Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gemstones meaning - Rose quartz



According to Crystals use and gemstones meaning, Rose quartz is the stone of universal love
It allows to give and receive love and enhances women's beauty

Friday, May 22, 2009

one Hour Hallmarking!!! WOW

Amazing, I must say... See below
article by Rachael Taylor in Retail Jeweller
London Assay Office launches one-hour hallmarking

The Assay Office London has launched a one-hour priority hallmarking service at its Goldsmiths’ Hall and Greville Street offices. The London Assay Office is the first UK Assay Office to officially offer a guaranteed one-hour service for hallmarking.

Retailers can get up to five items hallmarked within one hour with the choice of either hand marking or laser marks. A fully inclusive fee of £50 plus VAT, for up to five items, includes the application of the sponsor’s mark, logo marks, special display marks and most other additional marks that can be applied at the time of hallmarking.

Assay Office London sales and business development manager Steve Collins said: “It has been introduced to help alleviate some of the tight deadlines that retailers, in particular, have to work to, and to offer the most comprehensive range of service levels possible to suit our wide variety of customers.”

Assay Office London is a part of the Goldsmiths’ Company which was founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith and received its first Royal Charter in 1327. One of the 12 Great Livery Companies of the City of London, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

call for entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Extended Deadline: May 31, 2009

LICC invites passionate visual artists, regardless of experience or nationality, to submit their innovative artwork for inclusion in the LICC competition. The artwork is judged by a board of internationally esteemed artists, writers, curators, gallery owners and other luminaries of the visual arts. The jury-selected finalists and shortlist will be published in the LICC Annual Awards Book, on this website and will be announced to the creative arts and media outlets worldwide. The 15 finalists work will be presented at the LICC awards ceremony in London, one prize-winner will be chosen by the jury to receive the £2,000 cash prize

This year's categories:
Architectural
Audio/Music
Design (Environmental/Fashion/Graphic/Interior)
Drawing/Illustration
Installation
Mixed Media
NetArt/Web Design
Painting
Performance
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Textile
Video and Film
Writing
Other

Entry Fee
Entry fee is £20 single or series*
Students £15 single or series*
All entries must include the appropriate entry fee payable to the London International Creative Competition (LICC).

Entry Forms
For online submission click http://licc.us/submit/


LICC and Society6:
To further our support for the arts, LICC is now offering our first non-restricted GRANT through our partner, Society6 http://www.society6.com/grants/grant/LICC_Creativity_Grant, to individuals from every creative discipline and country in the world.
Society6 is a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talent as it unfolds.
Join Society6 and apply, it's simple and fun.

LICC LONDON: 42 Prince Gate Mews London SW7 2PR

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Treasure - launching designer jewellery collective

Days: Friday: 12:00 - 20:00 , Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00 , Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Treasure will showcase the very best of visionary design, cutting-edge technology and new talent. We have secured a fantastic venue at the Flower Cellars right in the heart of Covent Garden off the main piazza, giving us the opportunity to show larger work with a great street presence. Exhibitors include Amanda Brighton, Anna Loucah, Annamaria S, Aradesi Jewellery, Barbara Bertagnolli, Cabinet, Catherine Marche, CJS Inspired Design Ltd, Daniela Dobesova, Dominique Vezina, Emma Q Jewellery, Foxsilver Ltd, Francesca Sibylla Augusta FSA, Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council, Jahyun Rita Baek, Jalloh Bespoke, Jane Macintosh, Jason French, Jig Pattni, Julia Lloyd George, Kimberley Design, Louise O’Neill, Lucas Jack, Malcolm Morris, Manjeet Virdee, Nina Koutibashvili, Paul Battes, Phil Park, Rina Tairo Ltd, Ring Leader Urban Sarah Hutchinson, Sarah Herriot Design, Tina Lilienthal, Tania Clarke Hall Jewellery and The Jewellery Designers Collective.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May Gemstone - Emerald

Emerald History and Folklore

Emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers.

Egyptains Mummies were often buried with emeralds and the gems were popular in ancient Rome, but some think that many of the stones called emeralds in ancient times were actually peridot.

Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment.

WOW! Jewels for Village London

Wow! Jewels for village London
A selling exhibition of contemporary jewellery celebrating London’s village life.

Meet the makers - the jewellers will be on hand to answer your questions or to discuss that special commission.

Jewellery demonstrations - find out more about how a piece of jewellery is made. The highlight of the show will be a collection of specially designed one-off pieces inspired by ‘Village London’.

‘Coutts New Jeweller Award’ winner Alexandra Simpson will be showing her work inspired by nature and Art Nouveau alongside work by the Wow! Jewels, collective and the Jewellery Designer’s Collective.

Whilst viewing a wide range of handcrafted jewellery by the eight designer-makers you can make use of the on site cafe and enjoy the wonderful views across Barnes pond. Prepare to be seduced! Whether choosing a special gift or browsing for pure pleasure there is something to suit everyone’s style and budget. You will find jewellery made from silver, gold and gems to moulded silk, fine silver and crocheted metal.

When
June 12-14 June 2006
Fri 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm
Sun 11:00am - 5:00pm

Where
The Old Sorting Office, Barnes, SW13 0LF

To find out more about this event please visit http://wowjewels.co.uk/exhibitions.htm

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Win a treasure


Treasure Pot Competition - 16 pieces to be won!!

To celebrate the launch of the Jewellery Designer's Collective during Coutts London Jewellery Week we are giving away the biggest selection of precious jewellery ever assembled!

Enter to win one of 16 pieces of stunning pieces of jewellery made by our designers. The winners will be awarded their jewellery on Sunday 14th June, at the Treasure exhibition in Covent Garden.

When
soon - 14 June

Where
Here - www.jewellerydesignerscollective.co.uk
We will publish details on how to take part in our competition on this website soon.

To be the first to know, email info@jewellerydesignerscollective.co.uk for updates.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

more about diamonds

Diamond is the ultimate gemstone in several ways:

Hardness: Diamond is a perfect "10", simply the hardest substance known by a wide margin. Nothing can scratch a diamond other than another diamond. And a diamond can scratch anything, even a sapphire.
Clarity: Pure diamond is completely colorless and transparent over a larger range of wavelengths (from the ultraviolet into the far infrared) than is any other solid or liquid substance - nothing else even comes close.
Thermal Conductivity: Diamond conducts heat better than anything - five times better than the second best element, Silver! This characteristic is the basis for "diamond tests", as it is simple and cannot be faked.
Refraction: Diamond has a relatively high index of refraction (ability to bend light), which gives it the high luster called adamantine.
Dispersion: Diamond has a relatively high optical dispersion which gives diamond the "fire" that makes it so desirable.
Diamonds may be nearly any color in the rainbow plus browns, grays, and white. Shades of yellow are most common, followed by colorless. Blue, black, reddish, and greenish are more valuable (some extremely so).

Diamonds are found in a type of rock called "Kimberlite", which comprises the core of certain volcanoes over especially thick portions of the earth's crust. This hard stone is mined and then crushed between giant steel rollers. The kimberlite is reduced to fine gravel, yet the extremely hard diamonds come out unharmed! Water is added and a grease covered roller sorts the diamonds from the gravel, as the diamonds stick to the grease. Typically, a single carat of diamond is recovered from a ton of rich ore.

Diamonds are found in many areas including South Africa, Russia, and even in Arkansas in the USA. In all cases, diamonds formed deep within the earth's mantle, and were brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions. In many cases, the diamonds weathered out of the kimberlite by natural processes, and were transported downstream by water. Many diamonds are mined in the resulting alluvial deposits in areas such as along the coast of South Africa.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Looking at images



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