Monthly Archives: January 2019

Would you like Meghan Markle to buy your jewellery?

It’s been in the news over the last week or so that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has been choosing to wear jewellery brands that use ethical materials and have sustainable business practices. However, if you’ve looked into it you’ll know that this is not as straightforward to do as you would hope. There’s so much to think about including mining practices and their environmental and workforce effects; the mining of precious metals; the use of chemicals in the workshop and so much more. This is why we have been working with expert Stuart Pool to create a new one-day course in Ethical Jewellery especially for our students. The course is designed primarily for jewellery business owners who want to feel more informed about their ethical options but is open to all with an interest in the subject.

What is covered in the course?
  • Industry issues and why we need responsible sourcing of metals and gemstones 
  • Gold & silver – Fairtrade & Fairmined options 
  • Diamonds & gemstones – including sourcing options and buying tips, mining and the journey of the gemstone, man-made stones 
  • Your workplace – what you can do in your own space to be more ethical 
  • And more! 
This intensive one day workshop will be taught for 8 students as a maximum, ensuring you have time to discuss your business and get specific advice from Stuart. You will receive a certificate of completion in Ethical Jewellery at the end of the workshop.
ethical jewellery class at the London Jewellery School
Who is the guest tutor?
Stuart Pool is a specialist in responsibly mined and fully traceable coloured gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading companies Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com), Rubyfair (www.rubyfair.com) and Crown Gems, as well as being a co-founder of Fair Luxury (www.fairlux.co.uk), a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry.
Stuart works very closely with local mine owners to provide a mine-to-market service, from extracting the rough gem material and the cutting and polishing of gemstones, right up to the sale of gems to the end customer, both wholesale and retail. The emphasis throughout the supply chain is on maximum transparency and fair benefits to everyone involved.
Stuart’s companies support charitable projects in both Sri Lanka and the UK and he is also committed to educating the widest possible audience about the issues within the jewellery sector. He is supportive of many initiatives and programmes within the industry which are trying to improve conditions and benefits for those involved in all stages of the supply chains for diamonds, precious metals and coloured gems.
As Stuart is busy with his own work we currently only have two dates available for this course in 2019 and half the places are now gone for the February course so don’t wait to enrol.
Who knows who will choose your jewellery if you create an ethical jewellery brand. Maybe royalty.

Valentines versus Galentines. Which would you choose?

We’re having a debate in the LJS offices at the moment about which will be most popular – Valentines or Galentines.

We have our traditional Valentines day evening taster workshop on 14th February (6.30-9pm) for couples to come and make each other a silver ring. It has always been a popular option and is a great alternative to dinner, flowers and chocolates.

However, in 2018 we added a Galentines evening taster workshop to the schedule and that was also popular! Galentines day was made popular on the show Parks and Recreation and has since become a day to celebrate friendship.

On our Galentines class two friends will each make a silver pendant that they saw in half to keep one part for themselves and to give the other to their friend. It’s a fab celebration of friendship and anyone who wants to give it a go is welcome (you don’t have to be gals).

So which will be the most popular this year? Time will tell. 

 

Find out more about the Galentines workshop here

13th February 2019, 6.30-9pm

Suitable for beginners

Enjoy a glass of prosecco at the end of the class

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/taster-classes/galentines-special/

 

Find out more about the Valentines workshop

14th February 2019, 6.30-9pm

Suitable for beginners

Enjoy a glass of prosecco at the end of the class

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/taster-classes/valentines-special-make-silver-rings/

Join the FREE Kickstart 2019 5 day challenge for jewellers

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Do you have a jewellery business or would you like to start one? If so this is a great opportunity for you.

Our Founder Jessica Rose is hosting a FREE 5-day jewellery business challenge starting on Monday and you’re invited to join in. On the challenge, you’ll be prompted to evaluate your aims and goals for 2019 and really clarify what you want for your business and how you’re going to achieve it.

The Kickstart mini-course covers:

Monday 7/1 Day 1: You and Your Vision

Tuesday 8/1 Day 2: Setting Goals for Growth

Wednesday 9/1 Day 3: Looking at the Money

Thursday 10/1 Day 4: Your Action Plan

Friday 11/1 Day 5: Motivation & Accountability (Let’s Do This!)

By the end of the week, you will have a full plan for how you will make real progress in your business in 2019 and you will be ready to start taking action in your business straight away.

You can sign up for the FREE challenge here >  You’ll receive emails each day with some content and a task. By doing a little each day you’ll be setting yourself up for a great year.

You can also join Jessica live every evening (from Sunday 6th January 2019 to Thursday 10th January 2019) at 8pm (GMT) in the Jewellers Academy Facebook group for a rundown of the next day’s activities.

We hope you join the challenge and find it really helpful in shaping your business in 2019.

Ready for a new challenge this year? Now is your last chance to join our January Diploma courses

Are you excited for 2019? Or is it more of the same? Would you like to start 2020 (yikes, that’s scary) having completed a Diploma in Jewellery making? There’s still time to join one of the two Diploma courses starting this month but you need to be quick.

Diploma in Creative Jewellery


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Silver and glass jewellery created by a Diploma in Creative Jewellery student

 

This is our original Diploma that includes nearly all the silver jewellery making courses that the Silver Diploma does but also includes other methods including resin, perspex, glass, beading, metal clay, jewellery design, jewellery business and more. The course lasts for three terms so ends in December 2019.

We still have a few places left for the January start so get in touch now if you are interested. It runs on Mondays and induction is on 7th January with the first taught class on 14th January 2019.

Find out more about the Diploma in Creative Jewellery here >

 

Diploma in Silver Jewellery

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Silver and gemstone bangle designed and made by a Diploma student

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery is taught on Tuesdays and starts on 15th January. This two-term course is taught one day a week and focusses on silver jewellery techniques taking you from beginner to professional.

We currently have two spaces left on this Diploma course for January so don’t wait if it’s the one for you.

Find out more about the Diploma in Silver Jewellery here >

 

Why take a Diploma course?

  • they are taught in one intensive day per week so can fit into your current schedule
  • they focus on technique and practical making
  • we have small groups, the maximum number is 8 so you get individual support from the tutor
  • taught by specialist professional jewellers who run their own businesses
  • you will be assigned a mentor so you can find out more about the jewellery industry and ask questions
  • they cost less than half a one-year payment for a degree course
  • payment can be made by instalment
  • the vast majority of materials are included
  • no tool sharing and waiting for equipment
  • based in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery quarter in London
  • they are suitable for beginners as we start with beginners level courses but quickly take you to more advanced levels so also good for those with some experience

Find out more on our Diploma website. You are welcome to give us a call on 0203 176 0546 to discuss your suitability for the course and to organise a studio visit.