BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 21st May

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 21st May

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.


Baroque Bespoke Jewellery collaborates with BAJ students

For students on the Level Three Jewellery Manufacturing course, the challenge has been set: design a kinetic ring inspired by a weekend in Brighton. This gauntlet was thrown by Pippa Knowles and Jason French, owners of the seaside town’s Baroque jewellery shop. The business is collaborating exclusively with the British Academy of Jewellery on this student project, and the winning design will be sold in the store in the historic Brighton Lanes.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller


IJL reveals 2018 KickStart line-up

The line up for this year’s KickStart new talent initiative at September trade show IJL has been announced. The recipients will be given free space at the annual London exhibition, as well as access to mentoring and funding to help grow their businesses. And among the line up, you’ll spot one of The British Academy of Jewellery’s tutors, Elisavet Messi, who outside of the classroom is a respected, award-winning jewellery designer known for her creative and innovative use of wire. Congratulations, Elisavet!

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue: a close-up look at Meghan Markle’s wedding jewellery

It was the wedding of the year this weekend as the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their vows, and Meghan stuck to tradition with her jewellery choices. Her crowning glory was an antique Garrard platinum and diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen, while both the somethings old and new came from Cartier in the form of diamond earrings and a bracelet. The blue came later in the evening, as she slipped on an Asprey aquamarine cocktail ring that previously belonged to Princess Diana.

View the full article at The Telegraph

From Amal Clooney’s earrings to Serena Williams’ vintage Bulgari: the guests’ best jewellery at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Meghan wasn’t the only jewellery muse at the royal wedding this weekend. With an all-star guest list, there were some great jewels to be pored over. In this gallery, get a glimpse of the adornments chosen by the wedding guests with pearls, diamonds, subtle coloured gemstones and, of course, a huge brooch courtesy of the bride’s new grandmother-in-law.

View the full article at The Telegraph


Famous jewellery designer Kiki McDonough set for Belfast launch

Just to keep the royal theme of this week’s BAJ Digest going, Kiki McDonough – one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite jewellery designers (she has been spotted in at least 12 pairs of her earrings) – is expanding. The Sloane Square jeweller, known for her love of colourful gemstones, has partnered with Belfast jeweller Lunns to open a concession there, which will be its first in Northern Ireland.

View the full article at News Letter


Childhood love, adult outrage drive Barbie jewellery artist

She might spend her working hours gouging out Barbies’ eyes with a scalpel, but American jeweller Margaux Lange promises that this comes from a place of love, not hate. After spending much of her childhood playing with the iconic dolls, she now makes a living from encasing their dismembered body parts in silver to create jewels that sell for thousands of pounds.

View the full article at Reuters

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