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

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


The British fashion designers to watch out for

As London Fashion Week’s fine jewellery showcase Rock Vault is phased out, the coveted NewGen initiative run by the British Fashion Council to support emerging brands will now be extended to jewellers. This year, Rosh Mahtani, founder of jewellery brand Alighieri, has made the cut and will receive business support via mentoring and financial aid.

View the full article at BBC Newsbeat

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)

Jewellery firms partner with IBM on industry blockchain initiative

Blockchain is big news in jewellery as companies tackle how best to use this new technology to track gold and gemstones throughout the supply chain to offer businesses and consumers a more transparent journey from mine to shop. Now a group of five firms has teamed with an industry giant to push a dedicated jewellery blockchain scheme called TrustChain.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Gold jewellery demand stabilises in the UK during Q1

Improving economic conditions across Europe, and a calming period post Brexit, has encouraged consumers to once again put their money in gold jewellery, with confidence further buoyed by stable gold prices. Though this is good news for jewellers, the World Gold Council has warned that demand is still low when compared with historical data.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Radioactive jewellery recalled in Switzerland

There has been a radioactive incident in Switzerland as a local jewellery company made jewels that were found to have unacceptable levels of uranium and thorium. If worn close to the skin for an extended period of time, these jewels could cause skin cancer. Needless to say, the offending designs have been recalled.

View the full article at Swiss Info


Generation Z more likely to buy jewellery in store than online

While much discussion in the jewellery industry has focused on Millennials and whether they will continue to buy jewellery, and if so how, what about the generation that will follow them? A new research report suggests that these younger shoppers will prefer to shop in stores rather than on the web, but will expect freely available wifi in stores before they do.

View the full article at Professional Jeweller


Collecting guide: Jadeite jewellery

Considering using jade in your work? This helpful guide gives you all the basics on the green gem, from the difference between jade and jadeite to an insight as to why it is so popular in China. Plus, there’s some handy tips on pricing, picking the right shade, ways of working with jade and some history on the symbolism of the stone.

View the full article at Christie’s

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