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My changing perspective on jewellery design

Diploma in Creative Jewellery student Tracy Stressing explains how learning about design and mood boards has changed her perspective on the jewellery she creates.

I have always had a passion for making jewellery and from the first week, I knew I was going to enjoy the diploma. But it is also challenging.

In the first term, the most challenging day was the jewellery design day.  I am used to making jewellery by feeling materials and this was about taking influence by things around us.  We went out around the school and looked at different  textures, buildings, design and drew things in a sketch book.

This felt very alien at first but when we got back to class we used these sketches as the basis for drawing drew pieces of jewellery. Soon we had rough sketches and although no finished pieces my thinking was beginning to change.


We then did some mood boards, choosing colours that we liked and imagining the person who we would make something for. The idea was to tell a story about the customer and the jewellery.

My head at the end of the day was a sea of ideas and on a recent visit at the to the Victoria and Albert museum which the school arranged I put these techniques into practise and sketched and sketched.

I look at things very differently now and see beyond things. I see lines, texture and on a recent visit home on the beach I was influenced by shells, seaweed, glass, stones, driftwood and put this into a design for a ring in the lost wax carving class.

I never knew from that one class how it would change my ideas and way of designing jewellery.

I am in the process of planning a piece of jewellery for my final collection that has been influenced by the jewellery design and the techniques and inspiration.

Now I’m in my second term and have also had a fashion jewellery class.  This was another chance to step right out of my comfort zone .

IMG_0677I made a mood board that had lots of reds and lips.

Lips were my inspiration and I made three pieces which I can honestly say were so new to me but I loved making them.

I would never have thought of using leather or suede or eyelets but this is exactly what I did to make my luscious lip jewellery. My collection is called KISS.

I have definitely grown as jewellery maker since starting the diploma and can’t wait to see what  I can make.

Beading: a male perspective…

Diploma in Creative Jewellery student Gary Schofield tells how his first day on the course was an inspiring step into the unknown

Week one, first day; I find myself in an all-female environment, threading beads on strings, totally out of my comfort zone and terrified.

Beading I believed, was not my penchant and most certainly not my forte….

It wasn’t long before I became totally enchanted by the beautiful work being created around me by my fellow students, and I began to understand a deeper pleasure in the subject than I had previously allowed myself.

I became aware of the vast emotive and expressive panorama of possibilities that beading can incorporate, and realised that from my male point of view there were opportunities here for me to utilise this medium according to my own voice…

SMy work in the class was not terribly ambitious but I began to see the possibilities with new and excitingloop inspiration.

Just the simple techniques of creating loops and clasps began to hold a certain captivation and prompt me toward new design ideas.

I think I had previously shied away from necklaces preferring bracelet and bangle design where I found that my prefered bold and solid statements were be more fitting.

During the following week I sourced lots of  bead work and began to look closely at original ethnic necklaces, especially those that incorporated metal in the design. From this I realised that the notions of bead and pendant were more ambiguous than I had thought, allowing a much more open and creative approach than I’d thought.

After some sketching out of ideas I finally came up with the following three pieces:


In this one I was looking to combine some repousse technique with sweat soldering and some wire binding, all of which I need much practice in, and to incorporate these with all I’d learnt in the beading class.

I had my first experience of shopping for beads and chose the shop in Great Tower Street, where I found a good variety of beads and found the occasion to be very enjoyable. I think this project was a success as it shows a new versatility in my design and also shows many weak points that need more attention.


This one was more of a disaster in as much as the bezels were not well made and spoilt what could have been quite a nice piece but all in all I guess there were some very successful aspects; the sunburst nature of the design held together well, keeping its shape when worn and I really quite like the overall look of the thing, really want to make it again but this time with a little more care!


This was my latest piece and although it is not beaded it does have a direct link to what I’ve learnt from beading. It has nice loose facets that jangle around like beads and the same kind of feeling when on the wrist. Again my bezels are messy and the connecting wires need a re-think but I feel that it holds a lot of promise for future ideas.

I really hadn’t anticipated that beading would be so rewarding and I am delighted with this influence it has had on my work; all in all it’s been a great and fruitful experience.

About the Diploma in Creative Jewellery

The Diploma is a unique course for people wanting to develop career in jewellery. It combines learning traditional skills such as silversmithing with working more modern materials such as Perspex and precious metal clay so that students develop a range of jewellery skills which they can use to create own signature styles.

Students attend classes one-day per week for three terms over a year culminating in an exhibition where they show their final collections – this year the event will be at London’s Craft Central.

There are currently places available on course starting in May and September and we also offer a full-time seven week intensive version  of the Diploma starting in July. Find out more here.

Take a look at our diploma students’ work

cuff 3One of the great things about the Diploma in Creative Jewellery for the LJS team is seeing how different students use the materials and techniques they lean on the course.

Although everyone follows the same curriculum and learns the same techniques, emma glass ring copyhow they use them to interpret their own ideas can be very different.

You can see some of the results on the student gallery on the diploma website and on our Flickr page – and we’ll be adding to these pictures regularly (especially at the end of each term when students bring in several pieces for marking and we can photograph them at the same time).

Here you can see pieces by Emma Crump, Marcia Lucien and Tracy Stressing – but keep an eye out for more on the website.

marcia necklaceIf these pieces are inspiring you to take your jewellery to the next level, tracy resin 2you can read all about the Diploma here.

When you sign up to a Diploma course, you attend LJS one day per week for three terms to get a professional grounding in a range of jewellery techniques and materials – as well as designing your own collection.

If you are ready to make a big step towards a career in jewellery there are places available on the May and September Diploma courses but be quick because each diploma group is no bigger then seven students.

Jewellery Diploma – Students Showcase 2012

We are proud to announce that seven talented LJS students have recently completed the Diploma in Creative Jewellery, an intensive year-long course held at the London Jewellery School. We were so impressed by the work they had made throughout the course and for their final exhibition that we just had to share some of the pictures of their pieces with you…

Below you can see the marvelous creations of; Zoe Richardson, Rose Astor, Menna Lloyd, Paula Maxera, Zohreah Azarnoosh, Sam Peliza and Rachel Zion Sicsic

The Jewellery Diploma last 1 year and runs one day per week for three terms with intakes in January and September each year as well as a summer intensive option starting in July. The course is open to people from all walks of life of different ages and abilities. To find out more and to download a free application pack visit www.jewellery-diploma.co.uk

Until next time,
Happy Making, LJS x

Jewellery Competition Entries: Facebook Competition Jan 2012

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

Until next time,

Happy making LJS x

Entries from this weeks Facebook Competition – London Jewellery School

Another week another competition – take a look at some of the stunning entries we had last week for our facebook competition. To join in next time ‘like’ our facebook page to be kept up-to-date. Merry Christmas 🙂

Happy Making