J&WB reunites with Houlden Group for bridal awards

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Entries welcome for 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards.

Jewellery & Watch Birmingham has partnered with the Houlden Group for a second year to host the 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards.

The concept enjoyed a successful debut in 2014, giving designers and manufacturers exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham the chance to have an exclusive design sold through the Houlden Group’s network of stores.

For 2015, the entry criteria allows for both one-off designs and pieces from exhibitors’ current collections to be submitted for consideration. Entries can also be for single rings or engagement and wedding ring suites.

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Entries will be divided into two categories; pieces with a retail price of £1,500 to £3,000, and pieces with a retail price of £3,000 to £5,000. All rings must be made in 18ct gold – white, yellow or rose – or platinum, with a minimum of HSI quality diamonds to qualify.

All entered designs must not have won any previous awards.

Entries must be submitted by Friday December 12, ahead of a public showcase on the Jewellery & Watch Birmingham website. The shortlisted designs – decided by a panel of industry experts selected by the Houlden Group – will be presented around the catwalk area of the Spring Fair show from February 1 to 5 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC event space.

Award winners will be revealed at a presentation on the second day of the show on Monday February 2.

Jewellery & Watch Birmingham portfolio director Julie Driscoll commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Houlden Group again this season for the 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards. The inaugural 2014 competition received a high quality of entries and we are expecting an equally impressive standard for this year.”

The Houlden Group’s chief executive Stuart Laing added: “With the Bridal category being so significant to the Houlden Group, we saw an opportunity, as well as a need, to recognise commercial design talent. All designers may enter, whether they’re working under their own name or for a bigger manufacturer, which we believe makes this is a unique opportunity for many of the unsung heroes of our industry to receive a significant accolade.”

“The recognition awarded to the winning designer will, in my opinion, lead to many opportunities both within the Houlden Group as well as in the broader jewellery industry.”

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