Stephen Einhorn, Dazed Magazine & Léa Seydoux

The talented and beautiful French actress Léa Seydoux, best known for her roles in Blue Is the Warmest Colour, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Bond film, Spectre, can currently be seen in Dazed Magazine this month, wearing our fabulous new Soho hoop earrings. These are little black dress of the jewellery world.  Here are a few snaps from the shoot but do head over to Dazed to read the interview – it’s a good one.

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A Romantic Grand Canyon Proposal!

We set the scene, a man unsuspecting with his partner is getting excited because they are going on an amazing trip to the Grand Canyon… IN A HELICOPTER! Pretty special so far. They have lovely weather, conditions look good, they are relaxing, enjoying the scenery. Then… the pilot suggests they land and take a look around. Good idea, it’s an unusual place, who wouldn’t want to check it out, but then? A proposal! Right there. How amazingly romantic. These two lovely customers were kind enough to share their special moment with us (almost we weren’t actually there) and sent us these really wonderful photos. With a set up like that how could you refuse? We send our hearty congratulations to you both and hope you are enjoying wearing your palladium Metal Geo Elipse rings.

Stephen Einhorn Romantic Engagement Grand Canyon - Men's Engagement Rings - London

You can shop our handcrafted men’s engagement rings online or visit our Islington, London jewellery shop.

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Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones) Bespoke Skull & Bones Ring

Bespoke Alien Bone Skull Ring in Silver & Bloodstone Made For Game Of Thrones Kristian Nairn

Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones… Hold the Door!) recently commissioned this bespoke Skull and Bones ring from us, and one thing he was very sure about was that he wanted Stephen to include skulls on his design.

Bespoke Skull & Bones Ring in Made For Game Of Thrones Kristian Nairn - Hodor

Skulls have become incredibly popular in the last 20 years. Where once they were a symbol of death or all things sinister, now they are a bit of a fashion statement.

Interestingly, in Elizabethan England the skull was a symbol of being a Bawd or a Rake or a type of person with loose morals or indeed someone who liked to simply live a little harder than others. For this particular symbol a skull with its lower jaw missing was used which is really quite similar to the skulls we use today in our jewellery. People would have a skull on a plain band, which could be turned to hide the proclivities of the wearer. It conjures up a lovely picture of lascivious men and women turning their rings round at dinner parties and then rushing off into the bushes (or broom closets).

Charles Allan Gilbert - All is Vanity 1892

It is said that the human brain has a part of it that enables us to recognise a skull even from a small fragment of bone, which seems incredible. In 1892 Charles Allan Gilbert did a clever illustration called ‘All is Vanity’. He did quite a few illustrations of people that when you look at them they look like skulls but when you look closer they are, in this case a woman innocently looking into a dressing table mirror. Maybe it was that special part of his brain that he had tapped into that helped him create such incredible illustrations.

Skulls are an interesting symbol that are now worn as something ‘cool’ or ‘hip’ or even a bit groovy. Theresa May’s husband should be wearing skull cufflinks if he really wants to be taken seriously as that bit of arm candy who is First Man, after all most men are now going to be trying to ape his style.

You can shop our men’s and women’s Skull jewellery collection here online and find out more about our bespoke jewellery service here.

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What Is Trilliant Cut – Our Fine Jewellery Guide

The Trilliant cut stone is rather more elegant than it’s sci-fi sounding name suggests. It is in fact a portmanteau of ‘triangle’ and ‘brilliant’ and that’s exactly what it is: a triangular modified brilliant cut. The brilliant cut is of course the ultimate circular classic when it comes to diamonds and gemstones. With the perfect balance of facets to height and weight ratio it is a great choice for a round stone. What makes the Trilliant such a luscious choice is its combination of the brilliant cut’s facets with the unusual triangular shape, making it a real statement. In order to get the right proportions, the Trilliant is deliberately shaped with lesser depth and a larger table, giving skilled cutters the opportunity to ensure it has maximum fire, scintillation and brilliance. Meaning the Trilliant will truly dazzle.

What Is Trilliant Cut - Our Fine Jewellery Guide

Suited to a variety of gemstones as well as diamonds, this shape makes coloured stones even more desirable, giving them at once a classic elegance and a contemporary look. The Trilliant was developed by cutters in Amsterdam and later patented in New York in 1962. Sometimes referred to as a trillion or trillian, the cut is relatively new, making it the perfect choice for those who are looking for a piece of fine jewellery which is a little more modern.



This beguiling combination of modern and classic is what makes the Trilliant so suited to Stephen contemporary, but timeless fine jewellery designs, and his new platinum Tsarina diamond Halo necklace is no exception. With the setting beautifully following the contours of this opulent tanzanite stone, surrounded by 30 diamonds, this piece tells a story of exquisite craftsmanship and enduring style. And the rest? That’s up to you.

Read all about and shop our new Tsarina fine jewellery collection here online or visit our London jewellery shop in Islington.

 

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It’s World Gin Day!

We love all things gin. There are an increasing number of small distilleries in London who all seem to make delicious Gin. To name a few there is Sipsmith, Jensens, Sacred, City of London and a Stephen Einhorn team favourite 58 Gin from Hackney (whose owner we recently made some beautifully engraved bespoke cufflinks as a special birthday gift from his wife).

Bespoke 58 Gin Logo Engraved Cufflinks Solid Silver

London Gin appears to have emerged over the last few years as a bit of a speciality and the new small distilleries seem to make gin of  a very high quality.

Apparently the reason gin has a bad reputation is firstly because it used to be ruinously cheap, cheaper even than beer. It was a far worse plague than Class A drugs are today.  It was called Mother’s ruin and during the mid eighteenth century it was absolutely the biggest plague in society. History aside the other reason why gin had a bad reputation was for the hangovers it caused. This is because when some massed produced gins are distilled the distillers use the entire batch, whereas a really good distiller will throw away the beginning and the end of the distillation, known as the ‘heads and tails’. The copper in the gin vat takes out the sulphites that make you feel awful.

So get your friends together today and have a lovely G & T to celebrate World Gin Day. Don’t forget to eat something with it so you don’t get too drunk!

Our favourite Dry Martini:

50ml 58 Gin

10ml Noily Pratt

Stir all over ice. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with lemon twist…….when you have finished two… try not to slide under table.

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Stephen Helps Judge The WGSN Futures Awards 2016

Stephen was recently asked to be part of the judging panel (alongside key industry figures including Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas and Saks Fifth Avenue vice president fashion director Eric Jennings) for this years WGSN Futures Awards. The awards recognise innovation and excellence in fashion design, retail and digital innovation on a global scale.

The ceremony, which Stephen and Kelly (our Head of Marketing) attended, took place after WGSN’s two-day future trends summit WGSN Futures which saw global experts debating and discussing how technology will drive a more successful and sustainable industry under the theme The Vision 2030. The night was a glamorous affair –we met some lovely people, caught up with some old friends and drank some of the tasty tropical cocktails!

Stephen Einhorn Luxury Jewellery Designer Helps Judge WGSN Futures Awards 2016

Huge congratulations to all the winners, but we must give a particular mention to our favourite of the night (and also one of the nominees who Stephen voted for) – the winner for Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Design: Richard Braqo. Richard’s designs are truly innovative with fantastic attention to detail. We predict a bright future for this talented man.

This years Hall of Fame award went to Alexandra Shulman whose editorship at British Vogue is the longest in the magazines history – an incredible achievement.

All in all an inspirational event that we really enjoyed being part of.

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The Time We Tried To Get All The Games Of Thrones Secrets Out Of Kristian Nairn Who Plays Hodor

Game of Thrones Hodor - Kristian Nairn & Stephen Einhorn in Our London Jewellery Shop

We’d be fibbing if we said we didn’t try and get some inside information out of Kristian Nairn (who plays Game of Thrones Hodor) when he last visited our London jewellery shop… but he was very professional and wouldn’t tell Stephen a thing, not a single bean… And we don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who still haven’t watched the most recent episode yet but what a shocker! #HTD.

It all makes sense now… But what next…

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What Is Tanzanite & What Makes It Such A Rare & Precious Stone?

Tanzanite is unique among gemstones in that it is only found in one place in the whole world – making it a geological rarity. Discovered in 1967 in the Mererani hills at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Manyara region of Northern Tanzania – it is still solely mined there today and takes its name from its romantic home. Being discovered relatively recently, the stone came to be known as the ‘gemstone of the 20th century’ and soon New York socialites and British movers and shakers alike were flocking to buy this coveted jewel. Today it is just as popular – apart from it’s incredible beauty tanzanite is 1,000 times rarer than a diamond and it’s only source will be depleted within the next 30 years, factors that make it a very good investment.

A deep blue/purple, tanzanite is distinguished by its rich colour and the way it catches the light to evoke the last gasps of a burgundy sunset, the palest violet, or rich, deep, blue water. The reason it can appear to be all three colours (though not in the same stone) is that it is also an unusually highly trichroic gemstone meaning that because of its crystal formation, when cut at one of three different angles it will refract and absorb light differently, appearing as one of three different colours. Not bad for a stone found in one tiny corner of the globe.

Tanzanite measures 6.5-7 on the MOHs scale, meaning it’s an extremely skilful jeweller who can work with it. Luckily here at Stephen Einhorn we have just the team to lovingly coax the stone into your chosen ring or necklace setting. With care, this precious rarity should last a lifetime: well into the next century. This exclusive gemstone can be cut into any shape, making it the perfect choice for an unusual engagement ring or bespoke commission, coming as it does in Princess, Pear, Ceylon, Brilliant, Emerald cut… The tanzanite is your oyster! In fact the cut, as well as the colour, adds to the value of this stone as it must be cut with the right proportions and facets to get the most from its rich hues. Tanzanite can also be shaped into beads for a truly decadent piece.

Where some stones have thousands of years of history behind them, tanzanite is a beautiful mystery, lying undiscovered until the swinging sixties. This exclusive, modern gemstone looks fabulous set in a variety of coloured precious metals as its depth of colour matches the cool tones of steely platinum or the rich hues of yellow or rose gold to equal, but differently stunning effect.

We have used this enigmatic stone in a variety of original jewellery designs, most recently our stunning new Tsarina fine jewellery collection which you can see online or at our London shop. Tanzanite is a stone that will grace any skin stone and is suited to both sleek masculine designs as well as more feminine, elegant pieces. If you are looking for something that is unusual, exclusive, and with a history that you can start to write yourself, tanzanite might just be the stone for you.

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The Making Of Stephen’s Bespoke Double Flower Ring In 18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct White Gold & Blue Tourmalines

This stunning bespoke Double Flower ring was designed by Stephen and custom made in 18ct yellow gold and 18ct white gold with blue tourmalines. The precious stones in this special commission were a very unusual colour and slightly different from each other – the end result was absolutely beautiful. It’s a truly unique design that would give you great pleasure every time you look down at your hand. See more of Stephen’s bespoke jewellery commissions here.

The Making Of Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Double Flower Ring In 18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct White Gold & Blue Tourmalines

Stephen Einhorn bespoke is exclusively offered to customers who wish to have a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery created. Stephen’s bespoke work has built up an unparalleled reputation and for over 20 years he has been personally designing one off jewellery pieces for people seeking original design, high quality craftsmanship and the highest levels of client care.

Stephen’s bespoke service provides you with the opportunity to be involved in each step of the creation of a totally unique piece of jewellery that is designed and handmade to your personal requirements. If you would like to talk to us about your idea for a bespoke commission, or have any questions regarding the process or costs, please contact our bespoke manager via the telephone number or email address below. If you prefer you can also arrange an appointment to come and speak to our bespoke manager in person at our London jewellery shop.

Call our bespoke manager on: +44 (0) 20 7359 4977

Email our bespoke manager at: bespoke@stepheneinhorn.co.uk.

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Happy World Penguin Day!

It’s a happy day… it’s World Penguin Day! We are big penguin lovers here at Stephen Einhorn – so much so we made our own Penguin charm. This young fellow is dead cute. He looks a little cheeky and just ever so slightly like Pingu. Handmade in our London workshop in a variety of solid precious metal options.

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