Be the change you wish to see in the world.
HANDMADE, ETHICAL, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, UNIQUE
Jacqueline & Edward create ethical engagement rings, wedding rings and other jewellery. Our eco-friendly precious metals are all from recycled sources so as to ensure no further mining of the earths resources is needed to create our pieces. We believe there are enough materials in the world around us already, albeit we totally understand the local economic importance of artisanal mining.
We sell a growing range of handmade wedding rings and engagement rings because alongside our rings being ethical, we also believe each ring we create should be individually crafted, unique and follow the methods of age old traditions we hope will never be lost. We are not here to mass produce vast quantities of rings aimed towards the lowest common denominator, we are here to provide each Client with something magical, made personally just for them and done so in an environment of zero pressure and genuine care and attention.
To take the magic one step further, we enhance all of our pieces with natural river gold from around the UK and beyond to add provenance to our work. We also cater for those who wish to have e.g pure welsh gold wedding rings, or a pure Scottish gold Engagement rings or other pieces of jewellery made from pure Irish gold for example. We are proud to have been connecting people to places all around the world through the use of sustainably panned river gold for many years and we’re endlessly excited about how this makes a handmade ethical piece even more precious and rare.
We are avid supporters of charities such as Trees for Life who are seeking to rebuild the natural ecological systems of the Caledonian forest and have high aspirations for future environmental projects funded by Jacqueline & Edward around critical environmental issues such as clean water, energy and plastics. In short, we want to create beautiful, handmade, high quality, lasting jewellery which results in a net positive effect on the world around us so we can look back in years to come and feel we have made a change in the world we can feel proud of.
Headed up by Mark and his wife, Jacqueline, our team here at Jacqueline and Edward is small and friendly. What’s more, we’re absolutely committed to helping you mark the rest of your lives together with the perfect wedding rings.
When Mark isn’t roaming the wilds prospecting for gold or silver, he is designing and creating wedding rings in our purpose-built workshop.
Combining his love for the little-known world of gold panning with his passion for art and goldsmithing, Jacqueline & Edward was born. Mark’s extraordinarily passionate about Jacqueline & Edward, but most of all, he loves gold. In fact, you could call it an obsession.
Our co-founder has stood in the final of the men’s professional class in the world gold panning championships, been part of the British team, and won both the British and Scottish gold panning titles.
He strongly believes in the sustainable acquisition of precious metals and is a trained Geologist and Goldsmith, Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Scientist and is also chartered with the Institute of Water and Environmental Management.
As you can expect, the gold he uses to make a Jacqueline & Edward piece is both sustainable and eco-friendly – and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jacqueline first discovered the joy of gold panning 10 years ago, while on a trip to pan the gold for the couple’s own wedding rings. It was snowing sideways but she didn’t quit until there was gold at the bottom of her pan.
From here, she emerged as the driving force, the determination and the compassion behind Jacqueline & Edward. With a keen eye for design, our co-founder also manages finance, social media, and most importantly, is the chief brusher of Ronnie – an important task prior to him heading out on his next adventure.
Ronnie is Mark’s dog – and he’s the watcher and the fetcher, the path beater and the food gobbler. His days on the river are spent endlessly…endlessly chasing rocks and watching over the expedition with an intensity akin to a deranged and obsessive works foreman.
His evenings are spent pulling sticks and leaves out of his undercoat, covering the tent and car in dog hair and ensuring the duvet and pillows are soaking wet before bedtime! When he’s not in the mountains, he’s responsible for stretching his happy go lucky carcass across the workshop floor, while catching 40 winks in preparation for his next adventure.
Ronnie is the team’s mascot, and Jacqueline and Mark are his pack. Exactly the way it should – and will always – be.
Meet Grandpa Ray
Grandpa Ray thought retirement would bring peace and quiet but instead, amplified by a global pandemic, it brought boredom and frustration. Ever since we caught wind that Grandpa Ray loved his shed and hated the pandemic, we endevoured to surround him with an array of his favourite tools with one simple mission. Make boxes for beer money. Grandpa Ray certainly feels at least a little different about the panedmic now!
He’s of an age where there still exists the belief that a photograph will capture your soul so only words will grace our company with his presence. That and the finest boxes in all the land. Thanks Grandpa Ray, you’re ace.
When Aaron found himself 14 miles from the nearest road wearing a backpack full of panning gear and a weary smile he knew that his life as a maker had just changed profoundly. The next two nights were spent under the stars putting the world to rights and by campfire light it became evident that our small family had grown by one. Aaron shares the same ethos as we do and also values the old ways of handmaking a ring to perfection.
One thing’s for sure, we’ll be putting a lot more trees in the ground with another good pair of hands on deck.
At Jacqueline & Edward, we create ethical handmade wedding rings, engagement rings and other jewellery using eco-friendly gold enhanced with natural gold and silver gifted from our stunning family collection. The metal we use was sustainably panned from rivers across the UK – and over two generations of intrepid panning.
It’s our privilege to transfer some of that magic to each ethical ring we make. If there’s a region of the UK you hold in your heart, let us know; we may be able to incorporate gold or silver from that area into your wedding rings. We also have gold from many parts of Europe amongst other more far flung place such as New Zealand, Canada and Japan.
Each ring is hallmarked at Edinburgh office and is presented in a hand crafted wooden box which is hand carved by the team here at Jacqueline & Edward. It’s accompanied by a certificate of provenance for all the assurance you need that ours are quality pieces which are made to last.
Our family has prospected gold in the UK for two generations., with our process beginning by reviewing a host of desk-based sources of information, including geological maps and local mining histories in our region of interest.
Only once a potential prospect is identified would the adventure begin. Towering mountains, wild gorges, sprawling valleys and gold…we live the dream, day in, day out.
An Adventure in Gold Panning
Exploring the rivers using a traditional gold pan, we begin the work in earnest.
It’s always been imperative that the river and its natural surrounding environment is respected – and we make sure this is still the case when we take our clients on their own gold panning adventure.
Designing Something Truly Unique
Often, our clients want a truly unique pair of wedding rings, which gives us the opportunity to put our creativity to even better use.
Now, the best bit…… your chosen rings are ready to be delivered in one of our handmade reclaimed wooden boxes, a beautiful keepsake to treasure.