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Alighieri jewellery is handmade in Hatton Garden, London, through the ancient art of lost-wax casting. All talismans and bracelets are cast in recycled bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. Earrings are also cast in recycled bronze and plated in 24-karat gold, although the earring posts are made of sterling silver. Our rings are cast in sterling silver and plated in 24-karat gold. Any of our rhodium pieces are sterling silver plated with rhodium. Pieces can be made in solid gold on request. For any product specific information or further questions, please contact our Clients Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to visit our Hatton Garden showroom to see our full collection, or if you would like to book an appointment with a member of our clients team, please email: email@example.com
There is a difference in colour between 9-karat and 24-karat gold. The latter is a rich, darker colour, while the former is a lighter tone. There is also a difference in how pieces age and should be cared for. Solid gold will last a lifetime, while we advise that you do not wear 24-karat plated-gold pieces whilst sleeping, exercising, or in water. You should also keep your plated jewellery in a cool, dry place when it is not being worn. We offer a complimentary repairs service for all our jewellery.
Delivery & Shipping
We aim to dispatch the same day for all orders placed before 3pm. However, during busy periods this may take a little longer. You will receive tracking information as soon as your Modern Heirlooms have been dispatched.
Typically, UK orders take appoximately 2-4 days to be delivered.
We offer free returns to all our UK clients. Please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will send over a returns label.
We are currently unable to cover the cost of returns from outside of the UK. We always recommend that you send your return back via tracked service.
We are pleased to cover all taxes and duties on orders going to the EU and the United States. At this time we are unable to cover taxes and duties for orders to other destination countries.
Returns, repairs and exchanges
We are happy to exchange or refund items within 14 days of delivery.
Yes. Please contact our Clients Team at email@example.com to arrange your exchange.
Once your return arrives back at our studio and has been checked by our team, your refund will be processed. Although we expect it to be much sooner, please allow up to 14 working days for the money to appear back in your account.
To make sure that your gold-plated pieces remain as shiny as possible, we advise that you do not wear your Modern Heirloom whilst sleeping, exercising, or in water. Please be careful to avoid contact with oils, lotions or perfumes. Wipe jewellery clean with a soft cloth before putting it away, and keep it in a cool, dry place when you're not wearing it. Keep pieces separate so that they don't rub together.
The best place is the jewellery box provided, or another lined box or soft pouch.
Pearls are natural materials and can be fragile, so please handle them with care. The best way to clean your pearls is by applying washing-up liquid, and then wiping each pearl with a damp sponge.
Given due care, your modern heirloom should last for a number of years. If you do find that your jewellery becomes tarnished or needs repairing, we’re more than happy to offer a complimentary replating and repair service for pendants, earrings, and rings
We offer our signature gift packaging complimentary with each order.If you would like to include a gift message in your parcel please fill out the ADD A NOTE TO ORDER section during the checkout process.Your message will be handwritten on Alighieri stationery. Please be sure to include the name of the recipient, as well as who the gift is from. We will make sure there is no receipt included within the parcel.
Bespoke and custom
Many of our pieces can be made in solid 9- or 18-karat gold upon request, with a 21 working day lead time. Solid gold pieces can also be plated in 24-karat gold if you prefer. Once a piece of jewellery has been made-to-order, we are unable to accept a return. For a full quotation or further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t see your required size offered on our website and would like to have a ring made to size, we are very happy to make it for you, with a 21 working day lead time. There is a £60 fee for any bespoke ring sizes and, once a ring has been made to a specific size, we are unable to accept a return. Please contact email@example.com for further information
We offer all of our pendants on different length chains. Our clients team will be able to advise the best options and the next steps to arrange your alternative chain.
Yes. There is a £60 fee to have a piece engraved, and we ask that you allow 10 working days for your order to be shipped. Once a piece of jewellery has been engraved, we are unable to accept a return. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Our lead time for made-to-order pieces is 21 working days
We would love to create a bespoke piece for you. Please contact email@example.com for further information. Once a piece has been made to order, we are unable to accept a return.
Our founder, Rosh, created the Leone Medallion as a reminder to be strong in moments of self-doubt. One of the first Alighieri pieces, it was created with wax from a recovered and restored Venetian coin. It is worn as a reminder of strength and courage on all your adventures. When Rosh discovered the coin, it reminded her of the passages in which Dante, lost in the dark wood, is confronted by a terrifying lion. Dante is overcome until a guide appears: the Roman poet, Virgil, one of Dante’s heroes. In this moment, despair turns to courage. This is what the Lion Club pieces represent. Discover the Lion Club here.
Our jewellery is plated only once. The plating thickness is measured in microns.
Rhodium is a rare and precious metal that is very durable with a high reflectance. We use it to plate a selection of our jewellery pieces.
Our Modern Heirlooms are made out of a base of bronze or of precious metals such as silver and gold. These metals are highly durable and are meant to last a lifetime, so do feel substantial when worn.
Each Alighieri Modern Heirloom begins its life in wax, hand-carved by Rosh, as she sets off on an emotional journey through the imaginary realms that connect her and the brand to Dante's Inferno. Once the wax piece has come into being, it is cast in plaster to form a mould and then melted away, leaving the perfect space for molten bronze, recycled silver or recycled gold to be poured in its place, creating, as it cools, the solid form of the piece. Once out of the mould, each element is cleaned and plated before being hand finished with love in our Hatton Garden studio.
Recycling precious metals is standard practice in the jewellery industry because of the high value inherent in the material. Recycled precious metals are gold, silver and platinum extracted from existing metal pieces. The precious element is separated from any other metals it is mixed with, then melted down to be reused in new designs. The sterling silver we use is 100% recycled, as is the gold in our solid gold and fine jewellery Modern Heirlooms.
Our pearls are farmed. We believe environmental and social stewardship are fundamental aspects of responsible pearl farming and, where possible, we choose to work with suppliers and pearl farmers who share our beliefs. You can read more about the values and standards that underpin our supplier relationships in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We believe that our modern heirlooms deserve heirloom boxes that are designed to last forever - we are working to find ways to create forever boxes from recycled materials and plan to achieve this in 2022. Currently, our outer cardboard mailer and postcards are widely recycled; our white cardboard boxes are protected by a thin plastic layer and can be recycled with some curbside collections. Check with your local authority to be sure.
Our business is founded on principles of sustainability and ethical practice. We use 100% recycled sterling silver and gold and upcycle elements of our raw materials mix to minimise waste. Where possible, we choose to source precious metals and stones from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council, a standards-setting organisation established to advance responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamond and coloured gemstone jewellery supply chain. We are RJC members ourselves and working towards becoming certified in 2022.
We are highly invested in protecting and supporting the local heritage and craft of Hatton Garden and the UK’s historic jewellery manufacturing quarters. We create jobs and facilitate apprenticeships and maintain a walkable supply chain practice in our Hatton Garden neighbourhood.
We are also committed to charitable work. Since 2020 we have raised over £60,000 for the Trussell Trust to help those in poverty, and over £77,000 for Refuge to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse. This year we are continuing our partnership with Refuge as well as supporting Women for Women International in donating 100% of net profits from the sales of three exclusive talismans.
You can read more about our commitment to sustainable and ethical practice here and in the documents below.
At Alighieri, we believe the key to being sustainable is love and taking care of the things we own, whilst supporting local trade and craftsmanship. Our relationship with our manufacturers, suppliers, team members and clients are sacred to us: this community is at the heart of every Alighieri chapter.