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Our jewellery blog combines news about our courses, projects and events, with tips on jewellery making and design. We also publish interviews with our accomplished tutors, as well as stories and testimonials from our students and graduates. Browse our posts and take a deep dive into the world of BAJ.

Genevieve Schwartz smiling whilst working on a ring at her workbench

Graduate Stories: Genevieve Schwartz

In the latest instalment of our Graduate Stories series, we catch up with BAJ Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma alumna Genevieve Schwartz who has just launched her eponymous brand.

BAJ graduate Clio Saskia talks about the path to her GC&DC Award win

BAJ graduate Clio Saskia currently runs her own jewellery brand, creating fascinating pieces inspired by exotic animals. At this year’s Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GC&DC) Awards, she won the Gem-A Award for her striking “Snake Knuckleduster” ring. We speak to her about her career so far, her inspiration and her plans for the future.

Building a creative community with BAJ Tutor Bekkie Ora

At BAJ, we believe in fostering a creative fellowship which enables our community to grow and uplift each other. We talk with BAJ tutor and accomplished jeweller Bekkie Ora about the importance of community in the jewellery industry. 

Getting started with sustainable jewellery: what should I know?

Produced in a way that minimises its social and environmental impact, sustainable or ethical jewellery is a fast-growing trend. We take a look at how jewellers and shoppers can embrace sustainability.

All about sapphire jewellery

Blue sapphire stones are some of the most beautiful and desirable gems in the world. Here we explore some of the qualities and uses of these fascinating gems.

Graduate Stories: Petra Otenšlégrová

In the new episode of our Graduate Stories video series, we talk to Petra Otenšlégrová who recently graduated from our Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma in London.

How do BAJ’s Live Projects prepare students for a career in jewellery design? A conversation with Head of Academy Kate Rieppel

From organising live projects with established brands, to helping students find jewellery placements through our extensive industry network, BAJ does everything it can to prepare its graduates for life after the academy. We sat down with Head of Academy Kate Rieppel to discuss BAJ’s latest live projects and find out more about the academy’s other career-focused initiatives.

How to become a jeweller: Finding the right role for you in the jewellery industry

What does it take to become a jeweller? If you have just discovered a passion for jewellery, you may be starting to look for information to help you on your journey to becoming a professional jeweller. Here we’ll go over some of the main questions you may have and help you find your vocation in the jewellery industry!

Keep calm and carry on: Developing your skills from home

With lockdown measures in the UK, many jewellery students and professionals no longer have access to facilities to carry out their craft. But that doesn’t mean you have to put your jewellery journey on hold: there are a whole range of resources and activities that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home. Here are five ways to keep growing as a jeweller during lockdown.

Jewellery making techniques for creating fascinating transforming pieces

You can use a wide range of jewellery making techniques to create inspiring pieces that transform and evolve. From multifunctional jewellery to intricate pieces that can be opened or collapsed, transforming jewellery is an exciting field to explore. Here, you can find out more about jewellery techniques you can use to make your own magical transforming pieces. Take a look at our tips and find your inspiration!

So you want to take a jewellery making course online?

Taking a jewellery making course online is a great way to learn new jewellery techniques or improve your existing skills, all while in the comfort of your own home. The number of available courses has greatly increased in recent years, with programmes catering to all interests and skill levels. But with so many online jewellery courses around, how do you choose the right one for you? Here we’ll go over some of the main things to consider when you’re searching for a programme.

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