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COLLECTIONS OF THE YEAR 2019: Designer Jewellery

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Meet the jewellery designers turning heads in the industry with unique, innovative and high quality collections.

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WINNER: Lucy Quartermaine – Teardrop

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Lucy Quartermaine has had a big year, securing her very first multiple jeweller and taking home the Jewellery Designer of the Year accolade at the 2019 Professional Jeweller Awards, alongside several other career achievements including the success of new product launches. Teardrop proved to be an extremely popular line for Lucy Quartermaine, and after securing a quarter of the Jewellery Designer Collections of the Year votes it has given the female entrepreneur another honour to add to her 2019 success. Lucy Quartermaine launched the Teardrop collection in March after noticing a gap in the market for a high-quality luxury product, but at more affordable prices. 90% of the designer’s retail partners added the line to their store offer, with the designs seeing immediate sell-through. Inspired by emotive moments throughout Quartermaine’s life as a designer, the Teardrop collection represents her emotional struggle between building her brand and raising her family. Tears of joy, sadness and sensitivity are among just some of the feelings captured within the striking range, with each piece expressing the dainty way a teardrop falls.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Chupi Sweetman –  Follow Your Dreams


With a mission to make precious jewellery that marks moments and tells stories, Chupi Sweetman’s business has been going from strength-to-strength as consumers have fallen head over heels for her sparkling pieces designed to be future heirlooms. For SS19, Sweetman launched Follow Your Dreams. Crafted in gold, the fine jewellery line includes engagement rings, engraved coordinate designs, arrow motifs and a 2,500 year old coin necklace. “We are so lucky to live in a world where we can be on a beach in Greece or the urban jungle of Tokyo tomorrow, but home is where my heart is. Our SS19 collection is inspired by following your dreams and those precious places we call home,” says the designer of the SS19 line. With the collections hero ‘Not All Who Wander are Lost’ piece, consumers can mark their favourite places with coordinates of their choosing.

V by Laura Vann – Keep


Award-winning British designer brand, V by Laura Vann, launched a line crafted from recycled silver and sustainable mother of pearl for AW19. Looking to make a collection that is more sustainable, Keep promotes the designer’s belief that consumers are moving away from fast-fashion throwaway pieces and looking for products that will last. As the name suggests, Vann hopes consumers will keep the jewels from this collection forever. As such, Keep brings to life a modern day take on everyday pieces such as the much-loved coin pendant, but as ever includes the brand’s Art Deco twist. The designer brand also introduced a new complimentary engraving service that allows customers to add a personal touch to the back of every necklace in the collection. The Keep collection aims to counter throwaway fashion by providing jewels which never age.

Fei Liu – Victoriana


Amidst uncertainty in the UK, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery has seen a shift in consumer purchasing habits, with people now looking to invest in more valuable pieces. Therefore, following the success of the designer’s 2019 gold pieces, this year the award-winning brand released a deluxe 18ct gold collection inspired by Victorian design. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery’s Victoriana collection comprises of vibrant step-cut stones that, combined with the minimalist form of precious metal, gives a refined vintage chic feel. The Victoriana line puts a modern twist on Victorian-era jewels. It features two shaped stones. One being the octagon, which was widely popular during Victorian times, the second is the emerald cut, which the designer has cut 30% longer for an updated chic look. From purple amethyst to blue topaz, consumers can choose a piece that matches their style.

Vixi Jewellery – Desert Flowers


Launched before the year closes, Desert Flowers has been an instant hit for Vixi Jewellery, the brand of designer Vicki Smith. Almost 70% of existing stockists have taken on the new pieces, with some retailers already re-ordering items. It’s safe to say the response from jewellers and consumers has been overwhelmingly positive. Inspiration for Desert Flowers is drawn from the determination, strength and natural beauty of cacti and succulents. Each piece is individual and unique, inspired by powerful femininity and the beauty of nature. As a collection, Desert Flowers offers affordable, exclusive sterling silver jewellery that is designed to bridge the divide between fine and fashion with easy-to-wear, every day designs. Texture is an important feature within this collection, which is why the designer sourced a new sterling silver manufacturer that specialises in the hand-finished brushed texture, creating a satin finish to contrast with the micro-pave setting of the tiny leaves.

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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