💸💎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

💚Birthstone for May-Emerald-Go green! 💚

The birthstone for May is the mighty Emerald, a stone considered to be a symbol for re-birth and love. Being born in this month will mean you are dependable and quick-witted, not a bad start in life.

Emerald is a stone whose colour reminds us of fictional cities and namesake to a whole isle. The deep green colour in this Beryl mineral is caused by inclusions of chromium, rather than the presence of a diminutive wizard or magical elves.

The brilliant colour of an Emerald is where its value lies, as it is not equal in strength to its hardened friends, diamond or corundum.

Yet the shade of these stones is enough to inspire the most dramatic of jewels. It lends itself well to storytelling since it masquerades as kryptonite in this ‘Superman’ ring by Ming Lampson. Clearly not a ring for Superman himself, but ideal for a wearer trying to bring Superman to his knees.

This vintage inspired pyramid ring by Erica Weiner highlights how just a touch of Emerald could be enough to bring out the green-eyed monster in your mates.

Whereas Robert Trisko makes a statement with this set of jewellery sculptures.

Mikala Djorup’s ring with simple chunky setting shows off a gorgeous stone.

Ornella Iannuzzi’s ring follows the form of the stone in its setting of gold.

Gold lends itself well to complement the tone of this stone, but emerald sits equally with other metals. As we see in this 9ct wax-carved white gold engagement with diamond and aquamarine ring by London Jewellery School tutor Helen Walls.

Green egg no ham. A bespoke ring designed for a couple who met in a cookery class. Just a hint of the frying pan was requested for this design.

Don’t be green with envy at these glittering creations this May. Get started on your own lucky charms on one of our courses.

 

 

 

 

Student Jeweller of the month for May – Louise Cain

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I am 52 years old and I work freelance mainly on nightclub and corporate event dressing. At the moment I am making a padded leather wall and a fabric and hanging crystal ceiling for Cafe de Paris. Every job is different which I like and I could be making bespoke table centres for one job or a stage backdrop. I have worked for myself for 30 years. I also voluntarily help run creative workshops for a community green space in south London called the Wildcat Wilderness. This summer we will be building a massive 2.5mtr high castle out of cardboard boxes. The kids will be allowed to paint and decorate it inside and out. Messy fun. We are also knitting vegetables in support of the first Lewisham Food Festival which is happening this year then yarn bombing a tree as part of the Catford Art’s Trail in autumn.

 

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Silver ring copyright Louise Cain

What’s been your general career path?

I finished four years studying graphic design at London College of Printing in 1986 and never actually once worked in graphic design afterwards. I was lucky and my course was just before major educational cuts. It was very varied and included 3D design, photography, printing and life drawing. I worked in production in the nightclub business. Props, stage sets and backdrops for raves in the 90’s which was a lot of fun. I designed watches and lighters for BOY London in the later 90’s and clubwear. In 1998 I had a dance costume shown in the Streetstyle exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I have loved my work over the years and was able to work from home and bring up my two children as a single mum for 12 years. I had time with my children and being freelance could tell clients I was working on another project. It also meant they thought I was busier than I really was and booked me early!

 

 

Corset ring copyright Louise Cain

When did your interest in jewellery making start?
I have throughout my whole life loved Jewellery. Particularly large silver rings. I wanted to design and make my own pieces thirty years ago but was never in a position time wise or financially to try. Now both my children have left home I can afford it!

 

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

I attended the working with silver beginners week at the London Jewellery School which was fantastic. It covered so much that I left feeling confident enough to go away and have a go myself. While I was there one of your members of staff showed me her first wax carving ring. I loved it and I realized that the kind of big silver pieces I really wanted to work on would not cost as much as I thought.

I then attended the one-day beginners wax carving class. Again I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought some wax and started working on my first dozen pieces. It has been so lovely to be able to work on something creative and personal instead of commercial.

 

What are your goals for the future?

I really would like to do less of the club work, less ladders and heavy work and work on my wax carving was heaven in comparison. My first dozen pieces taught me a huge amount and I have new designs to explore them further, particularly the double finger ring. I like working on the multi-finger rings the most.

 

Double ring copyright Louise Cain

What is your favourite piece you ever made and why?

If I had to pick a favourite I am torn between the laced bustier and the double finger straps and hoop ring. I think it would be the double one.

 

See more of Louise’s work here

Instagram – @thinlinesilver
Email – thinlinestilver@gmail.com

 

Louise’s work will be displayed at the London Jewellery School throughout the month of May so do come and visit if you can!

Would you like to be chosen as a future Student Jeweller of the Month? Click here to find out more and how to apply

World Penguin Day-Wednesday 25th April 2018

Today we celebrate everyone’s favourite Aquatic flightless bird on World Penguin Day.

Uniquely adapted to their living environment with flippers instead of wings for swimming and the ability to ‘toboggan’ across ice in this way energy saving and gaining speed. The inspiration for one of the most reliable chocolate snacks around and their distinctive form lends itself to jewellery design like no other southerner.

So never has there been a better excuse to pick up a penguin (or you could even adopt one).

Keeping it simple. Origami style flapper from The Penguin Patrol.

Triton embodied in feathers atop his trusty seahorse steed in this lavish necklace from N2 Creative Jewellery.

Baby bling ring by And Mary.

Silly Big Penguin ring is a 3D rendering that comes in many colours, shades unrecognisable in any of the seventeen known species. The iconic combination of streamlined beak to flippers makes this Shapeways design a King.

 

Tatty Devine’s romantic acrylic shows off the mostly monogamous nature of our suited mates in this Penguin Pals necklace.

This mighty gangster bird, Emperor Penguin Freddie with Polar Bear Claw Necklace by Felieke Van Der Leest, was easily the star of the Craft Council’s touring show ‘Here I am’ in 2017, showcasing jewellery as art since the 1970’s.

(Pengu)inspired?!  Why not join one of our courses to make your own jewellery worth getting in a flap about.

The jewellery shared here remains the copyright of the jeweller. If you’d like to buy a piece do click on the link

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At the heart of this year’s Earth Day is a campaign to end plastic pollution. Single use plastic has become an issue that large companies like Pret are starting to attempt to tackle. The pollution of our planet and global warming will never not be a burning issue. Conceptual artist and jeweller Katrin Spranger has taken the idea of water vessels to another level with her work which was unveiled at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in February.

Aquatopia looks at the dangers of taking for granted the most basic ingredients for human survival, given to us by the Earth, and how we are putting ourselves in danger by squandering our resources. Spranger invites us to view water through a dystopian, yet believable, narrative of increasing demand and damage by rising population and pollution.

As an artist and jeweller, her aim to transform water into a precious material through this visual narrative of objects that highlight its scarcity is achieved by the use of electroforming. Ideas of jewellery being seen as indulgent and extravagant are played out against the materials used, with vessels that are inspired by functional pipes and plumbing. The everyday and necessary plays  against the opulent and extra in one scary and beautiful project.

This Earth Day may be about the battle against the throwaway bottle (amongst other harmful plastics that end up in our rivers and seas), but hopefully Spranger’s water vessels leave a permanent mark on our memories to try and be kinder to our planet every day.

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

 

Job opportunity with Jewellery School Online

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Our sister company Jewellery School Online is looking for a passionate online marketer to join the team 2 days a week. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants the flexibility to work from home and applicants from all over the world are invited to apply.

Take a look at the opportunity –

2 days a week (flexible hours)

Salary £22,000-£25,000 p.a pro rata depending on skills and experience (plus access to all courses at Jewellery School Online, worth £2,000+)

At Jewellery School Online we are looking for a part-time online marketer with experience to join us in our mission to support jewellers to develop their making skills and build amazing jewellery businesses. You will be working with the founder, Jessica Rose to help build our online courses business, expand our community of jewellers and support our online students.

The time commitment is 2 days a week which will need to include some time spread out over the week for daily social media although the bulk of the work can be done on 1-2 days if preferred. Very flexible working hours, work from home (in your PJs if you like!) Ideally with the ability to meet in person in London at least every few months (but for the ideal candidate this is not essential). Experience in online marketing is a must.

For more information on the skills they are looking for and details on how to apply check out the website

Closing date – 30th April 2018

Student profile: Ursula Brucherseifer on studying at LJS as an overseas student

ursula-brucherseifer-jewellerUrsula Brucherseifer completed the Intensive Diploma in Creative Jewellery in 2015, travelling from Germany to live in London for the duration of the course. We interviewed her about her experiences on the course and advice for overseas students coming to the London Jewellery School.

Where do you live?
I live in Frankfurt, Germany.

When did your interest in jewellery making start?
My interest in jewellery making started when I was a teenager. I was (and still am) very attracted by beads and collected them on every holiday and in every bead shop. I made rings and earrings from silver wire and decorated them with beads.

Why did you decide to take the Intensive Diploma?
After my high school exam I have been au-pair in London. There I applied for jewellery design and was directly accepted at several colleges. However, I wasn’t able to afford to live and study in London for a couple of years. Back in Germany I became a carpenter instead, studied afterwards economics and carried out different jobs. Several years ago I started to make and sell jewellery on a part-time basis. I have attended a lot of different jewellery workshops in Germany as well as at the London Jewellery School. In 2014 I found out about the diploma intensive course. In order to finally realize my dream I enrolled for the course.

 

Work in progress – wire jewellery on the Diploma in Creative Jewellery

What was your favourite class on the diploma and why?
The huge advantage of the diploma is the great variety of techniques and materials you work with. My favourite class was the polymer clay class. With polymer clay you can combine different colours, patterns/designs and shapes. We all had a lot of fun in class. 


Where do you find your inspiration and how do you decide what to do next?
The material itself gives me a lot of inspiration. When I make beaded jewellery I combine different colours, shapes and techniques and play around until it is perfect. I also find inspiration in books or workshops, in working with my students or in talking to customers.
What I do next depends a little bit on my appointments/calendar. If markets or classes are coming up I have to prepare for them. In less busy times I design my collection or do some office work.

What are your goals for the future?
At the moment I take part in the Jewellery Business Bootcamp and work on my business growth plan to get my business going.

 

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Silver and gold earrings by Ursula Brucherseifer

What advice would you give to an overseas student considering taking a course at LJS?
As an overseas student I would do some decent research about the accommodation and check all the university halls of residence. Two months away from home is quite a long time. I would invite a lot of friends and family to London, so that you have someone to talk to and to spend some time with during the weekends.

Take a look at Ursula’s work here
http://www.schoeneliese.de
https://www.facebook.com/schoeneliese/
https://www.instagram.com/schoeneliese/
https://www.pinterest.de/schoeneliese/

 

 

 


Intensive Diplomas
In 2018 we are running two Intensive Diploma courses. They are perfect for overseas students or those that would like to study in a short period of time. The groups are kept small to ensure you get individual attention and your own workspace and tools during the classes.

The Diploma in Creative Jewellery starts on Monday 16th July and runs for seven weeks. This Diploma is for anyone who would like to learn different types of jewellery making including silversmithing, beading, metal clay, mixed media, polymer clay, resin jewellery and more. Installment payments are available. You can find more information here

We have just two places left on the Diploma in Silver Jewellery which runs from Monday 4th June to Friday 20th July. This Diploma course is for anyone who knows they would like to specialise in silver jewellery making. Installment payments are available, find out more here

Both Diploma courses are suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Visa requirements
We suggest that you arrange any visas you might need to study in the UK before enrolling on the course. We are not able to assist with acquiring a visa and it is best to check with your own consulate to find out whether you will meet the eligibility criteria. If you have any questions please give us a call on 0203 176 0546

You’re invited to our open evening event on 16th May

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You are invited to our open evening. There will be drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people who live and love all things jewellery!
We will also have two expert jewellery making demonstrations and the opportunity to ask questions.
Sophie Arnott will be demoing Wax Carving from 6.45pm to 7.15pm
Michelle Leaver will be demoing Stacked Silver Bangles from 7.30pm to 8.00pm
When? Wednesday 16th May 2018, 6.30-8.30pm 
Where? London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY
No need to RSVP, just turn up!

Narrative Jewelry by Mark Fenn-Book Review

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Narrative jewelry by Mark Fenn

Tell me about it. As anyone that has ever asked about my jewellery making knows, every piece tells a tale, even the plainest looking ring. Jewellery goes on adventures with you, reminds you of a person, holiday or the mistake you made that made it look so cool. Pieces often have their own lives that are special to the wearer, but Narrative Jewelry by Mark Fenn is a delightful investigation into the creators who set out to tell a story with their work. And we thought that today, National Handmade Day, would be a great day to share our thoughts on this fantastic book.

This hefty tome features 241 inspiring jewellers. Their comedy, politics, puns and personal lives are spun out in metal and yarn (and soap, resin, plastic, paper, models, cigarettes and gemstones) on the pages. Life-changing moments as well as the horror and beauty of the everyday are given equal importance by the memorial created in their honour. Clear colour images and accompanying descriptions tell their tales and the pieces are a broad spectrum of the most interesting jewellery out there today.

Nick Palmer’s piece was made as a theoretical commission; a task I would highly recommend. Fantasy dinner party surely can’t compare.

Not only does this beautiful book show how jewellery can skillfully be used to tell a story or do more than just be pretty, it shows a way to embrace a wide range of techniques used by skilled international jewellers. It’s the kind of book that you want to sit down and read like a novel, but the images distract you with their own little stories. It’s a great book, all of the tutors want to steal it off me when I am looking at it, I can tell. For a teaser a maker is featured online each week 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. You can see her work on instagram @smalltoad_jewellery

 

 

April Birthstone-Diamond-Rough or smooth it’s clearly for you

Lucky babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone. Characteristics of determination are comparable to the origins the name Diamond, from the Greek ‘adamas’ meaning ‘unbreakable’. They really are the hardest of them all, measuring a mighty 10 on the Mohs scale.

Many wear diamonds every day in engagement rings which is great for showing off that someone wants to marry you, but these beauties were also believed to cure all kinds of illnesses, protect homes from lightning and have wondrous anti-poison powers. So worthwhile trying to tie someone down for the long haul I guess!

The first diamond engagement ring was commissioned by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 for Mary of Burgundy. De Beers secured the tradition and commercial success of the diamond for engagement rings in 1947 with its slogan ‘A Diamond is Forever’. De Beers, or companies under that umbrella organisation, control up to 80% of the world’s production and supply of diamonds at any given time.

The shape of the brilliant cut is synonymous with the diamond, this cut is what gave rise to its popularity, showing off its potential for clarity and sparkle. It only takes a piece of jewellery to be shaped this way to conjure the impression of a dazzling diamond, like this ring with a diamond silhouette by Carrie Weston.

Often considered the most precious of gemstones, a diamond sometimes gains celebrity status, not just because of who the wearer might be. These famous stones are notable because of their beauty, size or their exciting lives. The Star of Africa, the largest cut diamond of fine quality, is a ‘celebrity’ diamond that lives locally to the School at the Tower of London.

Initially only found in India, this stone gained popularity after the faceted cut was developed to reveal its true beauty, after which diamonds were mined in Brazil and later South Africa. A diamond would be a pretty good card to have when playing Gemstone Top Trumps (just checked and this doesn’t exist – gap in the market alert!) as a diamond is the only gemstone that can cut a diamond. Lasers are used to cut diamonds nowadays, but powdered diamonds are used in grinding and polishing.

Diamonds are assessed by a system called the ‘Four Cs’: colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. Diamonds with either a very strong colour or completely colourless are the most valuable, yet these rough grey diamonds in this ring by Ruth Tomlinson (above) have a beauty all of their own.

 

Anvil & Ivy rough diamond and silver wax carved ring

London Jewellery School tutor Sophie Arnott (of Anvil & Ivy) uses wax carving to achieve this organic finish with a grey diamond.

The simple clarity of a diamond can lend itself to a multitude of different design styles. As we can see here in these flashy compressed carbon rings. Erica Weiner specialises in vintage-inspired jewellery, this deco lovely and its friends are handmade in New York.

While DMD Metal does delicate deco below.

If bigger is better go for the Queen Nico ring with stunning grey diamond by Digby & Iona.

London jeweller Disa Allsopp may be inspired by the jewellery of ancient civilisations, yet her tiny rows of diamonds look modern and alternative in these unique rings.

So we’re all set for a great April. Are you? Maybe one of our courses could help you get your diamond ducks in a row.

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.