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

The plethora of skills gained  over the last 34 years by our on site goldsmith  can be accessed here in Bovey Tracey , Devon

 

Other commission enquiries may include making plain wedding rings to utilising our re-design / restore facility where our clients existing jewellery can be re-modelled into a new design or expertly renovated back to its former glory.

We also can facilitate simple ring sizing adjustments and repairs on clients precious metal jewellery too.


Our Moto   ...........

Even thought 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 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 is exactly what they imagined is was going to be.

This 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  !

 


 

We offer a fixed price Valuation service  per item ................... 

Which includes a  Free Clean and Check  over of  the piece of jewellery

( Jewellery MOT )

 

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 / 5 years  )  and you have to make a claim,  the insurance pay out may not be enough to purchase a like for like replacement as 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 pay out could be possibly thousands of pounds short off the current  new UK replacement price for the item. 

 

E.G.

A Platinum single stone diamond ring I personally  made 9 years ago for £5,300.00 .................................

was recently re-valued for a current  UK  insurance replacement value at  £11,400.00 

Naturally you insure your home and possibly review the replacement cost of your home and contents periodically to keep it all insured correctly in line with inflation, 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 so if you have a loss they can offer you a settlement figure that will actually replace the item for you. 

 

N.B.

A lot 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  .......  

 

Comparing this to our  ............ what we perceive to be the fairest way to offer a valuation for a client  at Lasting Impressions Bespoke Goldsmiths  which  is our fixed price valuation service ,  I.E.  the valuation will cost the same fixed price whatever the customers  item is valued at.

Why would one wish to charge a client more money for a valuation of a more valuable item of jewellery compared to a lesser value item when it takes the same time to value both items ?

 

 

 


Diamond certification ,  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  !

 

Because our business has evolved from the Fine Jewellery manufacturing side of the trade we have a unique understanding of the work we do.................as we are not just another  Retail Jeweller buying in stock and selling it on .

N.B. 

We do not stock or make  any  Gold plated jewellery /  hollow chains & hollow  jewellery as many high street and internet based jewellery businesses offer for sale, this hollowed out jewellery made by others is done so to make the piece fit a certain price point ..........

( 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. 

We like to think here at Lasting Impressions  we are making family Heirlooms of the future .... So why compromise a fine jewellery commission by skimping on 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 no more in labour time to make a solid quality piece compared to a hollow one.

 

We are also a recommended  workshop &  retailer  for the unique  " Superfit "  hinged rings

From New  wedding and engagement  hinged  rings  to the  retro fitting of this hinged shank / band system to most of my customers original engagement  rings too !

 

 

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

A short video on the youtube link below  about  this  fantastic technology  that can be applied to these rings

some times this hinged ring system can be added onto your original rings stone setting too !

https://www.youtube.com/user/cliqbysuperfit

 

plus more info on the main website ....

www.superfitinc.co.uk

 


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 125 the 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

( Her Diamond Jubilee year )

We were all delighted to see HM  wearing the BJA brooch gift on Christmas day 2012 at Church on the Sandringham Estate.   

 


We are a member of The  National Association of Jewellers

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 GOLD GLOBAL PRICES OVER THE YEARS

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

So if it has been a while since your last fine jewellery purchase............ you might find this information below interesting .........

To look into the historic global prices of PURE GOLD since the summer of 2005......................

 

The pure gold price  (  1000 parts per  1000  is pure gold  )  peaked in September 2011  at approx  5.4  times the price  it was in July 2005

Currently as I type this update on the Bovey Tracey Town Councils website ( Late March 2017 )   the pure gold  price has fallen back a little since 2011  to  around  4 times the price it was in the summer of  2005.

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 ) 

 

I do not think we will see those low  pure gold prices of 2005  again....................but who knows !

Looking back over nearly 30 years ago .....

Gold was slightly more expensive in 1988 compared with the 2005 price.

On the other hand  PURE PLATINUM  price   from 2005  .........

Peaked  in September 2011  at ................... 2.4  x  the price it was in 2005 

 

Now  ( late March 2017 )   is sitting at ......... 1.5  x   the price  it was in 2005 

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

So looking at the info above ....................even though platinum is 30 x rarer than gold ................

it's price over the years took a different track but still increased in that 12 year period.

 

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

The  standard purity used in the UK is 950 PPT ............ but there is a  500 PPT  option  , but that is less durable / softer than the 950  alloy mix

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    6.3  x     compared to it's 2005 price,    

but  it was priced even higher than it is  now ( March 2017 )    way   back in 2001 

So all  Precious metals are traded globally and their value can go up ............ as well as down over time . 

 


 

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 of a persons body is totally at their own risk . 

 

 

 


 

Free visual    "  Jewellery  MOT  "  to check  your precious  gem stones are still securely held in your jewellery mounting ..................................

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 working order ! 

Also..........

As our business / workshop is not located in a city,  our business running costs / overheads are a lot 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. 

 

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

but this allows us time to manufacture & renovate  fine jewellery  on site 

 

Saturday 10 am --- 4 pm  

Or by Appointment Monday - Friday Inclusive

We are next door to the Post Office / Spar shop in the centre of the Town 

Tel       01626 833177 

 

Email  devonlastimpress@aol.com  

 

Member of the National Association of Jewellers 

 

 

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

We 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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