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We like big hearts and we cannot lie

What better way is there to make a statement than with a whole load of heart? This summer we welcome the return of statement-making and colourful pieces versus the dainty and delicate trend that trumped the chic list for so long. The heart motif is an ever-popular choice; from text emoticons, clothing embellishments to tattoo design but possibly the most powerful of all is when it appears in the jewellery we wear. These days, the heart motif can represent a range of core themes from friendship and affection to deep romantic love and devotion. A significant motif in antique jewellery,

Mimi Baldwin Sets Hearts Afire this Valentines Day

After 10 years of working at Tiffany’s Mimi Baldwin was ready for a change and moved on to the luxury houses of Asprey, and then Dior before spending eight years working with Kiki McDonough in her shop in Sloane Square, London. In 2012 Mimi decided she wanted to concentrate on designing jewellery herself and started her own company - Mimi Baldwin Fine Jewellery. She now specialises in designing exquisite, feminine, timeless, elegant pieces for every day and formal wear and has developed many loyal clients of her own.  Mimi has a signature range ‘With all my Heart’ available with diamonds

Public Artwork Commission, Artizan Collective

Public Artwork Commission, Artizan Collective Artizan Collective are seeking expressions of interest for a commissioned piece of public artwork to be installed on a hotel development close to the harbourside in Torquay. The commission will be a displayed in a prominent location, welcoming visitors arriving to stay on the English Riviera whilst also holding an affectionate place in the hearts of residents and local audiences. The brief seeks responses considerate of the heritage of the area, the iconic image of the English Riviera, and the cultural reference points for which Torbay is recognised. We welcome expressions of interest from applicants

Emerald: May's Beautiful Birthstone

Vivid, vibrant and the vivacious colour of May, Emerald in all its zesty rich hue celebrates the promise of sunny summer days but the arrival of all those May babies out there. As the gemstone of Venus and fertility, Emerald is a stone of inspiration and aspiration by encouraging its wearer to live and act authentically from the heart. A catalyst for the abundance of human emotions, Emerald channels the energy patterns that surface straight from the heart chakra. Encouraging us to strengthen our interactions with the external world by opening up our hearts, emerald is seen to be a

News Edit: 4 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery brand launches Notting Hill store as turnover grows to £10m B Daily: A London jewellery brand has announced that it is launching a new Notting Hill ‘destination store’ after reaching turnover of £10m. bdaily.co.uk Caroline Scheufele reveals why Chopard will remain family owned Prestige: She is among the most influential women in jewellery making and for as long as Caroline Scheufele remembers, she has always been enthralled by colourful gemstones and their inimitable lustre, which enable her to touch the hearts of millions. www.prestigeonline.com Curations: Lucky Spring

An ode to Sophie Harley's new characterful collections

The first time I saw a piece of Sophie Harley jewellery in person, I was captivated. The award-winning, British designer creates the kind of jewellery most of us dreamt of as young girls.  The kind of jewellery that once adorned our Barbie doll’s necks, formed stiffly from bulky plastic, heavily featuring swirls and love hearts, now cast into precious metals and set with sharply cut, radiant gemstones. Analise necklace and Venitian Wing & Amethyst Heart Drop earrings from the Brilliana Collection The Sophie Harley brand is striking; it remains true to itself whilst other brands may opt to lean towards

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

Hypnotic Crystal Lips: Where Jewellery Meets Beauty

Striking gemstones have been setting hearts all aflutter as they dazzle, glitter and shine round the necks, wrists and dainty fingers of models strutting the fall runways. Nothing quite beats the majestical beauty and subtlety of semi-precious crystal stone jewellery that never fails to capture the magpie eyes of the jewellery world. The enchanting light refractions that encompass the delicacy of the gemstone spectrum have been entwined into a new and bewitching creative innovation where the wearing of coloured stone just got magnetising. Capture the passion for coloured stones by painting a new twist upon this old tradition by taking

Freelance Jewellery / CAD Designer Available For Work

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

News Edit: 1st March 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Washed-up plastics made into jewellery for York Fashion Week show York Press: Plastics from a Scottish beach will make it on to the catwalk in York Fashion Week thanks to local designer Kat Hick. yorkpress.co.uk How to Succeed: Élise Gonnet-Pon, Managing Director of L’École Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts Life Style Asia: Élise Gonnet-Pon, the boss lady of L’École Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts, shares her tips on building a successful career and more. lifestyleasia.com Ana de Armas sparkles as a Bond girl in the Chopard Golden Hearts

News Edit: 2 February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Cartiers: Understanding the jewellery and those who made them The Week: Francesca Cartier Brickell was sent down to the cellar by her grandfather to fetch a bottle of champagne. When she came back without a bottle, she stumbled upon a battered trunk full of letters.  theweek.in Chopard CEO: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele swears by independence FT: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele talks about Chopard’s ethical stance. ft.com Cult Designer Anissa Kermiche’s Fine Jewellery Line Will Capture Fashion Hearts Vogue: Anissa Kermiche is no stranger to fine jewellery. When the French-Algerian designer launched her brand

News Edit: 7 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Van Cleef & Arpels Welcomes Spring With New Additions To Its Frivole Collection Tatler: One of the French jeweller's most well-loved lines, the Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole collection with its new family members looks set to adorn the female form and capture more women's hearts this season. asiatatler.com Hamilton & Inches CEO departs after 40 years as jeweller eyes £20m sales The Scotsman: Hamilton & Inches has unveiled a change in leadership as the jeweller and silversmith seeks to double turnover by 2024. scotsman.com Jeweller Hamilton & Inches picks

Full-time Sales Associate, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The role Full-time Sales Associate  E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award-winning ethical jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. We are proud to have won ‘Ethical Jewellery Business’ in 2019 as well as becoming B-Corp certified. We are currently looking for a full-time sales associate to join our happy team. You must have a passion for building relationships with customers and providing them with the very best service. The role involves selling from our edit of jewellery in the store as well as working with clients to design

News Edit: 8 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Trio of Tiaras Are The Crowning Glory Of Jewels In The Downton Abbey Film Forbes: If you are excitedly anticipating the jewelry that will be worn in the  Downton Abbey  film like I am you will be happy to note that among the 1920s style sautoirs, ultra-long strands and of necklaces and swingy earrings, there will be three regal diamond-encrusted tiaras.   forbes.com Antiques Roadshow: Guest stunned by whopping valuation of Wallis Simpson brooch replica Daily Express: Antiques Roadshow visited Morden Hall Park last night where one guest was

Q&A: Mary Michel

Mary Michel is the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh. She has been with the company for 15 years and is responsible for initiatives such as Elements and the forthcoming online Ethical Making Resource . She also sits on the board of Craft Scotland and is their Vice-Chair. She answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MM: Mary Michel, I’m the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh . How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MM: By happy accident – I started here 15 years ago on a

Trends to Keep Watch of This Autumn

Hands up who's bored of waking up to nothing but rain, rain with a side of rain? Us too. As the seasonal calendar clicked over to a new month last week, it seems as if the weather Gods have also pulled the plug on any residual sunny heat leftover from summer, leaving us well and truly in the throes of a UK Autumn.  For those of us fashion mavens, not only is the end of summer a happy instance to refill our wardrobes with autumn fashion trends, but it also provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up indoors with a

News Edit: 6 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Best Birthstone Jewelry for October Birthdays Town and Country: Opal and tourmaline give October birthstones a full rainbow of colors to choose from. townandcountrymag.com Our fashion team has fallen for Fearne Cotton’s gorgeous jewellery collaboration with notonthehighstreet Woman and Home: Fearne Cotton, presenter, designer and founder of the Happy Place Festival and podcast has collaborated with notonthehighstreet partner, Carrie Elizabeth, to create the most stunning jewellery collection. womanandhome.com Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds wallpaper.com Why vintage-style bombé rings are making a glamorous statement once again

Open Studios: 401 ½ Studios

401½ are pleased to offer a warm welcome for pre-Christmas shopping or browsing and a chance to meet and chat with makers about their work. The artists and makers at 401½ studios are opening their doors once more this November, giving visitors the opportunity to view and buy from a vast array of different crafts and arts.  401 1/2 Studios is a happy industrious warehouse space in South London, the creative home of an eclectic mix of contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople.  Once a year we open our doors to those curious minds who want to explore the studios and

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

News Edit: 29 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... ‘This business is my life and I love it’: Dundee jeweller Scarlett is besotted with her craft Evening Telegraph: A business in jewellery is the golden (and silver) ticket for a happy career for Scarlett Erskine. www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk   6 Colour-Pop Celebrities At The Cartier Coloratura Collection Launch In Paris Prestige: From Iranian singer Golshifteh Fahrani and Indian actress Freida Pinto, to English actress Naomi Watts and Italian model Monica Bellucci. prestigeonline.com   In My Jewellery Box: Anna Sheffield The Telegraph: American fine jeweller Anna Sheffield grew up in New Mexico and

Challenging Jewellery Programme, Sandberg Instituut

Call for Applications: New Temporary Master's Programmes Sandberg Instituut  Amsterdam Two new Temporary Programmes and five Main Departments of the Sandberg Instituut are  open for application  until April 1st 2018. About Sandberg Instituut As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master Programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. The five Main Departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the Temporary Programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the Hosted Programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes. New Jewellery Course The Instituut is happy

News Edit: 28 October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Applications: Clapham Christmas Market, SoLo Craft Fair

After the success of our last collaboration with This is Clapham, we are joining forces once again. On Saturday 3rd December we are putting on a Christmas market to coincide with Xmas lights getting turned on. The market will run between 12-6pm and stalls will cost £60 for a table which is 2.5m x 1m and a gazebo. Once again, we are happy to receive joint applicants to share tables. The market will be outside in Clapham Old Town. Please note all applicants MUST have public liability insurance. We are sorry but we cannot accept applicants from hot food stalls.

Kaleidoscopic October Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline

Happy Birthday to the October Librans & Scorpios! You lucky devils have been gifted with two beautiful birthstones to mark the month of Autumnal change and new beginnings. Both Opal and Tourmaline are as transient, adaptable and changeable like the month of October which makes them perfect to suit the plethora of different personalities and tastes out there. Legend has it that both gemstones have made their journeys's to this Earth through rainbows which is represented through the myriad of rainbow shades, colours combinations and reflections that each stone showcases. With Opal and Tourmaline, the dancing light and tonal patterns

Appointment: Martin Bach names as Cooksongold's New Managing Director

Martin Bach officially joined Cooksongold on 19 September 2016, ahead of current Managing Director, Richard Oldroyd’s Rretirement at the end of 2016. After an extensive and in-depth recruitment process, Cooksongold is happy to announce the appointment of Martin Bach as Managing Director. Martin Bach will be working alongside Richard Oldroyd until the end of the year, when Richard Oldroyd will retire. Martin Bach will then assume responsibility from 1 January 2017. Martin Bach has vast management experience in automotive and engineering businesses in the UK, France and the USA. Over the course of the coming months, he will have the support of Cooksongold’s

Cooksongold Announce New Managing Director

Martin Bach officially joined Cooksongold on 19 September 2016, ahead of current Managing Director, Richard Oldroyd’s Rretirement at the end of 2016. After an extensive and in-depth recruitment process, Cooksongold is happy to announce the appointment of Martin Bach as Managing Director. Martin Bach will be working alongside Richard Oldroyd until the end of the year, when Richard Oldroyd will retire. Martin Bach will then assume responsibility from 1 January 2017. Martin Bach has vast management experience in automotive and engineering businesses in the UK, France and the USA. Over the course of the coming months, he will have the support of Cooksongold’s

Colour in Jewellery Summer Workshop - Italy

Colour in Jewellery Summer Workshop - Italy Colour has got me. I no longer need to chase after it. It has got me forever. I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour. Colour and I are one. I am a painter.  -  Paul Klee What does it mean for us ? We will work with coloured pencils to express our personal idea of color. We can use pencils in different ways. The idea is to transform them into something else.  The workshop is aimed at students, artisans, artists, designers, teachers and anyone intends to get involved with

Diamonds Are Forever

Happy birthday month to all you April babies out there! With Spring in full swing and summer fashion trends ready to ring-a-ding-ding, the diamond dazzles as queen bee in this months gemstone spotlight! Owing to their superior robust structure, remarkable luster and beautiful crystal lattice patterns reflecting and refracting light spectrums, the diamond sparkles with a hidden beauty of intrigue and desirable finery. Diamonds are not only a notoriously ancient coveted treasure of the wealthy elite but it is highly loved many  gemmologosts  for being one of the only gemstones made entirely from one element- carbon. Owing to its isometric

2016-2017 International Pearl Design Competition Winners

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winners’ of CPAA’S 2016-2017 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 18 countries we received” Mr. Bazar reported. President’s Trophy  – “Murmuring Stream” Yi-Shiun Tsai of Taipei City, Taiwan .The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best. Luster Award  – “Dentelle” The Pearl Exporting Company of Portland, ME. Most marketable design for retail. Designer’s Award  –“Pearl Blossom” Wan-Fang Ting of Taipei City, Taiwan. Given to the entry that takes