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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.

Join Odissa Republic!

posted by admin at 08/10/2018

Join Odissa Republic!

Feel free to join our Facebook group, Odissa Republic, where you can meet the designers first hand, ask questions or even get help commissioning your own pieces.


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posted by admin at 08/09/2018

An Image is Worth a Thousand Words (And Maybe a Thousand Sales!)

Accurate representation of your product is essential, customers need to be able to learn as much about your product as they possibly can before they can make a decision about whether or not to buy it.

The way you present your products online has a significant impact on sales. Taking great photographs of your jewellery is an essential skill when showcasing handmade designs for your online shop presence or entering competitions etc.

The main product or catalogue shots look better where possible with a white background and, optionally, the addition of a drop shadow (pay attention to shadows). If well lit, a subtle shadow can add depth and dimension to a shot.


Avoid harsh backlighting and other setups that cast shadows on the surface of the object.

product photography tips

Keep the lights on the same side of the object as your camera, or slightly off to one side. Polished silver is notoriously difficult to photograph. The addition of a strategically placed piece of black card in your lightbox that shows as a reflection on the jewellery can be advantageous by adding depth.

They should also be clear with the product in focus, although it can help to draw attention to certain features of the product by making elements of the design out of focus.

Fingerprints or dust on your product produce poor quality results so cleanliness is important.

Be Creative

Showing multiple angles of your product is critical. It is a known fact that showing multiple views of your product will significantly improve your sales.

Additional images showing the products in various lifestyle situations or worn on a model help to sell them and give a sense of physical size.

Show your packaging so the customer can see what to expect when the product arrives.

Small pictures are simply not effective as a sales tool. Images should be square and ideally a minimum of 600 pixels x 600 pixels and a maximum of 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels @ 72dpi for online purposes.

After the Shot! 

A little bit of 'cleaning up' editing is normal, background removal or exposure and levels settings can be undertaken easily with software programmes such as Photoshop or Corel (paid for). Or, as a free alternative, Gimp (downloadable) or Pixlr ( online editing; www.pixlr.com ).

Consistency -  It’s very important that you crop and size all of your jewellery product images in the same way. Multiple crops and sizes will only confuse customers and lessen the professional look of your Odissa shop product range.


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