IJL announces show highlights for September

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More than 130 new exhibitors from UK and overseas due to take part.

International Jewellery London (IJL) is gearing up to welcome swathes of visitors next month at what will be its 57th show, taking place from September 2 to 5 at Earls Court in London.

The trade-focused event has already attracted its highest number of  new exhibitors ever, currently standing at 130, and several key brands will be returning to the show including Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, Richard Hans Becker and Heinz Mayer. Stuart Moore, who showcased his wares at IJL last year alongside German fine jewellery manufacturer Henrich & Denzel, will return with his own stand on the IJL Boulevard.

Event director Sam Willoughby said of the event: “The show is already seen as an essential buying event in the calendar for top retailers and buyers, across London, the UK and internationally.

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“Amazing designers and brands choose IJL as the time to launch their new collections and it provides an optimum opportunity to source with the busy Christmas period approaching, but also with 2013 in mind.”

The show is set to present a new look and feel for 2012, while its Design Gallery and Designer Brands areas will also return featuring brands such as Dinny Hall, who will showcase her wholesale collections for the first time. Rachel Galley, Sarah Jordan, Deakin & Francis, Andrew Geoghegan and Babette Wasserman will also return to the show with new collections and designs.

New talent will also be showcased through IJL’s Bright Young Gems designer section, featuring jewellers chosen by a panel of leading fashion and jewellery editors and tipped for success, and its KickStart area with an all-female line up of emerging design talent, chosen this year by the IJL team and the British Jewellers’ Association.

The Platinum Experience hosted by Platinum Guild International (PGI) has been dubbed a show highlight, and for the first time ever the PGI will present an exhibition showcasing the heritage of platinum. The Platinum Trail will also reveal some of the best in platinum jewellery design and production, streamlining the show for visitors interested in design-led platinum jewellery who can visit stands of designers working in the metal.

The Inspiration Theatre, the main seminar area, will this year be sponsored by The Silver Promotion Service, while The International Palladium Board will present a seminar on the future of palladium and will also host its own stand at the show.

The list of seminars this year is also varied and interesting, covering jewellery, retail, e-commerce and marketing. The show has picked out some of its highlight seminars at this September’s show, including Callum Watt of male accessories blog Maketh-the-Man discussing the future of blogging. PureJewels brand manager Jayant Raniga will hold a panel discussion debating the difference between a brand and a retailer. Metal specialist Thomson Reuters will host an expert discussion of gold, with a survey and forecast for 2013.

Martin Rapaport will host his annual diamond market seminar, while trends forecasting agency Stylesight will offer up a session focused on upcoming trends.

The catwalk will also be a chance for brands and designers to showcase their jewellery, with daily shows along the Boulevard, while the national pavilions will highlight jewellery from a select number of countries. This year the Netherlands will be represented for the first time at IJL with the Dutch Design Pavilion, organised in partnership with Dutch EVD international, the Dutch Gold and Silversmiths Association (VGZ).

“Everything at IJL is designed to enhance the visitor experience,” said Willoughby.

“There are plenty of places around the show to network and relax, including around the stylish setting of the newly designed Boulevard Bar, IJL’s new networking space on the forecourt, the Garden Café and the Design Gallery Bar. There are also numerous evening events in and around the venue making IJL a week-long meeting place for the jewellery industry.”

The show will take place at Earls Court from September 2 to 5. Head to WatchPro.com for a preview of the Watch Trail at IJL.

 

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