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.
Aquazzura Enlists 5 Jewellery Designers For The Ultimate Party Shoe Capsule
British Academy of Jewellery graduate Anissa Kermiche joins a stellar line up of jewellers who have been commissioned by shoe brand Aquazurra to create a collection of sparkling heels. Anissa has created a pair of sandals with heels that are a stack of gold hoops with pearls nestled within, which pay homage to her own jewellery designs. The other designers joining Anissa are Sabine Getty, Noor Fares, Eugenie Niarchos and Ana Khouri. The shoes will all be sold exclusively through Net-a-Porter.
View the full article at Vogue
The first all-female emerald mining team
Women have long been excluded from artisanal gold and gemstone mines for a variety of reasons, from sexism to superstition. Now, miner Fura Gems is trying to bust the myths that women have no place in mines by setting up what it believes is the first all-female mining team. This bold gang of women will become a vital part of the mining process at Fura’s emerald mine in Colombia.
View the full article at The Jewellery Cut
The Goossens x Harumi collection: turning jewellery into ‘wearable sculpture’
Harumi Klossowska de Rola started her professional life as a jeweller, but is perhaps better known for her sculptures. Now, she has fused the two disciplines by creating a collection of wearable precious object in collaboration with heritage goldsmith Goosens. The designs, inspired by fruits and flora, open up a dialogue about the relationship between art and jewels.
View the full article at The Telegraph
Jeweller opens new gallery with bank finance
One of the biggest questions that aspiring jewellery designers have when graduating is, ‘How can I fund my brand?’. There are a number of ways to get a cash injection, such as private loans, crowdfunding or extreme personal austerity (we’re not joking – many brands have been built on baked bean diets). In this story, you can read about how one jeweller funded the next stage of her business by securing a loan from the bank.
View the full article at Insider Media
Bespoke jeweller boldly asks commuters: “Are you wearing someone else’s engagement ring?”
Online bespoke jeweller Taylor & Hart has sparked an interesting conversation with its latest advertising campaign. The question is posed to make consumers think about how unique their engagement ring is, and to promote the bespoke element of the service offered by Taylor & Hart. The ad suggests that if you buy off the shelf, you are opening up one of your most personal purchases to being the same as someone else’s. It’s a brilliant piece of marketing.
View the full article at Professional Jeweller
Vogue Japan’s Anna Dello Russo shares her wisdom on picking jewellery
Fashion icon Anna Dello Ruso is selling her collection of costume jewels through online portal Vestiaire, and to drum up some interest in her cast-off baubles, the editor is giving out tips on how to wear jewels well. So what’s her advice? Invest in some chains, style yourself like a model and surprise people. Oh, and too much is never enough, naturally.
View the full article at Vogue Australia