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Interview with Sian Evans

14/09/2017 13:04

Sian Evans portrait

 

 

We interviewed Sian Evans, former senior lecturer at Central Saint Martins and award winning jewellery designer and founder of ‘Sian Evans Jewellery’. Her interest in ancient jewellery techniques is apparent in many of her collections, and we discovered more about her passion for archaeology, anthropology, and the ‘possibility for the bottom of your jewellery box’. Read the interview below: 

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Interview with Martine Parry

13/09/2017 11:19

JJ FF Intro

The Jewellery Journals Logo; The Fairtrade Foundation Logo 



We interviewed Media and PR Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, Martine Parry, to discuss her view on Fairtrade Gold, her connection with her engagement and wedding rings, and why jewellery and sentimentality don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Read the full interview below:

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Interview with Ute Decker

06/09/2017 14:33

Ute Decker portrait

Photo: Cockpit Arts

 


We interviewed the ‘architectural jewellerUte Decker, a leader in the ethical jewellery movement and a multi-award winning designer. Described as a ‘future icon of jewellery art’ (Didier Haspeslagh), we discussed with her the influence of growing up in the wine valleys of Germany, the importance of provenance throughout her work, and the joy she receives through the authentic connection of sharing ‘sparkly eyes’ with her clients. Read the full interview below:

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The Jewellery Journals

01/09/2017 14:34

‘The Jewellery Journals'

Tracing the story of your most cherished pieces and how to get involved!

 

Annaloucah Fine Jewellery is excited to announce the launch a new project, ‘The Jewellery Journals’, which aims to explore the stories and journeys of our most cherished possessions through an exciting interview series and social media campaign. 

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From left to right -  David Crump of Cockpit Arts, Anna Barker of Estelle Levin Ltd, Jane Barnett of Estelle Levin Ltd, Anna Loucah Of Annaloucah Fine Jewellery, Rachel Sweeney of Cox + Power, Amanda Li Hope of Amanda Li Hope Jewellery, Gary Seneviratne of Nineteen48, Stuart Pool of Nineteen48, Olivia Lyster of Estelle Levin Ltd

Tuesday 19th April saw the inaugural FLUX conference at the Goldsmiths Centre in central London.

Conceived by a group of independent jewellery professionals, FLUX was formed with the intention of creating an open platform for discussion and debate of those issues surrounding ethics and sustainability in today’s jewellery industry.

A packed day of diverse keynote speakers and interactive workshop sessions began with Lina Villa, Executive Director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Columbia, responsible for the Fairmined initiative.

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FLUX - Fair Luxury

28/03/2016 22:00

 

It has been a little while since my last post – and there is a very good reason for the gap.

Over the last few weeks I have been working as one of a team of fantastic jewellers and change makers, organising a conference to promote ethical jeweller practice and awareness.

As a result, I’m proud to say that we are just a couple of short weeks away from the launch of FLUX (Fair Luxury) – the UK’s first responsible jewellery conference.

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What a fabulous year!

07/02/2016 23:03

 

Upon entering 2016, I have taken time to reflect on some of my bespoke commission pieces from the past 12 months.

 

‘One of a kind’ jewellery has always been one of my specialities. It is how I naturally work – I love the process of inspiration / creation / manifestation.

 

I am constantly creating new pieces – the ones that appear in metallic form represent merely a fraction of those that appear in my sketchbook.

 

With the natural point of reminiscence that is a new year, I have taken the opportunity to look again at some of the constant and favourite themes that have appeared in my bespoke catalogue within the last 12 months.

 

The first selection that I would like to share is rose gold – such a gorgeous, gorgeous metal.

 

Alloyed with a large percentage of copper to create the ‘pink’ colour, rose gold is a beautiful and sensual metal that creates a subtle compliment to many gemstones, while offering a soft, contemporary look which works well with most skin tones.

 

In the image above, you can see just a few examples of the bespoke, handmade jewellery that I have created in the past 12 months that feature rose gold.

 

clockwise from top left  - 18ct Fairtrade rose gold and peach sapphire engagement ring, 18ct Fairtrade rose gold and champagne diamond  drop earrings, 18ct Fairtrade rose, yellow and black gold rose brooch with pave set black diamond

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Bledhen Nowyth Da!

Happy New Year!


I’m afraid I had to look that up as, despite being from Cornwall, I know virtually none of the Cornish language – apart from that the Cornish for Cornwall is Kernow.

 

So I owe a great deal of thanks to the Cornish Langauge Partnership for translating the following for me.....

 

'Namnygen y tehwelis dhyworth Nadelik bryntin y'm tre gernewek. My a grys ow bos feusik dres eghen drefen my dhe henwel an pow gwyls ha teg ma ow thre, ha'n werin hegar ha splann neb a drig ynno, ow howetha.'


'I have just returned from a wonderful Christmas in my Cornish home. I consider myself to be endlessly fortunate to call this wild, beautiful county my home and the warm, gorgeous folk that live within it, my friends.'

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 ‘Stellar’ collection highly commended for Professional Jeweller ‘Ethical Collection of the Year’

Here’s what the judges said…..

Annaloucah has long been a champion of ethically created jewellery, a predisposition that dates back to the very beginning of her self titled brand. This fierce dedication to creating stylish jewellery that empowers rather than imprisons those working at the very bottom of the supply chain has won her numerous awards and led to her jewellery designs being worn on the red carpet by famous stars.

This year Loucah has created a new collection called ‘Stellar’ made with Fairtrade gold and fully traceable diamonds, inspired by a photograph she took of a sand dune at dusk in the Sahara. “I wanted the collection to be contemporary in feel but to make reference to the traditional art from this area, and also to the constellations I imagined desert nomads using to navigate their passage across the sands,” she says.

I looked at the outlining forms used in the silver jewellery of this region and chose geometric diamonds to hint at the mapping of celestial bodies,”

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The Charm of the Amulet

22/11/2015 23:47

 

Humans have adorned themselves since the beginning of time but it is only relatively recently that this has been done for reasons of beauty – historically, most jewellery was amuletic.

Prehistoric amulets representing fertility and animals have been found near some of the oldest known human remains. Archaeologists have unearthed shells, claws, teeth, and crystalline solids dating to 25,000 BC with small holes, were probably worn as necklaces.

The definition of amulet is ‘a small object worn to ward off evil, harm or illness or to bring good fortune; a protecting charm.’

Anything can be used as an amulet – the defining factor being that the owner or recipient believes in the power and incantation that it holds. Globally however, certain objects are recognised as holding specific charm.

For example...

Cowrie Shell - represents Goddess protection and fertility throughout Africa, and South and North America

Hand of Fatimaa palm shaped amulet of the Middle East used to protect against the evil eye

Ankh - resembling a cross but having a loop instead of the top arm, used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life

Spiral - believed to represent rebirth, growth and spiritual evolution the Celtic world

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First from Africa!

18/10/2015 23:47

On the 15th October, I was glad to be a part of an event marking the arrival of the first, traceable gold from an African mine.

Although not yet fully Fairtrade certified, the Tijra Mine, close to the Ugandan capital of Kampala has been working towards certification for over three years and is now in the final stages.

Delegates at the event included representatives from the jewellery industry and Fairtrade gold campaigners along with pioneering cosmetics entrepreneur Liz Earle.

However, most significantly present where gold miner Josephine Agutu and Fairtrade gold manager Gonzaga Mungai. They brought with them the very first traceable pure gold from their mine and with it; a message of the vital impact certification is having on their community's health and environment.

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As much as I love spending time in the great out doors or immersing myself in the buzz of the city, sometimes there is just nothing better than closing the door to your own private space and knowing that the time you get to spend in there is all yours!

As a creative person, I have spent countless days / weeks / years of my life exploring the wanderings of my imagination and discovering what I am able to make with my hands.

I don’t think that an artists ‘play pen’ can ever be too full, complete or big enough and having a room dedicated solely to such pursuits is both a luxury and a necessity.

Luckily for me, I have a fantastic little nook within a wonderful community of artists slap bang in the heart of London!

 
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Secrets and Sentiment

15/09/2015 23:40

 

There is something very special about creating a piece of jewellery that is designed to hold a keepsake or secret treasure.

As a goldsmith I have always admired the intricacies of the craft – how something as elemental as metal can be manipulated by human hands to create an object of finery and sentimental importance.

Despite all our advances in technology, the tools of the goldsmith have remained almost unchanged for centuries and it is these incredible skills that have lead to the creation of exquisite, intricate and thoughtful pieces of jewellery throughout history.

Lockets and keepsake jewellery have been given and treasured for hundreds of years – and are still finding exciting new direction with designers today.

 
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Why Fairtrade Matters

08/09/2015 23:55

 

People sometimes ask me why I choose to work in Fairtrade gold and I always respond 'Why wouldn't I? I think that if there is an opportunity to make a positive difference then you've got to take it.

Jewellery as an art form is so closely linked with the human experience, having been used throughout history to convey sentiment, love, wealth and power, and as my work is so directly inspired by this historical legacy it would almost seem disrespectful to use my materials callously.

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One of the things I love most about my work is exploring the symbolism that is referenced in jewellery across the globe.

As humans, we have always had the need to adorn ourselves and have used jewellery to represent the things most important to us.

Often used to denote wealth and status, spiritual connection, family or tribal belonging - as well as holding strong protective symbolism - jewellery is such fertile ground for inspiration and I am absolutely fascinated by its anthropological value.

The nomadic people of North Africa often had matriarchal leaders and the silver jewellery they wore was their own private property - theirs to buy, and then later sell, to support her family or buy land, to inherit and to bequeath. As such, their jewellery became as intricately entwined in their lives as the majestic landscape that inspired it.

The skies in the desert are so endless and the stars so important to their way of life, it is easy to understand how the celestial constellations have influenced so much of the traditional art from this area.

 
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Female Inspiration

24/08/2015 00:28

 

As long as I can remember, I have always been inspired by women who do things to the extreme. Its the strong sense of self and overriding need to say what they have to say no matter what. I really, REALLY love that trailblazing spirit - and I don't think we should ever underestimate how difficult, yet important that can be.

 
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Gemstone LOVE!

13/08/2015 14:20

Welcome to my brand new blog!

As a gemstone obsessive, I am delighted to have recently passed the second part of my GIA coloured stones learning program. And so it seems appropriate to begin by exploring the wondrous world of gemstones - in particular - one of my personal favourites - the opal...

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