BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 8th Aug

BAJ Digest: Your weekly jewellery news roundup – 8th Aug

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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LVMH reports jewellery sales surge for first half of 2018

More good news for the top end of the jewellery market as luxury group LVMH, owner of brands such as Chaumet and Dior, announces that jewellery sales are soaring. Sales of the group’s jewellery and watches rose by 8% to nearly €2 billion (£1.7bn) in the first half of this year, with this strong performance led by Bulgari’s classic Serpenti, B-Zero 1, Diva and Octo collections.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

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Global gold jewellery demand dips in Q2 2018

The second quarter of this year has been a challenging one for gold jewellery demand, according to The World Gold Council. The body blamed the decline on softening markets in India and the Middle East, but said this was offset by growth in the US and China. Demand for gold jewellery in Europe also increased, but in the UK, shoppers remained conservative in the face of Brexit.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller

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Weston Beamor strengthens team to meet demand

Demand for bespoke jewellery is at such a high that Birmingham manufacturer Weston Beamor has had to add to its team by creating an additional 3D printing role on its CAD team, hiring a graduate fresh out of university to do the job. It has also promoted several other members of its CAD and bespoke teams, signaling the growing importance of this facet of the business.

View the full article at Retail Jeweller

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The fight for London’s gems: Jeweller demands return of diamonds sent to Malaysia’s former First Lady

They were only supposed to be on loan as part of a try-before-you-buy service, but jeweller Samer Halimeh has been left short handed after former Malaysian First Lady Rosmah Mansor refused to return or pay for the gems, worth £11.5 million. Mansor and her husband are currently at the centre of a legal investigation in which property, including £200 million of jewels, has been seized. Keep your friends close, and your clients closer.

View the full article at City AM

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Tools and tech: The jeweller’s latest must haves

Technology is constantly evolving and the jewellery industry is not being left behind. Despite being a trade that values traditional hand skills, there is a wave of new tech that can help and inspire jewellers’ work. From electronic-fusion welding (which offers seamless repairs with microscopic precision) to a new online service that allows jewellers to upload sketches of designs to a platform on which a community of makers can offer up competitive electronic quotes, these are latest launches to know about.

View the full article at Jeweller Magazine

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Gübelin: The birth of two art objects inspired by the inner world of a Burmese ruby

When presented with a beautiful stone, such as a pigeon-blood Burmese ruby, the temptation is to keep the design very simple to show off this natural wonder. However, this is not the only option. Swiss jeweller Gübelin opted to rock the boat when it acquired just such a stone, setting it at the centre of a blaze of pink sapphires and diamonds that pays homage to the natural triangular formation patterns of rubies.

View the full article at Katerina Perez

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