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A hallmark is an official mark or a series of marks that are applied to items made of metal to indicate the amount of pure metal that is in the alloy. Hallmarking was introduced by Edward 1st who passed a statute requiring all silver to be assayed (tested) and marked with a leopard’s head. The wardens of the Goldsmiths Guild were designated this responsibility of marking all sterling silver items. Traditionally they were applied by striking with a punch but these days they can be lasered on. The first hallmarking was done in London but over time other offices were opened.   The full traditional hallmark consists of five marks:      Sponsor’s mark- This is the registered mark of the...

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Why Buy Vintage Jewellery?

Many grooms and couples choose to buy a vintage engagement ring over a new creation because the bride likes a particular era of design, or because they're looking for something particularly unique. Vintage rings can also be less expensive than similar current designs from major jewellery brands, but buying pre-owned jewellery can be a more complex process. Begin by visiting jewellers or clusters of jewellery and antiques shops that have large collections of vintage rings from different eras - you should start to see a trend in the pieces you're drawn to. If you're buying for an unsuspecting bride-to-be, look at her usual style of jewellery and find the era that best contains similar designs. Be careful of paying over the odds...

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The story of Easter eggs and Fabergé

The story of Easter eggs and Fabergé Eggs have long been associated with the Christian festival of Easter which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. The custom of giving Easter eggs relates back to ancient pagan practices linked to Spring rites. The egg has long been a symbol of fertility, rebirth and the beginning. The egg as a symbol of life came to represent the resurrection. Eggs as an Easter gift The earliest eggs were hen or duck eggs decorated in bright colours using vegetable dyes and charcoal. This practice continues and eggs are often decorated with flowers. In Eastern European countries wooden eggs are also decorated and beautifully patterned – the patterns often have particular meanings and help to tell...

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Paste Jewellery

Paste jewellery is essentially hand cut transparent flint glass that has been cut to simulate the brilliance of gemstones and is cut into gem like forms. Paste dates back to Roman times when copies of emerald and lapis lazuli were made. With an increasing demand for jewellery the number of paste items produced, steadily increased. Paste was used extensively from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s. In the mid 1700’s a Viennese goldsmith invented the art of simulating diamonds using colourless glass paste, cut in such a way that superficially they looked like the genuine stone. Coloured stones were achieved by adding pigments to the paste, of the desired colour, chromium for red or green, cobalt for blue, gold for...

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The origins of Mothering Sunday

During the 16th century, people returned to their ‘mother church’ for a service to be held on the fourth Sunday in the season of lent. Their 'mother church' was either the church where they were baptised or the local parish church or the nearest cathedral.  Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering". In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could get together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours. The children would pick wild flowers on the way home to place in the church...

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