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  1. Yes, that's right, as of September the 1st 2014, we're trendsetters. It's official.

    This year we were nominated, selected and named in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100. On Monday evening, we took ourselves down to the esoterically ornate  Freemason's Hall on Great Queen Street for this years big reveal and some free champagne. Caught up with a few clients, saw some old friends, found some new ones and collected a few pats on the back.

    This brings the total so far for our professional awards and accolades to 18. Mostly from the Goldsmith's Council, but also from the UK Jewellery Awards, Sheffield Assay Office and The Royal Society of British Sculptors.

    If that isn't a perfect night out, then what is ?

    An exceptionally big thank you to Kathryn Bishop and everyone at Professional Jeweller Magazine.

                                                   hot100   

     

  2. Here's a new addition coming soon to the Cabinet of Transtemporal Curiosities. A replica of a particularly fine 17th Century Memento Mori Ring.

    The piece was initially carved as two components, the skull and one half of the shank. From these two master patterns moulds were made and wax versions were pieced together before being cast using the 'lost wax' casting process. A process we jewellers have been using for around 6000 years. The cast silver version was then selectively polished, satinised, gold plated and 'antiqued'.

    Here are some images from the process.

     memento mori ring 1   memento mori ring 2

       memento mori ring 3     memento mori ring 4

     

  3. Regular visitors wil have noticed that we've not been adding anything for a little while. The reason is that we have moved. property developers bought the building in Hatton Garden where we have had our studio for the last 10 years. So for the entire summer, besides keeping our clients happy, we've been building a new one in historic and fashionable Clerkenwell. Our old stomping ground, green, serene and full of great cafes, pubs and restaurants.

    But we'll be back to our regular activities now that we're a bit more settled agian.