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Gemfields Partner with National Geographic to Capture the Heart and Soul of Vital Projects in Africa

Gemfields, a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced gemstones, has partnered with National Geographic to show the behind-the-scenes of Gemfields supported projects in Africa.   See the inner workings of Gemfields supported projects through the lens of National Geographic photogrpaher and film-maker, Shannon Wild. Shannon is at the heart of each film and viewers are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the landscape, animals and people she encounters during the filming of the short-films. The first film, shot in Zambia's Kafue National Park, focuses on the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP). The project is dedicated to the study and preservation on large carnivores.  The [youtube

National Trust Retail Opportunity

Call for Applications: National Trust Retail Opportunity National Trust has partnered with the Crafts Council - Britain's national development agency for contemporary craft - to sponsor the 2017 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. In addition to developing a range exclusively for the National Trust, the winner of the open call will receive a profile on the Crafts Council Directory for the best UK makers, the opportunity to develop their professional practice at a Crafts Council professional development workshop and a one year subscription to Crafts magazine - the magazine for contemporary craft, that brings together the best

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy. National Apprenticeship Week 2017 will be taking place from 6 to 10 March. The 10th National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career. Search the NAW  online map  to find more information about National Apprenticeship Week events

The National Festival of Making

The National Festival of Making 6 & 7 July 2024 Blackburn The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the kitchen table to the factory floor. Presenting a programme of work that combines Art, Manufacturing, Making and Communities, we commission international and national artists to create world class works, a year round programme and a participatory FREE FAMILY festival for all to enjoy. festivalofmaking.co.uk

National Festival of Making 2017

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

National College of Art and Design

The  National College of Art and Design  occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Undergraduate: Jewellery & Metalwork - BA (Hons) www.ncad.ie Postgraduate: Jewellery & Metalwork - MFA www.ncad.ie

National Festival of Making Launched

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

Ethical message hitting home at Fair Luxury Presents....

Raising awareness over how luxury jewels are sourced and crafted has been the focus of ‘Fair Luxury Presents....’ at the Goldsmith's Centre in London and with two weeks still to go, the ethical message is resonating with increasing force, according to designer exhibitors. Just 13 exhibitors, all of them influential and vocal in combining provenance, ethics and responsible business practice with stunning design and craftsmanship have been engaged in conversations with a variety of audiences from consumers to journalists to artisan craft campaigners National Geographic among others. Although it is a selling exhibition, the emphasis has been fixed firmly on

Watchfinder Clocks in with Brand New TV Advertising Campaign

Guerillascope is pleased to announce the launch of the new TV advertising campaign from Watchfinder, the UK’s leading online retailer of pre-owned luxury watches. The campaign, which aired live on August 8 , features on the likes of Sky News, Dave, the Sky Sports network, More 4, BT Sports, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, as part of a strategy targeting adults within the ABC1 demographic. Watchfinder specialises in the buying and selling of pre-owned luxury watches, with customers able to circumnavigate what can often be a stressful process by completing a simple online enquiry form. A preliminary quote is sent within one

Model Landscape Commission National Trust Stourhead

Commission: ‘Model Landscape’. National Trust Stourhead Working with Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by ‘Spirit of place’, Stourhead are looking to commission contemporary artist, or art collective, to develop a project in response to the theme ‘Model Landscape’. The finished artwork will be the centrepiece of an art-focused events programme that will allow our visitors to view Stourhead from a new perspective, and is to be installed in the gardens, its buildings and/or in the house from March 2019. As one of the most influential English landscape gardens of the eighteenth-century landscape movement and it was

Gifted, The National Centre for Craft & Design - , Sleaford, Lincolnshire

The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) host their much loved Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market this December, which celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year. The event is on over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, kicking off an exciting programme of seasonal activities at The National Centre for Craft & Design. Go along for a festive weekend of shopping, entertainment and free activities for everyone to enjoy. This year there will be musicians, local choirs and demonstrators as well as free drop-in workshops all weekend. Gifted 2016 Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December Times: 10am

Contemporary Silver Commission to go on Display at the National Museum of Scotland

The first of two new artworks created by recipients of the P&O Makower Trust Silver Commission for National Museums Scotland will be going on display this Spring after the National Museum of Scotland has reopened. The first of two   new   artworks created by recipients of the P&O   Makower   Trust Silver Commission   f or National Museums Scotland   will be going on display this   Spring   after the   National   Museum   of Scotland   has reopened .     ‘Wave’ by   Edinburgh College of   Art   graduate   Jessica Jue  

National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call 2018

Call for Applications: National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call 2018 For a second year running the National Trust launch the 2018 National Trust Artisan & Craft Retail Open Call. This is an opportunity for talented makers to develop a product range inspired by their special properties and places. The product range of the successful maker will be launched in up to 10 stores across the country, helping to support British craft and continue to grow the nation's love of National Trust properties. Applications will be shortlisted against the below criteria: Quality Concept Commercial potential What they are looking for: A maker with a high level of aesthetic vision

Garden Installation, Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood

Garden Installation, Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood Brief: Creative Installation for the garden at Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood, The Children’s Country House  What is The Children’s Country House?  Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood is undergoing a transformation into The Children’s Country House. A space with three components: a 17th century mansion, a Museum of Childhood and gardens are being united as an immersive heritage experience where children are put first. The Children’s Country House is about creating a place where children feel empowered, important, engaged and that they matter.     What do we want?   We

National competition for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem

Call for Applications: Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem A national competition to design the official emblem for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 launched this week. The competition – run by the V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace – is open to young people between 13 and 25 from all over the United Kingdom.  Aspiring artists and designers will have the opportunity to submit an original design for an emblem to signify Her Majesty’s historic, seventy-year reign, and capture the spirit of the national festivities. Symbolising the very first Platinum Jubilee, the emblem will feature prominently

Jerwood Makers Open 2019 @ The National Centre for Craft & Design

Jerwood Makers Open 5 October 2019 – 19 January 2020 The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire Jerwood Makers Open, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity that recognises and promotes the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts. This exhibition showcases new works and installations in textiles, ceramics, wood and metal, by five contemporary artists. The artists were selected from over 300 applications in response to a national call for proposals from UK-based makers and collaborators. The award and exhibition, which will tour to venues throughout the UK, freely allows makers to develop their

National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie Commission Major Silver Artwork

National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland. Leading artists and designers currently working in the medium of silver were invited to submit proposals and following close consideration of the applications by the judging panel, The Glenmorangie Commission was awarded to Simone ten Hompel. German-born Simone ten Hompel is a silversmith of international repute, and has been working with metal for over 40 years. Based in the UK, she is known for her metalwork being regarded as one of the most inventive silversmiths of

Narratives In Making, National Craft Gallery - Kilkenny

Narratives In Making An exhibition of new and innovative works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-18. The 28 designer makers represented were selected by an international panel, for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill. Narratives in Making, curated by Gregory Parsons, considers the provenance of the objects, who made it, where it was made, how it was made and what it is made of. All this is inextricably linked. It informs our relationship with the object. There are fascinating stories here, from the love of material, rituals of making, the design

Commission for an Artist / Maker, National Trust Croome

Croome is looking for an emerging artist, maker or designer to develop and make new work responding to Robert Adam’s vision and designs at Croome.  The work(s) will be designed in collaboration with five local groups and presented at Croome in 2018. The artist will be supported by artist Hew Locke in a mentoring relationship. Fee The selected artist/marker will receive a £5,200 commission with a £13,000 material cost budget. Dates 3  March – 10 am Deadline for the expression of Interest 11 March – Artist Open Day at Croome 27 March – Deadline for Artist Proposal 5 April –

‘Make Christmas happen’ programme launched by the National Association of Jewellers

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has today announced an exclusive programme of support for just 16 independent jewellery retailers who have their sights set on a successful festive trading period. ‘Make Christmas happen’  is a structured commercially led support programme for a cohort of 16 participants, put together for those who are best positioned within an independent jewellery businesses to ‘make it happen’. The programme will push the cohort as a group, and the individual representatives in the respective jewellery retailers to promote their business as efficiently and effectively as possible, to maximise sales through October, November and December,

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

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

Silversmith Claire Malet completes National Museum Wales Commission

‘The Company of Old Roads’, a new sculptural installation by metal artist and silversmith Claire Malet, commissioned by the P & O Makower Trust, will go on display at the National Museum Wales Cardiff, from 12 December 2017.  The installation, in fine silver on a walnut base carved by woodworker Nick Barberton, makes reference to ‘Roads’ by the poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917), the centenary of whose death on the Western Front falls this year.  Inspiration The piece grew out of Claire’s love of walking holloways, tracks and drove roads. Her explorations of old roads and the literature and art they’ve

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

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

Shannon O’Neill Designs 2018 Randox Health Grand National Trophy

The Grand National has been part of the British landscape since the 1830s and attracts world-leading jockeys with their eye on the glittering trophy. Designed by celebrated silversmith, Shannon O’Neill, this year’s trophy was conceived in her studio, a former stable, in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. Its subtle details perfectly tell the story of the greatest horse race in the world and the preventative healthcare innovations of the principal sponsor, Randox Health. This is the second year running that Shannon has been awarded this prestigious commission after Randox representatives saw her work on display at The Goldsmiths’

South Coast Watch Business Appoint Head of National Sales

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

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

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

RIBA North to House Design Led Shop at New National Architectural Centre

A store for architecture and design enthusiasts will be included at RIBA North, the new national architectural centre set to open in Liverpool on 17 June. At the heart of the new retail destination will be a section curated by stylist Katie Patrick, displaying innovative designs from UK artists, makers and craftspeople from the North. This feeds into RIBA’s mission to promote creativity and enables people to own world-class, regionally produced designs for themselves. The curated section features a diverse range of products including home and fashion accessories whilst the rest of the shop will also sell stationary, books and

National Centre for Craft & Design Commissions Limited Editions by Lynne MacLachlan

To  celebrate 3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful  at The National Centre for Craft & Design, NCCD has commissioned an eye catching and exclusive range of contemporary 3D Printed limited edition brooches by exhibitor and designer, Lynne MacLachlan. 24 pieces are available in three colours priced at £24 each. A unique combination of experience fuels MacLachlan’s design innovation and her work is a fusion of practical and degree level experience in formal Aerospace Engineering, Jewellery and Metalwork and a Royal College of Art Masters – the designer is one to watch. Design pieces play with light, space,

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

QEST and national Saturday club launch craft&making clubs for 13-16 year olds across the UK

QEST and The National Saturday Club  launch craft&making clubs for 13-16 year olds across the UK The National Saturday Club gives 13–16 year olds across the UK a unique opportunity to study subjects they love for free, on a Saturday at their local university, college or cultural institution.  This new National Saturday Club programme aims to introduce young people to the world of craft and making, creating valuable opportunities for them to develop their creativity and practical skills. Club members will work with varied materials, such as wood, ceramics, glass, metal, and textiles, and will gain an understanding of the

Randox Grand National 2021 trophy pays tribute to COVID pandemic key workers

The headline sponsor of the Randox Grand National has unveiled the trophy for the 2021 event with a tribute to key workers of the COVID-19 pandemic design and made by female silversmith Cara Murphy, the trophy was presented to the first female jockey winner of the Grand National on Saturday. Shown to the public for the first time on Saturday 3 April during ITV Racing’s Opening Show, the 2021 trophy has been designed for the second year by Silversmith Cara Murphy from Northern Ireland. The unique design of the silver and gold trophy, which includes illustrations of the COVID-19 virus on

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream, ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’ The London Design Academy 9.30am, Saturday 29 August 2020  The exciting international educational initiative – The London Design Academy (LDA) –  continues the global educational debate this weekend with the second in a series of online global forums, East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship'  live online on Saturday 29 August 2020 9.30am     With the world facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in the aftermath of COVID 19, these forums are themed to the

Jana Reinhardt jewellery partners with National Animal Welfare Trust

Passionate about animal welfare, brand founders Jana and Ross have also created several exclusive pieces intended to raise awareness of the plight of orangutans, greyhounds and foxes. When one of these pieces is purchased, a donation will be made to a range of different animal welfare charities, raising much needed funds. Passionate about animal welfare, brand founders Jana and Ross have also created several exclusive pieces intended to raise awareness of the plight of orangutans, greyhounds and foxes. When one of these pieces is purchased, a donation will be made to a range of different animal welfare charities, raising much needed funds. Passionate about

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

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

Former National Association of Goldsmiths CEO Michael Hoare passes

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

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins national ‘Inspiring Independents’ Award

Independent jewellers across the country took to London’s Riverbank to honour and support the hardworking independent jewellery sector, where Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery took home one of only five category awards at Retail Jeweller Magazine’s 5 th  annual Inspiring Independents Awards. Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery’s London studio, found in fashionable Primrose Hill, was celebrated by a team of esteemed judges for its use of ‘visual merchandising and store design’ by Retail Jeweller Magazine and their peers. This new category looked at fresh and original store design and use of visuals to convey the brand’s ethos. Since Harriet Kelsall’s Primrose Hill

Secret Images of Randox Health Grand National Trophy Revealed

For the first time in the Grand National’s history a new trophy will be designed every year during the sponsorship with the global diagnostics company Randox Health. The first of the five new trophies will be unveiled at the highly anticipated Weights Evening Reception on Tuesday 14th February. For first time in race’s history, the sponsor will create a unique trophy each year Miniature versions of the trophy will also be presented to the jockey, trainer and groom Over the next two weeks, a series of teaser images will be revealed, leading to up the grand unveil at the Weights

Shannon O’Neill creates DNA double helix silverware for Grand National Trophy

Silversmith Shannon O’Neill was commissioned for a third consecutive year to create the ‘Randox Health Grand National Trophy’. The commission brief was to design something ‘very different from last year’. Inspiration came from the sponsors of the event Randox, who wanted the trophy to showcase their most recent breakthroughs in health care: heart disease, Alzheimers, stroke and dairy screening. The  preventative healthcare company and the emphasis on saving and extending lives allowed O’Neill to focus on optimum health. “Choosing the theme of ‘Celebration’ and based on the classic ‘coupes’ style champagne glass, the top bowl of the Trophy has a

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

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

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Simone ten Hompel

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Simone ten Hompel 7:00pm – 8:15pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Silversmith Simone ten Hompel discusses her commission from National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new piece of contemporary metal artwork inspired by the museum’s early medieval collections. About the Commission As part of the Creating Scotland project, National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary metalwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland. The current phase of the Glenmorangie Project, Creating Scotland, sees the research focus on the 9th to 12th centuries,

P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission

Call for Applicaitons: P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission National Museums Scotland is pleased to invite entries for the P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission. An exciting opportunity that looks to support recently graduated and early career silversmiths in the creation of a major piece of silver that will go on display within National Museums Scotland. For over 45 years, the P & O Makower Trust has commissioned major objects of silver to go on long-term loan to national museums throughout the UK including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean and National Museum Wales. This year sees the

Art of Glass 2018

Art of Glass The National Centre for Craft & Design  20 October 2018 – 20 January 2019 Following its hugely popular exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, this Autumn The National Centre for Craft & Design is proud to present Art of Glass. The exhibition explores the work of artists embracing the medium of glass in innovative and exciting ways, challenging the perception of glass as merely a material for creating functional objects. Presented in partnership with National Museums Scotland, Art of Glass showcases 15 leading and emerging glass artists working in Britain today. 20 Oct 2018 – 20

Jewellery: Wearable Glass

Jewellery: Wearable Glass - National Glass Centre in Sunderland National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers. Glass jewellery has a history going back to the Ancient Egyptians. In the 19th and early 20th the artist Rene Lalique used glass to make jewellery but more recently the use of glass in jewellery by artists has been limited.  Through the exhibition  Jewellery: Wearable Glass  National Glass Centre aims to re-introduce glass as a material to be used by leading jewellers based in Britain. National Glass Centre

Hoffmann Group UK aims to double in size with customer-centric reorganisation

Hoffmann Group UK ,  Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has transformed its national strategy in order to better serve its customers.  To provide its customer base with a more bespoke, effective service, the business is bolstering the number of experts available to advise and consult with clients. Specifically, the business is increasing technical expertise, introducing dedicated support for large national accounts and additional specialised resource to support services such as inventory management, calibration and repairs.  The reorganisation also sees Peter Borrowdale, who joined the business last year, being appointed as National Sales Manager. Hoffmann

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open

Call for Applications: Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open Selectors Announced and Applications Open Deadline 26 August 2020, 5pm New national partnerships with Art Fund and Aberdeen Art Gallery support early-career artists and makers to develop bold new work   Jerwood Arts and Art Fund are relaunching the prestigious biennial artist development, commissioning and national touring award as Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open. The award, now in its eighth edition, gives five outstanding early-career UK-based artists and makers the opportunity to develop ambitious new works, to be presented in London at Jerwood Space in June 2021 followed by a three-venue national tour

Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members

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

Gifted 17 Contemporary Christmas Craft Market

Gifted 17 Contemporary Christmas Craft Market Join National Centre for Craft and Design for a special advent weekend of high-quality craft, local specialist food and a family friendly programme of workshops a Christmas craft trail, activities, demonstrations, musicians and exhibitions. Dates 9 - 10 December 2017 Venue The National Centre for Craft & Design Navigation Wharf, Carre Street Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

Q&A: Patrick Fuller

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

Call for Applications: The Art in Manufacturing

Super Slow Way and The National Festival Of Making are delighted to Announce ‘The Art In Manufacturing’ 8x Commissions & Residencies Eight commissions are available to artists who will each take up a residency with manufacturers in Blackburn and Lancashire, including food, textile, paper and plastic manufacturers. The National Festival of Making The Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn in May 2017. An opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors as the festival takes over the streets with an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone. The Art in Manufacturing The ‘headline’ element of the

News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Grand National 2021: NI silversmith designs winner's trophy BBC: It is the world's most famous horse race and Northern Ireland will be represented on the winner's podium no matter who comes first. www.bbc.co.uk Grand National trophy's Northern Ireland designer hails 'amazing' win Belfast Telegraph: Top Northern Ireland designer and silversmith Cara Murphy - who designed the stunning trophy presented to Grand National-winning Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore - has said she hopes her work will inspire a new generation of creative artists here. www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk All That Glitters: meet the

Bits and Bobs

Keeping up to date with the goings on outside of the workshop and away from the bench helps widen the peripheral vision.  W e've compiled a list of national and international jewellery publication titles including newsletters, magazines and our favourite blogs to help keep you in touch with the wider world...

News Edit: 19 January 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...         York jewellery designer ripped off by scammers to appear on national TV Tork Mix: A designer from near York will appear on a consumer TV show next week after her work was ripped off and sold on auction sites. yorkmix.com York jewellery designer on TV show to highlight how her work is copied Yahoo: A York creator of handmade jewellery will appear on a BBC show on Monday warning of the dangers of counterfeit products. uk.news.yahoo.com The gleaming jewellery of the 2024 Emmy Awards Vogue:

P & O Makower Trust Commission

Call for entries:  P & O Makower Trust Commission 2024 commission for Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales is pleased to invite entries for the P & O Makower (1974) Trust Silver Commission. An exciting opportunity that looks to support recently graduated and early-career silversmiths in the creation of a major piece of silver that will go on display at National Museum Cardiff. For 50 years, the P & O Makower (1974) Trust has commissioned major objects of silver to go on long-term loan to national museums throughout the UK including the Victoria and Albert Museum,

NAJ Summit 2024

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) Summit 22 - 24 June 2024 Park Regis, Birmingham  The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) is delighted to announce the dates for this year's NAJ Summit - the Association's annual conference bringing all sectors of membership and the wider trade together to network and learn. The 2024 NAJ Summit will take place from 22 to 24 June at the Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham, providing an accessible and modern venue for attendees. The extended weekend will once again feature the Valuers' Conference hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers and the Retail Jeweller's Congress hosted by

2021 Bright Young Gems winners announced

The winners of Bright Young Gems® 2021 mentoring scheme for graduating and recently graduated jewellery designers have been announced. The talented line-up comprise Imogen Burch, Amber Doughty, Hannah Gower, Capucine Huguet and Andrea Jose Castro, all of whom will unveil their winning pieces as part of the National Association of Jeweller’s showcase at the one-day UK Jewellery Festival, The Brewery, London, on September 1, 2021.  Thanks to support from the  National Association of Jewellers, the winners  will also benefit from dedicated mentoring from  the NAJ jewellery experts before the event to ensure that they maximise the experience. The designers will

Call for Applications: Contemporary Craftsperson

Call for Applictions: Contemporary Craftsperson Perspective(s): Bringing Our Stories Together Oriel Myrddin Gallery are delighted to be working with Amgueddfa Cymru’s National Wool Museum as part of Amgueddfa Cymru and Arts Council Wales, Perspective(s) collaboration. Oriel Myrddin and Amgueddfa Cymru’s National Wool Museum are inviting you to respond to our call-out. We’re looking for an inspirational, Wales based maker to create new work that reflects Wales’s cultural and ethnic diversity and to examine museum collections through a decolonial lens. About You You are a Wales based contemporary maker who is working within the fields that might include: textiles, ceramics, blacksmithing,

Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) 21 - 25 February 2024 Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) is among the leading international trade fairs for gemstones and jewelry. Hosted in the impressive Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, this biannual event reflects Thailand's esteemed position in the world of gemstones and jewelry. It's organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) in collaboration with the Gems Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT). The fair not only provides a deep insight into Thailand's rich artisanal heritage but also reinforces Thailand's reputation as

European Prize For Applied Arts 2019

Monumentality / Fragility: European Prize For Applied Arts 7th February – 23rd June 2019 National Design & Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny will host major exhibition of works from 76 makers from 19 European countries at dual locations: the National Design & Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Castle Monumentality / Fragility, a major exhibition of contemporary crafts featuring 76 makers from 19 European countries, including seven Irish participants, will show at two locations in Kilkenny in February 2019. The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and craftsmanship. The exhibitors and

AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair 2019

Call for Applications:  AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair 2019 20 – 21st April 2019 National Theatre Bucharest, Romania The 18th edition of AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair will take place on the 20 – 21st April, at the National Theatre Bucharest, Romania. AUTOR is the most important event in the field of contemporary and art jewelry in South-Eastern Europe. The 2019 edition will mark the 10th anniversary of creating a dynamic environment with high selection standards for contemporary jewelry. The participants at AUTOR are offered access to an exquisite and attractive clientele. Beyond the actual fair, AUTOR is an active

Touchstone Award

Call for Applications: BHC Touchstone Award National Association of Jewellers and British Hallmarking Council announce new collaboration for 2019 The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and British Hallmarking Council (BHC) are pleased to announce a new collaboration as the NAJ joins the four UK Assay Offices in supporting the prestigious BHC Touchstone Award. The award is presented annually to the Trading Standards teams who have delivered the most effective initiative relating to either the enforcement or awareness of hallmarking. In this era of high precious metal prices enforcement of hallmarking is extremely important. There is robust, long established hallmarking legislation

News Edit: 9 December 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My lightbulb moment: Jewellery designer Annie Haak, reveals the inspiration behind her accessories brand Daily Mail: Annie Haak is a 61-year-old jewellery designer and founder of Annie Haak Designs. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, Johnnie, 62. They have three grown-up children. www.dailymail.co.uk Glenmorangie and National Museum of Scotland commission major new artwork The Edinburgh Reporter: National Museums Scotland (NMS) and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the museum. www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk The rock star: Monica Vinader is the £100 million brand [youtube

Major overhaul of higher technical education announced

New package of measures for higher technical education will build on the work to transform technical and vocational education in Britain Measures to boost the quality and take-up of higher technical education to help plug skill gaps, level up opportunities and support the UK’s economic recovery have been announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. A major review last year revealed that higher technical education – technical qualifications like Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas that sit between A Level and degrees – can unlock the  skills employers need  and lead to highly skilled, well paid jobs. Despite this, not

Rising Stars 2019 Exhibition

Call for Makers: Rising Stars 2019 Exhibition Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for

£8000 Silver commission to mark the end of the Great War

Birmingham based British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) receive the commemorative ‘Silence Fell’ silverware to mark the end of the Great War. Last year the BATF board decided to commission a special piece to join its boardroom silver collection of over 50 items and tasked one of its member associations, The National Association of Jewellers, to help find a fitting item.  A national competition was held to design and make a piece of silverware to commemorate the end of the First World War, taking that ceasefire as inspiration. At the beginning of the year Claire Malet was announced as the designer

Federation of Small Businesses Small Business Awards

Call for Entries: Federation of Small Businesses Small Business Awards  The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Expert smaller business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK. Winning an FSB Celebrating Small Business Award is a great way to showcase your business achievements and celebrate your business hard work, brilliance and innovation within your own geographical area as well as having the opportunity to win a national award. Awards Ceremony The grand

The Jewellery Industry Salary and Benefits Survey 2017

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

Jewellery: Wearable Glass at Studio Fusion

Jewellery: Wearable Glass In collaboration with the National Glass Centre. 'Jewellery: Wearable Glass’, a concept realised by the National Glass Centre aims to change the approach and perception of both audiences and artists to the amazing potential of glass as a wearable material. Eight jewellers were each mentored by one of 4 artists with different specialisms in the art of making and forming glass. The jewellers were given 10 days of studio time to collaborate, experiment and develop new forms of jewellery.  The results are truly unique and exciting pieces that show how collaboration between artists in different disciplines can

Rising Stars Symposium 2018

Rising Stars Symposium 2018 Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected

Rising Stars Exhibition 2018

Rising Stars Exhibition Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer and skills exchange, a national symposium; and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. 

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

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

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions - Outdoor Performance, Festival of Making CIC Festival of Making CIC are looking for submissions from outdoor performing arts organisations and individuals (theatre, dance, and street arts) for The National Festival of Making, taking place in Town Centre locations in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017. About the Festival Be part of the first ever National Festival of Making, a FREE family festival taking place in the manufacturing heartland of Blackburn. Innovative art installations, hands-on workshops, live performances and markets promoting handmade products, including fine foods and craft ales, give visitors chance to

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission

Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales 2016 The P&O Makower Trust wishes to commission a silversmith designer to design and make a piece of work (excluding jewellery) to a maximum value of £5,000 which would be placed on loan with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Call for Applications Entries are now invited from: recently graduated (within the last seven years) professionalised silversmiths who are resident in Britain and who may or may not have work in public collections. The scheme excludes student work. Timetable and Further Details Entrants

Alexander Wood to Represent UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that Alexander Wood has been chosen to represent the UK in the Jewellery Competition at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi.  The 44th edition of the world’s leading vocational education and skills excellence competition, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14-19 October 2017, will bring together 1000 apprentices and students from 70 countries, all vying for the top spot in a particular vocational field.    The two-year process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and more recently jump the final hurdle reaching the most

Benevolent Society Ball 2016

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

Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship

The National Trust is delighted to launch the ‘Call for Applicants’ for the 2017 Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship at Acorn Bank, Penrith. 3 Month Artist Residency We are offering a 3-month artist residency and commission opportunity at Acorn Bank for an emerging to mid-career artist to make new site-responsive artwork in this unique and beautiful setting. The fellowship has previously been awarded to Chichi Parish and Freya Pocklington. About the Residency Now in its third year, this is a residential opportunity in a unique National Trust site in Cumbria, the former home of Dorothy Una Ratcliffe - an author,

‘Buy Less. Buy Better. Buy Handmade’ This Christmas

Manchester’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair launches national Christmas shopping campaign with support from the repair shop’s Jay Blades. With everyone feeling the squeeze this Christmas, Manchester’s award winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) has joined forces with the Crafts Council and other leading UK craft organisations to launch a national Christmas shopping campaign, designed to support makers across the UK and encourage shoppers to  Buy Less, Buy Better, Buy Handmade.   This initiative to promote thoughtful gifting has also received the backing of The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades MBE and The Great Pottery Throwdown’s Keith Brymer-Jones. Ann-Marie Franey,

International Women's Day Event

International Women's Day Event National Design and Craft Gallery Friday 8 March 1pm - 4pm Celebrate International Women's Day at the National Design and Craft Gallery. Join us for crafternoon tea treats, chats and tote bag screen printing to mark the occasion. All are welcome to drop in between  1pm - 4pm. For group bookings please email   events@ndcg.ie  to confirm your time of arrival. FREE event. International Women's Day  (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen School of Art www.colegsirgar.ac.uk Central Saint Martins www.arts.ac.uk/csm Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh www.eca.ed.ac.uk Glasgow School of Art www.gsa.ac.uk Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen www.rgu.ac.uk Hereford College of Arts www.hca.ac.uk Kensington and Chelsea College www.kcc.ac.uk London College of Fashion www.arts.ac.uk/fashion Middlesex University www.mdx.ac.uk National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie Plymouth College of Art www.plymouthart.ac.uk School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University www.bcu.ac.uk/jewellery Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk Staffordshire University www.staffs.ac.uk Turo and

Jewellery buying sentiments highlighted as NAJ publish consumer research

The National Association of Jewellers has published its consumer research on the role of Jewellery in the lives of UK customers, in whitepaper and research report format. Profiling the opinions of more than 2500 consumers, the ‘outside in’ research is one of the largest market research activities to be carried out by the trade for a decade, and a first for the Association. Supported by The Company of Master Jewellers and The Goldsmiths’ Company , the research is now available to download. Download Whitepaper The report identifies key themes underpinning purchases such as ‘to celebrate or commemorate a relationship’, which

MADE LONDON - Marylebone 2018

  Call for Applications Made London 2018 MADE London - Marylebone is the annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers show and sell their work to the public. MADE are now inviting entries for the 2018 Made London – Marylebone show. Come and be part of the group of 120 original and high quality makers. We want to present as wide a variety of work as we can at the show and so are particularly interested in hearing from makers designing work for the home (as well as accessories and jewellery) -

Call for Applications: Legnica Internat ional Jewellery Competition 2018

Call for Applications: 27th Legnica International Jewellery Competition Applications are now open for the 27th Legnica International Jewellery Competition as part of the Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver 2018 under the patronage of The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Poland. About the Competition The aim of the exhibition is to present the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary jewellery art. The submitted works should be jewellery in the broad sense of the term, display creativity as well as high standards of design and execution. The Organizers set no restrictions as to the materials and techniques employed but to honour the competition’s

Creative Fellow, The Workhouse

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

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Call for Entries: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Applications for the GNCCF 2024 fairs are now open! Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths Manchester 17-20 October 2024 GNCCFonline Christmas 7-8 December 2024 Show your work at the most respected contemporary craft fair in the North. Boasting a national reputation, Great Northern Events organises the foremost selling fairs in the UK – including the flagship Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and GNCCFonline. We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to present and sell their work to an eager and savvy audience in a way that suits them and their

CONTEMPORANIA

CONTEMPORANIA 28 - 30th September 2023 Palau Reial Pedralbes, Barcelona  CONTEMPORANIA High Craftsmanship Barcelona is a brand new exhibition promoting national and international contemporary crafts. It is organised by the Consortium of Commerce, Crafts and Fashion of Catalonia (CCAM), and Le Département. In this first edition, international institutions such as World Crafts Council Europe, World Crafts Council Africa, CCAM, Fundesarte, JORGC, Sudakas – Habitantes del Sur (Chile), and Sichuan Fine Arts Institute will present the best of high craftsmanship worldwide. Participants have been selected based on their professional portfolio, the innovation and artistic vision in their craftsmanship across different types of

News Edit: 21 April 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Tone Vigeland, Norwegian jewellery designer and sculptor inspired by nature and landscape – obituary Telegraph: Other influences included medieval chain-mail, traditional Viking crafts and arrowheads in the British Museum. www.telegraph.co.uk High jewellery – a study of the classics FT: Celebrating the style signatures of the very finest craft techniques. www.ft.com Bling things: 18 of the best jewellery pieces – in pictures The Guardian: Convertible earrings, wobbly alphabet studs... Make your jewellery work with sculptural shapes and mixed materials. www.theguardian.com Jewellery as a force for good Busines Cornwall: Ethica Diamonds,

News Edit: 2 june 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... An Often Unseen Setting Reappears High jewelry designers are bringing metals back into view so the work is not just about the gemstone. www.nytimes.com 2024 Cannes Film Festival: Cate Blanchett wore a spectacular Louis Vuitton high jewelry design The star chose an impressive necklace made from recycled metal, pearls and precious stones for her red-carpet appearance. www.vogue.fr Carolina Bucci Is the Golden Girl of Italian Fine Jewellery Design The Florentine native designs jewellery with a unique spirit, pieces that carry a hint of la dolce vita. nuvomagazine.com Anya Taylor-Joy,

News Edit: 28 January 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...         IN PICTURES: Anti-Israel protest at Italy jewellery fair turns violent The Local: Protesters clashed with police in the Italian city of Vicenza on Saturday after a demonstration against the presence of Israeli exhibitors at an international jewellery fair. www.thelocal.it The London jewellers leveraging their centuries-old heritage FT: Mayfair brands promote their history and longevity for an additional competitive edge. www.ft.com Jewellers tackle public misconceptions about sources of coral FT: So-called precious coral lives in different ecosystems, and in much deeper and colder waters than shallow

NAJ Summit Ends on a High as New Chair Heather Callaway Takes the Helm

The NAJ Summit kickstarted a summer of renewed positivity for the jewellery trade according to Chair, Heather Callaway, and Principal Officer, Ben Massey.  The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) closed the doors on its second annual NAJ Summit, which welcomed guests from across the UK and further afield for four days of education, practical workshops, business development and networking opportunities. The final day of the Summit, dedicated to the JET Business Network’s annual Retail Jewellers’ Congress, took place on Monday, 13 June and signaled the end of a successful and well-attended programme of events.  The Summit also gave new NAJ

Rising Stars 2024

Rising Stars 2024 New Ashgate Gallery,  Farnham 16 March - 27 April 2024 Rising Stars  is a curated national platform that fosters and champions early career makers. Rising Stars offers the makers a first step into the professional exhibitions. It offers an exciting opportunity for collectors who wish to support and acquire work by future stars. Following a popular open call with 165 applications,  27 Rising Stars  were selected for the showcase. We recognise there is a lack of representation from Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ makers and makers who identify as having a visible or non-visible disability in

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2023

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2023 19-22 October 2023 Victoria Baths, Manchester Boasting a national reputation, Great Northern Events organises the foremost selling fairs in the North. Over 150 of the UK’s best designer-makers are presented at our flagship live fair, GNCCF, in Manchester’s iconic Victoria Baths in October, complemented by two digital fairs - GNCCFonline -  in May and December. We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to put their work in front of an eager and savvy audience in a way that suits them and their buyers best. Venue: Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE Opening Times  

News Edit: 14 April 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... The perfumers with a nose for fine jewellery’s rich history FT: Perfumers commissioned by luxury houses are finding inspiration in the facets and colours of iconic gemstones. www.ft.com Sophie Bille Brahe’s heart-shaped diamond jewellery is anything but girly Wallpaper: Sophie Bille Brahe rethinks the heart in the Ensemble de Coeur collection, created for Harrods. www.wallpaper.com Watches as jewellery enjoy a red carpet revival FT: Celebrity fashion is fuelling a trend for unusual timepieces, from pendants to chokers and anklets. www.ft.com BBC The Repair Shop expert shares reason they almost

News Edit: 5 May 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   The priceless jewellery Queen Camilla may wear to the Coronation The Telegraph: From the Coronation necklace to the Queen Consort's ring, many invaluable pieces will be on display at Westminster Abbey. www.telegraph.co.uk From mine to Met Gala: The story behind Michaela Coel's Ghanaian gold Harpers Bazaar: Challenged to create a suite of jewels for the co-host of this year’s event, Ghanaian-British designer Emefa Cole chose fully traceable single mine origin gold to celebrate their shared heritage. www.harpersbazaar.com The Best Jewellery Moments From The 2023 Met Gala Vogue: Amidst

News Edit: 7 April 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Expected to Fetch up to $15 Million at Auction Robb Report: Phillips will hold its second jewel auction in Geneva next month. robbreport.com At Tiffany’s Flagship, Luxe Art Helps Sell the Jewels NY Times: Turrell. Hirst. Basquiat: This 10-story palace is filled with famous names, for a heady fusion of relevant, and discomfiting, contemporary art and retailing. www.nytimes.com Wokingham designer wins gold at the jewellery Oscars Wokingham Today: Janet Richardson, jewellery designer, maker, and tutor has won a prestigious award for her recent work, made from an unusual medium.

News Edit: 31 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Style Edit: Bulgari’s Mediterranea High Jewellery collection is a tribute to its founder’s journey, taking inspiration from Italian baroque aesthetics in art and architecture SCMP: Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin calls the collection ‘an epic and immersive journey’ through the crossroads of Mediterranean influences, from Rome to Venice. www.scmp.com Somerset resident turns recycled ocean trash into jewellery for her own business Yahoo: Sophie Witt, who was born and raised in Frome, recently turned her beachcombing hobby into a successful jewellery business. uk.news.yahoo.com Meet the artisan jeweller whose ethical, traceable designs

News Edit: 12 January 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Argent Silversmith Founder Elizabeth Herman Reveals A Pair Of Earrings Put Her On The Path To Make $1 Million | Exclusive Quick Telecast: Elizabeth Herman was running a childcare centre when she bumped into a friend wearing an eye-catching set of earrings. quicktelecast.com A pair of earrings inspired Liz's living room hobby. Now it's a business set to make $1m this year Honey Nine: Elizabeth Herman was running a childcare centre when she bumped into a friend wearing an eye-catching set of earrings. Those earrings changed her life

News Edit: 10 September 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   From Meghan Markle To Serena Williams, How Shiffon’s Tennis Ring Became An A-List Favourite Vogue: There’s no doubt that jewellery has the power to send a strong message, from the Princess of Wales wearing heirloom pieces that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, to outspoken environmentalist Emma Watson opting for lab-grown diamonds. www.vogue.co.uk How did a 150-year-old jewellery brand become a pioneer in social and ethical responsibility? Shanya Amarasuriya shares The Honeycombers: Meet Shanya Amarasuriya, the creative force behind B.P. de Silva Jewellers, a 150-year-old family business that's not

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 Recipients Announced

Anna Berry, Cecilia Charlton, Jahday Ford, Vicky Higginson and Francisca Onumah & Helena Russell have been awarded the five commissions for Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021. The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 awardees are announced as Anna Berry, Cecilia Charlton, Jahday Ford, Vicky Higginson and Francisca Onumah and Helena Russell. These outstanding earlycareer artists and makers will create five new commissions for display at Jerwood Space in London before going on a national tour throughout 2022-2023, travelling from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall to Aberdeen Art Gallery in the North East of Scotland.  The artists

News Edit: 26 May 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Jeweller Shaun Leane has gone back to the source FT: The London maker has moved to a tiny cottage in Killarney. It’s unleashed a new creative force. www.ft.com The stories and secrets behind history's most fascinating jewels FT: A new podcast series offers an insightful perspective on treasures through time. www.ft.com Royal Mint launches solid-gold debit card Yahoo: The Royal Mint on Friday announced that it will begin production of a solid-gold debit card that will be offered to customers who sign up to its new Raris financial account.

Experienced Goldsmith, Artisan Handmade Jewellery - West Wycombe Village, Buckinghamshire

The role Experienced Goldsmith Artisan Handmade Jewellery  West Wycombe Village, Buckinghamshire Hidden away in the National Trust village of West Wycombe, the Artisan workshop is a charming old building in contrast to the exciting and ever changing jewellery designs it holds inside.  Renowned for its homely feel, Artisan provides its customers with a warm and welcoming environment where they experience a highly personalised design service curated by Justine’s talent for design and her team of goldsmiths.  Despite the high quality of their pieces, the team at Artisan pride themselves on their friendly, inclusive and approachable attitude to their work. Established 15

P & O Makower Trust Commission 2022 for the Victoria and Albert Museum

P & O Makower Trust Commission 2022 commission for the Victoria and Albert Museum Call for Applications The Victoria and Albert Museum is pleased to invite entries for the P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission. An exciting opportunity that looks to support recently graduated and early career silversmiths in the creation of a major piece of silver that will go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. For over 45 years the Penelope & Oliver Makower (1974) Trust has commissioned major objects of silver to go on long term loan to national museums throughout the UK including the

News Edit: 10 December 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...           World Wildlife Fund criticises watch and jewellery industry Jeweller Magazine: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued a scathing criticism of the jewellery and watch industry, publishing a report raising questions about the environmental impact of the trade. www.jewellermagazine.com   Jewelry and Watch Brands Must Be More Transparent, Says WWF Rapaport: The jewelry and watch industry is still lacking when it comes to sustainability, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a report on brands’ environmental performance. rapaport.com The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put

Striking Futures

The NAJ and Sheffield Assay Office Join Forces for Striking Futures Event The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and Sheffield Assay Office are pleased to announce Striking Futures, a new collaborative event designed to help businesses and students get ahead in the jewellery industry. Taking place on Thursday, 3rd November, Striking Futures promises to be a must-attend afternoon,   whether embarking on a career in the sector or looking to boost your business. Register NAJ’s Principal Officer, Ben Massey, states, “We’re excited to collaborate with the Sheffield Assay Office to deliver an educational industry event that will provide great value,

News Edit: 3 December 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   The diamond industry is coping with a 20% price drop and worries Gen Z isn’t all that interested in its stones Fortune: When the world’s most important diamond buyers arrived at De Beers’ offices in Botswana late last month, they were presented with a rare offer by their host: the option to buy nothing at all. fortune.com   The hot new jewellery trends for winter 2023 The Times: Make a fun statement with a Dalí-inspired lobster piece or keep it classic but cool with a seriously chunky chain.

News Edit: 13 August 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Irish Jewellery brand designs KPMG Women’s Irish Open Trophy Irish Golfer: KPMG, a long-time supporter of female entrepreneurs and women in sport, has today announced an exciting collaboration with Ireland’s most loved fine jewellery brand Chupi. irishgolfer.ie Jewellery to invest in for timeless style and sophistication Woman and Home: Jewellery worth investing in, that you can love now and forever. www.womanandhome.com A pioneering 18th-century Sephardic silversmith’s Torah decorations to be displayed in US museums for first time JTA: In 1725, Abraham de Oliveyra was officially registered as a

News Edit: 8 January 2023

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Moda Jewellery and Watch launch bursary for emerging jewellery designers Fashion United: Jewellery and Watch (J&W), the UK’s biggest returning jewellery showcase taking place at Moda, has announced a New Jewels Bursary in collaboration with the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and sponsored by Curteis Creates to offer an up-and-coming jewellery designer access to invaluable advice and support. fashionunited.uk Independent spirit The Guardian: Pearls & Pomegranates is a new ethical jewellery destination founded by Natalia Kübler with the conscious shopper in mind. Each purchase at Pearls & Pomegranates

News Edit: 6 August 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Reading town centre jeweller marks its 75th anniversary by looking to the future RDG Today: A Reading jeweller is marking its 75th anniversary by looking to the future as it searches for the best budding designer. rdg . today Ethical Jewelry Certifications You Need To Know Eluxe Magazine: Sure, diamonds may still be a girl’s best friend. But we have questions. Like: Where did they come from? Were children mining them? Were they sold to fund wars? eluxemagazine.com Mystery of how diamonds are formed is SOLVED Daily Mail:

News Edit: 30 September 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Best New Jewellers To See At This Year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair Vogue: London is bursting with jewellery goings-on right now, but few will offer more to satisfy your need for beauty than the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. www.vogue.co.uk Scottish jeweller to be honoured at exhibition in Edinburgh The National: An exhibition of the UK’s finest gold, silver and jewellery is set to honour a Scottish designer. www.thenational.scot The founder of Annoushka Jewellery takes us inside her London pied-a-terre Hello: Annoushka Ducas MBE

Romanian Jewelry Week 2022

Romanian Jewelry Week 6th - 9th of October 2022 Romanian Jewelry Week is an international event organized by Assamblage National Jewelry Association, dedicated to the contemporary jewelry field in Romania and worldwide. The first edition of the event was organized between the 22-27th of September 2020 in 7 galleries, museums and showrooms in Bucharest. Over 150 contemporary jewelry designers presented their collections at ROJW 1.0: 1 designers, collectives, schools and associations of designers from UK, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Israel, China, South Korea, USA, Brazil, Mexico and many more. The second edition took place between the

News Edit: 10 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Beautiful and blue! Aquamarine jewellery to capture the stunning appeal of March's birthstone Tatler's Jewellery Editor falls under the spell of the incomparable gem, which has long been a royal favourite. www.tatler.com Buccellati announces a major retrospective in Venice The upcoming Buccellati exhibition in Venice, ‘The Prince of Goldsmiths, Rediscovering the Classics’, is produced by Balich Wonder Studio and curated by Alba Cappellieri. www.wallpaper.com What shines in the world of jewellery Add some sparkle to your jewellery box with the best and brightest news and moments to note this

NAJ Reveals Brands Participating in ‘Suppliers’ Showcase’ at the NAJ Summit 2021

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) is pleased to announce an initial list of suppliers that are participating in this year’s  NAJ Summit  and its trade event-style ‘Suppliers’ Showcase’. Download the NAJ Summit Brochure Visiting retailers will have chance to reconnect with the teams at Hockley Mint, Ntinga, CW Sellors, Clarity Jewellery, Cadfolio, Fei Liu, GVUK Design, Code by Edge, Mireya, Lucy Quatermaine, Goodman Bros., Ruppenthal, LBJ Jewellery, Angel Whisperer, TI SENTO – Milano and Headline Sponsor, Continental UK, across all three days of the event. Garry Lane, NAJ’s Commercial Manager overseeing the Supplier Showcase says: “We’re delighted to be

Bishopsland Launch £2.5M Capital Fundrasing Campaign

Bishopsland has announced today a new fundraising campaign ahead of its imminent relocation to the National Trust Buscot and Coleshill Estate in South Oxfordshire. The Bishopsland Educational Trust is taking out a 30 year lease on a 7,750sq ft historic Grade II listed derelict building to create a new home for Bishopsland, to develop spacious workshops, dedicated machine/hammering rooms, flexible creative and digital working areas, incubation workshops, offices, meeting facilities and accommodation. The organisation is due to commence activities on site from summer 2024. The Bishopsland Educational Trust is inviting visionary founding partners, dedicated funders, forwardthinking corporate sponsors and those

The Rock Crystal Exhibition At The Cluny Museum: Explore This Fascinating Material Through Time And Space

The Rock Crystal Exhibition At The Cluny Museum: Explore This Fascinating Material Through Time And Space From 26 September 2023 to 14 January 2024 Paris Rock crystal has fascinated every civilisation since time immemorial for its mysterious translucence. From 26 September 2023 to 14 January 2024, the Musée de Cluny – Musée National du Moyen Âge will be taking visitors on a journey through the history of crystal from the present day to the Middle Ages and beyond. During medieval times in particular, this colourless quartz was a much coveted material for making tableware and other precious items such as

News Edit: 15 July 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   The Most Jaw-Dropping Jewellery Presented At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Vogue: Despite the riots in France last weekend, Paris was relatively calm by the onset of haute couture week on Monday. www.vogue.co.uk The Jewels That Keep You Looking Chic And Cool In Summer Forbes: I usually like it hot. In winter, I dress in layers, sleep in cashmere and hang out in down slippers that might be suitable for Alaska. www.forbes.com Jewellery industry urged to see the light on sustainability FT: A recent global summit offered warnings

News Edit: 10 November 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   The best jewels from the autumn collections The Times: Form an orderly queue, please, for this season’s striped treasures, says Jessica Diamond. www.thetimes.co.uk Boucheron Acquires High Jewellery Workshop Near Place Vendôme GJEPC: Boucheron has recently acquired a high jewellery workshop, renowned for its excellent expertise in traditional craftsmanship as part of its ongoing growth and development strategy. gjepc.org From the coronation to the state opening of parliament, how do jewellery designers use the royals to inspire their craftsmanship? Tatler: As the King and Queen make their annual visit

PAN Amsterdam

PAN Amsterdam The largest national art fair 19 - 26 November 2023 in the Netherlands Mark Grol, the Managing Director PAN Amsterdam: "I am incredibly proud of the variety of exhibitors at this 36th edition; many new, young gallery owners are standing alongside trusted international art dealers. All 120 spaces have been filled with exhibitors from the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, the UK and Italy. They represent some of the finest of modern and contemporary art, design and photography, as well as a strong representation of old masters, 19th-century paintings, silver, Asian art and, for the first

Journey into Crystal with L'École Van Cleef & Arpels

Journey into Crystal with L'École Van Cleef & Arpels How much do you know about rock crystal? The "Journey into Crystal" exhibition currently presented at the Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Âge, where this conference will be filmed, is an incredible opportunity to discover this fascinating, transparent material. Found as far back as 5,000 BC, notably in the form of pearls, rock crystal is the most widespread variety of quartz (hyaline quartz). Its name comes from the Greek word "krustallos" meaning "ice", which has long been attributed to a divine creation, and has contributed to enriching the collective

News Edit: 7 July 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Neons, leopard print and jewels: it’s pure maximalism for men at Dior The Telegraph: Say goodbye to quiet luxury – Kim Jones' new collection fuses Gen-Z futurism with storied classicism. www.telegraph.co.uk Jewellery worth £20,000 to be sold at Goldsmiths North in Sheffield next month Yorkshire Post: Jewellery worth up to £20,000 will be on display and up for sale at a specialist three-day selling fair in Yorkshire next month. www.yorkshirepost.co.uk How to wear holiday jewellery this summer SCMP: Have fun in the sun with Jacquie Aiche’s lapis lazuli

News Edit: 5 November 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Scottish designers tell us about showcasing their work at the Elements Festival of gold, silver and jewellery Scotsman: It’s an opportunity to pick up some cutting-edge creations. www.scotsman.com Bulgari’s past and future meet as artists interpret Serpenti for Milan exhibition Wallpaper: Bulgari exhibition ‘75 Years of Infinite Tales’ (until 19 November 2023) sees artists interpret the Serpenti collection, in mediums from robotic performance to sculpture. www.wallpaper.com Silver Jewellery Is Officially Back In The Spotlight Vogue: The Princess of Wales, Beyoncé and a new collection by Tiffany & Co.

News Edit: 26 February 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Stolen Jewels, Now on Display NY Times: The British Museum recovered more than 350 ancient artifacts that were looted from its store rooms and is putting some on show. www.nytimes.com The collaborations with artists breathing fresh life into the world of jewellery Spears WMS: Contemporary collections blur the line between art and adornment. spearswms.com Tooth fairy gifts children $100 bills and designer jewellery SKY: Not only has the amount of money children receive for losing a tooth increased, but some parents are also leaving a gift under the pillow.

V&A P&O Makower Trust Commission awarded to Na’ama Haneman

The P&O Makower Trust Silver Commission is an exciting opportunity that supports a recently graduated or early career silversmith to create a major piece of silver that will go on display here at the V&A. In October we advertised a call for entries, inviting applications for the next commission and, following interviews, we are very pleased to announce that Na’ama Haneman is the 2023 recipient of the V&A P&O Makower Trust Commission. For over 45 years, the Penelope & Oliver Makower (1974) Trust has commissioned major objects of silver to go on long term loan to national museums throughout the

The John Lewis Partnership Supports Bright Young Gems® 2022 As New Retail Associate Partner

British high street retailer, The John Lewis Partnership, joins the expert line up supporting the Bright Young Gems® 2022 mentoring scheme for graduating jewellery designers.  Bright Young Gems®, now in its sixteenth year, is the highly successful jewellery industry’s mentoring platform designed to discover and nurture new talent whilst providing the winners with their first commercial showcase.  Elena Bergonzi, Jewellery Buyer for John Lewis, will join the winners’ selection judging panel and contribute to the winners’ mentoring sessions with the winning designers and existing associate, the National Association of Jewellers.  Elena Bergonzi says: “We are excited and honoured to be

Jonathan Burton appointed as CEO of Cockpit

Cockpit, London’s leading centre for contemporary craft, have announced that Jonathan Burton has been appointed as CEO. He replaces Annie Warburton, who stepped down in December 2023, and will assume his role at Cockpit in late April 2024.  Immersed in the arts throughout his career, working across opera, fine art and crafts, Jonathan has a strong understanding of craft and making. His experience and engagement in the arts and culture sector is reflected in his marketing roles at Tate and at English National Opera, his eight years as Director of the London Art Fair and six years at London Craft

Trade Shows

Selling work is how businesses survive, and knowing where to sell helps fill the diary with hot spots of commercial activity. We've compliled a list of national and international trade shows and events which are regular dates in the trade diary... Additive Manufacturing Europe  When: June Where: RAI, Amsterdam  This is the business-to-business show for the additive manufacturing / 3D printing industry - with more products, more launches and more live demonstrations! amshow-europe.com Autumn Fair  When:  Annually, September Where: NEC Birmingham Autumn Fair is the season's No.1 gift and home wholesale trade show for the retail industry. Launched in September 1990,

Bench spaces available in West Sussex

Bench spaces available in West Sussex Bench spaces available for rent in new, well equipped, safe and secure jewellery workshop, Sussex Loop Studio, in Patching, West Sussex. Up to 3 spaces available sharing with jeweller and Studio Manager George Sworder. Shared equipment for use include a large Durston rolling mill, polishing machine, rotary tumbler, ultrasonic cleaner, various forming tools. Spacious and bright with lots of natural light. Within the South Downs National Park. Free parking.  Access all hours.  Access to a kitchen. From £180pcm which includes electricity. Contact George:  georgiesworder@gmail.com   07375 930 137

Saltaire Open Village & Makers Fair 2023

Call for Applications: Saltaire Arts Trail 27 – 29 May 2023 Saltaire Saltaire Inspired is committed to inclusion and diversity and particularly encourages applications from artists whose backgrounds and experiences are underrepresented in the visual arts, contemporary craft and design sectors. Saltaire is a location of national and international significance, architecturally and artistically. As well as supporting creativity in Saltaire and its surrounding area, we aim to bring the best of visual art and craft to the World Heritage site, as an inspiration to local practitioners and audiences. Submissions to the Open Village and Saltaire Makers Fair are considered by

News Edit: 25 June 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   FOPE Is The Jewellery Brand You Need In Your Life Elle: Hello easy-to-wear elegance. www.elle.com The Sustainable Jewellery To Invest In Now, According To The A-List Vogue: Investing in statement jewellery is one of the easiest ways to update your wardrobe this summer – but how to ensure that any pieces you purchase don’t have a hugely negative impact on the planet? www.vogue.co.uk Jewellery to shell out on FT: Unleash your inner Ariel this summer. www.ft.com Fine Jewelry for Every Part of Your World W Magazine: Among gadgets

Jonathan Burton appointed as CEO of Cockpit

Cockpit, London’s leading centre for contemporary craft, have announced that Jonathan Burton has been appointed as CEO. He replaces Annie Warburton, who stepped down in December 2023, and will assume his role at Cockpit in late April 2024.  Immersed in the arts throughout his career, working across opera, fine art and crafts, Jonathan has a strong understanding of craft and making. His experience and engagement in the arts and culture sector is reflected in his marketing roles at Tate and at English National Opera, his eight years as Director of the London Art Fair and six years at London Craft

Valuers' Conference Headline Speakers Announced for the NAJ Summit 2024

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) is delighted to announce the headline speakers for this year's Valuers' Conference as part of the NAJ Summit - the Association's annual conference bringing all sectors of membership and the wider trade together to network and learn. The 2024 Valuers' Conference includes a packed roster of presentations, masterclasses and workshops designed for the entire jewellery trade, from jewellery valuers, retailers and sales professionals to students and designers who wish to expand their professional horizons.  Seven expert speakers will deliver their diverse and informative talks on Saturday, 22 June. Branko Deljanin  is recognised internationally as

UK Jewellery, Silverware and Allied Crafts sector meet with MP

On Thursday the 8th February Benchpeg was privileged and honoured to attend, with 23 other senior leaders representing the UK Jewellery, Silverware and Allied Crafts sector, a roundtable discussion with meeting Sir Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Minister for the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) who was on a fact finding mission to learn more about our sector. Facilitated by The National Association of Jewellers, and ably Chaired by CEO Ben Massey, the 24 seats around the table demonstrated the myriad of specialisms which the sector is made up of. Selected individuals gave presentations to Mr Bryant MP

Scottish Goldsmiths Trust announce line up for Marchmont launch

To celebrate the opening of the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshops, the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust has created a day programme on the Saturday 25 March for silversmiths, collectors, curators and industry VIPs to include the formal opening of the workshop, talks, panel discussion and silversmithing demonstrations. Speakers will include Hugo Burge, Director of Marchmont Ventures and Lisa Koenigsberg, President of Initiatives in Art and Culture – New York. The day will offer a rich day of discussion and ample time to enjoy meeting and talking with fellow attendees.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) is establishing The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop as a national

News Edit: 22 October 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   eBay Authentication Guarantee for Fine Jewellery Channel X: eBay UK have announces the expansion of the eBay Authenticity Guarantee programme to include fine jewellery. channelx.world   Ana Khouri On The Layers Of Meaning Behind Her Textured Jewellery Collection, “Raw” Vogue: No one is a better ambassador for her brand than Ana Khouri. When I meet the Brazilian jewellery designer at The Row’s Mayfair boutique – where she’s debuting the latest fine and high jewellery pieces in her “Raw” collection – she’s impeccably dressed in pieces from the Olsen

Government Announces ‘Calls For Views’ For Design & Intellectual Property

Once in a Decade Opportunity for Designers to Influence Design Law Reform “From iconic to everyday design is all around us, improving our lives, providing solutions. Design Matters!” ACID Ambassador Sebastian Conran Following their recent survey on the Designs Framework, the IPO have now also announced a major Call for Views on Design and IP, which is long overdue to support an important UK sector that is a USP on a world stage so eloquently communicated by Danny Boyle in the 2012 London Olympics. Design is a national and international asset for Great Britain and is also an impressive export

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2024

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair  Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 17-20 October 2024 Applications  open 1-28 February Show your work at the most respected contemporary craft fair in the North! Boasting a national reputation, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the premier selling event in the North of England. Showcasing over 150 of the UK’s best designer-makers, all selected for their excellence in their craft, GNCCF2024 will return to Manchester’s stunning Victoria Baths, chosen for the afterparty of the prestigious Chanel's Metier D'Art 2023. We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to put their work in front of an

News Edit: 5 May 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Jewels Belong on People, Not In Safes, Says Maison Boucheron’s Hélène Poulit-Duquesne Barrons: High-jewelry Maison Boucheron originated in mid-19th century Paris, but its designs—and business—have managed to evolve with the times. www.barrons.com The pre-Olympics Paris fashion season will pack a punch Vogue Business: The French capital has been turned into a giant construction site, giving way to concern about venue access. That’s not enough to stop designers putting on their shows. www.voguebusiness.com Why more men are wearing jewellery The Week: Pop culture is boosting interest in earrings and necklaces,

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2023

Call for Applications:  Great  Northern  Contemporary Craft Fair Victoria Baths, Manchester 19-22 October 2023 GNCCFonline Spring: 20-21 May 2023 GNCCFonline Christmas: 2-3 December 2023 Boasting a national reputation, Great  Northern  Events organises the foremost selling fairs in the UK – including the flagship Great  Northern  Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and GNCCFonline . We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to put their work in front of an eager and savvy audience in a way that suits them and their buyers best. “I’ve never participated in any other show that has been such a success for me and my practice.”  

News Edit: 23 January 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Ethical And Eco-Friendly Jewelry Forbes: Jewelry is a classic choice for a Valentine’s Day gift, but it will mean even more if it’s eco-friendly and produced ethically. In fact, if you have someone difficult to shop for this Valentine’s Day, gifting a unique jewelry piece that was produced with fair labor and sustainable environmental practices is a way to win instant points. www.forbes.com Chanel marks 90 years of high jewellery with new 1932 collection The National News: The maison is paying tribute

News Edit: 28 April 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... St Austell jewellery firm is backing two Cornish charities through new collection Voice Newspaper: The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust will benefit. www.voicenewspapers.co.uk Modern & Better Choices and The Impact of Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry Fine Homes and Living: In recent years, the demand for ethical and sustainable jewelry has been on the rise. With growing awareness about the environmental and social impacts of the traditional jewelry industry, customers are beginning to look for better alternatives that align with their values. www.finehomesandliving.com How to change

News Edit: 10 February 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... A new shop selling lab grown jeweller is opening at Mailbox Birmingham - here’s when Birmingham World: Birmingham’s Mailbox is set to welcome a new shop with a focus on some beautiful sustainable jewellery. www.birminghamworld.uk Miley Cyrus Shines in De Beers at the 2024 Grammy Awards Macau Business: De Beers Jewellers natural & ethically sourced diamond jewelry shined on Grammy winner Miley Cyrus at the 66th annual Grammy awards held at the Crypto . com Arena in Los Angeles. www.macaubusiness.com Solitario - World's First Lab-Grown Jewellery Brand Featured on

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: 12 February 2023

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Marchmont House silversmithing national workshop launched Herald Scotland: It was a popular occupation during the 17th and 18th centuries as the upper and middle classes demanded functional and beautiful serving ware and other household goods. www.heraldscotland.com Haute stuff: High Jewellery collections that made headlines in Paris Tatler: Tatler’s Jewellery Editor, Charlie Miller, presents her highlights, from Dior Joaillerie to Graff. www.tatler.com Famous Cheltenham Festival trophy stolen from Sheffield silversmith 6 weeks before race ITV: Police are appealing for information after a famous horse racing trophy was stolen from

Funded residency programme in 2022 / 2023, Cove Park

Funded residency programme in 2022 / 2023, Cove Park Cove Park is pleased to announce the open call for applications to our funded residency programme in 2022 / 2023.  Cove Park's open call is available to all national and international artists, cultural practitioners, and researchers, working individually and collaboratively in all art forms, in the creative industries, and across disciplines. Cove Park’s residencies support individuals at every stage in their careers. Cove Park is pleased to accept applications from those wishing to engage with Cove Park’s first enquiry connected to the environmental crisis. This enquiry-based model – for the production

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

EXPERIENCE Project Penzance, Cornwall Council

Gbp 100k Public Arts Trail Commission: EXPERIENCE Project Penzance, Cornwall Council As part of the EXPERIENCE project, Cornwall Council is looking to  commission an artist/a consortium of artists  to create an  arts trail  along the Marazion - Penzance Coast Path. This is an exceptional opportunity to create an  artistic landmark  of national significance for Cornwall. This arts trail will encourage people to connect with Penzance's cultural and natural assets, providing an opportunity for contemplation, reflection and engagement. We are open to  innovative and bold ideas  and particularly welcome proposals that reflect  outstanding and socially engaged practice.  We expect the artworks

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

Call for Applications: Gifted 19

Call for Applications: Gifted 19 Extended Deadline - National Centre for Craft & Design 7 & Sunday 8 December 2019 We're delighted to announce that our ever popular Contemporary Christmas Market will be taking place on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December 2019. We're on the lookout for quality designer-makers to be at the heart of our festive celebrations and to make 2019 the best Gifted yet! If you would like to be part of our biggest event of the year, then please download an application form here and return it to Katie at shop@nccd.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 31

We Are Commoners

Call for Submissions: We Are Commoners! A Craftspace national touring exhibition launching at Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham in September 2020 “The commons means: Things we share/ Places we share/ Systems we share/ Ideas we share/ Culture we share” Peter Barnes, On the Commons co-founder Craftspace is seeking submissions for We Are Commoners, a contemporary craft exhibition on the theme of ‘the commons’. Following our first callout we have a shortlist of artists and are currently oversubscribed for textiles, but continue to seek work in other applied arts disciplines. The exhibition will highlight acts of ‘commoning’ that are shaping the

50 Years of Irish Craft Nominations

Nominate your #IrishCraftHero National Design & Craft Gallery (NDCG) are inviting nominations of makers who have significantly impacted craft in Ireland, for a new touring exhibition reflecting on the evolution of craft and design in Ireland from 1971 – 2021. The project marks 50 years of Irish craft practice to coincide with Design & Crafts Council Ireland celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Having been formed 1971 as Crafts Council, the organisation has led the development of sector for five decades, nurturing the growth of craft business in Ireland and creating opportunities to support makers expand internationally. NDCG is producing this major

Simone ten Hompel to discuss Glenmorangie Commission

Silversmith Simone ten Hompel will discuss her major commission for the National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new piece of contemporary metal artwork inspired by the museum’s early medieval collections. Regarded as one of the most inventive metalsmiths of her generation, of international repute, and one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed craft artists, Simone ten Hompel is one of the foremost metal practitioners in the UK. Working within this medium for over 40 years, she is known for her metalwork and sculptures that subvert our ideas of domesticity and navigate the metaphorical depth of everyday vessels [youtube

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

'The Market for Craft' research report published

The Crafts Council and a national partnership of 8 organisations, Arts Council of Wales ,  Contemporary Visual Arts Network ,  Craft Northern Ireland ,  Craft Scotland , Crafts Council,  Creative Scotland ,  Creative United ,  The Goldsmiths’ Company ,  Great Northern Events/Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair , have launched the first report into the consumer market for British craft in over a decade. The main finding that craft sales exceeded £3 billion in 2019 in the Market for Craft Report . The first report to identify and gauge appetite for British craft for over a decade reveals our passion for

Allum & Sidaway Jewellers Open Bridal Boutique

Allum & Sidaway jewellers are celebrating the launch of their new venture; a beautiful wedding dress boutique situated on the 1st floor of their Salisbury showroom. Stocking a range of coveted national and international designers, the Bridal boutique pairs dresses and accessories with jewellery and gifts for all the bridal party.  Helping couples to find their perfect wedding rings is such a privilege and now we can offer a true destination store for exquisite rings, gifts and gowns. MD Jason Allum said; We are very excited to launch A&S Bridal. We are always on the lookout for new ideas and

Rising Stars 2021: Call For Early Career Makers

Rising Stars 2021: Call For Early Career Makers Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing your work and how

'Curated Courtyard' Commission

'Curated Courtyard' Commission Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service which brings together cultural, educational

Modular Furniture Piece Commission

Modular Furniture Piece Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

Q&A: Sooryia Tharayil and Hina Israr

Sooryia Tharayil and Hina Israr are the joint Founders of fine jewellery brand Zaabel. Sooryia graduated with top honours from   India’s prestigious design institute - National Institute of Fashion Technology and has previously worked with renowned design houses and Indian jewelry brands. Hina spent a decade in the investment banking and private equity sector, before an overwhelming need for creativity compelled her to begin the Zaabel journey, spurred on by a childhood fascination of the Gold Souks. Zaabel is founded on the principle that there is tangible chemistry between a woman and her jewelry; together the pair design delicate, contemporary jewellery

Decorative Iron Gates Commission

Decorative Iron Gates Commission, The Amelia Scott Building Supported by Arts Council England, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council invite artists to submit ambitious and exciting proposals to create one or more of seven large-scale artworks in response to the launch of their major capital commissioning programme for The Amelia Scott Building. Each artwork will become part of the fabric of the new and redeveloped buildings that comprise The Amelia Scott in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Funded using generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, The Amelia Scott will house a unified service

Handwerk & Design 2020

Call for Applications: Handwerk & Design 2020 11 - 15 March 2020 Munich, Germany Distinctive, one of a kind items, wearable works of art, clear statements: SCHMUCK unites outstanding works from the author's jewellery sector. More than 900 goldsmiths and jewellery designers from,65 countries have applied to be part of the renowned special exhibition at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich 2020. You want to exhibit at Handwerk & Design? Apply now to take part in the biggest and most important forum for contemporary handicraft in the field of applied arts and crafts in the German-speaking region. National and international visitors

Experience the magic of a Jewellery Quarter Christmas from home!

With over 50 participating businesses, this year’s Christmas Window Trail was set to turn Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter into a true winter wonderland. However, as the country has entered its second national lockdown, they are bringing the magic of the JQ’s streets to you so you don’t miss out on the festive fun!  Browse all the window displays from the comfort of your home and vote for your favourite for a chance to win a JQ Prize Bundle which includes artisanal chocolates, silver earrings, a whisky testing set, vouchers to use in local businesses & more! Vote for your favourite display

Q&A: Stephen Bottomley

Stephen Bottomley is a Jewellery Designer, Academic and Researcher and  will take up position as the new Head of School at the School of Jewellery Birmingham this Spring. Formerly he was the Head of Department and Programme Director of BA & MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. Up until recently he was also Director Post Graduate Research in the School of Design, the Chair of RAFT an Interdisciplinary Network at ECA and on the Board of Craft Scotland. Stephen's jewellery is represented in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal

NAJ Issues preliminary guidance for Jewellery Retailers

The National Association of Jewellers has today published guidance to help jewellery stores across the UK and Ireland make preparations for when ‘lockdown’ is lifted. The guidance  which is presented as ‘non-exhaustive’ is the first of a number of versions the trade body will be making over the coming weeks. Broken down into 4 key areas of start safe, store safe, task safe and home safe, the Association stipulates that the ‘safety and wellbeing of all staff and customers is number one priority, and therefore it is important that virus control restrictions continue to limit transmission’. Speaking about the guidance,

Ananya Releases 'Mogra' Collection, inspired by the Jasmine Blossom

Jasmine is the national flower of no less than six countries. Renowned for it's symbolism in culture and religion, the jasmine blossom is a emblem of unity and divine hope; especially throughout India.  Often conceptually rooted in Indian spirituality, it's no surprise then that Ananya's new collection explores and honours the humble jasmine blossom. The woman behind the eponymous brand spent time in workshops all over India, studying indigenous jewellery making traditions, and  collaborated with one of India’s leading jewellery houses, Amrapali. Continuing her exploration of jewels and gemmology with a GG at the GIA, it's easy to see these

AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair 2019

AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair 2109 20 – 21st April 2019 National Theatre Bucharest, Romania “Beauty never sleeps” How do you evaluate the beauty of a jewelry? Should a piece of jewelry be beautiful so that we become more beautiful? What do you say? Autor Contemporary Jewelry International Fair aims at answering with 100 designers coming from four continents and bringing over 2000 pieces of jewelry. Beauty can be disruptive. AUTOR 2019 puts the spotlight on the innate relationship between jewelry and beauty. It challenges you to see beyond the limits of your regular beliefs and to express your beauty

Oh I do like to be by the seaside!

Blazing sunshine, warm tropical breezes and a national shortage of fruity ciders on the supermarket shelves can only mean one thing...Britain has been hit with a wave of unusual summer weather! With temperatures rising to record highs, it's not just nature that is throwing it back to fonder days, old school jewellery has also made a welcome comeback for the second summer running. Last Spring, preteen jewellery of cowrie shells and pukka shell bracelets dominated the must-have list of accessories and this year, it's back - only bigger, better and juicier than ever! It appears that every designer has jumped

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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

JewelryAround at Palakiss Winter 2020 during VicezaOro

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Q&A: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is joint owner of Reading's oldest independent retail jewellery shop, Jacobs the Jewellers . The business has won accolades such as Winner: UK 'Jewellery Retailer of the Year' 2015; Inspiring Independent 2015; Independent Retailer of the Year 2015; Inspiring Independent 2013; Independent Retailer of the Year 2013 and Inspiring Independent 2012. Before joining the family business Adam had worked at Head Office, Marks & Spencer Plc and then at Evidently, a boutique marketing agency in London. Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from Bath University. Adam is a member of the National Association of Jewellers and is

Q&A: Dan Dower

Dan Dower is the Co-Founder and Design Director at Dower & Hall, the company he established in 1990 with wife Diane Hall. The well known independent British jewellery brand has two standalone stores in London and Glasgow, has concessions in top UK department stores and are stocked up and down the country by over 100 independent retail outlets. Dan heads up the design and bespoke element of the Dower and Hall business. A graduate of Middlesex University's Jewellery Degree course, he is a  member of the National Association of Jewellers, a Freeman of the Goldsmith Company and City of London, and

Appointment: Dr Frances Parton new Deputy Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company

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The NAJ Awards

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Call for Applications Hothouse 2019

Call for Applications: Hothouse 2019 Crafts Council  Applications are now open for Hothouse, a programme of creative and business development, which provides talented new makers with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful creative business. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018 and the programme starts in Jaunary 2019. Hothouse is unique in being a nationally recruiting programme which takes place at a series of leading centres of craft activity around the country, maximising opportunities for you to broaden horizons and build diverse networks. This national outlook is balanced with a personalised approach to learning. The workshop and

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,

Bounded + Unlimited Contemporary Jewellery

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The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

ILJ KickStart winners announced

The lives and careers of six talented young jewellery designers are poised for lift off after they were selected as beneficiaries of the 2018 IJL KickStart initiative. Chosen for their 'strongly individual stories' the six will get premium exhibition spots at International Jewellery London 2018 in addition to a raft of marketing and business tips from ILJ and their sponsors The National Association of Jewellers to fast track their young careers. The benefits of winning this accolade will ensure they get a head start in what has become a challenging and tricky commercial environment. These benfits include a mentoring package,

Mari Funaki Award Announce 2018 Winners

Benedikt Fischer, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery in the Established category for his series of five Pearly Whites brooches, made from shell, mother of pearl, remanium and sculpey. Benedikt receives A$8000 (£4,379.78) and his work will enter the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (subject to approval of the Board of Trustees). The judges said of this work: "What stands out in these pieces is the freshness and humour, as well as the incredible material resolution and skill. It’s difficult to work with shell and create something that isn’t

Appointments: Simon Forrester appointed new NAJ CEO

Association Chief Executive Simon Forrester has been confirmed as the new CEO for the National Association of Jewellers. Simon is a successful trade association leader, with over 22 years’ experience in strategic-level association management. Extremely well regarded by his peers, Simon has previously won the award of Trade Association Chief Executive of the Year in 2016 and his most recent association, The British Pest Control Association, has received several awards and nominations under his leadership. He has a track record of delivering increased member benefits, training courses, governance reviews, best practice and a substantial code of conduct linked to purchaser

Made London 2017

Made London 2017 19 - 22 October 2017 MADE LONDON – Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. One Marylebone is a stunning former church designed by Sir John Soane. With sweeping staircases, incredible chandeliers and light and spacious characterful rooms, it’s the perfect backdrop for showcasing high end craft and design. Soane Hall has incredible height, lovely ceilings and the beautiful original

Call for Applications: JOYA Barcelona 2018

Call for Applications: JOYA Barcelona 2018 JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects is the main art jewellery and art objects event in Spain. Gathering a great number of independent artists as well as related organizations, schools and other entities, JOYA, in its 10th edition prepares to present excellence and innovation in contemporary art jewellery and objects. About the Event JOYA is held during Barcelona Jewellery Week. Its goal is to promote national and international artists through exhibition and communication, support jewellery and help open up an artistic market that has remained under exploited until now. Moreover, JOYA is a platform

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

IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

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

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales

Call for Trustees: The Makers Guild in Wales The Makers Guild in Wales is a national applied art and craft membership organisation based in Cardiff, Wales. The organisation exists to engage and inspire audiences as a centre of excellence for Craft and applied art, and to champion Welsh craft makers. Our core purpose is to Inspire, Support and Celebrate. Inspiring craft engagement - The Guild inspires engagement and learning about contemporary craft, by providing opportunities for audiences and artists to experience contemporary applied art and craft in Wales. Supporting Welsh craft makers- The Guild is a membership organisation of Welsh

*Final Call* Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market 2018

*Final Call* Call for Applications: Gifted 18 Contemporary Christmas Market Stallholders The National Centre for Craft & Design Come and be part of our special Contemporary Christmas Market weekend on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December. NCCD invites you to apply to take part in Gifted and welcomes applications from designer/makers of all disciplines of high quality British contemporary craft and design, and makers and suppliers of high quality specialist local food produce. The makers and food producers of Gifted are the reason our much loved event has grown over the years.  This year we are making a number of

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

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

The Scottish Silversmith Adrian Hope

The Scottish Silversmith Adrian Hope Adrian Hope is one of the UK’s finest contemporary silversmiths who specialises in refined, traditional techniques. An established silversmith since 1980, now based in The Scottish Borders, Adrian creates beautiful, classic pieces that are both sculptural and functional. Public Collections include: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen; The Museum of Edinburgh; Bute House Collection, Edinburgh; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow; Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Edinburgh Exhibition Run 6 January - 3 February 2018 Venue The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas St, Edinburgh

Get to know IJL's six winning Kickstarters for 2018

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

Appointment: Scott Williams Appointed NAJ’s New Head of Membership

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has appointed Scott Williams, previously the association’s Membership Services Officer, to fulfil the Head of Membership position. Scott will lead the Membership team based in the Birmingham office and travel across the UK to raise awareness of the association and its services. NAJ Chairman, Simon Johnson commented: “Since joining the association Scott has streamlined the administration process in the Membership department, his due diligence and sparkling personality have gone down well with members. Having excelled in his previous role, we are thrilled to offer Scott the opportunity to lead the Membership team and meet

Hush Hush! The Crown Jewels London Debunked

The world-famous coronation regalia known as the ‘Crown Jewels’ are a magnificent collection of ceremonial and sacred objects of immeasurable importance and wealth, symbolising British royal power. As part of the Royal Collection, the Crown Jewels hold a rich cultural and religious significance to the British Monarchy. Stored and displayed in The Jewel House at The Tower of London since 1661, the collection of royal regalia boasting 23,578 precious jewels is still regularly used by the Queen in National ceremonies today as well as drawing in visitors from across the globe. Held by the Queen of Sovereign, the Crown Jewels

Courses in Jewellery or Silversmithing

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity.... Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National Careers

Jewellery Courses

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity....   Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National

NAJ preview new website at IJL

The National Association of Jewellers will reveal the NAJ’s new brand identity and showcase its much-improved website, due to launch later this year. Members of the trade are invited to stop by for an interactive website demonstration. Visitors and exhibitors alike will benefit from one-to-one advice from our Intellectual Property Lawyers and video marketing specialists as well as HMRC, specialist high value experts. Companies’ signing up to membership at the show will benefit from no joining fee, saving up to £120. Individuals and companies enrolling on a JET course at IJL will also save 10%.  Budding entrepreneurs will be able

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

News Edit: 2 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Why rock’n’roll jeweller Stephen Webster is a national treasure GQ: Just as Andy Warhol took soup tins and turned them into art, so Stephen Webster has done with his work, transforming the most mundane of articles into jewellery, and the ideal. www.gq-magazine.co.uk   Gems Are This Man’s Best Friend: Danilo Giannoni, Founder Of Arte Oro Prestige: The Valenza-trained jeweller brings Italian craftsmanship to Singapore with his new state-of-the-art atelier. prestigeonline.com   SKINCREDIBLE? Skin-growth jewellery is the bonkers new beauty trend that Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen are loving… and we

Jewellery Courses

Knowing where to study to embark on a career, to up-skill, or simply to persue a hobby can be a bit daunting. We've compiled a list of higher education providers, professional development opportunities for lifelong learning and international institutions... There are a number of useful organisations who might be able to provide further information about career pathways, craft, design and creativity....   Useful websites: Hotcourses www.hotcourses.com Floodlight www.floodlight.co.uk Compare different University Jewellery courses university.which.co.uk UCAS search tool ucas.com Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk Creative Choices ccskills.org.uk D&AD www.dandad.org Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk NAJ: Jewellery Education & Training www.najeducation.co.uk National

Richard Seager Arts Award Commission 2018

Richard Seager Arts Award Commission 2018 In 2018, Butterfly Conservation will celebrate their 50th anniversary as the national charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths. As part of events being held to celebrate this milestone, the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award is delighted that Butterfly Conservation has agreed to be the recipient of the 2018 commission. This is a charity which Richard Seager supported for many years, and would also have marked his 100th birthday – an event he would be very annoyed to have missed. Butterfly Conservation has decided that the most appropriate commission would be a

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

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

Orkney Jewellery Designer Re-Creates Rare Pictish Necklace

A young Orkney jewellery designer has re-created a rare, 1,400-year-old Pictish necklace, the original of which is kept within the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Zoe Davidson crafted her 1kg solid silver version of the famous Whitecleugh Chain, discovered in Lanarkshire in 1869, after a personal commission from Orkney archaeology tour guide, Caz Mamwell. The original chain, thought to date from between 400 and 800AD, is comprised of 44 silver rings, interlinked into 22 pairs. “The Whitecleugh Chain is full of mystery as nobody really knows who wore it, when they wore it, or how they even made it,”

Jet Business Network Congress 2017

How do you unlock the value of staff? No business should be an island when we can share experiences to enable us to be more successful. This year’s National Association of Jewellers' Jet Business Network Congress looks at how to unlock the value of your staff. Consisting of, shaping a company’s culture to foster an engaged workforce, coaching and rewarding staff and managing inconsistent performance. The congress attracts NAJ members from all over the UK, and is open to non-members for the first time this year.  This year 6 key speakers have been handpicked to share their experiences and methodologies.

Jerwood Makers Open

Following a national call which elicited 271 submissions, Sam Bakewell, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Jessica Harrison, Marcin Rusak and Laura Youngson Coll have been selected for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, a unique commissioning opportunity recognising the most exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts. Each artist will receive an award of £7,500 to realise and make new work. The resulting work will be shown in a group exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space in London from 28 June –27 August 2017, before touring nationally. Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity encouraging ambitious and/or radical proposals

Buy Me 2018

Call for Applications: Buy Me Christmas Craft Cabinets call for applications from local designers, makers, artists and craftspeople. We are looking for applications from local designers, makers, artists and craftspeople who would like their work to be considered for display and sale within our craft cabinets, throughout the Christmas period. Brampton Museum, in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, is known for selling quality handmade art and crafts, to suit all budgets, and we sell work from both local and national artists. The work will be displayed in our crafts cabinets, alongside our Christmas exhibitions in the main gallery, hall gallery and

Need for flexible working may underpin gender pay gap

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

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews at The National Centre for Craft & Design - Sleaford If you are a designer/maker seeking critical feedback on your work or if you are a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner, then this for you! Book a free 45 minute one-to-one session with one of Design Factory’s resident craft and design experts and receive advice on product development and exhibiting or selling work. These sessions are suitable for everyone at any stage of business and creative practice and offer vital advice and critical feedback to guide ongoing development and growth. Dates

Programme Manager - Creative Metalwork

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UK Pavilion - Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

Call for Applications: UK Pavilion Hong Kong International Jewellery Show British Jewellery & Giftware International in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers will once again be organising a group pavilion at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March 2018, with support from the Department for International Trade.  In 2017 this major international trade show featured approximately 2,580 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions presenting their products to some 52,000 visitors. Stand Size For 2018 the UK pavilion retains its enviable front of hall location in Hall 5G.   Standard booth sizes are 9sqm.     Show Dates 1-5

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

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Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 Public Exhibition

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

Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award Winners Retrospective Exhibition

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

Could 2018 mark new crypto era for UK jewellers?

Attempts to persuade UK gold dealers and jewellers to embrace the cryptocurrency Dash in their business plans in 2018 could enjoy a surge of activity following the award of 'wallets' of digital cash to 10 jewellers around the country. As part of a project to promote wider use of digital currency among retailers, a market survey, conducted in conjunction with the National Association of Jewellers last November, asked 2200 NAJ about their plans for the future use of Dash, an alternative to Bitcoin. A total of 201 companies responded, including some of the largest UK firms in the sector, many of them

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds

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The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Other Mountain: Contemporary Jewellery from China The National Centre for Craft & Design is a unique and ambitious gallery that seeks to exhibit the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today. The Other Mountain showcases an innovative jewellery collection from contemporary Chinese jewellers. The exhibition title stems from the ancient Chinese art of Jade carving, with Jade carvers typically perceived as the aristocrats of Chinese jewellery making. Traditionally, Jade that was mined from one mountain had to be cut using stone from another mountain. In the same way as the Jade was cut with stone from another mountain,

A Mining Statue - Doncaster

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council seeks to commission an experienced artist to design and implement a high quality figurative statue, cast in bronze. We are looking to establish a work of local, regional and national significance, of the highest artistic standards and quality, in the heart of the Town Centre to commemorate and celebrate Doncaster’s mining heritage. Aims and Objectives This project seeks to achieve the following objectives: The work must be both in keeping with the requirements of an ambitious and forward looking town, and a fitting tribute to Doncaster’s rich industrial heritage. Significant engagement and consultation with mining communities

The Scotland Craft & Design Pavilion, Craft Scotland as part of London Design Fair

First ever Scottish pavilion at London Design Fair. More than 20 cutting edge craft makers have been selected for a showcase of Scottish excellence at the London Design Fair. It will be the first time Scotland has had its own pavilion at the prestigious four-day event and aims to raise the international profile of its talent in everything from ceramics, lighting and jewellery to glass, furniture and textiles. The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion is an initiative between Craft Scotland (the national agency for craft) and Emergents, a community interest company supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the

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Made London - Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair where the very best of national and international designer-makers present and sell their work to the public. Over 120 exhibitors across all media (ceramics, wood, silver, gold, glass, textiles and more) showcase their original, unique and exceptional work to the capital. A friendly, relaxed, highest quality contemporary craft and design fair, where the makers themselves meet the public to discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects, enabling maker / consumer relationships. Work can be bought at the fair or commissions can be taken. One Marylebone is a stunning

Christmas Arrives At Nicholas Wylde

Jewellery designer Nicholas Wylde recognises the importance of striking and eye-catching window display designs having worked diligently over the year to ensure that their displays are fresh, innovative and changing with the seasons. Their latest Christmas display reflects this well, with vibrantly coloured baubles and advertising posters. Nicholas works very closely with his sister Corrinda who designs all of the companies window displays for both Bath and Bristol branches with her unique artistic eye. Nicholas’ window displays have won local and national awards and in 2017 he celebrates 30 years in business and says :“Our displays are very important to

Moor Otter Commission

In 2017 Dartmoor National Park is undertaking a public arts initiative, the model will be a 3 foot tall Moor Otter - primed and ready to paint. We are now calling for artists, craft makers, designers etc to submit a design submission for one of the 100 Moor Otters.    To Apply The application process is quite simple. You submit a proposed design on or before Friday 11th November 2016, at 17h00 .  All designs will be reviewed by our expert ‘Selection Panel’ on Friday 18th November '16.  If selected, you will receive a 3 foot tall fibreglass & resin Otter,

IJL KickStart 2017

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

Lustre 2017

Call for Applications - Lustre 2017 Nottingham Lakeside Arts has announced that applications are now open for Lustre 2017. Lustre is the premier annual selling opportunity for contemporary, innovative craft in the midlands. Exhibiting here is your chance to reach the discerning crafts consumer and to tap into the lucrative pre-Christmas gift market. Lustre provides an exceptionally high-quality retail experience. It attracted over 3,000 visitors in 2016. A comprehensive marketing strategy ensures a consistently high profile for the event amongst key identified markets, and it is successful in attracting both regional and national press coverage. Lustre prides itself on providing

ReRooted and Nourish 2017

Artistic Commission - ReRooted and Nourish 2017, Yorkshire & Humber Visual arts Network (YVAN) Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network wishes to commission an artist to create a work in response to the live and media arts festival ReROOTed taking place at the Humber Street Gallery, Hull, from 24-26 March, then present the work at YVAN’s Nourish 2017 regional conversation in Autumn this year. YVAN aims to provide a voice for the region’s Visual Arts sector.  It is funded by Arts Council England and is a regional partner of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network. About Nourish 2017 Nourish 2017

The 2016 Benevolent Society Ball Sparkled

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

Small Awards

The Small Awards are a new awards body dedicated to celebrating small businesses across the UK. With 5.5 million small businesses in the UK, there are huge numbers of small businesses doing great things that may not be recognised by awards due to geography, scale or even awareness of the benefits such awards can bring. The Small Awards will change that! All applications will receive feedback with all shortlisted businesses receiving free national PR and an invite to the fabulous awards ceremony. The Awards are: High Street Hero Best high street business Bricks and Clicks Award Best multi-channel small business

Our history

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

School of Jewellery Students Impress With Halo Designs

Three second year students studying for a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery have been shortlisted as finalists in an annual design competition run by Birmingham-based casting house, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company Weston Beamor. The brief for this year’s Live Project was to design a halo engagement ring and a fitted wedding band to sit alongside it.  All designs had to include a primary gemstone or pearl, mounted in precious metal. Students were asked to tailor their designs towards 25-35 year olds. Three potential winners – Ruth Hallows, Bethany

Made in the Middle: Contemporary Craft from the Midlands

Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, glass, jewellery, metalwork and textiles.  Selected by an expert panel through open entry, it promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong recent regional connection. Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace  and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration The National Centre for Craft & Design. A recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands, this is the eighth exhibition in

Miracca London Launch New White Label Collection

Miracca London is to present its national launch of an all new, cohesive wholesale offering created by jewellery craftsman David Miracca and designed by fine jewellery designer Guy Robertson.  The dynamic young team have combined their expertise to produce a refreshingly new offering of commercial fine jewellery, engagement and bridal collections, and show-stopping one off pieces featuring rare and important stones as a white label collection. The collection will be showcased as part of IJL this week, 4 – 6 September at Olympia, Stand C29. davidmiracca.com Author:  Published: 

Carmarthen School of Art - Coleg Sir Gâr

Established in 1965, the Foundation programme at  Carmarthen  has a national reputation for excellence. It offers learners the opportunity to explore a diverse range of  art  and design options to enable them, through experience, to make an informed choice about future education, training and employment progression.   HERITAGE Carmarthen School of Art has been providing Art education since 1854, being one of the first Art Schools set up in Britain following the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in London. The School has been continually evolving ever since, responding to social, creative and cultural developments and the changing needs of its

The Benchpeg Awards 2016: Winners Announced

This week in partnership with the Make Your Mark event held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London we held the Benchpeg Awards 2016. The event, which included a showcase exhibition, evening awards reception and awards conferment, was a culmination of months of planning, nearly 150 entries to the competition and a glittering array of prizes. Awards Showcase The event kicked off with a showcase which was open to the public, at Goldsmiths’ Hall, home of the London Assay Office, of the 19 shortlisted entries which had been selected by a panel of independent judges from 147 national entries. The Shortlist The

Harriet Kelsall Awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year'

This week jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall was awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year' at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. Trailblazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business gathered at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the grand final to celebrate each other’s achievements in what is one of the country’s biggest ever searches for successful women in business. Harriet founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in bespoke jewellery design, with over 20 national and

Deadline Extended: Gifted 2017

National Centre for Craft and Design's successful Christmas market will return in December and kicks off an exciting programme of seasonal activities at NCCD. Following on from the success last year, they will be throwing open their doors for a two day contemporary Christmas event. During this special advent weekend the craft market 'Gifted' will host makers from across the UK selling high quality jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and tableware. The food market will offer a variety of local and specialist food and there will be a family focused programme of workshops, demonstrations, musicians and exhibitions. Gifted has grown into

Harriet Kelsall wins Cambridge's ‘Independent Retailer of the Year' Gong

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has won the ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ gong at the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2017. Leading businesses from across the city recently gathered for a gala dinner in the Great Hall, Kings College where Justin Webb of BBC Radio Four announced the winners.  Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery opened the doors of its Green Street Studio and Shop in May 2005, and since then it has grown from strength to strength, winning a multitude of national awards. The business was praised by a panel of judges for pioneering bespoke jewellery on the UK high street.

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017

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

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... West Dean  West Dean is world-renowned for its training in arts, crafts, conservation and design with campuses located in the tranquil Sussex countryside and central London’s thriving Bloomsbury district. Study industry-leading degrees and diplomas and short courses with exceptional teaching, industry connections, flexible learning options, and career support. Courses in metalwork range from making to conservation. You can expect a strong emphasis on developing good hand skills underpinned by theoretical study. Students in all programmes are encouraged to understand historic

Makers and Brewers Fair 2017

Call for Applications: Makers at White Mill Rural Heritage Centre Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair 2017 Following on from the first successful Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair 2015, we’re back with a weekend celebrating the White Mill Rural Heritage Centre, and the launch of MAKERS, a project space at the White Mill offering; locally roasted coffee and beer from local microbreweries, and a performance and making space with a programme of events and workshops. It’ll be a place to meet, share, make, drink, eat cake and discuss. For National Mills Weekend the Bakers, Makers & Brewers Fair is back and

Spring Fling 2017

Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.    In Autumn 2015 Spring Fling CIC evolved to become  Upland CIC , a bold, ambitious, world-class rural based visual art and craft development organisation. Spring Fling is Upland's Flagship Event. Dumfries and Galloway; inspiring, vibrant and buzzing with creativity is a well recognised as a haven for artists and makers and Spring Fling has helped put the region on the national

Gifted 2017

National Centre for Craft and Design's successful Christmas market will return in December and kicks off an exciting programme of seasonal activities at NCCD. Following on from the success last year, they will be throwing open their doors for a two day contemporary Christmas event. During this special advent weekend the craft market 'Gifted' will host makers from across the UK selling high quality jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and tableware. The food market will offer a variety of local and specialist food and there will be a family focused programme of workshops, demonstrations, musicians and exhibitions. Gifted has grown into a

Makers Market

The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 2017. A key event within the Festival of Making is a weekend Makers Market situated in Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. The Makers Market is a collaboration between Festival producers, Deco Publique and guest curators, Hopeful and Glorious who bring their unique perspective to the market seeking out a great mix of makers and designers from across the region. Hopeful and Glorious will curate a showcase of artists, makers and designers who have been selected for the quality and originality of their

Sparkle With Silver Christmas Tree Decorations

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

Made in the Middle: Contemporary Craft from the Midlands - Coventry

Featuring 32 makers, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. Promoting the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands, the exhibition is a great opportunity to purchase and commission work. Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design. Made in the Middle is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme. Dates: 2 December 2016 - 19 February 2017 Venue: The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum,  Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP madeinthemiddle.craftspace.co.uk

British Fashion Council Launches British High-End Manufacturers Database

Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council and Professor Christopher Moore, Director of the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University have  launched the British Fashion Council’s new  British High-End Manufacturers Database. The national database of UK-based manufacturers aims to make it easier for designers to form supply chain relationships and reach production units. The British High-End Manufacturers Database  is the first milestone of 2017 for the BFC’s Positive Fashion initiative. In March 2015 the BFC and a working group comprising of M&S, UKFT, Creative Skillset, The Alliance Project and Centre for Fashion Enterprise worked alongside independent specialists

3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful In partnership with the University of Lincoln, The National Centre for Craft & Design presents a thought provoking exhibition exploring 3D printing technology. The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful, urated by Bryony Windsor, Head of Exhibitions for NCCD, in partnership with Professor Anne Chick for the University of Lincoln, celebrates innovation, poses ethical questions and considers the future of the manufacturing process. Works on display explore the innovative, political, social and environmental aspects of 3D printing. The show highlights that whilst the process is opening up new creative possibilities for makers, the

Large Scale Art Installation, Boomtown Festival UK Ltd

Commissioning Opportunity for Large Scale Art Installation Boomtown Festival UK Ltd Boomtown Fair are looking for Artists who can interpret the following brief and submit proposals for a Large scale Outdoor Art Installation to be positioned up on a hilltop look out point looking out over the festival. The space is green field, an Area of outstanding natural beauty in the South Downs National Park. We would like a sculptural Art installation to contain the following elements Providing  welcoming safe space for festival goers to enjoy a moment of calm and reflection away from the hustle and bustle of the

Weston Beamor’s Marathon Man

Ed Hole, Head of CAD and 3D Printing at Weston Beamor, is to run in this year’s London Marathon which takes place in the capital on Sunday 23rd April. Ed and his fiancée Kerry Jim are running together in support of The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) a charity dedicated to helping change the lives, for the better, of many children and families who are coming to terms with childhood deafness. Both are keen runners and have completed half marathons in the past but Ed admits to being slightly daunted by the need to cover twice that distance in just

Arabel Lebrusan Shortlisted for E-Tailer of the Year Award

Award winning Arabel Lebrusan has been shortlisted for the E-Tailer category in The National Association of Jewellers Awards 2016. The winners will be announced as part of the Benevolent Society ball which will take place on 1st December. Lebrusan has been committed to designing and making beautiful ethical jewellery for the last decade. Using her Spanish roots as a starting point, she started using the ancient technique of filigree to create stunning contemporary designs. Lebrusan really thrives on the challenge of combining the old with the new, driven by her interest in a sustainable approach to life. Lebrusan started creating contemporary

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory The Biscuit Factory is delighted to present a national open call for young artists working across various mediums. The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne. Open to established and emerging artists that are 35 years old or younger, The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory

Call for Applications: Heritage Crafts Association Awards

The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce a call for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Applications Open Craftspeople can be nominated for: Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year, Marsh Trainer of the Year, and Marsh Volunteer of the Year. Nominations can also be made for the Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award. Prizes Each award is worth £1,000. NADFAS Bursary A bursary offered with the support of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and worth up to £5,000 is also available for study in a

News Edit: 8 June 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... All smiles: How a grillz jewellery making class in London became an international hit Wallpaper: What started as a passion project quickly exploded in popularity. We get the story behind the grillz-making workshop at Cockpit London. www.wallpaper.com The jewellery boss tasked with making Cartier-owner Richemont shine FT: New chief executive Nicolas Bos has enjoyed success at Van Cleef & Arpels but takes over as luxury industry slows. www.ft.com Cartier Presents Its New High Jewellery Collection: Nature Sauvage Luxferity: Nature sauvage, Cartier’s new high jewellery collection, presents a theatre of

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:

News Edit: 14 May 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Hugo Burge: Marchmont House owner dies "suddenly" aged 51 Herald Scotland: The owner of artists' retreat Marchmont House Hugo Burge has died aged 51. www.heraldscotland.com   Marchmont House owner Hugo Burge dies aged 51 BBC: Tributes have been paid to the internet entrepreneur and owner of Marchmont House in the Borders, Hugo Burge, who has died aged 51. www.bbc.co.uk   From the King’s Crown to Princess Kate’s Necklace, All the Jewels at the Coronation, Explained Robb Report: There was no shortage of meaningful jewelry worn during Saturday's ceremony.

Jewellery Show

The Jewellery Show 1-2 September 2024 Olympia, London The  Jewellery Show  will be taking place on 1 - 2 September 2024 at Olympia London. As the premium B2B trade event for jewellery trade professionals in the UK, the  Jewellery Show  will welcome over 2500 delegates  and feature  150+ national and international suppliers . Explore the newest trends in fine, luxury, silver, retail solutions and contemporary designer jewellery. This event presents a unique opportunity to elevate your business, uncover new materials, and connect with other industry professionals. Additionally, you will have the exclusive chance to be among the first to preview exquisite jewellery pieces and acquire highly sought-after products

News Edit: 17 September 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Meghan Markle wore £17 earrings from American female jewellery designer for Invictus Games Daily Mail: Meghan Markle is known for her love of expensive and personalised jewellery - but yesterday, the Duchess appeared to take a new approach to her accessory selection. www.dailymail.co.uk From Jackie Kennedy’s Watch To Princess Diana’s Cross Pendant, Inside Kim Kardashian’s Museum-Worthy Jewellery Collection Vogue: It seems that Kim Kardashian has flown all the way to Tokyo in order to get her hands on the dazzling diamond and gemstone necklace from Chanel’s spring/summer 1995

News Edit: 30 April 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Monbouquette: clever convertible jewels The Week: Meet the mother-and-daughter design duo who want fine jewellery to do more. www.theweek.co.uk FoundRae converts broken jewellery into modern medallions Wallpaper: The FoundRae Ingot Program breathes new life into old jewellery pieces. www.wallpaper.com Pope Francis gifts King Charles III relics from Christ's cross for coronation IB Times: King Charles III's coronation takes place on May 6 in London's Westminster Abbey. www.ibtimes.co.uk Top-secret security operation for King's Coronation to protect Crown Jewels from thieves Mirror: Massive ­exercise, which is dubbed Operation Tower of

News Edit: 3 September 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Harry Winston’s New Jewels, Red Trends, Gagosian Spotlights Lichtenstein and More WSJ: The best releases, trends and openings to discover right now. www.wsj.com Brazil’s jewellery scandal adds to Jair Bolsonaro’s legal woes FT: Probe over expensive foreign gifts damages hard-right former president’s ability to build a political legacy. www.ft.com Creative Designs in Gold Are Taking the Spotlight This Fall NY Times: An exhibition by Chaumet in October will feature 56 jewels and objets d’art from its archives. www.nytimes.com A New Jewelry Fair Is Scheduled in 2024 NY Times:

News Edit: 24 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Ropes, Brass, Salt, Stone: Reinventing Jewellery In Kenya Barrons: Sisal ropes, salt crystals, volcanic rocks and aged brass: award-winning Kenyan designer Ami Doshi Shah has always chosen unlikely materials to make sophisticated jewellery that redefines value in a carat-obsessed industry. www.barrons.com Divorce jewellery: What to do with your engagement ring after a split Harpers Bazaar: Take your cue from Emily Ratajkowski and turn your pain into something beautiful. www.harpersbazaar.com Swarovski heiress does not wear jewellery in London because of muggers Telegraph: Nadja Swarovski says she does not feel comfortable

Artists Announced for Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 awardees are announced as Anna Berry, Cecilia Charlton, Jahday Ford, Vicky Higginson and Francisca Onumah and Helena Russell. These outstanding early-career artists and makers will create five new commissions for display at Jerwood Space in London before going on a national tour throughout 2022-2023, travelling from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall to Aberdeen Art Gallery in the North East of Scotland. The artists were selected from over 500 applications by an independent panel comprising: Yinka Ilori, artist and designer; Junko Mori, artist maker in metal; Dame Magdalene Odundo, potter; Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Manager; and Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual

News Edit: 20 August 2023

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

News Edit: 10 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Most spectacular jewellery from the 2024 Oscars Harpers Bazaar: From Jennifer Lawrence debuting Swarovski diamonds, to Emma Stone's glittering custom Louis Vuitton necklace. www.harpersbazaar.com Gold statues and jewellery stolen in €1m heist at museum by Lake Garda The Guardian: Items by Italian sculptor Umberto Mastroianni taken from exhibition at Vittoriale degli Italiani estate. www.theguardian.com What Your Red Carpet Jewelry Says About You Hollywood Reporter: The best new baubles — perfect for Oscar night —show off your individual style, from romantic to regal. www.hollywoodreporter.com Cotswolds jewellery designer scoops gold at

9th edition of Jacobs the Jewellers’ Emerging Designer Competition launches this Summer

Supporting craft skills and talent with the Bishopsland Educational Trust, the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh Blake Roberts In this year’s 75 th  anniversary year, award winning Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, today revealed the return of its annual Emerging Designer competition featuring nine emerging designers from Bishopsland Educational Trust.   Helping boost fledgling careers, the event combines a virtual show with instore experience reflecting the local and national audience for amazing craft skills and design. As is customary, each competitor creates both a piece from a  jewellery  and an  object  category. Angela Cork, Principal Bishopsland Educational Trust

News Edit: 23 July 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Donate broken, old jewelry today: IU metalsmiths to rework, recycle pieces Herald Times: A peek inside your jewelry box surely reveals some keepsakes — your grandmother's heirloom pin, a gifted locket, perhaps even a gold ring. heraldtimesonline.com The Princess of Wales’s favourite ethical jeweller The Times: Pippa Small was an anthropologist before she became a jeweller. She still works with remote tribes, but now she brings their beautiful creations to the world. By Lisa Grainger www.thetimes.co.uk Chaumet’s high jewellery nods to naturalistic traditions Wallpaper: Chaumet presents its new

News Edit: 3 March 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... Discover the wondrous world of Karina Choudhrie Jewels The Jewellery Editor: We reveal the work of Karina Choudhrie Jewels that ranges from fantastical ocean-inspired masterpieces to the chic everyday Vitamin Pink jewels. www.thejewelleryeditor.com Holly Tupper’s ‘Cultus Artem’ Jewels Look Chic At Paris Fashion Week Forbes: How many independent jewelers who dream of creating fragrance and skincare ranges to complete their collections succeed? Goldsmith/designer/perfumer Holly Tupper is one of those fortunate few. www.forbes.com The Mysterious True Story Behind Italy’s Hidden Royal Jewels Vogue: Where are Italy’s Royal Jewels hidden and

News Edit: 19 May 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... A feast of beauties at Adam’s fine jewellery and watch sale to attract collectors Business Post: Sale offers 268 tempting lots for occasions from engagements, birthdays to graduations, or just simply because you like it. www.businesspost.ie Joy BC Is The Jewellery Artist Inspired By Neoclassicism And Loved By Lil Wayne Yahoo: Jewellery artist (don't call her a jeweller) Joy Bonfield-Colombara, aka Joy BC, is finally moving into her own studio. 'After years of pain, it doesn't feel real', she tells me from her central London space she's secured thanks

News Edit: 29 June 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   ELLE UK Exclusive: Shrimps Unveils Fine Jewellery Collection With Daisy London Elle: We speak to Shrimp's Hannah Weiland and Daisy London's Ruth Bewsey about their collaboration, and take a first look at the collection. www.elle.com Kim Kardashian says she hasn’t bought jewellery since she was robbed in Paris in 2016 Independent: ‘I haven’t really been about wearing jewellery,’ reality star says. www.independent.co.uk Edge of Ember: affordable fine jewellery for classicists The Week: London-based brand has gone from strength to strength with its youthful and elegant designs. www.theweek.co.uk Bradley

News Edit: 12 May 2024

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news... UK’s online jewellery marketplace Nivoda raises €27.9M; plans to double its team size London-based Nivoda, an online jewellery marketplace, announced that it has secured $30M (approximately €27.92M) in its Series B round of funding. siliconcanals.com Watches of Switzerland buys Roberto Coin jewellery brand for £104m The Italian brand, founded in 1996, is the sixth largest by sales in the US. www.standard.co.uk Why Watches of Switzerland has bought Italian luxury jewellery brand Roberto Coin Watches of Switzerland (WOSG) has splashed out $130 million (£104 million) to buy Italian handcrafted jewellery

News Edit: 15 October 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Objet D’Emotion Presents Independent, Haute Luxe Jewelry Designers At PAD London Fair Forbes: Original, high luxury jewelry creations from independent designers and niche brands have long sparked jewelry trends due to fresh styles, intriguing materials, artistic silhouettes and irresistible allure. www.forbes.com Offbeat forms meet precious materials in Ana Khouri’s high jewellery Wallpaper: Jewellery designer Ana Khouri is named one of the Wallpaper* USA 300, as we celebrate creative America. Here we discover her new high jewellery. www.wallpaper.com Michelle Keegan Wore Rahul Mishra Couture To The Bulgari Frieze London

News Edit: 11 June 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Anabela Chan on the New Frontiers of Jewellery Prestigue Online: Anabela Chan is challenging the world to accept more sustainable high jewellery. She dives into the details behind developing her signature aluminium-based pieces and sourcing lab-grown stones. www.prestigeonline.com Engelbert Joins Bergdorf Goodman Jewelry Assortment Yahoo: Swedish heritage jeweler Engelbert is joining the mix on Bergdorf Goodman’s jewelery floor. www.yahoo.com Jenna Coleman, Keira Knightley and Kylie Minogue: See what went down at Chanel's high-jewellery event Hello: The French luxury house hosted a gala at the British Museum to celebrate

News Edit: 17 September 2023

A round up of this week's national and international jewellery news...   Five Jewels To Covet From MTV VMAs And Venice International Film Festival Forbes: Diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds lit up the 2023 Venice International Film and the MTV VMA awards.  www.forbes.com   How Ole Lynggaard, Copenhagen’s Leading Jewellery House, Remains A Family Affair NX Herald: Jessica Beresford visits the Copenhagen headquarters of Ole Lynggaard, as its founding family marks the brand’s 60th anniversary. www.nzherald.co.nz Peek inside the vast new Boucheron Tokyo boutique Wallpaper: Boucheron unveils its 1000 sq m new boutique in Ginza, Tokyo. www.wallpaper.com Sotheby’s To Host

Felieke Van Der Leest: Jewelrassic Park @ Mobilia Gallery

Felieke Van Der Leest: Jewelrassic Park @ Mobilia Gallery Mobilia Gallery 18th May  - 21st June 2019 "When I am working with color, I feel like a painter, When I am Working with metal, I feel like a constructor, And when I am working with toys, I feel like a child". Recently returning from China and getting ready for its United States debut at Mobilia Gallery, each Dino sculpture is wearable or has a wearable element. Editions held in the Collections of:              CODA Museum Apeldoorn, The Netherlands Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, The Netherlands National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,

Weston Beamor Announce Winner of BCU Live Project 2018

Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery student Kai-Blu Triassi has won the annual Weston Beamor  Live Project  with his contemporary geometric ‘Dyad’ engagement and wedding ring set design. Kai-Blu’s award was announced on the WB stand at this year’s Jewellery & Watch show. Kai-Blu impressed judges with his striking and bold ring set, commercial-focus, unique design and understanding of thickness and tolerances, demonstrated through his strong CAD modelling skills. The annual competition is open to all BCU SoJ students in their second year of a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing. Commenting on his win, Kai-Blu said,  "I'm really pleased to

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner The Benevolent Society (charity of the British Allied Trades Federation) is delighted to offer you the opportunity to buy tickets as a member of the British Allied Trades Federation (and one of it's federated associations: the National Association of Jewellers, The Giftware Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association and the Surface Engineering Association), to join us for a wonderful dinner by candlelight at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Thursday 14th June 2018 commencing at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. Tickets Thanks to the generosity of Goldsmiths' Hall and the British Allied Trades Federation, The Benevolent Society are able to reduce the potential cost of the tickets to all Federation invitees from £295 + VAT to a cost of only £95 + VAT for your first Members

Museums

Sometimes a little bit of inspiration can go a long way. Here is a list of national museums which have jewellery or related articles, objects or artefacts in their collections... Abbott Hall Art Gallery Kendal Cumbria LA9 5AL www.abbothall.org.uk Aberdeen Art Gallery Schoolhill Aberdeen AB10 1FQ www.aagm.co.uk Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire Danes Terrace Lincoln LN2 1LP www.thecollectionmuseum.com Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2PH www.ashmolean.org Bantock House and Park Finchfield Road Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk Bilston Craft Gallery Mount Pleasant Bilston WV14 7LU www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square Birmingham B3 3DH www.birminghammuseums.org.uk Black Country Living Museum

Publications

Trade publications are a great way of knowing what's going on and who's who in industry. Here we have compiled a list of national and international trade publications and periodicals, many have their own daily, weekly or monthly e-newsletters. The UK titles are listed first... UK Attire Accessories www.attireaccessories.com benchpeg www.benchpeg.com Gold Inspirations www.lovegold.com Harper's Bazaar www.harpersbazaar.co.uk Jewellery Focus www.jewelleryfocus.co.uk Jewellery Monthly www.jewellerymonthly.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com Jewellery Outlook www.jewelleryoutlook.com JFW - Jewels Fashion Watches Magazine www.jfwmagazine.com JQ Magazine jewelleryquarter.net LUXWorldwide www.luxworldwide.com Making Jewellery Magazines - The GMC Group www.thegmcgroup.com Professional Jeweller www.professionaljeweller.com Retail Jeweller www.retail-jeweller.com Silver Magazine www.silvermag.com Silver Society