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Gold Members – Download Your GoJD Notice

Gold Members – Download Your GoJD Notice

Display your membership of the GoJD to the world! 🙂 Gold members are now able to download and print off as required, a Guild of Jewellery Designers membership notice for display at craft and trade fair exhibitions. Two versions of the notice are available applicable […]

Household Buildings Insurance for Jewellery Makers

Household Buildings Insurance for Jewellery Makers

A common problem we come across with guild members is the refusal of buildings insurance when an insurer finds out jewellery making is involved through our brokers Hencilla Canworth. We are pleased to announce that we can now offer all members, Silver and Gold, a […]

Making Jewellery at Home

Making Jewellery at Home

10 years ago, making jewellery as a hobby at home was a lonely pastime, perhaps selling the odd item to family and friends and no real resources to take advantage of except for the local library, bookshops or local college courses. Nowadays, with the expansion of the internet, there is a wealth of information, networking and selling potential for virtually anybody with a laptop, PC or tablet to take advantage of.

 

Specialist groups on Facebook create selling opportunities and chances to network and get to know likeminded individuals on practically any subject, websites are easier than ever to create and manage. Organisations such as The Guild of Jewellery Designers exist to provide information on subjects such as jewellery courses, (PPL) Products and Public Liability insurance and suppliers of tools and services, along with competitions and support for beginners to the craft or seasoned professionals.

 

It’s no wonder that jewellery making is so popular in the UK and worldwide, it is is no longer constrained to professionals and many people today are clearing a space for a bench and making their own with easier access to tools and availability of jewellery components, no longer relying on their high street jeweller and what they have to offer. The individuality and flexibility of a handmade bespoke piece creates a unique and distinctive statement for the proud maker.

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Restructured Gold Member Subscriptions

Restructured Gold Member Subscriptions

As we grow, we’re constantly looking for ways that we can improve on the services and value for money we provide. We are now in a position that allows us to look at adding extra value to our membership levels and two areas that we […]

Code for Website Guild Logo/Insurance Badge

Code for Website Guild Logo/Insurance Badge

Trust symbols on a website are becoming increasingly more important and showing your visitors that you belong to a recognised trade organisation with ethics and standards can only help instil confidence in potential customers and help generate sales.            GoJD/BPA members with […]

Cutting a Titanium Ring off a Finger

Cutting a Titanium Ring off a Finger

There are a lot of myths and legends concerning this topic so I will try to put the record straight. Titanium is a material that is not particularly hard but is very strong and has a high tensile strength. Many people are unsure as to the difference between hardness and tensile strength and often get them confused. Let us consider diamond, the hardest material currently known to man.

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The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Guild of Jewellery Designers.

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Guild of Jewellery Designers.

The Guild of British Jewellery Designers ‘GoJD’ is a collaboration of British jewellery designers and artisans offering support and networking opportunities within its membership base as a non-profit making organisation. Jewellers are able to subscribe to the guild initially on a free of charge basis […]

Internet Marketing 2

Internet Marketing 2

Quick reminder of the previous post, Internet Marketing 1.   Having a mobile friendly website is fundamentally important. The way someone visiting your site behaves when they are on a mobile is completely different to how they behave on a desktop. Attention span is reduced […]

Internet Marketing 1

Internet Marketing 1

Selling on the Internet – Problems and Solutions.

 

There has been a gradual change over the last few years with the lowering amount of sales websites are receiving online, along with fewer enquiries and a poorer responses from existing customers; it can only get worse!

 

What is the cause of this shift?

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Reticulation

Reticulation

This heat based process creates a ridged and rippled effect across the surface of the silver, it is a unique effect and once the process has been mastered can produce stunning results. Sterling silver and fine silver may be used for the process, but reticulation […]