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International Jewellery London 2014

Heralded as one of the greatest shows in the jewellery industry, International Jewellery London (or IJL) provides an excellent opportunity for jewellery professions of all kinds to keep up to the minute with trends. This year, IJL was held at the Olympia Conference Centre in West Kensington, an internationally known and historic building easily accessible by train.

ILJ is a great place for jewellery designers, traders and stockists of all sizes to network and share information. It is also the home of industry specific seminars aimed at improving knowledge and communication in the jewellery sector. This year, separate organisations including UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) were present in order to demonstrate their support of the jewellery trade and to share their in depth market knowledge.

Despite the presence of marketing and trade experts at IJL this year, it was the designers that stole the show. Pieces of all shapes and descriptions were on show, some with a truly classic appearance, and others with startling modernity and even futuristic looks. Jewellery giants including Links of London and Hot Diamonds were present to display their latest wares, but so too were new names; displaying their pieces in the Bright Young Gems section, the designers of tomorrow were able to showcase their talents often for the first time. A bursary scheme called KickStart also ran for its sixth year, allowing ten selected new designers to access mentoring and bursaries to help them on the road to success.

The show in 2013 resulted in 69% of visitors placing immediate orders and with 87% of visitors saying they wanted to return, it is likely that this year’s show was buzzing with both repeat and new attendees. It’s exciting to watch the show as it continues to grow in both size and reputation, with the 2015 event already eagerly anticipated.