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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.

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

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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.

Switch to a career you love. Train as a professional jeweller with three Jewellery Diplomas to choose from at the London Jewellery School 💍

Are you itching for a change in career? Or would you like a side hustle – a creative business you can work on part-time at your own pace? Why not consider studying jewellery making in more depth with one of our Diploma courses.

The cost of a degree nowadays, coupled with the amount of time you need to devote to it, means that people are looking for alternative, more flexible options to fit in with their day to day life and work. Many of our Diploma students have successfully completed the course while working or raising a family. With only one day of study per week for a year AND weekend day options there is bound to be a solution for you.

 

We have three Diploma courses for you to choose from, all starting in September this year.

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Diploma in Creative Jewellery

Taught 1 day per week – choose from Wednesday or Sunday

Not done much jewellery making before or want to try lots of methods of jewellery making? Then our Diploma in Creative Jewellery is for you. You can choose either the Wednesday or Sunday course days this September.

This comprehensive Diploma Course is fantastic, as it introduces you to a wide range of jewellery making techniques, both traditional and contemporary, and really helps you to find your jewellery making ‘voice’ and unique style.  The Course will take you from a beginner in jewellery making to a professional standard and focuses on combining a mixture of traditional jewellery skills such as silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving and enamel but is unique also in its focus on more contemporary methods and materials such as resin, perspex, metal clay and fashion jewellery. Although, the focus is on mastering the technical skills and techniques, over the course of the diploma you will also learn essential skills for starting and running your own jewellery brand including technical drawing, photographing your jewellery and a jewellery business day focusing on branding, USP and all the legalities of running your own business.

The Course runs over 3 terms of 12 weeks and Classes run 1 day per week with a maximum of 7 students per Class.  Each term, your work will be marked by an expert Tutor and constructive feedback will be given to ensure you are progressing and pushing yourself and your jewellery designs forwards.

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Diploma in Silver Jewellery

Taught one day per week on Saturdays

Want to focus on silversmithing? Then choose our Diploma in Silver Jewellery. Taught over two terms by our expert tutors who all have their own jewellery businesses. We have a course starting on Saturdays in September – perfect if you are busy during the week.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience of working with silver. You will be taken through the basics and then start to learn more advanced silversmithing techniques including soldering, stone setting, fold forming, wax carving and enamelling. You’ll have supervised practice time with an expert tutor and no more than 7 students in the group. Your work will be marked by an expert Tutor and you’ll be given support all the way through the course to learn, develop and find your own creative voice.

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Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery

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If you have completed one of our Diplomas or at an advanced level of study why not consider our Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery. This Intensive course taught over 2 and a half weeks starting on Monday 3rd September, with five taught days per week, is for you if you feel like you want to get to the next level with your jewellery work. Working in a small group with expert Tutors you will enjoy the benefits of intensive study. We will also support you in finding relevant work experience.

You can read Advanced Diploma graduate Lil Adam’s thoughts on the course here > Alumni from the course also includes Sally Costen who has since won a Silver Award in the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards 2018.

 

What if I’m not in London?

We have had Diploma students travel weekly from as far away as Dublin, Newcastle and Poole! The weekend classes are often a good choice if you are travelling from further afield as the travel costs are usually cheaper and the congestion charge is not in operation at weekends.

 

We understand that the Diploma courses are an investment both in time and money, so, we offer flexible payment plans to help you along the way.

We are proud of the fact that our Diploma Courses changes the lives of our students and opens them up to a world of techniques, friendships and experiences.

 

If you have any questions about any of our courses please do give us a call on 0203 176 0546. We are open during office hours 7 days a week. Alternatively, email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our courses soon!

International Friendship Day-Monday 30th July

We all get by with a little help from our friends. Sometimes more than others. But there’s never a bad time to tell a friend you think they’re golden so we’re loving the reminder of International Friendship day today.

Erica Weiner’s range helpfully takes us from historic pieces to modern twists in the quest to express buddily love. Weiner has two New York stores that see a range of beautiful antique pieces and vintage-inspired ‘future heirlooms’ pass through their doors. If a trip to the big apple isn’t on the cards the website is a temptation on the purse strings as well as a lesson in the history of jewellery.

The seal of approval. Friendship rebus carved from amethyst with red foil behind was strung by the jeweller to make a pendant for the affectionate correspondent on the go.

The idea for this friendship bracelet/cuff was drawn from a personal history and given an upgrade from plaited plastic into cast polished brass – for the grown up with mates with great taste.

A friendship necklace is a lovely present. Maybe Argos won’t take care of it now we aren’t 10 anymore? These classic and customisable hearts are broken so you stay connected in spirit. It’s not just kids’ stuff, friends are important, let’s not forget it however you want to show it.

If your affections can’t be bought (and you would like to make a symbolic gift for a pal) or you want to learn more about the history of jewellery, of course we have a class you.

 

 

 

Our summer sale is here! Take 25% off day and evening classes

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Our summer sale is now on! Get 25% off day and evening classes in our summer sale now!

You can get discount on any eligible class in 2018 or 2019 with available places and can enrol on as many classes as you want!

You can choose from any of our day courses or our evening classes. There are a whopping 71 classes to choose from!

Book online or over the phone with discount code 15071801. Our phone number is 0203 176 0546 and our phone lines are open 10-5pm 7 days a week.

Sale ends 29th July or while places are available.
Terms and conditions apply

Our summer sale starts on 15th July 2018 and runs until 29th July 2018.
25% discount is available on day classes (click on day courses on the left) and evening classes
Discount available on eligible classes while places are available or until 29th July 2018
The discount code is 15071801 and can be used online or over the phone. For phone bookings call us on 0203 176 0546.
Discount can be used as many times as you like!
Discount cannot be used on taster classes, certification classes, diploma courses, class packages, gift vouchers, products from our shop, wedding rings, private tuition, online or distance courses
Please check class dates carefully before booking as we regret we cannot give refunds or transfers
Booking can be made online or by phone. Call us on 0203 176 0546. Phone lines are open 7 days a week, from 10-5pm
If a class you would like to enrol on is sold out contact anna@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk and we’ll see if we can add any additional places – no promises though!

What class have you had your eye on? Now’s the perfect time to book your place! You can browse by the eligible courses by selecting the category below.

 

 

Don’t Step On A Bee Day 🐝-Tuesday 10th July

The buzz on the street is that bees are pretty important to this little rock we call home.  The bee population in some countries has halved over the last decade and their pollination discos affect far more than just honey production 🍯.

Our busy worker mates are essential to a healthy environment and the diversity of the food that we eat. Friends of the Earth wax lyrical about their importance and what we can do to help save their depleting populations. So, here I am showing you some be(e)auties we can be(e)jewel ourselves with as a reminder to not step on our fuzzy friends. Hurting them, hurts us in more ways than one.

Alex Monroe with his world renowned Bumblebee necklace is a modern British classic.

This childlike bee drawing on a signet ring from Monroe is still fit for a Queen.

Goldsmiths Fair favourite Max Danger’s new collections are responding to his research into bees and beekeeping.

Beehive handmade brings us this dainty piece. Be(e)cause simplicity is sometimes the way.

Hopefully the bees were finished with this honeycomb when the jeweller snaffled them for this organic tessellation treat.

So let’s attempt to halt the plight of the bumble bee, get inspired by their busyiness and make a beeline for your jewellery bench or one of our courses.

 

 

 

 

FREE online live masterclass with Jessica Rose – build an online jewellery store that sells

Exciting news if you have a jewellery business or are thinking of starting one. Our award-winning founder and serial entrepreneur Jessica Rose will be running four live FREE masterclass sessions on building an online jewellery store that sells.

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Has it been on your to-do list forever? Or perhaps you have a website but it isn’t performing for you? AKA bringing in sales!

It can be very frustrating trying to try to sell your work online and get no results. The good news is there are lots of solutions! In this FREE Online Masterclass with jewellery business expert and serial entrepreneur Jessica Rose, we will be looking at what actions you can take in your business today to make a difference.

IN THE CLASS WE WILL BE COVERING:

  • How to set up your online jewellery store quickly
  • What platforms to use and how to get started with a DIY approach
  • Key features your jewellery store needs to thrive
  • What actions you can take if your store isn’t getting sales
  • Tools and techniques to save time and get results in your online business

THERE ARE FOUR DATES TO CHOOSE FROM:

For the LIVE masterclass and you will get your chance to ask any questions at the end too. Spaces are limited on each date and it is first come first served so save your spot now on the links below:

Monday 9th July: 1pm (BST) – Book Now

Wednesday 11th July: 8pm (BST) – Book Now

Tuesday 17th July 11am (BST) – Book Now

Thursday 19th July: 8pm (BST) – Book Now

Jess absolutely LOVES talking about websites and as usual, has packed a lot of value into this one! As well as a great chance to learn, we have lots of jewellers on our LIVE webinars so it is a fab opportunity to network with others too.

(Also, if you can’t make any of the times just register for one of the sessions and you’ll receive a link to the recording to watch later).

Could you be our new General Manager? We are hiring

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Do you wish you could combine your talents in business with your passion for jewellery and make a living? If so, then we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

We’re looking to hire a General Manager to run our prestigious London Jewellery School, based in Hatton Garden (the vibrant and super trendy jewellery quarter in London).

 

Who We Are:

London Jewellery School is one of the world’s largest jewellery training centres. We host 100s of fun and professional jewellery classes which are open to students of all abilities from complete beginner through to experienced jewellers. The School was set up in 2009 and since starting we have trained over 20,000 students. We now have a thriving team of around 20 jewellery tutors, two staff members and two and a half fully equipped studios. www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

 

What We’re Offering:

 An exciting opportunity to manage the day-to-day running of the London Jewellery School, which includes budgetary responsibilities, operations and managing our amazing team. You’ll also spend your time scheduling classes and timetabling, taking bookings ordering materials and ensuring the health and safety of students and staff at all times.

 

This role is 4 days’ a week, Monday to Thursday 9am – 6pm.

 

This job is for you if:

  • You’re a big, bold thinker, with a can-do attitude and have the skills to identify opportunities to achieve growth and success faster
  • You know your numbers – and feel confident managing the financial aspects that come with running a business – with some support from our accountant.
  • You love providing an amazing customer experience and have the skills to manage and motivate people brilliantly, to build happy, productive team environment
  • You’re assertive, proactive and feel comfortable working autonomously and making decisions. You have great common sense to manage complex logistics and operations.
  • You have a passion for jewellery (experience working in the jewellery industry is not essential)

 

What you’ll get:

A competitive base salary and as many free jewellery making classes as you want. If you prove yourself to be loyal and achieve growth and success, this will be recognised and rewarded.

 

So, let’s build an amazing business together. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, (explaining why you’re right for this role) to Mandy@hrrefresh.co.uk by 20th July 2018.

 

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