IJL2013: BRIGHT YOUNG GEMS

Now in its eight year the IJL’s Bright Young Gems initiative has been created to showcase the next generation of jewellers who are about to set ablaze the jewellery industry.  Let me introduced to this years winners who were selected by a prestigious panel including Hilary Alexander and Bec Clarke of Astley Clark.

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South African born Carina De Jager spent much of her childhood outdoors.  It was this love of nature which lead her to explore the relationship between plants and cities.

Her Cohesion Collection is born from the idea that when left untouched by man and modern buildings, nature will reclaim the earth.  Using the imagery and connotations of roots and growth as her inspiration De Jager has worked with both precious and non precious materials to create a fresh and dynamic collection.

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In some pieces Carina has left present glue in its most natural and raw state.  An element which not only injects texture in to her pieces but also intrigue and excitement.

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Hannah Kimber believes jewellery is an outfit in its own right and so she has created elaborate bespoke jewels which will  catch your attention from a cross any crowed room.  By using modern day jewellery practises such as CAD and 3D printing Kimber is able to create these statement jewels which have been inspired by Islamic architecture.

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As you know I am ring fiend and so this ring from the Arabesque collection was one of my favourite finds from the show.  This piece is deceptively light which makes it so easily  wearable. A dramatic statement you don’t have to suffer for – Winner.

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Fun, fruity and free.  Amy Logan’s collection is inspired by continuous line drawings.  Her metal collection featuring citrus lime greens and punchy pinks has delicate fluid pieces which are perfect for layering up to create a spaghetti junction of jewels.

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Bright precious gemstones like Tourmaline, Topaz and Peridot  are set in sleek, structured frameworks to create Jessica Nam’s futuristic opulent jewels.

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Image: Jessica Nam

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A picturesque fisherman’s town in the far north coast of Scotland is not only Kelly Munro’s hometown but also the inspiration of her unusual aesthetic.  Taking the patters of lobster pots and knotted fisherman’s nets Munro has designed a range of beautiful painted jewels.  Which is rather apt as some Kelly’s can be seen in galleries across the UK from The Goldsmiths Centre, to the Cabinet in Edinburgh and later on this year the Barbican in London.

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