New year, new exciting jewellery design talent here at The Cut London.
At The Cut London HQ this week we've been asking ourselves some big questions about the jewellery we wear. Why do we like what we like? How does it make us feel?
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 soitaire diamond, to a colourful ruby ring, the options and trends when it comes to buying an engagement ring can feel overwhelming. Buying jewellery is about intuition;
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.
One of the main reasons I started The Cut was due to something I kept hearing from girls looking for an engagement ring, time and time again: 'I don't want anything too blingy'...literally every other email I received said the same thing.
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...
We’ve put together our absolute favourite, time-saving, heart-skipping, failsafe, fool-proof jewellery edit for online jewellery shopping. Whether you’ve got a budget of under £500 or over £5000, but no time to roam around London looking for the perfect piece, then you’re welcome. These online boutiques will save the day.
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.
The three-stone or multi-stone engagement ring is likely to soar in popularity after Prince Harry created a bespoke engagement ring for Meghan Markle. And for good reason:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a bit of thoughtfulness, guidance and skill, you can find a beautiful engagement ring under £1000, as long as you know where to look. Here are 4 ways to reduce your costs when buying an engagement ring, followed by some beautiful examples of engagement rings under £1000.
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.