BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup 22nd April 2019

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 6th May

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 6th May

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.


IJL names six emerging designers as 2019 Kickstarters

UK jewellery trade show IJL has selected the designers that it will give space to in its annual showcase of emerging talent. The designers will have the chance to meet with members of the industry, including buyers and press, and show off their work. This year’s lucky few are a diverse bunch, ranging from the luxurious conceptual work of Lukas Grewenig to Becca Macdonald’s highly wearable precious paint daubs.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


2019 Met Gala: The best jewels on the campy red carpet

The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion moments of the year, and with 2019’s dress code calling for all things camp, this was not a moment for minimalist jewellery. See what jewels the stars paired with outrageously fabulous outfits, such as Lady Gaga’s Tiffany & Co butterfly choker and the stacks of Bulgari cuffs worn by Naomi Campbell.

View the full article at Forbes

Gold bars are stacked on April 6, 2009 at a plant of gold refiner and producer Argor-Heraeus in Mendrisio, in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. While the world grapples with the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, demand for the firm's watch and jewellery components business has slumped as Swiss and Italian watchmakers trim production. Meanwhile, investors are hoarding gold bars -- an age-old insurance in times of war or calamities -- sending demand for the group's bullion production soaring. To cope with the new balance of demand, Argor is shifting manpower from its semi-finished products division to gold production and is running day and night. With orders for gold bars piling up, delivery times now stretch to two months instead of 10 days.               AFP PHOTO / Sebastian Derungs (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

Fragile economic outlook in the UK impacts gold jewellery demand

In the first quarter of this year, demand for gold jewellery has slipped across Europe, with the World Gold Council claiming that the UK was one of the softest markets, along with Germany. Despite this dip of 1% in Europe, global gold jewellery demand increased in the quarter, with the numbers showing annual growth of 7% to 1,053.3 tonnes.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Signet-owned James Allen sells lab-grown diamond jewellery

Signet – owner of UK chains Ernest Jones and H Samuel – has begun selling the man-made gems through its website James Allen. It is advertising the stones alongside mined diamonds, with a 30% difference in price, and is pushing the message that customers can upgrade their stone size by that percentage, rather than promoting the idea of savings.

View the full article at Diamond World


Judith Leiber launches a new jewellery line with a 700-piece collection

Handbag brand Judith Leiber has moved into the jewellery space with a bold collection of costume jewels. The daring jewels include crystal-studded emojis, necklaces with charms that look like packets of fries, and large colourful faux gemstones. The line has been dreamed up by new creative director Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger.

View the full article at Town & Country


How Catherine Opie’s intensely personal art became jewellery

Los Angeles-based photographer Catherine Opie has used the heritage jewellery-making technique of cameo to turn her photos into jewels. She has teamed with the jeweller Liz Swag, who specialises in cameos, on the project. Jewels she has created include a pendant with an image of her son, a ring with a flame and axes chopping wood on earrings.

View the full article at Garage

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