Bright Young Gems

  • The Bright Young Gems initiative is renowned in the industry for unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery world, providing five young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent exposure.

    BYG’s are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK by a prestigious panel - comprising Hilary Alexander, OBE: Editor at Large Hello Fashion Monthly magazine, Vivienne, Annabel Davidson: Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery and Shaun Leane, Luxury Fine Jewellery Designer, Charlie Boyd, Executive Fashion & Jewellery  Editor Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country  and Alice Edwards, Jewellery Editor, Sunday Times Style.

    The winners below showcased their work at IJL 2016 on a group stand in the Design Gallery, exposing them to over 10,000 trade visitors and industry leading experts, allowing the BYG’s to establish their own reputation for producing stunning contemporary jewellery.

    Find the winners below!   

  • Talisa Bergsen

    Talisa Bergsen

    Talisa recently graduated in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins. Her final collection addresses current socio-political issues from her home country, Turkey. Juxtaposing ancient symbols of Turkish cultural identity with humour, she creates surreal narratives which echo the political climate in a more accessible light and aim to intrigue and engage the wearer. Each piece is based on a different incident and tells an individual tale. Talisa uses wax carving and enamelling, incorporating precious metals and stones in her work.

    “I am thrilled to be chosen for Bright Young Gems, it truly feels like the big first step in my career. I am looking forward to getting to know people from all different areas of the industry and being in a professional environment like IJL.”

  • Katy Tromans

    Katy Tromans

    Katy Tromans completed an Art and Design Foundation in her home town of Stourbridge, and has recently graduated from the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. She creates highly detailed, narrative jewellery based on stories. Her jewellery is functional and wearable, and when not worn becomes an objet d'art. The hero pieces of her collections are very decorative - precious metal rings which become a part of a sculptural stand. Inspired by these pieces, Katy produces more commercial affordable, but just as detailed,  pieces of jewellery.

    “I am so excited to be selected as a Bright Young Gem this year and have the opportunity to showcase my work at such a prestigious event as IJL. To be able to talk to and grasp the advice of experienced business people and tradesmen, as well as gain an in-depth amount of knowledge to improve my own branding and business, is a superb opportunity IJL is a fantastic environment for new and upcoming designers to be a part of.”

  • Stephanie Wills

    Stephanie Wills

    Having just graduated from further study at Birmingham City University in Design for Industry. Stephanie uses her background in 3D Design to create mechanical jewellery in precious metals and gemstones. The inspiration behind her Concealed Jewellery series comes from looking at repeating patterns and structures, an aesthetic derived from looking at repeating Spirograph patterns, to then construct pieces of detailed decorative jewellery. These change through moving mechanisms within each piece, creating versatile kinetic jewellery that can be worn in many different ways.

    “I am so grateful to have been selected as a Bright Young Gem. This prestigious award provides me with the opportunity to meet some very inspiring designers and jewellers at IJL. Being able to showcase my collection to them will help to grow my knowledge of the jewellery industry and help to establish my career as a jeweller and designer.”


  • Rebecca Wilkes

    Rebecca Wilkes

    Rebecca Wilkes is a recent graduate of the BA Design for Industry course at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. Now working as an independent jewellery designer, her current product range exploits the potential of 3D printing, a technology that is impacting on the jewellery industry. Rebecca takes her inspiration from the natural world and translates it into a modern look with the use of 3D printing. Rebecca’s unique collection takes the use of 3D printed nylon to a higher level of quality and exclusivity, as demanded by the jewellery industry

    “I am delighted to have been selected as a 2016 Bright Young Gem and I am eager to start networking with a wider community of people within the jewellery industry. I look forward to using this prestigious platform to exhibit and discuss the potential of my new collection to those who may help to make my dream a reality. It really is an honour to have been given this opportunity at such an important UK based jewellery trade show.”

  • Shiyun Chen

    Shiyun Chen

    Shiyun Chen is an international graduate in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins. Her ‘Skin’ Collection, is inspired by the quality of human skin and how it communicates a state of health or illness, evidence of injury,  and even embarrassment. She is interested in how these signals affect the skin, and also how they can affect how others perceive us. In her work she translates these effects to create jewellery which is more than purely decorative. Her work uses a variety of colourful gemstones in pieces which reflect the changing nature of skin.

    “I am so glad to have been selected as one of the Bright Young Gems this year. IJL is such an important jewellery event and offers me a fantastic opportunity at the start of my career. The show gives me an open platform not just for jewellery design itself, but also a chance to experience the relationship between clients and designers. I look forward to receiving lots of different feedback at this event.”

  • Yoonkyo Bae

    Highly Commended - Yoonkyo Bae

    Using organza, Yoonkyo creates lightweight volumes through building tubular structures. Properties of the material and the process she has developed - fusing fabric - enable her to make large volumes that are both physically and visually light. Alongside, a translucency of the fabric makes a visual ambiguity which reacts to surrounding colours and lights. Her jewellery collection ‘Tubular Air’ has different ranges: from a small ring for everyday to extravagant arm pieces for occasions.

  • Stephanie O'Leary

    Highly Commended - Stephanie O'Leary

    Drawn  to  the  simplicity  and  elegance  of  clean  lines  in architectural design, Stephanie O’Leary is influenced by geometric structures  which  jut-out,  protrude  or  extend  from  the  existing ‘frame’ of  their  environment.  Specifically scaffolding,  cranes  and power  lines. By focussing on an  element  of  movement, Stephanie uses universal  hinges and industrial  materials to create kinetic urban  structures, which mimic  the minimalist  and  fragmented aesthetic of London.

  • The IJL Journey - where can IJL take me?

    From Bright Young Gem to Industry Champion- work your way up the ladder and turn your passion for jewellery into a successful business with IJL!

    If you’re ready to turn your passion into a career, you’ll need to start at the beginning. At International Jewellery London this isn’t just the first rung on the ladder – it’s one of the most exciting opportunities in the international jewellery market, spearheaded by fashion and design talents that really know how to inspire.

    Read the IJL Journey

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