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. In January 2022, we opened our DMCC (Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre) office in the United Arab Emirates, giving us direct access and insight into one of the fastest growing luxury retail markets in the world.

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 are some more thorough blog articles:

–   The Relentless Drive Toward Ethically Sourced Jewellery

  Created in the UK – The NAJ Initiative

 

– How We Operate –

 

London DE focuses on both the manufacturing and trading of the rarest and finest quality, top-of-the-line gemstones.

Those stones and jewellery pieces you see in shop windows have been passed down through tradesperson to trades person, resulting in an inflated sales price to consumers. Moreover, this process leaves you blind to the sourcing of your gemstones and whether they’ve been taken in a responsible and ethical manner.

Here at London DE, we provide an efficient service which cuts out the middle man and ensures a transparent mine-to-market model.  Through our wholly owned subsidiary in Colombia, London DE SAS, we are able to ensure the ethical credentials of our supply chain and provide you the lowest price for the highest quality gemstones. We achieve this in part through our unique set of relationships, high in the gem supply chain, and partly through our lean business model.

Check out our most recent business visit and trip to London DE SAS and our Colombian mines: Journey to Colombia 2021

We supply gemstones and jewellery to order, operating online, on the phone, and face-to-face without the need for costly retail premises. As a consequence, we are able to provide you the best services for the most affordable price, without compromising quality.

We source our stones and materials from trusted individuals and create bespoke jewellery to export into the local market and all across the world. Once our coloured gemstones are purchased from mine distribution centres, they are then crafted into beautiful unique pieces in our Hatton Garden workshop.

The corporate mission of London DE is to deliver precious gemstones and bespoke jewellery to both business and retail markets in a smarter, more cost-effective way than our competitors.

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

Marketing Manager

Victoria has a BSc Hons in Geology after studying the topic for 5 years, specializing in mineralogy and sustainable mining. She combines her knowledge of geology and mineral resources with her love for jewellery and gemstones, creating 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 is currently studying for her FGA and DGA titles with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

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.

Faye Waddle

Office Manager and PA

Faye has a degree in Politics and worked in several different industries since, but having had a change of heart during the pandemic, she decided she needed to be in her favourite industry; jewellery. She completed her diamond grading exams with De Beers and loves being with London DE in Hatton Garden. Faye makes sure the day-to-day of the London DE office is as smooth as can be, and is working closely with the RJC to have us accredited by September 2022.

Faye is a keen horse ride, skier and skipper.

Maria Arbelaez Barrero

Operations Manager, Latin America

Maria Arbelaez was born in Medellin and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She has 10 years of experience in banking, insurance and consulting in the areas of risk management, foreign exchange, sales and anti-money laundering. She then moved into other industries with responsibility for business intelligence, sales and marketing communications.

She holds a master’s degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster, and has a passion for developing luxury brands with keen interests in the sustainable sourcing of precious gemstones and precious metals.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, golf, travelling across the globe and spending time with her family.

Kym Harris

Regional Manager, Middle East

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

Marketing Manager

Victoria has a BSc Hons in Geology after studying the topic for 5 years, specializing in mineralogy and sustainable mining. She combines her knowledge of geology and mineral resources with her love for jewellery and gemstones, creating 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 is currently studying for her FGA and DGA titles with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

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.

Faye Waddle

Office Manager and PA

Faye has a degree in Politics and worked in several different industries since, but having had a change of heart during the pandemic, she decided she needed to be in her favourite industry; jewellery. She completed her diamond grading exams with De Beers and loves being with London DE in Hatton Garden. Faye makes sure the day-to-day of the London DE office is as smooth as can be, and is working closely with the RJC to have us accredited by September 2022.

Faye is a keen horse ride, skier and skipper.

Maria Arbelaez Barrero

Operations Manager, Latin America

Maria Arbelaez was born in Medellin and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She has 10 years of experience in banking, insurance and consulting in the areas of risk management, foreign exchange, sales and anti-money laundering. She then moved into other industries with responsibility for business intelligence, sales and marketing communications.

She holds a master’s degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster, and has a passion for developing luxury brands with keen interests in the sustainable sourcing of precious gemstones and precious metals.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, golf, travelling across the globe and spending time with her family.

Kym Harris

Regional Manager, Middle East

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