Our summer sale is here! Take 25% off day and evening classes

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Our summer sale is now on! Get 25% off day and evening classes in our summer sale now!

You can get discount on any eligible class in 2018 or 2019 with available places and can enrol on as many classes as you want!

You can choose from any of our day courses or our evening classes. There are a whopping 71 classes to choose from!

Book online or over the phone with discount code 15071801. Our phone number is 0203 176 0546 and our phone lines are open 10-5pm 7 days a week.

Sale ends 29th July or while places are available.
Terms and conditions apply

What class have you had your eye on? Now’s the perfect time to book your place! You can browse by the eligible courses by selecting the category below.

 

 

Don’t Step On A Bee Day 🐝-Tuesday 10th July

The buzz on the street is that bees are pretty important to this little rock we call home.  The bee population in some countries has halved over the last decade and their pollination discos affect far more than just honey production 🍯.

Our busy worker mates are essential to a healthy environment and the diversity of the food that we eat. Friends of the Earth wax lyrical about their importance and what we can do to help save their depleting populations. So, here I am showing you some be(e)auties we can be(e)jewel ourselves with as a reminder to not step on our fuzzy friends. Hurting them, hurts us in more ways than one.

Alex Monroe with his world renowned Bumblebee necklace is a modern British classic.

This childlike bee drawing on a signet ring from Monroe is still fit for a Queen.

Goldsmiths Fair favourite Max Danger’s new collections are responding to his research into bees and beekeeping.

Beehive handmade brings us this dainty piece. Be(e)cause simplicity is sometimes the way.

Hopefully the bees were finished with this honeycomb when the jeweller snaffled them for this organic tessellation treat.

So let’s attempt to halt the plight of the bumble bee, get inspired by their busyiness and make a beeline for your jewellery bench or one of our courses.

 

 

 

 

FREE online live masterclass with Jessica Rose – build an online jewellery store that sells

Exciting news if you have a jewellery business or are thinking of starting one. Our award-winning founder and serial entrepreneur Jessica Rose will be running four live FREE masterclass sessions on building an online jewellery store that sells.

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Has it been on your to-do list forever? Or perhaps you have a website but it isn’t performing for you? AKA bringing in sales!

It can be very frustrating trying to try to sell your work online and get no results. The good news is there are lots of solutions! In this FREE Online Masterclass with jewellery business expert and serial entrepreneur Jessica Rose, we will be looking at what actions you can take in your business today to make a difference.

IN THE CLASS WE WILL BE COVERING:

  • How to set up your online jewellery store quickly
  • What platforms to use and how to get started with a DIY approach
  • Key features your jewellery store needs to thrive
  • What actions you can take if your store isn’t getting sales
  • Tools and techniques to save time and get results in your online business

THERE ARE FOUR DATES TO CHOOSE FROM:

For the LIVE masterclass and you will get your chance to ask any questions at the end too. Spaces are limited on each date and it is first come first served so save your spot now on the links below:

Monday 9th July: 1pm (BST) – Book Now

Wednesday 11th July: 8pm (BST) – Book Now

Tuesday 17th July 11am (BST) – Book Now

Thursday 19th July: 8pm (BST) – Book Now

Jess absolutely LOVES talking about websites and as usual, has packed a lot of value into this one! As well as a great chance to learn, we have lots of jewellers on our LIVE webinars so it is a fab opportunity to network with others too.

(Also, if you can’t make any of the times just register for one of the sessions and you’ll receive a link to the recording to watch later).

Could you be our new General Manager? We are hiring

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Do you wish you could combine your talents in business with your passion for jewellery and make a living? If so, then we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

We’re looking to hire a General Manager to run our prestigious London Jewellery School, based in Hatton Garden (the vibrant and super trendy jewellery quarter in London).

 

Who We Are:

London Jewellery School is one of the world’s largest jewellery training centres. We host 100s of fun and professional jewellery classes which are open to students of all abilities from complete beginner through to experienced jewellers. The School was set up in 2009 and since starting we have trained over 20,000 students. We now have a thriving team of around 20 jewellery tutors, two staff members and two and a half fully equipped studios. www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

 

What We’re Offering:

 An exciting opportunity to manage the day-to-day running of the London Jewellery School, which includes budgetary responsibilities, operations and managing our amazing team. You’ll also spend your time scheduling classes and timetabling, taking bookings ordering materials and ensuring the health and safety of students and staff at all times.

 

This role is 4 days’ a week, Monday to Thursday 9am – 6pm.

 

This job is for you if:

  • You’re a big, bold thinker, with a can-do attitude and have the skills to identify opportunities to achieve growth and success faster
  • You know your numbers – and feel confident managing the financial aspects that come with running a business – with some support from our accountant.
  • You love providing an amazing customer experience and have the skills to manage and motivate people brilliantly, to build happy, productive team environment
  • You’re assertive, proactive and feel comfortable working autonomously and making decisions. You have great common sense to manage complex logistics and operations.
  • You have a passion for jewellery (experience working in the jewellery industry is not essential)

 

What you’ll get:

A competitive base salary and as many free jewellery making classes as you want. If you prove yourself to be loyal and achieve growth and success, this will be recognised and rewarded.

 

So, let’s build an amazing business together. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, (explaining why you’re right for this role) to Mandy@hrrefresh.co.uk by 20th July 2018.

 

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Clasps 4,000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery by Anna Tabakhova

This week I have been taking a look at jeweller and collector Anna Tabakhova’s book ‘Clasps: 4000 years of fasteners in Jewellery’ which details a fascination with the fastener throughout the ages and I’ve already changed my attitude towards the clasp as just a means to an end.

From Egyptian times the oldest removable clasp followed on from the simple knot. Older styles of closure would have been perishable so ancient clasps remain a mystery. The discreet closure created by two simple joining folds date from 2000 BC.

Interlocking twists, nesting boxes, slot and slide, pin and hinge, ball and loop, double hooks, screws, and sliding balls or a junction box where two slides meet in a decorative feature, pins with safety chains are all details as aesthetic solutions to join sides. Like the puzzle clasp by Petr Dvorak, here, attention has not been spared but painstakingly lavished on an intricate fixing to keep this piece about your person.

Rings and pendants traditionally act as the focus for fancy settings, enamelling and elaborate details. Here we see necklaces where the clasp is not pushed to the back but is the focus point of the piece as, more conventionally, a pendant would be. And fasten your seat belts for the section on transforming jewels, from necklaces to tiaras with clever mechanisms. Day (well a very fancy day) to-night pieces with a series of catches. A bird brooch whose wings can fly off to become earrings.

The author set out to make an art book and technical manual based on historical research which began with her own collections, then moved on to museum and private collections. This resulted in a marvel of inspiring colour images and 28 original illustrations which could give you the closure you need for your next collection or inspire a lifetime of clever clasps for your jewellery making. So not just pretty pictures (although this book does provide a wide range of beautifully selected pieces throughout the ages). Surely there must be a catch!? Nope, the clasp isn’t for everyone apparently. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel is quoted as saying ‘I hate clasps! I got rid of clasps’ and the figure-hugging designs that resulted from this aversion are detailed in these pages.

 

I had a very nice time consulting this book that acts as a cross-section of jewellery through time, without ever realising that I had a particular interest in what keeps pieces together. I also enjoyed chancing upon this little scene above from the authors’ Twitter feed. In conclusion, it’s clear that the appreciation of clasps is not a simple open and shut case.

Want to try making your own findings to keep your pieces on your person? Try our Make your own Silver Findings class.

Catch you later.

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting. You can see her work on instagram @smalltoad_jewellery

The duck days aren’t over-Donald Duck Day-Saturday 9th June

On Donald Duck day (honestly, it is a thing) how better to celebrate that watch all of his great moments of exasperation on screen or peruse the jewels made in the image of his ducky mates. They are certainly all they are quacked up to be!

Happy encrusted duck ring by Chopard

The King of Jewellers can’t even resist these flappers, here’s just a selection of the flock of duck brooches by Cartier.

Heads up for this sleek Silver bangle by Tiffany

A splash of colour with these earrings from Nanette Veldsman.

No feathers! Waggle tailed cuff links for shirt wearers by Tom French Jewellery.

If this has inspired you to get a wriggle on in your making, take a look at our upcoming classes, alternatively lets all duck and cover ourselves with jewellery.

Happy Donald Duck day!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing our new Gemmology tutor – Deborah Mazza

Do you wish you had more knowledge about gemstones? To feel more confident when talking to customers or when choosing stones to buy? We have just created a new one-day Gemstones Masterclass and want to introduce our new expert tutor Deborah Mazza.

deborah-mazza-tutor-london-jewellery-schoolTell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I was born in Sicily, I am bilingual as my mother is English and my father Italian. I moved to Germany in 1984 and trained as a gemmologist with the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. I taught gemmology to English classes in the German Gemmological Association, and besides buying and selling gems, I also worked as a jewellery valuer. I then attained a bachelor in Business in 2006. When I moved back to the UK I carried on jewellery valuations with my own company. I hold the Certificate of Appraisal Theory with the National Association of Jewellers and also teach with Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain)

What’s been your general career path?

All through my career, I have worked with gems and jewellery, it has been my life passion and it still fascinates me. I worked in the gems and jewellery trade in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the gemstone centre in Europe; there they buy and sell gemstones to the whole world, it is still the leading gem lapidary and carving centre.

I have also finally started making jewellery, which I was unable to do before due to family commitments.

gemstone-masterclass-london-jewellery-schoolWhat are your goals for the future?

My children have grown up and moved out, allowing me to collaborate in writing Vladyslav Yavorsky’s latest book, Terra Connoisseur – Gemstones, and organising trips to meet Idar-Oberstein’s craftspeople.

I have just finished my bachelor in Art History at Goldsmiths University. In autumn 2018 I am starting my masters, as I think we need a theory of jewellery and gemstones similar to the theory of art.

What is your favourite gemstone why?

I have no favourite gemstone, which sounds strange, because I just love them all for their wide colour variations and effects, this is the main reason why I wear lots of jewellery, now also made by myself.

Find out more about Deborah’s work on her website http://www.laetherstone.com/

You can join Deborah for our new Gemstone masterclass. Learn about gemstone identification, cleaning and handling, colour, hardness, durability and much more. If you enrol for a weekday class you will also visit A E Ward gemstone suppliers in Hatton Garden 

To find out more about the course and to enrol click here

 

Student jeweller of the month for June – Neena Shilvock

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I have a day job that is far removed from anything creative, I am an obstetrician and gynaecologist and have been a consultant at a hospital in the Midlands for twenty years. About seven years ago, after a devastating bereavement, I looked for a form of distraction therapy and found my love for jewellery making. At first, I went to a class at the local college, which actually put me off as it was too crowded and I found using the saw and learning how to solder very difficult in that setting. I later found another school, where the setting was more intimate and there were fewer pupils, but I have yet to go back to the jewellers saw after that initial traumatic experience.

The need to escape the saw took me towards wirework and metal clay, polymer clay and resin, as well as beading and soutache. but I have accepted that I will have to bite the bullet at some stage as my interests have leaned towards fold forming and soldering – it seems silly now to be so anxious about something that is potentially going to change the way I design and make my jewellery.

 

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Dew fairy dreams – copyright Neena Shilvock

What’s been your general career path?

I like to make large statement necklaces and also like to make a few of the elements in each piece myself. I make pendants, beads and clasps of various different materials and incorporate them into my jewellery.

I started with a small client base, and have gradually increased it and would like to see it grow bigger. As I see it, there must be women out there like me, who like to wear big, bold and beautiful jewellery, and I’m the woman to make it for them.

I’ve written tutorials for Bead and Jewellery Magazine for a couple of years and found that process quite interesting, I’m used to teaching in my day job, but capturing a process in its totality using a camera was new to me.

I wrote my own website and update it regularly myself. I take my own photographs, having been to a couple of photography classes to learn how to use my camera and have recently begun to use live models to display some of my pieces.

When did your interest in jewellery making start?

I’ve always loved jewellery and was encouraged in this passion by my mother.  When I saw a jewellery making class advertised at the local college I jumped at the chance, although I had gone to the open day with the intention of learning a language. Since then I’ve become so absorbed by jewellery making that I seem to be engaged in it one way or another every spare moment I have. Every room in my house has certainly been taken over by beads and jewellery making paraphernalia.

Which class/es did you take at the London Jewellery School and why did you choose that class?

I went to the soutache class one year as I am always looking for a way to add colour to my pieces, and to make my own components. The next year saw me developing an interest in metalsmithing and fold forming, and I decided to learn how to solder and took a soldering class which gave me the confidence to go away and try it out for myself.

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Dew fairy dreams – copyright Neena Shilvock

What are your goals for the future?

I’d like to find a client base of ‘sophisticated extroverts’ and be stocked in boutiques and art galleries, worn by celebrities and be a well-known name in the world of statement jewellery, although I would like to make mainly one-off or limited edition pieces. I’d like to work with semi-precious gemstones and have my jewellery worn with pleasure by discerning women who are unafraid to be stand up and be counted.

What is your favourite piece you ever made and why?

I made a piece called Dew Fairy Dreams (see left) – it had my favourite ginkgo leaves that I made in Faux jade out of polymer clay, wirework and was very pretty. It was entirely my own design and I found the name from a poem, because of the pearls that were sprinkled through the piece like dew drops. The poet, when I asked his permission to use the name loved my necklace and agreed readily, which was very encouraging

 

A selection of Neena’s work is currently on display at the London Jewellery School

See more of Neena’s work

Website www.capriliciousjewellery.com

Shop link  – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CapriliciousJewelry

Facebook business page – https://www.facebook.com/CapriliciousJewellery

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/capriliciousjewellery_by_neena/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nshilv

Ed Sheeran’s engagement ring 💍- starting a new trend for men?

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Ed Sheeran, photo by Eva Rinaldi

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and his fiance Cherry Seaborn on their engagement.

As we are always pretty excited about a) rings and b) weddings we were really interested to read that Ed is wearing an engagement ring. Engagement rings for men are not traditional in the UK but perhaps it’s time to consider it as in other countries the customs around weddings are different. In Sweden it is traditional for both men and women to wear plain bands as an engagement ring and then only the woman receives an additional ring on the wedding day. In Chile both men and women wear engagement rings on their right hand and they move these to their left hand when they’re married (facts thanks to Jewellery Editor).

We were then doubly pleased to hear Sheeran say in an interview with the Sun “I never saw why men didn’t wear engagement rings, Cherry made it for me herself out of silver clay. I really like it.”

Yay for silver clay! And for making your own rings!

If you’d like to learn how to make your own ring, for any reason, we have some options for you!

We have recently been having an increase in people coming for a private tuition to make their engagement ring and have heard some great engagement stories

We also run wedding ring making tuition just for the two of you

And if this story has made you intrigued about silver clay have a look at our classes

💸💎How would you like £1000 to spend on your jewellery business? 💎💸

jessica_rose-london-jewellery-schoolHi everyone. In case we haven’t met I’m Jessica Rose the Founder of the London Jewellery School. I wanted to hop onto the blog today to let you know about a great new opportunity and to encourage you to apply…

I have just launched a grant programme called JewelFund. It is specifically designed to support those starting and growing their jewellery businesses.

As you will know our ethos at the London Jewellery School is about supporting everyone to make jewellery. With the online Jewellers Academy, we offer on-going support (in-between classes) in your making and jewellery business needs. Basically, we are here to help support you and want you to succeed!

Whilst training, community and hard work are all important factors to building a successful jewellery business, sometimes what we need to get some momentum is an investment into our business (aka money!) This is where JewelFund comes in. This year we are giving away two £1000 grants. These are grants, not loans so you do not need to pay them back. You can decide what to spend them on. Well, within reason! It needs to be something to develop your business, not just a holiday, even if you deserve one!

You might use the fund to buy new tools and machinery, training or mentoring, stock to fulfil a wholesale order, workspace, rebranding to reach a new audience or a new website –  anything that will make a substantial difference to your business.

Any jeweller can apply who is over the age of 16 and where £1000 will make a real difference to their business. Pre-business jewellers may apply but will need to submit a business plan alongside their application. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2018. To find out more about the fund and to apply visit www.jewellersacademy.com/jewelfund

You can also watch the short video below to hear more about why we are launching the fund and what we are looking for from applicants…

I look forward to receiving your application

Until next time,

Happy Making

Jess x