Coeur de Lion, Thor & Wistle, Citizen and Beaverbrooks among winners.
The winners of the 2014 UK Watch & Jewellery Awards were announced last night at an evening dinner and ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
The evening welcomed more than 500 guests, awarding 17 designers, retailers and businesses for their work in the UK jewellery industry, with an Outstanding Contribution award given to The British Jewellers’ Association’s (BJA) chief executive Simon Rainer.
Rainer praised the British jewellery industry in a speech following the presentation of his Outstanding Contribution accolade. He said: "We design the best jewellery in the world, we make some of the best jewellery in the world, we have one of the most vibrant independent and multiple retail jewellery sectors in the world and we are one of the world’s most responsible markets.
“What I would like you to do is embrace and build on these strengths and be proud of your contribution. In essence this perfectly sums up my inspiration and the direction the BJA has taken over the last few years. Most importantly, we have to be more robust in telling the consumer just how good our industry is. Let’s give the consumer even more confidence to buy our jewellery."
The awards were hosted by former T4 presented Rick Edwards, who has recently worked with Pandora’s UK-wide #MyRingsMyStyle events, with industry members co-presenting the awards, including Richard Hill of Bering, Lindsay Straughton of the BJA, Ben Roberts of Clogau and IBB Dublin brand manager Lyndsey Dunne.
Winners of the 2014 UK Watch & Jewellery Awards
Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – Simon Rainer, chief executive of The British Jewellers’ Association
Retail Employer of the Year – Beaverbrooks
Supplier of the Year – Citizen Watch UK
Store Design of the Year – Sarah May Jewellery
Bridal Collection of the Year – Fei Liu Jewellery
Retail Star of the Year – Adelle Thompson, Beaverbrooks
Boutique Retailer of the Year – Thor and Wistle
Boutique Retailer of the Year Highly Commended – Baroque Bespoke Jewellery
Marketing Campaign of the Year – Citizen Watch UK, Eco-Drive Campaign
Marketing Campaign of the Year Highly Commended – Fred J. Malcolm, ‘Your Story, Our Diamonds’ campaign
Etailer of the Year – Thediamondstore.co.uk
Watch Brand of the Year – Seiko
Watch Retailer of the Year – Watchfinder
Multiple Retailer of the Year – Chisholm Hunter
Jewellery Brand of the Year – Coeur de Lion
New Designer of the Year – Sian Bostwick
New Designer of the Year Highly Commended – Kasun London
Jewellery Designer of the Year – Rachel Entwistle
Luxury Watch Brand of the Year – NOMOS Glashütte
Independent Retailer of the Year – Banks Lyon