/ Jewellery maker recommendations in London
Design will be nothing too fancy, just white gold or platinum holding a single diamond.
I used these guys a few years back - http://www.mc-caul.com/
They make the jewellery in the back of the shop. I spent an age in there while they patiently explained all the machinery they had and the processes they used. Found it fascinating.
One of the brothers that runs it is a climber.
Another one not in london
but Nicholas Wylde in Bath did a great job when I bought an engagement ring & wedding rings. He specialises in platinum and palladium too.
I've used purely diamonds before, service was good and responsive to all my stupid questions about settings and sizes etc.
I guess I was thinking London was easier as being based there I could go in and speak to them and it would save posting the stone and then the goods around the country but I could probably work around this.
If you work through a gallery then they can manage stone-shipping for you. My engagement ring came from this woman: http://www.nataliejaneharris.com/ She's based in Nottingham, and the ring of hers that I chose at http://www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk/ in Saltaire had to be completely rebuilt due to my galumphing great hands and the scarcity of the stone in it. The gallery sorted out all the to-ing and fro-ing, and because they're experienced (and deal with independent jewellers) they sorted out all the measuring, etc.
If you can't find the right jeweller in London, then perhaps finding someone who acts as agent for some independents might be the way forward.
Oh, and Natalie also works with existing stones. She's a lovely woman!
is in London and a climber to boot
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