Bright Young Gems 2018

  • Kathrina Kraus

    Having studied at the University of the Arts London Central St Martins, Katharina is distinguished by her cutting-edge handcrafted jewellery. She explores the natural light reflection in gemstones by placing different colours and light reflection styles in juxtaposition with each other, to create visual effects that move and change when worn.

    Altitude and elevation are central to Katharina’s jewellery with each gemstone angled with or away from the body. Originally from Munich, where no building is taller than the church in the city centre, her designs are crafted in gold-plated sterling silver combine translucent agate and transparent quartz with a wide array of clear coloured stones.

    Katharina says: “By exhibiting at IJL, I will be able to meet potential stockists and new customers face to face and I am looking forward to the insightful feedback. The mentoring day with industry leaders is an amazing opportunity to grow my network and expand my mind-set. Taking part in the IJL Bright Young Gems initiative will take my business to the next stage and help me establish my work in the UK.”

  • Zeemou Zeng

    A graduate from the London University of the Arts, Zeemou designs contemporary fine jewellery and accessories using his wide knowledge of craftsmanship and different materials (such as precious metals, glass, stones and porcelain) to create unique designs which possess both functionality and beauty.

    Having originally studied interior and architecture design in China, followed by an MA course in Designer Making, his breadth of design studies have influenced the way he approaches design, resulting in innovative and often surprising solutions.

    This is reflected in Zeemou’s latest fine jewellery collection, Melody, using 18k gold, pearls and cleverly incorporating a unique movement mechanism within each piece.

    Zeemou explains: “Being nominated as a Bright Young Gem is the highlight of my career. I am looking forward very much to showing my collections to the UK and international jewellery world at IJL. It is also a fantastic opportunity to network and learn how best to develop my business.”

  • Daisy Grice

    Daisy is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Jewellery with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing. After working in the industry for two years, Daisy returned to the school and has learnt 3D computer aided design to elevate her traditional bench skills.

    The ‘Twisted Tales’ collection that Daisy has designed and made for her graduate show includes a statement neckpiece produced in laser sintered nylon and adorned with sterling silver thorns. Other pieces in the collection are made in solid sterling silver with a highly polished finish and set with black diamonds.

    Daisy says: “I am thrilled to have been selected as one of the four Bright Young Gems for 2018, having spent the last year perfecting my skills I am now ready for start of my business and I will be expanding my Twisted Tales collection in preparation for the show Exhibiting at IJL will be the perfect platform to launch myself as a designer to the industry and receive feedback from people viewing my work with fresh eyes.”

  • Yayun Fang

    Yayun studied at the University of the Arts London Central St Martins and finds inspiration for her jewellery designs in the craftsmanship of traditional lace pieces seen in old paintings. By researching and learning bobbin lace making skills, she experimented with her own lace techniques that could be applied to metal. Influenced by digital technology and inspired by classic hip-hop jewellery culture, Yahun creates bold yet delicate jewellery, using traditional craftsmanship and digital software.

    Yayun says: “I am thrilled to be nominated as a Bright Young Gem. I am going to use this opportunity as a younger member of the jewellery community to show how exciting and cool it is to combine the traditional aspects of craftsmanship with modern technology to create pieces that are unexpected and vibrant.”

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