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{Queer} + {Metals}

{Queer} + {Metals} 12 November 2022 - 2 April 2023 Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham The transformative power of ‘queerness’ and metal connect in an international exhibition and digital project. {Queer} + {Metals} is a Craftspace exhibition co-curated by its Director Deirdre Figueiredo and Dauvit Alexander artist and tutor at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery in collaboration with artist Rebekah Frank. The exhibition, which opens on the 12 November at Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, uses the lens of metalworking to explore the multiplicity of queerness – whether as identity, lived experiences, thinking, cultures, aesthetic, influences, stories, place, and imagination –

Queer + Metals Exhibition

LGBTQ+ artists challenge metalwork’s macho image in new exhibition Friday 25 March to Sunday 3 April 2022 Hereford Artists from Birmingham City University’s renowned School of Jewellery are among the contributors to a new exhibition of metalwork this month, inspired by the lives and experiences of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) community. The  Queer + Metals  exhibition, which opens in Hereford this Friday 25 March is the first show of its kind to focus exclusively on the creations of LGBTQ+ metalwork artists. The free to attend exhibition forms part of the annual  Ferrous Festival

Eco Metal Masterclass – Recycling Precious Metals

Eco Metals Masterclass Sunday 5 November Dunblane, Scotland As increasingly more makers and designers are looking for ways to make their practice more sustainable and less impactful to the environment, CSSJ will host an ‘Eco Metal’ workshop dedicated to learning skills and methods needed to recycle gold, silver and other metals. With very little equipment, it is possible to melt down pieces of precious metal and turn them into fabulous cast pieces of jewellery within a home studio environment! This workshop will focus on charcoal ingots and granulation with students leaving the workshop with a unique cast ring. Other ingot

Training Bursaries For Crafts Involving Precious Metals

Training Bursaries For Crafts Involving Precious Metals Deadline: 5pm on Friday 23 February 2024 The Royal MintThis training bursary is targeted at trainees and prospective trainees of crafts involving precious metals who are experiencing financial hardship. It is sponsored by The Royal Mint and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate heritage craftspeople. Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in a precious metal craft or to further develop your skills. Emma Jane-RuleMany people are dissuaded from training in precious metal heritage crafts because of the cost, and therefore

Training bursary for crafts involving precious metals

£4,000 Precious Metal Bursaries for Training The Heritage Crafts Association and the Royal Mint  Deadline: 5pm on Friday 10 March 2023 This training bursary is targeted at trainees and prospective trainees of crafts involving precious metals who are experiencing financial hardship. It is sponsored by  The Royal Mint  and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate heritage craftspeople. Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in a precious metal craft or to further develop your skills. Many people are dissuaded from training in precious metal heritage crafts because of the

Paolo Marcolongo: A dialogue between glass and metals

Paolo Marcolongo is an artist with a unique and multifaceted inspiration, and one of the significant representatives of the  Scuola Orafa Padovana writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Paolo Marcolongo is an artist with a unique and multifaceted inspiration, and one of the significant representatives of the  Scuola Orafa Padovana . In his jewellery all the complexities of the numerous sculptural, artistic, philosophical and aesthetic references that characterize his creative evolution find a compendium and perfect balance. Nature blossoms in both its sensuality and danger, on the one hand expressed by precious metals which are at times stinging, sharp, edgy, thorny, on the other

Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to fund new Cambridge PhD research in precious metals

A gift from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity to support three new PhD studentships at Cambridge will advance research in precious metals and help develop new technical expertise. The Goldsmiths’ Company programme in precious metals research, which will be based at Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, will build on the University’s strengths in the study of materials. The Department is one of the world’s leading centres in the study of materials and metals.  The first two students are expected to start in 2019, following a recruitment programme this autumn. The date marks the centenary of a founding gift from

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

Turbulence: Metal, Flows in Thinking and Things

Turbulence: Metal, Flows in Thinking and Things 17 January 2024 RCA Battersea,1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AY A symposium which draws new dialogues and approaches to understanding the functions and potential of metals in art and design. Turbulence: Metal, Flows in Thinking and Things  seeks to find new dialogues and approaches to understanding the functions and potential of metals in art and design. Metals create our contemporary world, often just out of view (screen). Metal art and design is highly pluralistic and multi-facetted; the boundaries of which are to be tested and expanded. With an increasing interest in materiality and

Max Carocci Lecture

'Precious Metals-Precious Stones: Symbolism and Technologies of Precolumbian Jewellery' Lecture by Max Carocci  Tuesday 11 October 2022, 18:00 – 20:00 What are the reasons for a culture to produce jewels from very specific raw materials? How do we make sense of the inordinate use of certain metals? What causes certain societies to value certain metals over others? Through examples drawn from the exceptional creativity and craftmanship of Precolumbian master jewellers, we address these and other questions related to the meanings, symbolism, and values differently associated with jewellery, and how they work in society. About the Lecturer: British Museum-based Dr. Max Carocci

Cooksongold commits to 100% Recycled Silver and Gold

Cooksongold, have made a 'precious' commitment to all their customers. Their full range of gold and silver bullion products are now made using 100% recycled precious metals. All of their gold and silver sheet, wire, tube and grain will be made using 100% recycled precious metals, fully traceable and equal in quality to unrecycled precious metals. The company have put into place that any future gold and silver bullion purchased will be 100% recycled and supplied with a card of authenticity to ensure that as a jewellery manufacturer or maker, you can ensure to your clients that that the pieces you make are eco-friendly. www.cooksongold.com

Thomson Reuters Reflects on Market Impact Since Brexit Vote

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

Durston 300mm Heavy Duty Guillotine For Sale

Durston 300mm Heavy Duty Guillotine For Sale  Purchased for our workshop almost 2 years ago and has been rarely, if ever used. The blades are in perfect condition. Price: £980 inc UK shipping. (item is located in Northern Ireland) Heavy duty guillotine for non-ferrous metals Ideal for metals of 3.5mm maximum thickness Suitable for cutting up to 300mm width Cost  £1500 new Contact Dan mail@aventina-spencer.com

Experimental Casting Course, Cockpit Arts - Holborn, London

During this course you will explore and experiment with different casting processes and use them in an unconventional way. Traditional techniques like sand, water, ice and cuttlefish casting will be taught and used as the starting point of your creative journey. Through casting into different media, you will be encouraged to ‘cast outside the box’ and take the process literally outside the studio, to cast into gaps, cracks and other items in the street. We will be using different metals such as pewter, silver and bismuth. You will explore the possibilities of the different techniques and metals and find out

Navigating the World of Ethical Jewellery and Responsible Mining

'Navigating the World of Ethical Jewellery and Responsible Mining' A panel discussion with jewellery designer Ute Decker and gemstone dealer Stuart Pool Monday, 22 May 2023 18:00 - 20:00 Join ethical-making champions Ute Decker and Stuart Pool for an evening of inspiration and advice. We will look at hot topics in the jewellery industry including the supply chains of gemstones and precious metals, as well as current trends such as recycled metals and their merits. Come and consider how your jewellery practice can evolve and how your choices can cumulatively have a big impact environmentally and socially. There will be

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Precious Metal Grant Competition

Call for Applications: The Precious Metal Grant Competition The Goldsmiths’ Centre has now opened applications for its Precious Metal Grant competition aimed at HND, BA or MA level students studying jewellery, silversmithing or a related subject. The grant offers students the opportunity to design and produce a piece of their own work in precious metals supplied by Cookson Precious Metals (London) worth £750.   These annual bursaries give up to 12 silversmiths and 8 jewellers the unique opportunity to design and make jewellery, silverware or associated pieces in precious metal, based on the quality of their submitted designs. Last year’s competition

Goldsmiths' Centre Precious Metal Grant Winners Announced

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Precious Metal Grant is an annual competition which provides 750 of precious metal bullion to a select group of Jewellery and Silversmithing students across the UK, providing the opportunity to translate their designs into precious metal.  This week, The Goldsmiths’ Centre announced the eleven winners of its prestigious Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal Grant competition. The grant offers students the opportunity to showcase their design skills using up to £750 worth of precious metals, supplied by Cookson Precious Metals (London). The finished pieces form part of the students’ final degree show, many are also showcased at other graduate shows

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

Winners of the Goldsmiths' Fair Best New Design Award Week 1 & 2

The winners of Goldsmiths’ Fair Best New Design Award for Week One and Week Two have been announced during the event’s run in the last two weeks. This year’s Week One winner was chosen by Victoria Broackes, senior curator for the department of theatre and performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Vicky chose Hazel Thorn as the winner, for her latest collection of work. Hazel uses a combination of base and precious metals, constructing metal sheets which she transforms into sculptural vessels. Hazel then applies the same chemical patination to the whole object which affects the mixed metals in

Suppliers

Knowing where to get what can be half the battle. Here we created a signpost list of trade suppliers offering a wide selection of tools, bullion, findings etc... Bullion Suppliers Baird & Co www.goldline.co.uk Bellore Rashbel www.rashbel.co.uk Betts Metal Sales www.bettsmetalsales.com Cooksongold www.cooksongold.com Palmer Metals www.palmermetals.co.uk Fairtrade Refiners, Casters, Manufacturers & Suppliers Cookson Precious Metals Contact person: Rob Taylor www.cooksongold.com CRED Contact person: Alan Frampton credjewellery.com Hockley Mint Contact person: Gary Wroe www.hockleymint.co.uk S&P Trading Contact person: Patrick Schein www.patrickschein.com Vipa Design Contact person: Peter Crump www.vipadesigns.co.uk Weston Beamor Contact person: Glen Day www.westonbeamor.co.uk Finding Suppliers Cooksongold www.cooksongold.com Bellore Rashbel

The '90s Chunky Chain Trend is Back

Fancy yourself as a bit of a maximalist when it comes to your accessories? The trends circulating this autumn/winter are varied, vast and everything in between so if you want to be a total show-off this season then chunky chains is a trend to tap into for some statement-making silhouettes! Oversized chain-link jewellery is on the fashion trajectory left, right and centre with the likes of Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferretti, Loewe and even Chloe crafting their collections with unmissable chain links. With a mix and match of textures, finishes, metals and design, there was one element that connected them all:

The Burke Prize 2018

Call for Applications: The Burke Prize (US Citizens Only) A new annual award that reinforces the Museum of Arts and Design commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize will be determined by an annual jury of professionals in the fields of art,

Welcome To The Wonder Ears

Word on the grapevine is the bigger, the better and when it comes to the adornments flaunting their sass and style for Autumn, the oversized disco hoops were rife with a mix match of metals, charm and detail. As the summer begins to make its gentle wind down into the balmy evenings of Autumn, the fashion gurus are revving up their awaited fashion week reveals by breathing life and size into our newfangled ear adornments. It looks as if the reign for statement earrings is not prepared to hang up its crown as the it accessory of Summer 2017 as

Ethical Jewellery Workshop at City Lit

This workshop is designed and run by two leading proponents of ethical jewellery for those involved in designing, making selling, learning or teaching jewellery as well as journalists. We will cover & help you to know where to source ethical metals, gemstones and diamonds understand the ethical issues in jewellery making use alternative studio practices and chemicals which are not damaging to the environment or to your own health Ethical Jewellery Workshop with Greg Valerio & Ute Decker Venue CityLit, London Date 5 February 2017 For More information www.citylit.ac.uk

Jeweller/Mounter at Jewelworks

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

News Edit: 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

Precious Metalworker of the Year Award

Call for Applications: Precious Metalworker of the Year Award Heritage Crafts and The Royal Mint have launched the inaugural Precious Metalworker of the Year award as part of their ongoing partnership, with a £2,000 prize for the winning entry, as well as a trophy specially designed by Paul Morgan, the Kings Assay Master and Head of Technical Design at The Royal Mint, to be presented at a high-profile reception at the Vicar’s Hall, Windsor Castle, in November. This award celebrates a heritage craftsperson who has made an outstanding contribution to working with precious metals over the past year. It recognises a

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Competition 2023/4

Call for Applications: The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Competition 2023/4 The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  (GC&DC) announces the briefs are now open for entries to its competition, the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2024. The final date for online entries is Sunday 14th January 2024. The annual Awards reward excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials and is open to all in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition, actively encourages craft persons and designers in the industry, apprentices, students and hobbyists, to

News Edit: 8th May 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How Goldsmiths’ is (hall)marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee The Times: As the Goldsmiths’ Company reveals a new hallmark to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Kim Parker explores the history of its Assay Office, which for centuries has set the standard for precious metals. www.thetimes.co.uk Bulgari Releases 2022 Serpenti Viper Collection Made From Ethical Gold Harpers Bazaar: Italian luxury brand Bulgari has opted for a stripped-back approach to its snake-like motif this year, opting for simple, ethical luxuries. harpersbazaar . com . au 4 Sustainable Jewelry Brands to Wear

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2023

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Founded in 1908, 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. The annual design competition, known as the ‘ Jewellery Oscars ’ , rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials from ‘ apprentices to masters ’ and is highly respected within the industry. Entries are invited and actively encouraged in all aspects of the trade, from new entrants to skilled craftsmen, apprentices and from education.

Experimental Casting Course with K2 Academy of Jewellery

Experimental Casting 23 - 25 October 2022 During this course you will explore and experiment with different casting processes and use them in an unconventional way. Traditional techniques like sand, water, ice and cuttlefish casting will be taught and used as the starting point of your creative journey. Through casting onto different materials, you will be encouraged to ‘cast outside the box’ and take the process literally outside the studio, to cast into gaps, cracks and other items in the street. You will be using different metals such as pewter, silver and bismuth. You will explore the possibilities of the

Mobile handheld XRF analyser now available for workshop and shopfloor settings

Every retail jewellery shop will have experienced the scenario where a customer walks through the doors with a treasured family heirloom for repair, re-sizing or valuation, uncertain of its origin or value. Every retail jewellery shop will have experienced the scenario where a customer walks through the doors with a treasured family heirloom for repair, re-sizing or valuation, uncertain of its origin or value. In most cases verifying the precious metals content of the jewellery pieces would involve workshop or external chemical testing or assaying or relying on in-house or external expert judgment, both of which could slow down the process and

Mounter and Senior Mounter x2 Roles Available - - Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Mounter and Senior Mounter x2 Roles Available Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham We are a multi-brand jewellery company with two busy studios in the UK. Our clients are across the UK and US. We are seeking high quality Mounters and Senior Mounters to work as a key part of our Birmingham Production team. The role is integral to our production workflow and the right candidate will show meticulous attention to detail when carrying out their work. You will work on high end jewellery consisting of repeatable ranges and bespoke pieces in all precious metals. The studio is well equipped and a positive

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

News Edit: 4 September 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Your Next Necklace May Have Gold From an Old Phone NY Times: More jewelers, large and small, are using precious metals recovered from electronic waste. www.nytimes.com Final countdown begins for Museum of London move The Past: The Museum of London will close its doors on 4 December, ahead of its planned relocation to larger premises in West Smithfield’s historic General Market. What will the new museum look like, and what is planned at the original site during its final few months? Carly Hilts reports. the-past.com Blacksmith Tom King

The Royal Mint announces partnership with Heritage Crafts

The Royal Mint has partnered with Heritage Crafts to launch four bursaries to preserve and champion traditional British craftmanship skills. The UK has an incredible range of heritage craft skills, from blacksmithing to bagpipe making, and some of the finest craftspeople in the world. But many of these skills are in the hands of individuals who have been unable to pass them on, often due to limited training opportunities and poor financial stability, leaving a number of traditional British crafts under threat. As Britain’s oldest business and the original maker of UK coins and precious metals, The Royal Mint hopes

Sievert Professional Torch Kit

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

Goldsmiths Fair 2023

Call for Applicaitons: Goldsmiths' Fair Jewellers and silversmiths from across the UK are being invited to apply to Goldsmiths’ Fair 2023, taking place between 26 September – 8 October. Supporting independent jewellers and silversmiths for over four decades, Goldsmiths’ Fair brings together the UK’s most respected buyers, collectors, and curators within the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to discover the most cutting edge and dynamic makers working with precious metals today. Applications are open to independent, UK based jewellers and silversmiths, who employ six (6) people or fewer at the bench. Applications opened on Monday 9 January and close on Tuesday 28

Introducing the Copenhagen Commitment

Introducing the Copenhagen Commitment Tuesday, 6 February 2024 6 - 7pm UK time Online Ever found yourself navigating the complexities of a responsible supply chain alone? The struggle to trace each gemstone, diamond, and gram of precious metals can be daunting. Copenhagen Commitment understands the challenge—there are no easy answers. It's a movement committed to shaking up the status quo and reshaping the jewellery supply chain. Built on expertise, connections, passion, and perseverance, this movement is about creating a real, positive impact. We aren’t here to give you easy answers, as they don’t exist in most cases. Copenhagen Commitment is

A new home for silversmithing

Scotland’s new home for silversmithing offers a thriving future for an ancient craft. A new home for silversmithing in Scotland aims to secure a thriving future for one of the country’s great and most ancient traditions. The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) is establishing The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop as a national centre where up to five silversmiths at a time can design and create stunning pieces from precious metals. Thanks to a generous bequest it is being fully equipped with the entire collection of tools, machinery and books built up by celebrated Scottish master silversmith Graham Stewart, of Dunblane, who died

News Edit: 4 June 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Mixed Metals: Gold and Silver Jewellery To Mix and Match Broadsheet: When it comes to jewellery, silver and gold need not compete for attention. Here’s how to combine the two for a look that’s both artful and modern. www.broadsheet.com.au How high jewellery brands are reimagining heart motifs today:  SMCP: from Chopard’s colourful pendant at Cannes Film Festival and Messika’s Cupid-inspired earrings to Boodles’ fancy pink rings www.scmp.com Fantastical Emerald High Jewellery: The Birthstone of May Prestige Online: If you are lucky enough to have a May birthday, then

Anodising Niobium Workshop

Anodising Niobium Workshop Forge Leather Lane, Hatton Garden Saturday 13th April, 10am - 4.30pm We are delighted to be offering this anodising Niobium Workshop taught by Alice Fry. You will be guided through the theory and science behind anodising niobium, before experimenting with niobium and titanium to create a spectrum of colours and finishes on the metal, before creating your finished piece which is a 3” x 3” colourful niobium wall tile for your home. The day starts with an introduction to refractory metals, with a presentation by Alice focusing on the theory and applications of niobium anodising. Following this,

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

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

Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Retires

The Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London, Dr Robert Organ, is to retire after 21 years of service. Robert began his career at the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2000 as Superintendent Assayer of the London Assay Office, before taking over as Deputy Warden (Managing Director-equivalent) in 2006. The Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed. Commenting on his retirement, Robert said, “It has been a privilege and honour to serve as Deputy Warden. I have taken great pride in adding to

News Edit: 14 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The Creative Women Behind Such Prestigious Jewellery Brands As Chopard & Cartier Tatler: Meet the women responsible for reimagining the heritage of world class brands through a 21st century lens. asiatatler.com 22 Black Jewellery Designers Who Deserve Your Support And Investment Vogue: Prominent black voices are rare in jewellery. Even though many of the world’s riches in the form of precious metals and gemstones come from Africa, its residents are far more likely to have been cruelly exploited in the name of

All Pandora jewellery to be made from recycled silver and gold

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

News Edit: 7 June 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   10 Black Jewellery Designers Who Deserve Your Support And Investment Vogue: Prominent black voices are rare in jewellery. Even though many of the world’s riches in the form of precious metals and gemstones come from Africa, its residents are far more likely to have been cruelly exploited in the name of adornment than to have benefited from it. vogue.co.uk Lockdown prompts a rethink of how we buy and sell jewellery Wallpaper: Gallerist Elisabetta Cipriani offers a creative alternative to trying on jewellery.

Call To The Wild - Gill Wing Jewellery

Call To The Wild Gill Wing Jewellery, London 4th July to 26th August Gill Wing jewellery has explored the globe to bring you a summer show of tropical treasures. Adorn yourself in our new selection of the most exciting jewellery from home grown and exotic designers. With a Zoological theme amidst lush foliage, expect experimental materials along with precious metals and rainbow gems for a wild jewellery adventure. Our carefully curated selection of new pieces from Emmeline Hastings, Jessica Pass, Samantha Queen, John Moore, Sian Evans, Tessa Metcalfe, Jessica Briggs, Nikki Coupee, Melanie Tomlinson, Raluca Buzura, Alena Willroth, Blanka Sperkova,

Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 Applications to exhibit at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 have now opened and will close at midnight 28 February. Applications for the Graduate Bursary Scheme open for the same period.  The Fair Selection Committee will meet in March and applicants will be advised of the outcome thereafter. The 37th Goldsmiths’ Fair (23 September – 6 October) will once again showcase the finest new collections from the most talented UK-based designer-makers working in precious metals. Last year, 138 exhibitors took part and more than 9,000 people visited the event. To Apply Applicants must conform to the following

Q&A: Grant Macdonald

Grant Macdonald is an esteemed silversmith of international repute. He began his career in precious metals at the age of 14, he attended a pre apprentice course at the Central School of Arts and Crafts finally graduating from Sir John Cass School of Art. The Grant Macdonald business was established in 1969 and became a limited company in 1977. The business is still thriving and has had is base in Bear Lane, London for some 41 years. Over a career spanning some 50 years the Grant Macdonald brand has worked in every aspect of the trade to the heightened areas

Q&A: Jacqueline Mina (DES RCA) OBE

Jacqueline Mina is one of the most significant goldsmiths in the UK today. Known best for her precise technical ability at the bench, meticulous crafted construction processes and predisposition of surface pattern using precious metals and fusion inlay. Her pieces have an unmistakable aesthetic with thoughtful use of form, line and pattern always interrogating the interplay of the surface to create wearable timeless pieces. As well as a practicing goldsmith, Mina was a lecturer at the Royal College of Art from 1972 until 1994 and was an important influence on many practicing jewellers today. She has been recognised with solo

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

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

Silver Market Review 2019: Silver prices plummets to lowest level in more than ten years in early 2020 due to COVID-19 impact

GFMS team at Refinitiv publishes annual Silver Market Review 2019, which includes provisional supply and demand estimates for 2020. Investment demand records healthy growth in 2019, while industrial demand declines as trade wars impact orders across the supply chain. After rising to a five-month high by late February, the silver price experienced a calamitous fall in March, as precious metals got caught up in a broader market sell-off amidst the deteriorating virus outbreak according to the annual Refinitiv GFMS annual Silver Market Review 2019. As a result, silver lost 30% of its dollar value in the first three weeks of

An ode to Sophie Harley's new characterful collections

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

David Poston, The Lateral Maker @ The Scottish Gallery

David Poston: The Lateral Maker Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 4 January - 1 February 2020 The Gallery presents a showcase of jewellery from David Poston, covering different aspects of his creative career including his signature work in stainless steel and forged titanium. Born to British parents in Moscow, Russia in 1948, David was educated in the United Kingdom and graduated from the jewellery design course at Hornsey College of Art. He worked as an artist-jeweller using mainly non-precious metals and other materials from 1970 until 1984. In 1985 David chose to change course by studying for a PhD in Engineering focused on the

Goldsmiths North

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths North Contemporary Silverware & Jewellery Selling Fair 12-14 July 2019 Cutlers’ Hall Sheffield Goldsmiths North is a new show set to take place in July 2019 in the North of England. The Fair Goldsmiths North will provide a new and specifically tailored selling platform to skilled and innovative creative businesses within the precious metals sector. It will be a national/international event – a retail selling fair bringing the best of designer jewellery and silversmithing from the UK and Europe to the north of England. Location & Venue The Cutlers’ Hall, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG The

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery 17 March - 10 May 2020 Craft in the Bay, Cardiff  Drawing inspiration from themes of collecting memories Lindsey creates playful jewellery which might explore a fleeting moment, a chance encounter or a material souvenir charged with meaning. Referencing shape, form, colour and pattern to realise each piece of jewellery she hopes to create something which has both familiar and yet foreign associations, perhaps triggering a vague memory for the viewer too and hopefully raising a smile! Working from her studio in rural Wiltshire, Lindsey constructs jewellery using hand-printed anodised aluminium, precious and non-precious metals

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

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

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

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

Q&A: Vivien Johnston

Vivien Johnston is the original ethical jewellery pioneer. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, she had quickly developed a career as a commercial Jewellery Designer, reaching the position of Head Designer in the early noughties where she was placed in charge of sourcing. This led to Johnston founding the first British ethical jewellery brand, Fifi Bijoux, in 2006. Since then she has established herself as a leading light in the field of responsible sourcing of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones – an Ethical Supply Chain Specialist, who has consulted on a national and international basis for a variety of jewellery

News Edit: 2 June 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   First UK visit for Hammerclub will reconnect Dundee with silver heritage Deadline News: Dundee’s precious metals heritage will be connected to its growing contemporary reputation for design... deadlinenews.co.uk The Ancient Egyptian collection that marked Karl Lagerfeld’s final runway appearance Prestige Online: The civilisation was the inspiration for Chanel’s recent Metiers D’ Art collection. Established in 2002, the... prestigeonline.com Symphony In Red: Van Cleef & Arpel’s Treasure Of Rubies Harpers Bazaar: Showcasing over 3,000 carats of certified rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels' Treasure of Rubies is a disciplined study of beauty.

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

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium This Symposium is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. Speakers Speakers will include award winning British Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist, Greg Valerio MBE; jeweller Ute Decker; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; founder of the Precious Metals Workshop, Ian Nicholson; and Jane Barnett and Theodora Panayides of consultancy and social venture, Levin Sources.  Speakers will discuss the importance of implementing an ethical approach and how to face the challenges

Zeemou Zeng’s ‘Melody’ Collection: A Treat for the Eyes and Ears

Zeemou Zeng, an IJL ‘Bright Young Gem’ winner, follows up his debut ‘Venus’ collection with one that incorporates celebrates the beauty- and musicality- of pearls. The recent graduate designs contemporary fine jewellery and accessories, drawing from his extensive knowledge of craftsmanship and experience with different materials (such as precious metals, glass, gemstones and porcelain.) Zeemou Zeng 'Melody' Collection Zeemou Zeng 'Melody' Collection Zeemou originally studied interior and architecture design in China, before graduating from the London University of Arts- the collection is a perfect amalgamation of design functionality and beauty- and is testament to the breadth of his studies. Each

Exotic Persian influences for Toranj London's 2018 collections

Toranj London has launched its new limited edition fine jewellery collections for 2018 with four new hand-crafted ranges all influenced by founder Sara Peymanpour's Iranian heritage and culture. Golbarg, which means 'petal' in Iranian, uses a variety of existing motifs used in the design of Persian carpets. Many of the designs take their influence from 1001 Arabian nights stories and in common with the other ranges, use precious metals that are ethically-mined and gemstones sourced from ethical suppliers. The Toranj London Empire collection comprises items that are all one of a kind and handmade in Iran while both the Noor

Chills, Shrills & Thrills

Are you ready for a weekend of mischievous, dark and wildly extravagant dress-up guaranteed to make one heart-stopping entrance of smouldering style?   Halloween night is looming which is why d esigners have been slowly unfurling their collections dripping in dark demure, grandeur and sultry sensualism.    With glimmers of sexy r omanticism and hints of gothic tradition, nail your look from the dark side with single statement pieces encrusted with bold baroque designs, multi-layered mixed metals and rich jewels. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of winter gothic charm and spirit and take a look at our treasure trove of bewitching

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery - Contemporary Jewellery Workshop

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Contemporary Jewellery Saturday Workshop This course is ideal for students who either like to try their hands on design and jewellery making or intermediate students who want to broaden their skill set. About The Course On this practical course you will be working on two to three projects which will explore base metals such as copper, brass and more unconventional materials such as paper, textiles, ribbons or other found materials. You will explore and take your inspiration from the theme of ‘water and its rich underwater life’. Projects could include the making of a brooch,

Micro scenery and architectural influences

The urban landscape and the nature have always been inspiring for artists and creative minds. The surrounding as well as the atmosphere, sounds and shapes, are meant as muses also for those working in the micro-sculpture and jewelry field. With different styles and background Jill Herlands, Nicole Schuster, Martacarmela Sotelo and Zeta Tsermou work by constructing and merging precious and non-preciouses metals, by creating small masterpieces ranging from minimalism to the superstructure of architecture, and where the raw elegance of industrial and urban suggestions finds expression.   Jill Herlands Photo Credit: Jill Herlands Jill Herlands is based in Hell’s Kitchen, New

Domino Relaunches Revitalised Rosabella Collection

Domino have relaunched a revitalised Rosabella collection. The new Rosabella range now features 25 suites of statement and everyday diamond jewellery, covering a wide range of key carat weights and price points, incorporating both classic and design-led pieces. Commenting on the refreshed collection, Creative Director Naomi Newton-Sherlock said: “Rosabella is one of our most popular collections because of its versatility and wide appeal. We have retained our best-sellers, added new silhouettes and introduced a selection of contemporary design-led pieces. The breadth of style, precious metals and carat weights on offer, means that we can give our customers real choice, in

Haunting Jewels of Winter

The mischievous weekends of chills, shrills, thrills and kills is nearly upon us and what better way to make a heart-stopping entrance than in a killer display of demure-soldering jewels? Those with their prowling fingers hot on the fashion pulse will have already seen the winter collections unfurling designs dripping in dramatic sensualism, extravagant grandeur and bold bodacious looks to kill. Keeping this mysterious trend on the side of sultry romanticism rather than gothic doom and gloom, look for single statement pieces encrusted with eye-catching rich jewels, flirty accents of charm, extravagant baroque accents and multi-layered chains of mixed metals

Appointment: Ed Hole Promoted to New Business Manager at Weston Beamor

Weston Beamor are pleased to announce changes to its leadership team, with current Head of CAD Design and 3D Printing, Ed Hole promoted to the role of Business Manager for the bespoke precious metals casting, 3D printing and production division. Ed has worked at Weston Beamor for more than 14 years, joining the team in 2003 having recently graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology. Ed instantly impressed both colleagues and clients with his personable approach, knowledge and passion. Commenting on the promotion, Managing Director, Andrew Morton, said: “I am really pleased with this

Justified Sinner leads modern renaissance in men’s jewellery

The renaissance in modern men's jewellery, driven by avant-garde designers prepared to push the boundaries of conservatism, is attracting international attention with a stunning exhibition called The World is Your Dressing Up Box at The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford. Among the exhibits is a selection of work from the influential designer Dauvit Alexander, the Justified Sinner who is driving the revolution in mens jewellery using customs from the 16th Century when the size of 'bling' was directly related to the wearer's status. Alexander uses scrap metal, mainly corroded steel and iron, alongside precious metals and gemstones,

Present and Correct

Present and Correct A handcrafted piece is a gift to cherish, and a joy to treasure. This Christmas The Byre promises a joyful array of unique and exquisite handcrafted pieces sure to delight as Christmas gifts – or indulgent personal treats. Present and Correct features eye-catching jewellery; stylish pieces for the home in ceramic, glass and metals; elegant textiles – and of course desirable tree decorations that you’ll want to display all year! Returning with new work for Present and Correct are some of our favourite makers including: Phil Atkin, Beverly Bartlett, Lucy Burley, Paul Cardew, Corrinne Eira Evans, Tracey

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up About The Designer Jewellers Group The Designer Jewellers Group was founded in 1975 as a co-operative which promotes the work of its members. Individuality of design and professional craftsmanship are its hallmarks, bringing together an exciting diversity of styles in contemporary jewellery. All members are designer makers, working in precious metals alongside an extensive range of materials, gemstones, carved hardwoods, perspex, polypropylene, textiles and employing an innovative array of techniques. They are often commissioned to make bespoke items or pieces for special projects. Dates 4 - 23 December 2017 Venue 67 York Street, London www.designerjewellersgroup.co.uk

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery Launch New Bridal Collection

Displayed in a luxurious black wooden box, against the hues of wine, the  Fei  Liu Fine Jewellery bridal rings glisten. Couples can cherish the new chapter with the men’s and ladies edition of the award-winning designer rings. Best known for their signature Cascade Collection, the Designer of the Year 2016 has translated the flowy floral lines through to their bridal rings. The exclusivity of the bridal collection has been limited to the carefully chosen top ten retailers.   The bestselling collections will be available in a variety of precious metals for that perfect ring. Each collection’s design is distinctively unique

Gemstones Set The Tone: GFG Jewellery by Nilufe

GFG Jewellery by Nilufer is a London-based British contemporary fine jewellery brand established by founder, Nilufer Kizilkaya.  With a vision to encapsulate timeless beauty, Nilufer set about creating collections that are easily wearable from day to night with a vision to form a part of a woman’s daily outfit ritual. The aesthetics of the collections are created with love and passion, inspired by the beauty of our surroundings. Each piece is created using precious metals, handset and polished while gemstones, diamonds and pearls are sourced around the world and cut to bespoke specifications for the brand. GFG Jewellery by Nilufer,

Studio E2F Pop Up Shop

Four London based contemporary jewellers host a pop up shop on Columbia Road. Anna Wales, Jenny Llewellyn, Sara Gunn and Will Odell all share Studio E2F at Cockpit Arts, Holborn. Each has their own distinctive style, choose from precious metals, diamonds, silicone and leather, there's something for everyone. Pop in and have a look at their stunning designs and treat yourself to a unique piece of jewellery! Open every weekend in April Saturdays: 11 - 5.30 Sundays: 10 - 5 (or by appointment between 1 - 30 April. Please email e2f.studio@gmail.com to arrange a time.) Special late night opening Thursday

Lichen inspired work by Kate Bajic

Jeweller Kate Bajic uses the countryside around her studio as inspiration for her contemporary jewellery pieces. Kate is particularly fascinated by the wide variation of colour, shapes, and forms found in different lichen species. Through photography and sample collection, Kate examines their minute complexity and translates aspects of this into her work. She handcrafts pieces using precious metals or mild steel, often combined with semiprecious stones. Designs evolve through experimenting with composition, playing with contrasting colours, or adding textural details. Most recently Kate has experimented with hand piercing and patenting thin steel sheet to create complex layered necklaces which are

Crafting Creative Magic: Origami Jewellery

Beautifully delicate, light, infinetly refined and undeniably eye-catching, Origami can only be described as a touch of magical tradition folded within creative craftsmanship. The elegant art of Japanese paper folding encapsulates not only an innovative drive of talent and imagination but an artistic way of expressing personality. Folded, flipped and curled into a mix of precious fine metals, the fresh and charming appeal of Origami Jewellery is the inspired child of French designers Claire Naa and Arnaud Soulignac. Influenced from the beauty of Japanese originality, these two founding partners sought to showcase the light and dreamy allure of oriental art

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West A showcase from the celebrated Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest. This exhibition celebrates the fantastical world of fairy tales and the Wild West. Felieke van der Leest is a trained metalsmith, graduating from the jewellery department at the Rietveld Academie (The Netherlands) in 1996. She has lived and worked in Øystese, Norway since 2008. Living close to a Zoo, her passion for animals probably started in her childhood just like her love for crocheting in textiles. Combining this with precious metals and plastic toy animals, she developed her

American Jewellery Brand Nambé Launches in the UK

American designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, has launched in the UK market, bringing its contemporary, mid-century homeware, giftware and sterling silver jewellery to independent retailers and department stores. Founded in the American state of New Mexico more than 65-years ago, Nambé dedicates itself to timeless beauty, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality across a broad range of items for the home and gifting occasions. The brand’s promise of style and practical functionality began with the introduction of its proprietary Alloy – a tarnish-resistant combination of eight different metals with remarkable temperature retention properties and a silver-like lustre. Nambé’s alloy pieces can be

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

Ring 2017, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery

This spring, Diana Porter Contemporary jewellery have asked a selection of their current designers, as well as some old favourites and some brand-new ones, to submit their most exclusive wedding / engagement ring combinations. They wanted an inspiring exhibition showcasing a plethora of talent and craftsmanship! Several designers have submited bespoke pairings, created especially for the exhibition, whilst others will premier pieces from their new collections. Diana Porter will launch her latest creations in precious metals set with unique stones, for an exclusive first look. Alongside Diana Porter, this exhibition will feature pieces by: Hannah Bedford, Justin Duance, Maria Frantzi,

'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

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 –

VIPA Designs Offers Europe's First Fairmined Eco Precious Metal

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

Grant MacDonald: Timed To Perfection

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

Wrapped Up With A Bow

The bow. A simplistic yet elegantly chic nod to femininity that is stealing the scenes in the jewellery trends spotlight. A long time classic motif within Jewellery and fashion this understated design has continuously served as a symbolic emblem to stylish finesse, beauty and haute couture style. Looping back onto the style scene, the bow has been treated to a contemporary twist by multiple layers of precious metals fashioned into sculpted domes and rounded curves; playing with the reflections and refrains of light beams. The graceful craftsmanship of bow inspired adornments unfurl a graceful fluidity oozing with charming artistry. A

Big Names Get Set for Make Your Mark

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has announced the line-up for the first ever  Make Your Mark  Q&A Panel of Experts. “We are introducing the Panel this year in response to the huge popularity of talks at previous Make Your Mark events,”  explains Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. “The success of  Make Your Mark  in 2014 and 2015 proved that there is huge demand for advice and inspiration among students wanting to set out on careers in precious metals and so this year, alongside the very popular talks by Theo Fennell and Michael Wainwright -

The Dark Side of Goldsmiths’ Fair

Goldsmiths’ Fair is delighted to present  Silver: The Dark Side , a trailblazing exhibition that showcases silver in a dramatic new light.  This special display of new and recent work from some of the UK’s most exciting silversmiths and jewellers features striking pieces with black oxidised silver surfaces, plating and non-precious metals that challenge traditional perceptions of silver. Although primarily a showcase of objects d’art, three of the featured works are darkened jewellery. Typically, silver is perceived as difficult to clean and therefore often considered old-fashioned or d é mod é . Here blackened objects, several of which combine precious and non-precious metal, are

Experienced Mounter, Vulcan Jewellery - Southend, Essex

The role Experienced Mounter Vulcan Jewellery Southend, Essex Based in Southend, Essex, Vulcan Jewellery is a leading supplier to the trade, renowned for its comprehensive suite of services. We offer cutting-edge CAD design, high-quality manufacturing, ethically sourced diamonds, and expert repairs. We're more than just a supplier; we're passionate about UK craftsmanship and committed to creating jobs here at home. Join us as we showcase the world-class talent and innovation of British manufacturing. Our expectations when you become a valued member of our team: Master of Your Craft: You'll utilise your skills in laser welding, working with precious metals (silver,

News Edit: 4 February 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... World's biggest jeweller Pandora stops using mined silver and gold Reuters: Pandora, opens new tab, the world's largest jeweller by amount of products sold, has stopped using mined silver and gold and now only manufactures with recycled precious metals, which require less energy to produce. www.reuters.com Meet Noor Bouziane: The Apprentice 2024 contestant and jewellery company owner Radio Times: Here's everything you need to know about The Apprentice contestant Noor Bouziane. www.radiotimes.com Hebden Bridge jeweller silversmith partners up with The Royal Entomological Society for a new collection Halifax Courier:

Q&A: Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir

Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir is a goldsmith, Jewellery designer and co-founder of the award-winning sustainable jewellery brand Aurum, Iceland's leading jewellery brand. Guðbjörg began her career studying goldsmithing at Copenhagen Technical College, completing her journeyman’s examination in 1993. She completed her master craftsman examination in goldsmithing at Reykjavík Technical College in 1994, subsequently returning to Copenhagen to study jewellery design at the Institute for Precious Metals.  Guðbjörg collaboratively ran the jewellery workshop Au-Art in Copenhagen from 1996 to 1999, before returning to Iceland where she founded the design and jewellery firm Aurum. Guðbjörg’s jewellery designs have attracted much attention worldwide and

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

Women's Jewellery Network - Birmingham Event

Women's Jewellery Network - Birmingham Event The  Women's Jewellery Network  is pleased to confirm a Birmingham sister event to the launch in London taking place at the same time on  International Women's Day , 8th March 2018. Attendees will hear from the following speakers, at this event, kindly hosted by the team at  AnchorCert Acdemy , part of the  AnchorCert Group : UK’s first female Assay Master and former Cookson Precious Metals CEO, Stella Layton Company of Master Jeweller’s Executive Director of Business Development & Marketing, Lucy Reece-Raybould A panel discussion will focus on the folllowing topic: What changes need to be

Agustina Ros: A Glass Adventure

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

Sales and Operations Consultant, Catherine Jones of Cambridge - Cambridge

The role Sales and Operations Consultant Catherine Jones Cambridge The Details Location:     Cambridge Contract:     40 hours per week Hours:          Tuesday-Saturday 9.15am - 6.00pm Salary:          Highly competitive for the sector Join us as a Sales and Operations Consultant and develop your luxury retail career with Catherine Jones of Cambridge, our family-owned jewellers. Our Benefits for Amazing People They say you get out what you put in. At Catherine Jones, our team-members put in so much. In return, some of the benefits we offer include: Contributory pension Professional training Study support Recognised qualifications Structured career progression Main Responsibilities