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Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information.  Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website and newsletter has a national

BOODLES is the official jewellery partner of 'The Secret Garden'

Boodles has announced that it is the official jewellery partner of  The Secret Garden , a new film adaptation of the timeless best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which has recently been released on Sky Cinema. Published in 1911, the book tells the story of Mary Lennox, a British girl orphaned in India following an outbreak of cholera. Moving to Yorkshire and the care of her uncle, Archibald Craven — played in the new movie by Colin Firth — Mary discovers a magical garden. The film introduces a cast of wonderful young actors, with Dixie Egerickx as Mary; Amir Wilson

Official Timekeeper for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

British watch brand Elliot Brown has signed up as the Official Timekeeper for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 17/18. To mark this partnership Elliot Brown will be launching a new flagship collection called Portland Adventurer in time for the start of the race. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is one of the greatest challenges of the natural world, an endurance test like no other. A fleet of twelve identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, battle it out over 40,000 nautical miles during 325 days enduring all the elements. Built around our proven shock and water-proofing systems, the ‘Clipper

A History of London Jewellers and Jewellery

The UK’s capital city is renowned for many things, but nothing more so than it’s proud history and ancient traditions, many of which are still practiced to this day. Therefore, it’s really no surprise to discover that in this rich environment,  London jewellers  design and produce engagement rings, necklaces, brooches and earrings that boast an almost unrivalled historical pedigree. Rebecca Smyth from bespoke jewellers Taylor and Hart, takes us through the journey..... Harness the Past for the Designs of the Future At Taylor & Hart, our designers use London’s past as an unlimited source of inspiration – adopting, embellishing and reinterpreting motifs

Franks Files: The Rich History of Magnificent Jewels

Frank Everett hits the books to reveal the exceptional provenance behind the highlights of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 25 April in New York. With a history that includes two celebrated design houses and three incomparable women, the outstanding 34-carat Stotesbury Emerald leads the auction, reappearing for the first time since 1971, alongside intricate pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Sotheby's Upcoming Magnificent Jewels Sale - Including the Legendary Stotesbury Emerald The 25 April Magnificent Jewels sale is a vibrant celebration perfect for springtime. Centering upon jewels with distinguished provenances, the sale is one that honors the most

Imperial Splendours: Chaumet spans its history in Beijing

Set in the Palace Museum, Beijing, formerly known as the Forbidden City, the ' Imperial   Splendo u rs'  exhibition spans the history of the  Maison  Chaumet  from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st;  illustrating the uninterrupted transmission of exceptional savoir-faire. Under the scientific direction of Henri  Loyrette , the exhibition will run until July, 2 nd   and is built around  Chaumet’s patrimonial  wealth; a unique body of historic jewels, drawings and archives. Some 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and  objets  d’art illustrate  Chaumet’s  characteristic “art of  jewellery ”. Prestigious collections and prominent museums have come 

Reservoir, official watch partner of the 2019 Coupe des Alpes, create 30 limited edition timepieces

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Coupe des Alpes, Reservoir have created a special limited edition timepiece that embodies the unique charm and character of classic racing cars of days gone by.  This year, for the first time, Reservoir are the official watch partner for the legendary automotive event, which takes place between the 13th-15th June. To mark the occasion, a limited edition watch, based on the Supercharge Red Zone model will be available in a limited run of just 30. Its retrograde minute and jumping hour at the counter are reminiscent of classic car tachometer.  It displays

Creative Stars Join London Craft Week at Official Opening

This week more than 500 artists, designers, makers, artisans, collectors and patrons of craft descended on the V&A to celebrate the beginning of London Craft Week 2017, which takes place across London from 3 - 7 May. Notable guests in attendance on the night included Hussein Chalayan, Johnny Coca, Tom Dixon, Stephen Jones OBE, Bill Amberg, Lady Carol Bamford and Azzi Glasser plus various international stars including Korean artist Do Ho Suh, Hong Kong designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng and third generation Spanish guitar maker, Felipe Conde.  Award-winning fashion designer Hussein Chalayan presented acclaimed potter Edmund de Waal with the

On The Rocks: The Statement Cocktail Ring Soaked in History

As the temperatures outside begin to wind and cool down, the autumnal season trends are heating up to bolstering attention and flamboyant glamour. New season forecasting ushers in a new era of historical jewellery revival; a statement jewel like none other - the striking Cocktail ring. Dramatic, eye-catching and somewhat ostentatious, the cocktail ring is the epitome of excess which first found a name for itself as a symbol of independence and rebellion against the Prohibition over a century ago.  A bygone era, 1920s America was a time of tension and excess between deep rooted morals of the world war

Golden Eyes: A Brief History Of Decorative Understanding @ K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Golden Eyes: A Brief History Of Decorative Understanding Lecture By Alex Estorick at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Cockpit Arts, London 26th February 2020 / 6:30 - 8:30pm  For centuries, decorative arts have been considered separately from fine art, with museums continuing to display functional, ‘applied‘ arts apart from those of primarily aesthetic consideration. Yet art‘s contemporary meaning has always depended on its decorative appearance. Proof of this lies in the almost uncanny similarity between the language employed in the 9th century to discuss Byzantine mosaics and that used to explain modernist paintings in the 20th. This talk seeks to come

Christian Dior Exhibition opens at V&A, Supported by Swarovski

Today marks the official opening of the exhibition ‘Dior: Designer of Dreams’, at the V&A. The exhibition, focusing on not only the founder, but his successive Artistic Directors and the design House as a whole, will be the largest and most comprehensive ever staged in the UK on the spectacular House of Dior. The exhibition is sponsored by Swarovski, who have a longstanding history of collaboration with Dior. In 1956, Swarovski worked with Monsieur Dior to create a unique crystal with rainbow-like effects called Aurora Borealis. Since then, the partnership has grown ever stronger, with each of Dior’s artistic directors

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

Appointment: Dr Timothy Schroder makes history being elected Prime Warden for second term

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that Dr Timothy Schroder has been elected Prime Warden. Dr Schroder, who previously served in the role during 2015-16, is the first member of the Goldsmiths’ Company to be appointed Prime Warden for a second term since 1951, when Walter Godfrey Allen served two consecutive years. Timothy Schroder was born in 1953 and educated in Oxford, where he attended St Edward’s School and Christ Church at Oxford University. At Christ Church he read philosophy and theology, before going on to specialise in the decorative arts, completing a Diploma at the Study Centre for the History

Chaumet’s new ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

The maison’s latest pieces celebrate nature in all its forms writes Jodie Smith. The French maison was founded in 1780, in Paris, and its prestige was quickly certified when they became the official jeweller to Empress Josephine. In the 235 year history of the brand, Chaumet has been faithful to its natural inspiration, with numerous iterations of this theme. In this new series of pieces, Chaumet celebrates flora and fauna with a whole host of jewellery designs, including captivating brooches and cocktail rings which are perfect for occasionwear. These latest jewels vary wildly between the traditional, vintage style brooches of the

Call to Action on Climate Change: Responsible Jewellery Council Webinar

Call to Action on Climate Change - An Overview of the Jewellery Sector Join a panel of sustainability experts and RJC members as they discuss how to engage with climate action. Part of the RJC SDG Roadshow in partnership with United Nations Global Compact.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The business community, including the global jewellery and watch industry, has committed itself to reducing its impact on the planet and to increasing its engagement with climate action. And, during COVID we have seen companies struggling with the crisis continue their commitment to sustainability and responsible business. What can we learn from each other and

Jewelry links: The power of jewelry as a social, political and creative connection

I’ve been following the Turkish contemporary jewellery art scene for a few years now and I have always had the feeling that in the development of their art and design there was something singular and unique. This is both in terms of stylistic evolution and research, and in the formation of a compact, intelligent and measured identity and a creative movement involving artists and designers either individually or collectively. The exhibition JEWELRY LINKS, on view until 11 August at alja&friends gallery in Vienna, brings together 13 jewelry artists from Turkey with the aim of showing stylistically and technically idiosyncratic work

F. Hinds' New Harlow Store's Romantic Opening

The moment the shutters rolled open a few days ahead of schedule on F. Hinds’ new Harvey Centre store in Harlow, the first customer Mark Rapley arrived, keen on selecting an engagement ring. He had spotted the perfect ring within the new store’s extensive diamond-filled windows and just knew it was right.  That same afternoon he proposed and Alyson Meek accepted – and so Mark and Alyson helped celebrate the official opening of F. Hinds’ 119th store, with Councillor Edna Stevens as the official ribbon cutter. “We were delighted to have such a romantic story to celebrate our new store”

ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020

Call for Applications: ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020 The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (ILJM) is now accepting applications for its Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020. This unique accredited program on the History of Western Jewelry is offered through the ILJMuseum’s Education Center in collaboration with esteemed Greek and International academics, archaeologists and jewelry experts. The ILJM will challenge students to discover the fascinating world of Ancient Greece and the history of Western Jewelry through its most spectacular artifacts. For more information, inquiries, and applications, search for the Summer School site at www.jss.gr . Classes The history and archaeology of Ancient Greek

Residency: Glass Artist, Creative Collisions

We are looking for a highly skilled glass artist to become the sixth of six crafts people in residence at Time and Tide Museum as part of our Crafting History programme. Crafting History is a Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Roots programme. What is Crafting History? Young People from Creative Collisions Youth Arts network are working work with Norfolk Museums and Norfolk Arts & Library Services and to set up and manage six, twelve week, craft residencies at Time & Tide Museum. Young People have identified key craft skills that have contributed significantly to the heritage of Great Yarmouth and which

Chopard’s 2019 Red Carpet collection showcased at Cannes film festival

For the 2019 Red Carpet Collection, Caroline Scheufele, co-president and artistic director, has chosen Love as her inspirational theme. “LOVE: when Chopard exalts the finest emotions” writes Jodie Smith. The Cannes film festival marks its 72nd year in 2019, and which the fine jewellery and luxury watch has house has been the official partner of since 2007. The luxury house does not only dressing actors and celebrities for the red carpet in these unique designs, but Chopard also creates the Palme D’or statue for the festival each year. Eschewing the traditional interpretations of ‘love’ in jewellery design, the main lines within

National competition for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem

Call for Applications: Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem A national competition to design the official emblem for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 launched this week. The competition – run by the V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace – is open to young people between 13 and 25 from all over the United Kingdom.  Aspiring artists and designers will have the opportunity to submit an original design for an emblem to signify Her Majesty’s historic, seventy-year reign, and capture the spirit of the national festivities. Symbolising the very first Platinum Jubilee, the emblem will feature prominently

Jewellerybox accredited as a Good Work Standard employer

jewellerybox have become one of London’s official Good Work Standard employers. The online retailer believes this is an important recognition of their commitment to their people and also reflects the many ways in which they are striving for the best possible working conditions for their employees.  The panel was also impressed that jewellerybox offers a range of free mentoring services to black owned businesses in areas such as setting up a business, digital marketing, and website optimisation. The panel was also pleased to see that jewellerybox had become a Living Wage accredited employer whilst working towards the Good Work Standard, a clear indication

Raymond Weil to Release third edition maestro The Beatles timepiece in April

Next month, the third edition to the Raymond Weil Beatles-inspired watch family will go on sale. The piece, inspired by the legendary Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, is a limited edition, with 3,000 available worldwide.  Priced at £1,195, The Sergeant Pepper maestro The Beatles Limited Edition features a RW4200 mechanical self-winding movement housed in a 40mm polished yellow gold PVD plated stainless steel case offering 38 hours of power reserve. The black strap is the first from Raymond Weil featuring the a-la-mode Vegan leather and the case-back presents a smoked sapphire crystal that carries the official The Beatles logo

News Edit: 4 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alexander McQueen's favourite jeweller Shaun Leane turns his hand to buildings The Telegraph: Shaun Leane has never quite toed the line when it comes to what we expect of a fine jeweller. It was Leane who created the major pieces that came to define... www.telegraph.co.uk Why Heinz Mayer is the chosen supplier to the Jeweller of Her Majesty, The Queen of England First Classe: The independent German jeweller has been the steadfast supplier to the official jewellers of the palace for decades despite being a small company of only approximately

Benchpeg Offer: Sold Out Tickets Available

This week, we are delighted to announce that Benchpeg are the official Media Partners for Make Your Mark 2019. With over 600 students and graduates already booked to attend, it looks set to be a fantastic event. Benchpeg has supported the jewellery industry for over 10 years now and in particular, those making their first steps into the industry. We have done this through our weekly newsletter, careers advice, jobs boards, funding opportunities to mention just a few and we love promoting beautiful work. Benchpeg at Make your Mark At this year’s Make Your Mark, Benchpeg will be on hand

Royal favourite Claudia Bradby launches new collection

Just ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to Megan Markle, jewellery designer Claudia Bradby, who is a personal friend to Britain's hottest young royals has launched a brand new collection which includes a 'mother and baby' pendant designed in collaboration with the HRH Duchess of Cambridge. For Bradby, whose ITN News anchor husband Tom scooped the official royal engagement interview with William and Kate back in 2010, 'Personalise' marks a shift in focus since this is her first customisable collection, aimed principally at gift purchasers. It comprises a series of silver and pearl charms, made from sterling silver and coated in

Enchanting Opal

It's no secret that Opal is a stone boasting many admirers worldwide, a beauty that's easy on the eye and can look delightfully demure and delicious even in the simplest of outfits. Displaying all the colours of the rainbow, opal is coveted and celebrated for its beautiful iridescence and striking display of patterns. The official birthstone of October, Opal metaphysically symbolises hope and purity and is thought to a protective stone by keeping its wearer safe from danger. Opallios is the Greek word for Opals meaning 'To see a change of colour". The flashing play of colour you see in opal

Diamond giant Alrosa launch 2018 World Cup collection

Alrosa, one of the world's largest mining companies, has launched a collection of 32 high quality diamonds as part of its sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Russian-mined  0.3 carat diamonds are named after each of the participating nations and can be personalised with an engraving associated with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ or an individual. Sales of world cup favourites Brazil and Spain are expected to be in big demand with England not far behind. A special-design official certificate confirming characteristics of each diamond will be issued with each purchase.  "Russia produces one-third of all

Jewellery glitterati to launch Leopards Awards for Excellence in Jewellery

The inaugural Leopards Awards for Excellence in Jewellery is set to get top billing at a Goldsmith's Hall Gala dinner next week, flagging up a new British campaign to raise the profile of British designers and encourage jewellery training among young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Organised by a group of leading lights in the UK jewellery profession, the Gala Awards will be the first official event to showcase the work and plans of the Leopards, who were fornmed in 2016. They include designers Solange Azagury-Partridge, Shaun Leane, Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster plus Carol Woolton, jewellery editor of Vogue magazine

Launch of the online-to-offline commerce platform

The launch of  www.watchadvisor.com  presents the first independent platform which connects watch retailers and brands with watch lovers worldwide.  WatchAdvisor  differs essentially from previous watch websites: For the first time ever, the Swiss watch industry has a neutral and cross-brand platform which currently offers detailed information on around 12,000 watch models in the price segment above CHF 2,000. A unique feature is the possibility the users engage directly with official watch retailers who offer the desired watch. In addition to its powerful search engine which can target esthetical and technical features of the watch,  WatchAdvisor  develops algorithms which - depending

It's All In The Wrist

Crafted With Love. Curated With Taste. Worn With Character. With the official start of Spring upon us, the Auverture boutique have curated a selection of artisan designed and made bracelets, cuffs and bangles crafted by designers Delfina Delettrez, Bibi van der Velden, Pamela Love, Ana Khouri, Monique Péan and Sara Beltran. The hand-picked springtime line up uses precious materials such as walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, shark teeth, Tahitian black pearls and polki diamonds to create unique and timeless pieces. Moon Phase Bracelet, Pamela Love The stunning ‘Moon Phase Bracelet’ is a circular-link bracelet crafted from a series of 18ct rose gold

Fera Jewellery Launches Animii Collection

Jo Gordon, the designer maker behind FERA Jewellery has announced the official launch of her formal debut collection for the brand she first c reated in 2014. Jo graduated from the prestigious School of Jewellery in 2014 where she first be gan to make and sell her jewellery  whilst studying traditional jewellery making techniq ues , winning  numerous industry awards for her designs .  Jo is a nomadic  and inquisitive  soul and  spends much of her time travelling the globe, searching for adventure and inspiration.  Currently living the island life in Bali, she can otherwise been found sourcing precious stones

Pandora Enters Indian Market With First Concept Store

PANDORA, the leading international jewellery manufacturer and retailer has entered one of the largest jewellery markets in the world, where the official opening of the first PANDORA concept store took place in India. This represents a significant milestone for the company and is part of PANDORA’s successful overall strategy of expanding its branded network globally. Today, the Company has more than 2,100 concept stores around the world and sells affordable high-quality jewellery in more than 100 countries. The new concept store, which is owned and operated by PANDORA’s distribution partner Pan India Charms & Jewellery Private Limited (Pan India), is

Thomson Reuters publishes GFMS Gold Survey 2017

Thomson Reuters has released its  GFMS Gold Survey 2017 , the 50th in the series of annual Surveys, looking at the shifts and developments in the global gold markets, their fundamentals and their drivers, over the year and setting the scene for the future.   Highlights of the Report State Jewellery fabrication slumped 21% last year to estimated 1,892 tonnes, the lowest level seen since 2009.      Total identifiable investment, which includes physical bar and coin investment plus ETF movements, gained 52% in 2016 to reach 1,579 tonnes, the highest since 2012.   Net official sector buying dropped appreciably, to

IJL & Goldsmith's Centre partner to provide designer support

International Jewellery London and The Goldsmiths’ Centre have announced that they will have an official partnership for this year’s show. The sponsorship agreement will focus on providing invaluable support for exhibiting designers. This includes using The Goldsmiths’ Centre as the venue for the IJL Exhibitor Summer Masterclasses on June 15, when inspiring industry leaders will provide mentorship and guidance on getting the most out of IJL’s unique networking, PR and marketing opportunities. The expert tutors at the Centre will also participate in IJL’s Show Seminar programme, as well as sharing valuable mentoring advice in pre-show IJL online content.  Sam Willoughby,

Thomas Sabo Announces New UK & Ireland Ambassador: Frankie Bridge

Thomas Sabo, the global premium lifestyle accessory brand, is delighted to announce a new ambassador – Frankie Bridge, who joins the brand from August 2016.   In becoming an official lifestyle ambassador for THOMAS SABO, Frankie will support the company in expanding its message to both new and old audiences, through store appearances, media interviews, and recommending her favourite products to wear for key seasonal moments, including Holiday and Christmas.   Frankie Bridge is an English pop star and TV presenter. The intention of the new partnership is to strengthen and amplify the THOMAS SABO brand in the UK by

Secret Images of Randox Health Grand National Trophy Revealed

For the first time in the Grand National’s history a new trophy will be designed every year during the sponsorship with the global diagnostics company Randox Health. The first of the five new trophies will be unveiled at the highly anticipated Weights Evening Reception on Tuesday 14th February. For first time in race’s history, the sponsor will create a unique trophy each year Miniature versions of the trophy will also be presented to the jockey, trainer and groom Over the next two weeks, a series of teaser images will be revealed, leading to up the grand unveil at the Weights

Nambé Celebrates Successful UK Launch Event

Designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, hosted its official UK launch event on June 29, giving retailers, buyers, journalists and social media influencers the chance to see its extensive ranges for the first time.  The award-winning brand took over a private room at London’s popular Hoxton Hotel to bring its lifestyle collections to life, while also displaying its new sterling silver jewellery offer that impressed buyers at JCK Las Vegas earlier this year. Representatives from jewellery retailers and department stores were particularly impressed with the brand’s wide-ranging giftware items, including wedding, baby, new- home and special occasion items. Buyers in attendance also

News Edit: 9 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Life aquatic: Jordan Askill's new jewellery collection is inspired by the ocean Vogue: A fascination with environmental phenomena proved a natural well of inspiration for Jordan Askill, who dove headfirst into the sea to design his new jewellery collection. vogue.com.au Last chance to see Bulgari’s magical history tour Wallpaper: ‘Bulgari, the story, the dream’ charts the 135-year history of the Roman jewellery house across two locations in its Italian home city - Castel Sant’Angelo and Palazzo Venezia. wallpaper.com Jeweller Boodles teams up with African miner to sell ethically sourced gold

November Birthstones: Topaz & Citrine

Those born in November are lucky enough to have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Often mistaken for one another throughout history, these two sunny stones are the perfect way to warm up as the winter weather chills set in strong! Whilst both November birthstones are known for their calming energies and believed to bring good fortune to its wearer, these two gems each have their own unique set of qualities and characteristics that make them the perfect affordably priced gemstone for many a jewellery collections. Topaz Throughout much of history, topaz was the term once given to

Strong performance earns Anna Blackburn place on Beaverbrooks board

A strong performance from retail chain Beaverbrooks has earned managing director Anna Blackburn a place on the board, marking only the second time in the company's 99 year history that a non family member has served as a board director. Blackburn has been with Beaverbrooks for 20 years, starting out as a shop assistant in Manchester,  and has served as chief executive since 2013, when she became the first non-family CEO in the company's history. Since then, the company has enjoyed sustained growth with turnover rising by around 20% and operating profits doubling, despite a challenging UK market. Anna Blackburn

Amethyst Crush for February Birth Babies

One of the most revered stones for centuries, amethyst crystal is one of the most treasured variety of quartz. With its stunning tones of violet-purple and its rich history saturated with medieval lore and legendary powers, few crystals are as distinctive as arresting amethyst. Today, amethyst is classified as a semi-precious stone but throughout history, many ancients regarded it as a "Gem of Fire", worth as much in value and beauty as a diamond. Believed to carry energies of passion and fire, creativity and spirituality, amethyst has always been associated with the month of February and the Roman water-god, Neptune.

Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Iconic Poul Henningsen Designs

Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke in brass, and the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in copper. Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke

Emerging Visual Artists for Landscape Project

Emerging Visual Artists for Landscape Project, Surrey Hills Arts Surrey Unearthed will explore how materials of the landscape have been used by artists, makers and architects throughout history to shape the Surrey Hills AONB.  We are calling for artists to explore these materials and their contemporary relevance. We're looking for: Expressions of interest from visual artists, makers or designers with a fascination in creating work inspired by and within the landscape. Curious artists with a desire to research into a natural material and its history and present this in an innovative, engaging way. Artists in the early stage of their

Textile Commission and Residency

Textile Commission and Residency Walford Mill Crafts ‘Unravelling Threads of Narrative’, Unlocking the Bankes Archive Project This residency’s aim is for a craftsperson to work with the team at Dorset History Centre, staff at Kingston Lacy in Wimborne and the team at Walford Mill Crafts to develop work in response to the Bankes Archive. 'Unlocking the Bankes Archive' the Unravelling Threads of Narrative Project' is a Textile Commission residency working from the Bankes Archive at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester. For More Information For full details about the project please see our website at www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk or email christine@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk Details www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

The V&A Trustees have today (13 January) appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A.  Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.  A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of several books, including The English Civil War: At First Hand, and most recently Ten Cities That Made An Empire. A regular history broadcaster on BBC and Channel 4, Tristram

News Edit: 19 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Louis Vuitton just bought the world's second-biggest diamond CNN: Louis Vuitton has just bought the world's second-largest diamond, another sign of the French brand's ambitions in the luxury jewelry market. cnn.com The Second-Biggest Diamond in History Has a New Owner NY Times: Louis Vuitton has won all 1,758 carats of the Sewelo diamond. nytimes.com Second-Biggest Diamond Ever Will Become Louis Vuitton Jewelry Bloomberg: The second-biggest diamond in history will be cut, polished and turned into a collection of Louis Vuitton jewelry. bloomberg.com Louis Vuitton Buys Second-Biggest Rough Diamond Ever, Eyes

First ever online Goldsmiths' Fair opened by Prince Charles

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/GGvGiWC4RJE] Goldsmiths' Fair opened this year, for the first time in its 38 year history, as an online only event, due to to the global pandemic. In an act of support of the jewellery and silversmithign craft and industry Prince Charles made a personal address to open the event on 23rd September. The Goldsmiths' Company took the decision in Spring 2020 not to cancel their support for the industry to which they are wedded, but to pivot the event so that it continue to go ahead, providing an essential route to market for the small independent businesses [youtube

AJW 2019: Athens Jewelry Week 2019

For the fourth consecutive year, Athens Jewelry Week will open its doors at the end of May, with a renewed program, new collaborations and more energy than ever writes Ilaria Ruggiero. As often happens around jewelry festivals, institutional moments will complement an off program that will allow the rediscovery of the city for residents and not only. A new way of looking at the art and history of this ancient civilization, through the filter of the jewel that allows to open up to new meanings, experiences and stimulate the growth of a lively sector in Greece. The objective of this dynamic Athens

British Academy of Jewellery to Celebrate Young Talented Designers

The annual graduation ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of the students from the British Academy of Jewellery, will be held at The Royal Institution on Friday, 1 st  December. Situated in an idyllic Mayfair location The Royal Institution is steeped in history, boasting a variety of stunning ceremony and reception rooms. The event is anticipated to be a great celebration of fresh talent emerging into the industry of jewellery design and manufacturing. This year’s graduation will include an exciting VIP guest panel, answering the questions of the Academy’s students and inspiring them in their futures as they leave the Academy. This

The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Collection

Precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to unfold. The synthesis of starry constellations and their relationship with the measurement of time sets the stage on which Fabergé is delighted to present the Fabergé Visionnaire

The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Collection

The stars, and the time they measure, have seen many stories start and end. Some stories end abruptly. Others echo down the eons. Start your chronograph. #StartYourStory. Precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to

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

Potton Community

Local Connections The aim of this commission is to provide an exciting and complementary work of public art. The panel wish to commission artwork that reflects the character of the Town and will not only maintain a link to its history, but generate aspirations for the site, connecting visitors and residents; ultimately encouraging guardianship and a strengthening local identity. There is much inspiration for artwork on this site due to the rich heritage, distinctive natural habitat and exciting new public spaces - Hall for All and Community Orchard. There is enormous potential for local residents to become involved in and

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art  ( ECA ) is an art, design, creative and performing arts school in Edinburgh, the oldest and largest in Scotland, providing higher education in art and design, architecture, history of art and music disciplines for over two thousand  University of Edinburgh  students.  Undergraduate: Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA (Hons) www.eca.ed.ac.uk BA Jewellery & Silversmithing www.ed.ac.uk Postgraduate: Jewellery – MA www.ed.ac.uk

University of the Creative Arts - UCA Farnham

Our  Farnham  campus has a long history, going back more than 45 years as a respected  art  and design institution. We offer a variety of courses on this campus, ranging from glasswork and ceramics to film and animation. With over 2,000 students,  Farnham  is the biggest of our campuses Undergraduate: Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery, Metalwork – BA (Hons) www.uca.ac.uk Postgraduate: Jewellery – MA www.uca.ac.uk

Actinia by Raluca Buzura wins the Gold International Design Award

The Spanish porcelain brand obtains international recognition for its latest jewellery collection created by the renowned Romanian designer  As part of the International Design Awards 2020 (IDA), Lladró was the recipient of the Gold Award in the Jewelry category for its Actinia collection created by Romanian designer Raluca Buzura. Actinia is a series of seven dazzlingly beautiful pieces that submerge us in Raluca’s fascinating imagination and concentrate on the true essence of luxury while at once defending the magic of underwater life. Now in its 14th year, the International Design Awards 2020 have been the most successful in its history.

Metal Signs - Drayton Parish Council

Metal Signs Commission - Drayton Parish Council Drayton Parish Council is seeking artists to work with us to design images that can be reproduced into distinctive metalwork features for the three main road entrances to the village (Steventon Road, Drayton Road and Abingdon Road). We are particularly interested in designs that celebrate Drayton as a village and in particular its wonderful history as a Walnut Orchard. We are keen to discuss design possibilities with our chosen artist and work closely with them to develop manufacturing/fabrication options. It is likely that artists will be asked to present their final design to the

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

Hackney Historic Buildings Trust

Hackney Historic Buildings Trust Digital Access Project 2021 Open Call – Proposals for digital events and activity Our remarkable buildings have been home to many creative residencies and educational projects over the years. This year, we are focusing our efforts on digital, audio-visual and online activities which celebrate the local history, heritage and architecture of our buildings. HHBT  is responsible for the protection and continued use of Hackney’s Oldest Building -  St. Augustine’s Tower , and perhaps our most notable building; the  Round Chapel  which HHBT owns and operates as a community and performance venue. Opportunity Round Chapel is the

The Selvedge World Fair 2021

Call for Applications: The Selvedge World Fair The Selvedge World Fair, a celebration of cloth culture and creativity. What's special about this event?  Nurturing the designers and makers who inspire us is crucial to the Selvedge ethos – they are as much a part of our story as we are theirs, and with this event we are bringing the pages of the magazine alive. This event celebrates cloth.  Textiles form an important part of the cultural heritage of every human being on the planet. Whoever you are and wherever you are, there are textiles in your heritage. Textiles are inextricably linked to the history

SIERAAD Art Fair 2019

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/Snjqq3Hf7Os] SIERAAD Art Fair 2019 7 - 10 October 2019 Gashouder WesterGasterrein, Amsterdam The 18th edition of SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair will be held aa MARJAN UNGER TRIBUTE in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.  Marjan Unger (1946-2018) was a well known Dutch art historian, writer, curator, teacher, design expert and a collector of jewellery but most of all a very dedicated promoter of jewellery design. A warm, kind and humorous lady who was always curious and ready to cross boundaries. She was a reseacher, studied art history and completed her doctoral dissertation, but she also did an

Vasundhara: An Interaction

I admit to be attracted by those experiments that mix traditions and contemporary life, if they are successful, like the new series of works called An Interaction and created by Vasundhara Mantri, an Indian designer with an international background writes Ilaria Ruggiero. In this case the experimentation is even more interesting, given the use of glass, an unusual material in Indian culture and history. The designer expresses creativity in experimentation as if it were a new awakening, which requires an approach made up of precision, confidence and control: "Art is forged in emotion. Wearable art must follow its own journey. As it

Jeweller Stephen Saliba tells Benchpeg what its like in Italy during Covid-19

Jeweller Stephen Saliba has been a resident in Bristol for over 40 years. In the last year he took the plunge and re-located to Italy. He tells Benchpeg what its been like to relocate and set up a business during a pandemic. With over ten years of teaching experience, Stephen decided to set up a workshop and school of jewellery ‘Art Lab Todi’ in the historic town of Todi in Umbria. The school and workshop are located on the ground floor of a palace, within a town full of architectural gems and history. The Jewellery School is set up with

News Edit: 21 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How the Moon Landing Changed Jewelry History Town and Country: Jewelers have always looked to the heavens, but the Apollo 11 mission inspired a new era of designs. www.townandcountrymag.com Serena Williams Wears the Most Unusual Ear Jewelry in Harper’s Bazaar Feature In Store Magazine: A new Serena Williams feature in Harper’s Bazaar is sure to attract attention. But what might be most interesting to jewelers is the unique ear ornament she wore in one of the photos. We’re not even sure you can call this Gucci accessory an earring. instoremag.com

Online event celebrating the Jewellery Quarter’s independent businesses

Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) organises one-day online event celebrating the Quarter’s independent businesses On Saturday June 13, viewers can enjoy an exciting day filled with online entertainment within the safety of their own four walls. JQ at Home is a celebration of the artistry, creativity and history of this unique Quarter of Birmingham - an area of the city which has been hit especially hard during the Coronavirus crisis. With a large proportion of businesses in the Jewellery Quarter being part of the hospitality, retail and arts sectors, many businesses were forced to cease trading from as early

A Fresh New Look For The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths have announced the launch of the new Scottish Goldsmiths Trust website where you will find  information about who they are, projects, opportunities, events and history.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) was founded by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh in the year 2000. Its aims remain to support and promote the education, art an craft of Scotland’s gold and silversmithing heritage and trade.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust has a dynamic programme of opportunities, exhibitions and awards. The SGT curates the Millennium Silver collection, Silver of the Stars and the historical archives of The

AJW 2019: Athens Jewelry Week 2019

AJW 2019: Athens Jewelry Week 2019 Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece 22 – 29 May 2019 For the fourth consecutive year, Athens Jewelry Week will open its doors at the end of May, with a renewed program, new collaborations and more energy than ever. As often happens around jewelry festivals, institutional moments will complement an off program that will allow the rediscovery of the city for residents and not only. A new way of looking at the art and history of this ancient civilization, through the filter of the jewel that allows to open up to new meanings, experiences and stimulate

Irish goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly’s work go under the Sotheby’s hammer

For the first time in history an Irish high jewellery maker will showcase his works at auction in the US.  October 22nd sees the inclusion of Mayo based jewellery designer and goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly in Sotheby’s Important Jewels live auction in New York.  In the face of a global pandemic creating uncertainty with many small businesses who depend on international trade for expansion, the inclusion of two of Nigel O’Reilly’s pieces in the renowned auction house’s October sale marks a progressive step forward towards ‘the new normal’ for private business in Ireland.  Hailing from and working in Mayo, Nigel has

Objet d’Emotion x Ecru launch Jewellery Memory Game

Valery Demure, Founder of Objet d’Emotion, is proud to present the ‘Lady of the Rings” Memory Game, in collaboration with Nur Kaoukjhi, Creative Director of Ecru. With the challenges 2020 presents, we’ve learnt to adjust to a slower pace and enjoy simple pleasures. Spending time with her daughter Paloma reminded Valery of her own childhood, playing memory games with her grandmother Marie-Louise. Valery has travelled extensively, India being one of her favourite places, Jaipur connecting with her more intimately due to its jewellery history. As well as the beauty she admired, she also witnessed the obstacles the communities are facing

Celestial Inspired Jewellery

Jewellers turn to celestial bodies for design inspiration time and time again, with some of the biggest names in fine jewellery returning to star, sun and planet motifs for 2019. These forms are both familiar and yet magical to us, becoming part of the pantheon of jewellery history for many collectors and admirers writes Jodie Smith. Cartier Released during Paris haute couture week, Cartier introduced an entire galaxy of 14 limited edition pieces of jewellery in ‘Les Galaxies de Cartier.’ This is the first in the series of Cartier’s collections based on the mission statement: ‘Explore New, Create Amazing’, and

Contemporary British Silversmiths launch skill share films

The Contemporary British Silversmiths have launched a skills share initiative where members will be sharing some of the skills that have been passed onto them by other craftspeople throughout their career. The Contemporary British Silversmiths has a long history of community and skills sharing - peer to peer learning is one of the organisation’s founding principles. The first skill share is from Rauni Higson, and shows master silversmith Tony Bedford demonstrating how to solder a wire rim onto a flared vase. Tony agreed to answer any questions on the CBS Instagram page on the video post when it was launched [youtube CBS

Vegas Edge 2019

Vegas Edge Alexis Park All-Suite Hotel and Conference Centrer, Las Vegas, USA 12 th  -13 th  August 2019  The 3 Vegas Edge Show Reports Record Breaking Sales for Upcoming Event Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 August 2019 are set to go down in history as the Vegas Edge Team have pre-sold a record breaking 80% of the floor space for their August event. The sister show to LondonEdge, an international event established for 20 years, Vegas Edge is the only commercial platform stateside dedicated to lifestyle, creative alternative apparel, footwear & accessories businesses. Exhibitors, buyers, influencers & press will gather

Royal Mint Opportunity

Call for Applications: Royal Mint Folio Design Team Who we are We are the sole manufacturer of UK coinage and export to an average of 60 other countries. We are wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. The challenge To translate significant points in history and culture onto the smallest of canvases. The opportunity To be part of a select portfolio of freelance artists providing designs for coins and medals. How does it work? Our external artists are offered opportunities to enter paid competitions based on their suitability to the theme. We provide full support throughout the design process. How to

Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

Continuing our lockdown need for conversation, we chat to long time friend and industry colleague Maria Spanou. Maria is a jewellery industry professional who is ex Central St Martins trained, has a history in finance, project management, jewellery communications, the jewellery retail space and is also a jewellery designer who works to commission. She is an excellent networker and all round good egg. We chat about lockdown, current work coping strategies and making plans for the future… [youtube url=http://youtu.be/x8xt-sRH_oY] Author:  Published: 

Luxury Institute: The 7 Rules For Reinventing Your Luxury Business Model Post Pandemic

Citizens of the world have endured months of living through the COVID-19 pandemic experience. When we are past the worst of the crisis, we will not be the same, but we know from history that there will be many major opportunities for economic prosperity. How can luxury business leaders take creative, effective steps right now to shift the growth curve to a higher plane, with a steeper growth trajectory? To help brands achieve their well-intentioned purpose and values, here are seven rules from the Luxury Institute for reinventing the luxury business model for post pandemic success. Rule 1: From Disruption

The Young Masters Art Prize 2019

Call for Applications: The Young Masters Art Prize 2019 The Young Masters Art Prize is a not-for-profit initiative of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. Applications are being accepted now until 31 May 2019. Apply Now! This renowned, innovative and high-profile Prize recognises how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. More recently, the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize was developed to celebrate excellence in contemporary ceramics. Young Masters also tours continuously throughout the year, offering a wider audience the opportunity to engage with the debates between contemporary art and art history. Application Deadline 31st May 2019 at midnight BST.

Annoushka Launches new Lovelock & Lovelink designs

“The ‘lock’ has been celebrated throughout history, in the world of punk rock as much as in the realms of religion. For me, its symbolism of security and strength has a particular resonance, at a time when the world seeks both”  -  Annoushka Ducas MBE The five new Lovelock designs have each been exquisitely crafted in 18ct gold and set with precious gemstones.  Each one depicts a different talismanic symbol; The Bee, an icon of endurance and community, The Eye, to keep the wearer safe, The Star, a decorative symbol of guidance, and The Heart, our universal symbol of love.

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

BCTF 2020

Call for Applicaitons: BCTF 2020 The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has revealed a major new development for the 2020 event, which will be opened to the public for one day before the full retail trade show gets underway. Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, announced the changes on the first day of BCTF 2019, which opened on Sunday April 7 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. She commented: “In its 45-year history BCTF has been open solely to trade buyers, but next year we will open the doors for one day to the public, allowing consumers to buy directly from

Museum of Arts And Design New York, Appoints Christian Larsen as Windgate Research Curator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) today announced the appointment of Christian Larsen to the position of Windgate Research Curator, effective immediately.  In this position, funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Larsen will lead an educational and curatorial partnership between the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center (BGC) to increase the visibility of craft and design in art history and the contemporary art world. He replaces Elissa Auther who was named Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator last September. 'With great enthusiasm, we welcome Christian to the curatorial team at

Introducing the latest Harry Winston collection ‘Winston Gates’

Signature design codes from luxury maisons are often reinterpreted time and time again, however, Harry Winston’s latest jewellery collection looks to a unique part of the brand’s history for inspiration writes Jodie Smith. What do you think of when you hear the name Harry Winston? Renowned for his acquisition of some of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Jonker, Hope, and Winston Legacy diamonds - as well as his philanthropic pursuits - Harry Winston is a name usually associated with enormous jewels, like the headline grabbing purple sapphire and diamond necklace which Jennifer Lopez sported on the Met Gala

Fair-trade jewellers get together at London Fashion week to show that fashion can be fair

This coming Monday and Tuesday marks a pivotal moment in London Fashion week history: for the first time ever, four of the leading ethical jewellers will come together to prove that fair fashion, without comprimise, can be (and should be) achieved.  From an exclusive location in Old Bond Street, adjecent to the main-catwalk, the four renowned designers will showcase their collections to celebrities, industry experts and the public alike. This, coming after the BOF State of Fashion report prophecised that ''For fashion players, 2019 will be a year of awakening. The ones who will succeed will have to come to

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call 2018

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call Discovering the unusual and the talented Calling all makers, designers and craftspeople! Liberty Open Call is back and this year, we’re on the hunt for the UK’s best undiscovered interior design talent. Who Can Enter Liberty Open Call is a platform for undiscovered UK-based makers, artists, designers and craftspeople who have contributed to the industry in the last three years – but have no history of being stocked by another London store. This includes teachers, students and those who have sold at craft markets or exhibited work. This year, we’re looking for unique home

British Museum Acquires “Brexit” Medal

An art medal, titled Exit Britannia ,  created by designer and craftsman Fred Wyver has been purchased by the British Museum. Fred Wyver teaches on the Silversmithing and Jewellery BA at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester and produced Exit Britannia as an accompaniment to a student competition organised by the British Art Medal Society. The medal was displayed alongside a collection of work from students and practitioners from universities around the country in an exhibition titled ‘Holding Stories’ (17 April – 10 May 2018) hosted by UCA Rochester which has a long history of teaching precious metalworking

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,

Signet rings all the rage again

The recent hike in signet ring sales, among both men and women, represents a tiny sliver of heraldry history, with trends and customs in 'pinky' rings and regalia dating back almost 3,500 years.  Today, it is no longer necessary have a family coat of arms and a small fortune to wear a signet ring. Most high street jewellers can engrave initials on a ring for as little as £100 but the desire to embellish one's appearance with an item that indicates heritage and pedigree or power remains as strong as it was in around 1300 BC when the Greeks and

RELIC

RELIC This is Metalsmith Rebecca Gouldson’s first foray into curating with this exhibition entitled RELIC. The exhibition draws on Rebecca’s interpretation of the theme as “a collection of objects which capture my imagination, chosen for their appearance of being found, rather than recently made; aged rather than new. They appear to have a history, told through their form, their surface marks and sometimes in their arrangement or display.” Exhibiting makers include Rebecca Appleby, Karolina Baines,  Elaine Bolt, Jane Cairns, Anne-Laure Cano,  Amanda Denison, Rebecca Gouldson, Ruth Leslie, Claire Malet, Jo Pond, Paul Wearing, Rachel Wood and others to be announced

Sian Evans Second Aluminium collection, Pars Pro Toto, Crosses the Boundaries of Art, Design and Fashion

Sian Evans is an award-winning British Jewellery designer, living and working in London. Her new collection, Pars Pro Toto, was launched at Paris Fashion Week last year to wide acclaim.  Sian’s love of archaeology, fashion, nature and technology; the history of tools and materials have informed her collections since she started her creative practice. Sian Evans Jewellery was first established in 1986, developing into an international label during the 1990s.  Sian is a lapsed fossil collector, brought up on the Jurassic coast in Dorset where she studied Geology. She has created pieces which are reminiscent of microscopic fossils, diatoms and

Made for the Table

Made for the Table  Made for the Table  presents contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, together with the curated work of leading UK artisans in furniture design, glass, ceramics and textiles. This modern table setting is introduced by examples of extraordinary antique silver acquired over several hundred years by the Company. This reflects its long history of patronage and contextualises the outstanding work of makers practicing in Britain today. The exhibition demonstrates both a continuation of silversmithing techniques and innovation in the treatment of the material. The process of handforging allows cutlery to be created in precisely the same

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

Muriel Wilson 1933 – 2018

Muriel was a Founding Member of ACJ, and was for seven years our Honorary Secretary. She initiated our print magazine Findings and served as its Editor for 15 years, from 1998 to 2013. She was a keystone member of ACJ and keeper of its history. She retired from the Board meetings in 2014 (always identified as attending ex officio Editor of Findings) and thereafter served on our Panel of Advisors wirites Tamizan Savill from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery in Muriel Wilson's  obituary. Jane Adam wrote  “Muriel proved herself to be pivotal to the formation of ACJ, giving us a good

Hatton Garden gang ordered to pay back £27.5 million

The four criminals who pulled off one of the biggest jewellery heists in British history will have to pay back every penny of their ill-gotten gains, around £7 million each, or have their prison sentences increased. Almost three years after Brian Reader, 78, John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 77,  Terry Perkins, 69, and Daniel Jones, 63 drilled a hole into the wall of a Hatton Garden vault and took off with 73 boxes of stolen cash, gold and gems  a judge has ruled they must find a way of paying back £27.5 million in total. Hatton Garden ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, Danny

Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies

The exhibition Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies  is organized by Gallery Loupe for Contemporary Art Jewelry, Montclair, New Jersey, in collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Center and aims at celebrating the dazzling and witty work of the master goldsmith, craftsman and leading scholar in the field of archaeometallurgy. Everything in his creative research started when The Metropolitan Museum of Art encouraged him to make copies of pieces in their collection and testing them. This has developed his personal understandings that jewelry artifact crystallizes “human drama” and this knowledge base has empowered my trajectory into playing with jewelry history and

Adorn – ‘Made in Essex’

Call for Applications: Adorn – ‘Made in Essex’  Colchester Castle, Essex July 2019 to February 2020 Colchester Museums is looking for jewellery makers with a connection to Essex to exhibit in ‘Adorn: People and Jewellery, the human story,’ the next major exhibition at Colchester Castle. ‘Adorn’ will showcase and celebrate the glitz and glamour of Colchester Museums’ collections. Focussing on personal adornment and especially jewellery, it will explore what the people of Essex have chosen to wear as personal adornment through history. The take-away concept is that although materials and styles have changed, people’s desire to express themselves through personal

Spectacular £30 million diamond found at Letsing

One massive diamond, worth more than £30 million, has been recovered by British mining company Gem Diamonds at their Letsing Mine in Lesotho, South Africa. Yet to be given a name, the 910 carat colourless diamond is roughly the size of a cricket ball and is the largest ever found at Letsing. It is also the fifth largest to be extracted in history and its discovery sent shares in Gem Diamonds soaring following a difficult couple of years where the world famous mine has struggled for major finds and wrestled with a fall in prices. Some of the most significant

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

TEFAF Maastricht 2018

TEFAF Maastricht 2018 Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent organization of fine art, antiques, and design. TEFAF runs three Fairs internationally - TEFAF Maastricht, which covers 7,000 years of art history; TEFAF New York Spring, focused on modern and contemporary art & design; and TEFAF New York Fall, covering fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. TEFAF champions the finest quality art from across the ages by creating a community of the world’s top art dealers and experts to inspire lovers and buyers of art everywhere. TEFAF Maastricht will present more than 280 of

The Goldsmiths’ Company becomes a Founding Partner of The Museum of London

The Museum of London and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (one of the major City Livery Companies) today announced that the Goldsmiths' Company is to become a Founding Partner of the new Museum of London, due to open in West Smithfield in 2022. The Goldsmiths' Company and its affiliated Charity have pledged £10 million to the Museum project.  This landmark donation goes towards the Museum’s plans to create a spectacular new home for the history of London and its people in the beautiful but disused market buildings at West Smithfield. This follows the news earlier this year that the City

Gyan Jewels Unveil The Lattice Collection

Inspired and informed by the ambience and ever-flowing emotions of the famous Gyan museum, the latest collection by Gyan Jewels reworks a historic architectural motif to create its latest collection of fine jewellery.  The new Lattice Collection is inspired by one of the Gyan Museum’s rare finds, a stone window which is a slice from the past that celebrates the rich history and vibrant culture of Rajasthan and in particular the pink city of Jaipur. The collection reflects the perforated ornamental patterns (jalis) of this ancient window and reinterprets the silhouette with a contemporary twist. The new creations are set in

Spring Fair 2017, NEC Birmingham

Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors through the doors of Birmingham NEC, over the course of 5 days. Connecting people and products for 40 years, Spring Fair attracts a purchase power of £2.4 billion, making it a must-do for over 2,500 exhibitors with must-have items and a must-see for buyers across independents, multiples, e-Commerce and more. Officially opened by the Queen at the NEC in 1976, Spring Fair has a history of high standards. Dates : 5 - 9 February 2017 Open: Sun 5 February  - 9:00 - 18:00

Masterpiece London Highlights 2016

At the height of the international summer arts season over 150 of the world's top exhibitors joined us at Masterpiece London to show works that span 5,000 years of art history, furniture, jewellery and design; from antiquity to the present day. In association with Principal Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, the fair drew close to 40,000 visitors for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London. Relive the fair with the highlights video here and hear from the 2016 exhibitors as to why in their opinion Masterpiece has established itself as the leading international

The Four Rings of Forever

Blurred lines have become a common norm in today's society yet history has long shown us that the stages of a relationship are distinguished by four rings of commitment. Is it a casual summer fling, a committed entanglement, short or long term or even warrant an extra pair of house keys? Modern society keeps the boundaries loose and overlapped but the wedding ring has forever been the symbolic sign of love, affection and promise between two individuals. Yet for every stage of a relationship there is a band of meaning to embody it. The evolution of these four rings has

Lookbook Style: Alinka Fine Jewellery

Introducing ALINKA, a new contemporary bijou star within Australia’s fine jewellery sphere. Conceived by St. Petersburg born, Sydney-based designer Alina Barlow, ALINKA combines a youthful modernity with the story-telling traditions of her native Russia. Barlow’s flair for jewellery design began in her youth when she would tinker with coloured wire to create bracelets and rings to swap with friends. Five years ago, Barlow reawakened that passion and began designing one-of-a-kind pieces for private clients. This led to the founding of ALINKA in 2014, and her debut collection ‘The Winter Palace’, inspired by St. Petersburg’s rich history and the Kremlin’s pentagonal

Jewellery: Wearable Glass

Jewellery: Wearable Glass - National Glass Centre in Sunderland National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers. Glass jewellery has a history going back to the Ancient Egyptians. In the 19th and early 20th the artist Rene Lalique used glass to make jewellery but more recently the use of glass in jewellery by artists has been limited.  Through the exhibition  Jewellery: Wearable Glass  National Glass Centre aims to re-introduce glass as a material to be used by leading jewellers based in Britain. National Glass Centre

Spirit of Christmas, Studio Fusion Gallery - London

The use of drinking vessels to celebrate special occasions and to mark life’s milestones is part of our tradition and history. Contemporary designers and artists can enhance our drinking experiences with joyful, tactile and beautiful objects and Studio Fusion Gallery in their ongoing engagement with metalsmiths is delighted to present a selection from some of the top UK makers this Christmas. Work by Juliette Bigley, Angela Cork, Adrian Hope, Simone ten Hompel, Edward Mahoney, Rebecca De Quin, Mary Ann Simmons, Hazel Thorn, Adi Toch, Tamar de Vries Winter. Studio Fusion Gallery Unit 1:06 Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street London SE1

Graduate Show University of Brighton 2017

MDes and BA Hons 3D Design and Craft Graduate Show University of Brighton The University of Brighton’s annual Graduate Show is when their talented graduating students in the arts, design, architecture and media stage their final-year shows. Our courses cover a range of disciplines and on show will be work from the following subject areas: architecture and interior architecture, fashion and textiles, film, fine art, photography, graphics and and illustration, design, craft, media, history of art and design. Meet the Makers on Sunday 4th June Graduating students from the 3D Design & Craft course will be presenting the processes used to

British Fashion Council & Google Arts Celebrate The Creativity of British Fashion

A collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google will bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion. A new digital educational platform featuring content and stories from top British designers and fashion insiders has been created for anyone around the world to enjoy, for free. The project will support the BFC’s Education Foundation and aims to attract future talent into the industry. The platform g.co/britishfashion will provide a single destination to educate and inspire future generations of young fashion creatives, designers and students.  To celebrate its rich history and create new experiences around British fashion, the

Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards Announced

The winners of the inaugural Make Your Mark Awards were announced at a glittering Reception at Goldsmiths’ Hall this week. The Reception and Awards Exhibition was buzzing with excitement as students, graduates and tutors mingled with well-known industry personalities and members of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Keynote Speaker, Richard Fox, opened the event, talking about the Goldsmiths’ Company and its history of supporting the industry and the challenges faced by newcomers. Commenting on the Awards, he said, “It always fascinates me to see such enthusiasm from our young designers and makers. There seems to be a thirst for knowledge.  It is

Anburis to Represent TFL & Craft Central at Clerkenwell Design Week

Mine Bilgutay-Ozkurt, founder of jewellery brand Anburis has been selected as one of thirteen designers to showcase a specially designed brooch during Clerkenwell Design Week.  Commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and Craft Central in collaboration with Joanna Sterling the creator of TubeFlash and The Casket of Fictional Delights; the competition required designers to design and produce a brooch inspired by the London Underground, in order to to celebrate TfL's unique history and heritage of design. Created using the latest CAD technology, Anburis’ selected brooch designs feature commonly used phrases on the Underground such as ‘Mind the gap’, ‘Underground’ and

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017

The Contemporary Craft Festival came about when three Bovey Tracey craft businesses joined forces and formed a non-profit making company with the aim to bring a large craft Fair to Bovey Tracey. The aim of the Fair was to showcase the very best in British craft and the create a new, sustainable and strong market place for contemporary craft but also to bring greater prosperity to the town of Bovey Tracey. The town has a long history of making and at one point up to 15 commercial potteries were running in the area. Dates 9 - 11 June 2017 Venue

About Benchpeg

A little bit about our history... Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information. Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website

News Edit: 19 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Richemont quarterly sales halve as luxury sector absorbs body blow Cartier owner offers no financial guidance but says China offers bright spot www.ft.com Meet the clickbait craftmakers How to Spend It: Millennials are now more likely to buy handmade wares than any other generation, says the Crafts Council. Here’s why howtospendit.ft.com Chaumet’s New Perspective On 240 Years Of Jewellery History Vogue: Usually at this time of year, we’d be in Paris marvelling over haute couture and high jewellery in person, but Covid-19

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill Megan Brown’s new collection ‘Woven’ draws together her family heritage and talent for jewellery making. Growing up in Yorkshire, with a family legacy of textile weaving going back over 100 years, inspired Megan’s lifelong love of fabrics. The new collection explores how the soft, flowing qualities of fabric might be translated into something as hard as metal. Creating sculptural designs which have been intricately woven, using fine silver and gold chain to create a dynamic collection steeped in history and tradition. Alfred Brown

News Edit: 12 May 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   London Craft Week celebrates handmade jewellery The Telegraph: From weaving and ceramics to millinery and leatherwork to candles and cheese, London Craft Week is a celebration of everything handmade. telegraph.co.uk Color Ruled in Met Gala Jewels Hollywood Reporter: From Jennifer Lopez's 65-carat purple sapphire to the multitude of cocktail rings on Lupita Nyong’o’s fingers, bold hues dominated jewelry choices on the red carpet. hollywoodreporter.com The Best Jewellery From The Met Gala 2019 Vogue: Last night's Met Gala might go down in history as the most outrageous and unashamedly fun ever. 

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 May 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Master Jeweler Adam Foster's Ultra-Fine Designs Star At Bergdorf Goodman Forbes: To understand the decisive differences between mere jewelry and ultra-fine jewelry, spend a few minutes studying the ultra-nuanced creations of master jeweler Adam Foster. forbes.com Why Maison Tabbah's Diamond Phoenix Earrings Carry Generations Of Jewelry History Forbes: Family-run fine jewelry house Tabbah applies five generations of jewelry expertise to atelier-made pieces like these finely crafted Phoenix earrings.  forbes.com Magpies, rejoice – the V&A has revamped its jewellery gallery Apollo: There is a Japanese proverb, ‘jyuu nin, to iro’, which

Fabergé and Rolls-Royce come together to create the Second Imperial Fabergé Egg since 1917

Two champions of innovative design, impressive craftsmanship and undeniable heritage collide in a momentous collaboration between automotive giant Rolls-Royce and legendary jeweller Fabergé.  The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Fabergé egg is the second of it's kind to be made in the Imperial class, since 1917. In celebration, Benchpeg takes a look at the history of the two unforgetable brands, and the story behind both the Fabergé egg and the 'Spirit of Ecstasy'.   A World-wide Easter Egg Hunt... Fabergé, as we know it, was born when Peter Carl Fabergé took over his Father's 'very ordinary' jewellery business in 1882. Born and educated in St. Petersburg,

Anthropologie Celebrates 'Women who Weld' this International Women's Day

From today, right up 'til April 23rd, the Anthropolgie store on Kings Road, London, will play host to a curated selection of jewellery, designed by Britain's most inspiring female jewellers.  The showcase, which will feature eight designers, was designed to celebrate both International Women's day and Women's History Month, as well as British design. Throughout the event, customers will have the opportunity to buy  one-of-a-kind and numbered pieces, all of which have been carefully handcrafted in the UK. International Women's Day  (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also

News Edit: 9 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Boucheron film reimagines ‘Cinderella’ to celebrate high jeweller’s 160th anniversary SCMP: Short film, ‘Cinder Ella’, which also honours Franco-Japanese friendship since 1858, stars French actress Laetitia Casta and Japanese actor Issey Takahashi. www.scmp.com   Chaumet collaborates with Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua on a high jewellery collection inspired by sub-Saharan Africa The Telegraph: Chaumet, the Parisian maison that has nearly 240 years of history at its disposal, has always looked to all corners of the globe for inspiration. www.telegraph.co.uk   Jewellers to meet over Ogham design ‘passing off’ row Irish Times: High-profile

News Edit: 17 June 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Incredible photos reveal spooky hidden shipwrecks as divers find lost treasure ship Devon Live: Cannons and an anchor are among the items found on what's believed to be one of the richest shipwrecks off the coast. www.devonlive.com A 'perfect' diamond and Peggy Rockefeller's beloved jewels The Telegraph: Last month’s three-day sale of Peggy and David Rockefeller’s art collection was, as expected, the most valuable estate auction in history, raising $832.6 million www.telegraph.co.uk From Australia with love: Calleija’s rare diamond delights The Telegraph: John Calleija, the Australian fine jeweller, came into the

Imperial Splendours Exhibition - Beijing

Set in the Palace Museum, Beijing, formerly known as the Forbidden City, the ' Imperial   Splendo u rs'  exhibition spans the history of the  Maison  Chaumet  from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st;  illustrating the uninterrupted transmission of exceptional savoir-faire. Under the scientific direction of Henri  Loyrette , the exhibition will run until July, 2 nd   and is built around   Chaumet’s patrimonial  wealth; a unique body of historic jewels, drawings and archives. Some 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and  objets  d’art illustrate  Chaumet’s  characteristic “art of  jewellery ”. Prestigious collections and prominent museums have come