IJL unveils five Editor’s Choice winners for 2014

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Sixth annual competition awards Sarah Jane Smyth and Kasun London.

International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced the winners of its sixth annual Editor’s Choice competition, judged by jewellery and luxury correspondent Claire Adler.

This year the competition covered five categories, including a new category – Most Innovative Collection – which will be showcased on the IJL catwalk at Olympia in September.

Jewellery designer Sarah Jane Smyth walked away with the Most Innovative Collection Award for her AW14 Aquadrama range, inspired by the mystical depths of the ocean with an emphasis on organic rock and stone formations.

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Smyth said: "IJL has represented such a journey for me. In the past twelve months I have accomplished so much with a re-brand, new website, campaign imagery and inspiration. I am over the moon at winning the Editor’s Choice Award in that it recognises the unique and innovative way that I put my jewellery together, designing it in sections and not as a whole. It is amazing to be recognised in this way by such a prestigious authority."

The Commercial Vision Award was granted to Chrysalis for its expandable bangle concept, which has already secured an impressive number of British and international retailers with its accessible price-points.

Irish designer Angela O’Keefe secured the Visual Impact Award for her showstopping blue Venice resin gold ring and orange Florida resin gold ring. Both pieces are crafted in 9ct gold and salt crystals.

O’Keefe admitted: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the Editor’s Choice Visual Impact Category at International Jewellery London. As a first time exhibitor in the Irish Pavilion, receiving this award is certain to make my show an exciting experience.”

The Originality Award was given to Kasun London for its Fang bangle from the ‘God Loves Fangs’ collection. Crafted in brass and plated with 18ct gold or sterling silver, a set of discreet hinges creates a sense of mystery as to how the bangle wraps around the wearer’s wrist.

Editor’s Choice judge, luxury brand consultant and Financial Times contributor, Claire Adler said: "Kasun London’s Fang bangle from this eclectic collection is cheeky, original and very striking."

Saxons of Oxford took home the Technical Excellence Award for its Man in a Cage piece, micro-machined from a solid block of sterling silver.

Jorg Schlieffers, the owner and founder of Saxons of Oxford, explained: “We are delighted to receive recognition for our design which was the culmination of several years of trial and error to bring the ‘Man in a Cage’ to production. This will be our second time exhibiting at IJL, where we will be showcasing our new collection ‘Hidden Gems’. Last year brought us some very exciting collaborations – and we look forward to the opportunities IJL 2014 will bring.”

IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, added: "This year’s winners really have excelled themselves. The collections are all so different, giving an exciting snapshot of the range of companies exhibiting at IJL. I am very much looking forward to seeing some of these stunning pieces showcased on the Runway at IJL 2014."

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