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Emma Aitchison Ditches Gold-Plated Items in the Name of Sustainability

We caught up with Emma Aitchison, founder of the eponymous jewellery brand. Recently, Emma has taken the decision to eliminate gold-plated jewellery from all future collections in the name of sustainability.  Gold-plated jewellery is popular due to its mimicry of timeless gold coupled with its comparatively much lower cost and accessibility. Much focus has been given to sustainability over the past few years, with the consequences of our disposable lifestyles – especially the effect of ‘fast-fashion’ - widely reported on.   The labour-intensive process of stripping gold-plate in conjunction with the relatively low cost of new pieces, often makes replacement

Emma Watson sparkles in Forevermark at MTV Awards

Actress Emma Watson took to the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV awards, Los Angeles, looking as stunning as her winning preformance in blockbuster film 'Beauty and The Beast'.  The 27-year old actress was the first to win the show's 'genderless award'; celebrating talent over gender abilities; a meaningful statement Emma made sure to highlight throughout her speech.  Collecting her gong for 'Best actor' in the gender-neutral category for her performance as Belle in 'Beauty and The Beast', Emma triumphed in the limelight thanks to her sequined asymmetrical halter-neck dress. Juxtaposing the elaborate sparkle with a sharp

Alloy Pop Up – Hackney, London

Jewellery designers Emma Aitchison Jewellery, Dovile B and Promises Promises will be exhibiting a new collection of bespoke, hand-made jewellery at a new pop-up, Alloy, in the heart of Hackney. The three designers will be opening the doors of Alloy exhibition and shop to the general public. They will be showcasing their jewellery-making process, and sharing the stories behind their designs, taking you on a journey from initial inspiration to final product. Passionate about promoting the importance of supporting local artisans within their trade, the three up-and-coming designers will be sharing their visions, and offering insight into the design process, hoping

MASTERMAKER experience with Shimell & Madden

MASTERMAKER experience with Shimell & Madden   Friday, 17th May 2024 A rare and wonderful opportunity! The extremely talented Luke Shimell and Emma Madden are our May MasterMakers on Friday 17 May. What will you experience with Shimell & Madden? During this special event Emma and Luke will bring a wealth of expert in-depth knowledge, skill, craftsmanship and passion. You’ll hear Emma and Luke talk about their individual career journeys, working as a partnership and how they defined their unique and instantly recognisable style. You’ll see their beautiful maquettes, learn more about their processes, and how they make their pieces with

Laser Engraver

Laser Engraver Laser engraver including rotary, 2 extraction units and training videos. RRP is £26,000 inc VAT. For sale at £22,000 inc vat ono. Contact Emma emmahedleyltd@gmail.com

News Edit: 19 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Masked gunmen rob Bulgari Paris store of £10million jewelry The Street Journal: The world-famous jewelry and luxury product brand, Bulgari store on Place Vendome, in the capital city of Paris, was on Tuesday, robbed by gunmen. thestreetjournal.org Emma Raducanu ‘in talks with luxury jewellery brand Tiffany & Co’ Standard: Emma Raducanu is rumoured to be in talks with jewellery brand Tiffany & Co to become the high-end brand’s new ambassador. standard.co.uk A Groundbreaking Exhibit of Black Jewelry Designers Comes to Sotheby’s This Week Town and Country: These are

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

News Edit: 10 September 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   From Meghan Markle To Serena Williams, How Shiffon’s Tennis Ring Became An A-List Favourite Vogue: There’s no doubt that jewellery has the power to send a strong message, from the Princess of Wales wearing heirloom pieces that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, to outspoken environmentalist Emma Watson opting for lab-grown diamonds. www.vogue.co.uk How did a 150-year-old jewellery brand become a pioneer in social and ethical responsibility? Shanya Amarasuriya shares The Honeycombers: Meet Shanya Amarasuriya, the creative force behind B.P. de Silva Jewellers, a 150-year-old family business that's not

Training Bursaries For Crafts Involving Precious Metals

Training Bursaries For Crafts Involving Precious Metals Deadline: 5pm on Friday 23 February 2024 The Royal MintThis training bursary is targeted at trainees and prospective trainees of crafts involving precious metals who are experiencing financial hardship. It is sponsored by The Royal Mint and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate heritage craftspeople. Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in a precious metal craft or to further develop your skills. Emma Jane-RuleMany people are dissuaded from training in precious metal heritage crafts because of the cost, and therefore

Shimell and Madden Launch new Film

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

Crafts for the Future Conference

Crafts for the Future  The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce that booking for the 2018 conference, Crafts for the Future, is now open.  Keynote speakers this year will be HCA Patron and ceramics producer, Emma Bridgewater and Sam Walton from Hole & Corner magazine, a bi-annual print magazine devoted to celebrating craft, beauty, passion and skill. In the afternoon session, makers from the critically endangered category of The HCA/Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts will be addressing the audience. Martin Frost, fore-edge painter Kate Hetherington, horse collar maker Wim Visscher, parchmenter JoJo Wood, apprentice clog maker and wood

Jewellery Industry expert Karin Paynter speaks at BAFTA on campaign she co-created

This week jewellery industry expert Karin Paynter saw the ERA 50:50 campaign which she co-created, backed by thousands of supporters including Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman and Lena Headey, bring together 200 of the most powerful names in the entertainment industry in one room and called on them to change the way women are represented on stage and screen.  Currently, whilst women make up 51% of the population, there are 2 men for every 1 woman across film, television and theatre. Even in crowd scenes, men vastly outnumber women by more than 4 to 1. In fact, there are proportionately fewer

News Edit: 10 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Most spectacular jewellery from the 2024 Oscars Harpers Bazaar: From Jennifer Lawrence debuting Swarovski diamonds, to Emma Stone's glittering custom Louis Vuitton necklace. www.harpersbazaar.com Gold statues and jewellery stolen in €1m heist at museum by Lake Garda The Guardian: Items by Italian sculptor Umberto Mastroianni taken from exhibition at Vittoriale degli Italiani estate. www.theguardian.com What Your Red Carpet Jewelry Says About You Hollywood Reporter: The best new baubles — perfect for Oscar night —show off your individual style, from romantic to regal. www.hollywoodreporter.com Cotswolds jewellery designer scoops gold at

News Edit: 26 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The jewel in her crown! Daily Mail: Tennis star Emma Raducanu, 18, models sparkling Tiffany & Co. diamonds at London Fashion Week event as she is named the brand's newest ambassador in '£2million deal'. dailymail.co.uk Independent Jewelers: 10 Top Names To Know At The Goldsmiths' Fair Forbes: The Goldsmiths' Fair opens September 28 in London, bringing together over 120 of the UK's top designer-makers, at the country's leading event for fine jewelers. forbes.com The UK’s most anticipated jewellery and silver event is starting next week Luxury London: Goldsmiths’

LINK-UP: FORGING Communities

Date:  Thursday 23 February, 2023 Start Time:  6.00 PM End Time:  8.00 PM Venue:  FORGE FORGE is a place to share knowledge and advice and will signpost and connect Hatton Garden’s thriving jewellery community of students, new talent, and established brands with industry experts, suppliers, and services. Join us at our first LINK-UP – A trade networking event to connect, discuss and forge new professional relationships. Also meet Amanda Mansell founder of FORGE and Emma Perry of Emerald Studio. Hear about how FORGE proposes to nurture new talent by offering business mentoring including, coaching, planning, marketing and financing, as well

BE JEWELLED

Be Jewelled  Open Studio exhibition and sale of jewellery by the Flux Studios collective Showing at Fux Studios, 14 of the most exciting jewellers whose exceptional creativity is forged from the streets of South London:  Alex Yule Barbara Yarde Barbora Rybarova Becky Dockree Elena Timbaliuc Emma McGilchrist Ezra December Heidi Agbowu Ilona Guest Jacqui Qinn Katherine Brunacci  Maggie Laing Raffaella Nissi Vicky Forrester Celebrating our diversity with influences from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Slovakia, Moldova, Nigeria, The Carribean, Tasmania  Also showing at Vanguard Court: Creatives including Musu Quilts Black Cactus printed textiles Chris Keenan ceramics Carina Ciscato ceramics