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Lost Jewellery Recovery Service - Jewellery Reunited

posted by admin at 11/26/2019

Jewellery Reunited is a service run by The Guild of Jewellery Designers to help reunite lost or stolen jewellery with its rightful owner

The idea of a service to reunite people with their loved jewellery came about following a month of desperately retracing steps and turning our house upside down while frantically searching every room, twice sometimes three, with no luck. Finally resigned to the despair of losing my engagement, eternity and wedding rings ( I hasten to add, not even a year old, as we tied the knot in April).

However while getting ready for a change of hair colour, imagine my elation (well my husbands elation as he didn’t need to purchase them again), at finding all my rings inside a hair dye box (don’t ask). The following morning while lying in bed, dreamily admiring my rings back on my finger, I wondered if I could have them engraved with my phone number to enable them to be returned in the future, should I be unfortunate enough to lose them. (Luckily my husband is a fantastic laser engraver) Pondering if this would be feasible, a eureka moment occurred, why not enable rings to be engraved with a unique number registering them to their owner… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Toni x

Ask if it's Hallmarked

posted by admin at 11/01/2019

Internet retailers are being accused of having little regard for protecting consumers after a study found a third of gold jewellery sold online could be fake. The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) conducted a 10 day study and found 6,377 listings - or 36% - did not mention a hallmark.

Jewellery advertised as precious metal (over 1gramme or Silver over 7.78 grammes) but does not have a hallmark to confirm the product's authenticity, is being sold illegally.

Anything sold in the UK which is made from a precious metal - silver, gold, platinum and palladium - and is over a certain weight must have a hallmark.

The research suggests that housands of items of fake gold jewellery could be on sale in the UK each year and the study could highlight just a fraction of the total number of contraventions.  

Few internet big players are willing to step up and help protect consumers by enforcing the regulations, leaving this solely to local trading standards departments who are poorly equipped to deal with the situation and don't have the required powers to cope with internet trade in this area.

Consumers should always ask an online seller if an item has been hallmarked (if it's over the legal requirement) and it is hoped that the current Hallmarking Act can be extended to cover internet trade in the very near furure to enforce a sturdy strategy of protecting businesses and consumers from unfair trading practices.

It is also hoped that the Government will work with large online organisations, such as Amazon and Ebay, to educate, inform and raise awareness of precious metal selling regulations and the law.

Please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards offices for further information about hallmarking disputes and what to do if you suspect a dealer is acting illegally.


PPL Cover for Arts and Crafts

posted by admin at 10/09/2019

We are pleased to announce that a new subscription is available to sellers of jewellery and other craftworks that includes £5M Products and Public Liability insurance cover.

Cover includes sales to the USA and Canada, the use of heat on third party premises, exhibiting at craft fairs and exhibitions and teaching. Read the Policy Summary to determine if it suits your needs.

Odissa is Evolving!

posted by admin at 08/20/2019

We are pleased to announce that the Guild of Jewellery Designers selling platform, Odissa, is now open to designer/makers of all arts and crafts.

We aim to hold on to our ethos of maintaining a handcrafted products platform and hope to create a vibrant and interesting place for visitors to shop so, if you make handcrafted products, feel free to join us on the adventure! :-)

**NEW** £5M Products and Public Liability (PPL) cover now included with Odissa Seller Plus subscriptions. Sell jewellery and other craftwork products online or at craft fairs and exhibitions and be covered. Policy Summary


posted by admin at 07/04/2019

Does your Sterling Silver tarnish?


Summer months can be a nightmare for lovers of Silver, when, for no obvious reason, your Silver jewellery doesn't look as lustrous as it should. Here we explore some reasons why this happens.


First of all what causes the discolouration?


Silver turns black when kept in the air because it reacts with sulphur compounds such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) present in air. The phenomenon is called corrosion and, for silver in particularly, is called tarnishing. The black substance formed is silver sulphide.

This is a common issue with Silver, even British hallmarked 925 solid Silver can tarnish, it's not a fault, it's a natural occurrence. It is common and certainly not a sign there is a quality issue with your Sterling Silver and can infact be used to provide a decorative contrast against polished Silver to highlight detail, but, how can we prevent it from happening?

Sterling Silver is an alloy and is created when copper is added to pure Silver in order to make the resulting metal more durable and less soft. Usually, Sterling Silver has a purity of 92.5%, which is what the 925 stamp indicates (925 parts per 1000) meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper and other metals (eg. zinc).

Copper oxidises when exposed to the atmosphere especially when there is high humidity moisture. The Copper metal reacts with Oxygen, resulting in the formation of an outer layer of Copper Oxide. This reaction on Silver results in tarnishing and taking on a blackened appearance.


So, what are the common causes and how to avoid tarnishing?


1. Moisture and Humidity.


Summer months usually result in an increased moisture level on our skin (dare we say, perspiring, although we all know ladies glow!). Hot nights, and long sunny days, more showering, etc all increase moisture exposure, which can lead to tarnishing.

Solution: avoid wearing jewellery while sleeping, and showering/bathing.

Remove jewellery from bathrooms especially while showering, which can create a humid atmosphere (we all know what us ladies are like for popping trinkets on the side!).


2. Cosmetics and Sunscreen


Many beauty cosmetics, especially sunscreens, contain zinc oxide and other small chemical particles, this exposure to Sterling Silver results in tarnishing.

Solution: apply sunscreen before donning jewellery making sure it is well absorbed before doing so. This can reduce, but not stop, the tarnishing process.

Apply jewellery after makeup, we've all heard of the saying 'last on first off' with regard to wearing pearls as they are so delicate, by adopting this practice with silver and wiping with a dry soft cloth after wearing, it can again reduce tarnishing.


3. Swimming baths


Chlorinated swimming pools are a huge NO NO. Chlorine reacts with the Copper within the Silver and results in tarnishing and, even worse, can cause pitting. Again we stress this is not a fault with the Sterling Silver, it is a natural reaction when the Copper within Sterling Silver meets Chlorine.

Solution: remove all jewellery prior to swimming especially in chlorinated water.


4. Perfumes and sprays


Perfumes and sprays contain chemicals, again these can react with your Sterling Silver and cause tarnishing.

Solution: spray perfume onto your skin and allow it to dry fully before wearing your jewellery.


5. Diet


Not obvious, but your diet can actually affect your silver.

A diet which contains a higher amount of sulphur rich foods, such as eggs, garlic seafood, etc. can produce sweat (or perspiration for ladies) to have a higher concentration of sulphur compounds, which will cause a reaction with the copper within Sterling Silver and accelerate tarnishing.

Solution: Avoid high sulphur foods, there are lots of low sulphur foods available.

Never keep your Sterling Silver jewellery next to a boiled egg, it will oxidise/tarnish it!!!

* Please keep your diets healthy and varied *

So you can see how hot, humid, sunny days, spent swimming, applying sunscreen, increased showering, spray deodrant and perfume, eating a diet which is Sulphur rich, and make up can all contribute to tarnished Sterling Silver.

Solution: Avoid the above where possible, although no one is expecting you to put your life on hold for the sake of keeping your jewellery tarnish free.

Wipe your jewellery after wearing it and before storing it.

A small amount of tarnish can be easily removed using a Silver polishing cloth.

Store Sterling Silver in an airtight box where possible to limit exposure to humidity.

I hope this helps and you all have an amazing summer!


Written by Toni Hardwick - Grounded Soul Jewellery

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