While jewellery shows the world over are postponing until next year or morphing into digital-only experiences due to the coronavirus pandemic, boutique event The Jewellery Cut Live is planning to open its doors to visitors on September 20th & 21st, 2020.
Returning for its fifth season, the bi-annual two-day jewellery show held during London Fashion Week, will take over the entirety of historic Mayfair venue The Royal Institution on Albermarle Street.
This will allow visitors – a mix of trade buyers, press, industry insiders and the general public – to browse the jewels on display safely.
Exhibitors will be spaced out in well-ventilated rooms and all government guidelines will be respected and adhered to. Hand sanitising stations will be provided, traffic flow will be regulated, and staff will adhere to a strict cleaning rota.
The popular jewellery lecture series that accompanies the showcase of contemporary jewellers will also go ahead. These talks will be held within The Royal Institution’s dedicated theatre. The space is built to hold up to 400 spectators, but tickets will be limited to 80 per event to allow for safe social distancing.
The Jewellery Cut co-founder Rachael Taylor said: “Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the jewellery industry calendar, postponing the majority of events until next year, but we were lucky enough to host our February event just weeks before the British lockdown, and we are hoping to be the first jewellery event to emerge after lockdown.
“This is a time for positivity and for supporting independent creative jewellery talent, which is exactly what The Jewellery Cut was set up to do. Lockdown has been a difficult time for many jewellery designers, and I know they are really excited to get out there once again and showcase their work. After all, fine jewellery is a considered purchase that shoppers want to see up close before buying, and with more focus than ever on the makers behind the jewels, meeting the designers face to face has never been more