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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

It's raining gold in Russia

It was raining gold in Siberia this week after a Russian cargo plane's doors flew open during take off flinging around 200 gold  bars across the runway. The Antonov An-12, carrying an estimated $378 million worth of gold, diamonds and platimum, had stopped at Yakutsk Airport in Siberia to refuel en route to Krasnoyarskbut as it rose again into the sky, the doors reportedly buckled under the weight and the precious cargo was sprayed into the atmosphere. The gold bars, weighing more than three tons, were spilled onto the runway which was hastily closed by the police to stop the

Strike Gold this November

If there was ever a time to wear something sparkly, special and striking, the season of festive frivolities, parties and celebrations would be it! With the arrival of November and her sweeping chill in the air,  your inbox will become one of popularity as  nights of festive fun and mischief begin to come knocking! With that in mind, it's time to add a  touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm to your holiday look and what better way than with a strike of timeless gold?! A touch of gold provides a classic look of elegance that is gorgeously feminine when worn

Applications Open for Gold Membership

Call for Applications: Gold Membership The Goldsmiths’ Centre is welcoming new applications for its Gold membership this autumn. Open to established businesses in the jewellery, silversmithing or allied industries that have practiced for at least 2 years, the scheme gives unique access to central London facilities at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on a flexible basis. Successful applicants are encouraged to become a part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s supportive and prestigious community, a stone’s throw away from Hatton Garden, gaining exclusive access to a range of benefits: Registration of their business and postal address at the Goldsmiths’ Centre with use of their

Gold Crashes Through the $2,000/Oz Mark

"The gold price surged 12% in July to hit new record levels. This momentum has carried into August with gold  tearing above the never-seen-before levels of $2,000-an-ounce mark on the third day of trading. The rally in gold has been powered by safe-haven appeal for the metal due to the worsening economic conditions resulting from an out-of-control pandemic." - Cameron Alexander "The gold price surged 12% in July to hit new record levels. This momentum has carried into August with gold  tearing above the never-seen-before levels of $2,000-an-ounce mark on the third day of trading. The rally in gold has been powered by

When Gold Goes Green - Ethical Gold and Sustainable Metals in Jewellery

Jeweller Saskia Shutt believes that it is important that jewellers are aware of the origins of the materials used to create Jewellery. The planet is under threat from man-made activities and over-exploitation of natural resources which will take generations to resolve. She has found that currently, there is an increasingly vocal demand for ‘green gold’ that comes from traceable, recycled precious metals, as well as a demand for ethical gold. There are only two non-profit organisations working to help produce ethical gold; Fairmined, and Fairtrade Gold. Precious metals can be recycled, and this is something Saskia Shutt has done since

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries Re-Open

The V&A’s spectacular Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries reopened to the public last week in preperation for the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project. The newly updated suite of four galleries display highlights from one of the most important collections of decorative art ever given to the nation, alongside recent acquisitions.   Over 500 precious objects amassed by 2oth-century collectors Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert, including European silver and gold plate, delicate gold boxes, Italian mosaics and enamel portrait miniatures, are now back on public display in newly re-curated galleries. The objects dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries were carefully

Fairtrade Gold Jewellery UK Push

The Fairtrade Foundation have unveiled an exciting new initiative as part of its Fairtrade Gold campaign, tagged ‘I DO’, to stamp out practices that have tarnished the jewellery industry’s reputation.   The push will kick off with a series of five nationwide conferences which will be held across England, Scotland and Wales throughout September and October. It will also include the launch of a unique new e-learning platform, a Fairtrade gold business advice clinic and seminar hosted by International Jewellery London, and the creation of a suite of new business resources and new campaigner literature. The conferences will be attended

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

Laser Specialist Tom Rucker Wins Gold

Tom Rucker was awarded five Gold Awards at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2017 this week, at Goldsmiths’ Hall, for his latest piece, the ‘GEO.NIOT' Brooch. The GEO.NIOT Brooch features a bright blue platinum that Tom invented and developed over many months and is a world first. The brooch is made using his cutting edge laser technique and decorated with pure white diamonds. Awards: Gold - The Goldsmiths’ Company Award 2017 Gold - The Boodles Award 2017 Gold - 3D Design Technological Innovation Award 2017 Gold - The Brown & Newirth Jewellers’ Award Gold - The Senior Award 2017

Arabel Lebrusan Launches First Fairmined Gold Collection

As part of her commitment to beautiful, ethical jewellery, and having recently become a Fairmined licensee, Arabel Lebrusan is launching an exclusive new collection made from Fairmined Ecological Gold. Fairmined Ecological Gold (Eco Gold) is gold that has not only been mined under the strict rules of the Fairmined Certification with regard to social development, fair treatment and equitable payment. It goes one-step further in not using mercury or cyanide to extract the gold; tighter management of environmental risks; no mining in protected areas and a programme dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of mined out areas. It thus ensures

Kit Heath SS17 shouts silver

SS17 shouts SILVER! and Kit Heath’s Spring and Summer beautifully designed, ready to wear sterling silver jewellery is a stunner! With over 100 new designs and some creative twists on Kit Heath’s favourites offering inspirational buying across the spectrum of style and price from core mini profiles at entry price points to stunning once-in-a-lifetime pieces. With the launch of new headline collection ‘Shore’ created from coastal influences which is a feature trend this season. Shore features Kit Heath’s signature style of relaxed and casual organic forms with textured finishes, highlights of gold plate resulting in a quintessential Kit Heath styling;

Sarah Straussberg Whistles With Pleasure

London-based jewellery brand Sarah Straussberg is now stocking WHISTLES online and their Kings Cross St Pancras International store. Both brands target the contemporary woman and combine effortless chic with structured sophistication.  Sarah Straussberg studied Materials Practice at Brighton University following an Art & Design Foundation at Central St. Martins College of Art. Blending her love of sculpture with an exquisite eye for craftsmanship, she hand-makes every piece in her London workshop. Drawing inspiration from natural patterns and textures, Sarah uses sterling silver with 18ct gold plate to create sculptural forms that are elegant and wearable. In tribute to the people that

Full Time Polisher, Gold Arts - Hove, Sussex

The role Full Time Polisher Gold Arts Lanes, Brighton We’re a family run independent manufacturing jewellers with ten branches and five workshops based along the sunny Sussex coast. We are currently looking to hire a full time Polisher. Working with Gold, Platinum, Silver and Stone set Jewellery. Applicants should have a keen interest in Jewellery, Gemstones & a good eye for detail. Workshop located in the Lanes, Brighton. Training will be provided.   Please send us your CV and covering letter by using the application form below. About us Gold Arts is a family run Jewellers, established in 1979 with branches

Responsible Jewellery Council Re-Certifies Clogau Gold

The RJC announced this week that Clogau Gold of Wales Ltd has achieved Certification against the 2013 Code of Practices (COP) at its Headquarters and retail facilities in the UK. “It is a pleasure to announce Clogau Gold of Wales Ltd has been certified against the 2013 COP. The provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our Members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see Members achieving Certification against the standard and warmly congratulate Clogau Gold of Wales Ltd,” said Andrew Bone, RJC’s Executive Director. The successful verification assessment was led by Roshini Wickramasinghe from SGS

Elements: A Festival of Gold and Silver in Scotland 2017

Call for Applications - Elements: A Festival of Gold and Silver in Scotland The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to confirm that Elements 3 will take place from 2-5 November 2017 in the stunning showrooms of Lyon and Turnbull in Central Edinburgh. Elements is a 4-day festival of gold and silver in Edinburgh produced by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull. The festival comprises an exhibition, a varied programme of events and a selling fair showcasing some of the UK’s most exquisite work in silver and jewellery. The Incorporation and Lyon & Turnbull have

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

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

Thomson Reuters publishes GFMS Gold Survey 2017

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

Philip Kydd Apprentice wins Gold at Jewellery Oscars

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

Catherine Hills Jewellery Launch Rose Gold Collection

The luscious, rich glow of rose gold is the hue to be seen in this Summer season. The launch of two exquisite new collections by Catherine Hills is therefore very timely. Known for her romantic but edgy style, Catherine’s jewellery emphasises movement and texture. The new Oval Series and Cross Series are no exception, showcasing handcrafted, fluid forms which move with the wearer. The striking Cross Drop Earrings, Cross Necklace, Cross Bracelet and Cross Ring feature finely interlinked crosses which are crafted from rose gold plated silver.    For the evening, flaunt your neckline with the dramatic Cross Collar Necklace which

Scotgold Resources Ltd To Auction First Scottish Gold Rounds

On November 29 2016, Scotgold Resources Ltd will release 10 limited edition 1oz fine Scottish Gold Rounds. The Gold Rounds are made of the first pure Scottish gold mined from the Cononish Gold Mine in Tyndrum, Scotland and refined to 999.9 purity.  Scottish Gold Rounds can be bought in a sealed-bids auction with the deadline of 4pm 28th November 2016. Each Gold Round is stamped with a unique serial number corresponding to the Chain of Custody system and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Edinburgh Assay Office. The Gold Rounds have been minted by Baird & Co Bullion

Elements: A Festival of Gold and Silver in Scotland 2017

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to confirm that Elements 3 will take place from 2 nd -5 th  November 2017 in the stunning showrooms of Lyon and Turnbull in Central Edinburgh. Elements is a 4-day festival of gold and silver in Edinburgh produced by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull. The festival comprises an exhibition, a varied programme of events and a selling fair showcasing some of the UK’s most exquisite work in silver and jewellery. The Incorporation and Lyon & Turnbull have a heritage of producing, exhibiting and selling work at the

Cooksongold is stockist of Europe’s largest Fairtrade gold range

Multi-channel retailer Cooksongold, the UK’s largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker, has recently added 9ct Fairtrade Gold to its range of Fairtrade Gold products, meaning it now stocks the largest range of Fairtrade Gold in Europe. Fairtrade Gold ensures small-scale and artisanal miners are paid a fair price and receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, clean water and healthcare. The Fairtrade Gold Standards include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment. Cooksongold became

Hockley Mint Welcomes Peruvian Fairtrade Gold Miners to Birmingham

Award winning fine jewellery and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint welcomed Peruvian Fairtrade gold miners to it's factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter earlier this month, producing a video of the visit that it will use to promote Fairtrade gold on its website and across social media platforms. Peruvian Fairtrade gold campaigner Dajhanna Zarate, who is the daughter of a gold miner in Sotrami, was accompanied by Macdesa miner Roger Arcos Ponte on the visit to Birmingham. The two guests were in the UK as part of a wider Fairtrade gold campaign with the Fairtrade Foundation, and were invited to Hockley Mint

New Fairtrade Gold Jewellery Collection Re-imagined

Alison Macleod Jewellery, a Scottish based fine jewellery designer has launched her new ‘Silhouette Collection’, a range that celebrates the exquisite elements that make up her jewellery, from the lustrous fair trade gold to brilliant-cut diamonds that adorn some of the key pieces. Alison is part of a select group of jewellery designers representing Scotland at New York Jewellery Week taking place between the 16th and 22nd of November. 'I am excited to present the new Silhouette Collection, a series of simple silhouettes with a nod to traditional love tokens, amulets and good luck charms, each piece celebrating the lustrous

Wayne Meeten wins another Gold at the #JewelleryOscars

Internationally renowned silversmith Wayne Meeten picked up another gong at the #JewelleryOscars, the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards, this month. Meeten’s piece, ‘Spirit of Energy’ took Gold in the three dimensional finished piece category. The work was a commission made for a client “who was having a house built in the West Country, in Devon by the Estuary. It was designed to be placed under their new glass staircase.” The silversmith said. The  client’s design brief was to design a centre piece with the wonders of the sun as its reference. My client chose their building plot, what will eventually

All Pandora jewellery to be made from recycled silver and gold

Full shift from mined to recycled silver and gold will reduce CO 2  and be better for the environment. Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery brand, thie week announced it will entirely stop using newly mined silver and gold in its jewellery by 2025 and only buy from recycled sources. This will cut carbon emissions by two thirds for silver and by more than 99% for gold. “Silver and gold are beautiful jewellery materials that can be recycled forever without losing their quality. Metals mined centuries ago are just as good as new. They will never tarnish or decay. We wish to help

Scottish festival celebrates the finest in gold, silver and jewellery design

Elements 3, a festival celebrating the finest UK and international jewellery, silver and gold will be held in Edinburgh in November. A centrepiece of the event, which is presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull, will be a fair at which pieces by 50 carefully selected makers will be on sale. Elements 3 will take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 November and will also see the unveiling of a drive to make Scotland a leader in ethical gold and silverwork. Mary Michel, Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, said ,

Scotland’s Annual Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold Pops Up in Aberdeen

Scotland’s Annual Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold Pops Up in Aberdeen The highly successful Elements Festival – Scotland’s biggest celebration of jewellery, silver and gold – is staging its first ever event in Aberdeen this weekend. While most of this year’s festival is digital, due to COVID-19, a series of pop-ups are taking place which will allow people to meet some of the finest emerging and established designers and makers from Scotland and the rest of the UK.   This Saturday and Sunday Aberdeen Art Gallery will be hosting four Scottish makers selected for this year’s festival: Christina Hirst

Dundee Student Wins Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Award

A university student from the University of Dundee has won the Ingle & Rhode 2017 Fairtrade Gold Design Awards. Aspiring jewellery design undergraduate, Angela Gillies,  is the over all winner of the awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing the panel of judges.  Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winners were announced at the Fair Luxury (FLUX) 2017 conference in Birmingham on 25th April.  This is the first year the awards have run, recognising up and coming talent within the jewellery design industry.  Angela Gillies said of the win,  “Winning the Fairtrade Gold Design

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.

Gold and enamel miniatures stolen from Devon Guild of Craftsmen

An Art Thief has struck in Bovey Tracey, snatching a precious gold and enamel miniature picture ‘of unusually high value’ in broad daylight. Police are seeking information about a significant theft from the Jubilee Gallery at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. The popular educational charity and visitor attraction was targeted for an exhibition that contained a small number of unusually high value items. Police have issued a statement saying: ‘On 5 April 2018 a burglary occurred at Devon Guild of Craftsman, Station Road, Bovey Tracey.   An unknown person has stolen a piece of art that is shown

World’s Most Expensive 18ct Gold Marmite Jar Unveiled

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

Craft of Gold Beating Now Extinct New Research Shows

New research by the Heritage Crafts Association has found many traditional craft skills in the UK to be hanging on by a thread including a handful of metal working skills. Gold beating is now an officially extinct craft no longer being practiced in the UK. Critically endangered metal skills are listed as metal thread making, hat block making, plane making, saw making and spade making. Metal working skills are then also listed on the Endangered List of The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts. The report identifies s eventeen crafts as being  critically endangered , including  coach and wagon  making, 

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

Global Gold ETF holdings drop by 175 tonnes, the largest level of net quarterly outflows since 2013

Gold prices came under significant pressure since the start of the year, correcting by 13% during the first three months, and trading at near nine-month low at end-March.. Investment demand for bars and coins jumped by 40% driven by bargain hunting and growing concerns about rising inflationary pressures and currency stability Sentiment shift towards gold among the professional investor community, as evidenced by strong outflows from gold ETFs. Gold ETF investors liquidated 175 tonnes in the first quarter of the year representing the largest level of net quarterly outflows since Q4 2013 according to Refinitiv Metals Research. It was also

Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release of 5,440 kg of toxic mercury every day by more than 15 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) around the world.  “We’re delighted that this GIA grant supports the discovery and implementation of efficient gold ore concentration methods that may help free millions

Hobby gold hunter may have to hand over 'largest ever' £50,000 find

An anonymous amateur gold hunter is still waiting to be told whether Britain's largest ever gold nugget, which he found in a Scottish stream, will have to be handed over to the Crown Estate. Weighing 85.7g, the nugget which has been named the Douglas Nugget was found in an unidentified river in Scotland two years ago by an amateur prospector who has chosen to keep his identity under wraps. Its value is reckoned to be around £50,000 but under “Mines Royal” law, which sometimes requires successful bounty hunters to hand over their gold and silver booty to the Crown, the

Ashley Banjo Dons World’s Most Expensive 18ct Gold Peperami Necklace

Forget diamonds – the world’s most expensive Peperami has been unveiled, worth an eye-watering £1,500. The luxury item takes inspiration from the snack’s Original wrapper, replicating the same shape and design the nation know and love - but in 18ct yellow gold. Appraised by an independent valuator, the one-of-a-kind piece sees the Peperami detachable wrapper dangle from a 34inch heavy chain. Weighing in at a whopping 295g, the custom necklace has been specifically designed so fans can refill the gold-plated pendant with their beloved Peperami stick, allowing them to hang the snack-storing chain around their neck until hunger strikes. Hoping

GSFA 2016 | April Doubleday | Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia

April Doubleday is an Ethical deigner/maker of Contemporary Jewellery, living on the North Coast of Devon. She uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. Her Jewellery is bold and energetic using line, form and colour where every piece is given its own sense of creation and individuality of its own.  April's vision of her company is to strive for complete transparency throughout her business. This transparency spreads from her sourcing of precious metal suppliers and gemstones to the design process with clients. April is committed to ensuring she uses suppliers that have social and

Allum & Sidaway Strike Gold Twice in their 75th Anniversary Year

CMJ members  Allum & Sidaway are celebrating another win after scooping two awards at the biggest night in the UK jewellery calendar; the UK Jewellery Awards. Amongst stiff competition from a record number of applicants, they received the very prestigious Retailer of The Year award and The Best Store Environment award for their new Salisbury store. The awards, hosted by TV presenter  Gethin  Jones and organised by Retail Jeweller magazine, took place last Thursday at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Marking their 25th anniversary edition of the UK Jewellery Awards, this is the only ceremony of its kind for

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

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

Jewelry in a Duet

Laura Volpi’s work is a synthesis of energy, research and matter that takes shape through the elaboration of visual stimuli from our contemporaneity, to create jewels that reveal each a different part of her creative storytelling. She conducts an accurate study of volume and a research of the sculptural shape, to create a jewel that explores the boundaries of movement in a wearable dimension writes Ilaria Ruggiero. She was first influenced by Davide De Paoli, who initiated her to the potentialities of plate sculpture, and by Arnaldo Pomodoro, whom she could meet through a scholarship. During the collaboration with Pomodoro, which

Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity

Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity The Library and Museum of Freemasonry presents Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity By wearing badges we can connect with one another and reveal something about ourselves. With their unique symbols and hidden meanings, Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity features over 150 stunning examples of masonic badges referred to as ‘jewels’. It is the largest public display of its kind ever staged in the UK. Including jewels from around the world, the exhibition sheds light on a long and celebrated tradition. Examples like the Egyptian-inspired Authors’ Lodge jewel and delightful Barraclough Plate jewel tell the story

TRUE - Bettina Speckner

TRUE - Bettina Speckner Gallery S O is pleased to present a new body of work by leading contemporary jeweller Bettina Speckner. The exhibition comprises work made from different photographic techniques, including photo-etchings on zinc, Tintypes and Alutypes. The photo-etching on zinc plates technique comes from an old printing process, the Heliogravure. Bettina Speckner selects pictures which convey a sense of timelessness, mostly using photos taken by herself and occasionally found ones. The Tintype (Ferrotype) was invented in the US at the end of the 19th century, after the Daguerreotype. The technique is also called (wet-plate collodium photography). It is

A Touch Of Rose

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

VICENZAORO 2017

VICENZAORO, the largest Show in Europe for Gold and Jewellery, is an authentic Business Hub for the industry, able to bring together the most authoritative players in the gold and jewellery world. A primary access route to the European markets, the Russian-speaking countries and the Middle East, it is not only the perfect place in which to develop business and consolidate relations, it is also a privileged observatory for understanding the latest trends in terms of style and design on the gold and jewellery market. For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in

News Edit: 3 May 2020

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

Golden Fever for New Season Refinement

Simplistic. Elegant, Timeless. Classic yellow gold is making a comeback within a new wave of modernist jewellery design, making it the perfect accessory for adding a touch of complimentary refinement to the new season.  What comes to mind when someone mentions gold accessories is times-past bandwagon of big, bold and unashamedly in your face.  Fast forward to 2018 and the hustle-bustle of life makes for no down-time so jewellery that works for day-to night ease and wearability is top of our priorities. Yellow gold has undergone a sleek new makeover with the mood of pared-down delicacy sweeping brash and loud

Pamper Your Pooch with The World’s Most Expensive Dog Jacket

With a choice of 24k gold, Swarovski crystals or diamonds you can now kit out your dog with a bejewelled and encrusted 24k gold dog jacket to keep your canine companion blinged up. However, the most expensive doggy jacket in the world has also incorporated nano technology within the specialised fabric to keep working dogs as safe as houses in their daily working lives. Kit out your pooch with 24k gold, diamonds, bows and n ano metallizing technology   Doggy Armour and VeryFirstTo.com have announced the ready to market armoured dog jacket which can be encrusted with a choice of

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

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

Xifu Announce Judging Panel for International Jewellery Design Competition

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

Dinny Hall Embraces The Return of The Pendant

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

VIPA Designs Offers Europe's First Fairmined Eco Precious Metal

Vipa Designs Ltd, leaders in ‘Design to Delivery’ for the jewellery trade, has become the first-ever European jewellery manufacturer to offer Fairmined Eco gold.  Receiving its first consignment of the metal this month, Vipa Designs provides retailers and designers with the possibility to have bespoke designs and collections cast in this most precious of ethical metals, produced without the use of cyanide and mercury typical to the gold mining process.  Offering gold mined at the small-scale artisanal Xamodx Ngo mine in Mongolia, Vipa Designs is answering the needs of ever-more ethically conscious consumers shopping for fine and bridal jewellery. Fairmined

Scotgold Bulk Processing Trial Sales Update

Scotgold Resources Ltd last week entered into an agreement with Ocean Partners for the sale of up to 120 tonne of the gold rich pyrite concentrate to be generated by the Bulk Processing Trial in Scotland. The first shipment to Ocean Partners’ premises in the Netherlands will take place as soon as the appropriate logistics have been put in place. The Company has now accumulated what is considered to be a cost effective shipping load and as of 26th October, the BPT had generated an estimated mass of approximately 13.5t of pyrite concentrate with a preliminary estimated gold content of

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

Degree Show Central Saint Martins 2017

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

Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery - JOYA Barcelona on Zoom

Origen Collective - Gold for Future:  Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery Zoom Lecture 5.00pm (GMT), 12 November 2020 As part of JOYA Barcelona part the Origen Collective invite attendees to a lecture via Zoom, of the Origen - Gold for Future collective, about the social commitment of Responsible Jewelry, on November 12 at 18:00 (Spanish time, 5.00pm UK time). The concern for social commitment and sustainability in jewellery is becoming more important nowadays. In this scenario, the Dialogues on Responsible Jewellery are presented as a space for exchange and debate around the challenges and opportunities of this new conception of jewellery

Vicenzaoro Hosts Industry's First Ever Hackathon

An earring able to call the police when in danger. A bracelet that warms up thanks to solar energy. A ring that staves off skin problems. A bracelet that explains Italy’s cultural heritage. An accessory able to exploit time. These were the best ideas to come out of the jewellery industry's first hackathon at this year's Vicenzaoro. Vicenzaoro January, staged the first edition of  The Gold Run , the jewellery technology hackathon for more than 60,000 students and researchers, devised in collaboration with Padua University within the context of T.Gold. The Gold Run opened Vicenzaoro to fusion with the world of research, [youtube

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

Hockley Mint launches Initials collection for AW19

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

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith

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

ADORE launches 2018 Spring Summer Collection

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

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Meet the Maker - From nature to artifice in Art Jewellery

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Watch owned by Andy Warhol, to go up for Sale at Christie's Auction, amongst other Rare Watches

Two-hundred-and-fifty-four rare watches will go up for auction at the Four Seasons des Bergues in Geneva next month. The auction is estimated to amount to around 12M CHF, which converts to just over £9M. The top lot of the sale, estimated to reach 1,ooo,oooCHF/76,5564GBP, is an exquisite pink-gold Rolex reference 6062 "Stelline triple calendar with moon-phase, with the sought-after star dial. Scholars estimate the number cased in pink gold to be around 50, with only 10 featuring the rare dial. Introduced at the Basel Fair in 1950, the reference 6062 is one of only two Rolex models from the period to

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker As an ongoing series of talks and seminars by makers, artists and jewellerswe are very happy to be presenting Ute Decker as our inaugural speaker and would like to invite you to this talk. Ute Decker is a pioneer of the global ethical jewellery movement and one of the first worldwide to work in Fairtrade Gold. She is best known for her minimalist, architectural jewellery art. Her innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional “geometric poetry” make her pieces unique. In this talk she will share

Step into super natural delights

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

Inspired by light, Aureliean debuts the Ora collection

Fine jewellery brand Aureliean has launched the Ora collection, a delicate range of precious jewellery that celebrates the beauty of light. Ora, which means light in Hebrew and is derived from the Spanish word for gold, is inspired by the golden light-filled landscape of the island of Tenerife. Enhancing the delicate yet substantial beauty of each piece, the jewellery is available in either 18ct white, yellow or rose gold and set with brilliant-cut, conflict-free diamonds. The brand are also set to soon launch their ‘Flame’ collection, which, in contrast of the focus on the elegant simplicity of diamonds that ‘Ora’

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

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

Weston Beamor team earns full set of Fairtrade certificates

Weston Beamor have started 2018 with a flurry of activity with the entire customer service division earning their Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificates of Accreditation. Training for the certificates was prompted firstly by their award recently ‘Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year’ and also by the increasing curiosity among customers for a jewel's back story such as material origins and the supplier's trading practices. So each member of the 12-strong customer facing team took to their computers and completed the Fairtrade Foundation’s online ‘Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificate of Accreditation’ courses. It means the team is familiar with how the

Swinging Into New Year Ear Bling

New Year is all about ringing in the changes, embracing something different and refreshing your look ready to kick last year into the past. After the ear cuff was the jewellery prince of royalty throughout 2017, this year will welcome the pendulum swing of XXL length earrings in shiny, sculptural, arty, glitzy chandeliers. 2018 is all about going big or going home so step up your bling game and make a statement with elegant cascading stand-out earrings! From left to right: Gold 3D Flower Droppers , Large Pearl Drop Earrings , Gold & Black Perspex Flower Droppers , Shell Dropper

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

Tresor Paris create the ‘Artisan Collection’

Tresor Paris celebrates the wonderful diverse nature of gemology with the unique Artisan collection, featuring slices of precious stones set in 18 carat gold for a contemporary take on traditional gem stones. Using breath-taking natural Ruby, Sapphire and sliced diamond stone cross-sections set in luxurious 18 carat yellow gold, every piece is truly individual. The contours of the outer shape of the gem are all different as are the naturally occurring inclusions inside each stone. Every piece is hand made using the gem stones as a starting point to craft a beautiful piece of jewellery around it. Salim Hasbani, Director

Healthy outlook for Goldsmiths Fair 2017

The enterprising ​organisers of this year’s Goldsmith Fair have pulled out all the stops to make sure Britain’s most successful designers of precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver have been given the strongest platform possible to promote and develop their trades. There is no shortage of shine and shimmer from the moment you enter the opulent Goldsmith’s Hall and the immediate impression is inevitably one of wealth and success. Gold leaf on the ceilings, champagne in the bars and the finest silver flashing luxuriously across display cabinets. Only time will tell whether all that glitters turns out to be gold but

London Treasures - Silvia Weidenbach Residency At The V&A

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

Annie Haak Launches New Season Collection

Whether holidaying to a far-flung exotic location or heading for a romantic weekend away, catching that chilled festival vibe or catching up with friends, the Annie Haak Heavenly Collection of beautifully hand-crafed pieces will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.  Mixing marble and turquoise beads with sterling silver, gold and rose gold, the delectable selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings guarantee that you will shimmer with style in the sunshine. Subtle seasonal shades of pink, cream and mauve are sure to brighten any day and outfit, working wonderfully together with delightfully dainty charms and pendants. Featuring new

Micro and Macro Inspired Jeweller Debuts at LFW

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

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

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

Call for Applications: New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition

New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition Launches Call for Entries: The   Fairtrade Gold Design Awards About the Awards Created by ethical fine jeweller Ingle & Rhode with the support of the Fairtrade Foundation, the Awards aim to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst people who are the future of the jewellery industry, whilst helping to identify and promote new up-and-coming talent. Who Can Enter? The Awards will accept entries in four categories: Students in Further Education Students studying in the UK full time on a Level 2 or 3 course related to the jewellery industry. Undergraduates Students registered on an

Angela Gillies Sees Winning Design Hallmarked In London

Currently  studying Jewellery and Metal Design at the University of Dundee  Angela Gillies, winner of  the 2017 Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Design Award has had her winning piece hallmarked by the London Assay Office. Angela’s winning piece entitled ‘Nestled’ has been cast and was taken to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked and stamped with the Fairtrade mark last week. Made in Fairtrade 18ct white gold and set with a 0.5ct round brilliant cut Canadian diamond, Angela’s ring is designed to allow a wedding ring to tuck in underneath the feather, so that the two rings will sit

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance Achieves First African Fairtrade Certified Mine Status

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa. In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe

Welcoming A Bespoke Beauty: Vaessen | Walker

March has arrived in all its glory and as Spring begins to sprinkle her beauty upon the world, new jewellery brand Vassen | Walker have planted their roots in the jewellery world; blossoming with their  debut jewellery collection ALLORA. Louise Vaessen-Walker is the creative and founding director behind the contemporary jewellery and tableware brand where h er innovative collections have received much recognition both nationally and abroad. Louise has been commended in receiving a number of awards in both design and craftsmanship, most notably the London Assay Office Special Gold Award, and the 3D Innovative Technology Design Gold Award from

Pandora’s Green Profile Soars

New environmental study shows that the impact on the environment can be reduced significantly when using recycled silver and gold as well as man-made stones. In order to further minimize the Company´s impact on the environment and meet consumers' expectations for ethical jewellery, Pandora focuses more on green production facilities. The recently released Pandora Ethics Report 2016 reveals a strong commitment to high ethical standards throughout the company´s value chain. A new and independent environmental study carried out for  Pandora shows that the impact on nature can be reduced to less than 5 percent when using recycled gold and silver

Marco Bicego Present New Paradise Chalcedony Collection

Marco Bicego bring to market a new sophisticated interpretation of their Iconic Paradise collections inspired by the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea founded on inspiration from the Sardinian coastline. While swimming in the Mediterranean waters of the Sardinian coastline, Marco Bicego found inspiration for his Paradise collection in the crystalline reflections of sunlight on the clear sea. A joyous mix of delicate gold chain, hand engraved gold beads, and colorful gemstones combined together to create one of Marco Bicego’s most iconic collections.   For this season Marco has updated the Paradise collection by replacing the colourful gems with luxurious

News Edit: 5 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures BBC: Police in Sweden have launched a manhunt after thieves swiped some of the country's crown jewels from a cathedral and escaped by speedboat. bbc.com Jewellery thefts that shocked the world BBC: We take a look at some of the world's other audacious jewellery thefts. bbc.co.uk   'Priceless' 2,800-year-old 'royal gold jewellery' stash boasting some 3,000 items is found inside a burial mound in remote Kazakhstan mountains Daily Mail: An astonishing stash of 2,800-year-old gold jewellery has been unearthed by archaeologists in Kazakhstan.

News Edit 25 March 2018

A round up of this week's news... Sexual harassment fightback gathers pace in jewellery industry Financial Times: The trade is facing its #MeToo moment after stories of degrading behaviour emerge       Meet Elizabeth von der Goltz, the woman behind Net-a-Porter's digital jewellery revolution The Telegraph: On any given morning, the majority of commuters will be heads down, staring into their smartphones.                Chopard becomes first luxury jeweller to commit to 100% ethical gold Harper’s BAZAAR: As of July 2018 the luxury jeweller will stop using any gold that's not sourced sustainably     

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

Riding the Cool Blue Wave

There's something about the charm of Summer that makes adding a splash of colour seems like the look du jour, right?   We saw this trend make headlines in 2018 but it seems that turquoise jewellery is back under the spotlight again with a twist and a nod to ocean tones. Rich and decadent, blue combines the fresh beauty of modern vibrancy with the style of antique charm. Reinvented and reprised, this nod to the oceans takes vintage classic shapes and combines it with splashes of gold, silver and diamond accents. Historically, turquoise blue is believed to be a powerful

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

Gilbert Collection Residency

The Victoria & Albert Museum is inviting applications for a residency responding to the V&A’s Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. Intricate craft and a sense of wonder characterize many of the works collected by Sir Arthur Gilbert and his first wife Rosalinde during the second half of the twentieth century. This is particularly true for those masterpieces that play with the idea of the minuscule: from small gold boxes to painted enamel miniatures, from the ornamental details of silver to micromosaics. About the Residency The V&A is looking for residency proposals that draw on this fascination with virtuoso artistry on

New Year, New Hoops!

It's no news that hoops were huge for 2016 and for the new year, the trend loops back around with a sweeping update! Look to Anissa Kermiche for double hoops with perfectly balanced pearls or why not try Dinny Hall's intertwined Twist hoops in gold or silver for 'a twist' on a traditional classic... www.anissakermiche.com www.dinnyhall.com [All Photos sourced & Copyrighted to Anissa Kermiche, Dinny Hall] Author:  Published: 

Wrap it Up , Studio Fusion Gallery - London

Christmas is such a special time of year and knowing that, we at Studio Fusion Gallery are again presenting an exciting and diverse collection of jewellery and objects for you to choose from. So for something from the accessibly priced to a unique collectable, look no further than this curated selection showing design, originality and skill. From the decorative to the functional, in a variety of materials from leather to gold, we are sure that you’ll be able to find that perfect gift amongst the work from some of the top designers in the country. And if you want a

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

Due to the retirement of a very experienced and valued member of our team we now have a position for a highly experienced and qualified jobbing jeweller or hand made mounter. The successful applicant will have completed a five year apprenticeship and have at least another five years experience as a working jeweller with references to support. The job will require working knowledge of all precious metals, ie, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Together with a comprehensive understanding of precious and semi precious stones and their characteristics from a working point of view.

News Edit:15 August 2021

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

A Fresh New Look For The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust

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

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

Elements 2018

Call for Applications: Fifth Elements Festival 2020 Applications for the 2020 Elements Festival are now open. The sixth Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold will be held 6th-8th November 2020 at the stunning Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms in the heart of Edinburgh. Applications close 2nd March 2020. Please visit our website www.elementsfestival.co.uk to find our new digital application and more information. Follow us at @incorporationofgoldsmiths on Instagram and Incorporation of Goldsmiths on Facebook to learn more. Stay tuned for more updates as we plan for the year ahead! The Fifth Elements Festival The fifth Elements Festival of Jewellery,

Hugo Madureira’s Calypso Ring

Hugo Madureira’s Calypso Ring, featured on the September issues of Vogue’s cover, is made of 18K white gold, reconstructed coral, snowflake obsidian and diamonds. Part of the Kastellorizo Collection, it draws inspiration from Ancient Greek mythology -  Calypso - the goddess-nymph of the mythical island of Ogygia, promised Odysseus eternal youth and immortality in return of love. Hugo was born in Porto in 1982. He studied product design, jewellery making and visual arts in Portugal and Finland. He moved to London in 2012 where he honed his skills in the jewellery sector, creating pieces for European jewellery brands. The launch

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

Corporate Meets Colour in MAYA Gemstones' 'Out of Office' Collection

MAYA Gemstones new collection puts the fun into paperwork. A homage to stationary, the collection reimagines dull desk-fodder into bright, wearable jewellery. Breaking through an abundance of autumnal rust and russet, bright neon dances and reflects shiny yellow and white gold.  Decorated with sapphires, rubies and diamonds, earrings are bent into geometric shapes, evoking the modest paperclip, or straight bars encrusted with the neon pink lead of a pencil. Bracelets etched with increments of measure glint neon on the inside and out.  Sharp use of neon juxtaposes the mundanity of the everyday objects it decorates. The youthfulness of colour evokes

News Edit: 9 November 2019

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

Q&A: Sooryia Tharayil and Hina Israr

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

News Edit: 24 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Why the super-rich are investing in diamonds and rare gemstones in lockdown The Telegraph: Amid economic uncertainty, the super-rich are looking to ultra-rare precious gemstones as a 'safe' store for their wealth. telegraph.co.uk In a pandemic, why are collectors splashing out millions on jewellery online? CAN Luxury: Despite the current climate, collectible jewellery sales are soaring at online auctions, with collectors having no qualms about purchasing pricy jewels sight unseen. channelnewsasia.com Stellar Price of Gold Might Dent Jewelers’ Profits This Year WWD:

Contemporary Jewellery at Milano Jewelry Week

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

Couple Get Engaged With A Ring Made Exclusively From The Smartphones That Brought Them Together

A couple have got engaged using a ring made exclusively* from the smartphones they credit with bringing them together, in a world-first proposal. The ring, created by O2 Recycle to celebrate its 10 anniversary – in partnership with bespoke sustainable jeweller, Lylie’s – has been made from the couple’s recycled iPhone 5s smartphones. The ring is made from the handset speakers and microphones that James and Hayley used for whispering sweet nothings to each other, the cameras they used for selfies and video chat when living apart, and a gold band created using the very circuit boards that kept those

First Minister wears COP26 brooch

The  City of Glasgow College  ran a competition during Lockdown linked to their HND Jewellery students coursework to design a brooch for the First Minister  Nicola Sturgeon  to wear to COP26. It was to be based on rising sea levels as an effect of Climate Change. The winning brooch was designed by a first year student Aileen Dickie-Adams, inspired by the Corryvreckan whirlpool in Scotland, the 3rd largest in the world. Vipa Designs designs kindly cast her brooch using ethical materials and Aileen, alongside the college's Lecturer Maciej Sankowski, hand finished the brooch, adding the layer of Fairtrade Gold. The

Jobbing Jeweller (Mounter Repairer), The London Art Works - London

The role Jobbing Jeweller  (Mounter Repairer) The London Art Works London The London Art Works is a high end jewellery manufacturer creating fine jewellery for some of the most prestigious retailers in the country. We are expanding our workshop team and would like to recruit a talented Jobbing Jeweller (Mounter Repairer) to undertake all aspects of jewellery repair, including ring sizing, jewellery alterations and restoration work. Our ideal candidate will have considerable experience in the repair and alteration of fine quality diamond and gem set jewellery in both gold and platinum. With great bench skills and knowledge of laser welding,

How To Access We Are Jewellery Live: Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Storytelling

How To Access We Are Jewellery Live:  Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Storytelling On Tuesday 23rd March at 1 pm, in direct streaming on Italian Exhibition Group’s Jewellery Golden Cloud which is already accessible to operators to favour on-line business networking and discover the participating companies’ profiles. Anticipation is growing for WE ARE Jewellery, the b2b event in live streaming created by Italian Exhibition Group which, on 23rd March at 1 pm on the oroarezzo.it web channel, will video-display the latest Made in Italy jewellery collections to international buyers logged on from the main gold and jewellery markets of reference. The latest proposals from 32 exhibiting companies,

Central Saint Martins’ graduate selected as a Bright Young Gem

Jeweller who hand carves gemstones, Isla Gilham, has been selected as one of IJL’s Bright Young Gems for 2019. Gilham graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2018 and has since set up her own workshop in Somerset where she has continued to create precious gem set pieces with playful twists. Jewellery has been described as “delicious, tempting and good enough to eat”. The work plays on this narrative. Isla hand carves ‘bites’ from an array of juicy and enticing gemstones and creates gold plated silverwork that also appears to have been tasted, scattered with crumbs and twisted in the haste

Annoushka Launches new Lovelock & Lovelink designs

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

News Edit: 21th February 2021

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

Sievert Professional Torch Kit

Sievert Professional Torch Kit  The kit includes the following: Ergonomic Sievert Pro 86 torch handle  Fixed 2 bar regulator for propane gas  Two metre hose with threaded fittings  Neck tube 3511  8mm needle burner  32mm heavy burner 2942  Please note this torch operates on propane gas.  This torch is suitable for jewellery heating and soldering and suitable for all precious metals and metal clay.  These were previously purchased by myself only one owner and originally purchased on Cookson Gold.  Cost: £170.00 Location: Hertfordshire   Contact details:  amymayjewellery@gmail.com   07803570876

MASieraad 2021/2

Call for Applications: MASieraad H-A 2021-2022 - Challenging Gold  Master’s degree in Visual Arts specialization, Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing and a certificate MASieraad H-A December 2021 -  Hasselt Belgium What is MASieraad MASieraad takes a broad view of jewellery. Questioning jewellery critically as art or design is essential for the future of the jewellery profession. MASieraad recognizes the making of jewellery, in its intimate, symbolic, human and material facets, as a learning model for contemporary design in a broad sense. The initiators Gijs Bakker, Ruudt Peters and Ted Noten, represent 50 years of contemporary Dutch jewellery design at its best, while

Silversmith, Wild Fawn Jewellery - London SE16

The role Freelance Silversmith Wild Fawn Jewellery London SE16  Wild Fawn is a jewellery brand with a difference, creating beautiful timeless jewellery accessible to everyone & handmade to be worn everyday. Each piece is designed & made slowly, individually & ethically in London using recycled Sterling Silver & solid 9ct Gold by our all female team. With plastic-free packaging, our jewellery is made using traditional silversmithing methods and causes no harm to people or the planet in the process, this makes each piece of our jewellery perfect for those who prefer a sustainable & environmentally aware lifestyle. We are currently

Casting Technician, Core Metals - Dublin, Ireland

The role Casting Technician Core Metals Dublin, Ireland Core Metals is a Irish jewellery wholesaler and manufacturer.   We are continuing to expand our business and are looking for an experienced person to join our team. Role Summary With a focus on casting to the highest standard and completing our customer orders each week, Core Metals are looking for the successful candidate to have at least two years casting experience.  The role will include casting, wax injecting, treeing-up, investing, and burn-outs. Essential Skills Experienced in either vacuum casting or centrifugal casting Have an understanding of the metallurgy of silver and gold alloys Have a

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

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

Giovanni Corvaja Talk, Sarabande Foundation

Inspiration Series | Giovanni Corvaja in conversation with Russell Cassleton Elliot Sarabande Foundation, London 5 November 2019 Turning gold into fibre and building a Laboratory High Vacuum Chamber in his studio; Giovanni Corvaja may as well be dubbed the Jesus of Fine Jewellery. Bringing novel and bewildering approaches to his craft and the world of jewellery, and adding 'inventor' and 'innovator' to his extensive list of accolades, Giovanni will be joined by Russell Cassleton Elliot.   A truly fascinating and inspirational conversation awaits you all - tickets are limited so don't miss out! Not many can say they’ve mastered the art

News Edit: 7th February 2021

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

Spring into Colour

With what feels like most of the world working from home these days, many of us are going to have a lot more time on our hands. More time stuck indoors in our pyjamas may well be disastrous for the old waistline but does give plenty of opportunities to swat up on the spring runway jewellery trends! Between clothing, accessories, furniture and makeup trends, Spring's jewellery trends are by far the most fun and adventures to play with. As new collections are released every week, we're seeing designers forgo the single-use of gold and silver for an explosion of colour

Polar Bears and Melting Ice – Jewellery of Climate Change and Conservation

Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest gold, silver and jewellery will include collections that combine beauty and exquisite craftsmanship with ethical and environmental issues. The event, which is organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull and runs from 8 to 10 November, will feature more than 50 high quality designers and makers from across the UK. Among them is Burntisland-based Sally Grant, whose pieces will include one featuring a garnet that is among the first stones brought to market by Moyo Gemstones, a women’s mining collective in Tanzania. Sally,

Virtual Window Shopping: Jewellery 2020

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

VICENZAORO 2019

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

Stellar line up set for IJL 2019

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

Artist Jeweller John Moore named IJL Jeweller of the Fair 2019

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

Maya Gemstones Launches Mini Collection

Triangle Power is the true symbolisation of love, truth, strength and protection Introducing Triangle Power, a brand-new mini collection from  Maya Gemstones , which comprises of bold and beautiful earrings and a striking pendant.  Both pieces are made of 18ct white gold, with mini round-cut diamonds and a glistening ‘Maya cut’ Amethyst - the stone of protection, purification, and healing – which is also said to instil a sense of calm in the wearer.   The brand will also be launching smaller versions of the pieces in Aquamarine, a stone that symbolises “letting go” and “rebirth” – its Latin name means

Vicenzaoro January – The Jewellery Boutique Show 2020

Vicenzaoro January The Jewellery Boutique Show (VOJ), the international show of reference for the gold and jewellery world, at its Expo Centre in Vicenza opened on Friday. 1,500 brands will be exhibiting at Vicenzaoro January – representing the entire production chain – organized into communities based on positioning and target to make it easier for traders and buyers from over 130 different countries to tour the show. The event will opened with the much-awaited seminar organized by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, entitled “Size is important. Responsible, sustainable supply and SMEs ”. VISIO.NEXT, also was staged on the opening day,

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

VICENZAORO 2020

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

Gecko debuts more than 200 new lines at IJL 2019

Gecko Jewellery will take International Jewellery London by storm with more than 200 new lines across just five collections, delivering on their commitment to provide customers with commercial design and consistent newness.  As well as the addition of a further 39 new lines to the Elements Gold collection, which grew by 140 pieces in June, Gecko will also add 70 new lines each to both Elements Silver and Fiorelli, with Diamonfire growing by 30 pieces and select items, including zodiac pendants and 18 th /21 st  pavé-set birthday discs added to the Beginnings range. Commenting on the increased piece count,

What Follows

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

Opals given the spotlight at IJL by Prism Design

Prism Design has announced the launch of a range of exciting new boulder opal designs for Milburn & Ley. The boulder opals were mined by the company’s partners, Barbara and Edi of  The Opal Cutter , Barbara has been mining since 1984 in Coober Pedy and more recently Koroit. The close partnership means that Prism knows exactly where the opals have been sourced and that they have been responsibly mined. The company admits that it is really excited to show its one-of-a kind designs set in gold and its comprehensive collection of loose boulder opals on offer. Milburn & Ley,

I'm Working On It!

Maya Selway pledges in association with Fair Luxury to work towards making a positive change within the jewellery industry and use business as a force for good in 2021. Maya Selway Fine Jewellery has taken the next steps in moving towards being a business that nurtures a more sustainable environmental and social future by pledging with Fair Luxury to create jewellery that is handcrafted using only recycled gold, diamonds and sustainably sourced pearls. The first of these pieces have been added to her timeless Held collection and can be viewed as a capsule group at Tomfoolery in Muswell Hill as

Birmingham Assay Office launch optional rainbow mark

The Birmingham Assay Office has announced the launch of its special Rainbow Logo mark which has been created to be applied as an optional mark alongside the hallmark and date letter for 2020. The Rainbow Logo will be available for a limited period from the 1st July until December 2020. The mark depicts the iconic Rainbow symbol that has become synonymous during the current pandemic. The mark will be applied with the date letter “V” in combination with a statutory hallmark and can be lasered on gold, silver, platinum or palladium.  It can also be applied as a standalone logo

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

The World’s First Functional Bitcoin Watch

A combination of luxurious craftsmanship and technical innovation, the Vanguard Encrypto by Franck Muller is the world's first functional Bitcoin watch.  While the watch serves not only its purpose of telling time but also acts as a gateway to accessing the millennial gold of this era, the cryptocurrency. About Bitcoin Bitcoin, a well-known digital currency, with no centralised bank, allowing peer-to-peer transactions without a 'middle-man'. The software for Bitcoin was implemented in 2009, as open-source code.  Since then, it's captured the imagination of the press and the criticism of economists, with some calling it a 'speculative bubble', where asset prices

Unleash your Wild Side with Safari Jungle Jewellery

As we head further into the year, jewellery designers are already looking ahead to the warmer climates of Summer and the trends that will roar into the limelight and upgrade our jewellery A-game! The first trend we're shining a spotlight on? Safari-inspired wild animals.  Designers have gone wild by bringing some animal magic to our jewellery boxes with a whole host of jungle-inspired animals making their way onto many-a statement pieces. Wildlife collections have taken inspiration from the Savannah with gold snakes and gemstone encrusted crocodiles wrapping their way onto rings and earrings at Alex Monroe and Gucci while diamond-scattered

Vibrant meets Vintage in Fei Liu's new 'Victoriana' Collection

For Autumn Winter 2019 Fei Liu Fine Jewellery will launch their new 18ct gold ‘Victoriana’ collection, which will form as part of a campaign with their top ten retail partners.  Characterised by Fei Liu’s aesthetic of colour, three-dimension and femininity, the collection breathes new life into vintage inspired looks. The victorian-era stones are cut in two ways: the first being octagonal, popular in the Victorian Era, and the second is Octagonal, which is longer, giving it elegant appeal.  For the campaign, Victoriana will exclusively launch with ten chosen retail partners, and will be promoted through offline, on social media and through

Galactica - Jacqueline Cullen @ The Scottish Gallery

Galactica - Jacqueline Cullen The Scottish Gallery 29 June - 20 July 2019 It’s a coincidence that this month marks the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s Space Oddity and the Apollo 11 Moon landing - there is a also a space theme in the beautiful Galactica jewellery collection by Jacqueline Cullen.  Her Whitby jet and black diamond jewellery is exquisite; offset by her work in grey agate.  It really is out of this world! Jacqueline Cullen creates wearable, sculptural jewellery in 18ct gold featuring materials such as Whitby jet, black diamonds and agate. With diverse inspiration ranging from thunderous skies to

Randox Grand National 2021 trophy pays tribute to COVID pandemic key workers

The headline sponsor of the Randox Grand National has unveiled the trophy for the 2021 event with a tribute to key workers of the COVID-19 pandemic design and made by female silversmith Cara Murphy, the trophy was presented to the first female jockey winner of the Grand National on Saturday. Shown to the public for the first time on Saturday 3 April during ITV Racing’s Opening Show, the 2021 trophy has been designed for the second year by Silversmith Cara Murphy from Northern Ireland. The unique design of the silver and gold trophy, which includes illustrations of the COVID-19 virus on

News Edit: 17th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   West London jeweller named among UK’s 100 most inspirational female business owners S W Londoner: A West London jeweller has been named one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs. swlondoner.co.uk For the love of jewellery The News: Tasbih Qazi and Hafsa Zuberi have been designing exquisite jewellery since 2016. Their jewellery line – Esfir - offers statement gold-plated and silver pieces of jewellery - that embodies the modern woman. thenews.com.pk Quarterly jobs survey may be revived with a national scope Live Mint: The move is aimed

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

Playing with Pantone Colour of the Year: Living Coral

It's no new secret that this year's Pantone Colour of 2019 is full of warmth, nourishment and delicately captivating.​ Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the gorgeously natural and energising found in nature and it seems that jewellery designers alike have been swayed by its mesmerising charm. Coral blushed pieces have been spotted amongst the Spring/Summer collections giving a nod towards the playful and expressive elements of nature. Laced into designs of under the seas inspired pieces, taking centre stage as a colourful juxtaposition to sleek metal fastenings and a beautiful compliment to the warm of rose gold, coral is the colour

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

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

Homage to Earth: Hidden Treasures by Teresa Seabra

During one of her last visits to India, Teresa Seabra met an old man who had been collecting wonderful dendritic agates since his childhood. He then confided her with great sadness, that none of his successors cared about his treasure. She so decided to take some of them, working with these mysterious stones by combining them with others, with tiny Basra pearls and rough little diamonds writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Necklace: Hidden Treasures I, 2016 Oxidized silver, dendritic agates and crystal rock Necklace: Hidden Treasures II, 2016 Gold, dendritic agates and amber Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony,

Popular Demand Extends Silversmith Exhibition

The blockbuster summer exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Company - Grant Macdonald: International Silversmith has had an extension to its opening hours due to popular demand and visitor footfall. The exhibition documents five decades of Grant Macdonald design and excellence of craftmanship displaying the unique creativity, execution and entrepreneurism of the London based silversmithing house. Featuring an unrivalled quality of gold and silver items in contemporary designs and showcasing master craftsmanship to the highest order, the exhibition will now be open from Monday to Saturday from 5 July to the end of the exhibition run 26 July. This major exhibition documents

Jada Dubai launch £200,000 diamond encrusted shoe

Jada Dubai has launched a new collection that could happily solve a heap of 'What should I buy for Valentine's' dilemmas but cheapskates might like to look away now since the Maison's piece de resistance will cost just shy of £220,000. The “Imperative of Royalty” collection is a range of unique jewel encrusted high heeled shoes with the Masterpiece the first in the world to be bejeweled with 54 carats of white diamonds and 416,2 carats white sapphires.  A mix of yellow gold and platinum has been used inside and on the soles and having taken an entire year to

Style Buzz: Bejewelled Bugs

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

New ethical consultancy launched

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

Hatton Garden gang ordered to pay back £27.5 million

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

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

Zoe Davidson to unveil new ‘Spring Tides’ collection at upcoming Scotland’s Trade Fair

An Orkney-based jeweller will unveil her new Spring Tides collection at a Scottish Trade Fair this week. The striking new collection takes its inspiration from the sea-carved shorelines of the designers home-land; and sits amongst her previous collections as another tribute to Orkney’s unique landscapes: Saltaire, Barriers and Hoy Sound . The collection will launch with a selection of pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. Each piece consists of silver and combines Zoe’s signature fold-formed metalwork with contrasting gemstones, accents of gold and bold patina treatments; all handmade with great craftmanship and care from her Stromness-based Studio, open to visitors on

Ready to Wear: Karl Lagerfeld SS18 Launched

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

COSMIMA 2017

COSMIMA  The 13th annual showcase of contemporary jewellery and silverware from the COSMIMA collective 23 - 26 November 2017 Clerkenwell Gallery COSMIMA presents the latest handcrafted jewellery and silverware from nine leading UK designers. For the 13th show, the five fine jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective have invited two jewellers working in non-precious materials and two silversmiths to join them this November in Clerkenwell. One-off pieces in silver, gold and precious stones sit alongside compositions crafted using resin and enamel; all hand made in the UK, displaying an exciting array of processes and sculptural forms. All works will be

SIERAAD Art Fair 2018

Call for Applications: SIERAAD Art Fair  SIERAAD Art Fair is: a very special fair where artists from all over the world sell their jewellery directly and in person. SIERAAD Art Fair presents: unique, personally designed and crafted pieces of jewellery. Here, the emphasis is on jewellery as pieces of art in which ideas are packaged in materials such as rubber, textile, photos, plastics, wood or ceramics, as well as silver and gold. Also on display will be traditional pieces of art produced by contemporary silver and goldsmiths. Artist-designers from all corners of the globe, including highly talented emerging designers from

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

Keeping Time Never Looked So Good!

There's no other timeless piece in one's jewellery box than the classic wristwatch. Not long ago, the rage was to have  that  Michael Kors rose gold watch. However, it seems that 2019 is where keeping time has never looked so good, or diverse. Whether you are looking to add another treasure to your growing collection or making this Spring Season the time you invest in a timepiece, the market has never been so abundant with options. Looking for something chic and smart? Or maybe something bold and sparkly? How about dainty and delicate or classically practical? There's a wristwatch suited

Raw pearls debut new diamond and pearl collection at IJL

Raw Pearls, the south west based pearl supplier will launch a brand new fine diamond and pearl jewellery collection at this year's International Jewellery London. All of their diamond and pearl pieces are available set on 18ct white or yellow gold and many are available as earring and pendant sets. Raw Pearls have reacted to customer feedback, that they needed a broader range of diamond set pearl pieces so the father and daughter company are responding to this demand. The entire ragnge will be showcased at the event. Raw pearls can be fund on stand A70 in the fine jewellery

Dazzling debut for Leopard Awards

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

All the sparkle for a season of fun

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

Suppliers experience “best event in 15 years” at CMJ spring trade event

From record numbers through the doors to magic numbers on stage, this year’s CMJ spring trade event turned out to be “the best event in 15 years,” according to suppliers who attended. Held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 17 and 18 February, the event saw more than 100 retail member businesses and more than 80 jewellery and watch suppliers make the journey to Birmingham to network, discuss latest trends and to enjoy an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Robert Day of Allied Gold was just one supplier to praise the event. He said: “This has been the best CMJ

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

VICENZAORO 2018

For centuries, the city of Vicenza and its surroundings have been synonymous with excellence in gold and jewellery. Vicenza today is an unrivalled international hub for the sector, hosting events and offering a multitude of services that cater for every aspect of the jewellery business.  Underpinned by technical expertise and a sense of artistry that spans generations of passionate artisans. As a worldwide planner and event organizer, Fiera di Vicenza continues to help jewellery operators prosper from the shifting gravity of international markets.  New alliances have been made with leading jewellery trade partners in Asia, the Middle East and the

London-based online jewellery retailer, jewellerybox, partner with recycling app, reGAIN

Jewellerybox's partnership with recycling app reGAIN is set to benefit both their customers and the environment.  The online retailer, based in South-London, are all about crowd-pleasing.  Concieved in 2014, their  raison d'être is to bring customers real jewellery at costume prices. The staggering range of over 10,000 pieces, fashioned from sterling silver and 9ct gold, are available to customers in over 100 countries world-wide, offering same-day delivery to customers in London. The app, reGAIN, allows customers to recycle unwanted clothing in exchange for exclusive retailer discounts. By posting  a minimum of 10 clothing items, using a printable free-post label or

Resonance Catherine Martin at The Scottish Gallery

Resonance - Catherine Martin The Scottish Gallery 2 August - 1 September 2018 The Scottish Gallery welcomes back Catherine Martin for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018. Designer-goldsmith Catherine Martin was the first ever westerner to graduate in Kumihimo – the ancient Japanese art of braiding. She later developed the Asian art into a painstaking weaving of fine gold wire by hand. The resulting silken jewels are breathtaking in their sensual play of light and form. As a professional musician and singer, Martin allows the fluidity of music to influence her pieces. Each design element flows with finesse from her instinctive

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

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

Elements 2018

Call for Applications: Elements 2018 Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold is returning to Edinburgh from 19-21 October 2018. Following the great success of its first three years, Elements 2018 will see the finest jewellers and silversmiths from across the UK come together for Scotland’s only selling fair of contemporary jewellery and silver, an exhibition, and a series of events. Where Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR When 19-21 October 2018 Application Deadline Midnight, 4 March 2018 Eligibility requirements To be eligible to exhibit at Elements, you must meet the following criteria: Currently living and

A pure white avant-garde ceramic jewelry by Raluca Buzura

Raluca Buzura found herself dialoguing with ceramic while expressing her visual interpretation of sculpting the nature writes Ilaria Ruggiero. She comes from the installation field and something very scenographic remains on her approach. The nature is her most important source of inspiration, as everything ranging in everyday life. Her work is a translation in porcelain of her personal experiences, trying to obliterate these traces during the process by simplifying the boundaries between real and abstract, in a swirl of textures and structures from which are foreseen flashes of gold. A mix of very different stylistic contributions merged together allows her to

One Drop Plus One Drop Makes One Drop

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

Green with Envy

There's no denying that a flash of green has something of the 'wow' factor.  Fresh, vibrant, energetic and charmingly mysterious, expect pops of this  stone to make a   this fall. From deep jewel tones of charm to zingy flashes of tropical greens, there's a  colour and style of green envy  jewellery for every personality out there. Wear it bold and bodacious as head-turning showstoppers or as chic and subtle hints of colour  in everyday attire.  From left to right : Gold Green and Blue Charm Necklace , Green Stone Thin Bracelet , Green Drop and Crystal Ring , Emerald and Diamond Choker

Kohatu + Petros

Kohatu + Petros Known and loved by the residents of the Marylebone area, Kohatu + Petros Jewellery will be launching the Autumn/Winter 18 jewellery collection at the pop up at 67 York St with a focus on statement necklaces, earrings and bracelet cuffs. This season accessories are mega strong and bold with a sense of laid back luxury: Seventies hues: camel, rust and yellows are given a modern twist by accessorising with long chunky gold chain necklaces. Antique rose with sage green highlights in the form of bold asymmetrical semi precious stone collars and long rope necklaces complement the new

Could 2018 mark new crypto era for UK jewellers?

Attempts to persuade UK gold dealers and jewellers to embrace the cryptocurrency Dash in their business plans in 2018 could enjoy a surge of activity following the award of 'wallets' of digital cash to 10 jewellers around the country. As part of a project to promote wider use of digital currency among retailers, a market survey, conducted in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers last November, asked 2200 NAJ about their plans for the future use of Dash, an alternative to Bitcoin. A total of 201 companies responded, including some of the largest UK firms in the sector, many of them

Appointment: Victoria Waugh Announced as Women’s Jewellery Network First Ethics and Sustainability Ambassador

The Women’s Jewellery Network, the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, today announces Victoria Waugh as its first UK Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability. Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members. Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical

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

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

Scotland’s art colleges sign up to Ethical Making Pledge

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths celebrated a major milestone in its drive to make Scotland the world leader in ethical silverware and jewellery by gathering Scotland's jewellery colleges at its symposium and adopting an 'Ethical Making Pledge'. Representatives of Scotland’s leading art colleges offering HND and degree level courses in jewellery and silversmithing gathered last week at an international symposium and put their names to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths’ Ethical Making Pledge designed to help the country become a world leader in ethical gold and silver work. The move reflects a growing determination among makers, designers, educators and consumers to demand

Redefining Luxury: Saatchi Gallery Showcases Karen Westland's Fairmined 'Transmissive Vessel'

In another victory for the battle for responsible design, Karen Westland's Fairmined Silver Vessel was exhibited as part of Collect 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This marks the first time a luxury item of silverware, with such high ethical standards, had been showcased at the international art fair for modern craft and design. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold and silver from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. A Fairmined licensee since 2017, Westland worked closely with suppliers to design a silver item which best utilised the Fairmined

'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

Gioielli In Fermento Award 2019

Call for Entries: Gioielli In Fermento 2019 Award Student Award Undergraduate and Below - Learning Section Eligibility - For students attending secondary art schools, craft schools or first level in any course of studies of art, jewellery design, gold / metalsmithing, or related disciplines (student attendance to be confirmed by teacher / school and sent with submission).  Applicants must not have taken part in previous editions of Gioielli in Fermento – professional section. Entry can be a design dossier (sketches, drawings, cad, prototypes) and or a finished workpiece – interpretation free or inspired to the annual theme (according to the

SIERAAD 2018

SIERAAD a very special fair where artists from all over the world sell their jewellery directly and in person to shops, galleries and consumers SIERAAD Art Fair presents; unique, personally designed and crafted pieces of jewellery Here, the emphasis is on jewellery as pieces of art in which ideas are packaged in materials such as rubber, textile, photos, plastics, wood or ceramics, as well as silver and gold. Also on display will be traditional pieces of art produced by contemporary silver and goldsmiths. Artist-designers from all corners of the globe, including highly talented emerging designers from internationally acclaimed academies, will

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

All About That Pink

The jewellery world is taking an effortlessly chic and charmingly stylish hint towards sugar-coated tones of feminity. So what is this colour that's sweeping across new season collections? Think Pink! Trend setters all over have embraced this romantic trend with all things feminine and fun and full of whimsical charm. From pretty sherbert pinks, rich raspberry, pale rose hints to delicious candy floss hues, designers have had fun combining exquisite craftmanship with playful colour spectrum combinations and design. The dainty and delicate array of pinks currently on trend delight when paired with the vintage feel of rose-gold, lending a ladylike

COSMIMA 2018

COSMIMA  London Craft Week showcase of contemporary jewellery and silverware from the COSMIMA collective 9 - 12 May 2018 67 York Street, London W1 For London Craft Week, COSMIMA presents the latest handcrafted jewellery and silverware from seven leading UK designers. The five fine jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective have invited two silversmiths to join them in showing at the 67 York Street gallery in London’s Marylebone. One-off pieces in silver, gold and precious stones, all hand made in the UK, will be on show and for sale from 9 – 12th May, and visitors will have the chance

NU & MII Brand launched by sisters

Designers and sisters Anoushka and Mimi have launched the eponymous jewellery brand ‘NU & MII’. The 54-piece collection of 925 Sterling Silver and 14ct Gold Plated pieces featuring unique bangles, rings, earrings and necklaces. The design duo’s vision is for a girl who wears just the right amount of class and edge, she shouts simplicity with attitude; with this unique and versatile collection. The sister’s debut range named the ‘ Abundance Collection’ is inspired by their travels and close-knit family ethos. Reflections of these can be seen throughout the collection, particularly with the Star Pendant and St Christopher Pendant Necklace.

Fabergé create limited surprise locket for Chinese New Year

Fabergé have launched a new egg in time for Chinese Year. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The modern interpretation draws from its famous Heritage Collection. The new additiion, the 'Palais Tsarskoye Selo Dog Locket' features red guilloché enamel and round white diamonds, set in 18 karat yellow gold. The locket opens to reveal a golden dog with dazzling diamond eyes, in honour of Chinese Year of the Dog, 2018.  The Heritage Collection draws inspiration from Fabergé’s original jewelled masterpieces, capturing their refinement, cultural richness and technical perfection. The 'Palais Tsarskoye Selo Dog Locket' is a limited edition of

Grant Macdonald Exhibition opens at Goldsmiths Hall

The lifetime achievement thus far of silversmith Grant Macdonald has been documented by way of a summer blockbuster exhibition at the traditional home of Gold and Silversmiths – Goldsmiths’ Hall. The exhibition opened with a private view for an array of clients and industry colleagues at the Hall in April. This exhibition of work celebrates five decades of the finest craftsmanship and explores the extraordinary creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of this London silversmith.  The exhibition tells the story of Grant Macdonald's life and work by displaying some of the many remarkable pieces that have been made over the years on

Chopard unveils the first creations in a shimmering collection for the red carpet in 2018

This week as Basel opened, and as the Cannes International Film Festival approaches, the High Jewellery workshops of the Maison Chopard have showcased some of the forthcoming pieces which they have been giving life to as a splendid collection dreamed up by Caroline Scheufele. An anthem to femininity and beauty, these exceptional jewellery creations will adorn the greatest actresses on the red carpet, making Chopard an inescapable lodestar when it comes to glamour.  Partnering the Cannes Festival for 20 years, the Maison annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.  While the High Jewellery ateliers are hard

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

Signet Jewelers Confirmed for 4 Consecutive Years as “Conflict Free”

Signet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewellery, recently submitted its fourth consecutive Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC in accordance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Signet was one of only four companies to have its Gold “Conflict-Free” filing with the SEC independently audited in line with the Section 1502 requirements in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Now Signet has extended its “Conflict-Free” reporting under Section 1502 for a fourth consecutive year. Signet believes that a responsible, conflict-free supply chain is fundamental to the reputation of the jewellery industry. Signet is, therefore, committed to continuing our longstanding

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

Weston Beamor’s Katy Tromans Exhibition Feature

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

Goldsmiths' Fair Set to make a Sparkling Return

This month sees the highly anticipated return of an ever more stylish Goldsmiths’ Fair, the leading luxury destination to view and buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers.  Staged at Goldsmiths' Hall,  the 35th edition of the Fair features: 126 of the most exciting established and emerging gold and silver designer-makers Special exhibitions including a cutting-edge video installation A programme of engaging design talks and tours The prestigious Best New Design Awards This Year's Theme Precious Mysteries, the theme of this year’s Fair, alludes to the alchemy of traditional skills and innovative design that is

Jessica's winning hydrangea depicts Hockley Mint's growth

Jessica Mead, a designer at independent retailer Page Fine Jewellery in Cambridge, struck on the idea of a climbing hydrangea to depict Hockley Mint’s 25 years in business and swept to victory in their competition to mark the occasion Her winning design was made up of 25 leaves in sterling silver with Fairtrade gold elements and 25 0.01ct diamonds symbolising prosperity and vigour, the hallmarks of the Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer’s growth since it was established in 1992. “The idea behind using a hydrangea is that there is no stopping its potential for growth,” said Jessica, who previously worked as a

The Winchester and Alton Hoards, Winchester Discovery Centre - Winchester

Births, Battles and Beheadings is a stunning new exhibition celebrating the county’s glorious royal past at the Gallery in Winchester’s Discovery Centre. The exquisite Winchester Hoard was discovered in a field near the city in 2000, and consists of two sets of elaborate, Iron Age gold jewellery, each set comprising a necklace torc, bracelet and two brooches linked with a chain. This is only the second time that the hoard has been on display in its home county, and only the fourth time nationally since its discovery. Births, Battles and Beheadings is part of Royal Blood: The fight for power

Johnson Matthey PLC: 200 Years Of Inspiring Science and Sustained Innovation

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100 I ndex, celebrates its 200th  birthday this year. Now a global leader in science and te chnology  that makes the world cleaner and  healthier, the company was founded in London by Percival Norton  Johns on  in 1817 as a gold assaying  business. In the same year, the first bicycle was built, the sta tes  of Mississippi and Alabama were  created and the fifth President of the United States was  swor n in. In the UK, George III was King,  Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister, the first Waterloo Bridge was 

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue Gill Wing Jewellery The Gill Wing Jewellery Gallery were inspired by current events to create their ambitious first "Open Call" inviting international jewellers to show work inspired by Blue, a colour, once more expensive than gold! The gallery cast their net into the ether and gathered talent from across the planet to bring the most unusual blue jewellery to the people of London.  The exhibition and its selection has taken on a life of its own as the jewellery itself has dictated a feeling of unity and peace to the show through themes and diversity. Amidst the talents

Beyond The Blue

Call for Applications: Beyond The Blue “Any colour as long as it’s blue”  Resin & Pyrite "Hewn" Ring, Jade Mellor A colour once more precious than gold, blue pigment, has been highly prized as a status symbol where owning and displaying paintings in this intense shade was an opulent sign of wealth.  The original Ultra-Marine blue pigment was only achieved precious lapis lazuli from Afghanistan where it’s first use was seen in cave paintings.  The natural mineral was so vivid it was believed to be a piece of the sky fallen to Earth. Falling in love with blue over and

Domino’s Diamonds Scintillate at IJL

Domino’s recently refreshed ‘Scintillating Diamond’ collection was very well received at International Jewellery London earlier this month. The stunning earring and neckwear range features diamonds suspended on fine threads to create additional movement and sparkle. There are 46 individual designs, 37 of which are brand new for Autumn 2016. Pieces can be purchased as a suite, providing great add-on sales, or can be mixed and matched across the collection to suit individual style and taste. Available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold, this striking range features HSi certificated diamonds. So what are the reasons for the pull that this collection

Design a Pair of Silver Hoop Earrings

Jewellery Design Project:  Design a pair of silver hoop earrings for  Georgiana Scott’s THE HOOP STATION sister label We would like to give a young Jeweller the opportunity to pitch a design to us for our Christmas launch and the winning design would be put into our collection with immediate effect. About Us Our story is everyday luxury, effortlessly. 925 sterling silver collections which are made in Italy, freshwater pearl collections and a curated selection of 18 carat gold. Established in London in 1991, Georgiana Scott is one of the original boutique jewellery labels. We are known for accessible, ageless,

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

Celebrating Unconditional Love with Laal Motif

Introducing the Unconditional Love collection from Laal Motif; celebrating the unique bond between mother and child with a bespoke selection of bracelets and necklaces from cutting-edge design duo. The collection features finely sculpted charms of either a girl, boy, or both – elegantly finished in 18 carat white, yellow or rose gold; a delicate chain and clasp fastening and personalised initials in diamonds upon request. Pieces from the Unconditional Love collection make ideal gifts for mothers, especially those expecting. There are also adorable pieces from the collection which make a special present for children. Choose from a boutique selection of

Jewellery Ethics for the 21st Century - A Practical Workshop

Jewellery Ethics for the 21st Century - A Practical Workshop by The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and DJCAD at the University of Dundee This course is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery, Greg Valerio MBE & Ute Decker, and is about sustainability and ethical awareness. It is aimed at those involved in designing, making selling, learning or teaching jewellery and follows on from the Symposium the previous day. 1. What topics will we cover? The course will explain the ethical issues in jewellery making and the significance of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. You will learn about different approaches to ethical

Goldsmiths' Fair Launches 2017 Campaign

This autumn sees the highly anticipated return of an ever more stylish Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s leading luxury destination to view and buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers. Staged at the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, a stroll away from St Paul’s Cathedral, the 35th edition of the Fair features:              126 of the most exciting established and emerging gold and silver designer-makers; Special exhibitions including a cutting-edge video installation; A programme of engaging design talks and tours; The prestigious Best New Design Awards.   Precious Mysteries , the theme of this year’s

The New Original Collection: Designed by Ferrari, Crafted by Hublot

To celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection. Conceived with the same approach   used for   designing a car   at the   Ferrari Design Centre   and   integrating  Hublot's  watchmaking expertise, the  Techframe  Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon   Chronograph   opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites  Hublot  and Ferrari. The  Techframe  Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions   -King Gold,   PEEK   Carbon, and Titanium   -   each of which is produced in 70 limited editions.   It is destined

Thomson Reuters Reflects on Market Impact Since Brexit Vote

With Article 50 now officially triggered, Ross Strachan, from the GFMS Team at Thomson Reuters, provides his thoughts on the impacts seen in the precious metals market since the Brexit vote in June 2016. “In the precious metals market, the most substantial impact of the Brexit vote has been in the UK. Naturally part of this is due to the impact of political and economic uncertainty leading to purchases of precious metals and especially gold, but also important is the impact through the exchange rate. Namely, the impact of sterling’s 31-year lows against the dollar was that precious metal prices surged,

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

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

New launches signal a successful start to Spring Fair

Independent retailers and buyers from across the country gathered at Birmingham’s NEC  as the Spring Fair opened its doors. With thousands of suppliers showcasing everything from scented candles and artificial flowers to toys and kitchenware, as well as jewellery, the Spring Fair affirmed itself as a top destination to source products. And with hygge, velvet furnishings, faux-fur, marble and rose gold expected to be in-vogue this year there is no better place to identify merchandise to meet consumer demand. Over the four days of the fair retailers sought to identify products and trends that will help them succeed in 2017. The

Grant MacDonald: Timed To Perfection

The elegance of a Grant Macdonald timepiece imparts London-made luxury to the mantelpiece, tabletop or desk. The silversmithing house has launched a range of new designs in a portfolio of precious metals and design aethetics. Grant MacDonalds has launched a range of mantlepieces pieces designed as a generous symbol of refinement when given as a gift. The range includes Imperial Timepiece , standing half a metre high and honouring the 18th Century French Ormolu clock tradition, and King's Mantel  in sterling silver and 24 carat gold , as well as bespoke luxury clocks which can fit a range of customer requirements.

Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018

Call for Applications: Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018 The Sheffield Assay Office would like to invite applications to contribute to the Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018.  Eligibility To submit possible contributions, please supply one or two images of recent work that have passed through the Sheffield Assay Office, ideally in the last year, Image requirements An image minimum of 300dpi, jpeg format . Additional information We like to include a little interpretation to sit alongside the image. Please submit the following information: Title of the object, A brief description,  Material (Sterling Silver, Argentium, Britannia, Fine Silver, Gold, Platinum, Palladium) and other base

Ambassador Diamond Necklace Brought to Life

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

It's All In The Wrist

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

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition Hockley Mint invites designers to get creative. Hockley Mint, the Birmingham-based manufacturer, which is located in the heart of the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, is inviting jewellery designers to create a unique, one-off piece of jewellery that represents Hockley Mint’s standing in the industry and commemorates 25 years in business. Winning Design to be Made in Fairtrade Silver The winning jewellery piece will be made in Fairtrade silver and may contain elements of Fairtrade gold. It will be cast by Hockley Mint and unveiled at the International Jewellery London (IJL) show in September. It will then

Jacqueline Mina at 75, The Scottish Gallery

Jacqueline Mina at 75 The Scottish Gallery is delighted to be representing the eminent jeweller Jacqueline Mina during the Edinburgh International Festival, as part of The Scottish Gallery’s anniversary celebrating 175 years of art. Jacqueline Mina has been an important senior figure amongst The Gallery’s representation of contemporary jewellers. Jacqueline had her first solo exhibition with The Gallery in 1993 - Jacqueline Mina - New Work in Platinum and Gold and The Gallery has continued to show her innovative work ever since. We are therefore delighted to be celebrating Jacqueline Mina’s continued development of her beautiful jewellery in her 75th

Call for Applications: Contrasts Contemporary Jewellery Fair

The Contrasts Contemporary Jewellery Fair was first held at Rowlands Castle in 2009 and now runs annually in November each year. The 2016 Contrasts Contemporary Jewellery Fair will be held on the 12th November. There will be a wide variety of work on display from simple glass and leather items, through hallmarked sterling silver to gold and diamonds, so something for everyone. The Fair will have approximately 25 independent designer makers from the south of England. Date: 12th November 2016 Times: 10am to 4pm Venue: St. John’s Hall, Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle. PO9 6DF Exhibit You can see examples of

Ellie Air Jewellery, Firma: The Brand New Collection

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

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

Stella & Dot: Covet Collection

Stella & Dot, the global social-selling accessories brand have launched the Covet Collection, a new line of fine jewellery, luxury handbags and wallets to bring together a sense of bold and passionate style this fall/winter. The Covet Collection blends timeless beauty with unmistakable quality, and understated luxury with timeless silhouettes. The necklaces feature 14k gold and hand set diamonds (ethical and conflict-free) at highly competitive price points. The chain is custom developed and produced in the U.S. and can be worn at 4 different lengths. The Covet collection is a unique selection of everyday essentials, timeless elegance designed with a

Melanie Georgacopoulo: MOP Shell Collection

The MOP Shell collection crafted by Melanie Georgacopoula celebrates Mother of Pearl and its various beautiful colours, featuring seamless MOP diamond and emerald forms, paired with 18ct gold and freshwater pearls. Mother of Pearl, otherwise known as nacre is produced by mollusks as an inner shell layer, it also makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is a strong, resilient and iridescent material that has been used for thousands of years, mainly in the form of inlay. Natural Mother of Pearl has many different applications worldwide, in both expensive and inexpensive items. It can be commonly found in East

Appointment: Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE the first woman Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company

Wednesday 17 May marked the installation of trailblazing Londoner,    Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE,  as the first woman Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company. Judith has a background in academia, corporate strategy and business leadership, and her year as Prime Warden will launch the decade running up to the 700th Anniversary of the Company's first Royal Charter. At least £70m  will be gifted by the Livery Company and its Charity over the next 10 years in support of the gold and silversmiths’ trade, apprentice training and other charitable activities.   Recent projects include:   Funding the ‘Worship and Life’ section of

New Appointment Shatters 700-year Glass Ceiling

Wednesday 17 May marked the installation of trailblazing Londoner,    Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE,  as the first woman Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company. Judith has a background in academia, corporate strategy and business leadership, and her year as Prime Warden will launch the decade running up to the 700th Anniversary of the Company's first Royal Charter. At least £70m  will be gifted by the Livery Company and its Charity over the next 10 years in support of the gold and silversmiths’ trade, apprentice training and other charitable activities.   Recent projects include:   Funding the ‘Worship and Life’ section of

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

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

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

Assay Offices

By law all items sold as gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard of alloy proportionality for the precious metal they are being sold as. This can only be carried out by one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention. Here are where to find the four UK offices... Assay Office London Goldsmiths' Hall Gutter Lane London EC2V 8AQ www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk                 Birmingham Assay Office 1 Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AX theassayoffice.co.uk    

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

Truro and Penwith College

Rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in 2017 and Ofsted Outstanding in 2016, Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall.   Degree courses in Silversmithing and Jewellery help students to develop craftsmanship skills in areas such as

Anastazio Kotsopoulos | Handmade Jewellery

Anastazio distinguished himself early on as one of the youngest jewelry artists in Greece with his unique signature style which harmoniously contrasts industrial, gold netting backgrounds with softly framed sensual gemstones. The Greeks might have discovered him but then the world took notice. An arbiter of style, Vogue UK includes him in the roster of world talented jewelry designers. They, like many, appreciate his simple and delicate aesthetics, with the belief beauty in simplicity. Intricate details and exceptional craftsmanship make every piece a work of art. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greece, he designs his new collection with a woman’s beauty

Bloggers

We love a blog. Some are super stylish, some just have their finger on the pulse, and some are just plain enjoyable to read. Here is a list of our favorite jewellery blogs and bloggers... Ecommerce Gold  The idea for Ecommerce Gold came from running my other site The Haywood Life, which is all about helping businesses get online. But I wanted to create a website just focused on ecommerce platforms for UK businesses. www.ecommercegold.co.uk Adorn London www.adorn-london.com Anna Handmade Fine Jewellery www.annafinejewellery.co.uk Art Jewelry Forum artjewelryforum.org Cheryl Kremkow www.gemobsessed.com Cooksongold cooksongold.com Diamonds in the Library diamondsinthelibrary.com Gem Gossip gemgossip.com

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

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

News Edit:29 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The best vintage-inspired chunky gold jewellery The Times: It’s an easy instant update, starting at £3. By Annie Hertikova. thetimes.co.uk Sculptural simplicity is the order of the day at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair Wallpaper: Goldsmiths’ Fair’s annual showcase of contemporary jewellery is one of the highlights in the jewellery calendar wallpaper.com Chanel's New High Jewellery Collection Is Fit For Russian Royalty Tatler: Twinkling gemstones and decadent designs celebrate Russian tradition and splendour. Chanel's latest high jewellery line, called Le Paris Russe de Chanel, alludes to Gabrielle Chanel’s starry-eyed ties with

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: 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: 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,

21 GRAMS What’s the weight of our soul?

21 GRAMS is an experimental jewellery exhibition organized, curated and conceived by Ruudt Peters writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Guo Xin,  1 Gram - Rebound,  2018 Silver plated, stainless steel, jade Sun Jie, W ho are you,  2018 Golden paint, metal, resin Beginning in the 1970's, Ruudt Peters, a pioneering Dutch conceptual jewellery artist, challenged traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, materials and presentation. He defines himself as a philosopher and an alchemist, his pieces of jewellery being extensions of a person.  Peters Ruudt, L ast Breath,  2018 Silver Glass El-Asmar-Nedda,  Transit Vessel,  2018 24K gold Always challenging the

A demi-fine day for jewellery

The sky-high price of gold is giving rise to an exciting new 'demi-fine' market sector prompting big name brands in the UK and around the world to invest heavily in its growth for 2018. London department store Selfridges has become the latest retailer to get behind this new category,  investing 'significantly' in an expanded mid-range Spring Summer 2018 collection featuring among others Missoma, Charlotte Chesnais and Astley Clarke. Net-a-Porter has been doing demi-fine for a while and reports a 250% growth in demi-fine brands on their website while Pandora launched a new affordable collection for Spring Summer 2018 named ‘Shine’

Agustina Ros: A Glass Adventure

Agustina Ros is a young and promising glass jewelry artist who combines the sensitivity of art and the resolution of design. Born in Misiones, Argentina, she currently lives in Barcelona, the city where she has chosen to open her own studio with an international vision. Focused on the use of blown borosilicate glass, some pieces are then finished with metals such as gold and silver, and polished to improve the reflection of light. Her hungry desire to experiment, create and improve has already led her to receive several awards and to affirm the presence of her collections in international and creative contexts. Her creations are flexible interpretations of clean and organic forms, in which transparency represents the values of purity and originality.

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

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

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

Goldsmiths’ Fair Awards Best New Designs

Goldsmiths' Fair awarded two prizes during the event run this year, in weeks one and two for 'Best New Design'. Max Danger and Patrick Davison both won the acknowledgement for best new product with a selection of runners up in each week. Week One Winning piece: Honey Bee Cluster Ring by Max Danger Runners up: Mirror Brooch/Pendant by Zoe Arnold and Ishihara #1 Brooch by Andrew Lamb Announcing the prize, renowned design curator and consultant, Mary La Trobe-Bateman, drew attention to the charm, intricacy, and craftsmanship of Danger’s standout piece - a gold, black rhodium and natural yellow diamond piece of wearable

Publications

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

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