Jewellery Week to take place in London in June
Della Tinsley talks about plans for Jewellery Week, which will take place in London this summer, a busy time for the capital because of the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. Della, who is Director of JW12, sees Jewellery Week as a great opportunity to highlight UK and international jewellery design talent.
Q. When is Jewellery Week taking place in 2012, and what will be new and special about the event?
Della Tinsley, London Jewellery Week Director, as featured in Professional Jeweller’s 2011 ‘HOT 100’
A. Jewellery Week is the capital’s premier showcase for the brightest UK and international jewellery design talent and will be taking place from 11-17th June 2012.
This year our main hub will be the beautiful Somerset House, with a number of events happening in and around the courtyard and Embankment.
Jewellery Week is a unique chance to view and buy jewellery to cherish for the rest of your life, whether it’s an affordable luxury or a one-of-a-kind statement piece.
With its fantastic heritage and world-class design culture, it’s no surprise London is recognised around the world for its boundary-breaking jewellery scene.
Jewellery Week and its partners have created an exciting range of events across London, with exclusive launches, emerging designer showcases, glamorous jewellery fashion shows, open workshops, inspiring exhibitions and talks by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Q. What are the main objectives of Jewellery Week 2012?
A. JW was set up to promote and support the jewellery industry and allied trades and all the work we undertake stems from that core message. JW celebrates jewellery and jewellers, focusing on amazing designs, innovation and craftsmanship.
The economic impact of Jewellery Week and the events it supports, builds on the UK’s reputation for nurturing design excellence.
JW is a platform that embraces all jewellery from Fashion to Fine and is a perfect environment to focus solely on jewellery which despite difficult times is an innovative, exciting industry.
Q. How will Treasure, which showcases the work of young designers, be different this year?
A. The move to Somerset House sends a clear signal internationally that JW will be the time to be in London if you are in the industry.
Treasure is not just about young designers but is the place to find the most exciting emerging designers alongside established designers and brands. Our selection process is based on curating the very best in contemporary jewellery design. I would like to thank Mark Hislop, Commercial Director of Somerset House Trust, for firstly coming to Treasure last year and secondly inviting us to move the event to this amazing location.
Treasure will be a luxurious experience, with a champagne Thienot Bar, a Bridal trail, Essence the ethical jewellery pavilion, and talks from designers.
Q. What will make The Jewellery Show London a key event for the trade?
A. The JW board chose The Jewellery Show as trade partner as we have a shared vision and ambitious plans to firmly establish the trade element of the week by creating an exciting platform for designers and brands to launch new collections at a time of year when buyers and journalists are planning their Christmas campaigns.
The Jewellery Show London is a new edited two-day trade event also taking place in Somerset House. Each one of the exhibitors has been carefully selected to ensure high quality, design and originality, providing buyers with the chance to source exclusive new collections and discover the most up-and-coming new design talent in time for the festive trading period and also to preview jewellery for spring/summer 2013.