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Make Your Mark: The winners

Following the Make Your Mark Awards hosted at the Goldsmiths’ Hall last week (1 November), we take a look at the young designers who won the awards. Silversmithing category winner: Annabel Hood Annabel Hood has won the chance to have her ‘London’s Leopard’ design made in Argentium Silver, she said: …

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FOCUS ON: Education and training in the jewellery industry

Training methods in the jewellery industry haven’t changed much over the years, although new establishments have provided a structured approach and increased access to funding. As technical skills and mass manufacturing continue gradually to move abroad, what’s next for the industry? Education and training may seem like an obviously important …

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ANALYSIS: New business opportunities

In the third instalment of his series about the ‘Changing Face of Contemporary Jewellery’, JACK MEYER explores the new potential business models and opportunities opened up by recent advances in e-commerce and 3D printing.

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RIDING HIGH: Will the gold price ever return to its pre-recession levels?

This year has been defined by a sense that we have finally escaped the clutches of recession. But with China’s growth slowing dramatically and stock markets gripped by panic in recent weeks, some are suggesting we’re on the verge of another, much worse, crash.

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How is designer-maker jewellery sold now?

In a new series of articles about the changing face of contemporary jewellery, JACK MEYER investigates recent changes to the market in contemporary jewellery, and what this means for the new generation of designer-makers entering the industry now. 

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FEATURE: Focus on – Casting

There have been great technological changes in the casting industry in recent years. After the latest announcement of 3D printing jewellery by Argos, and the introduction of laser-sintering machines that ‘print’ jewellery directly in precious metal, TOM DAVIS looks at where the industry is heading 

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FEATURE: The future is here

It’s clear that technology manufacturers are entering the wristwatch space with the intention of re-defining it. But what does this mean for innovation elsewhere in the market? Where is design going and will it be informed by the smartwatch phenonemon? TOM DAVIS explores

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