IJL Inspired: Preeta Agarwal – Blogger of the Year 2019

Jewellery specialist, journalist, blogger, stylist, consultant – these are just some of the titles that this year’s blog award winner, Preeta Agarwal holds! As well as being an award-winning jewellery blogger, Preeta also hosts jewellery trips for students and young entrepreneurs and has written 5 books. We caught up with the Preeta to discuss her incredible career, her inspiration and her jewellery predictions for 2020.

How did you get started in the jewellery industry?

I started as jewellery designer way back in 2007 after graduating from one of the top design colleges in India- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The plan was to design jewellery for a few leading jewellers for a couple of years, gain experience and eventually start out on my own. But, I think destiny had something else planned for me. 

What made you want to write about jewellery?

While designing for a leading jeweller in New Delhi, I also got a chance to work in their public relations department and help in content writing for the brand. That is when I realised that I was good at it and can pursue it professionally. However, in 2010, there wasn’t anyone in India who was writing exclusively about fine jewellery. Most magazine still have fashion journalists write about jewellery also. Realising this situation early on, I starting contacting the editors of various international magazines and that’s when I got in touch with Maria Doulton of The Jewellery Editor and she gave me my first international jewellery story. And there has been no looking back since then.

Who is your favourite designer/brand?

While the list of my favourite brands is endless but Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels are truly magical!

What are your trend predictions for 2020?

The biggest trends for the year 2020 will be extreme opposites… while some would appreciate geometry and clean looks, many would also love intricate vintage pieces. While large chunky gemstones in all colours, shapes and sizes would be a big hit, all diamond classics would still be bridal favourites.

What is on your Christmas list?

A Van Cleef & Arpels ballerina clip, a Tomasz Donocik edgy ring and a Faberge egg pendant.

Which celebrity would you like to style?

If given a chance I would love to get my hands on some British royal jewellery and style the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, for a state dinner.

Which is your most treasured piece of jewellery in your jewellery box?

It would not just be a piece; it is a whole box full of bejewelled brooches/ clips that I collect from all over the world, when I travel.

Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?

One person who I really look up to is Vivienne Becker. When I started writing about jewellery, there weren’t many those who specialised in the subject. She was and still is one of the best on the industry and I am big follower of her work and her knowledge.

What is your favourite memory during your time as a jewellery blogger/social media influencer?

This year has been extremely great for my work. I had a lot of firsts but the four days spent in Paris during the Haute Couture Week in July were superb. I got to see and hold so many extremely rare jewels in the palm of my hands.

When did your love of jewellery begin?

It was during my first job at a brand called Ganjam in Bengaluru, India. I had finished my education in jewellery design by then but it was at Ganjam that I truly fell in love with all things about jewellery… diamonds, gemstones, design, techniques and even jewellery photography!

What is the proudest moment in your jewellery career?

The proudest moment of my career is the prestigious title of ‘Blogger of the Year 2019’, awarded to me at the International Jewellery London Show this year. It just made me feel, like all those years of hard work finally got an acknowledgement on a global platform. A big thanks to the entire IJL team for appreciating my work!

The 2019 Jewellery Blogger of the Year award was sponsored by the NAJ, the UK’s leading jewellery trade association and event sponsor for International Jewellery London.

Future Icons: Selling Pop-Up with the Goldsmiths’ Centre for Christmas 2019

For the first time, Future Icons is proud to announce their collaboration with the Goldsmiths’ Centre for a collective selling showcase in the lead up to Christmas 2019. Hand-picked by Future Icons and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, discover beautiful work by design and craft businesses that create the finest jewellery, fashion, fine art prints and interior accessories.

This selling pop-up is open on Wednesday 20 November from 5pm to 8pm; and on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November from 12pm until 8pm.
Alongside this pop-up, there will be a daily schedule of exciting ticketed styling sessions, interesting talks and so much more.

Buy, collect and enjoy their designs, making for an unforgettable Christmas present.

Exhibiting makers will include:
• Emily Bedford (Jeweller)
• Leo Crane (Fine Art)
• Jo Davies (Ceramics)
• Leonid Dementiev (Jeweller)
• Ella Fearon-Low (Jeweller)
• Daisy Grice (Jeweller)
• Jessica Jue (Jeweller)
• Kate Lewis (Fine Art)
• David Marques (Ceramics)
• Judy McKenzie (Ceramics)
• Harriet Morris (Jeweller)
• Richard McVetis (Fine Art)
• PIPET Design (Fashion accessories)
• Ikuko Iwamoto (Ceramics)
• RHMB (Interior accessories)
• Catherine Rua (Jeweller)
• Kevin Stamper (Interior accessories)
• Victoria von Stein (Jeweller)

Register today to attend this unique, free event. www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/whats-on-future-icons-selling-pop-goldsmiths-centre

Trend Talk: Statement Earrings

The bigger, the better. The more, the merrier. Two phrases that might come to mind when looking at the earrings that came storming down the catwalks this Autumn Winter.

Just in time for party season, a strong earring game can really create a winning look. From designs that curve around the ear and oversized hoops, to shoulder-scraping crystals and ‘punkesque’ heavy metal stacks the takeaway was clear: when it comes to earrings, go big or go home.

1. Turn your hoops upside down with Panconesi

2. Reach new lengths with Prabal Gurung’s stunning strings of pearls

3. Take note from McQueen and line your ears with cuffs and hoops

4. Turn the classic hoop into an abstract work of art with Gaelle Khouri Jewellery

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EPISTEME single earring

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5. Crystals were big news this year – make a real statement with Bauble Bar

6. Stella McCartney used simple stationary to create bold pieces

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Bright and bold future at Stella x

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7. Keep your crystal game strong this party season with Kenneth Jay Lane and his shoulder scrapers

Trend Talk: Personalisation

The trend for personalisation hit an all-time high this year when Meghan Markle stepped out at Wimbledon wearing a golden ‘A’ necklace for her newborn son, Archie. Advancements in technology and digital has led to consumer expectations and, in turn, the demand for personalised experiences and interactions rising. So why would this demand stop at the jewellery we choose?

Whether it be chunky, bamboo-effect alphabet charms, dainty ‘Carrie Bradshaw-esque’ necklaces, diamond-studded or engraved… there are many ways to accessorise alphabetically and enjoy the monogramming fun.

1. Step up your alphabet game with Gecko Jewellery 9ct Gold inital charms

2. Mateo New York’s initial collection comes diamond-encrusted

3. Ear candy at it’s best with Ro Copenhagen’s 18ct. gold initial studs

4. Make like Carrie Bradshaw with Jewlr’s one-of-a-kind name necklace

5. Hockley Mint’s personalised necklaces come in a choice of metals as well as the option to add their signature diamond accent.

6. Charming wrist-wear from Monica Vinader

7. Spell it out with Annoushka Jewellery’s collection as seen on Jess Glynne

8. Make it personal by engraving Ro Copenhagen’s signet rings with your initials or maybe even a meaningful motif.