Russell

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Commencing his career at an early age in the famous London jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden and centre of the diamond trade, Russell has a vast knowledge of gemstones and extensive experience at his disposal. Coupled with this are his genuine pleasure and pride in the craftsmanship involved, inspiring him to seek out the best for clients.

I started as a junior in Hatton Garden. My first duties were to visit and collect diamonds for repairs. This is where I learned how the trade had worked for many years, which provided me with a good background knowledge. I then applied this knowledge to helping people with making possibly one of the most important purchases they will ever make in their lives.

Qualifications:
Gemmological Association of Great Britain Diamond Diploma (DGA)
National Association of Jewellers Diploma (P.J. DIP)

Q & A

What is your earliest jewellery memory?
My earliest jewellery memory was seeing the Crown Jewels for the first time when I was very young. I remember being dazzled by them!

What is your favourite gemstone?
My favourite gemstone is sapphire, because of its natural beauty and the variety of colours it is found in.

What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
We can source the finest gemstones and our goldsmiths can craft your idea into that inspired bespoke design.

Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Unique, colourful, inspired.

My favourite period of jewellery design

My favourite period of jewellery design

My favourite era in jewellery design was the Art Nouveau period, circa 1890-1915. This because it was the time in history - during and just after the Victorian era - when explorers starting finding and bringing back exciting and fantastic new discoveries of animals and plants from all around the world that had never been seen before. These new colours, shapes, patterns and designs created by Mother Nature inspired the world’s best jewellery designers and goldsmiths throughout Europe. All manner of different designs were crafted, from insects and birds to fantastic floral creations. Designers also started using different materials, such as enamel, and other coloured gemstones alongside diamonds; therefore, despite being relatively short-lived, this period of jewellery design produced some really stunning pieces.

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My favourite era in jewellery design was the Art Nouveau period, circa 1890-1915. This because it was the time in history - during and just after the Victorian era - when explorers starting finding and bringing back exciting and fantastic new discoveries of animals and plants from all around the world that had never been seen before. These new colours, shapes, patterns and designs created by Mother Nature inspired the world’s best jewellery designers and goldsmiths throughout Europe. All manner of different designs were crafted, from insects and birds to fantastic floral creations. Designers also started using different materials, such as enamel, and other coloured gemstones alongside diamonds; therefore, despite being relatively short-lived, this period of jewellery design produced some really stunning pieces.

My Favourite Piece

My favourite piece of jewellery we currently have in our collection is our Tanzanite, Diamond, Sapphire and Garnet flower ring set in white gold. It is a great example of using a variety of different gemstones together, where each one not only accents the others, but also complements them. The goldsmiths have used a heart shaped tanzanite for the centre of the flower and round cut garnet and diamonds. I particularly like this ring because my favourite era of jewellery design was the Art Nouveau period. This period produced some very interesting designs, inspired by nature, and this ring takes some inspiration from that time. I also have an appreciation for the time and care that has been taken to cut and set each stone individually; this ring truly is a superb example of a fine work of art.

A Bespoke Commission

A Bespoke Commission

My favourite bespoke commission was one which we completed for a client’s 50th wedding anniversary. The reason it was special was because the client wanted a pair of earrings made to match the pendant that her husband had bought her fifty years previously, but therein lay the challenge. The pendant was a rare Colombian Green Emerald with a great clarity and was finely cut. For the concept, we were able to use the existing pendant and replicate it for the computer aided design to show the client the matching earrings. We then managed to source two identical emeralds, both of which also matched the pendant. Once they were all assembled together in the presentation box, they looked very beautiful. Not only was it very special because we managed to source two really important stones, but we had made it in time for the anniversary.

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My favourite bespoke commission was one which we completed for a client’s 50th wedding anniversary. The reason it was special was because the client wanted a pair of earrings made to match the pendant that her husband had bought her fifty years previously, but therein lay the challenge. The pendant was a rare Colombian Green Emerald with a great clarity and was finely cut. For the concept, we were able to use the existing pendant and replicate it for the computer aided design to show the client the matching earrings. We then managed to source two identical emeralds, both of which also matched the pendant. Once they were all assembled together in the presentation box, they looked very beautiful. Not only was it very special because we managed to source two really important stones, but we had made it in time for the anniversary.
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mayfair
Leicester