the pros and cons of remodelling jewellery

The Pros and Cons of Remodelling Jewellery

Remodelling jewellery is becoming more fashionable as time goes by. More and more people are leaning towards this trend to get pieces that they are more likely to use and care about. People praise the trend for its many good benefits but is it all good news, or is there a bad side to this idea?

What Does it Mean to Remodel Jewellery?

Remodelling or remaking jewellery is the act of taking an old or broken piece of jewellery and turning it into something new that you will want to wear. Here are a few examples:

  • Take a stone or gem from an old ring, earring, or necklace and set it in an entirely new made-to-order piece. 
  • Melting down an old piece and remodelling it into a completely new shape or style. 
  • Melting down or reshaping a variety of older pieces to make one new piece. For example, melting down pieces of broken necklace chains to make a single necklace. 
  • Taking a piece and changing its shape or the way the stones are set on it gives it a completely new look. 

The Pros of Remodelling Jewellery

There are many good reasons to consider remodelling jewellery. 


In a world where recycling is becoming a more urgent matter, remodelling jewellery is seen as another way to recycle. 

Instead of digging in the earth to find new precious stones, people use what they have to hand to make new pieces. This is helping the planet to be more sustainable.

Emotional Attachments

If you are a widow who has lost a husband or a child who has lost parents, you would often keep the rings as a memento. Chances are the rings never fit correctly, but you never want to leave them in a drawer or somewhere out of sight. 

Remodelling jewellery allows you to turn those pieces into something you can actually wear. Whether that means resizing them or turning them into a completely new piece that you can wear with pride, it enables you to take that memory of them with you everywhere you go. 

The Broken Jewellery Box

If you are one of these people with a jewellery box that holds the few pieces you wear and another jewellery box full of broken pieces, old pieces, and pieces missing stones, remodelling is for you. 

Remodelling allows you to breathe life into these old, lost, and forgotten pieces. Some of which may carry family history and timeless memories. You don’t need to let them waste away to nothing in an old box. Remodelling will make you proud to wear these pieces once more. 

The Cons of Remodelling Jewellery

There is only one con to remodelling jewellery—the cost. 

Essentially, when you place an order for a piece of jewellery to be remodelled, you are asking for a bespoke piece. A piece that is unique to be made for you and you alone. Why does this incur such a cost?

Think about all the work that has to go into this piece. 

First, there is the design process where the piece must be designed and measured. Then there is the labour involved. This is time-consuming work. Working with jewellery is fiddly and needs expert hands to complete successfully. Then there are problems that might arise. The original piece may have unexpected damage; the new piece might need specific gems to be sourced, etc. 

All these little things together create a higher cost. But remember, the piece you get at the end is unique to you, making this a very personal and worthwhile journey. 

Do You want to Remodel a piece of Jewellery?

If you wish to have some jewellery remade or remodelled, please do not hesitate to contact either Gail or Martin at Martins Jewellers in Glasgow. Our expert staff can help you to design the perfect piece for your treasured memories or family history. 

You can reach us on our contact us page or call 0141 946 6333.

What does it mean to remake jewellery

What Does it Mean to Remake Jewellery?

Remaking jewellery is the new trend that seems to be here to stay. It is not a new concept and has been used for many years, but due to the concerns about the health of our planet and its limited resources, remaking jewellery is fast becoming a popular option. 

But what is it?

Creating Something New out of Something Old

Since the days of old, people have been creating new out of old. Whether that be turning those old jeans into a new pair of shorts, turning old tyres into new flowerpots, or turning old pieces of furniture into something trendy. 

Remaking or remodelling jewellery runs on the same basis. 

You take something old, pull it apart, and fix it up in a new and fantastic way. 

When it comes to jewellery this could mean that you are turning old rings into a pendant necklace or changing the way the gems are set on your favourite ring. It could be turning earrings into matching bracelets or melting down the gold from a bracelet and making a pair of earrings. 

The Reasoning Behind the Approach

There are a few reasons why you may want to remake jewellery. 

  1. You have loads of broken bits.

Your jewellery box has the odd piece you love wearing, then it has broken chains, a ring that doesn’t fit, old bangles, earrings with missing stones and pendants that are out of date. 

Of course, you could buy more. But with all the concern about the planet and all the focus on recycling an idea hits you. You can remake the jewellery. 

By taking these broken and old pieces to a jewellery store you can arrange for them to design and create new pieces from the bits that you have. Not only will you be recycling, but you will also be getting new unique pieces that no one else has. You will be retaining the history and the memory of what those pieces used to be, and you will no longer have those broken bits littering the bottom of your jewellery box. 

  1. Memory and Gifted Pieces

It is not unusual for someone to remake or remodel pieces that have been gifted to them or left to them by family or friends. This could be a memento from your family, an old brooch from your elderly neighbour, or a ring that was gifted that never quite fit your finger. Such items often find their way into the jewellers with requests to be remade. 

Once that request is made it will go through a very careful design process. It is important to the jewellers that you get a piece you can be proud of, especially if they are remaking a memento like your parents’ wedding rings. 

  1. Alterations

Remake doesn’t always mean destroy and rebuild. If you were to remake a sofa you may only be re-upholstering it, so it looks both new and fresh. Alterations are this type of remake. The most common alteration for a piece of jewellery is requested is for the engagement ring. 

This can be for something as simple as changing the way the stones are set. Changing a setting, especially on an older family heirloom ring, is most often done to add a modern touch and allow more light to shine on the stones. 

Do You Have Something That Can Be Remade?

If you wish to have some jewellery remade or remodelled, please do not hesitate to contact either Gail or Martin at Martins Jewellers in Glasgow. You can reach us through the contact us page or by calling 0141 946 6333.

Is Vintage Jewellery a Sound Investment?

Is Vintage Jewellery a Sound Investment?

Owning vintage or antique jewellery means owning a small piece of history. And there are many unique pieces to be found.

It’s one thing to purchase vintage jewellery because you love it but another to purchase it as an investment. Is it a good investment at all?

Here is what you should consider.

Vintage vs Antique Jewellery

Vintage and antique jewellery is not one and the same. Vintage jewellery is anything that was created 20 – 100 years ago. Anything older than that is considered antique. It’s important to know the jewellery manufacturing date because antique pieces are usually more expensive.

Other factors that can influence the price include the signature of the watch’s designer or an official date stamp.

Now that you know whether a piece is vintage or antique, how can you tell whether it’s authentic?

Signs of Authentic Vintage Jewellery

Before you commit to buying vintage jewellery, you need to make sure it’s authentic. One of the best ways to do this is to have it evaluated by a professional.

An expert will know what defining characteristics to look out for and can easily spot counterfeit stones. Hallmarks is something else to look out for as this is proof the jewellery is indeed valuable.

It’s essential to only deal with certified jewellers and auction houses when evaluating vintage pieces.

Here are some further details on what you can expect during a jewellery appraisal.

Is Vintage Jewellery a Worthwhile Investment?

This is not a black and white answer because the demand for vintage jewellery tends to fluctuate. If you are serious about investing, opt for something from a timeless designer as these brands tend to retain their value. This is due to the quality of the jewellery as well as the brand recognition.

If you aren’t particularly interested in a well-known brand, pay careful attention to the design of the piece as well as the raw materials used. This too can determine how valuable a piece will be over time.

The only other factor that makes vintage jewellery a good investment is the uniqueness of the piece. If you can find a one-of-a-kind piece, there’s a better chance of it being worth your money.

If you are going to invest, take the time to find the best possible piece for your budget and do as much research as possible – it will be well worth the effort.

If you require assistance with jewellery appraisals, contact Martin at  Or Gail, at

Jewellery Appraisals: What to Expect

Jewellery Appraisals: What to Expect

Fine jewellery can be one of the best investments you make, provided it’s appraised and insured. In fact, it’s recommended that you have your jewellery appraised every few years to account for changes in the market.

If you aren’t familiar with the process, here is what you need to know.

Jewellery Appraisal Explained

Monetary value is just some of the information that an appraisal offers. Once your jewellery is officially evaluated, you will receive a detailed document that includes details on every aspect of the piece.

You can arrange an appraisal for your own information but in most instances, an appraisal is an insurance requirement. An appraisal is also recommended if you are planning to sell your jewellery.

The Jewellery Appraisal Process: What to Expect


The first thing you need to do is find a professional who can assist you with the appraisal. It’s recommended that you spend some time on research to find someone who is qualified, experienced and has a sound reputation.

The appraiser will need as much information as possible about the piece, so find any details that you can. The required details will include the type of jewellery, where it was purchased and what it is made of.

It is also best to mention why you want the piece appraised.

The Appointment

For the physical appointment, you will need to bring the jewellery as well as any paperwork along with you. Before the appraisal begins, get the appraiser to explain the methods and grading system that will be used. Several different factors are generally considered during the appraisal, which should be explained to you.


Upon completion of the appraisal, you can expect to receive a detailed document with the full results. This is what you will use to either insure or sell the jewellery. Know that it’s not uncommon to seek a second opinion if you feel that the value of the jewellery is deemed too low.

The Cost of a Jewellery Appraisal

In most instances, you can expect to pay a flat fee for every piece you want to evaluate. Some professionals charge by the hour though, which is why it helps to shop around.

Appraisal fees depend on the complexity of the piece, as well as the value of the jewellery.

Pay attention to fees that seem too good to be true – you might be dealing with an inexperienced appraiser.

In Conclusion

If you own valuable jewellery, it’s always a good idea to have an accurate appraisal on hand, which is why it’s wise to get an updated appraisal every three to five years.

At Martin’s of Glasgow, our appraisal areas of expertise are jewellery, watches and clocks.

We are insured through T H March & Co Limited, Chartered Insurance Brokers for both our business and personal arrangements. If you require obligation-free advice on how best to protect your home and personal jewellery, why not give them a call on 01822 855555 quoting AM157T.

You can find out more about our valuation services here.

4 of the Most Common Jewellery Mistakes to Avoid

4 of the Most Common Jewellery Mistakes to Avoid

When jewellery becomes a part of your everyday life, it’s much easier to make a few common mistakes – mistakes that can ruin your favourite pieces.

Jewellery will always be subject to general wear and tear, but there are steps you can take to ensure you don’t cause unnecessary damage.

Since we regularly assist clients with jewellery repair, we know what mistakes are made most often, which is why we’ve created this quick list.

Common Jewellery Mistakes to Avoid

1. Failing to Remove Your Jewellery.

Never removing your jewellery is one of the first mistakes to avoid – this includes your wedding ring. Over time, all the products you use on your skin and around the house will leave a residue on your jewellery, which eventually damages the metal and the settings. Make a point of removing your jewellery anytime it might come into contact with harsh chemicals, especially household cleaners and chlorine.

2. Forgetting to Clean Your Jewellery.

Even if you remember to remove your jewellery most of the time, chemicals and dirt can still build up. It’s important to clean your jewellery every once in a while, if you want it to last for as long as possible. Remember to stay away from harsh soaps and abrasive materials when cleaning your jewellery as this can cause damage. If possible, have your favourite pieces cleaned by a professional for the best results.

3. Failing to Maintain Your Jewellery.

If you ever notice a loose or bent setting, it’s important to contact a professional about a repair right away. All too often, people try to repair their jewellery at home using a DIY video, which only causes further damage. If you’re worried about cost, know that most basic jewellery repairs are more affordable than you might think. Contacting a professional is going to save you time and money. Plus, the sooner you repair your jewellery, the sooner you can wear it again.

4. Forgoing Insurance.

If you see your jewellery as an investment, you can’t skip the insurance. Yes, it’s an extra expense, one that you might not feel is necessary, until the day you need it. If you want to ensure the safety of your favourite items, add them to your home’s insurance policy sooner rather than later. This will protect you against theft, loss and damage.

By keeping these common jewellery mistakes in mind, you can avoid having to give up your favourites too soon.

We suggest, as we use them for our own business and personal insurance requirements, you contact T H March on 01822 855 555, quoting reference AM157T, and ask them for a quote.

7 Expert Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring in 2021

7 Expert Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring in 2021

One of the most overwhelming parts of getting engaged is choosing a ring. Naturally, you want your partner to love the design just as much as you do, but where do you start?

Choosing an engagement ring is not nearly as simple as it used to be. There’s a lot more to consider than just the metal and the cut of a diamond.

If 2021 is the year you plan to purchase an engagement ring, these tips will help make the process a little less stressful.

Advice for Buying an Engagement Ring That’s Perfect for Your Partner

1. Trends are Fleeting.

You might turn to what’s trending when you first start shopping for an engagement ring, but timeless designs are better. Instead of turning to trends, use your partner’s current jewellery style as a guide. If they love wearing gold, it doesn’t make sense to get them a platinum engagement ring, even if you like it. Remember, your partner will be wearing this piece for the rest of their lives.

2. Consider Your Partner’s Lifestyle.

Speaking of your partner’s preferences, it’s also important to consider their lifestyle. Do they spend a lot of time outdoors? Do they play a particular type of sport? Lifestyle is another factor to consider when deciding on the size and style of the engagement ring.

3. Certificate Grading Isn’t Everything.

When you first start shopping for an engagement ring, you will hear a lot about the Four Cs: Colour, cut, clarity and carat. However, the grading on a certificate is not the only factor that should guide your decision. The look and feel of a stone is just as important as the grading.

4. Neither is Size.

There are still a number of people who believe the size of an engagement ring’s stone is a major factor. However, that go-big-or-go-home mentality is not something you need to jump on board with. Decide what’s more important to you and your partner before you decide that you need to purchase the biggest stone you can afford.

5. Opt for Ethically Sourced Stones.

Give your stone a bit of a backstory by finding out where it came from. It’s always best to purchase stones that were sourced from mines and suppliers that are known for their sustainability. Your jeweller can assist you with this information, but it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of your own research too.

6. Don’t Leave the Setting for Last.

If you’re planning to design your engagement ring from scratch, don’t leave the setting until last. Rather have a good idea of the type of setting you want before you start shopping around for a stone. Again, don’t focus too much on what’s trending, opt for a setting that’s timeless and that both you and your partner will love.

7. Work with a Professional.

One of the easiest ways to make the process of shopping for an engagement ring that much easier is to work with a professional jeweller. When you work with a jeweller, you can create or source a ring that meets all your size, shape and style requirements with ease.

Start Shopping Around

At the end of the day, buying an engagement ring is only about you, your partner and, of course, your budget. Enjoy this exciting part of the process by working with a professional jewellery designer such as Martins of Glasgow.

Contact us to discuss your ring requirements.  

The Basics of the Pearl Restringing Process – What You Should Know

The Basics of the Pearl Restringing Process – What You Should Know

There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a perfect string of pearls, which is why it’s such a tragedy when it breaks. Pearls are usually strung with nylon or silk, which are strong enough materials. However, with age or enough force, the string can break.

If you currently have unstrung pearls lying at the bottom of your jewellery box, it’s about time you restring them so you can enjoy them once again.

In case you’re worried about whether your pearls will be returned in the same condition, we thought it would be helpful to take you through the restringing process.

The Basics of the Pearl Restringing Process

Collecting Your Pearls

Before you can repair your pearl necklace, you will need to carefully collect all of the original pearls and place them in a secure box. Keep in mind that if you no longer have all the original pearls, your jeweller will need to source pearls to match your necklace. There is a slight chance the replacement pearls will look slightly different to the originals.

Knotting the String

Once your jeweller has your pearls, the restringing process can begin. Each pearl is carefully placed onto a new string, ensuring no damage occurs. Your jeweller can also either leave the string as is or place small knots in between each pearl, which is highly recommended. Not only does this prevent the pearls from rubbing against each other, but if the string ever breaks again, you won’t lose all the pearls.

Replacing the Clasp

If you still have your original clasp, your jeweller will simply replace it. However, if the clasp is old, you may want to consider replacing it to make the necklace more secure. If you have a multi-strand necklace, a strong clasp is recommended to support the extra weight.

The Finishing Touches

Once the pearls have been restrung and the clasp is in place, a soft cloth is used to clean and shine the pearls. If your necklace has natural pearls, ultrasonic and steam cleaning techniques cannot be used due to their fragile condition.

The pearl restringing process is simple and straightforward when you have a professional assisting you.

Caring for Your Pearl Necklace Going Forward

Now that you can enjoy your pearl necklace again, here are a few tips to help you care for them.

  • Store them correctly. To avoid placing any unnecessary strain on the string of the necklace, don’t hang it up. Rather lay it flat in a lined box and away from any other pieces that could scratch the pearls.
  • Take care during cleaning. Pearls should never be cleaned with water or chemical cleaning products. Wiping the necklace down with a soft cloth is enough to get them looking brand new again.
  • Schedule regular checkups. Lastly, let a professional take a look at the state of your pearl necklace once every two years to ensure you won’t end up with unnecessary breakages or lost pearls.

If you would like to start wearing your pearl necklace again, get in touch with us about our restringing services.

Turning Old Jewellery Into Something New

Turning Old Jewellery Into Something New – Is It Possible?

Not every piece of jewellery is timeless and not every piece you inherit will suit your unique style. Does this mean you should try and sell some of your jewellery or is there another option?

Jewellery remodeling has become increasingly popular.

In the hands of the right jeweller, you can turn an older piece into something unique that you will want to wear all the time.

Let’s get into the specifics.

Why Remodel Older Jewellery?

There are a number of great reasons to remodel a pre-loved piece of jewellery.

For one, remodelling is the ideal way to update your collection without having to pay for brand new jewellery.

If you happened to inherit the piece, remodelling ensures you can hang onto the memories and still enjoy wearing jewellery suited to your taste. The same applies to jewellery you received as a gift. If you don’t love the style or the memories are ones you would care to forget, remodelling is the perfect solution.

Lastly, updating jewellery instead of buying something new is sustainable and eco-friendly. If this is important to you, remodelling is right for you.

Inspiration for Updating Your Jewellery

If you are ready to remodel your jewellery, here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Merge several older pieces of jewellery to create one unique piece.
  • Increase the sparkle of an engagement or wedding ring by adding clear diamonds or colourful gems.
  • Reset stones by turning a necklace into earrings or vice versa.
  • Upgrade rings by opting for a different coloured metal for the band.

You might also want to decide whether repairing a piece of jewellery could turn it around instead of remodelling it completely. It all depends on the design you have in mind.

What About Remounting?

Remounting is also an option but not for all jewellery. Before you consider resetting your rings, evaluate the damage of any stones. Due to the various hardness ratings, some stones require extra care and attention to repair any scratches or dents.

Whether or not a stone will be difficult to remove should also be considered. If removal is complicated, it increases the cost and risk of damage. You should decide whether it’s worth it.

If you are unsure about what to do with a pre-loved piece, rather get a professional jeweller to evaluate it.

Overall, though, there is no need to throw away old pieces because the style is outdated or it’s slightly damaged. There is almost always a way to turn an old piece into something brand new that you can enjoy for years to come.

Discover Your Partner’s Ring Size Without Them Finding Out

Discover Your Partner’s Ring Size Without Them Finding Out

If you have finally decided to pop the question, you are going to need a ring. But how do you find out what your partner’s ring size is?

This is a common question amongst people who have decided they want to spend their lives with their partners.

Here are a few tips that will guide you through this exciting process.

  • It’s a Subtle Art

If you want the proposal to be a surprise, you will need to find a subtle way to find your partner’s ring size. One way to do this is to pretend you want to buy a ring for your mother, aunt, or sister. Just make sure whoever you choose has hands of a similar size. Ask them to help you with the purchase process by trying on rings. This is a roundabout way to get an idea of average ring size.

  • Use an Existing Ring

If your partner already wears rings, find one that they wear on their ring finger or a similar size finger. By bringing the ring in to a jeweller, it is possible to come up with a size approximation. You might just want to make sure they won’t notice the missing ring too easily.

  • Ask Someone They are Close To

If one of the above methods don’t work, you can always ask a close friend. Many times, friends or family members already know this information. If someone doesn’t know, at least they can casually work the ring size question into conversation without it seeming suspicious. Another way to get an estimate is to have your partner try on a friend’s ring.

  • Sketch It

If you feel that your partner would notice one of their rings is missing, you can always trace the inside and outside of the ring. Create several traces to ensure your jeweller has the best chance of figuring out the diameter of the ring.

  • Just Ask

If these tactics prove to be more difficult than you thought, you can always ask your partner outright. This is not unusual for couples who have been discussing marriage for quite some time. Plus, even if your partner knows you are ring shopping, it doesn’t mean they know when to expect the proposal.

What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for an Engagement Ring

Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring or having one made, keep in mind that the final size of the ring might be slightly off. Unless you ask your partner about the size directly, of course.

The average ring size for women is anything between 5 and 7, and 10 for men.

It’s always recommended that you have the most accurate size estimate possible if you are designing a custom piece though. If anything, rather opt for a slightly larger size if you are unsure. It is easier to make a ring smaller rather than bigger.

You should also keep in mind that a dominant hand tends to be slightly larger, so make sure you are measuring the left hand.

The Temporary Setting Alternative

If you simply don’t want to take a chance, there is always the option of proposing with a temporary setting. After the big moment, you can bring your partner in for a custom fitting, ensuring the engagement ring fits as it should.

You could also use this as an opportunity to make sure your partner is happy with the design you have in mind.

Not all jewellers offer the option of a temporary setting, so you may need to ask around. Custom jewellery designers are more likely to offer this option.

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Choosing a Diamond Shape for Jewellery: A Beginners Guide

Whether you’re designing an engagement ring or simply want a beautiful piece of jewellery for yourself, choosing a diamond shape is going to be a part of the process.

The shape is a key part of the design and while some shapes are more modern than others, the shape you choose is mostly dependent on your personal style and preferences.

If you are planning to design a ring for someone else, you might want to get an idea of their shape preferences first. Choosing the shape that you (or your loved one) wants, instead of what’s popular right now, is the first and important step. Colour, size, clarity and price are aspects that will factor in thereafter.

The shape of a diamond is also known as a cut – not to be confused with a rating for diamond cut, which you will find on a grading certificate. A cut in these terms refers to the symmetry and polish.

Understanding Your Diamond Shape Options

Here are the different shapes that you can choose from when designing a ring or piece of jewellery.


This is definitely the most popular diamond shape. Round, brilliant diamonds are well known for their sparkle because of the many individual facets. They’re also popular because they’re so symmetrical and above all else, timeless.


A popular variation of the round cut, an oval diamond has the same number of facets as a round cut, it’s only the shape that’s different. Many people choose this shape because the elongation tends to maximise the appearance of carat weight. If you or your loved one has smaller hands, an oval shape will lengthen the appearance of your fingers.


This teardrop-shaped diamond is more modern than its round and oval counterparts. Symmetry and proportions are something to pay attention to when choosing a diamond of this shape. This diamond also has the same number of facets (58) as the round and oval shapes and is ideal for smaller hands.


The marquise is similar to the oval shape except, it comes to a dramatic point at each end. This is another shape that tends to maximise the appearance of the diamond’s carat weight. This diamond has the largest surface area – something to keep in mind during the design process.


This contemporary diamond shape is one of the top five most popular options on the market today. As one of the square-shaped diamonds, the princess cut is most brilliant and can have up to 76 facets, which are arranged to achieve maximum sparkle.


An emerald cut is rectangular, but the corners are trimmed. The diamonds long, flat facets look similar to stairs if you look at the stone from above. This unique shape makes it easy to see within the stone, so you want to pay careful attention to clarity and colour when shopping around.


When purchasing a cushion cut, you can expect broad facets and rounded corners. This is probably one of the more vintage looking diamonds and because the facets are larger, the diamond produces broad flashes of light instead of the traditional sparkle.


If you want something unique, this diamond has a signature triangle shape. When placed in the centre of a ring, the sides of the diamond will be convex with extra facets. If they’re used as side stones, the outer edges are flattened. If you want strong geometrical features, this is the ideal choice.


A radiant shape is a combination of a round and emerald cut. Available in a square or rectangular shape, this cut has very distinct corners. This specific shape tends to be cut with a deeper profile to achieve the best possible sparkle.


While the heart is a sweet and playful shape, it’s normally associated with novelty jewellery. However, many people adore this unique cut. You want to pay attention to brilliance and evenness due to the complexity of the facets.


Similar to an emerald cut, an asscher shape is known for its excellent dispersion of light and memorable sparkle. This specific shape can have up to 74 facets but 58 is more common. This is another great pick for those who value a more geometric appearance.


Lastly, there’s a baguette shape, which is long and rectangular. With only 14 facets, you want to pay attention to clarity and colour if you want this diamond to look good. This specific diamond shape is most often used as an accent stone.

Knowing there are so many diamond shapes might be overwhelming. However, if you have a good idea of what you or your loved one wants and the assistance of a reputable jeweller, this can be a really enjoyable part of the designed process.