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Coutts New Jewellers Award Winners Announced


LONDON, March 3, 2009 - Coutts London Jewellery Week has announced the winners of its inaugural Coutts New Jewellers Awards. Sixteen up-and-coming jewellers have been awarded the opportunity to draw on Coutts’ experience working with small and medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs via the Coutts Business Development Forum.

Created to support and nurture new talent in jewellery design and craft, the Coutts New Jewellers Award-winners will receive advice on how to remain resilient during the present tough economic times, with a series of talks by industry and financial experts.

The two-day event to be held at Coutts on April 16-17, 2009, will provide the New Jewellers Award-winners with essential business know-how.

All sixteen winners have unveiled exciting plans for the Week, ranging from first-time exhibitions to collaborative shows and even jewellery recycling classes. These include Secret Garden - an exhibition organised by The Garden Studios of London celebrating Elizabeth Powell’s first collection of sumptuous colours and delicate beauty – and sparkling showcases by Ana De Costa and Zoe Catherine Kendall at independent designer store Kabiri.

Elsewhere, Missoma and SHO Fine Jewellery will be forming an exciting collaboration with fellow designers to launch Rising Gems – an exhibition held at a chic cocktail evening in central London - representing the new faces of the London jewellery industry and casting a spotlight on what’s fresh, fashionable and directional.

Coutts London Jewellery Week’s annual Treasure showcase gives some of this year’s Coutts New Jewellers a chance to sell direct to the consumer. Nina Koutibashvili and Ring Leader Urban Jewellery will be exhibiting new collections of unique pieces at an event that is a platform for visionary design and new talent.

A number of Coutts New Jewellers will also be hosting individual exhibitions of their collections, including Alexandra Simpson’s Wow! Jewels for London, CJS Inspired Design’s “Inspiration”, Ruth Tomlinson’s “Love Ring” collection at Cockpit Arts, Holborn and Bex Rox’s limited edition African showcase at Brown’s.

And Francesca Sibylla Augusta will be hosting Golden Age - a fun and flamboyant jewellery exposé which is one of a number of events planned for the Burlington Arcade in central London.

Showcases aside, Leblas is inviting guest speakers from Vukani-Ubuntu, the largest mineral-beneficiation organisation in the jewellery sector in South Africa, while precious gemstone and diamond setters Roque will be offering guests the opportunity to ‘try on’ their collection using Holition’s revolutionary 3D virtual mirror.

Representing the Coutts New Jewellers at the recent media launch for Coutts London Jewellery Week were Jessica de Lotz and Rachel Galley. Very different in style, both jewellers have exciting plans for the Week.

Recent Central St Martin’s graduate Jessica is offering a week-long schedule of events, ranging from daily demonstrations to “make do and mend” workshops.