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What is a hallmark and does all gold jewellery need one?

In the UK, it is a legal requirement that any gold jewellery being sold has an official hallmark from one of the four Assay Offices in the UK. The hallmark, a mark stamped on jewellery to certify the purity of gold, silver, platinum or palladium, is applied to jewellery after they have been ...

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What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

The Princess Cut is one of the most popular diamond shapes and looks like a square version of the brilliant round cut. The design itself is similar to an inverted pyramid and when placed into the ring’s setting the diamond’s square appearance features clean, straight sides that helps create ...

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What is a Halo Ring?

The halo ring is a style that first made its debut in the 1920s. The setting itself features a central gemstone that is surrounded typically by diamonds, but other coloured stones can also be used. This helps draw more attention to the main piece and can give it a larger appearance. For example, ...

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What kind of ring do you propose with?

A common misconception is that wedding and engagement rings are the same, but they are different pieces of jewellery to celebrate different moments in a relationship. Traditionally, an engagement ring is the ring you give when you’re proposing and then during the wedding, you exchange the wedding ...

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What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is a beautiful piece of jewellery that takes precious metals such as platinum or gold and sets several diamonds around them. With origins that can be traced back to the Egyptian era, the eternity ring has been a symbol of everlasting love for centuries. With some suggesting it as...

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Why are platinum rings more valuable than gold?

When it comes to picking a metal for your engagement or wedding ring, platinum is typically a more expensive choice. The main reason for this is that precious metals are priced by weight and platinum is much denser than gold, so any platinum jewellery will weigh more. Another reason why platinum ...

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What is the Difference Between White Gold and Platinum?

White gold and platinum may look similar in appearance as they provide a ring with a white sheen that helps enhance a diamond’s sparkle. However, the main difference lies in their natural state. Platinum naturally has a white colour while gold is naturally yellow. In order to create a white gold ...

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The pros and cons of platinum rings

Platinum is considered one of the rarer metals across the world. While approximately 1,500 tonnes of gold are mined annually, only 160 tonnes of platinum are excavated from a few locations, with roughly half of this going to industrial use. With platinum being one of the world’s scarcest metals...

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How to find your partner’s ring size

When you’re planning to propose to your partner, you typically want to try and keep it a secret. You also want to make sure that the proposal is perfect and knowing the size of the engagement ring you need is part of creating a special piece of jewellery. If the engagement ring is not the right...

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Do you wear your engagement ring when you get married?

From the proposal you may have worn your engagement ring every day. However, with your wedding a few days away, you may wonder what to do with the engagement ring during the ceremony. If you’re unsure about the etiquette behind wearing an engagement ring when you get married, the quick answer ...

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