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Wanted Jeweller's Workbench

Wanted Jeweller's Workbench I'm looking for a used jeweller's workbench for my jewellery making daughter. Location: Happy to pickup from Scotland / NE England. Contact: 07510 011 294 or  hagoxes106@wiicheat.com

Wanted: Practising Contemporary Jeweller

Wanted: Practising Contemporary Jeweller Shelanu Jewellery Range 2017 Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective, supported by Craftspace is seeking a contemporary jeweller to support the development of a new range which reflects the Collective, its diversity, place and ethos. Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective is a developing craft social enterprise, supported by Craftspace, of migrant and refugee women producing high quality craft objects inspired by their adopted home, Birmingham and their experiences of migration.  The aim of the Collective is to assist other migrant and refugee women to become more aspirational through creative development, working towards their integration into local communities and for

Classifieds - Workshop Space Wanted

Sometimes, the essentials are hard to come by. Our classifieds listings could have just what you’re after, but be careful: we haven’t checked everything that’s on offer. 

Classifieds - Secondhand Tools Wanted

Sometimes, the essentials are hard to come by. Our classifieds listings could have just what you’re after, but be careful: we haven’t checked everything that’s on offer. 

How can Apprentices help your Business ?

Apprenticeships: How can Apprentices help your Business ? Are you an employer looking to engage with the next generation  of  talent? Join us at BAJ London or Birmingham to find out about the new Apprenticeship Standard for Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades Professional. Our team  of  experts will be  on  hand to provide IAG  on   re cruiting an Apprentice, as well as information  on  the programme, funding, and delivery.    You'll even get to see our premises and student work, giving you a comprehensive understanding  of  everything our programme has to  of fer. We understand that  re cruiting an

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

Silversmith apprenticeship / studio assistant position wanted

Silversmith apprenticeship / studio assistant position wanted I am looking for an apprenticeship or studio assistant position to further develop my silversmithing skills, preferably within the Greater London area, but willing to relocate. I know the traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques as soldering, chasing, sinking, raising, repoussé, casting, filigree, enamel, etc.; as well as modern production techniques - 3D modelling (Rhino3D) and 3D scanning (123DCatch).  Besides my craft related skills, I have several years of experience creating and maintaining websites (WordPress), carrying out administrative tasks, creating content for social media platforms and designing booklets. I have a great regard for

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London)

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London) I am looking for a new part-time apprenticeship or assistant maker position in London as my previous job has come to an end. I have experience in soldering, texturing, cleaning, polishing and some basic stone settings (Bezel, Tube, Claw and Flush). My goal is to improve my bench skills and learn more about the jewellery industry in the UK. A CV and images of previous work are available upon request. Availability Immediate start Part-time basis Contact Lauren Abrams Email:  lau.abr@gmail.com   Telephone and Whatsapp: 07874344125

Wanted - Orion Mpulse 30 Impulse Welder or Lampert PUK

Wanted: Orion Mpulse 30 Impulse Welder or Lampert PUK Impulse jewellry welder, In good used condition and good working order. Orion or Lampert. Offers. Location: Nottinghamshire. Contact: 07967 364447 or  captive.richard@btconnect.com

Turquoise Mountain continues training in Jordan with help of UNICEF

Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to revive historic areas and traditional crafts, to provide jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride. Since 2006, Turquoise Mountain has restored over 150 historic buildings, trained over 6,000 artisans, treated almost 136,000 patients at our Kabul clinic, and supported and generated over $15.5 million in sales of traditional crafts to international clients, including Kate Spade and London’s Connaught Hotel. Turquoise Mountain has also curated major international exhibitions at museums around the world, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington

Could you help shape the future of the Hand Engravers Association

Are you proud of Britain’s hand engraving heritage? Will you help a small organisation make a big difference?  At the AGM in June 2022 our current Chair, Tim Roberts, announced his intention to step down at the end of the year. Tim joined the Association as Honorary Treasurer, led us through the change into a CIO and also kindly took on the role of Chair in 2019. We are therefore looking to recruit for two voluntary positions on the trustee board: Chair and Hon Treasurer . Although previous experience of a similar role is desirable, both roles are supported by the

Wanted: Old jewellers workbench along with engraving tools

I am looking to source an old jewellers workbench along with engraving tools. They don’t need to be in good condition (in fact the more used the better as they are going to be props for a shop space and photoshoot). Ideally London but can travel to collect.   Eliza  WhatsApp:  07709 786 344

Raid On Design Maker Studios Results in Plea to Help Track Down Over 200 Pieces of Stock

Last weekend, following a successful weekend-long Open Studios event at Cockpit Arts, Holborn, London, a jewellery workshop was targeted and broken into in the early hours of Sunday night /Monday morning and the occupants’ entire stock was stolen. Ros Millar, Victoria Coleman and Alex Hammond had over 200 pieces of jewellery - stock, loose stones and bullion - stolen, wiping out any inventory they had in the run up to the Christmas selling period. Minimal Damage Caused in Break-In The culprits were not caught on CCVT, and managed to enter the building without causing any damage to main doors or

Grant Macdonald creates 'Ruaha' for TUSK

World renowned silversmih Grant Macdonald has created a handcrafted sterling silver lion representation named 'Ruaha' to be sold in their Harrods showrooms, from which proceeds of sales will support the charity Tusk and lion conservation. Driven by the fact that lions may now number as few as twenty thousand in the wild, the team of designers and craftsmen at Grant Macdonald wanted to create a unique piece to raise awareness and funds to help to preserve this majestic animal. The sale of their unique sterling silver lion ‘Ruaha’ will provide a significant contribution to further the work of Tusk. The beautifully handcrafted

Secondhand Tools

Wanted: Secondhand Tools I am interested in any rolling mill side patterns for pressing patterns into metal. Also any 3D printers or casting equipment for the 3D printer. Am in Essex but willing to pay and collect anything Contact me at : alfiebaker01@hotmail.com Or text or call at 07585550749

Armogan Celebrates The Past With Its' Antique Collection

Armogan celebrates the adventurers of the past by proposing a vintage and affordable watch collection inspired by the very instruments that guided the pioneers and great explorers of the past century. "In a mass produced and permanently innovative market, we wanted our watches to be a subtle recall to the great adventures and pioneers of the past century. An endless source of stories, beautiful engines and the instruments of yesteryear are the primary source of inspiration for our timepiece designs.We want our watches to be the symbol of the past and the present encounter, the meeting between explores of the

Lettering Project

Lettering artist wanted for project with Ditchling Primary School, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The purpose of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is to present the story and historical context of the artists and craft workers who lived and worked in Ditchling and its surrounding communities since 1900. This is to be achieved through the acquisition, organisation, presentation and interpretation of relevant and related objects and information and their deployment for public display, research and learning. The Project The museum is looking for a lettering artist to run a series of workshops with Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary

Inhorgenta Munich 2020

INHORGENTA MUNICH Messe München, Germany 16 - 19 February 2024 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of INHORGENTA INHORGENTA has been the showcase for the industry and the key to opening up new markets since 1974. The 50th anniversary edition of INHORGENTA will take place from February 16 to 19, 2024 with a large supporting program. INHORGENTA started in 1974 as the “1st International Trade Fair for Watches, Jewelry, Gemstones and Silverware” and was a success right from the start. That was because the industry wanted to establish its own, dedicated trade fair for Germany and Europe. An opportunity for Messe

Q&A: Max Danger

Max Danger is a Danish born Jewellery Designer and craftsman, a self confessed gold obsessive, who has a reputation for innovative and striking pieces of bespoke jewellery. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MD: Max Danger, I'm a bespoke jeweller and part time Jewellery Technician at the London College of Fashion. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MD: I went on a half year jewellery course at technical college in Copenhagen. During my time there I realized that this was what I wanted to do.  Afterwards I applied

Stephen Einhorn Launches Small Signet Jewellery Collection

Combining style, elegance and history, the signet ring is a unique piece of jewellery. Stephen Einhorn’s new unisex Small Signet Collection has all the design sensibilities of his original Signet Collection, it is simply smaller in size.  Stephen has always been particularly drawn to signet rings, combining as they do his two passions for classic design and functionality. After all, what could be better than something that is not only beautiful, but could enable the wearer to leave their mark on the world? “The inspiration behind my new collection all stemmed from my first signet ring. I wanted to create a

Shannon O’Neill creates DNA double helix silverware for Grand National Trophy

Silversmith Shannon O’Neill was commissioned for a third consecutive year to create the ‘Randox Health Grand National Trophy’. The commission brief was to design something ‘very different from last year’. Inspiration came from the sponsors of the event Randox, who wanted the trophy to showcase their most recent breakthroughs in health care: heart disease, Alzheimers, stroke and dairy screening. The  preventative healthcare company and the emphasis on saving and extending lives allowed O’Neill to focus on optimum health. “Choosing the theme of ‘Celebration’ and based on the classic ‘coupes’ style champagne glass, the top bowl of the Trophy has a

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

Stephen Einhorn Makes Bespoke Jewellery for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Worn by Elle Fanning’s Character Princess Aurora

British jewellery designer, Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery designs for Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil film . The beautifully handcrafted pieces include an engagement ring worn by Elle Fanning’s character Princess Aurora and vine wedding rings made for characters Princess Aurora and and Prince Phillip, played by Harris Dickinson. Stephen says: “For Aurora’s engagement ring the brief from the film’s property master was that the design should look like an antique engagement ring and reference the 16th century ‘quatrefoil' method of stone setting. The stone we wanted for the ring needed to be a pyramid shape. We had several types

Rolls Royce "Cullinan" and Wagner Preziosen

Wagner Preziosen the Berlin based jewellery house was recently selected to partner with Rolls Royce in an exclusive photoshoot for the new Rolls Royce Magazine. The new SUV "Cullinan" will be launched this autumn and at the same time the new Rolls Royce Magazine will be released, and the article featuring exclusive jewellery marries the luxury brand and its new accompanying publication. With a feminine accent, Rolls Royce wanted to include a piece of jewellery for the photoshoot which was of high quality, classical but also novel, chic and modern. The Wagner Preziosen ‘Rainbow Paisley’ was the successfully selected piece

Officine Nora: Preciousness in human relationships

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

Membership Secretary for Society of Jewellery Historians

Wanted: Membership Secretary for Society of Jewellery Historians (SJH) With the imminent retirement of the Membership Secretary after four years of valued service SJH are seeking expressions of interest for this role. The position of Membership Secretary involves keeping up-to-date records of the membership and dealing with subscriptions, both for new members and renewals. The Secretary is also responsible for providing a current list of members to the printers of Jewellery History Today three times a year, occasional emailings to the full membership list, and ad hoc sales of past copies of JHT and Jewellery Studies.  The Membership Secretary is

Evening Jewellery Workshop – Tuesdays @ K2 Academy of Jewellery

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

*Deadline Extended* Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018 Extended Deadline The Vanilla Ink Programme has extended it’s deadline for applications. It’s been a busy time of year for everyone and we wanted you to take more time over the application and have decided to extend it into the New Year. Give your jewellery or silversmith practice the best starter package with the Vanilla Ink Professional Development Programme. Deadline 7th January with programme commencing in February 2018. See vanillainkstudios.co.uk/the-programme for more info. About the Incubator Programme The Vanilla Ink Programme is Scotland’s unique incubator pod, with the aim of developing new

Rare Pink the Custom Engagement Ring Etailer rebrands to Taylor & Hart

Three years after launching, innovative online retailer of custom designed engagement rings, Rare Pink, has rebranded to Taylor & Hart. The company hopes to position itself as the online leader in custom designed jewellery as they expand their focus to include the rest of Europe and the US market. Rare Pink was founded in 2013 by David Sutton and Nikolay Piriankov with the vision to improve the experience of buying an engagement ring. The centuries old jewellery industry, they felt, had failed to evolve, too comfortable in its ways, while millennials wanted so much more than the “off the shelf”

Bloggers

We love a blog. Some are super stylish, some just have their finger on the pulse, and some are just plain enjoyable to read. Here is a list of our favorite jewellery blogs and bloggers... Ecommerce Gold  The idea for Ecommerce Gold came from running my other site The Haywood Life, which is all about helping businesses get online. But I wanted to create a website just focused on ecommerce platforms for UK businesses. www.ecommercegold.co.uk Adorn London www.adorn-london.com Anna Handmade Fine Jewellery www.annafinejewellery.co.uk Art Jewelry Forum artjewelryforum.org Cheryl Kremkow www.gemobsessed.com Cooksongold cooksongold.com Diamonds in the Library diamondsinthelibrary.com Gem Gossip gemgossip.com

Emerge / Jiro Kamata

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

The 2017 ‘GeoGems’ Benchpeg Christmas Decoration Designed by Kate Dugmore

This Autumn Benchpeg launched a competition open to Birmingham School of Jewellery students and alumni to design our annual Christmas Tree Decoration. We had some innovative, thoughtful and creative designs submitted in response to the quite constrained brief, but the winner selected by the Benchpeg team, was designed by Kate Dugmore. The design entitled ‘GeoGems’ has the illusion of shattered facets within a diamond form, which is both contemporary and challenging. Benchpeg creates a limited edition Christmas Tree Decoration each year, and Benchpeg’s Founder Rebecca van Rooijen wanted to open up the opportunity to design the decoration this year to

Mimi Baldwin Sets Hearts Afire this Valentines Day

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

Chalk Jewellery: AW16 'Lagos' Collection

Complex patterns, geometric shapes and vibrant colour-ways form a range of bold, contemporary and unique jewellery. This season London based jewellery brand Chalk have joined forces with accessories brand Sarah & Sorrentino, this collaboration made way for the inspiration behind the newest  AW16 collection named 'Lagos'. Taking influence from the 'Lagos' scarf designed by Sarah and Sarrentino, the designers wanted to mirror the strong graphic lines and abstract patterns seen throughout this particular piece whilst adding a touch of 'Chalk' aesthetic to the materials. The designers cleverly abstracted the patterns seen in the scarf and re-worked the forms to create

Benchpeg Award Winner: Design for Creativity, Innovation or Disruption

Benchpeg Awards 2016 Winner: Shuming Chen Monitoring in the Dark Collection This category invited entries which displayed design and or creativity in a disruptive manner to create a piece which is completely unique. Judges considered all the entries and favoured those which displayed thinking outside of the box – those entries which displayed the most unconventional jewellery design. In their selection the judges really wanted to question the very nature of the meaning of jewellery and how it could project the best representation of future British jewellery design. Shuming’s methodology of working attempts to combine daily life with the science technology

Ring 2017, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery

This spring, Diana Porter Contemporary jewellery have asked a selection of their current designers, as well as some old favourites and some brand-new ones, to submit their most exclusive wedding / engagement ring combinations. They wanted an inspiring exhibition showcasing a plethora of talent and craftsmanship! Several designers have submited bespoke pairings, created especially for the exhibition, whilst others will premier pieces from their new collections. Diana Porter will launch her latest creations in precious metals set with unique stones, for an exclusive first look. Alongside Diana Porter, this exhibition will feature pieces by: Hannah Bedford, Justin Duance, Maria Frantzi,

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

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

FREE: Rhodium / Gilding unit

FREE: Rhodium / Gilding Unit 4 empty tanks 84mm x 49mm x 46mm high Heating needs attention but has worked without Free from collection from Dorset Free Rhodium / Gilding unit Tanks empty, heaters need attention, but has worked without Retirement sale Free to pick up in Dorset Barry Papworth smallinclusions@yahoo.co.uk

The Precious Collective teams us to raise funds for the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund

The Precious Collective teams up with Alliages to create Precious Solidarity, to raise funds for the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund by GlobalGiving. The Precious Collective believes in community and fundamentally opposes war. We stand with the people of Ukraine. "Can you help us in our fundraising efforts to help the communities in Ukraine affected by the current crisis? As an organisation who has many contacts, we would like to ask you to share this campaign with as many people as you are able to within your network. There is no financial gain or profit for anyone involved, we are simply trying to raise money to help others!" 

Danni Schwaag: A long search for pearl

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

Gem-A Open Evening Event 2018

Gem-A Open Evening Event 2018 Gem-A welcome prospective students to first 2018 Open Evening event Gem-A is pleased to announce its first Open Evening of 2018, giving prospective students the chance to explore its historic London teaching centre. Tour our facilities, meet our tutors and learn something new. Have you always wanted to learn about gemmology but weren’t sure where to start? Gem-A are the oldest gem and jewellery educators in the world. We are based in London’s historic jewellery quarter and in January we are opening our doors for you to come along, meet the team and try some gemmology for yourself. Visitors are invited to attend

News Edit 8 April 2018

A round up of this week's news... Bulgari to restore Rome's Largo Argentina site Wanted in Rome:  Rome's archaeological site at Largo di Torre Argentina is to be restored in a project sponsored by luxury jeweller Bulgari, according to Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. www.wantedinrome.com Thousands of Scots sign petition to stop young Russian jeweller being deported Daily Record:  Evgeniia Balashova's dream career is hanging by a thread after being declined a visa extension because of problems registering her address. www.dailyrecord.co.uk At jewellery fair, sellers find diminished desire to spend Gulf News:  Once common to see jewellery sets sell

UK's largest Creative Freelancer Survey

Creative UK has  launched its UK wide survey into freelancing, as part of the Redesigning Freelancing initiative. The survey, open to creative organisations as well as freelancers, will help provide evidence on working conditions that will help to spearhead industry-wide change. The initiative, delivered in partnership with nine Combined Authorities, aims to reach creative communities across the UK and highlight the challenges that freelancers face locally and nationally. The survey is open until 9 January 2023. www.surveymonkey.co.uk www.wearecreative.uk

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course Become an Ambassador for Fairtrade Gold and help make a difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. The Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course is for jewellery brands, retailers and everybody involved in the manufacture and sale of gold jewellery, from the smallest designer to the largest chain on the high street. It will help you understand the benefits of Fairtrade Gold so that you can talk confidently to your customers. It is suitable for anyone working in the jewellery supply chain, with a particular focus on the retail environment. It is also

Mead Final Project Award

Call for Applications: Mead Final Project Award Are you a UAL undergraduate student in your final year? Do you need financial help to achieve your final major project? The Mead Final Project Award offers between £200 to £2,500 to help students who need extra funds to complete their final major project. Applications are now open. To read about past awardees, and to apply, please see the Mead Awards website . Applications deadline: Monday 26th November. For more information www.arts.ac.uk

HM Revenue and Customs - for the Self-Employed

HM Revenue and Customs - Videos, webinars and e-learning for the self-employed. The HM Revenue and Customs website hosts several useful online videos, webinars and e-learning sessions for people running their own business. They cover the following topics:  New start ups  Self assessment help and deadlines Research & development Record keeping Setting up and running your own business Tax for foster carers For help and support from HM Revenue and Customs please visit www.gov.uk

Bits and Bobs

Keeping up to date with the goings on outside of the workshop and away from the bench helps widen the peripheral vision.  W e've compiled a list of national and international jewellery publication titles including newsletters, magazines and our favourite blogs to help keep you in touch with the wider world...

Freelance Jeweller

Freelance Jeweller Self-employed jewellery designer with over 7 years of experience in designing and creating one-of-a-kind handmade jewellery pieces for private clients. In 2018, I founded my own company, "Emperor of Grace" through which I sell my own creations on the Etsy platform. Inner enthusiasm helps to provide excellent customer service by producing high-quality products on time. Having a home-based workshop allows me to work not only for myself but also to help other artists in need. I am based in Manchester and am looking for remote freelance work and/or jewellery-related projects to help me improve my goldsmith skills and

The Goldsmiths’ Centre launches Creative Links

Creative Links The Goldsmiths’ Centre launches new talks and networking events to help start-up businesses to grow On 16th May 2023, the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London is launching a new series of monthly Creative Links talks and networking events designed to help emerging makers and start-up businesses learn, network and grow. Creative Links events will see experts and successful business owners in the jewellery and silversmithing industry explore and discuss subjects including range planning, finding new markets, showcasing and digital marketing. With Q&As and plenty of time to network, people will be able to ask questions, seek support and engage

LB Camden Creates Re-Opening Business Toolkit

LB Camden create resources toolkit for re-opening businesses from Monday 12 April As we approach Monday 12 April, many of us are looking forward to non-essential retail and hospitality venues re-opening, including for outdoor dining. To support Camden businesses as they re-open, and to help you welcome your customers and staff back safely, LB Camden have attached a business toolkit with government and local information and guidance. Inside you’ll find: Advice on how to ensure your business is COVID-safe How to apply for a temporary pavement licence Help to publicise your business online via My Virtual Camden, and more. Camden

The Goldsmiths Company Charity helps to address the cost-of-living crisis

£197,380 awarded in donations and grants to support jewellers and those working in the allied trades The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has issued multiple cost-of-living grants to charities and apprentices within the trade to support them during this difficult period, using the remainder of the funds from its Covid-19 Fund. Originally created to address the impact of the pandemic, the Covid-19 Fund provided financial support to individuals working in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades to help them through a period of hardship and help sustain the craft, skills and future of the industry during what was an unprecedented period in most

Crafting Business 2021

Call for Applications: Crafting Business 2021 Our new creative business development programme for emerging makers (between 1 – 4 years in business). Have you got a business idea you need support with? Do you need help with navigating the complexities of managing your finances? This programme is here to help you. Crafting Business is part of a Creative European funded project to provide business training skills to makers across Europe. Eight countries (including the UK) will be delivering their own respective training programmes in 2021 supporting up to 200 makers. To hear more about this project, follow  this link  to

News Edit: 30 January 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   New Jewels for the Modern Maharajah Town and Country: Boucheron’s new high jewelry was inspired by their best male client. www.townandcountrymag.com Gems Aren’t Just for Your Fingers NY Times: From sparkly pins to glittering skullcaps, jewelry for your hair is regaining popularity. www.nytimes.com York based jewellery brand offers service to help keep engagement rings a secret York Press: A jewellery brand based in York has launched a secret service engagement ring concierge to help its customers keep their engagement plans from getting out. www.yorkpress.co.uk 4th generation jeweller invests

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

Donor Wall Commission Tender The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford Help us create something beautiful! We are looking for a visual artist to help us pay tribute to all of the donors who helped us to  #TransformTheYard ! Our dreams of expanding The Courtyard to better serve our community are finally a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of so many people, businesses, trusts and foundations. We want to honour them with a piece of contemporary artwork to be displayed at The Courtyard! We’re looking for an artist to create an art installation that incorporates

Freelance Jeweller Available for Work

Freelance Jeweller Available for Work Self-employed jewellery designer with over 7 years of experience in designing and creating one-of-a-kind handmade jewellery pieces for private clients. In 2018, I founded my own company, "Emperor of Grace" through which I sell my own creations on the Etsy platform. Inner enthusiasm helps to provide excellent customer service by producing high-quality products on time. Having a home-based workshop allows me to work not only for myself but also to help other artists in need. I am based in Manchester and am looking for remote freelance work and/or jewellery-related projects to help me improve my

Amanda Mansell on why she is committed to creating a jewellery hub in Hatton Garden

Benchpeg spoke to Amanda Mansell this week, as she is nearing the end of her campaign to realise her jewellery hub concept ‘Loupe’ – a multi faceted initiative to support the jewellery industry in the heart of its geographical home. "When I was first introduced to the Hatton Garden jewellery industry about 20 years ago, so much of it operated behind closed doors. It wasn't easy gaining entry. I was lucky enough to receive help which opened some of those doors, but ever since then I’ve been involved in various projects and initiatives to help connect people and encourage the [youtube

One Year In at New Designers 2020

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

One Year In 2019 @ New Designers

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

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

On the 5th February 2019, Goldsmiths’ Hall is opening its doors once again to all students, tutors,  graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help them make their mark in industry.  This hugely popular free one day event led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and introduce you to the support networks available to help you in your career. This includes the range of support the Goldsmiths’ Company can offer new entrants to the trade such

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

Appointment: Pandora picks Alexander Lacik as new CEO

Denmark’s jeweller Pandora has named Alexander Lacik as its new Chief Executive, who will oversee a plan to help the firm regain its competitive edge in a weak retail market. Lacik, 54, joins Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery maker by production capacity, from British childcare products maker Britax.  Pandora announced on the 14 February 2019: The Board of Directors of Pandora has today appointed Alexander Lacik as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lacik’s strong track-record as a consumer marketer and brand architect will help drive the execution of Programme NOW and assert Pandora’s position as the world’s largest jewellery

Stylish Aromatherapy at your fingertips

With a world focused on revolutionising health, wellbeing and lifestyle antidotes, it was only a matter of time before our strive for balanced health was intermingled with the jewels we wear. Carefully designed to enjoy the benefits of wellbeing remedies whilst still remaining sleek, chic and elegant, aromatherapy jewellery is taking the spotlight in innovative creativity. Niche Jewellery designers are tapping into the growing trend of therapeutic jewellery that combines the healing properties of gemstones and essential oils. It is thought that elements from nature can help realign our vibrational energies to help aid healing of health, chakras and energy

Foyle Foundation

Funding: Foyle Foundation Main Grants Scheme - Arts The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Our Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that help to deliver your artistic vision. We look for value for money, long term benefit and sustainability in projects that we support. Typical areas of support include: helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; building projects

What Are Your Creative Business Needs?

Call For Makers: What Are Your Creative Business Needs? We run an extensive nationwide programme ofprofessional workshops, 1:1 advice sessions and a biennial conference. These cover all aspects of creative businesses including marketing, branding, social media, funding, pricing, residencies, working with galleries, business planning and more. Help us help you by completing our maker survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk , telling us what your business needs are, what methods best suit you and what you'd like to know more about. First twenty completed surveys will be entitled to a complimentary ticket to Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018

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

Semta Welcomes Apprenticeship Levy ‘Clarity’

Semta has warmly welcomed the publication of Government plans for the Apprenticeship Levy. The not for profit employer led organisation, charged with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing, had been calling for clarity and further detail to help businesses large and small ensure that they are ready to embrace the changes. Ann Watson, CEO of Semta said, “There is much to be welcomed by our sector. The successful introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy is now absolutely vital to the future of our sector and our nation – Semta is totally committed to help make this happen. “The transferability of levy funds

Etsy Heroes: Win £1000 in time for Christmas

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

Call for Applications, FREE Jewellery Production Workshop

Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Jewellery Production : A 2 day fully subsidised workshop designed to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today.  What is It? Are you interested in moving your designer maker business to the next level, but unsure how to go about it? The Jewellery Production 1 workshop (Jewellery P1) has been created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today. Two Day Intensive Course

Hampshire Open Studios 2017

Hampshire Open Studios (HOS) organise the annual art trail which provides opportunities for professional and amateur artists to show their work in diverse venues around the county and for residents and others in Hampshire to visit them. The group members provide a hub link, inspire each other and build a stronger local artist community. HOS aims to promote artists, art classes, groups and clubs, catering for Hampshire people, and to encourage more involvement in art, which may include demonstrations, talks and workshops. HOS also wants to help attract more visitors to the county, to help boost footfall and trade for independent artists, galleries and exhibition venues.

International Women's Day 2017

IWD 2017 #BeBoldForChange For International Women's Day 2017, we're asking you to  #BeBoldForChange . Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. Submit your  #BeBoldForChange  action via the IWD website. International Women's Day Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the  #PledgeForParity campaign  and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations  rallied their people to pledge

Facebook Small Business Grants Programme

Facebook small business grants programme Facebook are offering £1,929 in cash grants and £1,157 in ad credits to help during this challenging time. To be eligible to apply, you must: Be a for-profit business Have between 2 and 50 employees Have been in business for over a year Have experienced challenges from COVID-19 Be in or near a location where Facebook operates For more information: apply-aims-grants.com Terms and Conditions: apply-aims-grants.com/aims/

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Manufacturing Growth Programme Grants and free guidance are available to help SME manufacturing businesses through the Manufacturing Growth Programme. Sign up to: gain support from dedicated manufacturing growth managers complete a comprehensive business diagnostic tool and identify opportunities to create plans for growth and improvement The Manufacturing Growth Programme is supported by a professional, friendly Project Support Team that engage with SME Manufacturers regularly to support their business improvement projects. To get in touch, email  enquiries@oxin.co.uk www.manufacturinggrowthprogramme.co.uk

The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2022 / 2023

The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2022/2023 The Guild of Enamellers Bursary scheme will be open for applications from 02/01/2023 until midnight on 20/01/2023. The Bursary is aimed at early career enamellers such as students on full or art time courses at Diploma or Degree level, aiming to integrate enamelling into their careers. The Bursary award is worth approximately £1000 and is designed to help towards setting up as a new enameller. It includes: membership of the Guild of Enamellers, membership of the British Society of Enamellers a place at the Guild of Enamellers 2023 residential conference access to teaching

Identifying a Mysterious Hand Tool

Please could you help to identify this hand tool? A reader’s grandfather was a gem setter in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham and their father in law, A. R. Emerson, was a silversmith and Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company. The relative has inherited a box of their tools, gravers, burnishers, etc but one tool or set of tools is defying attempts to identify satisfactorily. The photo shows just two from a set of 6 of varying sizes. We wondered if a Benchpeg reader would be able to satisfy their curiosity – and with an illustration of it's use! Contact info@benchpeg.com

Community Engagement Opportunity

Community Engagement Opportunity,  Riverside Park, Andover, Test Valley Borough Council Test Valley Borough Council are looking for a Hampshire based arts organisation that can help us work with our residents and stakeholders in a programme of community engagement. The organisation will creatively gather views and opinions about existing artwork and ideas for two new public art commissions. We are interested to find out what this will look like and how we will deliver it. Full details are on the creative brief attached on this page. www.testvalley.gov.uk Brief: www.testvalley.gov.uk

The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust raise funds through raffle

The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust Raffle  is an opportunity for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths to raise funds for its charitable work. As a small arts charity operating in the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic the Incorporation is now having to diversify and fundraise for all of its projects and programmes. This fundraiser, along with donations and grants, will support the work at The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and help preserve it during this challenging year and for the future. Funds raised through this raffle will be targeted to directly support Jewellers and Silversmiths at student and emerging maker level through three

Crafts Council - Makers Needs Survey 2019

Crafts Council - Makers Needs Survey 2019 The Crafts Council look to support artists, makers and designers through their business development needs of their creative practices.  Tell them how they can support you by completing this survey (link below). Your opinions help shape the Ctafts Council services.  The first 20 surveys completed will receive a complimentary ticket to Collect: Crafts Council’s International fair of Contemporary Objects at Saatchi Gallery in February 2019. www.surveymonkey.co.uk

CAA launches new website

Contemporary Applied Arts have announced the launch of a completely new website – which features an extensive directory of our maker members and their work and introduces an all new e-commerce section on www.caa.org.uk. The new website is a highly anticipated enhancement to our gallery space in the heart of Marylebone Village.  CAA was established as a visionary organisation with the sole purpose of supporting its maker members and advocating for the fine crafts in Britain over 70 years ago. The new website will help the organisation to do this more comprehensively and it hopes that it will be welcomed

Wiltshire Guild of Crafts

Wiltshire Guild of Crafts seek Committee Members Wiltshire Guild of Crafts is looking for committee members to help to shape and launch the Guild in 2020. With the objective to promote the work of Designer Makers and Craft Skills in Wiltshire, in order to get up and running, a number of committee members are needed. If you are an original Designer Maker interested in being a part of this very exciting phase of launching the Guild, please do not hesitate to contact genevieve@wiltshireguild.com www.wiltshireguild.com

Exhibition Volunteer, Stonehenge

Call for Applications: Exhibition Volunteer, Stonehenge The galleries and exhibition spaces at Stonehenge showcase some extraordinary artefacts and objects from across the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. We are looking for volunteers to help our visitors explore the meaning of Stonehenge and bring the collections to life. You can find out more information at: www.english-heritage.org.uk Please register your interest by completing and submitting the online Volunteer Registration Form. If you have any questions, please email volunteer.enquiries@english-heritage.org.uk . Deadline: 1 December 2019

Appointment: David Beckham Appointed Ambassadorial President, British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Beckham OBE, in a newly created role of Ambassadorial President. The global role will have an initial two-year tenure and will support the organisation in its goal to build networks and partnerships in the United States and Asia. David will partner closely with the BFC team to help the BFC boost support for the British fashion industry on a global scale – raising the profile of emerging British fashion talent with the global investment and media communities alike. Taking on this new role is an incredibly proud

Avoid a Faux-Pas: Spotting a Fake Rolex

With the rate technology is improving, it’ s becoming easier and easier for the manufacturers of fake Rolex watches to copy the timepieces we all know and love. With the millions poured into research and development by the genuine manufacturers, the increasing ability to copy products with alarming  accuracy is taking a greater toll on the industry. With that in mind, we look at five ways to help you steer clear of fake watches. But be warned! With fakers even duplicating the very machinery the watchmakers use to make their watches with, the days of  easily spotting fakes are long

Survey Request: Vanilla Ink & MakeWorks - Scotland

Vanilla Ink Studios and MakeWorks have teamed up to build an online directory of Scottish based manufacturers and processes for the jewellery and silversmith trade. We are looking for your recommendations of processes you would like to use in Scotland and current services you already use to help us build a better understanding of the current landscape. Add your thoughts to our online form and the most popular will be filmed for the initial stages of the directory. https://goo.gl/forms/YCxmC99bIjoCcUa43

Ethical Jewellery Workshop at City Lit

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

Freelance Artist: Christmas Installation

The Brewhouse in Burton Upon Trent is looking for an experienced freelance artist to help transform the Cafe Bar into a festive space. There is a programme of festive events planned throughout December 2016 and we are looking for an artist to work with the Brewhouse Arts Team who can engage local primary school pupils in the creation of an artwork/installation that will transform the Brewhouse Cafe Bar into a Festive Space; a celebration of all things winter, Christmas, fun and sparkly! All workshops with local primary schools will take place during November 2016. The final artwork to be installed

CV Surgery

Need some help putting your CV together? Our surgery can offer you assistance. Send us your CV using the plans outlined below, and one of our experts will ensure your next application sparkles. Coming Soon! The CV Surgery will be opening it's doors soon! We'll announce when in the Benchpeg Newsletter.

Diamond: From rough to diamond

Diamond cutting, an essential step in revealing all the beauty of this unique stone, is a complex art, passed on through a long apprenticeship with a master diamond cutter, a true artist of volume and precision. Diren Ramsamy , a Diamond Cutter at Rubel & Ménasché, who has devoted his entire professional life to this demanding art, will help you discover, during a talk with  Olivier Segura , Gemmologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, not only the tools he uses and the steps involved in cutting a diamond but also the way he understands the stone

The London Creative Network Programme, Cockpit Arts

Call for applications: The London Creative Network Programme, Cockpit Arts Are you an ambitious maker looking for professional support to grow your craft business? Applications are now open for the London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts.  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help medium to established craft makers enhance their ability to advance their business. We are now entering the final stages of the programme which is due to end in September 2021. Our fully funded programme is a bespoke offer of information-led, practical workshops which is complemented

A Post-College Guide with Sarabande

What Now? A Post-College Guide with Sarabande Matty Bovan joins panel to talk to new graduates about post-pandemic work life 22 & 23 June 2022   This June, Sarabande Foundation will host What Now? - a series of talks and workstations to help recent and soon-to-be arts and fashion graduates tackle post-university panic. The COVID-19 pandemic deeply affected the creative industries and had a huge impact on job prospects for new graduates. Job openings fell by 66.5% - some 128,000 fewer jobs than pre-pandemic, and recent graduates who were self-employed or freelancing had their work opportunities crushed. Building on the

Business Catalyst (Small) Grants

Call for Applications: Business Catalyst (Small) Grants Do you want to grow your business? The Goldsmiths' Centre are looking to support you and up to 10 businesses per year with a Business Catalyst (Small) Grant of £1,000 (including VAT), if you can demonstrate creativity, and present how these funds could accelerate you to the next phase of your growth. Whether you sell direct to consumers or work within the trade, their grants can help you to get your plans off the ground, providing you with essential equipment, marketing tools or specialist knowledge. £1,000 grants for sole traders and small businesses Grant

Brands of Tomorrow

Brands of Tomorrow Since its launch fifteen years ago, Walpole’s flagship development programme, Brands of Tomorrow, has been a key pillar of our work to drive the growth of the British luxury sector. So far, we’ve taken 142 early-stage, high-end brands through a tried and trusted programme of mentoring and masterclasses, immersing their founders in the support, help and advice of their fellow Walpole members and investing the time and talents of established British luxury brands into nurturing and developing the potential of new ones." Helen Brocklebank, Chief Executive, Walpole The Walpole Brands of Tomorrow is a development programme for

Gallery Assistant, Artisan Alchemy Gallery - Caroline Street, Birmingham B3 1UP

The role Gallery Assistant Artisan Alchemy Gallery 84 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1UP Can you help us? We are looking for a Gallery Assistant! If you are passionate about our country’s bespoke furniture and jewellery and love the idea of supporting designer-makers, this could be the role for you! We are a contemporary gallery in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. We exhibit both contemporary designer jewellery and bespoke furniture from all around the United Kingdom. The gallery owner and jeweller Michele White has her workshop in the basement below the gallery and curates all the work. With a focus on promoting

Striking Futures

The NAJ and Sheffield Assay Office Join Forces for Striking Futures Event The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and Sheffield Assay Office are pleased to announce Striking Futures, a new collaborative event designed to help businesses and students get ahead in the jewellery industry. Taking place on Thursday, 3rd November, Striking Futures promises to be a must-attend afternoon,   whether embarking on a career in the sector or looking to boost your business. Register NAJ’s Principal Officer, Ben Massey, states, “We’re excited to collaborate with the Sheffield Assay Office to deliver an educational industry event that will provide great value,

Black Jewellers Network - In conversation with Rachel Sweeney

Black Jewellers Network: In conversation with Rachel Sweeney -Responsible sourcing and jewellery practices The Black Jewellers Network events are open and for everybody The Black Jewellers Network is an inclusive group for any jewellers (you don't have to be a person of colour to attend). The attendance of the events is mixed. The purpose Black Jewellers Network is meet jewellers and talk about positive topics which help all jewellers thrive. The events are always free/open. The events / community is run on a voluntary basis. In conversation with Rachel Sweeney - Responsible sourcing and jewellery practices Date: 29 April 2021 Time: 6pm BST Rachel

Trustee Vacancy

Trustee, Heritage Crafts Association We are seeking a Trustee who has the strategic vision to enable us to grow as an organisation and to help us to deliver projects which meet our strategic aims, including greater recognition for heritage craftspeople and better access to craft education and training. We are particularly looking for Trustees skilled in any of the following areas and with an enthusiasm to bring these skills to bear for the benefit of the organisation: Human resources Charity law Public relations / media liaison Research (academic or commercial) Campaigning Practising craftspeople However we will also consider applications from

The Goldsmiths’ Centre Business Catalyst (Small) Grants

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London has awarded four jewellers and silversmiths a Business Catalyst (Small) Grant of £1,000 to accelerate their businesses to the next phase of growth. The grants, funded by philanthropic giving from The Goldsmiths’ Company members to the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity’s 1327 Fund, will help Rebecca Oldfield, Clio Saskia, Natalia Majewska and Aishleen Lester to access essential specialist knowledge, equipment or marketing tools. The winning proposals, which were judged by Bettina Boerner, Head of Manufacturing at De Beers Jewellers, Darren Sherwood, jeweller and designer, and Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, demonstrated a strong commitment

Hands On 2023

Hands On Manchester Craft & Design Centre Hands On; a Manchester Craft & Design Centre programme of support including a £1000 bursary to help launch the careers of three makers who identify as underrepresented in Craft.  Manchester Craft and Design Centre houses 20 studios in the Northern Quarter  where our community of makers create and sell their work.  Our studios are open to the public  and visitor s  can  learn about Craft  through our exhibitions, regular  workshops   and talks .  We also have a café, community hub  and a n  exhibition and event s space  which is managed by 

Call for Applications: Emerging Maker Grants

QEST Emerging Maker Grants The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers Emerging Maker Grants of up to £10,000 for the training and education of talented craftspeople at an early stage in their career. An overview What does an emerging maker grant support? The Emerging Maker Grant is a new funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople. The grant provides funding of up to £10,000 to committed makers who have been practising professionally for four years or less and who have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes. The funding specifically supports training and education programs to help makers enhance

2022 Annual Maker Needs Survey

Annual Maker Needs Survey Crafts Council The Crafts Council have released their  2022 Annual Maker Needs survey  and would love you to participate. Hearing direct from makers is invaluable to teh Crafts Council and will help inform their offer of support for artists, designers and makers at all stages of their careers; as well as being shared with other craft organisations to support the important work they offer the sector.  Prize Draw Five lucky entrants will be randomly selected to receive  The Design Trust  2023  Diary Planner  or  Journal planner   (worth £50), which includes 6 hours online business training and

Mending Community Exhibition

Call for Applications: Mending Community Exhibition We are inviting submissions from either individuals or collectives of artists or makers to propose a touring exhibition of contemporary art or craft addressing the theme of mending community. Mending Community explores how visual arts and/or craft can help repair communities. We are looking for works that might provoke, or inspire, our communities to take action, and where possible, to showcase innovative use of sustainable or recycled materials. Work can be in any form of visual arts practice that is suitable for display and touring in libraries, and can include 2D and 3D work (we

Work with us

Benchpeg is probably the widest read UK trade website and newsletter. Established over 17 years ago, Benchpeg is written by jewellers, for jewellers; bringing together industry jobs, opportunities, news and classifieds in one place. We have a number of services to trade and industry we offer, gained from 25 years + in the sector. Recruitment Talent Aquisition Services With an unrivalled industry network, spanning all areas of industry from Head Office, Design and Studio based personnel, retail sales staff to skilled crafts people at the bench in the workshop – Benchpeg can help find the right talent for your business

Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release of 5,440 kg of toxic mercury every day by more than 15 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) around the world.  “We’re delighted that this GIA grant supports the discovery and implementation of efficient gold ore concentration methods that may help free millions

Constellations ° Cohort 2023 Public Art Practitioners Development Programme

Call for Application: Constellations ° Cohort 2023 Public Art Practitioners Development Programme Submission deadline: 9 April 2023 at 23:59 BST Constellations 2023 supports a group of ten early to mid-career practitioners from across the UK, the Constellations ° Cohort, to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and contribute to critical debate surrounding the future of public practice. The programme will explore urgent lines of enquiry and best practice in relation to this field, including questions around the potential of art to help communities reimagine new futures, principles underpinning alternative economies, and notions of care. The Constellations °

‘Making Connections’ Lecture by Corinne Julius

K2 Presents: ‘Making Connections’ Lecture by Corinne Julius K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Education Space at Cockpit, Holborn Monday, 7th March 2022, 6pm - 8pm No matter how creative a jeweller you are, no matter how exciting your designs, unless you can reach your market, that jewellery will not be in conversation with wearers and observers. It’s never easy to sell your own work, which to some degree means selling yourself. Covid and lockdown has made that harder and for many face to face communication has become unbearably difficult. To help, the journalist, critic and curator Corinne Julius will discuss

My Carbon Family Commission

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

Artist in Residence - Witley

Artist in Residence, King Edward's School Witley September 2022 to July 2023 We are looking for a practising Artist in Residence to complement our thriving Art Department. The successful applicant will receive studio space, a flat and full board (term time only) together with a contribution towards materials. In exchange, they would be required to work with and mentor young artists, assist with workshops, and help out when required. There is an opportunity for the artist’s own work to be shown at an end-of-year exhibition. An interest or specialism in photography/textiles would be welcomed as this is an area we

Benches Available at the Forge

Benches Available New Hatton Garden Jewellery Hub! Get in touch to book a viewing FORGE is a multi-purpose creative hub & retail outlet with a focus on jewellery making. We connect skilled artisans & discerning consumers sharing an appreciation for creativity, craft & unique design. Join our FORGE CLUB for access to bench space and equipment, meeting pod industry advice, promotional opportunities as well as other member perks. We’re offering different Membership & Packages to help support you wherever you are on your career journey - from annual memberships with your own dedicated bench space, to flexible packages giving you

ND Selects

Call for Applications:ND Selects ND Selects (formerly One Year In) is an exciting and exclusive opportunity for designers in their first 3 years of business to exhibit at one of the UKs leading design exhibitions.   With the support of the New Designers team it is the perfect opportunity to grow your business by putting you in front of a relevant trade and press audience.  ND Selects can give you the awareness, confidence and direction to succeed.   Why exhibit?  A dedicated curator; Louisa Pacifico, founder of Future Icons, to give help and advice on everything from pricing to stand display to get you ready for your

New Designers 2022 – One Year In

New Designers 2022 – One Year In One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses. Showcasing to the design community the very best emerging creative talent. All OYI exhibitors will take part in the pre-show mentorship programme, getting new businesses market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, exhibitors receive industry guidance to help make their business a success. How to Apply? OYI covers every corner of creativity and we encourage applications from all design disciplines. Exhibiting Fee: £525 + VAT. An independent panel of judges will be selecting the participants for OYI on the following

The South Square Trust Award Short Course Silversmithing Bursary

The South Square Trust Award Short Course Silversmithing Bursary  As part of West Dean's commitment to provide access to creative arts education it can offer a bursary if you cannot afford to study on a short course. Bursaries come from our own funds and the support of generous donations from a number of trusts and individuals. West Dean are thrilled to be able to offer students a bursary for a silversmithing short course to help develop their skills funded by the  The South Square Trust. The deadline for applications is  Monday 12 February 2024  and the course must be completed by

Benchpeg turns 15 in Lockdown

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

News Edit: 12 December 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   In London, the Goldsmiths’ Company Gets Ready to Mark 700 Years NY Times: The organization says improving diversity and creating a digital archive of its 12,000 pieces of jewelry and silver will help propel it into the future. www.nytimes.com Want a Diamond? Why Not Paint Your Own? NY Times: Interest in the luxury house tradition of drawing gems has led to classes in the technique, including one at a museum in Belgium. www.nytimes.co In fine jewelry and watches, sustainability shines through Mckinsey: Consumers shopping for high-end jewelry and

Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft & Design, Crafts Council

Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft & Design, Crafts Council Collect takes place  online   26 February - 2 March 2021 Founded in 2004 by the Crafts Council, Collect has established itself as the preeminent art fair for craft and has been instrumental in growing the collectable market in this sector. Working with its Advisory Panel, Collect brings you a stunning group of specialist international galleries, showcasing works made in the past five years by living artists. The Collect gallerists will help you discover, introduce you to, and hopefully tempt you to acquire, some of the exceptional pieces of

Cooksongold Announces New Managing Director

Paul Cooper joined Cooksongold on the 4th September 2023 After an extensive and in-depth recruitment process, Cooksongold is happy to announce the appointment of Paul Cooper as Managing Director. Paul has a wealth of experience in manufacturing, both in the UK and overseas, including previous appointments where Paul was responsible for subsidiaries in Brazil, Mexico and Canada whilst living in the USA. He also lived in Singapore whilst responsible for a number of Asian subsidiaries. Over the course of the coming months, Paul will have the support of Cooksongold’s established Senior Management Team who will help to ensure a smooth

Cooksongold Announces New Managing Director

Paul Cooper joined Cooksongold on the 4th September 2023 After an extensive and in-depth recruitment process, Cooksongold is happy to announce the appointment of Paul Cooper as Managing Director. Paul has a wealth of experience in manufacturing, both in the UK and overseas, including previous appointments where Paul was responsible for subsidiaries in Brazil, Mexico and Canada whilst living in the USA. He also lived in Singapore whilst responsible for a number of Asian subsidiaries. Over the course of the coming months,  Paul will have the support of Cooksongold’s established Senior Management Team who will help to ensure a smooth

Marketing & Campaigns Manager

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Getting Started 2021

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AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2020

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London Creative Network

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Jewellery & Watch Show 2021

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Zeemou Zeng partners with Age UK

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

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News Edit: 10 February 2019

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All Pandora jewellery to be made from recycled silver and gold

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

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Camden Pop-Up Business School - Small Business Resilience course

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Major overhaul of higher technical education announced

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

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

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Jerwood Bursaries 2019

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Endangered Crafts Award 2019

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British Craft Trade Fair 2019

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

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Make Your Mark 2017, Day I

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Make Your Mark 2017, Day II

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Angela Georgiou gets new branding with Clout

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Assay Office London Launch Make Your Mark 2017

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Freelance Artist / Craftsperson (Wire & Beading)

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Call for Applications: JOYA Barcelona 2018

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£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers

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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund

Funding: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation : Teacher Development Fund Partnerships consisting of arts/cultural organisations and primary schools have until the 23rd March 2018 to apply for grants of up to £150,000 to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. The aim of the funding is to fund projects that help teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to deliver effective arts-based learning. The funding is being provided through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund and the Foundation expect to make 5 grant awards

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Start Up Loans of up to £25,000

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 With Centa Business Services Do you have a business idea, but need funding and support to get it off the ground? Centa can help you kick-start your business, with access of up to £25,000 low-cost loan through the Start Up Loans scheme. How do I apply? Please  click here  and complete the form. Once submitted, providing you are eligible, one of the Centa team will send you the full application form and details of the next steps. In addition we require a copy of some documentation prior to awarding the loan, a list

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

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

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course We have extended the deadline for our Jewellery 2-day intensive, fully-subsidised production workshops. CFE Jewellery P1 programme empowers London-based designer businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process. If you are London-based and looking for support on your production process - apply for 2 days of expert workshops. To qualify, you need to: – Be registered and operating in a London borough – Have been trading for at least 12 months Jewellery P1, is a 2-day intensive workshop, created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready

Plucky designer makes rings from strings for stars

Designer Emma Hedley has a new set of strings to her bow after Scottish singing star KT Tunstall donated some used guitar strings to be made into bracelets, rings and earrings and sold for charity. Newcastle-based Emma and her sister Kitty design and make jewellery for The Guitarwrist, a not-for-profit company that collects used strings and plectrums from famous artists and musicians who nominate a charity to benefit from the sale of Hedley's designs. They include Duran Duran, Stereophonics Marillion and Alvin Lee though Tunstall, who is supporting Help Refugees,  was one of the first to lend her support describing

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

Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2017

Call for Applications: Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2017 On 20 October at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs Enterprise Nation will be crowning the next Female Start-up of the Year! Taking place in Bristol, the competition is powered by Facebook's  She Means Business  campaign. A winner will be announced live on stage at the  event  and receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow. Are you a  member of Enterprise Nation ? If so, apply today for the chance to win!   For more information on how to enter, this year's criteria and our panel of

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

New Business Support Service - Winchester Businesses

Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District.  The service will provide one to one business advice, training, networking and mentoring. The business support service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion.  Funded by Winchester City Council the free service aims to remove the barriers that stop people from starting and growing a business in the District.  Networking Businesses who are you are keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area are invited to come

Call for Applications: London Design Fair 2018

Call for Applications: London Design Fair 2018 Now firmly established as the Fair of the Festival the 2017 edition saw record numbers of visitors during the Festival. 550 exhibitors from over 36 different countries packed the halls of the Truman Brewery to create the industries most exciting place to meet and do business during the Festival. Ensuring our exhibitors reach their target audience amongst our 28,000 visitors, whether that be retailers, architects, interior designer or press, is what we do best. Our bespoke team are here to help. London Design Fair hosts the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands,

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Showcases Graduate Exhibitors

Goldsmiths’ Fair have announced this year’s graduate exhibitors. The Fair is the foremost platform to launch the careers of emerging precious metal designer-makers and the event will  welcome 10 new graduate exhibitors. Graduates receive a free stand at the Fair, a £1,500 grant to help prepare for the Fair, and an optional interest free silver bullion loan of up to £3,000. Previous recipients of the Graduate Bursary include Heather Woof and Max Danger, amongst others. The graduates also receive mentoring from the Goldsmiths’ Centre, helping the graduates to develop business plans and prepare for large exhibitions. The graduates are given

Flourish Conference

Flourish: A Two Day Conference To Ignite Your Creative Business Ambitions The Talent Development team at Crafts Council brings you leading industry experts so you can share, debate and network; providing you with a vital set of action points and links that will cultivate and shape your creative practice. The event will ignite your creative ambitions by bringing together leading industry experts to help you start, build and sustain a successful business.  Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to how you create a strong brand identity and build resilience into your business. The keynote address

VICENZAORO 2018

For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in gold and jewellery. Vicenza today is an unrivalled international hub for the sector, hosting events and offering a multitude of services that cater for every aspect of the jewellery business.  Underpinned by technical expertise and a sense of artistry that spans generations of passionate artisans. As a worldwide planner and event organizer, Fiera di Vicenza continues to help jewellery operators prosper from the shifting gravity of international markets.  New alliances have been made with leading jewellery trade partners in Asia, the Middle East and the

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

Free CAD Workshop in London

Free CAD Workshop in London   Organic modeling tools for Jewellers & Sculptors. Learn some basic computer aided design tools to use in your creative practice and how to send off models to be 3D-printed. Date Saturday 12th August Time 2pm Location Thames Side Studios, SE18 5NR Exact location will be given upon subscription. To Book Please  Subscribe  to attend! Bring you own laptop with a demo of  Rhino  &  T-Splines  installed. For More Information Help and more information will be given upon subscription. www.sebastianpintea.com/courses

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

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

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course Jewellery P1 is designed to support small jewellery businesses and Designer Makers looking to increase their productivity and profitability. Taking place on 27th and 28th June, this two-day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which they can extract more value from their business, without diluting their brand. Eligibility criteria: All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating

New Studio 'The Smiddy' to Launch with a Project that Celebrates Local Crafts People

Vanilla Ink’s is throwing open its doors for its first expansion in beautiful Banff. The brand new, recently renovated The Smiddy: Centre of Excellence for Silversmithing & Jewellery, will open to the public on September 22nd – and for their first project and exhibition, they want to hear from you! The Royal Borough of Banff is richly steeped in silversmithing heritage, with locally made silver fetching great interest and fantastic prices at auctions. Vanilla Ink mean to revive that history, firmly returning local craft to the global silversmithing map. This is where you come in; to help the revive tradition,

Dynamic new trends take shape at IJL 2017

Spotting important new trends will be as easy as 1-2-3 for exhibitors and visitors to IJL 2017 when the latest product ranges from over 550 high end jewellery manufacturers, designers and suppliers from 32 countries around the world are rolled out at Olympia over three days. World famous as a ‘360 degree’ platform for striking deals, networking and sharing knowledge, IJL 2017 will kick off a range of new features including newly themed seminar theatres, workshops and a dedicated Skills Lab to showcase talent and skills. A new Retail Experience Area is designed to help retailers enhance their in-store offer

Scotland’s art colleges sign up to Ethical Making Pledge

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

Crafted, Walpole

Call for Applications, Walpole's Crafted Programme 2017 Walpole and patron Vacheron Constantin invite traditional and contemporary artisans and craftspeople to submit applications for the prestigious 10th-annual Crafted programme. Skilled craftspeople interested in developing the commercial side of their business with the help of expert luxury industry leaders have until Monday 27th February to apply for the 2017 Walpole Crafted programme. Please click here for the selection criteria and here to download the application form. About Crafted Realising the reliance that many luxury brands have on the fine skilled work and experience of craftspeople and artisans, Crafted was established in 2007

Dharma: The New Collection to Courageously Live your Calling

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

Record Number of UK Jewellers to Exhibit at Amsterdam's SIERAAD

Eighteen UK art jewellers and SIERAAD Art Jewellery Fair in Amsterdam are working to help keep artistic ties between the UK and Europe strong and fresh despite the recent UK vote to leave the European Union. A decision that has caused a great deal of division, instability and uncertainty. This year a record number of UK jewellers will be exhibiting at SIERAAD 2016 which takes place at The Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam between 10th -13th November 2016. The eighteen art jewellers are the cream of UK talent carefully selected for their innovative and creative approach to jewellery as an art form. Astrid

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

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

Artist Residency, ArtsTaunton

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

Call for Applications: Setting Out, The Goldsmtihs’ Centre - Clerkenwell

Are you a jewellery or silversmithing start-up within your first two years of business? Are you looking for guidance on how take the next steps in business? The intensive year-long Setting Out business incubation scheme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is designed to boost your knowledge with support from expert tutors, business consultants and specialist speakers. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, you and a small group of young goldsmithing businesses will have access to shared studio space, fully equipped workshops and tailored support to help you transition from a start-up into running a

Truro and Penwith College

Rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in 2017 and Ofsted Outstanding in 2016, Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall.   Degree courses in Silversmithing and Jewellery help students to develop craftsmanship skills in areas such as

Creative Business Workshops, Crafts Council

Three workshops coming up this November to support your creative business development.  The Crafts Council recognise the need for artists, makers and designers to be supported throughout their career whether just starting out or as an established international artist.  These accessible, enjoyable, and informative workshops offer the right mix of key experts and experienced makers offering advice to help you establish and sustain a creative business or realise ambitious projects. Tickets Costs start at just £20 and are based at different regions across the UK.  Dates: Dates this November 3rd in Sunderland 16th in London and 21st in Leicester To

Knights Wood Housing Development

The Dandara Group, working with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are seeking proposals from artists and designers to create a statement sculptural work to be located in the Village Square of Knights Wood, a new housing development in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Public Art Commission The highly original sculptural work set primarily into a pre-defined space at the end of a triangular water feature will help to provide Knights Wood with a distinct identity by responding to the site’s character and the communities that live there. The commissioning panel are flexible to the wide range of creative approaches this commission can take.

Drop 'em Like It's Hot: Earring Shoulder Smoulder

Whilst we hate to be the summer fun kill joys and dare to utter the words 'farewell sunshine you fare weather friend', the shiny new month of September is here loud n'proud and ready to strut into the season of fanciful fall with boldly ornate outlandish pieces your magpie eyes can't help but clock! There's nothing quite like hearing the crunch of fresh fall leaves crumbling under foot on that first break of chilly morning work runs so what better way to maximise the experience by maximising your lobe'drobe in synch! Catwalks have shown no mercy when it comes to

New launches signal a successful start to Spring Fair

Independent retailers and buyers from across the country gathered at Birmingham’s NEC  as the Spring Fair opened its doors. With thousands of suppliers showcasing everything from scented candles and artificial flowers to toys and kitchenware, as well as jewellery, the Spring Fair affirmed itself as a top destination to source products. And with hygge, velvet furnishings, faux-fur, marble and rose gold expected to be in-vogue this year there is no better place to identify merchandise to meet consumer demand. Over the four days of the fair retailers sought to identify products and trends that will help them succeed in 2017. The

A Treasure of Sentiment

"Jewellery is like a biography. A story that tells the many chapters of our life." There's no doubt that as a nation, the power of our minds has a lot to answer for in how we talk, we walk, we meet, greet and relate. The fleeting emotions we experience on a day-to-day basis help build the individuals we become through experience and curate the interpersonal relationships of who we cross paths with. Arguably the mind is our emotional powerhouse which holds our most treasured memories; from the time you first played truth or dare, that time you got punished for

Introduction To Micro-Setting

Micro-setting applied to bespoke handmade jewellery can lead to spectacular results. Ideal for beginners, this course with highly experienced tutor Harry Forster-Stringer will help jewellers and stone setters to explore the advantages of micro-setting. Start to understand how to set up a specialist workbench, efficiently use a microscope, install GRS Air Gravers as well as prepare tools for optimum use.  Introduction To Micro-Setting Date: Sat 10 September 2016 Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm, £199   What: Experimental Workshop Venue: The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London. EC1M 5AD www.goldsmiths-centre.org

Consultancy Engagement, Cockpit Arts

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

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

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

British Fashion Council Announce Scholarship Recipients

The British Fashion Council (BFC) Education Foundation is a registered charity that offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs. The BFC has been supporting MA Scholarships since 1998 and the recipients are now seen as the next generation of talented designers. The Fashion Awards 2016 will have a core aim - to raise significant funds over the next ten years to continue this work and help the best talent attend leading fashion colleges. The Fashion Awards will be an annual fundraiser gala for the BFC Education Foundation. The four recipients of the 2016 BFC Education Foundation

Study of Rare Diamonds Unlocks More of Earth's Secrets

Scientists at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) continue to delve deep into earth's geologic history, using diamonds' distinctive characteristics to go – virtually – where no scientist has ever gone. In two recent scientific papers, GIA researchers and their colleagues at other leading research institutions share their latest discoveries based on information gleaned from extremely rare and pure diamonds from very deep within the earth. "Our unparalleled access to millions of diamonds each year, long-standing relationships with major research institutions and mission-driven dedication to sharing everything we learn make GIA uniquely able to help expand understanding of the fundamental forces

News Edit: 5 July 2020

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

Talented Jewellers and Silversmiths Selected For Goldsmiths’ Fair Graduate Bursary Programme

Goldsmiths’ Fair (25 September - 7 October), the annual selling exhibition of the best precious metal fine jewellery and contemporary silver by UK-based talent, has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.   The ten graduates – who were selected from over 100 applicants – receive: • A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair • £1500 bursary • Up to £3000 precious metal loan • Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers

News Edit 6 May 2018

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

Auction For Aid

Over 70 Of The Uk’s Hottest Jewellery Designers Unite For “Auction For Aid” Supporting Help Refugees and Moas (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) A Facebook auction of British Contemporary Jewellery "Auction For Aid", spearheaded by Leeds based jeweller Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi, of Soremi Jewellery is taking place online, on Facebook, from Monday September 18th to Sunday September 24th.  Auction For Aid will feature over 205 donated works from supporting jewellers such as Polly Wales, Jo Hayes Ward, Ruth Tomlinson, Shimmel Madden and Disa Allsop.   This year the auction, has gone international, receiving support from European and US jewellers who also feel the injustice of

Marks & Spencer Combat Customer Allergy Concerns

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

The Jewellers Toolkit

Designing jewellery and setting off on a major project or piece can be an intimidating prospect, especially when looking at using outworkers for the first time. Our Jeweller’s Toolkit has been produced to help you better understand your jewellery manufacturing needs, and it’s free to use. How to use the Jewellers Toolkit The Jeweller's Toolkit is a digital booklet, free to download. Produced by Benchpeg, the Toolkit can be downloaded as a compelte booklet, but we've also broken each handy chapter out into a fact sheet for individual use and reference. Download your full copy here , or the relevant                        

Surface Design Show 2017, Business Design Centre, London

Returning to London's Business Design Centre in February 2017, Surface Design Show will connect an audience of architects, specifiers and designers with the next generation of innovative and exciting materials. Taking place 7 - 9 February, the 2017 edition will help you to find distinctive, new surface solutions, materials and products from over 170 exhibitors. Dates: 7 - 9 February 2017 Open: Tuesday 7 Feb 18.00–21.00 Wednesday 8 Feb 11.00–21.00  (plus PechaKucha 18.00-21.00) Thursday 9 Feb 11.00–17.00 (plus Surface Design Awards 13.00-14.30) Venue:  Business Design Centre Ltd,, 52 Upper St, London N1 0QH www.surfacedesignshow.com

Jewellery Boutique Sales Assistant, Alex Monroe - Covent Garden, London

The role Jewellery Boutique Sales Assistant Alex Monroe  Covent Garden , London At Alex Monroe we design, manufacture and sell beautiful jewellery. We’re really all about people. We have a wonderful bunch of people working here, and a wonderful lot of customers too! Everything is handmade right here in the UK by skilled craftspeople, from our fantastic workshop in the heart of London to our beautiful stores in London Bridge and Covent Garden. It’s a fun place to work, very exciting and ever growing. Often fast paced and very busy. We all love what we do and that is reflected

Micro Setter, Charles Green - Birmingham

The role Micro Setter Charles Green Birmingham Charles Green, based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, are respected for our high-quality jewellery and unrivalled service. In 2024 we will be celebrating our 200   years as well as moving into our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. We are also proud members of the Responsible Jewellery Council, underlining our commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices. We are excited to announce that we are looking to add to our skilled team, with a full time vacancy for a Micro Setter . Experience is preferable, and you should share our passion for producing the

Diamond and Gem Setter, Mitchel & Co - Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

The role Diamond and Gem Setter Mitchel & Co Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Mitchel & Co, an award-winning manufacturing retail jeweller, is based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. With our unrivalled reputation for creating the finest quality bespoke jewellery in our on-site workshop, we enjoy crafting a wide variety of diamond and gemstone jewellery for our diverse and loyal client base. As a family business since 2011, we are proud to have a longstanding team of highly talented professional jewellers, production staff and sales consultants, as well as a beautiful showroom. We are delighted to announce that we are looking to

News Edit: 26 February 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Stolen Jewels, Now on Display NY Times: The British Museum recovered more than 350 ancient artifacts that were looted from its store rooms and is putting some on show. www.nytimes.com The collaborations with artists breathing fresh life into the world of jewellery Spears WMS: Contemporary collections blur the line between art and adornment. spearswms.com Tooth fairy gifts children $100 bills and designer jewellery SKY: Not only has the amount of money children receive for losing a tooth increased, but some parents are also leaving a gift under the pillow.