BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 31st Dec

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 31st Dec

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.

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Sustainability, bold gold and punky pearls: jewellery trends for 2019

Some jewellery trends are cyclical, but some define a season – or in fine jewellery, at least a year. So what will be the key jewellery trends to shape this new year that we find ourselves in? Leading jewellery writer Annabel Davidson is placing her wager on pearls with a twist, chunky yellow gold and ethical jewels.

View the full article at The Telegraph

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Jewellery gifted by Mary Queen of Scots goes on display in Edinburgh

When new film Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan, is released later this month, there is bound to be an explosion of interest in this beleaguered Scottish royal rebel. Should you find yourself in Edinburgh and want to get better acquainted with not just the queen but her jewels, stop by Holyroodhouse palace. There, you will find a spectacular ruby, pearl, gold and enamel brooch once given by the queen to her long-time ally Mary Seaton.

View the full article at The Scotsman

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Necklace uncovered a century after Red Cross Pearl Appeal

While we all know that paper poppy brooches are now used to raise funds for the Red Cross, the charity led a much more precious fundraiser in 1918. The Red Cross Pearl Appeal asked society ladies of the day to donate a pearl from their necklaces to help injured soldiers, and the 40,000 donated pearls were used to create news jewels auctioned off at Christie’s. Now, after a century, the release of a new book on this incredible story has led to one of the Red Cross pearl necklaces being discovered.

View the full article at The Jewellery Cut

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Former Burberry chairman joins Pandora

The Danish silver jewellery brand has received a boost from the fashion world, as Sir John Peace, the former chairman of British fashion label Burberry, joins its board. Pandora has released a statement that explains the reason behind inviting Sir Peace onto the board is to benefit from his knowledge and expertise gained while helping navigate Burberry’s reputation recovery, restoring it from chav favourite to fashion darling. It’s just the sort of turnaround Pandora now needs.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller

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Love’s labours lost for Cartier in trademark case

Luxury jeweller Cartier has lost a legal battle in Singapore to monopolise the word ‘love’ in jewellery. It has been trying to stop local jeweller MoneyMax Jewellery from trademarking the phrase ‘Love Gold’, arguing that it would infringe its use of the word love in relation to its famous Love bangles. A judge, however, did not agree.

View the full article at The Straits Times

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Granite boulders feature in jewellery showroom by Richard Stampton Architects

If you are looking for inspiration on how to display your jewels, take a gander at Melbourne jeweller Cushla Whiting’s shop. The boutique has used hunks of granite mounted on white poles, and positioned within sliding glass tubes, as plinths for its jewels. The twinkling grey stone is a complementary base for the sparkling jewels, and to further enhance this idea of flashes of light, the cases have been placed in a layout inspired by astrological constellations.

View the full article at Dezeen

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