EC One was established in 1997 by husband and wife team Jos and Alison Skeates. England was in a new era of politics, music and fashion and EC1 was a great place to be. They opened their first store with an open plan , on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, EC1.
Part of Jos and Alison’s vision has always been to source fashion-led jewellery pieces from around the world. As well as finding new jewellery designers and collections at the bi-annual London, Paris and New York jewellery shows, EC One makes a point of encouraging and nurturing developing jewellery design talent. For example, EC One’s graduate design competition, , not only offers recent jewellery design graduates the chance to stock with EC One, but to profit from our experience in marketing and design and develop their collections. Over the years, EC One has discovered great jewellery talents, from to and .
Twenty years on, EC One has established itself as a leader in the jewellery industry. EC One won ‘’ at the 2011 UK Jewellery Awards, following previous wins in ‘Best for Fashion’. Other awards include First Place in Retail Jeweller’s “”, and London Magazine’s “”. Meanwhile, Jos is still active within the Goldsmiths’ Company, and is Chairman of the Craft & Design Council, whereas Alison’s eye for design has led her to sit on the selection committee for London Fashion Week. Both Alison and Jos have been included in .
Most importantly however, the EC One brand is trusted and valued by our customers. The majority of EC One’s staff have a background in jewellery design, and consultations with our goldsmiths are available for or engagement rings; customers can be confident that they are receiving the best advice possible. We know we’re doing something right when customers drop by for a chat when they’re passing, or recommend us to friends.
The on-site workshop in Clerkenwell is one of our unique strengths. Our goldsmiths make bespoke pieces, carry out repairs and re-model customers’ jewellery to suit their wishes on-site. Using the most up-to-date techniques, our talented and experienced goldsmiths can do anything from repairing a broken chain to designing and crafting your dream engagement ring.
EC One – The First Fifteen Years
Jos & Ali reminisce about the highlights of their first 15 years at EC One!