Lovely Gay Couple Matt & James Visit Stephen Einhorn To Choose Their Wedding Rings

We are very excited for Matt and James… and will definitely be watching their ceremony which will be streamed ‘live’ – it’s going to be fabulous, it will be just like watching the moon landing! Have a look at this lovely video (made by Gay Star News) of when they came into our London jewellery shop to choose their civil partnership rings. We are honoured that they chose us, and are delighted to make their special rings.

Shop Stephen Einhorn’s Gay & Lesbian Wedding & Commitment Jewellery Collection here online.

 

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Stephen Einhorn Jewellery in The xx’s ‘I Dare You’ Video

We’re loving The xx’s new video for ‘I Dare You’ featuring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Moonlight actor Ashton Sanders, models Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson and some of our lovely jewellery designs! The video is The xx’s love letter to Los Angeles, the city where they wrote and recorded parts of their recent album ‘I See You’.

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Pride in London!

My lovely little granddaughter who is 4 has still not realised that a lot of her friends have a different skin colour to her. She simply accepts them as friends or not, in the same way that she either likes or dislikes them. And they accept her in the same way. Racism is taught, it is not a natural state which you are born with.

Exactly the same thing can be said about any other difference between people. Prejudice towards anyone who is LGBTIQA or different in any other way is taught, it is not a natural state. To me this is a most depressing fact. It should be that you take everyone at face value. You either get on or you don’t, you like each other or you don’t, not because you are from a different ethnic background or you have a different sexual orientation.

Stephen Einhorn Gay and Lesbian Commitment Pride In London

Oh well I’m talking from a view point of wanting to live in a Utopia and of course we all have to live in the real world.

From the aftermath of The Stonewall riots in June 1960 to the very first Pride on June 28th 1970 LGBTIQA  people are still having to fight for their rights. A lot has changed but not enough, and definitely not enough in some parts of the world where the prejudice will literally kill you and people live in fear of their lives simply because they are different.

We have always thought it was a ridiculous thing to discriminate against anyone for their sexuality and we have been waiting for a lot of the world to catch up with us and stop being so prejudiced… so until that time we want all our LGBTIQA customer’s to feel very welcome. This is why we created our gay and lesbian wedding and commitment section of our website over 20 year ago and have recently made it even bigger and better.

What a world we live in, we need to do all we can to make it better and that starts with education which in turn leads to acceptance.

So let us all stand together tomorrow and have some fun and support all our brothers and sisters and fellow human beings at Pride in London.

 

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Our Customer’s Romantic Proposal To His Unsuspecting Boyfriend

This was written by one of our lovely customers. It’s a very heart felt and romantic description of how he proposed to his boyfriend and it’s so well written we have decided to simply post the unedited version. The sheer attention to detail is amazing! Congratulations from us.

Romantic Gay Couple Proposal - Stephen Einhorn Engagement Rings London

Having decided that I was going to propose to Thomas, it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to decide on where, when and how to do it. Like everyone, I wanted it to be special and memorable but I also wanted it to be unique and all about him and us. I stuck to some traditions (asking his parents in person for their permission), was unsure about others (do I get down on 1 knee with a ring? Would he want to wear a ring?) and threw others out the window altogether (candlelit restaurant, hiding a ring in his dessert etc.). My plan rapidly developed into something quite elaborate involving family and friends, which would mean everyone having to keep the secret for about 3 months; it was risky but if I (and everyone involved) could pull it off then I knew that Thomas would be blown away, completely surprised and that it would convey my absolute love for him.

Having decided on a date, one far enough in advance that I knew the majority of family and friends would be available but also far enough in advance that it gave me time to pull the plan together, I let everyone in on the secret whilst simultaneously threatening to strangle them with their own shoelaces if any of them accidentally let the secret out the bag.

Our Customer's Romantic Proposal To His Unsuspecting Boyfriend - Stephen Einhorn Engagement Rings London

I wanted our family and friends to be there on the day as they are hugely important to us both and I thought it would be fantastic to be able to celebrate with everyone straight after proposing, whilst we were both caught up in the emotion, but don’t worry I wasn’t insane enough to be planning on proposing in front of them all. I also asked our family and friends to record a short video message for Thomas which I would then compile together into a video to use on the day; I wanted the messages to remind Thomas how incredible and special he is and how much everyone loves him.

Gay Marriage Proposal -  Men's Engagement Ring by Stephen Einhorn London

The video was just one part of the overall elaborate plan and having weaved a web of “lies” for nearly 3 months, the day final arrived. I successfully managed to lure an unsuspecting Thomas to the restaurant in the National Portrait Gallery in central London, thinking that I’d been running errands all morning and that I’d planned a romantic afternoon for the 2 of us.

However, rather than me meeting him at the restaurant, my sister and nephew walked in and handed him my laptop. Thomas was very confused by their arrival but I’d placed a tag on the laptop telling him to open the lid and play the video. The video begins with me reminiscing about our time together and a selection of photos from all of the amazing things that we have done over the last 7 years; he has since told me that at this stage he still isn’t sure what’s happening.

The video then moves on to the video clips from our family and friends from all around the world, everyone sending messages of love and slowly the penny drops as to what I’m really up to. The final part of the video is a message from me saying that I have 2 questions to ask him; first I ask if he remembers where we met up at the start of our first date and then the second question I tell him that I want to ask it in person, so he should come and meet me where we met for that first date.

Our Customer's Stephen Einhorn Proposal - Gay Engagement Rings London

It was pretty obvious what that question was going to be and by now his emotions were pretty high. To add to those emotions, as he leaves the restaurant he is greeted by our family and friends, who I have left in small groups in strategic locations throughout the gallery to help guide him back to the exit and point him in the direction to come to where I was waiting.

It was a short walk (actually he ran!) up the road to where I was waiting and the rest, as they say, is history.

During the planning, I had decided to organise a photographer for the afternoon and she was hiding in the wings, discreetly capturing the moment that I proposed. After catching our breathe and a few posed photos, we headed back to the restaurant to celebrate with our family and friends.

As you can see from the photos, I did decide that I liked the tradition of getting down on 1 knee and proposing with a ring.  Given that neither of us wear any jewellery, I had been uncertain whether Thomas would want to wear an engagement ring; I knew that if he did that he wouldn’t want anything garish. After entering a few choice words into the Google search window, the first image to pop up was of Stephen Einhorn’s Geo Elipse ring. Instantly I knew that this was “the ring” and my uncertainty was instantly dispelled (no exaggeration).

Stephen Einhorn Metal Geo Ring in Palladium - Mens Engagement Rings London

I liked the look and style of the ring; it’s classical yet stylish and modern and the 3 bands and riveted construction tell a story about union and all without a hint of garishness. Next time I was in central London, I popped up to the shop in Islington and was even more impressed seeing the ring in person. Alice guided me through the various options and choices and explained their policy on exchanging the ring if I had originally ordered the incorrect size (which most people don’t because very few people know their partner’s ring size). I was tempted to place my order on the spot but thought it wise to look at some other rings first. Despite looking in many jewellers’ windows, I didn’t see a single other ring that I wanted to look at in person and a few days later I was on the phone to Alice placing my order for the slim Geo Elipse ring in Palladium.

Photographs of the couple were taken by photographer Helen Armstrong.

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Perennial Jewellery Favourites – Men’s Pendants & Necklaces

Stephen Einhorn’s men’s pendants and necklaces are a thing of beauty and may even be pinched by your partner should you be foolish enough to leave one lying around… Jazz up a spring shirt with a lovely Inlaid Signet pendant necklace in gold and lapis. Or add a subtle touch of cool to your look with our sleek and sculptural  Arrowhead pendant.

Stephen Einhorn Arrowhead Collection_Large Arrowhead Leather Necklace Black and yellow gold

There are many different styles and shapes to suite a variety of tastes, including our gold pendants on leather. And we can make our necklaces to any length in any style, you just have to ask.

Stylish men’s pendants and necklaces are a perennial favourite here at Stephen Einhorn. They are the ultimate in casual luxury. Stephen has always been outside the establishment, the establishment don’t want him, he’s too innovative too modern and simply too good at what he makes. He has built up a considerable following of people who understand the quality and aesthetic of what he does. So give yourself a treat and have a look at what could be yours…

Our Anchor pendant can be bought on its own, on a chain or on leather cord. Leather  gives a pendant a very different look, still luxurious but with a slightly more casual feel… Leather jewellery is a bit like Marmite, you either like it or you don’t!

Stephen Einhorn Men's Block Pendant Necklace

Our Block pendant necklace (seen above) is a classic Stephen Einhorn style, solid, smooth, and easily customisable… add engraving, enamel or have some stones set in it?

Stephen Einhorn Skull and Crossbones Leather Pendant Necklace

A new addition to our men’s jewellery collection is our larger Skull and Crossbones pendant. Our Skull and Crossbones was one of the first designs Stephen made and you could definitely say it is one of his favourite designs. This too is available on a chain or leather and if you want a slightly longer length do let us know and we can make it for you.

Stephen Einhorn Thames wood Pebble Necklace in yellow Gold

Our lovely touchy feely smooth pebble pendant in the larger size is made with our exclusive 2000- Year- Old Thames Wood. If you would like to find out more about this amazing material please go to the Thames Wood section of our website. Hang a bit of history around your neck!

View more of our men’s pendant and necklaces.

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Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers are possibly the most interesting football club in the UK, maybe in the world ( A large statement and I know nothing about football!). They have just been added to the English Football League for the first time in history but that is not the most unusual thing about them.

Owner Dale Vince is going to build an ECO park to house the teams football stadium, and in 2012 the club won a Green Award for their pitch The New Lawn, which is chemical free, fertilised with cow dung and mown by lawn mowers powered by solar panels.

The surface was criticised by their former manager, so now he has gone and the current boss Mark Cooper is obviously on board. If you have a vision you can’t let others hold you back.

Fans visiting The League Two club, The New Lawn will only be offered a Vegan menu and the players have to agree to not eat red meat, which is also taken into consideration when choosing new players. Altogether totally visionary and no doubt if you suggested it to anyone other football managers they would laugh at you. Dale Vince is obviously a very forward thinking man, we love it!

 

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Focus On Bespoke Jewellery

At Stephen Einhorn we specialise in bespoke jewellery, we like to make your jewellery dreams come true….

Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Jewellery London - Men's & Women's Custom Made Jewellery

What is bespoke? Well it’s being able to have whatever you like made, a totally unique piece designed and custom made exclusively for you. You know that feeling when you get an idea into your head of something that you think will look really good on you but you can’t find exactly what you want? You want a ring in a specific style with a certain stone… you saw it in a book or on someone or in a film. It would be perfect as a wedding ring, engagement ring or just make you look rather fabulous.

The Making Of Stephen Einhorn Bespok Ring Handmade in 18 Carat Yellow Gold with Ruby and Diamonds

Here is the situation… You go into a jewellers and ask for what you would like, but the answer is ‘no, sorry, we have nothing like that here’ there is then a lot of head shaking and sighing, and a bit of.. ‘Oh you won’t be able to find that anywhere’.

Well hold your horses because we can do it, whatever you would like, in any metal and with any stone. We specialise in making customised jewellery – we’ve been doing it for over 20 years, right here in our London workshop.  Everything we do is in-house, so you know your London bespoke jewellery is of the highest quality,  handmade by our incredibly highly skilled jewellers. We also can make your design in Fair-Trade Gold, on request.

The making of your Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Speedline Pendant - London Jewellery
The process of bespoke is a simple one… You describe to us what you would like,  give us any kind of picture reference however rough and then we talk it through with you, discussing what metals you would like and if you want your piece to incorporate enamel, diamonds, sapphires or our 2000-Year-Old Thames wood?

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop - Bespoke Men's & Women's

We then give you a quote for your design and you pay a 50% deposit. After this we get to work creating your artwork for your bespoke piece. We email you at this point so that if you want something changed we can do this for you. After you have signed off the artwork either in person or by email we get to work making your bespoke design. If it’s a ring which is to be set, we will get you in to try it on so that we can get the size right before it is set. After this we will set the piece finishing it for you and, voila! A personalised bespoke piece that is all yours!

Be inspired by some more of our bespoke jewellery commissions.

 

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Quality & Ethical Diamonds

Bespoke Solitaire Engagement Ring in Platinum & 2ct Brilliant Cut Diamond With Diamond Shoulders - Stephen Einhorn London

Diamonds are forever, sang Shirley Bassey. She wasn’t wrong. Diamonds, as the toughest mineral known to humans, will last a lifetime, becoming heirlooms of the future. They carry a rich and illustrious history and nothing shines and sparkles quite like a diamond, the play of fire and colour can catch your eye from across a room, giving them a truly unparalleled beauty. The name diamond derives from the Greek for invisible or untamed. Very apt for this wildly enigmatic stone.

Diamonds have long been prized, with mentions of them throughout history. They were referenced by the Roman poet Pliny, and may have been being traded in India as far back as the 4th century BC. Alluvial diamonds in India – those gathered on the surface of the earth from rivers and streams were among the first to be recognised as objects of desire and traded globally. Since then deposits of diamonds have been discovered across the  world from central Africa and America to Russia and Canada.

Diamond is made from carbon, slowly created at high temperatures and pressures deep within the earth’s crust. Diamonds take between 1 billion and 3.3 billion years to form, meaning that some are almost as old as the earth itself.

Small diamonds began appearing in European jewellery around the 13th century and had become more commonplace by the 16th as mining and cutting techniques improved. Trade routes also improved and the sale and movement of diamonds increased, with cutting centres being established in Venice and then Antwerp – still a renowned cutting centre today.

Stephen Einhorn Diamonds - Ethical & Quality - London

Our diamonds are sourced from reputable diamond dealers who we have worked with you numerous years and each one is hand-selected  by our jewellers, ensuring we get the best cuts and quality.

By the 19th century diamonds could be found in the jewellery gracing the necks and hands of most royalty, and were associated with the opulence of the aristocracy. During the 1870′s large deposits of diamonds were discovered in South Africa. Combined with the sale of the French Crown Jewels, diamonds were suddenly more commercially available and started appearing more and more in fine jewellery.

Stephen Einhorn Oval Halo Ring Platinum and Diamond - Ethical Diamond Engagement Rings - London

Due to the diamond’s durability, they are ten on the MOHs scale, they are the mineral against which all other minerals are measured. They are used as drill bits for engraving and as polishing tools, and in fact alongside lasers, it is a diamond tool which is used to cut and shape a diamond. The advancement of technology means that the style of cuts has evolved over time, resulting in complex modern shapes which best refract light and dazzle the wearer. The classic cuts, however, such as the emerald or rose,  are often found in antique jewellery and have a different, pure quality to them. When it comes to diamonds there really is something for every taste and style.

Stephen Einhorn Halo Cushions Cluster Ring Rose Gold and Diamond - Engagement Rings London

Set in an engagement ring a diamond will catch the light like no other stone, it can be set in rich rose, white or yellow gold, or cool platinum. Diamonds are incredibly versatile and the range of styles and shapes they come in, and the pieces they can be fashioned into is limited only by the designer’s creativity. Stephen Einhorn uses diamonds across his collection of classic and contemporary designs, weaving them into his more ornate pieces and showcasing their brilliance in his bold, modern designs.

As a company we are particularly concerned about where our materials come from, especially diamonds and we refuse to use conflict diamonds which are inexorably linked with human rights abuses and conflict in many parts of the world. Our diamonds and gemstones all come from reputable dealers who we have been working with for many years and we can also source Canadian diamonds on request.

See a collection of our diamond engagement rings here.

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Unisex: Our Genderless Jewellery Edit For You.

Transcending the idea of men’s and women’s jewellery, we are synonymous with contemporary modern style, irrespective of gender.

Unisex, or in other words a non gender specific style. This can be a bit confusing because quite often its the way you wear any style that makes it personal to you whatever sex you happen to be. A man can wear a very feminine style engagement ring and make it look perfect for him, a women can wear a more masculine style and it looks stunning on her. We have sold many such rings to men and women and they all looked fantastic!

But for the sake of argument we have made some styles that fit this Unisex category perfectly. We want everyone to feel comfortable with their choice.

We make jewellery for anyone and everyone. Whatever you would like we can make. However, to get you started and to try and give you a bit of inspiration here are a few styles to wet your appetite. We also make bespoke unisex jewellery too so if you want something totally unique all you have to do is contact us and we will make it for you.

Our Enamel Geo Elipse Ring 9 Carat Rose Gold & Black Enamel, would look stunning on anyone:

And the necklaces and pendants in our Arrowhead collection too…

Our Curved Air Cord Bracelet in 9 Carat Yellow Gold & Black Cord, would be a subtle but luxurious addition to any wrist and doesn’t scream…Man! Woman! Its says hmmmmm stylish!

In our bespoke section we some stunning examples of  previous bespoke jewellery including the Bespoke Engraved Pendant in 18ct Yellow Gold, 14ct White Gold, Diamond & Ruby

These are our slim Geo rings,with stunning 18 Carat Yellow Gold & Diamonds, sumptuous!

So take your pick, express yourself in any way you see fit and we will help you.

Our full unisex range is  available to view here:

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How To Buy An Engagement Ring & Enjoy Yourself

The Proposal

You’ve made the decision, you’re going to do it, it’s exciting isn’t it! You know where you will propose, but what will you propose with? You don’t have a ring? Then let us help.
Whatever the design you choose, it’s personal to you. It’s a ring for better or for worse… But mostly, it’s an intention. A beautiful, lifelong intention to love.

Some of our customer’s lovely proposal photos…

How To Buy An Engagement Ring - Stephen Einhorn Customer Proposals

 So, getting the perfect ring is important, right?

Here is the good news: at Stephen Einhorn it’s pretty impossible to get it wrong because we are here to advise. We are extremely experienced in making and selling engagement rings. So relax, sit back, have a cup of tea or something a little stronger, and we will take you through the few vital steps for getting that perfect piece of jewellery on that perfect finger.

Stephen Einhorn Unique Engagment Rings - London Jewellery Designer

An engagement ring is about beauty, not money

That is very important to bear in mind, we will not sell you a really expensive ring that you can’t afford, that’s not our ethos. There have been several conventions discussed over the years about how much you should spend on a ring…. A month’s salary, four months, a year?  We do not believe that buying a piece of jewellery should be a source of stress and anxiety. Whatever your budget, you can find something truly beautiful to be treasured for a lifetime. Blow the budget by all means, but only do it with a happy heart.

How To Buy An Engagement Rings - Stephen Einhorn Engagment Rings Oval Halo Blue Sapphire - London

What if I don’t know their ring size?

Don’t worry you do not need to know the ring size. Every ring that you buy here in our London shop is custom-made. This means that if you’re buying a ring on spec and it doesn’t fit you can simply bring it back unworn and we will exchange it for a brand new one, that we have made specially, that fits like the proverbial glove.

What style engagement ring is best?

If you are not sure what style your loved one would like here are a few pointers:

1. Does your intended wear a lot of jewellery which the ring needs to compliment? If they do is it cool or warm toned jewellery? Platinum? Rose gold? Yellow gold?

2. What is their style like? Do they wear modern asymmetric skirts or tea dresses? Do they like vintage or modern styles? Plain simple stylish clothes or are they more decorative in their choices? Sharp suits or jeans and jumpers? Do they like contemporary designs, or something more classic?

3. And of course, have any large hints ever been dropped as to what they want? Do they have a favourite colour or gemstone. Do they like geometric, circular shapes, or patterns?

Knowing the answers will help you to narrow your choices down, and will aid our expert sales assistants in their consultations with you. Last but not least it’s also about your taste as well, after all your intended will be very flattered with the style that you have chosen for them.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring - Stephen Einhorn Engagment Rings  - London Shop

Once you’ve popped the question with the engagement ring of your choice, if it’s not the right size, bring your intended in to see us and we will hand you both a glass of bubbly before sizing their finger. We then get you back in for a fitting before the stone is set to make sure your new heirloom fits like a glove. It is an exciting process to be a part of and means that every ring is made to fit the wearer perfectly.

When you buy a ring from us you don’t need to get hung up on whether the ring is the right size or not it really doesn’t matter. If you don’t want your future partner to guess what you’re up to you can guess the size, it’s really the style of ring that’s more important and of course the actual proposal itself.

What precious stone should I choose?

A diamond is a classic and traditional choice, for versatility, it can’t be beaten. They go with everything, it is the toughest stone in existence, and it comes in a huge variety of shapes. If you do choose a diamond you will have to decide on your preferred cut, colour, clarity and carat, all of which our expert assistants can help you with.

If you’d prefer a coloured gemstone, the precious gemstone world is your oyster. Black diamonds, emeralds, black, blue and other hued sapphires, rubies, tsavorites, tanzanites… really you just need to select a colour. Don’t be pressured into choosing a stone because you feel you should. You just need to choose one you love!

How To Buy An Engagement Rings - Picking The Stone - Stephen Einhorn Engagment Rings London

Confused by all the precious metal options?

Here, too, there are a wide variety of options and it is important to choose not only what you love, but what suits your soon-to-be-fiancées skin tone. Here at Stephen Einhorn we love each metal for its unique look and qualities. The cool blue of platinum, the radiance of yellow gold, the creamy richness of white gold, the warmth of rose gold. Whatever stone you have chosen, you can complement or contrast with the metal and choose the carat to suit your budget.

How To Choose An Engagement Ring - Stephen Einhorn Engagemet Rings - Precious Metals

What style should I go for?

Apart from the fine craftsmanship, honest advice and high quality materials, people come to Stephen Einhorn for our designs. Whether it’s for clean modern geometric lines, classical shapes or Stephen’s signature open settings, we have something for everyone. Every piece can be further customised with engraving or personalised to your exact specifications by our expert jewellers.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring - Stephen Einhorn Men's Engagment Rings - London Jeweller

Our bespoke engagement ring service

You can also go down the bespoke route and have something uniquely designed for you by Stephen, but it’s a good idea to involve both partners in this process – designing a bespoke engagement ring for another person can be tricky! Find out more about our bespoke service here.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring - Bespoke Engagement Rings - Stephen Einhorn London

Enjoy yourself! This is an exciting purchase savour it…

How To Buy An Engagement Ring - A Stephen Einhorn Gay Proposal - LGBT

But what if I live outside London or overseas?

If you don’t live near London and so can’t pop into our shop to see us, fear not! Call us and we will talk you through all your options and help you guess the initial size.

View Stephen Einhorn’s engagement ring collection here online

 

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