Monday, 14 December 2015
Jacobs the Jewellers, a trusted and independent jewellery shop in Reading, extends their opening hours to better accommodate shoppers during the holidays. The number of shoppers during Christmas is expected to swell and Jacobs the Jewellers will be well prepared to attend to their needs. Starting on the first day of December 2015, the renowned jewellery store will remain open seven days a week at extended hours. Shoppers who wish to browse the wide selection available at the store as well as some rarer items that are not available online should take advantage of this. Effective Monday 7th December, Jacobs the Jewellers will be open from Mondays through Saturdays at 0930 to 1800 with late night Thursday until 1900. On Sundays, the Reading jewellery shop will be open from 1030 to 1600. This should be enough time for shoppers to find great presents for their loved ones. The store specialises in bespoke engagement and wedding rings.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 09:00
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Rings embedded with diamonds will certainly never go out of style, but jewellery pieces seemingly capturing a piece of the blue sky holds a certain appeal. Even ancient people have been allured by turquoise, the sky-blue gemstone that’s rightly dubbed the “gemstone of the people”. Truly, gifting turquoise engagement rings is like gifting your special someone a piece of heaven on earth. Turquoise and the World Turquoise is an opaque mineral and a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. This mineral is often found amongst arid climates, including Iran, China, Egypt, and the American Southwest. The Persians were amongst the first ones to adorn turquoise, believing that this gem wards off unnatural death. In fact, turquoise has been embedded not only on jewellery pieces, but also on daggers, sabres, and bridles for horses, believing that those who wear the gem will never see poverty.
Saturday, 12 December 2015
For more than a century, jewellery from the House of Bulgari have been distinguished for its colour, texture, and romantic appeal. What started as a small jewellery shop in Rome has grown into an esteemed manufacturer of dazzling pieces and haute creations that sent even Hollywood celebrities into a frenzy. As it turns another year older, the House of Bulgari continues to produce the finest pieces of jewellery and timepieces for everyone. Humble Beginnings The marks of craftsmanship that distinguished Bulgari from other jewellery brands are often attributed to its Greek ancestral roots, with the Voulgaris family of silversmiths specialising in the creation of Byzantine-style art pieces. Originating from a small village in the Pindus mountain range, the Voulgaris family were all adept in making different silver crafts, including earrings and belts. This inherent skill was eventually passed to Sotirio, who happened to be an entrepreneur himself.
Friday, 11 December 2015
Jacobs the Jewellers in Reading is one of the five retailers in all of the UK nominated for this year’s The National Association of Jewellers’ (NAJ) Retailers of the Year award. The Retailer of the Year award is indeed one of the most prestigious accolades an NAJ member like Jacobs the Jewellers can receive. Awards from the NAJ gives businesses in the jewellery industry a chance to be recognised for all the hard work they put in. We are honoured to be shortlisted for such an award from an influential organisation. The National Association of Jewellers Awards is the first event of the newly-formed association. The NAJ was established recently to lead, serve and represent the jewellery industry by promoting, protecting and providing its members through offices in London and Birmingham. The organisation’s focus is to promote professional development and inspire consumers to make informed purchases from their ethical members.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Jacobs the Jewellers, a trusted independent jewellery shop in Reading, was again named as one of the UK’s top 100 Inspiring Independent Jewellers. The Retail Jeweller (RJ) magazine has been running the contest since 2011 and for the fourth time, Jacobs has been had the honour to be included in the list of outstanding jewellery shops. The past years’ events primarily included 50 independent jewellers but this year, RJ has expanded the list to 100 participants from across the UK and Ireland. Retail Jeweller’s Inspiring Independents is one of the most prestigious honours that jewellery shops can only hope to achieve. As such, the process of determining the winners was meticulous. Independents were nominated via an online voting form for different reasons.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
As the most established and trusted family-run independent jewellery and watch shop, Jacobs the Jewellers in Reading only offers the best of the best to our clients. We only sell the most recognised and prestigious brands in the industry. One of those is Georg Jensen, a famous Danish jewellery brand known for artistic boldness, superior craftsmanship and creative collaborations with some of the foremost designers of the past century. The Georg Jensen brand has had a rich history spanning more than one hundred years. It all began with Danish silversmith Georg Jensen whose distinctive talent, skill and dedication made the company what it is today. It was established in Copenhagen in the Spring of 1904 as a silver business.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Jacobs the Jewellers, the most trusted independent jewellers in Reading and Berkshire, understands the plight of busy shoppers as the holidays draw close. Most shops close up early, there are so many items on the to-buy list, and there are too many other customers to do any Christmas shopping in peace. This is why we want to do everything we can so our clients have a more pleasant experience whilst they browse our diamond rings and other jewellery items. Starting on the first day of December 2015, Jacobs the Jewellers will open its doors seven days a week to help people get their shopping done conveniently this holiday season.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 01:44
Monday, 2 November 2015
From our company’s beginnings in 1948 up to over six decades later, we at Jacobs have continued to refine how jewellers in Reading trade quality collections and pieces. We entered the jewellers’ trade offering second-hand yet high-quality hand-picked silver and jewellery. From that point forward, we’ve worked hard to expand our offerings of beautiful, top quality pieces by incorporating illustrious brands to our inventory. In this update, we’ll talk about another esteemed addition to our diverse range of exquisite jewellery. An important part of our selection here at Jacobs is our watch line-up. There are more to these timekeeping pieces than functional purposes, though: They don’t just tell time, but they can also serve as avenues for wearers to showcase their respective personalities. This is why we’ve made sure that our watches are of the highest quality.
Sunday, 1 November 2015
Reading, Berkshire (21 September 2015) — Jacobs the Jewellers, one of the premium jewellery shops in Reading, is pleased to announce that it has been voted “Independent Retailer of the Year” at the 2015 Reading Retail Awards. Judges praised Jacobs for its high quality entry, with emphasis on its commitment to high levels of personalised customer service. Jacobs’ entry communicated its diverse skillset: an internationally-sourced selection of watches and jewellery, a passionate and dedicated approach to attain high levels of customer service, continuous staff training, deep community and charity engagement, as well as a commitment to UK’s jewellery industry.
Saturday, 31 October 2015
Affianced couples who are in the process of planning their wedding can never be too picky when it comes to their choice of jewellery. Fortunately, buyers with discriminating tastes can turn to a trusted independent jeweller no other than Jacobs, for bespoke wedding rings in Reading and Berkshire that match their personal style. Of course, the quest does not stop at your choice of wedding rings alone. Any bride who wishes to invoke a bit of good luck by wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” would know that a piece of jewellery often constitutes that something new.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 03:01
Friday, 30 October 2015
When you’re shopping at your local jeweller like Jacobs, your eye would probably go for the wide variety of diamond rings in Reading on display. After all, it’s a tradition to go with diamond as the gemstone of choice for engagement rings. There is room for choosing an alternative though, and other gemstones could also look quite lovely as rings—one such stone is opal.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 03:06
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
For more than a thousand years, many jewellers have celebrated the exquisite beauty of sapphire. In earlier times, people believed that the firmament was actually an enormous blue sapphire, with the Earth embedded within it. Sapphires, as we know them today, come in different colours that reflect the varying shades of the sky—from the bright, translucent blue of a summer’s day to the deep blue vault of a moonlit midnight. Where Sapphires are Found Sapphires, like most gemstones, are mined from the ground. Sapphire is formed by natural volcanic and metamorphic processes that occur deep in the earth due to high pressure and temperature. Liquid magma slowly cools minerals such as corundum, from which sapphire gemstones are refined.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Before you and your partner officially tie the knot, your journey can no doubt be fraught with a lot of decision-making. Whilst you can rely on friends and family to help you out with all the planning and preparation, one key decision will rest solely on the two of you: your choice of wedding ring. Slipping the perfect wedding ring onto your finger can be as momentous as the time you and your partner first met. If you prefer bespoke wedding rings studded with precious stones such as sapphires and/or diamonds, the first thing to consider is the shape or the stone’s actual geometry. Here are a few tips worth noting.
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Since ancient times, people have held a special fascination for birthstones and what these gems represent. Ranging from the semi-precious (e.g. lapis lazuli and peridot) to the ultra-precious (think diamonds and emerald), there’s a birthstone associated with every month of the year. Each birthstone is believed to bring good fortune and protect the wearer from various ills. The four types of birthstone lists There is more than one birthstone list for each month. In fact, there are four: Traditional, Alternative, Mystical and Ayurvedic. Both the Traditional and Alternative birthstone lists were compiled by U.K.’s very own National Association of Goldsmiths. The Mystical list is loosely based on a 1,000 year old Tibetan manuscript, whilst the Ayurvedic list draws from Indian philosophy and medicine dating back to ancient India, around 1,500 B.C.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
As a well-known jeweller in Reading, we at Jacobs pride ourselves in providing only products of the highest quality from top brands as well as our own in-house collection. Our shop continues to delight customers in search of the finest bespoke and fashion jewellery as well as luxury timepieces from beloved brands such as TAG Heuer. The iconic watch manufacturing company was established in 1860 as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG by Edouard Heuer, who was just 20 years old at the time. Throughout the years, the company has weathered many changes and has continuously shaped the watchmaking industry through its revolutionary contributions like the oscillating pinion, patented in 1887.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 20:44
Sunday, 6 September 2015
No matter what the occasion is, you can find the perfect jewellery gift. Indeed, nothing beats a seasonable custom piece crafted by some of the finest jewellers in Reading. Summer, for instance, is the perfect season for peridot jewellery, which has an unmistakeable allure and luminescence that any wearer would be proud to show off. If diamonds have the 4Cs (cut, clarity, colour, and carat) to guide buyers, peridot has its own criteria for quality. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best peridot for your bespoke jewellery gift. Going for Green Peridot is one of the most stunning green gems you can find. No other gem has that beautiful grass-green colour with a slight hint of gold. The green colouration of this gemstone comes from its iron content. Peridot, however, also comes in a variety of shades like vivid lime green, olive green, yellowish green, and even brownish green.
Friday, 4 September 2015
A diamond is forever, or so they say. Since the 1940s, diamonds have become the customary wedding ring gemstones for couples who want to seal their vows with something extra special on their big day. Whilst it is true that nothing quite surpasses a quality diamond’s regal brilliance, there are other alternatives that are just as beautiful. If your bride is not much of a stickler for tradition, profess your eternal love and devotion instead with a non-diamond wedding ring from jewellery shops in Reading. Here is a look at non-traditional wedding ring gemstones worth considering. Peridot Peridot is a yellowish-green precious stone that was once favoured by ancient civilisations for its exquisite beauty. The Egyptians have been wearing peridot jewellery as early as the 2nd millennium B.C., and the ancient Romans even called it “the emerald of the evening” for its radiant green glow that remains unaltered in any light.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 10:00
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Considered one of the oldest known gemstones, with records about its existence dating to as far back as 1500 B.C., peridot continues to captivate buyers all over the world. This rare, gem-quality olivine is typically mined at volcanic sites, particularly in places throughout Egypt, Arizona, Arkansas, and San Carlos. The rarest samples, meanwhile, are extracted from Pallasite meteorites. Believed to have been first mined at an island in the Egyptian Red Sea, now known as St. John’s Island, peridot held a special place in the culture of the ancient Egyptians who believed that the gem had the power to bring good fortune and protection against evil and disease. Today, the birthstone for August is still associated with luck, peace, and happiness. Learn more about peridot’s storied past and the qualities that make it such an in-demand gemstone when it comes to fine jewellery here in Reading.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 23:53
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Being one of the most prestigious jewellery shops in all of Reading and the U.K., Jacobs offer some of the best designs from our own collections and other luxury brands. One of the biggest jewellery trends this summer is to make a statement through brilliant bursts of vibrant pastel colours. Stunning creations from renowned designer brand Gianfranco Bigli are, thus, the perfect accessories for this season. Bigli pieces are known for their distinct Italian style, craftsmanship, elegance, and use of colourful gemstones. Gianfranco Bigli is one of the world’s most celebrated jewellery brands. Behind the distinguished name is the duo of accomplished Belgian designers Laurence Arens and Thierry Spitaels. Since 1998, the consummate pair has been devoted to perfecting their craft and delighting the world with their unique aesthetic.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 02:36
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Summer is here, and with your love burning as brightly as the season’s sun, it’s the perfect time of the year to propose! And what better way than with an elegant and unique engagement ring from Jacobs? We have a wide selection of rings in-store for you to choose from. But if you want it extra special, we’re also equipped to customise a design for you. Jacobs is among the most trusted jewellers here in Reading and indeed Berkshire with over 65 years of experience to boast of. It would be an honour for us to be a part of this very significant moment! Whether you plan to pop the question during a hike, a stroll by the beach, or a fancy dinner in a restaurant with a breath-taking view, a perfect ring will almost certainly guarantee that much-coveted “Yes”. Here at Jacobs, we don’t just put our selections on display; we also make sure that you are well-informed of the options available to you so that you can find the piece that best suits your future bride’s taste and lifestyle.
Friday, 31 July 2015
Every piece of fine jewellery requires maintenance and repair at some point to keep its beauty, lustre and value. Ensuring that your pieces receive adequate service will help them last for the generations to come. If you’re looking for jewellery repair and reworking services in Reading, look no further: Jacobs, one of the most reputable and trusted jewellery shops in the region, is here to keep your precious stones and metals at their best. We perform all kinds of restoration and repair work including, but not limited to, refinishing or polishing pieces for a brand-new look, repairing damaged chains or clasps of necklaces and bracelets, tightening loose claws, and resizing pieces to make sure they’re the right fit for you.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 22:00
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
There are many preparations that go into planning weddings in Reading or any other place for that matter. There’s the dress dilemma, the venue, the motif and more importantly, the wedding rings. As you and your beloved make your way into a jewellery store and browse through several display cases, you will see many choices for wedding bands made from a variety of precious metals. White gold and platinum are among the most popular materials used for wedding rings, but which one is better? Read on to learn more about the two, so you can choose the ideal pair. It’s always recommended that if you have an engagement ring in one of the two metals, the wedding ring should match it to ensure a consistent wear pattern.
Monday, 27 July 2015
Rubies are durable so they can easily hold against the normal wear and tear; however, like any gemstone, it could lose its natural shine and allure when not taken care of properly. You would want to protect your ruby jewellery from getting a cloudy appearance, so before you put it on, make sure that you already applied your skin lotions and other cosmetic sprays. Clean them periodically using warm water, mild soap, and a gentle brush. Always go to an expert jeweller from establishments like Jacobs the Jewellers in Reading for repairs or simply to make sure that your precious fiery gems are secured on their mountings.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 20:42
Thursday, 4 June 2015
If you believe that only pressure can have an effect on platinum, think again. Like other metals, platinum will react with certain substances, just as iron forms rust when exposed to moisture. Because platinum is malleable, it can melt faster than other metals. And while it doesn’t melt when soaked in most acid solutions, it will dissolve in aqua regia, a mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids. It can also melt in alkali such as sodium hydroxide and limewater. But you probably won’t come across this scenario too often! Regardless of which jewellery shop in Reading you bought your platinum ring from, it will undergo a certain degree of chemical change when exposed to any of those substances. So if your job involves the use of those compounds, better take off your platinum ring before starting to work.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 11:38
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Young jewellery designers in Reading, Berkshire just got an opportunity to showcase their work. Professional Jeweller, an online source for news and other information about the jewellery industry, announced that the Bishopsland Educational Trust, a provider of postgraduate course in jewellery design with a base of operations in South Oxfordshire, will hold a public-facing competition for its students on June 1. The said competition will be followed by an exhibition of the designs, open to the public from June 2 to 22. The whole event is a collaborative effort of renowned Reading jeweller Jacobs the Jewellers and City of London livery company Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The winners will be decided through voting by public viewers.
Friday, 22 May 2015
Those looking for the simplicity of a traditional design will find the Bezel setting right up their alley. The design features a single piece surrounded by a metal rim. This style is one of the earliest methods used for jewellery and still is a popular choice today. It protects the stone from getting chipped and holds it securely in place, with a distinctly smooth surface that won’t get snagged on delicate fabrics. The metal surrounding the stone also makes it look larger than it really is. Each setting design has its own advantages. Be sure to take your time in choosing the right one for your engagement ring in Reading from the most trusted makers of quality rings, like Jacobs the Jewellers.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
If engagement rings are all about the flashy stones, wedding bands in Berkshire are all about the precious metals. If you’re both very traditional, your popular choices would be yellow gold or pure gold. If you can’t seem to settle on one, you can agree to disagree and choose different metals but have it made so that they’re sporting the same style. Of course, you’ll want something that would stand the test of time. Therefore, you should not settle for 22ct gold bands as it is too soft to be worn daily, but rather, an 18ct golden ring that can better handle the job.
Monday, 18 May 2015
Heirloom rings can have various origins. Aside from engagement rings, they could also be anniversary rings or any ring that was treasured by its previous owners, who may be any of your relatives of significance. Precious gemstones from old and unused accessories like brooches and split rings may also be used to create a customized engagement ring. You may also have an existing ring altered to suit the lifestyle of your bride-to-be. Have it redesigned at trusted Reading jewellery shops like Jacobs the Jewellers. Your fiancée will certainly appreciate an heirloom ring that have been re-created especially to suit her personal style. You’d want her to wear it more often than simply have it locked in a safe because it is too different from her own preferences.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 11:30
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The latest trends say that ladies are more involved than ever in engagement ring buying. Consider for one moment before you let the cat out of the bag, happened to romance? You may be about to deny her the once in a lifetime moment—that overwhelming surge of emotion as a lover goes down on one knee and presents his lady the precious ring, symbolising his devotion to take her hand in marriage. No proposal so grandiose or a ring so expensive can ever rival the romantic value of one done in surprise. You’ll need the perfect ring to amp up your Prince Charming appeal on the big day though. Have it customised in one of the premier Reading jewellery shops, Jacobs, but take care that she doesn’t catch you! We’ve been trusted with creating the perfect engagement ring for over 65 years so you’re in safe hands. You can read our reviews on facebook or google.
Monday, 30 March 2015
The most common metal for many of our pieces is gold. As a trusted Reading jeweller we know that gold jewellery can last for generations however we also know the key to this is maintenance and care not to mention spotting any problems early. Platinum, although stronger than gold and resistant to tarnishing and discolouration, has its similar characteristics. For one, it can still be scratched. According to jewelrynotes.com, any material harder than platinum, e.g. titanium, tungsten, and diamonds can scratch it, so it should be kept separated from other pieces where possible.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 12:16
Friday, 6 February 2015
Reading, England (January 26, 2015) – For all the love birds out there, premier independent jewellery and watch shop Jacobs the Jewellers is running an offer unmatched by other Reading jewellery shops for the whole of February. With the specially-priced packages available from the Jacobs, there’s no better time to have your wedding rings crafted by their skilled workshops. This special event has been an annual event at Jacobs since 2006 and given its popularity, customers should schedule an appointment with the shop’s consultants within the month of February to enjoy a 15% price reduction on selected diamond wedding style eternity style or half eternity style rings. The same special prices are also available for bespoke platinum or gold shape-to-fit engagement rings, as well as wedding rings which can be collected later in the year.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 21:01
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Through the years, watches have been not only useful devices to tell the time but fashionable accessories as well. Modern technology has allowed watchmakers to craft timepieces in a way that makes them aesthetically appealing, more durable, and with even more uses than ever before. Some are made to be especially resistant to water, and some are even completely waterproof. The most renowned watch makers sold by Jacobs the jewellers in Reading—brands like Tag Heuer, Cartier, Longines, Bremont, Bulgari, and others—are known to make such kinds of watches. If you look at the opposite side of a watch’s face, known as the case back, printed on the reverse are numbers and words that identify it as either water-resistant or waterproof. Sadly, too many people get the two confused too often. Before you go showering, swimming or even diving with your trusty timepiece around your wrist, get to know what those markings at the back of your watch mean.
Posted by Jacobs the Jewellers at 08:54