2014 was it's ninth year, the Bright Young Gems initiative is well-known within the industry for unveiling future industry stars. It provides the designers with a unique commercial platform as they begin to establish their reputations for producing outstanding contemporary jewellery.
Following on from the success of last year we again took the initiative country wide and selected our BYG's from Colleges across the UK in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Sheffield and Manchester.
The initiative offers these exciting new jewellery designers 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 have stunning pieces and collections, and are nominated by a prestigious panel of leading editors and industry gurus. The panel for 2014 included Hilary Alexander, Fashion and Jewellery Consultant (pictured), Vivienne Becker of the FT’s How To Spend It, Claudia Mahoney of Glamour magazine, Caragh McKay from Wallpaper* Magazine and Bec Clarke from Astley Clarke.
Panellist Hilary Alexander, commented "Inspirational thinking behind this year's decision to extend the reach of Bright Young Gems to outside the London area. Thrilling to see such a high standard from the BYG finalists and to discover the creative explosion in new jewellery coming from Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham".