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The Ultimate Engagement Ring Guide

When it comes to engagement rings, the right style, colour, size, band, decoration and price is as unique as the wearer themselves! So when it comes to picking the right ring for your wife or husband to be, it's no wonder that many end up feeling overwhelmed as after all! If you're going to wear a ring for the rest of your life, you've got to make sure it's something pretty that hits the spot! Whilst one person may like a single diamond solitaire, another may want something a little unique with a Padparadscha sapphire pop! “Love is just a

Hatton Garden BID Debuts Glittering Gift Guide

London’s historical jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden BID presents precious pieces from independent boutiques with the area's first-ever Christmas Gift Guide launch. This highly anticipated Gift Guide showcases an array of precious designs, bespoke pieces and luxury watches from more than 20 jewellery retailers and designers based in the area. Created to promote Hatton Garden and its fine jewellery offer this Christmas, the Glittering Hatton Garden Gift Guide features over 50 pieces including engagement rings, luxury watches and vintage treasures. The Gift Guide has launched online via the Hatton-Garden.london website as a digital publication that can be viewed with the click of a mouse.

Community Engagement Opportunity

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

Consultancy Engagement, Cockpit Arts

The London Creative Network Programme is an ERDF funded initiative, run by Cockpit Arts, SPACE, Photofusion and Four Corners, with the goal to small creative businesses in the digital image, design, designer making and visual arts sectors to grow. The London Creative Network Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help craft makers to enhance their ability to advance their business – whether through new products and services, or new ways of doing things, or both. This includes support to: · Introduce new-to-the practice product ranges or services, or develop a new unique body of work

The Vintage Ring Company launches ‘The home of the vintage engagement’

Ethical jeweller Arabel Lebrusan and jewellery journalist Claire Roberts are delighted to announce the UK launch of The Vintage Ring Company . A sleek, user-friendly website selling affordable vintage and vintage style engagement rings, it features a diverse collection of covetable pieces curated by Arabel and Claire, all of which are priced under £2,000. Identifying a gap in the market for budget-friendly vintage rings that you can buy online with confidence, Claire and Arabel joined forces in 2018 to build the newly launched platform. With Claire’s previous experience as Managing Editor of The Jewellery Editor and Arabel’s thriving website selling

Rare Pink the Custom Engagement Ring Etailer rebrands to Taylor & Hart

Three years after launching, innovative online retailer of custom designed engagement rings, Rare Pink, has rebranded to Taylor & Hart. The company hopes to position itself as the online leader in custom designed jewellery as they expand their focus to include the rest of Europe and the US market. Rare Pink was founded in 2013 by David Sutton and Nikolay Piriankov with the vision to improve the experience of buying an engagement ring. The centuries old jewellery industry, they felt, had failed to evolve, too comfortable in its ways, while millennials wanted so much more than the “off the shelf”

GIA Develops Free Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America), working with nonprofit international development organization Pact, have recently launched a pilot study to test a new rough gem guide. The guide was developed specifically to offer basic gemological and market knowledge for artisanal miners in gem-producing regions. The illustrated booklet, available in English and Tanzanian Swahili, was distributed to approximately 45 women miners in the  Tanga  region of Tanzania. “This project is at the very core of GIA’s mission,” said GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques. “We are moving practical gemstone education as far up the supply chain as possible, to people who

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

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

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Valentine's Gift Guide: Sparkle with Love

It's that time of year again when February 14th is looming at large and the pressures of presenting delicate gifts of grandeur are heavy in the air. As one of the most romantic days of the calendar year, Valentine's Day has become a day dedicated to showing appreciation, dedication and true affection to the one you love. If you're seeking a gift of love that speaks louder than a box of praline chocolates and lasts longer than a bunch of dozen red roses then steer your attention to a gift that's larger than life. Life is precious, delicate and infinitely

The Complete Guide to Making Wire Jewellery

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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

Put The Sparkle In Christmas: Jewellery Gift Guide

Seasons greetings everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and as Andy Williams so tunefully sung, 'It's the most wonderful time of the year'! Tracking down that perfect gift to jingle the silver bells of that special someone can end up feeling more like a trek through ice than a gliding sledge ride through the snow. Chill out and put your feet up - we've put on our Christmas elf boots and have scoured the festive collections to bring you the sparkling stars of the Jewellery Christmas tree - guaranteed to inject a touch of merriment to even

When Sparks Fly: Leading Lady Gift Guide

There's no more hiding under your blanket of ignorance anymore so it's time to stop playing ostrich and embrace the fact that tis' officially the season to shimmer & shine topped off with an abundant shower of bubbly wine! Bring a touch of sparkle to Christmas morning and enchant the leading lady(ies) in your life with a gift that speaks from the deep dark depths of your wallet heart! When it comes to present plucking for the fine female in your life it can often leave you feeling like a duck led to a barren river-bed...out of your depth &

The New Heirloom: Pyrrha Jewellery Gift Guide

The yearly search for a memorable holiday gift – one that will be kept, worn, and talked about for years to come – ends here . Perfect for family, new loves, old loves, friends, and mentors, there is a Pyrrha talisman to represent and celebrate each and every relationship.  Why Pyrrha? Inspired by wax seals and imagery from the Victorian era Handcrafted and cast in reclaimed sterling silver, bronze, and 14K gold Comes with a hand-torn meaning card detailing the jewelry’s unique and symbolic significance culled from heraldry A certified B Corporation due to its commitment to sustainable practices Currently

Give the Gift of Time

It's that time of year full of festive cheer but the quest for finding that perfect gift can set your patience on fire! As your list of errands become never-ending, pop your feet up, grab a jug of mulled wine and let Benchpeg guide you through a gift guide guaranteed to stand the test of time. How about something sparkly for your sister, something bright  for your niece, sleek and sharp for your brother or what about something dainty for your ? When it comes to picking the perfect timepiece, the array of styles, designs and fits are endless! We've got your

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

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

News Edit: 20 June 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Royal Mint conducts Trial of the Pyx ceremony in the City of London City AM: The Royal Mint’s coins have been submitted for testing at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London in the annual Trial of the Pyx ceremony. www.cityam.com The unusual trial all coins go through before ending up in your pocket Wales Online: Ever wondered how the quality of the prestigious coins are checked? www.walesonline.co.uk The best websites and jewellery shops to buy an engagement ring online The Telegraph: Stylish and sustainably sourced engagement rings

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales The Makers Guild in Wales is a national applied art and craft membership organisation based in Cardiff, Wales. The organisation exists to engage and inspire audiences as a centre of excellence for Craft and applied art, and to champion Welsh craft makers. Our core purpose is to Inspire, Support and Celebrate. Inspiring craft engagement - The Guild inspires engagement and learning about contemporary craft, by providing opportunities for audiences and artists to experience contemporary applied art and craft in Wales. Supporting Welsh craft makers- The Guild is a membership organisation of Welsh

Hatton Garden BID Launch Valentine's Day Campaign

The Hatton Garden BID has launched it’s first-ever Valentine's Campaign to showcase the romance and unique qualities of the area. Couples and individuals who purchase an engagement ring from participating Hatton Garden retailers will be entered into a prize draw. The draw prize will be a luxury Hatton Garden package, 'The Hatton Garden Experience', allowing the winning couple to sample the best of Hatton Garden's retail and hospitality.  Those purchasing an engagement ring from selected Hatton Garden retailers between January 16th and February 19th will be entered into a prize draw to win this perfect proposal package for two! £250

News Edit: 18 October 2020

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

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Tweet 16th March - 22nd June 2019 The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire Makers inspired by the beauty of birds come together in this remarkable display of jewellery, ceramics, stone, wood and works in mixed media.  Each maker translates their inspirations into unique handmade creations for you to own or admire. Jewellery Sally Ayling Sally’s jewellery is inspired by nature, in particular birds.  The graphic images from field-guide books and wildlife illustrations, ordinance survey maps, charming old packaging, classic industrial design and many other bits and pieces Sally sees on her travels.  Sally enjoys using unconventional materials

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

London Edge 2019

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

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,”

Munich Jewellery Week 2018

Munich Jewellery Week 2018 Munich Jewellery Week is an independent initiative that supports and communicates yearly citywide jewellery exhibitions in Munich. This year, Munich Jewellery Week have launched a new interactive website to offer visitors and participants a smooth MJW experience. Directly linked to the Google Maps, the website will immediately indicate your location and distance to each event. Open it on your phone and click on the address line to switch to Google Maps.  Take advantage of the free roaming for EU mobile users travelling to other countries and use our interactive website as a perfect tool to guide

The November Sisters: Citrine & Topaz

The penultimate month of the year and an exciting one at that, those born in November will not only have various parties and cocktail events to choose from but they'll also have two beautiful birthstones to choose between: topaz and citrine. With these two gorgeous gems giving you countless options of chic and classic styles to opulent and dramatic style, the challenge lies in picking which one to plump for! With Citrine known for its charming warmth of yellow and orange hues and Topaz occurring in a wide spectrum of  far beyond yellow, here's an overview of each birthstone to help guide

Two Sides - One Story - Pin mechanisms & brooch back design

Donna Brennan Contemporary presents Two Sides - One Story: Pin mechanisms & brooch back design International Jewellery Masterclasses 11 July - 15 July 2018 Led by Brooch expert Daniela Malev, author of the definitive guide to brooch pin design, "To The Point - Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design." In this Masterclass, Daniela will lead you through an array of innovative pin solutions which form an integral part of the overall brooch design. Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftman ́s Certificate for Gold- and

'Tis The Season To Party & Shine

The nights have drawn in with dark and bitter blights of misery so it's time to draw them out in a festoon of festive shimmer, shine and all things fine. The party season has officially begun so grab a hot coco and dip into our seasonal festive style guide that will transform your RSPV's from maybe to 'hell yes Santa baby!' As we spin into the most sociable time of year, dazzle and twinkle your way through copious cocktail hours in a haze of head-turning adornments, from striking arm candy, fabulous fringing, glamour cocktail gemstones to tantalising shimmers of diamond

Introducing 'Living Coral' Pantone's Colour of the Year 2019

Colour-giant, Pantone, have proclaimed ‘Living Coral’ the colour of the year for 2019. With each passing year, it seems that Pantone’s influence becomes increasingly ubiquitous; permeating all aspects of marketing, design and culture.  Here, Benchpeg puts together a guide to the colour, its meaning and possible colour combinations to equip you with what you need to know as a jeweller.  The inspiration ‘Living coral’ prescribes a return to nature in a world more and more engulfed and shaped by technology. Pantone say: “Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energizing aspects of colour found in nature. In its

Two Sides - One Story - Pin mechanisms & brooch back design

Donna Brennan Contemporary presents Two Sides - One Story: Pin mechanisms & brooch back design with Daniela Malev International Jewellery Masterclasses 5 - 9 September 2018 Led by Brooch expert Daniela Malev, author of the definitive guide to brooch pin design, "To The Point - Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design." In this Masterclass, Daniela will lead you through an array of innovative pin solutions which form an integral part of the overall brooch design. Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftman ́s Certificate for

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

CVS: The Vital Ingredients For A Successful Business

Leading business valuation specialists Company Valuation Services (CVS), name communication and transparency as the vital ingredients to ensuring a successful business sale. Thorough preparation in the early stages can mean fewer problems in the long-run   Company Valuation Services (CVS) publish an in-depth guide on good business practice and how to increase the value of your business   It’s often been said that honesty is the best policy, and in the case of the mergers and acquisitions market, this has never been truer. According to  business valuation expert, Company Valuation S ervices , business owners considering a sale should keep

Top Drawer S/S – Olympia, London

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

Heat, Bash, Buff: Learning To Make A Silver Ring

"Jewellery Has The Power To Be This One Little Thing That Can Make You Feel Unique." - Jennie Kwon Having recently embarked upon my eye-opening journey into the world of Jewellery, my spirit guide, editor and working partner to all things sparkly and juicy in the jewellery world thought it was about time I stopped talking the talk of all things silver and pretty and set my sights upon navigating the benchpeg instead. The idea of flouncing around flaunting my very own silver number sounded absolutely fabulous whilst the idea of me having to make friends with a hammer and

Cherwell District Council

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

Public Art Commission, Mill Road, Cambridge

Expressions of interest are invited from artists with experience of working in the public realm to develop a site-specific artwork, or series of artworks. The artwork should enhance the setting for the new student accommodation and reference the unique heritage and context of Mill Road, Cambridge.  There is a vibrant cultural and business scene within Mill Road and engagement with the community and students at Anglia Ruskin University throughout the development process is a requirement. The Brief: www.placeservices.co.uk Budget for the Project: £46,000. Project Completion Date: February 2018 For more information and to download a copy of the brief please

Senior Jewellery Production Assistant, Queensmith Master Jewellers - Hatton Garden, London

The role Senior Jewellery Production Assistant Queensmith Master Jewellers Hatton Garden, London Queensmith Master Jewellers is an award-winning bridal jeweller situated in London’s historic jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Specialising in made-to-order engagement rings, wedding bands and fine diamond jewellery, we are one of the youngest and fastest growing bespoke jewellers in London. The Role Our growth and success has created a position for a Senior Jewellery Production Assistant. Reporting directly to the Production Director; the successful candidate will fast become an integral member of the team assisting the production process of every item designed and manufactured. They will assist in

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

EXPERIENCE Project Penzance, Cornwall Council

Gbp 100k Public Arts Trail Commission: EXPERIENCE Project Penzance, Cornwall Council As part of the EXPERIENCE project, Cornwall Council is looking to  commission an artist/a consortium of artists  to create an  arts trail  along the Marazion - Penzance Coast Path. This is an exceptional opportunity to create an  artistic landmark  of national significance for Cornwall. This arts trail will encourage people to connect with Penzance's cultural and natural assets, providing an opportunity for contemplation, reflection and engagement. We are open to  innovative and bold ideas  and particularly welcome proposals that reflect  outstanding and socially engaged practice.  We expect the artworks

2x Commission Opportunities

2x Artist opportunities - Ginkgo Projects Artist Opportunity 1. - Unity Place, Swindon Ginkgo Projects is seeking an artist to commission on behalf of Zurich Insurance to research and create new work for their new headquarters in Swindon.  The work will be developed through a process of research and collaboration, including engagement with Zurich staff and communities in Swindon and linking in to associated bursaries for local artists.  Permanent work will be located within the open space being created at the front of the new building and we welcome applications from artists with interest in: sustainable environment and material development design

Domino to present diverse, design-led product portfolio at IJL

Domino Jewellery are set to delight UK and international buyers with their diverse, design-led product portfolio at International Jewellery London this year. The Birmingham based manufacturer has received excellent feedback on collections launched so far in 2019; the team are confident that their focus on high quality design with on trend pieces driven by market research and customer feedback, will drive continued demand for Domino collections. At IJL this year, the team will exhibit product from all of its 2019 collections including Fusion – interlocking, stackable diamond rings, Empire – clustered diamond engagement and lifestyle rings, and the recently refreshed

Lead Maker, International Centre For Life

Lead Maker, International Centre For Life Life has an exciting vacancy for a creative and highly-motivated individual to lead development in Life’s Making Studios. As someone with a passion for learning, making and tinkering you will lead Life’s Making Studios, developing and facilitating imaginative and innovative making activities for science centre visitors and school groups. Through the programme will engage and inspire our visitors to create, developing their skills and opportunities. The ideal candidate will be confident, approachable and reliable, with excellent communication and organisational skills. You will have relevant experience in a hands-on making, education or science engagement and

Call to Action on Climate Change: Responsible Jewellery Council Webinar

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

Matthew Burgess appointed New Head of Goldsmiths’ Fair for 2021

Digital engagement and arts professional, Matthew Burgess, takes on the role for one year as maternity cover for Harriet Scott Friday 15 January: Matthew Burgess joins The Goldsmiths’ Company as Head of Fair for the upcoming 2021 Fair this autumn, covering maternity for Harriet Scott who has been with the Company for over six years. Matthew brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with leading Mayfair galleries, museums and individual artists both in the UK and internationally. He has organised and managed numerous high-profile commercial and educational events as well as exhibitions and fairs for renowned international artists

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020 London Craft Week are now welcoming proposals from brands and independent makers who would like to be part of London Craft Week 2020. The festival aims to showcase the most outstanding and innovative contemporary making to visitors. The curated programme of events brings together discerning consumers with makers, designers, brands and galleries, creating a unique opportunity to build engagement and sales.   The London Craft Week Team meets every two weeks to consider initial ideas. Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed activity (including information about your venue and all collaboration partners), details

Jewellery Brand Fenton introduces luxury loyalty programme

Fine jewellery company Fenton has introduced a new reward based peer-to-peer recommendation initiative with exclusive fine jewellery as the prize. Fenton is offering its fans, followers and customers the opportunity to spread the word and share the love thanks to its ‘The Karma Club’ = a new loyalty programme from the digital first, direct-to-consumer, fine jewellery brand. The new scheme means everyone has the opportunity to own a fine jewellery collection simply by referring friends and before having even made a purchase, a first for a luxury brand that continues to innovate within its field.  Known for its colourful engagement

GSA Silversmithing and Jewellery students unveil lockdown collections

Final year Silversmithing & Jewellery graduating students at The Glasgow School of Art have unveiled collections conceived and made during lockdown in Graduate Showcase 2021. They are among over 500 graduating students from the acclaimed art school to be showing work on the specially-designed digital platform. For many of the young designers the time of isolation and their lockdown locations have created the starting point for the creative process, with re-engagement with nature emerging as a major theme Ellen Kynoch’s  Intangible Mass  explores themes of isolation, emotional decay, and the fragility of our minds during a long period of quarantine,

Casting Call - Bling

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

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

Jewellery designer and Mona Pink founder, Monika Kamycka, has been appointed as Chair of The British Society of Enamellers’ at the trade organisation’s Annual General Meeting, by unanimous vote following her successful year as Vice-Chair. Under Monika’s leadership the trade organisation has realised a number of notable achievements including an innovative and successful online exhibition, a full review of membership benefits, evaluation of website and social media platforms with renewed focus on member and follower engagement, improvements in terms and conditions – both online and offline, digitisation of the organisation’s finances, membership database review (with a view to digitise fully

Former George Ward School Site, Melksham

Public Art Commissions: Former George Ward School Site, Melksham Persimmon Homes are seeking expressions of interest for two linked commissions in a residential development at the former George Ward School site in Melksham. The commissions will deliver a suite of functional artworks including seating and waymarking in Public Open Space and Green Corridors across the site. Artist Fee The budget for the commissions is £34,000 and £20,000 There is also a commission for a bursary artist to the value of £2,500 (may suit a local and/or emerging Artist) to lead creative engagement on the project. Project Details More details in

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation The foundation is one of the largest independent foundations that provide grants in the UK. Approximately 75 per cent of its Arts & Heritage grants budget go to the arts and 25 per cent to heritage projects.  Art with a social impact Eligibility The Foundation supports wok that Uses a creative approach to address difficult social or environmental issues, or Builds engagement with culture in areas where there is low provision. Applicant must Offer both artistic excellence and long-term social impact, and Put people at the centre of the creative process, and have a defined pathway of

Victoria and Albert’s spectacular collection of Royal jewels go on show

The Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace will reopen this month, with a glittering suite of gems specially commissioned for Victoria by her beloved Albert set to join the display at her childhood home. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are famed - even among royal collectors - for their love of fine craftsmanship, together commissioning and purchasing some of the nineteenth century’s finest artworks, porcelains and objects d’art to fill their homes. Among the most personal of these treasures were the spectacular gifts the couple exchanged, from the moment of their engagement in 1839 and throughout their 21-year marriage.  Now,

Wiener Schmucktage 2018 International Festival of Contemporary Jewellery in Vienna

The WIENER SCHMUCKTAGE intensifies public engagement with contemporary jewellery production and awakens their desire to wear jewellery. The compelling specially developed event concept sensitizes the public’s intellect, sense of touch, emotions and sensuality in equal measure writes Ilaria Ruggiero. For the fourth time, around 160 Austrian and international jewellery makers will present their work at 35 locations across Vienna from 6 to 11 November 2018. Over the years the platform has evolved into an international festival of contemporary jewellery in Vienna. In the framework of solo and group exhibitions, workshops (SCHMUCK.FÜHLEN), motto breakfasts (SCHMUCK.SCHMECKEN) and themed guided tours of studios, galleries, shops as

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

Vintage Garrard pieces, amongst others, to be auctioned at Chorley's Country House sale later this month

Established auction house, Chorley's, will be selling a significant collection of jewellery later this month; belonging to the late Mrs Rook.  Mrs Rook was married to Major Laurence Rook MC at the picturesque Manor Beverston Castle, which was once part of the great lordship Berkeley; taken from Roger de Berkeley by Henry I.  She was a long-standing client of the House of Garrard, the prestigious crown jewellers. The collection on sale features a number of pieces by the House, who also designed the Dutchess of Cambridge's engagement ring.  The prize piece amongst the beautiful collection is a magnificent Victorian diamond-set

Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend… according to 58% of millennials

Millennials are ditching bling traditional diamonds, in favour of unique styles and brightly coloured stones for their engagement rings Research shows that diamonds are no longer a ‘girl’s best friend’, according to millennials. A survey of 5,000 people between the ages of 23 and 38, showed that 58% opted for independent designers and 'bespoke' one of a kind pieces in coloured stones to commemorate their forthcoming nuptials, whilst 32% chose their birth stone - and 25% chose the birth stone of a beloved family member. This follows recent reports that millennials are choosing to save up and invest in 'collectable'

A Touch of Noir

When we think of diamonds we're used to picturing white sparkly stones, so what if we were to say that alongside those bright glistening stones is a dark step sister that is becoming equally popular? In recent years, the demand and popularity for nonconventional stones - particularly in engagement rings- has found black diamonds to be one of the most popular choices of fancy-coloured diamonds. Previously held in low regard, natural-colour black diamonds continued to be unpopular until designers started to implement them into their collections in the late 20th century; often contrasting them with colourless pave diamonds. Perhaps the

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

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

News Edit: 29 April 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Police launch murder probe after builder 'viciously attacked' at work in Hatton Garden The Independent: Forty-seven-year-old found dead on roof of business www.independent.co.uk Kate jeweller Annoushka loses sparkle The Times: A jeweller favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge and celebrities such as Rihanna swung to a loss last year. www.thetimes.co.uk Jewelry consortium to use IBM blockchain technology to verify, authenticate diamonds, engagement rings ZDNet: The TrustChain Initiative is being launched with IBM and a consortium that represents every step of the jewelry value chain from mine to manufacturer to retail. www.zdnet.com

A History of London Jewellers and Jewellery

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

Jewellery & Watch Industry Trends: Enamel, Pink and Diamonds

The forthcoming INHORGENTA MUNICH will once again offer exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to find new inspiration for the business year. This is ensured, among other things, by the trends of the year in the jewelry and watch industry worth discovering at the trade show. INHORGENTA MUNICH describes what is fashionable in 2017. Diamonds The diamond jewelry market grew by three percent on a global scale last year already and this trend will continue. Why? Well, due to the engagement’s revival and its celebration by giving a solitaire as an engagement present, diamonds continue to gain in importance. However, consumers

Sparking Christmas at NumberNinetyFour - London, E2

NumberNinetyFour is a jewellery shop set on Columbia Road in Shoreditch in the East End of London, famous for it's Sunday flower market and range of independent shops and galleries. Owner,  jeweller Simon Rees, has been creating beautiful pieces for over twenty five years. He now designs and makes wonderful bespoke jewellery from his bench at NumberNinetyFour, specialising in engagement, wedding and partnership rings. Alongside Simon's work, NumberNinetyFour showcases the work of exciting contemporary jewellery designers. Regularly transforming the space, each group or artist exhibit in the shop from one to three months. Dates : 7 – 24 December 2016

Call for Applications: Artists in Schools Residencies

Applications are now invited for Cove Park's 2017 Artists in Schools residency project. Cove Park will award two funded residencies, of two weeks each, to individual artists working in any medium with experience and/or a desire to extend their practice into education.  Artists working in Visual Arts, Craft & Design, Literature, Performance, Film etc. are welcome to apply.  The Artists in Schools residencies are part of our wider public engagement programme called  Hands-On Cove Park .  They will take place concurrently during May 2017. Artists on residency are given the time, space and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their work. 

F. Hinds' New Harlow Store's Romantic Opening

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

Rings

Rings, Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Leeds  Every year we select jewellers to display with us whose rings offer a unique alternative to what you might find out on the high street.  Stunning engagement and wedding rings, rings to mark special occasions or just a ring to wear every day; there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Exhibition Run 14th January – 24th June 2017 Venue The Craft Centre & Design Gallery City Art Gallery The Headrow, Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 3AB www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

A Mining Statue - Doncaster

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

Folli Follie Partner with Photoslurp

Leading visual commerce and marketing platform Photoslurp has announced a partnership with the FF Group to improve their customers’ online shopping experience. The partnership gives flagship jewellery and accessory brands Links of London and Folli Follie the ability to gather user-generated content, such as hash-tagged photos, improving the path to purchase for customers by making them ‘shoppable’. “Social proof has always played an important role in building trust with customers ever more so in today’s digital world. With brand presence growing rapidly on social networks like Instagram, Photoslurp will ensure we are maximising both our engagement levels and our visual

Sunshine Exim focuses on vintage styles for IJL 2017

Sunshine Exim, the leading supplier of fine jewellery, diamonds and mounts, will focus on vintage bridal products at this year’s IJL show in response to retailer demand for this increasingly popular style. Its Vintage collection includes diamond engagement rings and semi-set diamond mounts, offering retailers the option to stock the on-trend styles as finished pieces or to create their own finished pieces with hand-picked loose diamonds. The range is available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold or platinum. Designs can be customised to use GH/SI to FG/VS diamonds or can be set with a retailer’s own stones. Jai Shankar

Spirit of Christmas, Studio Fusion Gallery - London

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

Artist Residency Opportunity - Yeovil Country Park, Somerset Art Works

Artist Residency Opportunity - Yeovil Country Park, Somerset Art Works Water – Meadow – Wood Somerset Art Works is delivering a three year artist residency programme at Yeovil Country Park following the themes of Water – Meadow – Wood. This three-year project is providing greater engagement with people and new opportunities to interpret the natural, cultural and historical heritage of Yeovil Country Park. The theme for 2017 and the final year of the project is ‘Wood’ the woodland as a place and as a habitat, providing inspiration for creative exploration. The artist appointed will deliver 15 participatory sessions through the

Andrew Geoghegan's Cannelé Petit Collection

A dainty adaptation of their Cannelé  collection, the  Cannelé  Petit  retains all the romantic charm and captivating detail of their original Gallic-inspired design but with a new season refresh for  Andrew Geoghegan. A statement of everyday modern elegance and style, the  Cannelé  Petit has the power and presence to mesmerise. A radiant centre stone is galleried on a rise of shimmering diamonds, held aloft in a fluted setting whose detail is all the more pronounced for its diminutive scale.    The   Cannelé   Petit   makes a perfect ring – be it for an engagement or simply a romantic gesture.

School of Jewellery Students Impress With Halo Designs

Three second year students studying for a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery have been shortlisted as finalists in an annual design competition run by Birmingham-based casting house, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company Weston Beamor. The brief for this year’s Live Project was to design a halo engagement ring and a fitted wedding band to sit alongside it.  All designs had to include a primary gemstone or pearl, mounted in precious metal. Students were asked to tailor their designs towards 25-35 year olds. Three potential winners – Ruth Hallows, Bethany

Spanner & Wingnut: The Organic Edge of Jewellery Luxury

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

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: 

Ring 2017, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery

This spring, Diana Porter Contemporary jewellery have asked a selection of their current designers, as well as some old favourites and some brand-new ones, to submit their most exclusive wedding / engagement ring combinations. They wanted an inspiring exhibition showcasing a plethora of talent and craftsmanship! Several designers have submited bespoke pairings, created especially for the exhibition, whilst others will premier pieces from their new collections. Diana Porter will launch her latest creations in precious metals set with unique stones, for an exclusive first look. Alongside Diana Porter, this exhibition will feature pieces by: Hannah Bedford, Justin Duance, Maria Frantzi,

News Edit: 25 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Meghan Markle’s go-to jeweller Kimaï launches ethical engagement rings Vogue: The label’s founders, Jessica Warch and Sidney Neuhaus, discuss their new collection of eco-conscious rings that don’t cost the planet. www.vogue.in Missoma launch jewellery advent calendar for second year - and it’s out today Daily Mirror: Priced at £395 but worth over £745, after the huge success in 2019, Missoma’s advent calendar is making a much-anticipated return. www.mirror.co.uk Shop Local: St Albans jewellery stores owner reveals: ‘This Christmas is essential’ Herfordshire Advertising: Sarah Gillow, owner of Galio and

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.

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

Weston Beamor Announce Winner of BCU Live Project 2018

Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery student Kai-Blu Triassi has won the annual Weston Beamor  Live Project  with his contemporary geometric ‘Dyad’ engagement and wedding ring set design. Kai-Blu’s award was announced on the WB stand at this year’s Jewellery & Watch show. Kai-Blu impressed judges with his striking and bold ring set, commercial-focus, unique design and understanding of thickness and tolerances, demonstrated through his strong CAD modelling skills. The annual competition is open to all BCU SoJ students in their second year of a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing. Commenting on his win, Kai-Blu said,  "I'm really pleased to

Alternative Wedding Showcase 2017, Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery London’s 2017 Alternative Wedding Showcase has successfully launched its stunning collection of innovative jewellery lines. Hailed as the destination for alternative fine jewellery, this show promises to be an essential edit for the discerning bride or groom. To mark the 5th anniversary of this annual event Tomfoolery will be hosting exclusive bridal trunk shows with award-winning designers Polly Wales and Ruth Tomlinson.  The show features Unique Engagement Rings; Wedding Bands; Eternity Bands; Bespoke Ring Service; Bridal Jewellery Styling; Bridesmaid Jewellery; Cufflinks; Designer Trunk Shows. Dates 18th March - 6th May Polly Wales Trunk show: 1st and 2nd April Ruth Tomlinson Trunk

Ingle & Rhode Launch First Silver Collection

Ethical fine  jeweller , Ingle & Rhode, has launched its first silver collect ion ahead of  Mother s  Day.  This is the first range of earrings and necklaces designed to be worn every day,  outside their  engagement and wedding ring offering.  Every piece has been designed and crafted in the UK from Fairmined sterling silv er, set with conflict- free Canadian diamonds. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies silver from em powered  responsible artisanal and small-scale m ining  organisations  who meet world  leadin g standards for  responsible practices.   David Rhode, Director, Ingle & Rhode said, " Our customers