Malcolm Betts, born in Surrey England in 1964, was just 16 years old when he visited Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and soon after expressed interest in becoming a goldsmith. He attended a course at Mid-Warwickshire College for two years and then had a great love and interest in working with precious and non-precious metals. After this, he attended an art foundation course, then a 4 year jewelry course at Middlesex Polytechnic which is where he achieved his first class BA Hons degree. After eight years of training and studying his craft, he completed his Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art in London in 1989, and opened his workshop in Islington.
It was as Islington that he created his designs and first worked with precious metals in conjunction with precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies, thanks to a Crafts Council grant. His designs were contemporary and innovative.In 2001, Betts opened his first showroom in Notting Hill, London and offers an original jewelry design service to his clients. His pieces are always made by hand with Platinum, 18 kt and 22 kt gold, and then finished with his signature style, the hand beaten finish. Very unusual diamonds that are of high quality and cut in both an antique and modern style are set in these pieces. All of his stones are ethically sourced.
Stones have proven to be the most important and biggest inspiration for his craft. He attains antique stones from all over the world, but his favorite stones are the Old Cushion cut diamond, Burma rubies and Ceylon sapphires. Unique handcrafted wedding rings, engagement rings and commitment rings can be designed by Betts in platinum, 18 ct or 22 ct gold and set with any stone.
Malcolm Betts has designed jewelry for many celebrities in the UK and in the US. Some of the most famous names that have worn his designs are Meg Ryan, Danielle Steel, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, among many others as well. The world famous band U2 has requested that Betts create pieces for their tours in addition to person items for the band members. Every piece that is created is original and no two pieces are alike. Betts’ pieces are synonymous with individualized and singular customized style for every customer.
Retail stores in the US that feature his designs are Barney’s New York stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco. Stores that carry his beautiful designs in the UK are Primavera in Cambridge and Diana Porter in Bristol. Betts’ designs are regularly featured in fashion and wedding magazines worldwide.
Betts offers a bespoke jewelry service or rather a personalized or tailored jewelry service to his clients, wherever they may be in the world. He works closely with the client in person or remotely by phone or email. His clients are involved in the design process at every stage of design. This is how he can offer every customer a unique and one-of-a-kind piece of custom jewelry.