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Ishtar Liljefors' crowns shaped by cranes and Game of Thrones

If Ishtar Liljefors’ designs remind you of tiaras and rings worn in the American fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, it will come as no surprise to learn that not only does Ishtar take inspiration from her Scandinavian roots but her mum Maria is a costume designer who actually worked on the iconic television programme. It was photographs of her grandmother’s wedding day in Swedish Lapland and the bridal crown she was wearing that proved a trigger for Ishtar's early fascination with jewellery but in shaping her most recent collection, she turned to nature to add a new and unique

News Edit: 25 May 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale Town and Country: T&C’s experts weigh in on the women of Westeros and their not-so-subtle accessories. townandcountrymag.com The Best 'Game of Thrones' Jewellery To Make You Look Like The True Queen Of The 7 Kingdoms Bustle: Winter is here and the end is nigh. Season 8 of Game of Thrones has really split fans so far but very soon it will all be... bustle.com Coining it in: the rise of numismatic jewellery FT: Real money may have

Objet d’Emotion x Ecru launch Jewellery Memory Game

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

Luxury Institute: The Highly Profitable Journey From Privileged Access To Advanced Personalization

After a long, competitive decade, luxury goods and services brands, their agencies and consultants have finally mastered the rules of the digital marketing game; just in time for the game to change. Pandemics inspire reality checks of major proportions. The reality is that for years, luxury goods and services brands have been playing a digital marketing game that serves the best interests of digital tech platforms and their proxies while violating the privacy and best economic interests of their customers, society, and shareholders writes the Luxury Institute. As demonstrated by the economics of dismally low ad-click and conversion rates, especially

Grown-up Glitter for AW18

Your September diary may not be booked full of evening soirees full of schmoozing and boozing, but don't let that stop you from working some serious sparkle into your jewellery game this season! Statement looks guarenteed to cause a few head turns are all a-rage this September so why not up your accessories game with some red-carpet worthy sparkle and upgrade low-key day-to-night attire with a touch of razzle dazzle! Dip into a shower of dazzling showstoppers with  décolletage  grazers dripping in crystal motifs, neckline grabbers encrusted in multi-coloured sparklers and lollipop rings dusted in light-catching rocks! From subtle flashes

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

News Edit: 15 April 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... ‘Forensic jeweller’ to take starring role in BBC crime programme The Courier: A Dundee University student who is on track to become the world’s first “forensic jeweller” will appear on a BBC historical crime series on Monday. www.thecourier.co.uk   Back to black: jewellery turns to the dark side How to Spend it:   Black is inspiring innovation, as jewellery designers explore unorthodox materials and game-changing applications in a quest for the perfect hue. howtospendit.ft.com   The Best Sculptural Jewellery To Buy Right Now The Times: This season’s designs are clean, sculptural

Spring Ear Candy

Another jewellery trend hot off the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2019 is a modern twist on the classic hoop earring with a splash of colour and beading texture. Say hello to your ear's new best friend for that simple and easy understated demure - the beaded dropper earring!  Perfect for that quick but chic daytime look, the beaded drop earring provides a pop of neck drama without the extra fuss. A coveted staple for your ear candy game this season, over-embellished statement pieces are in for the winning when it comes to taking your 2019 look to the next level.  Whilst

Swinging Into New Year Ear Bling

New Year is all about ringing in the changes, embracing something different and refreshing your look ready to kick last year into the past. After the ear cuff was the jewellery prince of royalty throughout 2017, this year will welcome the pendulum swing of XXL length earrings in shiny, sculptural, arty, glitzy chandeliers. 2018 is all about going big or going home so step up your bling game and make a statement with elegant cascading stand-out earrings! From left to right: Gold 3D Flower Droppers , Large Pearl Drop Earrings , Gold & Black Perspex Flower Droppers , Shell Dropper

Oxford Pioneers

Oxford Pioneers 10 November – 3 January 2019 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Gallery by Joan Crossley-Holland MBE and Valerie Stewart. Oxford Pioneers: a new collaboration between Oxford Ceramics Gallery and Amanda Game that brings together works by 27 exceptional UK artists (principally in the field of ceramics) as a way of marking the pioneering work of Oxford Gallery (1968-2001). Oxford Gallery (1968-2001) is a story of pioneering women, and the intertwined worlds of  artists and craftsmanship. It is also a story inextricably linked with the art of ceramics which catalysed its foundation; formed a

Yellow Bright Lights

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

To Shell With It

The biggest trend returning this Spring is an oceanic explosion of creative and bewitching designs inspired by beachy seashell treasures.  Beautifully eye-catching with mismatched charm and playful sophistication, the key trend to plunge into this season are ocean-inspired collections of the deep seas.  Shell-inspired jewellery pieces showcase an iridescent, light and dazzling silhouette that oozes femininity and allure in just about any outfit ensemble. Prepare to dive into an ocean bed of subtle sophistication by taking your jewellery game to a whole new level of intrigue and demure. Plunge into the deep-water jewellery selection we've fished just for you and swim

Go Bold, Go Big, Go Beautiful

What better way to kick off a brand new year than with a big, bright and colourful bang?​ This season, it's all about piling it up, layering it on and going for the real 'wow' factor when it comes to your accessories game. With collections rich in bold origami necklaces, statement candy coloured gemstone rings, designers have crafted their pieces to be worn in a mix , non-matching fashion. Wave goodbye to the dainty days of last year and hello to bold, brash and bright oversized jewellery. From clusters of rich colour to quirky designs interlaced with different textures and materials,

Jessica Green

Meet Benchpeg's Social Media Manager. She heads up brand and strategy for our social channels.   Jessica Green Social Media Manager Jessica had been with Benchpeg for over a year now, and her understanding and comprehension of the brand and its raison d'être is second to none. Jess heads up our strategic brand planning and social media strategy. She is a third year Media and Communications student, and has a background in the Luxury Auto Industry. Jess is also the Funder / Editor of Gaming by Proxy, a blog for game appreciation: www.gamingbyproxy.com   Meet the rest of the team here . If you'd

Gübelin Gem Lab Announces Emerald Paternity Test

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

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

The Beauty In Grecian Antiquity

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

Indulge In Some Detail Therapy

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

Enamoured By Enamel Jewellery

Jumpstarting the fashion foray of the A/W '17 style cupboard is the flirty chic element of enamel jewellery. An ancient fashion choice for worldwide style setters, this elegant blend of bright high-gloss hues is the eye-catching trend many designers are leveraging into their new-season collections. Fine enamel jewellery, crafted by blending powered glass to a metal base, has many versatile and vivacious qualities that add an effortless and elegant injection of movement, vibrant colour and sophisticated luminosity to any fashion look.  A perennial wardrobe game-player for A/W 2017, a pop of playful enamel charm can be mixed,  matched and stacked

Trollbeads Grow

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

Business Growth Programme 2017

The Goldsmiths' Centre has launched a new Business Growth Programme which will bring together ten entrepreneurs who share ambition to transform their businesses.  Are you an entrepreneur with the aspiration to grow a leading business in your sector? The Goldsmiths' Centre is looking for some of the most creative and talented members in the UK with the potential and drive to become game-changes in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. The Business Growth Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, generously funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, will bring you together with nine other dynamic entrepreneurs in the industry for a 6 module

Advanced Stone Setting

Advanced Stone Setting The course will be led by Scott McIntyre, Scott has over 21 years of experience in the trade, working in a variety of workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In his career, he has picked up an extensive skill-set from these various places and worked tirelessly to ensure he’s at the very top of his game where he has received a high level of intense training. He now works as head Goldsmith in the incredible  Brazen Studios . Price of the class includes all materials, tools, stones and lunch per day. This advanced stone setting course is for people

Introduction to Wax Carving

Introduction to Wax Carving The course will be led by Scott McIntyre, Scott has over 21 years of experience in the trade, working in a variety of workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In his career, he has picked up an extensive skill-set from these various places and worked tirelessly to ensure he’s at the very top of his game where he has received a high level of intense training. He now works as head Goldsmith in the incredible  Brazen Studios . Wax carving is an essential skill on the road to becoming a complete goldsmith. It is cheap, forgiving, and a

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.