Andrew Prince’s crystal jewellery expertise extends beyond bridal pieces such as wedding tiaras, combs and bands, to crystal necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, special commissions and mens cufflinks. Understanding line and form to military precision, Prince is able to advise clients on suitable designs and work with them to create unique designs of fine crystal jewellery that would be unattainable and impractical if crafted in diamonds.
Raised on the mantra “You never regret an extravagance, you always regret something you didn’t buy,” Andrew Prince grew up with a love of fine jewellery. Before long, however, he realised that while exquisite jewellery should look precious, you shouldn’t have to be precious about it. Prince was frustrated by ubiquitous lifeless costume jewellery, which was frequently over-priced and poorly designed, and began to create his own fine crystal jewellery collections. Andrew Prince pieces are now often mistaken for 'the real thing', due to the outstanding craftsmanship and elegant design aesthetic he has honed over more than twenty years in the jewellery industry. In his showroom at Richard Ogden Ltd, bridal customers are invited to bring along their gown and accessories and work with him to establish which pieces will best complement their wedding day style.
Having designed for countless brides, and even members of international Royal families, Andrew is at ease with stressful, style conundrums and is accomplished at solving a bridal crisis. Prince’s success, however, has not been driven by any obsession to dominate the jewellery business. “I don’t even sign my pieces – it’s not about me, I don’t have that ego. It’s all about creating something special that someone can put on, feel wonderful, and forget it’s there,” he explains. “I don’t want people to say, ‘it’s an Andrew Prince, better lock it up in a safe’, I want my pieces to be out there - creating memories.”