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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

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We are blessed to be based in the exciting creative hub of Clerkenwell. Every spring we love the buzz of Clerkenwell Design Week.  The UK and international brands, throw open doors to their stunning showrooms to display their latest interior and design products, and catch-up with designers and architects. It is a truly inspiring week filled with tastes, sights and sounds.

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The best part of the week is getting a sneak peek inside architecture that we pass all the time, but never get to visit. It was a surprise and a delight to go into Sessions House for the launch night, and see it in its stunning state of mid-renovation.  The walls with their rough stripped plaster; an organic painting of history and time, and the incredible ornate domed ceiling over the staircase.

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We drank delicious espresso martinis from Kru Café, after sitting in body hugging chairs by Wagner, surrounded by lush planting by Indoor Garden Design. We went on to Knoll for Aperol Spritz and canapés, finishing the evening at Icons of Denmark where we were treated to Swedish snaps, then off with Icon magazines to read on the train, carried home in beautiful tote bags from Gubi.

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It is our Buyers love of architecture and design that informs buying jewellery with a strong urban edge.  An architectural aesthetic is present in Shaun Leane’s Quill Collection’s structural forms, and Katie Rowland’s edgy elegance, through to Clarice Price Thomas’ Metropolis Collection: inspired by the shapes of Art Deco Architecture.  The City is imbued in the work of Jewellery Designers Hiroshi Kurokawa’s minimalist urban wit, Myia Bonner’s graphic outlines and typography, Zoe Chicco’s discrete detailing, right down to the nuts and bolts of construction in Alice Mentor’s statement necklaces and cuffs.

Inspired by our week, we have created a special edit: Shaped by the City

Ruth Tomlinson’s Treasures

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Seek out alternative engagement rings with Ruth Tomlinson’s treasures

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Driven by a passion for the earths natural beauty; the magic of minutiae, tiny intricacies, small imperfections; jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson creates lust worthy treasures. Seeking out the unconventional beauty within and this fuels my creativity, whether in the rarity of material or a curiosity in nature.

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Each piece is handmade by Tomlinson and her skilled team, due to the handcrafted nature of the jewellery each piece is unique. We feel this adds to the character of each piece, with every ring in EC One’s edit one-of-a-kind. Our buyers Alison Skeates and Charlotte Kimber selected pieces from Tomlinson’s new “Hoard” collection. The “Hoard” collection consists of an opulent array of precious gemstones, which glisten amongst rich layers of 14 carat Gold. Each precious piece Tomlinson crafts is imbued with a sense of discovery evoking the grandeur of times past.  The jewellery has notions of buried riches, with Tomlinson drawing upon ancient jewels housed in museums.

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The jewellery Tomlinson creates are modern antiques, with the organic and rustic charm of her jewellery reminding us of weathered ancient jewels plundered from fields.  Driftwood, rock pools, moss covered stones and the rawness of rugged landscapes  combine to influence the texture Tomlinson applies to her jewellery. Weathering the gold to replicate Mother Nature.

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Since graduating with an MA from London’s Royal College of Art in 2005, Tomlinson continues to investigate the unpredictable and push boundaries of perceived preciousness in her critically acclaimed jewellery collections. Considered by industry experts as one of the leading influences in the current generation of UK jewellery designers, with unique jewellery and luxuriously wearable adornments all conceived with the notion of being treasured forever.

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Choosing a selection of rings with Champagne Diamonds and Blue Sapphires we feel that the rings would make beautiful alternative engagement rings, or as a cherished momentos to mark important milestones.  You can shop Ruth Tomlinson’s collection of jewellery online or visit our Clerkenwell boutique.

Put the sparkle back in to your jewellery!

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The sun is out and the flowers are in bloom,  it’s time to Spring Clean your jewellery!

 

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Here at EC One we would love to put the sparkle and shine back in to your jewellery for free this Spring. Just pop in to our Clerkenwell boutique from now till 31st of May * with your old EC One jewellery, and our talented Goldsmiths will get it looking as good as new!
It’s just a part of our excellent customer care.

 Even our Head buyer Alison had a jewellery box full of bespoke pieces that needed a bit of TLC.
You’ll be amazed at the difference a good Spring Clean, or as Alison says “sprinkling” can make!
Watch our video of Jos lovingly cleaning Alison’s jewellery including her beautiful Bespoke Emerald-Cut Cocktail Ring.  Watch the transformation here.

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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

 

Open Call at EC One

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 Calling All Designers!

It’s that time of year again! On June the 7th we will be running our third “Open Call” at EC One as we search for new jewellery designers. 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’ allows you the opportunity to apply to pitch your designs – 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, you will once again have the chance to speak with EC One’s Goldsmiths Jude Huntley. With over 30 years’ experience he is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things jewellery related.

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 the 7th of June – I’ll keep you posted!

If you would like to book an appointment to see myself, Assistant Buyer Charlotte and Goldsmith Jude please e-mail us at opencall@econe.co.uk hurry as spaces fill up fast!

Alison x

We are hiring!

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Store Manager

Clerkenwell, London

EC One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London renowned for offering designer and precious fine jewellery, as well as in-store bespoke services.

We are currently looking for a full time Store Manager to join our happy team.

The role will involve:

• Delivering exceptional customer service

• Creating beautiful displays and retail environment

• Liaising with the buyers and workshop

• Organising and running small scale events

• Working towards sales targets and KPIs

• Monitoring and mentoring staff

• Creating staffing rotas

• Reporting to Directors

As a Store Manager you’ll be critical to our on-going success – focused on maximising sales, increasing profits and promoting fantastic customer service. You’ll take ownership of our store, creating an experience that will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. As we offer in-house production you will be asked to help liaise with our Goldsmiths to create bespoke pieces as well as dealing with the designer makers we stock.

A good knowledge of jewellery and an ability to understand good design is important but a happy, helpful and positive attitude is essential.

Salary:Competitive plus commission.

To Apply:

We are looking to recruit as soon as possible so please don’t delay.

Please send your applications with a CV and a covering letter with your

salary expectation marked for the attention of Jos Skeates, Managing Director to: jobs@econe.co.uk

Or in writing to:

Jos Skeates, EC One, 41 Exmouth Market, London. EC1R 4QL

 

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

Staff Picks Investment Pieces

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.

Staff Picks Investment Pieces

Nicola – Store Manager

“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

shop our edit here.

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.