Jewellers named in Queen’s birthday honours list

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Laurence Graff, Bec Astley-Clarke & Pippa Small to receive OBE & MBEs.

Three jewellers have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, awarding them with OBEs and MBEs for their work in the UK jewellery industry.

Laurence Graff, Bec Astley-Clarke and Pippa Small were named on this summer’s list of more than 1,000 individuals.

Graff was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the British jewellery industry while Astley-Clarke and Small were named Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the jewellery industry. Small was also praised for services to ethical jewellery production and charity.

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Graff said: “I am overjoyed to have received this acknowledgement for services to jewellery in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. From humble beginnings and a lifetime working in the industry, I am extremely proud to receive such an honour.”

His inclusion comes in the same year that he marks his 60th year in the jewellery industry after starting a career at the age of 15 working as a jeweller’s apprentice in Hatton Garden.

He added: “I was born to be amongst diamonds, they are my true passion and this passion translates into everything I do, from the sourcing of the most beautiful rough diamonds around the world, deciding on the final fate of a rough stone, to the design and setting of a finished piece.”

Small this year worked with Monsoon on a project to support female jewellery makers in Afghanistan with charity Turquoise Mountain. Her jewellery collections have always maintained an ethical edge and her projects have also included work with local communities in Bolivia, Panama and Africa.

Astley-Clarke has been a pioneer of online British jewellery retail and has supported many designers and brands in their careers as well as charities through projects such as Astley Clarke’s recently launched Breast Cancer bracelets.

Earlier this year jewellers Sheila Fleet, Stephen Webster and Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine of Tatty Devine made made the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list was announced on June 15, honouring 1,180 people. The honours are designed to "recognise the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom".
 

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