Proposing to a jewellery designer...the pressure, the pressure. Fortunately (and unfortunately) convention and tradition are no longer as important as they once were when it comes to buying an engagement ring.
I met Emma Madden, fresh from a successful London Fashion Week (which resulted in prestigious concept store Dover Street Market declaring they would 'take it all') at their retailer The New Craftsmen to talk inspiration, building collections, and process.
Kicking off our new feature ‘Behind the Designs’; a series of interviews with London independent jewellery designers in their studios, we speak to Brazilian jewellery designer Fernando Jorge.
After an illustrious career working as a stylist and designer in the world of high fashion (including Balenciaga, Kenzo and Maison Kitsuné), Parisian Charlotte Desnais has launched her own collection of jewellery under her own name.
Having a strong design 'handwriting' as a jeweller is central to success in a saturated market of endless products and styles. When meeting new designers for engagement ring clients, I always make sure I can see their other designs and collections to get a real feel of their aesthetic and taste, and I use it as a guide to give me an understanding of how a potential bespoke engagement ring would look in their world.
Miniature masterpieces of colour and design, using bright, bold gemstones and smooth lines of 18k gold and platinum. Discover the kaleidoscopic world of jewellery designer Hattie Rickards.
Starting a jewellery business in the current market is not easy, mainly due to the exceptional amount of competition making it extremely difficult to stand out, as well as painfully high metal prices stunting free-flowing ideas and concepts, compared to in, say, the 1960s.
So, how do you buy a vintage engagement ring? This is a dilemma I've witnessed in many of my friends recently who know they want an engagement ring that is more than a conventional diamond solitaire, with the weight and character that only an antique ring can bring.
The new Helix collection from Shimell & Madden is our engagement ring collection of the month. Previewed at London Fashion Week, the collection follows the typical geometric style by the design duo, with spiralling soft yellow gold lines interuppted by asymetrically placed round and oval white diamonds.
The best places to buy jewellery in London are probably not the ones you’ve heard of. These under-the-radar independent jewellery boutiques are my secret weapons when it comes to buying jewellery for loved ones...
Rose gold...not just for princesses and hopeless romantics.
The three-stone or multi-stone engagement ring is likely to soar in popularity after Prince Harry created a bespoke engagement ring for Meghan Mark
Grey diamond engagement rings have soared in popularity over the past few years, with their more organic, natural look appealing to women who feel less pressure to bow to convention when it comes to choosing an engagement ring. Shop our pick of the best grey diamond ring to buy now.
From a traditional diamond solitaire diamond, to a colourful ruby ring, the options and trends when it comes to buying an engagement ring can feel
A confession: I don't wear my engagement ring every day.
Continuing our series of ‘Hidden Gems’; where we reveal the local jewellery boutiques and shops we love and trust in London, we focus our attention this week on a Scandinavian secret. Hidden behind the brash and busy eastern end of Upper Street in Islington, Camden Passage is home to the minimalist gem that is Ruberg.
EC One has been one of our trade secrets for a long time. Having struck gold almost 20 years ago with a bustling and vibrant location in busy Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, just round the corner from London’s main trade jewellery district Hatton Garden, the shop and its owners have carved out their own perfect retail niche.
Since Laura Kay took over as the buyer and managing director of the 20 year old family jewellery business in Muswell Hill, Tomfoolery in North London has gone from strength to strength. The bright, white, contemporary space showcases a tight collection of both fine and fashion jewellery, but it's the fine jewellery section (above image) at the far end of the shop where the boutique really makes its mark.
Last week we visited the pretty London enclave of Primrose Hill, where jewellery designers Zoe & Morgan have created their new boutique space, showcasing a beautiful selection of handmade, delicate and style-focused jewellery and - most importantly for me - their new collection of engagement and wedding rings.