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 (pictured), Vivienne Becker of the Financial Times - How To Spend It magazine, Claudia Mahoney: Executive Fashion and Beauty Director of Glamour magazine, Annabel Davidson: Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery and Bec Clarke, MBE: Founder and Executive Chairman of Astley Clarke.

    The chosen designers will showcase their work at IJL 2015 on a group stand in the Design Gallery, exposing them to over 9,000 buyers and industry leading experts, allowing the BYG’s to establish their own reputation for producing stunning contemporary jewellery.

    Announcement of Bright Young Gems 2015


    Charlotte Garnett CSM

    Charlotte Garnett studied jewellery design at Central Saint Martins. Her ‘Cure for the Itch’ collection explores the subject of anxiety driven habitual behaviours. She has optimised ergonomic design to offer personalised solutions for repetitive, anxiety driven actions. By sympathetically combining the textures, colours and qualities of metal, ebony and personalised resin
    encapsulations, Charlotte maximizes their comforting qualities, inviting wearers to occupy their fiddling fingers with these discreet solutions to tackle day-to-day anxiety.

    “I am honoured to have been selected as a Bright Young Gem and am excited to utilise this opportunity to begin establishing myself as a British designer. I feel privileged to be able to take part in the 60th anniversary of IJL and make use of this prestigious networking platform to showcase and discuss the potential of my collection and career showcasing and discussing the potential of my collection and career, whilst learning about the broader aspects of the industry and trading.” Charlotte Garnett


    Bokyeong Lee RCA

    Boky Lee recently graduated with a MA in Jewellery & Metal from the Royal College of Art. She designs wearable, classy and witty jewellery. Her current collection ‘Mirage’ is inspired by scaffolding and is made up of highly organised and planned structural objects and their connection parts are based on those used to join pipes.

    She believes that the basic role of jewellery is to temporarily support the body and mind, in a similar way as scaffolding supports a building. These pieces express her take on this principle, as it shares similar aspects and configuration. While being playful, it also takes into consideration her view on aesthetics in buildings, jewellery and the wearer.

    “When I was visiting IJL last year and learnt about Bright Young Gems, I thought that it would be such a precious experience to be one of the nominees - and this has happened now! I am already immensely excited to show my collection and to share my ideas in such a famous environment. I believe that an experience like this will help me grow personally as well as professionally.” Boky Lee

  • Crystal Chien Birmingham

    Crystal Ching-I Chien is an independent jewellery designer and maker creating bold, high quality, luxury jewellery. Crystal takes much of her inspiration from nature and gemstones. Playing with different shapes and coloured gemstones, Crystal combines them - creating new patterns with every unique piece. She recently graduated from Birmingham School of Jewellery.

    “I am delighted to have been selected for Bright Young Gems and pleased to be able to show at IJL this year, as it is such an important trade event in the UK. I’m looking forward very much to getting valuable feedback from professionals in the industry.” Crystal Ching-I Chien

  • Charlotte Asherson CSM

    Charlotte Asherson has just graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins. She was raised in Singapore in a modern city in the Far East and she has used some of this city’s architectural influence in her final degree collection ‘2300’. ‘2300’ represents a futuristic jewellery aesthetic - clean, smooth, flawless lines and bold forms, with a finish that speaks of perfection and precision.

    "I am honoured to be selected as a Bright Young Gem and being given the opportunity that this exposure presents. Bright Young Gems gives me direct access to the world renowned IJL 2015 and I am very excited about interacting with top international designers, the trade media and business contacts in the industry. IJL has a long and successful history and it has become the premier platform in the industry.” Charlotte Asherson

  • Beau Han Xu RCA

    Beau Han Xu is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. His pieces freeze frame inspirational moments, drawing on nature and the ethereal, as well as real objects. Using a unique metal-less technique and innovative materials which transcend the constraints of traditional stone stetting, his work highlights the
    maximum reflection of diamonds and other gemstones to create the vibrant SPLASH collection.

    I am so honoured to have been chosen as a Bright Young Gem. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to launch my SPLASH Collection to such a prestigious group of retailers and buyers.”  Beau Han Xu


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