Bright Young Gems

  • Unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena.

    Bright Young Gems is a free launch pad scheme specifically for final year jewellery students and recent graduates. IJL's Bright Young Gems initiative has steadily grown into one of the most coveted platforms in the industry, spawning a string of high flying careers in particular Tomasz Donocik & Imogen Belfield.

    From its inception in 2005, Bright Young Gems has been judged by leading names and brands and IJL are delighted to reveal this year’s panel that comprises: established and award-winning designers Dinny Hall and Bobby White; alongside industry consultant Nyasha Pitt; Charlie Miller, Executive Fashion & Jewellery Director at Porter; and Katerina Perez, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of and IJL Blog Award winner 2018.

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

    Submissions for Bright Young Gems 2019 are now OPEN.

    Final date for entry is 24 May 2019

  • How does it work?

    Bright Young Gems is the first phase of the IJL Journey.
    Bright Young Gems was launched in 2005 to highlight exceptional design talents at the student and graduate level. Applications are welcomed from across the UK and from all major UK colleges and jewellery courses.
    If you’re the best of the best, then Bright Young Gems is for you. Don’t believe us? Internationally famous ethical and Fairtrade jewellery designer, Pippa Small was one of our first Bright Young Gems.

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    What's in it for me?

    • You’ll be promoted as one of our Bright Young Gems, complete with industry-wide media coverage, blog posts, marketing support and social media support.
    • A Bright Young Gems Training Day in London that brings together industry experts with knowledge on everything from pricing to retail to working with the press.
    • A dedicated IJL Curated evening event to give all Bright Young Gems the chance to network with journalists, industry commentators and bloggers.
    • A presence at IJL 2019 will give you the chance to exhibit your designs to our jewellery buying audience. That’s 9,000 people!
    Why IJL?
  • Bright Young Gems 2018

    Take a look back at the winners of Bright Young Gems 2018 and find out more about these new talented designers, their work and their journey after IJL 2018.

    View the winners

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