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pearls How to choose the very best

Jewellery and fashion on location in Worcester

Diamonds The cutting edge

Meet the Peplow

watchmaker Our Rolex-trained expert Peplow Magazine

G6 Jewellery Young and fun

New in store Good Works, Missoma and Bering watches 1


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to Peplow 2013


Peplow news and events


Perfect pearls: our guide to buying and looking after your pearls


Gift guide: Precious Gems


Gift guide: Jewellery for children


Gift guide: New for 2013


Gift guide: Beautiful presents for under £800


Jewellery to inspire

20 Diamonds: what to look for in a diamond


Peplow People:


s one of the oldest family firms in Worcestershire we have served our customers for nearly 200 years. Peplow has extensive expertise in the jewellery business and we are proud of the wide range of beautiful watches and jewellery that we offer at our shops in Worcester and Stourbridge. We are a family jeweller that can provide everything from advice on buying an engagement ring to servicing that precious Rolex watch. In recent years we have expanded the business with the opening of g6 Jewellery – our younger, fashion jewellery boutique. Peplow is also well-known in the community for its support of charitable causes such as St Richard’s Hospice and the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign. This season we are

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Meet the watchmaker


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✧ Pearl rethreading ✧ Ear piercing ✧ Jewellery repairs and maintenance ✧ Valuations for insurance and probate ✧ Machine and hand-engraving ✧ Watch maintenance and repairs ✧ Complementary cleaning and polish on all jewellery purchases

Presents for the man in your life


Francis Peplow Peplow provides these services to its valued customers:

Young and fun:


providing support for an up-andcoming rugby star of the future. Peplow 2013 is designed to showcase the wonderful and varied range of products we offer as well as the expertise we have in-house. Our staff are among the most highlytrained jewellery professionals in the area and are constantly updating their knowledge of gems, precious metals, pearls and timepieces. With nearly 200 years of history behind us and plenty of new ideas and products we hope to serve you soon.

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Peplow 2013: designed and produced by Black Pear Media

Wedding rings plus WIN a holiday in The Seychelles

Please note: Pictures of jewellery are not to scale. Prices were correct at the time of going to press but are subject to change in line with the fluctuation of precious metal prices.

COME AND SEE US . . . W.H. Peplow 25 High Street Worcester WR1 2QL Tel: 01905 24026

W.H. Peplow 48 High Street Stourbridge DY8 1DF Tel: 01384 394287

G6 Jewellery 3 Pump Street Worcester WR1 2QX Tel: 01905 619488

Find us online at and Find us on Facebook and Twitter @peplowjewellers

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Peplow’s News & Events MAKE AN IMPRESSION

PEPLOW SPONSORS WORCESTER WARRIOR Many women are reluctant to part with their engagement ring so Peplow Jewellers now offers a free ‘ring impression’ service. It’s quick, easy and takes a perfect impression of your engagement ring so that your wedding band can be shaped to match – no matter how unusual the engagement ring. For more details of Peplow Jewellers’ wedding rings and a fantastic competition to win a holiday in The Seychelles turn to page 34.


Worcester Warriors rugby player Matt Kvesic is to be sponsored by Peplow Jewellers for the 2012-13 season. Matt has had a distinguished junior rugby career – he captained the under-18 squad and played for England under 20s at the 2011 Junior World Championships, he was also voted Young Player of the Year last season. Matt is the youngest rugby player to have joined Worcester Warriors as a professional, he is also currently in the England Saxon Squad,

from where he hopes to move on to the full England squad. Matt will be joining Peplow Jewellers at a number of its events during the year. To keep up-to-date with our events email: or visit us on Facebook or Twitter @PeplowJewellers.



Nominations are open for the Worcestershire Women of the Year 2013. Peplow Jewellers is delighted to be involved in the awards as sponsor of the Voluntary Award. Peplow marketing manager, Alison Pickerill, is on the organising committee which aims to raise £25,000 for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. The awards have been running for more than 20 years and are a major fundraiser for the hospice. There are three categories: Voluntary award sponsored by Peplow Jewellers; Achievement award, sponsored by St Mary’s Worcester; Business award sponsored by Harrison Clark. Nominees should live or work in the county of Worcestershire and the closing date is March 1 2013.

Worcester’s popular Victorian Christmas Fayre is back and g6 Jewellery is joining the fun with its own stall in Pump Street. The shop’s Christmas collections are bound to inspire so why not enjoy the fun of the Fayre and bring home some well-chosen gifts too? The Victorian Christmas Fayre comes to Worcester from Thursday November 29 to Sunday December 2

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Peplow Jewellers’ Alison Pickerill (right) with (from left) Worcestershire Women 2013 committee members Jane Sullivan, Tricia Cavell of St Richard’s Hospice, and Dani Oliver.

For further details visit where nomination forms can be downloaded, or telephone Evelyn Birt on 07799 885996 or Andrea Palmer on 07786 437189.

Keep in touch with g6 Jewellery on Facebook g6jewellery or follow us on Twitter @g6jewellery

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LOVELY LITTLE LADIES The tradition of Best Dressed Lady is a fixture at Worcester Races’ Ladies’ Day. This year Peplow Jewellers joined in the fun by sponsoring the ‘Best Dressed Little Lady’ competition. Children up to the age of twelve took part in the competition with eight finalists invited to

the winners’ enclosure for the final judging. The winner was presented with Molly Brown Locket while the runners up received a Molly Brown Goody bag. To view our Molly Brown Children’s jewellery collection turn to page 10.



Peplow Jewellers is delighted to be sponsoring the annual Christmas Festive Lunch in aid of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. The three-course lunch on Thursday December 6 is at Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium, with guest speaker Jane Means – aka the Gift Wrap Guru! Jane has worked for numerous big-name companies including Harrods, Lakeland and House of Fraser. Guests are invited to bring one gift each for Jane to wrap while they enjoy their lunch. For those guests who have not yet finished their Christmas shopping Peplow Jewellers will be displaying Mastercut Diamonds, Pandora, Ti Sento, Swarovksi and Viventy jewellery, available to purchase on the day.

Peplow Jewellers is offering one lucky winner the chance to own a Ladies’ Bering Ceramic Watch worth £169. To enter, answer the question and complete the entry form below and send it to Alison Pickerill, Peplow Jewellers, 25 High Street, Worcester WR1 2QL or email

Tickets for the St Richard’s Hospice Festive lunch are £27 available from the website or Tel: 01905 763963.

The Princes’ Trust charity in Worcestershire was the beneficiary of a charity night at the Odeon Cinema to mark the launch of the latest Bond film, Skyfall. Peplow Jewellers supported the night which was organized in association with Worcestershire Ambassadors.

Question: Where was the idea for Bering Watch design born? A: The Artic B: Spain C: England Answer: ............................................................................................................. Name: ................................................................................................................ Address: ............................................................................................................ .......................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... Email: ................................................................................................................ Telephone number: ............................................................................................ Entries must be received by January 31 2013. The draw will be made from all the correct entries received and will take place on February 13 2013. The winner will be informed on that day. Peplow Jewellers’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries received after this date or which are illegible or incomplete will not be entered into the draw. For full terms and conditions visit

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Pearls of wisdom For thousands of years pearls have been prized for their beauty. Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I loved pearls. So did Coco Chanel and Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor. Pearls never go out of fashion


HERE is something quite magical about a piece of jewellery that has been made by a living creature and that’s as true today with cultured pearls as it was when pearls were a rarity found by accident in the occasional oyster. Nowadays, the vast majority of pearls are cultured using sustainable farming methods in the seas of Western Australian, Tahiti, China and Japan. Tahitian South Sea pearls These are highly prized as the only naturally black pearl. Tahitian pearls range in colour from bluesilver through to musky yellow, pale aubergine and peacock. Australian South Sea pearls Australian pearls tend to be larger in size but they are amongst the rarest in the world. Colours range from cool silver to pale cream and these pearls have many shapes including round, drop shape and baroque – an irregular oval or lumpy shape. Akoya Pearls The seas around Japan and China are home to the Akoya oyster which produces small, round ‘traditional’ pearls up to 1cm in diameter. The colour range is mainly grey to rich yellow with white pearls much rarer and highly prized. Freshwater pearls First developed in Japan but now also grown in China these pearls come from a mussel not an oyster. Shapes range from rice-shaped to gem

My favourite piece: Jenny McCormack Peplow sales consultant

I love the freshwater pearls and the quartz crystal combination in this piece

Smokey quartz and pearl necklace (£1,250) White gold diamond and south sea pearl collarette (£9,795)

My favourite piece: Suzi Newsome Peplow senior sales consultant

This is a really luxurious piece of jewellery and would be perfect for bridal glamour quality round shapes and colours are mainly white, cream or pale pink. CHOOSING YOUR PEARLS Pearls are graded on their colour, lustre and whether the surface is marked. Pearls with no marks on their surface are considered the very best – and they are the rarest. The lustre of a pearl describes the way it reflects light. A highly lustrous pearl is one that appears to ‘light up’. To make a necklace many thousands of pearls may be sorted to find those with a similar lustre. Different colours and lustres of pearls suit different skin tones so the best way to choose a piece of pearl jewellery is to try it on. ✧


✧ Keep your pearls in a separate jewellery box to other items such as gem stones and gold which could scratch the surface of the pearl. ✧ Before putting your pearls away, wipe them gently with a soft cloth to remove dust and moisture. ✧ Apply make-up and perfume at least five minutes before putting on your pearls. Cosmetics can damage the surface of pearls so the golden rule is: ‘last thing on, first thing off’. ✧ Check the string of pearl necklaces every six months and have them restrung at the first sign of fraying. Pearls are strung on silk and even if you don’t wear them often they should be restrung every 18 months to two years.

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The business of

fashion Halo Style fashion boutique is the place to go for stylish looks and friendly service


riar Street, Worcester, is one of those fabulous shopping streets where each shop is individual, stocked with gorgeous must-haves and staffed by friendly experts who can help you choose the best look for you. Halo Style is a stylish boutique where you are bound to find the very thing you need – whether it’s a glamorous party dress, a smart blouse for work or jeans for the weekend. Halo Style carries a range of ladies’ fashion labels including Great Plains and Part Two, French Connection, Sandwich,


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Falke Hosiery and J Shoes to name just a few. The team is always on the look-out for new labels to complement their current stock and have a great range of shoes, handbags, hats and scarves to accessorise your look. Why not drop in today and discover stylish shopping in the heart of the city. 45 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2NA Tel: 01905 24466

Gift Guide 18ct yellow gold oval emerald and diamond cluster pendant on chain (£985)

18ct white gold cushion-shaped sapphire and diamond cluster ring with diamond set shoulders (£4,500)

18ct w hit shaped e gold cushio nsapphir ep (£1,445 endant )

18ct yellow and white gold emerald and diamond cluster earrings (£1,745)

18ct yellow gold emerald and diamond cluster ring (£6,950)

18ct white gold ruby and diamond pendant on chain (£1,300)

18ct White gold sapphire and diamond bracelet (£6,000)


Gems The only limit is your imagination with these colourful and beautiful precious stones

18ct white gold graduated five-stone ruby and diamond-set ring (£2,070)

18ct white gold five-stone ruby and diamondset pendant earrings (£2,150)

18ct yellow and white gold ruby and diamond oval cluster claw-set ring (£3,695)

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Alphabet charms (£30 each), chain (£20)



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Pink Gobstopper bracelet (£45) Pearl Station bracelet (£28)

My First Diamond bracelet (£55), necklace (£60), earrings (£40)

Gifts for

Pink Aurora necklace (£62)

Children Every girl, whatever her age, enjoys receiving a piece of jewellery. Here’s a selection of pretty pieces for the little girl in your life

Heart and Star (£45)

Friendship bracelet (£35)


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Gift Guide Missoma pendant and chain (£275)

Leather glitz wrap-around bracelet (£40)

Good Works Make a Difference leather wrap bracelets, now available at Peplow. Good Works pledge to ‘bring good will to fashion’ by donating 25% of profits to charities and good causes. A huge success in America, they are worn by A-list celebrities including and Mollie King (pictured) from girl band The Saturdays. Ti Sento pendant and chain (£275)

Ti Sento Earrings (£130)

Single buckle bracelet (£20); Missoma Isis earrings (£195)

Missoma Isis blue ring (£95)


Arrivals Ladies’ Bering Time To Care 2012 limited edition ceramic diamond watch. This stunning ladies’ Bering watch is made from ceramic and is fitted with a quartz movement. It fastens a white ceramic strap and has a white dial (£219).

Peplow’s jewellery buyers have been busy finding beautiful and stylish pieces Diamonfire platinum-plated silver round cluster drop earrings (£95)

Diamonfire platinumplated silver CZ classic tennis bracelet (£149)

A selection of rings (from £50)

Charity, a Limited Edition steel and black ceramic watch with diamonds (£179)

Diamonfire platinum-plated silver blue cluster classic ring (£99)

Diamonfire solitaire set six-claw ring (£99)

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Gift Guide Ladies’ Michel Herbelin watch stainless steel perle bracelet (£495). The bracelet

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18ct white gold multi diamond hoop earrings (£570)

9ct white gold diamond ring (£635)

moulds elegantly and lightly around the wrist. The dial, in white Mother of Pearl, has 11 crystal hour markers and a date window at the 6 o’clock position. A fabulously luxurious feminine watch.

9ct white gold paved diamond pendant and chain (£515)

9ct white gold diamond ring (£570)


Under £800 Jewellery to adore, all for under £800

9ct rose and white diamond pendant and chain (£305)

From the Gucci watch G-Gucci collection, a pink gold PVD watch with black dial set, three diamonds and pink gold PVD bracelet (£650).


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9ct white and rose gold crossover diamond set ring (£775)

9ct rose and white gold single stone diamond drop earrings £185

Jewellery: Rose gold Gucci ‘G’ square watch (£650); 18ct Yellow and white rose gold multi-diamond five-band ring (£3,550), 18ct Rose gold and diamond slave bracelet 1mm (£2,025), 18ct Yellow gold and diamond slave bracelet 1mm (£2,025), 18ct White gold and diamond slave bracelet 1mm (£2,025), 18ct Rose and yellow gold three-row pearl necklet (£3,295), 14ct Yellow gold fancy drop pearl earrings (£680). Fashion: French Connection Annie stretch jersey fitted ruby red dress (£62), from Halo Style.


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Jewellery to inspire Peplow Jewellers’ finest pieces are shown off with style and grace PHOTOGRAPHY: ISAAC NEWMAN

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Jewellery: 18ct White gold sapphire and diamond bracelet with 21 stones (£5,499); Sapphire and diamond necklace (£17,500); 18ct White gold square ninestone sapphire earrings (£1,225); 18ct White gold sapphire and diamond cluster ring (£5,995); Ladies Rolex Datejust, diamond bezel and dial, stainless steel and 18ct white gold jubilee bracelet (£10,150).


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Jewellery: Fiona (foreground): Heart-shaped diamond stud earrings (£15,895), Heart-shaped diamond necklet (£19,500), White gold diamond tennis bracelet (£5,295), 18ct Multi-diamond tennis bracelet (£3,955), 18ct White gold square-cut diamond ring set (£2,050). Maryam (background): 18ct White gold three-row freshwater pearl bracelet (£1,179), Single-row cultured freshwater pearl rope necklace with gold clasp (£525), Single-row pearl necklace with 18ct gold clasp (£1,450), 18ct White gold and diamond black Tahitian pearl drop earrings (£1,025), Single-row black Tahitian pearl necklet 17-inch length, set with 18ct gold clasp (£4,950). Fashion: Fiona (foreground) is wearing: Great Plains harper crepe asymmetrical blouse in rowan (£55), Part Two Tatea skirt (£79); Maryam is wearing Madame Mary dress (£97), all from Halo Style.

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Peplow Jewellers would like to thank the following companies and individuals who helped with the jewellery photoshoot: ✧ The photographer: Isaac Newman; ✧ ✧ The venue: Temple Laugherne; ✧ ✧ The models: Fiona, Maryam and Lucy ✧ All jewellery featured is available from Peplow Jewellers THE HAIR


Naomi Beswick, director of Avant Garde Salons, created the hairstyles for the Peplow photoshoot:

Amy Austin, of All About Me, created the makeup look:

“We used the KEVIN. MURPHY range of products to create the look for the Peplow fashion shoot. Avant Garde is the only salon in Worcester to stock this range. KEVIN.MURPHY is a fashion-focused range of salon-only, professional, hair care products created by Kevin to meet his needs as a top editorial hairstylist. “To achieve the looks on the day Naomi (Avant Garde director) and Chelsie (stylist) knew that they needed as much body in the hair as possible so chose Body Builder and Anti Gravity Spray. These are fantastic for creating all-day body in the hair. Using two sizes of GHD styler they created a number of different looks, each time finished with KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray to enhance shine and give a long-lasting hold.” Avant Garde is open seven days a week with four late nights (until 9pm) perfect if you need your hair doing after work or for a special occasion! Avant Garde Hair Salon Unit 4 Berkeley Way, Warndon Villages Worcester WR4 9UP Tel: 01905 758880 Book an appointment online at:

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“We wanted a classic makeup look, something a woman of every age can wear. It needed to be dramatic but subtle enough to allow the beautiful jewellery centre stage. Our makeup of choice is Mary Kay®. We find it applies exceptionally well, blends beautifully and most importantly, for everyday use, it stays on! “The key to a flawless, lasting look is a good primer. All models are wearing the Mary Kay® Foundation Primer and Timewise® Matte-wear liquid foundation. The Mineral Eye Colours are buildable and blend excellently. For the evening look Sweet Cream, Espresso and Coal work brilliantly together, blending the latter to create a smoky effect. Eyeliner is essential for a dramatic look. We love Lash Primer® and Ultimate Mascara™. Create a base for lipstick and define lips with Age-fighting Lip Primer and Lip Liner then apply Crème Lipstick in your chosen colour.” All About Me offers a range of services, from Wedding Makeup and makeup lessons to Bio Sculpture gel nails and waxing. All About Me is based in Avant Garde Hair Salon Tel: 07770 378482 / 01905 758880


We are offering a 20% discount on Mary Kay products to Peplow 2013 readers. Bring this page to the salon any time until 31st March 2013 and claim your discount.

Telephone 07770 378482 or email Terms and conditions apply. Visit for details.

Diamonds the cutting edge Few gemstones arouse as much passion as diamonds. For centuries these beautiful stones have captured the imagination of lovers, kings and queens, the rich and the powerful. A piece of diamond jewellery is a statement piece that will be treasured for years so it is worth spending some time making the right choice


RESH from the ground a diamond may sparkle but it will take the expertise of a skilled diamond cutter to bring out the true beauty of these wonderful gemstones. Jewellers talk about the four Cs when discussing diamond quality. The four Cs are: carat, cut, colour and clarity.

75 point or ¾ carat diamond. Points are only used for diamonds under 1ct. Larger diamonds are rarer so therefore command a higher price – especially if they have been cut well. A 1ct single diamond will usually cost more than two ½ ct diamonds – even if they weigh the same.

There are many shapes of diamond cut – round, oval, marquise, pearshaped – to name just a few. In addition the diamond cutter will skilfully cut the surface of the diamond which allow light to reflect off the stone in many directions – adding to the sparkle!



This is where the expertise of the cutter and polisher comes in. A diamond needs to be cut in a way that releases the brilliance and sparkle of the stone. On top of that the cutter must ensure that as little of the stone is lost as possible to reduce waste.

Although commonly thought of as colourless or clear in fact diamonds are found in almost every colour – including red, blue, green, even brown. Colourless, or near colourless, are the most popular however, as these contain fewer impurities. Jewellers use

CARATS Diamond carats are a metric measure of weight, unlike gold where a karat is a measure of metal’s purity. One carat (ct) is 200 milligrams in weight and can be divided into ‘points’. So a diamond that is 0.75 carats could also be called a 20

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My favourite piece: Becky Corrigan Peplow full time services and sales consultant

This is the type of ring that you can’t resist looking at, loads of sparkle!

My favourite piece: Lindy Smith Peplow part-time sales consultant

These 2 carat diamonds are classic, will never date and have so much sparkle

a colour scale to grade diamonds from colourless to light yellow or brown. Diamonds with the least colour – sometimes called exceptional white – are the rarest and most expensive. CLARITY The term clarity refers to blemishes and ‘inclusions’ – tiny little marks within the stone. All diamonds are graded for clarity by an expert who looks for the number of inclusions, the type of inclusion and where they occur within the diamond. For example, one tiny inclusion under the line of a facet

18ct White gold inferno cut diamond ring (£12,250)

Diamond earrings (£8,470)

would be less important than a large inclusion in the centre of the stone. A flawless diamond, ie one without any inclusions, will be worth more than a diamond that has an inclusion that can be seen easily with a magnifying lens at 10x magnification. Occasionally inclusions will affect the durability of the stone and make it prone to cracking or splitting. The quality of a diamond and its value is based on the combined value of the 4Cs. So a 2ct diamond with numerous visible inclusions may be worth less than a small stone with fewer inclusions.

MASTERCUT Peplow Jewellers have for some time supplied its customers with Mastercut Diamonds. The Mastercut diamond is unique in the way that it is cut as it has has 89 facets, 32 more than a traditional, round, brilliant cut diamond. This means the Mastercut Diamond is up to 30% brighter than other diamonds. Look into the centre of a Mastercut Diamond and you will see a star design that reflects even more light. Every diamond is sold with a Guarantee Certificate. ✧ Peplow Magazine




My favourite piece: Jane Godfrey Peplow part-time sales consultant

Something old, something, new something borrowed . . .

This is my birthstone. The ring is quite traditional but I like the classic style

If you’re buying a piece of Mastercut Diamond jewellery from Peplow you could be eligible to borrow the Mastercut Diamond tiara (above) for your wedding day. Worth £30,000, this dazzling tiara has 400 individually set diamonds totalling 4.5 carats and will make any bride look and feel like a princess. Inspired by vintage Edwardian and Victorian styles, its classic design offers an unusual twist for brides looking for ‘something borrowed’ on their wedding day.

Ruby and diamond 18ct gold ring (£3,695)

For more details contact Peplow Jewellers 25 High Street, Worcester WR1 2QL (tel: 01905 24026) or 48 High Street, Stourbridge DY8 1DF (tel: 01384 394287).

My favourite piece: Katie McMannis Peplow part-time sales consultant

This is just a beautiful piece which sparkles and flares in the light

Single stone diamond and platinum ring (£3,295)

LOOKING AFTER YOUR DIAMOND JEWELLERY Diamonds are the hardest gemstone known to man but they do need some care and attention to keep them sparkling to their full effect. ✧ Although they’re tough, a diamond can be chipped if it receives a hard blow along its grain. If you’re doing heavy work, such as gardening, remove your diamond rings. ✧ Diamonds can scratch other diamonds and gemstones so keep


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your jewellery in separate boxes. ✧ Soap, cosmetics, oil and grease can dull the surface of any gemstone. Clean your diamond by brushing gently with a soft toothbrush in a bowl of water containing liquid detergent. Then put the diamonds in a wire strainer and run under warm water (put the plug in the sink just in case!) Then pat your diamonds dry with a soft lint-free cloth.

✧ Ultrasonic cleaners are available from high street retailers – these use sound waves to ‘vibrate’ dirt away from the surface of jewellery. Peplow Jewellers does not recommend home-use of ultrasonic cleaners as they can enlarge the flaws in brittle stones such as emeralds. For expert jewellery cleaning and advice we recommend bringing your jewellery into the shop.

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Georgie Grant and Claire Marsay

Glittering Charity Ball

Dave Darlaston, Anne Darlaston, Rachel Jones and Mark Yeates

Sally Baker and Alison Pickerill

David Pickerill, Holly Pickerill, Chris Pickerill, Charlotte Pickerill and Mark Pickerill

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Over 100 guests gathered in the beautiful surroundings of Spring Grove House, Bewdley, for the Peplow Jewellers and Matt Mason Testimonial Ball. Solo harpist, Camilla Pay, serenaded the guests as they arrived to enjoy a welcome drink of Kir Royale, kindly sponsored by Worcestershire Life magazine. A three course meal was followed by an auction of luxury gifts, kindly donated by the ball sponsors and friends. Guests then danced the night away in the Cellarz Bar to live music from The Dollarz. The evening raised £4,000 for The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign and St Richard’s Hospice. Alison Pickerill of Peplow Jewellers said: “I’m delighted the evening was a great success and raised such a substantial amount for both charities”.

Janna Pugh, Tim Vigor, Lee Howells Ford and Debbie Greenshill

Nicola Salmon and Steve Rhodes (right); --director and head coach of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and friends

Will Kerton and Gillian Kerton The band, The Dollarz

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Lucy was one of the youngest models in the Peplow Jewellers 2012 Model Competition and proved perfect for showing off the g6 Jewellery ranges. Jewellery: Lucy wears a Swarovski Shanghai Long Necklace (£135); on her left hand, a Bering 21mm Square Steel & White Ceramic Watch (£199),Ti Sento Synthetic White Pearl Bracelet (£25), Ti Sento White Enamel and CZ Cocktail Ring (£115); on her right hand, Candy Bling Amethyst Full Crystal Bracelet (£69), Ti Sento Black Onyx Bracelet (£45), Candy Bling Fushcia and White Full Crystal (£69), Diamonfire Rectangular Cluster Cocktail Ring (£135). Fashion: Slim-fit vintage wash jeans (£51) and classic cotton stretch top in damson jam (£20), both Great Plains, and French Connection raw-edged trilby (£35), from Halo Style, Friar Street, Worcester

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Young and FUN! Two years ago Peplow Jewellers opened g6 Jewellery on Pump Street, Worcester, to offer a range of brands that are young, fun . . . and pretty. Lucy and Benson the puppy enjoy showing off some of the g6 Jewellery ranges in the orchard at Temple Laugherne PHOTOGRAPHY: ISAAC NEWMAN; WWW.ISAAC.UK.COM

Lucy’s left hand from the top: Lucet Mundi Purple Stardust Bracelet (£45); Swarovski Tennis Bracelet (£97); Candy Bling Amethyst Full Crystal Bracelet (£69); Ti Sento Black Onyx Bracelet (£45); Candy Bling Fushcia and White Full Crystal (£69); Bering 35mm Thick Ceramic and Swarovski Crystal Watch with Black Leather Strap (£139). Rings (left to right): Swarovski Reflection Ring (£100); Diamonfire Rectangular Cluster Cocktail Ring (£135). Lucy’s right hand from the top: Lucet Mundi Blue Full Power Bead (£99); Candy Bling White Crystal Bar (£40); Bering 21mm Square Steel and White Ceramic Watch (£199); Donald Clarke Silver Magnetic Mesh Bangle (£87); Ti Sento White CZ Pavé Three-row Bangle (£210); Lucet Mundi Pink Full Power Bead (£99); Ti Sento Synthetic White Pearl Bracelet (£25); Swarovski Circle Bracelet (£100); Ti Sento Large Synthetic White Pearl Bracelet (£30). Rings (left to right): Pandora Black CZ Row Ring (£115); Pandora White Pearl Petal Ring (£50); Pandora Circle Detail Band Ring (£35).

G6 Jewellery 3 Pump Street Worcester, WR1 2QX Tel: 01905 619488

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The Oyster Perpetual


The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the latest addition to the Rolex Oyster collection, a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection technological sophistication and ease of use


ITH 14 patents, five of which are new, the SKY-DWELLER provides, in an unprecedented and highly original way, the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time. There is a dual time zone, with local time read via centre hands and a reference time display in 24 hour format read via a rotating off-centre disc visible on the dial. The SKY-DWELLER has a particularly innovative annual calendar named SAROS – in tribute to the astronomical phenomenon which inspired it – that requires only one date adjustment a year, when the month changes from February to March; and a month display by means of 12 discreet apertures around the circumference of the dial. A majestic expression of the art of watchmaking and the product of Rolex’s exceptional technical expertise, the SKY-DWELLER is as intuitive to read as it is simple to use. Local time, reference time and the date are rapidly set using a highly innovative interface between the case and movement. The rotatable RING COMMAND bezel is the focal point of the interface, allowing the wearer to select the individual functions to be set simply by turning the bezel. Each function can then be adjusted swiftly and easily in both directions by means of the winding crown, which has only one setting position. The SKY-DWELLER is equipped 26

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THE OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER CASE Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown) Diameter: 42mm Material: 18ct white gold, polished finish Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting Bezel: Fluted, bidirectional rotatable RING COMMAND Winding crown: Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system Crystal: Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire; CYCLOPS lens (2.5x) over the date, double antireflective coating Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

with a new calibre, the 9001, an officially certified Swiss chronometer entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The SKY-DWELLER epitomizes the values of precision, robustness and reliability for which Rolex watches are renowned. It bears witness to the creative force of a brand dedicated to its passion for innovation at the service of the wearer. The SKY-DWELLER is designed for those who place the emphasis on useful functions, effortless manipulation, prestige and elegance above all. Available in 18ct white, yellow or Everose gold, cast by Rolex in its own foundry, this advanced wristwatch features the fluted bezel that symbolizes the codes of the brand. With its stately 42mm Oyster

DIAL Colour: Ivory, satin finish Hour markers: Roman numeral appliqués in 18ct white gold Hands: 18ct white gold with phosphorescent material BRACELET

case, it is the embodiment of perfect symbiosis between form and function, aesthetics and technology. With the SKY-DWELLER, Rolex once again demonstrates its wealth of ingenuity by designing and manufacturing a watch that perpetuates the OYSTER’S legendary excellence. ✧

Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links Material: 18ct white gold, polished centre links and satin-finished outer links with polished edges Clasp: Folding OYSTER CLASP, EASYLINK 5mm comfort extension link

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Meet the Peplow


Every month hundreds of watches come in for repair and service. Mike Leverton gives every piece his expert care PHOTOGRAPHY: ISAAC NEWMAN


N THE second floor of Peplow Jewellers in Worcester is a small room crammed with machinery. There are small lathes, drills, tweezers, screwdrivers, a hand lens, magnifying glass, and small bottles of oils. At the work bench Mike Leverton sits inspecting the pieces of a watch that he has dismantled that morning. It’s one of hundreds of watches that will pass under his gaze this month. Mike is the Peplow watchmaker – a job he has been doing for over 30 years, and just five minutes in his company tells you that he loves what he does. Mike is one of only 80 to 100 watchmakers in the country to have the official Rolex seal of approval – which allows him to service and maintain Rolex watches. He also looks after the quality watch brands such as Omega and Longines. He is also a Craft Member of the British Horological Institute. “I trained in Geneva for six months at the Rolex factory out there,” Mike says. “The company expects everything to be done to a very high standard and the training is superb.” 28

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Every watch that comes in for repair is completely taken apart and put back together again

Its Training Centre is operated for the benefit of the watchmaker employed by the jewellers that are Rolex Agents, Mike explains. It aims to give them a thorough knowledge

of Rolex watches so that after sales service can be obtained with confidence throughout the world and Rolex owners can rest assured their high quality movement they have purchase will always be entrusted to skilled and experienced hands. Just looking at the Rolex equipment it is clear that servicing and cleaning a Rolex watch requires the minutest attention to detail. On the shelf is Rolex waterproof testing machine which checks watches for their waterproofing at 2,000 feet and up to 3,000 feet below sea level. Rolex watches are serviced and repaired with Rolex tools and special parts are ordered from Switzerland if needed. Mike, who was born and lived in Plymouth, left school at 15 expecting to follow his grandfather into the Devonport shipyard as an apprentice welder. However, there were no apprenticeships available in the shipyard so he was taken on as an apprentice in a clockmakers in Plymouth. “I thought it was something I would be able to do and I didn’t want to go back to school. It was a seven-year

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I love coming to work and seeing something different every day, and getting things working for people

apprenticeship in those days and I spent the first three years on clocks. I used to go out to the country estates and wind up the clocks. I completed my apprenticeship when I was 21,” says Mike. A holiday with friends proved the turning point in Mike’s life. “We’d been up to Nottingham and we stopped in Worcester on the way back, and that’s where I met my wife!” And ended up moving to Worcester and working for Peplow. Nowadays there are very few watchmakers – or horologists – around, and even fewer apprentices. “We are few and far between,” says Mike. Mike is never short of something to work on. Each watch – whichever brand – is serviced and repaired with close attention to detail. “It’s something the customer doesn’t see but every watch that comes in for repair is completely taken apart and put back together again,” says Mike. “I check for wear and tear, for example wear on the winding mechanism or the barrel. I give it a thorough clean – often just a hair or

dust can cause the watch to run slow or stop. “I could spend up to one or four hours servicing one watch but the customer won’t know how long it has taken to get the watch clean and working properly.” Watches need servicing at least once every four years advises Mike. “A watch is running 365 days a year every year. A service may cost £400 but if you think about it that’s less than £2 a week, if you do have it serviced as recommended. I’ve always said would you run your car for four years without putting a little bit of oil in it?” Mike is also called on to advise customers buying a new watch. “I always try to find out why the customer wants the watch. That probably sounds a bit strange but some people want a watch that keeps perfect time while other people want a prestige timepiece. “Someone who wants perfect time might be advised to buy a quartz watch while those who don’t mind a second or two a day might be recommended to purchase a timepiece with a mechanical heart, a little

machine under that dial you never see. Just ask and we can show you.” says Mike. Over the course of his career Mike has seen trends come and go. “I’ve never been out of work but the late 1970s was tough. That was when the quartz revolution came in and there seemed no need for traditional watches. I retrained as a jeweller to do jewellery repairs to keep busy. Then in the mid-to late-1980s mechanical watches all came back again and now we are 90 per cent mechanical!” Mike admits that he loves his work. “I love coming to work and seeing something different every day, and getting things working for people.” And on his days off ? “I like going round the antique shows and junk shops looking for old watches to do up and repair. I’ve found quite a few nice pieces,” he says. ✧ To bring your watch in for repair visit one of the Peplow shops at 25 High Street, Worcester WR1 2QL (tel: 01905 24026) or 48 High Street, Stourbridge DY8 1DF (tel: 01384 394287).

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Gift Guide BMW set of cufflinks, money clip and key ring (£335)

9ct Yellow gold and black opal cufflinks (£525)

9ct Yellow gold signet ring (£735)


Gifts for Elegant ball point pen (£155)

Jewellery and stylish accessories for the man in your life

Solid silver money clip (£95)

Longines Column Wheel Chronograph men’s watch (£2,040) 32

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Satin walnut mono watch winder (£235)

Gift Guide

Gifts from

Stourbridge These precious gems are exclusive to our customers at W.H. Peplow Stourbridge

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The ring that says A wedding ring lasts forever and Peplow Jewellers has a wide range to suit any taste and style


eplow Jewellers’ wedding rings are made in a range of 9ct, 14ct, 18ct, 22ct gold, palladium, platinum and assorted mixed metals. Choose from yellow, red or white gold or a combination of colours. Diamonds feature in some of our designs. Some are hand carved, inlaid or shaped to fit around an engagement ring. Every piece is bespoke and made to your individual specifications. Why not add your own personal message? We offer complimentary engraving with any wedding ring purchase.

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£890 £265 £450

£200 Prices are for palladium rings

WIN A LUXURY HONEYMOON TO THE SEYCHELLES One lucky couple has the chance to win a honeymoon to The Seychelles. Purchase a Brown & Newirth wedding ring between now and December 31 2012 and you will be entered into a fabulous prize draw to win a luxury honeymoon at the 5 Star Banyan Tree Seychelles with Turquoise Holidays. The winning couple will be flown to the Indian Ocean Seychelles archipelago courtesy of the honeymoon experts,


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Turquoise Holidays and will spend five nights at the award-winning spa resort, Banyan Tree Seychelles. Staying in a Beachfront Spa Pool Villa on a half board basis, the prize includes:

Gazebo dinner • Two 180-minute Royal Banyan spa treatments at the world-renowned Banyan Tree Spa Seychelles This prize will have a 12 month validity period and will include return flights from the UK and airport transfers in Seychelles. Ask in store for details

• Flights from UK and airport transfers in Seychelles. • A special romantic Beach

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Customer magazine produced for Peplow Jewellers by Black Pear Media

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