Jacobs Jewellery Design director Barry Jacobs on LJW trends.
From charms to silver spoons, Jacobs Jewellery Design director Barry Jacobs summarises the week’s events and expounds on the exciting young talent that is beginning to enter the trade.
We have seen many different trends come and go over these past few years, but what hasn’t changed is the way we feel about fine handmade jewellery, which remains a must have. People are now working with ethnically sourced materials, giving the chance for each piece created to have its own background and history, with an explanation of how and why it was made to that design.
While trends will always fluctuate, I feel the up and coming jewellery trends at the moment are charms, as the market has been flooded with various companies grabbing at the opportunity to become involved.
Stacking and add-on combinations are again very popular at the moment. One of these is called Nota Bene, which we have created along with Nicola Blowers of Ian Blowers Jewellers. This is a different take that brings a touch of fun into hand crafted jewellery, but is still an item which is well made and has a unique feel to it.
Another must have for retailers this year is stacker rings. ‘Les Adorables’ and ‘Les mini Adorables’ are new collections created by Yves Frey and made by us. Each ring is made using natural coloured diamonds in all shades of the rainbow. These are great to collect as you can, whether only one at a time or up to three or four on each occasion, hence the word stacker.
London Jewellery Week was a massive success this year, including the Launch party at The Goldsmiths Hall, where some of the prestige partners of Jacobs Jewellery Design, David Marshall and Boodles, not forgetting Treasure, shone at the event, exhibiting their new ranges and detailed craftsmanship.
Another launch event of that week was Thursday night at Platform in Hatton Garden, where young new designers such as David Webdale, William Cheshire and Sarah Hutchinson again revealed their talents to the trade, displaying the great skill and enthusiasm of the young designers now entering the industry.
The highlight of the week for us was The Hatton Garden Festival, which was held on the Saturday. It was a great success and a great opportunity for us to give something back to the trade. We showed the public what jewellery skills are all about with a marquee full of different companies from different aspects of the trade, including ring makers, setters, polishers, lapidary, a silversmith, engravers, a laser machine specialist, cad cam and designers.
We produced handmade rings and silver spoons on the day, giving the public a chance to win these fantastic prizes with all proceeds going to Holts Academy, which is bringing young people back into our trade. Our thanks and appreciation goes out to Mr Lee Lucas, who made the day possible, and who has now put The Hatton Garden Festival as a must see event on the London calendar.
Here at Jacobs Jewellery Design, we are excited about the coming years and are glad to be part of the UK Jewellery trade. Look out for us at The UK Jewellery Awards, as we have been sort listed for the Supplier of the Year award.