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Student takes inspiration from lillies to win Alba Rose design competition

British Academy of Jewellery student Olivia Thurlwell took the Calla lilly as her inspiration for the design of a new bridal collection to win the BAJ's Final Project Design competition backed by Alba Rose. The talented final year student was praised by judges for her designs, which were part of a project to design, develop and create a unique bridal collection which appealed to Alba Rose's target audience. Every Level 3 DJP features a live final project where the students are asked to work to a professional brief. The main objective of the project was to design pieces that can

A Touch Of Rose

Beautifully delicate and enchanting, rose-gold jewellery has landed itself in the fashion focused spotlight as the striking finishing touch to enhance any complete look. This must-have metal of the moment has seen a recent resurgence in popularity as the go-to piece for contemporary sophistication and elegance. A feminine step way from the classic collections in lavish gold and steely silver, rose gold represents a modern alternative where its pink-hued tones create a warming effect to frame and compliment any complexion. The stunning iridescent finish of pink-gold jewellery makes it a versatile design as an eye-catching stand alone piece as well

Junior Production Assistant, Durham Rose- Stratford - London

The role Junior Production Assistant Durham Rose Stratford, London Durham Rose is an independent, bespoke jewellery company based in Stratford, London.  About the role We are looking for an enthusiastic Production Assistant to join our dynamic and evolving company.  This rare opportunity to work within a unique team has all the benefits of working in retail jewellery, without the downsides of working in a typical retail environment.  This person will share our love for jewellery and be responsible for assisting the Sales and Design Manager with ordering, production, aftersales and general ad hoc duties.  This person must be able to

Junior Production Assistant, Durham Rose- Stratford - London

The role Junior Production Assistant Durham Rose Stratford, London Durham Rose is an independent, bespoke jewellery company based in Stratford, London.  About the role We are looking for an enthusiastic production assistant to join our dynamic and evolving company.  This rare opportunity to work within a unique team has all the benefits of working in retail jewellery, without the downsides of working in a typical retail environment.  This person will share our love for jewellery and be responsible for assisting the Sales and Design Manager with ordering, production, aftersales and general ad hoc duties. This person must be able to

Catherine Hills Jewellery Launch Rose Gold Collection

The luscious, rich glow of rose gold is the hue to be seen in this Summer season. The launch of two exquisite new collections by Catherine Hills is therefore very timely. Known for her romantic but edgy style, Catherine’s jewellery emphasises movement and texture. The new Oval Series and Cross Series are no exception, showcasing handcrafted, fluid forms which move with the wearer. The striking Cross Drop Earrings, Cross Necklace, Cross Bracelet and Cross Ring feature finely interlinked crosses which are crafted from rose gold plated silver.    For the evening, flaunt your neckline with the dramatic Cross Collar Necklace which

'Digital Meets Handmade' New York Symposium Review

PhD researcher Karen-Ann Dicken writes a review for Benchpeg of the recent symposium held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York - Digital meets Handmade. In May this year I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Digital meets Handmade’ - Jewellery of the 21 st  Century symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. Professor Wendy Yothers of FIT organised the event in conjunction with Alba Cappellieri from Politecnico di Milano. This three day symposium was a brilliant collection of researches, speakers and industry specialists. All with the linked theme of what the world of jewellery looks like now we

News Edit: 24 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Prue Leith launches her first jewellery collection with Lola Rose and we’re obsessed Woman and Home: Prue Leith, an authority on all things culinary, is now venturing in the fashion business by launching the Prue x Lola Rose jewellery collection. womanandhome.com The value in vintage jewellery Money Week: The key to making money from jewellery is to be a dedicated follower of fashion – and to have an eye for a well-cut gemstone. moneyweek.com Resin, wood, glass: Cosmima contemporary jewellery collective puts on a united material front Wallpaper:  The North

All About That Pink

The jewellery world is taking an effortlessly chic and charmingly stylish hint towards sugar-coated tones of feminity. So what is this colour that's sweeping across new season collections? Think Pink! Trend setters all over have embraced this romantic trend with all things feminine and fun and full of whimsical charm. From pretty sherbert pinks, rich raspberry, pale rose hints to delicious candy floss hues, designers have had fun combining exquisite craftmanship with playful colour spectrum combinations and design. The dainty and delicate array of pinks currently on trend delight when paired with the vintage feel of rose-gold, lending a ladylike

Hockley Mint launches Initials collection for AW19

The British jewellery specialist has responded to the trend for personalised letter jewellery with a range of pendants in a bespoke font. British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint, has launched a new collection of plain and diamond-set letter pendants ahead of International Jewellery London 2019. The new Initials collection will be available in 9k and 18k white, yellow and rose gold, as well as Fairtrade gold, platinum and palladium. Customers also have the option of a plain finish or a single 0.03 carat diamond accent. Although created in response to current market trends, Hockley Mint was determined

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts Salts Mill, Saltaire To 1st September 2019 SEASIDE @ SALTAIRE: A Summer Showcase Bringing the Beach to Saltaire Grab your bucket and spade and head to Salts Mill to join the six super talented jewellers holidaying with us throughout the sunny season. They are bringing a sparkle to our special showcase of hand crafted collections that capture the irresistible sensations of summer! Shimmering in the sunshine will be Anthony Blakeney’s precious rings scattered with sparkling diamonds and colourful gemstones. His delightful golden ‘sun kissed’ faces hand engraved onto his silver ‘Rose Root’ rings will

Jewelfund 2019

Call for Appliations: JewelFund 2019 £1000 Grant Available for Jewellers What is JewelFund? Since launching Jewellers Academy membership a year ago I have been so excited to see the progress of the 300 + jewellers that have joined us and committed to growing their businesses to date. There is so much you can do as a small business owner nowadays to but  I do know one of the barriers to growth can be money. This is why I’m so pleased to announce the launch of JewelFund for the second year.’ Jessica Rose. Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden based London

Hatton Garden's London Jewellery School Celebrates its Tenth Year

Since opening its doors in 2009, London Jewellery School has been host to an estimated 37,283 students. Founded by jewellery entrepreneur, Jessica Rose, the school was designed to make the art of jewellery-making accessible to everyone.  From such humble beginnings, the school has since grown in strength and size, offering courses 7 days a week in a full range of topics including traditional silver work, stone setting, wax carving, and modern techniques like resin, perspex, and business practices for jewellers - and all in the very apt setting of London’s jewellery hub, Hatton Garden. ‘I am delighted and grateful that

Keeping Time Never Looked So Good!

There's no other timeless piece in one's jewellery box than the classic wristwatch. Not long ago, the rage was to have  that  Michael Kors rose gold watch. However, it seems that 2019 is where keeping time has never looked so good, or diverse. Whether you are looking to add another treasure to your growing collection or making this Spring Season the time you invest in a timepiece, the market has never been so abundant with options. Looking for something chic and smart? Or maybe something bold and sparkly? How about dainty and delicate or classically practical? There's a wristwatch suited

News Edit: 26 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How Monica Vinader Conquered Demi-Fine Jewellery BOF: The 'accessible luxury' brand has its sights set on revenues of £200 million a year in the growing space between fine and fashion jewellery. Next up: new stores on three continents. www.businessoffashion.com   Tiaras, tea and the royals' remarkable jewellery: behind the scenes at London's Garrard jewellers The Telegraph: Fans of The Crown who are also sticklers for historical accuracy will have noticed that the Netflix drama omitted at least one tense moment from the 1947.... www.telegraph.co.uk Nikki Gewirtz of Lola Rose Jewellery:

Inspired by light, Aureliean debuts the Ora collection

Fine jewellery brand Aureliean has launched the Ora collection, a delicate range of precious jewellery that celebrates the beauty of light. Ora, which means light in Hebrew and is derived from the Spanish word for gold, is inspired by the golden light-filled landscape of the island of Tenerife. Enhancing the delicate yet substantial beauty of each piece, the jewellery is available in either 18ct white, yellow or rose gold and set with brilliant-cut, conflict-free diamonds. The brand are also set to soon launch their ‘Flame’ collection, which, in contrast of the focus on the elegant simplicity of diamonds that ‘Ora’

Kohatu + Petros

Kohatu + Petros Known and loved by the residents of the Marylebone area, Kohatu + Petros Jewellery will be launching the Autumn/Winter 18 jewellery collection at the pop up at 67 York St with a focus on statement necklaces, earrings and bracelet cuffs. This season accessories are mega strong and bold with a sense of laid back luxury: Seventies hues: camel, rust and yellows are given a modern twist by accessorising with long chunky gold chain necklaces. Antique rose with sage green highlights in the form of bold asymmetrical semi precious stone collars and long rope necklaces complement the new

Playing with Pantone Colour of the Year: Living Coral

It's no new secret that this year's Pantone Colour of 2019 is full of warmth, nourishment and delicately captivating.​ Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the gorgeously natural and energising found in nature and it seems that jewellery designers alike have been swayed by its mesmerising charm. Coral blushed pieces have been spotted amongst the Spring/Summer collections giving a nod towards the playful and expressive elements of nature. Laced into designs of under the seas inspired pieces, taking centre stage as a colourful juxtaposition to sleek metal fastenings and a beautiful compliment to the warm of rose gold, coral is the colour

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers: JewelFund Is Now Open for Applications Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden based London Jewellery School, Jessica Rose has recently launched a new online company, Jewellers Academy. Alongside the launch she has created a grant for jewellers to help support them in starting and growing their own jewellery businesses. The award, named ‘JewelFund’ is now open for applications from jewellers from anywhere in the world who have a passion for making and need some funds to launch or grow their business. There are two £1000 grants available this year and plans to grow the fund

ADORE launches 2018 Spring Summer Collection

Contemporary fashion jewellery maker ADORE has launched its collection for the 2018 Spring-Summer seasons which promises a contemporary twist to ADORE'S trademark modern elegance. The collection includes on-trend ear crawlers and ear jackets, uniquely adjustable bracelets, statement rings and necklaces. It has been created with mixed crystal shapes in an array of colorful crystals inspired by  summer jewel tones – Rose gold with Indian Sapphire accents, Gold with hues of light topaz, and Rhodium with soft shades of blue and lilac. Within the collection is ADORE'S Signature Collection which can be worn as stand alone pieces or layers, fashioned in tri-tone

It's raining gold in Russia

It was raining gold in Siberia this week after a Russian cargo plane's doors flew open during take off flinging around 200 gold  bars across the runway. The Antonov An-12, carrying an estimated $378 million worth of gold, diamonds and platimum, had stopped at Yakutsk Airport in Siberia to refuel en route to Krasnoyarskbut as it rose again into the sky, the doors reportedly buckled under the weight and the precious cargo was sprayed into the atmosphere. The gold bars, weighing more than three tons, were spilled onto the runway which was hastily closed by the police to stop the

Celebrating Unconditional Love with Laal Motif

Introducing the Unconditional Love collection from Laal Motif; celebrating the unique bond between mother and child with a bespoke selection of bracelets and necklaces from cutting-edge design duo. The collection features finely sculpted charms of either a girl, boy, or both – elegantly finished in 18 carat white, yellow or rose gold; a delicate chain and clasp fastening and personalised initials in diamonds upon request. Pieces from the Unconditional Love collection make ideal gifts for mothers, especially those expecting. There are also adorable pieces from the collection which make a special present for children. Choose from a boutique selection of

Sparkling Jewellery Trot Into the Fashion Neigh-borhood With Their New Equestrian AW Collection

Autumnal style shines through with Sparkling Jewellery’s new Equestrian collection for Autumn/Winter. Launching Friday 23rd September 2016, the new range features a range of gold, silver and rose gold pieces throughout the collection – perfect to mix and match or incorporate with items already in your wardrobe. This season is all about delicate, unusual and quirky accessories with simplified charms and a stunning mix of styles and shapes. And with Sparkling Jewellery’s new collection, you’re set to be on trend. The “go to” jewellery brand offering the most beautiful must-have pieces – and worn by leading celebrities and TV stars

Dinny Hall Embraces The Return of The Pendant

The pendant is set to be the jewllery trend of 2017, so layer with chokers or simply solo on the decolletage for the ultimate statement. Iconic British jeweller Dinny Hall embraces this delicate and charming springtime trend with her collection of lockets and accompanying ready-to-personalise birthstone and initial charms. Inspiration for the designs stems from the designer’s deeprooted love of gemology and desire to create a truly expressive collection and spread happiness to those wearing the necklaces. Available in silver, 22ct gold vermeil and rose gold and solid 18ct gold, on a beautiful rolo chain, with options for varying lengths,

Fei Liu unveils ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara with 88ct sapphire

Last week, the Designer of the Year,  Fei  Liu, unveiled his latest masterpiece ‘The Blue of Dreams’ in Shenzhen City, China, to press and the Chinese jewellery industry.   ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara is a collaboration between  Fei  and the Chinese beauty pageant.   Fei  sought inspiration from the flying fairy murals of  Dunhuang , China. A city which symbolises the beginning of the Silk Road. The marvellous main sapphire stone has a weight of 88ct and is worth approximately £3million. The entwined ribbons of platinum are set with hues of sapphire and rose-cut diamonds, to give the tiara

New launches signal a successful start to Spring Fair

Independent retailers and buyers from across the country gathered at Birmingham’s NEC  as the Spring Fair opened its doors. With thousands of suppliers showcasing everything from scented candles and artificial flowers to toys and kitchenware, as well as jewellery, the Spring Fair affirmed itself as a top destination to source products. And with hygge, velvet furnishings, faux-fur, marble and rose gold expected to be in-vogue this year there is no better place to identify merchandise to meet consumer demand. Over the four days of the fair retailers sought to identify products and trends that will help them succeed in 2017. The

It's All In The Wrist

Crafted With Love. Curated With Taste. Worn With Character. With the official start of Spring upon us, the Auverture boutique have curated a selection of artisan designed and made bracelets, cuffs and bangles crafted by designers Delfina Delettrez, Bibi van der Velden, Pamela Love, Ana Khouri, Monique Péan and Sara Beltran. The hand-picked springtime line up uses precious materials such as walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, shark teeth, Tahitian black pearls and polki diamonds to create unique and timeless pieces. Moon Phase Bracelet, Pamela Love The stunning ‘Moon Phase Bracelet’ is a circular-link bracelet crafted from a series of 18ct rose gold

16th Alloy Graduate Showcase - Herefordshire

Alloy Jewellers will present the 16th Alloy Graduate Showcase taking place at The Courtyard, Hereford opening on 12th May until 30th June 2017. The exhibition will be open at the Courtyard until the 30th June 2017 and features jewellery from this year’s Alloy Graduate Award Winners; Rachael Harman and Marcella Andersen They will be joined by past winners Rose Grant, Elizabeth Terzza, Amelia Strong, Melissa Morgan, and Annie Mackay Alloy is a Herefordshire based group of jewellers, small metal workers and silversmiths at different stages of their careers. Formed by Mike Gell in 1993, the aim of the group is to

Sunshine Exim focuses on vintage styles for IJL 2017

Sunshine Exim, the leading supplier of fine jewellery, diamonds and mounts, will focus on vintage bridal products at this year’s IJL show in response to retailer demand for this increasingly popular style. Its Vintage collection includes diamond engagement rings and semi-set diamond mounts, offering retailers the option to stock the on-trend styles as finished pieces or to create their own finished pieces with hand-picked loose diamonds. The range is available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold or platinum. Designs can be customised to use GH/SI to FG/VS diamonds or can be set with a retailer’s own stones. Jai Shankar

Annie Haak Launches New Season Collection

Whether holidaying to a far-flung exotic location or heading for a romantic weekend away, catching that chilled festival vibe or catching up with friends, the Annie Haak Heavenly Collection of beautifully hand-crafed pieces will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.  Mixing marble and turquoise beads with sterling silver, gold and rose gold, the delectable selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings guarantee that you will shimmer with style in the sunshine. Subtle seasonal shades of pink, cream and mauve are sure to brighten any day and outfit, working wonderfully together with delightfully dainty charms and pendants. Featuring new

Johnny Rocket Jewellery: A Contemporary Vision Online

A new chapter is now being written with the launch of the Johnny Rocket website, encapsulating classic collections alongside newly created collections. The website introduces the diversity of Johnny’s designs and makes them widely available for the first time. Johnny is bringing his personal touch and quality of service to the internet, blending technology & tradition with a contemporary vision. With the advent of this new ecommerce site, he introduces Renaiscemento Rose: a signature women’s collection alongside the new androgynous Flame collection. Johnny relaunches his perennial classic original Swallow and classic 1950s Sci-fi inspired debut Space collection with the addition

Domino’s Diamonds Scintillate at IJL

Domino’s recently refreshed ‘Scintillating Diamond’ collection was very well received at International Jewellery London earlier this month. The stunning earring and neckwear range features diamonds suspended on fine threads to create additional movement and sparkle. There are 46 individual designs, 37 of which are brand new for Autumn 2016. Pieces can be purchased as a suite, providing great add-on sales, or can be mixed and matched across the collection to suit individual style and taste. Available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold, this striking range features HSi certificated diamonds. So what are the reasons for the pull that this collection

Nadine Aysoy makes eye-catching IJL debut

London-based designer Nadine Aysoy made a dazzling IJL debut when she scooped the 2017 Editors Choice 'Show Stoppers' Award for displaying the single most eye-catching exhibit of the show. Her Mille et Une Feuilles 18k rose gold ring, set with one 14mm South Sea Pearl and 164 round-cut diamonds, turned the heads of the judging panel of magazine and digital editors, who praised its leaf design and admired it for having 'drama, intrigue and beautiful craftsmanship.’ “I love Nadine’s aesthetic and the consideration she puts into the market she’s targeting,” one judge commented. “Hers are pieces for grown-ups and designs

Aesthetically Artistic: Lily Gabriella

Brazilian born fine jewellery designer Lily Gabriella Ells has announced new partnerships with online luxury jewellery retailer La Maison Couture and Harvey Nichols.com Founded by Tania McNab in 2006, the La Maison Couture site features high end jewellery from fashion forward and leading brands such as Shaun Leane, Imogen Belfield and now Lily Gabriella. La Maison Couture will stock select pieces from two of Lily Gabriella’s core collections  Infinitas  and  Spira.  With 18ct white gold set with brilliant white diamonds and 18ct rose gold embedded with deep blue sapphires  Infinitas  marries fluid and sculptural design, taking inspiration from ripples on