Jewellery – Bentley & Skinner
“Bentley & Skinner is an independent jeweller with two royal warrants, specialised mainly in antique pieces of jewellery from 1700’s to present day including works by Carl Faberge. We also have a workshop on the premises and custom make pieces for clients. Famous work of art made is platinum and diamond skull known as ‘For the Love of God’ by Damien Hirst. Today, We are still family owned and have a loyal customer base.” — www.bentley-skinner.co.uk
Interview with Omar Vaja from Bentley & Skinner (Bond Street Jewellers) Ltd.:
1. Can you tell me the brief history of Bentley & Skinner?
Bentley & Co was first established in Bond Street in 1934. For over 50 years the company was under the sole direction of the present Director’s late uncle John Sheldon, a connoisseur of Russian descent whose magnificent collection of jewels created world-wide interest when sold through Sotheby’s in 1985.
Skinner & Co was established in 1880 and had been in the same family for three generations. The Company was first invited to supply jewellery to the Royal Family in the latter years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Bentley & Skinner, Jewellers by Royal Appointment to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, buy and sell the loveliest jewellery. In September 2010 Bentley & Skinner relocated to splendid new premises at 55 Piccadilly, from where they continue in the tradition that has helped to make Mayfair a synonym for all that is excellent in the civilised world.
2. What is Bentley & Skinner specialised in?
Bentley & Skinner specialised mainly in antique pieces of jewellery from 1700’s to present day including works by Carl Faberge. They also have a workshop on the premises and custom make pieces for clients. Famous work of art made is platinum and diamond skull known as ‘For the Love of God’ by Damien Hirst. They are an independent jeweller with two royal warrants. They are still family owned and have a loyal customer base.
3. Can you introduce your wedding jewellery collection?
Bentley & Skinner does not have jewellery collection, but a lot of jewellery which is suitable for brides to wear on the day, for example tiaras, bracelets, necklaces, brooches or earrings.
4. Are the jewellery available for sale only? We saw on your website that some jewellery are available for rent as well.
All the jewelleries are available for hire at a cost of 1% of the retail value plus VAT for 24 hour period. A full deposit, in clear funds is require for this service. Minimum rental charge is £ 100 plus VAT.
5. What is important to consider when getting engagement rings and wedding rings? Can you give us some tips?
Some tips from Bentley & Skinner for choosing rings: When choosing an engagement ring, it is important to know what the wearer’s occupation and lifestyle. Always try and buy rings which are classical and age with the wearer. If you go for something ultra-modern it will soon dated and look old fashioned. Buy something that is durable as this ring will be worn on a daily basis. Make sure it is not too large as it will prevent you from doing what you do on a daily basis. If you have to remove your ring often chances of losing it are greater.
6. How Bentley’s staff help the customers?
Their staff guide customers to make sure they avoid all pit falls. Services include valuation for insurance, probate or sale between parties, repair and restoration work, re modelling, cleaning and re-stringing of pearls and engraving, both surface and deep seal.
7. Any special offer for our clients?
Special offer for your clients is that we can offer them a 15% discount off all goods and services. Please quote ‘thesnapshotcafe’ when contacting us.