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Diploma in Creative Jewellery – An Alternative to a Degree in Jewellery Making (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our series about how some of our Diploma graduates are getting on!   In Part 2 we talk to George Galula of GV Jewellery who is one of our 2014 Diploma in Creative Jewellery Students and who has also completed our Advanced Jewellery Diploma!

George is heavily inspired by nature, flowers and animals and amazing culture from Art and people and creates stunning mixed media designs using copper, silver, leather, pearls resin and clay to name a few.



Resin Rose Ring with Silver Glass Beads

So George, tell us a bit about how you started your jewellery making journey and what ultimately made you decide to do a diploma with LJS?

I started taking short courses in different school in 2011 which really helped my confidence in designing and making jewellery.  I decided to do diploma course with LJS, because I want to gain more experience and knowledge and develope my skills in making creative jewellery using different techniques.

What was your favourite part of the diploma?
My most favourite part of the diploma was the Intermediate silver class.   I learned all of the necessary techniques required to create more complex silver jewellery pieces.  But, I really enjoyed all the subjects that were part of the diploma course.



Silver Fold Formed Flower Ring with Black Pearl

What was the most challenging part of the diploma?
The biggest challenge for me during the course was to be more creative design-wise, and to use more advanced techniques to create more complex and creative designs.


Mixed Media Bangle made from Resin and Clay Pipes

What difference has doing the diploma made to your jewellery skills, designs and/ or business?

Since completing the Diploma, I’m much more confident and have increased my knowledge and skills significantly, and developed my creativity and uniqueness. I really work with all my heart.



Sarangola Necklace – crafted from 16th Century Clay Pipes with Ceramic and Resin

What would you say to students thinking about doing a diploma with the London Jewellery School?

Go for it, have fun with what you are doing. Have a dream and believe everything is possible. And also take your time to create the right collection – you won’t regret it!

Where next for you and your jewellery making?

I want to design and make more jewellery, take part in some exhibitions, have a pop-up shop, share my knowledge and skills and run a successful business.  Am hoping to cross lots of these off of my list in 2016/2017 :-).

How can we see more of your work?  

My website gallery has images of my work – http://www.georgegalula.co.uk, and I post regular images of my latest work on Instagram.

Thank you George for taking the time to talk to us – we love your beautifully creative work and are thrilled that we played a part in your jewellery making journey.  We just can’t wait to see what comes next for you!




Diploma in Creative Jewellery – A Real Alternitive to a Degree in Jewellery Making

With the rising cost of university fees to a staggering £9,000 per year in 2012, many students are looking towards more vocational and affordable courses, that are not only more geared towards learning the practical elements of working in the trade but also minimize student debt.

So it’s not wonder that new ‘Diploma in Creative Jewellery’ from London Jewellery School has been such a success. For almost a third of the price of just one year of a degree course, students learn all the practical jewellery making skills needed to set up their own jewellery business or studio or to work for other designers within the trade.

The Diploma 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, fashion jewellery and polymer clay. This is an innovative aspect of the course that reflects what is happening in the jewellery industry as a whole, as the rising cost of precious metals are causing jewellers to look toward these other methods and materials to ensure the affordability and sustainability of their craft.

Each week of the year long course focuses on a different aspect of jewellery making and design taught by professional jewellers who have worked in the industry or run their own jewellery business and so are well placed to share their experience with budding jewellers. The course is also unique in its focus on the business skills required to set up and run a jewellery studio and many of the students are encouraged to take up practical internships in neighboring Hatton Garden or other jewellery related organisations to further their understanding and engagement in the trade.

Diploma student, Zoë Richardson enrolled in the course as an alternative to going back to university…

“I’ve always wanted to complete a course in jewellery making, but the thought of going back to university for another three years, along with the rise in cost of fees really put me off. The diploma course at LJS has been a perfect alternative as it allows me to touch on a wide variety of techniques and materials, and it’s all very practical and hands on. Most people hate getting up on a Monday morning, but I love it because it means I’m spending the day at the London Jewellery School!”

Zoë Richardson, 2011

There are two intakes a year in January and September to coincide with the academic year. For full details about the course and information on booking, the London Jewellery School can be contacted on the details below:

Tel: 0203 176 0546