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Emma-Kate designs and creates beautiful bespoke designer bridal jewellery, including engagement and wedding rings, using the finest pearls and gemstones combining silver, gold, platinum & palladium.
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- Emma-Kate and her team strive to hand make exceptional jewellery made with care and attention to detail that her customers can treasure. She specialises in designing jewellery for the bride, groom, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaids and flower girls. Emma-Kate is passionate about quality in design, materials, production and above all providing a fabulous and friendly service! Her collections comprise of ready-to-wear and bespoke jewellery, with a distinctive bridal edge, featuring freshwater pearls, diamonds or gemstones set in sterling silver, yellow, rose or white gold, platinum and palladium. Her distinctive jewellery style is inspired by her love of sculpture and Art Nouveau, making them a contemporary classic. She uses traditional & modern techniques of wax carving, hand forging and CAD combining her affection for pearls. Emma-Kate’s new jewellery shop is situated in the historic Victorian Castle Arcade, in central Cardiff, Wales. It's a fabulous showcase for her work and provides a unique place for clients to visit and see work in action at the bench. It offers a completely honest and different approach to the high street, where you can meet the designer and see where your pieces will be made. Emma-Kate’s website, www.emmakatefrancis.com , allows clients to view her collections, where they can also purchase direct from the designer or get in touch for that bespoke piece. Being a bride back in 2013, Emma-Kate really empathises with her bridal clients. ‘It can be a really stressful time and so I try and make the experience of buying or commissioning jewellery really enjoyable and honest from the start.' Please feel free to contact Emma-Kate if you would like advice on any of her jewellery collections or are looking for a special piece to commemorate your special day. She’d love to help! Call on 02920344715 or email email@example.com
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2008# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team2Public Liability InsuranceYes
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Obviously my own wedding! I couldn't forget that! I designed all the wedding jewellery, including personalised cufflinks for the groom and his ushers, the wedding rings, hand engraved by my personal engraver & great friend, which made it really personal. I wore my Calla Lily Pearl Studs and designed a truly bespoke Calla Lily Pearl Corsage bracelet to go with my Jenny Packham dress. And my gorgeous Calla Lily engagement ring, made from platinum using a unique marquise cut diamond. As you can tell I'm a little obsessed with Calla Lilies but they're my favourite flower, a classic beauty!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
elegant - timeless - sculptural - classic - independant
What about your business are you most proud of?
I've set my jewellery business up in 2008 and have gone from strength to strength every year - I'm most proud of working with my clients to produce unique pieces. This feeds my creativity!
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Enjoy planning your wedding together and delegate jobs that you know you can't do to professionals or friends who have the skills! I sourced and made all the flowers for my wedding, including the church, buttonholes, bouquets, table decorations etc.- it was a mammoth task and wished I paid a florist.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I love a photo booth! Its fun and engaging and you'll have photos of the day for both guests and bride and groom to keep forever.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
It all begins with an enquiry to see what the couple are after. After an initial consultation a quote is produced with options as discussed. When the options are chosen then a sample is produced to physically see the dimensions and scale are working and fitting right. The next stages include the making and this process depends on the complexity of design. I always advise clients that bespoke commissions take 4-8 weeks
What are your favourite wedding traditions for rings?
I love getting the rings hand engraved, even if it's the date, as this really personalises them. Get inspiration from quotes, poems, motifs etc.
What is the most romantic engraving you have seen on a wedding ring?
I recently created bespoke palladium wedding rings for a couple that wanted a specially designed motif of an Ankh and Heart inside their wedding bands. We came up with the idea to split the design, half and half on the inside of each ring so when you hold them next to one another they complete the design - the couple will share that forever!
Which ring do you think holds most significance for a bride?
Both the engagement ring and the wedding ring - the engagement represents the beginning of the journey of commitment and the wedding ring cements the commitment.
What is your favourite proposal story?
I have designed and made many bespoke rings for guys who like to make a surprise proposal - I find this so valiant as the fiancée loves the fact that they've made a special effort to get this designed and made just for them without them knowing - a bit like 'Don't tell the bride' really and it always works - I've never had a ring back!
- Bridebook Discount: 10%
- Bridebook Special Offer: A free bottle of champagne is given for all bespoke engagement and wedding rings