The London Jewellery School celebrated its 10th birthday on April 21st 2019, and is marking the occasion by revamping some of its much-loved diploma courses! (Plus, they’ve got a swanky new website and a birthday treat, too!)

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a jewellery wire wrapping workshop at Cooksongold on Saturday 18th May. This was the first workshop Cooksons had held on
a Saturday, which was much more convenient to attend as getting time off work or juggling family commitments during the week can be difficult. So well done to Cooksongold for the opportunity to join this workshop.

Ethical packaging is on everyone’s mind right now with the big plastic debate being a daily news topic. We are told to make the change and switch to more ethical packaging choices, but how realistic is this for small businesses? 

We know plastic is cheap and because of this, there is a lot of it out there as waste as a by-product of retail. Due to its robust composition, plastic hangs around for years. Whether it’s buried deep in landfill or causing havoc for our fishy friends, the one thing we know for sure is that plastic is not the answer. 

Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden based London Jewellery School, Jessica Rose, has recently launched a new online company, Jewellers Academy. Alongside the launch she has created a grant for jewellers to help support them in starting and growing their own jewellery businesses.

Choosing an engagement ring is one of the biggest elements of a proposal, and customers are faced with vast choices. However, it seems now that trends are changing and the way consumers make these decisions is experiencing a shift.

With millennials now reaching the age where many are considering marriage, it is this generation that is leading the way when it comes to engagement ring shopping trends. This is down to a number of factors which include the ever improving technology and a growing social consciousness. The average millennial no longer wants to be average, they want something different.

Goldsmiths’ Fair is delighted to present Timeless Innovation, a special exhibition featuring exceptional jewels from the world-renowned Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection. Curated by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy, the display features more than 20 of her personal highlights from the Collection – ‘timeless’ examples of exacting craftsmanship and innovative design. Accompanying these exquisite jewels are a few complementary pieces from masters and accomplished apprentices each reflecting timeless innovation.

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, certain industry sectors were vocal about their position on the matter. Financial services and academic institutions, for example, were amongst the strongest supporters of “Remain”.

The jewellery industry, however, was conspicuous by its absence from the campaign trail, possibly an indication that its members were unclear about how they felt about it, but now that the result has been decided, like everybody else, it has to work out it will mean in real terms.

If you’re new to the industry or starting your own jewellery business, The National Association of Jewellers is hosting a new dynamic one-day Entrepreneurship Masterclass, facilitated by Gordon Hamme, Managing Director of British Silver Week. Gordon Hamme has seen and worked in every type of company in the trade including manufacturing, wholesale, retail and the press.

Now is the time of year to take a long hard look at your business and think about your marketing plan. Are you keeping up with the latest tips and tricks for attracting new customers and keeping your existing ones engaged and interested? There are some excellent articles in the GoJD archives written especially for independent jewellers, coupled with the latest marketing techniques it should give your business a kick-start for 2016! Follow our top tips for marketing your jewellery and building a business image that consumers will trust.



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