Monday, 18 December 2017
Joanna Hardy & Cartier in Conversation

Joanna Hardy & Cartier in Conversation

Acclaimed jewellery specialist, Joanna Hardy, leads the conversation with Cartier, the world’s most esteemed and respectful Maison in the luxury goods industry, in a special evening event.

Founded in 1874 in Paris, Cartier is renowned worldwide for its high jewellery creations and watches - symbols of craftsmanship and elegance, quality and excellence.

Hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) and Joanna Hardy, this exclusive in conversation talk celebrates 60 years of unique partnership between GC&DC and the Maison, Cartier.

When:
13th Feb 2018 
18:00pm – 20:00 pm

Where:
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street
London
EC1M 5AD

RSVP:
Get your tickets here! - Tickets cost £22.18 and includes a glass of wine. 
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
What's it actually like to go to a Fabergé sample sale?


It's no secret that most of my jewellery has come from sample sales and I've always managed to find a bargain at most I go to. Every time an invite to the Fabergé sample sale appears in my inbox I share it on Jewellery Curated and wonder if I will actually go to it. Up to 80% off is an enticing offer but with no clear indication of what price that actually means I've always assumed if you have to ask it's probably not in your budget.

But on a cold sunny morning on the 9th of December I finally went along to investigate. First things you need to know you do have to RSVP. They did have a list with my name on but if you don't RSVP I think you could still get in.

At previous sample sales I've been a to at The Music Room I have queued round the block to get in. Also usually if I can't make it to the first day of a sample sale I assume all the good stuff will be gone. I did attend the Fabergé sample sale on the second day so who knows what was available on the first day.

This time there was no queue on this occasion; there wasn't even a single other person there either. Bags and coats must be given in at the clock room and then armed with my phone and wallet I went in.

I would have loved to share a new piece of jewellery in my collection or even tonnes of photos of me dripping in amazing gems but I wasn't able to take photos.

Instantly I looked for the egg pendants at full price these can set you back £2500. There was actually quite a lot of choice for egg pendants with the cheapest I saw for sale at £2000 all the way up to £6000. The chain is sold separately at £450.

Simple Yellow Gold Pendant Faberge Sample Sale
At full price the Simple Yellow Gold Pendant is £2,455.00 at the sample sale this was £2000. 

Spiral Diamond Rose gold pendant
At full price the Spiral Diamond Rose gold pendant is £12,728.00 at the sample sale this was £6000 without the chain. The reduction is £6728 compared to the simple yellow gold pendant which had a reduction of £455. 

There was everything from studs and earrings to necklaces and cuff-links.Cuff-links started at £2200. Rings, such as the Treillage Diamond Rose Gold Thin Ring was £1000 down from £2182.
Treillage Diamond Rose Gold Thin Ring
Some of the ornate stone set rings from the Three Colours of Love collection were priced at £6000.
On the Fabergé website these rings are price on application.


The most expensive item I saw was £14000 for a lot of sparkle on a diamond necklace. Overall the cheapest item I saw was £1000! This was for a pair of rococo white enamel rose gold stud earrings which are normally £2,273.00.
My closing thoughts for this is that if you can afford to buy a £2500 necklace I don't see why you would buy one at a sample sale. Obviously the reduction on an egg pendant at a Fabergé sample sale could be anything from £500 to £6000 but all items are sold as seen, not in perfect condition and you can't return anything. I imagine if I had a budget like that for fine jewellery I would want the experience and customer service that comes with going to the boutique.

Arguably this is the same for pieces I've bought at other sample sales. The most I've dropped at a sample sale was £60 on a ring. The real deal from the jeweller is £138. I know if I lose mine that I would go and buy a new one as I love this ring so much. £138 is an achievable purchase so why don't I buy from the store? Part of it is that I love a treasure hunt and when a sample sale is a once or twice a year event this helps keep my purchases down. Some of the brands I like only have a sample sale once a year and I love the excitement and discovery of what I might find.
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Monday, 4 December 2017
Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre

Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre

The Shine 2017 selling showcase turns the spotlight on new jewellery and silversmithing talent at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. It brings together the best up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK.

This showcase introduces you to the designer brands which explore new ways of approaching craft and design. Their collections aim to inspire and delight; question and challenge and demonstrate true creativity and innovation.

Commission unique pieces in time for Christmas! Exhibited pieces are shown in display cabinets and cannot be opened, due to security reasons, during the show. Prices for the pieces can be obtained by contacting the individual makers below and purchased work can be collected in person after the exhibition has ended.

When:
06-Nov-17 to 20-Dec-17
Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm, 

Where:
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street
London EC1M 5AD

Free Entry 

Exhibitors include: 

Ambrin - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Holly Suzanna Clifford - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Ella Fearon-Low - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Ambrin

Holly Suzanna Clifford

Ella Fearon-Low

Steff Wills- Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Sally Vanderpump - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Paul Alison Sloan - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Steff Wills Sally Vanderpump Paula Alison Sloan
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Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

The biannual Fabergé sample sale is back at The Music Room for two days this December! Previous sales had up to 70% off their beautiful jewellery and timepieces, so you can expect serious discounts on some very special luxury giftables.

When:
8th December 2017 to 9th December 2017

Where:
The Music Room
26 South Molton Lane
London, 
W1K 5LF

RSVP:
RSVP is required so drop an email now to [email protected] to get your name on the list!
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Jamie London Sample Sale December 2017

Jamie London Sample Sale December 2017

Jamie London Sample Sale December 2017 

Prices will range from just £10- £150 at this one day sample sale from Jamie London - open from 10am to 6pm, and then 8pm to 10pm. 

When:
12th December 2017, 10:00 to 22:00

Where:
Jamie London Jewellery
12 Holmdale Gardens
London
NW4 2LX

Free Entry!
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VIP Jewellery Vault Sample Sale December 2017

VIP Jewellery Vault Sample Sale December 2017

You are invited to the VIP Vault Sale, an exclusive fine jewellery sales event.

Jessica Cadzow-Collins presents a selection of brand new, fine jewellery created by the world's leading jewellery houses, all at incredible savings of up to £00,000's off retail prices.

Every precious piece of beautifully made, exquisite quality designer jewellery has been discounted substantially to clear, and represents incredible value. The jewellery is available to view and buy at our one day invitation-only sales event in the stylish Goldsmiths' Centre, London, in time for Christmas gifting.
When:
5th December 2017, 10:00 to 20:00

Where:
The Goldsmith's Centre
42 Britton Street
London
EC1M 5AD


If you wish to take advantage of this Sale but are unable to attend, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7948 907223 for service and information.
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Katie Rowland Sample Sale December 2017

Katie Rowland Sample Sale December 2017


Shop fine jewellery set with diamonds and 18ct vermeil jewellery set with semi-precious stones in this sample sale from Katie Rowland - happening on Saturday 2nd of December and Saturday 9th December - where prices will start from just £10!

WHEN:
9th December 2017, 10:30 to 15:30

WHERE:
Waltham Forest Community Hub
18a Orford Road
London
E17 9NH

FREE ENTRY!
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Monica Vinader X The Herbalist

Monica Vinader X The Herbalist


Join Monica Vinader at their Chelsea Flagship to meet Michael Isted, founder of The Herball Drinks consultancy, as he demonstrates how you can use the power of plants at home. Discover how to wow your party guests with a delicious cocktail featuring festive spices and create an ambient room spray inspired by the Turquoise gemstone of the latest collection, Nura.

Guests will receive a gift bag, enjoy 20% off all purchases on the night*, and have the chance to win in an exclusive prize draw.

When:
Thursday 7 December, 6.30 - 9pm,

Where:
Monica Vinader Chelsea Boutique, London
71-72 Duke of York Square
London
SW3 4LY

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