BJA shortlist of 28 finalists selected from 100 nominations.
The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) has unveiled the retailers, suppliers and designers shortlisted for its 2014 member awards, and is now calling on the trade to vote for their winners via an online poll.
Nearly 100 nominations have been whittled down to 28 shortlisted finalists, including Jeremy France Jewellers for Retailer of the Year and Fei Liu Fine Jewellery for Designer of the Year.
In a bid to celebrate the achievements of all its members, the BJA has introduced a new E-tailer of the Year category for 2014, ensuring online jewellery retailers do not have to compete with bricks-and-mortar businesses.
Additionally, the retailer and e-tailer categories were open to members of the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG), in recognition of the ongoing merger between the two companies.
BJA marketing manager Lindsey Straughton commented: “The BJA is delighted to have assigned this new category for 2014 as it has a growing number of members in recent years that specialise in selling online or via alternative channels. I would encourage BJA members, the trade and the general public with a UK address to vote online by visiting our website before November 14.”
The shortlisted finalists, decided upon by a panel of judges, can be viewed below…
Retailer of the year – Bricks and mortar shops or galleries that have been dynamic during 2014. Sponsored by precious metal refiners NTR Metals.
Baroque Bespoke Jewellery
Jeremy France Jewellers
H & Y Jewellery
E-tailer of the year – A new category for specialist E-Tailers, TV and alternative channels. Sponsored by diamond jewellery supplier Continental Jewellery.
Supplier of the year – This award recognises the firm that has offered an excellent range with great customer service. Sponsored by the National Association of Goldsmiths.
H S Walsh
Designer of the year – This award celebrates an outstanding designer. Sponsored by the Welsh gold jewellery brand Clogau.
Fei Liu Fine Jewellery
Newcomer of the year – Aims to reward a company, less than five years in business that has had an exceptionally promising year. Sponsored by jewellery producer and casting house Hockley Mint.
I love a Lassie
Agnieszka Maksymiuk Jewellery
Filipa Oliviera Jewellery
Member of the year -This award rewards the company that has helped most to promote the BJA during the past twelve months. Sponsored by precious metal refiners Presman Mastermelt.
Votes must be cast before November 14 on the BJA website, here.
A dedicated awards ceremony to announce the overall winners will be held on December 4 at the Jewellery Benevolent Ball in St John’s Hotel, Solihull.