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The Odissa Handmade Blog

Stay in the loupe!

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



5 Tips to Care for Your Jewellery

posted by admin at 08/20/2018

Taking care of your jewellery is essential to make it last a lifetime. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help you. We’ve put together some tips for you to learn about how best and easily you can clean and take care of your jewellery. In this Infographic we include from proper cleaning practices to handy do's and don'ts to keep your jewellery looking brand new.




Source - https://prestigevaluations.com/

Can a Titanium Ring Be Cut Off?

posted by admin at 08/14/2018

There are a lot of myths and legends concerning this topic so I will try to put the record straight.

Titanium is a material that is not particularly hard but is very strong and has a high tensile strength. Many people are unsure as to the difference between hardness and tensile strength and often get them confused. Let us consider diamond, the hardest material currently known to man.

If you had a rod of diamond that was 25mm in diameter and 1 metre long, you wouldn’t easily scratch it or mark it but if you try to bend it over your knee, you would probably find that it would snap like a carrot. Titanium on the other hand is relatively soft in as much as it can be easily cut and marked, but has a high tensile strength which means that if you put it over your knee and had the strength to bend it, it would bend without breaking.

Tensile strength, in a nutshell, is resistance of a material to pulling force before it shears or pulls apart. Paper has low tensile strength, cake has very low tensile strength and Titanium and Titanium alloys have high tensile strength.

On a side note, an alloy, for those of you that don’t know, is a combination of different materials. For example Aircraft grade Titanium (Grade 5 or Ti/6Al/4V) is an alloy of 90% Titanium, 6% Aluminium and 4% Vanadium and has higher tensile strength than Grade 2 CP Titanium which is not an alloy but the element in its pure form.

Getting back to the original question, ‘Titanium Ring Removal – Can Titanium rings be removed in an emergency?’.

The simple answer is ‘yes they can’ and the process is exactly the same as for precious metal ring removal utilising the same tools.

Quite probably the main consideration when cutting off a Titanium ring is that the blade is brand new or very little used and preferably Tungsten Carbide.

A dull blade will struggle to cut the ring and will heat up the ring quite quickly. Lubrication is quite important too.

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