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You’re invited to the free Hatton Garden Festival this weekend!

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As you may know, our teaching studios are based in the heart of Hatton Garden which is an area famous for being London’s jewellery quarter and the home of the UK’s diamond market. We are excited to be a part of the Hatton Garden Festival this weekend, Friday 21st July and Saturday 22nd July 2017.

We will have a stall in the street on Saturday 22nd July with some demonstrations as well as jewellery making kits and class samples available to buy so please pop over and see us!

Here’s what else is going on!

Friday July 21st
12:00 – 13:00
Festival launches
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Opening performance from opera singer Deborah Holmes

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

17:30 – 18:00
Modern Day Classics – Tanya Seifert

Saturday July 22nd
12:00 – 13:00
Live DJ

13:00 – 13:20
Acoustic Country Music – Belle & The Busker

13:20 – 14:00
Married in Hatton Garden performance
Catch the bouquet competition with prizes

14:00 – 17:30
Live DJ

16:00
Diamond Hunt and Raffle prize winners announced

17:30 – 18:00
Motown & Soul Classics – Abigail Scott

On top of all of the amazing live entertainment you will get the opportunity to experience talks about jewellery trends, design and jewellery making workshops, free engravings, prosecco receptions, an on-street croquet pitch and garden party and much more…

Location: Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane. We’ll see you there!

Create the perfect look for any wedding

London Jewellery School tutor Gail Florio specialises in wedding jewellery and accessories and to help anyone wanting to create their own wedding look she has creates a downloadable tutorial showing you the key techniques for some beautiful wedding accessories.

The tutorial includes: a vintage style comb for the bride using wire work and Swarovski pearls; a bridesmaid’s corsage using beading and stitching techniques to create an alternative to a posy or bouquet; and a lovely fascinator for the mother of the bride.

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All the projects can be created in colours to match the wedding theme or even created for other glamorous events such as a day at the races, a summer ball or a teenage prom. And once you have mastered the techniques they can be used to springboard your own ideas for wedding looks.

You can find out more about the tutorial and how to get hold of it here.

 

Trendwatch: Tiaras

The Financial Times may not be the first place to tun to for style but it recently reported that “the Downton effect” has brought tiaras back into fashion outside the bridal market with younger women opting for some hair bling.

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Lady Mary’s wedding tiara from Downton Abbey is available to hire for £1,750 a day according to the Daily Mail

Fine jewellery suppliers such as Tiffany and Graff report rising sales in high end hair ornaments and while we might only dream of wearing the value of a car in our hair, we can’t deny Amy from The Big Bang Theory’s claim that tiara makes every woman feel just a bit like a princess. Se we’ve have been browsing the internet for some inspiration.

You can see our full selection on our Pinterest board but here are a couple of our favorites.

 

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A fine 19th century diamond tiara, by Garrard & Co., designed as a full circle of old-cut diamond ivy leaves, with diamond single-stone collet berries, mounted in silver and gold

 

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This Fringe Tiara from the French Crown Jewels is a classic example of what we imagine a royal tiara to be

 

 

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Not every tiara or head piece has to be diamonds and silver or gold: Crown for the Autumn Queen by Rebecca Dixon

And we do mean inspiration. At this time of year our tiara classes are very popular and we’re all always looking for new ideas and styles. And if a full tiara feels to much – how about creating a a sparkly or pearl embellished comb? These may be easier for a summer party.

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You can create your own glamorous tiara with wire, crystals or pearls

And if you aren’t in a sparkly mood – think floral headband, feathery fascinator or cocktail hat for a chic, glam and vintage look. Fabulous headwear is a great way to stand out this summer.

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Other head piece options

 

The joy of a handmade wedding

Weddings have been on our minds recently – not that any of the LJS team are planning a big day but we have just had a three-day tiara and wedding jewellery course running, pearl knotting is proving popular and our first beginners hat making and fascinator classes of the year are coming up fast.

So it is clear that other people are thinking about weddings.

And then we were sent a link to a lovely blog about the vintage-inspired wedding of Amy and Burt who made their wedding rings at London Jewellery School. It is well worth a look for some great ideas about design and creating an event that is truly your own.

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Amy and Burt incorporated handmade and vintage elements into their big day