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IJL presents Special Award in Fine Jewellery

LONDON, Mar 8, 2009-International Jewellery London (IJL) presented a Special Award in Fine Jewellery to two talented designers in an event hosted by the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council in the majestic Goldsmiths' Hall.

The Gold & IJL Special Award winner, David McCaul of the London Metropolitan University, produced three stunning and innovative 18ct gold & diamond rings.

The rings, beautifully crafted and unique in style and shape, represented the high standard of entries this year.

The Gold & GIA Winner in the IJL Special Award category was Ornella Iannuzzi, who is self-employed and created a silver, iron pyrites and gold leaf 'Cubic Crystallization' ring, resulting in a striking contemporary piece of fine jewellery.

In her first year as a member of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council, Syreeta Tranfield, Event Manager of IJL, presented the Special Award on March 2. Britain's leading jewellery trade fair, IJL will take place from September 6-9, 2009 at Earls Court, London.

Arnaud Bamberger, Managing Director of Cartier Ltd., said he was impressed with the high standards of craftsmanship at the Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, and that Cartier was proud to be associated with the event.

"It is important for brands like ours to support the outstanding talent in the industry." he told Jewellery Outlook, after presenting the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award, which is given at the discretion of the Council for exceptional craftsmanship.

The winner of the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award was Paul Towens, for an intricately crafted silver "oil rig".

CRAFTSMANSHIP

The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council was founded in 1908 and carries forward its original remit to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those engaged in silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and allied crafts in the UK.

Guests at this year's ceremony included well known designers and industry figures such as Stephen Webster who is also a Council member.

Iannuzzi, one of the IJL Special Award winners, said she was delighted with the accolade.

"I would just say that I am really thrilled to have received such a prestigious honour," she said after the ceremony.

"I remember when I visited IJL last year and saw the Goldsmiths' area, I was very impressed and wished I could have been one of the selected designers. And this year, I will be there so it's a dream coming true!"

The IJL Special Award in the Fine Jewellery category is very much in keeping with the style of the show. Presenting high quality jewellery and craftsmanship, IJL is design-led and inspirational - highlighting the latest new designers alongside established names.

Syreeta Tranfield, of IJL, said, "I am extremely honoured to have been appointed as a member of the prestigious Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council and we were delighted at the exceptional standard of entries this year.

"British design is going from strength to strength and it is excellent to see designers creating such innovative and stylish fine jewellery. We very much look forward to unveiling the winning pieces at IJL 2009 this September."

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