This is a
Token

A Podcast with

This Is A Token

We are delighted to announce the launch of 'This Is A Token with Alex Monroe', a new podcast celebrating the magic of jewellery and the stories behind some very special pieces.

Every week, Alex will explore the relationship between his guest and their most-loved jewellery. Together they will uncover the moving, fascinating and often surprising stories tethered to each piece, and the emotional connections they just can't do without. Click through to your preferred platform below to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

With thanks to Alex's daughter Connie for creating our podcast illustration, and helping to co-produce this series (Listen out for her on the podcast!)

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Episode 1 Olivia Colman

The wonderful actor Olivia Colman, star of The Crown, The Favourite, Fleabag and so many other brilliant productions, joins Alex at home in London for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery and the stories connected with them.

Listen to Alex & Olivia

Episode 2 Dwight Pile-Gray

The incredible musician Dwight Pile-Gray: a professional conductor, horn player, academician, and musical director of two orchestras, joins Alex at home in London for a chat about his pioneering work in the classical music industry, and the medals he has been awarded for his service to the Corps of Army Music.

Listen to Alex & Dwight

Episode 3 Lloyd Hutchinson

Actor and close friend, Lloyd Hutchinson, best known for his prolific stage work with the National Theatre alongside many other brilliant productions, joins Alex at home for a chat about a life spent performing, and how three gold rings will always connect him to his late and much-loved father John.

Listen to Alex & Lloyd

Episode 4 Beanie Feldstein

In the latest episode of ‘This Is A Token’, Alex is joined virtually across many miles and oceans, by none other than brilliant US actor Beanie Feldstein. Star of Booksmart, Ladybird and How to Build a Girl, Beanie talks Alex through 3 of the 12 (!) rings she wears every single day and the stories behind each one.

Listen to Alex & Beanie

Episode 5 Tessa Brown

In our 5th episode of series 1 of 'This is a Token' , Alex is joined at home in London by brilliant textile artist, friend and self-confessed 'non-jewellery lover' Tessa Brown, for a chat about some bittersweet jewellery, with a fascinating, dark and complicated family history!

Listen to Alex & Tessa

Episode 6 Olivia Williams

In our newest episode of ‘This is a Token’ Alex is joined at home in London, by the wonderful actor Olivia Williams. Best known for her brilliant roles in Wes Anderson’s ‘Rushmore’, ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘An Education’ and ‘Friends’, Olivia talks to Alex about 3 unique and precious rings, each given to her by three special and very different women in her life.

Listen to Alex & Olivia

Episode 7 Zinnia Kumar

In our latest episode of ‘This is a Token’, Alex is joined virtually by the incredible Zinnia Kumar. A Chartered Ecologist, published scientist, sustainability advocate, cultural theorist, AND internationally recognised fashion model, Zinnia talks to Alex about the trinkets and jewellery she has on her person everyday, as a meaningful and grounding reminder of who she is.

Listen to Alex & Zinnia

Episode 8 Rosie Wolfenden

In our latest episode of ‘This is a Token’, Alex is joined virtually by fellow jeweller, and co-founder of jewellery brand 'Tatty Devine', the marvellous Rosie Wolfenden MBE. Just like Alex Monroe, Tatty Devine hand-makes all their pieces in the UK with a strong commitment to ethical practise and sustainability, and are known and loved worldwide for their original and fun, statement acrylic jewellery. Rosie talks Alex through her favourite and most meaningful treasures, from her beloved grandmother’s necklace, to the personalised antique signet rings she and her husband wear as a less traditional symbol of their marriage.

Listen to Alex & Rosie

Episode 9 Erin O'Connor

In our latest episode of ‘This is a Token’, Alex is joined virtually by fashion model, diversity campaigner and all-round icon of the British Fashion scene, the wonderful Erin O’Connor MBE. In a lively and uplifting discussion, Erin talks Alex through her favourite pieces of jewellery, many she has acquired on her travels around the world with her work since she was spotted at 19 years old!

Listen to Alex & Erin

Final Episode of Series 1

In our final episode of Series 1 of ‘This is a Token’, Alex and his daughter Connie (podcast co-producer and technical assistant) take a moment to reflect on the series, their favourite moments and the incredible guests Alex has had the pleasure of speaking to about their lives and their jewellery over the past few months! Thank you so much for tuning into Series 1! We are looking forward to welcoming you back for Series 2 very soon!

"I've spent half a lifetime designing and making jewellery, but what really interests me is what it means to other people! This is a podcast where we ask our guest about the piece of jewellery they cherish most of all!"

Alex Monroe

Microphone Illustration
Alex Monroe making jewellery at the bench

Share Your Story Your Treasured Tokens

Alex would love to hear about your favourite piece of jewellery and the stories connected to it. Send us an email if you have a moving, fascinating or surprising story behind your most special piece.

Email us your story