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LJS founder shortlisted for women in business award

London Jewellery School founder Jessica Rose has been shortlisted for The Artemis Award for business owners aged 25 and under in the NatWest Everywoman Awards.

The awards recognise women in business and champion female entrepreneurship and previous award winners include Hilary Devey, now well-known from Dragons’ Den, and cosmetics entrepreneur Jo Malone.

Jessica impressed the judges by having built a very successful business in a very short time and showing tremendous tenacity in overcoming business difficulties. She was just 21 when she started offering jewellery classes in Dulwich in South London  using savings and a bank loan totalling £15,000 to found LJS. She had to battle to overcome issues with premises and the financial challenges of running a new business but it has been worthwhile because LJS is now the largest independent provider of amateur and professional courses in jewellery making, with 80 different classes taught across two studios by 25 world-class professional tutors.

‘Setting up a business in the recession isn’t easy but I saw a gap in the market, made a business plan and just went for it. The main advice I would give to others thinking of setting up their own business is to find something you are passionate about, you will be spending many long hours working on your business and need to have the drive and determination to keep going even though the tough times,’ says Jessica, who now passes on her experience through our business classes, including the distance learning business course.

The Everywoman award winners  will be announced at a lunch ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday 5th December 2012. The ceremony will be a high profile occasion attended by successful women in business and with a Ministerial Address by Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport & Minister for Women and Equalities. Everyone at London Jewellery School is hoping that Jessica will return with a much deserved award and that she also finds time to talk a few high profile women into take up jewellery making classes.

London Jewellery School featured on BBC Blast

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Last week the jewellery school was all a buzz when the BBC came by to film a feature on London Jewellery School director Jessica Rose for BBC Blast.

BBC Blast is a program aimed at inspiring young people to unleash their creativity and uncover their hidden talent and potential.  The crew interviewed Jessica about her creative career and got a sneak peek into all the different techniques used to create jewellery as demonstrated by our seriously skilled tutors.

The program is due to air this November… stay tuned for more info.

Jewellery Making Video Tutorials Online Now!

Recently  the crew at Video Jug dropped into London Jewellery School to film some jewellery making tutorials.

Check out the videos below to see the lovely Jessica Rose demonstrate how to make a beaded ring, silver chain and a pair of earrings.

http://www.videojug.com/player?id=71fef161-e778-c536-01c9-ff0008cd02a9
Jewellery Making:
How To Make Beaded Rings

http://www.videojug.com/player?id=0258ab71-4839-ad44-7499-ff0008cd02a9
Jewellery Making:
How To Make A Silver Chain

http://www.videojug.com/player?id=8c6791a2-2448-5969-d3c7-ff0008cd02a8
Jewellery Making:
How To Make A Pair Of Earrings

Notes from Jessica x

Hi Everyone,

First of all welcome to our site and thanks for looking at our blog! My name is Jessica and I am the school director, I also teach quite a few of the classes that we run here and each week I will be blogging with various bits and pieces of information, both on the courses and events we run at the school and also on interesting things happening in the jewellery world as a whole. Please do follow us and keep up-to-date and also let me know if you have any exciting info that may be interesting for our students and readers to hear about.

As always we really appreciate you choosing us to come and learn with, if you have already done a class with us then I do hope you enjoyed it and got loads out of the time you spent here. If you are still browsing and unsure what you want to do then do feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We now have over 80 different classes to choose from so it is quite a task deciding which is best for you!

Just to get you started, some of our most popular classes for complete beginners who are new to jewellery making and would like to have a go are; Beginners Beading – this class is great for learning all of the basics in making beaded jewellery including earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Beginners Metal Clay is another hugely popular class… it also is for complete beginners and covers the basics of working in PMC and Art Clay. Then we also have our Beginners Silver Jewellery class which covers all of the foundation skills in woking with silver including soldering, cutting metal, polishing and finishing etc…

We are going through an exciting time at the moment as we are in the final stages of preparing our timetable for 2011! We have lots of new classes, many of which have been requested by students – so we do listen to your feedback and make changes. The students of the jewllery school are one of the main sources of feedback and we have made many changes over the years that have come from students positive suggestions for change 🙂

Before I go just a quick mention…Origin, which is the Craft Councils yearly exhibition is closing today at 6pm. If you can make it down there it is always a great event. This year it is in Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW and we have a few of our tutors exhibiting including Melissa Hunt, Tanja Ufer and Teri Howes so do say hi to them. Also coming up next week is the Goldsmiths Fair, which is an excellent exhibition held at the Goldsmiths Hall (near St. Pauls) it is on for two weeks and has different exhibitors in each week so there is always loads to see. I will be going on Thursday 7th October at lunchtime so might see some of you there.

I think thats all for now will catch you next week

Jessica x