International Jewellery London has revealed the winners of this year’s Editor’s Choice awards, which recognise jewellery designers and suppliers who exhibit the most creative and cutting edge jewellery at IJL.
This year’s judges were Claire Adler, luxury communications consultant and Financial Times contributor, and IJL event director Sam Willoughby (pictured above).
Two new categories were added this year: Diamonds in Design was created in honour of 2015 being IJL’s diamond anniversary. And In Stile Italiano was designed to recognise Italian craftsmanship as part of the Italian Market Focus at this year’s show.
Both judges were impressed by the superb level of craftsmanship of the chosen pieces. Ms Willoughby said: “Judging this competition, now in its seventh year, has been a real pleasure – the pieces are very different, beautifully executed and many have a fascinating story to tell. The range and variety is a true reflection of the breadth of brands and designers at this year’s show. My congratulations go to all our winners and I look forward to seeing them at IJL 2015.”
Ms Adler added: “While the 2015 IJL Editor’s Choice winner line-up is made up exclusively of British and Italian jewellers, the entrants to this year’s competition were from around the world, hailing from countries such as Oman, Germany, Romania, Sweden and Denmark. Competitions like Editor’s Choice are an important way of talent spotting gifted jewellers and helping to accelerate their career journeys by securing them valuable recognition and exposure. And I love the fact that a significant number of previous winners have gone on to win other prestigious jewellery and design competitions”.
The full list of award-winning designers and jewellery pieces is:
IN STILE ITALIANO Winner: Cesari Diffusione Di Simone Cesari for Alla Schiava Bracelet. Highly Commended in this category is DDonna by Ruggero Broggian for Butterfly Collection.
VISUAL IMPACT Winner: Fei Liu for Bespoke Necklace. Flora Bhattachary was Highly Commended in this category for Jyamiti Rings.