Be the change you wish to see in the world.
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.
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.
Each ring is hallmarked at Sheffield Assay office, too, presented in a 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.
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
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