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

How To: Remove Light Scratches From A Watch Face

Got a watch that has a few scratches on the face? We know how annoying that can be! But a light scratch doesn’t mean you have to replace the whole watch crystal. There are a few steps you can take to clear up any blemishes. Here’s our guide on how to do just that! Read more

Advantages of Having a Bespoke Engagement Ring

No two couples are exactly the same; all relationships are completely unique. So, when it comes to planning to propose to someone you love, why are we expected to choose from the same jewellery collections as everyone else?

 

 

Well, this isn’t your only option.

A lot of people are now choosing to have their engagement ring individually made. Designed to represent and symbolise the special relationship between you and your significant other; custom rings have definitely become a popular option. Read more

6 Things Your Jewellery Says About Your Personality

Jewellery is considered as being a way that people can express themselves to others. Whilst some might just see it as a good way to accessorise their outfit, other people see their jewellery as a representation of who they are.

You choice in jewellery isn’t just showing off your personal style; it’s speaking volumes about your personality too. This is the reason why a lot of people tend to wear the same pieces over and over.

You might not even have realised what your jewellery is saying about you, so let us help you out a little bit…

Pearls

People who wear pearls are considered as being traditional and elegant. Pearls are also said to represent innocence, class and purity of the heart. They are usually family oriented and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Read more

How To Rejuvenate Heirloom Jewellery

Family heirlooms are very important to many people. They are a sentimental reminder of the loved one who passed the item down, as well as a piece of family history that you will want to be able to treasure forever.

However, as time goes on and the piece of jewellery is passed on and worn, more often than not, the piece will fall victim to wear and tear – something that can be quite damaging, not only to the jewellery itself, but the current owner of the heirloom.

However, it’s not the end of the world if you notice your family jewellery experiencing signs of wear. As experienced jewellers in Glasgow who specialise in watch and jewellery repairs, we know how important it is for some people to have their heirlooms restored to their former glory. Here are just some of the ways that experienced jewellers can help you achieve just that!

Give the Piece a Professional Clean

Due to the nature of jewellery being worn, it is often the case that the pieces will need to be cleaned. Getting rid of dirt build up is one of the first things that you will want to look into if you want to restore the look of your heirloom jewellery.

Not only will this make the jewellery look much shinier, brighter and cleaner, it may also highlight other areas which will need attending to, such as the stones needing to be re-cut to give it even more of a sparkle, or an area which needs repairing to make the piece as strong and durable as possible.

It can be incredible what a good clean can flag up!

Securing or Replacing Stones

Along with wear and tear, you may notice that the precious stones in your jewellery become loose or even fall out completely.

This can be very distressing for some, as it will greatly affect the look of the piece. However, there are ways in which jewellers can prevent the loss of jewels, and can even replace those which have been lost to match the rest of the piece seamlessly.

The setting in which the stone is placed can be tightened to reduce the chance of the existing stones falling out, and new settings can be added to house new gemstones if required. New gems can also be cut to replicate those already in the piece to replace any lost gems.

Preventative Care

Many heirlooms are incredibly delicate and more often than not need some form of support with regards to how they are worn or function.

This could include the restringing of necklaces, the replacement of clasps, thickening of ring material to avoid metal thinning or even re-engraving unique details that may have been lost during the jewellery’s long life.

Beautiful Golden Necklaces with Precious Gems

Preventing further wear and tear – for the near future at least – is a great, cost effective way of keeping your heirloom jewellery looking wonderful, as well as allowing the owner to continue to wear them at the same time!

If you’d like to find out how Martins of Glasgow can help you restore your family heirloom jewellery or watches to their former glory, don’t hesitate to get in touch with ustoday – we’ll be glad to help you in any way possible.

The Different Types of Gold

Gold is a common choice for many pieces of jewellery. Opting for gold means your watch, ring or necklace won’t rust or lose its shine, and because this is a timeless metal, it will never go out of fashion. But how do you choose between different types of gold?

First of all, it’s important to know what makes up that difference:

 

 

Karat

Not all pieces of jewellery are created equal in terms of their gold content. Some have more than others and though the experienced eye can differentiate between different types of gold, it can be difficult, if not almost impossible, for the lay person. To measure the content of gold in a particular piece, you use a karat. Gold is too soft to make sturdy jewellery without adding another metal, so it’s necessary to complete a piece by mixing in silver, copper or zinc. Read more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This year’s festivities are well and truly upon us, meaning that it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone at Martins of Glasgow to spread some Christmas cheer! So we wanted to use this blog post to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

With the season being so family-orientated, you may find yourself being gifted with an heirloom or presented with a vintage watch or precious piece of jewellery. If this is the case, and you can tell that despite it being gorgeous it is in need of some tender loving care, we pride ourselves on our ability to repair and restore all sorts of jewellery and watches. Read more

3 Tips for Buying Jewellery This Christmas

Jewellery is one of the most popular gifts to give (and therefore receive!) at Christmas time, but it can also be one of the most difficult to buy.

Due to its personal nature, it can be incredibly difficult to decide on a piece of jewellery for a loved one, even if you feel like you know them completely.

Here at Martins of Glasgow, we know a thing or two about jewellery selection and we pride ourselves on being able to quickly and effectively help customers choose the perfect jewellery for the right person.

Here are our 3 top tips for buying your loved one the perfect jewellery this Christmas!

What Material Do They Like?

The first aspect that you should think of is the material that the jewellery should be. Are they a silver person? Or are they more attracted to gold? Do they really mind?

With various different materials available, it’s important that you pick the right one. Simply look at the jewellery that they wear on a regular basis to get idea of the kind of materials that they will wear and find something either made from that material or something as similar to it as possible. Read more

Cleaning and Caring for Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is one of the most popular metals used for jewellery and watches. It’s incredibly versatile and simplistically beautiful.

However, because many of us have sterling silver jewellery, we also know that it can begin to appear dull or discoloured over time. Luckily, this can be reduced and avoided through cleaning and caring for the piece.

What is Oxidation?

Even though you may not have heard of oxidation, but if you have ever owned a piece made from silver, you will have seen it.Oxidation is the process in which oxygen from the air discolours the silver to a dark grey, almost black colour.

Although this is something that we want to protect our sterling silver jewellery from, there are many pieces which will have areas  of detail which have been deliberately oxidised to take advantage of this darker colour and making the detail of the piece stand out a bit more. Read more

Top Tips For Keeping Your Jewellery In The Best Condition

Everyone wants to keep their jewellery in top condition. Whether it’s your wedding ring that you wear every day, or a family heirloom that has been passed down through generations – you will definitely want to keep it sparkling.

As a jewellers in Glasgow that offers a brilliant design and repair service, we understand how much people love and value their special jewellery, no matter the value. Because of this, we have put together some top tips for keeping yours in tip top condition!

Don’t Wear Your Jewellery Every Single Day

This one obviously doesn’t apply for your engagement or wedding ring, but when it comes to the rest of your jewellery, you should avoid wearing them every single day. Apart from increasing the risk of damage, it can also cause the metal to fade quicker over time. Read more