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As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of the last four week's international jewellery news...

Jewellery’s New Surreal Appeal Echoes The Strangeness Of Our Times

Vogue: Fashion houses and independent designers alike are taking inspiration from Surrealism and recasting iconic motifs from the 1930s art movement in arresting jewellery designs that echo the strangeness of our times.

April 2020: What's New In Jewellery

Tatler: The world’s second-largest rough diamond is unveiled, Cindy Chao reaches yet another milestone, and Dior Joaillerie puts pen to paper.

The treasure hunters: how Chaumet's archivists track down long-lost jewels

Telegraph: Chaumet's newly renovated Paris HQ is the perfect home for its impressive archive, including jewellery made for European royalty and Picasso.

Paris School Of Jewelry Arts Brings Story Of French Crown Jewels To Instagram

Forbes: If you’re tired of Netflix, have reached the bottom of your reading pile and can’t bear the thought of another Zoom party, maybe it’s time to consider the world of online education to beat #stayhome boredom. The Van Cleef & Arpels-backed L’Ecole, the School of Jewelry Arts, in Paris, is offering a series of short videos on Instagram TV, to complement the library of jewelry, gemology and history educational videos on its website while face-to-face courses are off-limits.

Silver tankard gifted by 19th century actor unearthed at auction

Scotsman: A 140-year-old silver tankard gifted by a famous Glasgow stage actor to an unknown friend has been unearthed by an antique dealer.

UK silversmith Asprey steps up with 167 pendant’s profit going to National Emergency Trust

Luxury Daily: British silversmith and leather goods maker Asprey has debuted a zero-profit effort to support the United Kingdom’s National Emergency Trust, a disaster charity to support organizations and services on the frontline battling the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Artists And COVID-19: Jean Roach

SDPB: Some artists depend on networking and social interaction to sell their work. But for now, travel to gallery shows and art fairs is on hold. And that means many creators are struggling for ways to make a living during the COVID-19 pandemic.

La Double J’s Rainbow Edit Of Jewellery Is Guaranteed To Improve Your Mood 

Vogue: “In times of doubt, pull out your rainbow!” So proclaims JJ Martin, the founder of maximalist fashion label La Double J, who has curated a selection of colour-rich antique and vintage jewels for Sotheby’s ahead of the auction house’s London jewellery sale on 24 March.

Hermitage Amsterdam Extends Its Russian Empire Jewelry Exhibit Till May 3

Forbes: The Hermitage Amsterdam museum is closed until at least March 31 in order to aid with the containment of the novel Coronavirus. However, when the museum does reopen there will be another opportunity to view the jewels that sparkled during the height of the Russian empire.

Glittering bizarre: Agmes’ surrealist jewellery gains the upper hand

Wallpaper: The mischievous designs of New York jewellers Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon take a Dalí-esque turn, with a soupçon of Man Ray along the way.

Gems raid suspect accused of robbing jewels worth £630k

Daily Mail: …from famous designer known as 'Pearl Queen' whose clients include Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Halle Berry at knifepoint appears in court.

While At Home, Binge On Jewelry-In Films

Forbes: As a jewelry enthusiast and film geek, I have been binging on my favorite jewelry movies (which is beginning to work in my attempt to stop obsessively watching the news about the coronavirus).

Wallace Chan’s First Porcelain Jewel On View At British Museum

Forbes: While Wallace Chan was in London in September 2019, the first jewel made with his proprietary unbreakable porcelain was placed on exhibit at the British Museum. It’s the first work by a contemporary jewelry artist that the venerable museum chose to include in its permanent collection. It’s a major accomplishment for the celebrated high jewelry artist, yet Chan, and apparently the museum, never told anyone.

Shaun Leane – three decades of wild jewels

How to Spend it: As the jeweller marks 36 years in the business, Vivienne Becker gets the first glimpse at the celebrations.

The Symbolic and Historical Significance of the Queen’s Turquoise Brooch

Vanity Fair: The queen’s intricate diamond and turquoise brooch was handed down from an ancestor who established the playbook for how royals respond to crisis.

Jewellers put a new shine on timeworn coins

Wallpaper: Ancient coinage finds fortune in contemporary collections.

From Ocean’s 8 to the new Bond movie, why jewels are the new stars of the silver screen

The Times: In the 1995 mobster movie Casino, Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) surprises the glamorous, go-getting Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) with a chinchilla coat and a suitcase filled with Bulgari bangles. As Ginger layers on the tubogas-style jewellery she coos, “Do you think it’s too much if I wear these all in the same day?”

Bored rich people are wearing big diamonds at home, buying pricy jewels to spark joy amid pandemic

Financial Post: The wealthy are spending lockdown buying jewels as a sort of pick-me-up.

Here’s why birthstones are the biggest jewellery trend of 2020

Woman and Home: Are you a Peridot or a Pink Tourmaline? Birthstones – the gemstones that represent a person’s month of birth – have been popular in the more spiritual circles for centuries.

Diamond dealers lose their sparkle as coronavirus freezes industry

The Telegraph: Experts predict global demand for the jewels could fall by around 15pc this year.

Bulgari’s latest jewellery collection is an homage to rock and rebellion

Vogue: If there was ever a time to celebrate power and resilience, it is now. Fitting then, that for its newest line of fine jewels, B.zero1 Rock, Bulgari is celebrating the Italian house’s bold Roman heritage. A city that boasts 2,700 years of art and architecture imbues Bulgari’s iconic shapes with a fiercely modern edge.

Hannah Jewett’s jewellery is the perfect accessory for the avatar future

Daze Digital: Hannah Jewett’s jewellery is a contradiction of time. Bridging the gap between the past and the future, the designer combines 3D modelling technology with traditional silversmith techniques, modern influences with millennium inspirations, creating an aesthetic that is at the same time nostalgic and futuristic.

Northern Ireland jeweller Lunn's takes out 'substantial loan' to get through coronavirus pandemic

Belfast Telegraph: Northern Ireland jeweller firm Lunn’s has taken out a “substantial” loan from Danske Bank through the government’s coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS), it has been announced.

Where I Work: Alice, the jewellery designer working from her shed in Stratford-upon-Avon Comment

Metro: As working from home becomes the norm in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, our daily series Where I Work is exploring people’s unconventional desk setups.

Repossi’s new jewellery designs are perfectly poised on the brink of motion

Wallpaper: The Repossi Serti Inversé jewellery collection celebrates motion in dynamic forms.

We Are Crushing On Chanel’s New Coco Crush Fine Jewellery Collection

Harpers Bazaar: Chanel expands its Coco Crush fine jewellery collection with new mini sizes meant for maximum impact. Time to get stacked.

How To Design Your Dream Engagement Ring

Vogue: While some are predicting that working from home will lead to a surge in divorce applications, we romantics at British Vogue believe there will also be a spike in marriage proposals. Stuck together at home while a pandemic rages outside, even perhaps forced to be apart at this scary time, this is a moment for reexamining our lives and realising what – and who – is important.

Exquisite Diamond Jewellery To Dream About This Spring

Vogue: From Marilyn Monroe’s 24-carat pear-shaped gem in the 1953 classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, to the priceless “Pink Panther” rock in Blake Edwards’ 1963 film of the same name, the silver screen has had an enduring love affair with April’s birthstone, the diamond. More recently the precious stone has been central to plots in films like the Ocean’s heist trilogy and the award-winning Uncut Gems.

How the Tutti Frutti designs became a signature Cartier style

Prestigue Online: In 1911, Jacques Cartier boarded the Polynesia and set sail on his first voyage to India. His trip coincided with the with a two-week-long spectacle known as the Delhi Durbar, which celebrated the coronation of George V as Emperor of India. Taken by the richness of the Indian civilisation as well as its jewellery culture of vibrant colours and traditional craftsmanship of cabochons set in local designs, the Parisian jeweller soon sought out established gemstone merchants in Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi.

Aberdeen jewellers launch design competition to unlock north-east creativity

Press and Journal: Aberdeen-based jeweller Jamieson & Carry has launched a new design competition that hopes to showcase the imagination of north-east residents.

Design a silver pendant and be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend at Bromsgrove jeweller's

Bromsgrove Standard: A jewellery shop forced to temporarily close on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a competition for people to design a new silver pendant.

Luxury Lancaster jeweller seeks to spread the love during lockdown

Lancaster Guardian: A long-established Lancaster family business is aiming to put a smile on customers’ faces during the coronavirus outbreak.

Victoire de Castellane: Dior’s queen of gems

The Times: A new book celebrates the glorious designs of the creative director of the luxury brand’s jewellery division. Jessica Diamond takes a look.

16 pieces of jewellery to bring a sense of spring to your home wardrobe

Stylist: Just because we’re all staying inside doesn’t mean we shouldn’t embrace spring any other way we can. So, we’ve rounded up the jewellery that will help you do just that…

A closer look at Chanel’s spring/summer 2020 RTW costume jewellery collection

Prestige Online: Chanel’s connection to costume jewellery is intimately linked to that of its creator, Gabrielle Chanel, who took provocative pleasure in pairing precious pieces with costume jewellery. The first Chanel costume jewellery pieces appeared in the 1920s.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Will Support Jewellers Hit By The Lockdown To The Tune Of £1Million

Vogue: Jewellery is an expensive business. Particularly when you are a young designer with plenty of ideas and talent, but not much cash. Gold, silver and precious stones are all costly, not to mention the expense of the many tools and equipment involved. So it comes as welcome news that the Goldsmiths’ Company and charity has established a Covid-19 fund, initially worth £1 million, to help British jewellers struggling to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

5 Independent Jewellery Brands With Noteworthy Sustainable Agendas

Vogue: In ‘Get Your Greens’, an ongoing series in line with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, British Vogue explores how the industry is advancing towards a greener future.

The House of Garrard’s Joanne Milner on cups, crowns and royal connections

Luxury London: As the royal jeweller celebrates its 285th anniversary, CEO Joanne Milner discusses maintaining relevance with the modern consumer.

Jewelry Designer Pamela Love On Opening Her First Store Days Before The Coronavirus Hit

Forbes: After 12 years in business, jewelry designer Pamela Love decided to open her first store in early March. However, she couldn’t have had worse timing. In just 12 days, she was forced to temporarily close the location in Paris due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As Jewelry Giants Like Tiffany, David Yurman Feel the Effects of COVID-19, What Does the Reality for Indie Brands Look Like?

The Fashion Law: In an interview last month, David Yurman reflected on the effect that the COVID-19 virus is having on his globe-spanning brand. “We’re trying to figure out how we can actually still do business in this environment,” the man behind the privately-held label told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re trying to figure out how we financially survive this.” The 40-year old brand, which generates an estimated $650 million in sales each year, is not immune to the mandated non-essential business closures and the drop in consumer spending that are directly impacting the jewelry industry as a whole, and the purveyors of non-essential consumer goods, more generally.

13 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Jewelry Brands to Know Now

Vogue: When it comes to sustainable fashion, there’s a lot of talk about organic cotton or recycled polyester, but jewelry is often left out of the conversation. Given that Earth Day is this week, it makes for the perfect opportunity to spotlight some brands that are defining what it means to make more sustainable jewelry. It’s not just about using recycled metals or ethically sourcing gemstones for jewelry for these brands, their sustainability efforts go way beyond that. These practices range from supporting local communities where the pieces are made, to offering full transparency and tracing, and to committing to zero-waste programs to prevent excess materials ending up in landfills. Plus, their designs are stylish and timeless. See how these 13 sustainable jewelry brands are working toward a smaller environmental footprint now, and their plans for the future too.


Consumers Connecting to Sentimental Jewelry During the Coronavirus

WWD: Always an emotional purchase, in such uncertain times customers are finding even deeper meaning in jewels featuring symbols of protection, love and friendship.


Rebecca van Rooijen


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