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  • Have you ever thought of having a handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery?

    Custom Design and Commissions

    commissioned handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery is the ultimate statement of your individuality and character. With our own in-house designer and access the UKs specialist makers, we can guarantee to create a unique high quality item to meet your desires.

    This is a speciality for which we have become renowned with our customers referring and recommending their friends and family onto us on a regular basis.

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    Inherited Jewellery

    Perhaps you have been left some jewellery by someone close and would love to keep the history and memories but turn them into an item you would wear with pride.  Come and have an informal chat where we will run through the possibilities and give you the best guidance to help you decide how you would like the jewellery used.


    It may be as simple as repairing or rebuilding the items to their original design or redesigning and remodelling the piece to give it a modern contemporary feel, or starting from a blank canvas and designing a completely new piece of jewellery using stones or other elements of the original.

    Whichever way you choose to go you can be assured we will treat the pieces with utmost respect and when finished the new handmade creation will be a compliment to the originals.

    Something Different

    When you don't know exactly what you want but know you want something different, contemporary and handmade, then our in-house design team cantalk you through all of your options. We take time to listen, find out a little about you, your lifestyle, your likes and most importantly your dislikes.  From there we will come up with some ideas and develop those along with you until we find the design you love.

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    Every handmade design or remodelling project is unique and therefore impossible to put a cost on until it has been defined. If you have a budget to work to it's best to be upfront about it at the initial consultation as we can advise on the best way to work within your comfort zone.

    We do not charge for consultations or design work and will give you a fixed price once a final design has been agreed.

    We'd love to help make your dreams become reality so why not make an appointment for a no obligation consultation? Call us on 01506 826863 or pop into our boutique at 43 North Street Bo'ness EH51 0AQ.


    Pebbles Jewellery Valuation Service

    At Pebbles we are very proud to work with Scotland's premier jewellery valuation consultant, Adrian S Smith FGA Jewellery Valuations.



    Adrian S Smith FGA is an independent jewellery valuation consultant providing a comprehensive jewellery valuation and appraisal for private clients and some of Scotland's most eminent jewellers.

    Adrian is the founding member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers.  In addition, he is actively involved in gemmology education in Scotland as a member of the manangement committee of the Scottish Gemmological Association.  He is also a member of various associations in the USA, including the National Association of Jewellery Appraisers (senior member) and is a senior accredited gemmologist and a member of the Board of Govenors of the Accredited Gemmologist Association.

    Adrian does not buy and sell jewellery or accept renumeration from insurance companies, brokers, lawyers or any other associated industries.  In adopting this stance he remains totally independent, unbiased and objective.

    Why you should have your jewellery valued regularly

    A valuation and appraisal of your treasured items is so much more than a listing of their values.  It provides you with peace of mind that in the event of a loss, the detailed description of the missing item will allow a fitting replacement to be supplied.  The schedule provides proof of ownership.  This is useful when a claim is made against any unspecified items on your insurance policy.

    Do you realise that if you cannot prove that stolen jewellery belongs to you, it can, in some cases be returned to the suspected burglar?  The detailed descriptions and images in your jewellery valuation report, help the police identify your items and return them to their rightful owner.

    It is important that your jewellery valuations are kept up to date as the value of precious metals and gemstones can increase quite dramatically. If your jewellery is undervalued you will find it difficult to replace with equivalent pieces as your insurance company may only pay out the lower valuation. We recommend that your jewellery is re-valued every 3 -  4 years.



    To find out more about our jewellery valuation service or to have your treasured items valued please contact us on 01506 826863 or email

  • Pebbles move to larger premises in Bo'ness

    This is a transcript of a feature in the Bo'ness Journal & Gazette on Friday 26th April 2013, reporting on Pebbles move to larger premises in Bo'ness. (Words by Esther Hutcheson, images by Gordon McBrearty)

    A 24-carat gem of a jeweller's shop

    Pebbles' passion for jewellery sparkles as brightly as the diamonds it sells and this family run Bo'ness firm's new premises are almost four times larger that previously, allowing it to showcase even more unique, high quality designs.

    Expectations are not just met, but exceeded, by husband and wife Val and Kevin Trotter, and daughter Danielle who offer the highest level of expertise and customer care at their centrally located shop at 43 North Street.

    They aim to be the wedding ring specialists for the West Lothian and Falkirk area, offering what they believe to be the widest choice in the region.

    Couples have a comfortable consultation area in which to discuss their wishes, with the ever popular in-house bespoke design service available.

    Pebbles opened in Bo'ness in 2005 before expanding into Edinburgh and has twice been voted by customers and industry peers as an "Inspiring Independent Jewellers" (2011 and 1012).

    It has also been named as a "Retail Star" by a trade magazine.

    Pebbles' impressive contemporary stock range boasts rings, neck and wrist wear, earrings and accessories, including French, Swiss, Italian, German and British designers.

    Customers will find unusual, eyecatching pieces attractively displayed, many exclusive to Pebbles, which also prides itself on supporting emerging and new talent.

    While items of jewellery can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds, at Pebbles fashion pieces start from £15 and silver jewellery from £20, ensuring there is something to suit every budget.

    And a very gnerous loyalty points system has just been launched, giving one point for every £20 spent. Reach 10 points and there is 10 per cent off your next purchase.

    Val, Kevin and Danielle are all trained in jewellery and have a combined 50 plus years experience, so customers can be assured they are in safe hands.

    Should you have a special idea for your own unique piece of jewellery, the Pebbles team will work with you to bring it to friution.

    The team's opinion is well regarded within the jewellery world, so much so, they have sat on judging panels and been invited to speak at trade shows.

    On what makes their business stand out from the crowd, Val says: "I think the product offering is different - it's unusual, not what you can find everywhere. Lots of our designs are exclusive and we like to surpirse people with what we have.

    "Quality we insist on, and in terms of expertise, we know what we are talking about.

    "We get to know the designers, to know the back story to a piece of jewellery.

    "As for customer service, it's about going that extra mile.

    "At Pebbles it's the whole package that sets us apart, including how to look after your purchases."

    The new North Street shop sells and fits replacement watch batteries and the team can arrange for repairs and valuations to be carried out.

    And if you have pieces of family jewellery tucked away that you would love to wear but they are the wrong size, or you wnat them incorporated into a different piece, a remodelling servie is available.

    Testament to its sucess, the growing family firm which started in Bo'ness and has kept its main branch in the towm now has customers from all over the UK and beyond.

    They, and new shoppers, can keep updated on a daily basis by following Pebbles on Facebook and Twitter, via email bulletins and byy visiting its website at There you can find details of the new online loyalty scheme.

  • Danielle's pick of jewellery from the Oscars 2012

    While fashion magazines are going wild for who wore what designer dress and who looked best on the red carpet at the Oscars last night, there is just one thing that catches my eye and that is the jewellery!

    As usual the A list celebrities didn't disappoint on that front and so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite pieces from the film awards.

    Just as the fashion mags are all alight with Gwyneth Paltrow's stunning Tom Ford dress it was what she was adorning her arm with that caught my eye.  A one off Hearts Of Fire cuff set with 2368 rose cut diamonds from Anna Hu.

    Diamonds were of course the stone of choice for most of the celebrities attending the Oscars 2012 and therefore it is not a surprise that all of my picks have diamonds and mostly set into Platinum.

    Natalie Portman's Platinum and diamond necklace caught my attention for it's simplicity and elegance and paired with gorgeous diamond earrings, she looked fantastic.

    Beautiful and stylish as ever Cameron Diaz rocked the statement ring look.  I am a big fan of large rings being stacked and Cameron does this wonderfully with a platinum round cut diamond Dome ring from Tiffany & Co.

    Emma Stone also rocked the chunky statement jewellery trend with this stunning bracelet from Louis Vitton.

     Finishing off my picks from the Oscars 2012 is Ms Jennifer Lopez wearing simple yet stunning platinum and diamond earrings from Lorraine Schwartz.  Perhaps an unusual choice for me as I am usually all about big bold contemporary jewellery but I simply love the simplicity of these gorgeous earrings.

  • Auction of Elizabeth Taylors jewellery breaks all records.


    Christie's sale of 80 items of jewellery belonging to the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor had been estimated to raise about $20m (£13m), but took more than double the record for a single collection. Many items sold well in excess of their estimate - up to 100 times higher.


    Elizabeth Taylor with diamond ring

    The actress' famous 33.19-carat diamond ring, one of many pieces of jewellery given to her by Richard Burton, sold for $8.8m (£5.7m).


    The highlight was a necklace featuring a 16th Century pearl which sold for
    $11.8m (£7.6m), a record for pearl jewellery. The pearl, known as La Peregrina, has been depicted in artwork for centuries and was once painted by 17th Century Spanish artist Velazquez. It was owned by Mary Tudor and Spanish Queens Margarita and Isabel.

    Richard Burton, bought the pearl in 1969 at auction for $37,000 (£23,800).

    So even with the cost involved in commissioning Cartier to design a ruby-and-diamond necklace mount for the piece, I think you'll agree that it was a worthwhile investment!

    La Perigrina pearl necklace belonging to Elizabeth Taylor

    Pictured above is the La Perigrina Necklace and on the right the Price of Wales brooch, which was previously owned by the Duchess of Windsor and sold for $1,314,500.
    I hope the new owners enjoy thier jewels as much as Liz Taylor did.
    Certainly knocks my Christmas wish list into a cocked hat!
    Val x
  • Jewellery and Diamond Valuations - why bother?

    People come to us in Edinburgh and Bo’ness for jewellery and diamond valuations for diamond rings and various other pieces of gold, platinum or silver jewellery and watches for many reasons.

     It may be that you have inherited a piece of jewellery and need to know its value for insurance purposes, or it may be that you have bought jewellery abroad or from a shopping channel and would like to know whether you have paid a fair price for it.

    But most often people come to us for their jewellery and diamond valuations to update their insurance cover to make sure that they have their jewellery insured at the appropriate levels – there can be few things more upsetting than to lose a valued piece of jewellery to then find that it was under  insured or worse still not covered at all.

    A valuation and appraisal of your treasured items is so much more than a listing of their values.  It provides you with peace of mind that in the event of a loss, the detailed description of the missing item will allow a fitting replacement to be supplied.  The report provides proof of ownership.  This is useful when a claim is made against any items on your insurance policy and will help the police identify your jewellery from any recovered from robberies.

    When it comes to having your diamond and other precious jewellery valued   – only trust the experts.

     We are proud to work with Adrian S Smith FGA who is recognised worldwide as a leader in his field. Adrian S Smith FGA winner of the prestigious David Wilkins Award, is an independent jewellery valuation expert providing a comprehensive jewellery valuation and appraisal for private clients and some of Scotland's most eminent jewellers.Adrian does not buy and sell jewellery or accept renumeration from insurance companies, brokers, lawyers or any other associated industries.  In adopting this stance he remains totally independent, unbiased and objective. By allowing us to deal with your diamond and other jewellery valuations you are assured of a first class service. You will receive a detailed report with high quality images of your jewellery along with a full and detailed description and current replacement value.Your jewellery is fully insured and carefully looked after from the moment you hand it over to us in Pebbles Edinburgh or Bo’ness until the moment you collect it from us.In fact The best description of how we look after your jewellery is summed up in Adrians words “We value what you hold precious”.

    Our most exciting experience of a jewellery valuation recently was when a loose diamond was handed in for valuation along with an inherited brooch which the owner had no idea if the stones were real or not. Well they certainly were real and worth a considerable amount of money – a real “antiques roadshow” moment. It was so lovely to be the one to give that kind of information and share in the excitement.


  • Allow me to introduce myself!

    As this is my first ever blog, I thought I should introduce myself.  My name is Danielle and I am lucky enough to have one of the biggest jewellery boxes a girl could want! Two whole jewellery shops, one in Edinburgh and one in Bo'ness!  My Mum and Dad (Val and Kevin) own Pebbles and since October 2009 I have been working with them.

    This is not the first time I have worked with jewellery or indeed for my family, I have been involved with the manufacturing of jewellery (I am not creative enough to ever design anything!) from the casting to polishing the finished product, I have had a go at it all.  Although I enjoyed being involved in making beautiful pieces I must admit I would much rather be here in the shop selling (and trying on) designer jewellery to our wonderful customers!

    I am a lover all things that sparkle, crystal or diamonds but I can also be found wearing stylish and unusual designer pieces.  I love them all.  I guess I am a little magpie when it comes to jewellery.  I have a very varied jewellery box (at home), from fashion jewellery to fine gold with diamonds you will find them all.  Simple and elegant to statement and bold depending on what takes my mood at that particular time.

    Take a look at some of my favourite pieces that can be found at Pebbles -


    Beautiful rose gold and diamond 'Starburst' ring from Jacob Issacharoff.  I love the 3D effect of this ring, it looks as though it is 'bursting' from your finger.  The soft rose gold makes this ring unusual and if I was to treat myself to one thing at the moment this would be it!

    Tina Lilienthal - Dead Cute Jewellery

    I love Tina Lilienthal's Dead Cute Jewellery range and this skull necklace has to be one of the best.  Perfect for Summer, an eye catcher!  It was difficult to choose between this and Tina's black cherry necklace.  I have the black cherry and I wear it with everything!  The skull with a butterfly is the next piece I would love to have.

    Sphere Of Life is one range that I can take credit for!  I was the one that discovered this great range and it has quickly became one of our best sellers.  I love the simplicity and the little names that each piece is given.  This one is Bring Me Spring and sums up how we are all feeling at the moment.

    I love handbags aswell (don't we all?), I have the clutch version of this bag in beautiful bright fucshia pink.  I bought it before it even made it to the shelves!  I take it on nights out and always get admiring comments from my friends.  I sometimes use it when I have a pair of jeans on for an instand lift to my outfit as well.

    Pebbles are really excited and proud to be Scotland's stockists of Bjorg jewellery.  Bjorg's jewellery has been getting loads of attention from the worlds jewellery press and is quickly developing a celebrity following.  I love the sentiment of this necklace 'Be yourself - everyone else is taken'.

    I have enjoyed writing my first ever blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading it!  Stay tuned for more of my favourites, info about our designers and my opinions on all things jewellery and accessories.

    Danielle x

  • Buying the perfect engagement ring

    How to buy the perfect engagement ring for the woman you love

    Before I let you into the biggest secrets of buying the perfect enagement ring, can I be honest with you.

    The best way to buy her an engagement ring that she will love is to let her choose it herself.

    She will wear this ring everyday so it must look and feel good on her finger and most imporatantly suit her lifestyle.  It may take time trying on many different diamond shapes and styles before you find the perfect ring.

    Still want to go it alone?

    If you still want to go it alone and surprise her or perhaps you don't want her to be involved with pricing and payment issues, follow these simple rules (don't worry there are only 5!) and you will buy an engagement ring she will love almost as much as she loves you!

    Rule number 1 - Pay Attention!

    The first step to finding the perfect engagement ring is to pay attention to her jewellery likes and dislikes.

    • What metal colour does she wear?
    • What style of jewellery does she wear (is it contemporary, bold, vintage or classic)?

    The best indications of her tastes in jewellery are the items she wears all of the time, not the items she wears occasionally.

    Rule number 2 - Has She Given You Any Hints?

    When you have been out shopping together has she ever pointed out engagement rings or commented on the style of jewellery she really likes?

    If not then why not take her shopping?  It is not difficult to steer yourselves towards the jewellery shops, if you want to keep up the surprise, why not tell her you are looking for a new watch?  Be sure to pause by the engagement ring counters.

    Some women don't like diamonds so think about what stone she would like.  Sapphires and rubies are often set into engagement rings as an alternative.

    Rule number 3 - Choose The Correct Diamond Shape!

    The most popular diamond shape chosen by brides is round, but perhaps not your bride!

    She may prefer an oval, pear shape, marquise, square, emerald or baguette cut stone.  Fancier shapes such as hearts are also available.

    For more information about diamonds please click here.

    Rule number 4 - Consider Her Lifestyle!

    Does your bride to be work in a profession where a large or fussy ring would look out of place?  Even if she doesn't remember the shape of the stone or setting can have an impact on everyday life.

    A pointed gem or a setting with high prongs can snag clothing or even people!  These rings are also harder to keep clean and are more suited to be worn on special occasions and not every day.

    Finally and perhaps most importantly,

    Rule number 5 - Find Out Her Ring Size!

    To ensure you buy the perfect engagement ring you will need to know the ring size of your bride to be.

    You could do this by getting hold of a ring she already wears on the correct finger or asking a friend or family member to get one for you.  You will only need to have the ring long enough for it to be sized.

    If you get help from someone else you will need to swear them to secrecy and of course make sure the ring is put back before she notices it is gone!

    Lastly, the best piece of advice I can give you is to come and have a chat with one of our friendly members of staff, who will be pleased to give you more help and inspiration.

    Good luck!

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