Enchanted Pearls this year at IJL 2011
September 9, 2011
London's international jewellery fair IJL 2011 took place this week, with a glittering array of gems and design talent. This four day event is a highlight of the year, with the season's new jewellery being showcased to trade buyers for the first time.
Pearls seemed to be as popular as ever this year with designers inspired by in fashion trends for modern vintage, hints of colourful gemstones such as rubies and Art Deco styling.
This beautiful ring named Enchanted caught our eye, with its sweep of diamonds giving way to a gorgeous Tahitian Pearl. It is designed by Andrew Geoghegan, an award winning designer of contemporary engagement rings based in the UK. If you like this, be sure to also have a look at his stunning fire opal Satellite cocktail ring, which won the Editor's Choice Award for Visual Impact at IJL.
Elsewhere in the show, it was good to see work by Fernando Jorge and Hattie Rickards being recognised in the Bright Young Gems gallery. Chosen by a panel of leading industry editors and experts including Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph and Vivienne Becker of the FT’s How To Spend It, this initiative gives future design stars a prestigious platform to showcase their work.
Fernando Jorge's flowing and organic jewellery is highly sensual, using individually cut Brazilian stones to create his unusual and ambiguous pieces such as his Fluid Chandelier earrings.
Hattie Rickards studied jewellery design at Central Saint Martins before moving back from New York to launch her own brand. Her first collection features ethical gold, roughcut stones and spinning barrels of gems and, as with the pieces by Andrew Geoghegan and Fernando Jorge, also embodies forms of movement and kinetics.
These were just a few of the highlights for us. A great event this year with much to admire...