The first of new six-part jewellery making contest, All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star came to BBC Two on 13 April, and in a similar format to Bake Off, eight talented jewellers battle it out weekly to complete two design challenges and be named Jeweller Of The Week, and more importantly, avoid being eliminated.
Retail Jeweller reports that the show is filmed inside a specially built workshop in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, and the contestants, all hoping to claim the All That Glitters crown, faced two challenges - to produce one piece for the mass market, and another bespoke piece for a specific client.
Over the next six weeks, the challenges will explore the wildly different styles and aesthetics that can be found across different types of jewellery and some will even be inspired by the world’s most famous and coveted pieces
Every episode is bursting with science, history, and culture: from molecular structures and ancient Egyptians to red carpet styles.
The BBC says: “The materials they are working with are some of the most valuable objects on earth: gold, silver, diamonds and sapphires. And they will be doing so in the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, home to the highest concentration of jewellery businesses in Europe and some of the UK’s best diamond cutters, gold bullion dealers and gemmology labs.”
The show is hosted by Canadian comedian, actor, and presenter Katherine Ryan, who will be joined by two of the biggest names in the business.
Solange Azagury-Partridge, who owns the brand Solange, has had displayed in the V&A London and the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and even designed jewellery for blockbuster films will be one of the judges, alongside Shaun Leane, best known for designing iconic sculptural pieces for Alexander McQueen and has been named UK Jewellery Designer of the Year four times.
They will decide which contestant has sparkled enough to be named Jeweller of the Week, and who has inspired them the least, and will be heading home.
All That Glitters continues on Tuesdays at 8 pm on BBC Two.
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