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Paul Newman’s ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona Sells for $17.8 Million, a New Record.

Two days ago at Phillips auction house in New York, Paul Newman’s 1968 Rolex Daytona sold for $15.5 million, including the buyer’s premium of 12.5%. It broke the world record after 12 minutes of bidding, selling to a telephone bidder. Over 400 people from all around the world gathered at the Phillips’ headquarters on 57th and Park Avenue for the Winning Icons auction.

Paul Newman’s ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona

The previous record for a Rolex at auction was set in May when the Bao Dai Rolex sold for more the $5 million, also by Phillips.

“Many people are saying this is the greatest watch on the planet,” said Geoff Hess, a vintage Rolex collector and CEO of Analog Shift. “This watch transcends watch collecting, it transcends the watch community,” he continued.

Reference: BAUER, Hyla Ames. Forbes. Paul Newman’s ‘Paul Newman@ Rolex Daytona Sells For $17.8 Million, A Record For a Wristwatch at Auction. Available at:

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Clogau Compose is launched!


Not only does April mark the month of the diamond, it also marks the month of Clogau Compose being launched in our Brentwood store.

It features a collection of 30 engagement and wedding rings which all have interchanging properties – giving you the opportunity to design the ring of your dreams!

Clogau Compose allows you to pick your choice of metal, ranging from 9ct gold, 18ct gold and platinum. You can also choose from yellow, white or rose gold.. even offering the customer the option of fair-trade gold.

Other elements can also be changed such as diamond size, cut & clarity.

These aspects mean that there is a ring for every customer & every budget.

Every beautiful engagement ring has an equally as stunning wedding ring to match, taking the stress of wedding ring shopping out of the equation!

If you would like to see a selection of the rings for yourself then join us in our store to take a closer look and try them on.




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Record set for Diamond sale

Tuesday’s sale breaks the record previously held by the Oppenheimer Blue diamond, which sold for $57.5m at Christie’s in Geneva in May last year.

Prior to the sale David Bennet, Sotheby’s worldwide chairman for international jewellery, who presided over the auction, said: “The extraordinary size of this 59.60-carat diamond, paired with its richness of colour, surpasses any known pink diamond recorded in history.”

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Pink Diamond Sets New Record!

Some things in life are just too precious to put a price on.  Some others, however, just rack up an awful lot of zero’s!  As a jewellers, we love to keep track of the movements of some of the world biggest and brightest pieces, and the “Unique Pink” diamond’s recent record breaking sale of £21.8m was a real thrill!

Pink DiamondJewellery Focus Magazine reported: “The 15.38-carat diamond – named ‘Unique Pink’ – sold for $31.56m (£21.8m) at Sotheby’s Geneva on Tuesday 17 March and became the most expensive diamond of its type to go under the hammer.

The diamond, which was unveiled in London on 7 April, received the highest colour grading for a pink diamond from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and was found to be type IIa, displaying “exceedingly pure structure”.

Cora International, whose chairman is Ehud Laniado, sold The Blue Moon, which was renamed The Blue Moon of Josephine by its new buyer, for a world record 48.6m Swiss francs (£31.8m) in November last year.

It beat the previous auction record for any diamond held by The Graff Pink (24.78-carats), which sold for $46.2m (£30.4m) at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2010.

Laniado said: “In the last 11 years, pink diamonds have risen in value by more than 350%. By comparison, gold has risen by just over 160%, according to the Fancy Color Research Foundation.

“Pink diamonds are among the rarest in the world and they are increasingly being viewed as an investment, something I believe is the way of the future. Diamonds are beautiful and a treasure of nature, but more than this, they offer an economy of rarity that is making them increasingly attractive to savvy investors.”

If your budget is a little bit less, but you are still looking for something just as lovely, why not pop in and see us in our Brentwood High Street stores today.

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Why Buy Your Wedding Ring From Your Local Jeweller?

couple-buying-engagement-ring-horiz_o4i8tiBuying a wedding or engagement ring is very important time in your life.  You are about to commit to the one you love, and choosing the right piece for him or her to wear forever can seem like a daunting task.  Of course, there are many places where you can buy online and have them send it to you to try on, but isn’t it nicer to try it in the flesh before purchasing it?  We think so!  This is why we offer a professional and dedicated service to those looking to purchase wedding or engagement rings in our Brentwood shop.

So, why buy local and not online?

Well, first off you can see and feel the actual quality of the ring before committing to buy it.  Some sites may advertise high quality metals, but you may feel a little let down when it arrives.  You may not know the difference between types of gold, or the size and quality of diamonds or other stones.  Our staff can help you with this.  Buying from a trusted local retailer, with many years experience within the jewellery trade means you will get the very best for your budget.

ringsOf course one of the biggest reasons that people chose to buy from a shop and not online is the issue of sizing the ring.  After all the hard work you have put into popping the question, you wouldn’t want the occasion to be dampened by an ill-fitting ring.  Our staff can help you get the size just right.  Many of our customers bring an existing ring into our shop as a guide – we can work with that and make sure your proposal goes just perfectly.

Finally, we can source exactly what you or your other half have dreamed of. Many people dream of what their wedding or engagement ring will look like, and getting one that is fits the bill adds extra magic to your proposal or big day.  Even if you are not sure of the kind of ring you are looking for, giving us a description of your general idea will be enough for us to go on.

Customers-in-Halls-Green-Jewellery-CentrePerhaps you are looking for matching rings?  We can help you with that too.  We often have couples looking to find matching or complementary styles for their wedding day.

Our staff are very experience and are used to helping customers find their perfect ring.  We could help you too! Call in to our Brentwood High Street store to see how we can help you find the perfect ring for your proposal or wedding day.

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Jewellery Trends For The Summer 2016

With the weather starting to brighten up, our thoughts turn to holidays, sunny days and what to wear to look fabulous, darling!

From summer weddings, to days on the beach, a little bit of bling goes a long way to brightening up your summer look.  Tanned skin is a wonderful back drop for shiny silver and gold pieces, and big summer parties and proms are a  great excuse to find matching items to compliment your Sunday best.

In this blog, we give you a quick overview into what’s hot for Summer 2016.

  1. Chokers

They are back!  And this year they will be more varied than ever.  From fabric chokers with big stones, to smaller, more delicate pieces, neckwear is most definitely the big thing on the catwalks this year.  Touted as being THE key piece for festival fashion, the choker has sprung free from it’s 90″s chains and has reinvented itself.  Visit us online or in store to see the fashion jewellery we have to offer.

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2.  Industrial Pieces

Weather you are holidaying in St Tropez, or a week on the Costas Del Sol, big pieces are back! This time thick, chunky pieces have an industrial edge to them and are offered with a modernist look.  Think 60’s architecture made to be worn.  This Fiorelli Bangle is an excellent example of the trend, and is available online or in store for £65.00.  Just think how lovely that will look on sun kissed skin!

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.37.563. Drop Earrings

With beach babe hair softly draped around the neck, a big pair of drop earrings looks stunning!  Not a Pat Butcher in sight with these glorious silver drop spiral earrings from Fiorelli, and now available to buy in store or online.  Silver is a popular choice for the summer.  It’s light, bright and again looks great with a bit of a tan.  Earrings like these don’t need too much more, they are enough of a statement on their own.  Summer is not a good time to be wearing thick layers of make up, so sparkle up your face with these instead.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.42.524. Wedding pieces

Well, of course they will be a popular choice during the summer months every year.  This year however, sees a focus on more tradition pieces like simple wedding bands and delicate pearl accessories to blend perfectly with your wedding dress.  We offer a wide range of wedding and engagement pieces in our Brentwood store, but you can pick up the perfect wedding band or stunning yet classic accessories on line too.  These beautiful 6mm gold freshwater Pearl stud earrings are available for as little as £45.00, perfect for you or as a gift for your bridesmaids.

leahter5. Leather

Yep, leather is back in a big way this year, especially for the men.  A beautiful leather bracelet, looked rugged and very hot on a bronzed arm!  We are proud to be a retailer of Fred Bennett mens jewellery.  Their range of leather bracelets are available in store or online.  See our fun range here, and treat the man in your life to a bit of leather this summer!

Whatever you are looking for this summer, Heart of Gold Brentwood can help you find it.  Form wedding bands to watches we offer them all.  We even have a dedicated pre-owned department to help you find exquisite one-off pieces for your party or event.

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Henry London – New Vintage Style This Spring

Henry London Watches

Here at Heart Of Gold jewellers we pride ourselves on stocking only brands that we believe in.  All of our watch collections offer timeless class and style, with top quality workmanship at affordable prices.  From the simplest starter watch, right through to limited edition designer collection pieces, we have some of the very best to choose from.

This is why we are delighted to announce that we are now a proud stockist of Henry London Watches.  The company that offers vintage style with modern movements, and has a wonderful story behind it. Continue reading Henry London – New Vintage Style This Spring

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Repairs Undertaken Here!

broken jewelleryHere at Heart Of Gold we understand just how important your Jewellery is to you. A piece of Jewellery signifies a moment in your life, and is often kept close to your heart. With that in mind, we appreciate that should something happen to your finest pieces, you want them to be repaired by highly skilled repairers that will take care of them for you.

Having your jewellery repaired should always be undertaken by an experienced professional.  Whatever work you need done, no matter how simple it may at first appear, you need a trained eye, and specialist equipment to make good your treasured pieces. Continue reading Repairs Undertaken Here!

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Fashion Jewellery For All Occasions

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 16.53.13Here at Heart Of Gold Jewellers, it’s not just expensive special occasion pieces that we sell, we also specialise in high quality fashion jewellery thats looks bang on trend, but without the designer price tags.  This Spring we have some great new pieces to offer from some of the most renowned fashion jewellery brands in the UK today.  Fashion jewellery can make all the difference to your favourite outfit or party wear.  They can also make a gorgeous gift for someone special, without breaking the bank.

Here are our favourites for Spring/Summer 2016. Continue reading Fashion Jewellery For All Occasions