Astwood Dickinson launches golden anniversary collection
Astwood Dickinson is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Bermuda Collection of jewellery by releasing a new design each month during 2024.
The January piece, a pink Bermuda scooter pendant made of white gold and featuring nearly half a carat of diamonds, is being released today.
The scooter has a diamond headlight, diamonds in the wheels, and is finished in pink and black enamel.
Each design in the anniversary collection – some of which are new and others reimagined – will also be featured in the form of a miniature charm. The pink scooter charm does not feature diamonds.
All of the pieces were designed and made in the Astwood Dickinson workshop in Bermuda, with the exception of some pieces that required finishing overseas.
Ian Smith, the managing director at Astwood Dickinson, said that the organisation normally released one Bermuda Collection piece annually – but the half-century anniversary called for something special.
Mr Smith said: “Twenty-four pieces – it’s a big ask but I think it’s going to be exciting.
“A 50-year anniversary of Bermuda-themed jewellery is worth shouting about, it’s worth celebrating. We’ve done something unique here.”
He added: “The Bermuda Collection is a part of Astwood Dickinson’s DNA. It is important to us.”
The collection consists of Bermuda-themed rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, charms, pins and cufflinks in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold.
The designs include Gombeys, sand dollars, tall ships, Bermuda dinghies, moon gates, palmettos, starfish, a whistling tree frog – and many more.
The majority of pieces are crafted in 18-karat gold, while some pieces feature 22-karat gold.
Prices range from charms for under $500 into the thousands of dollars.
Astwood Dickinson also crafts custom pieces.
Mr Smith said: “In any given year, 80 per cent of my business is local. But we sell the pieces online too – this morning, someone bought a longtail online. They had visited Bermuda. Our market is quite diverse.”
He added that a few of the anniversary collection pieces were linked to various charities and organisations in Bermuda. In those cases, a portion of sales proceeds will be donated.