Jewellers take home craftsmanship and CSR awards at event last night.
Jewellery houses Shaun Leane and Cartier both took home prizes from last night’s Walpole Awards for Excellence in association with Coutts.
The annual awards are run by Walpole, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1990 to promote British luxury goods at home and worldwide, and are designed to recognise the best in the British luxury industry.
Shaun Leane was the first jewellery winner of the evening, picking up the British Luxury Craftsmanship award. The brand’s eponymous designer was at the event at the Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall to accept the award.
Leane said: "I would firstly like to say thank you to Walpole and thank you to the esteemed panel of judges for awarding the house of Shaun Leane this incredibly special honour.
"We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, so to receive this accolade from such an established and well-respected organisation as Walpole is really and truly an honour."
Cartier was the next jewellery brand to take the spotlight, picking up the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. The award was collected at the event by Cartier UK executive chairman Arnaud Bamberger and Cartier UK managing director Laurent Feniou.
Feniou said: "We want to say thank you to the judging panel. It is wonderful for Cartier to receive the CSR award. CSR is very, very important for Cartier. Since 1847 this is really at the heart of what we do.
"The motto for us is that from the mine to the boutique we need to have a CSR attitude. We have been one of the founding members of the Responsible Jewellery Council [since] 2005."
Other jewellery companies shortlisted for the Walpole Awards for Excellence 2013 were Hannah Martin for Emerging British Brand, Stephen Webster for British Luxury Design Talent, Gemfields and Monique Péan for Corporate Social Responsibility, Astley Clarke for Luxury Brand Online, and Asprey for British Luxury Brand.
Speaking at the awards, Walpole managing director Michelle Emmerson said: "Tonight is an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the vast talent across the luxury sector, to honour individuals, brands, and their creative teams.
"Over the coming year we will push Walpole British Luxury forward, focusing on our international associates and network, and consolidate the message that the luxury industry is an essential driver for the economic success and international reputation of Great Britain. Walpole is in a real position of strength – with an established voice, a board of industry experts and an impressive membership of the UK’s best-known luxury brands and cultural institutions. We are now perfectly placed to protect, promote and provide resources as the voice of British luxury.”