At Durston Tools, jewellery making is in our blood. Some of the finest jewellers of our time have made iconic pieces using our tools. And so, we like to take a little time to celebrate some of favourite jewellers that create their pieces using Durston Tools.
Big or small, each month we will feature a range of global jewellery brands, independent designers and artisan jewellers, each adding something special.
The jewellery world is constantly changing, and jewellers are constantly faced with an almost impossible challenge: to make jewellery that meets today’s trends, but which transcends fashion, and will still look fabulous in years, decades, generations to come.
Pandora’s story is one of humble beginnings and international acclaim. Although the brand was established in 1982, it didn’t assume its current guise until 2000, when the now-iconic charm bracelet was launched onto the Danish market.
The concept was a hit, and in 2003 Pandora charm bracelets were launched in the USA, followed by Australia and Germany in 2004. Today, Pandora is one of the most famous jewellery brands across the globe, available in more than 100 countries.
From fine to fashion and everything in between, there is a Pandora product for every occasion. With Pandora stores or concessions in most high streets, airports and department stores, Pandora has captured the essence of jewellery, making it personal, accessible and truly unique despite its international acclaim. If you have something to say, say it with Pandora.
1982 was a pretty good year for the jewellery industry, as it was also the year that our second jewellery influencer was established. Son of an antique expert mother, Anthony Paul grew up surrounded by beautiful things; his home filled with vintage treasures.
In 1978, Anthony got his first job as an apprentice jeweller; four years later, the talented goldsmith opened the doors of his first jewellers. Anthony became known for the exquisite detail in his jewellery, and demand for his jewellery grew. Today Anthony Paul jewellery is a true investment.
That humble jewellers in Farnham Common has grown to become three boutiques in Henley, Windsor and Maidenhead, with a pop-up at Marlow, but Anthony hasn’t lost sight of his roots; each piece is made using the best materials and without compromising on form or quality. And, like Durston Tools, Anthony Paul remains a family affair; Anthony’s sons George and Joe joined the business in 2006 and 2008 respectively, bringing their passion and flair to the brand’s collections.
Jewellery is about provenance, heritage and investment, and nothing echoes these tenets of the jewellery industry quite like Clogau. Like the brand’s jewellery, you just can’t help to smile at its story; a story of luck, perseverance, and a love of Welsh heritage. In the 1980s, Bill Roberts stumbled across the Clogau St David’s mine, an abandoned gold mine in Snowdonia. When his idea for an interactive tourist attraction rebuffed, Bill started a small-scale gold mining operation, and to best showcase this rare gold, he started creating a small collection of jewellery. In 1994 the first collection of five pieces of jewellery featuring Clogau gold was released. Today, Clogau is a thriving family business; inspired by the exquisite Welsh countryside, every piece of Clogau jewellery features some rare Welsh gold stockpiled by Bill from the Clogau gold mines.
Trailblazers and influencers take on a range of guises; some have transformed the jewellery industry with a unique concept, others are staples of the jewellery world, and others encapsulate the essence of jewellery making, wearing, owning and sharing. We are proud to be a small part of these influencers’ story because, of course, they all make their wares using Durston Tools.
Trailblazers and influencers take on a range of guises; some have transformed the jewellery industry with a unique concept, others are staples of the jewellery world, and others encapsulate the essence of jewellery making, wearing, owning and sharing. We are proud to be a small part of these influencers’ story because, of course, they make their wares using Durston Tools.