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Financial Times

November 2014

Hidden gems: jewellery for Christmas gifts

Think outside the trinket box this season and look for sparkling new designers and traditional gems with a twist

When it comes to collectability, Henry Graham, co-founder of the pioneering Wolf & Badger boutique on London’s Dover Street, thinks Christmas is a good time to champion new talent. The store he runs with his brother George now houses around 100 independent jewellers from the capital and beyond.

When it comes to collectability, Henry Graham, co-founder of the pioneering Wolf & Badger boutique on London’s Dover Street, thinks Christmas is a good time to champion new talent. The store he runs with his brother George now houses around 100 independent jewellers from the capital and beyond.
“I always make sure to buy an investment piece and spend a little more on something made from precious metals as this holds its value,” says Graham. In his opinion, if bought from an up-and-coming brand this can actually be a smart long-term investment.
Among his latest discoveries is Kastur Jewels. Founded by Indian Jeweller Rajvi Vora, pieces such as a pair of ornate pearl earrings are reasonably priced at £150, despite taking nearly eight hours to make at her London studio.

How to find the perfect piece: a guide

When buying a ring, Wolf & Badger’s Henry Graham warns: “Don’t invest unless you know the correct ring size. Try not to present a gift in a ring box unless it’s an engagement ring or you might find yourself having an awkward conversation.”

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