About us

About us

London DE is the UK’s leading supplier of certified diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other coloured gemstones. We ethically source and supply loose stones and create bespoke jewellery in our workshops in London’s Hatton Garden, and utilise local businesses to ensure we maintain a low carbon footprint and support the local community. 

 

Philip Spencer founded London DE in 2013 with a desire to build an ethical and sustainable business revolving around his love for gemstones and jewellery. Since then, his team has expanded significantly both internationally and in terms of third party delivery partners. In 2020, we opened our Colombian subsidiary, London DE SAS, in the heart of the emerald district of Bogota to ensure we’re buying our stones and materials from the top of the supply chain and know exactly where our materials are sourced from. This provides transparency of our mine-to-market chain and cuts out any middlemen.

Building on our unique set of relationships within the industry, we can deliver gemstones and jewellery at a price well below that of traditional high street retailers. We only work with a small circle of trusted suppliers, with whom we have had a long and close relationship.  Each piece that we create is unique, hand-made and never replicated. We also offer a selected range of ready to wear jewellery, in addition to bespoke pieces.

We draw on the knowledge, skills and experience of our team to engage with our customers in a professional and consultative manner in order to deliver the highest standards of service and aftercare.

 

– Ethics and Environment –

 

We carefully monitor the entire length of our supply chain and only work with partners who have a detailed policy relating to their own supply chains.  As proud members of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the National Association of Jewellers, we are working hard to ensure that we operate in an ethical and considerate fashion.  We have paperless offices and we have taken steps to minimise our carbon footprint by working with local businesses and workshops in London to minimise journey distance.  Where possible we produce our finished products as close to source as possible. We operate a workshop in Bogota, Colombia, employing local craftspeople on a fair and equitable basis.

If you want to read more about our efforts to drive an ethical and considerate business, here as some more thorough blog articles:

–   The Relentless Drive Toward Ethically Sourced Jewellery

  Created in the UK – The NAJ Initiative

Our London Team

Philip Spencer ACSI, BA Hons

Founder and Managing Director

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.

Phil founded LDE in 2013 out of a lifelong passion for precious gems and jewellery and a desire to build an ethical and sustainable business model from the ground up. Phil combines his business interests with his 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.

Ling Li GIA GG

Business Development Manager

Fluent in English, Chinese and Korean, Ling specialises in the Asia Pacific market, helping her clients acquire the pieces of jewellery that they desire, all the while providing valuable industry expertise and services. She is a GIA Graduate Gemmologist and she is currently studying to become a qualified jewellery CAD designer.

Before starting in the jewellery industry, she had a successful career working in the banking and finance sector for seven years across Hong Kong, Singapore & Dubai, where she helped facilitate global trade by financing and connecting buyers and suppliers across the world.

Ling is passionate about gemstones and jewellery design which has brought her into a new and exciting career in the jewellery industry. She enjoys travelling around the world and experiencing local cultures.

Victoria Fletcher

Victoria Fletcher

Marketing Manager

Victoria has recently graduated from her Geology BSc at Royal Holloway, University of London after studying the topic for 5 years. She held the role of Social Media Officer and Social Secretary within the Lyell Geoscience Society and has since found a love for content creation and digital marketing.

She combines her knowledge of geology and mineral resources with her love for jewellery and gemstones to create the media content and marketing campaigns we see today. She wishes to progress with a sustainably conscious and environmentally friendly stance within the luxury sector, and has hopes to achieve her FGA title with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys going hiking and watching documentaries, as well as travelling and upcycling clothes.

Tobias Graham

Sales Manager

Born and raised and in London, Tobias has amassed over 11 years of experience in the Jewellery trade buying and selling. Building and maintaining relationships with customers and suppliers across the world.

With a wealth of knowledge of diamonds, coloured gems, jewellery and watches, he can give detailed advice on any commission, gemstone or timepiece.

Tobias has studied with National Association of Jewellers and Gemmological Institute of America.

Annabel Spencer ICSA

Non-Executive Director

Annabel is a Chartered Company Secretary by profession. Having read Classics at University, Annabel went on to complete a GDL Law Conversion Degree, prior to completing the ICSA Corporate Governance Qualification.

Annabel has developed a broad range of industry experience, having worked for travel technology companies, legal firms and financial publishing houses. She performs the Corporate Governance function for LDE on a part-time basis. In her full-time role she works for a leading City corporate services provider, advising clients on corporate governance and compliance.

Philip Spencer ACSI, BA Hons

Founder and Managing Director

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.

Phil founded LDE in 2013 out of a lifelong passion for precious gems and jewellery and a desire to build an ethical and sustainable business model from the ground up. Phil combines his business interests with his 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.

Ling Li GIA GG

Business Development Manager

Fluent in English, Chinese and Korean, Ling specialises in the Asia Pacific market, helping her clients acquire the pieces of jewellery that they desire, all the while providing valuable industry expertise and services. She is a GIA Graduate Gemmologist and she is currently studying to become a qualified jewellery CAD designer.

Before starting in the jewellery industry, she had a successful career working in the banking and finance sector for seven years across Hong Kong, Singapore & Dubai, where she helped facilitate global trade by financing and connecting buyers and suppliers across the world.

Ling is passionate about gemstones and jewellery design which has brought her into a new and exciting career in the jewellery industry. She enjoys travelling around the world and experiencing local cultures.

Victoria Fletcher

Victoria Fletcher

Marketing Manager

Victoria has recently graduated from her Geology BSc at Royal Holloway, University of London after studying the topic for 5 years. She held the role of Social Media Officer and Social Secretary within the Lyell Geoscience Society and has since found a love for content creation and digital marketing.

She combines her knowledge of geology and mineral resources with her love for jewellery and gemstones to create the media content and marketing campaigns we see today. She wishes to progress with a sustainably conscious and environmentally friendly stance within the luxury sector, and has hopes to achieve her FGA title with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys going hiking and watching documentaries, as well as travelling and upcycling clothes.

Tobias Graham

Sales Manager

Born and raised and in London, Tobias has amassed over 11 years of experience in the Jewellery trade buying and selling. Building and maintaining relationships with customers and suppliers across the world.

With a wealth of knowledge of diamonds, coloured gems, jewellery and watches, he can give detailed advice on any commission, gemstone or timepiece.

Tobias has studied with National Association of Jewellers and Gemmological Institute of America.

Annabel Spencer ICSA

Non-Executive Director

Annabel is a Chartered Company Secretary by profession. Having read Classics at University, Annabel went on to complete a GDL Law Conversion Degree, prior to completing the ICSA Corporate Governance Qualification.

Annabel has developed a broad range of industry experience, having worked for travel technology companies, legal firms and financial publishing houses. She performs the Corporate Governance function for LDE on a part-time basis. In her full-time role she works for a leading City corporate services provider, advising clients on corporate governance and compliance.

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