BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 1st Oct

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 1st Oct

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.


“It’s business as usual” for Orla Kiely’s jewellery arm

Retro-inspired fashion brand Orla Kiely has gone into administration, but while the future of the main brand is in jeopardy, the jewellery division will be untouched. Why? Because the jewellery produced under the Orla Keily brand is not done so by the main maison but through a licensing deal with British jewellery wholesaler Gecko.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

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The jewellery brand casting three-dimensional scans in silver

Stockholm jeweller All Blues is launching what it is branding a “revolutionary” system that allows almost anything to be scanned and turned into jewellery. Case in point being a pregnant woman’s stomach, which it scanned and turned into a 3-dimensional silver paperweight. If bulging bellies aren’t your thing, they’ve also successfully created silver likenesses of favourite teddies and kissing couples.

View the full article at AnOther


British jewellery brand lands place in Instagram’s first London pop-up

Instagram has changed the way we shop. No more trawling through the high street, or flipping through endless magazines and then making a dash to your local store with the hope that the coveted item hasn’t sold out yet. Now, we can just swipe and click to add to basket. But in the spirit of omnichannel, Instagram is getting real with a bricks-and-mortar pop up in London, and like-able Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery will be there.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Tiffany & Co awards young designers

Working together with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Tiffany & Co supports emerging artists by running an annual competition that gives fresh graduates publicity and a free workshop space for 12 months. The list of winning graduates to make the grade this year has just been announced, and their work will go on display in Tiffany’s trendy new Covent Garden shop.

View the full article at Tiffany & Co


Andrew Bone steps down from RJC

During his tenure as executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, the charismatic Andrew Bone has overseen many changes, including laying the groundwork for coloured gemstones and silver to be included in the ethical certification process. He has now announced his departure from the group in March next year, and the hunt begins for a new leader.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller


Marie Antoinette’s jewellery collection goes under the hammer

Her love of luxury led to her downfall, but Marie Antoinette – that ill-fated queen of France whose fabled cry of “let them eat cake” led to the downfall of the monarchy during the people’s revolution – did have taste. Particularly expensive taste when it came to jewellery. Now, one of her necklaces, a diamond pendant with a natural pearl, is looking for a new owner who has money to burn.

View the full article at Money Week

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