Chiswick fine jeweller Marmalade celebrates 20 years

Image: Marmalade fine jewellers team at Green Days on Sunday 9 June, celebrating 20 years in Chiswick

Fine jewellers on Turnham Green Terrace

Marmalade Jewellery, the jeweller in Turnham Green Terrace, is celebrating 20 years since they opened their fine jewellery shop in Chiswick.

Husband and wife owners Simon Johnson and Nadine Meegan met 24 years ago, and since they both had an interest in the jewellery trade, decided they would go into business together.

“I started off 30 years ago, with my mum and my uncle, running a stall in Camden market”, Simon told The Chiswick Calendar. “My uncle imported jewellery from Katmandu and I helped out on the stall from the age of 12.”

Nadine, a former professional dancer who had a career in teaching, had also worked for a jeweller as a part time job in north Devon, and had worked as a sales rep and designer.

Simon’s mum opened the first silver jewellery shop at 17 Turnham Green Terrace 35 years ago, and while working with her Simon trained as a jewellery maker, a gemologist, a diamond grader and designer. He and Nadine now design the jewellery they sell at their shop three doors further up the street, and are leading figures in the business community in Chiswick.

Images: Some of the pieces from the ‘Bloom’ range of jewellery – Double leaf drop earrings; Double leaf drop pendant; Drip studs; Stepping Stones pendant; Stepping Stones studs; Mist abstract studs

Launching ‘Bloom’ range of jewellery, with a 20% donation for the Upper Room from all sales

To celebrate their success over 20 years, they are launching ‘Bloom’, 20 pieces of jewellery – “classic, simple, elegant”, from which 20% proceeds will go to the Shepherd’s Bush based charity which supports homeless people, The Upper Room.

Last year the Marmalade team raised around £12,000 for the charity by completing the six million steps challenge.

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The jewellery is all designed by popular UK based designers. “We spent quite a while choosing” said Simon, and they opted for the designs they thought would prove most popular.

I had to ask how they settled on the name ‘Marmalade’.

“We got very drunk one night and that’s what we came up with.”

It turns out to have been an inspired choice as it stands out in the jewellery world and it is instantly memorable. So much more satisfying too than spending thousands of pounds on a brand consultant.

Simon and Nadine now have a team of designers they have trained themselves, including Janina Brown, a textiles graduate they took on from university 15 years ago, who is now a fully qualified member of hte Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV), and Lucy Jupp, who has been with them 13 years and will have her IRV qualification by the end of this year.

“I want the whole team to be able to design, make, and value independently of me” said Simon. He is not only a respected member of Chiswick’s business community, but also well regarded within the jewellery industry, having twice been chairman of the National Association of Jewellers.

Last year they set up a Junior Gemology Club – “a free, on site gem lab downstairs in the shop” for children aged 5 – 11 to learn about gems. They will be holding more sessions this summer, for two days in August. Sign up by emailing janina@marmaladejewellery.co.uk

Next week they will be holding a “Gin & Gemstones” evening, a free talk upstairs at the Crown & Anchor pub between 6 and 8pm on Wednesday 19 June. Please RSVP if interested, to simon@marmaladejewellery.co.uk.

How does he see the future of Marmalade in Chiswick?

“The future is bright. We try to be as much a member of the community as possible. We are proud of our relationships with charity, co-workers and the community”.

See the Bloom collection on Marmalade’s website: Bloom Collection

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