Applications are now open online for the eleventh annual IJL KickStart competition as the London-based trade show affirms plans to take place in September.

While many other trade shows have had to postpone or cancel, International Jewellery London is confident it will be able to take place at Alexander Palace on September 13-14. As always, the show will be supported by the highly-anticipated Professional Jeweller Awards lighting up the second night, with a top London location and new categories set to be unveiled soon!

As the show forges ahead with its scheduled plans, emerging UK based jewellery designers, who have been trading for more than 12 months, are invited to pitch for a place on the trade shows much lauded career-boosting mentorship programme.


The winning ten designers will benefit from extended industry mentoring, including support from the Goldsmiths’ Centre, branding and marketing advice, invaluable introductions, industry-wide publicity, and the opportunity to showcase their collections on the KickStart stand at IJL 2020.

In addition, the chosen designers will receive a dedicated bursary from The Benevolent Society to assist with London accommodation and transport costs, in return for submitting a post-show report on how the scheme has enriched their careers. They will also be able to join The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), if not already a designer craft member, with the joining fee waived.

IJL show director, Andy Ventris, shares: “Our KickStart programme is a very special launch pad for talented, ambitious jewellery designers. Just as IJL, the show at the heart of the global jewellery industry, evolves year on year to meet the industry’s needs, these KickStarters will have the chance to similarly excel on their own IJL journey.

To date over 90 contemporary designers have all kickstarted their careers this way. Well known jewellery designers such as Laura Parra, Cara Tonkin, Daisy Knights, Anna Loucah, Claire English, Imogen Belfield, Phoebe Sherwood and Kristjan Eyjolfsson, to name but a few, are on our rostra of previous winners and, as one, they all agree that this is a first class ticket! We look forward to meeting them all at IJL Alexandra Palace.”

Applications are now open online on the show’s website and close on 1 May 2020.