A BIT OF SPARKLE
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – don’t be one of those significant others in the ‘Oops, I forgot’ category this year!
We know finding the right gift can be a tricky task; in a world of instant gratification, if someone particularly wants something, they are likely to already have bought it for themselves. And if you were to ask them what they want, the reply most often heard is ‘I don’t know’.
To make matters a little easier, we’ve put together a fantastic guide to some of the best jewellers in Kent because – male or female, young or old – you can never go wrong with a bit of sparkle. So cut out the worry and confusion when it comes to buying a gorgeous gift and head straight to one these fantastic jewellers; you – and your other half – will love what they have to offer.
Charlotte Baker Jewellery, Faversham
Charlotte Baker has always had a fascination with jewellery, and once she graduated with a BA (Hons) in silversmithing, goldsmithing and jewellery in 2013, she decided to open up her own studio in Faversham, and it has gone from strength to strength. Charlotte devotes her time to creating commissions including jewellery, cufflinks, keyrings and accessories. She uses exquisite 925 sterling silver in all her work and is always happy to take commissions.
Ortwin Thyssen, Canterbury
Located in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury, Ortwin Thyssen has over 25 years of experience when it comes to making stunning, handcrafted jewellery. They make everything from traditional pieces to more modern styles, including bespoke engagement and wedding rings. If you would like your current jewellery or perhaps a family heirloom incorporated into a new piece, Ortwin Thyssen can do this too. They are also Mokume-Gane (meaning ‘wood metal’, a style that is becoming increasingly popular) and diamond experts, and making unique pieces of jewellery is what they enjoy doing best.
Shersbys Fine Jewellers, Cranbrook
Shersbys Fine Jewellers has been creating beautiful, bespoke jewellery for almost 30 years. Not only are there gorgeous pieces to buy, buy expert jeweller Richard Shersby will happily repair or modify anything you need him to help you with. Call into the shop or contact Richard over the phone or via email, and his knowledge and experience will shine through, giving you the confidence you need to hand over your precious jewellery, knowing it will be returned to you better than ever before.
Martin Wilde Jewellers, West Malling
This family-run business was established in 1989 and has been a fixture in West Malling ever since. Offering bespoke design and restoration services in their on-site workshop, Martin Wilde Jewellers makes exquisite items that will be cherished for years to come. Designing from scratch by hand or using CAD (computer aided design) with the most up-to-date software, using a fine eye for detail and a deep knowledge of metals and gems, the jewellers at Martin Wilde provide excellent service time and again. Other services include restringing, engraving, redesigning, and even ring removal for when jewellery is no longer comfortable to wear.
Justin Richardson, Canterbury
Justin Richardson opened his gallery in 2004 – it showcases not only his beautiful work, but the work of other incredible craftsmen as well. There are plenty of items of ready-made stock to browse and buy, and Justin and his team will also take on commissions; everything is made to the same extremely high standard. Services offered include bespoke commissions, repairs, redesigns, re-stringing, engraving, valuations and consultations.
Peter Jenner, Tunbridge Wells
Peter Jenner can be found in the prestigious Pantiles of Tunbridge Wells. From this Kentish base, he can create and design the most unique, the most beautiful, the most stylish jewellery you could want to find. Whether it’s a brand new commission, or a reworking of an old piece of jewellery, Peter Jenner’s work is of the highest quality. His favourite metals to work with are platinum and 18ct gold, and he enjoys sourcing diamonds and other precious stones to incorporate into his fabulous designs. Peter has been working with jewellery for 40 years, and his reputation is impeccable.
Toulson Jones Jewellers, Tunbridge Wells
Toulson Jones Jewellers in Tunbridge Wells is an independent family business. With over 15 years of experience, their approach to how jewellery is made, repaired, created and used is refreshingly modern – the customer is very much in control, guided by the helping hand of an expert jeweller. On sale at Toulson Jones are diamond rings, gold (and white gold), pearls, silver and watches. Their speciality, however, are their engagement and wedding rings.
White’s Jewellers, Tenterden
There has been a jewellers on this site on Tenterden High Street since 1860, and White’s Jewellers (owned by Peter and Deirdre Knott) have been trading there since 1981. From rings to watches and everything in between, this independent jewellers stocks ready-to-wear pieces as well as stunning originals. They offer a friendly, personal service and promise to find you the perfect piece of jewellery, even if they don’t stock it. With jewellery to suit every budget, a bespoke wedding and engagement ring design service, and a free gift-wrapping service, this is a great place to find that perfect gift.
The Bill Skinner Studio, Otford, Sevenoaks & Tenterden
Bill Skinner has plenty of experience when it comes to jewellery; he studied at Sir John Cass College of Art, and worked for different companies in Hatton Garden before setting up on his own to become a freelance designer and craftsman. It was his pattern making that first got him noticed, and that, along with his eye for detail, has meant that his work has always attracted critical acclaim. Working with the likes of Vivien Westwood and Butler and Wilson, Bill Skinner’s expertise grew, and in January 2012 he launched the Bill Skinner range of jewellery, which is stocked in House of Fraser and Fenwicks, as well as hundreds of independent shops.
Fitzgerald Jewellers in Canterbury offers a bespoke service wherein they create stunning handmade jewellery to their customers’ exact specifications. Skilled goldsmiths go to work making exquisite pieces for any occasion, and their services include heirloom redesign, male and female wedding jewellery and gifts, and repair work. As well as their own lovely items, they stock wonderful jewellery and watches from well-known names including Mondaine, Georg Jenson, Alex Monroe and Marco Bicego.
Bourne & Kemp, Longfield
Bourne & Kemp are able to make, mend and advise on all aspects of jewellery. Their high manufacturing skills enable them to repair damaged jewellery, or replace any gemstone that may have been lost. Services include: resizing of rings, chain repairs, engraving, pearl restringing, watch battery replacement, alterations, valuations and gemstone replacement.
Edwards & Co Ltd, Dover
Established in Dover in 1990, G Edwards & Co is a fantastic shop that is just as wonderful to browse around as it is to buy from. Gordon Edwards himself has many years of experience and skill to help him help you when it comes to picking the right piece for yourself or a loved one, or repairing or enhancing something you already own. Jewellery repair is, in fact, what they do best, but their gift selection definitely comes a close second.
Jesper Velling, near Canterbury
Jesper Velling, award-winning jewellery maker and goldsmith, worked in Hatton Garden before setting up his own jewellery shop in Canterbury. Making bespoke, special pieces for his customers is what makes him smile, and he feels that being a goldsmith is a privilege rather than a simple profession. Commissions are welcome, and Jesper offers a consultation service to ascertain exactly what it is you want from the jewellery he will make for you. With his passion for what he does evident, cufflinks, ring, earrings, and much, much more are available from this Kent-based jeweller.
Lucy Alice Designs, Folkestone
When you are looking for something completely different, Lucy Alice Designs of Folkestone could well be the place to start (and finish). Instead of metal and stones, Lucy Alice Designs uses sustainably sourced and reclaimed materials, especially wood, to create the wonderful pieces of jewellery available here. Everything is inspired by nature and living on the Kent coast has given Lucy plenty of ideas. Using age-old techniques (such as embroidery and inlay) to create modern designs, Lucy can offer some truly striking and eye-catching pieces.