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Diamond Keepsakes, for Now and Forever

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Diamonds are for everyone, always.

With this special one-off edit from our buyers, we’ll help you choose that something special for your special someone.

Whether you have a loved one’s birthday coming up, want to surprise a relative, or fancy a little ‘me present’, Alison and Charlotte have put together a selection of diamonds for every girl, with every style, to suit your budget.

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Simple and understated jewels, in simple shapes that let the tiny diamonds shine. Pieces from Zoe Chicco and EC One let the sparkle glisten in modern styles, set in yet more traditional yellow gold and millegrain settings.

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Striking classics, these timeless diamonds are the perfect present that suit every style, and can be treasured through many fashions to come. Buying for her, or for yourself, these white gold set jewels are a gift not to be missed.

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Diamond jewellery that’s designed with vintage in mind, these modern antiques subtly hint at diamond settings. These particular pieces are not only beautiful to be worn everyday, but one day can become wonderful heirlooms to pass down through generations.

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Diamonds in the rough, this selection has everything the alternative girl would want, from organic forms to unusual cuts and coloured diamonds. Upcoming fashion trends boast champagne diamonds, rose gold and rose cuts.

Zoe & Morgan “She is Like a Rainbow”

Explore Zoe & Morgan’s SS15 collections “She is like a Rainbow”

Zoe-&-Morgan-Jewellery-1Escape the ordinary with the Sibbald siblings jewellery brand Zoe & Morgan. This season sees the Sibbalds formed of Morgan, Zoe & Ruth reminisce about their childhood growing up in the Cotswolds.  Escape to enchanted forests where magical creatures dwell in the canopy.  Our buyers Alison Skeates and Charlotte Kimber were particular taken by the Noble Owl necklace. The signature intricate detailing of the owl is created by carving wax and then casting in metal. It is at the wax carving stage that Morgan carves the elaborate feathers which gives this necklace such character. The owl motif continues through our buyer’s selection, with the owl a symbol of an ancient animal of magic and grace often associated with wisdom.

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Our buyers also selected an edit from Zoe & Morgan’s classic collection “Hey Foxy”; with their iconic rope texture reworked in to new motifs. Rope is an important love token to Zoe & Morgan, with the rope texture worked in to lasso your love in a Heart Necklace. The notion of mementos and the commitment of ones love through jewellery is a powerful message, which Zoe & Morgan communicate. They see the rope motif as a way of uniting two people and binding them together.

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Zoe & Morgan are renowned for their eclectic collections influenced by childhood memories and incorporating a Rock ‘n’ Roll edge. The siblings’ father Douglas was a Silver and Goldsmith and excited the imagination of the Sibbald children, planting the seeds for the Zoe & Morgan brand. They desire to re-create the beauty and sentiment their father installed in to every piece he made. The jewellery brand launched in 2005 and has gone to strength to strength. Our buyers particularly liked some of the Men’s jewellery and have chosen a small selection of rings as part of their SS15 selection. Working with Ruth they have had them made specially in smaller sizes to fit women.We hope you like the new collection as much as we do!

Zoe-&-morgan-signet-ringsYou can shop the new collection online, or visit us at our Clerkenwell jewellery boutique.

 

Staff Picks: Choose Your Spring Investment Piece

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Now the sun is shining, buy an investment piece of jewellery that will see you right through the spring summer season. The EC One girls have picked from our collection their own investment items of jewellery and we’ve put together the perfect wardrobes to wear them with.

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“For each new season I always build a look around a good quality minimal basic such as this 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse.  It’s a blank canvas for showing off my latest investment piece: a stunning statement Faceted Lucite Cluster Necklace by Douglas Poon.  I like to keep the rest of my outfit simple, and would pair these bow detail slim leg trousers with strap sandals, finishing everything off with this minimal EC One Flat-Sided White Gold Ring.”

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Charlotte – Assistant Buyer

“I have my tickets booked for a Shaun Leane talk at the V&A, and I can’t wait to visit the Alexander McQueen exhibition in my Shaun Leane fierce Gold Large Hook Earrings, and Saint Laurent Black Pumps. My simple ensemble really lets the sculptural jewellery do the talking.  I’ll be carrying my Kate Spade bag with a Katie Rowland Parisian Dip Dye Gold & Rhodium Ring.”

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“I love seasonal changes and the excitement of putting together a new look.  I am a great fan of Alice Menter, and have amassed a good archive of her covetable collar Necklaces. I can’t wait to invest in another of her cuffs: a skinny silver ‘Ivy’, to wear stacked with my gold cuff.  The upcoming season’s floral trend is a great excuse to wear my favourite print and finish my look with Chanel Rouge as a complimentary colour. The EC One Medium Silver Star Necklace is a good timeless piece for layering with other fine pieces, over my block colour tops.”

Beyond The Sea with Alex Monroe

Set sail with Alex Monroe “Beyond The Sea”

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Our Buyers Alison and Charlotte visited Alex Monroe’s HQ to unearth their favourite pieces. “Beyond the Sea” is overflowing with pieces inspired by the sea, billowing ships and swooping swallows. We invite you to dive into Alex Monroe’s SS2015 collection to discover the treasures that lay in the depths below.

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Alison and Charlotte love visiting Alex Monroe’s showroom and meeting with his team to view the new collection and trawl through classic jewellery designs. They spend time trying on every single piece to build a careful edit for the EC One customer. EC One was one of Alex Monroe’s first stockists and are proud supporters of British jewellers. All of Alex Mornoe’s jewellery is handcrafted in his South London workshop, due to the handmade nature of the jewellery each piece is slightly unique; we think this adds to the charm.

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Our Buyers fell in love with the cheeky Diamond Stealing Crab Necklace, and have chosen some of Alex Monroe’s jewellery in Rose Gold plate for the first time this season. They also enjoyed the intricate engravings, detailing ships with billowing sails and sweet nothings to a darling left back on dry land. The swallow is symbolic to sailors as guides across the ocean. We adore the swallow jewellery, especially the Swooping Swallow Silver Earrings ;as they are worn the delicate swallow charms appear as if they are in flight.  Our buyers have also recognised the trend for signet rings and have picked Alex Monroe’s quirky Ship at Sea Ring. Engraved on the inside with the words “Not all that wonder are lost”. The “Beyond The Sea” collection is full of beautiful love tokens, with some of the concealed engraving reminiscent of secret love.

We hope that you love Alex Monroe’s latest collection as much as we do, you can shop the collection at our Clerkenwell boutique and online.

 

Win a Bespoke Piece of Handmade Jewellery by EC One with Stylist…

EC One has teamed up with Stylist magazine to offer you the chance to Win a Handmade piece of Bespoke Jewellery, just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Buying the perfect gift is never easy. At EC One we try to take the hard work out of buying jewellery, by selecting an edit of the best jewellery designers and their collections. This Mother’s Day our buyers have selected their favourite pieces to treat mum, whatever your budget

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We also have a skilled team of Goldsmiths who work within our EC One Boutique; based in Clerkenwell the heart of London’s Jewellery district. With over 55 years of jewellery making experience amongst our Goldsmiths they can make any dream jewellery design possible. As experienced jewellers they have handcrafted everything from unique engagement rings, one of a kind wedding bands to re-modelling antique pieces into modern heirlooms. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our cabinets our designers and Goldsmiths can make it for you. To find out more about the process of having a bespoke piece of jewellery made from our London workshop read our blog.

 

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Champions of traditional techniques and new technology EC One is at the forefront of the jewellery industry and is proud to be supporting the apprenticeship program. Find a Future, the organisation that brings you The Skills Show, has partnered with The Goldsmiths Centre, the leading charity for the professional training of Goldsmiths to bring someone the chance to win a unique necklace or ring. As part of the competition you will win the opportunity to design a Bespoke Necklace or Ring with our award winning apprentice Sharon Alvarez. Sharon was awarded a Bronze Medal at The World Skills UK competition final in 2014. Mentored by EC One’s Director Jos Skeates a Freeman and trained Goldsmith himself; Sharon is part of a new generation of Goldsmiths keeping craftsmanship and creativity alive. Once you are happy with the design Sharon will make your unique piece of jewellery. For you chance to win enter here.

 

London Fashion Week 2015 | EC One Buyer’s Guide

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As the SS15 orders start to arrive and hit our shop floor our buyers are already looking ahead to AW15 as they attend London Fashion Week. Our Assistant Buyer Charlotte Kimber shares with us a few of her favourite designers housed in the wings of Somerset House.
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“I have long be admiring design duo Shimmel & Madden’s sleek and modern jewels, so London Fashion Week was the perfect opportunity to try on their lustworthy rings”. Made up of Emma Simone Madden and Luke Shimmel, this creative pair are one of the latest additions to the illustrious Rock Vault collective. Schimmel spoke about their trips to Germany to source beautiful mirror cut stones to complement their architectural aesthetic. Shimmel-&-Madden-Rings---shaddow

Rich forest green Tourmalines complemented the warm gold and came alive with the sunlight streaming through the windows. “Every piece of jewellery is a work of art, with the rings as beautiful on as off the finger”.

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Another designer who champions minimalist designs is Charlotte Valkenries. Valkenriers’s work is a fusion between her Scandinavian heritage and British outlook, as she draws upon the culture of London our home away from home. Deconstructing shapes, the designs are described as masculine in form but feminine in detail, with Swarvoski crystals used to highlight angles and reinvented forms. Nominated for “New Designer” in the UK Jewellery Awards, we’re sure Valkenriers is soon to be the name on everyone’s lips.

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And as the clouds draw in over LFW our buyers are busy prepping for Paris Fashion Week this Friday, as they search for even more new talent. If we have excited your interest to invest in some new jewellery why not check out our New In section or visit us in store.

KATIE ROWLAND | New Designer Launch

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EC One Jewellers are delighted to be launching the hottest new designer to grace our cabinets; Katie Rowland.

Her beguiling colourful use of precious stones and dip-dye metal finishes add elegance to her fierce contemporary shapes.  After all her brand philosophy is ‘elegance with edge’, personified by her long list of celebrity admirers which includes Cara Delevingne and Natalie Dormer.

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Prior to launching her own luxury brand Katie Rowland designed Agent Provocateur’s jewellery line, the perfect playground to develop her signature style: empowering and sensuous fashion-forward pieces.

Katie is an alumni of Central St Martins, in just four years she has taken the jewellery world by storm winning, amongst others, the Coutts New Jeweller Award and ‘New Designer’ at the UK Jewellery Awards.

Prepare to adorn and armour yourself.

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10 Tips for the Perfect Engagement Ring

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Love As the owner of EC One, Jos has helped hundreds of couples take those first few steps towards marital bliss. Here he shares his top 10 tips for finding the perfect engagement ring.

1. Proposing with a ring is always much more romantic than being empty handed. You are much more likely to get a ‘yes’ when you turn up with a beautiful ring that you think she will like. Of course most women want to choose what they wear – long gone are the days when they had to settle for whatever they were given. So make sure the jewellers will exchange if it’s not quite right.

22. Research what you think she would like. Many partners make the mistake of buying what they like rather than thinking of what their partner would like. You were probably not drawn to her because she is just like you (let’s hope not!), so think about what sort of thing she would wear. Have a look in her jewellery box, and if you are really unsure, then take one of her friends along that you know you can trust.

3. Take a photo of her with you when you go shopping. At EC One we will often ask if the proposer has a photo of their partner. This can give us a better idea of what sort of person they are and what we think they might like. Practical things such as does she work with her hands and will she have to take the ring off when she is working may make a difference to your choice.
Niessing4. Don’t worry too much about the finger size. Most jewellers will stock an average size which can then be fitted once the ring has been given. If you can find a ring in her jewellery box that you know she wears then do take it to your jeweller. However, it is unlikely that she wears anything on her engagement ring finger, so bear in mind any other will be just a guess.

5. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Without a doubt, nothing says marry me more than a diamond. It is steeped in history as the most romantic stone and won’t be confused with a dress or cocktail ring when being given. Unless you know for certain she’s not a fan, diamonds are the biggest signal that you are serious. Diamonds are graded using the four Cs and a stone should be chosen in this order; cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. Make sure you have a basic knowledge and above all trust the person who is selling you the stone. The Gemmological Institute of America has more information.

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6. Quality over size. Wherever possible always choose quality over size. A large diamond showing yellow colour and black carbon deposits doesn’t compare to a smaller, whiter more brilliant stone. In the same way a thin weedy looking ring won’t stand up to being worn day in day out.

7. Don’t buy a diamond ring without holding it in your hand. Two diamonds can look identical on the certificate, but small differences in proportion can affect the look of the stone. The size of the table (the flat top of the diamond), for example, can affect how it catches the light. A large table reflects more white light, a small table reflects the fire of the diamond. It’s really down to personal preference, and it’s something you need to see up close. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, would you?

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8. How much should it cost? This is often referred to as the fifth C. Most estimates vary from one to three months’ salary. My advice is always to set yourself a budget and don’t go too far away from that. There are ways to make the most of your budget; you will be able to have a bigger stone if you go for white gold over platinum, for example, or several smaller diamonds over a large single stone. In defence of the jeweller, they are selling you something that (if it is well made) is expected to be worn every day for the rest of her life. Pretty good value really.

9. Buy from people you like and have a longstanding solid reputation. I am constantly amazed by the number of people who proudly show their bargain ring bought with cash in the back room of some dodgy office. Whoever you buy from, are they reputable, is the stone conflict free, and will they still be around when you come to buy a matching wedding band? All of her friends will ask your fiancé where the ring is from…
Sherry 10. Finally – the proposal. Here at EC One we hear lots of amazing stories of different proposals. They range from The London Eye to scuba diving. Whatever you decide, asking for a woman’s hand in marriage is one of the most important things that you can do. Therefore, a good deal of consideration should be put into the timing and setting of this event. This is a memorable moment, which will be told and retold over the years to your friends, family, children, and grandchildren. Make it a story worth telling.

EC One Win ‘Inspiring Independents 2014′

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The Inspiring Independents initiative recognises truly outstanding independent jewellery retailers, with the winners chosen by other members of the industry. Hosted by Retail Jeweller Magazine, this is a collection of the 50 most inspiring independent jewellers, as chosen by their fellow retailers. A shop might be considered outstanding because of beautiful store design, clever marketing, brilliant product choice, or impeccable customer service – having previously come joint first in 2011, EC One has once again demonstrated it has all these qualities by being awarding the top place in 2014!

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To read more about the award, and see pictures of the event, click here…

New Look for EC One

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If you’ve walked down Exmouth Market in the past week you may have noticed something different among the independent boutiques and mouth-watering smells which waft from its array of international food stalls.

Over the last few months EC One has secretly been re-branding our entire business, from shop front, to packaging, to website.

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It’s a different look for EC One as a company, moving from the feminine feel of the previous logo with its sweeping mauve colours and soft rounded shapes, to something with a greater sense of heritage, both more androgynous but also more fun!

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This image overhaul is actually not that radical.

EC One is based in Clerkenwell, an area of London that from Victorian times until the present day has been its Jewellery Quarter.

The history of Exmouth Market has helped to distil the essence of what EC One stands for as a business, most importantly its core values of heritage and quality, demonstrated in the skill and traditional expertise of our onsite workshop.

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Playing with ideas around the traditional signage of Clerkenwell, Jos and Alison created branding with a Dickensian feel. A playful use of colour and mischevious subtext keeps it modern and fresh.

The shop sign was made by ‘The Brilliant Signs Company’. Jos loved that, unlike some, they still use processes little changed from Victorian and Edwardian times, just like the Goldsmiths at EC One!

Pop down and see us soon!