The GoJD Christmas Hamper has a new donation in the shape of an ex-showroom Magic 5 engraving machine, generously donated to us by Cooksongold!
Here's the lowdown on the latest addition to the increasingly sought after GoJD Competition prize:

Rebecca Skeels is a respected jeweller, metalsmith, teacher and industry guru. Her recently published book 'Soldering for Jewellers' is a practical guide which covers the basics as well as more advanced techniques and encourages the inspired jeweller to use the soldering process as a springboard for creative design.

The GoJD in collaboration with Rebecca will be giving away three copies of her book to the three jewellers who can entertain, inspire, educate or amuse us with tales from the soldering block! Enter the competition with a photo and story of one of your soldering escapades; tell us your tales of tears, triumphs and tribulations - the good the bad and the ugly, we want to see it all!

We had quite a conundrum choosing a winner for the Spring Competition! There were some lovely entries for this competition, in a wide variety of styles and using a range of different techniques. The only thing that they had in common were a fabulous spring-like vibe and amazing craftsmanship!

Photographer: Harry CorkIt’s competition time again! Spring has well and truly ‘sprung’, the weather is glorious and we want to see how the change in seasons is inspiring your work! Post an image of your current jewellery pieces or metalware on our Facebook, Twitter or Community Pages with the hashtag #GoJDspringcomp and you could win a £100 shopping spree at HS Walsh.

There were some outstanding entries for this competition and we judges had quite a tough time settling on a winner! We are delighted to announce that Rocker Dave has won with his platinum piece 'Dead Man's Hand'.

There were some outstanding entries for this competition and we judges had quite a tough time settling on a winner! We are delighted to announce that Rocker Dave has won with his platinum piece 'Dead Man's Hand'.

Dave carved the skeletal forearm in wax which was then cast in platinum (17 grams). He set the hand with a 12mm Tahitian Black Pearl and then fashioned a 22ct bracelet and a a 22ct miniature coin ring for the skeleton finger. The finished piece measures around 50mm in length. Dave made his pendant to depict mans' greed; even in death this pirate won't let go!

Congratulations Dave and we hope that you put your prize of the product varience shots from Jewellery Photo Studio to very good use!

Many thanks to Jewellery Photo Studio for donating the prize. Product variance shots involve digitally changing the colour of the metals or stones in a jewellery piece. This means that a jeweller can make one ring in, for example, white gold and sapphire and recreate several images from this depicting a ring with other metal and stone combinations, enabling a jeweller to make just one piece but market a greater number of variations!