International Jewellery London’s 2013 KickStart designers will be previewed at the Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion at Somerset House on June 27th. A special event will be held during the exhibition, which celebrates British jewellery design. The KickStarters will showcase their work to consumer buyers during the day followed by an exclusive Champagne Reception for VIP guests, including key consumer and trade press and IJL Diamond Club members.
“The Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion provides a fantastic opportunity to preview the KickStarters at a London event before their main International Jewellery London debut this September. Both exhibitions are prestigious, and hot dates in the jewellery calendar,” said Event Director Sam Willoughby.
Along with special regional previews in Leeds and Edinburgh, the Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion event will act as a ‘soft launch’ into the world of exhibiting for the designers. Guests at the early evening Champagne Reception, including the country’s top jewellery buyers and industry influencers, will get a taster of some of the brand new talent to be unveiled, building excitement ahead of IJL this September 1-4.
Paul Dyson, Director of Promotions at the Goldsmiths’ Company, commented: “The Goldsmiths’ Company as ‘touchstone for the trade’ always takes pleasure in helping and investing in the careers of future generations of craftsmen. This new association with IJL Kickstarters allows us to introduce a purchasing clientele to these special makers at the start of their careers. We are hopeful this exposure will help them on their way to every possible success.”
The outstanding new British jewellery designers selected as KickStarters are set for a spectacular career boost. As well as the high profile opportunity of exhibiting at IJL and the PR benefits, along with mentoring support pre and post show, KickStarters will now also receive a free hallmarking package from the Goldsmiths’ Assay Office.
Voted for by the industry, one KickStart designer will also win the chance to exhibit in the stylish IJL Design Gallery on their own stand in 2014. The People’s Choice voting goes live on May 13th: www.jewellerylondon.com/kickstartvote (voting ends on Friday 31st May)
IJL 2013 will run from 1 - 4 September 2013 at Earls Court, London
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About International Jewellery London
International Jewellery London is your only dedicated UK jewellery trade event, unveiling the latest inspiring collections, contemporary and classic.
IJL celebrates the most talented, innovative British and International jewellery designers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
International Jewellery London takes place at, Earls Court 2, London from 1 – 4 September 2013. For further information please visit www.jewellerylondon.com
IJL is sponsored by the NAG & BJA and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, Platinum Guild International and The Responsible Jewellery Council.
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The Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.
Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles. In 2010 Palladium was brought into this regime. The word hallmark originates from the fifteenth century when London craftsmen were first required to bring their artefacts to Goldsmiths' Hall for assaying and marking. This requirement continues unchanged today and the Company still carries out its statutory function through the operations of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.
Other responsibilities of Assay Office London include the annual examination of coins manufactured by the Royal Mint, known as the Trial of the Pyx and, with the assistance of the Antique Plate Committee, the checking of items of antique silver plate suspected of having contravened the Hallmarking Act.
The Company continues to play an important role in support of the craft and industry. It funds apprenticeships, assists with the technical training of aspiring craftsmen, and promotes excellence in the design and craftsmanship of silverware, jewellery and art medals, by advising on and arranging commissions, competitions and exhibitions The Goldsmiths’ Centre, a new charitable development in London’s Clerkenwell, was opened in 2012. It houses the Goldsmiths’ Institute, which offers post-graduate and pre-apprenticeship training, workshops for craftsmen fully-equipped training areas, conference and exhibition spaces and a café open to the public.