In celebration of emerging jewellery designers International Jewellery London has selected four upcoming jewellers to showcase at the 2018 show.
This year’s Bright Young Gems have been named as Isla Gilham, Eloise Kramer, Lingjun Sun and Wen-Ju Tseng.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Bright Young Gems project provides the winners with the opportunity to showcase their work at the upcoming trade show, alongside other benefits such as dedicated mentoring from jewellery experts before the event to ensure that they maximise the experience.
The Bright Young Gems are selected from final year students and recent graduates from UK colleges and universities, by a preeminent panel of judges comprising and award-winning designers Dinny Hall and Bobby White; industry consultant Nyasha Pitt; executive fashion & jewellery director at Porter; Charlie Miller, and the namesake founder of KaterinaPerez.com.
IJL event director, Katie Morris, comments: “We are proud to offer a platform for these talented young designers at IJL. We know that the Bright Young Gems are a highlight for many of our visitors and it is wonderful to see the talent and passion coming into the jewellery industry. This is the 15th year of Bright Young Gems and this year’s fantastic line up, join an illustrious and select group of winners. We can’t wait to see them at the show in September.”
The array of winners include an expert cutter and opal specializing gemologist based in Australia (Lingjun Sun), a previous winner of Solange Azagury- Partridge award (Eloise Kramer), a designer who specializes in hand carved gems (Isla Gilham) and a jewellery designer that challenges societal expectations (Wen-Ju Tseng). All four winners studied at Central Saint Martins, University of London.
This year the calibre of the entrants was so high, there were also four highly commended entrants; Chih Ning Li (Birmingham University), Naomi Scott (Glasgow School of Art), Caroline Wellesley (Sir John Cass School of Architecture, Art and Design – East London) and Sarah Christian (Hereford College of Arts). The four highly commended entrants will all receive free entry to IJL and be invited to networking opportunities within the show.