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UNSIGNED: EC One’s Annual Graduate Design Awards

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EC One’s Annual Design Award gives one lucky winner the chance to have their work sold at EC One In store and On-line.

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HOW TO ENTER:
To enter you must have graduated from a design course in the past 2 years and be looking to pursue a career as an independent jewellery designer/maker. This is your chance to win dedicated shelf space for your jewellery designs with award winning jewellers EC One.

We really see this as an opportunity to work with talented new designers who could benefit from the advice and promotion EC One can offer.

The prize will include: Wholesale costs when pieces sell, promotion in store and on-line, manufacturing advice from our Goldsmiths, and business and sales advice from owners Jos and Alison.

To enter simply post an image that best represents your work with up to 100 word statement on the EC One Facebook page (Facebook.com/econejewellery). The team at EC One will pick their ‘Top 10′ favourites to go through to the first round and post these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The 3 images with the most votes from your friends, family and our fan base will go through to the next round – with one ‘wildcard’ chosen by EC One. The final 4 will be asked to come and show their work to a small panel of industry experts and the winner announced at our ‘Unsigned’ party held in store.

Deadline for entries 30th September 2014

WANT TO ENTER? Click here to be redirected to EC One’s Facebook Page!

Good luck!

Clarice-&-Myia

EC One Summer Staff Picks

EC One Staff Summer PicksThe EC One team have picked their favourite pieces from the collection and styled them with their ultimate SUMMER WARDROBE STAPLES.
Charlie's Staff Picks
Charlie – Assistant Buyer
For me Summer is all about spending my afternoons lounging and picnicking in the park in a playsuit! Fun accessories evolve my outfit from picnic blanket to bar!
I love combining the rustic finish of Joanna Cave’s jewellery with layered bracelets, while a bold pair of earrings and tousled Summer hair is my perfect day to night look!

 

Ali's Summer Staff Picks

Ali – Head Buyer

The Sun is out and I’m putting a spring in my step with the soft hues of rainbow Tourmaline. I am head-over-heels for Mira’s rose cut Tourmaline rings, each one is unique and encapsulates an exotic heirloom quality. I team these with layers of pendants to create my own story through my outfit as I head out for a long breakfast with the girls!
Myf's Summer Staff PicksMyf – Assistant Shop Manager

 

I like to capture a bohemian vibe when it comes to my summer jewellery. Fiona Paxton’s statement Grace collar is the perfect piece to add a touch of Tribal Queen to your outfit, I team it with sumptuous juicy stones from Pomegranate as I sip cocktails at a speakeasy.

10% Discount: Wedding Bands at EC One

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10% Discount on Wedding Rings at EC One until 19/07/2014

‘Love is in the Air’ this Summer at EC One!

To see just how much, order any pair of wedding bands in store from EC One before 19/07/2014 and you’ll receive a 10% discount!

Click here to view the full range…

OPEN CALL: Sunday 18th May – What happened!

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What a brilliant day!

I think I talked solidly from 10.00 until 5.30 with only a 15 minute break, as we saw designer after designer after designer.

The day was a great mix of established designers showing fully formed collections, part-time makers finessing their work and students seeking advice on how to develop their pieces into commercial collections.  Charlotte and I talked ranges, price points, customer types and wearability whilst Head Goldsmith Jude cracked maker’s technical problems and talked all things production.

The breadth of styles was huge but it would be rude not to mention a few of my particular favourites: a beautiful silver keepsake necklace which will in time spawn a small but perfectly formed collection, a fabulous Swarovski necklace, a one of a kind rough ruby ring, a show stopping collar, the most exquisitely set fine eternity rings and I could go on and on.

At the end of the day we were tired and hoarse from so much talking, but I was buzzing from having spent the day with so many enthusiastic, and quite frankly lovely people, whose passion for their work was infectious.

I am truly excited to see where some of the work will go over the next year and also that we have found some new talent which will be hitting our shelves in September!

So, thank you to everyone who came, sorry to those we couldn’t squeeze in – I genuinely can’t wait to see who comes next year!

Alison

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An Open Call – What’s it all about?

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This month I’m running our second ‘Open Call’ at EC One.  So, what exactly is it and why do we give up a precious Sunday to hold it? In essence, it’s ‘buying appointment’ meets ‘speed dating’!  With each appointment being only 15 minutes it could be really meaningful, but you’ve got to make it count on the day!

Like any store, EC One is always looking for new collections and designers that are unique.  As Head Buyer it’s a lot about work that I fall in love with and hope our customers will too. In a bid to find new work I go to trade fairs, graduate shows, sift through zillions of invitations and look-books, scour the internet …… (you get the general idea).  ‘Open Call’ is a way I hope to meet designers who are maybe not yet established enough to be making full time, but instead spend their evenings and weekends making and selling.  It’s also a chance for them to get feedback and advice but could lead to the opportunity of stocking with us.  That might not sound like a very remarkable opportunity, but because I get dozens of requests from designer’s week in and week out, I can only realistically see a few. So, ‘Open Call’ means that – as long as you are quick enough to get a slot – you get a guaranteed 15 minutes of our attention and experience.

Some designers use this as a traditional buying appointment to show their completed collection, while many others take the chance to get input into how they should progress and advice about what they need to have ready to approach stockists. Because at our last ‘Open Call’ so many designers were also after help with  production questions, this year we also have EC One’s Goldsmiths Jos and Jude (with their total of 57 years’ experience!) on hand to help too.

The applicants who come to the ‘Open Call’ are a gloriously varied group and there are some good (and not so good) themes that emerge from it. It is a reminder that trying to get your business off the ground is tough. However it is inspiring to see designers who have real passion and are tenaciously plugging away in a bid to make jewellery their full-time job.  A frustrating trend however which I also see at shows and exhibitions, is how many designers talk about their brand, their packaging, their PR and so on without actually having enough pieces to warrant all this extraneous fluff. Sometimes it feels that the idea of being a designer is very alluring and that it’s easier and more exciting to design the packaging and write a press release rather than to design a collection –and so that is what they do instead! With this in mind my plea to any jewellery designer; whether coming to our Open Call or not, is to focus on the jewellery. Because let’s face it, if it’s gorgeous and beautifully made, customers will buy it and wear it regardless of what colour your logo is!

Hopefully we’ll unearth some hidden gems on Sunday – I’ll keep you posted!

Alison x

 

 

Fresh Jewellery Talent? Click here!

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Back by popular demand, EC One is hosting the 2014 edition of our ‘Open Call’ on May 18th!

We are inviting independent Jewellery Designers to pitch your collections to our lovely buyers, Ali and Charlie, with the chance of being selected to stock at EC One.

Gain advice on design and manufacture from founder, Jos, and Jude, our head goldsmith, as well as tips on how to move forward and how is best to approach potential stockists. Maia, our shop manager, will be on hand to discuss sales and merchandising, and give her recommendations for working with retailers.

If interested, please apply in advance of May 18 to get your time slot and find out what you need to bring on the day.

Email your details to opencall@econe.co.uk with a selection of images of your work or a website link.

Good luck!

Hands up for a Free Spring Clean at EC One!

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The sun is shining! The birds are singing! SPRING IS HERE! So, what better time to put the sparkle back into your EC One jewellery than with a complementary clean & polish from our lovely workshop.
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To take us up on this offer, just drop your EC One bought jewellery into our Clerkenwell boutique by the 30th of April.*

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*This offer is only for jewellery bought at EC One.
We will happily clean and polish your other pieces of jewellery, but this will be charged at our normal rate

Easter Comes Early

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Easter has come early for an American metal dealer who bought a gold ornament for scrap, only to find out it was one of the lost Carl Faberge eggs from the Tsar’s personal collection!

According to Kieran McCarthy of Wartski, the London antiques dealers, the egg was purchased at a Midwestern flea market for about $14,000. The buyer only began to suspect its value after seeing an article about the rare imperial Faberge Easter eggs made for Russian royalty. He contacted McCarthy, who verified the egg as genuine and negotiated its sale to a collector… reportedly for around $33million.

“It was like the Holy Grail walking through the front of our gallery,” he said. “I was absolutely shivering with excitement. We always reserve opinions until we handle it,” McCarthy adds, “but he was so unlikely a character we figured it had to be true.”

Eventually, McCarthy travelled to the man’s home, where he saw the egg sitting in his kitchen, next to a cupcake. When he told the man what he had, he dropped to the floor.

“He was conscious, but he dropped,” McCarthy said.

Only 50 of the Imperial eggs were made for the Royal Family, and eight remained missing before the latest find. Five of them are believed to have been destroyed. The other three escaped Russia, this was among those three. The egg, which contains a Vacheron Constantin watch, sits on a jewelled gold stand and was given by Alexander III to his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna over Easter 1887.

The item’s buyer is letting the item be displayed at Wartski from April 14 to 17. This is the first time it’s been shown in public in 112 years.
Happy egg hunting everyone…….

Mother’s Day: Jos’s Cheat Sheet

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The scoop on Mothering Sunday from EC One’s Inside Man!

If – like me – you are still lucky enough to have yours around, then let’s take a moment to thank them for all they have done for us.

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It sounds obvious, but only mums get gifts on Mother’s Day!

Sometimes us blokes forget the significance of a Mum’s first ‘Mother’s Day’, and need to be reminded. No, your little Prince Philip or Princess Poppy aren’t old enough to spend their pocket money on that meaningful present, but their new dad can!

2-Your-MumMothering Sunday was traditionally the day when domestic servants were permitted to visit church, usually accompanied by their own mother. We’ve moved on a bit since then, but mums still like to be remembered at least once a year!

3-Hard-Working-MumBeing a ‘mommy’ takes patience, humour and a lot of energy, whether you’re full-time, or navigating between being a ‘mummy’ at home and being taken seriously at work.

4-Yummy-MummyAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary: ‘An attractive and stylish young mother’!

Finally, I know from personal experience, a Mother’s Day gift – whoever it is from – is a great way to celebrate the mums in our lives.

Besides, from a purely selfish point of view… Fathers Day is just round the corner!
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The British Invasion: EC One at Paris Fashion Week 2014!

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Paris-montageOn Thursday, we arrived to a very grey and miserable Paris, but a little rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we hit the trail in search of gorgeous jewels and fabulous macaroons. All in the name of research(!) we visited the big guns at Printemps, Le Bon Marche and Colette, along with chic independent boutiques to get a taste of what Parisians are into.

With our growing love of very fine gold chains and the most discreet of gems or charms, French fine jewellery is increasingly exerting its influence on London.
You can already capture this aesthetic with jewels from Lindsay Pearson, AS29 and from our own Garden collection at EC One.

On Friday we headed to the first of many trade shows. Here we saw Fiona Paxton, whose signature statement pieces never fail to impress with their quality and ingenuity. This season Fiona’s designs revisit chains and draping, while other styles make a nod to the tribal trend. We loved the dark graduating chains, which will make for some great textural statement jewels this AW14.
Joanna Cave, another favourite, spent her summer on the Greek isles and has been influenced by their rustic romantic charm. Her pretty hand-pierced designs are intricate & lace-like, with interwoven heart and star motifs. There were plenty of pieces to covet – and thankfully not long to wait until they hit our shelves!
Alex Monroe has been raiding the haberdashery department for inspiration for his latest collection. Tiny scissors will be arriving in the coming weeks, alongside his signature birds, so look out for the introduction of SS14 Floral Fayre online and on our shelves.

Saturday was all about The Box! Loads caught our eye here! We also saw old friends such as Melissa McArthur, whose dainty diamond pieces combine sleek lines with sparkling brown diamonds (we think these will be sure to make your wishlist this AW14). We also marvelled at some stingray bangles, which looked amazing stacked up in different shades and sizes. The real question was which colours to choose!

On our final day we awoke to glorious sunshine shining through the curtains of our hotel near Sacre Coeur. We headed over to ‘Tranoii’ – held at the Louvre – to view their mix of fine and luxe-fashion jewellery. We fell in love with some gorgeous pieces, which combined rosy chains, muted ribbons and Swarovski, hitting the perfect note of bold but easy-to-wear. Don’t worry! The wait won’t be long… we’ll keep you posted!

Fuelled by yet more pastry, we headed to the Eurostar and back to London. Needless to say, we can’t wait to get all these fabulous jewels and new designers in next season.