London has a number of different jewellery enclaves from the historic Hatton Gardens to the iconic Portobello Road. Whether it’s a one-off statement piece or something bespoke, the city has the shops and the designers for it. International and local designers are increasingly choosing east London as the destination for flagship stores, while newcomers have found spaces in the area to start up new boutiques and ateliers. Here are the top five places to find unique jewellery in east London.
Mawi has become something of a cult favourite ever since it was founded by Mawi Keivom over a decade ago. Her Indian roots and love of antiques, ornaments and trinkets are the inspiration for much of her jewellery. Each one a statement piece with a contemporary style, Mawi fuses tradition with luxury in her ready to wear collections for both men and women.
Settling in east London after stints in New Zealand and New York, the list of brands Mawi has collaborated with includes Atelier Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Swarovski Crystallized, Bruno Magli and Selfridges.
11 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP
Thor and Wistle
Rachel Entwistle and Kamilla Thorsen’s atelier and boutique Thor and Whistle has a friendly open-house turned curiosity shop feel. It’s located just around the corner from legendary Redchurch Street coffee shop, Allpress.
Behind glass cases and hanging from antlers are delicate pieces of gold and silver jewellery. The designs pay homage to entomology, symbolism and mythology, so you’ll find insects, alchemic symbols and primitive shapes dotted all around the place.
The pair salvaged pieces of antique furniture to make their ‘up-cycled’ Shoreditch shop, which they opened in 2012.
5A Club Row, London E1 6JX
Number Ninety Four
Number Ninety Four is on the doorstep of one of east London’s busiest weekend hotspots, Columbia Road Flower Market. Simon Rees, the man behind it all, has worked with fashion designers and architects to create contemporary pieces of jewellery and metalwork.
Each month a local artist takes over the white walls of the shop and sells his or her work alongside the glass cabinets of gold and silver accessories. Simon Rees has worked on a commission basis for a number of pieces and offers a bespoke service for anyone wanting to create a unique design of their own.
94 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB
If you are looking for contemporary jewellery with an edge then William Cheshire’s Broadway Market boutique is a good place to start. In his studio he makes ‘ready to wear’ jewellery for men and women with a focus on modern and simple design.
After working with brands including Paul Smith, Dunhill and A Bathing Ape Japan, Cheshire set up his own brand. For the first decade he took over a workspace in Hatton Garden, the historic heart of London’s jewellery-making, before moving east.
14 Broadway Market, London E8
Those with a sense of curiosity should head over to Forest Gate where there’s a street dedicated to jewellery shops that’s rather different to Bond Street or Hatton Garden. Shop after shop around Green Street sell authentic south Asian jewellery selling ornate gold and silver, principally for Indian and Pakistani weddings.
Named after the Malkit and Nisha Dadi’s first home in the UK, Kyles is a family run jewellers on Green Street selling fine south Asian pieces. Here you will find authentic, hand made jewellery that draws on their former home in Scotland and their south Asian heritage.
100 Green St, Forest Gate E7 8LF