Platform Gallery to host two-day show of rising stars in jewellery.
Jewellery Connections, a programme led by Camden Council in partnership with Holts Academy of Jewellery and CENTA Business Services, is set to host a two-day exhibition of up-and-coming jewellery design talent called Jewellery Connections @ Platform.
The Jewellery Connections scheme has connected 80 jewellery designers with manufacturers and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The show will play host to some of the newest talent in the industry and will be open to the public at the Platform Gallery, a gallery and retail space on Greville Street in Hatton Garden. It will be the first time that many of the designers will see their work on display in public.
Jewellery Connections has brought together designers and manufacturers to create new and exciting products and services through innovation, education and cooperation.
Though many jewellers apparently asked “what’s the catch?” when first introduced to the programme, after realising the scheme was specifically designed to support them in expanding their businesses and developing new markets, the jewellers who signed up have already spoken about the benefits.
One designer, diamond mounter David Scholtz, had wanted to design and produce his own range to diversify his business.
Having previously only worked within the trade rather than for consumers, Scholtz said: “As a mounter, or any tradesperson, you can become very isolated in your professional world. You sit at the bench and work, there is no networking.
“Sitting at the bench day-in, day-out you can lose inspiration, years go by without knowing and exploring new avenues.”
Through Jewellery Connections Scholtz has been paired with a professional jewellery designer, which has enabled him to develop his ideas and his own network of contacts.
Jewellery Connections @ Platform will offer visitors to the show the chance to meet the jewellers in person and buy pieces directly from them or discuss potential commissions. The show will be open to the public for two days only, from 12-6pm Thursday 18 August and for late night shopping on Friday 19 August from 12-8pm at Platform Gallery, 31 Greville St, Hatton Garden EC1 8AF.