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Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association 3 Day Intensive Course Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is

Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association Wednesday 5 September for 6 weeeks at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is kept to just eight

Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Three Day Intensive Course Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association 5 - 7 March at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is kept to

Learn Hand Engraving with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving with The Hand Engravers Association The Hand Engravers Association has been running these popular courses for many years and is delighted to announce its first course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre this autumn. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, the class size is kept to just eight students and run over six evenings so students have time to practice and

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

Learn Hand Engraving in Manchester

Learn Hand Engraving in Manchester Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October 2019 Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio, Manchester The Hand Engravers Association has been running short courses for many years and we are thrilled to announce our first course away from London – in the creative surrounds of the Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio in Manchester. Whether you are a complete metalsmith beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Introduction for Beginners' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional

Hand Engraving Courses in London

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

Learn Hand Engraving in London - Evening Class

Learn Hand Engraving in London Autumn Programme These popular courses are back and the Hand Engravers Association is delighted to announce its autumn programme. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, class sizes are kept to just eight students. Upcoming Dates: Three Day Intensive Courses: Dates: 9-11 September 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Dates: 4-6 November 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Venue St Lukes Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V

Learn Hand Engraving in London - Three Day Intensive Course

Learn Hand Engraving in London Autumn Programme These popular courses are back and the Hand Engravers Association is delighted to announce its autumn programme. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, class sizes are kept to just eight students. Upcoming Dates: Three Day Intensive Courses: Dates: 9-11 September 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Dates: 4-6 November 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Venue St Lukes Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V

Learn Hand Engraving in London - Three Day Intensive Course

Learn Hand Engraving in London Autumn Programme These popular courses are back and the Hand Engravers Association is delighted to announce its autumn programme. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, class sizes are kept to just eight students. Upcoming Dates: Three Day Intensive Courses: Dates: 9-11 September 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Dates: 4-6 November 2017 Times: 10am-6pm Venue St Lukes Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V

Q&A: Alan Craxford

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

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

MADE BY HAND, The Contemporary Craft Fair

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

Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association

Call for Applications: Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the only UK-wide organisation set up to safeguard and promote the full breadth of traditional craft skills. We are looking for a Secretary and additional Trustees to join our passionate Board. The successful candidates will be: EITHER Professional craftspeople engaged with the issues affecting their craft and heritage crafts in general. AND/OR Those who support our remit and have professional experience specifically in: Public relations and media Membership schemes Digital marketing Organisational change Charity governance Previous experience of being a Trustee is not compulsory. Trustees

Connections | Connessioni, Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Connections | Connessioni Presented by the Association for Contemporary Jewellery 7 November 2019 - 3 January 2020 Goldsmiths' Centre, London AGC | ACJ touring exhibition showing work from two organisations and 50 international jewellers. The Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) in the UK is working with its Italian equivalent  l’Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC) on a two-country touring exhibition opening on 7 November 2019, running to the end of 2020.  25 makers have been selected from each organisation, and work is coming from jewellers based in Japan, Korea, Australia, USA, US Virgin Islands and several European countries, as well as Italy

Heritage Crafts Association Awards 2018

Call for Applications: The Heritage Crafts Association Awards Craftspeople urged to apply for awards and bursaries recognising traditional skills The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) has announced its call for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Craftspeople can be nominated for Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year, HCA/Marsh Trainer of the Year, and HCA/Marsh Volunteer of the Year. Nominations can also be made for the HCA/Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award.  Each award is worth £1,000. Heritage crafts make up the largest part of the craft sector, yet many heritage crafts are

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2019 Cardiff

Call for Applications: Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair City Hall, Cardiff 1 - 3 November 2019 Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.  You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. To Apply Click Here to Apply for Made by Hand, Cardiff StartUP Applications Made by Hand will include

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 Cardiff

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

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair 2017

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall 10 – 11 March 2018 Call for Applications The Organisers of The Contemporary Craft Festival and Made by Hand, Cardiff are delighted to announce our NEW, inspirational 2 day event in the heart of Cheltenham.  Applications Open Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland. You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation

Connections | Connessioni, Association for Contemporary Jewellery @ The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Connections | Connessioni Presented by the Association for Contemporary Jewellery 19 February - 17 May 2020    The Lighthouse, Glasgow AGC | ACJ touring exhibition showing work from two organisations and 50 international jewellers. The Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) in the UK is working with its Italian equivalent  l’Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC) on a two-country touring exhibition opening on 7 November 2019, running to the end of 2020.  25 makers have been selected from each organisation, and work is coming from jewellers based in Japan, Korea, Australia, USA, US Virgin Islands and several European countries, as well as Italy

The Textures of Craft, Heritage Crafts Association Annual Conference

The Textures of Craft, Heritage Crafts Association Conference Kaffe Fassett, worldwide authority on textiles and colour, is keynote speaker at The Textures of Craft, the conference of the Heritage Crafts Association on Saturday 6th May 2017. Kaffe kicks off a spectacular day when craftspeople and anyone interested in the UK’s rich heritage of traditional skills can hear from makers, browse the Instant Gallery, celebrate the best craftspeople in the country and find out more about the Heritage Crafts Association’s research into endangered crafts: The Radcliffe Red List. Other speakers include archaeologist, historian and TV presenter Dr Alex Langlands, potters Lisa Hammond

Gem-A revives historic ties with Canadian Gemmological Association

 Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain) has renewed its historic partnership with the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) to offer students and graduates at both institutions the very best in gemmological education. Taking inspiration from a previous agreement between the two associations, the new GemA and CGA educational partnership aims to create a stronger international community of gemmologists through access to a core syllabus; a shared body of information and learning that underpins both the CGA Certificate and Gem-A Diploma courses.  In practice, this will enable CGA students to achieve a region-specific Certificate qualification, while also providing the core competencies

Call for Applications: Heritage Crafts Association Awards

The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce a call for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Applications Open Craftspeople can be nominated for: Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year, Marsh Trainer of the Year, and Marsh Volunteer of the Year. Nominations can also be made for the Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award. Prizes Each award is worth £1,000. NADFAS Bursary A bursary offered with the support of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and worth up to £5,000 is also available for study in a

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall 8 - 10 March 2019 Made by Hand will showcase a highly selective group of 90 makers & artists set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheltenham's Town Hall. Venue Made by Hand The Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA Dates 8 - 10, March 2019 Open Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm (Last entry 30 minutes before the end time)

Creative Development Award 2019/20, Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Call for Applications: Creative Development Award Association for Contemporary Jewellery This is an exciting opportunity for an ACJ group or member to apply for an award of up to £500 to assist an in individual or group to enable them to undertake a form of creative development. This could be for any activity or event which will help to enhance your creative practice. The deadline to apply for the ACJ's Creative Development Awards is fast approaching with less than 2 weeks left to get your applications in. Deadline 15th September. These are also available in ‘Grants for Groups’ in the member

Gerald Genta Heritage Association creates Inaugural prize

At the occasion of Baselworld 2019, the Gerald Genta Heritage Association is pleased to announce the creation of the annual Gerald Genta Prize, with the aim of recognizing talented young designers and high potentials in the fine watchmaking industry.  The first awards ceremony will take place in Paris in December 2019, then successively in Geneva (2020), Monaco (2021), London (2022) and Basel (2023). In addition to the Special Gerald Genta Prize, different categories of awards will also distinguish several other promising talents across the sector (Innovation Award, Audacity Award, Special Asia-Pacific Award, Special Europe Award, Special Americas Award, Special Africa

Winter Jewels, Association for Contemporary Jewellery Wessex

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

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

20:20 Visions - Association for Contemporary Jewellery

20:20 Visions Celebrating twenty years' work from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery The 20:20 Visions exhibition boasts that it shows the best of the new jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. The exhibition is in two parts 20:20 and Visions 20:20 Twenty of our most prominent and innovative members have been invited to show work from c1997 alongside a new piece. The twenty invited guests are: Jane Adam                             Holly Belsher Stephen Bottomley           Caroline Broadhead Norman Cherry    Jack Cunningham Susan Cross                           Joel Degen Maria Hanson       Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon Dorothy Hogg   

New Jewellery Valuers Association Aims to Raise Professional Profile of Valuers

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

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

‘Make Christmas happen’ programme launched by the National Association of Jewellers

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has today announced an exclusive programme of support for just 16 independent jewellery retailers who have their sights set on a successful festive trading period. ‘Make Christmas happen’  is a structured commercially led support programme for a cohort of 16 participants, put together for those who are best positioned within an independent jewellery businesses to ‘make it happen’. The programme will push the cohort as a group, and the individual representatives in the respective jewellery retailers to promote their business as efficiently and effectively as possible, to maximise sales through October, November and December,

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

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

LVMH announces partnership with La Fabrique Nomade, an association that helps refugee artisans in France find employment

The vernissage for the La Fabrique Nomade’s Traits d’Union 4 collection of objects, jewelry and clothes made by refugee artisans supported by the association took place at the Viaduc des Arts in Paris on September 26th. During the event LVMH formally announced its support for the association, which helps refugee artisans find employment in France. This initiative expands the LVMH Group’s commitments to the preservation and transmission of savoir-faire in artisanal and creative professions. LVMH and its Maisons hold and nurture a rich cultural heritage of artisanal and creative métiers, and have always made preserving and passing on this unique savoir-faire [youtube

Hobby gold hunter may have to hand over 'largest ever' £50,000 find

An anonymous amateur gold hunter is still waiting to be told whether Britain's largest ever gold nugget, which he found in a Scottish stream, will have to be handed over to the Crown Estate. Weighing 85.7g, the nugget which has been named the Douglas Nugget was found in an unidentified river in Scotland two years ago by an amateur prospector who has chosen to keep his identity under wraps. Its value is reckoned to be around £50,000 but under “Mines Royal” law, which sometimes requires successful bounty hunters to hand over their gold and silver booty to the Crown, the

British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Board announce cuts to NAJ,Giftware Association and Head Office

The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) has announced that measures are set to be put in place to ensure the finacial security and longevity of the trade body in the wake of Covid-19 and the resulting econonomic impact for 2021 going forward. A statement released by the NAJ from the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Board interim CEO reads: "As I am sure all of you are aware, the recent Covid-19 crisis has had a massive impact on the economy of the UK. The government has invested billions of pounds in the Furlough scheme to help support companies and individuals through this

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery x Paul Smith Collaboration

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

Appointments: Simon Forrester appointed new NAJ CEO

Association Chief Executive Simon Forrester has been confirmed as the new CEO for the National Association of Jewellers. Simon is a successful trade association leader, with over 22 years’ experience in strategic-level association management. Extremely well regarded by his peers, Simon has previously won the award of Trade Association Chief Executive of the Year in 2016 and his most recent association, The British Pest Control Association, has received several awards and nominations under his leadership. He has a track record of delivering increased member benefits, training courses, governance reviews, best practice and a substantial code of conduct linked to purchaser

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

Inspired Event Bestowes 2017 Awards

The annual luxury silver and bespoke furniture exhibition, Inspired, has announced the winners of its 2017 awards to contemporary silversmiths and engravers.  Each year ,  the  Inspired  event  organis er,  The Festi val of S ilver, seeks  to promote, celebrate and nurture new talent and give recognition to this with a selection  of awards  presented at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre . This year’s  award  winners were announced as:    The Malcolm Appleby £500 C reative Engraving Prize   Judged by Max Warren – senior lecturer at   Central St Martins Awarded to Angus McFadyen for his body of work with expert engraving.   The Silver Society

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Appointment: Kate Madelin to step down as NAJ's Director of Education

After a hugely successful tenure as Director of Education for the National Association of Jewellers, Kate Madelin will be leaving her role with the association in March. NAJ will now be looking for a replacement to continue to drive forward the association’s industry-leading agenda, working with the full membership, the leadership team and staff. Simon Johnson, NAJ Chairman said “ Since her appointment to NAG five years ago Kate has had a transformational impact on the Association.  During this time, she has led a forward-thinking and committed team of employees and volunteers, to deliver innovative training for the whole sector. At

Appointment: Scott Williams Appointed NAJ’s New Head of Membership

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has appointed Scott Williams, previously the association’s Membership Services Officer, to fulfil the Head of Membership position. Scott will lead the Membership team based in the Birmingham office and travel across the UK to raise awareness of the association and its services. NAJ Chairman, Simon Johnson commented: “Since joining the association Scott has streamlined the administration process in the Membership department, his due diligence and sparkling personality have gone down well with members. Having excelled in his previous role, we are thrilled to offer Scott the opportunity to lead the Membership team and meet

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner

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

Jewellery buying sentiments highlighted as NAJ publish consumer research

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

Q&A: Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller has been at the helm of the jewellery industry for some 30 years. A charismatic individual who has held every senior influential position in the British jewellery industry going. He is currently a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office, a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company and President of the National Association of Jewellers as well as a Freeman of the City of London. A former President of the National Association of Goldsmiths; President of Emagold Europe; Director of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; Member of the British Hallmarking Council

NAJ create 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' for industry

The Nationl Association of Jewellers have creates a set of special webpages, a 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' blog intended to share information, opinion and intelligence for the Jewellery Industry leading up to the UK leaving the EU, and afterwards as the Jewellery community acclimatises to post-Brexit Britain. Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, which remains unclear despite today’s positive noises from the Prime Minister meeting with EU Negotiators. The guidance notes  covering key topics such as Intellectual property,

2021 Bright Young Gems winners announced

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

QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

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,

Touchstone Award

Call for Applications: BHC Touchstone Award National Association of Jewellers and British Hallmarking Council announce new collaboration for 2019 The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and British Hallmarking Council (BHC) are pleased to announce a new collaboration as the NAJ joins the four UK Assay Offices in supporting the prestigious BHC Touchstone Award. The award is presented annually to the Trading Standards teams who have delivered the most effective initiative relating to either the enforcement or awareness of hallmarking. In this era of high precious metal prices enforcement of hallmarking is extremely important. There is robust, long established hallmarking legislation

Endangered Craft Award 2017/18

Heritage Crafts Association launch the HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 The Heritage Crafts Association has launched a new Award of £1,000 with the kind support of Marsh Christian Trust. The HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 will be awarded to the proposal which in the opinion of the judges makes the best use of the funds to secure the survival of an Endangered or Critically Endangered Craft. The winner will be announced at the HCA’s annual conference “Crafts for the Future” on 24th March 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. For the purposes of the Award, eligible crafts are

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

David Warren, International Jewellery Director of Christie’s to speak at NCDIA UK Launch

The Natural Colour Diamond Association (NCDIA) is a non-profit membership organisation whose mission is to train, enlighten and educate the global jewellery community about natural colour diamonds. Since 2003 the association has been spreading their collective expertise through various educational programmes.  Whilst the public is increasingly knowledgeable about white diamonds, there is still a lack of reliable information about natural colour diamonds. The NCDIA seeks to address this by disseminating the most up-to-date gemological information to their members and supplying them with trustworthy marketing and promotional tools. Yves Frey, a specialist in natural colour diamonds, has been a member for 10

Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members

National Association of Jewellers' Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members The Better Business group is a new steering group that sits under the umbrella of the National Association of Jewellers National Committee, made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers that are experts in their relevant fields. About the Committee Its aim is to empower NAJ members, to operate Better Businesses, in line with the NAJ’s three core values of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Focusing primarily on smaller businesses who sometimes lack the necessary time, resources or expertise, the group is going to create a series of

Jewellery & Watch Collaborate with Industry Figureheads for Dynamic 5 Days Event Programme

Jewellery & Watch celebrates being ‘the heart of the jewellery industry’ with leading figureheads collaborating to front its 2017 content programme: Harriet Kelsall, bespoke jewellery designer and retailer, Fei Liu, fine jewellery designer, Simon Johnson, Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers and owner of Marmalade Jewellery, Alex Monroe, jewellery designer and Gary Wroe, MD of Hockley Mint.  The event will offer retailers the event’s most diverse and inspirational seminar programme to date. Each day has a theme, including a collaboration with the National Association of Jewellers - NAJ Live. The key industry figures will act as the ‘Faces’ of

Contemporary British Silversmiths & Danish Guests at the V&A

Contemporary British Silversmiths & Danish Guests at the V&A In partnership with London Craft Week, the V&A, the Danish Silversmiths and Georg Jensen, supported by the Goldsmiths' Company Throughout London Craft Week, Contemporary British Silversmiths, the UK’s leading association for designer silversmiths will be demonstrating the craft of silversmithing to the public, in the prestigious and world renowned surroundings of the V&A’s Silver Galleries. LCW LogoParticipating alongside will be special guests from the Danish Silversmiths’ Association (Danske Sølvsmede), an exciting group set up in 1976 to renew and transform the craft of silversmithing. Denmark and Britain both have a very

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

Benchpeg Awards 2016

Benchpeg held its first Benchpeg Awards evening in partnership with the Goldsmiths Company Assay Office on the 1st November in association with their Make Your Mark event. It was a lovely evening where the winners of the Benchpeg Awards 2016 were revealed, after our panel of independent judges presided over the short list of 19 entries out of 147 submissions to the competition. Here we see a few of the Instagram pics taken on the night and at the event during the day. #benchpegawards  Photo credits: Intstagram #benchpegawards #benchpeg #makeyourmark #makeyourmarklondon #goldsmithshall #goldsmithscompany

Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019 (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham)  20 - 22 March 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall,  Cheltenham The Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) applications open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms.  There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted.  Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s ‘Moon Trophy’ Remembered 50 Years After the Moon Landing

Fifty years ago in 1969, the first men landed on the moon, and with that the Goldsmiths' Company fittingly commissioned a piece to commemorate Sir Alan Herries Wilson’s time as Prime Warden from 1969-1970. Sir Alan Herries Wilson, a distinguished physicist laid the foundations for today’s understanding of microelectronics, as well as the Apollo 11 mission itself which landed the first men on the moon. The ‘Moon Trophy’ stands at 38.7 cm tall, and depicts a hand reaching out toward a magnificently modelled, oxidised and electroformed moon, hand sand cast in silver. Surrounding the moon are silver-gilt rings, set in

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts Salts Mill, Saltaire To 1st September 2019 SEASIDE @ SALTAIRE: A Summer Showcase Bringing the Beach to Saltaire Grab your bucket and spade and head to Salts Mill to join the six super talented jewellers holidaying with us throughout the sunny season. They are bringing a sparkle to our special showcase of hand crafted collections that capture the irresistible sensations of summer! Shimmering in the sunshine will be Anthony Blakeney’s precious rings scattered with sparkling diamonds and colourful gemstones. His delightful golden ‘sun kissed’ faces hand engraved onto his silver ‘Rose Root’ rings will

Central Saint Martins’ graduate selected as a Bright Young Gem

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

Shine 2017

Shine at the Goldsmiths Centre The Shine 2017 selling showcase returns to celebrate the best emerging jewellery and silver talent at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London, from 6 November to 20 December 2017. It will bring together thirty-seven up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK in the run-up to Christmas. Each exhibitor has been hand-picked based on the originality, quality and future commerciality of their hand-crafted pieces. The showcase is the ultimate launch pad for exhibitors to expand business contacts and reveal their newest collections. Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre explains: ‘Shine

Gabrielle Desmarais - Simple shapes and powerful shades

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

Summer Open Studios 2017

The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios 2017 The Sorting Office will be opening their doors to the public once again for their annual Summer Open Studios event. Open Studios is the perfect chance for visitors to browse the vibrant studio spaces and buy an exquisite array of wares, expertly hand-crafted by local designer-makers. The 17 resident designer-makers will be on hand to welcome visitors, talk about their crafts and show off their work, while a selection of local artists and makers will also be setting up shop in our Production House for the event’s ever-popular Maker's Fair. A number of

Trend Tease: Keeping It Cool with Fan-studded Finery

Step outside the box of everyday monotamy for a night of shimmying and swaying in old-deco glitz and allure with something a little etherial, exotic and fanning from afar. The hand fan is a classic artefact that originates far back into prehistoric times, first being a device of practicality in keeping its' wearer cool and keeping fires bright and live with oxygen. As time progressed these very same fans transformed into decorative and ornamental pieces that many carried as an artistic symbolism of class. Embellished representations of these hand fans originate back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and later

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

Endangered Crafts Fund

Call fro Applications: Endangered Crafts Fund Deadlines:  26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021 Thanks to support from  The Garfield Weston Foundation ,  The Dulverton Trust  and the  Sussex Heritage Trust , the  Heritage Crafts Association  is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must be listed as  endangered  or  critically endangered  on the current  Red List of Endangered Crafts ). During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address

Q&A: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is joint owner of Reading's oldest independent retail jewellery shop, Jacobs the Jewellers . The business has won accolades such as Winner: UK 'Jewellery Retailer of the Year' 2015; Inspiring Independent 2015; Independent Retailer of the Year 2015; Inspiring Independent 2013; Independent Retailer of the Year 2013 and Inspiring Independent 2012. Before joining the family business Adam had worked at Head Office, Marks & Spencer Plc and then at Evidently, a boutique marketing agency in London. Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from Bath University. Adam is a member of the National Association of Jewellers and is

Q&A: Dan Dower

Dan Dower is the Co-Founder and Design Director at Dower & Hall, the company he established in 1990 with wife Diane Hall. The well known independent British jewellery brand has two standalone stores in London and Glasgow, has concessions in top UK department stores and are stocked up and down the country by over 100 independent retail outlets. Dan heads up the design and bespoke element of the Dower and Hall business. A graduate of Middlesex University's Jewellery Degree course, he is a  member of the National Association of Jewellers, a Freeman of the Goldsmith Company and City of London, and

HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show 2020

Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show AsiaWorld Expo, Hong Kong 2 - 6 March 2020 The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show , which specialises in loose stones and raw materials for jewellery, will run from 2 - 6 March 2020 at AsiaWorld-Expo, while the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show , which focuses on finished jewellery at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The twin shows will welcome more than 4,600 exhibitors from about 50 countries and regions, forming the world’s largest jewellery marketplace. The HKTDC collaborates with the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association and

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

NAJ Reveals Brands Participating in ‘Suppliers’ Showcase’ at the NAJ Summit 2021

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) is pleased to announce an initial list of suppliers that are participating in this year’s  NAJ Summit  and its trade event-style ‘Suppliers’ Showcase’. Download the NAJ Summit Brochure Visiting retailers will have chance to reconnect with the teams at Hockley Mint, Ntinga, CW Sellors, Clarity Jewellery, Cadfolio, Fei Liu, GVUK Design, Code by Edge, Mireya, Lucy Quatermaine, Goodman Bros., Ruppenthal, LBJ Jewellery, Angel Whisperer, TI SENTO – Milano and Headline Sponsor, Continental UK, across all three days of the event. Garry Lane, NAJ’s Commercial Manager overseeing the Supplier Showcase says: “We’re delighted to be

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

OROAREZZO 2020

OROAREZZO now moved to 2021 Italian Exhibition Group has decided to schedule the show only in 2021 The difficulties caused by the health crisis are persisting for the international markets, with harsh restrictions enforced by some foreign countries of reference and, above all, the uncertainty of regular flight connections from the coming month of July. Under these conditions, there is no guarantee that foreign buyers will be able to travel to Italy and Tuscany and holding Oroarezzo 2020 in the best circumstances cannot be ensured.  IEG - Italian Exhibition Group, in conjunction with the sector’s manufacturing and association representatives, has therefore decided

European Prize for Applied Arts 2021

Call for Applications: European Prize for Applied Arts 2021  Initiated in 2009, in partnership with the City of Mons, the WCC-Europe and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the European Prize for Applied Arts rewards creations of contemporary expression in the field of Applied Arts and Craft Design. This 5th edition will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association. This competition is for all artists working in the field of applied arts and artisanal design and residing in a European country (including non-EU members). The works selected for the competition must be of a high standard, both technically and aesthetically, and

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

Start up Workshops - Poplar Works

Call for Applicaitons: Poplar Works Start Up Workshops CFE , in collaboration with award-winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association Poplar HARCA,  are taking on  eight brand new solo and shared studio spaces will become available for emerging SME fashion and fashion tech businesses. CFE  is London’s pioneering fashion and fashion tech business incubator and part of London College of Fashion (LCF), a constituent college of University of the Arts London (UAL). The studios are situated within Poplar Works, an exciting new development in Poplar, East London, located at 384 Abbott Road, London, E14. Currently under construction, completion is expected end of September

Gem Empathy Award 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Gem Empathy Award Gem Empathy Award open to IJL visitors for the first time IJL and Gem-A launch the Gem Empathy competition 2019 and ask for jewellery designs for a unique and precious coral jewel IJL and Gem-A have announced the return of the Gem Empathy Award for 2019, which gives IJL 2019 exhibitors and visitors the chance to win a precious and sustainable coral cabochon for their bespoke jewellery design. The long-standing Gem Empathy Award – organised by Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) and hosted by IJL – gives exhibitors and, for the first time,

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications Next application round is open 14 July - 24 August 2020 The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills, from farriery and cheese maturing to jewellery design, silversmithing and sculpture.   QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th

Five grants awarded to help save endangered crafts

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

The Art & Antiques Fair 2020

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

JNA Jewellery Design Competition

Call for Applications:  JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 The inaugural competition is organised by JNA of UBM Asia Limited, sponsored by Crossfor HK Ltd, Platinum Guild International (PGI) and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), the competition recognises and celebrates excellence in jewellery design. It invites amateur and professional jewellery designers to harness their passion and ingenuity towards producing modern and innovative designs that reflect their perspective. Theme of the competition The theme of the 3 categories are : Dancing Stone jewellery category - New Fashion Tech Materials: Entrants may incorporate gem and metal materials such as diamonds, coloured

Gem-A Conference 2018

Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain)  Conference 2018 County Hall, London 3 - 4 November 2018 World-Renowned Jewellery Artist, Wallace Chan, to Speak at Gem-A Conference 2018.The Hong Kong-based jewellery artist will showcase his innovations on the opening day of the Gem-A Conference in November. The Gem-A Conference 2018 will bring together the greatest minds in gemmology to celebrate 110 years of gemmology education. Alongside the opportunity to network with fellow gemmologists and leading experts in the field, guests will also have the chance to attend workshops, field trips and a very special celebratory dinner cruise aboard the Elizabethan: a replica

Endangered Crafts Award 2019

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

HCA's Red List of Endangered Crafts Grows with 37 New Additions

For the 2019 edition of the Heritage Craft Association's Red List of Endangered Crafts, 212 crafts were assessed to identify those which are at greatest risk of disappearing. Of the 212 crafts featured in the research, four have been classified as extinct, 36 as critically endangered, 70 as endangered and 102 as currently viable.  Sixteen new crafts have been added to the ‘critically endangered’ category of the Red List, meaning that they are at serious risk of dying out in the next generation, including withy crab pot making, millwrighting and commercial handmade paper making. They join 20 other critically endangered

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

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

Could 2018 mark new crypto era for UK jewellers?

Attempts to persuade UK gold dealers and jewellers to embrace the cryptocurrency Dash in their business plans in 2018 could enjoy a surge of activity following the award of 'wallets' of digital cash to 10 jewellers around the country. As part of a project to promote wider use of digital currency among retailers, a market survey, conducted in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers last November, asked 2200 NAJ about their plans for the future use of Dash, an alternative to Bitcoin. A total of 201 companies responded, including some of the largest UK firms in the sector, many of them

London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend

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

ILJ KickStart winners announced

The lives and careers of six talented young jewellery designers are poised for lift off after they were selected as beneficiaries of the 2018 IJL KickStart initiative. Chosen for their 'strongly individual stories' the six will get premium exhibition spots at International Jewellery London 2018 in addition to a raft of marketing and business tips from ILJ and their sponsors The National Association of Jewellers to fast track their young careers. The benefits of winning this accolade will ensure they get a head start in what has become a challenging and tricky commercial environment. These benfits include a mentoring package,

The NAJ Awards

Call for Applications: The NAJ Awards The NAJ Awards celebrate the achievements of members of the National Association of Jewellers. How to Apply The nomination process has changed, awards are no longer about the number of votes from your industry peers – you have to put yourself forward and tell the NAJ why you deserve an award. Why Apply? If you are shortlisted or go on to win an award your business will benefit from a great deal of publicity, as the NAJ let the industry know who you are and why you are special. Online Application It takes just

Winter Jewels 2017

Winter Jewels – Jewellery Exhibition 'Winter Jewels’ Jewellery Exhibition is once again set to sparkle at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery Wessex will be welcomed back to the Visitor Pavilion for their popular annual selling exhibition, which is now in it’s 6 year. The exhibition features the best contemporary jewellery in Wessex by more than 25 studio jewellers from the region, with the makers manning the exhibition themselves.  The 25+ cabinets showcase a variety of skill, styles and techniques from the talented local artisans.  Please see the ACJ Wessex website  www.acjwessex.co.uk  to see who will

International Pearl Design Competition 2018

Call for Applications: International Pearl Design Competition 2018 The International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) was created in 2009 to recognize design excellence with all types of cultured pearls under the authority of the Cultured Pearl Association of America. The Awards are international in scope, and have garnered international recognition for both emerging and seasoned artists from all over the world. The judging process is anonymous, transparent, and confidential. Judges are leaders of the jewelry industry and include retailers, editors, buyers, and pearl jewelry craftsmen. Purpose of the Competition Awards are given to entries that demonstrate high levels of design achievement

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

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

VIA Arts Prize 2018

Call for Applications: VIA Arts Prize 2018 Artists are invited to enter into a “Dialogue” with Ibero-American arts and culture for this year’s VIA Arts Prize 2018. The call for entries opens on Wednesday 6 June 2018 and closes on Monday 22 October  The VIA Arts Prize, held annually at the Embassy of Brazil to the UK, in partnership with ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), People’s Palace Projects from Queen Mary University of London, and sponsored by Itaú, is pleased to now open the call for entries for this year’s prize. Following on

Crafts for the Future Conference

Crafts for the Future  The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce that booking for the 2018 conference, Crafts for the Future, is now open.  Keynote speakers this year will be HCA Patron and ceramics producer, Emma Bridgewater and Sam Walton from Hole & Corner magazine, a bi-annual print magazine devoted to celebrating craft, beauty, passion and skill. In the afternoon session, makers from the critically endangered category of The HCA/Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts will be addressing the audience. Martin Frost, fore-edge painter Kate Hetherington, horse collar maker Wim Visscher, parchmenter JoJo Wood, apprentice clog maker and wood

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Muriel was a Founding Member of ACJ, and was for seven years our Honorary Secretary. She initiated our print magazine Findings and served as its Editor for 15 years, from 1998 to 2013. She was a keystone member of ACJ and keeper of its history. She retired from the Board meetings in 2014 (always identified as attending ex officio Editor of Findings) and thereafter served on our Panel of Advisors wirites Tamizan Savill from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery in Muriel Wilson's  obituary. Jane Adam wrote  “Muriel proved herself to be pivotal to the formation of ACJ, giving us a good

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."

Make Your Mark 2019

Make Your Mark 2019 Once again Goldsmiths’ Hall will be opening its doors to all students, graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help you make your mark in industry. This free one day event led by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and support networks to help you in your career, alongside a packed schedule of talks and demonstrations and our Make Your Mark awards.  Exhibitor List Who to see at this year's Make Your Mark Association for Contemporary Jewellery Bellore

The Prettiest Pearl in the Room

An ever-loved adornment for jewellery, accessories, furniture and more, the pearl is the oldest gem known to man, symbolic for its association with beauty, wealth, wisdom and purity.  Pearls are a timeless symbol of style; universally flattering due to their ability to complement a plethora of outfits and brighten just about any complexion of its wearer. One of the most precious trends for winter 2018 is the return of the pearls! Single bold chokers, as well as fine and dainty multi-strand necklaces, are a big hit with designers this season. With interesting clasps, the array of pearl jewellery this winter

Get to know IJL's six winning Kickstarters for 2018

International Jewellery London have announced the six winning designers selected as the 2018 IJL KickStarters. This annual mentoring programme, now in its tenth year, offers the six the exciting opportunity to not only exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at IJL 2018 but also receive invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers. This initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent.  Sarah Kitley-Spencer, IJL Show Manager, comments: “Congratulations to all of our six KickStart designers. As ever, they show exceptional creative flair and their styles are very

Raw Pearls announce Pearl Academy, free and accessible training videos at your fingertips

According to a study by the British Pearl Association, only 20% of staff could explain the types of pearl, nor the factors affecting the value of the pearl. Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have created Pearl Academy to address staff training needs; enabling retail staff to be confident when imparting their knowledge and passion for the pearl.  As well as in-store training, Pearl Academy will be releasing a series of webinar style videos that are free and accessible to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of pearls. Part One has already been released; lasting just [youtube

NAJ preview new website at IJL

The National Association of Jewellers will reveal the NAJ’s new brand identity and showcase its much-improved website, due to launch later this year. Members of the trade are invited to stop by for an interactive website demonstration. Visitors and exhibitors alike will benefit from one-to-one advice from our Intellectual Property Lawyers and video marketing specialists as well as HMRC, specialist high value experts. Companies’ signing up to membership at the show will benefit from no joining fee, saving up to £120. Individuals and companies enrolling on a JET course at IJL will also save 10%.  Budding entrepreneurs will be able

Brilliant social media wins Alice Barnes 2017 Industry's Choice Award

Alice Barnes built up a formidable following on social media for her unique paper art jewellery to win the IJL 2017 KickStart ‘Industry’s Choice Award’, beating nine other contenders for the prestigious prize of a complimentary stand in the Design Gallery in 2018. The ten KickStarters went into battle over the summer to win as many votes as possible from the public via social media and an online poll, with the prize awarded at the discretion of the IJL and The National Association of Jewellers.  Showing initiative and enterprise in her use of social media and email marketing, Alice gained

Jet Business Network Congress 2017

How do you unlock the value of staff? No business should be an island when we can share experiences to enable us to be more successful. This year’s National Association of Jewellers' Jet Business Network Congress looks at how to unlock the value of your staff. Consisting of, shaping a company’s culture to foster an engaged workforce, coaching and rewarding staff and managing inconsistent performance. The congress attracts NAJ members from all over the UK, and is open to non-members for the first time this year.  This year 6 key speakers have been handpicked to share their experiences and methodologies.

Heritage Crafts Award Winners Announced

The last remaining professional fore-edge painter  Martin Frost  has been awarded Maker of the Year by the Heritage Crafts Association at its Textures of Craft conference on 6 th  May. Fore-edge painting is one of the seventeen critically endangered crafts identified by the HCA. Martin took up the craft of vanishing fore-edge painting in 1970, continuing an English tradition that dates back to the 17 th  century. Since then he has produced over 3,300 edge-paintings, many on carefully restored antique books.  His commitment to the craft as an artist and untiring efforts to raise its profile have won him respect

UK Pavilion - Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

Call for Applications: UK Pavilion Hong Kong International Jewellery Show British Jewellery & Giftware International in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers will once again be organising a group pavilion at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March 2018, with support from the Department for International Trade.  In 2017 this major international trade show featured approximately 2,580 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions presenting their products to some 52,000 visitors. Stand Size For 2018 the UK pavilion retains its enviable front of hall location in Hall 5G.   Standard booth sizes are 9sqm.     Show Dates 1-5

Gemfields confirmed as sponsors of the 2016 Gem-A Conference and Graduation Ceremony

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

Masterpiece London Highlights 2016

At the height of the international summer arts season over 150 of the world's top exhibitors joined us at Masterpiece London to show works that span 5,000 years of art history, furniture, jewellery and design; from antiquity to the present day. In association with Principal Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, the fair drew close to 40,000 visitors for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London. Relive the fair with the highlights video here and hear from the 2016 exhibitors as to why in their opinion Masterpiece has established itself as the leading international

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

Craft Emergency 2016: Makers Announced

Craft Emergency have selected eleven makers for Craft Emergency 2016, a biennial open submission group exhibition featuring recent work in diverse media. The main aim of the competition is to champion contemporary craft by emerging makers from across the UK and beyond, increasing exposure for their work, and encouraging further professional development opportunities. Earlier this year the gallery launched an international open-call in association with Making Space, Havant. Eleven makers were selected for inclusion in the show by a panel of judges including: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, letter-carver

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

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

International Pearl Design Competition 2016-2017

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

IJL KickStart 2017

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

A Quiet Unfolding of Ideas. A retrospective Exhibition: Pamela Ritchie

A Quiet Unfolding of Ideas. A retrospective Exhibition: Pamela Ritchie  2017 Saidye Bronfman Award Laureate Pamela Ritchie creates jewellery that explores linkages between traditional craft processes, contemporary ideas of science and culture, and the language of alternative materials. Her work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, form, and pattern can be encapsulated in very small objects.  Her studies include an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and postgraduate research work in Norway supported by a scholarship from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in conjunction with

The 2016 Benevolent Society Ball Sparkled

The evening of the 1st of December saw the 81st British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery & Watch as Headline Sponsor. Incorporated within this longstanding annual Charity Event were the National Association of Jewellers Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in the High Street. The

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, 

This Year's NAJ Awards Shortlist

The NAJ awards acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional contribution of our members to the jewellery industry. Specialist manufacturer  River Mounts  is the headline sponsor of this year’s awards that cover the different sectors of membership acknowledging the inclusive heart of the association that represents the whole of the industry. New Awards for 2016 New for 2016 is Workshop Employee of the Year “In recognition of the importance of specialist skills in our industry and the vital role individual craftsman play” I look forward to the industry acknowledging these hidden gems and their achievements over the year. I personally am really

The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

The National Association of Jewellers has launched its  Jewellery Industry Sa lary and Benefits Survey 2017 which will be open until the 1 August .   The survey will be used to allow businesses to  benchmark themselves against the national wage average across industry. The questions include salary brackets, benefits and rewards across the wide range of job functions and craft skills associated with our sector. Only survey participants will have access to the detailed results where a ll individual responses will be confidential.   Understanding the current market r ates for salaries and wages is  vital as it will

Benevolent Society Ball 2016

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

Evening Soiree, Meet The Maker

Evening Soiree, Meet The Maker Do you like shopping? Did you know unique handmade contemporary crafts are currently for sale at Vittoria Street Gallery? The Meet The Maker pop up shop is open for 1 more night! So it’s your last chance to buy beautiful work from Made in the Middle exhibitors. You are welcome to join us for an evening soiree in the Vittoria Street Gallery in association with Talking Practice. You will have the opportunity to meet Made in the Middle makers, have a chat and a glass of wine, and to purchase work from the exhibition. The

Trade Organisations

It's always useful to know you are not alone in the industry and knowing where to go for specialist support can be a lifeline. We've complied a list of the industry's trade focused organisations, member associations and bodies as a quick reference... Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) ACJ promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Jewellery and supports jewellers’ creative and professional development. acj.org.uk British Allied Trade Federation The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and

Captivating Brilliance by Peter Schmid

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

Stretch It, Ping It, Twist It!

Gilly Langton Jewellery blends the love of colour and craftsmanship to create statement jewellery from the Scottish Highlands using the colours of the season. This year Gilly is launching at a range of trade shows including this month's Top Drawer, the new 2017 Ombre Collection of hand dyed elastic and sterling silver jewellery in 22 ombre colours, celebrating the New Pantone Colour of the Year, Gilly has selected greens, pinks and yellows - signature colours for 2017 - which make the new collection extremely current for retailers including Museum Stores, Galleries and fashion accessory stockists.  The New Twist Collection combines twisted stands of hand dyed elastic in a variety of

Milbro Pendant Drill 18,000 Rpm

Milbro Pendant Drill  Milbro Pendant Drill 18,000 Rpm in good condition, bought from Cooksongold. Features: Milbro Pendant Drill With Fixed Hand Piece, 18,000 Rpm, Plastic Foot Control And Hanger. It hasn’t been used for a while. Price: £190 Collection in person from KT12 3PD Contact details: Milbro Pendant Drill Lia.chahla@gmail.com 07713636006

Freelance Jewellery / CAD Designer Available For Work

Freelance Jewellery /CAD Designer Available for Work I am a Jewellery and CAD Designer based in London. I am looking for freelance opportunities to use my CAD or jewellery design skills.  I am experienced in Matrix and in rendering hand-painted jewellery illustrations. I am happy to talk through any designs and projects you want to bring to fruition. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Etta Burton at  ettaburtonjewellery@gmail.com  or call 07769971305 

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert - £130

We've made it really simple to pay us. Just use the Paypal button below. Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. First, enter your invoice reference number in the box ( the reference number can be found at the top right hand corner of our invoice under our address in bold and will begin with bp-00 ) then press the yellow button to pay. This button is for a fixed payment of £130.00 which includes transaction fees.

Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire A selection of some of the best contemporary craft from across the UK, including glassware, ceramics, jewellery, limited edition prints, textiles and accessories. There’s nothing mass produced in this showcase; everything is lovingly created by hand. Ask about the person behind each piece! Dates 11 November 2017 – 13 January 2018 Venue Chapel Gallery, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR chapelgallery.org.uk

Meet the Masters - The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths at IJL 2017

Meet the Masters Come and find out about The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths at International Jewellery London, Stand B154. Demonstrations The IPG will have a range of demonstrations by master craftspeople ot the Institute, as well as a broad range of other experts on hand to talk to about the craft and the IPG. Displays On show will be a cabinet of work by Fellows and Associate Fellows of the Institute, as well as a slide show demonstrating the range of work of the IPG membership. Films A selection of training films will viewable at the IPG stand. The demonstrations Programme

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

Due to the retirement of a very experienced and valued member of our team we now have a position for a highly experienced and qualified jobbing jeweller or hand made mounter. The successful applicant will have completed a five year apprenticeship and have at least another five years experience as a working jeweller with references to support. The job will require working knowledge of all precious metals, ie, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Together with a comprehensive understanding of precious and semi precious stones and their characteristics from a working point of view.

Collect 2021 Talks Programme

Collect 2021 Talks Programme, Crafts Council Collect takes place  online   26 February - 2 March 2021 Collect 2021 Talks Programme In association with  Crafts  magazine We're delighted to announce the Collect 2021 Talks Programme taking place 26 Feb - 2 March with leading figures across art, interiors and culture. Carry on reading to discover the full schedule below and book your place now before they're gone: Breaking the Boundaries of Craft: LOEWE FOUNDATION Friday 26 February 12 noon (GMT) An international panel of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists - ceramist Takeshi Yasuda, textile artist Yeonsoon Chang, glass maker Harry Morgan and jeweller Patricia Domingues - are brought

Gift card industry launches campaign to drive £2.3 billion high street recovery

The gift card and voucher industry, led by the  Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA) , has urged the government  to raise the tax free gift card limit to £500, which could bring the high street an estimated spending boost of more than £2 billion*.  The proposal would involve the government increasing the tax-free gifting allowance of  £50 currently permitted through  HMRC’s Trivial Benefits Allowance  to £500, and encouraging employers across the nation to use the scheme to thank their staff for their hard work over the past few months of COVID-19 uncertainty. This  permanent increase  initiative follows similar proposals

2016-2017 International Pearl Design Competition Winners

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winners’ of CPAA’S 2016-2017 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 18 countries we received” Mr. Bazar reported. President’s Trophy  – “Murmuring Stream” Yi-Shiun Tsai of Taipei City, Taiwan .The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best. Luster Award  – “Dentelle” The Pearl Exporting Company of Portland, ME. Most marketable design for retail. Designer’s Award  –“Pearl Blossom” Wan-Fang Ting of Taipei City, Taiwan. Given to the entry that takes

Elements 2020

Elements Online Event 6 - 8 November 2020 Sparkling Scottish Festival Showcases Designer Gold, Silver and Jewellery Meet the makers online and shop small this festive season Exquisite hand-made work by over 50 established and emerging makers will be on show at Scotland’s sixth annual Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold. Organised as a partnership between The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers, this year’s festival (from 6 to 8 November) will be taking place online. It is hoped that this will allow people from all round the world a chance to

New Designers 2020

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

Diamond Mounter / Goldsmith, Robert's Fine Jewellery - Redhill, Surrey

The role Diamond Mounter / Goldsmith Robert's Fine Jewellery Redhill, Surrey Robert's Fine Jewellery is an independent Jewellers based in Redhill, Surrey specialising in bespoke hand-made jewellery and expert jewellery repairs. We are proud to have our very own onsite Jewellery workshop offering a bespoke service, same day and 1 hour priority jewellery repair service. About the Job Robert’s Fine Jewellery are seeking a hard working, experienced Diamond Mounter to work within a busy retail setting undertaking on site jewellery repairs, alterations, bespoke commissions and remodelling of clients’ jewellery. The ideal candidate for this position will be fully proficient and

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery 17 March - 10 May 2020 Craft in the Bay, Cardiff  Drawing inspiration from themes of collecting memories Lindsey creates playful jewellery which might explore a fleeting moment, a chance encounter or a material souvenir charged with meaning. Referencing shape, form, colour and pattern to realise each piece of jewellery she hopes to create something which has both familiar and yet foreign associations, perhaps triggering a vague memory for the viewer too and hopefully raising a smile! Working from her studio in rural Wiltshire, Lindsey constructs jewellery using hand-printed anodised aluminium, precious and non-precious metals

CRAFT at Top Drawer

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

A new verge for Westminster Abbey

Ottewill Silversmiths and Jewellers Ltd proudly watched as the new verge manufactured for Westminster Abbey was used for the first time on Tuesday by the Dean’s Verger, Martin Castledine. The special service, to celebrate the 750 th  Anniversary of the re-building of the Abbey, was attended by Her Majesty The Queen. The commission by Westminster Abbey following a tender process overseen by The Goldsmiths’ Company, stipulated that the piece had to be made by an apprentice. Our 5 year apprentice, 21 year old William Sullivan, relished the challenge and it was hand made to an exceptional standard in our Ashford

Carmarthen School of Art Virtual Graduate Show 2020

Carmarthen School of Art Graduate Show Friday 26 June 2020 - all summer Carmarthen School of Art @ Coleg Sir Gar create the UK’s largest bespoke and hand built Virtual Reality (VR) gallery to showcase student art and design work Despite the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, staff at Carmarthen School of Art in Wales have created a virtual showcase to celebrate the achievements, creativity and innovation of final year students from all of their Art & Design courses. Students have had a real challenge on their hands to adapt to what has been an unexpected end to their courses

Shine 2020

Shine 2020 The Goldsmiths’ Centre Part of London Craft Week: 18th September – 22nd December 2020 Shine 2020, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, returns this year as a digital-only event, in response to our changed circumstances and consumer patterns. Celebrating up and coming UK designer makers, it will present eleven new collections hand-picked for their originality and quality. Each maker will be supported through an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and designed to get them market ready for the online opening on 17th September 2020. Shine 2020 provides a

Elma Ultrasonic S40H 4.25l

Elma Ultrasonic S40H 4.25l  The Elma S40H Ultrasonic Cleaner has a 4.25 litre capacity tank, it’s in a very good condition, bought from Cooksongold. Features: The S40H is easy to use, with the option of either a continuous operation or a 1 to 30 minute timed setting, and has a selection of high tech features for ultrasonic cleaning which is fast, efficient and effortless. This heated ultrasonic cleaner can be programmed to clean at temperatures between 30° and 80°, in increments of 5°, and can be switched on by hand or by automatic temperature control. Both the remaining cleaning time

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

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019 31 May – 2 June 2019 Tickets are now on sale for the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, which will take place within the beautiful grounds of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex from Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June, 2019. The Festival, which is open each day from 10am – 5pm, offers visitors the opportunity to try their hand at something new in a fun environment and go home, after a bit of escapism, saying “I made that!” With almost 1,000 places to have-a-go in workshops

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

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

Mummy’s Star pendant created created to mark special mum’s life

A jewellery designer has created a very special 'Mummy’s Star' pendant in memory of her late sister-in-law, who passed away with stage 4 breast cancer in April this year. Sian Hughes, whose sister-in-law Emily Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer in pregnancy, is donating all of the profits of each bespoke, hand-crafted piece to Mummy’s Star. Sian, who has been designing and creating contemporary jewellery for 15 years, said: “I wanted to thank Mummy’s Star for the much-needed practical and emotional support they gave to my family during a very difficult time. “The star in the design is a direct

V&A launch open-call for homemade signs and rainbow drawings created during lockdown

The V&A has today announced an open-call for homemade signs created during lockdown to enter its permanent collection. From rainbow signs created by children to shop signs and hand-written notes posted in public spaces, the V&A is seeking signs that have been created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures.  During social distancing, homemade signs have become commonplace on our streets. Whether they state temporary closure of a business, express messages of hope or critique, or raise awareness for a good cause, these signs have become a prominent way for us to communicate with the outside world during

Public Art Commission, Medway Council

Public Art Commission, Medway Council Medway Council is seeking multiple artists/companies to create a range of temporary public artworks across our five town centres of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham to reinforce essential safety and wellbeing messages relating to COVID-19. These include social distancing, hand washing, staying alert to symptoms, test and trace, using contactless payment where possible, wearing face coverings. This opportunity is open to professional artists or organisations, and would also suit a student, graduate or emerging artist at the beginning of their career. We are particularly keen to hear from artists or organisations based in Medway. 

Women’s Empowerment in Action, within the Jewellery Supply Chain

The Dragonfly Initiative is a sustainability consultancy that works across the depth of the jewellery supply chain to support the growth and sustainability of emergent jewellery businesses. The consultancy has recently been working with brands which champion female empowerment. Vivien Johnston of The Dragonfly Initiative is an expert in her field regarding jewellery ethics and sustainability as well as having a track record of first hand experience in end to end best practice in jewellery manufacture. A recent client of the consultancy was a female led jewellery brand, Myne London, which had a mandate to source emeralds mined and polished

LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2020 About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. All Entries Should fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass,

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

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019 9th & 10th November 2019 Stockbridge Town Hall, Hampshire The H&B Guild return to this spacious and interesting venue along the vibrant Stockbridge High Street. They will be joined by guest artists Jules Hogen (Designer Knitwear), Kathryn Greene (Textile Designer) and Reuben Goadby (Hand-carved Spoons in a range of unusual wood). Come along and meet the makers to gain insight into their skills and specialised techniques… The Guild is a group of craftsmen and women who have a common interest in maintaining the design and manufacturing skills required to produce the highest

Handmade Chelsea – The Contemporary Craft And Design Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Handmade Chelsea - The Contemporary Craft And Design Fair Handmade in Britain returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall in November 2019. Handmade Chelsea is an annual contemporary craft and design fair at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall.  Taking place over three days from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2019, the event will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 100 highly-skilled, international and UK-based designer-makers. It presents a fabulous opportunity to shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and more from a handpicked selection of artisans. Makers will be on hand throughout

LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd edition About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. Key Dates 20 June 2018:  Entry site opens to submit works 31 Oct. 2018:  Submissions close 31 Jan. 2019:  Shortlist of

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

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

Brazillian designer who turned her back on fast-fashion to exhibit at Milan Fashion Week

Brazillian designer, Roberta Mattos’, evolution from fast-fashion student to slow-design is encapsulated in her latest collection: Pause.  The designer began her career in the clothing industry but fell out of love with it due to wide-spread ‘fast-fashion’ practices. She finally settled on jewellery design after trying her hand at other creative industries, such as gastronomy and culture, inspired by a visit to a local jewellery atelier.. The ‘’Pause’’ collection is intentional and conspicuous with its meaning, incorporating the geometric ‘pause’ symbol as a motif within the designs, serving as a gentle reminder to take a break from technology and connect

Resonance Catherine Martin at The Scottish Gallery

Resonance - Catherine Martin The Scottish Gallery 2 August - 1 September 2018 The Scottish Gallery welcomes back Catherine Martin for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018. Designer-goldsmith Catherine Martin was the first ever westerner to graduate in Kumihimo – the ancient Japanese art of braiding. She later developed the Asian art into a painstaking weaving of fine gold wire by hand. The resulting silken jewels are breathtaking in their sensual play of light and form. As a professional musician and singer, Martin allows the fluidity of music to influence her pieces. Each design element flows with finesse from her instinctive

Norwich Jeweller Creates World’s Most Expensive Nappy Cream Lid

Any moment now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be welcoming a new member into their family – a historic moment and a cause for celebration for the whole country. Norwich-based, independent family jewellers Tillett’s has created the Meghan Sparkle, a diamond- encrusted Sudocrem lid to celebrate the royal birth. With a price tag of £4,250, the ‘Meghan Sparkle’ is a pavé-set 925 silver lid, hand-engraved with the flags of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, sized to fit a 125g pot of Sudocrem. Capturing the “natural charisma and sparkle of Meghan herself” the lid will

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 Public Exhibition

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 Public Exhibition The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. Each year the Council hosts a unique national competition attracting over 600 entries from exceptionally talented and skilled UK based designers and craftsmen. The annual Awards Exhibition showcases this year's winners from intricate hand-crafted jewellery to tableware and objet d’art – all entered as part of GC&DC’s 2018 competition. Dates 27 February - 2 March 2018 Open 10:00am – 4:00pm Venue The Goldsmiths' Company, Goldsmiths Hall, London EC2V 6BN

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award Winners Retrospective Exhibition

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council 2017 Award Winners Retrospective The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. Each year the Council hosts a unique national competition attracting over 600 entries from exceptionally talented and skilled UK based designers and craftsmen. This showcase at the Goldsmiths’ Centre celebrates award-winning work ranging from innovative, yet intricate hand-crafted jewellery to tableware and objet d’art – all entered as part of GC&DC’s 2017 competition. Plus, a unique first, a feature and showcase of Cartier jewellery to celebrate 60 years of partnership with GC&DC. Dates 17 January -

Appointment: Michel Loris-Melikoff New Baselworld Managing Director

The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, has decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show. " After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges" , said Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision. She

*Deadline Approaching* Craft at Top Drawer

Call for Applications: Craft at Top Drawer January 2018     Applications for Craft S/S18 now open Craft is the hunting ground for buyers looking for highly original, one-off pieces, hand made with heart, skill and soul. Craft at Top Drawer has successfully connected hundreds of makers with lucrative commercial opportunities. In each edition, we present a carefully curated, exclusive edit that mixes global brands and innovative new names to create a compelling sourcing experience for our quality audience of buyers.  We anticipate, reflect and celebrate new trends so that in one, vibrant space – in London’s creative heartland – buyers

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert

We've made it really simple to pay us. Just use the Paypal button below. Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg Advertising revenue helps us to keep going and also to deliver good works within industry. How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. First, enter your invoice reference number in the box ( the reference number can be found at the top right hand corner of our invoice under our address in bold and will begin with bp-00 ) then press the yellow button to pay. This button is for a fixed payment of

Meghan’s bridal jewellery is borrowed, old, new and blue

Arriving at the church, St George's Chapel, Windsor, in a contemporary wedding gown with bateau neckline made of double bonded silk cady designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, and a five meter long veil made from silk tulle with a trim of 53 hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, the bridal jewellery would have to be special. Tiara Loaned by the Queen, Meghan wore a rarely seen tiara known as the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara, which was previously owned by the Queen’s own grandmother and was last worn by Princess

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert - £135

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Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert - £250.00

Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg We've made it really simple to pay us.  Just use the Paypal button below. How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. First, enter your invoice reference number in the box ( the reference number can be found at the top right hand corner of our invoice under our address in bold and will begin with bp-00 ) then press the yellow button to pay. This button is for a fixed payment of £255.00 which includes transaction fees.

Tresor Paris create the ‘Artisan Collection’

Tresor Paris celebrates the wonderful diverse nature of gemology with the unique Artisan collection, featuring slices of precious stones set in 18 carat gold for a contemporary take on traditional gem stones. Using breath-taking natural Ruby, Sapphire and sliced diamond stone cross-sections set in luxurious 18 carat yellow gold, every piece is truly individual. The contours of the outer shape of the gem are all different as are the naturally occurring inclusions inside each stone. Every piece is hand made using the gem stones as a starting point to craft a beautiful piece of jewellery around it. Salim Hasbani, Director

Rudolf Heltzel - Bounded + Unlimited

Rudolf Heltzel || Bounded + Unlimited Master goldsmith and an icon of Irish craft and design, Rudolf Heltzel presents a solo exhibition of his exceptional sculptural pendants. Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality, quality and timeless aesthetic of his craftsmanship with each piece created meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. This exhibition,  In Precious Metal , will showcase many of Heltzel’s most ambitious and technically complex designs, selected from his personal archive together with newly produced work. Three of his most significant collections of scultptural pendants will be presented; Rock Crystal Treasure

COSMIMA 2018

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

Graduate crafts heavy metal jewellery for rock legends

Since graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts in 2018 at Plymouth College of Art, Sam Ritte has secured a role at The Great Frog, the pioneers in handcrafted, iconic statement jewellery for rockers, bikers and those favouring their metal heavy. Crafting jewellery at The Great Frog. They have produced bespoke pieces for a cross section of the fashion and music industry since 1972, including rock legends Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash and Aerosmith. Every piece of jewellery sold at The Great Frog is hand carved and crafted on site, at their shop in Soho, London, each imbued with an [youtube

British Craft Trade Fair 2018

The British Craft Trade Fair 2018 The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is a three-day event taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in beautiful Harrogate. The next Harrogate fairwill take place on 8th-10th April 2018. The fair is strictly trade-only and showcases work from exclusively British and Irish makers. BCTF differs from other trade fairs in that no mass-manufactured products or products made overseas are allowed. Visitors can be confident, therefore, that they will be presented with a selection of the best hand-made British giftware available in the UK. BCTF Harrogate has been running for more than 43 years. For the

News Edit: 4 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alexander McQueen's favourite jeweller Shaun Leane turns his hand to buildings The Telegraph: Shaun Leane has never quite toed the line when it comes to what we expect of a fine jeweller. It was Leane who created the major pieces that came to define... www.telegraph.co.uk Why Heinz Mayer is the chosen supplier to the Jeweller of Her Majesty, The Queen of England First Classe: The independent German jeweller has been the steadfast supplier to the official jewellers of the palace for decades despite being a small company of only approximately

Lustre!

Lustre! Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 November 2018 An eagerly anticipated landmark on Nottingham’s arts calendar, Lustre is a friendly, relaxed, contemporary craft and design fair, where you can buy everything from artisan jewellery and bags to ceramics, glass and tableware. If you love crafts that are handmade, individual and beautiful, then Lustre is a must for you. Buy or commission work direct from over 80 of the UK’s finest established and emerging designer/makers. Each has been specially selected for the quality and uniqueness of their craft, and each will be on hand to talk to you personally about the

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

Paolo Marcolongo: A dialogue between glass and metals

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

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work The Goldsmiths' Centre  Your hand-crafted jewellery collection or silversmithing work is ready to sell. Now you are looking to approach a selling event, shops, boutiques and galleries to earn good-sized sales. This can seem like a daunting proposition, so where do you begin? Rebecca Hossain, pictured, former Head of Retail for the Design Museum, will explain how to get your foot in the door and empower you to present yourself and your work confidently to selling event organisers, buyers and wholesalers. This business growth workshop is specifically tailored to jewellers and silversmiths; and

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

COSMIMA 2017

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

Welbeck Winter Weekend 2017

The Harley Foundation and its Harley Gallery and Harley Studios will be hosting its annual winter event, returning for it’s 17th year, celebrating all things hand-made. The Welbeck Winter Weekend will take place on 24, 25 and 26 November 2017. The event will feature: Free entry, free car parking A heated marquee with 50+ stalls featuring artists and makers The Harley Artist Studios open to the public 20+ stalls featuring regional artisan food producers Exhibitions at The Harley Gallery and locally produced food at The Welbeck Farm Shop Recently opened gallery dedicated to the display of fine and decorative arts

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

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

Micro and Macro Inspired Jeweller Debuts at LFW

Macro and mirco  inspired jeweller Ana Thompson will make her London Fashion Week debut this week with must-see collections of arresting fine jewellery for SS18.  Housed within LFW’s Designer Showrooms, three intrepid collections Vortex, Sedna and Spin will embody Ana’s fascination with the macroscopic and microscopic worlds of nature, science and technology. With statement bangles, chokers, rings and cufflinks, the collections are a daring antidote to delicacy, and highlight the return of bold jewellery for SS18.   Crafted in sterling silver, gold vermeil and precious 18ct gold, Ana Thompson Fine Jewellery combines skilful hand craftsmanship with cutting edge technological applications.  The

Gem Empathy Award Returns for IJL 2018 with Dazzling Gemstone Prize

Gem-A’s Gem Empathy Award, which gives IJL 2018 exhibitors the chance to win a spectacular, fancy-cut gemstone by world-renowned cutter, John Dyer for a bespoke jewellery design returns for 2018. In a change to previous years, the long-standing Gem Empathy Award - organised by Gem-A and hosted by IJL – will welcome entries from the entire breadth of IJL 2018 exhibitors, not just Design Gallery exhibitors. All those who enter the competition, whether an established brand or emerging designer, will have the opportunity to win a sensational 18.28 carat ametrine gemstone from Bolivia, which has been hand-cut by master gem-cutter,

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

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Foundation Programme In Jewellery, Silversmithing and the Allied Trades

Call For Applications: Foundation Programme In Jewellery, Silversmithing and The Allied Trades The Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre teaches young people traditional hand-skills and contemporary processes to start a career as a goldsmith. The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is now accepting applications for its Foundation Programme 2017/18, which begins on 11 September 2017. Open to young people aged 16 to 19, the course is a great way to receive the expert training required to begin a rewarding career in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades. Each year the full-time Foundation Programme equips 10 young people with the core skills

Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017

Salisbury Contemporary Craft is the new-look event for Salisbury based in the magnificent setting of the medieval cloisters and Cathedral, an iconic environment recognised throughout the world. This is a chance to explore and buy exquisite and beautifully hand-crafted pieces from some of our nation’s best contemporary craft makers and designers. Come and browse a range of high quality items made by skilled jewellers, potters, textile artists and more. Buy that special gift for someone special or perhaps even treat yourself. And take part in some workshops run by expert craft makers and artists in a full programme of participation

Alan Craxford at 70

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

Jeremy France rolls out the red carpet for Fei Liu

On Friday 21st October, Jeremy France Jewellers welcomed British Jewellery Designer of the Year, Fei Liu, to showcase his entire collection of award winning designs - officially launching his recent addition to the family jeweller’s exclusive brand list.  Guests were greeted with champagne and invited into the three-storey luxury showroom by a grand red carpet entrance; what else could one expect from a VIP ‘Meet the Designer’ soirée?! Situated at the very heart of Winchester High Street, there were whispers from passing shoppers that perhaps Royalty was inside! Fei was on hand all evening to introduce his collections, giving Jeremy’s

Get The Italian Look with Marco Bicego

Inspired by the statement looks to hit the Milan Catwalk for Spring Summer 2017, Italian Jewellery House Marco Bicego presented their stylish interpretations of the top trends, Statement earrings and Cuffs.     Models took to the catwalk in Milan for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana in spectacular ‘statement’ earrings. The longer the better. Brushing the shoulders these earrings were anything  but subtle in their bright colours and exotic motifs.  Marco Bicego’s large Lunaria Diamond drop earrings are made using the brand signature hand engraving technique ‘bulino’, which makes these earrings lightweight despite their super size. Worn with an elegant

House & Garden Festival 2017

House & Garden Festival - its debut at Olympia London this summer. The four-day event will bring together three leading lifestyle events: Spirit of Summer Fair, The HOUSE Fair and GROW London, to create the ultimate celebration of summer and stylish living.  The House & Garden Festival will play host to over 500 exhibitors from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 June.  Showcasing a hand-selected treasure trove of interior, garden and lifestyle brands. Style Rooms and Decorated Spaces will be designed by stylists using their favourite pieces from the huge array of products available at the Festival. The event will welcome

It's All In The Wrist

Crafted With Love. Curated With Taste. Worn With Character. With the official start of Spring upon us, the Auverture boutique have curated a selection of artisan designed and made bracelets, cuffs and bangles crafted by designers Delfina Delettrez, Bibi van der Velden, Pamela Love, Ana Khouri, Monique Péan and Sara Beltran. The hand-picked springtime line up uses precious materials such as walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, shark teeth, Tahitian black pearls and polki diamonds to create unique and timeless pieces. Moon Phase Bracelet, Pamela Love The stunning ‘Moon Phase Bracelet’ is a circular-link bracelet crafted from a series of 18ct rose gold

Christmas Celebration Day

Christmas Celebration Day Join us for a day of Christmas Festivities, including free craft demonstrations, mulled wine, seasonal food and drink tastings - with music and storytelliing to get you in the spirit! Browse hand-made gifts and a range of cards, wrapping and Christmas decorations - all crafted locally, or fair trade goods. FREE. Just drop by. At: Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF During the run of MAKE 2016 13,796 people visited the exhibition, approximately 14,600 visited online and over £24,000 in sales were achieved. Dates Saturday 2 December 2017 Open 10am - 4pm.

Inspired 2017

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

James Handyside Wins Young Apprentice of the Year Award

HRH  The  Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, presented the latest  Goldsmiths’ Company Members’ Charitable Fund Young Apprentice of the Year Award ,   which  recognises  excellence in vocational skills and career progression, to former Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice, James  Handyside. Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Judith  Cobham -Lowe, congratulated James at the presentation, part of the Prince Philip Medal Awards Ceremony at St James’s Palace. In 2013 James undertook a three year apprenticeship with leading  Hatton Garden engravers  R.H. Wilkins,   specialising  in hand engraving.   Trained by Master Engraver, Emmet Smith, James learned

Grant Macdonald Silversmiths Complete Life-Size Falcon

Grant Macdonald Silversmiths have recently completed a commission  comprising a silver falcon. Their falcon was meticulously made by hand, every feather chased in by hand  to obtain a realistic  look and feel as possible. At every stage of production the Grant  Macdo nald  master craftsmen used  their skill and knowledge to make sure that each piece of the work was perfect.  Chasing is an ancient technique, from the noun to chase referring to a  fu rrow  or indent, the metal is  moved not removed. Using this technique, every feather is observed and recreated  gi ving  a sense of  depth and movement. 

Gill Wing Launches “Behind the Scenes” Windows

Gill Wing Jewellery Celebrates their team's own personal passion for creating jewellery with “behind the scenes” windows showing the inspiration and skill behind the jewellery they each make themselves. For over 20 years Gill Wing has been the place to discover raw jewellery talent. Many of our favourite makers have gone from beyond the cabinets to also be part of the Gill Wing team over the years, sharing their knowledge and passion for hand-made jewellery in Islington. Our first “behind the scenes” window begins on Monday 22nd May, showcasing work from Eden Silver-Myer and Zoe Stevens. Each week a new

Shimell and Madden Launch new Film

An insight into the creative and craft process of  Shimell  and Madden, this video profile shows how the duo work together and develop their ideas. London based, they  create structural  gold pattern work that form distinctive fine jewellery pieces.  Shimell and Madden occupy that space where craft, art and fashion intersect. High quality and hand-crafted, their jewellery explores themes of science, nature and time. Shimell and Madden | The Process | 2017 from Shimell and Madden on Vimeo . They have been creating jewellery in their London studio since 2010. Emma

Top Drawer takes to the runway to present SS17 Trends

Design-led, international lifestyle event, Top Drawer, hosted its stand out Spring/Summer 17 (SS17) edition this January (15-17) at London Olympia. The must-see fashion show took centre stage presenting six key aesthetic trends for the upcoming SS17 season. The fashion show expertly showcased new directions in jewellery and accessories to inspire buyers to source with confidence, knowing what their customers will want to buy in the seasons ahead. Headline sponsor The Design Lab was the creative branding and strategy agency at the helm of this season’s catwalk. The dynamic fashion show featured key sponsors within the edit from Bahamian hand crafted

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

Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

The V&A Trustees have today (13 January) appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A.  Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.  A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of several books, including The English Civil War: At First Hand, and most recently Ten Cities That Made An Empire. A regular history broadcaster on BBC and Channel 4, Tristram

Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017

Salisbury Contemporary Craft is the new-look event for Salisbury based in the magnificent setting of the medieval cloisters and Cathedral, an iconic environment recognised throughout the world. This is a chance to explore and buy exquisite and beautifully hand-crafted pieces from some of our nation’s best contemporary craft makers and designers. Come and browse a range of high quality items made by skilled jewellers, potters, textile artists and more. Buy that special gift for someone special or perhaps even treat yourself. And take part in some workshops run by expert craft makers and artists in a full programme of participation

Sunshine Exim focuses on vintage styles for IJL 2017

Sunshine Exim, the leading supplier of fine jewellery, diamonds and mounts, will focus on vintage bridal products at this year’s IJL show in response to retailer demand for this increasingly popular style. Its Vintage collection includes diamond engagement rings and semi-set diamond mounts, offering retailers the option to stock the on-trend styles as finished pieces or to create their own finished pieces with hand-picked loose diamonds. The range is available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold or platinum. Designs can be customised to use GH/SI to FG/VS diamonds or can be set with a retailer’s own stones. Jai Shankar

Marco Bicego Present New Paradise Chalcedony Collection

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

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios  Meet 170 makers at two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings of both

Lichen inspired work by Kate Bajic

Jeweller Kate Bajic uses the countryside around her studio as inspiration for her contemporary jewellery pieces. Kate is particularly fascinated by the wide variation of colour, shapes, and forms found in different lichen species. Through photography and sample collection, Kate examines their minute complexity and translates aspects of this into her work. She handcrafts pieces using precious metals or mild steel, often combined with semiprecious stones. Designs evolve through experimenting with composition, playing with contrasting colours, or adding textural details. Most recently Kate has experimented with hand piercing and patenting thin steel sheet to create complex layered necklaces which are

Under the Sea by Philippe Pfeiffer, Summer 2017

Philippe Pfeiffer is a London-based jeweller who specialises in creating spectacular, hand-crafted jewellery. Founded in 1997 in Zurich, Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery is now based at 52 Artillery Lane, in the heart of Spitalfields, London.  Each piece is designed and made by Philippe Pfeiffer in his Spitalfields atelier. Dedicated to creating unique pieces from a selection of rare and precious stones, he produces a range of daring combinations made from a variety of materials. A vast and eclectic collection of materials and found objects inform his creative process and can be seen at his atelier. His imagination knows no bounds and

Graduate Show School of Jewellery Birmingham 2017

Silicone to Silver: Jewellery like you’ve never seen before! Final year students at the world famous School of Jewellery will be unveiling their collections for the first time at the Graduate Show this June. The show launches on Monday 12th June through till Saturday 17th June, with an Industry evening on Tuesday, 13th June from 5:30. With over 50 graduates exhibiting their unique collections there is most certainly something for everyone. Examples of this variety include kinetic elements, are 3D printed, involve unusual and tactile materials and even include hand cultivated crystals and homemade eco-resin. The aesthetic ranges from fun

Annie Haak Launches New Season Collection

Whether holidaying to a far-flung exotic location or heading for a romantic weekend away, catching that chilled festival vibe or catching up with friends, the Annie Haak Heavenly Collection of beautifully hand-crafed pieces will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.  Mixing marble and turquoise beads with sterling silver, gold and rose gold, the delectable selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings guarantee that you will shimmer with style in the sunshine. Subtle seasonal shades of pink, cream and mauve are sure to brighten any day and outfit, working wonderfully together with delightfully dainty charms and pendants. Featuring new

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Vanilla Ink Launches Scottish Jewellery School

Vanilla Ink Studios has teamed up with Goldsmith Scott McIntyre to create the Vanilla Ink  Jewellery  School; aimed at bridging the gap from education to industry, helping to  shape and grow the  jewellery  trade across Scotl and. Glasgow based Vanilla Ink Studios want the new school to inspire, educate and empower the jewellery and silversmith industry by helping to mould the next generation of goldsmiths. Just like any new and innovative idea, a helping hand unleashes the potential to soar to success. So Vanilla Ink Studios have also now  launched a crowdfunding campaign  where they hope that together with help

Welbeck Winter Weekend 2017

The Harley Foundation and its Harley Gallery and Harley Studios will be hosting its annual winter event, returning for it’s 17th year, celebrating all things hand-made. Applications are now open for stalls in the arts marquee at the Welbeck Winter Weekend, which will take place on 24, 25 and 26 November 2017. The event will feature: Free entry, free car parking A heated marquee with 50+ stalls featuring artists and makers The Harley Artist Studios open to the public 20+ stalls featuring regional artisan food producers Exhibitions at The Harley Gallery and locally produced food at The Welbeck Farm Shop

Adornment Meets Masculinity: Men's Jewellery

For a fair few gentlemen the mere word 'Jewellery' is enough to make their pumped chests shrink and reach straight for the beers to reinstate all things masculine. When it comes to stepping foot in the jewellery world, it's fair to say that woman are pretty much catered for hand on foot for a plethora of tastes, personality and style. Bold and bodacious adornments, dazzling multi-coloured gemstones and trend-led catwalk pieces; a womans' jewellery wardrobe is like stepping into the undiscovered world of Narnia - imagination knows no boundaries! However, if you behold the jewellery world of men you'll find

Spring Fling Exhibition in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds Outpost for Spring Fling Exhibition Art and Craft Tempting art lovers from the south of England to head north for Scotland’s premier art and craft open studios weekend. An exhibition showcasing hand-made craft and visual arts by Spring Fling participants opened this weekend in the Cotswolds. The Outpost | Spring Fling at New Brewery Arts (NBA) exhibition, in Cirencester, includes jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, original prints, textiles and photography by artists and makers from across Dumfries and Galloway. All were selected from the 93 participants for Spring Fling 2017, which is Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event,

Meet The Manufacturer to feature 'Meet The Expert' Sessions

For people thinking about starting up or expanding a business, 'Make it British' will have a team of experts on hand at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, offering one-to-one practical advice and hands-on experience on different aspects of manufacturing and business development. The 'Meet the Expert' team will be on-site to answer questions on the hot topics of sourcing, production, branding and finance.  The Meet the Expert team includes: David Reay, previously Manufacturing and Sourcing Director at J Barbour and Sons. Daliah Simble, previously Production Director at Roland Mouret, set up her own fashion consultancy in 2015. Alison Lewy

Benchpeg Award Winner: Design for Manufacture

Benchpeg Awards 2016 Winner: Victoria Barker This category invited entries to the competition which used either technology or hand craft skills to manufacture and create a high quality finished piece taking into account construction processes. Judges took into consideration methodology of production, ease of manufacture and how the design would best translate when placed into production. Victoria submitted a range of 2D CAD designs which the judges looked upon with merit when looking at the deigns of the pieces entered and the consideration given by the designer to production methods. Victoria says of her inspiration and designs, “The somatic senses are

MAD's The Store Launches Fine Jewellery Collection

The Store at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, will premiere its new collection of contemporary fine  jewellery  in May. Entitled “ Redefining Fine  Jewelry ,” the curated selection features works made by hand and crafted by a global cohort of artists, whose cutting-edge  jewellery  reflects the ethos of the Museum of Arts and Design’s or MAD's mission to champion work at the intersection of arts, craft, and design. Each of the pieces featured offers a dynamic contemporary alternative to the traditional heirloom, responsive to our changing lifestyles while remaining timeless in the face of the shifting aesthetics

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Holborn

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Trove, Aspex - Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Presenting ‘Trove’, a collection of bespoke craft objects inspired by coastal landmarks and natural forms. The exhibition showcases makers from Portsmouth to London, featuring bold ceramics, delicately hand-crafted silver jewellery and driftwood sculptures. Each maker utilises traditional craft techniques to create objects in response to nautical seascapes and organic materials. ‘Trove’ offers visitors to the gallery the opportunity, not only to enjoy high quality craft, but to discover the perfect gift in the run up to the festive season! Meet the makers: Laura Bennett, Portsmouth Laura graduated with a First Class degree in Three Dimensional Design at UCA Farnham -

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Deptford

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Handmade for Christmas, Millennium Gallery – Sheffield

When something is made by hand, you know it’s been crafted with love by someone who cares. Because a gift should be special, everything on sale in our Christmas show is handmade in the UK. Featuring the very best in contemporary British craft and design, Handmade for Christmas presents work by some of the country’s most talented makers, offering an inspired alternative to the high street for this year’s Christmas shopping. Discover jewellery, glassware, ceramics, prints and much more, all created by artists, designers and craftspeople marrying traditional skills and techniques with innovative, contemporary approaches. You’ll find lots more gift

LFW Limelight: Ejing Zhang SS17 Collection

Born and raised in China, Ejing Zhang's exposure to fabrics and thread came at a very young age, as her Mother worked in the textile industry. Zhang's love of fabrics and fashion continued to grow with her and resulted in an education and passionate career in the creative industry. Ejing Zhang graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Mixed Media Textiles. Through the combination of textiles and resin, Ejing Zhang Studio creates intricate jewellery by highlighting a cross section of the mixed media resin tile, revealing its abstract and detailed core. All the tiles are hand

Ruth Hollywood launches new lines at London Design Festival

Ruth Hollywood makes jewellery inspired by natural geometry. Synthesising 100% recycled silver and colourful hand-mixed resin, her work moves over the boundaries between science, nature and art. Ruth has received awards for Excellence in Design from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and was selected for the Crafts Council UK Hothouse programme in 2015. Her jewellery is stocked in a variety of shops and galleries across the world. She exhibits at trade shows regularly, and her work has been shown in London, Munich, Montreal and Sydney. The perfect microscopic patterns of atoms and crystals have found their way into Ruth’s newest

Clogau Announce New Store At Ashford Designer Outlet

Following the success of their Outlet stores in Cheshire Oaks, Bridgend and Resorts World Birmingham, Clogau have announced the launch of a fourth Outlet in Ashford, Kent. Clogau, who were crowned Jewellery Brand of the Year at the 2015 UK Jewellery Awards, are thrilled to have launched their third Outlet store within the McArthurGlen Group. The iconic Welsh brand continue a long tradition of creating jewellery that is expertly hand-finished and uniquely designed. Every piece of Clogau jewellery contains rare Welsh gold, as used by some members of the British Royal Family. Ben Roberts, Managing Director at Clogau talks about the

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

Sarah Straussberg Whistles With Pleasure

London-based jewellery brand Sarah Straussberg is now stocking WHISTLES online and their Kings Cross St Pancras International store. Both brands target the contemporary woman and combine effortless chic with structured sophistication.  Sarah Straussberg studied Materials Practice at Brighton University following an Art & Design Foundation at Central St. Martins College of Art. Blending her love of sculpture with an exquisite eye for craftsmanship, she hand-makes every piece in her London workshop. Drawing inspiration from natural patterns and textures, Sarah uses sterling silver with 18ct gold plate to create sculptural forms that are elegant and wearable. In tribute to the people that

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

The New Heirloom: Pyrrha Jewellery Gift Guide

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

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

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

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2017 Join us for this perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers - from craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni … Ceramics, homewares, jewellery, shoes, glass… and many other crafts Featured showcase curated by Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts magazine Crafts Magazine pop-up stall Delicious food by Hand Made Food café HOLBORN · 23 – 26 November Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square Opening times: Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm DEPTFORD · 1 –

Decorex 2018

Beauty needs space to flourish. Join us at Decorex 16-19 September at Syon Park and discover the finest concepts and products from a hand-picked collection of designers. Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike. The centrepiece of London Design Festival, Decorex provides an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover exquisite creations from more than 400 international exhibitors. Venue Syon Park Brentford Middlesex TW8 8JF Dates Sunday 16th September 10.00 - 18.00 Monday 17th September 10.00 - 18.00 Tuesday 18th September 10.00

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2017 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2017 Join us for this perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers - from craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni … Ceramics, homewares, jewellery, shoes, glass… and many other crafts Featured showcase curated by Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts magazine Crafts Magazine pop-up stall Delicious food by Hand Made Food café HOLBORN · 23 – 26 November Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square Opening times: Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm DEPTFORD · 1 –

‘Rationed’ Solo Show - Jo Pond

‘Rationed’ a solo exhibition by jewellery artist Jo Pond Vittoria Street Gallery presents  Following on from the success of her inaugural solo exhibition ‘Intimate’ which toured to Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Atta Gallery (Bangkok) and Contemporary Applied Arts (London), we are delighted to host a new collection of works titled ‘Rationed’ by internationally-renowned jewellery artist, Jo Pond. Stirred by a collection of diaries, bequeathed alongside hand-me-down stories, words and trinkets from a generation before, Jo Pond draws on evocative World War 2 artefacts to craft her own heirlooms. Almost in spite of itself, each static and inanimate object comes to

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings