IJL’s Bright Young Gems 2019 Now open for entries
London, 11 April 2019
International Jewellery London (IJL), the long-established and world-leading jewellery trade event, has launched its hunt to find the best new talent in UK-based jewellery design, Bright Young Gems 2019.
Bright Young Gems recognises the best final year jewellery students and recent graduates. It is now in its 14th year, with over 50 designers in its alumni, and it has become one of the most coveted platforms in the industry, identifying and championing a string of high-flying careers including Tomasz Donocik and Imogen Belfield.
From its inception in 2005, Bright Young Gems has been judged by leading names and brands and IJL are delighted to reveal this year’s panel that comprises: established and award-winning designers Dinny Hall and Bobby White; alongside industry consultant Nyasha Pitt; Charlie Miller, Executive Fashion & Jewellery Director at Porter; and Katerina Perez, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of KaterinaPerez.com and IJL Blog Award winner 2018.
The four winning designers, final year students at UK colleges/universities or recent graduates, will win the 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.
Katie Morris, Event Director IJL, comments: “IJL is very proud of the Bright Young Gems initiative and the talented designers it recognises. Supporting the next generation of UK design talent is both exciting and essential. We are delighted to provide a platform, supported once again by the most fantastic roster of judges – both past and present – to showcase to the world the most innovative and inspiring new generation of designers at work in the UK today.’
Bobby White, jewellery designer adds: “There is lots of exciting and new talent emerging on the jewellery scene and it is a pleasure to be judging them at this year’s IJL’s Bright Young Gems 2019.”
Dinny Hall, jewellery designer says: “I am honoured to be judging at Bright Young Gems at IJL this year and exited to see some new generation talent.”
The Benevolent Society will be providing each BYG winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant.
How to Apply: Visit https://www.jewellerylondon.com/Whats-On/Bright-Young-Gems/ to apply online. 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. The deadline is 24 May 2019.
IJL 2018 welcomed 500 exhibitors from 39 countries including 15 new countries ranging from South Korea, Czech Republic, Peru and Colombia to Qatar and Sierra Leone. Diamond Club International, which hosts the biggest international buyers, saw attendance up by 60% on 2017, with new attendees in 2018 from Canada and Jersey.
IJL 2019 will run from 1 to 3 September at Olympia, London
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