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Pantone Colour of 2018-Ultra Violet-will purple reign again?

Said to communicate originality and visionary thinking towards the future, Ultra-Violet makes a welcome entrance to kick start 2018- a bit of forward thinking is just what we need. Take a look at how these jewellers have also taken to this shade to inspire your own creations this year.

Jewellers have many a purple shade of stone they can turn to in celebration of this announcement from Pantone, such as types of Sapphire, Tanzanite, Tourmaline and of course Amethyst. Though there are many who have favoured alternative materials to celebrate the colour purple too.

Tara Locklear uses materials away from their natural environment to create bright and beautiful pieces. Her work often exposes the colourful layers of recycled skateboard decks in her bold pieces, as with this cheeky pair of earrings.

Here we see a paler shade of concrete tinged with gold for a neckpiece of intriguing forms.

All colours seem to naturally resonate with Britta Boeckmann’s work in wood and resin including including this bold shade.


You might feel you want to go all out with Ultra Violet this year, change your world, paint a feature wall. Or you could take a splodge from Xenia Walschikow’s palette and put your paint to a portable decorative use.  These experiments in the colour of the moment are the makings of what will become statement neckpieces and bold gestural earrings.

Our pal purple pops up again to offset these strong, yet light and flexible neck art pieces by Walschikow.

There is always room to ‘kick it old skool’ with a twist when working with a strong colour. As we see with this pink topaz in its unusual contrasting yellow lozenge setting.

Whatever medium you favour in your making, maybe try letting in some purple tones to guide your future this year with Ultra Violet.

Inspirations: Daffodil jewellery

To celebrate St David’s Day with all our Welsh students and friends we are offering some inspiration with daffodil themed jewellery – especially so many of you enjoyed our look at tulip pieces the other week.


recycled daffodile silver jewellery

These daffodil brooches have been recycled from old, out of circulation English bronze ‘Thrupney-bit’ coins and  unwanted antique fork prongs by The Hairy Growler. Daffodils seem to be a popular theme for using recycled silver.


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A 14ct band by Stuart Devlin, in the form of seven daffodil heads each centred with a brilliant cut diamond


daffodil resin jewellery

This vintage 1930s yellow celluloid daffodil necklace makes a great statement piece – and leaves us wondering what we could achieve with resin.


contemporary daffodil jewellery

Not all daffodil jewellery has a vintage bent though. This gold pearl and silver necklace is by Judith Neugebauer



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Silver pierced daffodil pendant by Mikylla Claire Jewellery

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You can make this wire and bead ring and other daffodil items in this great tutorial by Sue Mason-Burns for Making Jewellery (don’t forget it’s Mothers’ Day on Sunday)


beaded flower bracelet

Or try a beaded bracelt like this one (video tutorial)


Trendwatch: Purple

purple vogue

According to Vogue, “purples are the coolest of all summer pastels”. So it is time to take a look at violets, mauves, etc in jewellery.

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The obvious place to start is with amethysts. We tend think of them as polished stones or wire wrapped chunks but druzy amethyst gives the perfect pastel look as in this pendant by Frieda + Sophie.


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And not all amethyst is one colour as in these Boho bracelets by The Purple Squirrel


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Purple jade is another obvious choice, seen here unusually in a copper wire weave ring (White Clover Studio)


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But purple can be found in other materials. Polymer clay is great for creating interesting pastel shades as can be seen in this Georgia P Designs statement ring


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This piece is also polymer clay. The artist, Belkomor, was inspired by paper and you could achieve a similar effect by punching out paper shapes. Or perhaps try making rolled paper beads.


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Resin allows you to mix and experiment to find the perfect purple as well as create interesting shapes as with these Simone Devine bangles


purple jewellery

Or use whatever you have in purple. Buttons, peacock pearls and beads as in these earring found on the Funky Trends blog. Check out this week’s tutorial for other ideas.


Father’s day jewellery ideas

Yes, men can be recipients of jewellery too!

With father’s day on the way we thought we’d share a few ideas for more masculine jewellery.

father's day jewellery

Leather friendship bracelet with steel nuts by Sticks and Stones; Handstamped superhero tag by Rose Creek Cottage; Wood, resin and bronze cufflinks by the Woodjock; Metal Clay print key chain from London Jewellery School; and Acrylic cufflinks from Grunwald


The pieces above might give you some ideas. Leather in friendship bracelets, braids and studded cuffs might suit some tastes, while others may be more attracted by cufflinks. But remember cufflinks don’t need to be gold or silver – above we have wood and acrylic, but you could think about glass, Perspex or polymer clay for example.

And think about other accessories such as key chains where a handstamped silver tag or a metal clay print would work well.

And there is still time to make something for June 21st. If you do why not share a picture on our Facebook page.

Inspirations: Wood in Jewellery

At London Jewellery School we’ve been looking for more opportunities for our students to create mixed media jewellery which means we’ve been looking at wood jewellery quite a bit. So we thought we’d share a few ideas on how you might work in this beautiful natural material.

The grain and colour of wood makes it a very attractive material which doesn’t need much adding to it. For example, Gustav Reyes talks about creating wearable wood sculptures.

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This simple wooden piece by Gustav Reyes is simple but stunning


The most traditional material to combine with wood is metal as in a lot of pieces by Kara Ross.

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“Shirt Cuff” bracelet by by Kara Ross. Sterling silver, ebony and faceted gemstone.


But it can work well with other materials such as resin.

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Britta Boeckmann produces all sorts of jewellery combining resin and wood.


Or you can embed or attach gemstones.

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Oak embedded with malachite and mother of pearl by Simply Wood Rings


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Amber and wood carved necklace by AmberSculpture


With advanced wood carving skills you can create chains and charms, producing a whole range of jewellery elements.

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Wood carved necklace – with school days dangle charms from Oxford Jewel






In the jewellery workshop: testing a moulding compound for resin

One thing we love at London Jewellery School is an opportunity to try out new tools and materials, so when our friends at Shesto, who produce the JewelTool range, offered the change to try out a new moulding compound we were quick to accept.

ComposiMold is a reusable moulding medium that you can melt in the microwave so we set Bronagh Miskelly, who regularly works with resin, the task of trying it out.

I have tried out reusable moulding compound before and found it fiddly requiring a sugar thermometer and a certain amount of heating and cooling before it was at the right temperature to pour. I also had trouble with achieving a smooth surface on the mould. So I was interested to try a something that claimed to be easier.

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I used ComposiMold Firm which looks like a brown jelly in a tub. Melting is very simple – you work in 30 second bursts and stir the “jelly” between bursts. It only took a couple of minutes for it all to be melted and there was no mess.

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I’d put the tub on an old pyrex dish to be on the safe side and even though I’d no problems I’d recommend that because I was able to rest my stirrer on it and catch any drips.

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The instructions recommend using heat proof materials to contain your moulds. I used dishes from microwave meals (you can usually collect these after lunch at LJS) and coated the surface and the items I was using as blanks with petroleum jelly. Once the compound was liquid it was just a case of pouring it gently in to the moulds – I poured too quickly at first and got bubbles which I had to try to tap out, but got it smoother for the rings.

Then it was a case of letting it cool and set.

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As an experiment I placed the ring blanks the same wide tray and then cut the mould down return the excess to the ComposiMold tub along with any set drips etc.

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I also tested my finished moulds with resin. I found that you do need to use a thin costing of petroleum jelly of other release agent. I tested on ring with and one without. I couldn’t get the cast ring out of the uncoated mould but I was able to cut away the mould and then remelt the material and make a new one.

The moulds worked well. The rings only required a small amount of sanding so I was generally pleased with the outcome.

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I haven’t done enough to tell how long one of these moulds will last or if they will tear. But I have tested reusing the compound and found it quick and easy to make more moulds. On the whole I was impressed by the ease of use and initial results.

We hope to stock ComposiMold in the LJS pop-up shop very soon.


Inspirations: Autumn winter jewellery trends

So what jewellery trends might be influencing your making this autumn and winter? The London Jewellery School team take a look at the catwalks to pick out a few themes that might inspire your jewellery making (but please remember the difference between taking inspiration and copying).

Silver rings with coloured stones from the Proenza Schouler

Think big, fashion and the catwalks are all about statement pieces. This means less of a focus on expensive metals and precious stones. Instead size and colour means the use of semiprecious stones, and materials such as Perpsex, resin, leather and feathers – fur has even been incorporated into fashion pieces.

Leather and fur cuff from Fendi

Jewellery makers might want to put their own spin on chokers and cuffs – beading and wire work with crystals and glass beads or semi precious stones will work well here, as will soutache.

Crystal choker by Balenciaga

Giant crystal flowers make a statement at Chanel

Large feature beads are perfect for these statement pieces but seed beads will also be popular for more ethnic inspired chokers.

Crystal collar by Givenchy

If you want large coloured cabochon-type elements, think about creating your own in resin.

Cuffs in Perpsex or leather will definitely make a statement and you can also think about combining leather with chains to create fun fashion pieces that will catch the eye.


Gucci bonbon bracelets


Autumn leaf jewellery

This week a jeweller told us on Twitter how inspiring they found Autumn because of the colours the leaves turn. So that has prompted a look at autumn leaf jewellery.  Copper metal clay and fold formed copper are obvious choices for creating leaves in autumnal shades but it is striking how many jewellers are using resin, leather, plastic, textiles and glass to represent leaves or their colours.

Here are a few of our favourites to inspire you.

autumn leaf jewellery

These Catherine Chandler copper leaf earrings have been heat-treated in order to produce their vibrant colour

autumn leaf jewellery

Sue Gregor has developed her own method of dying and embossing plastic which she calls Fossilized Plastic. It captures fine details on the embossed surface, as in this cuff

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You can capture actual leaves in resin as with this piece by MGArtisanPendants


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Or use leaves in resin as a background to silver. Resin and silver leaf pendant by Blue Brick.

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Textiles give you the movement of leaves and allow you to create wearable statement pieces such as this embroidered necklace by Shirley Anne Sherris.

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Leather gives you movement, shape and is great for autumnal shades. Selection by by Jo at Chic-ycow Designs