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Magna Carta 800 Years

This coming weekend sees us take part in the Nationwide celebration of 800 years of Magna Carta.  Find out more about Helmsley’s link with the historic document here in a 30 minute video by Martyn Vander Weyer Our baron, Robert De Ros, at the time living in Helmsley Castle was a signatory on the document, marking Helmsley’s place in history forever, as an independent forward thinking town, a tradition continued today by Helmsley in Business! More information via Photos to follow via our Facebook page:

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Our banner ready for the town celebrations
Our banner ready for the town celebrations

So what jewellery is fit for a medieval maiden?  Long pendants were popular, as were brooches, and no medieval lady would be without rings on her fingers.   Nothing new there then? However, medieval jewellery also included hat badges, decorations for belts, weapons, purses and other accessories, and decorated pins, mostly for holding hairstyles and head-dresses in place, not something we sell much of these days.  Although, with such a wide variety of suppliers to draw on, we never say never to special customer requirements, and always try to satisfy even unusual requests!


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New Watches – ready for Christmas!


This month we went to International Jewellery London on our weekend off to source two ranges of watches which we have had our eye on for some time & I’m pleased to announce that we will be stocking Storm London & Danish Designs from this month. British fashion brand Storm offer distinctive individual designs, with a wide range of sizes, materials, textures, and colours.  Danish Designs, a collection of respected Scandinavian designers, impressed us with their range of high quality stylish watch designs in typical minimalist fashion, understated & elegant timepieces with use of hypo-allergenic titanium, and smooth leather.

Whilst there, a new jewellery range from British Designers CW Sellors caught my eye.  I am sure their Whitby Jet & Marcasite will be one of our bestselling ranges this Autumn as both Whitby Jet & Marcasite are already very popular, and the combination together looks amazing.  Vintage-style carved Whitby Jet Yorkshire rose earrings, Cabochon pendants with Marcasite surrounds, as well as beautiful bangles & bracelets really stood out & will stand the test of time in your jewellery collection as well, with classic vintage style. Of course while I was there, 2 foxtail pieces also caught my eye, a bracelet & pendant in Blue John – both one-offs, although the style can be replicated, the piece of stone (the UK’s only semi-precious stone) in each is unique. The bracelet is already sold!

In Helmsley we are gearing up for 2 great events, #LittleFest as part of OnOurTurf on 28th/29th September and our Second Christmas tree Festival from December 5th-20th, which is raising money for St. Catherine’s Hospice this year – a very valuable local Charity which we personally support.   See for more details.  I am currently struggling with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” window display but Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, it’s a competition to guess the song/play/book from the various displays around town during the OnOurTurf #littlefest event. Seeking inspiration from Made You Look notes from a recent display training course I attended is fine, it’s just finding the time to put it into action!  There’s no training for making more time unforuntately.

Andy & I are still running the pub to help my parents, as well as Libby Butlers, but it is up for sale so if you’ve always wanted your own pub, or know someone who does, then see details from Barry Crux, our commerical agent.


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Yorkshire Jewellery Designers & Back to School

Acorn Earrings with wooden bead centre

Where did the Summer holidays go?  We’ve really enjoyed the lovely long hot Summer, and even managed a short holiday to the mountains in Czech Republic.  I left all my jewellery at home in the safe, apart from one pair of earrings, & felt very bare all week!  We recommend our cz & silver range for holidays – especially cruisewear, leave your diamonds at home!

Our new Local Designer Becky  Pomfret will not be going back to school in September, as she has graduated from York College & her debut range for us is already selling well, particularly the Acorn earrings & Pendants pictured below. We love to sell Yorkshire Jewellery Designers like Becky and also stock Amanda Cox of Hebden Bridge & Karen Thomas from York.

So Christmas buying is looming, and we look forward to taking part in #SmallBizSatUK on December 7th and have been chosen as one of 100 businesses in the UK to be featured in the run up to this event, the first time it’s been held in the UK, sponsored by Amex (A frequently question asked here, do we take Amex? Yes we do!).  It’s a great reminder to support local independent businesses up & down the country, not just at Christmas but all year round.  As members of the FSB, we support their campaign to “Keep Trade Local” and in Helmsley that’s not difficult with over 50 independent businesses to choose from, we rarely need to shop outside town.

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Wedding Ring Service

wedding rings

wr1Helmsley in Business have been busy with lots of news to report from the town, 2 new shops have opened for Easter, and a new visitor attraction for the town at DuncombePark, the

International Birds of Prey Centre. We hope not to receive too many “April showers” this month, but with the walking shop “Helmsley Outdoors” re-opened there will be no shortage of wet weather gear to buy if you’re caught out in the rain.

On April 7th I was at The Black Swan, just over the road from us, a very popular wedding venue, as featured in Brides Up North magazine & several other national publications. It is their Spring wedding fair & I will be meeting lots of brides & grooms-to-be to talk about our wedding ring service & Bridal jewellery.

We offer a made-to-order wedding ring service, with a range of bands in gold, palladium & platinum, hand made in our workshop in your ring size. We can also offer shapes to fit your engagement ring, stone setting for a bit of extra sparkle, or many other special finishes including millgrain edging, engraved messages, even your fingerprint can be engraved for total personalisation.

Jewellery Insider-information:


Ring sizes: Ring size in the UK are measured using letters of the alphabet, typically ladies sizes are J-R and mens R-Z Visit our ring size guide for more information.

Millgrain edge:

Laser engraving: Visit our engraving page