Robert Pattinson looking both cool and cosy wearing our Heavy Link necklace (look very very close!) in the current issue of Esquire magazine.
Robert Pattinson Wearing Stephen Einhorn Heavy Link Necklace in Esquire Magazine
Our Heavy Link necklace is quite unusual and beautifully made. It’s hard to find sophisticated yet chunky chains, but here’s one! Perfect for men and women this design is handmade in our London workshop in solid silver. It comes in two different lengths – medium 44cm and large 52cm and features our signature clasp.
First published April 3rd 2017. Updated September 5th 2019.
The signet ring is named after the French signét for ‘small seal’ and the Latin signetum meaning ‘sign.’ Signet rings have been used throughout history to create a signature for the wearer, impressing a seal into wax or clay and leaving a unique mark that was considered binding. If a gentleman’s word is his bond, the signet proved the authenticity of that bond, and it looked damn fine doing it.
Signet Rings Have A Long History
The use of signet rings dates back at least as far as ancient Egypt and can be seen from their discovery in some prominent tombs, also in Mesopotamia dating 3500 BC when people first started using them to authenticate business deals and documents. There are also multiple references to seals in the Bible which many historians surmise are signet rings. People in medieval times used signet rings to sign and seal documents and the practice became even more legitimised when King Edward II ascended to the throne of England in 1307 and declared that all official government documents had to be sealed with the King’s signet.
Such illustrious signet rings bore the crests or emblems of the family of the wearer. They were a way not only to sign a document but to demonstrate your heritage. Only the most distinguished of families had a crest of their own to wear on a signet ring. Rings were not merely signifiers of family membership, they were also adopted by clubs and societies, each member identified by a flash of jewellery. In modern times when the rings are no longer used in an official capacity they are still often the mark of belonging and men and women alike will wear their family crests, even if they have no intention of pressing them into wax. In fact signet rings today are not always created with a design in relief or raised for the purposes of a seal, designers such as Stephen Einhorn can be far more imaginative in the way they represent someone’s crest or symbol because they are not constrained by functionality. Signet rings can be made in two-tone precious metals such as contrasting golds, set with pavé stones or enamelled to create a coloured design.
Famous Wearers of The Signet Ring
Famous Wearers of The Signet Ring
Famous wearers of the signet ring include Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Prince Charles, Mercedes de Acosta and Sir Winston Churchill who was never seen without his solid gold ring. Add to this list a number of fictional icons such as the man from U.N.C.L.E. and several of James Bond’s more stylish adversaries. Even The Green Lantern of DC Comics fame sports his own symbol on a signet ring.
Traditionally signet rings were passed down the family line: ancient heirlooms, nowadays traditions can be alluded to, as new heirlooms, like this set of bespoke family signet rings, are commissioned and created. Wearers of the modern, contemporary style of signet ring can be seen in hipster bars and country pubs, pushing swings in the playground and pushing pens in the boardroom. These rings can sport a newly designed crest or be used to bring to life an old one, they can commemorate years of service to a cause or to a company, or even a new beginning.
Is there a particular finger it should grace? The simple answer, of course, is no. Just as the ring can be designed to the wearer’s exact specifications, it can also be worn on the finger of their choosing. Signet rings can be seen on pinkie fingers of both hands, on ring and index fingers, even thumbs. Traditionally since the Middle Ages they were worn on the pinkie, or little finger, on the non-dominant hand (so on the left hand if right-handed) making rolling in the wax used to form a seal possible without removing the ring. Now, though, rings are worn to replace wedding bands, as statement rings and teamed with contrasting jewellery for both men and women.
Combining style and sophistication with legitimacy and gravitas, the signet ring is a unique piece of jewellery. Stephen Einhorn has always been particularly drawn towards signet rings, combining as they do his two passions for classic design and functionality. After all, what could be better than something that is not only beautiful, but could enable the wearer to leave their mark on the world? If you’re looking for a statement ring with a modern design aesthetic, the signet ring is it. And who knows, it may even give you the impetus to start that secret society you’ve always longed for. No ring, no entry. It’s all about exclusivity, after all.
Originally published September 5th 2018. Edited and reposted Friday 30th August 2019.
Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Flower Pendant Necklace 9ct White Gold, Diamonds & Blue Sapphires
Sapphire: the September birthstone
Just as all that glitters is not gold, not every stone named for its blue colour is actually blue. Sapphires, named after the ancient Greek and Latin for blue, come in a range of colours from violet through orange and pink to grey and green, making them a gorgeously versatile gemstone for those lucky things born in September.
These non-blue sapphires are known as ‘fancy’ and come in a breath-taking variety of shades. In fact, the ruby is the same mineral as sapphire (corundum) but it has its own name to differentiate it from the reddish/pink hues of fancy sapphires. The most desired blue sapphire is ‘Cornflower Blue,’ a beautiful deep mid blue, which, nestled into a gold or platinum setting really draws the eye.
Sapphire Sky by Henrieta Angel
Sapphire meaning and history
Sapphires have, in fact, long been desired. The Ancient Persians believed the sky was painted blue by their reflection and treasured them as holy stones. Many religions thought the colour represented the heavens, and ancient kings wore them as a defence against harm. Worn by film stars and royalty alike, these stones take millions, even billions of years to form, and represent a tiny piece of mesmerising history. They form in the earth and reflect the skies. What more could you wish for in a birthstone?
Stephen Einhorn Liquid Slim Cufflinks 9 Carat Yellow Gold & Brilliant Cut Blue Sapphires
September birthstone jewellery
Whether you are looking for a sapphire ring, a pair of earrings, a necklace dangling elegantly at the nape of your neck or a pair of cufflinks with some stones set into them, we have something for you or your beloved. Have a look at our sapphire: September birthstone jewellery collection. In fact simply have a look at our collection: anything you see can be customised with a sapphire of your choice, any stone changed for a stone which celebrates you or someone you love.
Stephen Einhorn Oval Halo Ring 18 Carat White Gold & Oval Cut Blue Sapphire
We all love our emergency services. Whenever something goes horribly wrong, we simply pick up our phones and dial 999 without giving the people who respond to the accident a second thought. They have dedicated their lives to helping others. They put themselves in danger every day. They often take abuse from an ungrateful public who don’t realise how lucky they are to have them just a phone call away. As well as the emergency services there are other key workers who are as equally important. Teachers, social workers, care workers, the armed forces and many other support services that we couldn’t do without.
Key workers 15% off jewellery at Stephen Einhorn London
We salute you all. And as a big thank you from us we would like to offer every single key worker a discount of 15% off anything that they buy in our shop or online*. If you’re shopping in-store please bring relevant photo ID and if you’re shopping online please email your photo ID to our shop email and we will provide you with a unique code that you can use. Please note that the card you use to pay will need to be the same name as what is on your photo ID.
*Offer for UK residents only. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount and can’t be applied to engraving or jewellery re-vamps.
Alice, one of our jewellers setting a diamond into one of our designs
Last Tuesday we had a school visit from the Chelsea Academy, an outstanding Academy in South West London, as part of the Walpole’s Luxury in the Making Schools Programme. We are enthusiastic supporters of anything that gets our schoolchildren interested in the art of making things. We do love passing our knowledge on and if we can enthuse some school children and encourage them to get involved in our industry then even better.
Chelsea Academy visit British jeweller Stephen Einhorn as part of the Walpole’s Luxury in the Making Schools Programme.
We desperately need skilled craftspeople in this country and the only way we are going to have them is if we pass our skills on. We gave them a small overview of our company. Explained that running a business was all about raising your profile so that people know about you, not just making things (the bit we like best) and using social media.
Students from the Chelsea Academy learning about making jewellery
We then moved into the workshop where our workshop manager Gerry showed the students how to make a simple ring by shaping a bit of silver wire, then soldering it and polishing it with a bit of annealing along the way. After that, Alice one of our skilled jewellers set a diamond in a silver heart for them, so they could see how we set stones. The trouble is our jewellers always make it look so easy… The students all had a turn looking through her microscope. Finally, we engraved something for them with their school name on it. We really enjoyed their visit and hope they got something out of it too.
Ah Father’s Day. The day to thank your dad for teaching you to ride a bike and watch football, bake a pie and darn your socks.
So who celebrates Father’s Day? That’s easy. Anyone with a father. Whether that’s your biological father, adopted, honorary, gay, trans… If you are a father to somebody then you should be celebrated. There is even a tradition of Father’s Day gifts from bump: the nearly Father’s Day present. And when is Father’s Day 2019? It’s soon, people! Sunday 16th June. But relax. We’ve got you covered.
Where does Father’s Day come from?
First things first, it’s good to know what you are celebrating. Contrary to popular belief, the day was not manufactured by greetings cards companies to optimise sales. In fact the tradition of honouring fathers dates back to the Middle Ages and Catholicism, where they were commemorated in the feast day of St Joseph. Our modern, secular version is often attributed to two single celebrations in the US: that mounted in 1908 by Grace Clayton, and in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Here in the UK, it has been celebrated since some time after the Second World War.
First Father’s Day gifts
The very first Father’s Day is the biggie, marking a turning point in someone’s life. This is also one of the last ones where the child has absolutely no say in the choice of a present so it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace your grown-up side. A tie pin or money clip, or perhaps a pendant or engravable signet ring. It’s one to treasure when you’re sitting in an empty teenager’s bedroom wondering where that tiny little ball of noise has gone.
Stephen Einhorn Oval Tie & Lapel Pin in Silver
Personalised and Bespoke Father’s Day gifts
Every father is different, and personalising the gift for them is a great way of showing that. For us, personalisation is key. We have created a whole host of meaningful and timeless gifts. We have made a men’s lockets with a lock of their child’s hair inside, made a bespoke pair of Monkey and Chick cufflinks (monkey and chick are the nicknames of their two children), and made a drawing into a three-dimensional charm to hang on a neck chain. Father’s Day jewellery gifts can be as traditional or as unconventional as you like.
Stephen Einhorn Bespoke Monkey & Chick Cufflinks in Solid Sterling Silver
Engraving is another fantastic way to personalise something for the father in your life. Engraving pendants or wrist cuffs with a date of birth, a first word, or a child’s name is a lovely way to commemorate the relationship between a father and child. Engraving is also a great way to take a very masculine piece of jewellery and add a secret, sentimental touch.
Stephen Einhorn Engravable Times Square Cufflinks in Silver
Just something fabulous to show you we love you
There are no hard and fast rules about what you should buy for the dad in your life. Whether you are an adult buying for a father, or a partner buying for a co-parent, you just want to make someone feel loved, and thought about. A Skull ring because that’s their style. A leather bracelet to match their biker jacket, or a silver bangle to casually shake out of the end of a suit sleeve.
Plain Leather Snap Bracelet in Silver & Blue Woven Leather
Anything to make someone feel appreciated and special is key, no matter how big or small is key. And don’t forget breakfast in bed!
Do you really know the jewellery company you are buying from? Do you trust them? Are they prepared to answer your questions, to sit down and have an open conversation about their materials and working practices? If you come to us, we promise you that we will answer any questions you have honestly. We’ve also prepared a handy set of questions (which we’ve also answered) that you can ask when buying jewellery from other places, in order to help you to make more informed decisions.
This year we are proud to be taking part in Fashion Revolution Week and as part of it we would like to introduce you to the jewellers in our London workshop. These are the fabulous and hugely talented people who make all your lovely Stephen Einhorn jewellery. Meet Gerry, Alice and Camille, Jane and of course, Stephen.
I Made Your Jewellery – Stephen Einhorn London
Fashion Revolution Week 2019
I Made Your Jewellery – Stephen Einhorn Team
What is Fashion Revolution and Fashion Revolution Week?
Fashion Revolution is a global movement that runs all year long. It celebrates fashion and jewellery as a positive influence while also scrutinising industry practices and raising awareness of the industry’s most pressing issues. It aims to show that change is possible and encourages those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for the fashion and jewellery industry.
Fashion Revolution strives to be action-oriented and solution focused. Rather than making people feel guilty, it helps them recognise that they have the power to do something to make a positive change.
Fashion Revolution Week (22nd – 28th April 2019) falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. The Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, housed five garment factories and some of the clothes produced in the building were made for Western retailers.
Rana Plaza Building Collapse
This disaster awoke the world to the poor labour conditions faced by workers in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh and on that day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes #imadeyourjewellery and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain. As well as this, consumers are called upon to use their voices for a fairer, safer and more transparent global fashion and jewellery industry.
How can I get involved in the Fashion Revolution movement?
Your voice can change everything. Since Fashion Revolution started, people from all over the world have used their voices and their power to tell brands that things must change, and it’s working. The industry is starting to change and more brands are being open about where their clothing and jewellery is made. More manufacturers are making their factories safer and more producers are being seen and heard. But the story is far from over. We can’t stop until every worker who makes the clothes and jewellery we love is seen, heard, paid properly and is working in safe conditions.
There are many ways you can get involved (you can read more on the Fashion Revolution website) but a very simple way is to ask brands #whomademyclothes and #whomademyjewellery. Contact them directly or tag them into a post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can also vote with your feet, you have the means, you have the power!
Do you know what you’re doing for the Easter weekend? If you’re going to be in London during the first bank holiday of 2019 (Friday 19th April – Monday 22nd April) you are in for a treat as it’s going to be hot! Wooo enjoy, how optimistic Londoners are when the sun shines. It’s not summer yet but we have to make the most of any good weather when it comes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about, and good old London has loads to offer. Our jewellery shop and workshop are in Islington, North London and Stephen (Einhorn) and Jane (Best), our founders are Londoners to the core, so they know some of the best places to visit. We caught up with them to find out a few of their recommendations of what to see, where to eat and very importantly where to drink over the Easter bank holiday weekend… We have that Friday feeling!
Friday Feeling – Stephen Einhorn and Jane Best
What would you recommend seeing this weekend?
Juliet & Romeo by the Lost Dog company at the Linbury Theatre, which is an intimate much smaller theatre within the Royal Opera House. Come From Away at The Phoenix Theatre or Emilia at The Vaudeville.
The Dior exhibition at the V&A and you can also visit their newly reopened jewellery gallery. Stephen was invited to the opening and said it was lovely and worth a visit. For the first time you will be able to see Queen Victoria’s incredible sapphire and diamond coronet worth over £5 million. Alternatively, you could go to Sir John Soane’s Museum and wait to get shown the Hogarth’s that are there behind the panelling!
See Queen Victoria’s Sapphire & Diamond Coronet on display at The V&A
Where is your favourite place to eat?
In Islington, it’s Masala Zone or Japanese at Zen Mondo. Lots of restaurants come and go especially in Upper Street but these two places are consistently good.
Japanese at Zen Mondo in Islington – Photo by Sonya Metzler
Best spot for a cocktail?
The American Bar at the Savoy. You can’t beat it… old fashioned service, knowledgeable interested staff and great cocktails.
The American Bar at The Savoy
The museum or gallery we visit the most is…
The Barbican is our favourite place in London. It has exhibitions, theatre, music and cocktails – it’s fabulous. Also it’s really worth spending a bit of time mooching around the permanent collection at Tate Britain.
Barbican Theatre – image credit Peter Dazeley
You’ll find the best walk…
That’s really hard there are so many in London. Along the River Thames towards Richmond or the other way. The river is a great way to see a different side of London. There are pubs everywhere if you need to take a break. You can find great walks along the canals towards Bow too, you can get all the way to the Olympic Park. In the other direction you can walk from Islington to Regents Park as long as you can bear walking round the hordes at Camden Market. In the summer that part of London can be a bit horrendous.
Walk along the London canals
Your favourite places to shop
Islington is actually a great place to shop (after all we are here!). There are still independent boutiques here with lots of different things to buy… perfume, furniture, gifts, clothes and even saucepans! The Almeida Theatre is here as is The Screen on the Green. Great cocktail bars and a plethora of restaurants to choose from, we have it all!
Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Store
If you do one thing in London this weekend…
Take a walk around Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. The Huguenot houses are beautiful. We love walking around the city, you get a real feeling of the history and if you plan your route carefully you can end up in Borough Market where there is lovely food. Make sure you’ve climbed up the Monument first or you won’t have earned it!
Freightliners City Farm in Islington
You live in Islington and that’s also where your jewellery shop and workshop is. Where are your favourite local spots?
One of our favourite spots for all the family is the Freightliners City Farm. We love it so much we made our Gertrude The Goat charm for them (£10 for every sale goes directly to the farm). The people who run it are really dedicated to working with the local community. It’s a lovely bit of paradise in the middle of Islington and the food is amazing and very good value. They have three new little pigs called Poppy, Wilfred and Owen. We will definitely be there over the Easter weekend.
Gertrude The Goat Charm made for Freightliners City Farm In Islington
Do you have any pearls of wisdom for ‘non Londoners’ who might be visiting for the weekend?
Try and stay away from the centre and explore other bits of London. You’ll get more of a feel of what London is really about if you do that. If you crave some green space take a trip to Richmond Park. It’s incredible. It’s like being in the country but you can see all the really tall buildings in the city in the distance. And there are deer!
Game of Thrones Kristian Nairn (Hodor) wearing our large skull ring & earrings
We are big Game of Thrones fans at Stephen Einhorn and so can’t wait for the start of the final season… what is going to happen? We were very gratified to see lovely Kristian Nairn wearing our Large gold Skull ring and rose gold Curved hoop earrings at the premiere of the first episode of the final season. The ring was custom made especially for this event and it looked fantastic. Will Hodor return? Yet more uncertainty…
Love this little video that was made at the premiere and the fab Joshua Kane bespoke suit.
What was Kristian Nairn (Hodor) wearing at the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere?
Kirstian was wearing our Large Skull ring in yellow gold which is one of our signature pieces. A statement design with a rock ‘n’ roll spirit, this ring can be handmade in a variety of solid precious metal options. Choose to keep the skull plain or have two round brilliant cut stones set into the eyes. Kristian was also wearing our rose gold Curved Hoop earrings. These hoops have beautiful detailing and are totally timeless yet also very contemporary looking. If you’re on the hunt for some hoops that look a bit more designed, these are the perfect earrings for you.
The Making-Of Kristian Nairn’s Stephen Einhorn Skull Ring
Now, all you need to know about when and what time the new season starts…
When does Games of Thrones season 8 start?
Game of Thrones will return for the final season on April 14th 2019 in the US and April 15th for the UK.
What time is episode 1 on TV?
The first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 will air in the US at 9pm Eastern time and at 2am on Monday 15 April in the UK.
How many episodes will there be in season 8?
The eighth season will be the shortest yet. There will be six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes) and a lot shorter than the first six seasons of the show, which had 10 episodes each.
Watch this space for more Kristian Narin / Stephen Einhorn news coming soon…
Laura Wade Wins Olivier Award Wearing Stephen Einhorn Jewellery
We are very excited that Laura Wade, an incredibly talented playwright has won the prestigious Olivier Award for best new comedy with Home, I’m Darling. We were extremely flattered that she chose to wear our jewellery for the big night. Obviously it brought her luck, and her award is nothing to do with how enormously talented she is. We’ve seen the play and it’s brilliant.
Laura Wade Wins Olivier Award For Home, I’m Darling
What was Laura Wade wearing for the 2019 Olivier Awards?
Laura Wade was wearing our Flame ring, a dress ring and one of our more exotic fine jewellery designs. A vibrant 5.95ct concave cut madeira citrine sits on a central piece of 18ct rose gold. These are both held delicately together by two halves of 18ct white gold. The flame design is encrusted with 255 pavé set rubies and 30 pavé set orange sapphires. It’s an exquisitely crafted, contemporary ring that exudes beautiful warmth and a fabulous sparkle.
Stephen Einhorn Flame Ring
Laura was also wearing pieces from our Raspberry Heart fine jewellery collection; a pair of Raspberry Heart earrings and a necklace in yellow gold and diamonds. Our Raspberry Heart collection is another exquisitely crafted range. We believe in attention to detail, with this in mind Stephen designed a delicate filigree pattern on the back of each heart, they are as beautiful on the back as they are on the front. Each heart has 33 pavé set brilliant cut stones and is handmade in our London workshop by our highly-skilled jewellers.
Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Necklace Rose Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds
Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Drop Clip Earrings in Rose Gold & Brilliant Cut Diamonds
What are the Olivier Awards?
Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London theatre, and are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours. Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was an actor, director and founder of the National Theatre Company and in 1984 Olivier agreed to give his name to the awards.
Watch this space for more Laura Wade and Stephen Einhorn news coming soon!