Stephen Einhorn Ltd was founded in London in 1995. The aim of the company is that with our specialist design and manufacturing skills we will create handmade, innovative designer jewellery, bespoke and unique products, and offer a personalised service that other companies cannot equal.
Our Philosophy Social & Environmental Responsibility Charities Responsible Sourcing & Materials (Including Conflict Free Diamonds)
Our overall company aim - to our customers and ourselves - is to be approachable, innovative and to create handcrafted designer jewellery pieces and products that we all find exciting. We also aim to run an ethically responsible company. Everything is handmade. Our Shop and workshops are in Islington, London. Stephen Einhorn himself designs every piece of our continually evolving men's and women's designer jewellery and product ranges, as well as custom making a large number of bespoke commissions for individual customers. We work in a low-stress environment where everyone within the company is valued and treated with respect. Our quality of life and that of our employees is a high priority and we do not want work to completely dominate any of our lives. Our working hours are flexible where possible, employees are encouraged to foster a broad range of interests and, if needs be, to take leave for family and personal commitments. It is a strong desire of the company that anyone who works for us is happy - we celebrate everybody's birthdays and everyone, from the designer to the apprentice, makes tea for everybody else.
We Know Our Diamonds
All our staff receive as much training as they require in order to increase their skills and provide our customers with the high quality of service we think they deserve. Our jewellers regularly receive training in up to date techniques and new technologies, and our retail staff are trained over a period of 8 months to a year in all aspects of the luxury jewellery and stone trade. Our retail staff are not just there to take your money. They are experts on diamonds, stones and metals and will provide our customers with specialist advice on the 4C's of diamond selection, conflict free diamonds, precious metals, ethically sourced stones and personal consultations. We know what we are talking about.
Every piece of our designer jewellery, accessories and gift range is handmade. We have workshops in Islington, London, and we do not use child or forced labour. We believe that every individual and company has a responsibility to improve and sustain our environment. As such we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions, and to the use of sustainable and recyclable materials (and have been since 1995). We recycle everything that we can in our workshop including plastics, metals, paper, cardboard, batteries and lightbulbs. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy saving lightbulbs in the workshop, recyclable batteries and recycled paper and we minimise water wastage. All of our product packaging is made from paper and is fully recyclable.
We believe that as a company that has been based in Islington, London for over fifteen years, we occupy a privileged position in our local commmunity and seek to be an active part in its improvement. Over the years we have supported countless local charities, donating jewellery to auctions and raffles, and helping to fundraise for local causes. Stephen has also personally welcomed a number of local school children through our doors over the years, to spend time in the workshop, and run one-off making workshops in those schools.
Stephen Einhorn has also supported a number of national charities, providing our designer jewellery pieces for fundrasing events across the country. The company also has a sponsored charity which will change every few years. This sponsored charity receives a commitment from the company to help them raise funds by not only donating pieces from Stephen's made to measure collection, but by collaborating with them on a range of designer jewellery whose profits will support them over a sustained period of time. Our collaboration with Help a London Child raised thousands of pounds to allow them to continue to provide practical and lasting support to the capital's disadvantaged children and young people, and produced a range of Fairy Tale Charms designed by local school children in a competition run by ourselves and the charity, which we then sold with profits going to Help a London child.
'Conflict diamonds' (often known as 'Blood Diamonds') are rough diamonds that are traded illicitly by rebel movements in many parts of West and Central Africa and across the world to purchase arms and fund military campaigns aimed at undermining legitimate governments. These insurgent groups perpetrate violent atrocities and human rights violations against innocent civilians and prolong civil wars.
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is an international system that regulates the trade of rough diamonds (diamonds that are yet to be cut and polished) and bans the trade of conflict diamonds and imposes extensive requirements on participants to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are free from these conflict diamonds.
The Kimberley Process (KP) started in May 2000 when diamond producing states from South Africa met in Kimberley to discuss ways of regulating the diamond trade and stopping illegitimate, conflict diamonds from entering the diamond supply chain and funding conflict. In December 2000 the United Nations passed a resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. In November 2002 the Kimberley Process Certification scheme came into being after complex negotiations between international governments, human and civil societies, and the diamond trade. The scheme officially came into force in 2003.
In accordance with the KPCS each shipment of rough diamonds must be in a tamper proof container, accompanied by a KP certificate guaranteeing that it does not contain conflict diamonds. This certificate is then passed on at every stage of the sorting, cutting and trading process.
We choose to comply with the United Nations backed Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and do not use conflict diamonds. We insist that our suppliers provide us with KP written guarantees, ensuring they do the same.
We feel strongly that the luxury jewellery trade has a responsibility to ensure that the KPCS is upheld, and therefore would like to assure our customers that the diamonds we use in our fine jewellery have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with the Kimberley Process.
We are, and have always been, a politically and ethically aware company. We do not, and have never, used Rubies or Sapphires that come from the Military Junta regime of Burma (Myanmar) which has been cited for human rights violations. Our stone dealer has provided us with written guarantees that no stone we have ever purchased, since our establishment in 1995, has been of Burmese origin. Many jewellers became aware of the ethics of purchasing stones from Burma in the last few years. We have always been aware of the situation there and will not change our stance until the political situation improves.
We only use reputed stone dealers who keep a close check on the conditions under which their natural coloured stones are mined.
Sorry, enough of the musical musings (got a bit side tracked!) We'll put our serious hat back on...
The gold that we use in our fine jewellery has been in the supply chain for 5000 years. The jewellery trade has been using gold for thousands of years, gold which has been melted down, re-used and re-made countless times.
Over 80% of the gold that we use here at Stephen Einhorn is recycled, and the remaining 20% comes from established and verifiable sources.
It is not just the supply of gold that is a cause for concern in the jewellery trade. We do our best to ensure that all of our precious metal comes from reputable sources.
Silver has also been recycled in the trade for 5000 years, and over 80% of the sterling silver we use is recycled, with a large proportion of platinum and palladium being the same. Platinum has not been in the supply chain for as long as gold and silver has, but palladium, being the metal used to colour white gold, has had just as long a history.
In addition to the above ethical and responsible policies, we do not commit crimes, drink drive, mug old ladies or read The Daily Mail. If someone has a bad fall we ask them if they are ok, and we only laugh if the person slipped on a banana skin (or walked down the street with their dress tucked into their knickers).
Stephen Einhorn Ltd, company registration no. 302 1936, is registered and organised under the laws of England and Wales, with a registered office at 210 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL, United Kingdom.
Stephen Einhorn designs are protected by International Design Rights. © 2016 Stephen Einhorn Ltd