The items of jewellery you choose to wear on your wedding day will become precious keepsakes that will serve as wonderful reminders of a day full of love and joy whenever you look at or wear them. Wedding bands are worn each day and are the most symbolic aspect of your wedding day. Cufflinks, tie pins or pocket watches are excellent gifts from a bride to her groom, while any bride on her wedding day will love a bracelet or necklace from her husband-to-be, it's an uber romantic token of love before taken the steps towards wedded bliss. Take time in your selection – these are special pieces that may well end up becoming some of your most cherished possessions so be sure to check out our list below and then pop along to their shops or studios.
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Hockley Mint has appointed a new director of the Employee Ownership Trust Board
British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint have recently appointed Helen Moreton to the role of director chair of the Employee Ownership Trust Board.
Established in 1953 in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, the team value great design and are advocates for responsible mining and manufacturing. Hockley Mint create classic, elegant wedding and engagement rings, and provide an efficient and fast, friendly service. They work in collaboration with organisations such as Fair Trade, to create a fully transparent supply chain, which ensures fair and safe conditions for all workers.
Posted: 23 March 2023
F.Hinds advises on your wedding selection
Jewellers F.Hinds, boasting more than 115 stores across England, advise on what precious metals your wedding rings could be made from... Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days of your life, and we're so happy that you're about to embark on this new chapter, no doubt you are too! With an exciting engagement comes a whole load of happiness and emotion, but with that what also comes is a never-ending list of things you need to do before the big day, and we can bet that one of them is going to be to "find the perfect wedding rings".
Posted: 7 February 2023
Engagement ring trends for 2023
Whether you're future-gazing about your dream proposal or just like keeping up to date with the latest styles, Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, predicts the new wave of engagement ring trends that will be taking over our Instagram feeds in 2023. Here at County Wedding Magazines it's hard to pick our fav? Really, can we only choose one?
Posted: 3 February 2023
Hockley Mint have announced plans for all of its rings to be made from recycled precious metals
British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint has announced plans to overhaul its plain wedding ring collection by offering recycled precious metals as standard. Sourced from within the UK, the various alloys of gold, silver and platinum represent another step in the business' sustainable sourcing strategy. This will be offered alongside the company's long-standing fairtrade gold option for wedding rings and fine jewellery.
Kevan Jenkinson, the sales director at Hockley Mint, says: "This is another step towards operating more sustainably. We are sourcing our recycled precious metals from within the United Kingdom as part of our 'Created in the UK' ethos."
Posted: 19 January 2023
Hockley Mint has announced the launch of its new You & I collection
British casting and fine jewellery specialist, Hockley Mint has announced the launch of its new You & I collection which celebrates the past, present and future of the bridal jewellery market.
The 52-piece collection includes single, three, five and seven stone engagement and eternity rings for women, alongside a small selection of engagement rings and signet rings for men. These are accompanied by matching pendants and earrings.
Kevan Jenkinson, the sales director at Hockley Mint, says: "The purpose of the You & I collection is to take retailers on a journey through Hockley Mint's 70 years in business. We have reworked vintage designs, updated our current and most popular best-sellers and added new lines that reflect the 21st-century bridal market. With this new collection, we hope to provide our retail partners with the diverse ranges they need to offer an inclusive and supportive shopping experience."
Posted: 1 December 2022
Rhiannon Lewis, a jeweller in Birmingham, has released a new range of wedding rings and necklaces
Rhiannon Lewis, a jeweller in Birmingham, has released a new range of wedding rings and necklaces. Handmade from ethically mined gold and other precious metals, diamonds and colourful sapphires, Rhiannon Lewis designs and makes contemporary fine jewellery with a fresh take on classic designs. The jewels are delicately set in the new collection of shaped wedding bands and dainty gold star pendants.
All designs are made to order by Rhiannon from her studio in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and can be customised with different precious metals, gemstones or design alterations to create a bespoke piece of jewellery.
Posted: 26 May 2022
Women propose new wedding trend
Until recently engagement rings were seen as exclusively a female item of jewellery but the team at Ingle & Rhode believe the time has come for both sexes to enjoy a little engagement bling. They have already sold several of the rings to women who were planning to propose to their partners and are confident the trend will continue to gain pace. Ingle & Rhode's mens rings include items fashioned from gold and platinum with many featuring ethically sourced diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones. There's something for most budgets with women able to choose from a modest ring for their man from as little as £495 or go for something more blingy up to £11,950.
Posted: 18 May 2022
Expert advice on how to clean your engagement ring at home
Wearing your ring every day will take its toll - a build-up of things like oil, debris and cosmetic residue can create a thin layer on your ring making it look dull.
The good news is that there is no reason you can't keep your diamond as vibrant and twinkly as the day you received it- it just takes a little sprucing up every so often.
Jewellery experts at Queensmith have shared their straightforward tips for when you need to clean your ring safely at home.
Posted: 23 April 2022
Ten jewellery superstitions to know before your big day
Certain jewellery worn on your wedding day can bring bad luck to brides and grooms, according to experts. Ethical jewellery experts Ingle & Rhode have gathered some of the most unusual superstitions surrounding accessories that you might not know about. From necklaces to bracelets, lots of jewellery has hidden meanings that are considered lucky or unlucky, depending on what it is and when it is worn. Some jewellery, like rosary beads, are considered good luck, whereas wearing pearls on your wedding day suggests that you will have tears in your marriage.
Posted: 19 April 2022
HIZ Jewellery reveals their top five wedding rings for men in 2022
Men wearing wedding rings is a relatively modern thing. It's widely considered that the event of World War II was the catalyst for a sudden increase in men wearing rings as many soldiers fighting overseas wore bands on their fingers as a comforting reminder of their wives and families back home. By the mid-20th century, men wearing wedding rings had become more mainstream. According to men's jeweller, HIZ Jewellery, men are moving away from the traditional look and searching for something a little more unique. HIZ Jewellery uses zirconium with the more traditional metals to create a new product range with a twist to give you even more choice for your forever ring.
Posted: 22 March 2022