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Diamond Geezer! Supplier Showcase: Mobeus

March 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Saturday Brides Up North!  Ahh Saturday morning, my very very favourite time of the week.  A nice little lie in if you are lucky and the weekend stretching happily ahead.  You and your man are both off work, the sun is up and the shops are open…

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What better time for a bit of ring hunting?

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I’m thinking the same, as today as we chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark of Mobeus.  Is an eternity band for your second anniversary too extravagant I wonder…?

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Photograph by Dirk Van Der Werff

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Hi Mark!  Tell us a bit about Mobeus?

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I started as an apprentice goldsmith in 1987 straight from 6th form college after doing A level CDT and Art. For the next five years I worked as an apprentice receiving one to one training before moving back to my home town to set up my own workshop inside an existing jewellers.  After seven years doing that and running a workshop which coped with over twenty shops worth of repairs I decided to change direction. 

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Mobeus was set up twelve years ago in a very small retail unit purely as a workshop open to the public with a small section of cabinets to display jewellery for sale.  After five years I bought large retail premises further up the road and designed the interior of the shop so that the workshop was facing the retail shop so customers could see us working and we could talk to them without leaving the bench.

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How is Mobeus different from the competition?

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One of the main differences is that Mobeus is a jewellers owned and run by a goldsmith with twenty five years of knowledge and experience.  My customers love the fact that they are talking to the people actually doing the work and it doesn’t get sent away anywhere.

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What products does Mobeus offer?

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Because I am a goldsmith I source the jewellery that we have for sale with a goldsmith’s eye, always checking the quality of any product we sell personally for build quality and design to ensure I am stocking excellent products that are going to last. We do have a small section of products we have designed and manufactured ourselves but most of our time is spent on commission work, which can be anything from a wedding ring and engagement ring set to an automated sterling silver water lily which is on display in Bowes museum! We have videos on our website showing how we make some of the commissions like the lily.

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What materials does Mobeus use in its wedding rings?

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Mobeus works in all precious metals, platinum, palladium, gold and silver.  We do not work in stainless steel or titanium.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ shaped wedding rings and the process by which they are made?

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We have a video showing how we make shaped wedding rings – basically we talk through the design required by the customer and then hand-make the shaped wedding ring in silver so that the customer can actually try the shaped ring on their finger before they buy.

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We do this within three hours so we do not have to keep the engagement ring, and we do not charge for this service.  After years of making jewellery I have found this to be a fool proof way of working which guarantees that the customer will be happy before we have the silver sample ring cast in any precious metal.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ gents’ wedding rings?

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We have also built up a sample box of ideas for gents’ wedding rings because we found the choice for gents generally was poor and when asked most men wanted something a little bit different rather than just plain.

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Tell us about your jewellery restoration service?

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We have restored all types of jewellery over the years sometimes due to sentimentality we restore and sometimes we will re-make something from scratch copying from what is left of the old jewellery or even working from pictures if the jewellery has been lost.

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What other services do you offer?

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Our most commonly used everyday service is white gold rhodium plating, we can do this the same day for customers if necessary, most jewellers take at least a week to have this job done.

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Where are you located?  Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Our premises are in Hartlepool.  A Google map is provided on our website to help customers find us easily and we have free parking for half an hour both down the side of the shop and over the road. An appointment is not essential but is recommended so that we can guarantee customers quality time.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Although we are bespoke we are not expensive because we do everything in house which cuts out any middlemen eating up percentages.

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Are you running any special offers at the moment?

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We have a special offer on our website at the moment running until March 31st 2012, 10% off £1000 spent or 20% off £2000 spent. 

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How can Brides Up North see examples of your stock/ find out more?

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Visit our website at www.mobeus.biz

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  – Images © 2012 Mobeus

Mobeus is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Love Diamonds? I Do! Eye Candy Interview: DiamondLove

July 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m a bit of a magpie for sparkly pretty things, and the DiamondLove collection by Assuntina Oliva certainly fits that description.  Today on the wedding blog I chat to DiamondLove all about their gorgeous range of vintage inspired genuine designer jewellery at affordable prices. 

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Fancy a bit of Sunday shopping?!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about DiamondLove

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Successful bespoke jewellery designer Assuntina has always had a dream to design beautiful ready to wear jewellery under her own brand name for everyone to wear and enjoy.

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Finally this dream has come true in DiamondLove by Assuntina Oliva. A sophisticated, timelessly elegant, vintage inspired range of jewellery dedicated to the bridal/wedding sector.

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DiamondLove is about timeless love, love that is unconditional and permanent.

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Receiving and giving pieces of ‘DiamondLove’ means that you truly love and are loved. Each piece plays its special part in your journey of love throughout your lives together. By adding diamonds we are symbolising the permanence and strength of that union. All our jewellery is designed in house by us.

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 Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove

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What pieces make up the DiamondLove collection?

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The DiamondLove range consist of Engagement rings, Wedding rings, Eternity rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Tiaras, Sash Brooches, boutonnieres (Lapel flower holders) and cufflinks and is constantly growing.

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Tell Brides Up North about your Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings?

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Our Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings are all individually made. When you place an order for a DiamondLove ring you have to wait 6 weeks for it because this is how long it takes to make and hall mark each one.

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All the rings are available in 18ct white and yellow Gold, Platinum or Palladium. Every DiamondLove ring has at least one diamond in it and in some cases, especially for the gentlemen the diamond is discreetly placed on the inside of the ring allowing for the classic look of a plain wedding band but with a touch of chic that the diamond brings to it.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove 

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What inspires the DiamondLove designs?

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When Assuntina worked on the DiamondLove range she let her imagination run riot through all the classical intense detail of Victoriana, Baroque elegance and topped it off with a swirl of Edwardian grace. Assuntina’s signature style of scroll work and elegant detail is very evident in this range especially the pendants and earrings with lots and lots of glitter and sparkle in the stones and timelessly beautiful fresh water pearls that she has used, making these pieces perfect for all types of wedding and bridesmaids dresses, just have a look and you’ll see that there are plenty of pieces to choose from that will match perfectly.

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Assuntina’s inspiration comes from an absolute passion designing jewellery. This is evident in the intensity with which she works. Her research is constant and involves all aspects of peoples’ lifestyles and fashion tastes both current and historical. Nature, Architecture food, art, in fact anything that catches her eye as unique is a potential source of inspiration. Assuntina is an “out of the box” type of thinker, by this I mean she does not limit her research purely to jewellery trends and tastes as she considers this to be limiting. She is never without a pen and sketch book even when she travels as far afield as China or the USA her sketch books and pens go with her.

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Who is the DiamondLove bride?

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I can sum up in one word what the DiamondLove bride is like, “beautiful”. The DiamondLove team truly believe that on their wedding day all brides look beautiful and our ambition and satisfaction is to be part of that of that celebration of her beauty on her wedding day through our jewellery. So in answer we say all brides are DiamondLove brides and we design everything with them in mind.

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What are your best selling pieces?

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To be honest all our jewellery is very popular but I would say at the moment our strong sellers have pearls in them.  Pearls are very popular at the moment especially for earrings and neckwear and having a pair of pearl set earrings and a matching pearl necklace is proving a “must have”.

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Would a DiamondLove piece make a good bridesmaid gift?

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All our pieces make excellent bridesmaid’s gifts. We sell a lot of our jewellery purely for that purpose but for bridesmaid’s gifts I would strongly consider what you will be wearing on your wedding day and match the gifts to that.  So if it’s pearls for you think about pearls for them as well. If it’s stud earrings for you maybe it should be stud earrings for them as well.  I’m sure that you will know your bridesmaids tastes in jewellery quite well so make sure that they will like and be happy to wear what you choose.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove

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What would be your top tips for choosing your wedding jewellery?

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When we exhibit at the Wedding shows we are asked for lots of advise from brides to be about what to wear as jewellery on the big day because nearly all of them are doing this for the first time and are coming to the shows and to us for inspiration and ideas and the questions and requests are many and varied but I think the strongest tips are:

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Make sure that you have got your dress before you choose your jewellery for the wedding day, this is important for coordinating your look.

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Decide how you want to have your hair for your wedding day, up, down, long, short. All of these things can affect which type of pendants and earrings you should wear for example if you have your hair down you may need to have bolder earrings that  can be seen easily or maybe you will need greater emphasis on the pendant if you’re going to wear one.

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Think about the jewellery that your bridesmaids are going to wear, it can look very chic and elegant if the jewellery you wear relates to that of your bridesmaids and entourage and don’t forget having some jewellery pieces for the groom and best man as well, subtle things like cufflinks or cravat pins and tie clips that relate to your jewellery is very nice.

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Don’t neglect your wrists, a graceful, delicate bracelet can really stand our, even if your dress has sleeves like Kate Middleton’s.

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Finally, DON’T leave buying your jewellery till the last minute. If you do you will nearly always get something that you don’t really like and will struggle to make it match your dress also you will probably never wear it again which is something you can do with our jewellery

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove

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What celebrity bride would you like to see wearing DiamondLove?

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We’d love to see lots of celebs wearing our jewellery on their wedding day but for home grown stars I think Cheryl Cole would be a must have because she is a classic beauty.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our prices are very reasonable for such lovely designer jewellery, with prices ranging currently from £29.99 up to £67.99 for earrings and pendants which considering they are all diamond set is pretty good.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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We’re always contactable by either e-mail ao@diamondart.co.uk or visit the website at www.diamondart.co.uk or give us a call on 0845 688 5004. you can even visit the design studio by making an appointment if you want us to design something bespoke for you.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We are currently working with Wedding TV to do a series of programmes about how to accessorise for brides on their wedding day. The show is coming out later in the Year and we are hoping to be filming some time in August!

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Have you entered the wedding blog’s special DiamondLove Giveaway yet?  Click here to enter and these beauties could be yours…

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