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Fingersize Measurement
Admin 18/09/2020
Fingersize Measurement

On the face of it, obtaining a ring finger size should be a fairly simple task. However, with the introduction in recent years of the comfort fit, which is the curved interior of a ring, the process can be plagued with errors.


Ideally, the gauge used to measure a finger should be an exact replica of the ring being purchased, i.e. have either a straight bore or a comfort fit bore and be the same width. There are variations to the comfort fit that can upset the apple cart in as much as the radius of the fit can be quite shallow, heavily domed or anything in between, hence the reason to use a gauge that has the same profile as the ring being bought.


Catering for every instance of profile and width would require an arsenal...

How Much Do You Know About UK Hallmarking Regulations?
Admin 03/08/2020
How Much Do You Know About UK Hallmarking Regulations?


Hallmarking is the Oldest Form of Consumer Protection


Regardless of where the sale occurs, on or offline, If you are sold an item of jewellery made with and described as gold, silver, platinum or palladium over the minimum weight and it is not hallmarked, then the seller is breaking the law. Only jewellery that carries an officially registered British or international hallmark can be sold in the UK.


Fake products are on the increase and one of the most common areas for the fakers to operate in is jewellery manufacture. However, we do have a system in place to protect the consumer that has been in operation in the UK for over 700 years; hallmarking.


Ask any person in the sreet though if they can identify a genuine hallmark and many will struggle, often confusing a simple '18K' or '925' stamp as an official mark when in fact,...

Jewellery Near Me?
Admin 04/04/2020
Jewellery Near Me?

Handcrafted product sales are on the increase and for good reason. The flood of poor quality Far East products, fuelled by cheap prices and unrealistic claims that don't hold up, has pushed consumers to look for alternatives in the marketplace. The expression 'handmade is best' has rung true for decades, but never more so than now.

So, why is it better buying 'handmade'?


True handmade products are few and far between and the correct term now should be 'handcrafted' as most products use an element of technology or machine manufacturing which, in itself, is also highly skilled, but handcrafted is good for the environment. Less fuel and energy is used to produce and transport the products making it more efficient.


If you're a regular buyer of handcrafted products, give yourself a pat on the back! :-) You're helping to support a local business and create jobs. People tend to value a...

Ring Sizer Conversion Tool
Admin 06/02/2020
Ring Sizer Conversion Tool

Available now on Odissa!

To help customers determine the correct ring size conversion when ordering rings, The Guild of Jewellery Designers have commissioned a tool that converts from one country finger size system to another.

This is available now and a trusted resource for accurately converting your ring size to that of the system used by your jewellery designer/maker.

The tool can be found in the left hand column of each product.

New Product Price Calculator Tool
Admin 15/01/2020
New Product Price Calculator Tool

We're pleased to announce the addition of a brand new product pricing calculator tool which is available to all vendors in your back end admin area only. Click the blue button next to the 'Item Price' field to open the calculator.

The tool is designed to be a quick price calculation tool to confirm that your pricing is correct and that you are actually making some money! :-)

Pricing your products for selling, either wholesale or full retail, is difficult at the best of times. Hopefully this first of a series of new online tools available to Odissa members will help to remedy that situation and provide confidence to be able to price products accordingly.

How to use the tool:


Add up all your materials and services costs; raw metal, stones, castings...

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