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 July 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 38 years by our on site goldsmith can be accessed here in

Bovey Tracey , Devon   

40A   TQ13 9AD 

Our opening hours  since Covid arrived are................

Monday to Saturday 

10 am  until   5 pm 

 ( By prior appointment only )

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

Through to utilising our re-design / restore facility where our clients existing jewellery can be re-modelled into a new design or expertly renovated  or 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 alloy   items , etc

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

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

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

N.B.

Further down within this information listing you will read that Platinum is currently the same price  compared to it's price

10  / 12 years ago,

This compared to a lot of other precious metal prices that have increased over the same  period ....................

( April 2021  text  update ) 

 


  


 

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

 

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

( April   2021 ) 

( 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 about the qualities of precious stones all of the time 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 and it is exactly what the client imagined is was going to look like.

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  !

Some times these days a Uk based High street Jeweller may well even use a workshop overseas too.

 


  


 

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

Which includes a Clean and Check  over of  the piece of jewellery. ( Jewellery MOT ) 

 

Also as from  1st September 2021  Our valuations can also have the added testing ............. 

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 "

 

This test result will place a major factor  in the final value placed upon your Diamond set fine jewellery 

 

The equipment used for our Diamond set fine jewellery valuations  is a  " DeBeers  II DGR  SynthDetect  "

 

 

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

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 .

 

The additional tests that this  loose diamond machine can do is detecting if a Natural  diamond has been subjected with treartments ...... ( By Man ) 

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 / Thus  these  test results will  drastically affect a Diamonds 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  that  my business insurers  

" TH March " have made

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

 

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

 

You may be wearing an item of jewellery that you think 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 have to make a claim for a total loss, the insurance pay out figure may not be enough to purchase a like for like replacement because your insurance companies settlement figure will be based on the last dated / recorded / valued proof that 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 of a total loss, 

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 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 offering to be the fairest way , with the majority of  our valuations falling into our  fixed price valuation service ,  

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

( N.B.  Bulky  silverware items, fine jewellery holding  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 the valuation process with us  . 

Do you need a valuation in a hurry ?

Express valuation services available with our business 

Your item/s............. valued , valuation document typed up ready for collection  within 3 working days. 

( At our additional Express  valuation price structure )

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

E.G.    For Probate   when some one has passed away .

But the most common valuation request is  so you can present your insurer with a copy of the document and insure the item 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 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 stock hollow chains ,

(  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 product  for sale these days , this hollowed out / plated / coated  jewellery made by others ........is 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 injected with liquid plastic to stop the item denting during normal wearing . 

The look of plated items  when they are purchased brand new ............ will not last forever as the  surface plating will wear off and show the  base metal colour beneath the  plating / top surface ,  some plating coatings  used these days are only 2 or 3   microns thick. 

( 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 

 

A plethora 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  since developing their unique hinged ring system in 1993 

We can supply  totally   New Hinged  wedding rings /  hinged  engagement  rings 

 

All the way through to retro fitting of this  unique  hinged shank / band system to most original  customers engagement  ring designs 

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 .....

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 a UK Assay Office.

 

Argentium is a special  anti tarnish silver  alloy  and is more durable compared to Sterling silver too.

 

 Argentium  Silver alloy is  a little  purer  at  935 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

 


 


 

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.   

 






We are a member of  " The National Association of Jewellers "

https://www.naj.co.uk/find-a-jeweller/detail/Lasting-Impressions-Bespoke-Goldsmiths/167902

 

The BJA and the NAG  members voted in June 2015  to merge together their Jewellery trade associations to form one stronger association for the UK  jewellery trade, following the voting process in June 2015   ......   then on the 1st  January 2016  the NAJ was formed. 

 

" The National Association of Jewellers "  is the new Jewellery trade association for the UK .....

 with a lot  info for the general public to access on the NAJ  Website too.

 

The National Association Of Jewellers   ( NAJ )     www.naj.co.uk



PURE PRECIOUS METAL GLOBAL PRICES OVER THE  LAST   10/15 YEARS 

Since  we opened our doors  here in July 2005 the global prices of all precious metals have all increased.

So if it has been a while since your last fine jewellery purchase............

you might find the information below interesting .........

To look into the historic global prices of PURE GOLD over the last  10  to 15  years 

Currently as I type this update on the Bovey Tracey Town Councils website February 2020

   

Pure gold  price is around  1.75   x  the price it was 10 years ago    

February 2020  Pure Gold was costing around  5 x  the price it was 15 years ago !  

 

The majority of Gold  jewellery we use in the UK  is made up of  Gold Alloys, these are graded by how many pure gold

" parts per thousand " ( PPT ) mixed with other metals to form the gold alloy. 

 

375   PPT   ( 9ct )    

750   PPT   ( 18ct )

916   PPT   ( 22ct ) 

 

On the other hand PLATINUM currently costs  around the same price as it did 

10 / 12 years  ago  !

 ( Update above ref Platinum date  April 2021 )  

The purity platinum we use here in the UK  is .........  950  PPT 

So summing up all of the info above ....................even though platinum is 30 x rarer than gold ................

Platinum's  price over the years has taken a different track..........



 

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 which contains some of the properties of Platinum  .....

but not all !

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. 

February 2020 Palladium  is .............  19  x  more costly compared to it's 2005 price !  

A gents Pallladium 950 purity  wedding ring I  personally made  in 2010 for  £ 480.00 

 would cost  today  August 2021  £2,704.00

   

Silver............ 925 purity / Sterling silver 

 

Silver has increased approx     3 x   the price it was 15 years ago

 

 

All precious metals are traded globally and their value can go up ..... as well as down over time . 

 

 


 


So if you have always thought about commissioning a piece of platinum fine jewellery  .............

2021 may be  the right  time to make that enquiry, considering platinum  currently costs less than  the 18ct white gold alloy.    

( Dated April  2021 )   

 

P.S.   Also a  platinum item will weigh  39% heaver than the same design made  from 18ct white gold  ,  it will also  contain 200 parts per thousand more of the precious metal in the alloy mix compared to 18ct white gold ,

plus  platinum doe's not need rhodium plating like all of the white gold alloys . 

Rhodium plating is an ongoing process over  the lifetime of the item too . 

Rhodium plating solution in the summer of 2018 was about £ 245.00 per bottle ,

April 2021  Rhodium  update.................

The same sized   bottle of Rhodium plating solution  is  now costing  £ 2,338.00 ! 

yes  you are reading the info  correctly  ......... rhodium is  approx   10 x the price compared to just short of 3 years ago 

 


 


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 !

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 and insurance in place that a city centre fine jewellers should naturally have  too.

 






 

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

 

( But not so much now  Covid-19 has arrived )

 

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 

 

 

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 prebooked 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  TQ13 9AD 

Tel       01626  833177 

 

Email  devonlastimpress@aol.com  

 

We send out  regular 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 are a member of   "  The National Association of Jewellers  " 

https://www.naj.co.uk/find-a-jeweller/detail/Lasting-Impressions-Bespoke-Goldsmiths/167902

 

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

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

 

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Lasting Impressions Bespoke Goldsmiths

40a Fore Street,
Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AD

Tel: 01626 833177

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