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Q Branch Bespoke Casting Opens Its Doors

A new casting facility ‘Q Branch Bespoke Casting’ have launched, opening their doors to jewellery trade customers across the UK. Srvices will be available to workshops, designers, makers, retailers and manufacturers alike. Q Branch Bespoke Casting will offer high quality precious metal casting for models and waxes in all commercial precious metal alloys with a special emphasis on platinum and palladium casting. Equipped with the highest quality machinery Q Branch will aim to deliver a friendly and reliable service at competitive prices.  Other services offered by Q Branch will include 3D Printing on one of their three Solidscape prototyping machines or in

Catherine Hills: Gill Wing Jewellery Q & A

Gill Wing Jewellery is celebrating its twenty year anniversary with their original featured jewellery artist, then fresh RCA graduate Catherine Hills,  by collaborating with and allowing her to 'take over' their gallery in the month of May. Here the gallery interviews the jeweller... How did you become a jeweller? CH:  While I was on my challenging foundation year at Maidstone, I discovered my talent lay in 3D work. My initial desire to be a scientific or book illustrator was replaced with thoughts of being a jewellery designer. I was encouraged by my family to find an artistic career that might have a greater

CAD Designer, Queensmith - Hatton Garden, London

The role CAD Designer Queensmith Hatton Garden, London Queensmith offers a uniquely immersive jewellery buying experience, inviting clients into our part-showroom, part-workshop headquarters, where they’ll come face to face with our gemmology experts, designers, and goldsmiths. We’re breaking down the barriers that make jewellery-buying complex and intimidating. We’re making bespoke - simple.  Since launching in 2016, we have twice won UK Bridal Jeweller of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards, helped tens of thousands of couples partner up with our bespoke engagement and wedding rings and maintained a hard-earned 5 star rating on Trustpilot from our loyal customers.  All

Shop Fittings Available Following Store Closure

Shop Fittings Available Following Store Closure T J Davies in Aberystwyth closed last year following a retirement sale.  The family business had been running successfully since the late 1940s and expanded and moved to larger premises in the 1990s.  The family is now looking to sell a selection of vintage cupboards and cabinets to the trade, including mahogany, glass and mirrored cabinets and wooden counters.All cupboards and cabinets have been well cared for, with some light wear that can easily be restored.  Ideal for a shop refit with collection from Aberystwyth, Wales.  Cost Fixtures pictured range from £ 500 - £

Craft in Focus - RHS Flower Show 2024

Call for Applications: RHS Flower Show RHS Garden Hyde Hall 31 July - 4 August 2024 Craft in Focus are delighted to have been invited to return and stage a Contemporary Craft Pavilion at the Flower Show at RHS Garden Hyde Hall from 31 July - 4 August. Because of the nature of the Flower Show, the presentation of the event will be quite formal. Craft in Focus shall, as usual, be providing a floored and carpeted pavilion with very generous aisles and a full shell scheme. The external area will feature a white fenced courtyard garden for a few

Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarships 2023-24

Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarships 2023-24 Call for Applications Closing date: 5 January 2024 Following the success of its 2023-24 programme, the Trustees of the South House Workshop Trust are delighted to announce up to THREE fully-funded Silversmithing Graduate Scholarships for 2024. These residential scholarships are being made available to accelerate the professional careers of promising silversmiths through four months of intensive training. The four-month long scholarships will give up to three silversmiths the opportunity to learn a variety of silversmithing skills in intensive residential placements with leading silversmiths Rod Kelly based in Shetland and Brett Payne and Chris Perry based

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

European Prize for Applied Arts 2024

Call for Applications: European Prize for Applied Arts 2024 Initiated in 2009, in partnership with the City of Mons, the WCCE and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the European Prize for Applied Arts rewards creations of contemporary expression in the field of Applied Arts and Craft Design. The call is open to all disciplines relating to the applied arts, which include ceramics, glass, textile, wood, paper, jewellery, furniture, accessories and ”artisan design”. Winning projects will be selected on the basis of criteria of artistic merit, technical mastery and innovation. Two prizes will be awarded 3.500€

Fusion Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery

Call for Applications: Fusion Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery With the aim of promoting the talents and values of contemporary European jewellery, a new edition of the Biennial of Contemporary Glass Jewellery is being launched, and expanding this time at European level.  The Biennial aims to offer a representative sample of this sub-sector of craft and bring together in a single exhibition, young talents and established artists who work around the versatile material of glass while simultaneously promoting synergies and collaborations between artisans from different fields. Jewellery creators who produce pieces made primarily from glass are invited to participate in the

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Competition 2023/4

Call for Applications: The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Competition 2023/4 The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  (GC&DC) announces the briefs are now open for entries to its competition, the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2024. The final date for online entries is Sunday 14th January 2024. The annual Awards reward excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials and is open to all in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition, actively encourages craft persons and designers in the industry, apprentices, students and hobbyists, to

News Edit: 10 December 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...           World Wildlife Fund criticises watch and jewellery industry Jeweller Magazine: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued a scathing criticism of the jewellery and watch industry, publishing a report raising questions about the environmental impact of the trade.   Jewelry and Watch Brands Must Be More Transparent, Says WWF Rapaport: The jewelry and watch industry is still lacking when it comes to sustainability, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a report on brands’ environmental performance. The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put