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Spotlight on Robyn Golding Jewellery!

In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were thrilled by the amazing designs entered!   So many of you wanted to know more about the designers behind the winning entries.
In part 1 of this series we featured Kim Styles who won 2nd Place in the competition.  And in part 2 we spoke to Vlad Zoldak who won 1st place for the amazing Interstellar Ring design.  Today we are speaking to Robyn Golding who won 3rd place for her innovative, mixed media Green Fingers Ring!
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Huge congratulations Robyn!  Your Green Fingers Ring is so unusual and innovative!  What was the inspiration behind the ring?

My inspiration came from the recycled materials I use in my work, as well as many found objects – in this piece it was from a small sapling, relating the piece into gardening enhanced by the literal interpretation of having green fingers.

 

How and when did your jewellery making journey start?

My interest in jewellery started at a very young age, I have grown up with my mum collecting, making and selling jewellery and always bringing home weird and wonderful items. I also grew up with the stories of my grandad making glass animals in Brighton and was always interested in following in this by creating my own jewellery/wearable art.

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Have you had any formal training?

I studied jewellery design at Hereford College of Arts and graduated with a 2:1 upper second class in 2013.

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Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next?

I have always been a magpie for collecting items on my travels at home and overseas, I have a huge collection of items that I draw inspiration from and use within my work, such as rocks, glass, plastics, bubble wands and much more. I also spent most of my childhood growing up by the beach and I love beachcombing, this has inspired my most recent collection of jewellery called ‘I can hear the sea’.

 

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What are your favourite techniques or medium? 

With my recent collection, I am using a lot of silver granulation, I love this technique as it is simple and can achieve excellent quick results, I also love to use lots of found objects within my work as I love the idea of recycling, repurposing and the history in a piece.

 

What are your favourite tools? 

I am a bit unconventional when it comes to some of the tools I use, although my torch, piercing saw and pliers and like extra limbs for me I also like using less conventional tools such as spoons to help stone setting and nails as centre punches, whatever is comfortable to achieve the desired finish.

 

What is your favourite thing(s) that you have made to date? 

As previously mentioned I am working on a new collection ‘I can hear the sea’ and since moving away to the countryside in 2015 my love for the sea is very important. I love all the pieces I make and get attached to a lot of my work once its completed which makes it very hard to part with but I am especially fond of some of the early pieces I made from my plastic doll series of work as I feel these reflect the beginning of my journey into becoming a mixed media jeweller.

 

What is next? 

I hope to build up my collection of work and eventually practice fulltime as I currently only make part time whilst working full time, I also aim to participate in more craft shows and build up my online presence.

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Where can we see more of your work?

My work can be found on instagram @ruegold.jewellery,  Facebook: Robyn Golding’s Proximo Jewellery and I sell my work on Etsy: Robyn Golding Jewellery.

 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us!  We just love your work and can’t wait to see your new collection and what happens next for you!   

 

 

Spotlight on Vlad Zoldak – our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year!

In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were thrilled by the amazing designs entered!   So many of you wanted to know more about the designers behind the winning entries.
In part 1 of this series we featured Kim Styles who won 2nd Place in the competition.  And today we are speaking to Vlad Zoldak who won 1st place for the amazing Interstellar Ring design.
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Interstellar Ring by Vlad Zoldak
Huge congratulations Vlad! Your Interstellar Ring is breathtaking!  Can you tell us a bit more about the piece and the inspiration behind it?
The inspiration for the ring came out of the stone itself really. When I looked at it for the first time after it arrived I couldn’t help myself wondering what made it possible that such stone grew here. The stone immediately felt like frozen block of crystals clear blue water that may have landed here from place not known to us yet. I loved the stone from the beginning and it is one of my favourite stones to this day. I knew that I wanted to keep as much of the stone on display as possible so I had to think of the best way to set it. The choice of material and design came out naturally as just silver and good old soldering is really what I love about making jewellery. I knew that I wanted to set the stone in strands of silver square wire to resemble the geometric cut of the stone but the idea with different lengths strands came later and resembled crystallising water.
How and when did your jewellery making journey start?
I always loved silver jewellery. I lived in Camden Town for a time and I grew to admire the craftsmanship of some of the jewellery makers at our local market. I began to think about jewellery making more, and found myself searching for jewellery courses that would fit my family and work commitments. I found the London Jewellery School and I liked what they had to offer so I went for it!
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Silver and gemstone ring by Vlad Zoldak 
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Have you had any formal training? If so where did you train?
My only formal training that I had was at the London Jewellery School. I took several courses on subjects that I knew I wanted to concentrate on. I then took everything that I have learned there to my studio and began to experiment.
Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next?
I primarily work with stones set in silver or plain silver. The inspiration always come directly from stones that I buy the design comes later. On pieces without stone I gain inspiration from pretty much anything; my surroundings, nature, my family…etc.
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What are your favourite techniques or medium?
Good old soldering and 925 Silver.
What are your favourite tools?
My torch, saw and dremel.
Do you offer workshops or classes?
Yes, I offer free classes to my 4 year old son 😉. No I don’t have immediate plans to provide any classes or workshops but that is something I would eventually like to do.
\What is the favourite thing(s) that you have made to date?
A pair of earrings that I made for my other half.
What is next for you and your jewellery business and what do you hope to achieve in the next 18-24 months?
I am currently working on new collections but also a few one-off pieces. I will be spending a lot of time in my studio in order to prepare for jewellery shows and fair that I would like to be part of.  I am also looking to complete few more courses to develop my techniques.
Do you have a website? How can we see more of your work? [Please include web address or the likes of etsy shop links plus your social media channels]
I am currently updating my website and blog as they no longer served the needs of my business. However, you can find me on Etsy, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Vlad.  Your work is just outstanding and we are so proud to have played a small part in your jewellery making journey.  All of us here at LJS wish you the very best of success!

 

Spotlight on Kim Styles Jewellery!

In August we ran our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year competition and were overwhelmed by the outstanding entries!  And so many of you have been wanting to know more about our winners and what inspired their winning pieces!  So today we are talking to Kim Styles of Kim Styles Jewellery about her Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring that won second place in our competition!

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Congratulations Kim!  Your Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring is simply gorgeous.  Can you tell us a bit more about the piece and the inspiration behind it? 

Thank you LJS!   I have been making some very pretty rings for clients and I thought it was about time I had one of my own as a show piece so potential commission  clients can see at first hand exactly what I do.

 

How and when did your jewellery making journey start? 

I started my jewellery making journey way back , my 3D foundation course tutor suggested jewellery might be a good direction for me as I loved making small highly detailed things.  I signed up for a four year degree course at Sir John Cass in London,  ‘Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts’ and from the very first day I knew it was what I wanted to do.

 

Have you had any formal training?  If so where did you train? 

I trained at Sir John Cass in London.  I graduated in 1987 with an honours degree and after that I worked for various well known jewellers in and around London for a few years.

 

Where do you typically find inspiration for what to make next? 

I find inspiration all around me, my best pieces come from the most unexpected sources, like a piece of twig with large pods on it that I found at the edge of a road, or a neighbours flamboyant Passion Flower growing over the fence.  Once something sparks my imagination I have to make it!

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Floral Cluster Ring by Kim Styles Jewellery

 

What are your favourite techniques or medium? 

My favourite medium is precious metal, silver is lovely to work with but my absolute favourite is yellow 18ct gold, so rich and easy to work with.  My favourite techniques are piercing, forming and shaping metal and soldering.  I also love engraving all the very fine details on the leaves and flowers I make.

 

What are your favourite tools? 

My most treasured tool is my grandfathers Archimedes Drill, but my piercing saw and my torch are the ones I use constantly every day.

 

Do you offer workshops or classes? 

I do occasionally offer one to one classes upon request.

 

What is the favourite thing(s) that you have made to date?

My Spring Necklace, the first life size floral necklace I made.  My Peridot Garden Ring which was a commission and my Morganite and Sapphire Cluster ring.

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Spring Necklace by Kim Styles Jewellery

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Peridot Garden Ring by Kim Styles Jewellery

 

What is next for Kim Styles Jewellery and what do you hope to achieve in the next 18-24 months?

I have a packed itinerary of craft fairs for the next few months, including ‘Handmade at Kew’ and ‘Desire Winchester’ among others, interspersed with a few commissions and probably some new rather quirky designs.  Over the next 18-24 months I hope to widen my client base,  see my work in more galleries and continue to build on the success of the last couple of years.

 

Do you have a website?  How can we see more of your work?

I do have a website: www.kim-styles-jewellery.co.uk  and post examples of my work on my Facebook Page and Twitter.     I also sell my jewellery on Etsy in my Etsy Shop.

Examples of my work is also on display and can be seen in the following locations:

Rostra Gallery, Bath.

The Spring Center, Havant.

The George, Fordingbridge.

 

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Kim.  Your work is just stunning and we are so thrilled you shared it with us.  All of us here at LJS wish you the very best of success!

Thank you LJS, it’s been a pleasure talking to you and I am so thrilled to achieve 2nd place in Jeweller of the Year!

 

 

Winners of our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year Competition!

Just in case you missed our recent Facebook Post, the winners of the 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year Competition have been announced!

Huge congratulations to our winner, Vlad Zoldak! Vlad is officially the London Jeweller School Jewellery Maker of the Year 2016 for the stunning ‘Interstellar Ring’!!!  Our judging panel were utterly amazed by Vlad’s beautiful and unique design, fine craftsmanship and presentation!

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Interstellar Ring by Vlad Zoldak – 1st Place

And let’s not forget our amazing runners up! In second place is Kim Styles Jewellery for her gorgeous Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring, and in third place is Robyn Golding for the beautifully innovative ‘Green Fingers Ring’! 

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Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring by Kim Styles – 2nd Place

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Green Fingers Ring by Robyn Golding – 3rd Place


Congratulations to you all! Your prizes will be winding their way to you soon.  And we will be interviewing each of our winners to find out more about them, their jewellery making journey and what inspires their work, so stay tuned for those posts!

And a massive thank you to all who entered the competition and shared your beautiful work with us!   If you haven’t seen it yet do have a look at all of our amazing shortlisted candidates and their entries on our previous Blog.

Could you be our 2016 Jewellery Maker of the Year?

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We are so excited about launching our competition to find the London Jewellery School Maker of the Year 2016!  Taking part is a great chance to promote your work, get exposure and, of course, bag some fab prizes.

The competition is open to everyone – you don’t need to have taken a Class with us – you just need to love making and creating beautiful jewellery, and we are accepting entries from jewellers in the UK and internationally!

The competition will be judged on:

Design – we are looking for innovative and original designs that are all your own!

Technique – we are looking for excellent application of one or more jewellery making techniques!

Presentation – great photos and presentation of your work is essential for selling and creating a great impression.

 

How it works:

One entry only please – multiple posts on the competition Facebook Post will be deleted and your entry may be disqualified! And no links to your shops please – this is a design competition!

Simply post between 1-3 pictures of your selected piece of jewellery that has been handmade by you along with a comment about what the inspiration for the piece was and the title of your piece on our Facebook Competition thread that you can find here.

Your piece can be any design and made up of any material, the only requirement is that it has been made by you.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21st August 2016.

The top 5 entries will be announced on 31st August and added to our website and promoted as the finalists by LJS on our blog and social media channels.

The winner will be announced on Friday 5th September 2016.

This competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.

 

The Prizes:

1st – £250 Voucher for LJS (which can be used on any Classes (face to face or online) + a fab selection of Tools for your jewellery making Toolkit
2nd – £100 voucher and a selection of Tools for your Toolkit
3rd – A signed copy of Jessica Rose’s Bead & Wire Fashion Jewellery Book.

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The Judges:

The competition will be judged by a panel of LJS Tutors who are all professional and established jewellers.

If you have an queries or questions please contact us at karen@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk!

Good luck to all those who enter!

Competition: Show us your spring jewellery

8201705927_fd3526c255_mLast week we gave you a quick round-up of some of the major fashion trends in jewellery this spring as well as creating a Pinterest board featuring some pieces to inspire you. They include primary and neon colours like lemon and poppy red, big “gems”, dramatic statement pieces and tribal and animal print influences.8190657910_3d53a3c05f_m

Now we want to see your unique approaches to these trends – how are you interpreting the “spring looks”. Our themed jewellery making competitions seem the most popular so think spring.

And because thinking about trends is a useful thing for any of you selling or thinking of selling your jewellery, this time the prize is a copy of our Distance Learning Jewellery Business Course (normally £99 + P&P). This is a mine of useful information about all aspects of running your own business from pricing and budgeting to marketing and sales plus you will receive a £50 LJS gift voucher and a year’s membership of LJS.

How to enter:

Send a picture of your piece with a short explanation of how it fits the spring theme to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 31 March.

Also include details of any websites, blogs, Twitter or Facebook pages you use to promote or show off your jewellery.

We’ll put the pictures and your information up on our Facebook page as they come in – and then choose a winner after the closing date.

Valentines winner

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been asking you to share photographs of your Valentine’s Day inspired jewellery. There’s been a tremenduous response and you can see all the entries here.

There were lots of interesting ideas about the meaning of different gemstones and what “love” makes you think about.

It was a difficult choice but in the end we have chosen Menna Lloyd’snecklace of lapis lazuli and silver with gold overlay. It is part of her ‘Cariad” collection.

Cariad is the Welsh word for love and  she chose lapis because in ancient times some believed that dreaming of lapis would foretell love that would be forever faithful.

You can find more about Menna – a former Diploma in Creative Jewellery student – on her facebook page.

Look out for a new jewellery making competition very soon.

Last chance to enter our valentine competition

Don’t forget that if you have been creating any love themed jewellery for Valentine’s Day we want to see your pieces.
If you have created a beautiful love themed piece why not share it by emailing a picture and some details to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on 2 February.
We’ll post all the entries, along with any web or social media links you give us, on our Facebook page, and the winner will receive a voucher to attend a one-day LJS class.

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Competition – putting some love into your jewellery

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Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and we suspect a few of you are making or planning some romantic jewellery.
So it seemed the perfect theme for our next jewellery making competition.
If you have created a beautiful love themed piece why not share it by emailing a picture and some details to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by midnight on 2 February.
We’ll post all the entries, along with any web or social media links you give us, on our Facebook page, and the winner will receive a voucher to attend a one-day LJS class.
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Christmas jewellery making competition

Halloween and Bonfire Night are over so the High Street is entering full Christmas mode and jewellery makers everywhere are thinking about gifts – whether to sell or family and friends.

So the only possible theme for this months competition is Christmas jewellery. What jewellery have you made that is inspired by Christmas?

The prize is a £132 LJS voucher enough to attend one of a wide choice of one-day workshops.

Send your pictures, along with details of any facebook, twitter, website, etc, you’d like shared, to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk by 2 December.