Your Questions Answered: Choosing The Perfect Wedding Rings

There is a lot of important decisions to be made once your wedding date is set and planning is underway. Choosing the right ring that you will wear for the rest of your life is arguably one of the most exciting and big decisions you will make. There are lots of different factors to consider – so to help make this process as smooth as possible, we’ve created an expert guide that answers all your wedding ring related questions.

Your questions answered: choosing the perfect wedding rings When should you buy your wedding rings?

As soon as you have set a date you can start setting everything else. Remember that most things you wear on your wedding day are designed to be worn once, but your wedding and engagement rings will be worn for life so you want to put some thought into it. Some people buy their wedding rings as soon as they have bought their engagement ring. Some wait until a few months away from the big day. Give yourself time so that you can enjoy the decision-making process without feeling rushed.

How much should you spend on your rings?

How much you spend on your wedding rings is up to you. You will wear them forever so they should be something you love. Spend what you are comfortable with. You may want to save and spend that little bit extra because it’s a once in a lifetime purchase, or you may have a very specific budget in mind. Either scenario is perfectly acceptable and you should find something beautiful to suit all pockets.

Which precious metal should you go for?

There are no rules about what a wedding ring should be made of. Traditionally they have often been yellow gold, but now people are having them made in platinum, rose gold or white gold as well. Many cultures and faiths also wear silver wedding rings. Choice of metal depends both on taste, and tradition, and all good jewellers should be able to make you something that suits both. You may also wish to match the metal of an engagement band, or contrast with it. You might want the same metal as your partner or to choose separately, and it will also depend on your skin tone and style. Every wedding band is as unique as you are.

Should a wedding ring be plain?

Again, there are no rules. If you have a very ornate engagement ring you may wish for something plain to nestle against it. If your engagement ring is a bit simpler, you may want a ring that is studded with diamonds in the style of an eternity band to give you that extra bit of sparkle. (Though of course some people choose a band that will allow for a third, eternity band, to be added at a later date). Some engagement rings will require bespoke wedding bands to be made to fit around them. Remember to try the wedding band on with the engagement ring if you plan on wearing them together. Men’s wedding bands can be plain, striped, or encrusted with stones. The jewellery world is your oyster.

Who should buy your wedding rings?

Traditionally the bride and groom, bride and bride or groom and groom buy each other’s wedding rings but, unlike your marriage, this is not set in stone. Increasingly couples are choosing to pool their resources and buy their rings together, so do whatever suits you best. It is worth remembering that a man’s ring, being larger, will often cost a bit more than a woman’s, so get some prices before you make any decisions.

Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want!

The right jewellery designer should be able to answer all of your questions. Metal choice, stone choice, engraving style, fit, style, aftercare, all of these should be raised and discussed. No one is expecting you to be an expert on rings – that’s what the designer is there for, so choose someone you trust and ask as many questions as you can think of!

Should the couple’s rings match? 

This is entirely up to you. Some couples choose to have matching rings, some choose to have matching metals or engravings, and some simply choose to have rings that each of them love. There are no hard and fast rules and the most important thing is to make a decision that will leave you both happy.

Hopefully we’ve answered most of your wedding ring related questions but if not, get in touch here – we’d love to hear from you. Or if you can’t wait to explore, have a look here at our brand new Angel Collection which has a variety of men’s and women’s wedding ring designs.

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Wise Words From Professor Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking. 8th January 1942 – 14th March 2018.

“One of the great revelations of the space age has been the perspective it has given humanity on ourselves. When we see the earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message, one planet, one human race. We are here together and we need to live together with tolerance and respect. We must become global citizens. I have been enormously privileged through my work to be able to contribute to our understanding of the universe, but it would be an empty universe indeed, if it were not for the people I love and who love me. We are all time travellers journeying together into the future. Let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.”

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Do Men Wear Engagement Rings?

Do men wear engagement rings?

Yes they do. Like everything else that is changing in modern life, attitudes are changing to customs normally associated solely with women.

Geo Elipse Eternity Ring Palladium & Diamonds

Is this a new fad simply to sell rings which has been said in the press?

This is nothing new my friends. We have been making men’s engagement rings for 23 years. This is not a ‘flash in the pan’ fashion moment that will disappear as quickly as it has come but a custom that is growing.  Men’s engagement rings have been selling slowly and steadily for a long time here at Stephen Einhorn. We have had articles written about us in the past as being pioneering for ‘mengagement rings’ but we just think, well what’s the big deal? Should men wear engagement rings? Damn right they should if they want to. Not all women want engagement rings and some couples both wear them.

Inlaid Signet Ring 9 Carat Yellow Gold & Agate

Why the sudden interest now?

Ed Sheeran has recently been seen sporting an engagement ring and the press are getting very overheated about it. It has opened the debate again about engagement rings for men. The rings that we sell are usually set with diamonds, as traditionally an engagement ring is fancier than a more simple wedding band, but our unique men’s Geo rings are also a very popular engagement ring choice because of their masculine sensibility. Our customers are often looking for a more unusual engagement ring in a luxurious precious metal like platinum, after all it is a ring you are going to wear for your whole life. I have read that in Nordic countries men wear engagement rings. Trust those Nordics to be more enlightened! We think it’s great.

Stephen has an engagement ring as well as a wedding ring with a diamond and an eternity ring. He is an enlightened and modern man.

Bright Light Eternity Ring 14 Carat White Gold & Black Sapphires

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International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day I thought I would ask some of the women who work here about how they see changing attitudes towards their sex. After all International Women’s Day is about every woman. Here at Stephen Einhorn we have a really lovely bunch of very individual, very independent and  skilled women. I asked them a series of questions, and have tried to amalgamate their answers into one.

All the women I asked are under the age 35. The only reason for mentioning this is that their experience is very different for their generation than the generation that has gone before, and generations before that, therefore they have a different and interesting perspective.

Do you think things are generally better for women in 2018 than they have been before?

If you are talking about life for women worldwide then probably not. However here we feel that things are getting better. There is more conversation. Women are being listened to more, it’s easier to speak up now. It always has to be a bit extreme in order for things to become normalised. However the fact remains that most laws are made by men. Most women are recruited by men particularly for major roles in public companies. Women need help to be enabled to achieve their goals by being supported by Government policy. This definitely includes policy on childcare. Women still loose out with major roles if they are of childbearing age.

Has anything changed specifically in your lifetime for women?

Women are becoming more empowered. There are more women starting companies, more female firefighters, taxi drivers etc. As far as we know there are no female building companies but that is something we would like to see. 20 years ago women were not allowed to be in a jewellery workshop, now female jewellers are very common  (we have four!). It used to be that women were only allowed to do bookkeeping or selling for a jewellery company. We think it’s because men were very protectionist and would only employ men, and of course women can’t be trusted with sharp pointy things!

International Women's Day - Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

Do you think that male attitudes have changed towards women?

Not really or rather only slightly. If you look at society’s general attitude to women via advertising campaigns or magazines… women are either housewives, sex objects or rabid mental feminists covered in body hair. There is still very little middle ground. However on a personal scale sexism is easier to challenge day to day. It’s easier to pull up a friend who is being mindlessly sexist now than it used to be. It’s easier to chip away at it when you come across something that personally affects you. It’s easier to have a personal relationship now that is more equal.

Yes we think men understand women a bit more. There is a larger shift in roles, this is only for some people but everyone is more aware of a change. Builders don’t shout out in the street so much anymore.

Do you know anything about the history of womens rights?

No. There was hardly anything taught at school. Absolutely no knowledge of how long it took women to get birth control universally, history of Suffragettes etc or the fact that when women did get the vote it wasn’t initially for every woman.

Do you see a future for more equality for women in your lifetime?

Yes but it’s very slow. To have a gender pay gap in this day and age is ridiculous. We do think that there will be more equality but we think we should have positive discrimination in order to square the balance between men and women. We don’t think this is right but it might be necessary. In order for real change though it has to come from Government policy.

Do you think campaigns like #MeToo are helping?

We think this is a good thing. It has allowed women to come forward, to speak up and be believed. Women should not have to use their body as currency in order to achieve what a man can.  The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements will affect change. It’s incredible that Time’s Up managed to raise $21 million in two months, which will go towards legal and financial support for women and men who want to fight sexual misconduct.

So after many conversations it seems that the women who work here feel more positive about the future which can only be a good thing. The only sadness for me is that they have absolutely no idea how hard past generations of women have fought in order for them to have the rights they now currently take for granted. This is absolutely not their fault but the fault of our education system.

The Rise Of Women Does Not Mean The Fall Of Men

 

 

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Jewellery Worn in Hollywood Films

Is film jewellery made with precious materials?

Contrary to what you may think, jewellery in films isn’t always costume jewellery. It is often made with precious metals and gemstones and custom made in the same way that we make all our unique bespoke jewellery here in London.

Why do films use precious jewellery can’t they fake it?

With the advent of new technology including HD everything that you see in film has to look real. Gone are the days when you go and see a film and the scenery is wobbling about in the background and the gladiators armour is made out of cardboard, (although I do miss those days of simplicity, they did have a certain charm). Now the actors wear impeccable designer clothes or historical costumes. It is all absolutely authentic and the jewellery you see if often precious jewellery.

Do film studios spend a lot of money on jewellery?

Film studios spend millions replicating the look that the designers and costume designers want. Costume departments are enormous with experts in their fields researching and printing fabric to replicate the time in which the film is set. It’s all hugely specialised. This is where we come in.

Who makes jewellery for films?

The ‘go to’ jewellery designer for film is Stephen Einhorn. Here in our Islington workshop we specialise in making bespoke jewellery and we have created some very famous pieces of  jewellery which have been worn in movies that you have probably seen. Not only do you have to have a good rapport with the costume designer but you also need to understand the culture of film. Stephen has that in his DNA (as well as a lot of other things…) He started out working as a model maker for film and TV so is very used to a film set and he knows exactly what level of skill the costume designer will need. You need to know how to make things, how to use any material not just metals. It’s exciting work, usually highly pressured, but very satisfying. Here at Stephen Einhorn we love the Oscars and are particularly interested in the jewellery – what everyone will be wearing on the red carpet, but our real passion lies in the jewellery on screen.

Which films have you worked on?

One of the many films we have worked on is Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp and Eva Green. We made Johnny Depp a ring which he wears throughout the film – it’s a pretty famous and iconic ring. He liked it so much we had to make a larger version for him so that he could wear the ring over his gloves and consequently wear it in every scene. We also then got asked to make the same ring for Tim Burton and the head of Warner Brothers because they wanted one too.

The ring is absolutely beautiful, made in rose gold with a large black onyx cabochon and lovely intricate designs all around including an 18th Century sailing ship. Stephen had to go to Pinewood to meet Johnny Depp and then bought back a replica of his finger made in silicone so that the workshop could make any alterations without bothering the star himself. This was leant under very strict conditions, we kept it under lock and key and were told in no uncertain terms not to let it our of our sight! Such is the power of  a Johnny Depp finger… We had to give it back after only a few days. There were a lot of jokes in the workshop… I will say no more.

Along with the ring for Dark Shadows we have made a number of other bespoke jewellery pieces that have been worn in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster film by actors and actresses, including Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Eva Green and Angelina Jolie. You can see all of our bespoke film jewellery here on our website.

And watch this space… Very soon we will be able to show you the bespoke jewellery we made for Tomb Raider worn by Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft character!

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We Talk All Things Ettinger, Personal Passions, Dancing & Love With Mr Robert Ettinger

We find our all about Robert Ettinger of British Luxury Leather Goods Label

We recently ran a fabulous Valentine’s Day competition with one of our favourite British leather goods companies, Ettinger who like us have a real commitment to creative design and high quality British craftsmanship and manufacturing.  We thought we’d catch up with the main man himself Mr Robert Ettinger to find out more about the Ettinger story, as well as personal passions, romance, dancing and love! … After all Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

For those who aren’t familiar with Ettinger, tell us a bit about your company?

My father, Gerry Ettinger, founded the company in 1934, he had set aside a budding film career to launch his own luxury gifts and leather goods company based on quality and innovation.  Today, nearly eighty five years later, our leather goods are sought out by discerning customers worldwide who appreciate the classic designs, superb quality and beautiful colours.

Gerry Ettinger - British Luxury Goods

How would you describe the Ettinger style?

The Ettinger style is bold with a distinctive use of colour, it also possesses a timeless elegance which endures as fashions fade and is as current today as it were in years gone by.

Ettinger British Luxury Goods label

How important is British manufacturing and craftsmanship to you?

It is something I am very passionate about.  Our factory in Walsall (just outside of Birmingham) is one of the oldest surviving leather goods factories, established in 1890.  Most of our workers have had relatives in the leather trade before them and many have started with us from the age of 16 and continue to work with us over 20 years later.  Today, an apprenticeship scheme aims to attract younger workers in order to revive this once flourishing industry and ensure specialist skills continue to pass down the generations.

Ettinger Proudest Moment - Royal Warrant

What has been the most exciting Ettinger moment to date?

It would have to be receiving the Royal Warrant from HRH the Prince of Wales in 1996.  Having a Royal Warrant is a great privilege and has certainly contributed to establishing Ettinger’s reputation as a quality leather goods brand around the world.  A Royal Warrant can be granted once a company has been supplying the Royal Household for at least 5 years on a regular basis, however the decision to grant a Royal Warrant rests entirely with the Royal Household.

Ettinger British Leather Luxury Goods

If you buy one Ettinger design it should be…

The black Bridle Hide Billfold, this is a classic Ettinger in its truest meaning. We started to produce black leather Bridle Hide wallets in the 1930s and this iconic piece has continuously been the best-selling product throughout the decades. The sleek black Bridle Hide exterior marries perfectly with the London Tan panel hide interior, creating a combination that is elegant with a fun surprise inside.

*Robert Ettinger holidays315

Tell us one thing most people won’t know about you?

Probably my cycle touring exploits. I have ridden from Japan to Uruguay, through India, and around 57 Greek islands. Many of these trips have been taken with my wife.

What Stephen Einhorn design would you most like to receive?

The beautiful and quirky cufflinks, I adore the polar bears and the pipe. But really I would like to choose a gift for my wife, as there is bespoke jewellery available I would choose to make something with the team, something one off that no one else in the world has.

Stephen Einhorn Unique Cufflinks & Bespoke Jewellery

What is the most romantic thing you have done for someone or they have done for you?

That would have to be when I proposed to my wife Janie, we were sitting on a bench by the sea in Le Touquet in France.

touquet france

A song that gets me dancing is…

I still think the Rolling Stones just does it! If it had to be one song, then maybe Brown Sugar.

What would be your perfect Valentine’s Day date?

It would be a mix of outdoor exercise, a good bottle of wine and an excellent meal!

Love is…

Involuntary. The ancient Greeks called love the madness of the gods but what actually is love.. it means so many different things….

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Win Beautiful Valentine’s Day Gifts From Three British Luxury Brands

Win Luxury Valentine's Day Gifts From Stephen Einhorn, Ettinger & Wingfield Digby

Surprise that special person in your life with a shower of British luxury this Valentine’s Day. We’ve teamed up with two of our favourite companies – Ettinger and Wingfield Digby to offer you the chance to win a collection of beautiful gifts worth £979.

Stephen Einhorn 9ct Fairtrade Gold Hummingbird Charm

We are giving away one of our collectable solid 9ct Fairtrade gold Hummingbird charms. You will also win a collection of luxury jewellery boxes made by Ettinger as well as these stunning photo frames and coasters from Wingfield Digby. Go on… someone has to win, it may as well be you!

For details on how to enter, simply follow this link. For a second entry head to our Facebook page, look for the competition post and write a friend’s name who you would like to share this prize with in the comments box.

Stephen Einhorn 9ct Fairtrade Gold Humminbird Charm

The winner will be announced on 9th February, giving us plenty of time to get the prize delivered to you for Valentine’s Day.  Entries close midnight Thursday 8th February. Good luck!

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Men’s Style: Our Jewellery Designs In Candid Magazine’s Insomnia Shoot

Take a look at a collection of our jewellery in Candid Magazine’s ‘Insomnia’ shoot. The shoot features our Wolf ring, Medium Skull ring, large Arrowhead ring, Signet ring, Geo Enamel ring and large Skull and Crossbones necklace. Why sleep when your jewellery looks this good!

Stephen Einhorn Jewellery in Candid Magazine - Mens Style

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Mighty Women

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford - The Feud - Mighty Women

If you have watched Feud a fantastic series charting the antagonistic relationship between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, you will know that the story gives you an inkling of what these women were up against in order to forge their careers. The entertainment industry was much worse for women then, than it is now, and even now, it doesn’t seem to be that much better, but I’m only judging it as an outsider.

Watching The Golden Globes last week made me think of all the strong wonderful women who have come before those who won awards this week, and also all those who are coming in the future. I loved the sea of black clothes to support the Me Too campaign, but mostly I loved Natalie Portman who had the guts to say “And here are the three male nominees” when announcing the best director category. Interestingly the audience was shocked! Shocked really? It’s like, yes we ARE campaigning but not too loudly please Ladies there are men in the room.

I would urge you to follow a Facebook page called A Mighty Girl. It’s inspiring. They feature women from past and present who have really made a difference. Women you wouldn’t necessarily have heard of.

Margaret Mead was born in 1901. Mead, who was the most famous anthropologist in the world for much of the 20th century, is credited with popularizing the field of anthropology and introducing the public to the value of studying other cultures to gain insight into the human experience.

While we are at it, let’s try to wean our girls off the  ‘art of the selfie’ and try to encourage them to be proud of who they are and their wonderful brains instead of allowing them to grow up with the sole purpose of objectifying themselves and pleasing men, please?

Check out this wonderful women…

You will have heard her that’s for sure but you wouldn’t have known it. It’s incredible really that you HAVEN’T heard of her. Women in music is a subject very close to my heart. The music industry is as controlling and as sexist as any other industry and as ageist as the film industry. For this reason it’s even sweeter to see this women grooving away making hits without anyone telling her she’s too old to do it.

And lastly we have our very own mighty women right here at Stephen Einhorn. We are a company who employ strong independent and highly skilled women. We are very proud of that fact and very proud of them. If you see a photo of our workshop you will see that most of our jewellers are women. Yessireee!

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

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Win £1000 To Spend On Our Jewellery Collection

Win £1000 to spend on our luxury jewellery - Stephen Einhorn London

We hope you’ve had a magical holiday filled with friendship and love. And… as a little thank you for your continued support and in the spirit of the season we’re giving you the chance to win a rather fabulous £1,000 to spend with us. Start 2018 with a fantastic treat from us, what would you choose?

Simply follow this link to our competition page to enter and for an extra entry copy the link of your favourite Stephen Einhorn design from our website then head to our Facebook page and paste the link in the comments box below our competition post.

Entry deadline: 31st January 2018

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