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Anthropologie Celebrates 'Women who Weld' this International Women's Day

From today, right up 'til April 23rd, the Anthropolgie store on Kings Road, London, will play host to a curated selection of jewellery, designed by Britain's most inspiring female jewellers.  The showcase, which will feature eight designers, was designed to celebrate both International Women's day and Women's History Month, as well as British design. Throughout the event, customers will have the opportunity to buy  one-of-a-kind and numbered pieces, all of which have been carefully handcrafted in the UK. International Women's Day  (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also

EU Prize for Women Innovators

Call for Entries: EU Prize for Women Innovators The European Commission has launched the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to award women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. Apply by 15 November 2017 and follow us on #WIPrizeEU. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:  "The EU Prize for Women Innovators gives public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs and inspires other women to follow in their footsteps" [youtube url=http://youtu.be/dI7Edk3WzLw] Prizes Four cash prizes will be awarded to the most innovative women entrepreneurs: First Prize: €100 000 Second

100 Jewels by 100 Women

100 Jewels by 100 Women 2 nd  - 27 th  June 2021 Double Door Studios’, 7 Ward Road, Dundee, DD1 1LP This June, the residents of Dundee City Centre’s Double Door Studios will hold an exhibition named ‘100 Jewels by 100 Women’, celebrating the achievements of craftswomen in our society. The exhibition will feature one item of jewellery from each of the one hundred invited artists; women who have lived, studied and/or worked in Dundee during their careers.  Among the broad list of participants can be found many of Duncan of Jordanstone's tutors and alumni from over three decades. From

Women’s Work: Pioneering Women in Craft, 1918 – 1939

Women’s Work: Pioneering Women in Craft, 1918 – 1939 Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Sussex 4 May – 6 October 2019 This Spring, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft will present a major new exhibition on the work of craftswomen who turned their practices into successful businesses between the two World Wars. Women’s Work will focus on pieces made by textile artists, weavers, ceramicists and silversmiths, many of whom were informed by their experiences traveling during the First World War. Often overshadowed by their male counterparts, these pioneering women achieved success by looking to past techniques to create contemporary

jewellerybox match purchases with donations to women's shelters for their International Women's Day collection

Online retailer jewellerybox has partnered up with local women’s refuges in the South London area for International Women’s Day. The handful of refuges that they are supporting, which will remain unnamed for reasons of discretion, are all charities which provide support and accommodation to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. jewellerybox will be donating a minimum of one piece of jewellery to the refuges for every piece that is sold from their International Women’s Day collection from the 8-11of March. The pieces within the collection are dainty and affordable, using symbols such as knots and interlocking symbols to

Minimal Jewellery Store Uses Subtle Design Feature to Spread Positive Message to Women

ThingsEyeLove, a contemporary  jewellery  store  specialising   in elegant minimal pieces, is using its  bestselling   ‘  Imprint Heart Ring ’  to spread a positive message to all those who wear it . At first glance it  is a simple, stunning, smooth 999 sterling silver  ban d. But, thanks to a clever piece of design, a secret  raised feature on the inside leaves a heart shaped imp rint  on the finger, visible when the accessory is  removed.  The leading  jewellery  outlet aims to spread a  positive  message  of self-love to women using this  beautiful item. Whether it is bought as

MASTERY. Women in Silver

MASTERY. Women in Silver Ruthin Craft Centre 24 July – 18 September 2021 This is the first exhibition to focus on the UK’s exceptionally talented contemporary women designer silversmiths. Fifty years ago, it would have been impossible to assemble an exhibition like this, as there were so few women working in the field. What was once a totally male discipline has been transformed within three generations. The Mastery exhibitors represent a large cohort of women working at the highest level of silversmithing and include long-established and mid-career artists alongside some emerging makers of exceptional promise. The work itself was chosen

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

International Women's Day 2017

IWD 2017 #BeBoldForChange For International Women's Day 2017, we're asking you to  #BeBoldForChange . Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. Submit your  #BeBoldForChange  action via the IWD website. International Women's Day Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the  #PledgeForParity campaign  and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations  rallied their people to pledge

Women's Jewellery Network - Birmingham Event

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

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL The Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN), a new organisation designed to connect, grow and inspire women in the industry, will make its debut at International Jewellery London (IJL) in September. The WJN aims to create a UK-wide network of women working across all sectors of the UK jewellery and watch trades, providing career advice and business networking opportunities. It will launch as a membership platform with access to online support and resources, strengthened with seasonal meet-ups and events to connect women with their peers in the trade. While the full concept will be unveiled

Lily Blanche wins Business Women Scotland Award

Stirling-based jewellery company Wow (Scotland) Ltd has triumphed in the main Scottish awards for female entrepreneurs. The company, which trades under the name Lily Blanche, won the award for best use of social media in the BWSWES Awards run jointly by Business Women Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Founder Gillian Crawford was presented with the award by the Financial Times’ Miss Moneypenny and Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, Professor Heather McGregor. The company won the award for its Facebook campaign Lin’s Locket, which promoted the Lily Blanche Memory Keeper Locket. This innovative locket opens to reveal six secret photographs

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

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

Burglar who stole millions of pounds worth of jewellery from Hatton Garden in London loses appeal at the High Court

A burglar who helped to steal millions of pounds worth of jewellery from Hatton Garden in London has failed to reduce his extended sentence at the High Court on19 March 2021. A burglar who helped to steal millions of pounds worth of jewellery from Hatton Garden in London has failed to reduce his extended sentence at the High Court today (19 March 2021). John Collins (79) was part of a gang of six men who burgled the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company in April 2015. Six men wearing high-visibility jackets entered the London premises over a Bank Holiday weekend, overcame

Body Language Collection Timely for International Women’s Day

With female empowerment themes strongly present amongst all media channels this week for International Women’s Day , Anissa Kermiche's Body Language collection is timely. Body Language  celebrates the female form and is a reflection of the generation of successful, powerful and funny women that Anissa sees all around her and uses as inspiration. The collection features the iconic Rubies Boobies, La Derriere and Precieux Pubis necklaces and the playful Yes We Can singular earrings amongst other pieces crafted from different golds, silver and precious stones. From her London-based studio, Anissa has sourced the finest stones and used both her technical

Fair Luxury calls for jewellers to join the fashion revolution, letting customers know who made their jewellery

It’s said we are the first generation that knows that we are killing the planet, and fast fashion has been amongst one of the biggest targets of criticism. This new era of awareness couldn’t be more apparent- with activist group Extinction Rebellion hosting rallies in cities over the world in the last few days.  At a time where sustainability accounts for a key fashion trend and internet searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have almost doubled since last year; Fair Luxury looks to the jewellery industry, as a caveat of the fashion trade, to take action and show solidarity for planet Earth. Fashion

Brazillian designer who turned her back on fast-fashion to exhibit at Milan Fashion Week

Brazillian designer, Roberta Mattos’, evolution from fast-fashion student to slow-design is encapsulated in her latest collection: Pause.  The designer began her career in the clothing industry but fell out of love with it due to wide-spread ‘fast-fashion’ practices. She finally settled on jewellery design after trying her hand at other creative industries, such as gastronomy and culture, inspired by a visit to a local jewellery atelier.. The ‘’Pause’’ collection is intentional and conspicuous with its meaning, incorporating the geometric ‘pause’ symbol as a motif within the designs, serving as a gentle reminder to take a break from technology and connect

Appointment: Victoria Waugh Announced as Women’s Jewellery Network First Ethics and Sustainability Ambassador

The Women’s Jewellery Network, the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, today announces Victoria Waugh as its first UK Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability. Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members. Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical

Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016: Harriet Kelsall wins ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award

British jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has won the ‘Retail Businesswoman’ award at the London regional finals of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016. The regional heat took place on Friday at a celebration lunch at an exclusive London hotel, before an audience of senior and influential business leaders. Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in

Women’s Empowerment in Action, within the Jewellery Supply Chain

The Dragonfly Initiative is a sustainability consultancy that works across the depth of the jewellery supply chain to support the growth and sustainability of emergent jewellery businesses. The consultancy has recently been working with brands which champion female empowerment. Vivien Johnston of The Dragonfly Initiative is an expert in her field regarding jewellery ethics and sustainability as well as having a track record of first hand experience in end to end best practice in jewellery manufacture. A recent client of the consultancy was a female led jewellery brand, Myne London, which had a mandate to source emeralds mined and polished

Joanne Haywood: A woman’s work is never done

21 Jewellery works made for 15 trailblazing women. This frieze of jewellery represents the women who have been important to mixed media jeweller Joanne Haywood from childhood to present day and were created over three year period. The project was prompted by an ACJ exhibition in 2014, where Haywood made a neckpiece in honour of Patti Smith, in response to the theme of ICONS. She accumulated a long list of trailblazing women and decided to make further works in honour of each of them and their work. The frieze of jewellery was exhibited for the first time during Made Canary

Jewellery house Alessa announces annual charity campaign to support families, women and children

Alessa Jewelry was born out of a fairy tale romance between Yuvraj Pahuja and Alessandra Robles, after meeting at the Gemological Institute of America. Inspired by Alessandra’s Guatemalan ancestry and Yuvraj’s family experience within the jewellery industry, the brand boasts striking, vibrant and edgy designs for the modern woman, whilst nodding to both Latin-American and Indian heritage. Six years ago, Alessandra; born and raised in Guatemala launched ‘Give Wings,’ a year-long charity initiative on a mission to give back to the community. As part of this, the brand teams up with Not-For-Profits that not only provide housing, health and educational

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

News Edit: 20 September 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Works of art: the best of this season’s high jewellery pieces It can take hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to create a high jewellery piece. Jessica Diamond on this season’s sparkling labours of love. Photographs by Charles Negre. www.thetimes.co.uk From Gabrielle Chanel to Elsa Peretti, Meet the Women Who Changed the Jewelry World The world of jewelry was, for a long time, the domain of men. But throughout the twentieth century, exceptional women have taken control and revolutionized the codes of the most prestigious houses. Meet the

This Fine Jewellery could Save Someone's Life

Medical ID bracelets can make all the difference when it comes to a prompt diagnosis in a medical emergency, especially where communication is comprimised. Created to quickly identify a range of conditions, such as allergies, diabetes, dimentia and many more, they are arguably the most important piece of jewellery the wearer will ever own. Jewellerybox, a London-based online company who have been making waves. Over the last year, they launched an International Women's Day collection to benefit local women's shelters and partnered with app 'reGAIN' to encourage consumers to recycle.  Their latest offering of Medical ID bracelets comes at a

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

LOUPE

Call for Expression Of Interest - LOUPE Call for Expression Of Interest for an exciting and valuable opportunity for designer-makers and craftsmen and women looking for affordable workspace and retail opportunities in Hatton Garden - London’s world renowned, historic Jewellery Quarter. LOUPE is a new venture founded by Amanda Mansell, due to open mid 2019. It will offer affordable jewellery bench space, and a range of skills and business support activities uniquely delivered through a retail environment, providing selling opportunities for designer-makers and craftsmen and women who are the beating heart of Hatton Garden. The premises will undergo a major refit with

Millennials embrace the signet ring

The signet ring is back. But move over the traditional buyers and enter the  Millennials ; especially Millennial women who, according to the Birmingham manufacturer Domino, are currently embracing this age-old staple of the jewellery industry and making it very much their own.  B oth m en and women in their 20s and 30s are discovering and reinventing these rings.    Domino’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Chantelle Serrell-Cooke, believes that younger buyers appreciate the real opportunities that signet rings offer for personalisation, which is a key trend coming through across the market.  “This digital generation loves having the chance to make its

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

News Edit: 8th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The powerful women behind Cartier’s most iconic symbol Harpers Bazaar: A new interactive exhibition at Harrods celebrates the glittering heritage of Cartier’s most famous emblem, and the pioneering woman who inspired it. harpersbazaar.com An ode to nature Bankock Post: Chopard translates its love for flora and fauna into a new range of high-jewellery creations for this year's Red Carpet collection. bangkokpost.com All the coolest Australian jewellery designers are now in one place Fashion Journal: I don’t know about you, but I find that buying jewellery online can be

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

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

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

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019

Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen Show 2019 9th & 10th November 2019 Stockbridge Town Hall, Hampshire The H&B Guild return to this spacious and interesting venue along the vibrant Stockbridge High Street. They will be joined by guest artists Jules Hogen (Designer Knitwear), Kathryn Greene (Textile Designer) and Reuben Goadby (Hand-carved Spoons in a range of unusual wood). Come along and meet the makers to gain insight into their skills and specialised techniques… The Guild is a group of craftsmen and women who have a common interest in maintaining the design and manufacturing skills required to produce the highest

'Pussy pendant' makes waves for young designer Lukas Grewenig

Tip for all young designers. If you want massive mainstream media attention, design a piece that resembles a part of the women's anatomy and get a high profile jeweller to promote it on Facebook and Twitter. Lukas Grewenig, a London based designer who studied at the Royal College of Art came up with his pendant design as part of the Gilded Youth Project run for talented youths by high end jeweller Theo Fennel and Central St Martins. It is made of silver and gold with a purple gem set in the middle, and is designed to portray the way a

Suri Jewelry: Memories from Renaissance

The women painted by the great Venetian Masters wear jewelry and precious stones, fabrics from the East, embraced by smoky atmospheres of incense and fragrances writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Since childhood Giulia Vecchiato admired the jewels of the eccentric ladies who live in Venice, as they were amulets to access the past and ancient times. She started very little to build her own jewelry by assembling scrap metal found in her house, seals, scraps of fabrics mounted on curtains’ pendant. Growing up and studing traditional techniques of goldsmith, she started her own journey into the jewelry field, by developing a very

Ariane Chaumeil creates Spring Summer Collection based on Greek Mythology

French jewellery artist Ariane Chaumeil has launched her Spring Summer 2018 Collection with 14 sacrifices, 14 adornments, based in Greek legend. Thrown into the labyrinth to perish in sacrifice with 13 other young men and women, Theseus was saved by Ariane who fell in love with him, giving him the thread that allowed him to escape the Labyrinth after defeating the Minotaur. The collection consists designs utilizing alloys and natural materials such as coral )collected from authorized fishing zones in Spain), worked shells, reconstructed turquoises, red agate, leather as well as faceted crystals. Austrian beads showcase the technical work of

'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia’ Collection To Be Unveiled At Baselworld

Following from the success of her first collection titled, 'Inner Brilliance' Reena Ahluwalia is set to unveil her new line 'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia' at Baselworld. The jewellery collection marks the second step in the designers' partnership. At The Hong Kong September 2016 show, Aaron Shum and Reena revealed a hyperrealistic diamond painting of the Coronet diamond setting which was a custom commission at the time. With great anticipation for this new collaboration, "Coronet" encompasses a beautiful range of diamond jewellery creations; both meaningful and affordable. Reena designed these pieces by keeping in mind the self-purchasers and women who want

UFOs take off at Tory Party Conference

Members of the Conservative Party are it seems great fans of UFOs – however not those that flash in the night sky and come complete with little green men! The UFOs which went down a storm in Birmingham earlier this month were in fact ‘Unique Finger Ornaments’ created by Stephanie Holt, winner of the 2016 Weston Beamor prize at the City’s Jewellery School. Holt, who is now Artist in Residence at the Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, was invited, alongside a group of other local and diverse craftsmen and women, to exhibit at the Conference which took place at

GIA Develops Free Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America), working with nonprofit international development organization Pact, have recently launched a pilot study to test a new rough gem guide. The guide was developed specifically to offer basic gemological and market knowledge for artisanal miners in gem-producing regions. The illustrated booklet, available in English and Tanzanian Swahili, was distributed to approximately 45 women miners in the  Tanga  region of Tanzania. “This project is at the very core of GIA’s mission,” said GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques. “We are moving practical gemstone education as far up the supply chain as possible, to people who

News Edit: 15 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword BBC The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to London-based silversmith Grant Macdonald. bbc.co.uk   London fashion designer turns abandoned festival tents into couture collection Evening Standard: ‘In Tents: The After Party’ shows what happens once the fun is over. standard.co.uk How artisan skills can empower Syrian refugee women FT: An agency is training aspiring jewellers in Jordan to start their own businesses. ft.com The New high jewellery collections

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

Diana Porter Jewellery Celebrates 25 Years

This month award winning jeweller, UK Jewellery Designer of the year 1999, Diana Porter is celebrating her 25 th  year as a designer maker. To mark this special anniversary, she is launching a range of new Sibyls to add to her popular original collection. Diana focused her time at college on inequality within the arts. She researched ancient images of strong women and these stylised women pendants, which she called Sibyls developed from this. Her degree work was about women and empowerment and she designed the Sibyls with words to give the wearer something positive to focus on.  The 21

Jewellery Industry expert Karin Paynter speaks at BAFTA on campaign she co-created

This week jewellery industry expert Karin Paynter saw the ERA 50:50 campaign which she co-created, backed by thousands of supporters including Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman and Lena Headey, bring together 200 of the most powerful names in the entertainment industry in one room and called on them to change the way women are represented on stage and screen.  Currently, whilst women make up 51% of the population, there are 2 men for every 1 woman across film, television and theatre. Even in crowd scenes, men vastly outnumber women by more than 4 to 1. In fact, there are proportionately fewer

Harriet Kelsall Awarded HSBC 'Retail Businesswoman of the Year'

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

On the Line: Perspectives on Craft in Southeast Asia

On the Line: Perspectives on craft in Southeast Asia The Aram Gallery will host On the Line , a British Council exhibition exploring craft through the practices of women in Southeast Asia. The show’s opening coincides with London Craft Week (3-7 May 2017). On the Line seeks to question the sustainability of craft in Southeast Asia in the context of increasing globalisation. It offers a range of insights into the lives and cultures of women working in this sector today. Curated by Martina Margetts and designed by Mentsen, the exhibition features impressions and unique materials collected by Royal College of Art

News Edit: 14 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Designer Behind Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview Necklace Feels Like "A Part of History" Town and Country: Here, jeweler Pippa Small opens up about what Meghan's endorsement means for her brand. www.townandcountrymag.com 18 Brands Supporting Good Causes This International Women's Day Bustle: International Women's Day is an important date in the calendar every year. It's a day to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, and to empower and inspire all of us even further. www.bustle.com AMY MELLOR: International Women’s Day Love Andover: As part of International Women’s Day,

Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood

Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood Designed and created by  Joanne Haywood , ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ is a series of twenty-one jewellery works made for fifteen trailblazing women. Come and hear about the materials and techniques used to make these mixed media jewels, as well as the pioneering women that inspired them. Joanne Haywood  is a leading art jeweller, writer and educator. She has worked and exhibited in the UK and internationally. She holds a BA(hons) in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins and is recognised for her individual voice

Wanted: Practising Contemporary Jeweller

Wanted: Practising Contemporary Jeweller Shelanu Jewellery Range 2017 Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective, supported by Craftspace is seeking a contemporary jeweller to support the development of a new range which reflects the Collective, its diversity, place and ethos. Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective is a developing craft social enterprise, supported by Craftspace, of migrant and refugee women producing high quality craft objects inspired by their adopted home, Birmingham and their experiences of migration.  The aim of the Collective is to assist other migrant and refugee women to become more aspirational through creative development, working towards their integration into local communities and for

Hawes & Curtis & The Prince's Trust Launch New Collection

Hawes & Curtis, the quintessentially British brand, has created an exclusive collection in collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales's charity The Prince's Trust. Hawes & Curtis is a quintessentially British brand specialising in fine tailoring and accessories for men and women. Founded in 1913 by Ralph Hawes and George Frederick Curtis, Hawes & Curtis has since become the go-to brand for British classics whilst continuing to deliver the promise of exceptional quality, innovation and outstanding value. These values are now synonymous with the Hawes & Curtis name. The collection consists of limited edition shirts for men and women, as

Atelier Romy: Online Only Fine Jewellery Atelier

From a London goldsmith’s workbench a vision developed  for the creation of a new online only fine jewellery brand, offering the combined 20 year experience of two founders jewellery  elegance for the everyday working woman Atelier Romy is underpinned by Sabine Roemer and Hermione Underwood’s vision to develop beautiful pieces manufactured with world class craftsmanship. Created by women for women, Atelier Romy intends to transcend seamlessly across occasions and time zones whilst complementing the wearer’s individual style. With over 20 years experience in the jewellery industry, the founders feel that consumers deserve a brand that focuses on transparency, integrity and

In Pursuit of Luxury Podcast

In Pursuit of Luxury has just launched its podcast  In conversation with Bijou Abiola. In the podcast Shaun Borstrock interviews Bijou Abiola in a series on visionary women in luxury. Bijou and Shaun discuss what is happening today in luxury retail and the important role digital plays.  She says she envisions a day when she won’t be the only woman or the only black woman in the room. www . inpursuitofluxury . com Author:  Published: 

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

Head of David Fowkes Jewellery Climbs New Heights

Dr Rona Mackenzie, Chief Operating Officer of jewellery designer, David Fowkes, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support UK innovators in business. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, last month. All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3, launched to help support businessmen and women in getting creative, innovative and dynamic projects off the ground. David Fowkes is generously supporting D3 through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of jewellery

‘9 March Project

Call for Applications: ‘9 March Project Open Call For Contemporary Jewelry Exploring Issues Of Gender And Feminism Contemporary jewelry exploring the subject of gender and feminism: research and exhibition. March 8 – for some it’s a day to fight for women’s rights, against gender stereotypes and inequality. But for majority people in Russia it is a day filled with stereotypical courtesies: flowers, chocolates and  “Let’s give mom a rest today”. March 9 for both is a sobering return to everyday reality, where women are perceived as serving staff, are paid 30% less than men on a similar post and are

ERA5050 wins an award

On 1st March, stars of theatre gathered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End for the 20th annual What’sOnStage Awards, broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. During the event, the Equity Award for Services to Theatre was awarded to ERA5050, a movement that campaigns to see women represented on screen, in television and in theatre in equal numbers to men. On 1st March, stars of theatre gathered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End for the 20th annual What’sOnStage Awards, broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. During the event, the Equity Award for Services

News Edit:18 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   A Girl’s Best Friend: Meet the Ethical Jeweller Empowering Women Vanity Fair: Shiffon Co. Founder Shilpa Yarlagadda is a young entrepreneur making waves in the jewellery industry. www.vanityfair.com 14 Sustainable Jewelry Brands To Support On Earth Day Elle: Since its conception in 1970, Earth Day has become one of the largest secular observances in the world. It spreads awareness about the conditions of our planet and the ways in which we can create a more sustainable lifestyle. www.elle.com 6 Sustainable Jewellery Collections To Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Tatler:

News Edit: 25 May 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale Town and Country: T&C’s experts weigh in on the women of Westeros and their not-so-subtle accessories. townandcountrymag.com The Best 'Game of Thrones' Jewellery To Make You Look Like The True Queen Of The 7 Kingdoms Bustle: Winter is here and the end is nigh. Season 8 of Game of Thrones has really split fans so far but very soon it will all be... bustle.com Coining it in: the rise of numismatic jewellery FT: Real money may have

Myne London partners with LA jeweller Octavia Elizabeth to provide ethical and traceable emeralds

London based emerald supplier and bespoke fine jeweller, Myne London, has announced a partnership with LA-based business, Octavia Elizabeth, to supply the brand with ethical, sustainable and traceable emeralds. Myne London offers a traceable route to market for emeralds from Swat Valley, Pakistan, whilst providing opportunities for women local to the region within the gemstone trade. The business focuses on promoting women’s empowerment through access to education, training and skilled employment supported by the region’s high-quality emerald melee, as 2 well as the creation of Swat Valley emerald bespoke jewellery and collaborations with international jewellery brands and designers. Myne London

Simply brilliant, Artist-Jewellers of the 1960s and 1970s

Simply Brilliant Artist-Jewellers of the 1960s and 1970s In Cooperation with the Cincinnati Art Museum 27 March through 27 June 2021 Simply put, jewellery of the 1960s and '70s was revolutionary. If the 1950s were demure and controlled, the 1960s became an era of youthful rebellion and radical cultural change -and a new style of jewellery was part of that zeitgeist. Rock 'n' roll, the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassinations, the civil rights and women's movements, the widespread use of hallucinogenic drugs, and the concept of free love are all associated with these tumultuous decades. From space-age plastic hoop earrings to the hippie's

Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair

Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair 23-28 March 2021 We are now accepting applications to exhibit at the second edition of Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair. Be a part of a carefully curated event of diverse UK-based contemporary makers. The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair will provide fresh, on-demand content, where visitors will experience the fair through a series of interactive “Live Sessions”, “Workshops”, “Demonstrations” and more with our exhibitors. See what we got up to during our first edition in November 2020 here. Whilst open to all, this new edition will focus on Women in

News Edit: 4 April 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery brand launches Notting Hill store as turnover grows to £10m B Daily: A London jewellery brand has announced that it is launching a new Notting Hill ‘destination store’ after reaching turnover of £10m. bdaily.co.uk Caroline Scheufele reveals why Chopard will remain family owned Prestige: She is among the most influential women in jewellery making and for as long as Caroline Scheufele remembers, she has always been enthralled by colourful gemstones and their inimitable lustre, which enable her to touch the hearts of millions. www.prestigeonline.com Curations: Lucky Spring

Diana Porter (1943– 2021)

Diana Porter award winning jewellery designer and champion of women’s rights, has died, aged 78.  Claire Wheeler of Diana Porter Jewellery wirites about her friend and colleague. A prolific creative mind, she was not only renowned for her innovative design but creating work with integrity and honesty. She fought tirelessly to raise awareness and promote gender equality and became a leading light for women within the jewellery industry.   In 1990 Diana went to the University of Central England at the age of 47 to do a 3 year full time degree course in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Diana focused her time at

What can Jewellery Businesses Learn from the Celestial Trend?

A recent report by WGSN, the leading experts in fashion forecasting, reveals that astrology themed fashion is going nowhere this year. Americans spent $2.2m on mystical services in 2018, according to research firm IBISWorld, while a Pew Research Centre survey of American adults released last year found that 37% of women and 20% of men said they believed in astrology. According to the report, the rise in New Age spirituality has emerged as a result of anxiety. Political, societal, economic and environmental concerns leave us searching for meaning and control in our lives.  Let’s face it though, the skies will

Signet rings all the rage again

The recent hike in signet ring sales, among both men and women, represents a tiny sliver of heraldry history, with trends and customs in 'pinky' rings and regalia dating back almost 3,500 years.  Today, it is no longer necessary have a family coat of arms and a small fortune to wear a signet ring. Most high street jewellers can engrave initials on a ring for as little as £100 but the desire to embellish one's appearance with an item that indicates heritage and pedigree or power remains as strong as it was in around 1300 BC when the Greeks and

News Edit: 30 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Jewellery Brand Casting Three-Dimensional Scans in Silver All Blues is launching a revolutionary three-dimensional scanning service that allows for almost anything to be turned into a piece of jewellery. www.anothermag.com Dior's Victoire de Castellane on why, after 20 years, she's still ripping up the high jewellery rulebook Seismic changes rarely occur in the jewellery world. Material values are so high and the risks so great that houses are crippled by conservatism, averse to trying anything different... www.telegraph.co.uk Bulgari celebrates women with jewellery exhibition in Moscow Russia’s Moscow Kremlin Museums

Loveness Lee expands brand after showing at Paris Fashion Week

Contemporary jewellery designer Loveness Lee has opened doors with two leading retailers after a successful exhibition during the recent Paris Fashion Week. Leading London independent jewellery retailer Kabiri and Italian luxury fashion retailer Luisa Via Roma were both impressed by Loveness Lee’s striking collections, which combine the unique qualities of natural materials with a powerful, bold design aesthetic. Luisa via Roma sells via its website as well as its two stores in Florence, Italy, and is Loveness Lee’s first Italian stockist. Launched in 2016, Loveness Lee is a contemporary British jewellery brand for women with a daring attitude to style. Designer

Jordanian husband and wife duo, Elham and Issa, open new showroom in London

Born from a 10 year love story, Elham & Issa Jewellery is the work of a passionate couple creating eclectic fine jewellery. Originally from Jordan, visionary husband and wife Issa Sabeh and Elham Kalaji illustrate their romantic and refined aesthetic through their unique collections which blend culture, emotion, and craft.   Along with a shared cultural heritage, Elham and Issa are dedicated artists. As one of the first women in Jordan to become a goldsmith and silversmith, Elham has broken gender barriers and exceled in a male dominated industry in creating “wearable art”. She says: “Jewellery has always been a passion

Oxford Pioneers

Oxford Pioneers 10 November – 3 January 2019 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Gallery by Joan Crossley-Holland MBE and Valerie Stewart. Oxford Pioneers: a new collaboration between Oxford Ceramics Gallery and Amanda Game that brings together works by 27 exceptional UK artists (principally in the field of ceramics) as a way of marking the pioneering work of Oxford Gallery (1968-2001). Oxford Gallery (1968-2001) is a story of pioneering women, and the intertwined worlds of  artists and craftsmanship. It is also a story inextricably linked with the art of ceramics which catalysed its foundation; formed a

Beyoncé Donates Papillon Ring to V&A

The V&A have announced that they have received the gift of a ‘G’ Papillon ring, generously donated by Beyoncé Knowles. The Papillon ring will be on display in the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery from 11 May 11th 2018, alongside jewels associated with some of history’s most notable women including Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great and the Empress Josephine. Jewellery Curator Richard Edgecrumbe said: “Beyoncé is a figure whose personal style the V&A is proud to represent, and a gift from whose personal collection we are honoured to receive. The papillon ring she has gifted is an exquisite example

News Edit: 27 January 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   My head, their hands — a jeweller’s extraordinary collaboration After being paralysed from the neck down, Romilly Saumarez Smith found a new way to make art. www.ft.com 4 Jewellery Trends To Embrace In 2019 With fashion changing every season and the constant pressure to turn out fresh looks for every event, keeping up to date with the trends can feel exhausting.  www.elle.com.au   "More And More Women Are Buying Jewellery For Themselves" - Maya Magal On The Changing Market A quick scroll through Instagram will tell you that semi-precious jewellery

Gaelle Khouri’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ collection launches in time for Halloween

'The Garden of Earthly Delights' is the debut collection from Lebonon-born designer, Gaelle Khouris. Impeccably timed to launch prior to Halloween, the collection encapsulates the feeling of the season with skeletal insects and scaled creatures.  With a career in ecomics in her cross-hares, Khouris moved from Lebanon to New York. After realising her true calling in design; she refocused her sights on the study of Fine Jewellery. Fascinated by philosophy and the intangible realm of the mind, Gaelle commit her thoughts to designs. She creates intriguing pieces for sophisticated women to give them a distinctive edge. Collections launch in two

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

Franks Files: The Rich History of Magnificent Jewels

Frank Everett hits the books to reveal the exceptional provenance behind the highlights of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 25 April in New York. With a history that includes two celebrated design houses and three incomparable women, the outstanding 34-carat Stotesbury Emerald leads the auction, reappearing for the first time since 1971, alongside intricate pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Sotheby's Upcoming Magnificent Jewels Sale - Including the Legendary Stotesbury Emerald The 25 April Magnificent Jewels sale is a vibrant celebration perfect for springtime. Centering upon jewels with distinguished provenances, the sale is one that honors the most

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

Clogau Collaborate With World Renowned Designer David Emanuel

Clogau have commissioned an exclusive jewellery collection, by Welsh fashion designer, David Emanuel. To celebrate their Welsh culture, British heritage, and royal connections, Clogau are thrilled to announce a new partnership with iconic fashion designer and royal couturier, David Emanuel. This exciting new collaboration celebrates love and glamour, capturing the romance and luxurious extravagance of our royal heritage and all its connotations. Internationally renowned David has been designing clothes for members of British and European royal families, and for some of the World’s most beautiful women for over thirty years. Best known for having designed the wedding dress worn by

News Edit: 6 June 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Silversmith passing on cultural heritage China Daily: On the 15th day in the third month of the lunar calendar, women of the Miao ethnic group put on silver jewelry to participate in the Miao Sisters Festival in Southwest China's mountainous Guizhou province. epaper.chinadaily.com Centurion Jewelry Trade Show Marks 20 Years Of Presenting Finely Crafted Luxury Jewelry And Superb Gems Forbes: Founded by New York-based jewelry industry veteran Howard Hauben, the invitation-only Centurion Jewelry Show staged its 20th annual business-to-business trade show event from May 22 to May 25th

News Edit: 7 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Van Cleef & Arpels Welcomes Spring With New Additions To Its Frivole Collection Tatler: One of the French jeweller's most well-loved lines, the Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole collection with its new family members looks set to adorn the female form and capture more women's hearts this season. asiatatler.com Hamilton & Inches CEO departs after 40 years as jeweller eyes £20m sales The Scotsman: Hamilton & Inches has unveiled a change in leadership as the jeweller and silversmith seeks to double turnover by 2024. scotsman.com Jeweller Hamilton & Inches picks

Showstoppers Talk: An eye for design: Rosalinde Gilbert, fashion designer and collector

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Miriam Hanid

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Shining silver commissions from the Sheffield Assay Office collection; the work of Junko Mori

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery x Paul Smith Collaboration

Rachel Entwistle Jewellery has been working with Paul Smith in a collaboration for a collection planned for AW17. The new designs were featured in the Paul Smith AW17 Men's Paris Fashion Week Show.  The Paul Smith show merged men's and women's collections into one show with both collections sharing a direct design association, with their roots firmly planted in tailoring.   Rachel Entwistle's own approach to design, which transcends traditional concepts of male or female, perfectly complemented the Paul Smith Collections.  Jewellery included minimal engraved pendants, hand carved necklaces, plaque bracelets and pendants as well as signet rings. All of the

Friday Workshop at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery

Friday Workshop at K2 Academy Of Contemporary Jewellery, London Intermediate & Advanced Projects 10 Week Course - Fridays 11 Jan - 22 Mar 2019 Who is it for? This course is ideal for students who don’t want to commit to a certificated course or who have finished an accredited course but want to learn and practice more, or for students who just want to broaden their skills. What will be taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. The theme can be used for

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers - Scotland

Creative Scotland Hardship Fund *Please note that applications open midday on 10 November, you will only be able to apply from then* What is this fund for? This fund has been provided by Scottish Government to support freelance craft practitioners working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund offers a one-off bursary to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19. This includes practitioners who operate using a personal service company (PSC) or ‘loan-out’ type structure, sole traders and

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects at the K2 Academy of Jewellery

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects Thursdays 9 Jan – 19 Mar 2020 Fridays 10 Jan – 20 Mar 2020 Who Is It For? This course is ideal for students who want to learn new techniques and practice their skills or for students who just want to broaden their jewellery knowledge. What Will Be Taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. The theme can be used for making a specialised piece, which can include different techniques like casting, findings and brooch backs,

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects at the K2 Academy of Jewellery

Jewellery Workshop Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Projects Thursdays 9 Jan – 19 Mar 2020 Fridays 10 Jan – 20 Mar 2020 Who Is It For? This course is ideal for students who want to learn new techniques and practice their skills or for students who just want to broaden their jewellery knowledge. What Will Be Taught? Each term focuses on a different topic where students will be taught how to explore new designs and ideas within a set theme. The theme can be used for making a specialised piece, which can include different techniques like casting, findings and brooch backs,

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

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

Obituary: Graham Stewart 1955 - 2020

Silversmith Graham Leishman Stewart, who has died in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 October aged 65, was a talented master craftsman who remained humble about his achievements and his skill. His most recognisable work, Three Honours of Scotland, remains on display in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament. We publish two obituaries of our friend and colleague: Obituary: Graham Stewart, Scottish silversmith whose work graces Holyrood parliament building Graham Leishman Stewart, silversmith. Born: July 10 1955 in Bridge of Allan. Died: October 28 2020, aged 65. www.scotsman.com Appreciation: Graham Leishman Stewart- 1955-2020, Silversmith Graham Stewart, who died in Edinburgh on

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call 2018

Call for Applications: Liberty Open Call Discovering the unusual and the talented Calling all makers, designers and craftspeople! Liberty Open Call is back and this year, we’re on the hunt for the UK’s best undiscovered interior design talent. Who Can Enter Liberty Open Call is a platform for undiscovered UK-based makers, artists, designers and craftspeople who have contributed to the industry in the last three years – but have no history of being stocked by another London store. This includes teachers, students and those who have sold at craft markets or exhibited work. This year, we’re looking for unique home

Manchester Wedding Jeweller Wins at Inaugural Awards

Luxury wedding jewellery retailer, Hancocks Jewellers, has been recognised as one of the best businesses in the industry after winning The Local North West Jeweller of the Year at the 2016 English Wedding Awards. The inaugural Awards ceremony took place on November 14th at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, with more than 100 businesses from across the country in attendance to commemorate the occasion.  After thousands of nominations, the English public voted on their favourites to decide who would be crowned the best of the best. Those who voted were asked to select nominees who are a true embodiment of

Spun Glass Theatre Commission

The Baby Challenge: First Artist Commission  The Challenge We want to commission artists who have never made work for babies (0-18months) before from diverse arts practices. You could be a circus performer, lighting designer, poet, storyteller, designer, writer, sculptor, ballet dancer etc. We'd love to hear from any and all art forms! Who We Are Looking For We're looking for 6 South East/London based artists (who are free for 1 week in June/July) to create a workshop/installation/experience for new parents and babies. £650 per commission.  Why Now? 600,000 babies have been born in the UK since lockdown who have never

Goldsmiths' Fair goes digital in reaction to pandemic

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the selling event and exhibition for fine jewellers and silversmiths, is launching a digital Fair in 2020. The Fair will provide an online platform for around 130 exhibitors and established visitors, 9,000 of who ordinarily attend the live event at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, as well as to new audiences from around the world. The Goldsmiths’ Company, who run the event – an essential stop on the international fine jewellery and contemporary silver calendar – is moving the Fair 2020 and its programme of talks, events and exhibitions online, to support business recovery for

West Dean College Assists in Microgapping

As Alison Baxter, Head of School of Art at West Dean College commented: “We are aware how popular Microgapping has become and our courses are the perfect way to begin to learn a new skill in a short time. The courses at West Dean are a great opportunity to spend a day, or longer, if time allows to get into the flow of a new creative experience, and who knows it could be the start of a new hobby, or even a new career!” For those who would like to learn a new creative hands-on skill in a short period

Symposium: Made in the Middle, Meet the Maker

Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker Symposium  Talking Practice, in association with Vittoria Street Gallery and Craftspace, is delighted to present Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker. Please join us for an afternoon symposium exploring the routes into business for new and more established craftspeople, and an evening soiree in the company of the Made in the Middle exhibitors over a glass of wine. The Symposium is comprised of two panels, the first with makers who are embarking on their careers and the second with those who are perhaps a little more seasoned by experience. They will give

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

Face masks become compulsory from 24 July

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24th July.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons on Tuesday that it would " give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops". The rules will be the same as those which currently apply on public transport in England, which means children under 11 and people with certain disabilities will be exempt. Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100. The new rule will not apply to

Coronavirus: NAJ Postpones Education Awards

The National Association of Jewellers has taken the decision to postpone the NAJ Education Awards until later in the year due to c oronavirus. The event, planned for Tuesday 17 March, is a celebration of those students who have successfully completed their JET Professional Jewellers' Diploma, Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT), JET Management Diploma or who have completed the course of study to become Registered Valuers at either MIRV or FIRV level. Simon Forrester NAJ Chief Executive said “With the coronavirus situation getting worse by the hour, and given the examples of other countries’ infection rates, we felt it was

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,

Hopper Prize

Call for Applications: The Hopper Prize Grants for Artists The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $10,000.00 USD. The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work. We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. We view the field of

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

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

Bench for hire in Hatton Garden

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

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund awards £21k in grants

The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund (KLG Fund) has awarded a total of £21,000 in grants to Black people working in the jewellery industry who need support for their businesses and have faced financial hardship because of the current crisis, following a review by a panel of five independent industry judges, who said they were “overwhelmed by the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of the applicants”. In June, Black jeweller and activist Kassandra Lauren Gordon successfully raised £19,483 on a Go Fund Me page, exceeding the original £14,000 target. 328 people, businesses and trade organisations made donations ranging from £5 to £5,000.

Laser welder training / hire by 1h or 1/2h in Hatton Garden

Laser welder training / hire by 1h or 1/2h in Hatton Garden 180j Laser welder training/hire in Hatton Garden by either 1/2h or full hour for full day.  Hire time includes access to laser welder and workbench with basic bench tools.  This is intended for someone who has experience on a laser welder but who does not want to purchase the machine and wants access to one on demand.  Cost is £40 for 1/2h and £60 for full hour. Discounts considered for a full day. Potential availability on weekends.   We have two laser welders including one with a camera,  so

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

Mummy’s Star pendant created created to mark special mum’s life

A jewellery designer has created a very special 'Mummy’s Star' pendant in memory of her late sister-in-law, who passed away with stage 4 breast cancer in April this year. Sian Hughes, whose sister-in-law Emily Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer in pregnancy, is donating all of the profits of each bespoke, hand-crafted piece to Mummy’s Star. Sian, who has been designing and creating contemporary jewellery for 15 years, said: “I wanted to thank Mummy’s Star for the much-needed practical and emotional support they gave to my family during a very difficult time. “The star in the design is a direct

Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation

Call for Applications: Studio Applications Now Open - Sarabande Foundation Applications are Open About Sarabande Sarabande  was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen to create opportunities for artists and designers who are creatively fearless. The main support strands are  scholarships  for seven Universities across the UK and subsidised studios for artists and designers who are based in our converted Victorian stables on Regent's Canal in East London. Call for Applications: Workshops and Studios You heard it- it's an extension! We have had an overload of studio applications and because we at Sarabande believe that everyone deserves a chance, an

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

Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

Continuing our lockdown need for conversation, we chat to long time friend and industry colleague Maria Spanou. Maria is a jewellery industry professional who is ex Central St Martins trained, has a history in finance, project management, jewellery communications, the jewellery retail space and is also a jewellery designer who works to commission. She is an excellent networker and all round good egg. We chat about lockdown, current work coping strategies and making plans for the future… [youtube url=http://youtu.be/x8xt-sRH_oY] Author:  Published: 

Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020

Call for Applications: Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020 Since 2008, “PREZIOSA YOUNG”, is an international competition dedicated to worldwide emerging artists, goldsmiths, designers. The aim is to contribute to the circulation of what is new in research jewellery, as well as showcase what the new generations of goldsmiths / designers / artists are “brewing”. For each edition, an international jury composed by curators, artists and critics selects a small number of young artists from all those who have submitted their candidature. The names of the jurors who took part in the previous selections can be seen here. Selected artists will

Winners Announced - JOYA Awards Ceremony 2020

The JOYA awards ceremony, was held at “Artesanía Catalunya de la Generalitat”, where it was awarded the best individual artists and students, who despite the current circumstances have created collections with a high level of design. The JOYA awards ceremony, was held at “Artesanía Catalunya de la Generalitat”, where it was awarded the best individual artists and students, who despite the current circumstances have created collections with a high level of design. Respecting the government's recommendations, the awards ceremony was online, bringing together the artists and followers of JOYA worldwide, chaired by Paulo Ribeiro, Director of the Fair and accompanied

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

The Red Dot Award Product Design 2019

Call for Applciations: The Red Dot Award - Product Design 2019 Calling all up-and-coming designers: The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 is giving away 50 free registration places for the Young Professionals Application Day. On 5 December 2018, all designers who have graduated within the past five years are cordially invited to apply for one of these places. They can enter their product in the competition, which will feature designers and brands from all over the globe. Young professionals who win an award can look forward to further support from Red Dot, with measures that include showcasing their products

Cockpit Arts Awards

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards Cockpit Arts are once again looking for talented makers to join their community. They ahave a variet of Awards open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year. The Cockpit Arts Ros Stracey Ceramic Residency Open to a ceramicist who has a strong desire to experiment and take risks with their practice; we are looking for makers who demonstrate originality, innovation, creativity, craft skill and quality in the work and concepts presented. Closing date = noon, October 5 2018 The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award **

#BehindTheBling campaign catches on

A social media campaign to persuade jewellery companies to adopt a supply chain free of child labour has been given massive support following the publication of a Human Rights Watch report on responsible sourcing. #BehindtheBling , launched by the human rights group earlier this month and promoted at Baselworld 2018, has reached audiences of more than a million users with around 8,000 letters also sent to the 13 companies who were ranked in the report for their responsible sourcing practices. This coincides with an announcement by Chopard, who were ranked as ‘weak’ in the report that from July, it will

International Jewellery Design Excellence Award 2019 (IJDE Award) 2019

Call for Applications: International Jewellery Design Excellence Award 2019 (IJDE Award) To honour creative and outstanding jewellery designers from all over the world, the IJDE Award provides a platform for international jewellery designers to exchange experience and compete for the highest honour “Champion of the Champions”. In 2017, this biennial event attracted 165 champions of world’s leading jewellery design competitions from 27 countries and regions.  Trophy of “Champion of the Champions” Who can apply? Jewellery designers who have won the championship of any jewellery design competitions worldwide whose result was/will be officially announced between 1 December 2016 and 17 November

Appointment: International Jewellery London appoint Katie Morris as Exhibition Director

An experienced events professional, Morris has worked on numerous shows for IJL’s parent company, Reed Exhibitions since joining in 2010. From Head of Marketing on The London Book Fair she progressed to Event Manager in 2015 and became Head of Buyer Programmes in April 2018. Her appointment is from immediate effect. Morris will replace Sarah Kitley-Spencer who stepped down from the role in October 2018. As IJL Head of Buyer Programmes, Morris increased the international buyer presence by 15 % in 2018 and has brokered partnerships across other jewellery shows. The newly appointed Exhibition Director will report to Jacks Thomas, who

Call for Applications: Jewellery Production 1 2018

Call for Appliations: Jewellery Production 1 Jewellery P1 will empower small designer-maker businesses to ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers. Topics covered will include sourcing manufacturers, costing and business model planning. The Programme is open to jewellery businesses who: have been operational for at least 6 months are operating in London are looking to sell to larger stores and/or increase production capacity and profitability Application deadline: 12th February 2018 Workshop Dates: 21st & 22nd February 2018 Eligibility criteria has changed across all our programmes, so if there are businesses who hadn’t been operating long enough to apply to programmes

Sotheby's Diamonds showcase world's rarest white rock

A 'perfect' white diamond had a coming out party today in London and was immediately made available to purchase though Sotheby's Diamonds who match the worlds rarest diamonds with the worlds richest collectors. Its value is believed to be around £25 million though Sotheby's who unveiled the 102.34 carat rock as part of their first year anniversary celebrations have put it on the market for an undisclosed sum. Extraordinarily rare, the white diamond, mined in Botswana, is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats with an extra cachet of being flawless in colour and clarity. It is the

Princes Trust Development Awards

Funding: Princes Trust Development Awards Young people facing financial barriers to taking the next step into work, education or training can apply for grants of up to £500 through the Princes Trust Development Awards. The grants can cover some of the costs involved in accessing education, training or moving into employment. Eligibility The grants are available to UK residents aged between 14 and 17 who do not have/are not expecting to achieve 5 GCSEs grades A-C-(or equivalent), or those aged 17-25 who are unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a

Goldflair event announce exhibitor line-up as final tickets go on sale

With just over a month to go until Goldflair, which will take place in Edinburgh’s historic Assembly Rooms on Friday 23 November, the responsible jewellery event has announced the final line-up of six jewellers who will be exhibiting on the night. Six responsible jewellers who are licensees of Fairmined and/or Fairtrade will be displaying and selling their award-winning collections at the event. The jewellers taking part are Anuka Jewellery, April Doubleday, Ian Nicholson, Natalie Perry, Farah Qureshi and Karen Westland. Four responsible gem dealers will also be displaying their traceable collections of gemstones on the night. Hamilton & Inches craftsmen

Plucky designer makes rings from strings for stars

Designer Emma Hedley has a new set of strings to her bow after Scottish singing star KT Tunstall donated some used guitar strings to be made into bracelets, rings and earrings and sold for charity. Newcastle-based Emma and her sister Kitty design and make jewellery for The Guitarwrist, a not-for-profit company that collects used strings and plectrums from famous artists and musicians who nominate a charity to benefit from the sale of Hedley's designs. They include Duran Duran, Stereophonics Marillion and Alvin Lee though Tunstall, who is supporting Help Refugees,  was one of the first to lend her support describing

New Sculptor Group

Expressions of Interest: Call for Sculptors to Join New Sculptor Group A new group for sculptors in North Somerset, North Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire up to the edges of the Cotswolds is being set up. Group Aims: For Fine Artists who produce sculpture (any material) For sculptors who mainly live, but not exclusively in the areas mentioned above To organise and exhibit at exhibitions To share information (networks, recommendations, sources of materials and techniques etc) Visit one another's studios Work together for sales opportunities (e.g. Local Fairs, London Art Fairs etc) To be a Critical Friend To socialise To encourage

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,

Flux 2017 - Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery Conference

Brining together pioneering figures from the worlds of jewellery, fashion, and beyond - FLUX provides a platform for industry leaders who question the way in which we approach provenance and sustainability by examining the complex journey from mine to market. This two-day event will build on our inaugural conference in 2016 to further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of something truly trailblazing. Day one will focus on a range of topics relating to responsible and sustainable sourcing in the jewellery sector for small and medium sized

Creative & Cultural Skills Annual Awards Evening 2017

Creative and Cultural Skills recently held their annual awards evening for the winners of the  2017 Cr eative & Cultural Skills Awards which  were judged by leading employers in the creative industries.    The awards were designed to celebrate inspirational individuals, teams and organisations, who show an outstanding commitment to the training and development of new talent in the creative industries. The Awards Evening allowed recognition for those individuals and organisations responsible for passing on their skills, as well as those who show an outstanding dedication to the creative industries. The jewellery industry had two winners in the Craft Skills

Gang of thieves raid Cotswold Arts and Craft Museum

A gang of thieves launched a raid on the award-winning Court Barn Arts and Craft Museum and in what looks to be a premeditated crime, took off with a number of silver pieces dating back to 1900. The items taken range from pieces by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), Hart Silversmiths who joined Ashbee in Campden in 1902 and who still make silver today and designer Robert Welch (1929-2000). They include a silver pendant in the form of a butterfly with wings of enamel and a blue enamel pendant, c1902. The Museum opened in 2007 to  preserve and

Call for Applications: New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition

New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition Launches Call for Entries: The   Fairtrade Gold Design Awards About the Awards Created by ethical fine jeweller Ingle & Rhode with the support of the Fairtrade Foundation, the Awards aim to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst people who are the future of the jewellery industry, whilst helping to identify and promote new up-and-coming talent. Who Can Enter? The Awards will accept entries in four categories: Students in Further Education Students studying in the UK full time on a Level 2 or 3 course related to the jewellery industry. Undergraduates Students registered on an

Pure London announces International Footwear and Accessory line-up

Pure London, the premium event for progressive fashion buyers, will once again play host to the UK’s largest selection of footwear and accessory brands at the forthcoming February edition of the show (12-14 February, London Olympia). Featuring a range of new, international and niche brands showcasing their AW17 collections, the Footwear and Accessory hall is set to be one of the best offerings yet for buyers. New to Pure London this February, Spanish-based footwear designer Lola Cruz, who will be presenting their highly anticipated  AW17 collection. Designed and created by Maria Jesus Gonzalvo, who followed her family's passion and heritage

Free registration is now live for IJL 2017

IJL 2017 opens its doors at Olympia, London on 3 September 2017 for three days of inspiration, innovation, education and networking opportunities.  Jewellery trade visitors who register online before 30 th  June will be entered in a prize draw to be in with a chance to win a case of  Thienot  champagne.        Sam Willoughby, Event Director, commented,  “Early birds who register now for IJL 2017 can plan their show down to the last detail. Free entry is guaranteed and there is so much more, all easily accessible through My Event, the IJL event online planning and networking

British Fashion Council Announces Newgen Recipients For 2017 / 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent,

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

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

Top Ten Announced for EC One Unsigned Award

EC One have announced the 'Top Ten' for their Unsigned Award 2016 Following a huge increase on last year’s applications, the EC One team narrowed entrants down to a shortlist of ten excellent contestants, who are now in the running to be in the Final Four. Three contestants will now be nominated by a public vote on the EC One website , and EC One will select a ‘Wild Card’ who will complete the Final Four. The public vote will be open until midnight Wednesday 31 August, where anybody can vote for their favourite. The Final Four will be announced

Commission: New Huguenot Silver

The Huguenot Museum seek to commission some unique pieces of silver to be sold in our Museum Shop in time for Christmas. About the Museum: The Huguenot Museum opened last year and tells the important story of the French Protestants who fled persecution in France in the 17th Century. Silver was one of the key trades practiced by these new arrivals, who changed the face of the craft. About the Project: We seek to commission a new piece (or pieces) of silver or jewellery which has been inspired by Huguenot Heritage which we will then sell in our Museum shop

Elements 2: Festival of Contemporary Jewellery and Silverware - Scotland

Elements 2: Festival of Contemporary Jewellery and Silverware - Scotland This November, The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull will be holding the second ‘Elements’, an annual festival celebrating contemporary jewellery and silverware in Scotland. Elements Festival Jewellery Fair Elements 2 will see forty-eight of the UK’s most talented jewellers and silversmiths exhibit their work, which will also be available to buy. Exhibitors include Sarah Hutchison, who was recently commissioned to create a diamond-studded teapot to add to the prestigious Chitra Collection of Newby Teas, Bryony Knox who was previously artist in residence at Edinburgh Zoo and Rebecca Joselyn,

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017

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

Call for Applications: Hothouse - Crafts Council

Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s intensive programme of creative and business development for ambitious and talented emerging makers who have set up their creative practice or craft business in the last three years. Applications close on Monday 5 September 2016.  If you're an ambitious maker who has set up their creative practice or craft business in the last three years, ‪the Crafts Council's Hothouse could be for you. This creative practice and business development programme has transformed the careers of more than 200 emerging makers to date, helping them to establish a strong foundation for their business. Hothouse includes a

Makers Market

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

Workshop Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The role Workshop Assistant E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award-winning ethical jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London.  We specialise in using sustainable and ethically sourced materials and were the first UK jewellers to gain B. Corp certification. We have a tight knit team who all enjoy workking together We are currently looking for someone to help assist our three highly skilled Goldsmiths who produce our bespoke pieces.  About the Workshop Assistant EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store and other clients. Due to unprecedented growth, our workshop is

News Edit:18 April 2021

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

News Edit: 13th December 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   ‘Who Doesn’t Love a Diamond?’ NY Times: The author of ‘The Lost Jewels’ talks about a trove of hidden gems, walking tours of London and Samuel Pepys. nytimes.com New Brand To Know: Jessie Thomas Forbes: Jewelry is a family affair for Jessie Thomas who has a shop and workshop she shares with her father David Thomas, a master goldsmith in London. forbes.com Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Looks to the Heavens Town and Country: Space exploration has a deep-rooted place in jewelry history—and with "Stellar Times," Vuitton

News Edit: 14 April 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Tributes paid to talented Newton Mearns jeweller who had proud royal connection Barrhead News: An East Renfrewshire jeweller who designed pieces for the Queen has died at the age of 69. barrheadnews.com Jeweller unveils world´s largest square emerald cut diamond Daily Mail: A London-based luxury jeweller has unveiled what is said to be the world’s largest square emerald cut diamond. dailymail.co.uk Jeweller unveils world’s largest square emerald cut diamond BT: The Graff Lesedi La Rona was cut and polished from the second-largest rough diamond ever found. home.bt.com De Grisogono Salutes

News Edit: 14 October 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alex Monroe has designed a stunning capsule jewellery collection for Doctor Who The Brag: To celebrate the release of the BBC’s highly anticipated new series of Doctor Who. Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has created a gorgeous capsule collection. thebrag.com Why one jewellery brand thinks offline media ‘no longer makes sense’ Marketing Week: German jewellery and watch retailer Thomas Sabo is increasingly shifting its spend from magazine placements to media that is “easier to measure”. www.marketingweek.com Irish tourist ends up in hospital after ‘swallowing £30k diamond ring he stole from jewellers’

Publications

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

Cherwell District Council

Public Art Commission, Cherwell District Council Artists are being sought who have a track record of producing robust, decorative artwork for outdoor settings (stone or other such durable material). The artist will be required to undertake a period of research and local engagement work and propose a design or design options for the site. The sum available for this commission is £24,000. More information at www.oxonarts.info Deadline: 31 October 2019 Expressions of interest to: paula.bailey@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

Surface Level @Intro

Surface Level 17 January - 29 February 2020 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Intro is pleased to announce its next exhibition, Surface Level. The surface of an object is a boundary or a threshold that enables contact with the object itself. Artists and jewellers must be hyper-aware of the treatment of surfaces as they act as both the initial physical connection to a wearer, as well as a visual one. Surface Level is an exhibition of work by several Intro artists who are thinking about surfaces in their practice as a way to access deeper meaning and context. The surfaces of each

The Silver Society Prize 2021

The Silver Society Prize 2021 The Silver Society is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Prize for 2021, awarded to a silversmith who is either aged under 35 or in the first five years of their career as a practising silversmith. The competition will be conducted virtually and submissions should be made by email to editor@thesilversociety.org by 30 September 2021. The submission should be a piece of silver, either made especially for the competition or pre-existing. The portfolio should include images of the piece, a description of its manufacture and its hallmarks.  It may also include any other

Jeweller raises funds for Covid-19 Memorial Garden

After learning of the recent campaign in The Glasgow Herald to construct a memorial garden to commemorate those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Scotland, Caitlin Hegney was inspired to get involved and fundraise for the project.  The jeweller was particularly moved by the proposal for the creation of a memorial garden in Pollock Country Park, having worked in Geilston Garden herself, recognising the profound effect that such an outdoor space can have on an individuals’ wellbeing and mental health.  Hegney believes that it is essential to have a dedicated tranquil place that people can go to, where

"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

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

Christian Dior Exhibition opens at V&A, Supported by Swarovski

Today marks the official opening of the exhibition ‘Dior: Designer of Dreams’, at the V&A. The exhibition, focusing on not only the founder, but his successive Artistic Directors and the design House as a whole, will be the largest and most comprehensive ever staged in the UK on the spectacular House of Dior. The exhibition is sponsored by Swarovski, who have a longstanding history of collaboration with Dior. In 1956, Swarovski worked with Monsieur Dior to create a unique crystal with rainbow-like effects called Aurora Borealis. Since then, the partnership has grown ever stronger, with each of Dior’s artistic directors

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

Q&A: Patrick Fuller

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

Thomas Lyte commissioned to create the Laver Cup

Rod Laver, Roger Federer and John McEnroe have unveiled The Laver Cup for the first time, amid great expectation for the new competition. It will be contested to celebrate the career and exceptional achievements of Australian great Rod Laver, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis player of all time. Six of the best players from Europe will compete against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world for the new trophy in September. Three of the greats of tennis, past and present, unveiled the newest trophy in world tennis, the Laver Cup. Rod Laver,

Narratives In Making, National Craft Gallery - Kilkenny

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

One Year On 2017

One Year On is a high profile, focused feature within New Designers, showcasing designers with an entrepreneurial flair in their first year of business. It is a curated exhibition and those who are chosen to exhibit are selected by a panel of industry specialists on the strength and ambition demonstrated through their work. One Year On is one of the busiest zones of New Designers and is an unmissable destination for buyers, collectors and press alike. It presents an amazing opportunity to meet potential employers, buyers, press and industry professionals. Applications are now open for One Year On 2017. To

Sima Vaziry Jewellery to open first shop at the OXO Tower

Sima Vaziry Jewellery & Katherine Elizabeth Millinery have come together and made the decision to open a boutique studio and shop in order to showcase their award winning creations. The attractive high end items on display will appeal to a wide audience who appreciate exquisite design and craftsmanship. Their strengths are that they have already been in business for many years and have successfully achieved a large client base and following. They are well known in the industry and have already showed their collections in high end venues such as Cliveden House, the Berkley, The British Museum and Fortnum and

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair 2017

Giftag - ‘Made in Britain’ Home and Gift Fair A brand-new home and gift fair for London, Giftag will offer the discerning retail buyer the opportunity to source products and services that are vetted by the organisers as being designed or manufactured in the UK or Ireland. The organisers have been responsible for the development and management of The British Craft Trade Fair for over 25 years and their experience in this sector of the gift industry is second to none. They will be using their knowledge and experience to ensure the success of Giftag. Buyers who visit the fair

Membership: The Makers Guild in Wales

The Makers Guild in Wales was set up as a maker-co-operative in 1984, and we still retain that ethos. As a member of the Guild you are part of a community of makers from all over Wales who's purpose is to promote and educate the public via the medium of Craft. If you are a professional Craft maker and you live and work in Wales, why not apply to join us? It is unique in it’s array of services that we offer our members including opportunities to all the different areas you may need to access as a Maker in

Lettering Project

Lettering artist wanted for project with Ditchling Primary School, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The purpose of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is to present the story and historical context of the artists and craft workers who lived and worked in Ditchling and its surrounding communities since 1900. This is to be achieved through the acquisition, organisation, presentation and interpretation of relevant and related objects and information and their deployment for public display, research and learning. The Project The museum is looking for a lettering artist to run a series of workshops with Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary

The Jewellery Quarter Festival

The Jewellery Quarter Festival is a showcase of what Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is today  as well as a celebration of the vibrant business and wider JQ communities. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) and supported by local businesses, the festival takes place over a weekend in July each year and is ideal for visitors and families as well as anyone who lives, learns or works in the area. The event is comprised of two main features; outdoor activities and entertainment on the two public squares and the Open Studios Trail in a number of workshops and studios

Call for Applications: The Art in Manufacturing

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

Call for Applications: The Bristol Artisan 2017

The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. We hope that The Bristol Artisan will provide an outlet for designer makers to sell and promote their work within the South West and beyond. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products. The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent

Freelance Artist: Christmas Installation

The Brewhouse in Burton Upon Trent is looking for an experienced freelance artist to help transform the Cafe Bar into a festive space. There is a programme of festive events planned throughout December 2016 and we are looking for an artist to work with the Brewhouse Arts Team who can engage local primary school pupils in the creation of an artwork/installation that will transform the Brewhouse Cafe Bar into a Festive Space; a celebration of all things winter, Christmas, fun and sparkly! All workshops with local primary schools will take place during November 2016. The final artwork to be installed

Open Studios: 401 ½ Studios

401½ are pleased to offer a warm welcome for pre-Christmas shopping or browsing and a chance to meet and chat with makers about their work. The artists and makers at 401½ studios are opening their doors once more this November, giving visitors the opportunity to view and buy from a vast array of different crafts and arts. This year they are excited to have been joined by a number of new members who will be opening their studios for the first time. On the 19th - 20th November, 11am-5pm, Studio 401 ½ throw open the doors to their South London

Hereford College of Arts

Hereford College of Arts  is a dedicated arts college with a specialist focus on art, media, design, popular music and performing arts. We offer eleven undergraduate degrees alongside a range of pre-degree and short course programmes for students of all ages from twelve.  Undergraduate: Jewellery Design - BA (Hons) www.hca.ac.uk Vocational course: Top - Up Jewellery Design – BA (Hons) For students who have completed a HND or Foundation Course www.hca.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

News Edit: 30 May 2021

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

Shine 2021: Open Call

The Goldsmiths' Centre's annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, Shine, returns online in 2021. Applications are now open to UK designer makers, who are within the first five years of running a business to exhibit their new collection to potential customers, buyers and the wider industry. Participants will be given the unique opportunity to undertake a valuable online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre. Specifically tailored to their needs, the training will cover all key aspects of how jewellers and silversmiths should best present themselves and their work in person and online, culminating in an online showcasing

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

Full Time Junior Goldsmith, Walter Bull & Son - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

The Role Full Time Junior Goldsmith Walter Bull & Son Cirencester, Gloucestershire We are a family business that has been established for over 200 years retailing fine / antique jewellery with an onsite workshop and design service undertaking repairs and bespoke commissions. We are looking for a skilled and passionate junior Goldsmith who loves what they do, and would like to develop their skills within a growing business. The successful candidate would work closely with our experienced goldsmith, whilst liaising with our CAD Designer and Repairs / Workshop Manager. Ideal Candidate 3+ years of general goldsmith experience Experience and ability

Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association

Call for Applications: Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the only UK-wide organisation set up to safeguard and promote the full breadth of traditional craft skills. We are looking for a Secretary and additional Trustees to join our passionate Board. The successful candidates will be: EITHER Professional craftspeople engaged with the issues affecting their craft and heritage crafts in general. AND/OR Those who support our remit and have professional experience specifically in: Public relations and media Membership schemes Digital marketing Organisational change Charity governance Previous experience of being a Trustee is not compulsory. Trustees

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

BBA Artist Prize 2021

BBA Artist Prize 2021 Who can apply International call, open to all media, all ages over 18, all genders and all educational backgrounds. ‘Early bird’ application phase 1 15 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 (midnight CET) Out of all applications we receive during phase 1, we will select 10 artists for the longlist. Apply early and secure one of the first positions on the longlist! You will be notified until January 30th and we will already start promoting you in February 2021. 1st Prize Solo show at BBA Gallery in 2022 Cash prize 1000 € Artsy profile BBA Gallery

Goldsmith, Jeremy France - Winchester

The role Goldsmith Jeremy France Jewellers Winchester, Hampshire An opportunity to work with Jeremy France Jewellers, voted Best Independent Business in Winchester; Sunday Times’ best place to live 2016. We have a full time position available for a new candidate to join our motivated team. With an in house design team, confident sales people and a reputation for our repair work locally, we are looking for a goldsmith who is able to work flexibly with our store opening hours. The successful candidate will be working alongside our existing Goldsmiths and Repairers in our onsite air conditioned workshop. Our workshop contains

Digital NAJ Live

The NAJ has now revealed plans on how it plans to continue with its successful lockdown webinars and coffee breaks through a revised monthly ‘NAJ Live’ format. Sarah Duncan from Chiswick Auctions who previously presented one of the most popular ‘lockdown’ seminars on ‘Sentimental Jewellery’ is announced as a keynote speaker alongside Alex Kettler, Head of Media at Richard Winterton Auctioneers for the very first digital NAJ Live. The digital NAJ Live format will include three webinar presentations, with Helen Dimmick NAJ Retail Ambassador hosting proceedings. After the webinar sessions have closed, attendees will then have the opportunity to join

Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator, The Northcote Jeweller - Clapham, London

The role Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator The Northcote Jeweller Clapham, London We are an established jewellery company manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing fine jewellery for over 30 years. We are an enthusiastic team with a passion for quality jewellery. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a full time Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator to join our enthusiastic team at The Northcote Jeweller. We We are looking for someone who is ambitious and confident to join us as a full time Jewellery Sales Associate including weekends.  Providing excellent client experiences, forging long-term client relationships and working with the

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension The UK Government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. 1.  Who can claim To be eligible for the grant extension self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must: have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they

Sales Assistant - Fitzgerald Jewellers - Canterbury, Kent

The role Jewellery Sales Assistant - Full Time Fitzgerald Jewellers Canterbury, Kent Fitzgerald Jewellers specialises in bespoke jewellery handmade in our Canterbury workshop. Alongside our bespoke offering, we stock unique jewellery and watch brands such as Alex Monroe and Mondaine. We like to think that the Fitzgerald’s experience is unlike any other jewellers in Kent. We are looking for a full time Sales Assistant to join our team at Fitzgerald Jewellers. We have a small but passionate team who love their job so every day is such a joy. This is a really exciting opportunity to join us as we

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair & GNCCFonline 2021

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester 8-10 October 2021 GNCCFonline Summer Edition: 17-18 July 2021 We invite applications from established, new and recent graduate designers-makers and artists working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, mixed media, basket-making, product design, furniture, print-making and more. We are also looking for established makers who are experimenting with new techniques or materials towards a new body of work, to apply for the “Discuss” showcase at GNCCF Manchester. “Discuss” is an opportunity for makers to engage the GNCCF audience in their new work in progress, to

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

Call for Applications:  Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs  For 27 years the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs has helped creatives bring their ideas to life. Partnering with MeWe360, the programme aims to enable and celebrate talented 18-30 year olds driven to make positive social impact through their creative enterprise. £60,000 prize fund £100,000 worth of business support 5 winners DBACE supports visionary creative entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30 who are driven by a mission to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. DBACE aims to reach ambitious individuals from all backgrounds with ideas that will improve

Jewellery Merchandising Workshop with Cory Barrett and Charlie Thomas

Jewellery Merchandising Workshop with Cory Barrett and Charlie Thomas Sarabande Foundation, London 19 November 2019 Without a doubt, a fine piece of jewellery makes ones heart flutter and face gleam in awe. And whilst we cannot deny that the jewellery itself plays a part in inviting such a reaction, the additional, understated elements of merchandising are what make a piece of jewellery truly stunning. Led by Cory Barrett, ex-visual director of Tiffany and now Founder and Creative Director of CBGC Creative Industries Ltd and consultant art director Charlie Thomas, who has worked with many luxury brands, this provoking and informative talk will

News Edit: 27 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Milan celebrates jewellery design Domus: For the first time in Milan a week dedicated to jewellery: the Milan Jewelry Week, open from 24 to 27 October 2019. domusweb.it Two become one in the hands of Lorenzo Mattotti and Van Cleef & Arpels Wallpaper: Adding to the maison’s rich rollcall of artist collaborations, Nicolas Bos, CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, was keen to find an artist who could unite the different facets of dance, drawing and high jewellery for the maison’s 2019 high jewellery collection, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. wallpaper.com Julianne

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

Makers & Tools Project

Makers & Tools Project Old Fire Station, Oxford 17 May - 15 June 2019 The  Makers & Tools  project provides makers with the space and time to take risks in their practice, to explore new ways of collaborative working and to develop skills that will contribute to the success of their careers in contemporary craft.  It provides valuable continuing professional development opportunities for makers in the SW and SE, and makes visible the process of craft to a wider public audience. The project connects six contemporary craft makers in the early stages of their careers, who undertook a non-verbal conversation

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.  ​

Blowing Truths: A special review on Joya Barcelona 2019

I recently went to hospital to take a test for lactose intolerance. A four-hour test, which consisted of blowing into plastic bags every 30 minutes, after drinking a liquid substance that was as sweet as it was nauseating writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The bags were unfortunately not exciting and fun like those of Christine Jalio who, with intelligence and irony, invites us to expel the daily frustrations of which we are victims, blowing into them, to lighten and in some way to exhale an inner saturation that is wearing us out. Provocative, pop, effective. Compared to the other arts, the peculiarity of About

Master Craftsman urges industry colleagues to re-check gas safety

Internationally renowned silversmith Wayne Meeten has urged his fellow craftsmen to take care and re-check their workshop gas set up after he experienced a devastating explosion in his studio. The experienced craftsman, who a multi award winning, was  severely injured in his studio from a faulty regulator that was brand new. Hes said exclusively to Benchpeg: "I had know idea it was faulty regulator, as it was brand new. The technician at the store gave me wrong type. I had bought a complete new system and had it put together by a team of specialists. One did the compressor, one

Junior Jeweller - Ashes With Art - Worthing, West Sussex

The role Junior 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 Junior Jeweller. The Person We are looking for a hardworking, dynamic and qualified individual who is keen to develop their jewellery career in a busy, dynamic and friendly studio. The suitable candidate will be qualified or have relevant jewellery education/experience and be willing [youtube

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.

Art& Show 2019

art& show 2019 25 - 27 October 2019 York Racecourse Knavesmire Stand, North Yorkshire art& show 2019 is a fantastic opportunity for collectors, buyers, art lovers and anyone else who is interested in meeting artists and buying unique art works to come along to this friendly, accessible and affordable show. Set over 3-days the art& show has over 120 artists work for sale & commission from a wide price range of £10-£10,000+. Its a chance to actually meet the artists, talk to them about their work and inspirations and buy and commission direct. Artists taking part in the show pay

Artist Commission, The Story Museum

Artist Commission – The Book of Hopes Exhibition The Story Museum is seeking to commission an artist or theatre prop maker to create a sculpture, based on the illustration The Hope Tree by Axel Scheffler, which will form the central focus for a family-friendly temporary exhibition inspired by The Book of Hopes, from July ’21 onwards. Budget £3000 for labour and materials. Selection Criteria We are looking for individuals who: Can realise the brief in an imaginative and impactful way which references the Hope Tree illustration by Axel Scheffler Have a demonstrable track record of creating large scale public sculptures

Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019 (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham)  20 - 22 March 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall,  Cheltenham The Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) applications open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms.  There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted.  Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and

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

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

The fusion of cutting edge design across jewellery and fashion in a visual first at IJL

International Jewellery London 2019 will collaboratw with Graduate Fashion Week. In a show first, the IJL Catwalk will showcase  the inspirational final year collections of six GFW high flying graduates, alongside an insightful overview of the High Street Jewellery trends for 2020, on September 2 at 3.00pm Hilary Alexander OBE,  the new President of Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind GFW, will introduce each collection and discuss their relevance to 2020 fashion trends, together with Katherine Ormerod who will present the next Spring/Summer’s hottest high street jewellery trends. GFW is the leading international event for fashion graduates and is a

Appointment: Dr Timothy Schroder makes history being elected Prime Warden for second term

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that Dr Timothy Schroder has been elected Prime Warden. Dr Schroder, who previously served in the role during 2015-16, is the first member of the Goldsmiths’ Company to be appointed Prime Warden for a second term since 1951, when Walter Godfrey Allen served two consecutive years. Timothy Schroder was born in 1953 and educated in Oxford, where he attended St Edward’s School and Christ Church at Oxford University. At Christ Church he read philosophy and theology, before going on to specialise in the decorative arts, completing a Diploma at the Study Centre for the History

London Creative Network

Call for Applications: The London Creative Network  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 regardless of whether they have a studio at Cockpit Arts. We provide creative business and professional development support to craft makers who have the aspiration and talent to do what they do professionally. We cater for all types of craft practices; from batch producers to artist-makers. The current round is now open for applications. Deadline: 25 October. For more information: cockpitarts.com

Baselworld 2020

Baselworld 2020 Basel Exhibition Centre, Switzerland  30th April - 5th May 2020 Baselworld is the world's foremost show for watches, jewellery, precious stones and related industries. It interconnects the industry’s top brands (including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Breitling), the most influential media and the world’s most important buyers. Baselworld is the exclusive platform on which the major watch and jewellery brands present the year’s innovations to an eagerly curious international audience. Everyone who wants to know what the latest trends are and how 2019 “ticks” will find the answers live and firsthand at Baselworld. Dates:  30th

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

Karl & Lisa

For those who are lucky enough to be in Melbourne, Australia, there is still more than a week to visit the Karl & Lisa exhibition at the Funaki Gallery, a double solo show dedicated to two of the most important names in the world of contemporary jewellery writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Lisa Walker necklace, 2019, fabric, stuffing, thread, acrylic paint Lisa Walker necklace, 2019, merino, stuffing, acrylic paint, thread Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker have been at the forefront of contemporary jewellery for over 20 years, constantly pushing and questioning what jewellery is and can be. They met while studying at the prestigious

Make It

Call for Applications: Make It  Make It aims to support young makers based in London who are passionate about craft to build their own creative business. Applications are now open Make It  offers London-based makers aged 16-26 space and support to build their own craft-based business. Our two-year programme is designed to give you everything you need to start. Selected makers will get a free studio space at Cockpit Arts for 12 months, access to onsite workshops in business basics and one-to-one coaching. In the second year, we ask only for a small contribution of £20 a week. You’ll be

Goldsmith, Coppins of Corsham - Corsham, Wiltshire

The role Goldsmith Coppins of Corsham Corsham, Wiltshire Coppins is a family owned and run jewellers in Corsham, Wiltshire, which has been open for 38 years. We have a well stocked showroom, selling silver, gold and platinum jewellery, watches and silver gifts. We have a workshop onsite where we make, repair, and design all manner of jewellery. We are looking for a full or part time Goldsmith to join our team who is friendly, flexible and enthusiastic. With our workshop located beside the shop, occasional assistance on the shop floor may be required at busy periods.  Duties will include alterations

Responsible Jewellery Council Launches SDG Taskforce

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch supply chain, announced today the launch of an SDG Taskforce to create a unified platform to benchmark members’ progress in the implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The UN SDGs are a call to action for all countries, organisations and people to come together in partnership to achieve a more sustainable and fairer future for all. The SDG Taskforce includes 26 leaders of the global jewellery industry together with the representatives of NGOs, other trade organisations and academia who will convene on a regular

Q&A: Vivien Johnston

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

Present Makers 2019

Call for Applications: Present Makers 2019 9 November 2019 to 21 December 2019 A celebration of excellence in making from across the South West. A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2019 celebrates the talent of contemporary crafts people and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live. The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others : glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale. Looking for the ideal Christmas gift this year? Why not buy unique hand-made and locally-designed

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

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

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

Sweet Ceramic Jewellery with Rebecca Wilson

It’s that time of Year when resolutions are rife, and many of us try, successfully or not so much, to give up our vices. The good news is, if you’re craving sugar, you’re in for a treat. Rebecca Wilson is a ceramicist who is venturing into jewellery, her whimsical designs are sugar-spun into cool confectionary.  Living and working near Edinburgh and Scotland, Rebecca comes from a background in ceramics and has recently introduced jewellery and wearables to her collection. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, most notably at COLLECT in the Saatchi Gallery, London, SOFA in Chicago,

Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork Bursary

Call for Applications: FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork Bursary West Dean College Chichester, West Sussex A new bursary providing funding of up to £5,000 to study FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation as been launches by the ctafts college. Funding The bursaries are for new applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford to pursue their studies, for September 2019 entry. About the Course The Foundation degree is taught by Grant McCaig, an internationally recognised Silversmith and educator. His work is in major collections, he has taught in Japan and Colombia,

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch Celebrating Contemporary British Fine Metalwork 17 October 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham Please join us at the launch of the innovative new ebook Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. During the event you will have the chance to hear, question and meet some of the internationally renowned designer-makers who feature in the book. The event special is part of the Talking Practice lecture series at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Jewellery, to be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 October. A BCU e-book by Kenneth Quickenden and Lee Hewett, entitled Making

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

Christmas Jewellery Show 2019

Christmas Jewellery Show 2 November 2019 - 11 January 2020 Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds Established and emerging jewellers are celebrated in this exhibition of contemporary jewellery.  A selection of 5 jewellers in their first 5 years of business and 5 who have been making for 5+ years come together to highlight the craftsmanship behind jewellery making today. 5 Established Jewellers Bea Jareno Jewellery making is a life-long passion for Bea.  She learnt watch-making as a young child with her grandfather and vividly remembers her first experience of seeing a ring being made; she knew from that moment that

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

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

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

A Maison with a View: Discover Paris through the Eyes of Boucheron in the new 'Paris, vu du 26' Collection

In their latest collection ‘Paris, vu du 26’, high jewellery heritage, Boucheron, transports you to romantic, bustling Paris- taking you on a personal tour of spectacular landmarks and architecture that holds meaning to the Maison. Frédéric Boucheron was the first among the great contemporary jewellers to open a shop in Place Vendôme. Many other notable figures have resided there too since its birth in 1702, including Chopin, Coco Chanel and the Countess di Castiglione; who actually lived above Boucheron itself.  26 V is the Boucheron family house, and the heart of its creative enterprise. Its windows have bore witness to

Trends to Keep Watch of This Autumn

Hands up who's bored of waking up to nothing but rain, rain with a side of rain? Us too. As the seasonal calendar clicked over to a new month last week, it seems as if the weather Gods have also pulled the plug on any residual sunny heat leftover from summer, leaving us well and truly in the throes of a UK Autumn.  For those of us fashion mavens, not only is the end of summer a happy instance to refill our wardrobes with autumn fashion trends, but it also provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up indoors with a

Turner Contemporary Open 2021

Call for Entries: Turner Contemporary Open 2021 Turner Contemporary will be ten years old in 2021. During the pandemic the arts and creativity have played a vital, and perhaps more visible, role in many of our lives. Back in 2010, we hosted an Open exhibition in a temporary space on Margate High Street that celebrated the creativity of the artistic community across Kent. To mark our 10th anniversary year, we want to hear from practicing artists living and working in Kent & Medway or those working nationally and internationally who studied in Kent & Medway.   You are invited to submit

Secret Garden Jewellery Box

A much-loved reference point for creative design and inspiration for interiors, tech to fashion and jewellery; it's hard not to pinpoint a designer who hasn't used the beautiful intricacies of nature to inspire a collection of artistry. Not only are their shapes, patterns, textures and sizes unique and different between creatures, plants, flora and fauna but so are the architectures around where they inhabit across the continent. To say there is a wealth of inspiration in nature would be an understatement! Beautiful incarnations of garden biodiversity are some of the most widely used within jewellery collections. Intricate, colourful and dainty floral

SIERAAD Art Fair 2019

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/Snjqq3Hf7Os] SIERAAD Art Fair 2019 7 - 10 October 2019 Gashouder WesterGasterrein, Amsterdam The 18th edition of SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair will be held aa MARJAN UNGER TRIBUTE in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.  Marjan Unger (1946-2018) was a well known Dutch art historian, writer, curator, teacher, design expert and a collector of jewellery but most of all a very dedicated promoter of jewellery design. A warm, kind and humorous lady who was always curious and ready to cross boundaries. She was a reseacher, studied art history and completed her doctoral dissertation, but she also did an

Sweet Sentiments in Dior's Latest Fine Jewellery Collections

Signs, symbols and icons reside at the very heart of the Dior brand. In her collections, Victoire de Castellane revisits some of those most precious to the man who started a fashion revolution. The story of Dior begins with a star and a “yes”, so the story goes… …While walking up the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Christian Dior hit his foot on an object on the ground and almost tripped, as though it was the object itself that wished to attract his attention. Christian Dior leaned over and picked up the object that had nearly made him fall over: it [youtube

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

Matthew Burgess appointed New Head of Goldsmiths’ Fair for 2021

Digital engagement and arts professional, Matthew Burgess, takes on the role for one year as maternity cover for Harriet Scott Friday 15 January: Matthew Burgess joins The Goldsmiths’ Company as Head of Fair for the upcoming 2021 Fair this autumn, covering maternity for Harriet Scott who has been with the Company for over six years. Matthew brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with leading Mayfair galleries, museums and individual artists both in the UK and internationally. He has organised and managed numerous high-profile commercial and educational events as well as exhibitions and fairs for renowned international artists

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

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

Mark Buntz Joins GIA as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Mark Buntz as senior vice president and chief marketing officer to lead all global marketing efforts and drive the future of the GIA brand. Buntz will support the expansion of GIA’s education, laboratory services – including the new GIA Diamond Origin Report – and instruments business into new markets and extend GIA’s 4Cs of Diamond Quality consumer outreach program. He succeeds Kathryn Kimmel, who retired in August after 30 years with GIA. “Mark brings invaluable expertise with leading companies which have reached pinnacles of success in their fields,” said Susan Jacques, GIA

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

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

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE Appointed Chair Of Trustees For The Edward James Foundation

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Edward James Foundation which is responsible for West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.  The College is charting an ambitious trajectory of growth and is recognised for excellence in arts and conservation education.  At the end of December 2019 Professor O’Prey will replace the Hon Peter Benson LVO MA FCA who is stepping down after seventeen years as a Trustee, ten of them as Chairman.  For the last fifteen years Professor O’Prey has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Roehampton, London, stepping down

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.

Davina Mallinckrodt Appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cockpit Arts

Davina has been confirmed in the role on 8th April 2021, following her appointment as Chair-Elect in December 2020. She succeeds Cornelius Medvei, who has held the post for the past nine years.  Davina joins Cockpit following a year in which the award-winning social enterprise and leading creative business incubator has successfully supported its 150 strong maker community through the pandemic. In addition to the 40 young creative businesses receiving awards and bursary support, in 2020/21 Cockpit has provided substantially reduced rents to its makers at its two hubs, Cockpit Holborn and Cockpit Deptford and successfully pivoted to digital delivery

40 Brooches for 40 Years

40 Brooches for 40 Years Dovecot Studios 7 – 29 August 2021 As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Dazzle presents  40 Brooches for 40 Years .  This exhibition shows 40 makers from across the four decades who made a special brooch for the occasion. These one-off brooches are available to buy online at Lovedazzle or at our  Edinburgh Festival Dazzle  at Dovecot Studios  7 – 29 August   2021 .  Dovecot Studios Ltd ,  10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT or  www.lovedazzle.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Fresh New Look For The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths have announced the launch of the new Scottish Goldsmiths Trust website where you will find  information about who they are, projects, opportunities, events and history.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust (SGT) was founded by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh in the year 2000. Its aims remain to support and promote the education, art an craft of Scotland’s gold and silversmithing heritage and trade.  The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust has a dynamic programme of opportunities, exhibitions and awards. The SGT curates the Millennium Silver collection, Silver of the Stars and the historical archives of The

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

Irish goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly’s work go under the Sotheby’s hammer

For the first time in history an Irish high jewellery maker will showcase his works at auction in the US.  October 22nd sees the inclusion of Mayo based jewellery designer and goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly in Sotheby’s Important Jewels live auction in New York.  In the face of a global pandemic creating uncertainty with many small businesses who depend on international trade for expansion, the inclusion of two of Nigel O’Reilly’s pieces in the renowned auction house’s October sale marks a progressive step forward towards ‘the new normal’ for private business in Ireland.  Hailing from and working in Mayo, Nigel has

Artisan Paul Wayne Gregory creates a giant Rotary Greenwich Timepiece replica from Chocolate for C4's Extreme Chocolate Makers

Last week, Rotary made its TV debut on the Channel 4 show, Extreme Chocolate Makers. The new series follows chocolatiers from around the UK as they tackle tricky builds and complicated commissions in an attempt to deliver a little bit of chocolate heaven. Ahead of its 125th birthday, Rotary commissioned Paul Wayne Gregory, of the TV show, to create a griant-sized replica of one of their most popular watches. The Greenwich timepiece, is a particularly challenging feat in chocolatiering- with its skeletal detailing and intricately detailed face. Image caption or copyright  Paul, who creates bespoke chocolate commissions for a living, has

Design in Silver Award 2021

Call for Applications: Design in Silver Award 2021 Contemporary British Silversmiths have been fortunate enough to offer an annual ‘Design in Silver Award’ to silversmithing graduates for many years.  This is thanks to a very generous and long standing patron who is keen to support graduates on their journey of progressing their career in contemporary silversmithing. The prize comprises up to £1,000 which is to be spent on a specialist course offered by one of our senior members and three years free graduate membership.  The money can be used towards the course, materials, travel and accommodation as required.  Previous winners

Open Studios: 401 ½ Studios

401½ are pleased to offer a warm welcome for pre-Christmas shopping or browsing and a chance to meet and chat with makers about their work. The artists and makers at 401½ studios are opening their doors once more this November, giving visitors the opportunity to view and buy from a vast array of different crafts and arts.  401 1/2 Studios is a happy industrious warehouse space in South London, the creative home of an eclectic mix of contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople.  Once a year we open our doors to those curious minds who want to explore the studios and

Luz Arias - Nuanced transparency

Luz Arias has been dedicating herself to jewellery since 1999 and during her career she also becomes curator of the "Puro Diseño" fair, thus acquiring a formal sensibility towards both project and creativity writes  Ilaria Ruggiero She meets the glass almost by chance becoming her perfect alter ego, as often happens to those who are attracted to and approach this material, so concrete but so elusive. From the moment she starts working with glass, she improves technique and aesthetics in a personal and unique way. A bit in general, and especially in her work, Luz does not aim to dominate

News Edit: 9 November 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Life aquatic: Jordan Askill's new jewellery collection is inspired by the ocean Vogue: A fascination with environmental phenomena proved a natural well of inspiration for Jordan Askill, who dove headfirst into the sea to design his new jewellery collection. vogue.com.au Last chance to see Bulgari’s magical history tour Wallpaper: ‘Bulgari, the story, the dream’ charts the 135-year history of the Roman jewellery house across two locations in its Italian home city - Castel Sant’Angelo and Palazzo Venezia. wallpaper.com Jeweller Boodles teams up with African miner to sell ethically sourced gold

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair @ Chelsea 2020

Desire at Chelsea 2020 Chelsea Old Town Hall, London 28 February - 1 March 2020 This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.  Exhibitors

News Edit: 6th December 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Where Black lives don’t matter to jewellers Jewellery Business: After  Alexia Connellan  graduated from Columbia University with an art degree, the luxury-design jeweller worked as a professional photographer, and then as a project manager in the tech sector.  .jewellerybusiness.com New Brand To Know: Jessie Thomas Forbes: Jewelry is a family affair for Jessie Thomas who has a shop and workshop she shares with her father David Thomas, a master goldsmith in London. forbes.com Shop London: The local jewellery brands to know about Evening Standard: The small, local and

News Edit: 28 March 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   1970s model, muse and jewellery designer, Elsa Peretti, dies aged 80 Tatler: The Florentine jewellery designer who helmed Tiffany & Co was a regular on the New York social scene at Studio 54 alongside Halston, Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli. www.tatler.com Why an artist is turning pandemic waste into jewellery Live Mint: Argentina's Marcelo Toledo is collecting recycled covid-19 waste, including masks and syringes, to make accessories and sculptures. livemint.com Jewellery Distributor On The Move Insider Media: A Cambridgeshire-based jewellery service distributor has acquired new premises after reporting

British Craft Trade Fair to run interactive online show for 2020

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has announced that it will run an online, interactive exhibition for designer-makers who are already signed up for this year’s event. The online show will be open to registered and approved buyers from June 14 – 15 (10.00 – 17.00) via the BCTF website , with this year’s BCTF award-winners being announced on Monday June 14 at 17.00. The next physical edition of BCTF will run as usual at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from April 11-13. 2021 Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, said: “Like other exhibition organisers, we were forced to cancel this

Call for Applications - Handmade Chelsea 2021

Call fro Applicarions: Handmade Chelsea 12 - 14 November 2021 Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE Curated and organised by Handmade in Britain since 2007, Handmade Chelsea is an established high-end craft and design fair that celebrates the very best of British craftsmanship. Featuring over 100 of the most exciting international and UK-based designer makers who work across a wide range of disciplines – from glass and ceramics, jewellery and fashion, prints and textiles, to sculpture and wood – Handmade Chelsea has unique, eye-catching craft to suit all tastes. This year, Handmade Chelsea will take place in

Southmere Creative Commission

Southmere Creative Commission We're looking to integrate high-quality and innovative creative commission(s) in Southmere as part of our first major regeneration phase in Thamesmead. We are seeking to appoint a specialist public art team or producer who can commission and manage artist(s), and the fabrication and installation of their works in Southmere, our first major development in Thamesmead. The total budget for all fees, fabrication and installation costs is £175,000 + VAT. The deadline for proposals to be submitted via Delta is 12 noon GMT, Monday 18 January 2021. Click here to download the Southmere Creative Commission brief: www.thamesmeadnow.org.uk More

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

Homage to Earth: Hidden Treasures by Teresa Seabra

During one of her last visits to India, Teresa Seabra met an old man who had been collecting wonderful dendritic agates since his childhood. He then confided her with great sadness, that none of his successors cared about his treasure. She so decided to take some of them, working with these mysterious stones by combining them with others, with tiny Basra pearls and rough little diamonds writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Necklace: Hidden Treasures I, 2016 Oxidized silver, dendritic agates and crystal rock Necklace: Hidden Treasures II, 2016 Gold, dendritic agates and amber Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony,

Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021)

Tiffany's star jewelry designer and philanthropist Elsa Peretti dies in Spain It is with great sadness that Elsa Peretti’s death yesterday from natural causes was announced by her family office in Zurich and by the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The designer, who was famous for her creations for high-end US jewelers Tiffany, passed away in a village close to Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 80. Her legacy comprises a body of exceptional design work as well as a foundation dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and conservation causes. A true citizen of the world, her absence will be strongly felt

LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2020 About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. All Entries Should fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass,

GIA’s Knowledge Discussion Captures the Importance of Sustainability and Ethics

If you have ever wondered, “what does sustainability mean in jewellery and why should we care?” then GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) recent Knowledge Session, where experts offer a trove of knowledge based on their experience and expertise, has answers for you. The webinar offered insights into consumer demand for ethically sourced materials, the importance of sustainability and ethics, and transparency in the gem and jewelry supply chain. A recording of the panel discussion is available  here . This eye-opening discussion was moderated by author and journalist Melanie Grant, who expanded on topics discussed in her book, "

Central Saint Martins’ graduate selected as a Bright Young Gem

Jeweller who hand carves gemstones, Isla Gilham, has been selected as one of IJL’s Bright Young Gems for 2019. Gilham graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2018 and has since set up her own workshop in Somerset where she has continued to create precious gem set pieces with playful twists. Jewellery has been described as “delicious, tempting and good enough to eat”. The work plays on this narrative. Isla hand carves ‘bites’ from an array of juicy and enticing gemstones and creates gold plated silverwork that also appears to have been tasted, scattered with crumbs and twisted in the haste

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

How are you? A little note from us to you

Hello How  are  you? We’ve missed you. You may have been wondering where we have been. Like all of us, Benchpeg has had to acclimatise to a ‘new normal’ and this has taken some time. We’ve had to weather a few storms before but this global pandemic is something none of us have experienced in our lifetimes. For Benchpeg, this has meant a number of personal and professional issues including the hospitalisation of one of our children with a Covid-19 scare, who is thankfully fine now. Unfortunately, this meant putting Benchpeg on hold temporarily while we hunkered down and dealt

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

Donor Wall Commission Tender The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford Help us create something beautiful! We are looking for a visual artist to help us pay tribute to all of the donors who helped us to  #TransformTheYard ! Our dreams of expanding The Courtyard to better serve our community are finally a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of so many people, businesses, trusts and foundations. We want to honour them with a piece of contemporary artwork to be displayed at The Courtyard! We’re looking for an artist to create an art installation that incorporates

Business Coach (Maternity Cover), Cockpit Arts

Business Coach (Maternity cover) £35,000 - 37,000 per annum pro rata (£14,000 – 14,800 for two days per week) Are you • An experienced business coach and trainer? • Someone who enjoys coaching their clients to realise their potential? • Excited by the chance to work with makers, designers, and craft-based micro businesses? Cockpit Arts is hiring a creative business coach and trainer to join our Business Incubation Team. The role will deliver one-to-one coaching to craft and design businesses, principally individual practitioners and sole traders, based both at Cockpit’s studios and outside. The coach will also support delivery of

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

Alexander Wood receives the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice of the Year Award

First granted in 2015, this prestigious annual award celebrates excellence in skill, attitude and commitment. This year Alex was nominated not only for his exceptional performance since starting his training as a diamond mounting apprentice, but also to recognise the support he has received from his former Master, Nathaniel Groves. Selected by the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship team and his fellow Apprentices, it was acknowledged that Alex - who is a former Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme trainee now working for E C Wolfe - had proven his exceptional capability throughout his four-year diamond-mounting apprenticeship with Nathaniel Groves. In particular, Alex was

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

Museum of Arts And Design New York, Appoints Christian Larsen as Windgate Research Curator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) today announced the appointment of Christian Larsen to the position of Windgate Research Curator, effective immediately.  In this position, funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Larsen will lead an educational and curatorial partnership between the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center (BGC) to increase the visibility of craft and design in art history and the contemporary art world. He replaces Elissa Auther who was named Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator last September. 'With great enthusiasm, we welcome Christian to the curatorial team at

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers

Call for Applications: Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund for Black Jewellers  Applications to The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund launches on Tuesday 28 July at 10am The Fund was set up by Kassandra to support Black jewellers and those in the allied trades facing financial hardship Grants of £1,000 will be made available to 20 Black jewellers and those working in the allied trades The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity will administer the grants on behalf of the Fund A panel of judges, made up of industry experts, will decide who the grants will be awarded to. Applications to a Black jewellers’ hardship Fund,

Jewellery Quarter Festival and Open Studios Open Day Event – Selling Opportunity

Call for Applications: Jewellery Quarter Festival, Open Studios & Open Day Event A Selling Opportunity 29 th  June 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham As part of the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios we announce a call out for exhibitors to take part in our School of Jewellery Open Day event on Saturday 29 June – 10am-4pm We are looking for our school Alumni who are trading as jewellery designer makers and currently running their own business. We are offering a ‘market’ stall selling event in the Vittoria street gallery, our main atrium. Limited spaces available so apply now   What you get

Cockpit Arts London Creative Network

Call for Applications: The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme is Cockpit Arts' professional development programme designed to help craft makers in London to enhance their ability to advance their business. All makers who join our nine part workshop programme will be better equipped to: Develop strategic vision and identify goals and milestones, from the short to long term Plan for the business and practice, by articulating business values clearly Prepare to introduce new product ranges or services, or work in a new way Understand how to target audience and market, and effectively communicate to them

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

Handmade Chelsea 2020

Call for Applications: Handmade at Chelsea 2020 Handmade Chelsea – The Contemporary Craft And Design Fair   "...feel it's important for you to have events to look forward to later in the year, just as we are looking forward to Handmade Chelsea - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair (13 - 15 November). Working at the moment is not easy so from selection in May we will start to work with you over the coming spring and summer months, connecting you to our audience who are well informed and great supporters of the craft sector - many of whom have

Appointment: Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Elissa Auther as Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has announced the appointment of Elissa Auther to the position of Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, effective immediately. In this role, Auther will collaborate with Nanette L. Laitman Director Chris Scoates to create diverse exhibition programs and collections, foster relationships with artists and designers, and develop forward-looking strategies for engaging a broad audience. “A highly valued colleague, Elissa is a gifted curator and scholar who is passionate about the vital and evolving importance of craft in contemporary art,” said Scoates. “ In her new leadership position at MAD, she will

Wisley Craft Fair Goes Virtual

The annual Contemporary Spring Craft Fair held at RHS Garden Wisley may have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but the organisers, Craft In Focus, have moved the fair online.   Visitors who were planning to attend this, the UK’s most popular craft fair, will not need to miss out and can now find all their favourite exhibitors online and discover a fabulous selection of professional contemporary craftmakers and artists selected from the finest in the UK.  They will not even have to queue to enter! The virtual craft fair can be found on the Craft In Focus website www.craftinfocus.com

Luca Tripaldi: A Gothic View

The Gothic and Baroque strand in contemporary ceramics is finding several prominent exponents in the international arena, each characterized by personal tastes and styles writes Ilaria Ruggiero. One of these is certainly Luca Tripaldi, who combines his intense activity as a sculptor and teacher, with continuous research and technical experimentation that is often directed into jewellery. In the past he worked for many years at Mario Audello in Turin as sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”, etc. Attention to scenography, detail, theatricality and narrative components are all easily traceable

Fair-trade jewellers get together at London Fashion week to show that fashion can be fair

This coming Monday and Tuesday marks a pivotal moment in London Fashion week history: for the first time ever, four of the leading ethical jewellers will come together to prove that fair fashion, without comprimise, can be (and should be) achieved.  From an exclusive location in Old Bond Street, adjecent to the main-catwalk, the four renowned designers will showcase their collections to celebrities, industry experts and the public alike. This, coming after the BOF State of Fashion report prophecised that ''For fashion players, 2019 will be a year of awakening. The ones who will succeed will have to come to

Appointment: Pandora picks Alexander Lacik as new CEO

Denmark’s jeweller Pandora has named Alexander Lacik as its new Chief Executive, who will oversee a plan to help the firm regain its competitive edge in a weak retail market. Lacik, 54, joins Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery maker by production capacity, from British childcare products maker Britax.  Pandora announced on the 14 February 2019: The Board of Directors of Pandora has today appointed Alexander Lacik as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lacik’s strong track-record as a consumer marketer and brand architect will help drive the execution of Programme NOW and assert Pandora’s position as the world’s largest jewellery

Orkney Jewellery Designer Re-Creates Rare Pictish Necklace

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

LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd edition About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. Key Dates 20 June 2018:  Entry site opens to submit works 31 Oct. 2018:  Submissions close 31 Jan. 2019:  Shortlist of

Jewellery Collective by VS Jewellery School

Jewellery Collective by VS Jewellery School Vannetta Seecharran is pleased to present a collection of works by former diploma students of VS Jewellery School, London. Based in Hatton Garden the school offers an array of courses from taster classes for the complete beginner to specialist courses including wax carving and stone setting as well as year-long diploma courses. Coming together for this exhibition, eight designers, who have all graduated within the last three years, will showcase a diverse body of work reflecting their various passions and influences – from bold geometric forms constructed with precision to free flowing organic shapes

Birmingham's historic JW Evans silver factory goes global

A glimpse into Britain's bygone age of silver has been rolled out to a worldwide audience after the historic JW Evans Silver Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter was chosen to feature in a new series of virtual tours produced by English Heritage and Google Arts and Culture. Until now, the 19th century silversmith factory, which opened in 1881 and closed 127 years later with all the old tools, machinery and half-finished silverware still in place, has been open just two days a fortnight, offering guided tours only. But after the new partnership, between English Heritage who bought it from the

Buy Me 2018

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

Branded Jewellery Sales to Soar by 2020

A recently published report by consultant firm Mckinsey has forecast annual global sales growth in branded jewellery of between 5% to 6% each year by 2020 to take sales from approximately £132 billion to £223 billion globally. The report states that consumer appetite for jewellery now appears more voracious than ever. which led British marketplace, OnBuy.com to analyse the report further; to draw out the information industry insiders need to know and to share advice among Artisan designers who may need to keep pace. The report entitled A Multifaceted Future: The Jewellery Industry in 2020 states its findings that branded items already account

Appointment: Michael Prideaux elected as Prime Warden for 2018-19

Each year, four Assistants at the Goldsmiths' Company are elected to become Wardens, who meet regularly and act as the Company's executive committee. The senior warden is known as the Prime Warden and serves for a year, changing over in May. Michael Prideaux has been elected as Prime Warden for 2018-19. Michael spent much of his executive career at British American Tobacco, where he was a member of the Management Board and responsible for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs from 1998 - 2012.  He joined B.A.T.  Industries, then a diversified conglomerate spanning tobacco, financial services, retailing and paper and pulp in

News Edit: 15 April 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... ‘Forensic jeweller’ to take starring role in BBC crime programme The Courier: A Dundee University student who is on track to become the world’s first “forensic jeweller” will appear on a BBC historical crime series on Monday. www.thecourier.co.uk   Back to black: jewellery turns to the dark side How to Spend it:   Black is inspiring innovation, as jewellery designers explore unorthodox materials and game-changing applications in a quest for the perfect hue. howtospendit.ft.com   The Best Sculptural Jewellery To Buy Right Now The Times: This season’s designs are clean, sculptural

News Edit: 24 March 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Beyond Fabergé: Bykovs And Russian Jewelry Renaissance Forbes: From the Tsars to the Kardashians, uniqueness outweighs carat-count when it comes to fine jewelry ownership. forbes.com Meet Göran Kling, Who Is Crafting Street-Smart “Slang” Jewelry in Sweden Vogue: Peer out jeweler Göran Kling’s window and what do you see? An abandoned concrete factory riddled with graffiti. vogue.com Contraceptive Jewellery Could Be The Next Method Of Birth Control Independent: Contraceptive jewellery is currently being tested by scientists as a new form of birth control. independent.co.uk Mystery of the largest hoard of Celtic

Garnet for Those January Birth Babies

With the start of a new year and a new month puts one of the most beautiful birthstones in the gemstone limelight. For those of you who are lucky enough to be born in the month of January, you are gifted with the kaleidoscopic birthstone of garnet.  Garnet is a term used to describe a group of closely related silicate minerals which together produce a painter's palette variety of colour. Even today, garnet remains to be the one mineral that displays the largest variety of colour, making it a popular choice across the jewellery industry. 'Garnet' comes from the Middle

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event

Goldflair Charitable Jewellery Event Friday the 23 November Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh Jewellers, businesses and ethically minded individuals in Edinburgh are being invited to join The Precious Metals Workshop and local Jeweller, Ian Nicholson, in a discussion about how they can play their part in influencing responsible supply chains in the jewellery industry.  Local jeweller Ian, who is also the founder and Director of the Precious Metals Workshop, is calling on support from industry leaders to take part in a unique event being held at Assembly Rooms on Friday the 23 November with a focus on responsible sourcing of

Jewellery Designers meet Queen at London Fashion Week

This week Her Majesty The Queen visited London Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. While at the event the Queen also met a number of jewellery designers who were exhibiting as part of the Designer Showrooms. Her Majesty was greeted upon arrival at London Fashion Week by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. The Queen toured the Designer Showrooms to view the collections and met Rock Vault jewellery designers  Completedworks ,  DAOU ,  Frances Wadsworth Jones ,  Lily Kamper ,  Rachel Boston ,  Shimell and Madden  and Headonism designers

Appointment: Michel Loris-Melikoff New Baselworld Managing Director

The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, has decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show. " After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges" , said Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision. She

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

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

Houlden Group Welcomes New Member Deacon & Son at 42nd London Event

The Houlden Group have announced that the premium retailer, Deacon & Son, will join as a new member as of March 1. The news was revealed this week at the Group’s successful two-day London Event 2018 for members and suppliers. Now in its sixth generation, Deacon & Son, the highly respected independent family business, was founded as a jewellery, watch and clockmakers in 1848 and now runs four stores across Swindon, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Richard Deacon, Managing Director of Deacon & Son, who attended the event commented: “The reason we joined to meet up with likeminded people with the same

Emerging Graduate Talent on Show at Goldsmiths’ Fair

Goldsmiths’ Fair has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.  The ten graduates, who were selected from over 100 applicants, receive: A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair £1500 bursary Up to £3000 precious metal loan Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers and others. The highly sought-after opportunity for emerging designer-makers regularly leads to sales and commissions that otherwise might take years to achieve. A number of ‘stars of the

Stars 'rock' up at royal wedding

All eyes were on the glamorous outfits yet the fiery brilliance of the rocks hanging off fingers, necks and ears at Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry was more than a match for the day's dazzling sunshine. As well as the bride's own jewels, namely the pair of Cartier 18-carat diamond earrings, the £100,000 10.11 carat bracelet (with over 150 individual diamonds) and the gorgeous diamond and platinum Queen Mary Tiara, there were diamonds and pearls galore among the 600 guests, many of them designed by celebrity jeweller Lorraine Schwartz who since 2002, when Halle Berry first wore her diamond-fringed

Weston Beamor further invest in 3D print and bespoke teams

Weston Beamor have announced a new starter and two internal promotions to further strengthen their 3D Print and Bespoke Teams as customer demand for personalisation grows.   Just a few months on from Ed Hole’s promotion to Business Manager, WB have more good news for customers as the team responds to the increased consumer desire for bespoke jewellery. Sarah Parry, who graduated from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery following the completion of a BA Design for Industry degree, joined the company at the beginning of July and will work alongside Daniella Webb in the 3D Printing team.  Existing team members

Hobby gold hunter may have to hand over 'largest ever' £50,000 find

An anonymous amateur gold hunter is still waiting to be told whether Britain's largest ever gold nugget, which he found in a Scottish stream, will have to be handed over to the Crown Estate. Weighing 85.7g, the nugget which has been named the Douglas Nugget was found in an unidentified river in Scotland two years ago by an amateur prospector who has chosen to keep his identity under wraps. Its value is reckoned to be around £50,000 but under “Mines Royal” law, which sometimes requires successful bounty hunters to hand over their gold and silver booty to the Crown, the

Touchstone Award

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

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On To launch 2018, NCCD is proud to present two exhibitions showcasing work by artists who we’re tipping to be the future stars of the craft & design world in our new exhibitions Class Of 2017: Structural Composition and One Year On. Each year our Class Of series of exhibitions highlights the work of a number of new graduates chosen from the New Designers event which takes place in London. At New Designers the finest graduating students from art and design courses from across the UK are chosen to exhibit their work,

Organic glass and fluid landscape

Biba Schutz is one of those artists who has no need to deepen the analytical phase of her creative process. Her intuitive ability and emotional approach to work allow her to achieve incredible results. Rippling Necklace During the course of her evolutionary journey, Biba has experimented with a range of materials, searching for a balanced dialogue between form and content, construction and meaning. However, perhaps it is in the use of glass that her language is best expressed and defined, even though she prefers to define herself as a metal worker. Her approach to glass was born almost casually 10

Collaborative partnership brings UK’s first ethically sourced gemstone fair to London

A collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool of Nineteen48, Kathy Chappell of Fair Trade Gemstones and Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems- Queensland, Australia has led to an inaugural one-day fair for the UK market. This unique fair will see gemstones available that offer full provenance and ethical sourcing. "Having worked closely together for some time, this event is a natural extension of our collaboration. For jewellers who have an emphasis on responsible sourcing, we think this is the best opportunity to see and buy a wide range of traceable gemstones from around

Taxman issues warning after jeweller banned from running business

Company directors have been warned to keep detailed financial records after Gary Wright director of a watch and jewellery wholesaler AS Diamonds in Stevenage was banned from acting as a director for six years for failing to explain away irregular payments. Wright treated HMRC 'detrimentally', according to the Insolvency Service, by charging VAT on almost £500,000 worth of sales invoices but not filing any VAT returns or paying any VAT to HMRC. Although Wright did submit accounting records, they were considered 'inadequate' by the Insolvency Service who claimed they were unable to verify the purpose of payments made to himself

Cockpit Arts Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Awards x4 Cockpit Arts have four awards currently open for application - comprising subsidised studio space and support for one year. Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join the Cockpit Arts community: The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award - This Award supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out. The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.

Appointment: Russell Lownsbrough elected as Chair of Institute of Professional Goldsmiths

The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths promotes and supports craftspeople of the highest calibre, who produce only the finest workmanship. The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) held it's 36th Annual General Meeting on the 26th of February where a new Chairman, Russell Lownsbrough FIPG, was appointed with universal approval by attendees.  Two new members were also admitted to the Executive Committee, Wayne Meeten FIPG and Danila Tarcinale FIPG. The members attending were informed of the IPG's activities and the efforts of the committee on their behalf. Most significant amongst these being the mentoring scheme recently set up with funding from the

Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software

Donna Brennan Contemporary Presents Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software International Jewellery Masterclasses 7 July - 8 July 2018 This intensive Masterclass is geared to the requirements of jewellers, designer makers, applied artists and creative people who want to expand their business by taking advantage of 3D digital designing and 3D printing opportunities but find standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes very intimidating. Led by designer/maker/jeweller Ann Marie Shillito: author of the book ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers’. Ann Marie is CEO of Anarkik3D, which develops 3D modelling software used in

Varoshe to open showroom in Kent - from handcuffs to handmade!

The handcuffs are off at a former police office in West Malling in Kent as bespoke jewellers Varoshe prepare for the grand opening of their flagship store following more than a year of restoration and restyling. Award-wining team Paul T Owens and Clare Carlson, who between them have 50 years experience of designing and making jewellery, will roll out their brand new showroom on April 21st with their own custom made designs proudly exhibited and their on site workshop ready for new commissions. They will also stock items from various designers, both established and emerging, showcasing the best in British

Wolf woman Alexa K launches new collection

The link between wolves and the feminine spirit is celebrated in a new collection from designer Alexandra Elsener Kovacs who heads up high end accessories firm Alexa K. The wolf, well known for its intelligence, integrity and independence, has long been an obsession for the Swiss-based designer whose company specialises in jewellery, silk scarves, leather handbags and perfumes, all carrying the wolf theme. "Since drifting off to fairy-tales about wolves as a child, I’ve always felt a bond with wolves and now believe they embody the divine feminine spirit," Alexandra said.  Alexa K's new wolf collection - embody the divine

Kenyan artist, Cyrus Kabiru, transforms landfill waste into stunning art

This past weekend saw one of Africa’s leading young artists Cyrus Kabiru exhibit at the continent’s most important art fair, Art X Lagos. The artist has made a name for himself by repurposing discarded goods into art. Cyrus Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he currently lives and works. He is a self-taught sculptor, who has exhibited frequently both internationally and on the African Continent. The Kenyan artist grew up in a slum next to the country’s largest landfill. He would go on to use this material to create and inspire his artwork and have risen to

Call for Submissions Present Makers 2018, Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Call for Submissions:  Present Makers 2018,  Thelma Hulbert Gallery  Applications are now open for designers and makers to exhibit in Present Makers 2018 THG is seeking makers who produce high quality, contemporary work, either one-offs or small scale production, to show in their annual selling exhibition of contemporary art and craft : Present Makers 2018 (10 November - 22 December). After the continued success of our annual selling exhibition of contemporary craft, THG will once again present a new selection of craft makers whose work highlights the skill and diversity of craft across the South West region. Present Makers 2018 gives

Foundation Programme

Call for Applications: Foundation Programme The Goldsmiths’ Centre's Foundation Programme is a fully-funded programme for 16 to 19 year olds in London and the South East, who are seeking a career in jewellery or silversmithing, introducing them to a range of creative and technical skills specialisms, which can result in a City & Guilds qualification. The Foundation Programme is a also key gateway into the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme. Applications for 2019/2020 close on Sunday 5 May 2019.  Now in its 6th year, the Foundation Programme is unique to the UK and offers young people in London and the South

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

Angela Georgiou gets new branding with Clout

Shropshire based bespoke luxury jeweller, Angela Georgiou has had a complete brand refresh courtesy of global branding experts, which has successfully strengthened the positioning and identity of the jewellery brand. The jewellery designer who uses inspiration from her Greek Cypriot heritage, re-imagines found and personal antiquities, turning them into unconventional, contemporary pieces for a UK and international client base. Award winning Clout Branding were appointed towards the end of 2017 by the jeweller to help create a more distinct positioning and brand identity within the luxury sector. The new identity, which is focused around the idea of ‘The past re-imagined’

Kickstart 2019

Call for Applications: Kickstart 2019 IJL celebrates the 10th anniversary of KickStart – the leading jewellery industry launch pad for up and coming designers International Jewellery London, the long-established and world-leading jewellery trade event, has launched its hunt for the six of the best up and coming UK-based jewellery designers looking to make waves in the trade– KickStart 2019.  UK up-and-coming jewellery designers, who have been trading for more than 12 months, are invited to apply for IJL’s KickStart. Entries are now open and the deadline is 9 April 2019. The six chosen designers will have access to the many

World’s Most Expensive 18ct Gold Marmite Jar Unveiled

The world’s most expensive jar of Marmite has been unveiled, created for those who were born lovers of Britain’s most divisive yeast spread. The iconic British brand has created the one-off luxury item to honor its Marmite loving fans, following the recent research from one of the UK’s leading genetics labs, DNAFit. The study unveiled that Brits are genetically predisposed to loving or hating Marmite. Dipped in 18ct gold, the plated jar weighs in at a whopping 498g1 and is rumoured to be worth an eye watering £1,500 according to independent valuators, Boningtons Auctioneers. Engraved to replicate the style of [youtube

Jeremy France Jewellers raise £11,000 for Murray Parish Trust

Jeremy France Jewellers have smashed their £10k target for donations made to local charity, The Murray Parish Trust, raising nearly £11,000 in just over a year. Since October 2016, the independent Winchester jewellers have been taking charitable donations for all jewellery polishing, as well as holding  in-store events and raffles to raise much needed funds for the cause. Founded in 2014 by married actors Sarah Parish and James Murray in memory of their daughter Ella-Jayne, who sadly passed away in 2009, The Murray Parish Trust endeavours to transform the department in which their baby daughter spent her last precious days.

Winter Jewels 2017

Winter Jewels – Jewellery Exhibition 'Winter Jewels’ Jewellery Exhibition is once again set to sparkle at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery Wessex will be welcomed back to the Visitor Pavilion for their popular annual selling exhibition, which is now in it’s 6 year. The exhibition features the best contemporary jewellery in Wessex by more than 25 studio jewellers from the region, with the makers manning the exhibition themselves.  The 25+ cabinets showcase a variety of skill, styles and techniques from the talented local artisans.  Please see the ACJ Wessex website  www.acjwessex.co.uk  to see who will

News Edit: 22 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... All that glitters: dazzling high jewellery looks SCMP: Big is better and bold is beautiful when it comes to jewels www.scmp.com Gemstone-studded lace exposes the sensual side of high jewellery at Dior The Telegraph: For all the comings and goings of creative directors at the fashion houses that dominate the Paris Haute Couture schedule, those who helm the city’s jewellery maisons tend to have a more stable tenure. www.telegraph.co.uk Big in Japan: Les Mondes de Chaumet The Week: Les Mondes de Chaumet (The Worlds of Chaumet), an ambitious exhibition detailing the

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

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

NU & MII Brand launched by sisters

Designers and sisters Anoushka and Mimi have launched the eponymous jewellery brand ‘NU & MII’. The 54-piece collection of 925 Sterling Silver and 14ct Gold Plated pieces featuring unique bangles, rings, earrings and necklaces. The design duo’s vision is for a girl who wears just the right amount of class and edge, she shouts simplicity with attitude; with this unique and versatile collection. The sister’s debut range named the ‘ Abundance Collection’ is inspired by their travels and close-knit family ethos. Reflections of these can be seen throughout the collection, particularly with the Star Pendant and St Christopher Pendant Necklace.

News Edit 13 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Detectorist strikes gold finding 4,000-year-old jewellery in East Yorkshire field Yorkshire Post: A metal detectorist literally struck gold when he unearthed a 4,000-year-old gold armlet in an East Yorkshire potato field. www.yorkshirepost.co.uk A piece of jewellery or a work of art? Gulf News: An exhibition highlights many of the greatest artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries who have turned both their thoughts and talent to jewellery. gulfnews.com Is Yoon Ambush the coolest jewellery designer on the planet? Evening Standard: Designing for Kanye, partying with Bella Hadid and now

Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner to be held by candlelight

A charitable dinner by candlelight event held by the Benevolent Society, the charity which financially assists individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and fashion accessories industries, has had the Giftware Association step up as its headline sponsor. One of the highlights of the jewellery industry’s calendar, The Benevolent Society's Annual Sponsors’ Dinner, this year will be an exclusive dinner and entertainment by candlelight event at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London The event is put on not only to thank the Federation Benevolent Society’s sponsors and supporters, but also to raise funds for the charity which helps those who have worked within

Make 2018 – Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

Call for Applications: Make 2018 - Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Exhibit at Devon Guild of Craftsmen 2018 -19 MAKE is our annual Christmas selling exhibition celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft. The exhibition focuses on selling handmade, high quality craftsmanship; connecting makers with our Christmas customers. By highlighting one-off, unique pieces alongside small scale batch production we aim to offer a range of mediums and prices to suit all. The exhibition is open to any UK-based craftsperson or designer-maker whose work fits these criteria.  We are particularly looking for makers who produce exciting and contemporary work.  The Christmas season is

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter announce First Jeweller In Residence

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. The

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

Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017

Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017 The best young international jewelry designers, selected by Marzee Het Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen From November 3, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Het Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen shows an overview of Marzee International Graduate Shows of 2016 and 2017.  Gallery Marzee is one of the most important international promoters of the contemporary jewelery . This international graduation exhibition offers a beautiful overview of work by young artists who have just graduated from the jewelery department of art academies and colleges from all parts of the world. The young artists come from

Award Bursaries British Allied Trades Federation (BATF)

Call for Applications: Award Bursaries British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) Following A Hugely Successful Pilot Scheme, The Benevolent Society Are Awarding Further Bursaries For 2018 About the Award Bursaries In 2016 the Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), changed its constitution to allow the charity to award bursaries to help individuals enter the industries that fall under the BATF umbrella. This has enabled the Benevolent Society to assist not only those at the end of their careers but individuals who are embarking on careers in the

Cockpit Arts subsidised Studio Space Awards 2018

Call for Applications: Cockpit Arts Subsidised Workshop Space Awards Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join the Cockpit Arts community.  They have four Awards currently open for application, comprising subsidised studio space and support for one year. The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business. The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. The

News Edit: 4 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alexander McQueen's favourite jeweller Shaun Leane turns his hand to buildings The Telegraph: Shaun Leane has never quite toed the line when it comes to what we expect of a fine jeweller. It was Leane who created the major pieces that came to define... www.telegraph.co.uk Why Heinz Mayer is the chosen supplier to the Jeweller of Her Majesty, The Queen of England First Classe: The independent German jeweller has been the steadfast supplier to the official jewellers of the palace for decades despite being a small company of only approximately

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers

£1000 Grant Available for Jewellers: JewelFund Is Now Open for Applications Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden based London Jewellery School, Jessica Rose has recently launched a new online company, Jewellers Academy. Alongside the launch she has created a grant for jewellers to help support them in starting and growing their own jewellery businesses. The award, named ‘JewelFund’ is now open for applications from jewellers from anywhere in the world who have a passion for making and need some funds to launch or grow their business. There are two £1000 grants available this year and plans to grow the fund

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

Ralph Turner 1936 - 2017

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

Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software

Donna Brennan Contemporary Presents Anarkik 3D Design - Intuitive Haptic 3D Modelling Software with Ann Marie Shillito International Jewellery Masterclasses 13 & 14 October 2018 This intensive Masterclass is geared to the requirements of jewellers, designer makers, applied artists and creative people who want to expand their business by taking advantage of 3D digital designing and 3D printing opportunities but find standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes very intimidating. Led by designer/maker/jeweller Ann Marie Shillito: author of the book ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers’. Ann Marie is CEO of Anarkik3D, which develops 3D modelling

Ralph Turner 1936 - 2017

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

Royal favourite Claudia Bradby launches new collection

Just ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to Megan Markle, jewellery designer Claudia Bradby, who is a personal friend to Britain's hottest young royals has launched a brand new collection which includes a 'mother and baby' pendant designed in collaboration with the HRH Duchess of Cambridge. For Bradby, whose ITN News anchor husband Tom scooped the official royal engagement interview with William and Kate back in 2010, 'Personalise' marks a shift in focus since this is her first customisable collection, aimed principally at gift purchasers. It comprises a series of silver and pearl charms, made from sterling silver and coated in

Vintage Garrard pieces, amongst others, to be auctioned at Chorley's Country House sale later this month

Established auction house, Chorley's, will be selling a significant collection of jewellery later this month; belonging to the late Mrs Rook.  Mrs Rook was married to Major Laurence Rook MC at the picturesque Manor Beverston Castle, which was once part of the great lordship Berkeley; taken from Roger de Berkeley by Henry I.  She was a long-standing client of the House of Garrard, the prestigious crown jewellers. The collection on sale features a number of pieces by the House, who also designed the Dutchess of Cambridge's engagement ring.  The prize piece amongst the beautiful collection is a magnificent Victorian diamond-set

News Edit: 10 March 2019

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

Hatton Garden gang ordered to pay back £27.5 million

The four criminals who pulled off one of the biggest jewellery heists in British history will have to pay back every penny of their ill-gotten gains, around £7 million each, or have their prison sentences increased. Almost three years after Brian Reader, 78, John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 77,  Terry Perkins, 69, and Daniel Jones, 63 drilled a hole into the wall of a Hatton Garden vault and took off with 73 boxes of stolen cash, gold and gems  a judge has ruled they must find a way of paying back £27.5 million in total. Hatton Garden ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, Danny

Assay Master’s 25th Anniversary Commission 2018

The Sheffield Assay Office Assay Master’s 25th Anniversary Commission 2018 Commission Opportunity This commission is to mark the 25th Anniversary (1993 – 2018) of the Assay Master, Mr Ashley Carson. The Assay Master has requested that a silversmith design and make him a drinking vessel. The vessel will be used at a celebratory event on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The commission is open to any silversmith who is currently registered with Sheffield Assay Office. The Brief Design and make a drinking vessel, the vessel must hold up to 250ml of liquid. The vessel must be made from silver but can

Stephen Einhorn creates Tomb Raider Pendant Necklace

Stephen Einhorn is the jewellery designer behind the new re-boot of Tomb Raider film Lara Croft character’s bespoke pendant. The necklace is worn throughout the newly released Tomb Raider film by actress Alicia Vikander.  Oscar winner Vikander plays the daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a journey to his last-known destination - a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown. The necklace was first seen

Cheaper and cleaner - the way forward for diamonds?

It takes between one and three billion years of intense heat and pressure to make a pure diamond....unless you believe the boffins at Cardiff University who reckon they can make a diamond in a few days. In a laboratory. And no one, they say, can tell the difference. For a while now, more and more companies have been growing their own diamonds, selling them at around 15-20% less than natural gems.  Making them in a laboratory leaves no carbon footprint and the end result is identical as far as the naked eye is concerned, or so they say, with only

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

Wayne Meeten wins another Gold at the #JewelleryOscars

Internationally renowned silversmith Wayne Meeten picked up another gong at the #JewelleryOscars, the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards, this month. Meeten’s piece, ‘Spirit of Energy’ took Gold in the three dimensional finished piece category. The work was a commission made for a client “who was having a house built in the West Country, in Devon by the Estuary. It was designed to be placed under their new glass staircase.” The silversmith said. The  client’s design brief was to design a centre piece with the wonders of the sun as its reference. My client chose their building plot, what will eventually

New collaboration to preserve high end silversmithing skills

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

Love of Travel Exhibition

Call for Applications: Love of Travel Exhibition The Pôle Bijou of the Community of Communes of the Lunéville-to-Baccarat Territory wishes to create a cycle of events related to a famous personality who was born and lived in its territory: Charles Nicolas Sigisbert Sonnini de Manoncourt. After the first exhibition in connection with his passion for botany (July to November 2018), this second exhibition will, from February to June 2019, celebrate his immense love of travel. About Charles Nicolas Sigisbert Sonnini de Manoncourt He was born in Lunéville in 1751, the fifth child of Barbe-Françoise Bainville and Nicolas-Charles-Sigisbert Sonnini. His father

Miniaturist Vicki Ambrey Smith creates commission steeped in rich history

Vicki Ambrey Smith, the renowned miniaturist silversmith, has revealed her latest commissioned piece to Benchpeg. The extraordinary commission came about through her last showing at Goldsmiths' Fair last autumn, where she met a client who is a collector of very rare books. The client owns a particularly rare volume, which was written in Amsterdam in 1650 by Menasseh Ben Israel.  The text is part of petition written to Oliver Cromwell seeking readmission for the Jews to return to England. The silversmith fills us in and states  “They were banished from  England by King John in 1291.”  Ambrey Smith was asked

New Brands add to line-up at Jewellery & Watch 2018

Jewellery & Watch  will showcase a host of never-before seen brands from across the globe, including more than 50 international brands who will debut at the NEC for the five-day event; from Hong Kong, Italy, India, Turkey, New Zealand and many more. Over 70 exhibitors set to showcase their remarkable products are new for 2018 Brands from across the globe come together under one roof including Hong Kong, Italy, India, Turkey and New Zealand joining the line-up of 39 new UK labels Launching a new collection of rings at Jewellery & Watch, Italian brand Carini Gioielli are creative innovators in

Best of Britannia London 2017

Best of Britannia London - The Home of Great British Makers Best of Britannia, the unique showcase for British brands, is proud to announce that its annual London trade and consumer event will take place on Thursday October 12th and Friday October 13th 2017.   Launched in 2012, Best of Britannia is a celebration of all that is beautifully made in the UK. From British heritage products to exciting new innovations, the annual London exhibition is the perfect opportunity to reach trade and consumer customers who care about quality, provenance and sustainability and want to purchase high quality products made

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Meet the Maker - From nature to artifice in Art Jewellery

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Suppliers experience “best event in 15 years” at CMJ spring trade event

From record numbers through the doors to magic numbers on stage, this year’s CMJ spring trade event turned out to be “the best event in 15 years,” according to suppliers who attended. Held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 17 and 18 February, the event saw more than 100 retail member businesses and more than 80 jewellery and watch suppliers make the journey to Birmingham to network, discuss latest trends and to enjoy an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Robert Day of Allied Gold was just one supplier to praise the event. He said: “This has been the best CMJ

The Scottish Silversmith Adrian Hope

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

Craft In Focus at RHS Garden Wisley

Christmas Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley from 22-26 November to stage the UK’s leading popular Christmas craft and design fair.  The event will be bigger than ever with over 190 exhibitors!   The craft fair will be held in floored and heated marquees within the Garden this year and features a selection of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftmakers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more.  The UK has a wealth of individual and talented designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot

Ishtar Liljefors' crowns shaped by cranes and Game of Thrones

If Ishtar Liljefors’ designs remind you of tiaras and rings worn in the American fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, it will come as no surprise to learn that not only does Ishtar take inspiration from her Scandinavian roots but her mum Maria is a costume designer who actually worked on the iconic television programme. It was photographs of her grandmother’s wedding day in Swedish Lapland and the bridal crown she was wearing that proved a trigger for Ishtar's early fascination with jewellery but in shaping her most recent collection, she turned to nature to add a new and unique

Jewelry in a Duet

Laura Volpi’s work is a synthesis of energy, research and matter that takes shape through the elaboration of visual stimuli from our contemporaneity, to create jewels that reveal each a different part of her creative storytelling. She conducts an accurate study of volume and a research of the sculptural shape, to create a jewel that explores the boundaries of movement in a wearable dimension writes Ilaria Ruggiero. She was first influenced by Davide De Paoli, who initiated her to the potentialities of plate sculpture, and by Arnaldo Pomodoro, whom she could meet through a scholarship. During the collaboration with Pomodoro, which

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

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

Dazzling debut for Leopard Awards

A new campaign aimed at preserving British jewellery making traditions and nurturing new talent got off to a glittering start this week with the launch of the Leopard Awards, organised in conjunction with the Princes Trust, at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London. The guest list was packed with London's most sparkling celebrities, four of whom were lucky enough to leave with a cut diamond after sponsors De Beers donated four cushion cut diamonds from their Forevermark Black Label Collection. The prizes were awarded to the guests who were fortunate to find a gold star in the chocolate log desserts! Among

PHINE

Jewellery Collective by VS Jewellery School Vannetta Seecharran is pleased to present a collection of works by former diploma students of VS Jewellery School, London. Based in Hatton Garden the school offers an array of courses from taster classes for the complete beginner to specialist courses including wax carving and stone setting as well as year-long diploma courses. Coming together for this exhibition, eight designers, who have all graduated within the last three years, will showcase a diverse body of work reflecting their various passions and influences – from bold geometric forms constructed with precision to free flowing organic shapes

Point of No Return with Christoph Zellweger at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Point of No Return at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery with Christoph Zellweger 4 ½ Day Workshop 14th – 17th August 2018 This workshop 'POINT OF NO RETURN' will be led by Swiss jewellery artist and designer Christoph Zellweger, who’s commitment to applied research as a visionary practitioner and experienced coach has gained international recognition. The workshop is aimed at professional colleagues from all parts of the world, as well as ambitious students and amateurs, who wish to progress their work and to give direction to their practice. Point of No Return Get going, get started, carry on, stretch far, move forward, retreat,

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

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.

Bright Young Gems 2018 revealed

Four new stars of the future nominated as the Bright Young Gems for 2018 were unveiled by International Jewellery London with Katharina Kraus, Zeemou Zeng, Daisy Grice and Yayun Fang all earning a place in the prized young designer line up. All four were selected from final year students and students from UK colleges and universities who have graduated in the past two years and now get the opportunity to use the ILJ in September to fast track their careers, with full support from the experienced judges and mentors and a guarantee of exposure and profile. The panel of judges

Gem Empathy Award Returns for IJL 2018 with Dazzling Gemstone Prize

Gem-A’s Gem Empathy Award, which gives IJL 2018 exhibitors the chance to win a spectacular, fancy-cut gemstone by world-renowned cutter, John Dyer for a bespoke jewellery design returns for 2018. In a change to previous years, the long-standing Gem Empathy Award - organised by Gem-A and hosted by IJL – will welcome entries from the entire breadth of IJL 2018 exhibitors, not just Design Gallery exhibitors. All those who enter the competition, whether an established brand or emerging designer, will have the opportunity to win a sensational 18.28 carat ametrine gemstone from Bolivia, which has been hand-cut by master gem-cutter,

Appointment: Francesca Amfitheatrof appointed Louis Vuitton artistic director

French fashion house LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled former Tiffany & Co design  director Francesca Amfitheatrof as their new artistic director to shape their new high jewellery and watch collections. Amfitheatrof, 49, who was born in Japan and trained at Chelsea Art School, Central St Martins School of Art and Royal College of Art, left Tiffany & Co  last year after overseeing their product lines for four years and has since been instrumental in the launch of new collections for Chanel and Marni. This week, her appointment as artistic director at Louis Vuitton was confirmed, guaranteeing a prime

Courses in Jewellery or Silversmithing

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

Bespoke Battersea-based jewellers launch 10th Anniversary Collection

British bespoke jeweller, W&W Jewellery is marking a decade in business with a new, one-of-a-kind collection inspired by this special milestone. Founded in 2008 by third-generation jewellers, Richard and Simon Warrender, W&W Jewellery is renowned for creating bespoke jewellery for clients who crave originality and distinctiveness. Combining their expertise with a penchant for the extraordinary, the brothers have created a business that offers a fusion of design and craftsmanship with a passion for truly personal jewellery, creating exquisite pieces for clients to enjoy for generations.  Specialists in converting a client’s vision, taste and style into a remarkable piece of jewellery, behind

Francesca Amfitheatrof appointed Louis Vuitton artistic director

French fashion house LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled former Tiffany & Co design  director Francesca Amfitheatrof as their new artistic director to shape their new high jewellery and watch collections. Amfitheatrof, 49, who was born in Japan and trained at Chelsea Art School, Central St Martins School of Art and Royal College of Art, left Tiffany & Co  last year after overseeing their product lines for four years and has since been instrumental in the launch of new collections for Chanel and Marni. This week, her appointment as artistic director at Louis Vuitton was confirmed, guaranteeing a prime

Jewellery Courses

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

Jewellery Courses

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

News Edit: 26 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   How Monica Vinader Conquered Demi-Fine Jewellery BOF: The 'accessible luxury' brand has its sights set on revenues of £200 million a year in the growing space between fine and fashion jewellery. Next up: new stores on three continents. www.businessoffashion.com   Tiaras, tea and the royals' remarkable jewellery: behind the scenes at London's Garrard jewellers The Telegraph: Fans of The Crown who are also sticklers for historical accuracy will have noticed that the Netflix drama omitted at least one tense moment from the 1947.... www.telegraph.co.uk Nikki Gewirtz of Lola Rose Jewellery:

Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World

Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World 250 years on from James Cook’s historic voyage from England to New Zealand, two cutting edge jewellery collectives embark upon their own journeys.  Handshake (NZ) and Dialogue Collective (UK) navigate around the impact of colonialism to create a bejewelled voyage like no other...    Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World showcases work by twenty-two artists who specialise in using jewellery to communicate ideas. The work on display shows a diversity of materials, techniques and scale. Cultural backgrounds and migrated ancestry influence the work that each artist makes on their own voyage. An openness to

Jewellery glitterati to launch Leopards Awards for Excellence in Jewellery

The inaugural Leopards Awards for Excellence in Jewellery is set to get top billing at a Goldsmith's Hall Gala dinner next week, flagging up a new British campaign to raise the profile of British designers and encourage jewellery training among young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Organised by a group of leading lights in the UK jewellery profession, the Gala Awards will be the first official event to showcase the work and plans of the Leopards, who were fornmed in 2016. They include designers Solange Azagury-Partridge, Shaun Leane, Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster plus Carol Woolton, jewellery editor of Vogue magazine

Jessica's winning hydrangea depicts Hockley Mint's growth

Jessica Mead, a designer at independent retailer Page Fine Jewellery in Cambridge, struck on the idea of a climbing hydrangea to depict Hockley Mint’s 25 years in business and swept to victory in their competition to mark the occasion Her winning design was made up of 25 leaves in sterling silver with Fairtrade gold elements and 25 0.01ct diamonds symbolising prosperity and vigour, the hallmarks of the Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer’s growth since it was established in 1992. “The idea behind using a hydrangea is that there is no stopping its potential for growth,” said Jessica, who previously worked as a

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2017

Desire Fair @ Winchester 2017 Desire has become firmly established as the “must visit” event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware.  The fairs present highly talented exhibitors who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  See and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.  Visitors to Desire have often commented on how they welcome the opportunity of discussing a purchase direct with the maker, and listening to what inspires them in

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

BFC Fashion Trust Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

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Hand Engraving Courses in London

Learn Hand Engraving in London This is a six week course taking place one Thursday per week from 6-9pm, starting 18 May 2017. Organised by the Hand Engravers Association, courses are held at Craft Central, London. Who is the course for? This course is aimed at all skill levels, from complete beginners, to improvers, to practiced metalsmiths wishing to build their engraving skill. What will I learn? During the hands-on, practical course students will learn from a highly skilled professional with many years of experience. The course has a maximum quota of just eight students allowing sessions to be tailored to suit

The Uncivilised Creative

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

Christmas Arrives At Nicholas Wylde

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

Fifty Facets Exhibition

Fifty Facets is a selling exhibition exploring the myriad ways in which rings can be faceted. The exhibition will feature four well  known UK based artisan jewellers who approach facets in the rings they craft in exciting, challenging and diverse ways – Chris Boland, Sarah Pulvertaft, Louise O’Neill, and Mark Nuell. Alongside the collections of these four jewellers will be Fifty Remarkable Rings by a selection of Fifty renowned international jewellers, each ring a celebration of just how multifaceted a ring can be – from a ring crafted from sugar crystals, to a faceted ebony Matterhorn ring, to a ring carved

iMakr Store - FREE 3D 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Other Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing

Alexis Dove Re-Locates to Lewes High Street

Award winning jewellery designer Alexis Dove proudly launched her newly located store this week, on Lewes High Street, East Sussex. Having moved from a quaint boutique and studio in The Needlemakers, the new location opened its doors to VIP guests, press and longstanding customers for a festive night of fun and celebration. An invite only event, the party was attended by over 125 guests, who enjoyed a selection of delicious wines donated by long time customer, British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith. Championing her passion for all things eco after a trip to two Fairtrade accredited gold mines

iMakr Store - FREE 3D Printing Training

Free 3D Design Training and free 3D Printing Training at the IMaker Store At the iMakr Store every Tuesday, there is free 3D Design and Printing Training available. On a weekly rotation basis iMakr Store provides free 3D Design training and then free 3D Printing training, which means that one Tuesday will be the 3D Printing training, and the next Tuesday will be the 3D Design training.  Free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store - Every Tuesday iMakr will be offering free 3D Printing Training at the iMakr Store in London. This training is best suited for people who are looking at purchasing a

IJL KickStart 2017

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

British Fashion Council 2016/2017 Education Programme

The BFC Education Foundation congratulates their 2017 BA scholars who are graduating this summer: Ian Richardson, Jacob Weir, Harriet Crowther, Kitty Garratt, Lloyd James Husband, Matthew Needham and Polly Thomas as well as MA recipient Gabriella Sardena. Sarah Mower MBE, Co-President of the BFC’s Education pillar commented, "The BFC Education Foundation scholars, for BA and MA are selected based on their outstanding talent, from Universities across the country. Their work this year is the inspiring proof of the creativity, individuality and technical skills which put British fashion educators at the top of every international measure of excellence. In times when art education is under attack and

‘Now Radical’ Workshop With Ruudt Peters

‘Now Radical’ Workshop With Ruudt Peters  After the success of the last 16 years, this year Ruudt Peters begins his summer workshop under the title ‘NOW RADICAL’. Peters has been a professor at three of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam 1990-2000, Ädellab at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm 2004-2009, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence 2009-2015. Through his Summer School he continues his teaching with a private program intended for students or graduates of art academies, and artists/designers/teachers who seek to deepen their work. Every year an international group of

Under the Sea by Philippe Pfeiffer, Summer 2017

Philippe Pfeiffer is a London-based jeweller who specialises in creating spectacular, hand-crafted jewellery. Founded in 1997 in Zurich, Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery is now based at 52 Artillery Lane, in the heart of Spitalfields, London.  Each piece is designed and made by Philippe Pfeiffer in his Spitalfields atelier. Dedicated to creating unique pieces from a selection of rare and precious stones, he produces a range of daring combinations made from a variety of materials. A vast and eclectic collection of materials and found objects inform his creative process and can be seen at his atelier. His imagination knows no bounds and

New Business Support Service - Winchester Businesses

Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District.  The service will provide one to one business advice, training, networking and mentoring. The business support service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion.  Funded by Winchester City Council the free service aims to remove the barriers that stop people from starting and growing a business in the District.  Networking Businesses who are you are keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area are invited to come

The Fashion Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The British Fashion Council announced the winners of The Fashion Awards 2016 this week at the Royal Albert Hall. 4,000 members of the industry and the public gathered to watch this year’s awards, where an international set of winners were announced at a larger ceremony than ever before. The room was a who’s who of the fashion industry and their muses; business leaders, creative influencers, global brands, fashion icons and designers from across the globe came together to celebrate their industry.  Notable attendees included Anna Wintour OBE, Carine Roitfeld, Dame Natalie Massenet, David Beckham OBE, Domhnall Gleeson, Gigi Hadid, Joan

Hatton Garden BID Launch Valentine's Day Campaign

The Hatton Garden BID has launched it’s first-ever Valentine's Campaign to showcase the romance and unique qualities of the area. Couples and individuals who purchase an engagement ring from participating Hatton Garden retailers will be entered into a prize draw. The draw prize will be a luxury Hatton Garden package, 'The Hatton Garden Experience', allowing the winning couple to sample the best of Hatton Garden's retail and hospitality.  Those purchasing an engagement ring from selected Hatton Garden retailers between January 16th and February 19th will be entered into a prize draw to win this perfect proposal package for two! £250

Welcome To The Dark Side Of The Jewellery World

With fingers hot on the unpredictable fashion pulse and the 90s revival unfurling from the style graves of the past, dramatic sensualism and extravagant grandeur have been creeping out from the deep, dark underworld ready to make a killer appearance on the fall fashion roller coaster. There's no doubt that making a boldly bodacious entrance this season is the crucial fashion nod of enviable approval with seductive demonic designs swathing the catwalks in gloomy glory! A tricky trend to keep romantic and mysterious without finding yourself as an extra member of the Adam's family who face planted the dressing up

Designer Showrooms At London Fashion Week September 2016

The British Fashion Council celebrates the designers who will showcase their latest collections in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park from 16th – 20th September. This season’s showrooms include accessories, bags, footwear, jewellery, multi-label showrooms and ready-to-wear.  This season over 150 designers will showcase new collections in the Designer Showroom; the strong diversity in backgrounds and homes of this season’s line-up illustrates more than ever that London is truly open for business on the global market. The showroom space, designed by David Collins Studio, is at the heart of London Fashion Week (LFW) and will be host to

The London Artisan July 2017

The London Artisan The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. We offer a platform for Designer Makers to promote and sell their work to new audiences. We support makers who produce high quality, unique and locally made products within the following categories:  Textiles & Homeware / Illustration & Print / Ceramics & Glassware / Jewellery & Accessories / product design / Traditional Crafts / Creams & Oils / food & drink Times 10am - 5pm Dates 22 & 23 July 2017 Venue Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane, London, E1 www.thelondonartisan.com

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

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

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

Business Growth Programme 2017

The Goldsmiths' Centre has launched a new Business Growth Programme which will bring together ten entrepreneurs who share ambition to transform their businesses.  Are you an entrepreneur with the aspiration to grow a leading business in your sector? The Goldsmiths' Centre is looking for some of the most creative and talented members in the UK with the potential and drive to become game-changes in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. The Business Growth Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, generously funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, will bring you together with nine other dynamic entrepreneurs in the industry for a 6 module

The IJL Kickstarter ‘Industry's Choice’ Award Now Open For Voting

IJL has announced the launch to choose this year’s ‘Industry’s Choice’ 2017  KickStarter . Now in its fifth year, the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ competition rewards one  KickStarter  with a much sought after complementary stand in the Design Gallery at IJL 2018 ,  with   the winning designer will be announced at the show.   IJL Show Director, Sam Willoughby, explains the new format for voting: “This year, once again, we are extremely pleased with our  KickStarters . All ten are extremely talented and very different. I look forward to seeing who comes out tops .  Fingers at the ready

New Designers survey reveals entrepreneurial ambition

A survey of the best design graduates from across the UK, exhibiting over the last two weeks at New Designers in London, has revealed significant concerns about the cost of living in London, where traditionally the majority of creative jobs have been harboured, paired with an uncertainly over the impact of Brexit on the creative industries.  Asked about where they intend to work post-graduation, of the 27.5% who intend to set up in London, 79% cite ‘more exciting creative opportunities’ as the reason. However more than 2/3 plan to avoid the capital, with over 1/3 saying that the most significant

Benevolent Society Ball 2016

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City Lit Jewellery Exhibition 2017

City Lit Jewellery Department Exhibition 2017 City Lit are holding their first offsite Jewellery exhibition showing the work of students from the new year-long courses on our Jewellery programme, Beginner’s Jewellery , Contemporary Jewellery and Fine Jewellery . Taking over a beautiful East London showroom, City Lit will also be showing a Cabinet of Curiosity , featuring models, drawings, tools and material samples from students who have taken short, termly or specialist courses during the 2016 / 2017 academic year. We’d like to invite you and others in the Jewellery community to celebrate our students creativity and diversity, by joining

Nuala Jamison 1948-2016

Christina Jansen,  Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery kindly writes an obituary for Benchpeg on Nuala Jamison, one of the leading lights of the contemporary non precious jewellery movement in the 1970s who sadly left us in August 2016. In July 2016, Nuala Jamison held what would be her last solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh called  Faceted Light .  The Scottish Gallery was one of many galleries to have represented her wonderful work, in our case over three decades.  Jamison was determined to make a new body of work for her exhibition and also include highlights from her

Nuala Jamison 1948-2016

Christina Jansen,  Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery kindly writes an obituary for Benchpeg on Nuala Jamison, one of the leading lights of the contemporary non precious jewellery movement in the 1970s who sadly left us in August 2016. In July 2016, Nuala Jamison held what would be her last solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh called  Faceted Light .  The Scottish Gallery was one of many galleries to have represented her wonderful work, in our case over three decades.  Jamison was determined to make a new body of work for her exhibition and also include highlights from her

New Research: Businesses Relaxed About IP Risks with 3D Printing

New research from law firm  DMH  Stallard  has found that while many companies are excited by the use and potential of 3D printing, they currently don’t see it posing much of a threat to their intellectual property (IP). This is despite the fact that 3D printing can make counterfeiting goods easier.   The qualitative research spoke to companies working across such areas as using 3D printing to produce prototypes as well as finished parts, and those developing software relevant to 3D printing, design protection and data logistics.   “Of the companies we spoke to, who all operated in a business-to-business

Spring/Summer 2017 Trends: Revealed at IJL

IJL 2016 delivered an in-depth preview of the latest and most important jewellery trends for Spring Summer 2017. Visitors enjoyed the catwalk shows, which showcased the key looks selected by IJL’S trend partner, Adorn Insight. Adorn Insight's Spring Summer 2017 jewellery trends were showcased on the IJL Catwalk alongside more than 500 exhibitors who also presented their take on the key looks for 2017. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, commented: “The designers and brands at IJL really do have their fingers on the trend pulse – from the Bright Young Gems and Kick Starters and Design Gallery to the Designer

Weston Beamor Restructures Management Team

Weston Beamor, the Birmingham-based 3D printing, casting and bespoke manufacturing company, has restructured the workings of its Management Team and appointed new staff in a bid to grow further its customer base. Glen Day remains as Head of Business Development, but, rather than being office based as in the past, he will now spend four days a week travelling the country to meet with Weston Beamor’s customers and potential customers. Day, who reports directly to the company’s Managing Director Andrew J Morton, retains his overall, supervisory role within Weston Beamor. However he hands over greater responsibility for the day-to-day running

The Hunt Is On! Bath’s Wylde Treasure Hunt 2017

The city of  Bath is one of the finest shopping destinations in Europe ,  helped to a  large  degree by its  fabulous independent retailers who offer unique goods and exceptional customer services. Indie shops are such a vital part of any local high street and ,  despite the rise of ecommerce ,   will continue to be a major contributor to the economy of any town or city. But times are tough on the high street and with  Brexit   causing uncertainty, shoppers need a timely reminder to shop local and support their local indie retailers. That’s  why  Nicholas Wylde

The UK Jewellery Awards 2017

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017, the UK Jewellery Awards for the retail industry are judged by industry. Over the last 25 years the awards have built up an unrivalled reputation for recognising excellence and outstanding practice across the jewellery and watch trade in the UK with categories spanning retail, design, manufacture, supply and employment. Each year the event attracts in excess of 600 guests who come together to network and celebrate the achievements of their peers. For the 2017 awards two new enterable categories, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Retail Sales Star, have been introduced along with another

Thomas Sabo Announces New UK & Ireland Ambassador: Frankie Bridge

Thomas Sabo, the global premium lifestyle accessory brand, is delighted to announce a new ambassador – Frankie Bridge, who joins the brand from August 2016.   In becoming an official lifestyle ambassador for THOMAS SABO, Frankie will support the company in expanding its message to both new and old audiences, through store appearances, media interviews, and recommending her favourite products to wear for key seasonal moments, including Holiday and Christmas.   Frankie Bridge is an English pop star and TV presenter. The intention of the new partnership is to strengthen and amplify the THOMAS SABO brand in the UK by

The Bristol Artisan

The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products from over 40 Designer Makers. The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. Dates 25 & 26 March 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend) Open 11.00am – 6.00pm  Venue Arnolfini,

The Pommier Launches Pop-Up Shop At Boxpark Shoreditch

This May, global online retailer The Pommier will launch its first pop-up shop at Boxpark Shoreditch to showcase its unique and creative range of independent accessory designers. Customers will now be able to experience The Pommier in real life and get to meet the world’s most exciting emerging designers in person for a limited time only. The pop-up will feature 25 designers who will showcase their handmade fashion accessories throughout the week.  The Pommier pop-up shop will launch on 16 May and will be open until 28th May. The shop will house six spectacular designers each day on a rotating

Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C One the Jewellers (4 Days a week) E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’ as well as ‘Best for Fashion’ , and ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant to join our happy team. The Role The ideal candidate will work closely with our Website Manager to create engaging content for the company's social media presence. This

‘In The Loupe’ Exhibition, Vittoria Street Gallery

‘In the loupe’ is an exhibition of practitioners from both the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art and Design. The exhibition was created to acknowledge the educational routes of alumni, Victoria Sewart, who is celebrating her 10 anniversary as proprietor of Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery. ‘In the loupe’ brings together a vibrant collection of work created by artists, educators, researchers and practitioners from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art and Design.   The eclectic mix of work on show spans the breadth of the jewellery discipline from commercial

Handmade for Christmas, Millennium Gallery – Sheffield

When something is made by hand, you know it’s been crafted with love by someone who cares. Because a gift should be special, everything on sale in our Christmas show is handmade in the UK. Featuring the very best in contemporary British craft and design, Handmade for Christmas presents work by some of the country’s most talented makers, offering an inspired alternative to the high street for this year’s Christmas shopping. Discover jewellery, glassware, ceramics, prints and much more, all created by artists, designers and craftspeople marrying traditional skills and techniques with innovative, contemporary approaches. You’ll find lots more gift

Introducing Lux of London: A New British Jewellery Label

A new British jewellery label creating multifunctional 3 in 1 jewellery pieces inspired by the luminosity and transient nature of the full moon. Set up by Hinna Azeem, who is the creative director at H.AZEEM London, Lux of London is all about jewellery that can transform and be worn in many different ways. Turn rings into pendants, pendants into bangles and seamlessly back again in a matter of seconds using simple mechanisms of clips, loops and slides. Just like transient nature and luminosity of the moon phases, every Lux lets the wearer change their look to suit their mood and

Huguenot Footsteps - Spitalfields

Huguenot Footsteps - Spitalfields Huguenots walking tours in Spitalfields take place on the first Tuesday of each month from May to October. Many of the Huguenots (French Protestants) who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 were weavers - over the years 25,000 settled in Spitalfields. They brought their skills (known as “the Mysteries of the Strangers”), new techniques, new ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. You will hear about the silk industry,

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development. Funding for Makers Established by Creative Scotland, these partnerships give support at a local level and work with local panels to offer funds to support practitioners at all stages of their career who have demonstrated a commitment to their work and in developing their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities. Grants Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available. Many of the VACMA schemes

MK Gallery

MK Gallery, in collaboration with Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council is looking for an artist to work within the local community to create a new public artwork in the area around the Claridge Park housing development, Middleton. We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for, and experience of, connecting with communities and creating art in the public realm. Fee The budget for the project is £20,000 inclusive of VAT. This includes the artist’s fee, development, workshops, research, materials and installation. To Apply Applications should be submitted via email to Claire

Festival of Living Crafts 2017

Hundreds of designer-makers will be showcasing British crafts in action at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from the 4th to 7th May. This four day craft extravaganza is dedicated to promoting cutting edge creativity and excellence in craftsmanship. Pavilions are packed with established makers, carefully vetted for their individuality and innovation with a festival atmosphere combining craft demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. Visitors will be immersed for the day in British contemporary craft of exceptional quality, meet the friendly exhibitors who are passionate about their creative talents and enjoy watching craft masterclasses. This is the perfect opportunity to buy handmade gifts with

Appointment: Doug Henry, New CEO & Assay Master

The AnchorCert Group, comprising Assay Office Birmingham, AnchorCert Analytical, AnchorCert Gem Lab, SafeGuard Valuations and AnchorCert Academy, has announced the appointment of Doug Henry MBA as incoming Chief Executive and Assay Master. Doug, who is currently joint CEO, will commence his new appointment as the company's 14th Assay Master on Monday 3 April 2017, having originally joined AnchorCert Group to restructure the quality management system in September 2014. Doug then successfully project-managed the business relocation to Moreton Street in July 2015. Doug has subsequently led the management of the Indian off-shore sub-office, and continues to support the development of quality

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

The apprenticeship programme in the UK is undergoing its most significant revival in recent years, with the Government announcing its commitment to work with employers to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. For an industry that has been running apprenticeship programmes since 1334, when the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme launched, this announcement has been welcomed. But while many organisations offer highly respected apprenticeship programmes, what does it take to train a world class apprentice jeweller? Steven Jinks, the WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Jewellery, who is responsible for training three Goldsmiths’ apprentices in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, explains

Clogau Announce New Store At Ashford Designer Outlet

Following the success of their Outlet stores in Cheshire Oaks, Bridgend and Resorts World Birmingham, Clogau have announced the launch of a fourth Outlet in Ashford, Kent. Clogau, who were crowned Jewellery Brand of the Year at the 2015 UK Jewellery Awards, are thrilled to have launched their third Outlet store within the McArthurGlen Group. The iconic Welsh brand continue a long tradition of creating jewellery that is expertly hand-finished and uniquely designed. Every piece of Clogau jewellery contains rare Welsh gold, as used by some members of the British Royal Family. Ben Roberts, Managing Director at Clogau talks about the

Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2017

T he Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council is a non profit making organisation founded over one hundred years ago in 1908. Today, the Council continues its work from its original remit: "...to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts." The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British silversmithing, jewellery and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council’s unique

11th Muir Trust Residency

The Muir Trust invites applications from established, mid-career, UK-based studio artists who wish to develop their creative practice by working with the County Museum collections. The 20 day residency will be based in Aylesbury during the period 18 September to 27 October 2017. We are looking for an artist to select items from the varied collections in store and respond to these through their own medium to create new readings and interpretations. The artist will have a studio in the museum to display the selected exhibits and develop their own artistic responses. The residency is followed by an exhibition illustrating this

London Diamond Bourse Announces Workshop Membership

The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has announced the launch of a new membership category aimed particularly at workshops who find themselves in an untenable situation due to escalating rents in Hatton Garden.  LDB Chief Operating Officer, Victoria McKay commented:   “We know that many mounters, setters and polishers in Hatton Garden are (or are under threat of) relocating away from the area. This is because they are being served notice or finding their rents being pushed to unaffordable highs. This pressure from the property market presents problems as it could lead to the London trade becoming fragmented. LDB does not

Benevolent Society Ball Sponsor Announced

Jewellery & Watch are delighted to announce their headline sponsorship of this year’s British Jewellery & Giftware Federation Benevolent Society Ball. The 1st December will see the 81st Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St John’s Hotel, Birmingham.     The society’s Chairman, David Simons, expressed his delight, “It is wonderful that Jewellery & Watch have agreed to be the headline sponsor of the 2016 Federation’s Benevolent Ball. To have exhibition organisers who are so committed to the industries that they represent in this way is a credit to all in volved. We are truly grateful.”    This Benevolent Society Ball will also

British Fashion Council Announce New Rock Vault Line-Up

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is pleased to announce the six Rock Vault jewellers who will display their latest collections during London Fashion Week September 2016. The jewellers will showcase their work in an installation in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park.   For 2016/17 new recipients Daou Jewellery and Frances Wadsworth Jones join existing Rock Vault designers COMPLETEDWORKS, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston and Shimell and Madden. This year Ana de Costa, Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, RUIFIER and Yunus and Eliza all graduate from the initiative. Previous Rock Vault recipients include: Alice Cicolini, Fernado Jorge, Hannah

News Edit: 9 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jeweler Pandora Takes Ethical Stand Against Mined Diamonds Bloomberg: Pandora A/S, which makes more pieces of jewelry than any other company in the world, will no longer use mined diamonds, dropping another raw material tainted by ethical concerns. www.bloomberg.com Inside Track: Ex-Facebook chief Dave Spillane gives fine ethical jewellery the thumbs-up The Times: Dave Spillane, who was one of Facebook’s top Irish executives, rising to the post of the social media giant’s chief accounting officer in Silicon Valley, has gone into jewellery and shiny things. www.thetimes.co.uk BBC: All

2 x London Stratford Studio Spaces £150 pm inc bills, Available Now

2 x London Stratford Studio  Spaces  £150 pm inc bills, Available Now Bench   space  supplied Shared Torch area & propane gas supply Use of Durston Rolling mill Small polisher Small & large vice Metal guillotine Pickle pot Tree trunks for hammering  Shared central design table Shelf  space Shared Chemical storage 24hour access & security Post box Great transport links to Stratford  30mins to Hatton Garden (Tools on the bench not included) We are a warm, creative and professional bunch of independent jewellers & metal smiths. Looking for someone who is self motivated and independent. For more details contact me Elsa

News Edit: 10th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Culture Of Time The Waldorf-Astoria's Iconic Clock, A Gift From Queen Victoria, Is Ready To Run Again Hodinkee: A year-long restoration lets this horological jewel in the crown shine like new. hodinkee.com ‘Who Doesn’t Love a Diamond?’ NY Times: The author of ‘The Lost Jewels’ talks about a trove of hidden gems, walking tours of London and Samuel Pepys. www.nytimes.com Diamanti Per Tutti extends travel retail footprint in partnership with DFS Moodies: Belgian jewellery and diamond specialist Diamanti Per Tutti (DPT) has opened its first travel retail-dedicated boutique,

News Edit: 2 February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Cartiers: Understanding the jewellery and those who made them The Week: Francesca Cartier Brickell was sent down to the cellar by her grandfather to fetch a bottle of champagne. When she came back without a bottle, she stumbled upon a battered trunk full of letters.  theweek.in Chopard CEO: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele swears by independence FT: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele talks about Chopard’s ethical stance. ft.com Cult Designer Anissa Kermiche’s Fine Jewellery Line Will Capture Fashion Hearts Vogue: Anissa Kermiche is no stranger to fine jewellery. When the French-Algerian designer launched her brand

Amberif Design Award 2018 Announce Winners

Silvia Bella of Germany, Kairi Sirendi of Estonia and Miron Kutarba of Poland have been announced as the winners of the 2018 edition of the Amberif Design Award, the 22 nd  International Amber Jewellery Design Competition. The theme of  Serendipity  encouraged participation from 100 artists who submitted 127 entries. Amberif Design Award is one of Poland’s most important design competitions of international renown. This year, ADA’s curator Barbara Schmidt of the Academy of Art and Design, Munich, has set the theme of  Serendipity  to encourage a reflection on how the interplay between nature, technique and intuition can take us far beyond our reason,

Agustina Ros: A Glass Adventure

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

Talented Jewellers and Silversmiths Selected For Goldsmiths’ Fair Graduate Bursary Programme

Goldsmiths’ Fair (25 September - 7 October), the annual selling exhibition of the best precious metal fine jewellery and contemporary silver by UK-based talent, has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.   The ten graduates – who were selected from over 100 applicants – receive: • A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair • £1500 bursary • Up to £3000 precious metal loan • Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers

Transition

Transition , a group of recent MA postgraduates from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, is showcasing their latest work at the Old Fire Station Gallery, 52 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AG from  24 th  – 29 th  January 2019.  This exhibition, called  Transition-Henley  presents established makers who work in diverse disciplines including glass, jewellery, metal, textiles and product design. Innovative artworks express messages of ethnic unity by means of textile structures, show how the random weaving of willow can create beautiful forms and spaces, highlight the use of plant dyes in woven wool rugs, communicate the hidden distress of mental illness

News Edit: 9 September 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Ami Doshi, Kenyan Jeweller Who Designed British PM Theresa May's Necklace Kenyan: British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Kenya in August and while on a State House dinner event, she was... www.kenyans.co.ke The five young African designers you need to know Financial Times: From Cairo to Soweto, they’re changing the face of global fashion. www.ft.com My Favourite Pieces: Evan Michelson on human-hair jewellery Financial Times: The collector discusses her fascination for adornments made from dead people’s locks. www.ft.com Star-studded Hatton Garden film angers victims for 'glorifying' the £14m jewellery

News Edit 6 May 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Can the Man Who Made Coach Remake Tiffany? Business of Fashion: Designer Reed Krakoff’s first collection for the storied jewellery retailer is also its biggest launch in a decade. www.businessoffashion.com   A jewellery designer tells us how statement earrings can help our selfie game T2 Online:  This season, high-fashion earrings are making a strong comeback as young fashionistas can't stop flaunting them in selfies. t2online.com   In My Jewellery Box: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos The Telegraph: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos was raised in Bangladesh and studied English Literature and political science in Massachusetts.

Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Call for Applications: Market Entry Programme, Centre for Fashion Enterprise Open to London-based Fashion, Jewellery, Accessory and FashTech SME’s, the Market Entry Programme empowers businesses with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities. What does it include? The fully subsidised 2-day business support programme delivered by industry experts will cover topics including: Business Planning Finance Accountancy Legal & IP Range planning Costing & pricing Production Sales strategies Digital, Marketing & PR A one-on-one exit diagnostic session will be available for each business completing the 2 days of support. Who can apply? All

Auction For Aid

Over 70 Of The Uk’s Hottest Jewellery Designers Unite For “Auction For Aid” Supporting Help Refugees and Moas (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) A Facebook auction of British Contemporary Jewellery "Auction For Aid", spearheaded by Leeds based jeweller Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi, of Soremi Jewellery is taking place online, on Facebook, from Monday September 18th to Sunday September 24th.  Auction For Aid will feature over 205 donated works from supporting jewellers such as Polly Wales, Jo Hayes Ward, Ruth Tomlinson, Shimmel Madden and Disa Allsop.   This year the auction, has gone international, receiving support from European and US jewellers who also feel the injustice of

Watch loving boxer Floyd Mayweather adds to his sumptuous collection

Less than two months after forking out almost £14 million for a unique Jacob Arabo watch, the world's wealthiest sportsman and prolific watch lover Floyd Mayweather has made another couple of extravagant purchases to add to his diamond-encrusted custom collection. In June, the boxing champion who last year reportedly earned around £230 million from a short 36 minute fight against another well known watch lover Conor McGregor, snapped up the now famous Billionaire Timepiece, featuring 260 carats of emerald cut diamonds. Previously sponsored by Hublot, Mayweather, 41, whose nickname is 'Money' , has long been a fan of luxury bling

Jewellers Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

In a tradition which dates back to 1860 when Queen Victoria gave out the first Birthday Honours, a total of 1,057 people have been recognised in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list including two well known figures in industry. From left to right, clockwise: Nicholas Wainwright, Stuart Laing, Pippa Pearce, Vanessa Swann and Sam Fanaroff. The Queen's Birthday honours lists recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities. ​This year members of the jewellery, craft and metalwork industries were recognised with the Order of the British Empire. Sam Fanaroff, Founder of the Sussex Guild for

Nadine Aysoy makes eye-catching IJL debut

London-based designer Nadine Aysoy made a dazzling IJL debut when she scooped the 2017 Editors Choice 'Show Stoppers' Award for displaying the single most eye-catching exhibit of the show. Her Mille et Une Feuilles 18k rose gold ring, set with one 14mm South Sea Pearl and 164 round-cut diamonds, turned the heads of the judging panel of magazine and digital editors, who praised its leaf design and admired it for having 'drama, intrigue and beautiful craftsmanship.’ “I love Nadine’s aesthetic and the consideration she puts into the market she’s targeting,” one judge commented. “Hers are pieces for grown-ups and designs

Nambé Celebrates Strong Debut at JCK Las Vegas

Designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, enjoyed a positive reception at this year’s JCK Las Vegas (June 5-8), welcoming international media, buyers and retailers to its booth ahead of its London launch event on June 29.  The award-winning brand impressed its existing retail partners and prospective clients with its recently-launched sterling silver jewellery collection and giftware assortment. Initially debuted in the United States in September 2016, Nambé Jewellery proved immediately popular with the brand’s loyal homeware customers who recognised its signature, sculptural aesthetic. Its initial roll-out in 400 doors across the US and the reaction of retail partners at JCK Las Vegas proves

The London Artisan 2017

The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London.  A collaborative project between  Designers/Makers  and  The Old Truman Brewery. When: 11 & 12 March 2017 For more information: www.thelondonartisan.com The London Artisan offer's a diverse, quality, shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. But more than that, it’s about people and place; meeting the makers, conversation with friends and embedding the social back into shopping. We support makers who produce high quality, unique and locally made products within the following categories:  Textiles & Homeware / Illustration & Print / Ceramics & Glassware / Jewellery & Accessories / product design / Traditional

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

Ingle & Rhode Launch First Silver Collection

Ethical fine  jeweller , Ingle & Rhode, has launched its first silver collect ion ahead of  Mother s  Day.  This is the first range of earrings and necklaces designed to be worn every day,  outside their  engagement and wedding ring offering.  Every piece has been designed and crafted in the UK from Fairmined sterling silv er, set with conflict- free Canadian diamonds. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies silver from em powered  responsible artisanal and small-scale m ining  organisations  who meet world  leadin g standards for  responsible practices.   David Rhode, Director, Ingle & Rhode said, " Our customers

Hockley Mint Partners with TH March

Birmingham based fine jewellery manufacturer  Hockley Mint  has partnered with industry specialist insurance broker TH March to offer exclusive benefits to all designers who enter Hockley Mint’s 25 th  anniversary design competition.   This collaboration between TH March and Hockley Mint aims to educate and raise awareness among jewellery designers about the need for insurance cover to protect them against risks such as theft or loss of stock and goods, business interruption and public and products liability. As a result of this  new  partnership, the winner of  Hockley Mint’s  competition will receive one year’s worth of  free  insurance  cover .

Gemfields Recognised With The Chopard GCC Award

Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Creative Director of Swiss luxury jewellery and watch company Chopard, launched The Chopard Green Carpet Collection Award in Cannes last week. Mining organisations that have played a key role in  Chopard’s  Green Carpet Collections were present at the events. Livia and Colin Firth, together with Caroline  Scheufele , took this opportunity to honour  Chopard’s  strategic suppliers who all share the same social and environmental values, awarding them the  Chopard  GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice.  The awardees were: Gemfields ,  Kagem  mine , Zambia Lucara ,  Karowe  mine , Botswana Aurora Gems Pty