5 of the best jewellers in Lancashire and the Lakes
PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 February 2015
The market for designing and selling jewellery is an incredibly crowded place so, to be a success, you really need some sparkle.
Selini Jewellery, Cedar Farm, Mawdesley
Rob Girling took his experience in precision engineering and turned it into a hugely successful luxury jewellery business. Selini, based at Cedar Farm, has made a big impression with his intricate bespoke jewellery. He uses laser technology, microscopes and computer-aided design software as well as traditional tools to create his stunning one-off pieces, which are mainly rings in 18 carat gold and platinum that are put together using many separate components. He designs his rings around the gems. He also sources his diamonds from Antwerp that are cut with extraordinary skill – one tiny gem was cut in the shape of a butterfly.
Macmillan-Clare, Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield, near Carnforth
Husband and wife team Fenella Macmillan and Tony Clare have more than 40 years experience in creating contemporary, bespoke jewellery for Lancastrians as well as the rest of the country and abroad. The talented couple, who both studied 3D Jewellery Design at Medway College of Art and Design, have worked in America, Canada, Spain, India and the Channel Islands and their work has featured in several exhibitions, including London’s V&A Museum.
Their forte is in designing and creating one-off engagement and wedding rings in 18ct gold, platinum, palladium and silver. Or you can also have a treasured family heirloom piece remodelled into something more contemporary.
Prestons of Bolton, Bolton
This family-owned Lancashire mainstay has been trading in Bolton since 1869. If you’re looking for a ring to wow that special someone in your life this is a good place to visit. The jewellery shop, dubbed the Diamond Centre of the North, has according to its owners supplied more engagement and wedding rings that any other jeweller. The Bolton site also has a Rolex boutique and sells other luxury watch brands like Breitling, Patek Philippe and Richard Mille.
Josephs Jewellers, Ormskirk
This family business, established in 2001, specialises in bespoke jewellery. Craftsmen in the on-site studio design and create superb jewellery including gorgeous engagement rings perfect for that big proposal. Choose from the finest diamonds, gems and materials to wow your partner with a stunning ring – you can even have a 3D scaled wax model made up to make sure it is perfect before taking the plunge.
AP Contemporary Jewellery, Troutbeck, near Keswick
Creative director Annie Geisselman takes inspiration from the Lakeland fell views she sees from her studio window for her jewellery. The talented designer and maker, who runs the business with husband Christian, produces contemporary handmade pieces from sterling silver, handmade dichroic glass, diamonds, gemstones and freshwater pearls.
There are several collections to choose from or if you want something one-off Annie creates bespoke pieces. If your partner says yes, Annie also makes bridal accessories including hair combs, tiaras, hair pins and grips.