Jewellery and Watches Blog | HS Johnson


Why is the Chinese New Year different?

You would be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering just why the people of China celebrated their New Year a week or so ago – some four weeks after we celebrated it here in the UK! However, there is one distinct difference between our New Year and the Chinese New Year. Unlike our Gregorian New Year, which is influenced by the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is determined by the historic lunisolar calendar. The date of which determines the moon phase and the time of the solar year.... Read More

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History of watches

  At HS Johnson we have a rich heritage in watches stretching back to 1946, but that’s just a fraction of the time that the watch industry has been in existence. The earliest record of a timepiece dates back to 1530. Peter Henlein, a German clockmaker from Nuremberg, Germany, is said by some to be one of the first watch manufacturers. They were originally worn for ornamental, rather than purely functional purposes, and according to literature from the era, would operate for a length of four hours at a time.... Read More


Buy from H.S. Johnson with confidence this Christmas

For 70 years, H.S. Johnson has been selling watches, clocks and jewellery from our Anson Street store in Rugeley, Staffordshire. If you’re looking for something extra special this Christmas, our designer watches and stylish jewellery will make the perfect gift for a loved one. Best of all, you can buy from us in-store or online with complete confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can return or exchange a festive present should you need to. As a family-run business we take great pride in our reputation for outstanding customer service,... Read More


The H.S. Johnson Gift Guide for Men

Men can be incredibly difficult to buy for, but if you’re looking for a gift they’ll always treasure, you really can’t go wrong with a gift from H.S. Johnson. One of our signature collections is our watches. A watch can be a real statement piece for any man, young or old, as well as a symbolic piece that will remind him of the gift-giver and occasion. Whatever your budget, we’ve got beautiful styles starting from a very affordable £37.99, right up to professional divers’ watches for something extra special. Analogue... Read More


The H.S. Johnson Gift Guide for Women

Christmas is a season of festive sparkle, and there’s no better way to reflect this than by treating her to a piece of jewellery from H.S. Johnson. Whether you’re looking for gold, silver, or something a little different, we’ve got the perfect present to go under the tree. With some of our favourite designers crafting jewellery which is sure to turn heads during this party season, why not look at our ranges from Calvin Klein and Hot Diamonds? Featuring precious gemstones and the style and quality you’d expect from some... Read More


Watch Movements Explained

Ever wanted to know the difference between an automatic or a mechanical watch? We take a closer look at the different watch movements and explain exactly how they work.   Mechanical A mechanical watch utilises a mechanism that measures the passing of time. Using a spring, it can be wound periodically to stay accurate. The spring then releases its stored energy to power the watch. Mechanical watches are usually not as accurate as quartz as they need to be wound often to continue showing the correct time. The second hand... Read More


How To Care For Gold Jewellery

Looking after your precious gold jewellery is important if you want to preserve the look and quality of your jewellery. Whether you want to care for your earrings, necklaces or bracelets, regular cleaning is vital if you want to keep your gold jewellery looking like new.   But what’s the best way to look after your gold jewellery pieces? There are a number of homemade cleaning solutions that are effective at helping to look after your jewellery. Whether you are wanting to restore an older item or simply keep on... Read More

Short history of clock going back 05/10/2016

A short history of the clocks going back

The end of October is the time when British Summer Time (BST) officially ends and we revert back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by turning the clocks back one hour. This takes place on 30th October this year. But, why do we do this, and where did this phenomenon begin? It’s thought that the first idea to make the most of daylight in summer was introduced by an astronomer named George Vernon Hudson, back in 1895. He proposed a two-hour daylight saving change to the Wellington Philosophical Society. Although Hudson’s... Read More

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Behind The Brand – Suunto Watches

Founded in 1936 by Tuomas Vohlonen in Finland, Suunto was born out of a love for the outdoors. Tuomas was a championship orienteer who created the brand after being disappointed by the inaccuracy of other compasses. In 1933, he applied for a patent for the method of filling and sealing a lightweight compass housing, made from celluloid filled with liquid which would dampen the needle and protect it from shock and wear. The patent was granted in 1935 and his liquid filled compasses provided much more accuracy and improved readings... Read More


How To Pair Your Neckline With Your Jewellery

Want to know how to pair your neckline with your necklace? Then take a look below at our helpful guide. We show you which necklaces pair best with your style of neckline. So whether you’re wearing a polo neck jumper or a strapless dress, you’ll be able to find the perfect necklace to accessorise your look with. High Neck – Long Necklace Crew Neck – Short Necklace Scoop Neck – Short Statement Necklace Bandeau Neck – Short Necklace or Choker Square Neckline – Angular Necklace Off The Shoulder – Short... Read More