Most Commonly Needed Jewellery Repairs

Having previously talked about the most common watch repairs we see on a daily basis, we are now turning our attention to the most commonly needed jewellery repairs. We see a lot of these issues, so our years of knowledge and expertise really come out to play when it comes to fixing your beloved pieces of .

We can repair these and more, so take a look at what we can do for you if you choose Martins of Glasgow: Read more

Alternatives to Engagement Rings

An engagement is a day you will never forget. Romantic, memorable and breath-taking in all the right ways. As such, you want to be sure that you get one of the most important aspects of the day correct: the ring.

 

However, what do you buy for a woman that, for some reason or another, does not like wearing rings? It can be a delicate issue to confront, as the ring is such a hallowed aspect of the tradition of engagement. Yet there are options that you can find which match the sacred tradition of the engagement ring, without actually being a ring. As the symbolism behind the gift, whether a ring, earrings, necklace or other, is still the same.

So, what pieces of jewellery can you use to mark the day in lieu of – or alongside – the typical engagement ring?

Earrings

One of the first options for an alternative engagement ring that you have is that of earrings. This choice can add an extra sparkle to the day, giving your love a memorable engagement gift that will look stunning both on a regular day and the eventual wedding day. Read more

Most Commonly Needed Watch Repairs

There are many things that can happen to your piece that may mean you need to seek repairs, whether it’s an expensive watch or not. In such a case, seeking trained professionals such as those at Martins of Glasgow is integral for keeping your watch in perfect working order.

 

So, what are some common watch repair issues and how can they be solved?

Movement Issues

Issues with the movement are the major reason that people find themselves having to find a watch repair service. Dirt and irritants can build up inside the movements, which can have a major impact on the fine balance of the technology inside the movement. Any amount of dirt can cause major performance issues if lodged between the parts, believe it or not.

As such, you should regularly service your watch at regular intervals in order to avoid these issues. This should be done to clean the movement completely and all seals need to be replaced in the same session in order to protect the movement from irritants. Read more

The Most Expensive Jewellery Pieces in the World

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. We all know that wearing expensive jewellery gives us a feel-good factor and a high-priced piece of sparkle can definitely complete any look.

The higher the price of the piece, the more sought after and precious it normally is. From million pound watches to thousands of dollars’ worth of diamonds, we all dream for the perfect piece of jewellery, but does it break the bank? We’ve counted down some of the priciest labels on some of the most glamorous jewels.

1.Briolette Diamond Necklace

This stunning piece of craftsmanship has a flawless briolette diamond as its centrepiece and weighs a jaw-dropping 75.36 carats. Complementing the Briolette, a Marquise diamond of a purple/pink shade wraps around the jewel. Surrounding it are smaller briolette diamonds which are set on a white gold chain, weighing another 18 carats.

When this piece was put up for auction, it expected to bring in $8.5 million and went on to sell for $11.1 to be one of the most expensive jewellery pieces in the entire jewel-encrusted world. Read more

Spotlight On: Breitling SA

A Swiss watchmaker based in Grenchen, Switzerland, was founded in 1884 by Leon Breitling. The reputation of this brand was made as it became the go-to precision watchmaker for aviators. At such precarious heights, precision is key and as such Breitling have forged a reputation on helping pilots fly high with confidence.

With such a long history, this is a watch brand with both prestige and quality sewn into the fabric of their brand. Read more

Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is only on the 26h of March, but choosing a gift shouldn’t be a last-minute decision. When it comes to jewellery, planning ahead can give you the necessary time to decide on a unique piece, have something resized or pick out the perfect accessory.

At Martins of Glasgow, we provide jewellery services that can help you attain the jewellery piece you’re envisioning, so take a look at what we can offer just in time for Mother’s Day:

Remodel a Piece

Sometimes, the best gift can be transforming a sentimental piece into something extraordinary. Jewellery remodelling can provide you with the perfect gift, as it allows you to take a jewellery piece (or materials/components of a piece) that is not used anymore and elevate it to new heights. Whether it’s because the piece is no longer fashionable or because the wearer may not like it anymore, remodelling can provide the right solution. Read more

Spotlight On: Jewellery Remodelling

Jewellery remodelling is more common than you may think! Many people have inherited jewellery and wish to change them according to their own tastes – or may even have unwanted jewellery that is not their style anymore.

Instead of selling the pieces, or keeping them but not enjoying them anymore (in the case of jewellery with sentimental value), remodelling can be the answer.

Why Should You Choose Remodelling?

This is because jewellery remodelling will offer you a whole new item made from the materials of jewellery you already have and don’t wear – whether because it’s damaged, unfashionable or simply not your personal preference. Redesigning your jewellery will not detract from its value, be it sentimental or financial; in fact, it can even add to it!

There are no drawbacks to taking your old pieces and using them to create a new jewellery piece that you can wear every day. Read more

The Most Expensive Watches in the World

Watches should be thought of as an investment; many people buy them with the view to give them to their children later in life. However, there’s no right or wrong price to pay for a watch – it’s all down to personal preference.

There are some extremely exquisite watches available, which should definitely be thought of as heirloom quality; their price tag alone should make people sit up and take note! Here are just some of the most expensive (and, sometimes, iconic) watches in the world; we hope these will be handed down to the next generations!

Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon

With a price starting at $620,000 (around £494,102), this watch is definitely a contender for being a heirloom piece.

Created when Bulgari wanted to integrate the brand Gerald Genta into its collection, this intricately designed watch is considered to be one of the most complicated models that Bulgari have created.

Using the Tourbillon regulation system and chiming function which is enhanced by the case’s “magsonic” alloy material, the sounds that this watch can make are beautiful.

The movement is incredibly impressive too; with over 900 hand-finished pieces, we’d love to take a look at this watch – but with that price, we’d probably be hesitant to even hold it. Read more

Spotlight On: Longines

Here at Martins of Glasgow we are a fan of all things mechanical, but especially the magnificence produced by some of the premier watch brands from across the world. One of these brands is Longines; a brand which holds the oldest registered trademark as a watchmaker with its winged hourglass.

They are famed for their Aviator style watchers and are one of the speciality brands that we repair in our shop.

So, what is the rich history of the Longines brand and why is it so well celebrated?

History

Just like Breitling, Longines is a Swiss brand. Founded in 1832, the Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon S.A. was founded and over its long history has become one of the world’s leading watchmakers. The watch company has celebrated 185 years of excellence as of 2017.

The company began as a result of the ambition of Auguste Agassiz, who began his career working in a store that traded in watch parts in a small hamlet of Switzerland, Saint-Imier. From simply trading in parts, he moved on to fully manufacturing watches and even began trade in far-flung areas of the world such as the Americas. An amazing feat from someone who had simply began his career in trading parts! Read more

Repair vs. Replace: What Should You Do With Your Watch?

These days, when our personal belongings appear to break, we have grown used to throwing them out and replacing them at little cost. This ‘throwaway society’ isn’t just bad for our pockets; it’s bad for the environment too. Of course in some instances, your shoe, sock or even an item of jewellery may simply be beyond repair, but very often items can be fixed; most notably, watches.

 

Family Heirlooms

Watches are one of the most commonly passed-down family heirlooms and this owes a lot to two factors. Firstly because they are easy to repair by someone in the know, increasing their working longevity, and secondly because they are often treasured personal items that fondly remind descendants of a deceased relation.

If you have a good quality watch that you would like to pass down to your children or grandchildren, it’s certainly worth repairing it when it breaks. Read more