Bridal Jewellery For Rent – Great Idea Or Simply Tasteless?

Have you heard about bridal jewellery for rent? It may sound tasteless but it’s every bride’s dream to be draped in fabulous jewels on their wedding day – and these accessories can come with a hefty price tag.

Many brides simply can’t afford to spend a fortune on jewellery for their special day – they and their groom are already spending thousands of pounds on the main event. But with bridal jewellery to rent, being decked out with beautiful jewels is suddenly in the realm of possibility.

Bridal Jewellery For Rent

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How Much To Spend On An Engagement Ring

How Much To Spend On An Engagement Ring?

In days of old, how much to spend on an engagement ring was easily answered: the equivalent to the man’s monthly salary.  Back in 1950 the average full-time weekly salary was around £7*, so spending £28 on an engagement ring sounds very attractive.  But if we take into account inflation, that monthly salary was nearer £2000 in today’s money, which is close to the average UK salary nowadays.  So would you spend £2,000 on an engagement ring for your beloved?

How Much To Spend On An Engagement Ring


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Spotlight On: Engraving

Engraving services are popular within the jewellery market, and have been for generations. Engraving is an ancient art form. It was practiced thousands of years ago when our ancestors carved images into cave walls and hundreds of thousands of years ago when shells were finely chiselled in Indonesia.

Today, metal objects are some of the more popular for engraving, and the most popular are pieces of jewellery.

Why Engrave Jewellery?

For some, jewellery can be the perfect gift, whether it be from a loved one or a friend, it is always a thoughtful, elegant, and long-lasting gift that one can cherish and enjoy for a lifetime. Engraving a piece of jewellery creates a significantly more personal touch. Read more

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?


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

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

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 Craftsmen of Martins Jewellers

The Craftsmen of Martins Jewellers 

At Martins of Glasgow, we are proud to be blessed with exceptional talent when it comes to the craftsmen that we have on hand to conduct repairs and services.With over 30 years of collective experience  the watch repair and service industry, it is safe to say that we have some of the best craftsmen at our disposal.

Service Repairmen:


Graham is one of our veteran repairmen who was trained by Rolex and has worked for prestigious watch brands Cartier and Garrards.

He specialises in looking after our high-end and luxury brand mechanical watches which need a careful hand and extensive knowledge of the brand to be expertly serviced or repaired. He knows how to sort problems where parts are concerned, and knows how to undertake an excellent finish if required by a client; this is usually the case with watches which are considered as an investment. He is regarded one of the best case and bracelet finishers in the area!


Allan has been with us since 2008, and took over from one of our best repairmen Dave, who retired at the age of 83; talk about dedication and longevity!

Allan is our specialist in English & Scottish pocket watches, which means he’s available to take care of all your specialist watch needs. Read more

Why Engrave Your Jewellery?

There are two main reasons to opt for engraving on significant pieces of jewellery and expensive watches. The first is sentiment, and the second is for security. Creating a personalised inscription on an important piece increases its unique role in the recipient’s life. It also demonstrates love and thoughtfulness on the part of the giver.

Not only is this the engagement or wedding ring of someone’s dreams, the watch they have always craved, or the bracelet that marks their achievement or anniversary; it is marked forever and is truly one of a kind. Thieves who hanker after such treasures are deterred when they encounter engraving, as they know it is much harder to resell.


 Special Occasions

Many of the milestones in each lifetime are celebrated with gifts of jewellery, from a baby’s christening mug through to the school successes, exam triumphs, driving tests passed, graduations, job promotions, engagements, weddings and anything else deserving of note. Since Medieval times, people have chosen to personalise such presents with inscriptions. Romantic poetry, initials, dates and secret nicknames have all been utilised, as have words from every language from Latin to Chinese. The pertinence of the engraving is often a private code between the giver and receiver. These messages are powerful and personal but they also serve as an effective “birthmark” in the unhappy event anything is ever lost or stolen. Read more