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Andrew Geoghegan in Algarve Essential magazine

Andrew Geoghegan has long-since attributed some of his most popular designs to time spent abroad. Particularly his Cannelé collection – which was designed during his time in France. Or the unashamedly opulent Chapiteau de Paraiba – an ornate homage to the theatre of the French royal courts, alive with the flamboyant decadence of Versailles.

With that in mind, Andrew Geoghegan’s designs have earned him a European fan base of both customers and press alike, and the latest press coverage, in glossy lifestyle magazine, Essential Algarve, follows a familiar appreciative theme for the designer.

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Liberty London to Stock Andrew Geoghegan

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Jewellery brand Andrew Geoghegan has announced a deal with Liberty London department store to stock its pieces.

The pieces are available through the company Kojis, which showcases fine jewellery including jewellery art thousands of years old.

The Andrew Geoghegan pieces will be stocked at Great Marlborough Street, a prime shopping location, as the company looks to push further into statement pieces and high jewellery.

The likes of the Chapiteau de Paraiba (pictured) and the signature Chocolate Boxes are part of the offering at Kojis, Liberty as well as the Satellite and Celestial collections.

This new relationship is especially poignant for Geoghegan due to the friendship his great, great grandfather, Charles Holme had with the Liberty founder, Arthur Lasenby Liberty.

Geoghegan said: “In recent years, London has been a surprisingly challenging location to select the right retail partners and I am naturally delighted that we have struck gold as it were with Kojis at Liberty.

“I have a strong memory as a young boy of my father pointing to a portrait of a young, wide eyed man hanging in my grandparent’s house. He told me that this was Charles Holme and talked about his link to Liberty. This makes the relationship we are developing all the more special.”

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2017 Andrew Geoghegan collections

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We’re working away on a number of exciting pieces, adding to collections with new adaptations where we know customers love those designs. The Chapiteau collection will definitely grow, we’re loving what we can do with the hexagonal shapes, and will be developing the family in line with superb feedback and requests for new colourways and matching pieces.

We’re eager to add to our bridal range too, with some sumptuous new pieces to add some theatre to that collection. Taking a lead from the dramatic Chapiteau and the breathtaking Clair de Lune, we’ll be developing some pristine diamond wedding and engagement ring versions for 2017. Here’s to a wonderful new year!

Jewellery trends for 2017

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As we wave goodbye to a fantastic year, we’re looking forward to a year in which ‘individuality’ is being touted as a top trend, perhaps as a continuation of this season’s ‘audacious’ tip. The fashion big hitters are telling us we’ll be able to show off our uniqueness next year: mix and match, single earrings, clashing layers and homespun looks are what 2017 is going to be all about, with a heavy splash of colour and the odd flash of structure and form. At the heart of the Andrew Geoghegan brand is a love of the unique, and of women who dress as they please, with confidence and assertiveness. It looks like this is their year…here’s what to plan for.

Vogue Paris and Elle are both heralding a season of pearls – worn as bracelets and cuffs over sleeves, or in strings, (mis)matched with military jackets, sports sweaters and patched denim in a delicious style clash. Chokers are in too, in all kinds of stones and colours, the general rule being the rawer and the bolder, the better.

Safety pins adorned the catwalks – use decorative ones to accessorize and standard ones to adapt and individualise an outfit. Raw stones are all the rage too – Proenza Schouler showed super raw stone and gem earrings in small jagged rocks, worn in mismatching pairs, a look echoed at Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein shows, where earrings added to the strength of bold clothing statements.

Meanwhile in colours, it’s all looking wonderfully tropical. Deep electric blues, shocking pinks, rich parrot greens, and hot oranges rule. So in jewellery, we’re expecting to see a lot of lapis lazuli, tanzanite and blue sapphire; deep pink sapphires; greens from chrysoberyl and varicite; and fire opals bringing orangey yellows to life.

A word from those in the know…

Belinda Morris from The Jeweller:

Of the 10 colours that Pantone has released in its palette for 2017, there are a few stand-out hues that may well have an influence on coloured gemstone jewellery:

  • Lapis Blue: lapis lazuli of course, but also tanzanite and strong blue sapphire
  • Pink Yarrow: a hot, tropical pink, deep pink sapphire perhaps
  • Greenery: a tangy yellow green, like chrysoberyl or varicite
  • Flame: a fiery red-based orange, such as fire opal

And trends I’m feeling most:

  • Big statement earrings (including very long, almost brushing shoulders)
  • Single, asymmetric or mis-match earrings
  • Lots of colour
  • Chokers
  • Statement rings, including over knuckles, along the finger and across fingers (a continuing look)
  • Raw stones
  • Ancient inspiration/taliman themes
  • Historic/royal references (eg Baroque/Tudor)
  • Geometrics continuing

Stacey, Editor at Professional Jeweller:

“I think 2017 will see consumers stripping back and opting for more delicate and refined pieces. In times of economic uncertainty shoppers will be wanting to invest their money in pieces they feel will stand the test of time.

I suspect that with a return to finer pieces, the layering and stacking trend will continue to grow in popularity as consumers will still be longing to showcase their personal style through the use of more elusive jewels.”

IJL 2016 – what a year!

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Months of preparations for IJL 2016 led to our most successful year yet, as we launched six stunning new designs, treating press and buyers to a dazzling show of wristwear, rings and earrings.

Our stand was hard to miss – a wonderously lifelike moon played host to some of the shows biggest hits – our sparkling new Clair de Lune Coleur collection. We also launched some beautiful new pieces, some never before seen and others an elaboration on popular collections.

It has to be said, there were two clear winners. One of them, naturally, was The Chapiteau de Paraiba – an unabashed expression of the indulgence of Versailles, dripping diamonds and pure drama, courtesy of the alluring blue Paraiba tourmaline, glimmering pink stones, cool, mint green tourmaline and diamonds crowned with its unique hexagonal setting.

The other was the diamond drop earrings now part of the Clair de Lune collection – an elegant drop of inverted crescent moons, set at the end of a stream of glittering diamonds.

Pieces like these that ensured a steady stream of visitors over the three-day event. As we washed down delicious macarons with equally delicious prosecco, we attracted several new retailers, including some international interest.

So of course there’s been no let up since the hectic preparations for IJL. We wouldn’t have it any other way – 2016’s brilliant IJL has led to some exciting meetings and discussions with retailers, the reason we’re looking forward to IJL 2017 so much!

Looking forward to 2017

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2016 has been an incredible year that we fully intend to capitalise on, with the continued roll-out of the new Andrew Geoghegan brand, some exciting advertising plans and an all new certificate of authenticity to those who buy our jewellery. We’re committed to strengthening our relationship with the retailers who have helped us enjoy this success, giving you more to work with and offering your customers reasons to come back for more.

Our work to establish and build the brand profile continues, and we’re developing beautiful new packaging to reflect our passion for precision and our love of exquisite design. We think customers will love this new touch of luxury, as it continues the story of our pieces – designed, honed, and crafted to perfection.

We want to invite our customers, who are naturally driving our success too, to feel closer to the Andrew Geoghegan brand with a registration portal and certificate of authenticity. This will allow us to nurture the relationships that will help our brand to thrive and grow, welcoming those customers into our world and showing them how much they matter to us. This will set us apart and we hope, truly reward those who wear Andrew Geoghegan jewellery – our best advocates – with a place at the heart of our evolution.

Finally, we’re excited to be advertising in Vogue from January 2017. Not just because Vogue is the ultimate arbiter of style and fashion and we love and swear by it, but because it will drive customers to you, our retailers. We hope then, that we can look forward to, and share with you, a very fruitful 2017.

Six of the best

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Every delicious side of our distinctive, hexagonal Chapiteau is adorned with diamonds, dripping with jewels, its shape alone a decadent ode to the drama and flamboyance of Versailles. Add to that the rainbow of precious stones it holds, and the Chapiteau is nothing short of show-stopping, a collection to help you shine on any occasion.

From snow-bright white diamonds to warm, seductive chocolaty brown diamonds, blood red rubies and sea-blue sapphires, the Chapiteau is spectacularly unrestrained. There’s formality in the hexagonal setting, but rich precious gems bring riotous colour to the unique design to make it a masterpiece of bohemian chic.

The Chapiteau de Paraiba takes it just that little bit further, and is a sure-fire way to achieve this season’s audacious look. Lavish and exuberant, the irresistible blue Paraiba tourmaline is surrounded by a coterie of glimmering pink stones, framed with mint green tourmaline and an abundance of diamonds.

And it’s not just a statement piece – its stately, elegant shape, its grace and poise, lend it perfectly to engagement and wedding rings, too. Replace those lush gemstones with pure, flawless white diamonds and the Chapiteau becomes a grand romantic gesture – a dazzling, six-sided dedication to love.

We’ve topped off the Chapiteau collection with a spectacular translation of the theme into earrings, set in luxuriant 18ct yellow gold. Graceful and fine, but abundant with glimmering stones and vivid colour, two hexagonal frames are adorned with a cocktail of sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds. And for occasions that call for a little less drama, the second hexagon is detachable – opulent and adaptable!

What to wear – A/W 2016-17

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There’s a theme emerging from the fashion shows this season…it’s brave, it’s bright, it’s what Vogue Paris has called ‘the audacious’. From lush fabrics to bold, angular shapes; from eye-popping colour to unique, oversized statement pieces, this season might push us from our comfort zones, but if we dare to wear it like we mean it, we might just pull it off beautifully…

Are you faux real?

If Harpers Bazaar is tipping faux fur as a seasonal favourite, we think it’s time to search out some vintage winners. Look for toppers and collars to give a warm, seductive touch to winterwear. Shamelessly faux and ever so furry, this season’s collections feature everything from classic natural shades to flamboyant leopard-skin print and brightly coloured faux fur.

Velvet revolution

A trend that will prove irresistible to the touch, velvet is everywhere this season and there’s not a hint of the fusty about it, with designers giving velvet a comprehensive makeover in sharp, tailored jackets and perfect pencils. Vogue reports that velvet dresses were the stars of many a collection at recent fashion weeks: ruched and sexy at Preen, classic and ladylike at Prada, darkly alluring at Dries Van Noten.

Fairytale ending

Take note from fashion forward Unique Style Platform, which predicts a microtrend for AW 16/17 of surrealist motifs including pocket watches, vanity mirrors, candelabras, birds, butterflies, swans and kissable lips. You’ll find these adorning knitwear, dresses and separates offering a wealth of whimsical inspiration.

Oversize me

Earlier in the year, we predicted the oversized earring would be a huge hit, and the trend for larger than life accessories look set to continue throughout AW 16/17. Jumbo earrings were on every catwalk, from giant drops at Marni and huge metallic discs at Céline, to blown-up safety pins at Balenciaga and acrylic flashes at Stella McCartney, in eye-catching shoulder-length drops, often worn only on one ear.

Pink goes pop

The colour-crazy amongst us should look for inspiration from Prada, Jil Sander and Gucci – all of whom blinded front row fashion week attendees with pinks ranging from blush rose to startling magenta. Embrace a season of femininity and live La Vie en Rose, twinning the velvet and the pinks trend for the ultimate seasonal outfit.

All you need, is audacity…

The only way to wear the riot of mauve and pink, electro furs, couture red and glitter lurex that deluged the runways in the fashion capitals, is with confidence. After a summer season rooted in 1990s minimalism, winter brings a welcome shot of color on sharp shoulders, corsetted waists and oversized streetwear. Be daring, feel audacious, explore the trends and get ready to rock an explosive silhouette.

A time to shine

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A well-chosen piece of beautiful jewellery is a gift that will forever give – something to be cherished and enjoyed for a lifetime. This Christmas, choose a gift that will shine on – jewellery conceived and crafted into unique pieces of precision-designed chic, by renowned international award-winning designer, Andrew Geoghegan. Here we bring you the seasonal best – stunning jewellery just made for this magical time of year.

Want to be the talk of cocktail season? Choose our flamboyant ode to Versailles, the breathtaking Chapiteau Paraiba, with its lavish flurry of pink sapphires, aquamarines and pristine diamonds with a distinctive hexagonal setting. Bold, alluring, and timeless, this is quite possibly all the cocktail jewellery you’ll ever need.

As a token of love this Christmas, give the incredibly special Clair de Lune ring. With a unique shape, playfully tricking the eye, it allows light to bounce from every facet of each gorgeous stone. Set with pristine-white diamonds, sapphires, chocolate coloured diamonds or rubies – somewhere in this collection, you’ll find the perfect gift. Or the mesmerising, unique Satellite, which sets a halo of bright white diamonds around a captivating gemstone, balanced with a lone diamond. Beautifully crafted using a variety of gemstones, this is a versatile family of pieces, each of which would be a gift to treasure forever.

If you’re planning on making this the most romantic of festive seasons, the Andrew Geoghegan engagement collection is a series of beautiful reasons to say yes. The bubbling stream of fine, intricately cut diamonds set on the Cannelé des Cévennes is designed to capture every change of light, a simple but beautifully bold ring. The setting of the Embrace ring gently holds an exquisitely cut stone above a stream of diamonds coursing along its platinum band. And the classic, elegant Cannelé Trois places three brilliant-cut diamonds in amongst a cluster of intricately cut stones, set in gently fluted platinum. You’ll find these and other flawless creations in the engagement collection.

Andrew Geoghegan Launches ‘Clair De Lune Couleurs’ Rings

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A vivid devotional to the wonderous night skies… 

The breathtaking Clair de Lune Collection – unerringly elegant, ceaselessly captivating – welcomes a trio of colourful additions. The shape as always, full of magic and illusion, every glance reveals some beguiling new aspect. Only now, we see the Clair de Lune rendered in warm gold, rose-red and sea blue palettes. A spellbinding design is reinvented with a cocktail of rubies, white, chocolate and coloured diamonds, blue, orange & pink sapphires, and aquamarine.

Bewitching designs in captivating palettes of stones and precious metals, inspired by nights under the skies of rural France and the classic poetry of Victor Hugo. The Clair de Lune shape plays an irresistible trick on the eye, appearing from above as two crescents facing inwards, locking neatly to hold a ravishing stone. But in profile the illusion is revealed – the setting, rather than being a circle formed of crescents is created by two halos effortlessly twisting up to the peak, where a shimmering chocolate coloured diamond sits. A fluent, curvaceous form surrounds the centre stone.

Options:

The Clair de Lune Cocktail Rings are available in a host of gemstones including diamond, coloured diamonds, sapphire, garnets, aquamarine and ruby, set in platinum or 18ct white, yellow or rose gold.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Clair de Lune Couleurs Cocktail Rings: 

“The night sky is a constant muse for me, as is the beautiful poetry of Victor Hugo. They have led me to look at the subtle colour changes of the moon, with the seasons. It can comfort, it can illuminate, it can captivate. My Clair de Lune Couleurs pay homage to the eternal beauty of the ever changing character of nightfall.”

Clair de Lune Roux

A romantic ruby, surrounded by pink sapphires and white diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold.

Clair de Lune Azure

As wondrous as a blue moon, the centre sapphire is surrounded by aquamarine and diamonds and set in pristine platinum.

Clair de Lune Doré

A warm, wonderful chocolate coloured diamond, orange sapphires and yellow diamonds set in rose gold.

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Chapiteau De Diamants Bridal Set

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An enchanting engagement ring and matching wed to mark the most magical of declarations…

There is no more magical a day, and the Chapiteau De Diamants Bridal Set is the perfect wedding day memento and abiding symbol of love. This enchanting engagement ring glimmers with luxuriant diamonds set in sublime platinum – the perfect way to mark the most romantic of events. The soft curve of the band gives rise to a distinctive hexagonal setting, home to a pool of exquisitely cut diamonds that play with the light for a captivating, magical display.

Echoing the dynamic form of the engagement ring, the stone set wedding band is available half or full-set.

Specification:

Engagement: A strikingly clear, bright 0.33ct diamond centre in a gleaming platinum setting.

Wedding: Perfect platinum holds bright white diamonds, set fully or half way around the band.

Options:

The sensational Chapiteau de Diamants is also available in a host of precious stones set in platinum or 18ct white, rose or yellow gold. The Chapiteau matching wedding ring is available with a fully or half diamonds, or as a plain band.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Chapiteau de Diamants:

Chapiteau de Diamants is as lavish and exuberant as it is gently mesmerising. An understated adaptation of the exuberant Chapiteau theme, I’ve worked with the internal form of the hexagonal to bring breathtaking detail to a simple, elegant concept – a truly distinctive engagement ring.”

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Chapiteau De Paraiba Cocktail Ring

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Inspired by Versailles, alive with decadence, opulence and theatre…

Every facet of the breathtaking Chapiteau de Paraiba Cocktail Ring is a canvas for an extravagant collection of stones, the angles of the hexagonal setting echoed in falling chevrons of diamonds through the band. Chapiteau’s lavish, angular centre uses depth, space and light to add drama to an irresistibly alluring blue Paraiba tourmaline, lauded above a coterie of glimmering pink sapphires. Each of the hexagon’s six panels hosts a cool, mint green tourmaline framed by an abundance of diamond light.

Specification:

A wonderful 2.91ct Paraiba, with pink sapphires, mint green tourmalines and diamonds set in white gold.

Options:

The unique Chapiteau de Paraiba is available in a host of precious stones set in platinum or 18ct white, rose or yellow gold.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Chapiteau de Paraiba Cocktail Ring:

“I was spellbound by the unabashed indulgence of Versailles and designed Chapiteau to express just that – the endless wonder of something that misses no opportunity to shine brighter, sparkle deeper or captivate for longer.”

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Clair De Lune Diamond Drop Earrings

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An ardent devotional to the wonderous night skies…

A truly exquisite addition to the Clair de Lune collection, these drop earrings are the epitome of elegant glamour. Inverted crescent moons, moving independently, a stream of immaculate diamonds, in a rise and fall of sizes, catching the light and glinting along their setting. The white gold vertical axis is also set with diamonds, a tumble of tiny bright stars.

Specification:

Two stunning, enveloping crescents of white gold, set with bright white diamonds. 

Options:

Clair de Lune drop earrings are available in 18ct white, yellow and rose gold and platinum.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Clair de Lune Drop Earrings:

“This design captures the silent movement of the night sky, the glinting of those far away stars and the bright wonder of the celestial dance – all a constant and wonderful inspiration to me.”

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Cannelé Bracelet

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The perfect addition to the most sought after AG collection…

Suffused with that inimitably Gallic appeal, this fine, detailed Cannelé bracelet is designed to sit so gracefully and close-fitting to the wrist. An elegant blend of classic Cannelé fluted beads, placed along an elegant chain, with a spectacular centre diamond, the star of the show. The adjustable slider allows you to fit its length and look to suit you effortlessly, and a hand engraved clasp is just the perfect finishing touch.

Specification

The timeless Cannelé bracelet is available in white gold, with a central 0.25ct G VS diamond.

Options

The Cannelé bracelet is available in a variety of precious stones and sizes in 18ct white, rose and yellow gold.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Cannelé Bracelet:

“The Cannelé ring was my first French inspired creations so my recent retreats in this beautiful country were fitting for me to further develop the collection. As you would expect, the bracelet holds all the fineness, beauty and delight of the original ring.“

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Chapiteau De Coloré Earrings

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A bejeweled expression of the flamboyance and opulence of Versailles…

The Chapiteau de Coloré show-stopping earrings, set in luxuriant 18ct yellow gold. Graceful and fine, but abundant with glimmering stones and vivid colour, two hexagonal frames are adorned with a cocktail of sapphires, tourmaline and diamonds, their gentle movement capturing every glimmer of light. The second, larger hexagon can be detached for a simpler look.

Specification

Tourmalines, sapphires and diamonds are ingeniously set in two hexagonal frames of 18ct yellow gold.

Options

The Chapiteau de Coloré is available with a variety of precious stones set in platinum or 18ct white, rose or yellow gold.

Andrew Geoghegan on the Chapiteau de Coloré Earrings:

“I was spellbound by the unabashed indulgence of Versailles and designed Chapiteau to express just that – the endless wonder of something that misses no opportunity to shine brighter, sparkle deeper or captivate for longer.”

To find out more information or enquire about your nearest retailer simply get in touch with us now!

Moonlight, Rosés and Reds.

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Andrew Geoghegan’s South of France studio is nestled in the Languedoc region which produces around a third of the wine made in France.  In the seventies, this region of France was renowned more for its cheap plonk than its luxurious reds but in recent years an emergence of niche producers have wowed wine experts with the quality of their product.  In a region that produces more wine than the whole of Australia, it can be tricky to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff with such a competitive market.

World famous Mas de Daumas Gassac is the estate historically responsible for showing the world that Languedoc can produce serious wines.  Located to the north-west of Montpellier, the vines grow in an extraordinary micro-climate and are considered the finest terroir in the South of France.  The wine here is consistently exceptional and featured recently in the Guardian’s recent’ Wines of the Week’.  Wine expert David Williams recommends the ‘elegant’ Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge, IGP Pays d’Hérault, France 2014 –a red dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon which luxuriously mixes ‘cassis with aniseed and garrigue herb, and built to last for many years’.

In a region saturated with vineyards, producers have to compete to become Languedoc’s finest and brands are seeking out innovative ways to get noticed.   Drawn to producers that pursue quality and excellence, Andrew became fascinated by the methods winemakers were using to stand out from the crowd.  In an age where environmental concerns are high on the consumer agenda, some savvy makers are tapping into the popularity of the organic market and a select few are going even further by seeking the much coveted ‘Demeter-certifed’ status.

With only 2% of vineyards in the whole France achieving the accolade, this exceptional eco-label is one which the discerning consumer and wine buff uses to seek out something rather special.  To achieve the status, the wine has to be produced following strict rules of biodynamic farming.  It’s essentially a return to a bygone era when agricultural land was managed intuitively using a holistic approach, following the lunar cycle to determine when to plant and harvest.

The vineyard closest to Andrew Geoghegan’s French retreat and studio, Mas d’Espanet, has achieved the Demeter award and their wines are becoming highly sought after jewels in the Languedoc crown. Their Eolienne Rouge 2014 featured in the best wines of the year in the most recent edition of ‘La Revue du Vin de France’.  A cherry red wine, made up predominantly of Grenache, it’s described as ‘claiming serenity from its fresh soil’ and is dominated by aromas of dark berries.

For Andrew, working and designing in an environment that yields such wonderful harvests, brings with it both inspiration and a work ethic that enthuses his own creations. From his studio balcony he has watched the seasonal changes of the vineyard landscape as autumn’s rich, warm hues turned into summer’s abundant verdure.  The Clair de Lune collection, initially available in diamond, is currently being adorned in colour, paying homage to the vibrant shades of the Languedoc region and the surrounding beauty.

 

Links:

Find out more about biodynamic wine production here: http://www.biodyvin.com/

http://masdespanet.com/Eolienne_rg.php

http://www.bbr.com/products-36443-2014-mas-de-daumas-gassac-rouge-pays-d-herault

‘Slow Fashion’ is Picking Up Pace.

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In a world of gross over-consumption there is a growing desire amongst some designers and consumers to move away from items that are churned out to match the season’s latest trend and then discarded when the next fashion hits the catwalk. The so-called ‘Slow Fashion’ movement is one which encourages consumers to purchase items that have real longevity, advocating that purchases invest in real craftsmanship and consider classic designs over passing fads.

It’s all about becoming a conscious consumer by actively choosing brands that appreciate the bigger picture, who are keen to minimize the social and environmental costs of mass production and who are keen to move towards a more sustainable fashion industry.

Andrew Geoghegan has never been tempted down the low cost, high volume model preferring to focus the brand’s attention on jewellery that is impeccably well-made.  Our pieces are regarded as investments.  It’s true that Slow Fashion brands often come with a higher price tag but it is one that reflects the cost of making classic pieces that are created to stand the test of time.  Indeed, Slow Fashion brands, like ours, often offer repair or restyling services to help the consumer keep their pieces beautiful for longer.

Slow Fashion encourages the age-old tradition of passing items of value from one generation to the next and with it the story of who created it and for what purpose.  It is a movement that enjoys the personality of pieces and encourages the consumer to seek out designers who can offer bespoke designs to satisfy the needs of creativity, identity and participation in individuals.

Slow Fashion isn’t a passing craze, it’s a movement that harks back to a bygone era where jewellery and clothes weren’t regarded as throwaway items but as something you kept, looked after and valued.  It’s a movement supported by designers, industry leaders and a growing number of savvy consumers who want to choose quality over quantity.

 

You can find out more about the Slow Fashion Movement here: http://slowfashionforward.org/slowfashionvalues

Making Waves

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A multi-award winning designer, it is no secret Andrew Geoghegan has long-since been a press favourite. His eternally glamorous designs blending classic with contemporary have becoming renowned for creating a stir with fashion and jewellery editors…

It has, even by AG’s standards, been a particularly glittering few months for the brand, with the cream of the fashion industry accelerating their appreciation of the designer-of-the-moment with a wealth of fashion and jewellery features. Spotted in Harpers Bazaar, the FT ‘How to Spend it’, The Telegraph Luxury and Shortlist magazine as well as outlets favoured by industry authorities including The Jewellery Editor and JewelStreet – AG’s celebrity wearer following has only strengthened the designers grip on the trade and consumer media.

Appearing on the perfectly manicured fingers of Pippa Middleton, Andrew Geoghegan’s designs have also been called in to decorate A-list celebrities in blockbuster films and are frequently requested by celebrity stylists and for high-end fashion shoot purposes.

Autumn/Winter Jewellery Launches

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Time nestled away in his South of France design studio has certainly inspired Andrew Geoghegan, and Autumn/Winter 2016 sees the launch of some incredible new pieces to the AG collections. As expected, each new piece is perfectly considered and balanced, with seemingly contrasting elements to create miniature masterpieces. Expect exquisite cocktail rings and captivating engagement and wedding rings alongside new bracelets and earrings

 

Chapiteau

The historic translation of this French word is place for a spectacle or event and this title will be understood on your first glance at the collection. In keeping with the current trend for jewellery with strong geometric form, the hexagon takes centre stage in the Chapiteau to be launched this A/W16 at IJL. This dynamic collection features a decadent and impactful cocktail ring as well as commanding engagement and wedding rings. Whichever of the six-sides you view the pieces from, we guarantee delight.

 

Cannelé Bracelet

A long-awaited addition to the brands best-selling collection, the delicate Cannelé Bracelet is astonishingly pretty, featuring the signature Cannelé fluting on the setting and within other elements of the piece. Elegant and timeless, one can purchase an all diamond version or choose from other delightful stones including chocolate diamonds, rubies and sapphires – allowing this piece to be entirely tailored to the wishes of the wearer.

 

Clair de Lune Earrings

The scintillating diamond-set Clair de Drop Earrings are a natural addition to the AG collection following the successful launch of the Clair de Lune bridal rings in February. Additional elements to the collection are also being worked on and will be launched throughout the year. Eveningwear at its very finest, the earrings play beautifully with the lunar crescent theme and these will be an eagerly anticipated launch at IJL in September.

 

Clair de Lune Couleur

As with many of AG’s diamond collections, colour soon follows on from the classic diamond-set pieces. The Clair de Lune is proving itself to be the most perfect canvas for colourful additions. A rainbow of glorious luminosity, expect rings setting rich sapphire with aquamarines and seductive rubies with pink sapphires. The entire Clair de Lune Couleur collection will delight and inspire.

Trends for 2016

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As Baselworld closed its doors earlier this year, on arguably the biggest jewellery event in Europe, this season’s jewellery trends emerge for us all to regale.  Fascinated to see what would be the predominant trends for 2016, Andrew Geoghegan explored what was showcased.

Harpers Bazaar baptized the overwhelming trend for the rise in geometrical shapes and architecturally inspired work as the ‘Industrial Revolution’, emphasized by displays of chain links, buckles and steely metal work.  Andrew was delighted to see this as a rising trend as one of his designs in production to be launched at the IJL, is one which marries robust hexagonal form with a strong architectural flavour.

When it came to framing the face, earrings dominated the scene with big, bold styles and explosions of bright, often clashing, primary colours.   Maria Doulton, The Telegraph Luxury, noted the predominance of a single statement earring with designers choosing a decidedly asymmetrical look, which certainly draws attention to the individual pieces.

The predominance of 2016 Pantone colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, were noted by Ruth Faulkner, Retail Jeweller, particularly in the Spring and Summer collections. Belinda Morris, The Jeweller magazine, reported the predominance of green stones with emeralds, tsavorite and green topaz particularly catching her eye.

On the catwalks, it seems that fashion jewellery brands continue to dominate the accessories, but Faulkner, RJ magazine, observed a growing trend for wearing fashion pieces alongside fine jewellery.  Indeed, Michelle Graff, National Jeweler magazine, noticed an overwhelming rise in ‘day-to-night’ jewellery wear – pieces which aren’t too ostentatious for the office but still provide the necessary wow factor for an evening at the theatre

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN WINS IJL’S EDITOR’S CHOICE – TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR RENAISSANCE RING

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We’re delighted to announce that British Jewellery Designer, Andrew Geoghegan, has been awarded the Editor’s Choice ‘Technical Excellence’ Award at International Jewellery London 2015 (IJL) for his ring, the Renaissance.

This is the second time Andrew has been awarded an Editor’s Choice award – which recognises and showcases jewellery designers who exhibit the most creative and cutting edge jewellery at IJL. Pieces are judged and winners selected by Claire Adler, Jewellery and Luxury Journalist and Sam Willoughby, Event Director at IJL.

IJL explained why the Renaissance is so special:

“The Renaissance Ring is a truly innovative take on a classic design and also boasts an exquisite form of stone setting. Classic designs are usually described as such because of their aesthetics, longevity and style. It is essential that when a designer is developing ideas based on classics, they retain respect for them and are very sensitive as to how they are reinvented or adapted. When viewed from the top, the Renaissance ring is a delightful cluster and perhaps the only distinguishing feature is the elongated and dynamic centre stone claws. However, when the ring is rotated, the real magic of the piece emerges. Many of Andrew’s designs have ‘fluidity’ as an underlying theme and this ring is no exception. The centre claws appear to travel through the surround setting, morph into the shank and then flow seamlessly into the surround setting – representing a highly complicated skilled feat in terms of CAD, goldsmithing and the setting of the surround stones.”

Andrew Geoghegan commented on the win;

“Winning Editor’s Choice is incredible news for me – as it will give the company increased awareness with both the trade and consumer, as well as ‘wrap’ the brand in yet more excellence. The benefits internally are equally dramatic as the whole team is understandably delighted and further motivated. For me personally, it is an industry pat on the back and acknowledgement that we are on the right track. Winning also has an extra significance as we launch our eagerly awaited rebrand which we promise is confident, innovative and luxury – as you would expect!”

Claire Adler added: “The clean lines and geometric finish of Andrew Geoghegan’s Renaissance ring belie its intricacy. It incorporates the workmanship of a dedicated and passionate jeweller”.

Since winning his first Editor’s Choice Award in 2011, Andrew Geoghegan has won Designer of the Year with the BJA and also been shortlisted for Designer of the Year with Retail Jeweller.

Andrew Geoghegan Launches the Cannelé Cushion Engagement Ring

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Here at AG HQ we’re extremely excited about a certain addition to one of our well-loved engagement ring collections.

We debuted the Cannelé Cushion to the jewellery industry at Houlden London in February and are so pleased to finally be able to introduce this beautiful new ring to you all!

Extending the best-selling Cannelé range – which currently consists of the highly popular Twist and rings, the Cushion – was the ideal next step for AG.

The demand for stones combining a square cut with rounded corners began around 200 years ago, where they were marvelled for their regal-looking shape and sparkle and so, the enticing, all new Cannelé Cushion reaffirms the inspiration of classicism behind the entire collection.

As this cut has become exceedingly more sought after in the modern marketplace, with the recent trend for ‘fancy cut’ centre diamond engagement rings, we knew it would be the ideal addition to our delicate yet striking Cannelé collection.

The Cannel is alluring, with a third of a carat diamond cushion cut surrounded by stunning accent diamonds, creating a deeply desirable ring that is stimulating senses.

Meticulous hours of work have gone into combining the square aspects of the cushion alongside the delicate band as well as the impeccable detailing across the rear of the ring. This is a design that is just as eye-catchingly beautiful from underneath as from the top.

Soft, feminine and timelessly beautiful, this new ring is effortlessly complimentary and is sure to delight anyone who casts their eyes upon it.

We’re incredibly proud of this new creation and cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

Andy

Andrew Geoghegan Launches Chocolate Box Blue Cocktail Ring

Andrew Geoghegan is building on what has already been a wonderful start to 2015 with the launch of the delicious Chocolate Box Blue cocktail ring. This pure statement piece will join the already recognised Chocolate Box collection, which includes the Original, Rose, Envy and Clash.

Andrew has decided to launch the new colourway of this iconic cocktail ring after the success of the existing Chocolate Box range. The signature creation is the perfect purchase for anyone who is looking to have a wonderfully confident creation in tantalising shades of one of this year’s must-have colours, blue.

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Cannelé Collection Named as one of the Top Five Bridal Collections of 2014

Andrew Geoghegan’s Cannelé collection has been awarded the coveted ‘Highly Commended’ accolade in the Bridal Collection category of Professional Jeweller’s ‘Collections of the Year’ 2014 awards.

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The highly commended title sees Andrew’s Cannelé range recognised as one of the top five bridal collections of 2014.

Speaking about the Cannelé collection, Professional Jeweller had this to say:

“With its delicate setting and shank reminiscent of its French namesake, the Andrew Geoghegan Cannelé collection has won praise across the industry since its launch. It heralds AG’s brand move into the realms of ‘pretty’ engagement rings and fine jewellery – showcasing a lighter and more delicate route than the brand’s established offering.

The word Cannelé reflects the shape of the main setting in the collection of engagement rings, stud earrings and pendants. Each of the delicate flutings are cut and polished under a microscope, with the collection designed to be highly personalised by each customer.

Geoghegan has commented that the Cannelé is the perfect engagement ring, stating that the engagement ring has been the brand’s fastest-selling piece since its launch”.

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AG jewellery has received notable acclaim over the last 12 months, with Andrew crowned the British Jewellers’ Association ‘Designer of the Year’ in December 2013. At the Retail Jeweller ‘UK Watch & Jewellery awards’, Andrew was again thrown into the spotlight, shortlisted for ‘Designer of the Year’ and receiving further praise for his Cannelé collection which went on to become a finalist in the same awards.

Of his success Andrew noted:

“For me, it’s all about quality, quality, quality. I’ve sourced some of the very best goldsmiths and setters in the world and together we’re creating incredible pieces, the likes of which have never been seen before. This year was about creating cohesive suites of jewellery, adding more gents weds, earrings and pendants – which is what AG customers are asking for. 2015 is going to be huge for us with a complete rebrand and reinvigorated marketing plan”. 

VIDEO: Andrew Geoghegan Talks About his Cannelé Collection

You don’t want to miss this. Featuring Designer of the Year, Andrew Geoghegan and his faithful ginger hound, Wilbur – find out where the Cannelé was conceived, the inspiration behind this best-selling collection and what really makes Andrew Geoghegan tick… (more…)

Andrew Geoghegan joins other Top Designers to create charm bracelet for Breast Cancer Care

Some of the UK’s leading jewellery designers have joined forces to create a stunning, sterling silver, charm bracelet for The British Jewellers’ Association which is to be auctioned at International Jewellery London to raise money for the charity Breast Cancer Care UK. (more…)

Andrew Geoghegan Announced as Finalist in Two UK Watch & Jewellery Award 2014

It’s with delight that today I can announce that AG has been named as a finalist in two of the UK Watch & Jewellery Awards 2014 categories. We’ve been shortlisted for both the ‘Designer of the Year’ and the ‘Bridal Collection of the Year’ for the stunning Cannelé range.

This brilliant news comes to you from AG towers, where the team is currently celebrating with a well-deserved cup of tea and pack of fancy biscuits (because nothing says HOORAY like a decent mug of Yorkshire tea).

I’ve worked harder than ever in the past year to continue to build the AG brand into one of true British excellence. I’ve felt a surge of energy and inspiration and hope you would agree that the recent collections are exceptional in design and attention to detail.

For me, it’s all about quality, quality, quality. I’ve sourced some of the very best goldsmiths and setters in the world and together we’re creating incredible pieces, the likes of which have never been seen before

As always, thank you all so much for your continued support of AG – I aim to wow you all with more show-stopping pieces in the very near future.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Andrew.

Jewellery Servicing

We have proudly offered customers for some years now an annual refinishing service on our pieces and have kept this service complimentary for as long as it has been possible. We must now inform you that this is no longer tenable and it is now necessary for the AG service for all existing AG customers and future customers be charged for. The following gives you some details on your new AG service: (more…)

The Bespoke AG Snake Ring – A Fitting Tribute & Exquisite Work of Art

I am used to creating bespoke pieces for clients – the likes of which often have a particularly touching story or sentiment behind them. It’s always a great pleasure and honour to be involved in bringing to life something which is so very personal.

Recently, I was commissioned by a very good friend of mine to create a ring of immense sentiment. The stone was taken from a ring his mother had worn before she passed away, and he wanted to create something he could wear always as a tribute to her. My friend is also a keen ‘Kundalini’ Yoga practitioner and the symbol for which is two snakes entwined. And so the journey began, and I set about creating one of AG’s most adventurous rings to date… (more…)

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN WINS BJA ‘DESIGNER OF THE YEAR’ 2013

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Andrew Geoghegan, the Yorkshire based jewellery designer and Founder of British fine jewellery design house, AG, has been announced as the winner of the British Jewellers Association (BJA) ‘Designer of the Year’ award 2013.

The announcement came following an awards ceremony in Birmingham last night. Andrew fought off his competition, the very talented Jessica Flinn Designs, Babette Wassermann, Lucy Quartermaine, Deakin and Francis and Charmian Beaton Design to scoop the award. (more…)

Video Post: Welcoming the full AG Cannelé Ring Family

Not really sure what to say about the new additions to the Cannelé family – it’s a collection that will set your heart racing.  Retailers have gone absolutely wild for this delicately beautiful ring – so much so that the original diamond Cannelé has become the fastest selling AG diamond ring to date.  We’re pretty sure that everyone is going to be delighted that the equally lovely additions have finally been photographed and are now available to purchase: rubies, blue and pink sapphires, yellow diamonds and chocolate diamonds, there’s no box these miniature masterpieces don’t tick. (more…)

Lights, camera, action! The ‘Chosen’ Facebook ring has its first photo shoot

It seems like an age ago that you fine folks helped me to created a beautiful and unique diamond ring through the powers of social media. In fact it was only a few months ago that we revealed the completed design and you picked a name fitting for the worlds first crowd sourced Facebook ring, ‘The Chosen’. (more…)

AG Announced as ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ Finalist 2013

It’s with a huge sense of delight that I can announce I’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ category in the UK Jewellery Awards 2013.

To tell you the truth I’m bowled over by the news – 2013 has been something of a whirlwind, and already ranks as one of the busiest ever for the AG brand. I really feel like my desire to create is stronger that ever, and the inspiration for new designs appears to be coming thick and fast.

Perhaps it’s the birth of baby Arthur that has opened my mind to the vast untapped potential of my designs, or maybe it’s the fact I’ve been taking a long hard look at the AG brand as a whole. Whatever it might be, the speed and ferocity of evolution is a little unnerving at times, but I’m so grateful for the positive feedback that I’m sure I’m doing the right thing and designing from the heart (or somewhere a little deeper perhaps?)

Now more than ever I feel sure I’m designing uncompromising works of art that instigate that wonderful feeling which comes from marveling at something of true beauty.

Keep everything crossed for me AG friends and huge thanks for all your support so far.

Andy.

Revealed. The beautiful Cannelé.

Lighter and finer than the usual AG piece, I believe the Cannelé is one of the most impeccable pieces I’ve ever designed. I’m seriously excited about this one (as you might have gathered). It’s not that this beautiful platinum diamond ring is in any way better than my past designs, just that it has tapped into a very different style for me – perhaps brought on by my son Arthur’s birth. (more…)

Revealed. The Creation Pendant Diamond and Sapphire.

Last year, we asked AG customers what they’d like to see more of. The answer was a resounding, ‘more statement pieces such as pendants and earrings’. As you know, we are all about aiming to delight – so inspired by the growing bump, which was soon to become the splendid little Arthur, I designed the Creation Pendant Diamond and Sapphire, something I hope you’ll agree has turned out rather well…

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Paying Homage to the Classics

You would think that when approaching twenty years in business, I must be showing signs of apathy or desire for a change. I can hand on heart tell you that this is simply not the case. In fact, totally the opposite! I am enjoying business more than ever and my creativity seems to be equally stimulated and inspired. I am aware of a shift though which is in itself creating a very exciting development with the AG collection. (more…)

Unusual stone Settings – an AG Passion

Now I don’t know about you, but as a child I was fascinated by how things were put together. I remember spending hours taking apart pretty much anything I couldn’t initially figure out (including birthday and Christmas presents – much to the horror of my long-suffering parents). It’s a passion (read: infatuation) I’ve continued through to my adult years; studying, building, designing and creating pieces that both captivate and intrigue.

Those of you who know me will recognise the design element which really sets me apart from other jewellery designers is the ongoing pursuit to push boundaries with my jewellery, in particular the way in which I set the stones into each piece. (more…)

She said YES! A Christmas Love Story

What a year 2012 has been. I’ve become a dad for the first time and felt more invigorated than ever designing some of my most exceptional pieces to date. All this innovating wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of you lovely lot, so my final email of 2012 is rightly dedicated to you all.

As I was writing this newsletter and thinking about what an incredible year we’ve had here at AG Towers, I saw an email pop up in my inbox. The first line?

‘Hi Andrew, SHE SAID YES!’ (more…)

Wave a Royal Hello to the Incredible Fission Cluster Cushion Sapphire

There’s just something about Sapphires. Perhaps it’s the adoration the stone has received since the beginning of time, or its connotations with the Royal Family? Historical stories about sapphires go back as far as 12th Century BC , when according to legend, Helen of Troy owned a large star sapphire, which was believed to hold the key to her desirability. (more…)

AG Inspired – Digital Dinosaur Watches

I am confident (at least I hope it wasn’t just me!) that most men around my age would agree that as a young boy, digital watches were a ‘must have’ and we ogled at ones with more buttons and heaven forbid a bloody calculator!

It was probably something to do with the fact that it was our chance to own our first piece of high technology combined with the fact that it could tell you the time in Kathmandu! Digital watches were introduced initially as a novelty and a sign of changing times (excuse the pun!). The widespread growth of mobile phone technology ultimately made the limited functionality of the digital watch and its offshoots obsolete in the long (or short) run, but my love of them remained. (more…)

AG inspired – Boccioni; Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

As a Jewellery Designer, I find inspiration in a ridiculous number of things. In the past I’ve taken inspiration from architecture, nature, art, words both written and spoken, and of course a great amount of inspiration has come from many other jewellery designers whom I consider geniuses. I decided it was about time I started blogging about some of my favourite pieces of inspiration, since I guess that’s what a blog is all about, and so you might get a little more insight into the mind behind the designs…scary I know!

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Softening in my old age..

On showing one of my retailers this year a softer, more rounded profile ring – he advised me to bring this into more of my pieces. So out came the laptop and sparks flew from the mouse as I entered into marathon sessions in front of my CAD programme. One of the results of this work is the Reveal 2 – essentially it is the Reveal with a purely rounded profile. I am not saying either is better or worse then the other – they just suit different tastes. What with the Reveal being my most desired ring, it made sense to increase the offering of the range. (more…)

The Fruits of Opal

 

Tell me which of the opals is your favourite – Mexican Leopard (left) or Ethiopian Welo (right)? Click Opal Vote and write your choice in the comments.

I recently had a call from a London retailer the other day and he told me that a French gentleman had visited him in the shop with some exquisite opals. Not only this but he said that there was one variety that had been mined by the Aztecs, since lost, and now found! Well this sort of phone call does not come along every day so I thanked my man in London and rapidly made contact across the Channel. Before long the two delightful stones pictured landed on my doorstep and they are causing a bit of excitement at AG. (more…)

AG Bespoke

During my 15 years of designing and creating we have made some spectacular bespoke pieces but usually they are out of the workshop before a camera gets anywhere near them. Thankfully we have been able to take a some shots of two of our most recent creations and these really show off our skill in design and manufacture. The bespoke side of the business is time consuming but especially rewarding to both my customers and me!

The yellow diamond ring was created for one of my long standing retailers S.T. Hoppers in Boston, Lincs. The centre stone is a Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant Diamond and is accompanied by the same but in Brilliant Cuts.  Set in 18ct yellow gold this really turned out to be a beautifully rich and vibrant piece. It goes to show that we are not just contemporary designers: the classic ring styles can be exquisite and I have studied them carefully in order to develop my skills as a designer.

Sapphire and Diamond Bespoke

Based on the Basileus style, this sapphire and diamond spectacle of stone setting wizardry was made for Judith Wade, probably the most liked individual in the UK jewellery industry! Her brief to me was something like..  “Come up with a ring design for me and let’s have diamonds all over it!”.  Now that is a brief I can get my teeth into. With around 370 diamonds all expertly set in platinum, this piece really is an eyecatcher not to mention the exquisite cushion cut sapphire.

370 diamonds!

I hope to bring you more bespoke pieces as I create them and if you would like to commission me then please get in touch.

Launching the MOHAWK

The much talked about and eagerly anticipated Mohawk has arrived.  This stunningly sculptural piece sees a 10mm Tahitian Pearl ingeniously suspended in a embracing setting. The concave profile of the ring travels seamlessly into the ‘mohawk’ section, sweeping over the pearl with a dazzle of immaculately grain-set diamonds. I wanted to move away from the classical notions that stipulate a stone should be held in place around its diametric edge and envisioned the pearl suspended as though floating in air, indeed, the illusion of the suspended pearl required some highly innovative and intricate setting techniques. Enjoy!

Parties, Pearls and Prohibition: The History of the Cocktail Ring.

As you gaze down at your sparkling cocktail ring adorning a finger of your right hand and admire its beauty, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever really considered how the piece came into being or tried to discover the dark yet delectable secrets the cocktail ring holds dear.

A relatively new addition to the jewellery world, the term ‘cocktail ring’ was coined only in the last one hundred years and is closely associated with the era of American prohibition back in the 1920s, when the manufacture and sale of alcohol was strictly prohibited.  With rules meant to be broken, illegal cocktail parties would be held in secret, undercover locations.  Women of the era, enjoying the clandestine nature of such events, would take full opportunity to glam up and embellish their flamboyant outfits with equally grandiose cocktail rings.    The rings became synonymous with the glamour of the woman who would ‘dare to wear’.  Indeed, the larger and more ostentatious the ring, the more on trend the woman was deemed to be.

Once the prohibition was lifted, the cocktail ring remained a fashion accessory and allowed gemstone jewellery to stay popular to the present day.  The cocktail ring was sometimes referred to as the ‘right hand ring’ and its history is closely connected to the rise in women’s rights.  As equality for women in the workplace was encouraged, so women made a point of displaying their own independence and personality.  The cocktail ring would usually be purchased by the woman herself and would be chosen to reflect her own style and character rather than the engagement ring which is traditionally selected and purchased by the woman’s husband to be.  The cocktail ring was designed to be eye catching and to make a statement about the woman’s personality.  And indeed, the woman would have more than one piece so that she could change what she wanted to say about herself on any given occasion.

Feeling passionate and fiery, she would choose the Andrew Geoghegan Celestial Fire; sultry yet sophisticated she would select the Satellite whilst on those days when nothing less than elegant and chic would do, she would pick out the Enchanted.

Celestial Fire

In the forties and fifties, the cocktail rings were the chosen accessories for formal social occasions, such as dinner parties, and they became less associated with a woman’s propensity to attend illicit parties.  Celebrities increased their popularity by wearing cocktail rings to high profile events such as the Oscars and thus their desirability for the everyday woman increased massively.

Enchanted

So as you peruse Andrew Geoghegan’s collection of cocktail rings, take a moment to ponder their rich heritage: the undercover parties which saw women’s right hands sparkling in the face of authority, as they lifted that illegal cocktail to their lips; the rise of the independent woman who wanted to wear a beautiful ring now rather than having to wait for the perfect man to come along and buy her one; and the desire to be like those 1940s starlets and have a little bit of luxury adorning your right hand.

Platinum or white gold for an engagement ring?

This is a question I get asked pretty frequently, and I often see the same question cropping up around the web. I’ll do my best to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice…

Choosing an engagement ring is one of the most significant purchases that a man will make in his lifetime. It signifies the bond of love and commitment between couples, and as such requires a great deal of consideration. Many couples opt to choose the Engagement ring together, whilst some men bravely make the choice alone, to surprise their future wife. Regardless of who makes the final decision the design and quality of the ring will permanently be on display, so it is important to get it right. Traditionally gold was always the first choice, as it was perceived as classic and timeless, but over the years Platinum has become ever more popular. Ultimately the decision will be based on cost and personal preference, but here’s a few pointers to help you to decide.

Platinum

The qualities of Platinum are certainly impressive. It has a higher percentage purity than gold and is thirty times more rare (which is reflected in the cost). It is an extremely durable and resistant metal and can remain looking like new for years, emphasizing its excellent quality. This durability naturally lends itself to the security of gems. The last thing you want is loose stones or heaven forbid, lost stones! Platinum rings don’t actually lose their weight; wear and tear simply pushes the material around rather than actually removing it from the piece. This means that pieces will retain their material value.

Another important consideration for some is that Platinum is hypoallergenic, due to its 90 to 95 per cent purity. This makes it an excellent choice for those with particularly sensitive skin.

White Gold

Pure Gold is an element, and precious metal that is naturally always yellow in colour. To create white gold, yellow gold is combined with other metals. Gold in its purest form is actually too soft to be used for jewellery. It is combined with such metals as nickel, silver or palladium to make it harder, coloured (if required) and more durable. When you hear someone discussing the carat of gold (9, 14 18 or 22ct) they are referring to the percentage of gold in relation to other metals. 18ct  white gold, for example, is 75 per cent pure gold combined with approximately 15 per cent palladium and some other metals. White gold rings are also coated with another metal called Rhodium – a metal that is similar to platinum, particularly in its colour. The plating makes the white gold appear “whiter” and offers extra durability. However, this plating doesn’t last forever. In fact it’s advisable to have Rhodium plated jewellery, re-plated every 12 to 18 months to keep it looking new. This is something that should probably be considered when looking at the cost difference between white gold and platinum. Generally 18ct golds are hard metals and usually harder than their lower carat cousins. But this does depend on how the piece is produced. 18ct White gold can be an exceptionally hard metal approaching even the toughness of platinum.

Whether you opt for white gold or platinum, if you choose a designer engagement ring from Andrew Geoghegan we’ll provide free servicing to ensure the piece remains as beautiful as the day you chose it.

Shawish to unveil carved diamond ring

Swiss jewellery house Shawish is set to unveil a world first – a diamond ring carved entirely and directly from a chunk of diamond rough, dubbed ‘The World’s First Diamond Ring’.

A special event will take place on April 14 in London, presenting and charting the creation of the ring from original sketches to final design. The ring is unique as it’s composed entirely from a diamond, with the faceted band carved directly into the stone.

London has been selected as the city to present the exclusive invitation-only event at Il Bottaccio, on Grosvenor Place. Brothers Mohamed Shawesh and Majdy Shawesh, who co-serve as the brand’s CEO &
president, are the brains behind the unusual design.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of global cultures, Shawish sees jewellery as a way to “enhance a woman’s femininity and beauty.”

The Shawish flagship store is found in Geneva’s cathedral square.

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Now this I am looking forward to seeing. The cost of this must have been spectacular mainly because of the fact that there would have to be a hole (for the finger)! I have a funny feeling that sizing may be a bit of a bugger! Our diamond rings are modest in comparison but if you click unusual engagement rings you will be welcomed by one of the most eclectic collections of diamond rings in the UK.

Faberge Cubed!

Russian high jewellery brand Faberge has unveiled a collection of one-off, couture jewellery designs inspired by Fauvism and Constructivism at BaselWorld 2011. Described as “In tune with the Bauhaus and Cubism, the striking Constructivism capsule collection includes the Dissonance earrings and a chunky white gold bangle with enamel, diamonds and Russian demantoid garnets aquamarines, sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines and beryls. The new designs are said to be inspired by the art of Rodchenko and Popova. Faberge also showed a more organic collection inspired by Fauvism, as part of its wider Les Fabuleuses collection. Les Fauves showed off sparkling couture jewellery, taking inspiration from Russian painting, literature, music and ballet, inspired by the work of Diaghilev – with whom Carl Faberge was acquainted – Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Malevich and Kandinsky and Matisse.It is said that Ballet Russes dancers were regularly gifted Faberge jewellery by admirers, and often danced on stage wearing Faberge diamond-set tiaras. Les Fauves collection is, as a result, a fluid collection taking the colours and shapes of the ballet and artistic movements of the early 1900s.

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Like many art students, Cubism and Bauhaus were particular movements that inspired me so these Faberge earrings really caught my eye. Where as there is a trend with jewellery to really emphasise the three dimensional nature of the forms, these pieces reverse that trend. The two dimensional aspect of the earrings are the first thing that hit you – clever and beautifully resolved jewellery!

Roots in Perfection and Love

I thought it may be interesting to let you know a little more about the heart of my company. I can wax lyrical about the designs all day long but what is at the core of Andrew Geoghegan Ltd?

For several years I never really thought about why I do what I do and, if anything, what I was trying to achieve. Then a good friend of mine gave me a book about what makes some companies visionary. The several businesses discussed were the likes of 3M and Ford for examples and the author uncovered a series of similarities in each of these incredible and ‘here to stay’ companies. The most important was a Core Ideology or more specifically core values and purpose. But it was apparent that it was not enough just to have one of these, it was its quality that made the difference:

The ideology had to capture what the company stands for and why it exists. The values must be deep, totally authentic and in no way created just for the sake of the statement. It is not to be confused with operational practises or be compromised for financial gain or short term expediency. The values need no rational or external justification and nor do they change with trends and fashions. They must have a crystal clear simplicity that provides an unequivocal guide. It should contain the fundamental reason for the company’s existence beyond just making money. It should inspire and enthuse……..          is that enough for you?

So armed with this brilliant information I set to work on digging deep within the roots of myself and my company. It was quite an incredible process of upturning old habits and enlightening introspection. And here are the results:

Continuous improvement.
Challenging the individual and requiring their best efforts.
Creating and innovating exquisitely designed and exceptionally crafted jewellery in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ piece.

This short statement took many days of refining and I hope it speaks volumes about why I do what I do. The ‘perfect’ piece phrase is especially important as this sets a pretty much impossible goal which keeps everyone who works with me and my self continually inventing and striving.

Sometime after creating the statement I was discussing it with a friend who also ran a business. When I proudly revealed my statement to him, he paused for a while and asked me was there a further layer beneath the final sentence. I knew that I had peeled off layer after layer to get to it so I replied that there was not. He then suggested that the reason I created jewellery was that people can express their love to each other. I will be totally honest and admit that this never occurred to me – possibly because I have a bit of a hang up with the word love. But on a subconscious level I believe my learned friend had a point. The giving of  engagement rings , wedding rings or even cocktails rings are simply ways of saying ‘I love you’. They are the most emotive and symbolic gifts there are. Maybe I deal with my hang up by immersing myself in an industry based on love.

Armchair psychology aside, creating the statement was a brilliant process and the statement itself is now clear to me, my team and I hope all of my customers.

Everything you need to know about Yellow Diamonds

 


Rarity is one reason for the desirability of yellow diamonds but Tiffany also had a part to play. In 1878, after a year of being studied, a rough yellow diamond was cut under the supervision of a brilliant gemmologist George Kunz. This exquisite stone yielded an impressive 128.51 carat cushion cut and was to be become the emblem of Tiffany & Co. This yellow monster was on display at Tiffany on 5th Avenue for 70 years where it has had millions of admirers. At the time of cutting, Charles Tiffany was unsure of the rarity of the piece as South Africa was producing a healthy measure of yellow stones. But, in the following years, the depth of colour possessed by the emblem stone was confirmed as exceedingly rare and valuable.

So what causes a diamond to be yellow? Here comes the science…

Diamonds are made up of mainly carbon and when one has absolutely no other elements within its structure it possesses no colour and would be graded as a D.

All other diamonds contain other chemical elements, most often nitrogen. Since the nitrogen atoms do not have the same number of electrons as the carbon atoms, they bond with the carbon atoms in such a way that one nitrogen electron remains free. The free electrons are able to partially absorb light, most often the blue and violet wavelengths. The diamond’s yellow colour results from the light that has not been absorbed. The different ways in which the nitrogen atoms are present accounts for the different intensity of yellow within the diamond.

The deeper colours are rarer and thus command high prices.

How are yellow diamonds graded? I am sure you have all heard of white diamonds being referred to as a G VS1 for example. The G stands for the colour. The internationally recognized GIA colour grading scale begins with the letter D (pure white) and ends at letter Z (tinted colour). It is beyond the Z grade that the stone would be referred to as a Fancy Coloured Diamond as opposed to a White Diamond. The lower down you go in the alphabet (so the more yellow you go) the less rare and less expensive the stone is. However after colour Z this is reversed!  The colour range for Fancy Coloured Diamonds includes four colour grades: Fancy Light Yellow, Fancy Yellow, Fancy Intense Yellow, and Fancy Vivid Yellow. The colour known commercially as canary or canary yellow actually refers to the GIA grade of Fancy Vivid Yellow.

Why are most yellow diamonds radiant or cushion cut?

The intensity of the stones can be clearly improved by choosing the most appropriate shape; as a result, the stone’s value will increase accordingly. The Radiant Cut and the Cushion Cut both respond beautifully to large yellow diamonds. The reason for this is that they ‘hold’ the colour well. Experience has shown that a Radiant Cut yellow diamond might be certified as “Fancy Yellow”, whereas the same stone would most probably be certified as only “Fancy Light Yellow” were it to have a round brilliant shape.

The Celebrities. There have been several celebrity yellow diamonds besides the aforementioned Tiffany stone.

The Eureka (Greek for “I‟ve found it!”) is the first recorded diamond to be found in Africa. The pale yellow diamond was found in 1866 by children playing along the Orange River in Hopetown, South Africa. Later, in 1867, the rough 21 carat diamond was officially recorded as the first authenticated diamond discovered in the history of Africa. The diamond was subsequently cut to its current 10.70 ct size and in 1967, a century after its discovery, De Beers bought the diamond and returned it to the African people. The South African government put The Eureka on display at the Kimberley Mine Museum where today it continues to bear witness to the beginnings of the country’s diamond industry.

The Incomparable is the largest faceted yellow diamond in the world. It is flawless and weighs 407.48 ct. It was found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, supposedly by a little girl who was playing on a garbage heap next to a diamond mine. Its colour has been determined by the GIA as Fancy Brown Yellow.

The Kahn Canary is a flawless, rough diamond weighing 4.23 ct. Discovered in 1977 in the state of Arkansas, nick-named “The Natural State”,  this diamond has become the state’s unofficial symbol for its natural uncut triangular form. Former First-Lady Hillary Clinton was allowed to wear the diamond on several ceremonial occasions, including the inauguration of Bill Clinton as the President of the United States of America.

Thanks to Kulsen and Hennig, the coloured diamond specialists.

Pure Gold Genius

  • 26th January 2011 was the date.
  • The Birmingham School of Jewellery was the venue.
  • The speakers were the goldsmithing deity Martyn Pugh and laser welding guru Dr Anne-Marie Carey.
  • The title of the talk was ‘I want one of those in 24ct’.

I can’t remember the last time I went to a lecture and came out of there so inspired and in awe! The genesis of this lecture and it’s title occurred a decade or so ago when one of Martyn Pugh’s customers, on seeing one of his exquisite silver and crystal jugs said, ‘I want one of those in 24ct’.  24ct gold has a beautiful rich colour but is inherently soft. This softness makes it unsuitable for jewellery or tableware but this was all part of the challenge for Pugh. If you haven’t heard of Pugh, you should have! He is prolific British creator of tableware and jewellery and is the winner of several awards and his work is used in 10 Downing Street!

So how do you make 24ct gold tough enough to create a jug with and then pour claret out of? This was the question which Pugh had bouncing around in his head and what followed were groundbreaking in both the end result and processes developed. There is no need to go into too much technical detail here (mainly because it I don’t fully understand it!) but what Martyn had to do was research what micro alloys of gold were available and suitable. A micro alloy is where a tiny amount of another metal is joined with the gold. After many conversations with world leaders in the field of metallurgy and workshop trials involving leading craftspeople, a gold-titanium alloy was chosen. This was 23.9ct pure gold and 0.1ct titanium. On hearing this I first thought that this small amount of titanium could not affect the strength of the gold  – but it does – significantly. This alloy has been used over the past few decades to create jewellery but has not made a huge impact in the industry. Creating the sheets and components of the gold alloy to be worked on was no mean feat and bullion and casting experts were drafted in to figure it all out. Actually the whole project was a successful experiment in pooling the resources and expertise of the best metallurgic/casting/spinning/lasering/goldsmithing minds in the world!

One of the issues that came up when creating the pieces was invisibly joining the sections together – the jug was made up of about half a dozen or so pieces. This is where Dr Anne-Marie Carey came in – the laser wielding welding expert! Countless hours were spent in creating the perfect join which the pieces required. There was no previous research available in the welding of this alloy so Dr Carey had to develop her own. A challenge but highly rewarding.

Believe it or not, one of the most important applications in creating the tableware was good old Brasso! The alloy did not respond well to normal gold polishing methods so Martyn decided to give Brasso a shot and it worked perfectly  – as the image shows!

To those of you who work in metal you may appreciate what Pugh and Carey have achieved here. To sum it up – they have created the first pure (almost!) gold jug and developed the working of a lesser used alloy on a scale never before achieved. Praise be to Oppi Untracht for those who decide to commission the impossible.

In 2008 I returned from a trip to India inspired to use rich gold with platinum in my designs. I heard rumours of these elusive alloys which were hard enough for jewellery but they just remained as rumours. That is until last year when I had the pleasure of chatting with Martyn. It is my desire this year to create some jewellery using this beautiful alloy.  The only thing is that it is bloody hard to produce or source. But, like the Pugh, I will rise to the challenge!

World Gold Council’s six key trends for 2011

Dimiani Rose and White Gold Wedding Rings

The World Gold Council (WGC) has announced six key gold trends for 2011, as seen at Vicenza Fair in Italy last month.

The six trends focus on styles which were popular across gold jewellery at Vicenza, including a focus on gold as a ‘jewel’, delicate gold accents and popular shapes and themes.

Gold – the New Jewel
Gold prices have seen gold accents become a popular way to add a luxurious edge to jewellery designs, with gold becoming a ‘jewel’ to elevate a design. The incorporation of gold into wood or ceramic designs is both eye-catching and modern. Gold chains were nestled amongst silver in designs by SuperOro.

Precious & Delicate
The preciousness of gold was exemplified at Vicenza in delicate and detailed jewellery. High carat, slim chains were shown, combining elegance with classic style. Nanis’ Petites collection presented tiny gold charms on necklaces and rings. Gold detailing had been designed to imitate gemstones, using diamond-cut techniques to catch the light and the eye.

Openwork& Weaving
Expert craftsmanship on show at Vicenza showed how gold electroforming has been taken to a new level. Designers including Tre Spighe and Graziella showed bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that demonstrated a level of detail in gold jewellery which previously was only possible to achieve through hand-carving. Delicate, spidery, skeletal structures weaved through designs – pieces that expressed the beauty of the gold in the most intricate designs.

Texture & Colour
Hammered, diamond-cut and silk finishes were popular textures, creating much interest. A mix of textures were often combined in one piece to create eye-catching effects. Yellow, white and rose gold were combined by designers including Damiani.

Shapes of the Season
Gold hearts, pebbles, stars, seashells and flowers peppered pieces by Il Giglio, Sade and others. Gold Expressions’ Opulent Organics theme was seen throughout the industry at Vicenza Fair. Smaller details were complemented with bolder shapes alongside organic, free-form designs including corals.

Personal Expression
Expert gold craftsmanship found was shown through a trend for versatile jewellery, such as reversible designs; pieces that work with or without charms or those designed to lengthen or shorten chains. Customisable gold by designers including Neri Romualdo, Chimento and Mattioli offered versatility, modernity and the power of personal expression, something seen last year in the popular bead charm trend.

via  ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Brilliantly detailed trend report by Professional Jeweller – as always they are really helping to support and inform the industry. Trends have never been a huge influence with our work as we concentrate on creating more Timeless than Fashionable. Especially when it comes to our unusual engagement rings.  Saying that, it is good to know that we are on trend with Expert Gold Craftmanship which is something we have shouted about for a long while. The combination of white, yellow and rose gold by Damiani sounds delicious – we have seen an excellent response to Rose gold of late championed by our Celestial Rose Cocktail Ring.

Photo Shoot for the Satellite Cocktail Ring

The studio is booked at Powerhouse Photo – and these guys know how to take a pic! The subjects are two Satellite Cocktail rings! These are our most adventurous cocktail rings to date and we have one with Tourmilated Quartz and another with Fire Opal. I guarantee that these shots will knock you socks off so be prepared….

Image care of www.psychedelicporcupine.co.uk

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Timeless Royal Style

The Albert Brooch

In 1840, Queen Victoria married her beloved Albert. The engagement ring that he presented to her was a snake with an emerald-set head. The snake was a symbol of eternal love and emerald was her birthstone.

Victoria’s wedding dress was decorated with hand made lace and adorned with a sapphire and diamond brooch, presented to her by Albert, the day before their wedding.

via Lang Antiques.

Now correct me if I am wrong but the Prince Albert Brooch has a very similar styling to the recent Royal Engagement Ring. The choice of a serpentine engagement ring is a trend which has not lasted to this day but was subsequently fashionable in the 19th century.

Sapphires are associated with fidelity and a gift of sapphire suggests trust, honesty and loyalty which is why it is commonly used as a stone for engagement rings. I have heard it said that the blood that runs through the royals is blue so maybe the sapphire is also a symbol of their status and nobility.

Three Inspirations

When I started out my career in the jewellery industry in the late ’90s it was a very different creature to what it is today. The word ‘brand’ was not uttered that much and there seemed to be more of a focus on design and craft quality. In my opinion, a more pleasant and authentic era but one must change with the times mustn’t one?

So there I was with a full head of hair, and under that a sponge like substance which was absorbing every bit of jewellery information available. 23, passionate and hungry! They say that your formative years are the most influential with regards your developing personality. Maybe the same applies to your career in that the initial influences when you start out in your profession become inspirations which are evident throughout.  Three companies and designers are etched in my memory and their work still has a place in my rhodium plated heart:

Henrich and Densel

When I looked closely at the work of Henrich and Denzel, I could not really believe what I was seeing. As a mere jewellery designer fledging, I did not know that this level of quality and precision was possible – it was perfect! To match this precision was a stunning simplicity and balance which all added up to creating pieces that were bloody marvellous! The designs, even though simple, were innovative and not too out-there for my conservative British taste so all-in-all this company were a huge inspiration to me and engrained within me to always strive for better quality.

Paul Spurgeon

A name familiar with many in the jewellery industry and consumers alike is Paul Spurgeon. It seemed that every jewellery retailer I approached was stocking this man – he was everywhere! On more than one occasion potential retailers would tell me that they loved my collection but wouldn’t do business with me as they had just invested in Paul! And good reason. This man has created some iconic designs – he has an incredible skill of  keeping designs wearable and practical yet they posess a sculptural and timeless aspect – no mean feat as any jewellery designer will tell you. His focus on the setting of the gems is something which we both share and his approach to keep reinventing has no doubt spurred me on in my endeavours.

Neissing


You may think that my famous three are a little German heavy when I mention my next inspiration but there is good reason.  I was working in Manchester when I first clasped eyes on the  Neissing’s Tension set ring. I was initially dubious of the strength of the setting but when I actually tried to physically twist a ring I understood that there were some strong German forces at work! As with Henrich and Densel the craft was flawless and the grace of the pieces was undeniable even if some of the pieces got a little heavy for the UK market. An interesting fact is that both Neissing and the late Stephen Kretchmer from the US claim to have invented the Tension Set idea. Kretchmer, who died in 2006, was a brilliant goldsmith and metalurgist even developing ‘levitating’ jewellery using a magnetised platinum alloy. As I have a fascination with innovating settings, the ingenuity of the tension ring was indeed a strong inspiration.

So there you have it – three very important jewellers that have helped me to carve my own path in the industry. There are no doubt many more but it is these that I would like to thank and ask that you keep doing what you are doing.

“Up-cycling” – the new Re-cycling!

Image kindly donated by www.feedthechildren.org.uk

Dower & Hall have unveiled a new “up-cycle” scheme to help transform old gemstone jewellery into affordable, new designs.

Having first designed their Twinkle stack rings twenty years ago, Dower & Hall’s new Sentiment rings have been created “to bring new life to old jewels”, by setting customer’s own diamonds or gemstones into the pre-designed stacking rings.

She added: “We saw a rise in brides coming into our stores with family diamonds that they wanted to use, or they had been proposed to with the grooms family ring, but they felt they needed to add their own style. Sentiment will be a great way to do this.”

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Congratulations Dower and Hall – great idea. There must be a huge amount of diamonds and stones which are lying around in unfashionable or damaged jewellery! This clever marketing idea by the Scottish based designers will no doubt do them proud.

A Right Royal Knees-Up!

The ring

Not since 1981, when that fabulous sapphire engagement ring surrounded by diamonds appeared the first time around, has the world been so excited about a royal wedding.  With William and Kate’s announcement of a spring time celebration accompanied by the fabulous news that we all get an official day off to enjoy it, royal wedding fever has enraptured the nation.

Gripped by news stories speculating over the fine details, Andrew Geoghegan Ltd, has been pondering over what would make the perfect royal wedding.  With the UK trying hard to crawl out of the depths of economic recession we doubt William and Kate will go for the pomp and circumstance that regaled the wedding of Charles and Diana back in the eighties.  But we still expect something more than a little bit special to cheer us all up.

We’ll spend time wondering what Kate’s dress will be like; where William will take his friends on the stag do and what jokes Harry will make at his older brother’s expense in the best man’s speech.  But speculate as we may, it’s hard to imagine how this contemporary royal pair will celebrate their union.

We doubt they’ll opt for one of those popular themed occasions which force guest to dress up like Vikings or other historical figures – it just wouldn’t go down well with the Queen and her friends the Heads of State.  We imagine they’ll avoid scenes of faux-fairytales with lots of pink taffeta like those adopted by Katy Price and Posh Spice in celebrity weddings splashed over the front cover of HELLO magazine.

We do imagine that there will be high glamour, exquisite tailoring and some incredibly impressive hats. Like a red carpet occasion, there will be designer outfits galore and plenty of famous faces to spot. And we can only assume that Kate’s huge sapphire will be complemented by something equally as fabulous as she takes the spotlight at as a future Queen of England.

As the crowds delight in watching a new era of royalty take their vows at Westminster, we know guests will be sipping the finest champagne dusted down from the special section of Prince Charles’ cellar and that the canapés served at the wedding breakfast will be much better than those from your average wedding caterer.

With less than an 100 days to go, we know we’ll join the millions of people who’ll gasp in admiration at Katy’s bridal wear on April 29th and feel a sense of national pride as William and Kate become Mr and Mrs King and Queen to be.  But as for the finer details we can only wonder with the rest of the world.  With cameras from all corners of the commonwealth rolling, we know for certain it will be a right royal knees-up!

There’s an interview with the happy couple over on youtube.

Spiritual Designs

After a good few years of enjoying alcohol, partying and all that goes hand in hand with these, I started to feel deeply unsatisfied.  I developed an underlying dislike of who or what I had become. Not entirely because of the relatively hedonistic life style I was leading, but of how much inane chatter was present in my head and how low my confidence was, even though I managed to project confidence externally. After finally admitting this to myself I decided that it was time to have a look at these aspects of my life. During this introspection it transpired that true confidence was something that I desired intensely. I was fed up with the fickle and superficial confidence that I had when drunk or when something in my life had gone the way I wanted it to. So what was the answer, if any?

At this point I was lucky enough to be introduced to meditation. My view, at the time, was that this was an esoteric practise and it appealed to me greatly. Armed with some books, advice and a soft cushion, I delved deeply and whole heartedly into this discipline. My understanding was that by meditating, many benefits could be experienced. The particular ones inspiring to me were: increasing confidence, reducing mental chatter, calming, and any mystical experiences that might come along too!

The initial effects of meditation were exactly as promised in the books. My inane chatter, usually highly critical was starting to lose his voice, friends started to comment on how calm I appeared to be, and I had a deeper understanding of my true nature which in turn increased my confidence. More importantly, I took introspection to heart which has helped to provide me with a growing inner strength for the last 10 years. Along the way Yoga played an incredibly significant part in my life which led me to India learning from the bendiest people I have ever come across! My meditation took me to South Africa and India also, taking part in 10 day silent retreats learning what is called Vipassana. This was the hardest thing I had ever done but I felt like I was taught something almost magical!

More recent events in my life have turned everything upside down again (in a positive way), but I’ll share the details of that with you another time. Coming down to earth a little, it is important to say how all this mumbo jumbo has helped me in my profession. As a jewellery designer creating fine jewellery for over 60 retailers in the UK and Eire, I am quite a busy chap. I am confident in saying that without my alternative interest, my mind would be far too busy to probably even enjoy my job. Even though I have a deep passion for my craft, I also have a healthy detachment from it where I appreciate that the emotions and feelings I experience from and in my business are not me, not permanent and not to be cherished or despised. One intriguing aspect is that when creating my designer engagement rings for example, even though they can take many hours of resolving, testing and adapting, the initial ideas come quite effortlessly. It appears to be less about hard, brow creasing thinking and more about introducing an initial idea and then being receptive. This receptivity allows a flow of ideas and to be honest I am not sure where it comes from…. but I like it!

I can’t believe it’s not butter!

Famous jewellery designer Gurhan ignored the prevailing belief that pure 24 karat gold was too soft, heavy and expensive for jewelry. He studied the craft of the ancient goldsmiths of the Anatolian and Byzantine empires who had been successful in their endeavors to make pure gold jewelry, then refined their methods to develop his now signature technique.

Today his designs are driven by the dictates of the pure metal; every piece must achieve strength, lightness and affordability, as well as beauty in its design. But the warmth and sensuality that is central to pure gold remains at the soul of his pieces and is the first thing that appeals to his devoted followers.

via GURHAN | The Jewelry.

All of the team at Andrew Geoghegan admire greatly what Gurhan has done and Angelina Joley appears to agree, pictured in a pair of Gurhan earrings. There seems to be a wealth of techniques available to us when we start to delve into ancient methods but also, it seems, in mixing with more recent technology.

2 years ago whilst in India, I was inspired to use pure gold but was naturally concerned with the hardness of the metal. Subsequent research has introduced me to the skill of Gurhan but of also the more recent possibility of micro alloys! This is where pure gold is combined with other metals such as titanium thus creating a harder gold. My research carries on and will take me to a lecture in late Jan 2011 by Martyn Pugh. This goldsmithing genius has created an item of table wear from this micro alloy – an incredible feat.

I have designer engagement rings and cocktail rings floating around in my mind just waiting for me to resolve the possibility of using this magnificent metal. I will bring you news as soon as there are developments!

Jeweller designer to the Celebrities

Dramatic jewelry lit up the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Globes  and the most successful looks were truly golden. After years of diamond-intensive bling, this year’s best jewelry styles showed texture and unusual gold work (in addition to diamonds, of course). The trend was best captured by the suites worn by Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez – all by Lorraine Schwartz.

via Modern Jewelry Trends » Globes Truly Golden.

Now I have to admit my ignorance here and say that I do not know who Lorraine Schwartz is.  Of late I have seen her name linked with a plethora of celebrities and it seems, after a quick bounce around on google, that she has her own celebrity status. I feel this will need a little more research on my part but feel free to send any information. This prolific designer is obviously doing something right and I am keen to learn a little more.  She seems incredibly adept at cocktail rings – which is an area that we at Andrew Geoghegan started to focus on in 2010. I am pleased to say that, although we are nowhere near the dizzy heights of Mrs Schwartz, our Cocktail Rings are being sought, bought and admired – mainly, I am reliably informed, because there is nothing else quite like them!

Business Link put out of business

The government has announced that enterprise advice and support service Business Link will close in November 2011, with its paid advisors replaced by thousands of volunteer mentors.

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

It is not often that I get inpsired to write anything slightly political but why not start 2011 with something new! Business link have been pretty much instrumental in helping me develop my business including basic funding, expansion funding, mentoring, employment advice etc. It was always good to know that there was always help at hand when the decisions to be made were weighty or a few extra pound notes were available to help move my business to the next level. I can categorically say that without the help I received, the quality of our service and even our engagement rings for example, would not be at the highly refined and developed stage they are.

I sincerely hope that the change in the way Business Link is run continues to support business in the UK. The new title for Business Link is B.I.S. – Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. At first glances it seems geared towards those who are unemployed and wanting to start a business. A worthy cause indeed but many of the existing small businesses in the UK are the backbone of the our economy. I suppose time alone will tell re the effects of the change. Good luck UK business!

Who won the 1/2 carat Diamond from Andrew Geoghegan and Harlow Carr Gardens?

Saturday morning 10.00 am was the time. Harlow Carr Gardens was the place. The people involved were the team HC, team AG, Santa, Mrs Claus and the winner of the fabulous diamond, Zoe Palmer-Smith. Zoe was absolutely delighted to win the diamond and to make it even more special she was told about her win on the day of her daughter’s first birthday. There were a few photos taken in the gardens and then in Santas Grotto. We tried to encourage Zoe to sit on Santa’s lap but no joy.

This joint venture between Andrew Geoghegan Designer Jewellery and RHS Gardens signifies the start of a very fitting partnership so keep an eye out in 2011 for more luxuries to be won!

Congratulations Zoe!

Rose for the lady?

Pretty in Pink and Even Prettier in Rose!

Designer Cocktail Rings have to draw attention and this timeless classic does just that. I am delighted to introduce the latest member of the Celestial range –  The Celestial Rose. Rose gold was a particular favourite in the ’30s and I am keen to help develop the resurgence for this wonderful shade of gold. Combining it with Rose Quartz was an obvious choice and the look is hypnotic!

Engagement rings have become a tremendous part of my company and now it seems that the Cocktail Rings are a close second. 2011 will see the introduction of new cocktail creations including the Mohawk! Watch this space!

Celestial Rose
Celestial Rose

If Carlsberg did Pearl Rings……..

Being modest never helped anyone so I am going to shout about the Enchanted: I am bloody proud of this new designer cocktail ring and each of my retail partners who has clapped eyes on it were equally excited. The best selling Reveal ring was a strong influence behind the Enchanted and I like to think this has really strengthened my company as serious Pearl Jewellery Designers. I am very drawn to spheres as a jewellery designer possibly because of the incredibly strong aesthetic they possess. 2011 will see two knock out sphere ring designs called the Mohawk – watch this space!

Heavenly Testimonial

I have been advised for many years now to have testimonials on my site however we just haven’t had the time to do it – too busy making rings no doubt! But when this email came through I had no choice but to share it.

I am not in this industry purely for financial gain. I am in it because I love creating jewels and developing an incredible service and business. So when this email landed in my inbox I was deeply touched. The content of the email highlights what makes AG tick; testament to our high quality, customer satisfaction, brilliant service from one of my retail partners, impatience (customers can’t wait to get their hands on it), and to top it off tears, of joy I might add.

The past few months have seen AG going from strength to strength like never before. Receiving such gratitude and delight from customers further strengthens my desire to keep improving our product and service.  2011 is going to be special!

It’s a Dog’s Life for me!

So after 10 years of saying “I want a dog” and 10 years of coming up with every reason not to take the plunge, I visited a Vizsla breeder in March of this year. Why a Vizsla and some of you may ask what is a Vizsla? Well, three years ago I was with one of my retail customers, S T Hopper in Boston, Lincolnshire. Whilst I was showing off my goodies, Rufus the Hungarian Vizsla bounded into the room tale a-wagging. For those of you not familiar with the Vizsla they are similar to the Vimarana  but with a red coat and more slender features. A very intelligent and regal looking dog, bred to aid in hunting. I was back in Boston early 2010 and as my girlfriend and I had been seriously considering getting a pooch I asked them to bring in Rufus. And that was that! Decision made.

Discover Dog Tags

Now back to the breeder; spending a couple of hours with a litter of 11 eight week old puppies is good fun whatever age you are. We avoided the monstrous alpha male vying for our attention and went for the quiet one at the back of the stable. The mother decided to lean on my girlfriend which we took as a auspicious sign and off we went. Very careful driving and a portion of sick later we arrived home and that marked the start of Wilbur’s new life – and ours! Those of you who have had a puppy will know that the past few months have been emotional, challenging, brilliant, hilarious and expensive to name but a few! I have to admit that I am loving having a dog and the challenges pail into insignificance when I am on a walk in the woods. As a business owner pretty much fanatical about and addicted to my work, having a dog has taken me out of my office and away from my laptop. This has had a really positive effect in that I am less consumed with work and more relaxed and effective when in work – less is more!

As Wilbur has got more confident and started to stray further away on walks, we realised it was time to purchase a dog tag. I visited the local pet shop and saw an array of uninspired products. I opted for a plain tag but then I thought why not try designing something! As a jewellery designer surely I could up with something stylish and fitting, so on went the kettle and out came the pencil and design book. As I started to develop some ideas the question in my mind was why should I just stick to creating something just for Wilbur, offer it as a product to put in my range. The AG theme of 2010 is all about creating new and exciting products and this certainly seemed to fit the bill if a little leftfield.

I am aware that there are practical dog owners and also the type of owners who like to lavish their pets. My aim was that a ‘touch’ of luxury would appeal to both as long as it was unique idea. The Discover Dog Tag was born and I would describe it as a luxury dog tag because of the precious stones and craftsmanship involved. This canine creation is available in white and black diamonds, blue, pink and yellow sapphires as well as rubies – in this way the owner can choose which colour best suits their dog’s coat or gender. The Dog Tags are available in silver but for those who do want to lavish their best friend, gold and platinum tags are also available. Each tag is engraved on the back to your specifications and we also offer a design service where we will create a Bespoke Dog Tag especially for you.

Click Luxury Dog Tags to view the Discover ,

Win a 1/2 Carat Diamond!

To celebrate the diamond anniversary year of  RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate we have donated a 1/2 carat diamond.  Harlow, which is said to be home to some of the North’s most dazzling horticultural treasures, will use the diamond as a competition prize for its visitors. In November visitors will be given the chance to find the diamond, worth £2,500, in its 60th anniversary Diamond Quest.

The diamond is a stunning 0.50ct brilliant cut with a Gemological Institute of America certificate. The colour of the stone is G and the clarity is VS2 – a truly beautiful stone. Although visitors will take part in a quest to hunt out the diamond, the actual stone will be kept safe at our studio in Leeds until the winner has been named.

The lady behind Andrew in the image is Harlow Carr curator Elizabeth Balmforth; “We wanted to do something really special to mark our sixtieth anniversary year and a diamond hunt, on our diamond anniversary, hit the spot.  Not only does it give visitors the chance to explore the grounds and find out more about our work at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, but the person who marks the correct grid reference will take away the diamond!”

Competition entrants will follow the trail of five giant diamonds, gather clues and mark X on the printed grid on their entry sheet. The nearest entry to the diamond’s location in the gardens will win.  Click Harlow Carr for more details on the gardens.

If you take part good luck and if you win, Andrew will see you later this year.

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All our images have had some TLC: Re-touched, backgrounds whitened and standardised in size. We have uploaded them to Flickr. But how is this helpful you may ask?

  • If you are a Journalist or Editor, then all the images can be downloaded in 300dpi with no need to cut the images out.
  • If you are an AG Retailer, then these can be downloaded in high res for your advertisements and also for your website.
  • If you are a simply looking for stunning piece of AG jewellery you can see the full range in one glance rather than trawling through the site.

So all you retailers and journalists, downloading is a cinch:

  1. Click on Andrew Geoghegan Flickr and you should see a page with a large selection of images.
  2. Click on the relevant photo you would like to download.
  3. You should now see a large image with an ‘actions’ tab on top.
  4. Click the ‘Actions’ tab and then ‘view all sizes’.
  5. You can click which ever size you want to view and then download. All the images are 300dpi and the original image is the largest.

Each time we shoot new pieces we will update the collection on Flickr so keep logging on from time to time. If you are struggling at any point then please get in touch.

Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewgeoghegan/sets/72157624715935301/

Support, Service and Sausages! – Article written for Professional Jeweller Magazine September 2010

Love me? Love me not? For most designers, the relationship that they have retailers is everything. Fine jewellery designer Andrew Geoghegan gives his opinion on the best way for designers to develop a positive business dynamic with stockists.

“It was only in recent years that I first heard the phrase ‘retail partners.’ I will be honest and say that my initial reaction was that it sounded a little too American for me. To put it into context, this was the phrase given by a German manufacturing company for their stockists. As a jewellery designer, starting out in the late Nineties, I was inspired (jealous is closer to the truth) by such German companies as Neissing and Henrich & Denzel – so, guided through this respect, I started to contemplate the phrase and its significance.

The relationships between wholesaler and retailer can be delightful, respectful, interesting, challenging, fraught and even downright uncomfortable – just like any relationship can be, as I am sure both sides of the industry will agree.

When I started to supply retail, as a totally inexperienced business man at the start of my career, there was an overwhelming and inexplicable feeling of ‘me verses them’. Rather than ‘what can I do for them?’ the emphasis was on ‘how many more orders can I squeeze out of them?’. This, I am glad to say, has all changed and, if it hadn’t, I doubt very much I would be writing this article.

The change came about through personal maturity and, on a wider level, was about better understanding the dynamics of business and relationships. It was hearing the phrase ‘retail partners’ that reminded me of this early and immature perspective, but it also made me realise that maybe I was more German than I had previously thought. With a penchant for Bratwurst and Helmut as my middle name, some may say this is not surprising.

So, what had occurred in my business to make me confident enough to describe many of my stockists as partners? The first shift involved putting myself in the shoes of the retailer. I am well aware that many of you may well giggle at the level one nature of this comment, but its importance necessitates its repetition. ‘What would I want from a Jewellery Designer if I was a retailer?’ is a question which was and is essential in how I develop my business.

When you are locked away in a design studio, it is far too easy to just concentrate on churning out designs, thinking that this is the most important facet of your business as a wholesale designer. The discerning retailer expects more than this. With the recent startling phenomenon of the branded bead jewellery et al, the level of retail support has reached incredible proportions. Even though much of the support has to be purchased, it is designed to aid the retailer to sell the product. I am in no way saying that we all have to design concept cabinets (and demand £50k minimum orders), but I am arguing that we have to think wisely about what we are doing. It is pretty tough out there, so we have to be constantly mindful about being a preferred option for the retailers.

Before I get into any specifics on processes we have introduced into the business, I would say that one of the most valuable things I have done is actually ask my retailers for their advice. I am not a retailer and I can only make an educated guess about what they want. Simply asking, ‘what can I do for you that I am currently not doing?’ has helped me no end in my business. This surely goes for retailers and their customers. If one of my suppliers asked me this question, I would be shocked and pleased that they were thinking of how they could improve their service to me.

Recent developments in my business have been based around increasing public awareness of my brand/products. Looking again at the Bead Brigade, the amount of advertising and promotion these companies do is a heaven sent for retailers and this is obviously a key to their success. Though I and most other jewellery designers do not have £3,000,000 to spend on advertising, there are many less expensive alternatives. This year I have been concentrating on writing articles highlighting AG products in the retailer. These are emailed to various local publications in a bid to get some free press. The cost for us is time, but the effectiveness of a quality article in a quality magazine can be astonishing.

One area I realised we were unable to focus on was repeat trade. By this, I mean concentrating on customers who had already purchased an AG piece. Ordinarily, we have no access to the details of our end customers. However, we have agreed with the majority of our stockists that, subject to the agreement of the customer, we will email them with up and coming designs, info that may be of help to them or reminders that their pieces are due for a free check/re-finish, etc.

I like to think that the willingness of our retailers to provide us with this sensitive data is a testament to the trust they have in us. As in any relationship, trust is of huge importance and it takes time to develop. If I am honest, I do not particularly like merely ‘business’ relationships. As much as I have a passion for the industry and what I do, I much prefer to create friendships with the people I do business with. I don’t suggest that we hit the pub every Sunday night for the quiz and nor do I mean that a rather superficial familiarity is created. It is more about being open, honest and actually wanting to help, not merely for financial return, but because it is our nature and business is not all about making money – regardless of what some may say.

There are many other developments in my business which we are implementing to support our retailers, but due to the constraints of this article and not wanting to give away all my secrets, I will just mention one more – ‘Meet the Designer Days’.

This, as you may have guessed, is when I take my whole range to a retailer for the day. It is well advertised before hand and the public appears to enjoy the opportunity to have a chat with the jewellery designers – particularly when you are pouring them free champagne.

As well as being financially very rewarding, it also gives me an insight into a day in the life of the retailer. Those who go into retail thinking it will be a breeze must receive a rude awakening. I remember being involved with one at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Ambleside and, towards the end of the day, I was so shattered, I was struggling to string a sentence together. Retailers, I salute you. I salute you, but I also implore you to stick with me for this final part, as it is about supporting British talent.

Writing this article has further strengthened my determination to bend over backwards for my established and future retailer partners, not just because I want their business, but because this is the way I believe business should be conducted. If I had to sumarise in three words how we should develop the wholesaler/retailer relationship it would be support, support and support! For what it’s worth and on the flip side, I would say to retailers collectively that it is important that our local talent is supported and given the chance to shine.

We have some outstanding talent in this country, such as James Newman, Iain Henderson, Ruth Bridges, Annika Rutlin and some chap called Andrew Helmut Geoghegan, to name but a few. While I understand the appeal and salability of many non-UK designs, I believe we should also look on our own doorstep and promote British craft, and the British economy. ‘British Made’ was once synonymous with the highest quality. The industry, as a whole, should aim to revive this heritage. As I slide off my soapbox, in the words of me and my Frauline in the office: ‘Vorsprung Durch Unterstützung or ‘Progress Through Support.’”

Hot 100 by Professional Jeweller

Finally I have made it into the Hall of Fame! Professional Jeweller Magazine Hot 100 which was celebrated at the swanky Kensington Roof Top Gardens on Tuesday 7th September. Up to 500 guests from goldsmiths through to jewellery retailers attended the event which was a celebration of the UK’s talent and industry. Big thanks to Kat Slowe and her team at Pro Jeweller for holding the event. I managed to duck out at about midnight unscathed but I am sure there were some sore heads walking around IJL (International Jewellery London Exhib) on Wednesday morning.

Meteorite Cufflinks!

Well I have harped on about these for long enough saying that we are using a truly ‘Out of This World’ material…..  Just back from our incredible photographers are the Celestial Cufflinks with Meteorite and Diamond. It is not often I have the time to develop blokes  jewellery and is there anything more blokey than space rock? The Meteorites are from Namibia and are called Gibeon. The experts tell me that these rocks fell in a rainfall style and are part Iron, Nickel and Iridium. We have set these fascinating rocks in palladium and framed them with stunning VVS brilliant cut Diamonds.

These rare creations will be exhibited at International Jewellery London at Earls Court from the 5th September to the 8th at the Johnson Matthey stand. If you are interested in these cufflinks or would want to commission a pair then please get in touch.

There is no stopping us!

This year has proved to be an absolute blinder and since August SEVEN brilliant retailers have invested in an AG collection and we would like to shout this out and naturally express our thanks in this blog. The retailers are:-

Each has taken on an eclectic mix of designer engagement rings, diamond pendants, cocktail rings, earrings and wedding bands. There are certain areas in the UK which we are not represented such as Essex, Cheshire, Liverpool, Dorset and Wales to mention just a few! If you have suggestions about who we could stock in these areas then we would love to hear from you. If we subsequently acquire a stockist from your suggestion then we will reward you with a special AG present!

Going Green

Our most recent stockist Payne and Son in Oxford commissioned this stunning Celestial ring. The luscious Peridot weighs a staggering 9.5ct and is framed with 0.14ct of VVS diamonds. The stone is from Kashmir and my stone cutter informs me that there is some incredible material being found in this region. It took a while for this beauty to be unearthed but we believe it is well worth the wait. The Celestial range has become an excellently received departure for AG into designer Cocktail Rings and it gives me a chance to show off a bit! Watch this space for more precious delights coming soon including a stunning pearl  and diamond ring and an headline making yellow diamond pendant.

Head of Security

If you have spoken to me recently you may have noticed that all I talk about is my dog Wilbur. Sorry about this…. and here’s some more…….

He is doing brilliantly and I have to admit that I am loving having a pooch. As I type this sat on my sofa at home he is asleep with his head resting on my lap – a large collective “arrrrwwwwww” please. The Hungarian Vizsla seems to get bigger each time I turn away and he has a penchant for skirting boards! Puppy training classes are going well and I was delighted when the trainer looked at us and said “Oh, you have a Vizsla, I will chat to you later”. Active breed but nothing me and my girlfriend can’t handle. We are creating some designer Dog Tags for those who like to treat their dogs with something special. Get in touch if this is of interest to you.

Meet Andrew in 2010

I will be exhibiting my entire collection including some brilliant new additions at various retailers throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity to see the entire range of handmade jewellery and discuss any bespoke designs you have in  mind. Check the blog for updates on the events.

Saturday August 21st was our most recent and it was at an old favourite –  Ashberry of York. I took along my full range of designer jewellery including some brand new, jaw dropping, wallet tightening pieces as well as my CAD jewellery design package. The day was great and made better with glorious sunshine. The title of the event should have been Engagement Rings York as that seemed to be the main request. Thank you to all who came along and a special thanks to Team Ashberry; Sarah, Liv, Sue and Helen. As always you made me very comfortable and thanks for putting up with my dog chewing your fingers!

New stockist in Oxford

We are delighted to say that we have taken on a new stockist in Oxford…..

Payne and Son now have an excellent collection of AG contemporary engagement rings, sapphire pendants and cocktail rings. There are some outstanding rubies within the collection which need to be seen, especially one set in an 18ct yellow gold triumph ring! Oxford is a town we have been looking to be represented in for a few years and we are confident we have found the best in town! Payne and Son pride themselves on quality handmade jewellery so we are naturally very well suited. Enjoy.

Introducing the ‘Cherish’….

Its all about the Asscher cut….

As a favourite cut of mine, I have been itching to create another Asscher cut design since the Fission Cluster Asscher. So we are delighted to introduce the Cherish which is available in most precious stones in platinum and 18ct golds. The Assher cut achieved its fame and popularity during the Art Deco period, probably the most timeless and influential period of art and design. The Asscher cut is simply; Diamond Art Deco and there is no other cut which rivals the illusory depth and understated elegance.

Simple, Stylish and Sophisticated.

Matching weds and eternity rings are available.

Reveal Marquis

The Reveal has a new member to the family…

The incredible success of the Reveal ring as a designer engagement ring and as a sapphire and ruby ring inspired me to create the Reveal Marquis. This is set to be another design classic and is available in diamond, sapphire and ruby as well as other precious stones. We believe here at AG that we have made a name for oursleves in Platinum and 18ct white gold engagement rings and we are delighted to keep on creating them for you. The Reveal Marquis ring also comes with a choice of stones on the pave section from white & black diamonds to sapphires and rubies.

Call +44 (0) 113 30 70 100 for further information.

The Perfect Engagement Ring Revealed….

Introduced in 2008, the Reveal has already become the best selling ring for AG. The reasons for this…

For a Contemporary Engagement Ring to be a real winner then a combination of the following help:

  • Open setting so the Diamond is on view;
  • Secure setting for durability;
  • Flat edges so wedding and eternity rings fit no problem;
  • Graceful and well balanced design;
  • Intrigue or/and innovation;
  • Easily adaptable for earring, pendants, bangles etc

The Reveal has all of these hence the popularity of the piece. The fact that there are very small diamonds impossibly set underneath the main stone adds a delightful aspect to the design. This is especially alluring when the main stone is a Ruby, Sapph or Chocolate Diamond. Pendants are now ready but we just have not had time to photograph them! Images coming soon…