| Hectic schedule of events at Coutts London Jewellery Week 2009|
LONDON, January 20, 2009 Coutts London Jewellery Week is returning for a second year between 8-14 June 2009 following its successful debut in 2008.
In attendance at the launch at the Gherkin building in the City of London today were some of the jewellery industrys biggest names such as Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane and Nadja Swarovski, alongside some of its rising stars Rachel Galley and Jessica de Lotz.
Planned events for Coutts London Jewellery Week include the return of Treasure, an exhibition of 40 of the capitals new designers. Held last year at the Tower of London, 2009 will see it installed within the equally impressive environs of Londons Guildhall.
Elsewhere, hidden gems will be up for grabs when a city-wide treasure hunt hits the airwaves as part of a promotion run in conjunction with a major London radio station. Listeners will be invited to discover the treasures all donated by top designers in unusual locations in the capital.
And visitors will be able to track the colourful history of jewellery by following an imaginative trail between a network of Londons most famous museums. From the Elizabethan Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London to contemporary designs premiered at the Fashion and Textile Museum, with plenty more in between a rare opportunity to gain an insight into the important role jewellery has played across the centuries.
Within this city-wide celebration, Londons historic jewellery quarter Hatton Garden is unsurprisingly a key hub of activity during Coutts London Jewellery Week. Plans are afoot to transform it into a bejewelled garden, entwined with paths leading visitors to selected outlets for a unique insight into the jewellery design process, with a separate exhibition showcasing the diversity of talent in the area. Nearby, jewellery industry leaders London Jewellery First are hosting a Charity Diamond Gala Dinner at the historic Mansion House. This will be attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress with proceeds going to his official charities, St Johns Ambulance and The Lords Taverners.
Individual participants will also stage their own calendar of events during Coutts London Jewellery Week: The Goldsmiths Company is launching Creation II, their summer exhibition which showcases the creative talent of 12 of the countrys most distinguished contemporary artist jewellers, including screening behind-the-scenes documentaries made by award-winning filmmaker Paul Watson.
From established names to emerging talent, the top contemporary artist jewellers of the future will be exhibiting at Brilliance which is staged by Craft Central.
They are also looking to clear some of the mystique surrounding the jewellery industry by inviting the public to mingle with designers at an exclusive Meet the Maker event.
Elsewhere the Designer Jewellers Group will hold a glittering launch at the Barbican, inviting high-profile celebrities to model members jewellery, which will be exhibited on the ground floor at the theatre.
The elegant district of Mayfair is another area of London set to sparkle during Coutts London Jewellery Week. Hot on the heels of last year, Grosvenor Estates will be returning with Elizabeth Street and Mount Street Rocks street carnivals which showcase top jewellers located in these areas such as Erickson Beamon, Carolina Bucci and new arrival Stephen Webster. Alongside the festivities, workbenches showing the intricacies of jewellery manufacturing will also be installed in units.
Other glittering exhibitions and launches are set to include x10 by Shaun Leane, a look at some of the most iconic pieces from his decade-long career, with other events being staged by Emma Chapman, David Marshall, DA Soley and Swarovski. There are also plans afoot to stage a second Shoes and Jewels in the Burlington Arcade where top designers from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion team their exotic shoes with exquisite jewellery from shops in the Arcade .
As important as the entertainment is the ability to educate visitors about the versatility of Londons jewellery industry.
To this end, the Gemological Association of America is hosting an Open Day at their campus and Notting Hill boutique Assya will be advising clients on bespoke designs to suit every outfit and occasion.
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