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Valentines versus Galentines. Which would you choose?

We’re having a debate in the LJS offices at the moment about which will be most popular – Valentines or Galentines.

We have our traditional Valentines day evening taster workshop on 14th February (6.30-9pm) for couples to come and make each other a silver ring. It has always been a popular option and is a great alternative to dinner, flowers and chocolates.

However, in 2018 we added a Galentines evening taster workshop to the schedule and that was also popular! Galentines day was made popular on the show Parks and Recreation and has since become a day to celebrate friendship.

On our Galentines class two friends will each make a silver pendant that they saw in half to keep one part for themselves and to give the other to their friend. It’s a fab celebration of friendship and anyone who wants to give it a go is welcome (you don’t have to be gals).

So which will be the most popular this year? Time will tell. 

 

Find out more about the Galentines workshop here

13th February 2019, 6.30-9pm

Suitable for beginners

Enjoy a glass of prosecco at the end of the class

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/taster-classes/galentines-special/

 

Find out more about the Valentines workshop

14th February 2019, 6.30-9pm

Suitable for beginners

Enjoy a glass of prosecco at the end of the class

http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/taster-classes/valentines-special-make-silver-rings/

Valentine’s Day-Jewelling couple Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch

Valentine’s Day may be about the love an individual has for another person, but here at London Jewellery School we are all about the love of making jewellery. So on this lovey-dovey day I would like to shine a spotlight on one of my favourite jewellers, Lisa Walker, who happens to be married to another very interesting jeweller, Karl Fritsch.

There are few couples I would look to and feel real jealousy about the dynamic of their relationship (maybe Grayson and Philippa Perry) but these two metalsmiths are something special to aspire to.

Karl Fritsch’s work is normally hard as nails, see above, so we can forgive a bit of soppiness for his wife, especially when he simply carves her name into the face of a signet ring. All of his work has a pretty rugged aesthetic with little romantic kitsch-ery. My general feelings about Valentine’s Day are illustrated in ring form by this little guy by Fritsch, in silver set with Sapphires below.

But, if you have more of a softer side, you may appreciate this endearing self-hugging neckpiece by Lisa Walker.

Another necklace by Walker, ‘Karl’s off-cuts’, recognises their connection in life and jewellery.

A slight topical diversion on this day to celebrate these two jewellers with entirely different styles both working in a very unique and fun way. If you still need a hit of love, check out these hearty offerings from Gregory Larin and David Bielander.

Gregory Larin ‘hearts’ ring

David Bielander ‘Cardboard Heart Bracelet’

 

Would you and your partner like to join us for an evening with a professional jeweller and make rings for each other? Why not join us this Valentine’s day for a great alternative to the boring meal and go away with your own unique creations. For more information click here. 

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.