A panel of consumer media experts, together with the British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane, are set to select International Jewellery London’s 2017 Bright Young Gems.

Alice Edwards, jewellery editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine, and Charlie Boyd, executive fashion and jewellery editor at both Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, have been appointed to the panel of judges for the 2017 Bright Young Gems selection panel.

They join Hilary Alexander OBE, editor-at-large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, editor of Vanity Fair on jewellery, and the award-winning British jeweller, Shaun Leane.


2017 marks the 12th year for Bright Young Gems, the IJL initiative which is recognised as a major platform for yet undiscovered jewellery designers. The Bright Young Gems Hall of Fame includes jewellers such as Pippa Small, Tomasz Donocik, Daisy Knights, Imogen Belfield and Fernando Jorge.

The winning designers will have the opportunity to exhibit at IJL this September and will also join the 2017 KickStarters (emerging UK designers looking to take their business to the next stage) at a one-day mentoring workshop with leading jewellery experts in June.

Sam Willoughby, event director, comments: “It is a real pleasure to welcome both Alice and Charlie onto the Bright Young Gems panel. We say farewell and thank you to both Vivienne Becker of the Financial Times and Claudia Mahoney of Glamour magazine – both of whom have offered such valuable advice and guidance to many of our Bright Young Gems over the years.”

Applications are now open for the Bright Young Gems 2017. Final year students at colleges and universities across the UK as well as graduates who are one to two years out of college can apply now.