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.

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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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Padme

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!

Join us for a FREE online course – start your jewellery business

Are you planning to start a jewellery business?

Or perhaps you already have one and would like a boost?

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We’d love you to join us for a FREE three-week online course to help you work through what you need to do to get started. Join Jessica Rose, our founding Director and award-winning jewellery entrepreneur, for our online course starting this week and get access to 3 video interactive lessons, downloadable notes PLUS we’ll be providing support and answering your questions in our facebook group with weekly facebook live sessions.

This is a great opportunity to gain tons of free support for your jewellery business, connect with other jewellers, gain inspiration for your next year in business and grow.

To get started with the course visit: https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

Jessica will be going live on our facebook group page each week on Wednesday at 12 noon GMT to answer your questions and give more insight into the week’s lesson. To take part sign up to the community facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelleryschoolonline/ and meet the 1,000+ other budding jewellers in our community.

 

What is covered in the course?

This online course is scheduled for three weeks. Each week has video content to get you thinking about different aspects of starting a jewellery business

 

Week 1 – Start A Jewellery Business Top Tips (week commencing Mon 4th December 2017)

Jess’ top tips for starting a jewellery business. These tips help guide you to start preparing and thinking about your business and any areas you may need to work on or schedule to complete for your business.

 

Week 2 – My Jewellery Business Plan Model (week commencing Mon 11th December 2017)

Jess will guide you through an amazing business planning tool ‘My Jewellery Business Model’. Looking at your vision, customers, pricing, collections, suppliers and much more from a strategy viewpoint (sounds very formal but is super fun!).  You can download your handy ‘Business Start-up Guide’ and work alongside to create a model for your dream handmade jewellery business.

 

Week 3 – Building a Brand for Your Jewellery Business (week commencing Mon 18th December 2017)

Now, more than ever, it is important to stand out as a recognisable jewellery brand. Jess covers the 5 key elements of your brand, how to create or develop them in your business with tasks and actionable steps to refine your core values and the visual elements of your brand. With the aim that the people who want to buy from you, are not only aware of your brand, but they covet and desire what you have to offer! Sounds great!

 

We will be working through the course with you over the coming weeks, sign up on the link below (click enrol now) to get started. You can watch the videos whenever is convenient for you and as many times as you like!

https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

 

And for any instagram lovers out there, we will also be providing daily inspirations and support through the jewellery school online instagram page at @JewellerySchoolOnline https://www.instagram.com/jewelleryschoolonline/

 

We look forward to working with you on your jewellery business over the coming three weeks!

International Men’s Day-A man that can wear bling is a wonderful thing

Men’s day is a funny thing. As a child if you asked on Mother’s or Father’s day when it would be children’s day, I am sure you got the same answer I did. It’s everyday dummy! (maybe minus the dummy-I’m sure you have lovely parents).

Ok, so I’m not saying that its men’s day every day and this is meant to be celebratory of 50% (rough and ever changing percentage) of the population after all. But this is by no means an equal world and one of those inequalities in my eyes is that men often get totally jipped in terms great jewellery. Very few can pull it off (or want to).

Please take this one with an extra pinch of salt as there are great jewellers out there making very wearable and desirable pieces for men, something rugged or simple will do the trick and a well-made wedding band is a glorious thing. Personally I like ‘man jewellery’ that doesn’t look like it’s made for a bloke, keeping the fun, colourful, bold or delicate possibilities that are available for women’s adornment. Surely all things should be fair in a love affair with bling.

No?! Well, when I make jewellery for a buddy, of either sex, I like to think about what they are into. This shell neckpiece by David Bielander featured in an exhibition at Gallery SO earlier this year appeals to me in that way:

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Men like football, right?!

Here is Johnny Depp like a human Buckaroo, wearing whatever he wants and a tonne of it.

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Is he/are you into fishing? Well Miansai could get him/you hooked on jewellery too with this simple slightly abstracted cuffy bangle. Similarly lluukk have really nailed it with their mangles (man bangle) for DIY lovers.

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Yacine Challal, founder of Jewellery multi-brand Carre Y, is another dude who is wearing it all and having a ball.

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And we can’t forget the true king of bling on this on this day, here with a lovely message about remembering to appreciate your mother, ahhhh.

So boys, if you are still not convinced that jewellery is for you (but why?!), maybe its time to make your mother something special on 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.

 

 

 

Market Research- a few tips for selling at craft fairs

So I recently did my first craft fair. Scary stuff eh?, but whilst panicking that I may have nothing to sell I managed to pick up some helpful hints from around the jewellery school.

Helen told me to bear in mind the amount of money people would want to spend at the type of fair I was selling at, as it was in a pub, it would probably be less than or around £30. Annie’s titbit was to always leave enough time to set up, as it will take longer than you think. I asked Penny for advice on hallmarking when selling silver, items under 7.7g are ok without, however it’s best to check with the Assay office if in doubt and their downloadable regulations can be found on the website.

Sophie gave me her own top five:

1-bring scissors and a pen

2-make sure you pack your car/boxes/stock the night before so you can wake up and go

3-try and display a variety of things and price ranges, have cheaper (under £10 pieces) so that you have something for everyone

4- think about your display, place your best and most interesting pieces at eye level, then cheaper ‘add on’ stuff right at the front on the stall for impulse purchasing

5-stand up and engage with people, but don’t be creepy and too pushy

From reading previous posts-link to posts- practice runs, know what you have got, know how you want it to look, know any gaps in your product range. Be ready to learn from what happens on the day. Talk to any friends that sell in this way, they will all have different helpful experiences or they may even lend you a card machine.  Also don’t forget the value of the experience you will gain by giving this a go; it will give you more of idea about which pieces get interest if not sell like hot cakes. I learnt that it is essential not to file your nails down to nubs before needing to wrap items with little stickers, it’s an edge finding nightmare.

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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.

November Birthstones-Citrine and Topaz-a tragic love for a play on words

Topaz and Citrine are hot stones to keep you November babies warm if you choose to stand on balconies to watch any fireworks or family feuds unfold.

Sometimes misidentified as each other in their yellow form, Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz and Topaz is a silicate mineral and a more valuable gemstone. Topaz can display similar strength to corundum (the gem family that includes Ruby and Sapphire) but can fracture under excessive pressure. To add to the confusion Amethyst, after heat treatment, can be turned yellow masquerading as Citrine in disguise. These ‘burnt amethysts’ or artificial Citrines can be identified by a tinge of red. Citrine can be found in a range of yellow to dark reddy/brown shades. While Topaz has a wider colour palate of yellow, green, pink, orange and the rare blue with its purest form occurring as a colourless stone.

Two gemstones, both alike in clarity, in fair November where we lay our scene.

Many a jeweller tells their own story of love for these gems, though with the potential mistaken identity, the makers’ tale doesn’t have to have to have a Shakespearean tragic ending.

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Earrings and ring in Citrine by Chris Boland. With his bold yet transparent technique of setting, what you see is what you get and what you get is a neat treat.

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The honey coloured hexagonal topaz formations for this Alexander McQueen beehive cuff would make any worker feel like a queen.

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Ryan Nelson has pincered an icy blue Topaz in place at opposite corners to look create this industrially striking ring. Whereas this roughly set pink topaz ring with rose gold from by Angeline has a softer appearance.pink topaz ring

Please excuse one last attempt at wordy theatricals for these two heroes of our romantic tale, if I conclude with…

Never was a story of more glow than this of Citrine and Topaz(eo).

If you feel like these gems in any other frame should surely be as sweet, try one of our stone setting courses.

 

 

 

Free online course – make a stone set ring

Did you know that as well as our classes in London we also have online courses you can enrol on? Jewellery School Online is perfect for those who can’t get to our courses in London or those who want a refresher of techniques that they can learn from home. Our online courses feature videos you can watch as many times as you’d like as well as notes you can download and use alongside your practice. Check out all the online courses we have available.

Tutor Sophie Arnott has just filmed a new course – making a stone set ring and it is available for FREE!

Perfect for beginners and those new to stone setting – you will be guided through how to prepare a ring blank and pre-made bezel cup setting, solder them together and set a stone of your choice. All of this can be done with a few tools and materials from your kitchen table 🙂

If you are new to stone setting this is a great project which is quick, simple and extremely rewarding. You will make some beautiful finished pieces whilst learning the basics of stone setting. If you would like to learn more advanced techniques such as how to create your own settings from scratch sign up for our course ‘Stone Setting in Silver‘ or to learn to make your own silver rings and pendants see The Silver Jewellery Workshop

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What techniques are covered?

  • How to prepare your ring blank for soldering
  • Soldering a sterling silver bezel cup to a ring
  • Pickle and polishing
  • Stone setting techniques for cabochon stones
  • Finishing your ring

& much more

Enrol now for free and start learning today!

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For those that are itching to learn more, we also have a pre-sale offer of 50% off our next online course that will be released on 2nd December 2017 – stone setting in silver. Here tutor Rebecca Steiner takes you through the three stone setting techniques that we cover in our 2-day class at the London Jewellery School – tube setting, cabochon and flush or gypsy setting.stone-setting-online-course-jewellery-school-online

What will you get with this course?

  • Lifetime access to 6 comprehensive video lessons, guiding you through all the techniques, tips and tricks to perfecting your stone setting
  • Downloadable course notes to work alongside the videos
  • Access to our supportive community of jewellers and tutors to help you at every stage of the process
  • Access to the videos 24/7 – you can stop, pause, rewind and replay as much as you like
  • Excellent close-up shots to see what is happening in each step so you don’t miss a thing

The course will be £99 when it is released but sign up before 2nd December 2017 and you can take advantage of the pre-sale price of 50% off – just £49.50!

Click on this link for more information and to pay the reduced price