James Porter & Son - Argyll Arcade Jewellers

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  • MeisterSinger Watches Introductory 10% Discount

    We previously blogged about MeisterSinger's impending arrival in to our store which we are all very excited about and now we have them! Shop our collection here.

    The instantly recognisable single hand watch design is relatively new to the market, and creates a stunning vintage inspired alternative to most of the watches currently on for sale.

    Founded in Germany in 2001, the design itself inspired by historical single hand clocks and clock towers which were clear and easy to read. The dial itself is broken down into 5 minute increments and the numbers on the dial are balanced to create a different aesthetic to the dial than what is more commonly found in the current watch market.

    It's simple and quirky design really sets it apart.

    The MeisterSinger sign is an upside down fermata - the musical symbol for a pause. Reminding us that 'time is precious, let us not wish it away'.

    The watches come with different movements, hand-wound, automatic and also quartz, so there really is a style to suit everyone. Each watch can be customised with alternative straps, in varying colours and materials. You can build your ideal watch on the MeisterSinger website here. Or call in store to view our range and also box of alternate straps...

    To celebrate our new watch range we are offering a 10% discount on all MeisterSinger watches. This is a limited time introductory offer, only running until the end of August.

    Use discount code "MeisterSinger10' and the checkout to take advantage of this offer and you can enjoy a beautiful vintage style watch designed for modern living.

     

  • Contemporary Independent Grand Seiko SBGR305

    This stunning timepiece released at Basel World earlier this year is another one of the new Grand Seiko Limited Edition timepieces.

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    As we discussed in the last blog Grand Seiko are now a brand independent from Seiko, and in stepping away from the world renown Seiko brand, Grand Seiko are really starting to show us just what they can do.

    The SBGR305 is another limited edition collectors piece, with only 968 of them being released worldwide.
    Where this one stands out is that it is not just a re-creation of the original Grand Seiko that was originally produced back in 1960, but a sympathetic modern twist on the 3180 which we discussed in our previous blog.

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    The 40.5mm Brilliant Hard Titanium case is a fantastic example of the craftsmanship that Grand Seiko is known for. This new material is as light as pure titanium, with a surface hardness of roughly twice that of stainless steel.
    Using the Zaratsu polishing techniques on this timepiece has meant that the titanium case has a brightness than normal titanium usually lacks, as well as improved scratch resistance.

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    The sapphire crystal exhibition case back shows off the impressive 9S68 caliber automatic movement where Grand Seikos expert craftsmanship can be viewed and appreciated. Each movement is hand assembled by their expert craftsmen and women. Al of whom have honed their skills to such an extent that they can make adjustments of fractions of millimeters by hand.
    The automatic self wind 9S68 caliber movement boasts a 72 hour power reserve, as well as being accurate to -3 +5 seconds.
    With this beautiful aesthetic design it really shows who Grand Seiko are respecting their history as well as reinventing their fine traditions.

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    This modern reissue of the original Grand Seiko really showcases the GS philosophy in contemporary design and materials. A guaranteed collectors watch if you are lucky enough to get one of the 968 of them that are being produced!

     

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  • Grand Seiko SBGW253 Limited Edition

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    This year at Basel World Grand Seiko became its own brand, independent of Seiko, and they have certainly done it in style.
    Some of the newly announced watches are the reissues of the very first Grand Seiko, first produced in 1960 which was built with the aim to be the Worlds best watch.

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    Fittingly the watch we will be looking at here is a limited edition reissue of only 1960 pieces worldwide, the SBGW253. This stunning stainless steel re-release of the first ever Grand Seiko has been carefully designed to echo the original, using cutting edge modern technology to show how far the watch technology has advanced.

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    The Bureaux Officiels de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres is a Swiss institution responsible for certifying accuracy and precision of watches, also referred to as COSC.
    It was awarded official designation as ‘chronometer’ according to the highest chronometer standard at the time.

    As such the ‘chronometer appeared on the dial. Nowadays Grand Seiko no longer carry this. In 1998 Grand Seiko set up their own in-house testing facility which more stringent standards than that of COSC.
    Watches in the 9S caliber hold a greater distinction - ‘Grand Seiko Special Standard’.

    The reissue Grand Seiko is a testament to the original design. Its curved sapphire crystal glass retains the original shape and gentle profile. The 38mm case, although slightly larger than the original 36mm still has a lovely vintage model feel to it.

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    The hand-would mechanical 9S64 movement boasts and impressive 72 hour power reserve as well as -3 to +5 seconds per day accuracy, as well as boasting ‘Grand Seiko Special Standard’ movement.

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    Anyone who knows about Grand Seiko knows the sheer level of skill and craftsman ship that goes into each watch. Each watch is crafted with precision, beauty and legibility as the most import and features of the watch.
    The 9S64 calibre movement is manufactured and assembled in the Shizuku-Ish watch studio in Japans Iwate Prefecture.
    Each and every 200-300 part movement is assembled by highly skilled craftsmen and women who have honed their craft to such and extent that they can adjust parts by hand to tolerances of one hundredth of a millimetre, thus yielding complete masterpieces every time.

    Since 1960 a lion has been the symbol of Grand Seiko, and has graced the case back of each watch. The SBGW253 features an 18ct gold plated lion on its case back, as it was designed to be the ‘King of Watches’.

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    Grand Seiko’s styling is pure and practical. Every detail visible on the watch, from the cut of the hour markers to the length of the hands has been carefully considered and designed with ease of use in mind. The multifaceted hands and markers mean that the watch can be easily read in every light and situation, and highlighting Grand Seikos unrivalled quality in each timepiece they produce.

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  • Luxury German Watch Maker MeisterSinger is making it's way to Porters!

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    We are delighted to announce the forthcoming arrival of MeisterSinger watches to James Porter & Son in Glasgow!
    Many watch fans will already be familiar with the brand and their instantly recognisable single-hand mechanical watches.

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    MeisterSinger was founded in 2001 by Manfred Brassler in the Westphalian city of Munster where he wanted to create an alternative to the watches of today that showed time as something constantly racing along.
    He drew his inspiration from historical single-hand clocks, often tower clocks, which were clear and visible to the town’s citizens and showed how the day progressed; when it was time to rest or finish work rather than bothering with the hectic passing of minutes and seconds.
    Time is precious, let us not wish it away.

    With only having one hour hand MeisterSinger watches give you a feeling of deceleration which in todays fast paced world is more important than ever.

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    In fact, even the logo above the name MeisterSinger is an upside down fermata - which is the pause symbol in musical notation.

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    MeisterSinger watches may seem daunting at first but are actually very easy to read with the dial divided into 144 markers. Each marker represents five minutes. The combination of the bold 15, 30 and 45 minute markers and the prominent needle pointer all add to the legibility.

    See the link below:
    http://www.meistersinger.com/company/read-the-single-hand-watch.html

     

    The range as you would expect consists of mainly hand wound mechanical and automatic watches with the iconic “Neo” available in quartz. All models are customizable through a variety of colour leather straps and bracelets which will be stocked in-store. Each strap variety can be paired and then viewed on the MeisterSinger website so you can see how your chosen strap will look.

    We are so excited to be an official stockist, and we believe that this classic take on reading a watch with one hand paired with classic, almost vintage styling of 1950's wristwatches makes these perfect for the modern man who loves simplicity, style and quirkiness in a timepiece! Stay tuned for their arrival to our store!

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  • Spring is Sprung!

    With us now into March that also means a new birthstone for all of the upcoming birthdays.
    This month’s gemstone is the lovely aquamarine.

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    The name derived from the Latin for water ‘aqua,’ and the word ‘marina’ meaning ‘from the sea’.
    Looking at this beautiful stone it is clear to see why. The stone is always blue/green in colouring and is translucent, which would remind anyone of pale tropical seas! The blue itself can vary from very pale/almost clear to a vivid blue.

    Folklore tells that it was originally thought to be mermaid treasure because of its colour, and has been used as a talisman by sailors to protect them at sea.
    It was also believe to protect against foes in battle as well as quickening ones intellect…

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    Aquamarine is from the same gemstone family as emerald (Beryl) but there are many differences.
    When mined aquamarine is usually found in large, well formed quantities. There are very few inclusions found in aquamarine as well, which adds to its appeal.

    The largest cut aquamarine is the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, which can be viewed in the Smithsonian Museum in America. It is almost 14” long, weighs in at 4.6lbs and took over 6 months to cut! Although the largest gem quality aquamarine ever found weighed in at 110kg!

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    We don't have anything quite that size in store, but you can shop our range here!

    Featured items ;

    Cover photo 0130047 £1695

    Ring 0703409 £895

    Pendant 1103383 £215

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  • Love Is In The Air...

    With Valentines day just around the corner we though that some of you out there might need some inspiration - and you can never go wrong with jewellery!
    So why not make James Porter and Son your only shopping destination? We have jewellery and watches to fit every style, preference and budget.

    Whether you have just started dating, have been married forever or are just a big romantic we have hand picked some of our favourite items that should definitely impress your other half this Valentines day!

    Ladies first….

    Silver Heart Locket

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    Simple and classic heart shaped locket for your very own sweet heart!
    Sterling silver locket that is truly timeless and easy enough for her to wear every day. A lovely gift for only £85.

    18ct White Gold Brilliant & Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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    These stunning 18ct white gold earrings consist of 3 individual diamonds set together in a romantic heart shape.
    2 round brilliant cut diamonds to each princess cut, totalling .64ct and set in 18ct white gold. Diamonds may be a girls best friend but these will certainly win you a lot of brownie points!

    18ct Rose Gold Brilliant Cut Multi Stone Diamond Bangle

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    For the woman who has everything. A new addition to our store, a timeless design made using rose gold and set with 4 round brilliant cut diamonds totalling .27ct in a rub over style setting.
    The romantic rose gold will certainly impress your other half!

    18ct White Gold Brilliant Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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    And last but not least for all you romantics out there looking to propose this Valentines day, why not get down on one knee with this stunning halo engagement ring!
    The halo is a modern twist on the classic engagement ring. This design also has two diamonds either side to give it a more vintage look.  Well worth it at £1735!
    Set in 18ct white gold the centre diamonds is .40ct and is GIA certificated F colour SI clarity

    And for the guys…

    Lapponia Silver Quasar Cufflinks

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    These solid silver cufflinks are the perfect gift for the man about town.
    Lapponia is a Finnish brand inspired by nature who have been creating unique handcrafted designs for over 50 years.

    Michel Herbelin Mens Odyssee Bracelet Watch

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    For the traditional gentleman this stainless steel bracelet watch is pure luxury without having to break the bank at just £580.
    French design with Swiss movement - a wining combination.

    Palladium Diamond Satin Finish Band

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    This simple yet stunning design could also work as an engagement ring if you are looking to go down on one knee this Valentines day!
    Durable palladium with its simple diamond design would look good on just about anyone.

    Victorinox Army Dive Master 500

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    These watches are designed with function and durability in mind so would perfectly suit your man if he is the adventurous type!
    The gunmetal PVD casing and red dial and strap certainly stand out. Sapphire glass and a water resistance of 500m means it is a watch meant to be worn in all conditions.

    I hope you have enjoyed our gift guide, and that it has hopefully inspired you.
    If these aren’t what you are looking call in store and one of our staff will help you find the ideal gift to show your love this valentines day!

    Find us on Instagram and Facebook where we will be posting some more inspiration for you!

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  • New Month, New Birthstone!

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    Its February - finally!
    With a new month that means a new birthstone to celebrate! This month is Amethyst.

     

     

     

     

    Amethyst is a quartz stone which is most commonly seen as purple, although it is sometimes seen in a lovely green colour.
    It can vary from light pinkish/violet to a very deep purple, and every hue in between.17-05-184

    The best quality stones are mined in Brazil, Serbia and Sri Lanka today.
    This gemstone is also very versatile and can be cut well into just about any shape.

    Its is also a relatively hard wearing gemstone and has been used for many different purposes thought the years.

     

    One of the most popular myths regarding amethysts comes from Ancient Greece. The Greeks believed that amethysts could ward off intoxication. The Greek word “amethystos’ translates to ‘not drunken’ and by wearing amulets of and drinking from goblets carved from amethyst they believed they could ward of drunkenness!
    Not sure how they got on with that though…

    The legend originates from a Greek myth about Dionysus (Bacchus)- the god of intoxication. They story goes that he was angered by a human and swore revenge upon the next mortal to

    cross his path. Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden was on her way to pay tribute to the god Diana when Dionysus tigers set upon poor Amethyst. Diana turned her into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the tigers. In his remorse Dionysus wept tears of wine which stained the beautiful statue.

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    It wasn’t just the Greeks that believed amethyst held special powers, Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets in battle. They believed the stone could heal them, as well as keeping them cool-headed on the battlefield.
    -In the middle ages it was seen as a symbol of royalty, and was one of the cardinal gems, considered among the most precious.
    -Tibetan monks use amethyst to create prayer beads.
    -Amethyst also features in the Queens Crown Jewels.

     

    Today we still wear amethyst in many different forms. Whether it actually has healing powers or not it is still a beautiful and popular gemstone, one which has withstood the test of time.
    If this has inspired you, or if you want to look like royalty yourself, you can shop our full collection by clicking here, or pop in and visit us in store! Happy shopping!

  • Seiko PADI Prospex Divers Watches SRPA21K1 SUN065

    Today we are introducing some new models from one of our favourite brands, Seiko. This time we are focusing on the new range of divers watches which have been produced in association with PADI. We will be looking at the SPRA21K1 and the SUN065, both from the Prospex range. 01

    PADI are the worlds leading scuba diving training centre, with over 6,300 centres and resorts worldwide. They train the vast majority of people looking to attain a divers certificate, and today there are around 136,000 individual PADI certified professionals.

    PADI themselves are also associated with Project Aware. A global movement for divers protecting the ocean. Project Aware do some amazing work, and empowers thousands of divers all over the world to work together for clean and healthy oceans. Aiming to reduce the devastating impacts of Marine Debris and focusing on important issues of Sharks In Peril.

     

    Seiko launched their first divers watch in 1965. Built in Japan it was water resistant to an impressive 150m. The watch went on to be used by the 8th Antarctic Wintering team in 1966-68. After being approached by a professional diver in 1968 who described the stressful conditions divers watches had to endure, Seiko put in 7 years of research and produced the worlds first dive watch that would endure 600m! This in turn set the new standard for divers watches. Since then Seiko have consistently  pushed the boundaries in watch technology and they are no different today.

     

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    Back to the new models, The automatic PADI divers watch is a throwback to some of the more collectable divers watches that Seiko have produced over the years. The SPRA21K1 boasts he classic cushion shaped stainless steel case, which has been nicknamed the 'Turtle', and its not hard to see why! The case itself measures 45mm, and has a well finished stainless steel link bracelet, three-fold and secure lock clasp with extender. The eye-catching blue and red bezel is also the colours of the PADI logo as well as being nice to look at. The dial design has just one objective, to be as legible as possible, even in deep ocean depths where sunlight does not penetrate. The large hour markers have Seiko's LumiBrite coating to allow maximum luminescence. The movement produces 21,600 vibrations per hour, 6 beats per second. The high number of vibrations means there is a high resistance to outside impact, resulting in more accurate timekeeping. The 24 jewel movement has a power reserve of 41 hours. You can purchase one here.

     

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    The other new watch released is the kinetic GMT Divers watch, SUN065. This has a brushed  47.5mm stainless steel case and a silicone strap. This watch also has deep grooves in the bezel, which allows is to be moved easily, even while wearing diving gloves. It has a kinetic movement which Seiko first produced in 1992, and since then have spent year perfecting it. Due to their forward thinking and constant technological advances the SUN065 is accurate to +/- 15 seconds per month. This model also has a GMT function, with easy hour hand adjustment. The watch can be set easily to show duel times on the same watch, ideal for traveling. You can purchase one here.

    SPRA21K1 and SUN065 are both special editions, so although not limited they may well be very collectable one day. If Seiko's history is anything to go by these are definitely one to keep an eye on!

    These are been designed with Divers in mind, and so even though they are widely praised in the diving industry these are also comfortable and stylish enough for everyday wear. In or out the water. These are not the only dive watches we have, you can view the others we have by clicking here.

    Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

  • Lapponia Jewelry - Glasgow Stockist

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    We hope you enjoyed our blog last week when we covered the beautiful Scandinavian brand Lapponia. This week we are staying with this brand as we show you a selection of pieces that we have in stock and that we absolutely love! We are currently stocking the 'Essence of Lapponia' range which is a culmination of timeless , well-loved designs as well as new inspiring ones. Each piece is distinctive in look and is formed from a very specific design language which distinguishes each piece as Lapponia. Inspiration is taken from nature, as the designers seek to capture the movement and beauty of the natural elements of Finland. The end results produce beautiful sculptural art-pieces which are incredibly modern yet timeless. Each piece in this range is made by hand in Sterling Silver 925 and is sure to be noticed when worn!

     

     

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    'My Foolish Heart' pendant and earring set is absolutely stunning! Hearts never go out of fashion and this faceted set with a frosted finish certainly wouldn't disappoint that special someone.

     

    Pendant retails at £290 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-my-foolish-heart-pendant-660884930.html

     

    Earrings retail at £ 125 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-my-foolish-heart-stud-earrings-672884.html
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    'Arieta' necklace is simply gorgeous! The flowing shape creates beautiful movement along the neck line. It retails at £ 380 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-arieta-necklace-663849430.html

     

     

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    This is one of our newest sets, the ultra modern 'Winter Pearl' necklace and earring set.
    Necklace retails at £355 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-winter-pearl-necklet-660841450.html

     

    Earrings retail at £195 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-winter-pearl-drop-earrings-672841.html

     

     

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    Or this stunning 'Nile' bracelet with eye catching finish. Bracelet retails at £415 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-nile-bracelet-667872175.html

     

     

    We're excited to have shown you just some of our beautiful Lapponia pieces. There are necklets, earrings and bangles all of which can be purchased directly through our online store here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery?p=1 or in-store.

     

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  • Official Lapponia Jewelry Stockist Glasgow

     

     

     

    Each week we have been blogging about watches, so this week we thought we'd bring you all something a bit different. We have a wonderfully broad selection of jewellery. As an independent family run jeweller we can source the very best in quality, design and are able to source individual pieces and collections which are a little more exclusive. So this week it's one for the ladies!

     

    We are delighted to be talking to you about one of our beautiful brands Lapponia Jewelry. We are stocking the 'Essence of Lapponia' range which is "a selection of masterpieces from various Lapponia designers, containing both appraised classics and new inspiring designs."

     

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     Lapponia Reef bracelet retails at £635 and can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-reef-bracelet-with-safety-chain-667758185.html      Apache necklet which retails at £1695 can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-apache-necklet-663097440.html

    Each piece has a very distinctive look which forms part of Lapponias very own design language. Inspiration is taken from their home country of Finland, or more specifically from the weather, the landscape and from the gold nuggets that are mined from the ground there. This translates into beautiful sculptural art-pieces. They are distinctive in shape and texture as the designers capture the movement and beauty of nature. Each piece is skilfully handcrafted in Sterling Silver 925.  Lapponia compromises of 9 designers who each work to the same common goals of inspiring design, high quality, and easy wearability.

    Designer Björn Weckström designed the very first collection of Lapponia as we know it today and is still on the forefront of the design team. His designs are typical of  Scandinavian design, clean, simple and elegant. As well as a recognized jewellery artist he is a glass designer, painter and sculptor. It is his sculptural influence that can be seen in each piece.

     

    Here is a video of the designer talking about his work.
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    For all you Star Wars fans out there!

    One of Björn Weckströms designs was worn by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)  in George Lucas's Star Wars in 1977. He was asked to design a piece for a film by Lucas and was given a deadline. He wasn't aware of who George Lucas was but was interested in the theme. Production changed and Weckström was given a week to complete his design. This meant Weckström could not design something new and so the production team chose a design that was available at the time.  In the closing scene Princess Leia awards medals to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) and can be seen wearing the Planetoid Valleys necklace and Darina's bracelet.

     

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    If you have that special someone in your life who would appreciate Princess Leia's necklet there is this beautiful Galactic Peaks Necklet available to buy now, retailing at £1495. Stunning!

    Necklet can be purchased here http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery/lapponia-silver-galactic-peaks-necklace-663002405.html

     

    All Lapponia pieces can be viewed and purchased on our website  http://www.james-porter.co.uk/jewellery/lapponia-jewellery?p=1

    Simon Porter

     

     

    Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars

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