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VAT reclaim scheme


Carob & Co participates in the VAT Retail Export Scheme which permits qualifying international visitors to reclaim VAT on goods which have been purchased in the UK, but exported outside the EC upon departure.

A minimum spend of £300 is required. The process is straight forward but it is essential to ensure that all criteria are met. At the time of purchase, the invoice will be marked to indicate that the goods have been included on a VAT refund document. A VAT reclaim form (VAT 407) will be completed, including passport details of the customer, and travel dates in and out of the...

The importance of Hallmarking


First introduced in the 14th century by King Edward I to combat rogue goldsmiths selling underweight or fake gold and silver, the role of the Assay Office represents one of the earliest forms of consumer regulation and protection. In its infancy, a group of trusted assayers would travel to perform the task of verifying precious metals, and would "mark" them to confirm quality and purity. Over time, the travelling became impractical and items were brought to Goldsmiths' Hall for testing and marking- hence the evolution of the term "hallmarking".

The term "assay" is derived from...

Think Pink- Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising campaign


In recognition of the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness month, Carob & Co will be supporting the charity "Breast Cancer Care". We will donate 5% of October sales proceeds of all pieces of jewellery featuring something pink.

Embracing the spirit of the campaign, the interpretation of “something pink” is generous. It includes stones, rose gold, and enamel, and applies to all bespoke and ready to wear...

Snapshot of current trends


If a week is a long time in politics, then the past 12 months have been an eternity in retailing, and the ramifications are evident in a seismic shift within the jewellery sector. This time last year I had the pleasure of witnessing a plethora of flamboyant designs with inventive use of colour, form and technical innovation. The reality of diminishing consumer confidence over the past year, combined with political uncertainty and a plummeting pound have all had an noticeable impact on the jewellery market.

A visit to a recent...

Hatton Garden Festival


In recognition and celebration of the unique history and heritage of Hatton Garden, there is an open invitation to all to join the festivities at the upcoming Hatton Garden Festival this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July 2017, Hatton Garden, London EC1N from midday to 6pm.weekend. The festival is free and there are two competitions open to all visitors which offer the opportunity to win diamond prizes worth £10,000.

Jewellery for brides


This is an exciting and busy time if you have a big day to plan for this summer. Your dress is probably already chosen, but in order to complete any bridal outfit, searching for the right jewellery will complete the ensemble. Finding the right pieces is fun, and pearls are a great place to start. We have an extensive range of high quality pieces across a spectrum of budgets.

Cufflinks for grooms


Experience would suggest that a wedding day is all about the bride, but let's not forget that chap who hovers in the background...

For those of you who like to go the extra mile with their appearance, you may wish to consider a made to order pair of cufflinks for the big day. Available in either a chain or swivel mechanism, some with or without precious stones, each pair of cufflinks is handmade by our silversmith and hand enamelled. Consequently, you can select any combination of colours that appeals to you. This means...

Open Day at the London Diamond Bourse


The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) opened its doors last week to increase awareness of the vital role it plays in the jewellery trade and to provide industry operators with a unique opportunity to meet and develop new relationships.

The easy guide to Valentine's Day


The annual dilemma of 14th February... Is it a great excuse for you to get loved up and romantic, or do you want to run and hide? There are lots of ways to celebrate it: low key and fun, brazen and full throttle, a bit quirky or just give it a wide swerve.

Hidden Treasure?


A recent article in The Times stated that "period designer jewellery outperformed the housing market over the past decade". In particular, Art Deco (1920's & 1930's) and Belle Epoque (1890-1915) styles performed especially strongly, rising in value by almost 90%. It is not uncommon for vintage pieces of jewellery to lie forgotten in an old drawer or a safe, never to see the light of day. So, you now have some additional incentive to have a good rummage around and take a closer look at those overlooked sparklies.

Alternatively, if you have inherited jewellery which you feel...