Award winning Designer Brands take centre stage at IJL 2017LONDON, August 25, 2017 - The exclusive Designer Brands feature at IJL this year provides a stunning portfolio of some of the very best of fine and contemporary silver jewellery. Twenty-one designers from the UK, Sweden, Australia, Iceland, Italy Greece, Chile, Sweden and Madagascar, will be presenting new collections alongside their award-winning signature pieces. These underscore IJL’s unique position, in its 62nd year, as the UK industry show with the most diverse and comprehensive breadth of fine jewellery brands and designers from around the world.Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, comments: “This year’s Designer Brands showcase is a wonderful celebration of the best in creative flair and innovative talent - a truly international portfolio which we are especially proud of. Inspiringly beautiful pieces, from both new and established designers drawn from the UK and abroad, which are guaranteed to excite buyers from every sector.”The Designer Brands at this year‘s IJL are (in alphabetical order):Alex MonroeJewellery designer, Alex Monroe, specialises in handmade jewellery inspired by nature and British eccentricity – all designed and created in England. 2017 is the 30th anniversary of his brand and the perfect moment to leaf back through his archive of sketch books which disclose pencil drawings, pressed flowers and scribbled notes revealing his abiding love of nature. This has led to his new ‘The Four Seasons’ collection in silver, yellow gold vermeil and rose gold vermeil finishes, which celebrates his inspirations across the years.Launched in a series of 4 stories every month from this June to October, ‘Four Seasons’ is something a little different for the brand. The collection evokes the buzzing of the bumble bee amongst the Spring bowers; bird song and wild roses heralding Summer; squirrels collecting acorns amongst the fallen Autumn oak leaves, and as the birds leave for Winter, the hope of their return in a fallen feather left behind.“IJL has been incredibly important and supportive over the years in helping us grow our business. It’s a great way to talk to people within the industry, as well as meet the great buyers who come each year and check out our jewellery. Our team also makes full use of all the relevant seminars and talks – we’ve done one or two ourselves!” says Alex Monroe, Creative Director.AMEDEOAMEDEO was founded in 2006 by award winning designer Amedeo Scognamiglio, who is also the co-founder of the fine jewellery brand, Faraone Mennella. The 6th generation of an artistic manufacturing family tradition, Amedeo started carving cameos in his home town of Torre Del Greco in Italy. All his creations are hand-crafted, re-interpreting the centuries-old tradition of the art of cameos through original whimsical designs, contemporary adaptations of Victorian references, and edgy creativity. His cameos are principally made from two kinds of sea shells – Cornelian and Sardonyx – although some collections also feature turquoise and black lava cameos. His designs are all set in sterling silver and plated in either rose or black rhodium, with a mix of gemstones including diamonds, sapphires and tsavorites.The new AMEDEO collection being unveiled at IJL 2017 is a mélange of old-world artistry and contemporary fashion. Amedeo’s love for hand carved cameos is rocked by a modern sensibility from his fashion forward lifestyle in New York, London, and Capri, where his flagship boutiques are located. His unstoppable appetite for originality and creativity leads to a happy whimsical design aesthetic which blends Pop, punk and heritage, making Amedeo’s jewellery a hot trend of the season."Carving Cameos and creating inspiring contemporary collections with them is a way for me to keep my 160 year old family tradition alive, and to preserve an ancient art otherwise destined to disappear. This is not my "job": it's my mission!" says Amedeo Scognamiglio.ANCHOR & CREWMulti-award winning since 2014, Anchor & Crew combines naval heritage with modern style and vision. Inspired by mechanical and nautical objects such as anchors and sails, industrial designs of the past are reworked into contemporary unisex accessories, jewellery and lifestyle pieces in leather, rope and silver. New collections being launched this year include the Custom concept of personalised bracelet designs; the Wayfarer collection of sophisticated yet youthful bangles; the Sail collection which is their latest ‘architecturally inspired’ wrist accessory in various naval chains, expanding their signature layering range; six new rope and leather bracelet collections, and the introduction of ‘Explorer’ lifestyle pieces."Being at IJL is paramount to ANCHOR & CREW, a brand that is proudly hand-manufactured in Great Britain, with our studio strategically located in the Midlands, home to some of the best of British manufacturing. We see IJL as an essential event to attract foreign buyers. Our international (and domestic) sales are really going from strength to strength, and 2017 is a unique year as Brexit begins to really attract British exports. To illustrate how much the brand has grown, ANCHOR & CREW has recently passed its target of serving a customer in 85 different countries. Exciting times ahead!” observes Chris Warner, Director.ANAKAO JewelleryBorn out of a 50-year tradition of jewellery making, ANAKAO is the epitome of refined jewellery design and high-quality craftsmanship. Each item is timeless, transcending fashion trends and offering an ageless nugget of luxury. Gemstones are carefully selected for their colour and clarity – no stone goes unturned, no angle is forgotten. Each gemstone is cut with its own unique faceting pattern and then polished to reveal its individual beauty. Innovative and modern techniques are combined with long-standing artisanal traditions learnt from previous generations. This unification gives ANAKAO jewellery its identity – bold, desirable, original, enduring and pure. Collections include Devoted, Enchanted and Allure in earrings, rings bracelets and necklaces.“IJL is a key show in the UK, where we have the opportunity to interact with all the key actors in the industry. The timing is also ideal for retailers to re-stock for Christmas,” says Vinay Soudakar, CEO, ANAKAO Jewellery.Andrew GeogheganFollowing on from the brand's acclaimed French inspired designs of 2016, the headlining theme for the IJL 2017 launch is the golden age of Portuguese exploration. These new creations, all British-made, will add to this continuously flourishing and award winning collection. Within the IJL17 launches, amidst all the sumptuous design details expected from Andrew Geoghegan, will be a notable focus on commerciality. This, in part, will be centred around entry level engagement rings but also a broader strategy which will be announced.Andrew Geoghegan states: "IJL has become our perfect platform for launches, nurturing new and established stockists and also revealing new strategies as we intend to do this year. Last year's show was nothing short of phenomenal for the brand so naturally we are very excited about this year's show.”Astley ClarkeBritish Jewellery brand Astley Clarke, known for quality, fine and contemporary jewellery that is design focused, refined and easy-to-wear, blasts off at IJL with their first three collections by the new Creative Director, Dominic Jones, the hip-favourite of US Vogue’s Anna Wintour. His triptych collection takes ‘light’ as its central theme, navigating between three interconnected groups: Astronomy, Phototaxis and Colour of Calder – an interstellar odyssey of jewellery innovation.“IJL provides exposure to a wide portfolio of high calibre retailers, from both the UK and overseas. It allows us to meet with our current UK stockists and helps to facilitate opening new accounts. We would recommend IJL to jewellery brands who are looking to network and grow their distribution”, explains Helen Jones, Head of Wholesale, Astley Clarke.AurenFounded in 2014 by St Central St Martins graduate, Kate Rodgers, Auren is a young British designer brand creating demi-fine contemporary jewellery with a sense of fun and modernity. Her jewellery combines semi-precious rose cut gemstones with sapphires and diamond pave, set within 18ct gold vermeil - with a focus on the use of sustainable quality materials and playful, versatile design with a dash of decadence. Her collections which feature fresh interpretations of classic jewellery themes are stocked by high-end retailers such as Fortnum & Mason and John Lewis.Kate will be launching ‘Kaleidoscope’ at IJL, a 30-piece jewellery collection made from 18k gold vermeil with an array of iridescent moonstone, Brazilian amethyst, blue topaz, lemon topaz, green amethyst and chrysoprase gemstones.Kate Rodgers, Creative Director and Founder, comments: “This season we tap into fashion’s current trend of playing with scale and re-imagining traditional jewellery items. We are breaking the classical rules with our shoulder grazing Paradigm cocktail earrings yet honing our signature style of contemporary opulence with our key jewel tones necklaces with sapphire accents. IJL has been paramount in connecting us with independent retailers and jewellers across the UK. Not only do we value the platform it creates for showcasing our brand, but also opportunity to be part of this wonderful, broad jewellery making community brought together by the show.”Aurum by GuðbjörgAward winning jewellery brand Aurum by Guðbjörg, is inspired by the Icelandic environment and is known for its creative and individualistic vision. Established in 1999, the brand is famed for its expertly handcrafted sterling silver designs which are created in the company‘s integrated workshop in Reykjavik, Icelend. The design process incorporates sustainable principles throughout, such as sourcing only recycled re-refined precious metals and packaging materials. Aurum by Guðbjörg’s work has been exhibited in leading galleries in both New York and Italy.The brand is launching new pieces in their latest collection which maintain the intricate balance of contemporary and elegant sophistication. Aurum's latest collection, Asterias, is inspired by the currents of the ocean meeting the raw landscape of the Westfjords. . “Being at IJL is incredibly important for a growing international business, as it is an opportunity to showcase our latest designs to an audience from all over the world. I like meeting our current and potential customers in person and being able to tell them about my designs and create a personal connection. We are a small company so we value meeting people and building a relationships with them,”explains Guðbjörg Kr. Ingvarsdóttir, Jewellery designer at Aurum by Guðbjörg.Dower & HallFounded by British design duo, Dan Dower & Diane Hall, over 25 years ago, Dower & Hall create exceptional hand-crafted, innovative fine jewellery in sterling silver, yellow and rose gold vermeil with colourful cocktail jewels. Each piece is designed to become a treasured favourite. They are showing their successful Nomad, Orissa and Dewdrop collections, alongside the new Luna Pearl and Twinkle ranges, as well as their collectible Christmas Tree charms, which this year features the owl as the signature motif.Diane Hall, Founder, says: “Dower & Hall have been exhibiting and introducing new collections at IJL for 20 years and this year we’re thrilled to be once again in the historical London venue of Olympia for the new season.”Drakenberg SjölinDrakenberg Sjölin, a Swedish brand, launched in 2009, has become renowned for its pure and ‘mindful’ jewellery inspired by the timeless elegance of Nordic nature and Scandi-minimalism. Their collections are created from 925 silver, 18k gold and diamonds, to reflect the Scandinavian seasons of light and darkness. The deliberate details with the asymmetrical shapes create a raw elegance and a delicate balance. The jewellery is designed for comfort and simplicity, and reflects both strength and elegant fragility. They enunciate a strong and personal, yet an elegant and classical look depending on the wearers styling of choice. In the second year at IJL, the brand is launching their new diamond collection – Infinity – specifically designed to make diamond jewellery more accessible. The collection consists of rings, necklaces, earring and bracelets with diamonds set in circles, available in both 18ct and 925 silver. Drakenberg is also showcasing several new silver collections with their familiar strong design language – minimalistic and clean shapes for every occasion.Ellen Sjölin, CEO, Drakenberg Sjölin, comments: “Each collection tells its own story to make the pieces personal for the wearer. Since we first started working with diamonds in 2014, we have been able to appeal to a whole new customer. Our pieces are designed for our customers to create their own memories. IJL is a way for us to connect with the international market. It’s the perfect place for new business and expansion and we always meet such inspiring people. We love to see our brand spread across Europe and it’s also amazing to see how the interest for Scandinavian design seems to constantly grow. We can’t wait for September!”Fei Liu Fine JewelleryUKJA Designer of the Year 2016, Fei Liu is acclaimed for his undeniably unique aesthetic which celebrates the beauty of femininity. This British brand exudes colour, innovation and sensual personality. At IJL 2017 Fei Liu is unveiling two new collections inspired by their bespoke jewellery, which translate the luxury aspect into accessible ranges. The first features the blue hues of lapis lazuli, inspired by the mysterious and romantic aura of the Autumn night. The second references the graceful movements of rhythmic gymnastics. The names of the collections, however, are still a secret but will be unveiled in a special social media campaign and exciting competition to win a piece (twitter address), in conjunction with IJL. In addition, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery has expanded their best-selling collections, by injecting red hues into their Shooting Star range, adding to the existing blue topaz, citrine and amethyst, whilst the classic Serenity and Winter Wonderland Snowflake collections have the extra charm of drops of lustrous pearls.Fei Liu explains: “We have taken part in IJL for many years and each show has been a special and fantastic experience for us. Being part of IJL means we able to connect and build relationships.”Grew & CoGrew & Co is an intriguing Australian family jewellery house which combines non-traditional jewellery materials with the ancient Japanese technique of Mokume Gane – a decorative layering of coloured precious metal resembling wood grain. All pieces are designed and crafted in their Sydney studio with every stage of production being carried out in-house. An emphasis on quality, execution and customer satisfaction, is the cornerstone of the business. The collections at IJL are focussed towards the growing niche market of The Millennials, young jewellery customers looking for a point of difference and with a greater appreciation of the process in crafting each piece. The beautiful collection of wedding bands reflects warm colour tones and earthly textured surfaces, combining rich golds with the dramatic shade of tantalum. Their new Tantalum and Mokume Gane ring represents a contemporary addition to the bridal and wedding ring offering.“Our aim is to bring finely crafted, Australian-made product to the UK and Europe, with fresh designs and material alternatives. IJL is important for Grew & Co being an upcoming international brand, the show provides exposure and access to the UK buyers looking for a unique product for a growing millennial clientele,” says Gabrielle Grew.JMG DesignerJMG Designer is a contemporary jewellery house. José María Goñi is the founder of the business and the creative designer of the contemporary designer jewellery at JMG Designer. His pieces are high-end jewellery. The pieces are made of 18k white, rose, yellow gold, rubellite, ruby, tourmaline, spinel sapphires, diamond and other.Linda Macdonald JewelleryEstablished in 1996, Linda Macdonald’s award-winning silver and gold creations are designed and made in Scotland, inspired by nature and romance. The new collection, for Autumn 2017 entitled ‘Secret Garden’, captures the essence of romantic story-telling, with beautiful meadow scenes in silver with a hint of gold – all reflecting special moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.Linda Macdonald comments: “IJL has been such an important exhibition for us as a business. We have been exhibiting for nearly 20 years and consistently feel that the show delivers new customers, is well-attended and well-organised. Being based in Scotland means that we are far away from the majority of our stockists, so the location of the show is vital for us to see and meet customers and buyers from all over the world who appreciate the fact that our jewellery tells a story.”Lola Rose London Designed by Nikki Gewirtz MBE, Lola Rose London is a by-word for bold, colourful statement jewellery, hand-crafted using the most beautiful gem stones. This year the company is excited to introduce their SS18 Sterling Silver Curio collection which encapsulates the idea of intriguing collectible objects – jewels which are the epitome of everyday luxury, designed to be worn, treasured and above all, loved. The SS18 palette encompasses the violet hues of amethyst and the opulent blue of lapis lazuli through to the softer tones of white opal and aquamarine, transformed by the natural beauty of bezel-set diamonds.Nikki Gewirtz MBE and Creative Director & Founder of Lola Rose London, observes:”IJL gives us the opportunity to exhibit in a unique, curated environment and to beautifully showcase our collections.”Lucy Quartermaine An award winning young English contemporary designer and silversmith based in Cheshire, Lucy is the NAJ’s Designer of the Year 2016, a 2017 finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards for E-Tailer of the Year, and was also voted in the UK’s prestigious TOP 100 Jewellery Designers as a trend setter. Her organic, fluid designs are instantly recognisable and have won a legion of fans worldwide, due to the outstanding quality of her highly polished, sterling silver creations. Her pieces can be seen on numerous A list British and US Celebrities and in many glossy magazines, including Red and Vogue.Lucy will be showing her new collections and extension pieces to her Drip and Elements ranges, as well as her new Waterfall designs and stunning new Mini Splash designs based on her ever popular Splash collection. These echo the striking larger pieces, but in miniature – replicating the splash of water droplets as they fall.“Exhibiting at IJL is incredibly important for us as it is the pinnacle of all the trade shows. We have made many new, top quality contacts in the past and have high hopes for 2017. We'll be presenting many new pieces which we hope will impress the many buyers who flock to the exhibition," says Lucy Quartermaine, Founder and Managing Director.MANJA JewelleryMANJA is a London-based jewellery brand that carries the colour and fire of Madagascar in its heart. Launched in 2014 by three brothers, MANJA, which means beauty, is inspired by an extraordinary Madagascan family heritage in jewellery design dating back five generations. Their jewellery combines colourful exoticism and sophistication, bringing the energy and fire of Madagascar to the cosmopolitan, urbane woman. Their collections features semi?precious gemstones in vibrant tropical colours in refined, elegant sterling silver settings. Using only the highest quality materials, MANJA creates wearable and enduring pieces that can be cherished forever. Collections include Soa, Orana, Kintana and Selatra using rhodium?plated sterling silver, gold vermeil, rose gold vermeil and ruthenium-plated sterling silver.Vikram Santilal, Operations Director, MANJA Jewellery observes: “Being at IJL is important for us as it allows us to meet all our stockists in one place and showcase our latest collections.”MyriamSOS Fine JewelleryThese visually compelling jewellery pieces and innovative architectural sculptures are designed to provide flexible solutions through a multitude of looks. Designer Myriam Soseilos speaks to the digital age with her designs, highlighted by her three times award-winning Transformers’ Collection which includes jewellery with different capabilities, and stackable and bespoke pieces. At IJL, Myriam is extending the Transformers concept with the launch of a ring inspired by the pomegranate, a homage to her Greek heritage and a three piece set which can be transformed into over 20 different looks. The set comprises of a pair of earrings, a choker and a ring and is the ultimate in design innovation and flexibility. In addition, she will be debuting a new futuristic collection, ‘Otherworldly’.Some of her important and successful collaborations include the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club’s (RREC), Candy Crush Mobile App, and TEDxRoma. As part of this, MyriamSOS Fine Jewellery has expanded rapidly during the past few years from London to Rome, New York, Dubai, Cyprus and Asia.“Being at IJL is very important for me as it gives me the opportunity to meet a fantastic range of UK and international buyers and retailers that I would not normally come across. It also provides me with an excellent environment in which to do business. So I am really looking forward to this year’s show!” says Myriam Soseilos.Rachel Galley Jewellery DesignThe talented Rachel Galley, who specialises in sterling silver with rhodium overlay, is using IJL as the launch-pad for 10 new ranges, some of which will be limited edition, alongside her best-selling collections, such as Globe, Allegro and Warp, to which she has added solid 18k gold pieces.The new collections feature gemstones set with her signature latticework in stunning collars, bracelets and earrings. Rachel has also created an engraveable collection to allow customers to add their very own personal message or special initials and dates, to their chosen pieces. There are new additions too in more geometric forms which Rachel has combined with the latticework to create unique eye-catching and tactile jewellery, as well as chunky statement rings, cuffs-bangles and collars. Rachel has also expanded her first ever collection, Globe, with elegant editions that incorporate linear highlights contrasting with the latticework details.Rachel Galley says: “IJL is an important show to showcase new product launches in person to the wide audience that attend. I am excited to be able to present such a wide and varied new range this year.”Sheila Fleet Fine hand-crafted jewellery designed and made in the Workshop by the Sea in the Orkney Islands in the far North of Scotland, is the hallmark of leading Scottish designer, Sheila Fleet, OBE. Sheila’s jewellery and rings are known for their distinctive designs and vibrant enamel colours. This season, Sheila is very much on trend with the introduction of her new colourful Lunar Bright collection, which mirrors one of the S/S18 ‘Chase the Rainbow’ style and jewellery trends. Influenced by the ancient art of our Neolithic ancestors, Lunar Bright, which enhances the existing Lunar collection, features brilliantly deep new enamel colours on a reticulated sterling silver surface. This surface illuminates the intricate new enamel colours Sheila has developed particularly well, as does the dish-shaped design. Lunar Bright offers four new colours - Hot Pink, Spring Green, Light Tropical and Lichen - alongside the original Lunar Blue, enamels in the soft colours of Champagne and Mill Sands, and a handset pearl as Lunar Pearl.Martin Fleet, Managing Director, Sheila Fleet Jewellery, explains: “We look forward to attending IJL every year. It a great opportunity for us to meet up with our trade customers, show them our new designs and discuss future business. We enjoy the busy, thriving atmosphere of the Show and the excellent organization. The Catwalk is always a highlight and this year we’re excited to introduce statement pieces with intense new enamel colours. We think these will be very popular for Christmas gifts. Like all our jewellery and rings we have designed, developed and made these new enamel colours in our Workshop on the Orkney Islands.”V JewelleryInspired by jewellery that has survived the test of time, V was created in 2013 by British designer Laura Vann after joining her father’s long established jewellery business. Juxtaposing her decadent stone set pieces with a crisp and simple aesthetic, Laura transforms traditional jewellery into something chic and casual, whilst maintaining longevity in its overall design. Laura has been praised for filling a gap in the market for women who no longer want throwaway jewellery but do not buy fine jewellery regularly. The V high fashion brand has quickly evolved and is stocked by only the finest jewellers and fashion boutiques world-wide, including in the UK, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and The Shop at Bluebird. Laura’s sterling silver and precious and semi-precious stones jewellery, have become a ‘must have’ for the A List, with high profile fans, including Katy Perry, January Jones, FKA Twigs and Ellie Goulding.V is launching at IJL a new collection based around the use of hand-carved black agate, which is rich and decadent, with a Parisian ‘air’, echoed by the names given to each piece, such as the Garence pendent, Carine and Marion chokers (which can also be extended to short necklaces) and the Matilde, Daphne and Chloe statement earrings.“IJL provides a brilliant platform for brands to showcase their offering to both current and new stores. Unlike many other exhibitions, buyers come to IJL with a mind-set to invest in collections and this makes the exhibition self-fulfilling and truly worthwhile,” says Laura Vann, Creative Director.For further information, please go to: Designer Brands ExhibitorsFor free registration for IJL, please visit: www.jewellerylondon.com/register
Just Diamonds introduces Diamond Buying Software for the RetailerThe unique software allows the retail customer visiting a bricks-and-mortar jewellery shop to choose from a vast range of certified polished diamonds at highly competitive prices, director Dinesh Parekh, who is based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, tells Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough. Dinesh, what is unique about your diamond buying software designed for the retailer?It carries the retailer’s own logo. It has a shop-facing portal which the retailer can use with participation of the retail customer who is choosing a diamond, perhaps for an engagement ring. It gives the customer unrivalled choice, compared with the stock that a bricks-and-mortar retailer would typically have. Or that of any other diamond supplier.This highly innovative software developed by Just Diamonds, gives the retailer all the information they need to provide to the customer freely on the spot.The customer-facing portal displays the recommended retail price to the customer, within margins already built in which have been decided by the retailer via the “back office” portal.The software, which shows availability, price and specification -- and for most of the stock displays images and 3D videos which have recently been introduced -- competes vigorously with other sources of retail loose diamonds on the internet, which tend to display a much more limited offering of stones. We have many more improvements and new features planned for the future.Who supply the diamonds and how many diamonds are there to choose from? Diamonds come directly from all over the world but mainly from stockholders, cutting houses and manufacturers in India, Hong Kong, Israel, Belgium and the United States. All our suppliers are vetted and so we know who they are, unlike diamond databases that list stock.There is a live stock listing of over 200,000 certified diamonds. But this will increase as we grow. When we started we had just over 50,000 diamonds listed.Are all of the available diamonds certified by respected lab groups? They are mainly GIA, but we also have a small selection certified by IGI and HRD. We list EGL certified diamonds too. The list currently will not display diamonds which are below G VS2, certified by EGL.Are the diamonds just natural white diamonds, or do you supply lab-grown diamonds too? We only list natural white diamonds, but we are hoping to introduce natural coloured diamonds within the next 3-4 months if not sooner. We do not list or sell lab-grown diamonds. Currently we list diamonds from D to L colour and FL to Pique 1 clarity.Is the software easy to use, or does the retail salesperson require special training? It is extremely easy to use. Only basic diamond knowledge is required. The software works on every format, such as android, OS, mobile, PC, Laptop, Tablet etc. It just needs internet access. Many more unique features and products are planned for this software in the coming months.Are there any hidden costs? No. The price you see in pounds sterling is the price the customer pays regardless of currency fluctuations and shipping costs.How long do deliveries take? Deliveries take between 4-8 working days but this will get quicker as we grow.Can your service be combined with a bespoke solution to create diamond jewellery? Yes. We are working on providing a data file which the retailer should be able to link to their website.For a mini demo of the software please watch this 2-minute video https://vimeo.com/208260551/34fe3121dcPlease visit our website http://www.just-diamonds.com/
Introducing Domino’s ‘Anthology’ CollectionAugust 2017 - Domino will use International Jewellery London (Stand D60) to introduce a completely new precious jewellery collection, ‘Anthology’, offering retailers an innovative new approach to selling co-ordinating jewellery pieces. As its name suggests, Anthology offers stockists a number of different ‘stories’, each based on a fashionable design concept. Each story comprises four to seven products inspired by the same theme. Pieces include statement necklaces, stylish pendants, chandelier, drop and stud earrings and various styles of dress ring.Each collection has a very different aesthetic, from grouping together deep blue sapphires and accent diamonds, creating a look which is sophisticated, luxurious and opulent, to designs that tap into the trend for geometric styles with a distinctly retro vibe. All pieces have been designed and developed in-house by the company’s prize-winning team. Each story comprises pieces covering a range of different price points which means that if a consumer falls in love with a particular story there will hopefully be a piece incorporating it which falls within their budget.‘Curated collections’ such as those offered by Anthology give the end consumer a much wider range of choice than the traditional concept of suites and provide greater opportunity for customisation.Naomi Newton-Sherlock, Domino’s Creative Director, believes that the concept will help retailers to up-sell across the collection and will provide plenty of opportunities for add on sales. She says: “These collections look tremendous and have real impact when displayed as a whole, but all pieces can also be purchased individually or as mix-and-match suites. All designs are also available in a choice of alloys and precious stones, adding significantly to the choice available to the end consumer.” Retail prices start at around £650 and rise to £11,000, which means that pieces are ideally positioned not only for gifting but for self-purchase too. Pieces are also designed to suit all occasions, from bridal accessories, to statement necklaces perfect for that black tie event.As with all Domino collections there will be plenty of marketing support available for stockists with a digital catalogue available to support the Anthology collection. This will link directly to the Domino website sharing relevant technical information with retailers and giving them immediate access to live pricing. Domino’s Anthology Collection will go on show for the first time at International Jewellery London (Stand D60) and will be available to view upon appointment with the company’s sales representatives from early September onwards. For more information visit www.dominojewellery.com or e-mail the Domino office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
IJL 2017 Bright Young Gems Winning Designers AnnouncedLONDON, August 2017 - The IJL 2017 Bright Young Gems have been named as Kristina Ferenchuk, Ishtar Liljefors, Holly O’Hanlon, Annabel Large and Leanne Yau. This IJL initiative, now in its 13th year, is a unique opportunity for emerging designers, providing them with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent exposure at IJL 2017 this September, as well as pre-show mentoring to ensure that they all maximise their IJL experience and capitalise on the benefits of exhibiting at the UK's premier jewellery show. Holly O’HanlonThe BYG’s are selected from final year students and students who have graduated from UK colleges and universities in the past two years by a prestigious judging panel – comprising Hilary Alexander, OBE, Editor at Large Hello! Fashion Monthly Magazine; Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery; Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine; Charlie Boyd, Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor at both Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country, and Shaun Leane, the award-winning British luxury Fine Jewellery Designer. All were very impressed with the high standard and diversity of work presented, with competition so fierce that three additional designers were named as Highly Commended by the judges. This year The Benevolent Society will be providing each winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant.Caroline Broadhead, Course Leader of BA Jewellery Design at Central St Martins, says: “Initiatives like IJL Bright Young Gems to help young designers get started are really important. They create a welcome bridge between the college structure and professional life.”“Trail-blazing jewellers such as Tomasz Donocik and, more recently, Beau Han Xu, underscore the importance of the Bright Young Gems platform as a launch pad for the newest and brightest in the industry. This year’s winning designers once again demonstrate the high degree of technical virtuosity and creative skill that the jewellery industry needs in the 21st century”, explains Hilary Alexander.Sam Willoughby, Event Director, concludes: “These five talented young designers follow in the footsteps of the previous 60 Bright Young Gems - a Hall of Fame that includes jewellers Pippa Small, Daisy Knights, Imogen Belfield and Fernando Jorge. Many thanks go to their universities and colleges for their support, to our judges who have invested a great deal of time in making their selections and also to The Benevolent Society for their grant support. We wish this year’s Bright Young Gems the success they deserve at IJL. Good luck and enjoy the show!”This year’s Bright Young Gems are:Kristina Ferenchuk Gold Nebula Ring: Materials: 18 carat Yellow Gold with Precious Stones: Green Tourmaline, Citrine, Garnet. This is a ring that is worn on two fingers, and opens and closes with the movement of the fingers. Sponsored by the Precious Metal Bursary from the Goldsmith's CentreA graduate in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins, Kristina has developed her own style and way of working with precious metals. She handcrafts all her pieces herself, enabling her to technically develop moving parts and mechanisms and opening up possibilities for future designs. Kristina gets great personal satisfaction through overseeing the design development through to the final piece that has weight, meaning and a future life. Her jewellery is a romantic interpretation of the universe and how it is interconnected and continuously changing. All her pieces are articulated and move in an interconnected manner. Whether on or off the body, her aim is to engage the wearer in the magical process of playful creation with each piece, sparking curiosity and a fascination with the unknown.Kristina comments: "I feel incredibly honoured and excited to have been selected as a Bright Young Gem. This will be a great opportunity for me to get valuable feedback from an international audience, and develop myself further not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur.”Annabel Large 'Rosa' Collection; Rose gold engagement ring with stacking band and ear cuff. Set with rubies and pink tourmalines.Annabel, a jewellery design graduate from Birmingham School of Jewellery, has a passion for precious metal and gem set fine jewellery. Having previously studied fine art she has a creative flair for the design process and is inspired to design and create fine jewellery that challenges the traditional aesthetic, offering a timeless alternative to women who’s style is as unique as they are; adornments that become future heirlooms and are crafted from precious metals and hand selected gemstones."In the future I hope to establish myself as a reputable and successful jewellery designer and entrepreneur and feel that the Bright Young Gems initiative is an amazing platform to launch my career. The opportunity to be involved with International Jewellery London will, I'm sure, prove to be an invaluable experience allowing me to showcase my work and network with people in the jewellery industry", says Annabel.Ishtar Liljefors Silver stacking rings with sapphireIshtar Liljefors is a contemporary art jeweller who has recently completed her degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing at Plymouth College of Art. Ishtar works predominantly with precious metals and gemstones using traditional bench techniques. She designs and creates conceptual pieces of jewellery that explore her interests of the natural, historical and fantasy worlds. Her inspiration for her sterling silver stacking rings with cast and set sapphire was born from fairy tale narratives. These rings are part of her ‘Once upon a time’ collection, and echo the theme of encapsulation and amulets. Here the stone was cast within and then set.On being selected, Ishtar says: “Bright Young Gems 2017 is the perfect platform to launch my new jewellery career. It will give me unrivalled opportunities to meet and gain advice from industry professionals and leaders within the field, and to showcase my unique designs within this highly esteemed international event. This is the breakthrough I could only dream of, and the chance to aspire to from graduation to the next exciting step in my jewellery journey.”Holly O’Hanlon Brooches: Slate, treated mild steel, precious white metal, precious yellow metal, enamel.Holly recently graduated in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins. Her aim is to give priority to the overlooked, utilitarian or mundane, and in particular to elements that remain from a practical task. The minimal and finely detailed brooches of slate, steel and precious metals from her graduate collection reflect her observations of excess layers of decomposing posters and fragmented signs on walls. Deceptive, playful and engaging, the jewellery aims to still a moment between a purposeful action and it's lasting remains.Holly explains: “To have my work selected for Bright Young Gems at the starting point of my career is so exciting. IJL offers an invaluable opportunity for exhibiting and promoting my jewellery to industry and a variety of influential professionals and I am looking forward to seeing what the response will be.”Leanne Yau Custard Cream medal casted into silver, decorated with a polyester ribbon and Swarovski crystalsLeanne is a graduate of Central St Martins. As a Chinese student born in Britain, her perspective as a young designer considers the clash and harmony between these two cultures and how they have affected her as a citizen. Leanne’s focal point has always been her curiosity of what it means to be considered a British citizen. Her collection is a playful yet powerful illustration of difference between the two cultures she lives in, taking stereotypical objects and making them more valuable than they should be.Leanne comments: "When I saw the email I almost screamed with joy! I feel honoured to have been chosen and can't wait to share my collection. It will give me the opportunity to communicate with designers and to improve my professional practice."The three designers whose work was Highly Commended by the judges are Olivia Creber (Royal College of Art), Hannah Viner (University for the Creative Arts Farnham) and Susanna Gogarty (London Metropolitan University). Examples of their work will be on show at IJL 2017.To discover more about this year’s Bright Young Gems, please visit http://www.jewellerylondon.com/en/Whats-On/Bright-Young-Gems/Free registration for IJL is now open. Visit www.jewellerylondon.com/register to ensure you receive your Essential Guide to the show and badge in the post.
SGL opens state-of-the-art lab in MumbaiSolitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL) projects a sharp increase in the screening of loose diamonds due to the location of its new lab near Bharat Diamond Bourse in the BKC financial district, director Chirag Soni tells Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough.MUMBAI, August 16, 2017 – Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL) has opened a state-of-the-art laboratory using proprietary technology near Bharat Diamond Bourse and expects to become a leading centre for screening and certification of loose diamonds from India’s fast-growing industry.In parallel with India’s gems and jewellery trade, SGL has grown over the past decade and now has 10 certification labs in main centres across India, two in Saudi Arabia, one in Dubai with plans to open a second lab there in September, and a lab in London’s Hatton Garden diamond district.SGL’s latest lab, located in the Capital Building in the BKC financial district of Mumbai, a few hundred metres from Bharat Diamond Bourse, will be a leading centre for screening of loose diamonds and diamond jewellery. The company’s other Mumbai lab, in the Andheri district, will focus largely on jewellery due to the presence of a special economic export zone in Andheri.SGL owns the freehold of its new lab in the BKC.It says its proprietary screening technology, developed in partnership with a German company, gives it a strong competitive advantage in the lab certification market due to its ability to screen diamond jewellery as well as loose stones for the presence of non-disclosed lab-grown diamonds.Speaking at the new lab on July 29, Chirag Soni, director of SGL, told Jewellery Outlook in an interview that in his experience detection of non-disclosed synthetics in natural melee was “frequent”, notably in smaller goods, even though screening technology has progressed.“The trade wants to ensure that they are buying the right stuff,” Soni said. “Detection of non-disclosed lab-grown diamonds has improved daily, but the canvas is so huge that there is still a lot more to do.” The issue of fraudulent non-disclosed synthetics is a major concern to leaders of the global diamond trade who say that lab-grown diamonds must be fully disclosed at all times so that the markets for natural and synthetic, or lab-grown, diamonds are clearly segmented and identified.The location of SGL’s new lab near the Bharat Diamond Bourse, where trading in lab-grown diamonds is banned, is projected to facilitate the screening at the SGL lab in BKC of at least 5,600 parcels of melee over the next year, Soni said.SGL’s lab in Andheri processed half of that volume of parcels over the past year.SGL serves a number of top retail jewellery brands, in the UK, India and the Gulf Middle East.A vast new convention centre, several floors high, is now being built by Reliance group in BKC and could become the next setting for the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), India’s No. 1 jewellery trade event, in the coming years, Indian trade sources say. If that were to happen, SGL’s lab in BKC would become even more centrally located in the heart of Mumbai’s diamond and diamond jewellery trade.Coinciding with the launch of its new lab, SGL was a headline sponsor of the Retail Jeweller India 2017 Awards event, which gathered hundreds of industry leaders at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai on July 29.SGL’s support of keynote industry events like the Awards, together with its continuing expansion as it adds labs in key markets around the world, underscores its rapidly rising profile in the gems and jewellery trade.
T Mark Guarantees Quality Jewelry from ThailandBANGKOK, August 2017 - The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, guarantees the quality and craftsmanship of Thai jewelry brands with the Thailand Trust Mark or T Mark, a symbol of trusted quality and excellence, while preparing to host the 60th edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair which will take place from September 6 to 10 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. With the gems and jewelry industry in Thailand on the rise, the country is now the world’s 10th largest gems and jewelry exporting country, and exports of gems and jewelry, excluding gold, are forecast to rise 5% this year to US$7.32 billion according to the Ministry of Commerce.Though the gems and jewelry industry in Thailand has greatly expanded, manufacturers are designing and producing jewelry with more care than ever to cater to the styles of international buyers and to keep up the world-renowned reputation of Thai jewelry. “Thailand is a hub for exquisite, high quality jewelry designs at affordable prices,” says Thanyaporn Chiewhatpong, marketing manager of Grace of Art, a jewelry brand that received T Mark in 2015.To reassure the quality and craftsmanship of jewelry made in Thailand, buyers can look for the Thailand Trust Mark or T Mark, established by the DITP in 2012 to strengthen and promote Thai products and services with trusted quality in every dimension from the highest standard of production, fair labor, giving consideration to environmental concerns and social responsibility with the most important factor as the “Heartmade Quality”. Many Thai jewelry brands have received T Mark such as Dhanu, de facto Asia, Beauty Gems, Pranda Jewelry, The Premier and Maya Trade, all of which are leading jewelry brands that are exported worldwide and are well-known for being handcrafted in Thailand.Currently, 738 Thai companies in eight industries have received T Mark, including companies producing jewelry, fashion products, lifestyle products, food and agricultural products, to companies in the service industry. To see the world-famous gems and jewelry from Thailand, visit the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair where suppliers and designers will showcase their products in more than 2,100 booths during the 5-day fair. For more information, visit www.thailandtrustmark.com and www.bkkgems.com
Sam Willoughby to step down after revitalised IJL 2017LONDON, August 12, 2017 - International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading jewellery trade event, will bid farewell to Event Director Sam Willoughby in October, after eight years at the helm and more than 13 years working for Reed Exhibitions.Willoughby and her team have developed many unique and market-leading features at IJL, including the VIP Diamond Club programme and an innovative 365-day strategy across content marketing, social media and industry support.At this year’s show, as well as over 500 jewellery exhibitors of which 150 are new, there is a revitalised seminar programme featuring brand new learning areas such as The Academy, Digifest and Skills Lab.IJL 2017 takes place at Olympia from September 3-5. Willoughby, who will remain throughout the show, said, “This year we are delighted to deliver the ground-breaking new Retail Experience and Jewellery LIVE! areas, a completely revamped seminar programme, a fantastic Trends Catwalk and a new roster of KickStarters and Bright Young Gems.We look forward to welcoming our returning exhibitors, meeting new exhibitors and seeing all our visitors, with their inspiring dedication and passion for the show.”On her departure, Willoughby adds: 'Making the decision to step down from IJL was incredibly difficult. I love the industry’s sense of community and mutual support as well as my talented and hard-working team who will continue to take IJL to even greater heights, working with the jewellery industry to promote innovation and drive growth for all our customers.”Lifestyle Portfolio Director, Lucy Gillam says, "Sam and her team have introduced many exciting changes for IJL 2017, marking the event as the number one destination of its kind in the UK. IJL is proud to offer unique support to the jewellery industry, as demonstrated by our #withyou campaign this year. I know that IJL’s forward-thinking and innovative team will maintain the show’s quality and integrity.I would like to thank Sam for all her contributions and wish her the best for the future. I look forward to working with the IJL team to deliver more exciting innovations in 2018 and beyond.”Willoughby’s replacement will be announced in due course.
CMJ moving “back to its roots” as a buying groupBIRMINGHAM, England, August 7, 2017 - The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) is moving “back to its roots” as a buying group, looking to refocus the business towards the needs of the membership in a new business strategy unveiled at its AGM.In a speech to the membership at CMJ’s AGM in Birmingham on August 7th, CMJ recently appointed Chairman Michael Aldridge said: “Our intention is to get CMJ back to being the best buying group for independent retail jewellers within the UK and Europe. “Over the past 10 years, the CMJ has increased its membership significantly, raised its profile to new heights. Our income under the stewardship of our past Chairman and CEO has risen dramatically, allowing many members here today to bear the fruits of their labour.“Whilst we have a solid foundation, which clearly we do, I also believe there are opportunities to re-evaluate the services we offer and I believe there are possible cost savings to be considered,” he said.Julie Langton, the CMJ’s non-executive finance director, reported that subsidiary businesses set up by CMJ over the past year, including a distribution company, had largely attributed to the net loss of £73k in the CMJ’s 2017 financial accounts.“We now have a good governance committee in place and we will be seeking to turn CMJ into a lean and efficient machine, to service the members and suppliers that are absolutely fundamental to its existence and its future,” Langton said.Aldridge added: “We have a challenging time ahead of us. We have identified the issues and are dealing with them in a positive way with good corporate governance, transparency and integrity.“There is now an opportunity to look at the services we offer and there are cost savings to consider. We are looking for greater transparency within the business and we will be more focused on the needs of our members.”Over the past year, CMJ has welcomed eight new members and is to “announce some exciting new suppliers” within the next few months, according to Aldridge.The Chairman’s address was endorsed by several of CMJ’s biggest members, including Alan Higgs of TH Baker and Edward Ferris of SWAG Jewellers, both commenting that they had absolute confidence in the CMJ board of directors and that the new Chairman was “outstanding.”Turnout by retailers was strong and the order flow appeared brisk at the CMJ Autumn Trade Event, held at the Hilton Metropole NEC on August 6th and 7th.
Bransom leads way with wireless Chip & Pin integration through PaymentsenseAugust 2017 - Bransom has been working closely with Europe’s largest merchant service provider Paymentsense to integrate the next generation of wireless payment terminals on a secure network with its new mobile PoS solutions and deliver a robust and efficient system for maximising sales on the shop floor.Traditionally, payment terminals could only work when connected to one device. The recent trend tightening up on security meant that moving terminals was both time consuming and required access to security codes etc., which are not always readily available.Paymentsense’s PCI-compliant cloud-based technology, called Connect™, has revolutionised wireless payment systems and now allows their terminals to connect quickly and easily over a wi-fi network or LAN. Now if a terminal (till or PDQ) has failed, you can be quickly up and running with another device in seconds.Multiple Chip & Pin devices can be assigned to work with multiple Bransom mPoS tills, allowing the user to select which terminal to use when payment is being made. On the shop floor, this makes sales faster and more efficient, enabling queue-busting since there is no need to wait for a payment terminal to be free. Shop staff can be more efficient, engage anywhere in store and potentially earn more commission through more sales volumes.Bransom’s cloud-based mPoS solution uses Paymentsense ConnectTM connectivity and removes the need for specific software for Windows, Apple or Android devices, allowing PDQ terminals to be shared with multiple tills. It can be used standalone or integrated with its bsmart2/mPoS Stock Management System, and is one of the first PoS systems in the UK and the first in the UK Jewellery trade to be using this new technology.Until September 5th, Paymentsense has announced special offers for both new and existing PoS customers who sign up, ranging from a discount off the cost of a new PoS system to free card machines.For more information, contact Bransom on 01442 256445.For more information on Paymentsense ConnectTM https://www.paymentsense.co.uk/integrated-payments/
The Wisteria Collection by Sarah HoAugust 2017 – Sarah Ho has launched the second chapter of the Hidden Garden with the Wisteria Suite, the ‘hero’ pieces that are bursting with energy in an explosion of colours and shapes. This suite takes inspiration from the Wisteria that graces London townhouses in the summer, transforming the brickwork into rich spectacles with their cascades of vivid blooms. The flowers represent longevity and grace and are used in Feng Shui as they symbolise honour and respect.The vibrant pear-shaped stones nestle in jewels of rich fuchsias, summer yellows, deep blues and lustrous greens, the playful arrangement of baguettes and beads mimicking the clusters of tapering blooms. Each colour combination reflects a personality, from romantic pinks to spiritual blue.The studs transform into long statement earrings with the addition of diamonds and gems in an elegant flourish.“I love contrasting colours and shapes of gemstones not usually seen together and combining them in a unique way within the designs. The Wisteria is colourful, elegant yet symbolic” - Sarah Ho.View all the designs on the website: www.shojewellery.com.
Jonathan, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds is providing free access to its online four-month beginners’ Diamond Foundation Course in response to COVID-19.
Can you please elaborate on why you are offering free access to this course now?
During this time of social distancing, we are all trying to find ways to adapt and stay productive. We appreciate that keeping staff who have been furloughed engaged and motivated during this period will be challenging for all business owners, including retail jewellers, manufacturers, suppliers and brands.
Our goal is to present business owners, membership bodies and associations with an educational option for their communities.
The four-month De Beers Group Diamond Foundation Course is completely flexible and easy to access, allowing participants to stay connected and improve their knowledge from the safety of their own homes. We know this time period is tough for us all, which is why we want to play our part.
What level of education about diamonds will the course offer? What are the main themes covered?
The Diamond Foundation Course focuses on the incredible characteristics and journey of a natural diamond, covering everything from the atomic structure of a diamond to how we at De Beers Group recover and sort rough diamonds.
Students will also complete modules on the Four Cs as well as synthetic diamonds, which is particularly helpful for those working in a sales environment. Overall, there are eight modules, broken down into sections of 15-30 minutes.
This makes learning manageable alongside other time commitments. The entire course is interactive and visually engaging to bring the natural diamond story to life. Access will be granted for four months to ensure students can revisit topics, each of which finishes with a short assessment.
It is our hope that participants will return to work with a greater understanding and appreciation of the entire diamond industry and the confidence to clearly communicate this to customers.
Who can take part and how can they apply? What about sole traders and other self-employed people in the UK jewellery trade?
Interested students should firstly contact their company head office to see if there is already a scheme in place to collate prospective students’ data.
As a second port of call, students who are members of a De Beers Group affiliated trade body, such as the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) and Houlden Group, should contact their representatives to express interest in gaining their free course place.
Anyone who does not fall under these categories should email us directly on email@example.com and we will be happy to provide further advice.
Are you offering this opportunity to trade professionals overseas (outside the UK)? Do you have future plans in this regard?
The De Beers Group Diamond Foundation Course offer is open to all companies who are affiliated with De Beers Group or those who are members of industry trade bodies.
The course is available in several languages to help students enjoy the best possible experience.
Will those who pass the course receive a certificate?
This course is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited and students can download a PDF certificate from De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds upon successful completion.