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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

Jessica Green

Meet Benchpeg's Social Media Manager. She heads up brand and strategy for our social channels.   Jessica Green Social Media Manager Jessica had been with Benchpeg for over a year now, and her understanding and comprehension of the brand and its raison d'être is second to none. Jess heads up our strategic brand planning and social media strategy. She is a third year Media and Communications student, and has a background in the Luxury Auto Industry. Jess is also the Funder / Editor of Gaming by Proxy, a blog for game appreciation: www.gamingbyproxy.com   Meet the rest of the team here . If you'd

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

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

August Birthstone: Pretty Peridot

Often called the evening emerald because of its light green colour, peridot is known as a symbol of strength. The mellow lime green stone of August is associated with peace, good fortune, prosperity and happiness as well as the famous poem,  " Wear a Peridot or for thee,  No conjugal fidelity,  The August born without this stone, `Tis said, must live unloved alone”. A rare-gem quality of variety of olivine, peridot is lustrous yellowish-green stone, also known as Chrysolite. Igneous in origin, peridot is formed deep inside the earth's mantle and surfaced through volcanic activity,  measuring a hardness of 6.5-7

Precious Peridot: The Birthstone of August

With a zesty lime-green glow and gorgeous olive undertones, Peridot is the striking birthstone for all those celebrating their birthdays in adventurous August! The gorgeous green vibrancy of Peridot is what sets it apart from all the gemstones aside from the fact that it is only one of a handful of gemstones that occurs in only one colour. Whilst peridot is famous for its Pantone 'greenery' hues, the plethora of green tones can vary quite dramatically. From pale mint greens, woody olive tones to sparkling bright lime highlights, the signature colour of peridot resides entirely from its internal chemical composition

Emily Blunt Dazzles The Red Carpet in a Ruth Tomlinson design

Yesterday evening English beauty Emily Blunt wowed the crowds at the premiere of her recent film ‘The Girl On The Train’ in Leicester Square, looking gorgeous in a heavily beaded Alexander McQueen gown paired with a Ruth Tomlinson ring. The Green Tourmaline and Diamond Ring with Granules was complemented by the baroque character and intricate embellishments of the floral gown while the jewel tones of the beading emphasised the deep green hue of the tourmaline perfectly. The red carpet was transformed into a train track for the event but Emily looked more like she was on a catwalk in the

Gemfields Recognised With The Chopard GCC Award

Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Creative Director of Swiss luxury jewellery and watch company Chopard, launched The Chopard Green Carpet Collection Award in Cannes last week. Mining organisations that have played a key role in  Chopard’s  Green Carpet Collections were present at the events. Livia and Colin Firth, together with Caroline  Scheufele , took this opportunity to honour  Chopard’s  strategic suppliers who all share the same social and environmental values, awarding them the  Chopard  GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice.  The awardees were: Gemfields ,  Kagem  mine , Zambia Lucara ,  Karowe  mine , Botswana Aurora Gems Pty

Alternative Wedding Showcase 2020, Tomfoolery

Alternative Wedding Showcase 2020 21 March - 2 May 2020 Tomfoolery, Muswell Hill, London Tomfoolery London’s 2020 Alternative Wedding Showcase has successfully launched its stunning collection of innovative jewellery lines. Hailed as the destination for alternative fine jewellery, this show promises to be an essential edit for the discerning bride or groom. Dates 21 March - 2 May 2020 Address 109 Fortis Green Road Muswell Hill London N10 3HP  www.tomfoolerylondon.co.uk 

Heritage Skills Festival 2017

Witness the skills, celebrate the heritage, come and have a go! For the first time ever the City of London Livery Companies and Lincoln Cathedral are joining together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral and other ancient buildings as well as keeping heritage and skills alive. Come and see and have a go. Displays both inside the Cathedral and on the East Green. On the Saturday afternoon, there will be an auction of work produced during the event by the City of London Livery Companies. Dates 23 – 24 June 2017 Venue Lincoln

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair 2021

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Saturday 5 June - Sunday 6 June 2021 10am - 5pm This summer, Dovecot will showcase 24 designers and makers in its world famous Tapestry Studio, offering visitors the opportunity to support our local creative economy. Taking place in Dovecot’s airy spaces, visitors will be able to safely browse the work of contemporary textiles, homeware, jewellery, beauty and accessories designers including Green Thomas, Anne Watson Jewellery, Emily Millichip and Tessuti Scotland. Committed to showcasing the best in contemporary art, craft, and design, Dovecot is delighted to provide a platform for the creative

#UnityInIsolation - A Virtual Exhibition - Needs You!

It was announced yesterday that the UK’s lockdown period is to be extended for a further three weeks. Whilst this undoubtedly comes as a disappointing blow to many, we all understand why it is necessary. However, small glimmers of prosperity are lighting the way through the mundanity of staying home, like small green shoots growing through cracks in concrete. For many, its been a time of renewed creativity and sense of community. The project we introduce you to today is at the cornerstone of both. Like it or loathe it, social media has been instrumental in connecting us whilst we cannot

Former George Ward School Site, Melksham

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

Diamonds Are Forever: The Birthstone of April

It's true that diamonds are a girl's (and guys) best friend, especially as those fortunate enough to be born in April have one of the most treasured birthstones in the gem world: Diamonds. Diamond Overview Diamonds attain the reputation of being most of the most prized and rare gemstones due to their level of toughness. In fact, diamonds are 58 times harder than any other mineral on Earth and can only be cut by another diamond. Diamonds are made from only one element: a pure carbon lattice which can occur in several colours including pink, yellow, red, green and blue.

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

Urban Makers Eco Market

Call for Applications: Urban Makers Eco Market We will be back  at the Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park this Spring on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. April 22nd is Earth day and to celebrate we are curating the market with a green agenda. The 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution so we would like to minimise all single use plastics as much as we can.  We know by it’s very nature that handmade is sustainable so we would like to highlight and celebrate this. We will will not only be selecting makers based on their unique designs but 

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery opens in Primrose Hill, London

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, one of the UK’s leading bespoke jewellery companies, has opened a new studio and shop on Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill. The location offers a unique lifestyle destination that will provide customers with the opportunity to discover bespoke jewellery within a cutting edge retail space and working design studio.  Recognised as an industry leading company, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has won over twenty UK and international awards for design, business, ethics and innovation and in 2016 was named Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. Just moments away from the green open

Gemfields reveal newly discovered ‘Inkalamu’ 5,655 carat emerald

Gemfields have revealed the discovery of ‘Inkalamu’, the Lion Emerald, a 5,655 carat Zambian emerald crystal with remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue which was uncovered early last month. Inkalamu was discovered at Kagem, the world’s largest emerald mine, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia (which belongs in turn to the Government of the Republic of Zambia). “The discovery of this exceptional gemstone is such an important moment both for us and for the emerald world in general” commented Elena Basaglia, Gemfields’ dynamic London-based gemmologist. “We are experiencing

Gemfields and Fabergé Unveil Laser Inscribed Emerald

Gemfields and Fabergé have unveiled what is believed to be the world’s first emerald, laser-inscribed with traceability information and a personalised message. The 4.11 carat, lively green emerald-cut gemstone was mined at Gemfields’ Kagem emerald mine in Zambia. The gem was then acquired and mounted by Fabergé as a custom-crafted item for the successful winner of a charity auction held by the charity mothers2mothers at Salma Hayek Pinault’s London home in November. As part of the prize, the winners will also travel to Gemfields’ Kagem mine in Zambia to see for themselves the very source of their unique emerald, as

Large Scale Art Installation, Boomtown Festival UK Ltd

Commissioning Opportunity for Large Scale Art Installation Boomtown Festival UK Ltd Boomtown Fair are looking for Artists who can interpret the following brief and submit proposals for a Large scale Outdoor Art Installation to be positioned up on a hilltop look out point looking out over the festival. The space is green field, an Area of outstanding natural beauty in the South Downs National Park. We would like a sculptural Art installation to contain the following elements Providing  welcoming safe space for festival goers to enjoy a moment of calm and reflection away from the hustle and bustle of the

Summer-ise Your Seasonal Style

Prep your jet-set summer staples with only one concern in mind this year: Make it unashamedly bright. Welcome to the season of fun all you sun-seekers! As the warm weather begins to creep into our daylight hours and beer garden fairy lights start to glisten, the season of fun and luxury calls for everything bold, bodacious and brave. Nothing screams summer relaxation louder than a full-on tropical explosion of colour, textures, tones and motifs. From sunflower yellow, hibiscus fuchsia pink to chalky pillar red and zingy forest green, the time to throw out your timid shyness is now! Unleash your

UFOs take off at Tory Party Conference

Members of the Conservative Party are it seems great fans of UFOs – however not those that flash in the night sky and come complete with little green men! The UFOs which went down a storm in Birmingham earlier this month were in fact ‘Unique Finger Ornaments’ created by Stephanie Holt, winner of the 2016 Weston Beamor prize at the City’s Jewellery School. Holt, who is now Artist in Residence at the Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, was invited, alongside a group of other local and diverse craftsmen and women, to exhibit at the Conference which took place at

Made In Clerkenwell Spring 2017

2 Buildings.100 Designers. New Products. Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer-makers and Network members. Held across our two historic buildings, this is an opportunity for the public to go ‘behind the scenes’ and explore the studios of our renowned design community. Open Studios Throughout Craft Central St John's Square & Clerkenwell Green, you'll be welcomed to discover and meet some the UK's most notable designer makers in their private studios. This is your chance to purchase and commission directly from these designer makers. Inspired by NEW! This spring, Craft Central is focusing on all

Greenery: The Colour Set to Revive, Refresh, Renew

Welcome to the fresh and zesty world of Greenery15-0343, the Pantone colour blooming into 2017! Greenery is natures' authentic omnipresent hue of thriving; emblematic for vitality and the need to strip back to our organic state of being. After suffering a turbulent political and social upheaval throughout most of 2016, this yellow-green shade symbolises a need to reconnect to nature and a more grounded sense of purpose.  In a world monopolised by social media and technology, 'Greenery' reminds us of noticing the real truth and beauty in the natural aesthetics around us; a sense of escapism from our materialistic society and

Plunge Into The Fresh Watery Hue of Aquamarine

Whilst traditionally there are two precious birthstones associated with the blooming spring month of March it is Aquamarine that is more closely considered the stone of seasonal tranquility. Derived from the latin word translating to "water of the sea", the ancient myth and symbolic folklore surrounding its properties is pulled from its aquatic associations and crystal ocean-like hue. Mined mainly throughout Brazil, this precious stone is distinctive for its blue-green iridescent tones caused by the chemical makeup of the stone of iron oxides. Aquamarine is a blue-stone variety within the Beryl family and can be found within a range of

Harriet Kelsall wins Cambridge's ‘Independent Retailer of the Year' Gong

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has won the ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ gong at the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2017. Leading businesses from across the city recently gathered for a gala dinner in the Great Hall, Kings College where Justin Webb of BBC Radio Four announced the winners.  Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery opened the doors of its Green Street Studio and Shop in May 2005, and since then it has grown from strength to strength, winning a multitude of national awards. The business was praised by a panel of judges for pioneering bespoke jewellery on the UK high street.

Open Studios: Made In Clerkenwell Winter 2016, Craft Central

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

Huguenot Footsteps - Spitalfields

Huguenot Footsteps - Spitalfields Huguenots walking tours in Spitalfields take place on the first Tuesday of each month from May to October. Many of the Huguenots (French Protestants) who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 were weavers - over the years 25,000 settled in Spitalfields. They brought their skills (known as “the Mysteries of the Strangers”), new techniques, new ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. You will hear about the silk industry,

Dazzle @ Oxo Tower Wharf, London

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

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