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Midcentury Modern®

Midcentury Modern® 17 November 2019 Dulwich College, London The latest Midcentury Modern® event will be coming up at Dulwich College on Sunday 17th November with 60 midcentury dealers and 25 contemporary designers including jewellery. 60 top midcentury dealers descend upon the bold brutalist Christison Hall and red brick Victorian cloisters of Dulwich College for the day. What could be better pre-xmas? Modern and vintage finds for your home and workspace plus the odd pressie thrown in too. Expect an eclectic mix including original travel, film posters and artwork, iconic furniture, industrial, lighting, rugs, textiles, throws, glass pieces, ceramics, wallpaper and

MidCentury Modern - Dulwich 2017

MidCentury Modern The main building at this show, Christison Hall, is named after McCollugh Christison, Secretary of the Alleyn Club from 1906 till 1967, and long time College and Estate Governor. The building was designed by architects Manfred Bresgens and Malcolm Pringle of Austin Vernon & Partners between 1965 & 69. It is a fine example of the uniquely British architectural Brutalism movement of the 1950s and 60s. No wonder so many architects and designers love this show. The main building at this show, Christison Hall, is named after McCollugh Christison, Secretary of the Alleyn Club from 1906 till 1967,

Modernist Jewellery on Show at Midcentury Modern Show in March

Lauded by legendary designer Orla Kiely as her own personal 'design heaven', the Midecentury Modern show is a popular destination for the very best in modern design. The Spring show in March will play host to a number of modernist jewellery designers.  The show is responsible for the Midcentury Modern aesthetic becoming a mainstream style in London, with influencers, designers and visual design teams taking cues from the show. Big names, such as Estee Lalonde, Johnathan Adler, Mary Portas have frequented the show; as well as buying teams from Liberty, Selfridges and the Tate shop. This year, on Sunday 15th March,

Modern Metallics

As the temperatures plummet, seasons transition and the sale of pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere to be seen, it can only mean one thing for the fashion-minded: new season jewellery is out in full swing. A signature style of elegance and grace, metallic metal pieces are a favourite for Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobes and the perfect way of injecting a touch of glitz and magnetic wearability. The slinky finish of modern metallic adornments offer lightweight aesthetics that will cast a flattering glow to any skin tone hue. Arrive in style at any winter dinner soiree shining in subtle, eye-catching beauty; the

Modern Life, Gill Wing

Modern Life… Gill Wing Gallery 13 – 28 February 2018 Modern life is Gill Wing’s ‘New Year’s Revolution’, it's not about dramatic changes, vowing to be better, cleaner, healthier or trying to live up to an impossible ideal. Modern Life for 2018 is about appreciating what already exists; the imperfect, the mundane. Being thankful for your home, wherever it may be, because you have one. Being thankful rather than guilty for your bad habits because you have the freedom to indulge them. Finding beauty and humour in everyday situations. The gallery has selected 6 jewellers for their unique work investigating

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery

Wendy Ramshaw – Modern Jewellery Goldsmiths’ Fair Partners with The Scottish Gallery for exhibition of work by the Doyenne of Contemporary British Jewellery. In addition to showcasing the UK’s best fine jewellery and contemporary silver, this year Goldsmiths’ Fair will partner with the Scottish Gallery to mount a special exhibition featuring the pioneering jewellery of Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI.  Acclaimed globally as one of the key figures in the British Contemporary Jewellery movement from 1960 onwards, Ramshaw’s work is instantly recognizable for its signature geometry and skilfully executed design.  Ramshaw employs a unique approach by making jewellery in parts or

Selling Showcase: Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is offering a year-round selling showcase opportunity, featuring a range of contemporary craft: jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass. All work is offered for sale on a commission basis. Work is invigilated by gallery staff, and is insured. Showcases usually run for three months, changing alongside main gallery exhibitions. This opportunity is suitable for small to medium scale work. How to Apply Please send images of your work, short personal statement, trade prices, and dates your work is available to shop@modernartoxford.org.uk Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street Oxford OX1 1BP modernartoxford.org.uk

A touch of modern romance

When you think of heart-shaped accessories, what springs to mind? For many, thoughts would fly to the heart-shaped chocolate boxes, teddy bears holding heart-shaped cushions and delicate heart pendants that come out in full force around the annual Valentine's Day holiday tradition.  Whilst some may adore these heart-shaped accessories, others have found them to be too sickly and girlish. Whatever your personal opinion of this symbolic shape, the heart has been an iconic motif used throughout period antiques for many centuries.  First created as a symbol of enduring love and romance, the heart shape was first reported at the end

The Modern Pearl Collection by Margot McKinney

Internationally acclaimed jewellery designer  Margot McKinney  is redefining the way women wear pearls with a new collection created from the unusual beauty of Australian South Sea pearls. Based in Australia, Margot  McKinney hails from a long family tradition of luxury retail  dating back to 1884.   Transcending mere adornment,  her  jewelry  designs  are statement pieces of pristine craftsmanship that lend any ensemble a touch of the sublime. For Margot, it often begins with the stone, sourced with extreme care from rare finds. Out of its intrinsic qualities, she fashions the ideal setting for the gem to shine at its most

Everyday imperfections celebrated at new Modern Life exhibition

A new jewellery exhibition dedicated to 'everyday imperfections' opens at the Gill Wing Gallery in Islington, London this weekend featuring designers well known for their unique and thought-provoking perspectives. Modern Life, launching on Saturday 13th January and Sunday 14th January,  celebrates prosaic everyday objects and routines, such as walking to work in the sunshine, squashed coffee cups and even cigarettes, incorporating the designer's unique take on their subject. It is about appreciating what already exists, the imperfect, the ordinary, explained Jade Mellor, a member of the Gill Wing design team. "It's not about dramatic changes, vowing to be better, cleaner,

Traditional jewellery with a modern edge by Olivia and Pearl

There is no simpler statement of elegance than a pearl- its opaque allure has long been recognised by fashion muses and taste-makers, famously Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana. Now, the worlds oldest gem has captured the eye of young designer Olivia Smith, Founder of Olivia & Pearl London.  Destined for a new generation of pearl-lovers, the brand aims to be the epicentre of a Venn diagram that encompasses both affordability and luxe design, all whilst walking the fine line between traditional and contemporary. It’s no mean feat, but with the collection’s subtle curves, geometric lines and minimalistic design,

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,

Lucie Gledhill's Modern Twist on the Victorian Curb Chain Garners Best New Design 2019 at Goldsmiths' Fair Week One

An innovative collaboration, between jeweller Lucie Gledhill and photographer Kasia, has won the attention of this years’ Goldsmiths’ fair expert judge of the Best New Design Award.  This year, Trino Verkade judged the award, a consultant with the Sarabande foundation, an initiative set up by the late legendary designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists. The curb chain is a feat of craftsmanship, taking three weeks to complete. A chain was fashioned from gold tubing and silver wire, then each

Artist Marks 100 Years of Mesopotamian Warfare

The  modern day  struggles for Baghdad and Mosul have been vast and blo ody – a Spring Fling sculptor  highlights  a  forgotten  conflict  in this region,  exactly  100 years ago.   Ghostly sculptures  highlight  how modern-day b attles  for  Mosul and Baghdad carry echoes of a clash of empires in the First World War.  Recent commemorations of the Great War have often focused on the Western Front, but Mark Gibbs wants us to remember that it was a truly global conflict. In 1917 the struggle for Mesopotamia, which takes in parts of modern Iraq and Syria, was reaching a crescendo as

Handmade by Machines 2018

Call for Handmade by Machines 2018 Handmade by Machines is an exhibition and symposium in Dundee, Scotland, which celebrates the use of modern digital technologies integrated with handcraft. The call is looking for artefacts for the exhibition and papers for the symposium that investigate the integration of modern digital technologies within jewellery and 3D object design. They are particularly interested in work that addresses the areas of digital technologies for tooling, integrated practice, added value, social or economical impact and/or aesthetics. Submissions will be accepted in the form of a Paper or Artist Talk or poster. Submissions Submissions and abstracts

Meet the Jeweller Subverting Beauty Standards

Joanne T's conceptual collection 'Not Your Average Beauty' is a range of facial ornaments inspired by tribal jewellery, with a mission to subvert and raise awareness of the pressures of modern beauty standards. The tone of the work is confrontational: a direct criticism of a modern symptom. It subverts the notion of ‘normalising’ imperfect features through surgery, instead the wire serves as an icon – a frame for the imperfections of the wearer, challenging them to embrace their perceived flaws.  The rigidity of the form gives it an unflinching appeal, it does not obscure, nor play tricks with the eyes,

Collect 2020

Collect 2019 Somerset House, Strand, London 27 - 28 February 2020 The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is at Somerset House from 27 February - 1 March, 2020. Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design. Now in its 16th year, Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft. This year, Collect brings together international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. With artists represented from over

Wendy Ramshaw - A Celebration

Wendy Ramshaw - A Celebration A solo exhibition from the champion of modern jewellery, including works never seen before in The Scottish Gallery and Ramshaw’s signature ringsets. Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI, is an international champion of modern jewellery. Her signature Ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw's work also encompasses designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso's Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero's Table (2004) and a Journey Through Glass (2007). Exhibition run 2 - 23 December 2017 Venue The

Collect 2019

Collect 2019 Crafts Council Saatchi Gallery, London Collect will return to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 15th edition from 28th February - 3rd March 2019 Collect : The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is about more than admiring and acquiring exceptional artwork from hundreds of the world’s most talented makers; it’s also an opportunity to explore and engage with some of the most intriguing ideas and personal stories in modern-day craft practice.  The only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design; see high-quality, exceptional work produced in the last five years by living artists, much of which

Dining out on design at new Made for the Table exhibition

Made for the Table offers visitors to the Goldsmiths Centre this summer an extravagant feast in more ways than one. At the centre of this new silverware exhibition, which opens on July 13th and runs until August 31st is a modern day table dressed for dinner featuring newly comissioned silverware, by leading makers such as Michael Lloyd, Malcolm Appleby, Jane Short, Angela Cork and Miriam Hanid showcasing contemporary cultures and new silversmithing technogies. A treasure trove of modern items from cutlery and beakers to candlesticks is set in stark contrast alongside some of the Goldsmiths' Company most prized 'ancient' items

Coin Jewellery: The Antique Pieces for Spring

This season is all about throwing light back to archaeological treasures and bringing to life antique coins and medallions with modern interpretations. Given a modern twist of light and delicate chains that are perfect for being worn solo or layered with an array of other chains, coin jewellery is every fashion friend's favourite look for Spring. Dangling from dainty hoops or bundled into a shimmery bib necklace, spring medallions and coins are a simple way of adding a touch of antique demure with elegant simplicity. What makes this Spring trend such a money grabber is its diversity as an accessory.

Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Iconic Poul Henningsen Designs

Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke in brass, and the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in copper. Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke

Rediscover The Signet Ring at Atelier Romy

From a workbench in London’s idyllic Notting Hill came the vision for a jewellery brand that embodied the needs of the modern woman. Introducing ATELIER ROMY, a timeless collection of rings, bangles, necklaces and earrings created by renowned master craftsman Sabine Roemer and brand architect Hermione Underwood.  Offering easy-to-wear, classic and aspirational pieces, Sabine and Hermione saw an opportunity to create a brand that was both beautiful aspirational but attainable. By cutting out many of the unseen costs in the production line, ATELIER ROMY embraces the needs of the modern consumer, discovering digitally and shopping online. With careers and lives

Shine On: Carolina Bucci & her Superstellar Collection

Carolina Bucci is a jewellery designer whose creations are synonymous with a modern and effortless sense of luxury. Her jewellery is a vibrant re-invention of her family’s rich heritage, and it has redefined what fine jewellery can be, and how it should be worn. Working with the same techniques and tools used by her great-grandfather, who founded the family business in Florence in 1885, the designer continues to explore new methods of her craft. She creates unique pieces that combine the tradition of Florentine artisanship with a distinctly hip and modern sensibility. How is a star born? In Carolina's own

News Edit: 5 September 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Light up with Boochier’s neon fine jewellery Wallpaper: New jewellery pieces from Boochier edge diamonds in neon enamel. www.wallpaper.com Gold cables make a modern jewellery love token Wallpaper: The Love Cables collection from Kimy Gringoire, the new brand of jeweller Kim Mee Hye, intertwines a modern design with romantic references. www.wallpaper.com The Jewelry Designer Purposely Making Imperfect Pieces The Cut: Pamela Love is a CFDA Award–winning jewelry designer inspired by many things: astronomy, astrology, alchemy, and early American and Mexican silver traditions, to name a few. www.thecut.com Sotheby’s

Riding the Cool Blue Wave

There's something about the charm of Summer that makes adding a splash of colour seems like the look du jour, right?   We saw this trend make headlines in 2018 but it seems that turquoise jewellery is back under the spotlight again with a twist and a nod to ocean tones. Rich and decadent, blue combines the fresh beauty of modern vibrancy with the style of antique charm. Reinvented and reprised, this nod to the oceans takes vintage classic shapes and combines it with splashes of gold, silver and diamond accents. Historically, turquoise blue is believed to be a powerful

Workshop Benches To Rent

Workshop Benches To Rent - London  WC1N Modern 1st fl. Large space with lots of natural daylight. Air Conditioning Use of workshop tools incl. laser Good security, alarmed safes etc Discreet location Wi-Fi Shared kitchen & w/c Shower Bike park Based off Greys Inn Road 7 min walk to Hatton Garden £350 pcm One-month deposit in advance Potential work for suitable Mounter / Setter Contact  mark.soley@dasoley.co.uk

Schmuckmuseum’s 2019 wall calendar goes on sale

The photographer ISA Planck has taken a selection of historical gems from the collection of the Jewellery Museum Pforzheim and placed them on today's people, in everyday attire. A selection of these images is now available as a wall calendar for 2019. With their recordings, Planck explores the effect of the individual gems on people of modern multicultural society - completely free of the conventions that were associated with the wearing of historical jewellery. It is striking how sovereign and of course the gems come into their own. Their strong aura enchanted both the people with whom they were allowed

Competition for the Design and Production of a Caddy Spoon

The Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors was founded in 1963 to promote “the study of a delightful memento of a gracious era and to assist its Collectors”,  the Society now promotes the study and appreciation of Caddy Spoons, both modern and antique. The Society has in the past commissioned spoons from prestigious makers such as Gerald Benney and Malcolm Appleby. The aim of this competition is to assist and encourage new silversmiths entering the field at the start of their careers, and to publicise their work. Eligibility The competition is open to new silversmiths trained and working in the United

News Edit: 30 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Pandora says lab-grown diamonds the ethical choice. Not so, say diamond miners. Who’s right? SCMP: Tobias Kormind, of online retailer 77 Diamonds, says diamond miners have largely eliminated shady dealings, and notes that lab-grown stones need a lot of power. www.scmp.com My lightbulb moment: Jewellery designer who created a collection of pearls for the modern woman reveals the inspiration behind her business Daily Mail: Olivia, 40, founded the Olivia & Pearl jewellery brand in 2016. She lives in London with her husband James, a major in the Royal

Senior Silversmith, Thomas Lyte - Hainault, Essex

The role Senior Silversmith Thomas Lyte  Hainault, Essex Thomas Lyte is looking for a skilled and talented Senior Silversmith (with ideally 10 years’ experience) to work in our state-of-the-art London workshops (in Hainault, IG6). Your role will entail crafting and restoring some of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies as well as an array of bespoke pieces, both modern and historic. In return we will pay a market leading salary, together with annual bonus, private medical cover and long-term incentives. There is also the benefit of staff accommodation if helpful for relocation.   Background and Company Thomas Lyte is an English

Christie's Unveils the Collection of Warhol Muse, Barbara Allen De Kwiatkowski

“Barbara holds the keys to the other side of the amazingly enormous Warhol story. She was there for all the great statements of Andy’s for years before she cared. She was completely innocent, and she literally saw and heard everything and didn’t give a damn. She had the most naïve and unspoiled eye of any human to enter Manhattan.” – Peter Beard  Christie’s has announced that it has been entrusted with The Collection of Barbara Allen de Kwiatkowski, which will be offered across eight sales, beginning in New York this December with Post-War & Contemporary Art, Impressionist and Modern Art,

Senior Patina Artist, G.W. Lunt Bronze Foundry

Senior Patina Artist, G.W. Lunt Bronze Foundry We are looking for a senior patina artist to join a team of 3 patina artists in our modern foundry setting in Birmingham, West Midlands.  We are a 90 year old business and most staff have long tenures with us. We have recently completed a total renovation of our buildings and have invested in the well being and safety of our staff as our first priority. Duties Preparation of chemicals and colours for patina Patination of bronze sculptures to the customer's requirements Working directly with artists to establish the technique and colours for

Salon Art + Design 2019

Salon Art + Design 2019 14 - 18 November 2019 Park Avenue Armory, New York City Salon Art + Design returns for its eighth edition at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from November 14 - 18, 2019. Presenting the world’s best design – vintage, modern and contemporary – enhanced by blue-chip 20th century and contemporary art, Salon will feature 56 leading art and design galleries (from 14 different countries), spotlighting the trends of collectible design. Salon has differentiated itself from other fairs by including a highly curated mixture of historic and contemporary collectible design and fine art. Just as

Eve Balashova: Playfully Delicate

Evegenia Balashova’s body of work is an ecosystem of delicately balanced dichotomies. Integral to the soul of each piece is the initial juxtaposition of modern digital manufacture and traditional metalwork techniques. Those familiar with the Russian-born jeweller’s work will recognise her work by its unique use of 3D printed nylon in tandem with understated metal finishings. Joy is a persistent influence in Balashova’s work. Light-hearted cocktail inspired colour combinations and confectionery-shaped pins have a youthful spontaneity, whilst expertly finished metalwork provides a sophisticated appeal. The flat, saturated matte finish of the 3D printed nylon provides a depth that draws the

Geko Takes Inspiration From Iconic 20th Century Female Artists For New Collection

Gecko Jewellery have sought inspiration from some of the 20th century’s most highly regarded contemporary female artists for the new Fiorelli Silver collection, which launches this week. The new range, which features 74 new lines, contains striking, contemporary pieces, with the designers drawing inspiration from the work of Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama and Anni Albers.   Commenting on the new collection, Creative Director Desiree Pringle, said: “The new Fiorelli Silver collection is a beautiful fusion of art and design, featuring minimal and modern profiles which lend themselves easily to every day wear and layering. The artists who inspired the collection

PAD London 2020

PAD London 28 September - 4 October 2020 Berkeley Square, London Set in the vibrant heart of Mayfair, PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. Inspiring a unique spirit of collecting, PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and staggering interiors. Prominent international galleries from major cities across Europe, North America and Asia come together to offer an exceptional panorama of the most coveted and iconic works available on the market today. PAD is a place to discover and acquire

Bench for hire in Hatton Garden

Bench for hire in Hatton Garden We have a brand new bench for hire in a new workshop space in Hatton Garden.  We are a very relaxed and looking for someone who is a right fit who is self sufficient and potentially wants some more work as well.  Must keep the space clean and tidy.   Includes: Modern, clean, presentable building. Custom made work bench Steamer, ultrasonic, rolling mills, gas and oxygen Very secure Ideal location with all suppliers local Potential use of laser welder Potential opportunity for work to be provided to the right person with the right experience. Bike

Week One New Designers Award Winners Announced

Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, New Designers 2019 unveils incredible new talent set to shape the design world of tomorrow. Over two weeks, and spanning every discipline in modern making, the event presents the work of more than 3,000 hand-picked design talents. Visitors to the show will discover disruptive new thinking, meet the pacesetters, and get a first look at our creative future. The New Designers Awards brings together 1,500 handpicked designers in areas including textiles, fashion and costume, ceramics, contemporary design craft, and jewellery. Awards are presented to those with the most creative and forward-thinking work. Winners are

News Edit: 17th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   West London jeweller named among UK’s 100 most inspirational female business owners S W Londoner: A West London jeweller has been named one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs. swlondoner.co.uk For the love of jewellery The News: Tasbih Qazi and Hafsa Zuberi have been designing exquisite jewellery since 2016. Their jewellery line – Esfir - offers statement gold-plated and silver pieces of jewellery - that embodies the modern woman. thenews.com.pk Quarterly jobs survey may be revived with a national scope Live Mint: The move is aimed

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

Jewels on the Pink Carpet- Who wore what to the 2019 Met Gala

The first Monday of May brought with it the illustrious and captivating Met Gala. The fashion world is still dealing with the fallout. We've collated some of the best jewellery looks of the occassion.  The theme this year was camp, explored in more detail in the complimentary exhibition staged by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. The exhibition explores how the sensibility, once marginalised, has now become a leading and important part of contemporary mainstream culture.  “Camp’s disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition reveals that it

Glowing Watch Celebrates 50 Years since Moon Landing

This Saturday marks fifty years since the first moon landing, so in light of this milestone Christopher Ward has launched an intricate new watch.  The exclusive new timepiece builds upon the traditional horological moon phase complication to create a completely modern timepiece. The watch has two 3D moons, which both emit a moonglow, making this watch stunning both day and night. The moons on the watch are coated with Grade X1 GL C1 ‘Super-LumiNova’ which produces an otherworldly glow. The same ‘Super-LumiNova’ is applied to the Arabic numbers as well as the hands of the watch, making the watch one

Hatton Garden's London Jewellery School Celebrates its Tenth Year

Since opening its doors in 2009, London Jewellery School has been host to an estimated 37,283 students. Founded by jewellery entrepreneur, Jessica Rose, the school was designed to make the art of jewellery-making accessible to everyone.  From such humble beginnings, the school has since grown in strength and size, offering courses 7 days a week in a full range of topics including traditional silver work, stone setting, wax carving, and modern techniques like resin, perspex, and business practices for jewellers - and all in the very apt setting of London’s jewellery hub, Hatton Garden. ‘I am delighted and grateful that

Classic Blue 19-4052: Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

For over 20 years, Pantone's Colour of the Year has influenced the design and buying decisions acorss several indsutries, including industrial design, interior furnishings, fashion and graphic design to name a few.  Pantone colour experts comb the world looking for new influences, including fashion and travel destinations, new technologies, textures, socio-economic conditions and social media trends that are capturing the world's attention. From these seasonal trend forecasts, Pantone forecast global colour movements to help advise companies on the modern best practise of brand visual identity. This annual colour psychology and colour consulting gives global brands the power to expedite their

Q&A: Robert Organ

Robert Organ is the Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Assay Office in London. Robert, of Welsh heritage, hails from Gwent. He gained a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.  He joined the Assay Office London as Superintendent Assayer in 2000, and has been responsible, over the seventeen years of his tenure, for the introduction of new technologies such as laser marking and XRF machines within the modern day assaying process, as well as the introduction of sub-assay offices. He also played an active part in the successful lobbying for the exclusion of

Appointment: James Rice as new Houlden Director

Luxury jewellery consortium, the Houlden Group, have announced the appointment of James Rice as the latest Director to join the board. Currently Sales & Marketing Director of Hull based Hugh Rice, a luxury family-run jeweller founded in 1965 which has since expanded from Hull and Beverley, throughout Yorkshire and into the North East, James’s irrefutable heritage and knowledge of the modern-day workings of a successful retail jewellery empire makes him an invaluable asset to the Houlden board. While attending university in Lancaster, James worked in-store at Hugh Rice, covering roles in Procurement, Stock Replenishment and Sales Tracking. He joined the

JNA Jewellery Design Competition

Call for Applications:  JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 The inaugural competition is organised by JNA of UBM Asia Limited, sponsored by Crossfor HK Ltd, Platinum Guild International (PGI) and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), the competition recognises and celebrates excellence in jewellery design. It invites amateur and professional jewellery designers to harness their passion and ingenuity towards producing modern and innovative designs that reflect their perspective. Theme of the competition The theme of the 3 categories are : Dancing Stone jewellery category - New Fashion Tech Materials: Entrants may incorporate gem and metal materials such as diamonds, coloured

Visions of Science Art Prize 2018

Call for Applications: Visions of Science Art Prize The Andrew Brownsword Gallery at the University of Bath announces its inaugural Art Prize, awarded for submissions that reflect, represent, capture or depict modern day scientific phenomena as studied by academics at The University’s Faculty of Science. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in the Andrew Brownsword Gallery between 15 September and 13 October 2018, with the winning selections announced at a special ceremony in October. All artists are eligible to enter, whether amateur, student, graduate or professional. Painting, drawing, sculpture, film, mixed media, photography and all forms of contemporary visual arts will

Wartski to move from Grafton Street

Wartski, the prestigious British antiques dealer specialising in jewellery and works of art by Russian Court jeweller Carl Fabergé, is moving from Grafton Street to a new showroom situated at 60 St James’s Street.  The new premises are flanked by leading heritage brands, fellow Royal Warrant holders and is at the heart of London’s celebrated club land .  The gallery has been designed in partnership with Waldo Works, architects and interior designers renowned for their modern British design output and ability to translate a brand's identity into an engaging physical environment. The new showroom is expected to open late summer 2018. Wartski

Spring Ear Candy

Another jewellery trend hot off the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2019 is a modern twist on the classic hoop earring with a splash of colour and beading texture. Say hello to your ear's new best friend for that simple and easy understated demure - the beaded dropper earring!  Perfect for that quick but chic daytime look, the beaded drop earring provides a pop of neck drama without the extra fuss. A coveted staple for your ear candy game this season, over-embellished statement pieces are in for the winning when it comes to taking your 2019 look to the next level.  Whilst

Kohatu + Petros

Kohatu + Petros Known and loved by the residents of the Marylebone area, Kohatu + Petros Jewellery will be launching the Autumn/Winter 18 jewellery collection at the pop up at 67 York St with a focus on statement necklaces, earrings and bracelet cuffs. This season accessories are mega strong and bold with a sense of laid back luxury: Seventies hues: camel, rust and yellows are given a modern twist by accessorising with long chunky gold chain necklaces. Antique rose with sage green highlights in the form of bold asymmetrical semi precious stone collars and long rope necklaces complement the new

Redefining Luxury: Saatchi Gallery Showcases Karen Westland's Fairmined 'Transmissive Vessel'

In another victory for the battle for responsible design, Karen Westland's Fairmined Silver Vessel was exhibited as part of Collect 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This marks the first time a luxury item of silverware, with such high ethical standards, had been showcased at the international art fair for modern craft and design. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold and silver from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. A Fairmined licensee since 2017, Westland worked closely with suppliers to design a silver item which best utilised the Fairmined

Designer Sophie Breitmeyer launches new website

Jewellery designer and maker Sophie Breitmeyer has launched her new website, with the tag line ‘the modern-day family jeweller’. With her ancestry steeped in jewellery heritage, the re-positioning of her brand hails back to days gone by when families had one go-to trusted family jeweller. The website is clean, bright and owns a photomontage appeal reflecting her own modernity in jewellery design and style, and acts as both an ecommerce site as well as offering a comprehensive portfolio of work to commission and work up bespoke designs from. Breitmeyer’s great-grandfather was one of the founding members of De Beers, and

London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A for London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend Join Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for design-led silver, for live demonstrations in the V&A’s Silver Galleries for the London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend. Silversmiths will demonstrate ways they combine modern technologies with traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful pieces of contemporary silver – from digital hammering to design and adapting industrial processes. Demonstrations Demonstrations by Kathryn Hinton and Hamish Dobbie on Day One and Chris Knight and Shona Marsh on Day Two. This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Goldsmiths’ Company

Made for the Table

Made for the Table  Made for the Table  presents contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, together with the curated work of leading UK artisans in furniture design, glass, ceramics and textiles. This modern table setting is introduced by examples of extraordinary antique silver acquired over several hundred years by the Company. This reflects its long history of patronage and contextualises the outstanding work of makers practicing in Britain today. The exhibition demonstrates both a continuation of silversmithing techniques and innovation in the treatment of the material. The process of handforging allows cutlery to be created in precisely the same

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

Fabergé create limited surprise locket for Chinese New Year

Fabergé have launched a new egg in time for Chinese Year. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The modern interpretation draws from its famous Heritage Collection. The new additiion, the 'Palais Tsarskoye Selo Dog Locket' features red guilloché enamel and round white diamonds, set in 18 karat yellow gold. The locket opens to reveal a golden dog with dazzling diamond eyes, in honour of Chinese Year of the Dog, 2018.  The Heritage Collection draws inspiration from Fabergé’s original jewelled masterpieces, capturing their refinement, cultural richness and technical perfection. The 'Palais Tsarskoye Selo Dog Locket' is a limited edition of

Collect 2018

Collect Crafts Council Saatchi Gallery, London Collect will return to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 14th edition from 22 - 25 February 2018.  Collect : The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is about more than admiring and acquiring exceptional artwork from hundreds of the world’s most talented makers; it’s also an opportunity to explore and engage with some of the most intriguing ideas and personal stories in modern-day craft practice. Taking place on three days of the fair, the Collect Talks programme brings together leading craft thought leaders, gallerists, historians, critics, collectors and craft artists to examine the issues influencing

Design House Shimell and Madden design London Design Biennale Medals

The medals for the 2018 London Design Biennale have been designed by Shimell and Madden - the Shoreditch based jewellery studio whose work is strongly influenced by the universal and symbolic language of geometry. Taking simple yet powerful primal shapes, the designers create pieces that have both an ancient and modern resonance. In response to the Biennale’s 2018 theme,  Emotional States , Shimell and Madden sought to highlight the mechanics at work when we observe, imitate and reflect facial expressions. They used a mirrored surface in the design as a representative device for this process of emotional identification. Using metal

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith Goldsmiths' Hall, London This glittering exhibition features exquisite gold and silver items of superlative design and craftsmanship from a leading London-based silversmith and represents decades of international export success and national achievement. The Goldsmiths’ Company is proud to present Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith, an exhibition celebrating five decades of elegant modern design and excellent craftmanship fuelled by the extraordinary creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of silversmith Grant Macdonald. This major exhibition brings together stunning silver and gold objects designed by Macdonald to tell the inspiring story of the exceptional British craftsmanship and innovative design that

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

Ralph Turner 1936 - 2017

We include an obituary on the esteemed and seminal writer, gallerist, exhibition curator and craft champion Ralph Turner who died on 29 September 2017. An important encouragement pioneer in the use of new thinking and materials in modern jewellery, Ralph Turner influenced an entire generation of jewellers, his legacy lives on.  Taken as a whole Ralph Turner’s career was concerned with the enlightenment of Crafts practice and its audience however it is for his influence on jewellery, “The New Jewellery” that he will be most remembered. Having arrived as an actor in London in 1960 he was introduced to studio jewellery

Ralph Turner 1936 - 2017

We include an obituary on the esteemed and seminal writer, gallerist, exhibition curator and craft champion Ralph Turner who died on 29 September 2017. An important encouragement pioneer in the use of new thinking and materials in modern jewellery, Ralph Turner influenced an entire generation of jewellers, his legacy lives on.  Taken as a whole Ralph Turner’s career was concerned with the enlightenment of Crafts practice and its audience however it is for his influence on jewellery, “The New Jewellery” that he will be most remembered. Having arrived as an actor in London in 1960 he was introduced to studio

ADORE launches 2018 Spring Summer Collection

Contemporary fashion jewellery maker ADORE has launched its collection for the 2018 Spring-Summer seasons which promises a contemporary twist to ADORE'S trademark modern elegance. The collection includes on-trend ear crawlers and ear jackets, uniquely adjustable bracelets, statement rings and necklaces. It has been created with mixed crystal shapes in an array of colorful crystals inspired by  summer jewel tones – Rose gold with Indian Sapphire accents, Gold with hues of light topaz, and Rhodium with soft shades of blue and lilac. Within the collection is ADORE'S Signature Collection which can be worn as stand alone pieces or layers, fashioned in tri-tone

Foundation Programme, The Goldsmiths' Centre

Call for Applications: Foundation Programme at The Goldsmiths' Centre Are you aged 16 to 19? Do you love working with your hands? Get the best skills, tools, training and confidence to start your career as a goldsmith on our Foundation Programme. What is the Foundation Programme? Our full-time Foundation Programme provides you and other young people with the core skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied industries. As part of a small group of ten, you will spend a full year being taught by the UK’s leading craftspeople in modern and fully-equipped workshops at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

News Edit: 10 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   This Singapore Bespoke Jeweller Is Who You Want For Modern Day Heirlooms Harpers Bazaar: Calla Lily Fine Jewellers will weave your story in precious gems. harpersbazaar.com Lady Gaga Wears Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast At Tiffany’s Jewels At The Oscars Vogue: When Tiffany & Co was musing over which nominee to bejewel for the Oscars 2019, there was only one name the brand saw lit up in diamonds: Lady Gaga. vogue.co.uk Jewels That Glow In The Dark? Vogue: Cora Sheibani is turning heads with a new jewellery collection featuring gemstones that turn

The Festival of Crafts 2018

The Festival of Crafts 2018 The Festival of Crafts will return on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2018. Exhibitor applications are now open. The Festival of Crafts is an annual two day craft event held at Farnham Maltings. Now in its 22nd year, the festival is well established in the craft calendar and features a curated selection of makers from across the UK. The work shown is across all media, including but not limited to, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print. The festival champions great design and the process of making, both traditional and modern

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd edition About the Prize In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. Aiming to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate will set a standard for the future, LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson conceived the initiative inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft cooperative in 1846. ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word.

Mayfair Jewellers celebrate RA250 with art collaboration

The Royal Academy of Art is celebrating its 250th Anniversary and to commemorate this, Susannah Lovis Jewellers and Liss Llewellyn are collaborating upon an exhibition of their respective floral collections.  This display, entitled ‘A Hanging Garden’, will showcase works by Modern British Artists alongside the Mayfair jewellers stunning collection of antique pieces. The exhibition will run from the 22nd June - 31st August 2018 and shall also work in parallel with Mathilde Nivet’s summer installation in the Burlington Arcade, based around the theme of an English garden. The art on display will range from formal arrangements in oil through to

New collaboration to preserve high end silversmithing skills

Endangered silversmith skills may have a brighter, stronger future after Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Goldsmiths’ Centre joined forces to create a programme to promote the sharing of more traditional skills that are fast fading in in modern day manufacturing.   First training collaboration for Goldsmith's Centre aimed at protecting silversmith The idea behind the collaboration is to preserve the more complex skills such as box making, raising, forging, chasing and hand engraving and according to Rauni Higson, who heads up the CBS Skills Training Programme subcommittee, the programme was 'developed by silversmiths for silversmiths.' “The CBS Skills Training Programme

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery introduce new silver Magnolia collection at IJL

Award winning brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery have taken the natural beauty of the cat’s eye gemstone to offer a capsule range, which will be exclusive to their retailer partners. The Magnolia collection is a modern take on the namesake oriental flower. Floral motifs are largely epitomised across the eponymous designer Fei Liu’s jewellery. For this collection Liu sought inspiration from his art background and his love of oriental flowers. One painting that caught his eye was the ‘Almond Blossom’ by Vincent van Gogh. The painting not only uses understated colours and oriental flowers to allure the eyes, but also

Rolls Royce "Cullinan" and Wagner Preziosen

Wagner Preziosen the Berlin based jewellery house was recently selected to partner with Rolls Royce in an exclusive photoshoot for the new Rolls Royce Magazine. The new SUV "Cullinan" will be launched this autumn and at the same time the new Rolls Royce Magazine will be released, and the article featuring exclusive jewellery marries the luxury brand and its new accompanying publication. With a feminine accent, Rolls Royce wanted to include a piece of jewellery for the photoshoot which was of high quality, classical but also novel, chic and modern. The Wagner Preziosen ‘Rainbow Paisley’ was the successfully selected piece

London Craft Week 2018

London Craft Week 2018 Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to

Fringe with Benefits

As the sun slowly begins to grace us with glorious but brief glimpses of pimms-soaked summer days, the month of hay fever and allergies strike in full force. We've been bitten by the bug that's been making its rounds round the fashion houses and we're in dangerous territory of causing a major fringe movement on a global scale. Welcome to the new S/S 2018 trend of flamboyant fringing!  Throwing it back to the glory days of flapper finesse, modern-day fine jewellery has transformed itself from low-key minimalism to XL swinging tassels of personality and style.   With collections bursting with

London Craft Week puts making on The World Stage over 5 days and 200 events

Design has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition on 9 May, London Craft Week opens the doors of makers’ workshops, invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital, and reveals the exquisite quality and staggering variety of modern craft practice – both here in the UK and internationally. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic and interactive celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to watch-making  and letterpress. Whether

Midhurst Contemporary Craft Show 2017

Midhurst Contemporary Craft Show Sussex Guild We are delighted to be returning to the spacious, modern surroundings of the recently-built Midhurst Rother College – last year’s show proved very popular with visitors and exhibitors alike. Once again highly-skilled designer-makers from Sussex and the adjoining counties will provide a colourful feast of creativity to brighten the dark days of winter. The show is perfectly timed for Christmas shopping and, with over fifty members of The Sussex Guild showing their beautiful and varied work, visitors will be spoilt for choice. The café within the show area will provide light refreshments throughout the

Hot Watch: The Pieces to Clock onto this A/W'18

Just like shop windows and displays are getting dressed up in a flurry of new autumn vibes, designs and style, the watch world has struck our magpie eyes with an array of buzzy, exciting and charasmatic designs guarenteed to make you kickstart the autumn fun with a bang! Whilst the watch world likes to tick to its own beat and not follow the fashion whimsies of our ever-changing seasons, it is without a doubt as much as a fashionable accessory as the new it bag of the season! Whether it's pantone-selected colour combinations, intricate, structural design or modern updates on

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

TEFAF Maastricht 2018

TEFAF Maastricht 2018 Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent organization of fine art, antiques, and design. TEFAF runs three Fairs internationally - TEFAF Maastricht, which covers 7,000 years of art history; TEFAF New York Spring, focused on modern and contemporary art & design; and TEFAF New York Fall, covering fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. TEFAF champions the finest quality art from across the ages by creating a community of the world’s top art dealers and experts to inspire lovers and buyers of art everywhere. TEFAF Maastricht will present more than 280 of

New Icelandic range inspired by fjords of Norway

Iceland’s leading jewellers Aurum will take centre stage at IJL 2017 to unveil the latest additions to their best-selling Asterias range, with designer Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir on stand by to describe and detail latest concepts. The collection is inspired by waves breaking softly on a forgotten beach in the West fjords of Norway.  Black terrain and rhythmical waves reflect the everlasting cycle of the water, which has no beginning and no end.   Simultaneously light, feminine and intricate, the three dimensional designs evoke natural patterns, resulting in pieces that are both modern and timeless.  Each and every piece is expertly

LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd Edition

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd Edition In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship. Aiming to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate will set a standard for the future, LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson conceived the initiative inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft cooperative in 1846. ‘Craft is the essence of LOEWE. As a house, we are about craft in the purest sense of the word. That is  where our

Bloomin’ Jewels

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior This May, the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: Geoffrey Munn – The Floral in Jewellery

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

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

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

Ambassador Diamond Necklace Brought to Life

Jewllery Designer Maker Daphne Krinos has created a unique diamond-set necklace for the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Modern Jewellery Collection, supported by Boodles. The Goldsmiths’ Company awarded Daphne Krinos the commission after selecting her design as the winner in their Ambassador Diamond Necklace competition. The brief sought to stimulate advanced British jewellery design and the judging panel was asked to select a necklace design that ‘ radiates individual creativity, spontaneity, exemplary craftsmanship’ and ‘belongs to 2017 in the world of studio jewellery’. Drawing on Daphne’s fascination and observations of cityscapes, the necklace comprises individually crafted sections in 18ct white gold, plated with

The Four Rings of Forever

Blurred lines have become a common norm in today's society yet history has long shown us that the stages of a relationship are distinguished by four rings of commitment. Is it a casual summer fling, a committed entanglement, short or long term or even warrant an extra pair of house keys? Modern society keeps the boundaries loose and overlapped but the wedding ring has forever been the symbolic sign of love, affection and promise between two individuals. Yet for every stage of a relationship there is a band of meaning to embody it. The evolution of these four rings has

A Touch Of Rose

Beautifully delicate and enchanting, rose-gold jewellery has landed itself in the fashion focused spotlight as the striking finishing touch to enhance any complete look. This must-have metal of the moment has seen a recent resurgence in popularity as the go-to piece for contemporary sophistication and elegance. A feminine step way from the classic collections in lavish gold and steely silver, rose gold represents a modern alternative where its pink-hued tones create a warming effect to frame and compliment any complexion. The stunning iridescent finish of pink-gold jewellery makes it a versatile design as an eye-catching stand alone piece as well

Champagne Showers in Race Day Jewels

Galloping off to a day of sumptuous hospitality, world-class racing, fabulous fashion and sartorial elegance? Welcome to the season of popping corks, fine-dining, frivolous antics and the mixing and mingling of tradition and fun; Race Day tomfoolery is off to a flying start! Experience the spirit of summer out on the racecourses with a winning selection of jewellery wonders that'll have you turning heads come rain or shine. Accessorise your polished champagne flutes with a touch of regal refinement in graceful gemstones and delicate drapery dripping in colour, charm and unforgettable glamour. From classic milky pearls to modern bursts of

Precious Mysteries film to set 'enigmatic' tone for Goldsmith's Fair

Precious Mysteries, a unique new film installation created by celebrated fashion filmmaker Ujin Lin will set an 'enigmatic, highly-polished, and breathtakingly beautiful' tone for the 2017 Goldsmith Fair starting in September. Lin, the guest curator at this years Fair at Goldsmith's Hall was commissioned to create the film which will feature jewellery and silver he selected from this year’s Fair exhibitors having previously created campaigns for global luxury brands such as Prada, Philip Lim and Longchamp, among others. His films are highly acclaimed across the fashion world. Seductive silver Lin's finely crafted cinematic narrative provides the perfect modern complement to

The Uncivilised Creative

Bea Ramsay and Change in Nature have just launched The Uncivilised Creative - a four-day wilderness retreat for creative professionals looking for an inspiring and refreshing sabbatical to reconnect with their creative thread. This retreat is an antidote to the fast pace of modern life and the pressures of being a professional creative. It offers a precious chance to quieten busy heads and remember how it feels for the hours to pass like minutes, lost in creative flow. Who are Bea and ChangeinNature.org? As ‘Alex Ramsay’ Bea ran a successful silversmithing studio in London for 12 years – exhibiting her

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of CAA

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: In Conversation with Corinne Julius

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: Geoffrey Munn – The Floral in Jewellery

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme ‘Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion 2017

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior In May the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: Geoffrey Munn – The Floral in Jewellery

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme ‘Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

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

Loewe announces winner of Craft Prize

Launched by the Loewe Foundation in 2016    to celebrate excellence in modern craftsmanship, the   Loewe    Craft Prize has announced its winning entries  of 2017. Ernst  Gamperl  of Germany was awarded the prize for his work  ‘Tree of Life 2’,  selected from among   26 finalists . His creation was chosen by a distinguished jury of leading figures in design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship.     Ernst  Gamperl  received a silver trophy from iconic actress Charlotte  Rampling , along with a cash prize of 50,000 euros. Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson said, “The work of Ernst  Gamperl  has

Kashka: New fashion led ethical brand launches

KASHKA will be hitting the jewellery market in 2017 as a brand new fashion-led jewellery brand. Holding the core belief that jewellery can and should be ethical, inspirational, thought-provoking and meaningful, the brand wants to be an ode to everyday yet sophisticated jewellery for the modern woman and child.   With a burning desire to do something that would give her reason to get up everyday, designer  Naqiyah Sultan focused her interests upon the topic of world change; staying true to herself, morals and integrity. Travelling across several continents until finally making London her home, she describes how her story

Lesley Ann Craze MBE 1935 - 2016

Lesley Craze the stalwart of the contemporary jewellery movement has died peacefully at home in Suffolk at the age of 81 on the 20 th August 2016. We write an  obituary. Lesley’s contribution to contemporary jewellery was second to none and championed modern jewellery for more 30 years through her gallery in Clerkenwell, London. She helped ‘launch’ many emerging makers and supported many more jewellers in the various stages of their careers by providing an impeccable showcase opportunity through the East London gallery.   Invitation to the ceremony for the cremation of Lesley Ann Craze The family would like to invite

Lesley Ann Craze MBE 1935 - 2016

Lesley Craze the stalwart of the contemporary jewellery movement has died peacefully at home in Suffolk at the age of 81 on the 20 th August 2016. We write an  obituary. Lesley’s contribution to contemporary jewellery was second to none and championed modern jewellery for more 30 years through her gallery in Clerkenwell, London. She helped ‘launch’ many emerging makers and supported many more jewellers in the various stages of their careers by providing an impeccable showcase opportunity through the East London gallery.   Invitation to the ceremony for the cremation of Lesley Ann Craze The family would like to invite

Andrew Geoghegan's Cannelé Petit Collection

A dainty adaptation of their Cannelé  collection, the  Cannelé  Petit  retains all the romantic charm and captivating detail of their original Gallic-inspired design but with a new season refresh for  Andrew Geoghegan. A statement of everyday modern elegance and style, the  Cannelé  Petit has the power and presence to mesmerise. A radiant centre stone is galleried on a rise of shimmering diamonds, held aloft in a fluted setting whose detail is all the more pronounced for its diminutive scale.    The   Cannelé   Petit   makes a perfect ring – be it for an engagement or simply a romantic gesture.

Bloomin’ Jewels Talk: In conversation with Corinne Julius

Bloomin’ Jewels The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Special exhibition and talks programme Bloomin’ Jewels’ , is a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif. This special exhibition spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative

Celebrating Eighty: Art In The Hand

This March the exhibition Celebrating Eighty: Art in the Hand at the Goldsmiths’ Centre unites eighty contemporary art medals by students from more than a dozen UK art colleges with work by renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, writer and designer Parviz Tanavoli and his former students in celebration of his 80th Birthday. All exhibitors have been invited to participate in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project. A surprising and challenging medium for artists and viewers alike, the modern art medal has its roots in the Renaissance tradition of making medals as hand-sized works of art. Each year over

Call for Applications: Loewe Craft Prize

Loewe has launched a new award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship, the Loewe Craft Prize. Sponsored by the Loewe Foundation, the Craft Prize expands the commitment of the Spanish house to preserving unique savoir-faire. The Loewe Craft Prize aims to recognize the values that bridge craftsmanship and contemporary culture in every discipline. The prize will be given to outstanding works of craftsmanship that pair an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods. The prize also pays tribute to precise execution, respect for materials and the functional and aesthetic value of the work. “Craftsmanship has immense importance for me

Collect 2018 - Call for Galleries

Collect is the craft sector's premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world's leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.  In 2018, Collect will return to the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery from 22nd to 25th February.  Presenting craft in a fine art context, Collect profiles the exceptional skill and intellectual rigour behind modern craft – from works in ceramics, glass,

The Power of A Chain Reaction

We like 'em big and we most definitely like 'em chunky. Bold, buxom and modern, the chain has linked back round into our style wardrobes and is set to be the statement piece of your summer style. The minimalism of this classic linked look has been revamped, remodelled and revitalised so that this standout look packs a heavy duty statement punch. Oozing with character and personality, the chain adornment can be worn solo or mixed and matched with fine chains, fabric chokers, delicate pendants and fearless gemstones for one head turning look of vogue. "More is more and less is

Collective a Maker’s Exhibition - Craft Central, London

Thirteen of Britain’s most exciting new designer-makers are staging an exhibition.  Collective: a Maker’s Exhibition  runs from 15-20 November 2016, and will showcase a unique blend of styles and media, including jewellery and textile designs, stylish, modern furnishings, laser-cut marquetry and breath taking ceramics. All thirteen are members of the Craft Council’s prestigious Hothouse scheme, an intensive yearly development programme that gives selected emerging makers the tools and skills to create a sustainable and successful business. All were awarded places as the southern cohort of Hothouse 2016, and decided to work together as a group to create a unique, multi-disciplinary

CityMade.UK, Shoreditch, London

CityMade.UK, a group of five award-winning designer-makers, present an antidote to mass market products at their upcoming show at the Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery in Shoreditch. Marshall Colman (ceramics), Euan Cunningham (graphics), Adam Hussain (glass), Tori McLean (textiles) and Jessica Noble (jewellery) bring craft skills to contemporary design, creating high quality, unique objects. Colour features strongly in this show, which references a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. Marshall Colman   Euan Cunningham Adam Hussain   Tori McLean     Jessica Noble   They are all members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, which has been promoting high quality workmanship for over

The Invitation of Victor H.

The Invitation of Victor H. 10 October 2019 - 15 March 2020 BeCraft Gallery, Belgium A timeless creative parenthesis, a dialogue between Belgian architectural heritage and contemporary applied arts, the fruit of Victor Horta. How to take inspiration from Victor Horta without doing "Victor Horta"? BeCraft's artists take a contemporary look at the Belgian architect's unmissable work, which carries with it a major artistic movement of modern art . His personal home and studio, features of Art Nouveau at its peak, have been widely preserved his creations. What to impress but also to inspire contemporary artists, because working in the wake of Horta is in itself

ten Hompel completes National Museums Scotland’s Glenmorangie Commission

Since 2018, Simone ten Hompel has been taking a journey into the world of National Museums Scotland, its artefacts, and the research that is being currently conducted as part of the Glenmorangie Fellowship into the 9th to 12th centuries, an era of rapid change, political instability and cultural diversity, out of which the Scottish nation was born.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/w22ppGiynms] The final blog by Sarah Rothwell, Curator, Modern & Contemporary Design can be read here: blog.nms.ac.uk The resulting artwork,  coordinate  explores Scotland’s journey through time – its changing landscape and the continual rediscovery of its past. It represents an abstracted interpretation of Scotland’s landmass, one [youtube

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

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Hockley Mint Shows Off Brand Refresh at IJL

Award-winning fine and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint will unveil its updated brand identity at International Jewellery London this week. The firm’s new catalogues will feature stunning modern lifestyle imagery to reinforce the brand’s position as a high-end, award-winning bridal jewellery supplier. This brand refresh will also carry through to Hockley Mint’s website, which will include a section dedicated to its new designer bridal jewellery range. Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint, said,  “We are well-established as a leading British manufacturer of jewellery, but we hope that these new innovations will further raise Hockley Mint’s profile with retailers. Our

Call for Applications Celeste Prize 2017, 9th edition

The internationally celebrated Celeste Prize for emerging and mid-career artists, is taking its ninth edition with acclaimed writer and curator of London’s Art Night Fatos Ustek, as chief juror to lead this year’s super-jury of international curators and art-critics: George Clark, independet curator; Ovul Durmusoglu, independent curator; Rozsa Zita Farkas, Arcadia Missa; Attilia Fattori Franchini, independent curator; Anna Gritz, Kunst Werke Berlin; Nav Haq, Muhka; Harriet Loffler, Norwich Castle Museum; Louise O'Kelly, BlockUniverse; Ilaria Puri Purini, Contemporary Art Society; Filipa Ramos, Art Agenda, Vdrome; Emiliano Valdes, Museum of Modern Art Medellin; Ben Vickers, Serpentine Gallery. Prizes The total awards sum