Wonderful and Clever Women.

Our London Showroom display:

We have a new wall display in the shop, which is based around incredible women. Inspired by the women’s marches that we saw, and joined, all around the world we needed a display to mark that incredible coming together.

 

I have met quite a few very impressive women in my life but none of them were famous,  simply kind, brave often quite heroic but in a quiet way. Our wall is dedicated to these women and also women who have come to our attention throughout history who have achieved quite extraordinary things. Not only that, they have gone against the crowd, had to put up with abuse and anger, often to the detriment of themselves and their families, they have been the only women amongst many men, they have been told what they are trying to do is impossible, and they have been told to simply ‘go away’! And throughout this struggle they have fought on to achieve exceptional things. We need to teach our daughters and our sons and grandchildren about these wonderful women.

There are so many that I could tell you about but here are a select few.

Augusta Ada King Noel Countess of Lovelace. She was a mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage and was the first person to realise that machines could have another purpose other than pure calculation. She was the first person to realise that there could be a ‘computing machine’. She was born in 1815 and was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron.

Hedy Lamar, not only extraordinarily beautiful but also along with composer George Antheil, invented the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping to defeat the threat of torpedoes during the second world war. Using this system they could jam enemy torpedoes. The technology they invented is now incorporated in WIFI and Bluetooth that we use today.

Rosa Louise Mcauley Parks a civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white teenager on a bus on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery Alabama. The United States Congress called her ‘The First Lady of Civil Rights’. There is now a Rosa Parks day in the USA.

Elizabeth Fry born in 1780 a quaker was a prison reformer. She visited Newgate and discovered that the women and children imprisioned there (some of them without a trial) needed clothes and food. She went back with clothes and food and started the first rehabilitation program as she firmly believed in reform rather than punishment. She started a school in the prison for the children. In 1817 she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate providing materials and teaching women to knit and sew in order to support themselves and their families after prison.

Marie Stopes Stopes has often been credited with beliefs especially about race which do not sit comfortably with anyone who believes in racial equality. However she was the first women to start a birth control clinic and her manual published in 1918 called ‘Married Love’, opened up the first discourse on contraception inside marriage and later outside marriage. Without her pioneering work we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy now, over our own bodies. To younger women all these rights are normal to them. They have never known a time when there was no choice. Thanks to women like Marie Stopes we can take all these rights for granted.

Come in and view our new London Showroom display for yourself at:
210 Upper Street
Islington
London
N1 1RL
http://www.stepheneinhorn.co.uk 

 

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Sapphires

There are many beautiful colour variations of sapphires, encompassing mostly all the spectrum of colours, except red sapphires, which are termed ‘fancy’ and include orange, yellow, violet and lilac.

In the Middle Ages the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolise heaven. In Ancient Greece and Rome monarch’s believed them to protect you from harm. In modern times they have often graced the throats and fingers of royalty.

Sapphire is the single crystal form of corundem (aluminium oxide). The red variety – coloured by a mineral called chromium – is the ruby (this also produces pink sapphires until the colour deepens enough to be red). All other colours are called sapphires.

Different trace minerals produce a whole spectrum of differently coloured sapphires: titanium and iron colour it blue, for example. The clarity, the colour – the hue -  and the origin of the stone all play a part in its valuation. It is very durable, exceeded only by diamond. Two distinctive varieties of sapphires are the ‘Star’ sapphire which displays asterism – a six pointed star at the centre of the stone, and ‘Colour Change’ sapphire which changes colour according to whether it is viewed in a natural or artificial light source due to the differing wavelengths of light it absorbs and refracts.

They are 9 on the Moh scale. They are found in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, East Africa, China. Every stone is different particularly in the larger carat sizes. Therefore each sapphire ring we make is always slightly different.

Watch out for our new gemstone guide, coming soon…..

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Leather Jewellery.

Leather jewellery is becoming more and more popular. We find it fly’s out of our London showroom. The appeal seems to be that it combines something extremely precious with something that is synonymous with toughness, masculinity, and wearability. That is not to exclude the ladies of course because us ladies like toughness and wearability too. Leather jewellery is fantastic for making a statement. It looks modern, contemporary and cool.
It appears that some men look on leather jewellery as being more wearable in an everyday setting.

Our Men’s Anchor leather wrist bracelet

Throughout history the wearing of jewellery has been about status. The more land you had the more jewellery you wore. If you were a Viking, you might wear your savings on your arms as silver amulets and beads. When you went shopping you could use a bit of jewellery for your purchases. Nowadays, except on rare occasions people tend not to want to shout about their wealth ( Kim Kardashian being one of the exceptions)  people generally like to be a bit more discreet about what they are worth. For this reason its now very hard to  look at someone and calculate their net worth. Often the richest people look very low key indeed.

The making of our Leather Snap bracelet 

Leather jewellery is a great compromise between these two worlds. We know that our customers like to pair gold with leather. Its a great contrast between the two worlds of expensive jewellery and a more urban style  and at the same time this type of look is very popular.

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The Most Romantic Gift Of All, The Romance Of Real Rubies

Please allow us to introduce you to our most wonderful Raspberry Heart collection.

We have a number of different stone and metal options which are all available to order using our drop down menus on our product pages. The ruby and gold necklace is a particularly popular choice as is the diamond and gold necklace. Our Raspberry Heart collection is a stunning and very luxurious collection full of heirloom pieces. There will be lots of daughters looking sideways at their mothers Ruby necklace, with lust in their eyes, if you buy one of these. Or… if you have a slightly wild unconventional side, or your loved one does, how about a black diamond necklace? All these combinations are a possibility.

Ruby and Gold Heart Necklace

Our Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Necklace

The Raspberry Heart is a timeless collection, not only for Valentine’s Day but as a simple romantic gift  for anytime of the year. It’s a little piece of luxury that is never going to disappoint. The rather stunning heart pendant necklace from the collection, and each earring, is set with 33 pavé set stones. This is all done in our workshop in Islington, using a special microscope which magnifies up to 100 times.


Raspberry Heart Diamond stud earrings

Raspberry Heart diamond Pave stud earrings

The stones are set using an age old technique of raising the metal around them to hold each tiny stone in place and make it secure. It is slow and very accurate work that you need to be very skilled to do.

 

Raspberry Heart  Collection  earringsRaspberry Heart, Ruby Pave drop clip earrings

This collection like everything at Stephen Einhorn is handmade in our London based workshop, so when you buy from us, it’s a lifelong relationship. (Not in an intense smothering way, but in a helpful, ‘yes we are here to help’ type way.) We are one of the few people who still make their designs in the UK, So.. pick any precious metal, or any stone, within this collection to make it yours.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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The Shimmering Imelda May

We were lucky enough to be invited to Ronnie Scott’s to see a showcase of this rather wonderful singer. I hadn’t seen her perform before and she was pretty amazing. Personally I’m not interested in any singers or musicians who can’t acquit themselves in a live situation, but Imelda May is the real deal. She has a depth of passion and such a self assured way that she delivers each song that she makes the hairs on the back of your neck prickle… (Well mine did, maybe I’m too hairy?) Oh and Jeff Beck joined her on stage, pretty good for a Monday night. Check out this video in which she is wearing our silver Shimmer earrings and gold small Heart necklace.

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Unwrap Our Christmas Gift Guide

Stephen Einhorn Christmas Gift Guide - Luxury Jewellery London

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or already have the perfect gift in mind, unwrap our wonderful Christmas gift guide for handcrafted jewellery designs for him & her. We have new designs, our beautiful Winter jewellery collection, and lovely little sparkly things for your table settings on Christmas day. Have a look and if necessary pass your wish list on to Santa…

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A Winter Engagement

It’s that lovely time of year again… Hasn't it come round fast? The time of families, too much alcohol, and of trying not to eat too much, yep failed again… And it’s the time for that special winter proposal. What could be more romantic and more unexpected than to become engaged over Christmas or New Year? A snow topped mountain, or in front of a log fire, a ring slipped into your Christmas stocking perhaps? Oh how unexpected! We are here to help those wishes come true, simply take a look at our stunning collection of engagement rings  Remember, when buying an engagement ring London and UK based customers can visit our jewellery shop on Upper Street Angel, Islington. Here you are able see our unique engagement ring collection up close and personal. We can talk you through our conflict free diamond and ethical stone policy, we will happily explain to you about the 4C’s of diamonds, we will even let you know our wedding cake preferences should you feel like asking.  We'd love to see you... and don’t forget we are one of the few British companies left who make our engagement rings on site. We can alter, we can revamp, we can service, and generally look after your cherished Stephen Einhorn ring. We pride ourselves on the highest levels of customer care and aftercare; with us it's a lifelong relationship. A bit like being married really…  If on the other hand you aren't based in the UK fear not! You can choose and buy your beautiful engagement ring right here online and if you have any questions just get in touch – we’re here to help.

It’s that lovely time of year again… Hasn’t it come round fast? The time of families, too much alcohol, and of trying not to eat too much, yep failed again… And it’s the time for that special winter proposal. What could be more romantic and more unexpected than to become engaged over Christmas or New Year? A snow topped mountain, or in front of a log fire, a ring slipped into your Christmas stocking perhaps? Oh how unexpected! We are here to help those wishes come true, simply take a look at our stunning collection of engagement rings.

Remember, when buying an engagement ring London and UK based customers can visit our jewellery shop on Upper Street Angel, Islington. Here you are able see our unique engagement ring collection up close and personal. We can talk you through our conflict free diamond and ethical stone policy, we will happily explain to you about the 4C’s of diamonds, we will even let you know our wedding cake preferences should you feel like asking.

We’d love to see you… and don’t forget we are one of the few British companies who make our engagement rings on site. We can alter, we can revamp, we can service, and generally look after your cherished Stephen Einhorn ring. We pride ourselves on the highest levels of customer care and aftercare; with us it’s a lifelong relationship. A bit like being married really…

If on the other hand you aren’t based in the UK fear not! You can choose and buy your beautiful engagement ring online and if you have any questions just get in touch – we’ve been doing this for over 20 years and are here to help!

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A True Romance

The evening was sultry, close, hardly a breath of air. It had been like that for days in the ‘Columbian campo’. Owen and Louise had been working hard in the bakery since 4.am… the villagers relied on them for their staple artisanal sourdough baguettes, without them how could the harvest be bought in? Owen could hear a baby crying in the distance as he kneaded the last batch of dough, tonight, he thought to himself I will do it tonight… Its the circle of life, it has to go on.

Always there were interruptions, the first time just as he was about to ask… a villager had hammered on Owen and Louise’s door looking to borrow a cup of sugar, the next time it was a horse bite that had turned nasty, how was Owen ever going to ask Louise to be his wife? The sweat from his brow dripped onto the last batch of dough, it’s a circle of bread he thought idly…

Later that evening cleaned and dressed in his finest poncho, Owen held Louise’s hand tightly in his as they climbed the hill behind their village house. She was a stunning women, her big round earrings glinted in the moonlight and her bright red lips spoke of promise and fulfilment. At last they came to their favourite palm tree and Owen taking a deep breath turned to Louise. He pulled her close against his manly chest and whispered into her freshly laundered hair, My darling… could you? Would you?……………..

I would like to tell you the rest but it gets a bit steamy after that, what with the humidity and the crickets etc, but I am happy to report, that our two lovers have just got married! Honestly it’s as if we were there the reporting of these events are SO accurate!

Owen and Louise came to us for their rings and to show you what can be done, Owen has had our silver Signet ring with his favourite Columbian palm tree engraved on it, and Louise has a yellow gold Halo wedding ring! What would you have?

Stephen Einhorn signet ring with palm tree engraving

 

 

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Women’s Jewellery Style: Hoop Earrings

Stephen Einhorn Womens Jewellery on Lea Seydoux in Dazed

Hoop earrings are a jewellery box essential which have a long history both in and out of pop culture. They are the little black dress of the jewellery world – a classic which have never really gone out of style.

Our hoop earrings come in all shapes and sizes, from subtle and dainty to big and bold and are very difficult to get wrong, as the best thing about them is that they go with pretty much anything, and can’t be dressed up or down. Also the really great thing about hoops is that they frame you face and help define your features and because of this they compliment any face shape. So if you’re going to invest in a new jewellery piece this season make it a pair of hoops – they really are an all round winner!

Here’s a few of our favourite looks that show just how versatile they are. From Léa Seydoux’s laid-back luxe look, to Kiernan Shipka’s bohemian loveliness and Coco Gordon Moore’s rock and roll vibe, there really is a pair of hoops to suit any style.

Shop our earrings collection here.

Stephen Einhorn Womens Jewellery on Kiernan Shipka in Dazed

Stephen Einhorn Womens Jewellery on Coco Gordon Moore in Dazed

 

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