Wedding Trends, Statistics & Figures (Infographic)

For most people, tying the not with your loved one is one the happiest and most cherished moments you could ever experience in your life.

Well, maybe until they see how much a wedding and everything that comes with it costs!

On average, it cost £27,000 for a wedding in the UK in 2017 (that’s includes the full bells and whistles) and this figure is expected to rise to over £32,000 by 2028.

These figures include everything from venue costs, food, transport, decorations, engagement rings and, of course, the honeymoon.

It’s hardly a surprise that over 50% of couples asked for money as their wedding present – sensible move!

We decided to put together an infographic based around wedding trends, statistics, facts and figures. Take a look at our findings…

Great British Brands

Great British Brands is billed as ‘the luxury bible’ for British products. Published annually by the exclusive Country & Town House magazine, its purpose is to recognise and promote the very best British brands and luxury goods. The publication features 150 of the top names in British luxury; from heritage brands that have earned their place in our nation’s history, to emerging brands that represent the new Britain: young, vibrant and world-class.

Photo Credit: Country & Town House

Simon Wright Jewellery has been selected as one of those brands, alongside names like Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Harrods and Jaguar. Great British Brands recognises high standards, respect for traditions and handcrafting skills. Attributes that together contribute to achieve what clients in the luxury market are looking for: unparalleled quality and a timeless elegance that resonates across generations.

Simon Wright Jewellery on Great British Brands 2018

Find out more about how we can bring our passion for quality craftsmanship to the design of your next piece of jewellery.

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2018

This year Jenny had the privilege of being invited to the 2018 Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards, a competition that rewards distinction in technical skills and creative design.

SWJ is a proud contributor to the event, and in the past Simon has volunteered his time to judge the CAD Presentation section of the competition.

Below are some pictures of the impressive pieces and beautiful venue:

Gold Award & winner in the Junior Diamond Mounters category

Silver Award in the Junior Diamond Mounters category.

Boodles Award Winner, Silver Award in the Jewellers  category and Bronze Award in the Senior Setters category.

Gold Award in the Junior Setters Category  & Silver Award in the Senior Setter category

The Golsmiths’ Hall in Central London.



The Great British Brands 2018 Party

On Wednesday 17th January we had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Country and Town House’s Great British Brand party at the stunning Hotel Cafè Royal on Regent Street.

For the past two years, Simon Wright Jewellery has been one of the 150 “British Success Stories” featured on the annual edition of the GBB publication, showcasing excellence in the various fields of British luxury.

We had some drinks with the Country and Town House team and had the chance to have a close look at the GBB cover dress. The dress is a bespoke piece created by Alice Temperley for the occasion and was auctioned during the event with all the profit going to charity.

We are already looking forward to next year’s party!!

A day at the Gem-A HQ

The SWJ team was invited to an open evening hosted by The Gemmological Association of Great Britain and taking place on Monday 15th January at the of Gem-A London HQ, in the heart of the historic jewellery quarter.

The event consisted of a series of presentations by the CEO Alan Hart and the experienced Gem-A tutors who offered the chance of viewing different stones in the laboratory and learning how to recognize and be aware of “sneaky simulants”.

We really enjoyed the experience and had the chance of testing our knowledge: out of a bunch of fake diamonds, our skilled Jewellery Assistant Jenny spotted the only real diamond without hesitation!

From Start to Finish

This beautiful engagement ring featuring a sparkling radiant cut diamond, surrounded by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds and delicate leaf detailing on the sides, took inspiration from the past. Our client was looking for an antique ring that would stand the test of time. We suggested creating a vintage reproduction, allowing him to […]

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Cheapside Hoard Reproduction

Hoard Reproduction

  Last year we launched our new Vintage Reproduction webpage, and ever since we have been inundated with your requests to create vintage and antique inspired jewellery. One of these requests was from Simon Collins of Gvild (contemporary furniture makers), a client who wanted to combine our CAD and 3D printing skills with his artistic flare and creative […]

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