Whatever your budget or inspiration, Goldsmith Liam Ross in Edinburgh is the finest choice for exceptional craftsmanship and top quality design.
A highly skilled craftsman, Liam is trained in all aspects of jewellery-making and uses a blend of traditional and modern techniques. The majority of the jewellery we produce in our William Street workshop are unique items, commissioned by our clients.
Liam uses the “lost wax” technique, meaning his jewellery begins life as a hand or machine carved wax model. This model is then used to make a mould for the chosen precious metal. Liam is happy to share the stages of production with his clients so that they feel fully involved in the process. Clients can rest assured that all their jewellery stays on the premises and therefore the process of making jewellery is often much shorter than you might expect.
When investing in a Liam Ross piece, we guarantee superior stones and quality craftsmanship.
Buying jewellery should be an enjoyable experience, whether you're selecting something from our collection or would like Liam to create a bespoke piece just for you (or someone special) we are committed to making the process from the beginning to the end (and beyond) as special as it should be. Liam and his team pride themselves on exceeding your expectations at every stage of the process.
Bespoke engagement and wedding rings are particularly popular as we can take on your ideas, then using 3D computer design and wax models, help you to visualise your design and enable you to be involved in every stage of creating the perfect ring. When we have agreed upon a design, we will show you a choice of stones to select from before we start work.
We offer a full design service, including redesigning or remodelling old favourites. Our craftsmen are experienced in all aspects of jewellery making; we can remake an existing item (maybe one you no longer wear), or mount loose stones that you have independently purchased. Of course, we can also supply all types of diamonds and gemstones, including matching and adding diamonds or coloured stones to your own. Your jewellery will be handmade and hallmarked in Edinburgh and is normally ready to collect within 4-6 weeks.
3D CAD Design
We use the latest in 3D computer design to help clients visualise their designs. Liam can email you designs for review in your own time. The CAD drawings illustrate the jewellery from various angles, demonstrate layout of stones and provide accurate pricing of the finished piece.
A 3D computer generated image is all part of the free design consultation offered to clients who would like something unique.
Liam uses a local, experienced hand engraver as he likes the look and feel of engraving a personal message in this way.
There is a range of fonts to choose from. Liam can have items engraved as part of the initial design or can organise for an older piece of jewellery to be engraved.
Engraving starts at £25 per item.
For more information on hand engraving please contact Liam on 0131 225 6599.
Selecting a diamond
Throughout history the diamond has been revered for having an irresistible and seductive power all of its own. It's a reputation based on its fire and brilliance, its durability and the fact that it is the rarest, most valuable, and therefore most desirable of all gems. If you are planning to buy a piece of diamond jewellery you are about to enter a world of beauty and romance.
Understanding the variable nature of each diamond is the first step - quality and furthermore price can differ dramatically. Considering each diamond's characteristics is key. Liam will happily work to any budget. We are dedicated to finding the perfect stone for your requirements.
The four Cs
Whilst two diamonds may at first glance look alike, the truth is that they are very different. Although they may be of equal size, they may have very unequal values. There are four characteristics used across the globe that will assist you when buying a diamond. They are known as the 4 Cs - cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. It is the combination of these four factors that help determine the value of a diamond. Within these 4 Cs there are also sliding parameters which influence the price. The 4 Cs are intended as a guide only.
Cut and Shape
The cut of a diamond refers not only to its shape but also its 'cut quality'. The 'cut quality' refers to the arrangement of the diamond's facets and the quality of the cut of the diamond - proportions, symmetry, polish and ultimately the way light performs within the diamond. When cut to good proportions, the diamond is better able to handle light, creating more fire, brilliance and sparkle. In turn, it commands a higher value. When you are choosing your diamond, just hold it up and make sure you like the way the light dances around it. When a diamond is cut with ideal proportions the light is returned out of the top of the diamond. If it is cut too shallow, light leaks out of the bottom; too deep and it escapes out of the side.
The traditional diamond shape is the round brilliant cut. It features 58 facets, or small flat polished planes, designed to yield the maximum amount of light to be reflected back to the viewer. A well cut diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters it, thus resulting in maximum brilliance compared to other diamond shapes.
Fancy cuts refer to all other cuts of diamond apart from the traditional round Brilliant cut. Marquise, Emerald, Cushion and Asscher cuts are becoming increasingly popular, especially for engagement rings.
Most diamonds contain tiny inclusions that are like nature's fingerprints, making each diamond unique. Even though they neither mar its beauty, nor endanger its durability, the fewer and smaller the inclusions are, the less they will interfere with the passage of light through the diamond. So, the more the diamond will sparkle. A diamond that is free of both inclusions and surface blemishes is particularly rare and therefore more valuable. The clarity of a diamond can range from Flawless to Pique or Imperfect. Clarity of the diamond is more important in the context of colourless diamonds as it pertains to how easily the light enters and reflects around the diamond, when a diamonds has higher clarity, light moves more efficiently around the diamond. When considering coloured diamonds, clarity becomes less important.
Diamonds come in a range of natural colours from totally colourless white diamonds to black. Diamonds with no trace of colour are extremely rare and the closer they are to having no colour the rarer and more valuable they become. Stones are graded by colour and given designations dependent upon how far they deviate from purest white. Also rare, are diamonds with strong pure colour, which are as valued for their depth of colour, as white diamonds are for their lack of colour.
The weight of a diamond is measured in carats and one carat weighs one-fifth of a gram. The word is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times. One carat is divided into 100 points so that a diamond of 0.75 carat weight is 75 points. Larger diamonds are rarer. Fine quality can be found in diamonds of all shapes and sizes. It's important to find a diamond size that suits you and the style of jewellery you are buying or having made. The cut and measurement of a diamond along with the setting can make a diamond appear bigger (or smaller) than its actual weight. Talk to us about how to find the right diamond and setting to optimise the beauty of the stone.
A diamond certificate is a single report pertaining to a particular diamond. It is like a birth certificate which grades the diamond for its Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity characteristics. Other features of the diamond including cut grade, polish grade, symmetry grade and any fluorescence are also noted on the certificate. The grading process of a diamond ensures the diamond is graded and tested under laboratory conditions by specially qualified Gemmologists and Diamond Graders.
Liam has built up excellent relationships with well-established diamond suppliers from across the UK. His diamonds are all certificated and he prides himself in taking time to explain the quality of diamonds he shows to his clients. This allows you to understand the diamond you select and help you see for yourself the various options your budget will allow. Liam has been selecting diamonds based on the 4Cs for over 15 years. He is also trained in setting diamonds by hand and this means he understands the structure of a ring and how to create mounts that will protect your diamond forever, while displaying the stone's brilliance to greatest effect.
Many people suffer from swollen knuckles due to arthritis or other reasons such as pregnancy or exercise. Superfit is designed specially to fit the base of your finger – not the knuckle, which means that you can put your ring on with ease and be assured that it fits you correctly. The invisible mechanism means that only you will know that you are wearing a special Superfit ring. When you want to remove the ring you will see the small dimple which is depressed using a point to open. The special mechanism ensures that the shank remains firmly closed. Liam can design a modern ring for you incorporating the Superfit mechanism, or alternatively most rings can be converted to Superfit.