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About Steward & Mclean

Leanda Steward & Jeanette Mclean can design and manufacture custom bespoke wedding rings and bridal jewellery as per your requirements Bespoke jewellery

Both Leanda and Jeannette have worked 'at the bench' in the jewellery trade for many years (33 & 23 years respectively). All of our jewellery design and manufacture is done in house by either Leanda or Jeannette, you can be sure our work is of the best quality. During our initial meeting, Leanda and Jeannette will first sit and discuss your requirements with you, from budget to style and materials, to ensure we have a complete understanding of your requirements before supplying you with a quotation (all free and absolutely no obligation).


There are many things to consider when designing a ring or other piece of bespoke jewellery. You will need to decide what metal you would like to use (e.g. gold, white gold, platinum), what stone or stones you would like to use in the piece and what your budget is for the piece of jewellery. For rings, diamonds are the most popular choice but we can supply a variety of precious stones that can be used in your rings or other jewellery, many people choose a birthstone for their jewellery design.

Please read on below for more information about the different metals and precious stones that can be used in your rings or jewellery. For more information about our jewellery design process, please contact us today.

British Jewellers Association

Steward & Mclean bespoke jewellers are members of the British Jewellers AssociationSteward & Mclean are proud members of the British Jewellers Association

The British Jewellers’ Association is the national trade association which promotes and protects the growth and prosperity of UK jewellery and silverware suppliers. All members of the British Jewellers' Association are entrusted with the responsibility of sale and service of jewellery, watches and related products and services and therefore agree:


  • To maintain the highest level of personal integrity, honesty and business ethics.
  • To comply with all Government laws and regulations relating to the jewellery, watch and related industries.
  • To support and abide by the Articles of Association and objectives of the British Jewellers' Association and this Code of Ethics.
  • To Provide a standard of product and service policy regarding all merchandise and to fulfil that policy.
  • To establish clearly the guarantee or service policy regarding all merchandise and to fulfil that policy.
  • To provide knowledgeable and competent expertise and clearly indicate the true quality of products offered for sale.
  • To adhere to sound business practices and thus ensure continuing service to customers and suppliers alike.
  • To refrain from all forms of design copyright and trademark infringement.
  • To refrain from trading in Conflict Diamonds


Jewellery Design Guide

Steward & Mclean bespoke gold jewellery Information about Gold

Gold is a metal that does not rust, tarnish or corrode. It is known as one of the most malleable metals that exist today. The colour of gold is determined by the type of metal alloys it is mixed with and the percentage of each of these metal alloys. Rose gold is alloyed with copper to add a pink tint to the metal and white gold is alloyed with silver, platinum or zinc to give a pale gold colour.

White gold is currently very popular for engagement and wedding rings. White gold is normally plated with a metal called rhodium. Rhodium plating makes the finished white gold item appear white. If white gold is not rhodium plated it is pale gold in colour, not white as the name would suggest. Unfortunately this rhodium plating wears off and needs to be replaced approximately once a year, otherwise the white gold will fade back to its original pale gold colour.

The ‘carat’ of the gold defines the percentage of pure gold used in proportion to other metals that have been mixed with it. The higher the carat the purer the gold, with 24 carat gold being pure gold with nothing added.


Steward & Mclean bespoke platinum jewellery Information about Platinum & Palladium

Platinum is a white metal and is used as an almost pure metal, approximately 95% pure. Being a naturally white metal, platinum does not need the rhodium treatment, because it starts off white and will always stay white. Platinum is heavier than gold and there is a noticeable difference in weight between the same piece of jewellery made in platinum and gold. Platinum is abrasive resistant which means that platinum rings will remain in fantastic condition many years after the equivalent gold piece has worn away. Due to platinum being more durable and longer lasting it is obviously more expensive than gold.



Another option for wedding or engagement rings is palladium. Palladium is whiter in colour than white gold. It is also harder than white gold, more scratch-resistant, Hypo Allergenic and holds a terrific polish. It is less expensive than platinum so can be a good choice for more affordable wedding bands.


Steward & Mclean bespoke diamond jewellery Information about Diamonds

The four main things to consider when selecting a diamond are the 'four Cs' - Carat, Colour, Cut and Clarity.



This is the unit of weight measurement for gemstones. 1 carat  = 200mg or 0.2g. The carat is further sub-divided into points, with 100 points =

1 carat. A one carat diamond in a well proportioned brilliant cut measures about 6.5mm in diameter.



Diamonds are considered to be the most desirable, if they are colourless or pure white. Colour grading for diamonds is by means of letter, ranging from D for colourless diamonds (extremely rare and extremely expensive), through to Z for yellow/brown stones. These letters are recognised universally.



Cut describes the way that the stone is facetted in order to bring out the beauty and reflected colour. The skill of the individual diamond cutter is very important to the final look of the diamond. A well proportioned diamond will allow light to enter the stone, be refracted around and back to the eye.



Diamonds are made of carbon. Within each diamond, there are often traces of none crystallised carbon which are termed as “inclusions”. The fewer inclusions within a diamond, the greater the value of the stone.


It may sounds as though there's a lot to consider, don't worry, we can help you decide on the best option for you, all at a price that will suit your budget. For more information about our bespoke design service and jewellery manufacturing please click here or to contact us today click here.