LJS has worked with Shesto to produce tips and images to show how the tools can be used and these feature on new packaging for Jewel Tool. The packaging also says that the tools are “used and approved by Jessica Rose, founder of the London Jewellery School” and suggests the school as a good source of information on jewellery making.
Jessica says: “Our mantra at London Jewellery School is that everyone can make jewellery. So we are very excited to be co-operating with Shesto to make the Jewel Tool range as accessible as possible. We hope our tips will mean customers feel confident that they are choosing the right tool for the job.”
Richard Shestopal said “The collaboration between the two companies brings together a long-established firm with a relative newcomer to the jewellery world. London Jewellery School recently celebrated its fifth birthday while Shesto has been producing specialist tools for over 100 years”.
Surprisingly London Jewellery School and Shesto are linked by a unique quirk of geography and history. The LJS studios in Whitechapel is just metres away from the site of Black Lion Yard, the historic East End jewellery quarter where Nathan Shestopal, grandfather of Richard Shestopal the current managing director, first established his business in 1907.
The first series of tools in the new packaging is now on sale in Hobbycraft – which is also selling Jessica’s book Bead and Wire Fashion Jewelry – and other specialist outlets as well as directly from the London Jewellery School pop-up shop. Drop in and have a look for yourselves. The first products in the range include a range of beading pliers, awls and reamers, and a very hand jewel picker which has a sticky end for capturing and controlling individual beads.
Richard went on to say “Having been in business for so long, we are confident in the quality and value of our products. By co-operating with Jessica Rose and the London Jewellery School, we now have the reassurance that purchasers and users of the Jewel Tool collection will now also be able to learn to get the best out of these tools from the experts in their usage.”