Richard Ogden


3 stone diamond ring

Richard Ogden diamond rings


“My first experience of buying diamonds on the Internet was a bit like buying a cheap flight,” says Robert Ogden.

The diamonds which were offered at the lowest prices on the net always seemed to have been sold and

The stones that were actually available cost a lot more. As a retailer I was not able to compete with the Lowest priced diamonds on offer but were able to be competitive with the diamonds that were actually available to be purchased.

It would be a misconception to think that because something can be bought on the Internet that it will be cheaper – even though the fact that you can compare the various prices does help to give you an idea of what you may need to spend on certain stones. At a seminar at one of the major jewellery shows in the USA we were told that the most successful diamond website in the USA sells diamonds at an average profit margin of 30 per cent. I must admit I found this surprisingly high.

Many of the finest jewellery shops in the world are situated in and around the Burlington Arcade so we always had to be competitive. In the case of loose diamond sales I pledge that I will do my best to find quality diamonds over one carat at a price competitive to diamonds available on the Internet.

If you are interested in purchasing a specific diamond, please contact us for an appointment. Specializing in antique jewellery we can also show you old brilliant cut diamonds dating back to the Victorian era.

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5 Reasons to Live on Balfour Place in Mayfair, London

Mayfair’s Balfour Place is one of the most desirable streets on which to live in London. Among many wide-ranging reasons one would want to live in this prestigious street, these five factors are the most convincing reasons to move to the area. Pastor Real Estate, a boutique real estate agency based in the heart of Mayfair, offers two spectacular properties to rent on Balfour Place.

5 Reasons to Move to Balfour Place, London

5) From Balfour Place in Mayfair, the transport links to the rest of London are fantastic. The street is within close proximity to four underground stations, including Marble Arch, Bond Street, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner, meaning easy access to the Central, Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria Lines. The Piccadilly line also reaches Heathrow Airport, meaning international transport links are also within easy reach for the residents of this exclusive neighbourhood.

4) Balfour Place sits adjacent to Mayfair’s oldest street: Mount Street. One of the most exclusive shopping areas in London, Mount Street offers designer boutiques, including Marc Jacobs, Rubinacci, and Céline; fine restaurants, such as Scott’s; chic bars; and many other luxurious amenities, such as The Connaught Hotel – one of London’s finest.

3) Balfour Place is surrounded by some of London’s most celebrated green spaces. At the end of Mount Street is Hyde Park – the largest park in central London. Also in close proximity are Green Park, Grosvenor Square, Berkeley Square and Mount Street Gardens.

2) Many famous residents reside in or around Balfour Place and Mayfair. Attracted by its easy transport links, exclusive amenities and green spaces, distinguished residents of the area include Keira Knightley, Madonna and Nigella Lawson. In the past, Prime Ministers George Canning and Winston Churchill also called Mayfair home at one stage in their lives.

1) One of the nation’s most expensive properties is on Balfour Place. The city mansion was recently valued at £45,000,000 and boasts 19 bedrooms, six kitchens and 17 bathrooms. A short stroll from Oxford Street and Hyde Park, no. 7 Balfour Place dates from the late 19th Century and is characteristic of all the properties on the sought after street. Each building looks spectacular in the Mayfair neighbourhood.

Approximately 66% of Mayfair residents currently rent their home, rather than own it – a trend that is being adopted even by royalty. A Sultan from Abu Dhabi is one such renter who has recently moved to the area. Pastor Real Estate offers two stunning apartments for rentbelfour place mayfairbelfour place mayfairbelfour place mayfairbelfour place mayfair

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5 things you probably didn’t know about Mayfair

Mayfair is an affluent part of London, home to wealthy bankers and business owners, fine dining establishments and designer boutiques; but, like any area, it has its secrets. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Mayfair.

1. The Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly is one of Europe’s first steel-frame buildings. There are so many chandeliers in the hotel‘s restaurant that the ceiling has been specially reinforced!

2. Mayfair has links to the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II was born on Bruton Street and lived in Mayfair as a child. The Dorchester was the venue for Prince Philip’s stag night.

3. Mayfair is home to the most haunted house in London at 50 Berkeley Square. 44 Berkeley Square is also renowned as a haunted house and sightings of a servant in green livery and a periwig have been reported.

4. Jimi Hendrix once lived next door to the famous composer George Frideric Handel, separated by two centuries. Today, Handel’s home at 25 Brook Street has been transformed into the Handel House Museum.

5. The Egyptian sculpture set above the door of Sotheby’s is the oldest man-made object in the capital. The sculpture is carved from black igneous rock, and dates from 1600BC (many believe it’s older and could date back 5,000 years).

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Keep good time with Mayfair watch repairs

ROLEX at Armour Winston in Mayfair LondonIf you’ve been lucky enough to receive a watch for Christmas this year – whether it was a vintage Rolex or contemporary Patek Philippe – then you’ve hopefully been taking good care of it!

Accidents can happen though, particularly during the festive season, when kids are running riot and everyone has had a few too many glasses of mulled wine. So if you’ve damaged your watch face or strap, you might be feeling a little concerned, whether it’s under warranty or not. There’s no need to worry, as there are specialist jewellers in Mayfair who can help; here are a couple of our recommendations.

David Duggan Watches

London’s leading fine watch dealers specialise in vintage and pre-owned watches, but they also carry out repairs on most types of watches, whether you need a new strap or repairs to the mechanism. With their own fully qualified Swiss-trained watchmaker on site, David Duggan Watches are a firm you can trust for all kinds of watch repairs.

Russell Talerman

Russell Talerman specialise in Rolex repairs, but no matter what your brand of watch, they can refurbish it or restore it to full working order. Carrying out a whole range of repairs and restoration work, they can replace your watch glass or battery or carry out a valet service to ensure your watch remains in good shape. With state of the art machinery and highly trained technicians, they’re a one-stop shop for all your watch repairs in Mayfair.

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Mayfair’s finest furniture stores

Is it time to spruce up your home with some new furniture and accessories? Here are some of our favourite furniture manufacturers and interior design specialists in Mayfair that you simply must visit.

Paul Smith Furniture Shop

If original or antique furniture is your thing (and vintage is still very much in fashion) then head for Paul Smith’s Albemarle Street store. From 1970s lamps and vintage desks to contemporary pieces by designers such as Sylvie Du Plessis, you’ll find pieces sourced from across the globe, many given that special Paul Smith twist to make them into something unique and fabulous. You’re sure to leave with an amazing piece of furniture or home accessory!

Alma Leather Furniture

We might spend a third of our lives sleeping, but the chances are most of us also spend a good proportion of our lives on the sofa. Alma Leather Furniture creates bespoke leather furniture in its London factory, and it’s the perfect place to come if you’re dreaming of a soft leather recliner sofa. With a seemingly endless range of finishes, textures and colours from which to choose, this Vigo Street store is a bespoke furniture enthusiast’s dream. We challenge you to resist!

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A Bentley in Mayfair? Go to Jack Barclay Bentley

If you’re considering investing in a new car, have you considered buying a Bentley? The first Bentley engine was created in 1919 and modern-day Bentleys are exquisitely engineered and handcrafted. Today’s cars embrace modern technology and luxury whilst staying true to the W.O. Bentley heritage.

From heritage Bentleys to the Continental GTC and the New Flying Spur, a Bentley is unlike any other car you have ever owned. But you’ll need to ensure you’re buying your luxury vehicle from a reputable dealer, whether it’s a new or pre-owned car you’re looking for.

Jack Barclay Bentley have been one of Mayfair’s most renowned dealerships for over 80 years and they are the largest official Bentley retailer in the world. Head for their Berkeley Square dealership and take a peek at the Arnage & Azure or the Continental GT & GTC and admire the twin headlights and elegant matrix grille of a Bentley.

Approved used cars are not as expensive as you might think, even when we’re talking about a Bentley, and pricing is competitive. Jack Barclay Bentley in Mayfair is a one-stop shop for purchasing a new or used Bentley or having your car serviced – it is well worth dropping in if you’re in Mayfair and considering purchasing one of these luxury cars.

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Wine and dine your partner in Mayfair

Valentine’s Day is once a year, but the opportunity to wine and dine the one you love is there all year round! You can rekindle the romance over drinks, dinner or even afternoon tea in leafy Mayfair. Here are a couple of our favourite ideas for a romantic meal in our favourite part of London:

Tea-Tox at Brown’s Hotel

It’s still the time of year when we’re all trying valiantly to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, so help her to keep hers in check by taking her for a lighter (yet still utterly delicious) version of traditional afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. You’ll be spoiled with flourless cakes, poached salmon and of course champagne.

Hotel-dining at Corrigan’s

Corrigan’s in Mayfair are offering cheaper alternatives to their £1,500 dining and hotel package this February. Dine in Chef Richard Corrigan’s personal library and once you’re fully fed, retire to the Grosvenor House Hotel’s executive suite, where you’ll be spoiled with a champagne reception followed by a leisurely breakfast in bed and late check-out the next morning. Perfect!

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Boost your business with web design in Mayfair

Whether you’re a startup, rebranding or simply taking your first steps into ecommerce, every company needs an online presence. Creating your own website may be easy enough, but don’t you want something which screams style and has been professionally designed by a web designer with years of experience in the industry? Finding the right web design firm can be tricky, but here in London’s upmarket Mayfair district, you’ll find companies offering services which are a cut above the rest – here are just a couple of the best.

Mays Digital

Mays Digital are far more than just a professional web design firm, they also offer other services including branding and marketing, bookkeeping, graphic design and SEO. Their offices on Regent Street in Mayfair are home to a team of website builders who can offer companies of all sizes a range of professional web package solutions. They aim to keep prices low and quality high!

Glazier Design

This Mayfair-based web design, branding and graphic design firm is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to create a sleek, stylish website. With past clients including Nivea, Herbal Essences and Edenfells Property, the firm works with a range of companies both large and small. They even offer document production and photographic services, and guarantee excellent, cost-effective results.

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Celebrity spotting in Mayfair

Where better in London to spot your favourite celebrities than in glamorous Mayfair? Come and enjoy wining and dining in some of the most fabulous restaurants alongside A-list celebs; who knows who you might bump into! Here are some hotpots you definitely won’t want to miss.


This is one of the UK’s most frequented celebrity restaurants, and no wonder; it’s co-owned by Robert de Niro himself! Expect to see plenty of A-list regulars including Brad Pitt, Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss, Elton John and Tom Cruise. The food is pretty spectacular too!


This place is seriously cool – a classic all-American menu and retro dining car interior makes it the place for London’s hip young starlets to see and be seen. Emma Watson held her 18th birthday party in the downstairs club, and Mick Jagger, Mark Ronson and Lily Allen are all regulars.


This stylish restaurant is the epitome of Mayfair chic, with its stunning traditional Venetian tapas bar. Choose from a range of trendy salads or enjoy their legendary chocolate fondant as you see how many familiar faces you can spot – Stella McCartney is a regular here.

China Tang

Located in the Dorchester, Walt Disney, Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood and Naomi Campbell have all dined here. Their Peking duck dish is to die for – it’s said to be amongst the finest in the UK! What could be better than delicious Chinese food and a spot of celebrity watching?

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