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WINNER: Chopard – Happy Hearts Wings
Flying into Chopard’s Happy Hearts family this year was a collection of jewellery nodding to butterfly wings. Crafted in 18ct rose gold and adorned with mother of pearl, the Happy Hearts Wings collection represents freedom and strength. Echoing symbols of the jewellery house, each piece in the range features two mother of pearl hearts arranged like butterfly wings that are suspended from a heart with a dancing diamond nestling. This motif can be found in the form of a pendant, necklace, bracelet, bangle, ring and a pair of earrings, allowing consumers to collect a complete collection. Due to the nature of the rose gold partnered with mother of pearl, Happy Hearts Wings is a delicate and feminine addition. Chopard describes the range as “joyful” and “light” and encourages the wearer to let collection take her effortlessly from day to night. The Happy Hearts story has always resonated with the British consumer, and it appears the latest addition has won their hearts, with the brand swallowing a little over 40% of the votes and winning this year’s Fine Jewellery Collection of the Year title.
Curteis – AW19
British manufacture Curteis has been going for gold this year and succeeding as retailers have been quick to snap up new fine jewellery launches. At International Jewellery London Curteis introduced number of new gold pieces for AW19. Diamond adorned lockets, earrings and pendants were particularly popular alongside new earrings and chains added for the second half of the year. New and old customers alike were also impressed with the firm’s striking range of 9ct gold handmade solid hinged bangles and additions to the firm’s popular gold St Christopher pendant range. Priding itself on customer service, Curteis always looks to meet its clients’ needs with new products launches, and the success from IJL reveals the company did just that with its AW19 offer.
Domino – Anthology 2019
Domino’s hugely popular Anthology range was refreshed with six new collections at International Jewellery London, delivering a range of high impact, on-trend jewellery ‘stories’, ready for retailers to delight customers ahead of the busy Christmas season. Anthology provides retailers and their customers with a diverse choice across capsule collections featuring diamond and coloured stone jewellery in the form of neckwear, wrist-wear, earrings and dress rings. Each range is inspired by its own story, incorporating current luxury trends that vary from astronomy to chinoiserie to art deco influences. The six brand new lines for 2019 incorporate key trends such as pastels, organics, baguettes/art deco and colour pop. Highlights include Fanfare, featuring tapered baguettes crafted into aesthetically pleasing fan designs and Glacier, which takes inspiration from shards of ice and the beauty of translucent, frozen water.
Fope – Eka Anniversario
2019 has been a special year for Fope as it marks 90 years in business for the Italian fine jewellery brand. To celebrate, the UK has been in the spotlight, with the jewellery brand even opening a debut flagship store in London’s prestigious Bond Street. Not to miss a chance to commemorate the anniversary year in style, Fope introduced Eka Anniversario at its new and striking stand at Baselworld. Since day one, Eka has represented a true revolution in the way women wear their jewellery, with the original roll-on mesh chain becoming a new must-have to keep on the wrist around the clock. The anniversary edition of this signature bestselling range comprises a subtle yet fundamental re-design of the rondel. The result is a balanced suite of jewels available in three gauges, with different carat weights and in yellow, white or rose gold.
Gecko – Elements Gold 2019
Elements Gold has been a success story for Gecko this year, with the 2019 offer performing above expectations. Every year the jewellery supplier refreshes its popular Elements Gold range, replacing low volume items with new pieces designed around current and emerging themes and trends, or in response to retailer feedback or changes in consumer demand. Usually this refresh consists of approximately 70 new pieces being added to the existing range, but this year Gecko almost doubled the volume of newness, adding 130 new pieces. Inspiration for new products was taken from one of Europe’s most romantic destinations – Venice – but all designs also take into account retailer feedback, which has shown a need for higher-priced products, fresh gemstones offers and heavier weights. One month after launch, sales for Elements Gold were up 25% YoY, leading to the supplier introducing even more newness at IJL.