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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!

Last Chance to Vote for ‘Unsigned 2014′

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Voting for the Three Finalists of EC One’s Graduate Design Competition, ‘Unsigned 2014’, closes at midnight tonight, on Tuesday 4th, so hurry to cast your cast & be directly involved in this fantastic award!

This year we’ve had a tremendous array of entries, from pretty to edgy; architectural to rebellious; delicate to minimalist. We’ve been impressed by the innovation and skill of all the designers, as well as the sheer breadth of ideas, and we can’t wait to see which three you will choose!

Once the EC One customers have picked their final three, Jos and Ali will chose a wild card. These four designers will then present their work to our panel of judges. This year, these include: London-based Jewellery Designer, Tomasz Donocik; Kathryn Bishop, editor-in-chief of Professional Jeweller magazine; Kate Baxter, from jewellery advice blog ‘The Cut’; Katie Jamieson, our 2012 Unsigned Winner; and – of course – our Director, Jos!

The lucky winner will have the chance to sell their jewellery collection with us, with full marketing and design advice from EC One – a fantastic opportunity for any budding new designer!

Find out how to vote by reading our Blog… 

Unsigned 2014: Vote for the 10 Finalists!

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After much deliberation we have drawn up our 10 finalists for EC One Unsigned 2014!
The 10 designers to go through to the voting stage are….

Claire Hughes

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Deborah Murdoch

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Flora Bhattachary

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Grace Honeybul

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Hayley Beckley

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Jo Gordon

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Joanna Bury

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Mei-ling de Buitléar

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Monique Daniels

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Ruth Conway

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Congratulations to the final 10!

To see your favourite become one of the final four, it’s now up to YOU to vote!

To Vote, either:

i. ‘Like’ their image in the EC One ‘Unsigned 2014′ Facebook Album

ii. Click on your favourite designer’s dedicated post on EC One’s Blog, & click the Facebook ‘Like’ at the bottom of the blog page

iii. ‘Like’ their image on our Instagram feed (@econe_jewellery)

The 3 designers with the most votes, along with a wild card chosen by EC One, will be invited to meet the judges and show their work. But hurry! You only have until midnight on Tuesday 4th of November to cast your vote!

Finally – thank you to all of the entrants! Without exception, we were incredibly impressed with the standard of work submitted this year!

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Jo Gordon

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Crafted from recycled silver, Fairtrade gold and a by-product of the meat industry (carved cow bone), Jo’s work is not only aesthetically beautiful but also ethically impeccable.  

Jo Gordon is the creator of Fera, bold luxurious designs in recycled silver and Fairtrade gold. Her work is inspired by her time spent living and travelling abroad, and features cow bone which has been hand carved into custom shapes and set like stones into the pieces alongside precious gemstones with intricate detailing. An unusual and beautiful material with ivory-like qualities, cow bone is a by-product of the meat industry. Transformed into a treasured and precious material in the ANIMII Collection, it creates some truly eye catching, statement jewellery pieces.

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To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Grace Honeybul

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Focusing on Art Deco architecture, ‘The Fortune Hunter Collection’ from Grace Honeybul has a fabulous, chunky fashion edge.

Ornamentation and decoration in architecture are influential throughout Grace Honeybul’s body of work. Fascinated with detailed features and patterns, her main source of inspiration stems from her London roots, growing up – as she did – surrounded by historical architecture.
Her new project, ‘The Fortune Hunter Collection’, focuses on Art Deco architecture, re-imagining ornamentation found on New York’s ‘Chrysler Building’ and ‘The Carreras Cigarette Factory’ in Camden.
Within her collection, Grace explores design through new technologies, specifically 3D printing. She feels it is important to have the final production stages finished by hand in order to maintain a high finish quality. The collection features pyramid cut Amethyst and Lapis stones and 3D printed nylon.

www.gracehoneybul.co.uk

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Hayley Beckley

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Hayley-BeckleyEC One absolutely loved Hayley’s colourful, fanciful silk cuffs and collars. Forming a personal tale of finding one’s place in the world, they feature prints of tree silhouettes and beautiful, autumnal skies.

Hayley’s graduate collection, ‘Found in the Forest’, is an exploration of the importance of creativity and imaginative freedom. Inspired by the memories, imaginings and visual enchantment that woodland walks and our ever-changing British skies evoke, each piece features silk that has been digitally printed with layered photographs of tree silhouettes against beautiful skies, using techniques of creative pattern drafting and precision sewing. These intricate prints are then combined with delicate silver embellishments to create depth, intrigue and atmosphere.

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Monique Daniels

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Complex, dynamic design from Monique Daniels, the clean geometric aesthetic of the ‘Polyhedra’ ring could be described as ‘mathematically pleasing’!

Monique combines traditional fine jewellery techniques with precision cutting technology to create jewellery with a constructivist fashionable edge. Linear framing and geometric structures provide the foundation of Monique’s inspiration. Drawing upon the mathematical qualities of polyhedrons, her collection named ‘Polyhedra’, which translates as ‘many-surfaces’, focuses on the layering and repetition of angles and the interlocking radial lines within octagons and triangles.

www.moniquedaniels.co.uk
To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Flora Bhattachary

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Taken from the Hindi word for ‘desire’, Flora Bhattachary’s entry evokes the opulence and drama of India’s past.

 

“Lubhati”, Flora Bhattachary’s first collection, is taken from the word ‘desire’ in Hindi. Flora’s work explores her personal links with India, reflecting the lives of her ancestors – pioneers of the East India Company – as they migrated to India in the 18th Century to trade. Evoking the drama of this history, the work draws on influences from Islamic pattern and Hindu and Mughal art to create elegant gems with a dark and opulent mood.

www.florabhattachary.com

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

 

 

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Mei-ling de Buitléar

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Combining new materials – charcoal from coconuts – with tribal African designs, Mei-ling’s jewellery is as innovative as it is fashion forward.

Mei-ling de Buitléar’s work is inspired by various tribes throughout Africa, but more importantly, their use of diverse materials. Her ‘Coal-lection’ collection combines a new material made with charcoal from coconuts, and the use of traditional brass rings, influenced by her interest in tribal Africa. Opposing elements are a running theme through Mei-ling’s body of work: the use of colour and texture; the techniques of mechanised water jet cutting, to hand grinding the charcoal. Jewellery from the ‘Coal-lection’ are westernised pieces with a nod to the ethnic adornments that inspired the collection.

http://www.mei-lingdebuitlear.com/

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.