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.
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 […]
Striking the Simon Wright Jewellery maker’s mark into a ring. Maker’s marks are registered stamps that link a jeweller or maker to a piece that they have made. Music Que Pouvons-Nous Faire Ensemble? Care of Finders Keepers Records
Being a bespoke jewellers can sometimes mean that there is a different making process compared to high street jewellers and retailers. As our previous and current customers will know, we use CAD design and 3D printers, bringing an age old trade into the 21st century, but we always use hand done techniques/finishes, assembly and stone setting which allows a lot more attention to detail and adds a special touch.
SWJ has just recently finished a delicate but stunning Sunflower ring using a bright canary yellow sapphire as the centre. We just wanted to share with you a few renders and photos of our process, before and after. We are really happy with how this lovely little ring turned out and think it is a really special piece, we hope you agree!
Find it on our Coloured Stone Rings page here.
Every once in a while, the SWJ team will have a customer who would like a ring inspired by vintage pieces of jewellery that they own, often that have been passed down to them, from earrings to brooches . As SWJ often bases many of its designs on antique jewellery, this is always an enjoyable challenge, especially hearing about the family heirlooms story! This allows us to bring together the new and the old by using old design with new materials and techniques.
Earlier this year we had a customer who came to us with a gorgeous family brooch that had been handed down to him. It was extremely important to him to somehow incorporate this precious piece of jewellery into his future fiancés engagement ring. Here is a little record of our process from antique heirloom to a sparkling new engagement ring!
The beautiful antique brooch at the start!
Our customer showed us some design ideas that he particularly liked at one of Simon’s design discussions. An extremely important part of the process, especially when antique jewellery is involved. During the next few days and weeks ideas were discussed back and forth to ensure that SWJ made the perfect ring for our customer, both aesthetically and structurally, all while keeping that lovely charm of the original piece.
And finally, the sparkling end result!! The SWJ team were pretty proud of this one. Whilst creating a new engagement ring, Simon managed to retain some of the brooches influence. As well as incorporating some little features such as the gorgeous filigree work underneath, to echo the era of the original piece.