BAJ x Graff Fine Jewellery Project Showcase

From January 2024 to April 2024, BAJ’s BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production students worked on an incredibly unique project with Fine Jewellery House Graff. The project brief, focusing on creating unique Graff-inspired jewellery that featured a Graff pear shape 18.38 carat diamond, from which the resin print was created, is a satellite stone from the record-breaking […]

Advancing Your Career: Studying Jewellery

Are you passionate about jewellery design and crafting, dreaming of turning your hobby into a rewarding career? Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, BAJ offers a range of programmes designed to empower you and propel you toward success in the competitive world of jewellery making. Let’s explore how studying jewellery can transform your […]

BAJ Podcast: Scrapstore

Hidden behind a colourful facade on a small estate in South London, you can find a treasure trove of carefully reviewed, sorted and organised ‘waste’ materials. The Work and Play Scrapstore, and its team of passionate volunteers, enable artists, makers and anyone with any use for materials, to come and be inspired. From discarded famous […]

The Rising Popularity of Men’s Jewellery in the UK

In recent years, the landscape of men’s fashion has undergone a significant transformation, with one notable trend being the increasing popularity of men’s jewellery. Once considered a niche market, men’s jewellery has now emerged as a thriving sector within the fashion industry, particularly in the United Kingdom. In this blog, we delve into the driving […]

Jewellery Careers in the UK: Opportunities and Pathways

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Are you intrigued by the glimmer of gemstones, the artistry of metalwork, and the allure of crafting exquisite jewellery pieces? Embarking on a career in the jewellery industry can be an immensely rewarding journey. From designing stunning pieces to mastering the intricate techniques of jewellery making, there are numerous avenues to explore within this vibrant […]

BAJ Podcast | Re-positioning Gold

Gold, as we know it best, is not really a material that gets distributed fairly, or even gets worked on in cooperation. But there is archaeological evidence for spectacular goldwork in stateless societies providing compelling proof that complex technologies could be sustained in the absence of coercive powers. With cooperation being a key to tackling […]

Timeless Elegance: The Art of Pearl Hanging and Threading

In the realm of jewellery craftsmanship, few gems possess the enduring allure and timeless elegance of pearls. Since ancient times, pearls have captivated humanity with their lustrous beauty, symbolising purity, elegance, and sophistication. At the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ), we’re delighted to unveil a course that celebrates the artistry and craftsmanship behind pearl jewellery […]

Engagement Ring Showcase – BAJ x Lewis Malka 2024

From December 2023 to March 2024, BAJ’s HNC Art & Design 3D Design (Jewellery Design & Manufacturing) students worked on an incredibly enriching project. The project brief, focusing on creating unique engagement rings that celebrate different cultures, not only fosters creativity and innovation but also encourages students to delve into the historical and cultural significance of betrothal […]

BAJ Podcast | Material Kinship

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When thinking about materials and objects as a maker, it is important to consider the impact these materials and objects have. In a first instance that can involve considering the life cycle of materials, and constructing objects well so they are cared for and passed on rather than discarded. But what does it mean to […]

Lewis Malka Interview: Advice from Engagement Ring Specialist

Have you ever wondered how jeweller Lewis Malka established his niche in designing and manufacturing timeless engagement rings? Read on to find out in his own words Tell us about your career and how you have reached where you are today. I started my career as a 16-year-old apprentice. I worked at the bench pretty […]

BAJ Podcast | Re-framing Waste

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In a world full of objects, and as makers of objects, the agency of objects and materials is fascinating. Why do certain objects become valuable to us, and others not? Today sustainable making is a key consideration, and waste poses a real sustainability challenge. Are there opportunities in waste? Can we re-consider waste sensitively, incorporating […]

BAJ Podcast | Urban Mining

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When recycling silver and gold seems evident and has been around for decades, how can the practice be applied to other materials, what organisations and which individuals are already facilitating or exploring this approach, and what could we as artists, makers and designers change as part of our practices in order to become, and more […]

Time to Apply: UCAS Deadline for Undergraduate Applications Approaches

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The countdown is on! The clock is ticking towards the UCAS application deadline of Wednesday 31st January 2024. By 18:00 (GMT) all undergraduate applications must be submitted to UCAS. This includes applications to the British Academy of Jewellery’s (BAJ) BA (Hons) Jewellery Design and Production course. Navigating the UCAS application process The UCAS application deadline […]

BAJ x Bobby White 2023

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The Live Project at BAJ is an extraordinary initiative that has enabled us to forge collaborative partnerships with distinguished jewellers, including Theo Fennell, Alex Monroe, and Alighieri. Now, we’re thrilled to welcome Bobby White into our creative fold, a perfect addition to this project that’s become a beacon of excitement within our Level 4 curriculum. […]

Mastering the Piercing Saw: A Key Skill for Jewellers

The Level 3 Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma at the British Academy of Jewellery is a comprehensive programme that equips students with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the world of jewellery design and manufacturing. One of the fundamental skills taught in this programme is mastering the piercing saw, a skill that holds […]

Tips for writing your UCAS personal statement

Writing a personal statement as part of a BA course application can be a daunting task. However, it is not meant to be a test, it is an opportunity to show your unique perspective and passion for your chosen subject, beyond your grades. The application process for BAJ’s BA (Hons) in Jewellery Design and Production […]

BAJ Podcast | Urban Jewellery Thinking

When we think about jewellery, we think it generally is worn on the body. Can jewellery or adornment be created for non-human contexts? Jewellery artist and researcher Liesbet Bussche has been challenging scale, materials and perceptions. Her large city objects are clearly inspired by jewellery and aim to adorn the city. In this episode, we […]

BAJ’s Digital Technologies Open Day

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The British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) is excited to announce its upcoming Digital Technologies Open Day event, tailored for individuals with a passion for digital communications management and a desire to explore the HND Digital Technologies: Digital Communications Management course. This event will provide a comprehensive insight into the course contents, offer a platform for […]

Gemmology for Jewellers

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At the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ), we understand the importance of continuous learning and skill development in the ever-evolving world of jewellery design and craftsmanship. For Jewellers, one of the essential areas of expertise is gemmology. Understanding the principles of gemmology not only adds depth to your knowledge but also empowers you to create […]

BAJ Podcast | Tracing Jewellery Stories

When we look at the profession of jewellery, we often review pieces of jewellery from the past to gain an insight into the application of techniques, the reasons jewellery pieces were commissioned and worn, and gain insights into trends and changes in style. Museums such as the V&A provide us with an opportunity to look […]

The Sustainable Jeweller: Eco-friendly Practices in the UK Jewellery Industry

In an era where environmental concerns are at the forefront, industries around the world are reevaluating their practices to ensure a more sustainable future. The jewellery industry, traditionally associated with luxury and opulence, is no exception. As consumers become increasingly conscious of the ecological impact of their choices, jewellers in the UK are embracing eco-friendly […]

Unleash Your Creativity: Transforming Jewellery with 3Design CAD for Beginners

Since the UK jewellery industry adopted Computer-Aided Design (CAD) on a large scale back in 2007, CAD and 3D printing continue to change the way jewellery is designed, manufactured, and sold in many ways. As a response to the particular needs of jewellery manufacturing, specialised CAD programmes have been developed. If you are a budding […]

The Power of Studying HND Digital Technologies in Digital Communications Management

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In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the ability to harness the full potential of technology is not only advantageous but essential. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a creative thinker, or a business-minded individual, the world of digital communication offers an array of opportunities waiting to be explored. One path to gaining expertise in this realm […]

BAJ Podcast | Reversed Roles

To mark the 50th Episode of the BAJ Podcast, Sofie is joined by fellow Podcaster, broadcaster, author and editor Carol Woolton. In this episode, Carol as Co-Host, will find out a little more about the Sofie’s research, fascination with jewellery and the ideas behind the BAJ podcast. They will discuss what topics they feel are […]

The Importance of Gaining a UK-Based Business Qualification

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In today’s competitive global marketplace, the pursuit of a successful business career requires more than just ambition and enthusiasm. It demands a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and credentials. For aspiring business professionals, obtaining a UK-based business qualification can be a game-changer. The United Kingdom, renowned for its esteemed educational institutions and thriving business environment, […]

Digital Technology: Shaping the Future

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In today’s rapidly evolving world, digital technology has become an integral part of our lives, reshaping the way we communicate, work, and interact with the world around us. From smartphones to artificial intelligence, digital technologies encompass a wide array of tools and innovations that have transformed various aspects of society. In this article, we’ll explore […]

BAJ Excels in Retaining matrix Standard Accreditation, Showcasing Commitment to Excellence

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We are thrilled to announce that the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ), has proven its dedication to delivering exceptional services by successfully retaining the matrix Standard Accreditation. This achievement underscores BAJ’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality, performance, and student satisfaction. The matrix Standard serves as the Department for Education’s (DfE) quality […]

Unlocking Success: The Impact of Business Qualifications on Career Growth

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In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the pursuit of professional growth and career advancement is an ever-present goal. As the world of commerce becomes increasingly complex and competitive, individuals are constantly seeking ways to stand out and make their mark. One powerful avenue towards achieving this is through enrollment in well-designed business qualifications. These courses […]

Mastering Orthographic Drawing: A Comprehensive Guide for Jewellers

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Orthographic drawing, also known as technical drawing or engineering drawing, is a fundamental skill that holds immense value in the field of jewellery design. In this blog, we will explore what orthographic drawing entails and why it is essential for all jewellers to master this skill. Whether you are an aspiring jeweller or an established […]

BAJ Podcast | The physical reality of the virtual

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When we speak about the digital world, we use words such as the cloud for data storage, and the metaverse for a virtual reality. But as Dr. Patrícia Domingues aptly points out with her research and work, the very real physical realities to enable the use of digital tools, requiring increasingly more data, is very […]

5 Compelling Reasons Aspiring Jewellers Should Study at the British Academy of Jewellery

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For aspiring jewellers seeking to turn their passion for craftsmanship and design into a fulfilling career, choosing the right educational institution is crucial. The British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) stands out as a beacon of excellence in the world of jewellery education. With a legacy of nurturing talent and providing industry-focused training, BAJ offers a […]

Top five benefits of hiring an Apprentice

Apprenticeships give motivated and talented individuals a great start in their career of choice. The new Apprenticeship Standard for Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Allied Trades Professional also offers many benefits to employers and is designed to help subsidise training much-needed staff in businesses across the UK. Here are our top five benefits the Apprenticeship programme offers […]

BAJ Podcast | The Sustainable Touch

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Sustainability is a term that is often debated, especially with the prevalence of greenwashing, making it difficult for those in the industry to determine what is truly sustainable. However, the principles that underlie sustainability are becoming increasingly important for all of us, and they can also drive innovation and creativity in the jewellery industry. One […]

How to use UCAS Extra and Clearing to find a course

Are you keen to begin studying a degree this September and figuring out your options? Follow our FAQ to navigate UCAS Extra and Clearing to apply for the right course for you. What is UCAS Extra and how do I apply? UCAS Extra gives you the chance to keep applying to higher education courses after […]

British Academy of Jewellery launches new Apprenticeships for 2023

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British Academy of Jewellery is excited to announce that it has launched a new Apprenticeship programme to provide specialist training to budding jewellery industry workers and help jewellery businesses to upskill their workforce. The new BAJ Apprenticeship offering is in line with the new Standard for the Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades Professionals. The new […]

BAJ partners with Cooksongold to empower next gen jewellers

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British Academy of Jewellery is delighted to announce that it has partnered with supplier of precious metals, jewellery components and tools Cooksongold. The BAJ x Cooksongold partnership will include a range of future-facing interactive activities and contests for BAJ students at various levels of study to provide them with valuable industry experience. Cooksongold offers groundbreaking […]

BAJ Tutor interview: Collette Waudby

BAJ Tutor Collette Waudby has been nominated for the National Association of Jewellers’ Designer of the Year 2023 award for her jewellery. We chat to Collette about her nomination, her experience at BAJ, and tips for budding jewellers. BAJ: Congratulations on your nomination for NAJ Designer of the Year 2023, tell us about the jewellery […]

BAJ x Theo Fennell

A group of the academy’s level 4 Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma students worked on harnessing the power of storytelling through jewellery, guided by iconic London-based jeweller Theo Fennell. The students were challenged to design and manufacture a ring representing “the Circle of Life.” Designs should be invested with real emotional and talismanic weight, but […]

BAJ x Fuli Gemstones

British Academy of Jewellery and Fuli Gemstones collaborated to give our Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma students hands-on experience working with Fuli’s natural and vibrant peridot. The project challenged our level 5 diploma students to design and make jewellery featuring a Fuli peridot. Fuli Gemstones generously donated a peridot for every student to use in […]

Pride Jewellery Showcase: in aid of The Proud Trust

BAJ held a charity jewellery sale in May 2022, featuring pieces created and donated by BAJ students, tutors, and members of our wider community. All proceeds were donated to The Proud Trust. “At BAJ we really believe in getting our students involved in the wider jewellery community, and encouraging them to use their fantastic jewellery […]

Erasmus – The Future is Our Jewel: Fire and Future

The project “THE FUTURE IS OUR JEWEL” brings together 6 partner schools around a common formation in the creation of jewellery, but whose cultural, heritage and professional histories are multiple.  As part of BAJ’s international Erasmus project ‘The Future is our Jewel’, BAJ launched an exhibition on Monday at its London campus. The showcase features […]

BAJ x Alex Monroe

The British Academy of Jewellery collaborated with Alex Monroe in the 2020/2021 academic year on a project titled “Adaptability, Versatility, Longevity”. Aiming to raise awareness about sustainability in the jewellery industry, the project challenged BAJ students to design and make an original wearable jewellery piece, each incorporating a 5mm sapphire generously donated by the Alex […]

Charity Jewellery Auction 2021

The British Academy of Jewellery organised a Charity Jewellery Auction in the spring of 2021, auctioning pieces made and donated by students and tutors at BAJ as well as external jewellers. The auction was in support of Blueprint for All, a non-profit organisation that works to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through mentorship programmes […]

BAJ Podcast | Current Obsession at Munich Jewellery Week 2023

BAJ Podcast | Current Obsession at Munich Jewellery Week 2023 https://www.podbean.com/media/player/multi?playlist=http%3A%2F%2Fplaylist.podbean.com%2F7904119%2Fplaylist_multi.xml&vjs=1&size=430&skin=2&episode_list_bg=%23ffffff&bg_left=%23CBC6C6&bg_mid=%23CBC6C6&bg_right=%23CBC6C6&podcast_title_color=%23020000&episode_title_color=%23000000&auto=0&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&download=1&rtl=0&show_playlist_recent_number=10 Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts In this episode, BAJ’s Sofie Boons speaks with two members of the team behind the thought-provoking magazine ‘Current Obsession’. With their magazine, and their first ever Jewellery Hub in the centre of Munich during Munich Jewellery Week, […]

The Exhibition Project 2021

A group of our Level 5 Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma students developed commercially viable jewellery brand concepts based around well-defined target markets as a class exercise. In parallel with their course work, students developed commercial jewellery collections for the brands, well-suited to their chosen clients. By practising creating a brand, developing online content, and […]

Tannaz Alizadeh Irani

The project “THE FUTURE IS OUR JEWEL” brings together 6 partner schools around a common formation in the creation of jewellery, but whose cultural, heritage and professional histories are multiple.  For the second year of the Future is our Jewel, our students focused on the topics: air and the present; the pivotal themes for the […]

PLE Travelling Exhibition 2020

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Parlement Lycéen Européen, we launched an international jewellery exhibition at our London campus in November 2020. The exhibition showcased jewellery made for PLE’s annual jewellery design initiative. Jewellery by five BAJ students was on display along with jewellery made by students from PLE partner schools across Europe. […]

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