Saunders & Shepherd

Saunders & Shepherd are one of the oldest manufacturing jewellers in England with nearly one hundred and fifty years of experience and history.   James Holling Shepherd went into partnership with Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders in 1869 in London’s Hatton Garden.  The company went from strength to strength and at the height of the British Empire in the 1880’s they were shipping their jewellery in tea chests to their overseas offices in India, Canada and Australia.  The company moved to their present premises in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter in 2002 where they continue to produce beautiful hand made chains and bracelets.   Amongst their many commissions, they were asked to make a bracelet for Lady Diana Spencer’s 20th birthday which she wore on her wedding day in 1981. One of their iconic designs is the palmier chain – made from a plaited flat ribbon rather than round wire which is very difficult to make because it requires great accuracy to keep it straight and even.

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