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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.

Student Stories: Yvonne Oshodi of Maeve Hardware

While studying Jewellery Fundamentals at BAJ London, Yvonne Oshodi runs her own jewellery brand Maeve Hardware. Yvonne’s brand, which she retails from her online shop, was recently featured in Elle and Vogue Arabia. In this interview, Yvonne shares what it’s like to run an independent jewellery brand while studying at BAJ.

Erasmus Student Network International Study Trip | BAJ Student Stories

British Academy of Jewellery talks to student Robin about her study abroad experience as part of the Erasmus student network.

Making a ring: The first step on your jewellery journey

If you’re thinking of exploring your creativity through jewellery production, making a ring is an ideal first project. But how do you get started? And what material should you choose? When you decide to make a ring, these are just some of the questions you’ll need to think about. Here you’ll find useful information to help guide you.

Graduate Stories: Naki Kaddu

We speak to BAJ alumnus and owner of jewellery brand Nakibirango London, Naki Kaddu, about her time at our London academy and how she crafted a name for herself in the jewellery industry.
Genevieve Schwartz smiling whilst working on a ring at her workbench

Ancestral Artistry: A brief history of wax carving and lost wax casting

Wax carving is an essential skill for jewellery makers, allowing them to craft wax models that can be used to produce beautiful and intricately detailed jewellery pieces through the lost wax casting method. We take a brief look at the history of this ancient art.

Graduate Stories: Susannah King

Susannah King began her journey at the British Academy of Jewellery, studying jewellery manufacturing and design. She now runs her own jewellery brand specialising in durable handmade pieces and is the first vegan jewellery brand in the UK. BAJ sat down with King to talk about her achievements and inspirations, as well as her experiences studying at the academy.

5 tips for getting ahead in jewellery retail

Jewellery retail is a dynamic sector offering a variety of rewarding employment opportunities. Whether you’re just starting out in jewellery retail or are looking to give your career a boost, here are five tips from BAJ on how to get ahead.

Getting started with 3D printing for jewellery design

3D printing for jewellery design is a fast-growing field and one that is creative, demanding and extremely rewarding. Learning 3D modelling gives you the opportunity to learn in-demand skills in the industry and print your own designs - so how can you get started?

BAJ Insight: What does the rise of Z by Accessorize mean for jewellery?

Demi-fine jewels are getting a lot of attention as fine jewellery looks with costume prices are converting high street shoppers.

BAJ Insight: Is blackamoor jewellery racist?

Princess Michael of Kent and Dolce & Gabbana got their fingers slapped for its use, but these controversial jewels still attract buyers.

BAJ Insight: What is conceptual jewellery?

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: Celebrities and their jewellery lines

Kate Moss’s announcement last week that she has designed a jewellery line did not come as a shock. Just like fashion and homewares, gardening and cooking, the jewellery industry is not immune to a celebrity collaboration. While some stars simply lend their necklines and hands to a brand, other will get involved in the design process (or at least claim to). Here are just a few of those celebrity jewellery lines, including Kate’s.

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