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Coronavirus: NAJ Postpones Education Awards

The National Association of Jewellers has taken the decision to postpone the NAJ Education Awards until later in the year due to c oronavirus. The event, planned for Tuesday 17 March, is a celebration of those students who have successfully completed their JET Professional Jewellers' Diploma, Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT), JET Management Diploma or who have completed the course of study to become Registered Valuers at either MIRV or FIRV level. Simon Forrester NAJ Chief Executive said “With the coronavirus situation getting worse by the hour, and given the examples of other countries’ infection rates, we felt it was

Cooksongold Coronavirus Statement

In a statement issued on Tuesday 31st March Cooksongold issued the following statement regardign trading: "Over the last few weeks, we have announced a number of changes to our business operation, working hard to balance what is right for our staff, our customers and the wider jewellery trade. We are constantly reviewing the situation with the latest government information, the feedback from our teams and customers, assessing if we can continue to take and despatch orders in a safe way. Whilst the UK Government has said online retailers can and should operate as normal, we no longer feel this is the

Coronavirus: Responsible Jewellery Council orders workers to go remote

As the new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization the Responsible Jewellery Council has ordered its staff to work remotely. They issued the following statement: Members of the jewellery and watch industry are going through a challenging time, affected by the current health and economic climate. The Responsible Jewellery Council team would like to extend its thoughts to all stakeholders and their families around the world. As the virus continues to spread extensively, we have taken additional precautionary measures. We need to be proactive and minimise the risk of the virus

Coronavirus: Antwerp World Diamond Centre postpones all planned events

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre has today announced that it has made the decision to postpone all of its planned events due to the c oronavirus  outbreak. It issued a statement saying: "Due to the recent developments regarding the Cornonavirus and the advice given by the local and federal governments, AWDC has decided to postpone all planned seminars, AWDC Cafes, events, etc., at least for the coming month. W e are evaluating the situation constantly and will keep you posted on any further developments. We also advise all companies within the industry to postpone all non-essential meetings, seminars, business trips etc.

News Edit: 3 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last six week's international jewellery news...   Coronavirus Causes First Quarter Gold Jewelry Demand To Plunge 39% Forbes: The global novel coronavirus pandemic has caused first quarter year-on-year demand for gold jewelry to plummet by 39% to 325.8 tons, a record low for the quarterly Global Demand Trends report by the World Gold Council (WGC). Rising prices for the precious metal fueled by safe-haven investment, and a shuttered retail and manufacturing environment were credited with the drastic decline. forbes.com Cybersecurity Amid The Pandemic: Protect The Crown Jewels Forbes:

Supreme Court judgment in FCA’s business interruption insurance test case

The Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s ( FCA )’s business interruption insurance test case.  The Supreme Court has substantially allowed the  FCA’s  appeal on behalf of policyholders. This completes the legal process for impacted policies and means that many thousands of policyholders will now have their claims for  coronavirus -related business interruption losses paid.  Sheldon Mills, Executive Director, Consumers and Competition at the  FCA , commented: 'Coronavirus  is causing substantial loss and distress to businesses and many are under immense financial strain to stay afloat. This test case involved complex legal issues. Our aim

News Edit: 16 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Israeli Jewellery Company Designs 'World's Most Expensive' Coronavirus Face Mask Worth $1.5M Independent: An Israeli jewellery company is designing what it says will be the most expensive coronavirus face mask. independent.co.uk ‘I like the idea of a powerful mother and daughter linked by style’ FT: Boucheron creative director Claire Choisne on why heirloom pieces – from perfumes to jewels – are the most precious things in life. ft.com When Dior Joaillerie Met The Colourful World of Tie-Dye... Harpers Bazaar: The French luxury Maison incorporates a fun twist into

Hallmarking Figures - June 2020

The latest hallmarking figures have been released by Birmingham Assay Office. Birmingham Assay Office have released the June 2020 hallmarking figures for all four UK offices Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, for June 2020 vs June 2019.  The figures, which are widely regarded as a litmus test for the health of the industry, unsuprisingly show the impact of coronavirus. Figures courtesy of Birmingham Assay Office Author:  Published: 

INHORGENTA MUNICH 2021 is cancelled

Due to the ongoing travel and contact restrictions designed to stop the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic, Messe München has decided to cancel INHORGENTA MUNICH 2021. The decision was taken in detailed consultation with the advisory board, as well as exhibitors, visitors and partners of Europe’s leading platform for jewelry, watches and gemstones. The focus is now on preparing for a successful INHORGENTA MUNICH 2022—scheduled to take place from February 11 to 14—and on further developing the digital INHORGENTA TRENDFACTORY. The next edition of this series will be held in the fall of this year. Last November, Messe München

LOEWE Launch 'LOEWE EN CASA' Series on Instagram Live

Founded in 1846, LOEWE may be one of the oldest luxury houses, but it never falls behind. In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, LOEWE have launched 'LOEWE EN CASA' (LOEWE at home) - a series of Intagram Live events and workshops to enjoy whilst we stay home.  The first series began last Friday, featuring a studio tour and weaving workshop with Idoia Cuesta, a studio tour with Goldsmith and LOEWE Craft Prize finalist Giovanni Corvaja, and an ikebana demonstration with Toru Watari.  The second phase of the lineup continues to celebrate craft and artisanship, exploring the words and the work [youtube

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension The UK Government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. 1.  Who can claim To be eligible for the grant extension self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must: have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they

CANCELLED: Handwerk & Design 2020

CANCELLATION: Internationale Handwerksmesse 2020, Handwerk & Design and Garten München 11 to 15 March 2020 Neue Messe München, Munich, Germany The organising company GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the Internationale Handwerksmesse, including Handwerk & Design and Garten München. This decision was made in light of the spread of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 and the urgent recommendation of the Bavarian government’s crisis team to cancel or postpone any large international trade shows until further notice. This also applies to the Internationale Handwerksmesse, which will take place again in 2021. The Internationale Handwerksmesse, scheduled to take

Munich Jewellery Week 2020

Munich Jewellery Week 2020 9  - 15 March 2020 Munich, Germany Munich Jewellery Week statement on Coronavirus: Due to multiple cancellations, we are now back to about 63 confirmed events, just like when we first started making a map in 2013. With the Week constantly growing, and more and more international visitors flocking to Munich, this year was supposed to be the biggest to date – 120 events. But we have to face the crisis, and it will surely be a different kind of Munich Jewellery Week, more local, than international, less crowded and less noisy. With many gallerists and

News Edit: 28 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   These are the 6 most searched for jewelry trends on the internet this year Vogue: From colorful beads to layered necklaces and superimposed rings, here is the ranking of the 6 most sought-after jewelry trends on the Internet this year according to Stylight. vogue.fr 150-year-old Sheffield jeweller, HL Brown, focused on customer safety as it returns following coronavirus closure The Star: James Frampton is proud of the Sheffield business founded by his great-great-grandfather in 1861. thestar.co.uk Jeweller turns electronic waste into eye-catching

TCT 3Sixty 2021

TCT 3Sixty 2021 29 June - 1 July 2021 NEC, Birmingham Rapid News Group has announced the decision to postpone TCT 3Sixty, the UK’s flagship event for 3D Printing & Additive Intelligence, to 2021. Originally scheduled for 29 September – 01 October 2020, the event will now take place from 29 June – 01 July 2021. The venue for the event, the NEC, Birmingham, UK is unchanged. The decision to postpone the event comes as a result of the unprecedented times the event industry finds itself in as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic. The rescheduling of the show reflects

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests Available for Hatton Garden Businesses

Register by 11.59pm on Monday to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees within the LB Camden borough. You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. If you have 10 or more employees, from early April you’ll be able to order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. You can do this if you cannot provide testing in the workplace. You must register  by 11:59pm on 12 April 2021 . If your business is closed or you cannot provide tests

Online event celebrating the Jewellery Quarter’s independent businesses

Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) organises one-day online event celebrating the Quarter’s independent businesses On Saturday June 13, viewers can enjoy an exciting day filled with online entertainment within the safety of their own four walls. JQ at Home is a celebration of the artistry, creativity and history of this unique Quarter of Birmingham - an area of the city which has been hit especially hard during the Coronavirus crisis. With a large proportion of businesses in the Jewellery Quarter being part of the hospitality, retail and arts sectors, many businesses were forced to cease trading from as early

Jacobs the Jewellers’ launch annual competition as its first online virtual exhibition

Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, this week announced the start of its annual Emerging Designer competition with 2020 being a totally online virtual exhibition allowing international participation with internet powered voting.   Normally an instore only experience based in the renowned Reading store, the organisers took the view to move entirely online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new format will also help widen the audience for the established event’s growing reputation.   2020’s sixth edition will feature 5 talented designers competing in two categories, a silver object and a piece of jewellery. From 25th May a

H S Walsh & Sons present Elma Clean EC55 Ultrasonic Solution, proven to be effective against Covid 19

As the jewellery and watch trade looks to re-open to the public, H S Walsh are pleased to exclusively add Elma’s ultrasonic fluid Elma Clean EC55 – HF7055, proven to be effective against Coronavirus, to their range of cleaning solutions. With the Government go-ahead for non-essential retail to re-open from the 15 June, many businesses are making careful preparations to meet the guidelines for ensuring the safety of both staff and customers. One of the key areas to consider is the effective cleaning of retail stock or items for repair. Andrew Willgress, Walsh’s Chief Horological Buyer says: “Jewellery and watches, by their very nature have

Herbert Hofmann Prize 2020

The International Craft Fair in Munich, planned from March 11th to 15th, was unfortunately cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. Nevertheless, for the 47th time the coveted Herbert Hofmann Prize of the SCHMUCK special show was awarded to three goldsmiths and jewellery designers writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The jury, consisting of Prof. Otto Künzli from Munich, Prof. Jantje Fleischhut from Düsseldorf, Dr. Gert Bruckner from the Danner Foundation Munich and Dr. Sabine Runde from Frankfurt, met virtually on Friday, March 13, 2020 to select the three award winners: Melanie Isverding and Katrin Feulner from Germany and Carla Nuis from the

News Edit: 10 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   2021 Baselworld Watch And Jewelry Show Is Cancelled Forbes: The MCH Group, which owns and operates the annual Baselworld jewelry and watch trade show, has canceled its 2021 fair in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the mass exodus of its most important watch exhibitors. forbes.com Get creative with these home teaching aids from the jewellery community Wallpaper: Though not necessarily intended for teaching purposes (indeed, the meditative art of colouring in is as enjoyable for adults), we have found these