The Professional Jeweller team are excited to reveal to you the Collections of the Year 2015 finalists.
A panel of top buyers from the UK jewellery industry helped us whittle down the record number of entries to just five finalists in each category. These finalists will appear in the special Collections of the Year edition of the Professional Jeweller magazine.
Please view the galleries below to see the Collections of the Year 2015 finalists and click here to vote for a winner.
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A full list is also available by clicking here.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Clogau - Compose. WINNER: Cred - Grace. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Domino - Diamond Mounts 2015. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Glenn Spiro - I Do. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gemex - Raphael. 2
Alex Monroe - Goldcrest. A romantic range offering alternative engagement and wedding bands. Brown & Newirth - Coloured Stones. Colours are big news right now in the jewellery world so B&N took some of its best-selling diamond set bands and added rubies and sapphires to give these traditional colour-ways a contemporary edge. Gemex - Raphael. This brand continues to reinvent the wedding band pushing design limitations to new boundaries. Hockley Mint - 2015. In 2015, Hockley Mint unveiled a design-led collection of diamond-set wedding and eternity bands for men and women, featuring intricate millegrain details and flawless stone setting. Polly Wales - Pinched. The Polly Wales Pinched collection of wedding bands was chosen for its unusual use of gemstones and unique designs.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: ALEX MONROE, TEENY TINY. This year there has been a real trend for delicate, solid yellow gold jewellery that allows consumers to buy into precious jewels at more accessible price points. And this is exactly what Alex Monroe’s Teeny Tiny collection is all about. The 18ct gold range was first launched in 2012 but has been extended this year, offering fans of the brand yet more chances to collect some of its best-loved classic designs in tiny sizes. New to the line up this year are the Prowling Fox, Sitting Bunny, Moby the Whale (pictured), Plump Hen and Lucky Twig Horseshoe. The team at Alex Monroe say this extension to the Teeny Tiny collection has been long awaited by its fans, and describes the jewels as “super cute and ultra special, guaranteed to be met with a ‘coo’ from all who lay their eyes upon them”. Andrew Geoghegan - Cannele Cabochon. Tactile and colourful rings inspired by Geoghegan’s bestselling Cannelé bridal rings. HIGHLY COMMENDED: BEE GODDESS, FEATHER. Turkish jewellery designer Ece Sirin has been causing quite a stir among well-heeled shoppers with her luxury jewellery brand Bee Goddess. The brand has stockists in Italy, South Korea, Dubai and the US, as well as Turkey, where it has three own-brand stores. In London, it calls Fenwick, Harrods and The Talisman Gallery at Harvey Nichols home, and it was with one of these stockists that it decided to exclusively launch the Feather collection this autumn. The 14ct rose gold collection, which launched at Harrods and comprises necklaces, ear cuffs, rings and bracelets, is inspired by the form of feathers, with Sirin describing it as “symbolising protection, freedom, truth and balance”. HIGHLY COMMENDED: MARCO BICEGO, LUNARIA AQUAMARINE. If there has been one colour of gemstone to buy into this year, it has been blue, which made the launch of Marco Bicego’s Lunaria Aquamarine at Baselworld 2015 right on time. The collection is an update of the Italian brand’s existing bestselling collection Lunaria, with the Italian brand’s goldsmiths adding slices of raw aquamarine. The Lunaria Aquamarine collection has been a global hit, accounting for more than a quarter of the brand’s total sales this year, and has been very well received by retailers in the UK. “It has been very successful,” says Marco Bicego UK distributor Stephen Dewhirst. “Our sales to date are some 44% higher than last year, and we have opened nine new doors this year, which now makes 44 doors in the UK and Ireland, plus our concessions in Harvey Nichols and Harrods in London.” Sarah Ho.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alexis Dove for Menagerie HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fei Liu for Serenity Links of London - Timeless. Taking inspiration from Big Ben, this Timeless range celebrates the brand's heritage. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Curteis for Quintette HIGHLY COMMENDED: Thomas Sabo for Love Bridge
Emozioni - Quattro. Quattro has taken the Emozioni brand to a new level through beauty, inventiveness and passion for creativity. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fiorelli Costume for Chroma Michael Kors - AW15. Michael Kors’s AW15 collection incorporates rose, yellow and silver-tone finishes with semi-precious stone accents. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pandora for Rose HIGHLY COMMENDED: Swarovski for Winter Garden
HIGHLY COMMENDED: C6 by Anne Cohen for Audi Sport Deakin & Francis - Viking Skull. Inspired by Scandinavian Pirates, the Viking Skull collection by Deakin & Francis, features some of the world’s most innovative cufflink designs. Fred Bennett - Origin. Origin explores individualism in a subtle way. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Monica Vinader debut men's range Stephen Webster - England Made Me. England Made Me was inspired by the shape of a traditional cigar cutter, and all of the pieces have been named after a strong, powerful man in history.
iKuria - Laika. This collection highlights iKuria’s unconventional design approach to traditional materials and goldsmith technique. Yoko London - Blue Rose. The collection was inspired by a collection of natural colour, blue-grey Tahitian pearls. Sarah Ho - Pearlesque. The striking range was launched by Sarah Ho at International Jewellery London. Ornella Iannuzzi - Uprising. This ring won the designer the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Award at the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards. Melanie Georgacopoulos - Flow. Known for her unique designs, Melanie this year launched Flow, a simple yet contemporary collection of jewellery offering pendants, rings and bangles.
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Chrysalis – Wishes. Wishes is the first children’s collection by Chrysalis and has won the hearts of retailers and customers. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Clogau for The Journey HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dower and Hall for Cherish HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mirabelle for Fairtrade Charms HIGHLY COMMENDED: Nikki Lissoni for Sense of Glamour
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Anakao for Devoted HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ellie Air for Firma Flora Bhattachary – Baoli. Inspired by the dramatic carving and linear architecture of ancient Indian water temples or ‘Baoli’, Bhattachary’s new collection presents geometric pieces. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Goldneilson for Coalescene Liz Earle - Botanical. The first fine Fairtrade jewellery collection designed by Liz Earle MBE is based on her long-term love for natural botanicals.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arctic Circle for Northern Lights HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cred for Grace Liz Earle - Botanical. The collection has introduced Fairtrade jewellery to new audiences, including its appearance as the first Fairtrade product to be featured on QVC UK. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pippa Small for Turquoise Mountain Anna Loucah - Stella. Anna is proud to be one of the UK’s first Fairtrade gold license holders and continues to create striking pieces in an ethical way.