Lance James the Jewellers | Blog

11/11/2019

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

01/11/2019
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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

18/10/2019
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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

04/10/2019
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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

13/09/2019
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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

05/09/2019
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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

14/08/2018
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WHY ARE GENT’S WEDDING RINGS SO FAR DOWN THE LIST OF WEDDING PRIORITIES?

“if you are planning a wedding (or know someone who is) … please read on” It’s no coincidence that during the summer months, we seem to get lots of enquiries for Gents wedding rings; and strangely, they all seem to need them yesterday! Come on Guys – you booked your venue months ago and I’m sure one of the first things your bride did, was start looking for her wedding dress. We get it – maybe the Groom’s ring got pushed down the wedding priority list.  Or perhaps the thought... Read More

20/04/2018
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The Royal Wedding – Predictions On What Jewellery Look We May See On Both Meghan & Harry!

Meghan’s current existing jewellery look is very minimalist and elegant with a contemporary twist and we are certain this will be reflected in her jewellery look on her wedding day. Image Source: Getty / Max Mumby/Indigo With Meghan’s main jewellery love being for stack rings – having been seen wearing rings on her thumbs, index fingers and middle fingers on a number of different occasions, we predict that she may still include her quirky ring style on the big day.  Either going for a number of thin plain and diamond set... Read More