At Water Jewels, we’ve never considered our in-store locations as jewellery shops or boutiques, but rather, galleries – somewhere to explore and find beautiful, original pieces. Because of this, when we decided to delve into the digital world, it was extremely important to us, to emulate the same experience we create in our Kensington and Nantucket galleries, for our online guests.
Throughout our website, you’re sure to notice a running theme of water and this has much to do with the provenance of some of our materials, such as fine Pearls, the unique way in which we carve our Gemstones using high-pressure water jets and the traditional gemstone-grading method ‘Of First Water’, which means of the highest quality. Before technical standardised grading methods used today were introduced gems were graded according to their “Water”, the most flawless being “First Water” to resemble the clarity and translucence of water, slightly translucent would be “Second Water” and opaque, “Third “Water”.
Our method of carving is a slow process,often taking in excess of six weeks to produce an organic and tactile feel; each Gem is then polished by hand, to ensure a beautiful finish. This method is one which is exclusive to Water Jewels as a London-based jeweller, and, only a handful of other water-carvers can be found around the world each using their own technique.
Ours is based on a slow and precise erosion of stone by high pressure water jets combined with hand polishing. We developed our own “tools” by trial and error over the past 25 years with our master carver and have nurtured and brought out the “First Water” of our gems. A lot of time and attention is dedicated to each individual Gemstone during the process. It is an arduous process, but the results are exquisite. For those interested in associated properties of individual stones, this is the only carving process that preserves the true integrity of the stone.
Unsurprisingly, when the time came to produce an online home for these pieces, the same care and dedication was applied to crafta website that we could be proud of, and one that we could enjoy sharing with our loyal audience – many of whom we consider valued friends.
Both in-store and online you will be able to explore a multitude of pieces, whether you’re searching for a particular Gemstone to celebrate a Birthday or an Anniversary or a ‘Just Because’ moment.
(Stay-tuned for our upcoming post soon on Birthstones and Anniversary Gems!)
Our Gemstones include: Amethyst,Aquamarine, Sapphire of every hue, Tourmaline and Tanzanite amongst many others.
Having fallen in love with her grandfather’s collection of rare stones as a child, our founder, Barbara, has always sought to create Jewels from a diverse selection of predominantly coloured Gems and Pearls – her collections are a treasure-chest of rare and exceptional Gems.
Barbara began creating jewellery at a young age, before streamlining her skills at Parsons School of Design. Since, she has had collections purchased by
Barneys NY, Harvey Nichols, Browns and Liberty’s and by private collectors around the world. You can find out more about Barbarathrough our About page – or simply explore her designs by meandering through our various collections.
Time is an important aspect to Water Jewels – to us, denoting dedication, loyalty and quality – all important attributes to our business.
A trend that seemingly transcends time, Pearls, can be jewellery-box staples; commemorative pieces; or family heirlooms. As such, much of our collection is formed from an extensive range of Pearls, including: Baroque; Keshi; Tahitian; and South Sea Pearls, varying in sizes and luminosity - You can explore a sampling of the full range here, or alternatively, get in touch with us for a bespoke design; some of our previous custom pieces include necklaces, earrings and bracelets as well as bespoke engagement rings.
Once you’ve paddled through our collections of exceptional Gems and Pearls, perhaps you will dip your toes in our range of accessories, featuring the much sought-after designs of Olympia Le Tanas well as our embellished, cashmere shawls, French, handmade ballet flatsand hand-knitted pom-pom hatsin Winter, handmadesunglasses by Histoire de Voirin Summer and the intricate crochet scarvesof Sophie Digard.
Whatever you’re looking for, or even if you’re just here for a browse, put your feet up and enjoy immersing yourself in the bejewelled world of Water Jewels.
Barbara Harris Water Jewels is known to most as a Gemstone and Pearl specialist. For many years our London Jewellery shop has brought to life wonderful pieces of jewellery by combining the most exquisite gemstones from around the world. As gem specialists, we also have a keen eye for the unusual. When it comes to Diamonds, the unusual is what we seek out the most!
A boutique for highly skilled crafts and artisanal pieces, our London Jewellery gallery stocks beautiful accessories from some of our favourite designers. One such designer is Olympia Le-Tan - famed for her embroidered book clutches. Shop our Olympia Le-Tan collection online or in our London store.
Nantucket Jeweler, Water Jewels, has been part of the Nantucket community for over a decade, showcasing their exquisite hand carved gemstone jewelry, pearl jewelry and exclusive accessories. At this milestone in their business lifespan, we decided to speak to the founder of the Nantucket Jewelry store, Barbara Harris, and to discover how she came to open her second gallery on this beautiful island.