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Meet the Jeweller Subverting Beauty Standards

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

The Beauty Issue, AUTOR Magazine

Call for Submissions: The Beauty Issue, AUTOR Magazine AUTOR Magazine no 6 Submissions are OPEN. The Beauty Issue How do you define beauty? What pleases your eye and tickles your heart and your mind? Which is your interpretation of the interconnection between beauty, jewellery and the body in our shared “now”? Beauty and Jewellery have always been intimately connected and evolved through time side by side. Observe art, watch a movie, or look around you in the real world. Beauty usually is framed by jewellery. And jewellery as an “addition” and an “extra”, attempts to enhance beauty and bring it

Are you making the most out of social media for your business? You could earn twice as much on the average order through Pinterest, over Facebook, new study suggests

Marketing yourself and your business can be tricky, and time consuming. The truth is no one knows your audience like you. However, if you're looking for new ways to shake up your strategy, a new study by Nosto may shed some light on new avenues for success.  The study uncovers the true value of Pinterest and Instagram, showing that whilst they may not provide volume in term of traffic (compared to the liked of Facebook), they might encourage customers to spend more per order. While they drive relatively small amounts of traffic, Pinterest and Instagram deliver the highest average order values

Shine On Bright Beauty

Winter is dipping her wet and nippy toes into the weather pool of October leaving us reaching for those chunky rib jumpers reminiscent of poncho tents and playing safe with the cheerful colour of black as a staple colour palette. The emerging countdown to all things mistletoe mischief and tinsel-town fun gives us the perfect excuse to pop a drop of sparkle and sass into our solemn moods and matching wardrobe. Time to set your hungry eyes upon some majestical prey of adornments like the ruthless sparkle magpies the Jewellery world! Statement sparkle doesn't have to resort to gaudy coloured

The Beauty In Grecian Antiquity

As the temperatures rise and the ability to slurp a cocktail (or two) like an athlete gasping for water it appears that our bare skin and pins suddenly see the light as our dresses get shorter. With more minxy flashes of skin up for attention, it boils down to only one logical conclusion; plenty more space to adorn yourself with beautiful jewellery!  Summertime is a season of fun, frivolous risks and more daring looks so why not charge up your jewellery game by thinking outside of the standard box: you've got the necklace, the bracelet, the ring, the chandelier droppers

Karolina Baines: Beauty in Interaction

Not only goldsmith tradition characterizes Karolina Baines’s work. She starts from there to explore the creation through many different techniques like sketches, painting, printmaking and mixed media. She aims at balancing shapes, colours and texture in a very refined and delicate way. Her pieces are always very malleable while keeping a strong and independent sense of movement. I addressed her few questions to better understand her world, writes Ilaria Ruggiero. IR: Where does your passion for jewellery come from? KB: I suppose I think of myself as a designer/maker first, and then as specifically a jewellery designer/maker. I love bringing ideas IR: Have

Dharma: The New Collection to Courageously Live your Calling

Are you ready to set your soul free? Luxury ethical jewellery brand Ananda Soul, originating from Bali, has launched its newest collection : Dharma. The new collection invites you to take the plunge, tune into your soul and courageously live your calling. The inspiration for this collection comes from a deep seated desire by founder and designer Christina Zipperlen to help women realise that they are so much more than their bodies and appearances. Designed to celebrate the beauty that each and every one of us possesses in this exact moment, Ananda is the realisation that nothing outside of us can

Dendritic Beauty: Still Life In A Stone

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

The Unspoken Beauty of Moissanite

Moissanite   (/ˈmɔɪsənaɪt/) So what exactly is moissanite; the ugly step-sister of the cinderella gem world? Think again! Incredibly rare and precious, moissanite is a beautifully natural gemstone born from a meteorite star that fell to Earth in 1893. Originally thought to be the discovery of Diamond by French scientist Henri Moissan, it was soon revealed to be a crystal gemstone with very similar properties to Diamond but that was composed of silicon carbide. Due to the natural composition of Moissanite, it has become a very scarce mineral worldwide making moissainte as we see it today almost entirely laboratory-grown. Through

Welcoming A Bespoke Beauty: Vaessen | Walker

March has arrived in all its glory and as Spring begins to sprinkle her beauty upon the world, new jewellery brand Vassen | Walker have planted their roots in the jewellery world; blossoming with their  debut jewellery collection ALLORA. Louise Vaessen-Walker is the creative and founding director behind the contemporary jewellery and tableware brand where h er innovative collections have received much recognition both nationally and abroad. Louise has been commended in receiving a number of awards in both design and craftsmanship, most notably the London Assay Office Special Gold Award, and the 3D Innovative Technology Design Gold Award from

Hypnotic Crystal Lips: Where Jewellery Meets Beauty

Striking gemstones have been setting hearts all aflutter as they dazzle, glitter and shine round the necks, wrists and dainty fingers of models strutting the fall runways. Nothing quite beats the majestical beauty and subtlety of semi-precious crystal stone jewellery that never fails to capture the magpie eyes of the jewellery world. The enchanting light refractions that encompass the delicacy of the gemstone spectrum have been entwined into a new and bewitching creative innovation where the wearing of coloured stone just got magnetising. Capture the passion for coloured stones by painting a new twist upon this old tradition by taking

Discover Jessica Pass’ ‘Curios’ collection- a swarm of beauty

Jessica Pass’ ‘Curios’ collection is a striking feat in style and design. A homage to the Curio and the cabinets that contain them, Pass’ own glass cabinets are a-flutter with beautiful gilded insects, frozen in tableau at each stage of flight like an ornate flip-book. The magnificent pieces are beautiful in their own right, yet, each piece is hinged to reveal an inner cubby. As is the case with the standout ‘Cicada Neck Piece’; This contemporary locket opens to reveal a stunning golden beryl in the clutches of a miniature figure whose limbs serve as the stone setting. The veins

Make Your Mark 2019

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

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

Make Your Mark Competition

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

Developing your Creative Practice

Call for Applications: Developing your Creative Practice DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. Round 9 is now open The next round of DYCP opened on 11 January 2021 and closes on 12pm (midday), 18 February 2021. About the fund Are you interested in making an application? You can plan your application at any time, take a look at our  guidance for applicants  and find out if you're ready to apply with our  short quiz . The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to

Make Your Mark

Make  Your  Mark is t he leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in the trade, live demos,

Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing...

Training: Reaching Your Market: Make the most of your online presentation, marketing and social media, Crafts Council Do you have a showcase, an open studio event or an exhibition coming up? Are you applying to grant organisations? To selected programmes or exhibitions? Do you wish to be successful in your showcases or applications? This workshop will offer a visual insight into how makers and designers can present themselves online and how to generate interest and income to their practice. Why it’s worth attending? Advice on understanding how to promote your unique offer Tips on developing a brand through your vision

Make Your Futures - Makers Call

Call for Makers: Make Your Future The Crafts Council is looking for craft makers to plan and deliver workshops for our flagship craft education programme,  Make Your Future . Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that connects traditional craft with digital technologies. The project brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and shine a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge between science, technology, and creative subjects.  In the project's first year: Birmingham schools have worked with Birmingham City University's World Class School of Jewellery to explore techniques

Summer-ise Your Seasonal Style

Prep your jet-set summer staples with only one concern in mind this year: Make it unashamedly bright. Welcome to the season of fun all you sun-seekers! As the warm weather begins to creep into our daylight hours and beer garden fairy lights start to glisten, the season of fun and luxury calls for everything bold, bodacious and brave. Nothing screams summer relaxation louder than a full-on tropical explosion of colour, textures, tones and motifs. From sunflower yellow, hibiscus fuchsia pink to chalky pillar red and zingy forest green, the time to throw out your timid shyness is now! Unleash your

Stylish Aromatherapy at your fingertips

With a world focused on revolutionising health, wellbeing and lifestyle antidotes, it was only a matter of time before our strive for balanced health was intermingled with the jewels we wear. Carefully designed to enjoy the benefits of wellbeing remedies whilst still remaining sleek, chic and elegant, aromatherapy jewellery is taking the spotlight in innovative creativity. Niche Jewellery designers are tapping into the growing trend of therapeutic jewellery that combines the healing properties of gemstones and essential oils. It is thought that elements from nature can help realign our vibrational energies to help aid healing of health, chakras and energy

Colour Your World With Gemstones

Mineral crystal gemstones are without a doubt the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to the jewellery world and are hands down fully loaded with captivating myths, folklore and legends! With a fascinating plethora of coloured gemstones knocking about in the world, the variety of healing properties and metaphorical symbolism behind each stone is specific, unique and communicates an individualistic creative energy to each wearer Newsflash! I am a girl (woah, shocking eh?). Therefore I like my Jewellery. If I find myself scampering around in the big wide world without my forever present bracelets, rings and shell

What Are Your Creative Business Needs?

Call For Makers: What Are Your Creative Business Needs? We run an extensive nationwide programme ofprofessional workshops, 1:1 advice sessions and a biennial conference. These cover all aspects of creative businesses including marketing, branding, social media, funding, pricing, residencies, working with galleries, business planning and more. Help us help you by completing our maker survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk , telling us what your business needs are, what methods best suit you and what you'd like to know more about. First twenty completed surveys will be entitled to a complimentary ticket to Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi

Make Your Mark Awards 2017

Applications are now open for the second Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards, which invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark, the iconic Leopard’s Head. There are two Award categories to enter – Jewellery and Silversmithing – and the competition is open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers (within the last five years) of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses.  The aim of the Awards To challenge today’s students working in precious metal both technically and artistically  To educate today’s students on UK hallmarking and

Make Your Mark - Day 1

Make Your Mark is the leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Who should attend? Make Your Mark  is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. What's it all about? Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in

Make Your Mark - Day 2

Make Your Mark is the leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Who should attend? Make Your Mark  is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. What's it all about? Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in

'Crafting your Voice' - Writing Workshop for Makers

'Crafting your Voice' - Writing Workshop for Makers In this collaborative, object-based session, through conversations with other makers, you will create a piece of writing (approx. 100-200 words) which can be used on its own, as an artist’s statement, or as starting point for development. Makers are increasingly expected to communicate their ideas and the narratives surrounding their practice through engaging and evocative writing. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your motivations and passion for your work, but it can be daunting and difficult to know how to start. Learn to develop your own voice within your writing, to

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work The Goldsmiths' Centre  Your hand-crafted jewellery collection or silversmithing work is ready to sell. Now you are looking to approach a selling event, shops, boutiques and galleries to earn good-sized sales. This can seem like a daunting proposition, so where do you begin? Rebecca Hossain, pictured, former Head of Retail for the Design Museum, will explain how to get your foot in the door and empower you to present yourself and your work confidently to selling event organisers, buyers and wholesalers. This business growth workshop is specifically tailored to jewellers and silversmiths; and

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations

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

Big Names Get Set for Make Your Mark

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

Veronika Fabian: The Political Jeweller

Veronika Fabian is not your average jeweller. Born in a colony of artists in small-town Hungary, she originally rejected her creative roots, opting for a career in finance. After studying at the University of Economic Sciences in Budapest, and successfully forging a career in banking, she missed the tactility of art. Now a multi-award-winning contemporary jeweller, her work can be described as “a rebellion against her past”.  There’s not much that escapes the ubiquitous nature of politics, even jewellery. Veronika Fabian attributes her initial aversion from a career in the arts, in part to the post-communist state of her home-country,

Adorn Your Wrists With Taste & Style

The world is buzzing with over 7 million individual bodies all bustling and running between their daily activities and schedules. 7 million unique personalities striving to pave the way for a unique style status and what better way than through the jewels that you wear. A piece of jewellery holds a lot more power than simply looking pretty, it also reveals a lot about its owner, from their style, taste, their personality and status. A jewellery adornment that is commonly overlooked in favour of flamboyant show-stopping earrings and necklace, the bracelet is an elegant and stylish way to add a

Make Your Mark Awards 2019 Winners Announced

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

Make Your Mark 2017, Day I

Make Your Mark 2017 Events Programme - Tuesday 31 October Free entry for students, tutors, apprentices and masters or anyone looking to enter the trade. Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading networking and career development event for new precious metal designers and makers, returns to Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London from 31 October – 1 November 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event comes complete with a treasure trove of opportunities to help emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and the allied trades develop successful careers in the field. The free two-day event is open to

Make Your Mark 2017, Day II

Make Your Mark 2017 Events Programme - Wednesday 1 November Free entry for students, tutors, apprentices and masters or anyone looking to enter the trade. Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading networking and career development event for new precious metal designers and makers, returns to Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London from 31 October – 1 November 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event comes complete with a treasure trove of opportunities to help emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and the allied trades develop successful careers in the field. The free two-day event is open to

Call for Applications: Make Your Mark Awards

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has launched its design competition to encourage creativity in the use of the Hallmark Applications are now open for the The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office inaugural Make Your Mark Awards , a new design competition that aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metal. The Awards will be presented at a special event on Tuesday 1 November 2016, during Make Your Mark . This year’s benchpeg Awards will also be on display, with winners announced on the night. “Anyone who sells precious metal jewellery or silverware in the UK is required by law to

Survey Request: Your Training Needs, Crafts Council

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

Make Your Mark offer One-on-One Surgeries

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

Spell Out Your Love In all Things Fine

February 14th has sauntered her way back onto the scene in her aromatic scent of expectation and lust for all things passionate, sensual and romantic. The gift of love for that special little someone in your life is really rather simple; everyone wants to be feel special, understood and cherished. In this day and age we all like to be creative, innovative and impressive in how we suprise our admirer on the annointed day of love. Yet let's face it sometimes stripping it back to the simple basics can often trump the fancy niceties and pack more of a punch

Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards Announced

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

Pamper Your Pooch with The World’s Most Expensive Dog Jacket

With a choice of 24k gold, Swarovski crystals or diamonds you can now kit out your dog with a bejewelled and encrusted 24k gold dog jacket to keep your canine companion blinged up. However, the most expensive doggy jacket in the world has also incorporated nano technology within the specialised fabric to keep working dogs as safe as houses in their daily working lives. Kit out your pooch with 24k gold, diamonds, bows and n ano metallizing technology   Doggy Armour and VeryFirstTo.com have announced the ready to market armoured dog jacket which can be encrusted with a choice of

Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Make Your Mark Awards 2019

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Make Your Mark Awards 2019  Students and designers are invited to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the iconic London Hallmark. The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be presenting a range of exciting awards for both finished pieces or design drawings with a chance to have your work exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Hall during the Make Your Mark event on the 5th February 2019. The winner of each category will receive £1,000. Runners up will receive £500. There will also be other prizes including exclusive career enhancing opportunities and each winner will recieve a special certificate. The winners

Energetic amulets: ‘’living technology’’ by John Farris

John Farris, affectionately deemed just 'Farris' by his fans, is not your average jeweller. From the red rocks of Sedona, he creates beautiful jewellery and sculpture using a unique ''guided'' technique. By his own admission, John Farris’ business was born out of reactionary emotion. His story begins in picturesque Northern California, in 2010. ‘’Making these amulets was not even on my radar. I had purchased an amazing pendant from a friend’s store and had really fallen in love with it! Well, the next day she contacted me and said I needed to return it as the pendant was her [business] partner's

Unleash your Wild Side with Safari Jungle Jewellery

As we head further into the year, jewellery designers are already looking ahead to the warmer climates of Summer and the trends that will roar into the limelight and upgrade our jewellery A-game! The first trend we're shining a spotlight on? Safari-inspired wild animals.  Designers have gone wild by bringing some animal magic to our jewellery boxes with a whole host of jungle-inspired animals making their way onto many-a statement pieces. Wildlife collections have taken inspiration from the Savannah with gold snakes and gemstone encrusted crocodiles wrapping their way onto rings and earrings at Alex Monroe and Gucci while diamond-scattered

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares at the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Engrave Your Dreams & Nightmares with Pierce Healy A 4 Day Workshop led by Pierce Healy at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London 11–14 April 2019 Engrave Your Dreams And Nightmares Storytelling And Texturing Through Engraving Ever since mankind crawled from the swamp to stand upright he/she has been mark making, scratching and scaring the earths crust or own skin whether marking territory, adorning, or storytelling. Do you want to become part of this continuum, and become a link in this chain of curious storytelling mark makers? The aims of the course is not only to develop a basic understanding of

How to earn more money from your workshop waste!

Learn how to make money from the rubbish your workshop! 11 March 2020 Drill Hall, Edinburgh A FREE reclamation event for practical jewellers, students and jewellery groups, teaching the secrets of making money from the ‘rubbish’ in a jewellery workshop. ➕Additional Guest Speaker: Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks . Presenting ‘Dosh For Diamonds’, an informative talk on how you can make money from your reclaimed diamonds. Date and Time Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30 GMT Add to Calendar Location Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny St Edinburgh EH6 8RG View Map Tickets FREE To Book www.eventbrite.co.uk

Make Your Mark Judge Adam Phillips Keen To View Entries

A legal requirement to sell precious metal, the hallmark needn’t simply be regarded as a required stamp to be hidden from the wearer. Adam Phillips, account manager at The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, London, and judge of this year’s Make Your Mark Awards, encourages makers to get creative with their hallmarking to make a real impact.   How creative can makers be with the positioning of a hallmark? "While the hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, it can also be used creatively as a marketing tool. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also

Assay Office London Launch Make Your Mark 2017

Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading networking and career development event for new precious metal designers and makers, returns to Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London from 31 October – 1 November 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event comes complete with a treasure trove of opportunities to help emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and the allied trades develop successful careers in the field. The free two-day event is open to apprentices; students on a UK-based precious-metal-related full or part-time course whether at degree level, a short adult education or privately tutored course; tutors; masters; and

Harriet Kelsall Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Make Your Mark

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

Student brings award-winning Make Your Mark design to life

Yanmi Liu, one of the winning designers at last year’s Make Your Mark Awards, has included an original piece featuring her praised braille hallmark concept in her Graduate Show.  Lui, a Central St Martins student of BA Jewellery Design, won joint second prize at the inaugural Awards for her design, called The Simplicity of Braille, which proposed adding a braille version of the Millesimal Fineness mark to a hallmarked item. She has now incorporated this highly praised concept in the creation of a fine silver water bottle cuff, which was included in her 2017 Graduate Show at Central St Martins

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

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

Modern Life, Gill Wing

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

The London Artisan - Autumn 2020

Call for Applications: The London Artisan Applications Are Open! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of The London Artisan! After cancelling both our Spring and Summer events, we can once again support independent designer makers by providing a platform to begin marketing and selling your work once again. The London Artisan offers a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. It’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversations started and friendships formed. The London Artisan presents a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, illustration and beauty products. We also welcome applications from coffee/drink

Nailing The Crystal Look In Geode Goodness

With the runways awash with the footsteps of hundreds of models in new season thigh high boots, houndstooth print seen left right and centre and bold granny chic adornments dangly from polished and preened earlobes, fashion week has once again descended upon our calendars! Last fall the jewellery and beauty worlds came together in all their tantalising trends to bring us spellbinding galaxy nail art and geode lips. Makeup artists have made it easier for you to take your covetable crystal collection everywhere with you by drawing inspiration from the world's prettiest gemstones and turning it into gorgeous geode nail

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Dial Into Botanical Beauties of Time

With Spring well & truly sprung and scandalous summer getting ready to sashay onto the scene, it's time to work some bodacious blooms and fiery florals into your new season look.  With Greenery hailed as the trans-seasonal Pantone colour of the year, this fresh and zesty hue of vitality has been dominating the trend forecasts and has now clocked onto our wrist-wear adornments. The beauty of nature is emblematic throughout this botanical theme in watchmaking with themes of escapism, urban revival and restorative wellbeing captured through the floral studded craftsmanship.  Flora and fauna have blossomed their way into our Springtime-wrist

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Luxury Institute: The 7 Rules For Reinventing Your Luxury Business Model Post Pandemic

Citizens of the world have endured months of living through the COVID-19 pandemic experience. When we are past the worst of the crisis, we will not be the same, but we know from history that there will be many major opportunities for economic prosperity. How can luxury business leaders take creative, effective steps right now to shift the growth curve to a higher plane, with a steeper growth trajectory? To help brands achieve their well-intentioned purpose and values, here are seven rules from the Luxury Institute for reinventing the luxury business model for post pandemic success. Rule 1: From Disruption

Jewellery community members flock from all over the country to attend Make Your Mark 2019

On Tuesday, Goldsmiths’ Hall opened its doors to the jewellery community for its first major networking event of the year. Designers, makers and students alike flocked to London from across the country to attend a range of talks and demonstrations. It was heartening to meet with so many people, both established and emerging, within the trade. The talks programme was ever-popular, providing invaluable advice and insight from a range of speakers, including Bobby and Tommy White, Jos Skeates, Gary Williamson and Jo Bride; as well as a select few of insiders from the Goldsmiths’ Company. The topics were carefully curated

Raw Pearls announce Pearl Academy, free and accessible training videos at your fingertips

According to a study by the British Pearl Association, only 20% of staff could explain the types of pearl, nor the factors affecting the value of the pearl. Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have created Pearl Academy to address staff training needs; enabling retail staff to be confident when imparting their knowledge and passion for the pearl.  As well as in-store training, Pearl Academy will be releasing a series of webinar style videos that are free and accessible to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of pearls. Part One has already been released; lasting just [youtube

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

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today, 5 November. businesses and people across the UK given certainty over winter months with further support announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak the furlough scheme will now be extended until the end of March – protecting millions of jobs across all nations the next self-employed income support grant will also increase from 55% to 80% of average profits - up to £7,500 Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension

Royal Mint Opportunity

Call for Applications: Royal Mint Folio Design Team Who we are We are the sole manufacturer of UK coinage and export to an average of 60 other countries. We are wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. The challenge To translate significant points in history and culture onto the smallest of canvases. The opportunity To be part of a select portfolio of freelance artists providing designs for coins and medals. How does it work? Our external artists are offered opportunities to enter paid competitions based on their suitability to the theme. We provide full support throughout the design process. How to

Orkney’s Alison Moore Designs Wins Second Platinum Trusted Service Award

Orkney jewellery business  Alison Moore Designs  has won a second Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award – an independent seal of excellence recognising companies that deliver exceptional customer experiences. Trusted Service status is awarded to firms using online reviews site Feefo to collect genuine feedback and insights from shoppers. Sellers who meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, receive the award. As all reviews on Feefo are verified as genuine – the company matches feedback to legitimate transactions - the accreditation is seen as a true reflection of a business’ commitment

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

Appointment: London Diamond Bourse Appoint New Board Members

London Diamond Bourse, the only diamond specific trade association and physical diamond trading floor in the UK, has today announced changes to the composition of its Council of Management. “These are the most fundamental changes to LDB’s governance in my six years at LDB,” said COO, Victoria McKay. She continued, “The following changes are notable; Kathy Chappell, our Special Advisor for Ethical Issues has been welcomed to a full board position and our youngest board member is a millennial. Overall the average age of our board has lowered dramatically and representation around the boardroom table is proportionate to membership statistics."

Appointment: Geena Tok leaves Nike to head up Pandora China business

Pandora has recruited Geena Tok from Nike to head its business in China, where the Danish company has been challenged by a rise in sales on the grey market. Pandora has 200 stores and employs more than 1,400 people in China but has said it needs to counter China's grey market, where increasing numbers of jewellery pieces are imported from other markets and sold online. Last month Pandora, the world's largest jewellery maker by production volume, said it would lower retail prices in the country by an average of 15 percent. Chinese resident Tok joins Pandora next month, having spent

UK Fashionistas Still Far More Likely to Buy Clothes on Desktop than on Mobile

Following the end of London Fashion Week yesterday, new research released today highlights a surprising trend amongst the UK’s fashionistas who are still relying on their desktops, instead of smartphones to buy clothes, despite mobile eCommerce as a whole accounting for 51% of online purchases in the UK. • UK consumer spends an average of £116 on desktop for a fashion purchase, versus £89 on mobile, despite mobile eCommerce as a whole accounting for 51% of online purchases in the UK • Despite this, UK is in the top three for mobile purchases of clothes in Europe, with the Nordics and France

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

In-house Efficiencies Give Hockley Mint the Competitive Advantage

Award-winning Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has reported that streamlined internal processes and efficiencies have resulted in a significant drop in the average cost to manufacture its wedding rings, with these new lower prices being passed on to its retail customers.  In addition to these new cost savings, at the forthcoming Jewellery & Watch trade fair (stand 17R30/S31), Hockley Mint will be offering customers exclusive promotions and discounts on products ordered at the show. Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, said: “The major benefit of being a leading UK manufacturer is that we can set our own prices and

University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion

The  London College of Fashion  is a constituent college of the  University of the Arts London , in London, England. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses, study abroad courses and business-training in fashion, make-up, beauty-therapy and lifestyle industries. Undergraduate: Fashion Jewellery – BA (Hons) www.arts.ac.uk

Fabergé's Life in Colour campaign and Edible Easter Egg Experience

April is a busy month for Fabergé, as we begin to reach the Easter period, a time which is particularly special to the House of Fabergé. As well as launching their beautiful new campaign 'A Life in Colour', they have partnered with The Ritz London to create a luxurious edible experience. The new Spring campaign was shot by gem photographer Casey Moore, at Gemfields' ruby auction in Singapore. The campaign is centred around Gemfields' stunning uncut gemstones, in their raw, natural state, and the beauty of coloured gemstones responsibly sourced from Gemfields’ mines in Zambia and Mozambique.and the beauty of coloured

Inspired by light, Aureliean debuts the Ora collection

Fine jewellery brand Aureliean has launched the Ora collection, a delicate range of precious jewellery that celebrates the beauty of light. Ora, which means light in Hebrew and is derived from the Spanish word for gold, is inspired by the golden light-filled landscape of the island of Tenerife. Enhancing the delicate yet substantial beauty of each piece, the jewellery is available in either 18ct white, yellow or rose gold and set with brilliant-cut, conflict-free diamonds. The brand are also set to soon launch their ‘Flame’ collection, which, in contrast of the focus on the elegant simplicity of diamonds that ‘Ora’

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

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

Gemstones Set The Tone: GFG Jewellery by Nilufe

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

Anastazio Kotsopoulos | Handmade Jewellery

Anastazio distinguished himself early on as one of the youngest jewelry artists in Greece with his unique signature style which harmoniously contrasts industrial, gold netting backgrounds with softly framed sensual gemstones. The Greeks might have discovered him but then the world took notice. An arbiter of style, Vogue UK includes him in the roster of world talented jewelry designers. They, like many, appreciate his simple and delicate aesthetics, with the belief beauty in simplicity. Intricate details and exceptional craftsmanship make every piece a work of art. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greece, he designs his new collection with a woman’s beauty

Emma Watson sparkles in Forevermark at MTV Awards

Actress Emma Watson took to the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV awards, Los Angeles, looking as stunning as her winning preformance in blockbuster film 'Beauty and The Beast'.  The 27-year old actress was the first to win the show's 'genderless award'; celebrating talent over gender abilities; a meaningful statement Emma made sure to highlight throughout her speech.  Collecting her gong for 'Best actor' in the gender-neutral category for her performance as Belle in 'Beauty and The Beast', Emma triumphed in the limelight thanks to her sequined asymmetrical halter-neck dress. Juxtaposing the elaborate sparkle with a sharp

Riding the Cool Blue Wave

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

Anna Lewis: Stay

In the series Stay, Anna Lewis investigates the aesthetic, symbolic and costume imagery of the Victorian era, starting from an antique corset made of whalebone, linen and silk, dated 1780 writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The corset is an object of conflict and contrast; it represents both control and support. A ubiquitous object and outward symbol of self-control, or social control by men. The corset is a political element, for her it is symbolic of discipline, beauty and sexuality yet hides a dark truth by painfully punishing the body in order to fit this feminine ideal. The restriction of this tight cage, crushing

Isabella Liu previews her new ethical collection Twilight at the Zaha Hadid Gallery

Isabella, who has been named as both Influencer and Ambassador for the China Britain International Design Week and the British Council in Asia for 2018, has been invited to preview her new ethical jewellery collection Twilight at the Abstract Expressions exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery The Twilight Collection is a celebration of Love, encapsulating the beauty and energy of the Goddess of the Moon. The Moon and its many phases, often believed to symbolise the female form and the cycle of life, have inspired Isabella to create pieces which tell the tale of life - the crescent is youth

Branching Out

Branching Out, Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Leeds Inspired by the beauty of trees we bring together a selection of talented makers creating contemporary jewellery, ceramics, glass and works in mixed media whose work captures the essence of these remarkably diverse and beautiful marvels of the natural world. Exhibition Run 18th March - 24th June 2017 Venue The Craft Centre & Design Gallery City Art Gallery The Headrow, Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 3AB www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

Emily Blunt Dazzles The Red Carpet in a Ruth Tomlinson design

Yesterday evening English beauty Emily Blunt wowed the crowds at the premiere of her recent film ‘The Girl On The Train’ in Leicester Square, looking gorgeous in a heavily beaded Alexander McQueen gown paired with a Ruth Tomlinson ring. The Green Tourmaline and Diamond Ring with Granules was complemented by the baroque character and intricate embellishments of the floral gown while the jewel tones of the beading emphasised the deep green hue of the tourmaline perfectly. The red carpet was transformed into a train track for the event but Emily looked more like she was on a catwalk in the

Loewe Reveals Craft Prize Trophy

The newly established Loewe Foundation Craft Prize launched earlier this year with the aim to recognize emerging artisans, has announced the creation of the award’s winner’s trophy.  Designed and made by Alex Brogden, it was engraved by Graham Saggers at the Goldsmiths Centre. The award, sponsored by the Loewe Foundation, was created in an effort to magnify the beauty and importance of original and handmade products. Craftpersons of any medium are encouraged to submit their applications to the award. Fourteen finalists will be selected for an exhibition in Madrid, after a panel of judges select the winning entry, scheduled for

Give the Gift of Time

It's that time of year full of festive cheer but the quest for finding that perfect gift can set your patience on fire! As your list of errands become never-ending, pop your feet up, grab a jug of mulled wine and let Benchpeg guide you through a gift guide guaranteed to stand the test of time. How about something sparkly for your sister, something bright  for your niece, sleek and sharp for your brother or what about something dainty for your ? When it comes to picking the perfect timepiece, the array of styles, designs and fits are endless! We've got your

Jerwood Bursaries 2019

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help you explore and develop your next steps, whether through supporting your skills and knowledge development and/or supporting the first stage development of a new idea. We want you to pursue your interests independently and on your own terms. A Jerwood Bursary can support your skills and knowledge development by funding opportunities to network, find new partners for collaboration, receive mentoring or take part in training, conferences and workshops. It can support development of your practice through covering costs of attending residencies or being on attachment. It can support the first stages of development of

How Do I Finance My Creative Business?

Pricing, costs and business plan: How do I finance my creative business?  Crafts Council Are you looking for advice on how to manage your finances? How to price your work? Looking for expertise on how to manage your cash flow finances or set up a budget? Looking for knowledge and support in seeking income for a project?  Why should you attend?  Find out about how to manage your finances for your creative practice  Find out about funding options for your business whether you are a start up or more established  Find out the top tips from experienced makers on costing

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair 2021

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Saturday 5 June - Sunday 6 June 2021 10am - 5pm This summer, Dovecot will showcase 24 designers and makers in its world famous Tapestry Studio, offering visitors the opportunity to support our local creative economy. Taking place in Dovecot’s airy spaces, visitors will be able to safely browse the work of contemporary textiles, homeware, jewellery, beauty and accessories designers including Green Thomas, Anne Watson Jewellery, Emily Millichip and Tessuti Scotland. Committed to showcasing the best in contemporary art, craft, and design, Dovecot is delighted to provide a platform for the creative

Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter, TJC - Feltham, London

The role Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter TJC Feltham, London Who we are TJC Established in 2006 and headquartered in the London area, TJC is an omni-channel retailer specialising in jewellery, home, beauty, fashion, gemstones, and other lifestyle accessories. TJC reaches over 25 million UK households via our live 24/7 TV Shopping channel and our e-commerce site. Our goal is to deliver trust, joy, and community to our employees and customers through our high-quality products and commitment to corporate social responsibility; we aim to touch people’s lives one piece at a time. Check us out at www.tjc.co.uk or on TV

Isabella Liu showcases new collection 'The Butterfly Lovers' at t IJL 2019

Following the very successful launch of Isabella Liu’s new nature inspired collection, The Butterfly Lovers at the CMJ summer event, the award-winning International jewellery designer and artist will be unveiling new additional pieces at IJL 2019. The collection which pays homage to the beauty of Nature, draws on the classic Chinese legend of two lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台), the Chinese Romeo and Juliet. In this the tale ‘The lovers’ spirits, in the form of a pair of butterflies, fly away together, never to be separated again’. This epic story has inspired musicians, artists and performers. Isabella

News Edit: 2 June 2019

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

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Tweet 16th March - 22nd June 2019 The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, West Yorkshire Makers inspired by the beauty of birds come together in this remarkable display of jewellery, ceramics, stone, wood and works in mixed media.  Each maker translates their inspirations into unique handmade creations for you to own or admire. Jewellery Sally Ayling Sally’s jewellery is inspired by nature, in particular birds.  The graphic images from field-guide books and wildlife illustrations, ordinance survey maps, charming old packaging, classic industrial design and many other bits and pieces Sally sees on her travels.  Sally enjoys using unconventional materials

HASHI: founded by Hamda Al Mansoori, Dubai

HASHI make fine jewellery  accessible to both genders and all age groups by combining passion and innovation to fine crafted jewellery.  HASHI is more than a fine jewellery brand. It values the client’s perspective of making their interests into a memorable work of art and produce a masterpiece to every man and woman who appreciates the finer things in life. They make fine jewellery  accessible to both genders and all age groups by combining passion and innovation to fine crafted jewellery.  “Designing bridge to beauty and luxury”  as their guiding principle. Founded on passion and courage HASHI was created in

Objet d’Emotion x Ecru launch Jewellery Memory Game

Valery Demure, Founder of Objet d’Emotion, is proud to present the ‘Lady of the Rings” Memory Game, in collaboration with Nur Kaoukjhi, Creative Director of Ecru. With the challenges 2020 presents, we’ve learnt to adjust to a slower pace and enjoy simple pleasures. Spending time with her daughter Paloma reminded Valery of her own childhood, playing memory games with her grandmother Marie-Louise. Valery has travelled extensively, India being one of her favourite places, Jaipur connecting with her more intimately due to its jewellery history. As well as the beauty she admired, she also witnessed the obstacles the communities are facing

News Edit: 23 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   These Dazzling New Watches Capture the Beauty of Underwater Life MSN: Beginning in the 15th century in France, marquetry, or the art of inlaying thin pieces of wood or metal into an intricate design, became a winning decorative approach in furniture.  msn.com Turning over a new leaf: Chopard follows a sustainable path Prestige Online: Blending ethics with enchanting aesthetics, Chopard has been on a Journey to Sustainable Luxury since 2013 thanks to the initiative launched by Co-president and artistic director, Caroline Scheufele.  prestigeonline.com Editorial: Masterpiece a Story of

This Autumn Yields Beautiful Garland Jewellery By Fiona McAlear

Fiona McAlear’s obsession with flowers as adornments - from Ceasaresque wreaths to the wild floral hair arrangements of the flower-children of the 1960’s - is apparent throughout her body of work, with previous collections named Ivy, Garland and Forget-Me-Not. Her newest release ‘Pomona’, the first mini-series within the wider ‘BLOOM’ collection, is no exception.  Dwelling in British Columbia, Canada over the past two years cemented McAlear’s affection for the beauty in nature. The timely collection Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Orchards, fruits and Gardens, and is particularly associated with the Autumn harvest. McAlear acknowledges that the collection was named for

Installation VOID Showcases the Hidden Galaxies Within Gemfields' Gemstones

As part of London Design Festival, an installation seeks to venture into the depths of gemstones, showcasing the chasms inside and amplifying them to cavernous proportions. Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, present VOID; a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington. The immersive experience allows visitors to travel through a series of large-scale projections, exploiting the intricate beauty in nature. A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines, which date back millions of years, are brought to life through photography of tiny microcosms magnified. Expanding the gemstones

A Stroke of Genius- Becca Macdonald’s Brushstroke Collection takes Wearable Art Literally

At IJL this year, Kickstart winner Becca Macdonald captured our imaginations with her ‘Brushstroke’ collection, charmingly displayed on a canvas. Propped up by an easel, solid silver paint strokes danced fluidly over the rough grain, capturing perfectly the texture of an artist’s brush stroke, evidence of a person that is, or once was. Their passions; their movements; their talents.  Becca specialises in capturing the 'evidence of presence', a concept that has fascinated her for some time. The designer says: “I want to grasp the untouchable. I love the idea of capturing a fleeting moment and preserving the beauty in that

Polar Bears and Melting Ice – Jewellery of Climate Change and Conservation

Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest gold, silver and jewellery will include collections that combine beauty and exquisite craftsmanship with ethical and environmental issues. The event, which is organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull and runs from 8 to 10 November, will feature more than 50 high quality designers and makers from across the UK. Among them is Burntisland-based Sally Grant, whose pieces will include one featuring a garnet that is among the first stones brought to market by Moyo Gemstones, a women’s mining collective in Tanzania. Sally,

Deborah Tseng releases monochrome 'White' collection

In a colourful world, this quiet white jewellery is a rare island for a peaceful mind. Deborah Tseng Jewellery combines two historical crafts to make porcelain jewellery with layers of beauty and meaning. Artist Deborah Tseng established her eponymous jewellery brand in London, after graduating from a masters degree in jewellery Silversmithing and related products from Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. However, prior to this Tseng lived and Taiwan, where she was trained extensively in metalwork.  Her diverse skillset and honed craftsmanship can be seen in her work. She finds her inspiration in repetition, transformation, time and the minutiae of the

The Shape of Chopard: Heart shaped Valentine's novelties

Chopard, the Artisan of emotion, has a long-standing relationship with the emblem of the heart- using it as a motif year-round. But, how can one take ownership of such a universal symbol? That is precisely the question that the Chopard workshops has been addressing for many years, honing each of the details that contribute to making this heart a peak architectural achievement. The excellence and fullness of its pleasing proportions encapsulate the very idea of beauty. Its infinitely soft, ergonomic and gently rounded curves were achieved by developing countless prototypes aimed at achieving the golden ratio, the magic formula that

The Shape of Eros

Lore Langendries’ work balances between the unique and the serial with a particular focus on the tactile and physical of artefacts, the behavior of material in combination with digital technology and her own intuitive role as a maker. Central to her work is the use of geometrical forms by showing the essence and beauty of animal hides in their most elementary forms writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Her work focuses on different type of leathers, treated by obtaining pieces always very balanced and minimal, where the living element, the material, becomes strictly connected with the body and its sensuality. I asked her few This [youtube

Crafts for the Future Conference

Crafts for the Future  The Heritage Crafts Association is pleased to announce that booking for the 2018 conference, Crafts for the Future, is now open.  Keynote speakers this year will be HCA Patron and ceramics producer, Emma Bridgewater and Sam Walton from Hole & Corner magazine, a bi-annual print magazine devoted to celebrating craft, beauty, passion and skill. In the afternoon session, makers from the critically endangered category of The HCA/Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts will be addressing the audience. Martin Frost, fore-edge painter Kate Hetherington, horse collar maker Wim Visscher, parchmenter JoJo Wood, apprentice clog maker and wood

BRON - Ruudt Peters

Bron - Ruudt Peters Retrospective A  BRON  (source) is a beginning, a starting point. Different ‘things’ are bubbling up and coming out of sources, both literally as well as figuratively. In SOURCE, the retrospective exhibition of Ruudt Peters, the sources of his work are the main focus. Peters shares in this exhibition not only his work, but also what inspires him at the deepest level. Alchemy, nature, the human body, beauty, the subconscious, intuition, spirituality and sexuality; everything has been a source of inspiration and was the beginning of a quest for Peters. His starting point is his curiosity in the

Amethyst Crush for February Birth Babies

One of the most revered stones for centuries, amethyst crystal is one of the most treasured variety of quartz. With its stunning tones of violet-purple and its rich history saturated with medieval lore and legendary powers, few crystals are as distinctive as arresting amethyst. Today, amethyst is classified as a semi-precious stone but throughout history, many ancients regarded it as a "Gem of Fire", worth as much in value and beauty as a diamond. Believed to carry energies of passion and fire, creativity and spirituality, amethyst has always been associated with the month of February and the Roman water-god, Neptune.

Chopard unveils the first creations in a shimmering collection for the red carpet in 2018

This week as Basel opened, and as the Cannes International Film Festival approaches, the High Jewellery workshops of the Maison Chopard have showcased some of the forthcoming pieces which they have been giving life to as a splendid collection dreamed up by Caroline Scheufele. An anthem to femininity and beauty, these exceptional jewellery creations will adorn the greatest actresses on the red carpet, making Chopard an inescapable lodestar when it comes to glamour.  Partnering the Cannes Festival for 20 years, the Maison annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.  While the High Jewellery ateliers are hard

Enchanting Opal

It's no secret that Opal is a stone boasting many admirers worldwide, a beauty that's easy on the eye and can look delightfully demure and delicious even in the simplest of outfits. Displaying all the colours of the rainbow, opal is coveted and celebrated for its beautiful iridescence and striking display of patterns. The official birthstone of October, Opal metaphysically symbolises hope and purity and is thought to a protective stone by keeping its wearer safe from danger. Opallios is the Greek word for Opals meaning 'To see a change of colour". The flashing play of colour you see in opal

Miss World China crowned with Fei Liu's glorious £11 million masterpiece

Fei Liu's magnificent Blue of Dreams tiara, worth £11 million and featuring a stunning 88 carat sapphire, was placed ceremoniously on the head of Chinese beauty queen Guan Siyu last week when she won the Miss World China 2017 pageant in Dalian, China. The Fei Liu Fine Jewellery founder collaborated with the New Silkroutes Group Ltd to create his amazing  masterpiece and took a full 9 months to complete it - in a painstaking process of design and intricate craftsmanship. Look closely and you will see the majestic 88ct Sri Lanka blue sapphire set in platinum, six high-grade over sapphires,

Fei Liu Fine Jewellery introduce new silver Magnolia collection at IJL

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

Flora in Full Bloom

A classic style, popular in the 50s and now growing its way back into the fashion sunlight is colourful, dainty flower and bouquet studded jewellery!  The intricate and delicate botanical shapes and patterns of enchanting blossom gardens turn this trend into one of pure beauty and super-feminine creativity. Designers have kept designs simple and brought them to life in harmonious colours, tones and acute attention to detail in petals, stems and pistils. Spring awakens into summer as our accessories get the full bloom treatment of bold and striking splashes of colour, sparkling embellishment of charming gemstones and a nod to

Modern Metallics

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

The Prettiest Pearl in the Room

An ever-loved adornment for jewellery, accessories, furniture and more, the pearl is the oldest gem known to man, symbolic for its association with beauty, wealth, wisdom and purity.  Pearls are a timeless symbol of style; universally flattering due to their ability to complement a plethora of outfits and brighten just about any complexion of its wearer. One of the most precious trends for winter 2018 is the return of the pearls! Single bold chokers, as well as fine and dainty multi-strand necklaces, are a big hit with designers this season. With interesting clasps, the array of pearl jewellery this winter

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

Chinese Designer RUI XU Makes A Stand For Wildlife

Following on from her successful exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha at the Zaha Hadid Gallery (in memory of her friend and muse – the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid), Rui Xu is firmly cementing her position as a leading designer in the UK. Rui Xu is an award-winning Chinese fashion designer and contemporary artist whose works bridge fashion, painting, music and performance, blurring the boundaries of culture and aesthetics.  She was the Director of Fashion at China Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (CAFA), and now lectures at the university as an Associate Professor. After a year of

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

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

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

Lady In Red: Ruby Passion

A captivating and fiery lady in red who with one radiant gleam of passion could enchant just about any wanton eye; Welcome to the world of red, red Ruby. The gem queen of the crystal world, this precious stone of nobility and flaming shades of beauty is one of four "precious" gemstones accredited to its rarity, carat value, hardness and natural vitality; the others including diamond, sapphire and emerald. Ruby is derived from the latin word ' Rubeus ' meaning 'red' and the deeply striking red colour palette is due to genes within the Corundum family. Comprising of chrome and

The Modern Pearl Collection by Margot McKinney

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

Auverture adds Gaelle Khouri to Luxury Offering

A carefully curated selection of Khouri's iconic pieces from her Soft Deconstruction and Garden of Earthly Delights collections is available at auverture.com  amongst the likes of Fernardo Jorge, Venyx, Lydia Courteille, Delfina Delettrez, Pamela Love, Noor Fares and Bibi van der Velden. Gaelle Khouri creates her beautifully elaborate jewellery to lend the women who wear it a feeling of strength, so they can “better express who they are, silently and effortlessly,” says the jeweller. This Lebanese designer’s creations stand out for their rare, unique beauty. Her first collection, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” is inspired by what Khouri calls “the

Wrapped Up With A Bow

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

Stella & Dot: Covet Collection

Stella & Dot, the global social-selling accessories brand have launched the Covet Collection, a new line of fine jewellery, luxury handbags and wallets to bring together a sense of bold and passionate style this fall/winter. The Covet Collection blends timeless beauty with unmistakable quality, and understated luxury with timeless silhouettes. The necklaces feature 14k gold and hand set diamonds (ethical and conflict-free) at highly competitive price points. The chain is custom developed and produced in the U.S. and can be worn at 4 different lengths. The Covet collection is a unique selection of everyday essentials, timeless elegance designed with a

Diamonds Are Forever

Happy birthday month to all you April babies out there! With Spring in full swing and summer fashion trends ready to ring-a-ding-ding, the diamond dazzles as queen bee in this months gemstone spotlight! Owing to their superior robust structure, remarkable luster and beautiful crystal lattice patterns reflecting and refracting light spectrums, the diamond sparkles with a hidden beauty of intrigue and desirable finery. Diamonds are not only a notoriously ancient coveted treasure of the wealthy elite but it is highly loved many  gemmologosts  for being one of the only gemstones made entirely from one element- carbon. Owing to its isometric

Crafting Creative Magic: Origami Jewellery

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

Greenery: The Colour Set to Revive, Refresh, Renew

Welcome to the fresh and zesty world of Greenery15-0343, the Pantone colour blooming into 2017! Greenery is natures' authentic omnipresent hue of thriving; emblematic for vitality and the need to strip back to our organic state of being. After suffering a turbulent political and social upheaval throughout most of 2016, this yellow-green shade symbolises a need to reconnect to nature and a more grounded sense of purpose.  In a world monopolised by social media and technology, 'Greenery' reminds us of noticing the real truth and beauty in the natural aesthetics around us; a sense of escapism from our materialistic society and

American Jewellery Brand Nambé Launches in the UK

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

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Holborn

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Christmas Open Studios 2016, Cockpit Arts - Deptford

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary year and meet 170 makers over two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists, shoemakers … and a host of other crafts· Featured showcase selection by Jo Newton, Head of Buying for Fashion Beauty and Home, Fortnum & Mason Delicious food by Hand Made Food café The Holborn Magazine pop-up shop Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople,

Mappin & Webb Launch Beau Han Xu Glasswear Collection

Mappin & Webb has announced a collaboration with award winning RCA graduate designer and artist Beau Han Xu. Drawing on nature and the ethereal, the London based designer captures and preserves inspirational moments in his creations, particularly the split second of beauty as a raindrop bursts with a splash. Continuing a silver and glassware tradition spanning more than 240 years, Mappin & Webb continues pioneering innovation with this latest, exclusive product collaboration. The Collection An exquisite collection of twelve elegant glass shapes has been created, including Red, White, Rosé, Martini, Cocktail, Whiskey, Cognac, Shot Glass and, of course, Champagne, with

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Professional Practice, City Lit

Professional Practice, City Lit City Lit’s advanced professional practice area is now offering a range of one-day workshops, which you can pick and mix to design your own programme of learning. New to Europe's largest adult ed college, these will provide the skills and knowledge you need to take your creative practice further, in the following areas: Technical fundamentals and skills: how to document, archive and present your work at its best. Business and commercial skills: working with clients over a brief; promoting and selling your work; running studio or a creative practice; safeguarding your intellectual property; getting to grips with

Tropicool Charm for Summer

You've got the paradise destination ready and booked, your holiday wardrobe is getting locked down and your suitcase is already out of the attic loud n'proud so what 's left to take your SS18 holiday style to the next level? Pile on the colour, texture, print and shapes with the perfect summer colour-popping jewellery! Life becomes a whole lot more fabulously fun with a taste of the exotic so dive into the tropical world of summer with palm leaf prints, juicy fruit motifs, multi-coloured parrot pendants and brighten your life with statement style. Transform your life in rich ornamental synergy

When Sparks Fly: Leading Lady Gift Guide

There's no more hiding under your blanket of ignorance anymore so it's time to stop playing ostrich and embrace the fact that tis' officially the season to shimmer & shine topped off with an abundant shower of bubbly wine! Bring a touch of sparkle to Christmas morning and enchant the leading lady(ies) in your life with a gift that speaks from the deep dark depths of your wallet heart! When it comes to present plucking for the fine female in your life it can often leave you feeling like a duck led to a barren river-bed...out of your depth &

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect magazine

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect Magazine Monday 6th September Sarabande Foundation, 22 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH Doors open at 7:00 PM An inspirational talk with Sølve Sundsbø & Michaela Stark, in conversation with Jeanne Annan- Lewin . Internationally renowned fashion photographer and filmmaker Sølve Sundsbø has shot for innumerable luxury couture houses and publications – Chanel, Hérmes, Louis Vuitton, Italian VOGUE, LOVE and i-D to name a few. Sarabande artist-in-residence Michaela Stark creates intricate and unconventional lingerie that subverts and contests society’s unrealistic beauty standards. Having recently collaborated for the upcoming issue of Perfect, the pair will

Decorex 2018

Beauty needs space to flourish. Join us at Decorex 16-19 September at Syon Park and discover the finest concepts and products from a hand-picked collection of designers. Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike. The centrepiece of London Design Festival, Decorex provides an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover exquisite creations from more than 400 international exhibitors. Venue Syon Park Brentford Middlesex TW8 8JF Dates Sunday 16th September 10.00 - 18.00 Monday 17th September 10.00 - 18.00 Tuesday 18th September 10.00

Goldsmiths Fair Features Celebrated Film by Ujin Lin

Celebrated filmmaker  Ujin  Lin has created a video installation for Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017. His film 'Precious Mysteries' features jewellery and silver he selected from this year’s Fair exhibitors. Ujin  has previously made video campaigns for brands such as Prada, Philip Lim and Zara. Ujin was inspired by the interiors of Goldsmiths’ Hall to create his video, and to celebrate the beauty and craftsmanship of work by Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors. Included in the teaser trailer is work by (L-R)  Max Danger ,  Vicki Ambery-Smith ,  Ulla Hornfeldt ,  Maria Frantzi ,  Tom Rucker ,  Stacey Bentley ,  Tina Engell  and  Ingo Henn

Evening Jewellery Workshop – Tuesdays @ K2 Academy of Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop – Tuesdays @ K2 Academy of Jewellery All Levels 8 week Workshop - 1 evening a week - Tuesdays 7 January - 3 March 2020 About the Course Have you ever wanted to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests Available for Hatton Garden Businesses

Register by 11.59pm on Monday to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees within the LB Camden borough. You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. If you have 10 or more employees, from early April you’ll be able to order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. You can do this if you cannot provide testing in the workplace. You must register  by 11:59pm on 12 April 2021 . If your business is closed or you cannot provide tests

Jerwood Bursaries 2020

Jerwood Bursaries What do you need to progress your practice and/or career? Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to expand and invigorate your artistic practice, enabling you to experiment with new ideas and undertake self-defined professional development activity. We want you to have the opportunity to begin research on fresh ideas and pursue new skills and approaches independently, on your own terms. This might include exploring new materials or collaborations, specialist mentoring, or participation in professional training, conferences and workshops. You are likely to have done some existing research into your idea, but it should not have had

INKubator Programme 2020

Call for Applications: INKubator Programme February - October 2020 Glasgow, Scotland A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core.  A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core. The INKubator is Scotland’s unique Jewellery Business Programme, with the aim of developing emerging talent by providing a supportive and educational environment. A carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact.

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 5 Wednesdays : Wednesdays 31 October 2018 - 5 December 2018 6.00pm – 9.00pm  About the Course Did you ever want to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as stone

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Did you ever want to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and pick up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as stone setting or chain making. Who Is It For? This mixed level course is ideal for – beginners

Evening Jewellery Workshop (Wednesdays) at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Jewellery Workshop (Wednesdays) at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 6 weeks – 23 Jan - 6 Mar 2019 (no class on the 20th Feb) 6.00pm – 9.00pm Did you ever want to make your own jewellery? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs. Whether you want to learn a range of jewellery techniques and picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches

Flourish Conference

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

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Foundation Degree Arts - Metalwork, West Dean College

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/4R-YxX8Dpvs] Foundation Degree Arts - Metalwork Duration: Two academic years (36 weeks each year) full time ​Applications open for 2021/22 Scholarships and bursaries are available from £500 to £10,000.  Find out about  funding opportunities On this foundation degree course, you will develop well-rounded metalworking theory and skills that will enhance your employment prospects or allow you to continue your studies in higher education. Projects become more challenging as the course progresses and encompasses both silversmithing and blacksmithing. You will be encouraged to understand historic craft practice to place your own work in a broader context and gain

Camden Pop-Up Business School - Small Business Resilience course

Camden Pop-Up Business School - Small Business Resilience course We’ve partnered with the popular PopUp Business School to help business in Camden become more resilient and build their online presence, if you’re a Camden business who would like to access the free training – sign up today. Day 1 - Hose to make your business resilience (AM) and Protecting your business (PM) Day 2 - Building your online presence (AM) and How to win at social media (PM) Day 3 - The sales mindset (AM) and Find supporters, Not Customers (PM) To view the overview of the training programme,  click

Tropical Coloured Fun

When you think of summer, you think of fun so this season it's all about piling on the colour, texture, print and shapes with your summer colour-popping accessories! The jewellery world is diving into the tropical world of summer with palm leaf prints, juicy fruit motifs and multi-coloured gemstones to brighten your life with statement style. Conjuring up scenes of crystal blue lapping waves, rich and lush rainforests of bushy leaves and exotic animals parading in beautiful arrays of colour, now is the time to get your hands on summers' finest necklaces, statement rings and flirty bracelets. Take a dive

Makers' Marathon

The Makers' Marathon Fuel your creativity: a peer-led adventure for makers & artists Do you love making stuff? Does the idea of trying out new techniques fill you with glee? Do you want to cultivate your creativity in the company of other curious and crafty people? The Makers' Marathon is a multidisciplinary, peer-led  Learning Marathon  for those who itch to create. Over 6 months we’ll experiment and collaborate as we grow ourselves and our practices, together. Whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, this peer group will unlock possibilities for your craft. We’ll share techniques, swap skills and fuel each

'Tis the season for gift giving

Scratching your head on what to get your mother, sister, friend or lover this Christmas? A little package dressed up with tassels, bows and frills will cause that sought-after thrill for sure - and that's before they see something extra special and sparkly nestled inside! The old adage 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend' may still ring true for many, but here at BenchPeg, we'd argue that bold and colourful gemstones, weighty chains and eccentric designs are just as desirable for that jewellery lover in your life. We all know that there is a keep-forever piece out there for just about

LB Camden Creates Re-Opening Business Toolkit

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

Wax Carving and Delft Clay Casting Course - Brighton

Wax Carving And Delft Clay Casting Course - Brighton Print Werks, Brighton BN2  14 October - 18 November 2019 Objectives To learn or refine skills in wax carving with the objective of learning casting in house, using Delft Clay with the option of addition of adding gemstones to your designs.   You will be guided through how to carve wax, adapt carving tools to suite your needs, what the limitations and flexibility of carving wax and refining your skills.   You will be shown and will yourself learn how to use Delft Clay to create moulds into which you will pour

One Year In at New Designers 2020

Call for Applications: One Year In at New Designers 2020 1 - 4 July 2020 Business Design Centre Islington, London One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses. Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year In at New Designers 2020. One Year In presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. One Year In showcases and celebrates design entrepreneurs who

Evening Jewellery Workshop, K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Evening Workshop K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery All-levels 8-week Workshop | 1 evening a week | Tuesdays 20 Apr - 15 Jun 2021 This evening jewellery course is for students who want to get an insight into jewellery making. You will learn new techniques, practice your skills, refine your designs and work on your own jewellery projects.  Who is the course for? This course is suitable for students of all skill levels. Beginners will get an insight into jewellery making and learn the basic techniques. This includes learning the correct tool handling and equipment for jewellery making. They will also

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

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018 3 - 26 August 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland This August, discover contemporary design-led craft from 37 Scotland-based makers in one unique venue right in the centre of Edinburgh. You can shop curated handmade objects, including beautiful homewares, exquisite jewellery, stylish accessories and handcrafted gifts. Unleash your creativity with the careful guidance of our knowledgeable makers in the inspirational surroundings of our Summer Show. Many of the workshops are sold out, but we do have some spaces left: Carve a Ring Workshop with CARVE Carve your own ring in jeweller's wax. Get creative and make your own

Call for Applications: One Year On 2018

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

Spring Ear Candy

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

Fasten Up a Look of Style, Luxury and Suave

It's without question that cufflinks add nothing short of stylish sauve and charm to a man's attire. If you're looking for that final touch to your look then why not add a touch of luxury and individuality with your accessories? Cufflinks are often described as a popular tradition of the past with today's generation preferring a more relaxed look of rolled up sleeves as part of their smart-casual attire. That being said, it is undenaible that there is still something rather charming and suave about a pair of well-worn cufflinks.  Whilst cufflinks are practical in their function of keeping your

A Chunky Trend to Swoon Over

Whilst layering is the thing to do with your necklaces this Spring/Summer 2019, the same goes for the adornments on your hands! The difference is, long gone are the days of fine, fancy and delicate bands and in their place lands jumbo chunky pieces of style power. Dramatic, eye-catching and somewhat ostentatious, chunky, bigger-than-life rings are a fantastic and easy way of taking your look from drab to fab with all the charm and charisma.    Paired with  and a glass of bubbly or paired down with dark wash jeans and a  shirt, chunky exuberant rings will add a touch of eccentricity

One Year In 2019 @ New Designers

Call for Applications: One Year In – Deadline 31 January One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year In at New Designers 2019. One Year In presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. Pre-Show Mentorship Receive business advice and guidance to get you market-ready to exhibit. Exhibitors receive: Business and product development

Benchpeg Offer: Sold Out Tickets Available

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

Grown-up Glitter for AW18

Your September diary may not be booked full of evening soirees full of schmoozing and boozing, but don't let that stop you from working some serious sparkle into your jewellery game this season! Statement looks guarenteed to cause a few head turns are all a-rage this September so why not up your accessories game with some red-carpet worthy sparkle and upgrade low-key day-to-night attire with a touch of razzle dazzle! Dip into a shower of dazzling showstoppers with  décolletage  grazers dripping in crystal motifs, neckline grabbers encrusted in multi-coloured sparklers and lollipop rings dusted in light-catching rocks! From subtle flashes

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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

British Council Opportunities

UK in Venice 2018: Call for Exhibitor Details  Calling all UK architects, designers and curators who are taking part in the Venice Biennale 2018: we'd like to hear about your event or exhibition. As part of the British Council's UK in Venice campaign, promoting British exhibitions and events at the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, we would like to hear about any UK practices taking part this year. Please tell us about your involvement with all the details for your event or exhibition and we can then share this as part of the UK in Venice campaign via social media.

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Let us help you solve your technical and design problems 1 or 2 Day Course - Saturdays 10 and/or 17 Mar 2018 What will be taught? As a maker we all face challenges from time to time: We get stuck with our technical skills, progress or design development and wish we had someone to talk to and discuss it with! On this course you will have the possibility to get advise on the practical and design problems you come across when making jewellery. It will focus on your specific project, your work in

O Holy Sparkle!

As the Christmas nights of fun and mischief begin to flock your anointed mailbox, it's time to open the box on all things bejewelled with a touch of glitz, glamour and kitsch. If there's any time of year to go big, go bold and strut your sass without a hint of faff then the season of sugar and spice and all things nice delivers a wonderland of inspiration ready to wrap you up in one show-stopping goddess. You may well be needing to stock up on berroca but at least you can saunter away in your less than peaky self

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Cardinal of London

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London Bring your design Carve your own piece Improve your design skills Learn how to carve wax for stone setting Learn from an experienced Jeweller During this one day course you will learn how wax carving is used in the production of jewellery and how it can be used in the development and making of a piece.This course is design for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Level: This course is designed for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Time:  10:30am-6.00pm Price: 

Call for Makers / Digital Makers to Deliver Craft Workshops, Crafts Council

Maker Brief - Make Your Future The Crafts Council is looking for traditional and digital craft makers to plan and deliver workshops on our flagship craft education programme Make Your Future.  The project is a major new nationwide initiative to ignite a passion for craft among 6000 young people in secondary schools and enable them to discover their craft and making talents. Introduction to Make Your Future In 2014, Crafts Council launched  Our Future is in the Making  - the evidence-based education manifesto supported by educators, artists and makers, crafts professionals, engineers, scientists and industrialists. This manifesto sets out the case

Steam Cleaner For Sale

Steam Cleaner Steam cleaner, bought last July. £400. 18x28x30cm. Collection Ashford, Kent or can be posted at your expense and risk.  Perfect for a smaller workshop.  Contact  Chloe  chloemaylightfoot@gmail.com

Upcoming Events - Course

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Degree Show

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Symposium

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Press Preview

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Selling Event

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Trade Fair

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Private View

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

Upcoming Events - Exhibition

Talks, symposiums, private views, exhibitions, degree shows and workshops can trigger unknown inspiration. Our events page is full of dates for your diary.   

3D Visualisation Artist - Freelance, The Living City / They Eat Culture

3D Visualisation Artist - Freelance, The Living City / They Eat Culture We are looking for a freelance visualisation artist to work with us on some programme and project development images. You'll need prior experience of translating concepts to visual images and be able to work with 3d design. This is a freelance post working remotely. Please send brief introduction to your work, with your CV / visual portfolio to ruth@theyeatculture.org

Hothouse 2020

Call for Applications: Hothouse 2020 Hothouse: Supporting new makers Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s programme of creative and business support. It’s for ambitious and talented new makers. Have you set up your craft business or practice in the last 4 years? Hothouse provides you with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when you need them most – at the start of your career. Applications close Monday 9 September 2019. For more information and to apply online visit: www.craftscouncil.org.uk/hothouse

Call for Applications: Industrial Design Awards

Call for Applications: Industart  - Industrial Design Awards The acceptance of works for the industrial design awards Industart has started! It is the first awards offering the opportunity to win mass production of your idea! INDUSTART is the only awards in the world whose prominent jury will impartially and adequately determine the value of your even unrealized project-concept in the terms of both the art of design and the industrial potential of the objects! INDUSTART is an integrated approach that allows step-by-step and on a large-scale to motivate and to streamline Ukrainian design environment as a part of the world design

Mead Final Project Award

Call for Applications: Mead Final Project Award Are you a UAL undergraduate student in your final year? Do you need financial help to achieve your final major project? The Mead Final Project Award offers between £200 to £2,500 to help students who need extra funds to complete their final major project. Applications are now open. To read about past awardees, and to apply, please see the Mead Awards website . Applications deadline: Monday 26th November. For more information www.arts.ac.uk

Traditional to Contemporary Wax Carving and Wax Modelling at K2 Academy

Traditional to Contemporary Wax Carving and Wax Modelling 5 Week Course - Thursdays 26 April 2018 - 24 May 2018 About the Course The course is designed to explore working with different traditional carving and modelling waxes, that are used for jewellery making. If you are starting out on wax carving, you will get a set of projects, such as carve a simple ring and a pendant or brooch. If you are a returning learner, you will be guided to work on your individual projects and pieces. You will also be shown how to integrate gems into your designs and

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Survey Request: Vanilla Ink & MakeWorks - Scotland

Vanilla Ink Studios and MakeWorks have teamed up to build an online directory of Scottish based manufacturers and processes for the jewellery and silversmith trade. We are looking for your recommendations of processes you would like to use in Scotland and current services you already use to help us build a better understanding of the current landscape. Add your thoughts to our online form and the most popular will be filmed for the initial stages of the directory. https://goo.gl/forms/YCxmC99bIjoCcUa43

Q&A: Rosie Fortescue

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

International

Here are our favourite international based schools and training providers... Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Franziskanergasse 5a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. www.summeracademy.at   If you would like to see your training organisation listed here, please email us .

Pegs

We’ve been ‘supporting the work of the jeweller’ for over a fifteen years now. We love a benchpeg too, which is why we created the 'benchpeg selfie.' We absolutely love how each peg represents the individuality of the craftsperson who works upon it.  If you'd like to see your benchpeg featured here upload your pic to Instagram using #benchpegselfie. We will pick the best images every week and feature them on the website and newsletter. Please add a description of what it is you are working on.  ​

Market Entry Programme 2019

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

US$2M Available GIA Scholarships 2021

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

News Edit: 11 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   All The Best Jewellery Trends From The SS21 Shows Vogue: With lockdown round two and potential economic doom on the horizon, you might be thinking it’s time to put the fripperies of jewellery to one side. But for spring/summer 2021, designers have proven what all true lovers of jewellery know: its ability to lift your mood is undeniable, as is its power to make you look instantly dressed up – even if off camera, you are pairing it only with your pyjamas. vogue.co.uk London Fashion Week: the need-to-know

HammerClub exhibition 2020

Call for Applications: HammerClub Exhibition 2020 ‘ Open up’ We invite you to participate with your current and of course best piece to our exhibition  ‘Open Up’- contemporary silverwork art . Open Entry As you can see from the title of the exhibition, it is all about silverware. If your work contains other materials then silver or material combinations, but you consider them to be representative, then we stand open to all good works. Maximum of one piece per participant. Jewellery is not accepted. Exhibition Dates The exhibition will be on show at the  Nederlands Zilvermuseum in Schoonhoven  from 29

Top Jewellery Brands To Shop in 2020

When it comes to selecting your favourite pieces of jewellery, it's a bit like picking your favourite fragrance - personal.  Some will always opt for golden showstoppers, others will love nothing but silver whilst others may prefer the mix and match of bright colours and different textures. Whilst the majority of us will vary on our top jewellery picks, what remains the same for everyone is the need for our jewellery accessories to suit our personality. Whether you're more partial to a chic and classic style or prefer the glitz and glam of eye-popping drama, there's nothing like wearing a

#SmallBiz100 2020

Call for Applicaitons: #SmallBiz100 This year has been hugely challenging for many small businesses, so to support wonderful SMEs Small Business Saturday have announced that their #SmallBiz100 is back for the 8th year running. Are you a small business looking for a promotion boost, have you adapted and changed your business model or do you need help getting your business back on its feet?  Small Business Saturday are looking for 100 businesses from all industries and regions across the UK to take part. Applications are open to all UK smallbiz, even if you have had to close temporarily due to

Goldsmiths' Fair 2020

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Fair 2020 Are you an independent contemporary jeweller or silversmith with no more than six people at the bench? Would you like the opportunity to present your collections to the most discerning buyers and collectors, at the most prestigious fine jewellery and contemporary silver Fair in the UK? Applications for Goldsmiths’ Fair 2020 are now open! Applications will close at midday on Thursday 27 February. Please check your eligibility below. To Apply Applicants must conform to the following  (details on Graduate Bursary  below ): • Each piece exhibited must include precious metal(s) • Represent themselves and

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019 White Stuff, Edinburgh 2 - 25 August 2019 Discover statement handmade objects for you, and your home, from 41 Scotland-based makers in one unique location. Craft Scotland is delighted to announce the 41 talented makers that have been selected for Craft Scotland’s Summer Show 2019. Discover statement handmade objects for you, and your home, from 41 Scotland-based makers in one unique location. Now in its seventh year, the Craft Scotland Summer Show is a firm fixture in the calendar. During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the second floor of White Stuff, in Edinburgh’s city centre, transforms into

Start Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries The British Library’s Business & IP Centre offers free support for start-up businesses through its Start-ups in London Libraries programme, which is now fully available online. Join the full and half-day workshops to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business, and book for a virtual one-to-one for bespoke support designed to get your start-up journey off to the best start. Our  Start-ups in London Libraries workshops  are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our  Eventbrite page

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020

Call for Applications: London Craft Week 2020 London Craft Week are now welcoming proposals from brands and independent makers who would like to be part of London Craft Week 2020. The festival aims to showcase the most outstanding and innovative contemporary making to visitors. The curated programme of events brings together discerning consumers with makers, designers, brands and galleries, creating a unique opportunity to build engagement and sales.   The London Craft Week Team meets every two weeks to consider initial ideas. Please send a paragraph outlining your proposed activity (including information about your venue and all collaboration partners), details

Available for Outwork

Available for Outwork I am a fully qualified goldsmith of 29 years looking for any outwork available. I currently undertake a number of shops work which includes anything from silver sizings to diamond platinum pieces. I have also 15 years laser welding experience and can offer this service with my work. I am based in Brighton and currently post and personally collect work from company's so can fit in to your requirements. My main services are: Ring sizing Chain repairs  Polishing  Setting Plating Handmade commissions Watch polishing Shaped wedding bands If you are interested I could supply  references for your

What's in Trend Now: Rocking Rhinestone

If you're wondering how you're going to transition your summer jewellery staples into fall favourites, the trick is to swap out your golden coin medallions and fruity, floral brights for something a little more overstated and substantial: rhinestones. Falling in torrents from the lobes of runway models was unapologetically bold, look-at-me rhinestones in all shapes, styles and colours. We're not talking about the subtle and dainty nod to bling we've seen in previous seasons, no, designers want you dripping and glistening with shiny blinged out bracelets, earrings and necklaces hanging off every ear, wrist, body and decolletage. A little bit

Pop Up Shop Salisbury

Call for Applicaitons: Pop Up Shop - Salisbury, Wiltshire Wiltshire Council are on the lookout for local artisan makers from across the county to be part of a pop up shop in Salisbury over the 2019 festive season. The finest artisan makers and producers are being sought for this exciting new concept in Salisbury. Artists, food and drink producers, and artisan crafts are required for retail space on a commission or square foot rental basis. Are your products made in Wiltshire? Do you produce something that could be sold on your behalf? Do you produce food and drink that would

Sizzle in Summer Sparkle

In our opinion, summer is one of the most exciting times to experiment with jewellery. Whether you're packing your flipflops and jetting off to tropical lands or want to elevate your laid back look for another beer garden invitation, there's nothing that transforms an outfit than a bit of sparkle! Right now there is some seriously chic sparkle on our radar. From cascading earrings that dust past the decolletage to sleek sculptural pieces, there is no shortage of new sparkly silhouettes to try out this summer. If you're looking for some summertime sizzle with some blinged out, dripping crystals or

London's Pioneering Fashion and Fashtech Business Incubator

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

Creative Development Award 2019/20, Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Call for Applications: Creative Development Award Association for Contemporary Jewellery This is an exciting opportunity for an ACJ group or member to apply for an award of up to £500 to assist an in individual or group to enable them to undertake a form of creative development. This could be for any activity or event which will help to enhance your creative practice. The deadline to apply for the ACJ's Creative Development Awards is fast approaching with less than 2 weeks left to get your applications in. Deadline 15th September. These are also available in ‘Grants for Groups’ in the member

Munich Jewellery Week 2018

Munich Jewellery Week 2018 Munich Jewellery Week is an independent initiative that supports and communicates yearly citywide jewellery exhibitions in Munich. This year, Munich Jewellery Week have launched a new interactive website to offer visitors and participants a smooth MJW experience. Directly linked to the Google Maps, the website will immediately indicate your location and distance to each event. Open it on your phone and click on the address line to switch to Google Maps.  Take advantage of the free roaming for EU mobile users travelling to other countries and use our interactive website as a perfect tool to guide

Swinging Into New Year Ear Bling

New Year is all about ringing in the changes, embracing something different and refreshing your look ready to kick last year into the past. After the ear cuff was the jewellery prince of royalty throughout 2017, this year will welcome the pendulum swing of XXL length earrings in shiny, sculptural, arty, glitzy chandeliers. 2018 is all about going big or going home so step up your bling game and make a statement with elegant cascading stand-out earrings! From left to right: Gold 3D Flower Droppers , Large Pearl Drop Earrings , Gold & Black Perspex Flower Droppers , Shell Dropper

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert - £135

Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg We've made it really simple to pay us.  Just use the Paypal button below. How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. First, enter your company name in the box Second, enter your invoice reference number in the box ( the reference number can be found at the top right hand corner of our invoice under our address in bold and will begin with bp-00 ) then press the yellow button to pay. This button is for a fixed payment which includes transaction fees.

Commission for site-specific social seating

Public Art Commission - Site Specific Social Seating ‘a space’ arts are now inviting Expressions of Interest, from visual artists with a socially engaged practice, to work as part of a project team to design and produce a new work of public art. A prominent outdoor area has been set aside, at the former Ford Factory, on Wide Lane, Southampton, which is becoming home to a new logistics park, and we are looking for an artist to assist the development of ‘site-specific social seating’. To Express Your Interest To express your interest in the project: Please thoroughly read through the

Heavy Metal Charm

This winter kicks it back to the classic glamour of old-school rock n'rollwith heavy metal and lashings of sparkle.  Lustrous metallics, holographic fabrics, oil slick colour-play and shimmers of glitter will transform the way your winter wardrobe makes a statement this season. With designers jumping on this trend left right and centre, be ready to snap up some chunky cuffs, double layered chokers, rich jewel gemstones and colour metal mixes guarenteed to turn a head or two. We've scoured the jewellery collections and picked out our favourtite bike chain necklaces, mixed metal bracelets and clever metal magic to take your

'Tis The Season To Party & Shine

The nights have drawn in with dark and bitter blights of misery so it's time to draw them out in a festoon of festive shimmer, shine and all things fine. The party season has officially begun so grab a hot coco and dip into our seasonal festive style guide that will transform your RSPV's from maybe to 'hell yes Santa baby!' As we spin into the most sociable time of year, dazzle and twinkle your way through copious cocktail hours in a haze of head-turning adornments, from striking arm candy, fabulous fringing, glamour cocktail gemstones to tantalising shimmers of diamond

Camden Apprenticeships

Call for Applications: Camden Apprenticeships For SMEs and Mirco Businesses The advantages of apprenticeships for employers have recently increased further, particularly for small businesses. Employers with less than 50 employees can now access funding to cover 100% of apprenticeship training costs from the government, no matter the age of their apprentice. Camden Apprenticeships provide a free advice and recruitment service to help organisations plan and develop their apprenticeships programmes. Take the opportunity to explore how you can use apprenticeships in your organisation. If you’d like to find out more about how your organisation could make the most of apprenticeships, contact

The NAJ Awards

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

Chic Chain Reaction

Whilst the UK succumbs to the plunging temperatures and snow showers that January often delivers, the delights and burst of Springtime warmth feel like a far-distant dream. At Benchpeg, however, we're always of the opinion that you can never be too prepared, especially when your jewellery wardrobe is concerned. This is precisely why we're easing you into the Spring/Summer 2019 jewellery trends week-on-week so that you can invest in the all the sparkle that catches your eye whilst confidently knowing that you'll be a fashion catch when it comes to the style agenda later on this year. Everyone knows that the

Strike Gold this November

If there was ever a time to wear something sparkly, special and striking, the season of festive frivolities, parties and celebrations would be it! With the arrival of November and her sweeping chill in the air,  your inbox will become one of popularity as  nights of festive fun and mischief begin to come knocking! With that in mind, it's time to add a  touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm to your holiday look and what better way than with a strike of timeless gold?! A touch of gold provides a classic look of elegance that is gorgeously feminine when worn

Foundation Programme, The Goldsmiths' Centre

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

Market Entry Programme

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

The Ultimate Engagement Ring Guide

When it comes to engagement rings, the right style, colour, size, band, decoration and price is as unique as the wearer themselves! So when it comes to picking the right ring for your wife or husband to be, it's no wonder that many end up feeling overwhelmed as after all! If you're going to wear a ring for the rest of your life, you've got to make sure it's something pretty that hits the spot! Whilst one person may like a single diamond solitaire, another may want something a little unique with a Padparadscha sapphire pop! “Love is just a

Free Permanent Pop Up Space

Call for Applications: Free Permanent Pop Up Space Launching in February, 'The Crossing' will be a unique retail space within the West Brompton Crossing development. This space will be available to students and young London businesses wanting to do a pop-up for two-weeks for free. West Brompton Crossing are keen to speak with anyone interested in a residency at The Crossing. Venue 14 Lillie Rd, Earls Court, London, SW6 1TT To Apply For more details regarding the space please email your name, email, address, phone number & information about your businessto: communityshop@westbromptoncrossing.com    

Out with the Old, In with the Bold

The slew of super-sleek and sophisticated minimalistic pieces have outshone as the go-to pieces for day-to-day wearing and red carpet soirees. Delicate, dainty and off-duty cool, the days of simple adornment has had its day. Autumn is notoriously a season of change and a perfect chance to revive, refresh and replenish your jewellery box. So it is rather fitting that a new wave of jewellery showstoppers are will be demanding the fashion spotlight. Gone are the days of intricate delicacies as it's time to welcome the big, the bold, the mismatched, the unique and your new jewellery bff's! There's no

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

Selling Showcase: Modern Art Oxford

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

Start selling on Etsy this September and you could win £1000

As we wave goodbye to summer, let’s welcome the season of fresh starts and shiny new stationery. Why not channel that September energy into selling what you make on Etsy? Calling all creative entrepreneurs! Open your Etsy shop using the code BACKTOSCHOOL16 by 3 October for the chance to win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) AND a personalised review from an Etsy expert to help optimise your new shop. Grab that new notebook and jot down these practical tips to get you started . Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you make. Terms and conditions

The Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is a small spin off event of the flagship Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair taking place on Sunday 7th May at Altrincham Town Hall. This is a table top event and features just 38 selected makers.  How to Apply If you are interested in applying to LNCCF please email your name, craft discipline, business email  and website together with 4 images ( 300dpi and ideally 1000x1000 pixels as we will need to crop images to these dimensions) of your work to: ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk We accept applications from makers of all types of craft and from

Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery @ Flux Jewellery School

Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery @ Flux Jewellery School This weekend course introduces numerous home- studio casting techniques for jewellery and other small accessories. What will I learn? With focus firmly on the experimental, this is an exciting opportunity to try out a variety of approaches to casting and mould making. The aim is to equip you with techniques you can carry on exploring in your in the home studio.. When casting your outcome is determined by the type of mould you made. We present you with a comprehensive overview of the various techniques used in casting, both for studio and commercial use. We

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

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

Call for Applications: Setting Out, The Goldsmtihs’ Centre - Clerkenwell

Are you a jewellery or silversmithing start-up within your first two years of business? Are you looking for guidance on how take the next steps in business? The intensive year-long Setting Out business incubation scheme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is designed to boost your knowledge with support from expert tutors, business consultants and specialist speakers. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, you and a small group of young goldsmithing businesses will have access to shared studio space, fully equipped workshops and tailored support to help you transition from a start-up into running a

Market Entry Programme

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

Top Drawer S/S – Olympia, London

Journey into Top Drawer S/S17 to explore our expertly curated selection of global brands and innovative new names. Top Drawer is your perfect guide to a careful selection of UK and international lifestyle brands showing he very best, most original and commercially appealing designs across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. With more exclusive world launches than ever, an expanded Food Emporium and great new talent to discover in Spotted, your quest for new design-led products starts right here. Rigorous about selection, Top Drawer presents an expert edit of the newest, most exciting products from high quality companies passionate about design

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

It's Written In The Stars

For a magical jewellery trend that's written in the stars and studded in mesmerising diamond sparkle then peak through your jewellery scope into a blanket night sky star studded with a cluster of iridescent astrological gems. Sending the jewellery forecast into faraway orbit, govern your astrological fate by wearing the power of the cosmos as we fly into the hemisphere of the festive season of mischief! This star-inspired jewellery trend has struck the winter catwalks in sparkling elegance from demure and classic daytime subtly to bold and sultry nightie dazzle; there's a comic constellation aligning in the fashion skyline to

Drop 'em Like It's Hot: Earring Shoulder Smoulder

Whilst we hate to be the summer fun kill joys and dare to utter the words 'farewell sunshine you fare weather friend', the shiny new month of September is here loud n'proud and ready to strut into the season of fanciful fall with boldly ornate outlandish pieces your magpie eyes can't help but clock! There's nothing quite like hearing the crunch of fresh fall leaves crumbling under foot on that first break of chilly morning work runs so what better way to maximise the experience by maximising your lobe'drobe in synch! Catwalks have shown no mercy when it comes to

The Little Black Book of Jewellery Terms

Ever felt like you’ve stumbled into a foreign land of unknown territory like Alice falling into wonderland whilst a constant whirlwind of name-drops and fancy words are thrown your way? Welcome to the Jewellery world! Welcome to the Benchpeg library of learning! Listen up and take note as there's a lot to be said for confidently slipping some technical babble into conversation to elevate your respect and cachet within the Jewellery world... Assay Hallmark: The hallmark and coding indicating the office which has assayed a piece of Jewellery. Baguette Cut: A gemstone which has been cut and set into a

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Thank you for visiting Benchpeg. Our Terms and Conditions explain how to use our site, what you are allowed to do, and what you are not, and what our liability is for your use of this website. Before you use our website, please read these terms of use carefully. By using any part of our website, you are agreeing to these terms in full, regardless of your decision to register as a member on our website. If you do not accept these terms, you must leave our website immediately. These terms were last updated in August 2016. We may change

Get Fresh 2019

Call for Applications: Get Fresh 2019 'Get Fresh' is a popular biennial exhibition celebrating emerging designer-makers. The Open Call is for early career craft makers in the South West region (including photography, print-making and sculpture). Eligibility Criteria Resident of the South West UK (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) Craft maker within 5 years of graduating/ finishing training or setting up a new practice If you would like to express your interest in exhibiting and selling work in  Get Fresh,  please supply 1 digital image (size 1MB) and some brief details about your work. Exhibition

The Jewellers Toolkit

Designing jewellery and setting off on a major project or piece can be an intimidating prospect, especially when looking at using outworkers for the first time. Our Jeweller’s Toolkit has been produced to help you better understand your jewellery manufacturing needs, and it’s free to use. How to use the Jewellers Toolkit The Jeweller's Toolkit is a digital booklet, free to download. Produced by Benchpeg, the Toolkit can be downloaded as a compelte booklet, but we've also broken each handy chapter out into a fact sheet for individual use and reference. Download your full copy here , or the relevant                        

Galleries and Boutiques

Knowing where to sell your work and being able to develop a list of stockists to sell your work is important for business growth. Here we have compiled a list of shops, galleries and boutiques which sell design-led jewellery... @ work 35 Ponsonby Terrace Pimlico London SW1P 4PZ www.atworkgallery.co.uk 80/81 80/81 Ebrington Limavady Road Derry-Londonderry BT47 6JE www.culturecraft.co.uk Ada 4 The Courtyard Bennett’s Place Market Harborough LE16 7NL www.adagallery.co.uk Alan Vallis 2.09 OXO Tower Wharf Barge House Street London SE1 9PH www.alanvallis-oxo.com Alexander Gallery Kings Road Arches Brighton BN1 www.baileyalexander.co.uk Argenta 82 Fulham Road London SW3 www.argenta.co.uk Artizana Prestbury www.artizana.co.uk

Exhibition Volunteer, Stonehenge

Call for Applications: Exhibition Volunteer, Stonehenge The galleries and exhibition spaces at Stonehenge showcase some extraordinary artefacts and objects from across the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. We are looking for volunteers to help our visitors explore the meaning of Stonehenge and bring the collections to life. You can find out more information at: www.english-heritage.org.uk Please register your interest by completing and submitting the online Volunteer Registration Form. If you have any questions, please email volunteer.enquiries@english-heritage.org.uk . Deadline: 1 December 2019

Solo Exhibition Space at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

Exhibition Space at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury Fisherton Mill has only three exhibition slots left for 2021 - available for artists looking to exhibit, both solo and group applications are welcome. If you'd like to get your work up on the walls in the Main Gallery email  admin@fishertonmill.co.uk With our fab cafe on the ground floor and the exciting Gallery shop alongside, as well as all the other creative studios,  Fisherton Mill really is a great location in which to expand a business. fishertonmill.co.uk

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course Become an Ambassador for Fairtrade Gold and help make a difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. The Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course is for jewellery brands, retailers and everybody involved in the manufacture and sale of gold jewellery, from the smallest designer to the largest chain on the high street. It will help you understand the benefits of Fairtrade Gold so that you can talk confidently to your customers. It is suitable for anyone working in the jewellery supply chain, with a particular focus on the retail environment. It is also

Artist in Residence - School of Jewellery

Call for Applications: School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Scheme 2019-2020 This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new work and technical skills in a creative environment, working collaboratively within the Artist in Residence team. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in Vittoria Street gallery, and engage with the vibrant and rich community in the School. The residency scheme offer you access to facilities from September 2019 to August 2020 for no charge in exchange for student support one day per week. You will be expected to commit at least 2 to 3 days a week and

The '90s Chunky Chain Trend is Back

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

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2018

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner The Silversmith and Jewellers charity would like to invite all jewellery trade members to this prestigious event. 4 course dinner with wine. Guest speaker is comedian Ian Irving, one of the most popular and sought-after entertainers on the circuit! Last spaces are being filled now! Hurry up and grab your ticket. Date 30th Nov 2018 Venue The RAC Pall Mall, London Tickets £140 To Book Email or call Julie for tickets: julie@thesjcharity.co.uk 020 8265 9288

Call for Applications: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018

Call for Exhibitors and Demonstrators: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018 After the success of last year’s Arts and Craft Festival, West Dean College of Arts & Conservation is delighted to announce that in 2018, the Festival will run from 1-3 June. This is a call to artists, makers and craftspeople to apply to exhibit or demonstrate and be part of this successful contemporary arts and craft festival in a unique arts destination. It is an opportunity to exhibit and sell your work to over 5,000 visitors, all of whom have specifically travelled to the event for the high

"Sustainability, is it redefining the notion of luxury?” Survey

Call for Participation: “Sustainability, is it redefining the notion of luxury?” This research - around the world - will involve academics and also professionals and executives who work in this sector. It intends to know and analyze aspects that, within the framework of luxury, have been or are being redefined by sustainability. This research – which is based on a 20 minute survey - will set the basis for a book to be entitled “ Sustainability, is it redefining the notion of luxury?” I would really appreciate your contribution which can be in English, Portuguese or Spanish. The survey deadline

Instant payment for a Recruitment Advert - £130

We've made it really simple to pay us. Just use the Paypal button below. Thank you very much for deciding to advertise with Benchpeg How to pay Please use the Paypal button below to pay. First, enter your invoice reference number in the box ( the reference number can be found at the top right hand corner of our invoice under our address in bold and will begin with bp-00 ) then press the yellow button to pay. This button is for a fixed payment of £130.00 which includes transaction fees.

Crafts Council - Makers Needs Survey 2019

Crafts Council - Makers Needs Survey 2019 The Crafts Council look to support artists, makers and designers through their business development needs of their creative practices.  Tell them how they can support you by completing this survey (link below). Your opinions help shape the Ctafts Council services.  The first 20 surveys completed will receive a complimentary ticket to Collect: Crafts Council’s International fair of Contemporary Objects at Saatchi Gallery in February 2019. www.surveymonkey.co.uk

The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Collection

The stars, and the time they measure, have seen many stories start and end. Some stories end abruptly. Others echo down the eons. Start your chronograph. #StartYourStory. Precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to

HM Revenue and Customs - for the Self-Employed

HM Revenue and Customs - Videos, webinars and e-learning for the self-employed. The HM Revenue and Customs website hosts several useful online videos, webinars and e-learning sessions for people running their own business. They cover the following topics:  New start ups  Self assessment help and deadlines Research & development Record keeping Setting up and running your own business Tax for foster carers For help and support from HM Revenue and Customs please visit www.gov.uk

Handmade Edinburgh 2017

Following the success of the launch in 2016, Handmade in Britain will return to Scotland for the second year of Handmade Edinburgh. Featuring the work of over 100 makers, all vetted by jury, Handmade Edinburgh embraces exhibitors from a wide range of disciplines from textiles, jewellery and glass, to woodwork, ceramics and more. How to Apply Individual makers working across all disciplines are now welcome to apply. Please read the Application Pack for further information and submit a short description with 4 images of your most recent work here: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/edinburgh

Experimental Casting Course, Cockpit Arts - Holborn, London

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

Ethical Jewellery Workshop at City Lit

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

Benchpeg Awards 2016

Benchpeg held its first Benchpeg Awards evening in partnership with the Goldsmiths Company Assay Office on the 1st November in association with their Make Your Mark event. It was a lovely evening where the winners of the Benchpeg Awards 2016 were revealed, after our panel of independent judges presided over the short list of 19 entries out of 147 submissions to the competition. Here we see a few of the Instagram pics taken on the night and at the event during the day. #benchpegawards  Photo credits: Intstagram #benchpegawards #benchpeg #makeyourmark #makeyourmarklondon #goldsmithshall #goldsmithscompany

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Gray’s School of Art

Scotland's  Gray's School of Art  is located on our inspiring parkland campus along the banks of the River Dee on the southern edge of the city of  Aberdeen . Gray's is a highly challenging and stimulating place to develop and refine your creative education.  Undergraduate: Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery) - BA (Hons) www.rgu.ac.uk

Studio Assistant, The Jewellery Studio - Cardiff

The role Studio Assistant The Jewellery Studio Cardiff In the studio, we work with customers to create bespoke jewellery as well as taking in repairs and selling stock. We are looking for someone enthusiastic about design to join our creative team who is willing to take on the many everyday tasks. Requirements: Customer service skills Creative interest Team player Interest in Jewellery/Jewellery Design Ability to adapt to various tasks To Apply If you would like to apply for the position, please send us your CV and covering letter by using the application form below. About us We are an independent

Senior Silversmith, Thomas Lyte - Hainault, Essex

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

Workshop Manager, The Great Frog - London

The role Jewellers The Great Frog London We are currently seeking full-time experienced Jewellers who are proficient and confident in jewellery production. The role involves cleaning up castings, sizings, soldering and polishing. Experience in stone setting is preferable. We are looking for hard-working, dynamic employees who can fit in with our small friendly team in central London and an understanding of the brand’s aesthetic is imperative. Salary Competitive salary offered. Start Date TBC – As soon as possible.  Location London (across our workshop sites) Closing Date 17th September  To Apply Please send your CV and cover letter to Sam, Workshop

Jeweller - Ashes With Art - Worthing, West Sussex

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/61JVBZu0TDM] The role Jeweller Ashes With Art Worthing, West Sussex We are highly skilled and specialist company that make the very finest quality jewellery with all precious metals that include cremation ashes. Our jewellery making, attention to detail and customer service is of the very highest standard, ensuring a flawless customer experience. We are currently recruiting a full-time Jeweller. The Person We are looking for a hardworking, dynamic individual who works to a high standard. You must have (as a minimum) a solid foundation in jewellery and be looking to learn the skills required to take your

NAJ Awards 2019

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

Part Time Bench Jeweller, Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The role Part Time Bench Jeweller Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery Woodstock, Oxfordshire Established in 2017, Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery is an award-winning independent jewellers located in the beautiful historic market town of Woodstock. The gallery is both a gallery and a customer facing workshop therefore any applicant must be happy with customer service as well as being at the bench! We work in all precious metals and both precious and semi-precious gemstones. I am looking for a part time Bench Jeweller to work alongside me two to three days a week including Saturdays. Your main role will be

NY NOW 2020

Call for Applications: NY NOW 2020 Saturday 1 to Tuesday 4 February 2020 Craft Scotland via New York, USA UK-based makers, this is your opportunity to showcase at the Handmade Designer Maker section of NY NOW 2020 , a renowned international trade fair. We’re excited to announce applications for NY NOW 2020 are now open. We have 20 places available for makers living and working in the UK. As part of our partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) , Craft Scotland will showcase the work of twenty UK-based makers at renowned international trade fair NY NOW in February

Office Junior, Emdico - Hatton Garden, London

The role Office Junior Emdico Hatton Garden, London We are now looking to appoint an Office Junior to assist the Emdico team with client enquiries and orders. Tasks would include liaising with workshops and other stone dealers in the manufacturing of jewellery pieces for stock and client orders, uploading images and taking pictures for our website. This is a great opportunity to learn the jewellery trade and get an all round overview at a well established high end jewellery and stone dealing company. To apply, please send us your CV and covering letter using the application form below. About us

Goldsmith / Stone Setter / Jobbing Jeweller, MSJ Jewellery Service Ltd - Selsey, West Sussex

The role Goldsmith / Stone Setter / Jobbing Jeweller MSJ Jewellery Service Ltd Selsey, West Sussex Experienced full-time Goldsmith / Stone Setter required. Must be competent in re-tipping and stone setting work as well chain and ring repairs. Experience in laser welding would be preferable. Ideal opportunity for the right applicant to progress into the workshop manager position.   Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Competitive rate of pay. Bonuses and incentives available. Please use the application from below to apply with your CV and covering letter. About us MSJ Jewellery Service Ltd is an independent family-owned business, based

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online Provides Boost for Designer-Makers

So if there’s a hierarchy of how badly affected your sector is, when it comes to Covid 19, it’s safe to say that both the craft sector and events, come pretty high. The Crafts Council’s recent landmark survey ‘Market for Craft’ showed that 84% of makers surveyed cited fairs as their foremost revenue source. With the majority of  fairs cancelled due to the pandemic, the impact on makers has been devastating. Manchester’s award winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) was one such casualty.  The annual GNCCF is one of the top fairs in the UK for makers and a

CRAFT at Top Drawer

Call for Applications: CRAFT at Top Drawer Be part of Craft: the community for creative makers Are you a contemporary maker looking to sell your work in stores, museums and galleries? CRAFT at Top Drawer is the hunting ground for the very best professional buyers, retailers and collectors looking for exquisite one-off pieces created by hand with heart and skill. Applications are open for contemporary makers working in fashion accessories, interior design, jewellery, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, acrylic, woodwork, prints and etchings. Just click here to request the application form and information pack. www.topdrawer.co.uk Deadline: 1st May

News Edit: 1st November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Ghostly sightings reported in past at Jackson's Jewellers in Watford Watford Observer: With Halloween approaching the Watford Observer has again joined forces with Watford Museum to recall some spooky stories from the town's past. watfordobserver.co.uk Boo! Spooky jewellery with a contemporary spin Wallpaper: The devil is in the detail in these bewitching Halloween jewellery pieces. wallpaper.com Bewitching Jewellery for Halloween (and Beyond) Luxury London: Are you ready for the witching hour? Err on the side of subtlety this year and dress your fingers, ears and décolletage with suitably

A touch of modern romance

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

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Online GNCCF ONLINE 25 - 31 July 2020 An opportunity to buy outstanding contemporary craft & design  online  from 160 designer-makers and artists selected for their excellence; from jewellery and fashion accessories to functional and statement pieces for the home. GNCCF ONLINE will go live from 10am, Saturday 25th July until Friday 31st July. See us on Facebook and Instagram and buy work via the GNCCF website. Put the dates in your diary and join the conversation. In the meantime, take a sneak preview at this year’s makers below and follow us at #GNCCF

Flourish

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

New Workshop Team Member, Stubbs&Co. - Hatton Garden, London

The Role New Workshop Team Member Stubbs&Co Hatton Garden, London Stubbs&Co. requires a motivated individual, with a minimum of 5 years of work experience, to join a small workshop team to assist in all tasks of goldsmithing but primarily mounting, pre-polishing and finishing. Based in Hatton Garden, Stubbs&Co. manufactures high quality jewellery, supplying some of the most prestigious retailers across the UK and Europe. Stubbs&Co.’s, state of the art workshop is equipped with microscopes and tools. Please email your CV and covering letter, indicating experience, current remuneration and why you think you may be suitable for this position to us by

The London Creative Network Programme, Cockpit Arts

Call for applications: The London Creative Network Programme, Cockpit Arts Are you an ambitious maker looking for professional support to grow your craft business? Applications are now open for the London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts.  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help medium to established craft makers enhance their ability to advance their business. We are now entering the final stages of the programme which is due to end in September 2021. Our fully funded programme is a bespoke offer of information-led, practical workshops which is complemented

Q&A: Ed Hole

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

Jewellery Quarter Cemetery Memories Campaign

A chance to share your memories of the historic Jewellery Quarter cemeteries or make new ones at an upcoming event on 25 th  April 2020 from 1pm to 3pm in Warstone Lane Cemetery. Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries have been part of people’s lives in the Jewellery Quarter for generations, and lots of people have memories to share.  The Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project is calling out for people who have a connection to the cemeteries to share their personal recollections which will form part of an exciting event. From residents and people who work or study in the Quarter,

News Edit: 7th February 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How powerful women have made jewellery work for them FT: Choice of accessories can be loaded with meaning. www.ft.com How Your Jewellery Origins Might Be Related To Weapon Funding For Terrorists In War-Torn Countries Ed Times: Jewellery is a gift, a piece of integrity often bought as a token of love and thus needs to be treasured. So, it’s very important to note that whenever we make that investment, no matter big or small in monetary terms, do dare to ask about its traceability. edtimes.in Fei Liu’s Artistic

Autumn Spotlight: Dripping in Drama

It's true when they say that not every trend to grace the runway is for everyone. Some seasons we're hit with luscious waves of to-die-for looks and others can only be described as a cacophony of bizarre juxtaposition. The A/W'19 runways most definitely hit the latter category between kick-flip 1930s glamour, goth-come-raver technicolour to everything giant, furry, fuzzy and faux. That being said, when it comes to shining a spotlight on jewellery, all the looks to touch the runway are not only wearable no matter how daring your style maybe but showcase all the personality you will need this season. Among

Milano Jewelry Week 2021

Call for Applications: Milano Jewelry Week 2021 Milano Jewelry Week welcomes  participants from all over the world . To take part in the initiative it is necessary to send an email to the following address  info@milanojewelryweek.com  specifying: Category Academy  Craftsman  Artists  Service company  Designer  Teacher  Art gallery  Jewelry store  Journalist  Master goldsmith  Maison  Students  Other  TYPE OF EVENT  you want to organize or to which you want to take part: Conference  Contest  Event within your location  Lecture  Collective exhibition  Personal exhibition  Awarding  Presentation  Temporary shop  Workshop  Other Also indicate any other useful information. The Milano Jewelry Week team will respond

Retail Sales Associate, Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/kHlA_zy34gE] The role Retail Sales Assistant Vashi Manchester At Vashi, we don’t just sell fine jewellery. By making it easy for everyone to create a bespoke piece, we’re on a mission to transform the entire industry. It’s an extraordinary opportunity – and we’re looking for exceptional people who find it as exciting as we do.  You'll be working within our Selfridges concession in Manchester! You'll be delivering the Vashi creation process with our customers, utilising your expertise and product knowledge to drive sales and establish strong relationships for the long-term success of the business.   Acting as a

Jewellery & Watch Show 2021

Jewellery & Watch Show 2021 The 28th edition of Jewellery & Watch Show Abu Dhabi (JWS) will be back in ADNEC on 26-30 October 2021. Taking part in Jewellery & Watch Show Abu Dhabi (JWS) will align your brand with an exceptional showcase. JWS can help you build and maintain important relationships with 8,000+ elite buyers across the GCC, particularly in Abu Dhabi and in the Western Region of UAE. Be part of the JWS story ADMISSION: FREE Event Timing: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM Event Venue: Halls 7, 8 & 9, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE Click to Visit: www.jws.ae

Q&A: Max Danger

Max Danger is a Danish born Jewellery Designer and craftsman, a self confessed gold obsessive, who has a reputation for innovative and striking pieces of bespoke jewellery. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MD: Max Danger, I'm a bespoke jeweller and part time Jewellery Technician at the London College of Fashion. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MD: I went on a half year jewellery course at technical college in Copenhagen. During my time there I realized that this was what I wanted to do.  Afterwards I applied

Casting Technician, Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role Casting Technician Vashi Covent Garden, London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you. This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article.   In this newly

Creative United

Free Business Support Programme Creative United Are you a Wandsworth based creative business, freelancer or artist in need of some business planning support? Creative United's latest programme, Re:Create 2021 is enrolling 50 artists, makers and creative businesses in the borough. As well as expanding your network, Re:Create2021 will provide free, specialist 1:1 support where you can expect to gain a better understanding of: Creating a business or marketing plan Setting business & professional goals Responding to these new & challenging times Sound like something you’d be interested in? Apply now! Deadline: 28th February www.creativeunited.org.uk

CAD Technician, Vashi, Covent Garden, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role CAD Technician Vashi Covent Garden, London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you.  This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article. In this newly created

Jeweller (Part Time / Weekends), Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role Jeweller (Part Time / Weekends) Vashi Covent Garden, London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you. This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article. All

News Edit: 8 December 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The most exceptional jewellery boxes for the connoisseur in your life this Christmas If you’re serious about collecting jewellery, it makes sense that you’d be serious about where you keep it. telegraph.co.uk Unusual Christmas gifts for jewellery-lovers Jewellery is one of the trickiest things to gift. There is the metal to think about, the ring size, the stone colour and that's before you even get to the shape and style of the piece. theweek.co.uk Ultimate Christmas Gift: An Heirloom Jewelry Box Filled With Jewels Online fashion retailer, Net-A-Porter, has teamed

News Edit: 31st January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Inside the Goldsmiths’ Company: how forensic experts take down the UK’s biggest silver forgers INews: Royal jewellery experts, traders and Antiques Roadshow valuers meet to forensically examine claims of ‘fake’ silverware. inews.co.uk Anuka - the Tarporley jewellery brand made with a conscience Living Edge: Do you know where your favourite silver necklace was made? Can you trace its creation back to the very beginning? www.livingedge.co.uk 10 best jewellery gifts for her this Valentine’s Day Independent: From delicate necklaces to statement earrings, these pieces are sure to impress. www.independent.co.uk

Q&A: Mary Michel

Mary Michel is the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh. She has been with the company for 15 years and is responsible for initiatives such as Elements and the forthcoming online Ethical Making Resource . She also sits on the board of Craft Scotland and is their Vice-Chair. She answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MM: Mary Michel, I’m the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh . How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MM: By happy accident – I started here 15 years ago on a

MADE Makers Online

MADE MAKERS online 13 - 14 June 2020 from 9am MADE MAKERS online fair is Tutton & Young’s response to the recent closure of galleries, shops and events, meaning that there are limited opportunities for makers to sell work. The fair will provide an opportunity for buyers to be able to make contact with makers again and see exceptional handmade pieces. A FREE indoor design and craft fair showcasing handmade homeware, jewellery, textiles and more. All from the comfort of your own home! 15% of all sales made at this show will be donated to three charities. REFUGE – Since

Q&A: Olivia Norman

Olivia Norman is Head of Jewellery at Jessica McCormack Ltd , which has its HQ in Carlos Place , Mayfair, London. She oversees the in-house fine jewellery production for the design led brand, as well as having oversight of main business functions. Olivia was formerly at Shaun Leane for seven years as Commercial Manager and has extensive experience in strategic planning and business development, retail and sales, design, product development and production. She is a graduate of the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.  She answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? ON:  Olivia

Crafts Council Launch Hardship Fund

Crafts Council Launch Hardship Fund The Craft Sector Hardship Fund will open at  11am on Wednesday 17 June Apply here The Crafts Council recognise this is an incredibly challenging time for makers and with generous support of  The Radcliffe Trust  they will be awarding 150 makers with a £500 bursary. They will award on a first come first served basis in order to get cash into makers hands as soon as possible. They are therefore relying on your integrity to only apply if you really need this help. Crafts sector hardship grant FAQs: Who is eligible? This grant is open

Farnham Crafts Month

Farnham Craft Month 1 - 31 October 2019 Farnahm, Surrey Craft Month Full of Hidden Treasure Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are getting set for a month of craft festivities. Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with hundreds of opportunities to get involved with events featuring countless makers, pieces, organisations and venues, throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers. Farnham Craft Month celebrations have been growing steadily each

The Selvedge World Fair 2021

Call for Applications: The Selvedge World Fair The Selvedge World Fair, a celebration of cloth culture and creativity. What's special about this event?  Nurturing the designers and makers who inspire us is crucial to the Selvedge ethos – they are as much a part of our story as we are theirs, and with this event we are bringing the pages of the magazine alive. This event celebrates cloth.  Textiles form an important part of the cultural heritage of every human being on the planet. Whoever you are and wherever you are, there are textiles in your heritage. Textiles are inextricably linked to the history

News Edit: 14 June 2020

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

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

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021

Call for Entries: The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Enter by Sunday 29 November 2020 to receive detailed written feedback on your submission. To get the entrant benefits and be considered for the group exhibition and £10,000 of prizes and solo exhibitions in London, you will need to complete the below form, then you will be automatically sent to the payment page. Please select the fee for the correct number of artworks you wish to be considered (£20 for the first artwork, then £10 per additional artwork, up to a maximum 5). You can via Stripe and PayPal, via credit and

News Edit: 7 June 2020

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

Liane Wolf: Anodised Aluminium - Colour And Design Expression In Metal at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery

Liane Wolf: Anodised Aluminium - Colour And Design Expression In Metal at K Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery 25 – 27 May 2019 A 3 Days Workshop led by Liane Wolf at K Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Colour And Design Expression In Metal 'Introduce colour to your jewellery designs through discovering an array of creative techniques for adding patterns, images and colour effects to pre-anodised aluminium. This unique material and process allows for colouring to become part of the metal surface as a permanent colourfast effect. We'll explore a variety of artistic approaches, including dying, mono-printing, stamping and using resists to

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts

Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts Salts Mill, Saltaire To 1st September 2019 SEASIDE @ SALTAIRE: A Summer Showcase Bringing the Beach to Saltaire Grab your bucket and spade and head to Salts Mill to join the six super talented jewellers holidaying with us throughout the sunny season. They are bringing a sparkle to our special showcase of hand crafted collections that capture the irresistible sensations of summer! Shimmering in the sunshine will be Anthony Blakeney’s precious rings scattered with sparkling diamonds and colourful gemstones. His delightful golden ‘sun kissed’ faces hand engraved onto his silver ‘Rose Root’ rings will

Dragons’ Den and The Workbench

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

Chaumet launch ‘Chaumet In The Sky’ app

To celebrate the launch of the Haute Joaillerie collection ‘Les Ciels de Chaumet’, the high jewellery house has unveiled ‘Chaumet In The Sky’, a mobile application available on iTunes. The app acts as a playful immersion of the celestial sphere, and helps the browser to discover constellations, planets and the jewelery creations of ‘Ciels de Chaumet’, stars among the stars. “Opal comets appear among the stars, diamond stars illuminate the blue of the night...” Developed in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Michel, world-renowned astrophysicist and CNRS researcher, the application ‘Chaumet In The Sky’ makes it possible, by orienting your phone towards

Summer 2021: 1 day and 2 days Jewellery Courses

Summer 2021: 1 day and 2 days Jewellery Courses All Levels Jewellery short courses focusing on different techniques 2 - 12 August 2021 How to Make a Hinge for Jewellery 2 - 3 August 2021 | 10am - 4pm 2 days course | Intermediate and advanced On this course you will learn how to make hinges for jewellery pieces, including a cradle hinge. You might be able to finish a hinged locket or clasp, but the emphasis of this class is on the technique of making a hinge, that you can later incorporate into your designs and jewellery. You will

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019

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

Midcentury Modern®

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

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

Garden Shed Jewellery Workshop Space to Rent in Hackney

Garden Shed Jewellery Workshop Space to Rent in Hackney Sole use of a garden summer house in Homerton, Hackney.  Lots of windows and natural daylight, sounds of birds, overlooking many flowers and mini vegetable garden. Use of entire space - desk, jewellery bench and tools. Welcome to bring your own extra equipment/ tools and to store them. Available to rent two days a week. Days flexible and negotiable. £50 a week all inclusive. Tea/ coffee facilities provided in the shed.  Electric heater and fan provided.  Full use of kitchen, wc and garden. Bike security indoors. Cost: £50 a week all inclusive (Two days

New Grooves Gallery

New Grooves Gallery Have you channelled your energy into something creative recently? We want to see it!  We are looking for individuals who want to showcase their newfound creativity as part of an online collaborative project.  New Grooves Gallery is a collective with the aim of creating a visual community of people who have found a hidden talent amidst the pandemic. We want to celebrate expression in all its forms, especially by those who may not have previously considered themselves creative. We hope to encourage accessibility into the arts, with the goal of holding a physical exhibition whenever possible. We

Q&A: Jos Skeates

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

Crafting Business 2021

Call for Applications: Crafting Business 2021 Our new creative business development programme for emerging makers (between 1 – 4 years in business). Have you got a business idea you need support with? Do you need help with navigating the complexities of managing your finances? This programme is here to help you. Crafting Business is part of a Creative European funded project to provide business training skills to makers across Europe. Eight countries (including the UK) will be delivering their own respective training programmes in 2021 supporting up to 200 makers. To hear more about this project, follow  this link  to

Q&A: Fei Liu

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

Goldsmith / Jeweller (Flexible Working) - Full Time, Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role Goldsmith / Jeweller (Flexible Working) Vashi London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you. This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article. All the while

News Edit: 20 June 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Royal Mint conducts Trial of the Pyx ceremony in the City of London City AM: The Royal Mint’s coins have been submitted for testing at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London in the annual Trial of the Pyx ceremony. www.cityam.com The unusual trial all coins go through before ending up in your pocket Wales Online: Ever wondered how the quality of the prestigious coins are checked? www.walesonline.co.uk The best websites and jewellery shops to buy an engagement ring online The Telegraph: Stylish and sustainably sourced engagement rings

News Edit: 17 May 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Chopard taps actress and environmentalist Marion Cotillard to model its ethical jewels LifeStyle Asia: With the world going on reset mode lately, everyone has gotten a rare chance to pause and reflect on how we’ve been so preoccupied by packed work and social schedules, the blind obsessions for possession and power, or that we’ve forgotten about some of more important things in life: self-care, compassion for your neighbours and, last but certainly not least, for the planet we live in. lifestyleasia.com 8

Surface Design Show 2020

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

Q&A: David Fowkes

David Fowkes has been running his own atelier, David Fowkes Jewellery, for the last 25 years. He specialises in bespoke, avant garde jewellery designs, painstakingly sourcing unique stones, cut and faceted by specialist artisan stone cutters making use of geometric lines and natural inclusions within the stones themselves. He has exhibited regularly at the Goldsmiths' Fair and is based in a Grade I listed Coach House, set in the grounds of the 18th Century Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire.  He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? DF:  David Fowkes, I spend my day playing

Casting Call - Bling

Casting Call: Bling - A New Jewellery Show Twofour , an award winning television production company based in the South West, are in production of a brand new presenter-led TV series Bling! and are looking for people who would like to take part and visit our one-stop jewellery shop; a place where you can not only buy and sell your items, but also get new pieces made and old treasures fixed. British high street jewellers come in all shapes and sizes, as do their customers, from the nervous young man looking for the perfect engagement ring to someone who has inherited

Q&A: Wallace Chan

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

Learn Hand Engraving in Manchester

Learn Hand Engraving in Manchester Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October 2019 Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio, Manchester The Hand Engravers Association has been running short courses for many years and we are thrilled to announce our first course away from London – in the creative surrounds of the Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio in Manchester. Whether you are a complete metalsmith beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Introduction for Beginners' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional

Open Days at West Dean

Open Days at West Dean Saturday 8 February 2020 West Dan College, Chichester Book your place at open day and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommenstudying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (2018 student survey). A visit to the College is the perfect opportunity to: Meet the tutors and discuss study options See the large studios, workshops and  brand new  science facilities Tour the student accommodation and library Chat with current students about student life and what it's really like to study here Explore the historic interiors used for site-specific work Find out more about

CRAFT | Top Drawer S/S20 Edition

Call for Applications: CRAFT | Top Drawer S/S20 Edition 12 – 14 January 2020  Olympia, London Limited availability CRAFT, the UK’s destination for the best retailers, museum shops and galleries to source the finest original, handmade work. The 11 edition Craft at Top Drawer, the UK’s leading lifestyle trade show, introduces leading designer-makers to professional retailers, galleries and museums as they make their first buying decisions for the new season. This is your chance to join over 150 contemporary makers who have already chosen to take advantage of this unique opportunity to develop their trade contacts and access over 15,000

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2020

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

Enamelling Workshop with Danni Schwaag at Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School

Enamelling Workshop with Danni Schwaag at Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School Hatton Garden, London 2nd -  5th September The Vannetta Seecharran Jewellery School is thrilled that German based jewellery artist Danni Schwaag will be visiting our studios in September to offer an enamelling workshop. The course runs for 4 consecutive days 10am – 4pm, from Monday 2 September – Thursday 5 September. Enamelling is one of the world’s oldest technologies.Its brilliant colour and durability make it a favourable technique to add colour to your jewellery and objects. About the Course This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in working with enamel

News Edit: 2 August 2020

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

Make It!

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

Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions

Call for Applications:  The Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions The Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions are offering grants of  £300 – £700  to produce a new piece of work in any artform – visual arts, performance, music, film, photography, dance, digital, literature, craft and more – plus accompanying documentation (such as photographs, film, text or a combination of different media) that must be submitted at the end of the project. Your Commission must take place in Adur or Worthing, and must be completed by the end of January 2022. SWAG Award One additional commission this year will be

Jewellery Studio at Flux

Jewellery Studio at Flux Places Available –  Apply Now Looking for a specialist studio to advance your jewellery practice? We have space for new members to join our vibrant collective of jewellers at Flux Studios. Membership costs £235 pcm and provides 24/7 access to one of the best equipped jewellery studios in London. Work independently and collectively to further advance individual jewellery / technical / design / business practice. Additionally, there can be teaching and exhibiting opportunities. Location SE5 8QT For more information Visit our website here www.fluxstudios.org To Apply Email vickyforrester@fluxstudios.org

The Luxury Institute recommends building brand equity through generosity and kind deeds in light of Covid-19

The Luxury Institute has published two White Papers in light of the Covid-19 global pandemic crisis. ' Luxury Institute Insights And Recommendations During The Covid-19 Crisis From The Global Luxury Expert Network ’ (23 March 2020) and ‘ Preparing To Reignite Your Luxury Business Post Pandemic’ (1 April 2020). An abstract of the White Papers reads: Build brand equity through generosity and kind deeds "Many mass marketing experts are advising brands to continue their advertising and public relations campaigns throughout the pandemic crisis. Some of that advice is triggered by the fact that the advertising and public relations industries are

CityLit Showcase 2019

CityLit Fine Jewellery Showcase 2019 10th - 14th September 2019 67a York Street Marylebone, London W1H 1QB CityLit runs a one year, part time, fine jewellery course, which culminates in an end of year showcase. Are you a collector of jewellery or looking to spoil someone special soon? If the answer is yes then make sure you add these dates to your diary! Featuring work from 12 emerging jewellery designers and makers, the culmination of a year of study on the CityLit Fine Jewellery course. CityLit offers short and long course in jewellery design and making; beginner to professional development, day, evening

Keeping Time Never Looked So Good!

There's no other timeless piece in one's jewellery box than the classic wristwatch. Not long ago, the rage was to have  that  Michael Kors rose gold watch. However, it seems that 2019 is where keeping time has never looked so good, or diverse. Whether you are looking to add another treasure to your growing collection or making this Spring Season the time you invest in a timepiece, the market has never been so abundant with options. Looking for something chic and smart? Or maybe something bold and sparkly? How about dainty and delicate or classically practical? There's a wristwatch suited

Q&A: Gianluca De Girolamo

Gianluca De Girolamo is a hugely experienced photographer who cut his teeth in the photography world in packshot studios taking pictures of branded goods for commercial use. He now has a reputation second to none for advertising and creative moodshots to commercial, editorial, e-commerce and product photography for the fashion and jewellery industries. He was previously the Head Fashion & Creative Photographer at The Packshot Company, where he worked with clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski and Burberry. He now heads up Adshot, which specialised in creative jewellery photography. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do

MOSTYN Christmas Window Commission 2019

Call for Applications: MOSTYN Christmas Window Commission 2019 Calling All Creatives!!  We are inviting proposals for our tenth Christmas window display giving artists / designers / makers the opportunity to dress the double fronted art nouveau style windows at MOSTYN. Are you a designer / maker with imaginative ideas about displaying your own work? We invite proposals from you on how you would  create a dramatic display within a large / given space. This opportunity is open for collaboration work with other artists and designers. Saleable items made by the successful candidate, included in the display, must be agreed with

News Edit: 24 February 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Monica Vinader Discusses Jewelry, Fundraising And The Power Of Influencers Forbes: On your background prior to launching Monica Vinader … I studied at City & Guild Art School in London before working with London jeweller Tateossian. www.forbes.com Kate Middleton's jewellery collection - see all of her precious pieces Hello: The Duchess of Cambridge sure has great taste when it comes to jewellery. www.hellomagazine.com Jeweller finds inspiration after discovering a treasure trove of grandparents’ love letters Sunday Post: Trevor Smith and Margaret Gibb had only been together a few short months

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

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

Vanilla Ink Programme: INKubator

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

JeDeCo Membership

Call for Applications: JeDeCo Membership Interested in having your own jewellery showroom space?  JeDeCo is a working collective of jewellery designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds. We have professional expertise in sales, communications / marketing / PR, business admin and accounts and of course jewellery design, making, pricing, wholesaling and retailing.  Our gallery at the OXO Tower of London's Southbank is entirely run by its members and gives each of us a unique retail experience: improving sales techniques, planning displays, managing evens and promotions, as well as finances and suppliers. Importantly, we each have a permanent exhibition space

Into The Blue

With Spring flourishing just around the corner, it's no doubt that the jewellery world is gearing up for a facelift of fresh trends and ideas. The one thing we can be sure of is that fresh and beautiful colours of the sea.  Fine jewellery collections are awash with an abundance of blue this season from deep royal cobalt, rich teal jewels to bright and zesty turquoise tones. Adding a touch of fresh bijoux provides an easy and stylish way of updating your look - without needing a complete overhaul!   From dainty pendant necklaces, loud cocktail rings to daring bold

Q&A: Tiffany Browne

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

SoLo Craft Fair Christmas Events

We have plenty of events this festive season across South London including a huge pop up at the incredible Winterville in Clapham and would love for you all to apply. As always, all applicants must have public liability insurance and unfortunately we cannot accept any food stalls (only cakes!). You will need to apply to each event separately and please make sure you double check all your information is correct before pressing submit. Workshop leaders please email us directly. Applications will close in September. Saturday 24th November, St. Barnabus Parish Hall, Dulwich Village Set in the beautiful St. Barnabus Parish

Baby, it's Icy Outside!

With Halloween now a cobweb of the past, Guy Fawkes night over with a bang and remembrance Sunday beautifully celebrated across the country, it's that time of year where the festive cheer begins to roar loud for all to hear! Oh yes. The Christmas period is now upon us! With festivities, drinks and delectable soirees cropping up amongst our busy schedules, it's the perfect excuse to jazz up your look so that you sparkle just as much as the decorations around you! Get yourself mistletoe-ready and stand out for all the good reasons this season with some of our favourite sleek and

Lexus Design Award 2018

Call for Applications: Lexus Design Award 2019 Lexus Design Award 2019 calls upon young creative talent around the world to “Design for a Better Tomorrow”. Since 2013, this international design competition has provided the chance of a lifetime for up-and-coming designers to win the prestigious award for innovative design excellence, propel their growth, and reach world-class exposure. Mentoring. Funding. Exhibit at Milan. As a finalist, you will be provided everything needed to take your design to the next level and present it at one of the world’s premier design events. • Receive mentorship from worldly renowned design professionals. Past years

App-ccessories: The Rise of Wearable Tech

Humans have adorned themselves in jewels, metal mixes and delicately embellished accessories for tens of thousands of years. But for what reason? The answer quite simply put is because jewellery looks pretty. Bejewelled adornments, up until now, has had a limited repertoire of functionality. The mirage of glistening and sparkling rings we flash upon our fingers may well tell us the status of our relationship whilst that watch on your wrist tells you the time of day but aside from this, they provide very little purpose. In most circumstances, the jewellery we wear is purely to add a little charm,

The Art of the Statement Earring

Impossible to overlook, difficult to over-do and so easy to wear, it’s no wonder statement earrings are making proclamations everywhere at the moment. It’s a look whereby anything goes. It works whether your ear furniture co-ordinates, complements or clashes. The variety of materials, styles, colours and textures is endless. A statement earring or two can turn around an otherwise plain outfit, or take an eclectic get-up one step further. Earrings are in some ways easier to wear than other statement jewellery. There is less chance of them getting caught on a flowing sleeve or clashing with a fussy neckline, and

Sparkle: Contemporary Craft and Gourmet Food Fair

The Sparkle Fair Held every November, your sparkling festive season starts here! See and buy a dazzling range of contemporary work from more than 70 designer makers including jewellery, glass, ceramics, stylish accessories and so much more, plus a mouth-watering selection of gourmet food. Hundreds of bright and bold gift ideas. Dates Friday 17–Sunday 19 November 2017 Open Friday: 6–8.30pm Saturday: 10am–5pm Sunday: 10am–5pm Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN www.landmarkartscentre.org

Selling Opportunity for Jewellery Designer Makers

Selling Exhibition Opportunity For Jewellery Designer Makers Centrepiece is a collective of contemporary jewellery designer makers based in and around Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.  Each year the members organise a Christmas selling show at the prestigious Symphony Hall, Birmingham and they will be celebrating their 21 exhibition this year from 28 November – 23 December 2018. We are inviting guest exhibitors this year from around the UK to apply to participate in Centrepiece 2018. The exhibition is a fantastic way to gain exposure & PR for your brand, as well as sales to the general public. Centrepiece welcomes applications from

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

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FLOCK Contemporary Christmas Craft & Design fair

FLOCK: Contemporary Christmas Craft & Design Fair The Barn's signature Craft and Design fair is returning this year with a festival format and includes satellite makers-venues and an exciting programme of hands-on craft workshops. This year flock provides even more opportunities to make, experience and purchase high-quality craft and design pieces from over 50 of Scotland's top makers. flock brings two days of the best Christmas shopping in Scotland to your doorstep - come early and beat the crowds! Open Saturday 18 November @ 10am - 5pm Sunday 19 November @ 10am - 5pm Tickets Free entryT FLOCK fringe is

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News Edit: 23 September 2018

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

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Dainty Does It

The world of fashion, accesssories, jewellery and trends is one that constantly evolves, reintroduces and reinevents. So it's no surprise that some of you may be questioning whether the 90's trend of chokers might be somewhat - dare we say it -  pass é ?  Well that classic 90's spirit is still standing strong with a new season vibe and twist, guarenteed to add a little boost to your d écolletage. Forget the classic staples of thick velvet ribbons and tattoo style links and instead welcome in some daintier, delicate and ready-to-layer sterling silver pieces. The new wave of on-trend pieces

Nikki Couppee - A pop and gothic flavor

This week we discover the work of a real experimenter in jewelry field, the American jewelry designer Nikki Couppee writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Originally from Pensacola Beach, Florida, she is currently living in Oakland, California. Her work is located in a very special stylistic dimension, between pop culture and gothic flavor, in a mix of very different languages and codes. I addressed her few questions to better understand her world. IR: Where does your passion for jewelry come from? NC:  Growing up I used to look in my mom’s jewelry box and inspected and tried things on and loved hearing the stories,

Identity, Handmade in Britain

Call for Entries: Identity, Handmade in Britain Win the chance to exhibit one piece of work at the Ashmolean Museum and Handmade Oxford. Submit a piece of work which explores and addresses the concept of identity and self expression, while reflecting your cultural or personal identity. This opportunity is presented by Handmade in Britain, Ashmolean Museum and Zealous . Shortlisted entries:20 finalists will be exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum from 13 – 25 June 2019 and at Handmade Oxford, 27 – 30 June 2019. Prizes The winner chosen by the judging panel will receive a further opportunity to display their

Catherine Hills take over of Gill Wing

Catherine Hills take over of Gill Wing Jewellery for 20 Year Anniversary To celebrate the twenty year anniversary of Gill Wing Jewellery, the gallery we invited our long time exhibitor Catherine Hills to create a window installation showing her design processes through sketchbook, tools and ephemera she uses in her work and still life styling. Gill Wing also have used the launch of their new website launch to publish an interview with Hills' about her work with The Harry Potter films as welll as her own work life balance, sharing some tips when jewellery is both passion and your career.

*Deadline Extended* Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018 Extended Deadline The Vanilla Ink Programme has extended it’s deadline for applications. It’s been a busy time of year for everyone and we wanted you to take more time over the application and have decided to extend it into the New Year. Give your jewellery or silversmith practice the best starter package with the Vanilla Ink Professional Development Programme. Deadline 7th January with programme commencing in February 2018. See vanillainkstudios.co.uk/the-programme for more info. About the Incubator Programme The Vanilla Ink Programme is Scotland’s unique incubator pod, with the aim of developing new

West Dean College Open Days 2017

West Dean College Open Day Programme You are invited to come and explore the workshops and studios, take a tour with students, explore your study options and find out about funding at our next Open Day. Friday 1 December 2017, 10am - 1pm Programme School of Arts - Location Edward James Studios 10.00  Registration and Open Studios 10.30-11.00  Informal presentation in the Old Dairy Seminar Room : Welcome and Introduction - Francine Norris, Director of Education Outline Visual Arts Programmes - David Stent, Programme Leader, Visual Arts Outline MA Creative Writing and Publishing - Martine McDonagh Outline Part Time Visual

New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers

Call for Aplications: New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers Twenty Twenty, the production company and producer of Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir’ TV series is looking for talented jewellery makers for a new exciting development for the BBC. The idea, called ‘ All That Glitters... ’ (working title) is currently being developed for BBC Two, and would be a contest based series around jewellery making.  Whether you are a small scale, independent artisan jewellery maker or hobbyist ready to turn your passion into a business, we want to hear from you. Those taking part are likely to be contemporary, traditional and bespoke

Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association 3 Day Intensive Course Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is

Craft at Top Drawer 2019

Call for Applications: Craft at Top Drawer 13 - 15 January 2019 Now celebrating 6 years supporting the finest makers, Craft at Top Drawer is making their final for call for Limited Stand Availability at the latest edition of the Spring show taking place 13-15 January 2019. Now firmly established in the international calendar, Craft at Top Drawer has connected hundreds of makers with thousands of retailers. Don't miss the chance to connect with a community of fellow contemporary creator-makers, have your work seen by an influential audience of over 15,000 independent shops, department stores ,galleries and museums, including the likes of

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2019 Cardiff

Call for Applications: Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair City Hall, Cardiff 1 - 3 November 2019 Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.  You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. To Apply Click Here to Apply for Made by Hand, Cardiff StartUP Applications Made by Hand will include

Put The Sparkle In Christmas: Jewellery Gift Guide

Seasons greetings everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and as Andy Williams so tunefully sung, 'It's the most wonderful time of the year'! Tracking down that perfect gift to jingle the silver bells of that special someone can end up feeling more like a trek through ice than a gliding sledge ride through the snow. Chill out and put your feet up - we've put on our Christmas elf boots and have scoured the festive collections to bring you the sparkling stars of the Jewellery Christmas tree - guaranteed to inject a touch of merriment to even

Foyle Foundation

Funding: Foyle Foundation Main Grants Scheme - Arts The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Our Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that help to deliver your artistic vision. We look for value for money, long term benefit and sustainability in projects that we support. Typical areas of support include: helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; building projects

Playing with Pearls

The pearl has long been a stable of those who long for an elegant and sophisticated style but 2019 will see the classic piece make a return to the mainstream spotlight and in turn, convert a whole new fashion crowd. If you're one to keep your beady eyes on the trends, you'll have noticed that pearls are a fashion staple that never seems to go out of style. Adorning just about every inch of fashion's finest chunky trainers, strung tightly around choker-style chains and delicately dangling from earlobes across the runway, the resurgence of pearls this season is all about

NY NOW 2019

Call for Applications: NY NOW Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City 3 - 6 February 2019 Apply to exhibit and sell your work at the Handmade Designer Maker section of NY NOW, an international trade fair in February 2019. NY NOW is a four-day wholesale/ trade event held twice annually in New York. In February 2019, Craft Scotland will be participating in the show, taking a group of UK-based makers to New York to exhibit and sell their work to international trade buyers. Craft Scotland is now an accredited Trade Challenge Partner (TCP) of the Department for

Made By Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 Cardiff

Call for Applications Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales.  You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. Set in one of Cardiff's premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will

Style Buzz: Bejewelled Bugs

Something has been buzzing around at the back of the fashion world for some while now, creeping slowly towards the limelight ready to make a style strike. Arrange a line of spiders, beetles, ladybirds and other multiple-legged bugs and just about anyone would squirm with discomfort and unease. Yet somehow, arrange the same little critters moulded and shaped in brass, silver, jewels and crystals and they suddenly become far more alluring and compelling. Gold glittered ladybirds and dragonflies may have adorned your headbands and pencil cases as a young girl but fast forward a few years and they're flying back

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 With Centa Business Services Do you have a business idea, but need funding and support to get it off the ground? Centa can help you kick-start your business, with access of up to £25,000 low-cost loan through the Start Up Loans scheme. How do I apply? Please  click here  and complete the form. Once submitted, providing you are eligible, one of the Centa team will send you the full application form and details of the next steps. In addition we require a copy of some documentation prior to awarding the loan, a list

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Delve into the world of contemporary jewellery and develop your skills in drawing, design, critical thinking and technical skills. This rigorous, multi-disciplinary, certificated, level two equivalent year long course is suitable for intermediate to  advanced jewellers. Get to grips with a series of practical projects which will culminate in an end of year public exhibition.  Course Dates 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Time 10:30 - 16:30  Location Keeley Street  Tutor Elizabeth Bone For more information www.citylit.ac.uk/courses What is the course

News Edit: 10 March 2019

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To Shell With It

The biggest trend returning this Spring is an oceanic explosion of creative and bewitching designs inspired by beachy seashell treasures.  Beautifully eye-catching with mismatched charm and playful sophistication, the key trend to plunge into this season are ocean-inspired collections of the deep seas.  Shell-inspired jewellery pieces showcase an iridescent, light and dazzling silhouette that oozes femininity and allure in just about any outfit ensemble. Prepare to dive into an ocean bed of subtle sophistication by taking your jewellery game to a whole new level of intrigue and demure. Plunge into the deep-water jewellery selection we've fished just for you and swim

Handmade Edinburgh 2017 Emerging Talent

Call for Applications: Handmade Edinburgh Emerging Talent Following the success of the launch in 2016, Handmade in Britain will return to Scotland for the second year of Handmade Edinburgh. Featuring the work of over 100 makers, all vetted by jury, Handmade Edinburgh embraces exhibitors from a wide range of disciplines from textiles, jewellery and glass, to woodwork, ceramics and more. How to Apply Individual makers working across all disciplines are now welcome to apply. Please read the Application Pack for further information and submit a short description with 4 images of your most recent work here: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/edinburgh Application Deadline 30 March

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course We have extended the deadline for our Jewellery 2-day intensive, fully-subsidised production workshops. CFE Jewellery P1 programme empowers London-based designer businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process. If you are London-based and looking for support on your production process - apply for 2 days of expert workshops. To qualify, you need to: – Be registered and operating in a London borough – Have been trading for at least 12 months Jewellery P1, is a 2-day intensive workshop, created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready

Go Bold, Go Big, Go Beautiful

What better way to kick off a brand new year than with a big, bright and colourful bang?​ This season, it's all about piling it up, layering it on and going for the real 'wow' factor when it comes to your accessories game. With collections rich in bold origami necklaces, statement candy coloured gemstone rings, designers have crafted their pieces to be worn in a mix , non-matching fashion. Wave goodbye to the dainty days of last year and hello to bold, brash and bright oversized jewellery. From clusters of rich colour to quirky designs interlaced with different textures and materials,

Valentine's Gift Guide: Sparkle with Love

It's that time of year again when February 14th is looming at large and the pressures of presenting delicate gifts of grandeur are heavy in the air. As one of the most romantic days of the calendar year, Valentine's Day has become a day dedicated to showing appreciation, dedication and true affection to the one you love. If you're seeking a gift of love that speaks louder than a box of praline chocolates and lasts longer than a bunch of dozen red roses then steer your attention to a gift that's larger than life. Life is precious, delicate and infinitely

Chasing & Repousse Masterclass with Bryony Knox

Chasing & Repousse Masterclass with Bryony Knox 18/19th March  & 28/29th April  Coburg House Studios, Edinburgh Silversmith Bryony Knox teaches the ancient art of Chasing & Repousse - where sheet metal is formed and embossed using small steel tools, whilst held in pine pitch.  Are you tempted to add this adaptable skill to your jewellery & silversmithing repertoire.... Inspired by the stunning metalwork of the Glasgow style in this 150 anniversary year of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? About the Course The course will be 2 days long, over a weekend and 10-5pm each day. @ £90 per person per day and £20 for

Golden Fever for New Season Refinement

Simplistic. Elegant, Timeless. Classic yellow gold is making a comeback within a new wave of modernist jewellery design, making it the perfect accessory for adding a touch of complimentary refinement to the new season.  What comes to mind when someone mentions gold accessories is times-past bandwagon of big, bold and unashamedly in your face.  Fast forward to 2018 and the hustle-bustle of life makes for no down-time so jewellery that works for day-to night ease and wearability is top of our priorities. Yellow gold has undergone a sleek new makeover with the mood of pared-down delicacy sweeping brash and loud

Princess Royal Training Award

Call for Applications: Princess Royal Training Award Applying for a Princess Royal Training Award will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved through your investment in training. The awards are free to enter and are open to organisations of all sizes, and from all sectors in the UK. Entrants will receive tailored support throughout the application process.  Apply now Applications are open from 02 January – 29 March 2018 . A prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate those who receive the award will take place in the autumn. The Awards provide you with one-to-one support through

Chasing & Repousse Masterclass with Bryony Knox

Chasing & Repousse Masterclass with Bryony Knox 18/19th March  & 28/29th April  Coburg House Studios, Edinburgh Silversmith Bryony Knox teaches the ancient art of Chasing & Repousse - where sheet metal is formed and embossed using small steel tools, whilst held in pine pitch.  Are you tempted to add this adaptable skill to your jewellery & silversmithing repertoire.... Inspired by the stunning metalwork of the Glasgow style in this 150 anniversary year of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? About the Course The course will be 2 days long, over a weekend and 10-5pm each day. @ £90 per person per day and £20 for

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

Call For Applications: Artist & Maker Opportunity Showcase and sell your work at the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, 31 May – 2 June 2019 and join our celebration of creativity in a magnificent setting. Applications are now open to exhibit or demonstrate at the at the 2019 festival. “ Very interested audience, knowledgeable and keen to buy. ” “ Well-informed customers, made some good sales ” 2018 exhibitor feedback Last year’s festival was a great success and we’ll be building on that in 2019, focusing on all elements of creativity, from exhibiting and selling, to demonstrating and teaching

Chills, Shrills & Thrills

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

Professional Development Workshops, Crafts Council

Professional Development Workshops - Crafts Council The Crafts Council has released tickets for their next series of workshops and 1:1 advice sessions for makers and designers – with more coming soon. They cover a range of topics including: Application writing & presentation skills Business visioning Finances for craft businesses Fundraising skills International practice IP & copyright (incl. employment law) Product photography Reaching your market (incl. social media) Relationship management with galleries and commissioners Working with manufacturers More details online www.craftscouncil.org.uk

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery - Contemporary Jewellery Workshop

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

Future Icons Winter Showcase

Future Icons Winter Showcase 67 York Street  Looking to begin your Christmas shopping? We have the finest home decor, art and fashion accessories available to buy right now from 67 York Street. Read on for a sneak peek of available collections on display by 18 of the most sought after contemporary designers and craft practitioners on the market today. Ceramics: Helen Beard // Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA // Jo Davies MA RCA // Vezzini & Chen MA RCA // With special guest: Helen E Ceramics Furniture & Lighting:  Kevin Stamper // Louis Jobst  // With special guest: David Pringle MA

Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association Wednesday 5 September for 6 weeeks at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is kept to just eight

Delicate Delights for November Nights

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

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

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

Learn Hand Engraving in London with the Hand Engravers Association

Three Day Intensive Course Learn Hand Engraving in London with  The Hand Engravers Association 5 - 7 March at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, London WC1N 2NP  The Hand Engravers Association has been running the popular ‘Hand Engraving: Basic Principals’ short courses for many years. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving on metal. Taught by professional engraver Wayne Parrott and engraver and silversmith Angus McFadyen, the class size is kept to

Learn Hand Engraving with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving with The Hand Engravers Association The Hand Engravers Association has been running these popular courses for many years and is delighted to announce its first course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre this autumn. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, the class size is kept to just eight students and run over six evenings so students have time to practice and

Free CAD Workshop in London

Free CAD Workshop in London   Organic modeling tools for Jewellers & Sculptors. Learn some basic computer aided design tools to use in your creative practice and how to send off models to be 3D-printed. Date Saturday 12th August Time 2pm Location Thames Side Studios, SE18 5NR Exact location will be given upon subscription. To Book Please  Subscribe  to attend! Bring you own laptop with a demo of  Rhino  &  T-Splines  installed. For More Information Help and more information will be given upon subscription. www.sebastianpintea.com/courses

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.

Open Studios, FLUX - Vanguard Court, London SE5

The annual Vanguard Court Winter Exhibition opens this week. At Flux we have mulled wine and good cheer to share in our inspiring setting as we transform the studio into a sensational jewellery gallery. Vicky Forrester will be showing new work alongside fellow studio jewellers at Flux. This is also an exciting opportunity to see the works of 35 artists and makers at Vanguard Court: see Jewellery and Silverware, Ceramics, Textiles and Printed Accessories, Sculpture, Painting and Architecture by South London's creatives. Collect stamps along the treasure trail for your chance to win a box full of handmade goodies. Dates:

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair 2017

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall 10 – 11 March 2018 Call for Applications The Organisers of The Contemporary Craft Festival and Made by Hand, Cardiff are delighted to announce our NEW, inspirational 2 day event in the heart of Cheltenham.  Applications Open Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland. You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation

Goldsmiths’ Company to Stage UK’s Biggest Precious Metal Student Event

On 1 and 2 November, London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall will host the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of the events in 2014 and 2015 the event will now be extended over two days and will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities. Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to apprentices, and anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds

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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,

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Pulse 14–16 May 2017 - Olympia, London

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Call for Applications: Top Drawer | Craft 2017

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Win £6,000 to Pay For An Artist's Studio In The UK, The ACS Studio Prize 2017

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AUTOR 2017

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Learn Hand Engraving in London - Three Day Intensive Course

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Learn Hand Engraving in London - Three Day Intensive Course

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2 Buildings.100 Designers. New Products. Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer-makers and Network members. Held across our two historic buildings, this is an opportunity for the public to go ‘behind the scenes’ and explore the studios of our renowned design community. Open Studios Throughout Craft Central St John's Square & Clerkenwell Green, you'll be welcomed to discover and meet some the UK's most notable designer makers in their private studios. This is your chance to purchase and commission directly from these designer makers. Inspired by NEW! This spring, Craft Central is focusing on all

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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

Artist Residency, Made in the Middle

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Call for Applications: Design Jewellery Area, Baselworld 2017

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MADE BY HAND, The Contemporary Craft Fair

MADE BY HAND, The Contemporary Craft Fair at City Hall, Cardiff Applications are invited from makers from across the UK and Ireland to the finest and largest contemporary craft fair in Wales. You work to the highest standards making ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials, printmaking and paper.  You are resident in the UK or Ireland and your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality. Set in one of Cardiff's premier venues, Made By Hand is in partnership with Cardiff City Council and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Made By Hand will feature

MAKE '16 - Contemporary Crafts For Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen - Devon

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s annual Christmas selling exhibition 'MAKE', showcases over 50 designer-makers from across the UK. With works in a variety of disciplines and with a range of prices to suit everyone, 'MAKE 2016' is an excellent opportunity to buy an individual piece of craft this Christmas. In addition to the exhibition, the shop has everything you need to decorate your home and celebrate Christmas. As well as cards, gift wrap and decorations we stock a huge range of South West makers work offering more choices for Christmas present buying. Exhibitors: Zohreh Adle-Ghadjar, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Alex Aurum, Libby

Open Studios: Made In Clerkenwell Winter 2016, Craft Central

Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer makers and Network members. For the first time we welcome visitors to 4 iconic Clerkenwell venues filled with over 150 designer makers selling quality handmade home accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationary and prints. Everything you could possibly need for Christmas. Open Studios Throughout Craft Central St John's Square & Clerkenwell Green, you'll be welcomed to discover and meet some the UK's most notable designer makers in their private studios. This is your chance to purchase and commission directly from these designer makers - truly special gifts for Christmas.

Call for Applications, FREE Jewellery Production Workshop

Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Jewellery Production : A 2 day fully subsidised workshop designed to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today.  What is It? Are you interested in moving your designer maker business to the next level, but unsure how to go about it? The Jewellery Production 1 workshop (Jewellery P1) has been created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today. Two Day Intensive Course

The Power of A Chain Reaction

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

School of Creative Arts Open Day February, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Saturday 4th February 2017, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James

School of Creative Arts Open Day, West Dean - Chichester

Create your future is the message from West Dean as the College opens its doors to students interested in the Visual Arts incorporating Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Tapestry and Textile Art.   The School of Creative Arts Open Day (Friday 2 December, 10am to 1pm) is an opportunity for prospective students to tour the art studios; meet the  tutors; hear about funding opportunities, including scholarships and bursaries; talk to students; and tour the campus and residential accommodation. Edward James, the founder of the College was a poet, artist, designer and patron of the Surrealist Movement. During his lifetime James sponsored

ATELIER 51

For the past few months Atelier 51 has been working on an exciting new project - a permanent shop based in their HQ and studio in the London Road area of Brighton just down from Brighton Station. They've refitted their tiny shop and have assembled a great variety of makers to show their work. We must say it is looking great! They will be launching an online shop soon featuring unique and beautiful work, handmade in Britain, delivered to you at home. For more information, register your email here . Atelier 51 Studio Shop will be open 11am-5pm Tuesday to

Centrepiece - Symphony Hall, Birmignham

Centrepiece Jewellers showcase handmade unique collections a t Symphony Hall   Each year during the festive period, a collective of Birmingham’s well established and emerging jewellery designers exhibit at the prestigious selling event, Centrepiece at Symphony Hall. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy exclusive Christmas gifts from exceptional handmade creative collections, or commission truly one-off personal pieces. Hosting a fantastic competition worth £100 This year Centrepiece is running a fantastic competition opportunity. To be in with a chance of winning £100 off your chosen piece of unique jewellery please visit the Centrepiece Jewellery Facebook page to enter from 9 November.

Pure London 2017

Pure London and Pure Man is the best place to source new collections for your store, department or online showroom. Our trade only event also provides 3 days of discovery, content-rich insights, trend inspiration and the opportunity to network and make buying connections.  We’re a transactional show, not just a PR showcase, you can discover the products from the brands you want and order them at the show.  Join us and be confident you’re in the right place to do business, network and meet with peers. There are hundreds of brands to discover over 3 days which would be impossible

Ask the Professionals, The Sorting Office

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

Sparkling Jewellery Trot Into the Fashion Neigh-borhood With Their New Equestrian AW Collection

Autumnal style shines through with Sparkling Jewellery’s new Equestrian collection for Autumn/Winter. Launching Friday 23rd September 2016, the new range features a range of gold, silver and rose gold pieces throughout the collection – perfect to mix and match or incorporate with items already in your wardrobe. This season is all about delicate, unusual and quirky accessories with simplified charms and a stunning mix of styles and shapes. And with Sparkling Jewellery’s new collection, you’re set to be on trend. The “go to” jewellery brand offering the most beautiful must-have pieces – and worn by leading celebrities and TV stars

Creative Business Workshops, Crafts Council

Three workshops coming up this November to support your creative business development.  The Crafts Council recognise the need for artists, makers and designers to be supported throughout their career whether just starting out or as an established international artist.  These accessible, enjoyable, and informative workshops offer the right mix of key experts and experienced makers offering advice to help you establish and sustain a creative business or realise ambitious projects. Tickets Costs start at just £20 and are based at different regions across the UK.  Dates: Dates this November 3rd in Sunderland 16th in London and 21st in Leicester To

Hoops Of Summer Fun: Trend Alert '16

Guess whose back, back again? Miss Hoop is back, c-e-lebrate! Statement earrings were the cool and effortless 'it' girls of the fashion accessory hierarchy throughout 2015 and it seems that this little fashionista is looping back round this Summer 2016 as a jewellery box mainstay: Hoop earrings. We've fiddled and fumbled around with stud encrusted ear cuffs and crawlers and quite frankly they're a ruddy pain in the ear to keep in place and if you manage to keep it attached to your lobe for more than two hours then you my friend are a triumph! The fashion flurry magpies

Awards

Every year Benchpeg holds the Benchpeg Awards. This year, we are extremely excited to announce that we are partnering with the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office London and the annual 'Make Your Mark' event to deliver the awards. As part of our ten year anniversary celebrations, the Benchpeg Awards have changed for 2016 and are now open to entry by all current students , recent graduates and new businesses . Previous awards reception at City Lit The Aim of the Benchpeg Awards The Benchpeg Awards have always been aimed at helping students and fledgling businesses, or those emerging to create a

Handcrafted Wire Findings

Price: £16:54 Why spend hundreds of dollars stocking up on expensive manufactured clasps, jump rings, ear wires, bails, and much more when you can get exactly what you need for a fraction of the cost? Why spend hundreds of dollars stocking up on expensive manufactured clasps, jump rings, ear wires, bails, and much more when you can get exactly what you need for a fraction of the cost? With Handcrafted Wire Findings you can learn how to make all of these things and more with your choice of materials. From sterling silver, fine silver,

Collect 2021 Talks Programme

Collect 2021 Talks Programme, Crafts Council Collect takes place  online   26 February - 2 March 2021 Collect 2021 Talks Programme In association with  Crafts  magazine We're delighted to announce the Collect 2021 Talks Programme taking place 26 Feb - 2 March with leading figures across art, interiors and culture. Carry on reading to discover the full schedule below and book your place now before they're gone: Breaking the Boundaries of Craft: LOEWE FOUNDATION Friday 26 February 12 noon (GMT) An international panel of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists - ceramist Takeshi Yasuda, textile artist Yeonsoon Chang, glass maker Harry Morgan and jeweller Patricia Domingues - are brought

News Edit: 12 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Chopard brings a playful edge to its red carpet-worthy high jewellery The Telegraph: A necklace featuring 90 carats of heart-shaped diamonds and gemstone-studded animals are among the highlights of Chopard's 2020 collection. telegraph.co.uk Sustainability Tips from Jewellery Designer, Pippa Small Vanity Fair: Inspiration from the acclaimed designer. vanityfair.com July 2020: What's New In Jewellery Tatler: This month, expect summery, everyday, and nature-inspired jewellery pieces—as well as some truly stunning engagement rings. asiatatler.com Your Guide To Wearing Men's Jewellery Right Tatler: With more

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

Kingsgate Workshops Winter Show

Earlier this year, the 75 artists and makers who inhabit Kingsgate Workshops’ unique and enchanting Victorian warehouse held their annual Open Studios. It was so successful they’ve opted for a festive edition – this time it’s all about the presents. There’ll be beautiful handmade unique gifts available, ranging from Steve Buck’s ceramic decorations, to Beverly Bryon’s fused glass creations. Private View Join them on Thursday evening for our grand opening, with festive appetisers in the magical fairy-lit courtyard. Late Night Shopping Opening late on Friday. Pop down after work and get cracking on your Christmas shopping, with decorations, gifts, stocking