Hopes, dreams, role models & challenges with Stephen Einhorn co-founder Jane Best for International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is about championing female empowerment and celebrating the achievements of women across the globe. In the spirit of this important day we thought we’d catch up with Stephen Einhorn’s multitalented and passionate co-founder and creative director Jane Best. We asked Jane questions about her dreams growing up, the biggest challenges women face, her role models, which men who are doing their part for women’s equality she finds inspiring, and a whole lot more…

Stephen Einhorn co-founder Jane Best

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

I really wanted to be an actress. My father was absolutely against it. He did everything he could to put me off, including getting a family friend round who was an aspiring actress and had had a nervous breakdown. To him that was proof of what would happen to me. I simply took away from that that all adults are just plain weird!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stop apologising for being female. Your ideas are as good as anyone’s and they may even be better. Stay in education, it will give you more choice.

What would your advice be for women who are just starting out in your industry?

I don’t think our industry is any different to most others. I would say, take it slowly, make mistakes, stick to your guns and if you are successful don’t expand too quickly, that’s a real classic. But mainly do what you think is right and be nice to everyone. Remember life is for living. Don’t sacrifice your life for your business, you’ll regret it, a good work-life balance is everything. Easier to say than do, I know.

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

Has anything changed specifically in your lifetime for women?

I think most of the biggest changes for women came during my mother’s generation. Birth control, autonomy over your own money, etc. Women have become stronger during my lifetime. We have more choice. Whether you are able to use it is a whole different question. Women now have the opportunity to not declare their marital status by being Ms., a man has never had to do that. It’s small but to me it means a lot. I still get letters addressed to Mrs Stephen Einhorn. What? I’m not a man and that’s not my name! If everything had changed as much as we would like to see, there would be no need for #metoo would there?

Who have been your role models?

Emma Thompson and Barbara Castle.

Role model Emma Thompson

What are the best and worst decisions you have ever made?

Best decision I ever made was having children. Absolutely the best thing ever. The worst was actually a haircut I had when I had my second child. What was I thinking? I looked like a fat monk!

What do you wish women would stop doing?

Stop bloody apologising! It’s when we all say… this is probably a really bad idea; would you mind if I made a suggestion? Men never talk like that, ever. If you start a request in that way you are simply setting yourself up for a refusal.

Whose work do you admire in relation to women’s rights and equality?

Well there are loads but I think Marie Stopes would have to be one, although her motives now seem questionable but she did, without a doubt help women have more autonomy over their own bodies. Any women who fought for women’s right to vote. There were a lot of unsung heroes during that campaign. Anyone who works at a women’s refuge helping women escape from all kinds of domestic violence. There are so many incredible women out there working hard to make things better.

Role model Barbara Castle

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

The far-right eroding women’s rights. Everything feels like it might start moving backwards. Some people want us to go back to the 1950’s. The younger generation always have to keep fighting for their rights. Nothing changes without a fight. They are more aware now so not so easily dismissed.

The younger generation always have to keep fighting for their rights

Which men do you find inspiring that are doing their part for women’s equality?

Any man who takes responsibility for sharing childcare, changing nappies, and generally being around for his children. If he cooks a bit, cleans a bit, he’s got my vote.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines? 

Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace who was the daughter of Lord Byron. Along with Charles Babbage she invented the first computer, or the concept of it. She was a consummate mathematician. How do you work on something like this from nowhere? Incredible.

Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace

What world and national events have significantly influenced your life?

I cannot think of anything that is going to affect my life more than Brexit. Nothing like this has happened in my lifetime.

How you feel about how women are represented in the media, film and pop culture?

Disgustingly! Women are portrayed as idiots, sex objects, incontinent, constipated, smelly when they have their periods, (remember the ad when a young women is walking down the central isle of a train?) judged, put down, objectified. Even our dear Prime Minister is constantly being criticised for her clothes. Young girls are judged and judge each other entirely on their looks, their fabulous selfies, their thousands of ‘likes’. When did you last hear someone below the age of 16 say, “oh that young girl is so clever, so accomplished, so talented?” Everything is sold using a girl’s sexuality, and it hasn’t really changed. Not really. We laugh at old adverts of women in bikinis draped over cars, but look what happened when there was a fund raiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital run by the Presidents Club.

Can you see yourself in any of them?


What hopes and wishes do you have for the girls and young women in the UK, and around the world?

I have so many hopes for them. As each generation grows up, the style of parenting changes and that’s really what changes girl’s attitudes. If your parents won’t allow you to be put down and bring you up with a strong sense of self worth everything can change. The same goes for boys.

For women around the world I wish all the rights that they need be available to them. We don’t know how lucky we are here, to be able to choose how to live.

Happy International Women’s Day 2019

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Win £3,500 worth of British luxury goodies for you and two friends

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in all its wonderful forms. In the spirit of February 14th we have teamed up with three of our favourite British luxury brands to bring you and two friends of your choice an extraordinary prize worth over £3,500.

The lucky winner will win three sets of these prizes:

– A Stephen Einhorn Golden Bumblebee charm necklace

– 6 Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon glasses

– A Kit’s Coty Collection of 6 wines from Chapel Down

– Couture Collection luxury bouquet from Maison de Fleurs

Read more about each of the fabulous prizes here and find details on how to enter.

The winner will be announced on Monday 11th February 2019.

Entries close midnight GMT Sunday 10th February 2019.

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Win 3 Stephen Einhorn Golden Bumblebee Necklaces

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Our hoop earrings & adidas Originals- Disturbing The Streets

We are very pleased to have had some pieces from our women’s jewellery collection picked to feature in this stylish film for the new adidas Originals by Olivia Oblanc collaboration. Our gold and silver hoop earrings look fabulous on all-girl dance collective Disturbing The Streets. Great moves, we love it!

Director Leonn Ward recruited the group to don the gender-fluid collection in a short film that showcases its members getting lost in music. The dance collective’s motto is: “When you dance your purpose is not to get a certain place on the floor. (It) is to enjoy each step along the way”. Works as a great life motto too!

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What is the birthstone for January?

Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Necklace in Sterling Silver & Garnet

January babies need a bit of colour

The holidays are over, the new year is crisp, but the days are still dark and the nights long. So January babies need a bit of colour. Luckily for them, they can have it. People born in the first month have the good fortune to call garnet their birthstone, which comes in a dazzling array of colours.

Are all garnets red?

Most garnets are a gorgeous red, ranging from the heart of a deep sunset to the edge of burnt orange. But they can also be found as a vibrant emerald green in the form of a tsavorite or green garnet, an unusual demantoid garnet, beautiful pinky purple as a rhodalite garnet, or a deep yellow in the form of a hessonite garnet. Other varieties include garnets in a range of orange, yellow, pink, purple and red hues.

Stephen Einhorn Oval Halo Cluster Ring 18 Carat Rose Gold & Oval Cut Demantoid Garnet & Diamonds

Egyptian Pharaohs, Romans, Bohemians, and now you…

The garnet’s variety means there is a gemstone to suit every skin tone and every metal, you can choose to compliment or contrast: a red garnet in red gold or a tsavorite in platinum – match your birthstone jewellery to the recipient. The garnet wearer will be joining a long illustrious line of others who have worn these sumptuous stones: from Egyptian Pharaohs to Romans and Bohemians, and now to you. Happy birthday! It’s going to be a good year.

What do you buy for people born in January?

Be inspired by some of our garnet, January birthstone jewellery gift ideas.

Stephen Einhorn Kris Dagger Pendant Necklace Sterling Silver & Garnet

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The Christmas holidays with Stephen Einhorn & Jane Best

‘Tis the season of family, friends, parties, presents and Christmas punch. A time for celebration and joy, both of which you will find in Stephen Einhorn and Jane Best’s home by the bucket load. We caught up with them to find out more about their Christmas Day, favourite London spots, holiday traditions and their top tips for for surviving the festive season.

What does Christmas mean to you?

JB: Well obviously being surrounded by lovely friends and family, and also a whole heap of cooking.

SE: Yes that is most definitely the thing… family, friends and food.

Where do you spend Christmas?

JB: Usually at home as London is a great place to be at Christmas. Everyone else leaves the city and it becomes calm and quiet, and in places very pretty.

SE: In the kitchen mostly….!

What’s Christmas like in your house?

JB: Total chaos! I’d like to say it’s all calm and tranquillity, champagne and canapés. But Round at ours NO. Stephen makes a cocktail in the morning that is always delicious and a total killer, then we cook Christmas dinner with various children, grandchildren or whoever is around all playing with presents and running about.

Our neighbours come in usually with a big bowl of punch and then we all sit round and have a lovely festive meal. We try and gather up anyone who hasn’t made plans or who might be alone, so it’s a motley crew. This year we have amassed a huge second hand 1930’s Hornby train set with clockwork trains for our grandchildren. The track will go all around our flat so it’s going to be fun!

SE: Yes it’s non religious, warm chaotic fun with the people we love best.  Finally we are all agreed that turkey is the way to go too (apart from the family vegans!).

Your favourite London spots over the festive period are…

JB: Anywhere with good friends for company, I do like all the Christmas lights in the West End and Covent Garden. The Piccadilly Arcade is really lovely too.

SE: Walks on Hampstead Heath and our perennial fave, the Barbican.

Favourite Christmas tipple? 

JB: A Rum Manhattan, my most favourite drink.

SE: Mmmmm cocktails! Loving the rum Manhattan, also a rye Manhattan made with Rittenhouse Rye, Antica Formula Vermouth, some of Bob’s Bitters and a Luxardo Cherry.

What are your top tips for surviving the festive period?

JB: Be chilled out at all times, as long as everyone is healthy and happy nothing else matters…and drink lots of water!

SE: Yay to that! Have fun with your family, get everyone to help and follow the love.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

JB: We always meet up with the same friends every Christmas Eve and have done for about 28 years. This year we are hosting, if we go round to theirs we always end up falling asleep as we don’t stop work until the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

SE: Ha ha, yes after a few drinks that has definitely happened.

A song that gets you dancing is…

JB: Pretty much anything with a good groove… but if I had to choose right now… Get Lucky, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers.

SE: I agree with that.

If you were granted one Christmas wish what would it be?

JB: That I could have more than one wish!

SE: Wow that’s a tough one. Perhaps health in body and mind until death – for us all!

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What is the symbolic meaning of key jewellery

Stephen Einhorn Key Jewellery Collection



A small piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, which is inserted into a lock and turned to open or close it.


of crucial importance.

What does a key symbolise?

At its heart, a key is an opener of locks. Whether it’s a door, a treasure chest, or the metaphorical heart, keys let us into unknown worlds. Keys symbolise freedom, they open things up and lock precious things away. They reveal secrets. Superstitions and symbolism around keys abound. Jewish midwives used to give a key to a woman in labour to encourage safe delivery of the baby. In Eastern Europe keys were hung upside down over beds to ward off bad dreams. Several cultures have buried their dead with keys to unlock the afterlife. There are beginnings and endings, but they always lead on…

Stephen Einhorn Key Pendant Necklace

What is the meaning behind a key charm?

The ancient Greeks saw keys as symbols of knowledge. Key charms can symbolise this authority. They can symbolise love, they can symbolise possibility. What more fitting gift to bestow on someone then, than a piece of jewellery in the shape of a key? A key pendant necklace or personalised key necklace: a key hanging close to someone’s heart. It is a pathway, freedom, an expression of desire to open up the world. Or a way of making it clear to your loved ones who holds the key to your heart.

Stephen Einhorn Key Charm in 9ct Yellow Gold

What’s the significance of giving key jewellery for a 21st birthday?

In many cultures the age of 21 represents a significant coming of age. A gold key pendant is a traditional present for anyone, male or female. A piece of key jewellery represents the start of the rest of their lives, the opening of many exciting doors to come. Keys are also traditionally given to graduates, and indeed anyone at the threshold to their next adventure.

Stephen Einhorn Key Charm Necklace 9ct Yellow Gold

So whatever the occasion, you can use Stephen Einhorn’s new key jewellery collection to make your own meanings. You choose the occasion, let us do the rest.

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Why we need to talk about sustainability and traceability in the jewellery industry

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

When you buy an avocado do you look on the packaging to see where it has come from? Do you try to buy vegetables in season? Do you avoid high street clothing shops where the cost of a t shirt is less than the cost of the material to make it?

There is a level of accountability in both food and fashion that is now expected, helping us the consumer to make more ethical choices. You can spend more and buy organic food, you can support your local greengrocer or farm delivery service, buy better quality, handmade clothing. Because all of these products that you buy now are labelled. Made in or grown in, we have a certain amount of information about the provenance of these items, and therefore some information about how they came to be in your hands.

Labelling on jewellery is not the same, yet the same issues apply, and the shops you buy from, whether online or in person, should be able to answer some basic questions about the provenance and conditions in which a piece was made. Just as with choosing to buy decent quality food, not sprayed with chemicals, and clothes that are stitched by well paid adult labourers, we consumers have power, but we also have responsibility. By making sure you know what you are buying, you can hold the industry to account, and enjoy your piece of jewellery that much more.

Here’s our handy guide on what questions to ask when buying jewellery to help you to make informed decisions.

Where do your diamonds come from?

Where do your diamonds come from?

It’s really important that all jewellers know how to answer this question.

Stephen Einhorn only uses conflict free diamonds which have come through the Kimberley process. These are diamonds which have been placed in tamper proof containers and certified by this United Nations process, protecting the diamond trade from Blood Diamonds. All of our diamonds are certified which means we can tell you where they were cut, as well as all of the technical details about their quality, (the 4Cs of colour, cut, clarity and carat weight).

Stephen Einhorn Angel 1ct Three Stone Engagement Ring Platinum & Brilliant Cut Certified Diamond

Can you tell me where the diamond in my ring came from?

This is a slightly different question to where all of the stones are from. Jewellers have been known to stretch the truth slightly and tell customers that the place of origin will be on their diamond certificate. This isn’t true. Stones are sorted into containers with similarly sized stones before being shipped to a cutting centre, where they will be mixed with other, similarly sized stones from other countries. The centre is what will be shown on your certificate. And as far as we are aware there aren’t any diamond mines in Antwerp… Jewellers should be able to explain this to you, and assure you that all their diamonds are Kimberley certified.

If you really want to know the provenance of your diamond and it’s important to you, it’s possible to buy Canadian diamonds. The mining conditions are more controlled because they are mined there and the diamonds are also cut in Canada. The choice as the customer is yours.

Where do your precious stones come from?

There is no ratified treaty for the certification of other stones besides diamonds, but jewellers should be able to talk to you about which countries they do and do not accept stones from and how well they trust their stone dealers. Here at Stephen Einhorn we have been using the same dealers for years who adhere to our own ethical codes about the provenance of stones. We do not buy stones from areas of conflict, where the sale of stones is used to destabilise legitimate governments, or to fund the sales of arms. As the geopolitical climate changes so often, this means keeping abreast of current affairs and keeping in constant contact with our trusted dealers. We have long avoided Burmese rubies, for example, whilst the country was controlled by the military Junta. It is no longer, but we still do not buy stones from there after the treatment of the Rohingya people.

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

Who made my ring?

Do you want a ring handmade by a small, dedicated team, or do you want one made abroad on a large scale, by a huge company? Either is a legitimate choice but you should be aware you are making it.

A lot of larger jewellers no longer make their rings themselves, so any alterations to your piece won’t be made in this country, in fact if it can be altered, it will be sent back to the factory in the country it was made and this will probably take a matter of months. At Stephen Einhorn your ring is handcrafted in our London workshop, meaning if it needs to be re-sized it will be done by the same team who made it. They will know your piece and will give you the best and most personal service. And if you want to shake the hand of the jeweller who made your piece, well, that can be arranged too.

Do you use recycled and reclaimed precious metals?

All metals had to be mined originally (even if it was as far back as the 17th century) but using re-claimed and recycled metals means less environmental impact and less waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle is just as relevant in the jewellery industry as it is in every other walk of life. Here at Stephen Einhorn we use 100% recycled gold, platinum and palladium. We believe in all this, it’s part of who we are.

Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Flower & Vine Engagement Ring In 18ct Rose Gold, Diamonds & Emeralds

Do you use Fairtrade Gold?

This is really the Fairtrade tea question for jewellery. Do you buy Fairtrade or ordinary and don’t worry about the provenance? Whilst all of our gold is recycled (so you can be sure of minimising its environmental impact) we feel that you as the consumer should have the choice as to whether or not you feel able to purchase Fairtrade Gold.

We all know that Fairtrade is a bit more expensive, and rightly so, and we understand it is not a choice all customers are able to make. However, we want to be able to offer that choice, and are one of a small number of jewellers who can make our fine jewellery in certified Fairtrade Gold.

What is your repair service like?

Any reputable jeweller should be able to repair and maintain the jewellery that you buy from them. We offer jewellery MOTs. We can polish, tighten, size and repair because we know how much a financial and emotional investment your jewellery is, and how important it is to you. You will always be able to rely on us to keep your jewellery in tip top condition.

What is your packaging made of?

What is your packaging made of?

It’s all well and good making sure of the provenance of your beautiful piece of jewellery, only for it to be put in a plastic lined box, in a plastic coated (albeit fancy looking) bag. At Stephen Einhorn our packaging is just as much a labour of love as the beautiful jewellery that goes in it. (And as a bonus side note, our ring displays are made of wood, rather than plastic, too). This labour of love is a story still being written, however.

In the interests of transparency, we are happy to tell it. Until a year or so ago all of our packaging was made from fully recycled and recyclable embossed cardboard. However, when we redesigned our London showroom we needed to match the packaging to our re-brand, so Stephen and Jane searched for a company who could make beautiful, recyclable boxes. They thought they had cracked it. But when the order arrived they discovered there is a fine layer of plastic coating on the outside of the cardboard. Not wanting to waste the resources already gone into these boxes they kept them, but carried on researching. The next order will use a plant cellulose to coat the cardboard and thus the fully recycled boxes will be born again.

What’s it like to work at Stephen Einhorn?

What is it like to work here?

People talk about working conditions a lot. It seems obvious that a small company is not a sweat shop, and that people are being given proper breaks, but it’s a question always worth asking. Your ring will shine that much brighter if you know it was made by happy hands. Do staff stay for a long time? Do the bosses buy them birthday presents? Are pastries provided at their weekly meetings? Do they get really good coffee? (It’s true that Stephen Einhorn’s London shop is very close to some amazing bakeries but it’s easy to be a thoughtful employer whatever your location).

And most importantly of all, is the company investing in skill and craftsmanship? Not only do we train our gold and silversmiths to the highest standards but it takes months to train our salespeople so that they know the answers to any questions you might throw at them. Go, on, try us.

Stephen Einhorn Geo Eternity Rings_Small

Stephen Einhorn Geo Eternity Rings

Is your company committed to sustainable working practices?

This isn’t just about the provenance of the materials, it’s the ethos of a company. Any business should have ethical policies in place which are about the health and well-being of both their employees, and the environment. Here we look after both. As well as being a fun, supportive place to work, it is a place where no detail is too small. Lightbulbs are eco, paper is recycled, all cleaning products are ecological and we recycle as much waste as we can.

Ultimately you should know the company you are buying from. You should trust them. If they are prepared to answer your questions, to sit down and have an open conversation about their materials and working practices, then they are a company you want to do business with. So take this list anywhere. And if you come to us, we will happily talk to you all day. Maybe even over a really good cup of tea. Fairtrade, of course.

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Meet photographer JP Masclet

We have been working with the very talented photographer JP Masclet on our new photographic project for Stephen Einhorn. We have long been fans of his inspiring and artful portraits of the most influential people of the day, these include, Vivienne Westwood, Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Gary Oldman etc. It’s a long impressive list.

JP and Jane have put together what we think is a hugely enjoyable challenge. To photograph people that we admire and that also have a connection to Stephen Einhorn. We were extremely pleased and grateful that he agreed to work with us.


1. JP, Do you think the UK is a good place to live? Why?

I can’t speak for the entire U.K having only lived in London, but London in particular is an extraordinary place to live. The creativity, multi-culturalism and energy in this city is unparalleled in my experience. It’s why I moved here from Paris…

2.  If you were suddenly made Prime Minister what would be the first thing you would change?

Cancel Brexit. As if it never happened.

3. Whats your favourite piece of work or the piece you are most proud of ?

I have a few pieces of work that I’m proud of, but one portrait in particular is especially dear to me. It was my second paid commission, and it’s a portrait of Loulou de la Falaise (stellar designer and YSL’s muse). She became a friend, and it has since somehow become the iconic portrait of her.

Copyright JP Masclet.


4. Who has been the greatest influence on your life?

That’s a trick question. But if it refers to the greatest influence on my work, then that would have to be Richard Avedon. I was a huge fan of his as a student photographer, but then had the opportunity to assist him. I then became an even bigger fan.

5. If you hadn’t done what you are doing, what else do you think you would also have been good at? Is there another career you would have liked to have had?

Definitely music. I grew up in Laurel Canyon (LA) through the 1960s and was surrounded by musicians and bands. At least I managed to shoot quite a few album covers over the years…

6. What do you think it would be like being the opposite sex?

If I had prior knowledge of what it was like to be man, I think being a woman would be incredibly difficult. If I was born a woman, I imagine it would still be tough. Women in this world are dealt a shit hand by the patriarchy. That said, most of the women I know are strong, independent, free thinking people. So if I could be one of them, I’d be happy.

7. Who out of everyone alive or dead would you really like, or have liked to get to know, not just to meet?

Mark Twain. He had a wicked wit and sense of humour, and seems like he would have been fun to hang out with.

8. Do you think you would have carried on doing what you do if you hadn’t had any success? 

In some shape or form, I will always be a photographer.

9. What is the most valuable piece of advice that anyone has ever given you that you have actually followed?

I have a tendency to ignore advice…

10. Lastley which Stephen Einhorn piece of jewellery would you most like to own?

One of Stephen’s silver Skull rings.


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What is the birthstone for October?

October has two birthstones; tourmaline and opal. Tourmaline is a beautiful gemstone that is available in a variety of lovely colors. Opals come in a range of pale to rainbow hues but they shimmer under the light, appearing to favour one then another blue, green or pink. Here we answer some of your October birthstone jewellery questions and look at what makes these stunning stones unique.

Stephen Einhorn Roundhaus Drop Stud Earrings 18 Carat Yellow Gold & Amethysts, Pink Tourmalines , Emeralds, Green Tourmalines, Diamonds & Tanzanites

Is October’s birthstone opal or tourmaline?

The delightful answer is: either! Lucky people. Whichever stone you choose for your birthstone if you are born in October you can have something multi-coloured, for both the opal and tourmaline come in an array of hues. Which of course is fitting for the person born in the red, yellow, orange and fading greens of early autumn. Have a look at our double October birthstone jewellery collection to match your colours to your choice of design.

What is a tourmaline?

Now for the science part: tourmaline is the term we use for a wide range of boron silicate minerals. The stones are variously compounded with elements such as potassium, aluminum, iron, sodium and magnesium. And what does this mean? That the gemstone comes in the widest variety of colours of any gemstone in the world. Not only are these translucent stones found in colours ranging from pink through purple and onto green but sometimes this can happen in the same stone, resulting in the famous Watermelon Tourmaline which resembles an eye-watering slice of the distinctive fruit.

Blue Tourmaline & Watermelon Watermelon Tourmaline

What is an opal?

Opals are an amorphous form of silica: a mineraloid. It is formed in the fissures and cracks in rocks where water has evaporated, leaving the silica behind. Opals, like their October companions, tourmaline, are multicoloured, but often within the same stone. They are pearlescent, exhibiting a shimmering array of colours, even more vivid in some varieties such as Fire opal or Blue opal. Opals are crafted into cabochon shaped stones, though many jewellers also work with doublets and triplets: layers of opal backed by a darker stone and topped by quartz.

Stephen Einhorn Oval Halo Ring 18 Carat Yellow Gold & Oval Cabochon Opal

Both tourmalines and opals have been used in fine jewellery for centuries. Opals were prized by the Romans, Ancient Greek and Arab cultures and they can be seen set into fine Edwardian and Victorian jewellery. Tourmaline’s history is harder to chart since it was often mistaken for the red rubies, green emeralds and blue sapphires it can resemble. Revered by the Chinese empress Tz’u Hsi and used in the Russian Crown Jewels, they grew in popularity in the 20th Century.

Chinese empress Tz’u Hsi

Whether it is the deep translucent beauty of a tourmaline or the seductive shimmer of the opal, your choice of stone as an October baby will be as eye-catching as it is unique. No bad thing for a birthstone.

Stephen Einhorn Radiant Light 2ct Solitaire Ring Platinum & Brilliant Cut Paraiba Tourmaline

Shop our October birthstone jewellery collection here.

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Our guide to yellow gold jewellery

This post was originally published on Jan 30th 2015 and updated on Sep 14th 2018.

Stephen Einhorn Mayflower Ring in 9 Carat Yellow Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds

All that glisters is not gold. Oh, Mr Shakespeare, you are never wrong. But when gold does glisten, it really shines. Chalices are golden, thrones are golden, the Crown Jewels are made of it. It is the colour of decadence and luxury. Rich, voluptuous, deep.

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The making-of Stephen Einhorn’s Mayflower Ring in 9 Carat Yellow Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds

What is gold?

Gold is found in its natural state – meaning when it is mined or found gold looks like, well, gold. But pure gold, although very dense, is an extremely soft, malleable metal, and must be combined – or alloyed – with other metals in order to give it the toughness and durability it needs to have, to be used in objects that we need to have strength and permanence. When adding metals to gold, jewellers take into account not just their strength and physical properties but also their colour. More copper is added to pure gold to form rose gold, more palladium is added to form white gold, and a combination of metals such as copper and silver are added to pure gold in order for it to retain its colour and become what we know as yellow gold. Yellow gold carries the same hallmarks as rose and white gold: Its hallmarks are 375 for 9 carat, 585 for 14 carat, and 750 for 18 carat. These numbers translate as percentages of gold in the mixture: 37.5%, 58.5% and 75% and are the standard used by the British Assay Office which tests the validity of the metal carat and stamps it along with our makers mark (an SE in a small square box) to authenticate its quality. Yellow gold can also be found in 22 and 24 carats but these are extremely soft.

Yellow Gold Jewellery

Where does gold come from?

Gold is often found in underground veins of quartz but it is also found above ground as small yellow grains or flakes that have been freed from other rocks by erosion or glacial movement. This is known as alluvial gold and it is often located in rivers or streams. It can be found by panning – a process whereby water is swirled round and round in a deep dish, causing it to slosh over the edge with less dense metals, leaving the heavier gold flakes at the bottom. But before you trek to your local river, dish in hand, you need to consider its rarity. On average every 5000 tons of earth yields just 20 grams of pure gold.

Stephen Einhorn Radiant Light Diamond Shoulder Solitaire Engagement & Wedding Ring Set in 18 Carat Yellow Gold

Gold throughout the ages

Perhaps its rarity, combined with the quickened heartbeat in the fleck of discovery, has contributed to its rich history and value over many centuries. Artefacts have been found from the Romans, Incas and Ancient Egyptians. They have discovered pieces in the Balkans from the 4th millennium BC, from Ancient Greece and South America, and gold is referred to in many ancient and religious texts.

Gold objects from the Inca: miniature llama

It is also the stuff of legend. The Gold Rush of 1848 in California in many ways shaped America, precipitating a mass migration of people to the west. Legends of gold hunters looking for lost treasures abound. King Midas suffered an unfortunate fate when granted the unique ability to turn everything he touched to gold. Be careful what you wish for. And alchemists have for centuries looked for – and failed to find – ways of turning other base elements into purest gold. (You may remember an episode of Blackadder where Lord Percy tries his hand at alchemy but only manages to produce purest ‘green’). It cannot be done.

Stephen Einhorn Liquid Slim Ring in Gold

Stephen Einhorn Liquid Slim Ring in Gold

Yellow gold jewellery is classic and timeless

As with all other metals there is a finite, and small amount of gold in the earth so every bit is precious, making it the perfect metal for precious jewellery. Yellow gold never goes out of fashion. It is as classic as the ancient cultures that revered it, and as modern as the new designs and twists that the 21st Century has given it. Stephen Einhorn has used gold in his jewellery designs for over 20 years and loves to use it in his elegant and simple pieces as well as in his more masculine and heavier jewellery designs. It is a durable metal that it can be easily moulded and sculpted by his team of skilled jewellers, allowing the creation of daring designs as well as comfortable classics. It is an un-reactive metal so rarely tarnishes, and can be re-polished to look like new with ease.

Stephen Einhorn Viper 8 Bangle in 9 Carat Yellow Gold

Gold is an heirloom; watch it glisten

Gold is the crowning glory in the Olympics. It is the postbox for sporting heroes. It is the colour of the UK’s most valuable coin. And yellow gold is beautiful. It warms the skin and shines with promise. It holds diamonds carefully and reflects their coolness with its warmth. It contrasts with emeralds and deep blue sapphires, compliments rubies and sets off pearls. Yellow gold is the perfect choice for an engagement and wedding ring set as its colour can take you from classic and feminine to modern and sleek. It is not a metal you buy just to look at while you wear it. It is one you pass down. Gold is an heirloom. Watch it glisten.

Most of our men’s and women’s jewellery designs can be made in 9 carat, 14 carat and 18 carat yellow gold (simply use the metal drop down menu on each product page).

If you’re shopping for gold jewellery online and require a little help with your search for the perfect piece, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7359 4977 or email us at shop@stepheneinhorn.co.uk. Our expert jewellery advisers have years of experience and will be able to demystify the wonderful world of gold luxury jewellery.

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