FIRECRACKER BALL BESPOKE RING UPDATE

In November 2014 Phillip Stoner donated a prize for the Chocolate Bar Raffle at the Willy Wonka’s World of Pure Imagination themed Firecracker Ball. In addition to a loose 1.96ct Chocolate Diamond, the winner was gifted £1000 to spend on creating a bespoke piece of jewellery, to be made in Phillip Stoner’s Leeds Workshop.

In the new year, Shona Masood, met with our jewellery designer, Philippa, who has since created a stunning 18ct Rose Gold and Diamond Set Cocktail Ring.

Firecracker Ball 2014 Bespoke JewelleryIn total, The Firecracker Ball raised an amazing £210,000 for Barnardo’s on the night – an amazing result!

Phillip Stoner, Handcrafting Jewellery Since 1982

2012 sees Phillip Stoner celebrating 30 years in the jewellery industry – a huge accomplishment. With every year that has passed the company has grown significantly and it is now recognised as the North’s leading bespoke diamond and platinum specialist. Here we take a look back at some of Phillip Stoner’s most notable achievements to date. To see the full story, view our Timeline on Facebook.

1982: Phillip Stoner the Jeweller is Founded – In 1982, after training in Jewellery Design at Bradford College of Art, Phillip Stoner opened his first boutique and workshop in Shipley, Yorkshire. In the years that followed, the company’s reputation for outstanding quality and service lead to high-profile commissions for celebrities including the late Michael Jackson and cricket umpire Dickie Bird.

1998: Phillip Stoner Relocates to Halifax, West Yorkshire – Home to both head office and the workshop between 1998 and 2012, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller’s Halifax branch allowed the company to develop their bespoke jewellery service, working closely with customers to create their own dream piece of jewellery.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, Halifax

2002: New Store Opens at The Light, Leeds – Situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan city centre of Leeds, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller opened the doors of its first Leeds boutique in 2002.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, The Light, Leeds

2007: New Store Opens at The Victoria Quarter, Leeds – In 2007 Phillip Stoner the Jeweller opened their second Leeds store in the Victoria Quarter, dubbed ‘The Knightsbridge of the North’. Housed in an elegant Grade II listed building, the boutique is nestled amongst some of the world’s most famous leading fashion and lifestyle designers including Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, Victoria Quarter, Leeds

2007: The Lila Collection is Born – To coincide with the birth of Phillip’s first granddaughter, in 2007 The Lila Collection was developed and named in her honour. Available exclusively at Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, each piece from the collection is designed and handcrafted in-house, using only the finest quality diamonds.The Lila Collection, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller

2008: Continuing the Family Legacy – In 2008, the company’s established tradition of exceptional craftsmanship became the responsibility of Phillip’s son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Helen. To keep Phillip Stoner the Jeweller at the forefront of design, they invested in the latest technology and finest materials to offer customers unique jewellery, available exclusively at Phillip Stoner.Jonathan & Phillip Stoner

2010: Flagship Store Opens at The Avenue, Manchester – In December 2010, Phillip Stoner opened its flagship store at one of Manchester’s finest shopping destinations, The Avenue, Spinningfields.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, The Avenue, Manchester

2011: Jonathan Stoner Named One of Professional Jeweller’s ‘Hot 100’ – In 2011 managing director , Jonathan Stoner was named one of the industry’s ‘Hot 100’ by Professional Jeweller. Jonathan was in good company as the list featured the year’s most innovative industry stars, from the most emerging designers to some of the most established retailers.

2012: Expansion of The Victoria Quarter Boutique – November 2012 sees Phillip Stoner celebrating the expansion of their breath-taking Victoria Quarter boutique, situated in the heart of Leeds City Centre. The most notable part of the expansion is the new, on-site workshop, which boasts state-of-the-art technology and highly-skilled craftsmen, who are on-site six days a week.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, Victoria Quarter, Leeds

The Creation Of The Dee Ring

Working in a luxury retail environment surrounded by diamonds, it’s only natural that occasionally something sparkly will catch our eye. Denise, based at Phillip Stoner’s Victoria Quarter store, fell victim to this as she became enchanted with a loose, princess cut diamond…

“I have over 20 years experience in the jewellery trade, more than 10 of these at Phillip Stoner. I have a real passion for providing a special experience for customers and I particularly enjoy assisting them when they want to create bespoke jewellery that is completely unique.

However, this has turned out to be quite dangerous for me in the past (or at least for my husband’s wallet!)… It was when I was looking at some loose diamonds for a customer that I fell in love with an amazing, 2ct, D-colour, princess cut diamond. I soon realised I couldn’t let it slip through my fingers, so by the time I’d persuaded my husband that after 7 years of marriage I deserved it, I’d already started to think about how it could look!

The Dee Ring, Exclusive to Phillip Stoner

Working in a jewellers who has a huge collection of engagement rings and their own workshop, I was spoilt for choice, but I knew ultimately that I wanted a totally bespoke ring. After speaking to our goldsmiths, I chose a platinum bar-setting, as I liked its simplicity and the fact that it would protect the diamond. I also decided on a soft, curved V-setting on the side, as I felt it showed off the diamond at its best and gave the ring a much softer finish. For the profile of the band, I copied the shape of my wedding ring (which had previously been re-made by our goldsmiths using an old ring I had owned), this meant the two rings would compliment each other perfectly.

Even after seeing the CAD (Computer Aided Design) images first, when I received the finished ring from our workshop it was even better than I could ever have imagined! As soon as I started wearing it I had numerous compliments and after being asked to reproduce the ring several times, we soon realised just how much people were drawn to the simplicity and uniqueness of the design. It was then that our MD, Jonathan Stoner asked my permission to include the design as part of our core collection. The ‘Dee’ ring is now produced in various carat weights and is shown in all Phillip Stoner stores.

I loved that I chose the diamond and helped to design the setting myself, it made the experience and the ring so personal to me. Even now, each time a Dee ring is made, it is handmade in our workshop and every setting is shaped specifically to cradle its own diamond, making every ring as unique as mine.”