Clogau wins Jewellery Brand of the Year at UK Jewellery Awards
LONDON, June 2015 – Welsh jewellery brand Clogau won the prestigious Jewellery Brand of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards attended by some 700 industry leaders at The Pavilion at the Tower of London on June 17.
Clogau Welsh gold has a long association with the British royal family because it has been used in royal wedding bands since the early 20th century, including that of Princess Diana.
Clogau, which was headline sponsor of this year’s UK Jewellery Awards, also won the Bridal Collection of the Year award for its Clogau Compose range of engagement and wedding rings.
Other winners included Hugh Rice Jewellers which took home the Independent Retailer of the Year award, while wedding ring manufacturer Brown & Newirth was awarded Supplier of the Year.
Another wedding ring manufacturer, Hockley Mint won Employer of the Year for its commitment to apprenticeships, while this year’s new, Innovation Award went to manufacturer and supplier Cookson Gold for its Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology.
Citizen was awarded Watch Brand of the Year while Watch Retailer of the Year went to Watchfinder.
Gemporia won Etailer of the Year, while Silver Tree Jewellery and Victoria Highfield Jewellers won Branded Jewellery Retailer of the Year and Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year, respectively.
Freedom at Topshop was awarded the gong for Department Store/High Street Fashion Jewellery Retailer of the Year and, in another new category, Pippa Small Jewellery won Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year.
V Jewellery took home the Brand to Watch award, while independent retailer Mococo was given the prize for Best Store Environment.
Ornella Ianuzzi, this year’s winner of the Goldsmith’s Craft & Design Award, won Jewellery Designer of the Year, while former IJL Kick Starter Rosie Sanders won New Designer of the Year.
The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award went to London Diamond Bourse president Harry Levy, who was recognised for his long and outstanding career in the industry.
Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner said: “The UK Jewellery Awards remains the only awards for the industry, judged by the industry and competition this year was extremely tough with a record number of entries received.
“Those who were crowned winners really are the very best at what they do and should feel incredibly proud of their achievements.
“The Tower of London provided a superb backdrop for the awards this year and guests all had a great night.”