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Getting Started 2021

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

Getting Started 2019

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2020 World-renowned British designer Solange Azagury-Partridge announced as keynote speaker for getting started 2020  The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, announced world-renowned British designer Solange Azagury-Partridge as its keynote speaker for its prestigious business taster programme, Getting Started 2020. Renowned for her jewellery and interior designs, Solange will be in conversation with 30 of the most talented recent UK graduates from a Precious Metal or related course about how she founded her successful brand, Solange, and what it is like to be the owner of two major boutiques

Getting Started 2018

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

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

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

Award-Winning Jeweller Alex Monroe Announced As Keynote Speaker For Getting Started 2019

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, announced the keynote speaker for its business taster programme  Getting Started , which takes place from 7 – 11 January 2019, today. Award-winning jeweller Alex Monroe will deliver the keynote address giving an invaluable insight for recent graduates from UK Precious Metal or related courses into what it takes to set up successful creative careers.  Getting Started applications close this Wednesday 3 October 2018. This intensive free course supports talented jewellers and silversmiths to develop their own business or establish themselves as part of a larger company.

The first edition of New York City Jewelry Week just started!

NYCJW is the first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours. Aimed at supporting and fostering jewelry of all types, the initiative also includes participation from both established and emerging brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers. Image: A yashmak made in the 1990s from aluminum and Swarovski crystals by British jewelry designer Shaun Leane for fashion designer Alexander McQueen Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Created by two industry leaders from the worlds of art jewelry and

The Goldsmiths’ Centre Launches New Business Growth Programme

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

Q&A: Ruth Tomlinson

Ruth Tomlinson is the Creative Director of her eponymous jewellery brand. She has developed an internationally recognised luxury jewellery business from her central London based atelier which has associations with some of the world’s most prestigious names. She has been hailed with influencing a new generation of jewellers with her design aesthetic and ipseity. Ruth graduated in 2001 with first class BA (Hons) degree in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester School of Art. After being selected to attend the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Getting Started course, she went on to study on the Bishopsland Post Graduate course and then was appointed as

Support For Starting A Business

The Princes Trust work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they will be  with you every step of the way. Eligibility If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, the Enterprise Programme could be for you. Getting Started Kicking off with a free information session in your local area, The Princes Trust will tell you how they can support you

Pandora and UNICEF forge new global partnership

Pandora and UNICEF have announced a new global partnership to support the world’s most vulnerable children to lead healthier and safer lives and fulfil their potential. The three-year partnership between the international jewelry retailer and the United Nations Children’s Fund will also fund life skills training, with a focus on programmes that support female empowerment. Every day, girls are vulnerable to losing out on their education due to poverty, cultural practices and poor infrastructure. Violence and conflict also play a part in preventing girls from getting an education. Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is about ensuring

Laurence Coste opens new store in Sloane Street

Parisian jewellery designer Laurence Coste has recently expanded to Sloane street, following over 10 years of success at her premises on Walton Street. Shortly after opening there in 2006, she became known for her range of unique and colourful clip-on earrings, and the business has grown in strength and popularity ever since, leading to the decision to open this second store.  Born in Paris, Coste spent her childhood in France before moving to Chealsea in the late 80’s. Inspired by none other than Loulou de la Falaise, her passion for jewellery started at a young age when she started designing

Suri Jewelry: Memories from Renaissance

The women painted by the great Venetian Masters wear jewelry and precious stones, fabrics from the East, embraced by smoky atmospheres of incense and fragrances writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Since childhood Giulia Vecchiato admired the jewels of the eccentric ladies who live in Venice, as they were amulets to access the past and ancient times. She started very little to build her own jewelry by assembling scrap metal found in her house, seals, scraps of fabrics mounted on curtains’ pendant. Growing up and studing traditional techniques of goldsmith, she started her own journey into the jewelry field, by developing a very

Welcome To The Journey Of AVØRA

Like a compass that shows North and South, Avøra shows it is time for a unique adventure by following your inner compass. Kaja Ringert and Cathrin Hansen take us through following their inner compass and how they started their Watch brand. In 2012 Kaja Ringert, founder of Avora Time started her first business start-up, Lycka, a yoghurt and vegan ice cream company in Hamburg. By then, her close friend Cathrin Hansen had moved to London and was helping her with design work on an ad-hoc basis.   In October 2016 the two friends decided to channel their common love for design

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

Coronavirus: NAJ Postpones Education Awards

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

Professional Practice, City Lit

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

Head of David Fowkes Jewellery Climbs New Heights

Dr Rona Mackenzie, Chief Operating Officer of jewellery designer, David Fowkes, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support UK innovators in business. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, last month. All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3, launched to help support businessmen and women in getting creative, innovative and dynamic projects off the ground. David Fowkes is generously supporting D3 through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of jewellery

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

#SmallBiz100 2020

Call for Applicaitons: #SmallBiz100 This year has been hugely challenging for many small businesses, so to support wonderful SMEs Small Business Saturday have announced that their #SmallBiz100 is back for the 8th year running. Are you a small business looking for a promotion boost, have you adapted and changed your business model or do you need help getting your business back on its feet?  Small Business Saturday are looking for 100 businesses from all industries and regions across the UK to take part. Applications are open to all UK smallbiz, even if you have had to close temporarily due to

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

Tropicool Charm for Summer

You've got the paradise destination ready and booked, your holiday wardrobe is getting locked down and your suitcase is already out of the attic loud n'proud so what 's left to take your SS18 holiday style to the next level? Pile on the colour, texture, print and shapes with the perfect summer colour-popping jewellery! Life becomes a whole lot more fabulously fun with a taste of the exotic so dive into the tropical world of summer with palm leaf prints, juicy fruit motifs, multi-coloured parrot pendants and brighten your life with statement style. Transform your life in rich ornamental synergy

Hot Watch: The Pieces to Clock onto this A/W'18

Just like shop windows and displays are getting dressed up in a flurry of new autumn vibes, designs and style, the watch world has struck our magpie eyes with an array of buzzy, exciting and charasmatic designs guarenteed to make you kickstart the autumn fun with a bang! Whilst the watch world likes to tick to its own beat and not follow the fashion whimsies of our ever-changing seasons, it is without a doubt as much as a fashionable accessory as the new it bag of the season! Whether it's pantone-selected colour combinations, intricate, structural design or modern updates on

will.i.am,'s i.am+ Launch BUTTONS

i.am+   has announced that its 'BUTTONS' premium bluetooth earphones product are now widely available in the UK, in four new  colourways .  The wireless earphones – styled by fashion legend, André Leon Talley – are the brainchild of global music artist and entrepreneur, will.i.am, with brand ambassadors and investors including Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell.   BUTTONS fill a gap in the Bluetooth earphone market, offering a  product that allows for high design without the loss of high technology.    Jenner, a next-generation model starring in the campagin alongside Shaun Ross and India Love says, “Getting to be a part

Dial Into Botanical Beauties of Time

With Spring well & truly sprung and scandalous summer getting ready to sashay onto the scene, it's time to work some bodacious blooms and fiery florals into your new season look.  With Greenery hailed as the trans-seasonal Pantone colour of the year, this fresh and zesty hue of vitality has been dominating the trend forecasts and has now clocked onto our wrist-wear adornments. The beauty of nature is emblematic throughout this botanical theme in watchmaking with themes of escapism, urban revival and restorative wellbeing captured through the floral studded craftsmanship.  Flora and fauna have blossomed their way into our Springtime-wrist

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

The Department for International Trade's Tradeshow Access Programme provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The Funding Helps Your Business Gain Market knowledge Experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows Advice and support from trade experts How The Service Works The grants are based around the Tradeshow Access Programme Calendar of Supported Events 2016 to 2017 with an appropriate accredited Trade Challenge Partner leading the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show. What

Call for Applications: Clapham Christmas Market, SoLo Craft Fair

After the success of our last collaboration with This is Clapham, we are joining forces once again. On Saturday 3rd December we are putting on a Christmas market to coincide with Xmas lights getting turned on. The market will run between 12-6pm and stalls will cost £60 for a table which is 2.5m x 1m and a gazebo. Once again, we are happy to receive joint applicants to share tables. The market will be outside in Clapham Old Town. Please note all applicants MUST have public liability insurance. We are sorry but we cannot accept applicants from hot food stalls.

New Online Jewellery Platform ‘Vimanas’ Simplifies Selling Jewellery Online

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

IJL & Goldsmith's Centre partner to provide designer support

International Jewellery London and The Goldsmiths’ Centre have announced that they will have an official partnership for this year’s show. The sponsorship agreement will focus on providing invaluable support for exhibiting designers. This includes using The Goldsmiths’ Centre as the venue for the IJL Exhibitor Summer Masterclasses on June 15, when inspiring industry leaders will provide mentorship and guidance on getting the most out of IJL’s unique networking, PR and marketing opportunities. The expert tutors at the Centre will also participate in IJL’s Show Seminar programme, as well as sharing valuable mentoring advice in pre-show IJL online content.  Sam Willoughby,

Call for Applications: Industrial Design Awards

Call for Applications: Industart  - Industrial Design Awards The acceptance of works for the industrial design awards Industart has started! It is the first awards offering the opportunity to win mass production of your idea! INDUSTART is the only awards in the world whose prominent jury will impartially and adequately determine the value of your even unrealized project-concept in the terms of both the art of design and the industrial potential of the objects! INDUSTART is an integrated approach that allows step-by-step and on a large-scale to motivate and to streamline Ukrainian design environment as a part of the world design

Craft Festival 2019

Craft Festival 2019 We proudly present Craft Festival 2019, it’s 200 makers, workshops and brand-new website. As well is getting to know our selected makers, we hope you enjoy browsing this year's programme which includes new features  The Forge  and  The Common Room  with returning favourites including  Craft Cinema  and  Out of the Woods.   FULL DETAILS HERE Dates 7 - 9 June 2019 Venue Directions SAT NAV co-ordinates TQ13 9AL Bovey Tracey is only 2 miles off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway. Exit the A38 at Drumbridges Roundabout and follow signs to Bovey Tracey town centre.  Follow the

Felieke Van Der Leest: Jewelrassic Park @ Mobilia Gallery

Felieke Van Der Leest: Jewelrassic Park @ Mobilia Gallery Mobilia Gallery 18th May  - 21st June 2019 "When I am working with color, I feel like a painter, When I am Working with metal, I feel like a constructor, And when I am working with toys, I feel like a child". Recently returning from China and getting ready for its United States debut at Mobilia Gallery, each Dino sculpture is wearable or has a wearable element. Editions held in the Collections of:              CODA Museum Apeldoorn, The Netherlands Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, The Netherlands National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,

News Edit:22 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Chain, Chain, Chain NY Times: A favorite street accessory has been getting a luxury makeover. nytimes.com Hermès Celebrated its Latest Fine Jewelry Collection With a Slick Performance Vogue: Hermès’s latest fine jewelry collection, Enchaînements libres, is on a world tour! Coming from Paris is a performative dance work, commissioned by Hermès from esteemed French choreographer Christian Rizzo. vogue.com The Big Jewelry Trends During New York Fashion Week, Spring 2020 Forbes: New York, the first stop on the international ready-to-wear runway circuit is where we get a glimpse of the jewelry

DiamArt and Desall Competition

Desall.com: DiamArt and Desall Competition Design Brief Summary New idea contest on Desall.com: DiamArt and Desall invite you to design a new product or a new collection for the luxury world, conceived to be embellished by the innovative micro diamonds material DiamArt. Company description DiamArt is the story of a travel started as a dream and turned into reality thanks to the interweaving of passion, craftsmanship and industrial technology. A young company with deep roots. An ever-evolving process that sees passion and determination entwined with each other. A world that stems from the ideas, courage and genius of Isidoro Ferrari

Munich Jewellery Week 2020

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

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

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

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

Sweet Sentiments in Dior's Latest Fine Jewellery Collections

Signs, symbols and icons reside at the very heart of the Dior brand. In her collections, Victoire de Castellane revisits some of those most precious to the man who started a fashion revolution. The story of Dior begins with a star and a “yes”, so the story goes… …While walking up the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Christian Dior hit his foot on an object on the ground and almost tripped, as though it was the object itself that wished to attract his attention. Christian Dior leaned over and picked up the object that had nearly made him fall over: it [youtube

News Edit: 19 May 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Fairytale that thrust me into the fabulous world of Fabergé! Daily Mail: Sarah started life in a modest semi, now she rubs shoulders with billionaires after discovering she was a scion of the world’s most famous jewellery family. dailymail.co.uk ‘I want to see it, I want to touch it’: the new alchemist at Louis Vuitton The FT: In her first interview since taking over jewellery at the luxury house, Francesca Amfitheatrof talks about the... ft.com The shifting shapes of Scandi jewellery Vogue: Geometric lines are out, soft, organic shapes are

This week we go cuckoo over Amy Mead...

In week four of our lockdown chats, Benchpeg chats to jewellery designer maker Amy Mead of www.amymead.co.uk .  Amy has been a designer maker for over 13 years, and we discuss the evolution of her brand and work, how its been in lockdown managing a house with three children, escape mechanisms and Instagram strategy.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/aqpBAuc00vE] Amy came to jewellery after recovery from ME, and started her jewellery journey at City Lit and landed up with a workshop in Hatton Garden. She’s founded a micro jewellery start up, and placed it on hold whilst becoming a full time

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

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

Goldsmiths Fair 2019 Opens

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019, the fine jewellery and contemporary silver event returns this autumn to showcase extraordinary talent and celebrate collecting. ‘Collecting is ultimately an investment in meaning. Treasure those objects that inspire you, acquire others and before you know it, you’ve started collecting.’  David Mills, Director, Goldsmiths’ Fair The 37th Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s premier precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver selling event, takes place 24 September – 6 October (closed 30 September) at historic Goldsmiths’ Hall in the heart of the City of London.  With 136 jewellers and silversmiths showcasing their latest collections expect innovative design, cutting edge techniques,

Q&A: Gary Williams

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

The London Artisan - Autumn 2020

Call for Applications: The London Artisan Applications Are Open! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of The London Artisan! After cancelling both our Spring and Summer events, we can once again support independent designer makers by providing a platform to begin marketing and selling your work once again. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. It’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversations started and friendships formed. The London Artisan presents a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, illustration and beauty products. We also welcome applications from coffee/drink

London Edge 2019

London Edge Business Design Centre, London 1 - 2 September 2019 Started in 1999 in response to an urgent call from the fashion industry to provide an inclusive & respectful platform for the lifestyle & alternative markets. Rooted firmly in an exceptional customer service ethos, the LondonEdge team support, guide & advise our exhibiting & retail partners at a level that’s second to none. As we begin our 3rd decade we look forward with excitement to the future for this cornerstone of global lifestyle fashion. Whilst we continue to adjust to reflect new trends & allow for changes in business

Officine Nora: Preciousness in human relationships

After visiting Officine Nora, the feeling that pervaded me was of an open, free and independent place. Officine Nora is a co-working for jewellery makers and a jewellery shop based in Florence writes Ilaria Ruggiero. It was started in 2014 by the Florentine jewellery designer Margherita de Martino Norante that, after graduating at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, wanted to preserve the practice of comparing ideas and techniques with other jewellery makers in a collaborative and lively environment. A place of creation therefore, but without preconceptions or ideologies. A laboratory certainly directed by professional artists, but especially a space for sharing ideas

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

Benchpeg turns 15 in Lockdown

We’ve been so busy that we forgot that we recently should have celebrated our birthday! It is very hard to believe, for us, that we turned 15 at the beginning of this month. 15 years ago, when ecommerce was very limited, websites were non-responsive and social media hadn’t really got started in the way that we know it nowadays, we created Benchpeg to help democratise information for the sector and get it to those that needed the information most – micro and SME businesses within the jewellery industry. We’re extremely proud that we were the first digital newsletter in the

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

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

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

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

Q&A: Tiffany Browne

Tiffany Browne is a Micro Diamond Setter and has worked on some of the most intricate and luxurious pieces which adorn London's Bond Street. With an unconventional entry into industry, she answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? TB: My name is Tiffany Browne, and I'm (mostly) a diamond setter specialising in very fine, close pavé work which I do under microscope. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? TB: It wasn't the obvious choice for me! I started out studying languages and have an MA in translation. Meeting my husband, whom

News Edit: 25 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Harumi collaborates with Goossens on the ultimate jewellery as 'wearable sculpture' The Telegraph: People tend to assume that jewellery designer Harumi Klossowska de Rola started off as a sculptor, but then moved to jewellery. www.telegraph.co.uk Marie Antoinette's pendant sells for £25m in jewellery auction Sky News: Jewellery belonging to France's most famous queen has fetched millions of pounds at auction in Geneva. news.sky.com Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are backing this major jewellery trend Marie Claire: ICYMI, Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday last night, with a super fancy party

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

Sian Evans Second Aluminium collection, Pars Pro Toto, Crosses the Boundaries of Art, Design and Fashion

Sian Evans is an award-winning British Jewellery designer, living and working in London. Her new collection, Pars Pro Toto, was launched at Paris Fashion Week last year to wide acclaim.  Sian’s love of archaeology, fashion, nature and technology; the history of tools and materials have informed her collections since she started her creative practice. Sian Evans Jewellery was first established in 1986, developing into an international label during the 1990s.  Sian is a lapsed fossil collector, brought up on the Jurassic coast in Dorset where she studied Geology. She has created pieces which are reminiscent of microscopic fossils, diatoms and

Meet the Benchpeg Team

This is us. We are the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has 20 years of experience in the industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery industry could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the Bishopsland Educational Trust , Committee Member for the  Communications and Marketing Committee at  The Goldsmiths’ Company , she sits on the Selection Committee

Alexander Wood's jewellery skills earn top ten in the world place

Young British jewellery maker Alexander Wood left Abu Dhabi with a champions medal after earning a coveted top 10 place at the 44th WorldSkills Competition recently. Alexander, a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and currently earning his spurs with Ian Read Diamond Setters in Kent,  received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the Jewellery skills category.  His achievement was the result of three years worth of training,  honing his silversmithing, polishing, micro-setting and enamelling skills though he started his selection process for WorldSkills back in September 2015 when he became one of eight trainee

Domino hits refresh to relaunch website

Domino continues with its focus on customer support with the relaunch of their customer website and online resources and tools. The Birmingham based manufacturer has been working behind the scenes finalising improvements to their online portal, following direct customer feedback on changes required to support their diverse customer audiences.  The new website launched in early July 2018, leading with the new Diamond Ring Mount collection. Customers may have started to notice some of the aesthetic changes applied over the past few weeks, however; the major changes have happened behind the scenes. Changes include: Faster, easier live price checking Improved data

Guild of Enamellers’ Names Bursary Award Winner for 2019

The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Valentina Boneva as the 2019 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Valentina recently completed the HND Jewellery at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow. Valentina started working with enamels this year as a means to add colour to her work and to complement the use of gemstones in pieces. Valentina’s innovative selection pieces were complex and transformable pieces comprising an etched and enamelled boat “stand” that deconstructed into earrings, necklaces and a ring. Valentina is passionate about enamelling and wants to incorporate it into her future jewellery and silversmithing projects where it will complement

A Touch of Noir

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

Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies

The exhibition Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies  is organized by Gallery Loupe for Contemporary Art Jewelry, Montclair, New Jersey, in collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Center and aims at celebrating the dazzling and witty work of the master goldsmith, craftsman and leading scholar in the field of archaeometallurgy. Everything in his creative research started when The Metropolitan Museum of Art encouraged him to make copies of pieces in their collection and testing them. This has developed his personal understandings that jewelry artifact crystallizes “human drama” and this knowledge base has empowered my trajectory into playing with jewelry history and

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,

WB The Creative Jewellery boss extols 'right fit' Heimerle & Meule deal

The acquisition of Birmingham-based WB The Creative Jewellery Group by German group Heimerle & Meule represents an ‘absolutely right fit’ according to managing director Andrew Morton and will give added security for the futures of around 180 staff. Andrew Morton - WB The Creative Group Managing Director The process of selling WB The Creative Jewellery Group, which owns Domino, Gecko and Weston Beamor to the 173 year-old Heimerle & Meule, one of Europe’s largest precious metal suppliers, started in 2016 when owners Viv and Patrick Fuller decided the time had come to think about retiring. It had been established by

Point of No Return with Christoph Zellweger at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Point of No Return at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery with Christoph Zellweger 4 ½ Day Workshop 14th – 17th August 2018 This workshop 'POINT OF NO RETURN' will be led by Swiss jewellery artist and designer Christoph Zellweger, who’s commitment to applied research as a visionary practitioner and experienced coach has gained international recognition. The workshop is aimed at professional colleagues from all parts of the world, as well as ambitious students and amateurs, who wish to progress their work and to give direction to their practice. Point of No Return Get going, get started, carry on, stretch far, move forward, retreat,

De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present  De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form,  a celebration of five decades of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen. The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. In essence, bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.  When Leo and Ginnie started working together in the early 70s, they developed

Home Secretary Supports Home Grown Talent

"I never imagined that I’d meet the Home Secretary, or that her first words to me would be, “So you’re the jewellery teacher that inspired all of these makers…”." Amber Rudd was referring to the shop she’d just opened called The Peer Collection, the vision of Sue Jones, a character as indomitable as the tide and the freshly renovated Hasting’s Pier makes the perfect location for her venture. The Peer Collection is a lovely play on words coming from the element that Sue started as a jewellery student of mine, and through the class, gained the skills to make jewellery,

Sarah Millsop to join Create and Craft TV as Craft Ambassador

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

Start selling on Etsy this September and you could win £1000

As we wave goodbye to summer, let’s welcome the season of fresh starts and shiny new stationery. Why not channel that September energy into selling what you make on Etsy? Calling all creative entrepreneurs! Open your Etsy shop using the code BACKTOSCHOOL16 by 3 October for the chance to win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) AND a personalised review from an Etsy expert to help optimise your new shop. Grab that new notebook and jot down these practical tips to get you started . Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you make. Terms and conditions

Jewellery & Watch - the #CreatingLove Campaign

Jewellery & Watch is celebrating the journey of creativity, craftsmanship, care and dedication that takes every piece of jewellery from its creator to recipient, with a bold new campaign for 2017 titled #CreatingLove. The campaign encourages individuals to share the personal and emotional stories behind their much-loved pieces, with professionals from across the jewellery and watch community helping to shine a light on how each piece is made, bought and sold with love.  The show’s five campaign figureheads – Harriet Kelsall, Fei Liu, Simon Johnson, Alex Monroe and Gary Wroe – kick-started the campaign online to reveal their most treasured

Star Studded: iKuria Announces Launch of New Collection

London-based fine jewellery brand iKuria has announced the launch of its new collection 'Star Studded'.  The collection is inspired by events including the passing of David Bowie.   “The collection was inspired by David Bowie. I was in a state of shock when I learnt he had passed away and so was my brother in Japan. Then I started to realise how a global icon like him continues to live even after their passing,” said Ikuko Kurahone, the designer and founder of the brand. “The collection is a tribute to him from a humble small jewellery designer.”    In addition,

Etsy Heroes: Win £1000 in time for Christmas

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

Mimi Baldwin Sets Hearts Afire this Valentines Day

After 10 years of working at Tiffany’s Mimi Baldwin was ready for a change and moved on to the luxury houses of Asprey, and then Dior before spending eight years working with Kiki McDonough in her shop in Sloane Square, London. In 2012 Mimi decided she wanted to concentrate on designing jewellery herself and started her own company - Mimi Baldwin Fine Jewellery. She now specialises in designing exquisite, feminine, timeless, elegant pieces for every day and formal wear and has developed many loyal clients of her own.  Mimi has a signature range ‘With all my Heart’ available with diamonds

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West A showcase from the celebrated Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest. This exhibition celebrates the fantastical world of fairy tales and the Wild West. Felieke van der Leest is a trained metalsmith, graduating from the jewellery department at the Rietveld Academie (The Netherlands) in 1996. She has lived and worked in Øystese, Norway since 2008. Living close to a Zoo, her passion for animals probably started in her childhood just like her love for crocheting in textiles. Combining this with precious metals and plastic toy animals, she developed her

Futuristic Utopia: Charlotte Anderson Sculpts her '2300' Final Collection

Charlotte Asherson, a jewellery student from Central Saint Martins, came to see D2W’s jewellery expert Dovydas Pocius with some sketches and draft CAD files that described an extensive collection of jewellery designs. During the initial consultation, Charlotte explained that she had started to produce some of the collection using traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques but the process had proven to be too expensive and she wasn’t satisfied with the final result. Charlotte had a good understanding of 3D printing and thought this might be an alternative and more successful avenue to use to realise her designs. She wanted her collection

Rebecca van Rooijen

Meet the Co-Founder and Editor of Benchpeg. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has over 20 years of experience in the jewellery industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery trade could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the  Bishopsland Educational Trust , a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at  The

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

Danni Schwaag: A long search for pearl

Nacre also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer; it also makes up the outer coating of pearls writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Nacre also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer; it also makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent. Danni Schwaag’s obsession for mother of pearl started during her studies in Idar-Oberstein, when she was looking for a pearl necklace – not a classical one. She wanted to do one on her own, being fascinated by the variety of the material, its luster, the sensitivity and brittleness. Visiting all