Now in its tenth year, the Bright Young Gems initiative is well-known within the industry for unveiling future industry stars. It provides these young designers with a unique commercial platform as they begin to establish their reputations for producing outstanding contemporary jewellery.
The initiative is nationwide and BYG's are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK.
These exciting new jewellery designers are offered the opportunity to showcase their work at IJL on a group stand in the Design Gallery and, in doing so, a chance to break into the commercial world and meet key retailers.
These rising stars are nominated by a prestigious panel of leading editors and industry gurus. The panel for 2015 include Hilary Alexander, OBE: Editor at Large Hello Fashion Monthly magazine (pictured), Vivienne Becker of the Financial Times - How To Spend It magazine, Claudia Mahoney of Glamour magazine, Annabel Davidson: Editor at Vanity Fair and Bec Clarke, MBE: Founder and Executive Chairman of Astley Clarke.
Panellist and fashion/jewellery writer Hilary Alexander, OBE, commented, “What is particularly exciting for me as a panellist since the beginning of this IJL initiative is that each year Bright Young Gems succeeds in attracting an ever-widening slew of jewellery talent from across the UK. It remains the most significant launching pad for the jewellers of the future."