…Hot off the EC One workbench!
This week we had the pleasure of creating this beautiful bespoke engagement ring. Taking inspiration from our classic Emma ring, we began by sourcing a spectacular royal blue cushion cut sapphire. This stunning natural stone has exceptional colour and weighs 4.62 carats. The platinum band is pave set with brilliant cut diamonds allowing the natural beauty of the sapphire to take centre stage.
To find out more about Bespoke Design at EC One follow this link. If you’re thinking of commissioning a piece with us, please email email@example.com or call our Exmouth Market boutique on 0207 713 6185 to find out how we could help….
Not quite made it to the shops in time?
Don’t worry, there’s still time to order beautiful Christmas gifts and have them delivered in time. We’ll even do the wrapping for you so that’s one less thing to worry about, leaving you to get on with enjoying Christmas.
Order by 2pm on Friday 20th December and make sure you specify Next Day Special Delivery as your delivery option for guaranteed Christmas delivery.
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Christmas is a very exciting time at EC One
We love to see faces old and new coming to the shop to treat their loved ones to something really special. With the night’s drawing in we began to think of ways we could make the shop feel alive with the spirit of Christmas. With the hustle and bustle of Exmouth Market outside, we really wanted to take our customers out of the urban jungle and into a magical space where they can find treats which will be treasured or years to come…
And so we came across artist Stacey Williamson. Inspired by nature, wildlife, and ‘far-off mystical lands’, Stacey creates exquisite works of art for her start-up business, Two For Joy. Using the medium of paper, Stacey creates beautiful framed cut-outs, as well as limited-edition screen prints, t-shirts, and bags. She lives and works in her studio in Shoreditch. We thought Stacey’s love of nature married so well with some of our top British designers such as Alex Monroe, Amanda Coleman and Jana Reinhardt.
We contacted Stacey with our idea to turn our window into a winter wonderland complete with woodland trees, animals and of course an EC One twist. Stacey came back to us with some drawings straight away and we felt she would be a perfect both for EC One and Exmouth Market.
After some experimenting Stacey has come up with a fantastic plan for our windows. Installation will take place on Sunday 3rd November. The shop will be shut but don’t worry we’re going to be filming while the magic happens along with some exclusive behind the scenes interviews with Stacey.
Here’s a sneaky peek of Stacey testing out the pens!
The Cheapside Hoard
The Cheapside Hoard was discovered in 1912, by workmen excavating a cellar near Cheapside in the city of London. They found a buried wooden box containing more than 400 pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery, including rings, brooches and chains, with bright coloured gemstones and enamelled settings, together with toadstones, cameos, scent bottles, fan holders, crystal tankards and a salt cellar. This extraordinary and priceless treasure of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones will be displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century this October at the Museum of London.
Reliquary diptych locket depicting head of Christ and the Virgin Mary © Museum of London
Through new research and state-of-the-art technology, the exhibition will showcase the wealth of insights the Hoard offers on Elizabethan and Jacobean London – as a centre of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption, at the crossroads of the Old and New Worlds. It will also explore the mysteries that remain, lost among the cataclysmic events of the mid-17th century: who owned the Hoard, when and why was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
Gold, enamel, diamond and opal-set scent bottle © Museum of London
Gold bow pendant set with rose-cut and step-cut foil-backed rubies and table-cut diamonds. © Museum of London
The gemstones demonstrate the international trade of luxury goods in the period, with emerald from Colombia, topaz and amazonite from Brazil, spinel, iolite, and chrysoberyl from Sri Lanka, ruby from India, Afghan lapis lazuli, Persian turquoise, peridot from the Red Sea, as well as Bohemian and Hungarian opal, garnet, and amethyst, and pearls from Bahrain.
Selection of Cheapside Hoard rings: 16-17th century © Museum of London
Large stones were frequently set in box-bezels on enamelled rings.Most of the gemstones are cabochon cut, but there are a few with more modern faceted cuts, including rose cut and star cut.
Colombian emerald watch © Museum of London
A particularly large Columbian emerald, originally the size of an apple, had been hollowed out to accommodate a Swiss watch movement dated to around 1600. There are also a Byzantine gemstone cameo, a cameo of Queen Elizabeth I, an emerald parrot, and some fake gemstones made of carved and dyed quartz. A small red intaglio stone seal bears the arms of William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford, dating the burial of the hoard between his ennoblement in November 1640 and the Great Fire of London in September 1666.
Emerald, diamond and enamel Salamander brooch © Museum of London
Jewellery lovers should get down to the Museum of London now to see this amazing exhibition. Late exhibition openings (until 9pm): 10 January, 14 March, 11 April 2014 – Book tickets here
In our autumnal edition of the EC One Staff Picks, the team have picked their favourite pieces from the collection and styled them with their ultimate autumnal wardrobe staples.
Rosy – Press & Marketing Manager
“I love adding a touch of glitz to my off duty look by layering fine gold chains. These diamond studded and pave necklaces from MIira & Dima Rashid are perfect for adding some extra sparkle. I love the Moroccan influences in these Helene Turbe earrings and Fiona Paxton cuff. We make these fine gold bands in the EC One workshop, they come in rose, white or yellow gold, I like to stack all three.”
Liz – Web Manager
“Gothic, grungy glamour is my go-to look this season.This black and silver necklace from I Know The Queen is all I need over a plain black maxi. These black rhodium earrings from William Cheshire and Meteor rings from Ros Millar complete the look.”
Myfanwy – Assistant Shop Manager
“I wear my Alice Menter Wing Nut chain all the time, now the weather’ turned colder I can throw it over a chunky knit and still feel glam. These Rock Studs from Ros Millar are fast becoming my wardrobe staple. I love this bold ring from Sushilla, it’s a perfect ‘day-to-night’ accessory.”
Charlotte – Assistant Buyer
“I enjoy layering silver pendants at the moment for that bohemian trinket vibe mixing textures and finishes. Adding a touch of glamour with some 0.20ct diamond studs which are lovingly made in our workshop, I’m a firm believer that every girl deserves diamonds.”
The drop in temperature is making us feel a flurry of excitement to dig out our winter staples and revive one of our favourite key trends. Punk is all over the catwalk with the likes of Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood coming into their own. Punk doesn’t have to mean scruff and safetypins, think matt black leather with stud detailing, chunky chains, buckles and fierce spike heels.
Here’s how we style punk to be polished and perfect for the season ahead.
FRIDAY NIGHT DATE
The change in season means it’s ok to go bold with a bright red dress especially one made extra punky with these black rivet details. Keep warm with a feminine cropped biker and stand tall in flirty peep-toes. Accessorise with these fierce spiked EARRINGS from Myia Bonner and keep it punky with this black rhodium crucifix BRACELET from Rachel Entwistle. This haematite and crystal geometric RING from Jayce Wong adds just the right amount of bling.
OUT FOR LUNCH
Pack some serious punch for lunch out with the girls with this fierce monocrome palate.
Soften up edgy biker styling with soft shearling and accentuate chunky zips and buckles with this statement silver chain NECKLACE from Hiroshi Kurokawa. This bold CUFF from Alice Menter proves that nuts and bolts can be beautiful as well as tough.
Leave your dress at home next time you go for cocktails and get your tartan on to channel this punky autumnal look. Keep your silhouette slim with skinny fit trousers and this leather paneled peplum top. These geometric stud EARRINGS from Jayce Wong are tough yet elegant.
A Gold and black rhodium chain NECKLACE & BRACELET from Hiroshi Kurokawa adds another dimention to bring your look bang up to date.
SHOPPING ON PORTOBELLO
Get back to punk’s roots and go mooching down Portobello or Kings Road in this awesome off-duty outfit. Ripped jeans and a relaxed T gets and extra dose of punk with these heavy buckled shoes and tartan biker. Accessorise with this beautiful long black rhodium NECKLACE from William Cheshire. Throw on a chunky silver BRACELET from Pebble and these stacking RINGS from Ros Millar to complete the look.
We headed down to Somerset House this week to check out the hottest designers at London Fashion Week SS14. Here’s a sneaky peek of some of the fab new jewellery to be hitting our shelves next season.
Wow! Quite a selection, we can’t wait to accessorise our Summer wardrobes with these little beauties next year. We loved the House Of Holland show for great inspiration on how to wear those ice cream shades with style…
London Fashion Week is here and excitement is in the air as we look forward to next season with anticipation… We take a look at the bold & beautiful designers who will be rocking our jewellery box.
Nicholas King’s fashion led and innovative jewellery collection represents his love of bold shapes, colour and unusual mixes of materials.
From left; Morrocan Gold Glitter Bangle £98
Animal Glitter Bangle £98
Harlequin Glitter Bangle £98
Loved by the fashion pack and perfect for adding instant glamour, Fiona Paxton’s intricately beaded designs are top of many wishlists!
From Left; Gold ‘Grace’ Collar £330
Gold ‘Charity’ Beaded Bracelet £210
Leather & Rose Gold Collar £225
In an industry where the word unique is often used, Katherine Alexander’s jewellery really is just that! The vintage jewellery, which Katherine sources globally, set firmly into each glossy Perspex cuff, means that no item is ever the same.
From Left; Dark Flower Cuff £375
Neon Pink & Crystal Cuff £375
‘Buzzy’ Bee Cuff £420
Look out for our next blog behind the scenes at LFW, sneak a peek at the SS14 collections!
We get up close and personal with Caroline Parker,
designer behind cult jewellery brand I Know The Queen…
Tell us a bit about your job and what you love about it.
I love creating and designing new things and really enjoy putting together a collection from the initial ideas right through to the final photo-shoot. But seeing somebody wearing an IKTQ piece is the most rewarding thing of all.
Who would you love to see wearing your pieces?
Her Majesty of course. But also Kate Middleton, she possesses a true beauty and elegance and grace rarely seen these days.
Which pieces do you find yourself wearing all the time?
I try to wear different pieces but often find myself putting on the Umbra or Celest necklace. I am quite a casual dresser so love teaming these sparklers with skinny jeans and a t-shirt.
What reactions do people have to your jewellery?
All girls are magpies and love how sparkly they are but also that they are very versatile. It’s peoples positive reactions that keeps me doing what I do.
What kind of woman wears I Know The Queen?
I try to design a collection so there is something for everyone. I think ultimately the pieces are quite classic but with an edge, so I’d say IKTQ is for anyone who likes to have fun with their jewellery. It really doesn’t matter what age you are or what individual style you have, you can really make an impression with statement jewellery and put your own stamp on it.
What or who inspires you?
My friends and family inspire me every day in so many ways but I love looking to strong women for style inspiration. People who don’t shy away from who they are.
If you could design jewellery in any decade which would you choose?
I love and admire the impeccable craftsmanship of vintage jewellery but I also love the frivolous fun of costume jewellery. If I could design in any decade I would have to say the present day. We are so spoiled for choice of materials, you can make a piece of jewellery from almost anything, we are far less restricted than jewellery makers of old.
What was the last exhibition / film / concert / play you went to etc….
I am a huge Tim Walker fan and loved going to see his work at Somerset House recently.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
I haven’t had time for a holiday this year so I’d be quite happy to be anywhere hot with a beach.
If you could have one wish granted…
Health and happiness for everyone. And a Mulberry handbag!
What do you do when you’re not making / designing?
I try to keep up with the social media for IKTQ and the latest trends, it’s hard to switch off from work but I find cooking, listening to music and also a little trash TV sometimes helps.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
80′s music and Pina Coladas!
Other than jewellery do you have any hidden talents?
I also work as a fashion photographer. It’s great because I can shoot my own images for IKTQ and have total control of the overall look of the brand.
What’s your biggest fashion regret?
The whole of the 90′s!
Your engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you’re ever going to make, with all the excitement of planning a wedding, insuring your ring is one thing that can easily get forgotten. While no amount of financial compensation can make up for the loss of a sentimental piece of jewellery it’s really important not to lose out financially should your ring get lost or stolen.
Here at EC One, with every bespoke order we provide an insurance valuation free of charge to make the insurance process even easier for our customers. Giving extra piece of mind considering over a quarter of women have lost or had a ring stolen and seven out of ten men fail to get engagement rings insured before proposing (research carried out by Sheila’s Wheels)
For some it is a scary thought to wear the most valuable possession they own, bar perhaps a house or car, every day. But jewellery is there to be worn so you must make sure your ring is protected with the correct insurance. Some insurers will cover your ring as a named item under home contents but you may need to take out a separate policy. You should have your ring re-valued every 3-5 years to ensure the policy is still providing enough cover.
Even if you’re jewellery is not from EC One, we are more than happy to carry out valuations for you Valuations are charged at £75 for a single item and £55 per item if you have more than one item.
Contact Exmouth@econe.co.uk should you have any questions about engagement ring insurance or having a bespoke piece made.