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Is your jewellery insured?

Did you know that any jewellery that you have itemised on your insurance policy is not normally covered outside the home? Most insurance companies will not pay out unless you have a specific add on clause within your policy stating it is covered outside the home. Did you also know that you will only have minimal cover for your jewellery if it is part of your general insurance policy? It is very important to note that MINIMAL coverage is just that, and depending on your policy, you may only receive as little as $500 for any lost or stolen items.  Even if your policy states that you can claim up to $10,000, that are caveats within this which limits you to the number of times you can claim for and often a maximum amount you can claim per item. Travelling overseas with your jewellery? Ensure you read all the fine print before you travel, especially if you are taking any high value pieces.  Many travel insurance policies only have general coverage for all your personal belongings, which includes jewellery, watches, handbags, sunglasses, phones, etc. This means that there would be a limit on what you can claim for any lost or stolen items e.g. your diamond engagement ring may have an insurance value of $15,000 but you may only be entitled to claim $500 under the terms of your policy.  So it is very important that you check this and take out extra cover for any high value items. Check with your insurer if you have a choice on where you can replace your jewellery. Imagine how upsetting it...

Chalice Body Construction

A while ago I was approached by client who wanted to make a Chalice of his own design, but didn’t have the tools, equipment and know-how to undertake the Chalice Body construction. He presented me with a very accurate drawing, with measurements, and I agreed to undertake the project. The body was to be ‘seamed’, as opposed to being ‘raised’ from a flat sheet. The cost of hammering such a shape would be high due to the time required, whereas seaming from a pre-cut ‘development’ would be quicker and therefore more affordable. The first thing required to produce such an accurate shape was a steel former, or ‘stake’ as it is known in the Trade. This had to be machined from a solid round bar and a great deal of metal cut away to arrive at the correct profile of the curve required. This was executed on the lathe as seen in the first three photographs. This was done by hand and by using a profile template during the ‘roughing down’ and finishing process, using a file and various grades on emery paper to arrive at the smooth (Photo 3). The development was drawn up and a foil blank used to check the joins. The silver blank was then cut out with a saw and a hide mallet used to shape it around the stake. The edges are aligned, also using the mallet, and then hard soldered using enamelling grade sterling silver solder. After pickling in a 10% sulphuric acid solution (or Alum solution) the seamed body is washed and dried thoroughly. Raising, bouging (from the french word ‘bouger’...

Perception of Value

Quality of product is one of the most important factors when making a purchasing decision. The source of the item and its provenance are paramount, as fakers and clever con men try to move into the “quality end” of the market. I have seen many items of jewellery purchased in Hong Kong, Singapore and KL which are clearly marked as 14ct., 18K and so on, but alas they do not pass “The Acid...