Scottish jewellery house hails ‘new era of design and craftmanship’

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Hamilton & Inches unveiled a range of new designs last night to mark its 150th anniversary in what it has described as a “new era of design and craftsmanship”.

The ranges include the three piece Signature Suite, consisting of diamond collar, diamond earrings and diamond cuff, and the new Lily II collection, which consists of eight items inspired by one of the first pieces of jewellery the company ever produced in 1893.

The new designs aim to herald a fresh confidence for the Edinburgh-based jewellery house. It says it plans to ensure the future of the skills and crafts involved in jewellery making.

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The brainchild of Debbie McKernan, head of jewellery at Hamilton & Inches, the Signature Suite’s traditional honeycomb setting with double rows of 660 quality, round cut diamonds with a total weight of 40.41cts, is a tribute to the company’s trademark it said.

The cuff carries the H&I signature, hand-engraved to mark its authenticity by master engraver Ruaridh Malcomson. The fringe design of the Signature Suite collar originates from Edwardian times when tiaras were converted to neck pieces; the earrings are classic in their design and the cuff is a contemporary piece – all are set in 18ct white gold.

Debbie McKernan takes pride in the new designs. She commented on the launch: “The Signature Suite has been a year in the making, from my original sketches, through Vicki Smith’s designs and into the hands of Christian Stockert’s world class manufacturing.

“I have been blown away by Vicki’s vision, skill, expertise and attention to detail. She is one of the finest British jewellery designers around today. Christian is a craftsman able to make our wider ambitions come to fruition as part of the extended Hamilton & Inches family of fine suppliers.”

Chief executive of Hamilton & Inches, Stephen Paterson, noted that the launch on the company’s 150th anniversary is to showcase its history and celebrate its vision for the future.

He said: “These unprecedented Scottish jewellery suites acknowledge the great craft and tradition of where we began, as jewellers for generations since 1866, yet their beauty and brilliance exhibit the confidence and excitement our jewellers, goldsmiths, silversmiths, engravers and polishers – from master craftsmen to apprentices – feel for our next 150 years.”

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