The story of Jacqueline & Edward begins way back in 1985 with a boy and his father exploring the beautiful British land and rivers in search for whatever adventure life had to offer. One fateful trip they crossed the Kildonan Bridge in the north of Scotland in their old campervan when Edward spotted an old timer hunched over the river with a Stetson on his head and something in his hands. Tasked to find out what he was doing, Mark went to speak with the bearded, grey haired man only to find out he was a gold prospector and the thing in his hands was a gold pan. The van was immediately put into park and didn’t move for the next two weeks whilst father and son learnt the ways of the river and the treasure it held. I guess you could say the rest is history!
Whilst panning for gold became Mark and his father’s main pastime, Edward would never realise quite the effect he had on his son and that this hobby would in fact turn in to his vocation and raison d’etre in life and a legacy which he could pass on to the next generation.
After a childhood of hunting for gold, Mark went on to study a degree in Environmental Geology and a master’s degree in environmental Geochemistry before becoming an Environmental consultant. This path refined his environmental viewpoint whilst spending his days spent investigating, assessing and remediating contaminated land, most enjoyably within projects associated with land damaged by historical mining activities.
Fast forward some thirty years, and what was the making of his childhood and chosen career, now forms the crux of his family run business based in the beautiful sleepy West Yorkshire town of Wetherby. With his wife Jacqueline, goldsmith Mark creates handmade wedding rings with eco-friendly recycled precious metals and sustainably panned alluvial river gold.
The Tree for a Tree Campaign
Christmas saw the launch of their Tree for a Tree campaign where every Christmas Tree Pendant sold went toward the Caledonian Reforestation Project, summer will see a Nautical Collection which will help save our seas from plastic.
The Prototype Initiative
Jacqueline and Edward have recognised that one of the biggest problems with buying online and not being able to try the rings on before they are made is getting the size right. This is especially important with certain types of rings such as inlay rings and full eternity rings which struggle to be re-sized easily or even at all. This can be very frustrating and very costly.
Most online retainers recommend that a customer get sized by two or three different jewellers before making their purchase, however this is by far a fool proof way of getting the right size. The size of ring you require is dictated by several factors, therefore you can end up being told you are numerous different sizes, resulting in having to pay for resizing.
Jacqueline and Edward are about to launch a scheme whereby with the purchase of each ring they will send out a free prototype of the ring’s width and underside profile in the client’s chosen size so that they can wear it before they make it. This way they can make the perfect handmade ring first time, every time.
This spring sees the launch of The Memory Ring. Clients will be able to provide something of significant meaning to Mark such as a pebble from a beach, a piece of Lego they loved as a child, sand from their honeymoon etc and Mark can crush it up and inlay it.
Mark has just worked on a lovely purple metamorphic mineral which a client found on a beach as a child (other have supplied things as random as gravel from the drive of their childhood home). The Memory Ring will be ideal as a wedding band, or just a suitably as a valentine’s gift (or other special occasion, a way to cherish that memory forever.
In conclusion, it’s heart-warming to see that at the heart of this innovative jeweller, is a love for the land we live on and the beauty it holds beneath it.