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London Jewellery School is the UK’s largest independent jewellery training centre based in London’s Hatton Garden. With more than 80 classes to choose from, more than 20 world-class jewellery tutors and three jewellery studios there is something at LJS for everyone. Plus we offer some of our classes as online tutorials at www.jewelleryschoolonline.com

Our motto is that ‘everyone can make jewellery’ which we truly believe. Our classes are suitable for all ages and abilities from complete beginners through to professional jewellers. We run classes on weekdays, evenings and weekends to suit all timetables and prices start from just £56.

New – Wax Carved Jewellery certification course at the London Jewellery School

wax-carved-silver-pendants-london-jewellery-schoolWould you like to work towards a certification in wax carved jewellery?

We are excited to announce our newest certification course – Certificate in Wax Carved Jewellery level 1, accredited by the London Jewellery School.

This course is suitable for beginners or those that have some wax carving experience, either experimenting at home or in a class.

Taught over 5 consecutive Wednesdays (10-5pm) you will go from beginners level (a great refresher for those who have tried it before) you will then move on to intermediate techniques, stone setting and finally work on your own project with support from a tutor.

Take a look at what you’ll learn:

Week 1 – Beginners Wax Carving 
– Basic designing for wax carving
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
– Full information on how and where to get your wax pieces cast locally and affordably and much more…
Week 2 – Intermediate Wax Carving 
– More complex pieces including pendants and earrings
– Designing and making a collection
– Working with symmetry and being able to make symmetrical pieces
– Developing ideas and creating pieces with multiple layers and much more…
Week 3 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Rub over settings including setting cabochon and faceted stones
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 4 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Claw settings
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 5 – Own project 
A self-led workbench day allowing you time and support to work on a projecto of your own design with the support of a tutor
The cost of the course includes 2 cast pieces which will be organised, paid for and collected for you by LJS 

The course will be taught on Wednesdays, 10-5pm starting on 7th November 2018

And if you enrol on this new course, scroll down to see the special bonuses you’ll get!

Be inspired! Take a look at some of the course samples

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Also, check out the work of jeweller and LJS tutor Sophie Arnott who regularly wax carves her collections.

What do you get?

  • 4 taught classes (24 hours teaching time) in a small group at our Hatton Garden studios
  • 6 hours of supervised practice to work on your own designs with tutor support and guidance
  • Two pieces cast organised and collected for you by LJS

Click here to find out more about the course and to book your place >

jewellers-academy-logoBonus offer from Jewellers Academy
For those students that join us on this course starting in November, we are adding an additional bonus courtesy of our sister company Jewellers Academy.
You will get lifetime access to the Jewellers Academy online wax carving classes.
Beginners wax carving
Stone setting in wax (note, this has been filmed but is not yet published. You will get access to the course as soon as it is published)

With the online courses, you can watch the video modules as many times as you like and it works as a perfect refresher for your training at the London Jewellery School.

What are you waiting for? Now’s the time to really get to grips with this fantastic technique. Click here to enrol >

Any questions? Get in touch! Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Design jewellery inspired by architecture – a partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects

royal-institute-british-architectsYou’re invited to a unique jewellery workshop inspired by Art-deco surroundings.

We’re very excited to announce that we are partnering with the Royal Institute of British Architects and will be running a beginners wax carved ring workshop in the gorgeous art-deco RIBA building.

What: Wax carved ring inspired by architecture

Where: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

When: 3rd November 2018, 11-4pm

Tickets: Click here for more information and to book tickets >

Suitable for complete beginners

 

This taster workshop will be run by an LJS tutor at RIBA’s iconic art-deco building where the incredibly intricate interiors can be used to inspire your ring designs. We just love all the gorgeous details of this fascinating building. Take a look at some of the carving that you’ll get to see

riba-carvingUsing photos and sketches from your tour, you’ll then develop two unique designs that you’ll bring to life in blue jeweller’s wax, pre-cut into ring blanks.

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With our expert guidance, you’ll then use hand tools to carve and shape your designs throughout the rest of the day. We’ll take you through the process of sizing, shaping, applying heat and how to add intricate detail and texture to your carvings.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have created two rings in wax, and have learned about the full process of wax carving and casting jewellery. The difficult part will be selecting your favoured design to be cast offsite. With a choice of silver, copper or bronze, your spectacular ring will be fully polished and finished for you or the intended recipient to wear. We’ll post your ring to you within 2 weeks of the workshop.

This event is for students and adults aged 18 and over. It is suitable for complete beginners and we have a maximum of 7 students per class allowing lots of one-on-one attention from our experienced tutor.

All materials will be provided. Online booking in advance is essential. Click here to find out more and to book a place >

Images are courtesy of RIBApix 

Lifestyle photography for your jewellery business – free online video tutorial

If you have a jewellery business your photos are your number one marketing tool. But it can be difficult to get good quality photos, the right amount of light, the right props etc to show off your jewellery to the best advantage. If this is something you struggle with or you are hoping to improve on what you already do then take a look at this free video tutorial from LJS founder Jessica Rose on Lifestyle photography for your jewellery business

 

If you would like to learn more about jewellery photography then we have a great opportunity for you. You are invited to attend a FREE online masterclass all about improving your jewellery photography. Packed with actionable hints and tips and taught by LJS photography tutor and jeweller Karen Young there are 3 dates/times to choose from.

Click here to sign up for free >

World Architecture Day-1st October

Here we look at the many ways that jewellery can be made architectural as a celebration of World Architecture Day. Architects love putting on different creative hats within the design world. The humble chair is often the focus of their attentions, but they are equally inclined (rather than reclined) to turn their hands to the decoration of necks, fingers and ears. Architectural jewellery is a term, it seems, used for what modern architectural forms can bring to design, rather than the incorporating of the columns and domes of classical architecture into collections-which is frankly a shame.

However Vicki Amberly Smith doesn’t shy away from this creating recognisable mini-structures in meticulous detail. From Palladio to Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool in mini metal models, you can sport a whole building on your hand from her ring collection.

Starchitects who have dabbled in the jewellery world include Frank Gehry in collaboration with Tiffany & Co and the late, great Zaha Hadid with Georg Jensen.

As we know, the lure of jewellery making is strong and many a former architect has turned full-time jewellery maker, to the good fortune their customers and inspirational joy for us. Great jewellery is something you want to inhabit. It makes you feel good, just as a well-considered built environment should do. Jewellery should be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional and improve the quality of your life (not a lot to ask. Is it?). It’s the kind of high-level design work that architects do for their clients, thinking about their needs, lifestyles and use of materials. I think we should feel privileged to be in the company of makers like the following converts Amanda Li Hope, Jeanne Marrell and Yeena Yoon.

Images: Juliet Sheath

 

These pieces by Jeanne Marrell highlight the precise and intricate use of materials in her work.

 

 

Reminiscent of an iconic building that may not have been built yet, Ute Decker makes pieces that are both sculptural and architectural in their flowing forms.

 

The bold, brights of Finest Imaginary are often directly inspired by architecture, making versions of houses that can travel with you – clearly better than just one home.

Usually it’s the buildings that an architect leaves behind that become their legacy. While jewellery can be a reminder of a loved one who has passed away. But in the case of Luis Barragan, artist Jill Magid ensured that the memory of the prominent Mexican architect was immortalised in a diamond ring. A 2 carat diamond ring was created from his ashes as an offering for his archive.

Of course, you may want to put your heart and soul into your jewellery making, but maybe not your mortal remains. So if you are feeling like you could be inspired by architecture, visit us at our new digs for the day at the RIBA. We will be partnering with the RIBA for a Wax Carving Class in magnificent Art Deco surroundings on Saturday 3rd November.

Sale now on at the London Jewellery School

We have good news and bad news. Firstly the bad news. We have reluctantly taken the decision to put up our class prices on 1st January 2019. We haven’t put our prices up for nearly 5 years and I’m sure you understand that as costs continue to increase we need to make sure these are covered.
HOWEVER ..
The good news is that we have a FLASH SALE on this week!

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From now until Sunday 30th September you can get 10% off our day, taster and evening classes with discount code 24091801

And the EVEN BETTER NEWS is you can book classes scheduled up to December 2019 with discount! That means you won’t be hit with the price increase and you even get a discount on our current prices.

So now is the perfect time to book your courses for the rest of 2018 and 2019!

What would you like to learn? Do you want to improve your current skills or learn a completely new technique? With over 90 courses discounted in our sale there’s bound to be something that’s right for you. And with over a year’s worth of classes to choose from, we should have a date you can attend.

Don’t delay, the sale ends on Sunday and the price holds while there are spaces available

Terms and conditions apply. See our website for details >

Here’s some inspiration for you, all made by students in our classes recently. Would you like to learn these techniques too?

Student Jeweller of the month for September – Sally Costen

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I am a graphic designer with 30 years of experience, specialising in branding and packaging. I have been running my own company for many years. Mother of a fabulous 11 yr old boy. I am a Northern Soul dancer, a terrible cook, music and fashion lover who swears too much.

What’s been your general career path?

I applied to art college-aged 15. I was determined to be a silversmith but could not get onto the course – I was too young! So I got a Diploma place at college to study ‘General design’ then found myself guided into Graphics. After 35 years working as a graphic designer, I decided to go for it and study jewellery…LJS has been my route into jewellery as a career. 

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Sea change ring by Sally Costen

When did your interest in jewellery making start?

As a kid; I’d cobble together pieces of jewellery from anything I could find. Anyone who’d show the slightest interest would have a piece foisted upon them. My real interest in jewellery was first and foremost as a consumer. Liberty’s of London showcased new jeweller talent and I spent a worrying amount of my lunch breaks there. The first 3 pieces of jewellery I saved up for; affording to buy an item from their collection every few months, was in Liberty. It was a Wouters & Hendrix ring, bracelet and necklace. I have the original packaging with the tissue, card and receipts! And still love it all, 30 years on.  And that’s why I want to be a Jeweller. If you get it right, design with heart and hone your skills; you’ll have people wearing your creations with pride, for decades. I would love to think a 20-year-old, in their first job, would save up for some of my work – How good is that?

Sea-change-pendant-sally-costenWhich class/es did you take at the London Jewellery School and why did you choose that class?

I first chose to do the Diploma in Creative Jewellery – 1 day a week for a year. Being a freelance designer, I could shuffle my time to accommodate. I needed a comprehensive introduction to jewellery making – across a broad spectrum of disciplines, discovering techniques and materials new to me which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I then went on to do the Advanced Diploma at the London Jewellery School – An intense and challenging course, over a couple of weeks.

This pushed me – in terms of skill and deadline! I loved it…

I was awarded a distinction in both diplomas.

I’m also signed up for the chain making one day course in October! 

What are your goals for the future?

To make my online jewellery business my primary focus, with view to working with other designers/jewellers. Ideally, I would also like to sell at ECOne and Liberty’s – of course!

What is your favourite piece you ever made and why?

The Pill Pendant. It derived from an award-winning concept I’m very proud of – ‘Unfinished Business’. It was awarded silver in this year’s Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, Fashion Illustration category.

The pendant translated well and resulted in a clean, contemporary piece. I also had to push myself, technically.

Sally Costen won the F Hinds High Street by Design award in 2015 and the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards 2018 in the Fashion Illustration category.

See more of Sally’s work

Website  – theclerkenwelljeweller.com

Facebook business page – The Clerkenwell Jeweller

Instagram – The Clerkenwell Jeweller

 

 

You don’t need a degree to run a successful jewellery business

The A-level results are out today and for those picking up your envelope, we really hope you got the results you wanted. Whether you are just getting your results, have completed a Foundation course or are thinking of retraining we wanted to let you know that you don’t need a jewellery degree to learn how to design and make jewellery or to have a successful business. Degrees are an even bigger financial and time commitment than in past years so deciding whether to take a place on a course has big consequences on your progress as well as your bank balance!

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Jessica Rose, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the London Jewellery School, does not have a degree. Jess started out studying for a degree in Arts Management at Southbank University in London but decided to leave after a year when she felt she just wanted to get out there and start her own business. Her ambition was to become a jewellery designer and she attended making classes to help her achieve that goal. She went on to set up her own successful jewellery business but also identified a gap in the market for jewellery making classes so she started to teach part-time alongside her business. The London Jewellery School was born and grew quickly and Jess has since won four business awards. Overall, Jessica’s businesses have made over £7 million in sales.

The courses that she took at the beginning of her journey helped her launch her own jewellery business and helped shape the idea for the Diploma courses we run now at the London Jewellery School and these are perfect for anyone who would like to train as a jeweller. We still have a few places left on the courses that start this September.

The benefits of a Diploma over a degree are

  • Study one day a week (weekend options available) which means you can fit it in around work or other commitments
  • Focus on making skills but also cover design skills (and the Diploma in Creative Jewellery covers business skills too)
  • Lower cost than a degree
  • Payment plan available
  • Most materials included
  • Small group (maximum of 7)
  • Expert tutors and individual support and mentoring

 

We have two Diploma courses, both suitable for beginners.

The Diploma in Creative Jewellery is a great course to choose if you would like to learn traditional silversmithing skills along with other media including resin, perspex, beading and metal clay.

Taught 1 day per week – choose from Wednesday or Sunday

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The Diploma in Silver Jewellery is for those who know they would like to focus on the traditional silversmithing methods.

Taught one day per week on Saturdays

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There are now many routes in to starting your own jewellery business or working for an established jeweller without doing a three-year degree.

If you have any questions or would like to visit the London Jewellery School to see our facilities give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

We are open 7 days a week!

Student jewellery of the month for August – Katarzyna Przychodzka

Katarzyna-Przychodzka-silver-jewelleryTell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I’m Katarzyna Przychodzka. I am an economist and big fan of sports. I love mountains and beautiful flowers, my garden is my passion!

When did your interest in jewellery making start?

My adventure with jewellery began with a birthday gift from a girlfriend – it was a beautiful silver bracelet. I started to think about how it was made and wanted to be able to make my own jewellery. I love making every piece and the idea of hiding secret notes inside jewellery.

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

I attended Beginners Metal Clay at the London Jewellery School with Anna Campbell two years ago which was fantastic. It was an excellent experience learning new techniques. I was new to working with silver metal clay and I liked a lot but it was something more interesting what I wanted to try. Later I developed an interest in traditional metalsmithing and I decided to learn how to solder silver.

Katarzyna-Przychodzka-silver-jewelleryWhat are your goals for the future?

I’d like to work on developing a website for my jewellery – I sell on Facebook at the moment.

What is your favourite piece you ever made and why?

This is a really hard choice because all the pieces I’ve made are special for me. I think my favourite would have to be my large flower necklace, it’s made from large sterling silver leaves and it is special because it was the piece where I started to believe that I can make jewellery!

To see more of Katarzyna’s work

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/katarzyna1919/

Instagram @katarzynaprzychodzka

 

If you would like to be considered for student jeweller of the month check out how here >

International Cat Day-Wednesday 8th August

On your finger, in your hair, cat jewellery everywhere! Happy International Cat Day, well they say every dog has his day so we shall take this purrfect opportunity to celebrate all things feline.

First we broach (brooch) the subject with Lea Stein. She is to cats what Cartier is to ducks and is one of the most recognised designers in plastic jewellery of the 20th Century.

Esty’s offering of items inspired by cats gives more than a paws for thought. Here I only scratch the surface.

There is no masking your inner cat lady with this nifty gold necklace.

More to get your claws into with these simple bead and wire rings.

Heads or tails? Decision made with this moggy.

Land on your feet every time even if black cats haven’t always brought you luck.

These little kitties have bows in their hair and they go in your hair – does it get any better?! (may have to lay off the catnip now)

If these offerings aren’t quite the cat’s pyjamas in your eyes, feline it’s time to get curious and try one of our courses.

 

 

 

 

Showcasing jewellery designed and made by our Diploma students

We have had two Diploma groups studying for their Intensive Diplomas this summer and we are really proud to share just a sample of the work they have made below. Many of them had not made jewellery before and what they have achieved over the course of the Diploma is fantastic, congratulations to you all.

If seeing this gorgeous jewellery is tempting you to consider a Diploma course with us we have three to choose from starting in September. Our Diploma courses are taught on one day per week allowing you to fit in studying with your other commitments. We also have flexible payment plans available and a maximum number of 7 per group ensuring you have individual support from our expert tutors. The focus of your courses is to help you develop your making skills.

If you’d like to try a variety of jewellery making techniques including silver, beading, metal clay, perspex, wax carving, resin and more then take a look at our Diploma in Creative Jewellery. We have Sunday and Wednesday options available starting this September.

If you would like to focus on silversmithing then our Diploma in Silver Jewellery is for you, run on a Saturday.

The above Diploma courses are both suitable for beginners or those with a little jewellery making experience.

If you are already advanced then our intensive Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery could be for you.

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Copyright of the jewellery designs above is held by each individual designer.