The Art of Jewellery

John Moore, winner of two IJL-supported Goldsmith Company Gold Awards, showcased as jeweller of the fair at IJL 2019. John was selected for this accolade due to the complexity and engineering dexterity of his creative jewellery couture. John is universally acknowledged as a highly skilled artisan and his work is displayed in art galleries around the world including The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, USA and National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK.

John’s work is highly prized by international collectors. Private collectors of his work include Tiqui Atencio, Tuan Lee, Olnick Spanu Collection, Lady Helen Hamlyn, Robert Hiller, Dr Sarah Siegler and Suzanne Sanders. We spoke to this inspirational designer to find out more about his work and creative processes.

As an artist, what inspired you to make wearable pieces?

It really goes back to my childhood. I was very happy doing performing arts and drama, so wearing costumes and creating a fantasy through things like masks that really influenced me. As a child I was fascinated by people’s rings as well, because I was at that height around adults. My mother also makes jewellery, so there are lots of influences.

Where do you draw your design inspiration from?

I really draw my inspiration from a variety of sources. Visually the natural world plays a big part, scales on fish, petals on flowers and beautiful mathematical forms like arcs and curves.  Scales on fish are so interesting because they are rigid but also allow for movement, a bit like armour. As a student I used to draw armoury a lot. My inspiration is really a melting pot of everything I’ve seen.

Do you see more crossover between creative practises like art and jewellery?

There is a lot of room for crossover. For me, jewellery is art. It may seem more functional and doesn’t attract as much critique as art and pure design objects, but there is a lot to explore in making jewellery. I also enjoy collaborating, be it with scientists or filmmakers.

Can you talk about the materials you use and why?

Compared to a lot of jewellery designers my approach is broad. I wasn’t traditionally trained, at first I studied design, so I got used to using different methods and materials. I work in aluminium and combine silicone rubber to allow movement in my pieces. I also love diamonds and precious metals, which can restrict you on scale, but the results can be really magical. I’ve even worked with wood and glass.  It’s all about finding the right materials to achieve the effect I want.

What’s your biggest challenge in producing your work?

My biggest challenge is overcoming my own doubt and fear of trying something. Once you realise that’s not real and only in your head and that you create these boundaries yourself, you find freedom. The physical problems, the ‘how’ in making something, can always be solved.

What piece of advice would you give young artists and designers?

I would say two things really. Firstly, be really careful about what advice you take. Just because something worked for someone else and they found success, doesn’t mean you need to follow the same route. What might suit them, may not suit you. Secondly, I would say, try things, work out what you want, what makes you tick, and follow your heart, even if it means going against the grain.

Find out more about John Moore Jewellery here: https://www.johnmoorejewellery.com/

#TisTheSeason – A Christmas in Jewellery

Tis the season to share stories of festive cheer! We wanted to take this opportunity to get to know each other, share our stories and discover how the people working in this fantastic industry are celebrating this festive season!

Vivianne Leung – Senior Marketing Executive, JewelStreet

What is your top piece of Winter style advice?

Chain-link necklaces are trending hard this season, I will wear them with my favourite coat with jeans or layer over my turtleneck. Gold hoops are another must-have if you haven’t got a pair! Simple yet elegant, and they add some warmth to your look this winter. Whether you prefer minimalist or statement hoops, the best thing is they never fail to earn me compliments!

Do you have any brand events/promotions on for Christmas?

We are having our JewelStreet Christmas Advent Calendar so please follow us on social or visit the page below as each day we are going to reveal a surprise! Visit https://www.jewelstreet.com/advent-calendar

Any must haves for the festive season?

Colourful gemstones! There’s just something about red and green together that feels so festive, check out these beautiful gemstones from Joana Salazar. It’s time to get festive! Visit https://www.jewelstreet.com/womens-jewellery/earrings/blossom-sparkling-earrings

What are the top gifts on offer from JewelStreet?

Check out latest gift guide on Unique Jewellery gifts for under £100. Visit https://www.jewelstreet.com/blog/post/unique-jewellery-gifts-for-under-%C2%A3100

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Love Actually! You don’t need to wait until Christmas, this one is one of my all-time favourites.

What is your favourite place for Christmas shopping?

Covent Garden

All I want for Christmas is…

A cosy cottage holiday! As I lived in Australia for 10 years in the past, I think it’s time for me to take a break from the Shrimp on the Barbie, and instead enjoy the log fires, snug sofas, toasty beds and starry night…  🙂 

Miranda Raw – Director, Raw Pearls

What is your top piece of Winter style advice?

Layer multiple rows of pearls over thick jumpers of course! What else?!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Got to be Love Actually – Can’t get past Hugh Grant’s dancing down the stairs.

Chantelle Serrell-Cooke – Marketing Manager, Domino

All I want for Christmas is…

An Art Deco inspired Diamond Bangle from Domino’s Anthology range.

Cosmos collection from Domino

Any must haves for the festive season?

Stacking ‘Fusion’ Rings from Domino

What are the top gifts on offer from Domino?

Cosmos range from Domino’s Anthology collection. Products available include Necklace, Pendant, Large Drop Earrings, Small Stud Earrings.

Desiree Pringle – Creative Director, Gecko Jewellery

What is your top piece of Winter style advice?

Invest in a well cut coat and great boots and you will always look well put together!

Do you have any brand events/promotions on for Christmas?

We offer free engraving on all of our collections which really comes into it’s own in the run up to Christmas, as it is the perfect way for customers to personalise a gift.

Any must haves for the festive season?

Statement earrings (we have some fabulous versions in our Diamonfire collection), some sparkly item of clothing and a willingness to have some fun!

What are the top gifts on offer from Gecko?

Earrings – Diamonfire collection

Anything from our personalised collection makes the perfect gift, as you can create something truly bespoke, heartfelt and suited to the receiver.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Trading Places, it’s one of my favourite films at any time of the year!

What is your favourite place for Christmas shopping?

Grafton street in Dublin.

All I want for Christmas is…

To have a lovely time over the Christmas break with my family and friends.

Natalie Ball – Designer, Natalie Perry Jewellery

What is your top piece of winter style advice?

My go-to winter outfit is a thick pair of tights with a patterned dress, layered with a wool coat and blanket scarf accessorised by a statement pair of earrings as that’s the only jewellery you can see under all those clothes!

Do you have any brand events/promotions on for Christmas?

I’ve been super busy over the festive shopping period with various pop-up events which included Shop For Good at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in partnership with Seekd and Made Marylebone. I’ve also created a one-of-a-kind sapphire ring for Tomfoolery’s ART RING exhibition and will be launching a new bridal collection early next year. 

Any must haves for the festive season?

My must haves for the festive season are sherry, mince pies and lots of kooky baubles for the tree!

What are the top gifts on offer from Natalie Perry Jewellery?

My Tiny Petal Diamond Studs and my Diamond Flower Studs make great gifts as they’re a unique take on timeless earrings which can be worn everyday. Also my Diamond Flower Ring is always a popular choice as it can be customised with your choice of gemstones to add a personal touch.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

The Holiday – I watch it every year! 

What is your favourite place for Christmas shopping?

I enjoy buying my gifts from Christmas fairs and markets as I love supporting other small businesses. Most of the time I end up making gifts for friends and family, who are slowing building their own collections of Natalie Perry jewellery! 

All I want for Christmas is…

A plane ticket to somewhere hot! 

Bine Roth – Designer, Bine Roth Jewellery

Any must haves for the festive season?

Since I moved to London, I had a couple of Xmas’s here. London becomes such an incredible calm place which is quite special. What I took from the UK as must haves for the season are mince pies and Christmas Crackers.

Do you have any brand events/promotions on for Christmas?

We recently had our Open Studio @copelandparkse beginning of December. On offer for this festive season are the buttoned crochet ear studs (silver) and the corresponding necklace (silver) for £175.- (incl. VAT and postage in UK). If you would like to sign up for our next one in spring, feel free to drop me a line. 

The Team at Lucy Quartermaine

What is your top piece of winter style advice?

At Lucy Quartermaine HQ, we are in love with a faux fur coat! It is a must to keep warm for us. Teaming this look with a statement pair of earrings or necklace is just perfect for the festive season. At the moment we are loving our waterfall necklace, it looks so beautiful with a dark faux fur jacket.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

We just couldn’t decide between two…. The Christmas classic, Home Alone and the festive fun, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

Zeemou Zeng – Founder & Creative Director, Zeemou Zeng Fine Jewellery

What is your top piece of winter style advice?

Layering is always on-trend in the winter, I personally prefer simple and clean silhouette. Of course, add a piece of jewellery is always make you even more special, it makes statement for you. 

What are the top gifts on offer from Zeemou Zeng Fine Jewellery?

I would highly recommend the pieces from our new collection-The EYE. The EYE pieces are enchantingly joyful as well as beautiful. Each piece is designed with an eye in which the central stone turns from front to back and the colour magically changes, due to a different gemstone being set on each side. Just like our first collection MELODY, the EYE collection captures an independent spirit and chic style which will appeal to both men and women, very unique gift for both him or her.

What is your favourite place for Christmas shopping?

Mayfair & St. James’s, Selfridges, Harrods, Liberty, Regent street, Covent Garden, John Lewis, etc., really depends on what I need to buy. 

All I want for Christmas is…

Fun and relaxing time with friends or family.

The team at Yoko London

Any must haves for the festive season?

Our Trend Collection is definitely a must-have this season. The versatile pieces can see you through the day, and straight into a festive event in the evening, with easy to wear, fashion forward designs featuring Freshwater pearls and diamonds.

What is your top piece of winter style advice?

Layering is an important trend for us this season. In the winter, layering long strands of pearls – which can be in different colours and sizes – on top of a winter sweater is an extremely versatile and elegant look.

IJL Inspired: Preeta Agarwal – Blogger of the Year 2019

Jewellery specialist, journalist, blogger, stylist, consultant – these are just some of the titles that this year’s blog award winner, Preeta Agarwal holds! As well as being an award-winning jewellery blogger, Preeta also hosts jewellery trips for students and young entrepreneurs and has written 5 books. We caught up with the Preeta to discuss her incredible career, her inspiration and her jewellery predictions for 2020.

How did you get started in the jewellery industry?

I started as jewellery designer way back in 2007 after graduating from one of the top design colleges in India- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The plan was to design jewellery for a few leading jewellers for a couple of years, gain experience and eventually start out on my own. But, I think destiny had something else planned for me. 

What made you want to write about jewellery?

While designing for a leading jeweller in New Delhi, I also got a chance to work in their public relations department and help in content writing for the brand. That is when I realised that I was good at it and can pursue it professionally. However, in 2010, there wasn’t anyone in India who was writing exclusively about fine jewellery. Most magazine still have fashion journalists write about jewellery also. Realising this situation early on, I starting contacting the editors of various international magazines and that’s when I got in touch with Maria Doulton of The Jewellery Editor and she gave me my first international jewellery story. And there has been no looking back since then.

Who is your favourite designer/brand?

While the list of my favourite brands is endless but Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels are truly magical!

What are your trend predictions for 2020?

The biggest trends for the year 2020 will be extreme opposites… while some would appreciate geometry and clean looks, many would also love intricate vintage pieces. While large chunky gemstones in all colours, shapes and sizes would be a big hit, all diamond classics would still be bridal favourites.

What is on your Christmas list?

A Van Cleef & Arpels ballerina clip, a Tomasz Donocik edgy ring and a Faberge egg pendant.

Which celebrity would you like to style?

If given a chance I would love to get my hands on some British royal jewellery and style the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, for a state dinner.

Which is your most treasured piece of jewellery in your jewellery box?

It would not just be a piece; it is a whole box full of bejewelled brooches/ clips that I collect from all over the world, when I travel.

Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?

One person who I really look up to is Vivienne Becker. When I started writing about jewellery, there weren’t many those who specialised in the subject. She was and still is one of the best on the industry and I am big follower of her work and her knowledge.

What is your favourite memory during your time as a jewellery blogger/social media influencer?

This year has been extremely great for my work. I had a lot of firsts but the four days spent in Paris during the Haute Couture Week in July were superb. I got to see and hold so many extremely rare jewels in the palm of my hands.

When did your love of jewellery begin?

It was during my first job at a brand called Ganjam in Bengaluru, India. I had finished my education in jewellery design by then but it was at Ganjam that I truly fell in love with all things about jewellery… diamonds, gemstones, design, techniques and even jewellery photography!

What is the proudest moment in your jewellery career?

The proudest moment of my career is the prestigious title of ‘Blogger of the Year 2019’, awarded to me at the International Jewellery London Show this year. It just made me feel, like all those years of hard work finally got an acknowledgement on a global platform. A big thanks to the entire IJL team for appreciating my work!


The 2019 Jewellery Blogger of the Year award was sponsored by the NAJ, the UK’s leading jewellery trade association and event sponsor for International Jewellery London.

Future Icons: Selling Pop-Up with the Goldsmiths’ Centre for Christmas 2019

For the first time, Future Icons is proud to announce their collaboration with the Goldsmiths’ Centre for a collective selling showcase in the lead up to Christmas 2019. Hand-picked by Future Icons and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, discover beautiful work by design and craft businesses that create the finest jewellery, fashion, fine art prints and interior accessories.

This selling pop-up is open on Wednesday 20 November from 5pm to 8pm; and on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November from 12pm until 8pm.
Alongside this pop-up, there will be a daily schedule of exciting ticketed styling sessions, interesting talks and so much more.

Buy, collect and enjoy their designs, making for an unforgettable Christmas present.

Exhibiting makers will include:
• Emily Bedford (Jeweller)
• Leo Crane (Fine Art)
• Jo Davies (Ceramics)
• Leonid Dementiev (Jeweller)
• Ella Fearon-Low (Jeweller)
• Daisy Grice (Jeweller)
• Jessica Jue (Jeweller)
• Kate Lewis (Fine Art)
• David Marques (Ceramics)
• Judy McKenzie (Ceramics)
• Harriet Morris (Jeweller)
• Richard McVetis (Fine Art)
• PIPET Design (Fashion accessories)
• Ikuko Iwamoto (Ceramics)
• RHMB (Interior accessories)
• Catherine Rua (Jeweller)
• Kevin Stamper (Interior accessories)
• Victoria von Stein (Jeweller)

Register today to attend this unique, free event. www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/whats-on-future-icons-selling-pop-goldsmiths-centre