London Jewellery Week 2010 has just passed another milestone with the launch of its own comprehensive website: www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk. The website compiles all the details about what’s happening, who’s participating, and the many different opportunities for the public to explore London’s vibrant and creative jewellery industry. Along with a complete listing of events throughout the week, there are designer profiles, an interactive map highlighting the location of all events and an opportunity to sign up for the London Jewellery Week Select Card, which entitles users to a range of discounts and special offers. What’s more, users can enter a range of competitions to win fabulous jewellery prizes and more offered by one of the many London Jewellery Week participants!
Taking place in venues across London, London Jewellery Week (7 – 13 June) will celebrate London’s unique position in the world of jewellery design, manufacturing and as a retail destination unlike any other in the world. Four high-profile ‘cornerstone events’ will form the basis of a week of activities, encouraging visitors to experience and celebrate London’s rich and diverse jewellery scene. The full range of events, including special collection launches, exhibitions, receptions, seminars, fashion shows and a street festival will provide something for everyone.
If you’re looking for an overview of the week, check out the four cornerstone events which between them highlight everything from emerging contemporary jewellery designers, established luxury brand names, cutting edge design and manufacturing skills, a showcase for ethical and sustainable jewellery, and the traditional London Jewellery quarters of Hatton Garden and Green Street – the centre of London’s Asian jewellery trade. The four cornerstone events include:
Treasure: a one-of-a-kind selling exhibition to be held at Victoria House on Southampton Row, featuring over 80 of the best contemporary designers showcasing their latest bespoke collections. Look out for special offers from JeDeCo, a collective of distinctive jewellers pushing design boundaries in unexpected ways and the ethical jewellery pavilion — ESSENCE — showcasing designers who share the vision of sustainable jewellery that doesn’t sacrifice design or quality. Treasure: 11 – 13 June Victoria House London WC1B 4DA £5 www.treasureuk.com
The Goldsmiths’ Company: from the UK’s premier and oldest supporter of the jewellery trade, Goldsmiths’ Hall will be the venue for a number of special events during the week, including: a Salon Privé fashion show featuring jewellers David Marshall, Boodles, Dower & Hall and Elizabeth Gage along with Pimlico-based couturier, Ulrich Engler; Day of Knowledge Seminar Series featuring jewellery expert Joanna Hardy and celebrity jewellers Shaun Leane and Leo De Vroomen. Salon Privé 8 June 3PM Goldsmiths Hall Foster Lane EC2V 6BN £15. Day of Knowledge 10 June 10:30 Joey Hardy, 1PM Leo De Vroomen, 4PM Joey Hardy, 6:15 PM Shaune Leane £20 – £30. Goldsmiths’ Company Events Bookings: 020 7367 5907
Hatton Garden Street Festival: one of the oldest jewellery quarters will host a family-friendly day featuring seminars, open-workshops, launches, activities for kids and opportunities to learn about diamonds, stones, jewellery and the history of the area. Spearheaded by Holts Academy / Platform this fun-filled day will also feature ‘Best of British’ food stalls and live music. FREE!
Green Street Jewellers’ Association (GSJA): based in the heart of Newham, the Green Street is London’s traditional Asian jewellery quarter. The GSJA is teaming up with Jaguar Cars Ltd. to host a series of activities, including the launch of Discover, a new consumer jewellery magazine and a series of exclusive exhibitions showcasing the best of Green Street’s gold jewellery treasures.
A selection of other events happening throughout the week include:
View new bridal jewellery collections from Josef Koppmann, Alan Vallis and Studio Fusion at OXO Tower. Wedding List by Design Private View collections Wednesday 9th June from 5pm –9pm and then throughout the week.
open workshops at Cockpit Arts Holborn 11 – 13 June featuring distinctive pieces that you won’t find on the high street, with pop-up cafés, workshops and fun for kids;
chance to learn all about gemstones at the Gemological Institute of America open day 11 June 12pm – 7pm free.
exhibition of Ruth Tomlinson’s exquisite jewellery at Aesop, home of the covetable beauty brand 91 Mount Street Mayfair London W1K 2SU Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th June 10am – 6pm
Complete details about all the events during London Jewellery Week can be found on the www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk.
More about the week:
Following hugely popular events in 2008 and 2009, the industry is driving forward London Jewellery Week with the support of the London Development Agency via the City Fringe Partnership. Jaguar Cars Ltd has signed up as Official Sponsor and Luxury Transport Partner. Official Media Partners include: Evening Standard; Professional Jeweller, and www.fashion4media.com. Other Sponsors include Boodles, Swarovski and Swarovski Gems, and Champagne Lanson, as Official Champagne Sponsor. Key industry supporters include London Jewellery First, the British Jewellers’ Association and the National Association of Goldsmiths and a host of others.
A number of high-profile Patrons from the world of design have lent their support to the week including: Sir Terence Conran, David Marshall, Shaun Leane, Nadja Swarovski, Jonathan Kendall, Philip Treacy, Boodles, Sheila Teague and Gary Wright.
We’re also pleased to announce the following brands have signed up as Prestige Partners: David Marshall London, Dower & Hall, PureJewels, Boodles, Swarovski, Swarovski Gems, Liberty, www.astleyclarke.com, Jacobs Jewellery Design, the Jewellery Design Collective (JeDeCo), Platform, the Gemological Institute of America and the London Assay Office. In addition to receiving prominent placement in all London Jewellery Week promotional materials, the Prestige Partners will be hosting their own events to engage the public in the world of London jewellery.
A London Jewellery Week advertising campaign along with 100,000 Programme Guides to be bound into and distributed in 50,000 ES Magazines on 4 June, will be launched to attract visitors to events throughout the week. Sign up for updates at www.londonjewelleryweek.co.uk. More events are being planned and participant Membership Packs are now available. Get ready for what promises to be an unforgettable night.