BJA announces 2013 members’ awards winners

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Andrew Geoghegan, Weston Beamor, Cooksons and TGGC honoured at event.

Andrew Geoghegan, Weston Beamor, Cooksons and The Genuine Gemstone Company were among the winners at The British Jewellers’ Association 2013 members’ awards, held at the annual BJGF Benevolent Ball.

The ceremony marked the second year of the BJA celebrating its members’ successes, with five awards given out toasting design, retail and the BJA’s newest members, as well as a lifetime achievement award.

The BJA’s chief executive Simon Rainer announced the list of nominees to the 300 guests at the Benevolent Ball, held in Solihull last week.

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The BJA Members’ Awards 2013 winners

BJA Retailer of the Year 2013 sponsored by NTR Metals – The Genuine Gemstone Company. The family-owned Midlands business was praised for bringing its sourced gemstone products to life with a multi platform retailing approach.

BJA Supplier of the Year 2013 sponsored by The Jewellery& Watch Show Birmingham – Cooksongold. Won by the UK’s largest one-stop shop for makers with more than 20 years experience in the industry.

BJA Designer of the Year 2013 sponsored by Diamonds Please – Andrew Geoghegan. The precious bridal and gemstone jewellery designer was praised for his fine gem jewellery that is technically challenging and exquisitely finished.

BJA Newcomer of the Year 2013 sponsored by Holts Academy – Sedbergh School. This independent Cumbrian school won the award by providing excellent jewellery and silversmithing training opportunities for school students.

BJA Member of the Year 2013 sponsored by Pressman Mastermelt – Weston Beamor. The Birmingham-based casting house is described as a forerunner in the field of bespoke CAD design services and 3D printing.

The lifetime achievement award was given by WB The Creative Jewellery Group chairman Patrick Fuller on behalf of the BJA to the soon retiring chief executive and Assay Master of The Birmingham Assay Office Michael Allchin, as a special thank you for all his excellent work and commitment to the industry. The world organisation CIBJO presented certificate honouring his work with the Precious Metals Blue Book.

Rainer said of the awards: “We are so pleased to recognise the excellence within BJA membership with our annual awards programme. This year we received just under 100 membership nominations and nearly 10,000 votes."

Geoghegan, who was pitted against designer brands Jessica Flinn, Babette Wassermann, Lucy Quartermaine, Deakin and Francis and Charmian Beaton said it was the first time he has won a jewellery award: “It’s an incredible achievement. 2013 has been another remarkable year for AG. I continue to design and create with the same intense passion and boundless energy with which I started, albeit with slightly less sleep now since my son was born.

"My aim has always been to create mesmerising designs at the very height of opulence and luxury, essentially putting my all into every piece and creating something which helps people to express their love. It’s my fan base whose votes have got me this award and that is great to know because I put them at the forefront of everything I design. It’s hugely exciting times for AG at the moment as we look to begin exporting next year."

The Genuine Gemstone Company also took home an award for its recently-launched retail venture Gemporia. Its founder Steve Bennett said: "The opinions of our customers mean so much to us and we are thrilled to be recognised in this way. We intend to deliver the same levels of stylish product, customer service and excellent value into 2014."

The winners took home trophies specially designed by Rebecca Joselyn.
 

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