IJL Inspired: Interview with Bright Young Gem Winner, Daisy Grice

IJL Inspired: Interview with Bright Young Gem Winner, Daisy Grice

Selected as one of four up and coming designers for IJL’s Bright Young Gems initiative which steadily grown into one of the most coveted platforms in the industry; Daisy Grice has gone from strength to strength, growing her jewellery business.

In the midst of growing her jewellery business, Daisy Grice shares her experience of IJL Bright Young Gems.

Q. How did you find out about Bright Young Gems and what made you want to apply?

I was already aware of Bright Young Gems from seeing previous winners exhibit their work at IJL and was encouraged to apply by my course tutors. I knew it would be the perfect start to my career and a fantastic opportunity to showcase my first collection, ‘Twisted Tales’ to the UK jewellery trade.

Twisted tales double fang pendant XL

Q. What would be your advice to other recent graduates or final year students who are thinking of entering Bright Young Gems?

I would advise all designers that are eligible to seriously consider applying to be a Bright Young Gem as it offers you a chance to exhibit your work at International Jewellery London, which is the UK’s largest jewellery trade event. The amount of exposure I received as part of Bright Young Gems was amazing; my work was in magazines as far as India as well as in much of the UK and local press. Alongside having a stand at IJL I was also given mentoring to prepare for the show. 

Q. How do you think Bright Young Gems helped with where you are now? Did it help you on your journey to success?

Being selected as a Bright Young Gem put my jewellery in the press and opened doors for me that I would have struggled to open myself straight out of studying. I was absolutely thrilled to have won the Editors’ Choice award “Innovator 2018” at the show as it was my first recognised industry award and it made me realise just how much you can achieve in such little time with hard work and determination. I made some strong connections at the show and am really looking forward to what the future holds. I can’t thank the Bright Young Gems team enough for their support and the judges for having chosen me as one of their four 2018 designers.

Twisted Tales Neckpiece

To read more terms and conditions about Bright Young Gems, please click here

Submissions for Bright Young Gems 2019 open in January.

What is the IJL Journey?

As part of our IJL 365 approach, the IJL Journey extends far beyond our three-day trade event. It offers myriad career-boosting benefits, including a mentoring package, workshop days, ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support, and introductions to key industry figures.

This invaluable advice prepares each Bright Young Gem, KickStarter and Design Gallery Exhibitor to meet the 9,000 strong jewellery audience at IJL 2018, from September 2-4.

Discover more about the IJL Journey, here. 

IJL is #withyou offering career opportunities and the chance to grow your jewellery business, whether you are a student, recent graduate, emerging brand or established player. Speak to our team to find out more. 

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