Hidden Gems: Ruberg Jewellery Boutique

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. The...

Hidden Gems: EC One Jewellery Boutique in London

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, Jos and Alison Skeates, have carved...

Jewellery Illustration: Our favourite paint-ups

Jewellery illustration is fast becoming a lost art. Few designers still work this way to present their designs to clients, with the rapidly increasing use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) a whole new set of skills are now utilised to present jewellery designs to clients or manufacturers. An immensely pain-staking, fine-detailed process, painting jewellery illustrations by...

The Best Engagement Rings under £1000

Engagement Rings…only 23.5 million results when you type those two words into Google. A good place to start to cut through the chaff, although this by no means should be the main deciding factor, is with budget. The old-fashioned myth that a ‘man’ should spend ‘3 months’ salary’ on a rock, (this is sometimes cited...

An Alternative Wedding Showcase | Tomfoolery London

After having waxed lyrical about jewellery boutique Tomfoolery last month, we were excited to hear that they are hosting an ‘alternative wedding showcase’ launching this Saturday, 19th March. Featuring trunk shows from some of my favourite designers and London’s top design talent; kicking off with the LA-based rough diamond queen Polly Wales (9th & 10th April),...

Cool Jewel: Vortex diamond ring by London Jewellers Guy & Max

This week’s Cool Jewel is courtesy of London jewellery designers Guy & Max. Based on the concept of a vortex – which makes for a neat analogy of the whirling of emotions getting hitched involves – this diamond and 18ct white gold ring features one of my favourite diamond shapes: the oval. Sexier and more streamlined,...

How do you propose to a jewellery designer? London’s top jewellers show us their own engagement rings…

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. The set of rules that once guided people in one direction – diamond, solitaire, platinum, etc etc – have definitely loosened over the years; meaning that women...

Hidden Gems: Tomfoolery Jewellery Boutique in North London

It’s tricky being a jewellery retailer. Selecting and buying the right pieces to work as a cohesive and attractive ‘collection’ is no mean feat. The pieces you sell embody the brand and establish the boutique within a specific style or aesthetic, which customers need to recognise and trust in order for them to return. The rules...

Starting a jewellery business: What you need to know to make it.

I started writing this post initially about jewellery trends for the coming season, but got side-tracked whilst thinking of all the trailblazing jewellers I know, and subsequently how hard it is to maintain the freshness that got them there in the first place. Starting a jewellery business in today’s times, in London (or any big metropolis)...

Hidden Gems: Inside Jewellery designers Zoe & Morgan’s Primrose Hill Boutique

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. With graphic prints on the walls, flowers and...

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