For the past 61 years, London becomes UK’s jewellery centre in early September. It is during this time that the International Jewellery London (IJL) exhibition takes place. The event brings together not only designers and brands across UK, but also a wide selection of international exhibitors.
It might seem that IJL is no different from other jewellery trade shows. However, I feel that it has two characteristics that truly define the event. First is the fact that not only well-established brands choose IJL to highlight their jewellery, but also many new talents and first-time exhibitors converge here. Second is the fact that there is a great daily seminar programme packed with high-profile speakers and experts discussing topics of current importance.
This year, emerging designers made an impressive turnout and presented trendy jewellery designs that are usually synonymous with the fashion weeks. However, I focused on the precious section located on the ground floor of the show space (Olympia London). It contained more than 140 designers and brands, so I had enough pieces to choose from in order to highlight the top ten beautiful creations.
Leo Chilleri Crab brooch with rutilated quartz set in yellow gold with diamonds – £10.000
Niquesa Venice earrings with chalcedony, aquamarines and pink sapphires – £8,500
Isabelle Langlois pendant with a pear-cut amethyst, sapphires and peridots, £3,700
Eleuterio white gold and diamonds filigree flowers, £2253 for the right one and £7517 for the diamond encrusted on the left
Theo Fennell Bee brooch with a 3.13cts Cushion Cut Forevermark diamond, £POA
Flower&Maricar ring with a 15.68cts tanzanite and 4.26cts of diamonds, £POA
Tivon Golf Player brooch with a baroque pearl, pink sapphires and diamonds – £7995
David Miracca Atom collection ring with natural unheated Paraiba tourmaline of 4.57cts and 2.01cts diamonds
Luigi Ferrara Floral bracelet with carved rock crystal, coral, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl and a variety of precious stones – £14,000
Anakao Paragon collection bracelet with smokey quartz and pink sapphires – £24,500