Boutique modern jewellery shops usually come about from one person's passion for their subject. They tend to be special places. I am going to focus on four I know in London.
You will go there for a special occasion, yours or someone else's. You will buy. Fascinating, eclectic, shops where it's almost impossible to leave without making a purchase.
The first is online although the makers are based in London. onewemadeearlier.com
The online store specialises in contemporary accessories, the brainchild of husband and wife team Emma and Rob Orchardson. With backgrounds in fine art and design, their work combines a playful sense of fun, with a striking geometric simplicity.
Art jewellery shops include Maggie Owen London in WC1, the Sir John Soane's Museum shop in WC2 and @work in SW1.
Maggie Owen of the eponymous Maggie Owen London.
Maggie is well known to Bloomsbury. Indeed she is the subject of a feature in the local quarterly Bloomsbury journal. Be prepared to be totally seduced by her wares.
The Sir John Soane's Museum shop is filled with the unusual.
Its selection always favours the trends popular in the 19th century and many reference architectural details found in the museum, formerly the home of Sir John Soane who was Professor of Architecture of the RA. Sir John was an important collector of art and antiquities. The Museum is free to visit; check website for opening times.
@work specialises in contemporary jewellery
The shop offers an eclectic and edgy mixture drawn from far and wide, often including unusual materials such as textiles or toy parts. You'll find it on the corner of Ponsonby Terrace and John Islip Street. The shop also holds making workshops, including how men and women can make their own wedding or other rings.
Maggie Owen London
13 Rugby Street
Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
35 Ponsonby Terrace