IJL 2016 Showcases Record Number of Award Winning Designer Brands


IJL 2016 Showcases Record Number of Award Winning Designer Brands

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This week IJL is set to showcase a set of exclusive ‘Designer Brands’ at its showcase Olympia event. The show will feature a record number of 17 designers within an expanded area of the show, displaying both silver and fine Jewellery. Elite designers from the UK, alongside those from Sweden, Australia and Brazil, will present the very best in fine and contemporary jewellery with the launch of exciting new collections, as well as acclaimed signature pieces.

Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, commented, “This year’s Designer Brands showcase is a wonderful celebration of the best in creative flair and innovative talent. A truly international portfolio which we are especially proud of. Inspiringly beautiful pieces, from both new and established designers drawn from around the world, are guaranteed to excite buyers from every sector.”   


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The Designer Brands at this year‘s IJL are:

Astley Clarke
Debuting at IJL this year, Astley Clarke - the British fine jewellery brand established by Bec Astley Clarke, MBE – will be unveiling their latest collections, all designed in their London Studio. These include Interstellar in both diamonds and sapphires, Setting Sun and Biography stud earrings, with the emphasis this season on the use of more coloured gemstones, mismatched earrings and layered necklaces. Astley Clarke’s approach is relaxed luxury, created to inspire the modern, intelligent woman to wear fashion fine jewellery every day.

Bec Astley Clarke, MBE, Founder and Chairman, says: “As our UK and International wholesale channel continues to grow, we are thrilled to be able to showcase our collections to a wide audience of some of the most prestigious global jewellery retailers and IJL offers a great platform on which to do so.”

Alex Monroe
Showcasing their ‘Bon Voyage’ collection at IJL, this represents a fond look back to the Golden Age of travel, whisking the wearer off around the world, starting from Alex’s home county in Suffolk. His inspiration varies from the Orient Express to Tin Tin, although it was an antique charm bracelet belonging to a friend that really sparked his imagination. Wishing to re-ignite the tradition of collecting charms as unique souvenirs from places visited, to be added to and passed down to future generations, this collection evokes travel by Hot Air Balloon, Seaplane, or maybe even by Camel - and collecting tickets and luggage labels along the way. ‘Bon Voyage’ is available in Silver, Yellow Gold Vermeil, Rose Gold Vermeil and Mixed Metal Finishes and will be available in stores from September 2016.

“IJL is where we will also be previewing the new additions to our fine jewellery line, ‘Goldcrest’. It is the only UK trade event where we will be unveiling the range. Exclusive to the show, the new, ‘Goldcrest’ story will be under embargo until the event, but I can reveal that it is a very pretty, extremely feminine collection, offering a new direction for us - whilst still being signature. After our return to IJL in 2015, we found that the show formed a great point in the season for us to launch a new bridal range. IJL provides a fantastic platform for us to preview all of our collections to the UK industry and take orders for the Christmas season,” says Emma Burgin, Chief Operating Officer Alex Monroe

Dower & Hall
British jewellery design duo, Dower and Hall, this year celebrate over 25 years in business and leading the way in creating exceptional hand-crafted fine jewellery. New collections to be launched at IJL include their stunning Wild Rose Collection in sterling silver.

Fei Liu
UKJA Designer of the Year 2016, Fei Liu will be showcasing three collections at IJL. Fine jewellery at an accessible price, Shooting Star, the new silver range, is inspired by the movement of the shooting star in the atmosphere and plays with yin yang, and cool and warm tones – with two colour combinations of topaz/rhodium and citrine/yellow gold vermeil. The very successful Snowdrop collection will introduce new dazzling pieces in rose gold, whilst the Snowflake collection will not only feature new pieces but also attractive hair accessories.

Andrew Geoghegan
Time nestled away in his South of France design studio has certainly inspired Andrew Geoghegan, and Autumn/Winter 2016 sees the launch of a number of new elegant pieces. As expected, each new piece is perfectly considered and balanced, with seemingly contrasting elements to create miniature masterpieces. There are four key ranges: The Chapiteau collection, which in keeping with the current trend for jewellery with strong geometric form, the hexagon takes centre stage in a dynamic collection, featuring a decadent and impactful cocktail ring, as well as commanding engagement and wedding rings; the long awaited, delicate Cannelé Bracelet addition to the brand’s best-selling  collection - featuring the signature Cannelé fluting on the setting and within other elements of the piece – and available in an all diamond version or a choice of other beautiful stones, including chocolate diamonds, rubies and sapphires; the diamond-set Clair de Lune Earrings which reflect the lunar crescent theme and are a natural addition to the collection, following the successful launch of the Clair de Lune bridal rings in February, and, last, but not least, the Clair de Lune Couleur range, displaying a rainbow of luminosity with sapphires with aquamarine, rubies with pink sapphires and chocolate and yellow diamonds with orange sapphires.

Alexis Dove
Celebrating her company’s 10th anniversary this year, British jeweller Alexis Dove is launching her new English Rose Collection, reflecting her love of nature, at IJL 2016. Inspired by her best-selling debut collection, Wild Rose, the delicate and feminine new collection is crafted from sterling silver and yellow and rose gold vermeil, depicting the variety of shapes and colours of the iconic British rose. It is designed to mix and match with floaty summer dresses or crisp white shirts for summer perfection. Equally, the Rose Leaf branch necklace with the delicate Rose Bud pendant, can be paired for a chic and on-trend layered necklace ‘look’, with the Rose Leaf drop earrings creating a beautiful silhouette as they fall from the ear.

Lola Rose
Designed by Nicola Gewirtz, Lola Rose is one of the most stylish and successful jewellery brands in the UK. Specialising in bold, colourful statement jewellery, hand-crafted using beautiful semi-precious stones, collections include glamorous beaded and stone necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings for the fashion conscious woman.

Lucy Quartermaine
Lucy Quartermaine’s new ‘Icicle’ Collection will be launching at IJL 2016. Featuring stunningly simple, but chic designs, inspired by the extraordinary large icicles Lucy saw on a recent holiday, Lucy has created a range of solid Sterling Silver Jewellery that is tactile, organic and fluid in its shape, and which works well for both an eye-catching day and night‐time look.

Sarah Ho
Sarah Ho London will be launching new designs for her award-winning Numerati Collection, which has caught the imagination of customers worldwide, especially in cultures where numbers have a significant meaning and are considered auspicious.  Numerati captures the number as a hidden secret known only to the wearer and the new diamond version cleverly uses the shapes of different diamond cuts to enhance the numbers in an eye-catching way. The silver version for the rings has been designed to appeal to both men and women and the concept has been also translated into pendants and cuffs.  Sarah will also be unveiling new stunning ‘high jewellery’ designs which received considerable praise from customers and press alike during a recent tour of Asia. Some of these beautiful pieces will be on display at IJL 2016. Each of the designs represents a new chapter in Sarah’s multi-facetted life and takes the brand to a new level in celebration of her 10th anniversary. 

Linda Macdonald Jewellery
Introducing ‘Moondance’ for Autumn/Winter 2016, this statement piece is made in silver with solid 9ct gold detail and is designed to mark the brand’s 20th anniversary in 2016. This very special pendant celebrates all the evocative romantic imagery featured in many of her designs that are well recognised and collected all over the UK.

Rachel Galley
Rachel will be launching her new ‘Misto’ collection at IJL. Made in amethyst or topaz, with graduating colours of these lovely gemstones set into silver, the design features a hint of her signature latticework.

Collette Waudby
With a 20-year history of exhibiting at IJL, the show is the highlight of Collette’s calendar. Unveiling her new collections at the event, this award-winning  British artisan designer of beautiful contemporary jewellery, created in the heart of Birmingham’s historic jewellery quarter, is inspired by a fusion of nature, history and travel, combined with the technical exploration of archaic metal forging and forming techniques. 2016 will see new items and refinement across all of her four collections along with a new collection that is the result of a botanical sketches of the Phormium plant.

Rose Carvalho
Rose Carvalho from Brazil is making her European debut at IJL 2016 with the launch of a new collection featuring precious Brazilian gemstones and gold, intricately carved as magnifying lenses with diamonds inside to capture the light and create an unusual perception of visual proportion. Rose’s hand-crafted creations are inspired by the studies of Carl Jung, using archetypal images in the forms of Mandalas and the Universe. Her jewellery reflects an outstanding artistic personality, striving for perfection with particular attention given to finish.

V Jewellery
V Jewellery will be showcasing their colourful best-selling Spring/Summer 2016 collection, featuring rose and yellow gold plating, with an array of vibrant stones, in the Designer Brands area for the first time. They will also be launching their highly anticipated Eastern inspired collection, providing an exclusive preview of their Christmas offering. An exciting new venture for V, the Autumn/Winter range available from this September, is a hybrid of fine and silver jewellery, featuring white sapphires and yellow gold plating, in conjunction with CZ and a sterling silver foundation.

Sheila Fleet Jewellery
Sheila Fleet, OBE, is one of Scotland’s leading designer-makers of precious jewellery, with an international following. Her distinctive jewellery renowned for its vibrant enamel colours and fine hand finish, is designed and created in the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland. Sheila will be launching two new contemporary collections this year in sterling silver and enamel - Lunar and Brodgar Eye. Both are based on ancient stone carvings, possibly made at full moon 5000 years ago at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, using reticulation to recreate the peck-marks in rough rock with Sheila’s newly-developed enamel colours reflecting rainwater gathering in the carvings.

Sarah Jordan
Sarah Jordan is a multi-award winning designer now in her 29th year of business. Her design style has evolved into one of the most identifiable jewellery signatures in the UK. Inspired by nature, the jewellery is modern, desirable and the essence of subtle designer luxury. Sarah's talent gives a clarity and definition to all her collections which include bridal, daywear, cocktail, bespoke and men’s jewellery. Sarah has recently embarked on several successful collaborations and this year, together with British Manufacturer Hockley Mint, won the coveted 2016 UKJA Bridal Collection of the year. At IJL 2016 Sarah is launching 'Cirrus', a collection of delicate shapes and swirling tendrils that curl around to make beautiful sweeping shapes. Made in Silver and 18ct gold, with diamonds used at key points to emphasise the sculptural aspects of the design, the Cirrus Collection comprises Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Bangles and Rings.

Grew & Co
Established in 2006, Grew & Co is an Australian family business designing and crafting all their work in their Sydney studio. As well as working with non-traditional jewellery materials, the company specialises in the ancient Japanese technique of Mokume Gane - a decorative layering of coloured precious metal resembling wood grain. Every stage of production is carried out in house with an emphasis on quality, execution and customer satisfaction as the key cornerstones of the business. New to the UK and IJL, the focus at the show will be on their beautiful collection of wedding bands, reflecting warm colour tones and earthly-textured surfaces, combining richly coloured golds with the dramatic and dark shade of tantalum.



Rebecca van Rooijen


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