Dozens of jewellery designers under one roof? More than 500 exhibitors from the jewellery industry and the UK’s biggest showcase of British and International design talent. What’s not to like?
International Jewellery London (or IJL as it’s known to the jewellery trade) is the UK’s biggest trade event for the jewellery industry.
I was lucky enough to get an invite and here’s my pick of my favourite designers…
Eloise was a recent graduate at Central Saint Martins. Her work’s inspired by peaches. You can see from the pieces below – they’re either based on juicy peaches, the stones or the insects which feed on them. I think the insect rings look fab stacked up.
Look at how clever this ring box and ring are…
It’s easy to see why this scandi-inspired brand is so popular with celebs. Bold and chunky, but supremely wearable, the jewellery is designed for fiercely independent modern women. Swedish born designer Elina Faurschou set up the brand after a career in corporate law. It’s fair to say she’s never looked back!
I love Becca’s irreverent take on paint, using metal clay and wax carving methods. Some of the designs are designed to look like brush strokes and others, like the paint left under a paint tin. But they’re really made of silver and gold!
When I got chatting to Hannah I just loved how time inspires her. Something which we’re sadly often lacking in our hectic and busy lives. And those cogs – they’re so tiny and detailed.
Isla’s work shows she has a great sense of humour and imagination, with ‘bites’ being taken out of the juicy gemstones in her work.
If you want to find out more about Isla’s inspirations, you can read more on The Jewellery Spot here.
Super-tactile, Phyllis’ pieces are bold and confident. She was also a graduate from the Birmingham School of Jewellery – and I can’t wait to see what she goes on to do.
Vivian studied at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, and I absolutely loved the way she’s completely rethought the concept of a ring! There’s no traditional ring band here, just a collection of shapes put together to create a piece of sculptural jewellery.
Being from Paris, you’d expect Catherine’s work to be chic. But it’s also full of gorgeous texture. I just love the unusual shapes and rings and I can imagine stacking them up on my fingers!
Cara’s work is so simple, but it’s beautiful. Each piece is hand-rolled and punched to create a gorgeous texture. The collections feel very ‘Art Deco’ and are extremely tactile.
Hannah’s uses huge statement crystals in her work. The texture is phenomenal and they really are statement pieces.
Can you tell Linda originally wanted to become a children’s illustrator, and then she discovered jewellery design? I love the detail in her designs, which all tell a story.