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Job Market Change: Apprenticeships are the new Educational Future

According to a new survey it was found that the UK is once again emerging as a hotbed for apprenticeships. Almost half (47%) of the respondents said they would accept an apprenticeship in their chosen field, given the opportunity.  In a job market where you can find opportunities on your Twitter feed and be formally interviewed via Skype, it’s little surprise that attitudes are changing as to how you gain employment. Working alongside universities, modern apprenticeships are making a mockery of the idea that academic progression and hands-on experience are mutually exclusive. Young people can learn on-the-job, whilst studying in

A Job lot of cultured pearls, amethyst chips and opal chips

A Job lot of cultured pearls, amethyst chips and opal chips Many different rows, button freshwater pearls and many others. Ideal for Jobber or starter in the trade.  £200 plus £12 post or can collect from Lincolnshire.   Contact  ian.stewart1960@hotmail.co.uk

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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

News Edit: 20 August 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   British Museum: Theft Thought To Be An Inside Job Artlyst: The British Museum has sacked a staff member after gold, jewellery, and semi-precious gems disappeared from one of the museum’s storage lock-ups. Several items were either “missing, stolen or damaged”. artlyst.com 'Embarrassed' British Museum forced to ramp up security after 'inside job' jewellery thief Express: It may be one of the world's most respected museums, but experts are saying its bosses must be red-faced. www.express.co.uk British Museum staff member dismissed Daily Mail: as gold, jewellery and semi-precious gems

News Edit: 22 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Wexford jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis is a shining star of Irish design as she scoops award at Irish Made Awards Independent: Jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis is one of the shining stars of Irish design having won the esteemed ‘jewellery’ category at the Irish Made Awards last week. www.independent.ie How I got my job as… Founder of Etika Jewels Emirates Woman: Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and

Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

The Creative Fellowship scheme is an annual programme of residencies with The National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell. The scheme is intended to support the production of new creative work, in collaboration with researchers, responding to this fascinating site and engaging audiences in its history through creative means. About The Workhouse From its foundation, the workhouse system cared for those in need. It was a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a care home, a hospital, a school and a job centre; the Welfare State in embryonic form. Today we see the inheritance of this system all around us. The Project

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

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

Administrative Assistant, G. Collins & Sons - Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The role Administrative Assistant G. Collins & Sons Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent At G. Collins & Sons, we have a full-time opportunity to join our first class team as an integral member of our workshop. With a history that spans back to 1985, we are a small, family-run jewellers tucked away in Tunbridge Wells, Kent with an ever-expanding team in search of an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate would be self-motivated, hard-working, and a team player. Must be able to adapt to our service focused style and work long hours. The job role is full time and competitive salary depending

News Edit: 22 May 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Glittering exhibition tells city’s story Portsmouth Gov: Also on show will be precious silver items loaned by the Royal Navy, the city's Anglican cathedral and the Goldsmiths' Company Charity. www.portsmouth.gov.uk Ethical Jewelry Stunners for Cannes’ Red Carpet Hollywood Reporter: These spectacular pieces will add a feel-good vibe at the film festival, part of the jewelry industry’s new standard of responsible sourcing of diamonds, gemstones and metals. www.hollywoodreporter.com Russia impact: Surat diamond industry stares at massive job losses in June Business Standard: The month of May offers some respite

News Edit: 30 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Federal Govt And MinDiver Train More Nigerians In Jewellery Production For Value Addition, Job Creation Leadership: Nigeria’s natural minerals have always attracted low prices due to the failure to process them into finished products. SILAS EZEUGWU reports that the federal government, through the MinDiver Project, is taking steps to reverse this trend by graduating the second batch of young Nigerians trained in the craft of jewellery making. leadership.ng “I’m still googling how to run a business”: How Nikki Kelly took her jewellery label to $2.5 million turnover Smart

Jobbing Jeweller / Bench worker Goldsmith, Bourne End Jewellers - Bourne End, Bucks

The role Jobbing Jeweller / Bench Worker Goldsmith Bourne End Jewellers 39 The Parade, Bourne End, Bucks. SL8 5SB Bourne End Jewellers pride themselves on being a renowned family run business, with first and second generation family members currently at the helm. The Role Full or Part Time. We are currently looking for a Goldsmith to work as part of our small Workshop Team. Training to enhance your bench skills can be provided.  Your job role will consist of repairing customer's jewellery to a high standard and being involved in re designing jewellery as part of our bespoke service. You'll

Trainee / Junior Silversmith, Grant Macdonald - London

The role Trainee / Junior Silversmith Grant Macdonald London SE1 Grant Macdonald is a high-end silversmithing manufacturer. We are market leaders in our specialised field and our global customer base ensures we produce a wide range of fascinating products.  An opportunity has arisen to join our expanding silversmithing team in our central London workshop. We are currently looking for a talented junior silversmith/trainee to join the team. The chosen candidate needs to be a hardworking, enthusiastic craftsperson who is looking to expand their skills and grow as a silversmith at a prestigious London workshop. About the job 5 days a week Traditional

Jobbing Jeweller / Goldsmith, The Jewellery Repair Centre Bromley - South London / Kent

The role Jobbing Jeweller / Goldsmith The Jewellery Repair Centre Bromley South London / Kent  Jobbing Jeweller / Goldsmith required for a very busy South London / Kent Jewellers. Experience essential in all aspects of jewellery repairs. To express interest please forward your CV and covering note. About us The Jewellery Repair Centre has been carrying out quality repairs to a high standard on jewellery and watches in Bromley for over 40 years at our workshop located in the heart of Bromley's shopping district. thejrc.co.uk How to apply Applying for a job on Benchpeg is easy. All you need to

Diamond Setter, Stuzanne - Hatton Garden, London

The role Diamond Setter Stuzanne Hatton Garden, London Stuzanne is Hiring! Stuzanne is a high end bespoke jewellery manufacturing company, and has been based in Central London for the past 40 years. We are currently seeking a fully trained Diamond Setter, trained in all areas of diamond and gemstone setting. Wanted, but not necessary, is the ability to set large stones without using a microscope. Full tools needed for the Job are already on site. We also provide equipment required to complete setting work. Most of the work is completed under tight deadlines, so being able to work under pressure is

News Edit: 3 July 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The enticing collection of jewellery from the house of eagle & pearl jewelers The Hiltonian: As one of the oldest jewelers in the world, Eagle and Pearl has continued its legacy over the years by partnering with high-quality brands. thehiltonian.com Singapore chemical engineer sees career bloom after switching from oil to flowers Yahoo News: Janice Lim had always considered herself a risk-averse person who planned her schedules well in advance. news.yahoo.com How to land a job in the luxury industry: 3 tips every student should know Study International:

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

Q&A: Jos Skeates

Jos Skeates a Goldsmith and the Co-Founder, along with wife Alison, of the leading, multi award winning, Central London jewellery boutique EC One the Jewellers. He is also the Chairman of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? JS: Jos Skeates, Goldsmith and owner of E.C.One the Jewellers.  How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? JS: Total chance. I was looking for a summer job when I was sixteen and saw an advert for an apprentice Diamond Mounter. I’ve never looked back.  How

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

The Benevolent Society were delighted to identify up to 50 of their hardest up and longest standing beneficiaries and to send to each of them this week a beautiful hamper full of goodies as a timely reminder that they have not been forgotten. The Society issued a statement which said: "With all of the talk of worldwide pandemic, economic disaster, job losses, the NHS being overwhelmed, it is important that we do not forget those that have gone before us and contributed so much to making our great industries what they are today." Simon Dawe the BenSoc Chairman said: “It

News Edit: 2 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put On Your Radar Marie Claire: While ethical fashion and jewellery were once pegged as 'having a moment', the reality is that now more so than ever consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their pieces are coming from. marieclaire.com.au The jewellery you've been buying in lockdown AFR: Los Angeles designer Irene Neuwirth has garnered a loyal following with her whimsical designs and COVID-19 has proven no barrier to sales. afr.com Jeweller to the stars lost job after head-on bike crash with Uber

Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It! Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community. Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills). The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011

The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

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

Delicate Delights for November Nights

If there ever was a time of year to go big, bold and all things beautiful, the season of sugar and spice and all things nice most definitely hits the mark! As invitations of Christmas nights of festive fun and mischief begin to flock your inbox, it's time to add a bejewelled touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm! As the winter nights grow colder and daylight hours go to bed far too early, it's our job to inject the sizzling heat and fire of festive finery with a treasure trove of flamboyant sparkle and delightfully delicate statement jewels, guaranteed

Cad / Design Intern, Pruden and Smith Ltd - Ditchling, East Sussex

The Role CAD / Design Intern  Pruden and Smith Ltd Ditchling, East Sussex (Nr Brighton) Paid 6 month Internship potential for ongoing employment We are looking for a Jewellery Designer to work 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) in the village of Ditchling near Brighton. This is an exciting chance to be a part of a fast growing and award winning jewellery business.  About the Job Daily tasks will include: In CAD: Modelling existing designs for the digital design library. In CAD: Modelling and costing existing designs with clients variations after or during client appointments. Conducting client consultations and

Sarah Millsop to join Create and Craft TV as Craft Ambassador

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

Sarah Salmon

Meet Benchpeg's Trends Editor. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Sarah Salmon Trends Editor Sarah has a natural flair for creativity and design, and is our trends and blog guru. She manages Benchpeg's weekly  trends and fashion content . Her full time job is as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Educational Sector. Previously she worked as the Editorial and Digital Assistant at  Gem-A , where she worked on Gem-A's Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology publications as well as on

Silent Protest - Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna

Silent Protest Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary. Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication, to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, in a single action. War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translate into interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.  The beliefs of many can be divided: those who have invented messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job

News Edit: 11 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My Favourite Pieces: Jacqueline Gestetner’s top five pieces from a lifetime of collecting FT: The woman behind the Jacqueline’s Choice events picks items including a stylish Emmeline necklace and a Barbara Crowe bangle bought in the Sixties. ft.com Art of the experimental: young Chinese jewellery designers to watch FT: Emerging talents are producing innovative, dynamically coloured high jewellery pieces. ft.com 'A year ago I was unhappy in my job, but now I've made £200,000 from jewellery' The Daily Mirror: A mum-of-two has managed to take her handmade jewellery

News Edit: 26 March 2023

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How I Got Here: Loveness Lee opens up about the challenges of wearing all the hats in your business Red Online: The London-based jewellery designer creates beautiful pieces inspired by nature. www.redonline.co.uk Hailey Bieber can't stop wearing this affordable London-based jewellery brand Marie Claire: A fashion-industry favourite. www.marieclaire.co.uk Eden Confidential: While Mick, 79, rocks on, daughter Jade Jagger, 51, packs in her day job as she gives up designing fine jewellery Daily Mail: Yet, I hear that the singer's daughter, Jade Jagger, is already giving up her career

Skilled Goldsmith / Jeweller, Creations - Chichester, West Sussex

The role Skilled Goldsmith / Jeweller  Creations Chichester, West Sussex Creations have been in the jewellery repair industry for over 35 years and we are currently looking for a skilled Goldsmith / Jeweller to join our team at our busy workshop based near Chichester in West Sussex. We deal with anything from basic jewellery repairs, assembling, right though to hand made bespoke pieces. Goldsmith / Jeweller The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with all types of bench work. You will have a strong work ethic and high quality standards for your work.  Basic Skills Required Repairs &

Full Time Trainee Goldsmith, Walter Bull & Son - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

The Role Full Time Trainee Goldsmith Walter Bull & Son Cirencester, Gloucestershire We are a family business that has been established for over 200 years retailing fine / antique jewellery with an onsite workshop and design service undertaking repairs and bespoke commissions. We are looking for a passionate, hardworking individual who wants to create a career as a Goldsmith. The successful candidate would work closely with our Head Goldsmith, whilst liaising with our CAD Designer and Repairs / Workshop Manager. Ideal Candidate Bench experience would be beneficial Have the drive and passion to want to learn and develop their skillset

Full Time Goldsmith, Walter Bull & Son - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

The Role Full Time Goldsmith Walter Bull & Son Cirencester, Gloucestershire We are a family business that has been established for over 200 years, retailing fine / antique jewellery, With an onsite workshop and design service, we undertake repairs and bespoke commissions. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Goldsmith who loves what they do and would like to develop their skills within a growing business.  The successful candidate would work closely with our Head Goldsmith, whilst liaising with our CAD Designer and Repairs / Workshop Manager. Ideal Candidate 5+ years of general goldsmith experience Experienced in ring resizing,