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British Fashion Council Fashion Forum 2017

The British Fashion Council and The Ned bring together business leaders to tackle the future of the industry at the Fashion forum 2017. The Fashion Forum - organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and The Ned in collaboration with the open innovation advisory firm, The Current - brought together a carefully curated group of 140 industry leaders from fashion, investment and technology to debate, share knowledge and insight on how individual businesses and the fashion industry collectively, can be ‘Fit for the Future’. The Fashion Forum is a think tank to debate the important issues of the sector; engage

Newgen - British Fashion Council 2021

Call for Applications: Newgen, British Fashion Council  The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, as Principal Partner of its longest and most internationally celebrated talent identification scheme, NEWGEN. The BFC and TikTok will work together to create a bespoke programme of activity for all NEWGEN recipients, including streaming support of designer shows, mentoring, masterclasses and digital support for the recipients. TikTok will host a NEWGEN venue during London Fashion Week September 2021, with designer shows, content creation and hospitality opportunities. This partnership will also enable even more innovative fashion content

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

British Fashion Council Launches British High-End Manufacturers Database

Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council and Professor Christopher Moore, Director of the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University have  launched the British Fashion Council’s new  British High-End Manufacturers Database. The national database of UK-based manufacturers aims to make it easier for designers to form supply chain relationships and reach production units. The British High-End Manufacturers Database  is the first milestone of 2017 for the BFC’s Positive Fashion initiative. In March 2015 the BFC and a working group comprising of M&S, UKFT, Creative Skillset, The Alliance Project and Centre for Fashion Enterprise worked alongside independent specialists

British Fashion Council Releases #LONDONISOPEN Video

London is a fashion, business and cultural capital and is open for business. The British Fashion Council is supporting Mayor Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign by releasing this exclusive film. [http://youtu.be/ebXs4Wnb2ds] Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “London Fashion Week begins today, showing that London is open to the world and is an international leader of creativity and entrepreneurship. There’s a fantastic range of designers and talent on the schedule this season, highlighting the very best the industry has to offer – from big brands to independent retailers, the London fashion scene has never been more diverse. The fashion

British Fashion Council Announce Scholarship Recipients

The British Fashion Council (BFC) Education Foundation is a registered charity that offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs. The BFC has been supporting MA Scholarships since 1998 and the recipients are now seen as the next generation of talented designers. The Fashion Awards 2016 will have a core aim - to raise significant funds over the next ten years to continue this work and help the best talent attend leading fashion colleges. The Fashion Awards will be an annual fundraiser gala for the BFC Education Foundation. The four recipients of the 2016 BFC Education Foundation

British Fashion Council Premieres Film Commissions

The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Arts Foundation has premiered two short films, by two female directors, putting British fashion at the heart of the narrative. This commission saw Jessica de Rothschild’s debut as film director and Anissa Bonnefont’s third directorial endeavour.  Both films were made possible by The Peninsula Hotels. Screening at BAFTA to an audience of industry informers alongside fashion and film students, the films showcase the international language of British fashion. Reflections of Hollywood Scriptwriter and Director Jessica de Rothschild sought inspiration from old school Hollywood to weave a tale of modern, magical glamour. Filmed at the Peninsula

British Fashion Council Announce Designer Fashion Fund Recipients

The British Fashion Council (BFC) this week announced  Mother of Pearl  and  palmer// harding  as the winners of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund at a champagne reception hosted at Hotel Café Royal in partnership with Perrier- Jouët . In 2017 the Fund adjusted its format with a focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth. The £200,000 Fund was opened up to be shared between up to three recipients, enabling the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. The winners still receive a full

Appointment: David Beckham Appointed Ambassadorial President, British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Beckham OBE, in a newly created role of Ambassadorial President. The global role will have an initial two-year tenure and will support the organisation in its goal to build networks and partnerships in the United States and Asia. David will partner closely with the BFC team to help the BFC boost support for the British fashion industry on a global scale – raising the profile of emerging British fashion talent with the global investment and media communities alike. Taking on this new role is an incredibly proud

British Fashion Council 2016/2017 Education Programme

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

Appointment: Stephanie Phair Made New Chair of British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council Board have announced that the new Chair of the organisation will be Stephanie Phair.  The role will be formalised at the 5th July 2018 Board meeting with key meetings commencing as early as June. The tenure is for an initial three years, with the option to renew. Stephanie is the Chief Strategy Officer for Farfetch, the global tech platform for the luxury fashion industry, a position she has held since November 2016 and will remain in. The role of Chair will focus on Governance, ensuring the organisation is able to lead the sector in a changing

British Fashion Council Announces Newgen Recipients For 2017 / 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent,

British Fashion Council Announce New Rock Vault Line-Up

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is pleased to announce the six Rock Vault jewellers who will display their latest collections during London Fashion Week September 2016. The jewellers will showcase their work in an installation in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park.   For 2016/17 new recipients Daou Jewellery and Frances Wadsworth Jones join existing Rock Vault designers COMPLETEDWORKS, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston and Shimell and Madden. This year Ana de Costa, Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, RUIFIER and Yunus and Eliza all graduate from the initiative. Previous Rock Vault recipients include: Alice Cicolini, Fernado Jorge, Hannah

The Prime Minister Hosts A Celebration Of British Fashion At 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Theresa May and Chairman of the British Fashion Council Dame Natalie Massenet welcomed representatives from across the British fashion industry to a reception at 10 Downing Street last night. Ahead of London Fashion Week, Theresa May emphasised the importance of the UK’s fashion industry, one of the country’s greatest success stories which contributes £28billion to Britain’s economy and supports nearly 900,000 jobs. London Fashion Week is a global showcase which welcomes guests from over 58 countries, promotes designer brands to an international audience of trade and consumers and generates orders of over £100million each season. The Prime Minister

British Council Opportunities

UK in Venice 2018: Call for Exhibitor Details  Calling all UK architects, designers and curators who are taking part in the Venice Biennale 2018: we'd like to hear about your event or exhibition. As part of the British Council's UK in Venice campaign, promoting British exhibitions and events at the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, we would like to hear about any UK practices taking part this year. Please tell us about your involvement with all the details for your event or exhibition and we can then share this as part of the UK in Venice campaign via social media.

International Fashion Showcase: Part of London Fashion Week 2019

International Fashion Showcase: Part of London Fashion Week Brave New Worlds: The changing landscape of fashion 11- 24 February 2019 Somerset House, London The International Fashion Showcase The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the most exciting fashion talent from around the world. Working in partnership, British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion and Somerset House provide a tailored programme for 16 emerging international designers, including a business development programme lead by London College of Fashion and a creative residency within Somerset House Studios in London. IFS will culminate with a free public exhibition during

The Fashion Awards 2016 Nominees

On Tuesday 25th October 2016 Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the nominations for The Fashion Awards 2016, alongside Karlie Kloss, Ambassador for the event’s lead partner Swarovski and Caroline Rush, BFC CEO.  The announcement took place during a brunch, at Soho House West Hollywood in LA, attended by media, stylists, talent managers, retailers and friends of the BFC. The Awards nominations were simultaneously revealed at a screening at the Mondrian London and digitally via a private URL to influential international media and retailers. Earlier in the year, 1500 key members of the fashion industry

London Fashion Week 2020

London Fashion Week 2020 17th - 22nd September 2020  British Fashion Council (BFC) today announces that London Fashion Week September 2020 will run from 5pm BST   Thursday 17  to Tuesday 22  September 2020 , inviting both womenswear and menswear designers to take part in its gender-neutral showcase. The event will include both digital activations on londonfashionweek.co.uk and physical, under government social distancing guidelines. A provisional schedule will be announced later in the summer. The digital LFW platform will continue to host exclusive multimedia content and will be available to both a consumer and trade audience, enabling collaboration and bringing

Spotlight Tour: International Fashion Showcase 2019

Spotlight Tour International Fashion Showcase: Part of London Fashion Week Brave New Worlds: The changing landscape of fashion 11- 24 February 2019 Somerset House, London An exhibition spotlight tour of the International Fashion Showcase 2019, with a chance to meet the IFS team and international designers. The  International Fashion Showcase  (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the best up-and-coming fashion talent from around the world. Join the British Council team for a spotlight tour of this year’s highlights and meet the designers. The tour will be led by Sarah Mann, Director of Architecture Design Fashion, British Council and Jessica Mansfield,

Sixteen of the World’s Best Emerging Fashion Designers to Exhibit in London at the International Fashion Showcase 2019

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the best up-and-coming fashion talent from around the world. The biennial fashion presentation is a partnership between the British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL and Somerset House. For London Fashion Week this February, the showcase has a new format. For the first time, 16 selected designers from across the globe will showcase a series of compelling installations to represent their respective country. The designers will explore politics, sustainability, identity and heritage and show their latest designs in immersive environments. The 16 countries represented are: Bangladesh, Brazil,

The Fashion Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The British Fashion Council announced the winners of The Fashion Awards 2016 this week at the Royal Albert Hall. 4,000 members of the industry and the public gathered to watch this year’s awards, where an international set of winners were announced at a larger ceremony than ever before. The room was a who’s who of the fashion industry and their muses; business leaders, creative influencers, global brands, fashion icons and designers from across the globe came together to celebrate their industry.  Notable attendees included Anna Wintour OBE, Carine Roitfeld, Dame Natalie Massenet, David Beckham OBE, Domhnall Gleeson, Gigi Hadid, Joan

Harriet Kelsall is invited to join the British Hallmarking Council

Leading jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has been invited to join the British Hallmarking Council. The statutory body ensures all items being sold in the UK as precious metals are hallmarked to confirm they meet the legal standard. The process of hallmarking in Great Britain began over 700 years ago and in Harriet’s new role as Non-Executive Director, she will represent retail jewellers and continue the protection of consumer rights in the British Jewellery industry.  Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business –

International Fashion Showcase 2017 Winners Announced

The British Council, British Fashion Council (BFC) and Mercedes-Benz have announced the winners of the International Fashion Showcase, in a prize-giving ceremony at Somerset House, London earlier this week. Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chief Critic Vogue Runway, and Bettina Haussmann, Senior Manager Sponsoring and Product Placement Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, presented  The International Fashion Showcase Designer Award  to Younchan Chung of the-sirius for his impressive design showcased in the Korean installation. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz presented the winning designer with the unique opportunity to showcase their collection at Milan Fashion Week, one of over 50

BFC / VOGUE Designer Fashion Fund 2019

Call for Applications: BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019 The British Fashion Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019 . Prize Established in 2008, The Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate growth over a twelve-month period through mentoring and awarding a cash prize of £200,000. The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund receives the generous support of British Vogue, Burberry, JD.com Inc., Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and TOPSHOP. Applications are strongly encouraged from all over the UK; the application process encourages brands to think strategically about the Fund’s core objective of

London Fashion Week Joins London Fashion Week Men’s at The Store Studios 2017

The British Fashion Council (BFC) launches London Fashion Week Festival and moves its three Bi-annual events into one home. It was announced that the BFC will move its two bi-annual events, London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Festival to join London Fashion Week Men’s at The Store Studios, located at 180 Strand, WC2. As part of the move, the event formerly known as London Fashion Weekend will be renamed London Fashion Week Festival and will give the public the opportunity to celebrate fashion over a period of ten days, twice a year, in February and September. This is to recognise

Jewellery Designers meet Queen at London Fashion Week

This week Her Majesty The Queen visited London Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. While at the event the Queen also met a number of jewellery designers who were exhibiting as part of the Designer Showrooms. Her Majesty was greeted upon arrival at London Fashion Week by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. The Queen toured the Designer Showrooms to view the collections and met Rock Vault jewellery designers  Completedworks ,  DAOU ,  Frances Wadsworth Jones ,  Lily Kamper ,  Rachel Boston ,  Shimell and Madden  and Headonism designers

BFC Fashion Trust Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

Th e British Fashion Council has announced that its charitable initiative BFC Fashion Trust has awarded grants totalling  £450,000  between eleven designers; the largest donation by the trust to date. New recipients for 2017 are Edeline Lee, Georgia Hardinge, Isa Arfen, Sharon Wauchob and Teatum Jones. Previous recipients who continue to receive funding this year are Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida, Osman and Rejina Pyo.   The BFC Fashion Trust was founded in February 2011 to offer selected designers mentoring and financial support to promote the art and business of fashion. As part of the structured mentoring programme

BFC Foundation Fashion Fund For The Covid Crisis Reopens Applications

BFC Foundation Fashion Fund For The Covid Crisis Reopens Applications British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce that following the initial £1,000,000 made available for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, the organisation raised an additional £500,000, allowing applications to reopen for a second round. The BFC Foundation Fashion Fund was established in March, to support creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Covid-19 crisis. In May 2020, the BFC gave financial support and mentoring to 37 British designer businesses, with grants taken from the £1,000,000 emergency fund allocated to viable businesses depending on their urgency and capability to

Designer Showrooms At London Fashion Week September 2016

The British Fashion Council celebrates the designers who will showcase their latest collections in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park from 16th – 20th September. This season’s showrooms include accessories, bags, footwear, jewellery, multi-label showrooms and ready-to-wear.  This season over 150 designers will showcase new collections in the Designer Showroom; the strong diversity in backgrounds and homes of this season’s line-up illustrates more than ever that London is truly open for business on the global market. The showroom space, designed by David Collins Studio, is at the heart of London Fashion Week (LFW) and will be host to

The Fashion Awards 2016 Trophy Designed By Marc Newson For Swarovski

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and Swarovski have commissioned Marc Newson to create a bespoke crystal trophy for The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 5th December. Created with the resources and technical ability of Swarovski and crafted from Swarovski Crystal, the hexagonal design draws inspiration from crystal clusters and rock structures. The trophies are all handcrafted at Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria and will complete an 800 mile journey from there to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Each trophy measure 245mm in height by 67mm wide.

British Craft Pavilion

Call for Applications: British Craft Pavilion  Aplication Deadline: 13th February The London Design Festival are already confirming exhibitors for 2017 and would like you to apply to be part of London Design Fair 2017, the only Fair during the London Design Festival. Launched to huge acclaim in 2016, the British Craft Pavilion will double in size with space for 50 selected makers in 2017. Located in an exquisite gallery space dedicated to craft at the London Design Fair the Pavilion is supported by the Crafts Council and will be curated by Hole & Corner, punctuated by two large-scale commissioned installations

A third of “gold” jewellery sold online in the UK is suspected as fake, warns the British Hallmarking Council

Cuts to Trading Standards budgets and inadequate legal powers are hurting consumers and retail jewellers.  British Hallmarking Council and Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office call on the Government and internet giants to protect UK consumers by enforcing online trade A third of “gold” jewellery being sold online is suspected to be unhallmarked and therefore may be fake, raising concerns that UK consumers are being duped by internet traders, according to data released today from the British Hallmarking Council (the UK’s hallmarking body) and the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. A 10-day internet sweep by WRi Group in partnership with INCOPRO, on behalf

Alighieri's Rosh Mahtani Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at London Fashion Week

On Tuesday 18th February 2020, at London Fashion Week, Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri was presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Mahtani is recognised for the craftmanship of her jewellery which is produced in Hatton Garden, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment.  The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a

British Craft Trade Fair 2021

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) 2020 Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate 11 – 13 April 2021 For the past 45 years BCTF has showcased the best of British artisan crafts, including: Ceramics, Glassware, Metalwork, Jewellery, Textiles, Fashion Accessories, Greetings Cards, Stationery, Fine Art, Sculpture, Home Accessories, Tableware and more. As the demand for quality British-made product becomes a priority for UK shoppers, we offer the ideal sourcing environment for discerning retailers. BCTF takes place in April each year in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The dates move around from year to year depending on when Easter falls, but in 2021 the dates

London Fashion Week September 2017

LONDON FASHION WEEK 15th - 19th September 2017 Located at The Store Studios, 180 Strand, the Designer Showrooms is home to over 150 British and international designers. Presented within is a rich and diverse selection of products in a highly curated showroom. Showcasing at London Fashion Week raises the profile of brands as part of London Fashion Week’s edit of what to see.  The international element of the showrooms illustrates that the doors to London are truly open, with designers showcasing from Dubai, Finland and South Korea. The pull of London on a global scale is undeniable. The UK continues

‘In Conversation’ with Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster, Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council

‘In Conversation’ with Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster, Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council to host ‘In Conversation’ event with Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council in partnership with The Goldsmiths’ Centre will host its third exciting ‘In Conversation’ event in February 2017 - an exclusive evening of captivating conversation with British jewellery stars Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster. Chaired by the Council’s chairman Jos Skeates, the evening will delve into the careers, collections and opinions of Webster and Fennell, who are great champions of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design

Appointment: Andrew Putland Announced as 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 looking forward to immersing himself in the role, continuing the Council’s excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. Putland also plans to launch an online Centenary Book celebrating the Awards’ 100 year in 2018. With almost 40 years’ experience as a silversmith and goldsmith, Andrew Putland, fondly known as Andy, is a highly-experienced and

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Welcome The Judges Line-Up 2017

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has concluded three weeks of successful judging for its 2017 Awards, with an illustrious line-up of industry experts helping to select this year’s winners. Featuring over 100 judges, deliberations for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards drew from the knowledge of celebrated designers, makers, retailers and experts across jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. Among new judges involved in the 2017 Awards were Liz Olver, design director at Annoushka, Julia Clarke of award-wining retailer Hester Clarke, and notable winner from the 2016 Awards, designer John Moore. British jeweller Shaun Leane was also handpicked

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

Loveness Lee expands brand after showing at Paris Fashion Week

Contemporary jewellery designer Loveness Lee has opened doors with two leading retailers after a successful exhibition during the recent Paris Fashion Week. Leading London independent jewellery retailer Kabiri and Italian luxury fashion retailer Luisa Via Roma were both impressed by Loveness Lee’s striking collections, which combine the unique qualities of natural materials with a powerful, bold design aesthetic. Luisa via Roma sells via its website as well as its two stores in Florence, Italy, and is Loveness Lee’s first Italian stockist. Launched in 2016, Loveness Lee is a contemporary British jewellery brand for women with a daring attitude to style. Designer

Ralph Lauren to be Honoured with Outstanding Achievement Award

The British Fashion Council have announced that Ralph Lauren will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion at The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski. The designer will be honoured for his invaluable contribution to the fashion industry on Monday 5th December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Over the past 50 years, Ralph Lauren and his iconic brand have helped shape and define the American fashion identity in a unique and resonant way. Through his tireless commitment to design, innovation, business and philanthropy, Ralph Lauren has established himself as a pillar of the global fashion community. Ralph

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

Alighieri set to grow brand after landing first NEWGEN award

British jeweller Alighieri has become the first jeweller to receive NEWGEN support from the British Fashion Council under the restructured sponsorship scheme. For the first time in 25 years, jewellery and fine jewellery have been incorporated into the annual womenswear and menswear designers awards as part of a new Accessories category, comprising also shoes, bags and hats.  Jewellery and millinery awards were previously made under the BFC’s Rock Vault and Headonism initiatives but as of 2018, these will cease to exist as the BFC seeks to group all Britain’s emerging talent across all designer fashion sectors into one category.  Previous

Enamoured, The British Society of Enamellers

Enamoured: An exhibition celebrating the work of leading and upcoming enamellers organised by The British Society of Enamellers. About the exhibition: The broad spectrum of luminous work in enamel by some of the country’s leading and upcoming enamellers is showcased in a fascinating and colourful exhibition organised by the British Society of Enamellers (BSoE).  Exhibiting makers: In displaying the very best of contemporary enamelling, the exhibition celebrates this complex and ancient art form in all its multiple guises showing 48 members of the British Society of Enamellers.  The majority of the works featured in the exhibition are by members of the

New Council Members - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council

Call for Applications: New Council Members - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) is inviting applications from individuals both within and outside of the industry to join its ranks as a Council Member. As part of the GC&DC’s ongoing development as a non-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), it is seeking to diversify and expand the range of skills and expertise present among its voluntary Council Members. This is to further elevate its remit to promote and drive excellence and innovation within the jewellery industry through its prestigious annual Awards and related industry activities. 

Curatorial Fellow, Crafts Council

Call for Applications: Curatorial Fellow, Crafts Council Are you our new Curatorial Fellow? The Crafts Council and Artisa Foundation are looking for a Curatorial Fellow to reveal the untold stories from our Collections. Challenging perceptions about craft and making, this ambitious fellowship is open to individuals and collectives and is the first of its kind at the Crafts Council. It will run from January to June 2020 and will be presented at our new gallery, opening in Spring 2020. Objects in the Crafts Council Collections date from 1972 to the present day and cover all craft disciplines. They represent excellence

British Craft Pavilion 2019

Call for Applications: British Craft Pavilion  Old Truman Brewery, London 19 – 22 September 2019 International Craft Pavilion Applications The British Craft Pavilion has for the last 3 years been an exquisite gallery space dedicated to craft at the London Design Fair. In 2019 the pavilion will open its doors to global makers, becoming the International Craft Pavilion. The focus will be on functional and contemporary craft from around the world, and from across the full spectrum of craft disciplines, inviting both individual makers and organisations such as international crafts councils to represent their nations craft. Both Individual designers/brands and international crafts organisations are invited to apply to

Fashion World Tokyo 2017

Call for Applications: Fashion World Tokyo Spring 2017 Fashion World Tokyo is Japan’s largest fashion trade show and held twice a year in April and October. The show gathers all kinds of fashion wear, bags, shoes, fashion accessories, fashion jewellery, men’s fashion, textile and OEM/ODM products from around the world. It shows 890 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, the next Fashion World Tokyo  provides the fashion industry with abundant opportunities to expand their business in Japan & Asia. Japan is the third largest single country for apparel and fashion accessories markets in the world, which is worth 110 billion USD in

British Craft Trade Fair 2019

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) 2019 Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate 7 - 9 April 2019 Hundreds of top tier artisans can help retailers satisfy the huge consumer appetite for authentic British design. The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), which runs from 7-9 April 2019 in Harrogate, is the largest and most well-established event of its kind, focusing exclusively on British made artisan products. Now in its 45th year, BCTF will host hundreds of creative designer-makers in a fabulous state of the art venue, the Yorkshire Event Centre, which benefits from free onsite parking in an easily accessible location. Product categories

British Craft Trade Fair 2018

The British Craft Trade Fair 2018 The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is a three-day event taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in beautiful Harrogate. The next Harrogate fairwill take place on 8th-10th April 2018. The fair is strictly trade-only and showcases work from exclusively British and Irish makers. BCTF differs from other trade fairs in that no mass-manufactured products or products made overseas are allowed. Visitors can be confident, therefore, that they will be presented with a selection of the best hand-made British giftware available in the UK. BCTF Harrogate has been running for more than 43 years. For the

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

British Craft Trade Fair 2017

The British Craft Trade Fairs (BCTF) are three-day events taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in beautiful Harrogate, the Fair will take place on 2ndth-4th April 2017. BCTFS’ first fair in London took place on the 11 to 13 September 2016 at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick lane. The next London fair will take place on 10th – 12th September 2017. The fairs are strictly trade-only and showcase work from exclusively British and Irish makers. BCTF differs from other trade fairs in that no mass-manufactured products or products made overseas are allowed. Visitors can be confident, therefore, that they will

Cherwell District Council

Public Art Commission, Cherwell District Council Artists are being sought who have a track record of producing robust, decorative artwork for outdoor settings (stone or other such durable material). The artist will be required to undertake a period of research and local engagement work and propose a design or design options for the site. The sum available for this commission is £24,000. More information at www.oxonarts.info Deadline: 31 October 2019 Expressions of interest to: paula.bailey@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

Graduate Fashion Week 2020

Graduate Fashion Week 2020 31st May – 3rd June 2020 The Old Truman Brewery, East London Graduate Fashion Week, now in its 29th year, continues to showcase the latest emerging talent to the world, by exhibiting the fashion innovators of tomorrow with an exciting four-day event located in the heart of London’s buzzing creative district, Shoreditch.  On the 31st May – 3rd June 2020 at The Old Truman Brewery in East London, Graduate Fashion Week will present an unrivalled platform for over 3600+ new BA fashion talent, promoting and awarding the freshest upcoming trendsetters in design, creative direction, marketing, communication, photography, illustration

Commission, Southwark Council

Funding has been identified through Southwark Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer programme to commission an artist / arts organisation to produce a piece of public art near the entrance of the 109 Cossall Walk Sheltered Housing building, SE15 2SU. 109 Cossall Sheltered Housing is a council sheltered housing scheme providing accommodation for elderly and other vulnerable people. The unit was built towards the end of the 1970s and for almost 40 years has been a central part of the estate and neighbourhood. Based in Peckham it is home to residents from a wide variety of backgrounds and all employees consistently encourage

London Fashion Week 2020

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School of Jewellery present Goblet to British Allied Trades Federation

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Crafts Council open up Craft Magazine archive for free

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Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft & Design, Crafts Council

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Coronavirus: Responsible Jewellery Council orders workers to go remote

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New Chairman of Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Brings Excitement

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Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council reports on Covid-19 survey results

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Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award Winners Retrospective Exhibition

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Evesham Bell Tower Lighting Project, Wychavon District Council

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Call for Makers / Digital Makers to Deliver Craft Workshops, Crafts Council

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Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

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Southampton Students Get Fashion Fantastic with Plastic

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Kashka: New fashion led ethical brand launches

KASHKA will be hitting the jewellery market in 2017 as a brand new fashion-led jewellery brand. Holding the core belief that jewellery can and should be ethical, inspirational, thought-provoking and meaningful, the brand wants to be an ode to everyday yet sophisticated jewellery for the modern woman and child.   With a burning desire to do something that would give her reason to get up everyday, designer  Naqiyah Sultan focused her interests upon the topic of world change; staying true to herself, morals and integrity. Travelling across several continents until finally making London her home, she describes how her story

London Fashion Week September 2016 Is Open For Business

London Fashion Week (LFW) September 2016 (16th – 20th September) will welcome over 5,000 guests from 58 countries showing that London and the UK is a major player on the global stage. The LFW schedule is as strong as ever. The 64th edition of LFW will feature 83 designers showcasing SS17 collections on the schedule and over 150 in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park. This season LFW welcomes back international brands MM6 and VERSUS. Sharon Wauchob will be joining the schedule for the first time and Huishan Zhang, Molly Goddard and Teatum Jones will all be showing

The fusion of cutting edge design across jewellery and fashion in a visual first at IJL

International Jewellery London 2019 will collaboratw with Graduate Fashion Week. In a show first, the IJL Catwalk will showcase  the inspirational final year collections of six GFW high flying graduates, alongside an insightful overview of the High Street Jewellery trends for 2020, on September 2 at 3.00pm Hilary Alexander OBE,  the new President of Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind GFW, will introduce each collection and discuss their relevance to 2020 fashion trends, together with Katherine Ormerod who will present the next Spring/Summer’s hottest high street jewellery trends. GFW is the leading international event for fashion graduates and is a

Highlights from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Benchpeg have put together an edit of all the best looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion week to inspire you for the forthcoming seasons. Within each collection, the designer's own vision is apparent, though some more conspicuously than others. Amongst these though, a few common trends were apparent. Monochrome looks in a variety of colours, sheer materials, spangled embellishments and black tailoring, to name a few.  Alin Le'Kal                      Katrine K                    La Metamorphose                   

Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Launch the 19/20 'Jewellery Oscars' at IJL 2019

As well as hosting a programme of glittering events at this years' International Jewellery London, the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council also launched the 2019/20 edition of the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Awards, lovingly dubbed the "Oscars of the Industry".  The annual GC&DC Awards inspire and encourage excellence and skills development among graduates, apprentices, designers and masters working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. This year is host to some interesting design briefs, centred around Endangered Species, reinventing the Champagne Glass, and Sustainable Jewellery. Previous recipients of the awards were on display, including  last years' Cartier Award winner Tony

Appointment: Edward Johnson Joins The Responsible Jewellery Council As Director Of Business Development

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Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Launch 2019 Competition at IJL

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Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council hosts sell out ‘In Conversation’ with Cartier event

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Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Holds VIP Industry Reception

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The Royal College of Art’s Emerging Fashion Designer Show ‘All at Once’

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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

Touchstone Award

Call for Applications: BHC Touchstone Award National Association of Jewellers and British Hallmarking Council announce new collaboration for 2019 The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and British Hallmarking Council (BHC) are pleased to announce a new collaboration as the NAJ joins the four UK Assay Offices in supporting the prestigious BHC Touchstone Award. The award is presented annually to the Trading Standards teams who have delivered the most effective initiative relating to either the enforcement or awareness of hallmarking. In this era of high precious metal prices enforcement of hallmarking is extremely important. There is robust, long established hallmarking legislation

Brazillian designer who turned her back on fast-fashion to exhibit at Milan Fashion Week

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Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council hold annual awards

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Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2017

T he Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is a non profit making organisation founded over one hundred years ago in 1908. Today, the Council continues its work from its original remit: "...to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts." The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British silversmithing, jewellery and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council’s unique

British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Board announce cuts to NAJ,Giftware Association and Head Office

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Covid Forces Fashion Industry to Explore Virtual Reality Alternatives

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19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference, 365 5th Avenue New York

White: Palette, Prism, Possibility 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference  Why White?  Because  it contains—and hides—multitudes. So said Melville in his Whiteness of the Whale. So said Vince Gilligan in his Whiteness of the Walter.  Because white is itself as varied as those multitudes.  Because  it tricks us into thinking that there is no color where in fact there is nothing but. White is the repository of hope and change. In this, the 19th New York Fashion and Design Conference, we seek to reveal these multitudes, whether in the work of contemporary designers of clothing and accessories, of leading jewellers,

BAROQCO shine at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Husband and wife duo, Eduardo and Imelda, created the brand when searching for a tiara for their wedding ceremony; eventually resorting to create their own. Despite travelling the globe, the pair credit Paris as the place where their love for exquisite jewellery was born. From their studio in La Maison BaroQco, the couture couple aim to create timeless jewellery, inspired by its name-sake Baroque style. The Spring/Summer '19 collection held true to the baroque tradition in its ornate, audacious style, substantial yet intricate; but is uplifted by way of unexpected pops of colour in the various stones and crystals used.

2021 LVMH Prize For Young Fashion Designers: 8th edition

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BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2017 Shortlist Announced

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Fair Luxury calls for jewellers to join the fashion revolution, letting customers know who made their jewellery

It’s said we are the first generation that knows that we are killing the planet, and fast fashion has been amongst one of the biggest targets of criticism. This new era of awareness couldn’t be more apparent- with activist group Extinction Rebellion hosting rallies in cities over the world in the last few days.  At a time where sustainability accounts for a key fashion trend and internet searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have almost doubled since last year; Fair Luxury looks to the jewellery industry, as a caveat of the fashion trade, to take action and show solidarity for planet Earth. Fashion

Clogau Collaborate With World Renowned Designer David Emanuel

Clogau have commissioned an exclusive jewellery collection, by Welsh fashion designer, David Emanuel. To celebrate their Welsh culture, British heritage, and royal connections, Clogau are thrilled to announce a new partnership with iconic fashion designer and royal couturier, David Emanuel. This exciting new collaboration celebrates love and glamour, capturing the romance and luxurious extravagance of our royal heritage and all its connotations. Internationally renowned David has been designing clothes for members of British and European royal families, and for some of the World’s most beautiful women for over thirty years. Best known for having designed the wedding dress worn by

Call to Action on Climate Change: Responsible Jewellery Council Webinar

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Crafts Council Exhibition for Hull UK City of Culture 2017

  The Crafts Council’s new exhibition ' States of Play' ,  will launch at Humber Street Gallery in Hull in July, UK City of Culture,  and will look at how playfulness shapes our lives and the world around us.  The  Crafts Council’s  new exhibition  will be on show from 7 July – 24 September. Through the eyes of 16 international makers and designers it presents play as a way of being, of understanding the world and giving it form. In an era of screen-based games, it celebrates the physical element of play in ways that will delight, provoke and surprise

News Edit: 9th February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   BAFTA 2020: The Best Fine Jewellery & Fashion Moments Luxury London: Last night, stars of the cinema gathered at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. Discover the leading ladies showcasing serious sparkle on the red carpet this year. luxurylondon.co.uk All The Tiffany & Co Jewellery Highlights From Vogue’s Fashion And Film Party 2020 Vogue: The unofficial dress code at British Vogue’s Fashion And Film Party in partnership with Tiffany & Co? Diamonds, obviously. www.vogue.co.uk Royalty’s Love Affair With Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra Collection Goes

Isabella Liu previews her new ethical collection Twilight at the Zaha Hadid Gallery

Isabella, who has been named as both Influencer and Ambassador for the China Britain International Design Week and the British Council in Asia for 2018, has been invited to preview her new ethical jewellery collection Twilight at the Abstract Expressions exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery The Twilight Collection is a celebration of Love, encapsulating the beauty and energy of the Goddess of the Moon. The Moon and its many phases, often believed to symbolise the female form and the cycle of life, have inspired Isabella to create pieces which tell the tale of life - the crescent is youth

On the Line: Perspectives on Craft in Southeast Asia

On the Line: Perspectives on craft in Southeast Asia The Aram Gallery will host On the Line , a British Council exhibition exploring craft through the practices of women in Southeast Asia. The show’s opening coincides with London Craft Week (3-7 May 2017). On the Line seeks to question the sustainability of craft in Southeast Asia in the context of increasing globalisation. It offers a range of insights into the lives and cultures of women working in this sector today. Curated by Martina Margetts and designed by Mentsen, the exhibition features impressions and unique materials collected by Royal College of Art

Silver Speaks Symposium at the Royal College of Art

Silver Speaks Symposium at the Royal College of Art Silver Speaks at the Royal College of Art is a half-day public symposium celebrating silversmiths and their contribution to contemporary life at the Royal College of Art in Battersea. Silver Speaks is a programme of events created by Contemporary British Silversmiths to celebrate silver in contemporary life, in collaboration with the V&A and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and Arts Council England. This half-day symposium to be held in partnership with the Royal College of Art is designed to bring together silver practitioners, educators and enthusiasts to explore the role of

Shopping habit shift: Global data reveals that fashion shoppers now spend more via their phones than their computers

A new global study of ecommerce in fashion, conducted by Nosto, reveals that customers are finally spending more on their mobiles than traditional online shopping- 44% vs 46% (the remainder being purchases on tablet devices). Nosto’s findings are based on an analysis of the first comprehensive analysis of shopper behavior in growth-stage fashion ecommerce for 2019 based on an analysis of 1.2 billion site visits for the 12 months of 2018. : 95% of the stores in the sample generate online sales between $500k and $30m, a minimum of 1k monthly site visits and a minimum of 300 orders a

Showstoppers Talk: An eye for design: Rosalinde Gilbert, fashion designer and collector

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Katy Tromans wins Artistar Jewels 2018 Award at Milan Fashion Week

Last month the winners of the fifth edition of Artistar Jewels were announced in Milan, Italy, where 2016 Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate Katy Tromans picked up an international award for her  amazing standards of detail. Artistar Jewels is an international competition dedicated to promotion of contemporary jewellery culture culminating in an awards ceremony and exhibition. The event took place in Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, Milan, Italy, a historical palace overlooing the Duomo Square, and hosted 450 creations from an array of international jewellery artists and designers. Entries on show at the Artistar Jewels 2018 exhibition in Milan, Italy Artistar Jewels 2018 was

Watch This Space: Fashion Wrist-wear Strikes Like Clockwork

The seasons are swiftly chopping and changing as the winds blow in the new trend treasures so as time ticks on, it's prime time to clock onto the new faces taking centre spotlight for all to watch. As hotfooted magpies to anything refined, sparkly and delicately ornate we know the power that a piece of jewellery holds in sculpting a look into new extraordinary territory. The ticking accessory set to hit a strike this coming 2017 is the unsung wrist wear usually reserved only for daily practicality: The Watch. Peaking into the forefront of trend wear must-haves, the demure and

Sparkling Jewellery Trot Into the Fashion Neigh-borhood With Their New Equestrian AW Collection

Autumnal style shines through with Sparkling Jewellery’s new Equestrian collection for Autumn/Winter. Launching Friday 23rd September 2016, the new range features a range of gold, silver and rose gold pieces throughout the collection – perfect to mix and match or incorporate with items already in your wardrobe. This season is all about delicate, unusual and quirky accessories with simplified charms and a stunning mix of styles and shapes. And with Sparkling Jewellery’s new collection, you’re set to be on trend. The “go to” jewellery brand offering the most beautiful must-have pieces – and worn by leading celebrities and TV stars

Media Stars Set to Select Bright Young Gems

An eminent panel of consumer media experts, together with the British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane, are set to select IJL’s 2017 Bright Young Gems - the five young jewellers chosen to be the industry's next stars. Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine, and Charlie Boyd, Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor at both Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country, have been appointed to the panel of judges for the 2017 Bright Young Gems selection panel. They join Hilary Alexander OBE, Editor-at-Large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery,

London Craft Week 2017

London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Since 2015, it has had the equivalent for craft: London Craft Week. An inspirational annual event showcasing exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship. London Craft Week is a journey-of-discovery programme with a diverse mix of independent master craftsmen, luxury, fashion, museums and galleries and studios, with the makers themselves the heroes and their processes and skills on show. Following the success of the first and second London Craft Week (May 2015 and May 2016), we are building on and expanding the reach of the event with increased visibility,

Handmade at Kew

Handmade in Britain will return to Kew Gardens for the second edition of Handmade at Kew in October. The four-day international contemporary craft event offers visitors the opportunity to meet and buy from over 200 extraordinary designer-makers working across all disciplines including: ceramics, jewellery, fashion and textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories. Over four days, the picturesque gardens at Kew will showcase exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship, for both fashion and interiors. Handmade at Kew is a very special chance to invest in beautiful, unique products at a show where you can buy, browse and

Fiona Rourke presents Reflect, Refract, React at Blinkered

Fiona Rourke presents Reflect, Refract, React at Blinkered Recent Crafts Council Hothouse 2017 participant Fiona Rourke presents her ongoing solo project Reflect, refract, react as part of the alternative jewellery catwalk show Blinkered at Grand Entrance Hall, Brunel Museum during London Fashion Week. About the Project Reflect, refract, react is a project that strikes out from the static norm by subverting the function of mirrors; applying them to the body rather than using them as a way to view the body. Mirrors are culturally synonymous with self-awareness, providing a unique virtual stage in which we play the part of the

News Edit: 29th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Career Q&A: Sustainable British-Lebanese jewellery designer, Alexandra Hakim Fashion United: Known for her innovative craftsmanship and dedication to sustainability, British-Lebanese jewellery designer Alexandra Hakim's creations have been featured in Vogue Italia and worn by Rihanna. Recently, FashionUnited interviewed Hakim via email on what inspired her to work with metal and her label’s zero-waste approach. https://fashionunited.uk Jewellery brands urged to do more to fight gold, diamond mining abuses Reuters: As jewellery sales get a pre-Christmas boost, consumers were warned on Tuesday that major brands are still not doing enough

News Edit: 9 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Ami Doshi, Kenyan Jeweller Who Designed British PM Theresa May's Necklace Kenyan: British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Kenya in August and while on a State House dinner event, she was... www.kenyans.co.ke The five young African designers you need to know Financial Times: From Cairo to Soweto, they’re changing the face of global fashion. www.ft.com My Favourite Pieces: Evan Michelson on human-hair jewellery Financial Times: The collector discusses her fascination for adornments made from dead people’s locks. www.ft.com Star-studded Hatton Garden film angers victims for 'glorifying' the £14m jewellery

News Edit: 15th March 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   25 Captivating Ways To Wear Aquamarine Vogue: The Duchess of Sussex wore many fabulous jewels on her wedding day in 2018, but perhaps one of the most meaningful was the aquamarine cocktail ring she wore to her evening reception. vogue.co.uk The 5 Biggest Jewellery Trends From The AW20 Runways Vogue: Every woman – and every fashion designer – knows that no outfit is complete without jewellery. From New York and London to Milan and Paris, here is British Vogue’s breakdown of the top catwalk jewellery trends from the autumn/winter 2020

Call for Applications - Handmade Chelsea 2021

Call fro Applicarions: Handmade Chelsea 12 - 14 November 2021 Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE Curated and organised by Handmade in Britain since 2007, Handmade Chelsea is an established high-end craft and design fair that celebrates the very best of British craftsmanship. Featuring over 100 of the most exciting international and UK-based designer makers who work across a wide range of disciplines – from glass and ceramics, jewellery and fashion, prints and textiles, to sculpture and wood – Handmade Chelsea has unique, eye-catching craft to suit all tastes. This year, Handmade Chelsea will take place in

The first edition of New York City Jewelry Week just started!

NYCJW is the first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours. Aimed at supporting and fostering jewelry of all types, the initiative also includes participation from both established and emerging brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers. Image: A yashmak made in the 1990s from aluminum and Swarovski crystals by British jewelry designer Shaun Leane for fashion designer Alexander McQueen Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Created by two industry leaders from the worlds of art jewelry and

Meet The Manufacturer to feature 'Meet The Expert' Sessions

For people thinking about starting up or expanding a business, 'Make it British' will have a team of experts on hand at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, offering one-to-one practical advice and hands-on experience on different aspects of manufacturing and business development. The 'Meet the Expert' team will be on-site to answer questions on the hot topics of sourcing, production, branding and finance.  The Meet the Expert team includes: David Reay, previously Manufacturing and Sourcing Director at J Barbour and Sons. Daliah Simble, previously Production Director at Roland Mouret, set up her own fashion consultancy in 2015. Alison Lewy

Club Tropicana: 70s Colour Pop

With a British nation still in rocky, murky waters from Brexit, the fashion world have taken their new season sights into a lookbook awash with vivacious colour, flamboyancy and rebellious bursts of bijou. Whilst the political world battles amongst heavy tones of choking debates and pessimism, jump aboard the trend-led train of kitsch with a nod to the peace-loving 70s in all things theatrical, vibrant and positively uplifting! As Spring strikes time on her sleepy arrival to the skies, indulge in the succulent and sweet taste of the bright side of life by injecting a buzz of tropical spirit into

Sell Out Event with Jewellery Superstars

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) has witnessed stellar ticket sales for its upcoming ‘In Conversation’ evening, featuring British jewellery superstars Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell. Tickets for the event sold out in early January, more than a month before the evening at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre on February 15th 2017 . Bringing together two of the UK’s foremost jewellers to share personal anecdotes and insight from their careers, the GC&DC’s In Conversation series has become a must-attend event in the jewellery calendar. Jos Skeates, GC&DC chairman and founder of award-winning retailer EC One, will compere the event. Skeates said, 

Jewellery fashion will be futuristic, multi-cultural and celebrate the power of nature in SS/20, says IJL

International Jewellery London reveals 6 jewellery trends for SS/20 IJL trends editors and jewellery expert, Paola De Luca, has outlined six key jewellery trend themes for Spring-Summer 2020 for International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. Her vision includes authentic designs that subvert deep-rooted stereotypes with gender, touches on societal pressure with minimalism and brings to life an organic amalgamation of nineteenth century deco with nature; all the while toying with abstract shapes, futuristic expression and dark jewels. These will be showcased on IJL’s SS20 Trends Catwalk where Paola will present her detailed

'Curated Courtyard' Commission

'Curated Courtyard' Commission Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service which brings together cultural, educational

Modular Furniture Piece Commission

Modular Furniture Piece Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

Decorative Iron Gates Commission

Decorative Iron Gates Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

Call for Applications: Craftsmanship and Design Competition 2021

Call for Applications: Craftsmanship and Design Competition 2021 The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council have opened their 2021 competition which now comprises of 32 sections and 19 Special and 6 Major & Premier Awards all generously supported by Patrons and Sponsors without whom it would not have been possible to stage the Awards. 2020/21 Changes In order for the Competition to go ahead, the Council have adapted the format, endeavouring to keep everyone safe whilst still observing responsibilities to the Council and the community. Several of the competition procedures will be considerably different to past years. It is therefore highly

Future Edit

Open call for 2020 graduates: Future Edit Crafts Council are seeking applications from this year’s BA craft and design graduates, to exhibit and sell work at the Crafts Council Gallery this autumn.  Future Edit  will present work from a selected group of talented graduates, offering the public an opportunity to buy exciting work from gifted emerging makers, and support them in launching their careers. Bringing together graduates from higher education institutions across the UK, the exhibition will seek to represent a range of craft disciplines. This will be the Crafts Council Gallery’s opening exhibition and will demonstrate our commitment to

Courses in Jewellery or Silversmithing

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity.... Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National Careers

Jewellery Courses

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity....   Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National

Jewellery Courses

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity....   Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National

National Trust Retail Opportunity

Call for Applications: National Trust Retail Opportunity National Trust has partnered with the Crafts Council - Britain's national development agency for contemporary craft - to sponsor the 2017 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. In addition to developing a range exclusively for the National Trust, the winner of the open call will receive a profile on the Crafts Council Directory for the best UK makers, the opportunity to develop their professional practice at a Crafts Council professional development workshop and a one year subscription to Crafts magazine - the magazine for contemporary craft, that brings together the best

The Pommier Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

The Pommier is a London-based marketplace for handmade fashion accessories from 100+ independent designers. This week, the covetable marketplace is set to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign will feature an exclusive collection of 36 handmade fashion accessories that have been especially created by the designers for the campaign. They will be progressively released over the campaign's duration which is set to be spread across ten weeks in total. The Pommier have created an exclusive lookbook of fashion photography to offset the campaign of their fashion accessories. In addition to this, a campaign video showcasing

Start up Workshops - Poplar Works

Call for Applicaitons: Poplar Works Start Up Workshops CFE , in collaboration with award-winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association Poplar HARCA,  are taking on  eight brand new solo and shared studio spaces will become available for emerging SME fashion and fashion tech businesses. CFE  is London’s pioneering fashion and fashion tech business incubator and part of London College of Fashion (LCF), a constituent college of University of the Arts London (UAL). The studios are situated within Poplar Works, an exciting new development in Poplar, East London, located at 384 Abbott Road, London, E14. Currently under construction, completion is expected end of September

CFE Manufacturers Trade Show

The CFE Manufacturers Trade Show The CFE Manufacturers Trade Show is the sourcing event for fashion businesses looking to connect with high-end production units and supporting services. Come and meet our array of exhibitors, including manufacturers, pattern cutters, fashion software and embroidery services, that cater to smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs. The Centre for Fashion Enterprise is London’s pioneering Fashion and FashTech business incubator whose purpose is to fast-track designers and entrepreneurs into successful businesses. We work with designers and creative entrepreneurs to transform talent and ideas into businesses by providing support programmes to facilitate their USP, vision and

Rosie Fortescue Speaks to Benchpeg about Launch of 3rd Jewellery Collection

Rosie Fortescue Speaks to Benchpeg about Launch of 3 rd  Jewellery Collection Made in Chelsea’s fashion and style blogger Rosie Fortescue will be launching her third fashion forward jewellery collection at this week’s Scoop trade show. The BAFTA award winning reality TV personality is also an acclaimed fashion blogger and style writer in her own right, with her website At Fashion Forte being a destination spot, where she highlights current trends, her top picks and shows off her own inimitable look. The super trendy Rosie is now combining TV appearances and fashion writing with becoming a jewellery designer, having launched [youtube

Community Engagement Opportunity

Community Engagement Opportunity,  Riverside Park, Andover, Test Valley Borough Council Test Valley Borough Council are looking for a Hampshire based arts organisation that can help us work with our residents and stakeholders in a programme of community engagement. The organisation will creatively gather views and opinions about existing artwork and ideas for two new public art commissions. We are interested to find out what this will look like and how we will deliver it. Full details are on the creative brief attached on this page. www.testvalley.gov.uk Brief: www.testvalley.gov.uk

Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth 2019 International Fashion Showcase: Part of London Fashion Week Brave New Worlds: The changing landscape of fashion 11- 24 February 2019 Somerset House, London Salt of the Earth examines the concept of power and submission through the talismanic properties of jewellery and adornment. Exploring the complex historical, political and chemical properties of salt, the collection forms part of a conceptual installation at Somerset House during London Fashion Week 2019. The pieces look at salt’s ability to poison, erode and decay using the process of patina and conversely the material’s ability to create, rejuvenate and give life

Confidence vote in 'Made in Britain' brand

Products stamped 'Made in Britain' have a greater chance of being sold, according to new research into consumer brands, with British brands perceived both at home and abroad as being good quality and stylish but more expensive. A survey conducted by British brand intelligence and consumer insights firm Attest, across 4,000 consumers, half in Britain and half US, found that 75% of people questioned said they would be more likely to buy a product with a Made in Britain label. Even though 1 in 3 Americans said they did not know any British brands, the most common name to crop

Best of Britannia London 2017

Best of Britannia London - The Home of Great British Makers Best of Britannia, the unique showcase for British brands, is proud to announce that its annual London trade and consumer event will take place on Thursday October 12th and Friday October 13th 2017.   Launched in 2012, Best of Britannia is a celebration of all that is beautifully made in the UK. From British heritage products to exciting new innovations, the annual London exhibition is the perfect opportunity to reach trade and consumer customers who care about quality, provenance and sustainability and want to purchase high quality products made

Silver Speaks: The Silversmiths' Toolbox Talk

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Talk: The Silversmiths' Toolbox In Conversation with Contemporary British Silversmiths Join five prestigious members of Contemporary British Silversmiths in conversation on the importance of tools and materials to their practice. Led by Silver Speaks: Form exhibition

Hawes & Curtis & The Prince's Trust Launch New Collection

Hawes & Curtis, the quintessentially British brand, has created an exclusive collection in collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales's charity The Prince's Trust. Hawes & Curtis is a quintessentially British brand specialising in fine tailoring and accessories for men and women. Founded in 1913 by Ralph Hawes and George Frederick Curtis, Hawes & Curtis has since become the go-to brand for British classics whilst continuing to deliver the promise of exceptional quality, innovation and outstanding value. These values are now synonymous with the Hawes & Curtis name. The collection consists of limited edition shirts for men and women, as

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner The Benevolent Society (charity of the British Allied Trades Federation) is delighted to offer you the opportunity to buy tickets as a member of the British Allied Trades Federation (and one of it's federated associations: the National Association of Jewellers, The Giftware Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association and the Surface Engineering Association), to join us for a wonderful dinner by candlelight at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Thursday 14th June 2018 commencing at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. Tickets Thanks to the generosity of Goldsmiths' Hall and the British Allied Trades Federation, The Benevolent Society are able to reduce the potential cost of the tickets to all Federation invitees from £295 + VAT to a cost of only £95 + VAT for your first Members

Pirelli Park Public Art Commission

Public Art Commission: Pirelli Park Public Art Commission Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting tenders from artists and creative design practitioners to develop and deliver an exciting, imaginative and site-specific bespoke play environment for the local community. Tenders are welcomed across the creative disciplines, and collaborative approaches between design practitioners and appropriate delivery partners of their choosing will be welcome. Full details can be found on the South East Business portal  and on the South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network website .  Estimated value: £200,000.00 Image: Pirelli Arch, courtesy Eastleigh Borough Council.

Public art work at the Marks & Spencer site, Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks District Council Public Realm Art Commission  We wish to commission an experienced artist/designer to deliver a new public art installation by the Marks & Spencer site in Bligh, Sevenoaks. Sevenoaks District Council Public Realm Commission is seeking an experienced artist/designer to design, install and deliver a new public art at the Marks and Spencer site, located in the heart of Sevenoaks Town. We are seeking an experienced artist to work with us to produce a public artwork to be installed on the at the location shown at Appendix 1. Because of its prominence, the artwork will need to be appropriate and

50 Years of Irish Craft Nominations

Nominate your #IrishCraftHero National Design & Craft Gallery (NDCG) are inviting nominations of makers who have significantly impacted craft in Ireland, for a new touring exhibition reflecting on the evolution of craft and design in Ireland from 1971 – 2021. The project marks 50 years of Irish craft practice to coincide with Design & Crafts Council Ireland celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Having been formed 1971 as Crafts Council, the organisation has led the development of sector for five decades, nurturing the growth of craft business in Ireland and creating opportunities to support makers expand internationally. NDCG is producing this major

‘In Conversation’ Event with Joanna Hardy and Cartier

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council & The Goldsmiths’ Centre to host  ‘In Conversation’ event with Joanna Hardy and Cartier Acclaimed jewellery specialist, Joanna Hardy, leads an ‘In Conversation’ with Cartier, the world’s most esteemed and respected Maison in the luxury goods industry, for an exceptional event. Founded in 1874 in Paris, Cartier is renowned worldwide for its high jewellery creations and watches – symbols of craftsmanship and elegance, quality and excellence. Hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) in partnership with The Goldsmiths’ Centre, and Joanna Hardy, this exclusive ‘In Conversation’ event celebrates 60 years of unique partnership

Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design

Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018 Fairtrade Jewellery Design category sponsored by Ingle & Rhode Submissions are now open for the Fairtrade Jewellery Design category of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018, sponsored by Ingle & Rhode. The 2018 awards include a new Fairtrade category for ethical jewellery designers. Entrants are asked to design a fine jewellery ring, pendant or pair of earrings that are sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues. About the Submission The design should be a one-off exclusive jewel, cast and hand

Brian Hill Awarded Outstanding Contribution to Industry

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Consultant Secretary recognised for his dedication and drive to support those working in the UK jewellery and silversmithing trades. Brian Hill, Consultant Secretary of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, has been honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards. Held at the Honourable Artillery Club in London, the evening recognised a series of design, retail and marketing talent working in the UK industry, culminating with the Outstanding Contribution Award, awarded to Brian Hill for his 52 years of commitment and drive to promote, advance and future-proof skills

Loukia Richards nominated for European Prize for Applied Arts

Loukia Richards has been nominated for this year’s European Prize for Applied Arts within the Jewellery category. The theme of this year’s competition is "Monumentality - Fragility" which pays tribute to the work and life motif of French / Swiss artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. The competition jury, which include Rosy Greenlees the Director of the Crafts Council London ad current President of the WCC-International, and Louise Allen the Director of the Crafts Council Ireland and President of the WCC-Europe, selected eighty nominees from over 600 applications. The nominees' show will open at the Art Museum of Mons in Belgium on

Whitchurch & Hengrove Community Orchard Art Commission

Whitchurch & Hengrove Community Orchard Art Commission, Bristol, Bristol City Council The Whitchurch and Hengrove Community Orchard is a public art project by UK artist David Thorpe. The work is located in Hengrove, South Bristol and was commissioned as part of the Future Perfect public art programme curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne. Bristol City Council is offering a commission through open call for an artist, artist group or consortium to develop a public project / event for summer 2017 which shall be presented in the public realm in Hengrove, South Bristol. About the Commission At this stage we

New Business Support Service - Winchester Businesses

Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District.  The service will provide one to one business advice, training, networking and mentoring. The business support service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion.  Funded by Winchester City Council the free service aims to remove the barriers that stop people from starting and growing a business in the District.  Networking Businesses who are you are keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area are invited to come

Call for Freelancer and Self-Employed Participation, Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation has launched a survey to examine the vital role sole traders and freelancers play in the UK’s creative industries, as part of intensive work on the Government's forthcoming industrial strategy. As you will know, sole-traders and freelance workers account for a huge proportion of the creative workforce, but the nature of their employment means they are routinely overlooked or misunderstood in policy-making. The Crafts Council is a member of the Federation and the survey will help both the Crafts Council and the Federation gather valuable information about self-employed creatives, investigating their working practices and how Government

MK Gallery

MK Gallery, in collaboration with Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council is looking for an artist to work within the local community to create a new public artwork in the area around the Claridge Park housing development, Middleton. We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for, and experience of, connecting with communities and creating art in the public realm. Fee The budget for the project is £20,000 inclusive of VAT. This includes the artist’s fee, development, workshops, research, materials and installation. To Apply Applications should be submitted via email to Claire

Opportunities knock for youngsters at BAJ event

Soon to be graduates of the British Academy of Jewellery will get their chance to impress movers and shakers in the British jewellery industry at a special networking event where dreams could turn into reality for the next generation of jewellers looking to progress. A group of trade members, doubling up as potential employers, are being invited to meet the students and their teachers over lunch where they can discuss the BAJ's apprenticeship programme and the funding before they are given a tour of the workshops to find out more about the training. Students of the “Preparation for the Jewellery

Silver Speaks: Form - The Goldsmiths' Centre

Silver Speaks: ‘Form’ is an exhibition of work by members of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It offers a behind the scenes look at the techniques that enable makers to create work in silver, while exploring their relationship with materials, processes and tools. It is part of Silver Speaks, the year long programme of events celebrating the exceptional level of creativity and skill in British silversmithing today. Running from 1st June until 23rd September 2016, it will take place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. The exhibition will provide an insight into the processes behind the making of objects and what is

Back to Nature

The main talking point for jewellery 2020? Sustainable fashion.  From necklaces, rings, bracelets to ear cuffs, the use of humble materials were leading the way to align with the world's movement towards a sustainable future. As more and more consumers become aware of the effects of over-reliance on fast fashion, the more tuned in designers are becoming on the importance of embedding sustainable fashion materials throughout their designs.  One way designers are playing with sustainable design is simply doing more with less! Infusing creativity with resourcefulness will see many-a collections tuning down the extra details and refined features and simply utilising

News Edit: 16 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Piercing Trends That Will Soon Be Everywhere, According To Celebrity Jeweller Maria Tash The Independent: The Independent caught up with Maria Tash at the launch of her new store. www.independent.co.uk Shopping: The New Brands You Need To Know Including Rokh And Cecilie Bahnsen The Times: These up-and-coming labels are loved by fashion editors and other industry insiders. www.thetimes.co.uk The Fashion Week Street Style Jewellery Trends You Can Copy Immediately Elle: Every year, fashion week gives us a rich abundance of #OOTDs and street style inspiration for the coming season. 

Playing with Pearls

The pearl has long been a stable of those who long for an elegant and sophisticated style but 2019 will see the classic piece make a return to the mainstream spotlight and in turn, convert a whole new fashion crowd. If you're one to keep your beady eyes on the trends, you'll have noticed that pearls are a fashion staple that never seems to go out of style. Adorning just about every inch of fashion's finest chunky trainers, strung tightly around choker-style chains and delicately dangling from earlobes across the runway, the resurgence of pearls this season is all about

Ready to Wear: Karl Lagerfeld SS18 Launched

The House of Karl Lagerfeld has revealed its second ready to wear fashion collection for SS18. The first foray into fashion jewellery, Ikonic, Klassic Karl and Essentials, was made last autumn with the launch of the silver-plated, gold-plated and gunmetal finished pieces licensed by the Swarovski Group. For SS18T the Karl Lagerfeld label again offers high street friendly prices in ‘fashion jewellery’ collections which combine elegant, rock-chic styles with playful embellishments, including a new palette of multi-coloured pastel Swarovksi crystals. Again, the collection is divided into three groups:  Klassik Karl, Ikonik and Essentials . The collection will exclusively be available

Market Entry Programme

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme  Centre for Fashion Enterprise London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator Perfect for new businesses, the Market Entry Programme is designed to empower fashion, fashtech, jewellery and accessories SMEs with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies. Workshop Dates: 28th and 29th November 2018 Eligibility Criteria All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating for

Flavia Amadeu X :In-Residence

Flavia Amadeu X :In-Residence :IN-RESIDENCE are proud to host Brazilian jewellery designer Flavia Amadeu in store on Friday 20 April 2018 from 17:00 to 20:00 for an exclusive preview of her work prior to her participation in the V&As Fashioned from Nature exhibition which opens to the public on Saturday 21 April 2018.  This is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.  Flavia will be available to discuss her work and her passion for sustainability within the fashion industry. Flavia Amadeu is a Brazilian jewellery, fashion,

Chinese Designer RUI XU Makes A Stand For Wildlife

Following on from her successful exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha at the Zaha Hadid Gallery (in memory of her friend and muse – the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid), Rui Xu is firmly cementing her position as a leading designer in the UK. Rui Xu is an award-winning Chinese fashion designer and contemporary artist whose works bridge fashion, painting, music and performance, blurring the boundaries of culture and aesthetics.  She was the Director of Fashion at China Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (CAFA), and now lectures at the university as an Associate Professor. After a year of

BIJOU BIJOU looks to fill gap in UK market

Fashion jewellery brand BIJOU BIJOU has officially launched in the UK hoping to draw on its success in Greece, where it was established, to tap into the UK's £600m fashion and costume jewellery market. Behind the brand is a team of highly-skilled industry heavyweights, who have worked for leading publications. Managing Director Nadia Gkartzonika has herself worked for the well-known fashion magazine Vogue. Designer and own brand The company stocks over 1,000 individual pieces of jewellery, from bracelets, rings and necklaces through to body chains and anklets and handcrafts its own-brand products using precious stones and exquisite materials.  Furthermore, they

Top Drawer takes to the runway to present SS17 Trends

Design-led, international lifestyle event, Top Drawer, hosted its stand out Spring/Summer 17 (SS17) edition this January (15-17) at London Olympia. The must-see fashion show took centre stage presenting six key aesthetic trends for the upcoming SS17 season. The fashion show expertly showcased new directions in jewellery and accessories to inspire buyers to source with confidence, knowing what their customers will want to buy in the seasons ahead. Headline sponsor The Design Lab was the creative branding and strategy agency at the helm of this season’s catwalk. The dynamic fashion show featured key sponsors within the edit from Bahamian hand crafted

“We wear culture”: Google Arts Collaborates With The V&A

From the fusion of fashion with surrealist art to Vivienne Westwood’s anarchic designs, the V&A collaborates with Google to unlock the world of fashion with a new virtual experience, "We wear culture". The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) joins over 180 renowned cultural institutions around the world from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Palace of Versailles to create the largest ever virtual exhibition of style. The “We wear culture” project by Google Arts & Culture uses state-of-the-art technology to allow viewers to explore 3,000 years of world fashion and discover the stories behind the clothes we wear today.

Enamoured By Enamel Jewellery

Jumpstarting the fashion foray of the A/W '17 style cupboard is the flirty chic element of enamel jewellery. An ancient fashion choice for worldwide style setters, this elegant blend of bright high-gloss hues is the eye-catching trend many designers are leveraging into their new-season collections. Fine enamel jewellery, crafted by blending powered glass to a metal base, has many versatile and vivacious qualities that add an effortless and elegant injection of movement, vibrant colour and sophisticated luminosity to any fashion look.  A perennial wardrobe game-player for A/W 2017, a pop of playful enamel charm can be mixed,  matched and stacked

Welcome To The Dark Side Of The Jewellery World

With fingers hot on the unpredictable fashion pulse and the 90s revival unfurling from the style graves of the past, dramatic sensualism and extravagant grandeur have been creeping out from the deep, dark underworld ready to make a killer appearance on the fall fashion roller coaster. There's no doubt that making a boldly bodacious entrance this season is the crucial fashion nod of enviable approval with seductive demonic designs swathing the catwalks in gloomy glory! A tricky trend to keep romantic and mysterious without finding yourself as an extra member of the Adam's family who face planted the dressing up

Hockley Mint launches Initials collection for AW19

The British jewellery specialist has responded to the trend for personalised letter jewellery with a range of pendants in a bespoke font. British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint, has launched a new collection of plain and diamond-set letter pendants ahead of International Jewellery London 2019. The new Initials collection will be available in 9k and 18k white, yellow and rose gold, as well as Fairtrade gold, platinum and palladium. Customers also have the option of a plain finish or a single 0.03 carat diamond accent. Although created in response to current market trends, Hockley Mint was determined

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch Celebrating Contemporary British Fine Metalwork 17 October 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham Please join us at the launch of the innovative new ebook Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. During the event you will have the chance to hear, question and meet some of the internationally renowned designer-makers who feature in the book. The event special is part of the Talking Practice lecture series at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Jewellery, to be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 October. A BCU e-book by Kenneth Quickenden and Lee Hewett, entitled Making

News Edit: 27 September 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   ‘Making things is human instinct’: Prince Charles supports UK jewellers at Goldsmiths' Virtual Fair The Telegraph: As the Prince opens this year’s digital offering, the Head of Goldsmiths' Fair selects her top 10 highlights from the virtual show. telegraph.co.uk A Sneak Peek At The Uber-Talented British Jewellers Not To Be Missed At This Year’s Goldsmiths Fair Vogue: British Vogue’s top picks from the first digital edition of the famous fair that showcases independent designer-makers. vogue.co.uk No Piercing? No Problem. Marion Cotillard Designs A Piercing-Free Curated Ear Capsule For

Getting Started 2019

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2020 World-renowned British designer Solange Azagury-Partridge announced as keynote speaker for getting started 2020  The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, announced world-renowned British designer Solange Azagury-Partridge as its keynote speaker for its prestigious business taster programme, Getting Started 2020. Renowned for her jewellery and interior designs, Solange will be in conversation with 30 of the most talented recent UK graduates from a Precious Metal or related course about how she founded her successful brand, Solange, and what it is like to be the owner of two major boutiques

Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter

As part of our lockdown chats series, this week Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter. Its a long one, but worth a listen, as we go through Karin's career, and the skill sets she developed intentionally and unintentionally along the way. Karin is an Independent Consultant, the Strategic Lead for Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Creative Director of ERA5050, a campaign for gender balance on British Stage and Screen. [youtube url=http://youtu.be/O0qcGGd67C0] She’s also a Medway trained Jeweller and Silversmith, with an MA from the Royal College of Art, is an award winning Silversmith in her own right, has

The Making of a Silver Commission

The Making of a Silver Commission The Clothworkers’ Company hosts Contemporary British Silversmiths London Craft Week 2019 Friday 10 May 2019 In partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for contemporary silver, The Clothworkers’ Company hosts a day of events, shining a light on the fascinating process of commissioning and making silver.Meet the makers during free demonstrations by award-winning silversmiths Miriam Hanid and Yusuke Yamamoto and learn about their live commissions for The Clothworkers’ Company during our lunchtime lecture. Both silversmiths have recently been commissioned to create major pieces for The Clothworkers’ Company. This one-day event offers visitors a

Wartski to move from Grafton Street

Wartski, the prestigious British antiques dealer specialising in jewellery and works of art by Russian Court jeweller Carl Fabergé, is moving from Grafton Street to a new showroom situated at 60 St James’s Street.  The new premises are flanked by leading heritage brands, fellow Royal Warrant holders and is at the heart of London’s celebrated club land .  The gallery has been designed in partnership with Waldo Works, architects and interior designers renowned for their modern British design output and ability to translate a brand's identity into an engaging physical environment. The new showroom is expected to open late summer 2018. Wartski

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery Goldsmiths’ Fair Partners with The Scottish Gallery for exhibition of work by the Doyenne of Contemporary British Jewellery. In addition to showcasing the UK’s best fine jewellery and contemporary silver, this year Goldsmiths’ Fair will partner with the Scottish Gallery to mount a special exhibition featuring the pioneering jewellery of Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI.  Acclaimed globally as one of the key figures in the British Contemporary Jewellery movement from 1960 onwards, Ramshaw’s work is instantly recognizable for its signature geometry and skilfully executed design.  Ramshaw employs a unique approach by making jewellery in parts or

London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A for London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend Join Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for design-led silver, for live demonstrations in the V&A’s Silver Galleries for the London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend. Silversmiths will demonstrate ways they combine modern technologies with traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful pieces of contemporary silver – from digital hammering to design and adapting industrial processes. Demonstrations Demonstrations by Kathryn Hinton and Hamish Dobbie on Day One and Chris Knight and Shona Marsh on Day Two. This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Goldsmiths’ Company

Hockley Mint to focus on its bridal offer at this year’s IJL

Award-winning British fine jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint will showcase an extensive collection of new diamond jewellery pieces at IJL 2018 . The main focus will appeal to retailers looking for high-quality, British-made bridal jewellery, with a new range that includes 36 single-stone engagement ring designs, as well as a large selection of multi-stone diamond rings, pendants and earrings. For the first time, the show will also see Hockley Mint offer pieces from its Mari Me bridal collection available to order as mounts. These award-winning designs in Hockley Mint’s first fully branded bridal collection have previously only been available to retailers

Hush Hush! The Crown Jewels London Debunked

The world-famous coronation regalia known as the ‘Crown Jewels’ are a magnificent collection of ceremonial and sacred objects of immeasurable importance and wealth, symbolising British royal power. As part of the Royal Collection, the Crown Jewels hold a rich cultural and religious significance to the British Monarchy. Stored and displayed in The Jewel House at The Tower of London since 1661, the collection of royal regalia boasting 23,578 precious jewels is still regularly used by the Queen in National ceremonies today as well as drawing in visitors from across the globe. Held by the Queen of Sovereign, the Crown Jewels

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

Bonhams Decorative Art and Design Sale to feature V&A Silver Speaks exhibits

Stunning and pioneering works in silver specially commissioned for the recent Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, Silver Speaks: ‘From Idea to Object’ will be offered at the Bonhams Decorative Art and Design Sale in London on 27 September.  The exhibition, curated by design critic Corinne Julius, was organised by Contemporary British Silversmiths to mark its 20th anniversary and showcased the very best of British silver design and craft. The sale marks the first collection of contemporary silver to come to auction straight from a significant museum display, and will feature number of pieces including: Animus, a sculptured centrepiece by Kevin

Silver Speaks: Idea to Object With Corinne Julius

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Curatorial Tour: Silver Speaks: Idea to Object With Corinne Julius Design critic, journalist and curator, Corinne Julius introduces Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object’ in the Silver Galleries. The display of work by members of Contemporary British

Daphne Krinos Wins Ambassador Diamond Necklace Commission

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that artist jeweller  Daphne  Krinos  has won the  Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition. The result of this exciting competition will be a unique diamond-set necklace for the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection, with financial contribution from Boodles.   This commission echoes the 1961 British Jewellery De Beers Competition brief; to stimulate advanced British jewellery design while focusing on the design and creation of a very ‘current’ piece of jewellery. As such, the Ambassador Diamond Necklace design radiates individual creativity, spontaneity, exemplary craftsmanship, and utterly belongs to 2017 in the world of studio jewellery. Eight elite studio jewellers -

Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2 - 6 March 2017

Exhibit within the UK Pavilion at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2 - 6 March 2017 British Jewellery & Giftware International will once again be organising a UK pavilion at the 34th Hong Kong International Jewellery show in March 2017. This major international tradeshow featured over 2,500 exhibitors and welcomed nearly 50,000 trade visitors in 2016. The pavilion will be located in Hall 5G which also features international exhibitors and the country pavilions from China, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand as well as Silver, Titanium and Stainless Steel Jewellery. British Jewellery & Giftware International are now recruiting for this extremely

Tracey Emin CBE RA Designs LFWM Fifth Anniversary Logo

To mark this milestone iconic British artist Tracey Emin CBE RA, member of the BFC’s Menswear Committee, has lent her signature handwriting to the LFWM logo. The logo will be featured in a custom neon installation in the event’s central hub at The Store Studios, 180 Strand. The fifth anniversary edition of LFWM will celebrate London’s reputation as the home of menswear, showcasing Savile Row tailoring and heritage brands through to the most exciting emerging talent in the menswear market, as well as a strong roster of British and international designer and contemporary businesses. Since the first season of standalone

Meet The Manufacturer 2017

Meet The Manufacturer Trade Show, Seminars & Workshops Meet the Manufacturer is back for 2017 and we’d love you to join us!  Organised by Make it British and now in its fourth year, Meet the Manufacturer is the only major sourcing event specifically for British manufacturers of clothing, textiles, leather goods and homeware.  This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before and will include a two-day trade show with free drop-in seminars, workshops and live demonstrations with, of course, plenty of opportunities for networking. Day one will culminate in a VIP drinks reception & BBQ, so

Festival of Living Crafts 2017

Hundreds of designer-makers will be showcasing British crafts in action at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from the 4th to 7th May. This four day craft extravaganza is dedicated to promoting cutting edge creativity and excellence in craftsmanship. Pavilions are packed with established makers, carefully vetted for their individuality and innovation with a festival atmosphere combining craft demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. Visitors will be immersed for the day in British contemporary craft of exceptional quality, meet the friendly exhibitors who are passionate about their creative talents and enjoy watching craft masterclasses. This is the perfect opportunity to buy handmade gifts with

Trade Organisations

It's always useful to know you are not alone in the industry and knowing where to go for specialist support can be a lifeline. We've complied a list of the industry's trade focused organisations, member associations and bodies as a quick reference... Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) ACJ promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Jewellery and supports jewellers’ creative and professional development. acj.org.uk British Allied Trade Federation The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and

Welcome To The Wonder Ears

Word on the grapevine is the bigger, the better and when it comes to the adornments flaunting their sass and style for Autumn, the oversized disco hoops were rife with a mix match of metals, charm and detail. As the summer begins to make its gentle wind down into the balmy evenings of Autumn, the fashion gurus are revving up their awaited fashion week reveals by breathing life and size into our newfangled ear adornments. It looks as if the reign for statement earrings is not prepared to hang up its crown as the it accessory of Summer 2017 as

Schofer Germany Successfully Recertified as Member of RJC

Chain company, Schofer Germany has been recertified in accordance with the Responsible Jewellery Council Code of Practices.  Managing Director, Mathias Kholhammer feels that the certification cements the company as a trustworthy partner, in addition to confirming its commitment to ethical, human rights, social and environmental topics. The managing director also notes that the next goal would be a certification in accordance with the RJC Chain of Custody.  Author:  Published: 

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an interactive public art trail for the new community development of Abbotswood in Romsey.  The art trail will enable residents of Abbotswood and Romsey to explore and enjoy their surroundings. It will uncover their own creativity and provide ideas and activities for the community to continually engage with it throughout the seasons. The trail should be innovative in design and be sympathetic to the environment surrounding Abbotswood which includes the Abbotswood Area for Nature Conservation and Fishlake Meadows wetlands. The full details of the commission and schedule

Multiple Public Art Commission Opportunities

Multiple Public Art Commission Opportunities Public Art Commission for Picket Piece, Andover Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an artist to work alongside the community to determine and create a bespoke artwork for the new development of Picket Piece in Andover. The artwork will represent the results of community workshops lead by the artist and be sited in a place on the development where everyone can enjoy. The full details of the commission and schedule can be found in the artist brief document and a link to this can be found to the right of this page. Commission fee: 

Salisbury Artisan Markets

Call for Applications: Salisbury Artisan Markets Applications for this year’s Artisan Market are now available.  Applications for stall holders are available at www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk The Artisan Markets, organised by Salisbury City Council, will be held from March through to October, opening at 10am until 4pm. The first market will be held on Sunday 3 March 2019. Contact Enquiries: 01722 342860 or markets@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk For More Infomartion www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Lidl Public Art Commission

Lidl Public Art Commission Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) wish to commission a public artwork for the roundabout outside the new Lidl Distribution Centre in Nursling, Southampton. As a key entrance site to the Adanac Business Park and thriving economic area the artwork should act as a landmark piece. It should be innovative whilst making reference to the heritage of the southern tip of the Test Valley and Southampton. Aims & Objectives To produce an artwork of high quality design that is a suitable size and scale for the chosen site To produce an artwork that is innovative and bespoke

Andover Heritage Mural Project

Andover Heritage Mural Project Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an artist to create two new murals for the Andover Heritage Trail. The artworks will provide dynamic visuals that animate the two heritage locations and their stories and provide a coherent theme to the existing trail. The artworks will enable residents and visitors of Andover to learn about, enjoy and discover the heritage of the town. The sites for the Murals are the Old Gaol (Old Jail) on Bridge Street [a small cubby hole], and the Angel Inn yard in the Upper High Street [the main mural]. Two very

Narratives In Making, National Craft Gallery - Kilkenny

Narratives In Making An exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The 28 designer makers represented were selected by an international panel, for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill. Narratives in Making, curated by Gregory Parsons, considers the provenance of the objects, who made it, where it was made, how it was made and what it is made of. All this is inextricably linked. It informs our relationship with the object. There are fascinating stories here, from the love of material, rituals of making, the design

Cloudy - Mah Rana

Gallery S O is very pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by jewellery artist Mah Rana. The brooches on display are a visual and material exploration on the theme of clouds, and the transient nature of our moods and perceptions. The show will also include a film concerned with the personal connections to the jewellery we wear, edited by Andreea Bogdan. The film is part of a Meanings and Attachments commission by the Crafts Council for the Acts of Making Festival in 2015. Meanings and Attachments (2002- ongoing) is a worldwide series of public-participation events that so

London Diamond Bourse Members Vote for Future

The London Diamond Bourse held an Extraordinary General Meeting in the first week of November where the future of the organisation was discussed openly with members present. The meeting was remarkably well attended by members from all parts of the trade; including workshops, specialist insurers, SME businesses as well as major diamond dealers. The Council of Management of the Bourse pledged to continue their yet unsuccessful search to find a viable option to remain located in or around Hatton Garden. It was stressed that with the lease ending in July 2019, it would be irresponsible not to look at future

Artists International Development Fund

The Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund offers funding for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design can apply for grants of £1,000-£5,000 to spend time building these links to open their work to other perspectives. Deadline: 26 October 2016 www.artscouncil.org.uk

Call for Applications: Makers at Market Hall - Warwickshire

Opportunity for Warwickshire artists, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, Warwickshire County Council In February 2017, Market Hall Museum in Warwick will open its doors to the public following a £1.1million refurbishment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Market Hall Museum is in a prime location in Warwick, and as part of this refurbishment a new shop and cafe area is being installed to the front of the Museum. The New Market Hall Shop The new Market Hall shop is situated within the entrance to the Museum, adjacent to the new café. The Museum entrance is located on the main Market Square

News Edit: 26 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The dreamiest dresses of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week 2020 The Evening Standard: The invitation-only week-long extravaganza is one bursting with the frothiest tulle, the daintiest embroidery and the most meticulous detail, all presented to the eyes of the most revered fashion editors and the wealthiest clients. standard.co.uk They’ve Got Their Gems to Keep Them Warm NY Times: At the high jewelry presentations in chilly Paris, Chanel went for tweed, Dior went for pairs, and Boucheron celebrated the Question Mark. nytimes.com The diamond deal that rocked Angola The Guardian: For

Market Entry Programme 2019

Call for Applications: Market Entry (MEP) London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator Market Entry (MEP) The Market Entry Programme is designed to empower fashion, fashtech, jewellery and accessories SMEs with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies. The programme will run on 24 and 25 July with a 1-2-1 diagnostic exit session to follow. Eligibility Criteria All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All

What Follows

What Follows by Sian Evans 28th October - 2nd November 2019 67 York Street, London Sian Evans and Pond come together to present two gold jewellery collections which seek to extend the life of materials through individual approaches to sustainable practices and traceability. Natalie Holt and Holly Archer Nicholls have worked together for over a decade in the jewellery and fashion industry. Whilst working in a fast paced fashion environment helped to hone their skills as designers, they despaired at the waste that was a by-product of this way of working - both material waste and unexplored ideas. They created

YAA YAA LONDON targets new wholesale stockists with its colourful gemstone range

Founded in 2017 by former Legal PA and stylist Yvonne Asare, the jewellery brand has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch and is now stocked in some of this country’s best independent fashion boutiques and concept stores as well as online via ASOS Marketplace. Yvonne is now ready to take the brand to the next level and is looking to partner with jewellery and fashion boutiques and concept stores in the UK and worldwide, that are seeking an innovative and colourful jewellery line to add to their range. Commenting on her plans for the brand, Yvonne said: “YAA YAA LONDON

News Edit: 21 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The jewellery industry announces a scholarship to support black students Wallpaper: Fifty jewellery brands have united to create a long-term scholarship and mentorships to support black students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. wallpaper.com 50 Jewelers Have Created a $50,000 Scholarship for Black Students to Study Design Robb Report: On Wednesday, a group of fifty jewelry designers and jewelry-related businesses announced the creation of a $50,000 endowment for black students studying jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.  robbreport.com

Trends to Keep Watch of This Autumn

Hands up who's bored of waking up to nothing but rain, rain with a side of rain? Us too. As the seasonal calendar clicked over to a new month last week, it seems as if the weather Gods have also pulled the plug on any residual sunny heat leftover from summer, leaving us well and truly in the throes of a UK Autumn.  For those of us fashion mavens, not only is the end of summer a happy instance to refill our wardrobes with autumn fashion trends, but it also provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up indoors with a

News Edit: 24 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Prue Leith launches her first jewellery collection with Lola Rose and we’re obsessed Woman and Home: Prue Leith, an authority on all things culinary, is now venturing in the fashion business by launching the Prue x Lola Rose jewellery collection. womanandhome.com The value in vintage jewellery Money Week: The key to making money from jewellery is to be a dedicated follower of fashion – and to have an eye for a well-cut gemstone. moneyweek.com Resin, wood, glass: Cosmima contemporary jewellery collective puts on a united material front Wallpaper:  The North

Jewels on the Pink Carpet- Who wore what to the 2019 Met Gala

The first Monday of May brought with it the illustrious and captivating Met Gala. The fashion world is still dealing with the fallout. We've collated some of the best jewellery looks of the occassion.  The theme this year was camp, explored in more detail in the complimentary exhibition staged by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. The exhibition explores how the sensibility, once marginalised, has now become a leading and important part of contemporary mainstream culture.  “Camp’s disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition reveals that it

News Edit: 23rd February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Grown-Up Way To Wear Punk-Inspired Jewellery The Tines: The hint of anarchy you need right now. www.thetimes.co.uk Eight Emerging Jewellery Designers to Know This Fashion Month Another: As London Fashion Week commences, eight jewellery designers whose work you can expect to see among the Autumn/Winter 2020 collections. www.anothermag.com How Banksy has transformed the fortunes of the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham Mail: Thousands of fans flocked from across the globe to see the Banksy mural. www.birminghammail.co.uk Under the loupe: Patcharavipa embrace texture with Clues Couture Wallpaper: The Wallpaper* ‘Under the loupe’

London Edge 2019

London Edge Business Design Centre, London 1 - 2 September 2019 Started in 1999 in response to an urgent call from the fashion industry to provide an inclusive & respectful platform for the lifestyle & alternative markets. Rooted firmly in an exceptional customer service ethos, the LondonEdge team support, guide & advise our exhibiting & retail partners at a level that’s second to none. As we begin our 3rd decade we look forward with excitement to the future for this cornerstone of global lifestyle fashion. Whilst we continue to adjust to reflect new trends & allow for changes in business

Classic Blue 19-4052: Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

For over 20 years, Pantone's Colour of the Year has influenced the design and buying decisions acorss several indsutries, including industrial design, interior furnishings, fashion and graphic design to name a few.  Pantone colour experts comb the world looking for new influences, including fashion and travel destinations, new technologies, textures, socio-economic conditions and social media trends that are capturing the world's attention. From these seasonal trend forecasts, Pantone forecast global colour movements to help advise companies on the modern best practise of brand visual identity. This annual colour psychology and colour consulting gives global brands the power to expedite their

What can Jewellery Businesses Learn from the Celestial Trend?

A recent report by WGSN, the leading experts in fashion forecasting, reveals that astrology themed fashion is going nowhere this year. Americans spent $2.2m on mystical services in 2018, according to research firm IBISWorld, while a Pew Research Centre survey of American adults released last year found that 37% of women and 20% of men said they believed in astrology. According to the report, the rise in New Age spirituality has emerged as a result of anxiety. Political, societal, economic and environmental concerns leave us searching for meaning and control in our lives.  Let’s face it though, the skies will

Q&A: Gianluca De Girolamo

Gianluca De Girolamo is a hugely experienced photographer who cut his teeth in the photography world in packshot studios taking pictures of branded goods for commercial use. He now has a reputation second to none for advertising and creative moodshots to commercial, editorial, e-commerce and product photography for the fashion and jewellery industries. He was previously the Head Fashion & Creative Photographer at The Packshot Company, where he worked with clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski and Burberry. He now heads up Adshot, which specialised in creative jewellery photography. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do

Italian brand TI SENTO – Milano return to Jewellery & Watch 2020

The globally recognised sterling silver brand will return to Jewellery & Watch to secure new accounts with independent jewellery, fashion and gift retailers Worldwide fashion jewellery brand, TI SENTO - Milano, will return to leading UK trade event, Jewellery & Watch in February 2020, having been inspired by the move to Hall One of the NEC, Birmingham. Based in the Netherlands, TI SENTO – Milano specialises in rhodium-plated sterling silver and 18ct gold-plated jewellery ranges crafted using traditional goldsmithing techniques at its own atelier. As TI SENTO – Milano continues to grow in the UK market, Jewellery & Watch 2020

Karl Lagerfeld 1933 - 2019

This week, on Tuesday 19 February, saw the loss of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. He died in Paris, at the age of 85. With appearances scheduled in to oversee the Chanel Womenswear show on March 5 this year, he fulfilled his promise to never retire.  Known for his tireless work ethic, and unrivalled ability to stay one step ahead in the incredibly fast-paced world of fashion, Lagerfeld created collections for both Chanel and Fendi simultaneously, in addition to his own namesake label, which celebrated his iconic look. His collections were never just that, better described as ‘experiences’ or installations: “His

Karl Lagerfeld 1933-2019

This week, on Tuesday 19 February, saw the loss of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. He died in Paris, at the age of 85. With appearances scheduled in to oversee the Chanel Womenswear show on March 5 this year, he fulfilled his promise to never retire.  Known for his tireless work ethic, and unrivalled ability to stay one step ahead in the incredibly fast-paced world of fashion, Lagerfeld created collections for both Chanel and Fendi simultaneously, in addition to his own namesake label, which celebrated his iconic look. His collections were never just that, better described as ‘experiences’ or installations: “His

'Digital Meets Handmade' New York Symposium Review

PhD researcher Karen-Ann Dicken writes a review for Benchpeg of the recent symposium held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York - Digital meets Handmade. In May this year I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Digital meets Handmade’ - Jewellery of the 21 st  Century symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. Professor Wendy Yothers of FIT organised the event in conjunction with Alba Cappellieri from Politecnico di Milano. This three day symposium was a brilliant collection of researches, speakers and industry specialists. All with the linked theme of what the world of jewellery looks like now we

Pantone Announce Colour of the Year – for 2018

Pantone, the world renowned authority on colour, has announced its colour of the year for 2018 - Ultra Violet. The Pantone Colour Institute, which forecasts global colour trends, describes the colour as: “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” How this effects jewellery The announcement of the Colour of the Year is significant to the jewellery industry because the fashion industry and media in particular will be picking up on accessories and fashion elements which can incorporate the hottest trend for 2018. This provides

London Craft Week 2018

London Craft Week 2018 Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to

London Craft Week puts making on The World Stage over 5 days and 200 events

Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to watch-making  and letterpress. Whether

Central Saint Martins Degree Show Two - Design

Central Saint Martins Degree Show Two: Design Open to the Public 20 – 24 June  2018 Culture And Enterprise | Drama And Performance | Fashion | Graphic And Communication Design | Jewellery And Textiles | Product, Ceramic And Industrial Design | Spatial Practices With agency and innovation, Central Saint Martins students of 2018 are enacting real productive and visual change. Across seven programmes, Show Two stretches from fashion to drama and graphics to cultural enterprise. “A key role of an art and design college is to nurture, empower and enable the emergent work of itsv students. Hence the tag line

UK Fashionistas Still Far More Likely to Buy Clothes on Desktop than on Mobile

Following the end of London Fashion Week yesterday, new research released today highlights a surprising trend amongst the UK’s fashionistas who are still relying on their desktops, instead of smartphones to buy clothes, despite mobile eCommerce as a whole accounting for 51% of online purchases in the UK. • UK consumer spends an average of £116 on desktop for a fashion purchase, versus £89 on mobile, despite mobile eCommerce as a whole accounting for 51% of online purchases in the UK • Despite this, UK is in the top three for mobile purchases of clothes in Europe, with the Nordics and France

Precious Mysteries film to set 'enigmatic' tone for Goldsmith's Fair

Precious Mysteries, a unique new film installation created by celebrated fashion filmmaker Ujin Lin will set an 'enigmatic, highly-polished, and breathtakingly beautiful' tone for the 2017 Goldsmith Fair starting in September. Lin, the guest curator at this years Fair at Goldsmith's Hall was commissioned to create the film which will feature jewellery and silver he selected from this year’s Fair exhibitors having previously created campaigns for global luxury brands such as Prada, Philip Lim and Longchamp, among others. His films are highly acclaimed across the fashion world. Seductive silver Lin's finely crafted cinematic narrative provides the perfect modern complement to

Indulge In Some Detail Therapy

In a fashion frenzied world where velour juicy tracksuits are becoming the new LBD and rubber crocs are suddenly the seasonal It shoe, the easiest way to stand out in the crowd is simply through your dramatic adornments! With high-street fashion positively blooming with Springtime must-haves and our bank accounts starting to recharge back to health after the festive blowouts, we risk looking like trend-heavy clones of each other. Here at Benchpeg we fervently believe that to inject a sense of individual flair and pizzaz it comes down to one little game changer: It's all in the detail. An easy,

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Old Granada Studios, Manchester

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors to Old Granada Studios. It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and home-wares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Visitors can buy or commission work directly from the makers, learning about the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work.  The GNCCF champions contemporary craft and makers at all stages of their careers. From emerging graduates

Imogen Belfield: Creating Rockesque Jewellery Sculptures

Imogen Belfield’s unique jewellery sculptures range from cascading golden nugget pendants to statement “rockesque” rings. Her textural and organic designs are instantly recognisable and one‐of-a-kind as we bumped into her at London Fashion Week. Tipped by Vogue as one to watch, Belfield was also named by Vogue Italia as one if its " Vogue Talents". Since breaking into the world of fashion and jewellery in 2010, Belfield's covetable pieces have won the attention from a plethora of celebrities, including, Georgia May Jagger, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Scherzinger and Rita Ora. Belfield’s jewellery was also specially chosen for Cameron

Spanner & Wingnut: The Organic Edge of Jewellery Luxury

Anneka Moore studied Jewellery Design at London's Central St. Martins, before embarking on an adventure through the fashion industry to finally end up with her bold and beautiful jewellery brand, Spanner & Wingnut, as shown at London Fashion Week recently. Now based in the Goldsmiths Centre surrounded by skilled craftsmen, Anneka draws inspiration from her beloved London, and all things fashionable and organic. This, combined with traditional manufacturing techniques and precious materials, promises to deliver wearable, luxurious and aesthetic jewellery. Spanner & Wingnut offers a bespoke service too, specialising in engagement and wedding rings. Sourcing inspiration from birds talons, scorpions

Babette Wasserman Makes Welcome Return to the CMJ

Babette Wasserman London returned to the recent Company of Master Jewellers show after  a four year absence and showcased her range for men, based in current fashion trends and cultural references. We were delighted to reconnect with a number of CMJ me mbers  at the show and it was a great  opportunity for us to showcase our newest men ’ s products in a friendly and relaxed  environment. ”   said  Babette Wasserman. Forever brimming with original ideas, Babette Wasserman unceasingly creates ingenious and innovative designs. Reflecting her great verve for life, influences from classical film, vintage men's fashion and

Market Entry Programme

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise Unlock growth for your business. We are pleased to announce that our Market Entry programme is now open for applications. Empowering London-based Fashion, Jewellery, Accessory and FashTech SME’s, the intensive two-day programme delivered by industry experts and at no cost to delegates, will cover topics including: Digital, Marketing and PR, Brand development, Range planning, Costing and pricing, Managing your Production, Intellectual Property, and Sales Strategies. The programme will run on 26th and 27th April in East London with a 1-1 diagnostic exit session to follow. Eligibility Criteria To qualify

A Hint of Pink to Make Them Wink

Take a peek at the Spring fling Benchpeg lookbook and prepare to reign supreme in all things darling pink! Now it wouldn't be the fashion world if it didn't use the dismal first months of the year to tamper and tease our tastebud trends with a glimpse of Spring time fashion delights.  The blushing shade of romance struck the catwalks in dazzling delights and has laced her charm into the jewellery cupboards of many buzzing designers. Bid farewell to the dark and gloomy days of winter depression and skip into the bright lights of Spring with the covetable tint of

Knuckling Down The Look: Midi Rings

Mysterious, laid-back, nonchalantly cool and nailing the cool girl status by being entirely noncommittal in following the status quo...say hello to the middle rise of the midi ring.  This dainty but fierce finger accessory sauntered her flirty flair upon the fashion scene during the boho boom early last year but instead of nestling back down into the fashion wardrobe awaiting a resurgence to emerge, this little minx has rebelliously fixed herself upon the mainstream trend agenda and is here to coax us round her middle finger once more! Just like the charcoal ribbed midi skirts you've been sashaying around in,

Hoops Of Summer Fun: Trend Alert '16

Guess whose back, back again? Miss Hoop is back, c-e-lebrate! Statement earrings were the cool and effortless 'it' girls of the fashion accessory hierarchy throughout 2015 and it seems that this little fashionista is looping back round this Summer 2016 as a jewellery box mainstay: Hoop earrings. We've fiddled and fumbled around with stud encrusted ear cuffs and crawlers and quite frankly they're a ruddy pain in the ear to keep in place and if you manage to keep it attached to your lobe for more than two hours then you my friend are a triumph! The fashion flurry magpies

Crafting Business Seminar

Crafting EuropeSeminar - Crafts Council The project partners of the Creative Europe project ‘Crafting Europe’, are delighted to announce our first ‘Crafting Business Seminar’. Crafting Business is a professional practice training programme that was organised and delivered in 2020. This programme aimed to share expertise and knowledge to support the business development of newcomers to the industry in nine European countries including the UK.  Join us on the 22nd and 23rd February 2021, 10am-12.50pm (GMT/Ireland/UK/Portugal) to find out more about the Crafting Business programme and to hear from the participants and tutors involved about their experiences.     Please  follow this

RJC announce new appointments to Board and Committees at AGM

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the world’s leading standard setting organisation for the entire jewellery and watch supply chain, has announced new appointments to their Board and Committees at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week. The RJC welcomed members to their virtual AGM, in which members participated from across the globe on Wednesday 5th May. During the meeting, David A. Bouffard, RJC Chair, and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Signet announced the results of elections to the RJC Board of Directors. Elections were held in each RJC Member Forum and for Board officers. Each elected Director will represent

Amanda Mansell is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called 'Loupe'

Amanda Mansell a Hatton Garden bespoke jewellery designer of 20+ years - is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called Loupe, a jewellery support initiative which makes use of support from a Camden Council buildings grant. The 'jewellery hub' will aim to create a jewellery destination for London's historic jewellery quarter by providing a customer and trade interface to help promote the industry through experiential customer journeys and provide a route to market for the jewellery industry's supply chains. Loupe will be an experiential retail destination in Hatton Garden where people not only buy jewellery but learn about it and

Flourish

Flourish Hosted by the Crafts Council 17 - 18 June 2019 Goldsmiths' Hall, London Flourish – the Crafts Council’s two-day professional development conference for makers and designers – will be taking place on 17 - 18 June 2019.  Flourish is primarily for makers who have been in practice for at least four years, and feel their business needs a boost. Taking place at Goldsmith’s Hall, London, both days will be packed with industry leading voices, workshops and panel discussions that cover international trade, business growth, marketing, earning potential, work-life balance, sustainable design, legal advice and articulating your USP.

Contemporary Artist Commission, East Riding Visual Arts Uplift

Contemporary Artist Commission, East Riding Visual Arts Uplift (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) Following the initial commissions of artists Ian Kirkpatrick and Juliette Losq, the East Riding Visual Arts Uplift is proud to announce yet another contemporary artistic commission this time in collaboration with Sewerby Hall and Gardens for 2021/2022 There is an all inclusive commission fee of £8,000 available to the shortlisted artist to create a piece of contemporary artwork that is site specific and fits the stated artistic brief. The work proposed and produced must be contemporary art, that is both challenging and of a high quality. We

2020 GC&DC competition launched at IJL

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) returns to International Jewellery London in 2019, where it will formally launch the 2019/20 edition of its nationwide annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards. The GC&DC’s competition launch and appearance at IJL is supported by an exciting programme, including: An exclusive showcase of 2018/19 GC&DC Award winners’ work including Cartier Award winner Tony Bedford, as well as IJL and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards recipient and 2019 Jeweller of the Fair, John Moore. An unmissable ‘In Conversation’ with Tony Bedford and Neil Battes, Cartier’s workshop manager, hosted and facilitated by the GC&DC and

Collect 2021

Call for Applications: Collect 2021 The Crafts Council founded Collect in 2004 and since then it has become a major moment on the international cultural calendar. It is the only gallery-presented fair dedicated to contemporary craft and design and welcomes over 40 galleries from around the world each year.  Collect Open provides an opportunity for individual artists or collaborations to exhibit alongside world-class galleries. It welcomes and encourages thought-provoking, ambitious new proposals where individual artists or small collaborations can demonstrate how they are pushing their creativity and practice.   Many previous Collect Open exhibitors cite it as a turning point in

European Regional Roundtable on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion

Generation Equality – SDG 5 in action, European Regional Roundtable Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)  Description As part of our SDG 5 Gender Equality in action series, the RJC would like to invite you to the European Regional Roundtable on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion to be held on the 21st April 2021. During this roundtable we will be exploring the importance of private sector action to promote gender-equality and create more respectful and inclusive workplaces for all. We will explore why the issue of diversity and inclusion is relevant, how companies can action across value chains, but most importantly, we will

Q&A: Jos Skeates

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

Pop Up Shop Salisbury

Call for Applicaitons: Pop Up Shop - Salisbury, Wiltshire Wiltshire Council are on the lookout for local artisan makers from across the county to be part of a pop up shop in Salisbury over the 2019 festive season. The finest artisan makers and producers are being sought for this exciting new concept in Salisbury. Artists, food and drink producers, and artisan crafts are required for retail space on a commission or square foot rental basis. Are your products made in Wiltshire? Do you produce something that could be sold on your behalf? Do you produce food and drink that would

News Edit: 3 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last six week's international jewellery news...   Coronavirus Causes First Quarter Gold Jewelry Demand To Plunge 39% Forbes: The global novel coronavirus pandemic has caused first quarter year-on-year demand for gold jewelry to plummet by 39% to 325.8 tons, a record low for the quarterly Global Demand Trends report by the World Gold Council (WGC). Rising prices for the precious metal fueled by safe-haven investment, and a shuttered retail and manufacturing environment were credited with the drastic decline. forbes.com Cybersecurity Amid The Pandemic: Protect The Crown Jewels Forbes:

Craft Town given funding boost

Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are celebrating a funding boost from Arts Council England. The initiative has been awarded funding to develop the town’s annual Craft Month which has taken place every October for the past six years. The month celebrates the town’s deep craft roots – from its earliest involvement with the pottery industry in the 16th century, through the Victorian era and the establishment of the Farnham Pottery and the founding of Farnham Art School in 1880. This remarkable legacy has been continued by a partnership

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

Call for Applications: The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018

Call for Applications: The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018 The European Prize for Applied Arts celebrates the work of artists in the field of applied arts and design-led crafts and living in a European country. The initiative recognises excellence in craftsmanship and includes an exhibition of selected work and two awards.   Prizes The “Master Prize” Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia- Brussels € 3,500 will be awarded to the author of a masterpiece in any craft based material. The “Young Talent Prize”, Prize of the World Crafts Council-Europe  € 3,000 will be awarded to a

One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop

One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop - Adi Toch A solo exhibition from award winning metalsmith Adi Toch. Adi Toch’s practice as a metalsmith centres on making engaging vessels and containers that investigate colour, movement, sound and tactility. Following a BA in Metal at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, Adi completed an MA at the Cass, London in 2009. Her work is exhibited internationally and has won prestigious awards including the Gold Award from The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council in 2013. She was recently shortlisted for The Loewe Craft Prize and won a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award. Adi is currently a

Goldsmiths' Fair shows at international craft event Collect

The Goldsmiths’ Company took their flagship event, the Goldsmiths’ Fair, to the international craft event hosted by the Crafts Council, Collect, which enjoyed an international representation of craft galleries, boutiques and high end craft organisations, opening up craft to new audiences .Collect marketed as ‘The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects’ was held at Saatchi Gallery in exclusive Chelsea, London over the last few days. The Goldsmiths’ Company’s flagship event, under the control of Director David Mills, brouth the Fai to the event for the first time, and featured a selection of makers from the 2017 show, which included Emmeline

Bounded + Unlimited Contemporary Jewellery

Bounded + Unlimited Contemporary Jewellery Bounded + Unlimited  is an exhibition of exceptional precious jewellery and goldsmithing by four contemporary jewellery artists from Ireland and China. The exhibition explores the parallel working practices of these jewellery artists across design, techniques and materials, from the perspective of differing cultural contexts. The title refers to how the artists are bounded by their respective personal and national cultural experiences, yet unlimited in opportunities for communication and understanding through the traditions of their craft. The two Irish jewellery artists represented are  Eimear Conyard , manager of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery Goldsmithing

Collect 2019

Collect 2019 Crafts Council Saatchi Gallery, London Collect will return to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 15th edition from 28th February - 3rd March 2019 Collect : The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is about more than admiring and acquiring exceptional artwork from hundreds of the world’s most talented makers; it’s also an opportunity to explore and engage with some of the most intriguing ideas and personal stories in modern-day craft practice.  The only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design; see high-quality, exceptional work produced in the last five years by living artists, much of which

Collect 2018

Collect Crafts Council Saatchi Gallery, London Collect will return to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 14th edition from 22 - 25 February 2018.  Collect : The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is about more than admiring and acquiring exceptional artwork from hundreds of the world’s most talented makers; it’s also an opportunity to explore and engage with some of the most intriguing ideas and personal stories in modern-day craft practice. Taking place on three days of the fair, the Collect Talks programme brings together leading craft thought leaders, gallerists, historians, critics, collectors and craft artists to examine the issues influencing

COLLECT Open 2019

Call for Applications: Collect Open 2019 Collect : The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is an annual fair presented by the Crafts Council. Collect Open offers a unique opportunity for individual makers and collectives to exhibit alongside international galleries showing at Collect. It has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011 and encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design. Introduced in 2011, Collect Open has built a reputation as the home of some of the biggest and boldest installations exhibited at Collect. Individual Applications Collect Open provides a unique opportunity to present

Appointment: London Diamond Bourse Appoint New Board Members

London Diamond Bourse, the only diamond specific trade association and physical diamond trading floor in the UK, has today announced changes to the composition of its Council of Management. “These are the most fundamental changes to LDB’s governance in my six years at LDB,” said COO, Victoria McKay. She continued, “The following changes are notable; Kathy Chappell, our Special Advisor for Ethical Issues has been welcomed to a full board position and our youngest board member is a millennial. Overall the average age of our board has lowered dramatically and representation around the boardroom table is proportionate to membership statistics."

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 Cardiff

Call for Applications Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.  You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. Set in one of Cardiff's premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will

Appointment: Cockpit Arts appoints Annie Warburton as new CEO

Cockpit Arts had announced the appointment of Annie Warburton as its new CEO.  After five years as Creative Director of the Crafts Council, Annie will join Cockpit in November. “Home to some of the foremost makers and designers in the country, Cockpit Arts is a beacon for making at the heart of the capital. I am thrilled to be joining this award-winning social enterprise with its admirable track record of social impact and business success. With craft in the ascendant but pressures on creative businesses intensifying, its mission has never been more vital. I look forward to working with the

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2019

The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday 25 th  February 2019.  This important annual Awards Ceremony – known as the Jewellery Oscars – was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) which operates the competition, actively encourages established craftspersons and designers

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s New Talent and Tutors Scoop Twenty Five Accolades at the ‘Jewellery Oscars’

The Goldsmiths’ Centre scooped twenty-five accolades at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council competition, known as the 'Jewellery Oscars', seeing its new talented craftspeople and their tutors represented across award categories. The prestigious award ceremony, which was held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday 25 February 2019, saw the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s current and former Foundation Programme trainees, Goldsmiths’ Company apprentices, Setting Out course participants as well as their tutors win accolades across specialisms, from polishing, diamond mounting to silversmithing, reflecting the exceptional standard of talent, skill and the level of teaching in both the Junior and Senior Award categories. Chosen

Woodside Avenue Development Public Art Commission

Call for Applications: Woodside Avenue Development Public Art Commission Fantastic opportunity to create a permanent public art feature in Eastleigh. Woodside Avenue Development LLP, a joint venture between Eastleigh Borough Council and Vivid Housing Limited, is looking to appoint a public artist to create a high-quality permanent public art feature on an area of public open space as part of a residential development of land in Eastleigh. Aims and Objectives Create a bespoke public art feature to be located on a new area of public open space, to give a focus to the public open space that will provide interest

How Do I Finance My Creative Business?

Pricing, costs and business plan: How do I finance my creative business?  Crafts Council Are you looking for advice on how to manage your finances? How to price your work? Looking for expertise on how to manage your cash flow finances or set up a budget? Looking for knowledge and support in seeking income for a project?  Why should you attend?  Find out about how to manage your finances for your creative practice  Find out about funding options for your business whether you are a start up or more established  Find out the top tips from experienced makers on costing

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week from 8 - 10 May 2018 in its third edition. Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents an eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. A special event on 10th May delves

Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing...

Training: Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing and social media, Crafts Council Do you have a showcase, an open studio event or an exhibition coming up? Are you applying to grant organisations? To selected programmes or exhibitions? Do you wish to be successful in your showcases or applications? This workshop will offer a visual insight into how makers and designers can present themselves online and how to generate interest and income to their practice. Why it’s worth attending? Advice on understanding how to promote your unique offer Tips on developing a brand through your vision

Knights Wood Housing Development

The Dandara Group, working with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are seeking proposals from artists and designers to create a statement sculptural work to be located in the Village Square of Knights Wood, a new housing development in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Public Art Commission The highly original sculptural work set primarily into a pre-defined space at the end of a triangular water feature will help to provide Knights Wood with a distinct identity by responding to the site’s character and the communities that live there. The commissioning panel are flexible to the wide range of creative approaches this commission can take.

Make Your Futures - Makers Call

Call for Makers: Make Your Future The Crafts Council is looking for craft makers to plan and deliver workshops for our flagship craft education programme,  Make Your Future . Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that connects traditional craft with digital technologies. The project brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and shine a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge between science, technology, and creative subjects.  In the project's first year: Birmingham schools have worked with Birmingham City University's World Class School of Jewellery to explore techniques

Call for Applications: Real To Reel - The Craft Film Festival May 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, giving a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process in the broadest sense. It will take place on the evenings of 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2017 at Picturehouse Central, London. We are interested in all genres: documentaries, story-led films and animation that capture skill in action, unveil hidden processes and invite us to look again at materials and those who shape them. We are eager

IJL launches #withyou campaign

International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced a new marketing campaign - #withyou – inspired by its industry leading initiatives and designed to showcase its continuing commitment to the UK and international jewellery sector. The #withyou campaign will build on IJL’s experience as the UK’s premier jewellery industry event, focusing on the many ways that the show supports emerging design talents, established brands and industry-wide awards and events. These include IJL’s Gem Empathy Award in partnership with Gem-A and its sponsorship of both the Goldsmith’s Craft & Design Council Awards and the UK Jewellery Awards. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, explained, 

Troll Bridge Commission

Troll Bridge Public Art Commission The Council is calling for artists to submit applications to design and sculpt a replacement troll for the Riverside Walk Troll Bridge in Andover. Now nearly 20 years old, the current troll is rotting and wearing away. The commission asks artists to engage with the community to gather inspiration from local people by hosting workshops at a local school and at one of the Four Fun Friday events in August. Applications are invited from artists who are experienced in creating small scale artworks for the public realm, ideally working with carved oak or similar appropriate material.

Call for Applications: Collect Open

Exhibit at Collect Open Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, presented by the Crafts Council, is returning to the Saatchi Gallery from 22 to 25 February 2018. Collect Open offers a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside international galleries showing the very best contemporary craft from around the world. It has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011 and encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design. This is a unique opportunity to present the unexpected to an influential and high-profile audience. Applications from Individuals & Collectives We are interested in receiving

Philip Kydd Apprentice wins Gold at Jewellery Oscars

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

Craft Emergency 2016: Makers Announced

Craft Emergency have selected eleven makers for Craft Emergency 2016, a biennial open submission group exhibition featuring recent work in diverse media. The main aim of the competition is to champion contemporary craft by emerging makers from across the UK and beyond, increasing exposure for their work, and encouraging further professional development opportunities. Earlier this year the gallery launched an international open-call in association with Making Space, Havant. Eleven makers were selected for inclusion in the show by a panel of judges including: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, letter-carver

A Mining Statue - Doncaster

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council seeks to commission an experienced artist to design and implement a high quality figurative statue, cast in bronze. We are looking to establish a work of local, regional and national significance, of the highest artistic standards and quality, in the heart of the Town Centre to commemorate and celebrate Doncaster’s mining heritage. Aims and Objectives This project seeks to achieve the following objectives: The work must be both in keeping with the requirements of an ambitious and forward looking town, and a fitting tribute to Doncaster’s rich industrial heritage. Significant engagement and consultation with mining communities

Public Art Commission: Western Expansion Area - Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council and Gallagher Estates are looking to appoint an artist/creative practice to develop a proposal for a significant public realm commission, which explores and celebrates the heritage and future of the Western Expansion Area (WEA) – the largest development site in Milton Keynes. We are looking for an artist/creative practice with an excellent track record of working within the public realm and whose practice is directly engaged with place making. It is envisaged that the commission will address two intrinsically linked strands of place making which include: ‘way finding’ - the scheme should encourage an exploration and navigation

Freelance Artist / Craftsperson (Wire & Beading)

Freelance Artist / Craftsperson (Wire & Beading) Arts Development Lichfield District Council Artist/Craft person (beading & wire) required to run an art activity at a one day family festival in Burntwood on 1st July 2017. The artist is to work with members of the public to help them create small, intricate and quality art pieces for them to take away. Please send examples of work, evidence of DBS and public liability insurance. Fee Artist fee £200 materials £50. Application Deadline 1st June 2017 Contact Celia Houghton celia.houghton@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2017

The finest setting for your finished jewellery is the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 2-6 March 2017. Renowned for three decades, the Jewellery Show provides a dazzling showcase for all sectors of the finished jewellery market, from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to trendy, youthful collections.  Dates: 2 - 6 March 2017 Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong hktdc.com

Collect 2017, The Saatchi Gallery - London

Now in its 13th edition, Collect returns to the stunning setting of the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Kings Road from 2 – 6 February 2017. During an extended run of five days, the Crafts Council presents an unrivalled opportunity to see and buy contemporary museum-quality ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles from established and emerging artists and makers represented by over 30 of the world’s finest galleries. In this inspiring environment visitors can indulge both their passion for collecting and their interest in design and interiors. The Collect experience for 2017 also includes: Curated Craft: An exhibition highlighting the rich

ReRooted and Nourish 2017

Artistic Commission - ReRooted and Nourish 2017, Yorkshire & Humber Visual arts Network (YVAN) Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network wishes to commission an artist to create a work in response to the live and media arts festival ReROOTed taking place at the Humber Street Gallery, Hull, from 24-26 March, then present the work at YVAN’s Nourish 2017 regional conversation in Autumn this year. YVAN aims to provide a voice for the region’s Visual Arts sector.  It is funded by Arts Council England and is a regional partner of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network. About Nourish 2017 Nourish 2017

Artists Commissions: To Make New Work In Extraordinary Places, National Trust

Following a successful application to Arts Council England, through Trust New Art, three opportunities for artists to work with National Trust have opened up in the Midlands.  Exploring ideas of global upheaval, science, religion and gender identity, they offer research and development time to new work with resources of staff and archives.  Open to all artists working in contemporary arts, who have been practicing for three years. Coming to an Open Day or independent visits are encouraged, please contact names  below. Fees Artists fees  from £5K- £20K. Application Deadlines Deadlines November and December. Some Open Days have taken place, but

Weston Beamor’s Katy Tromans Exhibition Feature

Katy Tromans, a 3D Print and CAD Technician at Weston Beamor, is a woman of many talents. In addition to her work at Weston Beamor, Katy is a prize-winning silversmith recently awarded a Gold Medal for her CAD presentation in the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. Katy is also Artist in Residence at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, where she trained. Her latest work will shortly go on display in the ‘One Year On’ alumni exhibition being staged by BCU at its Park Side Gallery from Monday 12th of June to Friday the 30th of

Xifu Announce Judging Panel for International Jewellery Design Competition

The  Xifu  International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 has announced its prestigious panel of judges, comprising distinguished luminaries in the fields of design, jewellery and the arts. Organised by   JNA   and   CJNA   of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People's Government of  Yantian  District,   Shenzhen, the biennial competition aims to usher in a new era in gold wedding jewellery by encouraging designers from around the world to reflect wedding traditions and customs through fresh and creative designs.   The independent judging panel of the competition's inaugural edition consists of highly respected, esteemed

Winchester Creative Enterprise Centre Moves Forward

The planning applications have now been submitted for a new Creative Enterprise Centre project in Winchester. The centre proposed, by Winchester City Council, will see the refurbishment of the ‘Goods Shed’ on Barfield Close to house a variety of visual artists and other, office-based creative businesses such as design and architecture practices. A new, warehouse-style building is also being considered as part of the proposal to accommodate performing arts organisations needing to rehearse, create new work or run workshops. The ambition is to provide advice and support to those organisations and individuals taking space in the Creative Enterprise Centre to

Flourish Conference

Flourish: A Two Day Conference To Ignite Your Creative Business Ambitions The Talent Development team at Crafts Council brings you leading industry experts so you can share, debate and network; providing you with a vital set of action points and links that will cultivate and shape your creative practice. The event will ignite your creative ambitions by bringing together leading industry experts to help you start, build and sustain a successful business.  Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to how you create a strong brand identity and build resilience into your business. The keynote address

'Jewellery Oscars' Announced: Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Design Awards 2017

The presentation of the annual awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design took place at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 27 February 2017.    This important annual Awards Ceremony - known in the trade as the Jewellery Oscars - was hosted by international jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy, and welcomed over 300 guests, including world renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition, actively encourages craftsmen and

Ruth Hollywood launches new lines at London Design Festival

Ruth Hollywood makes jewellery inspired by natural geometry. Synthesising 100% recycled silver and colourful hand-mixed resin, her work moves over the boundaries between science, nature and art. Ruth has received awards for Excellence in Design from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and was selected for the Crafts Council UK Hothouse programme in 2015. Her jewellery is stocked in a variety of shops and galleries across the world. She exhibits at trade shows regularly, and her work has been shown in London, Munich, Montreal and Sydney. The perfect microscopic patterns of atoms and crystals have found their way into Ruth’s newest

Sima Vaziry Jewellery to open first shop at the OXO Tower

Sima Vaziry Jewellery & Katherine Elizabeth Millinery have come together and made the decision to open a boutique studio and shop in order to showcase their award winning creations. The attractive high end items on display will appeal to a wide audience who appreciate exquisite design and craftsmanship. Their strengths are that they have already been in business for many years and have successfully achieved a large client base and following. They are well known in the industry and have already showed their collections in high end venues such as Cliveden House, the Berkley, The British Museum and Fortnum and

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair 2017

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair A brand-new home and gift fair for London, Giftag will offer the discerning retail buyer the opportunity to source products and services that are vetted by the organisers as being designed or manufactured in the UK or Ireland. The organisers have been responsible for the development and management of The British Craft Trade Fair for over 25 years and their experience in this sector of the gift industry is second to none. They will be using their knowledge and experience to ensure the success of Giftag. Buyers who visit the fair

Holts Academy of Jewellery Under New Management

Holts Academy of Jewellery has announced that it is now under new leadership, and has been undergoing strategic change over the last year. The change in ownership for the educational establishment means a new era and with this a new name. Holts Academy of Jewellry announced with this that ss of the 25 January it will be known as will be known as the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ). The BAJ have further announced the intention to retain its traditional values and dedication to teaching excellence, which it developed as it evolved as an education provider. A spokesman for the

News Edit: 1st March 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Washed-up plastics made into jewellery for York Fashion Week show York Press: Plastics from a Scottish beach will make it on to the catwalk in York Fashion Week thanks to local designer Kat Hick. yorkpress.co.uk How to Succeed: Élise Gonnet-Pon, Managing Director of L’École Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts Life Style Asia: Élise Gonnet-Pon, the boss lady of L’École Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts, shares her tips on building a successful career and more. lifestyleasia.com Ana de Armas sparkles as a Bond girl in the Chopard Golden Hearts

News Edit: 26 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The best high jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Tatler: Paris's Couture Fashion Week isn't all about the decadent gowns, it's also the time prestigious jewellery designers present their dazzling high jewellery collections. Here is Tatler's Watch and Jewellery editor's selection of the finest pieces. tatler.com Cartier Unveils [Sur]naturel High Jewellery Collection Tatler: Cartier's new haute joaillerie collection taps into the limitless inspirational reserve of mother nature. The pieces, whilst embodying the spirit of nature, are highly stylised and exquisitely crafted

Q&A: Rosie Fortescue

BAFTA award winning reality TV personality, fashion blogger, style writer and jewellery designer  Rosie Fortescue answers the benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? RF: Rosie Fortescue, jewellery designer and fashion blogger. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? RF: I have been obsessed with jewellery for as long as I can remember so it seemed the natural progression of fulfilling my dream. How would you describe your work to someone who doesn’t know it? RF: I design affordable luxury jewellery from women of all ages. What is your creative process? RF: I write down

News Edit 6 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Can the Man Who Made Coach Remake Tiffany? Business of Fashion: Designer Reed Krakoff’s first collection for the storied jewellery retailer is also its biggest launch in a decade. www.businessoffashion.com   A jewellery designer tells us how statement earrings can help our selfie game T2 Online:  This season, high-fashion earrings are making a strong comeback as young fashionistas can't stop flaunting them in selfies. t2online.com   In My Jewellery Box: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos The Telegraph: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos was raised in Bangladesh and studied English Literature and political science in Massachusetts.

Marks & Spencer Combat Customer Allergy Concerns

This summer, Marks & Spencer (M&S) will become the first high street retailer to set a new standard in hypoallergenic jewellery – as it launches Skin Kind™.  From May every item in M&S’s fashion jewellery range will meet its new Skin Kind™ standards, so that even customers with the most sensitive skin can wear stylish accessories with confidence.  The project began last year when M&S discovered that more than one in four [28%] of customers didn’t wear fashion jewellery because they were concerned about potential allergic reactions. To help address these concerns, M&S partnered with Birmingham based, world leading precious

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen School of Art www.colegsirgar.ac.uk Central Saint Martins www.arts.ac.uk/csm Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh www.eca.ed.ac.uk Glasgow School of Art www.gsa.ac.uk Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen www.rgu.ac.uk Hereford College of Arts www.hca.ac.uk Kensington and Chelsea College www.kcc.ac.uk London College of Fashion www.arts.ac.uk/fashion Middlesex University www.mdx.ac.uk National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie Plymouth College of Art www.plymouthart.ac.uk School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University www.bcu.ac.uk/jewellery Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk Staffordshire University www.staffs.ac.uk Turo and

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen School of Art www.colegsirgar.ac.uk Central Saint Martins www.arts.ac.uk/csm Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh www.eca.ed.ac.uk Glasgow School of Art www.gsa.ac.uk Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen www.rgu.ac.uk Hereford College of Arts www.hca.ac.uk Kensington and Chelsea College www.kcc.ac.uk London College of Fashion www.arts.ac.uk/fashion Middlesex University www.mdx.ac.uk National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie Plymouth College of Art www.plymouthart.ac.uk School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University www.bcu.ac.uk/jewellery Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk Staffordshire University www.staffs.ac.uk Turo and

Collect 2021 Talks Programme

Collect 2021 Talks Programme, Crafts Council Collect takes place  online   26 February - 2 March 2021 Collect 2021 Talks Programme In association with  Crafts  magazine We're delighted to announce the Collect 2021 Talks Programme taking place 26 Feb - 2 March with leading figures across art, interiors and culture. Carry on reading to discover the full schedule below and book your place now before they're gone: Breaking the Boundaries of Craft: LOEWE FOUNDATION Friday 26 February 12 noon (GMT) An international panel of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists - ceramist Takeshi Yasuda, textile artist Yeonsoon Chang, glass maker Harry Morgan and jeweller Patricia Domingues - are brought

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

News Edit: 17 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Old-cut diamonds and fantastical gems: TEFAF Maastricht's unmissable jewels The Telegraph: It may be a royal pain to get to, but TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is worth the trip. www.telegraph.co.uk Steeple Bumpstead goldsmith with Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins industry 'Oscar' HaverHill Echo: A jeweller from Steeple Bumpstead has won a gold award in The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2019, the industry’s ‘Jewellery Oscars'. www.haverhillecho.co.uk Kate Middleton has a collection of earrings from just one designer worth £47k Express: Kate Middleton, 37,

News Edit: 23 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Designer Flora Bhattachary Shares Her Thoughts On The Jewellery Industry Asia Tatler: The British designer sheds some light on her influences and thoughts on the jewellery industry. asiatatler.com Lacock jeweller takes on All That Glitters TV challenges Wiltshire Times: A Lacock jeweller has taken on intricate challenges from the BBC series All that Glitters. www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk Gobbins Crafts Jewellery Studio becomes 11th NI Tourism Business to be granted Économusée Status News letter: Gobbin’s Crafts, a jewellery studio in Islandmagee is the 11th business in Northern Ireland to be granted

David Poston, The Lateral Maker @ The Scottish Gallery

David Poston: The Lateral Maker Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 4 January - 1 February 2020 The Gallery presents a showcase of jewellery from David Poston, covering different aspects of his creative career including his signature work in stainless steel and forged titanium. Born to British parents in Moscow, Russia in 1948, David was educated in the United Kingdom and graduated from the jewellery design course at Hornsey College of Art. He worked as an artist-jeweller using mainly non-precious metals and other materials from 1970 until 1984. In 1985 David chose to change course by studying for a PhD in Engineering focused on the

The Business of Jewellery with Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates Talk, Sarabande Foundation

The Business of Jewellery with Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates Sarabande Foundation, London 12 November 2019 Running a business can be hard, and finding the information you need can be even harder. For our Jewellery series we welcome Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates to explore the business of jewellery, with a crucial focus in managing a small business, production and how to scale production. With over 20 years of experience within the business of jewellery, and seeking out the best amongst emerging British and international jewellery brands, Jos Skeates of boutique store ECOne Jewellery has developed an excellent view of

Artist Jeweller John Moore named IJL Jeweller of the Fair 2019

International Jewellery London Celebrates the Best of British with Jeweller of the Fair International Jewellery London have announced a new, exciting trade accolade with the introduction of The Jeweller of the Fair. This year’s honour, which was created to shine a light on the UK’s best and brightest talent, will go to Artist Jeweller John Moore. John Moore, winner of two IJL-supported Goldsmith Company Gold Awards (2016 and 2019), was selected because the complexity and engineering dexterity of his creative jewellery couture. John is universally acknowledged as a highly skilled artisan and visitors to IJL will get the opportunity to 

NAJ create 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' for industry

The Nationl Association of Jewellers have creates a set of special webpages, a 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' blog intended to share information, opinion and intelligence for the Jewellery Industry leading up to the UK leaving the EU, and afterwards as the Jewellery community acclimatises to post-Brexit Britain. Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, which remains unclear despite today’s positive noises from the Prime Minister meeting with EU Negotiators. The guidance notes  covering key topics such as Intellectual property,

Call for Applications: Brands of Tomorrow 2021

Call for Applications: Brands of Tomorrow 2021 Brands of Tomorrow helps aspiring British luxury companies of the future to fulfil their potential, through a year of mentoring, workshops and networking. Over the past 13 years Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow programme has helped develop and nurture over 120 emerging luxury brands, and has proudly seen them become leaders in their respective fields. Many of those that have participated have not only grown significantly, but also found international success – Orlebar Brown, Bremont, Nyetimber, Emilia Wickstead, Miller Harris, Astley Clarke, amongst others. During the programme the selected brands attend a series of

Q&A: Dan Dower

Dan Dower is the Co-Founder and Design Director at Dower & Hall, the company he established in 1990 with wife Diane Hall. The well known independent British jewellery brand has two standalone stores in London and Glasgow, has concessions in top UK department stores and are stocked up and down the country by over 100 independent retail outlets. Dan heads up the design and bespoke element of the Dower and Hall business. A graduate of Middlesex University's Jewellery Degree course, he is a  member of the National Association of Jewellers, a Freeman of the Goldsmith Company and City of London, and

London Craft Week 2020

London Craft Week 2020 30 September - 9 October 2020 London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity. This year the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. Authenticity is at the heart of London Craft Week and the programme aims to attract a broad audience united in their appreciation of imagination, individuality, passion and skill. A curated programme of events across London allows visitors to create their own itinerary, meet the makers and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops. London Craft Week reflects a global trend,

Traditional Online Enamelling Courses

Traditional Online Enamelling Courses Naomi Nevill is announcing the release of her highly anticipated online enamelling masterclasses. The traditional enamelling and champlevé courses are highly detailed, helping both beginners and more experienced enamellers to achieve consistent and beautiful results. Thanks to a scholarship awarded by QEST, an organisation that supports excellence in British craftsmanship through scholarship and apprenticeship funding, Naomi became protege of master enameller and engraver Phil Barnes, along with having one-on-one training in Cloisonné wiring with Fred Rich. Through learning engraving for enamel and champleve, she gained insights into these traditional techniques and has been working to master

Q&A: Vivien Johnston

Vivien Johnston is the original ethical jewellery pioneer. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, she had quickly developed a career as a commercial Jewellery Designer, reaching the position of Head Designer in the early noughties where she was placed in charge of sourcing. This led to Johnston founding the first British ethical jewellery brand, Fifi Bijoux, in 2006. Since then she has established herself as a leading light in the field of responsible sourcing of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones – an Ethical Supply Chain Specialist, who has consulted on a national and international basis for a variety of jewellery

Toye Kenning & Spencer secure £1M funding

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners, has provided Toye Kenning & Spencer Limited, the oldest continuously operating company in Birmingham, with a £1 million loan to invest in equipment, improve facilities and support growth of the business. Established in 1685, Toye manufactures a range of medals, regalia, bespoke jewellery, badges, including coloured ribbons, braids and laces, used in the production of ceremonial uniforms and gowns. The firm has held a Royal Warrant to the British Royal Family without interruption since the reign of Queen Victoria to the current monarch Queen Elizabeth the II. Toye

News Edit:15 August 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Black designers gain impetus in year of reckoning FT: Despite greater opportunities and strong networks, funding is among challenges that remain. www . ft . com Shaun Leane: All That Glitters proves TV gold for the industry FT: The jeweller and judge on the British talent show says its educational impact has been huge www . ft . com My Favourite Pieces: Contemporary crafts with the power to surprise FT: Consultant and collector Helen Drutt is most impressed by jewellery that stops her in her tracks www .

Affordable elegance: Sustainable jeweller Lebrusan Studio unveils new collection of ethical cluster engagement rings

This month, leading ethical jewellery brand  Lebrusan Studio  lifts the lid on its new Daisy collection of delicate cluster engagement rings. Inspired by the iconic Edwardian daisy ring, these timeless pieces are designed to be lightweight and affordable. Cast in the customer’s choice of 100% recycled platinum or 18ct gold, each ring will be encrusted with traceable and conflict-free Canadian diamonds. Set and painstakingly hand-engraved in London’s Hatton Garden, each finished piece will tell a quaint story of enduring design and traditional British craftsmanship. “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail,” says the brand’s award-winning

Boodles unveil ´Ribbons` icon collection

The British fine jewellery brand, Boodles, is excited to unveil ´Ribbons`; a new ´icon collection`. ‘ I had the idea for Ribbons in Japan ,’ says Boodles Head of Design Rebecca Hawkins. ‘ I was buying a gift for a friend, and was spellbound by the way the sales assistant wrapped it. The precision and care were remarkable. Back at my hotel, I passed a wedding group. The bride wore a stunning kimono — and I noticed the silk obi belt, tied in a bow at her back’ . In some cultures, the presentation of a gift is taken to

Start Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries The British Library’s Business & IP Centre offers free support for start-up businesses through its Start-ups in London Libraries programme, which is now fully available online. Join the full and half-day workshops to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business, and book for a virtual one-to-one for bespoke support designed to get your start-up journey off to the best start. Our  Start-ups in London Libraries workshops  are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our  Eventbrite page

Goldsmiths’ Company announces new acquisitions for 2020/2021

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced its latest acquisitions from the last year for its Collection, which comprises works of art of world class importance. The acquisitions reinforce the Company’s support for contemporary makers through commissions and purchases, in what has been a challenging year for British craftspeople. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company says that  the report of acquisitions  reveals extraordinary examples of work made for the Collection.  “Our commissions, and purchases recognise and celebrate the quality and handmaking skills of our craft. All the pieces contribute to our wider understanding of contemporary jewellery and silver. They tell

Design in Silver Award 2021

Call for Applications: Design in Silver Award 2021 Contemporary British Silversmiths have been fortunate enough to offer an annual ‘Design in Silver Award’ to silversmithing graduates for many years.  This is thanks to a very generous and long standing patron who is keen to support graduates on their journey of progressing their career in contemporary silversmithing. The prize comprises up to £1,000 which is to be spent on a specialist course offered by one of our senior members and three years free graduate membership.  The money can be used towards the course, materials, travel and accommodation as required.  Previous winners

News Edit: 4 July 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Garden of Eden necklace expected to fetch up to £10,000 at auction Evening Standard: Commissioned by the daughter of a famous cabaret artist, the elaborate pendant shows the Biblical scene complete with the serpent. www.standard.co.uk David Morris combines antique inspiration with cutting-edge craftsmanship in jawdropping jewellery The Telegraph: The British house's latest high jewellery range is a staggering feat of contemporary goldsmithing expertise, inspired by antique lace. www.telegraph.co.uk Bulgari’s new high jewellery pays tribute to Milan Wallpaper: Bulgari unveils a new high jewellery and watches collection, Magnifica, as

QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

Q&A: Alan Craxford

Alan Craxford is an esteemed master craftsman, probably best known for his painstaking and meticulous hand crafted work with hand engraving and the creation of one of a kind jewellery and silver pieces. His career spans some 40 years in the Craft, having held positions, other than his work as a practitioner, at Sir John Cass as Senior Lecturer, and as a founding member and former Chair of the Hand Engravers Association, and well as being a member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths. Using form, colour and surface texture in precious materials, as a metal artist he creates bespoke pieces

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair @ Chelsea 2020

Desire at Chelsea 2020 Chelsea Old Town Hall, London 28 February - 1 March 2020 This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.  Exhibitors

Fei Liu Secures Six Figure Orders at JCK Las Vegas

On their second showing, British brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery reports a hugely successful JCK Las Vegas show. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery returned to Las Vegas, after their debut in 2016. This year, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery showcased their fine jewellery portfolio of jewellery to the US market, which proved lucrative. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery recorded sales totalling six figures. One of the sales included Fei Liu’s masterpiece, the Gothic Rubellite Set, which was sold to a private collector.   Fei Liu says, “The market is soft but there is a shift. People are looking to invest in jewellery with value

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

Stephen Einhorn Makes Bespoke Jewellery for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Worn by Elle Fanning’s Character Princess Aurora

British jewellery designer, Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery designs for Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil film . The beautifully handcrafted pieces include an engagement ring worn by Elle Fanning’s character Princess Aurora and vine wedding rings made for characters Princess Aurora and and Prince Phillip, played by Harris Dickinson. Stephen says: “For Aurora’s engagement ring the brief from the film’s property master was that the design should look like an antique engagement ring and reference the 16th century ‘quatrefoil' method of stone setting. The stone we wanted for the ring needed to be a pyramid shape. We had several types

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 23 September – 6 October 2019 Goldsmiths’ Hall, London Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal

This Autumn Yields Beautiful Garland Jewellery By Fiona McAlear

Fiona McAlear’s obsession with flowers as adornments - from Ceasaresque wreaths to the wild floral hair arrangements of the flower-children of the 1960’s - is apparent throughout her body of work, with previous collections named Ivy, Garland and Forget-Me-Not. Her newest release ‘Pomona’, the first mini-series within the wider ‘BLOOM’ collection, is no exception.  Dwelling in British Columbia, Canada over the past two years cemented McAlear’s affection for the beauty in nature. The timely collection Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Orchards, fruits and Gardens, and is particularly associated with the Autumn harvest. McAlear acknowledges that the collection was named for

Casting Call - Bling

Casting Call: Bling - A New Jewellery Show Twofour , an award winning television production company based in the South West, are in production of a brand new presenter-led TV series Bling! and are looking for people who would like to take part and visit our one-stop jewellery shop; a place where you can not only buy and sell your items, but also get new pieces made and old treasures fixed. British high street jewellers come in all shapes and sizes, as do their customers, from the nervous young man looking for the perfect engagement ring to someone who has inherited

Jocelyn Burton 1946 - 2020

Sara Jocelyn Margarita Elissa Burton (10 January 1946 - 5 April 2020) was an award-winning British silver and goldsmith. Burton was the first woman to receive the City and Guilds of London Institute top award, the Prince Philip Medal. Jocelyn Burton, 74: Effervescent silversmith and a first freewoman The Times: When in 1974 Jocelyn Burton became the first female freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths the certificate that she was handed had to have the words “son of” Roland Burton crossed out in ink, to be replaced with “daughter of”. A determined figure, Jocelyn spent a large part 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

Q&A: Stephen Bottomley

Stephen Bottomley is a Jewellery Designer, Academic and Researcher and  will take up position as the new Head of School at the School of Jewellery Birmingham this Spring. Formerly he was the Head of Department and Programme Director of BA & MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. Up until recently he was also Director Post Graduate Research in the School of Design, the Chair of RAFT an Interdisciplinary Network at ECA and on the Board of Craft Scotland. Stephen's jewellery is represented in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal

William & Son Limited cease trading

William & Son the Mayfair based luxury goods maker and retailer have gone into administration. The doors remain closed on the Bruton Street, London address with RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP appointed as Joint Administrators on 10 July 2020. Holder of the Royal Warrant, the retailer dealt with jewellery, watches, silverware, sporting guns, sporting accessories and other luxury gifts including, assorted leather items, games, handbags, briefcases, albums and books. Founded in 1999 by William Asprey, a seventh-generation member of the Asprey family, William and Son was a brand dedicated to using the highest quality British craftsmanship and materials, which led it

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications Next application round is open 14 July - 24 August 2020 The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills, from farriery and cheese maturing to jewellery design, silversmithing and sculpture.   QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations   6 November 2019 The Goldsmiths' Centre, London Broadening your circle of contacts and networking is crucial to developing your profile and practice, but it can be a daunting process. Start today and join us as we bring together practitioners from across the industry, including blacksmiths and silversmiths, to launch Birmingham City University’s new e-book Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. The evening will feature introductions to the topic by industry professionals, Rebecca de Quin and Lucy Quinnell, helping you to understand how they pushed beyond their comfort zone and forged their

Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery for Disney & Tim Burton’s Dumbo film

British fine jewellery designer, Stephen Einhorn makes bespoke jewellery designs for Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo film. The beautifully handcrafted pieces are a key pendant necklace worn by Nico Parker’s character Milly Farrier and a face fob and handmade chain worn by Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici. To celebrate the release of Dumbo, Stephen Einhorn have made a short film about the making-of the designs, as well as the stories behind some of the pieces they have created for other Hollywood blockbusters, including Snow White & The Huntsman, Dark Shadows, Maleficent and Cinderella. Show-stopping jewellery worn by Johnny Depp, Charlize [youtube

An ode to Sophie Harley's new characterful collections

The first time I saw a piece of Sophie Harley jewellery in person, I was captivated. The award-winning, British designer creates the kind of jewellery most of us dreamt of as young girls.  The kind of jewellery that once adorned our Barbie doll’s necks, formed stiffly from bulky plastic, heavily featuring swirls and love hearts, now cast into precious metals and set with sharply cut, radiant gemstones. Analise necklace and Venitian Wing & Amethyst Heart Drop earrings from the Brilliana Collection The Sophie Harley brand is striking; it remains true to itself whilst other brands may opt to lean towards

Appointment: Pandora picks Alexander Lacik as new CEO

Denmark’s jeweller Pandora has named Alexander Lacik as its new Chief Executive, who will oversee a plan to help the firm regain its competitive edge in a weak retail market. Lacik, 54, joins Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery maker by production capacity, from British childcare products maker Britax.  Pandora announced on the 14 February 2019: The Board of Directors of Pandora has today appointed Alexander Lacik as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lacik’s strong track-record as a consumer marketer and brand architect will help drive the execution of Programme NOW and assert Pandora’s position as the world’s largest jewellery

Henryka marks World Oceans Day with new sea life designs

The campaign to protect the oceans from plastics and other garbage is gaining momentum and British jewellery maker Henryka has signed up with a commitment to reducing waste and by extending its sea themed range to draw attention to World Oceans Day on June 8th. Blue Planet II, the hit BBC TV series that delivered a clear and shocking message about the scale of the  plastics problem and the harm it was doing to the ocean's ecological systems, has triggered a flurry of interest in all things related to saving the oceans, including jewellery featuring designs of sea animals under

Henryka’s ride on the Sausage Dog wave

A new museum devoted to all things sausage dog, a new world record for the largest number of sausage dogs in one place and now a unique sausage dog jewellery collection, which like the dog itself is both feisty and cute. British jewellery house Henryk, well known for their animal designs, have launched a range of four elegant Dachshund pendants and necklaces, riding on the back of a wiener craze that is currently  sweeping the world. All pieces are made from sterling silver and decorated mainly with amber so we have a sausage silver body and amber ears, a sausage

Branded Jewellery Sales to Soar by 2020

A recently published report by consultant firm Mckinsey has forecast annual global sales growth in branded jewellery of between 5% to 6% each year by 2020 to take sales from approximately £132 billion to £223 billion globally. The report states that consumer appetite for jewellery now appears more voracious than ever. which led British marketplace, OnBuy.com to analyse the report further; to draw out the information industry insiders need to know and to share advice among Artisan designers who may need to keep pace. The report entitled A Multifaceted Future: The Jewellery Industry in 2020 states its findings that branded items already account

Appointment: Michael Prideaux elected as Prime Warden for 2018-19

Each year, four Assistants at the Goldsmiths' Company are elected to become Wardens, who meet regularly and act as the Company's executive committee. The senior warden is known as the Prime Warden and serves for a year, changing over in May. Michael Prideaux has been elected as Prime Warden for 2018-19. Michael spent much of his executive career at British American Tobacco, where he was a member of the Management Board and responsible for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs from 1998 - 2012.  He joined B.A.T.  Industries, then a diversified conglomerate spanning tobacco, financial services, retailing and paper and pulp in

Jessica Brown Findlay glitters in De Beers at The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film premiere

Jessica Brown Findlay glitters in De Beers at The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film premiere British actress, Jessica Brown Findlay, of Downton Abbey fame, chose to wear De Beers at the world premiere of the new film Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society World Premiere this week. The jewellery on show consisted of London By De Beers Thames Path Earrings, featuring white diamonds, set in white gold, main diamond: 2.21 carats, total weight: 7.52 carats. De Beers Phenomena Stream Ring, featuring white diamonds, set in white gold, total weight: 2.28 carats. De Beers Diamond Solitaire Ring

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part II

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal one-off pieces

£8000 Silver commission to mark the end of the Great War

Birmingham based British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) receive the commemorative ‘Silence Fell’ silverware to mark the end of the Great War. Last year the BATF board decided to commission a special piece to join its boardroom silver collection of over 50 items and tasked one of its member associations, The National Association of Jewellers, to help find a fitting item.  A national competition was held to design and make a piece of silverware to commemorate the end of the First World War, taking that ceasefire as inspiration. At the beginning of the year Claire Malet was announced as the designer

Make Your Mark Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Now in its third year, the Make Your Mark award ceremony, organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, was held on Tuesday as part of the wider Make Your Mark event. The event, and the competition, were designed to celebrate and promote the British Hallmark.  As the event is largely geared towards newcomers to the trade, the competition has two entrance categories, one for industry members who completed their training within the last 5 years, and one to accommodate those who are a little earlier in their careers, for students and apprentices.    Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the

Sarah Straussberg creates 4th Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ Trophy

For the fourth consecutive year, London-based sculptor turned jewellery designer Sarah Straussberg has created the trophy for winner of the Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ award. Her commission was landed after the 2018 trophy went to Edward Burtynsky whose work focuses on the damage man has caused the earth through industry and mining. The Canadian photographer uses cutting edge technology to create large scale photographs - often two metres wide - depicting areas of human intervention such as his aerial picture of the open pit copper mine at Logan Lake, British Columbia. As she has done previously, Straussberg immersed herself

Turquoise Mountain Announce New Collaboration with Sima Vaziry

Turquoise Mountain was established in 2006 at the behest of HRH the Prince of Wales and they now work in Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Middle East. Turquoise Mountain, a British not-for-profit organization, aims to support traditional Afghan craft by connecting artisan businesses with designers and retailers across the globe. This latest collaboration unites Sima Vaziry, an award-winning jewellery designer and maker based in London, with Afghan jewellery businesses based in Kabul. Afghanistan’s population is made up of several ethnic groups or tribes. Despite these tribes collectively residing in the region for hundreds of years they each have their own distinctive

Alexander Wood's jewellery skills earn top ten in the world place

Young British jewellery maker Alexander Wood left Abu Dhabi with a champions medal after earning a coveted top 10 place at the 44th WorldSkills Competition recently. Alexander, a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme and currently earning his spurs with Ian Read Diamond Setters in Kent,  received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the Jewellery skills category.  His achievement was the result of three years worth of training,  honing his silversmithing, polishing, micro-setting and enamelling skills though he started his selection process for WorldSkills back in September 2015 when he became one of eight trainee

Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci

K Presents: Jewellery - Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci At K Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London 27 February 2019  |  18:00 - 20:00 Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives What is the purpose of jewellery? How does jewellery function in culture? This lecture/presentation explores the reasons for making decorative artifacts. It explains how it operates in the world of symbolic communication showing how jewellery has a fundamental role to play in culture and society. Anthropologist Max Carocci will discuss jewellery from an anthropological viewpoints through lavish images of jewellery and decoration form around the world.  British Museum-based anthropologists Max Carocci has been

Fei Liu’s IJL Sales Up 15% for 2018

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery’s new Magnolia collection proves a success as the brand sees a 15% increase in sales from IJL 2017. During the three-day event, the British brand opened new accounts and increased sales by 15%. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery launched their new silver ‘Magnolia’ collection, which continued the designer brand’s offering of luxury jewels at an accessible price. Magnolia proved a success – due to its three-times margin – with 95% of orders including the complete collection. The cost of the six-piece collection totals to an attractive £270+ VAT. The designs are adorned with the cat’s eye gemstone,

Varoshe to open showroom in Kent - from handcuffs to handmade!

The handcuffs are off at a former police office in West Malling in Kent as bespoke jewellers Varoshe prepare for the grand opening of their flagship store following more than a year of restoration and restyling. Award-wining team Paul T Owens and Clare Carlson, who between them have 50 years experience of designing and making jewellery, will roll out their brand new showroom on April 21st with their own custom made designs proudly exhibited and their on site workshop ready for new commissions. They will also stock items from various designers, both established and emerging, showcasing the best in British

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part I

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week One: 25 - 30 September 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from

John Moore wins the Prestigious Goldsmiths' Company Award for the Second Time in Three Years

For the second time in just three years, British jewellery artist John Moore receives the Goldsmiths’ Company Award.  The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards took place at the Goldsmiths ’ Hall in London on Monday 25 February 2019.  This important annual Awards Ceremony – known as the Jewellery Oscars – was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over three-hundred guests. Earlier in the evening John had already been awarded the IJL (International Jewellery London) Gold award for silver jewellery, for his Lacewing Verto Necklace, then at the end of the ceremony, Theo Fennell

World’s Most Expensive 18ct Gold Marmite Jar Unveiled

The world’s most expensive jar of Marmite has been unveiled, created for those who were born lovers of Britain’s most divisive yeast spread. The iconic British brand has created the one-off luxury item to honor its Marmite loving fans, following the recent research from one of the UK’s leading genetics labs, DNAFit. The study unveiled that Brits are genetically predisposed to loving or hating Marmite. Dipped in 18ct gold, the plated jar weighs in at a whopping 498g1 and is rumoured to be worth an eye watering £1,500 according to independent valuators, Boningtons Auctioneers. Engraved to replicate the style of [youtube

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium This Symposium is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. Speakers Speakers will include award winning British Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist, Greg Valerio MBE; jeweller Ute Decker; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; founder of the Precious Metals Workshop, Ian Nicholson; and Jane Barnett and Theodora Panayides of consultancy and social venture, Levin Sources.  Speakers will discuss the importance of implementing an ethical approach and how to face the challenges

Appointments: Simon Forrester appointed new NAJ CEO

Association Chief Executive Simon Forrester has been confirmed as the new CEO for the National Association of Jewellers. Simon is a successful trade association leader, with over 22 years’ experience in strategic-level association management. Extremely well regarded by his peers, Simon has previously won the award of Trade Association Chief Executive of the Year in 2016 and his most recent association, The British Pest Control Association, has received several awards and nominations under his leadership. He has a track record of delivering increased member benefits, training courses, governance reviews, best practice and a substantial code of conduct linked to purchaser

Present & Collect 2017

Present & Collect 2017 This November, Contemporary Applied Arts, home to works from Britain’s leading craftspeople, will launch Present & Collect, their annual seasonal selling exhibition. It will offer a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. This curated selection is imbued with skill, innovation and tradition. From the decorative to the functional and wearable, in a range of diverse materials from clay to precious gemstones, each handmade object is a one off. As the leading authority on high-end British craft, CAA is a trusted resource for collectors and first time buyers alike.

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith Goldsmiths' Hall, London This glittering exhibition features exquisite gold and silver items of superlative design and craftsmanship from a leading London-based silversmith and represents decades of international export success and national achievement. The Goldsmiths’ Company is proud to present Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith, an exhibition celebrating five decades of elegant modern design and excellent craftmanship fuelled by the extraordinary creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of silversmith Grant Macdonald. This major exhibition brings together stunning silver and gold objects designed by Macdonald to tell the inspiring story of the exceptional British craftsmanship and innovative design that

Fresh calls for vigilance after spike in high end smash and grab robberies

The recent spate of violent 'smash and grab' moped robberies on leading British jewellers will increase in the run up to Christmas, a leading security expert has warned and retailers are urged to contact police with reports of any suspicious activity. Robberies have taken place across the country with premium watches, primarily Rolex, targeted by gangs of youths. Most recently, six wielded machetes and hammers to force entry into Mappin & Webb in Regent Street in London and after smashing display cabinets, escaped on a single moped carrying a high value haul. Celebrity favourite Dinny Hall in Hampstead High Street,

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

*Final Call* Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market 2018

*Final Call* Call for Applications: Gifted 18 Contemporary Christmas Market Stallholders The National Centre for Craft & Design Come and be part of our special Contemporary Christmas Market weekend on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December. NCCD invites you to apply to take part in Gifted and welcomes applications from designer/makers of all disciplines of high quality British contemporary craft and design, and makers and suppliers of high quality specialist local food produce. The makers and food producers of Gifted are the reason our much loved event has grown over the years.  This year we are making a number of

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications

Call for Applications QEST Scholarship Applications The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since then the Charity has awarded over £3.5 million to 442

Blossoming Alyssum heralds 2018 buzz for Fei Liu Fine Jewellery

It was clear from the clamour around his stand at the IJL last September that Fei Liu was offering something special and the Christmas sales figures unveiled this week confirmed the newly-launched Alyssum Collection as one of his most popular to date. Just three months after Alyssum was launched by British brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery,  it became the brand's best seller for the Christmas period, which considering the depth and breadth of his many collections suggests the high levels of interest at the show were backed up by high levels of orders. It effectively doubled Fei Liu Fine Jewellery’s

Mayfair Jewellers celebrate RA250 with art collaboration

The Royal Academy of Art is celebrating its 250th Anniversary and to commemorate this, Susannah Lovis Jewellers and Liss Llewellyn are collaborating upon an exhibition of their respective floral collections.  This display, entitled ‘A Hanging Garden’, will showcase works by Modern British Artists alongside the Mayfair jewellers stunning collection of antique pieces. The exhibition will run from the 22nd June - 31st August 2018 and shall also work in parallel with Mathilde Nivet’s summer installation in the Burlington Arcade, based around the theme of an English garden. The art on display will range from formal arrangements in oil through to

New collaboration to preserve high end silversmithing skills

Endangered silversmith skills may have a brighter, stronger future after Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Goldsmiths’ Centre joined forces to create a programme to promote the sharing of more traditional skills that are fast fading in in modern day manufacturing.   First training collaboration for Goldsmith's Centre aimed at protecting silversmith The idea behind the collaboration is to preserve the more complex skills such as box making, raising, forging, chasing and hand engraving and according to Rauni Higson, who heads up the CBS Skills Training Programme subcommittee, the programme was 'developed by silversmiths for silversmiths.' “The CBS Skills Training Programme

Theo Fennell collaborates with Peter Harrington books

Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, has collaborated with its London neighbour, British jewellery designer Theo Fennell, to launch a new exhibition within the Theo Fennell gallery in Fulham Road, which is on until Thursday 12th July. The exhibition features rare Peter Harrington books from the 15th to 20th century including Goldfinger, The Secret Garden, The Arabian Nights, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and The Complete Pooh Series which have been paired with Theo Fennell related jewellery pieces, including The Colosseum Ring, The Henry V Brooch, The Oscar Wilde Ring, The Empty Quarter Ring and the Emerald City Ring.

Fire and Facets

Image credit- Left: Ami Pepper, Middle: Max Danger, Right: Shimell and Madden. Gill Wing Gallery presents​ Fire and Facets​, a pioneering collaboration of craftsmanship across the continents. The project has created new jewellery by leading contemporary British designers featuring opals from Australia’s famous Lightning Ridge. The exhibition takes place in Gill Wing’s beautiful gallery in Islington, the leading London destination for contemporary jewellery. Fire and Facets is guest-curated by renowned New York jewellery blogger A Thousand Facets and will reveal limited edition opal inspired fragrances specially composed by award winning perfumer Sarah McCartney, made in London at her indie perfume

Take a tour of London Craft Week 2018

Jewellery is expected to play a major part in drawing in the crowds at the upcoming London Craft Week which starts on Wednesday May 9th amid what is regarded as a golden age of creative talent in Britain. The week-long event promises endless opportunities to network and share innovative ideas for anyone involved in designing, making or simply buying and wearing contemporary British jewellery. Throughout the five days, events will be hosted across a series of iconic venues across London by some of industry's most revered brands, including the Goldsmith Company which has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason to

Get to know IJL's six winning Kickstarters for 2018

International Jewellery London have announced the six winning designers selected as the 2018 IJL KickStarters. This annual mentoring programme, now in its tenth year, offers the six the exciting opportunity to not only exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at IJL 2018 but also receive invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers. This initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent.  Sarah Kitley-Spencer, IJL Show Manager, comments: “Congratulations to all of our six KickStart designers. As ever, they show exceptional creative flair and their styles are very

Appointment: Anchorcert Appoints Steve Hamon as New Sales Director

AnchorCert Group, including Assay Office Birmingham, is pleased to confirm that it has appointed new Sales Director, Steve Hamon. Steve has more than 17 years’ experience as a senior sales and business development professional, including more than 4 years’ leading the UK and Eire Product Division for global testing laboratory Intertek and more than 5 years’ managing the BSI (British Standards Institution) Engineering, Testing and Kitemark divisions. Steve was officially appointed in December 2017 and has been working closely with the senior management and executive team to understand the complexities of the jewellery industry, as well as familiarise himself with

Dazzling debut for Leopard Awards

A new campaign aimed at preserving British jewellery making traditions and nurturing new talent got off to a glittering start this week with the launch of the Leopard Awards, organised in conjunction with the Princes Trust, at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London. The guest list was packed with London's most sparkling celebrities, four of whom were lucky enough to leave with a cut diamond after sponsors De Beers donated four cushion cut diamonds from their Forevermark Black Label Collection. The prizes were awarded to the guests who were fortunate to find a gold star in the chocolate log desserts! Among

Raw Pearls announce Pearl Academy, free and accessible training videos at your fingertips

According to a study by the British Pearl Association, only 20% of staff could explain the types of pearl, nor the factors affecting the value of the pearl. Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have created Pearl Academy to address staff training needs; enabling retail staff to be confident when imparting their knowledge and passion for the pearl.  As well as in-store training, Pearl Academy will be releasing a series of webinar style videos that are free and accessible to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of pearls. Part One has already been released; lasting just [youtube

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 - Part I

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Week One: 26 September – 1 October 2017 Week Two: 3 – 8 October 2017 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 - Part II

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Week One: 26 September – 1 October 2017 Week Two: 3 – 8 October 2017 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly

National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call 2018

Call for Applications: National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call 2018 For a second year running the National Trust launch the 2018 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. This is an opportunity for talented makers to develop a product range inspired by their special properties and places. The product range of the successful maker will be launched in up to 10 stores across the country, helping to support British craft and continue to grow the nation's love of National Trust properties. Applications will be shortlisted against the below criteria: Quality Concept Commercial potential What they are looking for: A maker with a high level of aesthetic vision

Bespoke Battersea-based jewellers launch 10th Anniversary Collection

British bespoke jeweller, W&W Jewellery is marking a decade in business with a new, one-of-a-kind collection inspired by this special milestone. Founded in 2008 by third-generation jewellers, Richard and Simon Warrender, W&W Jewellery is renowned for creating bespoke jewellery for clients who crave originality and distinctiveness. Combining their expertise with a penchant for the extraordinary, the brothers have created a business that offers a fusion of design and craftsmanship with a passion for truly personal jewellery, creating exquisite pieces for clients to enjoy for generations.  Specialists in converting a client’s vision, taste and style into a remarkable piece of jewellery, behind

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

Shannon O’Neill Designs 2018 Randox Health Grand National Trophy

The Grand National has been part of the British landscape since the 1830s and attracts world-leading jockeys with their eye on the glittering trophy. Designed by celebrated silversmith, Shannon O’Neill, this year’s trophy was conceived in her studio, a former stable, in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. Its subtle details perfectly tell the story of the greatest horse race in the world and the preventative healthcare innovations of the principal sponsor, Randox Health. This is the second year running that Shannon has been awarded this prestigious commission after Randox representatives saw her work on display at The Goldsmiths’

MidCentury Modern - Dulwich 2017

MidCentury Modern The main building at this show, Christison Hall, is named after McCollugh Christison, Secretary of the Alleyn Club from 1906 till 1967, and long time College and Estate Governor. The building was designed by architects Manfred Bresgens and Malcolm Pringle of Austin Vernon & Partners between 1965 & 69. It is a fine example of the uniquely British architectural Brutalism movement of the 1950s and 60s. No wonder so many architects and designers love this show. The main building at this show, Christison Hall, is named after McCollugh Christison, Secretary of the Alleyn Club from 1906 till 1967,

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2017

Desire Fair @ Winchester 2017 Desire has become firmly established as the “must visit” event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware.  The fairs present highly talented exhibitors who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  See and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.  Visitors to Desire have often commented on how they welcome the opportunity of discussing a purchase direct with the maker, and listening to what inspires them in

De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

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UK Pavilion - Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

Call for Applications: UK Pavilion Hong Kong International Jewellery Show British Jewellery & Giftware International in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers will once again be organising a group pavilion at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March 2018, with support from the Department for International Trade.  In 2017 this major international trade show featured approximately 2,580 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions presenting their products to some 52,000 visitors. Stand Size For 2018 the UK pavilion retains its enviable front of hall location in Hall 5G.   Standard booth sizes are 9sqm.     Show Dates 1-5

Jeremy France rolls out the red carpet for Fei Liu

On Friday 21st October, Jeremy France Jewellers welcomed British Jewellery Designer of the Year, Fei Liu, to showcase his entire collection of award winning designs - officially launching his recent addition to the family jeweller’s exclusive brand list.  Guests were greeted with champagne and invited into the three-storey luxury showroom by a grand red carpet entrance; what else could one expect from a VIP ‘Meet the Designer’ soirée?! Situated at the very heart of Winchester High Street, there were whispers from passing shoppers that perhaps Royalty was inside! Fei was on hand all evening to introduce his collections, giving Jeremy’s

It's In Our Hands - The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland

It's In Our Hands - The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland by The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and DJCAD at the University of Dundee This Symposium on Ethical Making is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. The day will be animated by a fantastic panel of speakers, including Greg Valerio MBE,  award winning British fair trade ethical jeweller and environmental activist; jeweller Ute Decker; silversmith Karen Westland; Tim Ingle of ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode; researcher Dr Peter Oakley

Dinny Hall Embraces The Return of The Pendant

The pendant is set to be the jewllery trend of 2017, so layer with chokers or simply solo on the decolletage for the ultimate statement. Iconic British jeweller Dinny Hall embraces this delicate and charming springtime trend with her collection of lockets and accompanying ready-to-personalise birthstone and initial charms. Inspiration for the designs stems from the designer’s deeprooted love of gemology and desire to create a truly expressive collection and spread happiness to those wearing the necklaces. Available in silver, 22ct gold vermeil and rose gold and solid 18ct gold, on a beautiful rolo chain, with options for varying lengths,

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair 2017

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Silver Speaks: Silversmithing Demonstration with Rebecca De Quin

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Silversmithing Demonstration: Rebecca De Quin Acclaimed silversmith and Royal College of Art tutor  Rebecca de Quin , will be demonstrating her technique of quilting silver to create her unique pieces. Come along to the V&A’s Silver Galleries throughout

Ambassador Diamond Necklace Brought to Life

Jewllery Designer Maker Daphne Krinos has created a unique diamond-set necklace for the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Modern Jewellery Collection, supported by Boodles. The Goldsmiths’ Company awarded Daphne Krinos the commission after selecting her design as the winner in their Ambassador Diamond Necklace competition. The brief sought to stimulate advanced British jewellery design and the judging panel was asked to select a necklace design that ‘ radiates individual creativity, spontaneity, exemplary craftsmanship’ and ‘belongs to 2017 in the world of studio jewellery’. Drawing on Daphne’s fascination and observations of cityscapes, the necklace comprises individually crafted sections in 18ct white gold, plated with

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This month the Woldstone Gallery launches the first of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Danish Design” In November, Woldstone spotlights “Danish Design” and features the work of Tina Engell and Mikala Djorup. While this duo of talented contemporary goldsmiths share a common heritage; they both

BAJ attends the 25th Parlement Lycéen Européen Meeting

After securing membership of the Parlement Lycéen Européen last year, the British Academy of Jewellery attended the 25th meeting in France. Bringing together over 50 representatives of 9 European Jewellery Schools from 9 different European countries to discuss jewellery education and plan future innovative Erasmus exchange projects. The 25th edition of the meeting, raised questions about the future. With economic turbulence affecting schools across Europe, the meeting aimed to bring the members together to find ways to continue working collaboratively to ensure students studying jewellery continue to develop these ever so important European links. Each year the PLE organises a travelling

Precious Proposal, Spotlight Exhibition, Woldstone Gallery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Continuing the Woldstone Gallery's launch of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths, 'Precious Proposal' is launched. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Precious Proposal” Woldstone was established in June 2015 by sisters Sian Perry-Smith and Bronwen Jameson who drew on their love of design and passion for craftsmanship in setting up the

Refined, Spotlight Exhibition, Woldstone Gallery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Continuing the Woldstone Gallery's launches of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths, 'Refined' is launched. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Refined” This December, an exhibition “Refined” looks at work by Catherine Mannheim, Vicki Ambery-Smith and Sarah Pulvertaft. These internationally acclaimed and experienced goldsmiths are some of the finest working in the

Contemporary Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair Returns to Winchester

Once again the elegant Guildhall in Winchester will be the venue for a stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event from 11-13 November, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 70 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.   Comments from visitors to the event last

David Williams-Bulkeley at Woldstone Gallery

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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

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GFG Jewellery by Nilufer is a London-based British contemporary fine jewellery brand established by founder, Nilufer Kizilkaya.  With a vision to encapsulate timeless beauty, Nilufer set about creating collections that are easily wearable from day to night with a vision to form a part of a woman’s daily outfit ritual. The aesthetics of the collections are created with love and passion, inspired by the beauty of our surroundings. Each piece is created using precious metals, handset and polished while gemstones, diamonds and pearls are sourced around the world and cut to bespoke specifications for the brand. GFG Jewellery by Nilufer,

Student takes inspiration from lillies to win Alba Rose design competition

British Academy of Jewellery student Olivia Thurlwell took the Calla lilly as her inspiration for the design of a new bridal collection to win the BAJ's Final Project Design competition backed by Alba Rose. The talented final year student was praised by judges for her designs, which were part of a project to design, develop and create a unique bridal collection which appealed to Alba Rose's target audience. Every Level 3 DJP features a live final project where the students are asked to work to a professional brief. The main objective of the project was to design pieces that can

New Designers 2017 Events Programme Announced

An opening speech by  British ceramicist   Keith  Brymer  Jones and  Design   Reels ,  the  new digital catwalk and screening area are just two of the event highlights at New Designers, the UK’s leading exhibition for emerging design, announced today. The inspiring programme of public talks, tours and awards has been revealed as over 3,000 graduates and 80 emerging designers finalise their presentations for the show – sharing their making processes, inspiration and a glimpse of their final pieces on social media with the hashtag  # comingtoND .     A leading figure from the world of design will

London Design Fair - Old Truman Brewery, London

The 10th anniversary of the London Design Fair runs from 22 – 25 September 2016. This year sees the addition of an amazing new 3rd floor, with country pavilions, features and exhibitions including: 100% Norway, China Academy of Art, British Craft Pavilion, Design in South Italy, Design Prize Switzerland, Form & Seek, Inspiring Portugal, Liu Malmsten & Swedish Wood, Nature Lab, Nordic Design Collective, Scotland: Craft and Design, Swedish Design Pavilion, Takram, The Publishing House (Flea Folly), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, This Is India & Trentino Collaborations Not to mention over 450 independent designers & studios and

Bex Rox London: Colouring Life Through An Embellished Journey

Renowned for its magnetic fastenings, innovative designs and easily recognised by it’s textural, confident and colourful pieces with an edge; Bex Rox is a British luxury costume jewellery brand based in the heart of Notting Hill. Bex Rox was founded in 2009, launching exclusively in Browns in London. Today, Bex Rox is sold online, through private experiential trunk shows, through luxury department stores and to select concept multi-brand boutiques across the world.  With a sense of humour that weaves throughout the collections, Bex Rox is bold, alive and dynamic. From the detailed designs to the weight and fit of each piece,

Cornerstone Creations Celebrates Trade Show Success

Cornerstone Creations is a beautifully made contemporary, classic silver jewellery collection based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Founded and designed by award winning British goldsmith Paul Spurgeon, this conscience collection is all made in sterling silver using the best semi-precious stones.  Each piece of this contemporary silver collection is independtely designed by award-winning goldsmith Paul Spurgeon so that every piece portrays his fresh, flowing design. The key desire of Cornerstone Creations is to create jewellery with classic wearability underpinned with a contemporary flair; a jewellery range perfect for every occassion.  The company has triumphed with a fantastic start to the year.

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL  KickStart  initiative. T his annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. All ten will exhibit under the  KickStart  umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one  KickStarter  with a complementary stand in

The Missing, Linda Brothwell - The Holburne Museum, Bath

 In a new commission by the Holburne Museum, renowned artist and pioneer of contemporary British Craft Linda Brothwell has created a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. Brothwell’s work will be shown alongside the elaborate carved wooden, gilt bronze and hardstone plinths upon which Sir William Holburne displayed his porcelain and bronzes.  Many of Holburne’s plinths were separated from their objects in the 20th century, leaving an alluring and eclectic collection of empty plinths. Brothwell has created pieces of wearable jewellery in silver and

Alexis Dove Re-Locates to Lewes High Street

Award winning jewellery designer Alexis Dove proudly launched her newly located store this week, on Lewes High Street, East Sussex. Having moved from a quaint boutique and studio in The Needlemakers, the new location opened its doors to VIP guests, press and longstanding customers for a festive night of fun and celebration. An invite only event, the party was attended by over 125 guests, who enjoyed a selection of delicious wines donated by long time customer, British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith. Championing her passion for all things eco after a trip to two Fairtrade accredited gold mines

IJL KickStart 2017

The search begins for the most talented 10 International Jewellery London (IJL) celebrates the New Year with the launch of its highly successful KickStart industry bursary programme. Up-and-coming British jewellery designers are invited to apply online now to be one of the lucky ten who will exhibit on a group stand at IJL 2017 in September, the UK’s premier international showcase for the jewellery industry. In addition, the KickStart Top Ten will benefit from valuable marketing and industry support from IJL and co-sponsors, the National Association of Jewellers.   Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, comments: “KickStart is a fantastic pool of

London Treasures - Silvia Weidenbach Residency At The V&A

City Lit Jewellery Tutor Silvia Weidenbach has been announced as the first Resident for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Rosalind and Arthur Gilbert Collection. The Gilbert Collection holds a renowned selection of British and European gold and silverware, considered masterpieces of craftsmanship.  The V&A’s website describes it as containing ‘some of the most beautiful objects ever made, many in precious materials, and often on a small scale’. It is famed for the selection of snuffboxes made of gold and silver, highly decorated with precious stones, enamels and mosaics; these intricately detail objects have been providing inspiration for artists and designers

The 2016 Benevolent Society Ball Sparkled

The evening of the 1st of December saw the 81st British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery & Watch as Headline Sponsor. Incorporated within this longstanding annual Charity Event were the National Association of Jewellers Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in the High Street. The

A Ring Is A Ring Is A Ring

BAJ, Alchimia and Hocheschule Trier Students showcase results of year long collaborative project in exhibition during London Design Festival. The exhibition titled "A Ring Is A Ring Is A Ring" is the result of a yearlong project between 3 European jewellery schools. Students from the hosting institution, the British Academy of Jewellery based in London; the Department of Gemstone and Jewellery of the Hochschule Trier located in Idar Oberstein, Germany and Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery based in Florence, Italy, will be displaying their work during the London Design Festival. As a focal point, the students took inspiration from the

Benchpeg Award Winner: Design for Creativity, Innovation or Disruption

Benchpeg Awards 2016 Winner: Shuming Chen Monitoring in the Dark Collection This category invited entries which displayed design and or creativity in a disruptive manner to create a piece which is completely unique. Judges considered all the entries and favoured those which displayed thinking outside of the box – those entries which displayed the most unconventional jewellery design. In their selection the judges really wanted to question the very nature of the meaning of jewellery and how it could project the best representation of future British jewellery design. Shuming’s methodology of working attempts to combine daily life with the science technology

Celebrating Eighty: Art In The Hand

This March the exhibition Celebrating Eighty: Art in the Hand at the Goldsmiths’ Centre unites eighty contemporary art medals by students from more than a dozen UK art colleges with work by renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, writer and designer Parviz Tanavoli and his former students in celebration of his 80th Birthday. All exhibitors have been invited to participate in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project. A surprising and challenging medium for artists and viewers alike, the modern art medal has its roots in the Renaissance tradition of making medals as hand-sized works of art. Each year over

Blooming a Labour of Love: Weston Beamor Proud to be Part of Somme Poppy Pins project

The casting, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company Weston Beamor has recently confirmed its involvement in an interesting new project casting Poppy Pins designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916; some examples of which will be on display on their stand (No D60) at International Jewellery London. The special poppies are being cast by Weston Beamor for the London-based company TMB Art Metal (www.TMBArtMetal.com) as a fund raising initiative for the Royal British Legion. They are sold exclusively online through the ‘Poppy Shop’ on the RBL’s website www.britishlegion.org.uk  with the proceeds of all

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

Handmade for Christmas, Millennium Gallery – Sheffield

When something is made by hand, you know it’s been crafted with love by someone who cares. Because a gift should be special, everything on sale in our Christmas show is handmade in the UK. Featuring the very best in contemporary British craft and design, Handmade for Christmas presents work by some of the country’s most talented makers, offering an inspired alternative to the high street for this year’s Christmas shopping. Discover jewellery, glassware, ceramics, prints and much more, all created by artists, designers and craftspeople marrying traditional skills and techniques with innovative, contemporary approaches. You’ll find lots more gift

National Festival of Making Launched

The first UK festival bringing together manufacturing, art and design is to be held in the heartland of British industry, developing celebratory acts of creativity and uniting makers of diverse disciplines. The first National Festival of Making will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 in Blackburn Lancashire, where 25% of the population still works in making and manufacturing The influential designer, Wayne Hemingway will be amongst the organisers and list of supporters bringing together the first UK festival of its kind, initiating a series of newly commissioned works Documentary films will capture the diversity of the

Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016: Harriet Kelsall wins ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award

British jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has won the ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award at the London regional finals of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. The regional heat took place on Friday at a celebration lunch at an exclusive London hotel, before an audience of senior and influential business leaders. Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in

Clogau Announce New Store At Ashford Designer Outlet

Following the success of their Outlet stores in Cheshire Oaks, Bridgend and Resorts World Birmingham, Clogau have announced the launch of a fourth Outlet in Ashford, Kent. Clogau, who were crowned Jewellery Brand of the Year at the 2015 UK Jewellery Awards, are thrilled to have launched their third Outlet store within the McArthurGlen Group. The iconic Welsh brand continue a long tradition of creating jewellery that is expertly hand-finished and uniquely designed. Every piece of Clogau jewellery contains rare Welsh gold, as used by some members of the British Royal Family. Ben Roberts, Managing Director at Clogau talks about the

Benevolent Society Ball Sponsor Announced

Jewellery & Watch are delighted to announce their headline sponsorship of this year’s British Jewellery & Giftware Federation Benevolent Society Ball. The 1st December will see the 81st Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St John’s Hotel, Birmingham.     The society’s Chairman, David Simons, expressed his delight, “It is wonderful that Jewellery & Watch have agreed to be the headline sponsor of the 2016 Federation’s Benevolent Ball. To have exhibition organisers who are so committed to the industries that they represent in this way is a credit to all in volved. We are truly grateful.”    This Benevolent Society Ball will also

The '90s Chunky Chain Trend is Back

Fancy yourself as a bit of a maximalist when it comes to your accessories? The trends circulating this autumn/winter are varied, vast and everything in between so if you want to be a total show-off this season then chunky chains is a trend to tap into for some statement-making silhouettes! Oversized chain-link jewellery is on the fashion trajectory left, right and centre with the likes of Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferretti, Loewe and even Chloe crafting their collections with unmissable chain links. With a mix and match of textures, finishes, metals and design, there was one element that connected them all:

Call for Applications: Hopeful & Glorious

Hopeful and Glorious is working with Blackburn Improvement District on Blackburn's Big Christmas Street Fair on Sat 10th December. The makers marquee will be located in Cathedral Square. We are now taking applications. We are looking for a wide range of artists and makers working in ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, wood, metal, painting, printmaking, textiles, fashion, paper, illustration etc to sell and promote their work. Stalls are very low cost starting at just £20. For more information and to apply email hello@hopefulandglorious.co.uk Deadline: 1st November 2016

The Angel Christmas Fair, Candid Arts Trust - London

The Angel Christmas Fair is an annual affordable art and design fair featuring the work of various artists and designers. The event will take place in December 2016 and will comprise all creative disciplines; painting, photography, illustration, fashion, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and furniture. Dates: Saturday 3rd December – Sunday 4th December Times: 11.00am – 6.00pm Venue:  Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ www.candidarts.com

Staffordshire University

We are the Connected  University . We're connected to the needs of our students, to business and to society. Our city campus in Stoke-on-Trent is the  University's  nerve centre. We deliver world class healthcare education at our specialist Centres of Excellence in  Stafford  and Shrewsbury.  Undergraduate 3D Design: Contemporary Jewellery and Fashion Accessories - BA (Hons) www.staffs.ac.uk

News Edit: 7th February 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Jewel Box offers a versatile melange of handcrafted silver and fashion jewellery Indulge Express: The outlook towards wearing jewellery has undergone a tremendous change. From flashy and elaborate gold metal the shift is towards ‘less is more’.   ndulgexpress.com Lockdown love: Couples pop the question to beat pandemic blues EDP24: People in Norfolk are being "more sentimental and romantic" during lockdown, jewellers have said, having seen couples and families go out of their way to make loved ones smile during the pandemic. edp24.co.uk Reddit Forum Said to Cause

Virtual Window Shopping: Jewellery 2020

Global fashion search platform Lyst released today its latest trend report, Virtual Window Shopping: Jewellery 2020. To compile the results, Lyst analysed the online shopping behaviour of more than nine million shoppers a month searching, across 12,000 brands and retailers. While tracking various spikes in searches, current trends and the impact of a global lockdown in the jewellery market, this report highlights the fastest rising categories and micro trends we have seen online over the past 12 months. The jewellery report reveals that: This year, 68% of jewellery shoppers searched for gold pieces. Worn by influencers including Hailey Bieber and Bella

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair & GNCCFonline 2021

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester 8-10 October 2021 GNCCFonline Summer Edition: 17-18 July 2021 We invite applications from established, new and recent graduate designers-makers and artists working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, mixed media, basket-making, product design, furniture, print-making and more. We are also looking for established makers who are experimenting with new techniques or materials towards a new body of work, to apply for the “Discuss” showcase at GNCCF Manchester. “Discuss” is an opportunity for makers to engage the GNCCF audience in their new work in progress, to

News Edit: 8th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The powerful women behind Cartier’s most iconic symbol Harpers Bazaar: A new interactive exhibition at Harrods celebrates the glittering heritage of Cartier’s most famous emblem, and the pioneering woman who inspired it. harpersbazaar.com An ode to nature Bankock Post: Chopard translates its love for flora and fauna into a new range of high-jewellery creations for this year's Red Carpet collection. bangkokpost.com All the coolest Australian jewellery designers are now in one place Fashion Journal: I don’t know about you, but I find that buying jewellery online can be

VICENZAORO 2019

VICENZAORO 2019 7 - 11 September 2019 Via dell'Oreficeria 16 36100 Vicenza, Italy For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in gold and jewellery. Vicenza today is an unrivalled international hub for the sector, hosting events and offering a multitude of services that cater for every aspect of the jewellery business.  Underpinned by technical expertise and a sense of artistry that spans generations of passionate artisans. This year the Show will, in fact, be held two weeks earlier, from 7 to 11 September, to avoid overlapping with international fashion dates, thus making it

Stellar line up set for IJL 2019

Artist jeweller John Moore, The Futurist Paola de Luca, DeBeers, Sotheby’s, Fairtrade Gold, Hilary Alexander OBE and Graduate Fashion Week among stellar IJL 2019 line up IJL,, opens on Sunday 1 September and will welcome some of the biggest brands, cutting-edge designers and the latest in Jewellery and Watch technology and sustainability to the show. IJL’s event programme features designers including: Jeweller of The Fair John Moore @IJL, Monday 2 September: The inaugural Jeweller of The Fair John Moore will show his collection on the IJL Inspires Catwalk Theatre on Monday 2 September (13:45 - 14:30) followed by questions from

Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter, TJC - Feltham, London

The role Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter TJC Feltham, London Who we are TJC Established in 2006 and headquartered in the London area, TJC is an omni-channel retailer specialising in jewellery, home, beauty, fashion, gemstones, and other lifestyle accessories. TJC reaches over 25 million UK households via our live 24/7 TV Shopping channel and our e-commerce site. Our goal is to deliver trust, joy, and community to our employees and customers through our high-quality products and commitment to corporate social responsibility; we aim to touch people’s lives one piece at a time. Check us out at www.tjc.co.uk or on TV

CRAFT at Top Drawer

Call for Applications: CRAFT at Top Drawer Be part of Craft: the community for creative makers Are you a contemporary maker looking to sell your work in stores, museums and galleries? CRAFT at Top Drawer is the hunting ground for the very best professional buyers, retailers and collectors looking for exquisite one-off pieces created by hand with heart and skill. Applications are open for contemporary makers working in fashion accessories, interior design, jewellery, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, acrylic, woodwork, prints and etchings. Just click here to request the application form and information pack. www.topdrawer.co.uk Deadline: 1st May

Workshop Manager, Cartier English Artworks - London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/EfiJfstUxf0] The role Workshop Manager Cartier English Artworks London How Will You Make An Impact? Planning & Supervision Responsible for making Strategic recommendations that enhance productivity & ensure that qualitative and quantitative targets are constantly achieved Define and prepare, and execute 3 Year Plan as well as yearly Strategic Plan to meet the strategic ambitions of the Maison in UK, in coordination with CJI Organize / structure the workshop to meet the needs in a most optimized fashion Prepare, coordinate and manage Operations Ensure coordination with CJI (training, compliance, service plan, quality, etc.) and act as a

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online GNCCF ONLINE 25 - 31 July 2020 An opportunity to buy outstanding contemporary craft & design  online  from 160 designer-makers and artists selected for their excellence; from jewellery and fashion accessories to functional and statement pieces for the home. GNCCF ONLINE will go live from 10am, Saturday 25th July until Friday 31st July. See us on Facebook and Instagram and buy work via the GNCCF website. Put the dates in your diary and join the conversation. In the meantime, take a sneak preview at this year’s makers below and follow us at #GNCCF

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online GNCCFonline: Christmas Edition 21- 22 November 2020 The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is  a curated showcase of designer-makers and craft artists, handpicked by an independent panel of craft experts to give you the best in cutting-edge design and beautiful craftsmanship . Great Northern Events, the not for profit company behind the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair presents GNCCFonline: Christmas Edition  21-22 November 2020. GNCCFonline is an online selling showcase featuring 150 designer-makers selected for their excellence; from jewellery and fashion accessories to functional and statement pieces for the home. Director

New York City Jewelry Week: Inclusion and diversity

The week of New York City Jewelry Week was characterized by a flurry of events, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, demonstrations and talks... which marked the days with a fitting rhythm, covering topics and presenting very different types of jewelry writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Together with important partners such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), suggestive venues and prestigious interventions, there has been talks of jewelry touching various themes:  starting from sustainability with a symposium called  Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle , which was a one day crash course on the sustainability challenges that face the

Made London 2019

Made London: Marylebone The Contemporary Design and Craft Fair Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 October 2019 One Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ Made London: Marylebone is an annual, highest quality contemporary craft and design fair featuring a curated selection of over 100 contemporary designer-makers. Tutton and Young have invited applications from artists working throughout the UK and have handpicked top exhibitors to showcase and sell a diverse selection of jewellery, ceramics, textiles of all descriptions, striking fashion accessories, clothes, metalwork, mixed media art, beautifully worked wood and handcrafted furniture – a huge range of gorgeous things for the home and for

VICENZAORO 2020

VICENZAORO 2020 17 - 22 January 2020 Vicenza, Italia For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in gold and jewellery. Vicenza today is an unrivalled international hub for the sector, hosting events and offering a multitude of services that cater for every aspect of the jewellery business.  Underpinned by technical expertise and a sense of artistry that spans generations of passionate artisans. This year the Show will, in fact, be held two weeks earlier, from 7 to 11 September, to avoid overlapping with international fashion dates, thus making it easier for operators from

News Edit: 18 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Collecting guide: David Webb jewellery Christies: Best known for his zebra and frog bangles, the American jeweller David Webb has long been a favourite with movie stars and fashion icons for jewels that combine ancient motifs, bold colours and fabulous beasts. christies.com Fresh SMU grad gets chance to shine at jewellery retailer Straits Times: Last year, Ms Cheryl Tan decided to take up an internship in her final year of studies at Singapore Management University, delaying her graduation by six months. straitstimes.com Cheating husband exposed by simple mistake

News Edit: 12 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery trends for 2020: recycling deluxe, strange stones and the rise of demi-bespoke The Telegraph: With more precious raw materials and longer production times, jewellery trends move at a slower pace than those in the fashion world. This is a relief for buyers - there’s no need to worry that a new, four-figure piece will scream ‘last season’ in a few short months. telegraph.co.uk The Men’s Jewellery Trend We’re Planning On Copying In 2020 Vogue: At this time of year, in addition to the resolutions and intentions, the winds of

BIJORHCA PARIS 2020

BIJORHCA PARIS Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles, France 17 - 20 Junauary 2020 At BIJORHCA PARIS you will discover new products, services, innovations…  and ensure you are always on top of the latest trends! From fashion, fine jewellery and watches, through to raw materials, technical industries, packaging and services,  you will receive a complete 360 offer. BIJORHCA PARIS is also a must-attend for networking and business meetings, with special events and features, a trends area, competitions, workshops and much more…  Dates From Friday 17 to Monday 20 January 2020 Hours From January 17 to 19 from 9:30 a.m. to

News Edit: 20 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Paris Jewelry: Best Of The Fall Showrooms Forbes: Alongside Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, the jewelry showrooms showcased some strong new collections from contemporary and independent designers. forbes.com   Why recycling could be the biggest trend in fine jewellery, and where to go for a gemstone makeover The Telegraph: Jewellery isn’t sustainable in the way that, say, a renewable crop might be. telegraph.co.uk   This Jewelry Designer Is Shrinking Bali's Carbon Footprint CN Traveller: John Hardy and his family are pioneers in the island's sustainable-living movement. cntraveler.com   Meet

Q&A: Max Danger

Max Danger is a Danish born Jewellery Designer and craftsman, a self confessed gold obsessive, who has a reputation for innovative and striking pieces of bespoke jewellery. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MD: Max Danger, I'm a bespoke jeweller and part time Jewellery Technician at the London College of Fashion. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MD: I went on a half year jewellery course at technical college in Copenhagen. During my time there I realized that this was what I wanted to do.  Afterwards I applied

News Edit: 11 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   All The Best Jewellery Trends From The SS21 Shows Vogue: With lockdown round two and potential economic doom on the horizon, you might be thinking it’s time to put the fripperies of jewellery to one side. But for spring/summer 2021, designers have proven what all true lovers of jewellery know: its ability to lift your mood is undeniable, as is its power to make you look instantly dressed up – even if off camera, you are pairing it only with your pyjamas. vogue.co.uk London Fashion Week: the need-to-know

News Edit: 8 December 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The most exceptional jewellery boxes for the connoisseur in your life this Christmas If you’re serious about collecting jewellery, it makes sense that you’d be serious about where you keep it. telegraph.co.uk Unusual Christmas gifts for jewellery-lovers Jewellery is one of the trickiest things to gift. There is the metal to think about, the ring size, the stone colour and that's before you even get to the shape and style of the piece. theweek.co.uk Ultimate Christmas Gift: An Heirloom Jewelry Box Filled With Jewels Online fashion retailer, Net-A-Porter, has teamed

News Edit: 8th March 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   15 Jewellery Pieces That Are Too Cute To Resist Harpers Bazaar: Whimsical pieces which are conversation starters. harpersbazaar.com Meet the Indian Jeweler Inspired by Madonna and Frida Kahlo Town and Country: Sabyasachi Mukherjee's work, now at Bergdorf Goodman, fuses modernity and heritage. townandcountrymag.com Timothée Chalamet Is The New Poster Boy For High-Low Dressing Vogue: Timothée Chalamet is a fan of fashion with a capital F, having turned heads in everything from an embellished Louis Vuitton bib to a sporty Prada suit. But while his designer red-carpet looks by Off-White and

Secret Garden Jewellery Box

A much-loved reference point for creative design and inspiration for interiors, tech to fashion and jewellery; it's hard not to pinpoint a designer who hasn't used the beautiful intricacies of nature to inspire a collection of artistry. Not only are their shapes, patterns, textures and sizes unique and different between creatures, plants, flora and fauna but so are the architectures around where they inhabit across the continent. To say there is a wealth of inspiration in nature would be an understatement! Beautiful incarnations of garden biodiversity are some of the most widely used within jewellery collections. Intricate, colourful and dainty floral

Sweet Sentiments in Dior's Latest Fine Jewellery Collections

Signs, symbols and icons reside at the very heart of the Dior brand. In her collections, Victoire de Castellane revisits some of those most precious to the man who started a fashion revolution. The story of Dior begins with a star and a “yes”, so the story goes… …While walking up the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Christian Dior hit his foot on an object on the ground and almost tripped, as though it was the object itself that wished to attract his attention. Christian Dior leaned over and picked up the object that had nearly made him fall over: it [youtube

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair 2019

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 22nd - 24th November 2019 The Guildhall, Winchester Our mixed discipline Craft In Focus Fair will run alongside the Desire Fair. The two fairs will be in separate halls, but with a single entry fee covering both events. Purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more Desire has become firmly established as the “must visit” event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware.  

Week One New Designers Award Winners Announced

Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, New Designers 2019 unveils incredible new talent set to shape the design world of tomorrow. Over two weeks, and spanning every discipline in modern making, the event presents the work of more than 3,000 hand-picked design talents. Visitors to the show will discover disruptive new thinking, meet the pacesetters, and get a first look at our creative future. The New Designers Awards brings together 1,500 handpicked designers in areas including textiles, fashion and costume, ceramics, contemporary design craft, and jewellery. Awards are presented to those with the most creative and forward-thinking work. Winners are

Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production

Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production 20 November 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University will be hosting the 2019 Handmade by Design one-day symposium 20 November 2019 and an accompanying exhibition 11 November – 6 December 2019. This will be the fifth outing for the successful “Handmade by Machines” symposium and this year will have international speakers, a keynote from Troy Richards of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and an exhibition of work which straddles the man/machine boundaries with a focus on jewellery and wearables. The conversation will

News Edit: 6 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Best Birthstone Jewelry for October Birthdays Town and Country: Opal and tourmaline give October birthstones a full rainbow of colors to choose from. townandcountrymag.com Our fashion team has fallen for Fearne Cotton’s gorgeous jewellery collaboration with notonthehighstreet Woman and Home: Fearne Cotton, presenter, designer and founder of the Happy Place Festival and podcast has collaborated with notonthehighstreet partner, Carrie Elizabeth, to create the most stunning jewellery collection. womanandhome.com Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds wallpaper.com Why vintage-style bombé rings are making a glamorous statement once again

News Edit: 31 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Jewelry crush: The 1970s sunglasses chain by Zoï Paris Vogue: Spotted at several fashion shows recently, the glasses chain is making a comeback. And that's the daring gamble this jewelry designer has taken. We're crushing on this vintage-inspired piece of jewelry for this summer. vogue.fr The Minimalist’s Guide to Elegant, Everyday Jewelry Vogue: Every wardrobe should establish a roster of minimal, everyday jewelry, whether you prefer silver, gold, or a combination of both. Finding the right pieces that feel personal can take

Q&A: Sooryia Tharayil and Hina Israr

Sooryia Tharayil and Hina Israr are the joint Founders of fine jewellery brand Zaabel. Sooryia graduated with top honours from   India’s prestigious design institute - National Institute of Fashion Technology and has previously worked with renowned design houses and Indian jewelry brands. Hina spent a decade in the investment banking and private equity sector, before an overwhelming need for creativity compelled her to begin the Zaabel journey, spurred on by a childhood fascination of the Gold Souks. Zaabel is founded on the principle that there is tangible chemistry between a woman and her jewelry; together the pair design delicate, contemporary jewellery

Contemporary Jewellery at Milano Jewelry Week

Within the first edition of the Milano Jewelry Week, held from the 24th to the 27th of October, the city has been engaged with a program of 80 events held in jewellery ateliers, goldsmith workshops, academies and art galleries, design schools and showrooms and fashion boutiques in the city centre writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Among the Schools that participated, it is worthy to mention The Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana that opened its doors to the public to show the tools and see the students at work. Lectures have been organized about the different techniques of precious jewellery, the realities of the gold buyers

Luxury in the Age of Technology

Luxury in the Age of Technology – On Line In Collaboration with  Politecnico di Milano 26, 27 & 28 May 2021 TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE Click for  Call for Papers The 2021 ‘In Pursuit of Luxury’ conference continues to provide a platform to expand our understanding of luxury. As with our previous three conferences we look forward to welcoming contributions from various disciplines and practices, across the academic and commercial sectors, including automotive, architecture, engineering, fashion, product, digital design, retail, and hospitality. Our aim is to explore all of these subject areas through a critical lens, to encourage debate about changing notions

Winter Market The Forge - Craft Central

Winter Market   16 – 17 November 2019 Craft Central, The Forge Winter Market at The Forge is Back! Christmas is coming to The Forge this month and we hope you will join us. We will bring together a selection of our talented designer-makers. On offer will be handmade ceramics, interior products, textiles, fashion accessories, jewellery, prints and much more. You will also be able to take part in a workshop or enjoy refreshments at our pop-up café run by Gu Choi Pan London, a micro-bakery serving authentic Japanese savoury and sweet breads and cakes. There is something for everyone

News Edit: 21th February 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Five minutes with… Emirati entrepreneur Noor Shamma Gulf Business: The founder of an eponymous New York City-based jewellery brand ensures that ethical and sustainable practices are implemented right through the supply chain. gulfbusiness.com What does it actually mean to be an ethical and sustainable jewellery brand? Fashion Journal: How to tell if ‘sustainable’ jewellery brands are really putting in the work, according to the founder of one. fashionjournal.com.au Missoma launches its first fine jewellery collection Harpers Bazaar: The affordable brand branches out with solid gold and diamond pieces.

Jewellery & Watch Returns

Jewellery & Watch is preparing to return to Birmingham’s NEC from February 2-6, 2020 with a refreshed and revitalised show in a prime location. As part of the complete re-edit of Spring Fair, which has seen all product categories and show sectors moved to new locations, Jewellery & Watch will take its new place at the front of Hall 1, just off the main Piazza of the NEC. This accessible location allows for the integration of Jewellery & Watch with Fashion sector exhibitors, as well as easy access to Greetings & Stationary in Hall 2, Gifts in Halls 3 and

Luxury in the Age of Technology

Call for Papers: The 4th international In Pursuit of Luxury (IPOL) Conference  Milan, Italy 28 - 29 May  2020  'Luxury in the Age of Technology' This 2020 conference provides a platform to continue to expand our understanding of luxury. As with previous conferences we welcome contributions from various disciplines and practices including automotive, architecture, engineering, fashion, product, digital design, retail, hospitality - all of which explore luxury through a critical lens to encourage debate.  The 2020 IPOL conference will be held in collaboration with the Design Department - Politecnico di Milano / co-chaired by Associate Professor, Dr Chiara Colombi  Our key

News Edit: 2 August 2020

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

The 4th international In Pursuit of Luxury (IPOL) Conference

The 4th international In Pursuit of Luxury (IPOL) Conference  Milan, Italy 28 - 29 May  2020  'Luxury in the Age of Technology' This 2020 conference provides a platform to continue to expand our understanding of luxury. As with previous conferences we welcome contributions from various disciplines and practices including automotive, architecture, engineering, fashion, product, digital design, retail, hospitality - all of which explore luxury through a critical lens to encourage debate.  The 2020 IPOL conference will be held in collaboration with the Design Department - Politecnico di Milano / co-chaired by Associate Professor, Dr Chiara Colombi  Our key questions: How is

Hoops are back in Back in a Big Way for 2020

Hoops are a mainstay in jewellery, reincarnated with new flair each season. For 2020, they've been forecasted to take front and centre on the jewellery stage, with jewellery lovers finding every excuse to wear bold styles.  The refreshed interest in hoop earrings may be a byproduct of a bigger trend for 'curated ears' . Mixing assorted hoops and studs offers fashion-enthusiasts an oportunity to be their own editor, showcasing collections that speak to their individual style.  Alexander McQueen AW19 This seasons catwalks inform the trend of the 'curated ear', with extreme examples of ears crowded with chunky hoops. Alexander McQueen's

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern 12 October 2019 - 5 January 2020 Discovery Centre, Winchester Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful fashion and lifestyle designers. Her stylised plant based patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With enchanting applications, he r flat, graphic style and choice of colour palette resonate with a nostalgia for vintage style and interiors.  Inspired by the upbeat exuberance of the 1960s, a love of Irish and Scandinavian architecture and mid-century design, Kiely’s designs have grown from humble beginnings in the 1990s to become a global phenomenon. Date 12 October

Online retailer, Jewellerybox, launch split payment method for large orders

Jewellerybox, the London based online jewellery store, have been all over our news pages recently. The company, whose mantra is to create fine jewellery at costume prices, have been making waves with their business model; which seems to be resembling popular fashion brands. Earlier in the year, we saw Jewellerybox partner with the app regain, to offer customers discounts in exchange for recycling their clothes. And last month, released an International Women’s Day collection, where purchases were matched 1 to 1 with donations to women’s shelters throughout London.  Keeping up with all the latest e-commerce trends, such as same-day delivery

Digital Italian Oroarezzo event will launch manufacturing re-start

63 companies responded to Italian Exhibition Group’s invitation to take part in the contest entitled “Re-Start”. At 5 pm, live on Instagram, Beppe Angiolini will reveal the preferences of the expert jurors from the journalism, fashion and entertainment worlds. Only a few days to go to the evening that will see the crowning of the winning companies of the Premiere Digital Edition contest: Thursday, 30th July, at 5 pm, all eyes on the virtual podium of the format devised by Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) for OROAREZZO that awards the best Italian jewellery manufactures. 63 companies competing to tell their story

White Label Jewellery to feature big in new Sourcing Section at Jewellery & Watch

Visitors to Jewellery & Watch 2020 will have access to a new Spring Fair Hall dedicated to global manufacturers offering white label jewellery, giftware and accessories. The new Sourcing Sector in Hall 18 of NEC, Birmingham - the only one of its kind in the UK market and the first of the season in Europe – is designed to remove the hassle of overseas buying trips from the schedules of busy retailers and buying teams. First introduced at Autumn Fair 2019, Sourcing will present trend-driven private label products across a range of categories, including jewellery, accessories, homeware, giftware and fashion.

News Edit: 21 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Coachella 2019: The most beautiful jewelry spotted on models at the festival Vogue: From seashell earrings to wild necklaces, take a look at some of the most beautiful jewelry looks spotted at the first weekend of the most fashion-forward festival out there. vogue.fr Artist recreates exiled dictator's treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals? Art Newspaper: Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones's replicas of jewels smuggled into Hawaii by Imelda Marcos are displayed at the Honolulu Biennial alongside the social services they could have paid for. theartnewspaper.com Nigora

Autumn '19: Bibs n' bobs

Thought we'd left bib necklaces in 2010? Think again! As we tumble into September, designers have been busy in their summer slumbers putting the finishing touches to their fall collections, ready for a season of all things, bold, sophisticated and striking. If there is one thing we are sure of this fall, it is that the F/W 19 runways are proving that the dainty, barely-there pieces which have ruled in seasons past have been given a bold, bodacious and breathtaking revamp. Whilst designers have doused us with a fresh plethora of jewellery trends fit for any fashion thrill-seeker out there, there

News Edit: 7 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Most Exquisite Jewellery To See At Masterpiece London 2019 Is jewellery an ornament or an art form? www.vogue.co.uk The most spectacular High Jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Week www.telegraph.co.uk Gucci's Next Target: Place Vendôme BoF: Major fashion brands see growing opportunity in the high-stakes business of haute joaillerie. www.businessoffashion.com High jewellery is being embraced as an art form worthy of public adoration - and it's about time The Telegraph: It’s not just me; jewellery is making headlines more and more these days. www.telegraph.co.uk Dior celebrates 20 years of fine

Raw Pearls Celebrate After Record Breaking IJL

Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have announced that they had their most successful IJL ever after exhibiting there earlier this week for what was their 6 th  year at Olympia.   Many visitors took advantage of the discounted prices Raw Pearls had on offer as part of their huge clearance sale at the show. They have reported that the most popular items were cultured Tahitian strings, nucleated freshwater strings both round and baroque, and also, in line with recent fashion trends, larger baroque freshwater strings. Director, Miranda Raw went on to say “We were thrilled with

Appointment: Victoria Houghton appointed as new Hamilton & Inches CEO

Hamilton & Inches has appointed Victoria Houghton as its new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Houghton takes over from Stephen Paterson after a 40 year tenure and has been charged with managing a new company strategy which aims to double its turnover to £20 million over the next five years. Houghton’s rise to the top stands in the wake of any array of international luxury and retail experience which has included the role of Fashion and Accessories buyer at Next plc, River Island and M&S. She relocated to Bangkok, Thailand whilst in the position of Product Developer for Next

JNA Jewellery Design Competition

Call for Applications:  JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 The inaugural competition is organised by JNA of UBM Asia Limited, sponsored by Crossfor HK Ltd, Platinum Guild International (PGI) and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), the competition recognises and celebrates excellence in jewellery design. It invites amateur and professional jewellery designers to harness their passion and ingenuity towards producing modern and innovative designs that reflect their perspective. Theme of the competition The theme of the 3 categories are : Dancing Stone jewellery category - New Fashion Tech Materials: Entrants may incorporate gem and metal materials such as diamonds, coloured

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2018

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 Now in its 11th year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the North’s largest and most established annual celebration of contemporary craft. Set in a Grade 2 Victorian market building in the heart of Manchester on Deansgate, this award-winning event hosts over 150 of the UK’s finest designer-makers and craft artists.  All exhibitors taking part have been specially selected for their excellence, with jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, ceramics, glass, furniture, print and more on show. Meet and talk to the makers and discover the inspiration and stories behind their work. This is

Step into super natural delights

When you think of fall and the beginnings of autumn delights, what immediately springs to mind? Leaves! As the world continues to turn, marking the arrival of a fresh new beginning and season, jewellery designers have taken inspiration from the earthy wonders of our world. Ethereal leaves, natural structures, organic shapes and deep, fiery gold figured heavily in the arrival of fall/winter 2018-2019 jewellery trends. The arrival of super natural pieces swathed in deep tones and swirls of gold, crystal and pearl radiate a whimsical, delicate, elusive and enigmatic look just in time for September. The fall fashion runways showcased

RiVa Jewels and the anatomical jewel

A new conception of the decorative spaces of the body is the stylistic fashion of Riva Gioielli that with freshness and simplicity create linear and geometric collections, able to surprise the eye writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Without constructions or conceptualizations, the designer Allegra Pazienti focuses on comfort, functionality and innovative elegance. She tries to surprise with grace, and she succeeds.  Sobriety and modernity are the terms that Allegra uses to describe her production. Sober but never banal, the design that characterizes her creations is inspired by the anatomy of the body, chasing and reproducing it.  Stars, spikes, triangle, circles, some flowers and

Appointment: Ruth Johnson promoted to General Manager of Gecko

WB The Creative Jewellery Group have announced changes to its Gecko leadership team, with current Head of Sales and Operations, Ruth Johnson promoted to the role of General Manager for the leading fine fashion jewellery wholesaler. Ruth has worked at Gecko for more than 14 years, joining the team in 2003 as Customer Services Manager. Ruth’s diligence, passion and incredible work ethic have been cited as key reasons for her rapid promotion to Operations Manager in less than three years. Ruth’s advanced negotiation and leadership skills were further recognised in 2016, when she was promoted to Head of Sales and

Spotted at Top Drawer

Applications to the Next Edition of Spotted at Top Drawer are Open The Autumn / Winter 2018 edition of Spotted at Top Drawer is open, the selection process has begun and stands are already filling fast, indicating that this edition is on track to be the best yet. Open to brands from across the world looking to make their UK trade fair debut, Spotted encompasses each of Top Drawer’s sectors: Home, Gift, Fashion, Craft, Greetings & Stationery and Food. Over the past eight years this programme has helped to launch over 200 small businesses and is now firmly established as

Fine by Me

Fine by Me Pup Up 'FINE by me' is a pop up event showcasing the work of 7 London based jewellers: Elsa Tierney Tilly Sudsbury Kajsa Malmström Sophie Mishiku Catherine Hart Sara Aroca Julia Trandafir The designers are all connected by their previous education and training at The CASS. With a complimentary mix of fine, fashion and contemporary jewellery, there is something for everyone at FINE by me. Open Visit the designers at The Hackney Shop from Tuesday 14th - Sunday 19th November, Open 10am - 6pm every day. We would also love to invite you to our PRIVATE VIEW

Crayola Colour Crush

The month of April is now upon us which makes it just the right time to get our new-season wish-lists  brimming with the trend-train must-haves! With the international fashion weeks done and dusted, we've done our trends research for the upcoming months and there's only two words for it: Colour. Explosion. With the politics and news of the world in a permanent state of gloom and malaise, the creative designers of 2018 have taken action to whip away the dullness with a kaleidoscopic dive into Crayola rainbow colours. Nothing short of uplifting, inspiriting and energising, the underlying message from S/S

This time, it's personal: Gecko launch new Alphabet collection at Jewellery and Watch 2019

Personalisation was one of 2018’s most popular trends, according to the Business of Fashion- and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere this year as Gecko unveil their new ‘Alphabet collection’ at Jewellery and Watch event today.  Consumers, now more than ever, seek to define themselves. With the emergence and prevalence of social media platforms, people no longer see themselves as just consumers, but producers also. Self-image has never been more important, nor has the idea of one’s own ‘personal brand’.  The idea of creating ‘personalised’ items for those with the most popular names or initials is outdated, with a

From 'Born this Way' to 'Born to Dare' Lady Gaga is the Face of New Campaign for Tudor Watches

Lady Gaga is a global, leading fashion icon, mindful of everything she wears. She has turned celebrity into a comprehensive art form. She knows full well that an outfit is a powerful message, an art performance. Every accessory is a way to shape her image, a means to an end. That's why when she chooses to represent a brand, we sit up and take notice.  Created by the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor Watch Company was born with a mission to explore new territories, offering “a watch that (his) agents could sell at a more modest price than (his) [youtube

Dainty Does It

The world of fashion, accesssories, jewellery and trends is one that constantly evolves, reintroduces and reinevents. So it's no surprise that some of you may be questioning whether the 90's trend of chokers might be somewhat - dare we say it -  pass é ?  Well that classic 90's spirit is still standing strong with a new season vibe and twist, guarenteed to add a little boost to your d écolletage. Forget the classic staples of thick velvet ribbons and tattoo style links and instead welcome in some daintier, delicate and ready-to-layer sterling silver pieces. The new wave of on-trend pieces

Jewellery & Watch 2019

Jewellery & Watch 2019 3 - 7 February 2019  NEC, Birmingham Jewellery & Watch will make a confident return to the NEC, Birmingham on February 3, welcoming new brands and retuning exhibitors for five days of buying, networking and seminar content.  Businesses hailing from 15 countries will present their collections and services across six show sectors: Bridal & Fine Jewellery, Silver & Semi Precious Jewellery, Jewellery Designers, Costume & Fashion, Watches and Retail Services & Solutions.  For exhibitors joining Jewellery & Watch for the first time in 2019, the show offers convenient access to the UK market at a strategic

Pink Heater Exhibition

Pink Heater Pink Heater Showroom represents a selection of international jewelry and accessory brands whose designs have a distinctive personality and strong image. The Showroom is dedicated to nurturing the brands it represents, encouraging growth by bring the brands into the relationship circle with Pink Heater’s network of luxury retailers, concept stores, buying offices, journalists and stylists, that has been carefully developed over the span of 10 years. Twice a year during Paris Fashion Weeks in March and October, the Showroom moves off-site for the Pink Heater Exhibition. These peak buying periods are the occasion to showcase 20 to 25 curated designer collections, brands represented by

New York Jewellery Week 2018

New York City Jewellery Week 10 - 18 November 2018 NYC Jewellery Week is NYC’s first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewellery through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature groundbreaking exhibitions, educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, and unique collaborations with the best and brightest businesses, brands, individual jewellers, artists, and designers throughout NYC. Bella Neyman and JB Jones are the new heroines of the contemporary art jewellery movement. Unlike commercial fine jewellery or fashion costume Jewellery, One-of-a kind and limited production artist-made jewellery is a relatively new voice

Traditional jewellery with a modern edge by Olivia and Pearl

There is no simpler statement of elegance than a pearl- its opaque allure has long been recognised by fashion muses and taste-makers, famously Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana. Now, the worlds oldest gem has captured the eye of young designer Olivia Smith, Founder of Olivia & Pearl London.  Destined for a new generation of pearl-lovers, the brand aims to be the epicentre of a Venn diagram that encompasses both affordability and luxe design, all whilst walking the fine line between traditional and contemporary. It’s no mean feat, but with the collection’s subtle curves, geometric lines and minimalistic design,

Jewels of The Ocean: The Trend Making A Wave This Spring

An oceanic explosion of creative artistry has plunged onto the 2018 spring jewellery edit. Prepare yourselves for an expansive sea-bed of eye-catching, beautifully bright, mis-matched pieces, inspired by the vibrant life found underwater. Throwing it back to the 90s surfer vibes, long gone are the days of cornrows and white shell chokers ready to reveal the sophisticated and playful pieces jumping for air this spring. The fashion runways revealed models adorned in mismatched shell earrings, revamped conch-shell rings and gemstone encrusted charm bracelets in tropical palettes of dazzling colour. From door-knocking droppers and decked-out chokers to dainty delicates, embrace this

Haunting Jewels of Winter

The mischievous weekends of chills, shrills, thrills and kills is nearly upon us and what better way to make a heart-stopping entrance than in a killer display of demure-soldering jewels? Those with their prowling fingers hot on the fashion pulse will have already seen the winter collections unfurling designs dripping in dramatic sensualism, extravagant grandeur and bold bodacious looks to kill. Keeping this mysterious trend on the side of sultry romanticism rather than gothic doom and gloom, look for single statement pieces encrusted with eye-catching rich jewels, flirty accents of charm, extravagant baroque accents and multi-layered chains of mixed metals

Met Gala Extravagance

Whilst it came with some controversial murmurs, it's without question that this year's Met Gala theme of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' provided a night of jaw-dropping celestial charm. Celebrating an ornate sector of religious art, guests of the Gala pulled out all the stops with big-time ornamentation which left a sea of dramatic and decadent jewellery to admire. From oversized rings to ornate drop earrings, guests upped their ante with subtle and chic references to depictions of renaissance saints and deities. Wrapped strands of oversized jewels, bejewelled headpieces, tiaras and crystal-crystal-encrusted religious crosses and rosaries adorned the

News Edit: 22 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... All that glitters: dazzling high jewellery looks SCMP: Big is better and bold is beautiful when it comes to jewels www.scmp.com Gemstone-studded lace exposes the sensual side of high jewellery at Dior The Telegraph: For all the comings and goings of creative directors at the fashion houses that dominate the Paris Haute Couture schedule, those who helm the city’s jewellery maisons tend to have a more stable tenure. www.telegraph.co.uk Big in Japan: Les Mondes de Chaumet The Week: Les Mondes de Chaumet (The Worlds of Chaumet), an ambitious exhibition detailing the

Graduate crafts heavy metal jewellery for rock legends

Since graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts in 2018 at Plymouth College of Art, Sam Ritte has secured a role at The Great Frog, the pioneers in handcrafted, iconic statement jewellery for rockers, bikers and those favouring their metal heavy. Crafting jewellery at The Great Frog. They have produced bespoke pieces for a cross section of the fashion and music industry since 1972, including rock legends Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash and Aerosmith. Every piece of jewellery sold at The Great Frog is hand carved and crafted on site, at their shop in Soho, London, each imbued with an [youtube

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner to be held by candlelight

A charitable dinner by candlelight event held by the Benevolent Society, the charity which financially assists individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and fashion accessories industries, has had the Giftware Association step up as its headline sponsor. One of the highlights of the jewellery industry’s calendar, The Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner, this year will be an exclusive dinner and entertainment by candlelight event at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London The event is put on not only to thank the Federation Benevolent Society’s sponsors and supporters, but also to raise funds for the charity which helps those who have worked within

Shine Bright with a Technicolour Touch

Perhaps the most prominant trend to consistently swing back into the fashion sweepstakes, nothing makes a statement or ties an outfit together better than a splash of technicolour. From a summers night out filled with wine and dancefloor moves to commanding the team brief at work in the city, there is a piece of colour pop charm out there to fit any personality or lifestyle. If you're looking to keep a pulse on the latest movement in the jewellery department, we have you covered! From sultry power shades to eye-catching rainbow displays, there's a technicolour timepiece  guarenteed to inject some

Chic Chain Reaction

Whilst the UK succumbs to the plunging temperatures and snow showers that January often delivers, the delights and burst of Springtime warmth feel like a far-distant dream. At Benchpeg, however, we're always of the opinion that you can never be too prepared, especially when your jewellery wardrobe is concerned. This is precisely why we're easing you into the Spring/Summer 2019 jewellery trends week-on-week so that you can invest in the all the sparkle that catches your eye whilst confidently knowing that you'll be a fashion catch when it comes to the style agenda later on this year. Everyone knows that the

Appointment: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

Appointments: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

Worth Partnership Project 2018

Call fro Applications: Worth Partnership Project After a successful first call, the second call is now open as a new opportunity to develop design-driven products in furniture, textile, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather sectors WORTH Partnership Project, an initiative of the European Union to boost the fashion and lifestyle industry within Europe and develop innovative and design-driven products, has announced the first 25 winning partnerships from the first call. Now, the #WORTHPartnershipProject reopens applications to discover the next round of promising projects. WORTH is embarking on the second edition of a 4-year journey, aiming to support 150 partnerships throughout the

News Edit: 27 January 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My head, their hands — a jeweller’s extraordinary collaboration After being paralysed from the neck down, Romilly Saumarez Smith found a new way to make art. www.ft.com 4 Jewellery Trends To Embrace In 2019 With fashion changing every season and the constant pressure to turn out fresh looks for every event, keeping up to date with the trends can feel exhausting.  www.elle.com.au   "More And More Women Are Buying Jewellery For Themselves" - Maya Magal On The Changing Market A quick scroll through Instagram will tell you that semi-precious jewellery

ADORE launches 2018 Spring Summer Collection

Contemporary fashion jewellery maker ADORE has launched its collection for the 2018 Spring-Summer seasons which promises a contemporary twist to ADORE'S trademark modern elegance. The collection includes on-trend ear crawlers and ear jackets, uniquely adjustable bracelets, statement rings and necklaces. It has been created with mixed crystal shapes in an array of colorful crystals inspired by  summer jewel tones – Rose gold with Indian Sapphire accents, Gold with hues of light topaz, and Rhodium with soft shades of blue and lilac. Within the collection is ADORE'S Signature Collection which can be worn as stand alone pieces or layers, fashioned in tri-tone

Style Buzz: Bejewelled Bugs

Something has been buzzing around at the back of the fashion world for some while now, creeping slowly towards the limelight ready to make a style strike. Arrange a line of spiders, beetles, ladybirds and other multiple-legged bugs and just about anyone would squirm with discomfort and unease. Yet somehow, arrange the same little critters moulded and shaped in brass, silver, jewels and crystals and they suddenly become far more alluring and compelling. Gold glittered ladybirds and dragonflies may have adorned your headbands and pencil cases as a young girl but fast forward a few years and they're flying back

New ethical consultancy launched

New consultancy firm V&V launches to debunk the myth that working responsibly and transparently has to be complicated and costly.    Victoria Waugh, formerly the face behind Fairtrade’s work on gold, has teamed up with supply chain traceability expert Vanessa Brain, to provide tailored consultancy services to jewellery and fashion businesses, in a language that's easy to understand.  Launching ahead of the Fair Luxury conference next week, the duo will work collectively with jewellers and manufacturers to help them understand their footprint on the world and grow  profitable, sustainable businesses.  Services offerred will include support to identify supply chain risks,

NOËL – Designer Gifts Fair

Call for Applications: NOËL – Designer Gifts Fair The 10th edition of NOËL – Designer Gifts Fair will take place this year on 15th and 16th December, in Bucharest, Romania.  NOËL is a fair created and supported by AUTOR Platform taking place every year since 2009.  It is the most awaited fair for Christmas in Bucharest and it comes with a fine selection of jewellery designers. The call for entries is now open, so, if you are preparing a collection for the holiday season, we look forward to seeing it!  Jewellery, fashion, art? Send us an e-mail to mdn@dautor.ro with

Coin Jewellery: The Antique Pieces for Spring

This season is all about throwing light back to archaeological treasures and bringing to life antique coins and medallions with modern interpretations. Given a modern twist of light and delicate chains that are perfect for being worn solo or layered with an array of other chains, coin jewellery is every fashion friend's favourite look for Spring. Dangling from dainty hoops or bundled into a shimmery bib necklace, spring medallions and coins are a simple way of adding a touch of antique demure with elegant simplicity. What makes this Spring trend such a money grabber is its diversity as an accessory.

Scarlett Fever Never Looked So Chic

This season we see the flaming tones of red revolutionised, refined and steeped in grown-up elegance as designers release signature collections infused with spirit, passion, lust and romance. Scarlett, ruby, maroon, crimson; if there's one colour to be seen in this season, it's red. Not a new fixture to the jewellery realms, red has famously brought a touch of mischief and fire to many a collections for years. With this voraciously bold colour sizzling in ever-increasing popularity for the party season, slipping into something saturated in red is a serious win-win fashion situation. Notoriously associated with strong, confident self-assured individuals,

Artistar Jewels celebrates its sixth successful year and announces prize-winners

The sixth edition of Artistar Jewels has celebrated another successful year as the destination for the contemporary jewel from all corners of the globe. The event has grown to become a key event in the Italian fashion calendar.  Not just a showcase, but a genuine tool to champion, promote and grow jewellery businesses through tangible strategies, such as its book and e-book, commercial website and press office support for all exhibitors, it is serious about making a difference within the industry.  Over five-hundred jewels from around the world were on display, most of which were created specifically for the event. 

Handmade at Kew 2017

Following the storming success since its launch in 2015, Handmade in Britain will return to Kew Gardens for the third edition of HANDMADE AT KEW in October 2017. This four-day international contemporary craft event offers you the opportunity to meet and buy directly from over 200 extraordinary designer-makers working across all disciplines including: ceramics, jewellery, fashion and textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories. It’s a really special chance to invest in beautiful, unique products at a show where you can buy, browse and commission directly from the maker; unearthing the stories, inspirations and processes behind the exquisite

Go Bold, Go Big, Go Beautiful

What better way to kick off a brand new year than with a big, bright and colourful bang?​ This season, it's all about piling it up, layering it on and going for the real 'wow' factor when it comes to your accessories game. With collections rich in bold origami necklaces, statement candy coloured gemstone rings, designers have crafted their pieces to be worn in a mix , non-matching fashion. Wave goodbye to the dainty days of last year and hello to bold, brash and bright oversized jewellery. From clusters of rich colour to quirky designs interlaced with different textures and materials,

Winter Market @ The Forge

Craft Central Winter Market at The Forge Join us this winter at Craft Central's wonderful new home, The Forge, for a seasonal market selling handmade products by over 50 talented craftspeople. Home accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, prints and more will be on sale. The Craft Central winter market is a chance to meet and shop directly from designer-makers, explore our imaginatively converted 19th century Victorian forge building, take part in one of our family craft workshops and enjoy a drink in our pop-up café. Ceramics | Jewellery | Textiles | Prints | Interior Products and much more Dates 24

Flora in Full Bloom

A classic style, popular in the 50s and now growing its way back into the fashion sunlight is colourful, dainty flower and bouquet studded jewellery!  The intricate and delicate botanical shapes and patterns of enchanting blossom gardens turn this trend into one of pure beauty and super-feminine creativity. Designers have kept designs simple and brought them to life in harmonious colours, tones and acute attention to detail in petals, stems and pistils. Spring awakens into summer as our accessories get the full bloom treatment of bold and striking splashes of colour, sparkling embellishment of charming gemstones and a nod to

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Sheffield & Manchester GNCCF Manchester 10 - 13 October 2019 GNCCF Sheffield 12 - 14 July 2019 Applications are invited from artists and designer-makers working in jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, metal, fashion, print-making, lighting and more. How to Apply You need to complete the application form in full to be considered for GNCCF Sheffield taking place 12-14 July at the Millennium Gallery and/or GNCCF Manchester taking place 10-13 October 2019 at Upper Campfield Market Please consult the stand package costs & application guidelines here to help you complete this form.

Modern Metallics

As the temperatures plummet, seasons transition and the sale of pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere to be seen, it can only mean one thing for the fashion-minded: new season jewellery is out in full swing. A signature style of elegance and grace, metallic metal pieces are a favourite for Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobes and the perfect way of injecting a touch of glitz and magnetic wearability. The slinky finish of modern metallic adornments offer lightweight aesthetics that will cast a flattering glow to any skin tone hue. Arrive in style at any winter dinner soiree shining in subtle, eye-catching beauty; the

Desire: The Contemporary Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair - Winchester

A mixed discipline craft fair being staged alongside the Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair. This will be our tenth year with Desire at Winchester. Admission gives entry to both events. Purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more… Tickets may be purchased on entry to the show and are not available in advance.   Dates 2-4 November 2018 Open Friday 12 noon - 6pm, Weekend 10am - 5pm Admission £5 Venue The Guildhall, Winchester,

All the sparkle for a season of fun

With the countdown well and truly underway to the season of all things fine, fancy and fabulous, there are a plethora of stunning pieces for every kind of jewellery fanatic out there! When it comes to the cocktail schedule of festive fun, everyone know that sparkly, sentimental and statement showstoppers are the only way to ensure you shine this party season. Glorious gold, delicate silver and daring black are the traditional colours designers plump for around Christmas but just like fashion trends that come and go, a shift in jewellery style has arrived. Colour has blossomed throughout the jewellery picks

Fringe with Benefits

As the sun slowly begins to grace us with glorious but brief glimpses of pimms-soaked summer days, the month of hay fever and allergies strike in full force. We've been bitten by the bug that's been making its rounds round the fashion houses and we're in dangerous territory of causing a major fringe movement on a global scale. Welcome to the new S/S 2018 trend of flamboyant fringing!  Throwing it back to the glory days of flapper finesse, modern-day fine jewellery has transformed itself from low-key minimalism to XL swinging tassels of personality and style.   With collections bursting with

Nailing The Crystal Look In Geode Goodness

With the runways awash with the footsteps of hundreds of models in new season thigh high boots, houndstooth print seen left right and centre and bold granny chic adornments dangly from polished and preened earlobes, fashion week has once again descended upon our calendars! Last fall the jewellery and beauty worlds came together in all their tantalising trends to bring us spellbinding galaxy nail art and geode lips. Makeup artists have made it easier for you to take your covetable crystal collection everywhere with you by drawing inspiration from the world's prettiest gemstones and turning it into gorgeous geode nail

Out with the Old, In with the Bold

The slew of super-sleek and sophisticated minimalistic pieces have outshone as the go-to pieces for day-to-day wearing and red carpet soirees. Delicate, dainty and off-duty cool, the days of simple adornment has had its day. Autumn is notoriously a season of change and a perfect chance to revive, refresh and replenish your jewellery box. So it is rather fitting that a new wave of jewellery showstoppers are will be demanding the fashion spotlight. Gone are the days of intricate delicacies as it's time to welcome the big, the bold, the mismatched, the unique and your new jewellery bff's! There's no

Micro and Macro Inspired Jeweller Debuts at LFW

Macro and mirco  inspired jeweller Ana Thompson will make her London Fashion Week debut this week with must-see collections of arresting fine jewellery for SS18.  Housed within LFW’s Designer Showrooms, three intrepid collections Vortex, Sedna and Spin will embody Ana’s fascination with the macroscopic and microscopic worlds of nature, science and technology. With statement bangles, chokers, rings and cufflinks, the collections are a daring antidote to delicacy, and highlight the return of bold jewellery for SS18.   Crafted in sterling silver, gold vermeil and precious 18ct gold, Ana Thompson Fine Jewellery combines skilful hand craftsmanship with cutting edge technological applications.  The

Future Icons Winter Showcase

Future Icons Winter Showcase 67 York Street  Looking to begin your Christmas shopping? We have the finest home decor, art and fashion accessories available to buy right now from 67 York Street. Read on for a sneak peek of available collections on display by 18 of the most sought after contemporary designers and craft practitioners on the market today. Ceramics: Helen Beard // Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA // Jo Davies MA RCA // Vezzini & Chen MA RCA // With special guest: Helen E Ceramics Furniture & Lighting:  Kevin Stamper // Louis Jobst  // With special guest: David Pringle MA

Appointment: Francesca Amfitheatrof appointed Louis Vuitton artistic director

French fashion house LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled former Tiffany & Co design  director Francesca Amfitheatrof as their new artistic director to shape their new high jewellery and watch collections. Amfitheatrof, 49, who was born in Japan and trained at Chelsea Art School, Central St Martins School of Art and Royal College of Art, left Tiffany & Co  last year after overseeing their product lines for four years and has since been instrumental in the launch of new collections for Chanel and Marni. This week, her appointment as artistic director at Louis Vuitton was confirmed, guaranteeing a prime

Francesca Amfitheatrof appointed Louis Vuitton artistic director

French fashion house LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled former Tiffany & Co design  director Francesca Amfitheatrof as their new artistic director to shape their new high jewellery and watch collections. Amfitheatrof, 49, who was born in Japan and trained at Chelsea Art School, Central St Martins School of Art and Royal College of Art, left Tiffany & Co  last year after overseeing their product lines for four years and has since been instrumental in the launch of new collections for Chanel and Marni. This week, her appointment as artistic director at Louis Vuitton was confirmed, guaranteeing a prime

What's In A Face: Jewellery With A Personality

It's an unusual trend that's been circulating amongst fashion bloggers for some time now without any indication of slowing down. So the jewellery trend in question, becoming a permanent fixture upon our instagram feeds is the usual and obscure outline of faces. Discreet? No. Chic? Yes, yes, yes! It's hard not to be drawn to the artistic, abstract and boldly creative shapes and patterns of this trend. With oversized facial features, blurred uneven lines and imperfect placement of embellishment, the more obscure the design, the better! From earrings, rings to pendants, the fun face trend takes its inspiration from the

News Edit: 26 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How Monica Vinader Conquered Demi-Fine Jewellery BOF: The 'accessible luxury' brand has its sights set on revenues of £200 million a year in the growing space between fine and fashion jewellery. Next up: new stores on three continents. www.businessoffashion.com   Tiaras, tea and the royals' remarkable jewellery: behind the scenes at London's Garrard jewellers The Telegraph: Fans of The Crown who are also sticklers for historical accuracy will have noticed that the Netflix drama omitted at least one tense moment from the 1947.... www.telegraph.co.uk Nikki Gewirtz of Lola Rose Jewellery:

Hot Watch: The Pieces to Clock onto this A/W'18

Just like shop windows and displays are getting dressed up in a flurry of new autumn vibes, designs and style, the watch world has struck our magpie eyes with an array of buzzy, exciting and charasmatic designs guarenteed to make you kickstart the autumn fun with a bang! Whilst the watch world likes to tick to its own beat and not follow the fashion whimsies of our ever-changing seasons, it is without a doubt as much as a fashionable accessory as the new it bag of the season! Whether it's pantone-selected colour combinations, intricate, structural design or modern updates on

Scoop 2018

Scoop Saatchi Gallery, London 28 – 30 January 2018 Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop

Jewellery Certificate Level 2 at Morley Collage

Jewellery Certificate Level 2- VJE070A Morley College 13 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018 This year long course is 3 hours a week from September and is an intermediate course aimed at people wanting to further their skills, start a business, work in the jewellery industry or progress onto further education.  The course covers press-forming, etching, stone setting, fashion jewellery, a competition project with the V&A museum, using found objects in jewellery and enamelling. At the end of the course there is a show which the students organise, run and participate in. It also covers running a small business, setting

Top Drawer A/W

Top Drawer, the creative powerhouse for inspired retailers, returns to London Olympia on 10-12 September 2017. The Autumn/Winter 2017 edition presents thousands of leading and undiscovered UK and International brands, expertly curated and chosen for their beautiful design, exceptional quality, originality and commercial appeal.  Encompassing the dynamic worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion, Craft, Top Drawer provides unique access to this season's hottest new design-led products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful season. Food Emporium will make its September debut, adding a delicious selection of the finest giftable food products from the best producers and artisans.  Spotted brings the

Call for Applications: Marshwood Arts Awards 2017

Call for Applications: Marshwood Arts Awards 2017 The Marshwood Arts Awards 2017 is the fourth in a series that began in 2008. Designed to support and highlight creativity across the Arts, the Awards are divided into categories. Artists are invited to submit work to any one (or more) of the categories and the relevant judge will select three artists from that category to exhibit in a high-profile mixed exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre. The Categories Painting & Drawing Photography & Digital Media Sculpture Applied Arts (to include products such as: Furniture & Works in Wood, Ceramics & Glass, Fashion

It's All In The Charm

Bright, bold statement pieces have been on top of the trends radar all summer long so it's about time that something new and understated joined the race to become the ' it'  trend of the new season fashion world. Instead of big oversized hoops looping back round as a cliche style for autumn, a dainty obsession for sentimental chains and charms are taking centre stage for all those fashionistas. From vintage treasure chests of charm jewellery passed down through generations to new designer trinkets, the delicately layered jewellery of autumn is steeped in charming nostalgia and folklore symbolism. From graceful

Flux 2017 - Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery Conference

Brining together pioneering figures from the worlds of jewellery, fashion, and beyond - FLUX provides a platform for industry leaders who question the way in which we approach provenance and sustainability by examining the complex journey from mine to market. This two-day event will build on our inaugural conference in 2016 to further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of something truly trailblazing. Day one will focus on a range of topics relating to responsible and sustainable sourcing in the jewellery sector for small and medium sized

will.i.am,'s i.am+ Launch BUTTONS

i.am+   has announced that its 'BUTTONS' premium bluetooth earphones product are now widely available in the UK, in four new  colourways .  The wireless earphones – styled by fashion legend, André Leon Talley – are the brainchild of global music artist and entrepreneur, will.i.am, with brand ambassadors and investors including Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell.   BUTTONS fill a gap in the Bluetooth earphone market, offering a  product that allows for high design without the loss of high technology.    Jenner, a next-generation model starring in the campagin alongside Shaun Ross and India Love says, “Getting to be a part

Pure London announces International Footwear and Accessory line-up

Pure London, the premium event for progressive fashion buyers, will once again play host to the UK’s largest selection of footwear and accessory brands at the forthcoming February edition of the show (12-14 February, London Olympia). Featuring a range of new, international and niche brands showcasing their AW17 collections, the Footwear and Accessory hall is set to be one of the best offerings yet for buyers. New to Pure London this February, Spanish-based footwear designer Lola Cruz, who will be presenting their highly anticipated  AW17 collection. Designed and created by Maria Jesus Gonzalvo, who followed her family's passion and heritage

Not Just For The Queen: Girl With The Pearls

Not only for the ladies who lunch at Selfridges on a Tuesday, pearls are irrefutably the emerging trend to reign supreme on the fashion runways this fall. Not one to take no for an answer, the pearly presence has always remained in low-level limelight behind the scenes but it seems the time has come to breath a fresh wave of innovative air into the timeless ocean-bread adornment. Long gone are the days of prim, poised and proper with the return of the pearl showcasing new generation inspired design through larger than life iridescent balls married amongst chunky military jackets, sports

Ear Cuff Galore: Crafted With Love. Curated With Taste. Worn With Character

The last couple of months the Ear Cuff has been dominating fashion; a different, more eclectic way to adorn one’s ear. On catwalks, on the streets and in magazines, the Ear Cuff is here to stay. Auverture have scoured the world to find such gems. They specialise in unique, designer fine jewellery. So it is no surprise that they have collected a broad collection of beautiful ear cuffs, designed by various and tremendously talented designers. Fernando Jorge's ‘Fluid Diamonds Ear Cuffs’ wind around the edge of the ear and are set with tiny diamonds. The ear cuffs themselves are crafted in 18ct yellow gold.

A Touch Of Rose

Beautifully delicate and enchanting, rose-gold jewellery has landed itself in the fashion focused spotlight as the striking finishing touch to enhance any complete look. This must-have metal of the moment has seen a recent resurgence in popularity as the go-to piece for contemporary sophistication and elegance. A feminine step way from the classic collections in lavish gold and steely silver, rose gold represents a modern alternative where its pink-hued tones create a warming effect to frame and compliment any complexion. The stunning iridescent finish of pink-gold jewellery makes it a versatile design as an eye-catching stand alone piece as well

New Designers 2017

New Designers 2017 The exhibition for emerging design New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design.  It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into the UK’s fastest growing

New Designers 2017 - Part II

New Designers 2017 The exhibition for emerging design New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design.  It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into the UK’s fastest growing

Champagne Showers in Race Day Jewels

Galloping off to a day of sumptuous hospitality, world-class racing, fabulous fashion and sartorial elegance? Welcome to the season of popping corks, fine-dining, frivolous antics and the mixing and mingling of tradition and fun; Race Day tomfoolery is off to a flying start! Experience the spirit of summer out on the racecourses with a winning selection of jewellery wonders that'll have you turning heads come rain or shine. Accessorise your polished champagne flutes with a touch of regal refinement in graceful gemstones and delicate drapery dripping in colour, charm and unforgettable glamour. From classic milky pearls to modern bursts of

Saunders Shepherd & Co Return to Jewellery & Watch

Fine jewellery distributor Saunders Shepherd & Co will make a welcome return to Jewellery & Watch in February following several years’ absence. The Birmingham-based heritage company, who distribute fine and fashion collections by Fope, Ponte Vecchio and Al Coro, has chosen Jewellery & Watch as the destination to launch its new range of Italian-made silver jewellery by Dog Fever. John Coupland, MD of Saunders Shepherd & Co, commented, “We are delighted to be participating in the UK’s spring premier jewellery show again, and look forward to unveiling our exquisite new silver collection from Dog Fever; it is unlike anything we

Call for Applications: Top Drawer | Craft 2017

 Call for Applications: CRAFT | Top Drawer SS17 Edition January 2017 sees the return of Top Drawer | Craft for its fourth edition, introducing leading designer-makers to professional retailers, galleries and museums as they make their first buying decisions for the year. This is an international opportunity to showcase your unique work at the UK’s fastest growing trade event for contemporary makers here in the heart of London. The number of applications is likely to exceed the space available. Makers and groups are encouraged to apply from a broad range of disciplines including: ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles, mixed media, furniture,

Ellie Air Jewellery, Firma: The Brand New Collection

Firma, the new collection from Ellie Air Jewellery, had been relaunched in autumn 2016 ready for the A/W 2016 fashion reboot. Italian for signature, 'Firma' is inspired by an antique ring that Lauren found already engraved with her initials. The signet ring is a beautiful and unusual shape and these traits are reflected on throughout the new collection, with dainty 9ct gold and silver stars and rhombus shapes featuring heavily. Each design in the collection 'Firma' features a star set stone; high quality black and grey diamonds and emeralds. There are also two special rings in the collection: an eternity

Handmade in Britain 2017

Following a show-stopping tenth anniversary event, Handmade in Britain will be returning to the Kings Road with their flagship Chelsea craft fair on Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November (with a Private View evening on Thursday 9th November). Handmade in Britain's Chelsea shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in the UK. Individual makers working across the following disciplines are welcome to apply: ceramics, jewellery, fashion & textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories. Handmade in Britain’s 2016 highlights include: Gail Klevan, Carole Waller, Araminta Campbell, Adam Aaronsoon, Terry Macey, Jonathan Rogers.

Benchpeg Awards Judges 2016

Benchpeg is extremely excited to reveal the Judges for the Benchpeg Awards 2016. Each Judge is an expert in their field, which range from fashion markets, art jewellery, commerciality, manufacture, the craft, image making, design, creativity and innovation. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Kate Baxter - The Cut London Kate Baxter is a jewellery designer and founder of fine jewellery blog & consultancy The Cut London. With over 10 years’ experience working within the jewellery industry; as a designer for global brands and as a freelance creative, Kate brought her unique sense of innovation and intuition to launch

Shimell and Madden Launch new Film

An insight into the creative and craft process of  Shimell  and Madden, this video profile shows how the duo work together and develop their ideas. London based, they  create structural  gold pattern work that form distinctive fine jewellery pieces.  Shimell and Madden occupy that space where craft, art and fashion intersect. High quality and hand-crafted, their jewellery explores themes of science, nature and time. Shimell and Madden | The Process | 2017 from Shimell and Madden on Vimeo . They have been creating jewellery in their London studio since 2010. Emma

Wrapped Up With A Bow

The bow. A simplistic yet elegantly chic nod to femininity that is stealing the scenes in the jewellery trends spotlight. A long time classic motif within Jewellery and fashion this understated design has continuously served as a symbolic emblem to stylish finesse, beauty and haute couture style. Looping back onto the style scene, the bow has been treated to a contemporary twist by multiple layers of precious metals fashioned into sculpted domes and rounded curves; playing with the reflections and refrains of light beams. The graceful craftsmanship of bow inspired adornments unfurl a graceful fluidity oozing with charming artistry. A

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The GNCCF celebrates its 10th anniversary from 12 - 15 October 2017. Applications are now open for this leading award-winning show in the North from UK and international designer-makers working across all craft disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion design, textiles, leather, metal, mixed media, print-making, furniture, wood and sculpture etc. 150 exhibitors will be selected by an independent panel of craft experts. Subsidised stands for new makers in business less than 3 years and shared stands available. How to Apply Apply on line at www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

Talent 2016: Craft Central as part of London Design Festival

As part of the London Design Festival, come and see our choice of top graduate designer makers from across the UK. We have selected 22 superb designer maker graduates to showcase the best in craftsmanship - from furniture to fashion, glass to ceramics and all designed and crafted by them. Take a look at this year’s Talent! 2016 graduates: Alice Heaton – Glass www.aahdesignermaker.co.uk Alison Attwood Ceramics – Ceramics www.instagram.com/alison.attwood AlmaBorealis – Textiles www.almaborealis.com Casabi Designs – Ceramics www.casabidesigns.co.uk CeramicsX – Ceramics www.ceramicsx.co.uk George Riding Studio - Interior Products www.georgeriding.info Isabel Webb - Interior Textiles www.isabelwebb.tumblr.com Jessica Jue – Silversmithing

Frankie Bridge Featured in Thomas Sabo Spring Shoot

Thomas Sabo , the global premium lifestyle accessory brand, is delighted to release their new Spring Summer 2017 imagery featuring UK and Ireland ambassador, Frankie Bridge. Thomas Sabo   is releasing five new images featuring two distinct looks; which continue to be inspired by the universal ‘Together’ message that has become a hallmark of the Thomas Sabo brand.   The new images display an eye-catching and fashion-forward selection of the new Spring Summer 2017 range, which includes elements of the new Africa collection.   Frankie Bridge said of the shoot,  “ Summer  is nearly here, so I need to update my

A One-Sided Look: Asymmetrical Earrings

If there's one way to turn heads this coming fall then an asymmetrical eardrobe will be your main squeeze in the accessories field. As the fashion runways for A/W 2017 begin to descend in new season glory, there was one look in particular that certainly got people talking: the world of mismatched earrings! We've all been there and experienced the crushing dismay when you look in the mirror at the end of the way only to find yourself somewhat mismatched with one earlobe very much naked and exposed. The days of when a favourite pair of sparkly droppers become a

Scoop 2017

Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop has become a key destination for showcasing over 250

Trend Watch: There's No Mellow In Yellow

Hailed as the colour showstopper with enviable transseasonal wearability, canary yellow is making a bold entrance into our accessories wardrobes like Big bird at a politicians debate. The retail industry has followed one rule and one rule only, the brighter the better! Luminous yellow is the go-to colour refresh of the Summer that'll guarantee to spice up any look with an injection of sunshine soul. Ranging from golden sunset golds, silky primrose undertones to bold and striking pops of paintbox hues, this fashion colour of the season will be splattered amongst your head-turning wardrobes. Network this essential " en-vogue "

Chocolate Hour Strikes

Boldly versatile, uniquely captivating and an understated way to make any ensemble sizzle with heat; chocolate brown is the new black, darling. From warming champagne tones, whipped cocoa butter accents to earthy, rich hues of fertile soil, the striking world of ticking timepieces is heating up its embodiment of everyday elegance by indulging our sweet teeth with wristwatches coated in seductive shades of chocolatiers finest. Fashion is a conveyor-belt world of trends, forecasts and collections and the world of wrist wear is keeping watch. With changing political settings, changing attitudes and changing faces, it seems about time for a switch

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

The Stony Look: Exposing Raw Power

With the resurgence of bohemian talisman charm flooding the summer runways, the crystal allure has embedded its way back into our jewellery trinket boxes with a plethora of raw stones demanding centre stage on the catwalks this fall. Forgoing dainty, dull and inconspicuous, the array of brushed stones being unearthed are boldly brilliant in their simplistic and effortless composition and infuse a charmingly seductive way to waltz into fashionable fall! An alluring way to inject a powerhouse statement to any outfit this coming winter and a champion detail that can enhance or strengthen an ensemble into high-power fashion territory! Time

Scoop 2017 - S/S18

Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop has become a key destination for showcasing

Diamonds Are Forever

Happy birthday month to all you April babies out there! With Spring in full swing and summer fashion trends ready to ring-a-ding-ding, the diamond dazzles as queen bee in this months gemstone spotlight! Owing to their superior robust structure, remarkable luster and beautiful crystal lattice patterns reflecting and refracting light spectrums, the diamond sparkles with a hidden beauty of intrigue and desirable finery. Diamonds are not only a notoriously ancient coveted treasure of the wealthy elite but it is highly loved many  gemmologosts  for being one of the only gemstones made entirely from one element- carbon. Owing to its isometric

Trollbeads Grow

Danish interchangeable  jewellery  brand Trollbeads has upped its game by building a highly interactive digital strategy that includes social influencers and brand ambassadors. Recently hosting a first of its kind digital party and inviting one of the UK’s biggest bloggers to become the face of a new season collection, Trollbeads is working to engage a target market that may not shop solely in the conventional brick and mortar way. 2016 saw Trollbeads focus heavily on the consumer experience offered to its customer and how to continue driving sales. To strengthen its digital position, Trollbeads recruited renowned fashion and lifestyle blogger

RIBA North to House Design Led Shop at New National Architectural Centre

A store for architecture and design enthusiasts will be included at RIBA North, the new national architectural centre set to open in Liverpool on 17 June. At the heart of the new retail destination will be a section curated by stylist Katie Patrick, displaying innovative designs from UK artists, makers and craftspeople from the North. This feeds into RIBA’s mission to promote creativity and enables people to own world-class, regionally produced designs for themselves. The curated section features a diverse range of products including home and fashion accessories whilst the rest of the shop will also sell stationary, books and

IJL 2016 Announce KickStarter Winner

Marina Skia has been voted by the industry as the winner of the eighth IJL 2016 ‘People’s Choice’ award and will receive a free stand in the IJL Design Gallery in 2017. Marina Skia is currently Artist in Residence at Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University. She cleverly identified people and organisations with large groups of followers, mainly through Facebook, to engage their support of her campaign. This included several fashion bloggers as well as Cass students, staff and friends on Facebook. Her strategy paid off and her campaign reach grew thanks to numerous shares, new followers and messages of

IJL Announces Bright Young Gems 2016

IJL has announced the five Bright Young Gems selected to show at this year’s event. Now in its eleventh year, this initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the leading commercial opportunities for emerging designers, providing these talented young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent exposure. These emerging stars of the contemporary jewellery world are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK by a prestigious panel – comprising Hilary Alexander, OBE: Editor at Large Hello! Fashion Monthly Magazine, Vivienne Becker: jewellery historian and Contributing Editor to the Financial Times - How

Open Studios: Made In Clerkenwell Winter 2016, Craft Central

Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer makers and Network members. For the first time we welcome visitors to 4 iconic Clerkenwell venues filled with over 150 designer makers selling quality handmade home accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationary and prints. Everything you could possibly need for Christmas. Open Studios Throughout Craft Central St John's Square & Clerkenwell Green, you'll be welcomed to discover and meet some the UK's most notable designer makers in their private studios. This is your chance to purchase and commission directly from these designer makers - truly special gifts for Christmas.

The Pommier Launches Pop-Up Shop At Boxpark Shoreditch

This May, global online retailer The Pommier will launch its first pop-up shop at Boxpark Shoreditch to showcase its unique and creative range of independent accessory designers. Customers will now be able to experience The Pommier in real life and get to meet the world’s most exciting emerging designers in person for a limited time only. The pop-up will feature 25 designers who will showcase their handmade fashion accessories throughout the week.  The Pommier pop-up shop will launch on 16 May and will be open until 28th May. The shop will house six spectacular designers each day on a rotating

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Holborn

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Deptford

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Primrose Hill Designer Sale - London NW3

This is the ever popular annual event at St Mary’s, where you can come along to browse a great selection of quality fashion and gift items. Grab a last min gifts for christmas or just treat yourself! We also set up a fantastic cafe where you can have lunch, cake, hot drinks and even a glass of mulled wine. The fair is open to the public from 10am all day until 6pm. All proceeds from the cafe and 15% of the stall holders profits go towards St Mary’s community projects, such as Youthwork and homeless shelter Ceramics, glass, stationary, wonderful

LFW Limelight: Ejing Zhang SS17 Collection

Born and raised in China, Ejing Zhang's exposure to fabrics and thread came at a very young age, as her Mother worked in the textile industry. Zhang's love of fabrics and fashion continued to grow with her and resulted in an education and passionate career in the creative industry. Ejing Zhang graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Mixed Media Textiles. Through the combination of textiles and resin, Ejing Zhang Studio creates intricate jewellery by highlighting a cross section of the mixed media resin tile, revealing its abstract and detailed core. All the tiles are hand

Top Drawer S/S – Olympia, London

Journey into Top Drawer S/S17 to explore our expertly curated selection of global brands and innovative new names. Top Drawer is your perfect guide to a careful selection of UK and international lifestyle brands showing he very best, most original and commercially appealing designs across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. With more exclusive world launches than ever, an expanded Food Emporium and great new talent to discover in Spotted, your quest for new design-led products starts right here. Rigorous about selection, Top Drawer presents an expert edit of the newest, most exciting products from high quality companies passionate about design

It's Written In The Stars

For a magical jewellery trend that's written in the stars and studded in mesmerising diamond sparkle then peak through your jewellery scope into a blanket night sky star studded with a cluster of iridescent astrological gems. Sending the jewellery forecast into faraway orbit, govern your astrological fate by wearing the power of the cosmos as we fly into the hemisphere of the festive season of mischief! This star-inspired jewellery trend has struck the winter catwalks in sparkling elegance from demure and classic daytime subtly to bold and sultry nightie dazzle; there's a comic constellation aligning in the fashion skyline to

Sarah Salmon

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

Jeff Lowe at Pangolin London

In the close distance -  Jeff Lowe 15th January – 11th February 2020 Pangolin London A solo exhibition by influential British sculptor Jeff Lowe at Pangolin London has been announced for January 2020. Open from 15th January – 11th February 2020, the exhibition will feature a series of Lowe’s largescale sculptures alongside smaller works and prints and mark a shift in Lowe’s usual aesthetic through a change in technique, material and bold use of colour.  Jeff Lowe’s new series of largescale sculptures are shaped from curved sheets of aluminium, folded in and around each other, forming abstract circular structures. Cutting silhouettes into the aluminium

News Edit: 21 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Diana Porter: Tributes paid to Bristol jewellery designer BBC: Tributes have been paid to influential designer Diana Porter following her death on Sunday, aged 78. bbc.co.uk Tributes paid to Diana Porter, British jewellery queen Bristol Post: From setting up in her front room in Bristol to becoming the most renowned jewellery designer in Britain. bristolpost.co.uk In memoriam: Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021) Wallpaper: Elsa Peretti, the designer known for her jewellery designs for Tiffany & Co, has died age 80. wallpaper.com Legendary Jewellery Designer, Model & Philanthropist Elsa

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

Auction For Aid

Over 70 Of The Uk’s Hottest Jewellery Designers Unite For “Auction For Aid” Supporting Help Refugees and Moas (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) A Facebook auction of British Contemporary Jewellery "Auction For Aid", spearheaded by Leeds based jeweller Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi, of Soremi Jewellery is taking place online, on Facebook, from Monday September 18th to Sunday September 24th.  Auction For Aid will feature over 205 donated works from supporting jewellers such as Polly Wales, Jo Hayes Ward, Ruth Tomlinson, Shimmel Madden and Disa Allsop.   This year the auction, has gone international, receiving support from European and US jewellers who also feel the injustice of

Jewellers Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

In a tradition which dates back to 1860 when Queen Victoria gave out the first Birthday Honours, a total of 1,057 people have been recognised in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list including two well known figures in industry. From left to right, clockwise: Nicholas Wainwright, Stuart Laing, Pippa Pearce, Vanessa Swann and Sam Fanaroff. The Queen's Birthday honours lists recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities. ​This year members of the jewellery, craft and metalwork industries were recognised with the Order of the British Empire. Sam Fanaroff, Founder of the Sussex Guild for

Hockley Mint Shows Off Brand Refresh at IJL

Award-winning fine and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint will unveil its updated brand identity at International Jewellery London this week. The firm’s new catalogues will feature stunning modern lifestyle imagery to reinforce the brand’s position as a high-end, award-winning bridal jewellery supplier. This brand refresh will also carry through to Hockley Mint’s website, which will include a section dedicated to its new designer bridal jewellery range. Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint, said,  “We are well-established as a leading British manufacturer of jewellery, but we hope that these new innovations will further raise Hockley Mint’s profile with retailers. Our

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 - Goldsmiths' Hall, London

Goldsmiths' Fair returns for its 34th year. The annual showcase of British fine jewellery and contemporary silver, Goldsmiths' Fair is the premier destination to buy the most exquisite, one-of-a-kind precious metal pieces. Erin O'Connor Selects This year we were delighted to welcome supermodel Erin O’Connor to make her selection of personal highlights from this year's exhibitors. Erin says of her choices: "My selection reflects my personal style. It’s made up of jewellery I’d happily wear on a variety of occasions and contemporary silver I’d proudly display at home. I love the high degree of craftsmanship in each piece." Silver: The

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect magazine

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect Magazine Monday 6th September Sarabande Foundation, 22 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH Doors open at 7:00 PM An inspirational talk with Sølve Sundsbø & Michaela Stark, in conversation with Jeanne Annan- Lewin . Internationally renowned fashion photographer and filmmaker Sølve Sundsbø has shot for innumerable luxury couture houses and publications – Chanel, Hérmes, Louis Vuitton, Italian VOGUE, LOVE and i-D to name a few. Sarabande artist-in-residence Michaela Stark creates intricate and unconventional lingerie that subverts and contests society’s unrealistic beauty standards. Having recently collaborated for the upcoming issue of Perfect, the pair will

News Edit: 5 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Cartier ambassadors Rami Malek, Maisie Williams and Willow Smith front new Pasha collection Luxury London: Fashion photographer Craig McDean captures a community of ‘unique personalities’ to help relaunch one of Cartier’s most distinctive timepieces. luxurylondon.co.uk Jewellery Artist Cindy Chao Brings Masterpiece London to Hong Kong Prestige Online: Since 2018, jewellery artist Cindy Chao would spend the last week of June in London as one of a handful of jewellery designers – and the only one from Asia – to be invited to

News Edit:22 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Chain, Chain, Chain NY Times: A favorite street accessory has been getting a luxury makeover. nytimes.com Hermès Celebrated its Latest Fine Jewelry Collection With a Slick Performance Vogue: Hermès’s latest fine jewelry collection, Enchaînements libres, is on a world tour! Coming from Paris is a performative dance work, commissioned by Hermès from esteemed French choreographer Christian Rizzo. vogue.com The Big Jewelry Trends During New York Fashion Week, Spring 2020 Forbes: New York, the first stop on the international ready-to-wear runway circuit is where we get a glimpse of the jewelry

News Edit: 2 February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Cartiers: Understanding the jewellery and those who made them The Week: Francesca Cartier Brickell was sent down to the cellar by her grandfather to fetch a bottle of champagne. When she came back without a bottle, she stumbled upon a battered trunk full of letters.  theweek.in Chopard CEO: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele swears by independence FT: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele talks about Chopard’s ethical stance. ft.com Cult Designer Anissa Kermiche’s Fine Jewellery Line Will Capture Fashion Hearts Vogue: Anissa Kermiche is no stranger to fine jewellery. When the French-Algerian designer launched her brand

News Edit: 26 April 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of the last four week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery’s New Surreal Appeal Echoes The Strangeness Of Our Times Vogue: Fashion houses and independent designers alike are taking inspiration from Surrealism and recasting iconic motifs from the 1930s art movement in arresting jewellery designs that echo the strangeness of our times. vogue.co.uk April 2020: What's New In Jewellery Tatler: The world’s second-largest rough diamond is unveiled, Cindy Chao reaches yet another milestone, and Dior Joaillerie puts pen to paper. asiatatler.com The treasure hunters: how Chaumet's archivists track down long-lost

News Edit: 15 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword BBC The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to London-based silversmith Grant Macdonald. bbc.co.uk   London fashion designer turns abandoned festival tents into couture collection Evening Standard: ‘In Tents: The After Party’ shows what happens once the fun is over. standard.co.uk How artisan skills can empower Syrian refugee women FT: An agency is training aspiring jewellers in Jordan to start their own businesses. ft.com The New high jewellery collections

Top Drawer 2018

Top Drawer Spring/Summer 18 Edition SPRING/ SUMMER 18 14 - 16 January 2018  Olympia, London Top Drawer, the creative powerhouse for inspired retailers returns to London Olympia on 14-16 January 2018. The Spring/Summer 18 edition will present over 1,500 leading and undiscovered UK and international brands, expertly curated and chosen for their beautiful design, exceptional quality, originality and commercial appeal.  Encompassing the dynamic sectors of Home, Gift, Fashion, Greetings & Stationery, Children’s, Wellbeing, Spotted, Craft and Food Emporium. Top Drawer provides unique access to this season's hottest new design-led products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful season.  The S/S18

GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Sheffield

Call for Applications: GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Sheffield 2018 Applications are now invited from designer-makers & artists working in ceramics, jewellery, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, print-making, wood, lighting, furniture, product design, glass, metal, basket-making and more. GNCCF Manchester will return for its 11th edition from 11 - 14 October 2018 as a headline event of Design Manchester, a two week city-wide festival of exhibitions, talks, debates, workshops and conference. The multi-award winning GNCCF is one of the leading selling events in the UK featuring over 150 of the UK's top designer makers.  GNCCF Sheffield is a partnership with

Cockpit Arts Open Studios Xmas 2018 - Holborn

Christmas Open Studios 2018 Holborn 23-25 November, Deptford 30 November - 2 December The Cockpit Arts Open Studios is the perfect Christmas shopping opportunity to purchase beautifully handcrafted gifts direct from independent makers. Whether you’re looking for jewellery, homewares, ceramics or fashion and accessories… there’s so much on offer. Holborn · 23 - 25 November Opening times: Fri 1pm – 8pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP Deptford · 30 November - 2 December Opening times: Fri 1pm – 8pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm 18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ Tickets In

News Edit: 3 February 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Chaumet's muse Empress Joséphine inspires high jewellery full of colour The Telegraph: There’s something about a diamond tiara that ignites a flurry of excitement inside even the most staunchly indifferent. www.telegraph.co.uk Chroma: Ana Khouri’s golden touch Wallpaper: The entire technique, which I’ve spent years developing, is a secret,’ says the Brazilian-born, New York-based fine jewellery designer Ana Khouri of the manufacturing process behind this delicate choker, formed from a mesh of coloured gold. www.wallpaper.com Iris Van Herpen 3d Printed “Face Jewellery” Expresses Hybridity At Paris Fashion Week 2019 3D Industry

V&A’s Residency Programme 2018

Call for Applications: V&A’s Residency Programme 2018 – 19 The V&A issue open calls for residencies once a year, in April. For each open call, we define a particular area of the collection or a specific theme or medium we would like the resident to explore.  The residencies last nine months, beginning mid-October and ending mid-June. This year the residencies include: ceramics (deadline 4 June 2018), video games (deadline 31 May 2018) and sustainable fashion and textile design (deadline 6 June 2018).  Residency dates 15 October 2018 – 15 June 2019 Residency Stipend £12,000 Deadline for applications 6 June 2018 Interview date

News Edit: 15 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... “It’s very difficult deciding what to bring” – jewellery exhibitor at Masterpiece Antiques Trade Gazette: London jewellery dealership Hancocks has exhibited at Masterpiece since the fair’s inception nine years ago.  www.antiquestradegazette.com Cartier’s Coloratura high jewellery is a celebration of diversity and colour The Telegraph: Oh, to spend a day in Cartier’s stone archive. In my head it’s a gemmology geek’s version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory... www.telegraph.co.uk 10 affordable jewellery brands that fashion editors are obsessed with Accessorising well does not have to cost the earth. www.harpersbazaar.com   Paris' high jewellery

This Year's Jewellery & Watch 2018

Jewellery & Watch, the UK’s largest dedicated jewellery trade event, returns to NEC Birmingham from Sunday 4th until Thursday 8th February 2018. Taking place at a key buying point in the year, Jewellery & Watch will showcase a dazzling offering of new collections and inspiration from more than 300 new and returning exhibitors, as well unveiling the latest trends and offering essential advice from industry insiders. What to Expect at Jewellery & Watch 2018 The Atelier, an all-new immersive future trend showcase set to dominate for 2018 Edited sectors include loose gems, diamonds, watches, bespoke jewellery, silver, semi-precious and wholesale fashion jewellery

Cockpit Arts Open Studios Xmas 2018 - Deptford

Christmas Open Studios 2018 Holborn 23-25 November, Deptford 30 November - 2 December The Cockpit Arts Open Studios is the perfect Christmas shopping opportunity to purchase beautifully handcrafted gifts direct from independent makers. Whether you’re looking for jewellery, homewares, ceramics or fashion and accessories… there’s so much on offer. Holborn · 23 - 25 November Opening times: Fri 1pm – 8pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP Deptford · 30 November - 2 December Opening times: Fri 1pm – 8pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm 18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ Tickets In

Aesthetically Artistic: Lily Gabriella

Brazilian born fine jewellery designer Lily Gabriella Ells has announced new partnerships with online luxury jewellery retailer La Maison Couture and Harvey Nichols.com Founded by Tania McNab in 2006, the La Maison Couture site features high end jewellery from fashion forward and leading brands such as Shaun Leane, Imogen Belfield and now Lily Gabriella. La Maison Couture will stock select pieces from two of Lily Gabriella’s core collections  Infinitas  and  Spira.  With 18ct white gold set with brilliant white diamonds and 18ct rose gold embedded with deep blue sapphires  Infinitas  marries fluid and sculptural design, taking inspiration from ripples on

Jewellery & Watch 2017, NEC Birmingham

Jewellery & Watch  is the UK’s largest dedicated trade event set within the heart of the UK jewellery & watch industry. It takes place during the same dates and at the same location as Spring Fair, allowing visitors to access both shows with ease. The Jewellery & Watch NEC halls are situated next to Spring Fair's 'Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories' halls enabling visitors to take advantage of the cross buying opportunities. Dates : 5 - 9 February 2017 Open: Sun 5 February  - 9:00 - 18:00 Mon 6 February - 9:00 - 18:00 Tues 7 February - 9:00 - 18:00

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery x Paul Smith Collaboration

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery has been working with Paul Smith in a collaboration for a collection planned for AW17. The new designs were featured in the Paul Smith AW17 Men's Paris Fashion Week Show.  The Paul Smith show merged men's and women's collections into one show with both collections sharing a direct design association, with their roots firmly planted in tailoring.   Rachel Entwistle's own approach to design, which transcends traditional concepts of male or female, perfectly complemented the Paul Smith Collections.  Jewellery included minimal engraved pendants, hand carved necklaces, plaque bracelets and pendants as well as signet rings. All of the

Stretch It, Ping It, Twist It!

Gilly Langton Jewellery blends the love of colour and craftsmanship to create statement jewellery from the Scottish Highlands using the colours of the season. This year Gilly is launching at a range of trade shows including this month's Top Drawer, the new 2017 Ombre Collection of hand dyed elastic and sterling silver jewellery in 22 ombre colours, celebrating the New Pantone Colour of the Year, Gilly has selected greens, pinks and yellows - signature colours for 2017 - which make the new collection extremely current for retailers including Museum Stores, Galleries and fashion accessory stockists.  The New Twist Collection combines twisted stands of hand dyed elastic in a variety of

Degree Show Central Saint Martins 2017

Show Two - BA Jewellery Design Central Saint Martins Degree Shows 2017 University of the Arts London Crossing disciplines, Show Two spans from design and fashion to drama and cultural enterprise. Projects on show – whether provocation, performance or product – present a future in the making. Courses Jewellery and Textiles - BA Jewellery Design, BA Textile Design, MA Material Futures Image credits (Above) Scott Armstrong - Ring: jesmonite, red ocre pigment, gold plated precious white metal Elena Bonanomi - Necklace: 18ct gold, silver Kristina Ferenchuk - Ring: 18ct gold, garnet, citrine, green tourmaline Alix Ferracci - Neckpiece: satin fabric, silver plated brass, bicycle

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

Diamonds Dominate at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham 2017

Leading bridal and fine jewellery companies are expected to showcase brand new collections at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham 2017 providing a platform for bridal launches in the New Year. Within the show’s new Fine & Diamond section, Domino Jewellery, Gemex, Hockley Mint and Clogau will headline 2017’s line-up of bridal brands, with new diamond designs, trends and retail solutions set to dazzle buyers.   Domino’s bestselling Sienna range will continue to inspire, with marketing co-ordinator Chantelle Serrell-Cooke stating,  “Our Sienna collection combines the latest trends with years of design expertise to provide retailers with fashion led, commercial rings. All pieces within

Publications

Trade publications are a great way of knowing what's going on and who's who in industry. Here we have compiled a list of national and international trade publications and periodicals, many have their own daily, weekly or monthly e-newsletters. The UK titles are listed first... UK Attire Accessories www.attireaccessories.com benchpeg www.benchpeg.com Gold Inspirations www.lovegold.com Harper's Bazaar www.harpersbazaar.co.uk Jewellery Focus www.jewelleryfocus.co.uk Jewellery Monthly www.jewellerymonthly.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com JFW - Jewels Fashion Watches Magazine www.jfwmagazine.com JQ Magazine jewelleryquarter.net LUXWorldwide www.luxworldwide.com Making Jewellery Magazines - The GMC Group www.thegmcgroup.com Professional Jeweller www.professionaljeweller.com Retail Jeweller www.retail-jeweller.com Silver Magazine www.silvermag.com Silver Society