Hot 100 NexGems Q&A: Myia Bonner

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We catch up with the London-based designer as she goes international.

In a series of Q&As with the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013 NexGems, we find out what came next for this savvy set of designers since they were chosen as ones to watch in our annual jewellery industry celebration. Designer Myia Bonner kicks things off, discussing international expansion, pop-up shops and merging fonts and jewellery.

Professional Jeweller: You were selected as a Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem in 2013 – what did this mean for your business?
Myia Bonner: I was super happy to be named a NexGem last year. It gave me some really great publicity for my brand within the industry, and has enabled me to push my business that bit further.

PJ: How has business developed or your brand evolved since becoming a NexGem?
MB: A lot of my time last year was spent co-curating a space within Somerset House for its Christmas Arcade, which ran from November 14 last year until January 5 2014. The collective pop-up shop, which was sponsored by Presman Mastermelt, housed designs by myself and the work of Ros Millar and Clarice Price Thomas. It was an amazing experience to showcase my new collection to the public. I also exhibited at IJL last year and Best of Britannia.

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PJ: Any exciting projects in the pipeline or new collections? If so, what can we expect next?
MB: I am currently looking to expand my brand internationally, and am planning to gain international stockists within the next few years. I am off to the Netherlands in June to exhibit at FASHIONCLASH in Maastricht. I have also just launched my new collection FACETT – a range of personalised engraved jewellery, which plays on the theme of traditions within jewellery reworking classics like the signet ring with my signature geometric font, which I designed myself. Pieces can be set with stones including diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

To discover the designers, retailers and business persons selected for the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013, click here.

To browse the digital edition of the Hot 100 Book online, click here

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