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Understanding Hallmarks

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This weeks Blog from Jay’s Jewellery is all about hallmarking, the legalities and how it protects you.Hallmarking dates back to 1300 when Kind Edward I instituted the assaying of precious metals.The act of Hallmarking is to have a independent test a material to ensure it meets the minimum requires in order to;A - Protect the consumer so that they can guarantee they are receiving what has been described.B - Protect the Jeweller/Retailer from unfair competition. In other words, protection from those who could potentially wish to mislead consumers.So, what do all this funny numbers and markings mean?There are 3 legal...

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Citrine & Topaz - The Birthstone For November

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Jay’s Jewellery latest blog on birthstones.November is lucky enough to have two birthstones, Citrine and Topaz.Citrine Citrine colour ranges from a light or pale yellow right through to fiery orange. It is part of the Quartz family of gemstones and so is quite durable, sitting at 7 on the MOHs scales of hardness, making it suitable for daily wear.Citrine is often regarded as a healing gemstone for its ability to soothe and relax people or remove negative thoughts and feelings. The Chinese also believe it creates wealth and prosperity.TopazTopaz comes in a range of colours including yellow, which is perhaps...

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Jewellery Hacks That Everyone Needs To Know

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Jay's Jewellery Here again sharing some jewellery tips you really need to know and share with others! How frustrating is it to have a knot in a fine chain and spend what seems like forever trying to pick it out? Well we have the answer, Talcum Powder (Baby Powder). Yes it is true. Sprinkle a little of this magic powder over the knotted area, unfold a couple of paper clips (or similar fine object) and use to tease the knot out. The talcum powder acts as a lubricant to reduce friction and allow the knot to come loose. Silver naturally tarnishes...

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Opal - The Birthstone Of October

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Here's Jay’s Jewellery take on this months Birthstone, Opal.Opal, is believed to originate from the Greek word Opallios, meaning, ‘to see a change in colour.’Australia is the main source of all different colours and types of Opal, approximately 95% of the worlds supply. Aborigines believed that the earths creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving colourful ‘rainbow like’ opals where ever his feet touched. Sir Walter Scott’s book, ‘Ann Of Geierstein’ fro, 1829 soon changed how opals luck was perceived. The princess wore a opal which changed colour with her mood, until a drop of holy water touched it...

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What Is Jay's Jewellery All About?

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Who are they? What do they do? What are their values?I am James Harris, but I prefer Jay, hence Jay's Jewellery. I have worked in the Jewellery Industry for around 10 years now, in both very well known High Street retail Jewellers as Management and independent manufacturing jewellers as Management.This background affords me some very unique experience. On the retail side I have the experience of customer satisfaction, how clients should be treated. On the independent retailer side I have the technical, manufacturing knowledge.Combining this experience I feel I had a great insight as to what customers want. Before I...

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