IJL Reveal New VIP Judging Line-Up for BRIGHT YOUNG GEMS 2018

IJL Reveal New VIP Judging Line-Up for BRIGHT YOUNG GEMS 2018


January 28 2018



Applications now open


IJL has announced that two new judges have been appointed to join the prestigious panel for Bright Young Gems 2018 – on the press side, Liza Urla, influencer and founder of Gemologue and, for the first time representing retailers, guest judge Henry Graham, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Wolf & Badger. They join long standing panellists, Hilary Alexander OBE, Editor-at-Large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery and Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine.


The IJL Bright Young Gems initiative has evolved over the past thirteen years to become the foremost industry-recognised platform for new talent. The four winning designers, final year students at UK colleges/universities or recent graduates, will win the unique chance to exhibit at IJL in September, as well as attend a one-day mentoring workshop with leading jewellery experts in June. This workshop will help the winners maximise their IJL experience, reaping the benefits of exhibiting at the UK’s premier jewellery industry show.


Sarah Kitley-Spencer, Event Manager IJL, comments: “Both Lisa and Henry bring very valuable skill sets to the Bright Young Gems judging panel for 2018 and I am really pleased to welcome them on board. My thanks go also to both Charlie Boyd and Shaun Leane for all their input and support last year. The Bright Young Gems stand is always one of the IJL highlights and we look forward to providing these stars of the future with their first commercial platform, so they can take their first steps into business. I encourage all final year students to apply and they too could find themselves in the Bright Young Gems Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Tomasz Donocik and Imogen Belfield!”


Liza Urla, Jewellery Influencer, Jewellery Editor and Founder of Gemologue, Author of “Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips, said: “I am always on the lookout for exciting and innovative emerging designers for Gemologue. Bright Young Gems is an important initiative for young and up-and-coming designers who are about to dazzle the jewellery world with their exceptional talent and creativity. I am excited to help handpick the best of the new crop of talented designers that jewellery lovers need to know about!”


Henry Graham added: “The opportunity to be part of a great initiative like Bright Young Gems that so closely complements what we do at Wolf & Badger by also supporting independent brands, was one we couldn’t easily pass up. Like all of the brands we choose to work with, I will be looking for superlative quality of craftsmanship, differentiation in design approach and an element of commerciality.”


Bright Young Gems winner in 2017, Kristina Ferenchuk, concluded: “Bright Young Gems was a great opportunity for me to present my work in a very professional setting and get invaluable feedback on my work from the industry. The mentoring day that was organised prior to the show was incredibly useful, and during IJL I felt more confident and prepared, as well as making meaningful contacts.”

Applications are now open for the Bright Young Gems 2018. Final year students at colleges and universities across the UK as well as graduates who are one to two years out of college can apply now.  Details of how to apply can be found at http://www.jewellerylondon.com/brightyounggems. The closing date for Bright Young Gems 2018 is May 9. 


For more information about Bright Young Gems at IJL 2018 please contact: Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond: +44 (0) 7770 802442  suzanna@hammondpr.co.uk



Notes to Editors:


IJL 2018 will run from 2 to 4 September 2018 at Olympia GRAND, London.

For more information about IJL 2018 please contact:

Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond +44 (0) 7770 802 442 IJLPressoffice@reedexpo.co.uk


About International Jewellery London:


International Jewellery London is the UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 520 high-end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery-focussed and pre-qualified buyers from 71 countries in an exclusive trading environment to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London, the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides 100% free education and attracts an unrivalled selection of consumer and trade press.


IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, The Responsible Jewellery Council, The Goldsmiths Company and CIBJO. For further information, please visit www.jewellerylondon.com


About Reed Exhibitions


Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2016, Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.


Jewellery and Fashion Accessories events are: Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) in January and April; Girls Jeweller Tokyo (IJT); Bijorhca Paris; JCK Tuscon; Tokyo Fashion Jewellery Expo (April); Garderobe; International Jewellery & Watch Show (JWS); International Jewellery Kobe (IJK); Luxury and JCK Las Vegas. For further information, please visit: www.reedexpo.com



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