Lance James the Jewellers | Blog


Keeping you safe during COVID-19

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited our stores since the government announced the re-opening of local businesses. It has been great to see some familiar faces back in store, as well as meeting new customers too! We know life feels quite different right now, and many people are still a little wary of heading out to the shops, but we would like to show you what measures we have put in place to keep you safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. We will... Read More

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What metal should I choose for an engagement ring?

When you think about engagement rings, the first thoughts are always about the stone.  But after the potential proposer has decided between the classic diamond or a coloured gemstone for this emotionally significant piece of jewellery, they may be stumped by the different choices of metal.   With care and regular maintenance checks, the precious metals of platinum, palladium and gold should all last you a lifetime, plus they do not tarnish.  Following years of stability, the metal markets have fluctuated massively in recent years and so preconceptions about price may... Read More


Christmas Gift Guide 2019

If you’re looking for a special Christmas gift for someone or planning to propose over the festive season, then you’ll probably be thinking about jewellery. Whatever your budget, we have plenty of beautiful pieces to choose from, so we’ve selected a few pieces from our bestselling brands to give you an idea of what’s popular at the moment. Virtue London Contemporary jewellery designer Virtue London’s sterling silver jewellery is designed to be collectable. So, whether you’re looking for stack rings, lockets or beautiful earrings like these Feather Drops Studs, you’ll... Read More


Top 7 Trends in Men’s Weddings Rings

For many years, men’s wedding ring design varied little from the plain bands that first appeared during WW2. But in the last 30 years, there has been an explosion in this retail sector and now Grooms are stealing the show! Without the restriction of need to match an engagement ring, Grooms are willing to explore alternative metals, cutting edge designs and unique new ideas. Here are the latest top 7 trends for men’s wedding rings. 1. MODERN MATERIAL Gone are the days when the only choice for a Groom would... Read More


The History of the Wedding Ring – Part Two

Following the wonderfully romantic Poesy ring of the Early Middle Ages and the modest beginnings of gem set rings, Jewellers in the Late Middle Ages continued to push the boundaries to create the most coveted wedding rings. The Puzzle Ring (Gimmel) As jewellery technology advanced during this time, the Gimmel ring made its first appearance.  From the Latin ‘gemellus’ meaning twin, it was made up of two interlocking rings, worn as one, to represent the union of two lovers.  Often repeating the clasped hand motif of the fede ring, these... Read More


The History of the Wedding Ring – Part One

From ancient times to the modern-day, mankind has enjoyed a unique connection with jewellery, especially rings.  Few would disagree that the most emotionally significant piece of jewellery most people will ever own is their wedding ring but when did this tradition begin?  Throughout history, rings have been used as a personal talisman or a protective charm; they could seal a business contract or pledge one’s love to another.  This blog explores the intriguing evolution of the wedding ring which has long been imbued with unique symbolism and emotive power.  By... Read More


Learning about all things Pearls!

This month, our in-store Gemologist, Anna, attended a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Pearl Grading course after being offered a GIA scholarship.  The course was being run by Anu Manchanda, DGA, FGA, GIA GG, a very well known figure in the gemology world.  “I attended another course with Anu and found her so enthusiastic and energetic that she inspired me to become a Valuer” said Anna, “so naturally I jumped at the chance of learning more from her”. In the heart of the historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, the course was... Read More

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Why has my wedding ring “scratched” so soon?

It’s an exciting time – you have just got married and you are happily showing off your ring to family and friends when you notice small marks on your brand new ring.  Firstly, please be assured that this is totally normal.  All precious metals pick up small marks and scratches as part of everyday wear.  Scratching is not a reflection on the quality of the metal. As soon as any precious metal comes into contact with any hard surface, marks will appear.  Keys, door handles, shopping trolleys and even abrasive... Read More