Leading Lights Awards

  • International Jewellery London (IJL) teamed up with the respected publication, Jewellery Outlook, to create the Leading Lights Awards, a new initiative for 2019. The awards offered the opportunity to recognise contributions to a forward-looking global jewellery industry, and were created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of fashion forward talent across the globe.

    There were eight categories and the winners were announced in a special ceremony at IJL 2019.

    And the winners were...

  • Best Bright Young Gem - Lingjun Sun

    Lingjun Sun took home the Bright Young Gem Award crown for “showing innovative use of materials and settings” and “bringing opals to a new contemporary market”. The award was designed to celebrate new talent in the industry.

    Jewellery Course Provider of the Year - Birmingham City University: School of Jewellery

    Birmingham City University: School of Jewellery was awarded Best Course Provider. The judges said they are “the most professional and enthusiastic body, closely integrated with the industry”. The award was designed to recognise the leading educational institution providing outstanding jewellery related courses.

  • Best Use of Technology - De Beers Group Industry Services

    De Beers Group Industry Services won Best Use of Technology, with the judges praising its “outstanding commercial relevance and accurate solutions to tackle challenges in the industry for the ultimate benefit of the end consumer”.

    Blogger of the Year - Preeta Agarwal

    Indian-based blogger Preeta Agarwal Workroom (bejewelledfinds.com) won the Blogger Award for her “informative and passionate posts”. The judges were impressed with how she “takes the audience behind the scenes, showcasing much more than beautiful jewellery from across the world”.

    Fashion Fusion Award - Kastur Jewels

    The Fashion Fusion Award was presented to Kastur Jewels for directing “Indian inspiration to the mainstream”.

  • Fine Jeweller of the Year - Domino Jewellery

    Fine Jeweller of the Year went to Birmingham-based Domino Jewellery for its “carefully planned production process”, with the judges commenting “every stage, from training to marketing, is carefully nurtured”.

    Jeweller of the Year - Lucy Quartermaine

    Lucy Quartermaine was awarded Jeweller of the Year. The judges called Lucy “an inspiration to other UK designers” who “has created a balance between superlative design and manufacturing excellence in jewellery, to inspire a multiple stockist, Ernest Jones”.

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