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Job Market Change: Apprenticeships are the new Educational Future

According to a new survey it was found that the UK is once again emerging as a hotbed for apprenticeships. Almost half (47%) of the respondents said they would accept an apprenticeship in their chosen field, given the opportunity.  In a job market where you can find opportunities on your Twitter feed and be formally interviewed via Skype, it’s little surprise that attitudes are changing as to how you gain employment. Working alongside universities, modern apprenticeships are making a mockery of the idea that academic progression and hands-on experience are mutually exclusive. Young people can learn on-the-job, whilst studying in

Job Lot - 1000’s of gemstones, pearls and beads

Job Lot - 1000’s of gemstones, pearls and beads I have thousands of cut stones, cabochons, agate shapes, drops, odd pearls and beads for sale. The cut stones and cabochons are mostly in calibrated sizes, 5  to 10mm round, ovals 6x4 to 14x12mm. Amethyst, garnet, lapis, agates, moonstones, tourmalines, topaz, quartz etc etc. Too many to list here. Ideal for a manufacturer or crafts person. Located in Hastings, East Sussex. Offers around £1000 please. Contact Nick - 07510431813, nickkellett@nickkellett.co.uk for more info.

Various Jewellery Displays - Sold As Job Lot

Various Jewellery Displays - Sold As Job Lot Various jewellery displays available for sale. The new/retail price of the lot is around £5k. Ex Retail display that we no longer need. Off White Selection: From  Proportion London . The majority are in perfect condition, one or two showing some scuffs which can be cleaned up. These are faux leather or suede on vintage looking metal bases. Sturdy and with adjustable heights. Long necklace bust x3 Necklace bust x 18 Ring T stand x 1 T stand x 7 Square ring display x 1 Small ring display x 1 Grey Selection:

A Job lot of cultured pearls, amethyst chips and opal chips

A Job lot of cultured pearls, amethyst chips and opal chips Many different rows, button freshwater pearls and many others. Ideal for Jobber or starter in the trade.  £200 plus £12 post or can collect from Lincolnshire.   Contact  ian.stewart1960@hotmail.co.uk

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Jobbing Jeweller, Maker-Mends - Basildon, Essex

The role Jobbing Jeweller Maker-Mends Basildon, Essex We have an exciting new job opportunity for a Jobbing Jeweller in our busy Jewellery Repair Workshop near Basildon. Must be skilled in ring sizing (up and down), replacing half shanks, chain repairs, re-tipping / re-building claws. We are looking for someone who is flexible and able to prioritise workload. The job is Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm. Salary is negotiable depending upon experience and skills. To apply please email your CV using the application form below. About us Maker-Mends Ltd is Europe’s largest service provider for the Jewellery and Watch Industry,

A Post-College Guide with Sarabande

What Now? A Post-College Guide with Sarabande Matty Bovan joins panel to talk to new graduates about post-pandemic work life 22 & 23 June 2022   This June, Sarabande Foundation will host What Now? - a series of talks and workstations to help recent and soon-to-be arts and fashion graduates tackle post-university panic. The COVID-19 pandemic deeply affected the creative industries and had a huge impact on job prospects for new graduates. Job openings fell by 66.5% - some 128,000 fewer jobs than pre-pandemic, and recent graduates who were self-employed or freelancing had their work opportunities crushed. Building on the

News Edit: 22 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Wexford jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis is a shining star of Irish design as she scoops award at Irish Made Awards Independent: Jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis is one of the shining stars of Irish design having won the esteemed ‘jewellery’ category at the Irish Made Awards last week. www.independent.ie How I got my job as… Founder of Etika Jewels Emirates Woman: Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and

News Edit: 20 August 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   British Museum: Theft Thought To Be An Inside Job Artlyst: The British Museum has sacked a staff member after gold, jewellery, and semi-precious gems disappeared from one of the museum’s storage lock-ups. Several items were either “missing, stolen or damaged”. artlyst.com 'Embarrassed' British Museum forced to ramp up security after 'inside job' jewellery thief Express: It may be one of the world's most respected museums, but experts are saying its bosses must be red-faced. www.express.co.uk British Museum staff member dismissed Daily Mail: as gold, jewellery and semi-precious gems

Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

The Creative Fellowship scheme is an annual programme of residencies with The National Trust at The Workhouse, Southwell. The scheme is intended to support the production of new creative work, in collaboration with researchers, responding to this fascinating site and engaging audiences in its history through creative means. About The Workhouse From its foundation, the workhouse system cared for those in need. It was a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a care home, a hospital, a school and a job centre; the Welfare State in embryonic form. Today we see the inheritance of this system all around us. The Project

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

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

CV Audit

Need some help putting your CV together?  Have a one hour 1-2-1 with Benchpeg’s Rebecca spent going through your CV getting it optimised for your next career move. Rebecca has 25 years worth of experience in the craft and industry and has helped individuals find their next job move for over 18 years. Having given CV Audits at shows like International Jewellery London, the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Getting Started course, the GIA’s Careers Fair and the School of Jewellery – Birmingham’s Connect Careers event, Rebecca is used to assessing how to optimise a professional CV for targeted career moves. The session www.paypal.com

News Edit: 30 October 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Federal Govt And MinDiver Train More Nigerians In Jewellery Production For Value Addition, Job Creation Leadership: Nigeria’s natural minerals have always attracted low prices due to the failure to process them into finished products. SILAS EZEUGWU reports that the federal government, through the MinDiver Project, is taking steps to reverse this trend by graduating the second batch of young Nigerians trained in the craft of jewellery making. leadership.ng “I’m still googling how to run a business”: How Nikki Kelly took her jewellery label to $2.5 million turnover Smart

Experienced Goldsmith, Jeremy France Jewellers - Winchester, Hampshire

The Role Experienced Goldsmith Jeremy France Jewellers Winchester, Hampshire Job Type: Full time goldsmith, 18 month contract Salary: Based on experience Start Date: June 2024 About Us Jeremy France Jewellers has been established in Winchester for over 30 years and is now in the capable hands of the second generation, Harriet and Christopher. Chris is our goldsmith and workshop manager and Harriet our managing director. We pride ourselves on our quality of service, repairs and manufacturing and many clients visit specifically because of our on-site workshop. Bespoke designs and remodelling client’s jewellery is a large part of our business and

3D / CAD Designer, Asprey - London

The role 3D / CAD Designer Asprey London W6 Asprey London Limited has an opportunity for a 3D / CAD Designer to work closely with their Manufacturing and Product Category Teams. About the Job The 3D / CAD Designer will assist the Silver, China & Crystal Category, Corporate & Export Department and Workshops with 3D Printing and CAD production design support. Main Responsibilities CAD for client commissions, stock manufacturing, prototype and product development across our silver, jewellery and leather categories 3D printing and rapid prototyping of our designs and product development projects Creating accurate technical drawings for the jewellery and silver

Silversmith, Asprey - London

The role Silversmith Asprey London W6 Asprey London Limited has an opportunity for an experienced Silversmith to join their Silver Workshop. Asprey have a long-established bespoke service, which ensures that interesting and challenging commissions often pass through the workshops.   About the Job The Silversmith is responsible for producing items of exceptional standard in both precious and non-precious metals for Retail, Corporate and Export. Main Responsibilities Producing and repairing silver, including stock items, bespoke items, objet d’art and trophies, to an exceptional standard Liaise with Polishers, Gilders and Management to ensure production deadlines are met and any issues or delays are communicated

Experienced Goldsmith / Jeweller, Hodgkinson the Jewellers Ltd - Glasgow

The role Experienced Goldsmith / Jeweller (Full or Part Time) Hodgkinson the Jewellers Ltd Clarkston, Glasgow Hodgkinsons established in 1972, located in the Southside of Glasgow, with a loyal customer base. We have a light, airy and spacious showroom and workshop, providing a pleasant and rewarding working environment as part of our small team. The Job We are looking for an experienced Goldsmith / Jeweller on a full or part time basis. The candidate must be able to work to a high standard, with good problem solving skills and attention to detail. Skills Required Jewellery making and repairs Melting and

Full Time Jewellery Teaching Assistant, The Ringsmiths - London SE1

The role Full Time Jewellery Teaching Assistant The Ringsmiths Oxo Tower Wharf and London Bridge, London SE1 Competitive salary based on experience Following on the success of our sell out classes our brand is expanding and we are currently looking for someone to join our growing team of wonderful female jewellers who teach the workshop experiences. About the job At The Ringsmiths we run a variety of jewellery making workshops as well as selling our At Home Kits and Ready to Wear collections. Due to the phenomenal popularity of our classes, our teaching team are in need of a skilled

Trainee / Junior Silversmith, Grant Macdonald - London

The role Trainee / Junior Silversmith Grant Macdonald London SE1 Grant Macdonald is a high-end silversmithing manufacturer. We are market leaders in our specialised field and our global customer base ensures we produce a wide range of fascinating products.  An opportunity has arisen to join our expanding silversmithing team in our central London workshop. We are currently looking for a talented junior silversmith/trainee to join the team. The chosen candidate needs to be a hardworking, enthusiastic craftsperson who is looking to expand their skills and grow as a silversmith at a prestigious London workshop. About the job 5 days a week Traditional

News Edit: 3 July 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The enticing collection of jewellery from the house of eagle & pearl jewelers The Hiltonian: As one of the oldest jewelers in the world, Eagle and Pearl has continued its legacy over the years by partnering with high-quality brands. thehiltonian.com Singapore chemical engineer sees career bloom after switching from oil to flowers Yahoo News: Janice Lim had always considered herself a risk-averse person who planned her schedules well in advance. news.yahoo.com How to land a job in the luxury industry: 3 tips every student should know Study International:

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London)

Apprenticeship / Assistant maker position wanted (London) I am looking for a new part-time apprenticeship or assistant maker position in London as my previous job has come to an end. I have experience in soldering, texturing, cleaning, polishing and some basic stone settings (Bezel, Tube, Claw and Flush). My goal is to improve my bench skills and learn more about the jewellery industry in the UK. A CV and images of previous work are available upon request. Availability Immediate start Part-time basis Contact Lauren Abrams Email:  lau.abr@gmail.com   Telephone and Whatsapp: 07874344125

News Edit: 22 May 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Glittering exhibition tells city’s story Portsmouth Gov: Also on show will be precious silver items loaned by the Royal Navy, the city's Anglican cathedral and the Goldsmiths' Company Charity. www.portsmouth.gov.uk Ethical Jewelry Stunners for Cannes’ Red Carpet Hollywood Reporter: These spectacular pieces will add a feel-good vibe at the film festival, part of the jewelry industry’s new standard of responsible sourcing of diamonds, gemstones and metals. www.hollywoodreporter.com Russia impact: Surat diamond industry stares at massive job losses in June Business Standard: The month of May offers some respite

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

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

The Benevolent Society were delighted to identify up to 50 of their hardest up and longest standing beneficiaries and to send to each of them this week a beautiful hamper full of goodies as a timely reminder that they have not been forgotten. The Society issued a statement which said: "With all of the talk of worldwide pandemic, economic disaster, job losses, the NHS being overwhelmed, it is important that we do not forget those that have gone before us and contributed so much to making our great industries what they are today." Simon Dawe the BenSoc Chairman said: “It

News Edit: 2 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put On Your Radar Marie Claire: While ethical fashion and jewellery were once pegged as 'having a moment', the reality is that now more so than ever consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their pieces are coming from. marieclaire.com.au The jewellery you've been buying in lockdown AFR: Los Angeles designer Irene Neuwirth has garnered a loyal following with her whimsical designs and COVID-19 has proven no barrier to sales. afr.com Jeweller to the stars lost job after head-on bike crash with Uber

Make It!

Call for Applications: Make It! Make It! offers three London-based makers aged 16-25 the space and support to build their own craft-based business. Selected makers will receive a studio space at Cockpit Arts; including access to onsite workshops in business basics, one-to-one coaching and be a part of a thriving creative community. Applications are open to makers who are currently unemployed or underemployed (working in a job that doesn’t use their craft skills). The two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start building your craft business. We’ve had 26 Makers successfully complete the programme since 2011

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

Delicate Delights for November Nights

If there ever was a time of year to go big, bold and all things beautiful, the season of sugar and spice and all things nice most definitely hits the mark! As invitations of Christmas nights of festive fun and mischief begin to flock your inbox, it's time to add a bejewelled touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm! As the winter nights grow colder and daylight hours go to bed far too early, it's our job to inject the sizzling heat and fire of festive finery with a treasure trove of flamboyant sparkle and delightfully delicate statement jewels, guaranteed

Cad / Design Intern, Pruden and Smith Ltd - Ditchling, East Sussex

The Role CAD / Design Intern  Pruden and Smith Ltd Ditchling, East Sussex (Nr Brighton) Paid 6 month Internship potential for ongoing employment We are looking for a Jewellery Designer to work 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) in the village of Ditchling near Brighton. This is an exciting chance to be a part of a fast growing and award winning jewellery business.  About the Job Daily tasks will include: In CAD: Modelling existing designs for the digital design library. In CAD: Modelling and costing existing designs with clients variations after or during client appointments. Conducting client consultations and

Sarah Salmon

Meet Benchpeg's Trends Editor. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Sarah Salmon Trends Editor Sarah has a natural flair for creativity and design, and is our trends and blog guru. She manages Benchpeg's weekly  trends and fashion content . Her full time job is as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Educational Sector. Previously she worked as the Editorial and Digital Assistant at  Gem-A , where she worked on Gem-A's Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology publications as well as on

Sarah Millsop to join Create and Craft TV as Craft Ambassador

Create and Craft are proud to announce that jewellery expert Sarah Millsop has joined them to become a Craft Ambassador. Sarah joins other crafting experts including the ‘The Crafty Beggars’ Wendy Turner-Webster and Julie Peasgood, Mich Turner MBE,  Cassie Brown and Sarah Hurley. Sarah’s love and passion for jewellery making started 16 years ago as she took up jewellery demonstrating at her local craft store as weekend work whilst she studied at college. From there she began to teach Jewellery making courses at a local college and for the past 6 years has taken on the full time job of

Silent Protest - Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna

Silent Protest Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary. Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication, to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, in a single action. War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translate into interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.  The beliefs of many can be divided: those who have invented messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job

News Edit: 11 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My Favourite Pieces: Jacqueline Gestetner’s top five pieces from a lifetime of collecting FT: The woman behind the Jacqueline’s Choice events picks items including a stylish Emmeline necklace and a Barbara Crowe bangle bought in the Sixties. ft.com Art of the experimental: young Chinese jewellery designers to watch FT: Emerging talents are producing innovative, dynamically coloured high jewellery pieces. ft.com 'A year ago I was unhappy in my job, but now I've made £200,000 from jewellery' The Daily Mirror: A mum-of-two has managed to take her handmade jewellery

News Edit: 26 March 2023

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How I Got Here: Loveness Lee opens up about the challenges of wearing all the hats in your business Red Online: The London-based jewellery designer creates beautiful pieces inspired by nature. www.redonline.co.uk Hailey Bieber can't stop wearing this affordable London-based jewellery brand Marie Claire: A fashion-industry favourite. www.marieclaire.co.uk Eden Confidential: While Mick, 79, rocks on, daughter Jade Jagger, 51, packs in her day job as she gives up designing fine jewellery Daily Mail: Yet, I hear that the singer's daughter, Jade Jagger, is already giving up her career

Production Co-Ordinator and Operator, Ino Creative - Hatton Garden, London

The role Production Co-Ordinator and Operator Ino Creative Baldwin's Gardens, London 🌟🚀 Join the CAD DESIGN TEAM at INO CREATIVE LTD! 🚀🌟 🔍  Position  Production Co-Ordinator and Operator 📍  Location  Studio Lg16, The Record Hall, Baldwin's Gardens, London, England 💼  Job Type  Full time 🌱  Experience Level  Entry Level 💷  Salary  £26,000 📣  About Us At Ino Creative, we pride ourselves on thinking differently in the manufacturing industry, providing technological solutions such as CAD, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and casting to businesses across the trade. As we prepare to introduce laser engraving into our service offerings, we are looking for

Freelance Part Time Social Media Executive, Tomfoolery - London

The role Freelance Part Time Social Media Executive Tomfoolery London / Metier Muswell Hill,  London, N10  Tomfoolery is a playful yet understated contemporary designer boutique that boasts an unparalleled destination for unique and contemporary fine jewellery pieces. Located in Muswell Hill, we curate a collection of exquisite jewellery from both emerging and established designers around the world. Métier is our distinguished 9ct and 14ct gold jewellery collection designed in-house.  Job Description We are seeking a passionate and creative Part-Time Social Media Executive to join our team. As a Social Media Executive, you will play a key role in developing and implementing our social media