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It’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.
Although we are still very much in the depths of a cold winter, very soon the sun will emerge and bring with it a whole world of colour, light and freshness that comes with spring and this years' SS16 jewellery trends! There is a definite feel of colour and vibrancy about the jewellery scene this spring/summer 2016: a clean, sharp freshness and clarity that simultaneously conveys emerging flower buds and harsh frosts.
Do you love jewellery and have experience in copywriting and online marketing? Would you love to work in a creative and dynamic environment? The London Jewellery School are currently looking for a part-time Marketing Coordinator. They are seeking an experienced, creative and passionate individual to market and promote their jewellery and business classes to current and prospective students.
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.
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'.
In an exciting and exclusive opportunity for designers in their 1st year of business, applications for New Designers On Year On are now open. One Year On is an exclusive curated exhibition within New Designers, showcasing designers with an entrepreneurial flair in their first year of business. There is no application fee to apply, and those who are chosen to exhibit are selected by a panel of industry specialists on the strength and ambition demonstrated through their work.
Jewellery Photo Studio is a jewellery focussed photo retouching studio based in London. Having been started by a former jewellery designer, the studio understands jewellers' photographic needs and is expert in the field of composition and retouching. This combination of skills helps them to communicate the value of a jeweller's work to their customers and ultimately increase online and offline sales.
The acclaimed silversmith James Dougall is soon to be exhibiting his newest work in a Clerkenwell gallery alongside pieces from renowned designers, Nick and Sarah Allen. In what will be one of the stand out gallery shows this autumn, lovers of good design and fine craftsmanship should head for The Gallery on St Johns Square, Clerkenwell to take advantage of a rare opportunity to see exceptional pieces by these three respected designers, whose work is found in some of the world’s most fabulous homes.
The overriding feel for AW15 would best be described as the push. You could be forgiven for reading about the trends this season and thinking that nothing has really changed - the themes sound roughly similar to past seasons trends ergo nothing has really moved on, but this is really not the case. Sure, you will see the same key-words popping up here and there 'mixed-media' 'supersized' 'tribal', but we are really not talking about the same mixed-media/supersized/tribal that we were a year ago. This season, designers have taken the same themes and characteristics (because as we all know, trends rarely pop out of nowhere. They are in constant motion, evolving and developing over the seasons) and given them a daring push.