Award winning international designers line up for IJL 2014
LONDON, August 2014 – IJL 2014, at Olympia GRAND (August 31 – September 2), will feature award-winning designers in the exclusive Designer Brands area.
With a focus on fine and contemporary jewellery, these world-renowned designers – including for the first time, the exciting Danish newcomer, C6 by Anne Cohen – will be showcasing signature pieces, alongside superb new collections.
IJL Event Director, Sam Willoughby, said: “The Designer Brands section is a very important part of the show and each year it grows in stature, providing a perfect snapshot of the latest designs and craftsmanship from some of the most iconic global brands.”
The Designer Brands line-up at this year‘s IJL features the following:
Designer Babette Wasserman has been creating collections of original jewels and cufflinks under her own label, as well as for a variety of other popular brands, for over sixteen years.
The Babette Wasserman London brand is instantly recognisable by its impressive wow-factor. All her collections express a sense of luxury, stylish elegance and freshness and the new SS14 range is no different. From humble beginnings in 1997, the brand now has a distribution of over 350 accounts worldwide in some of the most luxurious jewellery shops, boutiques and department stores.
Dennis & Lavery Platinum
Dennis & Lavery Platinum returns to IJL this year for the first time since winning two Platinum Guild International Awards and after designer, Cindy Dennis Mangan and her husband had their second child. Launching three new platinum bridal collections at IJL, entitled Regalia, Glacier, and Esprit, and with an update to her award-winning Vortex interlocking wedding bands sets, Cindy has a vision for the company to be the luxury platinum brand of choice for Britain’s leading independent retail jewellers.
Also looking to confirm a partnership with a European distributor in 2015, the three new collections, together with previous ranges, Metropolis and Elemental, will give the brand a strong design lead across both contemporary and more traditional platinum jewellery styles.
Dower & Hall
Dower & Hall are preparing to showcase some beautiful and innovative new collections at this year’s show.
With their reputation for excellent design and unequalled quality, the British jewellery design duo continue to firmly hold the reigns of their expanding empire, whilst maintaining a steady introduction of confident collections throughout the year. This season Dower & Hall are launching Dew Drop, as well as new pieces in the popular Nomad collection. Dew Drop is an effortlessly chic collection inspired by the delicate droplets silhouettes found in nature, while the free-spirited Nomad collection now includes on-trend ‘stacker’ bracelets.
Fei Liu is an award-winning jewellery designer based in the UK. He is internationally recognised for creating dramatic designs that infuse his Eastern heritage with Western design skills and tradition. The essence of Fei Liu Fine Jewellery is that of great drama and elegance, entwined with intricate details. Pairing delicately-sculpted settings with vivid and colourful stones, his signature look is a refined mix of femininity and knock-out impact. Lavishly delicate and elegantly bold, each piece is uniquely inspired with a three-dimensional edge.
Katie Rowland studied jewellery at Central St. Martins after graduating in Graphic Design from Kingston University. Since launching her brand in 2011, she has been awarded, ‘New Designer of the Year,’ at the UK Jewellery Awards 2011, been named in the industries ‘Hot 100’ list twice (2011 & 2013), and been awarded the ‘Lonmins Design Innovation Award’ for Platinum, as well as receiving the ‘Coutts New Jeweller Award’. Creating jewellery described as having ‘elegance with an edge’, Katie Rowland draws her inspiration from beguiling and powerful female characters in history and mythology, with collections that offer not only unadulterated, opulent pleasure but escapism.
Her brand is synonymous with intricate, unusual and original designs, as well as an exquisite use of precious stones and metals. This, combined with a dose of ‘femme fatale’ seductiveness, is what makes Katie Rowland pieces so tantalising to own, wear and collect.
Molly Brown London
Molly Brown London houses two brands – Molly Brown, the UK’s leading girl’s jewellery brand and Molly B Couture, a women’s fine jewellery collection. In addition, Molly Brown offers excellent christening and bridesmaid gifts and Molly B Couture, a classic sterling silver, diamond and 9ct gold range. Both brands come with luxury packaging.
Oak Fine Jewellery
British brand OAK is at the forefront of the jewellery industry, selling in the high street multiple, Goldsmiths, and in leading independent retailers across the UK. Launched by award-winning designers and Central Saint Martin’s alumni, Jo-Anne Owdud & Parul Tolentino in 2011, OAK designs resonate with the spirit of love, representing a true force of nature. Each piece, available in sterling silver and gold, with semi-precious gemstones and diamonds, is designed to enhance the wearer and presented in a unique jewellery box.
Keira Knightley was recently snapped out in London wearing OAK’s iconic ‘A Life Within Acorn’ pendant. OAK’s celebrity following also includes style icons Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.
C6 by Anne Cohen
Anne Cohen is the designer behind the award winning Danish jewellery brand – C6 by Anne Cohen – which tells an amazing story, uniting the hardest naturally-occurring substance, diamonds, with the softest, graphite, in one sublime moment.
Each piece of jewellery is made from graphite in two contrasting forms, carbon and diamond, then carefully crafted by hand from raw carbon to the final touch of placing the diamonds in the carbon cradle. With its stringent and minimalistic design, the jewellery is both contemporary and timeless: Anne Cohen’s renewal of the classic diamond ring is viewed as a shooting star in the world of international jewellery design.
C6 by Anne Cohen is a unique approach to jewellery design, with a unified concept and authentic storytelling that frames a complete, stand-alone package.
Sarah Ho | SHO
Award-winning jewellery designer, Sarah Ho, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Macau before moving to London to enrich her skills in design and gemology. Sarah’s inspirational designs are a personal reflection of the different chapters in her life and her family heritage, creating an autobiography through her jewellery.
Signature elements include a love of colour expressed through gemstones, delicate flowing lines, and lacework in precious metals that work in harmony throughout her design portfolio. The brand has an elegant, feminine charm, taking a modern approach to create designs that will stand the test of time.
Rachel Galley is well known for her contemporary silver jewellery and quality of design. Her collections have gained many accolades throughout her career. She was recently nominated as a ‘Walpole Brand of Tomorrow’, and, in addition, shortlisted for the ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ at the UK Retail Jewellery Awards. She has also been awarded the ‘Hot 100 Trendsetter 2012’ by Professional Jeweller magazine, and ‘Catwalk Jewellery Designer of The Year 2012’ in the annual UK Jewellery Awards.
Rachel Galley has made finely-crafted lattice-work a signature of her design ethos, an approach which allows the jewellery to reflect the light and sparkle as if set with diamonds, whilst maintaining timeless elegance and understated sophistication.
Sheila Fleet, OBE, is one of Scotland’s leading designers of precious jewellery. Her distinctive designs are inspired by her island home, on Orkney, in the Outer Hebrides, a romantic setting which offers up nature’s infinite spectrum of shapes and colours. Her jewellery is known for its vibrant enamel hues and fine hand-finish, all designed and made in her workshop by the sea.
Sheila Fleet Jewellery is worn and collected all over the world. The latest collections: Wild Grasses, Creel, Snowdrop and Daisies for Emily have proved particularly popular.
‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’, Sophie Harley, celebrates 25 years in the industry, and is showing for the first time this year at IJL. Sophie’s exquisite collections transcend from the mystical to the modern, with an eclectic mix of cross-cultural symbolism. She will unveil six of her most beautiful and popular collections, including ‘Loveknot’; ‘Cult Classics’ featuring her signature winged-heart and mythological charms; and the latest silver collection,’ Bonne Chance’, a mysterious and magical journey into the secrets of the heart.
A truly British brand – and one of London’s best-kept secrets – Sophie’s beautiful, unique designs adorn a discerning and talented clientele. These include Kate Winslet, Dame Judi Dench, and ‘Bond Girl’ Eva Green, who wore the ‘Algerian love knot’ necklace, which was specially commissioned for the 007 movie, ‘Casino Royale’
Started by Sema Sezen twenty years ago, Tezer is a German-based company which has made its mark in distinctive sterling silver. The eye-catching collections are designed for the forward-thinking, discerning woman and include a comprehensive range of stunning necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Her designs, which also come in a gold-plate finish, are stylish and minimalist, but with a feminine touch.
IJL 2014 will run from 31 August to 2 September 2014 at Olympia Grand, London.