn when coming up with their pearl creations, citing her as responsible for the classic vintage feel that they bring.

Judy Garland – rubies

Ever since Judy Garland wore sparkling ruby slippers in the classic film The Wizard of Oz, no childhood has been complete without a glittering trip down the yellow brick road. Her entire Dorothy outfit is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, just a short tube ride from Hatton Garden. Why not pay a visit and see the shoes for yourself?

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