This weekend, we will be offering 10% off full-price all Daniel Wellington & Marc Jacob watches.

We already offer watches at very competitive prices so you could pick yourself up a very good bargain.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Following the success of last year's late night shopping event, the Grainger Market will be hosting another event on Friday 1st December 2017.

More news to follow.........

We now offer an extensive range of Luxury Swiss Watches (with manufacturers warranty), including Tag Heuer, Omega, IWC and many more.

Please contact us with the brand and model number for a free competitive quotation. 

The 4 Cs of Diamond Quality: What's the most important C?

That depends on your taste and budget. Like purchasing a car or house, your choices will be determined by your budget. The goal is to get the best diamond that you can afford.

Is Diamond Size Important?

Diamond size is measured in carat weight. Small differences in carat weight can mean price differences of hundreds or even thousands of pounds. If the size is important to you, you  can create the illusion of size by picking the right diamond shape. Fancy shapes such as oval, rectangle and marquise make the diamond look bigger based on their carat weight. A narrow band, and a bezel or halo setting can also accentuate the diamond's size.

Is the Diamond Colour Important?

Subtle differences in colour can dramatically affect diamond value. There are 23 colour grades from the letter D (colourless) to Z (light yellow, light brown or light gray). The more colourless the diamonds are the more rare it is. Once a diamond has been set and is worn its unlikely that you will see much difference from a D - G colour grade.

Is Diamond Clarity Important?

Flawless diamonds are extremely rare. There are 11 clarity grades which are determined by the size, number, position, nature and colour or relief of any inclusions or blemishes.

Is Diamond Cut Important?

If you are looking for sparkle and those unmistakable flashes of colour and light that telegraph 'diamond' across a crowded room, then the diamond's cut quality is really important.

Following the successful late night opening event in December 2016, the Grainger Market will he hosting a further event on Saturday 20th May 2017 and of course, S Murray Jewellers will be open.

Love Local, Love Late will be presented as part of The Late Shows 2017 (www.thelateshows.org.uk)

Why not take the opportunity to stroll around Newcastle's iconic Grainger Market until 9pm, while taking advantage of some great discounts, samples and promotions from our fellow traders.

There will be various musicians and local acts providing entertainment. In addition to this there will a pop up local art market, street food and much more. You can also discover facts about the building past with regular heritage tours and you can even take the opportunity to see one the Grainger Market's biggest secrets....the air raid shelter.

Follow 'The Late Shows: Love Local, Love Late' on Facebook for further details and information.

The Independent reported on this topic on the 24th April 2017.

There are many myths about how much an engagement ring should cost. You may have heard the three month salary rule, the one month salary rule of even the split the difference rule.

Now, couples in the UK are spending almost a fifth less (19%) on engagement rings than they did 5-10 years ago, according to research by Protect your Bubble. The average spend on an engagement ring over the past 5 years stands at £1,080 compared to £1,333 spent up to 10 years ago.

Of the 1,235 adults surveyed the data also revealed that the number of couples spending less than £500 has seen a rapid surge with 18% more buying engagement rings for this amount compared to previous years. While almost half said their engagement ring costs less than three week's wages and 13% chose rings that cost less than a week's wages.

Interestingly, among those surveyed it was the millennials who chose to spend the most on their rings with average 16-24 year olds shelling out £1,473 on an engagement ring and £2,827 on a wedding ring, compared to £691 spent by 45-54 year olds.

An article in The Chronicle (28th Jan 2017) recently listed the top six places to go shopping in the North East according to Trip Advisor.

The Grainger Market came third behind Barter Books, Alniwick (1st) and Tynemouth Market (2nd).

The Grainger Market opened in 1835 and although remains traditional has vastly changed over the years. The market is famous for many things including being the home to the smallest Marks & Spencers in the world! The Grainger Market is still a hidden gem & often people still do not realise what the market has to offer. You can get everything you need under one roof and the prices are really competitive.

 

S. Murray Jewellers are pleased to announce our sale starting 28th December 2016!

Come along and take advantage of our generous discounts. Save on branded watches from the likes of Michael Kors, Daniel Wellington, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss and more. We have a stunning jewellery collection and budget watch selection also on sale.

Do you require a jewellery repair or watch battery change? Simply have our experienced in-house jeweller carry out work whilst you relax and browse our varied collection. Don't miss out on our incredible end of year sale!

Grainger Market’s First Late Night Opening for a Family Friendly Christmas

Grainger Market’s First Late Night Opening for a Family Friendly Christmas

Traders in the city’s Granger Market are hosting their first night market to encourage buying local this Christmas. 

On 1st December, the historic market will open from 5pm until 9pm and in addition to a wide variety of Christmas inspired goods, there will also be classes, music, dancing, a bar, street food, freebies, art and discounts on offer. 

Market traders will also launch the first Great Grainger Advent Calendar . 

Emma Claude-Phillips, owner of The French Oven said; “This free, family - friendly event offers plenty in the run up to Christmas. There will be some spectacular entertainment and delicious food  to help visitors support their local market and get ready for Christmas.”

The event is free, however visitors can take advantage of VIP tickets giving an extra special insight in to the Victorian building, balcony views and including one of the air raid shelters which survive underneath the market floor. Behind the scenes tickets, with some festive treats, are available though eventbrite.co.uk priced at £5.00 ( 90p fee) for adults or £1.00 (66p fee)for children .https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grainger-market-christmas-night-market-tickets-29227839254

For more info head to www.graingermarket.org.uk

Jewellery is a very important part of any man or woman’s wardrobe. Buying jewellery can be exclusive, separately from buying cars and homes, many people testimony jewellery to be the third most expensive product that they have bought. 

Here are some of the most expensive jewellery sales.

The carat-busting Oppenheimer Blue diamond ring set a new world record for any jewel sold at auction when it went under the hammer for a mighty $57.7 million in May 2016. Comfortably beating its pre-sale estimate of $38 million, the auction room at Christie’s Geneva erupted in applause as the final figure was announced. Named after its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer of De Beers, at 14.62ct it was the largest Fancy Vivid blue diamond to ever appear on the auction block.

Expensive jewellery sale

In the same month, the title for the most expensive pink diamond ring was claimed by the Unique Pink, which sold for $31.56 million at Sotheby’s Geneva. The 15.38ct pear-shaped Fancy Vivid pink diamond mesmerized bidders with its intense hue and exceptional transparency. Set onto a simple platinum band, this exquisite jewel would definitely be in the running for the ultimate engagement ring if money were no object.

Pink diamonds are amongst the rarest in the world, accounting for less than five per cent of all colored diamonds, which goes some way towards explaining the eye-watering price tags. According to the Fancy Color Research Foundation, in just over a decade the value of pink diamonds has soared by more than 350 per cent.

Expensive Jewellery Sales

And it’s not just diamonds that are emptying the wallets of jewelry connoisseurs. Colored gemstone jewelry is also achieving record-breaking sums at auction, with Burmese rubies, in particular, fetching vast sums. Weighing in at a whopping 25.59ct, the Sunrise Ruby ring set the bar when it sold for $30.3 million at Sotheby’s Geneva just over a year ago. Flanked by two white diamonds, the untreated “pigeon’s blood” Burmese ruby is set into a ring by Cartier and named after a poem written in the 13th century.

Cartier Ring