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London Jewellery Week Review

London Jewellery Week proved to be just as successful as the year before. With more people in London especially for London Jewellery Week, an excited buzz was in the air for jewellery!

I began my day at Old Spitalfields Market where JewelEast is taking place. Not only was Holts on hand to explain their academy and also their store, there were individual jewellery designers / makers selling their wares on the market stands. A few sold fine jewellery, but most were quirky and unusual in design, so if you are looking for a piece that make people ask “where did you get that from?” JewelEast is the place to go!

Particular favourite was Vicky Forrester, with her large statement pieces. I would say get to JewelEast around lunch time as all the market stalls will be set up and there are some delicious places to eat in Spitalfields. There is also a fashion show at JewelEast on Friday which should be impressive!

Next it was over to Holts in Hatton Garden where I had an appointment to discuss some bespoke jewellery. I had never been before but I will definitely be back. Their ‘Rocks to Ring’ process is amazing; from choosing the stones you want in your jewellery, to having a personal design created and made. They cut and polish stones, all on site.

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Stone cutting and polishing at Holts, Hatton Garden

Platform, also in Hatton Garden, offers a brilliant range of jewellery from upcoming designers. As a fan of Rachel Galley, it was great to see her work. My favourite was Laura Gravestock’s jewellery and her gold Promise Collection – the lattice style rings are simply gorgeous. Also at Platform, they have a ‘treasure hunt’ where you select a gift box and you could be one of three lucky people to win a piece of jewellery!  I sadly didn’t win anything but will be back tomorrow for another go – at £3 a pop with a chance of winning a piece of jewellery, who could resist?!

A short walk away was Lesley Craze and the Collect Collections Exhibition. I particularly loved the Wendy Ramshaw rings. Also in Lesley Craze I saw work by Jenny Dean. I bought some earrings from her at the Goldsmiths’ Fair last year, so it was great to see more of her work – her necklaces are unbelievable and have a beautiful movement to them. Speaking to Tuan Lee in the evening, she told me that she has picked up quite a few pieces from Collect since being in London.

14 Carat is close by at Craft Central and was a fantastic visit. 14 designers have put on their own selling exhibition and I have never seen a collection of 14 designers that are so different to one another, and yet compliment each other so well!

All designers were on hand to discuss their designs and pieces which made the whole experience of shopping there more personal. I walked away with a gorgeous necklace from Yuki Takahashi, but I also wish I had bought the rose gold ring with pink sapphire beads from Ikuria! I may have to come back!

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14 Carat – Gorgeous selection of jewellery by designers who are all on hand to chat!

My evening was filled with private views at the Oxo Tower, which by 6pm (it only started at 5pm!) was very busy with people milling around, drinking champagne and admiring work by the likes of Graeme McColm, and the designers in Josef Koppmann’s gallery. It was in Josef’s gallery that I met Tuan Lee who was enjoying looking at all the beautiful jewellery.

From chatting to her I found out that she is very much looking forward to Treasure and that she is looking for some more bespoke pieces, which are always her favourite. I also popped into Sotis’ private view. Sotis is a ceramicist but he has created some gorgeous pieces especially for London Jewellery Week which use gold and platinum, with prices starting at below £20

All in all another great day at London Jewellery Week. My personal highlights were Holts and 14 Carat but if you can, try and get to all of the events and snap up some beautiful pieces of jewellery for all occasions!

Last Day of London Jewellery Week – Celebrations Continue!

Thursday at London jewellery Week saw another fascinating Day of Knowledge at historic Goldsmiths’ Hall.  Meanwhile, first-ever Jewellery Show Salon at Treasure saw over 400 trade and wholesale buyers attend.

Later that day Theo Fennell made an appearance at Holts Academy to share his experience as one of London’s most iconic jewellers.

Lesley Craze Gallery opened its annual Collect Collections exhibition of the best art jewellery from COLLECT.

And finally – the launch of Treasure, with a packed private view and the highly-anticipated Treasure Awards Ceremony.  The Treasure Designer of the Year Award will receive a free stand at Treasure 2012.  There were 10 nominees for the award:

Leyla Adollahi
Zeilia Horsley
Tomasz Donosik
Cindy Dennis Magan
London Bird
Yunus & Eliza
Nathalie Shoeder
Milena Kovonic
Flashtrash vs Alexander Davis
Linnie Mcclarty

And the winner of Treasure New Designer of the Year as chosen by Juliet Hutton Squire of Adorn-London.com and Adorn Insight… Yunus and Eliza!

Also of noteworthy mention, the industry blog of the year goes to Beyond4cs.com for the awesome educational content they provide.

In addition, two other prestigious awards were given:

Best Stand Rina Tairo
Rising Star  (Graduate or recent Graduate): Emma-Louise Simmonds,,, Gold & Silversmithing course – University of Creative Arts

What a great launch!  Over 400 guests wandered among the jewellery displays awe-struck by the glittering array of fabulous pieces.  Champagne Thienot added an elegant flare.  And the jewellers thamelves sparkeled in anticipation of a busy weekend.