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Designer of the Month 2020 Roundup

Every month, we focus on a different Designer of the Month to see what inspires them to create and what initially drove them to become a jewellery maker. As we begin a new year, we thought this was a good point to look back

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    Getting to know Sarah King

    Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background/study/training in jewellery making. I’m primarily self-taught jeweller from an art based background having done a fine art textiles degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London during the YBA era but I was always more of a hands-on maker. I have subsequently taken numerous courses (including a […]

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    Designer of the Month – December 2020 – Charlotte Bouchard

    Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background/study/training in jewellery making. Originating from Cornwall, I now live and work in the heart of South Devon so I am very much at home here in the West Country.  I have always been a maker in one way or another creating Perspex jewellery as a […]

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    Designer of the Month – November 2020 – Elizabeth FJE

    Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background/study/training in jewellery making. I’m 21 and currently in my third year studying Classics and French. At the time of writing, I’m supposed to be on my year abroad in Paris, but having to stay in the UK due to Covid has actually been a blessing […]

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  • Predicting Jewellery Trends for 2021

    I think we are all looking forward to welcoming in a New Year, which will ideally be filled with fresh optimism, hope and opportunities which have unfortunately been in short supply in 2020. And although fashion trends may seem of little consequence to some, they continue to evolve and emerge irrespective of world events and […]

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    Getting to know Melanie Blaikie

    Melanie Blaikie is a jewellery maker, teacher of creative skills and internationally selling author. We sat down with Melanie (virtually) recently to answer a few questions about her jewellery making journey, what inspires her and more in the interview below. Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the […]

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    Designer of the Month – October 2020 – Jenny Gartside

    Jewellery maker Jenny Gartside has a love of using gemstones and taking her inspiration from nature. Learn more about this month’s Designer of the Month below

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  • Book Review: The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business by Harriet Kelsall

    The Creatives Guide to Starting A Business by Harriet Kelsall The Creatives Guide to Starting a Business’ by Harriet Kelsall contains useful information that will allow you to start your own business, including how to create pieces that sell and a business plan, as well as how to identify and reach customers, research the competition, […]

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    Designer of the Month – September 2020 – Trisha Wood

    Jewellery maker Trisha Wood takes her inspiration from the sea in her creations, which contain tiny gems, crystals, enamel and resin in a stylish and contemporary style. Learn more about this month’s Designer of the Month below

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    Designer of the Month – August 2020 – Niyanta Shah

    Jewellery maker Niyanta Shah has self taught herself beadweaving and wire wrapping. She has also taken courses for jewellery design & drawing, as well as wedding jewellery and tiara making at The London Jewellery School. She loves making delicate and dainty jewellery but wouldn’t say no to big and bold either. Learn more about this […]

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  • Top Ten Books

    The Jewellers Bench Reference by Harold O’Connor This tiny reference guide is a powerhouse of information and troubleshooting advice that no serious jeweller should be without. Laid out in a simplistic, no nonsense format, this book is aimed at those with an existing knowledge of technique. Keep close to hand in the workshop for quick […]

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  • Book Review: The Jeweller’s Bench Reference by Harold O’Connor

    The Jeweler’s Bench Reference by Harold O’Connor contains useful information on jewellery making; including soldering, setting, plating and casting. Read on to see our review… This is something of an iconic book amongst jewellers, which is currently on its 13th print run as a consequence! Measuring a meagre 18cm x 12cm, (which is about the […]

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  • Bead Trends: Styles, Colours and Shapes

    The sun is out, the pubs are open and it is time to welcome the great British Summer and all that goes with it. And what does Summer equal in jewellery terms? That’s right, you’ve guessed it, BEADS! Fun, frivolous and in every conceivable shape, colour and style; they are just what we need right […]

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