Thursday, 6 August 2015

At Ingle & Rhode, we're proud to be a Living Wage Employer. Read our blog post about this important issue.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Fairtrade Gold used in European Youth Olympic medals

The world's first fairtrade gold medal was presented on Monday during the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The medal, with a drop of pure fairtrade gold, was presented for the first time - until this point do medal has ever been made with fair gold.

Three time Olympic gold medal winner Pieter van den Hoogenband is working towards the gold being used for gold medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. 

The first medal produced in a responsible and fair way was unveiled in the Netherlands. These medals, symbolising the top achievement in sport and sustainability, will be awarded during the European Youth Olympic Festival from July 14th through the 19th in Utrecht.

Peter said, “As a professional athlete, I used to train under ideal circumstances and I always competed fairly for Olympic gold. So in my opinion, if the miners cannot obtain the same gold in a responsible and fair way, the differences are incompatible, and of course action must be taken."

Each of the 225 gold medals awarded at the European Youth Olympic Festival contains a visible drop of gold mined by small-scale miners in Peru. It is totally unprecedented and is a great step forward for fairtrade gold.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

New pale blue sapphires arrive from Sri Lanka

We have a new selection of beautiful pale blue sapphires at Ingle & Rhode at the moment - they have all come from a small-scale co-operative close to Kuruwita in Sri Lanka, which our supplier has invested in along with a local Sri Lankan cutter. By sharing the production evenly with the eight miners and the foreman, all the shareholders benefit equally, encouraging responsible ownership and discouraging theft. 

The cutting takes place in a facility in Kuruwita. The owner Rohitha is a close friend of our supplier, and his facility is state of the art (one of the most advanced on the island) and incredibly clean and safe. Rohitha employs hundreds from the local community, paying for the schooling of his employees’ children as well as subsidising canteens and accommodation. He pays well above the going rate to attract the most skilled cutters (it is one the highest paid professions on the island).

For more information about our ethically sourced gemstones and to see some of them for yourself, make an appointment at Ingle & Rhode by phoning 020 3627 6552.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Update: Wedding Jewellery Trends for 2013

Here we are a quarter of the way through the year and wedding season is right around the corner. Traditionally the busiest time for weddings, the summer months normally give more venue options and scope for a bigger variety of dress styles. But what are the jewellery trends of the moment?

Many brides choose to keep their wedding look simple and classic so they’re choices will never date, while others make daring decisions so they can look unique on their special day.

Read on for the five jewellery trends that are the most popular for this 2013 wedding season.

Many brides are embracing older, unique pieces of jewellery like brooches and hairpins to add a twist of old-school charm to their look. If you want to replicate the elegance of the vintage trend, look for cameo necklaces, strings of pearls, and family heirlooms.

Though weddings are not often associated with daring displays of fashion or edgy styles, some brides are opting to wear big statement pieces this season. After months of the focus being on the engagement ring, it’s time to draw the eye to oversized chandelier earrings or long pendant necklaces. Look for big stones and unexpected colors to incorporate this style on your day.

Colour has been making a comeback in a big way for some time. From the wedding dress itself, to shoes and other accessories, brides are taking a step back from classic white and infusing their wedding day with colour. Gone are the days when an engagement ring must be a single princess cut diamond. Now, brides are enthusiastically opting for rubies, sapphires, opals, and other stones.

Hair Accessories
Jewelled hairpieces, clips and headbands are a popular new look for those walking down the aisle, particularly those that can match a coloured ring stone. Hair accessories are an elegant way to showcase gems and add some sparkle while serving a purpose.

The Unexpected
In an attempt to stray from convention, many brides are simply going as original and off kilter as they can. Unconventional venues, black wedding dresses, and one-of-a-kind jewellery designs all contribute to the unique nature of their big day.

We’d love to hear of any plans you may have for unusual and vintage jewellery or gemstones in accessories for your big day.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ingle & Rhode is moving...

Exciting times are ahead as Ingle & Rhode will be moving premises in early April. Our exciting new offices will be located in Gees Court, just a minutes' walk from Bond Street tube and around the corner from Selfridges. The new offices will provide our clients and staff with twice as much space as we have had to date. Designed over two floors, the new premises is being refurbished to create a bright and airy space in the heart of central London.

David Rhode, co-founder of Ingle & Rhode said, "We hope Ingle & Rhode's new offices will create an inspiring, welcoming and elegant environment for clients to relax and spend time in whilst turning their ideas for their perfect ring into reality."

Ingle & Rhode will be open for business as usual, but will be operating from Gees Court from the 8th April.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

2013 trend for two-tone and rose gold rings

There is a new trend for 2013 for both brides and grooms when it comes to their wedding jewellery. This year, two-tone metallic rings are going to be all the rage, with a nod to a contemporary feel with the tradition of yellow gold.

Yellow gold has made a comeback in the last twelve months and as white gold will always be popular, this is a unique way to combine the two.

Bespoke two-tone wedding ring

Rose gold is another alternative, giving brides and grooms another option to make their rings totally unique when designing them.

Tension set rose gold ring

Rose gold, which is also known as pink gold gains its hue from the addition of copper as an alloy. Rose gold is more rare as it is less common that yellow or white gold which of course has started to make it more desirable, particularly appealing to Ingle & Rhode customers who have bespoke rings made. It is a good option if you are looking for something unique that will stand out from the crowd.