New York—The reality show designed to find the next up-and-coming British jewelry design star has finally made it across the pond and is available to stream now for those with an HBO Max subscription.
Hosted by Katherine Ryan, a Canadian comedian and actress based in London, the TV show features two British jewelry designers likely known to many as judges: Solange Azagury-Partridge and Shaun Leane.
“All That Glitters” starts with eight designers, slowly eliminating them based on how they handle challenges thrown at them in the show’s workshop located in Birmingham, England’s historic “Jewellery Quarter.”
Each episode tasks the jewelers with two challenges: “The Best Seller,” in which they have to design a piece with mass market appeal, and “The Bespoke,” which entails creating custom pieces for specific clients.
The first episode asked contestants to work in silver.
They first created a set of three bangles for “The Best Seller” challenge. They were judged not only on the designs and their cohesiveness but also on their skills at the bench and with soldering.
Then, in “The Bespoke” challenge, they were asked to make a custom pendant for a real client—a man whose mother would soon receive an MBE (an order of the British Empire award), an occasion for which he wanted to give her a special piece.
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Through the season, they continue to delve into more precious materials.
Other challenges include crafting a bib necklace, pearl earrings, an engagement ring, and a bridal headpiece, among other jewels.
According to the Daily Mail
, when it first ran, the episode in which contestants were asked to create a chain collar sparked conversation online about nuanced jewelry terminology, with viewers bemoaning the difference between a chain and a necklace, as some designers failed to craft the former, according to the judges.
Watch the trailer for the television show at the top of this page.
For those that want to dive into the whole show, there are six episodes, each running nearly an hour long.
“All That Glitters” is a BBC Two show, airing originally in April in the U.K. BBC said it has already signed off on a second season
for the series.