Jewelry Podcasts Pick Up Some Glitter

Developing the Swedish podcast is a priority, Ms. Kores said, noting that she recently began a weekly series of 10- to 15-minute episodes on themes such as pearls.


Artificial Intelligence, sustainability and “smart” jewelry have been just some of the themes of the newsy “BAJ Podcast,” the voice of the British Academy of Jewellery, a not-for-profit social enterprise with campuses in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester.

As of early November, the podcast has issued 52 episodes and tallied 13,100 downloads since its founding in April 2020 by Sofie Boons. She was the academy’s principal until 2019, and now, is the podcast’s host, a member of its board and working on a doctorate specializing in man-made crystals at the University of the West of England in Bristol, known as UWE Bristol.

Ms. Boons edits her own sound files at her home office in Bristol, and then the academy posts them on Fridays to the hosting platform Podbean, which automatically sends them to its website, Amazon and TuneIn, among other platforms. (Ms. Boons said she learned about sound and video editing in 2011-2013 while studying for a Master of Arts in gold smithing, silver smithing, metalwork and jewelry at the Royal College of Art in London. )

The podcasts, ranging from 20 minutes to more than an hour, offer conversations with academy tutors, artisans and jewelry specialists. In November 2022, for example, Tianne-Louise Simmons, an academy graduate, told Ms. Boons what it was like to compete last year in the second (and final) season of the BBC’s jewelry show, “All That Glitters.”

And in October, Rachel Church, an academy lecturer and a former jewelry curator at the Victoria & Albert museum, talked with Ms. Boons about the role of a curator.

“You might be typing up lists or ticking things off in a store or crawling around on your hands and knees, finding out why the light in the case isn’t coming on and how to get it fixed before the museum opens at 10 a.m.,” she said on the podcast.