UKWJA 2014 winners announced

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Coeur de Lion, Thor & Wistle, Citizen and Beaverbrooks among winners.

The winners of the 2014 UK Watch & Jewellery Awards were announced last night at an evening dinner and ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

The evening welcomed more than 500 guests, awarding 17 designers, retailers and businesses for their work in the UK jewellery industry, with an Outstanding Contribution award given to The British Jewellers’ Association’s (BJA) chief executive Simon Rainer.

Rainer praised the British jewellery industry in a speech following the presentation of his Outstanding Contribution accolade. He said: "We design the best jewellery in the world, we make some of the best jewellery in the world, we have one of the most vibrant independent and multiple retail jewellery sectors in the world and we are one of the world’s most responsible markets.

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“What I would like you to do is embrace and build on these strengths and be proud of your contribution. In essence this perfectly sums up my inspiration and the direction the BJA has taken over the last few years. Most importantly, we have to be more robust in telling the consumer just how good our industry is. Let’s give the consumer even more confidence to buy our jewellery."

The awards were hosted by former T4 presented Rick Edwards, who has recently worked with Pandora’s UK-wide #MyRingsMyStyle events, with industry members co-presenting the awards, including Richard Hill of Bering, Lindsay Straughton of the BJA, Ben Roberts of Clogau and IBB Dublin brand manager Lyndsey Dunne.
 

Winners of the 2014 UK Watch & Jewellery Awards

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – Simon Rainer, chief executive of The British Jewellers’ Association

Retail Employer of the Year – Beaverbrooks

Supplier of the Year
– Citizen Watch UK

Store Design of the Year
– Sarah May Jewellery

Bridal Collection of the YearFei Liu Jewellery

Retail Star of the Year – Adelle Thompson, Beaverbrooks

Boutique Retailer of the Year – Thor and Wistle

Boutique Retailer of the Year Highly Commended – Baroque Bespoke Jewellery

Marketing Campaign of the Year – Citizen Watch UK, Eco-Drive Campaign
Marketing Campaign of the Year Highly Commended – Fred J. Malcolm, ‘Your Story, Our Diamonds’ campaign

Etailer of the Year – Thediamondstore.co.uk

Watch Brand of the Year
– Seiko

Watch Retailer of the Year – Watchfinder

Multiple Retailer of the Year
– Chisholm Hunter

Jewellery Brand of the Year
– Coeur de Lion

New Designer of the Year – Sian Bostwick
New Designer of the Year Highly Commended – Kasun London

Jewellery Designer of the Year – Rachel Entwistle

Luxury Watch Brand of the Year – NOMOS Glashütte

Independent Retailer of the Year – Banks Lyon
 

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