I could not recommend Gavin enough, he had been amazing! Looking for a ring was actually a very daunting and quite isolated process. I tried to read a lot about different types of metals and gems. In addition I knew I wanted to find a ring which is understated but elegant. This is because my girlfriend (now fiancée) doesn’t wear jewellery and doesn’t want anything too bright and sparkly. I knew I wanted a sapphire ring though, however most sapphire rings come with diamond, apparently to make it sparkle more - I wanted the opposite, what a mission!
As we live in Birmingham, it made sense to check out the Jewellery Quarters as I know my girlfriend would want to support local businesses, however I couldn’t find anything which isn’t too bright or too contemporary. I even looked online and found a place in the Cotswold; as the jeweller sold ethical jewellery, however the prices were over my budget and I didn’t feel that my requests were heard (ring size measurements were not aligned, gem shape wasn’t what I wanted). I even checked out London, but I found them too impersonal and was always pushing for me to go for palladium (even though my girlfriend said she doesn’t want palladium). Anyways I thought I’ll look online again for custom made rings in Birmingham and found Gavin! He was very quick at responding back to me and listened to my request.
He gave me a selection of sapphires to choose from and told me, from his experience and knowledge, which are the better quality ones.
The estimated cost was also around my budget so it worked out well.
I liked the fact that he is based in the jewellery quarter as that is special for the ring. I also came to realised that I was putting too much emphasis on making sure the materials were ethical, however Gavin had helped me understand that he uses recycled metal and that is as ethical as he can get. Which is true because Fairtrade platinum doesn’t actually exist. It is also difficult to trace the gem’s origin too but he found out from his supplier where the gem is sourced. I read up enough to know that gems from that area are mined under strict conditions. I felt that other jewellers tries to use the word Fairtrade to charge more and not being entirely honest that it is limited to how ethical these material can reach. With Gavin it wasn’t like that. He is a honest and knowledgable jeweller who is keen to make the best ring at your request. He didn’t make me feel that i was asking stupid questions throughout the way; which is very nice of him, as I was completely lost most of the times.
I fully recommend Gavin, he is very down to earth, good designer and jeweller. I like that he isn’t part of a large mainstream jeweller and is a small local business.