The best things to do in London over the Easter weekend

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 in Islington

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!

Deer crossing Richmond Park

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Game of Thrones Star & Stephen Einhorn Jewellery

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…

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Laura Wade wins Olivier Award wearing Stephen Einhorn jewellery

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!

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Stephen Einhorn on ITV London News

We had a visit from ITV News yesterday, who filmed Stephen in our London workshop and jewellery store. The reason they popped in was to talk about all the bespoke jewellery that we’ve made for Hollywood films, including pieces for Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Tomb Raider, Dark Shadows, Cinderella and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It was on last nights 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock news – and you can watch it here. We’re very proud!

Stephen Einhorn Jewellery on ITV London News

Stephen Einhorn Makes Bespoke Jewellery For Dumbo

Read more about the bespoke jewellery we made for Tim Burton and Disney’s Dumbo film here.

See more of our bespoke jewellery designs for film here.

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

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

Stephen Einhorn co-founder Jane Best

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

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

What advice would you give to your younger self?

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

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

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

Stephen Einhorn London Jewellery Workshop

Has anything changed specifically in your lifetime for women?

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

Who have been your role models?

Emma Thompson and Barbara Castle.

Role model Emma Thompson

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

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

What do you wish women would stop doing?

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

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

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

Role model Barbara Castle

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

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

The younger generation always have to keep fighting for their rights

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

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

Who are your favourite cultural heroines? 

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

Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace

What world and national events have significantly influenced your life?

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

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

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

Can you see yourself in any of them?

No.

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

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

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

Happy International Women’s Day 2019

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

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

The lucky winner will win three sets of these prizes:

– A Stephen Einhorn Golden Bumblebee charm necklace

– 6 Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon glasses

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

– Couture Collection luxury bouquet from Maison de Fleurs

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

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

Entries close midnight GMT Sunday 10th February 2019.

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Win 3 Stephen Einhorn Golden Bumblebee Necklaces

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Our hoop earrings & adidas Originals- Disturbing The Streets

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

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

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What is the birthstone for January?

Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Necklace in Sterling Silver & Garnet

January babies need a bit of colour

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

Are all garnets red?

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

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

Egyptian Pharaohs, Romans, Bohemians, and now you…

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

What do you buy for people born in January?

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

Stephen Einhorn Kris Dagger Pendant Necklace Sterling Silver & Garnet

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The Christmas holidays with Stephen Einhorn & Jane Best

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

What does Christmas mean to you?

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

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

Where do you spend Christmas?

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

SE: In the kitchen mostly….!

What’s Christmas like in your house?

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

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

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

Your favourite London spots over the festive period are…

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

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

Favourite Christmas tipple? 

JB: A Rum Manhattan, my most favourite drink.

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

What are your top tips for surviving the festive period?

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

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

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

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

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

A song that gets you dancing is…

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

SE: I agree with that.

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

JB: That I could have more than one wish!

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

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What is the symbolic meaning of key jewellery

Stephen Einhorn Key Jewellery Collection

Key

noun

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

adjective

of crucial importance.

What does a key symbolise?

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

Stephen Einhorn Key Pendant Necklace

What is the meaning behind a key charm?

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

Stephen Einhorn Key Charm in 9ct Yellow Gold

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

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

Stephen Einhorn Key Charm Necklace 9ct Yellow Gold

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

Stephen Einhorn Key Sketches For Tim Burton & Disney’s Dumbo Film

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