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James Handyside Wins Young Apprentice of the Year Award

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

Appointment: James Rice as new Houlden Director

Luxury jewellery consortium, the Houlden Group, have announced the appointment of James Rice as the latest Director to join the board. Currently Sales & Marketing Director of Hull based Hugh Rice, a luxury family-run jeweller founded in 1965 which has since expanded from Hull and Beverley, throughout Yorkshire and into the North East, James’s irrefutable heritage and knowledge of the modern-day workings of a successful retail jewellery empire makes him an invaluable asset to the Houlden board. While attending university in Lancaster, James worked in-store at Hugh Rice, covering roles in Procurement, Stock Replenishment and Sales Tracking. He joined the

Weston Beamor Prototypes Bond: James Bond

Weston Beamor, the Birmingham casting-house, 3D printing and bespoke jewellery manufacturing company, has recently been involved in an interesting project for its customer Big Chief Studios - producers of high-quality, limited-edition, collectable figurines.   WB has been 3D printing photo-realistic body parts in resin, specifically heads, hands, and accessories such as guns and gadgets, for Big Chief’s most recent collection of characters from the iconic Bond film – Goldfinger.  Big Chief has recently taken on the licence to produce action figures from this and several others of the most classic Bond films.  With WB’s assistance, they have now created Bond

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE Appointed Chair Of Trustees For The Edward James Foundation

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Edward James Foundation which is responsible for West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.  The College is charting an ambitious trajectory of growth and is recognised for excellence in arts and conservation education.  At the end of December 2019 Professor O’Prey will replace the Hon Peter Benson LVO MA FCA who is stepping down after seventeen years as a Trustee, ten of them as Chairman.  For the last fifteen years Professor O’Prey has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Roehampton, London, stepping down

School of Creative Arts Open Day February, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Saturday 4th February 2017, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James

School of Creative Arts Open Day, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Friday 2 December, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James sponsored

West Dean College’s FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork or Clocks Bursary

New bursary funding for students applying this year: West Dean College’s FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork or Clocks Funding is made available by The Edward James Foundation for one third of the first years tuition fees. Develop well-rounded metalworking theory and skills, with projects encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing. Bursary application deadline : 1   May 2017  Applicable for September 2017 entry.    Course information: www.westdean.org.uk Funding information: www.westdean.org.uk

News Edit: 30 May 2021

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

News Edit: 28 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   These are the 6 most searched for jewelry trends on the internet this year Vogue: From colorful beads to layered necklaces and superimposed rings, here is the ranking of the 6 most sought-after jewelry trends on the Internet this year according to Stylight. vogue.fr 150-year-old Sheffield jeweller, HL Brown, focused on customer safety as it returns following coronavirus closure The Star: James Frampton is proud of the Sheffield business founded by his great-great-grandfather in 1861. thestar.co.uk Jeweller turns electronic waste into eye-catching

Couple Get Engaged With A Ring Made Exclusively From The Smartphones That Brought Them Together

A couple have got engaged using a ring made exclusively* from the smartphones they credit with bringing them together, in a world-first proposal. The ring, created by O2 Recycle to celebrate its 10 anniversary – in partnership with bespoke sustainable jeweller, Lylie’s – has been made from the couple’s recycled iPhone 5s smartphones. The ring is made from the handset speakers and microphones that James and Hayley used for whispering sweet nothings to each other, the cameras they used for selfies and video chat when living apart, and a gold band created using the very circuit boards that kept those

West Dean College Open Days 2017

West Dean College Open Day Programme You are invited to come and explore the workshops and studios, take a tour with students, explore your study options and find out about funding at our next Open Day. Friday 1 December 2017, 10am - 1pm Programme School of Arts - Location Edward James Studios 10.00  Registration and Open Studios 10.30-11.00  Informal presentation in the Old Dairy Seminar Room : Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education Outline Visual Arts Programmes - David Stent, Programme Leader, Visual Arts Outline MA Creative Writing and Publishing - Martine McDonagh Outline Part Time Visual

Jeremy France Jewellers raise £11,000 for Murray Parish Trust

Jeremy France Jewellers have smashed their £10k target for donations made to local charity, The Murray Parish Trust, raising nearly £11,000 in just over a year. Since October 2016, the independent Winchester jewellers have been taking charitable donations for all jewellery polishing, as well as holding  in-store events and raffles to raise much needed funds for the cause. Founded in 2014 by married actors Sarah Parish and James Murray in memory of their daughter Ella-Jayne, who sadly passed away in 2009, The Murray Parish Trust endeavours to transform the department in which their baby daughter spent her last precious days.

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2018 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2018 - Deptford Join us for this perfect opportunity to buy direct from  independent makers  - from master craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni. Jewellers, weavers, ceramicists … and many other crafts A curated display featuring makers participating in the Cockpit Arts /  London Creative Network Programme . Demonstrations and talks from Cockpit makers  Lucy McGrath ,  Shelley James ,  Ian Scott Kettle  and  Onome Otite , and an interactive display by  Ekta Kaul . Enter the Prize Draw to win vouchers to spend with Cockpit makers. Enjoy delicious food in the

Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World

Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World 250 years on from James Cook’s historic voyage from England to New Zealand, two cutting edge jewellery collectives embark upon their own journeys.  Handshake (NZ) and Dialogue Collective (UK) navigate around the impact of colonialism to create a bejewelled voyage like no other...    Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World showcases work by twenty-two artists who specialise in using jewellery to communicate ideas. The work on display shows a diversity of materials, techniques and scale. Cultural backgrounds and migrated ancestry influence the work that each artist makes on their own voyage. An openness to

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2018 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2018 - Holborn Join us for this perfect opportunity to buy direct from  independent makers  - from master craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni. Jewellers, weavers, ceramicists … and many other crafts A curated display featuring makers participating in the Cockpit Arts /  London Creative Network Programme . Demonstrations and talks from Cockpit makers  Lucy McGrath ,  Shelley James ,  Ian Scott Kettle  and  Onome Otite , and an interactive display by  Ekta Kaul . Enter the Prize Draw to win vouchers to spend with Cockpit makers. Enjoy delicious food in the

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2017

2017 West Dean Arts and Craft Festival brings together 200+ artists, makers, writers and performers for the UK’s definitive arts and craft festival. Taking place at West Dean College, the former home and gardens of Edward James, poet, Surrealist and arts patron, the festival will deliver a wide range of dynamic workshops, drop-in creative sessions as well as exciting live demonstration, performances and installations. Browse and buy unique pieces from 120 designers and makers, curated by MADE, and visit the dedicated Print Show. Visitors will discover the secrets of West Dean House, with itsintriguing arts heritage, along with the surrounding

Jeremy France Jewellers delights with glitz at The Odd Ball

On 19th November, guests gathered at the Hilton, Ageas Bowl, for a night that had promised to be a visual masterpiece of unrivalled glamour and intrigue.  Hosted by married actors Sarah Parish and James Murray, the sold out ‘Odd Ball’ was in aid of the Murray Parish Trust and their nationwide #2MillionSteps campaign, to raise £2 million for a state of the art children’s emergency and trauma department at Southampton General Hospital. Guests embraced the steampunk Trash and Tiaras dress code, with an abundance of aviator goggles, tiaras and top hats on display. Greeted by men on stilts and golden

Philip Kydd Apprentice wins Gold at Jewellery Oscars

James  Kydd , silversmithing apprentice under his master (and  father) Philip  Kydd , recently had a very  successful evening at the Goldsmiths ’  Craft and Design Council Awards  – the  ‘ Oscars ’  for the jewellery and  silversmithing trades. The ceremony was held in the pre stigious  and beautiful surroundings of Goldsmiths ’  Hall in London.  James won the  Gold Award  in the Junior Craft category ;  the  Gold Award  in the Junior section of the  Polishing category; the  Bronze  Award for  Setting; and the  Special Award  (presented for the first time this  year) for  ‘A n appropriate design that

British Fashion Council 2016/2017 Education Programme

The BFC Education Foundation congratulates their 2017 BA scholars who are graduating this summer: Ian Richardson, Jacob Weir, Harriet Crowther, Kitty Garratt, Lloyd James Husband, Matthew Needham and Polly Thomas as well as MA recipient Gabriella Sardena. Sarah Mower MBE, Co-President of the BFC’s Education pillar commented, "The BFC Education Foundation scholars, for BA and MA are selected based on their outstanding talent, from Universities across the country. Their work this year is the inspiring proof of the creativity, individuality and technical skills which put British fashion educators at the top of every international measure of excellence. In times when art education is under attack and

‘Tis The Season To Buy Diamonds Jeremy France Jewellers Host VIP Festive Fundraiser

Special celebrity guest, James Murray, was in attendance representing the Murray Parish Trust, a local charity that Jeremy France Jewellers have been proudly supporting this year.  The Grade 2* listed building, situated at the very heart of historic Winchester’s bustling High Street, was decked to impress. Little of the shop remained untouched by the festive spirit as the decadent decorations also extended up through the gallery, with huge suspended Christmas wreaths visible from each level of the stunning three-storey showroom. With a traditional nutcracker theme running throughout and every detail adorned in beautiful bespoke decorations, the shop had been sprinkled

Small Business Saturday Businesses Invited to 10 Downing St.

A small jewellery business from Penarth was chosen to be among 100 selected businesses from around the country invited to Downing Street on this week to attend a reception to mark the UK’s fourth annual Small Business Saturday on Saturday 3 rd  December. Anne Morgan, owner of Anne Morgan Jewellery, a gallery that specialises in selling handmade jewellery by 30 jewellery designer makers as well as her own work, joined other small business owners at a reception at No.10 Downing Street attended by the Small Business Minister Margot James. Prime Minister Theresa May said about the initiative, “Small Business Saturday

Flux, Centrala Art Gallery: Art Loft - Birmingham

Zoe Robertson will be showing work at FLUX, an exhibition curated by Room 7. A performance intervention with Sellotape Cinema, Natalie Garrett Brown, Polly Hudson and Zoe Robertson will take place on the opening night Newly formed collective of curators ROOM7 presents ‘FLUX’, an exhibition of contemporary art in collaboration with Grand Union and Centrala Art Galleries. The collective is made up of 7 curators from different backgrounds brought together by their studies at the University of Birmingham. The exhibition is formed by the work of four carefully selected artists based in the West Midlands; Mark Houghton, James Lomax, Anna