Lasting Impressions Bespoke Goldsmiths

Lasting Impressions was formed by Multi Award Winning Goldsmith Ian Hall in 1999 who had previously gained a wealth of fine jewellery manufacturing experience in the world famous...…….. Birmingham Jewellery Quarter since 1983 A move from Worcestershire to Devon in 2004 followed by the opening of the shop / studio / workshop in Bovey Tracey in 2005 which allowed the public for the first time direct access to Ian's goldsmithing skills.

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Our forte  ....................................at Lasting Impressions is creating Bespoke Fine Jewellery.............. some may describe this as

"Custom made jewellery /  Hand Made Jewellery "

Making a "one off " unique piece of jewellery, or one may even describe it as creating family heirlooms of the future !

The plethora of skills gained over the last 39 years by our on site goldsmith can be accessed here  

40A  Fore Street , Bovey Tracey ,  TQ13 9AD 

Our opening hours...............

Monday to Saturday 

10 am  until   5 pm 

( By prior appointment only )

We are next to the Post office / Spar shop in the centre of town 

Other commission enquiries may include making plain wedding rings ......

Utilising our re-design / restore facility where our clients existing jewellery can be re-modelled into a new design or expertly renovated  or totally  re-created back to its former design ( that's if the item has  passed the point that it cannot be renovated )

 

We can also facilitate more  simple processes like re-size rings , repairs to customers  stone set fine jewellery , engraving , Rhodium plating of white gold items , etc

An article written by the Platinum Guild international  ( PGI ) .......... on the link below  might  be of interest to you ,

Platinum in 2022 is currently  ( May 2022 ) costing less than it did in 2013     &   Platinum  is less costly compared to the same  item if it was  made in 18ct white gold too! 

Lasting Impressions Bespoke Platinumsmiths  are  a previous  PGI recommended retailer too ! 

https://platinumjewelry.com/why-platinum/all-about-platinum/


  


 

We stock more British made jewellery / made by others too..................

 

One example of this a  sterling silver " Hayseed "  link  bracelet  £21.00

( March  2022 ) 

Possibly  less than the price you would consider paying for of a bouquet of flowers ! 

 

So we hopefully have something for everyone /  for a small gift for a loved one maybe ?



Our Moto   ...........

Even though one would think Bespoke Fine Jewellery creations are more expensive, in a lot of cases they can be made for a similar price to a quality high street shop fine jewellery "off the shelf " purchase , but with clients knowing we have personally created something especially unique for them with British Craftsmanship Guaranteed ! 

Our in-house goldsmith who has a passion for hand crafting fine jewellery since 1983, who embraces modern fabrication methods working along with traditional goldsmithing hands skills, meticulously taking a special pride in the final finish of the precious metal mounts the stones are set in.

We hear a lot of the time about the qualities of precious stones when looking for fine jewellery on websites, Tv shopping channels, High street shops and in the media, but not very often do you hear about how well the precious metal mount holding the stones is crafted and finished.

At Lasting Impressions Multi  Award Winning Hand finishing comes as standard whatever we are working on for you !  

Commissioning a bespoke fine jewellery piece from us is made a special, memorable experience by us involving the client throughout the manufacturing process, allowing them to actually speak face to face with the goldsmith who will be making their special order, viewing their commission at different stages of manufacture, selecting their diamonds and gem stones, trying their piece on for size etc, etc , so their completed piece fits correctly first time when collected and it is exactly what the client imagined is was going to look like too.

This very personal service we offer to our clients ( in our mind )  could not be reproduced with an online order with a company far away or even dealing with a high street jeweller who sends their work away to a workshop as there would be too many people between the maker and the client to get things right first time  !

These days a Uk based high street Jewellers' may well even use a workshop overseas too.

 


  


 

The majority of our Valuations are at a fixed Valuation price per item ................... 

Which can  include a Clean,Check & Polish of the piece of jewellery if one so wishes 

( Jewellery MOT one might call it )  

 

Also as from  1st September 2021  Our valuations  also have the added process of diamond testing included.

Diamond screening to test whether the diamonds in your peice of fine jewellery  are ..................

" Natural Diamonds " made by mother nature 

or if they are  ............"  Laboratorary grown / man made diamonds "

 

These test results will place a major factor upon the final value placed upon your diamond set fine jewellery 

 

The equipment used for our diamond set fine jewellery valuations  will dectect 98% of natural diamonds  , 100%  of laboratory / man made diamonds 

The specialst equipment used is  a  " DeBeers  II DGR  SynthDetect  "

 

 

If one requres a more indepth diamond report that will also detect additional information. 

( At an additional charge / cost to the initial valuation price quoted to you before you engage a valuation ) 

If a natural diamond has been treated by man to improve it's qualities  then the diamond needs to be removed from it's setting and tested loose in another very specialist machine after the diamond has been cooled down in liquid nitrogen  .

 

These additional tests that this loose diamond machine can process  detecting if a natural  diamond has been subjected to any treatments ...... ( By Man ) to improve it's qualities

Via High pressure  / High temprature , laser driling / fracturer filling internally and externally, and surface coatings too. 

 

As Laboratory grown diamonds are identical   " chemically, physically & optically "  when compared to natural diamonds  these very specialist  tests  on very expensive equipment are invaluable to identify what the diamond make up is.

Also these test results will drastically affect the  diamonds / jewellery value too. 

BUT WHY DO I NEED A VALUATION FOR MY JEWELLERY ......?

Please feel free to have a look at this short video ref  "  you tube link "   below  by 

" TH March " 

You might find this very interesting .......................

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyMqh4_gVNc

 

You may be wearing an item of jewellery that you presume is insured for loss or accidental damage by your current insurer,  but if the item of jewellery has not been valued recently  (  within the last  3 to 5 years  )  and you are unfortunate  to  have to make a claim, your insurance companies settlement figure may not be enough to purchase a like for like replacement because the insurance claim / settlement figure will be based on the last dated / recorded / or valued proof  for the item you can supply .....  if it was many years ago .... this would mean the insurance claim settlement figure could be possibly thousands of pounds short off the current  new UK replacement price for the item. 

 

E.G.

A platinum single stone diamond engagement  ring I personally  made for a client  12 years ago for £5,300.00 

was recently re-valued  " independently " with our  UK based valuation partner.................

The ring's new UK insurance replacement value was stated on the valuation document  £12,400.00 

Naturally you insure your home and possibly review the replacement cost of your buildings and contents periodically to keep it all insured correctly in line with inflation / current replacement price's , just in case you have the misfortune to  have to make a claim

So why not give your insurance company an up to date valuation / proof of value for your fine jewellery /  Thus if you have a loss they can offer you a settlement figure that will actually replace the item for you. 

 

N.B.

Lots of jewellers base their valuation fee on a percentage of the  new /  current valuation price of the item they have just valued for you, 

Thus you do not know what the valuation is going to cost before you engage their valuation services and their work is done !

The other question one has to ask before engaging a valuation  is  ..................

Has the valuer invested  / purchased   specialist " Diamond screeening / testing  equipment "

to detect man made or natural diamonds  ?  

As described above we perceive our valuation service to be the fairest way, with the majority of valuations falling into our fixed price valuation structure ,  

I.E.  The  majority of our valuations will cost the same fixed price per item valued.

( N.B.  Bulky  silverware items, fine jewellery holding many numerous stones may command a slight increase in the valuation fixed pricing structure as well as the express valuation services we offer have an increase in the standard pricing structure , watches will also incur an additional valuation charge too )

All the above can be quoted for before you engage a valuation with our business, thus you know 100%  what a valuation is going to cost before you engage a valuation with us . 

Do you need a valuation in a hurry  ?

I.E.  Quicker than our standard 10 to 15 working days service   ?

Your item/s............. photographed, valued, document printed out /  3 working days service 

or  a slightly slower 5 working days service is also available . 

All express valuations at our  " Express  Valuation pricing structure "  which can be quoted to you before engaging the express  service .

 

There are lots of different types of Valuations one could chose from ..... 

E.G.   

For Probate   (when some one has passed away)

Sale between parties ,

Family division, etc 

But the most common valuation request we get is ...............

So you can present your insurer with a copy of the document and insure your  item / s  at the current UK high street replacement costs or current  UK antique shop replacement value . 

 

 

 


 


Diamond certification, coloured stone certification, Pearl testing , Precious metal testing / Hallmarking, laser engraving , damaged stones re-polishing are all services we can offer as standard to our customers......

 

We are also approved by the Fairtrade Foundation in London 

to sell Fair Trade Gold too  !

https://fairgold.org/fairgold/finder/index?center=35.467327%2C-97.518032&address=devon+uk

 

Because our business has evolved from the Fine Jewellery manufacturing side of our  trade,

We have a unique understanding of the work we do.................

as we are not just another Uk high street  Retail Jeweller buying in stock and selling it on.

 



We do not stock or make any Silver / Gold or Platinum  plated jewellery,  nor sell hollow chains or Rolled Gold  / Gold filled /  Vermeil , etc  ( Vermeil is Gold plated silver jewellery )   

Many high street and internet based jewellery businesses offer this type of plated / coated  product  for sale these days , hollowed out / plated / coated  jewellery made by others is manufactured to make the piece sell for a certain / lesser price point .......... Sometimes these types of products are that thin / contain not alot of precious metal as they are sometimes  injected with liquid plastic to stop the item bending / denting during normal wearing . 

The look of plated items when they are purchased brand new ............ will not last forever as the surface plating / coating will wear off and reveal the base metal colour beneath the plating / top surface  colour. 

( I.E.  less precious metal contained in the piece = a lesser retail price ) 

but in many cases this compromises the durability of the item overtime too. 

We like to think here at Lasting Impressions  we are  supplying /  making family heirlooms of the future ....

So why compromise a fine jewellery commission ref  a little less precious metal contained within it's design,  if a none hollow version will then last more than a lifetime ....!

After all it costs / takes us  no more in labour time to make a solid quality piece compared to a hollow one.

 



We specialise in working with / supplying  Gemological  Institute Of America   ( GIA ) 

certified natural diamonds 

 

Lots of interesting precious stones info on this link below ....................  

 

www.gia.edu


 


 

 

Cliq Jewelry / Superfit  ...........................  Hinged rings

 

2018  " Superfit "  have re-branded to  " Cliq Jewelry " 

All since developing their unique hinged ring system in 1993 

We can supply  totally  New Hinged  wedding rings /  hinged  engagement  rings in all of the 

14ct , 18ct  &  Platinum alloys  

 

Also we can retro fit  this unique hinged shank / band system to some original customers engagement ring setting designs, that's providing their original stone settings are in good order.

All worked upon in our on-site  Devon based workshop  too 

A fantastic solution for ring wearers  if you suffer from  Arthritis, or have a problem / larger finger joint  after an injury maybe.

A  couple of short video's on the youtube links below  about  this  fantastic technology  that can be applied to rings.

https://cliqjewelry.com/what-is-cliq/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Iqfi2I5-8

 

 



 

We are also licensed to work with Argentium silver alloys 

 

Argentium can be hallmarked at all four  UK Assay Offices.

 

Argentium  935 / 940 purity  alloy is a special  tarnish  resistant silver  alloy  and is more durable / harder  compared to Sterling  925 silver too.

 

 Independent laboratory testing recently showed that  Argentium silver chains are  3  to 5  times stronger than sterling 925 silver chains of the same design /thickness / weight 

 

Argentium  Silver alloy is  a little  purer  at  935  / 940  parts per 1000  compared to  standard   925  purity Sterling silver . 

 

Keep your eyes open for the  Argentium  " Flying Unicorn " logo stamped alongside  any   UK   Sterling Silver / 925   hallmark.

The  additional  "Flying Unicorn"  mark is your  guarantee that the  item is made from this special Argentium silver Alloy

 

More info on   Argentium silver alloy  via this short YouTube link below .......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLf318FYlhY&list=RDCMUCURCSz85uTynijLDR4_0b0w


 


 

Our past achievements include.............

Making a Platinum diamond set Tiara for a UK Trade fair   International Jewellery London  (  IJL )

Individual  limited production runs of pieces for DeBeers Diamond Occasions promotions.

Also numerous awards from" The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Councils " annual competition at Goldsmiths Hall in London....................................

 (The Oscars of the UK Jewellery making world)

Accreditation to the "Platinum Guild International" (PGI) Recommended Retailer Program in 2008 to promote high standards of product knowledge and customer service.

 






 

In 2012 our Goldsmith was honoured to be selected by the " British Jewellers Association " ( BJA )  in their 125th  Anniversary year to play a key role in the manufacturing process for a gift made from BJA members donated precious materials, this gift was named " The Eternal Dove Brooch " by the designer and was presented by the BJA to........

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  on the 5th  December  2012

( HM's Diamond Jubilee year )

We were all delighted to see HM wearing the BJA brooch gift upon her light blue / sky blue coat on Christmas day 2012

at Church on the Sandringham Estate.   


 

The majority of precious metal  jewellery we use in the UK  are made up of alloys, these  precious metal alloys are graded by how much  pure precious metal " parts per thousand " ( PPT ) mixed with other metals to form the precious metal  alloy. 

 

375   PPT   ( 9ct )   

585  PPT    ( 14ct ) 

750   PPT   ( 18ct )

916   PPT   ( 22ct ) 

950   PPT   ( Platinum )

950   PPT   ( Palladium )

925   PPT   ( Sterling Silver ) 

935/940  PPT  ( Argentium silver ) 


 

Palladium............

The  standard purity used in the UK is 950 PPT ............ but there is a  500 PPT  option  , but this is less durable / softer than the 950  alloy mix due to 50% of the 500 palladium alloy content will be  silver .

Palladium is the newest  "Platinum Group precious metal " to be discovered just over 200 years ago.

Palladium is 88%  lighter than platinum for the same volume and less hard wearing compared to Platinum. 

 

Pure Palladium price has increased dramatically over the last  10 / 15 years.   

A gents Pallladium 950 purity  wedding ring I  personally made  in 2010 for 

£ 480.00 

 would cost  ( August 2021 )   £2,704.00

   

Palladium is also used as the bleaching metal in  18ct white gold alloys.

So this is why 18ct White gold is currently  more expensive compared to Platinum 

Platinum  when we were  comparing prices  over tha last  decade or so ,  when shreadding  old dead file paperwork over the Easter  break 2022.

We  were surprized to see  Platinum in 2022  is costing less  than it did in 2013  !!!!! 

With the  price hikes in energy ,  petrol , food etc,  etc  in 2022   this is good  news if you are looking for  a naturally white precious metal for your fine jewellery  purchase to be made  from . 

( Other precious metals  we work with have increased  in price over the last decade,

but  thinking about another subject............ so has the value of the  flat / house you live in  increased in value  too  ) 


 


If you have always thought about commissioning a piece of platinum fine jewellery 

2022 may be  the right  time to make that enquiry, considering platinum  currently costs less than  the 18ct white gold alloy , Also Platinum  is currently costing less than it did in 2013 too!    

A like for like ring design will weigh 39% heaver if made in Platinum 950 purity  compared to an 18ct white gold version   ..... and as noted above  a Platinum ring  will be  slightly less in final cost compared to the exact same design if  it was made in 18ct white gold , the other added benefits  of  platinum are .........

Harder wearing / more durable / 200 parts per thousand purer alloy mix  compared to 18ct white gold  750  alloy , also  Platinum doe's not need the ongoing process of rhodium plating to keep the item looking a true  grade one white colour that 18ct white gold will need from time to time to keep it looking a white  colour . 

N.B.

18ct white gold alloy is not just 18ct yellow  750 gold alloy  then rhodium plated like some  members of the public think it is ,

18ct white gold  is  750 parts per 1000  gold  ( Gold is always yellow in colour )  then palladium is added to the  alloy mix to create a grade  2  white gold alloy called 18ct white gold , this 18ct white gold alloy  to confirm will contain 750 parts per 1000 gold  / yellow in colour , even with the palladium added  it will still not be as white as the platinum 950  alloy , so that's why ...... as a manufacturing jewellery trade standard procedure we  always rhodium plate  all white gold alloys after the item has had it's final polish at the end of the  manufacturing process. 

 


 


We offer a Free ring removal / cut off service for clients who have had an accident or a medical condition that has caused their hands to swell.

N.B.   All jewellery cut off a persons body is totally at their own risk . 

We can only cut off  precious metal jewellery off a persons body ..............

Other   none precious metals like  titanium , tungsten carbide   etc......  the  jewellery  will have to be removed at a hospital. 

 

 

 


 


 

Free visual    "  Jewellery  MOT  "

 to check  your precious  gem stones are still securely held in your jewellery mount.

Most of our clients call in to see us when they have lost a gem stone,  so why not take advantage of this free service !

If the item needs degreasing / washing to assess the  condition / security of the stones in their settings this  is to be  totally at the customers risk.

Reason ......somtimes the grease / dirt / soap  compacted in the items settings can actually be holding the stones in their settings after the precious metal stone setting edges have previously worn away  over the years. 

As with most things in life................... a  service / maintenance is needed every now and again when owning  fine precious metal / stone set jewellery  .....

just  like having your car serviced or a washing machine repair to keep things in fully  serviceable / working order ! 


Also..........

As our business / workshop is not located in a city,  our business running costs / overheads are  less........ thus we can pass on that saving to our customers within the competitive prices we offer .....  

but remembering our business will still  have the same physical security, police response alarm systems & a specialist jewellers insurance policy in place that a city centre  jewellers should naturally have  too.

 






 

Our Opening Hours may look a little strange to some....

 

We would love you to call in and see us face to face in our workshop/ shop to discuss your fine jewellery requirements 

 

But following Covid-19 arriving in 2020 

 

 

To give our customers the confidence, security & peace of mind to visit us again 

 

 

Our entire business premises will be .......................

 

" 100% our clients own space "  within their pre-booked appointment time .

 






 







 

Our opening  hours   ........... 

"  By Prior Appointment Only " 

Monday to Saturday 

10 am   until   5 pm  

( Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays )







 

 






 

We are next door to the Post Office / Spar shop in the centre of Bovey Tracey ,   40A  TQ13 9AD 

Tel       01626  833177 

 

Email  devonlastimpress@aol.com  

 

We send out  regular  info updates /  posts on  our  Google Business  and  Google maps pages too !

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lasting+Impressions+Bespoke+Goldsmiths/@50.5940893,-3.6812558,18.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x486d0733affe4b51:0xd8d9678eaf618597!8m2!3d50.5936434!4d-3.6749504

  

 

We hope you found this information within our business listing interesting / informative .........

 and we  look forward to meeting you in the future...................

 

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40a Fore Street,
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Tel: 01626 833177

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