BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 30th April

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 30th April

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.

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BAJ to host short courses in Birmingham this summer

The British Academy of Jewellery has hit the headlines this week, for all the right reasons. This summer, the BAJ will host a series of short courses in Birmingham, offering classes on rendering, wax carving, CAD, technical drawing and enamelling. These short and punchy courses are perfect if you or someone you know fancies building some extra skills this summer. More information is available from the admissions office.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Two butlers appear out of the clock as the chime goes off to signify 4pm the front of Fortnum and Mason on May 5, 2013 in London, England. Fortnum and Mason have kept bees on their rooftop terrace for the last 7 years. At this time of year, the London Honey Company return the bees to their renovated hives.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Goldsmiths’ Company partners with Fortnum & Mason to celebrate British craftsmanship

Starting this week, iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason will showcase the work of 26 contemporary jewellers and silversmiths as it gears up for London Craft Week. The work of artisans including Jo Hayes-Ward, Disa Allsopp and Mark Nuell can be found in the jewellery department on the second floor. Later in May, it will also host meet the maker events for its established jewellers such as Tomasz Donocik and Sarah Straussberg.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

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Sarah Jessica Parker sued for not promoting jewellery label

Celebrity collaborations can be hard to manage, and it looks as though Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker has fallen foul of her deal with Canadian jeweller Kat Florence, who has a store in London’s Mayfair. The jeweller claims she spent millions of dollars on securing SJP as the face of the brand and that the actress failed to live up to her side of the bargain. Let battle commence.

View the full article at Harper’s Bazaar

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Glittering success for jewellery chain Argento with record growth of £52m

There myriad stories out there on how tough it is on the high street for retailers in general, and jewellers in particular, but Northern Irish chain Argento is bucking the trend. The jeweller, which specialises in fashion-led jewellery brands, has hit on a rich vein with customers, resulting in growing sales and profits.

View the full article at Belfast Telegraph

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Inside Loupe: Chow Tai Fook’s Chic Incubator For Jewellery Designers

Good news for anyone thinking about setting up a jewellery business or freelance life in Hong Kong: major Asian jeweller Chow Tai Fook has just made that dream a little bit more achievable. While there is a burgeoning creative jewellery scene in the city, to date there has been a lack of bench space for jewellers to hire. A new centre called Loupe, sponsored by the jewellery chain, is helping to change that.

View the full article at Hong Kong Tatler

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Glasgow-based jewellery designer leads effort to revive a historic trade in Banff

The tiny town of Banff in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was once a bustling centre for silversmithing, and innovative Scottish jewellery outfit Vanilla Ink is hoping to revive that tradition. The organisation, which has pitched itself as a support network for recent jewellery graduates with mentoring and bench space in Glasgow, is currently in the process of transforming Banff’s Old Smiddy into a workshop called The Metal House. Its vision is to create a centre of excellence for silversmiths and attract graduates looking to hone their skills in a collaborative community.

View the full article at The Press and Journal

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