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Appointment: Pandora picks Alexander Lacik as new CEO

Denmark’s jeweller Pandora has named Alexander Lacik as its new Chief Executive, who will oversee a plan to help the firm regain its competitive edge in a weak retail market. Lacik, 54, joins Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery maker by production capacity, from British childcare products maker Britax.  Pandora announced on the 14 February 2019: The Board of Directors of Pandora has today appointed Alexander Lacik as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lacik’s strong track-record as a consumer marketer and brand architect will help drive the execution of Programme NOW and assert Pandora’s position as the world’s largest jewellery

Alexander Wood to Represent UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that Alexander Wood has been chosen to represent the UK in the Jewellery Competition at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi.  The 44th edition of the world’s leading vocational education and skills excellence competition, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14-19 October 2017, will bring together 1000 apprentices and students from 70 countries, all vying for the top spot in a particular vocational field.    The two-year process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and more recently jump the final hurdle reaching the most

Alexander Wood's jewellery skills earn top ten in the world place

Young British jewellery maker Alexander Wood left Abu Dhabi with a champions medal after earning a coveted top 10 place at the 44th WorldSkills Competition recently. Alexander, a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and currently earning his spurs with Ian Read Diamond Setters in Kent,  received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the Jewellery skills category.  His achievement was the result of three years worth of training,  honing his silversmithing, polishing, micro-setting and enamelling skills though he started his selection process for WorldSkills back in September 2015 when he became one of eight trainee

Alexander Wood receives the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice of the Year Award

First granted in 2015, this prestigious annual award celebrates excellence in skill, attitude and commitment. This year Alex was nominated not only for his exceptional performance since starting his training as a diamond mounting apprentice, but also to recognise the support he has received from his former Master, Nathaniel Groves. Selected by the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship team and his fellow Apprentices, it was acknowledged that Alex - who is a former Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme trainee now working for E C Wolfe - had proven his exceptional capability throughout his four-year diamond-mounting apprenticeship with Nathaniel Groves. In particular, Alex was

Micro-Setting Masterclass - The Goldsmiths' Centre

Alexander Sidorov’s Advanced Micro-Setting Masterclass In 2015 the Goldsmiths’ Centre launched London’s first dedicated training workshop for micro-setting and engraving having entered into partnership with Optical Diamond Setter and SEO of the world-renowned Antwerp based Alexandre School, Alexander Sidorov. Alexander Sidorov will be offering a five day intensive practical course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre for experienced jewellers or stone setters from 13 to 17 February 2017.  Micro-setting enables practitioners, with the aid of powerful microscopes, to arrange diamonds and precious stones cleanly and seamlessly across a surface. This short course is for a limited group size of up to 6

Hoops are back in Back in a Big Way for 2020

Hoops are a mainstay in jewellery, reincarnated with new flair each season. For 2020, they've been forecasted to take front and centre on the jewellery stage, with jewellery lovers finding every excuse to wear bold styles.  The refreshed interest in hoop earrings may be a byproduct of a bigger trend for 'curated ears' . Mixing assorted hoops and studs offers fashion-enthusiasts an oportunity to be their own editor, showcasing collections that speak to their individual style.  Alexander McQueen AW19 This seasons catwalks inform the trend of the 'curated ear', with extreme examples of ears crowded with chunky hoops. Alexander McQueen's

Justified Sinner leads modern renaissance in men’s jewellery

The renaissance in modern men's jewellery, driven by avant-garde designers prepared to push the boundaries of conservatism, is attracting international attention with a stunning exhibition called The World is Your Dressing Up Box at The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford. Among the exhibits is a selection of work from the influential designer Dauvit Alexander, the Justified Sinner who is driving the revolution in mens jewellery using customs from the 16th Century when the size of 'bling' was directly related to the wearer's status. Alexander uses scrap metal, mainly corroded steel and iron, alongside precious metals and gemstones,

Craft Festival 2019

Craft Festival 2019 We proudly present Craft Festival 2019, it’s 200 makers, workshops and brand-new website. As well is getting to know our selected makers, we hope you enjoy browsing this year's programme which includes new features  The Forge  and  The Common Room  with returning favourites including  Craft Cinema  and  Out of the Woods.   FULL DETAILS HERE Dates 7 - 9 June 2019 Venue Directions SAT NAV co-ordinates TQ13 9AL Bovey Tracey is only 2 miles off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway. Exit the A38 at Drumbridges Roundabout and follow signs to Bovey Tracey town centre.  Follow the

Contemporary British Silversmiths Members win Scholarships

The  South House Silver Workshop Trust  has recently announced it has awarded two fully funded six-month Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships and an additional four in collaboration with its partners. giving talented and committed silversmiths an opportunity to develop their creative and technical skills with silversmiths Rod Kelly and Brett Payne. The winners are: Six-month Graduate Apprenticeships: Jessica Jue  &  Ellys Woods One month scholarships: Sarah Shelton Palmer The Jamie McDonald Kelly Scholarship   Fenella Watson The Saunders Scholarship Loucinda Nims The Pearson Foundation Scholarship Charlotte Tollyfield The South House Silver Workshop Trust Scholarship The call for applications was made here: benchpeg .

Ruth Brown Jewellery Pop Up

Pop Up: LDN 65a Sheen Lane, London 10 - 23 August 2018 ‘Pop Up: LDN’ in Mortlake showcases innovative work by new and emerging makers across various design disciplines. This August, Glaswegian Jewellery Designer/ Maker Ruth Brown will bring together a curated selection of new work by independent designers across a range of disciplines. Alongside Ruth’s own jewellery collection, the Pop Up will show a diverse range of work by designers: Douglas Pattison (Graphic Design and Illustration); Claire Scott (Ceramics); Aillie Anderson, Dominika Kupcova, Ellys Woods, Odette Jewellery, Shona Dobie, Sophie Daw, and Zoe Rogers (Jewellery and Silversmithing). A recent graduate

Dine

Dine Dine  is an exhibition of craft that sits on the dining table. Running along side The Goldsmiths’ Company exhibition  Made for the Table,  this supporting showcase brings together a large selection of stunning pieces in silver, ceramic, glass and textiles. Included are pieces by many of the makers’ that appear in the Goldsmiths’ show, and all available to purchase. Benefield Spencer Glass Angela Cork Richard Fox Hampson Woods Miriam Hanid Rauni Higson Kyosun Jung Nan Nan Liu Michael Lloyd Ptolemy Mann Alison Morton Shannon O’Neill Pottery West Sue Pryke Rebecca de Quin Adam Ross Jill Shaddock Jane Short Adi Toch Arjan Van Dal Vezzini & Chen Yusuke Yamamoto.

Emily Blunt Dazzles The Red Carpet in a Ruth Tomlinson design

Yesterday evening English beauty Emily Blunt wowed the crowds at the premiere of her recent film ‘The Girl On The Train’ in Leicester Square, looking gorgeous in a heavily beaded Alexander McQueen gown paired with a Ruth Tomlinson ring. The Green Tourmaline and Diamond Ring with Granules was complemented by the baroque character and intricate embellishments of the floral gown while the jewel tones of the beading emphasised the deep green hue of the tourmaline perfectly. The red carpet was transformed into a train track for the event but Emily looked more like she was on a catwalk in the

Stellar line up set for IJL 2019

Artist jeweller John Moore, The Futurist Paola de Luca, DeBeers, Sotheby’s, Fairtrade Gold, Hilary Alexander OBE and Graduate Fashion Week among stellar IJL 2019 line up IJL,, opens on Sunday 1 September and will welcome some of the biggest brands, cutting-edge designers and the latest in Jewellery and Watch technology and sustainability to the show. IJL’s event programme features designers including: Jeweller of The Fair John Moore @IJL, Monday 2 September: The inaugural Jeweller of The Fair John Moore will show his collection on the IJL Inspires Catwalk Theatre on Monday 2 September (13:45 - 14:30) followed by questions from

The fusion of cutting edge design across jewellery and fashion in a visual first at IJL

International Jewellery London 2019 will collaboratw with Graduate Fashion Week. In a show first, the IJL Catwalk will showcase  the inspirational final year collections of six GFW high flying graduates, alongside an insightful overview of the High Street Jewellery trends for 2020, on September 2 at 3.00pm Hilary Alexander OBE,  the new President of Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind GFW, will introduce each collection and discuss their relevance to 2020 fashion trends, together with Katherine Ormerod who will present the next Spring/Summer’s hottest high street jewellery trends. GFW is the leading international event for fashion graduates and is a

News Edit: 22 August 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellers and retailers flock to digital marketplaces FT: Companies such as Joor and Nouvelle Box take the place of the trade show due to the pandemic. www . ft . com ‘Sculpture to wear’: artists’ jewellery intrigues at Sotheby’s Wallpaper: Jewellery by artists including Man Ray, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor and Alexander Calder is set to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s East Hampton, in a selling exhibition. www.wallpaper.com Man made diamonds explained Wallpaper: Man made diamonds are having a moment. Whether as a sustainable alternative to classic

Lucie Gledhill's Modern Twist on the Victorian Curb Chain Garners Best New Design 2019 at Goldsmiths' Fair Week One

An innovative collaboration, between jeweller Lucie Gledhill and photographer Kasia, has won the attention of this years’ Goldsmiths’ fair expert judge of the Best New Design Award.  This year, Trino Verkade judged the award, a consultant with the Sarabande foundation, an initiative set up by the late legendary designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists. The curb chain is a feat of craftsmanship, taking three weeks to complete. A chain was fashioned from gold tubing and silver wire, then each

Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation

Call for Applications: Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation Applications are Open About Sarabande Sarabande  was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen to create opportunities for artists and designers who are creatively fearless. The main support strands are  scholarships  for seven Universities across the UK and subsidised studios for artists and designers who are based in our converted Victorian stables on Regent's Canal in East London. Call for Applications: Workshops and Studios You heard it- it's an extension! We have had an overload of studio applications and because we at Sarabande believe that everyone deserves a chance, an

Gold Crashes Through the $2,000/Oz Mark

"The gold price surged 12% in July to hit new record levels. This momentum has carried into August with gold  tearing above the never-seen-before levels of $2,000-an-ounce mark on the third day of trading. The rally in gold has been powered by safe-haven appeal for the metal due to the worsening economic conditions resulting from an out-of-control pandemic." - Cameron Alexander "The gold price surged 12% in July to hit new record levels. This momentum has carried into August with gold  tearing above the never-seen-before levels of $2,000-an-ounce mark on the third day of trading. The rally in gold has been powered by

School of Jewellery present Goblet to British Allied Trades Federation

The School of Jewellery and HND Course Director Dauvit Alexander were delighted to recently present the finished award-winning goblet to Kate Owen, Past President of The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) in the School’s Vittoria Street home. The BATF launched the competition at the School to provide an opportunity for students to design to commission, thereby promoting newly qualified talent in the industry.  Dating back to 1954, the BATF Presidency has been recognised by the addition of a solid silver goblet to the Federation’s silver collection. This collection was instigated to support and showcase craftsmanship and design. For the last three

Eric N Smith 1949 – 2019

1 June 1949 – 3 April 2019 Scottish jeweller Eric N Smith has passed away at the age of 69. The jeweller was a celebrated designer, master craftsman and jewellery business owner for more that 50 years. Smith was born in Ralston, Paisley, the elder of two children to Margaret and Alexander Smith, a Senior Designer at the Templeton Carpet Factory in Glasgow. Eric attended the Croftfoot Primary and King’s Park Secondary, and later secured a bursary to complete his secondary education at the independent Allan Glen’s School, Glasgow. He went on to study at Glasgow School of Art where

The first edition of New York City Jewelry Week just started!

NYCJW is the first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours. Aimed at supporting and fostering jewelry of all types, the initiative also includes participation from both established and emerging brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers. Image: A yashmak made in the 1990s from aluminum and Swarovski crystals by British jewelry designer Shaun Leane for fashion designer Alexander McQueen Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Created by two industry leaders from the worlds of art jewelry and

News Edit: 4 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alexander McQueen's favourite jeweller Shaun Leane turns his hand to buildings The Telegraph: Shaun Leane has never quite toed the line when it comes to what we expect of a fine jeweller. It was Leane who created the major pieces that came to define... www.telegraph.co.uk Why Heinz Mayer is the chosen supplier to the Jeweller of Her Majesty, The Queen of England First Classe: The independent German jeweller has been the steadfast supplier to the official jewellers of the palace for decades despite being a small company of only approximately

Media Stars Set to Select Bright Young Gems

An eminent panel of consumer media experts, together with the British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane, are set to select IJL’s 2017 Bright Young Gems - the five young jewellers chosen to be the industry's next stars. Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine, and Charlie Boyd, Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor at both Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country, have been appointed to the panel of judges for the 2017 Bright Young Gems selection panel. They join Hilary Alexander OBE, Editor-at-Large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery,

IJL Announces Bright Young Gems 2016

IJL has announced the five Bright Young Gems selected to show at this year’s event. Now in its eleventh year, this initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the leading commercial opportunities for emerging designers, providing these talented young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent exposure. These emerging stars of the contemporary jewellery world are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK by a prestigious panel – comprising Hilary Alexander, OBE: Editor at Large Hello! Fashion Monthly Magazine, Vivienne Becker: jewellery historian and Contributing Editor to the Financial Times - How

News Edit: 24 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Editor’s pick: TEFAF jewellery finds Wallpaper: Hemmerle’s recent creations have incorporated ancient Egyptian artefacts or carved pieces of jade resembling Leibniz coffee biscuits. www.wallpaper.com House of Hemmerle Exhibits High Jewelry at TEFAF Maastricht Forbes: This week, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, high jewelry, fine art and antiques collectors have been flocking to TEFAF. www.forbes.com Shaun Leane on Alexander McQueen and Era-Defining Jewellery Luxury London: As his jewellery brand celebrates its 20th anniversary, Shaun Leane talks about falling in love with his craft, starting an apprenticeship at 15 and his great friend

Galleries and Boutiques

Knowing where to sell your work and being able to develop a list of stockists to sell your work is important for business growth. Here we have compiled a list of shops, galleries and boutiques which sell design-led jewellery... @ work 35 Ponsonby Terrace Pimlico London SW1P 4PZ www.atworkgallery.co.uk 80/81 80/81 Ebrington Limavady Road Derry-Londonderry BT47 6JE www.culturecraft.co.uk Ada 4 The Courtyard Bennett’s Place Market Harborough LE16 7NL www.adagallery.co.uk Alan Vallis 2.09 OXO Tower Wharf Barge House Street London SE1 9PH www.alanvallis-oxo.com Alexander Gallery Kings Road Arches Brighton BN1 www.baileyalexander.co.uk Argenta 82 Fulham Road London SW3 www.argenta.co.uk Artizana Prestbury www.artizana.co.uk