a ring is a ring is a ring





British Academy of Jewellery, Alchimia and Hochschule Trier students present an exhibition of rings as the results of a yearlong collaborative project.

The exhibition titled "a ring is a ring is a ring” is the result of a year-long project between three European jewellery schools: the organising institution, the British Academy of Jewellery based in London, United Kingdom; the Department of Gemstone and Jewellery of the Hochschule Trier located in Idar Oberstein, Germany and Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery based in Florence, Italy.

As a focal point, the students took inspiration from the ancient and historic gimmel ring. Chosen for its unique composition, each of the three rings contribute one component to the ring’s final visual appearance. When worn, it symbolises how our project aims to bring three very different schools and its respective students together.

The students travelled to Germany and Italy and participated in thought provoking workshops which introduced them to collaborative and creative development processes and challenged students to discover their own identities as makers. With input from Ulrich Reithofer at the start of their journey into the world of rings and hand adornments, they all individually responded to the brief with a ring or series of rings.

The results of their investigations are on display in the Hatton Garden area during the London Design Festival.

Please join us for the official opening of the show during the private view on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7 PM.

British Academy of Jewellery

Born out of the industry in 1999 by a local Hatton Garden family-run business the Academy is dedicated to providing pioneering jewellery education and training programmes that nurture creative talent and technical ability.

The British Academy of Jewellery aims to be a jewellery school where technical training is not an afterthought. Where technical skills are not seen as a hindrance to creativity, but where knowledge acquired by the hands provides inspiration. Aspiring to be a school where students do not shy away from originality and creativity and where traditional techniques are taught to then be challenged.

Responding to industry needs, the BAJ seeks to train and develop the next generation of skilled jewellers who possess the aptitude and ingenuity to shape the future of the jewellery industry.

With bases in the jewellery quarters in London and Birmingham we keep close ties with the jewellery trade in the UK, hoping to sustain the growth of the jewellery trade and creative industries.

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