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Manon van Kouswijk - Sources & Resources at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London

Manon van Kouswijk - Sources & Resources at K Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London 17 - 20 July 2019 A 4 Day Masterclass led by Manon van Kouswijk at K Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Masterclass - Sources & Resources The project of contemporary jewellery started out as an idealistic one that aimed to change our thinking about what jewellery was and what it could be. In our increasingly image-driven era of late capitalism how do you articulate and shape your position within contemporary jewellery practice? What is it that draws you to work with this particular subject matter and

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

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Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations   6 November 2019 The Goldsmiths' Centre, London Broadening your circle of contacts and networking is crucial to developing your profile and practice, but it can be a daunting process. Start today and join us as we bring together practitioners from across the industry, including blacksmiths and silversmiths, to launch Birmingham City University’s new e-book Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. The evening will feature introductions to the topic by industry professionals, Rebecca de Quin and Lucy Quinnell, helping you to understand how they pushed beyond their comfort zone and forged their

Brian Hill Awarded Outstanding Contribution to Industry

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Consultant Secretary recognised for his dedication and drive to support those working in the UK jewellery and silversmithing trades. Brian Hill, Consultant Secretary of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, has been honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards. Held at the Honourable Artillery Club in London, the evening recognised a series of design, retail and marketing talent working in the UK industry, culminating with the Outstanding Contribution Award, awarded to Brian Hill for his 52 years of commitment and drive to promote, advance and future-proof skills

The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

The National Association of Jewellers has launched its  Jewellery Industry Sa lary and Benefits Survey 2017 which will be open until the 1 August .   The survey will be used to allow businesses to  benchmark themselves against the national wage average across industry. The questions include salary brackets, benefits and rewards across the wide range of job functions and craft skills associated with our sector. Only survey participants will have access to the detailed results where a ll individual responses will be confidential.   Understanding the current market r ates for salaries and wages is  vital as it will

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

NAJ create 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' for industry

The Nationl Association of Jewellers have creates a set of special webpages, a 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' blog intended to share information, opinion and intelligence for the Jewellery Industry leading up to the UK leaving the EU, and afterwards as the Jewellery community acclimatises to post-Brexit Britain. Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, which remains unclear despite today’s positive noises from the Prime Minister meeting with EU Negotiators. The guidance notes  covering key topics such as Intellectual property,

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

Jewellery & Watch Industry Trends: Enamel, Pink and Diamonds

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

Sustainability and the future of retailing absorb the industry finds INHORGENTA in survey

New online survey among 1,215 trade fair participants explores leading trends. Majority of retailers and manufacturers plan to focus on sustainable products. Future of retail is seen as a major challenge. Altered customer behavior, digitalization and sustainability will be the most important issues for the jewelry and timepiece industry in future years, according to the results of a representative INHORGENTA survey. A total of 1,215 industry professionals took part in the survey and provided a clear picture of the state of the sector. INHORGENTA MUNICH will present a wide range of program areas about the top issues in the industry

Flexibility, Creativity & Productivity: The New Industry Model for Working

In 1926, Henry Ford introduced the 8-hour working day, now not-so-lovingly colloquialised as ‘the 9-5’. Back then, this revolution changed the way people lived- from working 10-16 hours a day, 6 days a week, to what reformist Robert Owen formulated as “eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest” .  The dramatic decrease in hours actually led to higher productivity, and consequently higher profit margins. This model has reigned supreme for almost a century, but now people are now beginning to question whether it’s time to rethink working patterns once again. The Swedish famously trialled a 6-hour workday, in

Covid Forces Fashion Industry to Explore Virtual Reality Alternatives

As industries across the world have been forced to innovate and be creative in the challenges of COVID-19, one sector which was surprisingly quick to adapt was that of fashion buying. BrandLab, a unique virtual reality showroom developer, saw 500% increase in profit between May and June, as brands moved their physical showrooms to virtual. The growth has led to international investment, with new offices being launched in LA, Paris and New York and plans to expand their business beyond the fashion industry and develop direct-to-consumer platforms for everything from shopping centres and art galleries to car showrooms and football

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Holds VIP Industry Reception

A VIP  industry focused  reception was held at The Goldsmiths’ Centre last week ,  honouring  the current Patrons, Sponsors and Contributors of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, and to encourage new companies and individuals to become supporters for the 2018 Awards.     The VIP event included the unveiling of a new behind-the-scenes video showcasing the 2017 awards and judging, and an exclusive  interview with Paul Jones, winner of  2017 The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award, who, to the amazement and bemusement of a the spellbound guests, demonstrated how his outstanding mystery revolving clock functions. Paul Jones spoke about

Jewellery & Watch Collaborate with Industry Figureheads for Dynamic 5 Days Event Programme

Jewellery & Watch celebrates being ‘the heart of the jewellery industry’ with leading figureheads collaborating to front its 2017 content programme: Harriet Kelsall, bespoke jewellery designer and retailer, Fei Liu, fine jewellery designer, Simon Johnson, Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers and owner of Marmalade Jewellery, Alex Monroe, jewellery designer and Gary Wroe, MD of Hockley Mint.  The event will offer retailers the event’s most diverse and inspirational seminar programme to date. Each day has a theme, including a collaboration with the National Association of Jewellers - NAJ Live. The key industry figures will act as the ‘Faces’ of

Master Craftsman urges industry colleagues to re-check gas safety

Internationally renowned silversmith Wayne Meeten has urged his fellow craftsmen to take care and re-check their workshop gas set up after he experienced a devastating explosion in his studio. The experienced craftsman, who a multi award winning, was  severely injured in his studio from a faulty regulator that was brand new. Hes said exclusively to Benchpeg: "I had know idea it was faulty regulator, as it was brand new. The technician at the store gave me wrong type. I had bought a complete new system and had it put together by a team of specialists. One did the compressor, one

Brilliant social media wins Alice Barnes 2017 Industry's Choice Award

Alice Barnes built up a formidable following on social media for her unique paper art jewellery to win the IJL 2017 KickStart ‘Industry’s Choice Award’, beating nine other contenders for the prestigious prize of a complimentary stand in the Design Gallery in 2018. The ten KickStarters went into battle over the summer to win as many votes as possible from the public via social media and an online poll, with the prize awarded at the discretion of the IJL and The National Association of Jewellers.  Showing initiative and enterprise in her use of social media and email marketing, Alice gained

New Showcase App Launches to Release Industry ‘Hidden’ Stock

Two  experienced  professionals  from  within  the  jewellery  trade have launched   a  revolutionary  app  to  the  marketplace. The  app  enables  members  of  the  trade  to  both  showcase  and  source  jewellery,  watches  and  antiques  and  if  they  so  wish,  advertise  items  for  sale  to  consum ers . Fundamental  to  the  anticipated  success  of  the  app  is  its  new  and  original  concept  which   is  based  on  providing  an  innovative,  cost  effective  selling  tool  in  an  easy  to  use  and  manage  platform. Sellers  on  the  app  will  be  able  to  list  items  for  sale ;  at  trade  prices  for  fellow  professionals  and/or 

The IJL Kickstarter ‘Industry's Choice’ Award Now Open For Voting

IJL has announced the launch to choose this year’s ‘Industry’s Choice’ 2017  KickStarter . Now in its fifth year, the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ competition rewards one  KickStarter  with a much sought after complementary stand in the Design Gallery at IJL 2018 ,  with   the winning designer will be announced at the show.   IJL Show Director, Sam Willoughby, explains the new format for voting: “This year, once again, we are extremely pleased with our  KickStarters . All ten are extremely talented and very different. I look forward to seeing who comes out tops .  Fingers at the ready

IJL Success Bodes Well For UK Jewellery Industry Post Brexit

IJL 2016 has reported that many exhibitors took a record number of orders on the opening day but also the show itself also saw an increase in attendance by senior quality international retailers, buyers and suppliers. This, combined with 167 new exhibitors from across the jewellery and watch sectors and over 500 emerging and established companies from 38 countries, provided a positive vote of confidence in the UK’s jewellery sector post the Brexit referendum. Sam Willoughby, Event Director, commented on this year's show,  “This year’s show exceeded our expectations, with a noticeable increase in international support and many companies experiencing

Are you a UK Jewellery Student or Apprentice? Read This!

At Benchpeg, we love encouraging and nourishing future creative talent by inspiring you with unique stories, promoting new designers and signposting you to other great resources for those new to the industry. We're excited to let you know about a new membership programme, launched by the Goldsmiths' Centre, for Students and Apprentices registered on UK precious metal courses (sign-up link below). The initiative delivers full access to the Goldsmiths' Centre back-catalogue of Creative Links talks, technical articles and industry-specific resources created by specialist craftspeople for those in the goldsmithing industry.  From personal experience, you only tend to realise just how

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

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

Gift card industry launches campaign to drive £2.3 billion high street recovery

The gift card and voucher industry, led by the  Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA) , has urged the government  to raise the tax free gift card limit to £500, which could bring the high street an estimated spending boost of more than £2 billion*.  The proposal would involve the government increasing the tax-free gifting allowance of  £50 currently permitted through  HMRC’s Trivial Benefits Allowance  to £500, and encouraging employers across the nation to use the scheme to thank their staff for their hard work over the past few months of COVID-19 uncertainty. This  permanent increase  initiative follows similar proposals

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL The Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN), a new organisation designed to connect, grow and inspire women in the industry, will make its debut at International Jewellery London (IJL) in September. The WJN aims to create a UK-wide network of women working across all sectors of the UK jewellery and watch trades, providing career advice and business networking opportunities. It will launch as a membership platform with access to online support and resources, strengthened with seasonal meet-ups and events to connect women with their peers in the trade. While the full concept will be unveiled

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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

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LB Camden Creates Re-Opening Business Toolkit

LB Camden create resources toolkit for re-opening businesses from Monday 12 April As we approach Monday 12 April, many of us are looking forward to non-essential retail and hospitality venues re-opening, including for outdoor dining. To support Camden businesses as they re-open, and to help you welcome your customers and staff back safely, LB Camden have attached a business toolkit with government and local information and guidance. Inside you’ll find: Advice on how to ensure your business is COVID-safe How to apply for a temporary pavement licence Help to publicise your business online via My Virtual Camden, and more. Camden

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

Domino hits refresh to relaunch website

Domino continues with its focus on customer support with the relaunch of their customer website and online resources and tools. The Birmingham based manufacturer has been working behind the scenes finalising improvements to their online portal, following direct customer feedback on changes required to support their diverse customer audiences.  The new website launched in early July 2018, leading with the new Diamond Ring Mount collection. Customers may have started to notice some of the aesthetic changes applied over the past few weeks, however; the major changes have happened behind the scenes. Changes include: Faster, easier live price checking Improved data

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund 2018

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund Museums, galleries and heritage organisations in the UK can apply for support for time-limited projects that use collections for a social purpose, demonstrating that collections change lives and enhance public benefit. Between 2017 and 2019 the Foundation is offering a total of £3.5 million in grants. Grant Funding Grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 are available to museums and galleries in the UK to enable them to focus on time-limited work on collections outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. A large number of collections activities are eligible for funding, for example research, digitisation,

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017

The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. The fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects (at any stage) that promote meaningful social impact, and for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art. Located in Washington D.C., Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national or international fellows and two DC-resident fellows in each year of the program. Why

The Fashion Awards 2016 Trophy Designed By Marc Newson For Swarovski

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and Swarovski have commissioned Marc Newson to create a bespoke crystal trophy for The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 5th December. Created with the resources and technical ability of Swarovski and crafted from Swarovski Crystal, the hexagonal design draws inspiration from crystal clusters and rock structures. The trophies are all handcrafted at Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria and will complete an 800 mile journey from there to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Each trophy measure 245mm in height by 67mm wide.

Support For Starting A Business

The Princes Trust work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they will be  with you every step of the way. Eligibility If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, the Enterprise Programme could be for you. Getting Started Kicking off with a free information session in your local area, The Princes Trust will tell you how they can support you

Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members

National Association of Jewellers' Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members The Better Business group is a new steering group that sits under the umbrella of the National Association of Jewellers National Committee, made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers that are experts in their relevant fields. About the Committee Its aim is to empower NAJ members, to operate Better Businesses, in line with the NAJ’s three core values of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Focusing primarily on smaller businesses who sometimes lack the necessary time, resources or expertise, the group is going to create a series of

Residency 17/18, Berwick Visual Arts & Centre for Rural Economy

Residency 17/18, Berwick Visual Arts & Centre for Rural Economy Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fifth annual residency opportunity for visual artists, in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University, which specialises in teaching and research on rural development. About the Residency The residency is an opportunity for an artist working in any visual art form to respond to rural issues within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland, to draw on the resources offered by the CRE to inform the production of new work, and to bring new approaches to rural research at

Imperial Time Launches Amber Jewellery Online Shop

T aking inspiration from nature and culture, Imperial Time have launched their latest stunning collection of jewellery online. Using one of the most beautiful natural resources, amber, each piece is unique, full of character, and handcrafted by the family run business.   Based in Poland and with a distribution centre in the USA, Imperial Time is taking advantage of one of its location’s most prized exports. The exquisite Baltic amber has been used by jewellers for years thanks to its alluring colour and reported healing properties. Now fans of the elegant look of amber can purchase a range of impressive,

Artists Commissions: To Make New Work In Extraordinary Places, National Trust

Following a successful application to Arts Council England, through Trust New Art, three opportunities for artists to work with National Trust have opened up in the Midlands.  Exploring ideas of global upheaval, science, religion and gender identity, they offer research and development time to new work with resources of staff and archives.  Open to all artists working in contemporary arts, who have been practicing for three years. Coming to an Open Day or independent visits are encouraged, please contact names  below. Fees Artists fees  from £5K- £20K. Application Deadlines Deadlines November and December. Some Open Days have taken place, but

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

The Toolbox Initiative

The Toolbox Initiative is a volunteer effort created by jewelers Matthieu Cheminée and Tim McCreight in 2014. The goal is to assist jewelers with limited resources through the collective strength of the metalworking community and to create new connections worldwide. The Toolbox Initiative collect donations of new or gently used tools and silver and deliver them directly to hardworking jewelers, primarily in West Africa. Each exchange is personal and non-commercial. Contributors send extra tools or sterling silver scrap to us, we clean the tools and process the silver, then carry it with us when we travel to Africa, or send it

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council hold annual awards

The 'Jewellery Oscars', highlight of the Jewellery Industry's design, craft and manufacturing community's year, saw industry came together once again to celebrate the winners of the annual Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards which took place again at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London last Monday. The culmination of a year's work for industry, where pieces worked upon and finished in the last twelve months are entered and shown at the prestigious awards event was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. The unique annual competition

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2018/9

Call for Applications: The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2018/9 These awards have helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the industry and are the only peer reviewed awards in the industry's calendar. Fondly known as the 'Oscars of the Industry' they reward outstanding technical skill and design ability. The Awards are open to anyone in the United Kingdom engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials. There are three main categories for entering work and everyone is encouraged to enter these Awards which is the industry's primary competition that rewards

This Year's NAJ Awards Shortlist

The NAJ awards acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional contribution of our members to the jewellery industry. Specialist manufacturer  River Mounts  is the headline sponsor of this year’s awards that cover the different sectors of membership acknowledging the inclusive heart of the association that represents the whole of the industry. New Awards for 2016 New for 2016 is Workshop Employee of the Year “In recognition of the importance of specialist skills in our industry and the vital role individual craftsman play” I look forward to the industry acknowledging these hidden gems and their achievements over the year. I personally am really

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British Fashion Council Fashion Forum 2017

The British Fashion Council and The Ned bring together business leaders to tackle the future of the industry at the Fashion forum 2017. The Fashion Forum - organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and The Ned in collaboration with the open innovation advisory firm, The Current - brought together a carefully curated group of 140 industry leaders from fashion, investment and technology to debate, share knowledge and insight on how individual businesses and the fashion industry collectively, can be ‘Fit for the Future’. The Fashion Forum is a think tank to debate the important issues of the sector; engage

Lebrusan Studio is Fighting the War on Climate Change with Vintage Diamonds, Here's How.

Arabel Lebrusan does not take a gentle approach when it comes to ethical and environmental issue. Her eponymous brand, Lebrusan studio, is well known for its commitement to sustainability, which informs every new collection and initiative.  Lebrusan declares "We're in a state of climate emergency . . . Gobal warming has reached crisis point. No matter how fairly traded or carefully sourced, newly mined materials use up valuable resources. It's vital that we slow down the rate at which we're currently consuming water, land and energy."  Alongside their existing offer of 100% recycled precious metals, Lebrusan Studio are now incorporating

International Jewellery London 2019

International Jewellery London 2019 1 - 3 September 2019 Olympia, London International Jewellery London is the UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 520 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones suppliers, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery-focused and pre-qualified buyers from 71 countries in an exclusive trading environment, to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London - the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides a 100% free comprehensive education

New Council Members - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council

Call for Applications: New Council Members - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) is inviting applications from individuals both within and outside of the industry to join its ranks as a Council Member. As part of the GC&DC’s ongoing development as a non-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), it is seeking to diversify and expand the range of skills and expertise present among its voluntary Council Members. This is to further elevate its remit to promote and drive excellence and innovation within the jewellery industry through its prestigious annual Awards and related industry activities. 

NAJ, CMJ and Goldsmiths’ Company syndicate funds key research on jewellery consumers

NAJ’s Consumer Focus steering group will this month launch a survey to understand why people buy - and do not buy - jewellery. The group’s mission is to stimulate demand for the industry, with the end goal of a joined-up industry campaign to inspire more consumers to buy more jewellery, more often. Adam Jacobs, of Jacobs the Jewellers in Reading Chairs the group and said, “We are extremely thankful to both the CMJ and the Goldsmiths’ Company for supporting this important research activity for the good of the industry. Within the group we’ve been calling the project the jewellery census,

Q&A: Wallace Chan

Wallace Chan is a world-renowned jewellery maker and innovator. After leaving school at 13, and becoming a jewellers apprectice, he opened his own workshop in 1974. His 45 years (and counting) in the industry has been landmarked by innovation. His breakthrough techniques have revolutionised the jewellery industry, notably taming titanium for use in high jewellery and creating unbreakable porcelain. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A... What’s your name, and what do you for a living? WC: I am Wallace Chan, a jewellery creator and sculptor. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? WC: I began as a gemstone [youtube

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2020

Type your content here... Call for Applications: The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2020 The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council is an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing industry and allied crafts.As part of the promotion of excellence the Council runs the annual Craftsmanship & Design Awards. This competition has helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the profession and are the only peer reviewed awards in the industry's calendar. Fondly known as the 'Oscars of the Industry' they reward outstanding technical skill and design ability. The

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018 The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council is an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing industry and allied crafts.As part of the promotion of excellence the Council runs the annual Craftsmanship & Design Awards.  This competition has helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the profession and are the only peer reviewed awards in the industry's calendar. Fondly known as the 'Oscars of the Industry' they reward outstanding technical skill and design ability. The Awards are open to anyone in

International Jewellery London 2018

International Jewellery London 2018 International Jewellery London is the UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 520 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones suppliers, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery-focused and pre-qualified buyers from 71 countries in an exclusive trading environment, to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London - the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides a 100% free comprehensive education programme, and delivers an unrivalled selection of

IJL launches #withyou campaign

International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced a new marketing campaign - #withyou – inspired by its industry leading initiatives and designed to showcase its continuing commitment to the UK and international jewellery sector. The #withyou campaign will build on IJL’s experience as the UK’s premier jewellery industry event, focusing on the many ways that the show supports emerging design talents, established brands and industry-wide awards and events. These include IJL’s Gem Empathy Award in partnership with Gem-A and its sponsorship of both the Goldsmith’s Craft & Design Council Awards and the UK Jewellery Awards. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, explained, 

IJL KickStart 2017

The search begins for the most talented 10 International Jewellery London (IJL) celebrates the New Year with the launch of its highly successful KickStart industry bursary programme. Up-and-coming British jewellery designers are invited to apply online now to be one of the lucky ten who will exhibit on a group stand at IJL 2017 in September, the UK’s premier international showcase for the jewellery industry. In addition, the KickStart Top Ten will benefit from valuable marketing and industry support from IJL and co-sponsors, the National Association of Jewellers.   Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, comments: “KickStart is a fantastic pool of

The Fashion Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The British Fashion Council announced the winners of The Fashion Awards 2016 this week at the Royal Albert Hall. 4,000 members of the industry and the public gathered to watch this year’s awards, where an international set of winners were announced at a larger ceremony than ever before. The room was a who’s who of the fashion industry and their muses; business leaders, creative influencers, global brands, fashion icons and designers from across the globe came together to celebrate their industry.  Notable attendees included Anna Wintour OBE, Carine Roitfeld, Dame Natalie Massenet, David Beckham OBE, Domhnall Gleeson, Gigi Hadid, Joan

First ever online Goldsmiths' Fair opened by Prince Charles

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/GGvGiWC4RJE] Goldsmiths' Fair opened this year, for the first time in its 38 year history, as an online only event, due to to the global pandemic. In an act of support of the jewellery and silversmithign craft and industry Prince Charles made a personal address to open the event on 23rd September. The Goldsmiths' Company took the decision in Spring 2020 not to cancel their support for the industry to which they are wedded, but to pivot the event so that it continue to go ahead, providing an essential route to market for the small independent businesses [youtube

H S Walsh & Sons celebrate their 45th Year at Spring Fair

H S Walsh have exhibited since the show opened in Birmingham in 1976. A trusted, well established name in the industry, their knowledgeable staff will be on stand to demonstrate a range of cutting edge equipment. H S Walsh was established in 1947 and have long been the go-to company for tools and equipment for both the jewellery and watch trade. Still very much a family style business, they pride themselves on their customer service and personal connection with their clients. In an increasingly competitive market, they are aware that any technological advantage they can offer the industry is a

Baselworld 2018

Baselworld is the most important marketplace and trendsetting show for the world's watch and jewellery industry. Baselworld distinguishes itself as the only show that regroups all the key players from watchmakers to jewellers, from diamonds, pearls and gemstones dealers through to machines and supply industry. Dates: 23 - 30 March 2018 Venue: Messe Basel, Switzerland Open: Daily from 9 am - 6 pm. (except Thursday, March 30: 9 am - 4 pm) www.baselworld.com

Q&A: Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller has been at the helm of the jewellery industry for some 30 years. A charismatic individual who has held every senior influential position in the British jewellery industry going. He is currently a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office, a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company and President of the National Association of Jewellers as well as a Freeman of the City of London. A former President of the National Association of Goldsmiths; President of Emagold Europe; Director of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; Member of the British Hallmarking Council

Magnesium Is Ready For Take Off

Researchers at Birmingham City University are hoping to transform the fortunes of magnesium this year, by showcasing it as a viable alternative for luxury car makers and the aerospace industry. Researchers at Birmingham City University are hoping to transform the fortunes of magnesium this year, by showcasing it as a viable alternative for luxury car makers and the aerospace industry. It comes as the institution signed an exclusive partnership with the world’s largest producer of magnesium components, Meridian in early January 2017. The strategic alliance will see the two organisations work together in the education, research and development of magnesium

One Year On 2017

One Year On is a high profile, focused feature within New Designers, showcasing designers with an entrepreneurial flair in their first year of business. It is a curated exhibition and those who are chosen to exhibit are selected by a panel of industry specialists on the strength and ambition demonstrated through their work. One Year On is one of the busiest zones of New Designers and is an unmissable destination for buyers, collectors and press alike. It presents an amazing opportunity to meet potential employers, buyers, press and industry professionals. Applications are now open for One Year On 2017. To

Crafts Council host FREE online expert discussions

Crafts Council host fortnightly expert discussions The Crafts Council have announced the launch of a series of online discussions which will cover funding, legal advice, e-commerce and website optimisation. The events will be free online discussions with industry experts to support craft businesses.  For more information and to book www.eventbrite.co.uk

News Edit: 23 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Designer Flora Bhattachary Shares Her Thoughts On The Jewellery Industry Asia Tatler: The British designer sheds some light on her influences and thoughts on the jewellery industry. asiatatler.com Lacock jeweller takes on All That Glitters TV challenges Wiltshire Times: A Lacock jeweller has taken on intricate challenges from the BBC series All that Glitters. www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk Gobbins Crafts Jewellery Studio becomes 11th NI Tourism Business to be granted Économusée Status News letter: Gobbin’s Crafts, a jewellery studio in Islandmagee is the 11th business in Northern Ireland to be granted

NAJ Awards 2019

Call for Entries: NAJ Awards 2019 5 December 2019 Johns Hotel, Solihull There’s still time to recognise your unique business, super team or invaluable colleague. Application Deadline The deadline for entries to the NAJ Awards 2019 has been extended until midday on Monday 28 October 2019 , in order to increase the number of entries from all areas of the industry. Entrants now have 5 days to perfect their entries to ensure they have the best chance of scooping an industry accolade at this year’s awards. About the Awards The NAJ Awards 2019  recognise companies, teams and individuals in the jewellery

Luxury Institute: The Three Skills Of Luxury Customer Experience In The Digital Age

In the Luxury Institite's second July white paper, they challenge luxury executives and brands to step up and lead advanced personalization in the digital age. To do so, they believe that it requires mastery of three critical skills: personal data expertise, AI expertise, and emotional intelligence expertise. Luxury executives and brands that fail to master this triad of critical skills will be marginalized, or worse. This is a challenge worthy of the luxury goods and services industry. Most brands in the luxury goods and services industry were late to the last decade’s digital transformation party. Others are resting easy because

Amanda Mansell on why she is committed to creating a jewellery hub in Hatton Garden

Benchpeg spoke to Amanda Mansell this week, as she is nearing the end of her campaign to realise her jewellery hub concept ‘Loupe’ – a multi faceted initiative to support the jewellery industry in the heart of its geographical home. "When I was first introduced to the Hatton Garden jewellery industry about 20 years ago, so much of it operated behind closed doors. It wasn't easy gaining entry. I was lucky enough to receive help which opened some of those doors, but ever since then I’ve been involved in various projects and initiatives to help connect people and encourage the [youtube

International Jewellery London: Inspire Seminar Programme

International Jewellery London: Inspire Seminar Programme 1 - 3 September 2019 Olympia, Kensington  From catwalk theatre to retail theatre, and everything there is to know about fine jewellery, International Jewellery London (IJL), the global meeting place for the jewellery industry, has today announced the full IJL Inspire seminar programme. Leaders from the international jewellery trade will take to the stage to discuss key trends that are shaping the international jewellery and watch industry today, while offering invaluable networking opportunities to jewellery retailers and suppliers from around the world. The IJL Inspire highlights include: SS20 Trends with The Futurist Paola de

Amanda Mansell is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called 'Loupe'

Amanda Mansell a Hatton Garden bespoke jewellery designer of 20+ years - is equity crowdfunding for a new venture called Loupe, a jewellery support initiative which makes use of support from a Camden Council buildings grant. The 'jewellery hub' will aim to create a jewellery destination for London's historic jewellery quarter by providing a customer and trade interface to help promote the industry through experiential customer journeys and provide a route to market for the jewellery industry's supply chains. Loupe will be an experiential retail destination in Hatton Garden where people not only buy jewellery but learn about it and

Luxury Institute: How To Build An Elite Client Relationship Team Post Pandemic

Post pandemic, luxury brands cannot afford to have a transactionally-driven sales team. In this environment, high-performance client relationship building teams will thrive. While there will be fewer traditional stores, there will be a desire and need for emotionally intelligent trusted expert advisors. The 2020   State of the Luxury Industry   survey, which has been updating the luxury industry on rapidly emerging global trends for 17 years, indicates that affluent consumers in the top 10% of household incomes in Asia, Europe, and especially the USA, are becoming strongly averse to interacting with luxury sales associates. O nly China, at 51%, registered

Four Accomplished Bright Young Gems Assemble at IJL 2019

International Jewellery London 2019 is set to illuminate four new Bright Young Gems, shining a light on exciting and emerging talent in the jewellery industry. All four of the winners this year hail from the prestigious Central Saint Martins.  Selected by industry judges Nyasha Pitt; Charlie Miller; Katerina Perez; Danny Hall and Bobby White, the four winning designers will be exhibiting at IJL in just a couple of days, all having freshly attended a bespoke mentoring workshop last month, designed to help the winners maximise their IJL experience,  This year, 'Gem' is the operative word for at least two of

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund awards £21k in grants

The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund (KLG Fund) has awarded a total of £21,000 in grants to Black people working in the jewellery industry who need support for their businesses and have faced financial hardship because of the current crisis, following a review by a panel of five independent industry judges, who said they were “overwhelmed by the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of the applicants”. In June, Black jeweller and activist Kassandra Lauren Gordon successfully raised £19,483 on a Go Fund Me page, exceeding the original £14,000 target. 328 people, businesses and trade organisations made donations ranging from £5 to £5,000.

Dutch jewellery designer only European finalist in JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards

Jewelry designer Alice Sunderland was the only European finalist to win a prize at the annual JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards in the United States. Alice received a ‘silver medal’ in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’. JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards is considered to be the leading authority within the jewelry industry when it comes to the best and most innovative jewels. Theirs is one of the largest design contests for jewelry designers within the industry. Alice Sunderland was nominated in the category ‘Personalized Jewelry’ with her famed Calendarring.  This special ring consists of 365 sparkling diamonds, placed in 12 rows. Each diamond

Gemfields Hosts Introductory Course in Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires

As a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced, coloured gemstones, Gemfields is perfectly placed in bringing together experts to share their in-depth knowledge with the jewellery industry. And it did just that this weekend, hosting a one-day introductory coloured gemstone seminar in London with an impressive line-up of industry experts at the stylish Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. A panel of speakers – including specialists in sustainability, jewellery and gemmology– addressed sales and retail staff from key jewellery brands, lifting the lid on the charm, attraction and complexities of rubies, emeralds and sapphires, the three most coveted coloured gemstones. The latest

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019 29th November 2019 The RAC Pall Mall, London The Silversmiths & Jewellers charity dinner is one of the highlights of the industry calendar and raises funds for those who previously worked in the jewellery industry, who have fallen on hard times. The guest entertainment for this year is the amazing magician Jamie Raven, who was a runner up on Britain’s Got Talent. If you or any of your team would like a ticket, please don’t hesitate to on the details below. The charity is also have advertising space available in their brochure for

The Goldsmiths’ Company Delivers the Largest Conference in the World to Date to Address Jewellery Materials

Last week, the Goldsmiths’ Company delivered the first Jewellery Materials Congress. The conference, which is the largest conference world-wide to address jewellery technology, was created to support the jewellery and silverware community, by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge to better the industry, free of commercialisation.  Over the two-day conference, a wide agenda of topics was addressed through a series of talks and Q&A, broadly categorised by four themes: academic research, visions of the industry, and artisan and industrial materials manufacture. These talks were delivered by a panel of eighteen international speakers, including keynotes delivered by Eddie Bell,

Visual Capitalist:: Charting the Rise and Fall of the Global Luxury Goods Market

The Visual Capatalist has reported on a post pandemic overview of the global luxury goods market predicting a decline in purchases. The Rise and Fall of the Global Luxury Goods Market - the Executive Summary Global demand for personal luxury goods has been steadily increasing for decades, resulting in an industry worth $308 billion in 2019. However, the insatiable desire for consumers to own nice things was suddenly interrupted by the coming of COVID-19, and experts are predicting a brutal contraction of up to one-third of the current luxury good market size this year. Will the industry bounce back? Or

Surface Design Show 2020

Surface Design Show 2020 11 - 13 February 2020 Business Design Centre, London Leading architecture and design professionals gather at Surface Design Show each year to see, touch and feel surfaces from over 180 leading suppliers. Taking place next month, Surface Design Show is also a valuable opportunity for you to hear from industry experts in our dedicated speaker programme. The Main Stage is the heart of the Show and is designed to instigate debate and encourage knowledge sharing amongst visitors. Join us to discover insights and debates from an incredible line-up of industry experts and get your FREE ticket

Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

Continuing our lockdown need for conversation, we chat to long time friend and industry colleague Maria Spanou. Maria is a jewellery industry professional who is ex Central St Martins trained, has a history in finance, project management, jewellery communications, the jewellery retail space and is also a jewellery designer who works to commission. She is an excellent networker and all round good egg. We chat about lockdown, current work coping strategies and making plans for the future… [youtube url=http://youtu.be/x8xt-sRH_oY] Author:  Published: 

Q&A: Aishleen Lester

Aishleen Lester is an emerging new talent in the jewellery industry, having founded her new business in 2016 after coming to jewellery design at Kensington & Chelsea College through evening classes. She is a well reputed fine artist in her own right, known for large scale, sculptural installations who’s work is held in private collections and has previously exhibited in the Riflemaker and Nyehaus galleries. Trained at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, she built up her jewellery industry credentials by working with the likes of Shaun Leane and Paul Raven before venturing out on her own

CARAT+ 2018

CARAT+, The World’s Premier Diamond Event Covering the full spectrum of the diamond and diamond jewellery trades, CARAT+ features four main sectors: loose diamonds, branded diamond jewellery, non-branded diamond jewellery and services for the diamond and diamond jewellery industry.  This year, due to popular demand, there is also a Coloured Gemstones sector. Taking place in Hall 1 and Hall 4 of the Antwerp Expo, entry to the show is restricted exclusively to industry professionals, including diamond and jewellery wholesalers and manufacturers from around the world, and jewellery retailers from across Europe and the wider world.  Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC)

Scoop 2018

Scoop Saatchi Gallery, London 28 – 30 January 2018 Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop

Q&A: Tiffany Browne

Tiffany Browne is a Micro Diamond Setter and has worked on some of the most intricate and luxurious pieces which adorn London's Bond Street. With an unconventional entry into industry, she answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? TB: My name is Tiffany Browne, and I'm (mostly) a diamond setter specialising in very fine, close pavé work which I do under microscope. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? TB: It wasn't the obvious choice for me! I started out studying languages and have an MA in translation. Meeting my husband, whom

Branded Jewellery Sales to Soar by 2020

A recently published report by consultant firm Mckinsey has forecast annual global sales growth in branded jewellery of between 5% to 6% each year by 2020 to take sales from approximately £132 billion to £223 billion globally. The report states that consumer appetite for jewellery now appears more voracious than ever. which led British marketplace, OnBuy.com to analyse the report further; to draw out the information industry insiders need to know and to share advice among Artisan designers who may need to keep pace. The report entitled A Multifaceted Future: The Jewellery Industry in 2020 states its findings that branded items already account

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event Friday the 23 November Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh Jewellers, businesses and ethically minded individuals in Edinburgh are being invited to join The Precious Metals Workshop and local Jeweller, Ian Nicholson, in a discussion about how they can play their part in influencing responsible supply chains in the jewellery industry.  Local jeweller Ian, who is also the founder and Director of the Precious Metals Workshop, is calling on support from industry leaders to take part in a unique event being held at Assembly Rooms on Friday the 23 November with a focus on responsible sourcing of

Meet the Benchpeg Team

This is us. We are the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has 20 years of experience in the industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery industry could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the Bishopsland Educational Trust , Committee Member for the  Communications and Marketing Committee at  The Goldsmiths’ Company , she sits on the Selection Committee

Pantone Announce Colour of the Year – for 2018

Pantone, the world renowned authority on colour, has announced its colour of the year for 2018 - Ultra Violet. The Pantone Colour Institute, which forecasts global colour trends, describes the colour as: “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” How this effects jewellery The announcement of the Colour of the Year is significant to the jewellery industry because the fashion industry and media in particular will be picking up on accessories and fashion elements which can incorporate the hottest trend for 2018. This provides

The NAJ Awards

Call for Applications: The NAJ Awards The NAJ Awards celebrate the achievements of members of the National Association of Jewellers. How to Apply The nomination process has changed, awards are no longer about the number of votes from your industry peers – you have to put yourself forward and tell the NAJ why you deserve an award. Why Apply? If you are shortlisted or go on to win an award your business will benefit from a great deal of publicity, as the NAJ let the industry know who you are and why you are special. Online Application It takes just

Make Your Mark offer One-on-One Surgeries

This year the  Make Your Mark  event will offer visitors the opportunity to book places on one-on-one Surgeries with industry experts and young designers. The surgery sessions, which will take place throughout the two days, will be provided by specialist jewellery and watch communications agency FACETS PR and will offer visitors the chance to speak to industry experts on a one-to-one basis on subjects including PR, social media for business and how to communicate with press to secure coverage. There will also be a team of young designers available at the surgeries, who can give the attending students a realistic

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2018

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2018 Emerging UK up-and-coming jewellery designers with their sights set on success are invited to battle it out for one of just six places in this year’s KickStart initiative – organised by International Jewellery London, the must-attend annual destination for the jewellery industry, taking place at Olympia London from 2 – 4 September 2018.  This long-running mentoring, advice and exhibition platform is a key link in the IJL Journey – a unique industry path that guides design talent from final year student to successful consumer-facing brands. In a change for 2018, KickStart will accept just six

Nicholas Philippe 1959 – 2017

Amanda Mansell, fellow jeweller and great friend of the late Nick Philippe, writes a fitting tribute and obituary to a golden personality within the industry. On Friday 22 September 2017 our dear friend passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 57 after a courageous and dignified 6 month battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. This was a deeply sad day for Nick’s family, his many friends, and a tragic loss to the jewellery industry. I remember the first day I met Nick, it was about 15 years ago. He came into my workshop and showed me a

Benchpeg Offer: Sold Out Tickets Available

This week, we are delighted to announce that Benchpeg are the official Media Partners for Make Your Mark 2019. With over 600 students and graduates already booked to attend, it looks set to be a fantastic event. Benchpeg has supported the jewellery industry for over 10 years now and in particular, those making their first steps into the industry. We have done this through our weekly newsletter, careers advice, jobs boards, funding opportunities to mention just a few and we love promoting beautiful work. Benchpeg at Make your Mark At this year’s Make Your Mark, Benchpeg will be on hand

Nicholas Philippe 1959 – 2017

Amanda Mansell, fellow jeweller and great friend of the late Nick Philippe, writes a fitting tribute to a golden personality within the industry. On Friday 22 September 2017 our dear friend passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 57 after a courageous and dignified 6 month battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. This was a deeply sad day for Nick’s family, his many friends, and a tragic loss to the jewellery industry. I remember the first day I met Nick, it was about 15 years ago. He came into my workshop and showed me a watchcase he’d

Jewellery & Watch 2017, NEC Birmingham

Jewellery & Watch is the UK’s largest dedicated jewellery trade event, showcasing a dazzling offering of new ideas and inspiration built on traditional skills. The show attracts more than 17,000 buyers at the heart of the UK’s jewellery industry, at the most important buying point of the year. The home of exceptional UK and international brands, Jewellery & Watch is a showcase for classic design and unparalleled craftsmanship. Reflecting the historical link of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and utilising its central location to bring the industry together, Jewellery and Watch is perfectly positioned and ideally timed, providing inspiration, innovation and

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IIDGR, part of the De Beers Group of Companies to show at IJL

Whilst De Beers is known throughout the international jewellery community as a supplier of rough and cut diamonds, the IIDGR division specialises in supporting the industry through its educational programmes, supply of synthetic diamond detection equipment and laboratory-based diamond grading facilities. With offices in Maidenhead, Antwerp and Surat, IIDGR has greatly extended its reach into the UK market, and now enjoys close commercial ties with many leading UK jewellery organisations, manufacturers and jewellery retailers. “Our main aim is to support the UK industry with a comprehensive range of diamond focused retail-based education modules and leading-edge technology supported by world class

Jewellery Jobs, Retail Jobs, Design Jobs, Sales Jobs, Marketing Jobs & Internships

Jewellery Jobs, Careers and Recruitment Benchpeg offers the best range of jewellery jobs in the jewellery industry for your career. Find and apply for the latest jewellery jobs and careers on benchpeg.com Benchpeg’s jewellery recruitment listings cover all areas of jobs in the jewellery trade and jewellery making jobs to make it the No. 1 resource for jewellery jobs in the UK.  About benchpeg.com/jobs The jewellery jobs listed on benchpeg.com/jobs provide opportunities for career moves in all types of jobs in the jewellery industry. From creative and jewelery design roles, to craft and jewellery manufacturing jobs, to head office, management

Flourish Conference

Flourish: A Two Day Conference To Ignite Your Creative Business Ambitions The Talent Development team at Crafts Council brings you leading industry experts so you can share, debate and network; providing you with a vital set of action points and links that will cultivate and shape your creative practice. The event will ignite your creative ambitions by bringing together leading industry experts to help you start, build and sustain a successful business.  Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to how you create a strong brand identity and build resilience into your business. The keynote address

FREE Technology Open Day

FREE Technology Days Hosted by Coherent Rofin Hatton Garden, London Jewellery experts Coherent Rofin will again be co-hosting two forthcoming Technology Events at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Hatton Garden, London.   Evening Seminar 6 June 2017  6.30pm - 8.30pm The Goldsmiths' Centre On 6 June 2017 at 6.30 pm there will be an evening seminar with industry experts offering an insight into developing laser and additive technologies. Talks will cover all the laser applications offered by Coherent Rofin, together with CAD software and 3D printing (both resin and metal powder bed technologies)  and how future technologies will shape and benefit the jewellery industry. Technology Day

FREE Evening Technology Seminar

FREE Technology Days Hosted by Coherent Rofin Hatton Garden, London Jewellery experts Coherent Rofin will again be co-hosting two forthcoming Technology Events at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Hatton Garden, London.   Evening Seminar 6 June 2017  6.30pm - 8.30pm The Goldsmiths' Centre On 6 June 2017 at 6.30 pm there will be an evening seminar with industry experts offering an insight into developing laser and additive technologies. Talks will cover all the laser applications offered by Coherent Rofin, together with CAD software and 3D printing (both resin and metal powder bed technologies)  and how future technologies will shape and benefit the jewellery industry. Technology Day

RJC Hosts Its First Ever Open Day In Birmingham

Last week, the RJC held its very first Open Day  in  Birmingham.   The newly built Birmingham Assay Office located in the Jewellery Quarter, played host to the event where attendees gathered to hear more about the commercial relevance and necessity of RJC membership and certification in today’s jewellery industry. Attendees heard from a panel of industry experts that consisted of David Lewis, Managing Director of Maker Mends (RJC member since 2011);   Himesh  Pala, Managing Director of Pala Diamond Company Ltd (RJC member since 2011) and Gary  Wroe , Managing Director of Hockley Mint Ltd (RJC member since 2013). The panel

The Prime Minister Hosts A Celebration Of British Fashion At 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Theresa May and Chairman of the British Fashion Council Dame Natalie Massenet welcomed representatives from across the British fashion industry to a reception at 10 Downing Street last night. Ahead of London Fashion Week, Theresa May emphasised the importance of the UK’s fashion industry, one of the country’s greatest success stories which contributes £28billion to Britain’s economy and supports nearly 900,000 jobs. London Fashion Week is a global showcase which welcomes guests from over 58 countries, promotes designer brands to an international audience of trade and consumers and generates orders of over £100million each season. The Prime Minister

International Jewellery London (IJL) 2017

International Jewellery London is the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 500 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones, and retail services suppliers and attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery focussed and pre-qualified buyers from 64 countries. Attracting an unrivalled range of exhibitors, IJL provides a unique trading environment to do business, source new ranges and discover future trends or simply top up for the Christmas period and beyond. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL delivers 100% free education from leading speakers. In the exclusive

Gübelin Gem Lab Announces Emerald Paternity Test

The Gübelin Gem Lab, one of the world’s leaders in the analysis of precious gemstones is has announced the launch of their Emerald Paternity Test; a new traceability technology creating independent proof of provenance for emeralds This new technology uses customised DNA-based nanoparticles enabling traceability of emeralds back to the exact place of mining. The Emerald Paternity Test is a true game-changer for the coloured gemstone industry. It is the first of a series of technologies and services developed by Gübelin Gem Lab dedicated to bringing more transparency into the gemstone industry, united under the Provenance Proof label. This breakthrough technology

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

Baselworld 2017 Launches with Press Conference

The 100th Edition of the one unmissable trendsetting show that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry and sets the tone for the coming year, Baselworld 2017, commenced this week with its inaugural press conference. As every year, the eagerly awaited start of a new edition of the most unique annual event for the entire industry was witnessed by the most important international press representatives from print, television and digital media and by many thousands around the world who followed the press conference via the livestream. Mr René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group,

Pforzheim: 250th Anniversary of the Golden City

In 2017 Pforzheim, Germany will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its jewellery and watch industry.  The city will mark this anniversary with unique exhibitions and spectacular live acts, with jewellery and design art, with conventions and congresses, with plenty of music and theatre and it will demonstrate which innovations have developed out of Pforzheim’s traditional industry. It was Margrave Karl Friedrich, who in 1767 issued the privilege to create a pocket watch and silverware manufactory in Pforzheim. In doing so, he initiated a story of success that would shape Pforzheim to this day and finally make it the “Golden City”. 

Scoop 2017

Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop has become a key destination for showcasing over 250

Scoop 2017 - S/S18

Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. Our exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique. Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop has become a key destination for showcasing

Vanilla Ink Launches Scottish Jewellery School

Vanilla Ink Studios has teamed up with Goldsmith Scott McIntyre to create the Vanilla Ink  Jewellery  School; aimed at bridging the gap from education to industry, helping to  shape and grow the  jewellery  trade across Scotl and. Glasgow based Vanilla Ink Studios want the new school to inspire, educate and empower the jewellery and silversmith industry by helping to mould the next generation of goldsmiths. Just like any new and innovative idea, a helping hand unleashes the potential to soar to success. So Vanilla Ink Studios have also now  launched a crowdfunding campaign  where they hope that together with help

Counting Down To Baselworld 2017

At the end of this month new creations and innovations of the global watch and jewellery industry will be presented to the world at Baselworld 2017. Renowned as the unmissable annual show, Baselworld is gearing-up to welcome an array of international visitors. The show is the only one that unites the entire industry under one roof, including world-class players. Baselworld goes live on 23 March and will run until 30 March.  What exemplifies Baselworld is its unique ability to regroup the biggest and most prestigious watch and jewellery brands in the world, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and the

Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards Announced

The winners of the inaugural Make Your Mark Awards were announced at a glittering Reception at Goldsmiths’ Hall this week. The Reception and Awards Exhibition was buzzing with excitement as students, graduates and tutors mingled with well-known industry personalities and members of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Keynote Speaker, Richard Fox, opened the event, talking about the Goldsmiths’ Company and its history of supporting the industry and the challenges faced by newcomers. Commenting on the Awards, he said, “It always fascinates me to see such enthusiasm from our young designers and makers. There seems to be a thirst for knowledge.  It is

The UK Jewellery Awards 2017

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017, the UK Jewellery Awards for the retail industry are judged by industry. Over the last 25 years the awards have built up an unrivalled reputation for recognising excellence and outstanding practice across the jewellery and watch trade in the UK with categories spanning retail, design, manufacture, supply and employment. Each year the event attracts in excess of 600 guests who come together to network and celebrate the achievements of their peers. For the 2017 awards two new enterable categories, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Retail Sales Star, have been introduced along with another

Survey Request: Your Training Needs, Crafts Council

Are you a maker wanting to develop your business and looking for specially tailored, industry-specific guidance? Having worked with artists and makers the Crafts Council understand that makers need access to affordable, informative, bite-size offers that fit with their busy schedules. Our tailored workshops bring together like-minded individuals, key industry experts and experienced makers, delivering informative advice that will inspire you to take the next step in your business development journey. To ensure that our offer continues to best serve makers' business development needs, we're asking that you take part in this short survey. Please complete by 15 December 2016.

LFW Limelight: Ejing Zhang SS17 Collection

Born and raised in China, Ejing Zhang's exposure to fabrics and thread came at a very young age, as her Mother worked in the textile industry. Zhang's love of fabrics and fashion continued to grow with her and resulted in an education and passionate career in the creative industry. Ejing Zhang graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Mixed Media Textiles. Through the combination of textiles and resin, Ejing Zhang Studio creates intricate jewellery by highlighting a cross section of the mixed media resin tile, revealing its abstract and detailed core. All the tiles are hand

About Benchpeg

A little bit about our history... Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information. Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website

Harriet Kelsall is invited to join the British Hallmarking Council

Leading jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has been invited to join the British Hallmarking Council. The statutory body ensures all items being sold in the UK as precious metals are hallmarked to confirm they meet the legal standard. The process of hallmarking in Great Britain began over 700 years ago and in Harriet’s new role as Non-Executive Director, she will represent retail jewellers and continue the protection of consumer rights in the British Jewellery industry.  Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business –

Trade Organisations

It's always useful to know you are not alone in the industry and knowing where to go for specialist support can be a lifeline. We've complied a list of the industry's trade focused organisations, member associations and bodies as a quick reference... Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) ACJ promotes a greater understanding of contemporary Jewellery and supports jewellers’ creative and professional development. acj.org.uk British Allied Trade Federation The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and

Our history

Just over a decade ago, the UK jewellery industry was lacking accessible information.  Organisations in the trade were keeping themselves to themselves, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.    In 2006 we founded Benchpeg, and launched the first digital newsletter for the jewellery industry and allied trades aimed at promoting information from across the trade and bridging the gap of information out there and accessibility to it. Today we support the jeweller by assisting with recruitment needs, sharing the latest news stories and promoting business opportunities. Our website and newsletter has a national

Hallmarking Figures - June 2020

The latest hallmarking figures have been released by Birmingham Assay Office. Birmingham Assay Office have released the June 2020 hallmarking figures for all four UK offices Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, for June 2020 vs June 2019.  The figures, which are widely regarded as a litmus test for the health of the industry, unsuprisingly show the impact of coronavirus. Figures courtesy of Birmingham Assay Office Author:  Published: 

Jewellery & Watch and Fashion will return in 2021

As a reflection on conversations between Hyve, the organiser of Jewellery & Watch and Fashion (JWF), and the community it serves, the show has taken the decision that JWF 2020 will not take place this year and will return as an in-person event in 2021. Hyve have listened to the community and whilst the industry supports JWF, the preferred choice in 2020 is to connect in a virtual environment. They are now working closely with their partners and clients to deliver a unique virtual forum with exclusive seminar content designed to educate and inform. Launching in September, more details will follow

British Academy of Jewellery to Celebrate Young Talented Designers

The annual graduation ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of the students from the British Academy of Jewellery, will be held at The Royal Institution on Friday, 1 st  December. Situated in an idyllic Mayfair location The Royal Institution is steeped in history, boasting a variety of stunning ceremony and reception rooms. The event is anticipated to be a great celebration of fresh talent emerging into the industry of jewellery design and manufacturing. This year’s graduation will include an exciting VIP guest panel, answering the questions of the Academy’s students and inspiring them in their futures as they leave the Academy. This

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Workshop

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Workshop This in-depth workshop is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery, Greg Valerio MBE and Ute Decker, and is about sustainability and ethical awareness in the jewellery industry. It is aimed at those involved in the designing, making and selling of jewellery as well as students and teachers of jewellery and follows from the Symposium on March 28. There is no required knowledge base for this course; complete beginners, students and professional jewellers will benefit from the material covered. The workshop will provide information and tools

Appointment: David Beckham Appointed Ambassadorial President, British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Beckham OBE, in a newly created role of Ambassadorial President. The global role will have an initial two-year tenure and will support the organisation in its goal to build networks and partnerships in the United States and Asia. David will partner closely with the BFC team to help the BFC boost support for the British fashion industry on a global scale – raising the profile of emerging British fashion talent with the global investment and media communities alike. Taking on this new role is an incredibly proud

Appointment: Stephanie Phair Made New Chair of British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council Board have announced that the new Chair of the organisation will be Stephanie Phair.  The role will be formalised at the 5th July 2018 Board meeting with key meetings commencing as early as June. The tenure is for an initial three years, with the option to renew. Stephanie is the Chief Strategy Officer for Farfetch, the global tech platform for the luxury fashion industry, a position she has held since November 2016 and will remain in. The role of Chair will focus on Governance, ensuring the organisation is able to lead the sector in a changing

Meet the (IPG) Masters at IJL

Meet the Masters The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths at IJL 2018 The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths [IPG] proudly presents Meet the Masters, a series of demonstrations by Fellows of the institute. These master craftspeople will be displaying their skills and taking questions from visitors at the IPG stand, E149, at International Jewellery London. This is a  fantastic opportunity to meet some of the most highly skilled and experienced veterans in our industry. Come and see them  at work, find out more about the Institute and perhaps become a member yourself. The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) is an organisation that

Opportunities knock for youngsters at BAJ event

Soon to be graduates of the British Academy of Jewellery will get their chance to impress movers and shakers in the British jewellery industry at a special networking event where dreams could turn into reality for the next generation of jewellers looking to progress. A group of trade members, doubling up as potential employers, are being invited to meet the students and their teachers over lunch where they can discuss the BAJ's apprenticeship programme and the funding before they are given a tour of the workshops to find out more about the training. Students of the “Preparation for the Jewellery

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

National Festival of Making 2017

A new kind of festival for a new age of making The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. This is an opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors to Blackburn town centre as The Festival of Making takes over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone. With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes

Fashion Space Gallery

Call for Applications Fashion Space Gallery is pleased to announce its third annual residency for 2017. The residency was created to support designers working within fashion or associated fields, in particular those whose practice is experimental and hard to define. In an industry that is characterised by fast turnarounds and relentless seasons, this initiative seeks to support a moment for the chosen designer to research and develop an aspect of their practice and to enable the outcomes to be shown as part of the exhibitions and events programme here at the Fashion Space Gallery. The residency seeks to encourage collaboration,

Dendritic Beauty: Still Life In A Stone

As autumn steps up a gear, nature explodes into a fiery mass of natural beauty with not only a sea of leaves amongst our feet but leaves falling into the trends cupboards of the design industry. Welcome to the world of dendritic stone. Within gemmology, agate is an umbrella term for a variety of banded Chalcedony; a mineral belonging to the Quartz family. Whilst not strictly classified as an agate as it is not banded, dendritic agate, also known as tree agate is itself a quartz, displaying a opaque and milky finish. Comparatively, dendritic quartz displays more of a shimmery

Avoid a Faux-Pas: Spotting a Fake Rolex

With the rate technology is improving, it’ s becoming easier and easier for the manufacturers of fake Rolex watches to copy the timepieces we all know and love. With the millions poured into research and development by the genuine manufacturers, the increasing ability to copy products with alarming  accuracy is taking a greater toll on the industry. With that in mind, we look at five ways to help you steer clear of fake watches. But be warned! With fakers even duplicating the very machinery the watchmakers use to make their watches with, the days of  easily spotting fakes are long

Sima Vaziry Jewellery to open first shop at the OXO Tower

Sima Vaziry Jewellery & Katherine Elizabeth Millinery have come together and made the decision to open a boutique studio and shop in order to showcase their award winning creations. The attractive high end items on display will appeal to a wide audience who appreciate exquisite design and craftsmanship. Their strengths are that they have already been in business for many years and have successfully achieved a large client base and following. They are well known in the industry and have already showed their collections in high end venues such as Cliveden House, the Berkley, The British Museum and Fortnum and

Call for Applications: Inhorgenta Award

For the first time ever, Messe München will confer the Inhorgenta Award in six categories at Inhorgenta Munich 2017. This distinction is intended as a reward for special products and services of the jewellery and watch industry. As of now, applications for the award can be filed and tickets for the festive gala be bought via the new website www.inhorgenta-award.com. The presentation of the Inhorgenta Award will happen on 19 February at the Postpalast in Munich and will be the highlight of Inhorgenta Munich. Categories Messe München confers this distinction for special products and services of the jewellery and watch

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair 2017

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair A brand-new home and gift fair for London, Giftag will offer the discerning retail buyer the opportunity to source products and services that are vetted by the organisers as being designed or manufactured in the UK or Ireland. The organisers have been responsible for the development and management of The British Craft Trade Fair for over 25 years and their experience in this sector of the gift industry is second to none. They will be using their knowledge and experience to ensure the success of Giftag. Buyers who visit the fair

Messe München Launches Inhorgenta Award for 2017

Messe München will present a new highlight in the coming year: the INHORGENTA Award. This distinction is to be awarded in recognition of special products and services of the jewelry and watch industry. The award will be conferred in six different categories. A top-class independent jury will select the respective winners. At the forthcoming trade show taking place from February 18 to 21, 2017, INHORGENTA MUNICH will celebrate a premiere with the presentation of the INHORGENTA Award. “In nearly every sector, there is a prize in recognition of outstanding products and services. Until now, such a recognition has been missing

Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery

Birmingham  School of Jewellery , founded in 1890, is a jewellery school in Birmingham, England. Located on Vittoria Street in the city's Jewellery Quarter, it is the largest jewellery school in Europe. Undergraduate Jewellery Design and Related Products – BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery and Silversmithing- Design for industry- BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Gemmology and jewellery studies www.bcu.ac.uk Postgraduate Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - MA www.bcu.ac.uk Luxury Jewellery Management- MA www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - GradCert www.bcu.ac.uk

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers

Call for Applications: Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers  Applications to The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund launches on Tuesday 28 July at 10am The Fund was set up by Kassandra to support Black jewellers and those in the allied trades facing financial hardship Grants of £1,000 will be made available to 20 Black jewellers and those working in the allied trades The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity will administer the grants on behalf of the Fund A panel of judges, made up of industry experts, will decide who the grants will be awarded to. Applications to a Black jewellers’ hardship Fund,

Benchpeg turns 15 in Lockdown

We’ve been so busy that we forgot that we recently should have celebrated our birthday! It is very hard to believe, for us, that we turned 15 at the beginning of this month. 15 years ago, when ecommerce was very limited, websites were non-responsive and social media hadn’t really got started in the way that we know it nowadays, we created Benchpeg to help democratise information for the sector and get it to those that needed the information most – micro and SME businesses within the jewellery industry. We’re extremely proud that we were the first digital newsletter in the

Shine 2021: Open Call

The Goldsmiths' Centre's annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, Shine, returns online in 2021. Applications are now open to UK designer makers, who are within the first five years of running a business to exhibit their new collection to potential customers, buyers and the wider industry. Participants will be given the unique opportunity to undertake a valuable online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre. Specifically tailored to their needs, the training will cover all key aspects of how jewellers and silversmiths should best present themselves and their work in person and online, culminating in an online showcasing

School of Jewellery present Goblet to British Allied Trades Federation

The School of Jewellery and HND Course Director Dauvit Alexander were delighted to recently present the finished award-winning goblet to Kate Owen, Past President of The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) in the School’s Vittoria Street home. The BATF launched the competition at the School to provide an opportunity for students to design to commission, thereby promoting newly qualified talent in the industry.  Dating back to 1954, the BATF Presidency has been recognised by the addition of a solid silver goblet to the Federation’s silver collection. This collection was instigated to support and showcase craftsmanship and design. For the last three

Crafting Business Seminar

Crafting EuropeSeminar - Crafts Council The project partners of the Creative Europe project ‘Crafting Europe’, are delighted to announce our first ‘Crafting Business Seminar’. Crafting Business is a professional practice training programme that was organised and delivered in 2020. This programme aimed to share expertise and knowledge to support the business development of newcomers to the industry in nine European countries including the UK.  Join us on the 22nd and 23rd February 2021, 10am-12.50pm (GMT/Ireland/UK/Portugal) to find out more about the Crafting Business programme and to hear from the participants and tutors involved about their experiences.     Please  follow this

Coronavirus: Antwerp World Diamond Centre postpones all planned events

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre has today announced that it has made the decision to postpone all of its planned events due to the c oronavirus  outbreak. It issued a statement saying: "Due to the recent developments regarding the Cornonavirus and the advice given by the local and federal governments, AWDC has decided to postpone all planned seminars, AWDC Cafes, events, etc., at least for the coming month. W e are evaluating the situation constantly and will keep you posted on any further developments. We also advise all companies within the industry to postpone all non-essential meetings, seminars, business trips etc.

British Craft Trade Fair acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has been acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions Limited in a deal completed on 14th April 2021 after the previous owner, PSM Limited, was forced to seek a new owner for the fair following the cancellation of its April 2020 and 2021 events during the lockdown.  The past year has seen unprecedented challenges for the exhibitions and live events industry. Whilst many shows, organisers, contractors and venues may not make it through to the other side of the pandemic restrictions, today’s acquisition announcement confirms that the UK’s leading trade show for handmade British crafts will benefit

Coronavirus: Responsible Jewellery Council orders workers to go remote

As the new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization the Responsible Jewellery Council has ordered its staff to work remotely. They issued the following statement: Members of the jewellery and watch industry are going through a challenging time, affected by the current health and economic climate. The Responsible Jewellery Council team would like to extend its thoughts to all stakeholders and their families around the world. As the virus continues to spread extensively, we have taken additional precautionary measures. We need to be proactive and minimise the risk of the virus

Jewellery fashion will be futuristic, multi-cultural and celebrate the power of nature in SS/20, says IJL

International Jewellery London reveals 6 jewellery trends for SS/20 IJL trends editors and jewellery expert, Paola De Luca, has outlined six key jewellery trend themes for Spring-Summer 2020 for International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. Her vision includes authentic designs that subvert deep-rooted stereotypes with gender, touches on societal pressure with minimalism and brings to life an organic amalgamation of nineteenth century deco with nature; all the while toying with abstract shapes, futuristic expression and dark jewels. These will be showcased on IJL’s SS20 Trends Catwalk where Paola will present her detailed

2021 Jewellery World Awards

Call for Applications: 2021 Jewellery World Awards (JWA) The 2021 Jewellery World Awards (JWA), formerly known as the JNA Awards, is now accepting entries via  www.JWAwards.com . JWA launched three new categories to its roster - all of which were introduced to cover a wider scope of companies in the global jewellery and gemstone industry. Helmed by Informa Markets Jewellery, the world's largest B2B jewellery fairs organiser, JWA was founded in 2012 to promote innovation and excellence in the international jewellery and gemstone trade. Originally designed to celebrate achievements within the Asian region mainly, the award has grown tremendously over the years

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Career Catalyst Grants 2021 support four jewellers and silversmiths to work in new and innovative ways

Now in its second year, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Career Catalyst Grants 2021 have been awarded to jewellers and silversmiths, Rachael Colley, Flora Bhattachary, Maya Selway and Sarah Wilson. Supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Radcliffe Trust, each grant is worth up to £5,000 and enables those working in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries to innovate and grow their knowledge and skills through ambitious learning experiences. Cutlery Comb, 2019, re-purposed stainless steel cutlery, powder-coated steel frame, Photographer Rachael Colley Selected by an expert judging panel, consisting of Goldsmiths’ Centre Trustees and industry experts, the finalists were highly commended for

Flourish

Flourish Hosted by the Crafts Council 17 - 18 June 2019 Goldsmiths' Hall, London Flourish – the Crafts Council’s two-day professional development conference for makers and designers – will be taking place on 17 - 18 June 2019.  Flourish is primarily for makers who have been in practice for at least four years, and feel their business needs a boost. Taking place at Goldsmith’s Hall, London, both days will be packed with industry leading voices, workshops and panel discussions that cover international trade, business growth, marketing, earning potential, work-life balance, sustainable design, legal advice and articulating your USP.

Fair Luxury presents at IJL 2019

Fair Luxury present @ IJL 2019 Since its inception in 2016 the Fair Luxury collective has provided a platform of promotion, information and education surrounding the complex topics of ethics and sustainability in today’s jewellery market. Bringing such challenging and ever evolving subjects to a wider audience requires support from our dynamic industry – therefore the Fair Luxury collective are proud to be once again presenting at International Jewellery London for the third year. Fair Luxury would like you to join them at IJL’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ on Tuesday 3 September for what promises to be a diverse discussion of latest

Market Entry Programme 2019

Call for Applications: Market Entry (MEP) London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator Market Entry (MEP) The Market Entry Programme is designed to empower fashion, fashtech, jewellery and accessories SMEs with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies. The programme will run on 24 and 25 July with a 1-2-1 diagnostic exit session to follow. Eligibility Criteria All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All

Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019 (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham)  20 - 22 March 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall,  Cheltenham The Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) applications open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms.  There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted.  Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and

Q&A: Ed Hole

Ed Hole is Head of CAD Design and 3D Printing at Birmingham based jewellery industry giant Weston Beamor Ltd. He has been at the company since 2003, and for some 14 years he has been creating bespoke pieces and new product development lines for a wide variety of clients. He is an expert CAD Designer and 3D Print specialist and has built up a team specialising in the use of cutting edge technology at the firm. Ed has a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do

Classically trained Diamond Mounter seeks work

Classically trained Diamond Mounter seeks work I am looking for part time work only based in London or the south east (I am from Canterbury, Kent) handling diamonds and gemstones. I am a classically trained diamond mounter and completed a five year apprenticeship in Hatton garden through The Goldsmiths’ Company, I then worked in Paris making fine jewellery. I am looking to expand my knowledge in other areas of the industry especially gemstones. My number is 07712110557 and my email is  info@chloemayjewellery.co.uk www.chloemayjewellery.co.uk

Jeweller looking for bench or business work opportunities

Jeweller looking for bench or business work opportunities Dublin based Jeweller with experience across the Gem & Jewellery industry in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Seeking remote freelance work and/ or employment in Dublin to develop Goldsmith skills.  Hardworking, adaptable and reliable. Approaches work with a hands on attitude, environmentally conscious mindset and cross cultural appreciation and understanding. Highly detail oriented and thrives in a creative environment Qualifications  Certificate in Traditional Jewellery and Goldsmith skills, The School of Jewellery Ireland 2021 (1 year course Sept 2020-2021) Gemmology Foundation & Diploma (FGA), Gem-A London (2013 - 2015) Business Management Degree Experience

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

News Edit: 1 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Precious jewellery demand set for continuing recovery, Platinum Guild says Mining Weekly: Following a challenging year for luxury goods marketers in 2020, the latest consumer survey commissioned by worldwide marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) during the first quarter of 2021 has determined positive sentiment for the jewellery industry, with a strong indication of robust demand for precious jewellery in three of platinum’s major markets during the coming 12 months. www.miningweekly.com Cartographer discovers Sweden's 'most spectacular' trove of Bronze Age jewellery on forest floor ABC: A Swedish orienteering

US$2M Available GIA Scholarships 2021

Call for Applications: GIA Scholarships 2021 Whether you are new to the gem and jewelry industry or a veteran looking to expand your knowledge, education from GIA will equip you with the tools to succeed. A scholarship from GIA makes achieving your educational goals financially attainable. GIA is accepting scholarship applications until March 31, 2021 for classes that start June through December of this year. The scholarships are open to prospective students around the world. For this application cycle, all prospective students may apply for distance education programs, with limited on-campus scholarship availability due to pandemic-related capacity restrictions. For details

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

Q&A: Stephen M Goldsmith FIPG MBGG

Stephen M Goldsmith FIPG MNGG KCHS is a precious metal polisher of high repute having worked in some of the most prestigious jewellery houses in the country. With some 45 years of experience as a craftsman in the jewellery and silversmithing industry, a former employee of the crown jewellers he has even worked in the Tower of London on the Crown Jewels. Starting out on a pre-apprentice course at Rochester, and then an apprenticeship, he can now be safely described as a Master Craftsman, and has just has his first book published, ‘Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths’ which [youtube

Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2020

Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 25th - 28th July 2020 Asia’s leading mid-year jewellery event is refreshing its brand – Jewellery & Gem ASIA Hong Kong will be held from 25 to 28 June 2020 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with an exciting line up of exhibitors and special events.  The refreshed visual identity reaffirms the show’s commitment to the jewellery world, and that is to connect and engage with the global jewellery community, inspire true partnership and celebrate the very best that the industry has to offer.  Occupying 70,000

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

News Edit: 21 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The jewellery industry announces a scholarship to support black students Wallpaper: Fifty jewellery brands have united to create a long-term scholarship and mentorships to support black students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. wallpaper.com 50 Jewelers Have Created a $50,000 Scholarship for Black Students to Study Design Robb Report: On Wednesday, a group of fifty jewelry designers and jewelry-related businesses announced the creation of a $50,000 endowment for black students studying jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.  robbreport.com

Responsible Jewellery Council Launches SDG Taskforce

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch supply chain, announced today the launch of an SDG Taskforce to create a unified platform to benchmark members’ progress in the implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The UN SDGs are a call to action for all countries, organisations and people to come together in partnership to achieve a more sustainable and fairer future for all. The SDG Taskforce includes 26 leaders of the global jewellery industry together with the representatives of NGOs, other trade organisations and academia who will convene on a regular

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

Call to Action on Climate Change: Responsible Jewellery Council Webinar

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

News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Girl’s Best Friend: Meet the Ethical Jeweller Empowering Women Vanity Fair: Shiffon Co. Founder Shilpa Yarlagadda is a young entrepreneur making waves in the jewellery industry. www.vanityfair.com 14 Sustainable Jewelry Brands To Support On Earth Day Elle: Since its conception in 1970, Earth Day has become one of the largest secular observances in the world. It spreads awareness about the conditions of our planet and the ways in which we can create a more sustainable lifestyle. www.elle.com 6 Sustainable Jewellery Collections To Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Tatler:

TCT 3Sixty 2021

TCT 3Sixty 2021 29 June - 1 July 2021 NEC, Birmingham Rapid News Group has announced the decision to postpone TCT 3Sixty, the UK’s flagship event for 3D Printing & Additive Intelligence, to 2021. Originally scheduled for 29 September – 01 October 2020, the event will now take place from 29 June – 01 July 2021. The venue for the event, the NEC, Birmingham, UK is unchanged. The decision to postpone the event comes as a result of the unprecedented times the event industry finds itself in as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic. The rescheduling of the show reflects

Talent Spot: Six Exciting New Jewellery Designers to Watch from New Designers 2019

The array of talent on display at New Designers 2019 was phenomenal- it would appear the future of the jewellery industry is as sparkling as the displays that were on show. Following on from our recent exhibition review and award announcement , Benchpeg shines a spotlight on six exciting designers to watch. Tianyu Zhao  Tianyu’s work stood out at New Designer’s as a delightfully juvenile departure from the seriousness of the more traditional work on display. Working from a deliciously pastel colour-palette, she evokes the naivity of  childhood to instil the wearer of the “adult amulet” with the courage to

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 .

Alighieri's Rosh Mahtani Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at London Fashion Week

On Tuesday 18th February 2020, at London Fashion Week, Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri was presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Mahtani is recognised for the craftmanship of her jewellery which is produced in Hatton Garden, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment.  The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a

News Edit: 28 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alessandro Michele Has Brought His Magic Touch To Gucci's High Jewellery Vogue: The first high jewellery collection dreamed up by Alessandro Michele has a poetic power that is born of his passion for the past. www.vogue.co.uk Messika: The Beyoncé-Backed Diamond Jeweller Disrupting the Industry Luxury London: In less than two decades, Messika has become a byword for refined yet avant-garde diamond jewellery with joie de vivre and a resolutely modern aesthetic. luxurylondon.co.uk Missoma is the jewellery choice of the young royals Tatler: It's the jewellery brand adored by the young

Cancelled: IJL 2021

Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of International Jewellery London, announced this week that the jewellery industry event, which has run consistently for over 60 years, will in addition to the cancelled 2020 show, also cancel the show scheduled for 2021. A statement from Reed Exhibitions said: "Reed Exhibitions has announced that International Jewellery London (IJL) will not take place in 2021 as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Following the cancellation of IJL 2020 on 9th June; we have taken the even more difficult decision to not run IJL in 2021. Both the UK live events and jewellery industries are

Dragons’ Den and The Workbench

The Workbench: Best-friends-turned-jewellers appear on prime-time BBC One TV show after world-first ring carving kits shake up jewellery industry. Best friends Katie and Kirstie built their business after a eureka moment during a craft night with friends. The new series of Dragons’ Den saw this week The Workbench girls pitch their business  on the BBC programme. The Workbench, the world’s first design-your-own ring carving kit, is the result of a lightbulb moment in 2014 between best friends - founders Katie and Kirstie who appeared on the finale episode of the 18th series of Dragons’ Den on the 8th July pitching

Watch this Space: Meet the Six IJL Kickstart 2019 Winners

Earlier this month, International Jewellery London announced the winners of their 2019 Kickstart competition. The six 'Kickstarters' recognised for their emerging talent, will have access to a mentoring package, workshop days and introductions to key industry figures, as well as ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support- and a presence at IJL this year. The six winners are: Aurelie Dellasanta, Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery Becca Macdonald, Becca Macdonald Studio Bine Roth, Bine Roth Jewellery Hannah Blackwood, Hannah Blackwood Jewellery Lukas Grewenig, Lukas Grewenig Jewellery Vanessa Pederzani, Heirloom Jewels    Katie Morris, IJL Exhibition Director said: “Congratulations to all six KickStart 2019 designers.

Sarah Straussberg Reveals Latest Commission

Sarah Straussberg has revealed her latest commission, the Photo London 'Master of Photography' award. Straussberg has been commissioned for this award for the past five years, with previous winners including photographers: Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullen, Taryn Simon and Edward Burtynsky. This year’s winner is highly influential photographer Stephen Shore. Shore is a widely published photographer, and has been working in the industry for the past forty-five years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at

The Future of Luxury

'The Future of Luxury  ' Italy-America Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Luxury Summit 2021 Wednesday, January 27th 2021 The IACC's fourth annual Luxury Summit, organized in partnership with the Luxury Institute, explores the future of luxury through the lens of post-pandemic consumer habits. Top luxury leaders and industry experts will share their knowledge and expertise in a series of interactive panel discussions, bookended by opening and closing remarks from Alberto Milani, IACC President and Senior Luxury Advisor, Richline Group a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Virtual Event will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 9:00AM to 12:00PM EST REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

EC One Leads the Way with Sustainability by Becoming B-Corp Certified

London based jewellery boutique E.C. One is leading the way in sustainability within the jewellery industry, by becoming only the second jeweller in the UK to be B-Corporation Certified and joining an established community of companies using business as a force for good.  The accreditation process to become a B-Corp involves an in-depth analysis of the business’ entire social and environmental performance, to assess its impact on its workers, community, environment and customers. Other well-known brands within the B-Corp community include: Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Eileen Fisher. Ethics and sustainability have long been high on the agenda at E.C. [youtube

New Jewellery Valuers Association Aims to Raise Professional Profile of Valuers

A new membership organisation for Jewellery and Watch evaluators has recently launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland. By  raising the professional profile of valuers with continued training and professional development and promotion of its members to the general public, insurance industry, government departments and the legal profession. Frank Wood, Chair of the Jewellery Valuers Association, said “It is in the public’s interest that jewellery valuations are carried out to a high professional standard, but they are not necessarily aware of the difference between a good valuation and a poor one. It’s up to us to make that distinction clear,

Q&A: Gary Williams

Gary Williams is a Director at Presman Bullion Ltd, a company based in Hatton Garden which is one of the largest reclaimers, processors and recyclers of precious metal jewellery scrap, sweeps and residue services to the UK’s jewellery trade. He also sits on the Board of parent company, Mastermelt Ltd. Gary's career in the jewellery industry spans some 40 years, having started out working as a representative for a jewellery wholesaler, then for award-winning manufacturer Brown & Newirth Ltd, leaving as their Sales & Marketing Director. Gary was also a Director with Amore Cranleigh Ltd, a Surrey based retailer specialising

Instant payment for Recruitment Adverts

We've made it really simple to pay us. Just use the Paypal button below. Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg Advertising revenue helps us to keep going and also to deliver good works within industry. How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. Simply click the paypal button to pay the predetermined amount The link will take you throigh to the Paypal payment gateway This button is for a fixed payment of £273.04 which includes VAT and transaction fees.     paypal.Buttons({

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert

We've made it really simple to pay us. Just use the Paypal button below. Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg Advertising revenue helps us to keep going and also to deliver good works within industry. How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. Simply click the paypal button to pay the predetermined amount The link will take you throigh to the Paypal payment gateway This button is for a fixed payment of £270.04.00 which includes Paypal transaction fees.   paypal.Buttons({ style: {

Q&A: Jos Skeates

Jos Skeates a Goldsmith and the Co-Founder, along with wife Alison, of the leading, multi award winning, Central London jewellery boutique EC One the Jewellers. He is also the Chairman of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? JS: Jos Skeates, Goldsmith and owner of E.C.One the Jewellers.  How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? JS: Total chance. I was looking for a summer job when I was sixteen and saw an advert for an apprentice Diamond Mounter. I’ve never looked back.  How

London Edge 2019

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

Q&A: Fei Liu

Fei Liu was the first Chinese born student to attend the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, moving specifically from China to attend the historical jewellery school. Some twenty years later he is the founder of an eponymously named multi award winning jewellery brand of international repute. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A... What’s your name, and what do you for a living? My name is Fei Liu. I established my own brand, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, which allows me to share my art through jewellery, and enjoy the perks of gem hunting. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry?

Bright Young Gems 2019

Call for Applications: Bright Young Gems 2019 Unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena. Bright Young Gems is a free launch pad scheme specifically for final year jewellery students and recent graduates. IJL's Bright Young Gems initiative has steadily grown into one of the most coveted platforms in the industry, spawning a string of high flying careers in particular Tomasz Donocik & Imogen Belfield. The Benevolent Society will be providing each BYG winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant! Submissions for Bright Young Gems 2019 are now open. Final date for entry is 13 May 2019 To apply

Diana Porter (1943– 2021)

Diana Porter award winning jewellery designer and champion of women’s rights, has died, aged 78.  Claire Wheeler of Diana Porter Jewellery wirites about her friend and colleague. A prolific creative mind, she was not only renowned for her innovative design but creating work with integrity and honesty. She fought tirelessly to raise awareness and promote gender equality and became a leading light for women within the jewellery industry.   In 1990 Diana went to the University of Central England at the age of 47 to do a 3 year full time degree course in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Diana focused her time at

Informa Markets Jewellery and Atelier Technology announce strategic partnership to tap digital opportunities in jewellery sector

Informa Markets, the world’s largest exhibitions organiser, and Atelier Technology, the leading technology provider in the jewellery supply chain, are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic cooperation that aims to create growth opportunities for the jewellery community through a carefully tailored digital service that leverages their combined strengths, technologies and industry relationships. Under the partnership, Informa Markets’ jewellery vertical — Informa Markets Jewellery — and Atelier will launch a platform centred on digital product meetings, which will endure as a valuable service beyond the pandemic. With Atelier Technology's network of over 1,000+ retailers, brands and their supply

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020 13 - 15 September 2020 Alexandra Palace, London IJL, the UK’s Leading Jewellery Trade Event, will take place from Sunday 13 – Tuesday 15 September, 2020, at a new London venue, the historic Alexandra Palace. Alexandra Palace is one of the UK’s most renowned and historic exhibition spaces, whose heritage and style evoke the jewellery industry it will showcase. Set in beautiful parkland, only 10 minutes north of Kings Cross, Alexandra Palace has long been a beacon for domestic and international visitors for concerts, events and exhibitions during its 146 years. In the last

News Edit: 9 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   How The Jewelry Industry Is Mobilizing To Stamp Out Racism Forbes: In the wake of the global social justice movement over recent weeks, black jewelry designers have found themselves thrust front and center as consumers look for ways to show their support. forbes.com Shiny new business idea from Chippenham jeweller Wiltshire Times: Chippenham jeweller Tamara Eggleston has had a Eureka moment. She had to cancel her silver jewellery making workshops due to lockdown back in March. So she has invented a home jewellery making kit to keep her

GIA open up free online courses to earn GIA diploma

As the global gem and jewelry industry navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is making access to its introductory courses easier than ever before. From May 4, 2020 through June 29, 2020, the GIA Essentials online courses in diamonds, colored stones and jewelry will be available at no cost for first-time enrollments. For additional details and to apply, visit GIA.edu/elearning-offer . This limited time opportunity teaches the fundamentals needed for a profession in gems and jewelry. By completing the three GIA Essentials eLearning courses, students may earn the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP) diploma. Eligible

New Designers 2019 sparkles with a strong focus on Jewellery

Last week, New Designers kicked off its celebration of new design talent; connecting fresh graduates with industry professionals across a plethora of creative fields. On a glorious sunny Wednesday, Benchpeg attended the Business Design Centre in London to get a sneak-peak at the fresh talent; and was extremely pleased to see such a strong jewellery presence at the event.  New Designers prides itself on its progressive nature, stating “Great design never stands still, and should challenge the status quo. We champion new thinking, and new approaches to solving today’s problems through design. As society changes, so do New Designers.”  This

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

Veteran jewellery industry stalwart Michael Hoare has passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael studied in the mid seventies at Leicester Polytechnic now De Montford University, and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. After graduation he started his professional career in the retail business and joined the Co-operative Midcounties where he worked as a Department Store Manager until 1988. As a brief spell as a Training Consultant he joined the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) as saw a very speedy transition into management, and Executive management level. Furthering his interest in both training, retail and trade bodies, [youtube

News Edit: 28 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This Sustainable Fine Jewellery Collection from Dover Street Market Is The Perfect Mix of Creativity And Innovation Vogue: There are few conversations within this industry that have become as profoundly important as that surrounding sustainability. vogue.co.uk In My Jewellery Box: Marla Aaron The Telegraph: New York-based jewellery designer Marla Aaron fell in love with jewellery as a young girl playing with her grandmother’s collection, but she never envisaged making a career out of it. telegraph.co.uk The jewellers turning their hand to home furnishings How To Spend It: Cutting-edge jewellers are

Craft Town given funding boost

Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are celebrating a funding boost from Arts Council England. The initiative has been awarded funding to develop the town’s annual Craft Month which has taken place every October for the past six years. The month celebrates the town’s deep craft roots – from its earliest involvement with the pottery industry in the 16th century, through the Victorian era and the establishment of the Farnham Pottery and the founding of Farnham Art School in 1880. This remarkable legacy has been continued by a partnership

Fair Luxury calls for jewellers to join the fashion revolution, letting customers know who made their jewellery

It’s said we are the first generation that knows that we are killing the planet, and fast fashion has been amongst one of the biggest targets of criticism. This new era of awareness couldn’t be more apparent- with activist group Extinction Rebellion hosting rallies in cities over the world in the last few days.  At a time where sustainability accounts for a key fashion trend and internet searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have almost doubled since last year; Fair Luxury looks to the jewellery industry, as a caveat of the fashion trade, to take action and show solidarity for planet Earth. Fashion

London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator

Call for Applications: London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator The Market Entry Programme is designed to empower fashion, fashtech, jewellery and accessories SMEs with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies. The programme will run on 22nd and 23rd May with a 1-2-1 diagnostic exit session to follow. Eligibility Criteria All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating for

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

IJL to showcase their Bright Young Gems

International Jewellery London has announced the four winning designers nominated as the Bright Young Gems for 2018 – Katharina Kraus, Zeemou Zeng, Daisy Grice and Yayun Fang – at a special celebratory preview in London, IJL Curated 2018. Now in its fourteenth year, this IJL project provides the winners, all  young talented designers chosen as ‘the stars of the future’, with the unique opportunity to showcase their work at this premier industry jewellery show, as well as benefit from dedicated mentoring from jewellery experts before the event to ensure that they maximise the experience. International Jewellery London has announced the

Emerge Competition

Call for Applications: Emerge Competition Zealous set up Emerge in response to the changing nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The aim of the competition is to safeguard the creative industries and promote new generations of diverse creative talent from all backgrounds across the UK. Together, let's remind the world that the UK’s creative industries are best in class, worth supporting and open for business. The Competition 12 Emerge prize categories are open to all creative talent residing in the UK. All of the categories will be shortlisted to 15, from which industry judges will select the top 3

Vanilla Ink Programme: INKubator

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink INKubator Programme Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery school, offering Jewellers and Silversmiths in the early stages of their career a professional development INKubator. Immersed in a 9 month programme, the Vanilla Inkers are encouraged and supported while developing their craft practice. Content includes: Monthly professional development sessions with industry innovators, you are paired with a mentor from the design sector, Meet the Maker talks with inspirational creators and designers, skills development with our Master Goldsmith Scott McIntyre, peer support with Critical Feedback and a platform to network and showcase your work. The Vanilla Ink

Gemfields launches ‘Every Piece Unique’ global campaign to highlight responsibly sourced coloured gemstones

Gemfields launches ‘Every Piece Unique’ global campaign to highlight responsibly sourced coloured gemstones Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, has launched a global advertising campaign with Gutenberg Global and adam&eveDDB in order to raise awareness of responsible sourcing in the coloured gemstone industry and promote Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies. Gemfields believes that coloured gemstones should be mined and marketed by championing three key values [youtube url=http://youtu.be/gOuvHIlYlVo] – transparency, integrity and legitimacy – and seeks to challenge itself and the sector by setting new benchmarks for responsible sourcing. The campaign was designed to bring

Fair-trade jewellers get together at London Fashion week to show that fashion can be fair

This coming Monday and Tuesday marks a pivotal moment in London Fashion week history: for the first time ever, four of the leading ethical jewellers will come together to prove that fair fashion, without comprimise, can be (and should be) achieved.  From an exclusive location in Old Bond Street, adjecent to the main-catwalk, the four renowned designers will showcase their collections to celebrities, industry experts and the public alike. This, coming after the BOF State of Fashion report prophecised that ''For fashion players, 2019 will be a year of awakening. The ones who will succeed will have to come to

Flavia Amadeu X :In-Residence

Flavia Amadeu X :In-Residence :IN-RESIDENCE are proud to host Brazilian jewellery designer Flavia Amadeu in store on Friday 20 April 2018 from 17:00 to 20:00 for an exclusive preview of her work prior to her participation in the V&As Fashioned from Nature exhibition which opens to the public on Saturday 21 April 2018.  This is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.  Flavia will be available to discuss her work and her passion for sustainability within the fashion industry. Flavia Amadeu is a Brazilian jewellery, fashion,

'Digital Meets Handmade' New York Symposium Review

PhD researcher Karen-Ann Dicken writes a review for Benchpeg of the recent symposium held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York - Digital meets Handmade. In May this year I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Digital meets Handmade’ - Jewellery of the 21 st  Century symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. Professor Wendy Yothers of FIT organised the event in conjunction with Alba Cappellieri from Politecnico di Milano. This three day symposium was a brilliant collection of researches, speakers and industry specialists. All with the linked theme of what the world of jewellery looks like now we

Appointment: Andrew Marshall Joins DBC London as Production Manager

London based jewellery design and manufacturing process bureau DBC London has announced the appointment of Andrew Marshall as its new Production Manager. Andrew has been working within in the jewellery industry for 25 years and has previously successfully managed him own business, reaching out to customers and proactively addressing their queries. David Marshall the Managing Director of DBC London said: “We are all confident that Andrew will take on his new responsibilities with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as he has in his previous positions.” Andrew will take up his new position from 20 August 2018 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre,

‘In Conversation’ Event with Joanna Hardy and Cartier

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council & The Goldsmiths’ Centre to host  ‘In Conversation’ event with Joanna Hardy and Cartier Acclaimed jewellery specialist, Joanna Hardy, leads an ‘In Conversation’ with Cartier, the world’s most esteemed and respected Maison in the luxury goods industry, for an exceptional event. Founded in 1874 in Paris, Cartier is renowned worldwide for its high jewellery creations and watches – symbols of craftsmanship and elegance, quality and excellence. Hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) in partnership with The Goldsmiths’ Centre, and Joanna Hardy, this exclusive ‘In Conversation’ event celebrates 60 years of unique partnership

The Goldsmiths’ Centre Launches New Business Growth Programme

The Goldsmiths’ Centre launched a new Business Growth Programme, designed to offer business skills short courses and inspirational talks tailored to the fine jewellery and contemporary silversmithing sectors, earlier this month. Led by experts and industry practitioners, this programme aims to provide ambitious entrepreneurs with the tools to confidently craft their business skills and spearhead a step-change in their practice. From prestigious business incubation programmes for emerging makers, such as the Getting Started and Setting Out courses, to one-day intensive short courses for more established businesses, and a successful leadership pilot programme started in 2017, the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London

Chime with the Times: The Top Watches for 2018

It's not only the outfit that oozes a person's style and charm but also the finer details they wear on the side. With an endless selection of shape, size, colour, design and style, a beautiful, sleek and intriguing timepiece is set to clock in as the must-have accessory for 2018. Just like the economic status of the world, the watch industry has experienced more than its fair share of ups and downs in popularity but this year, the jewellery world has clocked a slow and steady rise in demand for luxury wrist wear. From simple and seamless two-handed tickers to

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call 2018

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call Discovering the unusual and the talented Calling all makers, designers and craftspeople! Liberty Open Call is back and this year, we’re on the hunt for the UK’s best undiscovered interior design talent. Who Can Enter Liberty Open Call is a platform for undiscovered UK-based makers, artists, designers and craftspeople who have contributed to the industry in the last three years – but have no history of being stocked by another London store. This includes teachers, students and those who have sold at craft markets or exhibited work. This year, we’re looking for unique home

Brazillian designer who turned her back on fast-fashion to exhibit at Milan Fashion Week

Brazillian designer, Roberta Mattos’, evolution from fast-fashion student to slow-design is encapsulated in her latest collection: Pause.  The designer began her career in the clothing industry but fell out of love with it due to wide-spread ‘fast-fashion’ practices. She finally settled on jewellery design after trying her hand at other creative industries, such as gastronomy and culture, inspired by a visit to a local jewellery atelier.. The ‘’Pause’’ collection is intentional and conspicuous with its meaning, incorporating the geometric ‘pause’ symbol as a motif within the designs, serving as a gentle reminder to take a break from technology and connect

Need for flexible working may underpin gender pay gap

A desire for flexible working arrangements and a reluctance to relocate for more senior roles were the reasons behind a gender pay gap in the jewellery retail industry that was higher than the national average, research has shown. Pay differentials between men and women for equal jobs ranged from 2% higher at Links of London to 91.6% lower at Pandora, where women effectively have been earning 28p for every £1 earned by a man.  But the data, collected and collated by the Government’s Gender Pay Gap Service, did not take into consideration the proportion of store employees who make up

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018 One Year On for talented designers launching new creative businesses Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year On at New Designers 2018. One Year On presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated by industry buyer, business-owner and designer Rheanna Lingham, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. Application Deadline 31st January 2018 To Apply www.newdesigners.com/oneyearon2018

Domino Debuts At Dublin Jewellery Show

Domino Jewellery will be adding a new exhibition to its 2018 calendar, with the team making their debut at Jewellery Ireland on 19th - 20th August 2018, exhibiting in the Fine Jewellery category. Jewellery Ireland, which takes place at the CityWest Event Centre in Saggart, Dublin, is in its 3rd year. The show aims to bring together leading industry brands in a discreet and friendly environment, timed strategically to assist buyers with crucial pre-Christmas planning and purchases. Domino will be taking all of their 2018 collections to the show, including the recently-launched, extended Diamond Ring Mounts range, along with the

Make Your Mark Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Now in its third year, the Make Your Mark award ceremony, organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, was held on Tuesday as part of the wider Make Your Mark event. The event, and the competition, were designed to celebrate and promote the British Hallmark.  As the event is largely geared towards newcomers to the trade, the competition has two entrance categories, one for industry members who completed their training within the last 5 years, and one to accommodate those who are a little earlier in their careers, for students and apprentices.    Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 Public Exhibition

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 Public Exhibition The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. Each year the Council hosts a unique national competition attracting over 600 entries from exceptionally talented and skilled UK based designers and craftsmen. The annual Awards Exhibition showcases this year's winners from intricate hand-crafted jewellery to tableware and objet d’art – all entered as part of GC&DC’s 2018 competition. Dates 27 February - 2 March 2018 Open 10:00am – 4:00pm Venue The Goldsmiths' Company, Goldsmiths Hall, London EC2V 6BN

Nicholas Wylde wins UK Jewellery Award for best Marketing Campaign

The annual UK Jewellery Awards was this year held at The Artillery Garden in July and brought together those members of industry involved in jewellery retail. Compared by TV Presenter Gethin Jones, the awards evening celebrated the past year’s achievements of jewellers on the high street. Nicholas Wylde and his team were recognised for their promotional activities, which celebrated founder Nicholas’ 30 years in business, by the presentation of Best Marketing Campaign Award. Promoting not only their own business, Bath’s Wylde Treasure Hunt brought the Bath high street and over 30 indie shops together, promoting the Bath shopping experience and

Garnet for Those January Birth Babies

With the start of a new year and a new month puts one of the most beautiful birthstones in the gemstone limelight. For those of you who are lucky enough to be born in the month of January, you are gifted with the kaleidoscopic birthstone of garnet.  Garnet is a term used to describe a group of closely related silicate minerals which together produce a painter's palette variety of colour. Even today, garnet remains to be the one mineral that displays the largest variety of colour, making it a popular choice across the jewellery industry. 'Garnet' comes from the Middle

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award Winners Retrospective Exhibition

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council 2017 Award Winners Retrospective The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is the flagship organisation for the precious metal industry. Each year the Council hosts a unique national competition attracting over 600 entries from exceptionally talented and skilled UK based designers and craftsmen. This showcase at the Goldsmiths’ Centre celebrates award-winning work ranging from innovative, yet intricate hand-crafted jewellery to tableware and objet d’art – all entered as part of GC&DC’s 2017 competition. Plus, a unique first, a feature and showcase of Cartier jewellery to celebrate 60 years of partnership with GC&DC. Dates 17 January -

The first edition of New York City Jewelry Week just started!

NYCJW is the first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours. Aimed at supporting and fostering jewelry of all types, the initiative also includes participation from both established and emerging brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers. Image: A yashmak made in the 1990s from aluminum and Swarovski crystals by British jewelry designer Shaun Leane for fashion designer Alexander McQueen Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Created by two industry leaders from the worlds of art jewelry and

Sarah Straussberg creates 4th Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ Trophy

For the fourth consecutive year, London-based sculptor turned jewellery designer Sarah Straussberg has created the trophy for winner of the Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ award. Her commission was landed after the 2018 trophy went to Edward Burtynsky whose work focuses on the damage man has caused the earth through industry and mining. The Canadian photographer uses cutting edge technology to create large scale photographs - often two metres wide - depicting areas of human intervention such as his aerial picture of the open pit copper mine at Logan Lake, British Columbia. As she has done previously, Straussberg immersed herself

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

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Weston Beamor further invest in 3D print and bespoke teams

Weston Beamor have announced a new starter and two internal promotions to further strengthen their 3D Print and Bespoke Teams as customer demand for personalisation grows.   Just a few months on from Ed Hole’s promotion to Business Manager, WB have more good news for customers as the team responds to the increased consumer desire for bespoke jewellery. Sarah Parry, who graduated from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery following the completion of a BA Design for Industry degree, joined the company at the beginning of July and will work alongside Daniella Webb in the 3D Printing team.  Existing team members

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Ambitious designer Ruth Mary releases four collections for SS19

Young designer Ruth Mary has been making waves in the jewellery industry of late. Just this year, she was chosen as one of six international jewellery London Kickstarter winners, featured in the Guardian as one of its ‘Top 100 Businesses’ and shortlisted for Professional Jeweller’s ‘’Young Jewellery Designer of the Year’’.  Ruth’s passion was ignited at an antique fair, where her mother (a keen lace maker herself), pointed out   a curious object with a crochet hook called a tatting shuttle and suggested Ruth buy it. Ruth perfected her lace making, and then taught herself to silversmith in order to realise

Gerald Genta Heritage Association creates Inaugural prize

At the occasion of Baselworld 2019, the Gerald Genta Heritage Association is pleased to announce the creation of the annual Gerald Genta Prize, with the aim of recognizing talented young designers and high potentials in the fine watchmaking industry.  The first awards ceremony will take place in Paris in December 2019, then successively in Geneva (2020), Monaco (2021), London (2022) and Basel (2023). In addition to the Special Gerald Genta Prize, different categories of awards will also distinguish several other promising talents across the sector (Innovation Award, Audacity Award, Special Asia-Pacific Award, Special Europe Award, Special Americas Award, Special Africa

News Edit: 23 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Celebrated jeweller Helen Britton takes a fresh look at Newcastle The Herald: The brooches, necklaces and rings made by Helen Britton are known, exhibited and admired globally and... www.theherald.com.au Jewellery Digest: Annoushka Ducas Vogue: Sustaining a successful career in the jewellery industry for over two decades is no mean feat, but Annoushka Ducas... www.vogue.co.uk The Monica Vinader effect: how this woman reinvented your jewellery box The Telegraph: Marilyn Monroe famously sang that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but if she were performing today... www.telegraph.co.uk Put a ring on it:

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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

W&W Jewellery celebrates 10th anniversary with studio refurbishment

Bespoke jewellery firm, W&W Jewellery has unveiled its new look Battersea boutique following a refurbishment last month. To celebrate its 10 th  anniversary, W&W has undergone a brand refresh that has seen it transform its Webbs Road studio and a new website launching in October. Harnessing their family’s 70 years of experience in the jewellery industry, brothers Richard and Simon Warrender founded W&W in 2007 to create a unique business model that specialises in bespoke jewellery, and is tailored to the needs of the modern luxury consumer. The new W&W studio has been carefully designed to create a luxurious yet

Jordanian husband and wife duo, Elham and Issa, open new showroom in London

Born from a 10 year love story, Elham & Issa Jewellery is the work of a passionate couple creating eclectic fine jewellery. Originally from Jordan, visionary husband and wife Issa Sabeh and Elham Kalaji illustrate their romantic and refined aesthetic through their unique collections which blend culture, emotion, and craft.   Along with a shared cultural heritage, Elham and Issa are dedicated artists. As one of the first women in Jordan to become a goldsmith and silversmith, Elham has broken gender barriers and exceled in a male dominated industry in creating “wearable art”. She says: “Jewellery has always been a passion

Victoria McKay resigns from London Diamond Bourse

The changing of the guard continues at London Diamond Bourse with the resignation of Victoria McKay as Chief Operating Officer, after a busy six years in the role. Just two months after board changes were announced at the LDB, including the appointment of new president Alan Cohen, McKay has said she will step down from her position after signing off the deal to refurbish and reconfigure their premises at 100 Hatton Garden, London which is designed to allow members of the UK diamond industry to work and trade together across a larger improved space. She will remain as a consultant

Appointment: Harriet Kelsall elected first female Chair of the National Association of Jewellers

One of the UK's most respected bespoke designers Harriet Kelsall has been elected as the first female chair of The National Association of Jewellers after serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years. Well-known for championing the causes of education, ethics and the environment in the jewellery industry, Harriet brings a wide range of skills and know-how to her new role, tapping into her experience and expertise from acting as chair of the NAJ's new Education steering group, advising the Government on jewellery making skills as part of the Creative and Cultural skill academy and growing her business Harriet Kelsall

International Pearl Design Competition 2018

Call for Applications: International Pearl Design Competition 2018 The International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) was created in 2009 to recognize design excellence with all types of cultured pearls under the authority of the Cultured Pearl Association of America. The Awards are international in scope, and have garnered international recognition for both emerging and seasoned artists from all over the world. The judging process is anonymous, transparent, and confidential. Judges are leaders of the jewelry industry and include retailers, editors, buyers, and pearl jewelry craftsmen. Purpose of the Competition Awards are given to entries that demonstrate high levels of design achievement

Kickstart 2019

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2019 IJL celebrates the 10th anniversary of KickStart – the leading jewellery industry launch pad for up and coming designers International Jewellery London, the long-established and world-leading jewellery trade event, has launched its hunt for the six of the best up and coming UK-based jewellery designers looking to make waves in the trade– KickStart 2019.  UK up-and-coming jewellery designers, who have been trading for more than 12 months, are invited to apply for IJL’s KickStart. Entries are now open and the deadline is 9 April 2019. The six chosen designers will have access to the many

News Edit: 16 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Piercing Trends That Will Soon Be Everywhere, According To Celebrity Jeweller Maria Tash The Independent: The Independent caught up with Maria Tash at the launch of her new store. www.independent.co.uk Shopping: The New Brands You Need To Know Including Rokh And Cecilie Bahnsen The Times: These up-and-coming labels are loved by fashion editors and other industry insiders. www.thetimes.co.uk The Fashion Week Street Style Jewellery Trends You Can Copy Immediately Elle: Every year, fashion week gives us a rich abundance of #OOTDs and street style inspiration for the coming season. 

Harriet Kelsall Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Make Your Mark

On 31 October and 1 November, Goldsmiths’ Hall will host Make Your Mark, the UK’s biggest careers fair for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of the events in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the event will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities. Harriet Kelsall will act as keynote speaker.  She will describe her story starting a creative business from start-up stage to present day - Harriet is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She is the 2016 HSBC Forward Ladies Retail

Graduate crafts heavy metal jewellery for rock legends

Since graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts in 2018 at Plymouth College of Art, Sam Ritte has secured a role at The Great Frog, the pioneers in handcrafted, iconic statement jewellery for rockers, bikers and those favouring their metal heavy. Crafting jewellery at The Great Frog. They have produced bespoke pieces for a cross section of the fashion and music industry since 1972, including rock legends Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash and Aerosmith. Every piece of jewellery sold at The Great Frog is hand carved and crafted on site, at their shop in Soho, London, each imbued with an [youtube

INHORGENTA MUNICH 2018

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 16 to 19 February 2018. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich alone. 14 of those events are number 1 in the world in their respective industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe

Inhorgenta Hosts 5th Trendfactory in London

The 5th Inhorgenta Trendfactory in the vibrant city of London has once again shown how important it is for the international jewellery and watch sector to share information all year round. On 30 October more than 50 guests from trade and industry came to the historical Goldsmiths’ Hall to make new contacts and discuss future trends. The Inhorgenta Trendfactory is now an established forum for the sector, where companies can discuss current and future growth trends. Inhorgenta Munich, the international trade fair for watches, jewellery and precious stones, has been on tour with a series of events since 2015 and

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

Appointments: Sarah Kitley-Spencer appointed IJL Event Manager

International Jewellery London, the jewellery industry trade fair event, has announced that Sarah Kitley-Spencer has been appointed as the new Event Manager. Sarah Kitley-Spencer has worked at IJL for the past seven years and Reed Exhibitions for ten years. In her former position as Marketing Manager at IJL, Sarah worked closely with her predecessor, Sam Willoughby and the wider team, to expand the show commercially - nationally and internationally.  She has been involved in implementing many of the market-leading features at IJL 2017, including the newly formatted seminar programme and the innovative 365-day strategy, encompassing content marketing, social media and

Nacre: Melanie Georgacopoulos at Munich Jewellery Week

​ Nacre: Melanie Georgacopoulos Munich Jewellery Week Munich, Germany 13th - 16th March 2019 'Nacre' marks Melanie Georgacopoulos's first solo exhibition for ten years. In this time Melanie has cemented herself as a leading figure in the world of pearl jewellery due to her daring and innovative approach which has seen her slice, drill and facet pearls, fearlessly experimenting with them as a material to great acclaim. In a natural progression from her examination of the pearl, Melanie turned her attention in 2016 to the often overlooked by-product of the pearl industry, mother of pearl. MOP, otherwise known as nacre,

Worth Partnership Project 2018

Call fro Applications: Worth Partnership Project After a successful first call, the second call is now open as a new opportunity to develop design-driven products in furniture, textile, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather sectors WORTH Partnership Project, an initiative of the European Union to boost the fashion and lifestyle industry within Europe and develop innovative and design-driven products, has announced the first 25 winning partnerships from the first call. Now, the #WORTHPartnershipProject reopens applications to discover the next round of promising projects. WORTH is embarking on the second edition of a 4-year journey, aiming to support 150 partnerships throughout the

Fair Luxury Presents, Goldsmiths’ Centre

Fair Luxury Presents Goldsmiths’ Centre 18th September – 27th October 2017 This first of-its-kind exhibition will demonstrate a new view of what it means to offer ‘fair luxury’ in a contemporary and evolving marketplace. It will explore how fine jewellery can be made all the more exquisite when provenance, ethics and responsible business practice work in synergy with design and craftsmanship. Fair Luxury Presents aims to reach a broad audience with interest in luxury jewellery, UK craftsmanship and ethical sourcing. Building on the overwhelming success of two years of industry focused events, Fair Luxury now bring their independent and catalytic

Wendy Ramshaw FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE 1939 – 2018

Wendy Ramshaw was an internationally acclaimed jeweller, designer and artist. Her worked spanned the 1960s through to present day and she can be charged with being at the forefront of the ‘new wave’ of jewellery which emerged in the mid twentieth century pioneering the use of alternative materials which formed the basis of ‘designer’ and ‘art’ jewellery movements, which we see today. Born in Sunderland in on the 26 May 1939, Wendy Anne Jopling Ramshaw was the daughter of Angus and Flora (nee Hollingshead), a Tyne and Wear family, which was based in the shipping industry. As a girl she

Jewellery house Alessa announces annual charity campaign to support families, women and children

Alessa Jewelry was born out of a fairy tale romance between Yuvraj Pahuja and Alessandra Robles, after meeting at the Gemological Institute of America. Inspired by Alessandra’s Guatemalan ancestry and Yuvraj’s family experience within the jewellery industry, the brand boasts striking, vibrant and edgy designs for the modern woman, whilst nodding to both Latin-American and Indian heritage. Six years ago, Alessandra; born and raised in Guatemala launched ‘Give Wings,’ a year-long charity initiative on a mission to give back to the community. As part of this, the brand teams up with Not-For-Profits that not only provide housing, health and educational

Wendy Ramshaw FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE 1939 – 2018

Wendy Ramshaw was an internationally acclaimed jeweller, designer and artist. Her worked spanned the 1960s through to present day and she can be charged with being at the forefront of the ‘new wave’ of jewellery which emerged in the mid twentieth century pioneering the use of alternative materials which formed the basis of ‘designer’ and ‘art’ jewellery movements, which we see today. Born in Sunderland in on the 26 May 1939, Wendy Anne Jopling Ramshaw was the daughter of Angus and Flora (nee Hollingshead), a Tyne and Wear family, which was based in the shipping industry. As a girl she

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

On the 5th February 2019, Goldsmiths’ Hall is opening its doors once again to all students, tutors,  graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help them make their mark in industry.  This hugely popular free one day event led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and introduce you to the support networks available to help you in your career. This includes the range of support the Goldsmiths’ Company can offer new entrants to the trade such

Vanilla Ink: Business INKubator Programme

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink INKubator Programme Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery school, offering Jewellers and Silversmiths in the early stages of their career a professional development INKubator. The Vanilla Ink INKubator is looking for it's next round of ' Inkers ' to immerse themselves in their 9 month professional development programme. Open to Jewellers and Silversmiths taught at any level and within their first 3 years of setting up.  Immersed in a 9 month programme, the Vanilla Inkers are encouraged and supported while developing their craft practice. Content includes: Monthly professional development sessions with industry innovators, you are

Appointment: Edward Johnson Joins The Responsible Jewellery Council As Director Of Business Development

Edward Johnson joins the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) as Director of Business Development to expand its expertise and drive growth for the organisation, strengthening its influence and reputation across the jewellery industry. Edward joins the team at the RJC from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he worked to establish GIA’s presence in the UK and further expand it across Europe from 2015 as Director of Business Development. He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his new role at the RJC. Prior to his time with GIA, Edward, a Graduate Gemologist, ran an independent jewellery appraisal company

Make Your Mark 2019

Make Your Mark 2019 Once again Goldsmiths’ Hall will be opening its doors to all students, graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help you make your mark in industry. This free one day event led by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and support networks to help you in your career, alongside a packed schedule of talks and demonstrations and our Make Your Mark awards.  Exhibitor List Who to see at this year's Make Your Mark Association for Contemporary Jewellery Bellore

Artistar Jewels celebrates its sixth successful year and announces prize-winners

The sixth edition of Artistar Jewels has celebrated another successful year as the destination for the contemporary jewel from all corners of the globe. The event has grown to become a key event in the Italian fashion calendar.  Not just a showcase, but a genuine tool to champion, promote and grow jewellery businesses through tangible strategies, such as its book and e-book, commercial website and press office support for all exhibitors, it is serious about making a difference within the industry.  Over five-hundred jewels from around the world were on display, most of which were created specifically for the event. 

Inhorgenta Munich 2019

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 22 to 25 February 2018. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich alone. 14 of those events are number 1 in the world in their respective industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe

Appointment: Kate Madelin to step down as NAJ's Director of Education

After a hugely successful tenure as Director of Education for the National Association of Jewellers, Kate Madelin will be leaving her role with the association in March. NAJ will now be looking for a replacement to continue to drive forward the association’s industry-leading agenda, working with the full membership, the leadership team and staff. Simon Johnson, NAJ Chairman said “ Since her appointment to NAG five years ago Kate has had a transformational impact on the Association.  During this time, she has led a forward-thinking and committed team of employees and volunteers, to deliver innovative training for the whole sector. At

#SheDressedMe campaign takes off ahead of UK Jewellery Awards

Guests at the UK Jewellery Awards will get the full paparazzi treatment next week after more than 20 designers signed up for the #SheDressedMe campaign and offered their jewels to ticket holders wanting to 'borrow' a bit of extra dazzle. The #SheDressedMe campaign, launched recently by the Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN),  has attracted the support of a wide range of female jewellers, all prepared to loan out pieces to be worn on the red carpet to gain industry and general media exposure. They include Rachel Galley; Roseanna Croft; Judith Peterhoff Jewellery; Michelle Tuck Jewellery; Shen London; Mona Pink; Domino; Gecko;

Market Entry Programme

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme  Centre for Fashion Enterprise London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator Perfect for new businesses, the Market Entry Programme is designed to empower fashion, fashtech, jewellery and accessories SMEs with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies. Workshop Dates: 28th and 29th November 2018 Eligibility Criteria All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating for

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2019

The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday 25 th  February 2019.  This important annual Awards Ceremony – known as the Jewellery Oscars – was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) which operates the competition, actively encourages established craftspersons and designers

Fair Luxury at IJL - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain

Fair Luxury at IJL - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain Fair Luxury will once again be hosting an array of seminars at IJL, with the view to continuing the discussion about fair and ethical ways of working in the jewellery industry. IJL Seminar - The Human Face of the Jewellery Supply Chain The Hidden Cost of Jewellery – Human rights in the supply chain and how to source responsibly. Tuesday, 4th September 2018 10.00 – 10.30am with Komala Ramachandra (Human Rights Watch) Human Rights Watch highlight the human issues in the jewellery manufacturing sector, covered in detail

Take a tour of London Craft Week 2018

Jewellery is expected to play a major part in drawing in the crowds at the upcoming London Craft Week which starts on Wednesday May 9th amid what is regarded as a golden age of creative talent in Britain. The week-long event promises endless opportunities to network and share innovative ideas for anyone involved in designing, making or simply buying and wearing contemporary British jewellery. Throughout the five days, events will be hosted across a series of iconic venues across London by some of industry's most revered brands, including the Goldsmith Company which has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason to

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA Fair Luxury at the RCA will be an opportunity for anyone working in or connected to the jewellery industry to hear about and discuss the opportunities and issues around ethical sourcing. The day will include presentations from practicing jewellers, staff working in certification programmes, gem traders, consultants and researchers working on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). Confirmed participants now include: Susi Smither ( The Rock Hound ) Tim Ingle ( Ingle & Rhode - The Ethical Jeweller ) Naqiyah Sultan ( Kashka Jewellery ) Gavin Hilson ( University of Surrey ) Yves Bertran (

Appointment: Andrew Mills - New National Sales Manager at Hockley Mint

Birmingham fine and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has appointed Andrew Mills as National Sales Manager. Andrew will start with Hockley Mint on 30 April 2018 and will be responsible for all the company’s sales, client relationships and new business. Andrew joined the jewellery industry in 1995 as a sales executive at bridal manufacturer Brown & Newirth. In 2006 he and his wife, an award-winning jewellery designer, bought a small jewellery wholesale business, which she still runs today. He then moved to CW Sellors as wholesale sales manager before joining Hot Diamonds, in 2014, where he joined as Brand Manager

Get to know IJL's six winning Kickstarters for 2018

International Jewellery London have announced the six winning designers selected as the 2018 IJL KickStarters. This annual mentoring programme, now in its tenth year, offers the six the exciting opportunity to not only exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at IJL 2018 but also receive invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers. This initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent.  Sarah Kitley-Spencer, IJL Show Manager, comments: “Congratulations to all of our six KickStart designers. As ever, they show exceptional creative flair and their styles are very

Appointment: Anchorcert Appoints Steve Hamon as New Sales Director

AnchorCert Group, including Assay Office Birmingham, is pleased to confirm that it has appointed new Sales Director, Steve Hamon. Steve has more than 17 years’ experience as a senior sales and business development professional, including more than 4 years’ leading the UK and Eire Product Division for global testing laboratory Intertek and more than 5 years’ managing the BSI (British Standards Institution) Engineering, Testing and Kitemark divisions. Steve was officially appointed in December 2017 and has been working closely with the senior management and executive team to understand the complexities of the jewellery industry, as well as familiarise himself with

Aesthetica Art Prize 2018

Aesthetica Art Prize 2018 Celebrating excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine, aims to support innovative practice across a range of media. Providing a platform for artists to showcase their work to an international audience, the renowned Prize presents a fantastic opportunity to further artists’ involvement in the industry. The Prize awards publication within the inspiring Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists anthology to a longlist of 100 artists, including winners from the Main Prize and Emerging Prize categories. In addition, other prizes include a £5,000 cash

2018 Oscar Jewels Adorn the Red Carpet and total some £21M for the night

Last Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards - more commonly known as the Oscars - are arguably the most prestigious awards and red carpet event of the year for the film and entertainment industry. This year was no exception with actresses waiving the black only dress code seen at previous award ceremonies this year, to make the most of the most prestigious event of the Awards year. It is estimated that the total value of watches and jewellery adorned on the famed Oscars red carpet this year was some $30 million [£21M]. High jewellery houses took advantage of the showcase, Chopard adorned

Swarovski reboots new look Gem Visions for Spring Summer 2019

At a time of radical change in the jewellery world, Swarovski Gemstones, the go to brand for gemstones and created stones, transforms the format and focus of Gem Visions, its industry leading trend and design service. Gem Visions will now be presented twice yearly, each issue with a seasonal slant, so that the first new-look Gem Visions is targeted specifically on Spring/Summer 2019. The dynamically different design, and notebook layout, with a fresh, playful freedom, are intended to ignite innovation, stimulate imagination and capture the essence of the season’s theme: YES TO ALL. In the edition of Gem Visions Swarovski embrace and

London Design Fair 2017

The largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival. Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions. As the destination of the annual London Design Festival over 27,000 influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest; furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world. www.londondesignfair.co.uk

Selvedge Fair - Pendle Heritage Centre 2017

For the first time, the Selvedge Fair travels to Pendle in Lancashire, an area that is shaped by textiles. The fair is part of Fabrications, the UK's first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. The Selvedge Fair in Pendle will bring together a curated collection of makers and merchants and is an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. Visitors can also take part in one of the complimentary workshops, details below. The fair will take place in the 17th century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Set within

Autumn Treasures of Sparkle & Sophistication

Fun, modern styles of ladylike romance are once again back in vogue this September. Oozing exuberant glamour, maximum embellishment and refreshing confidence, the jewellery cupboards of Autumn/Winter 2017 are saturated with artisan filigree, statement enamel accents, fluid shapes and delicately detailed diamond adornment. As industry events and soiree nights of networking and mischief flock to book up our calendar alerts, all things bewitched with a touch of glitz and kitsch are weaving their way into our statement accessories. As the weather outside chops and changes, the jewellery world is delivering a wonderland of inspiration ready to wrap you up into

Jewellery Certificate Level 2 at Morley Collage

Jewellery Certificate Level 2- VJE070A Morley College 13 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018 This year long course is 3 hours a week from September and is an intermediate course aimed at people wanting to further their skills, start a business, work in the jewellery industry or progress onto further education.  The course covers press-forming, etching, stone setting, fashion jewellery, a competition project with the V&A museum, using found objects in jewellery and enamelling. At the end of the course there is a show which the students organise, run and participate in. It also covers running a small business, setting

'Jewellery Oscars' Announced: Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Design Awards 2017

The presentation of the annual awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design took place at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 27 February 2017.    This important annual Awards Ceremony - known in the trade as the Jewellery Oscars - was hosted by international jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy, and welcomed over 300 guests, including world renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition, actively encourages craftsmen and

Goldsmiths’ Company’s Studio Internship Graduate Award

The Goldsmiths’ Company's Studio Internship Graduate Award ( SIGA ), open to recent graduates - within five years of graduation - aims to enhance the skills of the next generation of silversmiths.  Recipients are given the opportunity to train with the country’s leading silversmiths and receive funding to exhibit new work at a Goldsmiths’ Centre group show from 5-12 September 2017. The current SIGA recipients are Patrick Davison, Hamish Dobbie, Errin Quinn and Dominic Simon. There are two parts to SIGA training - eight weeks honing general silversmithing skills with a renowned silversmith, followed by eight weeks learning a particular skill with an industry specialist.

National Festival of Making Launched

The first UK festival bringing together manufacturing, art and design is to be held in the heartland of British industry, developing celebratory acts of creativity and uniting makers of diverse disciplines. The first National Festival of Making will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 in Blackburn Lancashire, where 25% of the population still works in making and manufacturing The influential designer, Wayne Hemingway will be amongst the organisers and list of supporters bringing together the first UK festival of its kind, initiating a series of newly commissioned works Documentary films will capture the diversity of the

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Exhibition

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2017 Through this unique competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council promotes excellence in jewellery, smallwork, silversmithing and the allied crafts. These industry focused awards are open to everyone practicing in the UK. Eligible work must have been designed and/or made in the 12 months since the previous competition. All work submitted is judged by experts drawn from their specialist fields within the profession. The competition culminates in a prestigious awards evening at Goldsmiths’ Hall followed by an exhibition of award winning pieces and selected entries. Venue Goldsmiths’ Hall 13 Foster Lane London

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,

IJL Show Director to step down after IJL 2017

International Jewellery London biggest stand alone jewellery trade event, will bid farewell to Event Director Sam Willoughby in October, after eight years at the helm and more than 13 years working for Reed Exhibitions. Willoughby and her team have developed unique and market leading features at IJL, including the VIP Diamond Club programme and an innovative 365-day strategy across content marketing, social media and industry support. At this year’s show, as well as over 500 jewellery exhibitors of which 150 are new, there is a revitalised Seminar Programme featuring brand new learning areas such as The Academy, Digifest and Skills

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

The apprenticeship programme in the UK is undergoing its most significant revival in recent years, with the Government announcing its commitment to work with employers to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. For an industry that has been running apprenticeship programmes since 1334, when the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme launched, this announcement has been welcomed. But while many organisations offer highly respected apprenticeship programmes, what does it take to train a world class apprentice jeweller? Steven Jinks, the WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Jewellery, who is responsible for training three Goldsmiths’ apprentices in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, explains

Market Entry Programme

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise Unlock growth for your business. We are pleased to announce that our Market Entry programme is now open for applications. Empowering London-based Fashion, Jewellery, Accessory and FashTech SME’s, the intensive two-day programme delivered by industry experts and at no cost to delegates, will cover topics including: Digital, Marketing and PR, Brand development, Range planning, Costing and pricing, Managing your Production, Intellectual Property, and Sales Strategies. The programme will run on 26th and 27th April in East London with a 1-1 diagnostic exit session to follow. Eligibility Criteria To qualify

Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016: Harriet Kelsall wins ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award

British jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has won the ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award at the London regional finals of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. The regional heat took place on Friday at a celebration lunch at an exclusive London hotel, before an audience of senior and influential business leaders. Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in

Ask the Professionals, The Sorting Office

Have you ever wondered just how to get your work sold in a shop? Or maybe how you get into a Trade Fair?  What about exhibitions and craft fairs? When the competition is strong how do you stand out from the crowd, and what makes a successful application? In this event you will hear from 3 industry professionals on how to make successful applications to retail and online outlets, trade fairs, exhibitions and craft fairs. Jon Tutton - MADE Brighton MADE Brighton is an annual Design and Craft Fair held at The Corn Exchange in Brighton. The event, organised by

Sparkle With Silver Christmas Tree Decorations

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present a brilliant selection of Christmas tree decorations designed and curated by some of the most prominent silversmiths working in the UK today. This exquisite selection of festive celebration is currently on display at the Goldsmiths' Hallwith the opportnity to purchase a piece that captches your eye and ignites your Christmas spirit! Following on from last year's successful display at the National Museum of Scotland in conjunction with the Silversmiths' Art, this years showcase selection of Silversmiths' Christmas Tree decorations celebrates the artistry of our creative industry within one of the most exciting and

Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2017

T he Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is a non profit making organisation founded over one hundred years ago in 1908. Today, the Council continues its work from its original remit: "...to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts." The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British silversmithing, jewellery and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council’s unique

Flux 2017 - Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery Conference

Brining together pioneering figures from the worlds of jewellery, fashion, and beyond - FLUX provides a platform for industry leaders who question the way in which we approach provenance and sustainability by examining the complex journey from mine to market. This two-day event will build on our inaugural conference in 2016 to further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of something truly trailblazing. Day one will focus on a range of topics relating to responsible and sustainable sourcing in the jewellery sector for small and medium sized

Professional Development

We've compiled a list of professional development and short course providers from up and down the country... Annette Petch Jewellery Studio 1 Manor Oaks Studios 389 Manor Lane Sheffield S2 1UL www.annettepetchjewellery.co.uk Barovic Jewellery Academy The Barovic Jewellery Acadamy is an independent jewellery school offering the opportunity to develop new skills.  Whether you are seeking a career in the jewellery industry, a professional developing their knowledge and skills or a complete novice, there is no better place to learn being inspired and guided by highly skilled and enthusiastic jewellery professionals. The Barovic Jewellery Academy offers a wide selection of accredited hands-on

BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2017 Shortlist Announced

In 2017 the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will adjust its format to focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth In recognition of the increasing pool of deserving talent the £200,000 grant will be shared between up to three recipients, which will enable the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. Winners will continue to receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s Business Support team, including access to funders and industry experts. The nominated designers are selected by the Fund Judging Committee and have

Creative & Cultural Skills Annual Awards Evening 2017

Creative and Cultural Skills recently held their annual awards evening for the winners of the  2017 Cr eative & Cultural Skills Awards which  were judged by leading employers in the creative industries.    The awards were designed to celebrate inspirational individuals, teams and organisations, who show an outstanding commitment to the training and development of new talent in the creative industries. The Awards Evening allowed recognition for those individuals and organisations responsible for passing on their skills, as well as those who show an outstanding dedication to the creative industries. The jewellery industry had two winners in the Craft Skills

The Fashion Awards 2016 Nominees

On Tuesday 25th October 2016 Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the nominations for The Fashion Awards 2016, alongside Karlie Kloss, Ambassador for the event’s lead partner Swarovski and Caroline Rush, BFC CEO.  The announcement took place during a brunch, at Soho House West Hollywood in LA, attended by media, stylists, talent managers, retailers and friends of the BFC. The Awards nominations were simultaneously revealed at a screening at the Mondrian London and digitally via a private URL to influential international media and retailers. Earlier in the year, 1500 key members of the fashion industry

Call For Fashion Authors, Instructors and Scholars

We’re looking for authors to write business case studies about the fashion, textiles and cosmetics industries for a forthcoming online educational resource. If you have an idea for a case study we would like to hear from you! We invite cases across a wide spectrum of topics relating to the business of fashion, from design to retailing and beyond. The online collection of cases will explore real-world business problems for a global readership of fashion students, including all levels of undergraduates. We are particularly interested in cases relevant to today’s global fashion industry – about fashion in all regions of

Launch of the online-to-offline commerce platform

The launch of  www.watchadvisor.com  presents the first independent platform which connects watch retailers and brands with watch lovers worldwide.  WatchAdvisor  differs essentially from previous watch websites: For the first time ever, the Swiss watch industry has a neutral and cross-brand platform which currently offers detailed information on around 12,000 watch models in the price segment above CHF 2,000. A unique feature is the possibility the users engage directly with official watch retailers who offer the desired watch. In addition to its powerful search engine which can target esthetical and technical features of the watch,  WatchAdvisor  develops algorithms which - depending

Fei Liu unveils ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara with 88ct sapphire

Last week, the Designer of the Year,  Fei  Liu, unveiled his latest masterpiece ‘The Blue of Dreams’ in Shenzhen City, China, to press and the Chinese jewellery industry.   ‘The Blue of Dreams’ tiara is a collaboration between  Fei  and the Chinese beauty pageant.   Fei  sought inspiration from the flying fairy murals of  Dunhuang , China. A city which symbolises the beginning of the Silk Road. The marvellous main sapphire stone has a weight of 88ct and is worth approximately £3million. The entwined ribbons of platinum are set with hues of sapphire and rose-cut diamonds, to give the tiara

Grayton Set To Launch The Origin Mechanical Smart Watch

Grayton introduces the Origin Mechanical watch: a classic self-winding timepiece with open-heart design plus a smart strap for activity tracking, phone notifications, music control and more.  Taking almost 2 years to design Origin, a classic mechanical watch that features an interchangeable slim strap and embedded electronics, the Origin by Grayton has been born!. for Keep watch for the innovative fitness and intelligence to timekeeping with this revolutionary new addition to the watch industry - The Origin encapsulates when the modern tech world meets traditional watchmaking in pure style. Technology evolves but style is timeless As boutique watch makers, Grayton understands that there

Manchester Wedding Jeweller Wins at Inaugural Awards

Luxury wedding jewellery retailer, Hancocks Jewellers, has been recognised as one of the best businesses in the industry after winning The Local North West Jeweller of the Year at the 2016 English Wedding Awards. The inaugural Awards ceremony took place on November 14th at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, with more than 100 businesses from across the country in attendance to commemorate the occasion.  After thousands of nominations, the English public voted on their favourites to decide who would be crowned the best of the best. Those who voted were asked to select nominees who are a true embodiment of

The New Trend: 3D Scanning for Jewellery

Imagine being able to copy anything in perfect detail at the touch of a button. Only ten years ago this would just have been merely a pipe dream. Now the dream has become reality. David Valle of Gala Creations takes us through what you need to know about 3D scanning and its every day uses for the jewellery industry. What is 3D scanning? 3D scanning is the technology used to digitalize any small object, including any type of jewellery, wax and gemstone. 3D scanners work by shining different patterns and intensities of light onto an object to be scanned. Then, a built-in

The New Trend: 3D Scanning for Jewellery

Imagine being able to copy anything in perfect detail at the touch of a button. Only ten years ago this would just have been merely a pipe dream. Now the dream has become reality. David Valle of Gala Creations takes us through what you need to know about 3D scanning and its every day uses for the jewellery industry. What is 3D scanning? 3D scanning is the technology used to digitalize any small object, including any type of jewellery, wax and gemstone. 3D scanners work by shining different patterns and intensities of light onto an object to be scanned. Then, a built-in

Getting Started 2018

Call for Applications: Getting Started Have you graduated in the last five years form a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills, but aren’t sure exactly what skills you need? Getting Started could be the course for you. What is this course about? Getting Started is a FREE, one week business taster programme for recent graduates who want to pursue a career within the industry. Funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, the course is delivered and takes place at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell. Course dates 9am until 5pm, Monday 8th to Friday 12th

Membership of the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell has launched a new membership scheme for the goldsmithing industry and wider creative design field offering opportunities to link up and access a range of benefits and discounts. The network is free to join and forms a unique community for members to share ideas, collaborate, evolve and grow their businesses. Since 2012 the Goldsmiths’ Centre has brought together trainee and working goldsmiths and those interested in design, creativity and craftsmanship in its state-of-the-art building. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, subscribers are amongst the first to hear about upcoming and exclusive programmes via a dedicated members’

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Welcome The Judges Line-Up 2017

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has concluded three weeks of successful judging for its 2017 Awards, with an illustrious line-up of industry experts helping to select this year’s winners. Featuring over 100 judges, deliberations for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards drew from the knowledge of celebrated designers, makers, retailers and experts across jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. Among new judges involved in the 2017 Awards were Liz Olver, design director at Annoushka, Julia Clarke of award-wining retailer Hester Clarke, and notable winner from the 2016 Awards, designer John Moore. British jeweller Shaun Leane was also handpicked

Craft Central moves to The Forge, Isle of Dogs

Craft Central have announced that they have taken a twenty-year lease on The Forge,  Westferry  Road, Isle of Dogs, bringing back design and making to this area of traditional industry after  leases on the  Clerkenwell  buildings come to an end. Since 1980 Craft Central have been supporting craftsmanship and craftspeople from two Victorian buildings in  Clerkenwell , a traditional centre for craft. With the leases on the  Clerkenwell  buildings coming to an end, finding other premises has been a priority for the charity which sees them set to move in late August this year. The Forge, grade 2 listed, was

Unique Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts

Unique Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts  The only Apprenticeships of this kind being offered in the craft sector Cockpit Arts has launched a new and unique Apprenticeship Programme for the craft industry and is seeking young people to take up new positions as studio assistants.   The programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferrable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Piloted over the past few years, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and offers an attractive employment route for young people choosing not to go to university. The new Apprenticeships

British Fashion Council Releases #LONDONISOPEN Video

London is a fashion, business and cultural capital and is open for business. The British Fashion Council is supporting Mayor Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign by releasing this exclusive film. [http://youtu.be/ebXs4Wnb2ds] Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “London Fashion Week begins today, showing that London is open to the world and is an international leader of creativity and entrepreneurship. There’s a fantastic range of designers and talent on the schedule this season, highlighting the very best the industry has to offer – from big brands to independent retailers, the London fashion scene has never been more diverse. The fashion

Barbara Cartlidge (1922 - 2017)

Barbara Cartlidge, jewellery designer and Founder of the world famous Electrum Gallery has passed away aged 94 on 27 February 2017.  Renowned for her influential creativity and leadership in promoting contemporary art and studio based jewellery, Barbara Cartlidge will forever be hailed for her creative passion, knowledge, and as a driving force within the jewellery industry. Born in 1922 in Berlin, Germany, she later fled to London due to the war in 1938. Barbara went on to study jewellery design at London's renowned Central School of Arts and Crafts which resulted in a solo exhibition hosted by Heal's in 1960.

Ralph Lauren to be Honoured with Outstanding Achievement Award

The British Fashion Council have announced that Ralph Lauren will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion at The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski. The designer will be honoured for his invaluable contribution to the fashion industry on Monday 5th December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Over the past 50 years, Ralph Lauren and his iconic brand have helped shape and define the American fashion identity in a unique and resonant way. Through his tireless commitment to design, innovation, business and philanthropy, Ralph Lauren has established himself as a pillar of the global fashion community. Ralph

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

BIJOU BIJOU looks to fill gap in UK market

Fashion jewellery brand BIJOU BIJOU has officially launched in the UK hoping to draw on its success in Greece, where it was established, to tap into the UK's £600m fashion and costume jewellery market. Behind the brand is a team of highly-skilled industry heavyweights, who have worked for leading publications. Managing Director Nadia Gkartzonika has herself worked for the well-known fashion magazine Vogue. Designer and own brand The company stocks over 1,000 individual pieces of jewellery, from bracelets, rings and necklaces through to body chains and anklets and handcrafts its own-brand products using precious stones and exquisite materials.  Furthermore, they

Jewellery & Watch Grows International Offering

Jewellery & Watch will bring together the very best in jewellery collections from across the globe this February as over 350 brands, suppliers and designers prepare to descend upon the UK’s premier spring buying event. Renowned for its thriving jewellery industry, Italy has been selected as the show’s country of focus for 2017, with an exquisite selection of Italian brands set to reveal their latest collections at the forthcoming show.   The esteemed line-up follows the acquisition of a dedicated Italian brand manager for the 2017 event, Maria Nastri, who together with the team at Jewellery & Watch has secured an

Benchpeg Awards Judges 2016

Benchpeg is extremely excited to reveal the Judges for the Benchpeg Awards 2016. Each Judge is an expert in their field, which range from fashion markets, art jewellery, commerciality, manufacture, the craft, image making, design, creativity and innovation. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Kate Baxter - The Cut London Kate Baxter is a jewellery designer and founder of fine jewellery blog & consultancy The Cut London. With over 10 years’ experience working within the jewellery industry; as a designer for global brands and as a freelance creative, Kate brought her unique sense of innovation and intuition to launch

The Creative Journey of Doriana Richman

Living life in the fast lane as one of the entertainment industry's top Automotive Advertising stunt drivers, Doriana Richman has embarked on a new creative journey as a jewellery designer. 'Stone Symbol Jewelry' was inspired by her visit to the excavated city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia. It was in this ancient city that Doriana came across an ancient secret symbol, which had emerged as a code to those seeking refuge from religious persecution. The symbol, that informed the knowing observer of a safe harbor and the existence of like minded believers, was carved

Appointment: South Coast Watch Business Appoint Guy Allen as Head of National Sales

South Coast watch business Elliot Brown has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Guy Allen as Head of National Sales. Allen brings 35 years of industry experience to his new role with the Poole-based watch brand. For the past eight years Allen was the UK distributor for French brand Pequignet. Prior to that he owned a retail watch and jewellery business and ran a distribution business in the United States.  During this time Allen was Sales and Marketing Director of both Avia and Burberry and became the first UK distributor for Skagen. Co-founder of Elliot Brown, Ian Elliot, saif of

South Coast Watch Business Appoint Head of National Sales

South Coast watch business Elliot Brown has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Guy Allen as Head of National Sales. Allen brings 35 years of industry experience to his new role with the Poole-based watch brand. For the past eight years Allen was the UK distributor for French brand Pequignet. Prior to that he owned a retail watch and jewellery business and ran a distribution business in the United States.  During this time Allen was Sales and Marketing Director of both Avia and Burberry and became the first UK distributor for Skagen. Co-founder of Elliot Brown, Ian Elliot, saif of

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

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

Fera Jewellery Launches Animii Collection

Jo Gordon, the designer maker behind FERA Jewellery has announced the official launch of her formal debut collection for the brand she first c reated in 2014. Jo graduated from the prestigious School of Jewellery in 2014 where she first be gan to make and sell her jewellery  whilst studying traditional jewellery making techniq ues , winning  numerous industry awards for her designs .  Jo is a nomadic  and inquisitive  soul and  spends much of her time travelling the globe, searching for adventure and inspiration.  Currently living the island life in Bali, she can otherwise been found sourcing precious stones

Crafted, Walpole

Call for Applications, Walpole's Crafted Programme 2017 Walpole and patron Vacheron Constantin invite traditional and contemporary artisans and craftspeople to submit applications for the prestigious 10th-annual Crafted programme. Skilled craftspeople interested in developing the commercial side of their business with the help of expert luxury industry leaders have until Monday 27th February to apply for the 2017 Walpole Crafted programme. Please click here for the selection criteria and here to download the application form. About Crafted Realising the reliance that many luxury brands have on the fine skilled work and experience of craftspeople and artisans, Crafted was established in 2007

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

Editors’ Choice Awards, IJL 2017

IJL this week announced the launch of the highly regarded exhibitor Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017. In this ninth year, the competition has been extended to include an exciting new format, together with new categories, to reflect the breadth of innovative and commercial talent across all sectors of the show. Four awards will be judged pre-show with the winners revealed in June, followed by a further four new categories judged during IJL by an extended panel of industry media editors.  The pre-show Editors’ Choice competition is now open for entries, with IJL exhibitors able to nominate their pieces and collections

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL  KickStart  initiative. T his annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. All ten will exhibit under the  KickStart  umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one  KickStarter  with a complementary stand in

Millennials embrace the signet ring

The signet ring is back. But move over the traditional buyers and enter the  Millennials ; especially Millennial women who, according to the Birmingham manufacturer Domino, are currently embracing this age-old staple of the jewellery industry and making it very much their own.  B oth m en and women in their 20s and 30s are discovering and reinventing these rings.    Domino’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Chantelle Serrell-Cooke, believes that younger buyers appreciate the real opportunities that signet rings offer for personalisation, which is a key trend coming through across the market.  “This digital generation loves having the chance to make its

Southampton Students Get Fashion Fantastic with Plastic

An exciting project with DOW, one of the world leaders in the plastic market, will see a selection of Southampton Solent University students get the chance to showcase their work at a leading event in Dusseldorf this October. Under the theme ‘FaceOfInnovation’, which will focus on showcasing trends and innovation in the plastic industry; a number of students have been challenged to think outside of the box and create stylish, wearable fashion garments by reusing plastic materials. Southampton Solent University spoke with Charlotte and Lily, both now in their final academic year, studying Make-up and Hair and Design, to hear

British Fashion Council Premieres Film Commissions

The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Arts Foundation has premiered two short films, by two female directors, putting British fashion at the heart of the narrative. This commission saw Jessica de Rothschild’s debut as film director and Anissa Bonnefont’s third directorial endeavour.  Both films were made possible by The Peninsula Hotels. Screening at BAFTA to an audience of industry informers alongside fashion and film students, the films showcase the international language of British fashion. Reflections of Hollywood Scriptwriter and Director Jessica de Rothschild sought inspiration from old school Hollywood to weave a tale of modern, magical glamour. Filmed at the Peninsula

Trend Watch: There's No Mellow In Yellow

Hailed as the colour showstopper with enviable transseasonal wearability, canary yellow is making a bold entrance into our accessories wardrobes like Big bird at a politicians debate. The retail industry has followed one rule and one rule only, the brighter the better! Luminous yellow is the go-to colour refresh of the Summer that'll guarantee to spice up any look with an injection of sunshine soul. Ranging from golden sunset golds, silky primrose undertones to bold and striking pops of paintbox hues, this fashion colour of the season will be splattered amongst your head-turning wardrobes. Network this essential " en-vogue "

London Diamond Bourse Joins Responsible Jewellery Council

London Diamond Bourse (LDB) is pleased to announce it is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). LDB is the first Bourse in the world to join the well-known standards and certification organisation. LDB’s Council of Management unanimously voted to apply to join the RJC and will now undertake an independent audit to achieve full RJC Certification.  Victoria McKay, COO commented “LDB has been committed to best business practice for over 75 years. We will now work to achieve independently audited certified status to prove that we are committed to supporting industry transparency and look forward to demonstrating LDB’s

New LVMH partnership with Central Saint Martins

LVMH and Central Saint Martins have announced a  groundbreaking  new partnership to promote creativity and identify cutting-edge solutions to  drive  sustainability  and innovation in luxury.  Under the banner LVMH & Central Saint Martins “Sustainability & Innovation in Luxury | Fostering Creativity”, this new program is inspired by a shared desire to address  the  many  challenges facing the luxury industry.  After many years of academic and creative collaboration, LVMH is taking its relationship with Central Saint Martins to a new level in 2017, creating a new program with the renowned art and design school. The partnership will promote creativity, nurture young

The 2016 Benevolent Society Ball Sparkled

The evening of the 1st of December saw the 81st British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery & Watch as Headline Sponsor. Incorporated within this longstanding annual Charity Event were the National Association of Jewellers Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in the High Street. The

Ortwin Thyssen Unviels Competition Winner 2016

To celebrate his shop’s 10-year anniversary, King’s Mile jeweller, Ortwin Thyssen set his makers a challenge; to design and craft a piece of jewellery of their own inspiration using traditional artisan methods. The pieces were displayed during September and the public were invited to vote, alongside industry professionals, on their favourite piece. “What you see here is the result of a challenge that every artist faces, the challenge to make ‘what you feel is right’” explained Ortwin during his presentation speech at the competition awards evening, held in the intimate surroundings of the Lilford Gallery in Canterbury. After achieving the

Hockley Mint opens its doors for tailor-made Retailer Days

Birmingham-based fine jewellery and bridal manufacturer Hockley Mint has launched an initiative to support independent jewellery retailers, opening its doors to invite businesses to find out more about Hockley Mint and to network with fellow retailers. The tailor-made events, which will take place in early 2017, will start with a comprehensive tour of Hockley Mint’s state-of-the-art in-house facilities, offering retailers the chance to gain a unique insight into the award-winning manufacturer’s extensive jewellery production capabilities. Visitors will then be invited to spend the afternoon in an informal networking session, where they will be free to discuss hot industry topics and

British Fashion Council & Google Arts Celebrate The Creativity of British Fashion

A collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google will bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion. A new digital educational platform featuring content and stories from top British designers and fashion insiders has been created for anyone around the world to enjoy, for free. The project will support the BFC’s Education Foundation and aims to attract future talent into the industry. The platform g.co/britishfashion will provide a single destination to educate and inspire future generations of young fashion creatives, designers and students.  To celebrate its rich history and create new experiences around British fashion, the

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills but aren’t sure exactly what skills you need? Getting Started could be the course for you. What is the Getting Started course? Delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, Getting Started is a free, one week business taster programme for people who want to pursue a career within the industry. Delivered as a series of seminars, interactive workshops and talks from keynote speakers, the programme focuses on: how best to sell your

Graduate Show School of Jewellery Birmingham 2017

Silicone to Silver: Jewellery like you’ve never seen before! Final year students at the world famous School of Jewellery will be unveiling their collections for the first time at the Graduate Show this June. The show launches on Monday 12th June through till Saturday 17th June, with an Industry evening on Tuesday, 13th June from 5:30. With over 50 graduates exhibiting their unique collections there is most certainly something for everyone. Examples of this variety include kinetic elements, are 3D printed, involve unusual and tactile materials and even include hand cultivated crystals and homemade eco-resin. The aesthetic ranges from fun

Media Stars Set to Select Bright Young Gems

An eminent panel of consumer media experts, together with the British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane, are set to select IJL’s 2017 Bright Young Gems - the five young jewellers chosen to be the industry's next stars. Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine, and Charlie Boyd, Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor at both Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country, have been appointed to the panel of judges for the 2017 Bright Young Gems selection panel. They join Hilary Alexander OBE, Editor-at-Large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery,

Professional Development Courses at the Goldsmiths' Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is the leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. Join our new network, Link at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, for the industry and wider design community by registering for free today. You will be amongst the first to hear about what’s on via our members’ e-newsletter; get priority tickets for in-demand short courses and specialist events; and receive exclusive benefits, including private view invitations and discounts from our café, Bench. Link up as a member at www.goldsmiths-centre.org  and discover our packed programme on offer this season: SILVER SPEAKS: FORM Until Fri 23 September 2016 Mon

Business Growth Programme 2017

The Goldsmiths' Centre has launched a new Business Growth Programme which will bring together ten entrepreneurs who share ambition to transform their businesses.  Are you an entrepreneur with the aspiration to grow a leading business in your sector? The Goldsmiths' Centre is looking for some of the most creative and talented members in the UK with the potential and drive to become game-changes in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. The Business Growth Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, generously funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, will bring you together with nine other dynamic entrepreneurs in the industry for a 6 module

The Goldmsiths' Centre Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

On 25th April the Goldsmiths’ Centre celebrated its 5th Birthday and its continuing support for the growth of the UK jewellery and silversmithing industry with over 200 of its friends, partner organisations and alumni. The event also marked the launch of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s new Impact Report and film, which illustrates its achievements over the past 5 years. Founded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, the Goldsmiths’ Centre provides an unrivalled facility for jewellers, silversmiths and craftspeople in the allied trades to excel and thrive in their careers. Since opening

Fashion World Tokyo 2017

Call for Applications: Fashion World Tokyo Spring 2017 Fashion World Tokyo is Japan’s largest fashion trade show and held twice a year in April and October. The show gathers all kinds of fashion wear, bags, shoes, fashion accessories, fashion jewellery, men’s fashion, textile and OEM/ODM products from around the world. It shows 890 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, the next Fashion World Tokyo  provides the fashion industry with abundant opportunities to expand their business in Japan & Asia. Japan is the third largest single country for apparel and fashion accessories markets in the world, which is worth 110 billion USD in

Atelier Romy: Online Only Fine Jewellery Atelier

From a London goldsmith’s workbench a vision developed  for the creation of a new online only fine jewellery brand, offering the combined 20 year experience of two founders jewellery  elegance for the everyday working woman Atelier Romy is underpinned by Sabine Roemer and Hermione Underwood’s vision to develop beautiful pieces manufactured with world class craftsmanship. Created by women for women, Atelier Romy intends to transcend seamlessly across occasions and time zones whilst complementing the wearer’s individual style. With over 20 years experience in the jewellery industry, the founders feel that consumers deserve a brand that focuses on transparency, integrity and

IJL 2016 Announce KickStarter Winner

Marina Skia has been voted by the industry as the winner of the eighth IJL 2016 ‘People’s Choice’ award and will receive a free stand in the IJL Design Gallery in 2017. Marina Skia is currently Artist in Residence at Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University. She cleverly identified people and organisations with large groups of followers, mainly through Facebook, to engage their support of her campaign. This included several fashion bloggers as well as Cass students, staff and friends on Facebook. Her strategy paid off and her campaign reach grew thanks to numerous shares, new followers and messages of

Benevolent Society Ball 2016

Benevolent Society Ball and National Association Of Jewellers’ Membership Awards Event The event, which is taking place on Thursday 1 December at the prestigeous St John’s Hotel in Solihull attracted over 400 key industry guests last year and all looks good for an even greater turnout this year. The evening starts with a champagne reception sponsored by the National Exhibition Centre and the NAJ’s membership awards adds a great deal of excitement as the nominees wait with bated breath to learn whether they have won one of these illustrious awards. As well as helping needy people who used to worked

Cooksongold Wins at the Birmingham Post Business Awards

Cooksongold, the UK largest jewellery making supplier and supplier of precious metals, picked up the award for Excellence in Science and Technology at the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2016 for its Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing technology. The awards, which aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies within Birmingham, took place at the ICC Birmingham. The award is a recognition of Cooksongolds pioneering work to drive the jewellery industry forward. Discussing the award win, Richard Oldroyd, Managing Director, said: “The Cooksongold team have worked extremely hard to bring the Precious M 080 technology to

IJL Announces Bright Young Gems 2016

IJL has announced the five Bright Young Gems selected to show at this year’s event. Now in its eleventh year, this initiative is recognised by the industry as one of the leading commercial opportunities for emerging designers, providing these talented young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent exposure. These emerging stars of the contemporary jewellery world are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK by a prestigious panel – comprising Hilary Alexander, OBE: Editor at Large Hello! Fashion Monthly Magazine, Vivienne Becker: jewellery historian and Contributing Editor to the Financial Times - How

Spanner & Wingnut: The Organic Edge of Jewellery Luxury

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

IJL & Goldsmith's Centre partner to provide designer support

International Jewellery London and The Goldsmiths’ Centre have announced that they will have an official partnership for this year’s show. The sponsorship agreement will focus on providing invaluable support for exhibiting designers. This includes using The Goldsmiths’ Centre as the venue for the IJL Exhibitor Summer Masterclasses on June 15, when inspiring industry leaders will provide mentorship and guidance on getting the most out of IJL’s unique networking, PR and marketing opportunities. The expert tutors at the Centre will also participate in IJL’s Show Seminar programme, as well as sharing valuable mentoring advice in pre-show IJL online content.  Sam Willoughby,

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

Inhorgenta Munich - Messe München, Germany

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 18 to 21 February 2017. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. After extremely successful trade show days at the 2016 event, boasting 940 exhibitors from 33 countries and some 26,000 trade visitors from 75 countries, those responsible for INHORGENTA MUNICH are full of anticipation for the coming 2017 event. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key

The Royal College of Art is World’s Leading University of Art and Design for Third Year

The Royal College of Art has again been named the world’s leading university of Art and Design in the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings, beating top-ranking global universities including MIT, Stanford, Yale and Rhode Island School of Design to the top spot for the third consecutive year. The premier ranking confirms the RCA’s position as the world’s leading university of art and design. In the UK, the College is recognised as being at the forefront of innovation, supporting more successful start-ups than Imperial College and Oxbridge combined, and with 45% of our graduates starting their own creative industry and

Thomson Reuters GFMS Interim Silver Market Review

At the Annual Silver Industry Dinner hosted by the Silver Institute, Johann Wiebe, Senior Analyst in the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters presented the GFMS / Silver Institute Interim Silver Market Review, which includes provisional supply and demand forecasts for 2016. The Silver Institute Interim Silver Market review showcases that the physical deficit continues to persist despite softer fundamentals. The following highlights are key news updates from the silver market report: The silver market is expected to be in an annual physical deficit of 52.2 Moz in 2016, marking the fourth consecutive year in which the market has realized an annual

Courses

There are very few specialist jewellery and silversmithing courses in the UK, here we have compiled a list of educational institutions offering higer level courses and also courses with jewellery, silversmithing or metalwork offered as part of the course... Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery Undergraduate Jewellery Design and Related Products – BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery and Silversmithing- Design for industry- BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Gemmology and jewellery studies www.bcu.ac.uk Postgraduate Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - MA www.bcu.ac.uk Luxury Jewellery Management- MA www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - GradCert www.bcu.ac.uk Short Courses are also available- see website for more

Trade Shows

Selling work is how businesses survive, and knowing where to sell helps fill the diary with hot spots of commercial activity. We've compliled a list of national and international trade shows and events which are regular dates in the trade diary... Autumn Fair  When:  Annually, September Where: NEC Birmingham Autumn Fair is the season's No.1 gift and home wholesale trade show for the retail industry. Launched in September 1990, Autumn Fair is now celebrated as the season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade show and is a must-attend event for UK and international buyers. Independents, multiples and online retailers visit

Rebecca van Rooijen

Meet the Co-Founder and Editor of Benchpeg. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has over 20 years of experience in the jewellery industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery trade could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the  Bishopsland Educational Trust , a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at  The

City Fringe Partnership

The City Fringe Partnership was a ground-breaking public and private sector alliance between the London Development Agency, the London boroughs and private business partners which ran from 1996 - 2009.  Through their European Development-funded project, the Jewellery Sector Investment Plan (JSIP), they created £3 million worth of jewellery support programmes, improving collaborative and training opportunities in the industry. The projects ran until 2009, and they continue to inspire long-term regenerative partnerships today. Projects like Future in the Making supported 340 businesses to increase their sales and contacts, and beginner’s jewellery and awareness courses were run for 125 socially and economically

Make Your Mark Competition

Call for Applications: Make Your Mark design competition *Applications are now closed* Students are invited to Make Their Mark on the Industry - The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office launches design competition to encourage creativity in the use of the Hallmark The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is launching the Make Your Mark Awards , a new design competition that aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metal. The Awards, which will open in September, will be presented at a special event on Tuesday 1 November 2016, during Make Your Mark . This year’s benchpeg Awards will also be on display, with

Jewellery Schools Listings

There are very few specialist jewellery and silversmithing courses in the UK, here we have compiled a list of educational institutions offering higer level courses and also courses with jewellery, silversmithing or metalwork offered as part of the course... Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery Undergraduate Jewellery Design and Related Products – BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery and Silversmithing- Design for industry- BA (Hons) www.bcu.ac.uk Gemmology and jewellery studies www.bcu.ac.uk Postgraduate Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - MA www.bcu.ac.uk Luxury Jewellery Management- MA www.bcu.ac.uk Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - GradCert www.bcu.ac.uk Short Courses are also available- see website for more

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

Take the Fair Luxury 'Pledge'

Over the past 12 months, jewellery industry change makers 'Fair Luxury' have been hosting a series of on-line events under the banner of the 'Open House. These events have frequently involved guest speakers as well as taking an open conversation format. The overall intention has been to provide those interested in learning more about responsible practise with a forum in which to do so. The team at Fair Luxury say that feedback has been extremely positive with many attendees keen to become further involved. As a response, the ' Fair Luxury Pledge'  was launched during the January Open House session. Fair Luxury member Anna Loucah

News Edit: 6 June 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Silversmith passing on cultural heritage China Daily: On the 15th day in the third month of the lunar calendar, women of the Miao ethnic group put on silver jewelry to participate in the Miao Sisters Festival in Southwest China's mountainous Guizhou province. epaper.chinadaily.com Centurion Jewelry Trade Show Marks 20 Years Of Presenting Finely Crafted Luxury Jewelry And Superb Gems Forbes: Founded by New York-based jewelry industry veteran Howard Hauben, the invitation-only Centurion Jewelry Show staged its 20th annual business-to-business trade show event from May 22 to May 25th

News Edit: 21th February 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   French town of Vendome sells its name to world's biggest luxury group LVMH for €10,000 The Telegraph: Town in the Loir-et-Cher has sold the rights to its name for jewellery products in move critics say is selling its soul for cheap. telegraph.co.uk The Brand | The lab-grown diamond label here to transform the jewellery industry Harpers Bazaar: The designers behind the royal-approved Kimaï outline their eco-friendly approach. harpersbazaar.com New CEO of De Beers shares her business wisdom: listen more and judge less The Telegraph: Céline Assimon, the house's

News Edit: 15th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   5 Black UK-Based Designers Reshaping The World Of Haute Jewellery Vogue: The fine jewellery industry can seem an intimidating one to those looking up at its exquisitely gem-set ivory tower from beyond its walls. vogue.co.uk Meet The Ingenious Jewellery Designers Using NASA-Approved Materials & Ancient Bamboo-Weaving Techniques To Create Desirability Vogue: Motley jewellery fans, get ready. The e-tailer, which specialises in exceptional jewellery design at an accessible price, has just unveiled its latest collection with designer Alice Cicolini. vogue.co.uk Why Andrew Grima, the jeweller beloved of Bond girls

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2

Call for Applications: All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2 Twenty Twenty Productions Limited are responsible for making award winning programmes such as First Dates, The Choir, A House Through Time and most recently BBC’s Two’s brand new show, All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star and they are on the hunt for people to take part in the next series.  The current series is presented by Katherine Ryan and judged by industry experts Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge and is on air from 8pm Tuesday 13 April, BBC2. Call for Applications - Series 2 ‘All That Glitters Britain’s Next Jewellery

Jewellers Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

In a tradition which dates back to 1860 when Queen Victoria gave out the first Birthday Honours, a total of 1,057 people have been recognised in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list including two well known figures in industry. From left to right, clockwise: Nicholas Wainwright, Stuart Laing, Pippa Pearce, Vanessa Swann and Sam Fanaroff. The Queen's Birthday honours lists recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities. ​This year members of the jewellery, craft and metalwork industries were recognised with the Order of the British Empire. Sam Fanaroff, Founder of the Sussex Guild for

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     

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

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,

This Year's Jewellery & Watch 2018

Jewellery & Watch, the UK’s largest dedicated jewellery trade event, returns to NEC Birmingham from Sunday 4th until Thursday 8th February 2018. Taking place at a key buying point in the year, Jewellery & Watch will showcase a dazzling offering of new collections and inspiration from more than 300 new and returning exhibitors, as well unveiling the latest trends and offering essential advice from industry insiders. What to Expect at Jewellery & Watch 2018 The Atelier, an all-new immersive future trend showcase set to dominate for 2018 Edited sectors include loose gems, diamonds, watches, bespoke jewellery, silver, semi-precious and wholesale fashion jewellery

Q&A: Rosie Fortescue

BAFTA award winning reality TV personality, fashion blogger, style writer and jewellery designer  Rosie Fortescue answers the benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? RF: Rosie Fortescue, jewellery designer and fashion blogger. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? RF: I have been obsessed with jewellery for as long as I can remember so it seemed the natural progression of fulfilling my dream. How would you describe your work to someone who doesn’t know it? RF: I design affordable luxury jewellery from women of all ages. What is your creative process? RF: I write down

Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise Open to London-based Fashion, Jewellery, Accessory and FashTech SME’s, the Market Entry Programme empowers businesses with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities. What does it include? The fully subsidised 2-day business support programme delivered by industry experts will cover topics including: Business Planning Finance Accountancy Legal & IP Range planning Costing & pricing Production Sales strategies Digital, Marketing & PR A one-on-one exit diagnostic session will be available for each business completing the 2 days of support. Who can apply? All

Goldsmiths Fair Talks Programme

Goldsmiths' Fair Host Breakfast and Afternoon Talks Programme Goldsmiths' Fair 2017 will be hosting a comprehensive set of talks throughout the two week event. Breakfast Talks Be part of the exciting discussions hosted by industry specialists at this year's event. Talks begin at 10am with breakfast from 9.30am.  Wednesday 27 September Joanna Hardy will discuss her exhibition 'Timeless Innovation: Selections from the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection'. Thursday 28 September Catrin Jones, curator at the Holburne Museum will speak about 'Understanding the Surface of Silver'. Friday 29 September The Jewellery Editor's Maria Doulton will discuss 'Red Carpet Jewellery'. Wednesday 4

JCK Las Vegas 2017

JCK Las Vegas is the leading jewelry event in North America open to all jewelry professionals. Each year, the industry gathers where the latest awe-inspiring domestic and international designers and most sought after trends are showcased in a secure environment. Venue Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas,USA Show Dates Show Hours: Monday, June 5, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:30 am – 4:00 pm lasvegas.jckonline.com

Jewellery & Watch 2017, NEC Birmingham

Jewellery & Watch  is the UK’s largest dedicated trade event set within the heart of the UK jewellery & watch industry. It takes place during the same dates and at the same location as Spring Fair, allowing visitors to access both shows with ease. The Jewellery & Watch NEC halls are situated next to Spring Fair's 'Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories' halls enabling visitors to take advantage of the cross buying opportunities. Dates : 5 - 9 February 2017 Open: Sun 5 February  - 9:00 - 18:00 Mon 6 February - 9:00 - 18:00 Tues 7 February - 9:00 - 18:00

Innovative Training For Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing

The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company has announced its latest training course innovation for jewellery designer makers  and jewellery graduates . Dawn Meaden Johnson’s company had created a  link from the handmade to small-scale manufacturing by providing a live mentored project made up of series of mini  bespoke consultancy sessions provided by  collaboration  with jewellery industry specialists based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Dawn said of the new approach to specialist jewellery professional development, “Taking the leap into small scale manufacturing can be a daunting prospect  for jewellery Designer Makers  however this  new course  offers mentored guidance throughout the whole process from design to

Hockley Mint Partners with TH March

Birmingham based fine jewellery manufacturer  Hockley Mint  has partnered with industry specialist insurance broker TH March to offer exclusive benefits to all designers who enter Hockley Mint’s 25 th  anniversary design competition.   This collaboration between TH March and Hockley Mint aims to educate and raise awareness among jewellery designers about the need for insurance cover to protect them against risks such as theft or loss of stock and goods, business interruption and public and products liability. As a result of this  new  partnership, the winner of  Hockley Mint’s  competition will receive one year’s worth of  free  insurance  cover .

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