William May Jewellers Blog


Give The Gift Of Jewellery This Mother’s Day

Over the past year, so many mums have juggled work, home life and home schooling for their families. This year, unable to be treated to a Mother’s Day meal out, many families are more likely to search online for an extra special gift… We are seeing a sharp rise in the popularity of ‘Mum’ themed jewellery online as a result of this. As the UK’s largest online pre-owned jewellery e-retailer, we recognise how popular pre-owned jewellery is. Our Managing Director Nick Withington believes lockdown and social distancing has led to... Read More


Go Vintage this Valentine’s Day

Buying a vintage piece of jewellery for your loved one this Valentine’s Day is ethical, unique and utterly romantic. William May is the UK’s largest online pre-owned jewellery store, full of timeless jewellery styles that are guaranteed to be worn and loved forever. What can be more romantic this Valentine’s than to give a piece of heart shaped vintage jewellery, like this sparkling heart pendant necklace? Pre-Owned 9ct Gold Cubic Zirconia Heart Pendant & Chain Necklace – £165.00 The exact origin of the heart shape as a symbol of love... Read More


Revealed: The True Cost of Celebrity Jewellery

Celebrities like sports stars and movie icons influence the way we dress and accessorise. However, because many of their fashion choices cost thousands of pounds, it can feel impossible to replicate the look on a budget. However, here at William May, our appraisers have valued the jewellery choices of 15 of our favourite celebrities. In doing so, they’ve also outlined how you can ‘get the look’ for less thanks to our reasonably-priced alternatives. Sports Stars Lewis Hamilton           View this post on Instagram      ... Read More

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William May Statement

William May is pleased to announce a 100-per-cent increase in revenue throughout lockdown, releasing information on the key drivers for continued success seen as Q4 approaches.  The company is pleased to experience continued growth, particularly across second-hand jewellery whilst recognising and adapting throughout difficult times for businesses generally. The company as a whole has had to adapt to the difficult, ever-changing ongoing events but have exceeded previous Christmas trading turnover on reduced staff levels. This is now enabling us to push into the Q4 trading period with a huge number... Read More


Top 3 Mistakes when Buying Jewellery

At William May we’re committed to ensuring we do our best to help customers get the most for their money and want to share our near 200 years of experience in the industry.  Some of the most commonly asked questions we get are all about how to buy jewellery and where people are going wrong when investing in new items. So with that in mind, here are the top 3 mistakes customers make when buying jewellery and how to avoid them. 3) Not Matching Personal Style This applies more to gifts than... Read More


Lost Your Ring? The Garden Should be The First Place to Check

Here at William May, we surveyed 1000 people who had previously (or almost) lost a ring to discover the most common places people had misplaced them. What has our research revealed? According to the findings, gardening was found to be the common known place for Brits to lose their ring (14.4%), closely followed by seaside trips to the beach. A breakdown of the top locations can be found below:  Gardening (14.4%) At the beach / in the sea (13.1%) On holiday (12.4%) Cleaning (11.5%) At work (8.2%) Other – scenarios... Read More


Jewellers Don’t Want You To Know About This Discount Trick..

We’ve all been dazzled when window shopping for luxury jewellery at some point in our lives. Whether it’s the pristine diamonds, gold rings, precious stones and everything in between. However, if you’ve been put off by hefty high street price tags, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get the pieces you really want for less with the right know-how.  If you read on you’ll learn how to get the best in jewellery for less, with fabulous discounts to be made. So much so, jewellers have done their best... Read More


5 Top Tips for Planning a Low-Key Wedding

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the 2020 wedding season, and many people have been forced to either cancel or postpone their dream day. We had put together a guide which originally had food and drink on the table, now that advice has changed! The government was currently looking at allowing small weddings to take place again in England, and under the latest advice issued, it’s now time to get out those wedding planners and work out a way to make your dream day a reality. One way... Read More


Top Tips for Cleaning Your Jewellery at Home

If you wear your jewellery every day, then not only will it lose its shine over time, but any recessed detail will also hold germs and store dirt. For this reason, under the current circumstances, keeping your jewellery clean and free from germs is more important than ever. According to ‘cleanfluencer’ Harriet Knock, “cleaning jewellery prolongs its life and keeps it sparkling and eye-catching. However, at the moment it’s more important than ever to clean our jewellery – especially rings, as they are on our hands and will come into... Read More


How to measure an accurate ring size from home

Knowing how to measure your ring size can be one of the most problematic parts of buying a ring online, whether for you or for another. This is especially challenging if you are trying to keep the ring as a secret gift, – such as an engagement ring – because you can’t visit a jeweller in person. So how do you find out this information if you’re looking to buy a beautiful gift for your loved one? How can you estimate ring size? In normal circumstances, the most reliable way... Read More