Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between 'antique' and 'vintage' jewellery?
Antique jewellery refers to pieces that are over 100 years old. Vintage jewellery, on the other hand, is typically between 50 and 100 years old. At Ellison Davies, we specialise in both types, offering an extensive range of beautifully preserved items from different eras.
2. How do you source your jewellery?
Our founder, Trevor Ellis, utilises his vast network and industry experience to carefully select each piece. We primarily source from auctions, estate sales, and private collections. We ensure that every item we acquire meets our stringent standards for quality, authenticity, and ethical origin.
3. Do you offer gift wrapping and personalised messages?
Yes, we do! We understand that many of our pieces are purchased as gifts. During the checkout process, you can opt for our gift-wrapping service and include a personalised message at no additional cost.
4. Can rings be resized?
Most of our rings can be resized to perfectly fit your finger. If you require a resize, please let us know your desired size during the purchase process. Some designs may not be suitable for resizing due to their unique construction, but we will inform you if this is the case.
5. How can I learn more about the history of a particular piece?
We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the provenance and historical context of our collection. If you're curious about a piece, don't hesitate to contact us. We love sharing the fascinating stories behind our items.
6. What is your approach to sustainability and ethical sourcing?
We take ethical sourcing seriously. By purchasing antique and vintage jewellery, you are partaking in the circular economy and helping reduce the demand for new mining. We ensure our collection does not include conflict gems, and our packaging is eco-friendly.
7. Do you provide appraisals or certificates of authenticity?
All our high-value items come with an appraisal or certificate of authenticity, verifying the gemstones, materials, and estimated age of the piece.
8. How should I care for my antique or vintage jewellery?
Caring for antique and vintage jewellery requires a soft touch. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals or extreme temperature changes. Regular, gentle cleaning with a soft cloth is usually enough to maintain its lustre. For more specific care instructions, see our Jewellery Care Guide or contact us.
9. What if I have a question that isn’t listed here?
We’re always here to assist you! If your question isn't addressed in our FAQs, please contact us via our Contact page. We strive to respond to all queries within 24 hours.