IJL revamps awards system in event countdown

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This year at International Jewellery London for the first time media editors will have their say in judging for four categories for the annual awards. 

Earlier this year, IJL announced that its long-standing exhibitor awards, Editors’ Choice, had been given a makeover with a range of new categories designed to celebrate innovation, creativity and technical skill.

The first phase of this new system was unveiled earlier this year. IJL Editors’ Choice Awards is gearing up for its second phase, giving experienced journalists and magazine editors from across the industry the chance to cast their all-important votes during the three days of IJL.

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All IJL 2017 exhibitors, new and returning, will be eligible to win these awards and there is no entry process. The panel of six experienced editors will suggest winners by casting an anonymous vote in the IJL Press Office. The suggestions will be collated and presided over by IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, and luxury communications consultant, Claire Adler.

This year’s team of media insiders includes Laura Sutherland, editor of Attire Accessories, fashion editor of County Wedding and features editor of Gift Focus and Professional Jeweller’s own Stacey Hailes, among others.

Each of the industry editors will suggest potential winners in the following four categories Designer to Watch, Show Stopper, Visual Excellence and IJL Exhibitor of the Year.

Winners in the Designer to Watch, Show Stopper and Visual Excellence categories will be unveiled during IJL, while the recipient of the IJL Exhibitor of the Year Award will be announced as part of a show review on September 6.

IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, said: “At IJL, we are proud to have forged strong relationships with specialist trade magazines, journalists, bloggers and social media influencers. By giving these editors the chance to share their views, Editors’ Choice truly lives up to its name.

“There is no entry process for the last four awards of Editors’ Choice, which means exhibitors will have an extra reason to put their best foot forward at the show. I wish all our exhibitors good luck and would like to thank our six editors for taking part.”

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