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Members of the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratories of Great Britain
GAGTL Member
  GAGTL Laboratories London
GEM-A London

About Us:
We are a jewellery company based in the North West of the UK and we have been trading since 1981. We are members of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and employ trained and qualified staff.
Our gold and diamond ranges include jewellery manufactured in Europe, ranging from the largest Italian Houses to the smaller independent reputable UK goldsmiths. We carry GIA and Anchor certified diamond jewellery and all our jewellery is examined by a qualified gemmologist before shipping.

We hope you will enjoy your jewellery, we want your custom for life, and we will work hard to achieve that.

Thank you for shopping with us.

James Martin BSc(SpHons)Phys FGA DGA
Director

James Martin is a Gemmologist, Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and DGA diamond expert and grader. James is a director of Northern Gemmological Laboratories Ltd, also based in the North West of the UK.

How to Contact us:

This is our address, telephone number and email address Contacts

Price Promise:

We PROMISE you the lowest prices in the UK and we are not aware of any other web site offering lower prices than ours. If you purchase jewellery from us, and within 14 days find the same product elsewhere on the internet at a lower price, we will beat it or refund your money. We have tremendous buying power, minimal overheads, own our own buildings and workshops, have a simple no frills web site, no advertising costs, and consequently don't need to charge you for these things.

Security:

DATA: We have been established since 1981, and understand that security is an important issue. Credit card numbers are encrypted when your order is placed using the highest 128 bit encryption permissable over a SSL secure socket connection. Your card details are not stored on our computer network, and are destroyed as soon as practicable. All data is permanently encrypted, locked in safes when not in use, and prior to erasure.

Financial: Since 1981 we have been steadily building a strong financial base; we have zero debt, and purchase all our products direct from manufacturers without asking for credit. This gives us strong bargaining power and ensures the products we ship to you are ours to sell, and cannot be taken from you at a later date.

Guarantee:

All items are subject to our no quibble money back guarantee, except for gold earrings, body jewellery, and special made to order items. Some diamond earrings are covered, you can review our simple returns policy here Returns. We aim to refund your card within one working day.

Additionally all our jewellery is guaranteed against manufacturing defects for one year, and we will either repair, replace or refund defective goods at our discretion. Insured signed for return postage is normally charged at our standard rate of £6.95 and we aim to replace or repair within 14 days.

Testimonials
We are delighted and overwhelmed by the feedback we have received from our customers. Read hundreds of our customers comments here: Reviews

Valuations for Insurance:
We supply a valuation certificate for insurance purposes with each order. These can be quite expensive in the high street and we offer these free of charge. Valuation prices are equivalent to the HSP price listed with each product.

Diamond Authenticity Certificates:
We issue a diamond authenticity certificate with each order for diamond set jewellery. This is currently free of charge.

Privacy:
We will not disclose, sell or share your information to third parties. We are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 and hold firm views on your confidentiality.

Delivery Times:
We aim to dispatch all goods ordered before 4.00 pm from the Gold and Antique section with 24 hours Monday-Friday. Diamond goods can take between 1 and 7 working days depending on stock levels and up to three weeks for special made to order products. When goods are despatched, we immediately send you an email and a mobile text with the couriers tracking reference and a link to their website for you to track your parcel.

Delivery:
All goods are sent insured by courier, generally Royal Mail Special Delivery, which are signed for at the delivery address. You should ensure that you are at the address given at the expected time of delivery to receive the goods. Goods are insured up to the point of signature at the designated address, and you should ensure that delivery is to the correct recipient. We do not advise delivery to public buildings or places of work, unless they have secure internal mail systems, such as banks.

Free Shipping:
We don't pretend to offer 'free' shipping because there is no such thing, it is always built into the cost of each item. We charge just £6.95 for insured P&P irrespective of how many items you purchase.

Free Boxes:
We don't pretend to offer 'free' Boxes for the same reason - boxes can be purchased from £3.95 from a link in the shopping basket. If you don't need a box, we feel you don't need to pay for one.

Returns:
We have a simple and clear returns procedure and will refund you in full for any product at your discretion. This is our returns procedure, which is duplicated on your invoice for your convenience Returns

Ring Size:
There is no substitlte for having your finger measured professionally with a metal ring guage, but if you are uncertain about your finger size, please email us from our contacts page and request a free finger size guage, remembering to include your full name and address details. We will send a simple finger guage, FREE of charge, by first class post. If you find the ring you purchase does not fit, we will normally resize rings at low cost purchased from us, please return the ring and mark the envelope 'Workshop'. We will quote for the job before we start, which is usually between £10-£20, and this work is normally completed within 7 days.

Quality:
We offer you the finest quality products available, sourced from Europe - Spain, Italy, France and the UK. Every product is rigourusly tested and is fully compliant with our UK hallmarking laws. Every product carries our 9ct/0.375 stamp for 9ct or 18ct/0.750 stamp for 18 carat gold as tested by the independent government licensed Assay Offices in either London or Birmingham. Many Antique items were never hallmarked, but we usually indicate this in the description.

How we Calculate Prices:
Prices from the Diamond Set, Antique and Loose Diamond sections are exact, and you should pay whatever the price was at the time of ordering.

Gold Section: Estimated Weights

Weights of products we send you may vary from those shown on this web site due to manufacturing tolerances. Prices charged on your invoice will be based on the actual gold content weight of the products delivered to you. In the gold section, the final price you pay will be based upon the gold price per gram when you place your order, and the actual picked weight of the items in your order. The weights quoted are estimated weights.
For example: if you select a curb bracelet at £7.05 per gram, with a gold content weight of 6.5 gms, the cost will be:

7.05 x 6.5 = £45.83 which we calculate for you.
When your bracelet is packed, it may weight 6.3 gms so you will be charged:
7.05 x 6.3 = £44.42
or it may weigh 6.7 gms and you would be charged:
7.05 x 6.7 = £47.24
but the gram price of 7.05 will be the same - same good value, whatever the weight.

This is the way that the wholesale jewellery trade operate, and the only way to operate effectively if you work on small margins. When a shop purchases gold from a wholesale jewellers, the goods are weighed and a price per gram paid, the same way that we charge you. UK gold prices are fixed twice a day and we often change prices to reflect this, so an item in which you were interested in the morning may be a different price in the afternoon.

Prices quoted are what you pay, there is NO additional Vat to calculate.

Loose diamond and gold prices are converted from dollars ( both diamonds & gold are still traded in US dollars ) and will fluctuate with the exchange rates. We may require payment by bankers draft/ transfer for some of the more expensive items.

Price per gram (ppg)
This is a calculation that allows us to compare how much we are paying for an item. If we wished to purchase a curb chain for instance that costs £100 and weighs 25 grams the cost per gram is 100 divided by 25 = 4 pounds per gram. We are paying £4 for every gram of gold. If another chain costs £200 and weighs 40 gms, the cost per gram is 200 divided by 40 = 5 pounds per gram. We are paying £5 for every gram of gold. The second chain is more expensive on a per gram price, and to be an equal bargain should cost £160 ( 40gms x 4 pounds per gram). We kindly work this out for you so you can compare our prices. If a shop will not tell you how much a chain weighs, there is usually a reason!. To calculate the price per gram then:

1: Find 2 similar products
2: Take the cost price
3: Divide this by the weight

The one with the lowest number is the better deal for identical products. ie 4 ppg is better than 5 ppg.

Todays Gold and Platinum Prices  Fix
Todays Gold Price : $ 1243.90
Exchange Rate : $ 1.2478
UK Platinum Price : £ 961.00
UK Gold Price : £ 996.87

How to Pay:
Payment can be made on line with most UK cards e.g. Visa, Master Card, Switch, or Delta. Payments can also be made by telephone. If we have asked for a bank transfer our account details will be forwarded to you.

Terms & Conditions:
Images and code are the property of Martin Bond Holdings Ltd. and their use without written consent from Martin Bond Holdings Ltd. is not permitted. Images are for illustrative purposes only and may differ from the actual product shipped. Jewellery Catalogue reserves the right to refuse sale or withdraw from sale any item without reason or notice or to request payment by cash, by cheque and ask for 5 working days to allow a cheque to clear, or by direct payment into our bank . We do not give credit and any overdue balances will accrue at 0.2% per day. If any disputes arise regarding this Web site, such disputes shall be resolved according to the laws of England in the UK. All goods shall remain the property of Jewellery Catalogue until paid for in full. Martin Bond Ltd is registered under the Data Protection Act and may run a search on any purchasing customer. This is for internal use only. Martin Bond Ltd process our transactions for a fee of 4% on which there is no VAT. The balance of 96% is paid to Martin Bond Holdings Ltd for the goods/services and the VAT balance is calculated accordingly. Five pounds of each order is pre-allocated to Martin Bond Holdings Ltd for order preparation prior to shipping, and will remain due for uncompleted transactions. This is not an additional charge, it forms part of your total order. This charge will sometimes be shown separately on your statement if there was a delay in payment from your card issuer. Diamond grades are the opinions of Northern Gemmological Laboratories Ltd unless otherwise stated. The Jewellery Catalogue & Jewellery Catalogue are trading names of Martin Bond Holdings Ltd. Reg 3248851 registered office 43 Chapel Street Leigh Lancashire WN7 2PB and VAT Number 686065015. Returns

Earrings:
UK Statutory Instrument 2000 No 1668 requires that consumers be advised that all earring products are unsuitable for use in newly pierced and unhealed ears, or other pierced parts of the human body.

Site map:
The catalogue comprises four sections.

Gold: comprising Italian and British chain, bracelets, earrings, rings, and any specials we may have purchased in quantity.
Diamond Set: comprising diamond set jewellery from solitaire diamond rings to diamond pendants and diamond earrings.
Diamond: comprising loose certified diamonds which can be purchased individually or set into ring, pendants or earrings.
Antique: comprising mainly antique, hand made, and vintage jewellery, but also any special items that are limited in quantity.

The four sections are independent of one another. This is to make access and searches as fast as possible, but you may change from section to section and put things in to your basket as you go.

Complaints:
We will acknowledge any complaint within 2 working days and provide a likely timescale for resolving the dispute and keep you informed about progress. If you have any complaints about members of staff please telephone 0845 226 6914 and ask to speak to the Manager in person. All complaints will be dealt with in strictest confidence. We have no current outstanding complaints. This statement will be removed during any period where there is an unresolved complaint extending beyond 7 days. Complaints

Privacy:
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998) and according to the Which? Web Trader Code of Conduct.
We may collect information about you for 2 reasons: firstly, to process your order and second, to provide you with the best possible service.
We will not pass your e-mail address to other trusted traders unless you agree.
The type of information we will collect about you includes:

Your name
Address
Phone number
Email address
Credit/debit card details

We will not collect sensitive information about you without your consent.
The information we hold will be accurate and up to date. You can check the information that we hold about you by emailing us. If you find any inaccuracies we will delete or correct it promptly. From time to time we may email or text you with reminders or offers, a link will be provided to remove yourself from the subscription.
The personal information which we hold will be held securely in accordance with our internal security policy and the law and the Which? Web Trader Code.
If we intend to transfer your information outside the EEA (European Economic Area) we will always obtain your consent first.
We may use technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site. This can include using a "cookie" which would be stored on your browser. You can usually modify your browser to prevent this happening. The information collected in this way can be used to identify you unless you modify your browser settings.
Cookies are used on this shopping site to keep track of the contents of your shopping cart once you have selected an item.
If you have any questions/comments about privacy, you should email us at Privacy
The person in charge of privacy matters is James_Martin.

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