Find out what to do today at LJW with our handy guide.
As part of our dedicated coverage of London Jewellery Week 2011 every day we will bring you a selection of highlights from the day’s events so you can better plan your day.
Today, the first day of London Jewellery Week, we have a great selection to choose from including free diamond grading, jewellery design exhibitions and discounts in Notting Hill. Read on for more highlights.
JewelEast at Old Spitalfields Market
London Jewellery Week and Old Spitalfields Market have joined forces to present an innovative showcase of exciting new jewellery designers, fabulous costume and vintage jewellery at the historic London site. The selling event will run all week at Old Spitalifields Market near Liverpool Street station. Today JewelEast will feature a visit from the Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories that will offer free diamond jewellery grading and certification services where you can obtain a certificate of authenticity and quality. This includes information on clarity, colour, shape and product type.
Get Hands On at Holts Academy
Ever wondered how jewellery is made? How does a piece of wax get turned into a ring? How does soldering work? Holts Academy is offering a blend of hands-on activities that even a beginner can try – simply pull up a chair and have a go. Over two hours you can try your hand at making your very own piece of jewellery from a wire ring to a secret locket and loads in between, with Holts staff will be on hand to guide you. Look out for our Holts Academy assistants at the Spitalfields venue to get details of demonstrations day by day.
Designer Jewellers Group at The Barbican
The Designer Jewellers Group is a co-operative of independent practitioners getting together to promote their diverse range of exclusively designed and made jewellery. The group is holding its annual summer exhibition at the Barbican Centre during the LJW with 27 designers showcasing their latest collections.
Goldsmiths Company Assay Office Hallmarks Workshop
Have you ever wondered what those little stamped marks inside your ring mean? If so then why not go along to The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s hallmarking workshop and learn all you need to know about this age-old form of consumer protection. Attendees can even test a personal item of jewellery for its precious metal content using the most up-to-date assaying techniques.
Westbourne Gold Shopping Event
Westbourne Gold is a group name for Notting Hill’s finest designer jewellery shops that are celebrating London Jewellery Week together and offering a special discount for the week. Participants Ben Day, Dinny Hall, EC One, Pippa Small, and Ming are a few moments away from each other and each have an unmistakable individuality to their style. There will be chance to peak at new designs for autumn/winter 2011 and goldsmiths available to talk about how the precious jewellery is made and sourced.
Wright & Teague’s Gary Wright window display
During London Jewellery Week Wright and Teague will be showcasing its current collection with a special window display by Gary Wright.