Sourcing Antique Jewellery – What To Look For.

There is nothing more beautiful and special when it comes to jewellery than buying an antique piece. This is particularly true when it comes to a special occasion, like a birthday, or if you are looking for an engagement or a wedding ring. Buying an antique jewellery item ensures that the piece will be unique, and that it may have a fantastic story behind it.

If you are looking for a piece of antique or vintage jewellery in 2020, there are some things that you should consider in order to get the best value for your investment.

Find A Reputable Dealer

There are lots of eras of antique jewellery, including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco, there are also pieces of more recent jewellery that fall into the Vintage category, including later 20th century costume pieces from the likes of Butler and Wilson, Elsa Peretti and Monet. This can make shopping a bit of a minefield if you are not sure what you are looking for. This makes choosing a reputable dealer like Carus Jewellery essential. They will be able to point you in the right direction, helping you find something that suits your price point and the recipients taste.

Look Out For Repairs

Shopping for antique jewellery can be difficult if you don’t really know what to look for. Knowing how to spot damaged or fake antiques could save you from purchasing a piece that is not authentic or is damaged beyond the acceptable.

Over the years there is every chance that a piece of very old jewellery has needed repairs, but you must ensure  that faulty repairs have not damaged the wearability of the piece. If you are looking at rings, for example, check the front and back to make sure that nothing has been done to the ring that would make it difficult to wear, or that would allow for the stones to easily fall out.

For chains, you need to check the clasps and fastenings, and look at the links, particularly in larger chains to check they are all the same metal. On pendants look for missing or replaced stones that spoil the look of the piece.

Talk To The Jeweller

When searching for that perfect unique and charming antique piece for your loved one,  remember you can always ask your jeweller any questions or talk about any concerns. Find out about the terms of your warranty just in case the piece isn’t right, and if you are looking at a ring, see if it could be resized if it turns out to be not quite right in terms of fit.

There really is nothing as special as wearing a beautiful, unique piece of jewellery. Buying antique is the perfect way to let your gems stand out from the crowd.

*In collaboration with Carus Jewellery.


Christmas Movies: Murder On The Orient Express 1974

The 1974 version of Murder On The Orient Express was the first of the big budget Agatha Christie Adaptations of the 1970s. It had an all star cast which included 40s movie queens Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman, and had Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot at the centre of the movie, solving the crime of who had killed businessman Ratchett on the luxurious train journey, a murder with the most ingenious of solutions, which, of course, Poirot is able to solve, if not to his utter satisfaction.

Murder on the Orient Express was supposed to be the start of an Agatha Christie series starring Albert Finney, but when the next film in the series, Death on the Nile, was released in 1978, Peter Ustinov took the role of the little Belgian dectective, giving the film a very different feel. I’ve never been sure of Finney in the role, he seemed to mumble a lot, and I much preferred the portrayal by Ustinov, but must say I loved the rest of the glamorous cast, particularly Lauren Bacall as Mrs Hubbard, as acerbic as ever and Jacqueline Bisset as Countess Andrenyi, an absolute vision in white, with possibly one of the most glamorous entrances on film. It must be said that Agatha Christie herself loved Finney in the role, and very much approved of the film.

The film is as stylish as you expect from an Agatha Christie adaptation. Set in 1935, before the coming of the Second World War, there is plenty of Art Deco glamour on show, in the decor of the train and the outfits worn by the likes of Vanessa Redgrave as Mary Debenham and Michael York as Count Andrenyi. One of the less glamorous characters was played by Ingrid Bergman, a role she won the best supporting actress Oscar for.

I love everything about Murder on the Orient Express, which was one of the only Agatha Christie stories that took it’s inspiration from real life (if you read the newspaper headlines at the beginning you will see it echoes the story of the Lindbergh baby.) It is a glamorous bygone that celebrates the stars of the golden age of Hollywood, and is far better than the more recent version.

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Six Useful Tips in Directly Purchasing Medical Uniforms From Manufacturers

Buying medical scrubs for your doctors and physicians directly from the manufacturers can result in significant savings for your healthcare institution. However, the producers may require you to buy a minimum number of items to avail of the discount. 

As an option, you can also look for their distributors, which can also offer quality scrubs like the Cherokee scrubs for men and women at a discount.

Exercise extreme caution when choosing a medical scrub supplier. Be aware of fly-by-night online companies that may defraud you of your money. As a precaution, you should enquire from people in your industry and conduct thorough research before selecting the manufacturer to supply your uniform requirements.

Types of Medical Scrubs in the Market

There are several types and styles of medical uniforms available in the market today. These dresses aim to give your doctors and physicians the professional look and protection while they perform their job. Here are some types of scrubs in the market:

  • Surgical scrubs-Generally, surgeons need sterile and comfortably loose clothing when conducting surgical procedures. Surgical scrubs meet these needs. These scrubs are usually disposable due to the bodily fluids and chemicals that stain them during the operation.
  • Laboratory coats-Physicians usually wear lab coats as additional clothing to set them apart from other medical staff. Manufacturers use easy-to-clean and stain-proof polyester and polypropylene materials in making the coats.
  • Female nursing scrubs-This type of scrub has a feminine style and pattern as it is for female nurses. It has roomy pockets and shapes to meet the needs of the nurses while on duty.
  • Male nursing scrubs– Scrubs for male nurses feature masculine styling, the unique placement of pockets and zippers, and broader shoulders to fit the male physique. Hospitals usually have the same color for both male and female scrubs. When looking for quality scrubs, you can try the Cherokee scrubs for men. 
  • Veterinary scrubs – This scrub is more odor-resistant and stain-proof than the other types because its wearer handles animals like dogs and cats.

How to Choose the Right Supplier for Your

Medical Scrubs

When selecting your medical uniform supplier, you should follow some guidelines to ensure that you get quality clothing at a fair price. Here are some suggestions for you:

  • Ask for referrals– Contact your network and inquire about their supplier of uniforms. Get their recommendations for the right supplier and ask the reasons why they recommend it.
  • Search for scrub manufacturers online – Visit the websites of medical uniform producers and look at whether they manufacture the clothing you require. You can make a short-list of your choice based on factors relevant to you, like its location, brand reputation, and production capacity.

Examine their products – Review the product descriptions, available sizes, and fabrics used to determine if they meet your needs.

    • Call or visit the manufacturer – To know more about their products, call or visit the company and inquire about things like the qualities of their scrubs, the allowed minimum purchase, and the availability of supply. 
  • Determine their mode of delivery, cost, and timetable – This is important, especially if the supplier is abroad.
  • Decide on your supplier – Choose your supplier based on your data.

Buying your medical uniforms in bulk can save you a lot of money. You can directly buy from credible manufacturers, as well as their distributors, to achieve significant savings.