Here at the British Academy of Jewellery we like to stay up to date with what is 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.
Links of London reported to be on the brink
Reports published in the press this weekend have suggested that famous British jewellery brand Links of London could be on the verge of collapse. It has been said that the brand has appointed an accounting firm to help it cut costs and close shops. More than 500 jobs in Links of London stores and concessions could be at risk.
View the full article at Retail Jeweller
Old-cut diamonds and fantastical gems: TEFAF Maastricht’s unmissable jewels
The well-heeled, cultured jewellery crowd is gathered in The Netherlands this week for the Tefaf art fair, which is increasingly becoming a global hot spot to discover avant-garde high jewellery. Brands and galleries including Hemmerle, Cindy Chao and Siegelson are laying out the weird and the wonderful to attract arty collectors.
View the full article at The Telegraph
Wallace Chan unveils super-strength Hera brooch at Tefaf
One of the jewellery highlights of Tefaf is Wallace Chan, the Chinese jeweller and sculptor. At the show, the designer, who is known for his pioneering work with alternative materials, is showcasing his latest creation, The Wallace Chan Porcelain. This is a supercharged version of the material we all know, with seven years of research being devoted to making it five times stronger than steel.
View the full article at The Jewellery Cut
Seeing is believing: what stone enhancements are acceptable?
Many of the gemstones you will see in your career will have had some form of treatment. But what constitutes as an acceptable level of tinkering with what nature has given us? Find out more about surface modification, cavity and fracture filling, and heat treatment, and get to grips with the list of questions you need to ask when buying a stone.
View the full article at The Jewellery Editor
How Missoma developed into the booming jewellery label that it is today
Missoma is one of the most striking business success stories in the British jewellery industry of late. A recent shift in sales strategy from being a 95% wholesale model to being nearly all direct-to-consumer sales has strengthened the business. As has a link with Meghan Markle. Find out more about its route to success.
View the full article at Harper’s Bazaar
Searching for the golden jewellery of a grandfather I never met
It was faded photos of “market trader-cum-mafioso looking” family members that he never met that sent writer Murray Clark into a gold fever. Such rich, familial tales brought him to a flea market in New York, and face to face with signet ring that captured all his emotions. Until, that is, he lost it.
View the full article at Esquire