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How to stay in the know in 2017

At LJS we often get asked the same questions. How do I find out about jewellery related job opportunities? Where can I find a bench to rent? How do I know when to apply for jewellery events and fairs? Do you sometimes discover that you find out about things too late? Here are some ways to stay in the know for 2017


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Benchpeg is an independent source of information for the British Jewellery industry and associated trades. If you subscribe you receive a free weekly email newsletter that includes industry news, jobs, opportunities, classified ads and more. It’s a fantastic source of information for everyone at any level of the jewellery industry.


Click this link to subscribe to Benchpeg for free.




Join a relevant Facebook group

There are thousands of jewellery facebook groups out there and they can be very helpful as the organisers and members share resources and give advice.



Login to facebook and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group

Also click on pages and like any pages that look interesting. If you find what is being shared isn’t relevant you can always leave the page or group.




Get out and about to exhibitions

Even if you’re not exhibiting you can find out a lot about what is happening in the industry by attending exhibitions in your area. You can find a list of jewellery exhibitions that regularly run in London here but do check out your local press for events closer to home.



Do an online search for previous events in your area and sign up for email updates to be in the know for future exhibits.



Follow the right accounts on twitter

Social media is an immediate way to find out what is happening and twitter is excellent for this.



Sign into twitter, search for and follow:

  • Local groups, markets etc
  • Exhibition spaces, museums
  • Selling websites e.g. etsy, folksy, misi, not on the high street etc
  • Jewellery magazines e.g. Making Jewellery




Check out stallfinder

For upcoming events, craft markets and fairs in your area check out stallfinder



Got to stallfinder

Do a search of your area to see what events are advertised and the closing dates


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How do you keep informed of jewellery industry news? Let us know in the comments below.


Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Funky perspex and an exciting new class – August at London Jewellery School

Funky perspex and an exciting new class August at London Jewellery School

We have a winner

The first winner of our new monthly jewellery making competition was inspired by an LJS course to take her jewellery in an exciting new direction.
The vibrant Perspex necklace and bangle set (main picture) from Rachael Chapman stole the show in our first monthly jewellery making competition. The unusual design and great photography really made her entry stand out from the crowd.
Rachael, who sells her work under the name Make It Funky, says: “Earlier this year I took Michael Milloy’s Perspex course at LJS; such a fun day and it really changed my jewellery making style. The fantastic colours are an inspiration in themselves, they lead me to thoughts of retro sci -fi films like Barbarella. Currently I’m just selling at local markets but am in the process of opening an ASOS Marketplace boutique.”
You can find out more about Rachael at her blog Make It Funky  or you can follow her on twitter @ladymakeitfunky
There was a wide range of styles and techniques among July’s entries and the early August ones – thanks to everyone who entered and shared the fruits of their talent.. You can take a look at them on our Facebook and Pinterest pages, and if the images inspire you, don’t forget to see if we have a class to help.
Rachael’s prize is a voucher that will allow her to attend one of our one-day courses and we’ll be offering the same prize for August, so get those entries in now by emailing press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We are really looking forward to seeing your creative endeavours. Also keep an eye out for other exciting prizes in future months.

Diploma gold rush

The Diploma in Creative Jewellery is proving so popular that at the time of writing we only have one place left on the September intake.
But if you are still contemplating the plunge into a year of jewellery training, don’t despair there will be more places available in January.
The Diploma involves attending our studios in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter one day per week for three 10-week term and creating your own collection using a range of techniques and materials.
Take a look at some of the beautiful work of this summer’s graduates here.

Natural jewellery with a charity twist
Former LJS student Tulien Q Thurston has launched her own jewellery brand TQCreations featuring her Nature Collection of leather charm bracelets.
Tulien, who took the five day intensive Jewellery Business course last year, has decided that her business can also be used for good – $1 from every bracelet sold will be donated to poverty and famine reduction charities.
Using your creative skills to raise awareness or give back seems to be a theme this month. One of our competition entries was from Kate Wilson who makes jewellery using snare wire collected by the South Luangwa Conservation Society in Zambia, to help protect wildlife from being hurt or killed by poachers. $5.00 from the sale of Kate’s snare wire jewellery goes back into funding anti-snare patrols and she has raised $1500 so far through jewellery sales.

Are you following us?

Did you know that there are lots of ways to keep in touch with what we’re doing at LJS?
We’ve been embracing social media so there is a way for everyone to keep up-to-date with what we’re doing, the things that inspire us and jewellery industry opportunities.
As well as the newsletter and the blog you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and now we have joined Pinterest a site where you can share images on a virtual pin board. There you will find images from some of our classes as well as things that have caught one of the team’s eye such as Olympic inspired jewellery or fabulous leather bib necklaces.

Startes Wednesday 29th August
£210.00 (inc VAT)
Running over five weeks, this is a lovely evening beading class, suitable for absolute beginners, and anyone who would like to learn the techniques needed to make some beautiful beaded jewellery either for a fun hobby or for extra income.
You will learn all the basic techniques including: bead stringing, working with pliers, using silver wire to make your own findings and clasps.
New class: Metal clay locket
Monday 3rd September
£168 (inc VAT)

A chance to develop more metal clay techniques in this advanced intensive class to create a swing-open locket.
Our experienced tutor will guide you through the process including different techniques such as dry construction, adding decorations, creating the hinge and correcting mistakes. Experience in metal clay techniques recommended for this class.

Wire wrapping evening class

Starting Monday 10th September
£252 (inc VAT)

Learn the age old technique of wire wrapping, a great way of showing off shaped stones. No soldering or gluing is involved and you will learn to twist and interlock wire to create stunning statement pieces. Through this intensive five-week class you will learn how to use a range of different shaped wires to create settings for stones and beads and how to create structural pieces using wire.

If you have any news you would like us to put in our newsletters please do let us know by emailing us at press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Christmas News from London Jewellery School

LJS Launches the Distance Learning Jewellery Business Course

This month saw the exciting launch of the long awaited Distance Learning Jewellery Business Course from LJS.
If you have ever wanted to set up your own jewellery business but lack the business skills, know-how and confidence needed to make it a success then this course is designed for you.
Although it covers no practical jewellery making, topics covered include: promoting and marketing your jewellery, websites and e-commerce, getting into shops and galleries, hallmarking, photography, packaging, insurance and legal requirements, finance and budgeting, pricing and selling your jewellery, social networking and blogs, taking on commissions and much more.

You can now order your copy online for a introductory price of just £99.00 (inc. VAT) for a limited time only! And if you have already completed a jewellery business class at LJS you are entitled to a 50% discount on this course.
Included in the pack is: A 50-page glossy colour workbook, DVD containing 13 short videos on each main aspect of running a jewellery business and a supplementary case study booklet.

For full details and to order your course visit – http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/jewellery-business/online-jewellery-business-course/

Free Jewellery Making Project: Make a Simple Tassel Necklace

Lovely beginners beading project: Learn how to make this simple but effective beaded tassel necklace in 7 easy steps with this project from London Jewellery School Director, Jessica Rose. Beads and materials are from London Jewellery Supplies. To see the full project click here.

Christmas Opening Times 

Christmas in nearly here and we are supper excited here at LJS. The office will be closed from Thursday 22nd December – Wednesday 4th January however we will be checking emails and messages periodically over the Christmas period and bookings can still be made over this time. We will also be contactable through Facebook and Twitter for any urgent queries. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year from LJS x

Student Spotlight: Boo Feltham

This month our featured student is the talented Boo Feltham, who runs her own jewellery business called Identity Silver selling her handmade jewellery made from silver metal clay. She specalises in making unique pieces using drawings, fingerprints, handprints and footprints but also makes her own range of silver jewellery. She attended our Prints and Drawings in Metal Clay class earlier this year. Take a look at her website for more details and lots of lovely pictures too www.idsilver.com

New Year Offer – 15% off January Classes
For a limited time only… book any day class that takes place between 3rd-17th January 2012 and you will receive 15% OFF! Simply use this code at checkout: NEWY2012
For full details and terms click here – www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/offers/

Building a Jewellery Business: Top 10 Tips

New bloggy post for all those budding business owners out there – click here to see our top ten tips for setting up and running your own jewellery business.

Christmas Party Fun 

December is definitely party season and we had our own Christmas Party at the jewellery school last week with plenty of wine, beer, snacks and music. It was a fun evening and best of all, it was great to catch up with our students to see what they were up to. See our blog post and pics on the following link to find out more

Facebook Competition

Last month we had our first weekend design compeition on our facebook page, and had lots of lovely entries. We are now running another one which ends on monday so do get posting if you would like to be in with a chance of winning a taster class gift voucher for LJS. Take a look at our page for full details and to see all the lovely entries so far – www.facebook.com/londonjewelleryschool1

Friday 6th January 2012
£105 (exc. VAT)
Kick-start the new year by brushing up on your beading skills in our fun and productive beginners beading day class.
Friday 6th January 2012
£110 (exc. VAT)

Learn all the basics of setting up and running your own jewellery business in one intensive day from the experts from LJS
Make a Pair of Silver Cufflinks

Sunday 15th January 2012
£59 (ex VAT)
Learn to make a pair of solid silver cufflinks in this fun half-day class suitable for complete beginners.

If you have any news you would like us to put in our newsletters please do let us know by emailing us at info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

October’s Newsletter from London Jewellery School

Our message to Santa – Ask for LJS gift vouchers…

you wont be disappointed!

We often find that its this time of year when our loved ones need a little push in the right direction when deciding what to get for the holiday season. Don’t be afraid to take matters into your own hands to avoid getting another one of those old knitted jumpers you never wear. We have made it super easy, just print out the picture above and leave it where they will see it – wink, wink. Or you could send it to them in an email or even as a facebook message.

Building a Website for your Jewellery Business: Blog Post

Take a look at our recent blog post about websites for your jewellery business…Whenever someone tells me about a jewellery business my first point of call is to Google it and take a look at their website. These days if you are not online then you practically don’t exist and it is such an effective way to engage customers and promote and sell your work that its vital we get it right. Click here to visit the blog.

Student Spotlight: Vicki Torr

This month in the spotlight we have previous LJS student turned jewellery business owner Vicki Torr, who runs her own fingerprint jewellery company Rae and Edward. Vicki attended our Prints and Drawings in Metal Clay Class last September and we are so proud of how well she is doing. To see more of Vicki’s work take a look at her website www.raeandedward.co.uk and don’t forget to like her facebook page www.facebook.com/raeandedward.

If you would like to be featured in our future student spotlight please email jessica@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk with your full name, website and classes you have taken at LJS.

Last few places on the Diploma in Creative Jewellery Jan 2012

paces are booking up fast for our Diploma in Creative Jewellery (1 Year) accredited course. With bookings for this year full with waiting lists and only 3 places left for the next round starting in Januray 2012, so if you are interested please do get in touch sooner rather than later as we know how dissapointing it can be when you miss out. For full details on the diploma course please click here or contact us for more details.

Promote your business on the LJS Blog and Newsletters

Our newsletters and blog posts go out to over 3,000 LJS students, tutors, jewellers, crafters and jewellery lovers and we would love to share your story and news with them. So we would like you to send us your jewellery story which should include; 200-500 words about how and why you started making jewellery, what classes you have done at LJS and what you liked about them, your business details if you run one and 3-5 images of you, your work and logo if you have one. These will then be featured on our website, blog and newsletters over the coming months and hopefully help to spread the message about what all you lovely creative people are up to. Please send your info to jessica@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Make your own Christmas Presents at LJS 
For two nights only – Make your own Christmas Presents at LJS! Make a stunning piece of silver jewellery (or two) to take home in a lovely gift bag.
This Christmas you can really stand out from the crowd with your own, handmade silver jewellery as a truly unique and thoughtful gift for your loved ones. No experience is necessary and the cost of materials is covered – including the silver and a lovely gift bag for your design so you can pop it straight under the tree! For full details and booking click here.

Opportunity: Exhibit at the ARBEIT Pop-up shop

Calling all Jewellery designers! ARBEIT is a cultural space with gallery and design studios just 5 minutes walk from Old Street Station. ARBEIT will be holding a Pop Up Jewellery & Accessories Shop from 24-26 November 2011 and is calling out for designers who would like to show case and sell their items for this event. You can apply for the three days or only for one day. If you are interested and would like further information please contact info@arbeit.org.uk  with a small description of your work. You can also get more information about ARBEIT on the website www.arbeit.org.uk. 

Join our Facebook Competition to win 2 free taster class vouchers 

Its competition time again and this month we are giving away 2 free taster class vouchers (worth a total value of £84.00) to one lucky winner. The vouchers are valid for 6 months and can be used on any of our 15 taster classes. You can come to two different classes alone or bring a friend along to one with you or you can even give the vouchers away as gifts so its a great prize. 

And to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is go to our facebook page and ‘like us‘ 🙂 The closing date is Friday 11th November and the winner will be selected at random from our likers to be announced the following Monday on our facebook page. Yes – it really is that easy. To enter now click here. and click on the button that says ‘Like’ at the top of the page next to our name. One last thing – don’t forget to check back on 14th November to see if you have won and claim your prize.

Art Clay Level 2 Class With Julia Rai – 17th-20th December

If you have completed your Level 1 Art Clay Certification course more than 6 months ago (or will be by 17th December) then you may be interested to know we have a level 2 class coming up just before christmas with our expert tutor Julia Rai. The cost of the course is £470.00 plus VAT which is all inclusive of clay and materials. For full details and to book please visit the website here. If you are interested in attending but unsure please let us know as spaces are limited and we don’t run this class very often as it is so specialist and advanced.

Tuesday 8th Nov.
£35 (exc. VAT)
Make your own festive fascinator for the holiday season to take away with you from this fun, creative evening session. Complete beginners welcome. 
Wednesday 23rd November 
£105 (exc. VAT)

Polymer clay is a fantastic material and perfectly affordable for the current economic climate. Learn to make your own stunning pieces which can easily be carried on at home after the class.
Soldering Masterclass 

Friday 18th November
£110 (ex VAT)
Get to grips with soldering in this intensive day class. Excellent follow on from the beginners silver jewellery class to move your work on to the next level.

LJS Newsletter September (2)

As many of you may know, our very own Jessica Rose has been nominated for a prestigious ‘Spirit of London Award’ and has reached the final stages of meeting the prime minister with a visit to No. 10 Downing street along with the other nominiess. So we wish her all the best of luck for the award ceromany next month at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Stacy Soloman and performances from Titchy Strider, Katy B and many more celebs.

For full info check out our blog post.

How to Market your Jewellery: Blog Post

When running a jewellery business we all want to spend the majority of our time making jewellery, but in order for it to be successful and make money, customers need to know you exist and this is where the magical world of marketing comes in. Check out our latest blog post for lots of tips and advice.

Student Spotlight: Carole Beckwith

Long-term LJS student Carole Beckwith has set recently up her own jewellery business, Silver Blossom Jewellery. Take a look at her new website, launched last week to see what she has been up to and for a cheeky look at her lovely new collection of pieces! She has done a number of classes with us here at LJS including classes in silver metal clay and more recenlty our photograph your jewellery class. Thanks for sharing with us Carole and for some much needed inspiration and encoragement for all the budding jewellers out there. Carole’s website can be found at www.silverblossomjewellery.co.uk

Mind Your Business: Jessica’s Column in Make Jewellery Mag

Our Director, Jessica Rose now writes a regular page for the popular Make Jewellery Magazine called ‘Mind Your Business’ which as the name suggests is all about running a jewellery business. Each month will cover a different aspect of running a business from Marketing and IT, to photography and finance so be sure to check it out at – www.makejewellerymagazine.com

Jewellery Event: Goldsmiths Fair 26th Sept – 9th Oct

GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR is the ultimate one-stop destination for those seeking out jewellery and silver by the most exciting independent designer-makers in the UK. This two-week marvel is not to be missed, as it is a truly dazzling display of 100s of independent designer-makers in the world of silver, gold and precious jewellery held at the Goldsmiths Hall in St. Pauls London. Do go along if you can and let us know what you think! For full details click here.

Affordable Private Tuition at LJS

We all have times when we would prefer some one-on-one time whether it be to work on a specific project or as a way of moving things forward, private tuition could be the best option and may not be as expensive as you think. The cost of our private tuition is the same as our two-day classes and in most cases in an individual class you can cover the equivalant of two days work in a group class – so they really are great value for money! And most importantly, you get the famous LJS biscuit tin all to yourself! For full details and prices click here.

Pics from our Open Evening 

A big thank you to everyone who came to our open evening earlier this month and helped to make it a success. We had lots of lovely new potential students come through our doors as well as some valued regulars but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, we took plenty of pictures to capture the bustling creative atmosphere, click here to take a look.

New Diploma Date for Jan 2012 added due to overwhelming demand 

Due to popular demand we have just added a new Diploma date for Jan 2012 as the current Jan course is fully booked already! The new start date is Thursday 19th January 2012 and will run each Thursday for 10 weeks a term, 3 terms a year, finishing in December 2012. But as usual there are only 7 places in total and this class gets booked up well in advance so if you are interested do contact us sooner rather than later. We also have a downloadable pack full of info about the ‘Diploma in Creative Jewellery’ available to download from the following link; Diploma Application Pack. For details of dates and booking the Diploma please click here.

The ‘C’ Word – Christmas Taster Classes at LJS

Okay so I know its a little early for the ‘C’ word but for those early planners out there we now have up on our website full info on our hugely popular Christmas Special Taster Classes. For full details, dates and prices click here.

Metal Clay Madness: Emma’s Lovely Blog

Serial LJS tutor Emma Ashworth has a lovely blog entitled ‘Metal Clay Madness’ with regular posts on everything metal clay and jewellery related as well as info on what she is up-to so be sure to check it out for some information and inspiration. Click here to take a look. Enjoy!
Tues 22nd-23rd Nov
£210 (exc VAT)
Spend two creative days learning advanced silver work techniques with our expert jeweller. 
Saturday 17th-20th December
£470 (ex VAT)
if you have completed the Art Clay Level 1 Certification six months before then now is the perfect time to get cracking on your level 2
Jewellery Business Day

Wednesday 2nd Nov
£110 (ex VAT)
Learn all the basics of setting up your own jewellery business from professional jewellers in this intensive 1-day workshop.

If you have any news you would like us to put in our newsletters please do let us know by emailing us at info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk