What Is The Difference Between A Cross And A Crucifix?

What Is The Difference Between A Cross And A Crucifix

The words cross and crucifix are so often used interchangeably that it is useful to know the difference between the two terms – especially when purchasing jewellery. Crosses and crucifixes are both signs of faith for Christians, and are also worn by many non-Christians for cultural or style reasons. Here are the differences… Continue reading “What Is The Difference Between A Cross And A Crucifix?”

A Great Gift Idea For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the UK this year falls on Sunday 11th March 2018. It is always the third Sunday in Lent, halfway between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Traditionally, people are allowed a break from their Lenten observances (e.g. giving up chocolate) on Mother’s Day. It is also the perfect opportunity to treat your mum and let her know how special she is to you.

Pieces of jewellery of all types are popular Mother’s Day gifts. We have a beautiful range of pendants, lockets and rings to suit every taste, and it isn’t too late to order a bespoke piece or customise jewellery and have it in time for Mother’s Day. Continue reading “A Great Gift Idea For Mother’s Day”

5 Of The Best Masonic Ring Styles In 2018

For Freemasons, masonic rings and other pieces of jewellery are important symbols of personal identity. They represent the wearer’s affiliation with the Freemasons and identify the wearer to other members. Some masonic rings include general Masonic symbols, such as the set square and compasses, while others symbolise specific lodges, degrees or orders within Freemasonry. Many Masonic groups commission bespoke rings with a unique design for all members of the community to wear.

When purchasing a ring for a Freemason as a gift it is useful to know some details of their membership. Freemasonry can be bewildering to non-masons, so do ask! Continue reading “5 Of The Best Masonic Ring Styles In 2018”

Metal Guide

Precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum are the perfect way to express your emotions or make a personal statement to a loved one. Alternative metals like titanium and stainless steel are also very popular in the world of fine jewellery. With over 30 years experience, British Jewellery Workshops are pleased to bring you this fun and informative guide to precious and alternative metals and how they are used to make your jewellery. Continue reading “Metal Guide”

Gemstone Guide Menu

Introduction To Gemstones

Not only are gemstones stunning, they are incredibly fascinating! A gemstone is a mineral or naturally occurring material that is durable enough to be carved, polished and cut to create beautiful pieces of jewellery and lustrous adornments. Diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire are considered precious stones, while the other stones fit into a semi-precious category; however they are all as wonderfully beautiful as each other.

When choosing gemstones for jewellery, the eye catching colour is generally the most notable physical feature. Each stone has a unique crystalline structure and how this composition interacts with light determines the optical properties of each and every gem and the appearance of its colour. It is this uniqueness and the organic nature of gemstones that makes them so precious to own.

There are many traditions associated with the usage and giving of gemstones although these can differ by culture and many of their origins are unknown. For instance, many believe that the agate gemstone protects against the evil eye and pearls are for health, wealth and good luck. Continue reading “Gemstone Guide Menu”

Caring For Your Jewellery

Whether you’re caring for an expensive item, a special gift with sentimental value, or just your favourite piece, we all want to keep our jewellery looking as polished as the day it was purchased. Caring for your jewellery is important.

Regular polishing of all gold, silver, platinum, palladium and other jewellery with a specialist spray and a soft cloth, will keep it looking shiny and pristine.

If your jewellery needs repairing, re-plating or polishing, you can send it to us at British Jewellery Workshops store and ask for our repair service.

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Treat Yourself To Something A Little Special In Our New Year Sale

Many people receive gifts of money at Christmas, which as often as not simply disappears into the overdraft, or gets frittered away on milk and bread. Make this year a bit different! Starting on Christmas Day and running until the end of March 2018, we are running an exclusive New Year sale – with fantastic discounts on all products through our online store. Continue reading “Treat Yourself To Something A Little Special In Our New Year Sale”

Case Study: Glastonbury Locket

 

The Brief

A client approached us with a budget of £300 seeking a unique, personalised wedding day gift for his fiancée. Our brief entailed designing and creating a white metal locket in a contemporary style, to symbolise the couple’s shared connection with Glastonbury Festival. Having attended Glastonbury together every year throughout their relationship, the iconic Pyramid Stage was a place of special significance for the couple. Continue reading “Case Study: Glastonbury Locket”

Top Features to Consider When Buying Custom Signet Rings for Men

Amongst the options available is a range of stunning signet rings, which are ideal for men who want to treat themselves to some quality jewellery or for women who wish to purchase a special gift for their partners.

Whether you are buying a men’s signet ring for yourself or whether you are buying one as a gift for a loved one, there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration. This can help to ensure you make the right choice and that you purchase the perfect signet ring at the right price. With a wide range of signet rings available, you can find one that is perfectly suited to your needs by taking these factors into account.

What to consider when looking for a custom signet ring

One way to ensure that you get the perfect signet ring is to opt for a custom ring, which means that the item of jewellery you get will be perfectly suited to your needs. Some of the factors that you should take into consideration include:

  • The design of the ring: If you are opting for a custom signet ring, you need to consider the design of the jewellery. This includes the metal and the precious stones that you opt for.
  • The cost of the ring: The cost of men’s signet rings can vary, so you need to take the price into consideration when making this type of purchase. However, you should also make sure you take the quality of the jewellery into account, rather than just focusing on price.
  • Where you buy the ring from: Another thing to consider is the retailer from which you purchase the signet ring. Look for a reputable retailer that is known for the level of quality and service provided as well as for the cost of the jewellery.
  • The size of the ring: It is important to consider the size of the ring that you purchase as it needs to be a comfortable fit. If you are buying the ring as a gift, you will need to try and find out the ring size of the recipient in order to ensure you get the right size.
  • Delivery: If you’re considering buying the signet ring online, you also need to take the delivery date into consideration, particularly if you are purchasing it for a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas. This will help to ensure you get the ring delivered on time.
  • Time-scales: If you’re having a custom signet ring made, you also need to look at the time-scales involved to ensure you can get the ring made in time.

All of these are important factors that you should take into consideration when purchasing a signet ring. By taking these things into account, you can boost the chances of being able to get the perfect ring at the right price and from a reputable and reliable retailer.

Handmade Celtic Jewellery for Men – What to Spend

If you are planning to treat yourself to some handmade Celtic jewellery, or you want to buy some for the special man in your life, it is important to take a number of factors into consideration. This includes looking at the amount you plan to spend.

Of course, budget is something that most people have to be mindful of these days. This means that you need to pay careful attention to cost when buying men’s Celtic jewellery. However, you also need to make sure that you do not skimp on quality in order to cut costs. This means striking a balance between cost and quality in order to get real value for money.

Paying for quality

One thing to bear in mind when paying for handmade jewellery that has been designed and created by experts, is you may have to pay a little more than you would if you were ‘buying off the shelf’. However, when you invest in this type of jewellery, whether for yourself or for a loved one, you will be investing in high quality and a stunning finish that can be treasured for years to come.

As is the case with anything else that you purchase, you should still make sure you do your research and look for the most cost-effective prices. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you are looking for the perfect Celtic jewellery for men. These include:

The quality of the product:

In order to ensure you have jewellery that is designed to last, you need to take into consideration the quality of the Celtic jewellery you are buying. While the cost is important, you should ensure you do not compromise on quality in order to save money.

The cost implications:

The cost of purchasing this type of product is important to most people. You need to take the cost of the jewellery into consideration and make sure you can get value for money on the product.

The design of the jewellery:

Another thing you need to consider is the design of the jewellery you are purchasing. You can select from a range of different designs when it comes to handmade Celtic jewellery, so you need to make sure the item you buy is going to appeal to you or the person you are purchasing for.

The retailer:

It is also important to ensure you buy your jewellery from a reputable and established company, as this will help to ensure you benefit from quality products, as well as excellent service.

Taking all of these factors into consideration will make it easier to get the men’s Celtic jewellery you want at an affordable price. It can also help to ensure that you purchase your jewellery from a reliable and reputable company that can provide you with exceptional products at affordable prices.