Meet our Handmade Jewellery Designers
Here’s the story behind how our handmade jewellery designers got together and created Ladies who Lunch Jewellery with studios in Oxford, Buckinghamshire and Sussex.
Ladies who Lunch jewellery was launched in 2004 by friends Lesley Schillinger and Gillian Diggle. We met as neighbours with young families in a quiet Oxfordshire village, after working and living abroad. Both arts graduates, we bonded over a shared love of boutique-style jewellery and we set out to craft the handmade jewellery designs that we were never able to find.
We were soon very busy in our new roles as handmade jewellery designers.
Mandy Browne, Lesley’s sister, had always been a passionate fan of innovative jewellery and when she joined the now swiftly growing business she brought with her, not only additional artistic talent, but also a whole range of practical sales experience.
Now, as a team of three handmade jewellery designers, Mandy runs the showroom in Amersham in Buckinghamshire, Lesley designs and creates pieces in Eastbourne, East Sussex and Gillian designs and makes jewellery from her studio in Dorchester, near Wallingford and Oxford in Oxfordshire.
Handmade Jewellery Designers – how we work…
We create and sell our unique handmade jewellery pieces from our online shop and ship throughout the UK and worldwide. As well as being jewellery designers, we are also out and about meeting lovely people at networking events, seasonal fairs and hosting our own jewellery events and parties.
Bohemian yet sophisticated, bold yet demure, our handmade jewellery collections are known for their stylised, contemporary designs and dynamic colours. Our jewellery designs have attracted a loyal and ever growing fan base in the UK and abroad.
The Ladies who Lunch handmade jewellery designers work with silver or gold plated metal as well as sterling silver. We all love using an exotic array of semi precious gemstones, crystals and vintage beads that we have collected on our travels. Stones we use for our handmade jewellery include:
● Rose quartz
● Jade and dyed jade
● Smoky Quartz
● Fresh water pearls
We love to make the perfect piece for our clients, so we offer to alter our handmade designs to be slightly shorter or longer and have different colour beads as required (often at no extra cost.) But that’s not all, we also offer a bespoke service where new items can be made in any length or colourway with matching items if required.
Ladies who Lunch jewellery also offer a range of fashion-led directional jewellery from other designers to complement our handmade range.