The items of jewellery you choose to wear on your wedding day will become precious keepsakes that will serve as wonderful reminders of a day full of love and joy whenever you look at or wear them. Wedding bands are worn each day and are the most symbolic aspect of your wedding day. Cufflinks, tie pins or pocket watches are excellent gifts from a bride to her groom, while any bride on her wedding day will love a bracelet or necklace from her husband-to-be, it's an uber romantic token of love before taken the steps towards wedded bliss. Take time in your selection – these are special pieces that may well end up becoming some of your most cherished possessions so be sure to check out our list below and then pop along to their shops or studios.
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Until recently engagement rings were seen as exclusively a female item of jewellery but the team at Ingle & Rhode believe the time has come for both sexes to enjoy a little engagement bling. They have already sold several of the rings to women who were planning to propose to their partners and are confident the trend will continue to gain pace. Ingle & Rhode's mens rings include items fashioned from gold and platinum with many featuring ethically sourced diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones. There's something for most budgets with women able to choose from a modest ring for their man from as little as £495 or go for something more blingy up to £11,950.
Posted: 18 May 2022
Wearing your ring every day will take its toll - a build-up of things like oil, debris and cosmetic residue can create a thin layer on your ring making it look dull.
The good news is that there is no reason you can't keep your diamond as vibrant and twinkly as the day you received it- it just takes a little sprucing up every so often.
Jewellery experts at Queensmith have shared their straightforward tips for when you need to clean your ring safely at home.
Posted: 23 April 2022
Certain jewellery worn on your wedding day can bring bad luck to brides and grooms, according to experts. Ethical jewellery experts Ingle & Rhode have gathered some of the most unusual superstitions surrounding accessories that you might not know about. From necklaces to bracelets, lots of jewellery has hidden meanings that are considered lucky or unlucky, depending on what it is and when it is worn. Some jewellery, like rosary beads, are considered good luck, whereas wearing pearls on your wedding day suggests that you will have tears in your marriage.
Posted: 19 April 2022
David Mellor Family Jewellers has turned the page on a new chapter in its long history. The independent family business has relocated to a new store in the Swan Centre, Eastleigh, three times bigger than its previous one. Great for couples on the hunt for their wedding jewellery, the business has already seen an increase in footfall. With three stores in Hampshire, as well as an on-site jewellery workshop specialising in repairs, design and manufacture, the company has channelled its modern and approachable ethos into the move. Amy Mellor explains, "We took the decision to relocate into larger premises as we had outgrown our previous space and felt a much more prominent location would be the best reflection of the way our business is moving forward.
Posted: 31 March 2022
The highly anticipated diamond episode of BBC's All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star, hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, aired last night with a feel-good story that couldn't fail to melt the heart. During the episode a lucky couple received a very special bespoke 1ct diamond engagement ring. James and Clare, both London-based teachers who met at university, got married soon after. However, unfortunately last year their home was burgled and among other household items, Clare's treasured engagement ring was stolen - she was devastated.
Posted: 12 May 2021
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we've certainly seen many a trend come and go; but one we're thrilled looks set to stick around is.... pets at weddings! With over 7,854 posts on Instagram, the hashtag #dogringbearer is becoming increasingly popular, whilst Google data shows a 71% search increase for the term 'dog ring bearer' since lockdown began. Celebrities including Carrie Underwood, Ellen DeGeneres, and Joe Jonas have previously involved their pets on the big day, whilst UK bride-to-be, Stacey Solomon, also announced her dogs will wear suits at her upcoming wedding. But how do you train your dog to be a wedding ring bearer? Engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone teamed with Certified Animal Behaviourist, Caroline Wilkinson, from digital pet coaching service, Barketplace, to reveal everything you need to know.We covered the most popular questions including:
Posted: 19 April 2021
In more positive news, the most recent announcement from the UK government has given the go-ahead for weddings to begin a slow return to normality, starting on March 8th, with the aim of lifting restrictions in full by June 21st. With light at the end of the tunnel for those looking to say "I do" in 2021, luxury UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths was keen to help ease the financial burden of a wedding and have launched a competition to giveaway £1,000 worth of Goldsmiths' own jewellery to two lucky winners.
Posted: 8 March 2021
A big Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding high five to Dorset's Goldcrest Jewellers, winners of The Best Family Run Jewellery Business 2020 South West England in the SME News Southern Enterprise Awards 2020. It's the latest accolade for the multi-award winning business and their biggest to date. "As you can imagine we are completely blown away," says owner Neil Strudwick. A goldsmith with more than 30 years experience Neil launched the business in 2010 with his wife Donna who runs the retail side while he's in the workshop doing repairs, making display and customer-designed pieces including wedding rings.
Posted: 26 January 2021
Hampshire-based jewellery designer Vicki Rawles has been putting her time in lockdown to good use updating her website www.pearlescentjewellerydesigns.co.ukA specialist in beautiful bridal pearls, with many of her customers cancelling their big day due to COVID-19, she's been working on refining and launching her new-look site ready for all the weddings to come.With more than 20 years in the creative industry Vicki has developed her jewellery-making skills to specialise in bespoke silver pieces including bridal jewellery and accessories combining beautiful freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. "The pearls I use are not always uniform and have their own original features which makes every piece I design unique," she adds. Inspired by her love of nature her work features organic shapes and textured pieces.
Posted: 5 January 2021
We're all now aware of how incredibly important it is to make sure that surfaces and our hands are cleaned regularly; but that means things like engagement rings, bracelets and wedding bands all need to be properly washed without being damaged in the process. Ben Stinson, an expert from the UK's leading Hatton Garden jewellers, Diamonds Factory, has compiled a comprehensive guide to cleaning your jewellery in the times of COVID-19, with some additional information about the effects of anti-bacterial gel and washes on your jewellery.
Posted: 9 December 2020