Whether you are looking for an extra special gift or treating yourself, choosing a piece of jewellery is a lot like going on a treasure hunt – there’s generally a spot of searching required before you suddenly and excitedly stumble upon the anticipated prize. You’ll know straight away when you’ve found the right piece, but here are a couple of clues to help you on your way:
Clue number one: narrow your search. The Royal Exchange is home to an eclectic collection of jewellery boutiques – offering everything from cutting-edge contemporary designs to antique fine jewels – making it the perfect location to go on a hunt for that special design that speaks to you.
Clue number two: ask for help. The staff in The Royal Exchange boutiques are immensely knowledgeable and highly trained to provide the very best customer service. Take some time to chat to them, and they’ll be able to fast-track your search for the perfect piece.
To help you set off in the right direction, we’ve selected six distinctive jewellery creations that are waiting to be discovered at The Royal Exchange.
KEEP IT A SECRET
Column and Ivy earrings from the Secret Garden collection, £8,000, Boodles at The Royal Exchange
The Boodles family – now in its sixth generation – has been crafting fine jewellery since 1798. The British landscape and flora-inspired designs are perennial favourites of the house, so it’s no surprise that Boodles was chosen as the official jewellery partner for the film adaptation of the beloved children’s book The Secret Garden. Inspired by and named after the novel, Boodles’ Secret Garden collection explores the themes of secrets, transformation, fresh beginnings and nature. These earrings feature pink opal drops reminiscent of young flower buds and delicate diamonds set into an 18ct rose gold design that’s inspired by the winding trails of the ivy plant.
Sapphire and diamond brooch, £2,995, Royal Exchange Jewellers at The Royal Exchange
Specialising in antique jewellery and pre-owned watches, Royal Exchange Jewellers is a treasure trove of rare pieces, such as this scintillating antique brooch. Set in an 18ct yellow gold crescent moon mount, it comprises 9 sapphires weighing a total of 3.50ct, and 20 diamonds weighing a total of 1.10ct, making it an heirloom creation that’s destined to be passed down from generation to generation.
ROCK STAR STYLE
Ceramic signet ring with blue lapis, £145, Tateossian at The Royal Exchange
Founded by Robert Tateossian in 1990, his eponymous brand Tateossian is renowned for unique yet wearable pieces crafted from unconventional materials. Each of its signet rings has been formed in smooth black ceramic, cut using diamonds in a meticulously refined process. Set with eye-catching blue lapis, this statement design is a striking accessory that will add a rock-star edge to your outfit.
Morganite and diamond pendant, £6,850, Searle & Co. at The Royal Exchange
Antique and bespoke jewellery specialist Searle & Co. is an Aladdin’s cave of unique jewellery and objects. With over 125 years of experience working with customers to find and create exceptional one-off pieces, Searle & Co.’s bespoke jewellery collections feature exquisite pieces, such as this showstopping morganite and diamond pendant, set in 18ct rose and white gold. Worn to enhance an evening gown or to add interest to a simple cashmere sweater, it will add just the right amount of sparkle to any ensemble.
OFF THE CUFF
Paloma‘s Groove cuff links in titanium, £525, Tiffany & Co. at The Royal Exchange
Add the finishing touch to your suited and booted look with these sleek and shiny Tiffany & Co. cufflinks. Reviving original designs by Paloma Picasso – the daughter of Pablo Picasso – who created iconic jewellery collections for Tiffany & Co. in the 1980s, the graphic lines of these cufflink accessories embody timeless style with their subtle, handsome appearance.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Connections bangle in rose gold, £3,000, Vashi at The Royal Exchange
A piece of jewellery that encompasses an element of personalisation will always hold a special significance, making it a highly sentimental gift. Vashi’s collaborative approach to creating bespoke jewellery pieces places the customer at the heart of the creative process, and its new Connections collection continues that ethos. This rose gold bangle can be engraved with a message, special date, handwriting or even a fingerprint on any of its blank facets. What’s more, the bangle is designed to interlock with other stacking styles in the collection, allowing the wearer to design their own individualised look by mixing metals and matching co-ordinating pieces together.
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