Bright Young Gems

  • Our Bright Young Gems initiative is renowned industry-wide for unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena. This unique scheme provides five young designers with an outstanding commercial platform and excellent trade exposure.

    BYG’s are selected from final year students and students who have graduated from UK colleges and universities in the past two years by a prestigious judging panel - comprising Hilary Alexander OBE: Editor at Large, Hello! Fashion Monthly Magazine; Annabel Davidson: Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery; Shaun Leane: British Luxury Fine Jewellery Designer; Charlie Boyd: Executive Fashion & Jewellery Editor, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country; Alice Edwards: Jewellery Editor, Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine.

    We are also delighted to announce that The Benevolent Society will be providing each BYG winner with a £200 travel and accommodation grant!

    This year's Bright Young Gems are:

  • Kristina Ferenchuk

    Kristina Ferenchuk

    Gold Nebula Ring

    A graduate in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins, Kristina has developed her own style and way of working with precious metals. She handcrafts all her pieces herself, enabling her to technically develop moving parts and mechanisms and opening up possibilities for future designs. Kristina gets great personal satisfaction through overseeing the design development through to the final piece that has weight, meaning and a future life. Her jewellery is a romantic interpretation of the universe and how it is interconnected and continuously changing. All her pieces are articulated and move in an interconnected manner. Whether on or off the body, her aim is to engage the wearer in the magical process of playful creation with each piece, sparking curiosity and a fascination with the unknown.

    Kristina comments: "I feel incredibly honoured and excited to have been selected as a Bright Young Gem. This will be a great opportunity for me to get valuable feedback from an international audience, and develop myself further not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur.”

    Gold Nebula Ring: Materials: 18 carat Yellow Gold with Precious Stones: Green Tourmaline, Citrine, Garnet. This is a ring that is worn on two fingers, and opens and closes with the movement of the fingers. Sponsored by the Precious Metal Bursary from the Goldsmith's Centre.

  • Annabel Large

    Annabel Large

    'ROSA' COLLECTION; Rose gold engagement ring with stacking band and ear cuff. Set with rubies and pink tourmalines.

    Annabel, a jewellery design graduate from Birmingham School of Jewellery, has a passion for precious metal and gem set fine jewellery. Having previously studied fine art she has a creative flair for the design process and is inspired to design and create fine jewellery that challenges the traditional aesthetic, offering a timeless alternative to women who’s style is as unique as they are; adornments that become future heirlooms and are crafted from precious metals and hand selected gemstones.

    "In the future I hope to establish myself as a reputable and successful jewellery designer and entrepreneur and feel that the Bright Young Gems initiative is an amazing platform to launch my career. The opportunity to be involved with International Jewellery London will, I'm sure, prove to be an invaluable experience allowing me to showcase my work and network with people in the jewellery industry", says Annabel.

  • Ishtar Liljefors

    Ishtar Liljefors

    Silver stacking rings with sapphire

    Ishtar Liljefors is a contemporary art jeweller who has recently completed her degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing at Plymouth College of Art. Ishtar works predominantly with precious metals and gemstones using traditional bench techniques. She designs and creates conceptual pieces of jewellery that explore her interests of the natural, historical and fantasy worlds. Her inspiration for her sterling silver stacking rings with cast and set sapphire was born from fairy tale narratives. These rings are part of her ‘Once upon a time’ collection, and echo the theme of encapsulation and amulets. Here the stone was cast within and then set.

    On being selected, Ishtar says: “Bright Young Gems 2017 is the perfect platform to launch my new jewellery career. It will give me unrivalled opportunities to meet and gain advice from industry professionals and leaders within the field, and to showcase my unique designs within this highly esteemed international event. This is the breakthrough I could only dream of, and the chance to aspire to from graduation to the next exciting step in my jewellery journey.”

  • Holly O'Hanlon

    Holly O'Hanlon

    Brooches: Slate, treated mild steel, precious white metal, precious yellow metal, enamel.

    Holly recently graduated in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins. Her aim is to give priority to the overlooked, utilitarian or mundane, and in particular to elements that remain from a practical task. The minimal and finely detailed brooches of slate, steel and precious metals from her graduate collection reflect her observations of excess layers of decomposing posters and fragmented signs on walls. Deceptive, playful and engaging, the jewellery aims to still a moment between a purposeful action and it's lasting remains.

    Holly explains: “To have my work selected for Bright Young Gems at the starting point of my career is so exciting. IJL offers an invaluable opportunity for exhibiting and promoting my jewellery to industry and a variety of influential professionals and I am looking forward to seeing what the response will be.”

  • Leanne Yau

    Leanne Yau

    Custard Cream medal casted into silver, decorated with a polyester ribbon and Swarovski crystals

    Leanne is a graduate of Central St Martins. As a Chinese student born in Britain, her perspective as a young designer considers the clash and harmony between these two cultures and how they have affected her as a citizen. Leanne’s focal point has always been her curiosity of what it means to be considered a British citizen. Her collection is a playful yet powerful illustration of difference between the two cultures she lives in, taking stereotypical objects and making them more valuable than they should be.

    Leanne comments: "When I saw the email I almost screamed with joy! I feel honoured to have been chosen and can't wait to share my collection. It will give me the opportunity to communicate with designers and to improve my professional practice."

  • Highly Commended - Susanna Gogarty (London Metropolitan University)

    Susanna's submitted pieces used shape and form to convey such themes as the grace, power and elegance of a dancer's body; and the concepts of preciousness, life, protection and vulnerability so often shown in nature.

    Highly Commended - Olivia Creber (Royal College of Art)

    Olivia's "Beyond Crystal Planes" collection was influenced by the rusty Australian Outback and the stunning coastal cliffs of the Sussex Downs. These pieces are designed to sit on the skin and reflect the light and natural growth of native crystals and minerals.

    Highly Commended - Hannah Viner (University for the Creative Arts Farnham)

    Now with her own jewellery business and workshop, Hannah's pieces use uncut previous stones to mimic the irregular shapes of rockpools and the barnacles that grow over them.

  •  Meet the Judges:

    Shaun Leane

    Award-winning British jeweller, Shaun Leane.

    "Platforms such as Bright Young Gems are essential. They allow our flourishing young designers to grow in all areas of their careers. It is so important that we nurture their talents and aspirations as they are the future of our industry."

    Photo By Nicky Emmerson

    Hilary Alexander OBE

    Hilary Alexander OBE, Editor-at-Large Hello Fashion Monthly

    "The Bright Young Gems initiative safeguards the future of the jewellery industry by showcasing the most exciting and innovative young designers of today."

    Annabel Davidson

     Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery.

    "Seeing the excitement and nerves on the faces of graduate jewellers each year at Bright Young Gems gives me such a thrill, and I'm thankful that they have the opportunity to showcase their work at such an esteemed industry event."

  • Alice Edwards

    Alice Edwards is Jewellery Editor for the Sunday Times Style, also Jewellery Editor for The Times LUXX magazine, prior to that she was Jewellery Editor for Tatler Magazine.

    “Initiatives such as Bright Young Gems are essential to promoting and championing Britain’s long history of talented jewellery designers. I’m very excited to see who we find this year.”

    Charlie Boyd

    Charlie Boyd is the Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor at both Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country.

    “The jewellery industry has a wealth of very experienced designers and well-established brands, but it is crucial that we safeguard its future by promoting young talent, and by offering them a supportive platform so that they can continue to innovate.”

  • 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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