KickStart is aimed at emerging UK designers looking to take their business to the next level!

    10 up-and-coming designers will be selected by the British Jewellers' Association and IJL to have the unique opportunity to showcase their jewellery at IJL 2016 on a group stand in the prestigious Design Gallery. With exposure to over 9,000 buyers and leading industry experts at the show, the winners will have the opportunity to attend a special training day before the event, covering all aspects of brand promotion. The BJA will also provide mentoring following IJL.

    View the benefits & criteria here

    Kickstart application form

    The 2015 KickStart winners are highlighted below.

  • Flora Bhattachary

    Flora Bhattachary

    Flora creates dramatic fine jewellery with a couture edge.  Inspired by her family’s links with India since the C18th, Flora draws on Asian influences and an interest in patterns to create her bold designs.  Specializing in using vibrant gems and rich colour combinations – Flora’s work is unashamedly opulent and seductive.

    Twitter: @bhattacharyf

    Instagram: bhattacharyf

  • Andrew Gold Neilson – GoldNeilson

    Andrew Gold Neilson – GoldNeilson

    Andrew Gold Neilson  was a Consultant Chemical Engineer for many years, practising the science of how materials form and flow. Andrew loves the idea of hand forged mixed metal pieces, finely hand set. The concept of directly fusing these metals became reality with developments in laser welding technology - a process that intrigued him and was relevant to his experience of metallurgy and materials which he could now apply to precious metals.   

    Twitter: @goldneilson

  • Mirka Janeckova – Mirka Janeckova Jewellery

    Mirka Janeckova – Mirka Janeckova Jewellery

    Mirka's ‘White Collection’ is inspired by the colour white, surrealism and the deep sea. She only works with ‘white’ materials such as porcelain and silver to create these playful, poetic pieces.  She is currently developing an innovative way of applying traditional metal-smithing techniques onto porcelain.

    Twitter: mirkajane

  • Francesca Marcenaro

    Francesca Marcenaro

    Francesca is inspired by granulation, a traditional technique from her home country Italy, and the opalescent glass often found in the Art Deco, she has developed a technique of using crystals as granulation on her pieces which gives a sparkling effect and very tactile texture.

  • Rosalie McMillan

    Rosalie McMillan

    Rosalie's recent collection combines recycled sterling silver and gold with a beautiful material derived from coffee grounds. Her jewellery is striking, asymmetric and angular, inspired by the properties and form of the materials she works with. Rosalie supports the communities of people growing coffee through donating 10% of her profits to a chosen charity.

    Twitter: @RosalieMcMill10

    Instagram: rosaliemcmillan

  • Laura Parra – LaParra Jewels

    Laura Parra – LaParra Jewels

    Laura combines traditional jewellery techniques with contemporary silver-smithing. In her collection “Enlace” every piece is handmade and designed to show a relationship or connection between the stone and the metal. The pieces are built with overlapping drops of metal, an unusual technique that creates an organic, soft shape containing intrinsic textures.

    Twitter: @laparrajewels


  • Samantha Rose - September Rose

    Samantha Rose - September Rose

    Samantha Rose has worked for ten years as an aerodynamicist and now uses her understanding of fluid dynamics, together with a love of ballet, to evoke a sense of fluidity and grace in her work which creates a liquid quality with her forms and finishes.  The essence of her brand September Rose is beautiful design, honouring nature's treasures and ethics without compromise.

    Twitter: @SeptemberRoseTJ

  • Lauren Rowden - Ellie Air Jewellery

    Lauren Rowden - Ellie Air Jewellery

    Combining skills learned studying Contemporary Jewellery with more traditional techniques, Lauren creates pieces that are timeless and can be worn for generations to come. Florence and the Italian language are the soul of Ellie Air Jewellery and her new collection, Firma - "signature" in Italian – will be released in September and shown for the first time at IJL.

    Twitter: @ellieair

  • Ilene Steele – Ilene Steele Jewellery

    Ilene Steele – Ilene Steele Jewellery

    Ilene Steele is a London based jewellery designer, born and raised in NYC.  Her bold unconventional style pays homage to both cities.  In her newest collection, the boat-like settings of precious metal are loaded with semi-precious marquise gemstones and presented in unexpected sea-faring positions as a metaphor for the erratic and exhilarating experiences of everyday life.

    Twitter: @ilenesteele

  • Ana Thompson

    Ana Thompson

    Ana Thompson aims to ‘inspire and create wonder’ by weaving precious metals into delicate and intricate lattice structures encapsulating precious stones.  Her work focuses on the intersection of design and science, blending contemporary production techniques with a fascination for revealing the hidden beauty and wonders discovered in the macro-micro world.

    Twitter: @_anathompson_

    Instagram: _ana_thompson_

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