Spotlight on Wimbledon Village’s boutique jewellers Michael Platt
Michael Platt, Goldsmiths & Jewellers opened at 1 Church Road, Wimbledon Village SW19 in 1991 – it’s a welcoming friendly boutique Jewellers, full of fabulous dazzling treasures. Much of the jewellery is made onsite in their own workshop visible from the shop. The jewellery is creative, individual, unique and very wearable. They are well known and established for providing a very caring and personal bespoke service, working with customers to create hand-crafted jewellery suited to individual tastes and budget. Detailed restoration and repair work, as well as jewellery valuations are also undertaken on site.
Bespoke or not? Yes definitely; a piece of jewellery to celebrate a special memorable event, once given is never forgotten and will always mean so much. Commissioning a bespoke item gives the customer a rare opportunity to take part in creating a truly unique piece of jewellery that reflects the personality of the individual. An in-house designer and working Goldsmith will be hands on designing and making the jewellery. Frequently customers bring in their own fantastic sketched designs and doodles, formed from flashes of inspiration which allow the talented team to come up with designs once they have captured the essence of a customer’s idea ad dream.
Whether working on a new piece or the redesign of dated or inherited jewellery, it is a truly exciting journey that does not need to be complex or necessarily expensive.
The process begins with an informal exchange of ideas, preferences, stones and, of course, budget.
On the next visit, customers are presented with a selection of hand drawn or 3D computer modelled designs, to discuss and choose from and, if needed, a variety of gorgeous gemstones or diamonds to select from. Customers are encouraged to be involved at every stage, much like a dress design and fitting, and can return to view the progression of their item during its journey. Traditional hand-crafted methods are used to create a bespoke piece of jewellery in the workshop, starting with freely hand carving the item in wax to be cast in the chosen precious metal. Once the item is formed, it will be ‘rough’. It is then cleaned, refined and polished and goes to the London Assay Hall for Hallmarking. The final workshop process is the setting of stones – a fine, delicate and precise process. The end pleasure for the team is when the customer collects the finished item with a loud ‘WOW’!
If a bespoke piece of jewellery is not something that’s right for you, do not despair. Michael Platt have a large selection of wonderful Wedding and Engagement Rings to see and try. Not sure what you want? the helpful, knowledgeable staff will guide and help you make the right decision. All sorts of jewellery for day or occasion wear too some set with gorgeous colourful gemstones.
Do pop in, you won’t be disappointed.
1 Church Road, Wimbledon Village SW19 5DW; 020 8947 4772; michaelplatt.co.uk