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Whether they’re sparkling on your finger, or hard at work on the end of a drill bit, diamonds are one of the world’s most sought-after minerals. Here are some of our favourite facts about these beautiful, ancient and super-strong stones. How diamonds were created Diamonds are made from carbon, and the pressure put on the carbon atoms 100 miles under the Earth’s surface causes them to bond in a unique way, giving them their stunning structure. Volcanic activity brought the diamonds closer to the surface. Beautifully strong The way the atoms bond also makes them incredibly stro..
We all love displaying our favourite photographs, and most homes have a proud gallery of family portraits. Ever since the days of the Ancient Egyptians, we’ve been framing pictures to protect, enhance, and simply show them off! A silver photo frame looks perfect with practically every picture. Classic yet contemporary, eye-catching yet subtle, sterling silver makes an ideal surround for photographs. Here’s our guide to finding the right silver frame for your photo. What size picture you do want to frame? This is the first thing to establish. This may sound obvious; however if..
At Bonds, we love the exquisite enamel boxes from Halcyon Days. This one in particular has really captivated us, as it captures a moment from one of the nation’s best-loved stories: Peter Pan. A story that never grows old... Peter Pan was created by Scottish writer J M Barrie. Peter, a boy who “never grows up” lives with other “Lost Boys” in Neverland, a romantic land where they battle pirates and make friends with fairies, mermaids and Native Americans. Peter first appeared in other works by Barrie, and was given his own novel in 1911, Peter Pan and Wendy, where he’s joined by ..
Is there anything quite as British as afternoon tea? Once characterised by dainty mouthfuls and even daintier china, the afternoon tea has lost some of its customs (ladies no longer wear gloves for example!) but none of its ingredients or charm. At Bonds, we’re embracing the traditional tea as an excuse to get out the china and silverware, and recreate this elegant Victorian ritual. The tradition of afternoon tea started in Britain relatively recently – it’s first mentioned in 1840. In upper and middle class households, improved lighting resulted in the evening meal being pushed bac..
We’d like to introduce you to Bonds the Jeweller’s commercial side, bespoke jewellery makers Mallards. Mallards designs and creates quality sterling silver jewellery for heritage and visitor attractions, as well as commercial businesses. The story of Mallards Bonds’ founder Douglas Bond started making bespoke jewellery for visitor attractions back in 2004. This branch of the Bonds got off to a great start with Douglas crafting exclusive jewellery for Westminster Abbey! He began to gather more clients, and last year, gave this side of the business its own name and identity as Mallar..
A birthstone is a precious or semi-precious stone associated with a particular month. Some people believe that the gems have certain qualities – and at the very least, shopping by birthstone can narrow down tricky birthday present buying! The idea of associating gems with particular times of year goes back to ancient civilisations, when people thought that stones had healing and magical powers which were heightened during certain periods. Over the centuries these became birthstones, which some believe bring luck and happiness to the recipients. There are also variations between cou..
Halcyon Days crafted a beautiful enamel box to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day; and we have a limited stock of this exquisite box available. Let’s lift the lid on this lovely little commemorative piece... The VE Day enamel box The VE Day limited edition enamel box celebrates that momentous day, 8 May 1945, when the German forces surrendered to the Allies – and marked the end of World War II in Europe. Halcyon Days designed the box to celebrate the 60th anniversary of VE Day, using evocative events and symbols. St Paul’s Cathedral in London, which became an icon of Britain’s ..
It’s time to embrace the pocket watch again. Increasingly popular with everyone from horologists to fashionistas, a pocket watch makes a real style statement – but in an elegantly discreet way. If you haven’t already thought about buying a pocket watch, here are some excellent reasons why this old-time charmer is becoming the timepiece of choice for those who want to wear their watch with panache. A pocket watch is a piece of history In the 1520s, German inventor Peter Henlein created a clock that was powered by springs rather than falling weights. Clocks could now be small and portab..
The White Rabbit’s pocket watch in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories has to be one of the most iconic watches in literature. So, we were all delighted at Bonds the Jewellers when the props team from the new Disney film adaptation, Alice Through the Looking Glass, approached us to provide them with a pocket watch. Disney’s sequel to their 2010 hit, Alice in Wonderland, sees Alice (Mia Wasikowska) having to defeat Time (played by Sacha Baron Cohen as half man, half clock) to save her friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). As time has such a big part to play in this film, naturally the..
Westminster Abbey North West Tower clock. Dial designed buy Nicholas Hawskmoor. As no drawings exist of the dial, so Bonds the Jewellers had technical drawings made. The back of the watch has a glass to show the movement. The back bezel has been engraved. The watch can be bought from Westminster Abbey ..
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple colour that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset. ..
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colours. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust. ..
12% Discount on Carrs of Sheffield photo frames, come in a variety of sizes and available in Sterling Silver or Silver Plate. Buy online with Bonds the Jewellers and enter BTJPF12 code in checkout. Valid until 6th December 2015 ..
Bonds the Jewellers are offering 10% discount and free delivery on all 9ct gold and sterling silver lockets. Enter BTJL10 in checkout. Offer ends 7 December 2015 ..
Enamelling in its various forms was used as long ago as 3000BC as a decorative tool to embellish the work of the goldsmith, reaching popularity in England in the eighteenth century. Enamel boxes from the Georgian period are highly collectable and are sought-after pieces, first used by the aristocracy and socialites to contain snuff for gentlemen and beauty patches for ladies. Originally made from gold and enamel, they were truly precious and exquisite items, predominantly made by Parisian and London jewellers and goldsmiths. The art of enamelling on copper became popular during the 1700..
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