Category Archives: BAJ Insight

BAJ Insight: 10 times men’s jewellery didn’t give up at dog tags

The news of the passing of Ralph Turner, co-founder of The Electrum Gallery, has left me thinking about conceptual jewellery. Turner and his business partner Barbara Cartlidge were the first gallery owners in Britain to champion this style of jewellery when they opened their store in 1971, and the shop continued to do so until its closure in 2012.

BAJ Insight: At the bench with Van Cleef & Arpels Jewellery School in Paris

This summer, I stopped by the Van Cleef & Arpels L’École des Arts Joailliers jewellery school in Paris to view the house’s latest collection, Le Secret. It is a brilliant collection of jewels that has one unifying theme: each must have a secret function or surprise element that will only be known to its owner.