Pearls at the V&A
31 October 2013
Photo © Christie's Images
This month I have had the pleasure of attending the Pearls exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. The V&A have come together with Qatar Museums Authority to put together a fascinating exhibition of everything and anything you ever wanted to know about pearls.
Photo © Sotheby's
The exhibition is beautifully curated and starts with how a pearl is made, with a collection of shells and pearls in a huge variety of styles and colours. You are then taken through the very interesting process of how a pearl is created. The exhibition then covers how the pearls are collected both historically and today.
Photo by Rudiger Floter © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2013
The exhibition moves onto a stunning display of the most beautiful pearl jewellery you’ll ever see in one place. Pieces range from incredible antiques right through to modern (what can only be described as) works of art, it is truly a feast for the eyes.
The exhibition is open until 19th January 2014 and is well worth a visit. See V&A for more details
© Victoria and Albert Museum
Sneak peek inside issue 60, on sale 17 October
14 October 2013
Our gorgeous November 2013 issue hits the shops on 17 October, but here's a sneak peek of what's inside to whet your appetites! This lovely project includes projects inspired by nature, and there are 42 projects to keep you busy throughout the whole of autumn!
My favourite project of the issue has to be Tansy Wilson's Make a wish necklace, which reminds me of childhood walks in the park on a crisp day, blowing dandelion 'clocks'. The piece is very achievable, too, using basic soldering skills.
For those of you who love beading, take a look at this Autumn leaves necklace by Rowena Hayter, complete with very cute ladybirds! It also gets that rather lovely Eva Cassidy song stuck in my head!
For the ultimate arm candy, try your hand at forming these beautiful Copper charm bangles by Clair Wolfe - I think it's the jewellery version of jumping in a pile of crisp leaves!
For a statment piece, try having a go with some Friendly Plastic, a fantastic medium we're becoming a little obsessed with - you can create some stunning results, like this Russet refinement brooch by Liz Welch.
Another beautiful brooch is Paula Paton's Autumn leaf brooch, which she has created using metal clay and a real leaf. It's a gorgeous technique that will quickly become addictive, especially when you embed sparkling stones in it as she has.
For a statement piece this autumn, and for a fab wireworking project, check out this Crystal dewdrops piece by Lisa Floyd. She has encapsulated the beautiful autumn moment of dewdrops clinging to a leaf in the early morning.
Whatever you choose to make, with our exceptionally clear step-by-step instructions, you'll acheive fantastic results. Plus, there are plenty more projects in the magazine, as well as hundreds of pounds worth of giveaway goodies to win, tehniques on how to make your own fancy earwires, discover the latest fashion and jewellery trends and much more!
Plus, the issue comes with a free 'Top Techniques' supplement that is full of new and traditional techniques to advance your jewellery making skills.
Awards for London Jewellery School
9 October 2013
London Jewellery School and its founder Jessica Rose have just been shortlisted for two more business awards. Having won the NatWest EveryWoman Artemis Award for young businesswomen in 2012, Jessica has now been shortlisted for the Smarta 100 2013 business awards.
These awards, sponsered by O2, highlight 100 entrepreneurial businesses across the UK in ten different categories. Jessica is shortlisted in the Female Entrepreneur category. The winners of each category are decided by public vote before the Smarta 100 judging panel decide the overall winner. The chosen winner will be announced at the Smarta 100 awards ceremony on 12 November at London's Cafe de Paris.
You can vote for Jessica now by visiting http://www.smarta.com/smarta100/2013/london-jewellery-school/ and simply clicking 'vote now'.
London Jewellery School has also been shortlisted in the HP Smart Business Awards in the Skills Creation category, whcih promotes acheivements by small- and medium-sized businesses in the UK.
Win £100 of Swarovski Elements with Jilly Beads!
1 October 2013
Jilly Beads have got together with Swarovski Elements to run a competition to win £100 of Swarovski Elements. The fantastic prize is a hamper stuffed full of crystals from the new Autumn/Winter 2014/15 Innovations range. Plus, the winning design will appear on Swarovski's Create Your Style website.
If that weren't enough, there will also be a runner up prize of Xilions and Crystal Pearls worth over £15. To be in with your chance to win, simply make a pair of statement earrings using only Swarovski Elements, and send a photograph to Jilly Beads.