Job opportunity – Tutor in Gemology

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We are recruiting for our talented tutor team!

Background

We have a popular evening taster class Introduction to Gemstones and we would like to add a more advanced one day class in Gemology to our course offering. In this role you will write and deliver a one day course that covers the topic that is informative, interactive and interesting for our jewellery making students. You will also write course notes that will be sent out to our students prior to attending the course.

Person specification

You will have

  • A demonstrable expertise in gemology
  • An ability to pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm of the subject to our students
  • Teaching/training experience preferred but not required

Hours

The number of classes that you teach will be agreed with and scheduled by our general manager. We run classes seven days a week so occasional work at weekends will be required.

One day classes run from 10 until 5pm with an hour lunch break. You are required to arrive by 9.30am to set up your classroom and to pack up at the end of the course.

Evening taster classes run from 6.30-9pm. You are required to arrive by 6pm to set up your classroom and to pack up at the end of the course.

 

Questions? Email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk or give us a call during office hours on 0203 176 0546

Ready to apply? Please send your CV and covering email about why you think you are suitable for the job to info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Valentine’s Day-Jewelling couple Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch

Valentine’s Day may be about the love an individual has for another person, but here at London Jewellery School we are all about the love of making jewellery. So on this lovey-dovey day I would like to shine a spotlight on one of my favourite jewellers, Lisa Walker, who happens to be married to another very interesting jeweller, Karl Fritsch.

There are few couples I would look to and feel real jealousy about the dynamic of their relationship (maybe Grayson and Philippa Perry) but these two metalsmiths are something special to aspire to.

Karl Fritsch’s work is normally hard as nails, see above, so we can forgive a bit of soppiness for his wife, especially when he simply carves her name into the face of a signet ring. All of his work has a pretty rugged aesthetic with little romantic kitsch-ery. My general feelings about Valentine’s Day are illustrated in ring form by this little guy by Fritsch, in silver set with Sapphires below.

But, if you have more of a softer side, you may appreciate this endearing self-hugging neckpiece by Lisa Walker.

Another necklace by Walker, ‘Karl’s off-cuts’, recognises their connection in life and jewellery.

A slight topical diversion on this day to celebrate these two jewellers with entirely different styles both working in a very unique and fun way. If you still need a hit of love, check out these hearty offerings from Gregory Larin and David Bielander.

Gregory Larin ‘hearts’ ring

David Bielander ‘Cardboard Heart Bracelet’

 

Would you and your partner like to join us for an evening with a professional jeweller and make rings for each other? Why not join us this Valentine’s day for a great alternative to the boring meal and go away with your own unique creations. For more information click here. 

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.

Applications invited for London Jewellery School Student Jeweller of the month

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The London Jewellery School is delighted to announce a new programme – student jeweller of the month, and we invite applications.  Each month we will be showcasing the work of one student including exhibiting their work in our London studios as well as featuring them on our popular blog, instagram and other social media. 

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for student of the month

  • You need to have attended at least one class at the London Jewellery School
  • The jewellery you are displaying needs to have been handmade by you
  • You need to have enough work available to display in the glass cabinet 

It is free to enter and we welcome applications from all types of jewellery making including silversmithing, goldsmithing, silver clay, beading, resin, perspex, mixed media and more.

 

What if I’m chosen?

We will choose a winner each month and you will

  • Have your work displayed in a secure glass cabinet in our Hatton Garden studios. The London Jewellery School is open 7 days a week and this is a great opportunity to display your work in prestigious Hatton Garden and you are invited to display your prices and business cards
  • Be promoted on our popular social media channels and on our blog, one of the top ten jewellery blogs in the world according to Feedspot
  • Receive a London Jewellery School certificate

 

Interested? We’d love you to apply! This is not just open to those with their own jewellery business, we are interested in promoting the work of student jewellers at different stages of their career so please do consider applying.

For more details about the opportunity please see the information on our website, where you will find the online application form and details of how to ask any questions you have.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Pantone Colour of 2018-Ultra Violet-will purple reign again?

Said to communicate originality and visionary thinking towards the future, Ultra-Violet makes a welcome entrance to kick start 2018- a bit of forward thinking is just what we need. Take a look at how these jewellers have also taken to this shade to inspire your own creations this year.

Jewellers have many a purple shade of stone they can turn to in celebration of this announcement from Pantone, such as types of Sapphire, Tanzanite, Tourmaline and of course Amethyst. Though there are many who have favoured alternative materials to celebrate the colour purple too.

Tara Locklear uses materials away from their natural environment to create bright and beautiful pieces. Her work often exposes the colourful layers of recycled skateboard decks in her bold pieces, as with this cheeky pair of earrings.

Here we see a paler shade of concrete tinged with gold for a neckpiece of intriguing forms.

All colours seem to naturally resonate with Britta Boeckmann’s work in wood and resin including including this bold shade.

 

You might feel you want to go all out with Ultra Violet this year, change your world, paint a feature wall. Or you could take a splodge from Xenia Walschikow’s palette and put your paint to a portable decorative use.  These experiments in the colour of the moment are the makings of what will become statement neckpieces and bold gestural earrings.

Our pal purple pops up again to offset these strong, yet light and flexible neck art pieces by Walschikow.

There is always room to ‘kick it old skool’ with a twist when working with a strong colour. As we see with this pink topaz in its unusual contrasting yellow lozenge setting.

Whatever medium you favour in your making, maybe try letting in some purple tones to guide your future this year with Ultra Violet.

January Birthstones-Garnet-Give me strength

Weary or rested from celebrating or resting over the December break, January may feel like a rough month to have a birthday. But these January folks are not down-hearted. They are ambitious leaders, who love to learn new things and take living seriously. They also have a cracking birthstone in garnet to back them up, thought to bring strength, good health and prosperity.

This beautiful rock can be found in many colours but most commonly in the red of almandine and pyrope garnets. Iron and magnesium cause the colour differences in these stones.

Garnet has been used in digit decoration from Romans times, with these simple styles still holding their own in contemporary adornment as we see here in this mercury ring by Astley Clarke.

It is thought that the name garnet derives from the Latin for pomegranate ‘granatum’, due to the similarities of colour of the fruity innards. This is a possibility explored in detail by ‘Winged Lion‘ jeweller Sergey Zhiboedov with their garnet pomegranate pieces.

 

Another fruity offering comes from Alison Maclead with this ring that suggests a cluster of berries or grapes.

 

London Jewellery School tutor Helen Walls often illustrates the point that a single gem against silver is a winning combination and proves this again with a simple blood-red garnet droplet from a textured hoop.

So if it’s a little or a lot of your birthstone you wish to pin down to your crown. Have no fear to start the year, take the lead and get some inspiration in one of our classes.

Grow your jewellery business in 2018 – FREE ONLINE MASTERCLASS

The new year is a brilliant time to look forward to your plans for the year/s ahead and the direction you want to take your jewellery making and… well, your life in general.

If you run or are planning to start a jewellery business there are many things you can do to push yourself forward this year and ensure you reach your goals. Do you want to increase your sales, build more followers on social media, launch that new website work on your pricing, develop a new product range or re-brand your business? Whatever your goals, we want to help you get there.

Our award-winning founder and jewellery business mentor, Jessica Rose is hosting a series of FREE online masterclasses this January on how to ‘Grow your Jewellery Business’. Everyone is welcome and of course LJS students are extra welcome as supporting you to achieve success in your ventures is top on our priority list.

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“ I would love to visit every LJS student who wants to run a jewellery business and give them personal mentoring! However, it’s just not possible with over 15,000 students so an online session that everyone can attend is the perfect solution’ Jessica Rose

The session will last around an hour  and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced business owners and Jessica will take you through:

  • 3 things you can do today to grow your jewellery business this year
  • An 8-step roadmap that will guide you on exactly how to grow any jewellery business
  • – The key reasons jewellery businesses fail and how to avoid them in your business
  • – Plus a free downloadable worksheet and checklist for growth to work alongside Jessica in the session

Jess has run 5 different jewellery businesses over the past 10 years and has won 6 business awards for the growth and success of some of those businesses. As well as making plenty of mistakes (which she will tell you about herself!) so there is a wealth of knowledge to learn from, not to mention her wonderful team of tutors and experts who also offer business support through our classes and online programmes.

There are only two live sessions left, with limited spaces and they end next week, so do get in quick if you would like to join. Pick your date and click on the link below to sign up:

 

Monday 15th January 11am (GMT)- Sign-up – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/growyourjewellerybusiness3

Thursday 18th January 8pm (GMT)- Sign-up – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/growyourjewellerybusiness4

 

Of course, this is not only a great opportunity to learn about building an amazing jewellery business but is also a great chance to network with other jewellers (we usually have lots of them in each session) and you can ask Jess any questions about your business in the Q&A section at the end of the live Masterclass.

We will also be sharing a very special offer for the upcoming online Jewellery Business Bootcamp course which you can find more details about here: https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/the-jewellery-business-bootcamp-2018

 

We look forward to seeing you there

Until next time,
Happy Making x

 

 

 

Birthstones for December-Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise-Wild blue yonder

As the year draws to an end sometimes we start to question things. Reflect. What will we do next year? What is the meaning of life? Why is the sky blue (or probably grey)? Well sorry, haven’t got the answer to those, ask google maybe. But we can round off the year by discussing why Turquoise is blue and sometimes greener and why Tanzanite is called Tanzanite.

So, you fun December kids have a deep pool of blue shades to choose from as birthstones in these three.

Turquoise gets its name from the Turkish stone-trade route that brought it to Europe. Sky blue is the rarest colour and is caused by the presence of copper in its composition, or, alternatively when there is more of a tinge of green, this is due to iron. Veins of the ‘host rock’ can be seen in many stones. Turquoise was one of the first stones to be mined and was mined and traded in many countries around the world. Turquoise has been used in ornamentation in ancient cultures including Egypt and is a respected gemstone in Native American culture, used by tribal healers and worn by warriors wishing to succeed in battle.

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Pamela Love

Zircon can come in many colours, its blue variety is created through heat treatment. The naturally brown zircons are the most common and the red variety is the most rare and expensive. Zircon was used for centuries in Indian and Sri Lankan jewellery. It is said to give a restful night’s sleep, absorb negative vibrations and have strong healing properties. Not bad for a stone that can be confused with the completely man-made, however useful, cubic zirconia.

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Mark Nuell

Tanzanite was discovered in Tanzania, as late as 1967, hence the name. The blue of tanzanite is a unique colour, different to other blue gems and was introduced to the world of mainstream jewellery by Tiffany and Co. This stone is thought to cleanse the chakras and help the wearer pursue their dreams and seek their purpose in life. Who said jewellery wasn’t the answer?

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Tiffany & Co

So, whether you chose Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite to guide you. Wishing you a restful end of the year, the renewed energy to pursue your dreams in the new year and success in any battles you may encounter. Maybe you could start by pursuing one of our courses.

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.

 

Strong the force is with these ones

The latest Star Wars film is out soon. Hurray hurrah. It would be tempting to parade the range of jewellery that directly references this ongoing intergalactic saga. Let’s face it any ring set that reminds you of the ‘I love you, I know’ moment can only be a good thing, although I would insist on wearing both of them right now to make the late Carrie Fischer proud. So, let’s voyage to a galaxy not so far away and a time not so long ago to fill this space (the final frontier) – sorry, that’s the other one)).

What came first the deco or the droid? -when looking at the ring below I can’t help but wonder if George Lucas was a fan of Art Deco jeweller Gerard Sandor.

Gerard Sandor ring

The exhibitors at the Goldsmiths Fair in October this year provided a plethora of inspiring jewels that feel like they could nod to that future/past in spacetime.

Evgeniia Balashova utilises 3D printing techniques to very different ends with her varied portfolio of work, yet retains an overarching feeling of innovation with a simple use of colour and a mixture of precious materials and newer technology. I feel like this neck-piece gives an impression of the flowing robes and sometimes earlobes of our Star Wars motley crew.

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Susi Hines Orbis collection have a definite planetary appearance and their dark encrusted spheres are indeed reminiscent of the Death Star. This collection was inspired by Renaissance mapping of the world and is described as celestial globes with hidden surprises in these kinetic rings.

 

Finally you can look to these earrings by Margaux Clavel for a dainty homage to the regal dressing up box of Padme Amidala.

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May the force be with you and in your making too.

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.

 

Planning in Your Jewellery Business: FREE Download ‘My Jewellery Business Planner’ with Jessica Rose

Hooray! We’re entering week 2 of our FREE ‘starting your jewellery business’ online course all about helping you to start your own successful jewellery business. It was wonderful to have so many of you join us last week, over 600 budding jewellers and we can’t wait to get going on this weeks content with you. If you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time to join us! Just register here
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Week 2 is all about creating a plan for your business. We know you are busy and it’s Christmas so we don’t expect you to write a 20-page document! In the course, Jessica shares a simple 1-page plan for mapping out the key activities and areas of operation in your jewellery business. It is perfect for getting a snapshot of your business now and to identify any gaps to work on in the year ahead. 
‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’ – Benjamin Franklin
– We agree with him!
A business plan is crucial to help you plan your focus and actions in your business to ensure you are moving forward strategically rather than being caught up in busy-work. It helps identify the difference between the important and the urgent.
The course features video lessons, downloadable notes AND we’ll be providing support and answering your questions in our facebook group so do join us there now if you haven’t already!
As an added bonus Jessica Rose will be answering your jewellery business questions on a facebook live video each week. The next facebook live will be on Wednesday 13th December at 12 noon GMT so do add your questions here.
You can also watch her answering questions on last week’s facebook live here
The course includes our jewellery business planner, a tool adapted especially for use for this type of business. The planning tool is available for you to download for free here in the course notes.
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Watch the video for week 2 where Jess talks you through all the sections of the planner and the questions you need to ask yourself.
Any questions for Jessica? Ask them here now so she can answer them live for you on Wednesday at 12 noon GMT on our Jewellery School Online facebook page. And don’t worry if you can’t watch live, the video will be available to watch on facebook after the recording.
Happy planning and have a great week!