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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

Edinburgh's Incorporation of Goldsmiths Host Ethical Symposium

Designer Tips for Ethical Practices to Start off a Sustainable Business Our friends from Edinburgh's Incorporation of Goldsmiths have been up to great adventures in the field of ethical jewellery and sustainability. The Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust, the charitable arm of the Incorporation, shared with us details of their latest initiative of setting up an online ethical jewellery resource for informing jewellery designers who want to work towards an ethical practice. It’s in Our Hands – Symposium on the Future of Ethical Jewellery Making in Scotland In partnership with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the Incorporation held their first

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 - The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland

It's In Our Hands - The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland by The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and DJCAD at the University of Dundee This Symposium on Ethical Making 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. The day will be animated by a fantastic panel of speakers, including Greg Valerio MBE,  award winning British fair trade ethical jeweller and environmental activist; jeweller Ute Decker; silversmith Karen Westland; Tim Ingle of ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode; researcher Dr Peter Oakley

Scotland’s art colleges sign up to Ethical Making Pledge

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths celebrated a major milestone in its drive to make Scotland the world leader in ethical silverware and jewellery by gathering Scotland's jewellery colleges at its symposium and adopting an 'Ethical Making Pledge'. Representatives of Scotland’s leading art colleges offering HND and degree level courses in jewellery and silversmithing gathered last week at an international symposium and put their names to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths’ Ethical Making Pledge designed to help the country become a world leader in ethical gold and silver work. The move reflects a growing determination among makers, designers, educators and consumers to demand

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

Making Impact - Ethical Jewellery Conference

Making Impact - Ethical Conference Presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Fair Luxury Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh 3 April 2019 The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Fair Luxury are partnering once again – this time for Making Impact – a conference for jewellers and silversmiths to explore how the  UN Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) relate to jewellery and metalwork practice in the UK. More and more businesses are using the SDGs to help them prioritise and communicate areas for social, environmental and economic impact and we will be looking at how they can become a set of tools to

Ethical Jewellery Workshop at City Lit

This workshop is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery for those involved in designing, making selling, learning or teaching jewellery as well as journalists. We will cover & help you to know where to source ethical metals, gemstones and diamonds understand the ethical issues in jewellery making use alternative studio practices and chemicals which are not damaging to the environment or to your own health Ethical Jewellery Workshop with Greg Valerio & Ute Decker Venue CityLit, London Date 5 February 2017 For More information www.citylit.ac.uk

Pathways to Making II

Pathways to Making II Symposium Rugby College, Rugby 10am – 7pm, Friday 9 March 2018 Professional development for established, emerging makers and craft and design students. Professional craft skills include valuable material knowledge and problem solving. This symposium will explore the value of maker’s skills to potential partners or collaborators both within and outside the craft sector. Speakers will present case studies of self-generated wide-ranging opportunities; inspiring delegates to be more innovative and resourceful in their portfolio careers. This symposium supports the Made in the Middle touring exhibition and further explores themes highlighted in the exhibition. The day will close with

Kashka: New fashion led ethical brand launches

KASHKA will be hitting the jewellery market in 2017 as a brand new fashion-led jewellery brand. Holding the core belief that jewellery can and should be ethical, inspirational, thought-provoking and meaningful, the brand wants to be an ode to everyday yet sophisticated jewellery for the modern woman and child.   With a burning desire to do something that would give her reason to get up everyday, designer  Naqiyah Sultan focused her interests upon the topic of world change; staying true to herself, morals and integrity. Travelling across several continents until finally making London her home, she describes how her story

Jewellery Ethics for the 21st Century - A Practical Workshop

Jewellery Ethics for the 21st Century - A Practical Workshop by The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and DJCAD at the University of Dundee This course is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery, Greg Valerio MBE & Ute Decker, and is about sustainability and ethical awareness. It is aimed at those involved in designing, making selling, learning or teaching jewellery and follows on from the Symposium the previous day. 1. What topics will we cover? The course will explain the ethical issues in jewellery making and the significance of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. You will learn about different approaches to ethical

Rising Stars Symposium 2018

Rising Stars Symposium 2018 Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected

GIA Gemological Symposium

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will convene its sixth International Gemological Symposium in Carlsbad, California to feature science and business tracks; participation by Harvard Business School Focused on the theme “New Challenges. Creating Opportunities” the three-day event will offer insight into the latest gemological research including recent findings by GIA and other leading researchers. Professors from the Harvard Business School (HBS) will lead a track on business concepts and innovations, using the renowned case-study method employed in all HBS programs, including the annual GIA Global Leadership Program. The Symposium will also celebrate the centennial of Richard T. Liddicoat, the beloved

Eileen Gatt Transforms Former Black Isle Post Office Into Ethical Jewellery Centre

The small village of Munlochy, on the Black Isle, is set to be at the forefront of Scotland’s drive to become a world leader in ethical jewellery making and silversmithing. Eileen Gatt has recently given up her Edinburgh studio in order to transform the former post office, a few miles from Inverness, into a centre for ethical making and design. It’ll be a lengthy task, but thanks to a £4,000 bursary from the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh, plus £11,000 from Creative Scotland and £30,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), it’s a project she thinks has a bright future.

Symposium: Made in the Middle, Meet the Maker

Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker Symposium  Talking Practice, in association with Vittoria Street Gallery and Craftspace, is delighted to present Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker. Please join us for an afternoon symposium exploring the routes into business for new and more established craftspeople, and an evening soiree in the company of the Made in the Middle exhibitors over a glass of wine. The Symposium is comprised of two panels, the first with makers who are embarking on their careers and the second with those who are perhaps a little more seasoned by experience. They will give

Silver Speaks Symposium at the Royal College of Art

Silver Speaks Symposium at the Royal College of Art Silver Speaks at the Royal College of Art is a half-day public symposium celebrating silversmiths and their contribution to contemporary life at the Royal College of Art in Battersea. Silver Speaks is a programme of events created by Contemporary British Silversmiths to celebrate silver in contemporary life, in collaboration with the V&A and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and Arts Council England. This half-day symposium to be held in partnership with the Royal College of Art is designed to bring together silver practitioners, educators and enthusiasts to explore the role of

'Digital Meets Handmade' New York Symposium Review

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

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Making It 2021

Call for Applications: Making It  Devon Guild of Craftsmen is inviting applications to be part of its ambitious exhibition and development programme for emerging talents in the South West.   Making It aims to be the leading showcase for emerging artists, makers and designers in the South West, celebrating innovation, diversity and collaboration in craft and making. The exhibition will see up to 30 emerging talents shown in the prestigious Jubilee Gallery at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, along with an engaging programme of public events.  Application Deadline: 9am, 26 April 2021 For more information and how to apply visit  Making

New ethical consultancy launched

New consultancy firm V&V launches to debunk the myth that working responsibly and transparently has to be complicated and costly.    Victoria Waugh, formerly the face behind Fairtrade’s work on gold, has teamed up with supply chain traceability expert Vanessa Brain, to provide tailored consultancy services to jewellery and fashion businesses, in a language that's easy to understand.  Launching ahead of the Fair Luxury conference next week, the duo will work collectively with jewellers and manufacturers to help them understand their footprint on the world and grow  profitable, sustainable businesses.  Services offerred will include support to identify supply chain risks,

National Festival of Making 2017

A new kind of festival for a new age of making The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. This is an opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors to Blackburn town centre as The Festival of Making takes over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone. With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes

Call for Applications: Making A Start

Call for Applications: Making A Start Seeking 20 crafts people for a progression pilot - Making Space Making Space are thrilled to have been awarded a Culture Recovery Grant, which will enable us to pilot ‘Making A Start’ – a Maker Progression initiative to provide careers guidance, mentoring and business planning for those leaving or having recently left education and looking to work in the Crafts sector. If you are considering how to turn a hobby into a business, or wondering if it is indeed possible to take a step to a career in craft we would love to hear

Midsummer Festival of Making 2020

Midsummer Festival of Making 2020 Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June 2020 Online Cockpit Arts introduces the Midsummer Festival of Making – everyone is invited!  From London to the world, featuring 65 events with over 80 makers, the Festival of Making takes place online, on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom, over the midsummer weekend of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June.  The packed programme features workshops, panel talks, live demonstrations and studio tours all led by some of London’s leading makers and designers – ceramicists, leatherworkers, weavers, printmakers, jewellers, glass engravers and more.  Many of the events have a midsummer flavour

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

National Festival of Making Launched

The first UK festival bringing together manufacturing, art and design is to be held in the heartland of British industry, developing celebratory acts of creativity and uniting makers of diverse disciplines. The first National Festival of Making will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 in Blackburn Lancashire, where 25% of the population still works in making and manufacturing The influential designer, Wayne Hemingway will be amongst the organisers and list of supporters bringing together the first UK festival of its kind, initiating a series of newly commissioned works Documentary films will capture the diversity of the

Ethical message hitting home at Fair Luxury Presents....

Raising awareness over how luxury jewels are sourced and crafted has been the focus of ‘Fair Luxury Presents....’ at the Goldsmith's Centre in London and with two weeks still to go, the ethical message is resonating with increasing force, according to designer exhibitors. Just 13 exhibitors, all of them influential and vocal in combining provenance, ethics and responsible business practice with stunning design and craftsmanship have been engaged in conversations with a variety of audiences from consumers to journalists to artisan craft campaigners National Geographic among others. Although it is a selling exhibition, the emphasis has been fixed firmly on

When Gold Goes Green - Ethical Gold and Sustainable Metals in Jewellery

Jeweller Saskia Shutt believes that it is important that jewellers are aware of the origins of the materials used to create Jewellery. The planet is under threat from man-made activities and over-exploitation of natural resources which will take generations to resolve. She has found that currently, there is an increasingly vocal demand for ‘green gold’ that comes from traceable, recycled precious metals, as well as a demand for ethical gold. There are only two non-profit organisations working to help produce ethical gold; Fairmined, and Fairtrade Gold. Precious metals can be recycled, and this is something Saskia Shutt has done since

The 240-hour in the Making 'Snowglobe' Ring

Every story-teller has to contend with the art of world building. None so much as Ben Crocco and the atelier of Dreamboule. Experts at translating dream worlds from imagination to the physical, Dreamboule's 'wearable snowglobe' rings are all about painstaking attention to the most miniscule of details.  The idea was born when founder Ben Crocco observed the way the snowglobes catch and reflect light whilst watching his children playing on a winters evening. This, combined with his expertise in quality watchmaking was the basis for the Dreamboule's rings.  There are four key components in Dreamboules creations: the Sapphire Cabochon, the

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI, launches in the UK

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI Fine Jewellery, this month celebrates its launch into the UK. Handcrafted jewellery made of ethically sourced and recycled gold, VIERI designs collections that illicit feelings of a warm Italian sky, interspersed with crisp white clouds and magical pops of colour.  A brand that truly believes fine jewellery and responsible practice cannot exist without each other, its designer Guya Merkle, founded the Earthbeat Foundation - an establishment that promotes better working conditions and alternative income solutions for gold miners world-wide.   “It is my vision to build a company that not only produces and acts responsibly, but

Perspectives - Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future

Perspectives - Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future Fair and Beautiful – New Exhibition is set to Lead the Way on Ethical Luxury Gorgeous work by nearly 40 leading makers and designers is being brought together in an exhibition dedicated to ethical jewellery and silversmithing. Perspectives will be at the heart of the Elements 4 festival of jewellery, silver and gold, in Edinburgh from 19-21 October. It is part of a wider drive to make Scotland a world-leader in ethical jewellery making and silversmithing. Among the items on show will be designer pieces made using found and waste materials including

Narratives In Making, National Craft Gallery - Kilkenny

Narratives In Making An exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The 28 designer makers represented were selected by an international panel, for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill. Narratives in Making, curated by Gregory Parsons, considers the provenance of the objects, who made it, where it was made, how it was made and what it is made of. All this is inextricably linked. It informs our relationship with the object. There are fascinating stories here, from the love of material, rituals of making, the design

Flux 2017 - Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery Conference

Brining together pioneering figures from the worlds of jewellery, fashion, and beyond - FLUX provides a platform for industry leaders who question the way in which we approach provenance and sustainability by examining the complex journey from mine to market. This two-day event will build on our inaugural conference in 2016 to further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of something truly trailblazing. Day one will focus on a range of topics relating to responsible and sustainable sourcing in the jewellery sector for small and medium sized

ARTESANA i TRIBU Launches Ethical Range, KAIRO

Sana López Abellán is an anthropologist and jewellery maker from La Bisbal, Spain who has recently launched her new exlusive range of Jewellery. KAIRO is a collection of bold and colourful jewellery, based on West African textiles set in metal. This exclusive collection of jewellery is a true color explosion, expressive and fun! Each piece is centered around the prints of West African textiles, recovered from a tailor in Gambia, his leftovers now feature in these works of art. “Jewellery is a feature which all societies have in common. Even though its expression may be quite different, adornment is used in

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

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch Celebrating Contemporary British Fine Metalwork 17 October 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham Please join us at the launch of the innovative new ebook Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. During the event you will have the chance to hear, question and meet some of the internationally renowned designer-makers who feature in the book. The event special is part of the Talking Practice lecture series at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Jewellery, to be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 October. A BCU e-book by Kenneth Quickenden and Lee Hewett, entitled Making

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

The Complete Guide to Making Wire Jewellery

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Isabella Liu previews her new ethical collection Twilight at the Zaha Hadid Gallery

Isabella, who has been named as both Influencer and Ambassador for the China Britain International Design Week and the British Council in Asia for 2018, has been invited to preview her new ethical jewellery collection Twilight at the Abstract Expressions exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery The Twilight Collection is a celebration of Love, encapsulating the beauty and energy of the Goddess of the Moon. The Moon and its many phases, often believed to symbolise the female form and the cycle of life, have inspired Isabella to create pieces which tell the tale of life - the crescent is youth

Myne London partners with LA jeweller Octavia Elizabeth to provide ethical and traceable emeralds

London based emerald supplier and bespoke fine jeweller, Myne London, has announced a partnership with LA-based business, Octavia Elizabeth, to supply the brand with ethical, sustainable and traceable emeralds. Myne London offers a traceable route to market for emeralds from Swat Valley, Pakistan, whilst providing opportunities for women local to the region within the gemstone trade. The business focuses on promoting women’s empowerment through access to education, training and skilled employment supported by the region’s high-quality emerald melee, as 2 well as the creation of Swat Valley emerald bespoke jewellery and collaborations with international jewellery brands and designers. Myne London

Affordable elegance: Sustainable jeweller Lebrusan Studio unveils new collection of ethical cluster engagement rings

This month, leading ethical jewellery brand  Lebrusan Studio  lifts the lid on its new Daisy collection of delicate cluster engagement rings. Inspired by the iconic Edwardian daisy ring, these timeless pieces are designed to be lightweight and affordable. Cast in the customer’s choice of 100% recycled platinum or 18ct gold, each ring will be encrusted with traceable and conflict-free Canadian diamonds. Set and painstakingly hand-engraved in London’s Hatton Garden, each finished piece will tell a quaint story of enduring design and traditional British craftsmanship. “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail,” says the brand’s award-winning

Jewels of The Ocean: The Trend Making A Wave This Spring

An oceanic explosion of creative artistry has plunged onto the 2018 spring jewellery edit. Prepare yourselves for an expansive sea-bed of eye-catching, beautifully bright, mis-matched pieces, inspired by the vibrant life found underwater. Throwing it back to the 90s surfer vibes, long gone are the days of cornrows and white shell chokers ready to reveal the sophisticated and playful pieces jumping for air this spring. The fashion runways revealed models adorned in mismatched shell earrings, revamped conch-shell rings and gemstone encrusted charm bracelets in tropical palettes of dazzling colour. From door-knocking droppers and decked-out chokers to dainty delicates, embrace this

Cutlery Design Challenge, Institute of Making and Worshipful Company of Cutlers

Earlier this year the Institute of Making and Worshipful Company of Cutlers launched a very exiting design challenge to design and make a new implement, tool or device for eating. The art, craft and science of what we eat and how we eat it has engaged civilisations across the ages. Rituals, routines, manners and methods have been developed to ensure that the way we eat and the tools we use to eat with perform a huge range of functions; from preventing us contaminating our food with unwashed hands, to marking us out as from a particular social class. in recent

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Leading ethical jewellery brand, Lebrusan Studio, unveils new website as part of significant rebrand

Following a change in brand name from  Arabel Lebrusan , this month Lebrusan Studio ties up its major brand revamp with the reveal of its  slick new website  and fresh-look monochrome logo. Following a change in brand name from Arabel Lebrusan , this month Lebrusan Studio ties up its major brand revamp with the reveal of its slick new website and fresh-look monochrome logo. Reflecting the brand’s expanding size and after a successful period for sales and exposure, an update and refresh allow for the designer and brand to grow respectively, without diluting either. “We were growing, and as we

‘Connecting Values: Exploring Co-Creation Through Making’ Exhibition

‘Connecting Values: Exploring Co-Creation Through Making’ Exhibition 17 May - 4 June 2021 Swiss Cottage Gallery, London In 2019 K2 Academy was invited to participate in Camden Alive Project , a programme of arts and cultural events that celebrates the people of Camden and captures the sights, sounds and spirit of the borough. K2’s founders and directors, Katrin Spranger and Kelvin Birk , were commissioned to develop their own art projects with Camden residents and K2 students based on their stories and chosen theme of ‘value’. This cultural exchange culminated in creating an electroformed fountain and crushed-stone neckpiece which were

Behind the scenes making of the Ottewill Silversmiths ICC Cricket World Cup

The 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup officially begins today. For the first time in ten years, it will be hosted by England and Wales. This year, 10 teams will compete over the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy-  replicas of which have beautifully crafted by Ottewill Silversmiths.  Leading up to the event, the trophy has travelled the globe, on what has been dubbed the ''most connected Trophy Tour ever.'' A good thing then that Ottewill Silversmiths are no stranger to prestigious commissions, having worked on many pieces for  The Henley Royal Regatta, as well as the FA Cup [youtube

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

Q&A: Mary Michel

Mary Michel is the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh. She has been with the company for 15 years and is responsible for initiatives such as Elements and the forthcoming online Ethical Making Resource . She also sits on the board of Craft Scotland and is their Vice-Chair. She answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MM: Mary Michel, I’m the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh . How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MM: By happy accident – I started here 15 years ago on a

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:

Chopard unveils the first creations in a shimmering collection for the red carpet in 2018

This week as Basel opened, and as the Cannes International Film Festival approaches, the High Jewellery workshops of the Maison Chopard have showcased some of the forthcoming pieces which they have been giving life to as a splendid collection dreamed up by Caroline Scheufele. An anthem to femininity and beauty, these exceptional jewellery creations will adorn the greatest actresses on the red carpet, making Chopard an inescapable lodestar when it comes to glamour.  Partnering the Cannes Festival for 20 years, the Maison annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.  While the High Jewellery ateliers are hard

Arabel Lebrusan Shortlisted for E-Tailer of the Year Award

Award winning Arabel Lebrusan has been shortlisted for the E-Tailer category in The National Association of Jewellers Awards 2016. The winners will be announced as part of the Benevolent Society ball which will take place on 1st December. Lebrusan has been committed to designing and making beautiful ethical jewellery for the last decade. Using her Spanish roots as a starting point, she started using the ancient technique of filigree to create stunning contemporary designs. Lebrusan really thrives on the challenge of combining the old with the new, driven by her interest in a sustainable approach to life. Lebrusan started creating contemporary

News Edit: 25 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Meghan Markle’s go-to jeweller Kimaï launches ethical engagement rings Vogue: The label’s founders, Jessica Warch and Sidney Neuhaus, discuss their new collection of eco-conscious rings that don’t cost the planet. www.vogue.in Missoma launch jewellery advent calendar for second year - and it’s out today Daily Mirror: Priced at £395 but worth over £745, after the huge success in 2019, Missoma’s advent calendar is making a much-anticipated return. www.mirror.co.uk Shop Local: St Albans jewellery stores owner reveals: ‘This Christmas is essential’ Herfordshire Advertising: Sarah Gillow, owner of Galio and

Handmade by Machines 2018

Call for Handmade by Machines 2018 Handmade by Machines is an exhibition and symposium in Dundee, Scotland, which celebrates the use of modern digital technologies integrated with handcraft. The call is looking for artefacts for the exhibition and papers for the symposium that investigate the integration of modern digital technologies within jewellery and 3D object design. They are particularly interested in work that addresses the areas of digital technologies for tooling, integrated practice, added value, social or economical impact and/or aesthetics. Submissions will be accepted in the form of a Paper or Artist Talk or poster. Submissions Submissions and abstracts

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

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

Q&A: Vivien Johnston

Vivien Johnston is the original ethical jewellery pioneer. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, she had quickly developed a career as a commercial Jewellery Designer, reaching the position of Head Designer in the early noughties where she was placed in charge of sourcing. This led to Johnston founding the first British ethical jewellery brand, Fifi Bijoux, in 2006. Since then she has established herself as a leading light in the field of responsible sourcing of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones – an Ethical Supply Chain Specialist, who has consulted on a national and international basis for a variety of jewellery

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

Rising Stars Exhibition 2018

Rising Stars Exhibition Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. 

Triple Parade 2018

Call for Applications: TRIPLE PARADE  The 4th TRIPLE PARADE Contemporary Jewellery Biennial  DIALOGUE across the PAST, the PRESENT, the FUTURE TRIPLE PARADE Biennial, an prestigious international exhibition event holds the success spirit and high qualified soul as a good mediator between East and West. From the very start of itis devoted to the core awakening in contemporary art, applied arts and design from a perspective of jewellery. 2018 This year, TRIPLE PARADE comes to the FOURTH celebration by the theme – DIALOGUE across the past, the present, the future.The event program ( exhibition, symposium, workshop, publication, lecture series ) will

Rising Stars 2019 Exhibition

Call for Makers: Rising Stars 2019 Exhibition Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for

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

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.

News Edit: 2 August 2020

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

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 1 April 2019 Glasgow The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought.  “The word

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 2 April 2019 Edinburgh The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought.  “The word

Appointment: Victoria Waugh Announced as Women’s Jewellery Network First Ethics and Sustainability Ambassador

The Women’s Jewellery Network, the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, today announces Victoria Waugh as its first UK Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability. Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members. Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 28 - 29 March 2019 London The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought. 

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA Fair Luxury at the RCA will be an opportunity for anyone working in or connected to the jewellery industry to hear about and discuss the opportunities and issues around ethical sourcing. The day will include presentations from practicing jewellers, staff working in certification programmes, gem traders, consultants and researchers working on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). Confirmed participants now include: Susi Smither ( The Rock Hound ) Tim Ingle ( Ingle & Rhode - The Ethical Jeweller ) Naqiyah Sultan ( Kashka Jewellery ) Gavin Hilson ( University of Surrey ) Yves Bertran (

Pandora’s Green Profile Soars

New environmental study shows that the impact on the environment can be reduced significantly when using recycled silver and gold as well as man-made stones. In order to further minimize the Company´s impact on the environment and meet consumers' expectations for ethical jewellery, Pandora focuses more on green production facilities. The recently released Pandora Ethics Report 2016 reveals a strong commitment to high ethical standards throughout the company´s value chain. A new and independent environmental study carried out for  Pandora shows that the impact on nature can be reduced to less than 5 percent when using recycled gold and silver

Craft of Gold Beating Now Extinct New Research Shows

New research by the Heritage Crafts Association has found many traditional craft skills in the UK to be hanging on by a thread including a handful of metal working skills. Gold beating is now an officially extinct craft no longer being practiced in the UK. Critically endangered metal skills are listed as metal thread making, hat block making, plane making, saw making and spade making. Metal working skills are then also listed on the Endangered List of The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts. The report identifies s eventeen crafts as being  critically endangered , including  coach and wagon  making, 

Call for Applications: The Art in Manufacturing

Super Slow Way and The National Festival Of Making are delighted to Announce ‘The Art In Manufacturing’ 8x Commissions & Residencies Eight commissions are available to artists who will each take up a residency with manufacturers in Blackburn and Lancashire, including food, textile, paper and plastic manufacturers. The National Festival of Making The Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn in May 2017. An opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors as the festival takes over the streets with an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone. The Art in Manufacturing The ‘headline’ element of the

Lead Maker, International Centre For Life

Lead Maker, International Centre For Life Life has an exciting vacancy for a creative and highly-motivated individual to lead development in Life’s Making Studios. As someone with a passion for learning, making and tinkering you will lead Life’s Making Studios, developing and facilitating imaginative and innovative making activities for science centre visitors and school groups. Through the programme will engage and inspire our visitors to create, developing their skills and opportunities. The ideal candidate will be confident, approachable and reliable, with excellent communication and organisational skills. You will have relevant experience in a hands-on making, education or science engagement and

Schofer Germany Successfully Recertified as Member of RJC

Chain company, Schofer Germany has been recertified in accordance with the Responsible Jewellery Council Code of Practices.  Managing Director, Mathias Kholhammer feels that the certification cements the company as a trustworthy partner, in addition to confirming its commitment to ethical, human rights, social and environmental topics. The managing director also notes that the next goal would be a certification in accordance with the RJC Chain of Custody.  Author:  Published: 

Scottish festival celebrates the finest in gold, silver and jewellery design

Elements 3, a festival celebrating the finest UK and international jewellery, silver and gold will be held in Edinburgh in November. A centrepiece of the event, which is presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull, will be a fair at which pieces by 50 carefully selected makers will be on sale. Elements 3 will take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 November and will also see the unveiling of a drive to make Scotland a leader in ethical gold and silverwork. Mary Michel, Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, said ,

Christmas Jewellery Show 2019

Christmas Jewellery Show 2 November 2019 - 11 January 2020 Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds Established and emerging jewellers are celebrated in this exhibition of contemporary jewellery.  A selection of 5 jewellers in their first 5 years of business and 5 who have been making for 5+ years come together to highlight the craftsmanship behind jewellery making today. 5 Established Jewellers Bea Jareno Jewellery making is a life-long passion for Bea.  She learnt watch-making as a young child with her grandfather and vividly remembers her first experience of seeing a ring being made; she knew from that moment that

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions - Outdoor Performance, Festival of Making CIC Festival of Making CIC are looking for submissions from outdoor performing arts organisations and individuals (theatre, dance, and street arts) for The National Festival of Making, taking place in Town Centre locations in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017. About the Festival Be part of the first ever National Festival of Making, a FREE family festival taking place in the manufacturing heartland of Blackburn. Innovative art installations, hands-on workshops, live performances and markets promoting handmade products, including fine foods and craft ales, give visitors chance to

News Edit: 30 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Pandora says lab-grown diamonds the ethical choice. Not so, say diamond miners. Who’s right? SCMP: Tobias Kormind, of online retailer 77 Diamonds, says diamond miners have largely eliminated shady dealings, and notes that lab-grown stones need a lot of power. www.scmp.com My lightbulb moment: Jewellery designer who created a collection of pearls for the modern woman reveals the inspiration behind her business Daily Mail: Olivia, 40, founded the Olivia & Pearl jewellery brand in 2016. She lives in London with her husband James, a major in the Royal

So Fresh + So Clean 2019

Call for Entries: So Fresh + So Clean 6th Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Online Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award Fresh: Work that’s happening now, challenging how we define the field of metalsmithing and jewelry. Clean: Objectively looking at where our studio practices intersect with environmental concerns and human health. Call For Entry Mission A Letter from 2019 EM Student Jury: We would like So Fresh + So Clean 2019 applicants to deeply consider how their work & studio practice builds on EM Student's dedication to innovative thinking in their approach to the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. It is

Lebrusan Studio reveals an increase in searches of over 1,200% for shoppers looking for commitment rings

Award winning ethical jeweller, Lebrusan Studio, has today released figures that show an increase in searches of over 1,200% for shoppers visiting the site looking for commitment rings. The stats, gleaned from a comparison between January to March versus June to August, show that during the three months coming out of lockdown, more lovers were searching for the term ‘commitment ring’ than ever before. During the first quarter of the year, Lebrusan Studio saw 380 searches for this key term, compared with 5,378 in the last three, showing an exponential spike and an undeniable feeling that when all else fails,

News Edit: 17 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Chopard taps actress and environmentalist Marion Cotillard to model its ethical jewels LifeStyle Asia: With the world going on reset mode lately, everyone has gotten a rare chance to pause and reflect on how we’ve been so preoccupied by packed work and social schedules, the blind obsessions for possession and power, or that we’ve forgotten about some of more important things in life: self-care, compassion for your neighbours and, last but certainly not least, for the planet we live in. lifestyleasia.com 8

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,

The Vintage Ring Company launches ‘The home of the vintage engagement’

Ethical jeweller Arabel Lebrusan and jewellery journalist Claire Roberts are delighted to announce the UK launch of The Vintage Ring Company . A sleek, user-friendly website selling affordable vintage and vintage style engagement rings, it features a diverse collection of covetable pieces curated by Arabel and Claire, all of which are priced under £2,000. Identifying a gap in the market for budget-friendly vintage rings that you can buy online with confidence, Claire and Arabel joined forces in 2018 to build the newly launched platform. With Claire’s previous experience as Managing Editor of The Jewellery Editor and Arabel’s thriving website selling

Fair-trade jewellers get together at London Fashion week to show that fashion can be fair

This coming Monday and Tuesday marks a pivotal moment in London Fashion week history: for the first time ever, four of the leading ethical jewellers will come together to prove that fair fashion, without comprimise, can be (and should be) achieved.  From an exclusive location in Old Bond Street, adjecent to the main-catwalk, the four renowned designers will showcase their collections to celebrities, industry experts and the public alike. This, coming after the BOF State of Fashion report prophecised that ''For fashion players, 2019 will be a year of awakening. The ones who will succeed will have to come to

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

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 Pioneer

Call for Applications: Jewellery Pioneer Delivered in partnership with  Centa Business Services (CENTA) , the 6-month programme nurtures emerging London-based jewellery businesses, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business.  Topics covered include: Jewellery Product Development Production & Manufacturing Techniques Ethical & Environmental Considerations Routes to Market Project Management ...and more Eligibility Criteria Businesses must be operating in a London Borough Businesses must operating for a minimum of 12 months Businesses must have a minimum of £10,000 sales Application Deadline: 19 April 2018 Apply now:  Jewellery Pioneer All

Weston Beamor team earns full set of Fairtrade certificates

Weston Beamor have started 2018 with a flurry of activity with the entire customer service division earning their Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificates of Accreditation. Training for the certificates was prompted firstly by their award recently ‘Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year’ and also by the increasing curiosity among customers for a jewel's back story such as material origins and the supplier's trading practices. So each member of the 12-strong customer facing team took to their computers and completed the Fairtrade Foundation’s online ‘Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificate of Accreditation’ courses. It means the team is familiar with how the

Redefining Luxury: Saatchi Gallery Showcases Karen Westland's Fairmined 'Transmissive Vessel'

In another victory for the battle for responsible design, Karen Westland's Fairmined Silver Vessel was exhibited as part of Collect 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This marks the first time a luxury item of silverware, with such high ethical standards, had been showcased at the international art fair for modern craft and design. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold and silver from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. A Fairmined licensee since 2017, Westland worked closely with suppliers to design a silver item which best utilised the Fairmined

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

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

Alight 2019

Call for Applications: Alight 2019 Open call for Jewellery and Silversmithing Visual Arts Scotland are seeking applications from contemporary jewellers and silversmiths for our Alight 2019 open exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy Gallery, Edinburgh, 26 January- 22 February 2019 VAS explores the regions where artforms crossover, especially those between the fine and applied arts, and we are looking for work which demonstrates conceptual thinking and innovation, as well as outstanding design and craftsmanship in jewellery and silversmithing. We are also particularly keen to encourage submissions from practitioners whose work explores and promotes sustainability and ethical practices. We are delighted

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

Fair Luxury Presents, Goldsmiths’ Centre

Fair Luxury Presents Goldsmiths’ Centre 18th September – 27th October 2017 This first of-its-kind exhibition will demonstrate a new view of what it means to offer ‘fair luxury’ in a contemporary and evolving marketplace. It will explore how fine jewellery can be made all the more exquisite when provenance, ethics and responsible business practice work in synergy with design and craftsmanship. Fair Luxury Presents aims to reach a broad audience with interest in luxury jewellery, UK craftsmanship and ethical sourcing. Building on the overwhelming success of two years of industry focused events, Fair Luxury now bring their independent and catalytic

Appointment: London Diamond Bourse Appoint New Board Members

London Diamond Bourse, the only diamond specific trade association and physical diamond trading floor in the UK, has today announced changes to the composition of its Council of Management. “These are the most fundamental changes to LDB’s governance in my six years at LDB,” said COO, Victoria McKay. She continued, “The following changes are notable; Kathy Chappell, our Special Advisor for Ethical Issues has been welcomed to a full board position and our youngest board member is a millennial. Overall the average age of our board has lowered dramatically and representation around the boardroom table is proportionate to membership statistics."

Fair Luxury at IJL - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain

Fair Luxury at IJL - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain Fair Luxury will once again be hosting an array of seminars at IJL, with the view to continuing the discussion about fair and ethical ways of working in the jewellery industry. IJL Seminar - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain The Hidden Cost of Jewellery – Human rights in the supply chain and how to source responsibly. Tuesday, 4th September 2018 10.00 – 10.30am with Komala Ramachandra (Human Rights Watch) Human Rights Watch highlight the human issues in the jewellery manufacturing sector, covered in detail

Exotic Persian influences for Toranj London's 2018 collections

Toranj London has launched its new limited edition fine jewellery collections for 2018 with four new hand-crafted ranges all influenced by founder Sara Peymanpour's Iranian heritage and culture. Golbarg, which means 'petal' in Iranian, uses a variety of existing motifs used in the design of Persian carpets. Many of the designs take their influence from 1001 Arabian nights stories and in common with the other ranges, use precious metals that are ethically-mined and gemstones sourced from ethical suppliers. The Toranj London Empire collection comprises items that are all one of a kind and handmade in Iran while both the Noor

Pip pip hooray for Little by Little

The humble apple pip is the focus of The Pip Collection, the new autumn range from Brighton-based ethical brand Little by Little Jewellery which was founded last year by designer Annabel Cox and Georgina Fuggle, food editor, cookery book writer and photographer. Working in conjunction with international charity Action Against Hunger, Little by Little's third collection in 12 months is once again all about food. Its first two collections the Seville and the Wedge were influenced by segments of the Andalusian Seville orange and slices of watermelon respectively and the third, inspired by the apple pip, comprises two necklaces, one

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 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. Jewellery designers will be able to view and purchase, with the complete assurance of responsible mining and production. Details on the location of each gemstone will be available to every customer. The gemstones available will include a wide range of

Natalie Perry secures La Maison Couture as new stockist

Ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with La Maison Couture, which will see the designer enter the luxury online retail sector. The e-commerce boutique will stock 12 pieces from the contemporary Fairtrade Gold Floral Fragments collection, which includes Natalie’s signature filigree ear jackets, earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Founder and curator of La Maison Couture, Tania McNab said of their partnership: “We are thrilled to launch a selection of exquisite fine jewellery pieces from award winning designer Natalie Perry, in our responsible jewellery edit at La Maison Couture. Hand made in the UK using ethically sourced 18ct Fairtrade

VIPA Designs Offers Europe's First Fairmined Eco Precious Metal

Vipa Designs Ltd, leaders in ‘Design to Delivery’ for the jewellery trade, has become the first-ever European jewellery manufacturer to offer Fairmined Eco gold.  Receiving its first consignment of the metal this month, Vipa Designs provides retailers and designers with the possibility to have bespoke designs and collections cast in this most precious of ethical metals, produced without the use of cyanide and mercury typical to the gold mining process.  Offering gold mined at the small-scale artisanal Xamodx Ngo mine in Mongolia, Vipa Designs is answering the needs of ever-more ethically conscious consumers shopping for fine and bridal jewellery. Fairmined

Call for Applications: New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition

New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition Launches Call for Entries: The   Fairtrade Gold Design Awards About the Awards Created by ethical fine jeweller Ingle & Rhode with the support of the Fairtrade Foundation, the Awards aim to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst people who are the future of the jewellery industry, whilst helping to identify and promote new up-and-coming talent. Who Can Enter? The Awards will accept entries in four categories: Students in Further Education Students studying in the UK full time on a Level 2 or 3 course related to the jewellery industry. Undergraduates Students registered on an

3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful In partnership with the University of Lincoln, The National Centre for Craft & Design presents a thought provoking exhibition exploring 3D printing technology. The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful, urated by Bryony Windsor, Head of Exhibitions for NCCD, in partnership with Professor Anne Chick for the University of Lincoln, celebrates innovation, poses ethical questions and considers the future of the manufacturing process. Works on display explore the innovative, political, social and environmental aspects of 3D printing. The show highlights that whilst the process is opening up new creative possibilities for makers, the

Selvedge Spring Fair 2017

Selvedge Spring Fair 2017 On Saturday 25 March, Selvedge will take over the Tea Room in Bath’s 18th century Assembly Rooms for its seasonal Spring Fair. Curated by the team behind renowned textile brand Selvedge, the fair will bring together some of the finest UK-based merchants and makers selling their rare fabrics and textile treasures, and will be the perfect place to find that special Mother’s Day gift. Visitors to the fair will also get the chance to make their own fabric flowers in a series of workshops inspired by Natalie of Alabama Chanin, the US-based ethical textile and slow

Stella & Dot: Covet Collection

Stella & Dot, the global social-selling accessories brand have launched the Covet Collection, a new line of fine jewellery, luxury handbags and wallets to bring together a sense of bold and passionate style this fall/winter. The Covet Collection blends timeless beauty with unmistakable quality, and understated luxury with timeless silhouettes. The necklaces feature 14k gold and hand set diamonds (ethical and conflict-free) at highly competitive price points. The chain is custom developed and produced in the U.S. and can be worn at 4 different lengths. The Covet collection is a unique selection of everyday essentials, timeless elegance designed with a

Arabel Lebrusan Launches First Fairmined Gold Collection

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

Dharma: The New Collection to Courageously Live your Calling

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

GSFA 2016 | April Doubleday | Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia

April Doubleday is an Ethical deigner/maker of Contemporary Jewellery, living on the North Coast of Devon. She uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. Her Jewellery is bold and energetic using line, form and colour where every piece is given its own sense of creation and individuality of its own.  April's vision of her company is to strive for complete transparency throughout her business. This transparency spreads from her sourcing of precious metal suppliers and gemstones to the design process with clients. April is committed to ensuring she uses suppliers that have social and

Evening Jewellery Workshop, K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

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The role Junior Jeweller Ashes With Art Worthing, West Sussex We are highly skilled and specialist company that make the very finest quality jewellery with all precious metals that include cremation ashes. Our jewellery making, attention to detail and customer service is of the very highest standard, ensuring a flawless customer experience. We are currently recruiting a Junior Jeweller. The Person We are looking for a hardworking, dynamic and qualified individual who is keen to develop their jewellery career in a busy, dynamic and friendly studio. The suitable candidate will be qualified or have relevant jewellery education/experience and be willing [youtube

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IPOL Special Issue Journal 7.1 Call for Papers: Luxury in the Age of Technology We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Special Issue In Pursuit of Luxury journal in collaboration with the Journal of Design, Business & Society, published by Intellect. Luxury, innovation and technology have always been intertwined. Whether rooted in the manufacturing techniques developed during the eighteenth century or the emergence of the kinds of digital processes that impact on design, craftsmanship and production today, this fundamental relationship persists. Technology continues to influence our lives and decision making processes, as it always has.

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects at the K2 Academy of Jewellery

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects Thursdays 9 Jan – 19 Mar 2020 Fridays 10 Jan – 20 Mar 2020 Who Is It For? This course is ideal for students who want to learn new techniques and practice their skills or for students who just want to broaden their jewellery knowledge. What Will Be Taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. The theme can be used for making a specialised piece, which can include different techniques like casting, findings and brooch backs,

Experimental Setting at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Cockpit Arts, London

Experimental Setting at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Cockpit Arts, London Tuesday 22 nd   – Friday 25 th  October 2019 A 4 Day workshop led by  Kelvin Birk and Katrin Spranger at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Experimental Setting This course will give you the possibility to explore and experiment with different setting techniques and to find new ways to use them in an unconventional way. The course will focus on different projects Trapping stones in liquid metal Using uncommon materials for jewellery making and setting Setting found objects and small valuable treasures You will be encouraged to look

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects at the K2 Academy of Jewellery

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects Thursdays 9 Jan – 19 Mar 2020 Fridays 10 Jan – 20 Mar 2020 Who Is It For? This course is ideal for students who want to learn new techniques and practice their skills or for students who just want to broaden their jewellery knowledge. What Will Be Taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. The theme can be used for making a specialised piece, which can include different techniques like casting, findings and brooch backs,

Evening Jewellery Workshop – Tuesdays @ K2 Academy of Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop – Tuesdays @ K2 Academy of Jewellery All Levels 8 week Workshop - 1 evening a week - Tuesdays 7 January - 3 March 2020 About the Course Have you ever wanted to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as

VICENZAORO 2020

VICENZAORO 2020 17 - 22 January 2020 Vicenza, Italia For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in gold and jewellery. Vicenza today is an unrivalled international hub for the sector, hosting events and offering a multitude of services that cater for every aspect of the jewellery business.  Underpinned by technical expertise and a sense of artistry that spans generations of passionate artisans. This year the Show will, in fact, be held two weeks earlier, from 7 to 11 September, to avoid overlapping with international fashion dates, thus making it easier for operators from

I'm Working On It!

Maya Selway pledges in association with Fair Luxury to work towards making a positive change within the jewellery industry and use business as a force for good in 2021. Maya Selway Fine Jewellery has taken the next steps in moving towards being a business that nurtures a more sustainable environmental and social future by pledging with Fair Luxury to create jewellery that is handcrafted using only recycled gold, diamonds and sustainably sourced pearls. The first of these pieces have been added to her timeless Held collection and can be viewed as a capsule group at Tomfoolery in Muswell Hill as

Makers' Marathon

The Makers' Marathon Fuel your creativity: a peer-led adventure for makers & artists Do you love making stuff? Does the idea of trying out new techniques fill you with glee? Do you want to cultivate your creativity in the company of other curious and crafty people? The Makers' Marathon is a multidisciplinary, peer-led  Learning Marathon  for those who itch to create. Over 6 months we’ll experiment and collaborate as we grow ourselves and our practices, together. Whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, this peer group will unlock possibilities for your craft. We’ll share techniques, swap skills and fuel each

Scott McIntyre, of Vanilla Ink, releases new stone setting manual

We love seeing those in our community flourish and share our vision of making jewellery knowlege accessible. Scott McIntyre, master goldsmith and recognised face of Vanilla Ink Studios has recently published a stone setting manual that will educate and inspire generations of jewellers to come. Scott's passion for creating beautiful jewellery is matched only by his passion for passing on his skills and expertise. Through Vanilla Ink's unique jewellery classes, as well as social media, Scott makes it his mission to inform and entertain the wonderful jewellery community. Now in the permanance of a book, Scott's mastery is enshrined.  Image

Present Makers 2019

Call for Applications: Present Makers 2019 9 November 2019 to 21 December 2019 A celebration of excellence in making from across the South West. A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2019 celebrates the talent of contemporary crafts people and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live. The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others : glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale. Looking for the ideal Christmas gift this year? Why not buy unique hand-made and locally-designed

Retail Sales Associate, Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/kHlA_zy34gE] The role Retail Sales Assistant Vashi Manchester At Vashi, we don’t just sell fine jewellery. By making it easy for everyone to create a bespoke piece, we’re on a mission to transform the entire industry. It’s an extraordinary opportunity – and we’re looking for exceptional people who find it as exciting as we do.  You'll be working within our Selfridges concession in Manchester! You'll be delivering the Vashi creation process with our customers, utilising your expertise and product knowledge to drive sales and establish strong relationships for the long-term success of the business.   Acting as a

Developing your Creative Practice

Call for Applications: Developing your Creative Practice DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. Round 9 is now open The next round of DYCP opened on 11 January 2021 and closes on 12pm (midday), 18 February 2021. About the fund Are you interested in making an application? You can plan your application at any time, take a look at our  guidance for applicants  and find out if you're ready to apply with our  short quiz . The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to

Hopper Prize

Call for Applications: The Hopper Prize Grants for Artists The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $10,000.00 USD. The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work. We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. We view the field of

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

Farnham Crafts Month

Farnham Craft Month 1 - 31 October 2019 Farnahm, Surrey Craft Month Full of Hidden Treasure Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are getting set for a month of craft festivities. Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with hundreds of opportunities to get involved with events featuring countless makers, pieces, organisations and venues, throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers. Farnham Craft Month celebrations have been growing steadily each

Unleash your Wild Side with Safari Jungle Jewellery

As we head further into the year, jewellery designers are already looking ahead to the warmer climates of Summer and the trends that will roar into the limelight and upgrade our jewellery A-game! The first trend we're shining a spotlight on? Safari-inspired wild animals.  Designers have gone wild by bringing some animal magic to our jewellery boxes with a whole host of jungle-inspired animals making their way onto many-a statement pieces. Wildlife collections have taken inspiration from the Savannah with gold snakes and gemstone encrusted crocodiles wrapping their way onto rings and earrings at Alex Monroe and Gucci while diamond-scattered

Jerwood Makers Open 2019 @ The National Centre for Craft & Design

Jerwood Makers Open 5 October 2019 – 19 January 2020 The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire Jerwood Makers Open, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity that recognises and promotes the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts. This exhibition showcases new works and installations in textiles, ceramics, wood and metal, by five contemporary artists. The artists were selected from over 300 applications in response to a national call for proposals from UK-based makers and collaborators. The award and exhibition, which will tour to venues throughout the UK, freely allows makers to develop their

News Edit: 27 September 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   ‘Making things is human instinct’: Prince Charles supports UK jewellers at Goldsmiths' Virtual Fair The Telegraph: As the Prince opens this year’s digital offering, the Head of Goldsmiths' Fair selects her top 10 highlights from the virtual show. telegraph.co.uk A Sneak Peek At The Uber-Talented British Jewellers Not To Be Missed At This Year’s Goldsmiths Fair Vogue: British Vogue’s top picks from the first digital edition of the famous fair that showcases independent designer-makers. vogue.co.uk No Piercing? No Problem. Marion Cotillard Designs A Piercing-Free Curated Ear Capsule For

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Winter Open Studios 29 November – 1 December Cockpit Arts, Holborn Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the

Alighieri's Rosh Mahtani Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at London Fashion Week

On Tuesday 18th February 2020, at London Fashion Week, Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri was presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Mahtani is recognised for the craftmanship of her jewellery which is produced in Hatton Garden, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment.  The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a

News Edit: 24 November 2019

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

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

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Winter Open Studios 6 – 8 December Cockpit Arts, Deptford Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the destination

This Fine Jewellery could Save Someone's Life

Medical ID bracelets can make all the difference when it comes to a prompt diagnosis in a medical emergency, especially where communication is comprimised. Created to quickly identify a range of conditions, such as allergies, diabetes, dimentia and many more, they are arguably the most important piece of jewellery the wearer will ever own. Jewellerybox, a London-based online company who have been making waves. Over the last year, they launched an International Women's Day collection to benefit local women's shelters and partnered with app 'reGAIN' to encourage consumers to recycle.  Their latest offering of Medical ID bracelets comes at a

HASHI: founded by Hamda Al Mansoori, Dubai

HASHI make fine jewellery  accessible to both genders and all age groups by combining passion and innovation to fine crafted jewellery.  HASHI is more than a fine jewellery brand. It values the client’s perspective of making their interests into a memorable work of art and produce a masterpiece to every man and woman who appreciates the finer things in life. They make fine jewellery  accessible to both genders and all age groups by combining passion and innovation to fine crafted jewellery.  “Designing bridge to beauty and luxury”  as their guiding principle. Founded on passion and courage HASHI was created in

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020 London Craft Week are now welcoming proposals from brands and independent makers who would like to be part of London Craft Week 2020. The festival aims to showcase the most outstanding and innovative contemporary making to visitors. The curated programme of events brings together discerning consumers with makers, designers, brands and galleries, creating a unique opportunity to build engagement and sales.   The London Craft Week Team meets every two weeks to consider initial ideas. Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed activity (including information about your venue and all collaboration partners), details

Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels

“Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels”  Uncovers India’s Historic Gem Trade 11 - 12 October 2019 Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai Led by Saffron Art, the biennial jewellery conference, ‘Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels’ will be making a comeback with a second edition in early autumn on the 11thto the 12thof October at Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel. The two-day conference  will feature a line-up of prestigious speakers such as contemporary jewellery designer Viren Bhagat, art historian and author Hugo Crespo, chief advisor to the Maharaja of Kapurthala, Cynthia Meera Frederick, and international jewellery specialists Joanna Hardy and Lisa Hubbard. Saffronart’s Mapping

Summer 2021: 1 day and 2 days Jewellery Courses

Summer 2021: 1 day and 2 days Jewellery Courses All Levels Jewellery short courses focusing on different techniques 2 - 12 August 2021 How to Make a Hinge for Jewellery 2 - 3 August 2021 | 10am - 4pm 2 days course | Intermediate and advanced On this course you will learn how to make hinges for jewellery pieces, including a cradle hinge. You might be able to finish a hinged locket or clasp, but the emphasis of this class is on the technique of making a hinge, that you can later incorporate into your designs and jewellery. You will

We like big hearts and we cannot lie

What better way is there to make a statement than with a whole load of heart? This summer we welcome the return of statement-making and colourful pieces versus the dainty and delicate trend that trumped the chic list for so long. The heart motif is an ever-popular choice; from text emoticons, clothing embellishments to tattoo design but possibly the most powerful of all is when it appears in the jewellery we wear. These days, the heart motif can represent a range of core themes from friendship and affection to deep romantic love and devotion. A significant motif in antique jewellery,

News Edit: 6 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Best Birthstone Jewelry for October Birthdays Town and Country: Opal and tourmaline give October birthstones a full rainbow of colors to choose from. townandcountrymag.com Our fashion team has fallen for Fearne Cotton’s gorgeous jewellery collaboration with notonthehighstreet Woman and Home: Fearne Cotton, presenter, designer and founder of the Happy Place Festival and podcast has collaborated with notonthehighstreet partner, Carrie Elizabeth, to create the most stunning jewellery collection. womanandhome.com Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds wallpaper.com Why vintage-style bombé rings are making a glamorous statement once again

News Edit: 31 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Jewelry crush: The 1970s sunglasses chain by Zoï Paris Vogue: Spotted at several fashion shows recently, the glasses chain is making a comeback. And that's the daring gamble this jewelry designer has taken. We're crushing on this vintage-inspired piece of jewelry for this summer. vogue.fr The Minimalist’s Guide to Elegant, Everyday Jewelry Vogue: Every wardrobe should establish a roster of minimal, everyday jewelry, whether you prefer silver, gold, or a combination of both. Finding the right pieces that feel personal can take

Hugo Madureira’s Calypso Ring

Hugo Madureira’s Calypso Ring, featured on the September issues of Vogue’s cover, is made of 18K white gold, reconstructed coral, snowflake obsidian and diamonds. Part of the Kastellorizo Collection, it draws inspiration from Ancient Greek mythology -  Calypso - the goddess-nymph of the mythical island of Ogygia, promised Odysseus eternal youth and immortality in return of love. Hugo was born in Porto in 1982. He studied product design, jewellery making and visual arts in Portugal and Finland. He moved to London in 2012 where he honed his skills in the jewellery sector, creating pieces for European jewellery brands. The launch

Reaching For Red @ Mobilia Gallery

Reaching For Red @ Mobilia Gallery Mobilia Gallery 18th May  - 21st June 2019 "Trained as a silversmith in Germany and having spent several years constructing tableware, my approach to jewelry making is informed foremost by the European tradition of applied art. I limit myself to creating jewelry that is wearable and also, to a big degree, to the materials traditionally perceived as precious. Within these limitations I am trying to develop my own language, hoping to be able to not only communicate my own sensibilities but also a sense of contemporary aesthetique." Exhibition Dates 18th May  - 21st June 2019

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

Insta hashtags prompt sales in lockdown

The artist Matthew Burrows set up an artist-led movement and network on 16th March 2020 to support artists struggling financially during Covid-19 using the social media platform Instagram – with a simple pledge. The pledge #artistsupportpledge created a much needed route to market in lockdown for artists and makers. He released a statement saying that within a month “…from making the first sales pledge I am a little awe struck yet completely delighted by the momentum and viral take up of this campaign. It is not just an important network and survival mechanism for artists: It has become a global Hear

Benchpeg Guest Judges for Vanilla Ink's Project C/O/N/N/E/C/T

Vanilla Ink, Scotland’s unique jewellery school, have been keeping jewellers sane in lockdown with a series of weekly projects. Fuelled by their commitment to staying connected and a deep passion for making, Scott and the team at Vanilla Ink have taken their skills online to help keep the jewellery community entertained and engaged. This week, Benchpeg was delighted to judge the design of the week as part of their project C/O/N/N/E/C/T. Project C/O/N/N/E/C/T sits in a trifecta of online offerings, including ‘Big Answers With Scott (BAWS)’, a weekly topic-led Q&A session with Scott himself, and ‘INKapacitated Sessions’, a weekly Facebook

Q&A: Liz Olver

Liz Olver is currently Design Director at Annoushka, based out of their flagship store and building on Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea. Previous to this, she was Designer at Links of London, both companies founded by Annoushka Ducas MBE. Liz is an author of three jewellery making titles, has worked as Product Development Manager at De Beers LV, has run her own jewellery label and was for many years a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design on the BA Hons Jewellery Design course. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art and a degree in

News Edit: 4 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery brand launches Notting Hill store as turnover grows to £10m B Daily: A London jewellery brand has announced that it is launching a new Notting Hill ‘destination store’ after reaching turnover of £10m. bdaily.co.uk Caroline Scheufele reveals why Chopard will remain family owned Prestige: She is among the most influential women in jewellery making and for as long as Caroline Scheufele remembers, she has always been enthralled by colourful gemstones and their inimitable lustre, which enable her to touch the hearts of millions. www.prestigeonline.com Curations: Lucky Spring

Hatton Garden's London Jewellery School Celebrates its Tenth Year

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

Award-winning designer of eco-friendly jewellery moves to Birmingham

Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter welcomes an award-winning designer of eco-friendly jewellery into residence.  Today Elizabeth Anne Norris of EAN Jewellery, will move into the Jewellery Quarter and join other residents in the newly converted 19th-century building, home to world-class jewellery-makers since the early 1900s.  The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest hub of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.  With a highly-regarded reputation, the Jewellery Quarter is a big tourist attraction and people can visit Elizabeth to buy her collections, as well as to attend contemporary jewellery-making workshops, or to

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’

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

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

Q&A: David Fowkes

David Fowkes has been running his own atelier, David Fowkes Jewellery, for the last 25 years. He specialises in bespoke, avant garde jewellery designs, painstakingly sourcing unique stones, cut and faceted by specialist artisan stone cutters making use of geometric lines and natural inclusions within the stones themselves. He has exhibited regularly at the Goldsmiths' Fair and is based in a Grade I listed Coach House, set in the grounds of the 18th Century Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire.  He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? DF:  David Fowkes, I spend my day playing

Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

Continuing our lockdown need for conversation, we chat to long time friend and industry colleague Maria Spanou. Maria is a jewellery industry professional who is ex Central St Martins trained, has a history in finance, project management, jewellery communications, the jewellery retail space and is also a jewellery designer who works to commission. She is an excellent networker and all round good egg. We chat about lockdown, current work coping strategies and making plans for the future… [youtube url=http://youtu.be/x8xt-sRH_oY] Author:  Published: 

GIA open up free online courses to earn GIA diploma

As the global gem and jewelry industry navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is making access to its introductory courses easier than ever before. From May 4, 2020 through June 29, 2020, the GIA Essentials online courses in diamonds, colored stones and jewelry will be available at no cost for first-time enrollments. For additional details and to apply, visit GIA.edu/elearning-offer . This limited time opportunity teaches the fundamentals needed for a profession in gems and jewelry. By completing the three GIA Essentials eLearning courses, students may earn the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP) diploma. Eligible

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,

MASieraad 2021/2

Call for Applications: MASieraad H-A 2021-2022 - Challenging Gold  Master’s degree in Visual Arts specialization, Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing and a certificate MASieraad H-A December 2021 -  Hasselt Belgium What is MASieraad MASieraad takes a broad view of jewellery. Questioning jewellery critically as art or design is essential for the future of the jewellery profession. MASieraad recognizes the making of jewellery, in its intimate, symbolic, human and material facets, as a learning model for contemporary design in a broad sense. The initiators Gijs Bakker, Ruudt Peters and Ted Noten, represent 50 years of contemporary Dutch jewellery design at its best, while

Curatorial Fellow, Crafts Council

Call for Applications: Curatorial Fellow, Crafts Council Are you our new Curatorial Fellow? The Crafts Council and Artisa Foundation are looking for a Curatorial Fellow to reveal the untold stories from our Collections. Challenging perceptions about craft and making, this ambitious fellowship is open to individuals and collectives and is the first of its kind at the Crafts Council. It will run from January to June 2020 and will be presented at our new gallery, opening in Spring 2020. Objects in the Crafts Council Collections date from 1972 to the present day and cover all craft disciplines. They represent excellence

Studio Assistant & Project Coordinator, Antony Gormley Studio

Studio Assistant & Project Coordinator, Antony Gormley Studio Kings Cross, London Antony Gormley Studio is made up of a lively and wide-ranging group of individuals with a common aim of extending the language of sculpture and making it available to a wider world. The Studio Assistant and Project Coordinator will primarily be a fabricator of artworks, while also applying this knowledge to leading the technical aspects of installations and project development. As a core member of the Studio team, you will work closely with both the internal workshop and project teams and external project partners, playing a key technical role

LIFT programme, LB Camden

Call for Applications:  LIFT programme, LB Camden Camden is working with Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets to deliver the LIFT programme, making jobs and entrepreneurship in the knowledge economy more inclusive. Applications are OPEN for the next round of the Survive and Pivot Programme! Camden has joined forces with Foundervine and OneTech to deliver the free expert-led programme, supporting businesses impacted by the pandemic The course includes  vital enterprise support and training— focusing on topics such as customer discovery, finance readiness and strategy. The business incubator will start in March, with places open to any Camden based SMEs that have

News Edit: 28 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This Sustainable Fine Jewellery Collection from Dover Street Market Is The Perfect Mix of Creativity And Innovation Vogue: There are few conversations within this industry that have become as profoundly important as that surrounding sustainability. vogue.co.uk In My Jewellery Box: Marla Aaron The Telegraph: New York-based jewellery designer Marla Aaron fell in love with jewellery as a young girl playing with her grandmother’s collection, but she never envisaged making a career out of it. telegraph.co.uk The jewellers turning their hand to home furnishings How To Spend It: Cutting-edge jewellers are

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

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

Online retailer, Jewellerybox, launch split payment method for large orders

Jewellerybox, the London based online jewellery store, have been all over our news pages recently. The company, whose mantra is to create fine jewellery at costume prices, have been making waves with their business model; which seems to be resembling popular fashion brands. Earlier in the year, we saw Jewellerybox partner with the app regain, to offer customers discounts in exchange for recycling their clothes. And last month, released an International Women’s Day collection, where purchases were matched 1 to 1 with donations to women’s shelters throughout London.  Keeping up with all the latest e-commerce trends, such as same-day delivery

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

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2019 - Deptford 18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ 21 - 23 June 2019 Cockpit Arts is open over two weekends for a midsummer celebration; visit for a glimpse behind the studio doors and a chance to buy direct from London’s best independent makers, alongside demonstrations, workshops and a secret postcard sale. Meet over 140 different craftspeople during the two weekend openings at Cockpit Arts’ studios; located in Holborn, at the heart of Bloomsbury and in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford. Open Studios is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations   6 November 2019 The Goldsmiths' Centre, London Broadening your circle of contacts and networking is crucial to developing your profile and practice, but it can be a daunting process. Start today and join us as we bring together practitioners from across the industry, including blacksmiths and silversmiths, to launch Birmingham City University’s new e-book Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. The evening will feature introductions to the topic by industry professionals, Rebecca de Quin and Lucy Quinnell, helping you to understand how they pushed beyond their comfort zone and forged their

News Edit: 7 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Most Exquisite Jewellery To See At Masterpiece London 2019 Is jewellery an ornament or an art form? www.vogue.co.uk The most spectacular High Jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Week www.telegraph.co.uk Gucci's Next Target: Place Vendôme BoF: Major fashion brands see growing opportunity in the high-stakes business of haute joaillerie. www.businessoffashion.com High jewellery is being embraced as an art form worthy of public adoration - and it's about time The Telegraph: It’s not just me; jewellery is making headlines more and more these days. www.telegraph.co.uk Dior celebrates 20 years of fine

Welcome to The Spring Garden Party

What would Spring be without the excitement of fresh blooms and buds poking their heads through making our weekend walks vibrant and pretty? Well, it looks like this season, designers are taking the excitement of nature and putting it right at the very heart of their runway designs. Flowers of all shapes, sizes, colours and textures were in abundance across the runways, adorning the models like draped vines of wild garden bundles. From small, delicate and dainty blossom to bold and dramatic oversized fauna, there's a take on this spring garden trend to meet the style and personality of everyone.

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

Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery for Disney & Tim Burton’s Dumbo film

British fine jewellery designer, Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery designs for Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo film. The beautifully handcrafted pieces are a key pendant necklace worn by Nico Parker’s character Milly Farrier and a face fob and handmade chain worn by Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici. To celebrate the release of Dumbo, Stephen Einhorn have made a short film about the making-of the designs, as well as the stories behind some of the pieces they have created for other Hollywood blockbusters, including Snow White & The Huntsman, Dark Shadows, Maleficent and Cinderella. Show-stopping jewellery worn by Johnny Depp, Charlize [youtube

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares at the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares with Pierce Healy A 4 Day Workshop led by Pierce Healy at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London 11–14 April 2019 Engrave Your Dreams And Nightmares Storytelling And Texturing Through Engraving Ever since mankind crawled from the swamp to stand upright he/she has been mark making, scratching and scaring the earths crust or own skin whether marking territory, adorning, or storytelling. Do you want to become part of this continuum, and become a link in this chain of curious storytelling mark makers? The aims of the course is not only to develop a basic understanding of

JeDeCo Membership

Call for Applications: JeDeCo Membership Interested in having your own jewellery showroom space?  JeDeCo is a working collective of jewellery designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds. We have professional expertise in sales, communications / marketing / PR, business admin and accounts and of course jewellery design, making, pricing, wholesaling and retailing.  Our gallery at the OXO Tower of London's Southbank is entirely run by its members and gives each of us a unique retail experience: improving sales techniques, planning displays, managing evens and promotions, as well as finances and suppliers. Importantly, we each have a permanent exhibition space

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

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

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

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 5 Wednesdays : Wednesdays 31 October 2018 - 5 December 2018 6.00pm – 9.00pm  About the Course Did you ever want to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as stone

Call for Applications Desire 2018

Call for Applications: Desire 2018 Craft in Focus are inviting applications for their 2018 Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fairs. Applications are invited from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media.  Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so early application is advised. London The fair has previously been located at Richmond upon Thames and Chelsea, and is being staged in Kensington for 2018 whilst Chelsea Old Town Hall undergoes refurbishment. Winchester Guildhall, which is situated at the end of the High Street, making the venue very accessible. This period building is both well known and easily reached from

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

Domino Debuts At Dublin Jewellery Show

Domino Jewellery will be adding a new exhibition to its 2018 calendar, with the team making their debut at Jewellery Ireland on 19th - 20th August 2018, exhibiting in the Fine Jewellery category. Jewellery Ireland, which takes place at the CityWest Event Centre in Saggart, Dublin, is in its 3rd year. The show aims to bring together leading industry brands in a discreet and friendly environment, timed strategically to assist buyers with crucial pre-Christmas planning and purchases. Domino will be taking all of their 2018 collections to the show, including the recently-launched, extended Diamond Ring Mounts range, along with the

Cooksongold Mark 100th Year Anniversary with New Store Opening

Cooksongold, the UK’s largest jewellery making supplier, is celebrating 100 years of being at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The old shop layout In 1918 Cooksongold, established a manufacturing site and sales office on Vittoria Street, to serve both jewellery manufacturers and industrial users in the Midlands area. The business grew considerably in the early years constantly expanding its range of products and production facilities, and as a result bought the premises next door for use as production areas, stock holdings and a store. Following a series of further acquisitions the business has expanded further to form the Cooksongold

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

Garnet for Those January Birth Babies

With the start of a new year and a new month puts one of the most beautiful birthstones in the gemstone limelight. For those of you who are lucky enough to be born in the month of January, you are gifted with the kaleidoscopic birthstone of garnet.  Garnet is a term used to describe a group of closely related silicate minerals which together produce a painter's palette variety of colour. Even today, garnet remains to be the one mineral that displays the largest variety of colour, making it a popular choice across the jewellery industry. 'Garnet' comes from the Middle

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

Festival of Crafts 2017

Festival of Crafts 2017 Festival of Crafts is returning for its 21st year at the Farnham Maltings, making it our longest-running craft festival. It marks the end of Farnham Craft Month (a celebration of contemporary craft in Farnham throughout October). Throughout the historic Maltings buildings festival of crafts  will be celebrating contemporary crafts with over 70 leading makers, from Surrey and Hampshire and across the UK, selling their highly-skilled and unique handcrafted work. We have emerging and established makers specializing in a wide variety of crafts from textiles, glass-work, leather, ceramics, jewellery to furniture design and more will be gathering

Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci

K Presents: Jewellery - Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci At K Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London 27 February 2019  |  18:00 - 20:00 Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives What is the purpose of jewellery? How does jewellery function in culture? This lecture/presentation explores the reasons for making decorative artifacts. It explains how it operates in the world of symbolic communication showing how jewellery has a fundamental role to play in culture and society. Anthropologist Max Carocci will discuss jewellery from an anthropological viewpoints through lavish images of jewellery and decoration form around the world.  British Museum-based anthropologists Max Carocci has been

Intermediate & Advanced Workshop Projects at K2 Academy

Intermediate & Advanced Workshop Projects at K2 Academy 10 Week Course - Fridays 20 April 2018 - 6 July 2018 What will be taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. This term we concentrate on casting with an overall theme of 'Food glorious food' and we will start off with an inspirational research into food in the widest sense. From the food itself, to food packaging, cooking utensils etc.  This theme can then used for making a specialised piece, which can include different

Varoshe to open showroom in Kent - from handcuffs to handmade!

The handcuffs are off at a former police office in West Malling in Kent as bespoke jewellers Varoshe prepare for the grand opening of their flagship store following more than a year of restoration and restyling. Award-wining team Paul T Owens and Clare Carlson, who between them have 50 years experience of designing and making jewellery, will roll out their brand new showroom on April 21st with their own custom made designs proudly exhibited and their on site workshop ready for new commissions. They will also stock items from various designers, both established and emerging, showcasing the best in British

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

Goldsmiths' Company Apprentice, Sam McMahon, to Compete in Worldskills Finals in Russia

Last Friday 8 March, set against a backdrop of luxury cars, three Goldsmiths’ company apprentices battled it out for a spot on the UK team at the Worldskills Finals in Kazan, Russia this Summer.  Apprentices, Sam McMahon from Mappin & Webb , George Schembri from B&M Bijoux and Robert Dean from The House of Garrard, spent three days in Nottingham demonstrating their exceptional technical skills in jewellery making. Set to the task of creating an Aston Martin badge to a specific design, testing their accuracy, time management and problem-solving skills. Sam McMahon proved his mettle against his fellow competitors taking

New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers

Call for Aplications: New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers Twenty Twenty, the production company and producer of Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir’ TV series is looking for talented jewellery makers for a new exciting development for the BBC. The idea, called ‘ All That Glitters... ’ (working title) is currently being developed for BBC Two, and would be a contest based series around jewellery making.  Whether you are a small scale, independent artisan jewellery maker or hobbyist ready to turn your passion into a business, we want to hear from you. Those taking part are likely to be contemporary, traditional and bespoke

Summer Open Studio Event with Melissa Hunt Jewellery

Summer Open Studio Event with Melissa Hunt Jewellery Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire The workshop will be open on Friday 1st June between 4pm and 8pm, Saturday 2nd June from 12pm - 6pm and then until Sunday 17th June by appointment.  There will be jewellery making demonstrations, course information and pieces for sale. Guest exhibitors The Banshee Jewellery Group will also be showing their work with me for the first time. Other Nearby Attractions The nearby  Smithy Studio  will be selling beautiful gifts and homewares, and  Aardvark Books  will be launching their Out of the Hills Exhibition Marches Art 2018, a new event showcasing

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

MADE LONDON - Marylebone 2019

Call for Applications: Made London 2019 Made London - Marylebone has established itself as the must visit fair for those interested in buying contemporary craft and design. Visitors love the stunning building and the extent and variety of exhibitors, many making a real day of it. Many return on multiple days.  Venue MADE LONDON will return to One Marylebone; a beautiful converted Sir John Soane Church in central London. One Marylebone is situated directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station and just a 5-minute walk from Regents Park tube station. We will be using the 2 main spaces - the light

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

Craft at Top Drawer 2019

Call for Applications: Craft at Top Drawer 13 - 15 January 2019 Now celebrating 6 years supporting the finest makers, Craft at Top Drawer is making their final for call for Limited Stand Availability at the latest edition of the Spring show taking place 13-15 January 2019. Now firmly established in the international calendar, Craft at Top Drawer has connected hundreds of makers with thousands of retailers. Don't miss the chance to connect with a community of fellow contemporary creator-makers, have your work seen by an influential audience of over 15,000 independent shops, department stores ,galleries and museums, including the likes of

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

Appointment: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

Appointments: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers

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

Benchpeg Offer: Sold Out Tickets Available

This week, we are delighted to announce that Benchpeg are the official Media Partners for Make Your Mark 2019. With over 600 students and graduates already booked to attend, it looks set to be a fantastic event. Benchpeg has supported the jewellery industry for over 10 years now and in particular, those making their first steps into the industry. We have done this through our weekly newsletter, careers advice, jobs boards, funding opportunities to mention just a few and we love promoting beautiful work. Benchpeg at Make your Mark At this year’s Make Your Mark, Benchpeg will be on hand

The Hand Engravers Association Celebrates 10 Years

The Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain celebrated its 10th anniversary with a VIP tour of the Clockmakers’ Museum in September. Sir George White Bt FSA, Keeper of the Collection, treated members to a fascinating tour, packed with wonderful insights and anecdotes on London’s clock making trade from 1600 to the present day. Highlights included John Harrison’s marine chronometer and a four-month duration longcase clock by the father of English watchmaking, Thomas Tompion.  Historically, the clockmaking and hand engraving trades have always been intrinsically linked, with clockmakers and engravers working alongside each other, often in the same studio. Many of

*Final Call* Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market 2018

*Final Call* Call for Applications: Gifted 18 Contemporary Christmas Market Stallholders The National Centre for Craft & Design Come and be part of our special Contemporary Christmas Market weekend on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December. NCCD invites you to apply to take part in Gifted and welcomes applications from designer/makers of all disciplines of high quality British contemporary craft and design, and makers and suppliers of high quality specialist local food produce. The makers and food producers of Gifted are the reason our much loved event has grown over the years.  This year we are making a number of

Appointment: Cockpit Arts appoints Annie Warburton as new CEO

Cockpit Arts had announced the appointment of Annie Warburton as its new CEO.  After five years as Creative Director of the Crafts Council, Annie will join Cockpit in November. “Home to some of the foremost makers and designers in the country, Cockpit Arts is a beacon for making at the heart of the capital. I am thrilled to be joining this award-winning social enterprise with its admirable track record of social impact and business success. With craft in the ascendant but pressures on creative businesses intensifying, its mission has never been more vital. I look forward to working with the

The Festival of Crafts 2018

The Festival of Crafts 2018 The Festival of Crafts will return on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2018. Exhibitor applications are now open. The Festival of Crafts is an annual two day craft event held at Farnham Maltings. Now in its 22nd year, the festival is well established in the craft calendar and features a curated selection of makers from across the UK. The work shown is across all media, including but not limited to, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print. The festival champions great design and the process of making, both traditional and modern

Cheaper and cleaner - the way forward for diamonds?

It takes between one and three billion years of intense heat and pressure to make a pure diamond....unless you believe the boffins at Cardiff University who reckon they can make a diamond in a few days. In a laboratory. And no one, they say, can tell the difference. For a while now, more and more companies have been growing their own diamonds, selling them at around 15-20% less than natural gems.  Making them in a laboratory leaves no carbon footprint and the end result is identical as far as the naked eye is concerned, or so they say, with only

Artistar Jewels celebrates its sixth successful year and announces prize-winners

The sixth edition of Artistar Jewels has celebrated another successful year as the destination for the contemporary jewel from all corners of the globe. The event has grown to become a key event in the Italian fashion calendar.  Not just a showcase, but a genuine tool to champion, promote and grow jewellery businesses through tangible strategies, such as its book and e-book, commercial website and press office support for all exhibitors, it is serious about making a difference within the industry.  Over five-hundred jewels from around the world were on display, most of which were created specifically for the event. 

New collaboration to preserve high end silversmithing skills

Endangered silversmith skills may have a brighter, stronger future after Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Goldsmiths’ Centre joined forces to create a programme to promote the sharing of more traditional skills that are fast fading in in modern day manufacturing.   First training collaboration for Goldsmith's Centre aimed at protecting silversmith The idea behind the collaboration is to preserve the more complex skills such as box making, raising, forging, chasing and hand engraving and according to Rauni Higson, who heads up the CBS Skills Training Programme subcommittee, the programme was 'developed by silversmiths for silversmiths.' “The CBS Skills Training Programme

Munich Jewellery Week 2019

From 11 until 17 March 2019, Munich Jewellery Week will showcase avant-garde contemporary jewellery by established and up-and-coming designers from all over the world. This yearly gathering is by far the most significant event on contemporary jewellery’s calendar; it’s a unique phenomenon, which plays a pace making role in the contemporary jewellery field. Hundreds of makers, students, educators and collectors come from all over the world to be inspired by this diverse programme that ranges from artist-run exhibitions, book launches and lectures to performances, mobile presentations and parties. We highlight some of the most interesting exhibitions in the very packed

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Ardent 2017

Ardent Jewellery Selling Exhibition From the wonder of the earth and sky to the ravages of fire and war, Ardent is an exhibition of handmade jewellery fuelled by the passions of its creators. Ardent is presented by five recent graduates from Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery. Driven by their love of designing and making jewellery with a message, since completing their course and exhibiting at New Designers, their work has been exhibited at Craft Central, Made London, Artistar Jewels in Milan and Joya Madrid and has attracted critical attention from Oh Comely magazine to The Times. Unique and dramatic, their

Take a tour of London Craft Week 2018

Jewellery is expected to play a major part in drawing in the crowds at the upcoming London Craft Week which starts on Wednesday May 9th amid what is regarded as a golden age of creative talent in Britain. The week-long event promises endless opportunities to network and share innovative ideas for anyone involved in designing, making or simply buying and wearing contemporary British jewellery. Throughout the five days, events will be hosted across a series of iconic venues across London by some of industry's most revered brands, including the Goldsmith Company which has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason to

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Sheffield & Manchester GNCCF Manchester 10 - 13 October 2019 GNCCF Sheffield 12 - 14 July 2019 Applications are invited from artists and designer-makers working in jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, metal, fashion, print-making, lighting and more. How to Apply You need to complete the application form in full to be considered for GNCCF Sheffield taking place 12-14 July at the Millennium Gallery and/or GNCCF Manchester taking place 10-13 October 2019 at Upper Campfield Market Please consult the stand package costs & application guidelines here to help you complete this form.

Acts of Resistance by Marianne Forrest

Acts of Resistance by Marianne Forrest The Vittoria Street Gallery is delighted to host Acts of Resistance a solo exhibition by Marianne Forrest, watchmaker and creator of sculptural timepieces for urban spaces. As the seasons changes and the clocks turn back for the autumn equinox this timely exhibition showcases Marianne’s lifelong obsession with time. During her career as a master silversmith she has not only made machines and timepieces to tell the time but has also examined the idea of time through processes used in drawing and making. Timepieces on display will include watches that wear away with time, pocket

Celebrating Sarah Letts

Celebrating Sarah Letts Sarah Letts: 1936 – 2017 A unique opportunity to view the drawings, paintings and jewellery created by Sarah Letts in her lifetime. Curated with her family, Studio Fusion is proud to present this work in the gallery where Sarah was co-founder and co-director for over 20 years. Sarah Letts originally trained as a fine artist before she started to focus on making one-off pieces of jewellery. All her metalwork had its own distinct identity, with her signature striated engraving bringing depth and luminosity to the enamel. Inspired by her garden, the land and seascapes of north Scotland,

Evgeniia Balashova to Showcase Collection of Unique 3D Printed Jewellery at Sieraad Art Fair

Contemporary jewellery designer and maker Evgeniia Balashova will present a collection of striking 3d printed and precious metal jewellery during the 17th edition of Sieraad Art Fair, taking place in Amsterdam 8-11 November. Evgeniia’s intriguing designs combine 3D printing technology and traditional jewellery techniques as a means of exploring the theme of balance between chaos and order.  Evgeniia’s works have previously been exhibited in the UK and internationally and this year will be shown at Sieraad Art Fair for the first time. Her innovative approach to making pushes the possibilities of 3d printed nylon - each piece is a careful

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

Dazzling debut for Leopard Awards

A new campaign aimed at preserving British jewellery making traditions and nurturing new talent got off to a glittering start this week with the launch of the Leopard Awards, organised in conjunction with the Princes Trust, at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London. The guest list was packed with London's most sparkling celebrities, four of whom were lucky enough to leave with a cut diamond after sponsors De Beers donated four cushion cut diamonds from their Forevermark Black Label Collection. The prizes were awarded to the guests who were fortunate to find a gold star in the chocolate log desserts! Among

Festival of Crafts 2018

Festival of Crafts 2018 [youtube url=http://youtu.be/bDR5qDfLMfI] Farnham Maltings’ longest running craft event, festival of crafts, is back in October, with more makers showcasing their craft than ever before.  The annual two-day show confirms that the appetite for handmade, contemporary craft continues to grow. Now in its 22nd year, festival of crafts has long been established as one of Britain’s leading independent craft events and will welcome over 2,000 craft and making enthusiasts through the doors over the weekend.  Throughout the historic Maltings buildings, a curated range of over 80 emerging talents and established makers from Surrey, Hampshire and

Fringe with Benefits

As the sun slowly begins to grace us with glorious but brief glimpses of pimms-soaked summer days, the month of hay fever and allergies strike in full force. We've been bitten by the bug that's been making its rounds round the fashion houses and we're in dangerous territory of causing a major fringe movement on a global scale. Welcome to the new S/S 2018 trend of flamboyant fringing!  Throwing it back to the glory days of flapper finesse, modern-day fine jewellery has transformed itself from low-key minimalism to XL swinging tassels of personality and style.   With collections bursting with

Iconic Frida Kahlo collection goes on show at V & A

The much anticipated 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up' exhibition, including her prized jewellery collection, opens at the V&A Museum in London on Saturday showcasing more than 200 items from her house in Mexico City, none of which have ever been seen outside the iconic artist's native country. It promises to be an illuminating collection of personal artefacts, from her brightly coloured rebozo shawls to her signature dangly earrings plus a selection of books, portraits and photographs, epitomising her unique and powerful style against a backdrop of a troubled life. Her jewellery collection comprises a range of pieces handcrafted by

Evening Jewellery Workshop (Wednesdays) at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop (Wednesdays) at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 6 weeks – 23 Jan - 6 Mar 2019 (no class on the 20th Feb) 6.00pm – 9.00pm Did you ever want to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

Experimental Setting IV at K2 Academy of Jewellery

Experimental Setting 4 Day Course 11 - 14 April 2018  What will be taught? This course will give you the possibility to explore and experiment with different setting techniques and to find new ways to use them in an unconventional way. The course will focus on different projects Trapping stones in liquid metal Using uncommon materials for jewellery making and setting Setting found objects and small valuable treasures You will be encouraged to look for a various ways of how to set stones and objects and explore the possibilities of embracing them in alternative ways and methods. The creative journey

Call for Applications Emerging Designer-Maker Pavilion Living Crafts 2018

Call for Applications: Living Crafts 2018 Applications are now open for Living Crafts 2018 at Hatfield House 10 - 13 May 2018 Living Crafts brings beautifully crafted designs chosen for their high quality and innovation. More than just a craft show, this is creative day out for all the family with hundreds of designer-makers, masterclasses, workshops and spectacular craft demonstrations. The event takes place in matted pavilions on the Queen Elizabeth Oak Showground, in the magnificent parkland at Hatfield House and admission includes entry to the West Gardens. Featuring the best of contemporary and traditional craft from jewellery-making, ceramics, studio

Jewellery Jobs, Retail Jobs, Design Jobs, Sales Jobs, Marketing Jobs & Internships

Jewellery Jobs, Careers and Recruitment Benchpeg offers the best range of jewellery jobs in the jewellery industry for your career. Find and apply for the latest jewellery jobs and careers on benchpeg.com Benchpeg’s jewellery recruitment listings cover all areas of jobs in the jewellery trade and jewellery making jobs to make it the No. 1 resource for jewellery jobs in the UK.  About benchpeg.com/jobs The jewellery jobs listed on benchpeg.com/jobs provide opportunities for career moves in all types of jobs in the jewellery industry. From creative and jewelery design roles, to craft and jewellery manufacturing jobs, to head office, management

JeDeCo Associate Membership

Call for Applications - JeDeCo Associate Membership JeDeCo is a working collective of jewellery designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds. We have professional expertise in sales, communications / marketing / PR, business admin, accounts and of course jewellery design, making, pricing, wholesaling, and retailing. Our gallery at the OXO Tower on London’s Southbank is entirely run by its full members.  We’ve had a great 5 years and are now looking to add new talent to our group. We currently have ongoing vacancies for designers to join us as associate members. About Associate Membership Associate Membership suits those designers unable to

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Let us help you solve your technical and design problems 1 or 2 Day Course - Saturdays 10 and/or 17 Mar 2018 What will be taught? As a maker we all face challenges from time to time: We get stuck with our technical skills, progress or design development and wish we had someone to talk to and discuss it with! On this course you will have the possibility to get advise on the practical and design problems you come across when making jewellery. It will focus on your specific project, your work in

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior This May, the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San

Hockley Mint reveals finalists of anniversary design competition

Birmingham based jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has revealed the finalists in its 25th anniversary design competition, with six designers making the shortlist.  The finalists are Anna Carter, Yasmin Everley, Roxanne Gilbert, Angela Gillies, Yvonne Knights and Jessica Mead, who were all applauded by the judges for their creativity and vision. Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint, said: “ We were overwhelmed by the high quality of entries we received and I was particularly impressed by how inventively the concept of our anniversary was incorporated into the shortlisted designs. I am really looking forward to revealing the winner – and

The Unspoken Beauty of Moissanite

Moissanite   (/ˈmɔɪsənaɪt/) So what exactly is moissanite; the ugly step-sister of the cinderella gem world? Think again! Incredibly rare and precious, moissanite is a beautifully natural gemstone born from a meteorite star that fell to Earth in 1893. Originally thought to be the discovery of Diamond by French scientist Henri Moissan, it was soon revealed to be a crystal gemstone with very similar properties to Diamond but that was composed of silicon carbide. Due to the natural composition of Moissanite, it has become a very scarce mineral worldwide making moissainte as we see it today almost entirely laboratory-grown. Through

A Fab Boost For Megan Collins and Her 'Succulent' Collection

When Megan Collins arrived in London from South Africa in 2012, she wasn't sure what path her career would take but she knew she had an opportunity to try something new. She enrolled on a week-long course at Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery and "totally loved it". So much so that she embarked upon the year-long diploma course and soon found herself making jewellery that spoke to her South African roots, based on the shapes of native succulent plants. Since completing the course in 2014, her creative career has been constantly evolving. Along with teaching Art and Design four days

Date Night Jewels

When it comes to date night impressions it seems that our mothers were onto something all along; less is most certainly more. Taking the bold and brash road of ego-driven bravado and attention-grabbing pomposity is a dating game faux-pas. Distracting, flashy and pretentious demeanour is a red flag marker for one thirsty flirt pursuit and all you'll be left with is a one way ticket to killing a good vibe. Subtle sophistication is the golden key to making a night of romance truly remarkable; not only in our words and actions but also for our embellished adornments. A memorable night

Make Your Futures - Makers Call

Call for Makers: Make Your Future The Crafts Council is looking for craft makers to plan and deliver workshops for our flagship craft education programme,  Make Your Future . Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that connects traditional craft with digital technologies. The project brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and shine a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge between science, technology, and creative subjects.  In the project's first year: Birmingham schools have worked with Birmingham City University's World Class School of Jewellery to explore techniques

Spring Fair 2017, NEC Birmingham

Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors through the doors of Birmingham NEC, over the course of 5 days. Connecting people and products for 40 years, Spring Fair attracts a purchase power of £2.4 billion, making it a must-do for over 2,500 exhibitors with must-have items and a must-see for buyers across independents, multiples, e-Commerce and more. Officially opened by the Queen at the NEC in 1976, Spring Fair has a history of high standards. Dates : 5 - 9 February 2017 Open: Sun 5 February  - 9:00 - 18:00

Call for Applications: Real To Reel - The Craft Film Festival May 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, giving a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process in the broadest sense. It will take place on the evenings of 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2017 at Picturehouse Central, London. We are interested in all genres: documentaries, story-led films and animation that capture skill in action, unveil hidden processes and invite us to look again at materials and those who shape them. We are eager

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

Job Market Change: Apprenticeships are the new Educational Future

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

Experimental Setting III

Experimental Setting III A four-day workshop with Kelvin Birk and Katrin Spranger Monday 4th – Thursday 7th September 2017 at Cockpit Arts This course will give you the possibility to explore and experiment with different setting techniques and to find new ways to use them in an unconventional way. The course will focus on different projects Trapping stones in liquid metal Using uncommon materials for jewellery making and setting Setting found objects and small valuable treasures You will be encouraged to look for a various ways of how to set stones and objects and explore the possibilities of embracing them

Consultancy Engagement, Cockpit Arts

The London Creative Network Programme is an ERDF funded initiative, run by Cockpit Arts, SPACE, Photofusion and Four Corners, with the goal to small creative businesses in the digital image, design, designer making and visual arts sectors to grow. The London Creative Network Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help craft makers to enhance their ability to advance their business – whether through new products and services, or new ways of doing things, or both. This includes support to: · Introduce new-to-the practice product ranges or services, or develop a new unique body of work

Craft Central moves to The Forge, Isle of Dogs

Craft Central have announced that they have taken a twenty-year lease on The Forge,  Westferry  Road, Isle of Dogs, bringing back design and making to this area of traditional industry after  leases on the  Clerkenwell  buildings come to an end. Since 1980 Craft Central have been supporting craftsmanship and craftspeople from two Victorian buildings in  Clerkenwell , a traditional centre for craft. With the leases on the  Clerkenwell  buildings coming to an end, finding other premises has been a priority for the charity which sees them set to move in late August this year. The Forge, grade 2 listed, was

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

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

Swift Action at Gallery Beyond Open Studios

For this year’s North Yorkshire Open Studios, Gallery Beyond in the village of  Nunnington  near Helmsley in North Yorkshire is hosting naturalist and artist Jonathan  Pomroy , artisan jeweller Louise Dwyer and artist blacksmith Matthew Dwyer.  Three artists will come together to celebrate the beautiful swift bird in an exhibition of painting, drawing, jewellery making and blacksmithing. Jonathan  Pomroy  explains:  " By the time North Yorkshire Open Studios is in full swing, Swifts will have arrived in good numbers in  Nunnington  and other local villages. Matthew, Louise and I decided it would be interesting to produce work based on the

Benchpeg Awards Judges 2016

Benchpeg is extremely excited to reveal the Judges for the Benchpeg Awards 2016. Each Judge is an expert in their field, which range from fashion markets, art jewellery, commerciality, manufacture, the craft, image making, design, creativity and innovation. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Kate Baxter - The Cut London Kate Baxter is a jewellery designer and founder of fine jewellery blog & consultancy The Cut London. With over 10 years’ experience working within the jewellery industry; as a designer for global brands and as a freelance creative, Kate brought her unique sense of innovation and intuition to launch

Drop It Down Low & Swing Into Spring

The impending dreary days of January blues is like the meddling evil step-sister intent on making your life a colourless two-tone existence. A new year marks an exciting period for the world of Jewellery as designers set their sights on the anticipated sunshine showers of limitless summer fun and get to work of capturing such mischief in their spring/summer capsule collections! So with 2016 being a year of inexplicable outcomes, shocking disasters and a general rocky year many willed to end, here at Benchpeg we've decided to gather up our 90s throwback chokers that bombarded our 2016 wardrobes and tie

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The GNCCF celebrates its 10th anniversary from 12 - 15 October 2017. Applications are now open for this leading award-winning show in the North from UK and international designer-makers working across all craft disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion design, textiles, leather, metal, mixed media, print-making, furniture, wood and sculpture etc. 150 exhibitors will be selected by an independent panel of craft experts. Subsidised stands for new makers in business less than 3 years and shared stands available. How to Apply Apply on line at www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

New Designers 2017 Events Programme Announced

An opening speech by  British ceramicist   Keith  Brymer  Jones and  Design   Reels ,  the  new digital catwalk and screening area are just two of the event highlights at New Designers, the UK’s leading exhibition for emerging design, announced today. The inspiring programme of public talks, tours and awards has been revealed as over 3,000 graduates and 80 emerging designers finalise their presentations for the show – sharing their making processes, inspiration and a glimpse of their final pieces on social media with the hashtag  # comingtoND .     A leading figure from the world of design will

Folli Follie Partner with Photoslurp

Leading visual commerce and marketing platform Photoslurp has announced a partnership with the FF Group to improve their customers’ online shopping experience. The partnership gives flagship jewellery and accessory brands Links of London and Folli Follie the ability to gather user-generated content, such as hash-tagged photos, improving the path to purchase for customers by making them ‘shoppable’. “Social proof has always played an important role in building trust with customers ever more so in today’s digital world. With brand presence growing rapidly on social networks like Instagram, Photoslurp will ensure we are maximising both our engagement levels and our visual

Fera Jewellery Launches Animii Collection

Jo Gordon, the designer maker behind FERA Jewellery has announced the official launch of her formal debut collection for the brand she first c reated in 2014. Jo graduated from the prestigious School of Jewellery in 2014 where she first be gan to make and sell her jewellery  whilst studying traditional jewellery making techniq ues , winning  numerous industry awards for her designs .  Jo is a nomadic  and inquisitive  soul and  spends much of her time travelling the globe, searching for adventure and inspiration.  Currently living the island life in Bali, she can otherwise been found sourcing precious stones

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Old Granada Studios, Manchester

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

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion 2017

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior In May the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and

Millennials embrace the signet ring

The signet ring is back. But move over the traditional buyers and enter the  Millennials ; especially Millennial women who, according to the Birmingham manufacturer Domino, are currently embracing this age-old staple of the jewellery industry and making it very much their own.  B oth m en and women in their 20s and 30s are discovering and reinventing these rings.    Domino’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Chantelle Serrell-Cooke, believes that younger buyers appreciate the real opportunities that signet rings offer for personalisation, which is a key trend coming through across the market.  “This digital generation loves having the chance to make its

Trend Watch: There's No Mellow In Yellow

Hailed as the colour showstopper with enviable transseasonal wearability, canary yellow is making a bold entrance into our accessories wardrobes like Big bird at a politicians debate. The retail industry has followed one rule and one rule only, the brighter the better! Luminous yellow is the go-to colour refresh of the Summer that'll guarantee to spice up any look with an injection of sunshine soul. Ranging from golden sunset golds, silky primrose undertones to bold and striking pops of paintbox hues, this fashion colour of the season will be splattered amongst your head-turning wardrobes. Network this essential " en-vogue "

Allum & Sidaway Open New Flagship Store in Salisbury

Allum & Sidaway have launched the opening of their new flagship store in Salisbury this week, making a grade II listed building in the heart of the city, their new home. Having been in Salisbury for over 40 years, Allum & Sidaway invested in a notable grade II listed period building, creating two luxurious floors showcasing fine jewellery, a brand boutique, bridal lounge, watch gallery & prosecco bar. Expanding their brand offering, new collections include Doves, Alex Monroe, Swarovski & Chlobo along with watches from Elliot Brown, Ball, Frederique Constant & Seiko. The stylish shop fit draws inspiration from the

Gem-A Announce New Platinum Sponsors of 2016 Conference

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

Call for Applications

JeDeCo is a working collective of jewellery designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds. We have professional expertise in sales, communications / marketing / PR, business admin, accounts and of course jewellery design, making, pricing, wholesaling, and retailing. Our gallery at the OXO Tower on London’s Southbank is entirely run by its members and gives each of us a unique retail experience: improving our sales technique, planning displays, managing events and promotions, as well as finances and suppliers. Importantly we each have a permanent exhibition space for our work and we control the environment in which our jewellery is

Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery @ Flux Jewellery School

Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery @ Flux Jewellery School This weekend course introduces numerous home- studio casting techniques for jewellery and other small accessories. What will I learn? With focus firmly on the experimental, this is an exciting opportunity to try out a variety of approaches to casting and mould making. The aim is to equip you with techniques you can carry on exploring in your in the home studio.. When casting your outcome is determined by the type of mould you made. We present you with a comprehensive overview of the various techniques used in casting, both for studio and commercial use. We

Welcome To The Dark Side Of The Jewellery World

With fingers hot on the unpredictable fashion pulse and the 90s revival unfurling from the style graves of the past, dramatic sensualism and extravagant grandeur have been creeping out from the deep, dark underworld ready to make a killer appearance on the fall fashion roller coaster. There's no doubt that making a boldly bodacious entrance this season is the crucial fashion nod of enviable approval with seductive demonic designs swathing the catwalks in gloomy glory! A tricky trend to keep romantic and mysterious without finding yourself as an extra member of the Adam's family who face planted the dressing up

Call for Freelancer and Self-Employed Participation, Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation has launched a survey to examine the vital role sole traders and freelancers play in the UK’s creative industries, as part of intensive work on the Government's forthcoming industrial strategy. As you will know, sole-traders and freelance workers account for a huge proportion of the creative workforce, but the nature of their employment means they are routinely overlooked or misunderstood in policy-making. The Crafts Council is a member of the Federation and the survey will help both the Crafts Council and the Federation gather valuable information about self-employed creatives, investigating their working practices and how Government

Cooksongold Wins at the Birmingham Post Business Awards

Cooksongold, the UK largest jewellery making supplier and supplier of precious metals, picked up the award for Excellence in Science and Technology at the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2016 for its Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing technology. The awards, which aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies within Birmingham, took place at the ICC Birmingham. The award is a recognition of Cooksongolds pioneering work to drive the jewellery industry forward. Discussing the award win, Richard Oldroyd, Managing Director, said: “The Cooksongold team have worked extremely hard to bring the Precious M 080 technology to

Celebrating Eighty: Art In The Hand

This March the exhibition Celebrating Eighty: Art in the Hand at the Goldsmiths’ Centre unites eighty contemporary art medals by students from more than a dozen UK art colleges with work by renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, writer and designer Parviz Tanavoli and his former students in celebration of his 80th Birthday. All exhibitors have been invited to participate in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project. A surprising and challenging medium for artists and viewers alike, the modern art medal has its roots in the Renaissance tradition of making medals as hand-sized works of art. Each year over

Makers and Brewers Fair 2017

Call for Applications: Makers at White Mill Rural Heritage Centre Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair 2017 Following on from the first successful Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair 2015, we’re back with a weekend celebrating the White Mill Rural Heritage Centre, and the launch of MAKERS, a project space at the White Mill offering; locally roasted coffee and beer from local microbreweries, and a performance and making space with a programme of events and workshops. It’ll be a place to meet, share, make, drink, eat cake and discuss. For National Mills Weekend the Bakers, Makers & Brewers Fair is back and

Alloy Pop Up – Hackney, London

Jewellery designers Emma Aitchison Jewellery, Dovile B and Promises Promises will be exhibiting a new collection of bespoke, hand-made jewellery at a new pop-up, Alloy, in the heart of Hackney. The three designers will be opening the doors of Alloy exhibition and shop to the general public. They will be showcasing their jewellery-making process, and sharing the stories behind their designs, taking you on a journey from initial inspiration to final product. Passionate about promoting the importance of supporting local artisans within their trade, the three up-and-coming designers will be sharing their visions, and offering insight into the design process, hoping

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

Nel Linssen 1935 - 2016

Renowned Dutch paper jewellery artist, designer and maker Nel Linssen has died on 1 August 2016 aged 80. We write an obituary. The meticulous and mathematically minded Linssen lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and was renowned for a jewellery career which was dedicated to working in and experimenting with paper as a material. Nel was educated at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, when she embarked after graduation on work with mosaics, tapestries and stained glass windows. However in the 1980s she started to experiment with folded washable paper making forms of jewellery in the shape of bracelets, necklaces and decorative

Nel Linssen 1935 - 2016

Renowned Dutch paper jewellery artist, designer and maker Nel Linssen has died on 1 August 2016 aged 80. We write an obituary. The meticulous and mathematically minded Linssen lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and was renowned for a jewellery career which was dedicated to working in and experimenting with paper as a material. Nel was educated at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, when she embarked after graduation on work with mosaics, tapestries and stained glass windows. However in the 1980s she started to experiment with folded washable paper making forms of jewellery in the shape of bracelets, necklaces and decorative

City Fringe Partnership

The City Fringe Partnership was a ground-breaking public and private sector alliance between the London Development Agency, the London boroughs and private business partners which ran from 1996 - 2009.  Through their European Development-funded project, the Jewellery Sector Investment Plan (JSIP), they created £3 million worth of jewellery support programmes, improving collaborative and training opportunities in the industry. The projects ran until 2009, and they continue to inspire long-term regenerative partnerships today. Projects like Future in the Making supported 340 businesses to increase their sales and contacts, and beginner’s jewellery and awareness courses were run for 125 socially and economically

Saloukee Reveals A New Season Look

It's been many months in the making and this August Saloukee are excited to finally share their recent labour of love. Welcome to the new and exciting website of jewellery brand Saloukee!  Keen to share the love, devotion and carefully curated design behind the newly crafted site, Saloukee are passionate to connect with their customers through beautiful aesthetics, see what they think of the brands' new direction and would love any feedback on certain elements that you as customers would like to see! Get involved with the latest activity of the brand by taking a sneakpeak at what's been happening

NYNOW | Symmetry Bridal: Shimell and Madden

Shimell and Maddens' brand new alternative bridal selection will be out in full force at NYNOW this August 2016. It is the first time the brand will be exhibiting at the show and are excited to release some exclusive pieces and new additions to their signature collection, Symmetry. Situated in the Handmade section of the show, we are part of 20 designer makers from the UK.  Every Shimell and Madden piece is made by hand in their London studio. Shimell and Madden securely set each diamond and finish the metal with their unique deep texture  making each piece perfect for

West Dean College

West Dean College  in West Sussex is internationally recognised for excellence in conservation and arts education. From short courses to diploma, foundation and Masters degrees. Courses in metalwork range from making to conservation. You can expect a strong emphasis on developing good hand skills underpinned by theoretical study. Students on all programmes are encouraged to understand historic craft practice in order to place their work in a broader context. The course is delivered in a purpose-designed workshop, with areas for photography, analysis (microscopes, metallurgy), chemicals, hot work (including casting, soldering, welding) and machining. You will also have access to on-site

Bench For Rent In Hatton Garden

Bench For Rent In Hatton Garden Work Bench is available for Jeweller/ Mounter or Setter in a spacious newly refurbished workshop, in Hatton Garden, London.     There are 4 benches available to rent. The space is suitable for jewellery making classes. Workshop Facilities 7 days, 24 hours access, video entry Internet Landline Phone Gas/ Oxygen Air Conditioning Rolling Mill Polishing Machine, Grinder Ultrasonic and Steamer Barrel Machine Wax Injector Use of Safe Cost £380 per month, £380 Deposit and 4 week rent upfront Location 4B Leather Lane, EC1N Contact Michele Dore Tel: 07828 990 233 / 0207 242 4411   

News Edit: 5 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Light up with Boochier’s neon fine jewellery Wallpaper: New jewellery pieces from Boochier edge diamonds in neon enamel. www.wallpaper.com Gold cables make a modern jewellery love token Wallpaper: The Love Cables collection from Kimy Gringoire, the new brand of jeweller Kim Mee Hye, intertwines a modern design with romantic references. www.wallpaper.com The Jewelry Designer Purposely Making Imperfect Pieces The Cut: Pamela Love is a CFDA Award–winning jewelry designer inspired by many things: astronomy, astrology, alchemy, and early American and Mexican silver traditions, to name a few. www.thecut.com Sotheby’s

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2

Call for Applications: All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2 Twenty Twenty Productions Limited are responsible for making award winning programmes such as First Dates, The Choir, A House Through Time and most recently BBC’s Two’s brand new show, All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star and they are on the hunt for people to take part in the next series.  The current series is presented by Katherine Ryan and judged by industry experts Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge and is on air from 8pm Tuesday 13 April, BBC2. Call for Applications - Series 2 ‘All That Glitters Britain’s Next Jewellery

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill Megan Brown’s new collection ‘Woven’ draws together her family heritage and talent for jewellery making. Growing up in Yorkshire, with a family legacy of textile weaving going back over 100 years, inspired Megan’s lifelong love of fabrics. The new collection explores how the soft, flowing qualities of fabric might be translated into something as hard as metal. Creating sculptural designs which have been intricately woven, using fine silver and gold chain to create a dynamic collection steeped in history and tradition. Alfred Brown

How to earn more money from your workshop waste!

Learn how to make money from the rubbish your workshop! 11 March 2020 Drill Hall, Edinburgh A FREE reclamation event for practical jewellers, students and jewellery groups, teaching the secrets of making money from the ‘rubbish’ in a jewellery workshop. ➕Additional Guest Speaker: Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks . Presenting ‘Dosh For Diamonds’, an informative talk on how you can make money from your reclaimed diamonds. Date and Time Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30 GMT Add to Calendar Location Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny St Edinburgh EH6 8RG View Map Tickets FREE To Book www.eventbrite.co.uk

News Edit: 17 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This London-Based Jewellery Designer Has Been Making The Current Jewellery Trend For 20 Years Marie Claire: Her pieces are stunningly beautiful. marieclaire.com.au Billionaire diamond jeweller attacked in prison in 'extortion attempt', court hears The Telegraph: A diamond tycoon awaiting an extradition hearing over accusations of involvement in India's biggest banking fraud was assaulted by two fellow inmates in an “extortion attempt”, a court has heard. telegraph.co.uk How Kate Middleton changed Princess Diana’s famous sapphire earrings The Express: Kate Middleton, 37, attended an event yesterday where she met with victims from

Scoop 2019 - July Edition

Scoop Saatchi Gallery, London 21st – 23rd July 2019 Much-loved contemporary womenswear show Scoop, opens its doors at London’s Saatchi Gallery this weekend offering an exclusive edit of emerging and accessory designer labels expertly curated by Founder, Karen Radley. Exclusivity is at the heart of Scoop’s luxury offering, giving visitors access to designers , labels and collections unavailable anywhere else. Over 250 hand-picked UK and international designer collections will be showing their new collections, many using Scoop as their only seasonal selling platform. Fresh new faces making their Scoop debut include YOLKE, Narces, I Candi Rocks, Miki MIALY, La Cabane

News Edit: 3 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How Making Jewelry Can Cause Mesothelioma Asbestos was used in numerous commercial trades during the 20th century. The end result is the cancerous mineral is just about everywhere. mesotheliomaguide.com Business briefing: £11bn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s jeweller SHE famously wore a little black dress by Givenchy and yellow diamonds from Tiffany’s for a Hollywood film’s publicity shots. metro.news Luxury goods giant behind Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior makes £11.3bn move to buy iconic American jeweller Tiffany & Co LVMH, the French group behind the likes of Louis Vuitton and Christian

Get Fresh 2019

Call for Applications: Get Fresh 2019 'Get Fresh' is a popular biennial exhibition celebrating emerging designer-makers. The Open Call is for early career craft makers in the South West region (including photography, print-making and sculpture). Eligibility Criteria Resident of the South West UK (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) Craft maker within 5 years of graduating/ finishing training or setting up a new practice If you would like to express your interest in exhibiting and selling work in  Get Fresh,  please supply 1 digital image (size 1MB) and some brief details about your work. Exhibition

Energetic amulets: ‘’living technology’’ by John Farris

John Farris, affectionately deemed just 'Farris' by his fans, is not your average jeweller. From the red rocks of Sedona, he creates beautiful jewellery and sculpture using a unique ''guided'' technique. By his own admission, John Farris’ business was born out of reactionary emotion. His story begins in picturesque Northern California, in 2010. ‘’Making these amulets was not even on my radar. I had purchased an amazing pendant from a friend’s store and had really fallen in love with it! Well, the next day she contacted me and said I needed to return it as the pendant was her [business] partner's

News Edit 6 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Can the Man Who Made Coach Remake Tiffany? Business of Fashion: Designer Reed Krakoff’s first collection for the storied jewellery retailer is also its biggest launch in a decade. www.businessoffashion.com   A jewellery designer tells us how statement earrings can help our selfie game T2 Online:  This season, high-fashion earrings are making a strong comeback as young fashionistas can't stop flaunting them in selfies. t2online.com   In My Jewellery Box: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos The Telegraph: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos was raised in Bangladesh and studied English Literature and political science in Massachusetts.

Degree Show Central Saint Martins 2017

Show Two - BA Jewellery Design Central Saint Martins Degree Shows 2017 University of the Arts London Crossing disciplines, Show Two spans from design and fashion to drama and cultural enterprise. Projects on show – whether provocation, performance or product – present a future in the making. Courses Jewellery and Textiles - BA Jewellery Design, BA Textile Design, MA Material Futures Image credits (Above) Scott Armstrong - Ring: jesmonite, red ocre pigment, gold plated precious white metal Elena Bonanomi - Necklace: 18ct gold, silver Kristina Ferenchuk - Ring: 18ct gold, garnet, citrine, green tourmaline Alix Ferracci - Neckpiece: satin fabric, silver plated brass, bicycle

Services Offered

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.

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

Publications

Trade publications are a great way of knowing what's going on and who's who in industry. Here we have compiled a list of national and international trade publications and periodicals, many have their own daily, weekly or monthly e-newsletters. The UK titles are listed first... UK Attire Accessories www.attireaccessories.com benchpeg www.benchpeg.com Gold Inspirations www.lovegold.com Harper's Bazaar www.harpersbazaar.co.uk Jewellery Focus www.jewelleryfocus.co.uk Jewellery Monthly www.jewellerymonthly.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com JFW - Jewels Fashion Watches Magazine www.jfwmagazine.com JQ Magazine jewelleryquarter.net LUXWorldwide www.luxworldwide.com Making Jewellery Magazines - The GMC Group www.thegmcgroup.com Professional Jeweller www.professionaljeweller.com Retail Jeweller www.retail-jeweller.com Silver Magazine www.silvermag.com Silver Society