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Platinum Guild International

The Wedding Ring Shop are pleased to announce that they are now part of the Platinum Guild International and will be featured as a recommended Platinum retailer on after scoring an impressive 92% on their mystery shopper visit.

Platinum Guild International (PGI) is a global organisation whose aim is to assist customers in easily accessing reputable retailers, who can support them through the platinum purchase programme. Platinum Guild International is dedicated to inspiring a passion for Platinum and to ensuring that Platinum jewellery is the precious metal of choice. If you would like further information on Platinum and other precious metals please click the link below (link to the platinum pop up info and ‘other precious metals).

Cash for Kids – 30 Brides 1 Royal Wedding Competition

The Wedding Ring Shop in conjunction with Radio Aire, Magic 828 and Cash for Kids participated in the 30 Brides, 1 Royal Wedding competition by donating a pair of wedding bands to the winning couple. The results have been released and we are pleased to announce that over £50k was raised for Cash for Kids.

“Thank you so much from Radio Aire, Magic 828 and Cash for Kids for being part of our 30 Brides, 1 Royal Wedding competition. The £53,851.55 that was raised between the 30 final couples for Cash for Kids is an overwhelming result and will make a significant difference to thousands of local sick and deprived children. However, we couldn’t have done this competition without your incredible kindness and support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much and hope that you will continue to support Cash for Kids” – Josephine Hardcastle, Charity Manager for Cash for Kids.

For more info on the winning couple and Cash for Kids please visit:

The Daily Telegraph

Palladium rings, for the bride on a budget - Couples are turning to palladium for their wedding rings because of the rising cost of platinum.
By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
11:06PM BST 20 May 2008

As many as half of all Engagement and Wedding rings being sold now are made out of palladium, according to the jewellery industry. The metal looks identical to Platinum and is due to be given hallmark status later this year. It has been used for years by the automotive industry and mobile phone manufacturers. Its growth in popularity for jewellery is remarkable; three years ago no mainstream jeweller was using the metal.

A standard 6mm platinum wedding band costs £1,250, according to John Lilley, a leading jeweller in Hertfordshire, compared with £356 for an identical palladium design.

Martin McSorley, who owns McSorley’s Wedding Ring Shop in Leeds, says that he will sell about 1,800 palladium rings this year, compared with 600 last year. "Precious metal prices have gone through the roof this year, especially platinum," he said. "But with palladium, you've got all the qualities of platinum for a fraction of the cost."

It is mostly the groom that pushes for a palladium ring, said Mr McSorley. "Once a girl gets a platinum engagement ring, they want a platinum wedding band to match. But a Gent doesn't seem to be too concerned. It can save them a lot of money on their wedding budget," he added.
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