We reveal who the 2013 judges are who will select the 2013 shortlist.
Professional Jeweller has received a record number of entries to its annual competition to for emerging jewellery designers to win stands at June exhibitions Treasure and The Jewellery Show London.
In the 2013 edition of the competition there will be 65 jewellery designers battling it out to win a place in the shortlist of 10 designers, which will be put to public vote on professionaljeweller.com.
To whittle the 65 down to just 10 Professional Jeweller has appointed a board of industry judges. This year the judges are Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor, Professional Jeweller deputy editor Kathryn Bishop, Treasure organiser Della Tinsley, The Jewellery Show event director Julie Driscoll, ROX managing director Kyron Keogh, Green + Benz managing director Helen Dimmick, Baroque founders Kyle McIntosh and Jason French, Steffans director Wes Suter, Marmalade Jewellers co-founder Nadine Meegan, and last year’s overall competition winner Claire English.
Taylor said: "At Professional Jeweller we are very proud of the way in which this competition has grown year on year, and we continue to be immensely grateful to Treasure and The Jewellery Show for their generosity and partnership so that each year we can give three emerging designers a helping hand to find their own way in the industry."
Tinsley added: "We are delighted that this competition has once again attracted a record number of entries; it clearly demonstrates the pull that the Jewellery Show London and Treasure have as key events during Jewellery Week. This is a great opportunity for emerging jewellery businesses and we are thrilled that Professional Jeweller continues to support this platform to promote the amazing talent we have here in the UK."
Previous winners of the competition have included Claire English, OAK, Clarice Price Thomas, Laura Gravestock, Natalia Schroder, Trisori, Zelia Horsley, Eastern Mystic and Aradesi Jewellery.