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  • Gemstone of the month – ruby
  • Artist of the Month – Independent Jeweller Annette Petch
  • How to clean your rubies
  • Another selection of Mark’s bespoke pieces.
  • … and finally …  


Independent Jeweller Annette Petch


We are very excited to be showcasing Annette’s work in Mark’s gallery.  Not only because, like Mark, she is an independent jeweller who produces gorgeous work, but also that she has a similar ethos to him.

Annette works in silver and gold to produce hand made jewellery and small precious objects such as bowls and boxes.

It’s worth noting that all of Annette’s materials are ethically sourced, mostly recycled and include Argentium silver and Fairtrade gold.  Argenium silver is a modern sterling silver alloy.  

Argentium silver is a modern silver which is brighter than white gold and platinum; it has a longer lasting shine and is less prone to tarnish.  It is also hypoallergenic, which is ideal for sensitive skin.

Annette has a range of designs inspired by natural forms such as leaves, flowers,buds, seedpods and shells.  She likes to incorporate textures and movement, which you can see from these images of her work,  create fluid, tactile jewellery.  

In these images we are showcasing pieces from her Frond, Rockhammer and Botanicals collections which are available at our shop on York Road, Hartlepool.  So why not pop in and see us?


Our gemstone of the month this month is the ruby.  As well as being the birthstone for July, it’s also the traditional gift for celebrating 15th and 40th anniversaries.

The ruby is one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamonds, sapphire and emerald.  It is second only to diamond in its hardness.

Most rubies are mined in Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India, though they can also be found in Australia.

Rubies are said to symbolise wisdom, power and protection, which is why they were often given to men going to war.   

Did you know that Dorothy’s red slippers in The Wizard of Oz, were meant to protect her from evil?

They are also said to symbolise beauty and wisdom, which you could say are also some of Dorothy’s qualities.

Be very cautious if someone offers you a `perfect’ ruby. Rubies, like other precious stones, always have some imperfections and it’s this that distinguishes them from synthetics which are perfect. It’s also worth noting that the deeper the colour of your ruby the better.

Rubies of over 10 carats can sell for more than a diamond of the same size.


How often do you look, I mean REALLY look at your rings? Well I’ve been wearing my mother’s little diamond and ruby ring for years now and never had it cleaned.  Since working for Mark Lloyd I finally got around to giving all of my rings a closer look.  As you can see from the photos above, mum’s little ruby and diamond  had lost all of its sparkle; I really could have grown rather a nice crop of potatoes from the muck on the underside.

After a professional clean in our workshop mum’s little ring was brought back to its former glory.

Professional cleaning at Mark Lloyds for a 9ct yellow gold ring can cost as little as £25, but if you want to keep on top of keeping your rubies looking good at home, then just soak your ring in a bowl of warm soapy water for around 15 minutes, then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. After this dry with a lint free cloth.  Voila!

A Word of Caution – make sure you use a bowl. Be very careful.  Many a gem has been lost down the sink as a result of home cleaning.  At least if you wash it in a bowl you can be sure your gem isn’t lost for ever!

This beautiful `set’ is a bespoke engagement and wedding ring. The engagement ring is made from a central ruby with 2 diamonds either side. It’s finished in rose gold and green gold.  The bride’s wedding ring is a simple design of two leaves which slots into the engagement ring to complete the design. 

Seen here with the groom’s hand made Mark Lloyd wedding band.

Oh and by the way, if you wanted this ring – too late! It’s a one off! But Mark can of course do you something similar.  Why not make an appointment to speak with Mark and Michelle about your ideas for your unique Mark Lloyd engagement and wedding rings.

Mark Lloyd Originals – special, unique and soulful.

As you probably know, H Lamb has long been known as `the place to go’ in Hartlepool when you want a special piece of jewellery.  Mark Lloyd Jewellers continues to be known for quality pieces.  Before Mark made a name for himself as a talented independent jeweller he learned his trade years ago as an apprentice at Lambs.  Master Goldsmith Mark Lloyd is now a leading light in the world of independent jewellery design both at home and abroad, first as Mobeus and now Mark Lloyd Jewellery. 


and finally …


How big do you think is the largest mined ruby ever found?

a)   8 carats

b)   18 carats

c)   8,500 carats

d)  18,000 carats

Hint:  Bear in mind that one carat is about the size of a small pea (petit pois).


c)   8,500 carats

This is the Liberty Bell ruby.  The ruby was sculpted into a replica of the Liberty Bell and set with 50 diamonds.  It was valued at $2 million when it was stolen in 2011.  Four men were arrested and charged for the theft in 2014.  The bell has still not been found.


When is a ruby not a ruby?


a)   When it’s a sapphire?

b)    When it’s a Corneliun?

c)    When it’s an amethyst?

d)    When it’s a garnet?


a)   When it’s a sapphire.

Scientifically rubies and sapphires are from the same mineral. corundum. They are just a different colour.

Click here if you would like to know more about these gorgeous gems.


Contact us for more information. We’d be glad to help!

Or  pop to see us and have a browse.

Book a FREE 30 minute consultation with Mark Lloyd FIPG

Award-winning Jewellery Designer Mark Lloyd has created many pieces of stunning jewellery and diamond rings. His reputation as being ‘the jeweller to go to when it comes to bespoke jewellery designs’ is spreading internationally.  As well as booming on line sales, .people drive from all over the uk for an appointment with ‘Mark Lloyd’.

  • Jewellery created by Mark Lloyd FIPG is made using only quality materials and carefully selected diamonds and stones.

Therefore if you want a ring that is truly bespoke, a collaboration with Mark Lloyd to create your very own dream ring can be a very rewarding experience.

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