London Jewellery Week, PureJewels, Platinum Heritage Collection, Sarah Ho, Katie Rowland, Rachel Galley, Alexis Dove, Jessica de Lotz, David Marshall

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Cutting-edge designs on show at London Jewellery Week

LONDON, June 7, 2011 – Jewellery designers showed off their latest precious creations at a glitzy party at the chic Mayfair Hotel in central London on June 6 evening as London Jewellery Week kicked off.
To mark the start of the annual extravaganza showcasing the best of London’s jewellery design talent, fast-emerging brand PureJewels revealed couture pieces from its Platinum Heritage Collection by rising stars such as award-winning designer Sarah Ho, whose earrings in platinum with pink sapphires were inspired by the lotus flower.
London Jewellery Week


Photo: Sam Roberts
London Jewellery Week, which runs from June 6-12, will offer a bigger programme of events this year, encompassing state-of-the-art designs from the Jewellery stars of today and tomorrow.
Many of Britain’s rising jewellery designer stars packed into the champagne reception at the Mayfair Hotel, including Katie Rowland, Rachel Galley, Alexis Dove and Jessica de Lotz. From the more established names, David Marshall was on hand too to underline his support for the event, now a regular feature of the crammed international jewellery calendar.
At the party, designer-jewellers spoke of their concerns over the impact of soaring, volatile gold prices on their businesses, saying that they were looking to alternative raw materials such as silver, gold plate and 9-carat gold.
Anthony Roussel used a ground-breaking combination of wood, platinum and diamonds in his designs for PureJewels’ Platinum Heritage Collection.
London Jewellery Week
Photo: Sam Roberts
London Jewellery Week has increased the number of its headline sponsors this year. Jaguar, Bahamas Tourism, Boodles, Swarovski, the Royal Exchange and Barclays Wealth are all supporting the events.
LATEST DESIGNS

More than 120 jewellers and designer-makers – well above last year’s number – will be showing off their latest pieces at Treasure to be staged at Victoria House in Holborn, central London.
Treasure will host a Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion for the first time, featuring intricate laser welded platinum jewellery by Tom Rucker, stunning architecture-inspired pieces by Daphne Krinos, and nature-themed jewels by artist-jeweller Ornella Iannuzzi, who takes her latest inspiration from a field trip to Ethiopia.
London Jewellery Week
Photo: Sam Roberts
A Gala Private View for invited guests and the Treasure Award Ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 9 June.
On Friday 10 June Fairtrade Foundation will host a VIP reception to celebrate the launch of Fairtrade Gold and Essence, the ethical pavilion at Treasure curated by CRED, a leading ethical luxury jeweller.
Another event showcasing the latest in design will be JewelEast, coming to Old Spitalfields Market in east London with new designers, and costume and vintage jewellery.
“JewelEast will be a week-long celebration of emerging jewellers featuring workshops, demonstrations and catwalk events centred around London’s largest jewellery market,” said Della Tinsley, Managing Director of London Jewellery Week.
EDUCATION, DAYS OUT
A number of educational events will reinforce London Jewellery Week, and span a variety of hot topics.
As part of the Goldsmiths’ Company Day of Knowledge, Vogue Jewellery Editor Carol Woolton will host a day of seminars focused on “Jewellery for Fashion” on Thursday 9 June, with high-profile designers including Theo Fennell, Louisa Guinness and Stephen Webster sharing inspiration behind their designs.
London Jewellery Week
Photo: Sam Roberts
On Saturday 11 June, at the Hatton Garden Festival in the diamond jewellery quarter of east London, craftsmen will demonstrate diamond jewellery manufacturing techniques.
Get a “behind the scenes” look at open workshops and studio tours.
Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL), an international gem testing laboratory, is inviting retailers, manufacturers and members of the public to bring studded diamond jewellery to its stand during London Jewellery Week to be certified for free.
SGL, based in Hatton Garden, will set up a mobile lab unit at a stand during several events taking place during London Jewellery Week.

www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk

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