BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 20th Aug

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 20th Aug

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  TAG Heuer UK Managing Director Rob Diver (L) and Bella Hadid open the TAG Heuer Flagship Store on Oxford Street on December 8, 2017 in London, England. 

Pic Credit: Dave Benett

LVMH Watch & Jewellery sales nudge £100 million in the UK

LVMH brands, which include Dior and Chaumet, had a good year in the UK in 2017, with sales up 6.3%. However, growth has slowed, as in the previous two years, the UK division of the global luxury giant achieved year-on-year uplifts of 30% (2016) and 20% (2015). Despite this slowdown, this remains positive news for the British luxury jewellery sector.

View the full article at WatchPro

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Harrods beauty director handed control of fine jewellery department

There is a new power player in the world of luxury jewellery. Annalise Fard has taken over responsibility for one of the most influential jewellery retail sites in the world, and has no doubt become the target of many a jeweller’s attentions as it will be her say as to which fine jewellery brands grace the hallowed halls Harrods.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

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Sophie Bille Brahe designs for Georg Jensen

In a truly Danish design moment, Copenhagen-born jeweller Sophie Bille Brahe has designed a collection for one of her hometown’s most famous exports, the silversmith Georg Jensen. The 19-piece 18ct gold and diamond Halo collection explores Scandinavian simplicity through the use of delicate hoops.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller

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’90s Nostalgia Reaches A New High With Mimi Wade X Polly Pocket Capsule

If you have a penchant for the ‘90s toy Polly Pocket then get yourself down to Selfridges now. Fashion designer Mimi Wade has created a collection inspired by the tiny dolls, and costume jewellery doyenne Vicki Sarge has created the jewels to go with it. Find out more about the collaboration at The Jewellery Cut Showroom, where Vicki will be giving a masterclass on costume jewels.

View the full article at Vogue

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Jewellery designer launches London pop-up

Making beautiful jewellery is one thing, but finding a buyer for it is completely another. Glasgow-based jewellery designer Ruth Brown is working together with some of her artistic peers to create a pop-up shop in London to help the work of small artisans reach a wider audience. Visit Pop Up:LDN in Mortlake to see a range of jewellery, graphics, ceramics and silversmithing created by British designers.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller

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How earrings became the boys’ toy of the moment

From rapper A$AP Rocky to Years and Years’ Olly Alexander, ear piercings for men are in. What was once seen as a nod towards a man’s sexuality is now unleashed as a pure-play fashion statement as we move towards a non-binary future. And it’s having an impact on sales, as London department store Liberty reports sales of men’s jewellery are up 26%.

View the full article at Evening Standard

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