Bright Young Gems 2012 unveiled at International Jewellery London

Today is the Press Day at IJL - come along to the show and meet the Bright Young Gems…

International Jewellery London, the leading UK jewellery event, officially opened yesterday with a sparkling array of new features, designers and manufacturers as well as a luxurious look and feel.

Amongst the many designers and collections to be launched, the Bright Young Gems were unveiled. This is the popular IJL feature which each year unveils the ‘next big talent’ – as yet undiscovered designers who are set to break the mould and inspire the industry. The panel includes Hilary Alexander, Vivienne Becker of the FT’s How To Spend It, Claudia Mahoney of Glamour magazine, Caragh McKay of Wallpaper magazine and Bec Clarke of leading retailer Astley Clarke.

This year’s Bright Young Gems have been unveiled as... 

Katie Jamieson

Katie Jamieson is a London based jewellery designer and graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins.  She makes fine hand made jewellery with exceptional attention to detail and the careful craftsmanship of the traditional jewellery maker. Using only gold, silver and precious gemstones, Katie's collection draws inspiration from the secret garden within the 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park. In some pieces, the stones hide inside their architectural havens to be revealed only with the movement of the hand.  In others, the highly polished interior multiplies the diamonds, tsavorites, sapphires and rubies producing a kaleidoscopic garden of colour.  Playful and sophisticated, Katie’s pieces offer a contemporary take on fine gemstone jewellery.

Katie Jamieson commented on how professional the show is: "I've had a lot of very positive feedback, it's so encouraging. It's very exciting to be part of something so professional and high profile. The showcase and the stand, and the show generally, looks so impressive. There is a real buzz of excitement."

Neil Marlow, Nilplug

Neil Marlow's first collection for his own brand Nilplug is influenced by a hotchpotch of wonderfully colourful and energetic sources including comic book art, jet engines, space rockets and 1950’s America; a time of dreams, expectation and ambition. It’s an accumulation of thoughts and ideas, developed over a diverse career in the creative arts. Neil studied Graphic Design, Illustration and typography at Art College before gaining a Masters in Urban Design at the Bartlett. With a passion for sculpture, experience as a landscape architect and a role as a jewellery maker’s apprentice under his belt, a career in jewellery design was born.

Neil Marlow said on the opening day of the show: "I'm meeting such a diverse range of people, and have made brilliant contacts so far."

Stephanie Bila

Stephanie Bila has just graduated from Central Saint Martins and was awarded a Swarovski scholarship in the final year of her degree. Her degree collection is an exploration of the ability of jewellery to enhance our perception of the human form. Linear sculptures extend, encase, rest upon and surround the body creating a new human architecture through design. Veins of Swarovski Elements run through the pieces accentuating their organic form and adding a sense of vibrancy to the structures, bringing them to life. The materials used are beech Bendywood and Swarovski crystals. The inspiration carries on through to smaller scale ready to wear jewellery pieces.
As Day one closed, Stephanie Bila said: "It's been a great networking opportunity, I've had excellent feedback and have already received commissions from visitors."

Sophie E Ellis

Sophie E Ellis has blasphemously deconstructed and ironically rebuilt the luxury wristwatch in a collection of enigmatic timepieces, intended to hint at a modern and realistic attitude of time. She has just graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA Hons in Jewellery Design, and was also awarded with the Bryan Wood travelling scholarship by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. She is passionate about watches and was the only student on her course to specialise in this sector. Her work symbolises the fact that she feels it is a rarer trade these days and she is also fascinated about where watches meet jewellery design.

Sophie E Ellis was impressed with how busy the show was: "The first day has been busy. We've met valuable people for each of us according to our individual specialisms. I've also enjoyed sharing information and talking to journalists, it's such a good PR exercise. I've met independent buyers and established designers telling me that my work is good has been an invaluable experience, it’s real first hand."

Notes to Editors

To arrange press access call 07944 860 839 or come to the press desk and press office on arrival.

For more information and images or to arrange quotes, please contact:
Stephanie Power / Suzanna Hammond
Hammond PR: +44 (0) 20 7 630 6633 / +44 (0) 7944 860 839 / stephanie@hammondpr.co.uk

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