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21st September 2022

Alex Monroe
Hand-crafted Jewellery to last a Lifetime & Beyond.

In a world of fast fashion and trends that come and go overnight, Alex Monroe Jewellery shines out as a brand that is timeless, hand-crafted, and ethical. Alex and his team have been making jewellery for over 30 years and their ethos now is the same as it has always been, making jewellery to last a lifetime. 

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Alex Monroe Jewellery- timeless in a world of fast fashion

The very start…

Jeweller Alex Monroe grew up in the 1970’s Suffolk countryside in an old, crumbling house surrounded by wild, tangled nature. He enjoyed a childhood rich with freedom and imagination - roaming through fields, forests and rivers and constantly crafting all sorts of interesting (and sometimes mildly dangerous) tools and inventions to accompany him on his adventures! Alex was in love with the natural world from a really young age and now this shines through in his jewellery collections.  

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Training at the School of Art, Architecture and Design in London, Alex turned his hand to the craft of jewellery - and released his first collection in 1987 to critical acclaim. His intention was to produce excellent quality pieces, originally designed, made by hand and well-priced. This was jewellery made to be worn, made to be loved and made to be treasured - values which remain unchanged to this day.

In His Own Words:

“Alex Monroe Jewellery is synonymous with a very British sense of style – slightly quirky, but intended to be worn and loved for a lifetime. Inspired by the natural world, our pieces are delicate, detailed, and always handmade in England.” 

Alex Monroe

Proudly Hand-Made…

Alex Monroe have been hand making jewellery in England, using a mix of traditional and specifically developed techniques, for over 30 years. Unique in their quality, character and craftsmanship, every piece of Alex Monroe jewellery begins as a flicker of inspiration sparked between Alex and his wonderful team of designers and makers. From the natural world to a museum exhibition, a memory from Alex's childhood or an important environmental concern - there have been so many creative starting points for their collections over the years - and they have all been captured in Alex's ever-growing collection of sketchbooks!

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Alex sketching honeybees

Alex and his brilliant design team create all original Alex Monroe designs by hand, carving directly into sterling silver as opposed to the more commonly used wax. This unusual yet highly skilled technique allows the team to achieve the intricate, natural detail that has become synonymous with Alex Monroe jewellery. The creation of a new collection can take anything from a few weeks to months, or even years, to take shape. Initial inspirations twist, shift and evolve until a final story of finished jewellery comes to light.

Once a collection is finalised, the original ‘master ’pieces are carefully packaged up and sent off to Alex Monroe’s long-term casting partners ready to be cast for the first time, and prepared for production...

What Happens Next…

In jewellery, the process of casting is where molten metal is poured into a mould to create a series of castings - copies of the original master which will be in a rough form and missing the intricacies of Alex Monroe’s signature detail.

Then, between their craft partners in Birmingham’s historic jewellery quarter and the production workshop in Bermondsey, brilliant jewellers will work their maker’s magic, and hand finish every single piece. From cleaning up and perfecting the detail in the castings, to expertly soldering elements together and polishing, plating and quality checking the jewellery. This is the team responsible for ensuring that every single Alex Monroe piece meets the highest standards. 

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Working on the intricacies of the iconic Alex Monroe Baby Bee Necklace

Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Model wearing nicely detailed gold Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Gold and silver, Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Model wearing nicely detailed gold Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Gold and silver, Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.

Baby Bee Necklace - gold or silver

£126.00

Nicely detailed Baby Bee necklace from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.

  • Handmade in England.
  • Chain length: 40.5 cm - 45.5 cm (16" - 18") adjustable chain.
  • 925 Sterling Silver or 22ct Gold Plated Sterling Silver.
  • Size: 1.5 H x 2.5 cm W
  • Comes in a pretty gift box lined with organic bamboo fabric.
  • The Alex Monroe brand is inspired by nature and committed to making sure their work has little impact on the environment and its people.
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Future Heirlooms…

Alex has always designed his jewellery based around his own inspirations and what personally touches him, as opposed to short term trends and fast fashion seasons. This approach allows him to create special pieces of the highest quality, which customers can imprint with their own stories and treasure for years to come.

Alex Monroe jewellery has always been designed and made to be worn, loved and treasured. Every piece tells a story – from the buzzing of a bumblebee to a swallow darting across an open sky.

This intuitive and personal approach to jewellery design and the emotional connection it inspires means so many people wear their Alex Monroe jewellery for a lifetime - challenging the often throwaway nature of modern life.

Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.
Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.

Flying Swallow Stud Earrings - Gold or Silver

£108.00

Delicately detailed Flying Swallow stud earrings from Alex Monroe's Classics jewellery collection.

  • Handmade in England.
  • Chain length: 40.5 cm - 45.5 cm (16" - 18") adjustable chain.
  • 925 Sterling Silver or 22ct Gold Plated Sterling Silver.
  • Size: 2 W (wingspan)
  • Comes in a pretty gift box lined with organic bamboo fabric.
  • The Alex Monroe brand is inspired by nature and committed to making sure their work has little impact on the environment and its people.
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To last a lifetime…

Every well-loved piece of silver and gold jewellery can always benefit from a little TLC over time, simply due to the accumulation of particles from daily wear, the natural process of oxidation which occurs when metal comes into contact with the air, or the impact of cosmetics, water and other elements on even the hardest wearing pieces. From a deep clean, to a chain change or a re-plate of gold, the cost-effective Repairs and Reconditioning service was set up by Alex Monroe to ensure your jewellery will last a lifetime and beyond. 

The importance of being ethical…

Jewellery making has a notoriously complicated history when it comes to ethical practice and sustainability. With nature forming the cornerstone of Alex’s inspiration, since the beginning, he and his team have always been conscious and committed to doing everything they can to minimise, absorb and balance the impact of their work on the environment and its people, and act as a positive and pioneering influence within their industry. 

Alex has always been committed to making his jewellery in England. This currently takes place in his two purpose-built London workshops, working alongside his long term and trusted making partners in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. Making in England allows them to shorten their supply chain, reduce their carbon footprint, tighten their quality control, and fix and reuse materials that would otherwise be scrapped, whilst simultaneously ensuring the ethical treatment of their jewellers and makers - a particularly problematic aspect of jewellery production overseas. It also lets them support fellow small businesses within our industry, in keeping the craft of traditional jewellery making alive.

A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.
A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.
A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.
A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.
A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.
A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.

Chrysanthemum Leaf Ring

£108.00

A single chrysanthemum leaf flows around the finger in this beautiful botanical ring by London based jeweller Alex Monroe.

  • Handmade in England.
  • Band thickness: 0.13 cm.
  • Size: 0.9 cm H x 1.5 cm W
  • 925 Sterling Silver.
  • Available in UK sizes L (EU size 51), M (EU size 52.5) and N (EU size 53.5).
  • Comes in a pretty gift box lined with organic bamboo fabric.
  • The Alex Monroe brand is inspired by nature and committed to making sure their work has little impact on the environment and its people.
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Fairmined Gold and Sustainable Silver…

The main Alex Monroe collections are made in 925 sterling silver, with an option of a yellow or rose gold-plated finish. 

Alex Monroe Jewellery’s material suppliers in the UK work with Cookson Gold - a part of the Heimerle + Meulle Group. Heimerle + Meulle are a German company specialising in precious metals, 60% of which is recycled, with the other 40% mined in the EU. Heimerle + Meulle are approved by LMBA, the global authority on precious metals, and adhere to their ethical code of conduct. From September 2021 every new piece of Gold-plated Alex Monroe jewellery that has been made, is made with licensed Fairmined Gold. This global, accredited standard means that the gold used in the plating of their collections has been exclusively sourced from responsibly managed community mines - and can be traced accordingly. Created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining, Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered, responsible, artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. It transforms mining into an active force for good, ensuring social development and environmental protection, in a traditionally poverty-driven and destructive industry.

USTUDIO love Alex Monroe jewellery for their creativity, longevity, passion and ethics. This truly is jewellery to treasure forever, and heirlooms in the making.

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Fairmined and gorgeous!

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