National Recycling Week-12th November

Reduce, re-use and recycle. The modern day mantra to save the planet as best we can from the shocking perils of humans living and consuming stuff. Recycling, in general, has some fairly depressing stats about its effectiveness, so reduction is definitely the way forward. We may all be doing the best we can to keep our earthly footprints lighter nowadays but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our adornments. Many an ingenious jeweller can help us manage our conscience by being conscientiously conscious in the use of materials. So you can wear your awareness with your jewellery in the form of re-purposed pieces.

Bottle lids are the tops from Balenciaga this autumn. They may be using fancier materials than the humble container top, but this would keep this statement light on the lobes. Why not try your own version to keep it light on the pocket.

These lovelies from Misa Gelin at little anvil studios maybe everything and the kitchen sink in terms of style, which is good because that’s what they are made of, so delicate and cool but without the heavy burden of placing demand on new resources.

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine, upcycled kitchen sink with silver findings, handmade for the consumer who wants to make an impact with their style not their substances.

Eco Blue Earrings

Guilt-free beauties, Eco Blue Earrings, reused materials made for a modern look.

E-Waste jewellery

Marcela Godoy makes the most of her wires in her e-waste project. The prolific architect, educator and interaction designer has many strings to her bow, from rapid design prototyping to creative computer coding with some projects resulting in wearables.

She encourages others to get a wireless connection and make their own e-waste jewellery necklace with online tutorials.

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Boxing clever, cardboard has never looked so elegant.

Recent Central St.Martins graduate Matilde Mozzanega’s beautiful collections look at sustainability and recycling. Creating natural looking objects from industrial cardboard. Pebble-like forms are shot with silver to give the game away but not the glamour.

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There are so many ways to be creative with pre-loved materials. So get scrappy with your scrap and learn how to recycle your silver jewellery by learning water casting or offcuts or connect without solder to bring found objects a new life on one of our courses.

 

Dazzle – Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition returns to London

We’re really looking forward to the Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition Dazzle which is popping up again in its 37th year at Gallery@Oxo in London. Each year the exhibition brings to our attention the newest movers and shakers of the jewellery world with innovations in techniques and use of materials. Established international designers sit alongside recent graduates in this exciting show. And yes you can buy the jewellery.

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Cutting Edge: Dominika Kupcova- Twist Brooch in laser cut spray painted card.

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Golden Opportunity: Dee Lyn Walsh-Ring with Pyrite

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Fascinating Facets: Allie Anderson-Tube Facet Earrings

With 80 exhibitors there will be something for every type of jewellery fan. They have even kindly laid on an online shop if you can’t get to the exhibition.

Open from Sunday 11th November-Sunday 6th January, 10am-7pm weekdays and Saturdays, 11am-6pm Sundays. Entrance is free. We’re looking forward to it!

50% off online metal clay class with Jewellers Academy

We’re excited to share that our sister company Jewellers Academy has launched the pre-sale of a brand new online metal clay course 🎉

And right now, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! 🤗
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Fancy Bezels, Prongs and Bails in Metal Clay is taught by world-renowned metal clay artist Julia Rai and is designed for those with some experience of working with metal clay. On the course you will learn:

Two interesting stone setting techniques:

  • A fancy bezel (to set natural stones that have to be set after firing)
  • A prong setting (to set fire-in place stones) creating each prong out of metal clay by hand

Plus ways to embellish your work with:

  • Small components to add detail
  • Different bail types to add interest

You will also learn:

  • How to use jewellers investment to make a mould of your stone to create the correct size of bezel
  • Design ideas on how to create interesting layered designs
  • Plus lots of tips and tricks that Julia shares along the way

(Note: this is an advanced online course and it is recommended that the pieces are kiln-fired).

Take a look at the trailer:

 

 

And best of all, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! The cost of the course will be £79 but with discount code BAILS at checkout, you can purchase it for £39.50 (Pre-sale discount ends on 12th November 2018).

This is an online course which launches on 13th November so there’s not long to wait! On that date, you will get access to all 11 professionally filmed videos as well as downloadable notes. You get lifetime access to the course and can watch the videos as often as you want.

Click here to find out more and to purchase the course >

Make a fresh start in 2019 with a Diploma from the London Jewellery School 

It may be hard to believe but 2019 is soon to be upon us and with a new year comes endless possibilities.

If you have been thinking about ways to improve your jewellery making, launching a new business or finding ways to be more creative, then a Diploma could be a great opportunity to build in time to focus on your making whilst developing skills to last a lifetime.

London Jewellery School Diplomas are unique in that they are almost 100% practical. We focus on getting you making from the start and know that the best way to improve your skills is to make, make, make.

You will learn new techniques every week, enabling you to find your style and learn such a vast array of skills that you can take a business (or hobby) in whichever direction you like.

Uniquely, class sizes are capped at 8 students so you will always have close support from an expert tutor. This means time to work on your skills, no more waiting for tutors to become available to help as there is plenty of time for 1-2-1 support.

There are two Diploma programmes to choose from:

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  1. The Diploma in Creative Jewellery (a 1 year-long course) 1 day a week over three terms.

This course is a full foundation in jewellery making covering all different topics from silversmithing and metal clay to beading, resin, glass, perspex and more.

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  1. The Diploma in Silver Jewellery (a 2 term course, 26 weeks long) 1 day a week.

This course is focused on traditional silver and jewellery making techniques such as soldering, stone setting, metalworking and a ton more.

I have always believed that the right course can change your life, I know it has for me. When I first started training in jewellery making (over 10 years ago!) I spend the first few years in business continually taking courses to learn more about making and business. These were the building blocks for my career in jewellery, which I can truly say is the best choice I ever made.

If you love making and would like to find out more about joining us for the next Intake of the diplomas this January then take a look at the full info here >

We are only running one of each Diploma this term so if you would like to take part be sure to save you space ASAP to avoid missing out.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more request a callback or call us on 0203 176 0546

Until next time,

Happy making

Jess

Would you like to teach at the London Jewellery School?

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The London Jewellery School is recruiting new jewellery tutors. We’ve recently had a few of our tutors move away from London for new opportunities and while we are sad to see them go we’d like to give you the opportunity to work with us.

Do you love jewellery making/designing or the industry and want to teach passionate students?

If you can teach silver, metal clay, beading, stone setting, enamelling, perspex, mixed media, photography or other jewellery related subjects we want to hear from you!

Send your CV, website and details to jessica@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk or call us on 0203 176 0546 to find out more.

You’re invited! Free demonstrations and exclusive discount at our open evening

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You are invited! We’d love you to join us for our FREE open evening on Tuesday 30th October, 6.30-8.30pm in our Hatton Garden studios.

Enjoy a drink, some jewellery chat, meet our Founder Jessica Rose and our new manager Mirielle and learn techniques while watching our expert jewellery making demonstrations. Jeweller Michelle Leaver will be demonstrating enamelling and Amy Keeper will be demonstrating silversmithing techniques.

If you are interested in finding out more about our courses including our Jewellery Diplomas it’s a great opportunity to come and visit, see the studios and ask questions.

AND we are offering an exclusive discount on day and evening courses booked in person that evening. Take 20% off! We’ve announced that prices will rise on some of our courses in January so now’s a great time to book for 2018 and 2019 with discount.

No need to RSVP, just join us on the night!

Address: London Jewellery School. New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8JY

Any questions? Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

New – Wax Carved Jewellery certification course at the London Jewellery School

wax-carved-silver-pendants-london-jewellery-schoolWould you like to work towards a certification in wax carved jewellery?

We are excited to announce our newest certification course – Certificate in Wax Carved Jewellery level 1, accredited by the London Jewellery School.

This course is suitable for beginners or those that have some wax carving experience, either experimenting at home or in a class.

Taught over 5 consecutive Wednesdays (10-5pm) you will go from beginners level (a great refresher for those who have tried it before) you will then move on to intermediate techniques, stone setting and finally work on your own project with support from a tutor.

Take a look at what you’ll learn:

Week 1 – Beginners Wax Carving 
– Basic designing for wax carving
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
– Full information on how and where to get your wax pieces cast locally and affordably and much more…
Week 2 – Intermediate Wax Carving 
– More complex pieces including pendants and earrings
– Designing and making a collection
– Working with symmetry and being able to make symmetrical pieces
– Developing ideas and creating pieces with multiple layers and much more…
Week 3 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Rub over settings including setting cabochon and faceted stones
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 4 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Claw settings
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 5 – Own project 
A self-led workbench day allowing you time and support to work on a projecto of your own design with the support of a tutor
The cost of the course includes 2 cast pieces which will be organised, paid for and collected for you by LJS 

The course will be taught on Wednesdays, 10-5pm starting on 7th November 2018

And if you enrol on this new course, scroll down to see the special bonuses you’ll get!

Be inspired! Take a look at some of the course samples

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Also, check out the work of jeweller and LJS tutor Sophie Arnott who regularly wax carves her collections.

What do you get?

  • 4 taught classes (24 hours teaching time) in a small group at our Hatton Garden studios
  • 6 hours of supervised practice to work on your own designs with tutor support and guidance
  • Two pieces cast organised and collected for you by LJS

Click here to find out more about the course and to book your place >

jewellers-academy-logoBonus offer from Jewellers Academy
For those students that join us on this course starting in November, we are adding an additional bonus courtesy of our sister company Jewellers Academy.
You will get lifetime access to the Jewellers Academy online wax carving classes.
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Stone setting in wax (note, this has been filmed but is not yet published. You will get access to the course as soon as it is published)

With the online courses, you can watch the video modules as many times as you like and it works as a perfect refresher for your training at the London Jewellery School.

What are you waiting for? Now’s the time to really get to grips with this fantastic technique. Click here to enrol >

Any questions? Get in touch! Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Design jewellery inspired by architecture – a partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects

royal-institute-british-architectsYou’re invited to a unique jewellery workshop inspired by Art-deco surroundings.

We’re very excited to announce that we are partnering with the Royal Institute of British Architects and will be running a beginners wax carved ring workshop in the gorgeous art-deco RIBA building.

What: Wax carved ring inspired by architecture

Where: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

When: 3rd November 2018, 11-4pm

Tickets: Click here for more information and to book tickets >

Suitable for complete beginners

 

This taster workshop will be run by an LJS tutor at RIBA’s iconic art-deco building where the incredibly intricate interiors can be used to inspire your ring designs. We just love all the gorgeous details of this fascinating building. Take a look at some of the carving that you’ll get to see

riba-carvingUsing photos and sketches from your tour, you’ll then develop two unique designs that you’ll bring to life in blue jeweller’s wax, pre-cut into ring blanks.

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With our expert guidance, you’ll then use hand tools to carve and shape your designs throughout the rest of the day. We’ll take you through the process of sizing, shaping, applying heat and how to add intricate detail and texture to your carvings.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have created two rings in wax, and have learned about the full process of wax carving and casting jewellery. The difficult part will be selecting your favoured design to be cast offsite. With a choice of silver, copper or bronze, your spectacular ring will be fully polished and finished for you or the intended recipient to wear. We’ll post your ring to you within 2 weeks of the workshop.

This event is for students and adults aged 18 and over. It is suitable for complete beginners and we have a maximum of 7 students per class allowing lots of one-on-one attention from our experienced tutor.

All materials will be provided. Online booking in advance is essential. Click here to find out more and to book a place >

Images are courtesy of RIBApix 

Lifestyle photography for your jewellery business – free online video tutorial

If you have a jewellery business your photos are your number one marketing tool. But it can be difficult to get good quality photos, the right amount of light, the right props etc to show off your jewellery to the best advantage. If this is something you struggle with or you are hoping to improve on what you already do then take a look at this free video tutorial from LJS founder Jessica Rose on Lifestyle photography for your jewellery business

 

If you would like to learn more about jewellery photography then we have a great opportunity for you. You are invited to attend a FREE online masterclass all about improving your jewellery photography. Packed with actionable hints and tips and taught by LJS photography tutor and jeweller Karen Young there are 3 dates/times to choose from.

Click here to sign up for free >

World Architecture Day-1st October

Here we look at the many ways that jewellery can be made architectural as a celebration of World Architecture Day. Architects love putting on different creative hats within the design world. The humble chair is often the focus of their attentions, but they are equally inclined (rather than reclined) to turn their hands to the decoration of necks, fingers and ears. Architectural jewellery is a term, it seems, used for what modern architectural forms can bring to design, rather than the incorporating of the columns and domes of classical architecture into collections-which is frankly a shame.

However Vicki Amberly Smith doesn’t shy away from this creating recognisable mini-structures in meticulous detail. From Palladio to Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool in mini metal models, you can sport a whole building on your hand from her ring collection.

Starchitects who have dabbled in the jewellery world include Frank Gehry in collaboration with Tiffany & Co and the late, great Zaha Hadid with Georg Jensen.

As we know, the lure of jewellery making is strong and many a former architect has turned full-time jewellery maker, to the good fortune their customers and inspirational joy for us. Great jewellery is something you want to inhabit. It makes you feel good, just as a well-considered built environment should do. Jewellery should be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional and improve the quality of your life (not a lot to ask. Is it?). It’s the kind of high-level design work that architects do for their clients, thinking about their needs, lifestyles and use of materials. I think we should feel privileged to be in the company of makers like the following converts Amanda Li Hope, Jeanne Marrell and Yeena Yoon.

Images: Juliet Sheath

 

These pieces by Jeanne Marrell highlight the precise and intricate use of materials in her work.

 

 

Reminiscent of an iconic building that may not have been built yet, Ute Decker makes pieces that are both sculptural and architectural in their flowing forms.

 

The bold, brights of Finest Imaginary are often directly inspired by architecture, making versions of houses that can travel with you – clearly better than just one home.

Usually it’s the buildings that an architect leaves behind that become their legacy. While jewellery can be a reminder of a loved one who has passed away. But in the case of Luis Barragan, artist Jill Magid ensured that the memory of the prominent Mexican architect was immortalised in a diamond ring. A 2 carat diamond ring was created from his ashes as an offering for his archive.

Of course, you may want to put your heart and soul into your jewellery making, but maybe not your mortal remains. So if you are feeling like you could be inspired by architecture, visit us at our new digs for the day at the RIBA. We will be partnering with the RIBA for a Wax Carving Class in magnificent Art Deco surroundings on Saturday 3rd November.