Ellison Davies Blog

  1. Services

    Services

     

    Housed in our Victorian premises, we have a fully equipped workshop in which we carry out all types of repair and alterations to antique, vintage and modern jewellery.

    With the utilisation of traditional and modern techniques such as laser welding, we execute the highest quality work on delicate and cherished gold, platinum and silver items achieving excellent results.

    Our reputation for the quality of our work is such that we also carry out for other companies in the trade.

    Examples of the work we undertake include: 

    New commission work

    Remounting/Remodelling

    Setting restoration

    Stone replacement

    Stone setting

    Ring sizing

    Chain/Bracelet/Watch/Bracelet Repair

    Missing/damaged stone replacement

    General repairs to worn out mounts

    In addition to our workshop services ,we are also specialist Pearl and bead threaders

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  2. A Guide to Pearl Jewellery

    A Guide to Pearl Jewellery

     

    Pearl Formation

     

    Natural Pearls

    Contrary to common belief, a grain of sand is not the cause of the formation of a pearl. Molluscs (Oyster and mussels) spend their time filter feeding on the beds of the environment in which they live and can flush these tiny grains this out of their shells.

    If however, a sharp fragment finds its way in, and the mollusc can’t eject, its defence mechanism is to deposit around the intruder the substance it uses to build its shell called nacre (a type of Calcium Carbonate in the form of Aragonite).This nacre builds up in layers to eventually form the pearl.

    This natural reaction will occur regardless whether the mollusc is a Seawater Oyster or Freshwater Mussel.

     

    Cultured Pearls

    These are any type of pearl in which the irritation has been deliberately set up by man to induce the mollusc to coat the irritant.

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  3. A Guide to Art Nouveau Jewellery

    A Guide to Art Nouveau Jewellery

    The Art Nouveau style of jewellery design had its origins in the aesthetic movement that arose in Europe at the end of the Nineteenth century. 

    Translating from the French as “New Art”, it was also known in Germany as “Jugendstil”- Youth Art, as a reference to its fresh approach to naturalistic forms and materials.

    The movement was founded around 1890 and continued until around 1915 and its influence spread around the world, spanning both the end of the Victorian and Edwardians eras.

    Its central tenant of that was of a return to the forms of nature and a rejection of the industrialised world that was rapidly developing at the time.

    Taking inspiration from flowers, plants, insects and the female form, and using materials such as glass, organic jewels such as pearls and even horn, the value of the piece shifted from its intrinsic components, to its interpretation and the purity and artistry of its of design

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  4. A Guide to Art Deco Jewellery

    A Guide to Art Deco Jewellery

    Following the organic fluidity of Art Nouveau, the Art Deco style emerged around 1910 and continued until 1925, which signified both its climax and the start of its decline. In contrast to the pale colours and natural lines of Art Nouveau, Art Deco was characterised by vivid colours, formalised floral decoration, spiral motifs and a stronger, more precise use of sinuous curves, spreading into ovals, circles and octagonal panels. Other important elements of early Art Deco design lingered from the Edwardian concentration on graceful eighteenth century design, retaining such motifs as garlands and baskets of flowers.

    In the 1920s, the style began to absorb new influences, principally from African American art and Cubism, which gradually guided designs further towards geometry and simplicity. It aimed at ornament for its own sake, perhaps intended to distract people from the unpleasant times of wartime, delivering an effect in the design that was contrived and unreal. This period

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  5. A Guide to Edwardian Jewellery

    A Guide to Edwardian Jewellery

    Edwardian Jewellery,

    The Edwardian era itself was a short and dream like period in which wealthy jewellery buyers were spoilt by the diversity of styles ,availability of Diamonds, Opals and Pearls etc., and the number of highly talented craftsman. In many ways it could be seen as the height of the “Belle Époque”.

     

    Following the heavy and formal jewellery of the high Victoria era, the Edwardian period ushered in a new lightness and delicacy to jewellery production and design, with emphasis on high quality hand work instead of the mass produced trinkets that mechanisation later years of the Victorian era had brought with it.

     

    The influence of the last years of the 1890’s and its aesthetic movement and had lasting effect on the jewellery created in Edwardian times.

    The naturalistic forms of French Art Nouveau and German Jugendstil designs were echoed by the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain, and the important artisan names

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  6. Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    For a man – purchasing an engagement ring for his partner can be a daunting prospect.

    A trip around google will provide lots of charts, tables and jargon that is hard to relate to real the visual world and to apply to making your special person happy.

    Over our years in the trade we have dealt with thousands of people looking to buy that special item that will delight their loved one- and buying an engagement ring falls very neatly into that category.

    The main task a buyer faces is to first decide on the personality and style of the person the ring is intended for; a look at the kind of jewellery they have already is a good place to start.

    Take notice of the colour of the metal they have chosen and the intricacy or simplicity and size of the designs they have bought for themselves. If you can quietly find out the finger size required, it will help later on if the presentation of the ring is to be surprise!

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  7. A Guide to  Mid-Victorian Jewellery

    A Guide to Mid-Victorian Jewellery

    The Mid Victorian Jewellery 1860 to 1985 – the Grand Period Victorian jewellery during this era– often referred to as the Grand period – is sometimes considered an extension of the romantic period. Many of the themes found emerging in the romantic period bloomed during the grand period. Jewellery featuring lockets rose to prominence, with places to store pictures of loved ones. Rope designs also became more popular, possibly due to their intertwined patterns, suggesting a strong bond between two individuals. Although death and war perpetuated the Victorian desire for remembrance jewellery, new developments and ideas influenced Grand Period jewellery.

    In 1879, the incandescent bulb placed jewellery in a whole different light, literally. Diamonds dazzled under electricity. The discovery of a diamond mine in South Africa in 1867 had created a great demand for the gems. The Grand Period also opened doors socially for women. As men were called to war, women filled the jobs they vacat

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