IJL 2002 attracts exhibitors from around the world

The International Jewellery London, to be held at Earls Court Two, Sept. 1 to 4, will host the latest designs from 29 countries.

Showcasing more new products than ever before, for Christmas and the beginning of 2003, more than 550 designers and manufacturers from the UK and overseas are taking part in IJL 2002. More than 140 designers and companies will be exhibiting for the first time, including newcomers from Italy, Lithuania, Ireland, Thailand, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Portugal, South Africa, France, Mexico, Finland, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, Israel, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, US, and China. New international pavilions this year include Pakistan and Brazil, joining an expanded Hong Kong Pavilion in a new dedicated area created specially for international pavilions.

Among the new and returning exhibits and events at IJL 2002 are:

* The Design Pavilion, which will house some of Britain’s newest and most innovative designers.

* Newcomers, including Azteca Trading, Sun 99, and Lottie-Firenze.

* Men’s jewelry designer and manufacturers, including Iain Henderson Design and Dan Dower of Dower & Hall.

* Alfred Terry, four times winner of the rj UK Jewellery Awards ‘Manufacturer of the Year will return to IJL after a decade in absence. In addition, Michael Birnie has chosen IJL 2002 to launch his new company name ‘Purely Platinum Ltd’, new website (www.purelyplatinum.com), and a brand new four-piece suite of jewelry, “The Purely Platinum Suite.” Other international award winners taking part in IJL 2002 include Regent Fine Jewels from Sri Lanka, Medart Diamond Jewellery, and Gold Group, which represents five of Brazil’s largest manufacturers of 18 ct jewelry.

* The British Jewellers’ Association and IJL introduce the ‘Best of the Best’, a new feature that celebrates British award winners over the past year.

* IJL’s own Jules Awards were introduced last year and will be repeated for the 2002 show. Categories include best jewelry design, best jewelry collection, best non-jewelry product, best product collection (non-jewelry), and best show display.

* Industry-related seminars on a range of subjects, including top tips from the US’s leading jewelry industry trade magazine JCK on “Trendspotting: How Social Trends Affect Jewellery Design and Sales” and, for manufacturers, an insight into reaching the trade in the USA.

* The London Jewellery Association (LJA), in partnership with IJL, is hosting a special exhibition area to highlight the myriad of craft skills available to the jewelry industry from London-based manufacturers, designer-makers and specialist craftsmen based within the London area. The project will especially feature work from the world-renowned jewelry clusters of Hatton Garden and Clerkenwell on the edge of the City of London.

* The return of the Theatre of Jewellery, with its dynamic catwalk shows four times a day.

Those without an IJL badge are advised to pre-register using the IJL hotline: Telephone +44 (0)870 4294578, fax: +44 (0)870 4294579 or email: niamh.molony@reedexpo.co.uk. This year, there will be an admission charge of £10 for visitors who have not pre-registered or brought any form of ticket with them to the show. All visitors should bring some photo identification and business ID, as security checks will be taking place.