PureJewels scoops two gongs at Newham Chamber of Commerce awards
LONDON, November 2019 - East London jeweller PureJewels won gongs for e-commerce and innovation at the Newham Chamber of Commerce business awards this month.
PureJewels won the e-commerce award in recognition of the 20 percent monthly growth in visits to its e-commerce site, which has transformed the retailer into one of the most visible suppliers of eastern-inspired jewellery in the UK.
As the only company winning more than one award on the night, PureJewels also won the best innovation category for its launch of masterclasses for its customers, a series of weekend courses supporting the creative industries held at its premises on Green Street.
Green Street is a hub for dozens of independent South Asian retail jewellers and fashion outlets.
PureJewels’ Green Street store and e-commerce site supply cutting-edge 22-carat gold jewellery designs for British Asian weddings and a variety of innovative pieces, many of them gem-set.
“This is fantastic recognition for our company, and we’re really proud to have won these awards,” PureJewels CEO Jayant Raniga said after the event held at the Old Town Hall, Stratford, on November 6.
The judges visited shortlisted applicants, including PureJewels, before selecting the winners.
Missoma honoured at Sunday Times WorldFirst SME Export Track 100 Awards
LONDON, September 22, 2019 – Demi-fine jewellery business Missoma has been honoured at the fifth annual Sunday Times WorldFirst SME Export Track 100 awards, receiving the ‘Excellence in Ecommerce’ award sponsored by DHL Express.The SME Export Track 100 league table ranks the UK’s small and medium-sized private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Over the last two years, companies in the ranking have grown their international sales from between 36% and 360% a year to a total of £833m, and employ 8,900 staff, having added 3,000 jobs over the period.The ‘Excellence in Ecommerce’ award was presented by Abi Brodie, vice-president of ecommerce at DHL Express, to Missoma’s ecommerce manager Safura Harrison, and brand and marketing manager Kate Woods. The jewellery brand makes 95% of its sales online and grew its international sales by 326% a year to £5m in 2018.
Commenting on the win Kate Woods at Missoma said: “We are a jewellery brand that is based in London but is exporting all over the world, and we have big, exciting plans. We are expanding in the US and are investing a lot of time and energy there.”Abi Brodie, Vice President Sales - Ecommerce at DHL Express UK said:“Exporting can be particularly challenging for small businesses, but it presents huge growth potential for those able to seize the opportunity. At DHL Express we’re working hard to help as many businesses as possible recognize this and grow their business. “Missoma has clearly been able to harness their export potential, so I’m delighted to have been able to present them with the excellence in ecommerce award. I look forward to seeing them continue to go from strength to strength!”
International Jewellery London Leading Lights Awards: 2019 Winners Announced
London, 1 September 2019: The winners of the inaugural Leading Lights Awards have been announced today at a special ceremony at International Jewellery London (IJL), on the first day of the show.The awards, in association with Jewellery Outlook, is a new feature initiative for IJL 2019, created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of fashion forward talent across the globe.
Lucy Quartermaine was awarded Jeweller of the Year. The judges called Lucy “an inspiration to other UK designers” who “has created a balance between superlative design and manufacturing excellence in jewellery, to inspire a multiple stockist, Ernest Jones”.Best Fine Jeweller went to Birmingham-based Domino for its “carefully planned production process”, with the judges commenting “every stage, from training to marketing, is carefully nurtured." Birmingham got another win with Birmingham City University School of Jewellery awarded Course Provider. The judges said they are “the most professional and enthusiastic body, closely integrated with the industry”.De Beers Group Industry Services won Best Use of Technology, with the judges praising its “outstanding commercial relevance and accurate solutions to tackle challenges in the industry for the ultimate benefit of the end consumer.”Fashion Fusion was awarded to Kastur Jewels for directing “Indian inspiration to the mainstream” and Indian-based blogger Preeta Agarwal Workroom (bejewelledfinds.com) won the Blogger Award for her “informative and passionate posts”. The judges were impressed with how she “takes the audience behind the scenes, showcasing much more than beautiful jewellery from across the world”.Lingjun Sun took home the Bright Young Gem Award crown, for “showing innovative use of materials and settings” and “bringing opals to a new contemporary market”.Katie Morris, Events Director, International Jewellery London (IJL) said: “The winners of the inaugural Leading Lights Awards show the incredible innovation, creativity and dedication of the jewellery and watch industry today – from designers, to education, to technology, they all add so much IJL is so pleased to be able to shine a light all the winners’ amazing achievements. Congratulations to all!”David Brough, Editor of Jewellery Outlook, said: “"The judges were extremely impressed by the high standard and wide variety of applicants in the inaugural Leading Lights awards. We were delighted to see such fabulous talent and professional commitment across the categories."The full list of the inaugural Leading Lights winners is below:Best Use of TechnologyDe Beers Group Industry Services
Fashion FusionKastur JewelsCourse ProviderBirmingham City University School of JewelleryJeweller of the YearLucy Quartermaine Best Bright Young GemLingjun SunBest Fine JewellerDomino JewelleryBlogger Award (sponsored by NAJ)Preeta Agarwal Workroom - bejewelledfinds.comIJL is an unrivalled opportunity for the international jewellery trade to network and find out about the latest industry trends and market developments which will help retailers and suppliers make the right commercial decisions.For buyers, the show is the once-in-a-year chance to shop for the widest range of gems, jewellery, packaging and services, and to find out about the most topical issues in the industry. IJL also offers buyers the largest variety of gemstones under one roof in Britain today.IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, and the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council.
IJL announces Leading Lights Awards shortlist
The winners will be announced at the UK’s Leading Jewellery Trade Event
Olympia, Kensington 1 - 3 September 2019LONDON, August 2019 - International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced the shortlist for its Leading Lights Awards, a new feature initiative for IJL 2019, created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of fashion forward talent across the globe.IJL has teamed up with the respected publication Jewellery Outlook to offer the opportunity of gaining recognition for contributions to a forward-looking global jewellery industry.There are eight categories, with entries submitted by organisations or individuals themselves, or nominated by a third party. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony at IJL 2019.
Katie Morris, Events Director, International Jewellery London (IJL) said: “IJL is very excited to launch this new set of awards for IJL 2019. We know there is a huge amount of innovation, creativity, and outstanding educators in the industry and we want to recognise these as movers and shakers, future proofers and stars of their sector.
“As with many industries, jewellery and watches as verticals are experiencing new challenges and opportunities and showcasing those who are embracing change and innovating through it is vital if we’re to inspire the next generation of jewellers and keep the industry performing at its optimum.
“A huge congratulations to everyone on this fantastic shortlist!”David Brough, Editor of Jewellery Outlook, said: "The quality of the applicants was extremely high. We look forward very much to the announcement of the winners at IJL."The Shortlist for the Leading Lights Awards are:Best Use of Technology
De Beers Everledger PureJewelsFashion Fusion
Kastur Jewels LeSter Jewellery SoftDream by Laura GalassoCourse Provider
Birmingham City University School of Jewellery British Academy of Jewellery De Beers Group Institute of DiamondsInternational Jeweller of the Year
ORA Pearls Lucy QuartermaineBest Bright Young Gem
Aurelie Dellasanta Isla Gilham Lingjun SunBest Fine Jeweller
Clogau Domino Jewellery Raw PearlsBlogger Award
International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Congress to take place in Bangkok from October 12-15
BANGKOK, July 2019 - The 19th Congress of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from 12th to 15th October, 2019, enabling industry experts to share their latest knowledge and insights with members of the trade and industry professionals.The biennial ICA Congresses are organized in member countries across the world. Thailand will be the first country to host the event for the third time – in 1987, 2005 and now 2019.“As Bangkok is the world’s largest colored stone trading and processing hub, we have an immense opportunity to create great awareness about colored stones to a global audience,” said Prida Tiasuwan, Chairman, ICA Congress 2019.“This Congress will have the largest representation of female speakers and will also have the first ever representation of artisanal miners on an international platform,” he said.Topics at the ICE Congress will range from rubies, gemstones, mining, technology, the young generation, designs, market trends, social responsibility, media, retailing, and more.The ICA Steering Committee has created exciting events during the Congress, such as the tennis and golf tournament, a dinner cruise, and the Gala Ruby Night.
A non-profit organization, ICA is the only worldwide body specifically created to benefit the global colored gemstone industry.ICA was founded in 1984 and now comprises over 700 gem industry leaders from mine to market, including miners, gem cutters, suppliers, retailers, trade associations, gemological laboratories, academia, museums, and so on, from 47 countries, who are devoted to advancing and promoting the knowledge and appreciation of colored gemstones.ICA’s global network works to develop a common language for promotion and consistent business standards necessary to improve international communications and trade of colored gemstones.Over the years, ICA has provided direct access to the source for colored gemstones and related information. There is no other international organization with the same collective access to, and knowledge about, all levels of the colored gemstone industry.CONGRESS VENUE The Congress will take place in the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, a commanding landmark on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, o?ering a strategic, luxury heaven to call home in the city.Delegates to the ICA Congress will have the opportunity to visit important centers of colored gemstone trade in Thailand.Bangkok's Silom neighborhood is home to hundreds of gem traders, while Chanthaburi in southeast Thailand is a major center for stone cutting and boasts a big weekend gem market.Delegates will have the opportunity to join Congress-organized tours to Chanthaburi; the historic Mogok mines in Myanmar; Guangzhou Jade Market, and northern Thailand, after the Congress finishes. POSTER COMPETITIONThe main theme of the poster competition in 2019 is “Gemstone – a genuine treasure to hold on to.”In light of this concept, ICA invites graphics designers worldwide to design a poster (or posters) which include a design of a piece of any kind of jewelry adorned with colored gemstones.Prize for the winning designFirst prize – one winner – US$2,000Second Prize – one winner – US$1,500Third prize – one winner – US$1,000The prizes will be sent to the winning designer after the conclusion of the ICA Congress.All entries will be exhibited during the ICA Congress in Bangkok (October 2019) where ICA BOD and congress delegates will vote for their favorite design.Designers are invited to learn more about ICA, former competitions and to see a variety of posters dedicated to colored gemstones on the ICA website : www.gemstone.org The deadline for receiving posters is 20 September, 2019Entries should be sent to: Yehuda Kassif E-mail : email@example.com CONGRESS AGENDA
Day 1: 12nd October (Saturday) Registration, Tennis, Golf & Inauguration Ceremony Day 2: 13rd October (Sunday) Business Session, ICA Dinner & Cocktail Cruise Day 3: 14th October (Monday) Business Session & Thai Street Food night Day 4: 15th October (Tuesday) Half Day Session, Board Meeting & Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony.For press enquiries, please contact David Brough at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 44-7990568064
International Jewellery London and Jewellery Outlook launch the International Leading Lights Awards
Entries open to celebrate global jewellery industry talent #IJL2019
London, 20 June 2019 - International Jewellery London (IJL) and Jewellery Outlook are delighted to announce the launch of the International Leading Lights Awards - a new initiative created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of jewellery industry talent across the globe.
The International Leading Lights Awards encompass the pre-existing IJL Editors’ Choice awards and the IJL Blog Awards.
The International Leading Lights are a collaboration between leading jewellery show IJL and respected publication Jewellery Outlook, which offer the opportunity of gaining recognition for contributions to a forward-looking global jewellery industry. recognising the best in international talent from across the jewellery industry. The winners will be showcased at IJL 2019 and beyond.
Given the well-established and respected awards already offered by the UK to recognise its own talent and achievement, The Leading Lights Awards are specifically targeting those in the international arena whose contribution to the world of jewellery should be showcased both in the UK and beyond.
There are eight categories. Entries can be made by organisations or individuals themselves, or a third party can nominate. The entry forms will be open on the IJL website on 17 June, and the deadline is 12 July 2019.
The eight categories are as follows:
• Best Bright Young Gem • Jewellery Course Provider of the Year • Fashion Fusion Award • Best Direct-to-Consumer • Jeweller of the Year • Best Use of Technology • Fine Jewellery Award • Best Blogger Award, supported by NAJ
Katie Morris, IJL Exhibition Director said: “We are so excited to launch the first International Leading Lights Awards at IJL this year. These awards will showcase and champion the incredible achievements of the jewellery industry around the globe. I cannot wait to see the incredible talent and passion that the eight categories will present and look forward to celebrating them all at IJL 2019!”
David Brough, Editor and Co-Founder of Jewellery Outlook, said:
"I am delighted to be involved alongside IJL with the inaugural Leading Lights awards, which will celebrate outstanding talent and hard work across the global jewellery industry. The awards will highlight those who are set to make a big impact in the global industry in future, across a wide range of categories from design to education, marketing and social media."
Once the shortlist has been revealed, a panel of expert judges will select one winner in each category, who will be honoured at a special awards ceremony at IJL (1-3 September 2019).
Entry by Wednesday 12 July 2019. Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are on the IJL website – www.jewellerylondon.com/leadinglights
Sarah Zhuang wins at International Jewellery Design Excellence Awards
HONG KONG, March 2019 - Hong Kong jewellery designer Sarah Zhuang has won the award for Innovative and Uniqueness in Design at the International Jewellery Design Excellence Awards 2019.The awards ceremony took place on 28 February at the cocktail reception of the 36th Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. A total of 137 designers from 21 countries took part in this year’s hotly contested competition.
The International Jewellery Design Excellence Awards is a design competition that invites champions from around the world to take part – in order to be able to compete, each designer must have already won a jewellery award elsewhere.Zhuang’s winning piece – Urban Reflection – incorporates Hong Kong’s world-renowned skyline in a set of four rings, depicting the city’s diverse architecture with ultra-modern skyscrapers juxtaposed against historical buildings. The rings can be worn together to form a picture of the iconic skyline with reflection.Speaking after receiving the award, Sarah Zhuang, founder of the eponymous jewellery brand Sarah Zhuang Jewellery, said: “My collections celebrate modern women, with each piece crafted to tell a story of strength, aspiration and confidence. I’m delighted and honoured to have received this award for creativity and design innovation.”All of Sarah Zhuang Jewellery collections are hand-crafted and designed to personify a unique trait of contemporary women. Her jewellery is made in 18ct gold and set with diamonds and precious gemstones, with each piece designed to be worn in multiple ways.Born into a family that has worked within the jewellery trade for more than 20 years, Sarah has lived and breathed design from a young age. Fuelled by her passion for jewellery craftsmanship, she received her design certificate from the GIA and a professional diploma from Hong Kong Design Institute, before studying in Florence, Italy, to further hone her skills in jewellery design and making.In 2017, she launched her own eponymous brand, which Sarah describes as “as versatile as women”. The brand is already stocked in retailers in the UK, Hong Kong, China and Japan and Zhuang has also been shortlisted in the Young Designer of the Year category at the UK Jewellery Awards 2019.
NAJ Members Celebrate Awards Success
SOLIHULL, December 2018 - The National Association of Jewellers announced the winners of its annual awards programme on December 13th in conjunction with the Benevolent Society’s Christmas Ball.
Jewellery & Watch was Headline Sponsor of the charitable event.
The glittering get-together welcomed over 250 guests and the celebrations continued until the early hours.
And the winners are…
Bond Jewellery & Diamonds - Retailer of the Year sponsored by Hockley MintBond Jewellery & Diamonds are the definition of a personal jeweller, passionate about creating exquisite, handcrafted pieces and delivering a unique and personalised service. With a luxurious showroom and workshops in the heart of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, they pride themselves on crafting each piece in the UK.London DE - Jewellery & Watch Supplier of the Year sponsored by Inhorgenta MunichLondon DE is the UK’s leading supplier of certified diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other coloured gemstones. They ethically source and supply loose stones and create bespoke items of handmade jewellery in their workshops in London’s Hatton Garden.Clare Tyler, Purely Diamonds - Sales Person of the Year sponsored by Windiam
With an unrivalled knowledge of jewellery and the industry, Clare continues to ensure all customers’ needs are met. From sourcing diamonds of a particular quality to working with the design team for bespoke requests of jewellery, as time moves forward and the customer evolves, Clare is always one step ahead.
Cooksongold - Website of the Year sponsored by International Jewellery London
Cooksongold is dedicated to helping the jewellery making industry and has a range of over 18,000 products available to help you prosper. With products suitable for all stages of your journey, they are your one stop source for all things jewellery making!FACETS - Service Provider of Year sponsored by Parify
FACETS is the only specialist jewellery and watch agency in the UK. They offer celebrity dressing, media buying, social media strategies and community management, influencer collaborations, contract publishing and event management.Martine Gregory, Lumbers - Workshop Employee of the Year sponsored by Presman Mastermelt
After 37 years of experience, Martine has been the mainstay of the Lumbers workshop and embraces both repairs and bespoke manufacturing with relish. Being the entire workshop resource of a busy retail store is a challenge in itself; however, no matter how big or small the project Martine gets the job done.Claudia Bradbury - Designer of the Year sponsored by Clogau
Designed in the UK for over 15 years, Claudia Bradby is a pearl jewellery specialist using highest quality freshwater pearls and rhodium plated silver. Claudia’s ambition is to make pearls accessible to all women, appropriate for all occasions, through thoughtful, modern and relevant design.Hockley Mint – Member of the Year sponsored by T H MarchHockley Mint offers an award-winning selection of bridal mounts and wedding bands, Wedfit. They have mastered techniques, both old and new, making them a one-stop destination for the jewellery trade.
NAJ Chief Executive Simon Forrester said: “Huge thanks to all our sponsors and entrants for this year’s awards, without whom the night wouldn’t have been possible!
“Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists, and a huge thank you to the Benevolent Society for hosting our Awards once again. It was a fabulous evening for a very important industry cause.”Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough with Kirsty Broere, Event Manager of Jewellery & Watch, headline sponsor of the Benevolent Society Christmas Ball
Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council launches 2018/19 Awards entries at IJL
LONDON, August 26, 2018 - The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) returns to International Jewellery London (IJL) for the formal launch of the 2018/19 edition of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.These prestigious Awards inspire and encourage excellence and skills development among graduates, apprentices, designers and masters working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. Full details and design briefs will be available as IJL opens at: www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk.At IJL stand S118, the GC&DC will showcase a number of winning pieces from its 2017/18 awards, demonstrating excellence in creative design and craftsmanship. A number of short films will also be on show, offering visitors exclusive insight into the winners and workings of these annual awards.In addition, and new for 2018, GC&DC in partnership with IJL, have curated Uniquely UK, an exhibition of inspiring signature pieces from 13 of the UK’s leading jewellery designers , as never seen before at IJL. This exclusive inaugural exhibition and promotion will feature works from designers that have all previously won accolades at the GC&DC Awards. There will also be a special IJL Catwalk Show of Award winning jewellery from the 2018 competition, on Monday 3rd September at 12.00.Speaking of the GC&DC’s presence at IJL, Council chairman Andy Putland said: “We are really looking forward to once again be part of IJL and to meet those keen to take part in our prestigious annual awards, whether new or established designers, apprentices and those considered masters of their craft. The GC&DC Awards are going from strength to strength gaining increasing industry recognition of their importance and value.”The Council’s consultant secretary Brian Hill, organiser of the Uniquely UK campaign, added: “This is a super opportunity and unique promotion to demonstrate and celebrate fabulous examples of design-led, distinctive jewellery from some of UK’s top designers, all of which have won prizes in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards. Each Uniquely UK designer has links with, and supports our annual competition, which itself encourages, supports and promotes excellence for the profession.”
Rachel Boston wins Best Designer at UK Jewellery AwardsLONDON, July 2018 – Rachel Boston won Best Designer at the UK Jewellery Awards 2018 held on July 4. With awards given out in 20 categories spanning all areas of the trade from design and supply through to marketing and retail, winners included independents Sarah Layton, Mococo, Lumbers and Wongs as well as multiples Watches of Switzerland and Beaverbrooks and suppliers including Citizen, Clogau and Swarovski.Almost 700 people attended the event, often dubbed the “industry Oscars”, this year held in association with Retail Jeweller’s headline partner Clogau.The new venue at the Artillery Garden featured a fun fair to accompany the black-tie awards ceremony, three course dinner and after party.Commenting on tonight’s event, Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner, said: “This evening’s awards has been one of the most memorable to date.“The new venue has been extremely popular, and we are blown away by guests’ positive reaction to the event. It is a real achievement to be the custodian of the UK’s premier industry award ceremony and the fact that it was so well supported is testament to just how highly it is regarded in the trade.“Our rigorous judging process ensures that winning one of these awards means you are the very best at what you do so huge congratulations to all of our finalists and winners this evening.”
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.