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Assay Assured Hallmarking Statement

Assay Assured Hallmarking Statement

Our commitment to hallmarking.When it comes to manufacturing jewellery and silverware, precious metals (silver, palladium, gold and platinum) are rarely used in their purest form. Instead they are usually alloyed with lesser metals to achieve a desired strength, durability, and colour. It is not possible to detect the precious metal content of an item by sight or by touch. It is, therefore, a legal requirement to have items consisting of silver, palladium, gold or platinum independently t …
15th Jul 2018 | Posted by Assay Assured, Assay Office, Edinburgh
7 Great Books on Jewellery and Gemstones

7 Great Books on Jewellery and Gemstones

These are some of my favourite books on Jewellery and Gemstones. I thought that I’d share them with you.     Understanding Jewellery by David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti. A weighty tome and a must for every jewellery lover. There are 10 glossy chapters of important and simply stunning pieces of jewellery from the late 18 th century to the 21st century, with an extensive foreword of some 50 pages introducing, gemstones, their qualities, treatments and flaws. Don’t worry, …
28th Oct 2017 | Posted by Andy Woodman, www.OphirJewellery.co.uk
Diamond Jewellery Self-Gifting   - New Trends

Diamond Jewellery Self-Gifting - New Trends

New research just published by diamond guru’s, the De Beers Group have identified a shift in the trend of purchasing diamonds.De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver advises “While the giving of diamond jewellery as a token of love and commitment continues to constitute the majority of purchases, it’s encouraging to see these additional sources of demand emerge. It’s also great to see women buying more diamond jewellery for themselves in recognition of their achievements, or simply because they want to …
14th Sep 2017 | Posted by Andy Woodman, Ophir Jewellery
Nobody is Putting their Feet Up as Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo

Nobody is Putting their Feet Up as Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo

Top fashion company Michael Kors is scooping up footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo for just over £1 billion - Choo was valued at around £700 million earlier this year.Jimmy Choo’s assets include 150 company-operated retail stores and 60 franchise stores but have seen a slowing of sales in recent years.Analysts say that this a move upmarket for Michael Kors and may halt the 100 shop closures that were announced by the Kors group in May of this year, and bring some buoyancy t …
28th Jul 2017 | Posted by Andy Woodman, www.Ophir Jewellery.co.uk
Are you One of  the 4% ?   Online Shopping or Retail Store ?  Where DO YOU go ?

Are you One of the 4% ? Online Shopping or Retail Store ? Where DO YOU go ?

If you are 18-to-25 or 61 years + then you are one one of the most committed brick-and-mortar shoppers and love shopping in a physical store compared to shopping online, according to a new report, “The Future of Retail 2017,” by Walker Sands Communications.But nearly 6 our of 10  26-60 year old's prefer shopping online. Overall, nearly half of all consumers now prefer shopping online to doing it in a store, but only 4 % of people don't shop online at all. …
28th Jul 2017 | Posted by Andy Woodman, Ophir Jewellery