Wedding Daze

Wedding Jewellery - Wedding Rings

 

Where should we buy our Wedding Jewellery and Wedding Rings?

The simple answer is to buy from knowledgeable, professional jewellers.  Ask friends and family for recommendations and then check out a Jewellers' credentials. 

Before you step inside a jewellery shop, look for a sign, which confirms it is a member of the National Wedding RingsAssociation of Goldsmith – NAG, members have to abide by strict professional guidelines and have undertaken recognised training courses. Once inside, ask the jeweller about his or her professional background and look for NAG diplomas and certificates on display to confirm that staff have been trained.

If the Jeweller is an independent retailer look out for a sign showing The Company of Master Jewellers - CMJ, membership is restricted to independent jewellers who can prove that they confirm to strict guidelines in terms of the quality and service they offer to their customers

Wedding JewelleryDon't be afraid to ask lots of questions when buying jewellery. A professional jeweller will be happy to answer your questions. When viewing jewellery set with diamonds ask about diamond qualities – you should be told about the 4C's.

The best way to understand quality gold jewellery is to pick up the piece you like and hold it in the palm of your hand. Look for the items hallmark. A 750 mark means that the piece is 18ct gold and contains more than twice the amount of pure gold than 9ct gold. You will find no rough edges, and the finish will be perfect. All the little details will be ‘just so'. Fine quality jewellery will have strong, well – formed clasps and safety chains that work. Even the smallest details such as tiny claws, which hold stones in place, will be perfectly formed.

Buying jewellery should be a hassle-free, enjoyable experience that will have you coming back for more.

 

Cuff Links

The history of cufflinks goes back to the middle ages where its precursor the ‘cuff string’ adorned the wrists of fashinable gentlemen of the day. One of the earliest references to what we know recognise as cufflinks was made in the London Gazette of 1684 which referred to a pair of cuff buttons set with diamonds the same journal in 1686 also described a pair of gold enamelled cuff buttons. More evidence of the existence of cufflinks in the middle ages was found in Suffolk, England when a decorated gold single chain cufflink was discovered also dating back to the 17th century.

Despite its early appearance the continual taste for adorning sleeve ends with elaborate wrist ruffles meant it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the cufflink really came into its own as dandy-ish ruffles gave way to functionally minimal sleeves and in particular the arrival of the French Cuff (also called the Double Cuff) or as the French themselves called it poignet mousquetaire – the musketeers cuff, paving the way for the emergence proper of cufflinks.

Initially confined to the upper echelons of society, by the 1860’s cufflink grew into the mainstream as jewelers like Child & Child in London and Krementz & Co in New York brought out cufflinks that were within the price range of the wider public.

Information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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