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Hounddog

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I found this info from Sledge on another thread, relating to someone going to Birmingham for an engagement ring.
I’ve asked if sledge minds me adding it here, I hope it’s ok. Obviously if they do mind I’ll remove it.

Apparently these two jewellers stock’ CBI super ideals...which are gorgeous’.
[email protected] Rose participates in this forum. And recently, Best Diamonds helped another PS'er here with an insurance replacement and was top shelf.”.

Durham Rose
Mr Manu Bhardwaj
http://www.durhamrose.com/
14 East Bay Lane, Plexal, E15 2GW, Stratford
England (United Kingdom)
Tel: +44 337 422 4600

Best Diamonds
Ms Céline Gouwy
www.bestdiamonds.co.uk
2 Royal Exchange London EC3V 3DG
England (United Kingdom)
Tel: +44 777 0381 882
 
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A few more recommendations have come through today on another thread.

by d89s46 » Today at 3:18 AM
“One’s I know of that come highly recommended (sadly other end of the country to me) are Baroque jewellery in Brighton (their Instagram is droolworthy), Harriet Kelsall (huge database of their previous commissions online). I also had a fantastic experience in Christopher James in Manchester when I was first looking at diamonds.
On here I’ve seen recommended HG Bespoke, and Harvey’s in Middleton.”

By Alex T, today...
“The jeweler that reset my pear is Christopher Evans in Stockton Heath - he is fantastic. He also has a workshop & store in Poynton, which might be nearer to you if you’re in Manchester. His web is:”

www.christopherevansgoldsmiths.com
 
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For anyone in Yorkshire, I wholeheartedly recommend Hugh Rice Jewellers. They are based in Kingston upon Hull but have branches in Beverley and Harrogate.

I’ve had many pieces made/altered by them and the quality has been exceptional. As well as their own line, they carry many high end brands and have a decent selection of pre owned.
 

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Hi GK2, that’s great, thank you for the Yorkshire recommendation.
 

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Just a quick update, he’s already been previously mentioned ‘in passing’ by a few people, but I’d definitely add to the recommendations for ‘Hatton Garden Bespoke Diamond Jewellery Workshop’ (HGBespoke) in London. He makes really fabulous Bespoke jewellery, does all sorts of jewellery, rings, pendants, earring, bracelets etc. Anything from simple designs to remarkably large and intricate designs.
 

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Hello! I’m resurrecting this thread as want recommendations for the best halo makers in the UK. I’m in Manchester and really would like websites where i can see examples of work first. I’ve looked at the Hatton Garden one recommended on here and don’t like their halos! Thanks in advance.
 

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Hello! I’m resurrecting this thread as want recommendations for the best halo makers in the UK. I’m in Manchester and really would like websites where i can see examples of work first. I’ve looked at the Hatton Garden one recommended on here and don’t like their halos! Thanks in advance.
It’s funny that this thread came up again because I was just talking about it with someone today.

I have been following Katherine James Jewellry on IG for awhile. Her page looks like a delicious candy store of colored gem halo’s. I am sure you are probably looking for something more modern but I would check with her. I have seen a few modern halo’s too and her prices are pretty good considering.


She just created a website recently too:


I’ve looked at a lot of antique settings from this company called Antique Velvet Gloves. I have been searching for a gemstone halo lately and they always have some interesting pieces.


If you are looking for a modern halo, there will be so many sales going on over the US Thanksgiving weekend. The reduction in price might help offset some of the custom’s and duties. The exchange rate is still not great though.
 

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What kind of budget are you working to? And what is it about Hatton Garden’s halos that doesn’t appeal? If we know what you don’t like, it could help us suggest other options.

There’s a thread somewhere here on Durham Rose, but I can’t remember whose. The ring finally turned out really well but took a couple of iterations, so they may not be the way to go if you want an easy, low input option.

I agree with @swaye2010 though - if you’re after a really well executed halo, or somewhere where you can see lots of real life pictures like here on PS, you may well be better off going to a US vendor if you’ve tried the other recommendations in this thread and couldn’t find what you’re after.
 

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What kind of budget are you working to? And what is it about Hatton Garden’s halos that doesn’t appeal? If we know what you don’t like, it could help us suggest other options.

There’s a thread somewhere here on Durham Rose, but I can’t remember whose. The ring finally turned out really well but took a couple of iterations, so they may not be the way to go if you want an easy, low input option.

I agree with @swaye2010 though - if you’re after a really well executed halo, or somewhere where you can see lots of real life pictures like here on PS, you may well be better off going to a US vendor if you’ve tried the other recommendations in this thread and couldn’t find what you’re after.
They don’t look neat enough, some of the prongs look wonky too me.
It’s for a reset of my current ring, and halos that I like are Whiteflash Guinevere, Ritani 1RZ1851, Alison Hall’s Elle (more ideas below). I don’t want the hassle of having to send my stone back and forth. My budget is up to £1500 and in 18k gold, however I don’t know if it’s doable to the standard I would like on my budget.

http://instagr.am/p/Bw7n9Y-hO7K/ http://instagr.am/p/Bt_nnCaFeLP/
 

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I don’t have any recommendation but your budget is very low. I looked into having a ring made and one quote I received was £750 for a yellow gold three stone with me supplying all the diamonds. I have given up on the idea due to the exorbitant prices.
 

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I don’t have any recommendation but your budget is very low. I looked into having a ring made and one quote I received was £750 for a yellow gold three stone with me supplying all the diamonds. I have given up on the idea due to the exorbitant prices.
A local jeweller quoted £1000, they said they would reuse the gold from my current setting, so I wondered if I budget of £1500 would be reasonable. Having never had a reset done before I have no ideas of even ballpark figures.

my email to Isabella George bounced back so I can only assume they aren’t trading anymore.
 
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Today’s Sunday Times Style supplement has an article on resetting jewellery and recommends a few benches. Here it is, sorry for the screen shots. FA2DDC74-9B75-4398-8C10-C252A8D101EF.png A0309305-A2EA-4228-B879-F4D84FD3DCE4.png 3CCB60B3-3A79-4600-9D98-AF6C12A3ACEF.png AE526A2F-FB94-4437-8714-3C54EEDE21A0.png 673CE686-D32F-4024-92E4-1958EC6DA4F8.png
 

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@Hounddog Can I just check, is this the facebook page for the Hatton Garden Bespoke Diamond Workshop that is mentioned above a few times?




I used Durrants in Hatton Garden for my lady's engagement ring, and we plan to go back there for the wedding ring (likely to be an engraved/filigree platinum band).......

They also had no issues setting a stone from a third party vendor (thank you again, Wink :)) ).
In addition to Durrants mentioned above does anyone know of any other UK based businesses that would be happy to set a stone from a third party?
 
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My friend bought a beautiful 1.40H CBI from Durham Rose. The finish on the setting was excellent and their customer service was top notch. He was very pleased with the whole purchase.
 
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