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.
Farnese blue diamond goes on sale after 300 years of royal history
This highly prized 6.1ct dark grey-blue diamond is believed to be from the legendary Golconda diamond mines of India, and has passed through some very regal hands. Originally gifted to Elisabeth Farnese, daughter of the Duke of Parma, in 1715, it continued to be passed through the generations of Spanish aristocracy. Now it seeks a new home with a buyer willing to pay no fewer than $3.7 million.
View the full article at Reuters
Ears the thing: big, bold designer earrings are the perfect (semi-affordable) way to luxe up your look
High fashion brands have long made financial concessions in the form of sunglasses and perfumes, allowing shoppers to buy into the labels for less, as well as making the brands a tidy sum. Now, with the fashion for large statement earrings, brands such as Isabel Marant and Céline are creating outsized costume ‘It’ earrings. Rejina Pyo has teamed up with BAJ graduate Anissa Kermiche to make sure its are extra special.
View the full article at Evening Standard
Insignety puts design in customers’ hands
Personalisation is a huge trend in jewellery, and Dutch company Insignety is using technology to allow British retailers to offer unusual bespoke twists to wedding rings. It is equipping jewellers with CAD software that can scan a customer’s handwriting, fingerprint or even heartbeat and replicate it on the band.
View the full article at The Retail Jeweller
Jewellery retailers and suppliers report a rise in bespoke commissions
As shoppers continue to turn away from mass-market brands and towards jewels with a personal touch, there is a boom in bespoke orders at British jewellery companies. Upcyling – in the style of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – is very popular, as customers choose to transform heirloom items into something fresher, as are completely unique commissions that put the buyer in the designer’s chair.
View the full article at Professional Jeweller
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and other high jewellers who think out of the box to attract new clientele
High jewellery is getting playful. From Bulgari’s gemstone balloons and precious cakes in its Fiesta line, to Cartier’s bold cactus-inspired collection, designers at these heritage houses are indulging in more than a dash of whimsy. As to why there has been this shift in mood, some say it’s to appeal to younger shoppers, while others claim it’s a case of embracing the need for joy in the world.
View the full article at South China Morning Post
Biscuits and Bauhaus: we’ve developed a taste for Hemmerle’s tantalising jewels
Munich jewellery house Hemmerle is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Over the past century and a quarter, the family-owned business has developed a cult following, with fans tickled by its use of unusual materials. As well as precious metals and exquisite gemstones, it also indulges in more unusual choices including peanut wood, aluminium, copper and bronze.
View the full article at Wallpaper*