Jewels of the Nile animation

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8th, 2011 by jewelheritage

Here is a little animation we did for the ‘Jewels of the Nile’ collection and here are a few pictures. Music by Lana Del Ray – Video Games.

Jewels of the Nile – click on this link for the video

Trust in Fashion

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21st, 2011 by jewelheritage

Trust in Fashion

We were very honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Trust in Fashion’ fundraiser. The event is part of the ‘Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity’ that helps families with sick children. Hosted by Sadie Frost and Trish Halpin (the editor of Marie Claire) and held over two days, the 29th and 30th June, at One Mayfair it will surely be a glamorous affair with donations from the like of Mulberry,Chanel, Alexander McQueen and of course ourselves! This is an event we are very proud to be asked to be a part of. For more information please visit www.trustinfashion.org for more information on the organisation and to buy tickets to the event.

Taking care of your jewellery

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4th, 2011 by jewelheritage

I thought it very important after my previous blog on our plating process seen here http://jewelheritage.com/blog/?p=70 to follow up with how to care for your jewellery. We currently use gold and rhodium plating as well as a standard polished brass. (Please read plating post to see what we plate upto etc)

Brass

Brass is a non-precious metal that is used by many jewellery designers. Brass will react with sweat and water which in some cases will leave dis-colouration on the ring and finger. What we suggest to keep brass looking shiny is Brasso. This can be found at any hardware store. Literally a pea sized drop on some cotton (pads/cloth) and go over the area to bring it back from a dull looking ring. To help protect the ring we suggest that you do not wear it whilst you are in contact with water. If you are planning to wash your hands, take it off. The same goes with anything that will have you in contact with water. I personally cannot wear brass as I suffer from rather moist palms. I tend to wear only gold plated items or sterling silver.

One of our brass items

Gold and Rhodium plated items

Plating is used on metals such as brass and sterling silver to give the appearance of  gold without the hefty price tag. Plating will eventually wear over time as it is a base metal coated in gold and rhodium but there is no reason why the plating cannot last you a few years if you take care of it. With gold and rhodium plated jewellery, you take the same precautions as you would with brass. Try not to let it come into contact with water, it will not discolour any part of your finger but it will add to the wearing away of the plating. As well as keeping it away from water as much as you can. If you wear perfume do not spray it near any gold plated items (necklaces/bracelets/rings) as this will add to the jewellery becoming tarnished at a faster rate. If you use hand lotion or body lotion always let it soak into your hands/body properly before putting on any plated jewellery. If you find that your jewellery has become dirty of a bit dull we recommend using a lightly damped cotton cloth and to go over the ring in as few strokes as possible. We have found this to remove marks quite efficiently. You can also use a very, very small amount of detergent (fairy liquid or whichever floats your boat) to the dampened cloth and use long sweeping strokes very lightly. You do not want to rub too hard as this may have an effect on the plating. You should either let the ring dry naturally or use a hair dryer. If you take these precautions the plating will last you longer and will look like new with each wear. We also provide velvet pouches, so please ensure you keep your items in there as this will also help. Jewel Heritage will always state the finish weather it be in brass or gold/rhodium plating in every item description. If you need any further advice please feel free to email us through the contacts section of the site.

One of our plated items

How our sizing works

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2nd, 2011 by jewelheritage

I was going to entitle this post using snippets of Beyonces’ ‘Single Ladies’ (“if you like…put a ring on it… but what size?” you get the picture albeit it a lopsided lame one) but we didn’t and went for something sensible.

A Ringsizer

So here is how our size guideline works. We work in US sizing even though we are a British brand. We do this for several reasons, one being that US sizing is pretty much an even average with regards to how a small, medium etc should fit. Many high street retailers do the same with their ring sizes, their XS/S/M/L are roughly a US5/6/7/8. Another reason being is that we started the brand using US sizes as our main market was actually North America as well as this, we found that people reacted well to the sizing in the UK and felt comfortable purchasing a small without knowing the UK equivalent. This brings me along nicely to the UK equivalent of our sizes.

The UK sizing is done in letters rather than numbers, below is a rough estimate of what our sizing is in UK terms:

Womens sizing

US 5 – Extra Small – roughly (a tad bit bigger than a) UK J

US 6 – Small – roughly (a tad bit bigger than a) UK L

US 7 – Medium – roughly (a tad bit bigger than a) UK N

US 8 – Large – roughly (a tad bit bigger than a) UK P

We say roughly as for each size above it is just a fraction bigger than the UK equivalent (letter).

For Men:

US 9 – Small -roughly UK R

US 10 – Medium – roughly UK T

US 11 – Large – roughly UK V

To find out your exact sizing you can head to any High Street or local jewellers who will do this service for free. What we would like our customers and potential customers to bear in mind is that when we design our rings, we do it so that it looks just as good on one finger as it will on another. With us there is no right or wrong way of wearing any of our pieces. If you need any further advice please contact us at info@jewelheritage.com . I hope this post was of some use to you all.

Problems checking out

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1st, 2011 by jewelheritage

We seem to have a coding problem with some accounts when checking out. Through trial and error we have realised that if you sign in first and then add the products to your cart you will have no problems. If you do get the below message please remove the item from your basket and sign out of you account. Sign in again and then add the item to your basket and checkout should run smoothly. If not please email us as info@jewelheritge.com

We are trying to work on fixing this problem. Thank you for your patience.

London Jewellery Week 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23rd, 2011 by jewelheritage

Hello everyone!

Some exciting news here at the HQ. Jewel Heritage will take part in the infamous London Jewellery Week. We will be at the Jewel East show on Tuesday 7th June. We are super excited and a tad bit nervous but we are hoping for plenty of friendly faces to come pass through to visit us! And more excitingly we will be exclusively showcasing our new collection at the event. It will run from 11am till 7pm at Spitalfields Market – head over to www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk for more information on London Jewellery Week and Jewel East. Hope to see some of you guys there! We will also have some special prices on our existing collections!

Diamonds are forever but what about gold plating……..

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15th, 2011 by jewelheritage

Gold plating is not meant to last forever. Unfortunately. However if you cannot afford solid 14ct, 18ct or 22ct gold then it is the perfect alternative. It gives the appearance of gold without the hefty price tag to go along with it. Gold plating is layered onto your base metal, usually brass or sterling silver, using microns.Each micron is approximately one years life, we at Jewel Heritage use two microns of 18ct Gold. The industry standard is two or three depending on the size of the piece. Microns can start from 1/2 and go upto 10 microns. Anything above four microns is not recommended for jewellery but for larger items such as door handles, bath taps – yes believe it or not people gold plate such things. With consideration and care when wearing your jewellery there is no reason why gold plated items cannot last several years.

18ct Gold plated - 2 microns

Black rhodium is another finish we use here at Jewel Heritage. It is a very unusual finish and quite controversial in the Jewellery industry as it does not have the flexibility or longevity of gold plating. Firstly you can only ever plate upto 1/2 a micron with black rhodium, whereas with gold plating as explained previously you can plate upto 10 microns. The beauty of black rhodium is that the ring is gold plated first and then the black rhodium is placed on top, this is how we do it at Jewel Heritage. So once general wear and tear starts to appear if any, you will get a beautiful gold contrast which will make the piece even more individual to you. Below is what is called selective plating or a two part finish, where you select what you want in rhodium and what areas you want in gold – or whatever finish you desire.

Black rhodium and 18ct gold plating

Plating is not limited just gold or black rhodium. Everything from silver to platinum can be achieved. We have been experimenting with ‘Ruthenium’ plating which is very much like black rhodium but the finish is a coal like black. It is more expensive but ruthenium is more hard wearing than rhodium therefore will have a longer life. As we grow as a brand, we will be experimenting and bringing new finishes to our pieces not only to satisfy our own curiosities but to give our customers something new and exciting each time they purchase a piece from Jewel Heritage, that will hopefully be a staple piece in their trinket box.

We hope this gives you a small insight as to how gold plating works and why we as a brand decide to gold plate most of our jewellery.

Press

Posted in boutique, Elle, independent, jewellery, PR on May 2nd, 2011 by jewelheritage

Okay, apologies on the lack of blog lovin’ this will change – I promise. As most of you know we work what we make and have no huge budgets especially not for marketing and PR – however this past week we have had our brand featured on two huge blogs firstly Urban Outfitters


And then – my personal favourite and the one I will be framing Elle magazine. Such motivation to improve and make Jewel Heritage bigger and better. Thank you to God, everyone who has bought a piece and to everyone that has blogged or said anything nice, supportive or even critical about us.

Harbinger of Death lookbook images

Posted in independent, jewellery on March 5th, 2011 by jewelheritage

Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Shah for his amazing photography skills. Below is a selection of some images of our new lookbook! Hope you guys like them! Click on the images to make them bigger! Available to buy from Monday 7th March at middnight with  a very special gift for the first 10 people to buy! 18K gold finish will be £45 and the special edition black rhodium and gold finish will be £60.


Harbinger of death – first half release

Posted in independent, jewellery on March 2nd, 2011 by jewelheritage

Harbinger of Death finished in 18k gold

Harbinger of Death - special edition in black rhodium and 18k gold finish

So we have had the first part of our ‘Harbinger of Death’ mini-collection released, a pendant is to follow soon! We are doing a very special release on Monday 7th March where the first TEN people to purchase this ring will receive a very amazing free extra! No sneak peeks, no nothing until Monday 7th March. For now our first official stocklist over at www.studdedandstoned.com have a few pieces so go grab them before they all go!