BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 6th March

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 6th 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.

The Revolving Clock by Paul Jones that won the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award at Goldsmiths' Crafts & Design Awards 2017
Source: Craft & Design Council

Winners honoured at the Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Design Awards 2017

Known as The Jewellery Oscars, these awards celebrate the best in British jewellery craftsmanship. This year’s winners include Paul Jones, who picked up the coveted Jacques Cartier Memorial Award, which has only been given out 38 times in the awards’ 59-year history.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller.

Sofie Boons head of learning at teaching at British Academy of Jewellery portrait of a woman
Source: Professional Jeweller

Q&A: Sofie Boons, head of teaching and learning, BAJ

Following the Holts Academy’s rebrand, which included a name change to the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ), Professional Jeweller caught up with the education hub’s head of teaching and learning, Sofie Boons, to find out more about the company’s changes and plans to evolve over the next 12 months.

View the full article at The Professional Jeweller.

Wallace Chan's Birth and Blossom emerald earrings exhibited at the TEFAF fair in Maastricht.
Source: The Jewellery Editor

TEFAF Maastricht preview: my haute joaillerie highlights

This art and antiques show has become a hotbed of incredible high jewellery design, new and old. See standout pieces from the likes of Wallace Chan, René Lalique, Suzanne Belperron and Hemmerle that will travel to the show later this month.  

View the full article at The Jewellery Editor.

Pandora jewellery bag
Source: PandoraUK

Pandora prepares to officially open new green production facility

A new factory in Thailand has been announced that has a focus on environmentally friendly production methods. Citing consumer pressures, is this a solid sign of the increasing importance of ethics in the jewellery business?

View the full article at The Professional Jeweller.

Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust unveils plans for first ethical jewellery online resource
Source: The Professional Jeweller

Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust unveils plans for first ethical jewellery online resource

While lots of efforts are being made by the industry to be more transparent and ethically minded, sources of information have been fragmented to date. Trying to create a platform to unite it all is a non-profit in Scotland.

View the full article at The Professional Jeweller.

Shutterstock 299702750.jpg This shutterstock image show close-up of person looking at diamond with magnifying loupe.
Source: South China Morning Post

De Beers fights fakes with technology as China’s lab-grown diamonds threaten viability of the real gems

With production hitting 200,000cts a month, China has become the world’s top producer of lab-grown diamonds. With these stones sneaking into parcels of genuine diamonds, the industry is investing heavily in detection.

View the full article at South China Morning Post.

The four iron age gold torcs – three collars and a bracelet-sized piece, including two made of twisted gold wire, two with trumpet shaped finials and one with beautiful Celtic ornament.
Source: The Guardian

Detectorists strike gold 20 years after leaving field empty-handed

Determination finally led two friends to an incredible discovery – some of the oldest examples of Iron Age jewellery ever found. And these gold torques, collars and other ancient adornments look pretty good for their age.

View the full article on The Guardian.

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