IJL Bright Young Gems project re-launched with new guest panellist and sponsorship

24 Feb 2016

IJL 2016 welcomes a new guest designer judge to the Bright Young Gems panel and announces important sponsorship support for the initiative.

The IJL Bright Young Gems initiative enters a new era in its eleventh year with British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane, joining the selection panel. The National Association of Goldsmiths Centenary Trust are also providing valuable sponsorship support through travel and accommodation bursaries worth £200 for each of the five nominated Bright Young Gem designers.

Leane, who replaces retiring panellist Bec Astley Clarke MBE, Founder and Executive Chairman of Astley Clarke, joins the prestigious judging panel of Hilary Alexander, OBE, Editor at Large Hello Fashion Monthly magazine; Vivienne Becker of the Financial Times - How To Spend It magazine; Claudia Mahoney, Executive Fashion and Beauty Director of Glamour magazine and Annabel Davidson, Editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery.

Sam Willoughby, Event Director, comments: “Every year the Bright Young Gems programme offers five young innovative designers great exposure and an unparalleled opportunity to access their first commercial platform to showcase their work to such an influential audience. IJL welcomes over 10,350 industry professionals from 64 countries during the 3 days of the show. And it is particularly rewarding to see how many of these young designers have then gone on during the past ten years to become leading stars in the industry”.

She adds: “We are extremely grateful to have the support of all the major UK universities and colleges, together now with Shaun, one of the UK’s most creative contemporary designers, and the National Association of Jewellers. We are also very appreciative of Bec Astley Clarke’s support and guidance over the years.”

Commenting on his new role as a panellist, Leane stresses the importance of the industry supporting Britain’s emerging design talent: “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.”

Lindsey Straughton of The National Association of Jewellers says: “Bright Young Gems attracts applications from right across the country and this newly established NAG bursary will financially help the nominated designers take their first steps into the commercial world. As existing supporters of IJL’s very successful KickStart mentoring programme, we are delighted to now be part of this initiative. Several former Bright Young Gems designers have gone on to become high profile KickStarters - and we want to encourage more young designers to take advantage of these two unique, yet seamless, schemes, as part of fast-tracking their careers”.

The Bright Young Gems are selected from final year students at colleges and universities across the UK and details of how to apply can be found at http://www.jewellerylondon.com/brightyounggems. The closing date for Bright Young Gems 2016 is Friday 20th May 2016.


IJL 2016 will run from 4 to 6 September 2016 at Olympia GRAND, London.

For more information about IJL 2016 please contact: Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond +44 (0) 207 630 6633 / +44 (0) 7770 802442 IJLPressoffice@reedexpo.co.uk

About International Jewellery London

International Jewellery London is the UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 550 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery focussed and pre-qualified buyers from 64 countries in an exclusive trading environment to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London, the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides 100% free education and attracts an unrivalled selection of consumer and trade press. For further information please visit www.jewellerylondon.com IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, The Responsible Jewellery Council , Euromonitor and CIBJO.

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