For the past few years, we’ve hosted a fantastic festive event, the 12 Days of Christmas. We’re bringing it to you once more this year, and we happen to think it might be the best yet! Here’s a quick look back at our previous years, plus a little clue for thi (more…)
Get Creative is a 10 day event where you can pop along and create your own piece of ‘bespoke’ jewellery, learn a new skill or just admire the skills that will be on show.
The AM team will be heading to Liberty with tools in hand on the 24th October and the 31st October from 12pm -3 pm and 5pm till 8pm. You will be able to choose from a mixture of charms, most of which are exclusive to Liberty including a never before seen bumblebee (in a very cute size), briolette gemstones to add some sparkle and even an opportunity to have your charms engraved! Both silver and gold plate will be available.
Here is a little sneak peak at what will be on offer……
Prices start from £90 for silver and £108 for gold plate. If you’re struggling for Christmas gift ideas or if you fancy treating yourself to something that little bit more special, be sure to pop on by!
Oh and we just had to share the beautiful 18ct Goldcrest display at Liberty..
Alex has teamed up with The Haven, a Breast Cancer Support Centres Charity, to create a unique necklace especially for the charity this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds from the stunning ‘Haven Necklace’ will go towards continuing the charity’s personalised programme of care for those affected by breast cancer.
Alex has incorporated The Haven’s identity into the creation which features a gorgeous design of leaves and a duo of birds in a delicate tree frame. The unique and limited availability necklace retails at £144 in silver and £168 in gold-plate and is only available directly from The Haven online store here.
For further information on The Haven and the amazing work they do, see their website or request the Press Release for this charity collaboration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all hope to raise lots of money for The Haven this October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You can also find us on Twitter @agmonroe and The Haven @BreastCancerH, the hashtags you can use are #BreastCancerAwareness and #BCAM. Please spread the word for charity.
Suzy A and our newest member of the AM team Emily, headed to the brand new, luxurious fine jewellery room at Fortnum & Mason to check on our display! And as you can see from the pictures below it’s looking delightful!
It was also a chance to check out the special pieces we made for Fortnum & Mason to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in June….
There are two pieces in this little set, available exclusively at F&M:
A necklace of a little chirping bird wearing a crown, with a diamond hanging from the branch, in gold-plate and silver mix. This piece is £180
The second piece is a charm bracelet, also featuring crowned birds, with a teapot and three hanging diamonds. This is £255
We think they are really special, and we hope you agree!
Special Coronation pieces, exclusive to Fortnum & Mason.
Emily enjoying a well deserved break
If you’ve seen AM displayed in your local stocklist and it looks rather lovely, please do send us pictures so that we can feature it!
We’ve been celebrating all things wedding here at Alex Monroe this week and welcoming some beautiful new 18ct pieces to our Goldcrest Fine Jewellery range. We’ve had the pleasure of showing many brides-to-be our solid 18ct gold rings, and our Bespoke Manager, Susie Lee has been booked up with happy couples popping in to see her at the London Bridge Boutique to discuss their own unique engagement and wedding rings.
If you’re considering commissioning a bespoke piece from Alex Monroe, Susie will also be in the Boutique on Saturday 13th March, available from 11am-5pm. Feel free to drop in for a free consultation to discuss your very own Bespoke pieces! If you can’t make it to the Boutique this week, then you can always contact Susie at anytime to book an appointment.
Below are some of the new pieces that are available exclusively in our Boutique.
Unity Thread Ring, part of our new collection of solid 18ct rings.
This is our Seruni Ring and matching Seruni band. It was inspired by our Chrysanthemum collection and is set with a 3.8mm diamond. We think it would be a stunning alternative to a traditional engagement ring and wedding band!
Also new in the Boutique this week we have one of our favorite rings from the Heritage Collection, now in solid rose gold and white gold. Can’t help but think these 3 would look gorgeous stacked together!
Finally, congratulations to the happy couple Mr & Mrs Cannon, who sent us these beautiful photos of their big day. Their wedding was full of beautiful Alex Monroe jewellery, from Melanie’s stunning engagement ring, right down to her 18ct dragonfly necklace. A lovely surprise to receive at the beginning of our wedding week!
We always love to receive photos from our customers sharing their special day with us…so please keep them coming!
As Western Europe’s tallest building officially opens to the public today we wanted to share the (rather grey) view from up there with you.
Tom and I were very lucky to be given two exclusive preview tickets to visit the View From The Shard back on 11th January.
It was a very grey and overcast January day, but we were nevertheless both ultra-excited to be amongst the first visitors onto the two viewing platforms located on floors 69 and 72 which by the way is partially open and exposed to the elements with sounds of the city around you.
It was chilly up there!!!
Our Head Quarters and Boutique is just a stone’s throw from The Shard and of course first thing as we got to the top, was to locate our beautiful building and wave to our colleague’s who were down below working away as we had fun.
Ha ha ha !!!
Here’s a quick update following a lovely piece in Metro some of you may have spotted about our latest collaboration, with the Goring Hotel……
The world’s best Hotel (where else would you spend your last night as a single girl before marrying a Prince?! The Goring of course!) asked Alex to come up with a quirky idea for their afternoon teas, of which they change the theme throughout the year.
Well, as usual Alex managed to come up with some wonderful childhood tales…..memories of ‘Shrimp Teas’ he enjoyed as a youngster came to mind, with fresh shrimp bought straight from East Anglian fishermen, and enjoyed in the sunshine with a huge pot of tea and an endless supply of bread and butter. Mmm, sounds delicious!
And so here we introduce the Goring Shrimp. A lovely little fellow made in silver with a rose gold plate, and two black pearls for eyes.
The Goring Shrimp
He hangs on a 24 inch chain and would make the perfect addition to anybody’s jewellery collection – distinctive and quirky, yet somehow still incredibly pretty!
Alex actually worked alongside The Goring’s chefs to create the perfect ‘Alex Monroe Afternoon Tea‘, delicate finger sandwiches, and mini loaves of wholemeal bread filled with potted shrimp…..plus the essential scones, jam and clotted cream, and some stunning floral, honey and mint cakes!
The ‘Alex Monroe Afternoon Tea‘ will be available at the Goring Hotel from May the 1st, coming complete with the exclusive Shrimp Necklace for £195. Call 020 7396 9000 to book.
The tea in all of it's glory!
The Goring Shrimp can also be purchased separately for £165 and traditional afternoon tea at The Goring is £35 per person.
From June, The Goring Shrimp will also be available directly from us! Drop us a line if you would like to go on our waiting list to purchase one: email@example.com
Afternoon Tea and a beautiful piece of jewellery……wouldn’t that make just about the perfect treat?!
Well it’s definitely getting a chilly now at AMHQ. Not that I’m complaining mind. I’ve been having a great time working on our very special Christmas project, ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. It’s going to be a really fun way to show some of the one-off work we do. I say one-off, it’s more…. well, that would be giving things away. You’ll just have to watch this space. Anyway, The 12 Days of Christmas starts December the 1st on our web-site. You really mustn’t miss it! (Here’s a sneaky peek, Two Turtle Doves…..)
And I’ve been doing a bit more writing. It’s all good practice because I’ve started writing a book! Or at least I’m trying to write a book. But that’ll take some time. I’m also writing a regular blog for Retail Jeweller (here) which I really enjoy.
Lots more charity stuff too. I made this great ring for Ronan Keating’s Emeralds and Ivy ball. It’ll be auctioned off on the evening. Last time we raised over £6000.00 for the necklace we made them. Fingers crossed this time for even more! Jemma Kidd requested one of our necklaces in her perfect Christmas stocking, so we’re auctioning this for Macmillan’s. Nice Peacock Feather necklace for Trinity Hospice Snowball auction…. the list goes on….
Emeralds and Ivy ring
And me personally? Oh yes, my slightly off-beat daughter wanted to go camping(!) for her birthday. It all went just as you’d expect, I managed to persuade a farmer in Kent to let us camp, I drove down with 6 thirteen year old girls. We lit a big fire, they ran around screaming until the early hours. I froze half to death. At 4 AM a storm hit and blew the tents down and I got soaked. Slightly more sedately and lots of fun, we dressed up as Pirates and went out on Rosie’s canal boat. Me and the kids and the gang from work. Very nice too. We went from Little Venice, through London Zoo, and Camden. We loved it! Oh yes, mustn’t forget Halloween, and Guy Fawkes of course. I like this time of year, lots of things to do and make.
I needed a few pics for the press and for our homepage, so my old mate David Stockings came along on a drawing trip and snapped away. Then he visited the studio and took lots more. He’s in the city by day, so this is really a hobby, but he doesn’t half take a good pic.
As you will have spotted, those pesky kids came along for the ride…. Dulwich wood is great this time of year.
One last thing, it’s Movember, and I’m growing a tash! Movember is a fun way to raise awareness and cash for Men’s health issue, Prostate Cancer. My Dad’s got it at the moment so I thought it apt. Here’s my Movember donations request if anyone feels like supporting the cause…
“ This Movember, the month formerly known as November I’ve decided to donate my face to raising awareness about prostate cancer. My donation and commitment is the growth of a moustache for the entire month of Movember, which I know will generate conversation, controversy and laughter.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man dies every hour from the disease in the UK. This is a cause that I feel passionately about and I’m asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to The Prostate Cancer Charity. To help, you can either:
• Send cheques and CAF vouchers (made payable to ‘The Prostate Cancer Charity Re Movember’) directly to The Prostate Cancer Charity – First Floor, Cambridge House, Cambridge Grove, London W6 0LE. Be sure to include the person’s name on the back of the cheque.
The Prostate Cancer Charity will use the money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.
For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit http://uk.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.
Thank you in advance for helping me to support men’s health. ”
I was rather hoping for an Orlando Bloom but it looks like I’ll be getting a Ned Flanders. Ah well… here’s me today. I’ll keep you updated weekly…
Soooo sorry I haven’t written for ages. Too much going on as usual. But I’m just back from Paris Fashion Week and I feel like I can catch my breath (before things start to hot up for Christmas!)
So once again, looking back on what’s been going on, I think I’ll do a little list. Just a little reminder of my late-summer. Lots of mucking around and some fun worky stuff too.
I had a brilliant Summer; the cycling I already wrote about, then we popped over to Majorca for that party, then we had a lovely week in France. In the Loire Valley in my uncles house. I love it there. It’s a huge rambling place near Bourgueil, so there’s lovely grub and loads of wine tasting. My Mum and Dad were there, and my sister and her family so it was a proper get together. I love playing Boules with my Dad and it was great when the kids joined in…
Then a week in Suffolk in the cottage we take every summer. Nice to see some old friends and do a bit of cycling with mates. I spend the days cycling, cooking and pottering around in my little boat. We picked so many wild plums and made gallons of lovely Suffolk Plum Jam. Ah… it’s the good life alright.
Summer over and it’s back to school. My middle one, Connie, started at big school. All very grown up. And of course I had to get on with some work as well…
Back to work means lots of hard graft of course, but there was a nice little treat when we were declared a ‘Trend Setter’ in Professional Jeweller’s ‘Hot 100′ list. So we duly attended the knees-up. I left early but the girls partied away.
Back to reality, my friend Dave needed an expert hand to help chop down a blooming great tree in his garden. Action man to the rescue. Dave is a fantastic photographer and film maker so watch out for us working together in the future.
We have struck a deal with my eldest, Verity. Bread for itunes. She bakes a loaf and we buy her two songs from itunes. Not a bad deal I reckon, especially since I love bread and butter almost more than anything!
Very nice for me that I’ve had so many commissions on that I’ve had to spend at least two days a week on the bench (my idea of heaven). Can’t even remember all the projects, exclusives for John Lewis, HP in Tokyo, 18 carat for Liberty, the Midomo charity bracelet, Astley Clarke, Burt’s Bees, British Bee keeping association, and of course new collections for London, Paris and Tokyo!
The Midomo bracelet came out great. It’s a really nice project, you may remember seeing the water purifying rolly thing on Dragon’s Den. Check out the bracelet on the Red Button website.
Then Connie got her Rabbit for being so clever. Look out for it’s influence in the collection!
We had great fun launching the exclusives at John Lewis (that’s Emma holding my glass while I photograph)
Very exciting to be working with Burt’s Bees and the British Bee Keeping Association. We’ve great ideas for raising money for bee research so watch this space!
Most fun for me has been working on the new collection. It’ll be out in the shops in Spring but here’s a sneaky peaky..
During London Fashion Week I managed the odd lunch with clients. Here I am with the girls from HP at the good old Anchor and Hope.
Oh yes, and noodles at Koya with Katsu and Kaori from Baycrews. Lovely place and the best for Soba in town.
Then off to Paris for the shows, nice to catch up with my Japanese distributor again………….
We seem to be Trunk Show crazy at the moment, with pieces being snapped up from our on-line selection in minutes! (Or at least hours!)
If you would like to come and see what all the fuss is about, why not pop along to Ede & Ravenscroft next Thursday, the 22nd of April?
Their lovely team of ladies will be only too pleased to offer you a glass of champagne while you have a little browse, and the event runs from 4-8pm. They will also have a new delivery of stock (Bees, Owls, Birds….) alongside those extra-special one-offs.