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If you're a jeweller and are ready for your next challenge the Advanced Jewellery Diploma is for you! It's run 5 days a week over 3 weeks and is designed this way so as to really immerse you in the new techniques that you'll learn. 

This course has been completely revamped by our expert team to cover the types of things that our intermediate and advanced level jewellers have asked us for. Covering bench skills, stone setting, jewellery repairs, wax carving, working to commission and much, much more. Plus, we've added a year of membership for Jewellers Academy worth £365 to help you with ongoing support with your making and business.

The Benefits of the Advanced Diploma

  • Intensive learning where you can build on your current skills;
  • Courses and projects designed to help you learn new skills;
  • Small groups of no more than 8 people;
  • No need to share your main tools;
  • Work with professional tutors who have their own jewellery businesses;
  • Supported workbench days where you can get one to one help with your own projects;
  • Run in the heart of Hatton Garden, London's Jewellery Quarter;
  • You will also get one year of membership for Jewellers Academy worth £365!

* We only run this course once a year and the next course with available spaces starts on Monday 26th August 2019. Places are limited

What You'll Learn...

Week 1: 

Day 1: Fold Forming

Day 2: Professional Practices: Refining your Bench Skills (Advanced)

Day 3: Wax Carving a Solitaire Ring

Day 4: Collet Setting: Square Shaped 

Day 5: Supported Workbench Day 


Week 2: 

Day 6: Claw Setting: Double Gallery

Day 7: Using Cast Settings: Create a Multi-Set Ring

Day 8: Advanced Wax Carving: Create a 3D Swing Locket (Part 1) 

Day 9: Advanced Wax Carving: Create a 3D Swing Locket (Part 2) 

Day 10: Supported Workbench Day 


Week 3:

Day 11: Granulation and Fusing in Silver 

Day 12: Working to Commission and Jewellery Repairs 

Day 13: Rendering: Drawing for Clients (Colour) 

Day 14: Supported Workbench Day 

Day 15: Marking day

 

Who is the Advanced Jewellery Diploma for?

This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced level jeweller. You may have started your own business or be planning to. You may be excited to choose it as an alternative to a degree. You may be looking for a second career in jewellery.

Your One Year Membership for Jewellers Academy...

For the first time, we are also giving those that complete the Advanced Jewellery Diploma one year of Jewellers Academy membership worth £365!

Jewellers Academy is also founded by Jessica Rose. It provides online support for those in jewellery businesses and as a member you get:

  • Access to all online jewellery making courses;
  • Access to all online jewellery business courses including the Jewellery Business Bootcamp, Jewellery;
  • Photography, Create an Irresistible Brand and more;
  • A monthly live masterclass with an industry expert;
  • A monthly live Q&A where you can get your questions answered;
  • Exclusive discounts;

* Your membership will give you ongoing support if you are setting up or already running a jewellery business.

 Find out more about the Advanced Diploma in Jewellery here >

If you aren't sure if this course is for you do book in for one of our careers consultations. Our General Manager Mireille will talk to you about your ambitions and will advise you on your best next step.

Call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to book a time.
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We are hiring!

We're looking for excellent new jewellery tutors for:

  • silver jewellery 
  • resin jewellery
  • wax carving

Can you teach one (or more) of these? We'd love to hear from you.

We have classes running 7 days a week and are particularly looking for people that can teach on weekday evenings and at weekends.

A teaching qualification isn't necessary, you need to be patient and able to demonstrate and clearly explain the different techniques and provide useful feedback and support to our students.

Our classes are small, there are no more than 8 people in a group. All the tools and materials are provided, you just need to turn up and teach!

Interested?

Please send your CV to our manager Mireille and she will be in touch

mireille@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

If you'd like to talk to us about the opportunity do give us a call on 0203 176 0546

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London Jewellery School by Esc London Jewellery School Admin - 2w ago

There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that all our September Diploma places are now filled.
The good news is that we still have a few places left for the Intensive Diploma in Creative Jewellery this summer. And it's still at our original price.

If you are itching to get learning then the Intensive Diploma in Creative Jewellery is perfect for you!

The course is designed for those with little or no experience to quickly train you up ready to start your own business or to work as a bench jeweller. You'll learn a wide variety of techniques including silver jewellery, stone setting, wax carving as well as beading, silver clay, fused glass, wire wrapping and more. You'll also cover jewellery design and business modules including photographing your jewellery. It's a great course if you're not sure what you'll like and just want to try everything!

PLUS: Did you know that all intensive Diploma students this year get 1-year of Jewellers Academy Membership included? 
(Usually £365!)
Giving you a whole library of jewellery making and business courses online to support your learning all year long. We know! Awesome!


We still have a few places left on our Intensive Diploma in Creative Jewellery. It starts on Monday 22nd July and it's full on! 7 weeks studying with us 5 days a week. This 7-week course covers everything you'd learn with us for a year! (studying 1 day per week)

Find out more > Creative Jewellery Summer Intensive 

This is your last opportunity to get our current pricing for the Diploma courses. Prices are increasing from September 2019.
AND
This is the last chance to attend one of our Diploma courses in 2019 so if you're itching to get started now is the time!

P.S. If you want to learn more about what to expect from the upcoming Intensive Diploma read the blog post from our founder Jessica Rose here >

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Jeweller Amy Mason has been running her own businesses for 12 years. She ran The Bead Pot jewellery store in Canterbury and has since moved her business online and specialises in bespoke hand stamped jewellery.

Amy decided that she wanted to elevate her skills so is currently completing the Diploma in Silver Jewellery at the London Jewellery School and has made some beautiful jewellery as part of the course.   We wanted to interview Amy about her jewellery making journey, her tips and challenges and why she chose the Diploma course.

 

Why did you decide to set up your own jewellery business?

It actually wasn’t that I wanted a jewellery business! When I was a kid, say about 12, I said to my parents I’m going to run my own business! The point for me as a child was, why am I working for someone else and giving them like half my wages? Because essentially, I’m earning someone else money. It was never specifically jewellery, I just always wanted to work for myself.

 

So, what was it that led you into a jewellery business or did you fall into it?

A bit of both! At 17 my sister had done a jewellery course (beading) in Nottingham and I thought ‘you could show me how to do that.’ From then on I’ve always been making jewellery, making things. I was working to go travelling and I started making jewellery as a hobby. I sold a bit to make money to go travelling. My business kind of started as a joke, as I couldn’t find the suppliers I wanted, so I basically started my own shop. My other half kind of dared me into it and because I’m very stubborn I opened a bead shop. I did look into a business plan and that’s how it started. Essentially, I was meant to go travelling but I opened a shop instead!

Personalised stamped skinny cuff bracelet from the Bead Pot

What is it you love about making jewellery?

I think that anyone can do it! And I think that anyone can do it on any budget. It hasn’t got to be high end and it hasn’t got to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming and it can be fast. It can be cheap…. You don't have to change your outfit you can just change your jewellery!

I think jewellery can start a great conversation, it can be quite striking, the necklace I’m wearing for example, every time I’ve worn it, someone has said to me “I really like that” and then we have a whole conversation about it how I made that, it can be a great talking point. It’s a flexible medium, socially connecting.

 

How long has your business been running for?

12 years

 

Has it been an easy road or has there been a lot of challenges and bumps along the way?

I don’t think anything’s really easy, but I don’t think anything’s too hard, I’m very self-sufficient as a person and always have been. I ask, ‘how do I do this’ and if I can’t do it, I ask for help. I’ve got quite a nice network around me, a little community of creatives and we ask each other for help if we need it. If I wanted to do something with textiles I’d ask my sister for example or I’d YouTube or Google it. I’ve worked hard for everything and I believe in working hard. People do say to me ‘you’re so lucky,’ it’s not luck, I do work really hard.

 

How many hours do you work per day roughly?

10 hours per day and it depends on the time of year, that’s what’s nice about having your own business, its freedom. There are positives and negatives but that goes with anything.

Personalised hexagon necklace from the Bead Pot

What has been the most successful part of running your own business?

I could answer this in different ways. Someone might say to me ‘I really like that piece of jewellery' and that’s a really nice win for me! Working for myself, being able to pay my bills. I saw it as a massive win when I shut my shop and made jewellery full time when I did what I actually wanted to do. I did love chatting with suppliers and networking but I really wanted to make jewellery full time. Sometimes when people pay me a compliment, that’s a big success to me.

It was great that my mentor on the Diploma course Helen was really complimentary of my pieces, that felt like success.

 

What has been your toughest challenges e.g. if certain Jewellery ranges aren’t doing well? How did you get around that?

I don’t really think about it, I try to compartmentalise and move on. Things that really affect me is when a customer is upset but I've learnt I can’t please everyone all the time! For example, a customer had picked a font for one of my personalised pieces and then they ended up not liking it and they’ve been upset. With them choosing it, I’d try to make them happy, I am a bit of a people pleaser. I don’t know how to say no sometimes.

 

What training did you do to start your own business?

None, I was self-taught when I started. I did use jewellery books. If I have an idea in my head, I can see the picture and I’ll find a way to do it. I will practise and try it. YouTube is amazing now, but back in the day it was not as popular. I love learning and I have done little courses in the past year, I do read a lot in general, feeding and learning.

 

Who would you say is your largest customer base?

In the broadest sense 95% to women and some male, 40% of sales goes to America approx and I sell to the UK as well. I have a little list on the wall of everywhere I sent my jewellery i.e. Saudi Arabia. There’s no set age range, it’s quite broad.

 

What do you think it takes to run your own Jewellery Business?

Passion in one word! ….. I truly believe that in Jewellery you’ve got to love it. I recently came back from Greece and thought ‘I can’t wait to do some work.’ I love going away and switching off and designs will come into my head and it's quite inspiring. Essentially, when I came back I couldn’t wait to get back to work!

You’ve got to love what you do, busy times of the year for me could be 16 hours per day. If you don’t chase money, I know we all need it, when I’m doing well and I’ve got a supportive partner who earns well, but I didn’t always have that, when I started my business I lived at my in-laws house. It was crazy but I just kept going. You can be dedicated to anything but if you’re going to spend that much of your life something, you might as well enjoy it.

 

Does Jewellery making relax you?

Yes, it does depend on what type of jewellery making I’m doing, bench soldering etc it can be with a podcast and music in the background. My partner can tell when I’m soldering because I’m normally singing. If I’m at my workbench I listen to Netflix in the background or sometimes just quiet time.

 

Some people find jewellery a bit solitary, what do you think?

I love my own space and I like interacting with people when playing hockey and I coach goalkeeping as well as coach juniors.

 

Personalised aluminium keyring, The Bead Pot

What would you say are your golden nuggets of advice to another jewellery person wanting to set up their own business?

Passion, don’t do it for money, do it because you enjoy it. Find your way! ……  I think it’s good to have a go at certain things and get the creative juices flowing, it can inspire you in a different way. You’ll find your niche and stick to it. Ignore the nay sayers. Also, some people have 10,000 followers, however, that’s not sales, don’t compare yourself to others and don’t worry about it, there is nobody else like you in the world.

 

If a jeweller is not making any money or profit, what would you advise them?

I recently had a conversation with someone about that funny enough. Yesterday I was feeling blue and I decided to share some Instagram stories to other people of different jewellery pieces that I liked. One of the people I posted about on Instagram, also said she was really down and hadn’t sold anything for a while and I posted that I really liked her jewellery. We got into a conversation and I didn’t realise she was feeling like that. However, she said to me that it was really nice of me that I adored her jewellery and I told her, her jewellery makes me feel really happy when I see it. She has thousands of followers but it really made her day to get the compliment. It doesn’t mean because a business is big, that there doing well or making lots of money, so I said to this girl ‘just keep doing what you’re doing, you’ve got lovely jewellery.’ Keep posting, there’s no magic formula to make that into sales. Don’t be tempted to go and do something else, stick with your own style. There’s no particular way but also know that there are big companies out there that also struggle with things, I don’t want them to struggle but it does make me think about that.

 

Why did you decide you decide to do the Silver Diploma at the LJS? Did you look at other schools? What was it that attracted you to LJS?

I wanted to go to the LJS because 10 years ago I remember Jessica Rose opening and I’d had her magazine in my shop I used to teach beginners jewellery and there was nothing like this. So, I’ve watched the progress of the school over the years and I’ve looked at the silver diploma before, and it was only running on a weekend at one point and I played hockey then, so I wanted something during the week. One of my friends had finished this Diploma last year and she told me all about it. I looked again at courses now and again and saw this Diploma was on during the week. I had some first-hand experience and watched the LJS business grow. This was the right time for me.

 

What have you enjoyed learning the most out of all the classes?

I’ve honestly loved everything, I wanted to do wax carving for years and I want to change my workshop around it. I love it, and there are so many sculptural things I want to do. I loved talking to SJ about wax, so I’ve got a whole line of rings I want to do, I haven’t got a proper workbench yet, there are desks but I want to get a bench. One that really surprised me but I’ve really enjoyed it, is stone setting, I’ve never been interested and I’m really quite excited like rub over setting, so that surprised me and I really enjoyed that. Do love the wax carving!

 

What have you found challenging to learn at the school?

I enjoyed everything! Obviously, some things are more time consuming to make.

 

Personalised banner necklace from the Bead Pot

Why did you not go down the accreditation route (a formal qualification)?

At the time of choosing a degree, I picked what I picked as a month before my dad passed away and I remember my mum said do something that comes natural i.e. sport, maths. My customers never ask me what qualifications I have, I’m quite proud of what I’ve taught myself. I would like to do photography too, however, funding stopped me.

 

How are you going to use the silver diploma for your current jewellery business?

I initially wanted to be able to offer more high-end jewellery, expand some ranges, I think it’s good to keep learning, never stop expanding your mind.  So that was the initial aim, having done the course, it’s changed quite a lot of what I want to do, because yes I‘ll still do that, but I’ve really enjoyed the stone setting, new pieces and just make things that I really like, it sounds arrogant but actually making designs in my own style, what I do now is so much ‘ you tell me what you want’, and I’d like to do what I like, this is where I love different jewellers because everyone’s got their own unique style, I don’t understand why people copy or are territorial. There is enough for everything to go around. I really believe in supporting other people, one of my friends did a private tuition with one of the tutors hear, we share ideas and tips, Etsy and business. I’m in a group called ‘made in Hearn bay’ and it’s a little local group of creatives and everyone’s makes things. We come together once per month and we help each other make sales and events. It’s so nice because you’ve got that support and you can build your own network. We’re all locals, I just really think it’s about supporting other people. I will help anyone, I don’t mind and I think it’s nice.

 

So, you were interested in the Advanced Diploma, why would you like to do this course now?

When the ad came through, it looked amazing, the wax carving, the rings, I thought no way can I make that, it looks like a really good mix. It fits in timing wise with my life, so its pre-season with hockey, it’s not too close to Christmas which will be really busy. I did think will I be able to make these pieces? And I asked my mentor Helen if she thinks I could do it, and she was very honest and said yes, so it looks awesome, I’ve enjoyed coming here and I don’t want to stop coming here. It’s nice, and it’s a day for myself, switching off, for me, learn to expand, the reading the learning and that’s how you get better.

If you're interested in what you'll learn on the Diploma in Silver Jewellery click here>

If you'd like to know more about the Advanced Jewellery Diploma click here >

Thanks to Amy for being interviewed! You can find out more about Amy and see her gorgeous jewellery ranges here www.beadpot.co.uk (We just love her hand stamped jewellery which is very personalised and unique). We look forward to seeing Amy’s business grow from strength to strength!

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Jeweller Amy Mason has been running her own businesses for 12 years. She ran The Bead Pot jewellery store in Canterbury and has since moved her business online and specialises in bespoke hand stamped jewellery.

Amy decided that she wanted to elevate her skills so is currently completing the Diploma in Silver Jewellery at the London Jewellery School and has made some beautiful jewellery as part of the course.   We wanted to interview Amy about her jewellery making journey, her tips and challenges and why she chose the Diploma course.

 

Why did you decide to set up your own jewellery business?

It actually wasn’t that I wanted a jewellery business! When I was a kid, say about 12, I said to my parents I’m going to run my own business! The point for me as a child was, why am I working for someone else and giving them like half my wages? Because essentially, I’m earning someone else money. It was never specifically jewellery, I just always wanted to work for myself.

 

So, what was it that led you into a jewellery business or did you fall into it?

A bit of both! At 17 my sister had done a jewellery course (beading) in Nottingham and I thought ‘you could show me how to do that.’ From then on I’ve always been making jewellery, making things. I was working to go travelling and I started making jewellery as a hobby. I sold a bit to make money to go travelling. My business kind of started as a joke, as I couldn’t find the suppliers I wanted, so I basically started my own shop. My other half kind of dared me into it and because I’m very stubborn I opened a bead shop. I did look into a business plan and that’s how it started. Essentially, I was meant to go travelling but I opened a shop instead!

Personalised stamped skinny cuff bracelet from the Bead Pot

What is it you love about making jewellery?

I think that anyone can do it! And I think that anyone can do it on any budget. It hasn’t got to be high end and it hasn’t got to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming and it can be fast. It can be cheap…. You don't have to change your outfit you can just change your jewellery!

I think jewellery can start a great conversation, it can be quite striking, the necklace I’m wearing for example, every time I’ve worn it, someone has said to me “I really like that” and then we have a whole conversation about it how I made that, it can be a great talking point. It’s a flexible medium, socially connecting.

 

How long has your business been running for?

12 years

 

Has it been an easy road or has there been a lot of challenges and bumps along the way?

I don’t think anything’s really easy, but I don’t think anything’s too hard, I’m very self-sufficient as a person and always have been. I ask, ‘how do I do this’ and if I can’t do it, I ask for help. I’ve got quite a nice network around me, a little community of creatives and we ask each other for help if we need it. If I wanted to do something with textiles I’d ask my sister for example or I’d YouTube or Google it. I’ve worked hard for everything and I believe in working hard. People do say to me ‘you’re so lucky,’ it’s not luck, I do work really hard.

 

How many hours do you work per day roughly?

10 hours per day and it depends on the time of year, that’s what’s nice about having your own business, its freedom. There are positives and negatives but that goes with anything.

Personalised hexagon necklace from the Bead Pot

What has been the most successful part of running your own business?

I could answer this in different ways. Someone might say to me ‘I really like that piece of jewellery' and that’s a really nice win for me! Working for myself, being able to pay my bills. I saw it as a massive win when I shut my shop and made jewellery full time when I did what I actually wanted to do. I did love chatting with suppliers and networking but I really wanted to make jewellery full time. Sometimes when people pay me a compliment, that’s a big success to me.

It was great that my mentor on the Diploma course Helen was really complimentary of my pieces, that felt like success.

 

What has been your toughest challenges e.g. if certain Jewellery ranges aren’t doing well? How did you get around that?

I don’t really think about it, I try to compartmentalise and move on. Things that really affect me is when a customer is upset but I've learnt I can’t please everyone all the time! For example, a customer had picked a font for one of my personalised pieces and then they ended up not liking it and they’ve been upset. With them choosing it, I’d try to make them happy, I am a bit of a people pleaser. I don’t know how to say no sometimes.

 

What training did you do to start your own business?

None, I was self-taught when I started. I did use jewellery books. If I have an idea in my head, I can see the picture and I’ll find a way to do it. I will practise and try it. YouTube is amazing now, but back in the day it was not as popular. I love learning and I have done little courses in the past year, I do read a lot in general, feeding and learning.

 

Who would you say is your largest customer base?

In the broadest sense 95% to women and some male, 40% of sales goes to America approx and I sell to the UK as well. I have a little list on the wall of everywhere I sent my jewellery i.e. Saudi Arabia. There’s no set age range, it’s quite broad.

 

What do you think it takes to run your own Jewellery Business?

Passion in one word! ….. I truly believe that in Jewellery you’ve got to love it. I recently came back from Greece and thought ‘I can’t wait to do some work.’ I love going away and switching off and designs will come into my head and it's quite inspiring. Essentially, when I came back I couldn’t wait to get back to work!

You’ve got to love what you do, busy times of the year for me could be 16 hours per day. If you don’t chase money, I know we all need it, when I’m doing well and I’ve got a supportive partner who earns well, but I didn’t always have that, when I started my business I lived at my in-laws house. It was crazy but I just kept going. You can be dedicated to anything but if you’re going to spend that much of your life something, you might as well enjoy it.

 

Does Jewellery making relax you?

Yes, it does depend on what type of jewellery making I’m doing, bench soldering etc it can be with a podcast and music in the background. My partner can tell when I’m soldering because I’m normally singing. If I’m at my workbench I listen to Netflix in the background or sometimes just quiet time.

 

Some people find jewellery a bit solitary, what do you think?

I love my own space and I like interacting with people when playing hockey and I coach goalkeeping as well as coach juniors.

 

Personalised aluminium keyring, The Bead Pot

What would you say are your golden nuggets of advice to another jewellery person wanting to set up their own business?

Passion, don’t do it for money, do it because you enjoy it. Find your way! ……  I think it’s good to have a go at certain things and get the creative juices flowing, it can inspire you in a different way. You’ll find your niche and stick to it. Ignore the nay sayers. Also, some people have 10,000 followers, however, that’s not sales, don’t compare yourself to others and don’t worry about it, there is nobody else like you in the world.

 

If a jeweller is not making any money or profit, what would you advise them?

I recently had a conversation with someone about that funny enough. Yesterday I was feeling blue and I decided to share some Instagram stories to other people of different jewellery pieces that I liked. One of the people I posted about on Instagram, also said she was really down and hadn’t sold anything for a while and I posted that I really liked her jewellery. We got into a conversation and I didn’t realise she was feeling like that. However, she said to me that it was really nice of me that I adored her jewellery and I told her, her jewellery makes me feel really happy when I see it. She has thousands of followers but it really made her day to get the compliment. It doesn’t mean because a business is big, that there doing well or making lots of money, so I said to this girl ‘just keep doing what you’re doing, you’ve got lovely jewellery.’ Keep posting, there’s no magic formula to make that into sales. Don’t be tempted to go and do something else, stick with your own style. There’s no particular way but also know that there are big companies out there that also struggle with things, I don’t want them to struggle but it does make me think about that.

 

Why did you decide you decide to do the Silver Diploma at the LJS? Did you look at other schools? What was it that attracted you to LJS?

I wanted to go to the LJS because 10 years ago I remember Jessica Rose opening and I’d had her magazine in my shop I used to teach beginners jewellery and there was nothing like this. So, I’ve watched the progress of the school over the years and I’ve looked at the silver diploma before, and it was only running on a weekend at one point and I played hockey then, so I wanted something during the week. One of my friends had finished this Diploma last year and she told me all about it. I looked again at courses now and again and saw this Diploma was on during the week. I had some first-hand experience and watched the LJS business grow. This was the right time for me.

 

What have you enjoyed learning the most out of all the classes?

I’ve honestly loved everything, I wanted to do wax carving for years and I want to change my workshop around it. I love it, and there are so many sculptural things I want to do. I loved talking to SJ about wax, so I’ve got a whole line of rings I want to do, I haven’t got a proper workbench yet, there are desks but I want to get a bench. One that really surprised me but I’ve really enjoyed it, is stone setting, I’ve never been interested and I’m really quite excited like rub over setting, so that surprised me and I really enjoyed that. Do love the wax carving!

 

What have you found challenging to learn at the school?

I enjoyed everything! Obviously, some things are more time consuming to make.

 

Personalised banner necklace from the Bead Pot

Why did you not go down the accreditation route (a formal qualification)?

At the time of choosing a degree, I picked what I picked as a month before my dad passed away and I remember my mum said do something that comes natural i.e. sport, maths. My customers never ask me what qualifications I have, I’m quite proud of what I’ve taught myself. I would like to do photography too, however, funding stopped me.

 

How are you going to use the silver diploma for your current jewellery business?

I initially wanted to be able to offer more high-end jewellery, expand some ranges, I think it’s good to keep learning, never stop expanding your mind.  So that was the initial aim, having done the course, it’s changed quite a lot of what I want to do, because yes I‘ll still do that, but I’ve really enjoyed the stone setting, new pieces and just make things that I really like, it sounds arrogant but actually making designs in my own style, what I do now is so much ‘ you tell me what you want’, and I’d like to do what I like, this is where I love different jewellers because everyone’s got their own unique style, I don’t understand why people copy or are territorial. There is enough for everything to go around. I really believe in supporting other people, one of my friends did a private tuition with one of the tutors hear, we share ideas and tips, Etsy and business. I’m in a group called ‘made in Hearn bay’ and it’s a little local group of creatives and everyone’s makes things. We come together once per month and we help each other make sales and events. It’s so nice because you’ve got that support and you can build your own network. We’re all locals, I just really think it’s about supporting other people. I will help anyone, I don’t mind and I think it’s nice.

 

So, you were interested in the Advanced Diploma, why would you like to do this course now?

When the ad came through, it looked amazing, the wax carving, the rings, I thought no way can I make that, it looks like a really good mix. It fits in timing wise with my life, so its pre-season with hockey, it’s not too close to Christmas which will be really busy. I did think will I be able to make these pieces? And I asked my mentor Helen if she thinks I could do it, and she was very honest and said yes, so it looks awesome, I’ve enjoyed coming here and I don’t want to stop coming here. It’s nice, and it’s a day for myself, switching off, for me, learn to expand, the reading the learning and that’s how you get better.

If you're interested in what you'll learn on the Diploma in Silver Jewellery click here>

If you'd like to know more about the Advanced Jewellery Diploma click here >

Thanks to Amy for being interviewed! You can find out more about Amy and see her gorgeous jewellery ranges here www.beadpot.co.uk (We just love her hand stamped jewellery which is very personalised and unique). We look forward to seeing Amy’s business grow from strength to strength!

 All the images in this blog post are copyright Amy Mason 2019

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What would you spend £1000 on for your jewellery business? Training? A new website? A big trade show? Gemstones? Staff? Professional photos?

Well now is your chance to apply for JewelFund!

Our founder Jessica Rose set up JewelFund in 2018 to provide funding opportunities for jewellers and she will be awarding two grants of £1000 to jewellers this year. These are grants not loans, they don't need to be paid back. Jessica will be choosing one person who has been in business for under 3 years and one who has been in business for 3 years or more. 

‘Having launched jewellery businesses myself, I know what it takes to get started. Alongside support, training and lots of hard work, sometimes we need a cash injection to afford the bigger trade shows, pay for equipment, rebrand or cover new expenses while we expand.

 I set up this fund in 2018 as a way to give back to the industry I have built my career in and support others building their own businesses. I enjoyed mentoring Rachel Whitehead and Zoe Porter, the JewelFund 2018 recipients,  last year and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with more ambitious jewellers this year’ Jessica Rose.


Any jeweller can apply who is over the age of 16 and where £1000 will make a substantial difference to their business. Pre-business jewellers may apply but will need to submit a business plan alongside their application. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2019.

You can find out more and apply here >

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We will be running our 6-day Jewellery Business Bootcamp this September, perfect if you would like to start a business or move your business to the next level ready for Christmas sales. Plus this year we have added some brand new bonuses for Bootcamp students. Read on to find out more!

 

The original Jewellery Business Bootcamp run by the London Jewellery School is revamped and back for 2019. This 6-day Bootcamp is for you if you would like to start or grow your jewellery business. Taught by tutors who run their own jewellery businesses as well as the award-winning entrepreneur Jessica Rose, this is a great opportunity to dedicate some quality time to really develop your business.

The benefits of the Jewellery Business Bootcamp

  • taught in 6 intensive days - switch off your phone and use the time to concentrate solely on developing your business with expert help
  • up to date expertise shared from a variety of tutors, all with their own businesses. The tutors scheduled to teach this course are Hayley Kruger, Anna Campbell and Helen Walls 
  • Q&A with award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the London Jewellery School Jessica Rose. Get advice on YOUR business
  • study in a small group of no more than 8 people and support each other with good ideas and networking
  • get 3 months membership of Jewellers Academy included (worth £117)
  • additional 45-minute coaching, either over the phone or in person, with LJS general manager Mireille to discuss sales targets and business goals for your business. Mireille has 15 year’s experience working in New Business Development working with FTSE 100 companies and experience with project management and retail/customer service
  • run in Hatton Garden, London's jewellery quarter
  • receive a file of detailed notes and resources
  • submit your business plan by the deadline after the end of the course for written feedback


We always run this course in September as it's the perfect time to be working on your business to boost your sales for the busy Christmas period. We have a maximum number of 8 students per class so when the final spaces are gone then they're gone!

The course runs from 17th - 22nd September 2019, 10-5pm each day.

Here's what you will learn:

Day 1 - Introduction to running a jewellery business and defining your goals 
 
Day 2 - Pricing, Sales and Marketing 
 
Day 3 - Selling online 
 
Day 4 - About the jewellery industry, Intellectual Property and exhibiting your work 
 
Day 5 - Finance for your jewellery business 
 
Day 6 - Putting it all into action 

You can find a detailed description of what is covered on the Bootcamp course here >

Who is the Jewellery Business Bootcamp for?
This course has been designed for those that are planning to start a jewellery business or who have started a business and want to move up the next level in terms of sales goals. 

If you aren't sure if it is for you do book in for one of our careers consultations. Our General Manager Mireille will talk to you about your ambitions and will advise you on your best next step.
Call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to book a time.

If the idea of spending some dedicated time really getting to grips with your business excites you then do enrol on this course. Magic happens when you focus.

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To our FREE open evening at our studios in Hatton Garden

 

Details

Thursday 4th July 2019, 6-8pm

Address: London Jewellery School, New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London EC1N 8JY

 

If you're interested in seeing some of the different techniques we teach at London Jewellery School, with demonstrations including silver stacker rings, talks, and the chance to meet some of our incredible tutors, staff, and graduates, the open evening is for you. Whether you've attended classes before, have been thinking about it, or just want to have a look around London Jewellery School and see our set up, you're so welcome! We'll be available to chat about our classes including our Diploma programme so if you're curious about that we'd love to see you!



Pop in for a chat, watch some demonstrations, have a little munch and a sip on some free refreshments...!

AND we'll be giving people 20% off day, evening and taster class bookings made in person on the evening!


No need to RSVP - just pop it in your diary and come along!


(Discount not available on the Diploma, private tuition, certification, gift vouchers or wedding rings.)

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We have completely revamped our Diploma in Silver Jewellery for September. Based on feedback from students and our knowledge of the jewellery industry we are confident that this is the best course on the market to prepare you to set up your own business. Read on to find out more ..

We have been running our Diplomas for a number of years now and this is the biggest change we have made to the programme since it's inception. Based on what our graduates have gone on to do plus our knowledge of the jewellery industry we have made some big changes to the course to really help prepare our graduates to start their own business. These changes include a complete overhaul of the modules and some brand new training in working with gold, making wedding rings, working to commission and more.

The benefits of the Diploma in Silver Jewellery

  • study one day a week (weekday and weekend options currently available for a September 2019 start)
  • intensive learning suitable for complete beginners or those with some jewellery making experience
  • courses and projects designed to help you learn new skills and develop your business potential
  • study in a small group of no more than 8 people
  • mentoring from a professional jeweller
  • work with professional tutors who have their own jewellery businesses
  • no need to share your main tools
  • supported workbench days where you can get one to one help with your own projects
  • run in Hatton Garden, London's jewellery quarter
  • cost of the course covers £800 worth of materials
  • much less than the cost of a degree and more focussed on skill and business development
  • payment plan available
  • at the beginning of the course, you will receive your own student tool kit
  • mini professional photoshoot of your jewellery at the end of the course to help get you started
  • one year of membership of Jewellers Academy worth £365


The next intake for this course is September and we have already sold 75% of the places available for the term. We have a maximum number of 8 students per class so when the final spaces are gone, they're gone!

You can choose from either Mondays or Saturdays. Start dates

Saturday 21st September 2019  we have just 2 spaces left for Saturdays
or
Monday 23rd September 2019 we have just 2 spaces left for Mondays

We will also be running the course with a start date in January 2020 and an intensive option in July 2020.

Here's what you will learn:

Term 1: Silver Term 

Induction day  
Week 1: Beginners Silver 
Week 2: Soldering Masterclass 
Week 3: Piercing, Polishing and Finishing 
Week 4: Intermediate Silver Jewellery 
Week 5: Stone Setting in Silver (Day 1) 
Week 6: Stone Setting in Silver (Day 2) 
Week 7: Technical Drawing
Week 8: Cold Connections 
Week 9: Beginners Wax Carving
Week 10: Stone setting in Wax Carving
Week 11: Workshop Day 
Week 12: Marking Day 
 
 
Term 2: Professional Term 

Week 1: Making Wedding Rings (For Customers)
Week 2: Working with Gold
Week 3: Intermediate Stone Setting 1: Collet Setting 
Week 4: Intermediate Stone Setting 2: Irregular Settings
Week 5: Workshop Day & Founder Q&A Session 
Week 6: Intermediate Stone Setting 3: Claw  
Week 7: Jewellery Design (Commission Brief Set)
Week 8: Beginners Enamelling 
Week 9: Intermediate Enamelling 
Week 10: Working to Commission (Making A Piece) 
Week 11: Workshop Day 
Week 12: Marking Day 
 
Term 3: Mixed Media & Business Term
 

Week 1: Beading & Wire Wrapping 
Week 2: Metal Clay 1 (Beginners & Gold) 
Week 3: Metal Clay 2 (Textures and Moulds, Embellishments) 
Week 4: Metal Clay 3 (Beads and Hollow Forms with Gold) 
Week 5: Resin 1 
Week 6: Resin 2 
Week 7: Granulation and Fusing 
Week 8: Perspex 
Week 9: Jewellery Business 
Week 10: Photograph Your Jewellery 
Week 11: Workshop Day 
Week 12: Marking Day (this term also includes a group trip) 

 

Who is the Diploma in Silver Jewellery for?
This course has been designed for those that would like to learn and develop their skills as a jeweller. Complete beginners are welcome as are those with some experience looking to complete a Diploma qualification. Graduates will likely start their own businesses or find work with a jeweller. Previous students have included those that wanted to train for a change in career or start their own business so they could work for themselves from home.
The course is run in one, intensive study day per week which allows you to fit it into current commitments e.g. work, education, caring for others etc. We have had people travel each week from as far as Ireland, Newcastle and Poole!
For a September 2019 start, you can choose either to study on a Monday or a Saturday so pick the day that best suits you.

If you aren't sure if the course is for you do book in for one of our careers consultations. Our General Manager Mireille will talk to you about your ambitions and will advise you on your best next step with your best interests at the centre of the conversation. We want to ensure that everyone on the course will succeed and Mireille will let you know if a different path would be better.
Call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to book a time.

We have just 2 spaces left for the Saturday course starting in September and just 2 spaces left for the Monday course so act now! Find out more about the course on this link >

We can't wait to get started and to welcome our first groups to our Hatton Garden studios.
If you want to know more then do get in touch!

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As you may have seen, we are celebrating our 10th year! As part of our celebrations, we have made it our mission to encourage people new to jewellery making to give it a try. And if you have made jewellery before, we encourage you to give a new technique or material a go.
To help with our mission, we have extended our 20% discount offer to all of our taster classes!

Use the discount code HAPPY10 at checkout. That makes most taster classes, including tuition and materials £39.20!

Our taster classes run from 6.30pm-9pm on weekdays so are perfect if you are working in London - pop along after work and use your evening creatively. Or why not come along with a friend or two?

We have 15 taster classes to choose from so there is sure to be something for everyone.

You can:

  • try out metal clay and make your own pendant
  • give wax carving a go and make a wax ring
  • learn more about gemstones
  • make beaded jewellery including a ring
  • make silver jewellery including a necklace, cufflinks, earrings and rings

and more

We have some new taster classes as well as some old favourites, read on to be inspired!

New: Handstamped Silver
Usual price: £49
Discounted price: £39.20

Fancy trying to make your own silver jewellery? This class is perfect as you'll get the chance to try out the techniques all in one evening!
In this fun and creative taster session, you will have the chance to make a lovely piece of Silver Jewellery which you will personally hand stamp with your own message, date or symbol. The piece will be made completely from scratch using sterling silver and you will leave at the end of the session with your beautifully unique and professional piece of jewellery. 

Find out more >

New: Make a pearl ring
Usual price: £89
Discounted price: £71.20
Taught over 2 evenings (on the same day for two weeks), you will learn to make your own unique pearl ring. This class is perfect for complete beginners who have no experience of making jewellery and can be taken before Beginners Silver Jewellery I. 

Find out more >

Introduction to Gemstones
Usual price: £49
Discounted price: £39.20

Do you love gemstones as much as us? Then join us for this intensive introduction to the world of gemstones where our expert tutor will guide you through the main topics of identifying different stones and realising their properties so that you can then be confident in using them in your own work or in buying from others. 
 
Gemology is a huge subject, which can be studied for years but this class is a practical, hands-on look at the basics for jewellers or buyers which will make working with gemstones and picking the right ones a much more manageable task. 
 
A great class for anyone using precious or semi-precious stones or beads in their work! 
 
Find out more >

Take a look at all of our taster classes > and take advantage of 20% off using the discount code HAPPY10 at checkout


(BTW I know it says HAPPY10, that's because it's our tenth birthday. You still get 20% off!).

Not sure what to choose? Want to chat with someone to get some advice? Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Ts and Cs: 20% discount applies to taster classes only and is not valid on any other class, Diploma private tuition or gift voucher sale

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