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King Charles III visits the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell

The King hand struck the King’s Mark onto a Processional Cross for the Church in Wales made by silversmith and master craftsman Michael Lloyd during a visit to the Goldsmiths' Centre. The Cross was commissioned by The Goldsmiths’ Company on behalf of The former Prince of Wales (now The King,) as a gift for the Church in Wales. His Majesty King Charles III has been helping to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Goldsmiths’ Centre today (23 November), by visiting trainees and apprentices at its workshops and exhibition space near Hatton Garden, London’s famous jewellery quarter. The King

First King Charles III submitted for testing at the Trial of the Pyx

Landmark year as the first King Charles III coins and the largest coin in The Royal Mint’s history are submitted for testing at the Trial of the Pyx The Royal Mint has today submitted nearly 10,000 coins for testing at the UK’s oldest judicial ceremony, the Trial of the Pyx, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. The 700-year-old ceremony aims to protects consumers by upholding the quality of the nation’s coinage through rigorous testing – as important today as it was at the first recorded public trial in 1248. The process ensures that the coins produced by

News Edit: 30 April 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Monbouquette: clever convertible jewels The Week: Meet the mother-and-daughter design duo who want fine jewellery to do more. www.theweek.co.uk FoundRae converts broken jewellery into modern medallions Wallpaper: The FoundRae Ingot Program breathes new life into old jewellery pieces. www.wallpaper.com Pope Francis gifts King Charles III relics from Christ's cross for coronation IB Times: King Charles III's coronation takes place on May 6 in London's Westminster Abbey. www.ibtimes.co.uk Top-secret security operation for King's Coronation to protect Crown Jewels from thieves Mirror: Massive ­exercise, which is dubbed Operation Tower of

News Edit: 16 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How King John really lost the Crown Jewels... according to an astronomer The Telegraph: Maligned monarch’s mishap was not down to poor planning, but a freak tidal wave caused by rare celestial events, claims expert. www.telegraph.co.uk All the Crown Jewels to be used at King Charles III coronation including St Edward's Crown and Coronation Spoon Manchester Evening News: The Crown Jewels are oen of the most iconic representations of the majesty of the British monarchy . www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk Diamonds, a sceptre and a set of spurs among crown jewels

News Edit: 12 February 2023

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewels in Camilla’s Crown Will Not Include Famed Diamond Claimed by India NY Times: For the coronation of King Charles III and the queen consort, she will wear a century-old crown that does not include the storied Koh-i-Noor diamond, taken from India under British rule. www.nytimes.com Queen Camilla will wear Queen Mary's crown to Coronation but controversial jewel removed Daily Express: Camilla, Queen Consort, will wear Queen Mary's crown for King Charles's Coronation in May. www.express.co.uk Queen Mary’s Crown is removed from display at the Tower of London

The Wheel of Time, Wallace Chan at Christie’s

The largest exhibition of Chan’s work in Europe - five decades of art creation Christie’s, King Street, London 4 - 10 September 2023 Featuring one of the largest cut black diamonds in the world "In the blink of an eye, half a century has flown by. I am humbled by the opportunity to present my largest exhibition in Europe at Christie's in London. My heartfelt thanks go to Christie's for supporting my creative journey throughout the years and across the globe. I am also grateful to my long term collectors for loaning the pieces, without their friendship the exhibition would not

News Edit: 10 November 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   The best jewels from the autumn collections The Times: Form an orderly queue, please, for this season’s striped treasures, says Jessica Diamond. www.thetimes.co.uk Boucheron Acquires High Jewellery Workshop Near Place Vendôme GJEPC: Boucheron has recently acquired a high jewellery workshop, renowned for its excellent expertise in traditional craftsmanship as part of its ongoing growth and development strategy. gjepc.org From the coronation to the state opening of parliament, how do jewellery designers use the royals to inspire their craftsmanship? Tatler: As the King and Queen make their annual visit

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

News Edit: 27 November 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales The Independent: The hallmarking took place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre where Charles met jewellery and silversmithing trainees and apprentices. www.independent.co.uk Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales Express and Star: The hallmarking took place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre where Charles met jewellery and silversmithing trainees and apprentices. www.expressandstar.com Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales Bury Mercury: The King has handstamped the king’s mark on a

News Edit: 4 September 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Your Next Necklace May Have Gold From an Old Phone NY Times: More jewelers, large and small, are using precious metals recovered from electronic waste. www.nytimes.com Final countdown begins for Museum of London move The Past: The Museum of London will close its doors on 4 December, ahead of its planned relocation to larger premises in West Smithfield’s historic General Market. What will the new museum look like, and what is planned at the original site during its final few months? Carly Hilts reports. the-past.com Blacksmith Tom King

News Edit: 21 June 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Gucci unveils second high jewellery collection Wallpaper: The new high jewellery collection from Gucci is a dazzling ode to the natural world. www.wallpaper.com 5 Of The Most Meaningful Pieces In Kate’s Jewellery Collection Vogue: As the wife of the future King, the Duchess of Cambridge has acquired some impressive jewellery – and frequently dips into the Queen’s unparalleled collection for formal occasions. www.vogue.co.uk Diamonds in the rough – the rise of cast-not-set jewellery FT: How a renegade approach to gem-setting went mainstream. www.ft.com Gucci second collection of High

Enjoy the magic of the Crown Jewels in your living room with a new Immersive AR experience

The   groundbreaking   The Coronation: The Immersive AR Experience  allows you to engage and interact with two digital twins of the Coronation Crowns in your own home, supporting the UK’s first 21st century Coronation. Available from 27th April exclusively on the Sky News App and website. Atlantic Productions, with thanks to the Royal Household, have created an immersive digital experience that allows all those following the Coronation to interact with the very Crown Jewels that will be used to crown King Charles III on Saturday 6th May. For the first time ever, people around the world will be able

Reigning Royal Ruby for July

Arguably the most famous od red-coloured gems and often referred to as the king of precious stones, Ruby is the birthstone of those lucky enough to be born in July.   This precious stone is one of four 'precious' gemstones accredited to its rarity, carat value, hardness and vitality; the others being diamond, sapphire and emerald. Ruby is derived from the Latin word 'Rubeus' meaning 'red' and throughout history, these fiery coloured gems have been treasured for their vitality and rich colour. Ruby is the red variety of the corundum family, coloured by the presence of chromium. The presence of

Q&A: Jeff Lowe

Jeff Lowe is an internationally acclaimed sculptor and jewellery designer. Educated at the famed St. Martins School of Art, under the esteemed Sir Anthony Caro, Phillip King and William Tucker, Lowe's career skyrocketed as a result of his first one man  show at the prestigious Leicester Galleries in Londonʼs Cork Street. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A... For the past forty years, Jeff Lowe has remained at the forefront of contemporary abstract sculpture, representing Britain at the Paris Biennale, recieving the Sainsbury award in 1975 and the Pollock-Krasner award in 1993. He has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, with significant

Call for Entries: They Call Me Nobody

Call for Entries: 'They Call Me Nobody' Air & Workshops Programme Athens + Performance At Hamburg 2018 // Munich 2019 Introduction “They call me Nobody” is the answer Odysseus gave to the one eyed, man-eating monster Cyclop before blinding him. Odysseus is the mythical king of Ithaca whose adventures Greek poet Homer described in his 8th century BC epos “The Odyssey”. The Odyssey can be read as an allegory for man’s unbentable struggle to oppose fate. The epos is a milestone in the spiritual history of Greek civilization, as it comprises ethical principles ruling life and death and outlines the

Miniaturist Vicki Ambrey Smith creates commission steeped in rich history

Vicki Ambrey Smith, the renowned miniaturist silversmith, has revealed her latest commissioned piece to Benchpeg. The extraordinary commission came about through her last showing at Goldsmiths' Fair last autumn, where she met a client who is a collector of very rare books. The client owns a particularly rare volume, which was written in Amsterdam in 1650 by Menasseh Ben Israel.  The text is part of petition written to Oliver Cromwell seeking readmission for the Jews to return to England. The silversmith fills us in and states  “They were banished from  England by King John in 1291.”  Ambrey Smith was asked

Johnson Matthey PLC: 200 Years Of Inspiring Science and Sustained Innovation

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100 I ndex, celebrates its 200th  birthday this year. Now a global leader in science and te chnology  that makes the world cleaner and  healthier, the company was founded in London by Percival Norton  Johns on  in 1817 as a gold assaying  business. In the same year, the first bicycle was built, the sta tes  of Mississippi and Alabama were  created and the fifth President of the United States was  swor n in. In the UK, George III was King,  Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister, the first Waterloo Bridge was 

Makers Market

The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. A key event within the Festival of Making is a weekend Makers Market situated in Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. The Makers Market is a collaboration between Festival producers, Deco Publique and guest curators, Hopeful and Glorious who bring their unique perspective to the market seeking out a great mix of makers and designers from across the region. Hopeful and Glorious will curate a showcase of artists, makers and designers who have been selected for the quality and originality of their

The New Original Collection: Designed by Ferrari, Crafted by Hublot

To celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection. Conceived with the same approach   used for   designing a car   at the   Ferrari Design Centre   and   integrating  Hublot's  watchmaking expertise, the  Techframe  Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon   Chronograph   opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites  Hublot  and Ferrari. The  Techframe  Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions   -King Gold,   PEEK   Carbon, and Titanium   -   each of which is produced in 70 limited editions.   It is destined

Royal Academy Schools Announce New Project: Fashion Arts Commission

The BFC Fashion Arts Foundation and the Royal Academy Schools are committed to encouraging and nurturing future talent. A new commissioning project will bring together fashion designers and visual artists to collaborate across art forms. The project is called Fashion Art Commissions and will pair graduates from the RA Schools with NEWGEN and NEWGEN MEN designers. The commission will produce artworks that will form part of an auction at Christie’s. The pieces will be on display from the 31st October – 11th November at Christie’s King Street gallery and will then be part of an online auction from 22nd November

Royal Academy Schools Announce New Project: Fashion Art Commissions

The BFC Fashion Arts Foundation and the Royal Academy Schools are committed to encouraging and nurturing future talent. A new commissioning project will bring together fashion designers and visual artists to collaborate across art forms. The project is called Fashion Art Commissions and will pair graduates from the RA Schools with Newgen and Newgen Men designers. The commission will produce artworks that will form part of an auction at Christie’s. The pieces will be on display from the 31st October – 11th November at Christie’s King Street gallery and will then be part of an online auction from 22nd November

Grant MacDonald: Timed To Perfection

The elegance of a Grant Macdonald timepiece imparts London-made luxury to the mantelpiece, tabletop or desk. The silversmithing house has launched a range of new designs in a portfolio of precious metals and design aethetics. Grant MacDonalds has launched a range of mantlepieces pieces designed as a generous symbol of refinement when given as a gift. The range includes Imperial Timepiece , standing half a metre high and honouring the 18th Century French Ormolu clock tradition, and King's Mantel  in sterling silver and 24 carat gold , as well as bespoke luxury clocks which can fit a range of customer requirements.

Time to Strike Smart: The Gift Of Christmas

Clocking into a trend of sleek functionality, effortless design, technological skill wound up in striking aesthetics; the smart watch has struck its anointed hour as the leading innovative wrist wear to deliver! Rising from the initial murmurs of scepticism, the smart watch has been ticking its way into the limelight and has strapped itself in as the laid-back king of smartphone accessories for 2016. Not to be cast aside as a geeky gimmick reserved only for big bang theory personalities, this aesthetically stunning accessory offers a plethora of desirable functions that provide new-found comfort and clear tailored results unique to

Cluster London’s 2024 Contemporary Jewellery Art Fair

Cluster London’s 2024 Contemporary Jewellery Art Fair A Showcase To Discover Unique Emerging Elegance Wednesday, 20th March to Saturday, 23rd March Chelsea Old Town Hall, London The Cluster Jewellery Art Fair, London’s premier showcase of contemporary jewellery, invites you to the 4th edition of this glittering celebration at the iconic Chelsea Old Town Hall on King's Road. Join us for an unforgettable experience, where creativity and elegance converge.  Whether you're a seasoned collector, a fashion enthusiast, or simply captivated by the allure of jewellery,  the Cluster Jewellery Art Fair promises to be a feast for the senses. From  Wednesday, 20th March to Saturday,

News Edit: 9 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   King Charles III's coronation to feature jewels worth £3.5 billion Cambridge News: The most expensive crown jewels were recently seen placed on top of the Queen's coffin. www.cambridge-news.co.uk Step Inside Chanel’s New Paris Flagship Designed by Peter Marino Galerie Magazine: The Place Vendôme space debuts with a celestial high-jewelry collection inspired by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s archival designs. galeriemagazine.com Gigi And Naomi Celebrate Messika’s “Empowering” Paris Fashion Week Runway Show Vogue: The Parisian house’s latest high jewellery collection heralds the return of body jewellery. www.vogue.co.uk Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's bridal

Andrew Putland appointed new Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) has appointed a new Chairman for the next two years –  renowned  British silversmith  Andrew  Putland . Taking over from retiring Chairman Jos  Skeates ,  Putland  is loo king forward to immersing himself in the role, continuing the Council’s  excellent  collective  work  to  extend   t he  reach ,  profile  and effectiveness  of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.  Putland  also plans  to launch a n online Centenary Book celebrating the Awards ’ 100 th  year in 2018 . With almost 40 years’ experience as a sil versmith and