Now running for eight years, 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.
This year we are taking the initiative country wide and selecting our BYG's from Colleges across the UK in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Sheffield.
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 2013 includes Hilary Alexander (pictured) of The Daily Telegraph, Vivienne Becker of the FT’s How To Spend It, Julia Yule of Glamour magazine, Jessica Diamond from Wallpaper* Magazine and Bec Clarke from Astley Clarke.
Panellist Hilary Alexander, commented “Bright Young Gems is a unique and important platform for aspiring jewellery designers. It exposes their work in an international showcase along established brands, lets them see the competition and understand why some brands are more successful than others, and puts their work before potential buyers.”
View the 2012 Bright Young Gem's below.