Multi-way tourmaline peacock feather design scooped prize at IJL 2014.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britiain (Gem-A) has awarded jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler P J Watson with its 2014 Gem Empathy Award, for its multi-way peacock feather brooch and pendant design.

The 18ct white gold feather-shaped piece scooped the award at the International Jewellery London (IJL) trade show at Olympia last week. Gem-A annually presents the Gem Empathy award on the last day of IJL to the exhibitor displaying, in the opinion of the judges, a single piece or collection of jewellery that makes captivating use of one or more gemstones and provides accurate ethical descriptions as well as displaying creativity and imagination.


The winner, selected by a panel of judges from Gem-A, was designed by John Watson of P J Watson. The winning piece, which can be worn as a brooch or a pendant, is set with a central 23.81ct tourmaline and 3.94cts of G VS diamonds in an 18ct white gold mount. It scooped the prize for "completely original use of coloured stones in a stunningly beautiful design with all stone sources disclosed".

John Watson FGA DGA said: “It is a great honour to receive the Gem-A Gem Empathy award, especially with this being my first brooch design. We are well known for our traditional classic styles and it is fantastic to be recognised for one of our new modern designs.”

Gem-A chief executive officer James Riley commented on the winning piece, adding: “P J Watson has always come to IJL with a magnificent centrepiece that really shows off what they do best: designing and manufacturing majestic pieces of jewellery combining some of the finest gems and diamonds. This year’s statement piece really set the mark in terms of the Gem Empathy Award, as it combined beautiful diamonds and tourmaline in a completely original design.

"As distinguished family jewellers they have also continued a long tradition of training with Gem-A – with four generations of FGA and DGA members in the family. Not only that, P J Watson continues to showcase some of the best of British design and are continuous contributors to the British jewellery industry in this respect. It’s for these reasons we thought P J Watson are deserved winners of this year’s Gem Empathy Award. Congratulations to the whole team on your success, you’ve earned it."

As winners, P J Watson win a free full-page advert in an upcoming issue of Gems & Jewellery, as well as a free one-day workshop or attendance for one delegate at the Gem-A Conference 2014.