#IJL2019 The Final Day – What you missed!

Yesterday #IJL2019 came to a close, but that didn’t mean things slowed down at all. Olympia London was once again packed full of jewellery professionals all here for a final day of inspiration, discovery, trends and connections. Here is a look at some of the best bits.

Bright Young Gem’s…

Now in its fifteenth year, IJL’s illustrious Bright Young Gems project was in focus today, giving recent graduates or current students a unique opportunity to exhibit their work at IJL and showcase themselves to the industry.

We stopped by chat to 2 of our 4 participants, Lingjun Sun & Eloise Kramer, to learn more about their unique work.

What’s new from The National Association of Jewellers…

With IJL being THE platform everything new the jewellery industry has to offer it’s no surprise that The National Association of Jewellers chose #IJL2019 to launch not one, but two brand new initiatives! We caught-up with CEO, Simon Forrester to learn more.

The social-economic and environmental impact of Diamond mining…

This afternoon at #IJL2019, saw the Diamond Producers Association discuss the topic of large-scale mining. Lisa Levison was on hand to explain more about their recent 2 year study that revealed some positive stats on the contribution it makes to economies.

We chatted to Lisa Levinson this afternoon to learn more.

For more from the last three days at IJL 2019, join us on Social Media for all the action and insight live from the show floor.

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#IJL2019 Day Two – The Best Bits!

Day two at #IJL2019 was all about trends and discovery, with a packed agenda of inspirational events and content across a plethora of stages, catwalks, stands and pavilions.

Here is a look at just some of the action.

Jeweller of the Fair…

Today we were joined by the inaugural Jeweller of the Fair John Moore. John was here to tell us all about how he draws his inspiration from nature, movement and performing arts!

We caught up with John following his catwalk show to learn more.

Graduate Fashion Week…

Next up on the catwalk today was time for ‘Graduate Fashion Week Presents’. Attendees were treated to a look at some of Fashion industry’s best new young designers work, showcased alongside pieces from our very own Kickstart and Bright Young Gem’s creators.

Following the show, we caught up with participant Alison Orr to learn more about her work.

Making Diamonds affordable…

A more affordable approach to buying diamonds; that’s the plan from Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and Neil Duttson, diamond and jewellery authority to the stars. We chatted to Neil earlier to learn more about their business.

More to come today…
That covers just some of day two at IJL 2019, there is still one more packed day to come!

Thanks to those who attended yesterday, we look forward to seeing you again today. For those who didn’t attend, if you haven’t already, you can still register onsite.

For more from day two and throughout #IJL2019, join us on Social Media for all the latest updates and insights live from the show floor.

@jewellerylondon | #IJL2019

Plus, don’t miss all the latest video content live from inside #IJL2019 here >

International Jewellery London – Leading Lights Awards: 2019 Winners Announced

The winners of the inaugural Leading Lights Awards have been announced today at a special ceremony at International Jewellery London (IJL), on the first day of the show.

The awards, in association with Jewellery Outlook, is a new feature initiative for IJL 2019, created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of fashion forward talent across the globe.

Lucy Quartermaine was awarded Jeweller of the Year. The judges called Lucy “an inspiration to other UK designers” who “has created a balance between superlative design and manufacturing excellence in jewellery, to inspire a multiple stockist, Ernest Jones”.  

Best Fine Jeweller went toBirmingham-based Domino for its “carefully planned production process”, with the judges commenting “every stage, from training to marketing, is carefully nurtured.” Birmingham got another win with Birmingham City University School of Jewellery awarded Course Provider. The judges said they are “the most professional and enthusiastic body, closely integrated with the industry”.

De Beers Group Industry Services won Best Use of Technology, with the judges praising its “outstanding commercial relevance and accurate solutions to tackle challenges in the industry for the ultimate benefit of the end consumer.”

Fashion Fusion was awarded to Kastur Jewels for directing “Indian inspiration to the mainstream” and Indian-based blogger Preeta Agarwal Workroom (bejewelledfinds.com) won the Blogger Award forher “informative and passionate posts”. The judges were impressed with how she “takes the audience behind the scenes, showcasing much more than beautiful jewellery from across the world”.

Lingjun Sun took home the Bright Young Gem Award crown, for “showing innovative use of materials and settings” and “bringing opals to a new contemporary market”.

Katie Morris, Events Director, International Jewellery London (IJL) said: “The winners of the inaugural Leading Lights Awards show the incredible innovation, creativity and dedication of the jewellery and watch industry today – from designers, to education, to technology, they all add so much  IJL is so pleased to be able to shine a light all the winners’ amazing achievements. Congratulations to all!”

David Brough, Editor of Jewellery Outlook, said: “”The judges were extremely impressed by the high standard and wide variety of applicants in the inaugural Leading Lights awards. We were delighted to see such fabulous talent and professional commitment across the categories.”

The full list of the inaugural Leading Lights winners is below:

Best Use of Technology

De Beers Group Industry Services

Fashion Fusion

Kastur Jewels

Course Provider

Birmingham City University School of Jewellery

Jeweller of the Year

Lucy Quartermaine

Best Bright Young Gem

Lingjun Sun

Best Fine Jeweller

Domino Jewellery

Blogger Award (sponsored by NAJ)

Preeta Agarwal Workroom – bejewelledfinds.com

IJL is an unrivalled opportunity for the international jewellery trade to network and find out about the latest industry trends and market developments which will help retailers and suppliers make the right commercial decisions.

For buyers, the show is the once-in-a-year chance to shop for the widest range of gems, jewellery, packaging and services, and to find out about the most topical issues in the industry. IJL also offers buyers the largest variety of gemstones under one roof in Britain today.

IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, and the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council.

#IJL2019 Day One – The Highlights!

International jewellery London 2019 is open! Jewellery professionals filled the halls all looking to be inspired and discover the latest trends from the best of British fine jewellery and the leading brands from around the globe. 

Here is a look at just some of the best bits from day 1 at #IJL2019.

Beautiful timepieces made for the extreme…

If you thought extreme outdoor watches couldn’t be tough AND beautiful, think again. Earlier today we caught up with Elliot Brown Watches (stand D21a) to hear more about their amazing timepieces that tick both boxes. Co-founder Ian Elliot was on hand to tell us more about their watches and their brand-new products they are launching in collaboration with Mountain Rescue and RNLI here at #IJL2019.

And the winner is…

Did you catch the 2019 Gem Empathy Awards today? If not, don’t worry we caught up with Elaine Ruddie of Gem-A following. Elaine told us more about the awards and this year’s worthy winner Bingjie Zhao who’s entry was “a standout piece and a unanimous decision”.

Sheffield’s jewellery history…

Have you checked out this year’s Spotlight on Sheffield yet? If not, don’t forget to stop by stand U21B this week to learn more about their city and its extensive Jewellery heritage. Earlier today we were joined by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield who told us more about the showcase and Sheffield’s unique history.

Jewellery’s Leading Lights…

We announced the IJL and Jewellery Outlook Leading Lights Awards winners. The winners were:

Best Use of Technology: De Beers Group Industry Services

Fashion Fusion Award: Kastur Jewels

Best Jewellery Course Provider: Birmingham City University: School of Jewellery

Best Bright Young Gem: Lingjun Sun

International Jeweller of the Year: Lucy Quartermaine

Fine Jeweller of the Year: Domino Jewellery

Blogger of the Year: Preeta Agarwal Workroom

More to come tomorrow…
That covers just some of day one at #IJL2019, there are still two more packed days to come!

Thanks to those who attended on day 1, we look forward to seeing you again over the next 2 days. For those who didn’t attend, if you haven’t already, you can still register onsite.

For more from today and throughout #IJL2019, join us on Social Media for all the latest updates and insight live from the show floor.

@jewellerylondon | #IJL2019

Plus, don’t miss all the latest video content live from inside #IJL2019 here >