BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 28th March

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 28th March

Here at the British Academy of Jewellery we like to stay up to date with what’s happening in the jewellery and design world. Welcome to the next instalment of our BAJ Digest – a weekly series dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest news.

A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby’s in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Source: The Washington Times

Big diamonds are big business

Last year there were some enormous diamonds up for sale, like the 1,109ct Lesedi La Rona. But who buys these gigantic stones? And will new X-ray technology mean we will see more of these ultra-large diamonds?

View the full article at The Financial Times.

a big grey g;ass building that holds the headquarters of De Beers in Charterhouse in London
Source: Bloomberg

Where De Beers Hid Its $5 Billion Diamond Stash

De Beers is moving out of London’s Hatton Garden after more than 80 years. Take a visual tour of its soon-to-be ex-HQ (just around the corner from the BAJ), complete with vaults and helipad, in this photo essay. If those walls could talk…

View the full article at Bloomberg.

Women covering her face with her hands wearing a lot of rings stacked on her fingers
Source: Piaget

Piaget expands online sales with Net-A-Porter jewellery deal

Fine jewellery brands are becoming increasingly confident when it comes to selling online, and Piaget is the latest Bond Street brand to join the line up at pioneering luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller.

Hockley Mint logo on a white background
Source: Hockley Mint

Industry panel to set jewellery manufacturing apprenticeship standard

Thanks to a new government levy, the jewellery industry is opening up even more to apprentices, and some leaders in the trade are now working together to hone the system to ensure that learning on the job is worthwhile for both sides.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller.

Two gold earrings
Source: The Telegraph

Noor Fares Navratna: geometry with a lighter touch

Be inspired by the work of jeweller Noor Fares, whose new collections take inspiration from ancient Eastern spiritualism and Indian astrology, and set curvaceously carved coloured gemstones inside hoop earrings.

View the full article at The Telegraph.

an interactive pendant
Source: Jewellery Focus

University researcher designs range of ‘interactive’ jewellery

This is magic jewellery. Should the temperature rise, the room get brighter or your hand start to move, it will change before your very eyes thanks to cutting-edge technology including thermochromic silicone.

View the full article on Jewellery Focus.

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