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All Links of London Sterling Silver is made using an alloy of copper and other base metals. There are 925 parts out of a thousand and 75 parts other metals including copper. Once exposed to the atmosphere, all silver is prone to oxidation and consequent tarnishing. When this occurs we recommend gentle rubbing with a non-abrasive polishing cloth, to renew the original brilliance of the surface – heavier discolouration should be removed using specialist polish or dip except where there are materials that would be damaged by the solution, such as pearls, where silver would have to be cleaned using a silver polish and cloth only. Contact with perfumes, hairspray, chlorinated or salt water and household cleaning products should be avoided. NEVER keep loose pieces together – they will scratch as they contact each other.

Links of London gold jewellery is all 18 carat. This means that 750 parts out of a thousand are gold and 250 parts are alloy, hence the hallmark for 18ct gold is 750. Alloying gold allows specific characteristics to be achieved; most commonly required being hardness or colour variations such as rose or white. Due to the properties of alloys, gold is liable to tarnish. Tarnishing is caused by many substances, more commonly by perfume, aftershave, fluoride in the water or even the acidity in your skin. To keep gold jewellery lustrous and shiny, we recommend that you clean it with a soft Links of London jewellery polishing cloth.

 

Hallmarks

The Hallmarks of Great Britain have been in use as a form of consumer protection since 1300 AD.
Each of the four customary hallmarks serves a different purpose; to guarantee that the piece is pure, to identify the maker, and to record the year and place of manufacture.
Before the marks are applied, the material must be 'assayed'. or checked for purity, by one of the four UK Assay Offices.
All metals must be hallmarked and there are 3 compulsory marks:-

The Sponsor’s mark shows who sent the item for testing. For Links of London the hallmark is always LL.

The Standard mark shows the standard fineness of precious metal. For silver it is 925 and for gold it is 750.

And the Assay Office Mark which shows which Assay Office has tested the item.
There are four assay offices in the UK and each bear a different mark. When this is applied to the object it shows that the metal has been tested and where it was tested. The hallmark will also help track the object back in history so antiques can be properly verified.
Since 1478, the hallmark has included a distinctive date letter indicating the year of hallmarking. The date mark is a Letter, lower case or Capital in a shield or box.

The final mark is the Fineness symbol. This is a traditional symbol denoting the fineness of the metal. It is a lion for silver and a crown for gold.

 

Links of London Diamonds and Precious stones

All Links of London diamonds and precious stones are hand selected for purity and colour.

Stone set jewellery requires extra care and consideration during wearing. We advise against wearing it when in contact with extreme temperatures and rugged services.

Stones may become loose over time and we recommend periodic examinations to assess the security of settings.

Gentle cleaning is recommended with non-abrasive jewellery cleaner and we advise against ultrasonic cleaning. To clean diamond jewellery, we recommend gentle brushing with a mild solution of one part ammonia to six parts water.

White gold can be cleaned in the same way as yellow gold

Since white gold is not truly a white metal it is possible that in years to come the item, in particular the rings shank may take on a dulled tone. When this occurs the ring can simply be re-rhodium plated and it will look brand new.

 

 

What is a diamond?

Diamonds are the purest and hardest of the natural gemstones.

A diamond is said to last an eternity, making it the ideal stone to symbolise the eternal bond of marriage

A diamond is made up of virtually pure carbon which formed millions of years ago into a crystal, many miles below the earth’s surface.

Approximately 65% of the world’s diamonds are found in Africa, however they are also found in, Australia, Canada and Russia among others.

Diamonds are cut into all different shapes and sizes and owing to their natural formation each diamond is completely unique.

 

What are ‘conflict diamonds’?

‘Conflict diamonds’ is the term used to describe diamonds which are illegally traded to fund conflicts.

To prevent conflict diamonds being in the pipeline the UN, governments, the diamond industry and NGOs (such as Amnesty International) agreed a simple process called the Kimberley Process .

What is the Kimberley Process?

The Kimberly process requires participating governments to ensure that each shipment of rough diamonds exported be in a secure container and accompanied by a uniquely numbered, government-validated certificate stating that the diamonds are conflict-free.

How do Links of London ensure their suppliers comply with the Kimberley Process?

All suppliers have to sign the following agreement to confirm they are adhering to the Kimberley process and also that they are not using unethical means to produce the goods:

It is a requirement that all Suppliers refrain from associating themselves with or directly conducting unethical practices and procedures including providing safe working conditions .

The Company will only conduct business with Suppliers who have signed up to conducting all the necessary requirements to ensure the diamonds used in all products are bought in accordance with the KPCS guidelines sections 1-6. Documentary evidence will be required to provide proof of processes used during times of QC Audit to be conducted by the Company.

 

What are the four c’s?

A perfect diamond is extremely rare; often diamonds have imperfections, making each stone unique.

This is referred to as the quality of the diamond.

The better the quality, the higher the price, which is why a smaller, better quality diamond may cost more than a larger, poorer quality one.

In order to help determine the quality of a diamond each stone is rated using the four c’s.

These are;

Carat Cut Colour Clarity

They are all equally important in defining the quality of a diamond.

Diamonds also now carry a fifth C along with the traditional 4 of carat, colour, clarity and cut.

The fifth of Clean will guarantee that the stone is not a conflict diamond.

"Links of London is committed to offering high-quality diamonds.  We share the public's concern regarding conflict diamonds and we are constantly working to ensure that all items containing diamonds are conflict free. To the best of our ability, we undertake measures to help prevent the sale of conflict diamonds in this country, and work with all our Vendors in accordance to the Kimberley Process."

 

What cut are the Links of London diamonds?

The engagement rings and bridal jewellery are all round brilliant cut which maximises the sparkle and brilliance of the stone.

This cut is also further enhanced by the four claw setting of the ring shank, allowing maximum light to reach the stone.

The setting also sits the diamond higher from the ring, creating an even bigger impact.

The eternity rings feature princess cut stones as these create the biggest look when set together in a band.

 

What colour are Links of London diamonds?

The engagement rings are all G colour,The colour scale starts at D (colourless) and ends at Z (light).

G colour diamonds appear colourless to the naked eye and are not as expensive as the diamonds graded D-F, giving the same look for a better price.

 

What clarity are the Links of London diamonds?

The engagement rings are VS1 which means very slightly included.Any inclusions would only be visible under powerful magnification.

A stone graded VS1 will look as good to the naked eye and be a much better price.




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