IJL celebrates young talent with Bright Young Gems shortlist

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In celebration of emerging jeweller designers International Jewellery London has selected five upcoming jewellers to showcase at the upcoming show. 

The IJL five 2017 Bright Young Gems have been named as Kristina Ferenchuk, Ishtar Liljefors, Holly O’Hanlon, Annabel Large and Leanne Yau.

The BYG’s are selected from final year students and students who have graduated from UK colleges and universities in the past two years by a prestigious judging panel.

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This IJL initiative, now in its 13th year, offers the emerging designers the opportunity of featuring at IJL 2017 this September, as well as pre-show mentoring.

Caroline Broadhead, course leader of BA jewellery design at Central St Martins, says: “Initiatives like IJL Bright Young Gems to help young designers get started are really important. They create a welcome bridge between the college structure and professional life.”

“Trail-blazing jewellers such as Tomasz Donocik and, more recently, Beau Han Xu, underscore the importance of the Bright Young Gems platform as a launch pad for the newest and brightest in the industry. This year’s winning designers once again demonstrate the high degree of technical virtuosity and creative skill that the jewellery industry needs in the 21st century”, explained Hilary Alexander.

This year’s Bright Young Gems are:

Kristina Ferenchuk

A graduate in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins, Ferenchuk has developed her own style and way of working with precious metals. She handcrafts all her pieces herself, enabling her to technically develop moving parts and mechanisms and opening up possibilities for future designs.

Annabel Large

Large, a jewellery design graduate from Birmingham School of Jewellery, has a passion for precious metal and gem set fine jewellery. Having previously studied fine art she has an invested interest in the design process and is inspired to design and create fine jewellery that challenges the traditional aesthetic.

Ishtar Liljefors

Liljefors is a contemporary art jeweller who has recently completed her degree in jewellery and silversmithing at Plymouth College of Art. She works predominantly with precious metals and gemstones using traditional bench techniques. She designs and creates conceptual pieces of jewellery that explore her interests of the natural, historical and fantasy worlds.

Holly O’Hanlon

Holly recently graduated in jewellery design at Central St Martins. Her aim is to give priority to the overlooked, utilitarian or mundane, and in particular to elements that remain from a practical task. The minimal and finely detailed brooches of slate, steel and precious metals from her graduate collection reflect her observations of excess layers of decomposing posters and fragmented signs on walls

Leanne Yau

Leanne is a graduate of Central St Martins. As a Chinese student born in Britain, her perspective as a young designer considers the clash and harmony between these two cultures and how they have affected her as a citizen. Leanne’s  focal point has always been her curiosity of what it means to be considered a British citizen. Her collection is a playful yet powerful illustration of difference between the two cultures she lives in, taking stereotypical objects and making them more valuable than they should be.

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