Bright Young Gems

2013 was it's eighth 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.

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 included Hilary Alexander (pictured) of The Daily Telegraph, 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".

 

  • 2013 Line-up

    Jessica Nam

    Jessica Nam is a Birmingham based designer-maker with a passion for jewellery and previous experience within the creative design industry. She now uses only precious metals after having trained at the renowned School of Jewellery in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. Inspired by the balance of repeat formations and the opulence of natural gemstones, Jessica meticulously handcrafts strong sculptural forms in gold and silver, which often encase sparkling gemstones in an array of sumptuous colours.

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    Amy Logan

    Amy Logan’s work is inspired by the drawn line, in particular continuous line drawings which have a wonderful flow to them. The pieces she creates always have that sense of fluidity at the heart of their creation. She studied Metal Work and Jewellery in Sheffield at Sheffield Hallam University, gaining the skills and knowledge to create her collection after graduation.

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    Carina De Jager

    Born in South Africa and spending much of her childhood outdoors, Carina de Jager has a love for the natural world. This fascination resurfaces in the organic textures and patterns which appear in her work. Graduating this year from The Cass, London Metropolitan University, where she studied silversmithing and jewellery, and now working from her London studio, Carina creates handmade jewellery pieces in a range of precious and non-precious materials.

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    Kelly Munro

    Born in a small town in the far north coast of Scotland, well known for its historical fishing industry, she has just graduated with a 1st Class BA (HONS) from Edinburgh College of Art. The technique of pyrography plays an important role in her pieces, allowing her to make often detailed patterns combined with charred edges and loose paint strokes, mirroring the intricately knotted nets of the trade and wind beaten driftwood. Her work aims to portray the rustic look of items found near harbours and tide lines.

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    Hannah Kimber - The Retailer's Choice

    An independent jewellery designer-maker and graduate from the Birmingham School of Jewellery, Hannah Kimber is set for a bright future with her striking statement pieces. Inspired by Islamic architecture, incorporating pattern with luxurious materials to create magnificent couture creations, her jewellery is stunning. She is a fan of using modern forms of jewellery production such as CAD, 3D printing and laser sintering technologies.

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