Jewellery brands move into alternative materials

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Anodised titanium, bronze and ceramic path the way for new design.

Jewellery brands at IJL are showing off alternative materials in jewellery collections this year, as companies seek to create a point of a difference from their competitors.

Titanium specialist Prism has this year produced new collections featuring laser-cut anodised flowers and doily-inspired designs, which director Barry Milburn said is a new route for the company. “The purple to green colourway is still the best seller, for that peacock look,” he added.

KickStart designer Gina Melosi has designed part of her new Broken Promises collection in bronze in response to rising metal costs.

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“One piece is 98 grams and if it was to be made in silver it would be too expensive, so it is made in lacquered bronze to stop any tarnishing,” she explained. Melosi has developed her technique using broken bottles to sculpt her bangles and rings.

Nomination, which had more than 300 UK stockists, has teamed up with Italian porcelain company Ginori and architect Giò Ponti to design its new collection, which is debuting at IJL this year.

The brand’s export manager Cecelia Francheschi said of the new range: “It is hard to think of new materials but we thought why not try something new? It gives Nomination a different touch.”

 

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