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.
Virgil launches own-brand jewellery, as his Louis Vuitton sales smash Supreme record
Design star Virgil Abloh, head creative at Louis Vuitton and Off-White, has announced that he will be turning his considerable talents to jewellery. The designer is launching his own luxury jewellery brand under his name, and teased out the first designs on Instagram. He once wore a necklace made of paperclips, and Abloh is returning to this motif, but this time it will be in gold and diamonds.
View the full article at Vogue
Jewellery and watch retailer with 21 stores goes into administration
Discount jewellery and watch retailer Chapelle has gone into administration, putting its 21 stores and 250 employees at risk, as well as potentially leaving suppliers out of pocket. The family-owned chain, which is headquartered in Nottingham, has blamed business rates, rising minimum wages costs and a slump in retail sales for its misfortunes.
View the full article at East Anglian Daily Times
Armillon launches world’s priciest contactless bracelet
As contactless payments become the norm, smart jewellery is no longer limited to counting heartbeats and measuring sleep patterns. Now, you can also use RFID technology to make your jewels pay for things. In the luxury market, Armillon is tapping into this new culture with a precious bracelet that costs upwards of £34,000 and has a contactless minimum of £200,000 instead of £30.
View the full article at The Jewellery Cut
Poundland’s dummy engagement ring leaves jewellery buyers divided
Placeholder rings are a great way to facilitate people who want to propose to their partners with a ring, but still allow them to choose the perfect engagement ring together. Many jewellers offer this service, with silver placeholder rings, and now Poundland has jumped on the bandwagon with a silver tone and red stone ring in a heart-shaped box for – you guessed it – a pound.
View the full article at Professional Jeweller
Seminars make a return to Jewellery & Watch
Next month, jewellery trade show Jewellery & Watch in Birmingham’s NEC will offer jewellery students the chance to pick up industry knowledge for free. It has created a seminar space called The Studio that will offer talks from industry leaders on a variety of useful topics. Sign up online for your free ticket to attend the exhibition, which will give you access to the talks.
View the full article at Retail Jeweller
Inside Ambush: Behind The Scenes At Jewellery Designer Yoon Ahn’s Tokyo HQ
Yoon Ahn has been pegged as Kanye West’s favourite designer, and she’s just picked up a role that puts her in charge of the design of Dior’s men’s jewellery collection. The designer talks to Vogue about juggling this new responsibility with the running of her own label, Ambush, and how she is challenging gender stereotypes in her work.
View the full article at Vogue