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Win £150 Voucher – Find the Cocktail!

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Search through our website to find the Mojito!

Once you’ve found it, email competition@econe.co.uk with whichever product it’s hiding on, your name, and contact details.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 1st September, winning a £150 voucher to spend online at econe.co.uk

DISCLAIMER: This voucher must be redeemed in full, there is no cash alternative and items purchased with it cannot be refunded. The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, it cannot be used in store. This voucher will be valid until 30th September 2015

 

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Unsigned Award 2015 Top Ten Finalists

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We’re delighted to announce this year’s Unsigned Award Top Ten Finalists!

Hyeri Kim Unsigned Award 2015

Hye Ri Kim

Roxanne Gilbert Unsigned Award 2015

Roxanne Gilbert

Megan Collins Unsigned Award 2015

Megan Collins

Yuanjing Dong Unsigned Award 2015

Yuanjing Dong

Hoonik Chang Unsigned Award 2015

Hoonik Chang

Mei-Ling de Buitlear Unsigned Award 2015

Mei-Ling de Buitlear

Elizabeth Crawford Unsigned Award 2015

Elizabeth Crawford

Maliha Khan Unsigned Award 2015

Maliha Khan

Helena Vieira Unsigned Award 2015

Helena Vieira

Joanne Yeldham Unsigned Award 2015Joanne Yeldham

To vote for your favourite jewellery graduate, please click the designer’s photo which will take you through to facebook – here you must click ‘Like’ to have your vote considered!

Unsigned Winner: Clarice Price Thomas

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Unsigned Winner Clarice Price Thomas won in 2011, and spoke to us about her experience with EC One and what she’s been up to since then.

What inspired you to apply for your Unsigned award?

For a long while I knew that I wanted to set up my own business as a jewellery designer and maker however I had no clue how to go about doing it whatsoever! When I heard about Unsigned I thought it sounded like the most perfect way to get guidance and support in setting myself up.

How has your jewellery and style developed since winning the award?

It’s developed a lot I think, especially with my next silver collection which will be out for AW16. Unsigned was great for me in terms of creativity and developing my style as it allowed me to have help with all the admin and business side of things so I quickly learnt how to do those things and get them out of the way. That then freed up my time to spend on designing

Has winning the Unsigned award helped you to get to where you are now?

A million and one ways! Aside from helping me with all the business side of things including pricing, selecting the top pieces for a collection, marketing etc, it gave me a huge amount of confidence and paved the way for me to set out on my own. I really look back at winning Unsigned as the true birth of my business.

Do you have any exciting plans lined up for this year?

Lots of exciting plans! I’m working on my debut fine collection at the moment as well as my AW16 collection. On top of that, I’m busy with bespoke customer orders as well as looking forward to doing my CAD course in October!

Any advice for designers just starting out in the industry?

Gain as much experience as you can! My highlights before setting up my own business were working for other jewellers and learning along the way. I was lucky enough to work for Jessica de Lotz which not only was so much fun but I learnt so much from her. I also think it’s important to learn as much while you can. I’ve recently been investing a lot in my own learning; embarking on a CAD/CAM and a Diamond Grading course. Learning a new skills can push you forward and help you move into new areas.

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Unsigned Winner: Flora Bhattachary

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Flora Bhattachary won the Unsigned Award last year, and in light of this year’s call for applications, we spoke to her about her jewellery, winning the Unsigned Award, and her time spent with EC One.

What inspired you to apply for your Unsigned award?

It was clear that previous applicants had gone on to do great things and I had always loved the aesthetic of EC One as a store.  It was also a chance to get my work noticed and get some input from a retailer who understood the fashion jewellery market– so I didn’t have to think very hard about applying.

How has your jewellery and style developed since winning the award?

 EC One have been working with me to scale things down in size and develop really wearable designs that can be produced more efficiently.  I’m keen to maintain the bold aesthetic of my graduate work – because I think that my clients want to make a statement with their jewellery – but EC One’s input means that my next collection is likely to be more commercial.

How have you found the mentoring and chance to stock your work at EC One?

Jos and Alison have been super helpful.  They have so much experience behind them and ultimately, they know what sells.  You can design amazing looking work but unless it sells you haven’t got a business – so having their advice is invaluable.

Have you gone on to win any more awards since the year you won Unsigned?

I’ve had an amazing year in 2015.  I won two silver Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards for fashion and silver precious metal jewellery and I’ve just won the New Designers’ One Year On Award.

Aside from winning the award, what other moments stand out from your time working with EC One?

The EC One team are really friendly – everyone is so enthusiastic and encouraging. When I won the New Designer’s One Year On Award I had an EC One posse visiting my stand at the Business Design Centre to congratulate me!  It’s great to have that kind of support behind you.

 

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Discovering the Story of Niessing

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In the very early hours of Monday morning, EC One girls, Myfanwy, Charlotte and Lauren, all met at Paddington station to get the Heathrow express. Four very sleepy hours later we arrived in a rainy but beautiful and lush Vreden, ready to be thrown into the world and home of Niessing.

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Niessing’s factory is built in the centre of the town, being one of the oldest established companies in Vreden, surrounded by greenery and beautiful buildings. The factory is a wonderful, great 1960s building covering three floors which home everything from their offices to the workshops.

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Despite only a few hours sleep, we enjoyed every moment. To begin our first day we were shown through the melting and recycling of metals, on to how they make their seamless wedding rings, fashion and set their world famous tension rings, and on the second day we talked through the design process for their true Niessing style jewellery.

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At the end of our second day we were in for a treat – Niessing check every single diamond that comes into their company, to ensure that it can be set in the tension rings it needs to be of a certain quality so to not break and crush under the extreme pressure; clarity is of utmost importance. We were given a demonstration of this, viewing diamonds and certificates and the setting process.

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However, it can be surely said that the true highlight was viewing the Heart &Arrow Cut Diamond – a round diamond that has a beautiful arrow head pattern when viewed from above, and heart shapes etched in the facets when viewed from below.

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We’ve just had a brand new selection of rings come in from Niessing and can’t wait to show them all to you. Also, look out in the next few weeks for more information about how Niessing make their wedding rings, and how they set diamonds so they look like they’re floating!

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Carat & Cakes Tea Party

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On Saturday we held a refreshing summer event to spread some EC One love. It was a beautiful afternoon filled with high tea, personally engraved silver lockets, lots of punch, and goodie bags.

Customers, family and friends were all invited to come to our Exmouth Market store for the afternoon, and on arrival each lady was given a slip to write on it what they’d like to be engraved on a silver locket, gifted to them by EC One. A trend seemed to quickly appear with funny nicknames and married names, but there was also more thoughtful imagery depicting whole families, initials and logos.

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We had lovely weather and everyone was feeling the heat by the end of the afternoon – what better time to give away a little goodie bag which enclosed a bottle of gin from the East London Liquor Company, Fever-Tree tonic and a glittery diamond shaped drink stirrer!

It was a lovely afternoon and we’d like to thank everyone who came, especially to our VIP ticket winner! We’ll be hosting a few events between now and Christmas so sign up to our newsletter here to be the first to know about them and to be in with the chance to win your own VIP tickets.

Win 2 VIP Tickets!

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This Saturday 11th of July we’re hosting an exclusive private event for friends and clients. Enjoy an afternoon of high tea, punch and goodie bags!

 

For your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the event which will be held 3-6pm at our Exmouth Market store all you need to do is email customerservices@econe.co.uk with the names of you and a friend, and we’ll be in touch on Friday 10th July if you’re the lucky winners!!

 

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Melissa McArthur Studio Visit

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Picking-gemstonesEscape with our gemstone jewellery collection from Melissa McArthur

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This season our Buyer’s Alison Skeates and Charlotte Kimber collaborated with jewellery designer Melissa McArthur on a very special collection; exclusively for our customers. Alison and Charlotte have long been lusting after the skinny and dainty jewellery favoured by the French. After trawling the shows at Paris fashion week they still didn’t manage to find quite the perfect jewels. They wanted soft corals and vibrant turquoise on delicate chain to create timeless gemstone jewellery. They managed to find their dream beads and took them to the queen of stones Melissa McArthur to help make their collection a reality. With an enviable array of beads from unusual cuts to rare gemstones, Melissa McArthur’s studio is a feast for the eyes!

Melissa-Jewellery-stylesAfter carefully picking through Melissa McArthur’s trays of gemstone jewels, Alison and Charlotte select their favourite styles for this season. They chose bold hoops and their favourite tiny bar bead necklaces.

Picking-gemstonesUsing a selection of our gemstones and some from Melissa’s treasure trove.  Alison and Charlotte (with a lot of help from Melissa) carefully curated a blend of gemstones to create the perfect colour clash. For the Silver jewellery collection the used a mixture of Turquoise, Appatite, Carnelian, Mother of Pearl and Jasper.

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 Alison and Charlotte mixed warm summer tones of vivid pink Ruby, Carnelian, Mother of Pearl and Coral. Each piece of jewellery is handmade by Melissa and her team and due to the natural beauty of each stone every piece of jewellery that is created is unique.

So whether you are treating yourself or spoiling someone else we think our exclusive collection of gemstone jewellery by Melissa McArthur is the perfect jewellery box update this summer! Shop the collection in store and online .

Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards

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It was the Retail Jeweller’s UK Jewellery Awards 2015 last week, and we were very
pleased to have been Highly Commended as Independent Retailer of the Year!

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We had a wonderful night out at the Tower of London, and couldn’t have asked for
better weather.

 

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Harry Levy was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I have bought stones from him since I was 18 years Old, he’s a legend.”
– Jos Skeates

Why not pop-in to our beautiful Exmouth Market Boutique and be inspired by our
lovely staff.

 

Shaun Leane Launches The Quill Collection

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On Friday the 8th of May our Assistant Buyer Charlotte headed off to The Victoria & Albert Museum to hear jewellery designer Shaun Leane talk about his collaborative work with Alexander McQueen.

 

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Amongst the decadent silverware, ornate ceilings and artefact laden cabinets of the Victoria & Albert Museum dwells their lecture theatre. Infront of a packed room of jewellery enthusiasts, jewellery designer Shaun Leane gave a passionate talk about his collaborative work with the late Alexander McQueen and how The House of Shaun Leane developed its iconic style. Leane spoke about the evolution of both of their house styles, and how McQueen helped him to develop his signature look a combination of “strength and elegance”.  McQueen wanted to create clothes that empowered women, Leane designed the jewellery; body armour to clad the modern female warrior.“It propelled me to a status of fashion jewellery; taking body adornment to a different level’.

 

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Both designers are traditionally trained, McQueen as a tailor on Saville Row and Leane as a Goldsmith in Hatton Garden restoring antique jewellery. Leane and McQueen had long been friends before collaborators. Leane explained how McQueen didn’t fully understand what he did for a living until he visited the atelier he worked in where he was constructing a tiara. McQueen was taken aback by the craftmanship and quality of the work; it was not long after this that Leane was asked to make jewellery for his catwalk shows. Leane spoke about how McQueen pushed his craftmaship to the limit, and how he grew whilst learning new skills such as silversmithing, modelmaking and taxidermy. Leane let us in on the months he spent drying out pheasant claws in his mother’s airing cupboard to create the pheasant claw & pearl shoulder piece for the “ What a Merry go Round” show.

 

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The working relationship began with McQueen asking Leane to produce work to coincide with the show, developing to McQueen showing Leane work and the pair both inspiring each other. Initially the large scale work was made in aluminium, an alien material to a trained Goldsmith such as Leane. At the heart of the House of Shaun Leane was the desire to work in the precious materials he was trained in, and as both of the designer houses grew the materials changed also. At the beginning finances had restricted Leane’s materials but not his craftmasnship and creativity. When the budgets grew he applied the same ethos allowing him to create the most show stopping jewels of the catwalk to date. Using his Goldsmith training he created beautiful new silhoettes and drew upon his years restoring antique jewellery. For the ”In Memory of Elizabeth How” show, he created the large Moon neckpiece in Silver fully set with moon stones, and a Victorian style star headpiece set with Topaz Swarovoski gemstones. This lavish show of jewellery, excited and revolutionised the boundaries of catwalk and fine jewellery for the modern era.


Leane reminisced about how he would turn up at the shows with his box of jewels for the models to wear as the finishing touches to McQueen’s collections. For the “Dante” Show he created a crown of thorns; laboriously working constructing the branches and thorns in silver. Upon revealing it to McQueen he got a “MMMmmmm”, Leane was not used to this response and on pressing McQueen he revealed he felt the piece needed more thorns. Leane had felt the same but held back, it was this “MMMmmmm” that taught Leane to be fearless with his jewellery and to create the bold and beautiful jewellery he is renowned for. The jewellery would fluctuate seasonally between statement neckpieces incrusted with silver orchids to fine silver wire earrings which would glisten as the models strutted the catwalk.

 

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The coiled corset which became one of the most enduring images of McQueen’s work was just a seed planted in Leane’s head by McQueen. Both designers had a fascination with tribal body adornment . McQueen had wanted to elaborate on the earlier neckpiece created by Leane for his catwalk show “It’s a Jungle out there”. Leane spoke about how McQueen would challenge you to make the impossible possible. After McQueen planted an idea in leane’s head, he would spend a sleepless night working out the mechanics of making the dream designs a reality. With the coiled corset he decided they would have to make it the traditional Nepalese way and he would have to make it to fit a specific model. Leane cast McQueen’s fit model in concrete and then individually forged the aluminium coils, layering front to back. Leane let us in to the secret of its construction, using a mechanic’s glue which had metal fragments. Created for McQueen’s show “The Overlook”, the construction is the ulitamte body armour, framing the curves of the female form. It is this delicate balance which defines the era of Leane and McQueens work and still influences the House of Shaune Leane today.

 

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To coincide with the “Savage Beauty” exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum, Leane has launched his latest collection “Quill”. Drawing upon elaborate ear cuffs created for the Irere show. Ear adornment and the way earrings are worn has been a long source of fascination for Leane. At the end of a Safari holiday Leane was in a rural gift shop buying trinkets to take home, at the till he noticed a pot of black and white sticks, he enquired as to whether they were for sale and bought the entire pot. These sticks turned in to the porcupine quill ear cuff, with Leane recreating the pattern on these special stake style earrings as part of the Quill collection.

Leane’s collections draw upon the opulent pieces created for McQueen’s catwalk, with his darkly romantic jewels a wearable form of exstravagant corsets, crowns of thorns. Leane’s iconic hook motif is his Signature Tusk collection evolved on the catwalk.

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I
 had the privilege of interning for Shaun Leane during the preparation for The Savage Beauty Exhibition at The Met. I remember being down in the archives trying to find these amazing pieces amongst mountains of tissue paper and boxes. It was a joy to unearth large spears, ear discs and Silver jaw bones. I am looking to own my own piece of catwalk jewellery history and will be investing in the Porcupine Quill Earrings for my jewellery box.

 You can shop Shaun Leane’s collections instore and online here