Entries welcome for 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards.

Jewellery & Watch Birmingham has partnered with the Houlden Group for a second year to host the 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards.

The concept enjoyed a successful debut in 2014, giving designers and manufacturers exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham the chance to have an exclusive design sold through the Houlden Group’s network of stores.


For 2015, the entry criteria allows for both one-off designs and pieces from exhibitors’ current collections to be submitted for consideration. Entries can also be for single rings or engagement and wedding ring suites.


Entries will be divided into two categories; pieces with a retail price of £1,500 to £3,000, and pieces with a retail price of £3,000 to £5,000. All rings must be made in 18ct gold – white, yellow or rose – or platinum, with a minimum of HSI quality diamonds to qualify.

All entered designs must not have won any previous awards.

Entries must be submitted by Friday December 12, ahead of a public showcase on the Jewellery & Watch Birmingham website. The shortlisted designs – decided by a panel of industry experts selected by the Houlden Group – will be presented around the catwalk area of the Spring Fair show from February 1 to 5 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC event space.

Award winners will be revealed at a presentation on the second day of the show on Monday February 2.

Jewellery & Watch Birmingham portfolio director Julie Driscoll commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Houlden Group again this season for the 2015 Bridal Jewellery Design of the Year Awards. The inaugural 2014 competition received a high quality of entries and we are expecting an equally impressive standard for this year.”

The Houlden Group’s chief executive Stuart Laing added: “With the Bridal category being so significant to the Houlden Group, we saw an opportunity, as well as a need, to recognise commercial design talent. All designers may enter, whether they’re working under their own name or for a bigger manufacturer, which we believe makes this is a unique opportunity for many of the unsung heroes of our industry to receive a significant accolade.”

“The recognition awarded to the winning designer will, in my opinion, lead to many opportunities both within the Houlden Group as well as in the broader jewellery industry.”