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NAJ create 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' for industry

The Nationl Association of Jewellers have creates a set of special webpages, a 'Bitesized Brexit Briefings' blog intended to share information, opinion and intelligence for the Jewellery Industry leading up to the UK leaving the EU, and afterwards as the Jewellery community acclimatises to post-Brexit Britain. Along with other Association members of the British Allied Trades Federation, NAJ has commissioned specific guidance notes in case the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, which remains unclear despite today’s positive noises from the Prime Minister meeting with EU Negotiators. The guidance notes  covering key topics such as Intellectual property,

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

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

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

Endangered Craft Award 2017/18

Heritage Crafts Association launch the HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 The Heritage Crafts Association has launched a new Award of £1,000 with the kind support of Marsh Christian Trust. The HCA/Marsh Endangered Craft Award 2017/18 will be awarded to the proposal which in the opinion of the judges makes the best use of the funds to secure the survival of an Endangered or Critically Endangered Craft. The winner will be announced at the HCA’s annual conference “Crafts for the Future” on 24th March 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. For the purposes of the Award, eligible crafts are

Masterpiece London Highlights 2016

At the height of the international summer arts season over 150 of the world's top exhibitors joined us at Masterpiece London to show works that span 5,000 years of art history, furniture, jewellery and design; from antiquity to the present day. In association with Principal Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, the fair drew close to 40,000 visitors for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London. Relive the fair with the highlights video here and hear from the 2016 exhibitors as to why in their opinion Masterpiece has established itself as the leading international

Susan Blackler Wins 2016 Gem Empathy Award

Gem-A have announced that Susan Blackler, of Sonkai Ltd., is the winner of Gem-A's newly-revamped Gem Empathy Award 2016, with her design titled ‘Supernova’. In previous years the award has been presented to the IJL exhibitor displaying, in the opinion of the judges, a single piece or collection of jewellery that makes captivating use of one or more gemstones. This year, however, Gem-A has remodelled the creative initiative, requesting that designers featured in the Design Gallery at IJL, produce a design based around a breathtaking 10.46ct Fantasy Cut heliodor (also known as golden beryl), sourced from award-winning gem cutter JohnDyer.