With many people, their love affair with jewellery begins with an engagement ring, and what an exciting experience it is to find ‘the one’. Perhaps it's an impressive Victorian diamond three-stone ring, a delicate Edwardian sapphire and diamond ring, or maybe a bold and strikingly geometric Art Deco ruby and diamond ring. A spark ignites then, of interest in jewellery of an era. The earrings and bracelets that work so well together may soon join the ring, and a collection is born.
It is said in fashion and design that all things run in cycles and if you wait long enough, things will come back into vogue. The world of jewellery is the same and there is undoubtedly a strong interest in vintage design. If your home is filled with pieces by Eames, Le Corbusier and Castiglioni, then you will be looking for striking vintage jewellery that reflects your personal aesthetic.
Perhaps you have an interest in a maker or designer – for example Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, or Belperron, or maybe your interest lies in the design aesthetics and jewellery of a region or country – Scandi minimalism, Cool Britannia or the exuberance of Italy. Or maybe you are fascinated by a jewellery designer or maker whose skill has always been without question, such as Andrew Grima, Alan Gard or John Donald.
Or maybe you want to be the first owner of a future family heirloom. After all, a good pair of diamond stud earrings and that diamond tennis bracelet which goes with everything from jeans to jodhpurs, or your favourite LBD and Jimmy Choos are often the foundation of a jewellery wardrobe.
If a client would like an antique, vintage or modern jewel that helps express their unique style, Clare will source a selection of pieces drawn from the stocks of the best dealers and makers from all over the world. Her experience in the retail of vintage jewellery and in auction mean she can advise on whether an antique or vintage jewel is in original condition and genuinely of the age or by the maker it purports to be, as well as good value. Her experience in contemporary jewellery and extensive address book of goldsmiths and manufacturing jewellers ensures she can advise of quality of manufacture as well as the quality of any diamonds or gemstones. These are all important considerations, regardless of what stage you are in your collecting career.
And without the overheads of a shop Clare can ensure those earrings, or that bracelet, end up being bigger and brighter than you thought possible.
Contact Clare to discuss acquiring your perfect piece of jewellery.
"I was in need of someone to do what I thought was the impossible - transform the setting on my engagement ring without actually making it look like a transformation (I wanted my ring to still look and feel the same). The finished product was just beautiful. My diamond was now a very subtle but stunning tulip setting, revised from the rather impractical 4 prong setting that kept breaking. I cannot explain how happy I was with the finished result. Absolutely delighted. Thank you Clare. "
"I'm holding you entirely responsible for my walking into lamposts as I will be too busy admiring my beautiful new ring!! Thank you - I absolutely love it. I am over the moon it all worked out and feel like the luckiest lady in the land."
"Clare is one of the most highly regarded and best known faces in the jewellery profession in Scotland. We've benefited from her expert advice over the years when acquiring key pieces - advice delivered with the utmost discretion and knowledge of the market. It's always a pleasure to work with Clare and enjoy her good humour, passion for jewellery and artistic flair."
"We were introduced to Clare after a lecture she gave in which her expert knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject was evident. We were so impressed by her we sought her assistance in sourcing a large, emerald cut diamond and suggested a budget. She took an appropriate amount of time and found exactly what we were after. This was the first of a variety of auction purchases Clare has assisted with, from £1,000 to several hundred thousand pounds. Clare's advice on quality, price and resale desirability has been exemplary."
"Clare recently came to the Royal Scots Club to do a talk on Famous Women Jewellery Collectors as part of our annual Afternoon Tea event. I had some wonderful feedback from the members who said how interesting the talk was and how much they enjoyed looking at all the dazzling images. Clare’s lecture was well thought out, she kept our members entertained and she was a pleasure to work with."
"I approached Clare to help with an old ring I had sitting in a box which had been damaged and rarely worn to enquire about the possibility of either repairing or selling it on. Clare was fantastic throughout the process and kept me fully informed via email. After I decided the best option was to sell it Clare put me in touch with an auction house in London where she knew we would get the best auction price and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I would definitely recommend Clare for any jewellery sales and hope to be back to her as a buying customer one day."
"I just wanted to write you a note to say how very much I adore the pendant and chain, it has really beaten all my expectations on how beautiful it could be. It was wasted as a ring! You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with, and thank you for putting up with my tardy email replies and delayed phone calls. Thank you very much again."
"Clare, I wanted to thank you for all your great work in commissioning Peter's signet ring. I really appreciated the time you took to ensure that we got the correct crest and your advice and expertise on the style, size and fit was really very much appreciated. And all done in secret squirrel fashion so that it was a surprise for his birthday! As you know he's really delighted with the result. Thanks again."