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Top Ten Announced for EC One Unsigned Award

EC One have announced the 'Top Ten' for their Unsigned Award 2016 Following a huge increase on last year’s applications, the EC One team narrowed entrants down to a shortlist of ten excellent contestants, who are now in the running to be in the Final Four. Three contestants will now be nominated by a public vote on the EC One website , and EC One will select a ‘Wild Card’ who will complete the Final Four. The public vote will be open until midnight Wednesday 31 August, where anybody can vote for their favourite. The Final Four will be announced

Workshop Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The role Workshop Assistant E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award-winning ethical jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London.  We specialise in using sustainable and ethically sourced materials and were the first UK jewellers to gain B. Corp certification. We have a tight knit team who all enjoy workking together We are currently looking for someone to help assist our three highly skilled Goldsmiths who produce our bespoke pieces.  About the Workshop Assistant EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store and other clients. Due to unprecedented growth, our workshop is

Natalie Perry adds EC One as newest stockist

Contemporary ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with jewellery boutique, EC One - the designer’s first bricks and mortar stockist in London. The boutique based in London’s iconic Exmouth Market has a collection of 12 pieces from the signature Floral Fragments collection in both 9ct and 18ct Fairtrade Gold, which includes delicate everyday hoop earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Co-founder and owner of EC One, Alison Skeates said: “I’m thrilled to add Natalie’s beautiful jewellery to our edit of guest designers. The delicate and unique style of her collection coupled with Natalie’s responsible and transparent ethos is really

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

EC One Leads the Way with Sustainability by Becoming B-Corp Certified

London based jewellery boutique E.C. One is leading the way in sustainability within the jewellery industry, by becoming only the second jeweller in the UK to be B-Corporation Certified and joining an established community of companies using business as a force for good.  The accreditation process to become a B-Corp involves an in-depth analysis of the business’ entire social and environmental performance, to assess its impact on its workers, community, environment and customers. Other well-known brands within the B-Corp community include: Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Eileen Fisher. Ethics and sustainability have long been high on the agenda at E.C. [youtube

Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C One the Jewellers (4 Days a week) E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’ as well as ‘Best for Fashion’ , and ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant to join our happy team. The Role The ideal candidate will work closely with our Website Manager to create engaging content for the company's social media presence. This

One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop

One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop - Adi Toch A solo exhibition from award winning metalsmith Adi Toch. Adi Toch’s practice as a metalsmith centres on making engaging vessels and containers that investigate colour, movement, sound and tactility. Following a BA in Metal at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, Adi completed an MA at the Cass, London in 2009. Her work is exhibited internationally and has won prestigious awards including the Gold Award from The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council in 2013. She was recently shortlisted for The Loewe Craft Prize and won a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award. Adi is currently a

Make Your Mark offer One-on-One Surgeries

This year the  Make Your Mark  event will offer visitors the opportunity to book places on one-on-one Surgeries with industry experts and young designers. The surgery sessions, which will take place throughout the two days, will be provided by specialist jewellery and watch communications agency FACETS PR and will offer visitors the chance to speak to industry experts on a one-to-one basis on subjects including PR, social media for business and how to communicate with press to secure coverage. There will also be a team of young designers available at the surgeries, who can give the attending students a realistic

One Year On 2017

One Year On is a high profile, focused feature within New Designers, showcasing designers with an entrepreneurial flair in their first year of business. It is a curated exhibition and those who are chosen to exhibit are selected by a panel of industry specialists on the strength and ambition demonstrated through their work. One Year On is one of the busiest zones of New Designers and is an unmissable destination for buyers, collectors and press alike. It presents an amazing opportunity to meet potential employers, buyers, press and industry professionals. Applications are now open for One Year On 2017. To

One Year In at New Designers 2020

Call for Applications: One Year In at New Designers 2020 1 - 4 July 2020 Business Design Centre Islington, London One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses. Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year In at New Designers 2020. One Year In presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. One Year In showcases and celebrates design entrepreneurs who

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018 One Year On for talented designers launching new creative businesses Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year On at New Designers 2018. One Year On presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated by industry buyer, business-owner and designer Rheanna Lingham, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. Application Deadline 31st January 2018 To Apply www.newdesigners.com/oneyearon2018

One Year In 2019 @ New Designers

Call for Applications: One Year In – Deadline 31 January One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year In at New Designers 2019. One Year In presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. Pre-Show Mentorship Receive business advice and guidance to get you market-ready to exhibit. Exhibitors receive: Business and product development

A One-Sided Look: Asymmetrical Earrings

If there's one way to turn heads this coming fall then an asymmetrical eardrobe will be your main squeeze in the accessories field. As the fashion runways for A/W 2017 begin to descend in new season glory, there was one look in particular that certainly got people talking: the world of mismatched earrings! We've all been there and experienced the crushing dismay when you look in the mirror at the end of the way only to find yourself somewhat mismatched with one earlobe very much naked and exposed. The days of when a favourite pair of sparkly droppers become a

Dior Exhibition at the V&A is Not One to Miss

The Dior Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was definitely not one to miss. The exhibition was organised by rooms, each one relating to a specific theme or idea.  When entering the exhibition, it appeared almost like the entrance to a mansion and had dressed mannequins stood at the windows. The entrance started off the exhibition with Dior’s infamous ‘The New Look’ collection in honour of his original work. The extravagant entrance was able to express the high stature of Dior’s brand. The first room, rather fittingly, took me to Christian Dior’s next collection. The similar silhouette

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On To launch 2018, NCCD is proud to present two exhibitions showcasing work by artists who we’re tipping to be the future stars of the craft & design world in our new exhibitions Class Of 2017: Structural Composition and One Year On. Each year our Class Of series of exhibitions highlights the work of a number of new graduates chosen from the New Designers event which takes place in London. At New Designers the finest graduating students from art and design courses from across the UK are chosen to exhibit their work,

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream, ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’ The London Design Academy 9.30am, Saturday 29 August 2020  The exciting international educational initiative – The London Design Academy (LDA) –  continues the global educational debate this weekend with the second in a series of online global forums, East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship'  live online on Saturday 29 August 2020 9.30am     With the world facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in the aftermath of COVID 19, these forums are themed to the

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Workshop

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Workshop This in-depth workshop is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery, Greg Valerio MBE and Ute Decker, and is about sustainability and ethical awareness in the jewellery industry. It is aimed at those involved in the designing, making and selling of jewellery as well as students and teachers of jewellery and follows from the Symposium on March 28. There is no required knowledge base for this course; complete beginners, students and professional jewellers will benefit from the material covered. The workshop will provide information and tools

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium This Symposium is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. Speakers Speakers will include award winning British Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist, Greg Valerio MBE; jeweller Ute Decker; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; founder of the Precious Metals Workshop, Ian Nicholson; and Jane Barnett and Theodora Panayides of consultancy and social venture, Levin Sources.  Speakers will discuss the importance of implementing an ethical approach and how to face the challenges

Stone Setting: One Day Intensive Course: One Day Intensive Course with Cardinal of London

Stone Setting: One Day Intensive Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London Learn stone setting techniques Star setting/raised grain Flush (Gypsy) setting Gemstones provided Take home set piece of jewellery Learn from an experienced Jeweller During this one day course you will learn how to set with two different techniques, Star Setting (or raised grain setting) and Flush (or Gypsy) setting. This course is designed for beginners and  intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Level: This course is designed for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Time:  10:30am-6.00pm Price:  £130 Tools and materials included

Week One New Designers Award Winners Announced

Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, New Designers 2019 unveils incredible new talent set to shape the design world of tomorrow. Over two weeks, and spanning every discipline in modern making, the event presents the work of more than 3,000 hand-picked design talents. Visitors to the show will discover disruptive new thinking, meet the pacesetters, and get a first look at our creative future. The New Designers Awards brings together 1,500 handpicked designers in areas including textiles, fashion and costume, ceramics, contemporary design craft, and jewellery. Awards are presented to those with the most creative and forward-thinking work. Winners are

New Technologies make for a growth industry and an emerging one

The advent of electronic mining - the process of extracting gold, silver, copper from discarded electronic objects to make jewellery - is now a growing industry. The 26 year old London based jewellery designer Eliza Walter, Founder of Lylie, is the only jeweller in the UK sourcing all the materials for her designs from ‘urban mining’. Eliza Walter has been awarded a hallmark by the Birmingham Assay Office for her efforts.  Other new technologies in mainstream use include 3D printing in jewellery schools and jewellery manufacturing companies like Weston Beamor (3D printing for jewellery has seen a 450% growth year

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

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Cardinal of London

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London Bring your design Carve your own piece Improve your design skills Learn how to carve wax for stone setting Learn from an experienced Jeweller During this one day course you will learn how wax carving is used in the production of jewellery and how it can be used in the development and making of a piece.This course is design for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Level: This course is designed for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Time:  10:30am-6.00pm Price: 

Two Sides - One Story - Pin mechanisms & brooch back design

Donna Brennan Contemporary presents Two Sides - One Story: Pin mechanisms & brooch back design International Jewellery Masterclasses 11 July - 15 July 2018 Led by Brooch expert Daniela Malev, author of the definitive guide to brooch pin design, "To The Point - Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design." In this Masterclass, Daniela will lead you through an array of innovative pin solutions which form an integral part of the overall brooch design. Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftman ́s Certificate for Gold- and

Two Sides - One Story - Pin mechanisms & brooch back design

Donna Brennan Contemporary presents Two Sides - One Story: Pin mechanisms & brooch back design with Daniela Malev International Jewellery Masterclasses 5 - 9 September 2018 Led by Brooch expert Daniela Malev, author of the definitive guide to brooch pin design, "To The Point - Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design." In this Masterclass, Daniela will lead you through an array of innovative pin solutions which form an integral part of the overall brooch design. Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftman ́s Certificate for

Sell Out Event with Jewellery Superstars

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) has witnessed stellar ticket sales for its upcoming ‘In Conversation’ evening, featuring British jewellery superstars Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell. Tickets for the event sold out in early January, more than a month before the evening at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre on February 15th 2017 . Bringing together two of the UK’s foremost jewellers to share personal anecdotes and insight from their careers, the GC&DC’s In Conversation series has become a must-attend event in the jewellery calendar. Jos Skeates, GC&DC chairman and founder of award-winning retailer EC One, will compere the event. Skeates said, 

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

Simone ten Hompel to discuss Glenmorangie Commission

Silversmith Simone ten Hompel will discuss her major commission for the National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new piece of contemporary metal artwork inspired by the museum’s early medieval collections. Regarded as one of the most inventive metalsmiths of her generation, of international repute, and one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed craft artists, Simone ten Hompel is one of the foremost metal practitioners in the UK. Working within this medium for over 40 years, she is known for her metalwork and sculptures that subvert our ideas of domesticity and navigate the metaphorical depth of everyday vessels [youtube

Start Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries The British Library’s Business & IP Centre offers free support for start-up businesses through its Start-ups in London Libraries programme, which is now fully available online. Join the full and half-day workshops to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business, and book for a virtual one-to-one for bespoke support designed to get your start-up journey off to the best start. Our  Start-ups in London Libraries workshops  are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our  Eventbrite page

Sapphire for those born in September

September can only mean one thing - it's officially Virgo season! Sapphire - the September birthstone - has been treasured as one of the most precious gemstones for thousands of years, long associated with royalty, romance and heavenly blessings.  This ‘royal’ gem is often described as one of the ‘big three’ – sapphire, ruby and emerald – or perhaps ‘big four’ – sapphire, ruby, emerald and tanzanite’ – in the world of coloured gemstones. The word sapphire originates from the Greek word sappheiros, meaning ‘blue stone’. Sapphires are traditionally associated with the blue variety of the mineral corundum but they

Stuart Devlin Private Collection Auction

Stuart Devlin Private Collection Auction 3 October 2018 Selsdon in Surrey Catherine Southon Auctioneer & Valuer’s Ltd will be offering a magnificent single owner collection of work by Stuart Devlin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey. The private collection of over 80 lots includes a large collection of Devlin’s distinctive and collectable ‘surprise eggs’ plus a complete set of the Christmas boxes (where each one is one represents one of the twelve days of Christmas – only 100 sets of these are known to exist). Also included is a range of stunning silver

Paolo Marcolongo: A dialogue between glass and metals

Paolo Marcolongo is an artist with a unique and multifaceted inspiration, and one of the significant representatives of the  Scuola Orafa Padovana writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Paolo Marcolongo is an artist with a unique and multifaceted inspiration, and one of the significant representatives of the  Scuola Orafa Padovana . In his jewellery all the complexities of the numerous sculptural, artistic, philosophical and aesthetic references that characterize his creative evolution find a compendium and perfect balance. Nature blossoms in both its sensuality and danger, on the one hand expressed by precious metals which are at times stinging, sharp, edgy, thorny, on the other

London Craft Week 2018

London Craft Week 2018 Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to

London Craft Week puts making on The World Stage over 5 days and 200 events

Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to watch-making  and letterpress. Whether

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews at The National Centre for Craft & Design - Sleaford If you are a designer/maker seeking critical feedback on your work or if you are a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner, then this for you! Book a free 45 minute one-to-one session with one of Design Factory’s resident craft and design experts and receive advice on product development and exhibiting or selling work. These sessions are suitable for everyone at any stage of business and creative practice and offer vital advice and critical feedback to guide ongoing development and growth. Dates

Inspired 2017

Inspired 2017 This May will see the much-anticipated return of INSPIRED - the luxury contemporary silverware and furniture selling showcase at the Goldsmiths’ Centre during London Craft Week. This leading exhibition, now in its fifth year, brings together some of the UK’s finest and up-and-coming silversmiths and furniture makers in one unique curated platform. With demand for original hand crafted goods currently experiencing an exciting resurgence, this is a fabulous and unique opportunity to invest in a one-off or bespoke piece from one of Britain’s most talented artisans. The exhibition will feature work from the UK’s leading silversmiths including Brett

Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery Summer Courses 2017

One Week Jewellery Courses During the summer the Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery offer one week long intensive daytime courses. These courses are suitable for beginners and enable you to make a lot of progress in just one week. For summer 2017 we are offering the following classes in July and August Stone Setting Silver Casting & Wax Carving Introduction to Rhino/CAD Advanced Rhino/CAD If you are unsure which course is best for you then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery Panther House, 38 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AN 0207 837 0045 mail@vannetta.com www.vannettaseecharran.com

Imogen Belfield: Creating Rockesque Jewellery Sculptures

Imogen Belfield’s unique jewellery sculptures range from cascading golden nugget pendants to statement “rockesque” rings. Her textural and organic designs are instantly recognisable and one‐of-a-kind as we bumped into her at London Fashion Week. Tipped by Vogue as one to watch, Belfield was also named by Vogue Italia as one if its " Vogue Talents". Since breaking into the world of fashion and jewellery in 2010, Belfield's covetable pieces have won the attention from a plethora of celebrities, including, Georgia May Jagger, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Scherzinger and Rita Ora. Belfield’s jewellery was also specially chosen for Cameron

Call for Applications: Made Brighton

Made Brighton at St Bartholomew's is a new one day Christmas show. It will take place in St Bartholomew's Church 10.30 to 6.00pm on 10th December. If the Christmas show is a success we would aim to have one or two of these one day shows a year at least until Made Brighton can return to the Corn Exchange (2018 or 2019). Venue St Bartholomew's Church is a stunning Byzantine inspired high church - the tallest single span parish church in Europe and a truly amazing space. It is just down the hill from Brighton Station, by the London Road

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

Call for Applications: Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust  We are delighted to announce that the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust will be accepting new applications for funding between 11 January and 15 February 2021. T alented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen. For further details and to apply please visit  www.qest.org.uk .  Deadline for applications is 5pm, 15 February 2021.

Pantone Colour of the Year Announced

"A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting." PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and

News Edit: 5 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Cartier ambassadors Rami Malek, Maisie Williams and Willow Smith front new Pasha collection Luxury London: Fashion photographer Craig McDean captures a community of ‘unique personalities’ to help relaunch one of Cartier’s most distinctive timepieces. luxurylondon.co.uk Jewellery Artist Cindy Chao Brings Masterpiece London to Hong Kong Prestige Online: Since 2018, jewellery artist Cindy Chao would spend the last week of June in London as one of a handful of jewellery designers – and the only one from Asia – to be invited to

S.J. Phillips Moves From London’s New Bond Street

S.J. Phillips, one of the oldest, family-owned antique jewellery, silver and precious objects businesses in the United Kingdom is moving from its iconic London premises, 139 New Bond Street after nearly 150 years on New Bond Street. As one door closes, however, another door opens. S.J. Phillips, which has been described as “legendary….,” “possibly the most important antique jewellery store in the world….”, “one of London’s best-loved shops….”, is moving around the corner to an equally prestigious street in London’s Mayfair. From the new premises on the second floor of 26 Bruton Street, S.J. Phillips will continue to offer the

Getting Started 2021

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2021 Applications are now open for Getting Started 2021, the one-week free online introduction to business course Today the Goldsmiths’ Centre opens applications for Getting Started Online 2021, the one-week introduction to business course designed to support the most talented UK designers, designer makers and skilled craftspeople in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. Celebrating 40 years, Getting Started Online 2021 is a free course, delivered for the first time completely virtually, and will provide up to 100 start-ups with the help to get practical guidance and advice on key aspects of getting their business

New Designers 2019

New Designers 2019 3,000 creative minds under one roof 26 June – 6 July 2019 The next generation of visionary designers will come together at New Designers this summer, launching never-before-seen ideas, products and trends in a two-week celebration of the future of design. New Designers will take place at the Business Design Centre, London from 26 June – 6 July. Bringing together 3,000 of the brightest new creative minds under one roof and representing every area of contemporary design, New Designers is a launch-pad for fresh design talent. Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, these designers and makers have

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online Provides Boost for Designer-Makers

So if there’s a hierarchy of how badly affected your sector is, when it comes to Covid 19, it’s safe to say that both the craft sector and events, come pretty high. The Crafts Council’s recent landmark survey ‘Market for Craft’ showed that 84% of makers surveyed cited fairs as their foremost revenue source. With the majority of  fairs cancelled due to the pandemic, the impact on makers has been devastating. Manchester’s award winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) was one such casualty.  The annual GNCCF is one of the top fairs in the UK for makers and a

Master Craftsman urges industry colleagues to re-check gas safety

Internationally renowned silversmith Wayne Meeten has urged his fellow craftsmen to take care and re-check their workshop gas set up after he experienced a devastating explosion in his studio. The experienced craftsman, who a multi award winning, was  severely injured in his studio from a faulty regulator that was brand new. Hes said exclusively to Benchpeg: "I had know idea it was faulty regulator, as it was brand new. The technician at the store gave me wrong type. I had bought a complete new system and had it put together by a team of specialists. One did the compressor, one

Traditional Online Enamelling Courses

Traditional Online Enamelling Courses Naomi Nevill is announcing the release of her highly anticipated online enamelling masterclasses. The traditional enamelling and champlevé courses are highly detailed, helping both beginners and more experienced enamellers to achieve consistent and beautiful results. Thanks to a scholarship awarded by QEST, an organisation that supports excellence in British craftsmanship through scholarship and apprenticeship funding, Naomi became protege of master enameller and engraver Phil Barnes, along with having one-on-one training in Cloisonné wiring with Fred Rich. Through learning engraving for enamel and champleve, she gained insights into these traditional techniques and has been working to master

Make It

Call for Applications: Make It  Make It aims to support young makers based in London who are passionate about craft to build their own creative business. Applications are now open Make It  offers London-based makers aged 16-26 space and support to build their own craft-based business. Our two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start. Selected makers will get a free studio space at Cockpit Arts for 12 months, access to onsite workshops in business basics and one-to-one coaching. In the second year, we ask only for a small contribution of £20 a week. You’ll be

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) 2021

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust 2021 We are delighted to announce that the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust will be accepting new applications for funding between 12 July and 16 August 2021. Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust ( QEST ) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of traditional and contemporary skills, from farriery and thatching to jewellery design, glassblowing and millinery. Our next application

Laser welder training / hire by 1h or 1/2h in Hatton Garden

Laser welder training / hire by 1h or 1/2h in Hatton Garden 180j Laser welder training/hire in Hatton Garden by either 1/2h or full hour for full day.  Hire time includes access to laser welder and workbench with basic bench tools.  This is intended for someone who has experience on a laser welder but who does not want to purchase the machine and wants access to one on demand.  Cost is £40 for 1/2h and £60 for full hour. Discounts considered for a full day. Potential availability on weekends.   We have two laser welders including one with a camera,  so

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019 White Stuff, Edinburgh 2 - 25 August 2019 Discover statement handmade objects for you, and your home, from 41 Scotland-based makers in one unique location. Craft Scotland is delighted to announce the 41 talented makers that have been selected for Craft Scotland’s Summer Show 2019. Discover statement handmade objects for you, and your home, from 41 Scotland-based makers in one unique location. Now in its seventh year, the Craft Scotland Summer Show is a firm fixture in the calendar. During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the second floor of White Stuff, in Edinburgh’s city centre, transforms into

Sarah Straussberg Reveals Latest Commission

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Scoop 2017

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The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to support Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition, a brilliant initiative focusing on emerging silversmiths and jewellers. Staged at the renowned Reading-based jewellery store from 6-30 June 2017, the competition will feature work from nine emerging designers from the Bishopsland Educational Trust. One new work of silver and one new piece of jewellery from each designer will be on display and the public will get to vote for its favourite pieces. The Young Designer Competition exhibition will also feature live craft demonstrations and there will be a VIP winner’s event on Friday 30 June. The event's last day will also see it take part in Reading’s

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Goldsmiths' Fair awarded two prizes during the event run this year, in weeks one and two for 'Best New Design'. Max Danger and Patrick Davison both won the acknowledgement for best new product with a selection of runners up in each week. Week One Winning piece: Honey Bee Cluster Ring by Max Danger Runners up: Mirror Brooch/Pendant by Zoe Arnold and Ishihara #1 Brooch by Andrew Lamb Announcing the prize, renowned design curator and consultant, Mary La Trobe-Bateman, drew attention to the charm, intricacy, and craftsmanship of Danger’s standout piece - a gold, black rhodium and natural yellow diamond piece of wearable

V&A to Showcase Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

V&A collaborates with artist Nick Veasey to build first ever mobile x-ray art studio ahead of landmark exhibition on designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Ahead of the first ever UK exhibition on the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, opening on 27 May, the V&A teamed up with x-ray artist Nick Veasey to create the world's first mobile x-ray art studio. In the studio, Veasey captured a series of beautifully crafted life-sized x-ray images revealing new and surprising details about the work of one of the 20th century's most revered couturiers. The x-ray project is one of several forensic techniques that the Museum has

Surface Level @Intro

Surface Level 17 January - 29 February 2020 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Intro is pleased to announce its next exhibition, Surface Level. The surface of an object is a boundary or a threshold that enables contact with the object itself. Artists and jewellers must be hyper-aware of the treatment of surfaces as they act as both the initial physical connection to a wearer, as well as a visual one. Surface Level is an exhibition of work by several Intro artists who are thinking about surfaces in their practice as a way to access deeper meaning and context. The surfaces of each

Artist in Residence - School of Jewellery

Call for Applications: School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Scheme 2019-2020 This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, working collaboratively within the Artist in Residence team. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in Vittoria Street gallery, and engage with the vibrant and rich community in the School. The residency scheme offer you access to facilities from September 2019 to August 2020 for no charge in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be expected to commit at least 2 to 3 days a week and

The '90s Chunky Chain Trend is Back

Fancy yourself as a bit of a maximalist when it comes to your accessories? The trends circulating this autumn/winter are varied, vast and everything in between so if you want to be a total show-off this season then chunky chains is a trend to tap into for some statement-making silhouettes! Oversized chain-link jewellery is on the fashion trajectory left, right and centre with the likes of Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferretti, Loewe and even Chloe crafting their collections with unmissable chain links. With a mix and match of textures, finishes, metals and design, there was one element that connected them all:

Workshop Benches To Rent

Workshop Benches To Rent - London  WC1N Modern 1st fl. Large space with lots of natural daylight. Air Conditioning Use of workshop tools incl. laser Good security, alarmed safes etc Discreet location Wi-Fi Shared kitchen & w/c Shower Bike park Based off Greys Inn Road 7 min walk to Hatton Garden £350 pcm One-month deposit in advance Potential work for suitable Mounter / Setter Contact  mark.soley@dasoley.co.uk

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Artist Blacksmith Commission, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum wish to appoint an artist to produce a series of interpretive sculptures to complement the tour interpretation. The overall atmospheric feel we aim to create for the visitor is one of a mine which has closed and is inhabited with hints of the former workers. Therefore, much of the interpretation will use clever lighting and soundscapes to give the impression of mine workers. To complement these we want a few set pieces which will be photo opportunities for the visitor. Most of these sculptures do not want to be

Jewellery buying sentiments highlighted as NAJ publish consumer research

The National Association of Jewellers has published its consumer research on the role of Jewellery in the lives of UK customers, in whitepaper and research report format. Profiling the opinions of more than 2500 consumers, the ‘outside in’ research is one of the largest market research activities to be carried out by the trade for a decade, and a first for the Association. Supported by The Company of Master Jewellers and The Goldsmiths’ Company , the research is now available to download. Download Whitepaper The report identifies key themes underpinning purchases such as ‘to celebrate or commemorate a relationship’, which

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2018

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner The Silversmith and Jewellers charity would like to invite all jewellery trade members to this prestigious event. 4 course dinner with wine. Guest speaker is comedian Ian Irving, one of the most popular and sought-after entertainers on the circuit! Last spaces are being filled now! Hurry up and grab your ticket. Date 30th Nov 2018 Venue The RAC Pall Mall, London Tickets £140 To Book Email or call Julie for tickets: julie@thesjcharity.co.uk 020 8265 9288

Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch & Equipment Fair 2019

Istanbul Jewelry Show 21-24 March 2019  Istanbul Expo Center  48th Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch & Equipment Fair  Istanbul Jewelry Show is comprehensive marketplace for international jewelry community and professionals. The ever growing number of participants and attendants accompanied with the value added trade show services have created a unique business environment in one of the fastest developing regions of the world.  Dates 21 - 24 March 2019 Venue Istanbul Expo Center (CNR Expo)  For More Information .istanbuljewelryshow.com

The Fenton Arts Trust

Funding: The Fenton Arts Trust The Trust is an arts charity, one which focusses its efforts specifically on the support of artists at the beginning of their careers. Each year there are twenty five to thirty beneficiaries. The objectives of the Trust include: the provision of grants which will support or reward work or performance by individuals early in their careers the provision of grants for institutions or organisations that share these aims. Grants are available to support individual works, activities, performances or prizes in the fields of drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music, poetry and architecture. An application may come

Artist in Residence Opportunity 2018, School of Jewellery

Call for Applications: Artist in Residence, School of Jewellery The School of Jewellery Artist in Residence (AiR) mentoring scheme is open for applications for 2018-19. The AiR mentoring scheme offers space and facilities in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be given access to bench space and the School's outstanding facilities for the duration of the residency, for which there is no charge. It is expected that you are able to commit to at least 2-3 days a week and agree to a common meeting day at least once a month. This is a fantastic opportunity

Nel Linssen: A Tribute (1935 - 2016)

A Tribute (1935 - 2016) Nel Linssen To welcome the New Year, we have acquired a number of pieces from Nel Linssen’s family to pay tribute to an artist that The Gallery represented for over 30 years. Nel Linssen was one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary jewellery. Exhibition Run 6 January - 3 February 2018 Venue The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ scottish-gallery.co.uk

Thomas Lyte commissioned to create the Laver Cup

Rod Laver, Roger Federer and John McEnroe have unveiled The Laver Cup for the first time, amid great expectation for the new competition. It will be contested to celebrate the career and exceptional achievements of Australian great Rod Laver, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis player of all time. Six of the best players from Europe will compete against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world for the new trophy in September. Three of the greats of tennis, past and present, unveiled the newest trophy in world tennis, the Laver Cup. Rod Laver,

Designers in Residence 2017

Designers in Residence 2017 Applications are now open for the 2017 Designer in Residence programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be one of the first designers to work in the designated studio situated within the new Design Museum in Kensington. More information This residency accommodates four designers to work independently on a project in response to a theme. Designers from different disciplines are selected and work autonomously as well as come together to exchange and share skills and ideas. Visitors are invited to engage in the process on display and to interact with the designers to gain an in

West Dean College’s FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork or Clocks Bursary

New bursary funding for students applying this year: West Dean College’s FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork or Clocks Funding is made available by The Edward James Foundation for one third of the first years tuition fees. Develop well-rounded metalworking theory and skills, with projects encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing. Bursary application deadline : 1   May 2017  Applicable for September 2017 entry.    Course information: www.westdean.org.uk Funding information: www.westdean.org.uk

School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Opportunity

School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Opportunity 2017 The School of Jewellery is pleased to announce that applications to the Artist in Residence (AiR) mentoring scheme scheduled for September 2017 to August 2018 is now open. About the Residency The position offers space and facilities in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be given access to bench space and the School’s outstanding facilities for the duration of the residency, for which there is no charge. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, through collaboration with the Artist

The Enchanting Return of Ebony

Prized for its heartwood and beautifully smooth finish on fine furniture and accessories, black Ebony is one of the most expensive and valuable types of wood found in the world. Like most wonders of nature, no two pieces of Ebony Blackwood are alike due to the difference in location and species of heartwood for it to thrive. With Black Ebony increasingly becoming a rarity in discovery, poaching of this fine material has greatly increased due to its value. The darker the wood, the more valuable the piece of Ebony becomes due to being classed as more "pure" and showcasing the

Town Centre Artist Commission

Town Centre Artist Commission, HOME Slough HOME Slough wants to animate the town centre with one or more artist commissions that will connect and express Slough’s people and inspire a sense of pride in the town. The outcome may be a permanent, semi-permanent or temporary artwork/installation/event. The commission will engage with the town centre environment and test its potential as a destination for arts and culture activity. It will involve local people in its creative development and reach new audiences for the arts. It will encourage local thinking on the future on the town centre environment at a time of

Trial of the Pyx 2017

Trial of the Pyx 2017  Since 1871, the annual Trial of the Pyx has taken place at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London. The Trial of the Pyx dates back to the 12th century, making it one of the longest established judicial procedures in the country. The Trial is held annually at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall in accordance with the Coinage Act of 1971, and is presided over by the Queen’s Remembrancer of the Royal Courts of Justice, the oldest judicial office in the UK, dating back to the twelfth century. The 2017 Trial of the Pyx will

Artist Commission Oceansgate Plymouth, Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council is seeking to commission a site-specific contemporary artwork for the exciting new Oceansgate development. Situated on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe, Oceansgate will bring businesses together to create a world-class hub for marine industries. The existing industrial buildings and docks will be transformed to create the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the UK. We are looking for an imaginative artist intervention in the public space at the gateway to the Oceansgate campus. The piece will have an important role in signalling the evolving contribution the former South

Glasgow School of Art

The  Glasgow School of Art  is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines – a reputation grounded in the international impact and standing of our academic staff, our international student community drawn from over 80 countries Undergraduate: Silversmithing & Jewellery BA (Hons) www.gsa.ac.uk

CV Surgery

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Senior Jewellery Production Assistant, Queensmith Master Jewellers - Hatton Garden, London

The role Senior Jewellery Production Assistant Queensmith Master Jewellers Hatton Garden, London Queensmith Master Jewellers is an award-winning bridal jeweller situated in London’s historic jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Specialising in made-to-order engagement rings, wedding bands and fine diamond jewellery, we are one of the youngest and fastest growing bespoke jewellers in London. The Role Our growth and success has created a position for a Senior Jewellery Production Assistant. Reporting directly to the Production Director; the successful candidate will fast become an integral member of the team assisting the production process of every item designed and manufactured. They will assist in

BBA Artist Prize 2021

BBA Artist Prize 2021 Who can apply International call, open to all media, all ages over 18, all genders and all educational backgrounds. ‘Early bird’ application phase 1 15 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 (midnight CET) Out of all applications we receive during phase 1, we will select 10 artists for the longlist. Apply early and secure one of the first positions on the longlist! You will be notified until January 30th and we will already start promoting you in February 2021. 1st Prize Solo show at BBA Gallery in 2022 Cash prize 1000 € Artsy profile BBA Gallery

Digital NAJ Live

The NAJ has now revealed plans on how it plans to continue with its successful lockdown webinars and coffee breaks through a revised monthly ‘NAJ Live’ format. Sarah Duncan from Chiswick Auctions who previously presented one of the most popular ‘lockdown’ seminars on ‘Sentimental Jewellery’ is announced as a keynote speaker alongside Alex Kettler, Head of Media at Richard Winterton Auctioneers for the very first digital NAJ Live. The digital NAJ Live format will include three webinar presentations, with Helen Dimmick NAJ Retail Ambassador hosting proceedings. After the webinar sessions have closed, attendees will then have the opportunity to join

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers - Scotland

Creative Scotland Hardship Fund *Please note that applications open midday on 10 November, you will only be able to apply from then* What is this fund for? This fund has been provided by Scottish Government to support freelance craft practitioners working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund offers a one-off bursary to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19. This includes practitioners who operate using a personal service company (PSC) or ‘loan-out’ type structure, sole traders and

Data Entrepreneurs and Artists Offered Residencies at 18th-Century Mansion

Call for Applications: Marchmont House Residency Borders-based tech entrepreneur forms partnerships to support creativity in arts and enterprise in Marchmont’s Creative Spaces A residency in a beautiful studio at Marchmont House and £12,000 in funding is on offer to support an entrepreneur to develop a project using data within the creative industries. It is one of several residencies being offered at the restored 1750 Palladian mansion in Berwickshire which is in the process of creating a suite of Creative Spaces – high quality studios and workshops. Marchmont House has also teamed up with Berwick Creative Guild, the newly established Marchmont Makers

News Edit: 26 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The dreamiest dresses of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week 2020 The Evening Standard: The invitation-only week-long extravaganza is one bursting with the frothiest tulle, the daintiest embroidery and the most meticulous detail, all presented to the eyes of the most revered fashion editors and the wealthiest clients. standard.co.uk They’ve Got Their Gems to Keep Them Warm NY Times: At the high jewelry presentations in chilly Paris, Chanel went for tweed, Dior went for pairs, and Boucheron celebrated the Question Mark. nytimes.com The diamond deal that rocked Angola The Guardian: For

News Edit: 8th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The powerful women behind Cartier’s most iconic symbol Harpers Bazaar: A new interactive exhibition at Harrods celebrates the glittering heritage of Cartier’s most famous emblem, and the pioneering woman who inspired it. harpersbazaar.com An ode to nature Bankock Post: Chopard translates its love for flora and fauna into a new range of high-jewellery creations for this year's Red Carpet collection. bangkokpost.com All the coolest Australian jewellery designers are now in one place Fashion Journal: I don’t know about you, but I find that buying jewellery online can be

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2020

Final Call for Applications: The Contemporary Craft Festival 2020 Bovey Tracey, Devon 12 – 14 June 2020 The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest and most loved craft events, which sees 200 diverse and talented makers of contemporary craft selling directly to up to 10,000 members of the public. The Festival includes Start UP, a specially designed area for businesses in the early stages of their career. Open to makers from across the UK and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings,

Ashley Banjo Dons World’s Most Expensive 18ct Gold Peperami Necklace

Forget diamonds – the world’s most expensive Peperami has been unveiled, worth an eye-watering £1,500. The luxury item takes inspiration from the snack’s Original wrapper, replicating the same shape and design the nation know and love - but in 18ct yellow gold. Appraised by an independent valuator, the one-of-a-kind piece sees the Peperami detachable wrapper dangle from a 34inch heavy chain. Weighing in at a whopping 295g, the custom necklace has been specifically designed so fans can refill the gold-plated pendant with their beloved Peperami stick, allowing them to hang the snack-storing chain around their neck until hunger strikes. Hoping

JewelryAround at Palakiss Winter 2020 during VicezaOro

JewelryAround at Palakiss Winter 2020 during VicezaOro 17 - 22 January 2020 Vicenza, Italy Persian collective JewelryAround  will be showing at Palakiss Winter 2020 (during VicezaOro January). JewelryAround  is all about the the world of contemporary jewellery presenting emerging designers and artists from all around the Middle-East in Europe one day.  Palakiss is an internationally renowned jewellery exhibition which organizes 4 events a year of which 3 are National Exhibitions in which take part Italian and international companies. Palakiss, operating since 1999, is an internationally renowned jewelery center dedicated to jewelery and goldsmiths, which organizes 4 events a year, mainly

Longer Days & Neon Gems: MAYA Gemstones extends Collections to include new Electric Neon Pieces

Last year, MAYA Gemstones released its 'Out of Office' collection . The triangle cut gems, unique to the brand, adorned cutesy stationery inspired jewellery. For summer 2020, MAYA Gemstones is expanding both this collection, and its Sonya collection to include new Electric Neon pieces.  Splashes of neon embellish stackable and mismatched paperclip earrings, quirky ruler bracelets and rings and round enamel and quartz rings with a central triangular diamond.  MAYA Gemstones' new Electric Neon Additions The bent wire 'paperclip' form of the earrings allow them to interlink with one another creating a unique drop earring in a neon rainbow, or

TEFAF Online - New York 2020

TEFAF Online New York 1– 4 November 2020 300 Masterpieces. Exclusively Online TEFAF Online will take place in the time slot of TEFAF New York. This edition is a digital marketplace where every member of our community is invited to showcase one highlight representing their expertise in the top segment of the art market. Every highlight presented at TEFAF Online is vetted by an independent vetting committee composed of the most respected experts in the field. We are honored to showcase 300 dealers from all over the world. The power of TEFAF is in the combined attraction of exhibiting dealers.

New Designers 2020

New Designers 2020 1 - 4 July 2020 Business Design Centre Islington, London The next generation of visionary designers will come together at New Designers this summer, launching never-before-seen ideas, products and trends in a two-week celebration of the future of design. New Designers will take place at the Business Design Centre, London from 1 - 4 July 2020. Bringing together 3,000 of the brightest new creative minds under one roof and representing every area of contemporary design, New Designers is a launch-pad for fresh design talent. Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, these designers and makers have been hand-picked

News Edit: 27 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Milan celebrates jewellery design Domus: For the first time in Milan a week dedicated to jewellery: the Milan Jewelry Week, open from 24 to 27 October 2019. domusweb.it Two become one in the hands of Lorenzo Mattotti and Van Cleef & Arpels Wallpaper: Adding to the maison’s rich rollcall of artist collaborations, Nicolas Bos, CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, was keen to find an artist who could unite the different facets of dance, drawing and high jewellery for the maison’s 2019 high jewellery collection, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. wallpaper.com Julianne

Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter, TJC - Feltham, London

The role Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter TJC Feltham, London Who we are TJC Established in 2006 and headquartered in the London area, TJC is an omni-channel retailer specialising in jewellery, home, beauty, fashion, gemstones, and other lifestyle accessories. TJC reaches over 25 million UK households via our live 24/7 TV Shopping channel and our e-commerce site. Our goal is to deliver trust, joy, and community to our employees and customers through our high-quality products and commitment to corporate social responsibility; we aim to touch people’s lives one piece at a time. Check us out at www.tjc.co.uk or on TV

CRAFT at Top Drawer

Call for Applications: CRAFT at Top Drawer Be part of Craft: the community for creative makers Are you a contemporary maker looking to sell your work in stores, museums and galleries? CRAFT at Top Drawer is the hunting ground for the very best professional buyers, retailers and collectors looking for exquisite one-off pieces created by hand with heart and skill. Applications are open for contemporary makers working in fashion accessories, interior design, jewellery, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, acrylic, woodwork, prints and etchings. Just click here to request the application form and information pack. www.topdrawer.co.uk Deadline: 1st May

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Part Time Administrator Society of Designer Craftsmen Work from home / available for meetings in London Make A Difference!  Be part of one of the leading craft societies in the UK This is a wonderful opportunity to join the management team of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, an organisation founded by William Morris and Walter Crane which is embarking on an exciting programme of development and change. Our members are some of the most innovative, talented and skilled craftspeople in the country. We promote and support the work of designer makers working across craft disciplines including Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass

Studio Vacancy, Making Space - Havant, Hampshire

Studio Vacancy, Making Space Making Space has a vacancy in one of our seven individual studio spaces. Professional artists and makers looking to develop their practice and/or business can apply to rent a studio for an initial two years. As well as having a professional space to think and make, they have access to the knowledge and networks of staff, trustees and freelancers, as well as opportunities to earn income from teaching, project work, sales and commissions. Our studios are approximately 16 square metres, with 24/7 access, parking, heating, lighting, water, and internet/phone points. Prices range from £176 each (with

New York City Jewelry Week: Inclusion and diversity

The week of New York City Jewelry Week was characterized by a flurry of events, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, demonstrations and talks... which marked the days with a fitting rhythm, covering topics and presenting very different types of jewelry writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Together with important partners such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), suggestive venues and prestigious interventions, there has been talks of jewelry touching various themes:  starting from sustainability with a symposium called  Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle , which was a one day crash course on the sustainability challenges that face the

Made London 2019

Made London: Marylebone The Contemporary Design and Craft Fair Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 October 2019 One Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ Made London: Marylebone is an annual, highest quality contemporary craft and design fair featuring a curated selection of over 100 contemporary designer-makers. Tutton and Young have invited applications from artists working throughout the UK and have handpicked top exhibitors to showcase and sell a diverse selection of jewellery, ceramics, textiles of all descriptions, striking fashion accessories, clothes, metalwork, mixed media art, beautifully worked wood and handcrafted furniture – a huge range of gorgeous things for the home and for

The Dover Prize

Call for Applications: The Dover Prize  The Dover Prize is an award open to any UK-based artist. It supports excellence and experimentation in the arts and creative industries. Applications are welcome from artists and creative practitioners working in the visual arts e.g.  painting, sculpture, ceramics, print- making, photography, digital art, film making, performance and installations. This year the Dover Prize comprises: The Dover Award:  A bursary of £10,000 paid across two years, to an individual or collective to provide time to think, research, reflect and/or experiment with new ideas Creative Awards:  Five awards of £1,500 are available for one year

Craft & Design Fair, Wellington College, Crowthorne

Craft & Design Fair 25 - 27 October 2019 Wellington College, Crowthorne The Craft in Focus Berkshire craft fair is held at Wellington College. Set in around 400 acres, this is one of the oldest independent schools in the country and provides the perfect backdrop for a show of this calibre. This is an indoor event with ample free parking and full disabled access (disabled and elderly parking is via the entrance through the business park). As well as a varied selection of craftmakers there are also exhibitors selling food products including condiments, spices, oils, chocolates, Christmas puddings and cakes,

Liu Yifei wears Chaumet for the premiere of Mulan in Los Angeles

This week in Los Angeles, on the occasion of the premiere of Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, Liu Yifei, ambassador of the Maison, was wearing the Nuages d’Or earrings from the High Jewellery collection Les Ciels de Chaumet, as well as a ring from the High Jewellery collection Soir de Fête. Ambassador of Maison Chaumet in China, Liu Yifei is one of the leading actresses of her generation. Sharing with the Maison the same vision of elegance, the Chinese-American actress personifies the contemporary femininity of Chaumet jewellery creations.   Author:  Published: 

Opals given the spotlight at IJL by Prism Design

Prism Design has announced the launch of a range of exciting new boulder opal designs for Milburn & Ley. The boulder opals were mined by the company’s partners, Barbara and Edi of  The Opal Cutter , Barbara has been mining since 1984 in Coober Pedy and more recently Koroit. The close partnership means that Prism knows exactly where the opals have been sourced and that they have been responsibly mined. The company admits that it is really excited to show its one-of-a kind designs set in gold and its comprehensive collection of loose boulder opals on offer. Milburn & Ley,

Professional Practice, City Lit

Professional Practice, City Lit City Lit’s advanced professional practice area is now offering a range of one-day workshops, which you can pick and mix to design your own programme of learning. New to Europe's largest adult ed college, these will provide the skills and knowledge you need to take your creative practice further, in the following areas: Technical fundamentals and skills: how to document, archive and present your work at its best. Business and commercial skills: working with clients over a brief; promoting and selling your work; running studio or a creative practice; safeguarding your intellectual property; getting to grips with

Zeemou Zeng partners with Age UK

Zeemou Zeng has announced a partnership with the leading charity for older people, Age UK.  Until 10 Aug 2020 the brand will donate 20% of the price of their most popular items: Eye Diamond Brooch, Melody Cocktail Ring, Melody Diamond Earrings, and the Rainbow Melody Necklace.  Age UK provides essential services for older people across the UK.  Too many older people feel they have no one to turn to for support.  Age UK exists to help older people when they need it most.  www.zeemouzeng.com Author:  Published: 

News Edit: 15th March 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   25 Captivating Ways To Wear Aquamarine Vogue: The Duchess of Sussex wore many fabulous jewels on her wedding day in 2018, but perhaps one of the most meaningful was the aquamarine cocktail ring she wore to her evening reception. vogue.co.uk The 5 Biggest Jewellery Trends From The AW20 Runways Vogue: Every woman – and every fashion designer – knows that no outfit is complete without jewellery. From New York and London to Milan and Paris, here is British Vogue’s breakdown of the top catwalk jewellery trends from the autumn/winter 2020

News Edit: 11 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   All The Best Jewellery Trends From The SS21 Shows Vogue: With lockdown round two and potential economic doom on the horizon, you might be thinking it’s time to put the fripperies of jewellery to one side. But for spring/summer 2021, designers have proven what all true lovers of jewellery know: its ability to lift your mood is undeniable, as is its power to make you look instantly dressed up – even if off camera, you are pairing it only with your pyjamas. vogue.co.uk London Fashion Week: the need-to-know

Raw Pearls to hold 25% off stock clearance at IJL

Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers have had an incredible year with the launch of an innovative education programme, numerous awards and new product lines. All of which they will celebrate with a monumental stock clearance at this year’s IJL. Director Miranda Raw said, “As we all know, the high street has been somewhat stuck of late, and we want to help our clients by offering at least 25% off hundreds of our lines at IJL in September. Visitors will see pearl prices like they’ve never seen before!” Pearls have been enjoying a revamp for some

Call for Applications: Two fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships

Call for Applications: Fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme Residential Scholarships South House Silver Workshop Trust Two fully funded Graduate Apprentice Scheme residential scholarships are being offered by the Trustees of the South House Silver Workshop Trust. The scholarships will give two silversmiths the opportunity to learn a variety of silversmithing skills in an intensive residential placement with leading silversmiths Rod Kelly and Brett Payne. Travel, accommodation and tuition fees will be covered by the grant. The placements will be divided into two periods of intensive residential workshop experience - one silversmith will spend two months in Shetland with Rod Kelly

HammerClub exhibition 2020

Call for Applications: HammerClub Exhibition 2020 ‘ Open up’ We invite you to participate with your current and of course best piece to our exhibition  ‘Open Up’- contemporary silverwork art . Open Entry As you can see from the title of the exhibition, it is all about silverware. If your work contains other materials then silver or material combinations, but you consider them to be representative, then we stand open to all good works. Maximum of one piece per participant. Jewellery is not accepted. Exhibition Dates The exhibition will be on show at the  Nederlands Zilvermuseum in Schoonhoven  from 29

News Edit: 8 December 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The most exceptional jewellery boxes for the connoisseur in your life this Christmas If you’re serious about collecting jewellery, it makes sense that you’d be serious about where you keep it. telegraph.co.uk Unusual Christmas gifts for jewellery-lovers Jewellery is one of the trickiest things to gift. There is the metal to think about, the ring size, the stone colour and that's before you even get to the shape and style of the piece. theweek.co.uk Ultimate Christmas Gift: An Heirloom Jewelry Box Filled With Jewels Online fashion retailer, Net-A-Porter, has teamed

Artists Access to Art Colleges

Artists Access to Colleges along with host universities are offering 50 spots to artists and designers to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities which include: workships, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists. Artists from 2017-2018 schemes can now reapply for this year's schemes. All applicants must have at least one year of professional practice. Only MA /PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate. Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support. Applicants will be

News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Girl’s Best Friend: Meet the Ethical Jeweller Empowering Women Vanity Fair: Shiffon Co. Founder Shilpa Yarlagadda is a young entrepreneur making waves in the jewellery industry. www.vanityfair.com 14 Sustainable Jewelry Brands To Support On Earth Day Elle: Since its conception in 1970, Earth Day has become one of the largest secular observances in the world. It spreads awareness about the conditions of our planet and the ways in which we can create a more sustainable lifestyle. www.elle.com 6 Sustainable Jewellery Collections To Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Tatler:

2021 Bright Young Gems winners announced

The winners of Bright Young Gems® 2021 mentoring scheme for graduating and recently graduated jewellery designers have been announced. The talented line-up comprise Imogen Burch, Amber Doughty, Hannah Gower, Capucine Huguet and Andrea Jose Castro, all of whom will unveil their winning pieces as part of the National Association of Jeweller’s showcase at the one-day UK Jewellery Festival, The Brewery, London, on September 1, 2021.  Thanks to support from the  National Association of Jewellers, the winners  will also benefit from dedicated mentoring from  the NAJ jewellery experts before the event to ensure that they maximise the experience. The designers will

International Jewellery London 202 Cancelled

Reed Exhibitions has announced that International Jewellery London, scheduled to take place at Alexandra Palace, London, from 13 to 15 September 2020 will be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Reed Exhibitions issued the following statement: "Following UK government guidelines and comprehensive discussions with our customers, public health authorities and partner organisations, we do not believe that we are in a position to host a large scale gathering of the community in September without compromising the key valuable elements of IJL. T he health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority.  Therefore, a

Flame Off 2019

Flame Off 2019 31 May - 2 June 2019 Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire Over the last seven years we have brought hundreds of glass beadmakers together in 2 halls over one weekend to play with glass and fire (sounds like a safety officers nightmare!) Ever wondered how some of the top artists work things like fine stringers? or what their encasing techniques are? Upstairs in the top hall we have the best worldwide lamp work artists demonstrating infront of cameras which seats 150 people, those images are beamed onto large high definition screens making it very easy to watch

Lapworth Museum of Geology

Artists Commission, Lapworth Museum of Geology The  Lapworth Museum of Geology  at the University of Birmingham is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for an artist to create a virtual, interactive arts-based workshop linked to the Museum’s collections. The Lapworth Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections. Since its temporary closure in March 2020, the Museum has delivered a large number of very successful virtual activities including talks, educational sessions and family activities. The Lapworth is looking to build on this success by commissioning an artist to develop and deliver a virtual workshop targeted

Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf

Workshops and Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf Oxo Tower Wharf, at the heart of London’s South Bank, is home to studios for designer-makers and craftspeople and we have a number of spaces available for talented new tenants. These opportunities come at a pivotal time for Oxo as we re-focus on craft and design and seek talented makers to join us. We're excited to be safeguarding spaces for creatives in central London and our building provides a unique opportunity for makers to have a studio and showroom in one, with opportunity for an open door to the public too! Our studios

Meet Jacqueline Ryan @ The Scottish Gallery

On the Surface - Jacqueline Ryan The Scottish Gallery 24 July - 24 August 2019 Meet the Maker 11-12 noon, Saturday 27th July  Jacqueline Ryan’s spectacular On the Surface is now open. This is Jacqueline’s first major presentation with The Gallery since the seminal exhibition ‘Art Jewellery’ twenty years ago and it is ten years since Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum acquired a similar enamel necklace to the one shown opposite for their permanent collection.  Jacqueline is in Edinburgh this week to celebrate her new body of work.  You can meet Jacqueline Ryan on Saturday 27th July 11-12noon and find

Matthew Burgess appointed New Head of Goldsmiths’ Fair for 2021

Digital engagement and arts professional, Matthew Burgess, takes on the role for one year as maternity cover for Harriet Scott Friday 15 January: Matthew Burgess joins The Goldsmiths’ Company as Head of Fair for the upcoming 2021 Fair this autumn, covering maternity for Harriet Scott who has been with the Company for over six years. Matthew brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with leading Mayfair galleries, museums and individual artists both in the UK and internationally. He has organised and managed numerous high-profile commercial and educational events as well as exhibitions and fairs for renowned international artists

News Edit: 17th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   West London jeweller named among UK’s 100 most inspirational female business owners S W Londoner: A West London jeweller has been named one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs. swlondoner.co.uk For the love of jewellery The News: Tasbih Qazi and Hafsa Zuberi have been designing exquisite jewellery since 2016. Their jewellery line – Esfir - offers statement gold-plated and silver pieces of jewellery - that embodies the modern woman. thenews.com.pk Quarterly jobs survey may be revived with a national scope Live Mint: The move is aimed

Bench space to rent in Stratford

Bench space to rent in Stratford I have some bench spaces to rent in my new unit in Stratford, I have 2 that I would like to rent on a permanent basis @ £200 a month and one that can be let on a more casual or short term basis. The workshop/studio is huge and there’s plenty of space for benches, photography, CAD & design space. The unit is designated as ‘light industrial’ so there’s no issues with gas and oxygen torches. The building has 24hour access and the unit has a sink, fridge and WiFi. Contact Edward: edward@edwardflemingjewellery.com

News Edit: 21 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How the Moon Landing Changed Jewelry History Town and Country: Jewelers have always looked to the heavens, but the Apollo 11 mission inspired a new era of designs. www.townandcountrymag.com Serena Williams Wears the Most Unusual Ear Jewelry in Harper’s Bazaar Feature In Store Magazine: A new Serena Williams feature in Harper’s Bazaar is sure to attract attention. But what might be most interesting to jewelers is the unique ear ornament she wore in one of the photos. We’re not even sure you can call this Gucci accessory an earring. instoremag.com

Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production

Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production 20 November 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University will be hosting the 2019 Handmade by Design one-day symposium 20 November 2019 and an accompanying exhibition 11 November – 6 December 2019. This will be the fifth outing for the successful “Handmade by Machines” symposium and this year will have international speakers, a keynote from Troy Richards of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and an exhibition of work which straddles the man/machine boundaries with a focus on jewellery and wearables. The conversation will

40 Brooches for 40 Years

40 Brooches for 40 Years Dovecot Studios 7 – 29 August 2021 As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Dazzle presents  40 Brooches for 40 Years .  This exhibition shows 40 makers from across the four decades who made a special brooch for the occasion. These one-off brooches are available to buy online at Lovedazzle or at our  Edinburgh Festival Dazzle  at Dovecot Studios  7 – 29 August   2021 .  Dovecot Studios Ltd ,  10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT or  www.lovedazzle.com

Dutch jewellery designer only European finalist in JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards

Jewelry designer Alice Sunderland was the only European finalist to win a prize at the annual JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards in the United States. Alice received a ‘silver medal’ in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’. JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards is considered to be the leading authority within the jewelry industry when it comes to the best and most innovative jewels. Theirs is one of the largest design contests for jewelry designers within the industry. Alice Sunderland was nominated in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’ with her famed Calendarring.  This special ring consists of 365 sparkling diamonds, placed in 12 rows. Each diamond

Dragons’ Den and The Workbench

The Workbench: Best-friends-turned-jewellers appear on prime-time BBC One TV show after world-first ring carving kits shake up jewellery industry. Best friends Katie and Kirstie built their business after a eureka moment during a craft night with friends. The new series of Dragons’ Den saw this week The Workbench girls pitch their business  on the BBC programme. The Workbench, the world’s first design-your-own ring carving kit, is the result of a lightbulb moment in 2014 between best friends - founders Katie and Kirstie who appeared on the finale episode of the 18th series of Dragons’ Den on the 8th July pitching

Gemfields Hosts Introductory Course in Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires

As a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced, coloured gemstones, Gemfields is perfectly placed in bringing together experts to share their in-depth knowledge with the jewellery industry. And it did just that this weekend, hosting a one-day introductory coloured gemstone seminar in London with an impressive line-up of industry experts at the stylish Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. A panel of speakers – including specialists in sustainability, jewellery and gemmology– addressed sales and retail staff from key jewellery brands, lifting the lid on the charm, attraction and complexities of rubies, emeralds and sapphires, the three most coveted coloured gemstones. The latest

In The Close Distance - Jeff Lowe in Exhibition

Artist Jeff Lowe presents a series of sculptural jewellery alongside his monumental metal sculptures and vibrant screenprints in his 2020 solo exhibition In The Close Distance at Pangolin London. The exhibition is on until 22 February 2020 and marks a major shift in the artist’s usual aesthetic through a change in technique, material and bold use of colour. His newest series uses curved sheets of painted aluminium which form circular structures, revealing layers and overlap. The internationally acclaimed sculptor Jeff Lowe came to prominence in 1974 with his first one man show at the prestigious Leicester Galleries in Londonʼs Cork

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

Friedrich Becker Prize 2020

Call fro Applications: Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 9  May 2020 Stadtmuseum, Düsseldorf Application for the Frieserich Becker Prize 2020 is open. In awarding the Friedrich-Becker-Prize the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V. (Society of Goldsmiths‘ Art) commemorates this extraordinary man and great designer Friedrich Becker, and following his path it is given to the very best of our generation of designers. The prize is awarded for originality, exceptional design and highest execution of craftsmanship. Submissions should be jewelry or hollow/flatware, either one-of-a-kind or a prototype for serial production with an innovative character. The inclusion of new materials and techniques is equally as

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

Opal for those born in October

Thought to have originated from India and derived from the Sanskrit Upala, meaning "precious stone", Opal is just one of two beautiful birthstones that those lucky enough to be born in October are blessed with; the second being pink tourmaline. Opal was later thought to be a derivative of the Greek word 'opallios' translating "to see a change of colour" and with Opals' beautiful shifting rainbow hues - otherwise known as "play-of-colour", this Greek derivative captures the essence of Opal perfectly. Valued for millennia, Opal can be found in a number of different places with Australian fields among the most

Scientist-turned-Jewellery Designer wins support of Theo Paphitis & Kew Gardens

After beginning her working life as a lab-scientist, and spending 25 years in the NHS,  Sarah Greening now uses her science background to experiment with the chemistry of glass fusing in a kiln to create jewellery where each piece is completely unique, as are the techniques she uses. In its first year, Sarah's brand, Sarah Greening Glass, was one of the businesses selected for an award by Dragon’s Den Retail Entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, as part of his initiative which supports small businesses in the UK. Paphitas meets with Sarah and the other winners annually, providing business advice from both himself and

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019 29th November 2019 The RAC Pall Mall, London The Silversmiths & Jewellers charity dinner is one of the highlights of the industry calendar and raises funds for those who previously worked in the jewellery industry, who have fallen on hard times. The guest entertainment for this year is the amazing magician Jamie Raven, who was a runner up on Britain’s Got Talent. If you or any of your team would like a ticket, please don’t hesitate to on the details below. The charity is also have advertising space available in their brochure for

Richard Fox takes office in a challenging year as 'Trade' Prime Warden

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce that Richard Fox, Managing Director of Fox Silver, has taken office as Prime Warden, in succession to Dr Timothy Schroder. With a background in silversmithing, design and business leadership, Richard has successfully created beautiful silverware for the likes of Formula One and Rolls Royce for almost four decades. His primary focus will be championing the trade of silversmiths, jewellers and allied industries during his year in office. Richard’s distiguished career as a silversmith started as an extra-curriclar activity at school, but soon became “an all-consuming passion”. After gaining a Master’s degree in design

My Carbon Family Commission

'My Carbon Family' Sculpture Commissions, Creative Giants   Every one of us causes a vast amount of energy-intensive materials to be used every year, with high CO2 emissions to match. My Carbon Family is an innovative multimedia project to help people to better understand the unseen carbon emissions from materials we all use. A ‘family’ of sculptures are being commissioned to, in effect, work as a 3-D sculptural bar chart. BBC News will make five digital videos and a World TV documentary / iplayer examining the production and use of the materials whilst also documenting the artists whilst they create

Artisan Paul Wayne Gregory creates a giant Rotary Greenwich Timepiece replica from Chocolate for C4's Extreme Chocolate Makers

Last week, Rotary made its TV debut on the Channel 4 show, Extreme Chocolate Makers. The new series follows chocolatiers from around the UK as they tackle tricky builds and complicated commissions in an attempt to deliver a little bit of chocolate heaven. Ahead of its 125th birthday, Rotary commissioned Paul Wayne Gregory, of the TV show, to create a griant-sized replica of one of their most popular watches. The Greenwich timepiece, is a particularly challenging feat in chocolatiering- with its skeletal detailing and intricately detailed face. Image caption or copyright  Paul, who creates bespoke chocolate commissions for a living, has

Glowing Watch Celebrates 50 Years since Moon Landing

This Saturday marks fifty years since the first moon landing, so in light of this milestone Christopher Ward has launched an intricate new watch.  The exclusive new timepiece builds upon the traditional horological moon phase complication to create a completely modern timepiece. The watch has two 3D moons, which both emit a moonglow, making this watch stunning both day and night. The moons on the watch are coated with Grade X1 GL C1 ‘Super-LumiNova’ which produces an otherworldly glow. The same ‘Super-LumiNova’ is applied to the Arabic numbers as well as the hands of the watch, making the watch one

Design in Silver Award 2021

Call for Applications: Design in Silver Award 2021 Contemporary British Silversmiths have been fortunate enough to offer an annual ‘Design in Silver Award’ to silversmithing graduates for many years.  This is thanks to a very generous and long standing patron who is keen to support graduates on their journey of progressing their career in contemporary silversmithing. The prize comprises up to £1,000 which is to be spent on a specialist course offered by one of our senior members and three years free graduate membership.  The money can be used towards the course, materials, travel and accommodation as required.  Previous winners

Visual Capitalist:: Charting the Rise and Fall of the Global Luxury Goods Market

The Visual Capatalist has reported on a post pandemic overview of the global luxury goods market predicting a decline in purchases. The Rise and Fall of the Global Luxury Goods Market - the Executive Summary Global demand for personal luxury goods has been steadily increasing for decades, resulting in an industry worth $308 billion in 2019. However, the insatiable desire for consumers to own nice things was suddenly interrupted by the coming of COVID-19, and experts are predicting a brutal contraction of up to one-third of the current luxury good market size this year. Will the industry bounce back? Or

Essex County Council Tree Clock Commission

Essex County Council Tree Clock Commission Call out to Essex artists for £10k commission We are inviting artists to apply for a £10,000 commission running between October 2020 to February 2021 to create work which responds to the Essex Forest Initiative based at and inspired by one of Essex County Councils’ parks and places. Overview Essex County Council (ECC) has pledged to plant 375,000 trees across Essex to reduce carbon levels as part of the Essex Climate Change Action Plan. The £1million Essex Forest Initiative will plant trees over five years, capturing 60,000 tonnes of carbon, whilst the cross-party Climate

Objet d’Emotion x Ecru launch Jewellery Memory Game

Valery Demure, Founder of Objet d’Emotion, is proud to present the ‘Lady of the Rings” Memory Game, in collaboration with Nur Kaoukjhi, Creative Director of Ecru. With the challenges 2020 presents, we’ve learnt to adjust to a slower pace and enjoy simple pleasures. Spending time with her daughter Paloma reminded Valery of her own childhood, playing memory games with her grandmother Marie-Louise. Valery has travelled extensively, India being one of her favourite places, Jaipur connecting with her more intimately due to its jewellery history. As well as the beauty she admired, she also witnessed the obstacles the communities are facing

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

Bench spaces available in spacious Shoreditch Studio

Bench spaces available in spacious Shoreditch Studio We have some part-time or full-time bench space available from April 2021 in our studio in the heart of Shoreditch to share with two established ex-RCA jewellers. There are two large rooms, one is our office space, which can also be used for meetings and includes a kitchen, the other is a jewellery workshop which is fitted with jewellery benches, work surfaces, and essential tools. Both rooms have central heating and running water.  Additionally there is a private covered outdoor space which is ideal for large work and storage plus  private parking for tenants .

New Jewellery Valuers Association Aims to Raise Professional Profile of Valuers

A new membership organisation for Jewellery and Watch evaluators has recently launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland. By  raising the professional profile of valuers with continued training and professional development and promotion of its members to the general public, insurance industry, government departments and the legal profession. Frank Wood, Chair of the Jewellery Valuers Association, said “It is in the public’s interest that jewellery valuations are carried out to a high professional standard, but they are not necessarily aware of the difference between a good valuation and a poor one. It’s up to us to make that distinction clear,

Q&A: Gary Williams

Gary Williams is a Director at Presman Bullion Ltd, a company based in Hatton Garden which is one of the largest reclaimers, processors and recyclers of precious metal jewellery scrap, sweeps and residue services to the UK’s jewellery trade. He also sits on the Board of parent company, Mastermelt Ltd. Gary's career in the jewellery industry spans some 40 years, having started out working as a representative for a jewellery wholesaler, then for award-winning manufacturer Brown & Newirth Ltd, leaving as their Sales & Marketing Director. Gary was also a Director with Amore Cranleigh Ltd, a Surrey based retailer specialising

OBSESSED!

Over the month of November the biennial jewellery festival OBSESSED! will take place in various cities across the Netherlands writes Ilaria Ruggiero. OBSESSED! unites the best jewellery-related events – museum and gallery exhibitions, talks, fairs, book presentations and artist open studios – into one intriguing programme put together by  Current Obsession . The second, 2019 edition of OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival brings together independent artists, galleries and cultural institutions from across the Netherlands in celebration of Jewellery. United. Jewellery. United. is a new paradigm in jewellery discourse. It broadens the scope of what is seen as jewellery in relation to other creative fields and

Micro-Flame Model 60

For Sale: Micro-Flame Model 60 Micro-Flame Model 60. Like Walsh's product code TS702. It looks as new and I've kept it in the same place next to my bench. It hasn't been used for over 12 months so it will need servicing before use. There are 6 microflame tips included with the machine.  The Micro Flame gas generating soldering unit is one of the best known and well respected pieces of equipment used in the jewellery trade. These soldering units use distilled water as a fuel and by a process of electrolysis, produce an oxygen/hydrogen gas. This gas then passes through a solution, to

Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter

As part of our lockdown chats series, this week Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter. Its a long one, but worth a listen, as we go through Karin's career, and the skill sets she developed intentionally and unintentionally along the way. Karin is an Independent Consultant, the Strategic Lead for Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Creative Director of ERA5050, a campaign for gender balance on British Stage and Screen. [youtube url=http://youtu.be/O0qcGGd67C0] She’s also a Medway trained Jeweller and Silversmith, with an MA from the Royal College of Art, is an award winning Silversmith in her own right, has

'Curated Courtyard' Commission

'Curated Courtyard' Commission Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service which brings together cultural, educational

Q&A: Alan Craxford

Alan Craxford is an esteemed master craftsman, probably best known for his painstaking and meticulous hand crafted work with hand engraving and the creation of one of a kind jewellery and silver pieces. His career spans some 40 years in the Craft, having held positions, other than his work as a practitioner, at Sir John Cass as Senior Lecturer, and as a founding member and former Chair of the Hand Engravers Association, and well as being a member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths. Using form, colour and surface texture in precious materials, as a metal artist he creates bespoke pieces

Modular Furniture Piece Commission

Modular Furniture Piece Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

Fei Liu Secures Six Figure Orders at JCK Las Vegas

On their second showing, British brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery reports a hugely successful JCK Las Vegas show. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery returned to Las Vegas, after their debut in 2016. This year, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery showcased their fine jewellery portfolio of jewellery to the US market, which proved lucrative. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery recorded sales totalling six figures. One of the sales included Fei Liu’s masterpiece, the Gothic Rubellite Set, which was sold to a private collector.   Fei Liu says, “The market is soft but there is a shift. People are looking to invest in jewellery with value

Inhorgenta Munich 2020

INHORGENTA MUNICH Messe München, Germany 14 - 17 February 2020 They are without a doubt one of the highlights of INHORGENTA MUNICH: the breathtaking jewelry shows. Accompanied by music, international models will present luxurious jewelry from our exhibitors and transform the Fine Jewelry Hall B1 into a runway. For the first day’s opening show, VIP guests in attendance are sure to be captivated by the exquisite staging of fine jewelry together with today’s designer fashions. Dates:  14 - 17 February 2020 Venue:  Messe München, Germany www.inhorgenta.com   

Call for Applications: Digital Craft Festival at Christmas

Call for Applications: Digital Craft Festival at Christmas Applications are open for the Digital Craft Festival at Christmas. Craft Festival hosts multiple prestigious craft events in South West England presenting some of the UK’s finest makers. It one of Europe’s largest and most loved craft events. To reflect the global opportunity that hosting a Digital Craft Festival allows, applications are open from makers from across the globe.   You will be working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings, photography or musical instruments. Greetings cards are only accepted

Decorative Iron Gates Commission

Decorative Iron Gates Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

The Making of a Silver Commission

The Making of a Silver Commission The Clothworkers’ Company hosts Contemporary British Silversmiths London Craft Week 2019 Friday 10 May 2019 In partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for contemporary silver, The Clothworkers’ Company hosts a day of events, shining a light on the fascinating process of commissioning and making silver.Meet the makers during free demonstrations by award-winning silversmiths Miriam Hanid and Yusuke Yamamoto and learn about their live commissions for The Clothworkers’ Company during our lunchtime lecture. Both silversmiths have recently been commissioned to create major pieces for The Clothworkers’ Company. This one-day event offers visitors a

Contemporary British Silversmiths launch skill share films

The Contemporary British Silversmiths have launched a skills share initiative where members will be sharing some of the skills that have been passed onto them by other craftspeople throughout their career. The Contemporary British Silversmiths has a long history of community and skills sharing - peer to peer learning is one of the organisation’s founding principles. The first skill share is from Rauni Higson, and shows master silversmith Tony Bedford demonstrating how to solder a wire rim onto a flared vase. Tony agreed to answer any questions on the CBS Instagram page on the video post when it was launched [youtube CBS

Raw Pearls' 'Pearl Academy' Continues with Instalments Two and Three

Back in February, we reported that Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have created Pearl Academy to educate the Nation on the oldest gemstone. We're seeing pearls everywhere at the moment , from the runways to the highstreet. A huge focus on jewellery inspired by sea-life has been observable in 2019, no doubt influenced by the 2019 Pantone colour of the Year 'Living Coral' , as well as the increased media focus on our endangered ocean spaces- pearls have been the perfect pairing with shell and coral details.   With this surge in interest in pearl jewellery, there's

Bright Young Gems 2019

Call for Applications: Bright Young Gems 2019 Unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena. Bright Young Gems is a free launch pad scheme specifically for final year jewellery students and recent graduates. IJL's Bright Young Gems initiative has steadily grown into one of the most coveted platforms in the industry, spawning a string of high flying careers in particular Tomasz Donocik & Imogen Belfield. The Benevolent Society will be providing each BYG winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant! Submissions for Bright Young Gems 2019 are now open. Final date for entry is 13 May 2019 To apply

Cockpit Arts Awards 2019/20

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards 2019 / 20 Five Awards at Cockpit Arts open for application Cockpit Arts are delighted to announce that there are four Cockpit Arts Awards now open for applications. All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year. The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award Open to a craftsperson practicing basket making. Our aim is to welcome a basket maker to Cockpit Arts to grow as an independent maker and business owner. Closing date - noon, 4 October 2019 The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’

Homage to Earth: Hidden Treasures by Teresa Seabra

During one of her last visits to India, Teresa Seabra met an old man who had been collecting wonderful dendritic agates since his childhood. He then confided her with great sadness, that none of his successors cared about his treasure. She so decided to take some of them, working with these mysterious stones by combining them with others, with tiny Basra pearls and rough little diamonds writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Necklace: Hidden Treasures I, 2016 Oxidized silver, dendritic agates and crystal rock Necklace: Hidden Treasures II, 2016 Gold, dendritic agates and amber Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony,

Sievert Professional Torch Kit

Sievert Professional Torch Kit  The kit includes the following: Ergonomic Sievert Pro 86 torch handle  Fixed 2 bar regulator for propane gas  Two metre hose with threaded fittings  Neck tube 3511  8mm needle burner  32mm heavy burner 2942  Please note this torch operates on propane gas.  This torch is suitable for jewellery heating and soldering and suitable for all precious metals and metal clay.  These were previously purchased by myself only one owner and originally purchased on Cookson Gold.  Cost: £170.00 Location: Hertfordshire   Contact details:  amymayjewellery@gmail.com   07803570876

Handwerk & Design 2020

Call for Applications: Handwerk & Design 2020 11 - 15 March 2020 Munich, Germany Distinctive, one of a kind items, wearable works of art, clear statements: SCHMUCK unites outstanding works from the author's jewellery sector. More than 900 goldsmiths and jewellery designers from,65 countries have applied to be part of the renowned special exhibition at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich 2020. You want to exhibit at Handwerk & Design? Apply now to take part in the biggest and most important forum for contemporary handicraft in the field of applied arts and crafts in the German-speaking region. National and international visitors

Seeing Elegance in the Everyday - Kinley Jewellery's Award Winning Grid Collection

Kinley Jewellery is the brain-child of jeweller Laura Williams. Meeting her at New Desiners, she spoke with us about the unique inspiration for her award-winning 'Grid' collection.  The collection's motif is wire pushed through a grid, cut to different lengths to create a ripple effect on the surface. At first glace, one could easily mistake the makers' inspiration for a pin-art board, but upon speaking with Laura, we were surpised to learn the collection's inspiration was a little closer to home- stickle bricks! Laura expertly negotiates the fine line between a jeuvenile stimuli and Kinley's mature style, which are seemingly

Casting Call - Bling

Casting Call: Bling - A New Jewellery Show Twofour , an award winning television production company based in the South West, are in production of a brand new presenter-led TV series Bling! and are looking for people who would like to take part and visit our one-stop jewellery shop; a place where you can not only buy and sell your items, but also get new pieces made and old treasures fixed. British high street jewellers come in all shapes and sizes, as do their customers, from the nervous young man looking for the perfect engagement ring to someone who has inherited

Boodles Celebrate the Anniversary of Raindance

Boodles is celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'Raindance' - the original ring - set in platinum - was inspired by a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show one unusually wet summer’s day. Boodles Head of Design, Rebecca Hawkins, noticed the way light played on the raindrops as they slid down on marble, and was inspired to try to capture their magic. Its scattered design - dynamic yet delicate - reflects light from every angle, with scattered diamonds reminiscent of raindrops glistening in the sun. To celebrate the anniversary, Boodles is delighted to reveal the ‘Raindance’ ring set in platinum, with

News Edit: 14 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Why Chaumet's bejewelled tribute to all things celestial was an astonishing masterstroke of high jewellery The Telegraph: Chaumet got just one thing wrong with its new high jewellery collection: displaying the pieces under alarmed spotlights so that whenever anyone tried to get a close-up photo, a siren went off and the perpetrator was left red-faced. www.telegraph.co.uk Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights Vogue: In the wake of big anniversary celebrations at heritage houses like Boucheron, De Beers, and Cartier, this year marks yet more milestones in the world

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020 13 - 15 September 2020 Alexandra Palace, London IJL, the UK’s Leading Jewellery Trade Event, will take place from Sunday 13 – Tuesday 15 September, 2020, at a new London venue, the historic Alexandra Palace. Alexandra Palace is one of the UK’s most renowned and historic exhibition spaces, whose heritage and style evoke the jewellery industry it will showcase. Set in beautiful parkland, only 10 minutes north of Kings Cross, Alexandra Palace has long been a beacon for domestic and international visitors for concerts, events and exhibitions during its 146 years. In the last

November Birthstones: Topaz & Citrine

Those born in November are lucky enough to have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Often mistaken for one another throughout history, these two sunny stones are the perfect way to warm up as the winter weather chills set in strong! Whilst both November birthstones are known for their calming energies and believed to bring good fortune to its wearer, these two gems each have their own unique set of qualities and characteristics that make them the perfect affordably priced gemstone for many a jewellery collections. Topaz Throughout much of history, topaz was the term once given to

News Edit: 21th February 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Five minutes with… Emirati entrepreneur Noor Shamma Gulf Business: The founder of an eponymous New York City-based jewellery brand ensures that ethical and sustainable practices are implemented right through the supply chain. gulfbusiness.com What does it actually mean to be an ethical and sustainable jewellery brand? Fashion Journal: How to tell if ‘sustainable’ jewellery brands are really putting in the work, according to the founder of one. fashionjournal.com.au Missoma launches its first fine jewellery collection Harpers Bazaar: The affordable brand branches out with solid gold and diamond pieces.

Central Saint Martins’ graduate selected as a Bright Young Gem

Jeweller who hand carves gemstones, Isla Gilham, has been selected as one of IJL’s Bright Young Gems for 2019. Gilham graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2018 and has since set up her own workshop in Somerset where she has continued to create precious gem set pieces with playful twists. Jewellery has been described as “delicious, tempting and good enough to eat”. The work plays on this narrative. Isla hand carves ‘bites’ from an array of juicy and enticing gemstones and creates gold plated silverwork that also appears to have been tasted, scattered with crumbs and twisted in the haste

Covid Forces Fashion Industry to Explore Virtual Reality Alternatives

As industries across the world have been forced to innovate and be creative in the challenges of COVID-19, one sector which was surprisingly quick to adapt was that of fashion buying. BrandLab, a unique virtual reality showroom developer, saw 500% increase in profit between May and June, as brands moved their physical showrooms to virtual. The growth has led to international investment, with new offices being launched in LA, Paris and New York and plans to expand their business beyond the fashion industry and develop direct-to-consumer platforms for everything from shopping centres and art galleries to car showrooms and football

Two Largest Coins Ever Made in the UK Face The Trial of the Pyx

Steeped in ancient tradition, the Trial of the Pyx plays an essential role in supporting The Royal Mint’s reputation for excellence in production. 2020 sees a Royal Mint first as the largest coins ever made in the UK will be tested at the Trial - the five kilo and two kilo ‘Una and The Lion’ coins. The Trial of the Pyx, one of Britain's oldest judicial processes. Held at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, since 1871, The Goldsmiths’ Company is responsible for testing these coins and ensuring they are of the correct quality and composition.  During the ceremony, jury members are required to [youtube

NAJ Issues preliminary guidance for Jewellery Retailers

The National Association of Jewellers has today published guidance to help jewellery stores across the UK and Ireland make preparations for when ‘lockdown’ is lifted. The guidance  which is presented as ‘non-exhaustive’ is the first of a number of versions the trade body will be making over the coming weeks. Broken down into 4 key areas of start safe, store safe, task safe and home safe, the Association stipulates that the ‘safety and wellbeing of all staff and customers is number one priority, and therefore it is important that virus control restrictions continue to limit transmission’. Speaking about the guidance,

Annoushka Launches new Lovelock & Lovelink designs

“The ‘lock’ has been celebrated throughout history, in the world of punk rock as much as in the realms of religion. For me, its symbolism of security and strength has a particular resonance, at a time when the world seeks both”  -  Annoushka Ducas MBE The five new Lovelock designs have each been exquisitely crafted in 18ct gold and set with precious gemstones.  Each one depicts a different talismanic symbol; The Bee, an icon of endurance and community, The Eye, to keep the wearer safe, The Star, a decorative symbol of guidance, and The Heart, our universal symbol of love.

Q&A: Jacqueline Mina (DES RCA) OBE

Jacqueline Mina is one of the most significant goldsmiths in the UK today. Known best for her precise technical ability at the bench, meticulous crafted construction processes and predisposition of surface pattern using precious metals and fusion inlay. Her pieces have an unmistakable aesthetic with thoughtful use of form, line and pattern always interrogating the interplay of the surface to create wearable timeless pieces. As well as a practicing goldsmith, Mina was a lecturer at the Royal College of Art from 1972 until 1994 and was an important influence on many practicing jewellers today. She has been recognised with solo

Reigning Royal Ruby for July

Arguably the most famous od red-coloured gems and often referred to as the king of precious stones, Ruby is the birthstone of those lucky enough to be born in July.   This precious stone is one of four 'precious' gemstones accredited to its rarity, carat value, hardness and vitality; the others being diamond, sapphire and emerald. Ruby is derived from the Latin word 'Rubeus' meaning 'red' and throughout history, these fiery coloured gems have been treasured for their vitality and rich colour. Ruby is the red variety of the corundum family, coloured by the presence of chromium. The presence of

How are you? A little note from us to you

Hello How  are  you? We’ve missed you. You may have been wondering where we have been. Like all of us, Benchpeg has had to acclimatise to a ‘new normal’ and this has taken some time. We’ve had to weather a few storms before but this global pandemic is something none of us have experienced in our lifetimes. For Benchpeg, this has meant a number of personal and professional issues including the hospitalisation of one of our children with a Covid-19 scare, who is thankfully fine now. Unfortunately, this meant putting Benchpeg on hold temporarily while we hunkered down and dealt

Bringing Back Brooches for A/W '19

Big, bold, bodacious and dripping in retro vibes, the return of brooches is one of the most fun and surprising jewellery trends for A/W '19. Be it surfer-style corn shells, regal pearls or badass chokers, we know by now that what is old becomes new again, and for brooches, this once outdated accessory is set to become the  must-have  accessory for Autumn fashionistas. Combined with the arrival of heritage-inspired straight legs suits and cardigans galore upon the A/W runways, quirky oversized brooches complete the cosy, practical grandma-esque aesthetic that designers have favoured this Autumn. For those of us wanting to

Back to Nature

The main talking point for jewellery 2020? Sustainable fashion.  From necklaces, rings, bracelets to ear cuffs, the use of humble materials were leading the way to align with the world's movement towards a sustainable future. As more and more consumers become aware of the effects of over-reliance on fast fashion, the more tuned in designers are becoming on the importance of embedding sustainable fashion materials throughout their designs.  One way designers are playing with sustainable design is simply doing more with less! Infusing creativity with resourcefulness will see many-a collections tuning down the extra details and refined features and simply utilising

Benchpeg goes all chatty

As part of lockdown, we thought we'd have a call with an old friend, Fei Liu. The world is slightly different these days, and keeping in touch is all important. We called Fei Liu, Creative Director and Founder of Fei Liu, for one of our regular catch ups, but this time we recorded it to share. Fei and Benchpeg's Rebecca first met back in 1998, in fact, they were the first classmates to meet on the Jewellery and Silversmithing BA Hons course at Birmingham's School of Jewellery. The best of friends, Fei was the bride's gentleman (as the Vicar called [youtube

Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund Grant

Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund Grant The Arts Council has published guidance for the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme. This fund forms part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) wider Culture Recovery Fund of £1.57 billion, set up to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19. Grants from between £50,000 to £3 million will be available. Eligibity - Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and are able to produce at least one year’s

Objet d’Emotion at PAD Monaco

Objet d’Emotion at PAD Monaco 26th - 28th April 2019 Grimaldi Forum 10, Avenue Princess Grace MC 98000 Monaco Showcasing a selection of fine jewels from six of the best contemporary creators including Alice Cicolini, Fabio Salini, Lydia Courteille, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Nadia Morgenthaler and Philippe Guilhem. Cicolini will exhibit a selection of her artfully handpainted meenakari enamel rings and sautoirs. Whilst Salini will present a design story united by his innovative use of carbon fibre, set with one of a kind stones to create lightweight statement jewels. Courteille’s imagining of the worlds creatures in precious gems brings a fantastical element

Enamelling Workshop with Danni Schwaag at Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School

Enamelling Workshop with Danni Schwaag at Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School Hatton Garden, London 2nd -  5th September The Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School is thrilled that German based jewellery artist Danni Schwaag will be visiting our studios in September to offer an enamelling workshop. The course runs for 4 consecutive days 10am – 4pm, from Monday 2 September – Thursday 5 September. Enamelling is one of the world’s oldest technologies.Its brilliant colour and durability make it a favourable technique to add colour to your jewellery and objects. About the Course This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in working with enamel

Sizzle in Summer Sparkle

In our opinion, summer is one of the most exciting times to experiment with jewellery. Whether you're packing your flipflops and jetting off to tropical lands or want to elevate your laid back look for another beer garden invitation, there's nothing that transforms an outfit than a bit of sparkle! Right now there is some seriously chic sparkle on our radar. From cascading earrings that dust past the decolletage to sleek sculptural pieces, there is no shortage of new sparkly silhouettes to try out this summer. If you're looking for some summertime sizzle with some blinged out, dripping crystals or

Q&A: Jeff Lowe

Jeff Lowe is an internationally acclaimed sculptor and jewellery designer. Educated at the famed St. Martins School of Art, under the esteemed Sir Anthony Caro, Phillip King and William Tucker, Lowe's career skyrocketed as a result of his first one man  show at the prestigious Leicester Galleries in Londonʼs Cork Street. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A... For the past forty years, Jeff Lowe has remained at the forefront of contemporary abstract sculpture, representing Britain at the Paris Biennale, recieving the Sainsbury award in 1975 and the Pollock-Krasner award in 1993. He has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, with significant

Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions

Call for Applications:  The Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions The Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions are offering grants of  £300 – £700  to produce a new piece of work in any artform – visual arts, performance, music, film, photography, dance, digital, literature, craft and more – plus accompanying documentation (such as photographs, film, text or a combination of different media) that must be submitted at the end of the project. Your Commission must take place in Adur or Worthing, and must be completed by the end of January 2022. SWAG Award One additional commission this year will be

Annamaria Zanella. Between Matter and Color

Annamaria Zanella.: Between Matter and Color Oratorio San Rocco, Padua, Italy Until July 14 Promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Padua and realized with the contribution of the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation, the exhibition, curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon, pays tribute to one of the most complete artists of the contemporary jewellery scene, retracing the milestones of her work through a hundred jewels on display. Annamaria Zanella.:  Between Matter and Color Until July 14 Oratorio San Rocco Via Santa Lucia Padua Italy Hours: 9,30 – 12,30 / 15,30 – 19,00 Free entrance padovacultura.padovanet.it

Jewellery Studio at Flux

Jewellery Studio at Flux Places Available –  Apply Now Looking for a specialist studio to advance your jewellery practice? We have space for new members to join our vibrant collective of jewellers at Flux Studios. Membership costs £235 pcm and provides 24/7 access to one of the best equipped jewellery studios in London. Work independently and collectively to further advance individual jewellery / technical / design / business practice. Additionally, there can be teaching and exhibiting opportunities. Location SE5 8QT For more information Visit our website here www.fluxstudios.org To Apply Email vickyforrester@fluxstudios.org

Call for Applications: Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey 2020

Call for Applications: The Contemporary Craft Festival 2020 12 - 14 June 2020 Bovey Tracey, Devon Applications are open for the multi award-winning Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. Craft Festival hosts multiple prestigious craft events in South West England and South Wales. Craft Festival Bovey Tracey is our Flagship Festival and is one of the UK’s largest and most loved craft events, hosting 200 diverse and talented makers of contemporary craft selling directly to over 10,000 people. The Festival includes StartUP, a specially curated area for businesses in the early stages of their career. To celebrate our wider European creative community, this

CityLit Showcase 2019

CityLit Fine Jewellery Showcase 2019 10th - 14th September 2019 67a York Street Marylebone, London W1H 1QB CityLit runs a one year, part time, fine jewellery course, which culminates in an end of year showcase. Are you a collector of jewellery or looking to spoil someone special soon? If the answer is yes then make sure you add these dates to your diary! Featuring work from 12 emerging jewellery designers and makers, the culmination of a year of study on the CityLit Fine Jewellery course. CityLit offers short and long course in jewellery design and making; beginner to professional development, day, evening

Are you making the most out of social media for your business? You could earn twice as much on the average order through Pinterest, over Facebook, new study suggests

Marketing yourself and your business can be tricky, and time consuming. The truth is no one knows your audience like you. However, if you're looking for new ways to shake up your strategy, a new study by Nosto may shed some light on new avenues for success.  The study uncovers the true value of Pinterest and Instagram, showing that whilst they may not provide volume in term of traffic (compared to the liked of Facebook), they might encourage customers to spend more per order. While they drive relatively small amounts of traffic, Pinterest and Instagram deliver the highest average order values

Fair Luxury calls for jewellers to join the fashion revolution, letting customers know who made their jewellery

It’s said we are the first generation that knows that we are killing the planet, and fast fashion has been amongst one of the biggest targets of criticism. This new era of awareness couldn’t be more apparent- with activist group Extinction Rebellion hosting rallies in cities over the world in the last few days.  At a time where sustainability accounts for a key fashion trend and internet searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have almost doubled since last year; Fair Luxury looks to the jewellery industry, as a caveat of the fashion trade, to take action and show solidarity for planet Earth. Fashion

The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award 2019

Call for Applications: The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award 2019 Cockpit Arts have announced that the Arts Society Award at Cockpit Arts is now open for applications. The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award comprises of business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year. Applications are invited for the Award which aim to support professional craftspeople working with traditional craft skills. Particular consideration will be given to crafts requiring skills at risk of dying out. The Award is worth £3,000 towards a studio at either Cockpit Arts site, to be supplemented with £1.650

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

Jewellerybox accredited as a Good Work Standard employer

jewellerybox have become one of London’s official Good Work Standard employers. The online retailer believes this is an important recognition of their commitment to their people and also reflects the many ways in which they are striving for the best possible working conditions for their employees.  The panel was also impressed that jewellerybox offers a range of free mentoring services to black owned businesses in areas such as setting up a business, digital marketing, and website optimisation. The panel was also pleased to see that jewellerybox had become a Living Wage accredited employer whilst working towards the Good Work Standard, a clear indication

Five grants awarded to help save endangered crafts

A new mobile facility to teach neon bending and the restoration of one of the last surviving damask looms are among the projects that have recently received funds to help ensure a better future for some of the UK’s most endangered crafts. The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA), which earlier this year published the latest edition of its groundbreaking HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts , has awarded the first five grants from its Endangered Crafts Fund, launched in July 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation. The first five recipients of the HCA Endangered

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

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins national ‘Inspiring Independents’ Award

Independent jewellers across the country took to London’s Riverbank to honour and support the hardworking independent jewellery sector, where Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery took home one of only five category awards at Retail Jeweller Magazine’s 5 th  annual Inspiring Independents Awards. Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery’s London studio, found in fashionable Primrose Hill, was celebrated by a team of esteemed judges for its use of ‘visual merchandising and store design’ by Retail Jeweller Magazine and their peers. This new category looked at fresh and original store design and use of visuals to convey the brand’s ethos. Since Harriet Kelsall’s Primrose Hill

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern 12 October 2019 - 5 January 2020 Discovery Centre, Winchester Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful fashion and lifestyle designers. Her stylised plant based patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With enchanting applications, he r flat, graphic style and choice of colour palette resonate with a nostalgia for vintage style and interiors.  Inspired by the upbeat exuberance of the 1960s, a love of Irish and Scandinavian architecture and mid-century design, Kiely’s designs have grown from humble beginnings in the 1990s to become a global phenomenon. Date 12 October

Ananya Releases 'Mogra' Collection, inspired by the Jasmine Blossom

Jasmine is the national flower of no less than six countries. Renowned for it's symbolism in culture and religion, the jasmine blossom is a emblem of unity and divine hope; especially throughout India.  Often conceptually rooted in Indian spirituality, it's no surprise then that Ananya's new collection explores and honours the humble jasmine blossom. The woman behind the eponymous brand spent time in workshops all over India, studying indigenous jewellery making traditions, and  collaborated with one of India’s leading jewellery houses, Amrapali. Continuing her exploration of jewels and gemmology with a GG at the GIA, it's easy to see these

White Label Jewellery to feature big in new Sourcing Section at Jewellery & Watch

Visitors to Jewellery & Watch 2020 will have access to a new Spring Fair Hall dedicated to global manufacturers offering white label jewellery, giftware and accessories. The new Sourcing Sector in Hall 18 of NEC, Birmingham - the only one of its kind in the UK market and the first of the season in Europe – is designed to remove the hassle of overseas buying trips from the schedules of busy retailers and buying teams. First introduced at Autumn Fair 2019, Sourcing will present trend-driven private label products across a range of categories, including jewellery, accessories, homeware, giftware and fashion.

Italian brand TI SENTO – Milano return to Jewellery & Watch 2020

The globally recognised sterling silver brand will return to Jewellery & Watch to secure new accounts with independent jewellery, fashion and gift retailers Worldwide fashion jewellery brand, TI SENTO - Milano, will return to leading UK trade event, Jewellery & Watch in February 2020, having been inspired by the move to Hall One of the NEC, Birmingham. Based in the Netherlands, TI SENTO – Milano specialises in rhodium-plated sterling silver and 18ct gold-plated jewellery ranges crafted using traditional goldsmithing techniques at its own atelier. As TI SENTO – Milano continues to grow in the UK market, Jewellery & Watch 2020

Oh I do like to be by the seaside!

Blazing sunshine, warm tropical breezes and a national shortage of fruity ciders on the supermarket shelves can only mean one thing...Britain has been hit with a wave of unusual summer weather! With temperatures rising to record highs, it's not just nature that is throwing it back to fonder days, old school jewellery has also made a welcome comeback for the second summer running. Last Spring, preteen jewellery of cowrie shells and pukka shell bracelets dominated the must-have list of accessories and this year, it's back - only bigger, better and juicier than ever! It appears that every designer has jumped

Annamaria Zanella: Between Matter and Color

The anthological exhibition ‘ Annamaria Zanella. Between Matter and Color ’ has been extended until 14 July at the San Rocco Oratory in Padua writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Padua and realized with the contribution of the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation, the exhibition, curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon, pays tribute to one of the most complete artists of the contemporary jewellery scene, retracing the milestones of her work through a hundred jewels on display. Born within the Paduan goldsmith's school, Zanella quickly moved towards structurally complex forms extensively experimenting

Autumn '19: Bibs n' bobs

Thought we'd left bib necklaces in 2010? Think again! As we tumble into September, designers have been busy in their summer slumbers putting the finishing touches to their fall collections, ready for a season of all things, bold, sophisticated and striking. If there is one thing we are sure of this fall, it is that the F/W 19 runways are proving that the dainty, barely-there pieces which have ruled in seasons past have been given a bold, bodacious and breathtaking revamp. Whilst designers have doused us with a fresh plethora of jewellery trends fit for any fashion thrill-seeker out there, there

Raw Pearls Celebrate After Record Breaking IJL

Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have announced that they had their most successful IJL ever after exhibiting there earlier this week for what was their 6 th  year at Olympia.   Many visitors took advantage of the discounted prices Raw Pearls had on offer as part of their huge clearance sale at the show. They have reported that the most popular items were cultured Tahitian strings, nucleated freshwater strings both round and baroque, and also, in line with recent fashion trends, larger baroque freshwater strings. Director, Miranda Raw went on to say “We were thrilled with

The Art & Antiques Fair 2020

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, London Thursday 18th – Sunday 28th June 2020 The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, the capital’s longest running and most respected vetted art and antiques fair is set to return for a 48th year in June. It will be running from Thursday 18 until Sunday 28 with a Private Preview on Wednesday 17 June in association with their Charity Partner, Maggie’s. It is expected to attract art and antiques enthusiasts from across the globe looking for that inspirational, one of a kind piece. 130 leading art galleries and antiques dealers from the UK, and

Polar Bears and Melting Ice – Jewellery of Climate Change and Conservation

Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest gold, silver and jewellery will include collections that combine beauty and exquisite craftsmanship with ethical and environmental issues. The event, which is organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull and runs from 8 to 10 November, will feature more than 50 high quality designers and makers from across the UK. Among them is Burntisland-based Sally Grant, whose pieces will include one featuring a garnet that is among the first stones brought to market by Moyo Gemstones, a women’s mining collective in Tanzania. Sally,

News Edit: 8 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Trio of Tiaras Are The Crowning Glory Of Jewels In The Downton Abbey Film Forbes: If you are excitedly anticipating the jewelry that will be worn in the  Downton Abbey  film like I am you will be happy to note that among the 1920s style sautoirs, ultra-long strands and of necklaces and swingy earrings, there will be three regal diamond-encrusted tiaras.   forbes.com Antiques Roadshow: Guest stunned by whopping valuation of Wallis Simpson brooch replica Daily Express: Antiques Roadshow visited Morden Hall Park last night where one guest was

Watch owned by Andy Warhol, to go up for Sale at Christie's Auction, amongst other Rare Watches

Two-hundred-and-fifty-four rare watches will go up for auction at the Four Seasons des Bergues in Geneva next month. The auction is estimated to amount to around 12M CHF, which converts to just over £9M. The top lot of the sale, estimated to reach 1,ooo,oooCHF/76,5564GBP, is an exquisite pink-gold Rolex reference 6062 "Stelline triple calendar with moon-phase, with the sought-after star dial. Scholars estimate the number cased in pink gold to be around 50, with only 10 featuring the rare dial. Introduced at the Basel Fair in 1950, the reference 6062 is one of only two Rolex models from the period to

Clothworkers' Hall to Play Host to Two Prestigious Silversmiths in a Live Demonstration and Meet the Maker Event, as part of London Craft Week

The Clothworkers' Company will the doors to it's prestigous hall to the public in May, in an event that provides a rare opportunity to watch Silversmiths' at work.  The event will take place as part of London Craft Week, an initiative that started in 2015, where iconic buildings, institutions and smaller venues accross the City host craft-based events for the public. In keeping with this spirit, Clothworkers’ Hall will open it's doors, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see inside one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. The Clothworkers' Company are hosting two Silversmith's from

Luca Tripaldi: A Gothic View

The Gothic and Baroque strand in contemporary ceramics is finding several prominent exponents in the international arena, each characterized by personal tastes and styles writes Ilaria Ruggiero. One of these is certainly Luca Tripaldi, who combines his intense activity as a sculptor and teacher, with continuous research and technical experimentation that is often directed into jewellery. In the past he worked for many years at Mario Audello in Turin as sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”, etc. Attention to scenography, detail, theatricality and narrative components are all easily traceable

Karl Lagerfeld 1933 - 2019

This week, on Tuesday 19 February, saw the loss of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. He died in Paris, at the age of 85. With appearances scheduled in to oversee the Chanel Womenswear show on March 5 this year, he fulfilled his promise to never retire.  Known for his tireless work ethic, and unrivalled ability to stay one step ahead in the incredibly fast-paced world of fashion, Lagerfeld created collections for both Chanel and Fendi simultaneously, in addition to his own namesake label, which celebrated his iconic look. His collections were never just that, better described as ‘experiences’ or installations: “His

Karl Lagerfeld 1933-2019

This week, on Tuesday 19 February, saw the loss of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. He died in Paris, at the age of 85. With appearances scheduled in to oversee the Chanel Womenswear show on March 5 this year, he fulfilled his promise to never retire.  Known for his tireless work ethic, and unrivalled ability to stay one step ahead in the incredibly fast-paced world of fashion, Lagerfeld created collections for both Chanel and Fendi simultaneously, in addition to his own namesake label, which celebrated his iconic look. His collections were never just that, better described as ‘experiences’ or installations: “His

Manon van Kouswijk - Sources & Resources at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London

Manon van Kouswijk - Sources & Resources at K Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London 17 - 20 July 2019 A 4 Day Masterclass led by Manon van Kouswijk at K Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Masterclass - Sources & Resources The project of contemporary jewellery started out as an idealistic one that aimed to change our thinking about what jewellery was and what it could be. In our increasingly image-driven era of late capitalism how do you articulate and shape your position within contemporary jewellery practice? What is it that draws you to work with this particular subject matter and

KunstRAI 2019

KunstRAI 2019 Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 24, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 - 22 April 2019 The KunstRAI will celebrate its 35th edition in 2019. Participating galleries will show their autonomous paintings and sculptures, photography and new media. There will also be applied art and design. A few participants will show a special solo booth as part of their in-dept presentation. Others will show a part of there collection in a ever surprising Raw-Edge booth. The fair is established in 1985 and therefore one of the oldest in the world.  Venue Amstelhal (Hal 7) Amsterdam RAI, Wielingenstraat (1078 KK) Open Wednesday

Into The Blue

With Spring flourishing just around the corner, it's no doubt that the jewellery world is gearing up for a facelift of fresh trends and ideas. The one thing we can be sure of is that fresh and beautiful colours of the sea.  Fine jewellery collections are awash with an abundance of blue this season from deep royal cobalt, rich teal jewels to bright and zesty turquoise tones. Adding a touch of fresh bijoux provides an easy and stylish way of updating your look - without needing a complete overhaul!   From dainty pendant necklaces, loud cocktail rings to daring bold

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2019

Call for Applications: The Contemporary Craft Festival 2019 The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest and most loved craft events, which sees 200 diverse and talented makers of contemporary craft selling directly to up to 10,000 members of the public. The Festival includes Start UP, a specially designed area for businesses in the early stages of their career. Open to makers from across the UK and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings, photography or musical instruments. Greetings cards are only accepted

Loot 2019

Loot: Mad About Jewelry Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA 8 – 13 April 2019 The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents the nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry , its annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Open to the public April 9 through April 13, following the Opening Benefit on April 8, LOOT 2019 showcases the work of fifty-five emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists and designers, most of whom have never been shown in New York. The event provides the rare opportunity for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts to meet and acquire

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018 3 - 26 August 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland This August, discover contemporary design-led craft from 37 Scotland-based makers in one unique venue right in the centre of Edinburgh. You can shop curated handmade objects, including beautiful homewares, exquisite jewellery, stylish accessories and handcrafted gifts. Unleash your creativity with the careful guidance of our knowledgeable makers in the inspirational surroundings of our Summer Show. Many of the workshops are sold out, but we do have some spaces left: Carve a Ring Workshop with CARVE Carve your own ring in jeweller's wax. Get creative and make your own

Precious Pearl for Those Born in June

What better way is there to celebrate the fact that we're exactly half way through the year than with a little organic charm for all those June babies out there?! Those born in June are lucky enough to have not just one but three birthstones associated with their birthday; pearls, alexandrite's and moonstones. Unlike most other gemstones that are found within the Earth, Pearls are unique in that they have an organic origin. Pearls are often either created inside the shells of living creatures such as clams and oysters or occur naturally in the mollusks of freshwater species in rivers

3D CAD Designing and Printing Course at the Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery

3D CAD Designing and Printing Course This is an evening course beginning on Monday 25th February, meeting one evening each week for 5 weeks from 6.30pm - 9pm. This is a beginners course aimed at anyone interested in learning how to design with the 3D Design computer program Rhino. The course is suitable for jewellery makers, small-scale sculptors and anyone interested in 3D modelling with a view to creating physical objects. Modelling ideas in 3D widens the scope for jewellery designers, allowing for more intricate, elaborate and innovative designs. This course is an excellent taster and the perfect introduction to

Jewellery: Wearable Glass at Studio Fusion

Jewellery: Wearable Glass In collaboration with the National Glass Centre. 'Jewellery: Wearable Glass’, a concept realised by the National Glass Centre aims to change the approach and perception of both audiences and artists to the amazing potential of glass as a wearable material. Eight jewellers were each mentored by one of 4 artists with different specialisms in the art of making and forming glass. The jewellers were given 10 days of studio time to collaborate, experiment and develop new forms of jewellery.  The results are truly unique and exciting pieces that show how collaboration between artists in different disciplines can

Endangered Crafts Award 2019

Call for Applications: Endangered Crafts Award 2019 The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is offering an award of £1,000 for a proposal to help secure the survival of an endangered craft.   The Endangered Crafts Award, which is funded by the Marsh Christian Trust, is to recognise a practitioner of one of the 62 crafts currently listed in the Critically Endangered or Endangered categories of the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts. The award was made for the first time in 2018 to Steve Tomlin (SteveTomlinCrafts.co.uk), a spoon carver, ash basketmaker and scything tutor. Steve applied to learn to make Devon stave

Alex Monroe launches new Jewellery School

One of Britain's best known jewellery designers Alex Monroe has launched a jewellery school in his recently completed award-winning studio in Bermondsey in London where he will take the lead in passing on his techniques and passion in a series of themed tutorials. After months of planning and preparation, the ‘Alex Monroe Jewellery School’ will open this month, launching with a theme special to Monroe. It has been 10 years since he launched his iconic and much admired Bumblebee necklace and finally he will let his first 10 Jewellery School customers  into his secret as to how it came about,

The Goldsmiths’ Centre Launches New Business Growth Programme

The Goldsmiths’ Centre launched a new Business Growth Programme, designed to offer business skills short courses and inspirational talks tailored to the fine jewellery and contemporary silversmithing sectors, earlier this month. Led by experts and industry practitioners, this programme aims to provide ambitious entrepreneurs with the tools to confidently craft their business skills and spearhead a step-change in their practice. From prestigious business incubation programmes for emerging makers, such as the Getting Started and Setting Out courses, to one-day intensive short courses for more established businesses, and a successful leadership pilot programme started in 2017, the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London

The Shape of Chopard: Heart shaped Valentine's novelties

Chopard, the Artisan of emotion, has a long-standing relationship with the emblem of the heart- using it as a motif year-round. But, how can one take ownership of such a universal symbol? That is precisely the question that the Chopard workshops has been addressing for many years, honing each of the details that contribute to making this heart a peak architectural achievement. The excellence and fullness of its pleasing proportions encapsulate the very idea of beauty. Its infinitely soft, ergonomic and gently rounded curves were achieved by developing countless prototypes aimed at achieving the golden ratio, the magic formula that

Echoes - Despo Sophocleous

Echoes - Despo Sophocleous Always in a state of change and transformation, we carry memories of place with us wherever we go. Collecting and storing information, mapping and documenting movement, Despo's latest explorations are the echoes left behind. Working with walnut, cherry and ash, each pendant is made up of individual and movable elements, relating and communicating with the one next to it, through it and in between. Movement and sound come together as it is worn on the body. Dates 10 November - 1 December 2017 Venue 4836 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, QC | H2T 1R5 galerienoelguyomarch.com

Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design

Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018 Fairtrade Jewellery Design category sponsored by Ingle & Rhode Submissions are now open for the Fairtrade Jewellery Design category of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018, sponsored by Ingle & Rhode. The 2018 awards include a new Fairtrade category for ethical jewellery designers. Entrants are asked to design a fine jewellery ring, pendant or pair of earrings that are sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues. About the Submission The design should be a one-off exclusive jewel, cast and hand

Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch & Equipment Fair

Istanbul Jewelry Show 11 - 14 October 2018  Istanbul Expo Center  47th Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch & Equipment Fair  Istanbul Jewelry Show is comprehensive marketplace for international jewelry community and professionals. The ever growing number of participants and attendants accompanied with the value added trade show services have created a unique business environment in one of the fastest developing regions of the world.  Dates 11 - 14 October 2018 Venue Istanbul Expo Center (CNR Expo)  For More Information october.istanbuljewelryshow.com

Henryka’s ride on the Sausage Dog wave

A new museum devoted to all things sausage dog, a new world record for the largest number of sausage dogs in one place and now a unique sausage dog jewellery collection, which like the dog itself is both feisty and cute. British jewellery house Henryk, well known for their animal designs, have launched a range of four elegant Dachshund pendants and necklaces, riding on the back of a wiener craze that is currently  sweeping the world. All pieces are made from sterling silver and decorated mainly with amber so we have a sausage silver body and amber ears, a sausage

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker As an ongoing series of talks and seminars by makers, artists and jewellerswe are very happy to be presenting Ute Decker as our inaugural speaker and would like to invite you to this talk. Ute Decker is a pioneer of the global ethical jewellery movement and one of the first worldwide to work in Fairtrade Gold. She is best known for her minimalist, architectural jewellery art. Her innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional “geometric poetry” make her pieces unique. In this talk she will share

Jewellery Quarter BID sponsors micro Businesses at event

JQ designer makers are preparing to show off their talents at a new event dedicated to uniting makers, builders and inventors from around the world. A collective of talented designer makers from the Jewellery Quarter are set to exhibit at a brand new international show at the NEC next month. Anticipated to be one of the biggest creative events of the year, Makers Central brings together makers, customers, suppliers and hobbyists to share ideas, products, techniques and tools. To promote the vibrant, creative maker community that exists in the area, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is sponsoring a

Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood

Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood Designed and created by  Joanne Haywood , ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ is a series of twenty-one jewellery works made for fifteen trailblazing women. Come and hear about the materials and techniques used to make these mixed media jewels, as well as the pioneering women that inspired them. Joanne Haywood  is a leading art jeweller, writer and educator. She has worked and exhibited in the UK and internationally. She holds a BA(hons) in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins and is recognised for her individual voice

Shine bright like a diamond this April

Those born in the month of April are fortunate enough to have one of the most prized and regal gems as their birthstone. For all those April babies, diamonds really are a girl's (and boy's) best friend. From the Greek word " ad ámas " meaning "unbreakable", diamonds have been the desired gem for centuries; arguably as early as 4 BC due to its unique characteristics and qualities. Historically diamonds first became popular in India where the Imperial Colony and moguls mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers. Diamond is made of pure carbon and it is the way that

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation The foundation is one of the largest independent foundations that provide grants in the UK. Approximately 75 per cent of its Arts & Heritage grants budget go to the arts and 25 per cent to heritage projects.  Art with a social impact Eligibility The Foundation supports wok that Uses a creative approach to address difficult social or environmental issues, or Builds engagement with culture in areas where there is low provision. Applicant must Offer both artistic excellence and long-term social impact, and Put people at the centre of the creative process, and have a defined pathway of

Lexus Design Award 2018

Call for Applications: Lexus Design Award 2019 Lexus Design Award 2019 calls upon young creative talent around the world to “Design for a Better Tomorrow”. Since 2013, this international design competition has provided the chance of a lifetime for up-and-coming designers to win the prestigious award for innovative design excellence, propel their growth, and reach world-class exposure. Mentoring. Funding. Exhibit at Milan. As a finalist, you will be provided everything needed to take your design to the next level and present it at one of the world’s premier design events. • Receive mentorship from worldly renowned design professionals. Past years

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part II

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal one-off pieces

£8000 Silver commission to mark the end of the Great War

Birmingham based British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) receive the commemorative ‘Silence Fell’ silverware to mark the end of the Great War. Last year the BATF board decided to commission a special piece to join its boardroom silver collection of over 50 items and tasked one of its member associations, The National Association of Jewellers, to help find a fitting item.  A national competition was held to design and make a piece of silverware to commemorate the end of the First World War, taking that ceasefire as inspiration. At the beginning of the year Claire Malet was announced as the designer

Magical Farnese blue diamond expected to fetch £5m

A spectacular blue diamond which was gifted to a Spanish queen in 1715 is to go on sale for the first time ever next month with an anticipated price tag of around £5 million. Until recently, no one knew of its existence since the 6.16 -carat 'Farnese Blue', crafted for Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain (1692-1766) was seen  only by close relatives though since those relatives spanned four royal families across France, Spain, Italy and Austria over a period of 300 years, it is astonishing the diamond has been kept under wraps so successfully. It was found in the Golconda

The Red Dot Award Product Design 2019

Call for Applciations: The Red Dot Award - Product Design 2019 Calling all up-and-coming designers: The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 is giving away 50 free registration places for the Young Professionals Application Day. On 5 December 2018, all designers who have graduated within the past five years are cordially invited to apply for one of these places. They can enter their product in the competition, which will feature designers and brands from all over the globe. Young professionals who win an award can look forward to further support from Red Dot, with measures that include showcasing their products

The Art of the Statement Earring

Impossible to overlook, difficult to over-do and so easy to wear, it’s no wonder statement earrings are making proclamations everywhere at the moment. It’s a look whereby anything goes. It works whether your ear furniture co-ordinates, complements or clashes. The variety of materials, styles, colours and textures is endless. A statement earring or two can turn around an otherwise plain outfit, or take an eclectic get-up one step further. Earrings are in some ways easier to wear than other statement jewellery. There is less chance of them getting caught on a flowing sleeve or clashing with a fussy neckline, and

Signet rings all the rage again

The recent hike in signet ring sales, among both men and women, represents a tiny sliver of heraldry history, with trends and customs in 'pinky' rings and regalia dating back almost 3,500 years.  Today, it is no longer necessary have a family coat of arms and a small fortune to wear a signet ring. Most high street jewellers can engrave initials on a ring for as little as £100 but the desire to embellish one's appearance with an item that indicates heritage and pedigree or power remains as strong as it was in around 1300 BC when the Greeks and

Cockpit Arts Awards

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards Cockpit Arts are once again looking for talented makers to join their community. They ahave a variet of Awards open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year. The Cockpit Arts Ros Stracey Ceramic Residency Open to a ceramicist who has a strong desire to experiment and take risks with their practice; we are looking for makers who demonstrate originality, innovation, creativity, craft skill and quality in the work and concepts presented. Closing date = noon, October 5 2018 The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award **

This time, it's personal: Gecko launch new Alphabet collection at Jewellery and Watch 2019

Personalisation was one of 2018’s most popular trends, according to the Business of Fashion- and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere this year as Gecko unveil their new ‘Alphabet collection’ at Jewellery and Watch event today.  Consumers, now more than ever, seek to define themselves. With the emergence and prevalence of social media platforms, people no longer see themselves as just consumers, but producers also. Self-image has never been more important, nor has the idea of one’s own ‘personal brand’.  The idea of creating ‘personalised’ items for those with the most popular names or initials is outdated, with a

Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to fund new Cambridge PhD research in precious metals

A gift from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to support three new PhD studentships at Cambridge will advance research in precious metals and help develop new technical expertise. The Goldsmiths’ Company programme in precious metals research, which will be based at Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, will build on the University’s strengths in the study of materials. The Department is one of the world’s leading centres in the study of materials and metals.  The first two students are expected to start in 2019, following a recruitment programme this autumn. The date marks the centenary of a founding gift from

Horsham jewellers Wakefields switch buying partners

One of the south's oldest and most respected high street jewellers Wakefields in Horsham has joined the Houlden Group, switching its allegiances from The Company of Master Jewellers, to become the 30th member of the buying and business services group. Wakefields, stockists of Rolex, Thomas Sabo and Links of London among other high end brands, has been in the same family for more than 100 years and is now owned jointly by Dominic Wakefield and his sister Melissa. The store stands out on Horsham's busy High Street for its classical facade but more significantly for its durability as other famous

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery Goldsmiths’ Fair Partners with The Scottish Gallery for exhibition of work by the Doyenne of Contemporary British Jewellery. In addition to showcasing the UK’s best fine jewellery and contemporary silver, this year Goldsmiths’ Fair will partner with the Scottish Gallery to mount a special exhibition featuring the pioneering jewellery of Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI.  Acclaimed globally as one of the key figures in the British Contemporary Jewellery movement from 1960 onwards, Ramshaw’s work is instantly recognizable for its signature geometry and skilfully executed design.  Ramshaw employs a unique approach by making jewellery in parts or

Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowships

International Academic Fellowships The Leverhulme Trust is one of the largest providers of research funding in the UK and has announced that applications are now being accepted for the International Academic Fellowships programme. This programme enables established researchers based at UK higher education institutions to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. The maximum value of a Fellowship is £45,000. Eligible costs include:  Reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas  Travel to and within the overseas country or countries  A maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas 

Organic glass and fluid landscape

Biba Schutz is one of those artists who has no need to deepen the analytical phase of her creative process. Her intuitive ability and emotional approach to work allow her to achieve incredible results. Rippling Necklace During the course of her evolutionary journey, Biba has experimented with a range of materials, searching for a balanced dialogue between form and content, construction and meaning. However, perhaps it is in the use of glass that her language is best expressed and defined, even though she prefers to define herself as a metal worker. Her approach to glass was born almost casually 10

The 2018 Trends Edit: Pearl Revamp

For 2018 there could only be one word to describe the resounding theme of jewellery trends: Big. With big hoops, big jewels, big designs and big logos, it's no surprise that the spotlight is also shining loud and proud on big pearls! Femininity is the buzz word for 2018 with a resurgence of vintage-style florals, summer gingham and plaid as well as mix n'match power pastels. Pearls are back with a punch and nothing says feminine quite like pearls. A fabulous addition to any outfit, pearls are notoriously met with hesitation due to their associations with prim afternoon teas worn

Collaborative partnership brings UK’s first ethically sourced gemstone fair to London

A collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool of Nineteen48, Kathy Chappell of Fair Trade Gemstones and Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems- Queensland, Australia has led to an inaugural one-day fair for the UK market. This unique fair will see gemstones available that offer full provenance and ethical sourcing. "Having worked closely together for some time, this event is a natural extension of our collaboration. For jewellers who have an emphasis on responsible sourcing, we think this is the best opportunity to see and buy a wide range of traceable gemstones from around

Dainty Does It

The world of fashion, accesssories, jewellery and trends is one that constantly evolves, reintroduces and reinevents. So it's no surprise that some of you may be questioning whether the 90's trend of chokers might be somewhat - dare we say it -  pass é ?  Well that classic 90's spirit is still standing strong with a new season vibe and twist, guarenteed to add a little boost to your d écolletage. Forget the classic staples of thick velvet ribbons and tattoo style links and instead welcome in some daintier, delicate and ready-to-layer sterling silver pieces. The new wave of on-trend pieces

Catherine Hills 'takes over' Gill Wing

Gill Wing was the first gallery to show Catherine Hill’s distinctive jewellery, as a fresh graduate from the RCA, living locally in Islington. 20 years later, the gallery is allowing a 'take over' by the jeweller to celebrate their twenty year anniversary. Over the last twenty years Catherine Hills has won many awards for her nature inspired, textural treasures, as well as being famed as the chosen designer behind the jewellery for the box-office-breaking Harry Potter films. As one of Gill Wing Jewellery's original selected artists, Catherine has remained above fleeting trends with her unique and wearable designs, the epitome

unravel… a festival of knitting 2019

Since its launch in 2009, unravel has become one of the leading independent events for knitting and crochet enthusiasts. Now in its 11 th  year, Farnahm Maltings are delighted that the festival has established itself into a much loved yarn event for all ages and abilities. The three day festival offers a curated marketplace featuring over 70 contemporary exhibitors selling yarn and accessories, a complementary programme of free talks and participatory activities and a programme of bookable workshops. Whether you are new to knitting and crochet or have years of experience, there is something for everyone at unravel.  unravel day

Identity, Handmade in Britain

Call for Entries: Identity, Handmade in Britain Win the chance to exhibit one piece of work at the Ashmolean Museum and Handmade Oxford. Submit a piece of work which explores and addresses the concept of identity and self expression, while reflecting your cultural or personal identity. This opportunity is presented by Handmade in Britain, Ashmolean Museum and Zealous . Shortlisted entries:20 finalists will be exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum from 13 – 25 June 2019 and at Handmade Oxford, 27 – 30 June 2019. Prizes The winner chosen by the judging panel will receive a further opportunity to display their

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

Cockpit Arts Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards x4 Cockpit Arts have four awards currently open for application - comprising subsidised studio space and support for one year. Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join the Cockpit Arts community: The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award - This Award supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out. The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.

Domino Relaunches Revitalised Rosabella Collection

Domino have relaunched a revitalised Rosabella collection. The new Rosabella range now features 25 suites of statement and everyday diamond jewellery, covering a wide range of key carat weights and price points, incorporating both classic and design-led pieces. Commenting on the refreshed collection, Creative Director Naomi Newton-Sherlock said: “Rosabella is one of our most popular collections because of its versatility and wide appeal. We have retained our best-sellers, added new silhouettes and introduced a selection of contemporary design-led pieces. The breadth of style, precious metals and carat weights on offer, means that we can give our customers real choice, in

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery opens in Primrose Hill, London

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, one of the UK’s leading bespoke jewellery companies, has opened a new studio and shop on Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill. The location offers a unique lifestyle destination that will provide customers with the opportunity to discover bespoke jewellery within a cutting edge retail space and working design studio.  Recognised as an industry leading company, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has won over twenty UK and international awards for design, business, ethics and innovation and in 2016 was named Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. Just moments away from the green open

New York Jewellery Week 2018

New York City Jewellery Week 10 - 18 November 2018 NYC Jewellery Week is NYC’s first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewellery through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature groundbreaking exhibitions, educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, and unique collaborations with the best and brightest businesses, brands, individual jewellers, artists, and designers throughout NYC. Bella Neyman and JB Jones are the new heroines of the contemporary art jewellery movement. Unlike commercial fine jewellery or fashion costume Jewellery, One-of-a kind and limited production artist-made jewellery is a relatively new voice

London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A for London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend Join Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for design-led silver, for live demonstrations in the V&A’s Silver Galleries for the London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend. Silversmiths will demonstrate ways they combine modern technologies with traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful pieces of contemporary silver – from digital hammering to design and adapting industrial processes. Demonstrations Demonstrations by Kathryn Hinton and Hamish Dobbie on Day One and Chris Knight and Shona Marsh on Day Two. This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Goldsmiths’ Company

Model Landscape Commission National Trust Stourhead

Commission: ‘Model Landscape’. National Trust Stourhead Working with Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by ‘Spirit of place’, Stourhead are looking to commission contemporary artist, or art collective, to develop a project in response to the theme ‘Model Landscape’. The finished artwork will be the centrepiece of an art-focused events programme that will allow our visitors to view Stourhead from a new perspective, and is to be installed in the gardens, its buildings and/or in the house from March 2019. As one of the most influential English landscape gardens of the eighteenth-century landscape movement and it was

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part I

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week One: 25 - 30 September 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from

Jordanian husband and wife duo, Elham and Issa, open new showroom in London

Born from a 10 year love story, Elham & Issa Jewellery is the work of a passionate couple creating eclectic fine jewellery. Originally from Jordan, visionary husband and wife Issa Sabeh and Elham Kalaji illustrate their romantic and refined aesthetic through their unique collections which blend culture, emotion, and craft.   Along with a shared cultural heritage, Elham and Issa are dedicated artists. As one of the first women in Jordan to become a goldsmith and silversmith, Elham has broken gender barriers and exceled in a male dominated industry in creating “wearable art”. She says: “Jewellery has always been a passion

Hailstones Designs boosted by LUX Global Excellence Award

Since winning a LUX Global Excellence Award for the Best Glass Jewellery Designer in the UK back in January, life for Staffordshire-based Sue Hailstones of Hailstones Designs has been turned upside down. To say the win has served as a confidence booster is an understatement. A former local government officer with no formal training in jewellery making, Hailstone has never really considered herself one of 'the designer gang'. The success of her glass design business, set up in 2013, seems to have come as a bit of a surprise to her though she has always been artistic, she says, as

Dazera Exhibition

Dazera Exhibition One of London’s best kept artistic secrets, The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, will once more host the Dazera exhibition for creative fine jewellery this year on 30 November to 2 December. Founded by jewellery designer Domini Hogg, Dazera is dedicated to raising the profiles of emerging artists and creative designers working with precious stones and materials. According to Domini the vibrancy of the hotel’s ever-changing artwork is what initially attracted her to exhibit there. “It is important for original jewellery to be seen within an artistic context rather than in the sterile environment of most shops. The

Kenyan artist, Cyrus Kabiru, transforms landfill waste into stunning art

This past weekend saw one of Africa’s leading young artists Cyrus Kabiru exhibit at the continent’s most important art fair, Art X Lagos. The artist has made a name for himself by repurposing discarded goods into art. Cyrus Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he currently lives and works. He is a self-taught sculptor, who has exhibited frequently both internationally and on the African Continent. The Kenyan artist grew up in a slum next to the country’s largest landfill. He would go on to use this material to create and inspire his artwork and have risen to

Giulia Savino: Which city belongs to you?

Giulia Savino’s main artistic research explores the concept of identity, ownership and belonging through the representation of city maps writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Giulia Savino’s main artistic research explores the concept of identity, ownership and belonging through the representation of city maps. Her main body of work, called 1: 20.000, is a compilation of maps, a collection of cities in form of jewels. As "the map is not the territory" but just one of the many possible representations of reality, each jewel is a personal interpretation of the city that takes / loses its shape in the interaction with the body. Each

Playful Elegance

Anne Manns has a special fondness for creating jewels to decorate the ears. Her earrings, inspired by nature and especially by vegetables such as peas and aubergines, are characterised by a very clean, bright and warm design, able to climb up the skin with a unique lightness and portability writes Ilaria Ruggiero. An elegant touch characterises her creations, that are developed for one of the most sensual and feminine parts of the body.  Not only elegance and brightness, but also irony, playfulness and freshness. Using vegetables as a source of inspiration allows her to always maintain a language which is mobile, down-to-earth earth and everyday.

Icelandic Designer, Aurum, to Release Collection Inspired Norse Sea Goddess Rán

Rán admires her reflection in the sea, bathes in the sun and her shadow dances with the waves. Rán has the ability to nourish the eyes and the spirit and the will to draw guests to Aurum, where she wraps around their wrists, fingers and cheek, cherishes them and gives new life. The new collection, due to be released online on 29th March, is one of a series inspired by Norse mythology; Rán is the final story from Aurum’s three sisters collections and her predecessors the Norse Sea Goddesses Sindur and Kolga launched last year. Aurum takes inspiration from the

Dazzle @ Oxo 2017

From contemporary classics to brilliantly bonkers - the contemporary jewellery selling exhibition that delights in diversity returns to gallery@oxo and introduces an exceptional crop of handpicked new 2017 graduates, amongst a roll call of designer big guns.  “The oldest and largest exhibition of contemporary jewellery in Europe, and as one of the key aims is to discover and promote new talent, you can be sure of discovering fresh approaches to the medium among the thousands of pieces on display.”  -  Time Out Miniature nuns set in resin, silver dogs with wagging ears, designs inspired by office stationery, by the Australian outback,

Call for Submissions Present Makers 2018, Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Call for Submissions:  Present Makers 2018,  Thelma Hulbert Gallery  Applications are now open for designers and makers to exhibit in Present Makers 2018 THG is seeking makers who produce high quality, contemporary work, either one-offs or small scale production, to show in their annual selling exhibition of contemporary art and craft : Present Makers 2018 (10 November - 22 December). After the continued success of our annual selling exhibition of contemporary craft, THG will once again present a new selection of craft makers whose work highlights the skill and diversity of craft across the South West region. Present Makers 2018 gives

COSMIMA 2018

COSMIMA  London Craft Week showcase of contemporary jewellery and silverware from the COSMIMA collective 9 - 12 May 2018 67 York Street, London W1 For London Craft Week, COSMIMA presents the latest handcrafted jewellery and silverware from seven leading UK designers. The five fine jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective have invited two silversmiths to join them in showing at the 67 York Street gallery in London’s Marylebone. One-off pieces in silver, gold and precious stones, all hand made in the UK, will be on show and for sale from 9 – 12th May, and visitors will have the chance

Appointment: Harriet Kelsall elected first female Chair of the National Association of Jewellers

One of the UK's most respected bespoke designers Harriet Kelsall has been elected as the first female chair of The National Association of Jewellers after serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years. Well-known for championing the causes of education, ethics and the environment in the jewellery industry, Harriet brings a wide range of skills and know-how to her new role, tapping into her experience and expertise from acting as chair of the NAJ's new Education steering group, advising the Government on jewellery making skills as part of the Creative and Cultural skill academy and growing her business Harriet Kelsall

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh launch first Ethical Making Resource

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh is set to host its second Ethical Making Symposium and Workshop event entitled It's In Our Hands - One Year On . At the event in Edinburgh next week the organisation will also launch the first ever Ethical Making Resource for jewellers and silversmiths. The Incorporation is a non-profit organisation set up by Royal Charter in 1687 which operates two charities, ‘Silver of the Stars’ and ‘The Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust’ and administers and operates the Edinburgh Assay Office. Spearheading Ethical Knowledge Last year it held a ground breaking two day event

Identity - Nine New Graduates

Kath Libbert presents Identity - Nine New Gradutes Vivid, tactile, provocative, playful, contemplative – our annual selection of the best new UK graduate talent evokescuriosity and delights the senses! Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery , which this year celebrates twenty one years at Salts Mill, Saltaire, has selected and exhibited the work of new graduates since its inception. In numerous cases these emerging talents have gone on to gain wide acclaim for their work, and many continue to be represented by the gallery. Kath says: ‘spotting and then supporting the work of cutting edge new graduates has always been so central

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner to be held by candlelight

A charitable dinner by candlelight event held by the Benevolent Society, the charity which financially assists individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and fashion accessories industries, has had the Giftware Association step up as its headline sponsor. One of the highlights of the jewellery industry’s calendar, The Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner, this year will be an exclusive dinner and entertainment by candlelight event at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London The event is put on not only to thank the Federation Benevolent Society’s sponsors and supporters, but also to raise funds for the charity which helps those who have worked within

Harriet Kelsall Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Make Your Mark

On 31 October and 1 November, Goldsmiths’ Hall will host Make Your Mark, the UK’s biggest careers fair for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of the events in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the event will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities. Harriet Kelsall will act as keynote speaker.  She will describe her story starting a creative business from start-up stage to present day - Harriet is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She is the 2016 HSBC Forward Ladies Retail

Make 2018 – Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

Call for Applications: Make 2018 - Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Exhibit at Devon Guild of Craftsmen 2018 -19 MAKE is our annual Christmas selling exhibition celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft. The exhibition focuses on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship; connecting makers with our Christmas customers. By highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small scale batch production we aim to offer a range of mediums and prices to suit all. The exhibition is open to any UK-based craftsperson or designer-maker whose work fits these criteria.  We are particularly looking for makers who produce exciting and contemporary work.  The Christmas season is

Student brings award-winning Make Your Mark design to life

Yanmi Liu, one of the winning designers at last year’s Make Your Mark Awards, has included an original piece featuring her praised braille hallmark concept in her Graduate Show.  Lui, a Central St Martins student of BA Jewellery Design, won joint second prize at the inaugural Awards for her design, called The Simplicity of Braille, which proposed adding a braille version of the Millesimal Fineness mark to a hallmarked item. She has now incorporated this highly praised concept in the creation of a fine silver water bottle cuff, which was included in her 2017 Graduate Show at Central St Martins

When digital meets craft: An open view by Chiara Scarpitti

Chiara Scarpitti is an Italian multidisciplinary artist and designer specializing in contemporary jewelry. Her research investigates different aspects of the contemporary material culture, exploring technology through a humanistic approach. She is one of the few designers able to perfectly synthesize the historical dimension of research, through the eyes of the present, projecting it directly to the future, thanks to the ability of balancing technique, narrative and vision. Through her work, the tradition finds a new identity, thanks to aesthetic and technical innovation. In Chiara’s pieces emerges, perfectly balanced, a collection of suggestions from different narrations and imaginaries. Nature, in its

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter announce First Jeweller In Residence

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. The

INHORGENTA MUNICH 2018

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 16 to 19 February 2018. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich alone. 14 of those events are number 1 in the world in their respective industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe

Jerwood Makers Open 2018

Call for Applications: Jerwood Makers Open Jerwood Makers Open, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity and seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination in what are traditionally described as the applied arts. JMO has established itself as one of the best regarded opportunities for makers in the craft calendar. The award and exhibition freely allow makers to develop their creative ideas and further their practice independently of specific commissioning structures. The resulting work will be shown in a group exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space in London next summer, before touring

Call for Entries: They Call Me Nobody

Call for Entries: 'They Call Me Nobody' Air & Workshops Programme Athens + Performance At Hamburg 2018 // Munich 2019 Introduction “They call me Nobody” is the answer Odysseus gave to the one eyed, man-eating monster Cyclop before blinding him. Odysseus is the mythical king of Ithaca whose adventures Greek poet Homer described in his 8th century BC epos “The Odyssey”. The Odyssey can be read as an allegory for man’s unbentable struggle to oppose fate. The epos is a milestone in the spiritual history of Greek civilization, as it comprises ethical principles ruling life and death and outlines the

Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017

Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017 The best young international jewelry designers, selected by Marzee Het Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen From November 3, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Het Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen shows an overview of Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017.  Gallery Marzee is one of the most important international promoters of the contemporary jewelery . This international graduation exhibition offers a beautiful overview of work by young artists who have just graduated from the jewelery department of art academies and colleges from all parts of the world. The young artists come from

Kritha: The eco of the tradition

It is always interesting to see contemporary designers continuing the tradition. Krithaa is an Indian brand that reinterprets the tradition of Indian craftsmanship with a new look and attitude. It uses and further develops some concepts belonging to the traditional philosophy making it as its own identity, and then elaborate a coherent and original aesthetic writes Ilaria Ruggiero. All characterized by a contemporary look, which uniforms the pieces as well as the visual language. In general, their design philosophy is driven by the idea of ‘adaptive re-use’ and ‘context building’. Each of the designs has one urban collectible; that urban collectible

Present & Collect 2017

Present & Collect 2017 This November, Contemporary Applied Arts, home to works from Britain’s leading craftspeople, will launch Present & Collect, their annual seasonal selling exhibition. It will offer a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. This curated selection is imbued with skill, innovation and tradition. From the decorative to the functional and wearable, in a range of diverse materials from clay to precious gemstones, each handmade object is a one off. As the leading authority on high-end British craft, CAA is a trusted resource for collectors and first time buyers alike.

Cockpit Arts subsidised Studio Space Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Subsidised Workshop Space Awards Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join the Cockpit Arts community.  They have four Awards currently open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and support for one year. The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business. The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. The

Dining out on design at new Made for the Table exhibition

Made for the Table offers visitors to the Goldsmiths Centre this summer an extravagant feast in more ways than one. At the centre of this new silverware exhibition, which opens on July 13th and runs until August 31st is a modern day table dressed for dinner featuring newly comissioned silverware, by leading makers such as Michael Lloyd, Malcolm Appleby, Jane Short, Angela Cork and Miriam Hanid showcasing contemporary cultures and new silversmithing technogies. A treasure trove of modern items from cutlery and beakers to candlesticks is set in stark contrast alongside some of the Goldsmiths' Company most prized 'ancient' items

jewellerybox match purchases with donations to women's shelters for their International Women's Day collection

Online retailer jewellerybox has partnered up with local women’s refuges in the South London area for International Women’s Day. The handful of refuges that they are supporting, which will remain unnamed for reasons of discretion, are all charities which provide support and accommodation to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. jewellerybox will be donating a minimum of one piece of jewellery to the refuges for every piece that is sold from their International Women’s Day collection from the 8-11of March. The pieces within the collection are dainty and affordable, using symbols such as knots and interlocking symbols to

Strike Gold this November

If there was ever a time to wear something sparkly, special and striking, the season of festive frivolities, parties and celebrations would be it! With the arrival of November and her sweeping chill in the air,  your inbox will become one of popularity as  nights of festive fun and mischief begin to come knocking! With that in mind, it's time to add a  touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm to your holiday look and what better way than with a strike of timeless gold?! A touch of gold provides a classic look of elegance that is gorgeously feminine when worn

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2018

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2018 Emerging UK up-and-coming jewellery designers with their sights set on success are invited to battle it out for one of just six places in this year’s KickStart initiative – organised by International Jewellery London, the must-attend annual destination for the jewellery industry, taking place at Olympia London from 2 – 4 September 2018.  This long-running mentoring, advice and exhibition platform is a key link in the IJL Journey – a unique industry path that guides design talent from final year student to successful consumer-facing brands. In a change for 2018, KickStart will accept just six

Playing with Pearls

The pearl has long been a stable of those who long for an elegant and sophisticated style but 2019 will see the classic piece make a return to the mainstream spotlight and in turn, convert a whole new fashion crowd. If you're one to keep your beady eyes on the trends, you'll have noticed that pearls are a fashion staple that never seems to go out of style. Adorning just about every inch of fashion's finest chunky trainers, strung tightly around choker-style chains and delicately dangling from earlobes across the runway, the resurgence of pearls this season is all about

Made London 2017

Made London 2017 19 - 22 October 2017 MADE LONDON – Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. One Marylebone is a stunning former church designed by Sir John Soane. With sweeping staircases, incredible chandeliers and light and spacious characterful rooms, it’s the perfect backdrop for showcasing high end craft and design. Soane Hall has incredible height, lovely ceilings and the beautiful original

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Internships at GIA 2018

GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Internships The Gemological Institute of America invites qualified candidates to apply for the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at its Carlsbad, California and New York City locations. The one-to-two year fellowships encourage early-career scientists to pursue full-time academic research on fundamental scientific problems in gemstone geology, defect physics and diamond synthesis; and other fields related to gemology – the study of diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls and their treatments. A paid research internship program is also available for students pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in related fields. “GIA’s fellowship and internship programs

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s A Contemporary Craft and Design Christmas Shopping Fair Whilst still showing the best makers in the country, the MADE BRIGHTON - St Bartholomew’s fair will be a down to earth ‘Village Hall’ one day, table-top selling event. Using the main body of this stunning church to show the handmade work of sixty makers; jewellery, knitwear, ceramics, wood, print, silversmithing, textiles, clothes, toys and more, with a full range of prices to ensure there is something for everyone. St Bartholomew’s Church is just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Station. The church is a stunning late Victorian

Yellow Bright Lights

After what can only be described as one down-right glorious May bank holiday weekend, It's safe to say that Britain has been swept away by a wave of happiness. Summertime happiness feels just that little bit more special and sentimental when basking in the warmth of the sun. It seems only fitting that with this sudden burst of blazing heat and pimms by the bucketload that we tailor our jewellery game to the occasion. When you think of summer, happiness and positivity, what colour instantly comes to mind...? Why Juicy lemon yellows and citrus bursts of canary brights of course!

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 Cardiff

Call for Applications Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.  You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. Set in one of Cardiff's premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will

Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend… according to 58% of millennials

Millennials are ditching bling traditional diamonds, in favour of unique styles and brightly coloured stones for their engagement rings Research shows that diamonds are no longer a ‘girl’s best friend’, according to millennials. A survey of 5,000 people between the ages of 23 and 38, showed that 58% opted for independent designers and 'bespoke' one of a kind pieces in coloured stones to commemorate their forthcoming nuptials, whilst 32% chose their birth stone - and 25% chose the birth stone of a beloved family member. This follows recent reports that millennials are choosing to save up and invest in 'collectable'

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000

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News Edit: 10 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This Singapore Bespoke Jeweller Is Who You Want For Modern Day Heirlooms Harpers Bazaar: Calla Lily Fine Jewellers will weave your story in precious gems. harpersbazaar.com Lady Gaga Wears Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast At Tiffany’s Jewels At The Oscars Vogue: When Tiffany & Co was musing over which nominee to bejewel for the Oscars 2019, there was only one name the brand saw lit up in diamonds: Lady Gaga. vogue.co.uk Jewels That Glow In The Dark? Vogue: Cora Sheibani is turning heads with a new jewellery collection featuring gemstones that turn

Hatton Garden gang ordered to pay back £27.5 million

The four criminals who pulled off one of the biggest jewellery heists in British history will have to pay back every penny of their ill-gotten gains, around £7 million each, or have their prison sentences increased. Almost three years after Brian Reader, 78, John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 77,  Terry Perkins, 69, and Daniel Jones, 63 drilled a hole into the wall of a Hatton Garden vault and took off with 73 boxes of stolen cash, gold and gems  a judge has ruled they must find a way of paying back £27.5 million in total. Hatton Garden ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, Danny

Scarlett Fever Never Looked So Chic

This season we see the flaming tones of red revolutionised, refined and steeped in grown-up elegance as designers release signature collections infused with spirit, passion, lust and romance. Scarlett, ruby, maroon, crimson; if there's one colour to be seen in this season, it's red. Not a new fixture to the jewellery realms, red has famously brought a touch of mischief and fire to many a collections for years. With this voraciously bold colour sizzling in ever-increasing popularity for the party season, slipping into something saturated in red is a serious win-win fashion situation. Notoriously associated with strong, confident self-assured individuals,

A Touch of Noir

When we think of diamonds we're used to picturing white sparkly stones, so what if we were to say that alongside those bright glistening stones is a dark step sister that is becoming equally popular? In recent years, the demand and popularity for nonconventional stones - particularly in engagement rings- has found black diamonds to be one of the most popular choices of fancy-coloured diamonds. Previously held in low regard, natural-colour black diamonds continued to be unpopular until designers started to implement them into their collections in the late 20th century; often contrasting them with colourless pave diamonds. Perhaps the

Zeemou Zeng’s ‘Melody’ Collection: A Treat for the Eyes and Ears

Zeemou Zeng, an IJL ‘Bright Young Gem’ winner, follows up his debut ‘Venus’ collection with one that incorporates celebrates the beauty- and musicality- of pearls. The recent graduate designs contemporary fine jewellery and accessories, drawing from his extensive knowledge of craftsmanship and experience with different materials (such as precious metals, glass, gemstones and porcelain.) Zeemou Zeng 'Melody' Collection Zeemou Zeng 'Melody' Collection Zeemou originally studied interior and architecture design in China, before graduating from the London University of Arts- the collection is a perfect amalgamation of design functionality and beauty- and is testament to the breadth of his studies. Each

Blossoming Alyssum heralds 2018 buzz for Fei Liu Fine Jewellery

It was clear from the clamour around his stand at the IJL last September that Fei Liu was offering something special and the Christmas sales figures unveiled this week confirmed the newly-launched Alyssum Collection as one of his most popular to date. Just three months after Alyssum was launched by British brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery,  it became the brand's best seller for the Christmas period, which considering the depth and breadth of his many collections suggests the high levels of interest at the show were backed up by high levels of orders. It effectively doubled Fei Liu Fine Jewellery’s

Alighieri set to grow brand after landing first NEWGEN award

British jeweller Alighieri has become the first jeweller to receive NEWGEN support from the British Fashion Council under the restructured sponsorship scheme. For the first time in 25 years, jewellery and fine jewellery have been incorporated into the annual womenswear and menswear designers awards as part of a new Accessories category, comprising also shoes, bags and hats.  Jewellery and millinery awards were previously made under the BFC’s Rock Vault and Headonism initiatives but as of 2018, these will cease to exist as the BFC seeks to group all Britain’s emerging talent across all designer fashion sectors into one category.  Previous

Inhorgenta Munich 2019

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 22 to 25 February 2018. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich alone. 14 of those events are number 1 in the world in their respective industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe

Cooksongold is stockist of Europe’s largest Fairtrade gold range

Multi-channel retailer Cooksongold, the UK’s largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker, has recently added 9ct Fairtrade Gold to its range of Fairtrade Gold products, meaning it now stocks the largest range of Fairtrade Gold in Europe. Fairtrade Gold ensures small-scale and artisanal miners are paid a fair price and receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, clean water and healthcare. The Fairtrade Gold Standards include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment. Cooksongold became

New Brands add to line-up at Jewellery & Watch 2018

Jewellery & Watch  will showcase a host of never-before seen brands from across the globe, including more than 50 international brands who will debut at the NEC for the five-day event; from Hong Kong, Italy, India, Turkey, New Zealand and many more. Over 70 exhibitors set to showcase their remarkable products are new for 2018 Brands from across the globe come together under one roof including Hong Kong, Italy, India, Turkey and New Zealand joining the line-up of 39 new UK labels Launching a new collection of rings at Jewellery & Watch, Italian brand Carini Gioielli are creative innovators in

Royal College of Art ranked world's top art & design university for fifth year

The RCA leads the table of 200 of the world’s top universities for the study of art and design in the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, ahead of much larger institutions around the globe.  The ranking consolidates its position as the world’s internationally renowned art and design university, offering unrivalled opportunities in art and design.  Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, said: ‘I’m proud and honoured that the Royal College of Art has been recognised as the world’s number one university for art and design for the fifth year in succession.  ‘As a small, specialist

Made London at St Bartholomews 2018

Call for Applications Made London at St Bartholomews 2018 Our usual venue at Brighton Dome - Corn Exchange is still undergoing renovation this year. So we are returning for a third year to this stunning, atmospheric, soaring church for a one day tabletop show. St Barts was very busy last year and we think it's becoming THE place to start the Christmas shop for unusual and quality gifts. Date 24 November 2018 Venue St Bartholomews Church, Brighton BN1 4GP Apply Apply at  www.madebrighton.co.uk Application Deadline 7th June 2018 www.madebrighton.co.uk

COSMIMA 2017

COSMIMA  The 13th annual showcase of contemporary jewellery and silverware from the COSMIMA collective 23 - 26 November 2017 Clerkenwell Gallery COSMIMA presents the latest handcrafted jewellery and silverware from nine leading UK designers. For the 13th show, the five fine jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective have invited two jewellers working in non-precious materials and two silversmiths to join them this November in Clerkenwell. One-off pieces in silver, gold and precious stones sit alongside compositions crafted using resin and enamel; all hand made in the UK, displaying an exciting array of processes and sculptural forms. All works will be

Winter Market @ The Forge

Craft Central Winter Market at The Forge Join us this winter at Craft Central's wonderful new home, The Forge, for a seasonal market selling handmade products by over 50 talented craftspeople. Home accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, prints and more will be on sale. The Craft Central winter market is a chance to meet and shop directly from designer-makers, explore our imaginatively converted 19th century Victorian forge building, take part in one of our family craft workshops and enjoy a drink in our pop-up café. Ceramics | Jewellery | Textiles | Prints | Interior Products and much more Dates 24

National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie Commission Major Silver Artwork

National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland. Leading artists and designers currently working in the medium of silver were invited to submit proposals and following close consideration of the applications by the judging panel, The Glenmorangie Commission was awarded to Simone ten Hompel. German-born Simone ten Hompel is a silversmith of international repute, and has been working with metal for over 40 years. Based in the UK, she is known for her metalwork being regarded as one of the most inventive silversmiths of

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery introduce new silver Magnolia collection at IJL

Award winning brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery have taken the natural beauty of the cat’s eye gemstone to offer a capsule range, which will be exclusive to their retailer partners. The Magnolia collection is a modern take on the namesake oriental flower. Floral motifs are largely epitomised across the eponymous designer Fei Liu’s jewellery. For this collection Liu sought inspiration from his art background and his love of oriental flowers. One painting that caught his eye was the ‘Almond Blossom’ by Vincent van Gogh. The painting not only uses understated colours and oriental flowers to allure the eyes, but also

Flora in Full Bloom

A classic style, popular in the 50s and now growing its way back into the fashion sunlight is colourful, dainty flower and bouquet studded jewellery!  The intricate and delicate botanical shapes and patterns of enchanting blossom gardens turn this trend into one of pure beauty and super-feminine creativity. Designers have kept designs simple and brought them to life in harmonious colours, tones and acute attention to detail in petals, stems and pistils. Spring awakens into summer as our accessories get the full bloom treatment of bold and striking splashes of colour, sparkling embellishment of charming gemstones and a nod to

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Gabrielle Desmarais - Simple shapes and powerful shades

Colours, fun and lightness define the beautiful jewellery by Gabrielle Desmarais writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Colours, fun and lightness define the beautiful jewellery by Gabrielle Desmarais. Her production ranges from one of kind pieces to limited series creations as the latest colourful Achromat, made of hand-painted and hand-carved Wood. The collection is playful, as the same name suggests: achromatic means  ‘without colours’, and it is in fact just a funny provocations because her pieces are everything but achromatic. Simple shapes and powerful shades combined and mixed for an everyday look. We addressed her some questions about her past and background. Where does

Suppliers experience “best event in 15 years” at CMJ spring trade event

From record numbers through the doors to magic numbers on stage, this year’s CMJ spring trade event turned out to be “the best event in 15 years,” according to suppliers who attended. Held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 17 and 18 February, the event saw more than 100 retail member businesses and more than 80 jewellery and watch suppliers make the journey to Birmingham to network, discuss latest trends and to enjoy an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Robert Day of Allied Gold was just one supplier to praise the event. He said: “This has been the best CMJ

The Scottish Silversmith Adrian Hope

The Scottish Silversmith Adrian Hope Adrian Hope is one of the UK’s finest contemporary silversmiths who specialises in refined, traditional techniques. An established silversmith since 1980, now based in The Scottish Borders, Adrian creates beautiful, classic pieces that are both sculptural and functional. Public Collections include: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen; The Museum of Edinburgh; Bute House Collection, Edinburgh; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow; Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Edinburgh Exhibition Run 6 January - 3 February 2018 Venue The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas St, Edinburgh

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Made London The Design and Craft Fair 2018

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The Gübelin Gem Lab, one of the world’s leaders in the analysis of precious gemstones is has announced the launch of their Emerald Paternity Test; a new traceability technology creating independent proof of provenance for emeralds This new technology uses customised DNA-based nanoparticles enabling traceability of emeralds back to the exact place of mining. The Emerald Paternity Test is a true game-changer for the coloured gemstone industry. It is the first of a series of technologies and services developed by Gübelin Gem Lab dedicated to bringing more transparency into the gemstone industry, united under the Provenance Proof label. This breakthrough technology

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Launched in September 1990, Autumn Fair is now celebrated as the season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade show and is a must-attend event for UK and international buyers. Independents, multiples and online retailers visit Autumn Fair to look for the most brilliant new products and innovations ahead of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Spring. Autumn Fair is held over 4 days in September. It is held across a weekend and weekdays to give all of our visitors the best possible chance to attend. Located at Birmingham NEC, it is a central location within the UK with

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Alan Craxford is well-known for his highly individual application of hand engraving on precious metal, both jewellery and larger silver pieces. His work frequently tells a story or spins a tale of magic and wonder: the stars, the moon, the cosmos are favourite inspirations for his genuinely precious and dazzling one-off pieces. This showcase makes it possible to appreciate the interconnections and interactions between the varied work Craxford produces. Precision and fine craftsmanship are in abundance in the pieces here, which span Craxford's rich and long career and reflect his varied interests. Alan was made a Freeman of the City

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Match Funded Studio Opportunities at Cockpit Arts Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally. Studios Available We’ve got two opportunities for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community on match-funded places comprising studio space and support for one year. The Cockpit Arts /

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Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain) has announced that leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, Gemfields, has signed up as Silver Sponsor of the Gem-A Conference and as exclusive Ruby Sponsor of Gem-A’s annual Graduation Ceremony and Presentation of Awards — a prestigious new sponsorship package created exclusively for the London-based company.  Gemfields, who also own Fabergé, is one of the world’s largest producers of coloured gemstones including emeralds and amethysts from Zambia and rubies from Mozambique. The company delivers a constant supply of professionally-graded, uncut coloured gemstones to world markets via their highly acclaimed auction platform, as

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Announces 2017 Exhibitors

The Goldsmiths’ Company has revealed the 126 designer-makers selected to show their latest exquisite collections at the 35th edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair  –  92 jewellers and 34 silversmiths, including 10 recent graduates making their debut. Half the exhibitors will feature in  Week One  and the other half in  Week Two .   Goldsmiths’ Fair is the UK’s leading luxury destination to view and buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers.  Staged at the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, a stroll away from St Pauls’ Cathedral, the Fair  is  the perfect antidote to the tedium of the high

National Centre for Craft & Design Commissions Limited Editions by Lynne MacLachlan

To  celebrate 3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful  at The National Centre for Craft & Design, NCCD has commissioned an eye catching and exclusive range of contemporary 3D Printed limited edition brooches by exhibitor and designer, Lynne MacLachlan. 24 pieces are available in three colours priced at £24 each. A unique combination of experience fuels MacLachlan’s design innovation and her work is a fusion of practical and degree level experience in formal Aerospace Engineering, Jewellery and Metalwork and a Royal College of Art Masters – the designer is one to watch. Design pieces play with light, space,

London Fashion Week Joins London Fashion Week Men’s at The Store Studios 2017

The British Fashion Council (BFC) launches London Fashion Week Festival and moves its three Bi-annual events into one home. It was announced that the BFC will move its two bi-annual events, London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Festival to join London Fashion Week Men’s at The Store Studios, located at 180 Strand, WC2. As part of the move, the event formerly known as London Fashion Weekend will be renamed London Fashion Week Festival and will give the public the opportunity to celebrate fashion over a period of ten days, twice a year, in February and September. This is to recognise

Call for Applications: Start Up @ Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

Applications for exhibiting at the Contemporary Craft Festival 2017 are now open for Start Up crafts businesses who have been running for 2 years or less. The Contemporary Craft Festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious shows to be part of in the UK. The online application forms for 2017 are now Live.  Stand packages start from £420 + VAT in the Festival marquees and £220 + VAT for Start Up. About the Contemporary Craft Festival With a lively and inspirational atmosphere, the Festival has built up a loyal following of 10000 visitors and we represent nearly

Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018

Call for Applications: Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018 The Sheffield Assay Office would like to invite applications to contribute to the Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018.  Eligibility To submit possible contributions, please supply one or two images of recent work that have passed through the Sheffield Assay Office, ideally in the last year, Image requirements An image minimum of 300dpi, jpeg format . Additional information We like to include a little interpretation to sit alongside the image. Please submit the following information: Title of the object, A brief description,  Material (Sterling Silver, Argentium, Britannia, Fine Silver, Gold, Platinum, Palladium) and other base

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds Are you an artist working in the area of arts and science/hybrid arts, in the early to mid-stage of your career with a developing national and international profile? Would you like to be involved in one of the premiere academic-artistic fellowships programmes in Europe? The University of Leeds’ Academy of Cultural Fellows aims to support and develop emerging creative talent in a variety of different art forms. The Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowship in Art and Science recognises and wishes to support outstanding talent in any contemporary art forms. As a Cultural Fellow, you

Call for Applications: Product Design 2017, Red Dot Award

50 free registration places for upcoming designers     Product Design 2017 Red Dot Award Designers and manufacturers can currently register their products for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. “Young Professionals Application Day” provides an opportunity for upcoming designers to also take part in the competition. 50 Free Registration Places On 7 December 2016, trained designers who have graduated within the past five years have the chance to apply for one of a total of 50 free registration places. The international design competition thus gives an opportunity to those starting out on their career to prove their abilities and

Artquest Horniman Museum Residency

Artquest Horniman Museum Residency The annual research residency from Artquest in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens is now open for applications. The 2017 residency is focused on the museum’s music collection. One selected artist will receive: An award of £3000 to engage with the work and collections of the museum An additional award of £850 towards a public facing event showcasing the thinking and research undertaken during the residency Privileged access to museum’s music collection objects and curators This is an incredible opportunity for a London-based artist, working in any medium, with at least 5 years’ experience working

Watches: Maradona Presents Pope with Big Bang Unico United for Peace Offering

The watch will be auctioned to support victims of the recent earthquakes;  The Pope, Hublot & Football: Joining Forces For Peace.  Following on from the Match of Friendship, which it organised in Paris this June, Hublot has assembled thirty stars and legends of world football to take part in the Match for Peace, at the invitation of the Pope. To mark this event, Diego Maradona presented the Pope with a Big Bang Unico United for Peace. This one-off piece, which has a certificate of authenticity signed by the Supreme Pontiff, will be auctioned to raise funds for the Pope's Scholas

Getting Started 2018

Call for Applications: Getting Started Have you graduated in the last five years form a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills, but aren’t sure exactly what skills you need? Getting Started could be the course for you. What is this course about? Getting Started is a FREE, one week business taster programme for recent graduates who want to pursue a career within the industry. Funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, the course is delivered and takes place at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell. Course dates 9am until 5pm, Monday 8th to Friday 12th

Manchester Wedding Jeweller Wins at Inaugural Awards

Luxury wedding jewellery retailer, Hancocks Jewellers, has been recognised as one of the best businesses in the industry after winning The Local North West Jeweller of the Year at the 2016 English Wedding Awards. The inaugural Awards ceremony took place on November 14th at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, with more than 100 businesses from across the country in attendance to commemorate the occasion.  After thousands of nominations, the English public voted on their favourites to decide who would be crowned the best of the best. Those who voted were asked to select nominees who are a true embodiment of

Troll Bridge Commission

Troll Bridge Public Art Commission The Council is calling for artists to submit applications to design and sculpt a replacement troll for the Riverside Walk Troll Bridge in Andover. Now nearly 20 years old, the current troll is rotting and wearing away. The commission asks artists to engage with the community to gather inspiration from local people by hosting workshops at a local school and at one of the Four Fun Friday events in August. Applications are invited from artists who are experienced in creating small scale artworks for the public realm, ideally working with carved oak or similar appropriate material.

The Pier Commission, The Exchange

The Pier Commission, The Exchange The Exchange invite proposals from practitioners to transform London’s longest pier into a piece of art for the period of Totally Thames. We are looking for artists, designers, architects, performers, curators, and other creatives to propose an ambitious contemporary arts installation that will shine a spotlight on one of Erith’s greatest assets. This opportunity is sponsored by Orbit and Wates. Fee £8,000 Artist Commission available to develop a site-specific work based on Erith Pier throughout a three-week period in September 2017 coinciding with Totally Thames. This is a unique opportunity for practitioners to present work

RJC Certifies Atelier Swarovski

RJC announced this week that Atelier Swarovski has achieved Certification against the 2013 Code of Practices (COP) at its sales offices in London, Hong Kong and New York.   “It is a pleasure to announce Atelier Swarovski has been certified against the 2013 COP. The new provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see members achieving certification against the standard and warmly congratulate Atelier Swarovski,” says Andrew Bone, RJC’s Executive Director. The successful verification assessment was led by Peter Warbrick from SGS United Kingdom Limited, one of the independent

International Pearl Design Competition Eighth Edition: 2017-2018

International Pearl Design Competition Eighth Edition: 2017-2018 Pearl is the artist’s muse; jewellery brings forth the fullest and highest expression. Officially launched during the JCK show, Las Vegas, the contest will run through September 21, 2017. Winners will be announced on November 2, 2017. Winning entries will be on display during the AGTA and JCK shows in 2018. Celebrating one of the worlds' most prized and mysterious gems, this contest invites artistic expression inclusive of all pearl varieties. Whether you are a seasoned artist, award winner, or beginner you are welcome and your design aesthetic is needed. All entries have

Watchfinder Clocks in with Brand New TV Advertising Campaign

Guerillascope is pleased to announce the launch of the new TV advertising campaign from Watchfinder, the UK’s leading online retailer of pre-owned luxury watches. The campaign, which aired live on August 8 , features on the likes of Sky News, Dave, the Sky Sports network, More 4, BT Sports, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, as part of a strategy targeting adults within the ABC1 demographic. Watchfinder specialises in the buying and selling of pre-owned luxury watches, with customers able to circumnavigate what can often be a stressful process by completing a simple online enquiry form. A preliminary quote is sent within one

Scottish Gallery Celebrate Jacqueline Mina at 75

The Scottish Gallery, Scotland’s prestigious art and craft selling venue, will be celebrating esteemed artist goldsmith Jacqueline Mina’s 75th birthday this summer with a blockbusting exhibition from 3rd August – 2 September in Edinburgh. The gallery, which will show a collection of Mina’s most recently work, has timed the exhibition to coincide with the Scottish summer months and is highlighting the event as their Festival Exhibition 2017. Jacqueline Mina has had a longstanding relationship with the Scottish Gallery, having exhibited her first solo exhibition there in 1993. Jacqueline Mina is one of the most significant goldsmiths in the UK today.

Baselworld 2017 Launches with Press Conference

The 100th Edition of the one unmissable trendsetting show that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry and sets the tone for the coming year, Baselworld 2017, commenced this week with its inaugural press conference. As every year, the eagerly awaited start of a new edition of the most unique annual event for the entire industry was witnessed by the most important international press representatives from print, television and digital media and by many thousands around the world who followed the press conference via the livestream. Mr René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group,

Unique Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts

Unique Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts  The only Apprenticeships of this kind being offered in the craft sector Cockpit Arts has launched a new and unique Apprenticeship Programme for the craft industry and is seeking young people to take up new positions as studio assistants.   The programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferrable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Piloted over the past few years, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and offers an attractive employment route for young people choosing not to go to university. The new Apprenticeships

Susan Blackler Wins 2016 Gem Empathy Award

Gem-A have announced that Susan Blackler, of Sonkai Ltd., is the winner of Gem-A's newly-revamped Gem Empathy Award 2016, with her design titled ‘Supernova’. In previous years the award has been presented to the IJL exhibitor displaying, in the opinion of the judges, a single piece or collection of jewellery that makes captivating use of one or more gemstones. This year, however, Gem-A has remodelled the creative initiative, requesting that designers featured in the Design Gallery at IJL, produce a design based around a breathtaking 10.46ct Fantasy Cut heliodor (also known as golden beryl), sourced from award-winning gem cutter JohnDyer.  

Making a Winter's Tale, Contemporary Applied Arts - London

Making a Winter's Tale, Contemporary Applied Arts - London Making a Winter’s Tale Handmade gifts for the festive season This winter, Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), home to works from Britain’s leading craftspeople, will launch ‘Making a Winter’s Tale’, a seasonal selling exhibition. It will offer a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. This curated selection is imbued with skill, innovation and tradition. From the decorative to the functional and wearable, in a range of diverse materials from clay to precious gemstones, each handmade object is a one off. From the decorative to

Summer-ise Your Seasonal Style

Prep your jet-set summer staples with only one concern in mind this year: Make it unashamedly bright. Welcome to the season of fun all you sun-seekers! As the warm weather begins to creep into our daylight hours and beer garden fairy lights start to glisten, the season of fun and luxury calls for everything bold, bodacious and brave. Nothing screams summer relaxation louder than a full-on tropical explosion of colour, textures, tones and motifs. From sunflower yellow, hibiscus fuchsia pink to chalky pillar red and zingy forest green, the time to throw out your timid shyness is now! Unleash your

Call for Applications: MAKE '17

Call for Applications: MAKE '17 Contemporary crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen MAKE '17 is the annual Christmas selling exhibition in the Devon Guild's large contemporary gallery space. It runs from Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018. This show celebrates the diversity of contemporary craft and will focus on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship, highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small-scale batch production. Eligibility Criteria The exhibition is open to any UK based contemporary craftsperson and designer-maker whose work fits these criteria. We are particularly looking for makers who produce exciting and contemporary work. Selling Event The

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance Achieves First African Fairtrade Certified Mine Status

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa. In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe

Pitch Up 2017

Now in its third year, Pitch Up aims to give the nation’s most promising creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses and product ideas. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with our product specialists across a range of categories. As well as giving expert advice on positioning and product development, any successful pitches will be invited to sign up on the day with a significant one-off joining fee discount. We're asking attendees to sign up in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. You can see more information on the sign-up page here: www.notonthehighstreet.com/pitchup When:

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition Hockley Mint invites designers to get creative. Hockley Mint, the Birmingham-based manufacturer, which is located in the heart of the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, is inviting jewellery designers to create a unique, one-off piece of jewellery that represents Hockley Mint’s standing in the industry and commemorates 25 years in business. Winning Design to be Made in Fairtrade Silver The winning jewellery piece will be made in Fairtrade silver and may contain elements of Fairtrade gold. It will be cast by Hockley Mint and unveiled at the International Jewellery London (IJL) show in September. It will then

MADE LONDON - Marylebone 2017

MADE LONDON - Marylebone  has established itself as the must visit fair for those interested in buying contemporary craft and design. Visitors love the stunning venue and the exceptional quality and variety of work being shown. One Marylebone is a beautiful converted Sir John Soane Church in central London situated directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station and just a 5-minute walk from Regents Park tube station. This year we will only be using the two main spaces; the light filled first floor Galleries and Soane Hall, the old nave of the church on the ground floor. MADE LONDON - Marylebone will run from

Pulse 14–16 May 2017 - Olympia, London

If you don’t know about Pulse already, it is a beautifully curated, boutique trade event designed for busy buyers who are searching for the next must-have products and the freshest design talent in one central location. For 2017 we are launching Makers , the first trade event dedicated to emerging creative talent, and Brands , a must-attend edit of exciting new launches from 30 of the industry’s leading brands. Pulse is all about making an impact so we have no doubt you will find great products that will do really well in your stores! Dates 14–16 May 2017 Venue Olympia

Pitch Up 2017 - Edinburgh

Notonthehighstreet.com is looking for the next generation of sellers Attendees have the chance to become part of the UK’s number one curated online marketplace The Not on the high Street team will be providing valuable advice regarding positioning, development and more on the day itself.  Now in its third year, Pitch Up aims to give the nation’s most promising creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses and product ideas. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with our product specialists across a range of categories. As well as giving expert advice on positioning and product development,

Amethyst In The Violet Spotlight

For those birthday babies of February, purple Amethyst marks the precious birthstone of highly esteemed legendary powers and symbolic mythology. February delivers an unpredictable month of gloomy rain showers, shivering temperatures amongst the short, dark days of monotony for many. The semi-precious violet birthstone of Amethyst therefore provides a soothing antidote of strength to fight the February fatigue and inject a little warmth through its calming properties of of peace, stability and courage. As one of the most widely used naturally hard gems, Amethyst is generally sourced in the form of six-sided crystals and contains the second most abundant minerals

The Opulent World of Margot McKinney

Margot McKinney ,  a designer of high–end, luxury jewellery exudes elegance and sophistication whose craftmanship boasts unique cuts with extravagant designs for the chic, fashionable, and cosmopolitan woman. Margot’s love of travel provides a constant source of inspiration for her designs and her appreciation for fine gems guides her unique approach to her “one of a kind” creations. Margot’s work is admired for the imaginative way in which a myriad of precious gems are combined as if they inexorably found each other. The innovative designs of her pieces have led to a wide celebrity following, including Dita Von Teese, Andie

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries Re-Open

The V&A’s spectacular Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries reopened to the public last week in preperation for the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project. The newly updated suite of four galleries display highlights from one of the most important collections of decorative art ever given to the nation, alongside recent acquisitions.   Over 500 precious objects amassed by 2oth-century collectors Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert, including European silver and gold plate, delicate gold boxes, Italian mosaics and enamel portrait miniatures, are now back on public display in newly re-curated galleries. The objects dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries were carefully

Franks Files: The Rich History of Magnificent Jewels

Frank Everett hits the books to reveal the exceptional provenance behind the highlights of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 25 April in New York. With a history that includes two celebrated design houses and three incomparable women, the outstanding 34-carat Stotesbury Emerald leads the auction, reappearing for the first time since 1971, alongside intricate pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Sotheby's Upcoming Magnificent Jewels Sale - Including the Legendary Stotesbury Emerald The 25 April Magnificent Jewels sale is a vibrant celebration perfect for springtime. Centering upon jewels with distinguished provenances, the sale is one that honors the most

Philomène Hoël: Keep It Longer

  Philomène Hoël: Keep It Longer Curated by Valentina Bin and Simina Neagu Philomène Hoël’s Keep It Longer is a site-specific project which will occupy Gallery S O’s two spaces for two weeks with two shows. This will include two screens, two curators and two texts.  One title: Keep It Longer. The artist will work across the gallery’s project space, which will host an immersive installation, and select a contemporary jewellery and object display in the front space. Philomène Hoël works with film and performance to activate the cinematic dimension of a space and set up intimate scenarios of crisis.

National Trust Retail Opportunity

Call for Applications: National Trust Retail Opportunity National Trust has partnered with the Crafts Council - Britain's national development agency for contemporary craft - to sponsor the 2017 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. In addition to developing a range exclusively for the National Trust, the winner of the open call will receive a profile on the Crafts Council Directory for the best UK makers, the opportunity to develop their professional practice at a Crafts Council professional development workshop and a one year subscription to Crafts magazine - the magazine for contemporary craft, that brings together the best

‘The Brooch is back’ Sally Lees To Exhibit At Craft Central 2017

Sally Lees is one of 13 designers selected to make a series of brooches by Transport for London for the exhibition ‘The Brooch is back’ at Craft Central 2017. Sally’s brooches are inspired by the flora and fauna and unusual flowers for Kew Gardens Tube station and by some cute London Zoo animals for Regents Park Tube station. Pink flamingos, zebra stripes and Rocky the rock hopper penguin and Humbolt penguins adorn the aluminium roundel Underground shape. Sally has printed polished aluminium with her drawings of these animals and birds and dyed it in vibrant colours.  Rare plants Jade vine

AUTOR 2017

AUTOR 2017 90 artists, 5 continents, all senses Close your eyes. How do you think a ring sounds like? What’s the taste of a bracelet? Come to listen, see and taste contemporary jewellery from 5 continents at AUTOR, the International Jewellery Fair on 13 and 14 May, at the Grand Hotel du Boulevard. The only international event of contemporary jewellery in Southeastern Europe and one of the three in Europe is preparing for the 16th edition. We give you more. 90 designers are presenting for the first time their collections at AUTOR and are drawing a map of a complete

Official Timekeeper for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

British watch brand Elliot Brown has signed up as the Official Timekeeper for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 17/18. To mark this partnership Elliot Brown will be launching a new flagship collection called Portland Adventurer in time for the start of the race. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is one of the greatest challenges of the natural world, an endurance test like no other. A fleet of twelve identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, battle it out over 40,000 nautical miles during 325 days enduring all the elements. Built around our proven shock and water-proofing systems, the ‘Clipper

Lookbook Style: Alinka Fine Jewellery

Introducing ALINKA, a new contemporary bijou star within Australia’s fine jewellery sphere. Conceived by St. Petersburg born, Sydney-based designer Alina Barlow, ALINKA combines a youthful modernity with the story-telling traditions of her native Russia. Barlow’s flair for jewellery design began in her youth when she would tinker with coloured wire to create bracelets and rings to swap with friends. Five years ago, Barlow reawakened that passion and began designing one-of-a-kind pieces for private clients. This led to the founding of ALINKA in 2014, and her debut collection ‘The Winter Palace’, inspired by St. Petersburg’s rich history and the Kremlin’s pentagonal

Designer Spotlight: Anna Hu haute joaillerie

Anna Hu is an international jewelry designer, born in Taiwan and educated in the U.S., who approaches her art with a distinctly East meets West philosophy and aesthetic that is heavily influenced by both cultures. She has studied at the Gemological Institute of America, F.I.T., Parsons School of Design (Masters, 19th century French Jewelry) and Columbia University (Masters, Arts Administration). After working for Christie’s, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, she founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, at the age of 30 and opened her first boutique one year later in New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. A

Freelance Artist / Craftsperson (Wire & Beading)

Freelance Artist / Craftsperson (Wire & Beading) Arts Development Lichfield District Council Artist/Craft person (beading & wire) required to run an art activity at a one day family festival in Burntwood on 1st July 2017. The artist is to work with members of the public to help them create small, intricate and quality art pieces for them to take away. Please send examples of work, evidence of DBS and public liability insurance. Fee Artist fee £200 materials £50. Application Deadline 1st June 2017 Contact Celia Houghton celia.houghton@lichfielddc.gov.uk

The Creative Journey of Doriana Richman

Living life in the fast lane as one of the entertainment industry's top Automotive Advertising stunt drivers, Doriana Richman has embarked on a new creative journey as a jewellery designer. 'Stone Symbol Jewelry' was inspired by her visit to the excavated city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia. It was in this ancient city that Doriana came across an ancient secret symbol, which had emerged as a code to those seeking refuge from religious persecution. The symbol, that informed the knowing observer of a safe harbor and the existence of like minded believers, was carved

The Beauty In Grecian Antiquity

As the temperatures rise and the ability to slurp a cocktail (or two) like an athlete gasping for water it appears that our bare skin and pins suddenly see the light as our dresses get shorter. With more minxy flashes of skin up for attention, it boils down to only one logical conclusion; plenty more space to adorn yourself with beautiful jewellery!  Summertime is a season of fun, frivolous risks and more daring looks so why not charge up your jewellery game by thinking outside of the standard box: you've got the necklace, the bracelet, the ring, the chandelier droppers

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing a

Indulge In Some Detail Therapy

In a fashion frenzied world where velour juicy tracksuits are becoming the new LBD and rubber crocs are suddenly the seasonal It shoe, the easiest way to stand out in the crowd is simply through your dramatic adornments! With high-street fashion positively blooming with Springtime must-haves and our bank accounts starting to recharge back to health after the festive blowouts, we risk looking like trend-heavy clones of each other. Here at Benchpeg we fervently believe that to inject a sense of individual flair and pizzaz it comes down to one little game changer: It's all in the detail. An easy,

New Online Jewellery Platform ‘Vimanas’ Simplifies Selling Jewellery Online

Earn revenue from creative designs with ease using the brand new  Vimanas  platform for unique and innovative jewellery creators.  The  Vimanas  platform will allow people to shop, customise, design, and sell what they create using the one-of-a-kind online jewellery platform. Offering the greatest range of customisation options giving individuals creative freedom to truly express themselves with their jewellery, they make this possible with impressive user-friendly online tools and 3D printing techniques. Any budding jewellery designer will know all too well the potential hassle – not to mention expense – of getting their designs in the public domain and shipped for

Pitch Up 2017

Now in its third year, Pitch Up aims to give the nation’s most promising creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses and product ideas.  Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with our product specialists across a range of categories.  As well as giving expert advice on positioning and product development, any successful pitches will be invited to sign up on the day with a significant one-off joining fee discount. We're asking attendees to sign up in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. You can see more information on the sign-up page here: www.notonthehighstreet.com/pitchup When:

O Holy Sparkle!

As the Christmas nights of fun and mischief begin to flock your anointed mailbox, it's time to open the box on all things bejewelled with a touch of glitz, glamour and kitsch. If there's any time of year to go big, go bold and strut your sass without a hint of faff then the season of sugar and spice and all things nice delivers a wonderland of inspiration ready to wrap you up in one show-stopping goddess. You may well be needing to stock up on berroca but at least you can saunter away in your less than peaky self

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing a

Salon with Peridot Expert: Constance Lauvinerie -

We had a salon with Constance Lauvinerie, Head of the Jewellery Department at Collector Square First discovered almost three thousand years ago close to St John's Island near Egypt, the Peridot was one of the favourite stones of Cleopatra and was celebrated by the Ancient Egyptians as the "Gemstone of the Sun" under its ancient name, Chrysolite. The legends around this stone are numerous: lt is supposed to aid friendship, to free the spirit of the sin of envy, to make its carrier more eloquent and to cure the diseases of the liver. Nowadays, this semi-precious gemstone - the birthstone

Pitch Up 2017

Notonthehighstreet.com is looking for the next generation of sellers Attendees have the chance to become part of the UK’s number one curated online marketplace The Not on the high Street team will be providing valuable advice regarding positioning, development and more on the day itself.  Now in its third year, Pitch Up aims to give the nation’s most promising creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses and product ideas. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with our product specialists across a range of categories. As well as giving expert advice on positioning and product development,

COSMIMA, Clerkenwell Gallery - London

Exhibiting for the 12th year, five jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective will showcase and sell their work alongside pieces from four specially invited guests at the Clerkenwell Gallery this November. The five core members of COSMIMA are Hidemi Asano, Chris Carpenter, Ulla Hörnfeldt, Daphne Krinos and Louise O’Neill; contemporaries who met over ten years ago and have collaborated ever since to organise the annual COSMIMA selling exhibition, whilst forming strong profiles independently and around the globe. A selection of new one-off pieces will be unveiled and for sale at the show from the designers whose work has been exhibited

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Design Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Design Training at the iMakr Store - Every Other Tuesday iMakr will be offering a free 3D design class focusing on design for 3D printing. The event will be held in our very own iMakr

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Design Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Design Training at the iMakr Store - Every Tuesday iMakr will be offering a free 3D design class focusing on design for 3D printing. The event will be held in our very own iMakr store. 

Fabulous Contemporary Jewellery Gifts for Valentine’s Day

The Goldsmiths' Company have curated a slection of affordable jewellery for that special Valentine’s Day gift, if a last minute dash is in order...  Nothing says “I love you” better than jewellery! If you are thinking of buying your loved one something special yet affordable for Valentine’s Day, the Goldsmiths' Comapny have it covered, as listed int eh Goldsmiths' Directory The Goldsmiths’ Company, is the UK’s principal patron of contemporary fine jewellers and silversmiths and the force majeure behind Goldsmiths’ Fair. It had curated a unique selection of reasonably priced jewellery for the romantic occasion that is Valentines. Better yet,

Hand Engraving Courses in London

Learn Hand Engraving in London This is a six week course taking place one Thursday per week from 6-9pm, starting 18 May 2017. Organised by the Hand Engravers Association, courses are held at Craft Central, London. Who is the course for? This course is aimed at all skill levels, from complete beginners, to improvers, to practiced metalsmiths wishing to build their engraving skill. What will I learn? During the hands-on, practical course students will learn from a highly skilled professional with many years of experience. The course has a maximum quota of just eight students allowing sessions to be tailored to suit

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The finest setting for your finished jewellery is the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 2-6 March 2017. Renowned for three decades, the Jewellery Show provides a dazzling showcase for all sectors of the finished jewellery market, from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to trendy, youthful collections.  Dates: 2 - 6 March 2017 Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong hktdc.com

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As part of her commitment to beautiful, ethical jewellery, and having recently become a Fairmined licensee, Arabel Lebrusan is launching an exclusive new collection made from Fairmined Ecological Gold. Fairmined Ecological Gold (Eco Gold) is gold that has not only been mined under the strict rules of the Fairmined Certification with regard to social development, fair treatment and equitable payment. It goes one-step further in not using mercury or cyanide to extract the gold; tighter management of environmental risks; no mining in protected areas and a programme dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of mined out areas. It thus ensures

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Made London - Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. A friendly, relaxed, highest quality contemporary craft and design fair, where the makers themselves meet the public to discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects, enabling maker / consumer relationships. Work can be bought at the fair or commissions can be taken. One Marylebone is a stunning

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The much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London. The unique, life-size musical automaton will make the journey south in the New Year, where it will take its place as one of the star attractions in the Science Museum’s 2017 blockbuster exhibition, Robots.  It will be the first time this culturally important artefact has left The Bowes Museum since its purchase in 1872 by the Museum founders, John and Joséphine Bowes. They had earlier seen it at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, where

Signet Jewelers Confirmed for 4 Consecutive Years as “Conflict Free”

Signet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewellery, recently submitted its fourth consecutive Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC in accordance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Signet was one of only four companies to have its Gold “Conflict-Free” filing with the SEC independently audited in line with the Section 1502 requirements in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Now Signet has extended its “Conflict-Free” reporting under Section 1502 for a fourth consecutive year. Signet believes that a responsible, conflict-free supply chain is fundamental to the reputation of the jewellery industry. Signet is, therefore, committed to continuing our longstanding

MADE LONDON – Bloomsbury 2017

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors to Old Granada Studios. It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and home-wares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Visitors can buy or commission work directly from the makers, learning about the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work.  The GNCCF champions contemporary craft and makers at all stages of their careers. From emerging graduates

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PANDORA, the leading international jewellery manufacturer and retailer has entered one of the largest jewellery markets in the world, where the official opening of the first PANDORA concept store took place in India. This represents a significant milestone for the company and is part of PANDORA’s successful overall strategy of expanding its branded network globally. Today, the Company has more than 2,100 concept stores around the world and sells affordable high-quality jewellery in more than 100 countries. The new concept store, which is owned and operated by PANDORA’s distribution partner Pan India Charms & Jewellery Private Limited (Pan India), is

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In 2017 Dartmoor National Park is undertaking a public arts initiative, the model will be a 3 foot tall Moor Otter - primed and ready to paint. We are now calling for artists, craft makers, designers etc to submit a design submission for one of the 100 Moor Otters.    To Apply The application process is quite simple. You submit a proposed design on or before Friday 11th November 2016, at 17h00 .  All designs will be reviewed by our expert ‘Selection Panel’ on Friday 18th November '16.  If selected, you will receive a 3 foot tall fibreglass & resin Otter,

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Are you ready to set your soul free? Luxury ethical jewellery brand Ananda Soul, originating from Bali, has launched its newest collection : Dharma. The new collection invites you to take the plunge, tune into your soul and courageously live your calling. The inspiration for this collection comes from a deep seated desire by founder and designer Christina Zipperlen to help women realise that they are so much more than their bodies and appearances. Designed to celebrate the beauty that each and every one of us possesses in this exact moment, Ananda is the realisation that nothing outside of us can

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL  KickStart  initiative. T his annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. All ten will exhibit under the  KickStart  umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one  KickStarter  with a complementary stand in

iMakr Store - FREE 3D 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Other Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing a

Southampton Students Get Fashion Fantastic with Plastic

An exciting project with DOW, one of the world leaders in the plastic market, will see a selection of Southampton Solent University students get the chance to showcase their work at a leading event in Dusseldorf this October. Under the theme ‘FaceOfInnovation’, which will focus on showcasing trends and innovation in the plastic industry; a number of students have been challenged to think outside of the box and create stylish, wearable fashion garments by reusing plastic materials. Southampton Solent University spoke with Charlotte and Lily, both now in their final academic year, studying Make-up and Hair and Design, to hear

International Pearl Design Competition 2016-2017

The deadline is approaching of the call for entries for the International Pearl Design Competition, open to all with a love of pearls. Enter the International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) sponsored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and you will receive a one year membership as a Designer member into the CPAA. (A $500.00 value). All cultured pearl varieties; Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and Freshwater of any shape and size are eligible for submission. Entries are considered eligible for any of the awards being given. Let the piece you create speak for itself. You can enter up to

IJL KickStart 2017

The search begins for the most talented 10 International Jewellery London (IJL) celebrates the New Year with the launch of its highly successful KickStart industry bursary programme. Up-and-coming British jewellery designers are invited to apply online now to be one of the lucky ten who will exhibit on a group stand at IJL 2017 in September, the UK’s premier international showcase for the jewellery industry. In addition, the KickStart Top Ten will benefit from valuable marketing and industry support from IJL and co-sponsors, the National Association of Jewellers.   Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, comments: “KickStart is a fantastic pool of

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Marco Bicego bring to market a new sophisticated interpretation of their Iconic Paradise collections inspired by the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea founded on inspiration from the Sardinian coastline. While swimming in the Mediterranean waters of the Sardinian coastline, Marco Bicego found inspiration for his Paradise collection in the crystalline reflections of sunlight on the clear sea. A joyous mix of delicate gold chain, hand engraved gold beads, and colorful gemstones combined together to create one of Marco Bicego’s most iconic collections.   For this season Marco has updated the Paradise collection by replacing the colourful gems with luxurious

Meet The Manufacturer 2017

Meet The Manufacturer Trade Show, Seminars & Workshops Meet the Manufacturer is back for 2017 and we’d love you to join us!  Organised by Make it British and now in its fourth year, Meet the Manufacturer is the only major sourcing event specifically for British manufacturers of clothing, textiles, leather goods and homeware.  This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before and will include a two-day trade show with free drop-in seminars, workshops and live demonstrations with, of course, plenty of opportunities for networking. Day one will culminate in a VIP drinks reception & BBQ, so

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Gem-A have announce that Jewelry Television have signed up as Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Gem-A Conference.  One of the leading retailers of jewellery and gemstones in the United States, JTV have been instrumental in making gems household names in over 86 million American homes, cultivating a new market of gemstone lovers and buyers. JTV’s support of Gem-A reiterates a long friendship between the two associations which began in 2012. Alan Hart, Gem-A CEO, said of the partnership, “We are thrilled to have JTV on board as Platinum Sponsors again. Their support will enable us to bring quality international speakers

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Contemporary Camouflage is Rebecca Hannon’s latest project, one she has developed during two months residency at Studio Rian de Jong, in Amsterdam. Interested in the concepts of concealing and revealing, which stem from the notion of camoiuflage, the artist presents a series of brooches, chignon covers, earrings and necklaces, the result of a paradoxical exploration in the field of contemporary jewellery.  Camouflage means “to blend into”, to conceal oneself in one’s surroundings so as to protect oneself, to go unnoticed, or to become a predator in order to survive. Coloration is the principal form camouflage takes in nature. Adapted by

Ring In The New Year With Smoulder, Style & Sass

With fine festivities, fabulous frolockings and filthy fun well under way and rocking round that glittering christmas tree it's time to turn our attention to one important date left in the diary; New Year's Eve darlings!  If there was ever a time to sparkle and shine it's would definately be the last night of 2016! What better way is there to ring in a brand new year of unknown memories then decking yourself out like a belated Christmas tree in your newly gifted boughs of crystals, silver, diamonds and all things glittery? With New Years tomfoolery comes celebratory crack, bang

£10,000 Commission Opportunity

£10,000 Commission Opportunity: A New Creative Schools Project, artsdepot artsdepot is looking for artistic collaborators to work with us to devise, create and deliver an exciting and imaginative workshop programme for five schools in the London Borough of Barnet (two Primary, two Secondary, one SEN). The workshop programme will culminate in a presentation for the public to engage with and enjoy in the Apthorp Gallery at artsdepot in December 2017. We are interested in hearing from artists and companies from all disciplines and backgrounds, with exciting proposals for a project to inspire our local schools and community. You could be

Colour in Jewellery Summer Workshop - Italy

Colour in Jewellery Summer Workshop - Italy Colour has got me. I no longer need to chase after it. It has got me forever. I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour. Colour and I are one. I am a painter.  -  Paul Klee What does it mean for us ? We will work with coloured pencils to express our personal idea of color. We can use pencils in different ways. The idea is to transform them into something else.  The workshop is aimed at students, artisans, artists, designers, teachers and anyone intends to get involved with

RJC Re-Certifies Betts Metal Sales

RJC announced today that Betts Metal Sales has achieved Certification against the 2013 Code of Practices (COP) at its retail outlets in Birmingham.  “It is a pleasure to announce Betts Metal Sales has been certified against the 2013 COP. The provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our Members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see Members achieving Certification against the standard and warmly congratulate Betts Metal Sales,” says Andrew Bone, RJC’s Executive Director. The successful verification assessment was led by Peter Warbrick from SGS United Kingdom Limited, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited

Emerge / Jiro Kamata

Emerge / Jiro Kamata (JP-DE) Artist statement Light and reflection are always an important topic for my work which has very strong relationship with jewellery. “Bl” brooches and pendants These pieces are made using dichroic mirror, which reflects two different colours. This material is used in optical applications and architecture. I was fascinated by its unusual colour reflections and knew immediately that I wanted to make jewellery with it.  It is not only about the two colours but also about the openness of perception. „Palette“ brooches Wearing one, you see strong, colourful shadows on the white corian base. The shape of

Jose Marin : Primavera

Jose Marin : Primavera When anodized, Titanium is the most jewel-like metal with it's glowing spectrum of colors shifting playfully in the light. It is also one of the most challenging materials to smith, but Jose Marin makes the challenge look effortless. Inspired by plant and marine life Marin sets precious and semi-precious stones in the Titanium. These new works dance with sophisticated and playful color at every movement.  "When I choose a material, it is always with the idea of transforming it into a magical object. At this time I have opted for Titanium, a unique metal. Its hardness

Etsy Heroes: Win £1000 in time for Christmas

You could win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) when you start selling on Etsy here using the code ETSYHEROES by 30 November 2016 It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! An exciting time for designer-makers as you prepare for gift buying mania. Why not seize the opportunity to sell your creations on Etsy, just in time for the festive period? ‘Tis the season for creative entrepreneurs and one lucky new Etsy seller will win a £1000 business grant to help them on their way. To help you get started , four creative bloggers met their ‘Etsy

Artist Residency, ArtsTaunton

ArtsTaunton is an organisation working to make Taunton a great place to live - somewhere where art and nature combine to make a town that has a unique identity. To achieve this aim ArtsTaunton has secured funding to support an artist to explore the enduring character of our town - its people and its landscape. In the coming years we want to support our creative sector and stimulate the appetite in people for brilliant and meaningful art. This residency is one of the first steps to help us find out what would be meaningful for Taunton’s citizens. The residency asks

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Katy Tromans, a 3D Print and CAD Technician at Weston Beamor, is a woman of many talents. In addition to her work at Weston Beamor, Katy is a prize-winning silversmith recently awarded a Gold Medal for her CAD presentation in the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. Katy is also Artist in Residence at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, where she trained. Her latest work will shortly go on display in the ‘One Year On’ alumni exhibition being staged by BCU at its Park Side Gallery from Monday 12th of June to Friday the 30th of

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills but aren’t sure exactly what skills you need? Getting Started could be the course for you. What is the Getting Started course? Delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, Getting Started is a free, one week business taster programme for people who want to pursue a career within the industry. Delivered as a series of seminars, interactive workshops and talks from keynote speakers, the programme focuses on: how best to sell your

Trollbeads Grow

Danish interchangeable  jewellery  brand Trollbeads has upped its game by building a highly interactive digital strategy that includes social influencers and brand ambassadors. Recently hosting a first of its kind digital party and inviting one of the UK’s biggest bloggers to become the face of a new season collection, Trollbeads is working to engage a target market that may not shop solely in the conventional brick and mortar way. 2016 saw Trollbeads focus heavily on the consumer experience offered to its customer and how to continue driving sales. To strengthen its digital position, Trollbeads recruited renowned fashion and lifestyle blogger

McCaul Goldsmiths Launch Arris Collection

The Arris Collection by McCaul Goldsmiths is designed with each one-of-a-kind gemstone in mind where carved curves are made a soft satin texture to compliment its wearer. Elegant raised contour lines form where different surfaces meet around the new collection rings. Deep valleys tunnel underneath the stone, which are highlighted with a mirror shine finish that reflects and enhances the colour of the gemstone. As future heirlooms, these generously proportioned contemporary statement rings are made to last generations. The design direction for McCaul Goldsmiths is constantly evolving where each and every piece is excitingly unique. Two of the most popular

The Goldmsiths' Centre Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

On 25th April the Goldsmiths’ Centre celebrated its 5th Birthday and its continuing support for the growth of the UK jewellery and silversmithing industry with over 200 of its friends, partner organisations and alumni. The event also marked the launch of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s new Impact Report and film, which illustrates its achievements over the past 5 years. Founded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, the Goldsmiths’ Centre provides an unrivalled facility for jewellers, silversmiths and craftspeople in the allied trades to excel and thrive in their careers. Since opening

Benevolent Society Ball 2016

Benevolent Society Ball and National Association Of Jewellers’ Membership Awards Event The event, which is taking place on Thursday 1 December at the prestigeous St John’s Hotel in Solihull attracted over 400 key industry guests last year and all looks good for an even greater turnout this year. The evening starts with a champagne reception sponsored by the National Exhibition Centre and the NAJ’s membership awards adds a great deal of excitement as the nominees wait with bated breath to learn whether they have won one of these illustrious awards. As well as helping needy people who used to worked

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

Miracca London Launch New White Label Collection

Miracca London is to present its national launch of an all new, cohesive wholesale offering created by jewellery craftsman David Miracca and designed by fine jewellery designer Guy Robertson.  The dynamic young team have combined their expertise to produce a refreshingly new offering of commercial fine jewellery, engagement and bridal collections, and show-stopping one off pieces featuring rare and important stones as a white label collection. The collection will be showcased as part of IJL this week, 4 – 6 September at Olympia, Stand C29. davidmiracca.com Author:  Published: 

Harriet Kelsall Awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year'

This week jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall was awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year' at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. Trailblazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business gathered at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the grand final to celebrate each other’s achievements in what is one of the country’s biggest ever searches for successful women in business. Harriet founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in bespoke jewellery design, with over 20 national and

The Hunt Is On! Bath’s Wylde Treasure Hunt 2017

The city of  Bath is one of the finest shopping destinations in Europe ,  helped to a  large  degree by its  fabulous independent retailers who offer unique goods and exceptional customer services. Indie shops are such a vital part of any local high street and ,  despite the rise of ecommerce ,   will continue to be a major contributor to the economy of any town or city. But times are tough on the high street and with  Brexit   causing uncertainty, shoppers need a timely reminder to shop local and support their local indie retailers. That’s  why  Nicholas Wylde

Anburis to Represent TFL & Craft Central at Clerkenwell Design Week

Mine Bilgutay-Ozkurt, founder of jewellery brand Anburis has been selected as one of thirteen designers to showcase a specially designed brooch during Clerkenwell Design Week.  Commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and Craft Central in collaboration with Joanna Sterling the creator of TubeFlash and The Casket of Fictional Delights; the competition required designers to design and produce a brooch inspired by the London Underground, in order to to celebrate TfL's unique history and heritage of design. Created using the latest CAD technology, Anburis’ selected brooch designs feature commonly used phrases on the Underground such as ‘Mind the gap’, ‘Underground’ and

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

The Contemporary Craft Festival came about when three Bovey Tracey craft businesses joined forces and formed a non-profit making company with the aim to bring a large craft Fair to Bovey Tracey. The aim of the Fair was to showcase the very best in British craft and the create a new, sustainable and strong market place for contemporary craft but also to bring greater prosperity to the town of Bovey Tracey. The town has a long history of making and at one point up to 15 commercial potteries were running in the area. Dates 9 - 11 June 2017 Venue

Inhorgenta Munich - Messe München, Germany

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 18 to 21 February 2017. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. After extremely successful trade show days at the 2016 event, boasting 940 exhibitors from 33 countries and some 26,000 trade visitors from 75 countries, those responsible for INHORGENTA MUNICH are full of anticipation for the coming 2017 event. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key

MADE BY HAND, The Contemporary Craft Fair

MADE BY HAND, The Contemporary Craft Fair at City Hall, Cardiff Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales. You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. Set in one of Cardiff's premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will feature

IJL 2017 Launch New Exhibitor Support Programme

International Jewellery London 2017 will be launching a special complementary support programme for all exhibitors this year to ensure that they maximise their experience and commercial success at this year’s show.  The programme is an integral part of the # withyou  campaign, designed to showcase IJL’s continuing commitment to provide year-round support to the UK and international jewellery sector.   Summer Masterclass A comprehensive programme of pre-show support includes online assistance, tailored blog content and webinars on exhibiting guidelines. The initiative comes together in a one day, free-to-attend, Summer Masterclass on 15 June, where all IJL exhibitors are invited to

Johnson Matthey PLC: 200 Years Of Inspiring Science and Sustained Innovation

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100 I ndex, celebrates its 200th  birthday this year. Now a global leader in science and te chnology  that makes the world cleaner and  healthier, the company was founded in London by Percival Norton  Johns on  in 1817 as a gold assaying  business. In the same year, the first bicycle was built, the sta tes  of Mississippi and Alabama were  created and the fifth President of the United States was  swor n in. In the UK, George III was King,  Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister, the first Waterloo Bridge was 

Christmas Open Studio, New England House - Brighton

New England House is unique in Brighton: a diverse community of creative and entrepreneurial people working under one roof. Now in its 16th year, the December Open Studios Show is the only time in the year when the artists and makers open their doors to the general public. Visitors will have a chance not only to buy work direct from the makers, but will have the added excitement of seeing how and where they work and even to commission unique new work. Over 50 artists, designers, makers exhibiting & selling beautiful high quality art & unique gifts: Photography, Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations,

Winter Jewels, Association for Contemporary Jewellery Wessex

Winter Jewels 5 Exhibition is the fifth annual selling exhibtion presented by th  Association for Contemporary Jewellery  Wessex Group. As usual the exhibtion offers a prize draw, where the lucky winner will receive a voucher for £100 to spend on jewellery from  any of the participating jewellers. There will be approximately 25 cabinets with a different jeweller's work in each one, providing a huge variety of work on display. The exhibition will run from Friday 25th November until Monday 2nd January 2017 and will be open from 10am until 4pm each day (apart from the last day when we finish at

Commission: New Huguenot Silver

The Huguenot Museum seek to commission some unique pieces of silver to be sold in our Museum Shop in time for Christmas. About the Museum: The Huguenot Museum opened last year and tells the important story of the French Protestants who fled persecution in France in the 17th Century. Silver was one of the key trades practiced by these new arrivals, who changed the face of the craft. About the Project: We seek to commission a new piece (or pieces) of silver or jewellery which has been inspired by Huguenot Heritage which we will then sell in our Museum shop

Collect 2018 - Call for Galleries

Collect is the craft sector's premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world's leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.  In 2018, Collect will return to the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery from 22nd to 25th February.  Presenting craft in a fine art context, Collect profiles the exceptional skill and intellectual rigour behind modern craft – from works in ceramics, glass,

The Power of A Chain Reaction

We like 'em big and we most definitely like 'em chunky. Bold, buxom and modern, the chain has linked back round into our style wardrobes and is set to be the statement piece of your summer style. The minimalism of this classic linked look has been revamped, remodelled and revitalised so that this standout look packs a heavy duty statement punch. Oozing with character and personality, the chain adornment can be worn solo or mixed and matched with fine chains, fabric chokers, delicate pendants and fearless gemstones for one head turning look of vogue. "More is more and less is

Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016: Harriet Kelsall wins ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award

British jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has won the ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award at the London regional finals of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. The regional heat took place on Friday at a celebration lunch at an exclusive London hotel, before an audience of senior and influential business leaders. Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in

Centrepiece - Symphony Hall, Birmignham

Centrepiece Jewellers showcase handmade unique collections a t Symphony Hall   Each year during the festive period, a collective of Birmingham’s well established and emerging jewellery designers exhibit at the prestigious selling event, Centrepiece at Symphony Hall. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy exclusive Christmas gifts from exceptional handmade creative collections, or commission truly one-off personal pieces. Hosting a fantastic competition worth £100 This year Centrepiece is running a fantastic competition opportunity. To be in with a chance of winning £100 off your chosen piece of unique jewellery please visit the Centrepiece Jewellery Facebook page to enter from 9 November.

The Prime Minister Hosts A Celebration Of British Fashion At 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Theresa May and Chairman of the British Fashion Council Dame Natalie Massenet welcomed representatives from across the British fashion industry to a reception at 10 Downing Street last night. Ahead of London Fashion Week, Theresa May emphasised the importance of the UK’s fashion industry, one of the country’s greatest success stories which contributes £28billion to Britain’s economy and supports nearly 900,000 jobs. London Fashion Week is a global showcase which welcomes guests from over 58 countries, promotes designer brands to an international audience of trade and consumers and generates orders of over £100million each season. The Prime Minister

Spring Fling 2017

Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.    In Autumn 2015 Spring Fling CIC evolved to become  Upland CIC , a bold, ambitious, world-class rural based visual art and craft development organisation. Spring Fling is Upland's Flagship Event. Dumfries and Galloway; inspiring, vibrant and buzzing with creativity is a well recognised as a haven for artists and makers and Spring Fling has helped put the region on the national

Sparkle With Silver Christmas Tree Decorations

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present a brilliant selection of Christmas tree decorations designed and curated by some of the most prominent silversmiths working in the UK today. This exquisite selection of festive celebration is currently on display at the Goldsmiths' Hallwith the opportnity to purchase a piece that captches your eye and ignites your Christmas spirit! Following on from last year's successful display at the National Museum of Scotland in conjunction with the Silversmiths' Art, this years showcase selection of Silversmiths' Christmas Tree decorations celebrates the artistry of our creative industry within one of the most exciting and

Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2017

T he Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is a non profit making organisation founded over one hundred years ago in 1908. Today, the Council continues its work from its original remit: "...to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts." The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British silversmithing, jewellery and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council’s unique

Anastazio Kotsopoulos | Handmade Jewellery

Anastazio distinguished himself early on as one of the youngest jewelry artists in Greece with his unique signature style which harmoniously contrasts industrial, gold netting backgrounds with softly framed sensual gemstones. The Greeks might have discovered him but then the world took notice. An arbiter of style, Vogue UK includes him in the roster of world talented jewelry designers. They, like many, appreciate his simple and delicate aesthetics, with the belief beauty in simplicity. Intricate details and exceptional craftsmanship make every piece a work of art. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greece, he designs his new collection with a woman’s beauty

Harriet Kelsall is invited to join the British Hallmarking Council

Leading jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has been invited to join the British Hallmarking Council. The statutory body ensures all items being sold in the UK as precious metals are hallmarked to confirm they meet the legal standard. The process of hallmarking in Great Britain began over 700 years ago and in Harriet’s new role as Non-Executive Director, she will represent retail jewellers and continue the protection of consumer rights in the British Jewellery industry.  Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business –

Heat, Bash, Buff: Learning To Make A Silver Ring

"Jewellery Has The Power To Be This One Little Thing That Can Make You Feel Unique." - Jennie Kwon Having recently embarked upon my eye-opening journey into the world of Jewellery, my spirit guide, editor and working partner to all things sparkly and juicy in the jewellery world thought it was about time I stopped talking the talk of all things silver and pretty and set my sights upon navigating the benchpeg instead. The idea of flouncing around flaunting my very own silver number sounded absolutely fabulous whilst the idea of me having to make friends with a hammer and

Assay Offices

By law all items sold as gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard of alloy proportionality for the precious metal they are being sold as. This can only be carried out by one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention. Here are where to find the four UK offices... Assay Office London Goldsmiths' Hall Gutter Lane London EC2V 8AQ www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk                 Birmingham Assay Office 1 Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AX theassayoffice.co.uk    

The New Heirloom: Pyrrha Jewellery Gift Guide

The yearly search for a memorable holiday gift – one that will be kept, worn, and talked about for years to come – ends here . Perfect for family, new loves, old loves, friends, and mentors, there is a Pyrrha talisman to represent and celebrate each and every relationship.  Why Pyrrha? Inspired by wax seals and imagery from the Victorian era Handcrafted and cast in reclaimed sterling silver, bronze, and 14K gold Comes with a hand-torn meaning card detailing the jewelry’s unique and symbolic significance culled from heraldry A certified B Corporation due to its commitment to sustainable practices Currently

Carmarthen School of Art - Coleg Sir Gâr

Established in 1965, the Foundation programme at  Carmarthen  has a national reputation for excellence. It offers learners the opportunity to explore a diverse range of  art  and design options to enable them, through experience, to make an informed choice about future education, training and employment progression.   HERITAGE Carmarthen School of Art has been providing Art education since 1854, being one of the first Art Schools set up in Britain following the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in London. The School has been continually evolving ever since, responding to social, creative and cultural developments and the changing needs of its

Trade Shows

Selling work is how businesses survive, and knowing where to sell helps fill the diary with hot spots of commercial activity. We've compliled a list of national and international trade shows and events which are regular dates in the trade diary... Autumn Fair  When:  Annually, September Where: NEC Birmingham Autumn Fair is the season's No.1 gift and home wholesale trade show for the retail industry. Launched in September 1990, Autumn Fair is now celebrated as the season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade show and is a must-attend event for UK and international buyers. Independents, multiples and online retailers visit

Goldsmith, MD Jewellers - Grantham, Lincolnshire

The role Goldsmith MD Jewellers Grantham, Lincolnshire Established in 2001 MD Jewellers is one of Grantham's longest standing independent, multi award winning jewellers, whose philosophy is to offer excellent products and customer service that simply isn't comparable. An opportunity has arisen for a full-time Goldsmithing position available to work in our in-house workshop - available immediately. The role involves Restoring and remodelling client’s jewellery Repairing a wide range of jewellery to include ring re-sizing up and down in all metals, re-tipping of claws, setting of diamonds and semi-precious stones for repair work Polishing and rhodium plating, (Excellent finishing skills required) Polishing

V&A Museum Acquires Rare Jewelled Medieval Brooch

Found on former Royal hunting grounds, this unique Medieval Brooch was a rare find for metal detectorist Justin Owens. After being mistaken for a dirty bottle cap, it's now proudly on display within the V&A's incredible jewellery collections. If jewellery could talk, we wonder what stories it could tell... The V&A Museum has acquired a rare jewelled late Medieval cluster brooch after it was uncovered in 2017 by a metal detectorist in the former Royal Hunting Ground known as 'Great Park' near Brigstock, Northamptonshire. Dating fromc. 1400-1450, the brooch hails from either France or Germany. It's one of only seven known

News Edit: 9 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jeweler Pandora Takes Ethical Stand Against Mined Diamonds Bloomberg: Pandora A/S, which makes more pieces of jewelry than any other company in the world, will no longer use mined diamonds, dropping another raw material tainted by ethical concerns. www.bloomberg.com Inside Track: Ex-Facebook chief Dave Spillane gives fine ethical jewellery the thumbs-up The Times: Dave Spillane, who was one of Facebook’s top Irish executives, rising to the post of the social media giant’s chief accounting officer in Silicon Valley, has gone into jewellery and shiny things. www.thetimes.co.uk BBC: All

ten Hompel completes National Museums Scotland’s Glenmorangie Commission

Since 2018, Simone ten Hompel has been taking a journey into the world of National Museums Scotland, its artefacts, and the research that is being currently conducted as part of the Glenmorangie Fellowship into the 9th to 12th centuries, an era of rapid change, political instability and cultural diversity, out of which the Scottish nation was born.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/w22ppGiynms] The final blog by Sarah Rothwell, Curator, Modern & Contemporary Design can be read here: blog.nms.ac.uk The resulting artwork,  coordinate  explores Scotland’s journey through time – its changing landscape and the continual rediscovery of its past. It represents an abstracted interpretation of Scotland’s landmass, one [youtube

News Edit: 24th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Melanie Bilenker depicts domestic scenes with a single strand of hair Wallpaper: Melanie Bilenker’s delicate handmade jewellery depicts domestic scenes, inspired by Victorian hair art. wallpaper.com The demi-fine jewellery boom: Is luxury next? Vogue Business: First, demi-fine jewellery brands tapped a new Gen Z market. Now they want to tap luxury shoppers. voguebusiness.com Chanel's dazzling new high jewellery collection demonstrates why Coco's heart belonged to Venice The Telegraph: While we can't travel to La Sérénissime, Chanel's one-of-a-kind creations take us on an enchanting tour of its sights. telegraph.co.uk

News Edit: 6 September 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Van Cleef & Arpels’ transformable jewellery The Peak Magazine: The brand’s lyrical inventiveness is a magical element that’s ever present throughout its creations. thepeakmagazine.com.sg Katherine Ryan to host a TV jewellery show Chortle: All That Glitters seeks Britain's top designers. chortle.co.uk De Beers expects diamond sales to rebound in October-December The Week: India was one of the strongest markets for De Beers in 2019. theweek.in Roads shut as iconic 117-year-old Jewellery Quarter clock dismantled for 'extensive restorations' Birmingham Mail: The historic landmark will be removed from the roundabout

News Edit:29 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The best vintage-inspired chunky gold jewellery The Times: It’s an easy instant update, starting at £3. By Annie Hertikova. thetimes.co.uk Sculptural simplicity is the order of the day at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair Wallpaper: Goldsmiths’ Fair’s annual showcase of contemporary jewellery is one of the highlights in the jewellery calendar wallpaper.com Chanel's New High Jewellery Collection Is Fit For Russian Royalty Tatler: Twinkling gemstones and decadent designs celebrate Russian tradition and splendour. Chanel's latest high jewellery line, called Le Paris Russe de Chanel, alludes to Gabrielle Chanel’s starry-eyed ties with

News Edit: 7 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Beautiful aquamarine birthstone jewellery for March Luxury London: Associated with serenity and tranquility, there’s no better birthday gift for turbulent times. luxurylondon.co.uk Meghan's 'ethically-sourced' pink ring in recent video holds 'special connection' to past Daily Express: MEGHAN, Duchess of Sussex's ring accessory in one of her and Prince Harry's latest appearances has a special meaning for the royal, according to the jewellery brand maker. www.express.co.uk The $20,000 PC Encrusted With Diamonds And Bill Gates Forbes: You've probably heard of celebrities customizing their favorite sneakers or watches with precious

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 .

News Edit: 15th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   5 Black UK-Based Designers Reshaping The World Of Haute Jewellery Vogue: The fine jewellery industry can seem an intimidating one to those looking up at its exquisitely gem-set ivory tower from beyond its walls. vogue.co.uk Meet The Ingenious Jewellery Designers Using NASA-Approved Materials & Ancient Bamboo-Weaving Techniques To Create Desirability Vogue: Motley jewellery fans, get ready. The e-tailer, which specialises in exceptional jewellery design at an accessible price, has just unveiled its latest collection with designer Alice Cicolini. vogue.co.uk Why Andrew Grima, the jeweller beloved of Bond girls

Orcadian Jewellery Designer, Sheila Fleet, opens new Glasgow Store

This Friday see's the opening of Orkney jewellery designer, Sheila Fleet's new store in Glasgow. The new store will sit amongst other premium retailers within the award-winning retail and leisure destination, Princes Square.  In addition to showcasing Sheila Fleet’s many collections, the new shop will feature some very special jewellery that’s been created using rare Scottish gold. Sheila Fleet is one of only two jewellers authorised to receive gold from Scotland’s only gold mine, at Cononish near Tyndrum, so this unique range is sure to be an additional draw for Glasgow customers. Image caption or copyright  Months in planning and

News Edit: 7 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Van Cleef & Arpels Welcomes Spring With New Additions To Its Frivole Collection Tatler: One of the French jeweller's most well-loved lines, the Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole collection with its new family members looks set to adorn the female form and capture more women's hearts this season. asiatatler.com Hamilton & Inches CEO departs after 40 years as jeweller eyes £20m sales The Scotsman: Hamilton & Inches has unveiled a change in leadership as the jeweller and silversmith seeks to double turnover by 2024. scotsman.com Jeweller Hamilton & Inches picks

News Edit: 14 October 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alex Monroe has designed a stunning capsule jewellery collection for Doctor Who The Brag: To celebrate the release of the BBC’s highly anticipated new series of Doctor Who. Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has created a gorgeous capsule collection. thebrag.com Why one jewellery brand thinks offline media ‘no longer makes sense’ Marketing Week: German jewellery and watch retailer Thomas Sabo is increasingly shifting its spend from magazine placements to media that is “easier to measure”. www.marketingweek.com Irish tourist ends up in hospital after ‘swallowing £30k diamond ring he stole from jewellers’

Amberif Design Award 2018 Announce Winners

Silvia Bella of Germany, Kairi Sirendi of Estonia and Miron Kutarba of Poland have been announced as the winners of the 2018 edition of the Amberif Design Award, the 22 nd  International Amber Jewellery Design Competition. The theme of  Serendipity  encouraged participation from 100 artists who submitted 127 entries. Amberif Design Award is one of Poland’s most important design competitions of international renown. This year, ADA’s curator Barbara Schmidt of the Academy of Art and Design, Munich, has set the theme of  Serendipity  to encourage a reflection on how the interplay between nature, technique and intuition can take us far beyond our reason,

Call for Applications: Red Dot Award

Call for Applications: Red Dot Award Product Design 2018 – Designers and manufacturers are now invited to submit their products    The Red Dot Award: Product Design is entering the next phase: From 9 October 2017, designers and manufacturers from all over the world can once again take the opportunity to submit their products to one of the world’s largest design competitions. The registration period breaks down into three different phases: “Early Bird” from 9 October to 28 November 2017, “Regular” from 29 November 2017 to 16 January 2018 and “Latecomer” from 17 January to 9 February 2018. Diversity from every

GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Sheffield

Call for Applications: GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Sheffield 2018 Applications are now invited from designer-makers & artists working in ceramics, jewellery, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, print-making, wood, lighting, furniture, product design, glass, metal, basket-making and more. GNCCF Manchester will return for its 11th edition from 11 - 14 October 2018 as a headline event of Design Manchester, a two week city-wide festival of exhibitions, talks, debates, workshops and conference. The multi-award winning GNCCF is one of the leading selling events in the UK featuring over 150 of the UK's top designer makers.  GNCCF Sheffield is a partnership with

Captivating Brilliance by Peter Schmid

Peter Schmid, world-renowned jewelry maker, is launching his all-new exhibition at Patina Gallery,  Captivating Brilliance , inspired by the Santa Fe Opera’s 2018 production of Giacomo Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly , writes Ilaria Ruggiero in this exhibition review.   The exhibition will open on August 10th at Patina Gallery at 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.  Captivating Brilliance  will showcase pieces greatly influenced from the movements of Orientalism and Exoticism that were popular at the time of Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly  debut. An amazing crossover of inspirations and ideas, on one hand coming from the most current interpretations of Puccini's opera, on the other hand from ancient rituals,

Seventh Generation Ironmonger Turned Jewellery Designer, Will Odell Launches New Cambré Collection

Will Odell has launched a new collection ‘Cambré’ which takes its inspiration from the graceful movement of one of his favourite art forms: ballet. Handmade in Will’s London studio using traditional techniques, the Cambré Collection features distinctive hammer-textured 18ct gold rings, earrings and pendants. Each piece is finished to the highest quality and set by master setters using superior gemstones including blue spinel, pink tourmaline and diamonds. Hero pieces include the eye-catching statement ring - ‘Swift Ring’ - an ideal alternative engagement ring or anniversary gift, and the graceful ‘Cascade Earrings’ which detaches into two different looks for both day

News Edit: 17 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Old-cut diamonds and fantastical gems: TEFAF Maastricht's unmissable jewels The Telegraph: It may be a royal pain to get to, but TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is worth the trip. www.telegraph.co.uk Steeple Bumpstead goldsmith with Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins industry 'Oscar' HaverHill Echo: A jeweller from Steeple Bumpstead has won a gold award in The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2019, the industry’s ‘Jewellery Oscars'. www.haverhillecho.co.uk Kate Middleton has a collection of earrings from just one designer worth £47k Express: Kate Middleton, 37,

Anthropologie Celebrates 'Women who Weld' this International Women's Day

From today, right up 'til April 23rd, the Anthropolgie store on Kings Road, London, will play host to a curated selection of jewellery, designed by Britain's most inspiring female jewellers.  The showcase, which will feature eight designers, was designed to celebrate both International Women's day and Women's History Month, as well as British design. Throughout the event, customers will have the opportunity to buy  one-of-a-kind and numbered pieces, all of which have been carefully handcrafted in the UK. International Women's Day  (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also

Showstoppers Talk: An eye for design: Rosalinde Gilbert, fashion designer and collector

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

MAKE '17

MAKE '17 Contemporary crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen MAKE '17 is the annual Christmas selling exhibition in the Devon Guild's large contemporary gallery space. It runs from Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018. This show celebrates the diversity of contemporary craft and will focus on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship, highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small-scale batch production. During the run of MAKE 2016 13,796 people visited the exhibition, approximately 14,600 visited online and over £24,000 in sales were achieved. Dates Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018 Venue The Devon Guild of

News Edit: 17 June 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Incredible photos reveal spooky hidden shipwrecks as divers find lost treasure ship Devon Live: Cannons and an anchor are among the items found on what's believed to be one of the richest shipwrecks off the coast. www.devonlive.com A 'perfect' diamond and Peggy Rockefeller's beloved jewels The Telegraph: Last month’s three-day sale of Peggy and David Rockefeller’s art collection was, as expected, the most valuable estate auction in history, raising $832.6 million www.telegraph.co.uk From Australia with love: Calleija’s rare diamond delights The Telegraph: John Calleija, the Australian fine jeweller, came into the

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner The Benevolent Society (charity of the British Allied Trades Federation) is delighted to offer you the opportunity to buy tickets as a member of the British Allied Trades Federation (and one of it's federated associations: the National Association of Jewellers, The Giftware Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association and the Surface Engineering Association), to join us for a wonderful dinner by candlelight at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Thursday 14th June 2018 commencing at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. Tickets Thanks to the generosity of Goldsmiths' Hall and the British Allied Trades Federation, The Benevolent Society are able to reduce the potential cost of the tickets to all Federation invitees from £295 + VAT to a cost of only £95 + VAT for your first Members

Diploma In Art & Design Level 3, K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

  K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery  Autumn Short Courses 2017 Introductory Courses Course Title: Award In Art & Design Level 2 Duration: 12 Week Course, One Day A Week Dates: 13 Sept 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 Diploma Courses Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 2 Duration:  Year Long Course, 1 Day A Week Dates:  14 Sept 2017 - 14 Sept 2018 Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 3 Duration:  Year Long Course, 2 Days A Week Dates:  11 Sept 2017 - 11 Sept 2018 Short Courses Course Title:  Experimental Setting Duration:  4 Day Course Dates: 

Art & Design Level 2 Course, K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

  K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery  Autumn Short Courses 2017 Introductory Courses Course Title: Award In Art & Design Level 2 Duration: 12 Week Course, One Day A Week Dates: 13 Sept 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 Diploma Courses Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 2 Duration:  Year Long Course, 1 Day A Week Dates:  14 Sept 2017 - 14 Sept 2018 Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 3 Duration:  Year Long Course, 2 Days A Week Dates:  11 Sept 2017 - 11 Sept 2018 Short Courses Course Title:  Experimental Setting Duration:  4 Day Course Dates: 

Contemporary Wax Carving & Wax Modelling, K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

  K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery  Autumn Short Courses 2017 Introductory Courses Course Title: Award In Art & Design Level 2 Duration: 12 Week Course, One Day A Week Dates: 13 Sept 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 Diploma Courses Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 2 Duration:  Year Long Course, 1 Day A Week Dates:  14 Sept 2017 - 14 Sept 2018 Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 3 Duration:  Year Long Course, 2 Days A Week Dates:  11 Sept 2017 - 11 Sept 2018 Short Courses Course Title:  Experimental Setting Duration:  4 Day Course Dates: 

Diploma In Art & Design Level 2, K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

  K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery  Autumn Short Courses 2017 Introductory Courses Course Title: Award In Art & Design Level 2 Duration: 12 Week Course, One Day A Week Dates: 13 Sept 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 Diploma Courses Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 2 Duration:  Year Long Course, 1 Day A Week Dates:  14 Sept 2017 - 14 Sept 2018 Course Title:  Diploma In Art & Design Level 3 Duration:  Year Long Course, 2 Days A Week Dates:  11 Sept 2017 - 11 Sept 2018 Short Courses Course Title:  Experimental Setting Duration:  4 Day Course Dates: 

Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery at New Designers

The Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery will be exhibiting at New Designers 2017 at the Islington Business Design Centre from Wednesday 28th June - Sunday 2nd July 2017. The School will be showing in the Jewellery & Contemporary Design Crafts Zoe on stand JC38. Exhibitors from the school have graduated from the School's  Diploma in Jewellery Design course. New Designers Part 1 Design disciplines – Textiles & Fashion  – Costume Design  – Jewellery & Precious Metalwork  – Ceramics & Glass  – Contemporary Design Crafts  – One Year On Dates 28 June – 01 July 2017 A Venue Business Design Centre 52 Upper

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Miriam Hanid

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Shining silver commissions from the Sheffield Assay Office collection; the work of Junko Mori

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

MAKE '17, Devon Guild of Craftsmen

MAKE '17 Contemporary crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen MAKE '17 is the annual Christmas selling exhibition in the Devon Guild's large contemporary gallery space. It runs from Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018. This show celebrates the diversity of contemporary craft and will focus on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship, highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small-scale batch production. During the run of MAKE 2016 13,796 people visited the exhibition, approximately 14,600 visited online and over £24,000 in sales were achieved. Dates Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018 Venue The Devon Guild of

MAKE '17, Devon Guild of Craftsmen

MAKE '17 Contemporary crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen MAKE '17 is the annual Christmas selling exhibition in the Devon Guild's large contemporary gallery space. It runs from Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018. This show celebrates the diversity of contemporary craft and will focus on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship, highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small-scale batch production. During the run of MAKE 2016 13,796 people visited the exhibition, approximately 14,600 visited online and over £24,000 in sales were achieved. Dates Saturday 18 November, 2017 to Monday 7 January, 2018 Venue The Devon Guild of

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery x Paul Smith Collaboration

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery has been working with Paul Smith in a collaboration for a collection planned for AW17. The new designs were featured in the Paul Smith AW17 Men's Paris Fashion Week Show.  The Paul Smith show merged men's and women's collections into one show with both collections sharing a direct design association, with their roots firmly planted in tailoring.   Rachel Entwistle's own approach to design, which transcends traditional concepts of male or female, perfectly complemented the Paul Smith Collections.  Jewellery included minimal engraved pendants, hand carved necklaces, plaque bracelets and pendants as well as signet rings. All of the

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Here we have compiled signpost list of jewellery and allied trade services available... Accountancy FreeAgent Small Business Online Accounting. Making accounting for business simple. www.freeagent.com Jewellery Manufacturing Service  Thai Design Distributors Ltd. www.thaidesignuk.com www.thaidesignuk.com Outworking Services Annette Warham Jewellery Annette Warham is an experienced Jeweller specializing in Designing, Stringing, Repairing & Restoring Beadwork, both Modern & Antique. www.annettewarham.co.uk info@annettewarham.co.uk   Brightcut Micro Pave Specialists. Clean and careful craftsmanship with close attention to detail. 07717803700 brightcutsetting@gmail.com CAD Man Cad-Man is a total technology ‘one-stop shop’ for small and medium size enterprises, cad design, rapid prototyping and laser welding to the jewellery trade.

Museum Quality Collection of Emeralds Goes to Auction

Guernsey’s, the New York City-based auction house ,  has announced the auction of the  Marcial  de  Go mar  Collection of rare emeralds  on 25 th  April. T he  Marcial  de  Gomar  Emerald Collection, consisting of La Gloria, which at  887 carats  is one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world , along with more than twenty other loose emeralds (both cut and rough) and 13 pieces of extraordinary emerald jewellery.   The event will be conducted live at the Americas Society at 680 Park Avenue with online bidding at liveauctioneers.com. Featured lots in the  Marcial  de  Gomar  Collection include:

Hockley Mint Partners with TH March

Birmingham based fine jewellery manufacturer  Hockley Mint  has partnered with industry specialist insurance broker TH March to offer exclusive benefits to all designers who enter Hockley Mint’s 25 th  anniversary design competition.   This collaboration between TH March and Hockley Mint aims to educate and raise awareness among jewellery designers about the need for insurance cover to protect them against risks such as theft or loss of stock and goods, business interruption and public and products liability. As a result of this  new  partnership, the winner of  Hockley Mint’s  competition will receive one year’s worth of  free  insurance  cover .

Marks & Spencer Combat Customer Allergy Concerns

This summer, Marks & Spencer (M&S) will become the first high street retailer to set a new standard in hypoallergenic jewellery – as it launches Skin Kind™.  From May every item in M&S’s fashion jewellery range will meet its new Skin Kind™ standards, so that even customers with the most sensitive skin can wear stylish accessories with confidence.  The project began last year when M&S discovered that more than one in four [28%] of customers didn’t wear fashion jewellery because they were concerned about potential allergic reactions. To help address these concerns, M&S partnered with Birmingham based, world leading precious

1 Day Stone Setting Course with Cardinal of London

1 Day Stone Setting Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London This course is design for a learner with previous practical experience in making jewellery. Over the one day course you will be taught how to set gemstones using three techniques. Learn from an experienced Jeweller Learn stone setting techniques Rub Over, 4 Claw , Flush (Gypsy) Setting Take home a ready set piece of jewellery 1 to 1, evening classes and consultations available Level:  Beginners Times: 10:30am-5.00pm Price:  £110 Date:  Saturday 8th April 2017 Venue: Craft Central, 33-35 St. John’s Square, London. EC1M 4DS Enquiries : info@cardinaloflondon.com www.cardinaloflondon.com

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 - Goldsmiths' Hall, London

Goldsmiths' Fair returns for its 34th year. The annual showcase of British fine jewellery and contemporary silver, Goldsmiths' Fair is the premier destination to buy the most exquisite, one-of-a-kind precious metal pieces. Erin O'Connor Selects This year we were delighted to welcome supermodel Erin O’Connor to make her selection of personal highlights from this year's exhibitors. Erin says of her choices: "My selection reflects my personal style. It’s made up of jewellery I’d happily wear on a variety of occasions and contemporary silver I’d proudly display at home. I love the high degree of craftsmanship in each piece." Silver: The