The London Diamond & Emerald Exchange is the UK’s leading supplier of certified diamonds and emeralds. We ethically source and supply loose stones and create bespoke items of jewellery in our workshops in London’s Hatton Garden.
Building on our unique set of relationships within the industry, we can deliver gem stones and jewellery at a price well below that of traditional high street retailers. Each piece that we create is unique, hand-made and never replicated.
We draw on the knowledge, skills and experience of our team to engage with our clients in a professional and consultative manner in order to deliver the highest standards of service and aftercare.
Director and Founder – LDE
Phil Spencer ACSI, BA Hons
Phil has developed a broad wealth of experience in gemstones, jewellery, financial services and the armed forces. Graduating from University College London in 2003, he subsequently served as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Navy, prior to working in the financial services sector as a Stock Broker and Wealth Manager, both in the City of London and Dubai. He now combines his business interests with his continuing part-time role as an Amphibious Warfare Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve. He is a keen yachtsman, having completed a number of offshore races, he has also travelled extensively and enjoys reading and studying his profession.
Phil founded LDE in 2013 out of a life long passion for precious gems and jewellery, combined with an appreciation of the value and wealth generating potential of these assets for investors and consumers alike. The corporate mission of LDE is to deliver precious gemstones and bespoke jewellery to both business and retail markets in a smarter, more cost-effective way than our competitors. We achieve this in part through our unique set of relationships high in the gem supply chain and partly through our lean business model. We supply gemstones and jewellery to order, operating online, on the phone and face-to-face, without the need for costly retail premises or inventories. As a consequence, we can deliver our products at a faction of the price of traditional jewellers and gem dealers.
“Fantastic. Having an engagement ring made is a scary thing, you hope it turns out like you imagined but mine turned out even better! Phil was helpful and patient throughout a long process of me asking questions, making changes, etc. He delivered it in person to check I was happy and, overall, I found a much more personal service than you would expect from a primarily online business / more personal than any walk-in shop! Thanks again Phil.”
“When my partner and I first discussed the prospect of tying the knot, I decided that I wanted to be part of the decision process for my engagement ring. London DE expertly guided me through hundreds of possible options to find my perfect match! I’m certainly not an expert but the colour and sparkle of my engagement ring took my breath away and it was a fraction of the price of similar pieces I saw in jewellery shop windows!”
- Annabel Sayers
“On enquiring for a ring Phil from London DE was able to quickly identify the style that would be perfect and a full range of options. He provided expert advice and I bought the perfect ring (to help in getting the right answer!). Having seen a number of other rings recently I know that the ring I received was both of the highest quality for the right price and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Phil and London DE for anyone looking to ask a certain question.”
- Liam Connors