We’ve had baking, sewing, gardening and pottery reality competitions, and now BBC Two is tackling jewellery in All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star.
We’re five episodes in at this point, and approaching the end of the series, which is hosted by The Duchess star Katherine Ryan. The show follows a group of up-and-coming jewellers as they try to impress two of the biggest names in the business with their bracelets, bangles and brooches.
With just four All That Glitters contestants left in the competition, tonight’s episode will see the remaining jewellers work with precious gemstones for the chance to secure a spot in next week’s highly-anticipated final.
But who are the All That Glitters judges Solange Azagury-Partridge and Shaun Leane? Here’s everything you need to know about the jewellery experts.
Shaun has his own jewellery brand, Shaun Leane, and has won UK Jewellery Designer of the Year four times. So he knows what he’s talking about!
He famously designed sculptural pieces for Alexander McQueen and has been featured on the catwalk, and praised by the editor of Vogue.
His work has even been worn by members of the Royal Family, with Shaun designing Princess Beatrice’s engagement ring and wedding band.
Solange is a self-taught British jewellery maker. She owns the brand Solange and created her own engagement ring – how many brides can say that?!
The jewellery maker has had her work displayed in London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
She has also worked with some of the biggest designers in the world and designed jewellery for films, including 2009’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
“It’s such a mystery when you start out in this business,” she says. “It’s so painstaking, every part of it, and you have to put so much thought and energy into it. If you don’t have a passion for it, you’re not going to last.”