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Demi-Fine Jewellery? WTF?

posted by admin at 05/01/2019

What is 'Demi-Fine Jewellery?

Yet another made up buzz phrase but, what the heck, let's run with it as this is what jewellery on Odissa is all about! :-)

Demi-Fine jewellery is the mid point between costume jewellery and fine jewellery. It takes elements from both and allows more affordable price points to the upper end fine jewellery level by using lower priced materials such as plated Silver, lower carats of gold, Platinum and Palladium, mixing different metals, precious and non precious, Sapphires, lab created diamonds etc., and is a market growing year on year. An alternative way to create the look of fine jewellery and also bring it into the category of demi-fine is by not compromising on the higher carat of the metals, but to make the item smaller and lighter weight.

Price points for DF Jewellery, appear to be around the £300 - £400 mark and the consumer often sources brands and niche designers through marketplaces and social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. The choice appears almost limitless for jewellery pieces in a whole assortment of materials and possibilities; bespoke, handmade items give the uniqueness and personalisation that the buyer demands at a price they can afford.

Demi-fine jewellery is far from a temporary trend and will become the norm as a way for men and women to enhance their everyday look with affordable jewellery both in precious metals and mixed media.

Combining modern, contemporary styles with advances in technology and innovative, imaginative designer/makers, makes demi-fine jewellery affordable yet visually appealing.


Author: Alan Hardwick.

CEO for The Guild of Jewellery Designers and owner of GETi Titanium Rings


Be Aware When Christmas Shopping Online….

posted by admin at 11/22/2018

....and all year round really!

Time, bad weather, battling through the crowds; all things to consider when shopping for Christmas presents. The option to shop online is becoming ever more popular as the advantage of clicking and waiting for a delivery becomes more apparent.

Rushing to get those last minute presents at the right price can sometimes cloud your judgment. It's easy to forget that some online marketplaces and websites can be a source of inferior products, counterfeit or non existent goods. 

A web address with .co.uk may also be misleading and not what it seems, making it difficult to tell where the goods are actually coming from. There is a risk of delays in getting the item in time for Christmas, if at all, should the website be selling non existent or fake goods. Check what you're buying, make sure it's genuine and check the small print terms and conditions in regards to returns, and be aware of costs to yourself returning unwanted goods as international sellers may not be as forgiving about taking goods back, making it harder to sort out problems.

Be careful when buying gifts online this Christmas. Designers and products on Odissa are vetted by The Guild of Jewellery Designers so you can be assured that you are buying from a reputable maker and all products are handcrafted in the UK. Also, look out for the Trusted Designer/Maker mark designed to provide extra protection for jewellery shoppers from fraudulent traders.




Focus on...Lauren Grace

posted by admin at 11/08/2018

Fascinated from a young age with all things that sparkled and glittered, Lauren was always destined to become a jeweller.  She initially discovered metalwork at school, then went on to study at University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, graduating with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing and also winning a Goldsmiths’ Company precious metals bursary for her designs.

Inspired by childhood memories, architectural detail and decorative pattern, Lauren uses traditional jewellery and goldsmithing skills to create pieces that are playful and unique, but also elegant and stylish.  Each piece of jewellery is hand made and beautifully finished by Lauren in her London studio, so you can be assured of receiving an original and high quality piece of jewellery.

Lauren uses eco-friendly and recycled silver and gold wherever possible, and gemstones from reputable, ethical sources, so you can be certain your jewellery is conflict-free.

If you would like to find out more about Lauren’s work, keep up to date on news and events, and take a look at work in progress, you can do so here on her blog.




Under the UK Hallmarking Act 1973, all articles of precious metals above a certain weight sold on the UK must be tested by the Assay Office and hallmarked.

Lauren Grace Jewellery is registered with the London Assay Office and you can see her personal hallmarks below.


All jewellery will be tested (assayed) and then marked to an internationally recognised standard of fineness, shown in parts per thousand, such as 925 (Sterling Silver) or 375 (9ct Gold). The only exceptions are items which are light and fall under the exemption weight.

New Odissa Designer - LuHarrie

posted by admin at 10/17/2018

luharrie jewellery on odissa

The designer

My name is Tracy and I'm based just outside Glasgow. I work from my small studio and hand craft all my pieces. I work with a range of precious metals: Sterling & Argentium Silver and Gold. I love adding texture to my pieces using a variety of techniques, with stunning results, and the addition of beautiful gemstones never hurts! My design process is creative in that a lot of my pieces evolve as I'm making them! Have a look at the image gallery for some of my recent work.

Details matter

It's not just about the piece of jewellery! The excitement of opening your new piece is just as important so you will receive your new piece of jewellery beautifully boxed and wrapped. All my pieces are tested for quality and hallmarked at the Edinburgh Assay Office. I source materials and gemstones from ethical suppliers and ensure any diamonds I purchase are from suppliers who follow the Kimberley process in ensuring they are conflict free.

Customer feedback

Customer feedback is extremely important to me so you will receive lots of communication from me throughout the order process! I'm more than happy if you want to input to a piece - if you see something you like but would like a 'tweak' then get in touch. Have a look at the Bespoke Jewellery page if you want to be involved in designing something entirely unique.



Visit LuHarrie's shop on Odissa here

Safety and Shopping for Jewellery Online

posted by admin at 09/10/2018

How do you know that the website you've landed on when following a link or an advert is honest, above board and selling genuine jewellery products?

With so many sites appearing now, it can be difficult to spot the fakes. Pricing is usually a dead giveaway; if they appear to be selling branded jewellery at rock bottom prices, it's definitely a case of buyer beware. The site might not even be supplying any products but merely setup to collect money without shipping goods and then disappearing into the night, only to reappear under a different domain name at a later date.

Cheap doesn't always mean fake however. It is possible the genuine article is being sold off at a discounted price to move old or discontinued stock

Is the site using encryption?

Check the URL in your address bar to see if it starts with https://  

Some web browsers now display a warning to indicate that a site is not secure and you should proceed with caution. The problem is that data sent over http:// (note: no "s" on the end meaning data is not encrypted) can be intercepted by third parties when passed between the two systems. This can be addressed by using a secure version called https://, where the "s" stands for secure and involves the use of an SSL certificate (SSL stands for secure sockets layer), this creates a secure encrypted connection between the web server and the web browser and should be a requirement for any site taking payments over the internet.

Check for contact and company details along with a telephone number.

Are they hidden away or not even visible on the site at all with just a simple form for contact? Do they show a returns address? Is the site peppered with grammatical errors? All simple stuff to look out for and if these details are missing and it's a legitimate UK site, they're probably breaking the UK distance selling regulations.

Look for organisation accreditation.

If the seller belongs to a UK jewellery organisation, you should be able to contact the organisation to check the credentials of the designer/maker, but don't rely on a trust symbol image being genuine, it's far too easy to copy an image and add it to a website. Some trust symbols have added usability and, if clicked on, open up or link to display further information. Here again, it isn't impossible for the developer of a fake site to recreate a facsimile of a genuine trust symbol but they will be unable to link it to the particulars of a genuine member of the organisation.

Guild of Jewellery Designers members have the capability of adding a script to their own site or Odissa shop which displays their eligibility for PPL insurance or affiliation with the guild. Gold Plus or Gold Extra members have cover for products and public liability up to £5,000,000, so you can be confident when buying from one of our members. Clicking the GoJD logo on a member profile opens up a new box on your screen confirming their membership and, if in doubt, we are more than happy to confirm their membership if you'd like to contact us. If the member has filled out their profile correctly with the GoJD, their accreditation display will link to their GoJD Designer Directory listing which can only be authorised by the guild.

By taking precautions and making a few simple checks before parting with your hard earned cash and you should have a pleasant jewellery buying experience.

Author: Alan Hadley

GETi Titanium Rings - Inspiration in Titanium



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