September 2016


What Is The Mohs Scale?

The Mohs scale (pronounced moze) is used to gauge a stones hardness. Diamonds are known for being one of the hardest substances on earth. A diamond is so hard it ranks 10 on the Mohs scale (the highest level of hardness). The hardness of a stone indicates the stone’s resistance to scratching or how the surface of the gem will respond to contact with a sharp point. This differs from a gem’s toughness, which is defined by how well a gem can survive an impact or resist breaking, chipping or cracking.... Read More


CAD Process For Bespoke Jewellery

When you hear the words bespoke service, you know you are going to get a one off original design, handcrafted and finised to the highest standards & at Avanti this is our upmost goal. Initially we ask that you either meet with Alan (owner) or Ron our resident Goldsmith to talk over designs & ideas. This first appointment will give the team a chance to talk through your ideas, budget & creatively what you expect to get out of this experience  & process. Ron uses a Matrix CAD design system to... Read More


Jewellery Insurance

Many household insurance policies only cover jewellery under a set value. If a piece of jewellery is over this amount chances are you won’t be covered if the item gets lost or stolen. We always advise a you have written valuation for your more expensive items of jewellery. This will usually consists of gross weights, precious stone sizes, diamond size & quality, description, hallmark etc. Due to the rise in prices of metals & stones over the last few year we recommend you get these items revalued every couple of year.... Read More


The Countdown Continues…

Owner Alan matkin, brother David and his friendly, knowledgeable team are looking forward to their move to the bigger premises which will offer customers a wider range of fine jewellery, pre-owned Rolex watches and a comprehensive bespoke jewellery service. The extensive renovation work at 2-4 Church street continues at an impressive rate, as we draw closer to a new home for Avanti. It was really interesting to see the old photographs of the Corner House on the Ashbourne News Telegraph website of how the shop used to look many years ago. The... Read More



TELL US YOUR STORY to enter our #Prize draw to #WIN a bottle of Moët!! We would like to hear from our customers on where you got engaged… whether it was at the top of Thorpe Cloud or a romantic meal in the Maldives we want to hear your story! Email us at or private message us on our Facebook page with your email address, phone number and postcode, please also state the year you got engaged. GOOD LUCK! (T’s&C’s Apply) -Only one entry per couple -Your story may be used... Read More