I’m so excited to be celebrating a special anniversary! Its 30 years since we opened the doors of Argent in Thornton’s Arcade Leeds in 1989. There have been many changes along the way but we have never lost sight of the shop’s individuality.
Over the years we have embraced the popularity of larger brands departing from our initial roots of small designers. We still stock some of our favourite brands like Trollbeads, Nomination, Daisy London, Shaun Leane and Chlobo but we have returned to supporting more independent British designers. It is therefore fitting that we are celebrating this 30 year milestone with a ring exhibition showcasing British jewellers which will include a small group of local designers.
Our exhibition ‘RINGS’ will be launched on 5th October 2019 and will run until 5th January 2020.
While studying for my Jewellery degree in Birmingham I took an additional course in gemmology which gave me a good knowledge of stones and I’m excited to be exhibiting the work of Robert Feather, Adele Taylor, Mike Gell and Rebecca Lewis who are incorporating some of my favourite semi-precious stones such as rainbow moonstone, labradorite and tourmaline which are not seen so often in mainstream jewellery shops. Robert creates contemporary jewellery using a range of precious metals and stones, he specialises in wedding and engagement rings also remodelling clients existing jewellery into updated designs. Adele works in silver and 18ct gold incorporating pattern and texture, she uses precious stones in a muted colour palette. Handpicked gemstones are the main focus of Rebecca’s pieces, she has a particular love for the iridescent colours of labradorite and rainbow moonstone, her rings feature intricate detail of tiny granules of silver.
We will also have rings from Mark Veevers whose work is inspired by abstract symbols and uses oxidised silver and gold in combination with other materials such as ceramics and mild steel. Anthony Blakeney’s new collection will also be featured, these rings have an organic feel and are star set with semi-precious stones and diamonds. Designers Julie Pratt and Genevieve Broughton who have worked with me for over 20 years will be exhibiting their own collections of silver and gold rings along with specially made pieces by John Garland-Taylor whose work we have stocked for a number of years.
We are very excited that Alex Monroe will be participating in this exhibition; we have stocked Alex’s work for a number of years and are looking forward to showcasing some of his precious diamond engagement rings as well as his new range which incorporates naturally coloured ethical sapphires. Alex grew up in the countryside and his work is strongly inspired by nature and British eccentricity, and is the perfect balance of elegance and whimsical charm. His skilled team of Jewellers produce and hand finish every item in his London workshops. His most well-known design is the beautiful bee necklace. We’ve had an exciting time searching for vintage props to display these new rings, as a bricks and mortar shop we have the advantage of being able to create a theatrical display which tells a story and creates a more enjoyable experience for our customers.
I hope all our valued customers will enjoy the 30 years celebrations just as much as we will.