Today is the last day the UK jewellery industry has to nominate for the Collections of the Year 2015, which recognises the best-selling ranges in the UK from the past 12 months.
After today the nominations process will be closed, ready for the team at Professional Jeweller to start short-listing the winners over a strong cup of coffee on Monday morning.
Nominations have already been flooding in with retailers, brands and designers telling Professional Jeweller which collections they feel need to be recognised in the second annual Collections of the Year event.
As the nominations gathered pace, the editorial team added a new category to this year’s initiative to make sure the final collections fitted with the market trends of the past year.
Due to the growth of Fairtrade gold in the jewellery industry this year, and the impact it has had on UK jewellery design, Professional Jeweller were proud to introduce a category dedicated to the move of ethically-made jewels. The new category – Ethical Jewellery – will enable collections crafted in Fairtrade and fair-minded precious metals and those set with ethically sourced stones to be celebrated.
The Collections of the Year 2015 will present 50 stunning jewellery ranges, with 10 brands and designers set to be crowned the 2015 Collections of the Year winners in their specific jewellery categories. The awards are open to all jewellery brands operating at a wholesale level in the UK.
Four finalists and one overall winner will be announced for the following categories:Luxury Jewellery, Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands, Men’s Jewellery, Silver Jewellery, Fashion Jewellery, Pearl Jewellery, Charms and Beads, Emerging Designer and our brand new category… Ethical Jewellery.
Once the 10 overall winners and 40 finalists have been decided Professional Jeweller will present the results in the December 2015 issue of the magazine.
Perfectly placed to mark the close of 2015, the project will take into account the opinions of knowledgeable jewellery retail buyers, brand managers and key tastemakers from the UK jewellery industry, rather than the end consumer, providing a clear guide of inspiring designs and which collections have been selling strongly in stores.
Professional Jeweller is seeking to showcase cohesive collections that span a variety of pieces, including rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets.
The nominations process is be open to all members of the industry, with retailers encouraged to highlight their bestselling collections of 2015 by nominating a range for each of the 10 categories. Similarly, brands and designer-makers will be able to nominate their own collections and those launched by their peers.
Please download this form to nominate: Collections of the Year form
Once filled in, the completed form can be emailed to Professional Jeweller’sassistant editor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If possible please include a high res image of the collections.
Collections that launched prior to January 1 2015 will not be considered. Collections chosen as overall winners and finalists will not necessarily be based on overall sales and as such we encourage independent designer-makers to put forward their designs.
If you have any questions please contact the Professional Jeweller editorial team.