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Fei Liu unveils ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara with 88ct sapphire

Last week, the Designer of the Year,  Fei  Liu, unveiled his latest masterpiece ‘The Blue of Dreams’ in Shenzhen City, China, to press and the Chinese jewellery industry.   ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara is a collaboration between  Fei  and the Chinese beauty pageant.   Fei  sought inspiration from the flying fairy murals of  Dunhuang , China. A city which symbolises the beginning of the Silk Road. The marvellous main sapphire stone has a weight of 88ct and is worth approximately £3million. The entwined ribbons of platinum are set with hues of sapphire and rose-cut diamonds, to give the tiara

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares at the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares with Pierce Healy A 4 Day Workshop led by Pierce Healy at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London 11–14 April 2019 Engrave Your Dreams And Nightmares Storytelling And Texturing Through Engraving Ever since mankind crawled from the swamp to stand upright he/she has been mark making, scratching and scaring the earths crust or own skin whether marking territory, adorning, or storytelling. Do you want to become part of this continuum, and become a link in this chain of curious storytelling mark makers? The aims of the course is not only to develop a basic understanding of

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Part Time Administrator Society of Designer Craftsmen Work from home / available for meetings in London Make A Difference!  Be part of one of the leading craft societies in the UK This is a wonderful opportunity to join the management team of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, an organisation founded by William Morris and Walter Crane which is embarking on an exciting programme of development and change. Our members are some of the most innovative, talented and skilled craftspeople in the country. We promote and support the work of designer makers working across craft disciplines including Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass

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

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews at The National Centre for Craft & Design - Sleaford If you are a designer/maker seeking critical feedback on your work or if you are a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner, then this for you! Book a free 45 minute one-to-one session with one of Design Factory’s resident craft and design experts and receive advice on product development and exhibiting or selling work. These sessions are suitable for everyone at any stage of business and creative practice and offer vital advice and critical feedback to guide ongoing development and growth. Dates

Jewellery Designer, Laings - Cardiff

The role Jewellery Designer Laings Cardiff Laings, currently in the hands of the sixth generation of the Laing family, is a luxury destination for jewellery and watches. With over 180 years of heritage, Laings has grown to be known as a leading luxury family jeweller, with four locations – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Southampton, and Cardiff – and six showrooms across the United Kingdom. Today, Laings offers an expertly curated selection of fine jewellery and watches from some of the world’s most prestigious brands, as well as bespoke design and services by the team’s master goldsmiths and jewellery designers. Through the passion

NOËL – Designer Gifts Fair 2018

NOËL – Designer Gifts Fair 2018 9 - 10 December 2018 Over 80 designers attentively selected from Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Italy are welcoming you at the ninth edition of the designer gifts fair, NOËL – on 9th and 10th December, Casa Universitarilor, in Bucharest. The longest-running and most selective designer gifts fair is inviting you on 9th and 10th December at Casa Universitarilor to seduce you and take you on a super-journey in the world of super-designer creations. “With the occasion of the designer gifts fair’s ninth edition, the image of NOËL is completed by the appearance of the

Freelance Jewellery / CAD Senior Designer

Freelance Jewellery / CAD Senior Designer As a Senior CAD Designer, I have a background in bench working and handmade jewellery design, which means I fully appreciate the intricacies of creating jewellery.  I am experienced in creating and preparing designs for all types of rings, settings, earrings, brooches, bangles and pendants.  I specialise in designing bespoke jewellery for designers, jewellers and manufacturers, which means I know how a CAD design must be developed in order to succeed and flourish during the next phases of manufacture.  Preparation and planning always pays off during the prototyping and casting phases, so my thorough

Selling Opportunity for Jewellery Designer Makers

Selling Exhibition Opportunity For Jewellery Designer Makers Centrepiece is a collective of contemporary jewellery designer makers based in and around Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.  Each year the members organise a Christmas selling show at the prestigious Symphony Hall, Birmingham and they will be celebrating their 21 exhibition this year from 28 November – 23 December 2018. We are inviting guest exhibitors this year from around the UK to apply to participate in Centrepiece 2018. The exhibition is a fantastic way to gain exposure & PR for your brand, as well as sales to the general public. Centrepiece welcomes applications from

The Goldsmiths' Company's 'Young Designer Competition'

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to support Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition, a brilliant initiative focusing on emerging silversmiths and jewellers. Staged at the renowned Reading-based jewellery store from 6-30 June 2017, the competition will feature work from nine emerging designers from the Bishopsland Educational Trust. One new work of silver and one new piece of jewellery from each designer will be on display and the public will get to vote for its favourite pieces. The Young Designer Competition exhibition will also feature live craft demonstrations and there will be a VIP winner’s event on Friday 30 June. The event's last day will also see it take part in Reading’s

Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

Call for Applications: Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers Starter Studio Programme \\ Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers Are you an ambitious designer silversmith or jeweller in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career silversmiths and jewellers could be for you. Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme has supported more than 30 makers to date, with 80% progressing to set up their own silversmith workshop. The programme has now been

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up About The Designer Jewellers Group The Designer Jewellers Group was founded in 1975 as a co-operative which promotes the work of its members. Individuality of design and professional craftsmanship are its hallmarks, bringing together an exciting diversity of styles in contemporary jewellery. All members are designer makers, working in precious metals alongside an extensive range of materials, gemstones, carved hardwoods, perspex, polypropylene, textiles and employing an innovative array of techniques. They are often commissioned to make bespoke items or pieces for special projects. Dates 4 - 23 December 2017 Venue 67 York Street, London www.designerjewellersgroup.co.uk

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

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up The Designer Jewellers Group exhibits for the first time at the Goldsmiths’ Centre this winter, with an outstanding showcase of new contemporary jewellery. Featuring innovative designs from the UK’s leading creative designers, browse through the variety of jewellery on offer, from exclusive pieces by accomplished designers to an exciting collection of affordable and contemporary styles. Ideal for Christmas gifts and meeting the designers to commission something extra special. The Designer Jewellers Group will be on show alongside Shine 2017 (Mon 6 November – Wed 20 December 2017), an exhibition of new jewellery, silver and metalwork

Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers 2017

Call for Applications: Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers Are you an ambitious designer silversmith or jeweller in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career silversmiths and jewellers could be for you. Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme has supported more than 30 makers to date, with 80% progressing to set up their own silversmith workshop. The programme has now been running for 15 years and is based at

Freelance Jewellery / CAD Designer Available For Work

Freelance Jewellery /CAD Designer Available for Work I am a Jewellery and CAD Designer based in London. I am looking for freelance opportunities to use my CAD or jewellery design skills.  I am experienced in Matrix and in rendering hand-painted jewellery illustrations. I am happy to talk through any designs and projects you want to bring to fruition. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Etta Burton at  ettaburtonjewellery@gmail.com  or call 07769971305 

Call for Applications: Emerging Designer-Maker Pavilion

Call for Applications: Living Crafts 2018 Applictions are now open for Living Crafts 2018 at Hatfield House 10 - 13 May 2018 Emerging Designer-Maker Pavilion This is an opportunity for free space in the Emerging Designer-Maker pavilion at Living Crafts, a four day major craft event which is being held Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from 10-13 May, 2018. This is an initiative to support recent graduates and is sponsored by Craft&Design online.  About the Event Living Crafts brings beautifully crafted designs chosen for their high quality and innovation. More than just a craft show, this is creative day out for

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

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

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

Designer Sophie Breitmeyer launches new website

Jewellery designer and maker Sophie Breitmeyer has launched her new website, with the tag line ‘the modern-day family jeweller’. With her ancestry steeped in jewellery heritage, the re-positioning of her brand hails back to days gone by when families had one go-to trusted family jeweller. The website is clean, bright and owns a photomontage appeal reflecting her own modernity in jewellery design and style, and acts as both an ecommerce site as well as offering a comprehensive portfolio of work to commission and work up bespoke designs from. Breitmeyer’s great-grandfather was one of the founding members of De Beers, and

Plucky designer makes rings from strings for stars

Designer Emma Hedley has a new set of strings to her bow after Scottish singing star KT Tunstall donated some used guitar strings to be made into bracelets, rings and earrings and sold for charity. Newcastle-based Emma and her sister Kitty design and make jewellery for The Guitarwrist, a not-for-profit company that collects used strings and plectrums from famous artists and musicians who nominate a charity to benefit from the sale of Hedley's designs. They include Duran Duran, Stereophonics Marillion and Alvin Lee though Tunstall, who is supporting Help Refugees,  was one of the first to lend her support describing

Designer Spotlight: Anna Hu haute joaillerie

Anna Hu is an international jewelry designer, born in Taiwan and educated in the U.S., who approaches her art with a distinctly East meets West philosophy and aesthetic that is heavily influenced by both cultures. She has studied at the Gemological Institute of America, F.I.T., Parsons School of Design (Masters, 19th century French Jewelry) and Columbia University (Masters, Arts Administration). After working for Christie’s, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, she founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, at the age of 30 and opened her first boutique one year later in New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. A

Young Designer winners announced at Jacobs the Jewellers

Jacobs the Jewellers and the  Bishopsland  Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Company and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the third edition of the annual Young Designer Competition.    The awards ceremony, held at the Reading-based Jacobs the Jewellers store, saw    the  Jacobs team joined by the Deputy Mayor of Reading, Councillor Glenn Dennis; Judith Cobham Lowe, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Patrick Sheehan, Director of HS Walsh;  Penelope  Makower , Principal  and  Oliver  Makower , Vice-principal of  Bishopsland ; and loy al Jacobs customers .  Georgina Burgess, Jessica  Jue , Rachel  Hewison  and Rebecca Black 

Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition Returns

Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, will launch the third edition of its annual Young Designer Competition this summer. Staged at the renowned jewellery store from 6 - 30 June 2017, the exhibition will feature work by 10 emerging designers from the    Bishopsland  Educational Trust , the prestigious South Oxfordshire silver and jewellery design postgraduate skills provider. While competitors will exhibit one new work of silver and one new piece of jewellery, the public will be able to vote for their favourite designs.    Adam Jacobs , of Jacobs the  Jewellers , said, “ After two years,

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

IJL & Goldsmith's Centre partner to provide designer support

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

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

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

A Coffee and a Chat with Designer Jeweller - Theo Fennell

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10 Questions with Leading Jewellery Designer Stephen Webster

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Ambitious designer Ruth Mary releases four collections for SS19

Young designer Ruth Mary has been making waves in the jewellery industry of late. Just this year, she was chosen as one of six international jewellery London Kickstarter winners, featured in the Guardian as one of its ‘Top 100 Businesses’ and shortlisted for Professional Jeweller’s ‘’Young Jewellery Designer of the Year’’.  Ruth’s passion was ignited at an antique fair, where her mother (a keen lace maker herself), pointed out   a curious object with a crochet hook called a tatting shuttle and suggested Ruth buy it. Ruth perfected her lace making, and then taught herself to silversmith in order to realise

BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2017 Shortlist Announced

In 2017 the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will adjust its format to focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth In recognition of the increasing pool of deserving talent the £200,000 grant will be shared between up to three recipients, which will enable the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. Winners will continue to receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s Business Support team, including access to funders and industry experts. The nominated designers are selected by the Fund Judging Committee and have

Peruvian gold miner joins Hertfordshire jewellery designer to thank Fairtrade supporters

On Friday 7th October, Hertfordshire-based bespoke jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall played host to a Peruvian gold miner who is in the UK to highlight how Fairtrade has boosted his community and saved lives. Roger Arcos Ponte, from Macdesa mine, told an audience of customers, local school children and people interested in ethics about the difference Fairtrade production standards have delivered for his fellow miners and their families. Multi-award winning designer Harriet said: “Welcoming Roger here today for our Fairtrade Festival is one of the proudest moments of my life. It has been amazing to hear personal accounts of how the

IJL 2016 Showcases Record Number of Award Winning Designer Brands

This week IJL is set to showcase a set of exclusive ‘Designer Brands’ at its showcase Olympia event. The show will feature a record number of 17 designers within an expanded area of the show, displaying both silver and fine Jewellery. Elite designers from the UK, alongside those from Sweden, Australia and Brazil, will present the very best in fine and contemporary jewellery with the launch of exciting new collections, as well as acclaimed signature pieces. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, commented, “This year’s Designer Brands showcase is a wonderful celebration of the best in creative flair and innovative talent.

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

Dutch jewellery designer only European finalist in JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards

Jewelry designer Alice Sunderland was the only European finalist to win a prize at the annual JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards in the United States. Alice received a ‘silver medal’ in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’. JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards is considered to be the leading authority within the jewelry industry when it comes to the best and most innovative jewels. Theirs is one of the largest design contests for jewelry designers within the industry. Alice Sunderland was nominated in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’ with her famed Calendarring.  This special ring consists of 365 sparkling diamonds, placed in 12 rows. Each diamond

Award-winning designer of eco-friendly jewellery moves to Birmingham

Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter welcomes an award-winning designer of eco-friendly jewellery into residence.  Today Elizabeth Anne Norris of EAN Jewellery, will move into the Jewellery Quarter and join other residents in the newly converted 19th-century building, home to world-class jewellery-makers since the early 1900s.  The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest hub of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.  With a highly-regarded reputation, the Jewellery Quarter is a big tourist attraction and people can visit Elizabeth to buy her collections, as well as to attend contemporary jewellery-making workshops, or to

Orkney Jewellery Designer Re-Creates Rare Pictish Necklace

A young Orkney jewellery designer has re-created a rare, 1,400-year-old Pictish necklace, the original of which is kept within the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Zoe Davidson crafted her 1kg solid silver version of the famous Whitecleugh Chain, discovered in Lanarkshire in 1869, after a personal commission from Orkney archaeology tour guide, Caz Mamwell. The original chain, thought to date from between 400 and 800AD, is comprised of 44 silver rings, interlinked into 22 pairs. “The Whitecleugh Chain is full of mystery as nobody really knows who wore it, when they wore it, or how they even made it,”

'Pussy pendant' makes waves for young designer Lukas Grewenig

Tip for all young designers. If you want massive mainstream media attention, design a piece that resembles a part of the women's anatomy and get a high profile jeweller to promote it on Facebook and Twitter. Lukas Grewenig, a London based designer who studied at the Royal College of Art came up with his pendant design as part of the Gilded Youth Project run for talented youths by high end jeweller Theo Fennel and Central St Martins. It is made of silver and gold with a purple gem set in the middle, and is designed to portray the way a

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from Artists and Designers to produce an Artistic Vision for Public Art for a new neighbourhood being developed in the town.  The Vision will be used as a ‘road map’ to commission a series or sequence of physical works for installation either on site or at strategic locations relating to the site.  EBC wish to commission an innovative, exciting and engaging response to the site that is well presented and coherent in its themes, placements and functions. Please email the

Call for Applications Emerging Designer-Maker Pavilion Living Crafts 2018

Call for Applications: Living Crafts 2018 Applications are now open for Living Crafts 2018 at Hatfield House 10 - 13 May 2018 Living Crafts brings beautifully crafted designs chosen for their high quality and innovation. More than just a craft show, this is creative day out for all the family with hundreds of designer-makers, masterclasses, workshops and spectacular craft demonstrations. The event takes place in matted pavilions on the Queen Elizabeth Oak Showground, in the magnificent parkland at Hatfield House and admission includes entry to the West Gardens. Featuring the best of contemporary and traditional craft from jewellery-making, ceramics, studio

Orcadian Jewellery Designer, Sheila Fleet, opens new Glasgow Store

This Friday see's the opening of Orkney jewellery designer, Sheila Fleet's new store in Glasgow. The new store will sit amongst other premium retailers within the award-winning retail and leisure destination, Princes Square.  In addition to showcasing Sheila Fleet’s many collections, the new shop will feature some very special jewellery that’s been created using rare Scottish gold. Sheila Fleet is one of only two jewellers authorised to receive gold from Scotland’s only gold mine, at Cononish near Tyndrum, so this unique range is sure to be an additional draw for Glasgow customers. Image caption or copyright  Months in planning and

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online Provides Boost for Designer-Makers

So if there’s a hierarchy of how badly affected your sector is, when it comes to Covid 19, it’s safe to say that both the craft sector and events, come pretty high. The Crafts Council’s recent landmark survey ‘Market for Craft’ showed that 84% of makers surveyed cited fairs as their foremost revenue source. With the majority of  fairs cancelled due to the pandemic, the impact on makers has been devastating. Manchester’s award winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) was one such casualty.  The annual GNCCF is one of the top fairs in the UK for makers and a

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

The Royal College of Art (RCA) will this year present its annual MA Fashion show – All At Once – an immersive event, followed the next day by a showroom made up of talks, walks and performances that investigate fashion as designed identities. The show is being held at the Cork Street Galleries, Mayfair, London 7 – 8 June, 2019. All At Once will take the form of a large-scale, dynamic installation that will combine structural interventions, a diverse ensemble of 50 models; a spectral chess. This will form a live tableaux that demonstrates innovation in fashion from the RCA

Scientist-turned-Jewellery Designer wins support of Theo Paphitis & Kew Gardens

After beginning her working life as a lab-scientist, and spending 25 years in the NHS,  Sarah Greening now uses her science background to experiment with the chemistry of glass fusing in a kiln to create jewellery where each piece is completely unique, as are the techniques she uses. In its first year, Sarah's brand, Sarah Greening Glass, was one of the businesses selected for an award by Dragon’s Den Retail Entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, as part of his initiative which supports small businesses in the UK. Paphitas meets with Sarah and the other winners annually, providing business advice from both himself and

Orkney Jewellery Designer’s Collection Helps Lifeboat Museum Fundraising

Orkney jewellery designer  Zoe Davidson  has been raising funds to help with the refurbishment of an island lifeboat museum through sales of a limited-edition collection of her work. Stromness-based Zoe created the special silver Longhope collection after learning that the Longhope Lifeboat Museum , on the Orkney island of Hoy, was launching a fundraising drive. The museum – housed in a former lifeboat shed - was created in 2000 to highlight the bravery of Longhope RNLI lifeboat volunteers over the decades, displaying many important artefacts and records.  Most poignantly, the museum pays tribute to the eight-man strong crew of the

Icelandic Designer, Aurum, to Release Collection Inspired Norse Sea Goddess Rán

Rán admires her reflection in the sea, bathes in the sun and her shadow dances with the waves. Rán has the ability to nourish the eyes and the spirit and the will to draw guests to Aurum, where she wraps around their wrists, fingers and cheek, cherishes them and gives new life. The new collection, due to be released online on 29th March, is one of a series inspired by Norse mythology; Rán is the final story from Aurum’s three sisters collections and her predecessors the Norse Sea Goddesses Sindur and Kolga launched last year. Aurum takes inspiration from the

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 –

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

Brazillian designer, Roberta Mattos’, evolution from fast-fashion student to slow-design is encapsulated in her latest collection: Pause.  The designer began her career in the clothing industry but fell out of love with it due to wide-spread ‘fast-fashion’ practices. She finally settled on jewellery design after trying her hand at other creative industries, such as gastronomy and culture, inspired by a visit to a local jewellery atelier.. The ‘’Pause’’ collection is intentional and conspicuous with its meaning, incorporating the geometric ‘pause’ symbol as a motif within the designs, serving as a gentle reminder to take a break from technology and connect

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

New short film, Warrior with a Crown, collaborates with jewellery designer Ugo Cacciatori to explore the subconscious

An anonymous beach. A young man looks out at a baron sea, a blurred horizon line. A bleak dawn- a vulnerable time of day free of outward distraction, pregnant with opportunity to be seized, or wasted; a torturous, immobilising thought. The monotonality of the backdrop provides a blank canvas for the  the voyeur watches as he wrestles with his inner voice, as it transcribes the motivation, or lack of, behind his actions.  The film posits that fear and failure are manmade illusions and highlights our propensity to be captives in our own minds. The short film addresses how

Seventh Generation Ironmonger Turned Jewellery Designer, Will Odell Launches New Cambré Collection

Will Odell has launched a new collection ‘Cambré’ which takes its inspiration from the graceful movement of one of his favourite art forms: ballet. Handmade in Will’s London studio using traditional techniques, the Cambré Collection features distinctive hammer-textured 18ct gold rings, earrings and pendants. Each piece is finished to the highest quality and set by master setters using superior gemstones including blue spinel, pink tourmaline and diamonds. Hero pieces include the eye-catching statement ring - ‘Swift Ring’ - an ideal alternative engagement ring or anniversary gift, and the graceful ‘Cascade Earrings’ which detaches into two different looks for both day

Seba Jamal wins Luxury Jewellery Designer of the Year award at the Luxury Network International Awards 2019

On Saturday, February 23rd, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, opened its doors to over 400 guests of The Luxury Network International Awards 2019, presented by CAEL, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. On a red carpet flanked by three pristine Rolls-Royce vehicles, attendees were greeted by H.E. Mr Fares Ghattas, Global CEO of The Luxury Network International, and Mrs Amal Shouman Sleiman, President of CAEL. The occasion brought together more than 50 luxury brands from over 15 countries representing Europe, CIS, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the United States. The Gala was attended by representatives from [youtube

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

Donor Wall Commission Tender The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford Help us create something beautiful! We are looking for a visual artist to help us pay tribute to all of the donors who helped us to  #TransformTheYard ! Our dreams of expanding The Courtyard to better serve our community are finally a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of so many people, businesses, trusts and foundations. We want to honour them with a piece of contemporary artwork to be displayed at The Courtyard! We’re looking for an artist to create an art installation that incorporates

Wendy Ramshaw - A Celebration

Wendy Ramshaw - A Celebration A solo exhibition from the champion of modern jewellery, including works never seen before in The Scottish Gallery and Ramshaw’s signature ringsets. Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI, is an international champion of modern jewellery. Her signature Ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw's work also encompasses designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso's Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero's Table (2004) and a Journey Through Glass (2007). Exhibition run 2 - 23 December 2017 Venue The

Miss World China crowned with Fei Liu's glorious £11 million masterpiece

Fei Liu's magnificent Blue of Dreams tiara, worth £11 million and featuring a stunning 88 carat sapphire, was placed ceremoniously on the head of Chinese beauty queen Guan Siyu last week when she won the Miss World China 2017 pageant in Dalian, China. The Fei Liu Fine Jewellery founder collaborated with the New Silkroutes Group Ltd to create his amazing  masterpiece and took a full 9 months to complete it - in a painstaking process of design and intricate craftsmanship. Look closely and you will see the majestic 88ct Sri Lanka blue sapphire set in platinum, six high-grade over sapphires,

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.

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

Skilled Diamond Setter Required, Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Skilled Diamond Setter Required Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   Skilled diamond setter required. Self employed or employed. Rent free if self employed. Guaranteed work. Please apply for details by using the application form below. About us Wharton Goldsmith is the UK’s leading independent specialist retailer of fine designer jewellery. We specialise in diamond engagement rings, wedding rings and

Q&A: Wendy Ramshaw CBE

Wendy Ramshaw FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE  is a distinguished jewellery designer, architectural designer, designer, educator and artist. She can be credited with leading and contributing to the ‘New Wave’ of jewellery modernism throughout the 1970s and 1980s and is renowned for her diverse use of materials. She is married to David Watkins, jeweller. She answers the Benchpeg Q&A. From left to right Title: Invitation card for Wendy’s ’Towers’ exhibition. Date: 2005. Materials: Anodised aluminum, stainless steel, Delrin, brass, crystal and optical glass. Photo credit: Graham Pym Title: Set of mirror rings. Date: 1970. Materials: 7 rings, silver with surgical

Stuart Devlin AO CMG 1931 - 2018

Stuart Devlin, the internationally renowned designer, silversmith, jeweller, sculptor, furniture, interiors and architecture designer and previous Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company, has died on 12 April 2018 at the age of 86 in Chichester. “I hope that my work reflects four maxims: That future is much more important than the past That creativity is paramount That skill is fundamental And that the justification for being a goldsmith is to enrich the way people live and work.” -  Stuart Devlin Devlin, an Australian by birth, became renowned as a contemporary designer of coins, medals and design led precious metal work

Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software

Donna Brennan Contemporary Presents Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software International Jewellery Masterclasses 7 July - 8 July 2018 This intensive Masterclass is geared to the requirements of jewellers, designer makers, applied artists and creative people who want to expand their business by taking advantage of 3D digital designing and 3D printing opportunities but find standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes very intimidating. Led by designer/maker/jeweller Ann Marie Shillito: author of the book ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers’. Ann Marie is CEO of Anarkik3D, which develops 3D modelling software used in

Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software

Donna Brennan Contemporary Presents Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software with Ann Marie Shillito International Jewellery Masterclasses 13 & 14 October 2018 This intensive Masterclass is geared to the requirements of jewellers, designer makers, applied artists and creative people who want to expand their business by taking advantage of 3D digital designing and 3D printing opportunities but find standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes very intimidating. Led by designer/maker/jeweller Ann Marie Shillito: author of the book ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers’. Ann Marie is CEO of Anarkik3D, which develops 3D modelling

Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2019 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh 8th - 10th of November 2019 Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair is a glittering celebration of 50 of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair is a glittering celebration of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Held on the 8th - 10th of November in the beautiful Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms, Elements brings 50 designer-makers to Edinburgh for a selling fair, an exhibition, and a series of events. 2019 marks the fifth year of Elements and we have some

Stuart Devlin AO CMG 1931 - 2018

Stuart Devlin, the internationally renowned designer, silversmith, jeweller, sculptor, furniture, interiors and architecture designer and previous Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company, has died on 12 April 2018 at the age of 86 in Chichester. “I hope that my work reflects four maxims: That future is much more important than the past That creativity is paramount That skill is fundamental And that the justification for being a goldsmith is to enrich the way people live and work.” -  Stuart Devlin Devlin, an Australian by birth, became renowned as a contemporary designer of coins, medals and design led precious metal work

Natalie Perry secures La Maison Couture as new stockist

Ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with La Maison Couture, which will see the designer enter the luxury online retail sector. The e-commerce boutique will stock 12 pieces from the contemporary Fairtrade Gold Floral Fragments collection, which includes Natalie’s signature filigree ear jackets, earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Founder and curator of La Maison Couture, Tania McNab said of their partnership: “We are thrilled to launch a selection of exquisite fine jewellery pieces from award winning designer Natalie Perry, in our responsible jewellery edit at La Maison Couture. Hand made in the UK using ethically sourced 18ct Fairtrade

Isabella Liu wins IJL Editor’s Choice Award for Creative Originality

London based  designer Isabella Liu won the International Jewellery London (IJL) Editor’s Choice award for Creative Originality.   Claire Adler, a luxury communications consultant, and Sam Willoughby, the IJL Event Director, selected the awards this month. T he Creative Originality award  is presented to  the brand or designer that impressed the judges with true originality in terms of design, innovative use of materials or striking colour combinations. Isabella Liu was born in China and is now based in London. She founded her own studio in 2014 and is an award winning jewellery designer and artist whose w orks have been

Jewellery & Watch Collaborate with Industry Figureheads for Dynamic 5 Days Event Programme

Jewellery & Watch celebrates being ‘the heart of the jewellery industry’ with leading figureheads collaborating to front its 2017 content programme: Harriet Kelsall, bespoke jewellery designer and retailer, Fei Liu, fine jewellery designer, Simon Johnson, Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers and owner of Marmalade Jewellery, Alex Monroe, jewellery designer and Gary Wroe, MD of Hockley Mint.  The event will offer retailers the event’s most diverse and inspirational seminar programme to date. Each day has a theme, including a collaboration with the National Association of Jewellers - NAJ Live. The key industry figures will act as the ‘Faces’ of

Made In Clerkenwell Spring 2017

2 Buildings.100 Designers. New Products. Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer-makers and Network members. Held across our two historic buildings, this is an opportunity for the public to go ‘behind the scenes’ and explore the studios of our renowned design community. 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. Inspired by NEW! This spring, Craft Central is focusing on all

Call for Applications, FREE Jewellery Production Workshop

Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Jewellery Production : A 2 day fully subsidised workshop designed to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today.  What is It? Are you interested in moving your designer maker business to the next level, but unsure how to go about it? The Jewellery Production 1 workshop (Jewellery P1) has been created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today. Two Day Intensive Course

CityMade.UK, Shoreditch, London

CityMade.UK, a group of five award-winning designer-makers, present an antidote to mass market products at their upcoming show at the Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery in Shoreditch. Marshall Colman (ceramics), Euan Cunningham (graphics), Adam Hussain (glass), Tori McLean (textiles) and Jessica Noble (jewellery) bring craft skills to contemporary design, creating high quality, unique objects. Colour features strongly in this show, which references a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. Marshall Colman   Euan Cunningham Adam Hussain   Tori McLean     Jessica Noble   They are all members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, which has been promoting high quality workmanship for over

Wiltshire Guild of Crafts

Wiltshire Guild of Crafts seek Committee Members Wiltshire Guild of Crafts is looking for committee members to help to shape and launch the Guild in 2020. With the objective to promote the work of Designer Makers and Craft Skills in Wiltshire, in order to get up and running, a number of committee members are needed. If you are an original Designer Maker interested in being a part of this very exciting phase of launching the Guild, please do not hesitate to contact genevieve@wiltshireguild.com www.wiltshireguild.com

The Bristol Artisan

Call for Applications: The Bristol Artisan The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. After a great launch in March this year, we are holding a second event for 50 Designer Makers at Arnolfini on Bristol Harbourside - just in time for Christmas. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products for the festive season. We hope that The Bristol Artisan will continue to provide an outlet for designer makers

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

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

Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time), Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time) Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   We are looking for a bright energetic Assistant Jewellery Showroom Manager to join our team in St Albans. You must have previous jewellery experience with a a proven sales track record, excellent communication skills and a personality is essential. Job Type Full or part time ,

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

Skilled Goldsmith / Mounter, Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Skilled Goldsmith / Mounter Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   Due to further expansion we need another skilled Goldsmith to join our team. CAD/Matrix experience a plus but not essential. Interesting and varied work in our spacious comfortable workshop in St Albans. Job Type Full-time, Permanent Salary Excellent Salary / remuneration package according to experience and skill level. To apply

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

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

The London Artisan October 2019

Call for Applications: The London Artisan 19 & 20 October 2019 Old Truman Brewery, London 'The best place to meet and buy unique products from Designer Makers' The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. Taking place on a quarterly basis throughout the year, this Spring we bring 60 contemporary designer makers to Old Truman Brewery for a two-day shopping event like no other. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. But more than that, it’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversation with friends and

The London Artisan 2019

Call for Applications: The London Artisan 19 & 20 October 2019 Old Truman Brewery, London 'The best place to meet and buy unique products from Designer Makers' The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. Taking place on a quarterly basis throughout the year, this Spring we bring 60 contemporary designer makers to Old Truman Brewery for a two-day shopping event like no other. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. But more than that, it’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversation with friends and

Vasundhara: An Interaction

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

This week we go cuckoo over Amy Mead...

In week four of our lockdown chats, Benchpeg chats to jewellery designer maker Amy Mead of www.amymead.co.uk .  Amy has been a designer maker for over 13 years, and we discuss the evolution of her brand and work, how its been in lockdown managing a house with three children, escape mechanisms and Instagram strategy.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/aqpBAuc00vE] Amy came to jewellery after recovery from ME, and started her jewellery journey at City Lit and landed up with a workshop in Hatton Garden. She’s founded a micro jewellery start up, and placed it on hold whilst becoming a full time

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

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

News Edit: 28 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   1970s model, muse and jewellery designer, Elsa Peretti, dies aged 80 Tatler: The Florentine jewellery designer who helmed Tiffany & Co was a regular on the New York social scene at Studio 54 alongside Halston, Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli. www.tatler.com Why an artist is turning pandemic waste into jewellery Live Mint: Argentina's Marcelo Toledo is collecting recycled covid-19 waste, including masks and syringes, to make accessories and sculptures. livemint.com Jewellery Distributor On The Move Insider Media: A Cambridgeshire-based jewellery service distributor has acquired new premises after reporting

Be Transported to Icelandic Countryside with Aurum by Guðbjörg’s 20th Anniversary Collection

To celebrate two decades of Aurum by Guðbjörg’s, the brand have launched the new collection, Erika. Celebrating the spirit of the brand’s origins, the collection evokes the Icelandic countryside; a young girl fascinated by the delicate flowers, collecting them for her mother. Icelandic jeweller Aurum was founded in 1999 by Guðbjörg KristínIngvarsdóttir, goldsmith and designer and Karl Jóhann Jóhannsson MBA. They run both the label and the Aurum store and workshop in the heart of Reykjavík. 20 years later, designer and goldsmith Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir, has drawn on her indelible memories of growing up for her inspiration in creating the very

Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021)

Tiffany's star jewelry designer and philanthropist Elsa Peretti dies in Spain It is with great sadness that Elsa Peretti’s death yesterday from natural causes was announced by her family office in Zurich and by the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The designer, who was famous for her creations for high-end US jewelers Tiffany, passed away in a village close to Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 80. Her legacy comprises a body of exceptional design work as well as a foundation dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and conservation causes. A true citizen of the world, her absence will be strongly felt

The London Artisan July 2019

The London Artisan 20 & 21 July 2019 Old Truman Brewery, London “ The best fair in London to buy direct from Designer Makers ” The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. Taking place on a quarterly basis throughout the year, we bring 60 contemporary designer makers to Old Truman Brewery for a two-day design event. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers and is a must for those passionate about handmade, organic and sustainable goods. What can I expect? The London Artisan presents a unique selection

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019 9th & 10th November 2019 Stockbridge Town Hall, Hampshire The H&B Guild return to this spacious and interesting venue along the vibrant Stockbridge High Street. They will be joined by guest artists Jules Hogen (Designer Knitwear), Kathryn Greene (Textile Designer) and Reuben Goadby (Hand-carved Spoons in a range of unusual wood). Come along and meet the makers to gain insight into their skills and specialised techniques… The Guild is a group of craftsmen and women who have a common interest in maintaining the design and manufacturing skills required to produce the highest

Eric N Smith 1949 – 2019

1 June 1949 – 3 April 2019 Scottish jeweller Eric N Smith has passed away at the age of 69. The jeweller was a celebrated designer, master craftsman and jewellery business owner for more that 50 years. Smith was born in Ralston, Paisley, the elder of two children to Margaret and Alexander Smith, a Senior Designer at the Templeton Carpet Factory in Glasgow. Eric attended the Croftfoot Primary and King’s Park Secondary, and later secured a bursary to complete his secondary education at the independent Allan Glen’s School, Glasgow. He went on to study at Glasgow School of Art where

Jewellery Quarter BID sponsors micro Businesses at event

JQ designer makers are preparing to show off their talents at a new event dedicated to uniting makers, builders and inventors from around the world. A collective of talented designer makers from the Jewellery Quarter are set to exhibit at a brand new international show at the NEC next month. Anticipated to be one of the biggest creative events of the year, Makers Central brings together makers, customers, suppliers and hobbyists to share ideas, products, techniques and tools. To promote the vibrant, creative maker community that exists in the area, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is sponsoring a

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

LOUPE

Call for Expression Of Interest - LOUPE Call for Expression Of Interest for an exciting and valuable opportunity for designer-makers and craftsmen and women looking for affordable workspace and retail opportunities in Hatton Garden - London’s world renowned, historic Jewellery Quarter. LOUPE is a new venture founded by Amanda Mansell, due to open mid 2019. It will offer affordable jewellery bench space, and a range of skills and business support activities uniquely delivered through a retail environment, providing selling opportunities for designer-makers and craftsmen and women who are the beating heart of Hatton Garden. The premises will undergo a major refit with

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

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

Sara Peymanpour makes Wolf & Badger debut

Newly launched luxury jewellery designer brand Sara Peymanpour London, whose collections are inspired by Sara’s Persian heritage, will be stocked by concept store Wolf & Badger in London, New York City and online from August 2018. The eponymous, responsibly sourced Sara Peymanpour London brand launched in June at Couture London, a showcase invitation-only event for designer brands on Old Bond Street. “Wolf & Badger are very selective and only stock designers with a distinctive style, so this is a great start for my brand,” Sara said. “I am particularly pleased because it is very unusual for Wolf & Badger to

Wolf woman Alexa K launches new collection

The link between wolves and the feminine spirit is celebrated in a new collection from designer Alexandra Elsener Kovacs who heads up high end accessories firm Alexa K. The wolf, well known for its intelligence, integrity and independence, has long been an obsession for the Swiss-based designer whose company specialises in jewellery, silk scarves, leather handbags and perfumes, all carrying the wolf theme. "Since drifting off to fairy-tales about wolves as a child, I’ve always felt a bond with wolves and now believe they embody the divine feminine spirit," Alexandra said.  Alexa K's new wolf collection - embody the divine

Hailstones Designs boosted by LUX Global Excellence Award

Since winning a LUX Global Excellence Award for the Best Glass Jewellery Designer in the UK back in January, life for Staffordshire-based Sue Hailstones of Hailstones Designs has been turned upside down. To say the win has served as a confidence booster is an understatement. A former local government officer with no formal training in jewellery making, Hailstone has never really considered herself one of 'the designer gang'. The success of her glass design business, set up in 2013, seems to have come as a bit of a surprise to her though she has always been artistic, she says, as

Handmade Oxford 2018 Emerging Talent

Call for Applications: Handmade Oxford 2018 Emerging Talent Handmade in Britain would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall.  The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter announce First Jeweller In Residence

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. The

Diana Porter Jewellery Celebrates 25 Years

This month award winning jeweller, UK Jewellery Designer of the year 1999, Diana Porter is celebrating her 25 th  year as a designer maker. To mark this special anniversary, she is launching a range of new Sibyls to add to her popular original collection. Diana focused her time at college on inequality within the arts. She researched ancient images of strong women and these stylised women pendants, which she called Sibyls developed from this. Her degree work was about women and empowerment and she designed the Sibyls with words to give the wearer something positive to focus on.  The 21

News Edit: 9 December 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My lightbulb moment: Jewellery designer Annie Haak, reveals the inspiration behind her accessories brand Daily Mail: Annie Haak is a 61-year-old jewellery designer and founder of Annie Haak Designs. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, Johnnie, 62. They have three grown-up children. www.dailymail.co.uk Glenmorangie and National Museum of Scotland commission major new artwork The Edinburgh Reporter: National Museums Scotland (NMS) and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the museum. www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk The rock star: Monica Vinader is the £100 million brand [youtube

Handmade Oxford

Call for Applications: Handmade Oxford Handmade in Britain would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall.  The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional

Elements - A Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold in Edinburgh

Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold is an annual celebration of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Elements will take place from 19 – 21 October 2018 and will bring the finest UK-based designer-makers together for a selling fair, an exhibition, and a series of events. Elements will be held in the stunning Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms in the heart of Edinburgh. This event is presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull. Alongside the stunning jewellery and silver selling fair, Elements plays host to

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

Gang of thieves raid Cotswold Arts and Craft Museum

A gang of thieves launched a raid on the award-winning Court Barn Arts and Craft Museum and in what looks to be a premeditated crime, took off with a number of silver pieces dating back to 1900. The items taken range from pieces by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), Hart Silversmiths who joined Ashbee in Campden in 1902 and who still make silver today and designer Robert Welch (1929-2000). They include a silver pendant in the form of a butterfly with wings of enamel and a blue enamel pendant, c1902. The Museum opened in 2007 to  preserve and

National Centre for Craft & Design Commissions Limited Editions by Lynne MacLachlan

To  celebrate 3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful  at The National Centre for Craft & Design, NCCD has commissioned an eye catching and exclusive range of contemporary 3D Printed limited edition brooches by exhibitor and designer, Lynne MacLachlan. 24 pieces are available in three colours priced at £24 each. A unique combination of experience fuels MacLachlan’s design innovation and her work is a fusion of practical and degree level experience in formal Aerospace Engineering, Jewellery and Metalwork and a Royal College of Art Masters – the designer is one to watch. Design pieces play with light, space,

Summer Open Studios 2017

The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios 2017 The Sorting Office will be opening their doors to the public once again for their annual Summer Open Studios event. Open Studios is the perfect chance for visitors to browse the vibrant studio spaces and buy an exquisite array of wares, expertly hand-crafted by local designer-makers. The 17 resident designer-makers will be on hand to welcome visitors, talk about their crafts and show off their work, while a selection of local artists and makers will also be setting up shop in our Production House for the event’s ever-popular Maker's Fair. A number of

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

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

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery Launch New Bridal Collection

Displayed in a luxurious black wooden box, against the hues of wine, the  Fei  Liu Fine Jewellery bridal rings glisten. Couples can cherish the new chapter with the men’s and ladies edition of the award-winning designer rings. Best known for their signature Cascade Collection, the Designer of the Year 2016 has translated the flowy floral lines through to their bridal rings. The exclusivity of the bridal collection has been limited to the carefully chosen top ten retailers.   The bestselling collections will be available in a variety of precious metals for that perfect ring. Each collection’s design is distinctively unique

Three IJL Editors' Choice Pre-Show Winners Announced

The winners of IJL’s very popular and highly regarded exhibitor Editors’ Choice Awards have been announced this week; designer Isabella Liu, The Rock Hound, and Franco Florenzi. Re-launched this year with an exciting new format and inspirational new categories to reflect the breadth of creative flair and innovative design talent at the show, the pre-show winners have been selected by the two judges, Claire Adler, luxury communications consultant and Financial Times contributor and Event Director, Sam Willoughby. Sam Willoughby comments: “These three winning collections really do showcase the best in creative originality, technical finesse and commercial know-how.  Created by a designer,

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

Shine On: Carolina Bucci & her Superstellar Collection

Carolina Bucci is a jewellery designer whose creations are synonymous with a modern and effortless sense of luxury. Her jewellery is a vibrant re-invention of her family’s rich heritage, and it has redefined what fine jewellery can be, and how it should be worn. Working with the same techniques and tools used by her great-grandfather, who founded the family business in Florence in 1885, the designer continues to explore new methods of her craft. She creates unique pieces that combine the tradition of Florentine artisanship with a distinctly hip and modern sensibility. How is a star born? In Carolina's own

Star Studded: iKuria Announces Launch of New Collection

London-based fine jewellery brand iKuria has announced the launch of its new collection 'Star Studded'.  The collection is inspired by events including the passing of David Bowie.   “The collection was inspired by David Bowie. I was in a state of shock when I learnt he had passed away and so was my brother in Japan. Then I started to realise how a global icon like him continues to live even after their passing,” said Ikuko Kurahone, the designer and founder of the brand. “The collection is a tribute to him from a humble small jewellery designer.”    In addition,

Isabella Liu Unveils ‘Sea Rhymes Collection’ at IJL 2016

A rising star has settled in to jewellery lovers' views as the London-based Chinese artist, Isabella Liu, reveals her new 'Sea Rhymes' collection, which will debut at this year's International Jewellery London this week. Wuhan-born and London-based Isabella Liu is an award-winning jewellery designer. In the few years since leaving Birmingham School of Jewellery, Liu has won awards in Italy and Spain, and has been awarded gold medals at the ‘Jewellery Oscar’ Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship and Design Award and Milan Expo as ‘the best new designer’ and ‘best product of the year’. The designer is proving herself worthy of such awards

Call for Participants: Saltaire Arts Trail Makers Fair 2017

We are busy working on plans for the tenth Saltaire Arts Trail weekend which will take place on 27-29 May next year, and are looking for proposals from visual artists working in any 2D or 3D media to exhibit in our famous village-wide gallery of Open Houses, and from designer-makers to show and sell in the Makers Fair in Victoria Hall during the three day event. Make your submission to exhibit via Curatorspace.com using the links below: Open Houses - artist exhibiting opportunity www.curatorspace.com Makers Fair - designer-makers showing/selling opportunity www.curatorspace.com The application deadline is Friday 13 January 2017. Contact:

Hidden, RCA

The RCA’s technical staff have a wealth of skills knowledge as staff and students know well – from an award-winning photographer, to Lady Gaga’s shoe designer. To the outside world, these remarkable talents are hidden away.  Hidden  celebrates some of their most innovative creative work. The week-long exhibition will showcase work by over 40 technicians across the College, including an exciting mix of jewellery and textile design, painting and sculptures, as well as handmade bespoke cars and interactive virtual realities. Hidden  will showcase many well-known designers and artists including Natacha Marro, a world-renowned shoe designer. Celebrated for wild and visually

Mappin & Webb Launch Beau Han Xu Glasswear Collection

Mappin & Webb has announced a collaboration with award winning RCA graduate designer and artist Beau Han Xu. Drawing on nature and the ethereal, the London based designer captures and preserves inspirational moments in his creations, particularly the split second of beauty as a raindrop bursts with a splash. Continuing a silver and glassware tradition spanning more than 240 years, Mappin & Webb continues pioneering innovation with this latest, exclusive product collaboration. The Collection An exquisite collection of twelve elegant glass shapes has been created, including Red, White, Rosé, Martini, Cocktail, Whiskey, Cognac, Shot Glass and, of course, Champagne, with

Museum of London & Craft Central Christmas Pop-Up

The Museum of London shop and designer-maker charity Craft Central have teamed up for the first time to create a special pop-up store for Christmas. The collaboration will offer shoppers a festive destination to buy original, stylish and handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Opening on 14th November, the pop-up will feature 10 independent designer-makers, specially selected by the Museum and Craft Central, selling handcrafted jewellery, ceramics, stationery, homewares, prints and paper craft all made in the UK with most made in London. For more original gifts, browse the Museum of London shop for a number of exclusive products including

Spun Glass Theatre Commission

The Baby Challenge: First Artist Commission  The Challenge We want to commission artists who have never made work for babies (0-18months) before from diverse arts practices. You could be a circus performer, lighting designer, poet, storyteller, designer, writer, sculptor, ballet dancer etc. We'd love to hear from any and all art forms! Who We Are Looking For We're looking for 6 South East/London based artists (who are free for 1 week in June/July) to create a workshop/installation/experience for new parents and babies. £650 per commission.  Why Now? 600,000 babies have been born in the UK since lockdown who have never

News Edit: 5 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Light up with Boochier’s neon fine jewellery Wallpaper: New jewellery pieces from Boochier edge diamonds in neon enamel. www.wallpaper.com Gold cables make a modern jewellery love token Wallpaper: The Love Cables collection from Kimy Gringoire, the new brand of jeweller Kim Mee Hye, intertwines a modern design with romantic references. www.wallpaper.com The Jewelry Designer Purposely Making Imperfect Pieces The Cut: Pamela Love is a CFDA Award–winning jewelry designer inspired by many things: astronomy, astrology, alchemy, and early American and Mexican silver traditions, to name a few. www.thecut.com Sotheby’s

News Edit: 12 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Chopard brings a playful edge to its red carpet-worthy high jewellery The Telegraph: A necklace featuring 90 carats of heart-shaped diamonds and gemstone-studded animals are among the highlights of Chopard's 2020 collection. telegraph.co.uk Sustainability Tips from Jewellery Designer, Pippa Small Vanity Fair: Inspiration from the acclaimed designer. vanityfair.com July 2020: What's New In Jewellery Tatler: This month, expect summery, everyday, and nature-inspired jewellery pieces—as well as some truly stunning engagement rings. asiatatler.com Your Guide To Wearing Men's Jewellery Right Tatler: With more

News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Grand National 2021: NI silversmith designs winner's trophy BBC: It is the world's most famous horse race and Northern Ireland will be represented on the winner's podium no matter who comes first. www.bbc.co.uk Grand National trophy's Northern Ireland designer hails 'amazing' win Belfast Telegraph: Top Northern Ireland designer and silversmith Cara Murphy - who designed the stunning trophy presented to Grand National-winning Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore - has said she hopes her work will inspire a new generation of creative artists here. www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk All That Glitters: meet the

Scoop 2019 - July Edition

Scoop Saatchi Gallery, London 21st – 23rd July 2019 Much-loved contemporary womenswear show Scoop, opens its doors at London’s Saatchi Gallery this weekend offering an exclusive edit of emerging and accessory designer labels expertly curated by Founder, Karen Radley. Exclusivity is at the heart of Scoop’s luxury offering, giving visitors access to designers , labels and collections unavailable anywhere else. Over 250 hand-picked UK and international designer collections will be showing their new collections, many using Scoop as their only seasonal selling platform. Fresh new faces making their Scoop debut include YOLKE, Narces, I Candi Rocks, Miki MIALY, La Cabane

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: 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

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

News Edit: 11 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery Designer And Celebrity Favourite Fernando Jorge Opens London Showroom Vogue: With his award-winning designs worn by the likes of Beyoncé and Emilia Clarke, Brazilian-born jewellery designer Fernando Jorge marks his first decade in London with an appointment-only showroom . www.vogue.co.uk Bejewelled £115,000 Rare Champagne Launched The Drinks Business: Piper-Heidsieck has launched a super rare edition of its prestige cuvée Rare adorned with hundreds of tiny diamonds, which has gone on sale at Harrods with a £115,000 price tag. www.thedrinksbusiness.com Removing items in ears and noses 'costs NHS £3m a

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.

Karolina Baines: Beauty in Interaction

Not only goldsmith tradition characterizes Karolina Baines’s work. She starts from there to explore the creation through many different techniques like sketches, painting, printmaking and mixed media. She aims at balancing shapes, colours and texture in a very refined and delicate way. Her pieces are always very malleable while keeping a strong and independent sense of movement. I addressed her few questions to better understand her world, writes Ilaria Ruggiero. IR: Where does your passion for jewellery come from? KB: I suppose I think of myself as a designer/maker first, and then as specifically a jewellery designer/maker. I love bringing ideas IR: Have

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

V&A to Showcase Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

V&A collaborates with artist Nick Veasey to build first ever mobile x-ray art studio ahead of landmark exhibition on designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Ahead of the first ever UK exhibition on the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, opening on 27 May, the V&A teamed up with x-ray artist Nick Veasey to create the world's first mobile x-ray art studio. In the studio, Veasey captured a series of beautifully crafted life-sized x-ray images revealing new and surprising details about the work of one of the 20th century's most revered couturiers. The x-ray project is one of several forensic techniques that the Museum has

Innovative Training For Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing

The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company has announced its latest training course innovation for jewellery designer makers  and jewellery graduates . Dawn Meaden Johnson’s company had created a  link from the handmade to small-scale manufacturing by providing a live mentored project made up of series of mini  bespoke consultancy sessions provided by  collaboration  with jewellery industry specialists based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Dawn said of the new approach to specialist jewellery professional development, “Taking the leap into small scale manufacturing can be a daunting prospect  for jewellery Designer Makers  however this  new course  offers mentored guidance throughout the whole process from design to

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course Become an Ambassador for Fairtrade Gold and help make a difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. The Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course is for jewellery brands, retailers and everybody involved in the manufacture and sale of gold jewellery, from the smallest designer to the largest chain on the high street. It will help you understand the benefits of Fairtrade Gold so that you can talk confidently to your customers. It is suitable for anyone working in the jewellery supply chain, with a particular focus on the retail environment. It is also

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Jeweller in Residence

Call for Applications: Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Jeweller in Residence 2019/20 Open to graduates of the Birmingham School of Jewellery, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter are looking for a graduate designer to design a new jewellery range for the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and become the Jeweller in Residence 2019-20. About the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (MJQ) is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in

London Fashion Week 2020

London Fashion Week 2020 14th - 18th February 2020 London Fashion Week, 14th - 18th February 2020 is a trade-only event, open to press and buyers.    BFC SHOW SPACE  The Store Studios 180 Strand London WC2R 1EA  London Fashion Week Festival is open to the public. This is an opportunity to experience catwalk shops, designer shopping and talks. Visit  londonfashionweekfestival.com  for ticket information. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Disa Allsopp Launches New Website

Renowned jeweller Disa Allsopp has announced the launch of her brand new website, which features an online shop making it easier than ever to purchase from her bespoke work. Initially the designer maker has made a collection of the signature ‘Spaghetti Rings’ available for online purchase with plan to expand on the selection over time. The new site also lists of our stockists enabling customers to source the designer’s work worldwide. www.disaallsopp.com  Author:  Published: 

MADE LONDON - Marylebone 2018

  Call for Applications Made London 2018 MADE London - Marylebone is the annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers show and sell their work to the public. MADE are now inviting entries for the 2018 Made London – Marylebone show. Come and be part of the group of 120 original and high quality makers. We want to present as wide a variety of work as we can at the show and so are particularly interested in hearing from makers designing work for the home (as well as accessories and jewellery) -

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

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

Perspectives - Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future

Perspectives - Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future Fair and Beautiful – New Exhibition is set to Lead the Way on Ethical Luxury Gorgeous work by nearly 40 leading makers and designers is being brought together in an exhibition dedicated to ethical jewellery and silversmithing. Perspectives will be at the heart of the Elements 4 festival of jewellery, silver and gold, in Edinburgh from 19-21 October. It is part of a wider drive to make Scotland a world-leader in ethical jewellery making and silversmithing. Among the items on show will be designer pieces made using found and waste materials including

Material Romance @ CAA

Material Romance CAA, London 13 - 19 February 2018 Material Romance celebrates materiality, the passion for and exploration of raw materials and their transformation into objects of desire. The designer / makers of the exhibits are all students on the Jewellery & Silversmithing BA degree course at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. A love of experimentation combined with the pleasure of creating is revealed in works by makers in the early stages of their careers, eager to embrace new opportunities. Their pieces demonstrate a wide-ranging, individual interpretation of the theme of Material Romance, in a variety of responses

Commission – Bespoke Donation Boxes for Hengistbury Head

Call for Expressions of Interest: Bespoke Donation Boxes for Hengistbury Head Commission The Bournemouth Parks Foundation are exploring ideas for a bespoke installation for the courtyard at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre which reacts to a contactless donation from visitors. We want to commission an artist / designer / programmer / engineer (‘the artist’) to come up with and realise a fun, intriguing, unique way of encouraging people to donate money to this great environmental and historical site. We want to amaze and delight the visitor so that they too will want to donate and be rewarded with ‘the prize/experience’ that

Preciousness Beyond Stones

It is usually thought that the preciousness of a jewel lies in the preciousness of the materials or the stones that have made it... but experimentation in the field of jewellery research and design is instead expanding the boundaries of preciousness in an incredible way, including the combination of more and more alternative materials which are not directly associated with traditional jewellery writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Lodovica Fusco, Italian designer and founder of the COLLANEvrosi brand, for example, in her Sea Bed collection aims at representing the seabed in summer and the creatures to be found there; so that shapes, materials and

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

Designers in Residence 2017

Designers in Residence 2017 Applications are now open for the 2017 Designer in Residence programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be one of the first designers to work in the designated studio situated within the new Design Museum in Kensington. More information This residency accommodates four designers to work independently on a project in response to a theme. Designers from different disciplines are selected and work autonomously as well as come together to exchange and share skills and ideas. Visitors are invited to engage in the process on display and to interact with the designers to gain an in

London Fashion Week 2018

London Fashion Week,  16th - 20th February 2018 is a trade-only event, open to press and buyers.    BFC SHOW SPACE  The Store Studios 180 Strand London WC2R 1EA  London Fashion Week Festival is open to the public. This is an opportunity to experience catwalk shops, designer shopping and talks. Visit  londonfashionweekfestival.com  for ticket information. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Call for Applications: Chair of Material and Design Innovation

Call for Applications: Chair of Material and Design Innovation Applications are invited for the position of Chair of Material and Design Innovation, University of Edinburgh. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding designer/maker to the post. The major remit of the role is to provide outward-facing strategic leadership in making and innovation by supporting the University’s strategic themes: influencing globally; contributing locally, maintaining and creating partnerships with creative industries. There will also be a requirement to be involved with enhancing learning and teaching initiatives within the School of Design and ECA more generally. Person Specification You will have a specialism

Call for Applications: The Bristol Artisan 2017

The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. We hope that The Bristol Artisan will provide an outlet for designer makers to sell and promote their work within the South West and beyond. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products. The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent

London Fashion Week 2017

London Fashion Week, 17th - 21st February 2017 is a trade-only event, open to press and buyers.    BFC SHOW SPACE  The Store Studios 180 Strand London WC2R 1EA  London Fashion Week Festival is open to the public. This is an opportunity to experience catwalk shops, designer shopping and talks. Visit  londonfashionweekfestival.com for ticket information. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Fashion Space Gallery

Call for Applications Fashion Space Gallery is pleased to announce its third annual residency for 2017. The residency was created to support designers working within fashion or associated fields, in particular those whose practice is experimental and hard to define. In an industry that is characterised by fast turnarounds and relentless seasons, this initiative seeks to support a moment for the chosen designer to research and develop an aspect of their practice and to enable the outcomes to be shown as part of the exhibitions and events programme here at the Fashion Space Gallery. The residency seeks to encourage collaboration,

News Edit: 30 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Pandora says lab-grown diamonds the ethical choice. Not so, say diamond miners. Who’s right? SCMP: Tobias Kormind, of online retailer 77 Diamonds, says diamond miners have largely eliminated shady dealings, and notes that lab-grown stones need a lot of power. www.scmp.com My lightbulb moment: Jewellery designer who created a collection of pearls for the modern woman reveals the inspiration behind her business Daily Mail: Olivia, 40, founded the Olivia & Pearl jewellery brand in 2016. She lives in London with her husband James, a major in the Royal

Shine 2021: Open Call

The Goldsmiths' Centre's annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, Shine, returns online in 2021. Applications are now open to UK designer makers, who are within the first five years of running a business to exhibit their new collection to potential customers, buyers and the wider industry. Participants will be given the unique opportunity to undertake a valuable online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre. Specifically tailored to their needs, the training will cover all key aspects of how jewellers and silversmiths should best present themselves and their work in person and online, culminating in an online showcasing

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

The Role Full Time Junior Goldsmith Walter Bull & Son Cirencester, Gloucestershire We are a family business that has been established for over 200 years retailing fine / antique jewellery with an onsite workshop and design service undertaking repairs and bespoke commissions. We are looking for a skilled and passionate junior Goldsmith who loves what they do, and would like to develop their skills within a growing business. The successful candidate would work closely with our experienced goldsmith, whilst liaising with our CAD Designer and Repairs / Workshop Manager. Ideal Candidate 3+ years of general goldsmith experience Experience and ability

Elements 2020

Elements Online Event 6 - 8 November 2020 Sparkling Scottish Festival Showcases Designer Gold, Silver and Jewellery Meet the makers online and shop small this festive season Exquisite hand-made work by over 50 established and emerging makers will be on show at Scotland’s sixth annual Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold. Organised as a partnership between The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers, this year’s festival (from 6 to 8 November) will be taking place online. It is hoped that this will allow people from all round the world a chance to

Getting Started 2021

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2021 Applications are now open for Getting Started 2021, the one-week free online introduction to business course Today the Goldsmiths’ Centre opens applications for Getting Started Online 2021, the one-week introduction to business course designed to support the most talented UK designers, designer makers and skilled craftspeople in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. Celebrating 40 years, Getting Started Online 2021 is a free course, delivered for the first time completely virtually, and will provide up to 100 start-ups with the help to get practical guidance and advice on key aspects of getting their business

NY NOW 2020

Call for Applications: NY NOW 2020 Saturday 1 to Tuesday 4 February 2020 Craft Scotland via New York, USA UK-based makers, this is your opportunity to showcase at the Handmade Designer Maker section of NY NOW 2020 , a renowned international trade fair. We’re excited to announce applications for NY NOW 2020 are now open. We have 20 places available for makers living and working in the UK. As part of our partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) , Craft Scotland will showcase the work of twenty UK-based makers at renowned international trade fair NY NOW in February

Actinia by Raluca Buzura wins the Gold International Design Award

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

Louisa Guinness Gallery shines a light on Cora Sheibani

This spring saw a successful collaboration between the Louisa Guinness Gallery and jewellery designer Cora Sheibani resulting in an inaugural solo show which previewed in London, New York and Geneva. The ‘Glow’ exhibition aimed at being a celebration of fluorescent gems: stones that have an incredible and unusual property of glowing in a different colour whilst exposed to ultra violet (UV) lighting. As part of the exhibition set up part of the gallery space was transformed into a site-specific installation, which presented viewers with a dark wonderland in which they could explore each unique piece of glowing jewellery alongside amazing

Culture Creative 2021

Call for Artists: Culture Creative If you are an artist, lighting designer, or company with an exciting idea or existing work that you feel would be ideal for our illuminated trails in 2021, then we’d love to hear from you. Culture Creative is a leader in the creation of illuminated trails worldwide. We have just completed our winter trails at various sites including - Kew Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Chicago Botanic Garden and are due to install three new trails in the USA and more new trails in the UK at the end of this year. Therefore

Isabella Liu showcases new collection 'The Butterfly Lovers' at t IJL 2019

Following the very successful launch of Isabella Liu’s new nature inspired collection, The Butterfly Lovers at the CMJ summer event, the award-winning International jewellery designer and artist will be unveiling new additional pieces at IJL 2019. The collection which pays homage to the beauty of Nature, draws on the classic Chinese legend of two lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台), the Chinese Romeo and Juliet. In this the tale ‘The lovers’ spirits, in the form of a pair of butterflies, fly away together, never to be separated again’. This epic story has inspired musicians, artists and performers. Isabella

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

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

Q&A: Ed Hole

Ed Hole is Head of CAD Design and 3D Printing at Birmingham based jewellery industry giant Weston Beamor Ltd. He has been at the company since 2003, and for some 14 years he has been creating bespoke pieces and new product development lines for a wide variety of clients. He is an expert CAD Designer and 3D Print specialist and has built up a team specialising in the use of cutting edge technology at the firm. Ed has a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do

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

Shine 2020

Shine 2020 The Goldsmiths’ Centre Part of London Craft Week: 18th September – 22nd December 2020 Shine 2020, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, returns this year as a digital-only event, in response to our changed circumstances and consumer patterns. Celebrating up and coming UK designer makers, it will present eleven new collections hand-picked for their originality and quality. Each maker will be supported through an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and designed to get them market ready for the online opening on 17th September 2020. Shine 2020 provides a

Leading ethical jewellery brand, Lebrusan Studio, unveils new website as part of significant rebrand

Following a change in brand name from  Arabel Lebrusan , this month Lebrusan Studio ties up its major brand revamp with the reveal of its  slick new website  and fresh-look monochrome logo. Following a change in brand name from Arabel Lebrusan , this month Lebrusan Studio ties up its major brand revamp with the reveal of its slick new website and fresh-look monochrome logo. Reflecting the brand’s expanding size and after a successful period for sales and exposure, an update and refresh allow for the designer and brand to grow respectively, without diluting either. “We were growing, and as we

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

Present Makers 2019

Call for Applications: Present Makers 2019 9 November 2019 to 21 December 2019 A celebration of excellence in making from across the South West. A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2019 celebrates the talent of contemporary crafts people and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live. The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others : glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale. Looking for the ideal Christmas gift this year? Why not buy unique hand-made and locally-designed

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

Head of David Fowkes Jewellery Climbs New Heights

Dr Rona Mackenzie, Chief Operating Officer of jewellery designer, David Fowkes, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support UK innovators in business. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, last month. All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3, launched to help support businessmen and women in getting creative, innovative and dynamic projects off the ground. David Fowkes is generously supporting D3 through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of 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

British Craft Trade Fair 2020 - Online

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) 2020 Online 14 - 15 June 2020 The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is about to launch its first ever online exhibition featuring thousands of new product launches from hundreds of British designer makers keen to reach retailers as lockdown ends. Registered buyers will be able to log in between 10.00 – 17.00 on June 14 – 15 via the BCTF web portal and the BCTF award winners will be revealed at 17.00 on Sunday June 14. BCTF Online will incorporate live chat between buyers and exhibitors and an enhanced online catalogue featuring video

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

Christmas Fayre at St Donat's Castle 2019

Call for Applications: Christmas Fayre at St Donat's Castle 2019 1 December 2019 St Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major Applications are now Open! About the Event A unique event in a unique location, herald the start of the festive season and join us for our Christmas Fayre at St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. This popular, family friendly, annual event showcases a creative mix of handmade designer crafts and food exhibitors; the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas swing of things and pick up some great gifts. With over 50 stalls to browse, including a number of first-time

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019 10 -13 October 2019  Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns for its 12th edition from 10-13 October 2019 to Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester. The GNCCF is the last word in contemporary craft selling events in the north. Founded by passion-fuelled people with an obsessive love of craft, and a desire to create a nationally renowned event, it’s no coincidence that the GNCCF has become the must-attend event for exhibitors and buyers alike. Expect a diverse range of work, talent and stories from leading designer-makers, including contemporary ceramicists,

Winners Announced for The Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship

Inspiration is a driving force in all of our lives, and it was the deciding factor in the difficult decision to select just two recipients for the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship for full tuition to earn GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma through distance education. Inspiration is a driving force in all of our lives, and it was the deciding factor in the difficult decision to select just two recipients for the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship for full tuition to earn GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma through distance education. This scholarship, gifted by world renowned jewelry designer

Farnham Crafts Month

Farnham Craft Month 1 - 31 October 2019 Farnahm, Surrey Craft Month Full of Hidden Treasure Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are getting set for a month of craft festivities. Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with hundreds of opportunities to get involved with events featuring countless makers, pieces, organisations and venues, throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers. Farnham Craft Month celebrations have been growing steadily each

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020 Maastricht 9 March 2020 SIERAAD Art Fair and well-known jewellery designer Wallace Chan have made a unique collaboration for TEFAF. The highlight of the exhibition will be ‘Keeper of Time’, a necklace juxtaposing the artist’s most recent innovation, the Wallace Chan Porcelain, with his vintage carving creations from over 30 years ago. Gemstones, memories from different times, are revisited and given new life; they are indispensable links in the long chain of time that connects the past and the present. Lecture SIERAAD are honoured to organize a lecture of Wallace Chan in partnership with Chequita Nahar,

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

Call for Applications: Gifted 19

Call for Applications: Gifted 19 Extended Deadline - National Centre for Craft & Design 7 & Sunday 8 December 2019 We're delighted to announce that our ever popular Contemporary Christmas Market will be taking place on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December 2019. We're on the lookout for quality designer-makers to be at the heart of our festive celebrations and to make 2019 the best Gifted yet! If you would like to be part of our biggest event of the year, then please download an application form here and return it to Katie at shop@nccd.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 31

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

Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf

Workshops and Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf Oxo Tower Wharf, at the heart of London’s South Bank, is home to studios for designer-makers and craftspeople and we have a number of spaces available for talented new tenants. These opportunities come at a pivotal time for Oxo as we re-focus on craft and design and seek talented makers to join us. We're excited to be safeguarding spaces for creatives in central London and our building provides a unique opportunity for makers to have a studio and showroom in one, with opportunity for an open door to the public too! Our studios

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

Modernist Jewellery on Show at Midcentury Modern Show in March

Lauded by legendary designer Orla Kiely as her own personal 'design heaven', the Midecentury Modern show is a popular destination for the very best in modern design. The Spring show in March will play host to a number of modernist jewellery designers.  The show is responsible for the Midcentury Modern aesthetic becoming a mainstream style in London, with influencers, designers and visual design teams taking cues from the show. Big names, such as Estee Lalonde, Johnathan Adler, Mary Portas have frequented the show; as well as buying teams from Liberty, Selfridges and the Tate shop. This year, on Sunday 15th March,

MASTERY. Women in Silver

MASTERY. Women in Silver Ruthin Craft Centre 24 July – 18 September 2021 This is the first exhibition to focus on the UK’s exceptionally talented contemporary women designer silversmiths. Fifty years ago, it would have been impossible to assemble an exhibition like this, as there were so few women working in the field. What was once a totally male discipline has been transformed within three generations. The Mastery exhibitors represent a large cohort of women working at the highest level of silversmithing and include long-established and mid-career artists alongside some emerging makers of exceptional promise. The work itself was chosen

Fit for a Queen: Arabel Lebrusan unveils the Crown Collection

Arabel Lebrusan's designs are thoughtfuly crafted to stand the test of time, just like the bonds they commemorate.  The new Crown Collection is a showcase of elegantly crafted women’s rings in beautiful diadem, coronet, tiara and wishbone shapes, all set with ethically sourced diamonds. The pieces are designed to make thoughtful milestone gifts, whether it be a wedding, anniversary, or celebrating the birth of a child. The Crown Collection’s versatile and delicate design allows each individual piece to either stand alone or form part of a unique collected of ‘stacker’ rings,  Designer Arabel Lebrusan says: “The Crown Collection is a feminine

Generation to Generation: Recent Graduates complete Mentorship with Award Winning Goldsmiths

Eight recent jewellery and silversmithing graduates have taken their first steps towards establishing promising careers by completing a pilot mentoring scheme with award winning members of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, made possible by a grant provided by the Goldsmiths' Centre.  Graduate silversmiths Danniella Wilde, Anna Peake, Will Romeril, Abigail Marsh and Jayne Rimington; as well as jewellery designer makers Hannah Viner and Louisa Warren were given time and advice by each of their experienced mentors, helping them to enhance their skills and expand their knowledge.  Over the eight months they gained confidence and deepened their understanding of useful technical

Lucie Gledhill's Modern Twist on the Victorian Curb Chain Garners Best New Design 2019 at Goldsmiths' Fair Week One

An innovative collaboration, between jeweller Lucie Gledhill and photographer Kasia, has won the attention of this years’ Goldsmiths’ fair expert judge of the Best New Design Award.  This year, Trino Verkade judged the award, a consultant with the Sarabande foundation, an initiative set up by the late legendary designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists. The curb chain is a feat of craftsmanship, taking three weeks to complete. A chain was fashioned from gold tubing and silver wire, then each

Friedrich Becker Prize 2020

Call fro Applications: Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 9  May 2020 Stadtmuseum, Düsseldorf Application for the Frieserich Becker Prize 2020 is open. In awarding the Friedrich-Becker-Prize the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V. (Society of Goldsmiths‘ Art) commemorates this extraordinary man and great designer Friedrich Becker, and following his path it is given to the very best of our generation of designers. The prize is awarded for originality, exceptional design and highest execution of craftsmanship. Submissions should be jewelry or hollow/flatware, either one-of-a-kind or a prototype for serial production with an innovative character. The inclusion of new materials and techniques is equally as

Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels

“Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels”  Uncovers India’s Historic Gem Trade 11 - 12 October 2019 Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai Led by Saffron Art, the biennial jewellery conference, ‘Mapping a Legacy of Indian Jewels’ will be making a comeback with a second edition in early autumn on the 11thto the 12thof October at Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel. The two-day conference  will feature a line-up of prestigious speakers such as contemporary jewellery designer Viren Bhagat, art historian and author Hugo Crespo, chief advisor to the Maharaja of Kapurthala, Cynthia Meera Frederick, and international jewellery specialists Joanna Hardy and Lisa Hubbard. Saffronart’s Mapping

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

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

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

‘De Vroomen Harmony in Colour and Form’ Book

Dutch Master Craftsman and goldsmith Leo de Vroomen has released a book, full of illustrations, which celebrates 50 years of his creative partnership with his artist / designer wife Ginnie. Their bold and colourful jewellery is lavishly illustrated, in combination with Ginnie's vivid paintings. The book also acts as an accompanying tome to the retrospective exhibition of their work recently held at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The book is available at a cost of £50 plus postage & packing Publisher: Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen Page size: landscape 280 X 230 mm Pagination: 224 hardback ISBN 978-1-5272-0650-2 P & P: UK £5.00,

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

Jacobs the Jewellers’ launch annual competition as its first online virtual exhibition

Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, this week announced the start of its annual Emerging Designer competition with 2020 being a totally online virtual exhibition allowing international participation with internet powered voting.   Normally an instore only experience based in the renowned Reading store, the organisers took the view to move entirely online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new format will also help widen the audience for the established event’s growing reputation.   2020’s sixth edition will feature 5 talented designers competing in two categories, a silver object and a piece of jewellery. From 25th May a

Q&A: Liz Olver

Liz Olver is currently Design Director at Annoushka, based out of their flagship store and building on Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea. Previous to this, she was Designer at Links of London, both companies founded by Annoushka Ducas MBE. Liz is an author of three jewellery making titles, has worked as Product Development Manager at De Beers LV, has run her own jewellery label and was for many years a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design on the BA Hons Jewellery Design course. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art and a degree in

Mummy’s Star pendant created created to mark special mum’s life

A jewellery designer has created a very special 'Mummy’s Star' pendant in memory of her late sister-in-law, who passed away with stage 4 breast cancer in April this year. Sian Hughes, whose sister-in-law Emily Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer in pregnancy, is donating all of the profits of each bespoke, hand-crafted piece to Mummy’s Star. Sian, who has been designing and creating contemporary jewellery for 15 years, said: “I wanted to thank Mummy’s Star for the much-needed practical and emotional support they gave to my family during a very difficult time. “The star in the design is a direct

Elements – Scotland’s Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold

Elements – Scotland’s Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold 8 to 10 November 2019 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest Jewellery, Silver and Gold will be a chance to see work by 50 of the finest designer makers –with around half from Scotland and half from the rest of the UK. The event, organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull, is the perfect opportunity to buy beautiful Christmas gifts that will be cherished for many years to come. Attractions include a sales fair with jewellery and silverware

Inhorgenta Munich 2020

INHORGENTA MUNICH Messe München, Germany 14 - 17 February 2020 They are without a doubt one of the highlights of INHORGENTA MUNICH: the breathtaking jewelry shows. Accompanied by music, international models will present luxurious jewelry from our exhibitors and transform the Fine Jewelry Hall B1 into a runway. For the first day’s opening show, VIP guests in attendance are sure to be captivated by the exquisite staging of fine jewelry together with today’s designer fashions. Dates:  14 - 17 February 2020 Venue:  Messe München, Germany www.inhorgenta.com   

Bench space available in shared studio London

Bench space available in shared studio London Bench space is available immediately in a lovely, light mews studio in Iliffe Yard, Kennington/Elephant & Castle, in the renowned Pullens Yard. It is ideal for a designer-maker. The bench comes with a 15 drawer Bisley cabinet for storage, bench peg and light. The set up is comprised of 1.5 benches per person, as the bench has the added bonus of a spare bench in between, creating a spacious working environment or for shared use when required (eg. soldering, computer work etc.) The studio was renovated by award winning architects and is well equipped with

The London Artisan - Autumn 2020

Call for Applications: The London Artisan Applications Are Open! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of The London Artisan! After cancelling both our Spring and Summer events, we can once again support independent designer makers by providing a platform to begin marketing and selling your work once again. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. It’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversations started and friendships formed. The London Artisan presents a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, illustration and beauty products. We also welcome applications from coffee/drink

British Craft Trade Fair to run interactive online show for 2020

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has announced that it will run an online, interactive exhibition for designer-makers who are already signed up for this year’s event. The online show will be open to registered and approved buyers from June 14 – 15 (10.00 – 17.00) via the BCTF website , with this year’s BCTF award-winners being announced on Monday June 14 at 17.00. The next physical edition of BCTF will run as usual at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from April 11-13. 2021 Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, said: “Like other exhibition organisers, we were forced to cancel this

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

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

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Diana Porter (1943– 2021)

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Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019

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University Placements for 2019/20 with AA2A

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Winter Market The Forge - Craft Central

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New Fairtrade Gold Jewellery Collection Re-imagined

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Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

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

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News Edit: 2 August 2020

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News Edit: 28 April 2019

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Q&A: Jeff Lowe

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Jewellery Quarter Festival and Open Studios Open Day Event – Selling Opportunity

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MOSTYN Christmas Window Commission 2019

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Lustre 2019

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Appointment: Monika Kamycka Appointed as Chair Of British Society of Enamellers

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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

British Craft Trade Fair 2019

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Goldsmiths North

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MADE LONDON - Canary Wharf - The Contemporary Design and Craft Fair

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2018

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British Museum Acquires “Brexit” Medal

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Call for Applications: One Year On 2018

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018 One Year On for talented designers launching new creative businesses Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year On at New Designers 2018. One Year On presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated by industry buyer, business-owner and designer Rheanna Lingham, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. Application Deadline 31st January 2018 To Apply www.newdesigners.com/oneyearon2018

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course Jewellery P1 is designed to support small jewellery businesses and Designer Makers looking to increase their productivity and profitability. Taking place on 27th and 28th June, this two-day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which they can extract more value from their business, without diluting their brand. Eligibility criteria: All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating

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

News Edit: 25 November 2018

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Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part II

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£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

Everyday imperfections celebrated at new Modern Life exhibition

A new jewellery exhibition dedicated to 'everyday imperfections' opens at the Gill Wing Gallery in Islington, London this weekend featuring designers well known for their unique and thought-provoking perspectives. Modern Life, launching on Saturday 13th January and Sunday 14th January,  celebrates prosaic everyday objects and routines, such as walking to work in the sunshine, squashed coffee cups and even cigarettes, incorporating the designer's unique take on their subject. It is about appreciating what already exists, the imperfect, the ordinary, explained Jade Mellor, a member of the Gill Wing design team. "It's not about dramatic changes, vowing to be better, cleaner,

Sparkle: Contemporary Craft and Gourmet Food Fair

The Sparkle Fair Held every November, your sparkling festive season starts here! See and buy a dazzling range of contemporary work from more than 70 designer makers including jewellery, glass, ceramics, stylish accessories and so much more, plus a mouth-watering selection of gourmet food. Hundreds of bright and bold gift ideas. Dates Friday 17–Sunday 19 November 2017 Open Friday: 6–8.30pm Saturday: 10am–5pm Sunday: 10am–5pm Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN www.landmarkartscentre.org

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

Emerging Graduate Talent on Show at Goldsmiths’ Fair

Goldsmiths’ Fair has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.  The ten graduates, who were selected from over 100 applicants, receive: A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair £1500 bursary Up to £3000 precious metal loan Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers and others. The highly sought-after opportunity for emerging designer-makers regularly leads to sales and commissions that otherwise might take years to achieve. A number of ‘stars of the

Natalie Perry adds EC One as newest stockist

Contemporary ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with jewellery boutique, EC One - the designer’s first bricks and mortar stockist in London. The boutique based in London’s iconic Exmouth Market has a collection of 12 pieces from the signature Floral Fragments collection in both 9ct and 18ct Fairtrade Gold, which includes delicate everyday hoop earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Co-founder and owner of EC One, Alison Skeates said: “I’m thrilled to add Natalie’s beautiful jewellery to our edit of guest designers. The delicate and unique style of her collection coupled with Natalie’s responsible and transparent ethos is really

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

Goldsmiths’ Fair Opens for its 36th Edition

The finest goldsmithing and silversmithing is all about innovation and refinement. An alchemy of technique and inspiration, forged through experimentation, and appealing to intellect and passion alike. The resulting treasures embody the rich narrative of craftsmanship, informed by the personality of the maker and the materials, and skilfully made into contemporary form. Now in its 36th year, Goldsmiths’ Fair has built a solid reputation as the foremost destination for precious metal fine jewellery and contemporary silver from the best independent designer craftsmen working in the UK today. More than ever the Fair is focused on contemporary design. The Fair’s recent

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI, launches in the UK

Berlin-based ethical jewellery brand, VIERI Fine Jewellery, this month celebrates its launch into the UK. Handcrafted jewellery made of ethically sourced and recycled gold, VIERI designs collections that illicit feelings of a warm Italian sky, interspersed with crisp white clouds and magical pops of colour.  A brand that truly believes fine jewellery and responsible practice cannot exist without each other, its designer Guya Merkle, founded the Earthbeat Foundation - an establishment that promotes better working conditions and alternative income solutions for gold miners world-wide.   “It is my vision to build a company that not only produces and acts responsibly, but

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

Goldsmiths' Fair Special Exhibition: Court Cups and Medals

Goldsmiths' Fair Special Exhibition: Court Cups and Medals The annual Goldsmiths’ Fair is the destination for the best and most innovative fine jewellery and contemporary silver made by UK designer craftsmen.  In addition to showcasing the work of 138 supremely talented artisans over two-weeks, there will be several special exhibitions highlighting historic and contemporary gold- and silversmithing. Court Cups and Medals will highlight a fascinating and rarely seen aspect of the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection by using silver treasures (21 silver cups and 12 art medals) to tell a human story; that of the Company through its people, both makers and

Catherine Hills: Gill Wing Jewellery Q & A

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

Nikki Couppee - A pop and gothic flavor

This week we discover the work of a real experimenter in jewelry field, the American jewelry designer Nikki Couppee writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Originally from Pensacola Beach, Florida, she is currently living in Oakland, California. Her work is located in a very special stylistic dimension, between pop culture and gothic flavor, in a mix of very different languages and codes. I addressed her few questions to better understand her world. IR: Where does your passion for jewelry come from? NC:  Growing up I used to look in my mom’s jewelry box and inspected and tried things on and loved hearing the stories,

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

Catherine Hills 'takes over' Gill Wing

Gill Wing was the first gallery to show Catherine Hill’s distinctive jewellery, as a fresh graduate from the RCA, living locally in Islington. 20 years later, the gallery is allowing a 'take over' by the jeweller to celebrate their twenty year anniversary. Over the last twenty years Catherine Hills has won many awards for her nature inspired, textural treasures, as well as being famed as the chosen designer behind the jewellery for the box-office-breaking Harry Potter films. As one of Gill Wing Jewellery's original selected artists, Catherine has remained above fleeting trends with her unique and wearable designs, the epitome

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,

News Edit 1 April 2018

A round up of this week's news... Hatton Garden heist suspect is son of biology pioneer The Times: A jewellery designer believed to be the mysterious tenth man in the Hatton Garden heist is the son of a pioneering Cambridge biophysicist, The Times can reveal. www.thetimes.co.uk Where to buy the best vintage, period and antique jewellery The Telegraph: No matter what today’s jewellers come up with, no matter how sophisticated the designs or exquisite the materials, I never fail to be charmed by vintage and antique jewellery. www.telegraph.co.uk Kate Middleton's wedding tiara heads up 'dazzling' Canberra exhibition SBS News: Iconic

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

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,

Gaelle Khouri extends Soft Destruction collection

Gaelle Khouri has developed an addendum to her acclaimed Soft Deconstruction collection. The Next Perspective sees the Lebanese-born designer continue to examine the inner world as in her preceding collections. Khouri’s fascination lies in the intangible realm of the mind and thoughts.  The story behind this latest collection ruminates on the notion that humans are prisoners of their own mind, incapable of attaining the true world. However, this in turn highlights the concept of individuality, which will, when well-grasped and expressed, grant us tolerance and a degree of freedom from the prison of mind.  The collection is suffused with philosophical

Dazera Exhibition

Dazera Exhibition One of London’s best kept artistic secrets, The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, will once more host the Dazera exhibition for creative fine jewellery this year on 30 November to 2 December. Founded by jewellery designer Domini Hogg, Dazera is dedicated to raising the profiles of emerging artists and creative designers working with precious stones and materials. According to Domini the vibrancy of the hotel’s ever-changing artwork is what initially attracted her to exhibit there. “It is important for original jewellery to be seen within an artistic context rather than in the sterile environment of most shops. The

Laurence Coste opens new store in Sloane Street

Parisian jewellery designer Laurence Coste has recently expanded to Sloane street, following over 10 years of success at her premises on Walton Street. Shortly after opening there in 2006, she became known for her range of unique and colourful clip-on earrings, and the business has grown in strength and popularity ever since, leading to the decision to open this second store.  Born in Paris, Coste spent her childhood in France before moving to Chealsea in the late 80’s. Inspired by none other than Loulou de la Falaise, her passion for jewellery started at a young age when she started designing

Parliament of Trees

Parliament of Trees - Catherine Dee Artist and landscape designer Catherine Dee is cultivating a  Parliament of Trees  at Persistence Works. ‘Parliament’ refers not only to gallery visitor conversations and debates concerning trees, but to a ‘language’ of trees cultivated by the artist. On show are Dee’s ‘art povera’ stick sculptures, and installations of tiny living trees comprising landscape designs that may be commissioned (free to non-profit organisations) for planting out at the end of the exhibition. Dee is a world-renowned educator in landscape architectural design and will be available to offer free public advice to individuals and groups on

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2018/9

53 AA2A places for artists and makers in 13 host universities across England The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops,   IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019 AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 Closing dates for

Dazzle @ Oxo 2017

From contemporary classics to brilliantly bonkers - the contemporary jewellery selling exhibition that delights in diversity returns to gallery@oxo and introduces an exceptional crop of handpicked new 2017 graduates, amongst a roll call of designer big guns.  “The oldest and largest exhibition of contemporary jewellery in Europe, and as one of the key aims is to discover and promote new talent, you can be sure of discovering fresh approaches to the medium among the thousands of pieces on display.”  -  Time Out Miniature nuns set in resin, silver dogs with wagging ears, designs inspired by office stationery, by the Australian outback,

Shine 2017

Shine at the Goldsmiths Centre The Shine 2017 selling showcase returns to celebrate the best emerging jewellery and silver talent at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London, from 6 November to 20 December 2017. It will bring together thirty-seven up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK in the run-up to Christmas. Each exhibitor has been hand-picked based on the originality, quality and future commerciality of their hand-crafted pieces. The showcase is the ultimate launch pad for exhibitors to expand business contacts and reveal their newest collections. Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre explains: ‘Shine

Angela Georgiou gets new branding with Clout

Shropshire based bespoke luxury jeweller, Angela Georgiou has had a complete brand refresh courtesy of global branding experts, which has successfully strengthened the positioning and identity of the jewellery brand. The jewellery designer who uses inspiration from her Greek Cypriot heritage, re-imagines found and personal antiquities, turning them into unconventional, contemporary pieces for a UK and international client base. Award winning Clout Branding were appointed towards the end of 2017 by the jeweller to help create a more distinct positioning and brand identity within the luxury sector. The new identity, which is focused around the idea of ‘The past re-imagined’

Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 Applications to exhibit at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 have now opened and will close at midnight 28 February. Applications for the Graduate Bursary Scheme open for the same period.  The Fair Selection Committee will meet in March and applicants will be advised of the outcome thereafter. The 37th Goldsmiths’ Fair (23 September – 6 October) will once again showcase the finest new collections from the most talented UK-based designer-makers working in precious metals. Last year, 138 exhibitors took part and more than 9,000 people visited the event. To Apply Applicants must conform to the following

Leyla Abdollahi's new Trinity Collection

London based designer Leyla Abdollahi, known for her use of flamboyant palettes of gemstones, has launched a new collection, 'Trinity'. Inspired by and conceived out of Leyla’s fascination with the mysterious world of astrology and divine geometry, the designs of geometrical crafted gemstones blend spirited colour such as tanzanite, white and champagne diamonds, blue sapphire, white opal and emeralds and highlight rhythmic alignments throughout the collection. Abdollahi's exploration of the relationship between dazzling ornaments and the human body is hown through the use of delicate chains, adding fluidity and sensual, subtle movement. Elaborate and intricately complex designs twinned with skillful

News Edit 13 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Detectorist strikes gold finding 4,000-year-old jewellery in East Yorkshire field Yorkshire Post: A metal detectorist literally struck gold when he unearthed a 4,000-year-old gold armlet in an East Yorkshire potato field. www.yorkshirepost.co.uk A piece of jewellery or a work of art? Gulf News: An exhibition highlights many of the greatest artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries who have turned both their thoughts and talent to jewellery. gulfnews.com Is Yoon Ambush the coolest jewellery designer on the planet? Evening Standard: Designing for Kanye, partying with Bella Hadid and now

Make 2018 – Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

Call for Applications: Make 2018 - Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Exhibit at Devon Guild of Craftsmen 2018 -19 MAKE is our annual Christmas selling exhibition celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft. The exhibition focuses on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship; connecting makers with our Christmas customers. By highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small scale batch production we aim to offer a range of mediums and prices to suit all. The exhibition is open to any UK-based craftsperson or designer-maker whose work fits these criteria.  We are particularly looking for makers who produce exciting and contemporary work.  The Christmas season is

When digital meets craft: An open view by Chiara Scarpitti

Chiara Scarpitti is an Italian multidisciplinary artist and designer specializing in contemporary jewelry. Her research investigates different aspects of the contemporary material culture, exploring technology through a humanistic approach. She is one of the few designers able to perfectly synthesize the historical dimension of research, through the eyes of the present, projecting it directly to the future, thanks to the ability of balancing technique, narrative and vision. Through her work, the tradition finds a new identity, thanks to aesthetic and technical innovation. In Chiara’s pieces emerges, perfectly balanced, a collection of suggestions from different narrations and imaginaries. Nature, in its

Knowle West Media Centre Artists Commission

Artists Commission: Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol Call for Artists, Makers and Designers - mobile “Future Home” stucture for Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol. Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is seeking to commission an artist, maker or designer to create an engaging mobile structure where people can experience the home of the future. The Future Home will: navigate the streets of Bristol, popping up at community events and festivals pique people’s curiosity and delight the senses inform and inspire people about emerging tech and eco, from solar panels to smart appliances Artists Brief For full brief and more information on how

Call for Applications: Jewellery Production 1 2018

Call for Appliations: Jewellery Production 1 Jewellery P1 will empower small designer-maker businesses to ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers. Topics covered will include sourcing manufacturers, costing and business model planning. The Programme is open to jewellery businesses who: have been operational for at least 6 months are operating in London are looking to sell to larger stores and/or increase production capacity and profitability Application deadline: 12th February 2018 Workshop Dates: 21st & 22nd February 2018 Eligibility criteria has changed across all our programmes, so if there are businesses who hadn’t been operating long enough to apply to programmes

Made London 2017

Made London 2017 19 - 22 October 2017 MADE LONDON – Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. One Marylebone is a stunning former church designed by Sir John Soane. With sweeping staircases, incredible chandeliers and light and spacious characterful rooms, it’s the perfect backdrop for showcasing high end craft and design. Soane Hall has incredible height, lovely ceilings and the beautiful original

Wendy Ramshaw FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE 1939 – 2018

Wendy Ramshaw was an internationally acclaimed jeweller, designer and artist. Her worked spanned the 1960s through to present day and she can be charged with being at the forefront of the ‘new wave’ of jewellery which emerged in the mid twentieth century pioneering the use of alternative materials which formed the basis of ‘designer’ and ‘art’ jewellery movements, which we see today. Born in Sunderland in on the 26 May 1939, Wendy Anne Jopling Ramshaw was the daughter of Angus and Flora (nee Hollingshead), a Tyne and Wear family, which was based in the shipping industry. As a girl she

Wendy Ramshaw FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE 1939 – 2018

Wendy Ramshaw was an internationally acclaimed jeweller, designer and artist. Her worked spanned the 1960s through to present day and she can be charged with being at the forefront of the ‘new wave’ of jewellery which emerged in the mid twentieth century pioneering the use of alternative materials which formed the basis of ‘designer’ and ‘art’ jewellery movements, which we see today. Born in Sunderland in on the 26 May 1939, Wendy Anne Jopling Ramshaw was the daughter of Angus and Flora (nee Hollingshead), a Tyne and Wear family, which was based in the shipping industry. As a girl she

London Fashion Week 2018 - September

London Fashion Week September 2018 – A Celebration Of Culture, Fashion & Art For Everyone London Fashion Week has established itself as one of the most creative and innovative fashion showcases in the world, with its home, London, being one of the most multicultural, vibrant and diverse cities on the planet.   London Fashion Week Festival brings a city-wide celebration throughout the month of September 2018 merging creative institutions, designer businesses and global brands, offering consumer activation in London as a backdrop to London Fashion Week. London Fashion Week Festival opens up the city and celebrates the intersection of the creative industries, from music, art, tech and

Lustre!

Lustre! Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 November 2018 An eagerly anticipated landmark on Nottingham’s arts calendar, Lustre is a friendly, relaxed, contemporary craft and design fair, where you can buy everything from artisan jewellery and bags to ceramics, glass and tableware. If you love crafts that are handmade, individual and beautiful, then Lustre is a must for you. Buy or commission work direct from over 80 of the UK’s finest established and emerging designer/makers. Each has been specially selected for the quality and uniqueness of their craft, and each will be on hand to talk to you personally about the

Royal favourite Claudia Bradby launches new collection

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

Appointment: Lizzie McAuley joins Board of Houlden Group

Luxury jewellery consortium, the Houlden Group, have announced the appointment of Lizzie McAuley as the latest Director to join the Board. As a Director of Bedford based Baker Brothers Diamonds – the luxury family-run jeweller of merit founded in 1839 - Lizzie’s rich heritage and wealth of knowledge in the diamond trade makes her an invaluable asset to the Board. After a varied career in Buying for designer and supermarket brands such as Hugo Boss and Tesco, Lizzie joined Baker Brothers after her Father became ill, moving rapidly through an intense programme of training and completed her diamond grading, gemmology

NY NOW 2019

Call for Applications: NY NOW Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City 3 - 6 February 2019 Apply to exhibit and sell your work at the Handmade Designer Maker section of NY NOW, an international trade fair in February 2019. NY NOW is a four-day wholesale/ trade event held twice annually in New York. In February 2019, Craft Scotland will be participating in the show, taking a group of UK-based makers to New York to exhibit and sell their work to international trade buyers. Craft Scotland is now an accredited Trade Challenge Partner (TCP) of the Department for

*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

Ethical message hitting home at Fair Luxury Presents....

Raising awareness over how luxury jewels are sourced and crafted has been the focus of ‘Fair Luxury Presents....’ at the Goldsmith's Centre in London and with two weeks still to go, the ethical message is resonating with increasing force, according to designer exhibitors. Just 13 exhibitors, all of them influential and vocal in combining provenance, ethics and responsible business practice with stunning design and craftsmanship have been engaged in conversations with a variety of audiences from consumers to journalists to artisan craft campaigners National Geographic among others. Although it is a selling exhibition, the emphasis has been fixed firmly on

Kathy Kraus' VERTEX collection captures the city skline

Katharina Kraus is a fine jewellery designer and maker from Munich, Germany. She first graduated from the Berufsfachschule für Glas- und Schmuck, Neugablonz in 2007. In 2016 she graduated from the Städtische Meisterschule für das Gold- und Silberschmiedehandwerk in Munich with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Katharina is currently completing her Master’s in Jewellery Design at the Central St. Martins University in London. With more than 10 years of experience in the luxury and jewellery sector Katharina is delighted to have launched her first fine jewellery collection this year.  Kathy’s graduate collection VERTEX, uses natural light reflection in custom-cut

Stephen Einhorn creates Tomb Raider Pendant Necklace

Stephen Einhorn is the jewellery designer behind the new re-boot of Tomb Raider film Lara Croft character’s bespoke pendant. The necklace is worn throughout the newly released Tomb Raider film by actress Alicia Vikander.  Oscar winner Vikander plays the daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a journey to his last-known destination - a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown. The necklace was first seen

Gaelle Khouri’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ collection launches in time for Halloween

'The Garden of Earthly Delights' is the debut collection from Lebonon-born designer, Gaelle Khouris. Impeccably timed to launch prior to Halloween, the collection encapsulates the feeling of the season with skeletal insects and scaled creatures.  With a career in ecomics in her cross-hares, Khouris moved from Lebanon to New York. After realising her true calling in design; she refocused her sights on the study of Fine Jewellery. Fascinated by philosophy and the intangible realm of the mind, Gaelle commit her thoughts to designs. She creates intriguing pieces for sophisticated women to give them a distinctive edge. Collections launch in two

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

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

The Bristol Artisan at Royal West of England Academy

Call for Applications: The Bristol Artisan at the Royal West of England Academy The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. After a great launch in March this year, we are holding a second event for 40 Designer Makers within the beautiful galleries of RWA in the centre of Bristol - just in time for Christmas. The Bristol Artisan is open to applicants working to the highest level in the following aspects of contemporary design: Jewellery, ceramics, glass, product design, textiles, graphic design/illustration, digital products, children’s products. Due

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course We have extended the deadline for our Jewellery 2-day intensive, fully-subsidised production workshops. CFE Jewellery P1 programme empowers London-based designer businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process. If you are London-based and looking for support on your production process - apply for 2 days of expert workshops. To qualify, you need to: – Be registered and operating in a London borough – Have been trading for at least 12 months Jewellery P1, is a 2-day intensive workshop, created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready

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.

News Edit: 28 October 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Historic Art And Contemporary Jewels At TEFAF New York Fall Art Fair Forbes: The third annual TEFAF New York Fall art fair will return to the Park Avenue Armory in New York on October 27 -31 with about 90 exhibitors from around the world... www.forbes.com Jeweller’s tribute to her late husband The Herald: She is known for reflecting her Orkney roots in her work. But Sheila Fleet’s new collection has a deeper meaning than usual, as the jewellery designer was inspired by happy memories of life with her late husband.

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

New Technologies make for a growth industry and an emerging one

The advent of electronic mining - the process of extracting gold, silver, copper from discarded electronic objects to make jewellery - is now a growing industry. The 26 year old London based jewellery designer Eliza Walter, Founder of Lylie, is the only jeweller in the UK sourcing all the materials for her designs from ‘urban mining’. Eliza Walter has been awarded a hallmark by the Birmingham Assay Office for her efforts.  Other new technologies in mainstream use include 3D printing in jewellery schools and jewellery manufacturing companies like Weston Beamor (3D printing for jewellery has seen a 450% growth year

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery introduce new silver Magnolia collection at IJL

Award winning brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery have taken the natural beauty of the cat’s eye gemstone to offer a capsule range, which will be exclusive to their retailer partners. The Magnolia collection is a modern take on the namesake oriental flower. Floral motifs are largely epitomised across the eponymous designer Fei Liu’s jewellery. For this collection Liu sought inspiration from his art background and his love of oriental flowers. One painting that caught his eye was the ‘Almond Blossom’ by Vincent van Gogh. The painting not only uses understated colours and oriental flowers to allure the eyes, but also

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.

Craft In Focus at RHS Garden Wisley

Christmas Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley from 22-26 November to stage the UK’s leading popular Christmas craft and design fair.  The event will be bigger than ever with over 190 exhibitors!   The craft fair will be held in floored and heated marquees within the Garden this year and features a selection of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftmakers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more.  The UK has a wealth of individual and talented designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot

Ishtar Liljefors' crowns shaped by cranes and Game of Thrones

If Ishtar Liljefors’ designs remind you of tiaras and rings worn in the American fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, it will come as no surprise to learn that not only does Ishtar take inspiration from her Scandinavian roots but her mum Maria is a costume designer who actually worked on the iconic television programme. It was photographs of her grandmother’s wedding day in Swedish Lapland and the bridal crown she was wearing that proved a trigger for Ishtar's early fascination with jewellery but in shaping her most recent collection, she turned to nature to add a new and unique

Appointment: Andrew Mills - New National Sales Manager at Hockley Mint

Birmingham fine and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has appointed Andrew Mills as National Sales Manager. Andrew will start with Hockley Mint on 30 April 2018 and will be responsible for all the company’s sales, client relationships and new business. Andrew joined the jewellery industry in 1995 as a sales executive at bridal manufacturer Brown & Newirth. In 2006 he and his wife, an award-winning jewellery designer, bought a small jewellery wholesale business, which she still runs today. He then moved to CW Sellors as wholesale sales manager before joining Hot Diamonds, in 2014, where he joined as Brand Manager

Evgeniia Balashova to Showcase Collection of Unique 3D Printed Jewellery at Sieraad Art Fair

Contemporary jewellery designer and maker Evgeniia Balashova will present a collection of striking 3d printed and precious metal jewellery during the 17th edition of Sieraad Art Fair, taking place in Amsterdam 8-11 November. Evgeniia’s intriguing designs combine 3D printing technology and traditional jewellery techniques as a means of exploring the theme of balance between chaos and order.  Evgeniia’s works have previously been exhibited in the UK and internationally and this year will be shown at Sieraad Art Fair for the first time. Her innovative approach to making pushes the possibilities of 3d printed nylon - each piece is a careful

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course London 25th and 26th March 2019 Jewellery Production 1: Jewellery P1 is designed to support small jewellery businesses and Designer Makers looking to increase their productivity and profitability. Taking place on 25th and 26th March, this two-day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which they can extract more value from their business, without diluting their brand. Eligibility criteria: All businesses must be operating in

Kickstart Winner, Alice Barnes, to exhibit expanded 'Pleated' collection at this year's IJL

Having received the coveted ‘KickStart Industry’s Choice Award’ at last year’s International Jewellery London, Alice Barnes is set to return to the show this September with new additions to her Pleated Collection.  The prize included a complimentary stand at IJL 2018 and Alice will feature alongside some of the industry’s best talent in the prestigious Design Gallery on stand R28. “It was such an honour to win the award last year and I can’t wait to exhibit as an established designer,” says Alice. “As a KickStarter I made some invaluable contacts, gained several new stockists and received some great feedback

Elisavet Messi- Essential Jewellery focusing on Sustainability

Elisavet Messi, an award-winning jewellery designer, celebrates sustainability with her new ‘fragments’ collection. Despite the fact that her jewellery is defined by simple lines, they carry sculptural values that focus on the material’s properties.  With a minimalistic approach and belief in the purification of craft through good design; She tries to base her work on efficient essentialism; by embracing the truth of the materials used when possible. This approach results in minimal pieces with sculptural values. "It is quite a challenge to create based on simplicity; however it is also quite rewarding, when people focus on the material itself. You

Point of No Return with Christoph Zellweger at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Point of No Return at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery with Christoph Zellweger 4 ½ Day Workshop 14th – 17th August 2018 This workshop 'POINT OF NO RETURN' will be led by Swiss jewellery artist and designer Christoph Zellweger, who’s commitment to applied research as a visionary practitioner and experienced coach has gained international recognition. The workshop is aimed at professional colleagues from all parts of the world, as well as ambitious students and amateurs, who wish to progress their work and to give direction to their practice. Point of No Return Get going, get started, carry on, stretch far, move forward, retreat,

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

Pip pip hooray for Little by Little

The humble apple pip is the focus of The Pip Collection, the new autumn range from Brighton-based ethical brand Little by Little Jewellery which was founded last year by designer Annabel Cox and Georgina Fuggle, food editor, cookery book writer and photographer. Working in conjunction with international charity Action Against Hunger, Little by Little's third collection in 12 months is once again all about food. Its first two collections the Seville and the Wedge were influenced by segments of the Andalusian Seville orange and slices of watermelon respectively and the third, inspired by the apple pip, comprises two necklaces, one

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 - Part II

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MOSTYN Christmas Window Commission

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Call for Applications: MAKE '17

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Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 Closes to Huge Success

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Handmade in Britain 2017

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Living life in the fast lane as one of the entertainment industry's top Automotive Advertising stunt drivers, Doriana Richman has embarked on a new creative journey as a jewellery designer. 'Stone Symbol Jewelry' was inspired by her visit to the excavated city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia. It was in this ancient city that Doriana came across an ancient secret symbol, which had emerged as a code to those seeking refuge from religious persecution. The symbol, that informed the knowing observer of a safe harbor and the existence of like minded believers, was carved

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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

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New Online Jewellery Platform ‘Vimanas’ Simplifies Selling Jewellery Online

Earn revenue from creative designs with ease using the brand new  Vimanas  platform for unique and innovative jewellery creators.  The  Vimanas  platform will allow people to shop, customise, design, and sell what they create using the one-of-a-kind online jewellery platform. Offering the greatest range of customisation options giving individuals creative freedom to truly express themselves with their jewellery, they make this possible with impressive user-friendly online tools and 3D printing techniques. Any budding jewellery designer will know all too well the potential hassle – not to mention expense – of getting their designs in the public domain and shipped for

Fera Jewellery Launches Animii Collection

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

Made London: The Design and Craft Fair - Marylebone, London

Made London - Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. A friendly, relaxed, highest quality contemporary craft and design fair, where the makers themselves meet the public to discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects, enabling maker / consumer relationships. Work can be bought at the fair or commissions can be taken. One Marylebone is a stunning

Christmas Arrives At Nicholas Wylde

Jewellery designer Nicholas Wylde recognises the importance of striking and eye-catching window display designs having worked diligently over the year to ensure that their displays are fresh, innovative and changing with the seasons. Their latest Christmas display reflects this well, with vibrantly coloured baubles and advertising posters. Nicholas works very closely with his sister Corrinda who designs all of the companies window displays for both Bath and Bristol branches with her unique artistic eye. Nicholas’ window displays have won local and national awards and in 2017 he celebrates 30 years in business and says :“Our displays are very important to

‘Legacy Collection’ luxury jewellery line is launched by Parham Ramezani

Entrepreneur and jewellery designer, Parham  Ramezani  introduced his new ‘Legacy Collection’ luxury  jewellery  line to London and the UK during an evening recpetion with guests including the likes of Jenson Button. The event introduced press, influencers and esteemed members of the luxury world to the brand. The celebration was cohosted by F1 world champion and ambassador of the brand, Jenson Button.   Guests included Mark Francis from MIC as well as Ladies of London it girl, Noelle Reno.    The inspiration behind the Legacy Collection comes from the majesty of La Scala, the Opera house in Milan, home to some

Made Brighton - Corn Exchange, Brighton

MADE BRIGHTON and the Brighton Art Fair the conjoined art, craft and design fair, takes place between Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September. Last year MADE BRIGHTON celebrated ten years of bringing the most exciting contemporary designer/makers to the Corn Exchange for this annual show. This year we will present 50 of the best makers in the country selling work ranging from cutting edge ceramics, contemporary jewellery, blown and kiln formed glass as well as wood and textiles. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists and makers, to discuss their practice, their inspirations, their techniques and to buy direct

MADE LONDON – Bloomsbury 2017

MADE LONDON – Bloomsbury a spring craft and design fair in the capital This is a stripped back, pared down, table top selling event, enabling the quality and diversity of the designer / makers’ work to be simply and honestly showcased in a beautiful and characterful setting. 120 exceptional makers across all media will be showing and selling their work to the public; enabling conversations about techniques, inspirations and future projects. Mary Ward House is a grade one listed arts and craft ‘settlement’ (where rich Edwardians went to live with London’s poor to provide legal advice, education classes, and opportunities

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

Dharma: The New Collection to Courageously Live your Calling

Are you ready to set your soul free? Luxury ethical jewellery brand Ananda Soul, originating from Bali, has launched its newest collection : Dharma. The new collection invites you to take the plunge, tune into your soul and courageously live your calling. The inspiration for this collection comes from a deep seated desire by founder and designer Christina Zipperlen to help women realise that they are so much more than their bodies and appearances. Designed to celebrate the beauty that each and every one of us possesses in this exact moment, Ananda is the realisation that nothing outside of us can

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

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

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

International Pearl Design Competition 2016-2017

The deadline is approaching of the call for entries for the International Pearl Design Competition, open to all with a love of pearls. Enter the International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) sponsored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and you will receive a one year membership as a Designer member into the CPAA. (A $500.00 value). All cultured pearl varieties; Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and Freshwater of any shape and size are eligible for submission. Entries are considered eligible for any of the awards being given. Let the piece you create speak for itself. You can enter up to

Worcester Jeweller Anja Potze Celebrates 21 Year Milestone

A respected Worcester jeweller has marked her 21st anniversary in the city. Award-winning jewellery designer Anja Potze has become one of city’s leading jewellers since arriving in Worcester in the nineties, building a customer base from across the county and beyond. In the past 18 months alone two new members of staff have joined the Friar Street business which was also recently rated as one of the top jewellers in Worcester by the website, Three Best Rated.  Award-winning design expert and Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate Laura Golborne has joined the six-strong team alongside commercial and retail expert, Felicity Allen.

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios  Meet 170 makers at 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. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings of both

Christmas Shine with Andrew Geoghegan

Yet again Andrew Geoghegan has presented the luxury consumer with a well heeled choice of delectable jewels this Christmas. The designer has curated his collections to provide a seasonal choice for the most magical time of year. For the cocktail season his flamboyant ode to Versailles, the Chapiteau Paraiba, with its lavish flurry of pink sapphires, aquamarines and pristine diamonds with a distinctive hexagonal setting is the hero piece of the hour.  The Clair de Lune ring with a unique shape, playfully tricking the eye, allows light to bounce from every facet. Set with white diamonds, sapphires, chocolate coloured diamonds or

The London Artisan July 2017

The London Artisan The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. We offer a platform for Designer Makers to promote and sell their work to new audiences. We support makers who produce high quality, unique and locally made products within the following categories:  Textiles & Homeware / Illustration & Print / Ceramics & Glassware / Jewellery & Accessories / product design / Traditional Crafts / Creams & Oils / food & drink Times 10am - 5pm Dates 22 & 23 July 2017 Venue Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane, London, E1 www.thelondonartisan.com

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

Etsy Heroes: Win £1000 in time for Christmas

You could win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) when you start selling on Etsy here using the code ETSYHEROES by 30 November 2016 It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! An exciting time for designer-makers as you prepare for gift buying mania. Why not seize the opportunity to sell your creations on Etsy, just in time for the festive period? ‘Tis the season for creative entrepreneurs and one lucky new Etsy seller will win a £1000 business grant to help them on their way. To help you get started , four creative bloggers met their ‘Etsy

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,

Wearable Works of Art By Bibi van der Velden

Conscious, adventurous and sculptural, that’s how Bibi describes her jewellery. Expressed by mixing gold, diamonds and semiprecious stones, with ostrich eggs, scarab wings, tahitian pearls and 40,000 year-old mammoth tusk. Based in Amsterdam, Dutch designer Bibi, combines 18ct gold, precious stones, pearls and ‘objects trouvé’ within unique designs. Taking inspiration from her background as a sculptor, Bibi shows mastery in working with the elements and designing pieces around the natural shape of the stones or using rare materials such as 40,000 year old Mammoth Tooth, scarab wings and sustainable gold. "My continuous search for new materials made me discover the

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales 2016 The P&O Makower Trust wishes to commission a silversmith designer to design and make a piece of work (excluding jewellery) to a maximum value of £5,000 which would be placed on loan with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Call for Applications Entries are now invited from: recently graduated (within the last seven years) professionalised silversmiths who are resident in Britain and who may or may not have work in public collections. The scheme excludes student work. Timetable and Further Details Entrants

The IJL Kickstarter ‘Industry's Choice’ Award Now Open For Voting

IJL has announced the launch to choose this year’s ‘Industry’s Choice’ 2017  KickStarter . Now in its fifth year, the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ competition rewards one  KickStarter  with a much sought after complementary stand in the Design Gallery at IJL 2018 ,  with   the winning designer will be announced at the show.   IJL Show Director, Sam Willoughby, explains the new format for voting: “This year, once again, we are extremely pleased with our  KickStarters . All ten are extremely talented and very different. I look forward to seeing who comes out tops .  Fingers at the ready

MA Summer Show Camberwell College of Arts 2017

MA Summer Show 2017 Camberwell College of Arts Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2017 Catch the up and coming artists and designers of tomorrow at the Camberwell College of Arts Summer Show, featuring work by graduating students from the MA Visual Arts courses: MA Book Arts MA Designer Maker MA Fine Art Digital MA Illustration MA Printmaking Dates Private View: 6 - 9pm , Thursday 13 July 2017 Open to the public: Saturday 15 July, 11am - 5pm Monday 17, 10am - 8pm Tuesday 18 July, 10am - 8pm Wednesday 19 July, 10am - 5pm Venue Camberwell College

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Launch 2017 Competition

The Goldsmiths ’ Craft & Design Council will return to exhibit at International Jewellery London from 4 - 6 September with a new stand and new location of T50, on the mezzanine and perfectly situated by this year’s designer jewellers . As always , GC&DC’s presence at IJL marks the launch of the Council ’ s annual competition, which has helped and encouraged many careers in the jewellery and silversmithing profession. Its welcoming new stand at T50 will provide details of the 2017 competition and features work from a number of 2016 award winners. Members of the Council, including Chairman

American Jewellery Brand Nambé Launches in the UK

American designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, has launched in the UK market, bringing its contemporary, mid-century homeware, giftware and sterling silver jewellery to independent retailers and department stores. Founded in the American state of New Mexico more than 65-years ago, Nambé dedicates itself to timeless beauty, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality across a broad range of items for the home and gifting occasions. The brand’s promise of style and practical functionality began with the introduction of its proprietary Alloy – a tarnish-resistant combination of eight different metals with remarkable temperature retention properties and a silver-like lustre. Nambé’s alloy pieces can be

Small Business Saturday Businesses Invited to 10 Downing St.

A small jewellery business from Penarth was chosen to be among 100 selected businesses from around the country invited to Downing Street on this week to attend a reception to mark the UK’s fourth annual Small Business Saturday on Saturday 3 rd  December. Anne Morgan, owner of Anne Morgan Jewellery, a gallery that specialises in selling handmade jewellery by 30 jewellery designer makers as well as her own work, joined other small business owners at a reception at No.10 Downing Street attended by the Small Business Minister Margot James. Prime Minister Theresa May said about the initiative, “Small Business Saturday

Miracca London Launch New White Label Collection

Miracca London is to present its national launch of an all new, cohesive wholesale offering created by jewellery craftsman David Miracca and designed by fine jewellery designer Guy Robertson.  The dynamic young team have combined their expertise to produce a refreshingly new offering of commercial fine jewellery, engagement and bridal collections, and show-stopping one off pieces featuring rare and important stones as a white label collection. The collection will be showcased as part of IJL this week, 4 – 6 September at Olympia, Stand C29. davidmiracca.com Author:  Published: 

Harriet Kelsall Awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year'

This week jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall was awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year' at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. Trailblazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business gathered at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the grand final to celebrate each other’s achievements in what is one of the country’s biggest ever searches for successful women in business. Harriet 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 bespoke jewellery design, with over 20 national and

Benchpeg Award Winner: Design for Manufacture

Benchpeg Awards 2016 Winner: Victoria Barker This category invited entries to the competition which used either technology or hand craft skills to manufacture and create a high quality finished piece taking into account construction processes. Judges took into consideration methodology of production, ease of manufacture and how the design would best translate when placed into production. Victoria submitted a range of 2D CAD designs which the judges looked upon with merit when looking at the deigns of the pieces entered and the consideration given by the designer to production methods. Victoria says of her inspiration and designs, “The somatic senses are

Spring/Summer 2017 Trends: Revealed at IJL

IJL 2016 delivered an in-depth preview of the latest and most important jewellery trends for Spring Summer 2017. Visitors enjoyed the catwalk shows, which showcased the key looks selected by IJL’S trend partner, Adorn Insight. Adorn Insight's Spring Summer 2017 jewellery trends were showcased on the IJL Catwalk alongside more than 500 exhibitors who also presented their take on the key looks for 2017. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, commented: “The designers and brands at IJL really do have their fingers on the trend pulse – from the Bright Young Gems and Kick Starters and Design Gallery to the Designer

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

New Studio, New York, New Direction; Hello Alice Clarke

2016 has been somewhat of a pinnacle year for jewellery designer Alice Clarke. It began with excavations for a new studio, exhibiting in New York and the realization of a new direction with her jewellery.  Alice’s rural roots inspired collections ‘Sunday Best’ and ‘Jemima’; now with a clear direction of where she wants be, Alice has taken a new path for herself and her jewellery.  Plans were heavily underway with the new studio build in Yorkshire when Alice received an invitation to exhibit her jewellery in LOOT, New York. It was an opportunity not to be taken lightheartedly. April soon

Flo: The Jewellery Edit 2016, Crafts Central

  FLō: The Jewellery Edit 2016 sees the return of contemporary jewellery collective Flō to Craft Central in a new show following its successful exhibition in 2015. Flō is made up of six designer-makers from Spain, Portugal, Sweden, South Africa and the UK working out of the same studio in London. This showcase highlights how individual approaches to design that draw inspiration from sources as diverse as arid vegetation, the London skyline, tribal patterns and Scandinavian summers can find common ground through the exploration of form and body adornment. Flō is made up of: Viveka Alvestrand        www.vivekaalvestrand.com

The Bristol Artisan

The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products from over 40 Designer Makers. The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. Dates 25 & 26 March 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend) Open 11.00am – 6.00pm  Venue Arnolfini,

MAKE '16 - Contemporary Crafts For Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen - Devon

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s annual Christmas selling exhibition 'MAKE', showcases over 50 designer-makers from across the UK. With works in a variety of disciplines and with a range of prices to suit everyone, 'MAKE 2016' is an excellent opportunity to buy an individual piece of craft this Christmas. In addition to the exhibition, the shop has everything you need to decorate your home and celebrate Christmas. As well as cards, gift wrap and decorations we stock a huge range of South West makers work offering more choices for Christmas present buying. Exhibitors: Zohreh Adle-Ghadjar, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Alex Aurum, Libby

Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C One the Jewellers (4 Days a week) E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’ as well as ‘Best for Fashion’ , and ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant to join our happy team. The Role The ideal candidate will work closely with our Website Manager to create engaging content for the company's social media presence. This

MADE BRIGHTON, St Bartholomew’s - Brighton

A Contemporary Craft and Design Christmas Shopping Fair Sixty-five top quality contemporary designer/makers across all media will be selling their handcrafted work direct to the public on Saturday 10th December. Ideal for late Christmas shopping, MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s Church will offer original and beautiful ceramics, jewellery, homeware, glass, woodwork, textiles, screen-prints and more. There'll be a range of prices to ensure there is something for everyone. A full list of makers attending can be found here . Tickets are £4.50, and are available online or on the door. Date: Saturday 10th December Time: 10.30am – 6.00pm Venue: St

Contemporary British Silversmiths & Danish Guests at the V&A

Contemporary British Silversmiths & Danish Guests at the V&A In partnership with London Craft Week, the V&A, the Danish Silversmiths and Georg Jensen, supported by the Goldsmiths' Company Throughout London Craft Week, Contemporary British Silversmiths, the UK’s leading association for designer silversmiths will be demonstrating the craft of silversmithing to the public, in the prestigious and world renowned surroundings of the V&A’s Silver Galleries. LCW LogoParticipating alongside will be special guests from the Danish Silversmiths’ Association (Danske Sølvsmede), an exciting group set up in 1976 to renew and transform the craft of silversmithing. Denmark and Britain both have a very

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

Collective a Maker’s Exhibition - Craft Central, London

Thirteen of Britain’s most exciting new designer-makers are staging an exhibition.  Collective: a Maker’s Exhibition  runs from 15-20 November 2016, and will showcase a unique blend of styles and media, including jewellery and textile designs, stylish, modern furnishings, laser-cut marquetry and breath taking ceramics. All thirteen are members of the Craft Council’s prestigious Hothouse scheme, an intensive yearly development programme that gives selected emerging makers the tools and skills to create a sustainable and successful business. All were awarded places as the southern cohort of Hothouse 2016, and decided to work together as a group to create a unique, multi-disciplinary

School of Creative Arts Open Day February, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Saturday 4th February 2017, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James

School of Creative Arts Open Day, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Friday 2 December, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James sponsored

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

Call for Applications: B(u)y Me! for Christmas Exhibition

The Brampton Museum  are now looking for artists and designer/ makers to feature in their exclusive B(u)y Me! for Christmas exhibition. The ever popular Christmas gift exhibition, offers visitors, affordable handmade gifts, with a difference! They are looking for work from all disciplines, with the emphasis on quality handmade items, to suit all budgets. The exhibition will run from 19th November 2016 to 8th January 2017. The Brampton Museum charges 30%, plus VAT on all sales made. All work will be on a sale or return basis. Work will need to be delivered by 24th October, artists will be expected to

Dazzle @ Oxo Tower Wharf, London

Dazzle opens this month at Oxo Tower Wharf, showcasing over 80 contemporary jewellery designers from across Europe, from France to Lithuania. New Graduate Additions This year’s event will Introduce 15 exciting new designer makers, handpicked for the quality of their workmanship and innovation of their designs, from the 2016 graduate shows, including Holly Higgins, Genevieve Howard, Emily Higham, Wanshu Li and Amber Cooper-Green. Established Names These new graduates will rub shoulders with an internationally collected line-up of contemporary jewellery royalty, including, Heather Woof, Hannah Louise Lamb, Lynne MacLachlan, Grace Girvan, Jessica Briggs, Flora Bhattachary and Jane Adam. Styles, Statements and

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

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

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

Countercurrent, London Design Festival

Arthur Beale, London’s last remaining Yacht Chandler, at the heart of Covent Garden on Shaftesbury Avenue, plays host for the London Design Festival to an exhibition of work by some of Britain’s major contemporary jewellery designer makers, staff of Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Design. Seeking inspiration from the ropes and sailing tackle retailed by Arthur Beale, these designers have brought their creative imaginations to play on the robust materials, forms and objects of traditionally crafted chandlery to produce their more delicately sculpted precious objects of embellishment and adornment. Entitled ‘Countercurrent’, the exhibition brings into collaborative confrontation two differently evolved

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 –

Nel Linssen 1935 - 2016

Renowned Dutch paper jewellery artist, designer and maker Nel Linssen has died on 1 August 2016 aged 80. We write an obituary. The meticulous and mathematically minded Linssen lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and was renowned for a jewellery career which was dedicated to working in and experimenting with paper as a material. Nel was educated at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, when she embarked after graduation on work with mosaics, tapestries and stained glass windows. However in the 1980s she started to experiment with folded washable paper making forms of jewellery in the shape of bracelets, necklaces and decorative

Nel Linssen 1935 - 2016

Renowned Dutch paper jewellery artist, designer and maker Nel Linssen has died on 1 August 2016 aged 80. We write an obituary. The meticulous and mathematically minded Linssen lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and was renowned for a jewellery career which was dedicated to working in and experimenting with paper as a material. Nel was educated at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, when she embarked after graduation on work with mosaics, tapestries and stained glass windows. However in the 1980s she started to experiment with folded washable paper making forms of jewellery in the shape of bracelets, necklaces and decorative

NYNOW | Symmetry Bridal: Shimell and Madden

Shimell and Maddens' brand new alternative bridal selection will be out in full force at NYNOW this August 2016. It is the first time the brand will be exhibiting at the show and are excited to release some exclusive pieces and new additions to their signature collection, Symmetry. Situated in the Handmade section of the show, we are part of 20 designer makers from the UK.  Every Shimell and Madden piece is made by hand in their London studio. Shimell and Madden securely set each diamond and finish the metal with their unique deep texture  making each piece perfect for

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

Artists Announced for Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 awardees are announced as Anna Berry, Cecilia Charlton, Jahday Ford, Vicky Higginson and Francisca Onumah and Helena Russell. These outstanding early-career artists and makers will create five new commissions for display at Jerwood Space in London before going on a national tour throughout 2022-2023, travelling from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall to Aberdeen Art Gallery in the North East of Scotland. The artists were selected from over 500 applications by an independent panel comprising: Yinka Ilori, artist and designer; Junko Mori, artist maker in metal; Dame Magdalene Odundo, potter; Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Manager; and Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual

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

Q&A: Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir

Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir is a goldsmith, Jewellery designer and co-founder of the award-winning sustainable jewellery brand Aurum, Iceland's leading jewellery brand. Guðbjörg began her career studying goldsmithing at Copenhagen Technical College, completing her journeyman’s examination in 1993. She completed her master craftsman examination in goldsmithing at Reykjavík Technical College in 1994, subsequently returning to Copenhagen to study jewellery design at the Institute for Precious Metals.  Guðbjörg collaboratively ran the jewellery workshop Au-Art in Copenhagen from 1996 to 1999, before returning to Iceland where she founded the design and jewellery firm Aurum. Guðbjörg’s jewellery designs have attracted much attention worldwide and

News Edit: 17 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This London-Based Jewellery Designer Has Been Making The Current Jewellery Trend For 20 Years Marie Claire: Her pieces are stunningly beautiful. marieclaire.com.au Billionaire diamond jeweller attacked in prison in 'extortion attempt', court hears The Telegraph: A diamond tycoon awaiting an extradition hearing over accusations of involvement in India's biggest banking fraud was assaulted by two fellow inmates in an “extortion attempt”, a court has heard. telegraph.co.uk How Kate Middleton changed Princess Diana’s famous sapphire earrings The Express: Kate Middleton, 37, attended an event yesterday where she met with victims from

Sp-Ring Exhibition @ Anne Morgan Jewellery

Sp-Ring Exhibition Anne Morgan Jewellery, Penarth, Wales 14 February - 31 May 2020 Exclusive contemporary jewellery exhibition showcases cutting edge alternative engagement and wedding rings from UK designer/makers this February. This February 14th sees the return of the annual Sp-Ring exhibition at Anne Morgan Jewellery. An award winning contemporary jewellery maker in her own right Anne also owns and runs her beautiful shop and gallery in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan. Now in its third year, the exhibition continues to go from strength to strength, showcasing high-end work from some of the UK’s most celebrated and visionary independent jewellery designers.

News Edit: 14 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Designer Behind Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview Necklace Feels Like "A Part of History" Town and Country: Here, jeweler Pippa Small opens up about what Meghan's endorsement means for her brand. www.townandcountrymag.com 18 Brands Supporting Good Causes This International Women's Day Bustle: International Women's Day is an important date in the calendar every year. It's a day to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, and to empower and inspire all of us even further. www.bustle.com AMY MELLOR: International Women’s Day Love Andover: As part of International Women’s Day,

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

News Edit: 15th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   5 Black UK-Based Designers Reshaping The World Of Haute Jewellery Vogue: The fine jewellery industry can seem an intimidating one to those looking up at its exquisitely gem-set ivory tower from beyond its walls. vogue.co.uk Meet The Ingenious Jewellery Designers Using NASA-Approved Materials & Ancient Bamboo-Weaving Techniques To Create Desirability Vogue: Motley jewellery fans, get ready. The e-tailer, which specialises in exceptional jewellery design at an accessible price, has just unveiled its latest collection with designer Alice Cicolini. vogue.co.uk Why Andrew Grima, the jeweller beloved of Bond girls

News Edit: 14 October 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alex Monroe has designed a stunning capsule jewellery collection for Doctor Who The Brag: To celebrate the release of the BBC’s highly anticipated new series of Doctor Who. Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has created a gorgeous capsule collection. thebrag.com Why one jewellery brand thinks offline media ‘no longer makes sense’ Marketing Week: German jewellery and watch retailer Thomas Sabo is increasingly shifting its spend from magazine placements to media that is “easier to measure”. www.marketingweek.com Irish tourist ends up in hospital after ‘swallowing £30k diamond ring he stole from jewellers’

Ruth Brown Jewellery Pop Up

Pop Up: LDN 65a Sheen Lane, London 10 - 23 August 2018 ‘Pop Up: LDN’ in Mortlake showcases innovative work by new and emerging makers across various design disciplines. This August, Glaswegian Jewellery Designer/ Maker Ruth Brown will bring together a curated selection of new work by independent designers across a range of disciplines. Alongside Ruth’s own jewellery collection, the Pop Up will show a diverse range of work by designers: Douglas Pattison (Graphic Design and Illustration); Claire Scott (Ceramics); Aillie Anderson, Dominika Kupcova, Ellys Woods, Odette Jewellery, Shona Dobie, Sophie Daw, and Zoe Rogers (Jewellery and Silversmithing). A recent graduate

News Edit: 17 February 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   BAFTAs 2019: Jewellery Vogue: From pearls, diamonds and emeralds to a whole host of different styles, cuts and designers see below the jewellery that swept the red carpet during the BAFTAs 2019. https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/baftas-2019-jewellery Baftas 2019: diamonds are a girl's best friend on the red carpet https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/baftas-2019-best-jewellery-red-carpet/amy-adams-baftas-2019/ Grammys 2019: Jewellery Vogue: From Tiffany to Messika and diamonds to emeralds - see below the jewellery worn at the Grammys 2019. www.vogue.co.uk Louis Vuitton's Jewellery Designer Is Launching Her Own Line BoF: Called Thief and Heist, Francesca Amfitheatrof's drop-driven concept aims to shake

Murphy-Johnson flashes her pearly whites in new 'Brace Yourself' collection

Talented young jewellery designer Lili Murphy-Johnson, 25, whose previous collections have been inspired by powerful messages surrounding menstruation and male genitals, has once again looked outside conventional influences for her latest range entitled 'Brace Yourself'. This Central Saint Martin’s graduate has delved deep into the human mouth to get her creative juices flowing and has come up with an intepretation of 'Pearly White Teeth' for a collection that is both outlandish and outstanding.  She has picked up a theme that first surfaced in 2013 when, as a student at CSM, she designed a 'Pearly Whites Bracelet' for the V&A museum

News Edit 27 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Jeweller Tiffany shines bright as shares rocket 20 per cent on better than expected results City AM: Shares in jeweller Tiffany & Co rocketed today as it beat analysts' expectations to report a massive 15 per cent net increase to world wide sales in the first quarter. cityam.com Tiffany's regains its lustre as focus on youngsters drives sales surge The Guardian: Chief executive says ‘the trend has been positive in every single region’ as jeweller beats estimates and raises profit forecasts. theguardian.com Jewelry Designer Tomasz Donocik Launches In The US Tomorrow

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                   

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

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,

Get Fresh 2019

Call for Applications: Get Fresh 2019 'Get Fresh' is a popular biennial exhibition celebrating emerging designer-makers. The Open Call is for early career craft makers in the South West region (including photography, print-making and sculpture). Eligibility Criteria Resident of the South West UK (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) Craft maker within 5 years of graduating/ finishing training or setting up a new practice If you would like to express your interest in exhibiting and selling work in  Get Fresh,  please supply 1 digital image (size 1MB) and some brief details about your work. Exhibition

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

Nadine Aysoy makes eye-catching IJL debut

London-based designer Nadine Aysoy made a dazzling IJL debut when she scooped the 2017 Editors Choice 'Show Stoppers' Award for displaying the single most eye-catching exhibit of the show. Her Mille et Une Feuilles 18k rose gold ring, set with one 14mm South Sea Pearl and 164 round-cut diamonds, turned the heads of the judging panel of magazine and digital editors, who praised its leaf design and admired it for having 'drama, intrigue and beautiful craftsmanship.’ “I love Nadine’s aesthetic and the consideration she puts into the market she’s targeting,” one judge commented. “Hers are pieces for grown-ups and designs

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

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges)

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 50 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists •       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2017 and April 2018 •       AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 •       Closing dates for applications vary but

Nambé Celebrates Strong Debut at JCK Las Vegas

Designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, enjoyed a positive reception at this year’s JCK Las Vegas (June 5-8), welcoming international media, buyers and retailers to its booth ahead of its London launch event on June 29.  The award-winning brand impressed its existing retail partners and prospective clients with its recently-launched sterling silver jewellery collection and giftware assortment. Initially debuted in the United States in September 2016, Nambé Jewellery proved immediately popular with the brand’s loyal homeware customers who recognised its signature, sculptural aesthetic. Its initial roll-out in 400 doors across the US and the reaction of retail partners at JCK Las Vegas proves

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our 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. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our 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. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings

The Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Graduate Bursary Scheme selects exciting new talent

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s leading destination to buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers, has announced this year's  graduate exhibitors. The Fair is the foremost platform to launch the careers of emerging precious metal designer-makers and these 10 exhibitors have promising futures.   Jewellery graduates : Evgeniia   Balashova   explores   repetition, movement and the manipulation of grids through  her high-tech geometric pieces. Margaux   Clavel   handcrafts precious metal resembling  cut gemstones. Stephanie  Holt  creates distinctive rings, cleverly bringing together precious and non-precious elements.   Elizabeth   Terzza  makes delicate work inspired by plant life.    

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

Nambé Celebrates Successful UK Launch Event

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

Graduate Show Cardiff Metropolitan University 2017

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/ENO7R-H1jlM] Summer Show Cardiff Metropolitan University CSAD Summer Show 2017 The exhibition will take place at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff Campus and will feature work from across CSAD’s undergraduate courses including: Architectural Design & Technology Artist Designer Maker Ceramics Fine Art Graphic Communication Illustration International Design Product Design Photographic Practice (Bridgend College) Textiles Dates May 27th – June 2nd 2017 Opening Hours 12:00 – 18:00   Saturday 27th May 12:00 – 16:00   Sunday 28th May 12:00 – 16:00   Monday 29th May 10:00 – 18:00   Tuesday 30th May 10:00 – 18:00   Wednesday 31st May 10:00 – 21:00   Thursday 1st

Goldsmiths Craft and Design Awards: The Winners

The presentation of the annual awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design took place at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 27 February 2017.  Here we detail the full list of winners. WINNERS LIST - CRAFTSMANSHIP & DESIGN AWARDS 2017 - Full List                                       Name    Description         Where from       SECTION 1           SILVERSMITHS                  SILVER                                  Charlotte Tollyfield          Table Centrepiece           Charlotte Tollyfield Designer Silversmith               Luke Orford        Silver Table Centrepiece               Grant Macdonald             SECTION 2           SMALLWORKERS                              BRONZE                                               Gisèle Moore    Gold Clock with Rock Crystal, Enamel & Onyx