21 Aug 2017

This year's Trend Focus events at IJL 2017 will give visitors an in-depth and comprehensive review of Spring/Summer 2018 jewellery trends, with daily catwalk shows revealing the key looks and collections selected by IJL’s new trend editor, Rachael Taylor, together with a dedicated Trends seminar on the first day of the show.

Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, comments: “More than 500 exhibitors will be presenting their take on the main cutting-edge trends for 2018 at this year’s event. The challenge for retailers and buyers is how best to translate these trends to best use within the retail environment. Rachael Taylor, with all her industry experience, promises to give an invaluable and insightful view both on the Catwalk and at her seminar. Both should be on everyone’s 'must attend' list!”


The IJL Trends Catwalk will give an inspirational insight into the five main Spring/Summer 2018 trends, showing how best to commercially bring them to life to suit different brands and businesses.

Stunning on-trend pieces will be presented on the Trends Catwalk at the following times:
Sunday: 12:00, 14:00, 16:30, 18:00
Monday: 11:00, 12:30, 15:00
Tuesday: 12:00, 15:00


The five key themes identified as especially key to the jewellery sector for Spring/Summer 2018 are Chase The Rainbow, The Artisan, The Next Frontier and True Romance. Each will be uniquely illustrated with flagship pieces from some of the brands and designers at IJL 2017.


Innovation in jewellery craft often brings surreal colour statements. Bespoke alloys or rhodium plating can transform gold into shades of fuscia, green, purple or black, while heat transforms titanium into peacock hues to stand out from, or blend in with, gemstones.

Coloured enamel and ceramics add accents or form the basis of designs, while bright leathers, feathers and silks create tactile flashes of colour.


As technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives, a new appreciation for traditional crafts is stirred. Centuries-old jewellery techniques including filigree, mille grain, gemstone carving, granulation and enamelling are a refreshing alternative to mass production.

Jewels that appear to have been made by hand or personalised tap into consumers’ desire for experiences over purchases. Look too for jewels that mimic a couturier’s skills – metal that crumples like fabric or creates lace-like patterns; gems that evoke the lavish of brocade; ornate pearl embellishments.


The future is now. Geometric lines, 3D printing, abstract shapes and pixelated patterns make for exciting jewels inspired by the virtual worlds we inhabit. Delicate lines of diamonds or precious metal can be used to create cage shapes, spheres, open silhouettes. Jewellery embedded with tech gives us a glimpse into the future.

Yet this trend has a retro side too, with romanticised 1960s-inspired visions of space exploration translated into heavy silver designs, glittering finishes, collars and cuffs, hoop earrings, celestial motifs, metallic spheres, Perspex and acrylics, and galactic gemstones like opals.


Ladylike styles are once again back in vogue with soft colour palates, elegant cuts and sophisticated styles that echo timeless glamour. Create sugary colourways with pretty pastel gemstones such as kunzite, rose quartz, morganite, pale amethyst, chalcedony and coral.

Pearls of all shades are key to this trend, presented in modern styles as the hero of the design. Diamonds should be kept light in simple line bracelets, dotted on long chains or micro-set to create minimalist open silhouettes and fluid shapes. Botanical and floral motifs add some refined drama.


Next year’s bridal trends ooze confidence and exuberance. Dramatic bell sleeves on dresses, capes and off-the-shoulder styles bring a sense of playfulness and modernity to the wedding party, while sheer mesh with lace details in strategic places and deep V necklines and backs give dresses a sexy edge.

Statement earrings or chokers work well with bare necklines, as well as the season’s other big trend for minimalist dresses, while lustrous bright pearls perfectly illuminate the new alternative nude palate. Florals, embellishment, glamour, maximalism – this is going to be one fun wedding!


Kicking off the Sunday morning seminar programme in the Inspiration Theatre, Rachael Taylor will present an analysis of the trends in her seminar 'SS18 Trends: From the Catwalk to Your Store.' She will discuss how retailers and buyers can best use this valuable information to benefit their business commercially.

For further details, please visit: www.jewellerylondon.com/seminars. For free registration, go to: www.jewellerylondon.com/register.


Notes to Editors:

IJL 2017 will run from 3 to 5 September 2017 at Olympia GRAND, London.

Tickets at the door will be charged at £25 each.

For more information about IJL 2017 please contact:

Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond +44 (0) 7770 802442


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.

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. For further information, please visit www.jewellerylondon.com

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

Jewellery and Fashion Accessories events are: Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) in January and April; Girls Jeweller Tokyo (IJT); Bijorhca Paris; JCK Tuscon; Tokyo Fashion Jewellery Expo (April); Garderobe; International Jewellery & Watch Show (JWS); International Jewellery Kobe (IJK); Luxury and JCK Las Vegas.

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