Dynamic new trends take shape at IJL 2017


Dynamic new trends take shape at IJL 2017

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Spotting important new trends will be as easy as 1-2-3 for exhibitors and visitors to IJL 2017 when the latest product ranges from over 550 high end jewellery manufacturers, designers and suppliers from 32 countries around the world are rolled out at Olympia over three days.

World famous as a ‘360 degree’ platform for striking deals, networking and sharing knowledge, IJL 2017 will kick off a range of new features including newly themed seminar theatres, workshops and a dedicated Skills Lab to showcase talent and skills. A new Retail Experience Area is designed to help retailers enhance their in-store offer and provide a memorable interactive jewellery buying experience for customers.

The stylish Watch Lounge is expected to draw a crowd and Jewellery LIVE!, an exciting new feature will take visitors through all elements of the jewellery making process from initial inspiration to exquisitely finished pieces. 

Other ‘not to be missed’ highlights include the Trends Catwalk, previewing trends set to hit the High Street this Christmas and in Spring 2018, and a pool of cutting-edge new design talent, all finallists at this year’s Bright Young Gems and KickStarters. 


Although essentially an international trade fair, the focus on British talent is a striking one with first-time high profile exhibitors like Kiki Carnegie, Dog Fever and Lucinda King all expected to create a stir alongside returning companies Astley Clarke, Asteria Diamonds, Gecko, Yoko London and Continental Jewellery as well as major established brands like Charles Green, Domino and Gemex.

Sam Willoughby, Show Director, comments: “Over the past year, we have been busy talking to new and existing exhibitors and visitors – including our prestigious Diamond Club members - to ensure that IJL 2017 meets all the needs of the industry and is as productive and engaging as possible. 

"I am especially proud of the international line-up this year, which includes many new brands and designers who are new to the UK and have chosen IJL as their first show, showcasing alongside some of the most highly regarded established brands in the industry. I am also delighted to welcome an increasing number of essential service providers now choosing IJL to launch the latest packaging, merchandising, technology, and retail developments. All of which make this year’s event an unmissable experience for both visitors and exhibitors".

First time exhibitor, Kiki Carnegie Jewellery London will be showing in the Design Gallery. Her collections are inspired by Gaudi and the 'Art Nouveau' movement as well as the intricacies of Byzantine architecture, and features different coloured plating. 

Dog Fever, an exclusive line of sterling silver jewellery, symbolises the unique bond with man’s best friend, paying homage to the most well-known breeds from around the world, highlighting their characteristics and natural vitality. Uniquely created and hand-painted by skilled goldsmiths, enamellists and miniaturists in Italy, the jewellery is designed to transform a feeling into a piece of jewellery that resonates with emotion - with the Hug collection able to be worn on fingers, complemented by pendants, earrings and bracelets. 

New collections being launched at IJL for the first time include an increasing number of breeds features, as well as cufflinks, money clips and keyrings. John Coupland, Managing Director of Dog Fever UK Ltd, says: “We look forward to exhibiting at the best London trade fair. We consider IJL to be the ideal venue to launch Dog Fever for jewellers in the metropolis.”

C W Sellors Fine Jewellery launch new 74-piece Chatsworth House Style Collection

The stunning new 74-piece Chatsworth House Style Collection inspired by glittering diamond tiaras and exquisite insect brooches owned by the Duchesses of Devonshire will be one of the star exhibits with Derbyshire Blue John, Whitby Jet and Plique-à-jour featuring.

Orlap Studio, a small family company based in Sheffield, will be debuting this year. They specialise in bespoke cufflinks, dress studs and tie slides. Begun in 1975 by Jack Thwaites, Orlap is now run by Christopher and Karen Perry. At IJL, Orlap Studio will be showcasing the Special Touches collection of top end cufflinks and dress studs set with combinations of diamonds and gold kisses set into their classic ranges. 

Andrew Geoghegan will be launching petit additions to his engagement ring collection, which will have RRPs of below £2,000 - in response to an in-depth consumer and retailer survey. IJL 2017 will also see the launch of further developments of the ever-popular 'Satellite Diamond' rings as well as an ocean-inspired solitaire. 

Award-winning UK jewellery supplier Gecko will be launching a number of new collections and pieces at IJL. These include the new collection from their popular men’s brand ‘Fred Bennett’, featuring over 65 new jewellery and accessory designs, some of them for the unisex market, and the Fiorelli silver jewellery collection and its Elements gold and silver ranges - as well as the ‘D for Diamonds’ ever-expanding range for children with sentimental pieces for new Mums and Mums to be, and the launch of the new Orla Kiely collection, featuring both enamel and plain metal pieces incorporating iconic Orla motifs. 

Lawrence Blunt Ltd are specialists in the design and manufacture of precious and semi-precious jewellery. At IJL they will be showcasing their new Grace Collection, an on-trend bridal range of beautifully designed rings, pendants and earrings, celebrating the Clever Cluster. Available in various metals, the design encases, enhances and accentuates the diamond spread, to clever and dazzling effect.

From ITALY, Amedeo Scognamiglio will bring a fresh contemporary twist to this ancient art and continues an artistic manufacturing tradition dating back to the early 1800s. Amedeo Cameosare glamorous and on-trend, and feature the use of alternative materials, unexpected ideas and smile-triggering designs, appealing to the die-hard fashionistas from Paris, NYC, London and Moscow.

Newly established Les Georgettes from FRANCE is an innovative concept that combines fine customised jewellery with interchangeable and reversible leather bands. In just a few seconds, customers can create their very own collection of exclusive Georgettes by changing or reversing the band to go with their outfit, bag or mood. 

Elham & Issa Jewellery from JORDAN, creates timeless pieces using precious and semi-precious stones set in 18k gold, all expertly crafted and designed. Their flagship boutique is in Amman, Jordan and they will be launching internationally with four collections at IJL. 

Cara Jewellers, the DUBAI-based fine jewellery brand, will exhibit for the first time at IJL this year. Known globally for their phenomenal diamond jewellery, which is classic in form but on-trend in appeal, their products ooze wearability with minimal use of metal, highlighting diamonds and gemstones. Brothers Kiran and Anil Pethani from INDIA established Cara Jewellers in 2005, in the Gold and Diamond Park, Dubai. They will showcase the finest necklace earring sets, rings and wristwear, as well as an extensive range of engagement rings, a USP of Cara, in every shape, size, colour and design. 

New from POLAND is Bondarowski, created by artist goldsmiths Eliza and Krzysztof Konrad Bondaruk. Their jewellery stands out as being 100% handmade, unique pieces of art which have an international following while the House of Gallants from ISTANBUL is a new exhibitor specialising in men’s accessories – designs draw on the sophisticated elegance of the British aristocracy with a twist of mythology. 

Also making their debut at IJL is the eclectic DreamChoice Jewelry from Los Angeles and ITALY's Leonori Gioielli, a company founded in 1962 in a workshop near Florence, boasting a team of experienced goldsmiths, designers and gemmologists who work together under the guidance of Agostino’s sons. Each piece is a handcrafted piece of art by Leonori's masters who transform every jewel into an exquisite unique piece. At IJL they will be showing collections including The Secret Garden Collection, which draws on the transient beauty of flowers in the spring.

Bloch & Co from Belgium is another newcomer at IJL this year. Created by CML Jewelry, a 40-year old family business, this high-end fine jewellery collection symbolizes quality and perfection. They work exclusively with highly skilled craftsmen, goldsmiths and diamond setters. Bloch continually search for the highest-quality dazzling diamonds and beautiful coloured stones to include in their handmade pieces.

First time exhibitor Innovare Design Limited is a retail design consultancy specialising in branded environments for the retail experience. They work collaboratively with retailers in the UK, Europe and internationally, and projects cover interior design, branding and graphic design for flagships, rollouts, independent stores, pop-ups, shop-in-shops, multi-brand and duty free environments. 


Kate Laven


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