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Part-Time Benchworker and Workshop Assistant, Completedworks - Marylebone, London

The role Part-Time Benchworker and Workshop Assistant  Completedworks Marylebone, London Completedworks is an award-winning jewellery label based in London, UK. Documenting the beauty and complexity of the everyday through the practice of jewellery and ceramics, the brand’s signature pieces gently roll against the tide of convention - using sculptural forms that weave, loop, twist, flow, enfold and expand to trade blows with history, politics and the language of art.  Completedworks’s pieces have been worn by brilliant women from many disciplines, including poets, artists, activists and actresses such as Jodie Comer, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Felicity Jones, as well as

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Job Market Change: Apprenticeships are the new Educational Future

According to a new survey it was found that the UK is once again emerging as a hotbed for apprenticeships. Almost half (47%) of the respondents said they would accept an apprenticeship in their chosen field, given the opportunity.  In a job market where you can find opportunities on your Twitter feed and be formally interviewed via Skype, it’s little surprise that attitudes are changing as to how you gain employment. Working alongside universities, modern apprenticeships are making a mockery of the idea that academic progression and hands-on experience are mutually exclusive. Young people can learn on-the-job, whilst studying in

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Jobbing Jeweller, Maker-Mends - Basildon, Essex

The role Jobbing Jeweller Maker-Mends Basildon, Essex We have an exciting new job opportunity for a Jobbing Jeweller in our busy Jewellery Repair Workshop near Basildon. Must be skilled in ring sizing (up and down), replacing half shanks, chain repairs, re-tipping / re-building claws. We are looking for someone who is flexible and able to prioritise workload. The job is Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm. Salary is negotiable depending upon experience and skills. To apply please email your CV using the application form below. About us Maker-Mends Ltd is Europe’s largest service provider for the Jewellery and Watch Industry,

Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

The Creative Fellowship scheme is an annual programme of residencies with The National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell. The scheme is intended to support the production of new creative work, in collaboration with researchers, responding to this fascinating site and engaging audiences in its history through creative means. About The Workhouse From its foundation, the workhouse system cared for those in need. It was a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a care home, a hospital, a school and a job centre; the Welfare State in embryonic form. Today we see the inheritance of this system all around us. The Project

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

Due to the retirement of a very experienced and valued member of our team we now have a position for a highly experienced and qualified jobbing jeweller or hand made mounter. The successful applicant will have completed a five year apprenticeship and have at least another five years experience as a working jeweller with references to support. The job will require working knowledge of all precious metals, ie, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Together with a comprehensive understanding of precious and semi precious stones and their characteristics from a working point of view.

Goldsmith. David M Robinson - Altrincham

The role Goldsmith David M Robinson Manchester A full-time opportunity has arisen to join our loyal, expanding team of Goldsmiths, to be based at our showroom in Manchester. As a business with our roots firmly in our workshops, our team of goldsmiths remain at the heart of the business, serving the teams at our four showrooms across the UK. Job Purpose To create, restore and repair jewellery items within agreed timescales, to the highest standard which enhance the reputation of the company. Key Responsibilities Work on the bench To assess the requirements, obtain the necessary materials and then carry out

Setter and Goldsmith, Hallmark Jewellers - Titchfield, Hampshire

The role 1x Setter and 1x Goldsmith Hallmark Jewellers Titchfield, Hampshire As we are so busy, we now have two job opportunities within our workshop. We are looking for the following new recruits to join our talented team of Goldsmiths: An Experienced Setter Work will vary from stone tightening to complex jobs, sometimes with delicate stones.   A Goldsmith The applicant will be expected to carry out a variety of repairs, sizings, simple mounting jobs, assemble castings and polishing etc We are looking for hard-working, organised and motivated individuals who work with attention to detail and have good communication skills

Q&A: Jos Skeates

Jos Skeates a Goldsmith and the Co-Founder, along with wife Alison, of the leading, multi award winning, Central London jewellery boutique EC One the Jewellers. He is also the Chairman of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? JS: Jos Skeates, Goldsmith and owner of E.C.One the Jewellers.  How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? JS: Total chance. I was looking for a summer job when I was sixteen and saw an advert for an apprentice Diamond Mounter. I’ve never looked back.  How

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London)

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London) I am looking for a new part-time apprenticeship or assistant maker position in London as my previous job has come to an end. I have experience in soldering, texturing, cleaning, polishing and some basic stone settings (Bezel, Tube, Claw and Flush). My goal is to improve my bench skills and learn more about the jewellery industry in the UK. A CV and images of previous work are available upon request. Availability Immediate start Part-time basis Contact Lauren Abrams Email:  lau.abr@gmail.com   Telephone and Whatsapp: 07874344125

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

The Benevolent Society were delighted to identify up to 50 of their hardest up and longest standing beneficiaries and to send to each of them this week a beautiful hamper full of goodies as a timely reminder that they have not been forgotten. The Society issued a statement which said: "With all of the talk of worldwide pandemic, economic disaster, job losses, the NHS being overwhelmed, it is important that we do not forget those that have gone before us and contributed so much to making our great industries what they are today." Simon Dawe the BenSoc Chairman said: “It

Jobbing Jeweller, Graff Diamonds - Mayfair, London

The role Jobbing Jeweller Graff Diamonds Mayfair, London We currently have a job opportunity for an experienced Jobber, to work on our high end jewellery consisting of bespoke pieces and repeatable ranges. Candidate You should be comfortable working on range of repairs and alterations. You should be confident with laser welding. The right candidate must demonstrate Ability to work well in a team. Enthusiastic and professional. Good eye for detail. Ability to focus on the task at hand. Successful candidates will be offered a 3 month trial after which the salary will be reviewed depending on skills and performance demonstrated.

Jobbing Polisher, Graff Diamonds - Mayfair, London

The role Jobbing Polisher Graff Diamonds Mayfair, London We currently have a job opportunity for an experienced Jobbing Polisher, to work in our high end jewellery jobbing department within our Mayfair Headquarters. Candidate You should be comfortable working on all types of Jewellery. You should have experience in polishing and plating techniques. The right candidate must demonstrate Ability to work well in a team. Enthusiastic and professional. Good eye for detail. Ability to focus on the task at hand Successful candidates will be offered a 3 month trial after which the salary will be reviewed depending on skills and performance

Jobbing Setter, Graff Diamonds - Mayfair, London

The role Jobbing Setter Graff Diamonds Mayfair, London We currently have a job opportunity for an experienced Jobbing Setter, to work on our high end jewellery consisting of bespoke pieces and repeatable ranges. Candidate You should be comfortable working on range of repairs and alterations. You should have experience in all types of gemstones and setting techniques. The right candidate must demonstrate Ability to work well in a team. Enthusiastic and professional. Good eye for detail. Ability to focus on the task at hand. Successful candidates will be offered a 3 month trial after which the salary will be reviewed

News Edit: 2 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put On Your Radar Marie Claire: While ethical fashion and jewellery were once pegged as 'having a moment', the reality is that now more so than ever consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their pieces are coming from. marieclaire.com.au The jewellery you've been buying in lockdown AFR: Los Angeles designer Irene Neuwirth has garnered a loyal following with her whimsical designs and COVID-19 has proven no barrier to sales. afr.com Jeweller to the stars lost job after head-on bike crash with Uber

Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It! Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community. Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills). The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011

Delicate Delights for November Nights

If there ever was a time of year to go big, bold and all things beautiful, the season of sugar and spice and all things nice most definitely hits the mark! As invitations of Christmas nights of festive fun and mischief begin to flock your inbox, it's time to add a bejewelled touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm! As the winter nights grow colder and daylight hours go to bed far too early, it's our job to inject the sizzling heat and fire of festive finery with a treasure trove of flamboyant sparkle and delightfully delicate statement jewels, guaranteed

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The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

The National Association of Jewellers has launched its  Jewellery Industry Sa lary and Benefits Survey 2017 which will be open until the 1 August .   The survey will be used to allow businesses to  benchmark themselves against the national wage average across industry. The questions include salary brackets, benefits and rewards across the wide range of job functions and craft skills associated with our sector. Only survey participants will have access to the detailed results where a ll individual responses will be confidential.   Understanding the current market r ates for salaries and wages is  vital as it will

Cad / Design Intern, Pruden and Smith Ltd - Ditchling, East Sussex

The Role CAD / Design Intern  Pruden and Smith Ltd Ditchling, East Sussex (Nr Brighton) Paid 6 month Internship potential for ongoing employment We are looking for a Jewellery Designer to work 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) in the village of Ditchling near Brighton. This is an exciting chance to be a part of a fast growing and award winning jewellery business.  About the Job Daily tasks will include: In CAD: Modelling existing designs for the digital design library. In CAD: Modelling and costing existing designs with clients variations after or during client appointments. Conducting client consultations and

Sarah Millsop to join Create and Craft TV as Craft Ambassador

Create and Craft are proud to announce that jewellery expert Sarah Millsop has joined them to become a Craft Ambassador. Sarah joins other crafting experts including the ‘The Crafty Beggars’ Wendy Turner-Webster and Julie Peasgood, Mich Turner MBE,  Cassie Brown and Sarah Hurley. Sarah’s love and passion for jewellery making started 16 years ago as she took up jewellery demonstrating at her local craft store as weekend work whilst she studied at college. From there she began to teach Jewellery making courses at a local college and for the past 6 years has taken on the full time job of

Silent Protest - Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna

Silent Protest Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary. Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication, to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, in a single action. War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translate into interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.  The beliefs of many can be divided: those who have invented messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job

Sarah Salmon

Meet Benchpeg's Trends Editor. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Sarah Salmon Trends Editor Sarah has a natural flair for creativity and design, and is our trends and blog guru. She manages Benchpeg's weekly  trends and fashion content . Her full time job is as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Educational Sector. Previously she worked as the Editorial and Digital Assistant at  Gem-A , where she worked on Gem-A's Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology publications as well as on

News Edit: 11 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My Favourite Pieces: Jacqueline Gestetner’s top five pieces from a lifetime of collecting FT: The woman behind the Jacqueline’s Choice events picks items including a stylish Emmeline necklace and a Barbara Crowe bangle bought in the Sixties. ft.com Art of the experimental: young Chinese jewellery designers to watch FT: Emerging talents are producing innovative, dynamically coloured high jewellery pieces. ft.com 'A year ago I was unhappy in my job, but now I've made £200,000 from jewellery' The Daily Mirror: A mum-of-two has managed to take her handmade jewellery