Enter the Bright Young Gems Graduate Focused Scheme

4 April 2018

The ‘IJL journey’ begins with the final year student and graduate-focused Bright Young Gems initiative. Alumni of this scheme and emerging designer brands can then apply for KickStart.

Two new judges have been appointed to join the panel for Bright Young Gems 2018 – Liza Urla (top left), influencer and founder of Gemologue and, for the first time representing retailers, guest judge Henry Graham (bottom left), creative director and co-founder of Wolf & Badger. They join long standing panellists Hilary Alexander OBE, editor-at-large Hello Fashion Monthly; Annabel Davidson, editor of Vanity Fair on Jewellery and Alice Edwards, jewellery editor for Sunday Times Style and The Times LUXX magazine.

Bright Young Gems has evolved over the past 13 years to become the foremost industry-recognised platform for new talent. The four winning designers, final year students at UK colleges/universities or recent graduates, will win the chance to exhibit at IJL in September, as well as attend a one-day mentoring workshop with leading jewellery experts in June. This workshop will help the winners maximise their IJL experience.

Liza Urla said: “I am always on the lookout for exciting and innovative emerging designers for Gemologue. Bright Young Gems is an important initiative for young and up-and-coming designers who are about to dazzle the jewellery world with their exceptional talent and creativity. I am excited to help handpick the best of the new crop of talented designers that jewellery lovers need to know about!”

Henry Graham added: “The opportunity to be part of a great initiative like Bright Young Gems that so closely complements what we do at Wolf & Badger by also supporting independent brands was one we couldn’t easily pass up. Like all of  the brands we choose to work with, I  will be looking for superlative quality of craftsmanship, differentiation in design approach and an element of commerciality.”

Bright Young Gems winner in 2017, Kristina Ferenchuk, concluded: “Bright Young Gems was a great opportunity for me to present my work in a very professional setting and get invaluable feedback on my work from the industry. The mentoring day that was organised prior to the show was incredibly useful, and during IJL I felt more confident and prepared, as well as making meaningful contacts.”

Applications are now open for Bright Young Gems 2018. Final year UK college/ university students and graduates who are one to two years out of college can apply. The closing date is 9th May. Visit: jewellerylondon.com/brightyounggems


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