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.
Fairtrade Gold Design Awards unveils finalists
Ingle & Rhode has selected the finalists for its first Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, and they include five BAJ students – Sophie Hutchinson, Eva Reyburn, Zainab Khan, Tommaso Iaquinta and Kate Ziyao Li. Help them win the public vote by picking your favourite online.
View the full article at Retail Jeweller.
The greatest rock show on earth
For rock hounds, the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase in Arizona is the highlight of the year. This is the show at which new gemstones are discovered, trends are developed and all of nature’s weird and wonderful gemological creations can be found.
View the full article at The Financial Times.
Sleuth reveals ‘sinfully large’ diamond mark ups at prestige jewellers
Big brands have big mark ups to fund the marketing costs involved in becoming a household name. But do you know how much the top houses increase the prices of diamonds? One reporter goes undercover in New York.
View the full article at Nine.
New Emerald Paternity Test can trace the exact origin of a stone
Confirming the provenance of a gemstone can be difficult, yet with consumers becoming increasingly ethically aware it is more important than ever to do so. Could Switzerland’s Gübelin Gem Lab have found the answer in science?
View the full article at The National.
Jewellery’s comeback among men
Sartorial pioneer Pharrell Williams has been stepping out bedecked in heavy chain necklaces and diamond brooches to black-tie events such as The Oscars. And it seems he’s not the only well-heeled gent rediscovering jewellery.
View the full article at The Economist.
Ring with lock of hair from Bonnie Prince Charlie set for auction debut
McTears auction house in Glasgow had an unusual lot at its recent jewellery sale – a ring containing a lock of hair cut from the head of one of Scotland’s most famous historical figures. This is a beautiful example of antique memorial jewellery.
View the full article on The Herald.