For most people, tying the not with your loved one is one the happiest and most cherished moments you could ever experience in your life.
Well, maybe until they see how much a wedding and everything that comes with it costs!
On average, it cost £27,000 for a wedding in the UK in 2017 (that’s includes the full bells and whistles) and this figure is expected to rise to over £32,000 by 2028.
These figures include everything from venue costs, food, transport, decorations, engagement rings and, of course, the honeymoon.
It’s hardly a surprise that over 50% of couples asked for money as their wedding present – sensible move!
We decided to put together an infographic based around wedding trends, statistics, facts and figures. Take a look at our findings…
The SWJ team was invited to an open evening hosted by The Gemmological Association of Great Britain and taking place on Monday 15th January at the of Gem-A London HQ, in the heart of the historic jewellery quarter.
The event consisted of a series of presentations by the CEO Alan Hart and the experienced Gem-A tutors who offered the chance of viewing different stones in the laboratory and learning how to recognize and be aware of “sneaky simulants”.
We really enjoyed the experience and had the chance of testing our knowledge: out of a bunch of fake diamonds, our skilled Jewellery Assistant Jenny spotted the only real diamond without hesitation!
Last year we launched our new Vintage Reproduction webpage, and ever since we have been inundated with your requests to create vintage and antique inspired jewellery. One of these requests was from Simon Collins of Gvild (contemporary furniture makers), a client who wanted to combine our CAD and 3D printing skills with his artistic flare and creative […]
When a client came to us looking for the perfect wedding band to fit with her diamond engagement ring we made we decided to try something a little different, creating almost a ‘tiara’ effect with four sparkling round brilliant cut diamonds and a single pear shape diamond to bring it to a point, doing this has […]
We have just completed this gorgeous five stone diamond ring, set with one rare fancy pink diamond with two round brilliant white diamonds either side. All of these sparkling stones are set in platinum. This ring is up for sale so drop us a line here or alternatively give us a call on +44 (0) 20 […]
There are many different components of creating an engagement ring, from the choosing of the stones at the very beginning to the assembly of the parts and then the final polish. Watch Simon clean up a ring that has just been assembled, in preparation for diamonds to be set.
A highlight of making engagement rings is seeing our customers delighted with the finished piece. We received these lovely photos of a recent engagement after a couple came to us to design their ring together. Looking for simplicity with small flourishes of detail, we worked with them to create this twisted platinum setting with scroll work […]
We have just finished these three gorgeous rings, all as individual as their owners. The first is a princess cut diamond with vintage inspired diamond leaf shapes either side, the second is a deep red ruby set off with a split diamond shank, and the third, a beautiful royal blue sapphire surrounded by a halo […]
Using CAD to create our jewellery has helped us hugely when getting the final piece perfect. CAD helps our customers visualise the end product without the worry of putting all of their trust into a hand drawn design and wishing for the best. It allows us to approach each piece differently, picking and choosing the […]
Our good friends at Quarterre are leaving our lovely Clerkenwell home and moving to pastures green (aka a new office space). As well as making their impressive bike ‘furniture’ and stands, they have also worked with LEGO so as a parting gift Simon created these LEGO cufflinks for each of them. We are sad to see them […]