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Genisi Pearls

Genisi Pearls

Member Profile: Genisi Pearls A precious strand ties Adriano’s story to that of the pearl. It is his pure passion for this wonderful gem that brought him his deep knowledge of the pearl. Adriano’s desire was to want to look closely at the origins of […]

A Magical Glimpse into the History of Cultured Pearl

A Magical Glimpse into the History of Cultured Pearl

Whether it’s pearl rings, classic strings, or pearl drop earrings every jewellery retailer needs to sell pearls. But have you ever stopped to think about how pearl cultivation began? Freshwater pearl cultivation dates back as far as the thirteenth century in China, where mabe pearls […]

Heidi Kjeldsen

Heidi Kjeldsen

Member Profile: Heidi Kjeldsen

Heidi Kjeldsen Ltd is a fine jewellers in the heart of Oakham, Rutland, established in 1998 and renowned for meticulous craftsmanship and timeless bespoke jewellery.

From exquisitely elegant diamond, pearl and gemstone designs to contemporary Murano glass jewellery, every piece is lovingly handcrafted to perfection. Classical in style but with a modern twist, Heidi’s bespoke designs appeal to every generation.

A bespoke service for the perfect fit

From reworking old or unworn jewellery to glorious new bespoke designs, Heidi’s Special Commission service with her own CAD studio offers you a tailor made piece at your budget.

Though countless customers travel far and wide to visit Heidi in person, her luxury creations are available online – ideal for that special jewellery gift wherever you are.

There’s something truly wonderful about bespoke jewellery, handmade just for you or a loved one – where the finest gemstones or diamonds are set in an exclusive design brimming with beauty.

Heidi’s bespoke commission service tailored to your budget will bring your dream jewellery to life.

And if you have a family heirloom or forgotten treasure gathering dust in a jewellery box, Heidi can revive its former glory or redesign in a completely new setting.  A lovely way to enjoy a beloved piece once again and to breathe new life into forgotten jewellery.

Jewellery is to be loved … for a lifetime. So when choosing a special engagement ring, sparkling diamond necklace or a stunning row of pearls, Heidi ensures your magical moment is unforgettable.

And with impeccable personal and trustworthy service from Heidi and her team of skilled craftsmen, you will experience quality without compromise. Nothing less…

You can contact Heidi in the following ways:

By telephone 01572 722 666

Email heidi@heidikjeldsen.co.uk

https://www.heidikjeldsen.co.uk/

Visit the showroom

5 The Maltings Mill Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6EA

Twitter https://twitter.com/RockRingLady

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HeidiKjeldsenLtd

 


Damian Miles

Damian Miles

Member Profile: Damian Miles Damian Miles is a jeweller, goldsmith, silversmith, gemmologist, jewellery valuer and pearl stringer with over 20 years experience. He loves to  create one of a kind and limited run pieces of jewellery, silverware and luxury objects. He also offers a jewellery repair […]

Samuel Jones Pearls

Samuel Jones Pearls

Member Profile: Samuel Jones Pearls Samuel Jones Pearls is the UK’s oldest and leading wholesale cultured pearl supplier. The family-run business, now Midlands based, was established in 1916 and prides itself on the outstanding quality of its pearls and exceptional service delivered to customers across […]

Top Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

Top Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

“A big subject that has been in the news a great deal recently. To help you protect yourself and your business website; here are some aspects to consider along with a few pearls of wisdom regarding your online security …

Have you ever heard of a DDoS Attack?

Hackers can attack online retailers in a number of ways, one of which is a DDoS attack. DDoS, or distributed denial of service. This is a type of cyberattack in which a hacker floods your retail website with traffic and overwhelms your server to the point that your legitimate customers are unable to access your site.

DDoS attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days; meanwhile, your company loses out on business and may incur the cost of bringing in an IT specialist to investigate and stop the attack.

Can You Prevent a DDoS Attack?

Although DDoS attacks often occur on larger brand online retailers, no retailer is immune. Small and medium sized companies that rely on larger e-commerce providers or payment processing companies could be affected if those larger companies come under attack.

Mitigate the DDoS Risk

To mitigate some of the DDoS risk, it is important to understand your Web hosting environment. Some examples of Web hosting include:

• Shared hosting. When multiple websites share a single server. This is the most common and economical option for small companies, as the host already has a DDoS response plan in place.

• Cloud hosting. This is a newer platform where the hosting is decentralised and users are only charged for the services they use, not a flat fee.

• In-house hosting. A company, such as a larger online retailer, hosts its own site and assumes all of the responsibility for a DDoS attacks.

Many small and medium sized online retailers use shared hosting because they don’t have the capability to host their own site. When selecting a Web hosting service, consider the following:

• Does the hosting company only cater to e-commerce clients, or to a variety of clients? The behaviour of other users on the server could impact the performance of your website.
• How many websites are packed on a single server?
• What type of DDoS response plan does the host have in case of a cyberattack to the network?

Cybersecurity is a serious concern for online retailers of all sizes. Contact your insurance broker for advice about cyber liability.

James is a Senior Account Manager at T H March (the BPA’s own insurance broker). He is Cert CII qualified with the Chartered Insurance Institute, has been with the company for 18 years and has many years of experience working with the UK jewellery trade and advising on security matters. www.thmarch.co.uk

And the Pearl Design Competition WInner is …

And the Pearl Design Competition WInner is …

Our first ever pearl design Competition, in collaboration with The Guild of Jewellery Designers and Ping Ping Jewellery came to a close last week . The competition was designed to highlight the excellence in jewellery designing talent both in the UK and overseas. The competition  […]

Pearl Competition

Pearl Competition

We are so pleased to announce our first ever pearl competition in collaboration with the Guild of Jewellery Designers and Ping Ping Jewellery.  Get creative and design a piece of pearl jewellery using the unique coin pearl (as seen below). Entries please by August 31st. […]

Pearls My Continued Passion

Pearls My Continued Passion

Pearls My Continued Passion

 

Hello & Welcome!

 How the time fly’s since my last chat with you!

 

It has been a busy few months creating pretty seasonal windows and themed celebration windows. It seems this year the blossom has looked even more spectacular and the flowers just a riot of colour! This wonderful explosion of colour has been transferred to the cat walks in rich earthy colours, pastels, and floral designs. All crying out for our beautiful pearls! Layering is the key to wearing pearls and jewellery in general this year! Personally I have no objection to be laden with jewels…..

  

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Aesthetically Ethical

Aesthetically Ethical

Pearls-Aesthetically Ethical I am an ethical jeweller as well as jewellery designer and gemmologist all rolled into one.  Often these three sides have ructions, wrestling to see who comes out on top. But last year I found a source that satisfies all three. As ethical initiatives […]


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Caring for your Pearls

Caring for your Pearls

Pearls, like all the natural and precious gems, need specialist care and attention to prolong their life and to preserve their natural beauty as long as possible. If you look after them correctly you will have them for life!

 

PEARL CLEANING

Because of their sensitive and delicate nature, the wearer must pay attention to the cleaning of pearls, follow these simple tips to preserve their beauty:

  • use only specific cleaners for pearls, ensure they do not contain ammonia, which ruins the pearl.
  • never use ultrasonic cleaners or steam-processes to clean them;
  •  it’s not advisable to wear pearls with rough materials;
  • keep away from anything acidic as acid can cause cracks in the nacre:
  • use a very soft polishing cloth like the one below from Mr Town Talk Polish to maintain their lustre.

 

pearl cleaning

PEARLS MAINTENANCE

  •  if worn often, pearls should be restrung once a year with silk thread and  knot between every pearl to avoid rubbing against each other, which will ruin  eventually cause cracks and damage to the nacre.  Lots of our members are professional pearl re-stringers. Email us at info@britishpearlassociation.com for further details.
  • Avoid using any rough or scratchy materials:
  •  don’t wear them when they are still wet but lay them flat on a soft cloth/towel towel and let them dry:
  • always use a soft cloth to polish your pearls (like the one above);
  • Put on your pearl jewellery after applying your perfume, makeup, hairspray etc.
  • It is best to avoid wearing your pearls for swimming or exposing them to excess heat. Pearls obviously love water but it’s the silk or thread that isn’t too keen on water!

 

PEARL STORAGE

  • remove after wearing and wipe with a soft cloth before storing;
  • When travelling, transport your pearls in a pearl box case to avoid any rubbing and damage.
  •  If possible, use a special pearl coil box to store your pearls in order to protect them.  We love the boxes below to store your pearls in.
  •  store them in a dry place.

 

 

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Pearls are a delicate and sensitive, but they do need to be worn often- as they can suffer from neglect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Discount on British Academy of Jewellery Courses

Discount on British Academy of Jewellery Courses

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) to bring you a special members discount on their BAJ short courses. History of the British Academy of Jewellery In 1999, Jason Holt and his jeweller father, Robert Holt read a […]

International Jewellery London

International Jewellery London

The International Jewellery London Exhibition is an exciting trade event for the international jewellery industry. Whatever you do- put this date in your diary. Whether you are exhibiting or visiting it is THE  the place to be seen. The British Pearl Association at the IJL […]

The Guild of Jewellery Designers

The Guild of Jewellery Designers

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the Guild of Jewellery Designers. (GoJD). The GoJD are a nationwide guild for jewellers and silversmiths offering practical help and advice to our members, as well as forging links within the industry. Thus enabling us to offer the […]

Inhorgenta Munich 2016

Inhorgenta Munich 2016

What? INHORGENTA  MUNICH provides a unique combination of individuality, inspiration, and innovation. Discover a whole world of jewellery and timepieces. Together with manufacturers, designers and the jewellery wholesale trade, they are building the future of the industry.  INDIVIDUAL. INSPIRING. INNOVATIVE. INHORGENTA MUNICH Their new strapline […]

Raw Pearls Pearl Design Competition

Raw Pearls Pearl Design Competition

The Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Council has announced its Craft & Design Awards for 2015/2016. The pearl design award is sponsored by Raw Pearls. Pearl Jewellery Design  Sponsored by Raw Pearls Pearls – reflecting on their everlasting fascination and appealing visual qualities use ‘delicate and […]