International Jewellery London is the UK's largest Jewellery Trade Show. It takes place at Earls Court.
This is the first time that Claire English - Special Jewellery Company has exhibited & i found the whole event really exhilarating!
My stand was within the British Jewellers Association's curated & prestigious incubation scheme Kickstart.
2011 saw a record number of entries for Kickstart, from designers keen to win one of the ten places.
If your jewellery business is less than five years old, i would encourage any designers thinking of first time exhibiting at IJL to apply through the BJA for a place in Kickstart 2012.
Here are some pictures of my display and my diary of the show follows ....................... CX
I was very surprised and pleased to be given the KICKSTART TREND AWARD by STYLESIGHT who are the most trusted name in trend!!!
The TREND AWARD is given for Excellence in Progressive Jewellery Design.
I am very proud of this award indeed and i am looking forward to making use of STYLESIGHT'S resources now that i have a years honorary subscription!
On Wednesday i had the pleasure of meeting Nathalie from Kabiri, Micaela from 123 Bethnal Green Road and Jeremy & Caroline from Hooper Bolton in Cheltenham. I am delighted that this lovely group are interested in becoming stockists!
On Tuesday Professional Jeweller magazine launched the 2011 Hot 100. I am thrilled to have a place in the NEWGEMS category!
The launch party took place at Number One Mayfair and there is a best dressed competition being run on the Professional Jeweller Facebook page. Here is my outfit, in which you can just make out my gorgeous New Mouse About Necklace in Gold Vermeil with Topaz set eyes. This necklace will be available in my shop very soon!
During the day at Earls Court I met Johnny from Johnny Rocket London, Sarah from Gill Wing Jewellery, Diana & Laura from Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery and Hannah from Black Box. I am tickled pink that I will be stocking all of these truly great boutiques very soon!
On Monday Stephen Webster, my mentor, came to see me on the Kickstart stand. Since we were first introduced Stephen has encouraged and supported me endlessly with his enthusiasm for the whimsical charm of my designs.
"Well done - this is all looking great!" SW
On Monday i met Karen from Neal Gray Jewellers, Ann from Sydna, and James from Brazen Gallery. Look out for Claire English Jewellery in these stand out shops soon!
Also great big thank you's to Vanessa from Atelier and Alison from EC One for their advice about approaching galleries in NYC & LA and on taking part in London Fashion Week. Your support is really appreciated.
My stand was featured as a Must See Design Gallery Stand. I was so happy to be included next to the illustrious Tomasz Donocik! Thank you Rachel.
The first day of IJL saw Claire English Special Jewellery Co go international!
I am very proud to have taken an order for my Special Mouse and Matchstick designs that is destined for Holland. Dutch ladies keep your eyes peeled for my fantastic and fun jewellery in your country very soon!
Bridget from Barn Galleries in Henley on Thames invited me to do an exhibition with them later this year. I am really looking forward to making a beautiful display for you to enjoy in their sublime gallery!