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”