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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.

Another jewellery winner

London Jewellery School recently collaborated with the Guild of Jewellery Designers to provide the prize for a mixed media jewellery design competition.

The range and quality of the entries was amazing, making it incredibly hard to judge. But this necklace from Camali Design using silver and car paint was a big hit with all the judges.

You can see all the entries on the GoJD blog.

Marvellous making prize for our October competition

We promised you news of the great prize from Beads Direct for our Halloween themed jewellery making competition.

Among the goodies worth over £100 are:

  • A big bead hamper (wrapped in tissue as the contents are a surprise!)
  • A kumihimo braiding kit
  • A fimo clay kit
  • A shrink plastic kit and book
  • And a portable mini tool set.

Plus there is a mug so that you can keep the tea and the inspiration flowing.

This month we are asking you to send us pictures of your Halloween inspired creation to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk for a chance to win this great prize. For all the details click here. Closing da: Midnight on Halloween, 31 October.

Time to get spooky with our October competition

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Inspired by the autumnal weather and this bat by Chu-Mei Ho of Grace and Firefly, an LJS tutor, this month we want to see your Halloween inspired jewellery.

It could be colours, shapes or inspirations.

Entering couldn’t be simpler. Explain why or how your piece invokes the spookiest time of the year and send a picture of it to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We’ll publish the picture in our facebook page gallery along with links to any website or social media info you give us.

Watch this space for more details of the great jewellery-making prize, worth more than £100,  for this competition from our sponsor Beads Direct – there’s so much in it, it deserves a post all its own.

And the closing date…

…Well midnight on Halloween of course.

Competition winner: Kim’s style set for photography makeover

September jewellery making competition winner Kim Styles made this ring by hand. It is sterling silver and has 42 solder joints done without paste, just using torch control, and is set with a large faceted cabochon prehenite.

Kim says she “struggles to get her jewellery photographs to do justice to her jewellery”. So she is over the moon to win a professional photography shoot of five of her pieces by photographer and LJS tutor Matt Cheetham.

Here at the school were are excited to see which pieces Kim chooses to have photographed and the final images, some of which we will hopefully share with you here on the blog.

Meanwhile if you want to improve your photography skills, find out how you can learn from Matt on our one-day workshop.

Jewellery Making Competition – July 2012

This month sees the launch of our monthly jewellery making competition where we ask you to email us your stunning designs of your very own handmade jewellery which will we then share on our social networks such as our facebook page, twitter and pinterest. Then, at the end of the month we will pick a winner who will be awarded a prize. Sound like fun? We think so…

This months prize is a free £132.00 voucher to spend on classes at LJS which will cover most of our popular 1 day courses. To be in with a chance of winning simply email 1 picture of jewellery made by you to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk along with your name and email address, facebook and twitter pages (if you have them). The deadline for each competition is the last day of the month so this month will be 31st July and the winner will be announced the following week.

Please note that by emailing us these details you will be allowing us to promote you and your work as much as we can including sharing your image and social networking details (but not your email address).

Have a lovely July and we can’t wait to see your entries

Happy Making

LJS x

Facebook Jewellery Competition Entries: Feb 2012, Week 1

Take a look at these lovely entries from our last ‘WEEKEND FACEBOOK’ competition. To join in with next weekends competition ‘like’ our facebook page and you will then be able to upload images of your handmade jewellery. Click on the link to go to our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/londonjewelleryschool1