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Innovative Jewellery Packaging

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If you are in business the packaging you market your pieces in is important both aesthetically and practically. Tutor Anna Campbell has a look at some of the considerations.

Packaging is one of the issues we talk about on the jewellery business courses at LJS and rightly so as it is important. Firstly because you want your work to be presented in the best possible light. Secondly because many of us sell primarily online and we need to ensure that the jewellery arrives in pristine condition anywhere in the world.

Here are some things to consider when choosing your packaging.

 

1. Branding

Branding is about having an identifiable look for your business, whether online, on marketing material etc. If you have spent time and money designing a logo, choosing colours, designing your website etc, it makes sense to carry this same theme into your packaging. You can do this in a number of ways:

 

                  a. Colour

The most affordable way to incorporate your branding is to use the same colour packaging as your logo/website colours

 

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Although the LJS logo has recently changed, the colours have remained the same and so the choice of colour of these bags works well.

 

                 b. Logo

You could also have your logo printed onto your boxes/bags etc. This is a great idea as customers are likely to keep these and so will have a reminder of your business name and will hopefully be repeat buyers.

 

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Jewellery boxes from Posh Totty

 

2. Pouches versus jewellery boxes

This is an interesting debate. I started out using jewellery boxes for my pieces but I had some feedback from a celebrity client that a pouch would have been preferred. I was surprised at this as I had sourced a lovely wooden box for this commission and was really pleased with how the piece looked in the box. However, I was told that this actress had a lot of jewellery and the jewellery box wouldn’t fit in her storage area so was given to her children to play with! Since this experience I send pieces out in these anti-tarnish pouches rather than boxes, unless a box is requested. This has also helped cut the cost of postage as boxes can be bulky and heavy.

 

3. Postage

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Large letter postage box from the Tiny Box Company

The Tiny Box Company (and others) sell boxes designed to be sent via large letter post in the UK. This does cut the cost of postage significantly so is worth a look. These can also be customised with your logo.

 

4. Innovations in packaging

I have really enjoyed looking at some of the innovative packaging ideas that jewellery designers use. I hope you also feel inspired by these ideas.

 

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Wooden jewellery box by Klotz

 

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Fresh by Recarlo

 

 

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The Clifton by Andrew Zo

 

 

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Plywood boxes by David Trubridge

 

 

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Heartbreaking packaging (made of plaster) by Stephen Einhorn

 

 

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Tube packaging by HKO Jewelry

 

 

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Little treasures necklace packaging

 

What kind of packaging do you use? We’d love to see your packaging and business logos so please share with us on our twitter and Facebook pages.

 

Author: Anna Campbell 

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

 

Our shortlist for the Jewellery Maker of the Year 2016!

Wow, we have been overwhelmed by all of the beautiful entries submitted to our 2016 Maker of the Year Competition!  You are all a talented bunch!  Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their beautiful work with us!

It was so hard choosing our short-list of candidates!   We absolutely love each and every one of these designs for their exquisite craftsmanship, design and presentation.  Choosing a winner is going to be tough!

Have a peruse at our amazing shortlist who are presented in no particular order!

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Mihaela Coman – A Cup of Tea

Mihaela had the Katherine Mansfield short story in her mind when she made this ring. The delicate ring has 6 silver little pieces soldered together to create the tea cup and the citrine is cleverly set in the tea cup.

 

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Vlad Zoldak – Interstellar Ring

The ring was inspired by Vlad’s fascination with space and its elements, primarily an element that gives live to everything living even in the most hostile places; water. It is made of sterling silver and 20ct terminated Aquamarine. The entire ring is handmade and soldered together.

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Suzanne Ross – Lapis Maki-e Pendant

The inspiration for this piece came from the colour of the lapis lazuli itself. The colour reminded Suzanne of a peaceful ocean sailing with clear blue skies. Suzanne chose labradorite beads as they change colour with movement like the sea. The gold painting on the lapis is done in the traditional Japanese gold decorating technique called “maki-e” where urushi ( a tree sap) is painted on and gold powder is sprinkled onto the wet ground. When it has set, the gold is sealed with urushi and then sanded with charcoal and polished.

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Robyn Golding – Green Fingers Ring

This piece is called Green Fingers and is a double ring connected with three short chains. The piece is inspired by gardening but also from the materials used within this piece, It is made from 100% recycled silver and reclaimed plastics, the green hand is also flocked to give it its green colour. The hand is also removable and is a lid of a small container to reveal a real plant inside.

 

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Anca Druga – Starry, Starry Night

This design is inspired by “Starry Night over the Rhone” – Vincent Van Gogh. The pendant was hand painted and handcrafted using acrylic colors on polymer clay, fixed in a wire wrapped support to emphasize the texture and depth of the design.

 

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Claire Housden – Morphology #2 Necklace

This is a leather necklace which I designed in 3 colourways (black&black, black&white, and black&red). The inspiration for the morphology collection is vegetable tanned leather itself; and how it can be manipulated to hold a 3-D form. Claire has  developed a unique technique to texture and fold the leather, which she uses throughout this collection.

 

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Theodora Gould – Holy Island Bangle

The Holy Island Bangle is inspired by a small and magical island off the western shore of Lough Derg in Southern Ireland.  Theodora wanted to make something that had an ancient and celtic feel but also reflected the colours of the island. Made from sterling silver, the stones are 5mm cabochons; garnet to represent the rambling roses, sapphire for the water and the expanse of sky, peridot for the lush Irish grass, citrine for the yellow lichen which covers the tumbling ruins and dark and lavender amethyst for the wild flowers.

 

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Kim Styles – Morganite and Sapphire Cluster Ring

This morganite and sapphire cluster ring, with wild rose and hydrangea flowers in white and yellow gold. The morganite is set in rose gold to echo the beautiful pale pink of the stone. Kim wanted to make something really pretty that she could wear as an example of what she does. It is entirely handmade from 18ct gold sheet and wire.

 

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Nichola Foster – Wirework Lampwork Bead Pendant

Nichola is a lampwork artist and recently learnt how to wire weave which she finds really enjoyable and very addictive! Here is one of her lampwork glass beads which she has set and decorated with copper. The design emerged as she worked, and demonstrates her love of curves and scrolls.

 

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Scott Shead – The Kracken Ring

Sterling Silver ring with a large Pearl. The ring is designed to sit on one finger and have a tentacle curl around another finger.  Scott lives on a Scottish Island which inspires him and he handcraftedthe Kraken Octopus ring to be a statement piece. The ring is designed to be comfortable to wear and also to make a great addition to a steampunk or nautical style outfit.

To check out all of the competition entries – please have a look at the Facebook Competition Post!

Don’t forget!  The prize winners will be announced on 5th September!

Good luck to all of the Shortlisted Candidates!

Saul Bell Award Winners 2016!

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It’s time to take a break! Grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy some inspiring jewellery!

 

The Saul Bell Design Award is a jewellery design competition which awards ‘an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft’

The award is split into six categories, with five finalists per category (seven finalists in the emerging artist category).

 

The six categories are

  • Gold/platinum
  • Silver/argentium
  • Metal clay
  • Enamel
  • Holloware
  • Alternative metals/materials
  • Emerging artist

 

We shared with you on social media the finalists of the Saul Bell Award and now the winners have been announced! Prepared to be inspired by the winners (and I recommend a look at all the finalists whose work is just astounding).

 

Gold/platinum

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 “The Queen” by Garen Garibian (USA)

 

Silver/Argentium

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“Unity” by Seung  Jeon Paik (USA)

 

Metal Clay

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“Adore” by Rodica Frunze (Canada)

 

Enamel

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“On The Wing” by Debbie Sheezel (Australia)

 

Hollowear

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“Mace”by Tom Ferrero (USA)

 

Alternative metals/ materials

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“Moonshine” by Zoltan David (USA)

Emerging Artist

 

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“L’oiseau de la nuit” by Justine Quintal (Canada)

Which is your favourite piece? Let us know in the comments below!

Author: Anna Campbell

 

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Why I work in wax…

Some of you may have already seen me sitting behind the desk typing away in the LJS office.  I’m the Deputy Manager at the LJS studios and I also make my own jewellery, under the name of ‘Anvil and Ivy’.  Juggling a jewellery business and a job can be tricky, but I wouldn’t change a thing!

Before I discovered wax carving as a technique, a lot of my work was very heavily inspired by geometry and architectural structures.  I would make three or four component parts and then create a collection using various combinations of them. I love constructing pieces using sheet and wire but have always felt that there are certain restrictions when it comes to design.

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I was bought a wax carving class a couple of years ago for a birthday treat.  From the first session I knew I had found my ‘thing’.  The freedom of being able to create literally anything really excited me and before the end of the three day course…I was hooked.

As a result of this new medium, my work has become a lot more organic and sculptural.  Wax carving is essentially the removal of waste material in order to leave behind the desired shape.  I must admit, it was tough for me to get my head around the whole process at first.  I spent a lot of time at the start carving away too much material and cutting off bits that weren’t meant to be cut off…oops!  Like everything, it got easier with practise and an awful lot of experimentation.

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Sophie creating some new wax carved pieces for her collection.

Wax as a material is really fabulous to work with.   Sawing is a breeze, filing is easy on the hands (it’s also a lot of quicker to remove material than in metal, which is really rewarding) and the fact that you can melt, shape and carve a small block of wax into something totally wearable still amazes me every time I get my castings back.  Obviously the castings still need to be finished and polished, so traditional metalwork techniques come into play in order to achieve the desired finish.

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A selection of Sophie’s pieces ready for casting.

As a whole I generally enjoy the process of jewellery making so much more now that I use wax to create my designs.  I’m an advocate of wax carving and will always encourage LJS students to give it a go!

If you are inspired by Sophie’s story and want to learn more about this fascinating technique do have a look at our day and evening wax carving courses.

Author: Sophie Arnott

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Elizabeth Bone – Inspirational Jeweller and London Jewellery School Teacher

This week we are shining the LJS spotlight on the extremely talented and inspirational Jeweller and tutor Elizabeth Bone.

Elizabeth is inspired by all things modernist, architecture and interesting collected objects, all of which comes across clearly in her work which consists largely of silver, gold and precious metal designer pieces.

After studying a BA in Crafts Combined Studies – Wood, Metal, Ceramics, and Textiles, Elizabeth gained a Crafts Council training grant, which led her to work for artist-jeweller Wendy Ramshaw as her principal workshop assistant for over 10 years. In 1991 she established her own studio whilst continuing to work part time. She now runs her own business designing, making, exhibiting and selling jewellery, has just finished writing a book about silver jewellery and of course teaches regularly at London Jewellery School.

Elizabeth has been with LJS since the beginning back when we were called Dulwich Jewellery School and based in a small room in south London. She was the first traditional silver jeweller to teach with us and has been a core member of the tutors team ever since. Many LJS students who have had the pleasure of being taught by Elizabeth comment on her excellent teaching style and vast knowledge of the subject of silver and precious metal jewellery making.

Elizabeth currently teaches a range of jewellery making classes at LJS including; Beginners Silver Jewellery, Soldering Masterclass, Intermediate Silver Jewellery, the 5-Day Silver Jewellery Intensive and the Beginners and Intermediate Silver Jewellery Evening Classes.

To find out more about Elizabeth and her work take a look at her website – www.elizabethbone.co.uk and her LJS tutors profile; www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/elizabeth-bone.

Until next time,

Happy Making

LJS x